Friday, May 24, 2013
Library, RECenter, Fairfax Connector and other Memorial Day weekend 2013 schedules.
Making Memorial Day weekend plans? If you're staying here in McLean, here's what you need to know about what's open and what's closed on Memorial Day 2013 and throughout the weekend. According to the Fairfax County government: County Government – Closed. Courts – Closed. Public Schools and School Offices – Closed. Libraries – Closed Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27. Fairfax Connector – Operating Sunday schedule on Monday, May 27. Routes with Sunday service operate according to the Sunday schedule. Routes without Sunday service will not operate. Fastran – Not in service. Park Authority – RECenters will open on regular schedule and close at 6 p.m., except George Washington RECenter, which will be closed. Nature centers open noon to 5 p.m…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Presented by Patch, the theme is 'Fairfax Is Beautiful.'
UPDATE: The deadline for the first annual Celebrate Fairfax Photo Contest has been extended to May 15. Enter today! Your photo could be on display at Celebrate Fairfax! --- Are you a natural photographer or just enjoy capturing snapshots of the world around you? Celebrate Fairfax is looking for the best photographs of the natural beauty of Fairfax County and announces their 1st annual Photo Contest! In order to enter, you must submit a photo of something beautiful you see in nature around Fairfax County. You have until May 1 to get your entry in! Let the county be your inspiration — the top 75 entries submitted will be displayed during the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, which will be held June 7-9. Individuals will compete in one of two …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Get rid of that box of personal documents Saturday morning in McLean.
Fairfax County's Solid Waste Management Program is hosting a document shredding event from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday (May 11) at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike. Accepted Items Not Accepted: More information on the event is here — including what you can and can't bring and how the event works.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The federal loan program could save Fairfax County and Dulles Toll Road users millions, but the tight timeline is giving some supervisors pause.
Fairfax County transportation officials have asked the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to move on federal loans that could help pay for $1.9 billion of the total cost of the Silver Line. FCDOT representatives presented the Board with a series of recommendations Tuesday afternoon in order to file an application for a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from the federal government. Joe LaHait, the county’s debt coordinator, said if the funding partners secured such a loan, approximately $1.3 billion would be allocated to the Dulles Toll Road. Toll Road users are currently on the hook for 75 percent of the $5.9 billion rail project and toll prices are expected to increase dramatically in the coming years…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Trials in other Washington area jurisdictions have residents asking: Why doesn't Fairfax County have text-911 service?
Fairfax County plans to eventually give its residents the ability to text 9-1-1 in emergencies, but it likely won’t be any time soon. In March, Frederick County, Md., launched a pilot program allowing Verizon Wireless customers to text 911 in an emergency. And recent media coverage has Fairfax County residents asking whether the same service will be available to them. During an online chat Monday, county officials said they planned to wait to start any sort of trial program until the service was available on more providers than just Verizon. “Texting to 9-1-1 is one of several new means to contact 9-1-1 that will utilize smart devices (smart phones, tablets, etc.) to communicate,” said Stephen Souder, director of the county’s department of…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Cicadas will emerge across Northern Virginia later this month.
Those loud, large cicadas will be returning to the mid-Atlantic region later this month. The 17-year Brood II cicadas, not seen in this area since 1996, will emerge from the ground across Northern Virginia by mid-May, entymologists predict. Fairfax County officials from the Urban Forestry Division of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services will be online Thursday at 2 p.m. to answer residents' questions about the bugs. Can't make the live chat? You can submit questions in advance here and read the transcript there late Thursday afternoon. See also:
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Virginia primary is June 11; the general election is Nov. 5.
Are you a registered voter in Virginia and available to work at least half of Election Day? Fairfax County has a job for you. The county’s Office of Elections is recruiting election officers for the June 11 primary election and/or for the Nov. 5 general election. Qualified residents with bilingual language and technology skills are especially needed. "We encourage all qualified residents to become elections officers, especially those with technology skills, diverse language abilities, young adults seeking civic experience and networking opportunities, and recently retired professionals interested in public service," said General Registrar Cameron Quinn in a prepared statement. Election officers are paid $100 for working all of Election …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
School board asks Fairfax County supervisors for more money Tuesday to deal with growing pains and teacher pay.
Fairfax County Executive Ed Long has recommended giving the county's school system a 2-percent increase in funding over the transfer it received last year. But at Tuesday night’s public hearing on the county’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget plan, schools officials and advocates said it still wasn't enough. Fairfax County School Board Chairman Ilryong Moon kicked off the first day of public input on County Executive Ed Long’s proposed $7 billion budget plan, asking the Board of Supervisors for a higher transfer to the school system. Long’s budget, which raises real estate taxes and cuts funds to parks, libraries and some other services, provides the school system with $1.72 billion—approximately $62 million less than the school board was hoping …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Fairfax County human services officials say more funds are needed for housing and other programs.
Fairfax County officials have said the impacts of sequestration are largely unknown, but for some of the county's low-income residents that's no longer true: Last week, the cuts forced the county to stop issuing Section 8 vouchers for affordable housing to families in need. Officials say that up to 150 families in the county might not be getting housing vouchers that will help them pay their rent. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding to the county for the program, but the budget sequester has put that in jeopardy. The county stopped issuing vouchers earlier this month, and while some residents were able to get help at the last minute, others might not be so fortunate. These cuts directly impact …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
“We’re just growing too much,” Superintendent Jack Dale said Tuesday as talks began between county supervisors and school board members.
Fairfax County is facing its own budget woes for Fiscal Year 2014: Property taxes could rise as much as 2 cents per $100 of assessed value, bumping the average homeowner's tax bill, and County Executive Ed Long has said raises for employees aren't likely. But the county's struggles could also make Fairfax County Public Schools come up short on its own $2.5 billion advertised budget, officials said Tuesday as they met to discuss budget issues and priorities. It doesn't appear the county, which gives an annual transfer to the school board, can afford to give the board as much as it asked for this winter. In order to close a $169 million shortfall and prepare for the still-unknown effects of sequestration, County Executive Ed Long has …