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Indeterminate Injuries in Crash at Rt. 7 and Virginia

A dramatic scene developed at the intersection of Route 7 and Virginia Avenue in downtown Falls Church at 5:15 p.m. today, when a vehicle collision caused one car, shown in the foreground, to slam into a light post, and a second vehicle, a van, to go over onto its side.

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Indeterminate Injuries in Crash at Rt. 7 and Virginia

A dramatic scene developed at the intersection of Route 7 and Virginia Avenue in downtown Falls Church at 5:15 p.m. today, when a vehicle collision caused one car, shown in the foreground, to slam into a light post, and a second vehicle, a van, to go over onto its side. Falls Church Police and paramedics were at the scene immediately, as was Falls Church Public Information Officer Barbara Gordon, who reports that one passenger has been removed by ambulance to the hospital complaining of a head injury, and the second was being prepared for transport in a second ambulance complaining of chest pains. The air bags deployed in both vehicles, and the exact events that led to the collision are still under investigation. Traffic is moving on Rt. 7, but the block of Virginia Ave. between Park Ave. and Route 7 remained closed as of 6:10 p.m.

 

New Tenants for Pancake Site Being Pursued

The director of Falls Church Economic Development Office told the News-Press yesterday that numerous restaurants are being actively pursued to move into the Broaddale Plaza space being vacated by the Original Pancake House. Rick Goff said the management of the shopping center have their own brokers, and are moving aggressively. He added that the owners “appear confident” they can find a new tenant, since they are asking the same rate that the Original Pancake House has paid. The Pancake House’s lease at the location expires Aug. 30, and the new Chipotle neighboring store is slated to open June 24.

 

F.C. Car Theft Suspect Apprehended

A 40-year-old man from Bethesda has been arrested as a suspect in numerous auto thefts and thefts from gyms in the City of Falls Church and throughout the D.C. metropolitan area, Falls Church officials reported today. Ronnie Willis Cheek was identified after an investigation was conducted by the Falls Church Police Department. F.C. Police issued an announcement for the public to be on the lookout for the suspect on April 23. Several media published or aired the announcement along with video of the suspect from security cameras. The investigation indicated the suspect entered gyms and stole from locked and unlocked gym lockers. Due to the public’s assistance, Cheek was subsequently identified and arrested without incident on May 3 in Montgomery County, Md. A search warrant was conducted which revealed evidence in connection to auto thefts and gym thefts in Falls Church, Fairfax County, Alexandria, and Montgomery County.

 

F.C. Waste to Be Collected on Wednesdays

Beginning on June 2, all refuse, including all to be recycled and yard waste, bundled brush and special bulk items will be collected on the same day, on Wednesdays, the City of Falls Church officially announced this week. A statement from the City’s Public Information Office indicated that the City has outsourced its solid waste management to the American Disposal Service to provide “a more efficient service that increases customer convenience, while decreasing the cost to City taxpayers.” It indicated the new privatized program will save the City about $150,000 annually. It was also announced that the City will provide rolling carts for both trash and recycling to residents late this summer. The City will hold a public forum on the new collection schedule and practices on Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Community Center, 223 Little Falls St. For information can also be obtained by calling 703-248-5160.

 

Buschow Named President of Statewide Group

Kathleen Clarken Buschow, CMC, City Clerk of the City of Falls Church, was installed last week as the 2010-2011 president of the statewide Virginia Municipal Clerks Association at its annual meeting in Manassas.

 

F.C. Restaurant Featured in Food Network Filming

La Caraqueña, Falls Church’s three-year-old Latin American restaurant, was the subject of Food Network cameras last weekend. A film crew from the cable station filmed during dinner on both Saturday and Sunday, chef and owner Raul Claros told to the News-Press. La Caraqueña is located on the ground floor of the Stratford Motor Lodge at 300 W. Broad St. in Falls Church. It was a busy week for the restaurant, as it was written up just last Sunday by Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema.

 

‘Soft Opening’ Slated for F.C.’s BJ’s on Aug. 21

The Falls Church Office for Economic Development reports that BJ’s Wholesale Warehouse, now under construction on Wilson Blvd., has targeted Aug. 21 for a “soft opening,” followed by a Grand Opening on Aug. 28. The building’s wall are expected to go up on Aug. 28.

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