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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.

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Alexandria City Council Upholds BAR Approval

Council upholds approval of Robinson Terminal South buildings.

The most recent bout of developer EYA and a group of Waterfront residents went in the developer’s favor, but it wasn’t a knockout, and the citizens showed they weren’t going down without a fight.

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Arlington County Board Approves 173-Unit Affordable Housing Complex

Some residents question socio-economic segregation.

For the Arlington County Board, 2015 ended on a high note. With construction scheduled to begin in 2017, the current Arlington Presbyterian Church will soon be transformed into Gilliam Place, a home for 173 families at various levels of affordable housing needs.

Alexandria New Briefs: Week of Dec. 9

The Dec. 8 City Council meeting marked the last with Mayor William Euille, Alexandria’s mayor for 17 years and the first African-American to hold the position.

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Alexandria: Plans for Old Town North Take Shape

Motherhood, apple pie, and “enriching community living” in Old Town North.

After a week-long community engagement process, Alexandria city staff was happy to report that people like good things. At the Planning Commission meeting on Dec. 1, city staff started with a review of the three-day charrette, held between Nov. 16 and 20.

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Mount Vernon: State Group Honors Hyland

The Virginia Association of Counties presented its highest award to former VACo President and current Fairfax County Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland on Nov. 8 during VACo’s 81st Annual Conference in Bath County.

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Alexandria: Legacy of Euille

A celebration of accomplishments.

Over the last 12 years in office, Mayor William Euille has won a fair share of friends, and they nearly all showed up to the Mayor’s Legacy Reception at the Carlyle Club on Nov. 23.

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Potomac: Solar Panels Proposed for Brickyard Site

Brickyard Coalition and neighbors brace for latest proposal on Brickyard Road School site: an industrial solar array.

More than 100 people turned out at Seven Locks Elementary School in Potomac on Tuesday, Nov. 17, to hear about Montgomery County Public School’s latest proposal for a 20-acre “future school site” on Brickyard Road.

Arlington Brief: Dealing with Projected Budget Gap

The County Board directed the county manager on Nov. 19 to develop a balanced proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 that assumes no tax rate increase and includes options for county budget reductions, excluding the schools.

Alexandria: New Faces on School Board Face Old Problems

Newcomers brace for coming budget and redistricting battles.

While incumbents held onto the City Council, the 2015 Alexandria election is bringing some new faces to the Alexandria School Board.