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The Falls Church News-Press is the premier newspaper serving the City of Falls Church, Northern Virginia and the D.C.-area.

Fairfax County Police report that the suspects stole purses from parked cars in cemeteries while victims attended burial...
06/27/2019
Police Search for Men Robbing Cars at F.C. Area Cemeteries

Fairfax County Police report that the suspects stole purses from parked cars in cemeteries while victims attended burial services and visited grave sites.

The police report that the suspects stole purses from parked cars in cemeteries while victims attended burial services and visited grave sites.

Tarter was one of five panelists to testify about the effects on their local communities of the SALT deductibility cap, ...
06/27/2019
Mayor Tarter Testifies on Capitol Hill Against New State & Local Tax Cap - Falls Church News-Press Online

Tarter was one of five panelists to testify about the effects on their local communities of the SALT deductibility cap, joined by the mayor of Bayville, New York, an executive from Birch County, Pennsylvania, a school superintendent from Upper Arlington, Ohio and a firefighter union executive from Wisconsin.

City of Falls Church Mayor P. David Tarter testified Tuesday before the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures about the impact of the cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes on federal returns.

The sentence includes Hitt being on supervised release for three years after he is released.
06/26/2019
Todd Hitt Sentenced to 6.5 Years In Prison by District Court Judge - Falls Church News-Press Online

The sentence includes Hitt being on supervised release for three years after he is released.

Former Falls Church-based developer Todd Hitt, having plead guilty earlier this year to securities fraud, was sentenced by U.S. District Court for the Eastern Districts of Virginia Judge Leonie Brinkema to 6.5 years in prison today. His sentence includes being on supervised release for three years a...

Police say a 21-year-old man failed to stop for a police officer and then rammed the officer’s vehicle last Thursday m...
06/26/2019
Crime Report: Man Rams Police Vehicle Plus More Details on Last Week's Armed Robbery - Falls Church News-Press Online

Police say a 21-year-old man failed to stop for a police officer and then rammed the officer’s vehicle last Thursday morning on Haycock Road.

A man rammed a police vehicle after police tried to pull him over on Haycock Road last Wednesday morning, according to the latest City of Falls Church crime report released today. Police say a 21-year-old from Upper Marlboro, failed to stop for a police officer and then rammed the officer’s …

Know any real estate agents who moonlight as guitarists for a world-famous reggae band?
06/25/2019
Our Man in Arlington - Falls Church News-Press Online

Know any real estate agents who moonlight as guitarists for a world-famous reggae band?

Know any real estate agents who moonlight as guitarists for a world-famous reggae band? Didn’t think so. At the June 8 Tinner Hill Music Festival, I did a double-take when I gazed upon the odd-man-out white guitarist on stage with Julian Junior Marvin’s Wailers. Yes, that was Dean Yeonas, my …

The earliest estimate on the installation of the permanent signal is around April 2020, more than two years after the po...
06/24/2019
Hillwood-Annandale Signal Solution Won’t Come Until 2020 - Falls Church News-Press Online

The earliest estimate on the installation of the permanent signal is around April 2020, more than two years after the pole first came down.

More than a year after a traffic light pole came crashing down in high winds at the corner of Annandale Road and Hillwood Avenue in Falls Church, the intersection’s signal is still waiting for its replacement. And now City officials say a permanent solution won’t be in place until sometime next ...

Our Historic Church — completed in 1769 — has seen much. But the congregation of The Falls Church, which predates th...
06/24/2019
Guest Commentary: The Falls Church Episcopal ‘Building’ on 250 Years - Falls Church News-Press Online

Our Historic Church — completed in 1769 — has seen much. But the congregation of The Falls Church, which predates the Historic Church by more than a generation, has seen even more.

By John Ohmer As part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of our historic church, The Falls Church Episcopal placed a plaque in the sidewalk that literally carves in stone our vision statement: “The Falls Church Episcopal is a welcoming community, called to be an enduring beacon of faith, ...

There's yoga, music for kids and a high-intensity interval training workout on the schedule for this weekend.
06/21/2019
Local Businesses Offering Free Classes at New Downtown Park - Falls Church News-Press Online

There's yoga, music for kids and a high-intensity interval training workout on the schedule for this weekend.

Several local businesses are helping inaugurate the new, yet to be named renovated park on the 100 block of W. Broad Street, by offering free weekend classes. Karma Yoga is offering Sunday Morning Yoga on June 23 and 30, at 9 a.m. (bring your own mat) while Music Together will …

Matt Delaney’s thoughtful article on Lindy Hockenberry’s many contributions to Falls Church was right on target: In ...
06/21/2019
Letters to the Editor: Hockenberry Feature Story Was Right on Target - Falls Church News-Press Online

Matt Delaney’s thoughtful article on Lindy Hockenberry’s many contributions to Falls Church was right on target: In a community with many interesting and successful people, few match Lindy’s many positive contributions.

Letters to the Editor: June 20 – 26, 2019 Hockenberry Feature Story Was Right on Target Editor, Matt Delaney’s thoughtful article on Lindy Hockenberry’s many contributions to Falls Church was right on target: In a community with many interesting and successful people, few match Lindy’s many ...

Police report that early Thursday morning, a man entered the “business space” at 1057 W. Broad St., site of The West...
06/20/2019
Police Looking for Suspects After W. Broad St. Armed Robbery - Falls Church News-Press Online

Police report that early Thursday morning, a man entered the “business space” at 1057 W. Broad St., site of The West End Plaza strip mall, and pointed at handgun at the victim and demanded cash.

Police are on the lookout for four men after they say a victim was robbed at gunpoint on West Broad St. in the City of Falls Church early Thursday morning. City of Falls Church Police report that around 12:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, a man entered the “business space” …

In honor of Pride Month, check out the work gender therapists are doing behind the scenes to keep the LGBTQ community's ...
06/20/2019
Gender Therapists Offer Critical Help to LGBTQ Clientele - Falls Church News-Press Online

In honor of Pride Month, check out the work gender therapists are doing behind the scenes to keep the LGBTQ community's personal and public well-being intact

https://fcnp.com/2019/06/20/gender-therapists-offer-critical-help-to-lgbtq-clientele/

Anne Rafal, along with fellow Falls Church-based gender therapists Carolyn Dozier and John Thomas, are a crucial part of the support system that makes a former population of outcasts comfortable in society’s mainstream as well as existing in their own skin.

Housing policy updates to the City of Falls Church’s Comprehensive Plan still need serious work by the City’s planni...
06/20/2019
F.C. Council Slams Housing Draft In Proposed Comp Plan Update - Falls Church News-Press Online

Housing policy updates to the City of Falls Church’s Comprehensive Plan still need serious work by the City’s planning staff, at least three members of the Falls Church City Council insisted at the Council’s work session Monday.

Housing policy updates to the City of Falls Church’s Comprehensive Plan still need serious work by the City’s planning staff, at least three members of the Falls Church City Council insisted at the Council’s work session this Monday.

Junior Niharika Singhvi has attended Falls Church City Public Schools since 2006. In April of 2018, her parents’ work ...
06/19/2019
Falls Church City School ‘Lifer’ Forced to Leave Her Country - Falls Church News-Press Online

Junior Niharika Singhvi has attended Falls Church City Public Schools since 2006. In April of 2018, her parents’ work visas expired, and she was forced to return to India. Four months later, she arrived back at George Mason High School. Singhvi and her family’s experience is a result of recent developments in the increasingly hardline immigration policy.

This article previously appeared in The Lasso, GMHS.

Junior Niharika Singhvi has attended Falls Church City Public Schools since 2006. In April of 2018, her parents’ work visas expired, and she was forced to return to India.

Remember phonebooks? They were a must in the 20th century.
06/17/2019
Our Man in Arlington - Falls Church News-Press Online

Remember phonebooks? They were a must in the 20th century.

Remember phonebooks? They were a must in the 20th century. Arlington had one as early as 1912, back when it was called Alexandria County. I perused such a directory at Central Library’s Center for Local History and pulled facts that help my ongoing portrait of our, then-officially segregated, home...

Lindy Hockenberry's tenure working with the City of Falls Church (in an official capacity) will come to an end soon, so ...
06/17/2019
After 50 Years of Service to F.C. City, Hockenberry Reflects on Her Journey - Falls Church News-Press Online

Lindy Hockenberry's tenure working with the City of Falls Church (in an official capacity) will come to an end soon, so take some time to look back everything she's been involved with over the years

https://fcnp.com/2019/06/14/after-50-years-of-service-to-f-c-city-hockenberry-reflects-on-her-journey/

She’s taught at multiple grades at Falls Church City Public Schools, served two terms as a City Council member, once as vice mayor, and has generally been a recognizable face and personality that seems to just pop up at any event in Falls Church, big or small.

Dominion’s power failures — and failure of Virginia’s lawmakers to hold Dominion accountable — are unacceptable ...
06/14/2019
Guest Commentary: As Weather Worsens, Virginia’s Power is Not Ready - Falls Church News-Press Online

Dominion’s power failures — and failure of Virginia’s lawmakers to hold Dominion accountable — are unacceptable and avoidable when technology is available to ensure we’re weather-ready and resilient.

By Karen E. Torrent We all recall 2012’s violent “derecho” storm that blasted the region, causing massive power outages for 900,000 Virginians, many who suffered for days in the brutal and stifling summer heat. The derecho should have been a wake-up call to everyone — including our state leg...

Still glowing from last weekend's Tinner Hill Music Festival? Us too. Relive the good times by taking in some of the bes...
06/14/2019
Tinner Hill Music Fest Gets Groovy in Rebranded Debut - Falls Church News-Press Online

Still glowing from last weekend's Tinner Hill Music Festival? Us too. Relive the good times by taking in some of the best shots J. Michael Whalen got from the day-long bonanza

https://fcnp.com/2019/06/12/tinner-hill-music-fest-gets-groovy-in-rebranded-debut/

Performers like Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials harkened back to the festival’s blues roots, with new acts such as Convertible Jerk Band and Big Sam’s Funky Nation helping fill out the day’s new-look roster of talent.

We were also extremely disturbed by the unfair and unprofessional timing of this story, four days before the primary ele...
06/14/2019
Letters to the Editor: Disturbed by News-Press’ Misleading Election Story - Falls Church News-Press Online

We were also extremely disturbed by the unfair and unprofessional timing of this story, four days before the primary election, meaning that no time was given to rebut this distorted, biased and inaccurate “information.”

Letters to the Editor: June 13 – 19, 2019 Disturbed by News-Press’ Misleading Election Story Editor, We were appalled to see the misleading headline and editorial in this week’s Falls Church News-Press referring to “dark money” in the campaign for Commonwealth’s Attorney. We were also ex...

The flag flying reflected actions taken by a number of jurisdictions across the U.S. to do likewise, most being reported...
06/14/2019
‘Stonewall 50’ Rainbow Flag Flies Over F.C. City Hall for Pride Month - Falls Church News-Press Online

The flag flying reflected actions taken by a number of jurisdictions across the U.S. to do likewise, most being reported on social media and some occurring in states where the issue of equal rights has been contentious even to now.

By a unanimous vote at its meeting Monday, the Falls Church City Council voted to order the flying of the rainbow flag, emblematic of the movement for LGBTQ rights, on the City Hall flagpole during the “Pride Month” of June.

It is clearly time to clear the air after the Democratic primary campaigns of the recent months that became far more con...
06/13/2019
Editorial: After This Week’s Primary - Falls Church News-Press Online

It is clearly time to clear the air after the Democratic primary campaigns of the recent months that became far more contentious, and in some cases downright nastier, than almost anyone anticipated.

The hard-fought victory, if by a narrow margin, of veteran State Senator Dick Saslaw, whose district includes the City of Falls Church, means the veteran lawmakers, as the Democrats’ current leader in that body, will stand an excellent chance of becoming the Senate Majority leader in Richmond, if ...

After more than a decade of the Mustangs finishing the year on top, their 11 year state title streak comes to an against...
06/13/2019
Mason Girls’ Soccer Dynasty Ends with 1-0 Loss to Maggie Walker - Falls Church News-Press Online

After more than a decade of the Mustangs finishing the year on top, their 11 year state title streak comes to an against Maggie Walker Governor's School

https://fcnp.com/2019/06/12/mason-girls-soccer-dynasty-ends-with-1-0-loss-to-maggie-walker/

It’s fitting that Mason’s (17-4-1) departure from the Class 2 ranks for Class 3 next year would be accompanied by the end of a run that spanned more than a decade.

In Falls Church, according to the Voter Registrar’s office, 22 percent of active registered voters showed up at the po...
06/13/2019
Dehghani-Tafti Wins Commonwealth’s Attorney Upset, Saslaw Edges Taeb - Falls Church News-Press Online

In Falls Church, according to the Voter Registrar’s office, 22 percent of active registered voters showed up at the polls, a high number for a usually uncontested primary.

Human rights attorney Parisa Dehghani-Tafti scored an upset over incumbent Theo Stamos in the Democratic primary for the Arlington-Falls Church Commonwealth’s Attorney race, while veteran incumbent State Sen. Dick Saslaw prevailed in his close Democratic primary race against two challengers Tuesda...

For Northern Virginia, the funds include $700,000 for the American Legion project, $2 million for three Community Housin...
06/12/2019
$11 Million in State Affordable Housing Funds Announced - Falls Church News-Press Online

For Northern Virginia, the funds include $700,000 for the American Legion project, $2 million for three Community Housing Partners projects and $700,000 for a Wesley Housing Development Corporation project in Fairfax County.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam held a press conference in Arlington Tuesday to announce more than $11 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing loans for 17 projects throughout the Commonwealth, creating or preserving 1,283 affordable housing units that will target low-income and very low-income....

Dehghani-Tafti Upsets Incumbent Stamos in Race for Commonwealth’s Attorney
06/12/2019
Dehghani-Tafti Upsets Incumbent Stamos in Race for Commonwealth’s Attorney

Dehghani-Tafti Upsets Incumbent Stamos in Race for Commonwealth’s Attorney

With only one Arlington precinct to report, challenger Parisa Dehghani-Tafti has scored an upset over incumbent Theo Stamos in the Democratic primary for the Arlington-Falls Church Commonwealth Attorney race, according to the Virginia Department of Elections website.

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