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Community News & Notes: May 27 – June 2, 2010

2 F.C. City Police Officers Earn Excellence Awards

NnrelayteamTwo Falls Church City Police officers received Awards for Excellence in Community Service and Public Safety from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program on May 7. Master Police Officer Alan Freed was recognized for the 30 Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) arrests he made in 2009; and Officer Rachel Henderson received the award for making 17 DWI arrests and 38 other arrests related to alcohol offenses. This was MPO Freed’s 10th year receiving this award. Last year, City Police officers made 90 DWI arrests.

 

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PART OF THE FALLS CHURCH “delegation” attending the annual Fairfax County Democratic Committee’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in McLean Sunday night were (left to right) Wanda Howard, Ed Strait, Edna Frady and State Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple. (Photo: News-Press)

 

2 F.C. City Police Officers Earn Excellence Awards

Two Falls Church City Police officers received Awards for Excellence in Community Service and Public Safety from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program on May 7. Master Police Officer Alan Freed was recognized for the 30 Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) arrests he made in 2009; and Officer Rachel Henderson received the award for making 17 DWI arrests and 38 other arrests related to alcohol offenses. This was MPO Freed’s 10th year receiving this award. Last year, City Police officers made 90 DWI arrests.

 

Local Girl Wins Advertising AwardFalls Church

resident and Virginia Tech senior, Helen Li, was awarded the Student Judges Choice Award Winner for her Ribitobitz 2008 Annual report at the Advertising Federation of the Roanoke Valley (AD FED) Student ADDY awards.

For her entry, Li designed an annual report for a fictional toy company which mimics a picture book and follows the journey of several toy characters while also telling the history of the toy company itself. In addition, Li’s entry won a gold Roanoke Valley award and a silver District award.

 

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IT WAS “BOYS DAY” at the BalletNova studio in the Bailey’s Crossroads section of Falls Church last Saturday. For the first time since moving to its new location, BalletNova held an open house aimed at spurring interest among young boys in ballet. Executive Director Caroline Frankil Warren told the News-Press that the dearth of boys in ballet in recent years is being addressed by stressing the conditioning, hip-hop and other benefits of the training. She was heartened by the turnout of over 20 boys, and is planning another “boys day” open house for Saturday, July 17, in addition to summer-long regular classes and programs. (Photo: News-Press)

 

 

Mason H.S. Alum Receives B.A. at Wooster

Nicholas Knodt, a graduate of George Mason High School, received a B.A. from The College of Wooster during commencement exercises last week. A studio art major, Knodt is a resident of Falls Church.

 

Honor Society Inducts Local Marymount Students

Marymount University students from Falls Church were recently named and inducted to the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society, including Erin Connelly, who is earning a B.A. in Criminal Justice; Blake Hylton, who is earning an M.A. in Forensic Psychology; and Jacqueline Nguyen, who is earning a B.S. in Biology.

 

Public Input Wanted on F.C. Pedestrian Project
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THE NINJA CUPCAKES Relay for Life team had a fundraising event at Meat in the Box on May 15. Shown here is Nadia Shahgoli, co-owner of Meat in a Box (back middle) between Ose Djan, organizer of the fundraiser, and Carol Ann Siciliano, Ninja Cupcakes Relay for Life Team Captain, and among friends and supporters of the fundraiser. (Photo: Courtesy Jeanette Walters-Marquez)

The last of three meetings to be held for the public to get information and make suggestions on the City of Falls Church’s proposed Pedestrian, Bicycle and Traffic Calming Strategic Implementation Plan will take place on Wednesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. in the Falls Church Community Center Art Room at the Community Center.. The first two meetings were held on the morning of Saturday, May 22. Attendees are encouraged to wear walking shoes. For more information, call the F.C. Planning Office at 703-248-5040.

The goal of these meetings is to identify deficiencies in current pedestrian and bicycle access and to plan for future improvement in safety, comfort and access to routes throughout the city. Opportunity for input will continue throughout the project, which is expected to take about one year.

The City of Falls Church is also seeking volunteers to serve on the Pedestrian Bicycle and Traffic Calming Advisory Committee (PBTCAC) to work with staff and a consultant in the creation of the plan. The PBTCAC will review data, inform priorities, provide feedback and corrdinate public meeting strategies.

Citizens are invited to send comments and photos to Wendy Block Sanford, Principal Planner/Transportation Planner, at [email protected] or call 703-248-5041.

 

Snyder Wins 3rd Place in Speech Contest

Randolph-Macon Academy sophomore Jamie Snyder, son of Joel and Kristen Gomez of Falls Church, received a third-place award for his persuasive speech in the annual sophomore speech contest.

 

New Information Released On Plein Air Festival Show

In addition to the two entries each artist is allowed to submit to the competition, artists are permitted to bring additional stamped Plein Air “Scenes in the City” works (Painted in Falls Church City in May 2010) to the show for sale on May 29. If any additional paintings are brought, equipment must be supplied by the artist for display.

Artists must be on site to sell paintings or have made arrangements with other participants to handle the sales. Artists are requested to supply easels for displaying their works entered in the competition if possible. Any easels brought for this purpose should be marked with artist contact information. The festival is offering a $250 cash first prize for the best painting of Falls Church painted in May. More information can be found at www.fallschurcharts.org.

 

Mary Washington Graduates F.C. Residents

The University of Mary Washington saw nine residents of Falls Church graduate this year. Elizabeth Blaylock Diliberti graduated with a B.A. in religion and received departmental honors; Brenton James Fisk graduated with a B.S. in business administration and biology; Gwen Paulson graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in psychology and women’s studies; Jillian Rose Maier graduated Sigma Cum Laude with a B.S. in psychology; Kayleigh Grace Jameson with a B.A. in history; Lidia Vargas Claros graduated with a B.S. in chemistry; Mary Elizabeth Scully graduated with a B.S. in math and psychology; Rachel Kyeong Min Lee graduated with a B.S. in psychology; and Renee Claire Carignan graduated with a B.S. in computer science. These students were among the 1,201 graduating in the class of 2010.

 


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