A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 27, 2014 7:24 AM1 comment

The Virginia Association of Counties celebrated its 80th anniversary earlier this month in Bath County, Virginia. Nearly 1000 local government officials from 92 of Virginia’s 95 counties participated in the annual conference, meeting as committees and attending many workshops, where topics ranged from Protecting Your County’s Revenue and Responding to […]

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Guest Commentary: The Difference Between Thanksgiving & Gratitude

November 26, 2014 2:52 PM0 comments

This Thanksgiving Day, I’d like to share some thoughts about the difference between “feelings of gratitude” on the one hand, and “actions of thanksgiving” on the other. There’s a Bible story that helps us realize there is a big difference between “gratitude” and “thanksgiving,” and that’s the story found in […]

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Editorial: The Many Ills of Higher Education

1:49 PM0 comments

State Sen. Richard Saslaw’s highly charged outrage expressed before the Falls Church City Council over the heinous rape and cover up allegations at the University of Virginia this Monday was both refreshing and appropriate. His determination to meet the problem not with words alone, but with a commitment to powerful […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 25, 2014 11:09 AM0 comments

So, predictions of the death of the streetcar were not premature after all. The thunderbolt hurled by County Board Chairman Jay Fisette Nov. 18 announced that he and Mary Hynes would honor recent election interpretations and cancel the decade-old plan to make tracks for refurbishing Columbia Pike. Just too darn […]

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Delegate Marcus Simon’s Richmond Report

November 20, 2014 4:08 PM0 comments

It’s the middle of November, time to start thinking about the holidays. For many of us that means time off of work and school, allowing us to spend more time with family, something we look forward to each year. Of course, not everyone in our community is so fortunate. For […]

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Guest Commentary: The Fairfax-Arlington Streetcar – What’s Next?

1:15 PM1 comment

By Stewart Schwartz This past week, the region was rocked with the news that the Arlington County Board decided to halt the proposed Crystal City to Bailey’s Crossroads streetcar project in the wake of the election of anti-streetcar candidate John Vihstadt. There were always pros and cons regarding the streetcar […]

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Editorial: Expelling Trailers & RV’s from Our Streets?

11:30 AM1 comment

The proposed ordinance that the Falls Church City Council had considered voting on next week takes from no limit to a very sharp limit the ability of trailers, RV’s and other non-passenger vehicles to park on public streets in the city. There are so many problems associated with this idea […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 18, 2014 6:46 PM3 comments

A unilateral action by the Arlington County Board has destroyed 15 years of joint effort to bring streetcar service to the Columbia Pike corridor, abrogated a longtime partnership between Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and set back transit options in this part of the region, possibly for generations. The streetcar project […]

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Our Man in Arlington

6:37 PM0 comments

The ride-sharing industry typified by Uber continues its blitz on Arlington’s consciousness, capturing the loyalty of some—though not all—generations. The practical, policy and ideological issues were laid out Nov. 12 at the Committee of 100, at a time when the new techy “transportation network companies” are getting their first taste […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 13, 2014 12:45 PM0 comments

Last week’s column about pedestrian safety hadn’t even been printed when Mason District experienced another life-threatening pedestrian acciden. This time, the pedestrian was a young woman crossing Braddock Road at Witch Hazel Road near the Green Spring Gardens entrance. Preliminary investigation indicates that the pedestrian was at or near the […]

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