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This Week’s Business News and Notes

December 13 – 19, 2007

The Falls Church News-Press will be holding its 18th annual holiday celebration on Monday, December 17 at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. The event, which is free and open to the business community and general public, includes live entertainment by George Mason High School Brass and Sax Ensemble and catering by Ledo Pizza The Center for Spiritual Enlightenment is located next to The State Theatre at 222 N. Washington Street in Falls Church. For additional information call 703-532-3267.

What’s up in Falls Church? Student test scores, new cultural activities, mixed use development projects, affordable housing options, plans for City Center, and a new look for the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce. Join the Chamber for its December Luncheon and Annual Members Meeting to see the Chamber’s new logo and learn about its activities and achievements over the past year. The event will take place from 11:30 – 1:00 on Tuesday, December 18 at the Italian Café (7161 Lee Highway). Tickets are available by calling 703-532-1050.

 

The Greater Merrifield Business Association is hosting its 22nd Annual Holiday Luncheon and Auction on Thursday, December 20th from 11:30 – 1:30 pm at the Dunn Loring Marriott located at 2722 Gallows Road in Falls Church. All proceeds from the auction will benefit PRS in its work to help those recovering from mental illness avoid eviction and homelessness, learn critical skills to sustain employment and find full, satisfying roles in their communities. Please RSVP to 703-849-1200 or nikki@hammondagency.com.

 

Acacia Federal Savings Bank is collecting toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Acacia’s office at 7600 Leesburg Pike weekdays from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm through Friday, December 14. A collection box is located just off of the elevator on the 2nd floor of the East Building. Information on the campaign and recent toy recalls is available at www.toysfortots.org.  Information on Acacia is available at www.afsbonline.com.

 

The Falls Church Foot & Ankle Center is conducting its Annual Shoe Drive, this year to benefit Kokolopori, Falls Church's Sister City. New or gently used shoes can be dropped by the Foot & Ankle Center between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Mondays through Fridays until the end of December 2007. The Foot & Ankle Center, which is owned and operated by Dr. Paul B. Cannon, is located at 104-A East Broad Street. For more information about the Foot & Ankle Center call 703-237-1555.

 

The Original Pancake House is collecting coats, warm clothes and personal items to give attendees at their annual Christmas breakfast for homeless families. Items and contributions can be dropped off anytime between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm at the restaurant located at 370 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. For more information call 703-891-0148.

 

The Chain Bridge Bank recently added Robert Glomb to its McLean, headquarters as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. Glomb brings over 20 years of experience as a community banker and a seasoned lender who understands the needs of locally owned and locally operated businesses in Northern Virginia. He served most recently as Chief Lender and Chief Credit Officer of another local community bank. For more information visit www.chainbridgebank.com.

The Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Falls Church, along with the more than 40 Ruby Tuesdays in the DC area, will be completely remodeled inside and out as part of a $75 million nation-wide redesign. The restaurant will remain open as usual as all renovations will be done after operating hours from midnight until 11:00 a.m. Work is expected to last approximately five weeks. The redesigned appearance of Ruby Tuesday is intended to be more contemporary and stylish. Gone are the artifacts and memorabilia, the black-and-white checked tablecloths, the multi-colored buildings and striped awnings. The new look has interiors with earth tones, contemporary artwork, and photography plus new lighting, booths, chairs, tables, wall coverings, awnings, signs, glasses, and plates. The redesign is part of the restaurant's plan to position itself towards the upper-end of the casual dining segment. The Falls Church Ruby Tuesday is located at 5880 Leesburg Pike, phone 703-820-6602.

The Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors confirmed five one-year appointments named by Chamber Chair Gary LaPorta. Cindy Elkin of Diener & Assoc. CPAs, Carol Jackson of the Falls Church Housing Corporation, David Lasso of Venable LLP, Alex Mereish of PNC Bank and Dr. Steven Rogers of the Falls Church Animal Hospital were all approved unanimously to serve on the Chamber Board in 2008. These new appointees will join the new members previously announced (Karen Akers, VA Tech/UVA Northern Virginia Center; Chris Bergin, Tax Analysts; Paul Cannon, Falls Church Foot & Ankle Center; Mati Makagon, Janmedia Interactive; and Adam Schulman, Atlantic Realty Companies) and the continuing board members which include Michael Ankuma of Edward Jones Investments, Dr. Barry Byer of VA Hospital Medical Brigade, Gayla Hassett of Clay Café and The Studio Resource, Ralph Perrino of the N. VA Tutoring Service, Garrett Rambler of Vantage Fitness, Adam Roth of Argia’s and Bob Young of The Young Group. Ex-officio members include Nick Benton of the Falls Church News-Press, Helene Safford from Clay Café Studios/The Studio Resource as past-chair, Marybeth Connelly of the Business in Education Partnerships, Rick Goff/Becky Witsman of the City of Falls Church and Sally Cole who is the Chamber Director. Rotating off of the Chamber Board are Tom Gittins of Art and Frame of Falls Church and Ed Novak of Nova-Habitat. Lani Phillips of Beyond the Garden Gate and Gary Fletcher of Burke & Herbert Bank & Trust left the board previously.

 

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