Guest Commentary: Vote ‘Yes’ – Good Schools Are a Community Value

October 30, 2014 11:41 AM4 comments

A “yes” vote on the Mt. Daniel Referendum is the right choice. The need to alleviate overcrowding is acute. The need to fix security, safety and accessibility issues in a 62-year old building is clear. And the need to do this now – at historically low interest rates – is […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:39 AM0 comments

Tuesday, November 4, is Election Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Registered voters should go to their regular polling place on Tuesday; polls are open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. New this year is a requirement that every voter must show a photo ID at the precinct. Acceptable photo […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 28, 2014 1:22 PM1 comment

Early numbers on Arlington’s 2014 absentee voting are “abysmal,” I’m told by retired county Treasurer Frank O’Leary. Fewer than 7,000, or several hundred short of the number in gubernatorial election year 2013. This weak showing, says Arlington’s astute reader of voter turnout tea-leaves, may not bode well for down-ballot Democratic […]

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Editorial: The Urban Land Institute’s Gift

October 23, 2014 2:22 PM1 comment

The extraordinary contribution to the City of Falls Church by the expert “Technical Assistance Panel” team from the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Land Institute last week was an eye popper. The report the nine experts made Thursday afternoon after two days of examining the potential of the 40 acres of land […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:14 AM0 comments

Decades ago, Mason District was very suburban, predominantly Caucasian, and home mostly to federal workers and their families. Foreign language was an elective in our schools, kindergarten was a half-day, and Fairfax Hospital (on Mason District’s border) was one mid-rise building on Gallows Road. How things have changed! Today, Mason […]

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Guest Commentary: F.C. Treasurer’s Office Can & Needs to Do Better

9:20 AM64 comments

By Chris Johnson My name is Chris Johnson and I am asking for your vote on November 4 for City treasurer. Immediately after filing my papers with the Registrar of Voters on August 15, I began analyzing our Fall Church City’s financial statements. I found the numbers associated with our […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 21, 2014 3:10 PM0 comments

If you saw the musical dramedy film “The Commitments,” you’ll recall the motley crew of young Irish rockers awaiting a rumored local club performance by the legendary Wilson Pickett. Well, for a certain strata of Yorktown High School graduates from Arlington in the late 1960s, that performance became reality. For […]

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Guest Commentary: Experience Matters in F.C. Treasurer’s Office

October 16, 2014 12:21 PM5 comments

My name is Jody Acosta and I am the current City of Falls Church treasurer. I have eight years of experience in the treasurer’s office, first as the chief deputy and then as treasurer since July of this year, when the former treasurer had to resign due to health reasons. […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:06 AM0 comments

For a long time, Ebola virus disease was relegated to the back pages of the newspaper, affecting a few poor areas in Africa, thousands of miles away. First identified in 1976, the disease takes its name from the Ebola River, which runs near a village with one of the first […]

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Editorial: No Time to Throw $ at the Markets

8:15 AM1 comment

Not that it isn’t their job, because it is, but the Falls Church City Council was toying around with an awful lot of taxpayer dollars at its meeting Tuesday night. First, there is the $20.5 million in the cash component of the sale of the City’s water system to Fairfax […]

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