Community News & Notes

Local Residents Make Dean’s Lists

Falls Church’s Brian Goldman, Stephen Hobbs, Paul Norland, Jonathan Oh and Julie Riggs have been named to the College of William and Mary’s dean’s list for the 2008 fall semester.

They’ve each been honored for earning at least a 3.6 quality point average (GPA) as full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students.
Also from Falls Church, DePaul University student David Daniels has earned dean’s list recognition as well for the 2008 autumn quarter. Students at DePaul must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above to qualify.
From Radford University, four Falls Church residents have been named to the fall semester dean’s list, including Christina Nicole Jatras, a junior criminal justice major; Anna K. Massaro, a sophomore foods and nutrition major; Michael Anthony Nadeau, a junior music major; and Luis Antonio Maria, a sophomore communications major. Each of these Radford students earned a 3.4 GPA or higher.
Raymond Guerci of Arlington, a freshman electrical engineering major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2008 semester for having a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Also from Arlington, Meredith W. Mirick of Gardner-Webb University was named to the Honor Roll List during her fall semester. The Honor Roll at Gardner-Webb recognizes outstanding college students who achieve a GPA between 3.2 and 3.7 through outstanding academic contributions during a semester.

McLean Community Center Board to Meet

The Governing Board of the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Center. Meetings of the Governing Board are free and open to the public. Members of the public who wish to speak during the “Citizen Comment” portion of the meeting are asked to call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, to be placed on the agenda.
For Governing Board meeting agendas and minutes, or for more information about the Center, visit:

Youth Able to Partake in Inaugural Ball

848Girlatchildrensball.jpgAva Crawford, 6, of Falls Church attended the Children’s Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18. The Ball, held at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C, was sponsored by the Every Child Matters Education Fund, a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to make children, youth, and families a national political priority.
The fund promotes the adoption of smart policies for children and youth, including ensuring that children have access to affordable, comprehensive health care services, expanding early-care and learning opportunities and after-school programs, preventing violence against children in their homes and communities, alleviating child poverty and addressing the special needs of children with parents in prison.

Animal Welfare League Goes to the Movies

Regal Cinemas at Ballston Common Mall (671 N. Glebe Rd. in Arlington) has invited the Animal Welfare League of Arlington to bring adoptable dogs and other animals to the mall on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 6 – 8 p.m. in conjunction with its showing of the new movie “Hotel for Dogs.”
League representatives will be on the mall’s third level outside the theater showing adoptable animals, giving out information about pet care and community service programs and accepting donations. People can meet the animals and file adoption applications, but all adoptions must be finalized at the shelter following normal adoption procedures. The American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed” Film and TV Unit monitored the production of “Hotel for Dogs” and rate it “outstanding” in its treatment of animals.

Falls Church Native Earns M.B.A.

Falls Church native Charles Green recently received his master’s degree in business administration from Charleston Southern University. The university’s commencement exercises took place last month at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Commencement speaker was Shawn Jenkins, the founder, president and CEO of Charleston-based Benefitfocus.NNemergencyteam.jpg

Alden Theatre to Put on ‘Stone Soup’

The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean) will kick off its 2008-2009 McLean Kids Performance Series with “Stone Soup & Other Stories” by the Pushcart Players of Verona, N.J. The performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. Tickets are $12, $8 for McLean tax district residents. For more information, visit Pushcart Players at

Volunteers Needed for Literacy Tutoring

More than 150 new volunteer tutors are needed to help area adults learn to speak, read and write English. All tutor training workshops take place at the James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church), but the tutoring will take place in a library or community center in the tutor’s neighborhood. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) helps adults learn to speak, read and write English through one-to-one tutoring programs and English classes.
Each tutor is trained, matched with a student, and encouraged to meet weekly for an hour and a half to help the student improve his or her reading and writing skills. No teaching or foreign language skills are required. A $35 training fee covers the cost of books, materials, and instruction. For more information, visit

Conservancy Expands Youth Scholarship

Bull Run Mountains Conservancy (BRMC) will offer 16 scholarships for youth ages 13-18 to attend an educational workshop focused on the conservation of the rivers and streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.
NNanthonysjournalist.jpgThe Chesapeake Watershed Workshop will provide students with a hands-on look at headwater and major tributary habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and an overview of the most pressing watershed issues within our region.
The three-day workshop will begin with an exploration of headwater streams in the Bull Run Mountains. Day two will be spent downstream along Little Bull Run, analyzing the impacts of golf courses and development on piedmont perennial streams, and day three will be spent in Turkey Run National Park along the banks of the Potomac River.
At each location, students will experience stream monitoring, vegetation analyses, and stream habitat and riparian buffer evaluations, in addition to learning about the natural history of the sites. For more information, contact BRMC at or call 703-753-2631.

Dulin Cooperative Open House Rescheduled

Dulin Cooperative Preschool’s
(513 E. Broad St., Falls Church) open house has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. – noon. For more information, search for Dulin Preschool on Facebook and Twitter, visit us at, or email Ellen Brophy at