Wednesday, March 31
Spring has finally sprung, and that means that the 2021 campaign season is now in full swing!
Alexandria delegation works with the governor to legalize marijuana on July 1.
Alexandria is about to become the capital of marijuana in Virginia. The city's legislative delegation is at the center of an effort poised to legalize weed this summer, years ahead of an agreement that was struck behind closed doors at the end of the General Assembly session in February.
Tuesday, March 30
Sunday, March 28
Ordinarily, I'd be writing this column this weekend – after this week's events.
Saturday, March 27
Today (Tuesday, March 23) the Board of Supervisors passed a modification of its Zoning Ordinance (zMOD) by a vote of 7 to 3.
Thursday, March 25
Parent turns a donation into a lesson on positivity for others.
Wednesday, March 24
It’s official — I am running for re-election as your Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly and will be back on the ballot!
Monday, March 22
Jon Gates, Principal of Hollin Meadows Elementary, captured the mood of being back in school starting last week in an email to parents:
Colonel Marion “Barney” Barnwell, a longtime resident and community activist in the Mount Vernon District, passed suddenly last week and will be missed by the many people that he connected with and whose lives he touched.
My legislation abolishing capital punishment was one of the most daunting and rewarding bills I have ever sponsored.
The 2021 General Assembly session has ended until we reconvene in April to consider any vetoes by Gov. Ralph Northam.
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You need local newspapers.
Sunday, March 21
The record is open for written comments; pressure is on to get it right
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on March 23 at 4:30 p.m. on the new and modernized zoning ordinance (zMOD).
Body found in Giles Run creek remains a mystery since 1972 as does the exact location of his burial plot in a Mount Vernon graveyard.
Saturday, March 20
As county employees, we work tirelessly to provide essential services, often behind the scenes, to make sure our county continues to run and families get what they need during this difficult time.
Friday, March 19
Motorcycle hits bus, bursts into flames.
A letter, historic overlay implementation and a 6,000 signature petition are there to keep it the same.
Parents sue to stop TJ’s admission policy changes, alleging anti-Asian race discrimination.
The Fairfax County School Board and Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand face a new lawsuit filed against them last week in United States District Court in Alexandria.
Literally and figuratively.
Actions and words by Fairfax County leadership and citizens
In our new series, County Highlights, the Connection spotlights actions and comments by Fairfax County officials, public servants, and local citizens who call the County's 406 square miles home.
Thursday, March 18
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A year later, Covid continues to be the most compelling, most local issue that we face.
Local authors and therapists offer thoughts and guidance.
As a middle school student, Sofie Jacobs was at times mocked by other girls for her fastidious study habits and the good grades she received as a result.
Global warming is just one of the many messages expressed in arts competition.
Wednesday, March 17
It’s been one year since the Commonwealth and the nation locked down with the first restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, and when we learned only that to do everything possible to save lives it was necessary to wear a mask and even better, to stay isolated from each other.
Monday, March 15
High-capacity Covid-19 vaccination site to open in Alexandria as the one-year mark in the pandemic passes
A large-scale vaccination center for Northern Virginia is slated to open by the end of March at the long-vacant Victory Center, with the ability to provide upwards of 6,000 doses per day of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Mow less, mow high, grow more, choose nature.
The manicured lawn may be an iconic symbol of the American suburbs, but lawns have ecological downsides, and there are alternatives, Tami Sheiffer told members of the Friends of Mason Neck at a March 7 Zoom meeting titled “Mow Less, Grow More.”
How sad that River Farm could possibly be taken over by developers, without any concern for the impact it would have on our beloved community.
The north end Small Area Plan does not leave bike trail users high and dry.
Bicyclists won’t be left out of the plans when the GenOn Energy plant is redeveloped as a major part of the Old Town North Small Area Plan, originally adopted by the city in 2017.
Sunday, March 14
Many wear masks on the trail regardless.
The rules about wearing masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 indicate that if you are outdoors and practicing social distancing, things are relatively safe.
Friday, March 12
For most people, the cursory greeting “How are you?” elicits a cursory “Fine, and you?” But for Roy Gravatte, it was a chance to show his gratitude in life with his signature response to anyone who asked: “Better than I deserve.”
The Fairfax County Commission For Women celebrates Women’s History Month 2021.
Thursday, March 11
I realize I'm cancer-centric, especially in these columns, but for some reason that centricity didn't acknowledge my February 27th cancer anniversary.
Equity costs - and paying that price will not be fair, but it will be just.
If Black people had a dollar for every individual, organization, and company that publicly professed a commitment to antiracism and racial equity while holding up progress in the name of “fairness,” we could have closed the racial wealth gap ten times over.
It's not a done deal.
The Fairfax County Planning Commission voted 11-0 to recommend denial to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to replace the current zoning ordinance establishing specific regulations for flags and flagpoles in the New and Modernized Zoning Ordinance (zMOD Updates) countywide.
New research into the health benefits of being in nature prompted the Wall Street Journal reporter Betsy Morris to do a story titled, "For Better Health During the Pandemic, Is Two hours Outdoors the New 10,000 Steps?"
Wednesday, March 10
Compromise on expungement: automatic for some misdemeanors, petition for some felonies.
Marijuana convictions will be automatically expunged under a bill now under consideration by Gov. Ralph Northam, although convictions for crack cocaine will require missing a day of work and probably hiring a lawyer to go to court and seal the record. The legislation is a compromise crafted late in the General Assembly session by House Majority Leader Charniele Herring of Alexandria and state Sen. Scott Surovell (D-36), who clashed repeatedly over the last year about how the process should work.
Saturday, March 6
Tree snags are “a gourmet restaurant,” that is, from a bird’s perspective, Larry Cartwright told a group of Northern Virginia Audubon at Home ambassadors on Feb. 20 in a Zoom meeting.
Friday, March 5
Well, those last two weeks were kind of fun, (comparatively speaking) to the dozen or so previous weeks.
Thursday, March 4
Holds collaborative meetings with union reps to write rules
Most Fairfax County public employees who provide vital services in education, safety, healthcare, and sanitation like others in counties, cities, and towns across the Commonwealth, will gain a new right on May 1, 2021.
How creating a daily routine can ease anxiety during times of uncertainty
Her days were overwhelmingly stressful.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
In 2007, my kids and I were at a fireworks show in Vienna that was so grand we were in awe of each burst.
The county juggles the tax rate, but higher tax bills are on the horizon.
Home Assessments Increase
Enormous number of measures baked into budget to address critical needs in an unprecedented year
The 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly came to a close on Monday, March 1st, which really concluded with a long twelve hours on the floor Saturday that included the final passage of the Budget bill, and tax conformity legislation that set a critical $100,000 threshold for PPP expense deductibility for 2020 for all businesses in the Commonwealth.
NOVA Parks and partners made an offer but the farm remains on the market.
In an attempt to keep the property open to the public, the NOVA Parks, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, and their partners recently made an offer to buy River Farm in Mount Vernon, but the American Horticultural Society board of directors has voted to decline their offer, looking for their original asking price of $32,900,000 that they say they need to keep the society in operation.