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Falls Church City News Briefs

Mark Warner Calls for Restraining Oil Price Speculators

U.S. Senate candidate Mark Warner issued a package of proposed energy solutions yesterday that had at the top of his list a “clamp down on market speculators who have artificially driven up the price of oil on foreign based markets, out of reach of U.S. regulators.” Warner, former governor of Virginia, becomes one of the first political leaders to focus on the role of speculation on oil futures as a prime cause of the recent spike in the cost of oil, and its consequences for gas prices at the pump. Warner’s plan includes a total of 10 points, calling for measures to increase supply, reduce demand and develop alternatives.

Don Beyer Says He’d Consider U.S. Senate Run

Former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer, a Falls Church businessman, confirmed to the News-Press Tuesday that if either Democratic Senate candidate Mark Warner or U.S. Senator Jim Webb were selected as Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate, he would be interested in running to fill the vacated U.S. Senate seat. Beyer has not run for public office since 1997, when he failed in a bid for governor of Virginia against Jim Gilmore at the time.

F.C. GOP Hosts Eagle Forum Director Tonight

The Falls Church Republican Committee will hear the executive director of the Eagle Forum at its meeting tonight, June 19, at the F.C. Community Center. Jessica Echard will speak about “the negative effects of feminism on America,” according to a communiqué from the Falls Church GOP Chair Jonathan Krive. “This topic is especially relevant after the Hillary Clinton candidacy,” Krive wrote.

‘John (Lee) Carroll Day’ Slated for June 20

As voted on unanimously by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last month, June 20 will be “John ‘Lee’ Carroll Day” in the county, honoring the 48 years of service that Mr. Carroll provided to Fairfax County prior to his death a year ago. A ceremony will be held by the Supervisors, and Mr. Carroll’s only sister, Jean Carroll Hirst, will fly in for it. Mr. Carroll worked 48 years in the county’s Department of Information and Technology, was a founding member of the Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station and named a “life member” of the Franconia Fire and Rescue Station. He is credited with helping many county supervisors and was an enduring presence at the Board auditorium. A proclamation will be presented, and a plaque unveiled in his honor that will be displayed at the Radio Service Shop where he worked.

Military Academy Send-Offs Hailed by Moran

Last weekend, Rep. Jim Moran hailed 17 individuals that he’d nominated who’ve been admitted to the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Merchant Marine Academy. Those from the Falls Church area included George Mason High School’s Andrew Breen and Michael Costelloe, both attending the Naval Academy, and George Marshall High School’s Katherine Heffelmire, attending the Air Force Academy, and Kevin Kawahara, attending the Military Academy.

F.C. Concerts in Park Kick-Off Tonight

Tonight, June 19, is the first of this summer’s 16th annual Concerts in the Park series at Falls Church’s Cherry Hill Park, with Mad for the Road (Irish music) providing the music and Laura Hartwick (mosaics) providing the art, on schedule for the opener. Next week, June 26, features the Falls Church Concert Band and underwater photographers Christy Gavitt and Gloria Freund. Free concerts will be held weekly on Thursdays through August 7. The series is co-sponsored by the F.C. Village Preservation and Improvement Society and the City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department.

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