Guest Commentary: Supporting Mothers & Children’s Lives Around the World

May 7, 2015 10:57 AM0 comments

By Ann Beltran It’s lovely to have a day that honors us as mothers. And, if you ask me what it should be about, it shouldn’t be limited to honoring us by giving us a day off or a bouquet of flowers. I’d like it to be about the values […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:03 AM1 comment

Last week’s adoption of Fairfax County’s FY 2016 budget concluded a lengthy dialogue about priorities and revenues between the Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County School Board, and the community at large. No one was especially happy about the difficult choices that were made to balance the county’s budget in […]

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Editorial: Fund Balance Lunacy

May 6, 2015 7:30 PM4 comments

The latest annual budget round is completed, and the results have limited the real estate tax rate to a single penny while the City schools received what they asked for. Now is the time for some reflection, action and reform. Here are two good ideas: 1. The City’s current fund […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

7:03 PM1 comment

A few weeks ago, the General Assembly wrapped up the two-day reconvene session to take action on the Governor’s amendments and vetoes. I am happy to report that all of Governor McAuliffe’s 17 vetoes were sustained and the Legislature was able to find common ground on many other issues—ultimately passing […]

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Our Man in Arlington

7:01 PM0 comments

To report on Arlington’s present this week would mean mentioning that crews completed demolition of the half-century-old “Blue Goose” office building at Fairfax Drive and N. Glebe Road. That not-exactly-quaint blue-paneled high-rise was used for decades by the CIA and the Federal Aviation Administration before Marymount University took it over […]

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Guest Commentary: F.C. Budget Provides a Call to Action for All Citizens

April 30, 2015 10:34 AM11 comments

A round of applause! Falls Church has a FY2016 budget. It took sweat, disagreement and compromise. Some say we failed because the tax rate did not remain flat. Others worry that we are not raising enough for future capital needs. I’m calling it a success, with room for improvement in […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

9:16 AM0 comments

“Annandale Road is a mess. Fix it!” “Old Columbia Pike has deteriorated to the point of uselessness. Fix it!” “My driveway apron is crumbling. Fix it!” “I hit a pothole and now my car needs repair. Who’s going to pay for that?” These are samples of the pleas I receive […]

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Editorial: The F.C. Budget Comes Out Right

April 29, 2015 8:39 PM5 comments

Maybe it’s just the way the process is structured, but seems to us unnecessary and even tragic that a small community like the City of Falls Church needs to be torn asunder every spring in the budget cycle by what comes down to very small sums of money, in a […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 28, 2015 2:02 PM0 comments

Last week’s county board decision to ax the Artisphere means that Arlington’s in-flux Rosslyn neighborhood will lose the arts but retain the sphere. The demise of the edgy-urbane arts palace, effective June 30 after four-and-a-half years of hemorrhaging $15 million of taxpayer money, is a victory for the recently surging […]

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Guest Commentary: Can Falls Church Help Address Global Warming?

April 23, 2015 11:14 AM0 comments

By Tim Stevens The changes we are making to our climate stand as a huge worldwide challenge. If we fail to address this challenge, we will significantly jeopardize the happiness and health (maybe even the survival) of future generations, according to nearly all climate scientists. The solution seems easy – […]

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