Named ‘The Wilden,’ F.C. Senior Housing Plan Advances
The Falls Church Housing Corporation and its partner, The Community Builders, Inc., will seek a first-reading approval from the F.C. City Council Monday, Jan. 11, for a revamped “City Center South Apartments” senior affordable housing project which has been re-named “The Wilden.”
Scaled back to 66 units and 1,800 square feet of commercial, the plan was outlined to a joint work session of the City Council and Planning Commission this Monday. FCHC Board Chair Dr. Steve Rogers announced that the meeting the unanimous decision of his board to name the project to honor the memory of the late Bob Wilden, a long-time City resident and former federal HUD director who established a $500,000 “challenge grant” to spur the FCHC to raise $1 million for the project, a program successfully completed in 2006.
Lesbian Child Custody Case Touches Falls Church
The Sleepy Hollow home of the parents of Janet Jenkins was ordered by a Vermont judge to be the location for the transfer of custody to Jenkins of Isabella, the 7-year-old daughter of Jenkins and her former lesbian partner Lisa Miller last Friday. However, Miller did not appear with the daughter, and is now in contempt of court. Jenkins has appealed to the public for information on the whereabouts and well-being of her daughter.
Richmond Delegation Public Hearing Saturday, Jan. 9
A public hearing on the 2010 Richmond legislative session that begins next week will be held this Saturday, Jan. 9, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway. The Fairfax County delegation of state delegates and senators will be on hand. Persons wishing to speak at the hearing have until Friday to call 703-324-3151 to sign up.
Man Convicted in F.C. Sexual Assault Case
An extensive, year-long investigation by City of Falls Church police led to the conviction in Arlington Circuit Court last month of Dennis Alba Terrazas, 24, to a 10-year consecutive sentence (five for rape and five for sodomy) for the sexual assault of two female victims at a local hotel that occurred in January 2009. F.C. Police also charged an 18- and a 23-year-old woman with concealing a crime.
Woman Found Stabbed to Death in Culmore
A 21-year-old woman was found, apparently stabbed to death, in an apartment in the 6000 block Argyle Dr. in the Culmore area of Falls Church at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31. The body of Claudia Nova, 21, of Argyle Dr. was found by Fairfax Police. A male suspect, 29, of the same address, was located in the apartment and transported to the Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries believed to have been self-inflicted. He has been charged with homicide. Police believe that the incident was domestic in nature and that the stabbing took place following an argument between the suspect and victim.
M.R. Styles Library Going ‘Paperless’ as Of Jan. 1
The City of Falls Church’s Mary Riley Styles Public Library announced it is going “paperless” as of Jan. 1 this year to “improve efficiency, save money and assist library visitors,” according to a statement from the City. Patrons will now receive overdue notices and reserve alerts via e-mail, or by phone if no patron e-mail address is provided. Also, on Jan. 20, the library will introduce a new, integrated computer system with a much larger capacity. A disruption in remote access to the online catalog will occur Jan. 18-19 as files are downloaded to the new system. On Friday, Jan. 8, the library’s opening will be delayed until 1 p.m. to allow for staff training on the new system. The library will offer a Fine Amnesty Week Jan. 11-17 when all overdue items returned will not be subject to fines.
News-Press Site Garners 23,289 Views Daily in December
The web site for the Falls Church News-Press (www.fcnp.com) garnered an daily average of 23,289 page views for the month of December 2009, according to Analog 6.0 Web Stats, and it included 26,824 “unique visitors” to the site. The data contradicts wildly inaccurate alternative numbers reported on a local blog recently.
2010 Census Kick-Off Event Slated Today, Jan. 7
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the Northern Virginia U.S. Census effort is slated for today, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. featuring Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova. at the regional Census headquarters, 9653 Fairfax Blvd. Elected officials from regional jurisdictions have been invited to attend. The event is part of the Census Bureau’s “Portrait of America Road Tour,” designed to call attention to the Census and the importance of making sure that all Americans area represented. New job opportunities associated with the Census will also be announced today.
F.C. Area Participants Ready for ‘Restaurant Week’
Falls Church area restaurants, among over 200 participating in the annual Washington Metropolitan Winter Restaurant Week Jan. 11-17, will be offering both or either a $20.10 lunch and $35.10 dinner menus next week. Argia’s is the City of Falls Church’s only participant, offering both lunch and dinner. Nearby is the 2941 Restaurant (lunch only). In the Tysons-McLean area are Wildfire, Chef Geoff’s, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse (dinner only), while in North Arlington area Willow, Tallula (dinner only), Pinzimini, Restaurant 3 and Harry’s Tap Room. More details are available at restaurantweekdc.org.