Disposable plastic bags were castigated and praised at a public hearing last week as the Board of Supervisors considered a new ordinance to impose a five-cent-per-bag tax in the county. Enabling legislation passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2020 authorizes localities to adopt such an ordinance; two cents of the tax is retained by the retailers, with that amount dropping to one cent in January 2023.
Author: Penny Gross
Fans of old movies may remember that characters sometimes included a “cop on the beat,” who seemed to know everyone and rarely used his nightstick or weapon.
Labor Day, historically, marks the end of summer and a return to normal autumn activities. This year, the return to “normal” activities will have to wait another weekend, as this Saturday commemorates the 20th anniversary of the jetliner attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon here in Northern Virginia, and a suspected attempt on the Capitol that ended in a crash in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Labor Day has been observed since the late 1800s, when President Grover Cleveland signed a proclamation for a federal holiday.
The headlines, and the photos, are heartbreaking — Afghan refugees flee from Taliban takeover, Californians race from yet another wildfire that has destroyed everything familiar, people in Tennessee and elsewhere flooded out of their homes, Haiti suffers another earthquake.
Fairfax County boasts an outstanding Fire and Rescue Department, with well-trained personnel, state-of-the-art equipment, and quick response times.
School renovations never are easy; they take a long time, often years, because construction must be coordinated with students attending classes in the building. These “rolling” renovations may mean that a student’s time at a school may never be without some construction in progress.
Health care is getting a lot of attention these days. Whether the Covid Delta variant, vaccinations in general, or mental health issues voiced by gymnast Simone Biles and tennis player Naomi Osaka, paying attention to what our bodies, and health care professionals, are telling us, can be life-saving.
“Wandering” shopping carts are an ongoing problem in the Bailey’s Crossroads area and other commercial sectors of Mason District. Shopping carts, once the exclusive province of grocery stores, are provided as a convenience at many popular shopping centers.
Imagine you and your children are forced to leave your home because of domestic abuse by an intimate partner or other family member. What would you take with you? Where would you go? How would you find a safe place? Who would you turn to for advice and assistance?