May 17, 2013 |
GOV. ROBERT F. MCDONNELL (R) said it best when he signed his name the other day to Virginia's landmark transportation bill, a $6 billion leviathan that fixed a funding shortfall a quarter century in the making. "The only bad thing from this bill," the governor said at a ceremony in Richmond, "is people will be complaining about construction rather than congestion. " Mr. McDonnell campaigned four years ago on the premise that he could tackle the state's drastic transportation funding shortfall without resorting to tax increases ....
May 16, 2013 |
Northern Virginia housing advocates are worried that an unexpected decision by the Alexandria City Council last week to end a funding guarantee for affordable housing could result in fewer options for those who need it the most. The council, with little discussion, removed the guarantee that housing and open-space funds get a certain percentage of tax revenue when it voted on the fiscal 2014 budget May 6. Alexandria, which had once set aside a penny of its $1.038 tax rate for housing, and this year...
May 15, 2013 |
Liz Willis's commute changed after the Woodrow Wilson Bridge trail opened almost four years ago. First, she explored it on foot and by bike to experience the scenic views. Before long, she had started biking, one way, over the bridge to her job at Fort Belvoir. Now, she's commuting back and forth, nearly 40 miles in all, on workdays. "It has been an adventure," Willis said. "I go very slow, I enjoy the ride and I meet people all along the way. " The paved...
May 15, 2013 |
THU 16 "Ghost-Writer" A dead writer's stories continue as long as his secretary keeps typing. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. Through June 2. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 800-494-8497. www.metrostage.org . $48-$55. "No Man's Land" A poet and a stranger debate life in this show performed by WSC Avant Bard. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Through May 25. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington.
May 15, 2013
AFS Intercultural Programs seeks host families for international high school exchange students for the 2013-14 school year. To apply, visit www.afsusa.org . email@example.com or 800-876-2376, Ext. 3310. Air Force Association Cycling Classic seeks volunteers for the race June 7-9. To apply, visit www.cyclingclassic.org . Arlington Food Assistance Center Plot Against Hunger Program seeks volunteers to grow vegetables for the center's pantry. Seeds are provided.
May 14, 2013 |
Virginia Board of Education President David M. Foster is bringing his around-the-state listening tour to Northern Virginia on Thursday, with a stop in Fauquier County. Foster's goal is to visit all eight of Virginia's educational administrative regions by the end of the year. He and board member Winsome Sears will host a forum on education issues Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Kettle Run High School in Nokesville . The Northern Virginia region is a wide-ranging, diverse area,...