Tuesday, December 29
Robot of the Future, by Christopher, 4th Grade, Riverside Elementary, teacher: Ms. Land.
An Insider’s View on the Bull Run Festival of Lights; open through Jan. 10, and maybe more
The Bull Run Festival of Lights is the largest light show in the Washington Metropolitan area, and this winter it is more popular than ever before.
Monday, December 28
Volunteers will count birds, locally and nationwide
Between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5, volunteers will fan out across the Washington metropolitan area and count birds – birds foraging in fields, hopping around front yards, poking in the leaf litter, perching in trees, wading in wetlands, feeding at feeders, flying, bathing, swimming, sleeping, all the things birds do.
Firefighters and Friends continue annual toy drive
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, in partnership with Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, continued its annual toy drive with a scaled-down distribution day Dec. 15 at Penn Daw Fire Station 11.
Thursday, December 24
Having recently returned from a driving sojourn through the South, with stops and stays in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, visiting four sets of friends in those three states, I can say with certainty that wearing masks, social distancing and common sense consideration for your fellow citizen were not nearly so accepted as we had hoped.
Ideas for coping with being alone on the holiday
While Christmas Day will be different and difficult for many this year, it will be especially difficult for seniors who live alone and will be in solitude because of COVID-19 risks.
Ella Kissi-Debrah had severe asthma, frequently visiting the ER with cardiac and respiratory arrest.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
The pages of the Connection (including the Alexandria Gazette Packet, the Mount Vernon Gazette, the Potomac Almanac and the Centre View) are usually full of holiday spirit, beginning before Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, December 23
Lawmakers to consider expanding appeals court, providing new oversight to judges.
Virginia is the only state in the country that does not guarantee a right to appeal, allowing circuit court judges to make decisions with little oversight or scrutiny. Critics have been calling for reform ever since the Court of Appeals was first created in 1985. The Supreme Court of Virginia recommended an appeal of right as a "long term goal" in 2018. Now, Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants lawmakers to add four judges and support staff "to ensure the court can hear more appeals cases in a timely manner under an increasing workload."
Monday, December 21
Ground water seeping up regularly may be a sign.
With the Potomac River a few hundred yards away, residents of Fort Hunt are seeing ground water seeping up, running down the sidewalks and low-lying street areas.
Thursday, December 17
Consignment shops and estate sale hubs in the Mount Vernon corridor.
Wednesday, December 16
Now is the time not only to give generously to your favorite charities but also to give wisely and knowingly.
The holidays are a time for sharing our blessings with those we love and those in need.
...and now I'm out – of the Handel's Messiah sweepstakes.
The 2020 Spring class of Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN) graduated, finally, in a Zoom ceremony on Dec. 14.
The pandemic leads to altered and new traditions.
When schools adjourn for winter break, the anticipation of a COVID-19 pandemic holiday season will become a reality.
Saturday, December 12
They’re tough to “outfox.”
Foxes are very adaptable to human environments, Fairfax County wildlife biologist Erin Thady told 70 attendees at a Dec. 6 Zoom talk sponsored by the Friends of Mason Neck State Park.
Façade improvements continue during pandemic
In early December, shoppers aren’t the only ones busy at Belle View Shopping Center in Mount Vernon.
Friday, December 11
Just like every year, COVID-19 or not, the season of thanksgiving is followed by the season of giving.
Thursday, December 10
Spot improvement projects along Telegraph Road improve traffic flow.
Road project in Lee District
Mount Vernon native Callie Brownson is now a Cleveland Browns Coach
Female NFL Coach
Lawmakers to reconsider mandatory minimum for assaulting law enforcement
Earlier this year, lawmakers rejected a bill that would have ditched the mandatory minimum sentence for assaulting a law-enforcement officer. Now the General Assembly is about to consider the issue again.
The 2021 General Assembly session is a month away and my staff and I are busy in preparation.
Virginia observes Puppy Mill Awareness Month
Second article in series.
Wednesday, December 9
Highlights of discussion and actions that impact all who live, work and play in the diverse county
Dec. 1 marked the final Fairfax County Full Board of Supervisors Meeting with Public Comment of 2020.
Award for his efforts to pass the Great American Outdoors Act
Monday, Dec. 7, at an outdoor and socially-distanced ceremony at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) was awarded the National Park Foundation’s Hero Award by Foundation President, Will Shafroth.
Tuesday, December 8
As with many traditions, the pandemic is altering celebrations.
The non-stop – or so it seems, television advertising letting all of us viewers know that the 2020 Medicare Open Enrollment window is about to slam shut is nearly over.
Friday, December 4
Wind blew and whistled over a soft piano until cracks of thunder and a baby's cries punctured the surroundings.
During Covid-19, the show will be seen through live acting, animation, and virtual reality.
Continuing with its holiday tradition (with Covid-19 restrictions), the Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” from Dec. 4-19, 2020 through live acting, animation, and virtual reality.
Leaders must step up.
The reality of proposed cuts to our Metrorail and Metrobus service in the absence of a rescue package is now clear.
Like everything else, the Children's Gazette will be different in 2020.
Thursday, December 3
Newly created redistricting commission zooms toward new maps in 2021
Now that voters have approved a constitutional amendment creating a new redistricting commission, the pieces have already started falling into place for how the commission will work and who will serve on it.
With the approval of Amendment #1 by 66% of Virginia voters at the ballot box last month, the new redistricting process is now underway and the map-drawing is shifted to a 16-member bipartisan commission.
Not that I'm the most-stressed about it, but I am at least stressed about a bone scan I'm having this week.
Wednesday, December 2
In February, the 2020 General Assembly unanimously designated December as Virginia’s Puppy Mill Awareness Month.
Museum showcases display cases, first hand accounts, newsreel footage and more.
Inside the Army museum
Public comments show mixed opinions for the slope planned at Lorton Landfill.
Fairfax Peak skiing
FCPS Virtual and In-Person Learning During COVID 2020
Dec. 1 marked the day that Fairfax County Public Schools students in Group 5, those in Early Head Start, PreK, Kindergarten, and some who receive special education services were to at last transition out of distance learning and walk through school doors to receive two days a week of in-person learning.
Neighborhood Patrol Units are in every district.
The boots on the ground for the Fairfax County Police Department include the numerous bicycle squads cruising throughout the county, keeping communities safe while interacting with the public on a daily basis.
Batting addictions during the holidays
With the holidays come an increase in imbibing.
Tuesday, December 1
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue participating in TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will be participating in the Annual National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ 2020 TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign.
Like everything else, the Children's Connection will be different in 2020.
Given the evolving COVID-19 restrictions and guidance in response to another wave of infections, I believe I have an idea for information proliferation.