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Del. Hull Endorsed by Brady Campaign

Delegate Bob Hull acknowledged an endorsement from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in a press conference.NNrotarypic

Del. Hull Endorsed by Brady Campaign


Delegate Bob Hull acknowledged an endorsement from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence in a press conference, which was held last Wednesday in front of the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church.


Following last Thursday’s Falls Church Rotary Club meeting at the Harvest Moon Restaurant, where she gave a slide show presentation on her three-month cultural exchange visit to Merida, Venezuela, Ambassadorial Scholar, April Umminger (left), is shown here with Club President, Carlota McCormack. (Photo: Courtesy Joe Scheibeler)


Falls Church Relay for Life Events Kick Off


This Saturday, May 30, the Falls Church Relay for Life will kick off at George Mason High School (7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church), with committee setup beginning at 9 a.m. Festivities will run through the weekend, as the final lap commences at 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 31. The relay will benefit the American Cancer Society. To learn how to get involved and/or participate in the event, visit


Area Students Graduate College


Various area students recently graduated and/or received honors from colleges across the U.S.

On Saturday, May 16, Arlington resident Monica Sattler was honored with the Global Studies Award at Bryant University’s 146th commencement ceremony. Sattler also received a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, summa cum laude.

Brian McKeague of Alexandria received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Providence College in Rhode Island.

From Exelsior College in Albany, N.Y., Falls Church’s Derek Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science, alongside Arlington-native classmates Jonathan Jack and Kathie Kramer.

Karin Adria Bryant Nova, daughter of Mr. Bunyan Bryant and Ms. Erika Nova of Annandale, was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Interactive Media & Game Development with high distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Graduating with Bryant Nova, David Robert Tucholski of Falls Church was awarded a Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering.

Simone Perez, class of 2010 at Skidmore College, received honors at the college this spring. She is the daughter of Ray Perez and Dorothy Lange of Falls Church. Perez was elected to the Tau Gamma Chapter of the national honor society Pi Sigma Alpha.

From Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., Clara Alice Ball of Alexandria will receive a Bachelor of Arts in English, while Jessica Brewster Oxley of Arlington will be given a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, as well as another in Government.


James Lee Razorback Football Returns


James Lee Razorback Youth Football is currently accepting volunteer applications for Head Football Coaches and Assistant Coaches for the 2009 fall season. Coaches must be at least 18 years of age. If interested in volunteering for coaching or our tutoring/mentoring needs, contact the Razorback Office at 703-534-3387, ext 219 or 220.



This Memorial Day, six City of Falls Church-elected officials announced their endorsement of former Secretary of Finance Jody Wagner (front, second from right) for Lt. Governor for Virginia. Among those who vocalized their support were Mayor Robin S. Gardner, Vice Mayor Hal Lippman, Councilman Dan Maller, Councilman Daniel Sze, Commissioner of Revenue Tom Clinton and Treasurer Cathy Kaye. (Photo: Courtesy Noam Lee)

Registration is also now open for James Lee Razorback 2009 Fall Youth Football. Information is available at

James Lee Football will be sponsoring its 2nd Annual Youth Football Mini Camp on June 13, 20 and 27 (each day from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). For more information, contact Commissioner Michelle Payne at 703-537-3387, ext. 219 or 220.


Bethany House Awarded Grant Money


Alexandria-based Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc. (BHNV) is pleased to announce it has recently received two grants which will help it continue to offer its services in this challenging economic climate. BHNV provides shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence.

The Gannett Foundation has provided a $7,190 grant for the current 2008-2009 fiscal year, which will be used for the Crisis Intervention Program. This program operates the Helpline, a victim’s first point of contact with BHNV’s services, which provides immediate help, counsel, resources and referrals.

Additionally, BHNV received its first grant for FY 2009-2010 from The Family and Children’s Trust Fund for $5,000, which will be used to provide assistance to women and children living in emergency shelters in the form of case management, shelter rent and shelter utilities. Women receive assistance with recovery from the trauma of abuse, job skills to foster independence, and counseling to remain abuse-free.

Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to call the Bethany House Hotline at 703-658-9500 or visit their Web site at Those interested in providing financial assistance or volunteering can also find information on its Web site.


Holistic Moms Unite at Chapter Meeting


The Arlington-Alexandria Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network will hold a meeting Thursday, May 28 from 7 – 8:45 p.m. A whole-foods chef and wellness counselor Monica Corrado of “Simply Being Well” will present “Nourishing Healthy Kids: From Toddler to Teen” at the NRECA Bulding (4301 Wilson Blvd., Room CC2, Arlington). The network is a national non-profit organization that provides a community for those moms, dads and caregivers who’re interested in natural living. For more information, call 703-824-6167 or visit


Sweet Root Band Plays Free Outdoor Concert


Local outdoor concerts ring in the return of warm weather, starting with the Sweet Root Band’s performance this Saturday, May 30 from 5 – 7 p.m. The free concert will take place on the Palladium Civic Place Green (1445 Laughlin Ave., McLean), as the Sweet Root Band plays a variety of musical styles, including blues, country and rockabilly. For more information, call 703-288-9505.


Daniela Mary Rutherford of Falls Church (above) has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Virginia Pageant, to be held on July 30 – August 1 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston. Rutherford attends St. James Catholic School and is currently enrolled in sixth grade. (Photo: Courtesy Divina Rutherford)


F.C. Chamber Mixer Postponed Due to Weather


The Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Mixer, scheduled for this past Tuesday, May 26, was postponed and rescheduled for next Tuesday, June 2 due to weather conditions.

The Rowell Court Block Party, hosted by Mark Werblood, will take place at the same time, same location, with food from Mike’s Deli, Clare & Don’s, Applebee’s, Cosi and Anthonys, along with beverages from Dogfish Head Alehouse and Red, White & Bleu. For more information, call 703-532-1050.


New Dominion Chorales Calls All Singers


The New Dominion Chorale has begun sponsoring “Washington Summer Sings” every Tuesday evening, starting June 2 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in, no matter their level of choral experience. The sing-a-long takes place at Western Presbyterian Church (24th and G St. NW, Washington, D.C.), just two blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. There’s limited underground parking and no need to purchase tickets in advance. Admission costs $10 and score rental costs $2. This Tuesday’s performance is Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Music Director J. Reilly Lewis of the Cathedral Choral Society and Washington Bach Consort. For more information, call 703-442-9404.


Jamaican Ambassador to Speak at F.C. Rotary Meeting


The Jamaican Ambassador to the U.S., the Hon. H.E. Anthony Williams, will be the guest speaker at the Falls Church Rotary Club dinner meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church). Dinner costs $11 and visitors are welcome. For more information, visit


McLean Gallery Gals Turn Appetizers to Art


On Thursday, May 28, Gals in the Gallery presents “The Art of Easy Appetizers” at the McLean Project for the Arts (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean). Get out of the chips-and-dip rut and learn the shortcuts to delicious and beautiful appetizers from board member Jill Young.

There will also be a short talk on the current exhibition “Disambiguation: New Work” by Franz Jantzen. Reservations are required and are limited to 50 people. A $10 donation per person is greatly appreciated. For more information and to RSVP, call 703-790-1953.


Concert Benefits First Christian Mission Trip


Next Friday, June 5, First Christian Church-Falls Church (6165 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) will host a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. to support four youths who are participating in a mission trip to New Orleans, La.

Two of the performers have strong ties to that area. Saxophonist Sean Fredenburg and bassoonist Javier Rodriguez are both graduates of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

Along with percussionist Mark Carson and pianist Laurie Bunn, they will offer musical genres that range from lyrical to avant-garde. Fredenburg, who will pursue his doctoral studies this fall, will play soprano, alto and tenor saxophones in an array of music that includes solo instruments, duets and trios.

Rodriguez is pursuing his doctorate in bassoon; Carson is a former percussionist in the U.S. Airforce Band; and Bunn is a well-known local pianist from this area. A freewill offering will be taken to help defray the cost of sending these youths to assist in housing construction. For more information, call 703-532-8220.


Pancake House Joins in F.C. Relay Efforts


The Original Pancake House (370 W. Broad St., Falls Church) will host a “Carbo-Load” day on Thursday, May 28 in connection with the 2009 Falls Church Relay For Life, donating 15 percent of its sales to Relay. For more information, call 703-534-1235.


Providence Players Perform ‘All My Sons’ at James Lee


The Providence Players will perform “All My Sons,” Arthur Miller’s award-winning American classic, at the James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church). Shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, May 29 – 30, as well as at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 31. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. For more information, call 703-425-6782.


McLean Symphony Rounds Out Season


The McLean symphony will perform “Classical. Romantic. Timeless.” as its season finale this Saturday, May 30 at the Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students. Free tickets for children ages 12 and under can be picked up at the Alden Theatre box office. For more information, call 703-790-0123.