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“My mother required some post-surgical assistance as she was healing from a knee replacement procedure. Scott was very helpful in arranging a dependable and compassionate caregiver for the time which we needed the assistance. I could confidently attend to my work schedule knowing that my mother was receiving the help she needed for medication reminders, meal preparation, exercise prompts and having a supportive ear during the convalescence from Sue. I recommend Always Best Care Senior Services very highly.”

Rio Z.

“Scott Maquire, owner is helpful and will work with you to develop a plan that works best for your situation. My mom loves here caregiver and I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services for peace of mind,”

Cheryl S.

“I had caregivers for my elderly mother from Always Best Care for close to three years, and I would unreservedly do so again. It took a little bit to find providers who were right for my mother’s particular needs (besides becoming increasingly frail, she had severe anxiety), and for my schedule (my mother was living with me), but owner Scott Maguire was extremely accessible and responsive, and ultimately we established an arrangement that worked well. The caregivers were honest, reliable, caring, and responsive to my feedback, and communication via daily logs and in-person reporting ensured I was aware of anything I needed to know. I found the advantage of working with a small company whose owner I never had trouble reaching or getting to understand my needs a huge factor in what made this agency work for me.”

Judith B.

“Finding Always Best Care was a game changer for me and my mom (after trying several other companies). Scott was professional and responsive. He found the perfect companion for my mom (Kendall). She was reliable, flexible, thoughtful, kind and an excellent communicator. Within a short time, my mom began asking when that "nice Kendall" was coming again. I cannot recommend ABC Senior Services highly enough. I will always be grateful for their services.”

Michelle H.

“Our experience with Always Best Care Senior Services of Herndon was positive. Excellent communication and billing was easy.”

John E.

“Wow--my family has worked with a number of companies to assist us through the years in the Annandale area. This is the best. Scott Maguire--the owner is responsive, collaborative, and empathetic to unique questions and requirements. This is the company we will work with hereafter.”

Michael F.

“Anyone reading this is likely where my family was. Completely exhausted and desperate. My husband and I had been primary caregivers for my in-laws when one ended up with non-COVID pneumonia and the other had a stroke followed by a fall-- all since early January. Now vaccinated, they were ready for outside help and wanted it to start right away. We had been talking to an agency throughout the process that came highly recommended, Old Dominion. But they were not able to turn around an awesome caregiver in 72 hours and recommended I call one of their friendly competitors-- Scott- At Always Best Care Senior Services in Herndon. Scott understood that we were looking for stopgap care until Old Dominion could find someone permanent and after a call Friday afternoon, he had someone at my in-laws on Monday, 8:00am. And she was terrific. It makes all the difference to have such a positive experience from the beginning. My in-laws were very pleased and appreciated that Scott had been upfront that the caregiver he had available had a thick accent and that, combined with a mask, might be challenging for someone hearing impaired. This is an issue for my mother in law and it made all the difference that she knew in advance. The other thing I appreciated is that all of Scott's caregivers are vaccinated or on their way. The one he sent was getting her second shot later in her start week with us. Unfortunately, my father-in-law is going to need a stint in skilled rehab, so we won't be continuing with Scott's wonderful caregiver. But Scott stepped up to help provide some insiders perspective on facilities. There was nothing to gain from that, except putting goodness out into the world. The process is overwhelming and it made such a difference to get his perspective. We could not have been more pleased to have had such a terrific experience and highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services if you or a loved one is looked for quality care.”

Joan B.

“I had the good fortune to work for Scott Maguire at ABC following my move from New Hampshire to Virginia. I was with the agency for eight years until last month when I moved to Florida. Scott always cared about his clients, and had a knack for matching them with compatible caregivers. He was always available for questions and concerns. I had opportunities to work for other agencies between clients, but chose to stick with Always Best Care, because the name of the agency says it all.”

Jill B.

“With my wife bed bound and I the only caretaker, I was soon exhausted. Scott and Always Best Care came to my rescue by providing me with the help I needed to get through this ordeal. The young lady that came 7 hours a day was a Godsend to me. She was attentive and caring and made my wife's life so much better, no to mention my own. I would not have made it through without her. Scott dealt directly with the insurance people saving me from having to manage any record keeping and payment issues. That also relieves a lot of stress. I would strongly recommend Always Best Care to anyone in need of such services.”

Tom S.

“Scott and his team provided excellent companion care for Mom as her dementia progressed. They ran errands with her, provided meals for her and Dad, and generally kept her engaged and entertained during the pandemic. Scott was a wealth of knowledge and always available to help us navigate the disease and it’s effects. I highly recommend him and his team!”

Susan F.

“Our family was delighted to have found Always Best Care Senior Services, having been recommended by another senior care agency. They quickly responded with excellent experienced care givers who were terrific in caring for my father, giving him the attention he needed. The personal attention given by the owner was terrific. The nursing consultation was also appreciated. I highly recommend this agency.”

Robin H.

“My mother was in hospice care and needed help and companionship and I couldn’t be there 24/7. Always Best Care sent providers to be with her and I can’t say enough good things about them. They were compassionate and skilled, and always there when I needed them. I could relax knowing that my mom was in good hands.”


“I couldn’t be happier with the care Scott and his team have provided my mother this past year. They’ve been very responsive and flexible to her changing needs. I would recommend this very well-run company to anyone seeking top-notch care for their loved one.”

Rita S.

“I can't say enough good things about Always Best Care. They have have been very flexible with providing services for my dad, and have a top-notch staff. We're extremely pleased!”

Dolly K.

“I have worked with Scott in the Senior Healthcare field for over 5 years and have consistently found him to be genuinely concerned and compassionate in regards to caring for the elder population as well as extremely knowledgeable about the Senior Market in general. He is well respected in the industry and has a lot of reliable contacts to refer families to if you are looking for assistance in other areas of the industry. In a very competitive field, it is nice (and extremely important) to find someone you can trust.”

Bev O.

“Scott has been a great resource for two summers now, when I needed help finding a companion who could take my mom to the pool. Scott did a wonderful job finding companions who were a good fit for my mom's personality & needs, and was also quite helpful figuring out pool schedules & locations in Reston, with an eye toward accessible facilities at each one (very important as I live 3k miles away ). Scott is really good about working with the staff at the assisted living where my mom is, and the companions he hires are kind, thoughtful, and professional. Thank you, so much.”

Mira G.

“I found that Always Best Care went out of its way to give my mother wonderful help during a challenging time of extreme heat and intermittent power outages. I am very appreciative!”

Sheila B.

“My parents were very resistant at first to having any help but enjoyed the staff that was sent to our home. I was able to leave them good care and go about my plans.”

Shannon L.

“I find it refreshing that this company cares more about the person than just doing a job. I am a former nurse and am very particular about my caregivers and the company I deal with concerning my need for assistance. The company has already exceeded my expectations. I am grateful that I found Always Best Care, and I would suggest to anyone who needs this kind of help to carefully consider using their services.”

Jane L.

“They were able to find a suitable care-giver within a relatively short time frame”

Robin L.

“Scott Maguire at ABC was very helpful when I needed to find an assisted living facility for my mother. Later, when my mother's needs increased, ABC provided a very good companion for her. I recommend Scott and ABC without reservation.”

Charlie P.

“I have worked with this company for many years as the leader in an assisted living community in the local Herndon neighborhood. I have found that the caregivers at "Always Best Care" were compassionate, caring and engaging with the the residents they served with our community. The management team at Always Best Care, in addition, were very responsive to any questions or concerns that we may have had and resolved issues immediately. The management team often visited their team members in the community ensuring that their employees were engaging with their clients and performing professionally in the "guest community". I would highly recommend this organization if you are looking for a team who can understand the needs of the senior as well as the needs of the family.”

Peggy B.

“Always Best Care has provided a wealth of knowledge. They helped me deal with all the issues that appeared once my Mom got sick and could no longer take care of herself. Scott shared ideas and information. He was able to direct me to VA services I didn't realize my Mom was entitled. This money thanks to Scott has allowed my Mom to stay in her home and have services provided to her. I highly recommend Scott and his caring wonderful staff at Always Best Care.”

Michael C.

“Always Best Care is a very respected business in Herndon. It is always a pleasure to work with Scott and his team.”

Jon H.

“Scott was a huge help to the Nay family by helping us find an Assisted Living Home that suited my parent's budget and lifestyle. Scott identified our financial concerns and then went to work looking for a place for my parents. He found a great place closer to my home and my parents are thrilled with it and are able to bank money instead of wasting money at the place they were at before. Scott's referral service will always be remembered by the Nay Family”

Bill N.
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How does In-home Senior Care in Falls Church, VA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Falls Church, VA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Falls Church, VA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Falls Church,VA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Falls Church, VA

Virginia Tech’s ‘otherworldly’ West Falls Church development approved despite height concerns

The final piece needed to fully redevelop the West Falls Church Transit Station Area has fallen into place.After a public hearing on Tuesday (July 25), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved developer Rushmark Properties and HITT Contracting’s ...

The final piece needed to fully redevelop the West Falls Church Transit Station Area has fallen into place.

After a public hearing on Tuesday (July 25), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved developer Rushmark Properties and HITT Contracting’s proposal to transform Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center in Idylwood into a mixed-use hub designed to promote sustainability.

With the aid of architectural renderings, a representative for the development team known collectively as Converge West Falls bestowed a futuristic aura on the plan to replace the university’s existing four-story academic building at 7054 Haycock Road with an updated office building and apartments.

“This all looks otherworldly almost,” Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross observed before expressing “some qualms” with the location of a kids’ play area next to four-lane-wide Falls Church Drive.

The play area will be in a 7,908-square-foot Pocket Play Park — one of three publicly accessible open spaces proposed for the 7.5-acre Converge development, according to the rezoning application.

The developers also plan to build a 7,419-square-foot Sustainability Pocket Park with a boardwalk and other features on a stormwater management pond and a 42,668-square-foot Innovation Civic Plaza in the median of West Falls Station Blvd, a new private street that will be extended west from the recently approved Metro station redevelopment to the West Falls project now under construction in Falls Church City.

Those parks will be complemented by walkways, public art, pollinator gardens, landscaping and seating throughout the property, along with QR codes that will enable visitors to learn more about the site’s construction, said Walsh Colucci lawyer Andrew Painter, the development team’s representative.

The civic plaza is intended to serve as “the nucleus” of the development with an event lawn and an electronic, LED “Cloud Pavilion” whose canopy can be programmed to change color, shape, size and design based on the environmental factors, such as the angle of the sun.

“We believe this is going to be an immersive experience that will be a distinctive public art moment for the entire West Falls Church transportation area,” Painter said of the open-air pavilion.

According to Painter, the developers also wanted to create a “defining architectural statement” with the planned, 270-square-foot office building, which will house a new corporate headquarters for HITT and a Coalition for Smart Construction run by Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture.

Topping out at 120 feet tall, the building will have a 100,000-square-foot solar panel array on its roof that’s expected to generate between 1,100 and 1,400 megawatts of electricity — enough to power the whole facility. It will aim for net-zero carbon emissions.

“Furniture within this building will be generated with a 3D printer,” Painter said. “The façade of the building will be prefabricated to reduce the carbon footprint…Every step of the way, we’ll be incorporating those types of sustainability elements in the building.”

Apartment building height a sticking point for some residents

Community criticisms of the project, however, focused on the 13-story, 440-unit residential building — specifically its height, which will reach 145 feet along West Falls Station Blvd and taper down to 85 feet at the corner of Falls Church Drive and Haycock Road.

While most of the Falls Church Drive frontage will be 85 feet tall or less, the building’s northwest corner could reach a maximum height of 135 feet, per the development plan.

Fearing they’ll be literally overshadowed, residents of The Village condominiums argued at the public hearing that the proposed height violates the West Falls Church TSA’s comprehensive plan, which limits “portions of the buildings…directly across from” their complex to 85 feet high.

“The comprehensive plan accommodates a height limitation…of 85 feet all along Falls Church Drive and 145 feet for the rest of the building to mitigate the visual and aesthetic impact to the Village community and reduce the shadows cast by [the residential building] that will impact those condos directly across from the tower,” The Village Homeowners Association President Holly Wade said.

However, county staff disageed that the controversial portion of corner is “directly across” from The Village, since it’ll be 250 feet away from the nearest condo units and include a 30-foot-tall podium with up to 18,000 square feet of retail.

Noting that the Fairfax County Planning Commission fully supported the application when it met on July 12, Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust concurred with staff and expressed confidence that the planned setback and varying building heights will mitigate the risk of negative impacts on The Village.

“I know people feel very strongly,” he said. “I’m sorry I can’t agree with them. I’m sorry I couldn’t solve the problem, but I will say this, I think this is an absolutely first-class project and needs to be approved.”

Some community members and even one man who identified himself as a longtime Restonian expressed support for the project, asserting that the added housing and more pedestrian-friendly design will address the county’s affordability challenges and reduce residents’ dependence on cars.

“The vast majority of my neighbors that I talk to regularly are extremely excited about the developments coming here,” said YIMBYs of Northern Virginia member Aaron Wilkowitz, who lives within a half-mile of the Metro station. “We want new restaurants, we want new neighbors. We don’t want to look at an old parking lot and a few mid-sized office buildings. We want more density and we’re very excited about it.”

Falls Church Festival 2023: See Taste Menu, Road Closures

The tasting menu with food and drinks at the Falls Church Festival has been announced. See the event schedule and more details.FALLS CHURCH, VA — The fall season will arrive with a bang in the Little City with the Falls Church Festival and Taste of Falls Church on Saturday, Sept. 23. Details have been announced for the Taste of Falls Church menu, live entertainment schedule and more.The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the City Hall grounds, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA. Along with the tastings from...

The tasting menu with food and drinks at the Falls Church Festival has been announced. See the event schedule and more details.

FALLS CHURCH, VA — The fall season will arrive with a bang in the Little City with the Falls Church Festival and Taste of Falls Church on Saturday, Sept. 23. Details have been announced for the Taste of Falls Church menu, live entertainment schedule and more.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the City Hall grounds, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, VA. Along with the tastings from participating restaurants, the festival will have beer garden, live music, children's entertainment, and booths from local crafters, businesses, and civic organizations. Admission is free, but food, drinks and some activities have a cost. The event will be held rain or shine.

There will be 12 participating restaurants offering tasting menus, and a Beer Garden sponsored by Tori McKinney Rock Star Realty Group will return with beers from Audacious Aleworks and Solace Outpost. Taste tickets for food and beer are $3 each and will be available with cash at the outdoor ticket booths or inside the Falls Church Community Center with credit cards. There is no onsite ATM. Tickets will not be sold after 3:30 p.m.

Here are the participating restaurants and tasting menu items:


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Cheese Slice = 1 ticket

Pepperoni Slice = 1 ticket

Water/Soda = 1 ticket

Café Kindred

Reuben Sliders = 1 ticket

Ham on Cheddar Chive Biscuit = 1 ticket

Clare and Don's

Mini Quesadillas = 2 tickets

Guacamole and Chips = 2 tickets

Orange Crush (virgin) = 2 tickets

Just Water (Boxed) = 2 tickets


Blackened Tuna Slider = 2 tickets

Deviled Eggs = 1 ticket

Hot N Juicy Crawfish

Crawfish Po’boy = 2 tickets

Crispy Pork Skins = 1 ticket

Fried Brownies = 1 ticket

One 1ea Taiwanese Cafe

Bubble Tea = 1 ticket

Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken = 1 ticket

Onigiri (Shrimp or Chicken) = 1 ticket

Grilled Chicken Rice Bowl =1 ticket

Open Road

Pulled BBQ Beef Sliders = 1 ticket

Rare Bird Coffee Roasters

Coffee (Hot, Iced or nitro) = 1 ticket

Iced Tea =1 ticket

Latte = 2 tickets

Vanilla Latte = 2 tickets

Mocha = 2 tickets

Morning Bread = 1 ticket

Molasses Cookie = 1 ticket

Blueberry Coffee Cake = 1 ticket

Taco Bamba

Bamba Ceviche = 1 ticket

Spicy Shroom = 1 ticket

El Rico Pollo = 1 ticket

Queso and Chips = 1 ticket

Taco Rock

Pollo Taco = 2 tickets

Chorizo & Potatoes Taco = 2 tickets

Blackened Salmon Taco = 2 tickets

Asada Fajita Taco = 2 tickets

Veggie Lover Taco = 2 tickets

Elote = 1 ticket

Chips and Salsa = 1 ticket

Add Guacamole = 1 ticket

Horchata = 2 tickets

Mexican Cola = 2 tickets

Jarritos = 2 tickets

Bottled Water = 2 tickets

Taim Mediterranean Kitchen

Mini Falafel Pita = 2 tickets

Mini Chicken Shawarma Pita =2 tickets

Falafel = 1 ticket

Hand Cut Fries = 1 ticket

Ginger Mint Lemonade = 1 ticket

Water = 1 ticket

Soda = 1 ticket

The Falls/Northside Social

Heirloom Tomato with Basil = 1 ticket

Red Quinoa Bowl = 1 ticket

Pulled Pork Sandwich = 2 tickets

Shrimp and Grits =2 Tickets

Caramel Apple Pop Tarts = 1 ticket

Iced Tea/Lemonade = 1 ticket

Solace Outpost

The Mechanical Music Pale Ale = 2 tickets

The Artificial Light Pilsner = 2 tickets

Audacious Aleworks

Highway to Helles Lager = 2 tickets

Summer Wheatley Hefeweizen = 2 tickets

Oktoberfest Lager = 2 tickets

Thirsty Work IPA = 2 tickets

As for entertainment, there will be a main stage for live music and a children's stage. Children's crafts, pony rides and amusments will be available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Here is the live performance schedule:

Main Stage Sponsored by ROCK STAR Realty Group

Children’s Stage Sponsored by KiPS Family Gymnastics

The festival will prompt a closure of Little Falls Street between Park Avenue and Great Falls Street on Saturday, Sept. 23. Only festival and farmers market vendors will be able to access the street from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. From 10 a.m. to noon, Little Falls Street will reopen to traffic only from Great Falls Street. After noon, the road will reopen in both directions.

Parking will be available on sides streets and the Kaiser Permanente Garage. Festival attendees are asked not to park in private parking lots. Accessible parking will be available on Great Falls Street, and parking at City Hall will open after the Farmers Market ends at 12 p.m.

More information about the festival is available online.

T-Zone Divide Continues Ahead Of Final Vote In Falls Church

One City Council member called T-zone updates the "most disappointing outcome," as a divide remains ahead of final City Council action. FALLS CHURCH, VA — Proposed zoning updates to the City of Falls Church's transition zones, or T zones, will have a final decision later in September. But a Monday City Council discussion showed a divide still remains among City Council members and community members.The ...

One City Council member called T-zone updates the "most disappointing outcome," as a divide remains ahead of final City Council action.

FALLS CHURCH, VA — Proposed zoning updates to the City of Falls Church's transition zones, or T zones, will have a final decision later in September. But a Monday City Council discussion showed a divide still remains among City Council members and community members.

The T-zone updates, would apply to a small area of the city between single-family residential zones and commercial zones. Less than 3 percent of the city is within transition zones and includes North Washington Street and Park Avenue with existing uses of Columbia Baptist Church, Christ-Crossman Methodist Church, Sunrise of Falls Church, single-family houses used for business, residential townhouses, Kaiser Permanente facility and a small office building. The T-zone discussion has been a years-long process that started in 2021.

Overall, the zoning updates seek to expand housing for more income levels by eliminating new single-family and two-family homes within transition zones and allow townhouse, apartment and multifamily residential uses. Residential developments would have to have a minimum of 14 units per acre or a maximum of by-right 34 acres per unit without affordable units and 40 units per acre with 10 percent affordable units. The maximum residential density with a special use permit review would be 51 units per acre, depending on the percentage of affordable units.

Another goal of the zoning updates is to provide more neighborhood-serving retail. The proposed zoning updates call for eliminating uses like parking lots and boardinghouses and allow businesses like restaurants, bakeries, salons and barbershops, clothing stores, bookstores, furniture stores and hardware stores.

But details of the zoning updates have caused a divide in the community. Councilmember Dave Snyder has voiced opposition to the transition zone updates during City Council discussions. At Monday's discussion, he noted that former City Council members, former planning commissioners and hundreds of residents have expressed concerns.

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"I don't think this is anywhere near a community consensus," said Snyder at Monday's City Council meeting. "It could be. It's probably in my 24 some years here on the city council, this is the most disappointing outcome that I think I have ever seen. We can get there if we will listen and if we're willing to make reasonable accommodation. So far, that has not been the controlling attitude, and that has caused probably the most significant division of community that I've seen in decades and it's totally unnecessary."

The councilmember pointed to environmental concerns from the proposal's height limits, light coverage, small setbacks and impervious surface. He argued that the opposed residents are not NIMBYs, or "not in my backyard" supporters who oppose new types of development in their neighborhoods.

"The reality is they're not NIMBYs, they're 'do it right in my backyard,'" said Snyder. "At no time have these people said no. At no time have they said we're against everything. What they have said is let's do it right so that the transition zones are treated as transition zones, not as simply an extension of much greater density into and against residential areas."

Snyder said he will be proposing alternatives to height-lot coverage and impervious surface guidelines.

Mayor David Tarter has also expressed concerns and said there should be extra consideration to get the transition zone update right.

"Once you build a building, it's there for the rest of everybody's life, your building is going to be there," said Tarter. "And if it's got fractional ownership with 20 different owners, it's never going to get torn down. So to my mind, as a small community, you got to get it right the first time. We don't have enough area to figure it out, and then come back again and try to refigure it out."

Members of the public have shared mixed opinions about the T-zone updates in comments submitted to the city.

Supporters pointed to benefits like housing diversity.

"I would love to be able to one day own a house in the city, and be able to repeat some of the core memories of my childhood with my kids: ride a bike down the W&OD Trail, watch live music in Cherry Hill Park, and attend the farmers market," said Marek Wojtala, a Richmond resident who grew up in Falls Church and whose parents still live there. "However, I know this is only possible if Falls Church takes a few steps, and these changes to T-zones are just one part of that."

"After graduating from law school, my partner and I are looking for affordable housing in Falls Church to make it our forever home," said Kalena Wojtala, a Falls Church native. "Unfortunately, we have been unable to find affordable housing, and it seems likely that we will have to move to other local towns to meet our needs."

Other commenters have raised concerns about denser development in areas like Park Avenue and parts of Washington Street.

"This would be disastrous for our City, and would completely disseminate the small town feel," wrote Falls Church resident Stacey Nahrwold. "There has already been development to provide for transitional and other low income housing and NOT enough attention to the vacant blights currently on Broad Street."

Falls Church resident Farley Will pointed out that the T-zone proposal could make more sense for the areas closer to the East Falls Church Metro.

"I actually think most of the proposal makes sense for the lots that are close to the Metro on Washington Street," wrote Will in a public comment. "But it makes less sense for the other lots, particularly the contentious ones on Park Ave between Virginia Ave and Oak St. I struggle to believe that people in these areas take public transportation as much since it is a 1-2 mile walk to the Metro."

City Council members who support the T-zone updates addressed up residents' concern of new development in T zones not looking like the Spectrum, a condominium complex between Broad Street and Park Avenue with ground-floor retail.

Councilmember Marybeth Connelly said the guidelines were developed so new development wouldn't look like the tall condominium building.

"What we are allowing to build, what builders will be building will not look like the Spectrum," said Connelly. "And we have carefully and thoughtfully built that into this ordinance."

Vice Mayor Letty Hardi confirmed with city staff that T-zone updates largely apply to residential properties below an acre. That means the proposed density per acre guidelines would be less for properties below an acre. Proposals involving multiple parcels or more than an acre would require rezoning and a special exemption process.

Councilmember Phil Duncan envisions the guidelines will provide a setting where developments like Winter Hill can occur. He used the example of how Winter Hill, formerly Tyler Gardens, was built in the post-World War II era.

"It had to have been extremely radical change of use of land to take what had basically been a small town farming community, almost commuter suburb, I guess, even by then, and put that many housing units into that small space," said Duncan. "I think that what I hope that we can do is produce an outcome similar to that. So we can have housing that is, by modern standards, attainable to starter [homes]."

However, Duncan acknowledged that Falls Church is not known as a place for traditional starter homes. Rather, the city has "advanced starter" homes for residents with significant income to afford the city's costly homes. But Duncan supports making more progress to providing more mixed housing, including progress to include affordable units in new mixed-use developments.

"I'd love to see us attract the developer who would build [3,500] or 4,700-square foot starter homes for a couple with maybe a kid to get them on the first rung of homeownership in this in the city," said Duncan.

City Council voted 4-2 to schedule a public hearing and final consideration, with Snyder and Tarter opposing. The final vote on the T-zone updates is scheduled for Sept. 26.

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11 Falls Church Students Named 2024 National Merit Semifinalists

Students from two Falls Church high schools are in the running for the next National Merit Scholarships in 2024. FALLS CHURCH, VA —Eleven high school students from Falls Church have been named 2024 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, taking the first step in securing a scholarship in the competitive program.On Wednesday, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced approximately 16,000 semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of high school seniors in the U.S. Students were entered into the competit...

Students from two Falls Church high schools are in the running for the next National Merit Scholarships in 2024.

FALLS CHURCH, VA —Eleven high school students from Falls Church have been named 2024 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists, taking the first step in securing a scholarship in the competitive program.

On Wednesday, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced approximately 16,000 semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of high school seniors in the U.S. Students were entered into the competition as juniors by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists were the highest scoring entrants in each state, and the number chosen from each state is proportional to its share of graduating seniors in the U.S.

The 11 Falls Church students who were named semifinalists attend Meridian High School and George C. Marshall High School. They are:

About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to finalist standing in February, and over half of the finalists will win about National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million next spring. To be considered as a finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about the student's academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

The semifinalists must demonstrate an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay. Scholarship winners will be chosen based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

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There are three kinds of National Merit Scholarships finalists will compete for: corporate-sponsored, college or university-sponsored and National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation's own $2,500 Scholarships will be awarded to 2,500 students on a state-representational basis. Around 840 corporate-sponsored scholarships will be provided by about 160 corporations and business organizations for students who meet their criteria. For example, the criteria may include being children of an employee at the sponsoring business or residents of communities where the business has locations or offices. Around 160 colleges and universities are expected to fund about 3,800 awards for finalists who will attend their school.

Winners will be announced in four groups between April and July 2024. To date, there have been about 375,000 students named as Merit Scholars.

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Falls Church Festival 2023 To Feature Restaurant Tastes, Rides, More

FALLS CHURCH, VA — The Falls Church Festival, an entertainment highlight in the Little City, will return in 2023 amid the city's 75th anniversary celebration.The 47th annual Falls Church Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on City Hall and Community Center Grounds, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA. The event will include the Taste of Falls Church, a beer garden, live music, children's entertainmen...

FALLS CHURCH, VA — The Falls Church Festival, an entertainment highlight in the Little City, will return in 2023 amid the city's 75th anniversary celebration.

The 47th annual Falls Church Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on City Hall and Community Center Grounds, 300 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA. The event will include the Taste of Falls Church, a beer garden, live music, children's entertainment, and vendor booths featuring local crafters, businesses and civic organizations.

The event will happen rain or shine. Admission is free, but food, drinks and children's entertainment come with a cost.

A popular feature of the festival is the Taste of Falls Church, which involves local restaurants offering tastes to compete for the judges' choice and people's choice awards. The public can typically vote for the people's choice awards.

Participating restaurants are: Hot N Juicy Crawfish, Harvey's, Taco Rock, Thompson Italian, Taco Bamba, Rare Bird Coffee Roasters, Cafe Kindred, Audacious Aleworks, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Baddpizza, Clare and Don's, Open Road, Solace Outpost, One 1ea Taiwanese Cafe, and Taim Mediterranean Kitchen.

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Along with tastes, a beer garden will provide alcoholic beverages with returning sponsor ROCK STAR Realty Group, KW Metro Center.

Taste tickets for food and beer will be $3 each.

For the kids, entertainment will include pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, children's rides, crafts, and the children's entertainment stage.

Live music for all ages will also be held at the event. Stay tuned for the announcement of the live music schedule.

One special occasion this year at the festival is the City of Falls Church's 75th anniversary. The anniversary celebration kicked off Aug. 16 and will run through Aug. 31, 2024 with special events and programs. At the Falls Church Festival, the anniversary kickoff will be held with an anniversary logo unveiling.

Sponsors of the Falls Church Festival include ROCK STAR Realty Group, KW Metro Center, Communikids, The Kensington - Falls Church, Patient First, Kitchen Saver, Stein Sperling Bennett DeJong Driscoll PC, Goldfish Swim School - Falls Church, Tri Vista USA Design + Build, Prince William Home Improvement, Renewal by Andersen - Fairfax and The Goddard School of Falls Church.


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