News Briefs

September 6 – 12, 2007

F.C.’s 9 ‘Teacher Workforce’ Apartments Occupied

Just in time for the start of the new school year this week, occupancy permits were granted by City Hall in Falls Church to nine “teacher workforce housing” apartments in the new Read Building at 402 W. Broad St. It was a close call, but the five teachers and four other school staff personnel were permitted to move in before starting the school year last week. According for F.C. Vice Mayor Lindy Hockenberry, herself a former teacher in the F.C. school system for over 30 years, the units are “top drawer,” with granite and stainless steel appointments. It marks the first time such “workforce housing” products have been utilized in Falls Church, offered as a proffer by developer Robert Young of the Young Group. Other components of the new building, including the Vantage Fitness Center and a branch of the PNC Bank, are also now up and running.


Course Announced for Sept. 16 ‘Fun Run’ in F.C.

Between 8 and 8:45 a.m. Sunday morning, Sept. 16, streets in downtown City of Falls Church will be closed to traffic for the first annual Falls Church Education Foundation “5K” run and one-mile “fun run.” Registration for the event is $20 per person or $50 for a family and can be done at the FCEF website,, or by calling (703) 538-3381. Family activities and awards will follow the run in the Cherry Hill Park. Packets for participants can be picked up on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Commerce Bank or the Falls Church Falls Festival. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. Sunday from the intersection of Park Avenue and N. Maple. It goes east to W. Jefferson, west on Little Falls, north on Great Falls, looping from Lincoln Ave. to Meridian and Dorchester Streets back to Great Falls, west on N. West Street, looping up and down the Oak Street hill toward Mt. Daniel School, and south back down Park Avenue to Cherry Hill Park at Virginia Avenue.


Police Hail Mason District Anti-Gang Initiative

Fairfax County Police saturated the Mason District with 50 officers in uniform and plain clothes for an intense six-hour period two Fridays ago that netted eight arrests for three in-progress robberies. They also conducted traffic stops, a traffic safety checkpoint, home visits and contacts with the community. In addition to the several arrests for robbery, there were arrests for gang activity and drunk in public. Traffic summonses were issued for speeding, no seat belt, improper window tint, improper equipment, illegal U-turn, child seat violation, no operator’s license in possession, failure to update operator’s license, driving without headlights at night, expired inspection, expired registration, no front license plate, improperly displaying license plate, failure tro yield right of way and failure to secure load.


GMHS Grads Penland, Aitken Feted in Florida

Honored for their women’s soccer accomplishments, University of Tampa’s Allison Penland and Shannon Aitken, both graduates of Falls Church’s George Mason High School, were named Sunshine State Conference players of the week. Penland was offensive player of the week this past week with two game-winning goals against nationally-ranked opponents, and Aitken was defensive player of the week for the week previous.