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Tuesday, September 11, 2007 | Comments (0)

Cox Cable Subscribers will Find Falls Church Cable TV On a New Channel in September


FCC-TV, the City of Falls Church’s cable TV station, will be switching from analog to digital format and moving from Channel 12 to Channel 11 on the Cox cable network on or about Sept. 14. Citizens who subscribe to Verizon Fios and RCN cable will continue to watch FCC-TV on the  same Verizon channel 35 and RCN channel 2.

On Aug. 8, the City Council approved an amendment to the City’s franchise with Cox Communications to address advances in technology. Currently Cox Channel 12 is analog and is shared by the City of Falls Church and the City of Fairfax.  Advances in technology have made it desirable to convert the City’s Channel 12 on Cox from an analog format to a digital format. Cox will provide the necessary equipment for the conversion and will provide the City a one-time grant of $50,000 for capital technology equipment.

With this change on  Cox, the City will have a full – time stand alone channel, instead of sharing Channel 12 with Fairfax City. Anyone who subscribes to Cox cable across Northern Virginia can watch FCCTV on Channel 11 beginning Sept. 14 instead of only being able to watch FCC-TV if they are located in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County as well as in Falls Church City.

With the conversion of Cox from analag to digital, Cox subscribers who already have digital set-top boxes (more than 80% of Cox customers in the City) will not need to do anything. Subscribers who do not have digital set-top boxes can either receive a free digital box from Cox with no rental cost for six months followed by standard monthly equipment rental fee of $5.99 per month per box, or view the new Channel 11 programming using a QAM tuner (QAM stands for quadrature amplitude modulation, the  format by which digital channels are encoded and transmitted via cable television providers). Most TVs sold after 2006 include a QAM tuner. QAM tuners can also be bought separately. Additionally, all cable providers are rapidly converting to digital format so subscribers will need to upgrade  if they wish to receive other channels beyond the City channel. For more information about digital boxes contact Cox at 866-271-7285.

The City’s general government and school facilities will be provided free digital boxes for all general government and school cable drops installed  per the franchise agreement.

As part of the City’s agreement with Cox, the cable company is airing a public service announcement about the channel change for 60 and will post a channel crawl on Channel 12 to alert viewers. This City is also publicizing the channel change on  http://www.fallschurchva.gov, http://www.fcctv.net, and in the eFocus newsletter, the schools’ Morning Announcements, and on Facebook.

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Bob Morrison never left home without a camera.  He knew that tomorrow could bring the shot of a lifetime, and he always wanted to be prepared to capture it if he could.

Bob’s extraordinary photographs were often showcased in art shows, schools and businesses throughout Falls Church City.  From athletic events to city festivals, Bob could often be seen capturing the spirit of The Little City, and he encouraged others to do the same with a still camera, or via video by becoming involved with Falls Church City Television.  He was also an avid wildlife photographer, and often donated his time to photograph charitable events, such as the DC Central Kitchen’s annual Food Fight.

Falls Church City lost a great talent when Bob passed away in the summer of 2009.  In his memory, the Falls Church Cable Access Board, of which Bob was a longtime member, established the Bob Morrison Prize.  By encouraging young artists to capture Falls Church City’s golden moments, we ensure Bob’s legacy continues for generations to come.

In memory of longtime Cable Access Board Member Bob Morrison, the Falls Church Cable Access Board would like to award two $250 annual student prizes.

Who is eligible:  Any student (Grade K-12) who lives or attends school in the City of Falls Church (during the 2009-2010 school year).

Theme:  Only appropriate content illustrating the theme of “Falls Church City – My Hometown” will be considered and accepted as an official entry.

Criteria:  A body of work (5 photographs) or a video presentation that represents the hometown qualities that Mr. Morrison frequently captured in his photographic work.  This could include events, landmarks, people, nature and other visual opportunities that represent the best of Falls Church City and the artistic qualities that Mr. Morrison captured in his photographs.

Entry requirements:

Photographers must submit five, unframed images, no larger than 8 x 10 inches.  Images may be submitted as prints, or digitally via CD, DVD or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Include student’s name, address, school attended, grade level and phone number with entry.  All photographs must be the work of the student submitting the entry.  All submissions become the property of FCC-TV and may be used for station promotional purposes.

Videographers must submit a single program or composite presentation (not to exceed 15 minutes).  Longer single programs may be edited to 15 minutes representing the videographer’s best segments.  Video may be submitted on DVD or VHS tape.  Video cases must be labeled with student’s name, address, school attended, grade level and phone number.  Each video must be the work of the student submitting the entry.  All submissions become the property of FCC-TV and may be used for station promotional purposes.

Students may enter either category or both categories but will be eligible to win in only one category per contest year.   

Judging:  Entries will be judged on adherence to the theme as well as quality (composition, focus, lighting, content) and creativity by a three-person judging panel.  All participants will be recognized at the Falls Church Cable Access Corporation (FCCAC) annual meeting on the third Monday in October.  The winning entry will be announced at the annual meeting.

Entry Deadline:  All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2010.  No late entries will be accepted.  Submit DVD and CD entries to:

Student Photo/Video Contest
Falls Church City Television
c/o George Mason High School
Attn:  Michael Palmrose
7124 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA  22043

Questions?  Contact FCC-TV supervisor Michael Palmrose at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (703) 248-5692.

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The Falls Church City Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday,  February 12, 2010 (Code Green).  Day care will open at 9:00 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

Our goal is to open schools as soon as safely possible.  FCCPS custodial and maintenance crews have been working hard to remove snow and ice from sidewalks and parking lots on school grounds, and city snow removal crews have been focusing on streets.  One challenge we face in reopening schools is property outside of the school system's control - neighborhood sidewalks.  If you have not done so already, please remove snow from the sidewalk in front of your home to ensure children have a safe walking route to school or the bus stop.  Some citizens may be physically unable to remove snow, so our request may require neighbor to help neighbor.  The FCCPS appreciates everyone's help in ensuring students can get to school safely.
 
Monday:  A determination about whether schools can open on Monday will be made later this weekend.  You can stay informed of updates in the following ways:
 
The school division Web site:  www.fccps.org
Falls Church City Television (Cox 12, RCN 2, Verizon 35)
The FCC-TV Web site:  www.fcctv.net
The FCCPS parent information line:  (703) 248-5500 x 3113
Twitter.com (Follow FCCPS)
Local commercial television and radio stations
 
In addition, we will send a courtesy email to all FCCPS parents for whom we have email addresses.  However, as we have advised in the past, many things can interfere with prompt email delivery.  For that reason, it should be considered the least reliable source of information.  If there is any question, please check one of the above-listed sources to ensure you have up-to-date information.
 
Calendar note (change in time):  The second school board budget work session has been postponed until Saturday, February 13th at 12:30 p.m.  in the Central Office Conference Room, 800 W. Broad Street, Suite 203, Falls Church. 

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The Falls Church City Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday,  February 11, 2010 (Code Red).  Day care and ASAP will also be closed and all evening activities have been cancelled.

Reminder:  The FCCPS has exceeded the four snow days built into the school calendar.  Monday, February 15th (Presidents’ Day), and Monday, April 12th (Professional Day) are designated as makeup days.  Please plan to send your children to school on those days.  Additional makeup days will be determined after the FCCPS resumes a normal schedule, and we will keep you informed as those decisions are made.

Calendar note:  The second school board budget work session has been postponed until Saturday, February 13th at 12:30 p.m. in the Central Office Conference Room, 800 W. Broad Street, Suite 203, Falls Church.

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The Falls Church City Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10, 2010 (Code Red).  Day care and ASAP will also be closed and all evening activities have been cancelled.

As we mentioned yesterday, the FCCPS has exceeded the four snow days built into the school calendar.  Monday, February 15th (Presidents’ Day), and Monday, April 12th (Professional Day) are designated as makeup days.  Please plan to send your children to school on those days.  Additional makeup days will be determined after the FCCPS resumes a normal schedule, and we will keep you informed as those decisions are made.

Calendar note:  The second school board budget work session has been postponed until Saturday, February 13th at noon in the Central Office Conference Room, 800 W. Broad Street, Suite 203, Falls Church.

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