Guest Commentary: On National Coming Out Day, Theater is a Safe Place

October 11, 2018 10:36 AM0 comments

By Laura Connors Hull Having spent over 40 years working in the theater, I have always relished the fact the theater provides an open, supportive environment for our LGBTQ community. The journey toward acceptance for people with a sexual orientation or gender identity different from the mainstream has been a […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Hate has reared its ugly head again in our community. Nineteen swastikas were spray painted on the windows and brick walls of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) last weekend. The deed was done on the Jewish Sabbath, which made the attack even more poignant. Security cameras captured […]

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Editorial: Are You a Traffic Boor?

October 10, 2018 7:34 PM0 comments

Long time Falls Church City Councilman David Snyder understated it at the Council meeting Tuesday night when he quipped, “There has been a breakdown in driving behavior” in the entire nation. No kidding, and to those who are frequent travelers to urban centers in this land, it is evident that […]

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Our Man in Arlington

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Arlington’s history also repeats itself. In the mid-1960s, a fuss was made over neglect of a “negro cemetery” being moved from the corner of Columbia Pike and Washington Blvd. In 2018, many of those same, relocated, graves have fallen into disrepair out in the Alexandria section of Fairfax. Alarm was […]

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Guest Commentary: Being Respectful & Talking Across the Political Divide

October 4, 2018 2:16 PM0 comments

By Curtis Schaeffer I am a member of a citizens movement called Better Angels. Established after the last presidential election by a group of conservatives and liberals who were concerned about the increasing polarization in the country, Better Angels is committed to bringing people with different political views together to […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Spectacles like last week’s hearing about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court, fortunately, are rare, but the demeanor of both the nominee and some Senate Judiciary Committee members seemed to reflect a network reality show. Does juvenile behavior beget juvenile behavior? Privilege, rather than […]

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Editorial: ‘Sensitive & Plucky’ Need a Fly Loft

October 3, 2018 8:12 PM0 comments

If you haven’t been at one of the annual gala awards concerts in the Kennedy Center concert hall of the innovative Cappies program celebrating the theater arts of high schools throughout the D.C. region, you’ve really missed something. The combination of the enthusiasm of the student theater arts program contingents […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

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In an attempt to keep you informed about matters affecting our Commonwealth, I intended to use this space exclusively to let you know what we are doing in higher education. I will get to that shortly. However, I believe the confirmation process from across the Potomac is worth noting as […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 2, 2018 4:27 PM0 comments

Years before there was Whole Foods and 11 farmers markets in Arlington, there was the Arlington food co-op. That volunteer health-food buying project birthed in the mid-1970s became the “Uncommon Market.” It assembled 2,000 members and a colorful cast of dedicated counterculture activists, many of whom played (and continue in) […]

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Guest Commentary: Don’t Compromise on Theater in Our New High School

September 27, 2018 11:19 AM0 comments

By Melissa Teates & Gordon Theisz Why would Falls Church City, spending $120 million to create a world-class state-of-the-art high school, think it acceptable to build a theater that is not fully functional? At the most recent Community Design Review session this past Sunday, the superintendent stated there were three […]

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