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Community News & Notes: June 10 – 16, 2010

FCNP’s Benton Addresses Church On Pride Sunday

NNNicksPic2Nicholas F. Benton, owner-editor of the Falls Church News-Press, will be the speaker at the Sunday services of the Washington, D.C.-based First Congregational Church on the occasion of Capital Pride Sunday celebrating the lives and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Benton, who earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion, was the co-founder of the Berkeley, Calif., Gay Liberation Front in the wake of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 that is identified as the launch of the modern LGBT movement.

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FOR THE SUBMISSION of her painting “Falls Church City Farmer’s Market” to the Plein Air Festival in May, Isabelle Babington (above) was awarded the $250 grand prize. Lisa Neher won second place for her painting “Falls Church Barn” and Jackie Elwell won third place and the People’s Choice Award for her painting “Iris at Cherry Hill Farm.” (Photo: Courtesy Camille Babington-Heina)
FCNP’s Benton Addresses Church On Pride Sunday

Nicholas F. Benton, owner-editor of the Falls Church News-Press, will be the speaker at the Sunday services of the Washington, D.C.-based First Congregational Church on the occasion of Capital Pride Sunday celebrating the lives and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Benton, who earned a Master of Divinity degree from the Pacific School of Religion, was the co-founder of the Berkeley, Calif., Gay Liberation Front in the wake of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 that is identified as the launch of the modern LGBT movement.

Benton’s address Sunday is entitled, “What Now Lazarus? Beyond Pride and Equality,” and will be presented at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 13, as part of the church’s regular Sunday service at 501 – 4th Street NW.

Benton will also be present at a Falls Church News-Press booth at the Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Ave., only a few blocks from the church, in the period between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

F.C. Attorney Publishes Legal Social Security Guide

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THE WINNER of the annual Falls Church News-Press scholarship awarded to a George Mason High School senior with a winning essay on pursuing a career “enfranchising the disenfranchised” was Miles Butler (left), shown with News-Press owner-editor Nicholas F. Benton. (Photo: News-Press)

Local attorney Sheri Abrams published a guide for anyone filing for social security disability benefits. The book, titled “Don’t Gamble With Your Social Security Disbility Benefits,” explains the process of filing for social security disability benefits, addresses commonly asked questions and explains how an attorney can be used and when their help may be necessary.

The book is available for purchase on www.amazon.com or through Word Association Press. A free copy can also be downloaded on the author’s website, www.sheriabrams.com.

 

Public Library Prepares For Summer Reading 2010

Registration for Mary Riley Styles Public Library’s Submerge Yourself summer reading program for all ages begins Monday, June 21. The program will include four reading events for readers of different ages and reading levels. Submerge Yourself is for readers up to age 11, Secrets of the Pharaohs for strong readers in third grade and up, My Life, My Story for ages 12 and up, and Read-To-Me for sharing books with pre-readers. Book prizes will be given to all participants who reach a reading goal.

Throughout the course of the reading program, Mary Riley Styles Public Library will also hold various family-friendly programs, including a puppeteer show, a science show and a rock concert. For more information, call 703-248-5030.

 

F.C. Victorian Society Visits Chanticleer Gardens

On the weekend of June 12, the Falls Church Victorian Society will be taking a group to visit Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, Pa. Chanticleer Gardens is a 35-acre estate that contains lawns and large trees, Asian woods, a pond garden, a teacup garden, a tennis court garden, woodland and a gravel garden with the estate’s original home’s ruins.

The Victorian Society will travel there on Saturday, June 12 to visit the gardens that afternoon. Arrangements have been made to stay overnight at Wayne Hotel for $189 plus tax for a room with a queen bed and continental breakfast. For an additional $15, there is a single room with a king and a pullout couch. Non-members are welcome to attend. To reserve a room, call 1-800-962-5850 and tell them you are with the Falls Church Victorian Society. Contact Midge Wang at 703-534-8394 for more information and to inform the Victorian Society of plans to attend.

 

F.C. Actress Snags Lead Role For ‘Florida Days’

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VENERABLE FALLS CHURCH City Schools pioneer Jesse Thackrey (left) is shown with this year’s winner of the Franklin and Kent Thackrey Memorial Scholarship Rebecca Ward (right). A complete list of George Mason High award winners will be published in next week’s News-Press. (Photo: News-Press)

Falls Church’s own Elise Edwards is set to star in The McLean Drama Company’s production of Rachael Bail’s “Florida Days.” The play will be presented at the Alden Theatre (1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean) on June 11 – 12 at 8 p.m. and June 13 at 2 p.m. The play will also be featured at the Capital Fringe Festival at The Apothecary (1013 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C.) from July 10 – 13 and 20 – 21.

Following the performance on June 13, the winner of the company’s 10-minute play contest will be presented. This year’s winner is Michaeline Sweeney, another Falls Church resident, for her play “Visiting Anna.” For more information, visit www.mcleandramacompany.org.

 

F.C. Resident Participates In VYSA State Soccer Cup Finals

Matthew Livingson of Falls Church is a member of the Chantilly U12 Strikers soccer team. In the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) State Soccer Cup Finals held in Richmond last month, Livingston’s team entered the finals with an undefeated 4-0 record, including a 4-0 win in the semi-finals that included a goal and an assist by Livingston.

In the finals, Livingston assisted on a goal that would have tied up the game in the closing minutes, but the goal was ruled offside, resulting in a 0-1 loss for his team. Livingston’s team placed second in the state.

 

F.C. Boy Scouts Receive Eagle Scout Badges

Bruce Ayliff and Sam Hoehn of Troop 681 recently received their Eagle Scout awards at the Falls Church Scout House (128 S. Spring St., Falls Church), the highest level of scouting. In order to earn their awards, they had to complete Eagle service and leadership projects.

Ayliff built and landscaped a butterfly garden for the Hidden Oaks Nature Center (7701 Royce St., Annandale). Hoehn collected over 300 pairs of soccer cleats to send to African youth athletes in Asmara, Eritrea, which he collected both at this year’s Memorial Day parade and at McDonald’s restaurants’ McSoccerfest in 2008.

 

N. Oak Street Celebrates With Annual Block Party

The North Oak Street community of Falls Church recently held their annual block party on June 5. The community holds this event every year to celebrate the start of summer and come together as a community to socialize and share the evening. Residents share dishes and bring barbecues out onto the street, which is blockaded courtesy of the City of Falls Church.

 

Early Registration Coming To A Close for Lacrosse Camp

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Dorothy Bullion (center), a Falls Church resident for 14 years, celebrated her 100th birthday with a party on May 30. Over 100 guests gathered at her daughter Roberta Hopkins’ (right) residence on Poplar Drive. Chef Bernard of Open Kitchen catered the event. An avid participant in events at the Senior Center and the James Lee Community Center, Bullion is a mother of three. She’s seen here with son Ed Hopkins (left) and Roberta. Bullion also has two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. (Photo: Courtesy Roberta Hopkins)

Early registration for the George C. Marshall High School Lady Statesmen Summer Lacrosse Camp is this Saturday, June 12. After this Saturday, the registration fee will go from $175 to $200.

The camp, to be held from July 7 – 9, will be led by Marshall lacrosse’s Coach Depaz, who will provide equipment for all who sign up. The registration form, camp details and staff bios can be found online at www.seen.itgo.com. For more information, e-mail Coach Depaz at ncdepaz@gmail.com.

 

F.C. Residents Make University Dean’s Lists

Falls Church resident Lucy Hyde, a Mass Communication major, was named to the Spring 2010 Champlain College’s dean’s dist for academic achievements. Olivia Scott, a Psychology Major at Messiah College, was also named to the Spring 2010 dean’s dist at her college.

 

Falls Church Residents Graduate College

On May 22, Falls Church resident Mikki Mize Ekfelt graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. Falls Church resident Sarah Schaffer received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing at the University of Portland graduation ceremony on May 2. She was one of 703 students to receive a bachelor’s degree that day.

 

McLean Chef Earns Designation From ACF

Jane Imholte, McLean Resident, has earned the certified culinary educator (CCE) designation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Imholte is a chef instructor at The International School at The Art Institute of Washington (1820 Fort Meyer Dr., Arlington). A CCE is an advanced-degree culinary professional who is working as an educator in an accredited postsecondary institution or military training facility.

 

F.C. Rotary Club Welcomes Wendell Byrd

The Falls Church Rotary Club will meet tonight, Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Harvest Moon Restaurant (7260 Arlington Blvd.,  Falls Church). Readers are Leaders founder, Wendell Byrd, will speak about the non-profit organization’s literacy program. An optional dinner costs $11 and visitors are welcome.

 

 


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