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Addressing Growing Student Population in Arlington

New schools and boundary changes in the works in Arlington Public Schools.

While the rest of county moves into the new year, Arlington County Schools are finding themselves in the middle of a challenging one. Arlington schools have faced a 21 percent increase in student population over the last five years and anticipate a 19 percent increase over the next five. This has put a strain on school resources, and consequently has forced the schools to ask for budget increases. Meanwhile, the schools have begun plans to shift school boundaries to spread the student population as evenly as possible.

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Alexandria Budget Looms Over 2015 Plans

Alexandria city officials discuss goals and funding for 2015.

For Alexandria City Council, 2015 kicks off with a continuing discussion of the budget and the city’s priorities. With an anticipated decrease in federal spending, city officials are preparing for a difficult budget process.

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Alexandria's Year of the Manhunt

Local law enforcement looks back on pursuing a killer and plans ahead for 2015’s goals.

For much of Alexandria’s law enforcement, 2014 was defined by a manhunt across state boundaries to catch a suspect in killings that haunted the city’s streets for 10 years. In 2015, the most immediate concern for the police and sheriff’s office is the no less complicated task of finding a way to maintain their efficiency with the prospect of a tightening budget from the city.

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Kathleen Murphy wins 34th District

Voters turn up despite snow storm.

Kathleen Murphy was greeted with cheers by more than a hundred supporters as she entered her victory party at McLean Community Center. The democrat won the 34th District seat of the state House of Delegates, 6,406 to 6,082, on Tuesday after Republican Craig Parisot conceded the race.

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Parisot: Running with Purpose

Colleagues say delegate candidate Craig Parisot’s ‘got his priorities straight.’

Craig Parisot can juggle. Whether that means candy canes or work-life balance, he catches everything that comes his way. With a growing new family, a growing list of leadership roles in the community and an active campaign as the Republican candidate for Delegate of the 34th District, this is a job that requires both hands.

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November Herndon Elections Approved

May elections nixed, two year terms stay.

Herndon elections will transition into a November election schedule. Herndon Town Council voted to amend the town charter at the Dec. 9 meeting to allow for the elections to be held in November rather than May after four public hearings.

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Protecting Dogs in the City of Fairfax

City Council passes one-hour maximum tethering ordinance.

When the Fairfax City Council last week passed one of the most stringent tethering laws in the state, it pleased many residents and animal advocates. “It’s the culmination of a year’s worth of work,” said Fairfax resident Tim Parmly, who directs an equine-welfare group. “It’s an ordinance much-needed to protect the dogs in this City.”

Column: On the Agenda

One of the most frequently asked questions of me this time of year is, “What will the General Assembly be doing when it meets?” The question is understandable with the regular session of the legislature scheduled to begin on Jan. 14, 2015.

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Lake Anne Business to Relocate

Board of Supervisors approves Lake Anne Redevelopment LLC proposal.

A proposal passed by the Board of Supervisors could temporarily displace Just Cats Clinic. The board unanimously passed a proposal at the Dec. 2 meeting to amend the county’s comprehensive plan calls for the demolition of the Millennium Bank building, among other requests, to provide a better view of Lake Anne Plaza once revitalized.

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Fighting for Common Sense

Colleagues say Kathleen Murphy is compassionate and dedicated.

According to her friends and colleagues, Kathleen Murphy is dedication and compassion personified. The cancer survivor and former military child is turning her experiences into action by running for a second time for the state House of Delegates 34th district - this time with more wisdom.

Arlington Brief: Whipple Named to State Board

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed former state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple to the Virginia Board of Health. Whipple is currently employed as the regional director for community and member outreach for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Whipple will fill the seat vacated by Eric Deaton, who resigned his seat on the board to take a position outside of Virginia.

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Herndon Residents Discuss Possible Town Charter Changes

Town Council to decide on Nov. elections, four year terms Dec. 9.

Citizens lined up after a long night to argue for or against changing the town’s charter. The proposal to change aspects of the town election was discussed during its third public hearing at Herndon Town Council’s Nov. 25 meeting.

Alexandria: Lawsuit Over Rezoning Hits City Council

Neighbors oppose change allowing restaurant.

A lawsuit against the City Council by local residents claims that the rezoning of a residence on Princess and Washington streets, allowing it to become a restaurant, deprived the residents of equal protection of the laws.

Alexandria Letter to the Editor: A Better Life … But Not Today?

I was moved and humbled by the tribute to Nelson Greene Sr. on the front page of the Nov. 20 edition of the Alexandria Gazette Packet. It served as a subtle reminder of the city’s morally corrupt treatment of the African American community even after passage of the Civil Rights Act.

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Giving Thanks by Giving Back in Alexandria

For 10 years before each Thanksgiving, Nathan Carter has been on a mission. With the help of his mother and siblings, he provides free turkeys to low-income residents of Alexandria as a way of giving thanks and giving back.