Archive: May 2007

Arts in the Parks Gets Underway This Weekend

The Fairfax County Park Authority's annual summer series of concerts and other arts events at various parks located throughout the county gets underway this weekend. Read this piece from the Fairfax Extra to find out how things kick off....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 1:30 PM ET | Email a Comment

South County Takes Four Cappies

The results are in for the Washington area's awards for high school theater and South County Secondary School and other Fairfax schools were among the top award winners. Read all about the results here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 1:23 PM ET | Email a Comment

Politics Anyone? About the Debate, etc.

Issues in the news in today's Fairfax Politics column include last week's debate between the Democratic candidates for the Providence District Supervisor's seat which left a bitter taste in the mouths of many attendees. Also of note is an item on the Fairfax Electoral Board's interoffice email advising staff to lay low on complaints about how Vienna's town elections are managed and latest on Herndon's hard-line stance on immigration issues. Check out the column in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 1:03 PM ET | Email a Comment

County's Committment to Affordable Housing

Fairfax County government leaders have long been saying that more needs to be done to provide affordable housing here in one of the nation's wealthiest jurisdictions. To that end, the county will commit $23 million to affordable housing in fiscal 2008 and to provide over the next four years 2,200 new units of affordable housing for families earning no more than $47,250 per year. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 12:43 PM ET | Email a Comment

Meet The All-Extra Teams

Fairfax's best high school athletes and the coaches of the year are all profiled in today's Fairfax Extra. Click these links to learn about the best players in golf, softball, baseball, gymnastics, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, girl's tennis, boys' track and field, girls' track and field, boys' tennis, girls' lacrosse, boys' lacrosse, and rowing....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 12:30 PM ET | Email a Comment

Gang Initiation in Schools Restrooms

News that police arrested four students at South County Secondary School in March for conducting a gang initiation in a school restroom -- the second such incident in a county school in recent months -- was in this morning's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Email a Comment

Providence Primary: a Hint of Connolly's Future?

According to this article from today's Metro section, the primary election for the Democratic candidate for the Providence District Supervisor's seat between incumbent Linda Q. Smyth and challenger Charles W. Hall could foreshadow how things will play out for Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly who has guided Smyth throughout her political career. The story is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 29, 2007; 11:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

And The Green Grass Grew All Around, All Around

Tall grass in medians and along public roadways in Fairfax County is generating many complaints to county supervisors' offices. But mowing is the responsibility of the Virginia Department of Transportation, not the county. Tall grass, un-mowed on the median strip along Braddock Road blocks a clear view of the west bound traffic wishing to turn left off Braddock Road into a subdivision. (Photo by Richard A. Lipski ) But it's an election year and being seen as responsive is important, so local leaders are adding their voices to the hue and cry. The news from the Post's Metro section is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 29, 2007; 10:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Supervisors Seek End to Loopholes on Home Additions

For years say county officials, builders have been exploiting a loophole in the county code that allows them to build what are essentially new homes on existing foundations and call the projects additions, thus avoiding meeting more stringent health and safety requirements. Now the Board of Supervisors is looking to close the loophole. Read about it here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 25, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police Kill Man in Alexandria Area Drug Raid

One suspect is dead and two are in custody after Fairfax County police conducted a drug raid at an Alexandria area motel. Police said they fired on the suspect who was killed after he failed to obey their orders and exhibited a gun. The story is in today's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 25, 2007; 10:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Considers Restrictions On Big-Box Retailers

County government leaders, who have articulated a desire to revitalize an ever-increasingly urban Fairfax, have put restrictions on mammoth one-story stores on the table. The news is in today's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 18, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Judicial Nominees

Sens. Warner and Webb came up with the names, President Bush gets to pick: Read this article from the Fairfax Extra to see who has been nominated to fill a judge's seat for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 3:32 PM ET | Email a Comment

Meet The Cappies Nominees

The Cappies high school theater program has announced its annual award nominees. Check out this article from the Fairfax Extra to meet them....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 3:26 PM ET | Email a Comment

Falls Church Teen Looking Out For Wounded Soldiers

Ian S. Wilson, 13, of Falls Church, was outraged when reports of substandard care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center emerged earlier this year. Wilson, whose brother Gordon Hamm is serving in Iraq, focused his anger and made a prize-winning documentary film about the subject. Today's Military Matters column tells the tale....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 2:47 PM ET | Email a Comment

Advice on Student Loans

Have a student headed to college in the fall? Read this interview with Robert Shireman, the executive director of the Project on Student Debt, courtesy of today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 2:29 PM ET | Email a Comment

Resident Pushes to Better Supervise Sex Offenders

Diane C. Beatty took the experience of her own childhood sexual abuse and focused her energy on helping police keep convicted sex offenders from committing further offenses. Read all about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 2:16 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/17: Judge Dismisses Falls Church's Suit Over Water Service

Updated 5/17 Yesterday's federal court ruling clears the way for the Fairfax Water to sell water to county residents who have traditionally obtained water from the City of Falls Church, according to today's news from the Metro section. Originally posted 3/13 The Fairfax County Water Authority has asked for a dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the City of Falls Church over who has the rights to provide water service to county residents in some neighborhoods adjacent to the city. Read about it in this story from today's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 8:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Kept Quiet on Rating For Building Inspections

An independent finding last year that Fairfax County's residential building inspectors were carrying workloads beyond their capacity to adequately do their jobs was not released publicly for 11 months. A front page article on the news is here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 15, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Email a Comment

Immigration and Overcrowded Houses

This front page article in yesterday's paper on neighborhood disputes over overcrowded houses in Fairfax County has spawned a spirited discussion with people from Fairfax, the Washington region and elsewhere in the country, joining in by posting comments about the problem. Focus on Fairfax invites readers to continue the discussion here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 14, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Growing Jewish Community Bonded By Children

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story relates how Jewish families in Northern Virginia have been brought together for family activities centered around children's needs and interests. The families came together through Shalom Baby, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 10, 2007; 12:56 PM ET | Email a Comment

Extra's Varsity Letter Salutes Sports and Moms

The Fairfax Extra's weekly sports column, Varsity Letter, this week introduces us to some mothers who go above and beyond in their support children and their school's athletic programs. Elsewhere in the Extra, check out the Virginia Notebook politics column which reports on a Democratic fundraising edge for this fall's election. 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 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 features 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 | May 10, 2007; 12:38 PM ET | Email a Comment

Prof Sees Goodness in Aftermath of Va.Tech Tragedy

Andrew Carle, an assistant professor at George Mason University said that the outpouring of grief and sympathy from strangers for the victims of last month's mass murder at Virginia Tech has shown him "proof of the overwhelming goodness of our world, and the people in it." Carle writes today in the Fairfax Extra's Voices of Fairfax opinion column....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 10, 2007; 12:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

School Bond Referendum Set for Nov. 6

A $365.2 million bond measure will be put before voters in the Nov.6 election. The Fairfax County School Board would use the money to build two new schools and renovate and expand others and to expand the county's full-day kindergarten program. The news is in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 10, 2007; 12:11 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/9: Arrest in School Food Tampering

Updated 5/9 Police said today they have arrested a student at the school. The news is here. Originally posted 5/8 Three straight pins have been discovered in school cafeteria food at Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon over the past two weeks. Police think the pins were inserted by someone at the school. A news story is in today's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/9 : Fairfax Officers Remembered

Updated 5/9 A report from yesterday's unveiling of a memorial to the fallen officers is here. Originally posted 5/8 The attack on the Sully District police station that claimed the lives of two Fairfax County police officers occurred one year ago today. Read here to find out how the officers are being remembered and how the other officers at the station have been coping with the loss of their comrades....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2007; 9:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/7: Some Voters Complain of Irregularities in Vienna Town Election

Updated 5/7 This article from yesterday's Metro section cataloged some of the complaints form voters and candidates about how the election came off. Originally posted 5/4 Three incumbent Vienna Town Council members were returned to their seats yesterday in a town election that saw 22 percent of registered voters cast ballots. The story is in today's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 7, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

Comedy Central Focuses on Fairfax, Tom Davis

Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's satiric news commentary show, "The Colbert Report" took a look at Virginia's 11th Congressional District last night, complete with an interview with Rep. Tom Davis (R). Watch the video here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 4, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

Sense of Community Grows in Coffee Shop

Independent coffee shop Janet's Java on Telegraph Road, just south of the the road's Beltway interchange has been brewing up good times for its clientele despite it's less-than-ideal location on the side of the highway and in the shadow of major highway construction. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 11:09 AM ET | Email a Comment

Dulles International Opens USO Lounge

A new welcome center designed for the 300,000 men and women in uniform who pass annually through Dulles International Airport is finally open. Read about it in today's Military Matters column....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

What's Going Where

It's the first Thursday of the month and that means it's once again time for our regular look at what new building projects are in store for your neighborhood. Check it out here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 10:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Politics

Today's Fairfax Politics column tells of a former Herndon Town Council Member who is defying the a new town law and refusing to prove her legal immigration status to get a license for her small private business. Carol Bruce says her defiance is a protest and sets up a potential legal challenge to the law. Also, Democrat Jeff Kaye is juggling his chief of staff duties for retiring Lee District Supervisor T. Dana Kauffman (D) even as he campaigns for Kauffman's seat. Finally, there is James E. Hyland, the new chair of the Fairfax County GOP. All in the Politics column by Bill Turque in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 10:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/4: Jury Recommends Maximum Sentence for Child's Murder at Unlicensed Care Center

Updated 5/4 From today's Metro section: A Fairfax County jury took less than 15 minutes yesterday to recommend the maximum 40-year prison sentence for a man convicted of killing a 21-month-old boy last fall. Mohammad A. Ahmad, 24, was in his rented Kingstowne townhouse Sept. 12, watching three small children while his wife, who ran a home day-care center, was out doing errands. When the wife returned several hours later, Myles Simon was lying dead in a bedroom, witnesses said. A medical examiner said Myles had suffered severe blows to the head that probably killed him instantly. The jury found Ahmad guilty of second-degree murder Wednesday, then returned to consider a sentence in the range of five to 40 years. Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Leslie M. Alden will sentence Ahmad June 14. The judge can impose or reduce the 40-year term. -- Tom Jackman Updated 5/3 From today's Metro Section:...

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Email a Comment

More Than 3,200 New Students Projected From Belvoir Expansion

Fairfax County Public Schools will need to prepare for an influx of 3,200 new students because of the Fort Belvoir BRAC expansion, according to estimates from the U.S. Army. Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) said he expects the U.S. Government to share the costs of new school construction and other expenses associated with the sudden increase in the number of schoolchildren. Read the tale in this Metro news article....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/3: Assistant Prosecuter Resigns in Wake of Criticism

Updated 5/3 Toni S. Fay announced yesterday that she will resign effective next Friday. The news is in this morning's Metro section. Originally posted 3/22 The Fairfax County prosecutor in charge of the case of a Fort Washington minister accused of raping and beating a woman in Fairfax City last year, informed neither the victim nor her superiors that she would seek reduced charges against the man. Even as Rev. Eugene A. Marriott Jr. was sentenced to 16 months in prison Assistant Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Toni S. Fay, said "I wish Mr. Marriott well." The victim in the crime said she was "shocked" and Fay's boss, Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr., said he was stunned by the action. Today's Metro section has the story....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 3, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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