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COVID-19 in Virginia

VaNews for Falls Church City

Region’s persistent caseload shows shutdown’s limitations

By KYLE SWENSON AND JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The District, Maryland and Virginia have been shut down for weeks, their economies in tatters. Large swaths of the population venture out only rarely, wrapped in masks and gloves. But hundreds of new coronavirus cases are still reported each day as the virus continues its devastating march through nursing homes, jails and other institutional settings.

VaNews May 1, 2020

Eden Center Watches Doors Close One-By-One During The Pandemic


The weekend parking-lot at the Eden Center in Falls Church can be tough. “You would essentially probably make four or five rounds in your car, and then not find parking there. And then if you travel with somebody, you’d just be like, ‘Look, switch seats. Let me go inside and get what I need,’” says Richard Nguyen, who has been visiting Eden Center since he was a kid, and is now operations manager of Nam-Viet Restaurant a few miles away in Clarendon.

VaNews April 29, 2020

Liliana Cruz Mendez, Falls Church mother of 2, deported to El Salvador

By MARIA SACCHETTI , Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Federal immigration officials have deported a mother of two from Falls Church back to her native El Salvador despite ­eleventh-hour efforts by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and others to help her stay in the United States.

VaNews June 22, 2017

Leading imam quits as debate over women’s ‘hypersexuality’ boils over at major U.S. mosque

By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY AND ABIGAIL HAUSLOHNER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Johari Abdul-Malik has worked to pull his embattled mosque “out of the fire” too many times, and on Friday he decided he had enough. Abdul-Malik, an imam and the public face of Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., one of the nation’s largest and oft-embattled mosques, resigned after he said the mosque’s board failed to adequately address a brewing controversy over the banned practice of female genital mutilation.

VaNews June 10, 2017

11th round of SafeTrack puts squeeze on Va. riders

By MARTINE POWERS, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The good news: For beleaguered Orange and Silver line riders in Northern Virginia, the pain and hardship of SafeTrack may soon come to an end. The 11th repair “surge” starts Monday, and the 24-day stretch of single-tracking between West Falls Church and East Falls Church is scheduled to be the last time that Metro’s year-long track maintenance program targets that portion of the rail system. After this one, Metro is taking a break.

VaNews November 28, 2016

Alexandria, Falls Church, Arlington officials see ways to cooperate, save money

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The most mundane of municipal meetings, in which 18 local elected officials listened to reports on transportation planning, 911 service and residential rentals, somehow felt notable Tuesday night, as if three northern Virginia communities were out to prove that cooperation in government can work.

VaNews November 16, 2016

Metro looks at more work

By MARTINE POWERS AND FAIZ SIDDIQUI, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Metro’s 10-month SafeTrack maintenance plan may become even more extensive as officials weigh the possibility of adding weekend shutdowns or postponing the program’s conclusion as the agency continues its investigation and performs inspections in the aftermath of last month’s derailment at East Falls Church.

VaNews August 11, 2016

True picture of anti-Muslim hate crimes difficult to document in Va.

By MARK BOWES, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

When a Falls Church man threw what appeared to be two incendiary devices over the gate of the Dar-Hijrah Islamic Center in Northern Virginia last fall, police concluded it was a hate crime directed against Muslims at the mosque. The timing made it highly suspicious: It occurred six days after a series of coordinated terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.

VaNews July 4, 2016

F.C. School Board Kills Public-Private Plan for Campus Development, 4-2

By NICHOLAS F. BENTON, Falls Church News-Press

At last breaking a logjam of indecisive votes by the School Board and City Council, the Falls Church School Board provided a 4-2 majority Tuesday night to the motion to end the effort at developing the 36-acre high school and middle school campus site with a complicated and frustrating so-called “public private educational development” process. The process had two bidders competing to develop a plan that include a new or renovated high school and 10 acres of commercial development by the site located next to the West Falls Church Metro station.

VaNews June 15, 2016

Tolls Coming on I-66 Will Go to Ease Area Congestion, F.C. Chamber Told

By NICHOLAS F. BENTON, Falls Church News-Press

The City of Falls Church will benefit from revenues generated by the planned introduction of tolls on Interstate 66 next year in the form of $854,000 for the installation and operation of bike sharing, a planner for the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission told the monthly luncheon of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce last week.

VaNews June 3, 2016