Archive: May 2008

Ft. Belvoir Commander to Retire

According to this article in today's Fairfax Extra, the imminent retirement of Col. Brian W. Lauritzen, Fort Belvoir's commander, is leaving some local leaders with concerns about the realignment of 20,000 jobs to the base, a task which Lauritzen has been overseeing and for which he has been praised....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 29, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Consignment Store Caters To Korean Fashionistas

At Grace & Kelli consignment boutique, members of the the local Korean community are finding hot deals on the designer fashions that Gina Kim, owner of Annandale store, says they want. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 29, 2008; 11:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

State Offers Free Mortgage Clinics

As part of a state-wide initiative to curb home foreclosures, the Virginia Forclosure Prevention Taskforce will be conducting free mortgage-assistance clinics in Chantilly and Woodbridge. Check out this story from today's Fairfax Extra for all of the details....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 29, 2008; 11:23 AM ET | Email a Comment

Transformation of Tysons; Plans and Proposals Coming Soon

According to this article from today's front page, the details of several proposals to transform the largest business district in Fairfax (and one of the largest in the entire country for that matter) from a sprawling haphazard maze, into a livable, walkable urban center, will be unveiled in the coming weeks as planners and government officials begin to make the decisions that will shape Tysons Corner for the future. Some say it can't be done unless shifts occur in the way certain fundamental aspects, particularly roads and transportation, are envisioned....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 29, 2008; 8:40 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/23: School Board Approves Calendar Change and Budget

Updated 5/23 At last night's school board meeting, the board approved the date change for the last day of school from June 17 to June 13, and, according to this article, the budget for next year. Updated 2/15 The news out of last night's School Board meeting indicates that the elimination of some programs and services which the board was mulling may not happen. Originally posted 2/14 The Fairfax County School Board will vote tonight on what this article from today's Fairfax Extra calls "the most austere budget in a decade." Parents have widely decried a variety of cuts in programs and services which the budget calls for....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 23, 2008; 9:03 AM ET | Email a Comment

Law Gives Troopers a Wider Berth

In an effort to get drivers, as the law requires, to move to another lane or slow down when police officers have made a traffic stop, the state police have relaunched the public awareness campaign, Move Over. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 22, 2008; 3:01 PM ET | Email a Comment

Graham Road Elementary School: Fix It Up or Move It?

There is debate about whether to repair the small and crumbling, but high achieving, Graham Road Elementary School near Falls Church. Some say that the school would be better off on a larger lot in a more residential neighborhood north of its current location -- a place where it might also attract some more middle-income families within the school's attendance boundaries -- and others think moving the school would negatively affect some of the immigrant and low-income families who live close to it and have fewer private transportation options. The story is in today's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 22, 2008; 9:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

School to End Two Days Earlier than Calendar Says?

The Fairfax County School Board is expected to vote to shorten the academic year calendar by two days at its meeting tonight, meaning classes at most schools would end Friday June 13 rather than Tuesday June 17. Today's Metro section has the news story which explains that officials say that because of the dearth of weather-related closures this year, students will have completed the required 180 days of instruction by the 13th and that the two days could be used by teachers for year-end housekeeping and planning for next year....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 22, 2008; 9:47 AM ET | Email a Comment

Plan to Help First-Time Home Buyers in the Works

Called the Silver Lining program, the effort could provide up to $6.4 million over the next two years to help middle income professionals purchase their first homes in Fairfax County by helping them get cut rates on foreclosed houses. Read more in today's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 20, 2008; 9:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

Connolly's Job Complicates Congressional Race

According to this article from today's Metro section, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly's bid for a seat in Congress is complicated by his employment by Science Applications International Corp., a defense and intelligence contractor, since Connolly (D) is running on an antiwar platform. According to some, the problem illustrates a problem with the politics of war in Fairfax, the home of many of the governement contractors that feed our economy, but where most voters oppose the war....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 16, 2008; 9:34 AM ET | Email a Comment

Parents Lobby For West Springfield High Repairs

A group of parents of current and future students of West Springfield High School are pushing to have the school added to a list of those that need renovations. The school is not among the 50 schools currently identified as needing significant repairs, despite what the parents say is a list of growing problems. Check out the article from today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 15, 2008; 5:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

Unemployment Up Here

While still below the national average, Northern Virginia's rate of joblessness is up more than 25% over last year's figures according to the latest numbers. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 15, 2008; 5:08 PM ET | Email a Comment

Best Bike Routes

Looking for the best routes to bicycle from here to there just about anywhere in Fairfax County? The county is offering a new map to help you out and today's Fairfax Extra has the story....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 15, 2008; 5:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

What's Going Where

The monthly list of proposed and approved new development projects that corresponds to the map available in the print edition of the Fairfax Extra can be found here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2008; 1:25 PM ET | Email a Comment

Vienna Police Rumble through Traffic

A new tool is helping the Vienna police get the notice of other drivers when the officers are responding to a call. The device, called the Rumbler, augments the traditional siren with subwoofer driven low frequencies that even drivers with their stereos and air conditioning fully cranked should be able to sense. Read about the technology and the police department's hopes for it in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2008; 1:14 PM ET | Email a Comment

Ride The Bus? County Wants to Hear From You

According to the cover story from today's Fairfax Extra, county transportation officials are busy collecting detailed information from riders of Fairfax Connector buses to find out where improvements can be made to better serve current riders and to attract new ones. Read the story and then let the county know what you think here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2008; 12:55 PM ET | Email a Comment

Troopers Act Quickly To Rescue Accident Victims

Twice this week, in separate instances, Virginia state troopers have been involved in daring rescues involving burning vehicles on I-66. Today's Metro section has the details of the events....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Weekend Beltway Delays Ahead at Wilson Bridge

Weekend travellers may want to avoid the Beltway's outer loop in Virginia between Springfield and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Work on the bridge will force lane closures and is expected to snarl traffic. Find out more in this Metro section article....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2008; 11:46 AM ET | Email a Comment

GMU Tuition To Rise 9.8 Percent

The cost to attend Virginia's two largest universities, George Mason and Virginia Tech are going up 9.8 and 11 percent respectively. Read this article from today's Metro section to find out how declining state funding will make a college education more expensive for students next year....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2008; 11:36 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATED /7: Municipal Election Results

Updated 5/7 An article about the results of yesterday's elections is here. Full results are here. Originally posted 5/1 Municipal Elections in the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna are highlighted in today's Fairfax Extra. Pick up a copy of the print edition inside today's Home section for complete coverage including information on each of the candidates....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 7, 2008; 9:55 AM ET | Email a Comment

Annandale Earthquake Easy To Miss

Yesterday's microquake, which may have occurred as deep as six miles below Annandale yesterday afternoon, drew little notice. Did you feel the Earth move? Read the Metro section article and share your experience here....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 7, 2008; 9:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Day-Labor Issues Still Figure in Herndon Politics

Even though it isn't the hot issue it was two years ago, the issues of day laborers and the town's now shuttered laborer hiring center are still at the forefront of many voters' minds on the eve of the municipal election. Read about it in this article from yesterday's Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 5, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Email a Comment

Updated 5/5: Belvoir Blasting on Tap for This Week

Updated 5/5 From Saturday's Metro section: Army officials said yesterday that subterranean blasting will be conducted Tuesday at the Engineer Proving Ground at Fort Belvoir. Previously scheduled blasting operations were canceled because of rain. The blasting is planned between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to dislodge rocks so construction crews can excavate the site. The excavation is connected with the relocation of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to the Engineer Proving Ground. Originally posted 4/28 Neighbors of Fort Belvoir should prepare for some possible noise this week as early stages of construction get started for an expansion of the army base. Blasting is scheduled for tomorrow and Friday. Read this story for more information....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 5, 2008; 9:25 AM ET | Email a Comment

Update 5/5: Reckless Driving Charges For Officer in Fatal Crash

Updated 5/5 According to this article from Saturday's Metro section, the officer involved in the crash that killed Ashley McIntosh has been charged with reckless driving. Originally posted 3/26 According to this story from today's Metro section, six weeks after Ashley McIntosh was killed when a Fairfax County police officer responding to a call crashed her cruiser into McIntosh's car, her family is still waiting for the police to tell them the results of the investigation into what happened. Police officials say they are just being thorough want all the details before they share any information. McIntosh's relatives say that need to know what happened to help them in their grieving process. One witness said the cruiser was travelling at a high rate of speed, with its emergency lights on and its siren off at the time of the collision....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 5, 2008; 9:15 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/2: Federal Approval of Dulles Rail Funds Comes With Conditions

Updated 5/2 Further analysis of what yet has to happen to for the project to go forward is in this morning's Metro section. Check it out here. Updated 5/1 Check out this article from today's Metro section for information on what federal transportation officials say has to happen for them to help make the rail extension reality. Updated 4/30 The breaking news is the lead story in this morning's Washington Post. Updated 2/11 Yesterday's Metro section featured this article about those critics of the project who are glad to see it floundering; seeing in the possible demise of Metrorail to Dulles opportunities for other transportation solutions. Updated 2/6 From today's Metro section: A Federal Transit Administration report issued yesterday left unrated the proposed rail line to Dulles International Airport, which supporters viewed as a sign that the $5 billion project might win federal approval. The FTA's annual report assessed various...

By Focus on Fairfax | May 2, 2008; 9:43 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 5/1: Teens in Christmas Eve Attack Face Charges as Adults

A judge has ordered felony aggravated malicious wounding charges against James Clarke and Anthony Nellie in the attack. The news is here. Updated 2/19 Three teens have been arrested in the Dec. 24 unprovoked attack on a 14-year-old McLean boy. The news was in Saturday's Metro section. Originally posted 1/4 A 14-year-old boy from McLean was beaten by two older teens in a Dec. 24 assault that was apparently unprovoked while two other teens videotaped the attack, police said. The victim, who had just finished seven years of orthodontic treatment had all of his front teeth knocked out. Police are asking for help to find the assailants. Read this article for the details....

By Focus on Fairfax | May 1, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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