Our Man in Arlington

January 21, 2015 6:23 PM0 comments

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

10:26 AM0 comments

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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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

7:28 PM0 comments

The Virginia General Assembly convenes this week, on the second Wednesday in January, for a short 45 day session, as it does in odd numbered years. Since Virginia adopts a two-year budget plan, the thinking goes, we’ll have less on our plate this session, and should be able to get […]

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Our Man in Arlington

7:25 PM0 comments

Herewith a discovery in the story of slavery in 19th-century Arlington. John Taylor, a local schoolmate who works at Brown’s Hardware, shared with me a remarkable boyhood memory. Back in the 1960s, at an old house two doors from his in the Overlee Knolls neighborhood, he once ducked into a […]

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Guest Commentary: Everyone Benefits from Strong City Schools

January 8, 2015 12:13 PM0 comments

On Tuesday, January 13, our school superintendent will present recommendations for the FY2016 operating budget to the School Board at its monthly meeting in the City Council Chambers. As requested by the Board, she will present several options for the community’s consideration. One will demonstrate what is needed to operate […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:00 AM1 comment

In perhaps his last appearance as a Congressman-elect, Don Beyer addressed a couple hundred attendees at the annual Democratic Road to Richmond brunch on Sunday. In a brief talk, he demonstrated his diplomatic skills honed as Ambassador to Switzerland, and looked forward to serving in the new Congress, representing the […]

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Editorial: Watch Night’s Success & Those Lights

January 7, 2015 8:11 PM0 comments

Kudos to all involved – beginning and ending with the remarkable volunteer civic activist Barb Cram – for the enormous success that Watch Night was this New Year’s Eve! Despite the cold weather, the fact there was no precipitation or high winds made it doable to the thousands who poured […]

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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s Richmond Report

8:04 PM1 comment

The most pressing issue facing the Commonwealth in the 2015 legislative session beginning next Wednesday, Jan. 14, is to deal with the ongoing revenue shortfall in the Virginia budget. Our revenue shortfall is largely attributable to drastically reduced Federal spending in Virginia resulting from sequestration and related cuts. These cuts […]

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