A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 28, 2016 10:35 AM0 comments

While in the library parking lot in the rain during the community clean up this weekend; pushing a cart full of groceries to my car; at dinner in a restaurant with family members; and twice in the dentist’s chair as Novocain was taking effect! “Hey, Penny, can I ask you […]

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Editorial: F.C Council’s Budget Fallacies

April 27, 2016 5:40 PM0 comments

The Falls Church City Council, by a one-vote margin, made the wrong decision on Monday night. What has kept Falls Church strong over the years has been the way strident and impassioned debates on whether to limit taxes or pay for schools has almost always wound up reaffirming the importance […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 26, 2016 11:28 AM0 comments

I’m a man who could be accused of being a member Arlington’s WASP establishment. Hence I feel compelled to share a recent off-the-beaten-path experience. On April 14, I spent a pleasurable evening in an Arab-American night club of Wilson Blvd., surrounded by hookah mist and waitresses in skimpy outfits, laughing […]

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Guest Commentary: Why F.C. Schools Should Be Funded Fully

April 21, 2016 11:45 AM0 comments

By Justin Castillo This Monday, April 25, the City Council will vote on the budget for both general government and the schools. The current plan is to cut the School Board’s budget request by $912,000. Such an action would have serious consequences about how we as a community educate our […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:31 AM0 comments

Budget, Part VI: Almost done! Tuesday’s budget mark up session was one of the shortest in my 20-year experience. The meeting followed brisk community debates about school funding, and the need to diversify the county’s tax base. About 90 percent of potential revenue sources for Virginia counties are capped or […]

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Editorial: Channeling Wall Street Usury

April 20, 2016 5:40 PM0 comments

Under that giant pile of drapery in the corner is the proverbial “elephant in the room.” It is that concerning which, in modern society, it is not polite to speak. But for taxpayers and policy makers, alike, in the City of Falls Church, it is that which has otherwise affable […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

5:30 PM0 comments

Yesterday, the General Assembly completed the 2016 Reconvene Session wherein we voted on the Governor’s 32 vetoes and recommendations. This being the first year of the 2016-2018 Biennial Budget, we also reviewed the Governor’s additional recommendations for the budget. As a member of the House of Delegates I work hard […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 19, 2016 2:00 PM0 comments

A county archeological dig, I can announce here, has uncovered a cache of nearly 2,000 18th-and 19th-century artifacts at the Dawson Bailey House. Known to many for its playground, rec center and voting station overlooking Spout Run, the upper Rosslyn structure long known as Dawson Terrace is considered Arlington’s oldest […]

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Guest Commentary: Falls Church & the Great Richmond Rip-Off

April 14, 2016 12:19 PM0 comments

During budget and tax season when we are most focused on those issues, it is appropriate to take stock not only of local factors that affect our City’s budget and tax rate, but also of the larger financial and governmental context in which we live. Several influences beyond our borders […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:06 AM0 comments

“April is the cruelest month,” wrote T.S. Eliot, and the fits and starts of springtime this year certainly reflect that sentiment. What isn’t reflected, though, is that April also is Volunteer Month in Fairfax County. Our community depends on volunteers – in our parks and libraries, delivering Meals on Wheels, […]

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