Our Man in Arlington

December 13, 2016 5:39 PM0 comments

Come January — just in time for Inauguration — you, too, can run a hotel in Arlington. Well, not the decked out full-Trump, but a “short-term rental” of rooms in your own home- better known under brand-names Airbnb, Craigslist and HomeAway. More than 1,000 Arlington homeowners have been doing it […]

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Guest Commentary: F.C., Please Don’t Shortchange Our Children

December 8, 2016 1:00 PM0 comments

By Joel Block Like many of the teachers in the Falls Church City Public Schools, I have worn many hats during my 15 years teaching in the city. I am a former Professional Employees Advisory Council chair, former Falls Church City Educational Association president and the current eighth grade team […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Watching the machinations of transition at the federal level sometimes can make one forget that providing services the public needs and demands predominantly is the responsibility of local government, not the federal government. Revenue that pays for local services comes from local sources – real estate taxes, personal property taxes, […]

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Editorial: GMHS Estimate Must Include Commercial $

December 7, 2016 9:58 PM0 comments

In the calculations being done by the Campus Process Working Group assigned by both the Falls Church City Council and School Board to work through parameters that will ultimately confront the City, its boards and staff and the public in a referendum next fall, so far highly conservative estimates have […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 6, 2016 6:39 PM0 comments

What would we make today of 1950s Arlington school board member Helen Lane? This one-of-a-kind education activist not only won appointment to the board in 1957 with a mission to prevent desegregation, she emerged as a friend to the American Nazi Party and its notorious local founder George Lincoln Rockwell. […]

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Guest Commentary: Perhaps Christmas Means a Little Bit More

December 1, 2016 12:40 PM0 comments

“It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes, or bags! … then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. “Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more.” Each year, during this four-week season of Advent, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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I recall being hunched over a textbook as I struggled to catch the inflections of the speaker’s voice coming through my earphones in French lab. The language lab was isolating: many students listening to many languages, each at their own pace, and in complete silence. So it was especially jarring […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

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On November 8, millions of Americans went to the polls and cast their ballot for president. Twenty days later, I sit here writing this column, observing that one presidential candidate leads the other by some 2 million votes. But the candidate with the 2 million-vote lead, Hillary Clinton, will not […]

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Editorial: Affirm Diversity With Affordable Housing

November 30, 2016 8:59 PM0 comments

Once again, as Falls Church City Council member David Snyder confirmed at Monday’s Falls Church City Council meeting, the City of Falls Church ranked among the highest in Virginia, if not in the nation, in the turnout of its registered voters at last month’s presidential election. It’s news that is […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 29, 2016 4:46 PM0 comments

When I was 12 years old, I was a Washington Post paperboy, spending countless pre-dawn hours traipsing my boyhood Arlington neighborhood of Rivercrest. Each house, it seemed in the dark, had its own personality, traits I gleaned from making deliveries and returning once a month to collect fees (back when […]

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