News Briefs

February 22 – 28, 2007

Bishop Schedules Visit to F.C. ‘Continuing Episcopalians’ April 1

Episcopalian Bishop David Jones of the Diocese of Virginia announced this week that he will visit on April 1 the on-going congregation of “continuing Episcopalians” that has been gathering off-site from the Falls Church Episcopal Church since a majority at the F.C. Episcopal voted itself out of the denomination in December. The “continuing Episcopalians” in F.C. gather Sundays at 11:15 a.m. in a fellowship hall at the nearby Falls Church Presbyterian at 225 E. Broad St. Bishop Jones visited a “continuing Episcopalian” congregation of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal in Heathsville on Feb. 17 and plans to visit a similar group of the St. Margaret’s Episcopal in Woodbridge on Feb. 24. “It would be universally regarded on our part that we would like to get back into the historic church as a place of worship,” Bill Fetsch, a leader of the “continuing Episcopalians” in F.C. told the Virginia Episcopalian newsletter recently. 


Clerk Candidate Ferguson Gets to Know Falls Church

Paul Ferguson, for over a decade a member of the Arlington County Board, extended his political reach to the City of Falls Church this past week after announcing that he’ll seek election to a four-year term as the Clerk of the Arlington Circuit Court in November, succeeding the retiring David Bell. Falls Church is located within the jurisdiction of the court. Ferguson visited the office of the News-Press last Friday and the monthly meeting of the Falls Church City Democratic Committee Tuesday night. He said he is looking forward to frequent visits to F.C. not only as he campaigns, but once he is the clerk.


‘Challenge Days’ Fundraiser Set for March 25 in F.C.

The date has been set for a fundraiser to bring the “Challenge Days” back to George Mason High School in F.C. this spring. There were rave reviews of the positive impact of the “Challenge Days” last April, when the entire junior class at the high school experienced the program aimed at overcoming fear or hatred of differences, and affirming racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation and personality diversity. The event, under the auspices of the Falls Church Education Foundation and its “Diversity Affirmation Education Fund” (DAEF), will be held on Sunday, Mar. 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the home of Stacy Hennessey, 610 Poplar Drive. It will be a fine wine and cheese tasting with live music by students at GMHS. A suggested minimum contribution is $35 per person, but tax-deductible contributions of larger amounts are also encouraged. The event will be preceded at 3:30 p.m. by a free public forum held at the F.C. Community Center featuring “Anything But Straight” columnist Wayne Besen. Contributions can be sent in advance to the F.C. Education Association, 450 W. Broad St., Suite 305, Falls Church, VA 22046, specifying the “DAEF Fundraiser.”


F.C. Expands Water Pumping Capacity With New Station

A newly-installed underground Scotts Run Pumping Station is now operational, bringing enhanced capacity and security to customers in the Falls Church City water system, according to a City statement released yesterday. “Improvements to the Scotts Run Pumping Station began in March 2006 to replace the 1962 above-ground facility with a secure underground station equipped to provide adequate flow and pressure to deliver water to the new Tysons Water Tank. The tank was installed in June 2004 and its 2.2 million-gallon capacity makes it approximately one-third larger than the one it replaced. The new station can transfer a maximum of 10.8 million gallons per day, compared to the 8.1 mpg capacity of the old station.


Rep. Davis Seeks Hearing on National Guard Missions

Falls Church area GOP Rep. Tom Davis announced yesterday he is requesting a congressional hearing “to examine chronic deficiencies in Department of Defense support for homeland security and civil support missions of the National Guard.” The request came on the heels of two Government Accounting Office reports requested by Davis that found the DoD has not adequately addressed Guard equipment and training requirements and detailing how Army units charged with chemical and biological attack response, most Revervists, are woefully under-staffed and under-equipped, according to a statement from Davis’ office.