Friday, July 6, 2012
A fraud prevention summit was held at Greenspring in Springfield.
When Pamela Glasner's mother died, she and her brother contacted the nursing home to transfer power of attorney for their father to themselves. That's when they learned that their father had signed everything over to a man they did not know. The person had presented their father a paper in the nursing home and said, "sign here." It was considered legal, and even after her father's death, Glasner is living with the consequences. Glasner produced the documentary “Last Will and Embezzlement” to educate Americans about the prevalancy of financial exploitation of the elderly. "I did this because no one should have to live through what I've lived through and am still living through," she told more than 100 residents of Greenspring retirement …
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.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Virginia Railway Express preparing to seek public input about a possible smoking ban on train platforms.
The VRE Operations Board approved a request to solicit public comment through email, letter, and phone on a proposed amendment to the VRE smoking policy. Comments may be submitted through July 20 by: VRE's current policy prohibits smoking on VRE trains and at indoor VRE facilities, and limits smoking to the first 100 feet at the north end of station platforms. If approved, the amendment would modify the existing policy to prohibit smoking of pipes, cigarettes, cigars or any other object at outdoor VRE stations and platforms at all times, according to a VRE news release. VRE staff will report back to the operations board in August, with a summary of comments and recommendation for action. At a May 18 meeting, VRE board member and Manassas…
Richard Dalton takes over on July 1 from retiring CEO Dale Zehner.
Richard Dalton was appointed this week by the Virginia Railway Express Operations Board to lead the agency after the retirement of current CEO Dale Zehner this month. Dalton, who is now the director of VRE rail equipment and services, will officially begin leading the agency on July 1, one day after Zehner's retirement from the post, according to a VRE news release. Zehner, who announced his resignation in February, is the first person in VRE history to hold the CEO position. Calling Dalton a "seasoned veteran of rail operations," VRE officials said he intends to continue the agency's customer-driven philosophy while keeping up its aggressive growth. Dalton also plans to continue with the Phase 2 Long-Term Strategic Plan, which calls for …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Overnight road closures June 18 - 22, 2012.
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the I-95 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes overnight starting on Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21 from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m., and again on Friday, June 22 from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Crews will test borings, and perform survey work and utility marking. Monday night June 18, through Thursday night, June 21, the I-95 HOV lanes will be closed from Exit 152, Dumfries Road (Route 234) to Exit 169, Franconia Road /Keene Mill Road (Route 644) from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. On Friday night June 22, this closure will be in place from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. During night work hours the HOV lanes will be open heading north from the slip ramp on I-95 near Exit 169, Franconia Road/Keene Mill Road to the …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
One local businessman tries to lobby Richmond.
Kent Baake, founder and CEO of Continuum Solar, is part of a growing industry of small businesses looking to cash in on the green jobs movement. And although Baake's company is based in Alexandria, he said 90 percent of the solar panel installations Continuum Solar facilitates are done in Maryland. That's because state and local tax incentives make Maryland homeowners much more eager to install a solar panel system. It comes down to dollars and cents, Baake said. "From an econcomic point of view, you'd have a quicker payback in Maryland," he said. "In Maryland, at both the state level and the counties, there are additional incentives that bring down the cost of the (solar) system. That's less money that comes out of the pocket." A …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Indictment includes four counts of indecent liberties with a minor and three counts of possession of child pornography.
Update 5 p.m. May 23 Patch reviewed the search warrants, which reveal the instructor tied sex to the victims' sports goals. A follow-up story was published at 5 p.m. _______ A tae kwon do instructor at Burke's Phan University of Martial Arts was indicted on seven felony charges for his alleged inappropriate contact with minors, West Springfield District police said Wednesday morning. Officers say they were contacted by the first victim in June 2011. During the course of their investigation, a second victim was discovered. On Monday, the instructor, Quyen Vinh Phan Le, 38, of Springfield, was indicted on four counts of indecent liberties with a minor by someone in a custodial or supervisory relationship and three counts of possession of …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Exempt products include cell phone chargers and fire extinguishers.
An upcoming tax holiday will help Virginians prepare for hurricane season, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation. Ahead of hurricane season's start on June 1, there will be no sales tax in Virginia from May 25 to May 31 on certain items that would be useful in the event of a hurricane. Exempt items can be seen here (PDF). While there will be no sales tax on generators and power cables that cost less than $1,000, most of the purchases must be under $60 to qualify for the sales tax holiday. Many of the eligible items have uses outside of hurricane preparation, including duct tape, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and cell phone chargers. The sales tax holiday will cost the Commonwealth around $2.6 million, according to an …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
You may think twice about telling your kid to stop doodling.
If you've ever wondered what Sharon Bulova, Chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, is scribbling under the microphone during those incredibly long public hearings, it turns out that she's a lifelong doodler. In addition to her duties as a public official for 25 years, Bulova has run more than a few pens dry by making cartoon likenesses of her colleagues. The drawings tell a sort of truth — from a certain point of view. Once you see them, you'll never mistake the mustache of U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly (D-11) for another, or the familiar dome of Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland. "Since becoming Chairman, I don't draw and doodle as much as I used to," Bulova said in her office in the Fairfax County Government Center. "I used to …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
One in three homeless in Fairfax County area are children.
There are 1,534 people homeless people in the Fairfax area, according to a survey conducted in January by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership. The survey found that 697 single people and 837 people in families in the county were homeless on Jan. 25, when the survey was conducted. While the total number of people who are homeless declined by 15 people from January 2011, they survey showed that persons in families that are homeless increased by 46 people from the previous year. The survey found that 33 percent of all persons who were homeless were children under 18 years old. The partnership puts out the survey each year to help identify need and track successes and challenges from year to year. Read the full report online. To …