Articles by: Drew Costley

Paul Swanson Reaches for His Dreams at TJ Elementary

October 24, 2016 3:17 PM0 comments

Paul Swanson, the new principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, is the only one out of the three new principals of Falls Church City Public Schools who didn’t work for the school system prior to being selected by the Falls Church School Board for the post. Before coming to Falls […]

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Press Pass: Magic Dick & Shun Ng

October 21, 2016 11:00 AM0 comments

For harmonica player Magic Dick and guitarist and vocalist Shun Ng, it was about time they released a record together, so appropriately, the debut album from the duo is called About Time. They have been playing together for a couple of years and are now touring across the country in […]

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Press Pass: Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers

October 14, 2016 10:00 AM0 comments

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers are currently working on a new album that they are aiming to release in early summer 2017. But they are also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy, the major label debut of Clyne when he was The Refreshments, the predecessor of […]

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Mt. Daniel Principal Erin Kelly Gets School Ready for Growth

October 13, 2016 10:00 AM0 comments

Erin Kelly, the new principal at Mt. Daniel School, spoke to the News-Press the day after the school finished its final back to school night of the year. Kelly, who served as the school’s assistant principal for two years before taking over from Kathy Halayko, said that it has been […]

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Press Pass: Tommy Castro

October 11, 2016 10:00 AM0 comments

Tommy Castro, leader of Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, produced the group’s 2015 album, Method to My Madness, which was a first for the Bay Area-based blues, rock and R&B man. The album saw Castro and his band return to form after adding rock to their repertoire in earnest on […]

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FOOD NEWS: Rare Bird Opens, Glory Days Comes to F.C. & New Mad Fox Brews

October 6, 2016 4:45 PM0 comments

  Rare Bird Coffee Roasters Opens on W. Broad Street Rare Bird Coffee Roasters opened up on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 230 W. Broad Street. The coffee shop is offering 7 – 10 different types of coffee, depending on what they’ve roasted that week. It is also serving scones, cookies, […]

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Maneki Neko Express in Arlington Offers Unique Menu

September 30, 2016 10:00 AM0 comments

Maneki Neko recently won the Best Sushi category in the News-Press’ “Best of Falls Church” contest and is definitely one of the more popular lunch spots in The Little City. But did you know that it opened up a location in Arlington in late 2015? That’s right, Maneki Neko branched […]

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Attacca Quartet Performs at St. Patrick’s on Sept. 25

September 27, 2016 10:00 AM0 comments

The Attacca Quartet, a New York City-based prime string quartet, is slated to perform on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 3241 Brush Dr., Falls Church, as part of the Odeon Chamber Music Series. Prize winners of international competitions, the group never fails […]

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Press Pass: Peter Bjorn and John

September 22, 2016 10:00 AM0 comments

Peter Bjorn and John released Breakin’ Point, their first album in five years, in June and Peter Morén, a guitarist and vocalist in the group, said that the group can feel that they’ve been away for a long time. “You know, you don’t think about it when you’re a grown […]

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Beyer, Connolly Demand Release of F.C. Woman Imprisoned in Egypt

September 19, 2016 4:53 PM0 comments

U.S. Representatives Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly are demanding the release of Falls Church native Aya Hijazi, who the representatives say has been falsely imprisoned without trial in Egypt for over two years.

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