News Briefs

News Briefs

Man Charged with Embezzling from Employer

Fairfax City police have arrested an employee suspected of stealing more than $100,000 from a local optometrist’s office. Charged with three counts of felony embezzlement was Joshua Goudreau, 30, of Winchester.

According to police, the office of Dr. Michael J. Bermel reported on March 2 that an employee had embezzled a large amount of money from the business at 10640 Main St., No. 100, in Fairfax. Police say the suspect allegedly used the company’s credit-card machine “to process fraudulent refunds to personal accounts.”

Following an investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division, police arrested Goudreau, last Tuesday, July 18. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and held on $5,000 bond, pending his Aug. 31 court date.

National Night Out is Aug. 1

The 40th Annual National Night Out will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 6-9 p.m., rain or shine. It’s an annual, community-building campaign that promotes police-firefighter-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help make residential neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live.

Neighborhoods host block parties, cookouts, ice-cream socials and various other community get-togethers for the whole family and invite City fire and police personnel to join in the fun. To participate, civic association presidents should go to to register by this Friday, July 28.

Neighborhood Connected Grants in Fairfax City 

The Fairfax City Economic Development Authority (EDA) has allocated $36,000 toward a Neighborhood Connected Grant Program (NCGP) for nonprofit organizations. EDA Chair Beth Young said the goal is to help eligible nonprofits advance their own missions, as well as the City’s economic growth and revitalization.

Those selected for a grant would receive up to a maximum of $12,000. The NCGP seeks entities with initiatives to foster partnerships in Fairfax City and market the City as a destination for business.

“The NCGP program recognizes the important work our nonprofits partners do to advance the economic development priorities of the community,” said Economic Development Director Chris Bruno. “In partnering with them for this program, the EDA is looking to support proposals that create jobs, lift our community, and continue our commitment to collectively moving the City closer to realizing the strategic goals established by the Mayor and City Council.”

A complete list of grant eligibility requirements and program information is at Email NCGP applications to or bring them in person or mail them to the EDA offices at 10300 Eaton Place, No. 235, Fairfax, VA 22030.

— Bonnie Hobbs