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City of Falls Church Holiday Schedules

From the City of Falls Church:

CITY HALL &
DMV SELECT IN CITY HALL &
MARY RILEY STYLES PUBLIC LIBRARY SENIOR CENTER:

are all closed at noon on Dec. 23, all day Dec. 24, and all day Dec. 31


COURTS SHERIFF’S OFFICE:

Closed all day Dec. 23, Dec. 24, Dec, 30 and Dec. 31


COMMUNITY CENTER:


Closed at 5 p.m. on Dec. 23, all day Dec. 24, and 5 p.m. Dec. 31

Fitch Ratings Affirms Falls Church City’s Credit Rating of AAA

Fitch Ratings Affirms Falls Church City’s Credit Rating of AAA

From the City of Falls Church:

Fitch Ratings affirmed the City of Falls Church bond rating at ‘AAA’ with a rating outlook of Stable, in routine annual surveillance. ‘AAA’ is the agency’s highest rating.


The ‘AAA’ rating reflects the City’s moderately low debt and strong economic indicators such as low unemployment rates and a highly educated labor force. According to Fitch Ratings, the City is strengthening its fiscal position through improved financial management and a demonstrated commitment to restoring reserves to policy levels.


“The City has made difficult decisions to reduce spending and raise revenues in response to the large shortfalls of the past two years” said City Manager Wyatt Shields. “To maintain its excellent bond ratings, and the benefit of lower interest rates on debt, the City must carry out its fund balance restoration plan and keep operating expenses aligned with relatively flat revenues for the foreseeable future.”

Recognizing Signs Your Aging Loved One Needs Assistance

From Mary Strunk of Right at Home:

For those who live far from their parents, the holidays are often a happy time of family reunions and catching up. But as loved ones age, this can also be a time of unpleasant surprises for those who discover that their aging loved one is showing signs of decline.

“Aging adults that are facing new limitations often try to avoid drawing attention to themselves. It’s not uncommon for an out-of-town relative to be unaware of the changes their loved ones are facing. Holiday family gatherings can be a good time to assess how your loved one is doing,” said Mark L. Turner, President of Right at Home of Northern VA.

But even if a loved one is experiencing new changes or challenges with age, are these changes serious? There are some key signs to look for that a loved one may benefit from in-home assistance.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident

From the City of Falls Church:

A Falls Church City resident who was crossing West Broad Street (Route 7) in the middle of the 400 block was hit and killed by a vehicle about 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, according to Falls Church Police.  The victim's name is not being released until the family is notified.

Broad Street was closed in both directions for a couple of hours during the Police investigation. 

The vehicle which struck the victim is a van.  The Police investigation is continuing.  There are no charges at this time. 

Va. Bar Owner Pleads To Harboring Korean Illegals

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The owner and managers of a northern Virginia "room salon" that catered to Korean men with provocatively dressed hostesses have pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens.

Authorities say that since 2007, dozens of female employees at the salon -- which operated under the names "High Society" and "Tomato" -- were illegal immigrants from South Korea.

Patrons at the Falls Church establishment paid $300 for bottle service in private rooms and were served by women who were required to drink and flirt with customers. Court documents indicate some women were also encouraged to engage in sexual relations with customers.

The three defendants -- Annandale residents Sang Bun Surh, Young Mi Kim and Fairfax County resident Hyeon Chul Kim -- all face up to 10 years in prison.

Long History Of Mental Illness Blamed For Grandmother's Act

FAIRFAX, Va.  (WUSA) -- The grandmother accused of murdering her granddaughter by throwing her off a Tysons Corner bridge has a long history of mental illness, according to her attorney, Deputy Public Defender Dawn Butorac.

"We're beginning to investigate the extent of her mental health history.  But what I've been able to learn in the short time that I have represented her is that her mental health history dates back at least 10 years.  And she was currently under the care of a psychologist," said Butorac.

Butorac says Dela Rosa's mental illness is what caused the horrific act: "She is a religious woman.  She was devoted to her family. By all accounts, she was a doting grandmother to her grandchild.  Loved her children.  So there's really no other explanation for it." 

Va. Bar Owner Pleads To Harboring Korean Illegals

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The owner and managers of a northern Virginia "room salon" that catered to Korean men with provocatively dressed hostesses have pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens.

Authorities say that since 2007, dozens of female employees at the salon -- which operated under the names "High Society" and "Tomato" -- were illegal immigrants from South Korea.

Patrons at the Falls Church establishment paid $300 for bottle service in private rooms and were served by women who were required to drink and flirt with customers. Court documents indicate some women were also encouraged to engage in sexual relations with customers.

The three defendants -- Annandale residents Sang Bun Surh, Young Mi Kim and Fairfax County resident Hyeon Chul Kim -- all face up to 10 years in prison.