Wednesday, October 31
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Voters have stark choice between candidates to replace U.S.
Candidates for U.S. Senate George Allen and his Democratic challenger Timothy M. Kaine have much in common. Both were popular governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia; both have long political resumes; and both men are passionate about the success of their adopted home state. Now locked in a race that could determine control of the U.S. Senate, both candidates are fighting to secure the seat of retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D), spending a record $55 million-plus on an avalanche of ads to sway swing voters in Northern Virginia and across the state. The message from both candidates is simple: voters have a stark choice. Kaine, 54, has portrayed himself as a bipartisan bridge-builder who supports gender equality and believes that access to higher education and investing in what he calls the “talent economy” are critical to the success of Virginia and the nation.
Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Thursday, Oct. 24. Around 1:30 p.m. a man entered the TD Bank located at 6615 Richmond Highway, implied he had a weapon and demanded money from a teller. The teller complied and the suspect fled. There were no injuries.
To the Editor: On Nov. 6, Virginia voters will be asked to vote on a Virginia constitutional amendment to prevent the government from taking private property through eminent domain and simply transferring it to another person
Pumpkins painting, barnyard tours, a haunted house, scarecrow stuffing and a moon bounce were just a few of the activities and attractions at the annual Burgundy Farm Fall Fair held Oct. 13 at the school.
Variety of choices in political landscape.
Hurricane Sandy means that the week preceding the election will not be what we were expecting. This editorial is being written Sunday night, Oct. 28, as forecasters predict five inches of rain and 65-mile-per-hour winds over the next two days. With some predicting that power could take a week or more to restore, we have to worry about the likely condition of the Eastern seaboard will be on Election Day, Nov. 6. Absentee voting in person had been cancelled for Monday, and most government offices were closed in anticipation of the storm. What will this mean for voter turnout, for access to voting places on Election Day?
Tuesdays/Through Nov. 27 Seminars. 12:30–2:30 p.m. Join Fairfax County’s Independent Living Project, a free series of educational seminars for older adults, along with exercise or yoga classes for strength and balance. The program also provides home safety visits for 60+ adults and adults with physical disabilities. Participation in the full project is advised, and space is limited. At 7000 Schoonmaker Court. Register with Jennifer Edge at 703-324-7210, TTY 711 or email Jennifer.Edge@fairfaxcounty.gov. Visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/independent.htm.
Dan Storck, Mount Vernon District School Board member, invites Mount Vernon District parents, students, and community members to join with Fairfax County Public Schools and community leaders at a Town Hall meeting to discuss current education topics of interest, including school issues and priorities, as well as Mount Vernon District's needs.
The Rotary Club of Alexandria South received a $1,500 grant from Rotary District 7610, which, in addition to assistance from local businesses, funded a project with United Community Ministries.
The Virginia State Police have issued a “Senior Alert” for a Fairfax County resident. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, around 4:30 p.m., Mohammad Sharif Yazdani was last seen by relatives at his residence in the 3800 block of Havenwood Place. Yazdani may appear to be confused and disoriented and speaks limited English. He frequently walks in the Alexandria area of Richmond Highway
Join Good Shepherd Housing and the Hollin Hall Senior Center for a Drumathon to help raise funds and awareness for the homeless. The Drumathon will take place at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.
National Men’s Chorus will begin its 14th season with a concert of music appropriate for Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road in Alexandria. This is the first time the Chorus has performed a full concert in the Mount Vernon area. The program will be conducted by Founder and Artistic Director, Thomas Beveridge, and will feature the renowned pianist, Thomas Pandolfi. The Chorus will perform a selection of American patriotic music, including The Star Spangled Banner, with a rarely heard verse by Oliver Wendell Holmes and a new verse by Jay Kelly Wright; Songs of the American Wars, including Chester, Tenting Tonight, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Ballad of the Green Berets, and A Sentry’s Prayer by Fred Gray, written to honor his son fighting in Afghanistan.
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Monday, October 29
Threat of flooding and high winds prompts officials to close schools, government offices and absentee voting.
As Hurricane Sandy barreled down the East Coast on Sunday, it’s beginning to look like the weather – not politics – will deliver the biggest October surprise this year.
Sunday, October 28
Current list of weather related closings that Connection Newspapers is aware of.
Threat of flooding, high winds from Hurricane Sandy prompts decision.
Better safe than sorry. Based on that philosophy, Fairfax County Public Schools announced early Sunday afternoon that all FCPS schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday because of the continuing threat of flooding and hurricane-force winds from Hurricane Sandy, a “rare hybrid storm” expected to make landfall on Monday.
Thursday, October 25
Hyland discusses strategy for funding field improvements.
“I’ll say this unequivocally,” Hyland said at the meeting with parents, students and VOICE leaders at West Potomac High School on the rainy evening of Oct. 15. “We’re going to find a way to have artificial turf fields at both West Potomac and Mount Vernon. That is going to happen.”
The study found that building a levee and a pumping station is the most cost-effective way to reduce flooding in the neighborhood. Bond funds are planned to pay to complete the design and build a 2,865-foot-long levee and pumping station, along with buying any land needed for this purpose.
New fire stations, library renovations, park improvements and more on Nov. 6 ballot.
On a recent Saturday afternoon, Monique Bell of Oakton was helping her 5-year-old daughter McKenzie sort through a dozen Halloween craft books at the Reston Regional Library. The library, one of the busiest branches in Fairfax County, has a collection of more than 215,000 volumes and circulates more than a million books a year.
Police are investigating an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven at 2405 Fairhaven Avenue. Three suspects entered the store around 4 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, produced a pistol and demanded money from the clerks.
Your Oct. 15 article "The Message is Not the Median" is welcomed by so many and this is a first great step in stopping sign pollution along our roadways.
This November's election is one of the most critical in a long, long time because it's a choice between freedom and opportunity or big government, more dependency and loss of freedom.
The 29th Annual Yacht Haven Garden Club Fashion Show, Luncheon & Silent Auction was held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club.
Volunteers started work on Friday, Oct. 19 removing shopping carts from Little Hunting Creek off Janna Lee Avenue.
Tables filled the east parking lot at Mount Vernon High School on Saturday, Oct. 20, for the annual fall rummage sale.
Call for student artwork and writing; deadline Dec. 3.
During the last week of each year, The Gazette devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children. The results are always remarkable. It is a keepsake edition for many families.
Next month, Virginia voters are being asked to change language in the Virginia constitution that dates to George Mason. Taxpayers should be wary.
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh has informed Colonel David M. Rohrer, Chief of Police, that in his legal opinion the officer who fired his weapon in a July 8 incident did so justifiably in fact and law.
Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred around 1:50 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.
Fairfax County Park Authority staff members and wetlands design professionals from Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc. will present a wetlands restoration plan for Huntley Meadows Park, a 50-plus acre freshwater wetland on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the park Visitor’s Center located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd. in Alexandria.
In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Women’s Group of Mount Vernon, Inc. is sponsoring a Grand Day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gum Spring Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road in Alexandria.
Art at the Center is offering a half-session of several classes beginning next week. Visit www.artatthecenter.org for details and to register.
Measure will allow property owners to seek damages for loss of profits and access.
Nowhere is the debate about eminent domain more intense than the foot of King Street in Alexandria, where city officials threatened to take land owned by the Old Dominion Boat Club using the power of eminent domain for flood mitigation.
Wednesday, October 24
Majors beat Chantilly in opening round of regionals.
The Mount Vernon field hockey team won its third National District title in the last four years.
Former Del. David Englin (D-45) was behind amendment now before voters.
Every year, the Virginia General Assembly convenes several weeks after the session to react to the governor’s vetoes.
Tuesday, October 23
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Friday, October 19
Advice for developing and strengthening sound money habits.
Money experts say creating sound financial health requires planning and discipline.
It was my father all right – in a dream. Standing five feet away, approximately, in a well-lit, local convenience store with which I am extremely familiar. This was no case of mistaken identity. Besides, he was wearing those blue, terrycloth shorts of his that my mother always hated. So yes, I called out to him, surprised as I was to see him, locally as it were.
Thursday, October 18
Local AAUW chapter spotlights global — and local — issue.
“It was in our backyard, who would have thought it could happen here,” said Catherine Krebs, president of the Mount Vernon branch of the AAUW, at a meeting on child sex trafficking at Sherwood Library on Thursday, Oct. 11.
The E&R Committee's resolution was also irresponsible, endorsing an extreme restoration proposal without any firm estimate from NPS as to the anticipated cost to taxpayers. People who serve in a civic capacity in our community need to be more careful to refrain from disguising advocacy as facts.
I recently completed the Fairfax County Transportation Survey by rating perhaps a dozen or more taxing options to “pay for $300 million in Fairfax County transportation needs” — I rated them all as not acceptable.
Historic Mount Vernon and Black Women United for Action hosted a remembrance ceremony and wreath-laying at the Slave Memorial on the Mount Vernon Estate on Saturday morning, Oct. 13.
Mount Vernon residents asked how to fill gap.
Approximately 25 people learned about an annual $300 million transportation deficit during a briefing session at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center on Thursday, Oct. 11.
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New law cracks down on political signs in public rights of way; $100 fine for violators.
Here’s a sign of the times for campaign 2012 — the roadsides in Fairfax County are almost completely free of political speech.
Friday, October 12
Custom-designed two-level window wall invites indoor/outdoor continuity.
“Homeowners come to us for design ideas that will open up space and invite indoor/outdoor continuum,” he said. “But new Fairfax County’s rules on wind-resistance requirements for large-scale windows are quite technical, and demand thoughtful engineering.”
In my opinion. It’s what I think. It’s what I feel. It’s what I think I feel. It may not be something I know, but it’s certainly something that I hope I know. And if it’s not exactly something that I know, then I hope it’s something I believe.
Thursday, October 11
Two West Potomac High students start graphic design business.
When Wake Coulter and Adam Privette walked on the streets last summer, distributing flyers and business cards and telling strangers about their graphic design business, they saw confusion and hesitance on most people’s faces.
Van Metre Companies, parent company of Mount Vernon Athletic Club, has been awarded Healthiest Employer 2012 by the Washington Business Journal.
Housing agency seeks proposals for high-density residential development.
Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland said last week that the Fairfax Housing Department is expected shortly to issue a request for proposals from the housing development industry to build high density residences on part of North Hill, the largest area of vacant land along Route 1.
If you disagree with your neighbor's political views, don't express your disagreement by becoming a criminal. Instead, obtain your own signs and display them on your own property.
Fundraiser supports programs, charities.
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church on Ft. Hunt Road kicked off its fall Pumpkin Patch fundraiser — now in its 8th year — on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to an apartment fire, on Sept. 22, at approximately 10:05 a.m. in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County.
PrimeTime will be Tuesday, October 23, from at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8592 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309.
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Wednesday, October 10
Majors edge Stuart with Heller’s stroke goal.
The Mount Vernon field hockey team beat Stuart, 1-0, on Oct. 6 .
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Ndereba, Johnson win 13.1-mile race.
Dreary skies couldn't dampen the spirits of more than 3,000 runners who took to the streets of Virginia and Maryland Oct. 7 in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, won by Kenyan Samuel Ndereba in 65 minutes and 15 seconds with American Kellyn Johnson leading the women in 1:13:24.
Success with breast cancer awareness should help other cancers.
October is breast cancer awareness month. Anyone connected to media of any variety already knows this. A massive marketing success, we all know that pink shows support for breast cancer prevention, especially in October.
Friday, October 5
President scores points talking about jobs, women’s rights … and Big Bird.
After a bruising debate with GOP challenger Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama did some boasting Friday, Oct. 5 at a campaign rally at George Mason University.
Given how I feel now, three-plus years later, and considering the results of this most recent scan, the future may simply be what it is: not now, but later. At least, that’s the way I see it, subjectively speaking. (Now whether “subjectively speaking” is just a euphemism for “unrealistic” is likely a topic for a “future” column.)
Thursday, October 4
After three years of hard work, finally, last week, the Westgrove Park off-leash dog area (OLDA) began to take shape.
An evening by the river.
The 19th Annual American Horticulture Society Gala was held Saturday, Sept. 22, at River Farm in Alexandria.
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Democratic National Convention keynote speaker San Antonio Mayor Julian Castor stopped by the Sacramento Center Organizing for America (OFA) Mount Vernon campaign office to meet with local supporters on Sept. 8.
SFDC staff examines challenges in the corridor.
The SFDC was formed by Fairfax County in 1982 to revitalize, market, and serve as a liaison for businesses looking to establish a presence along the Richmond Highway corridor from the Capital Beltway in the north to south at Fort Belvoir.
I am generally leery of selling government assets to foreign investors, but I am still considering this proposal. If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your delegate.
Wednesday, October 3
To vote on Election Day, you must be registered at your current address no later than Oct. 15, 2012. Registered voters should have received a new voter card in the mail by now. You can check your registration status online by visiting the State Board of Elections website at www.sbe.virginia.gov. There you can also download a voter registration form and mail or fax it to your elections office address.
Half Marathon to affect GW Parkway traffic.
The 3rd annual Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon will be running from Mount Vernon Estates to National Harbor on the George Washington Memorial Parkway on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 7.
Fairfax County prepares voters for new election measures.
"The good news in Fairfax County is that almost everyone who is eligible is registered to vote," said Cameron Quinn, Fairfax County’s chief election official. "Our problem in Fairfax County is not voter apathy, and it’s not getting people to register. What we don't have is every registered voter registered at their correct address."