Our Man in Arlington

January 12, 2016 2:21 PM0 comments

The historically black community of Halls Hill/High View Park kicked off a series of look-backs last week to mark its sesquicentennial (1866-2016). At the Mt. Salvation Baptist Church, I witnessed a stirring program in the company of some 200 congregants, county board members, Arlington history buffs and one veteran of […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

January 7, 2016 10:38 AM0 comments

The New Year also signals the beginning of a new term for the Board of Supervisors, which includes, for the first time in nearly seven years, new members. Kathy Smith (D-Sully) and Dan Storck (D-Mt. Vernon) were elected in November to succeed retiring members Mike Frey and Gerry Hyland who, […]

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Guest Commentary: It’s Time for Insanity to Be Replaced With Reason

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The first day of deer hunting season was a school holiday in the coal mining region of Western Pennsylvania where I grew up. Our parents made sure my brothers and I went to the gun range in the basement of Greensburg’s City Hall for National Rifle Association training in how […]

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Editorial: Concord on the New Council

January 6, 2016 6:56 PM0 comments

It’s harder to sell papers without screaming headlines, but we’ll take the copacetic spirit of the newly-constituted Falls Church City Council organizing meeting this Monday over some of the recent years’ fireworks any day. The unanimous votes for mayor and vice-mayor – David Tarter being re-elected mayor and Marybeth Connelly […]

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Our Man in Arlington

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The reconstituted county board on New Year’s Day displayed good-vibes behavior as members delivered their inaugural speeches and agendas. But the seeds of future conflict were discernible in markers laid down by Jay Fisette (“I believe in making smart investments for the future”) and John Vihstadt (“we can find programs […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

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On January 13, the General Assembly will convene. Front and center will be the work of putting together the biennial budget. Governor McAuliffe has proposed a plan that is fiscally responsible and lays the foundation for a new Virginia economy. In 2014, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership noted that “Virginia […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 31, 2015 10:21 AM0 comments

Happy New Year! Two thousand and sixteen will be an interesting year, with presidential politics and economic recovery providing a lot of momentum for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe was in Fairfax last week to participate in signing a joint agreement between the INOVA Center for Personalized Health and George Mason University […]

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Guest Commentary: Watch Night Celebration is Uniquely Falls Church

December 30, 2015 11:29 AM0 comments

I often hear the question of why is it called “Watch Night” and not “First Night” or something else. A quote some years ago from former citizen activist, Dave Eckert explains much about the why “Watch Night.” In 1998, when Barb Cram and I were on the City’s Tricentennial Commission […]

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Editorial: Develop Minds, Then Smash Them?

December 29, 2015 6:27 PM0 comments

What sense does it make to spend so much time and effort every year to develop the minds of young people so they can go on to enjoy meaningful and productive lives, only to elevate an exercise that stands far too much of a real chance of turning those minds […]

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Our Man in Arlington

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When you alight at Reagan National Airport, you’re likely in a travel-fixated hurry. So it might not dawn on you to slow down and stroll to the historic Abingdon Plantation. The airport authority and the National Park Service have created an easy and well-marked walk there from the Metro stop […]

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