2024-05-23 11:18 AM

Memorial Day 2024 Issue!

Analysis: Meridian Music, From F.C. to Carnegie Hall

A number of weeks earlier than usual, the Class of 2024 of Falls Church’s Meridian High School will be graduated in a ceremony on the turf of the school’s main athletic field next Tuesday, May 28.It was a particularly remarkable year for students in the school’s instrumental music program led by the Agnes Meyer Outstanding […]

Forecaster Warns of Economic Turbulence

Chamber Event Speaker Says F.C. May Be Exception According to News-Press sources, residential real estate prices have gone up 9 percent in the City of Falls Church just since January, and 50 homes have already sold in the City since then, with another 20 in the process of selling. This compares to 80 homes which […]

The Summer Before An Epic Crisis

With the FY25 Falls Church operating budget approved almost unanimously, this Monday’s annual Memorial Day Parade in the Little City expected to draw 10,000 or more from outside the City, and the latest Class of 2024 at Falls Church’s Meridian High School set to graduate in what forecasters say will be sunny weather next week, […]

Editor’s Weekly Column: Michael Douglas’ Franklin Defines the True Patriot

In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone paying attention, former journalist Leonard Downey Jr.’s commentary in this week’s Washington Post is titled, “A Second Trump Presidency Would Be a Disaster for the News Media.” Attacks on the press were a staple of Trump’s four years in the White House that began on Day One when he […]

Warner Warns of 2024 Election Interference

With under six months until the U.S. general election, Virginia Senator and Intelligence Committee chair Mark R. Warner yesterday pushed tech companies to follow up on commitments made at the Munich Security Conference and take concrete measures to combat malicious misuses of generative artificial intelligence (AI) that could impact elections. Speaking live on national television […]

It’s Official, F.C. Tax Rate Region’s Only To Go Down

2-cent Cut, But Schools Were Left Out of Conversation The Falls Church City Council Monday approved a $137.8 million operating budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, setting a real estate tax rate with a two cent reduction, making Falls Church the only N.Va. jurisdiction east of Loudoun County to lower, not raise, that […]

Editor’s Weekly Column: ‘News’ in the Context of Today’s Information War

“How to Start Winning the Information War” was the headline put onto a commentary in The Washington Post last month by the late Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who died this March, and former Sen. Gordon Humphries. Modestly presented, it stands apart as one of the most important messages that has been carried on the Post’s opinion […]

Editorial: Let The Good Times Roll!

Let the good times roll in the City of Falls Church!  In our 33 years, this newspaper has never been more optimistic about where the Little City is heading than now. In another 33 years, perhaps, it is reasonable to expect that the current population of some 14,500 will double, and by even more if […]

F.C. Council Poised to Cut 2¢ As Budget Vote Looms

Major Relative Savings Compared to Neighbors The Falls Church City Council is poised to approve a FY25 fiscal year budget at its meeting this Monday that will reduce the real estate tax by 2 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, from $1.23 to $1.21. This will make the City of Falls Church the only jurisdiction […]

F.C. Davis Sibling Documentary Draws 200

“We reject the view that more freedom necessarily entails less equality and community, believing instead with Alexis de Tocqueville that individualism rightly understood is perfectly compatible with community and equality.” So remarks Robert D. Putnam, author of the bestselling “Bowling Alone,” in his new book, “The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and […]