Archive: June 2008

Focus on Fairfax Bids Farewell

Today Focus on Fairfax bids farewell but stay tuned to the print edition and to washingtonpost.com for other features, notably this. Focus on Fairfax launched in August 2005 and has logged more than 1,500 entries and nearly 10,000 reader comments. It served as a one-stop depository for Fairfax readers. Readers of Focus on Fairfax should know that washingtonpost.com offers numerous blogs where they can get their daily fix of news and information, in particular the Virginia Politics blog....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 23, 2008; 2:46 PM ET | Email a Comment

County All-Star Football Game Set For Tomorrow

The county's all-star high school football game kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at West Springfield High School. Check out this article from today's Fairfax Extra to get the stories behind some of the players....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 19, 2008; 11:14 AM ET | Email a Comment

A Special Insight Into the W&OD Trail

This article and video from today's Fairfax Extra introduces readers to Paul McCray, the man who was its steward for the better part of twenty years and knows the popular 45-mile path for bikers, walkers like no other. Read the article and share your trail stories here....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 19, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

Crime Up 6 Percent in 2007

Crime rose by 6 percent in Fairfax County in 2007 according to statistics released last week. The spike is largely driven by an increase in larcenies. Today's Fairfax Extra has the details....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 19, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Schools Consider Buying Merrifield Office Building

In a step that would aim to help consolidate the administrative headquarters for Fairfax County Public Schools officials are considering spending $52 million to purchase a building in Merrifield, just weeks after approving one of the system's tightest budget in years. Read about it in this article from the Metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 19, 2008; 8:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 6/19: Kaine Orders Stop to Prison Bed Rental Plan

Updated 6/19 Read about the governor's decision here. Originally posted 6/3 The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is characterizing a Virginia plan to rent empty prison beds to other states as an insult to local governments like the county's that have overcrowded jails. The board is considering a lawsuit against the Commonwealth if the plan is approved. Read about it in today's metro section....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 19, 2008; 8:38 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 6/18 Trooper Testifies in Koger Shooting Charges

Updated 6/18 The latest on this story was detailed in this morning's Metro section: a state trooper testified in court yesterday that police later identified as Jeffrey Koger pointed a shotgun at him during the the February incident. Updated 2/5 The Post's reporting on the charges against Koger is here. Updated 2/4 Fairfax County police have released information that the suspect in the shootings near the Springfield Mall on Saturday was Jeffrey Koger of Koger Management. Koger has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer. More updates to follow. Updated 11/29 According to a lawsuit filed last month, some of it may have gone to a hip steak and sushi place in the District. Read about it in this article from yesterday's Metro section. Updated 7/20 The latest news comes from a report from a forensic accountant to state regulators. The story is here. Updated 3/23 According...

By Focus on Fairfax | June 18, 2008; 9:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 6/18: Conservative Christian Group Protests Saudi Academy

Update 6/18 The Traditional Values Coalition staged a small protest yesterday at the academy, alleging that the school teaches intolerance and hatred of Jews and Christians. The story is here. Updated 5/22 Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland (D) said he reviewed the school's textbooks and found no reason for concern. The story is here. Updated 12/10 The latest on the scrutiny the Islamic Saudi Academy is facing is in today's Metro section. Updated 11/16 The latest news is in today's Metro section. Originally posted 10/19 The U.S. State Department is being urged by a federal panel, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, to shut down a Fairfax school that is supported by the government of Saudi Arabia until the school can prove that it is not teaching religious intolerance. The story is on today's front page....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 18, 2008; 8:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Officers' Personal Use of Police Vehicles Under Scrutiny

According to this article, for many years Fairfax County's police department has had no rules with regard to how its official vehicles were used or how they far they could travel when officers were off duty. Now chief David M. Roher is warning that with fuel costs soaring and the county facing a budget crunch, the days of the taxpayer-funded personal use of police cars might soon be ending....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 18, 2008; 8:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Water Main Break in Falls Church

A news release from the city: UPDATE: Eastbound Route 7 Closed in Falls Church City for Water Main Break Repairs; Southbound Route 29 Reduced to One Lane. FALLS CHURCH, VA. - Eastbound route 7 in Falls Church City is closed between Maple Avenue and Washington Street as crews repair a 6-inch water main break at the intersection of routes 7 and 29. Traffic is being detoured onto Maple Avenue, to Annandale Road, and to South Washington Street (route 29). Southbound route 29 is reduced to one lane. The closures will remain in effect until approximately 6 p.m. The break occurred at approximately 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 17 when a commercial truck struck a fire hydrant, which in turn broke the water main. Service has been restored to water customers affected by the break....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 17, 2008; 1:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

Serious Crime Up More Than 6%

From today's Metro section: After five consecutive years of decreases, serious crime in Fairfax County rose more than 6 percent in 2007, according to statistics released yesterday. The increase was due almost entirely to an increase of nearly 1,200 larcenies last year over 2006. Larcenies and robberies reached all-time highs in the county, statistics show, while burglaries fell by nearly 11 percent and homicides dropped from 19 to 13. Police departments measure their crime rates, in part, by seven crimes: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft. The total number of crimes in 2006 was 17,108, and in 2007 it as 18,156. In 2006, the total number of crimes was the lowest recorded in Fairfax police statistics dating to 1970, when the county population was half of the 1 million people living in Fairfax now. -- Tom Jackman...

By Focus on Fairfax | June 13, 2008; 8:23 AM ET | Email a Comment

Graduation Rates Examined

A new study report questions whether better test scores and Advanced Placement performance correlates to higher graduation rates at area high schools. Read the story in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 12, 2008; 1:53 PM ET | Email a Comment

Mason Festival of the Arts Begins Today

Today marks the first day of the inaugural three-week Mason Festival of the Arts at George Mason University. Read all about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 12, 2008; 1:45 PM ET | Email a Comment

County Critical of Distribution of Transportation Dollars

According to this article from today's Fairfax Extra, transportation projects in Fairfax County have received only 3.6 percent of the money granted to Virginia under a federal program despite having 14 percent of the population, a situation that Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly calls, "inconceivable". The board plans to write a later of complaint to the Commonwealth Transportation Board....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 12, 2008; 1:31 PM ET | Email a Comment

Stay Cool with Tips from County

Because of the oppressive weather, the Fairfax County government is offering these tips to help beat the heat....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 9, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Email a Comment

No Go on Red Light Cameras Yet

More than 14 months after the use of red light photo enforcement cameras were again approved for use by the Commonwealth, none of the Northern Virginia localities that had lobbied for their use have begun using them. Find out why in this article from today's Fairfax Extra....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 5, 2008; 4:16 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 and boys' lacrosse....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 5, 2008; 4:10 PM ET | Email a Comment

Cappies Awards Set For Sunday

The 2008 Critics and Awards Program for high school theatre will close the curtain on another season Sunday evening when the Kennedy Center hosts the annual Cappies awards gala. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra. This names of this year's awards nominees are here....

By Focus on Fairfax | June 5, 2008; 3:58 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 6/5: School Board Might Scrap Behavior Study

Updated 6/5 The latest on the controversial study of students' behavior, which looked at racial and ethnic factors among others, is here. Updated 4/29 From today's Metro section: Fairfax County School Board members yesterday proposed removing the words "demonstrate sound moral character" from the school system's goals after a report showing a gap among racial groups in that area touched off a public outcry. Five board members met for two hours to scour the language of the "essential life skills" goals to make them less subjective and more clear. The non-academic goals are intended to promote character education and 21st-century work habits among students. Board members suggested replacing the moral character language with "demonstrate honesty, responsibility and leadership." Board member Martina A. Hone (At Large) said that honesty can be more objectively measured and that officials could potentially look at statistics on cheating or stealing. Information on moral character had...

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

Railway Station Parking Garage Opens

From yesterday's Metro section: A new 1,292-spot parking garage opened yesterday at the Virginia Railway Express station in Burke. Construction will continue on two nearby parking lots with an additional 300 spaces. New sidewalks are still being installed, and the kiss-and-ride drop-off area is still under construction. Parking is free in the $28 million garage. -- Amy Gardner...

By Focus on Fairfax | June 4, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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