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(October 30, 2019) Newport Academy Appeal Public Hearing

Newport Academy appealed the County's determination that the three properties on Davidson Rd. are a "Congregate Living Facility" and therefore need a permit for operation. The appeal hearing is scheduled for October 30, 2019 at the Fairfax County Government Center in front of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA). There is a public hearing during the appeal and citizens can signup to speak before the board for 3 minutes. I encourage everyone to consider speaking because Newport Academy is essentially asking to cluster facilities in a close area. If you'd like to speak, the County's determination letter and Newport's appeal are available here: You can sign up to speak here:…/board-zoning…/speaker-signup. Use application number: A 2019-DR-009 in the signup form. It looks like the meeting starts at 9am.

Help Needed for Dranesville District Back-to-School Nights

Beginning Thursday, August 22nd through September 19, Fairfax Republicans will be passing out literature at Back-to-School Nights (BTSN) across Fairfax County. This year offers a great opportunity to flip the School Board and Board of Supervisors and bring common sense back to Fairfax County, but we need your help!

Below is a list of schools with significant Asian student populations in the Dranesville District, which includes McLean, Falls Church, Great Falls & Herndon.

If you can volunteer at any of the schools listed below, please register using the sign-up link:

Lemon Road Elementary School (Falls Church) - 32% Asian students
Coates Elementary School (Herndon) - 28% Asian students
Churchill Road Elementary School (McLean) - 32% Asian students
Haycock Elementary School (Falls Church) - 27% Asian students
McLean High School (McLean) - 23% Asian students
Langley High School (McLean) - 24% Asian students
Spring Hill Elementary School (McLean) - 34% Asian students
Longfellow Middle School (Falls Church) - 31% Asian students
Chesterbrook Elementary School (McLean) - 17% Asian students

Volunteers are asked to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the start time to greet parents as they arrive for BTSN and stay 15 minutes after the program begins to catch late-arriving parents.  

If you have questions, please contact Rosie Oakley, Dranesville District Chair for the Fairfax Republicans, at  If you don't live in Dranesville, but would like to volunteer, we will be happy to connect you to the Chair of your home District.

The Truth About One Fairfax School Reboundarying

Voices of Fairfax

Published on Aug 1, 2019

This video includes clips from the following school board work sessions: 6.26.18, 2.26.19, 3.11.19, 5.13.19, 7.22.19. These videos are all publicly available on the Fairfax County website and on YouTube.

FCPS School Board Work Session 7-22-19 Boundary Policy

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Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 12:40:16 -0400
Subject: SAT Verbal Class for October SAT

Dear all

Next month, I will be opening another SAT verbal class covering reading comprehension and writing/grammar. This class targets the October SAT exam. The details are as follows:
My summer verbal course reached capacity in under two weeks, so please register early to secure your spot!

If you have any questions, please email or call 571-295-7867. I hope to work with you soon!



Curious: are the rehab facilities impacting the neighborhood real estate sales? See the below two listings:

(1411 Kurtz Rd, Mclean, VA 22101)
Recent Change: 06/26/2019 : DOWN : $1,580,000->$1,480,000

(7001 Symphony Ct, Mclean, VA 22101)
$1,590,000: Temporary Off Market


We had almost a 1/4 of the auditorium filled up, front and center. Thank you all who were able to come out on a workday morning in a show of support.

Foust and the other Supervisors couldn’t have missed us if they tried. There is another Supervisor’s Meeting on May 21st where folks can (and have) register to speak. We walked out together as a group after about an hour of holding our signs quietly - -

  • Election Date : NOV 05, 2019 There are 3 At-Large seats on FCPS Board. Every voter gets to vote for 3 individuals. If you agree that there are serious problems in FCPS that needs immediate correction, then you need to send the right team to make it happen.

Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 01:17:59 -0400

Subject: Vinson, your school board candidate is seeking your help


Dear Friends,

I am happy to report that our campaign is going really well. I am really hopeful about the prospects of winning for the sake of the future of out count and our nation.


I am writing this email to request you a favor. I have my yard signs and bumper stickers ready. It’s hue help if you can place my yard sign on your yard. Even better, if you can have a bumper sticker. If you can help me, please let me know in a reply email or phone call. I am counting on your help.


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    Deep Snow Gets Cleared From Yellowstone National Park
Published on Jan 28, 2019

Fascinating footage shows how deep snow is cleared in Yellowstone National Park.

Kerry Countryman was on holiday on January 14 when she came across the Canyon General Store covered in about seven feet of snow.

While she was watching, a member of staff expertly shovelled fridge-sized chunks of packed powder, sliding it down a slope.

From the shapes left in the remaining snow, the man had removed multiple towers of the snow before they break into a pile.

  • Fallen Bear Cub Climbs Back to Mama
Published on Nov 2, 2018

Occurred on June 19, 2018 / Magadan Region, Russia

"A mother bear with her cub on a cliff."

  • Meet the Hero Driver Who Stopped 94-Year-Old Woman Going Wrong Way in Texas
Published on Aug 29, 2018

An elderly Texas woman was driving the wrong way on a highway when a good Samaritan desperately tried to stop her. Thomas Prado, a delivery driver, was stunned when he spotted the 94-year-old motorist driving right at him over 55 miles per hour. He took off after her in a desperate attempt to get her to pull over. “I knew something wasn't right,” he told Inside Edition. “If there any way I could stop that, I wanted to do everything I could.”

  • Thai cave rescue press conference: British divers explain how they helped save boys

Published on Jul 13, 2018

The British divers who helped save the 12 trapped boys and their coach from the flooded Thai cave explain how they did it. They described the Thai rescue mission as one of the hardest in history.

Thai cave rescue: Canadian member of rescue team recounts mission to save boys and coach

Published on Jul 11, 2018

The mission to save 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand involved an international team that included Canadian diver Erik Brown, who recounts the harrowing efforts to save the team.

LISTEN: Fairfax County School Board Member ELIZABETH SCHULTZ Breaks Down the Fundraising Issue Surrounding the Name Change of JEB Stuart High School

  • Full video: Port Authority commissioner confronts police during N.J. traffic stop
Published on Apr 24, 2018
Caren Z. Turner, a Democratic lobbyist from Tenafly, has resigned as a commissioner from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, after an investigation was opened into what agency officials would only describe as "profoundly disturbing conduct." Turner's resignation allegedly involved her intervention in a recent traffic stop in connection with her daughter. Turner apparently flashed her Port Authority badge in an effort to intercede with police officers on the scene.

Published on Nov 20, 2012

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

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      President Trump Delivers The State of the Union Address

      Feb. 5, 2019

      • President Trump Participates in an Executive Order Signing

      Published on Mar 21, 2019

      President Trump Participates in an Executive Order Signing and Remarks on Improving Free Inquiry, Transparency, and Accountability on Campus.

      The White House

      • NASA’s InSight spacecraft makes historic landing on Mars - 11/26/2018
      NASA’s InSight spacecraft makes its historic touchdown on Mars after an epic journey of just over 300 million miles. Video courtesy of NASA.
      • NASA Announces Astronaut Crews for First Commercial Vehicle Flights

      Published on Jun 1, 2018

      Activists inside the federal government decided that air traffic controllers weren’t diverse enough and in recent years and in the first step of the hiring process, used a 'biographical questionnaire' to screen potential employees. One man is suing the FAA for its updated hiring practice. 

      Published on Sep 19, 2017

      A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America.


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