News Briefs

March 20 – 26, 2008

W. Broad Repaving Efforts to Re-Start

Road construction, including milling and paving, will commence today through March 28, closing one lane in each direction in the 400 block of W. Broad St. (Rt. 7) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Falls Church officials reported today. Access to businesses and residences and left turns will be limited for short periods (approximately an hour) while asphalt is being laid and cooled.


Denneny Endorsed by Rep. Hare

Running for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 11th District, Doug Denneny announced he’s received the endorsement of Rep. Phil Hare (Ill.-17), a strong advocate of veterans rights. Denneny, a Gulf War veteran, received the endorsement of VetPac and VoteVets. Denneny is running against Gerry Connolly, chair of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, former U.S. Rep. Leslie Byrne and Lori Alexander. In another development this week, all four candidates have been invited to appear at a spring brunch hosted by the Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club on Sunday, May 4.


Besen Slated for Mar. 30 Local PFLAG Event

Wayne Besen, author of two acclaimed books, whose column, “Anything But Straight” appears exclusively in the Falls Church News-Press, will appear at a forum sponsored by the regional Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) on Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. at Falls Church’s Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St. The event is free and open to the public. Besen was named one of Advocate magazine’s “People of the Year” for his work as the founding executive director of Truth Wins Out, dedicated to unmasking the “ex-gay myth.”


Hicks Named Falls Church Engineering Chief

William Hicks, P.E., was named this week the City of Falls Church’s new Engineering and Construction Division Director, effective this Monday. He was formerly the senior water resources engineer at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, and had previously been watershed program administrator for the City of Alexandria. In his new post, he will oversee engineering services, building permit processing, storm and watershed management, and environmental program planning and administration, including recycling.


NOVAM Names New Executive Director

The Falls Church-based Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry (NOVAM) announced the appointment of Carol G. Jameson as its new executive director. Ms. Jameson most recently serviced as vice president of supportive family services for the regional non-profit Northern Virginia Family Services, and was there 14 years. Prior to that she worked for the Whitman-Walker Clinic and Inova Juniper Program, two regional programs serving individuals with AIDS.


Mozart, Bach Sunday for Continuing Episcopalians

Mozart’s Alleluia and Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto #3 Allegro will be performed by a string trio Sunday at the 11:15 a.m. service on Easter Sunday at the Falls Church Continuing Episcopalian congregation meeting in the fellowship hall of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St. Alto Lili Miller, a former George Mason High School student, will perform along with Music Director James Jelasic.



Affordable Housing Seminar Slated April 3

 “Putting a Falls Church Face on Affordable Housing” is the title of a “community information exchange” hosted by the Falls Church Housing Corporation and Homestretch Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Falls Church Presbyterian Church. With an introduction by Falls Church Mayor Robin Gardner, the keynote address will be delivered by Melissa Bondi, who serves as housing director for the Smarter Growth Coalition and Arlington County Housing Commissioner.