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Howard Herman Announces Retirement After 40 Years

From the City of Falls Church:

        Howard Herman, General Manager of the Community Services Department and Director of Recreation and Parks for the City of Falls Church, has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2011. 

        Herman, one of the longest serving City employees ever, began his career with the City of Falls Church in October, 1970, working part-time for the Recreation and Parks Department while he attended George Mason High School.  He became Assistant Director of Recreation & Parks in January, 1989 and was appointed Director of Recreation and Parks in March, 1990.  He was named General Manager of Community Services in January 2007, in addition to his director duties.

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.

Update from Fimian/Connolly Nail-Biting Race

Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.

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UPDATE: Victim Identified; Suspect Charged

Update to the homicide that occured Wednesday, October 6 at 5T Bar and Grill:

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

The victim has been identified as Tieu L. Nguyet, 37, of 3235 Kenney Drive in Falls Church. The suspect, Lam Dang, 40, of 6801 Floyd Avenue in Springfield, is in the hospital in stable condition but has been charged with murder.

Further investigation determined the suspect assaulted the victim with a knife; she died as result of trauma to the upper body. This incident was domestic in nature.