Thursday, February 28, 2013
Supervisor McKay says Fairfax County will 'weather the storm' and people wouldn't tolerate this kind of indecision on a local level.
During an interview with Patch Wednesday, Supervisor Jeff McKay weighed in on the issues surrounding sequestration and how it will affect Lee District. Like many, McKay says Congress' indecision is unacceptable. "On the fact that they can't make a decision, it's absurd. It's ridiculous, and if we acted that way at a local government level people wouldn't tolerate it and they shouldn't tolerate it," McKay said. It's kind of an embarrassment to the country that people with different minds can't sit down together and come up with an agreement. We do it every day in Fairfax County, and it's not the easiest thing in the world, but it's what people expect." President Obama dropped by Virginia on Tuesday, railed against Congress for yet another "…
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Stops included Muddy Hole Farm Park, Mount Vernon Woods Park and Mount Vernon High School.
Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay met with student athletes, community members and other local officials Wednesday evening during a tour designed to promote improvements to Mount Vernon-area athletic fields and facilities. The tour stemmed from a 400-person public meeting organized by VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) in June to push for more investment in youth recreation facilities and access to after-school programs for local youth. The first stop was Muddy Hole Farm Park, where Ricky Hairston, general manager and head coach of the Fairfax County Colts, a youth football team that practices on the field, shared his concerns with the group. “The field is severely sloped, so it needs to be graded and leveled…
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Bethlehem Baptist Church held Monday night forum on youth and recreation.
Local elected officials say they're largely on board with pleas from the public to enhance recreational opportunities for children along the Route 1 corridor. Hundreds of young athletes, parents and members of the faith community from the Route 1 corridor gathered Monday night at a forum organized by Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE. Speakers pushed for the creation of turf fields at local high schools, a multipurpose surface area at the Audubon mobile home park and a new, low-fee recreation center on the corridor. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland told the overflow crowd at Bethlehem Baptist Church that he would help push for new and improved recreational facilities as part of the Fairfax …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
With third straight year of zero funding for program, cyclists say some transportation improvements are threatened; county to look toward Arlington for model
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors formally adopted a $6.7 billion budget Tuesday morning, a spending plan which put aside more money for human services, schools and employee pay but, for the third consecutive year, not bicycle programs. Although the county funds a full-time bicycle coordinator in its transportation department, the bicycle program has gone without funding since fiscal year 2011, according to Fairfax County staff reports provided to supervisors this year. The county's formal bike program was launched in 2006 as the Comprehensive Bicycle Initiative. Early projects included developing the county's first bike route map, retrofitting connector buses, and adding bike racks to county park and ride lots. The program received…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
District Supervisors Gerry Hyland (Mount Vernon) and Jeff McKay (Lee), along with School Board Member Dan Storck, shared updates Wednesday with the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce.
Fairfax County's budget, development and traffic along the Route 1 corridor, and the possibility of a county meals tax were the focus of the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce's "Breakfast with the Supervisors" on Wednesday morning at the Belle Haven Country Club. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and School Board Member Dan Storck updated chamber members on recent developments in the districts and the county before fielding questions from the audience. Fairfax County Budget Storck kicked off the morning by framing the county's budget, a large portion of which goes to public schools. "I know that it is a lot of money," Storck said. "But I also know that it makes a huge difference in …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Local educators say more cooperation and collaboration needed in Virginia to prepare for changing job market.
This is the second of a two part series about the Feb. 25, 2012, joint retreat of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Fairfax County School Board. Part I, Board of Supervisors, School Board Team Up, was published Monday. __________ Providing a skilled work force for the next decade is going to require collaboration between public school systems, community colleges and four-year universities, according to local educators. Dana Kauffman, director of College Government Affairs at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), said local communities need to grow their own front-line work force. He addressed the joint retreat of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board Saturday. A 2011 study conducted by Dr. Stephen …
Monday, August 8, 2011
A call to citizen action.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, August 8, 2011
As we all have now heard, Jeff Todd, community leader, local business owner, philanthropist, civic volunteer, and most importantly friend to so many of us, passed away last week in a tragic car accident. This unfortunate accident has not yet sunk in and will never make sense. Personally, I am trying to respond in a way that would make Jeff Todd proud. It came to me during his memorial service that we—the communities of Lee and Mt. Vernon—can respond with our hearts, our actions, and our love of our area. This is what Jeff would expect. We can carry on his legacy of giving his all to the community he loved. We can turn this tragedy into a call to action so that we can all strive to do a fraction of the things for our neighbors that Jeff did…
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Half the mall's storefronts are empty in preparation for major renovations.
Those long-awaited, heavily-rumored renovations to Springfield Mall may start as early as this fall, according to Fairfax County officials. One clue that renovations are coming soon is that right now roughly half the storefronts in the once-prosperous Springfield Town Center are empty. “A lot of the vacancies that exist in the mall—believe it or not—are deliberate,” Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay told Patch. The vacancies will allow stores to move around and remain operational while large sections of the building are renovated. Other vacancies are deliberate for a different reason: “[The owners have] not been renewing leases for stores that they don’t think fit in with the long-term redevelopment plans for the mall.” --------- What…
Monday, May 16, 2011
Announced her plans to supporters at the Mason Inn and Conference Center on Sunday
With steady hands and fixed eyes, Sharon Bulova did it again. On Sunday, the Democrat announced that she would seek reelection as the chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, looking to continue nearly a quarter-century career as a local elected official. “It is no accident that Fairfax County is acknowledged as the best-managed county of its size in the United States,” Bulova told supporters from a podium at the Mason Inn and Conference Center at George Mason University. “Continuity matters, as does strong, consistent leadership.” Bulova, who faces Republican businessman Spike Williams in November, was narrowly elected chairman on Feb. 3, 2009, in a special election to fill the seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th). …