Our Man in Arlington

May 13, 2014 11:11 AM0 comments

Decades before Clarendon became the pub crawl mecca for Arlington twentysomethings, it was home to “Little Saigon.” Though only a few Vietnamese restaurants remain, many locals recall the era from 1975 through the 1980s when Clarendon – long Arlington’s quasi-downtown —was dramatically altered and dubbed “the Mekong Delta” by the press. (As […]

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Guest Commentary: Did You Get Your Mental Health Checkup Yet this Year?

May 8, 2014 11:29 AM3 comments

By Debra Z. Roth Immediately after the world learned that my friend, Democratic advocate, environmental photographer and Falls Church resident, Drew Klebrink, shot himself to death, the usual questions came in. The answers this time, however, are different. His legacy, in the hands of advocates like me, is to create […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

8:34 AM0 comments

“Sweet April showers do spring May flowers,” according to Thomas Tusser, a 16th century English poet and farmer. Last week’s intense rainstorms wouldn’t be termed “sweet,” but the azaleas and dogwoods now abloom are welcome May sights as we leave a seemingly interminable winter behind. Many of Mason District’s neighborhoods […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

May 7, 2014 5:38 PM0 comments

Some 60 days have passed since the Governor called a special session of the General Assembly to address the issue of the biennial budget. We are no closer to passing the budget today than we were when we began the process during the regularly scheduled session. Taking a cue from […]

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Editorial: The Monetarist Grip on Education

5:27 PM2 comments

The long battle, beginning just after the first of the year, for the City of Falls Church’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget was resolved by a 4-3 vote last week.

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Our Man in Arlington

May 6, 2014 9:50 AM0 comments

The proposed streetcar continues to roil Arlington and may be put to the populist test in a November referendum. The latest bone of contention in this byzantine debate is a $97,000 study the county commissioned projecting that the Columbia Pike corridor gains $3.2 billion to $4.4 billion in development if […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

May 1, 2014 10:43 AM0 comments

Falls at home are a leading cause of injury, and sometimes death, for older residents in our community. It is so easy to trip on a loose rug, or stumble on a step, or lose balance while moving something heavy. Preventing such calamities is the focus of “Preventing the 9-1-1 […]

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Guest Commentary: A Sensible Budget, Good for Our Whole Community

8:34 AM0 comments

After a thorough process of patient analysis, community dialogue, robust debate, and negotiated compromise, City Council approved a budget and capital improvements program that taxes citizens and businesses responsibly, spends carefully on today’s needs, and invests wisely in long-term infrastructure to ensure that our City and schools enjoy a bright future.

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Editorial: Piercing the Golden Calf

April 30, 2014 6:25 PM2 comments

Huzzah, the Falls Church City Council has a budget for the next fiscal year and demonstrated a concerted effort not to burden taxpayers with any more than absolutely necessary to achieve it. Given that they were starting with City Manager Wyatt Shields’ recommendation last month for a four-cent real estate […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 29, 2014 10:09 AM0 comments

The homeless among us are often invisible, the well-dressed speaker noted, and many of them prefer it that way. But Arlington’s community of activists against homelessness was plenty visible April 24, when 300 turned out at a Ballston conference center for the first-ever “Coming Home Breakfast” fundraiser put on by […]

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