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The buzz over Buford’s Biscuits in downtown Leesburg has been heating up all summer, and the new eatery is finally set t...
08/13/2020
Buford's Biscuits in downtown Leesburg set for official opening Aug. 20

The buzz over Buford’s Biscuits in downtown Leesburg has been heating up all summer, and the new eatery is finally set to open Aug. 20.

The buzz over Buford’s Biscuits in downtown Leesburg has been heating up all summer, and the new eatery is finally set to open Aug. 20.

The FBI is investigating the shooting of a military helicopter during a training mission this week near Middleburg, inju...
08/12/2020
Military helicopter shot at while flying over Middleburg; FBI investigating

The FBI is investigating the shooting of a military helicopter during a training mission this week near Middleburg, injuring one crew member who was aboard, officials said Wednesday.

The FBI is investigating the shooting of a military helicopter during a training mission this week in northern Virginia, injuring one crew member who was aboard, officials said Wednesday.

"Our constitution committed our republic to do away with the arbitrary rule of kings substituting certain basic rights o...
08/12/2020
Kreingold: A new statue in front of the Loudoun County Courthouse? I suggest Charles Hamilton Houston

"Our constitution committed our republic to do away with the arbitrary rule of kings substituting certain basic rights of the accused and a legal process which guaranteed a fair trial. The statue in front of the courthouse should be of a man or woman who committed their life to fulfilling that commitment."

What should stand where the rebel soldier stood on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds? I suggest a statue of Charles Hamilton Houston.

Let's take it down south for this charming, family-friendly Home of the Week.
08/11/2020
Home of the Week: 25253 Doolittle Lane, Chantilly

Let's take it down south for this charming, family-friendly Home of the Week.

From the peaceful corner lot bordered by mature vegetation and a white picket fence to the two-level covered front porch, this four-bedroom home boasts a classic American feel, as well

" ... it’s that continued focus that’s critical, because anytime you relax what you’re doing, the virus finds a way to g...
08/09/2020
Loudoun County health director urges continued caution into fall, winter

" ... it’s that continued focus that’s critical, because anytime you relax what you’re doing, the virus finds a way to get in."

Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department, spoke with the Times-Mirror on Monday about the county’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are some key takeaways.

The Town of Purcellville is considering implementing a Community Policing Advisory Committee.
08/06/2020
Purcellville considers Community Policing Advisory Committee

The Town of Purcellville is considering implementing a Community Policing Advisory Committee.

The Town of Purcellville is considering implementing a Community Policing Advisory Committee, an effort spearheaded by a group of local residents including former Town Councilman Nedim Ogelman.

Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavir...
08/05/2020
Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology created by Apple and Google.

Virginia has rolled out a smartphone app to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. state to use new pandemic technology

Having recently signed to Los Angeles-based music label Fearless Records, Leesburg rock quintet My Kid Brother is the la...
08/05/2020
Leesburg band My Kid Brother sees the beauty in tough times

Having recently signed to Los Angeles-based music label Fearless Records, Leesburg rock quintet My Kid Brother is the latest Loudoun act to take a step toward the spotlight.

Having recently signed to Los Angeles-based music label Fearless Records, Leesburg rock quintet My Kid Brother is the latest Loudoun act to take a step toward the spotlight.

Melding elements of Colonial and Victorian stick-style architecture into one, this three-bedroom Lovettsville home flaun...
08/05/2020
Home of the Week: 39638 Rickard Road, Lovettsville

Melding elements of Colonial and Victorian stick-style architecture into one, this three-bedroom Lovettsville home flaunts a colorful, ornamental flair both inside and out.

Melding elements of Colonial and Victorian stick-style architecture into one, this three-bedroom Lovettsville home flaunts a colorful, ornamental flair both inside and out. It is available to own for $660,000.

Route 9 in Hillsboro to partially reopen Aug. 14
08/04/2020
Route 9 in Hillsboro to partially reopen Aug. 14

Route 9 in Hillsboro to partially reopen Aug. 14

As work continues on the Route 9 Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety road project in Hillsboro, a new traffic pattern will be implemented on Aug. 14.

ICYMI: The summer Loudouner is out! You can browse an e-edition here → bit.ly/LoudounerSummer2020
08/04/2020

ICYMI: The summer Loudouner is out! You can browse an e-edition here → bit.ly/LoudounerSummer2020

The Middleburg-based nonprofit formerly known as the Mosby Heritage Area Association has adopted the new name of Virgini...
08/03/2020
Mosby Heritage Area Association drops name after 'extensive discussions'

The Middleburg-based nonprofit formerly known as the Mosby Heritage Area Association has adopted the new name of Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association (VPHA), according to a release from the Lovettsville Historical Society.

The Middleburg-based nonprofit formerly known as the Mosby Heritage Area Association has adopted the new name of Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area Association (VPHA), according to a release from the Lovettsville

Each of this 7,000-plus-square-foot Lovettsville home’s three floors comes replete with a private office, wet bar, firep...
07/30/2020
Home of the Week: 21585 Burnt Hickory Court, Broadlands

Each of this 7,000-plus-square-foot Lovettsville home’s three floors comes replete with a private office, wet bar, fireplace and other homey amenities.

Each of this 7,000-plus-square-foot Lovettsville home’s three floors comes replete with a private office, wet bar, fireplace and other homey amenities that make it an optimal, cozy retreat for the

Expanded outdoor dining is coming to downtown Leesburg.
07/29/2020
Leesburg plans outdoor dining program for coming weekends

Expanded outdoor dining is coming to downtown Leesburg.

From this Friday until Oct. 24, the Town of Leesburg will close South King Street from Market to Loudoun streets on Friday and Saturday evenings to give some downtown restaurants

Loudoun County Public Schools distributes childcare survey
07/29/2020
Loudoun County Public Schools distributes childcare survey

Loudoun County Public Schools distributes childcare survey

In a Tuesday email to families, the Loudoun County Public Schools Department of Support Services distributed a survey to collect data regarding childcare concerns and needs from parents and guardians.

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Has LCPS lived up to its minority recruiting commitment? LTM, you have published countless story's about LCPS and it's efforts for minority recruitment. This "effort" has gone on for at least (12) years and every year the same minority recruitment goal is listed. Does it really take (12) years to address the same concern or stated goal? LCPS Minority Recruitment Efforts, Is It Real or Is It Lip Service? **Warning, this post is long, if you're concerned about minority recruitment in LCPS keep reading** I am a white father of (2) HS kids and while I don't know what it's like to be a minority, I do understand lip service when I hear or read it. What do I mean? Well, if you look at the most recent and expensive LCPS Equity Assessment Report (dated June 2019), you'll notice that one of the (5) "Emergent Themes" is for LCPS to hire a more diverse staff to reflect student demographics accordingly. Sounds like a great idea, however, you'll notice below that this EXACT same recommendation has been made to LCPS for the past (12) years by: VA Dept. of Ed., MSAAC, NAACP and now the Equity Collaborative Consulting Group. There's a few things that jumped out at me: 1. LCPS has been discussing minority recruitment efforts since at least 2008 2. Dr. Williams has been the Superintendent of LCPS since July 2014 3. Every year since 2014 the same agenda item/goal of minority recruitment surfaces 4. In 2018, a LCPS Board member wrote an open letter response back to MSAAC and the very first sentence was "LCPS is in its second year of a recruitment [minority] program". How can that possibly be since MSAAC was started around 2008 and LCPS has claimed to be working on minority recruitment since at least 2008. LCPS is implementing new "diversity" tactics such as implicit bias, racial consciousness and white fragility to tackle discrimination, accept this is laying blame squarely at white students, staff and parents feet and this is wrong on so many different levels. Perhaps LCPS needs to soul searching at the real problem when it comes to diversity, LCPS itself. I'm not a teacher nor am I in the education field, but does it really take (12) years to improve minority recruitment practices in LCPS, with (6) of those years of Dr. William's as the Superintendent? People always say, don't listen to what a person says, watch what they do and for (12) years, LCPS has been saying what they think people want to hear but they have not moved on the topic of minority recruitment in LCPS. June 2008: VA Dept. of Ed Efficiency Review of LCPS Report: (page 54) LCPS will increase recruitment and employment of minority applicants for teaching and administrative/supervisory positions. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/school_finance/efficiency_reviews/loudoun_co.pdf May 2009: MSAAC Report identified several goals: 1) Continue to work with LCPS to eliminate the Academic and Discipline Achievement Gaps and 2) Increase minority hiring levels in the LCPS System. https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib4/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/102/MSAAC_Report_Jan_2009-May_2010FINALSDA.pdf January 2010: LCPS Adopted Budget: (page 256) Increase recruitment and employment of minority applicants for teaching and administrative/supervisory positions to reflect the diversity of LCPS’s student population (FY 2011 Goal) .https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/64/FY11_School_Board_Adopted_Operating_Budgets.pdf March 2015: MSAAC General Body Meeting: (page 2) "Diversity Recruitment Efforts at LCPS, Dr. Hough".https://www.lcps.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=164092&dataid=214469&FileName=General-Body-3-04-2015.pdf November 2015: Loudoun Times Mirror: LCPS acknowledges minority teacher shortcomings and stated after the LCPS 2015 demographic report was released, that "Despite these statistics, LCPS has a number of initiatives in place to close the diversity gap". https://www.loudountimes.com/news/loudoun-naacp-calls-for-more-minority-teachers-at-lcps/article_0599a340-cfb9-5fd0-b049-cfabf540df51.html February 2016: LCPS/MSAAC Diversity Recruitment:https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/102/021716%20Diversity%20Recuitment.pdf May 2018: LCPS Board Letter Response to Caudle Hodge (MSAAC Board Member): Topic #1: Recruitment, selection and hiring of LCPS teachers. The very first sentence sets the tone: "LCPS is in its second year of a recruitment program".https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/Domain/102/2018-05-15%2013-37.pdf December 2018: Loudoun Times Mirror: LCPS racial disparities and lack of minority hiring. https://www.loudountimes.com/news/racial-disparities-found-in-loudouns-suspension-rates-gifted-program-involvement/article_30d98cbf-be45-5359-abfd-6edd14c6bd12.html June 2019: LCPS Equity Assessment Report: "Five Emergent Themes": #2 Educator focus groups indicated a desire to recruit and hire diverse school staff that reflect student racial and language backgrounds.https://www.lcps.org/cms/lib/VA01000195/Centricity/domain/60/equity_initiative_documents/LCPS_Equity_Report_FINALReport12_2_19.pdf
Any update on the Grace Covenant story?
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LTM can you please do a story about what is going on with LCPS? What is Superintendent Williams Doing?? The LCPS Board is no longer involved in the DL/Hybrid "concepts" after passing a resolution giving Williams control over the details of each plan?? What? Weren't these people voted in to "represent" their districts and they relinquish control to Williams? Denise Corbo, Loudoun School Board Member, At-Large On Monday, July 13th, for the first time since March, LCPS will open the building to special education students and staff servicing students who qualify for the Extended School Year plan. This provides as a precursor to our reopening and sets expectations into the fall as we introduce a smaller community on Monday, and prepare for the remaining LCPS population on Sept. 8. According to the superintendent and his staff, the ESY opening plan would follow all of the safety protocols as outlined in the hybrid plan intended for our fall opening, in efforts to protect our students and employees. However, here is the reality for staff with students starting school on Monday: 🔴 LCPS has provided ZERO safety guidelines and protocols to teachers. 🔴 LCPS has provided ZERO protective gear to teachers. (No N95 masks and no cloth masks) ** edit- Masks and shields were delivered on Friday, however no N95 masks or additional a protective gear for staff working with students who are unable to wear masks or distance. 🔴 LCPS has provided ZERO cleaning supplies to teachers (including the OSHA approved specialty supply that LCPS just recently issued a statement that they will provide). 🔴 LCPS has provided ZERO extra masks for students. ** edit supplies were delivered on Friday. 🔴 Teachers and building principals have many outstanding and unanswered questions: - How do we manage special ed and self contained rooms? - How many days are students coming a week? - How do we expect k-2 students who have severe disabilities to wear a mask or stay 6 feet apart? - What happened to the N95 masks for teachers who are in direct contact with children who cannot wear masks or physically distance? - Will class sizes be decreased for sanitation purposes? - What do we do with our students who are physical and need full bathroom support? - We have 1 bathroom in a classroom for 8 students who are on bathroom schedules, will cleaning products be supplied? - What about our students who crawl because they can’t walk yet, how will the floor be cleaned and safe?
Our School age program It's Elementary will provide care for your child on the days they are not in their normal school. We are here to support you during these times. Your child will be able to log into their online sessions and get help with packets of work sent home. We will also provide tons of fun! If you need full day private Kindergarten we have an accredited program as well. Please call us at (703)724-0601 or email Joanna at [email protected] #Thegoddardschoolashburn1va #Distancelearningprogram #Itsacademic #Schoolagesupport
Hey Loudon, look who's on my show at 7 tonight! The great Julia Kasdorf! Voted Best Musician in the Best of Loudon 2020, who will talk about life as a musician over the last 4 months, how she has already gotten things back up and running a bit, plus she'll play a song or two for us! See you at 7, just click Get A Reminder below and dial us in when ya get pinged! Mary Wadland Cerphe Colwell Jon Carroll Janet Emma Garbe
BLM and NAACP were are you?
Leesburg was awesome today! I even directed traffic. However, several bitch ass people were “inconvenienced,” so they’ve been showing their true colors on this “page.” Claiming that people are “un-American” because they took part in today’s peaceful demonstration. Listen Karen, and Bill, sorry that you and your Audi/BMW SUV couldn’t get to Starbucks in an efficient manner, but real people sh*t was taking place.
Come on, Loudoun, there's no reason not to do something similar. There is no science that would oppose something like this---and they are wearing masks as extra precautions. Super safe. If somebody is afraid, they can attend virtually. The class of 2020 deserves this. Make it happen. https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Graduation-ceremonies-draw-thousands-despite-15282345.php?fbclid=IwAR2248zEkqyj5FKg4dYfiv-y6ntZR8SEZl7jWoxJmUIZseGA3o3Booj5Ig4