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Community News and Notes

Resident Heads to the Peace Corps

After years of participating in public service and leadership activities, Sean Moore, a resident of Falls Church, is prepared to begin his tenure as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. As part of an assignment to complete his master’s degree, Moore will work on girls’ empowerment and education in Mauritania, a country in northern Africa. His interest in Arabic culture has motivated him to experience life in another culture and work in a community where he can make a real difference in the lives of girls. Moore, an alum of George Mason University, is scheduled to leave June 18 for his Peace Corps assignment in Mauritania.

Virginia Tech Student Graduates with Honors


Falls Church resident, Rachel Leonard, graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Biological Sciences, plus minors in English and Spanish. Leonard received University Honors as a Commonwealth Scholar. While a student, she was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with the Blacksburg EMS. In the fall, she will attend the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., to continue her education and pursuit of a doctorate degree in medicine.

Falls Church Student Makes Dean’s List


For the 2008 spring semester, Klee Simmons of Falls Church was among the distinguished scholars that earned placement on the dean’s list at Georgia Institute of Technology. Undergraduate students earning a 3.0 or higher academic average for the
semester gain the distinction of being named to the list.

Local Student Earns Honors at Skidmore College

Simone Perez, a student in the class of 2010 at Skidmore College, earned honors for the 2008 spring semester. She is the daughter of Ray Perez and Dorothy Lange of Falls Church.


Arlington Resident Graduates from Boston College


Paige Nichols of Arlington graduated magna cum laude from Boston College. Nichols, a philosophy major, received a Bachelor of Arts at the university’s 132nd commencement in Chestnut Hill, Mass.


Art in the Park at Cherry Hill Concerts

The popular summer concerts at Cherry Hill begin tonight, June 19 and continue every Thursday evening through August 7. Join art and music lovers on the lawn at Cherry Hill Park. At each concert, look for the Falls Church Arts canopy and under it find the beautiful art work of a talented local artist. The first concert will showcase mosaics by Laura Hartwick who will be there exhibiting her artwork at 6:30 p.m.The concert features Irish music by “Mad for the Road” at 7 p.m.

Groundbreaking For First Carbon-Neutral House

WEST*GROUP, one of the leading full service real estate development companies in the metropolitan area, has announced the launch of a major new initiative intended to create more awareness about sustainability with the construction of the first “carbon-neutral” house in the mid-Atlantic region. Groundbreaking for this landmark project will take place June 19 at 10:00 a.m. at 1310 Calder Rd. in McLean. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald Connolly, Dranesville District supervisor John Faust, Virginia Delegate Margi Vanderhye and other local elected leaders will participate in the ceremony. The project will showcase a new approach to development which combines more efficient building design, innovative technology and a smart location to reduce carbon emissions-the leading source of harmful greenhouse gases.

Girls U15 Travel Soccer Team

The Premier Athletic Club Strikers, a Girls U15 Travel Soccer Team, is holding try outs on June 23 at 6 p.m. at Shrevewood Elementary School (7525 Shreve Rd., Falls Church) to complete the 2008/2009 team roster. This is an ideal opportunity for players looking to advance their soccer development and level of competitive play through a travel soccer program. The team competes in the Old Dominion Soccer League. To be eligible, players must be born after Aug. 1, 1993. 

Resident Promote to Exec Position

In a continuation of its recent expansion, SmithGifford, an award-winning, full-service advertising agency, has named Susan Kearney to the newly created post of executive vice president. Kearney, a Falls Church resident, will be responsible for expanding the company’s business, broadening the products and services it offers to current and future clients and positioning them in the new media world in addition to the traditional advertising world the company currently inhabits. She will work directly with the company’s President Matt Smith and his partner Bruce Gifford.


Youth to Represent Capitals at “Ace’s Got Skills”


Fourteen metropolitan area youth representing the Washington Capitals will attend the National Championships of the fourth annual “Ace’s Got Skills” program at the Walter A. Brown Arena Memorial Skating Pavilion in Boston June 27-29, 2008. The event, which features 130 boys and girls from across the country, was launched in memory of Garnet “Ace” Bailey, is supported by the National Hockey League (NHL) and operated by RDW Marketing & Media, LLC (RDW).

“John ‘Lee’ Carroll Day”

Fairfax County will be honoring long-time Falls Church resident John “Lee” Carroll on the first anniversary of his death, for his service of over four decades to Fairfax County. The Board of Supervisors declared June 20, 2008 “John ‘Lee’ Carroll Day.

University Honors Local ‘08’ Grads

The following Falls Church residents graduated from the University of Mary Washington: Sabrina Askari, Natasha Flint, Nancy Le, Yesica Nunez, Robert Perez, Crystal Schwartzbeck, Francis Solomon and Brian Stenger. Larisa Mount of Arlington also graduated.

Realtor Honored as Top Associate

Leading the region in resale revenue units, David Lloyd Jr. has been recognized as top associate for Weichert, Realtors at the company’s Arlington office. The region consists of 18 offices in northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. In 2007, Lloydi ranked amongst the top ten sales for dollar volume, combined units, resale revenue units, and resale dollar volume in Weichert’s entire Capital region.  These regions consist of over 50 offices throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


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