Last week, I announced the planned groundbreaking for a new pedestrian bridge across Route 50 at Seven Corners. This week, I’d like to tell you a little more about the long-awaited construction. The weather was perfect Monday morning as Board of Super-visors Chairman Gerry Connolly and I led a delegation […]
Congress revisited the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) law this week, reworking the landmark legislation which, for nearly 30 years, has helped prevent civil liberties abuses while allowing U.S. intelligence agencies the authority to monitor foreign communications and provide valuable intelligence to keep the U.S. one step ahead of its […]
Fairfax County has not waited to act on the fiscal impact of the steep downturn in the housing market, given that residential real estate taxes account for 60% of its annual operating budget. According to Chairman Gerry Connolly, an across-the-board 2% cut in all county agencies has already been implemented […]
Every neighborhood probably has a community champion, someone who has been around for a long time, knows the history of the neighborhood, mentors newcomers, and volunteers to do whatever needs to be done. In the Glen Forest neighborhood of Bailey’s Crossroads, that community champion is Irene Shuman, who is a […]
Last Saturday evening, we went out to the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center for the Eighth Congressional District’s Fifteenth Annual Kennedy-King Dinner.
We knew it was coming sometime, but the fiscal reality of the so-called housing crisis suddenly rose up and popped the Falls Church City Council on the nose Tuesday night, and it’s clear it will take them all awhile to get used to it. Suffice it to say, their handling […]
Last week, President Bush vetoed the popular, bipartisan, state-federal Children’s Health Insurance Program known as SCHIP; legislation that would provide 10 million low income children – 211,000 in the Commonwealth – access to government financed, private health insurance. The President’s reasoning? He claims the bill is too expensive.
The following was written by Delegate Jim Scott and Senator Mary Margaret Whipple.
Finding housing that is affordable is a challenge for many in the Washington metropolitan area. Longtime homeowners breathe a sigh of relief that they bought their homes when they did, and that their mortgage rates were fixed. They worry, though, that the current “soft” market will mean that their retirement […]
Last week, we attended a an intense new theatrical experience at Signature Theater and an equally intense new exhibition at the Arlington Arts Center that were at once intimately related yet unique.