Falls Church City News Briefs

Fairfax Police Arrest 3 for Armed Robbery

Three people have been charged in connection with an armed robbery and assault that took place Sunday, June 29, at 1:50 a.m. near the intersection of Patrick Henry Drive and Arlington Boulevard.

An 18-year-old man from the Falls Church area was walking near his home in the 6100 block of Arlington Blvd. when he allegedly encountered three people. One pointed a gun at him, hit him with the gun several times, and took his wallet and shoes. The suspects ran toward the Seven Corners area, and the victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. A short time later, suspects were located nearby and Fairfax Police charged a man and woman from Dumfries and a man from Woodbridge with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and malicious wounding.

Police Warn: Fireworks Scare Pets

The Fairfax County Animal Services Division issued a statement yesterday urging pet owners to “act responsibly and leave their pets home and away from the loud commotion of fireworks celebrations” this holiday weekend. “Even pets that are accustomed to being with their owners and crowds can become frightened and disoriented with the high noise levels” associated with the fireworks, the statement said. “According to Animal Control Supervisor Mary Zambrano, the police department sees an increase in dog and cat bites, stray dog pickups, and numerous calls about dogs running at large, over the July 4 weekend each year.

Union Files Charges Vs. Cleaning Contractor

Arlington Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has filed an unfair labor practices charge with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing non-union cleaning contractor, Christos Building Services, Inc., of unlawfully refusing to hire 21 cleaners at the River House Apartments in Arlington, due to their union affiliation. Christos Building Services recently replaced another company to provide cleaning services at the apartment complex, but fired 21 cleaners employed by the predecessor, some for as long as 20 years, because of their union affiliation. A release issued by the union quoted a member, who is a mother of three, saying, “I won’t be able to pay my bills if I can’t find another job that pays union wages. “Taking care of my children was hard enough before, but now I don’t know how I’ll manage.”

‘Business & the Arts’ Luncheon Set July 17

It has become an annual tradition that the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Arts Council of Fairfax County partner for an annual luncheon aimed at underscoring the important relationship that exists between the business and arts communities. This year’s event will be held at the Westin in Tysons Corner on Thursday, July 17, at 11:30 a.m. Bill Hudson of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will receive the Jinx Hazel Arts Citizen of the Year Award for “his visionary influence and dedication to arts in our community,” according to a statement.

Kaine: Virginia Leads U.S. in Job Entry Rates

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine announced yesterday that Virginia has been ranked highest in the nation for job entry rates for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients for the fiscal years 2005 and 2006, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Virginia had the second highest job retention rate for each of those years, marking the third year in a row that Virginia has ranked so highly. “Virginia leads the nation in helping transition people away from public assistance and into the workforce because of our innovative programs and the dedication of our staff,” Kaine said. Through a program launched in 2007, TANF recipients are trained to become Certified Nursing Assistants, filling the growing need for long-term care and direct-care health professionals.

Correction: 54 St. James Students from F.C.

Last week, the News-Press was incorrect in reporting that 37 among 600-plus students at the St. James School in the City of Falls Church reside inside the city limits. The correct number is 54 from 30 families residing in the City.