Community News and Notes

Join the Fairfax Master Naturalist Program

The Fairfax Master Naturalist chapter, which specializes in local ecology and natural history, is offering its training course in Falls Church between Sept. 3 and Nov. 19 at Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church).823newsandnotes_4hclub.jpg

The Fairfax Master Naturalist Program, which trains volunteers to become Certified Master Naturalists, serves Falls Church, Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. Applications are due Aug. 8. The course syllabus and application are available at E-mail Stacey Evers with questions at

Falls Church Resident Graduates

Geoffrey House of Falls Church graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in May. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology.

Jackson MS Teacher Wins Child Safety Award

Velma Greene, a seventh grade teacher at Luther Jackson Middle School, was recently named a first prize winner in the third annual Got2B Safe! Awards Program, designed to honor teachers with the greatest commitment to child safety. The awards program is sponsored by Honeywell and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). As a first prize winner of this program, Greene will receive a $500 gift certificate for classroom supplies.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed by Meals on Wheels to deliver in the Falls Church and Annandale areas. This opportunity includes picking up meals from a local school or hospital and delivering them to local residents. Meal delivery occurs Monday – Friday and takes about two hours. Volunteers can deliver weekly, biweekly, monthly or on a substitute basis. For more information, contact 703-324-5406.

Capitals Host Open House

The Washington Capitals will host an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. to allow fans to select their season-ticket plans for the 2008-09 season. The event will be held at the Verizon Center (601 F St. NW, D.C.). Stars Chris Clark and Matt Bradley will be present to sign autographs and meet fans, and Steve Kolbe, radio voice of the Capitals, and mascot Slapshot will be there as well. For more information or to RSVP, visit

Sisters Make Dean’s List at JMU

Adina and Danielle Pollack both made the Dean’s List at James Madison University the spring of their freshman year by receiving a 3.5 grade point average or above. Additionally, Danielle made the President’s List with a GPA of 3.9 in the fall semester.

823newsandnotes_vantagefitn.jpgMyers Returns to McLean Accounting Firm

Marnette Myers, Esq., CPA is rejoining Frank & Company, a McLean-based accounting firm, as the Director of Tax Administration. From 1996 – 2002, Myers served as a supervisory senior accountant for Frank & Company, and for the past six years, she has served as an attorney in the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Auditing) for the Internal Revenue Service. For more information on Frank & Company, visit

Runners, Mark Your Calendars!

Friends of the Orphans is holding the Second Annual Fiesta 5K Fun Run/Walk at George Mason University (4400 University Dr., Fairfax) on Oct. 5. The 5K supports children in Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanages, which are located throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for youths. To register, contact Kristin McLeod at or visit

Fairfax Appoints F.C. Representative to Community Services Board

The City Council of Fairfax recently appointed Ellwood “Woody” Witt as the City of Falls Church’s representative to the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). The CSB partners with individuals, families and the community to empower and support Falls Church and Fairfax residents with or at risk of developmental delay, intellectual disability, mental illness, and alcohol or drug abuse or dependency.

Witt currently serves on the Fairfax Area Long Term Care Coordinating Council (FALTCCC), which focuses on establishing and maintaining services for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Witt has also represented the City of Fairfax on the Fairfax Area Disabilities Services Board, including as Vice Chair from 2007-08, and he has represented the Disabilities Services Board on the Fairfax County Public Schools Advisory Board for Students with Disabilities from 2007-08.

Falls Church Schools Supply Lists Available

Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) has listed several of their school supply lists on their website. The lists for Mount Daniel Elementary School kindergarten and first grade, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School second, third and fourth grades, and Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School grades five, six, seven and Encore program are all available at

Success in the City to Host Charioke

Success in the City is hosting Charioke: Karaoke for Charity on Aug. 21 at Velocity Five Restaurant and Bar (8111 Lee Hwy., Falls Church) at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Bobby de Lorenzi Foundation and Scholarship 823newsandnotes_churchgroup.jpgFund at George Mason University. Tickets are now available and are $45 for Success in the City members and $55 for non-members. To buy tickets or sponsor, visit

Children’s Center Receives Three Grants

The Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center recently announced the receipt of three major grants that will benefit its low-income preschool students. The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafrtiz Foundation awarded the Center $30,000; the Freddie Mac Foundation awarded $25,000; and the Fairfax County Consolidated Community Funding Pool committed $30,000 a year for the next two years. The center will use this funding to help children of low-income working parents, to support on-site early intervention services including speech and occupational therapy, and bilingual counseling services.