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Localities Mull Regulations On Accessory Dwelling Units

The Falls Church City Council last week brought up the issue related to a property owner wanting to build an ‘accessory structure’ on his property. This action is allowed under current zoning regulations within the city of Falls Church. The issue for council was, if the city would remove a restrictive covenant that had been placed on the property back in the 1980s. The property owner was seeking the vacating of an easement in order for the accessory structure to be built on that part of the property. The issue received full support from the city council.


Current Status Report of the Falls Church City Housing Market

According to data published by, there are currently 198 homes for sale in the City of Falls Church, ranging in price from $162,000 to $2.3 million. The median listing home price is $595,000; the median sold home price is $610,000, although the assessed values that are due from the City assessor’s office by the end of this month will average out considerably higher.


F.C. School Board Adopts New Masking Policy in Wake of Youngkin’s Order

In the wake of newly-inaugurated Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order last weekend prohibiting mask-wearing mandates for public schools, contravening state law to the contrary, the school board of the Falls Church City Public Schools met at length tonight and adopted a new student masking policy that will continue to require all students wear masks for the next three weeks, until Feb. 14, or until the Fairfax Health Department has deemed the Covid-19 infection rate in the City to be lowered from its current rating as “high” to “moderate” for a period of seven consecutive days, and at that point make masking optional for students whose parents act to opt them out.     

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Faces of Falls Church: Jacques Imperato

Chef Jacques Imperato was 20 years old when he came to the States from France. With little to no English under his belt he worked his way through Kitchens until finally taking over La Cote D’or Cafe located on Lee Highway in 2016. While talking with him he asked, “Do you know what the most expensive thing in a restaurant is?…An empty chair.”


Fair Rules on Utility Disconnections

This past Monday, my planned 20 minute walk turned into an hour as I marveled at the beauty of northern Virginia covered in snow, including street signs. So yes, I missed a turn and got lost. When I got home, I turned on the lights and a heater. My day went on. All the energy I’m using this week will taunt me during next month’s utility bill.