Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.


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Alexandria: Ethics Reform Roils Council

Progressive transparency or potential witch hunt?

One month into her term as mayor, Allison Silberberg got the process started on enacting a new set of ethics reforms. At its Jan. 28 meeting, the City Council voted to approve an Ad Hoc Study Group to examine ethics reform. It’s the first legislative step forward on an issue Silberberg had put forward as a centerpiece of her election last year. But on the rest of the council, feelings toward the new committee were a little more tepid, some even drawing parallels between Silberberg’s ethics reform and McCarthyism.

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Alexandria: Two Republicans Enter Race Against Beyer

Incumbent gains Republican opponents.

It’s been a little over a year since U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8) took office, and both the first term congressman and his political opposition have been busy in that time.

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Arlington: Gondola Project Gets Off the Ground

Board approves feasibility study for Rosslyn-Georgetown Gondola.

It's crazy enough that it just might work.

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Alexandria Digs Out From Epic Snowstorm

"Obviously this was a historic event that pushed us to the brink."–Yon Lambert

After days of being at a standstill, Alexandria is slowly recovering after nearly two feet of snow paralyzed the city in the worst single storm to hit the area since the Knickerbocker Storm of 1922.

Arlington: Beyer Reviews His Work in Congress

And gains Republican opponent in Mike Webb.

It’s been a little over a year since U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8) took office, and both the first term congressman and his political opposition have been busy in that time.

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Arlington: Residents, County Officials Tour Local Park

Local residents and county officials tour area around Jennie Dean Park.

From dog walkers to day laborers, artists to auto shops, there’s much packed into the area around Jennie Dean Park. The area’s small enough in size that the Arlington County Board and representatives of the local civic federation were able to walk the entire perimeter on Jan. 10, but big enough in interest that each board member was accompanied by nearly a dozen local citizens.

Arlington Brief: County, Hospital Negotiating

The Arlington County Board approved last month an agreement to grant Virginia Hospital Center (VHC) an option to purchase county-owned land. This agreement, reached at the board’s December meeting, will allow VHC to expand onto 5.5 acres.

Arlington Brief: New ‘Open Door Mondays’

The Arlington County Board kicked off its 2016 Open Door Mondays on Monday, Jan. 4, with a session at Langston-Brown Community & Senior Center and Park.

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Mount Vernon: Gearing Up for 2016 Challenges

Looking at the year ahead.

With winter vacation, unseasonably warm weather and 2015 in their rearview mirrors, community leaders and elected officials from the Fairfax County School Board, Board of Supervisors, General Assembly turn their attention to some of the most significant issues, developments or decisions in 2016:

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What’s Happening in 2016 in Herndon?

Following the purchase of the Ashwell property which created a contiguous 4.675 acres of Town-owned land in Herndon’s downtown, the Town issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Nov. 2, 2015.

Alexandria City Council Gears Up for New Year

City officials look at challenges and opportunities in 2016.

The Alexandria City Council brought in 2016 with a roar of bagpipes. The City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums played in the auditorium of T.C. Williams High School for the council’s Jan. 4 installation, but soon, it was right back down to business.

Potomac Brief: Residents Can Help Set County Budget Priorities

Five budget forums scheduled.

Five Montgomery County budget forums in January seek input from residents about Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget priorities. The first forum will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at the Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Arlington County Board

New leadership faces new challenges and old problems.

While many of the goals set by the Arlington County Board for 2016 were familiar, like expanding school capacity, signs of the new perspectives and new leadership began to take hold at its Jan. 1 meeting.

Alexandria Brief: Swearing-In Ceremony

The public is invited to attend the formal City Council installation ceremony on Monday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. in the T.C. Williams High School Auditorium, 3330 King St.

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Jefferson Site: From Rejection to Approval

County decision ends year-long fight over traffic congestion and park space.

At its first 2015 meeting in January, the Arlington County Board voted not to approve Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) plan to build a new elementary school adjacent to the Thomas Jefferson Middle School.