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Avedesian to Manage West Falls

Hoffman and Associates has named Mary Beth Avedesian senior vice president of development and tapped her to manage its West Falls project. She has over thirty years’ experience, largely focused on the Northern Virginia market. West Falls is the largest development project with over 1 million square feet of development over nearly 10 acres. This is part of a 40-acre plan with public art, apartments, condominiums, senior living, retail, a hotel, medical office building and outdoor space. Avedesian was previously senior vice president of acquisitions and development at B.F. Saul Co.

PNC Announces Closures

PNC Financial Services Group Inc. has announced another round of bank closures with 11 in the Northern Virginia area. The three closures in Falls Church are within the Giant Food stores located at the Seven Corners Center, on Arlington Boulevard, and the West Broad. PNC determined that declining foot traffic and the increase of digital banking led to the decision to close all grocery branches nationwide.

Ellie Bird to Open Tuesday

Owners Carey and Yuan Tang began their restaurant career in Falls Church and will open their own restaurant, Ellie Bird, Tuesday, April 18 in Founders Row. It is described as contemporary and will feature ricotta gnudi, kimchi bouillabaisse and classic chicken dinner. As owners of the Michelin-starred Rooster & Owl in D.C., they are bringing the popular pineapple buns to Falls Church.

Creative Cauldron Wins Grant

Creative Cauldron has received an ArtsFairfax Ticket/Transportation Subsidy Grant supporting “Artes Para Todos,” an initiative that provides young people attending Fairfax County Title One schools year-round after school drama and arts workshops. Creative Cauldron received an ArtsFairfax Project grant earlier this year. This program specifically reaches English learners and young people in homes where Spanish is the first language. Participating students and their families will receive complimentary tickets to Creative Cauldron’s family-friendly productions throughout the year and students are eligible for free or reduced tuition during spring break and summer camps. Lenny Mendez, Creative Cauldron’s bi-lingual Artistic Associate, leads the project.

Prestigious Award for Northrop Grumman

Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman won the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Robert J. Collier Trophy for revolutionizing the astrophysics field with its team’s pioneering design and exceptional performance of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

Cybersecurity for Small Business

The Virginia SBDC is hosting a session for small businesses to learn tips to protest their businesses. Todd Mitchell, owner of Cybersecurity4biz, LLC will walk participants through simple steps and key takeaways. This includes configuring routers properly, updating security patches, properly configuring firewalls and detection software, and more. This free session is online and facilitated by the University of Mary Washington SBDC. Mitchell has over 30 years’ experience and has made it his mission to help small businesses and families. More information is available at (540) 654-1383 and https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=140430023

Business License Renewal Forms

Oops! The 2023 Falls Church City Business License Renewal Forms were due back by March 1, 2023. Two reminder letters have also been sent out. The 2023 Business License Renewal Form (the counter version without your business’s data on it) is available on the City’s website at: http://www.fallschurchva.gov/442/Business-License-Tax-Forms or it can be quickly sent to you by e-mail, if you forgot to renew your business license. It is against Falls Church City Code to be operating a business in the City without a business license. You can drop your 2023 Business License Renewal Form in the US Mail, or in the yellow City Hall 24/7 Drop Box located next to the West Wing Door entrance, or in person at the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office, in suite 202W of the West Wing of City Hall, located at 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22046. Any questions? Please call (703) 248-5450, or e-mail us at: commissioner@fallschurchva.gov.

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