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Chesterbrook Residences Receive Statewide Award

Chesterbrook Residences, a mixed-income, assisted-living facility in Falls Church, was presented the Commonwealth Council on Aging’s prestigious 2009 Best Practices Award in the “Housing” category Monday, June 22.NNgirlscouts

Chesterbrook Residences Receive Statewide Award

Chesterbrook Residences, a mixed-income, assisted-living facility in Falls Church, was presented the Commonwealth Council on Aging’s prestigious 2009 Best Practices Award in the “Housing” category Monday, June 22.


FALLS CHURCH’S St. James School Girl Scout Troop #5366 donated over 60 inches of hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit that makes hairpieces for children, most whom have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no cure. Pictured are Sage Fedora, Jeanne-Marie Pelletier, Caroline Coon, Marissa Fedora and Troop Leader Marcella Fedora. Not pictured is Natalia Diaz and Brooke Martin. (Photo: Courtesy Monique Pelletier)

Local Filmmaker Competes In Rosebud Film Festival

Cal Slater, 17, a recent graduate of the Howard Gardner School, is vying for honors at the 19th annual Rosebud Film and Video Festival, to be held Saturday, June 27, at Rosslyn’s Spectrum Theatre.

The 9.5-minute long, frame-by-frame animated film, “The Woes of Marsh,” will compete among 21 videos. Slater’s film chronicles a boy’s struggle with imaginary monsters. For more details about the fesival, visit or call 703-524-2388.

Bishop Ireton Wins Four Cappies at Annual Gala

Bishop Ireton High School won four Cappie awards for its production of Romeo and Juliet at the gala at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, June 7. The winners include Emily O’Connell, Meghan Palmer, Emilia Lynch, Gabrielle Kuhn, Anne-Elisabeth Halbert, Carolyn Darville, Sean Crook, Jordan Dively, Adam Santalla, Andrew Ferguson and Jake Gaudet.

Kokolopori Presentation Comes to F.A. McGonegal

Albert Lokasola, a visitor from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will talk, share photos and answer questions about Falls Church’s Sister City. This free program will take place at the F.A. McGonegal Showroom (212 N. West St., Falls Church) on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. The Sister City partnership between Falls Church and Kokolopori offers many enriching opportunities for global citizenship to both communities. People in Falls Church and other urban areas benefit from rainforest conservation efforts by Kokolopori and other communities like it. Residents of Kokolopori benefit from international attention and support.

Fort Belvoir Information Meeting to Be Held



MEMBERS OF the Rotary Club of Falls Church dedicated Pete’s Playground at Falls Church’s Orrington Court Apartments in memory of past Rotary District Governor and longtime Falls Church resident Peter G. Petro, who passed away in October 2004. Pictured from left to right is Hon. Hal Lippman; Carlota McCormack, Club President; Horace McCormack, District Governor Elect; Patricia Petro; Sarah Kennedy-Norton and Herb Cooper-Levy. (Photo: Courtesy Carlota McCormack)

A public information meeting to learn more about the construction of Fort Belvoir’s new community hospital will be held Tuesday, June 30 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. The meeting will be at Woodlawn Elementary School (8505 Highland Ln., Alexandria). For further information, call 1-877-268-2424 or visit

‘Volunteers for Change’ Orientations Kick Off

Volunteers for Change
, a unique volunteer program for adults, is holding orientations for interested community members.  This program features a flexible calendar for weekend and weekday evening projects to fit busy schedules. Upcoming orientations will be held Sunday, June 28 and Sunday, July 5 from 2 – 3 p.m. Contact Annie Duffield to register for the next orientation at 703-246-3895 or e-mail

Local Scout Earns National And State Awards

Eagle Scout Taylor Christian Demeter recently received the Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting’s National Scout of the Year Award. The committee’s vote was unanimous in all four categories: scouting, community service, religious service and academics. Demeter also was selected first runner-up for the Virginia Department Scout of the Year. He is the most highly decorated scout in the Falls Church Presbyterian Church sponsored Troop 895’s 50-year history.

Coaching Positions Available at Marshall

George C. Marshall High School (7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church) is currently looking for head coaches for their Varsity sports program. Coaching positions available, starting with the 2009 – 2010 school year, include the following: Head Coach, Varsity Men’s’ Lacrosse; Head Coach, Varsity Women’s Soccer; Head Coach, Gymnastics. Resumes may be sent to Joe Swarm, Director of Student Activities. Interviews will be scheduled for the third week of August prior to the start of the school year.

Local College Grads and Awards

The following local students were recently named to Northeastern University’s dean’s list for the 2009 spring semester: Colleen C. Mitchell of Arlington and Ellen Wilson of Falls Church.

Anna K. Massaro and Michael Anthony Nadeau of Falls Church have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Radford University.

Andrew K. Parker of Falls Church has been named to the dean’s list at the University of the South for the Easter 2009 term.

Klee Simmons of Falls Church made the dean’s list for the spring semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Some 2,240 students were awarded a variety of bachelor’s degrees during the University of Vermont’s 205th Commencement ceremonies on May 17. A list of the local students are as follows: Matthew McLaughlin of Annandale, Meredith Bessette of Arlington, Cristina Haines of Arlington, Matthew Gough of Arlington and Lucy Walsh of Alexandria.


THE GRAND OPENING of the traveling Smithsonian exhibit, “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon,” kicked off last Saturday at the Eden Center in Falls Church. Currently open for viewing through Aug. 31, the 93-panel exhibit is located where Ames Department Store used to be on Wilson Boulevard. The debut began with opening comments from Alan Frank (right), the general counsel and senior vice-president for the Eden Center’s owner, Capital Commercial Properties. Also in attendance was F.C. Vice Mayor Hal Lippman (right). (Photo: News-Press)

The following local students have graduated from Boston College: Jon Gore of Arlington, Madeline Devine of Arlington and Zhi Zhao of Falls Church.

Elizabeth Miller of Falls Church was among 692 students who participated in St. Olaf College’s 120th commencement ceremony on May 24.

Virginian Wins AARP National Spelling Bee

AARP crowned Michael Petrina Jr., 64, of Arlington, the winner of its National Spelling Bee. Petrina won the championship by correctly spelling “woad” and out-spelled 45 other spellers from more than 25 states who competed in the record-breaking Bee that lasted 46 rounds.

F.C. Victorian Society to Host Afternoon Tea

The Victorian Society of Falls Church is hosting an afternoon tea at Falls Church Presbyterian Church (225 E. Broad St., Falls Church) from 2 – 4 p.m. that will include savories, scones and sweets. It will also feature the Chanticleer Singers performing the songs of “the father of American music” by Civil War era songwriter, Stephen Foster. Admission is $35 per person. An RSVP was requested by June 24, but for more information, call 703-534-4003.

Falls Church Rotary to Join Concerts in the Park

The Falls Church Rotary Club will not hold its regular meeting on Thursday, June 25. Instead, the club will join those in the community attending the Concerts in the Park series at Cherry Hill Park & Farmhouse (312 Park Ave., Falls Church). For more information, visit

Live Music Rocks the Beach Shack at Clare & Don’s

Clare & Don’s Beach Shack (130 N. Washington St., Falls Church) welcomes Pablo’s Boys of Jazz this Friday, June 26 to its live-music patio from 7 – 10 p.m. For more information, call 703-532-9283.

McLean Rotary To Host Award Banquet

The Rotary Club of McLean will host the District Installation and Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 27, to celebrate the achievements of rotary year 2008 – 2009 and installing Horace G. McCormack as the 22nd governor of District 7610. The banquet will be held at the Fredericksburg Country Club (11031 Tidewater Tr., Fredericksburg) at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $35 per person. Register online at