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Falls Church Public Schools Introduces New Payment Service

The Falls Church Extended Day Care Programs are introducing a brand new service called EZ-EFT, a easy payment service that allows you to pay for your child care automatically. All you have to do is fill out a simple form that allows the day care program to bill your financial institution on the date necessary. Now you will not have to worry about late fees, checks, or dropping the checks off.

The EX-EFT payment program does not have any extra fees when linked to a personal bank account, however, there is a 2.49% convenience fee for credit card transactions. You can print out your own form or pick it up at the Extended Day Care Office.

100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.

Designer Knock Off Bags Bust

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- They can be your prized possession if it's real.

But some people were caught with nearly a millon dollars worth of fake designer merchandise but no one has been arrested.

Fake merchandise is a multi-billion dollar business and it's illegal.

Fairfax County Police Officer Don Gotthardt says a customer bought something and realized it was
counterfeit and contacted police.

He says that customer bought a purse at a booth inside 'Unique Thrift Store' off Gallows Road in Falls Church.

That launched an undercover operation. Police discovered $841-thousand dollars in counterfeit merchandise being moved in Fairfax County. Police found boxes of Louis Vuitton, Rolex watches and Coach bags. They were all fake.

Self-Defense Classes Available for Local Women

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) is a program of self-defense techniques and tactics for women-only that will soon be offered in your neighborhood. The program is open to ages 12 and up and provides the basics of awareness, prevention, risk avoidance, and hands-on training. The program is not Martial Arts; it is a program dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts against assault and provides females the knowledge they need for risk prevention.

This class is free as a public service of the Police Department, however, registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, August 13th. The classes will be taught by nationally certified R.A.D instructors that are City Police Officers.

The classes will be held at Columbia Baptist Church (103 West Columbia Street) on August 16th, 17th, 19th, and 23rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Want to Adopt a Mistreated Cat or Dog This Weekend?

Volunteers from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation are working to help find new homes for mistreated animals in different locations from Falls Church to Leesburg.

The founder of Log Dog and Cat Rescue, Pam McAlwee, has placed over 15,000 animals with new families since the launch of the organization in 2001. These non-profit group travels by van and continues to host up to 5 pet adoptions every Friday and Saturday morning.

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has a staff of 8 full-time employees and relies on another 300 people in volunteer positions who help out at the weekend events by walking, feeding, and taking care of the rescued animals.

Come this weekend, Saturday, August 7th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to the PETSMART in Seven Corners of Falls Church, VA for the dog and cat adoption. The address is 6100 Arlington Blvd.

Local Shop Will Aid in a Healthy School Year

“Have Your Cake and Eat it Too” is helping lead the charge to fight childhood obesity. Lowry Martin is the CEO and President of this shop that makes healthy, delicious muffins. These muffins are made with fresh fruits and vegetables and natural ingredients and will be served in local schools in your neighborhood, Falls Church.

Aligned with the Michelle Obama’s initiative “Let’s Move” to raise a healthier generation of kids, Martin’s shop also is making an effort by visiting schools or classrooms. She and her team give an “Hour of Power” which includes a healthy eating discussion, exercise session, healthy word game, and easy quick recipe is prepared before the audience.

Some of Martin’s muffins include “Banana Surpise,” “Berry Very Blueberry,” Squashyalicisous,” and “Oh! That Corn.” These healthy and delicious muffins will be distributed in local Falls Church schools this fall.

Stratford University Brings the Spice

Stratford University in Falls Church, VA continues to hold unique culinary workshops. On August 14, the workshop will be dedicated to “Cooking with Spices from Around the World.” The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Falls Church campus and the cost is $60 per person.

Come learn how to bring your meals to the next level with different spices! The chef will show you how to use birds of paradise, pink peppercorns, lavender, and how to use and create your own spice rubs. Your plain old chicken won’t be so plain anymore.