News Briefs

October 25 – 31, 2007

News-Press Announces Circulation Increase

The Falls Church News-Press announced this week that its weekly circulation has grown from 30,500 to 36,500 over the course of the last month. The increase is the first in more than a year but continues the pattern of growth from the 7,500 copies the paper began with in 1991. The increase comes with no attendant hike in advertising rates at this time, according to News-Press editor Nicholas F. Benton. On the contrary, he said, because of the advanced capabilities of the new state-of-the-art press that prints the News-Press, the paper in August restructured its rates to provide the option of full color at no extra charge for all its advertisers. Most of the new home deliveries of the News-Press are in North Arlington and will be accompanied soon by more in-depth news coverage of that area. In the meantime, the weekly “Our Man in Arlington” column by Richard Barton and columns by Rep. Jim Moran and State Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, who represent that area, will continue in the paper as they have for more than a half-dozen years.


‘Continuing Episcopalians’ & Defectors Await Court

The legal dispute over who controls the property upon which the historic Falls Church sits in downtown City of Falls Church will come to a head next month. Both leaders of the church members who voted to defect from the Episcopal Church, U.S.A., last December who have continued to occupy the premises, and the “Continuing Episcopalians” who voted not to defect, will be attending in force a four-day hearing at Judge Randy I. Bellows’ Fairfax District Court set to begin Nov. 12. Attorneys from both sides will file briefs following the hearing, and the judge’s office has indicated a ruling will probably arrive in early January. Meanwhile, the “Continuing Episcopalians” continue to worship weekly across Broad Street from the historic site, at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church. They will host the Washington Balalaika Society, instrumentalists who perform in traditional Russian folk garb, this Sunday at an 11:15 a.m. worship service and at a coffee hour following.


‘People With Disabilities’ Info Day Saturday

Fairfax County’s Disabilities Services Board is co-hosting “Fairfax Connector Accessibility Day” this Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. The event is designed to provide people with disabilities practical information on how to access the many transportation options, programs and services that are available in the county. New and improved accessibility features of the Fairfax Connector bus system will be demonstrated. Also, there will be free bus service to and from the event provided at the Vienna Metro station. For more information, call Denis Paddeu at (703) 324-1439.