News Briefs

November 2 – 8, 2006

Figure Skater Derrick Delmore at F.C. Business Expo Saturday

Nationally-acclaimed U.S. figure skater Derrick Delmore will make an appearance at the 2nd annual Falls Church Business Expo this Saturday in the F.C. Community Center. Delmore, from Ft. Washington, Maryland, was the 1998 Junior World Champion and a member of the U.S. Figure Skating team. He will be on hand at the Expo from 1 to 2 p.m. as the guest of Solano Spine and Sport Chiropractic. Sally Cole, executive director of the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, released the final schedule for Saturday’s Expo earlier this week. Free and open to the public, local business exhibits are open during two stints, the first from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the second from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Rep. Jim Moran will appear at 5:45 p.m. to report on the results of his participation in the Community Health Challenge. Three seminars will be held between 2 and 4:20 p.m., readings and book signings will be held at 6:15 p.m. and a closing reception at 5:30 p.m. The F.C.-themed works of local artists Bill Abel and Sue Nannery will be exhibited at the Community Center during the reception, with originals, prints and notecards on display and available for sale.


Basketball Legend Laid to Rest in Falls Church

The legendary Red Auerbach, who coached the Boston Celtics professional basketball team to record numbers of championships in the National Basketball Association, died at age 89 last week and was buried in a simple graveside ceremony Tuesday at the King David Memorial Gardens in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. Hall of Fame players Bill Russell and John Thompson were among those in attendance, along with NBA Commissioner David Stern and Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin. Participants recited the 23rd Psalm and the kaddish, the Jewish prayer of the dead, after Auerbach’s casket was lowered into the grave. The ceremony lasted only 10 minutes.


3 Telecast Dates on Ch. 10 for ‘Marriage Amendment’ Debate

Fairfax County Cable TV has announced that three dates remain on its Cox Cable Channel 10 station for re-broadcasting the lively debate on Question #1 on the Nov. 7 Virginia ballot pertaining to amending the state constitution to restrict marriage to “between a man and a woman.” They will be Thursday, Nov. 2, at 11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3 and 4:30 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 4, at 9:30 a.m. Proponents of the measure who participated in the debate are Del. Robert G. Marshall, a co-sponsor of the measure, and Victoria Cobb of the Family Foundation of Virginia. Opponents who took part are James Dyke Jr., former Virginia Secretary of Education and Douglas Koelemay, managing director of Qorvis Communications. Over 100 citizens attended the debate despite bad weather at the Fairfax County Government Center.


NDU’s International Fellows Program Seeks Sponsors

Falls Church’s Dr. Mary McCully is among area sponsors of foreign students attending the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., through its International Counterterrorism Fellows sponsorship program, and the new program has launched a campaign to attract new participants. Dr. McCully has been a sponsor of various international programs for 15 years, and now is sponsoring four students under the auspices of the new program. She is one of 19 volunteers in the area who participate once or twice a month with their fellows in barbecues, sporting events, trips to the National Mall and so forth. For more information on sponsorships, contact Krysten Rose-McCully at (202) 685-4171 or by checking out the program’s website,


F.C. Water Bond Wins Low 3.89% Rate

City of Falls Church’s Chief Financial Officer John Touhy announced at a City Council work session Monday that bids on a City Water Fund bond of $5.5 million drew a winning 3.89% interest rate offer from Bank of America. The winning bid, Touhy reported, was significantly below what he expected, and the difference will mean a savings of about $250,000 to the City. There were a half-dozen active bidders, he said, and they ranged from the winning low interest bid to 4.75%.


F.C. Revenue Growth Projected Only 3.5% This Year

The Falls Church City Council learned Monday that revenues are expected to rise by only 3.5% this year in anticipation of planning for the new fiscal year budget early next year. That is less than half the 8% growth projected for planning purposes last spring, and challenges the Council with tough decisions about the tax rate. The Council was slated to meet jointly with the School Board last night to mull ways of moving forward in concert with the limited resources.