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Column: Legislature Passes Veterans Employment Grant Program

The 2015 General Assembly session has come to a close and even with all the twists and turns I personally encountered this session it was still productive.

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The Leadership Montgomery Core Class Meets the Governor

The Leadership Montgomery Core class met with Gov. Larry Hogan at a recent program day in Annapolis last month.

Letter: Defend Voters

Letter to the Editor

The following is an open letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Dear Governor McAuliffe, When you visited our Pre-Session Round Table Luncheon in December 2013, we in the League of Women Voters were thrilled to hear you say, “I think we should do everything we can to make voting as easy as possible in Virginia.”

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Herndon’s Rotary Club Names Lisa Lombardozzi Citizen of the Year

For the next three to four weeks, Lisa Lombardozzi will have one eye on spring training in Florida.

Column: Small Step on Road to Ethics Reform in Arlington

Virginians deserve to know that their leaders are ethical and honest, both from their actions and the rules that govern those actions. For the second year in a row, the General Assembly has taken a small step in the right direction, but our Commonwealth needs real and substantive change.

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Lunches for Workers

The SEEC program, sponsored by Arlington County, was established in 2000 to connect day laborers with potential employers.

Arlington Doctor Sentenced in Oxycodone Conspiracy

Derron McRae Simon, 45, of Arlington was sentenced March 6 to 180 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release for his role in an oxycodone conspiracy.

Letter: Another Honor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: With reference to the recent article about the Langley girlsn basketball team (“Langley Girls’ Basketball Team Has Bright Future,” Connection, March 4-10, 2015) I would like to point out that Lizzy Shamloo from Langley high school also received First team all region honors from the Northern Virginia Women’s basketball league.

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Tom Rust to Retire from General Assembly

Rust improved life for Herndon, and for Virginia, say many.

Right after she was elected mayor, Lisa Merkel invited Del. Tom Rust to lunch. “I said, ‘How do you get things done?’ He said, ‘You have a vision and you stick with it and you keep pressing ahead,’” Merkel said. “It was a great lunch.”

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2015 General Assembly Session Draws to a Close

The 45-day 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly came to a close last week, one which Del. Scott Surovell (D-44) described as “pretty calm, mainly because guys on either side have stayed away from divisive social issues they’ve pushed in the past,” and Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36) assessed, “For the most part, I think they did accomplish some good things.”

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Duncan Visits Alexandria's Patrick Henry Pre-K

Secretary of Education and others express support for Alexandria’s early childhood development.

In a crowded corner of the Patrick Henry Elementary School Library, Duncan heaped praise on Patrick Henry Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten education program while expressing his frustrations at a nationwide lack of similar programs.

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Alexandria Budget Winners and Losers

Acting city manager presents budget proposal to City Council

When Acting City Manager Mark Jinks presented Alexandria City Council with the $647.9 million proposed budget, the generally positive reception was tempered with the knowledge that many departments would not be receiving the funding they had requested.

Arlington County Manager Avoids Tax Rate Increase

Homeowners to face rise in property taxes through higher assessments.

Beneath the surface of the County Budget there are several notable changes that could have a sizable impact on the lives of many Arlingtonians.

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House Passes Keam’s Bill on Food Allergies

The Virginia House of Delegates passed legislation this week to require restaurants in Virginia to train their employees to be aware of customers with food allergy and safety issues. Del. Mark Keam’s House Bill 2090 and its companion Senate Bill 1260 introduced by Senator Creigh Deeds passed both chambers of the Virginia Legislature with overwhelming support. Both bills are now headed to the Governor’s desk.

Celebrating Black History Month

This week in Reston.