Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

February 4, 2015 8:49 PM0 comments

February 10 is known as Crossover at the General Assembly. This is a turning point in the legislative process when bills introduced in each chamber must be acted upon. Those that are passed by the respective body will then “crossover” to the other for action. This year thousands of bills […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 3, 2015 4:30 PM0 comments

Three score or more of Arlington’s online news addicts came face-to-face Jan. 27. The usually-virtual networkers shelled out a food-and-drink fee to mingle and congratulate the team at the newsblog ARLnow for reaching its fifth year of continuous local coverage. Cajoling the crowd via posters to “party like it’s 2010,” […]

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Editorial: Bricks, Mortar & Human Capital

January 29, 2015 11:34 AM0 comments

Thoughtful citizens in Falls Church will be called on during the upcoming annual budget deliberations to ground their preferences in some serious policy principles that border on the philosophical. In short, the alternatives are between old fashioned “bricks and mortar” capital projects and the needs of “human capital.” We favor […]

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Guest Commentary: What Are Your Priorities This Budget Season & Beyond?

10:28 AM28 comments

By Justin Castillo Budgets reflect priorities, which makes the budget season a good time to reflect on and discuss the future of the City of Falls Church. When I say “The City,” I don’t distinguish between “the schools” and “the City;” we’re all in this together. As the new Chair […]

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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

6:24 PM0 comments

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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