Editorial: ‘Mason Row’ is a Very Good Idea

March 25, 2015 5:32 PM7 comments

There is a clear calculus operating here that does not require degrees in rocket science to figure out. It goes something like this: If you want quality schools then you have to support aggressive commercial development that will pay for them. It is our sense that most residents of Falls […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 24, 2015 2:33 PM1 comment

The 105-year-old Wilson School may soon be reduced to rubble–to allow construction of Arlington’s first high-rise urbanized school, for the H-B Woodlawn secondary program. Unless preservationists pull off a miracle. Last Saturday I visited that underused utilitarian structure on Wilson Blvd. in upper Rosslyn and perused some documents to learn […]

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Guest Commentary: Mason Row Project Would Displace Many Local Businesses

March 19, 2015 10:30 AM16 comments

By David and Rebecca Tax As the owners of two local restaurants, we love doing business in the City of Falls Church and, even more so, we love being part of this community. But we want the community to know that if the proposed Mason Row project gets off the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:02 AM0 comments

Earlier this month, the Seven Corners Special Working Group (SWG) completed its review of proposals to amend Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) language for Opportunity Area C, the “Sears” site. The Seven Corners/Willston Visioning Task Force previously spent nearly two-and-a-half years studying the area, making recommendations for changes for Opportunity Areas […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 18, 2015 11:25 PM0 comments

Memories of Arlington’s “night of gang warfare” pack a punch nearly a half-century after the drama. This March 11, I had the privilege of addressing Arlington’s Committee of 100 to share research I’ve compiled on that strange local flirtation with mass violence. On June 14, 1966, the tranquil suburban Lee-Harrison […]

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Editorial: An Underwhelming Public Response

11:06 PM8 comments

Now that the annual budget sweepstakes are underway, the horse race is underway toward the April 27 schools and city operating and capital projects budgeting deadline for the new fiscal year beginning July 1. With the School Board deciding what it needed to ask the City Council for, and the […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

11:02 PM0 comments

Earlier this month I wrote a letter to Governor McAuliffe urging him to rewrite the Ethics legislation that the General Assembly approved in the waning hours of our abbreviated regular session on February 27. I was joined by five of my House of Delegates colleagues. The six of us were […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

March 12, 2015 10:12 AM0 comments

The impacts of the recent snowstorms had a brighter, even humorous, side, in the artistic talents of Mason District resident Walter Crain. Falls Church News-Press readers may recall a photograph, published a couple of weeks ago, of a snow sculpture of a three-quarter size Volkswagen “Beetle.” It was eerily accurate, […]

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Guest Commentary: Falls Church is Losing Teachers to Arlington

9:40 AM14 comments

By Joel Block As we enter the City’s budget season for the schools, I think there is a fact all Falls Church City citizens should know. We are losing teachers to Arlington. We are losing some of our best teachers to Arlington simply because they pay more. And we aren’t […]

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Editorial: Why We’ve Supported F.C. Schools So Much

March 11, 2015 6:34 PM2 comments

Over the years, reasonable folks have asked why it seems every year the News-Press takes the side of the School System in its tangles with the City Council to get the funding it feels it needs to sustain what is now almost universally recognized as one of the premiere school […]

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