Archive: November 2006

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 30, 2006; 1:34 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fort Belvoir Commander on BRAC challenges

Col. Brian W. Lauritzen, the installation commander at Fort Belvoir takes charge of this week's Voices of Fairfax guest column and, using another challenge, offers his thoughts on the ones presented by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's recommendations for the post....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 30, 2006; 1:22 PM ET | Email a Comment

A Night With a Child Protective Services Worker

This Fairfax Extra story introduces us to Ann Ochs, a social worker with the county's Child Protective Services, and offers us a look at her important and delicate work as an advocate for those to young to defend themselves....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 30, 2006; 1:03 PM ET | Email a Comment

A Better Way to Evaluate Mentally Ill?

In response to a shortage of independent mental health professionals in Fairfax County, the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards is pushing for a law that would decrease the complexity of the legal proceedings by which mentally ill people can be involuntarily hospitalized. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 30, 2006; 12:45 PM ET | Email a Comment

County Employees Suspected of Fuel Thefts

Widespread abuse of fuel pumps used to fill tanks of county vehicles may have been going on for years, according to an internal audit by the county. The Metro section article is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 30, 2006; 10:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE: Falls Church Man Admits to Burglaries

Updated 11/30 Dalmas admitted guilt in court yesterday. The news article is here. Originally posted 2/8 George C. Dalmas III, 44, an employee of the CIA was in a Fairfax courtroom yesterday where a judge set bail at $1.65 million for the McLean area break-ins. Today's Metro section has the story....

By | November 30, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 12/1: County Relents On Churches' Food Service To Homeless

Updated 12/1 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly (D) blamed overzealous county employees for the policy to restrict church charitable food service to the homeless when he announced yesterday that county government would not interfere with the work. The news is here. Originally posted 11/29 Unless they are prepared in kitchens that meet the same tough health code requirements for restaurants, meals provided by church homeless shelters are forbidden, say county officials. A front page article from today's Washington Post is here. What's your opinion? Some community leaders say that to most homeless people, the chance for a hot, home-cooked meal would outweigh any consideration of the slight chance of contracting a food-borne illness. Should the county be getting into this? UPDATE: This afternoon the county released the following statement in response to the Washington Post's front page story. Fairfax County Response to Misinformation About Feeding the Homeless...

By Focus on Fairfax | November 29, 2006; 10:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

New Mixing Bowl Ramp Opens Next Week

Experienced Capital Beltway travelers know it well--the long back-up in the right lanes of the outer loop of I-495 leading to the ramp to I-95 south. Some approach the ramp with dread. According to this article in today's Metro section the latest phase of the Springfield interchange project to be completed is expected to have a dramatic positive effect at reducing afternoon congestion and accidents at the location....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 29, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Email a Comment

Mobile Home Park Residents Get Reprieve for Now

Residents of the Penn-Daw Mobile Home Park in southern Fairfax County recently got word that a developer has scrapped a plan to remake the 90-home community as a mixed-use residential, office and retail site with as many as 700 new apartments ans townhouses. Most Penn-Daw residents aren't confident that this is the end. They say that redevelopment of the property is inevitable and wonder where and how they will find a place in Fairfax to live when it does. This front page article in today's Washington Post has the story....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 28, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Email a Comment

Kaine in Fairfax to Kick Off Transportation Fund Rally

Gov. Tim Kaine is renewing his effort to get money for transportation fixes and growth controls when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. Yesterday he spent the day touring Northern Virginia to promote his plan. The details are here....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 28, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Helping Parents Helping Kids With School Work

Fairfax County is among the local jurisdictions that offer seminars for parents who want to help their children with their school work. Read about it in this article from today's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 27, 2006; 11:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 11/28: Suicide Connected to Annandale Teacher's Murder

Updated 11/28 New details in the case are revealed in this story from today's Metro section. Originally posted 11/27 The murder of Julie Mansfield Adams, a special education teacher at Virginia Run Elementary School in Centreville, was discovered after a note was found near the site of an apparent suicide in W. Va. The story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 27, 2006; 11:39 AM ET | Email a Comment

Happy Thanksgiving! Check Out Thursday's Extra

Best wishes to our readers for safe and happy holiday from the Washington Post staff that help to bring you Focus on Fairfax. The blog will resume with regular new posts on Monday. In the meantime, don't forget to check out this week's Fairfax Extra coming your way on Thanksgiving Day. You'll learn about a group that organizes the county's charitable events and there's a list of who is asking for what during the holidays. And there are the usual: home sales (and the top 10 sales), business notes, Live!, a piece on (we know the timing isn't great) an obesity conference, rollcall and, of course, high school sports at turkey time. All of these are calorie free, so enjoy without guilt, before, with or after your holiday meal....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 21, 2006; 3:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE: Abducted Fairfax County Child Found Unharmed

UPDATE: Here is a news release from the Fairfax County Police Department. The following was posted on washingtonpost.com at Noon today. The Associated Press Virginia State Police and the Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse say a one-year-old child in Fairfax County has been abducted. Authorities have issued an Endangered Missing Child Alert for the boy. The Fairfax County Police Department is looking for one-year-old Zian Armani Holeman. Police say he was last seen in Alexandria yesterday evening with the suspect -- 26-year-old Vernice Simmons -- and is believed to be in danger. Simmons is described as black, 5-foot-6, about 210 pounds, with brown eyes and straight black hair. She was wearing a blue hooded shirt, dark jeans and white sneakers. Vernice Simmons (Fairfax County Police Dept.) The baby is described as a black male, 18-inches tall and weighing 21 pounds. He was wearing a black-and-red hooded shirt, blue jeans, black Timberland...

By Focus on Fairfax | November 20, 2006; 2:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

Care For Mentally Ill Is Hard To Find

Updated 11/20 This article from yesterday's Metro section reveals that, while there is still a long way to go in reducing the caseload for therapists, for now the waiting list of those low-income adults seeking treatment has been eliminated. Updated 7/18 According to this story in today's Metro section, the number of low-income adults in Fairfax County waiting to be seen by a mental health professional has nearly doubled in the last three months. Originally posted 5/30 Several violent crimes by people with histories of mental illness--including the shooting deaths of two Fairfax County police officers--prompts questions about why these individuals were not in treatment. According to this article, mental health officials say that getting some potentially violent people much needed care is increasingly difficult....

By | November 20, 2006; 2:45 AM ET | Email a Comment

The Virginia Divide--Still Have Thoughts?

This article from yesterday's Washington Post on the political and cultural divide between Northern (and other urban areas of Virginia) and other parts of the state drew dozens of comments. Focus on Fairfax readers can continue the discussion--or join it--here....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 17, 2006; 9:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra Today--inside Home Sexn.

This week's Fairfax Extra is, as usual, packed with lots of useful information for the Post's Fairfax readers. Michael Shear's Virginia Notebook column analyzes who won and who lost -- besides the candidates -- in last week's elections. Also likely to draw strong interest is Jay Mathews' Extra Credit column which focuses on the plan to open a new gifted and talent center at Luther Jackson Middle School to handle overflow from an overcrowded center at Kilmer Middle School. Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities,...

By Focus on Fairfax | November 16, 2006; 10:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

South County Principal Earns Leadership Award

An article in today's Fairfax Extra introduces readers to Dale Rumberger, principal and of the South County Secondary School and the principle booster of the school's students. For his leadership, Rumberger was recently named one of The Washington Post's Distinguished Educational Leadership Award winners....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 16, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Immigrant Students Thrive at Alternative High Schools

In some people minds, alternative schools are places for high school students with disciplinary problems, but at Fairfax County's alternative schools, most of the students are recent immigrants -- too old for regular high schools -- seeking their high school diplomas. Read the story in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 16, 2006; 10:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Conservation Projects Honored

From today's Fairfax Extra comes this story about the non-profit organization Scenic Virginia and the conservation projects it chose to honor this year....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 16, 2006; 10:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Calling All AP and IB Students

Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews wants to hear how handling a college level workload affects your life. Here is a link to his Extra Credit column with the details....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 10, 2006; 11:38 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Mount Gilead

This week's Fairfax Extra cover story takes us inside the ordinary middle-class home of the 1780s that is known as Mount Gilead. For a look at how Fairfax County residents lived more than 200 years ago, check it out....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 10, 2006; 11:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

Kaine Rescues Day-Care Program

Gov. Tim Kaine came to Fairfax County yesterday with enough money (3.7 million) left over from state social programs to make up a shortfall of federal dollars that were needed to keep a day-care program for low income families operating. The story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 10, 2006; 11:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more.......

By Focus on Fairfax | November 10, 2006; 8:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 11/9: VDOT: Dulles Area Development A No Go

Updated 11/9 The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors yesterday rejected the proposal to build the development. The story is here. Updated 8/30 According to this article from today's Metro section, the plan to develop the new homes is gathering momentum. Updated 7/21 According to this story strong criticism is being levelled at both the development plan and the VDOT traffic study. Originally posted 7/14 A planned development of 28,000 new houses in Loudoun County will lead to massive traffic tie-ups on local roads from Herndon to Haymarket according to what officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation have to say in this article in today's Metro section....

By | November 9, 2006; 9:10 AM ET | Email a Comment

Thoughts about the Election?

While all of the incumbent members of the U.S. House of Representatives whose districts include parts of Fairfax County retained their seats, the Democratic shift in Northern Virginia is seen by some as an important factor in the apparent Jim Webb Senate victory over Sen. George Allen. What are your predictions about the future of the Virginia political scene, how do you think it will factor into the national picture and what do you think it means for Fairfax?...

By Focus on Fairfax | November 9, 2006; 8:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

How Did Your Precinct Vote?

This morning's Washington Post provides this overview of yesterday's election results and this analysis of the trend in the Washington suburbs. For specific information about how your precinct voted, check out this page of unofficial numbers as provided by the county....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 8, 2006; 10:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax, Other Area Counties Tire of Waiting for Road Funds

Fairfax County isn't alone in deciding that we might all grow old waiting for long-promised state funds for transportation projects. The solution: Pay for it locally, even if that means going into debt. The story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 7, 2006; 2:53 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 11/13: Raptors Win Under Fired Coaches

Updated 11/13 Check this article for news about the team's win in a special game against the Gainesville Grizzlies. Originally posted 11/6 Been following the story of the South County Raptors of the Fairfax County Youth Football League? It turns out the team might get to play one final game yet. The news is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 6, 2006; 11:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 11/6: Aggressive Lobbying Underway for Mentally Disabled

Updated 11/6 This article from today's paper illustrates the severity of the shortage of care for the mentally ill in our community. Originally posted 10/19 Advocates for those with mental disbilites are making push for Richmond lawmakers to step up and help with more money for locally-administered programs. The story is in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 6, 2006; 8:15 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Wants Trucks Banned From 193

Citing safety concerns on a winding eight-mile stretch of Route 193 through Great Falls, the county Board of Supervisors is asking VDOT to ban heavy trucks fro using the road. The Post's article is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 3, 2006; 10:59 AM ET | Email a Comment

Your Fairfax Voters Guide

Today's Fairfax Extra offers a comprehensive look at the candidates, questions and issues that face voters in Tuesday's elections. Be sure to check the articles on the Virginia Senate race, the Congressional contests (8th District, 10th District, 11th District) and Fairfax County's bond referenda....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 2, 2006; 11:35 AM ET | Email a Comment

Democrats Gather Strength in Fairfax

This article focuses on the growing power of Democratic politics in the county, where the GOP once was clearly dominant. In Clifton, long a Republican sure bet, a women's organization of democratic activists nowboasts 300 members....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 2, 2006; 11:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

Grosvenor Voters' Station Moved

From today's Metro section: Voters in Fairfax County's Grosvenor precinct will switch polling places for Tuesday's election. Renovations at the usual location, Riverside Park Apartments, mean that voters will have to visit the Huntington Community Center, 5751 Liberty Dr. in the Alexandria section. The Board of Elections has notified by mail registered voters affected by the temporary change. For more information about the change and other polling locations, call 703-222-0776 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/eb. -- Lisa Rein...

By Focus on Fairfax | November 2, 2006; 8:49 AM ET | Email a Comment

Rob, Return, Repeat

Fairfax County police believe that a bank robber who held up a Huntington Wachovia branch last week brazenly returned for a second helping of cash in another robbery at the same location yesterday. This Metro section story has all the details....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 1, 2006; 11:41 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Officials Want Proof of Residency For Day Laborers

Under a proposed plan for running the Herndon Official Workers Center, the center would be run more like a private employment agency and workers would be required to submit proof of citizenship or legal U.S. residency. The move is the latest in a series of moves by town officials to make Herndon less hospitable to illegal immigrants. Read the Post's article here....

By Focus on Fairfax | November 1, 2006; 11:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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