Focus on Falls Church is the official City of Falls Church's newsletter, featuring news and events happening here in The Little City.
February 20, 2020
    
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Parking Changes at Falls Church Metro Stations Start March 15
 
Coming soon to the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro Stations: a lot more "kissing and riding" and less parking. Even though neither the East Falls Church (EFC) nor West Falls Church (WFC) stations are in the City limits, we know a good number of residents, employees, and visitors rely on the trains for transportation. Below is the latest update.

In preparation for Metro's Orange Line summer shutdown as part of their Platform Improvement Project, WMATA will be closing the surface parking lots at the EFC and WFC stations for seven to nine months, beginning on March 15. That means there will be no parking whatsoever at the frequently full EFC station surface lot, with the Kiss and Ride open for pick-up and drop-off only. Parking at the WFC station will be down to half of the current space, and only in the garage (which WMATA expects will fill up by 7:00 a.m.). 

Metro has suggested commuters utilize the Vienna and Dunn Loring stations as an alternative. We also have a few recommendations: 
  • Don't just stand there - bus to move: Find your closest bus station and learn the lines. The 3T bus goes to both WFC and EFC stations. Both the eastbound 2A and 3A  lines go to EFC, while the westbound 28A bus route stops at WFC. 
  • Pedal to the platforms: Capital Bikeshare has docking stations near both EFC and WFC stations, and at $2 for a single trip it's cheaper than Metro parking. If you have your own bike, there are bike racks and lockers at WFC; there are not currently bike storage options at EFC. 
  • Start your own Carpool Karaoke: Catch a ride with a wheely-nice neighbor or that engine-ious coworker of yours. Don't know anybody headed your way? Commuter Connections helps with ride-matching through formal carpooling networks including their Carpool Now App.
  • Trade WFC for WFH: While Working From Home is not an option for everyone, for those of us who sit in front of a computer screen clickity-clacking away the day, ask your employer if you can telework one or more days a week. Then you can clickity-clack without leaving your cul-de-sac. 
WMATA says the platform work is necessary for Metro to make critical safety and accessibility improvements. You can read more about WMATA's announcement here.

Top News

The Mary Riley Styles Public Library's Expansion and Renovation project is officially underway, and the library building at 120 N Virginia Ave. is now closed to the public.

The Library will reopen in its temporary location in trailers at TJ Elementary School (601 S Oak St.) in March. Exact date TBD. 

Due dates for currently checked-out materials have been extended until March. You have until February 28 to drop off materials at the drive-through book drop. After that, you'll have to return them to the temporary library. 

Read up on the library's temporary location.

Ready for some history? Ancient Celtic tribes lived in Gaul during the Gallic Wars, which were waged and won by Julius Caesar, which led to his rise as sole ruler of the Roman Republic, which he was then relieved from courtesy of several dozen stab wounds on the Ides of March, which is March 15, and as it happens the day after this year's Celtic Music Concert. And we've come full circle. Err, circulus. 

Join the Cherry Hill Farmhouse on March 14 for a lively evening of Irish music starting at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15 per person, et tu can buy them online right now. 

Know an exceptional resident of The Little City? Then nominate them to be Grand Marshal of the 39th annual City of Falls Church Memorial Day Parade and Festival on May 25, 2020. 

Nominations are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3 and should be emailed to the Recreation and Parks Department. Please include the nominee’s name and describe why that person deserves the honor of grand marshal. 

Nominations will be considered by the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board, with the winner announced in late March. See past winners on the City's website.

These Operation Earthwatchers were crushing it at last week's Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Family STEAM night. We're sure they let everyone know that glass containers can no longer go in your curbside recycling bin, but can be instead be recycled at the Purple Can located at the Recycling Center (217 Gordon Rd.) 
Photo Courtesy of Carol Sly. 

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Chief Mary Gavin looks on as City Clerk Celeste Heath swears in the newest member of the City of Falls Church Police Department, Officer Cody Nguyen, who took his oath of office on Tuesday, February 18. Welcome to The Little City, Ofc. Nguyen! 

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