Saturday, May 19, 2012
You may think twice about telling your kid to stop doodling.
If you've ever wondered what Sharon Bulova, Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, is scribbling under the microphone during those incredibly long public hearings, it turns out that she's a lifelong doodler. In addition to her duties as a public official for 25 years, Bulova has run more than a few pens dry by making cartoon likenesses of her colleagues. The drawings tell a sort of truth — from a certain point of view. Once you see them, you'll never mistake the mustache of U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly (D-11) for another, or the familiar dome of Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland. "Since becoming Chairman, I don't draw and doodle as much as I used to," Bulova told Patch from her office in the Fairfax County Government Center. "I …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
New fire code requirements could impact houses of worship participating in Fairfax County's Hypothermia Prevention program.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
With project labor agreement and high cost to taxpayers and counties, Silver Line to Dulles International Airport has a chance of not happening.
Could Rail to Dulles really end up being Rail to Reston? That possibility was discussed at "Silver Line: On Track to Loudoun," a panel discussion hosted by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton Reston on Wednesday. With seven new members on the nine-member Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, many of the new board members have said they are undecided about whether to support the $2.7-billion Silver Line Phase 2, which will extend the rail from Reston's Wiehle Avenue to Dulles International Airport and into Loudoun County. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) and Fairfax County last week granted Loudoun County Supervisors an additional 30 days to decide whether it will contribute to Phase 2, which is …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
In 2011, 51 tornadoes hit Virginia.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors participated in Virginia’s statewide tornado drill Tuesday morning during its regularly scheduled meeting. The drill, which occurred at 9:45 a.m., corresponds with Fairfax County’s three-day tornado emergency response exercise, which began Monday and will continue through Wednesday. The county announced the drills after a pack of tornadoes killed more than 30 people in southern Indiana and four other states in early March. “Use this opportunity to determine where the safest location is at your home or work,” Sharon Bulova, chairman of the board, said in a statement. “You should shelter immediately in the nearest substantial building and go to your building’s basement. If there is no basement, move …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Bulova says "We will continue to identify ways to address the affordability of rates on the Dulles Toll Road. "
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Last week, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) released new cost estimates for Phase II of Rail to Dulles. These new estimates are $1 billion lower than previous estimates and are consistent with what we have been working with during the past year. Fairfax County and other stakeholders came together over the past year to address rising cost estimates for Phase II. Working with our staff and project partners, Loudoun County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, we were able to bring the cost of Phase II down by $700 million. The savings were achieved in part by moving to an above ground station at the airport, a smaller rail yard, and purchasing fewer rail cars. I believe these important…
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
"We could all use that critique as either a due diligence basis for going ahead with Phase 2," or as the basis for a second study, group tells County Supervisor.
The Reston Citizens Association has written to Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova to ask for her to reconsider the timetable and re-examine analysis for Phase 2 of Metro's Silver Line. RCA Board Member Terry Maynard has asked Bulova for a critique of the next Wlibur Smith Associates Dulles Toll Road traffic and revenue forecast "that should satisfy residents concerns about the impact of future tolls and your concerns about moving forward in a speedy manner on Phase 2 of the Silver Line." To read RCA's recent report on overestimates of traffic usages in past WSM reports, click here. Maynard has several suggestions for a due diligence plan that will assuage the concerns of Restonians and others who live along the Dulles …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Fairfax County Supervisor says earlier forecasts may not have been completely accurate.
Monday, January 30, 2012
County leaders announce donations, group vows to seek more, at meeting in Reston.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Faith community members and local leaders met at St. John Neumann Church in Reston on Sunday in support of expanding dental care for low-income adults in the area. More than 350 members of faith communities and civic organizations in the Reston-Herndon gathered under the banner of V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement). Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova and Virginia Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), along with other elected leaders, voiced their support for the V.O.I.C.E. effort to put a full-time dentist dedicated to serving Fairfax residents at the Sterling location of the Northern VA Dental Clinic. V.O.I.C.E. leaders have already raised $140,000 of the $200,000 needed to cover the cost …
Friday, January 13, 2012
School board members, teachers cautiously optimistic about Superintendent Jack Dale's $2.4 billion budget proposal.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Bulova, York and Stewart: counties should not pick up rest of road tab.
Should Northern Virginia residents be forced to pay more in taxes in order to improve roads? Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova (D), along with Corey Stewart (R) chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and Scott York (R), chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, say no. The issue of "devolution," or shifting responsibilities from the state to the counties, is likely to come up in the upcoming General Assembly session. "Although we are of different political parties, we are firmly united in opposition to devolution because of the massive property tax increase it will produce for the residents and businesses of Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties," the supervisors said in a letter to …