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TheThe FairyFairy Godmother(Zoe(Zoe Rocchio)Rocchio) usesusesherher magicmagic toto getgetCinderellaCinderella (Malena(MalenaDavis)Davis) toto thethe ball.ball.TheArlingtonSports, Page 12 Entertainment, Page 8 Classified, Page 14ConnectionCinderellaOn StageNews,News, PagePage 33Growing a BikeCulture in ArlingtonPhoto by Larry McClendonNews, Page 2School Board FacesParent BacklashHome LifeStylePage 11News, Page 3Take a HikeNews, Page 4January 14-20, 2015www.ConnectionNewspapers.comonline at www.connectionnewspapers.comArlington Connection January 14-20, 2015 1

NewsCreating, Growing a Bike Culture in ArlingtonOpportunities andchallenges emergein growth of bicyclingin Arlington.By Vernon MilesThe ConnectionEPhoto by Vernon Miles/The Connectionven with the recent storm leavingice coating the Arlington trails,Phoenix Bikes in Arlington wasstill bustling with activity on Jan.8. One customer was getting a part of hisbike fixed for an upcoming bicycling event,another was getting his wheel replaced. Agroup of high school instructors filter in toask about the “Earn A Bike” program fortheir students.For many local Arlington bicycle shops,business has never been busier. It’s a signof the growing cultural emphasis on bicycling in the area, but it’s an emphasis that’sstarting to face challenges in a countyknown more for its contracting and commuting than park space.Adam Rasmussen is having his bicycle’schain replaced at Phoenix Bikes in preparation for an adventure race in Maryland.He’s in Arlington resident, but says thecounty just doesn’t work for adventure racing.“The population grows, but park spaceshrinks, so there’s less space per person,”said Rasmussen. “The parks have to compete with affordable housing and schools,all of which are absolutely needed.”Henry Dunbar, formerly the executive director for Phoenix Bikes, has been the program director at BikeArlington since September of 2014. BikeArlington’s mission isto educate people about biking in Arlington and encourage them to get more involved.“We’ve seen commuters riding bikes gofrom 1.7 percent to 1.2 percent,” saidDunbar, describing the two most recentyears of change. Dunbar acknowledged thechange is pretty small. In Portland, 6 percent of commuters bike to work. In Wash-ington D.C., 4 percent of comroad to three lanes, meaning thatmuters bike. Dunbar says thatstreet would either lose a lane ofArlington has made sometravel or lose on street parking.progress in recent years to inAlexandria had considered implecrease that number.menting a protected bike lane on“Along with the growing numKing Street but the proposal wasber of bike shops, we’ve reallyquietly dismissed after a publicbeen cheerleaders for the growuproar, largely from businessesing bike culture,” said Dunbar.who’d lose local parking.“We aim to incorporate it intoJay Fisette, Arlington Countyeveryday life.”Board member and an avid localFor Dunbar, bike culture isbiker who had his bike worked onwhen he sees people taking shorta Papillion Bikes, said that protrips on their bike instead of theirtected bike lanes were a vital nextcars, like trips around town onstep.weekend or people taking their“We’re evolving slowly, in termsbikes to the movies. Dunbar saysof our bike infrastructure,” saidlong-term investments by theFisette. “[The goal is] to balancecounty have helped make theall of the competing needs foremergence of bike culture poscurb space and manage the usesible, particularly the decision toof the property and right of waybuild the metro underground.between curb lanes. That is whatThe next big step is one of thea ‘complete streets’ program is,most controversial though: buildunderstanding when and whereing protected bike lanes throughyou can and can’t adjust the parkout Arlington.ing. Sometimes you can do it, andProtected bike lanes run besometimes you can’t. But separattween regular traffic lanes anding the cycle track in a protectedthe curb, giving a separate spacepathway gives a full range of profor bike travel. John Harpold, atection and feeling of safety to amanager at Papillion Cycles, saidfar greater number of people.”he remembers a few years ago Ever Franco, a Washington-Lee High School StuBut for local cyclists, likewhen the County Board invited a dent, working at Phoenix Bikes.Harpold, the advantages of amember of the League of Amerigreater bicycle culture in the areacan Bicyclists to Arlington to assess the them.outweigh the costs.“The amount of money proposed to spendneeds in Arlington. The representative from“It’s not just about cyclist safety, it helpsleague told the board that they needed to on the streetcar was enormous, and the traffic,” said Harpold. “If the roadways aremodernize the existing infrastructure and business and property taxes were raised in safe passage for multi-modal transport, it’sinstall dedicated lanes. Harpold, who regu- the corridor [Columbia Pike] in anticipa- going to reduce traffic itself.”larly bicycles through the area, agreed that tion of that development,” said Harpold.Harpold also mentioned that bicycle pathsthe installation of protected bike lanes “That’s a lot of money and a long-term con- can help increase property values of nearbywould help keep riders safe and encourage struction project and the benefit was ques- homes. Betsy Twigg, an associate broker attionable. Obviously the citizenry spoke McEnearney Associates Inc, said that bicyclemore travel.“Down by Lynn Street in Rosslyn and by against that, completely . If even five per- paths can definitely be an advantage in sellthe key bridge, that’s dangerous for cy- cent of that proposed money was dedicated ing a home.clists,” said Harpold. “There’s a lot that can to cycling and pedestrian safety, changing“It’s beneficial as part of a largerbe done and it really comes down to the the parking along certain routes, that kind walkability and proximity issue,” saidcounty engineers and VDOT getting to- of stuff would go a long way to improve Twigg. “People want to know if a home isgether with urban planners and saying ‘OK, the situation for cyclists and for everybody near the library or near the park, and bikeat a much lower cost.”let’s do this.’”paths are a part of that.”But there are other complications to proHarpold acknowledged that there areTwigg said she recently sold a house onobstacles to implementing protected bike tected bike lanes. 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Arlington Connection Editor Steven Mauren703-778-9415 or [email protected] by Larry McClemonMalena Davis plays the role of Cinderella in Encore Stage & Studio’sproduction.If the Shoe FitsCinderella (Malena Davis) meets her Prince (Eric Ratliff) at the ball inEncore Stage & Studio’s production of “Cinderella,” running throughJan. 18.Encore Stage & Studio presents “Cinderella.”young girl, nicknamedCinderella by her stepsisters,dreams of leaving her workbehind and becoming a princess in this classic musical being presented by Encore Stage & Studio. Whenthe royal family throws a ball she finallygets her chance i f she can be homebefore midnight. This production runsthrough Jan. 18 at the Thomas JeffersonCommunity Theatre, 125 S. Old GlebeRoad. Recommended for ages 4 andolder, showtimes are Friday, Jan. 16 at7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m.and 3 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m.Forticketinformationvisitwww.encorestageva.org or call the boxoffice at 703-548-1154.AFrom left: Queen (Erin Poplin),Cleopatra (Ana McMenamin),Brunhilda (Gracie Slye), Stepmother (Charlotte Maskelony),Cinderella (Malena Davis) andPrince (Eric Ratliff).Arlington School Board Faces Parent BacklashParents speak out against superintendent plan for boundary changes.By Vernon MilesThe Connectionhe Arlington County School Boardfaced stiff backlash from local parents at its Jan. 8 meeting. Theboard had accepted the superintendent’srecommendation for how to divide the planning units for the upcoming boundarychanges facing Arlington elementaryschools.According to Lionel White, the directorof facilities planning, the new plan was designed to improve enrollment balancing.“Each year, the staff analyzes the capacity data to determine if changes areneeded,” said White. “The goal is to bal-Twww.ConnectionNewspapers.comance enrollment between schools and allow us to use existing school facilities moreefficiently and effectively. [The new plan]would help us provide students with optimal learning environments.”In the first plan recommended by the Arlington Public Schools staff, plan A, planning units 1607 and 1608 would kept together, as would planning units 1410 and1411. According to White, all four wouldbe reassigned to McKinley. However, in thenew superintendent plan, plan D, unit 1607would go to Nottingham Elementary Schooland unit 1608 would go to McKinley Elementary.White said the new plan best fit theirboundary change criteria, a six-part assess-ment that focuses on balanced enrollmentacross the region’s schools and seeks tominimize the impact of realignment on students.Fifteen parents spoke at the School Boardmeeting, many of them residents of the affected planning units, all of them speakingout against the superintendent’s proposal.Robert Adamson, the Nottingham Elementary PTA president, said that the parents understood the necessity of the boundary changes, especially given thatNottingham would be starting its year at120 percent capacity in the upcoming fallif some kind of change isn’t implemented.Anderson said the superintendent’s planwas short sighted. While the projection for2015 was balanced, by 2016 that estimation rose to 107 percent capacity and 110percent by 2018.“We question why the superintendentwould propose a plan that would again create an over-crowding issue,” said Adamson.“The proposed advantage of plan D is agreater balance, but that balance is onlyachieved in the near term.”Adamson added that, while 15 parentsshowed up, 108 members had signed a petition asking for plan A. One of them wasWendy Pizer, another member ofNottingham’s PTA, who said she saw extensive problems with the staff’s report recommending plan D.See Analyzing, Page 15Arlington Connection January 14-20, 2015 3

NewsAppalachian Trail: As ‘Wild’ as It Gets for Area HikersFilm boostsinterest in hiking.By Mike SalmonThe ConnectionAJamesRandle andLeah Popecatchingtheir breathin theShenandoahNationalForest4 Arlington Connection January 14-20, 2015Photos Contributedfter hiking a few miles into theAppalachian Trail’s southernmost point in Georgia, YorktownHigh School alumnae JamesRandle came to a realization of what anenormous task he was taking on, attempting a thru-hike on the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. The firstnight, March 24, with the temperaturesdipped in the teens, he joined 40 hikersbundled up at Georgia’s Hank MountainShelter — strangers all bonded by a “sharedstruggle,” Randle called it — hiking one ofthe most famous trails in the country.“I was not prepared for it, it was just nuts,everybody was frigid,” he said, lookingahead at the next five months, walkingabout 15 miles a day on the trail.Long distance hiking is once again on theforefront with the recent film “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed,a single woman that nearly hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail by herself a few yearsago. Randle read the book on which themovie is based, and with many years growing up as a Boy Scout, he welcomed thechallenge, hopping on a bus to Georgia witha one-way ticket. On the bus, he talkedabout his upcoming adventure to fellowpassengers, who thought he was crazy “andthen you get there, and it’s hard, and youthink maybe they were right,” he said.Created in 1936, the Appalachian Trailwinds through 12 states. Wildlife, flora andfauna, streams, mountains and other hikers paved the way for unforgettable experiences. From 1936 to 1969, only 59 recordedhikers completed the hike, and it wasn’tuntil 1970, that the numbers of thru-hikersbegan to rise. In 10 years between 2000 and2010, 5,890 thru-hikers completed thewhole Appalachian Trail.Edna Baden, staff director at the PotomacAppalachian Trail Club headquartered inVienna, attempted to hike the AppalachianTrail in 1997. “It’s pretty grueling to be outplanned the trip for two yearsbefore setting off. They allsaved money, made car andmortgage payments ahead oftime and “we planned themeals, nutrition wise andplanned for what we couldcarry,” she said. Once they areaway from civilization androads, “you become one withnature, that’s why I hiked it,”she said.The Potomac AppalachianTrail Club is a 7,200-memberhiking club that reinforces thespirit of hiking, and maintains240 miles of the trail fromPennsylvania to Rockfish Gap,Va. “We do all of ShenandoahNational Park,” she said. Alongtheir stretch, there are cabinsthat are rented out, shelters andthe Bear Den Lodge and Hostelin Bluefield, Va.On the trail though, the comradeship and sense of community is irreplaceable. “HikersAt Mahoosic Notch in Maine James Randlelearn very quickly that no onelooks up, emerging from a cave that washikes so far without help, frompart of the journey.friends, family and strangers,”said Randle. In “Wild,” for exthere for a few months,” said Baden, even ample, Strayed saw the same faces at thethough, technically, she skipped the entire various stops along the way, shared mealsstretch in Virginia because she had walked and got help when she needed it. At someit before, and fell short of the end in Maine. hiker-oriented stops, there are boxes ofIn the movie “Wild,” Strayed, heard noises equipment and food that are left behindat night that turned out to be a caterpillar from other hikers that are free for the nextand a rabbit, but they sounded big. “You group, if needed. Some of the stops,hear things and they seem so much bigger whether it be a camping store, camp site orthan they are,” said Baden, “you learn to ranger station, accept packages mailed fromidentify the sounds,” she added, “bears are home that contain more clothes, food andreally pretty docile.”money the hikers need to keep going. “TrailRandle was lucky that black bears, com- Magic” is one word they use when somemon on the trail, are so docile. On the trail serendipity experiences just happen.in New Jersey, he went to pick blueberriesFor Randle, townsfolk he met along thethat looked like dessert and a bear had eyed way invited him in for dinner and to staythem as well. They both were picking from for the night, but “there was some I politelythe same bush. “I let the bear have the ber- declined,” when they got too motherly orries,” he said. In another instance, “I was in judgmental, Randle said. On her four monthcamp when there was a bear,” and fellow journey, Baden “made friends that I stillhikers were shooing the bear away. With have today, it’s a hard thing to describe,”all those things that go bump in the night, she said.“it’s hard to fall asleep,” he added.Being out on the trail, walking 15 miles aBaden went with three other hikers, who day without a shower, can make things interesting. In the movie, a store clerk with asensitive nose suggested Strayed practicebetter hygiene. Randle went for a threeweek stretch without a shower. There’s always a river or creek bath, but hiker rulessuggest going downstream from others. Inthe myriad of pictures Randle had from thehike, he had a beard and moustache, a common look in Maine where “looking scruffywas helpful,” for getting rides he said.Trail names are a big part of the wholeexperience. Hikers had their birth names tostart until something triggers a change.Strayed had such a big back pack, it wasnamed “monster” and being alone, she gotthe name “Queen of the Pacific Crest Trail.”Baden didn’t want someone naming heralong the way, and started humming CatSteven’s “Moonshadow,” that became hertrail name. Randle was known as “Poncho,”because on the first few nights cold nightsin Georgia, he wore every piece of clothinghe brought, topped by a big purple poncho,so folks around the campfire just startedcalling him “poncho.”“People have different reasons,” to thruhike the Appalachian Trail, Baden said.While Strayed walked to honor her deceased mother and shed drug and relationship demons, “the first thru-hiker was WorldWar II veteran Earl Shaeffer who walkedoff the war in 1948,” Baden said. Badenwanted to get immersed in nature, and forRandle, it started out that his boss didn’tbelieve he could do it, so it was a challenge.It became a bucket-list item he did “beforeyou get locked in and can’t get out,” withmortgages, family and careers, he said.Potomac Appalachian Trail Club membersLee Sheaffer and Bill Downes are two retirees who also saw the movie. They are planning a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trailin 2016. “A thru-hike has been a dream ofmine for a long time,” said Sheaffer in anemail. To prepare for the hike, Sheaffer andDownes hike and backpack frequently, andtest different equipment. Sheaffer wants tobring his dog along too, which is commonon the trail.At REI, an outdoors store, a hiking filmsuch as “Wild,” is giving the industry aboost. “We are all excited about the buzzgenerated for outdoor recreation, wildlands, and expeditionary hiking as a resultof that great movie,” said Matt Liddle atREI’s Outdoor Programs and Outreach department.See Tackling, Page 5www.ConnectionNewspapers.com

NewsBring this ad to your appointmentTackling the Appalachian TrailFrom Page 4In August 2015, the film adaptation of Bill Bryson’sbook, “A Walk in the Woods” is being released, starring Robert Redford as Bryson “rediscoveringAmerica on the Appalachian Trail,” as noted on thecover. In the book, published in 1998, Bryson fallsshort of completing the whole trail.& receive a 90-minute Traditional Thai (reg 120)or Malee Signature Deluxe (reg 130) for 90!3 locations to serve you:Falls Church, Fairfax and our newest locationin Old Town Alexandria.Call 703-237-0105 to make your appointment now!Thai Massage Like No Otherwww.malee-thaimassage.comEdna Baden, staff directorat the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club in Vienna.Annual MLK Tribute Set for Sundayundreds of area residents will pay homage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. atArlington’s annual MLK Tribute event onSunday, Jan. 18, from 7-9 p.m. at Washington-LeeHigh School, 1301 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Nowin its 46th year, the program will include live musicfrom the Saint Augustine Gospel Choir, dance fromThe Dance Institute of Washington and a keynoteaddress from William T. Newman, Jr. with CBSRadio’s Justine Love serving as emcee. Prior to theevent program visit with non-profit organizations exhibiting at the Volunteer Fair. For additional information about the 2015 program, visit ng-jr/.This year, the program organizers have teamed upwith local non-profit Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to collect non-perishable items for Arlington residents in need