Guest Commentary: Contacting or Visiting the Arlington Circuit Court

February 5, 2015 12:07 PM1 comment

By Paul Ferguson I have had the privilege of serving the residents of the City of Falls Church for the last seven years as Clerk of the Circuit Court. I have enjoyed meeting many of you when you have come to the Courthouse for Jury Duty, to obtain a marriage […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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The word “diverse” is used often to describe the character and demographics of Mason District and Fairfax County today, but a look back at the history of this area reflects the fact that this area has long been “diverse.” We have more languages, faiths, and ethnicities represented today, but the […]

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Editorial: F.C.’s Tide Is Turning

February 4, 2015 9:13 PM23 comments

In a game-changer development for the City of Falls Church, the Hitt family, key developers of the Harris Teeter project now under construction on W. Broad St., has closed its deal to acquire 2.68 acres encompassing four buildings at the intersection of Routes 7 (Broad) and 29 (Washington). The developer […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

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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?

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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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