Our Man in Arlington

August 2, 2016 5:37 PM0 comments

More of my neighbors are inveighing against home builders who demolish utilitarian old houses to make room for, well, mansions of questionable size and taste. They have a fresh green argument. “Nearly every day, another tear-down in our neighborhood leaves a lot stripped of every tree, bush, plant and blade […]

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Guest Commentary: Reflecting on the State of Law Enforcement

July 28, 2016 12:12 PM0 comments

By Mary Gavin Everyone has been riveted in the wake of violence, loss of life and discord around the world. The speed in which information is disseminated and shared via social media makes the world a much smaller place. The pace in which these catastrophes occur gives people feelings of […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Every few years, Fairfax County conducts a Human Services Needs Assessment to better understand the needs of residents and plan for the future. Using feedback from the community, survey data, and information from county programs and services, a public report is issued, and the information gathered forms the basis for […]

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Editorial: Harris Teeter’s Explosive Start

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It is like a nuclear explosion hit downtown Falls Church yesterday. But instead of blowing things apart, it’s pulled everything together. The long-awaited opening of the massive new mothership Harris Teeter store in the 300 block of West Broad Street, to say the least, did not disappoint. Opening at 8 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 26, 2016 6:10 PM0 comments

Welcome to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, said the roadside greeting in Northampton County. My wife and I used a vacation for a pilgrimage to the original Arlington Plantation, from which our fair suburban county drew its name. The off-the-tourist-circuit site is reached by driving northward from Norfolk over the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 21, 2016 10:09 AM0 comments

Sadly, it’s happened again. An attack on public safety officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ended with three officers dead and others fighting for their lives in the hospital. Once again, Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler conducted a department-wide conference call to make certain that all Fairfax County officers, and […]

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Guest Commentary: The Importance of Early Childhood Education

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When the children at the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center heard that an important person was coming to visit Tuesday morning, they were excited and full of questions. What does Congressman Beyer do? Will he play with us or have a snack? I explained that he was part of the government […]

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Editorial: In Memory of John Deckenback

July 20, 2016 7:29 PM0 comments

American and global culture lost a compassionate and moral giant Tuesday with the untimely passing of the Rev. John Deckenback, the Central Atlantic Conference minister of the most progressive among Protestant denominations, the United Church of Christ. Deckenback, as we are sure he would have preferred, “died with his boots […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

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Earlier this week prefiling of bills resumed for the 2017 House of Delegates Session. The House Majority Caucus decided to highlight the introduction of HB 1392, a duplicate version of a measure Governor McAuliffe vetoed in 2016, which would put guns in the hands of civilians inside our schools. It’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 19, 2016 1:29 PM0 comments

My recent screeds against arrogant pedestrians in crosswalks who seem to taunt drivers drew varied reactions. “Roads are for cars,” said one friend. Another said he actually maneuvers his car to gently “brush back” pedestrians who challenge him on ownership of those uncontrolled stripes, each seeking to “educate” the other […]

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