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Falls Church News Briefs:October 1 – 7, 2009

F.C.’s Final Written Brief on Water Trial Due Oct. 14

With the completion of the court trial pitting the Fairfax County Water System against the City of Falls Church last week, a schedule was released for the receipt by Circuit Court Judge R. Terrence Ney of a final written brief by Fairfax Water due next Wednesday, Oct. 7, and followed by a final written response from the City of Falls Church due on Oct. 14.

Fairfax Water will get one last crack at a written reply on Oct. 21, setting the stage for the judge’s ruling expected sometime in November.

 

 

Voter Registration Deadline Monday, Oct. 5

The deadline to register to vote in this November’s elections is Monday, Oct. 5, the Falls Church League of Women Voters reminded the public with a statement this week. Prospective voters may register by mail or in-person at any Virginia Registrar’s Office and at Department of Motor Vehicles offices. In Falls Church, the registrar’s office is located in City Hall, 300 Park Ave., Suite 101. That office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Applications can be obtained by phone (703-248-5085), at the Mary Riley Styles Library, or downloaded from the State Board of Elections web site. They must be delivered in person by Oct. 5, or postmarked by that date if mailed.

 

2008 Virginia Child Poverty Rate ‘Highest in Decade’

The child poverty rate in Virginia grew from 13 to 13.8 percent in 2008 according to the U.S. Census Bureau, a report from the advocacy group, Voices for Virginia’s Children, revealed yesterday. The result is that an additional 13,000 Virginia children are  living below the poverty line. “These numbers, as bad as they are, are just the front edge of a rising tide that will likely carry significantly more children into poverty over the next two years, as the effects of the recession and the still-increasing  unemployment rate add up, said Voices’ director John Morgan. The child poverty rate in Virginia is now at its highest point this decade after reaching a low of 11.3 percent in 2003. Still, Virginia’s average of 13.8 percent is better than the U.S. average of 18.2 percent, although Virginia’s rate of growth in its child poverty rate is now four times the national average. In Virginia, the child poverty rate is 8.8 percent among white children, 16.1 percent among Hispanic children and 29.6 percent among African-American children.

 

Kaine Signs Orders on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine announced yesterday two executive orders that build on recent gains in improving Virginia’s response to sexual assault and domestic violence. One orders the storage of Physical Evidence Recovery Kits (PERK) received from health care providers as a resource for emergency room physicians and forensic nurses serving as first responders to victims of sexual assault. It is designed to overcome any reluctance by victims to release personal information. The second order establishes a sexual and domestic violence work group to implement recommendations of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual Violence.

 

 

F.C.’s Chef Tennille Makes the ‘Final Four’

Falls Church’s Chef Tennille Middleton has advanced to the prestigious “final four” on the Fox TV reality show, “Hell’s Kitchen,” in this week’s episode aired Tuesday night. Middleton, who is the chief chef at Falls Church’s Sweetwater Tavern, was a judge for Falls Church’s Taste of Falls Church last month. The next episode is Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m.

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