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New Falls Church Finance Director

From the City of Falls Church:

Richard A. La Condré has been selected as the Finance Director for the City of Falls Church. La Condré will commence working with the City on Dec. 6.

La Condré comes to the City from the City of Tallahassee, Fla., where he has served as Manager of Financial Planning and Administration since 2008.   Prior to serving in Tallahassee, La Condré served as Commissioner, Division of Financial Management for Sullivan County, New York, for 11 years.   Other positions he held with Sullivan County include Acting County Manager, and Director of Finance, Department of Metal Hygiene.  He also worked for five years in state government and has over 30 years of public accounting experience.

Recount Likely In Connolly-Fimian Race

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Two unruly voting machines from precincts in Laurel Hill and Lorton that refused to spit out their tallies election night were opened up Wednesday morning. Both started working and delivered their much-anticipated results.

"Connolly won both precincts," said Edgardo Cortes, the Fairfax County Registrar.

The precincts boosted Gerald Connolly's lead from 480 votes to just more than 900 votes in the race for Virginia's 11th Congressional District.

"We're less than .04 percent of a difference," said Cortes.

Connolly's Lead Grows Slightly As More Ballots Counted

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  (WUSA) -  The race between Congressman Gerry Connolly and challenger Keith Fimian has not been called yet, while fewer than 1,000 votes make the difference between winning and losing at this point.

"Nobody said this was going to be easy. And I have to tell you this reminds everybody that politics is not for the faint of heart," said Connolly.

The tally is at 111,615 for Connolly to 110,694 for Fimian, according to the Fairfax County elections website.

Va. Gov. McDonnell's Father Dies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- John F. "Jack" McDonnell, a World War II veteran and father of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, died Tuesday. He was 94.

The elder McDonnell had been ill for years with Alzheimer's disease.

Based in England during World War II, John McDonnell flew aboard bombers that made sorties into Nazi-occupied Europe. He served for 23 years in the Air Force.

The governor is the eldest of five children whom Jack and Emma McDonnell raised in a strict Irish-Catholic household in northern Virginia. In an 2009 interview, the governor described his father as "a tough, Boston Irish-Catholic Air Force officer who wasn't afraid to use the belt."

McDonnell said his father "encouraged me to work hard, dream big, and not make excuses in life and all things are possible."

"As the son of an Irish immigrant he lived the American Dream. I thank God he lived to attend my inauguration," McDonnell said in a statement.

Update from Fimian/Connolly Nail-Biting Race

Goodwill of Greater Washington Opens New Retail Store in Falls Church

Goodwill of Greater Washington, in partnership with Capital One Bank, opened its newest DC area retail store and donation center in Falls Church, Virginia, this past Saturday. The new goodwil is located at 2936 Annandale Road in Falls Church, VA.

The Grand Opening celebration offered a variety of family-friendly activities, giveaways and special Halloween-themed games for children. Capital One Bank invested a total of $150,000 to open the new Goodwill retail store and donation center. Goodwill of Greater Washington has estimated that every successful retail store generates a minimum of $250,000 to fund community-based workforce development training programs, creation of local jobs, and financial education activities.

Falls Church City Library Receives Top National Honors

From the City of Falls Church:

For the third year in a row, the Mary Riley Styles Public Library in the City of Falls Church has been named one of the best public libraries in the U.S. by the Library Journal.  The City library is one of only 258 top libraries out of 7,407 public libraries in the country to receive “star” ratings in a rating system similar to that used in the Michelin Guide. The City library received four stars out of five (up from three stars the two previous years) and is one of only three libraries in the state to be chosen this year. 

The public library national rating system rates libraries with expenditures of $10,000 or more that serve populations of at least 1,000. Ratings are based on four per-capita service indicators:  library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer uses.