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Editorial: Waiting for Wammie

Yet again this month, on Feb. 15 the “Wammies,” the Washington Area Music Association’s annual awards bash, is coming to the State Theatre in downtown Falls Church.

Editorial: Marketing Falls Church

Falls Church’s Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation folk have the right idea. They’ve decided to morph their annual festival into a weekend-long blues fete, not only to celebrate Afro-American culture and heritage, but to contribute to the economic vitality of Falls Church by drawing crowds from throughout the region.

Nicholas F. Benton:

Last month, the Washington City Paper, the most prominent “alternative weekly” in the nation’s capital, did its first “Best of D.C.” edition in 15 years. In addition to “bests” as voted on by its readers, it included a group of special categories made up and filled by its editors.  

Dowd on Drinks: In the Court of Public Opinion, Champagne is Fantastic

With sincere apologies to the late Dr. Seuss …                I do not understand the French,               When sitting idly on a bench,               Or fighting in a muddy trench,               Or berating a writer for being a mench.

Beloved Former Stuart High Teacher Celebrated By Students at Ozzifest

There stood Miss Mask, with Midnight Special, the women’s quartet in which she sings, belting out “In the Still of the Night” before a crowd of more than 100 adoring fans. Her red sequin dress sparkled and shimmied along with the beat Saturday night in the ballroom of the Tysons Corner Crown Plaza Hotel during […]

H. Daumier Lithograph Donated to News-Press

FALLS CHURCH attorney Lee Farnum Johnson, Jr. (right), presented an original H. Daumier lithograph to Nicholas F. Benton of the Falls Church News-Press during the News-Press’ “Meet the Press” open house last week. The lithograph had been a gift to Johnson’s father, also a weekly newspaper editor. (News-Press photo)

Falls Church News-Press owner-editor Nicholas F. Benton was the recipient of an extraordinary gift from a Falls Church attorney concluding a 53-year career last week. At the annual “Meet the Press” open house in the News-Press office, a large gathering witnessed the presentation by retiring attorney Lee Farnum Johnson, Jr.

Editorial: 1st Amendment Plaza

“Stand fast. Stand firm. Stand sure. Stand true.” While these words are not some of the most famous or poetic in history, they do appear on a plaque attached to an imposing bronze statue planted on a large rock on the edge of Los Angeles’ McArthur Park. It is the oft-overlooked statue of Los Angeles […]

Hoover Says Goodbye After 37 Yeas at GMHS

IN THE HALL in front of his English classroom, years of front pages of the George Mason High School newspaper, The Lasso, that Michael Hoover advised have been displayed this spring. Hoover completed a 37-year classroom teaching career at the school by addressing his commencement ceremony last Thursday. (News-Press photo)

As the “big names” of Hollywood actor Ben Affleck and U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton headlined graduation ceremonies at neighboring high schools, there was no bigger name in the history of George Mason High School in Falls Church than the man who spoke its commencement last Thursday. English instructor, department head, school newspaper […]

A Penny For Your Thoughts: The News of Greater Falls Church

Most years, January is a time for planning, not planting. However, warm January temperatures last week allowed many Mason District residents to catch up on late season yard work, including digging to put in liriope, nandina, and other shrubs. It’s also time to consider attending the all-day EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium at Green Spring Gardens on […]