Articles by: Nicholas F. Benton
Nicholas F. Benton is owner and Editor-In-Chief of the Falls Church News-Press.

Yes, Donald, There Is a Santa Claus

December 26, 2018 5:42 PM0 comments

The world got a glimpse into what went wrong with Donald Trump at a very young age this week that contributes to our understanding of his sociopathic personality. It came this week in his telephone conversation with a seven-year-old from South Carolina on Christmas Eve. Trump asked the child, “Are […]

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‘West End Gateway Partners’ Issue Bid on Virginia Tech Site

December 19, 2018 9:02 PM0 comments

The team that won the bid for development of the City of Falls Church’s 10.3-acre sub-section of its high school/middle school campus designated for dense economic development continues to move aggressively to educate Falls Church citizens on its plans.

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‘Entanglement Theory’ & Things Unseen

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“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” This famous quote by Shakespeare from “Hamlet” is frequently used to account for the unexplainable. Surely, we live now in an “age of reason,” despite the fact that our current president is anything but […]

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Was Deemed Subversive

December 13, 2018 4:51 PM0 comments

It’s not, as they say, rocket science. Anyone who can calculate the outcome of last month’s midterm elections has notice. The outside number for House seats to flip from Republican to Democrat was 40, and “realistic” predictions were in the 20-25 range. It took awhile for all the votes to […]

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New F.C. Budget Guidance Calls For No Tax Rate Hike for FY2020

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As reported earlier, the tax rate will not be impacted going forward by the cost of constructing a new high school and renovating City Hall and the library. The heavy yields anticipated from the dense economic development of 10.3 acres at the Haycock and W. Broad intersection (location of the current George Mason High School) is the reason for that.

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Noonan to F.C. School Board: Our Costs Outstrip ‘Guidance’

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But as Noonan pointed out Tuesday, added School system costs for health insurance premium increases, a cost-of-living increase, a step salary increase and increased substitute teacher compensation adds up to more than a million dollars above what the Council “guidance” appears to propose.

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With Econ Development Plan, New Mason High Won’t Need More Tax $

December 6, 2018 1:06 PM0 comments

Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields confirmed that the new $120 million George Mason High School, as well as the renovations to City Hall and the Mary Riley Styles Library, will get built without costing City taxpayers an extra dime over what they’re already paying in real estate taxes if the preliminary deal struck between the City and the master developer for 10.3 acres at the City’s West End passes.

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EYA’s Master Developer: We Already Have ‘Letters of Intent’

December 5, 2018 8:06 PM0 comments

The chief master plan coordinator for EYA, Inc., the team chosen by the F.C. City Council to develop the 10.3-acre West End commercial site on the grounds of George Mason High School, announced that his company is already in negotiations with five entities on “letters of intent” to build on the site, having secured two already.

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Mueller’s RICO Method Closes in On ‘Kingpin’

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Maybe Donald Trump should have stayed in Argentina. The revelations of the past week in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing documents pertaining to Trump personal lawyer and confidant Michael Cohen and Trump’s chief national security advisor Michael Flynn signal a huge escalation of the probe into the President’s collusion with […]

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F.C. Council, School Board Learn New High School Won’t Add More to Tax Rate

December 4, 2018 1:16 PM0 comments

The upcoming budget deliberations, even with a unusually modest projection for a net 2.0 percent revenue growth in the City, may not be as painful on City taxpayers as many are braced for.

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