Editor,Last fall, I moved to Falls Church and began frequenting local businesses and restaurants to acclimate to my new environment. Whenever possible, I pick up the Falls Church News-Press to see what is going on in my new hometown. And most recently, I read Nicholas Benton’s essay “Empathy in the […]
Editor,Walking the dog on a pleasant Memorial Day afternoon, I noticed the plaque at the entrance to Cavalier Trail Park. It honors the City staff and citizens who planted 65 trees in that park in the spring of 1992 — exactly 30 years ago. Today we’re enjoying the shady canopy […]
I was very pleased to see the article about FCC’s focus on environmental responsibilities and sustainability.
Each year, FCCPS works to establish a school calendar. And each year, some folks argue for start in late August or after Labor Day. This late start makes little sense in terms of instruction (frankly the most common argument I hear is that people like their late summer discounts on Outer Banks rentals).
The Greater Falls Church Chamber and its members are grateful that the proposed Commercial and Industrial Tax (C&I) failed. Passage would have had significant ramifications for our community — a ripple effect hurting our businesses, services and ultimately Falls Church families.
May is Williams syndrome (WS) awareness month. As a parent of a young child with WS, it has become a mission for our family to spread awareness, raise funds and promote inclusion of people with WS and others with special needs in general.
Charlie Clark reported (“Our Man in Arlington,” May 6) on the opening of the new 160-unit subsidized housing project in Arlington built on land previously used for an American Legion Post on Washington Boulevard. This $77 million project was financed mainly through public funds including $12 million from Arlington County, and an average unit cost nearly $500,000 each.
Members of the Women’s History Group, the working organizers of last Sunday’s very successful Women’s Walk honoring the many women who have played major roles in shaping the Falls Church-area history, want to express our gratitude to the Group’s intrepid leader, Sally Ekfelt.
Many readers have seen the signs begin to pop up around their neighborhoods. White ink on a blue background, bearing the words “re-elect Don Beyer.” I see these iconic yard signs every two years in the fall, and my family has a dedicated spot for ours in our corner yard. Only this year, they’re a little different, as they now include an addition: “June 21, 2022,” the date of this year’s Democratic primary.
FCNP coverage of the Falls Church budget process praises the “slashing” of the Falls Church property tax rate from $1.32/$100.00 to $1.23/$100.00. The coverage fails to note, however, that even after this “deepest” rate cut our city will continue to impose by far the highest property tax rate in the state of Virginia. Falls Church imposes a disproportionate tax burden on home owners, not because this is necessitated by “costlier burdens determined by scale,” but because our city government chooses not to tax businesses as other municipalities across the state routinely do.