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Falls Church GOP to Honor Local Citizens for Contributions to the City

Falls Church Republicans will honor five citizens of Falls Church City at an awards reception next Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Italian Cafe at 7161 Lee Highway.

“The Awards Reception honors our friends and neighbors who have made outstanding contributions to Falls Church and the people of Falls Church,” said Alex Boston, secretary of the Falls Church City Republican Committee, in a press release.

The honorees are Betty Coll, past-chairman of the Falls Church City Democratic Committee and co-founder of the Community Issues Forum; Nikki Graves Henderson and Edwin B. Henderson II of the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation; Lindy Hockenberry, current member of the Planning Commission, former City Council member, longtime George Mason High School teacher and longtime civic volunteer; and Margarette Shovlin, former chairman and secretary of the Falls Church Electoral Board and officer, member of the Falls Church GOP’s leadership committee and founding director of the daycare center at St. James Catholic Church.

“This is a time to honor the people who do the heavy lifting that benefits everyone,”said Falls Church City Republican Committee vice-chairman Brad Tidwell in a press release.

Falls Church GOP chair Ken Feltman said that, obviously, being a Republican is not a requirement for being recognized by the Falls Church City Republican Committee. He said, regarding the honoring of a former chair of the Democratic Party, that “Maybe it takes one to know one. I know the complaints, demands and questions that I get, and the Republican Party here in Falls Church is only about one-fifth the size of the Democrats. Think of the load that Betty has had to handle, and how she has also worked with other community organizations, including the Republicans, to start and promote the Community Issues Forum.”

Admission to the event is $10 per person and includes a meal. For more information, visit