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Mission: Covering the community fairly and accurately, providing a forum for community dialogue and working to ensure good governance across our coverage area.

Fairfax supervisors OK pair of projects in Tysons West.
05/19/2020
Fairfax supervisors OK pair of projects in Tysons West

Fairfax supervisors OK pair of projects in Tysons West.

Two mixed-use development proposals in West Tysons, amounting to 2.56 million square feet of space and four new parks, got the unanimous thumbs-up May 12 from the Fairfax County Board

Survey: Great Falls residents want limited development, traffic.
05/19/2020
Survey: Gr. Falls residents want limited development, less traffic

Survey: Great Falls residents want limited development, traffic.

Preserving Great Falls’ quality of life – largely by preventing overdevelopment, tamping down traffic and preserving the environment – is the top priority of the village’s residents, according to the

Editor's Notebook: Here come the voters!
05/19/2020
Editor’s Notebook: Here come the voters!

Editor's Notebook: Here come the voters!

Virginia gets a test of its election infrastructure in a COVID-19 world today, as voters in some cities and towns go to the polls to cast ballots in elections that had been slated May 5 but were postponed two weeks by Go...

Fairfax planners pleased with restaurants proposed for Tysons.
05/18/2020
Fairfax planners pleased with restaurants proposed for Tysons

Fairfax planners pleased with restaurants proposed for Tysons.

A plan to convert an iconic building in Tysons into a group of publicly accessible commercial offerings on May 6 received the Fairfax County Planning Commission’s unanimous support.

Retiring Vienna pastor reflects on changing times.
05/18/2020
Retiring Vienna pastor reflects on changing times

Retiring Vienna pastor reflects on changing times.

Rev. Peter James has shepherded Vienna Presbyterian Church through four decades of physical expansion and rising membership, and now he’s ready to let a new generation lead.

FCPS students score National Merit scholarships.
05/18/2020
FCPS students score National Merit scholarships

FCPS students score National Merit scholarships.

Thirty-three students from eight Fairfax County high schools have been named winners of $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Arlington office-vacancy rate declines in new data.
05/14/2020
Arlington office-vacancy rate declines in 1st quarter

Arlington office-vacancy rate declines in new data.

Who knows what the future may bring, but for the first quarter of 2020, the overall office-vacancy rate for Arlington showed improvement from a year before.

Arlington hotel-occupancy rates tumble in new data.
05/14/2020
Arlington hotel-occupancy rates tumble in new data

Arlington hotel-occupancy rates tumble in new data.

Arlington hotel and motel occupancy took a pummeling in March as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold, according to new data, while average room rates for the first quarter

Vienna adopts water-sewer rates, holds off on budget.
05/14/2020
Vienna sets water/sewer rates, defers budget adoption

Vienna adopts water-sewer rates, holds off on budget.

The Vienna Town Council on May 11 set water and sewer rates for the upcoming fiscal year, but held off on decisions regarding the fiscal 2021 budget and the potential

Editor's Notebook: Editorial-writing is fun!
05/14/2020
Editor’s Notebook: Editorial-writing is fun!

Editor's Notebook: Editorial-writing is fun!

I’ll never understand why so many newspapers have bailed on editorials. (Well, actually, I know: lack of staff, lack of ideas, disinclination to offend anyone, general laziness.)

NVSL diving season falls victim to COVID pandemic.
05/13/2020
NVSL diving season another victim of COVID pandemic

NVSL diving season falls victim to COVID pandemic.

With the cancellation of the Northern Virginia Swimming League season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that means the NVSL diving season is also canceled for the 2020 summer campaign.

Fairfax home sales take 20% tumble in April.
05/13/2020
Fairfax home sales take 20% tumble in April

Fairfax home sales take 20% tumble in April.

Home sales across Fairfax County were down about one-fifth in April from a year before as the impacts of COVID-19 made their presence felt. But average sales prices not just

Prices rise even as Northern Virginia home sales drop.
05/13/2020
Prices rise even as N.Va. homes market dips in April

Prices rise even as Northern Virginia home sales drop.

Year-over-year home sales across Northern Virginia dipped about 20 percent in April as the COVID-19 pandemic causes a momentary standstill in the market, and new data show there are probably

Ready or not, Vienna election is on the horizon.
05/13/2020
Ready or not, Vienna election is on the horizon

Ready or not, Vienna election is on the horizon.

Vienna voters on May 19 will cast ballots for Vienna Town Council and mayor, or wait for their absentee votes to be counted, in the wildest election in decades.

MCA transition will bring familiar face back to leadership.
05/12/2020
MCA transition will bring familiar face back to leadership

MCA transition will bring familiar face back to leadership.

McLean Citizens Association (MCA) president Dale Stein will step down at the end of May following three years at the helm of the 106-year-old group and be succeeded by Robert

NVSL summer swim season canceled, but some competition may occur.
05/11/2020
NVSL summer swim season canceled, but some competition may occur

NVSL summer swim season canceled, but some competition may occur.

With the logistics to pull off the 2020 Northern Virginia Swimming League season proving too numerous and complicated in a COVID-19 world, officials have pulled the plug on summer competition.

Fairfax Planning Commission backs pair of projects in Tysons West.
05/11/2020
Planning Commission supports Tysons West rezoning plans

Fairfax Planning Commission backs pair of projects in Tysons West.

It took eight more months from the initial public hearing last year, but the Fairfax County Planning Commission on May 6 unanimously recommended the Board of Supervisors approve for a

American Legion cancels baseball season, explores alternatives.
05/11/2020
American Legion cancels baseball season, explores alternatives

American Legion cancels baseball season, explores alternatives.

The area summertime American Legion District 17 baseball season has officially been canceled, but six of the eight teams from the league will hold an equivalent independent league instead.

Editor's Notebook: And away we go ...
05/11/2020
Editor’s Notebook: And away we go

Editor's Notebook: And away we go ...

After a seemingly interminable period of rigamarole – all sound and fury, signifying nothing – the filing deadline for the July 7 Arlington County Board special election came and went Friday afternoon.

Literacy Council adapts to meet needs during pandemic.
05/09/2020
Literacy Council of N.Va. adapts to meet needs during pandemic

Literacy Council adapts to meet needs during pandemic.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) has replaced in-person classes with distance-learning programs to continue providing basic English education to students, minimizing the disruption to their learning process during

Arlington school-budget trimming may not be over.
05/09/2020
UPDATE: School-budget trimming in Arlington may not yet be over

Arlington school-budget trimming may not be over.

The 2008-09 national recession brought an end, if temporarily, to robust – critics might contend profligate – spending levels by Arlington Public Schools. Might the impact of the COVID-19 virus

Home-builder confidence cratered at start of pandemic.
05/08/2020
Home-builder confidence craters in early part of pandemic

Home-builder confidence cratered at start of pandemic.

It may be too early to know whether it is a visceral reaction or the result of more deep-rooted concerns, but confidence among the nation’s home-builders took a nose-dive in

Realtors: Market is taking hit, but will rebound over time.
05/08/2020
Realtors: Market is taking hit, but will rebound over time

Realtors: Market is taking hit, but will rebound over time.

The national real-estate market appears to be playing out as expected in the COVID-19 environment, with pending home sales down by double-digit figures in March, but the National Association of

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