July - Lake Barcroft



July - Lake Barcroft
JULY 2014
Family Photo
Pres i d ent ’s Report
Two Ways To
Help Needy
Local Grads
By Jim Kilbourne
I attended Stuart High School’s Class of
2014 Senior Convocation last month.
This is an annual event at which scholastic awards are given, scholarships presented and International Baccalaureate
(IB) Diploma candidates recognized. It
was wonderful to hear the support from
students and faculty for those being recognized. At the announcement of each
winner’s name, loud cheers would erupt,
with a swell of support from the audience. Principal Prosperanta Calhoun
said that this year Stuart students had
been offered more than $2 million in
scholarship aid.
Two organizations that raise money for
JEB Stuart scholarships deserve particular note because of their affiliations with
Lake Barcroft—the Thurgood Marshall
Fund and the JEB Stuart Educational
The Thurgood Marshall Fund was created to honor the memory of Justice
Thurgood Marshall, who lived in Lake
Barcroft from before his 1967 appointcontinued on page 7
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Sam Facas, son of Peter Facas of Tallwood Terrace, was selected as student speaker at his
graduation from the University of Michigan. Sam majored in Environmental Science and will
spend the next academic year as an Urban Fellow in New York City. See the Lake's other
graduates beginning on Page 12.
Going Once, Going Twice…
for Oct. 17 Village Auction
By Charlotte Flounders LB Village Auction Committee
Plans are taking shape for a Friday, Oct.
17 Auction fundraiser for the Lake Barcroft Village. With plenty of time to work
on the event, the organizers, led by Diane
Kilbourne of Whispering Lane, Debra
Lee of Crosswoods Drive and Adele Neuberg of Fiddlers Green, are coming up
with creative, fresh ideas. The event will
begin at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, an accessible
site with plenty of parking that is just up
Route 50 from Lake Barcroft.
Sally Determan is coordinating auction
donations from within the Lake Barcroft
community. Evening barge trips, a delicious brunch or dinner party for 6 or 8
people in your home, or your specialty
cookies or cake draw an enthusiastic response from bidders. A fishing lesson,
landscaping advice, tutoring, or a family
photo shoot are also highly prized auction items. Beyond the Lake Barcroft
community, we are reaching out to restaurants, health and fitness centers, spas,
movie theaters, pet care centers, etc. to
ask for gift certificates, services, and other specialties as donations.
Breaking News: We’re now partnering
with a company that offers discount
travel packages to nonprofit organizations. Would you like to bid on a family trip to Orlando, a golf trip getaway,
or a ski trip to Banff, Alberta? Perhaps
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Lake Barcroft Newsletter
By Kim I. Mills Barcroft News Staff
Photo courtesy Susan D. Michels
Published by
Lake Barcroft Association, Inc.
Carol Donlan, Editor
6516 Jay Miller Drive
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
Telephone: 703-941-0112
Email: [email protected]
Tom Donlan, Photo Editor
Larry Golfer, Photographer
George McLennan, Photographer
Dominique Cavich
Don Christian
Sally Determan, Quick Questions
Stuart Feldstein, Post Production
Kevin Howe, Nature
Moe Jafari, Food Columnist
Phil Kemelor, Reporter/Photographer
Larry Golfer, Reporter/Photographer
Debra Lee, Restaurant Reviews
Joyce McCarten, Artists
George McLennan, Senior Reporter/
Restaurant Reviewer
Kim Mills, Milestones Editor
Anne Murphy O’Neil, Writer
Betsy Washington, Horticulture
Publications Committee
Shane Oleson, Chairman
Don Christian
Carol Donlan
George McLennan
The Lake Barcroft Newsletter is published
monthly by the Lake Barcroft Association.
Please submit articles to
[email protected] or
Barcroft News, c/o
6516 Jay Miller Drive,
Falls Church, Virginia 22041
Deadline for the August newsletter is July 20.
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Susan Michels of Lakeview Drive is congratulated by her husband after receiving the Junior
League of Washington’s Sally Carruthers Spirit of Voluntarism Award for a lifetime of member
Susan Asks 1 Question: What
Does the Community Need?
Susan Michels of Lakeview Drive was
presented with the Sally Carruthers
Spirit of Voluntarism Award by the Junior League of Washington. The Carruthers is the league’s highest award and
is given to a member who has made
exceptional contributions to the league
and the Washington, D.C., community
throughout her JLW career. Nominees
for this lifetime of service award must
have a minimum of seven years of active
member service with the JLW.
The League recognized Susan for “always
modeling warmth and strategic thinking. Susan refocuses a conversation to
‘What is the need in the community and
can we help them get there?’ She reminds
us to have confidence in ourselves and
look to our strengths – that the sum of
our parts is greater than any one effort.
Susan has counseled countless leaders in
the League and fostered the growth of
newer members.”
Seven Lake Barcroft girls bridged from
Daisies to Brownies at a recent ceremony
at Beach 5, according to Suzie Fried-
man of Waterway Drive. She and Kate
Walsh of Grass Hill Terrace are co-leaders of Troop 4886. Seven of the girls live
in Lake Barcroft: Addie Bates, Bridget
Barron, Julia Friedman, Madison
Okada, Reagan Kampschror, Megan
Riehm and Zoe Mitchell.
Margaret Rice of Tallwood Terrace has
just graduated from Fairfax County’s
Master Naturalist and Master Gardener
courses “making her quite the resource –
and creating more work for us,” according to her husband, Paul Horowitz.
Susan Ellis’s pastel painting Once More
Unto the Breach has won an Honorable
Mention in the recent International Association of Pastel Societies National Juried Exhibit. More than 850 pastels from
artists across the nation were submitted
to the competition, reports Susan, who
lives on Whispering Lane. The show was
held in Boston at the prestigious Vose
Galleries on Newbury Street. This show
aims to represent the best of pastel painting being done in the country today.
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July 2014
A series of stories about some of the extraordinary
people at the Lake and those who have made Lake Barcroft an extraordinary place
to live. If you know someone who should be featured, contact Anne O'Neil.
Photo by Yan Palmer
2014–2015 Officers and Directors
Jim Kilbourne, President . . . . . . . 703-256-7382
Sally Determan, Vice President . . . . 703-845-0363
Ann Cullather, Secretary . . . . . . . 703-256-8483
Lee Price, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . 703-237-4868
Rick Aldrich, Director . . . . . . . . . . 703-750-0488
Eva Kosztarab, Director . . . . . . . . 703-354-6214
Bill Lecos, Director . . . . . . . . . . . 703-931-4612
Shane Oleson, Director . . . . . . . . 703-941-1202
Pat Payne, Director . . . . . . . . . . . 703-671-1061
Frank Phillippi, Director . . . . . . . . 703-354-8343
Warren Russell, Director . . . . . . . 703-750-0596
Diane Smalley, Director . . . . . . . . 703-658-4626
Betsy Washington, Director . . . . . 703-941-6325
Sharing a blanket on the beach is just one way Jake and Jody McKitrick gave their Cavalier
Corridor "clan" (here when the children were younger) the joys of living at the Lake.
McKitricks Wanted the ‘Special Lake Experience’
for Their Kids By Anne Murphy O’Neil Barcroft News Staff
A black lab attends my approach to the
McKitrick home on Cavalier Corridor. Jake
and Jody introduce him as “Knox,” not after
the Protestant reformer or the gelatin, but
after Fort Knox where Jake spent part of his
childhood in an Army family. Inside, Pillar,
their six-year-old, just back from gymnastics, demonstrates her “touch jump.” We find
comfy spots in the living room.
Now that Knox’s name is squared
away, what about yours, Jake? McKitrick sounds Irish. The Lake Barcroft
Directory says your name is Jason, but
you go by Jake.
Jake: McKitrick is Scots-Irish. My mom’s
family is German. Her father didn’t care
for the name Jason, and wanted to call
me Jakob. Somehow “Jake” stuck.
It pleases the ear, doesn’t it? And this
view pleases the eye.
Jody: I guess everyone dreams of living on the Lake. Four bedrooms on one
level was a top priority. Somehow it was
lucky when the sale on another house
fell through. The owners here were super
motivated. The amazing thing was that
this house had an indoor pool, which we
covered. Now there’s a great place for the
kids to ride their bikes and play soccer.
I‘ve offered it for children’s art camp this
summer, and who knows what else.
Jody and Jake lead me down to their
family room, through a garden room
and out to a huge room with an openbeam cathedral ceiling, skylights and
an extraordinary windowed axis overlooking trees and watery cove.
Jake: We love Earth Day. Our urban forest brings a sense of people living naturally together. At Westminster School, I
made friends with kids who lived in Lake
Barcroft. Fishing with them, I imagined
how much fun it would be. Many of our
friends grew up here, and wanted this
special experience for their kids. Now we
know our kids are going to be telling these
wonderful stories. My mom gave us a
kayak and we bought two more, so Stella,
Ben and Pillar could all go out together.
Is there anything you’d particularly
like to see develop here?
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LBA Committee Chairpersons
Architectural Review
Rick Aldrich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-750-0488
Bill Lecos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-931-4612
Environmental Quality/WID Liaison
Betsy Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-941-6325
Finance & Audit
Lee Price . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-237-4868
Maintenance & Improvements
Frank Phillippi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-354-8343
George Waters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-354-1133
Eva Kosztarab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-354-6214
Warren Russell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-750-0596
Communications & Publications
Shane Oleson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-941-1202
Special Events
Diane Smalley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-658-4626
Water Safety
Pat Payne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-671-1061
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
Ralph Smalley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 703-658-4626
LBA Management Office . . . . . . . . 703-941-1927
Chris Lawson (Monday–Friday)
6425 Lakeview Dr., Falls Church, VA 22041
Watershed Improvement District . . 703-820-1300
Lake Barcroft Newsletter
Ice Cream Social Celebrated the Summer
Solstice June 22
Photos by Tom Donlan
John and Jennie Kehoe and their 7 month
old daughter Amelia, guests of Connie Lawn
and Charles Sneiderman of Stanford Circle.
Sally Determan of Pinetree Terrace and Larry
Cirignano of Burton Circle dish out chocolate
ice cream.
Ellie Hearing, 13 months, of Burton Circle
and her mom Caroline order their favorite ice
Alexandra Kim and her son Jordan Murray,
4, of Crosswoods Drive, try to decide what
flavor to try.
Groove Jet was in the groove providing the
musical background to the Ice Cream Social.
Time to Sign Up for the Tree Replacement
Program By Betsy Washington and Elaine Lindstrom Special to Barcroft News
It is once again time to sign up for a free overstory tree. The annual Lake Barcroft Residential Tree Replacement Program is sponsored by the LBA Environmental Committee – with matching
funds from WID. This award-winning program helps regenerate
our aging forest, as increasing numbers of trees are showing serious signs of decline or dying. Here are a few facts that illustrate
the value of our Residential Tree Replacement Program:
■ The most important factor in determining the water quality
of a stream or Lake is the amount of forested land in the
■ Replanting trees is one of the most important things you
can do to improve the quality of the water and the land. ■ A mature tree can take up 500 gallons of water each day in
hot summer months. Now that's a lot of free storm water
services and flood prevention.
■ Trees pull this water up through their vessels and release it
through their leaves, cooling the surrounding area by 10 to
15 degrees. That’s a lot of energy savings.
■ A healthy forest can provide other critical benefits from
filtering pollutants and sediments to preventing erosion.
Taxpayers pay billions of dollars for those services. A healthy,
forested stream provides them free of charge. ■ We are fortunate to live in an extraordinary urban forest that
protects our Lake and watershed every day. This program
ensures that our aging forest will continue to grow and
thrive far into the future providing a beautiful Lake and
significant savings.
We are once again offering a beautiful native overstory tree to
any resident who has recently lost a shade tree or whose property
has few trees. Trees are offered on a first-come, first-served basis,
so sign up soon. The overstory trees available this year include:
Swamp White Oak, White Oak, Willow Oak, Black Gum, and
River Birch. All will be approximately 6 to 7 feet high. When
choosing the perfect spot for your new tree, please consider the
following planting tips:
■ Consider the mature size, height and spread of the tree
■ Stay at least 15-20 feet from your house
■ Look up. Do not plant below any utility lines.
■ Avoid planting directly over a recently removed tree; old
roots could be a problem
■ Avoid planting directly over underground utilities
■ All of the trees require a few hours of some sunlight each day.
■ Regular and sufficient water for two years is vital for tree
survival. To get your tree off to the best possible start, Delfino and his skilled
crew will expertly plant it in September. Check out our website
www.lakebarcroft.org/docs/environment/treereplacement.html for
a list of native trees recommended for Lake Barcroft and to find
out more information about the species offered in the tree replacement program this year.
If you are interested in a tree, please contact Elaine Lindstrom at
[email protected] or Betsy Washington at [email protected]
net, and we will send you an order form and more details.
July 2014
Our New Garden Will Keep Pollinators
Healthy With Proper Plantings
By Betsy Washington Barcroft News Staff
Photo by Betsy Washington
The LBA Environmental Committee installed a new ButterflyPollinator Garden at Beach 5 in honor of National Pollinator
week, June 16-22, and our imperiled pollinators.
Check out the new Butterfly-Pollinator Garden at Beach 5 and
learn more about pollinator-friendly native plants. The Butterflyweed is already in bloom only one month after planting and
may well support dozens of Monarch and other butterflies. Purple coneflower, hummingbird mint, black-eyed susans, blazing
star, and tickseed should be blooming this summer. Look for
Asters, goldenrods and some beautiful native grasses to sustain
our pollinators this fall. You can find a list of all of the plants in
the garden along with photos of each plant and pollinators they
support on the LBA website at: http://www.lakebarcroft.org/
Special thanks to volunteers Alice Rowan, Donna Sanger, Jody
McKitrick and Rebecca Martin and her family including Grayson, 4, Clara, 3, and Gracen, 18 months. Thanks also to West
Potomac High School students Lindsay Paul, Munni Khattak,
Calvin Ferguson, and of course Delfino and crew, who helped
remove a tangle of unsightly invasive vines and shrubs, before
we could plant the new garden.
Far and away the most important pollinators are bees, wasps,
butterflies, moths and other insects, but hummingbirds, bats,
and some small mammals also pollinate specialized plants. In
fact, about 75 percent of all flowering plants depend on pollinators to fertilize their flowers and produce nuts, seeds and fruit.
Some of our favorite foods and beverages rely on insect pollination: blueberries, peaches, cherries, citrus fruit, melons, squash,
vanilla, almonds, coffee, and chocolate. Many of these crops
are pollinated primarily by our native bees, which typically are
about the size of a grain of rice, do not live in hives or social
colonies, and rarely if ever sting.
Colony collapse disorder has been in the news a lot the past few
years, because it has decimated populations of the European
honey bee, but many of our native bees are also in serious decline, as well as many of our most showy butterflies. Habitat loss
from development is the greatest threat to pollinators but widespread spraying of glyphosate weed killers on agricultural lands
and blanket herbiciding of roadsides are also to blame for eliminating wildflowers that once grew along the edges of fields and
roadsides, attracting pollinators to crops. And just last month,
researchers at Harvard found that pesticides called Neonics (neonicotinoids), are the primary culprit in colony collapse disorder,
weakening bees so they do not survive the winter and disease.
As sad as all of this is, we can help our imperiled pollinators and
bring beauty to our gardens by following a few simple steps:
An enthusiastic group of volunteers weeded away thousands of tiny
porcelainberry seedlings and prepared the beds for a new Buttlerfly
and Pollinator Garden at Beach 5. Jody McKitrick of Cavalier
Corridor, left, Rebecca Martin and her family, also of Cavalier
Corridor, planted dozens of plants. Rebecca’s junior assistants are
4-year-old Grayson, 3-year-old Clara, and 1-1/2-year-old Gracen.
Plant a pollinator garden. Reduce your lawn and add a
border that includes some of our beautiful native plants that
have evolved with pollinators over millions of years.
■ Plan for a succession of blooms from spring to fall providing
nectar throughout the growing season.
■ Be sure to include host plants for caterpillars and insect
larvae to feed on. Many can eat only one or a few species of
native plants. Without these specific plants, they will die.
You may want to include: Milkweeds for Monarchs, Violets
for Fritillaries, Pussytoes for American Painted Ladies and
White Turtlehead for the Baltimore Checkerspot.
■ Avoid pesticides, which by their nature harm or kill living
organisms. Many are taken up by plants and kill any feeding
insects or butterflies for many months after a single application.
■ And finally, preserve and appreciate your trees. A single,
magnificent oak supports more than500 species of butterflies and moths, let alone dozens of songbirds and small
mammals. Hickories, Birches, Black Cherries, dogwoods,
serviceberries and many other native trees support dozens of
species of beneficial insect and butterflies.
Lake Barcroft Newsletter
Auction, continued from page 1
an eight-day safari trip to Kenya is more to your liking. Details on these trips will follow on LakeLink, in Newsletter
articles, and in the Auction Program that will be released
before the big day.
There is also a new twist on the dinner plans. Rather than a
sit-down dinner, there will be a variety of small plates, "heavy"
hors d'oeuvres, so that attendees can eat, mingle with friends
and neighbors while reviewing and bidding on auction items.
This year's Auction fundraiser has adopted the Village's "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" motto as its theme, and seeks the
participation of the entire community. Proceeds will go toward
critical Village operating expenses, such as a part-time Village
Coordinator, service fees for required security checks of volunteers, transportation liability insurance, indemnity insurance,
program development, and office overhead to name a few. Village membership dues cover less than half of the Village operating budget for the year. Your attendance and participation are
the keys to making the event, and the Village, a success.
Finally, we are also requesting your assistance in the next few
months. Do you have a skill or a special treat to donate? Can
you help us with a request for a donation from a restaurant
or store where you know the owner or manager, or could you
request that they place an ad in our Auction Program? Please
contact Sally Determan with your contributions, ideas and energy (703-845-0363, or [email protected]). Or join us
in planning for the event; we are always looking for volunteers
who want to join in the fun.
Advertise in the
Auction Program
The Lake Barcroft Village Auction Program will be a 36-plus
page take-home program. It will be a source directory about the
Village and about businesses and services of interest to residents
and to Village members in particular.
Auction Committee members are hard at work reaching out to
local businesses for their support of the Lake Barcroft Village.
In addition to giving donations for the auction, businesses are
placing advertisements in the Program.
Lake Barcroft residents, too, can place Program ads to advertise
their businesses, as a tribute to the Village, or as a tribute ad in
honor or memory of a loved one. Ad prices are $260 for a full
page ad, $130 for a 1/2-page ad, $65 for a1/4-page ad and $50
for a 1/8-page ad. Inside front and inside back covers are also
Supporting each other and our surrounding community keeps
Lake Barcroft Village vibrant. If you have a business you want
more neighbors to know about or if you want to honor a loved
one, contact Debra Lee at 703-354-6351 or [email protected]
com about ads in the Village Auction Program.
Recent Sales in Lake Barcroft
Cape Cod
Split 4-Level
Split 4-Level
Split 4-Level
Split 4-Level
Days on
6103 Beachway Dr.
6417 Crosswoods Dr.
6513 Jay Miller Dr.
6134 Beachway Dr.*
3415 Blair Rd.
6147 Beachway Dr.
6420 Lyric Lane
3402 Greentree Dr.
Tax Value
Price to
Tax Value
$ 875,000
$ 717,790
*Sold before it came on the market
Source; MLS and Fairfax County tax records to June 30. All real estate companies are included in this list.
Real Estate Questions?
Ask Burma
[email protected]
Associate Broker
Lake Barcroft Marketing Expert
July 2014
President, continued from page 1
ment to the Supreme Court until his death in 1993. The Fund
operates under the auspices of the Lake Barcroft Foundation,
the 501(c)(3) arm of the Lake Barcroft Association.
Spill Update: County
Is Told, ‘No More’
Photo by Tom Donlan
Scholarships are awarded to JEB Stuart graduating seniors who
have demonstrated excellence inside and outside the classroom.
Although financial need is not a condition of eligibility, Thurgood Marshall scholarships are often given to students in those
circumstances. Ralph Smalley of Lakeview Drive and a committee of Lake Barcroft residents make the scholarship decisions.
At this year’s Convocation, former LBA President Cindy Waters, on behalf of the Fund, announced awards of $27,500 in
scholarships to seven recipients. Michael Amanuel, Claudia Partida, and Lelisa Quiroga-Herrera will attend the University of
Richmond. Rolando Flores-Santos, Gabriela Larios, and Melisa
Quiroga-Herrera will attend George Mason University. Quan
Huynh will attend the University of California-Berkeley.
All of this year’s Thurgood Marshall awardees were also recipients of scholarships from the JEB Stuart Educational Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2004 by Stuart parents, including Lake Barcroft residents Kaye and Ross Kory of
Waterway Drive and Kari Kelley of Lakeview Drive, who now
is the career counselor at Stuart.
The founders were concerned that many well-qualified graduates could not afford to go on to college. Thus, the Foundation’s
mission is to provide financial assistance to need-based students
who have demonstrated academic excellence in educational
programs or in extracurricular activities.
At the Convocation ceremony, Foundation President Diane Kilbourne announced awards of $106,000 in scholarships to 48
students. These students’ stories are amazing. Most came to the
United States as young children, learning English as a second language. All have done extremely well academically; many graduating
with IB Diplomas. Many are also active in school government, Stuart sports or organizations to assist other low-income immigrants.
And many have worked during high school to help support their
families and earn money for college. Most are the first in their families to attend college. The Foundation awards make a difference in
whether these students are able to afford college, and this year both
the Thurgood Marshall Fund and JEB Stuart Foundation were
able to award more scholarship funds than in previous years.
Please join your neighbors and help.
Ralph Smalley, Cindy Waters, Burma Klein, and Mike Sternard
and many others at the Lake have been actively involved with the
Thurgood Marshall Fund. To contribute to the Thurgood Marshall Fund, send checks (made out to Lake Barcroft Foundation)
to Lake Barcroft Association, P.O Box 1085, Falls Church 22041.
For the JEB Stuart Foundation, Board members Diane Kilbourne, Kari Kelley or Bob Feldman would be glad to tell you
about the work of the Foundation and what an impact it makes
on young peoples’ lives. Check out the Foundation’s website at
www.stuartfund.com. To contribute to the JEB Stuart Educational Foundation, send checks (made out to the JEB Stuart Education Foundation) to P.O. Box 4612, Falls Church, VA, 22044.
Digging still deeper (18 feet down) to find the problem.
On Monday, June 16 the fourth sewage spill of the season came
from the sanitary sewer line repairs at the pumping station at Dearborn Drive and Sleepy Hollow Road. A new section of pipeline
sheared off at the joint at the pumping station where the new steel
ductile line joined the old cast iron line. When the pipeline was
turned out intermittently, vibrations caused the fracture. Most of
the flow was contained in the area adjacent to the station but some
reached Holmes Run, which feeds into the Lake. As a precaution,
Beaches 2 and 3 were closed for the day. Beach 1 remained open.
County contractors are replacing the “new” section of line 18 feet
underground from the street into the pumping station. Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross hosted a town hall
meeting on June 25 to address Lake Barcroft community concerns regarding four sanitary sewer overflows that have occurred
this spring, resulting in sewage flowing into the Lake.
County Department of Public Works officials explained the
circumstances behind each of the four overflows, including the
two that resulted from breaks in the new line coming into the
Holmes Run Pumping Station (at Dearborn Drive and Sleepy
Hollow Road).
Lake residents sought assurances from the County that breaks in
the line such as these last two would not happen again and that
there would be a better notification system for Lake residents if
sewage spills did occur.
The County has promised more immediate notification to the
WID and LBA, and we are examining ways to more quickly
notify all Lake Barcroft residents if the Lake must be closed to
recreational activities.
The County is also examining the sewer lines along the south
side of the Lake to see if there are any obstructions or breaks
in the line and is considering a process for additional outside
expert evaluation of the repairs it is making to the Holmes Run
Pumping Station force main.
—Jim Kilbourne
Lake Barcroft Newsletter
Milestones, continued from page 2
“My pastel received one of the 10 awards
chosen by the gallery owner,” Susan says.
Family photo
time faculty members at the University of
Baltimore Law School, where he taught
and served as the faculty advisor to the Law
Review from 1970-1985. He was Faculty
Advisor Emeritus at the time of his death.
Nancy Garcia of Waterway Drive and
Concetta Scott of McLean are exhibiting
their work at Goodwin House Alexandria through Sept. 5. The theme of this
year’s show is small works and miniature
Debbie Ladwig of Beachway Drive
retired April 30 after a 25-year career at
NASA and the Department of Veteran
Affairs. Most recently she was director of
outreach in the VA’s Health Administration and, among other programs, was
responsible for the development of the
Make the Connection campaign and the
Veterans Crisis Line.
Her husband, Alan Ladwig, was named a
2014 Outstanding Alumni for the Illinois
Community College Trustees Association.
The award was presented in Springfield,
Illinois, on June 6 at the annual meeting
of the association. He is now eligible for
nomination for the 2015 Outstanding
Alumni Award for the American Association of Community Colleges.
For 30 years, he served as counsel to a variety of government agencies, including the
National Labor Relations Board, Department of Army, Judge Advocate General
and the Small Business Administration.
Gene was an active supporter of Lake
Barcroft. His knowledge of and contacts
within the SBA proved helpful in obtaining government assistance for the Lake
after Hurricane Agnes. He also was active
in the local Jewish community, serving as
one of the early presidents of ArlingtonFairfax Jewish Congregation (now Congregation Etz Hayim) and the editor of
the synagogue newsletter. In 2000, he
was awarded the Second Century Award
from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Gene graduated from Boys High in
Brooklyn at age 16 and graduated from
New York University at 19. By 21, he
had earned his law degree from NYU –
third in his class.
Gene was appointed to serve on President
Johnson’s Commission on the Patent System and was a member of the Federal Patent Advisory Panel and the Commission on
Federal Government Procurement.
Gene overcame a number of serious illnesses in his later years. Through this
period, his eldest son, Chuck, provided
him with care and companionship.
Gene was married to Blanche Sussman
Davidson from 1943 until her death in
1986. His sons, Chuck and Seth, live in
Lake Barcroft.
In 1970, Gene retired from government
service and became one of the first full-
Thanks, West Potomac HS and Joe Franco
George Waters reports: Huge thanks to
West Potomac High School students
Lindsay Paul, Calvin Furguson, Rosie
Sheehan and Munni Khattak and their
teacher Joe Franco of Beachway Drive for
their work last month. Under the supervision of LBA’s Frank Phillippi, the students
scrubbed down and stained (two coats)
21 picnic tables and seven benches at all
five beaches. Then the students reported
to Betsy Washington, who supervised
their weeding at the Beach 5 garden and
peninsula and marking storm drains.
Joe Franco also brought a different group of West Potomac students to try out their
engineering skills. They designed and built boats using only cardboard and duct tape, and
then they brought them to Beach 5 for a race. In boat closest to shore (with the face on
it) are Clay Schoeffel in front, Dave Cate in back. In the middle boat (with the heart) are
Michael Tran closest to camera and Hugo Santiago. In the distant boat are Ben Van Dyck, in
front, and Brian Spitnale.
Photos by Betsy Washington
Seth Davidson writes: Long-time Lake
Barcroft resident, Eugene J. Davidson died June 9, at the age of 99 years,
8 months and 3 days. Gene moved to
the D.C. area from New York City more
than70 years ago and was among the early
settlers on the north side of Lake Barcroft.
He moved into his Waterway Drive home
with his wife Blanche, and sons Chuck
and Seth in June 1954. Gene had a distinguished legal career in private practice,
government service, and academia.
Eugene J. Davidson
Following his second “retirement” from
teaching at Baltimore (at age 70), Gene
served as the reporter for Maryland’s Civil
Pattern Jury Instructions, co-authored
a manual on jury instructions, and authored a chapter on government contracts
for West’s Federal Practice Manual. He
also worked part-time as an usher at the
Kennedy Center into his 80s.
July 2014
How Do They Manage to Bring Such
Quality Opera to Lakeview?
By Will O’Neil Special to Barcroft News
Photo by Will O’Neil
John Turner is a fairly typical immigrant to these parts from a
benighted land, Texas, who managed to eke out a basic education – a Ph.D. in engineering from Cornell – and went on to
support his family by founding and running a technical services
company. Then he decided to kick back and relax by founding
an opera company.
Yes, an opera company, a professional one. But first he had to
learn to be an opera singer. Like lots of people, he’d always liked
opera, really liked it. John just carried it farther than most.
In the course of studying, John got to know other singers in the
area and heard a common, frustrating story. Singers get lengthy
advanced training and develop a fine technique. They’re not
ready for the big time yet, but they’re ready to become ready.
But that requires performance experience. Performing real opera before real audiences, learning and mastering real roles. But
where could they go to get experience? John decided that the answer was to start a sub-regional company with small size but big
standards. That’s exactly what he did, calling it Riverbend Opera.
Every year since 2009, Riverbend has mounted a full-scale opera, sometimes two. And every year one of the performances has
been here in our home on Lakeview Drive. Don Giovanni, La
Rondine, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Otello, Macbeth, and this year,
Andrea Chénier. Big operas with big casts and very demanding
roles. The cast plus an audience of 40 or more all fit into our
32-foot by 16-foot by 11 great room like a Chinese puzzle.
Opera is all about the power of music to communicate emotion.
The communication is even stronger when you are 20 feet or
less from the performer, immersed in his or her voice, seeing
every nuance of expression.
The intimacy demands a great deal of the performers, and the
performers John Turner has been finding deliver. During the
performance of Andrea Chénier here on Sunday, June 8, the title
role of the (real-life) impassioned poet who was among the last
victims of Robespierre in la Terreur was convincingly sung by
tenor Kevin Courtemanche. Kevin is a fine actor as well as an
outstanding tenor who has sung with the Met and many other
companies in the United States and Europe. And he even looks
like the real Chénier.
Annandale-based soprano Linda Kiemel sang the role of
Maddalena. The part of the servant-turned-revolutionary Carlo
Gérard was sung by a remarkable newcomer, baritone Thomas
Again this year the conductor was Molly Khatcheressian,
Thomas Jefferson High’s choral director and chair of its Performing Arts Department. A number of TJ students sang in the
chorus, adding delightful notes of youthful vigor and joy.
Chénier (Kevin Courtemanche) sings of his passion for Maddalena
(Linda Kiemel, in white) as her father (John Turner, to her right) looks
on. At the podium, Molly Khatcheressian conducts.
Lake Barcroft Newsletter
New Officers Already Planning the 2014-15
Woman’s Club Year
By Sharlene Aukofer and Diane Kilbourne Woman’s Club Co-Presidents
On a brilliantly sunny day at the beautiful home of Victoria Fernandez, the LBWC installed its new officers for 2014-15: CoPresidents Sharlene Aukofer and Diane Kilbourne, Vice-President
Charlotte Flounders, 2nd Vice-President/Membership Cathlene
Williams, Treasurer Carol Tether, Recording Secretary Burma
Klein, Corresponding Secretary Elizabeth Berry, Parliamentarian
Alexis Braun and Past President Anne Murphy O’Neil.
It’s Not Too Late To Join the Fun: All Lake Barcroft women are
welcome to join the LBWC. Your $30 dues helps support community activities such as the Ice Cream Social, the 4th of July
and Halloween Parades and the Easter Egg Hunt. We would
love to have you join us for what will be a fun and exciting year.
Barcroft Kids Beach Play: The club has set aside funds for materials to continue Beach Play during the summer – but we don’t
have a volunteer co-ordinator. We would love to continue this
activity during the summer. If you can volunteer – even once
– please contact Diane Kilbourne at [email protected]
Charity Nominations Deadline: Club members, please have
your nominations for 2014-15 charities submitted to Burma
Klein at [email protected] by Friday, Aug. 1. Nominations should be 200 words or less. Good news: You will also have
an opportunity to make an oral presentation at the Fall Luncheon,
as long as your written nomination is submitted by Aug. 1.
September 19, 2014: The Club will officially kick-off the new
year with our annual Membership Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., at
the home of Leigh Gonzalez, 6306 Crosswoods Circle. We’ll
have a chance to hear about all of our activity groups’ plans, and
vote on the charity recipients for 2014-15.
Membership Form 2014-2015
Please make your check payable to Lake Barcroft Woman’s Club and mail to:
Carol Tether, 6400 Lyric Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044 (703-914-2882)
Last name:_____________________________________________
First name/nickname:___________________________________
Street address:____________________________________________________________ Zip:____________ Section:________
Spouse/Partner name:__________________________________
Email address:_________________________________________
Cell phone:____________________________________________
Please check the Special Interest Groups you would like to be involved in:
❑ Crafts Group
❑ Downtown Attractions
❑ Morning Book Club
❑ The Art of Creative Arrangements
❑ Eating Adventures
❑Movie Night
❑Bridge Marathon
❑Theatre Adventures
Please check all activities you want to be involved in:
❑ Holiday Party
❑ Fundraising (House Tour, etc)
❑ Offering your home for a general meeting
❑ Halloween Parade
❑ Easter Egg Hunt
❑ July 4th Parade
Please check here if you would like a printed (rather than emailed) copy of the directory:
❑ I would like a printed directory
❑ I would prefer to receive an emailed directory, with periodic updates
Membership fee: $30
Fundraising donation:___________
Total for 2014-2015:_____________
July 2014
Barcrofters’ Teamwork Created a Stellar
2013-14 Year By Debra M. Lee Barcrofters President
Photo by Debra Lee
Host? Check.
Cooks? Check.
RSVPs? Check.
Set-up/clean-up helpers? Check.
This is how our delicious, gratifying Barcrofters events come
together – the brunches, luncheons, afternoon tea and barge
The Saturday, June 14 barge party wrapped up this Club year.
Nearly 70 attendees embarked aboard six vessels from Dominique and Chuong Phung’s dock on Greentree Drive. With Tony
Bracken, Strode Brent, Steve Coon, Charles de Seve, George
McLennan and Ron Oxley at the helms, Barcrofters cruised the
Lake nibbling hors d’oeuvres and sipping wine under clear, bright
blue skies. Dining in the open air afterwards with catered boxed
meals had everyone mingling and catching-up. It was the perfect finish to a delightful year of getting to know so many of our
neighborhood’s fabulous women (and their plus-ones in June).
As we conclude the 2013-2014 Barcrofters Club year, I thank
the many members who, in teams of seven, made our monthly
events a joy for the 30 to 40 women who came. I also am very
grateful for the 10 women who joined me last September on
the Barcrofters Council. Their seamless teamwork, focused dedication and welcoming ways made our event preparations run
smoothly. Many thanks and much appreciation go to:
■ Wilma Kaplan of Crosswoods Drive with back-up Adele
Neuberg of Fiddlers Green, who efficiently tracked RSVPs
as invitation coordinator
■ Nan Brent and Elaine Kent, both of Lakeview Drive, who
graciously booked our monthly host as co-house coordinators
■ Martha Bracken and Mary Ellen Jehn, both of Lakeview
Drive, who rallied volunteer cooks as co-food coordinators
■ Ruby Pritchard of Wentworth Drive with back-up Sharlene
Aukofer who brought drinks, diningware and a clean-up
crew as supplies coordinator
■ Leigh Gonzalez, with back-up Sharlene Aukofer, who stored
and kept a watchful eye on Club supplies as quartermaster
■ Dawn Donald of Lakeview Drive who kept our financials on
track as treasurer
Barcrofters membership is open to ALL women residing in
Lake Barcroft. Club events are typically on the first Thursday
from September through May with a barge party on a weekend
day in June. The next Club year begins in September. Watch for
details in the August edition of the Lake Barcroft Newsletter or
write to [email protected] to be added to the Club's email
list for announcements.
Clockwise at left, Don Christian of Waterway Drive, Dawn Donald of
Lakeview Drive, Millie Schreiber of Mansfield Road, Ron Oxley and
Roxanna Douglas of Lakeview Drive, Louise Ziebell of Waterway
Drive, Bob Schreiber of Mansfield Road and Earl Ziebell of
Waterway Drive enjoy their picnic dinners at the Barcrofters Barge
Party hosted by Dominique and Chuong Phung of Greentree Drive
on June 14.
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Congratulations to Our Class of 2014
William Joseph Bailey, son of Alice
Rowan of Cavalier Corridor and Ray
Bailey of Whispering Lane, graduated
from Radford University in May with a
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. This summer he will be working as a performing arts assistant at Wolf
Trap National Park for the Performing
Arts. This fall he will work in law enforcement in Irvine, Calif.
exandria. In the fall she will be attending
Sweet Briar College and plans to major
in Pre-Med. Alex will on Sweet Briar’s
Division III Swim Team.
Bruce Damian, grandson of Bruce and
Phyllis Powers of Lakeview Drive, graduated from Woodson High School in Annandale. Bruce is familiar to many Lake
residents; he runs a lawn services business here.
Two granddaughters of Sally Determan
of Pinetree Terrace graduated this year.
Lauren Determan graduated from
James Madison University's School of
Education on May 10. She will be continuing for an additional year at JMU to
earn her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Alex Branham, daughter of Carmen
Branham of Beachway Drive graduated
from Bishop Ireton High School in Al-
Kristen Determan graduated with high
honors from Courtland High School in
Spotsylvania. She will attend JMU in the
The girls are the daughters of David and
Sheila Determan of Spotsylvania.
Amanda Firestone, daughter of Nancy
Firestone and Patricia Payne of Lakeview Drive, received both her Bachelor’s
Degree in Social Work (with honors)
and Master’s Degree in Social Work
from Catholic University of America.
She plans to stay in the area and use
her MSW to counsel and work with atrisk children. Amanda has lived in Lake
Barcroft since 1992, and while in high
school was a lifeguard at the Lake.
Ethan Goldenberg, son of Mark Goldenberg and Martha Rubenstein of Jay
Miller Drive graduated from JEB Stuart
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Graduates, continued from page 12
Chloe Grishaw, daughter of Letty
Grishaw of Stoneybrae Drive, graduated
from the College of William & Mary
with a B.S. in Kinesiology. She will be
moving to Phoenix to teach 8th grade
science for a Phoenix-area school district
as part of Teach for America.
Isabelle Janus-Clark, daughter of Noreene Janus of Cavalier Corridor, graduated from George Mason University with
a Master’s of Social Work degree. She is
looking for a position where she can use
her social work skills, her multi-cultural
experiences, and her Spanish language
Elisabeth Ladd Holmes, a member of
the Clayton/Hazard/Holmes family,
graduated from Sidwell Friends School
and plans to attend Guilford College in
North Carolina in the fall.
Zainab Kamara of Jay Miller Drive
graduated from JEB Stuart High School,
having attended the school for four years
after moving to Falls Church from Sierra
Leone. She attended the FCPS Nursing
Academy and leaves Stuart with an LPN.
In the fall Zainab will attend Hood College in Frederick, Md., to become a registered nurse.
Dylan Kemelor, son of Phil Kemelor
and Donna Blum-Kemelor of Jay Miller
Drive, graduated from eighth grade at
The Congressional Schools of Virginia,
where he earned the President’s Award
for Academic Excellence. This fall, Dylan
will attend The Edmund Burke School
on Connecticut Avenue in Washington.
Maren S. La Belle, daughter of Mary
Beth and Craig La Belle of Crosswoods
Drive, graduated from Bishop Denis J.
O'Connell High School. In the fall she
will study Marketing at Christopher
Newport University in Newport News.
Alice Lima-Whitney of Edgewater
Drive received her Master’s Degree in
Education (specializing in student literacy) from George Mason University. Alice
and her husband Wilson Whitney have
two children: Emma, 13, and Clara, 11.
She is also the sister of Natalie LimaGarcia of Greentree Drive.
Lois and Marty Mandelberg of Waterway Drive have three grandchildren
graduating from two high schools this
year. One graduated from both:
Family photos
High School and is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. During
his time at Stuart, he rowed for the Crew
Team and designed sound and lights for
eight Drama Department productions. Ethan will attend Virginia Tech in the
fall with the intent of earning an engineering degree.
Jeffrey, Amanda and Riki
Amanda Martin O’Keeffe graduated with honors from Yorktown High
School in North Arlington. She has been
a member of the Yorktown Crew Team
for three years. She will be attending the
University of Delaware.
Jeffrey O’Keeffe Horowitz graduated
from H.B. Woodlawn High School in
Arlington. Jeffrey was in the Jazz Band
and plays several instruments but especontinued on page 20
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Include Your 2014 Lake Barcroft Activities Here. Email Wilma Kaplan: [email protected]
Photos by Tom and Carol Donlan
july 15 — Noon
LBV Co-ed Lunch, Le Cote D’Or, Falls Church
July 19
Newcomers Raft-Up and Swim Party, Contact [email protected]
july 20 — 7:30 p.m.
The Capitol Steps, Mason District Park
july 23 — 12:30 p.m.
Woman’s Club Eating Adventures, IMM Thai Cuisine,
july 23 — 7:30 p.m.
LBWID Quarterly Meeting, LBWID Compound
july 25 — 10 a.m.
Woman’s Book Club, Jefferson-the Art of Power, Home of Cathy
Williams, 3434 Glen Carlyn Dr.
july 26 — 5-7 p.m.
LBV Happy Hour, Home of Terry Stone, 6318 Crosswoods Circle
AUG. 5 — 11:30 a.m.
LBV Silver Fox Men’s Lunch, Kenji Fusion, 3539 S. Jefferson St.
Aug. 13 — 10-11:30 a.m.
LBV Tech Wednesday, Smart Phones, Home of Moya Atkinson,
3419 Fiddlers Green
Aug. 13 — 7:30 p.m.
LBA Board Meeting
The next phase of the Community Garden restoration project is
underway. This included re-contouring the land, adding storm water
control features to prevent ponding of water on the lawn area and
pathway, and installing new sod. It will also eliminate the problem
of storm water running off Dearborn Drive and flooding the garden
during heavy rains. Here Lori Gordon and her dog, Mori, survey the
barren landscape during the re-grading on June 16. By June 26,
(in lower photo) sod was down and the Community Garden showed
great progress.
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In the Kitchen with Moe
Fourteen people at the end of a wild
week of celebrations? Think Fajitas.
After a whirlwind week of one child’s
confirmation, our wedding anniversary
(19th) and my in-laws 50th wedding
anniversary, you could say I’m tired and
have nothing left in the bank. True. But
you gotta eat. So what to do a week later,
when we are down to a mere 14 for dinner? Fajitas.
Here is my take on what to do with six
pounds of meat and 14 people with –
surprise – little or no leftovers. By the
way, BestWay market at Loehmans Plaza
has a great cut of Fajita Steak.
6 pounds fajita meat
1 container Badia Complete seasoning (found at BestWay)
■ Extra virgin olive oil
■ 14 cloves (or more) garlic
■ 1 teaspoon cumin seed, split in two
■ 3 cups basmati rice
■ 4 cups chicken stock (optional)
■ 4 yellow onions
■ 2 celery stalks, diced
■ 2 cans black beans
■ 2 bunches cilantro
■ 10 jalapenos
■ 20-24 tomatillos (small)
■ 6 Roma tomatoes
■ 1 lemon
■ 1 package fresh corn tortillas, warmed
on the grill
■ Pineapple, sliced
■ Vanilla ice cream
Rub the meat with the Badia Complete
seasoning and olive oil. Let rest two
hours or longer (overnight is best).
Slice 6 cloves of garlic. Add ½ cup olive
oil to stock pot. Add ½ teaspoon cumin
seed. Sweat (don’t brown) on low for 3
minutes until garlic and cumin essence
is in the air. Add basmati rice and mix
thoroughly with garlic and cumin. Sweat
another 5 minutes and stir frequently.
Add 4 cups of chicken stock or water.
Bring to a boil and add another cup of
water. Simmer until done.
By Moe Jafari Barcroft News Staff
Black Beans
Dice 2 large yellow onions with ½
teaspoon cumin, 4 cloves diced and
smashed garlic. Sweat the mixture in a
stock pot on medium heat. Add 2 diced
tomatoes and stir. Add diced celery stalks
and mix well. Add black beans and mix
well. Simmer for 30-45 minutes on low
to medium heat. Dice one Jalapeno (or
more) and add at the last minute. Just
before serving, sprinkle with sliced cilantro to “decorate” the beans
Tomatillo Salsa
Remove husks from tomatillos, wash, dry
and place in large bowl. Add Jalapenos.
Mix with olive oil and lots of salt. Grill
until brown and blistered. (Treat them like
tomatoes). In a food processor, add the
grilled tomatillos, 1 bunch of cilantro, 2
cloves garlic, 1 lemon squeezed, 1 teaspoon
salt. Mix thoroughly. Done! Get some
chips and enjoy.
Grill Meat and Veggies
Cut 3 tomatoes in half. Cut onions in
quarters. Leave peppers whole. Toss all
with olive oil. Grill on high. Let the
tomatoes blister. Then put them aside.
They are better served at room temperature.
Once the rice is done, the fixins are
ready and the table is set, grill the meat
on high, then slice across the grain in ¼
-inch strips. Heat the corn tortillas and
serve. This was all done in under one
hour. It was a big hit – and terribly easy.
Slice and coat pineapple with butter. Grill on high heat – grill marks on
both sides. Dice and serve on vanilla ice
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An Early Look at Recommendations for a
New, Improved and Much More Populated
Seven Corners By Alison Rue Oleson Special to Barcroft News
In 1956, Seven Corners Shopping Center was the first major
shopping center to open in suburban D.C. At its opening in
1956, it was the largest regional shopping center in Virginia.
The indoor mall with escalators and higher-end shops such as
Garfinkel’s and Woodward & Lothrop was razed in the mid1990s and replaced with today’s Seven Corners.
Recent years have seen major transformations at Shirlington
and Merrifield. Can Seven Corners be transformed?
The Seven Corners Task Force on Land Use and Transportation has been working since 2012, evaluating current conditions and making recommendations for future development in
the Seven Corners commercial area. This is a joint effort that
includes developers who own the land and local and state government officials who must determine if the recommendations
are aligned with the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners comprehensive plan. Government support is key because infrastructure
and roads would need government funding.
The Task Force’s final plan will be released this fall, but the current version calls for major transformation in three “opportunity areas:”
1. The north side of Route 50 would become Willston Village
Center. Existing affordable residential buildings would be renovated and replaced 1:1. The Willston 1 shopping center (the one
with the CVS) would become mixed-use and include a grocery
store, retail as well as higher-end condos or apartments above. A
minimum of 12% of residential construction would be affordable
A county government building planned for Columbia Pike
(in the land between Radley Acura and Moncure Avenue)
may move to the current Willston Community Center site.
This would free the Columbia Pike land for a new elementary
school. There are 589 housing units in the “opportunity area”
on the north side of Route 50; the plan calls for a total of 2,752
units. Two recreation-focused urban parks, a pocket park and
common green are also on the planning board.
2. The Sears building and the two office buildings on either
side would become Leesburg Pike Village. Currently there
are no residential units in this area. The proposal consists of
three six-story buildings facing Leesburg Pike with a total of
499 units. The units would be a mix of condos and apartments
from studios to one- or two-bedroom units. In addition, 110
townhouses would be built along Juniper Lane and at the rear
of the property. The development would include a new street,
accessible to Route 7, and lined with convenience retail such
as restaurants, a coffee shop, and dry cleaners. There would be
ground floor space in the high rises for medical offices.
3. Seven Corners Shopping Center would become Seven
Corners Town Center. This would have the highest intensity of development and the tallest buildings. There would be
mixed-use development – residential, retail, office and hotel –
organized around a large, central plaza that would serve as the
main public gathering place. This area has no residential units
now, but would add a total of 2,447 apartments and condos.
The Town Center would host a transportation depot to connect
Seven Corners with the East Falls Church Metro. One of the
highest performing Home Depot stores in the country – with a
long-term lease – is located in Seven Corners, so the timing for
these changes is unknown.
Task Force organizers say none of these changes will happen
overnight. Any of these proposed changes involve a long – often years’ long – process.
Seven Corners needs revitalization, but we must ask:
Can our area, roads and schools handle a dramatic increased
density of nearly 6,000 new housing units?
■ How would this affect our property values and quality of
It is important that we all stay tuned to what is going on and
voice our concerns or support. The next public input opportunity will be in August. For more information, including details
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New ‘Mostly Turkish’ Restaurant Sets a
High Bar By George McLennan and Debra M. Lee Barcroft News Staff
Photo by George McLennan
Yayla Bistro is a new eastern Mediterranean style restaurant in
Falls Church in the same location as the former French café behind Côte d’Or. While we are sorry to see the café go, Yayla is a
very nice addition to our local dining-out choices.
The interior has been completely remodeled into a very open, contemporary and attractive dining area that seats about 50 people plus room
for about a dozen more outside on a small deck next to the sidewalk.
Staff from the hostess to the busboys are very friendly and courteous. Our waiter, Wahid, was particularly helpful in describing
dishes new to us, and his recommendations were spot on.
The two Turkish chefs offer several dishes from around the Mediterranean region, but their focus is Turkish cuisine. While the
menu lists the entrées as "small entrée plates," we found them
sized just right for us and not to be confused with "small plates"
that one often thinks of when served a Spanish tapa or Greek
meze. Over a couple of visits with friends we tried several appetizers, entrées and desserts:
■ Cacik – Fresh Turkish yogurt, cucumber, mint, garlic, and
olive oil. This was the best of the appetizers. It also came
on a single dish as the Cold Meze Trio with the Htipiti and
Baba Ghanoush and all the fresh hot bread we could eat. (A)
■ Htipiti – Oven-roasted red peppers, feta cheese, thyme, and olive
oil. This was something very different for us. And we liked it. (A)
■ Baba Ghanoush – Pureed eggplant, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice.
This is an old favorite and certainly met our expectations. (A)
■ Grilled Calamari - Grilled fresh squid with the chef ’s special
sauce. These came nearly whole. The heads were detached
next to the bodies. We ate the heads whole and sliced the
bodies into the more familiar rings. This is just a matter of
taste, but some of us would have preferred these without the
heads and tentacles (too gross), and with the bodies sliced and
a little crispy. Our giving them only a B is probably unfair. (B)
■ Lamb Shish – Grilled marinated leg of lamb on a skewer
served with rice pilaf. Very tasty and tender. (A)
■ Lamb Chops – Grilled marinated Lamb Chops with rice
pilaf. Very tender and just delicious. (A)
■ Karides Tava – Sautéed shrimp in garlic, lemon, olive oil,
and tomatoes. Slightly spicy and very good. (A)
Yayla Bistro
2201 N. Westmoreland St. (at Route 29 & I-66)
703-533-5600; www.yaylabistro.com
Every Day: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Entrées: $9 - $15
Kofte – A wrap with grilled ground beef and lamb patties
with cacik (Turkish yogurt), lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers,
onions. We tried this on a lunch visit. It was very good and
was easy to make into two meals. (A)
■ Baklava – Fresh filo dough layered with walnuts in honey
syrup. We’ve had baklava in several parts of Turkey and in
numerous ethnic restaurants here. We’ve also had homemade versions from local friends and acquaintances. They’ve
all been very good, but Yayla’s version is quite special. (A++)
■ Sutlac – Turkish style rice pudding. We had this all over Turkey,
too, and one of us makes it at home from a Turkish recipe.
When we say this was an excellent dish we mean it. (A)
■ Apricot Delight – Fresh mascarpone cheese with honey and
caramel topped with dried apricots and walnuts. This was
another first for us and truly delicious. (A)
Everything seemed to have been prepared from fresh ingredients.
The spices and sauces gave even familiar dishes their own unique
flavors. We were quite taken with a number of them. And, of
course, the presentation of everything was creative and well done.
Our only complaint was that like most modern restaurants, Yayla
has a hard floor and ceiling so it becomes increasingly noisy as
more people are seated. It can get quite loud.
We must also mention the wine, Ramon Bilbao Crianza Rioja
from Spain, it pleased our palates so much so that we have since
picked up two more bottles at Total Wine.
Bottom line: Our entrées averaged about $14 each. The full meal
came to nearly $38 per person. (We must have hit the appetizers
and desserts too hard but we couldn’t help ourselves.) We really
enjoyed the food at Yayla and plan to go back when we are not
otherwise out looking for the next new place.
Note that street parking is limited, but there are several free parking
spaces set aside for shoppers in the next-door residential building.
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Graduates, continued from page 13
cially loves harmonica and guitar. He
will be attending The Evergreen State
College in Olympia, Wash.
Erika Grace (Riki) Langello graduated
from both H.B. Woodlawn High School
(with honors) and Yorktown High
School in North Arlington. (Woodlawn
is a magnet school and Yorktown is her
home school for sports. She lettered in
Ice Hockey.) Erika attended both graduations. She has taken college-level classes
at Northern Virginia Community College for two years. Erika has worked for
the past two years as a Skate Guard at
the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston.
This fall, Erica will be attending Wesley
College in Delaware.
Claire Marcus, daughter of Larry and
Tara Marcus of Crosswoods Circle, grad-
Adam Nassar, son of
Gabe Nassar and Ann
Gamber of Lakeview Drive, graduated
from JEB Stuart High
School. Adam will be
heading to Old Dominion University in
the fall, studying Construction Management/Engineering. This summer he will
be working for his dad with GN Contracting.
uated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She
She will be pursuing grad school for Occupational Therapy.
Maxwell Miller, son of Kyung ChoMiller of Tennis Court, graduated from
St. Albans School and will attend The
Pennsylvania State University this fall. Kylie Murphree, granddaughter of
Meredith Murphree of Woodland Circle, graduated from Fairfax High School,
where she was an outstanding basketball
player, named to All-Region, All-District
and All-Met teams. She was offered
more than 100 college scholarships. She
will attend the University of Richmond
on a full scholarship. Kylie, who also
took many AP classes at Fairfax High,
plans to major in pre-med.
Alyssa A. Navarrete, oldest
Frank Aukofer
graduated on May 16
from the University of Maryland
Law School in
Baltimore. As a
law student, Alyssa was a member of the
Law Review, worked as a writing teaching assistant and in the juvenile law clinic,
and served on the executive board of the
Maryland Public Interest Law Project.
Soon after receiving her juris doctor degree, she began working in the chambers
of Judge Pamela White of the Baltimore
City Circuit Court. She is a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech University.
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Photo by Jody McKitrick
Neighbors, continued from page 3
Jody: I respect the LBA and how it looks
after the well-being of our Lake community. I wonder sometimes if we could come
together to do more for our surrounding
area. There’s some turmoil in our schools,
for instance, and issues with Seven Corners.
Jody shows me colorful action pictures she’s taken at the beaches and on
the 4th of July.
Jody: I believe the Washington Post is
doing an article on Lake Barcroft. They
called me asking for pictures.
When did you get your first camera?
Jody: In high school. I grew up in the
Navy; attended 13 different schools.
Pillar, 6, Ben, 8, Stella, 9, and the McKitrick
family dog, Knox, 2.
Graduates, continued from page 20
helping his grandmother run the Ice
Cream Social and pitching in at many
other community events. He is the oldest of Nick and Cindy (Janet’s daughter)
Quintanilla’s four boys.
I was shy, but always managed, and
learned to be adaptable and flexible.
Your flexibility was evident last month,
when daughter Stella, 9, and son Ben,
8, were on the team running Sand
Day. They had everything set for the
day, which was postponed and then
cancelled because of the spills into the
Lake. (Note Stella's Go Jump in the
Lake T-shirt on the photo here. Jody
designed the shirts for the canceled
Sand Day 2014.) Thanks to them and
you for all your Sand Day work.
It’s great to have all of you beautiful
young families with us here in Lake
University. Husband Sean Schrock and
daughters Sophia and Isabelle are very
proud of her. Sonja plans to enjoy her
summer vacation.
Virginia Tech in the fall and plans to major in biology.
Sonja Schrock-Fischer of Lakeview
Drive received her Master of Social Work
Degree in May from George Mason
Neil Brendan Varshneya, son of Lynn
and Deepak Varshneya of Cavalier Corridor, graduated on May 11 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a
minor in Chemistry from The College
of William and Mary. Neil's immediate plans are to complete a certification
in emergency medicine this summer at
George Washington University and to
continue graduate studies this fall at
the Virginia Commonwealth University
Medical School in Richmond.
Photo by Tom Donlan
Julian Rosker, son of Mark Rosker and
Natalie Gluck of Waterway Drive, graduated from JEB Stuart High School and
will attend Georgia Tech in the fall to
study Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Gavin Scott, son of Sue and Kevin Scott
of Waterway Drive, is an International
Baccalaureate diploma candidate and
graduate of JEB Stuart High School,
where he was a Virginia All-State Band
selected trumpet player. This fall Gavin
will attend Virginia Tech and plans to
major in biological chemistry.
Victoria (Tori) Schmehl, daughter of
Dick and Tricia Schmehl of Farm Hill
Drive, graduated from JEB Stuart High
School as a candidate for an International Baccalaureate diploma. She will attend
Our July 4 Fireworks was a major success -- thanks to Kevin Howe and approximately 130
volunteers who stepped up to put on the big show. Details and photos of the Parade and
Fireworks in the August newsletter.
Lake Barcroft Newsletter
Get Those Stickers
on Your Boat – And
Put It on a Rack
By Pat Payne LBA Water Safety Chair
The LBA's annual boat inspection is now underway and boats
without a 2014 LB sticker will be tagged by the LBA for removal and sale. However, our hope is to have 100 percent compliance, which we can do only with your help.
While the LBA will use reasonable efforts to contact residents
without stickers, we acknowledge that it is sometimes difficult
to reach owners for a variety of reasons: sometimes because we
don’t have the owner’s phone number and contact information,
or sometimes there is no voicemail and we can’t leave a message;
sometimes the owner just avoids being contacted.
So it’s important for you to make sure that YOUR BOAT is in
compliance with the rules.
Boats are now being tagged as non-compliant and will be scheduled for removal for the following violations:
■ Does not have a 2014 tag
■ Is attached to tree or other improper storage
■ Is blocking access to another boat on the racks
■ Impedes lifeguards’ access to safety equipment
Avoid the hassle, play by the rules. Contact Chris Lawson or me
if you need 2014 stickers.
The pups will play
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We know pets are happiest
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July 2014
Lake residents may place free
classifieds. We will publish the ad
for one month, additional months
are on a space-available basis
and must be submitted by the
15th of each month. Classifieds
can be emailed to Chris Lawson
at [email protected] for
approval. Please include your
name and day/evening phone
numbers for verification. NonLake residents may purchase a
classified ad by calling 703-9412547 or emailing [email protected]
com. Placement is on a spaceavailable basis.
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GeesePeace Patrols +
Volunteers = 1 Great Year
By Betsy Washington Barcroft News Staff
Once again, the Lake Barcroft GeesePeace
program has had another stellar year. We
began the season with 27 pairs of nesting geese as well as several non-nesting
juveniles, bringing the total population
of geese to 70-80 in early May. By midJune, volunteers have reported only a
couple of families of geese with young
still around the Lake.
This is thanks to the hard work of a dedicated team of GeesePeace volunteers, our
masterful volunteer GeesePeace dog, and
the hard working WID staff. Julie Mueller of Whispering Lane has served admirably as our volunteer coordinator managing a dedicated crew of 23 volunteers
and coordinating as many as 10 patrols
in five days in late May.
Mac Vogelei of Greentree Drive has
served as our capable boat captain and
manager, training new boat captains and
making sure the boat was operating in top
form in the midst of welcoming two new
Thanks also to Mike Sternad for designing the fabulous Google online scheduleroster. And of course, WID as always,
deserves a huge round of applause for supporting this program in a myriad of ways,
from monitoring nests and oiling the eggs
to preparing and expertly maintaining the
boats and supporting our volunteers.
Thanks also to GeesePeace founders and
expert advisors, Holly Hazard and David Feld, and to David for continuing to
help train new volunteers each year.
We are incredibly thankful to have the
services of the wonderful border collie,
Kelso, for a second year. Kelso is owned
by Gary Schneekloth and Marta Erceg
of Lyric Lane and has demonstrated an
amazing aptitude for his new work.
Please thank the following volunteers on
their efforts on behalf of all of us in Lake
Barcroft: Brian Allen, Frank and Sharlene Aukofer, Wendy Diliberti, Marta
Erceg, Bill Herz, Kevin Howe, Rick Kercz, Jeff and Kate Linton, Lark Lovering,
Julie Mueller, Tom and Trippi Penland,
Alex Sapounakis, Gary Schneekloth,
Holly Schneider, John Shapard, Nomi
Taslitt, Mac Vogelei, India Walsh, and
Diane and Madeleine Weeks.
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