Community News and Notes

 After games like the Georgetown Hoyas’ 66-48 victory over a top-20 Notre Dame squad, it’s easy to see why many placed Georgetown in the nation’s top 10 to start the season. After games like the Georgetown Hoyas’ 56-52 loss to a struggling Villanova team, it’s easy to see why Georgetown started conference play on the outside of the top 25.
Boy Scout Troop 895 congratulated its latest Eagle Scout, Alexander Teates of Falls Church, on Saturday January 5.  Speakers were Delegate Jim Scott and Mayor Robin Gardner.  Councilmen Dan Maller and Dave Snyder and Commissioner of the Revenue Tom Clinton also attended along with many scouts, scouters, friends and family.  Alex is a 2006 graduate of George Mason High School.  Alex’s proud parents are Melissa Teates and Gordon Theisz.  Troop 895 has been serving Falls Church for nearly 50 years and is chartered by Falls Church Presbyterian Church. Here, Alex poses with Jim Scott.

Literary Council Seeks ESL Volunteers …

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia continues its search for 100 new volunteer tutors needed to help area adults learn to speak, understand, read and write English. There is currently a waiting list of individuals hoping to be paired with a tutor to improve their English. There will be a basic tutor training workshop for three consecutive Sundays from Feb. 3 – 17. The workshops run from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Registration is required for these workshops and you may do so by calling 703-237-0866 or e-mailing


Falls Church City Daisy Troop 522  (all kindergarten girls) performed a shoe collecting service project for Arlington-based Art for Humanity. The non-profit organization, among other activities, collects gently-worn shoes for the children of Honduras to walk to school and for the moms and dads to get to work safely. The Daisies collected an estimated 500 shoes as part of the “Friendly and Helpful” Petal Activity throughout the month of December. Left to right: Danielle Welch, Lara Riyad, Anna Grace Ulses, Maggie Hicks, Emma Gardner, Molly Schulze-Haugen, Sarah Valley, and Annie Castillo.… So Does Center for Multicultural Human Services

The Center for Multicultural Human Services is looking for volunteers to teach groups of immigrant parents whose children attend Timberlane and Pine Spring Elementary Schools in Falls Church. The classes, which span from beginner to advanced levels, are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and run from Feb. 20 – May 24 Teaching materials and orientation are provided. Volunteers must be over 21 years of age and must arrange their own transportation to the schools.

A Children’s Enrichment Program is likewise provided for children while parents are learning ESL at the schools. These sessions help with socialization skills, reading appreciation and homework. These sessions coincide with the parental ESL courses. Volunteers for the Children’s Enrichment Program must be 16 years of age or older and also must arrange their own transportation to the schools.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Ellen Klene at or 703-533-3302 x 107.


NAMI Support Meeting Upcoming

NAMI-Arlington, a support group for those dealing with mental illness, will met on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. to hear four participants in the In Our Own Voice program share their personal experiences with mental illness. The meeting will be held at the First Christian Church (6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church). The meeting is free. For more information, call 703-525-0686.


STUDENTS AT THE MARY ELLEN HENDERSON Middle School in Falls Church presented a check for $850 to Sister City representatives to send to Kokolopori to assist in the construction of a clinic. Kokolopori is the region in central Democratic Republic of the Congo that is Falls Church’s sister city. (News-Press photo)Volunteer Award Nomination Process Begins

Volunteer Fairfax is preparing for the 15th Annual Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards on Tuesday, April 24. As such the organization is opening its award nomination process. Nomination forms can be downloaded from Completed nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. This year’s awards recognize volunteers who served the community during calendar year and nominees must be a resident of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, the Town of Herndon, the Town of Vienna or the City of Falls Church who does service for the Fairfax community.

Awards will be given in the following categories: Animals/Environment/Recreation; Challenged/Impaired; Youth/Children At Risk; Education/Advocacy/Health; Hungry/Homeless/Housing; Community Leadership; Senior Volunteer; Youth Volunteer; Adult Volunteer Group; Corporate Volunteer; Family Volunteer; Volunteer Program.

A new award, called the Benchmark Award, will also be handed out this year. To receive this award, a volunteer must have given 250-500 hours of volunteer service to an organization in 2006.


Hill Set To Open Spa

Local resident Cathy Hill has announced plans to open a new spa, called Vitalia MedSpa, in early February. The spa, to be located at Tyson’s Station near Trader Joe’s (7506 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church), will offer a variety of non-invasive treatments. For more information and a detailed list of offered services, visit


LOU OLOM (left), revered as the father of the International Baccalaureate program at George Mason High School, once again did the honors of presenting medallions to honor graduates of the IB program in a ceremony at the GMHS auditorium last week. (News-Press photo)Government Offices Close Monday

The City of Falls Church has announced a series of government offices and services that will be closing on Monday, Jan. 15 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Closed this coming Monday will be: City Hall, DMV Select Office, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church City Schools and the Senior Center. The Community Center will remain open and G.E.O.R.G.E. local transit will provide regular weekday service. The Courts and Sheriff’s Office will remain closed from Jan. 12 – 15.


Illustrate Your Inventions on TV

A new PBS show called “Everyday Edisons,” will be holding an open casting call for inventors on Jan. 20. The casting call will be the only one in the Northeast and will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, D.C.). Registration begins at 7 a.m. and those who arrive by 1 p.m. will be guaranteed an interview before a panel of judges. Auditions are free to the public and registration forms are available online at or at the Regan Building itself on the day of the auditions.

The show will take the ideas of contestants and follow them as their ideas are refined, produced, marketed and sold.


Bikos Named to Dean’s List

Dimitri Athan Bikos of Falls Church was named to the fall 2006 Dean’s List at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Students on the Dean’s List must earn a 3.5 GPA or higher, with no marks below a C-.


Teacher’s Rally, March Set

A Pre-Rally Social for the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers will convene from 5 – 6:45 p.m. at Chevy’s Restaurant (3052 Gatehouse Plaza, Falls Church). The teachers will then walk, en masse, to Luther Jackson Middle School for the Superintendent’s FCPS School Board Budget 2008 Presentation. The purpose of the march is to campaign for wages matching those in neighboring school districts.