This Week’s Business News and Notes

January 18 – 24, 2007

Art and Frame of Falls Church, Creative Cauldron, Falls Church Arts and The Community Phone Book are joining forces to host the Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s January Networking Mixer. The event will take place from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23 at 111 Park Avenue in Falls Church. This will be a terrific opportunity to see Falls Church’s new arts space featuring custom framing and locally made gift items at Art and Frame, the new “Color and Shape” exhibit hosted by Falls Church Arts, the vast array of workshops and classes for children and adults provided by Creative Cauldron, and to learn about the marketing opportunities available through The Community Phone Book. The event is free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be provided.

The Center for Multicultural Human Services, based in Falls Church, was awarded a three-year, $748,908 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create a national technical assistance center that will help communities around the country respond better to the needs of immigrant and refugee children and families. The primary purpose of the Training and Technical Assistance Program is to help the human service community nationwide develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in working with and providing much-needed social services to an increasingly multicultural client base. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, CMHS has operated in Falls Church since 1982. It was created in response to the influx of immigrants and refugees into the Fairfax County area and to their growing needs in the areas of mental health and other social services. For more information, contact Ricarda Dowling at the Center for Multicultural Human Services (703)533-3302 ext. 128.


City of Falls Churchopoly games featuring dozens of Falls Church businesses are still available for purchase. Proceeds from the games benefit the City of Falls Church’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. Games are available at Art and Frame of Falls Church (111 Park Avenue), Beyond the Garden Gate (450 W. Broad Street), Stacy’s Coffee Parlor (709 W. Broad Street) and at Falls Church City Hall (contact Adrienne Raines at These games are terrific mementoes of Falls Church and make great gifts so be sure to pick up a few copies while supplies last. For information about how you can support the ongoing Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts, contact Tori McKinney at 703-867-8674 or


The Falls Church News-Press has secured the services of a new state-of-the-art Mitsubishi printing press. Among the benefits of the new printing press will be an increase in the quality of print and the opportunity to print color advertisements on every page of the paper. Use of the new press will begin with the February 1 – 7, 2007 edition of the News-Press. To access the Falls Church News-Press online or to find information on advertising opportunities, visit or contact their advertising department at 703-532-3267.


Thanks to sponsorship from Vienna-based Moore Cadillac, George Mason University’s Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Larranaga will deliver the keynote remarks at the Falls Church Education Foundation’s Annual Dinner on Friday, April 27, 2007. Larranaga was the Colonial Athletic Association’s all-time leader in wins and the first coach at a mid-major school to take his team to the Final Four in 27 years. He led George Mason University to a school record in wins, the school’s first-ever national ranking, George Mason’s first-ever appearance in the top 10, and the school’s first-ever wins over top 10 teams. His unique message about preparing his athletes for the game of life is based on real-life examples of tough calls he has made on and off the courts. For more information about the FCEF or its sponsorship opportunities visit or contact Donna Englander, FCEF Executive Director at 703-538-3381.


Falls Church-based Sisler Stone, Inc. is inviting local developers to attend a press conference and trade demonstration to help introduce “Permea-Pavement”, a new ecological and economical building technology created by the Canadian company Techno-Bloc. The event, to take place at 1:00 p.m. on January 18 will illustrate how “Permea-Pavers " are designed to help builders greatly reduce problems associated with water runoff from standard driveways. The new materials are cast concrete paving components billed as a "driveway solution" because the block sections are formulated to disperse water evenly and efficiently, thereby creating optimum drainage. Call 703-532-0169 to RSVP or contact Joe Lapiana for more information at Joe Lapiana at 631-234-2900 or