News Briefs

September 20 – 26, 2007

Record Attendance at F.C. Falls Festival

Combining the 18th annual Falls Festival with the 3rd annual Taste of Falls Church and the weekly farmer’s market resulted in a record turnout for all the events last Saturday, according to the Falls Church Department of Recreation and Parks. Beautiful weather and a major promotion of the events in the News-Press were also contributing factors. According to officials, the crowd was estimated at between 6,000 and 7,000, while 4,500 Taste of Falls Church food sampling tickets were sold at $3 each. The Pilin Restaurant won first prize from the three distinguished judges who sampled the fare of all the registered restaurants.


F.C.’s Mediastudio Among ‘Nice Guy Award’ Winners

Acacia Bank’s third annual “Nice Guy Awards” ceremonies yesterday included 10 winners in different categories, among them, under the business category, the City of Falls Church’s Mediastudio. The winners were Ed Murphy, Bobbi Seely and Marisa West in the individual category; Daughter of the Day, the Capital Hospice, Annandale Christian Community for Action and Phoenix Rising Therapeutic Equestrian Program for the organization category; and My Plumber, Mediastudio and Project Performance Corporation in the business category. Over 500 attended the award ceremonies at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna. Former NBA basketball star and area businessman Kevin Grevey delivered remarks. Nominees included former Olympic figure skater Michael Weiss and, from Falls Church, Stacy’s Coffee, Dan Greenwood, Paul Barkley, Nick Benton, Barbara Cram, Michael Curtin, Nancy Melnick, Deborah Thompson, PRS, and the Choralis Foundation.


‘Immigrant Contributions’ Awards Event Set

Providing services amidst the more than one million immigrants in this area, the City of Falls Church-based Center for Multicultural Human Services will be hosting its first awards breakfast, “We Are America Now: A Celebration of Immigrant Contributions to the Community,” on Friday, Nov. 2, the organization announced yesterday. Arlington County Board vice-chair Walter Tejada will be among the speakers. The event will be held at the McLean Hilton and tickets at $40 are available from


Fairfax Co. Website Wins Top Honors

Fairfax County’s public website,, earned top honors in the Center for Digital Government’s “2007 Best of the Web” awards competition. As a first place winner, the site was recognized as one of the most innovative and user-friendly local government portals. Oakland County, Michigan and Columbia County, Georgia, rounded out the top three finishers in the county category. The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.