News Briefs

February 15 – 21, 2007

‘Kasmati’ Band Joins Shelter Benefit at State Theatre

The band that has taken Falls Church by storm, “Kasmati,” has been added to the program for the gala benefit for the Falls Church Homeless Shelter being held at the State Theatre next Thursday, Feb. 22. Made up of students from George Mason High School, the band will perform at the State after school lets out, from 3:45 to 5 p.m., to warm the theatre up for the fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets for the “Kasmati” show are $5 and for the evening event are $35. They can be purchased at the door. “An Evening of Jazz, Auction and Social” is the title for the fundraiser. All proceeds will go to the operation of the Winter Emergency Homeless Shelter in Falls Church.


George Washington Documentary Aired in F.C.

A television documentary providing an innovative new look at the nation’s first president, George Washington, will the screened for the first time before students at Falls Church’s Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, in its cafetorium, today. The History Channel special, “Save Our History: The Search for George Washington,” will be brought to the school by Cox Communications, in conjunction with the History Channel, for a 1 p.m. airing as part of the school’s recognition of Presidents Week. It focuses on new state-of-the-art efforts at reconstructing what George Washington actually looked like at three stages in his life, as a 19-year-old surveyor, a 45-year old commending general and a 57-year old president. The producer of the show will be on hand to take questions from students. The documentary will premiere on the History Channel this Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 p.m. ET.


N. Va. Home Sales Begin Cautious Rebound

According to the monthly home sales statistical report from the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, January marked the first month since May 2005 that month-over-the-year numbers of home sales showed an increase. A total of 1,349 homes sold in the region in January, about 10 percent more than January 2006. But active listings grew even faster, with 6,949 homes on the market in January compared to 5,876 a year earlier. January 2007 also saw homes staying on the market far longer than a year earlier, at an average 102 days compared to 56 days in January 2006. Average home sale prices were also off slightly, by .15 percent, at $523,506 compared to $524,314 a year ago. The media home price remained identical to a year ago.


Public F.C. Streetscape Hearing Set for Feb. 22

A major streetscape overhaul in the 400 block of West Broad Street slated to begin next month will be the subject of a public discussion and hearing on the subject Thursday, Feb. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Training Center at City Hall. City Manager Wyatt Shields told the F.C. City Council Monday night that the effort will admittedly cause a significant disruption of travel activity on West Broad (Rt. 7) and that his staff is considering numerous different options for how to mitigate the impact. The project includes the under-grounding of overhead utilities, reconstruction of sidewalk, curb, gutter and driveway entrances, and installation of decorative street lighting. This is in anticipation of the imminent completion of the Read Building at 402 W. Broad. Options for the City are to do the work during daytime hours, at night or 24 hours a day. An earlier announcement of the plans drew responses only from area businesses who all wished the work to be done at night.


Winter Pet Safety Advisory Issued

The Fairfax County Animal Services Division issued an advisory yesterday urging all residents to “pay close attention to pets’ needs during the cold winter months,” noting that “pets are at risk of hypothermia and even death if left unattended outdoors during extreme temperatures.” Citizens who suspect a pet is in danger, or is not being provided adequate food, shelter or water in accordance with the law, should contact Fairfax Animal Control at (703) 691-2131. In the City of Falls Church, the Animal Warden can be contacted through the Police Department at (703) 241-5050.