A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 28, 2015 7:50 PM0 comments

Mason District is blessed with two county-designated revitalization areas – Annandale and Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners. As with many older commercial areas in our region, demographic shifts, new business trends, and changing customer demands mean that the business community, including corporate offices elsewhere, constantly is seeking ways to improve and stabilize […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 27, 2015 2:44 PM0 comments

If there’s a Marryin’ Sam in Arlington, that would be Gerald Williams. From his basement office in a 1940s-vintage small-practice law building on Courthouse Square, the 82-year-old Williams performs “no appointment necessary” civil weddings that take under an hour. Averaging 25-30 per week, Williams figures that since embarking on this […]

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Guest Commentary: NOVA Community College Made Me What I Am Today

January 22, 2015 1:50 PM0 comments

By Bob Hull Last Wednesday, the movie actor, director, and producer Tom Hanks wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times, entitled “I Owe It All to Community College,” in which he described his experience as an underachieving high school student in Oakland, California, who attended Chabot Community College […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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For more than a year, county staff and the Board’s Economic Advisory Commission (EAC) have been working on a strategic plan to facilitate the economic success of Fairfax County. The EAC was created several years ago to provide an opportunity for Board members and appointed business leaders from all sectors […]

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Editorial: Spruce Up the City Downtown NOW!

January 21, 2015 8:42 PM6 comments

This has been only 20 years in the making. It was about 1995 when this newspaper first editorialized about the need for inexpensive improvements to the intersection of Routes 7 and 29 that could have a transformative effect to, among other things, direct the attention of patrons of the State […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

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The General Assembly convened in Richmond for its annual legislative session on January 14. Leading up to the opening gavel, Senators and Delegates were engaged in a series of public hearings, locality and school board presentations, and many meetings with individuals and advocacy groups. This collaboration identifies the priorities for […]

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Our Man in Arlington

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December’s announcement that the storied H-B Woodlawn “hippie high school” program will move to a new multi-story building in upper Rosslyn was greeted with relative equanimity. But high among the worries that surfaced – revealingly – is what will become of “the words of the prophets [that] are written on […]

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Guest Commentary: The Lesson of Falls Church’s Tinner Hill

January 15, 2015 2:23 PM0 comments

Last Saturday in 17-degree weather, more than 100 citizens, staff, and elected officials from the City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority joined the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation – and especially Ed and Nikki Henderson – to dedicate a park and learning center. This […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Fairfax County is just one of 3,069 counties in the nation, one of the largest population-wise, but shares commonalities with even the smallest counties, such as Loving County, Texas, with a population of 82, and Virginia’s Highland County, on the West Virginia border, with 2321 residents. Counties are just one […]

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Editorial: Celebrating F.C.’s Civil Rights History

January 14, 2015 7:55 PM0 comments

It was a highly unusual, almost surreal sound. It was the sound of a hundred pairs of mittens and gloves “clapping,” or more accurately, softly thumping. That was the noise made by the many regional dignitaries who braved for an hour and a half 17 degree temperatures to be there […]

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