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Andre Agassi Makes Appearance in Tyson's Corner

Besides being a world champion tennis player, Andre Agassi is a snowboarder, a cook, “20 + 20 years old,” and a humanitarian. Agassi appeared today at Fink's Jewelers in Tyson’s Corner to speak about his charity, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. This foundation has contributed $150 million to educational initiatives to date.

Agassi played in his first professional tournament when he was just 15 years old. What is the first thing that comes to Agassi’s mind when he thinks about tennis? Well, first of all “physical pain,” he joked after playing last night. But what tennis truly brings to mind for Agassi is the word “grateful.” He is grateful for what tennis taught him about himself, and he encouraged the children to push themselves in whatever they do because it will make them better people.

Mary Riley Styles Public Library Holds Annual Food for Fines Week

From the City of Falls Church:

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library’s annual “Food for Fines” initiative provides patrons the opportunity to help those in need by donating non-perishable groceries as payment for fines on overdue items. This year’s “Food for Fines” Week runs Monday, November 8 through Saturday, November 13.

Stratford University Fall 2010 Career Fair

From Whitney Stringer of BrotmanWinterFried Communications:

Join Stratford University's Falls Church campus for the Annual Fall 2010 Career Fair. This event is open to the public. Attendees will have a chance to discover the various programs the university offers including Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Nursing, Health Sciences, Business Administration, and Information Technology. Local employers including Wachovia Bank and the Gaylord Hotels and Convention Center will be in attendance. Refreshments from the Culinary Arts department will be served. Admission is free of charge.


The event will take place on Nov 9, 2010 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at the Stratford University Falls Church Campus located at 7777 Leesburg Pike Falls Church, VA 22043 in the Escoffier Room, 5th floor.


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.

City of Falls Church Hosts Veterans Day Ceremony

From the City of Falls Church:

A special Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Falls Church City Veterans Memorial in front of the Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The program will include remarks from Anthony Principi, former US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and a special recognition of fallen Marine Sgt. Ronald A. Rodriguez, USMC, of greater Falls Church. The family of Sgt. Rodriguez will receive a Plaque of Honor and a Gold Star Banner as the City honors Sgt. Rodriguez who died at age 26 on Aug. 23, 2010, from a roadside bomb blast while on foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

Other highlights of the program will include a welcoming address by Mayor Nader Baroukh; remarks by Greater Falls Church Veterans Council Chairman Marvin McFeaters; a remembrance for MIAs; a wreath presentation and prayer for departed veterans; and a performance by the Falls Church City Concert Band.

Park Authority Public Meeting on Hogge Master Plan Set

From the Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Fairfax County Park Authority is holding a Public Information Meeting to gather public comment on the draft master plan for the Boyd A. and Charlotte M. Hogge Park located at 3139 Glen Carlyn Road in Falls Church, VA. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Glen Forest Elementary School, located at 5829 Glen Forest Drive in Falls Church, VA.

Hogge Park includes approximately six acres of land in the Baileys Crossroads area of the Mason Supervisory District.  The site is characterized by a mixture of open lawn areas and a wooded floodplain.  After acquiring the property, the Park Authority initiated the master plan process to guide future development of the site.  This process seeks to balance local recreation needs and community preferences together with site-related issues such as public access, site assets and physical constraints. 

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.