………….Editor’s Note: We have added the article “And It Gets Worse” to the original “Letter” story and it also appears here…………
“And It Gets Worse”
by Daniel Rice
The Parent of Child Sexually Abused by Michael Gardner
……………..In 2011, as I was driving away from picking up my daughter from a slumber party, my daughter leaned over to me, and in a hushed voice, because her younger sisters were in the back, said, “Mr. Gardner touched me in my private area last night.” And so began a four year, three month, arduous ordeal for my family to bring a deceptive, dishonest, pedophile to justice.
I am writing this to complete some of what was left unsaid in my response on the Falls Church Post to city leaders who wrote leniency letters in support of the convicted child molester, Michael Gardner. Unbelievably, the story [...]
Stressing the Importance of Speaking Out When Some in Community Prefer Silencing
Daughter Will Represent Herself and Her Experiences
Dear Participants of We Support the Girls,
We have been so uplifted by the visible support, caring and concern shown by so many members of our community who clearly care about child safety, justice, and having a safe and wholesome, healthy environment for our children. The kind wishes and solidarity shown go a long way in promoting the healing so badly needed by survivors, their families and our community.
As “We Support the Girls” transitions from a sign campaign to more, the Rice family has decided to move on to work on other avenues to affect positive change in our community. Our daughter and our family recognize the importance of speaking out after four years of virtually being silenced. Our daughter feels strongly about representing [...]
The power point presentation from the September 26th meeting of the GMHS/MEHMS Steering Committee
meeting is available on the City’s website, www.fallschurchva.gov/CampusJointSteeringCommittee.
The Architecture Firm RTKL provided a Site Capacity Study of the campus.
The City of Falls Church Recreation and Parks Department is sponsoring the 22nd Annual Farm Day on Saturday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cherry Hill Park (312 Park Avenue).
Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family, including: horse-drawn hayrides, pumpkin painting, blacksmithing, cider pressing from locally grown apples, pony rides and much more. Enjoy live music from Andrew Acosta and The New Old-Time String Band. Participants who bring their own pair of pants and a long-sleeved shirt will be able to craft a scarecrow.
Free tours of the 1845 Cherry Hill Farmhouse will be offered throughout the day.
Admission is free, however nominal fees apply to some activities.
For more information about Farm Day, please visitwww.FallsChurchVA.gov/farmday or call 703-248-5171 (TTY 711).