News Briefs: August 20 – 26, 2009

Moran, Howard Dean to Face Protesters at Town Hall Tuesday

Opponents of President Obama’s health care plan are expected to repeat the pattern of infamous behavior exhibited in other town hall meetings this month at an event hosted by Rep. Jim Moran, featuring Howard Dean, next Tuesday.

The public meeting will be held at the auditorium of South Lakes High School, 11400 S. Lakes Dr. in Reston, beginning at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Moran and Dean will address the issues of health care reform, including their support for a public option, and will take questions from the public at the event.



F.C. Restaurant Rated Best in U.S. By Vanity Fair Magazine

The Vietnamese “banh mi” sandwich subs at the Nhu Lan restaurant in the Eden Center of Falls Church, 6763 Wilson Blvd., won kudos from Vanity Fair magazine in August, being ranked among the magazine’s 10 best sandwiches in the entire U.S. Samples of the sandwiches, utilizing the best of French-originated culinary techniques, were dished out to members of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, along with Falls Church Mayor Robin Gardner and City Manager Wyatt Shields, at a reception hosted by the Eden Center Tuesday. Originally the popular “banh mi” sandwiches were solely chicken, but are now prepared with beef and other meats, as provided at the reception. The event was held in the space that currently houses the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition of the history of Vietnamese-Americans in the U.S. since the fall of Saigon, an exhibition that runs though the end of the month.


Reports of Strip Club in F.C. Untrue, Property Manager Says

A blog report that has received wide-eyed attention in and around Falls Church of the imminent opening of a so-called strip club at the Eden Center in the City of Falls Church is “simply not true,” and “far from the truth,” Allen Frank, the manager of the Eden Center property told the News-Press Tuesday. He said that the City of Falls Church has a law that explicitly prohibits nudity in public establishments, and that no one has had any intention of breaking it. The club may be along the lines of a “Hooter’s,” featuring a scantily-clad wait staff, he intimated.


Chef Tennille Clashes With Chef Ramsey, But Stays On

Falls Church’s Chef Tennille Middleton went toe-to-toe in a shouting match with Chef Gordon Ramsey on this week’s episode of the “Hell’s Kitchen” TV show Tuesday night, but survived the confrontation to avert elimination and stay on the show. The women’s team provided a tasty three-course, 700 calorie meal to beat the male chefs. Chef Tennille is currently the executive chef at Falls Church’s Sweetwater Tavern.

News-Press Chief Book Signing Event in D.C. Aug. 27

Nicholas F. Benton, owner-editor of the Falls Church News-Press, will deliver remarks and sign copies of a new book featuring an essay by him on the early days of the gay liberation movement on Thursday, Aug. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lambda Rising Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. The book, a collection of original essays published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of what is considered the seminal founding event of the modern gay rights movement, the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, is published by the City Lights Books of San Francisco and is entitled, “Smash the Church, Smash the State, the Early Years of Gay Liberation.”