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Falls Church News Briefs: August 6 – 12, 2009

F.C. Senior Affordable Housing Project Gets State OK

The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) posted a note on its web site yesterday indicating the application from the Falls Church Housing Corporation and its partner, The Community Builders, has been approved for tax credits essential for the senior housing component of its City Center Apartments plan. Cindy Mester, Assistant City Manager for Falls Church, told the News-Press, “This is great news. It allows us to push ahead.” She noted that federal stimulus money for affordable housing was key to qualifying the project. Last week, the News-Press reported that $44.2 million was authorized for Virginia by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

F.C. Senior Affordable Housing Project Gets State OK

The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) posted a note on its web site yesterday indicating the application from the Falls Church Housing Corporation and its partner, The Community Builders, has been approved for tax credits essential for the senior housing component of its City Center Apartments plan. Cindy Mester, Assistant City Manager for Falls Church, told the News-Press, “This is great news. It allows us to push ahead.” She noted that federal stimulus money for affordable housing was key to qualifying the project. Last week, the News-Press reported that $44.2 million was authorized for Virginia by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

New George Mason Sports Hall of Famers Announced

George Mason High School’s Sports Hall of Fame Committee announced its inductions for 2009 yesterday in advance of a ceremony slated for Oct. 10. The News-Press will report more fully on the inductees in next week’s edition, but the names announced include Kenneth “Powers” Shutts (Track, Class of 1957), Steve Clinton (Basketball and Baseball, 1980), Kate Jackson (Basketball, 2000), Colleen Winzeler (Cross Country, 2000), Ben Griffin (Football, Basketball, Soccer, 2002), the 1998 Girls’ Basketball Team (first at Mason to win a state basketball championship) and a “special achievement award” to Tim McCabe (Soccer, 1997).

 

Chef Tennille Turns Out Praiseworthy Risotto

Falls Church’s Chef Tennille, a contestant on the Fox TV Network’s “Hell’s Kitchen” reality show, survived the third week in the episode aired Tuesday night, pleasing Host Chef Gordon Ramsey with an impressive risotto. Tennille Middleton is the master chef at Falls Church’s Sweetwater Tavern.

 

FCNP Offers Reward for Apprehension of Vandal

The Falls Church News-Press announced this week it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for vandalizing a number of its distribution boxes in and around Falls Church recently. A Falls Church Police investigation is currently underway. “Not only is this a case of willful, targeted criminal destruction of property, but are also attacks against our readers access to information and freedom of speech, including pages of information provided by the City of Falls Church government, and against our many local advertisers’ ability to improve their businesses in hard times,” the News-Press stated. Persons are urged to contact the Falls Church Police at 703-241-5050 with relevant information.

 

FCNP Chief’s Book Nominated for Award

An anthology published this spring to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the founding of the modern gay rights movement that includes an essay by Falls Church News-Press Owner-Editor Nicholas F. Benton has been nominated for an American Library Association Award, it was announced yesterday. Signed copies of the book, entitled “Smash the Church, Smash the State: The Early Years of Gay Liberation,” is available at the News-Press office, 450 W. Broad St., Suite 321, in exchange for a $20 contribution to the non-profit Falls Church Education Foundation