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  • 100WomenStrong Announces Grant Winners

    100WomenStrong Announces Grant Winners

    Robin Kinkead knows better than anyone that the Dulles South Food Pantry can’t help others without some help itself. Kinkead’s group was one of 20 to formally receive contributions from 100WomenStrong at an April 19 ceremony in Leesburg. In total, the non-profit distributed $193,700 to the 20 groups, which had to create an extensive use and

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  • Wexton Announces Run for Congress

    Wexton Announces Run for Congress

    In what may shape up as one of the nation’s most watched congressional races next year, state Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) announced April 20 she is running to represent Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Wexton, a Leesburg resident, becomes the fifth person to either announce or file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent

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  • UPDATE: Hazmat Team Investigates Substance at County’s Shenandoah Building

    UPDATE: Hazmat Team Investigates Substance at County’s Shenandoah Building

    UPDATE 7:55 p.m.: Fire Department officials determined that the substance that evacuated a Loudoun County Facility the afternoon of April 20 was not hazardous. Test results proved the substance was non-hazardous and that the employees were not in danger. Crews removed the envelope and cleansed any exposed area before escorting remaining employees back inside the building,

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  • Back in Loudoun, Bennett Looks to Help Next Wave of Democrats

    Back in Loudoun, Bennett Looks to Help Next Wave of Democrats

    Five months after losing one of the nation’s most high profile congressional races, Democrat LuAnn Bennett is best remembered by many of her would-be constituents for a seemingly endless barrage of television ads that accused her, among other things, of living outside the district and neglecting promises to develop a parking lot into a Washington, D.C.

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  • Maryland Man Charged After Route 7 Crash

    Route 7 westbound by Route 9 was backed up for hours the afternoon of April 18 after a tractor trailer crashed after hitting a guard rail. Richard M. Davini II, of Maryland, was charged with a DUI by Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies, according to LCSO officials. He was traveling westbound on Route 7 at about

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  • Smoking Materials Cause South Riding Fire

    Smoking Materials Cause South Riding Fire

    A family of five is safe after improperly discarded smoking materials caused an early morning house fire April 19. Just after 2:00 a.m., the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a call for a house fire in the 25000 block of Herring Creek Drive in South Riding. The caller reported the deck and back of their

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  • County Preparing for New Schools, Names and Boundary Changes

    County Preparing for New Schools, Names and Boundary Changes

    As Loudoun County’s population continues to grow, the School Board has put plans in motion to prepare for overcrowding and adjust school populations. A new elementary and middle school and two new high schools have created a need for boundary changes, and on April 18 the board unanimously voted to move up boundary changes for students

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  • School Board Plans for Universal Full Day Kindergarten

    School Board Plans for Universal Full Day Kindergarten

    A quarter of county elementary schools do not have the capacity to sustain full-day kindergarten. Full-day kindergarten has been a hot topic issue in Loudoun, and on April 18 the Loudoun County School Board convened a work session focused on developing a multi-year plan to offer all eligible students the opportunity to attend full-day kindergarten. While cost

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  • Sterling Playmakers to Present Witness for the Prosecution

    Sterling Playmakers to Present Witness for the Prosecution

    While most mysteries end with an arrest, Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” begins with one. When Emily French is murdered, the evidence points to Leonard Vole, a young man who stands to inherit a fortune from his elderly friend’s death. His salvation appears in the form of Sir Wilfred Robarts, a famed London attorney who

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  • “Hire Loudoun” Job Fair to Feature Local Employers

    “Hire Loudoun” Job Fair to Feature Local Employers

    In an effort to better connect Loudoun residents with local jobs, the Loudoun Department of Economic Development (DED) is hosting a “Hire Loudoun” job fair April 25 at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). “We’re putting a new spin on the ‘job fair.’ The goal of this event is to bring Loudoun’s workforce home,” Loudoun Department of

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  • Fairfax Consultant Joins 10th District Race

    Fairfax Consultant Joins 10th District Race

    Fairfax County resident Lindsey Davis Stover is the latest Democrat to enter the race to challenge 10th  district Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA).  The former Obama Administration official and consulting firm co-owner joins a growing list of Democrats looking to take on the second-term incumbent in the 2018 election for the House of Representatives. “Our district deserves a

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  • Immigration Still Dominates Stewart’s Campaign

    Immigration Still Dominates Stewart’s Campaign

    Even at the “End the Income Tax” rally, Corey Stewart and his supporters still wanted to talk about immigration. At the April 17 event in Sterling, the Prince William Board of Supervisors Chair and Republican gubernatorial candidate spent the majority of his time talking about combating illegal immigration. Two months before the GOP primary, Stewart is continuing to center his campaign

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  • Vaping Industry Adjusting to Regulations

    Vaping Industry Adjusting to Regulations

    Chris Redding of Lansdowne Vapes sets up a sample of e-juice. Vaping — inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device — is a relatively new industry on the rise. Unlike cigarettes, vaping allows consumers to smoke e-liquid or e-juice that goes into an atomizer and is a mixture of propylene

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  • Activist Groups Continue to Protest Comstock

    Activist Groups Continue to Protest Comstock

    For David Broder, protecting health care is about more than providing for his union’s workers. Broder, president of the Service Employees International Union, said he regularly sees employees in the nursing, healthcare and service sectors struggle without reliable access to affordable health care. That included his mother-in-law, who didn’t have preventative treatment that might have helped

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  • ADAMS Center Hosts Tenth Annual Passover Seder

    ADAMS Center Hosts Tenth Annual Passover Seder

    Photo: Mikaeel Martinez Jaka/ADAMS Washington Area Jews and Muslims celebrated the Jewish holiday of Passover at the 10th annual Seder held at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) center and mosque in Sterling on April 16. “This can show solidarity between Jews and Muslims,” Andrea Barron of the Washington Area Jews for Jewish Muslim Understanding said.

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  • Monroe Instructors to Receive Valor Awards

    Monroe Instructors to Receive Valor Awards

    Annual Ceremony Honors Loudoun Heroes. This year marks the most ever civilian recipients of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards. This year’s ceremony will recognize 107 local heroes — 87 career and volunteer emergency first responders and 20 civilians. The civilian awards are the most ever granted as part of the chamber’s annual salute to acts of

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  • We Think: The Swamp is Not Draining

    April 24, 2017. Last week’s announcement by state Sen. Jennifer Wexton that she will oppose Rep. Barbara Comstock for Virginia’s 10th congressional district seat has put an even brighter spotlight on the second term incumbent and the performance of Congress as a whole. The seat was moved from “Lean R” to “Toss Up” by the Cook Political Index, and may

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  • We Think: Decide on Assad

    April 23, 2017. It is not every day that Loudoun County politicians weigh in on international affairs, much less on geo-political considerations like the civil war in Syria. That war has splintered Syria, and there’s no end or predictable outcome in sight. U.S. foreign policy in the Obama Administration was lacking in both unified purpose and projection. Even the Trump Administration’s retaliatory

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  • Dick Black on Syria: Reality Check or Suspension of Disbelief
    Dick Black on Syria: Reality Check or Suspension of Disbelief

    Virginia state Sen. Richard L. “Dick” Black (R-13) has been both praised and vilified for his well-publicized support for Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Black elaborated on those views in an interview with the Tribune earlier this year covering his life experiences and influences. On April 9, Black offered the following commentary after Assad’s war planes were widely reported to have used lethal sarin

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  • Supreme Court Rules the Bare Minimum is No Longer Enough for Special Needs Children
    Supreme Court Rules the Bare Minimum is No Longer Enough for Special Needs Children

    By John Whitbeck. All parents of school-age children face the difficult task of monitoring their progress through school.  This critical parenting responsibility is somewhat easier for many of us in northern Virginia due to the high quality of our schools.  But imagine if your child had a mental or physical disability that made learning more difficult.  Thousands

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  • We Think: School Board Schizophrenia
    We Think: School Board Schizophrenia

    March 22, 2017. This week the Loudoun County School Board showed leadership — almost. The unanimous vote to terminate the continuous employment of Dominion High School principal John Brewer was decisive and, we believe, correct. It signaled the board’s belief that leadership starts at the top, and that principals are accountable for what goes wrong in their schools. And

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  • We Think: County Board Stewardship
    We Think: County Board Stewardship

    March 22, 2017. Loudoun County’s annual budgeting process has never been without controversy, but this year’s has been the most exceptional in memory for things done right. It helps when the local economy is sound and tax revenue is up, but that doesn’t diminish what we believe was the crafting of a fiscally responsible FY 2018 budget that advances the quality

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  • Rate of Spending and Residential Growth is Hard to Defend

    The following letter was sent to members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on March 6. First, I want to thank Supervisor [Ralph] Buona for his leadership in not raising the salary for the Board two years ago.  The vote was largely symbolic since the increase wouldn’t have even dusted the surface of the budget,

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  • Time to Reset County Policy on Local Fixed Route Buses
    Time to Reset County Policy on Local Fixed Route Buses

    By Hon. Ken Reid. Loudoun County government is by and large lean and mean and provides very good value for the taxpayers. But one expenditure in the proposed FY 2018 County budget that defies Loudoun’s fiscally conservative tradition, due to its incredibly poor return on investment, is the $3-$4 million for local fixed route buses.

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