News Briefs

July 26 – August 1, 2007

Ledo Pizza to Cater “Meet the Press” Event Tonight

Ledo Pizza of the Tysons Station Shopping Center will cater the annual “Meet the Press” open house at the office of the Falls Church News-Press tonight, Thursday, July 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The free event is open to all friends of the News-Press. The News-Press office is at 450 W. Broad St. (Route 7), Suite 321.


Falls Church Man Killed in Beltway Crash       

Mateo Rios, 21, of Falls Church and David Castro, 22, of Alexandria, Va., were killed when their Dodge Neon flipped over and hit a parked pick-up truck on the outer loop of I-495 south of River Road at 1:31 a.m. Monday, July 23. Melvin Martinez, 22, of Falls Church was taken to Suburban Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the Neon was traveling too fast to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control. The car turned over and hit a F350 pickup truck with a trailer that was parked on the side of the road. Two people in the truck were not injured.


Falls Church Water Quality Declared Excellent

Tom Jacobus, the general manager of the Washington Aqueduct, appeared before the Falls Church City Council Monday to assure members and the public that the water quality emanating from his system is “of a high quality and safe to drink,” allaying fears that could have arisen from an article in the Washington Post last week. Falls Church’s water system, which serves 125,000 customers in Northern Virginia, is one of three wholesale customers of the Washington Aqueduct. The water quality recordings reported in the Post article “are not extraordinary for this time of year,” he said, as they measured an “instantaneous sample” and not a flow. “Falls Church water is well within EPA-mandated ranges,” he said, noting that disinfecting water “is the greatest achievement of the last 100 years worldwide.”


News-Press Launches New Distribution Team

The Falls Church News-Press announced this week the launch of a new distribution operation to provide reliable and thorough circulation of its 30,500 weekly copies throughout the greater Falls Church area and at key locations in Arlington and Washington, D.C. The News-Press hopes to hear from its readers about any problems with delivery to assist the new team in its effort to “get it right” in a timely fashion.


W. Broad Night-Time Paving This Sunday & Monday

The City of Falls Church announced that the 900 block of W. Broad, between Spring and West Streets will undergo a routine re-paving this Sunday night, July 29, and Monday night between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. There are no residences facing the street on that block, allowing for the nighttime work, City officials said.


‘Fight the Bite’ Educational Brochures Available            The Fairfax County Health Department recently published four new educational brochures for the 2007 mosquito and tick season, now in full swing. They are aimed at augmenting the multi-faceted “Fight the Bite” public educational campaign about disease-carrying insects. The brochures are entitled, “Choosing the Right Repellent,” “Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in Fairfax County,” “The Asian Tiger Mosquito” and “Understanding Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.” They can be read on line at To obtain hard copies, call (703) 246-2300.