Our Man in Arlington

April 8, 2014 9:02 AM0 comments

Are you familiar with East Arlington? Neither were most of the nearly 100 who turned out at Central Library April 3 to hear a local historian describe this bygone African-American neighborhood torn asunder in 1942 during construction of the Pentagon. East Arlington (or, as its original 1892 subdivision was called, […]

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Guest Commentary: Schools Grow While Our City Services Diminish

April 3, 2014 12:35 PM1 comment

By Juergen Tooren I applaud Susan Kearney, Chair of the Falls Church City School Board, for her guest commentary in the March 20, 2014, edition of the Falls Church News-Press. She lays out the proposed school budget in easily understood numbers and makes a case for the quality education pupils […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Fairfax County’s budget deliberations continued on Tuesday, when the Board of Supervisors met with the county’s Human Services Council (HSC) to discuss recommendations in the FY 2015 proposed budget. Highlighting the many challenges facing the at-risk population of Fairfax County, Kevin Bell, longtime HSC chairman, noted that, since 2007-2008, public […]

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Editorial: Avoid the Budget’s Solomonic Choices

April 2, 2014 7:32 PM1 comment

The Falls Church City Council will commence its march to the adoption of new fiscal year budget at a town hall this Saturday morning, following an unofficial community meeting tonight. The volume of public discord regarding this budget has been growing steadily as unprecedented increases in the bills the City […]

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From The Front Row: Kaye Kory’s Richmond Report

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Edmund Burke, an 18th century British Member of Parliament who supported the American Revolution, is famous for his observation that “the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” It is sadly ironic that this observation – from the “patron saint” of modern conservatives […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 1, 2014 10:49 AM0 comments

The affordable housing projects built in Arlington blend in discreetly. But the sign labeling the handsome buff-and-brick Arlington Mill Residences at South Dinwiddie and Columbia Pike includes four letters that help brand the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. Without APAH’s good offices, the unique four-story apartment building atop a county […]

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Guest Commentary: It’s Groundhog Day in the City of Falls Church

March 27, 2014 10:34 AM2 comments

From the reporting in the News-Press, I see that the annual budget “battle” between the School Board and the City Council is gearing up yet again.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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As deliberations about Fairfax County’s FY15 proposed budget continue, the failure of the Virginia General Assembly to adopt a state budget becomes more critical for local programs. Revenue from the Commonwealth accounts for only 2.6 percent of the county’s annual budget, but the amount, more than $95 million, equates to […]

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Editorial: Fund Balance In the Balance

March 26, 2014 7:32 PM2 comments

The squeeze is really on in this spring’s City of Falls Church annual operating budget deliberations, driven by robust increases in residential real estate values, record rates of enrollment growth in the city’s schools, and a new stormwater management fee that every property owner will have to pay for the first time this June.

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Our Man in Arlington

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Golf legend Arnold Palmer has an intimate tie to Arlington, though he may not be aware of it. My scooplet on this topic was achieved after a friend who attends Resurrection Lutheran Church told me Palmer was married at that sanctuary at 6201 Washington Boulevard. That was news to me, […]

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