Articles by: Patricia Leslie

McGrath Academy Brings Irish Dance & Heritage Under 1 Roof

March 15, 2018 12:00 PM0 comments

Falls Church has landed a new school of Irish dance that opened its doors to the public in January and brings with it a long tradition of excellence. The McGrath Academy of Irish Dance accepts boys and girls ages four and up who want to kick their heels, sharpen their […]

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Mason Robotics Team Ascends to Rival Some of Nation’s Best

March 2, 2018 10:00 AM0 comments

Team 1418’s humble beginnings are a thing of the past thanks to a competitive zeal that’s made a name for Mason robotics.

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F.C. Social Justice Committee Charts Course for Change & Future Demonstration at 1st Meeting

January 18, 2018 1:17 PM0 comments

“The difficult answer was yes. Charlottesville could happen anywhere.” Accepting that premise is imperative for the community to get behind social justice initiatives throughout the next decade.

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Rebuilding Together Helps Seniors Age in Place with Safer Homes

January 12, 2018 10:30 AM0 comments

When Frances Stallings opened her property tax mailing from Fairfax County, she studied an insert with information about an organization working to help low-income homeowners. Little did she know it would lead to long-needed improvements to her Alexandria home where she has lived for decades. “I am indeed grateful to […]

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Alcohol Afficionado & Author Chats About Drinks from Around the World

January 4, 2018 2:00 PM0 comments

Jeff Cioletti has a job that many can only dream about: He travels the globe, eating and drinking at the world’s best tables and bars, and he gets paid to do it. A cocktail connoisseur who pens his impressions in articles and books, the release of Cioletti’s new book, “The […]

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An Evergreen Holiday Debate: Real vs. Fake Trees

December 21, 2017 5:00 PM0 comments

It may be a new holiday season with new presents to wrap and new meals to whip up but one age-old debate still flickers on — whether locals will buy a real or fake tree to decorate their home this season. Statistics suggest most homes prefer organic options, as the […]

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I-66’s ‘Outside the Beltway’ Project Meeting Draws Numbers in Oakton

November 27, 2017 10:45 AM0 comments

Boards, maps, photographs, aerials, videos and many staff members from the Virginia Department of Transportation were on hand at Oakton High School on Nov. 13 to furnish information for the almost 200 citizens who showed up for a design public hearing about “Outside the Beltway,” the mammoth $3.7-billion project which […]

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Cherry Hill Playground Gets Xmas Makeover

November 3, 2017 11:00 AM0 comments

The Christmas season is coming early this year as new playground equipment for the boys and girls of Falls Church will be unveiled at Cherry Hill Park in December. A new swing set and monkey bars are just what the children ordered on their wish lists when they drew pictures […]

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Sleepy Hollow Receives Ghoulish Makeover for 8th Successive Year

October 27, 2017 9:30 AM0 comments

Ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night are not always make-believe. In Falls Church’s Sleepy Hollow Manor neighborhood, a witch’s flyover unearthed life-sized creatures at a normally quaint house. This is the place where Frankenstein can be seen rising from his coffin, a ferocious three-faced dog named […]

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VDOT Announces Transit Initiatives For I-66, Chestnut St. & Pimmit Hills

October 19, 2017 2:45 PM0 comments

Planning is underway by VDOT for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the Beltway to connect Pimmit Hills with Tysons Corner Center, an eastbound connector ramp to carry I-66 motorists direct to the West Falls Church Metro and for the closure of the median at Chestnut Street and Route 7.

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