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F.C. Business News & Notes

Realtor Sponsoring Performance at F.C. Chamber Gala

Tori McKinney, “Your ‘Green’ Realtor…Offering Rock Star Service”, is sponsoring a performance by Soul Gravity at the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Gala and Silent Auction.

The March 6 black-tie event will honor business leaders in the greater Falls Church area who have contributed to the community. Soul Gravity will perform following the Awards Dinner and Live Auction. For ticket and other information visit For information about McKinney’s Real Estate practice or to access her live music calendar, visit


Locksmith Unveils New Web Site

Allied Safe & Lock in Falls Church has a new web site located at The family owned business has provided residential and commercial locksmith services since 1967. Employees, including four locksmiths with a total of 114 years of experience, are licensed by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Allied Safe & Lock is located at 150 Hillwood Avenue. For more information call 703-533-3400 or visit their website.


Centech Group Contributes to CARE

The Centech Group has made a considerable contribution to CARE (, one of the world’s largest aid organizations, and is encouraging federal contractors of all sizes to also support relief efforts for Haiti. Based in Falls Church, Centech is a performance-based service contractor with program management expertise that specializes in systems and service solutions for federal, military and civilian programs. For more information visit


F.C.’s Snow Removal Policy for Commercial Property

As a reminder to the local business community, Falls Church City’s snow removal policy for commercial properties calls for property owners to remove snow and ice from sidewalks surrounding the property within six hours of snowfall. If the snow fall occurs at night, businesses have six hours after sunrise to remove it without penalty. Snow and ice cannot be placed on City streets. Fines range from $100 to $750. For more information on the City’s snow removal policy and potential fines, visit For information on Arlington county and Fairfax County’s commercial snow removal policy, visit or


Online Sports Training Now Offered by F.C.’s Demosphere

Falls Church-based Demosphere has teamed up with PlaySportsTV to offer online sports training directly through their administrative interface. Each easy-to-use, age-specific training plan contains over 50 instructional video segments of drills and tips. For more information on Demosphere, a leading provider of web-based tools for sports organizations visit For more information on, the on-line sports coaching resource for youth coaches, parents and athletes, visit


Annual Trademark Practice Seminar Set for April

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP is again hosting the annual U.S. Trademark Practice Seminar to be held April 11-16 in Falls Church. The seminar addresses all aspects of trademark practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the courts, including the preparation of trademark applications, practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, licensing, and the enforcement of trademark rights in the federal and state courts. The firm, with offices in Falls Church and San Diego, has a full service intellectual property practice including litigation, patent interference, patent re-examination, and copyright and trademark services. For more information, visit

The Business News & Notes section is compiled by Sally Cole, Executive Director of Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. She may be e-mailed at