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Many events require reservation or advance ticket purchases - call before you go!New "Walter Reed" effort on track
Realignment of military medical facilities in the National Capital Region ordered by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission is on track to meet the commission’s deadline, senior Defense Department officials said here Dec. 2. Walter Reed Army Medical Center here is consolidating with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and a new hospital is under construction at Fort Belvoir. “Recommendations proposed a transition from a legacy service-specific medical infrastructure into a premier, modernized joint operational medicine platform,“ said Allen W. Middleton, acting principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “We are making great progress, and I am pleased to report that we are on track to implement the BRAC recommendations by the statutory deadline of Sept. 15, 2011.“
When the Arlandria Chirilagua Housing Cooperative took definitive shape in the early 90s after a 10-year organizational effort, its residents hoped to stomp out the evictions, rent increases and utility hikes plaguing the low-income development on the Northeast fringe of the city. As owners of the 282-unit co-op, the tenants — mostly immigrants — and their elected board of directors would control their own rents and voice effectively their opinions related to their home.The Long, Somber March to Next F.C. Budget Begins
The Falls Church City Council and School Board began a long, somber
march toward the April adoption of the Fiscal Year 2011 Falls Church
city budget with a joint work session at the Mary Ellen Henderson
Middle School's cafetorium Monday night. The meeting marked the earliest starting point for an annual budget
deliberation in Falls Church in the 50-plus year history of the City,
and for good reason. The $7.5 million deficit, amounting to 11 percent
of the $66.9 million size of current anticipated costs, even with
hiring and wage freezes for both City and school employees, means that
some combination of hefty tax rate increases and service, including
employee, cuts is inevitable.
Construction employment decreased in the last year in 328 of the nation’s 337 biggest metro areas, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. The Arlington-based builders association, citing figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, said Phoenix lost the most jobs from October 2008 to October 2009, with construction employment falling by 33,000 jobs. Reno, Nev. had the biggest percentage drop in construction employment, down 32 percent.
$175 million. That is the current projected budget gap for Metro for the fiscal year. That is a gap some $30m larger than what was predicted just three months ago and you may be paying the difference. WaPo wrote today that Metro’s managers recommended this morning that up to $92 million of that gap be made up through fare hikes. That would require a full 25 cent increase on each fare, bus and rail, to cover 50% of the total shortfall. But why is Metro even worse off than expected?Some officials want more students walking or biking
Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) believes that getting more students to walk or bike to school would be a win for everyone -- more exercise for the students, fewer vehicles on the road and lower transportation costs for the county's school system. He plans to take the lead on getting the "walking school bus" concept started at schools in his district. This is a concept in which bus routes that are within a reasonable walking distance of schools are replaced with a walking route, allowing parent volunteers to chaperone groups of students.Airports authority submits new testing plan
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says it will have its contractor test all of the 30-year-old bridge pier foundations that will be used in the Dulles Metrorail extension. The agency, which is managing construction of the 23-mile extension from Falls Church to Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County, has come under scrutiny after reports suggested that it was reluctant to do additional safety tests.D.C. transit safety zones get fast-tracked
High volumes of holiday foot traffic, fewer hours of daylight and "a lot of desperate people" are spurring a D.C. Council member to move an emergency bill Tuesday that would establish enhanced-penalty safety zones around all District transit stops. Ward 5 Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. said Monday that his legislation deserved emergency consideration -- with no public hearing -- because "people are being preyed upon." D.C. residents, he said, "need to feel a little safer" and deserved "safe passage in our neighborhoods."
I remember when my grandparents had to leave their home. They were in their seventies. My grandmother could no longer navigate the stairs to the basement and my grandfather couldn’t maintain their large yard. They moved to a continued-care retirement community, or CCRC, outside of Baltimore. It was your classic CCRC design: a large campus in an isolated spot off of a suburban artery road, accessible only by car, with different levels of care stationed in a smattering of lifeless, mid-rise buildings. You checked into independent-living apartments and as your capacities decreased, you worked your way into assisted and full-time nursing care.
Unemployment across Fairfax County in October dipped from a month before, part of a general - and not unexpected - trend toward lower joblessness statewide. The county’s October unemployment rate of 4.5 percent was down from 4.7 percent in September. It represented 568,620 county residents in the civilian workforce, and 26,516 looking for work. The county’s unemployment rate was third-best among Virginia’s 134 cities and counties. There were about 1,300 fewer unemployed Fairfax residents reported in October than in September.
All options are being considered as the county government works to prepare a fiscal 2011 budget that could require $25 million or more in cuts, acting County Manager Barbara Donnellan told delegates to the Arlington County Civic Federation on Dec. 1. “Nothing’s off the table,” she said in a budget presention. “There’s very few sacred cows - I’m looking at everything.” Still-declining real estate values, particularly on the commercial side, will make next year’s budget choices more difficult than in any other recent time, government officials have warned for months. The full extent of the situation won’t be known until 2011 property assessments are finalized, which should occur in coming weeks.County Unveils Reston Master Plan Special Study
Fairfax County officials presented plans for the Reston Master Plan Special Study to more than 100 area residents at South Lakes High School on Tuesday evening. Heidi Merkel, a senior planner with the county's department of planning and zoning, said Reston is a unique area of Fairfax County because many of its residents also work in close proximity to their homes. She said in 2001 the county took a look at the master plan for Reston and made some changes but now that transportation plans have changed the 2001 changes need to be revisited.
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