Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social

Predatory Student Lenders News, Page 4 ‘Layers of Light’ on Exhibit in Great Falls News, Page 5 Focus On Social Justice News, Page 3 U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) speaks at The First Baptist Church of Vien- na fourth annual Justice and Legislative Sunday. online at February 5-11, 2020 Postal Customer ECR WSS Attention Postmaster: Time sensitive material. Requested in home 2-6-20 PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID Easton, MD permit #322 Photo by Mercia Hobson/The Connection Opinion, Page 6 v Entertainment, Page 7 v Classifieds, Page 10

Transcript of Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social

Page 1: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

Predatory Student Lenders

News, Page 4

‘Layers of Light’ on Exhibit in Great Falls

News, Page 5

Focus On Social

JusticeNews, Page 3

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) speaks at The First Baptist Church of Vien-na fourth annual Justice and Legislative Sunday.

online at February 5-11, 2020

Postal CustomerECR WSS

Attention Postmaster: Time sensitive material.

Requested in home 2-6-20


PAIDEaston, MDpermit #322

Photo b

y M









n, Pag

e 6 v




ent, Pag

e 7 v




s, P



Page 2: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

2 ❖ Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020

Page 3: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020 ❖

NewsConnection Editor Kemal Kurspahic

703-778-9414 or [email protected]

By Mercia Hobson

The Connection

The First Baptist Church of Vienna hostedits 4th annual Justice and Legislative Sun-day, Feb. 2, 2020. The congregationopened its doors and invited legislators

and members of grassroots organizations to join themfor worship services. Afterward, everyone convenedin the church’s fellowship hall for the “Justice & Leg-islative Fair,” one of the church’s signature social jus-tice events. The forum provided the opportunity forthe congregation and guests to engage in one-on-one dialogues.

Before the 10 a.m. service started, Frank Bowersof Chantilly and Jim Biggs of Manassas helped setup the fellowship hall and considered what theywanted to ask the legislators. Bower said he plannedto ask, “What are you going to do differently in 2020,than the other year of service, 2016, when youdropped the ball, and America got a king to rule overthem.”

Biggs considered his question. “My beef is I wantto know what they are going to do to curb the incar-ceration rate for minorities. The district attorneysare more interested in closing cases rather than giv-ing individuals fair trails,” he said.

Upstairs In the sanctuary, two deacons waited forthe legislators to arrive. They, too, considered whatthey would ask. Deacon Thomas E Twyman, Sr. said,“Health care is the number one issue. And afford-able housing.”

“I’d like the political atmosphere to turn back as itwas when we had Obama, when people tried to worktogether to solve problems. Now it seems the newpresident brings out the worst in some. We need tokeep our democracy. That means everybody gives insome for the greater good,” said Anthony Weaver ofOak Hill.

Shortly before the service began, the legislativeguests arrived. They represented all levels of gov-ernment. Among them, U.S. Senator Mike Warner(D), who provided remarks during the service.

SEN. WARNER recounted the words Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr. frequently said to remind listenersof the long road ahead of them when committed toprogressive politics. “The arc of the moral universeis long, but it bends toward justice,” Sen. Warnersaid. He told the congregation to take these wordsto heart when they thought about some things inthe news. The senator noted that it had been fifty-two years since Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wasmurdered.” So many things that Dr. King spoke about,we still need. There is still way too much of a racialwealth gap. There is still too much of a criminal jus-tice system where my daughter is treated differentlythan your sons and daughters when they interact withthe police,” he said.

Sen. Warner added that Dr. King said he hopedthere would be a day in America when his childrenand grandchildren would be judged by the contentof their character and not the color of their skin. “And,if there is ever a time when in our nation, we needto be judging our leaders by the content of their char-acter, it is now. The church teaches us to respect eachother, to be truthful, to treat people, even if we dis-agree, with respect. I hope and pray that sometimesthe individual who currently lives at 1600 Pennsyl-vania Avenue might take those words to heart as well.These are challenging times in our nation. I want tothank our Lieutenant Governor and legislators. Eventhough we may be struggling in Washington, we aremoving many things forward in Richmond,” said Sen.Warner.

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Justin Fairfax (D),Delegate Mark Keam (D-35), Fairfax County Com-monwealth Attorney Stephen Descano (D), Supervi-sor Walter Alcorn (D-Hunter Mill), Fairfax CountySchool Board At-Large member Rachna SizemoreHeizer and many more attended Justice and Legisla-tive Sunday with Sen. Warner. They listened to thesenator and Pastor Dr. Vernon C. Walton, who saidin his sermon that in a country that had so much, itwas possible for so many to have so little.

“It’s hard to believe in a nation where so muchfood is wasted daily, it would be possible particu-larly children to go to bed hungry at night and have

Legislators Reflect onSocial Justice Initiatives

The First Baptist Church of Vienna hosts itsfourth annual Justice and Legislative Sunday.

Focus on Social Justice

See Justice, Page 10

From left: FairfaxCounty PublicSchool Boardmember At-LargeRachna SizemoreHeizer talks withattendees at theJustice & Legisla-tive Fair held atthe First BaptistChurch of Vienna.

Photos by

Mercia Hobson/

The Connection

Supervisor Walter Alcorn(D-Hunter Mill), right:Working on some economicdevelopment initiatives, notjust to get economic develop-ment in places where we’regetting a lot of economicdevelopment, but on anequity basis, to start bringingit to places in Fairfax Countythat have not seen it. So let’sstart bringing emergingtechnology companies, doingsome of those more innovative, creative things in placeswhere we haven’t had economic development as we should inFairfax County.

Virginia Senator JenniferBoysko (D-33): I’ve workedtirelessly for the past fiveyears on expanding who canhave a driver’s license inVirginia as well as in-statetuition for our dreamers. Iwas a sponsor of the paidfamily medical leave bill thatwill allow people to deal withtheir crisis without losingtheir jobs. Tomorrow I will bepresenting the CollectiveBargaining for public employees, which will give all of them aseat at the table... I’m going to be working to make sure ourjudges look like the people in Virginia.

Supervisor John Foust(D-Dranesville): There willbe an additional 5,000 unitsto serve people earning 30 to60 percent of the area medianincome, AMI. It’s a 15-yearplan. We are hoping to domore, but that is the baseminimum promise to accom-plish. To do that, we areadding $25 million more tothe budget this year foraffordable housing... I’ve readdozens of Economic Development Plans from across the coun-try, and ours is the only one that I’ve ever read that has as oneof its major goals to include Gaining Economic and SocialEquity. In terms of social justice, I’m out there walking thepicket lines and attending the rallies and speaking at the ralliesfor our bus transit workers. They deserve a better deal thanthey’ve been getting.

Stephen Descano, FairfaxCounty CommonwealthAttorney: The questionalways comes back; how canwe build a more justworld...My mandate, as theleader of our criminal justicesystem is to do justice…That’s why minute one of myadministration I directed myprosecutors to no longerprosecute simple possession ofmarijuana, because we knowthat is way to disproportionately get young African Americanmen and women through the front door of the criminal justicesystem. And that’s not justice.

See Social Justice Initiatives, Page 10

— Mercia Hobson

Page 4: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

4 ❖ Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020


By Michael Lee Pope

The Connection

As a high school student, KatlynWeiser dreamed of attendingGeorge Mason University. Shewanted to have a career in pub-

lic service, being in the room where it hap-pens on Capitol Hill. But instead she foundherself under a mountain of debt, strugglingto keep up with meeting minimum pay-ments and ultimately being forced to makea difficult decision about her future. Shesays she’ll never forget the day when anagent from loan-servicing company Navienttold her that she should probably drop outof school to pay off her student debt.

“I cried,” says Weiser. “I cried a lot be-cause I had come so far. I had become thefirst person in my family to go to college,one of the first people in my high school togo to college, and it was sad to hear thatbecause I had come so far.”

Weiser did not listen. She didn’t drop out,and she’s now a senior at George MasonUniversity. She says she has determined thatshe can’t afford a career in public service,so she plans on being a lobbyist instead.She’s one of the student borrowers stateSen. Janet Howell (D-32) wants to helpwith a bill she calls the Borrowers Bill ofRights. It would use the power of the StateCorporation Commission to crack down on

what she calls the egregious practices ofstudent loan servicing companies.

“We can regulate these student loanservicers to ensure we’re protecting ourborrowers from shady practices ,and believeme there are shady practices,” says Howell.“Every other type of debt is regulated inVirginia except student loans debt. This lackof regulation is egregious given one millionborrowers are collectively carrying morethan $41 billion worth of student debt.”

DEMOCRATS HAVE WANTED to crackdown on student-loan servicing companies

for years, but the Republican-led House ofDelegates has blocked the effort. Del.Marcus Simon (D-53) has introduced leg-islation to have the State Corporation Com-mission regulate student-loan servicingcompanies for years only to be blocked bythe GOP majority over and over. Even whenHowell was able to get similar legislationthrough the Senate, Simon found that theRepublican-led House was not interested.

“It’s interesting that a number of delegateswho have been sympathetic but didn’t thinkthis was the right solution voted for the billin committee this year,” said Simon. “So Ithink we’re on a glider path here, althoughthere are a few people who continue to be-lieve that we shouldn’t be helping out stu-dents for whatever reason.”

This year, Democrats are in control of theGeneral Assembly. That’s opened the flood-gates for a number of issues, and crackingdown on student-loan servicing companiesis one of them. Howell’s bill cracking downon student loan servicing companies passeda Senate committee with a unanimous vote.And Simon has a similar bill that’s alreadypassed the House with an 84 to 15 vote.

“When student-loan servicers engage indeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to fi-nancial security,” says Anna Scholl, execu-

tive director of Progress Virginia. “Whenstudent loan servicers engage in deceptiveand predatory practices, borrowers can faceinsurmountable barriers to financial secu-rity.”

THE BILL requires student loan servicingcompanies get a license to operate in Vir-ginia from the State Corporation Commis-sion, which would crack down on egregiouspractices like misrepresenting the amountof money due, recklessly applying loan pay-ments to outstanding balances and failingto report payment history to consumercredit bureaus. Violators would be hit witha $2,500 fee.

“This bill is not about free college,” saidSeth Frotman, executive director of the Stu-dent Borrower Protection Center. “This billis about making sure borrowers in the com-monwealth who took on debt to chase theAmerican dream aren’t ripped off in theprocess.”

All of the egregious practices outlined inthe bill are already illegal. But borrowerswould have to hire a lawyer and file a fed-eral lawsuit to take action, which is not aworkable solution for people who are al-ready under a mountain of debt. Instead,

Katlyn Weiser speaks at a pressconference in Richmond in favor ofa bill designed to crack down onegregious practices of student loanservicing companies.

Predatory Student Lenders Northern Virginia lawmakers hope to crackdown on student-loan servicing companies.

See Student Loans, Page 11

Page 5: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020 ❖


731-C WALKER RD.· GREAT FALLS, VAState Farm Insurance Companies Home Office Bloomington, Illinois


Like A Good Neighbor, State Farm Is There.®

Open SaturdaysComplementary Insurance and Financial Review

Proud Supporter of Military Appreciation Mondays


State Farm Insurance

“Layers of Light” is aºphotography exhibitby Dee Leggett portraying examples of themany ways light influences the world wesee, adding beauty and drama to our days.The photographs in the show demonstratehow light affects color and how it createspower with shadows and darkness. In thephoto, Grand Canyon Rainstorm, the viewersees how light brings out the subtle texturein rock formations. Through Leggett’s pho-tographs the viewer will see color in theclouds and sky in Yellowstone National Park,and reflections of light in the water, espe-cially during sunrise and sunset along theCarolina beach. The diverse display in-cludes the evening light show on the Hun-garian Parliament and the noon-time light

show in Antelope Canyon, Ariz.Visions of Great Falls,ºDee’s photo jour-

nal of scenes and history of Great Falls,, con-tains numerous photos of the falls, as wellas many from the Great Falls area, many ofwhich demonstrate the power of light.

Dee Leggett has been photographing na-ture for over ten years, both in the GreatFalls area and around the world. She is amember of Great Falls Studios.ººº

To see more of Dee’s work:ººContact Deeat 703-861-3335ºorº[email protected]º

Visit her website at

TD Bank is open every day, located at thecorner of Walker Rd and Georgetown Pikein Great Falls.

‘Layers of Light’ on Exhibit in Great Falls


‘Grand Canyon Rain-storm,’ by Dee Leggett,captures the drama ofthe dark sky and subtletexture of the rockformations. This photowill be on display at theTD Bank in Great Fallsthrough Feb. 29, 2020

Page 6: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

6 ❖ Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020


By Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum

State Delegate (D-36)

Dazzling is the onlyword I could think ofto describe the amaz-ing work that is go-

ing on in the Virginia General As-sembly this legislative session. Theannual meeting of the legislatureis just approaching half-time of itsannual session, but already signifi-cant policy changes are being debated andadopted. There is little new to the policies thatare being adopted; many are in place in otherstates already. But in Richmond they seemrevolutionary!

I have already written about the ratificationof the Equal Rights Amendment in the earlydays of the session. The movement to ratifythe ERA began in the early 1970s but was notsuccessful in Virginia until nearly 50 yearslater! Since two ratification deadlines have al-ready passed, the fate of the amendment withVirginia being the needed 38th state to ratify isuncertain. Virginia Attorney General MarkHerring is among the leaders seeking a judi-cial decision to validate the amendment’s rati-

fication. Although the NineteenthAmendment granting women theright to vote was ratified in 1920and added to the Constitution, Vir-ginia did not add its support toratification until 1952!

While legislation must be passedby both houses of the legislatureand signed by the governor to be-

come law, here is a run-down on what has beenapproved so far by at least one house. By thetime the legislature adjourns in early Marchthis legislation is expected to be approved byboth houses and sent to the governor. Numer-ous bills have been passed to ban discrimina-tion against persons because of their sex; billsto protect LGBTQ+ persons would not havemade it out of committee last year. Bills to bandiscrimination in housing, public accommoda-tions, employment and credit applications havepassed as has a bill to ban conversion therapy.

Likewise, bills to protect public safety fromthe misuse of guns that would never have madeit out of committee previously have passed inboth houses of the Assembly. My bill to require

universal background checks has passed as wellas bills granting localities the right to ban gunsin public spaces, increasing the penalties forleaving guns unsecured around children, andrequiring people to report lost or stolen gunswithin 24 hours. A “red flag” law that allowsauthorities to remove guns from individualswho have shown themselves to be a danger tothemselves and to others has passed.

This week action is expected on bills that willopen up the state to more solar and wind powerand that will establish standards for the in-creased use of renewables in generating elec-tricity. Plastic bags may be eliminated or taxedto reduce plastic pollution. I am sponsoring theGovernor’s bill to advance the clean-up of theChesapeake Bay that is getting some push-backfrom the farming community that would beaffected by regulations to clean up stream run-off. Numerous bills have already passed tomake it easier to register to vote and to voteon election day, including no-excuse absenteevoting.

There is more to come. Tune in next weekor follow the sessions on live-streaming at for more daz-zling action!

Dazzling Pace of Change in RichmondCommentary

Not a ‘Siege’To the Editor:

This letter is in response to Del-egate Ken Plum’s OpEd in the Jan.22-28 issue of the Connection,titled “Siege of the Capital.”

After reading this letter, all I cansay is “Wow!” Delegate Plum cer-tainly has very poor opinion ofVirginia gun owners. Stating thata peaceful and lawful demonstra-tion by a large number of SecondAmendment supporters is a“Siege” is incredible. Clearly Del-egate Plum knows nothing aboutthe people he appears to fear. Heshould get out of his liberal bubbleand learn about the people whofeel strongly about having theirconstitutional rights oppressed.They are non-violent and are lawabiding.

Delegate Plum should readVirginia’s constitution. He states“A well regulated militia made upof state and local police will pro-tect the Capitol building and its oc-cupant legislators from those whowould deny freedom to othersthrough their misuse of firearms.”

Article 1, Section 13 of Virginia’sconstitution states:

“That a well regulated militia,composed of the body of thepeople, trained to arms, is theproper, natural, and safe defenseof a free state, therefore, the rightof the people to keep and beararms shall not be infringed; thatstanding armies, in time of peace,should be avoided as dangerous toliberty; and that in all cases the

military should be under strict sub-ordination to, and governed by,the civil power.”

Note that our constitution spe-cifically states that the “militia” ismade up of the body of the people,meaning you and me. It is notmade up of police officers. Itsounds to me like Delegate Plumreally wants to establish a stand-ing army to protect him and hisilk from the people.

Our constitution cautionsthat such a thing is “dangerousto liberty”.

Michael KirchnerClifton

Don’t AbolishThe DeathPenaltyTo the Editor:

It’s become quite clear that themovement to abolish the deathpenalty has reached Virginia.Death penalty opponents havesuggested replacing it with lifewithout parole (LWOP). They ad-vocate for it as a more humanealternative to execution. That it’s“punishment enough.” Except youshouldn’t believe that death pen-alty opponents will keep LWOP.

Recent legislation in Massachu-setts, Pennsylvania, and Vermontis seeking to end LWOP, using theexact same arguments that havebeen used against the death pen-alty. “Few civilized countries have

LWOP, it’s too harsh,” et cetera.The movement to abolish thedeath penalty has become a mov-ing of goalposts, as opponents(who have suggested LWOP) as analternative, are using the verysame arguments they used againstthe death penalty, to advocate forthe removal of the very same al-ternative punishment that theysuggested in the first place! VoxNews and The Sentencing Projectare now promoting the abolitionof LWOP, so you shouldn’t think it’sme fearmongering. The death pen-alty should stay in Virginia, notjust because some crimes are justtoo heinous to be punished by lifewithout parole, but because it alsoprevents the abolition of life with-out parole. If the death penalty isabolished on a Monday, the move-ment to abolish life without parolewill begin the following day. Andbefore you know it, murderers willbe back on the streets.

Daniel GarciaMcLean

Becoming aMore Equaland InclusiveCommunityTo the Editor:

I am an American, but my ori-gins lie in a country where youcannot exercise your rights as ahuman being, let alone as a

Letters to the Editor

woman. Women are forced intomarriage at a young age, girls needpermission from their fathers orbrothers to leave their homes, andembracing your sexuality is un-fathomable — and illegal at times.

It is for this reason that I writeto you.

As a local newspaper serving thepeople of Northern Virginia, I askthat you write an article on theJan. 15 ratification of the EqualRights Amendment in Virginia. Itis crucial that we shed light on thisrecent event in Virginia that, whilelong overdue, must be celebrated.

On Jan, 15, 2020, Virginia votedon a resolution to ratify the ERA,making it the 38th state to pass thisresolution. For decades feministshave been fighting to add a simpleyet monumental phrase to the U.S.Constitution: “equality of rightsunder the law shall not be deniedor abridged by the United Statesor by any State on account of sex.”

Shedding light on this century-long issue will give our daughters,mothers, and sisters not only therecognition they deserve, but itwill pave the way for other statesand even nations to recognize andembrace equal rights as well. Ifwe—as residents of the state ofVirginia—are one step closer tobecoming a more equal and inclu-sive community, then we musthold a responsibility to report onthese views and enlighten othersalong the way.

Rudan BalaySpringfield

An independent, locally owned weeklynewspaper delivered

to homes and businesses.Published by

Local Media Connection LLC

1606 King StreetAlexandria, Virginia 22314

Free digital edition delivered toyour email box. Go to

NEWS DEPARTMENT:[email protected]

Kemal Kurspahic Editor ❖ 703-778-9414

[email protected]

Andrea WorkerContributing Writer

[email protected]

Jean CardProduction Editor

[email protected]

ADVERTISING:For advertising information

[email protected]

Salome Howard-GaiblerDisplay Advertising

[email protected]

Debbie FunkNational Sales703-778-9444

[email protected]

David GriffinMarketing Assistant

[email protected]

Classified & EmploymentAdvertising703-778-9431

Editor & PublisherMary Kimm

[email protected]@MaryKimm

Executive Vice PresidentJerry Vernon

[email protected]

Managing EditorKemal Kurspahic

Art/Design:Laurence Foong, John Heinly,

Ali KhalighProduction Manager:

Geovani Flores

[email protected]

Great Falls

Page 7: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020 ❖

CalendarSubmit entertainment announcements at Thedeadline is noon on Friday. Photos/artwork encour-aged.

ONGOINGThe Golden Girls of Northern Virginia, a

senior women’s softball league, is looking forplayers. Any woman over the age of 40 isencouraged to join. All skill levels are welcome.They play on Wednesday evenings and Saturdaymornings in Vienna. For more information,visit the web site

Beginners Mah Jongg Class. Tuesdays thruFeb. 18. 12:30-2:30 p.m. At Great Falls Library,9830 VA-193, Great Falls. Learn to play the fun,fast-paced game of Mah Jongg. Registration isnow open for an Adult Beginners Mah Jonggclass. The class will run for six weeks onTuesday afternoons from 12:30-2:30 p.m.beginning January 14 through February 18.Attendees should plan to attend all six sessions.Visit

”The Royal.” Now thru Feb. 23. At 1st Stage inTysons, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner.“The Royale” by Marco Ramirez, Directed byPaige Hernandez. Jay “The Sport” Jacksondreams of being the undisputed heavyweightchampion of the world, but in the raciallysegregated world of boxing in 1905, the oddsare stacked against him. When a crooked boxingpromoter hatches a plan for “the fight of thecentury,” “The Sport” might land a place in thering with the reigning white heavyweightchampion. Show times are Thursdays at 7:30p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $42 generaladmission, $39 seniors (65+), $15 students andmilitary. Purchase online at or703-854-1856.

WEDNESDAYS/FEB. 5, 12, 19Preschool Storytime. 10:30 a.m. At Oakton

Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Havefun with your child and build early literacyfoundations for reading success. Age 3-5 withadult.

THURSDAY/FEB. 6Teen Advisory Board (TAB). 6 p.m. At Oakton

Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Gainleadership experience and discuss what thelibrary can do for you. Grades 7-12.

Meme Fest. 6:30 p.m. At Oakton Library, 10304Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Game focused onidentifying and determining appropriate use ofmemes. Teens.

FRIDAY/FEB. 7, 14, 21Karate for Kids. 5 p.m. At Oakton Library, 10304

Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Join the Karate togain powerful tools for self-defense, inner-strength and a strong, healthy body. Ages 4 andup.

FRIDAY/FEB. 7Waterfowl Hike. 9-11 a.m. At Riverbend Park,

8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls. Somewater birds stick around all winter and othersmerely pass through our region. Go on a WinterWaterfowl Hike at Riverbend Park and see whatbirds you can find. Bird lovers age 14 to adultare invited to hike with a naturalist to search forwinter waterfowl along the Upper PotomacRiver. Participants should bring binoculars andspotting scopes. Cost is $8 per person. Call 703-759-9018 or visit

Bilingual Storytime. 10:30 a.m. At OaktonLibrary, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton.Bilingual Storytime in English and Hindi. Enjoystories, songs and activities. Birth-5 with adult.

Catholic Charities Ball. 7 p.m. At the Ritz-Carlton, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean. The eventis the largest annual fundraiser for CatholicCharities, providing a significant portion of theresources needed to support 21 programsserving those in need throughout the 21counties and seven cities of the Diocese. Thisyear’s theme is “With Love and Charity.” Ticketsfor both events can be purchased

SATURDAY/FEB. 8Make Pinecone Birdfeeders. 10-11 a.m. At

Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills Street,Great Falls. Help feed your feathered friends thiswinter with the “Make Your Own PineconeBirdfeeders!” program at Riverbend Park. Find See Calendar, Page 8

out what birds stick around through the winterand make and take home a pinecone bird feederto help them get through the cold. Learn aboutthe common birds that may visit your feeder.Cost is $10 per person. Sessions are designed forparticipants age 4 to adult. Call 703-759-9018or visit

Star Trek to Astronomy Festival. 5:30-7:30p.m. At Turner Farm, 925 Springvale Road,Great Falls. There will be guided stargazing andopportunities to get a close-up look at the starsthrough a telescope at the roll-top observatory.Join in games and warm yourself by thecampfire as you listen to ancient stories aboutthe constellations. Hot chocolate and snacks willbe available for purchase. This event is designedfor stargazers age 3 to adult. Cost is $10 perperson. The festival will be canceled if it israining or snowing. Call 703-324-8618 or

SUNDAY/FEB. 9New Dominion Women’s Club Fundraiser.

3-5 p.m. At Chain Bridge Cellars, 1351 ChainBridge Road, McLean. This is a greatopportunity to stock up on wines and bubbly

Fiery FlamencoThe Alden is presenting New YorkCity-based dance company Fla-menco Vivo Carlota Santana for asingle performance on Saturday,Feb. 8 in McLean.

SATURDAY/FEB. 8Fiery Flamenco Dance. 7 p.m. At The Alden

Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. TheAlden is presenting New York City-based dancecompany Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana for asingle performance. The acclaimed company,hailed as “America’s premier Spanish dancecompany,” promotes the art form by producingquality dance works that foster culturalconnections. Tickets are $40 for the generalpublic, $35 for seniors and $30 for residents ofDranesville Small District 1A. or call 703-790-0123,TTY: 711.

Lilt in ConcertLilt is Tina Eck on wooden fluteand whistle and Keith Carr on 10string bouzouki, mandolin, tenorbanjo and vocals.

SUNDAY/FEB. 9Celtic Music Featuring Lilt. 5 p.m. and 7:15

p.m. At The Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760-C WalkerRoad, Great Falls. The Old Brogue Irish Pub andBarnaby Productions, Inc. present the 31stseason of family friendly, Winter TraditionalCeltic Concerts. Featuring internationallyrecognized Celtic musicians, the concerts areperformed in a listening room by the fireside.Tickets must be purchased in advance; $20general admission/$15 children under 12.Season ticket: $108. Visit www.oldbrogue.comor call the Old Brogue at 703-759-3309.

Page 8: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

8 ❖ Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020


prior to Valentine’s Day and the startof spring. Host Doug House willdonate 15 percent of purchases fromthat day to the NDWC. Can’t make itto the event? Stop in anytime thatday, mention “NWDC” and Doug willapply the donation. Tickets $20. Visitthe website:

SUNDAY/FEB. 9 AND 23, MARCH 1Maple Syrup Boil-Down. Noon to 2

p.m. At Colvin Run Mill, 10017Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. Howdoes maple syrup get from the tree toyour breakfast table? See the old-fashioned process from beginning toend at the “Maple Syrup Boil-Downat Colvin Run Mill.” When the sapstarts to rise, the maple trees aretapped at Colvin Run and the drip,drip, drip begins. Now, it’s sugaringtime! Bundle up, watch and learn assap is boiled down into sweet syrupover an outdoor, open fire. Samplethe delicious maple syrup served overcornbread that’s made from ColvinRun Mill’s own cornmeal. Cost is $8per person. No reservations arerequired. Call 703-759-2771 or visit

MONDAY/FEB. 10AARP Luncheon Event. 11:30 a.m. to

2 p.m. At Mylo’s Grille, 6238 OldDominion Drive, McLean. Join AARPat Mylo’s Grill to enjoy lunchtogether with other AARP andMcLeanCVA members and theirguests. Enjoy a 15% discount on theentire check. There will be noseminar, and no products will bepromoted or sold—just casual funand socializing with other memberslike you in McLean. Learn how AARPand McLeanCVA are making adifference in Northern Virginia. Visitthe website:

English on the Go. Registration 6:30-8 p.m. At James Lee CommunityCenter, 2855 Annandale Road, FallsChurch. Do you need to learn Englishbut can’t find the time? The LiteracyCouncil of Northern Virginia has theright course for you. Cell-Ed Englishon the Go combines a limited numberof classes with an easy-to-followhome learning program. Learn onyour phone by texting, no Wi-Fi isrequired. The class is offered at $85per semester. Go to orcall 703-237-0866.

MONDAYS/FEB. 10, 24Baby Storytime. 10:30 a.m. At Oakton

Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place,Oakton. Have fun with baby whilebuilding early literacy foundationsfor reading success. Birth -18 monthswith adults.

TUESDAYS/FEB. 11, 18Toddler Tales. 10:30 a.m. At Oakton

Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place,Oakton. Have fun with your childand build early literacy foundationsfor reading success. Age 18 months-3years with adults.

TUESDAY/FEB. 11McLean Historical Society. 7:30-10

p.m. At McLean Community Center,1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Theprogram will feature threeMcLeanites (Dr. Allen Horne, AnnaBlue Porter, and Palmer Robeson)who will discuss “Growing up inRural McLean.” The program is freeand open to all. Contact CaroleHerrick at 703-356-8223.

SATURDAY/FEB. 15Wilderness Fun. Noon to 1 p.m. At

Riverbend Park, 8700 Potomac Hills

From Page 7

KAPO ConcertKAPO: Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts will perform atthe Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls.

SUNDAY/FEB. 16KAPO Concert. 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. At the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760-C Walker

Road, Great Falls. Featuring KAPO: the music of Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts.The Old Brogue Irish Pub of Great Falls, and Barnaby Productions, Inc. presentthe 31st season of family friendly, Winter Traditional Celtic Concerts. Featuringinternationally recognized Celtic musicians, the concerts are performed in alistening room by the fireside. Tickets must be purchased in advance $20 general admission/$15 children under 12.

Street, Great Falls. At RiverbendPark, learn the science and art ofbuilding a fire and test your skill withprimitive fire bows and modern fire-making techniques. Reward yourselfwith fire-roasted s’mores. “To Build aFire” is designed for participants age4 to adult. The cost is $8 per person,and children must be accompaniedby a registered adult. Later in the dayat Riverbend Park, prepare a wintermeal with your family around thecampfire using colonial andindigenous cooking techniques. Foodand drink are provided. The“Klondike Campfire Cookout” isdesigned for family members age 5 toadult. It runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m.,and the cost is $15 per person. Call703-759-9018 or

Singer-songwriter Rorie. 8 p.m. AtJammin Java, 227 Maple Ave., E,Vienna. She will debut her full-lengthalbum ‘Valley in the Mirror’ releasedon Jan. 31.

SUNDAY/FEB. 16Cooperstown String Quartet. 4 p.m.

At Saint Francis Episcopal Church,9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls.Uniting faculty from the PeabodyConservatory in Baltimore and EastCarolina University, this quartet hasplayed on several continents and atthe most prestigious venues in theworld. Their illuminating andpenetrating understanding ofBeethoven bring you from his earlytribute to Haydn (op. 18 no. 1) to hisfully-formed, almost radical laterstyle (op. 130). Students 17 andunder and active military areadmitted free of charge. A pre-concert lecture by Music Director A.Scott Wood will begin at 3:15 pm, 45minutes prior to the start of theconcert. A reception will follow theconcert, at which attendees may

meet and chat with the performersand fellow music lovers. Tickets are$40 and may be purchased at thedoor, online at or viatelephone at 703-759-5334.

TUESDAY/FEB. 18History Comes Alive. 11 a.m. and 2

p.m. At River Bend, 375 WalkerRoad, Great Falls. Great Falls SeniorCenter (GFSC) is welcoming backMary Ann Jung’s interactive shows.This award-winning actress andSmithsonian scholar has beenrecreating history’s most fascinatingwomen for more than 35 years with astyle like no other. Jung researchesand writes her own scripts andperforms in authentic costumes,accents and attitudes for hercharacter’s eras. This year, learn thestory of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, whowas an abolitionist, human rightsactivist and one of the first leadersof the woman’s rights movement.Reservations are required; emailPolly Fitzgerald [email protected] or call 703-759-4345. Membership dues ( $25per person) and applications for2020 will be available at theHospitality Table or and pay online.

WEDNESDAY/FEB. 19Holy Happy Hour. 6:15 p.m. At

Lewinsville Presbyterian Church,1724 Chain Bridge Road, McLean.Featuring Music of African Americancomposers with Artist AmyYurkewitch, clarinet, accompanied byJohn Nothaft, organ/piano. Eachconcert begins at 6:15 p.m. andconcludes half an hour later with abrief period to enjoy wine and cheeseand meet the artists. There is no

See Calendar, Page 9

Page 9: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020 ❖

charge for the musical program or the refreshments. Visit or call 703-356-7200.

Volunteer for the Environment. 6:30-8:30 p.m. AtProvidence Community Center, 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax.Join in working to combat climate change and globalwarming. Activities include campaigning on massive datacenters and fighting oil and gas pipelines in Virginia. Comebe part of the solutions. Free. Email [email protected].

THURSDAY/FEB. 20Brain and Breathing. 10-11 a.m. At Vienna Community

Center, 120 Cherry Street, Vienna. In this course, you willlearn breathing exercises designed to help support brainfunction. Instructor: Dr. Charles Masarsky of ViennaChiropractic. Free. Call 701-255-7801.

Adventures in Learning. 10 a.m. At Unitarian UniversalistCongregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton.“Let it Go-Dealing With the Emotional Connection to Items”- Terri Blanchette. Cost is $45 per semester. To Register/Questions: Call 703-281-0538. View the schedule of classesand registration form at

Acoustic Autumn Live Music. 6:30-9 p.m. At Blend 111,111 Church Street, NW, Vienna. Laissez Foure is anacoustic swing quartet playing classics from the ‘30s and‘40s. The group consists of acoustic bass, swing rhythmguitar, saxophone/clarinet, and trumpet. In the tradition ofNew Orleans jazz, the quartet emphasizes an acousticsound when feasible and plays charts by Armstrong,Ellington, Count Basie and others from the era.

The ABCs of CBD and Medical Marijuana. 7:30-9 p.m.At Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave., E, Vienna.Thediscussion will provide medical information about CBD/THC, the differences between CBD and medical marijuana,and how people can legally obtain medical marijuana inVirginia. Free. Visit the website:

SATURDAY/FEB. 22Boolean Girl Clubhouse. 1-4 p.m. Campus of Virginia Tech

Falls Church, Think a Bit Lab, 7054 Haycock Road, FallsChurch. Join Arlington-based nonprofit Boolean Girl at theclubhouse. Hosted in partnership with Virginia Tech, girlsand non-binary individuals will learn to code and buildelectronics in a fun, collaborative setting. Scholarshipsavailable for families in need by registering for the BooleanGirl Clubhouse Scholarship. All experience levels arewelcome. Cost is $5-$65. [email protected]. Visit the

Winter Wine & Beer Tasting. 7-10 p.m. At The Great FallsGrange, 9818 VA-193, Great Falls. The 2020 Winter Wineand Beer Tasting (chaired by Missy Perkins) turns the GreatFalls Grange into a WINEter Wonderland with Frosty Beerserved on the lower level. Sample a variety of red wines,white wines and locally crafted beers featuring winesselected by Rich Ashton of Classic Wines in Great Falls andbeers of the Lost Rhino Brewery in Ashburn. This year’sbeer selections include Papa’s Pilsner, which is made fromthe hops that are grown locally in Chef Jacques’ garden atL’Auberge Chez Francois. Tickets are $50 per person and onsale through 2/20/20 (or until sold out).

Washington Sinfonietta. 7:30 p.m. At The Falls ChurchEpiscopal, 166 E. Broad Street, Falls Church. Conducted byMusic Director Joel Lazar, the program will feature three ofBeethoven’s masterworks: Musik zu einem Ritterballet,Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, and the Triple Concerto.Distinguished artists Aaron Berofsky, violin, Tobias Werner,cello, and Catalin Dima, piano, join the Sinfonietta assoloists in the Triple Concerto. Advance tickets for theperformance, $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students,plus a small service fee, are available Tickets at the door are $20 foradults and $15 for seniors and students. Children under 18are always admitted at no charge.

SUNDAY/FEB. 23Relay-Palooza. 1-4 p.m. At Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave., E,

Vienna. Join Relay For Life of Northern Virginia for theannual Relay-Palooza Battle of the Bands kickoffcelebration benefiting the American Cancer Society. Localacts may register to perform on the Jammin Java stage andthen they need your vote to choose a winner. The winner ofRelay-Palooza will get the chance to headline the 2020Relay For Life event. This is a family-friendly event.Donations benefit the live-saving mission and programs ofthe American Cancer Society. Ticket Contact: AnushaNallapat at [email protected]. Visit the

Capitol Steps Performance. 7 p.m. At Langley HighSchool Auditorium, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean. TheCapitol Steps will perform with new material for the 2020election. Tickets cost $37. This is a one-time event and themain fundraiser for the Langley High School Class of 2020All-Night Grad Party (ANGP). Buy online at

From Page 8


Valentine Senior Social EventJody Marshall will perform on the ham-mered dulcimer.

TUESDAY/FEB. 11Valentine Senior Social Event. 12-2 p.m. At Vienna

Community Center, 120 Cherry Street, SE, Vienna. TheShepherd’s Center serving Oakton-Vienna-Reston-Herndon and Vienna Parks and Recreation will present itsValentine Senior Social event. Held throughout the year,The Shepherd’s Center Senior Socials afford guests theopportunity to socialize and stay connected in thecommunity. These Senior Social events help to addressthe Vision Statement of The Shepherd’s Center: A WorldWithout Loneliness. Entertainment will be provided byJody Marshall on hammered dulcimer and Jim Queen onfiddle. Tickets are $18 per person. To register, call 703-281-0601 by Feb. 3, 2020. Registration is required. Norefunds. No walk-ins.

Nora Jane Struthers ConcertNashville-based singer/songwriter NoraJane Struthers with Sarah Borges andthe Broken Singles.

FRIDAY/FEB. 21Nora Jane Struthers Concert. 8 p.m. At Jammin Java,

227 Maple Ave., E, Vienna. Nashville-based singer/songwriter Nora Jane Struthers is a rootsy artist with abent toward mixing traditional country andcontemporary rock stylings into her passionateAmericana sound. Also on stage, Sarah Borges and theBroken Singles. Tickets $15-$25.

Page 10: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

10 ❖ Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020


no food...(through) weekend be-cause school is closed... It’s hardto believe that we live amid suchgreat wealth and in a county withsuch great housing stock, thatthere would be individuals wholiterally cannot afford to liveamong us, even after working 40plus hours a week... It’s hard tobelieve that we live in a nationwhere elementary and highschool education is free and avail-able to all, but the quality of thateducation and the quality of thephysical building will largely bedetermined by the zip code ofthose facilities,” Pastor Waltonsaid.

He spoke about school-agedchildren and those who gather inplaces of worship but must con-sider the serious risk and poten-tial of some disturbed individualswho do not respect the laws northe lives of others. “They cause sig-nificant damage to families andeven significant damage to entirecommunities.” Before the Justiceand Legislative Service began, se-curity guards stood inside the en-trance of his church.

PASTOR WALTON added thatmany individuals were onlymoved to action when it impactedtheir lives. However, doing so, theymiss the meaning of justice; jus-tice is for all, not for the individual.He said that some individuals wereso blessed; so “comfortable” theylost their sensitivity to the personsand individuals who found them-selves in the margins.

“If we are not careful enough,…we can forget we are so blessed.We lose our sensitivity to the indi-viduals that need us the most….Today it is them. But there is thepossibility it could be our day andour time tomorrow. Tomorrow, Iwould want someone to reachdown and help pick me up… It’sthe poor, the marginalized, thosethat are struggling without healthcare, those that have no voice tospeak for themselves.

After service, all gathered in thefellowship hall where members ofthe congregation and legislatorsmingled, asked questions andshared thoughts. As the eventwound down, each legislator andschool board member stepped tothe microphone and gave a snap-shot of proposed laws and actionsin their purview.

Legislators Reflect onSocial Justice Initiatives

Del. Marcus Simon (D-53): We are looking at wordsin our codes; code stillmatters a lot. We, just thisyear in 2020 on Friday, tookthe language out of a codethat allowed buses to besegregated....Something I’vebeen working on personally,what can we do about theseracial covenants that still existin our land records.

Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D- 86), right: I had a couple ofbills I’ve been working on, (and others) we will be working onthroughout this year... One is to allow accessory dwelling unitsin your home. What that means is, if you have a cottage, abasement or an attic, you should be able to utilize that to housea family or an individual for anywhere between $400 to $800a month ...Another way is to allow you to use your home fortwo families as it is; what we call up-zoning for two familyunits... These are easy solutions for the affordable housingcrisis. They cost $0 on the state; gives you more money foryour pocket; allows your grandchildren, your children andanyone you want to live around you (to do so).

Vienna Town CouncilMember Pasha Majdi: I’mon the council in Vienna,which I don’t talk a lot abouthere on Sundays. It’s relevantthis year because... I’mrunning for mayor. Theelection is May 5. It’s a local,independent election. NoRepublicans,; no Democrats.It’s just your neighborsrunning for office.

Del. Mark Keam (D-35): In a differenttime in Virginia, meaning before last Novem-ber, the words “justice and legislative” didn’tgo together very often... Many times, yourlegislative agenda at the state level andsometimes at the county level, did notnecessarily reflect the justice aspirations ofthat term…Thanks to the many of you whohave worked so hard to bring us a fewfriends to put Delegates Simon and Samirah,Senator Jennifer Boysko and myself in the majority party in theCommonwealth of Virginia. What that means, is whether you’retalking about Racial Justice, Gender Justice, Workplace Justice,Workers Rights, Environmental Justice, Social Justice, MedicalHealthcare, and even Justice at the federal level, ImpeachmentJustice, we can now finally do the legislation because that’s theway your views are expressed in the democratic process.

From Page 3

Justice andLegislativeSunday

— Mercia Hobson

Page 11: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020 ❖

Kenny Lourie is an Advertising Representative forThe Potomac Almanac & The Connection Newspapers.


From cancer to toilet paper. Is that ‘off’ enough? My reason for writing this column might be because I need a diversion (see last week’s column), and because, as is so happened recently, I needed to replenish our toilet paper supply. (It had nothing to do with a winter advisory in the forecast.) As the consumer in the house, I am keen and motivated to spend our money wisely. I look for sales, I use paper coupons, I use digital coupons and of course, I peruse the advertising circulars, in print and online (if necessary) regularly. In addition, I have a number of plastic bonus cards hanging on my keychain. In short, I am prepared and ready for any retail or wholesale opportunity that might present itself.

With respect to toilet paper, I believe us regular users have been victimized by the

-cally to the increase in the size of the actual roll itself; from single to double to triple to jumbo to mega and now super mega. Since the manufacturers can’t exactly increase de-mand, they’ve devised a strategy to increase supply - in our homes. And though using myself as an example is hardly empirical evidence, I will nonetheless continue to do so in an effort to justify my accusation.

If you’re like me, you probably like to have an ample supply of toilet paper in the house, just in case (it happened once in college; not good). And to that end, the toilet paper manufacturers have offered up multipacks equivalent to as high as 96 rolls, if I’m not mistaken, to address this potential shortage. However, my beef is not with the number of rolls in these multipacks, my beef, as I’ve said, is with the size of the rolls. In these cases, size does matter.

For years, we’ve been buying 4-, 6-, 9-, 12-, 24-, 36- and even 48-roll multipacks, some single and some double to stock the bathroom linen closets, so we’re used to

inventory. Now the rolls are double or even triple the size we had grown accustomed to having as back-ups. But we’re still, in spite

super mega rolls, wanting to have the same number of rolls in the closet as we’ve always had (I do, anyway). Sort of a comfort level, you might say. The problem is that having the same number of super mega rolls in inventory as previously one had as single or double rolls gives one way more toilet paper in the house than you ever had. In effect, we have over-purchased. The toilet paper manufacturers have used our predispositions against us in order to take a greater share of our household budget previously allocated for toilet paper.

I don’t need six super mega rolls in our bathroom. But I do want to see at least six rolls in reserve (aid and comfort you might say). If the six rolls in reserve were single or doubles, their size would be irrelevant. The number of rolls was more important - in my head. And now, because of the toilet paper manufacturer’s insistence that size matters, I am forced to buy these spare-tire, donut-sized rolls that I can’t possibly use no matter what “snowmageddon” might hit us. But I can’t stock my shelves with reason-ably-sized rolls because their unit cost is prohibitive compared to the big roll multi-packs. As the consumer I am, I am loathe to overpay for such household necessities. So I buy in bulk, stuff my shelves with ply and go about my business. I just wish I had more than a hand in their decision-making.

Off Topic,Way OffSubmit civic/community announcements at Photos andartwork welcome. Deadline is Thursday at noon, atleast two weeks before event.

FRIDAY/FEB. 7Preschool Transition to Kindergarten for

Students with Disabilities. 10 a.m. to noon.At Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. The transition tokindergarten is a big one for kids and can beeven more so for children with disabilities. Learnhow parents can collaborate with FCPS toensure their students have a smooth transitionto Kindergarten.

TUESDAY/FEB. 11Valentine’s Day Luncheon. 12 to 2 p.m. At

Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry Street,SE, Vienna. Cost is $18/person. Hosted by SCOVand The Vienna Community Center. Registrationrequired by Feb. 3. Call 703-281-0538. Youmust be registered to attend. No walk-insplease.

NARFE Chapter Meeting. 2 p.m. At ViennaCommunity Center, 120 Cherry Street, SE,Vienna. NARFE (National Active and RetiredFederal Employees Association) ChapterMeeting. Guest speaker – Marge Van Lierde -“The Road Ahead” - Transitioning into aretirement community. Refreshments will beserved. Free. Members and guests. Call 703-205-9041.

Mayor at Your Service. 7:30 p.m. At Town Hall,127 Center Street, S, Vienna. Town of ViennaMayor Laurie DiRocco will host three healthprofessionals at the next Mayor @ Your Serviceevent — Shirley Clark, former executive directorof the Women’s Center; Susan Garvey, executivedirector of Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna;and Darlene Williamson, founder and executivedirector of Stroke Comeback Center. This eventis free and open to the public

THURSDAY/FEB. 13Fostering Protective Factors in Children. 10

a.m. to noon. At Dunn Loring Center for ParentServices. 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room100, Dunn Loring. Every adult can fosterprotective factors and build resiliency inchildren and adolescents. Presented by RyanDickerson, FCPS School Psychologist and JennSpears, FCPS Mental Wellness Specialist. Topicsinclude: What does the Fairfax County YouthSurvey data show us? Identifying ProtectiveFactors and Assets (Three to Succeed);Strategies for building protective factors andassets; Understanding resilience and how toincrease your child’s ability to respond tochallenges.

MONDAY/FEB. 24Possible Arts Center at Clemyjontri Park. 7

p.m. The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA)and the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) willhost a public open house to discuss the potentialfor development of an arts and education centerat Clemyjontri Park. The meeting will take placein MPA’s Emerson Gallery at the McLean

Community Center, located at 1234 InglesideAvenue in McLean.

this bill makes these actions a viola-tion of state law and empowers theState Corporation Commission to goafter bad actors. That way borrowerswho feel they’ve been wronged couldfile a complaint with the Bureau of Fi-nancial Regulation.

“Why are Virginia borrowers havingto resort to lawsuits for their consumerprotections?” asked Del. Cia Price (D-95). “It is past time for student loanborrowers in Virginia — like me — tohave common-sense protections.”

From Page 4

Student Loans


Page 12: Classifieds, Page 10 Focus On Social Falls.pdfdeceptive and predatory practices, borrow-ers can face insurmountable barriers to

12 ❖ Great Falls Connection ❖ February 05-11, 2020