April 18, 2012 |
Dressed in jeans, a T-shirt, a bandana and a 40-pound, nickel-plated sousaphone wrapped around his midriff, Milton Jennings "Jay" Converse draws stares, smiles and more than a few honks as he marches down Braddock Road performing hits such as "Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" on his tuba. Traffic is heavy as commuters head home from work, but many slow down to watch Converse play. Converse's nearly daily after-work march is part of his workout routine, but the 56-year-old has earned himself the status of a...
February 2, 2010 |
In Fairfax County, fleets of taxis, cement mixers and white construction vans with ladders strapped to the roofs can often be seen parked in residential subdivisions at night and on weekends. The vehicles are an eyesore, some say. As the affluent county has grown, so has the number of cars, trucks, trailers, campers and boats clogging secondary roads. On Monday, Fairfax tightened limits on where commercial vehicles, along with some extended-cab pickups, can be parked. A policy that clarifies which vehicles...
June 26, 2008 |
Loudoun County supervisors are considering asking for a legal review of Fairfax County's plan to impose ambulance fees on the patients it picks up in Loudoun. Fairfax has a mutual aid agreement with Loudoun, meaning that the nearest available ambulance is dispatched when someone calls 911, even if it has to cross county lines. Most of the Loudoun emergency calls that Fairfax handles are in eastern Loudoun. Fairfax officials have announced that they plan to charge fees for transporting Loudoun patients, starting July...
October 23, 2008 |
The Fairfax County police officer who disappeared in the waters of Pohick Bay on Tuesday afternoon had volunteered to play the role of a "victim" during a training session for a helicopter water rescue, though he was not a member of the dive team, and he has been honored at least twice for his bravery in the line of duty. The missing officer is 2nd Lt. Francis J. Stecco, 42, a 19-year veteran of the Fairfax force, law enforcement sources said. Although boats, helicopters and divers scoured the water and land around the...
January 23, 2009 |
The Fairfax County School Board voted unanimously late last night to abandon a strict grading policy it has long upheld as a hallmark of high standards, after a year of intense pressure from parents who have argued that the policy hurts students' chances for college admission or scholarships. The School Board decided to move toward a more commonly used grading scale that parents have championed. The board also approved a plan to add extra points to the grade-point averages of students who take college level or honors classes.
July 15, 2012 |
The Fairfax County school system has dropped its effort to fire Violet Nichols, a veteran sixth-grade teacher who spent the past year fighting to keep her job after she was accused of incompetence. School system officials declined to be interviewed about the case. Schools spokesman John Torre wrote in an e-mail that the teacher's "future assignment is still being arranged. " The story of the attempt to dismiss Nichols, which appeared in The Washington Post in June, offers a glimpse into the murky...