News Briefs

September 13 – 19, 2007

Fundraiser for Assaulted Argia’s Chef  Tops $20,000

A benefit organized by Argia’s Restaurant co-owner Adam Roth at the State Theatre Monday night brought in over 250 people and raised over $20,000 to date, Roth has reported. Its purpose was to raise funds to help the recovery of Elio Martinez, a chef at the restaurant since its opening almost eight years ago, who was assaulted by a group wielding baseball bats when he got off his bus near Baileys Crossroads after work on Aug. 13. Martinez, still in the critical care unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital, has regained consciousness and reportedly had sharp recall of the assault. Another fundraiser for Martinez, with lots of live music, is set for this Saturday night at the Broad Street Grille, starting at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Roth is now working to get a visa for Martinez’ parents to allow them to come from Guatemala to visit him.


F.C. Schools’ Day Care Task Force to Begin Work

All positions on a Day Care Task Force assembled by the Falls Church City Public Schools have now been filled, and the group will begin researching child care needs in the City this month, according to the School Board office. Newly appointed by the School Board this Tuesday were Charles Bowling, Kathleen Donovan and Melissa Teates, completing the nine-member body. Appointed earlier were Jane Scully, Lisa Richardson, Debbie Wright, John Lawrence, Kim Maller and Ron Peppe. Two subcommittees of the group have been created, one assigned to research day care facilities and staffing requirements and the other to survey family needs in the City and options beyond the current day care program. The task force’s first public meeting is set for Wednesday, Sept. 26, followed by seven more up to Dec. 12. All will be held at the School Board’s Central Office, 803 W. Broad St., at 7:15 p.m. The task force will make its final recommendations to the School Board in January.


Area Gay/Lesbian Groups Set 2 Candidate Forums

Four organizations promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and advocacy in Northern Virginia will be hosting two forums for state legislative candidates seeking election in November, the group announced this week. Calling for “putting the ‘fair’ in Fairfax,” they will host a forum of state senate candidates on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6:45 p.m. at the Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia, 10383 Democracy Lane, Fairfax. That will be followed by a forum for state delegate candidates on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Greenbriar Community Center, 4615 Stringfellow Rd. Co-sponsoring the events are Equality Fairfax, Equality Virginia, the Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club and the Log Cabin Republicans of Virginia.


Moran’s Women’s Issues Forum ‘Sold Out’

With Queen Noor of Jordan as the featured speaker, this Saturday’s Women’s Issues Conference, the 16th annual event organized by Rep. Jim Moran, registration has closed due to the heavy response, Moran’s office reported this week. The event goes from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kenmore Middle School in Arlington.


Tysons Group Holds Urban Planning Seminar

The Tysons Land Use Task Force will hold a public presentation and panel discussion on “strategies for implementing best practices in urban planning” next Tuesday, Sept. 18. The event will be held at the Capital One Building auditorium, 1680 Capital One Dr., McLean, starting at 7 p.m. The urban planning consultant to the Task Force, G. B. Arrington of PB PlaceMaking, will make the opening presentation and panelists will highlight strategies that have been used successfully in other areas. The Task Force will make its formal recommendations to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on the remake of Tysons in 2008. They will come in the form of proposed revisions to the county’s comprehensive plan. They are intended to guide the area’s development for the next 30 to 40 years.