Falls Church News Briefs: May 28 – June 3, 2009

Police Investigate Gang-Related Fight at Area Restaurant

Police from Fairfax County’s Mason District arrested two juveniles Sunday night following an altercation at the Tierra Mare restaurant in the 6100 block of Arlington Blvd.

A police officer observed two men running out of the restaurant to a car and who were followed out by a large group who surrounded the car and damaged it. When additional officers arrived, the group dispersed. A 17-year-old Falls Church area boy and a 17-year-old Manassas-area boy were charged with felony destruction of property, attempted assault and malicious wounding by a mob, gang participation and disorderly conduct. Investigators determined the incident was gang related.



F.C. ‘Sister City’ in Congo Gains Legal Protections

Falls Church-based leaders of the Kokolopori-Falls Church Sister City Partnership applauded the official recognition of the Congo-based Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The recognition provides important national legal protections for the rainforest lands belonging to the wide-spread Kokolopori region, which harbors one of the world’s largest known populations of the endangered bonobo ape. The region has been Falls Church’s ‘sister city’ since 2006.


F.C. Solicits Offers to Buy S. Lee St. Property

June 5 is the deadline set by the City of Falls Church for offers to buy the majority of the property it owns at 215 S. Lee St. A City Council public hearing and action to sell the property is set for June 22. The City will retain a street access easement and small portion of the rear property to provide a walking trail into the Hamlett Park. Information is available from Howard Herman, F.C. General Manager of Community Services, at 703-248-5077 or


Public Meeting on N. Washington St. Streetscape June 11

The City of Falls Church is hosting a public town hall meeting on Thursday, June 11, on the N. Washington St. (Rt. 29) streetscape planning process. City consultants have developed preliminary designs for a pedestrian-friendly, low-impact development approach to upgrading the street between W. Broad and the City limits at Westmoreland. There will be break-out sessions focusing on furnishings, lights, pavement, sidewalks and points of interest. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., at 7:30 p.m.


Fairfax Times Sold to Washington Post

The Fairfax Times, a weekly newspaper that resulted from the consolidation last August of eight regional Times newspapers in Fairfax County, has been sold to the Maryland-based Gazette newspaper group, which is owned by Post-Newsweek Media, a division of the Washington Post Co. The sale goes into effect June 1. The Fairfax Times had its roots in the 1965 founding of the Reston Times by Arthur W. Arundel, father of Peter W. Arundel, current president of the Times Community Newspapers, who has executed the sale of the Fairfax Times to the Post. Arundel will continue to publish five newspapers in Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, Rappahannock and Culpepper counties. The sale of the Fairfax Times follows the news two weeks ago of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by the Minnesota-based American Community Newspapers, Inc., owner of seven Northern Virginia weekly newspapers.