Wednesday, July 11, 2012
An eight-member task force presented its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
The Fairfax County Ad Hoc Equestrian Task Force (ETF) proposed hiring an equestrian coordinator and establishing an Equestrian Advisory Committee when it presented its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, following a year of meetings. The task force proposed that officials appoint an equestrian coordinator to act as an ambassador between equestrians and the county. "The equestrian coordinator is really the lynchpin that we felt would help to achieve our goals," said Breeana Bornhorst, chair of the Equestrian Task Force. She and the task force also recommended that the county establish an Equestrian Advisory Committee to assist the coordinator, as well as review existing county zoning laws and permitting processes to …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Drivers are reminded to obey four-way stop rules; more than 80 intersections remain dark as of Monday morning.
More than 80 intersections in Fairfax County remain without working traffic lights, according to county staff. Drivers are reminded to obey four-way stop rules at intersections without power: Check for updates on the Fairfax County Emergency Information blog. Fairfax County provided this sampling of the major intersections without working traffic lights as of Monday morning: As of Sunday evening, these traffic signals in the Burke, Springfield area were still without power: Tell us in the comments if you have an addition to the lists, or an update on signals now functioning.
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, February 27, 2012
Joint retreat Saturday begets promises of collaboration.
This is the first 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 is an overview of what many were calling a historic meeting. Part II, published Tuesday, Feb. 28, review Saturday's discussion about public school, community college and four-year university collaboration needed to produce a skilled workforce for the changing job market and economy. _______________ The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the county's school board began to put together a plan Saturday to increase communication and improve collaboration on county projects at this weekend's joint all-day retreat, the first in recent memory, according to Board of Supervisors …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Phase one, an outdoor riding arena, is set for 2012 construction.
This is the third in a multi-part series from Patch about the economic and other impacts of the declining equestrian industry in Fairfax County. It was updated at 9 a.m. on the day of publishing to add clarification to the proposal for and funding of a phase two. Fairfax County Losing Equestrian-Related Revenue Due to Lack of Planning was published Tuesday, Feb. 21. Richmond Highway Development May Spare Woodlawn Stables was published Wednesday, Feb. 22. Fairfax County Equestrian Opportunities was published Friday, Feb. 24. _________ The long wait is (almost) over. A multi-purpose outdoor riding arena with all-weather footing will soon compliment the riding trails at Laurel Hill Park in Lorton. “Phase one of equestrian facilities at Laurel…
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Experts say gas could reach $4.25 a gallon by end of April and gas tax increases are on the table in Virginia.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is worried about rising gas prices, fearing they could reach more than $4 by the end of April. Commuters are also starting to pay more attention, particularly with an ongoing debate in both Virginia and Maryland related to increasing gas taxes. “I am extremely concerned by recent reports that oil and gasoline prices continue to rise and gas could reach an average of $4.25 a gallon by April,” McDonnell stated in a release Tuesday. According to the release, “The average price for a gallon of gas has recently topped $3.53 a gallon, up 25 cents since January 1, and up from $3.17 a gallon a year ago.” If gas does in fact hit $4.25 a gallon by May, that would break the July 2008 record of $4.11, says the Washington …