Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Holland worked for the Washington Examiner
Taylor Holland, formerly of the Washington Examiner, has been hired as the chief of staff for Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay. Holland covered Northern Virginia, and was formally hired on April 2. “Taylor will be a tremendous asset to our Lee District team and I am glad to have him on board,” said McKay in a press release. Holland, who takes the job from Mike McClanahan (who held the position for just over a year) previously reported for the Selma Times-Journal and the Tuscaloosa News in Alabama. He received his degree in journalism from the University of Alabama. “I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” said Holland. “This is an exciting time for Lee District and South County, especially with construction of the Springfield Town …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The 165-suite, LEED silver-certified hotel officially opened in March.
Polynesian dancers, local officials and Springfield area residents joined employees Thursday afternoon at the new Homewood Suites by Hilton to celebrate the hotel’s grand opening. For three hours, visitors received tours of the hotel and its suites, enjoyed performances by dancers from DC Luau Entertainment, and dined on food provided by Panda Express and Tok Teriyaki (formerly Waba Grill), two Springfield restaurants located in the same shopping center as the hotel. The LEED Silver-certified hotel, which is located at 7010 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield, opened to the public March 13. It has a total of 165 suites, a heated indoor pool area, and a handful of other amenities for guests. “I think it’s amazing,” said Lee District …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The library in the Rose Hill community hosted an all day event Saturday.
John Marshall Library celebrated its 50th birthday Saturday in an all-day event that included a performance from the Falls Church High School string ensemble and other entertainment. The birthday party included a FLAG ceremony, music, refreshments and prizes. Delegate Mark Sickles, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and library Board Trustee Member Willard Jasper and other library representatives were in attendance along with dedicated volunteers with the John Marshal Library Friends Group. During the ceremony, McKay said even with budget cuts, Fairfax County supervisors have come to understand that people "love and cherish the libraries and parks" of Fairfax County. Sickles said people still enjoy leaving their homes and going somewhere …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The library located on Rose Hill Drive will have an event Saturday.
The public is invited to John Marshall Library to celebrate 50 years on Saturday. A FLAG ceremony will start at noon and the birthday party will also include a day of music, prizes, refreshments and celebration. Delegate Mark Sickles, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and library Board Trustee Member Willard Jasper will also be in attendance. The John Marshall Library opened in the Rose Hill Shopping Center storefront in April 1963 and moved into its present location across the street from the shopping center in February 1975. The library is located next door to Rose Hill Elementary School and receives more than 160,000 visitors each year who peruse its large catalog and enjoy its beautiful gardens. Keep up with Kingstowne news and events…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Kelley Coyner will succeed Rick Taube, who is stepping down from the position.
Members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) recently unanimously appointed Kelley Coyner as the new executive director, according to a recent news release. Coyner will succeed Rick Taube, who is stepping down from the position after serving as executive director for 29 years. “I am pleased at the unanimous decision by the NVTC Board to ask Ms. Coyner to serve as NVTC’s next executive director. This is a critical time for transit in the region and I am confident that she will continue to lead NVTC in the right direction," said Supervisor Jeff McKay who also serves as NVTC chairman. "I look forward to working closely with her to expand NVTC’s role in Northern Virginia and to continue to enhance our image throughout the …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Lawmakers return from Richmond to meet with constituents for town hall meeting Saturday. Got any questions about pending legislation and the future of the Commonwealth?
The 2013 Virginia General Assembly is in full swing, and members of the Northern Virginia delegation will return to hold a town hall meeting Saturday at 10 a.m. Virginia State Del. Mark Sickles (D-43rd), Sen. George Barker (D-39th), Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30th), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th) and Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay will speak to constituents at the Kingstowne Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy., about pending legislation and answers about the General Assembly session. Opening remarks by the representatives will be followed by a Q&A.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The mall, which has been under construction since mid-summer 2012, will be redeveloped into a town center by the end of 2014.
The official demolition of Springfield Mall began Monday morning, as construction crews make way for the new Springfield Town Center slated to be complete in the fall of 2014. “We’re here today to celebrate a major milestone for this mall. It may not seem like a big deal to some people, but it is a big deal to people who live in Springfield and businesses in and around Springfield to see this process actually start. It’s taken a long time to get to this point,” Fairfax County Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay said. He was joined at the demolotion by officials from Vornado Realty Trust and Springfield civic groups. The redevelopment of the mall and transformation into what will become an upscale town center is part of a three-year effort …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Annual Democratic fundraiser Saturday featured Senate candidate Tim Kaine, county board Chair Sharon Bulova and other elected officials.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Local Democrats donned their best Hawaiian shirts Saturday for the annual luau fundraiser hosted by Susie Warner in Rose Hill. The event attracted featured guest former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine, as well as elected officials, including Del. Mark Sickles, state Sen. George Barker, Del. Vivian Watts, Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay, Lee District School Board member Tamara Derenak Koufax and 200 of their supporters. To see more photos from the event, visit the Lee District Democrats Facebook page.
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 …