Community News and Notes

 WATERFORD DEVELOPMENT, a Reston, Va.-based real estate development company, announced the topping out of Spectrum in Falls Church. Spectrum, located on Broad St., is a mixed-use development that includes a building scaling seven stories that will house both retail units as well as a condominium residence. Any questions concerning Spectrum can be directed at Waterford Development at 703-674-1699. (Photo: Courtesy Waterford Development)

Goklany Earns Biology Degree at UNC Asheville

Congratulations to Vienna resident Maya Evelyn Goklany on her graduation from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Goklany earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and was a University Research Scholar with a Distinction in Biology.


Kokopolori Director Visits Sister City of Falls Church

Jean-Marie Benishay, the Democratic Republic of Congo Country Director of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative, will speak Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in the conference room of Mary Riley Styles Public Library. His lecture will provide an update on how the $13,000 raised by Falls Church residents this past April will be spent to help Kokolopori, Falls Church’s sister city in the DRC. The two cities are joining together to help save wildlife and tropical rainforests.


TAYLOR DEMETER, a sophomore at George Mason High School and a member of BSA Troop 895, receives a plaque from Virginia Delegate Jim Scott. The plaque congratulated Demeter on earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Demeter also received commendations from President George W. Bush, U.S. Senators John Warner and Jim Webb, Governor Tim Kaine, and Archbishop Demetrios. (Photo: Christian Demeter)Beyer to Host Free Child Safety Seat Inspections

Local firefighters will be performing free child safety seat inspections at Don Beyer Volvo Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the inspections, there will be food, a moonbounce and a free car wash. The dealership is located at 21830 Pacific Blvd., in Dulles, Va. For more information, call Rebecca Newsom at 703-421-5700.


Mason Grad Gets Boston Authors Club Award

Ann Downer, George Mason High School class of 1978, received a distinction of Recognized Titles for “The Dragon of Never-Was,” her youth-oriented fantasy novel. The announcement came May 10 at the 10th Annual Book Awards Celebration at the Boston Public Library. The Boston Authors Club is the nation’s oldest continuously meeting writers’ club, dating back to 1900. Their awards are based on work from the previous year, and only authors who live or have lived within 100 miles of Boston are considered for the awards. Downer now lives in Somerville, Mass. with her seven-year old son Bennet and husband Ed. She is the editor of the Life Sciences and Health section at Harvard University Press.


PARTICIPATING IN THE annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk in Falls Church last Saturday morning were many Falls Church youth and adults, alike. It was a bright, sunny morning, the perfect time to stroll for a good cause. (Photo: Gary Mester)Getting Into College 101

Vienna, Va.-based AdmissionsConsultants, Inc. is sponsoring a series of free workshops designed to help high school seniors improve their chances of getting accepted to their college of choice. The workshops are being held at the following dates and locations: June 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Falls Church Community Center (223 Little Falls St., Falls Church), June 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bechtel Conference Center (1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, Va.), June 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Chevy Chase Town Hall (4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, Md.), June 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cascades Library (21030 Whitfield Place, Potomac Falls, Va.). Reservations for the workshops are required. Call 703-242-5885 or email [email protected] to reserve seats.


Britan Awarded Summer Research Fellowship

Clark Britan, a Falls Church resident, J.E.B. Stuart High School graduate and a junior at Lafayette University, has been honored with a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Britan will work alongside world-renowned scientists in Gaithersburg, Md. for 11 weeks this summer, measuring bullet casings for a project that hopes to provide a better system of linking criminals to crimes. The fellowship will provide for Britan’s travel and housing, in addition to a stipend.


VIRGINIA GOVERNOR Tim Kaine made a guest appearance at a fundraiser for State Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple in Arlington Sunday. He and Sen. Whipple are shown here with Whipple’s daughter and grandchildren. (News-Press photo)Beamer Bohnert Releases Book on Binkie Butterfly

Suzy Beamer Bohnert, an Arlington resident, recently had her children’s fiction book, “Binkie Learns to Fly,” published. The book, which chronicles the timid-turned-confident Binkie butterfly, has a target demographic of babies through pre-schoolers. Bohnert also recently updated another book of hers, “Game-Day Goddess: Learning Football’s Lingo,” which serves as a reference tool that contains need-to-know phrases of the game. The book is now updated for the 2007 football season. Both of Beamer Bohnert’s books are available for purchase at


Nationals Hope to Strike Out ALS

On May 17, the Washington Nationals announced that, as a part of their monthly health initiatives, May will be Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) month. ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder. The disease causes muscle weakness and attacks nerve cells and pathways in the spinal cord and brain, and the life expectancy of those affected with it is 2 to 5 years. The Nationals hope to raise awareness for the disease, and the other diseases they target through their monthly health initiatives.


Falls Church Idol

Meredyth Shinko Stock, a resident of Falls Church and a junior at the Shenandoah Music Conservatory, grabbed first place in the college classical competition, held at the University of Maryland April 14. The event was sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). The first-place finish was her second in a NATS competition. In high school, she sang with both the National Cathedral Choral Society and Choralis.


Arlington Soccer Club to Host ‘College Night’

The Arlington Travel Soccer Club will host “College Night” on Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at Arlington Central Library Auditorium (1015 No. Quincy St., Arlington, Va.). The event will feature college soccer coaches and players who will provide insight into the college recruiting process. Registration for the event is required. Email registration requests to [email protected].  Additional information can be found at by clicking on “College Night.” VAN STEYN was honored at the National Press Club with a “Silver Owl” commendation last week. She is shown here with, among others, son Shaun Van Steyn and grandson Simon Van Steyn. (News-Press photo)14th Tinner Hill Festival and Global Marketplace

From Noon to 7 p.m. at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) on June 2, the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation and the City of Falls Church will present the 14th Annual Tinner Hill Festival and Global Marketplace. The event is free and designed for the whole family. The festival’s aim is to highlight music, culture, and food in the African American tradition. There will be live performances by Memphis Gold, Power Glide, Danny Blew and the Blues Crew, Bamboo Station, Sin Miedo, Elikeh, Shakila N’ Tala Faral and the Fantastic Carter Singers and the Little Guys. Food will be available for purchase.


Group Issues ‘Deliberation Day’ Report

The organizers of “Deliberation Day,” the town hall-style meeting held March 17 concerning the future of Falls Church, have issued a report on the conclusions of the meeting. The group found that the citizens of Falls Church desire a greater involvement for their citizens in the policymaking of the city. “Deliberation Day,” which was modeled after New England town hall meetings, was attended by 135 Falls Church City residents. The report can be read online at


Locals Among UVA Research Awards Winners

Six local residents were among the 47 University of Virginia students who received Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards. The Harrison Awards give monetary support to students who present sound research designs for independent study projects that have been endorsed by a faculty member. The winners receive up to $3,000 for their project, while the faculty member who advises the student throughout the project receives $1,000. The local winners are Megan Dunning of Fairfax, Pooya Jahanshahi of Falls Church, Ryan McElveen of Vienna, Varun Mehta of Falls Church, Prashanth Parameswaran of Vienna and Gary Shambat of Fairfax.


Prepare to Be Pinned

Beginning Tuesday, May 29 and running through Friday, June 1, the George Mason High School Wrestling Program staff will be putting on a free “Introduction to High School Wrestling” clinic in the GM Aux gym from 3:15 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. The clinic is open to the public, and the topics covered will range from the history of wrestling to strategy.


Boland Receives Cultural Fluency Award at UVA

Congratulations to Patrick Thomas Boland, a Falls Church resident, who was presented with the Class Award for Cultural Fluency at the University of Virginia’s Valedictory Exercises May 19. Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley spoke at the ceremony.


A Chance to Make a Difference

Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) needs volunteers to care for abused or neglected children. Volunteers need no prior experience – 35 hours of training will be provided. A time commitment of 15 hours per month for 12 months is expected. They are now accepting applications. Contact Meloni at [email protected]rg or call 703-273-3526 for more information.


Award-Winning Author Coming to B&N

Jean Craighead George, an ASPCA Roger Caras Achievement Award Recipient, will visit the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Bethesda, Md. June 25 at 11 a.m. She will sign copies of her books at the event. The Roger Caras Achievement Award is given to an individual or organization that has contributed to the animal community through literature or other methods, while also providing an inspiration to children. Craighead George’s works include “My Side of the Mountain,” “Julie of the Wolves” and “Luck: The Story of a Sandbill Crane.”


Villanueva Wins Acting Award at Purchase College

Congratulations to Falls Church resident Kristin Villanueva, who received Purchase College’s Acting Chair’s award at the 25th Annual Student Awards Ceremony at Purchase College State University of New York. The Chair’s Awards are given to students who have reached a professional level of artistry in their craft while at Purchase College. Villanueva was acknowledged for being “dynamic in her physicality” and for her exceptional use of language. Villanueva, who hails from Manila, Philippines, was given her bachelor of fine arts at the May 18 commencement ceremonies.


 CELEBRATING 35 YEARS as a successful business in the City of Falls Church Tuesday was the family that founded and operates Anthony’s Restaurant in the 300 block of W. Broad St. Shown here with their entire staff, many who have been working there many years, founders Anthony and Faye Yiannarakis are with their children Ted and Penny and Penny’s fiancé Pete Zoutis. The family restaurant opened at the site in 1972 as a take-out. It but expanded first in 1978, again in 1981 and then took the last part of the entire building it occupies in 1992. (News-Press photo)



Herman Named GM of Community Services

City Manager Wyatt Shields announced Howard Herman’s appointment as the General Manager of Community Services in the City of Falls Church May 16. Herman’s duties will entail overseeing Housing and Human Services, Court Services and Library divisions, and he will continue to act as Director of Recreation and Parks. Herman has been Acting General Manager of Community Services since January, after former General Manager of Community Services Cindy Mester was appointed to the post of Assistant City Manager. Herman first served as Acting General Manager of Community Services from 2004-2005.