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by ARLnow.com June 18, 2010 at 6:15 am 1,223 5 Comments

Veggie Garden at Central Library Feeding Those in Need — Did you know that Arlington Central Library now has its own vegetable garden? The garden’s first crop of leafy greens was harvested yesterday. All produce grown in the garden is being donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. UPDATE: We hear that Christie Vilsack, wife of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak, may visit the garden later this month.

Gov. McDonnell Wants a Say at Metro — Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is making a heavy-handed push for the state to get two seats on the Metro Board of Directors. If he’s successful the seats may be taken away from Arlington and other Northern Virginia locales. More from the Washington Post.

Arlington MS-13 Member Sentenced — A member of the notorious street gang MS-13 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring to extort money from a prostitution ring, the Arlington Connection reports. Prosecutors say the defendant, 23-year-old Alcides Umana of Arlington, is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador.

Flickr pool photo by Mark C. White.

  • Darwin

    Hypocrite alert on Democrats blasting Bob McDonnel wanting a say on the metro board!
    “But many of those same Democrats, including Moran and Connolly, supported the Obama administration’s desire to put four federal appointees on the Metro board in exchange for $1.5 billion in federal funds earlier this year.”
    Whoops! Sounds like Obama is far heavier handed throwing that kind of money around!

  • MB

    The further VDOT and McDonnell stay away from the Metro Board, the better. Unlike the current Federal administration’s DOT, VDOT seems to think that the only thing you can do to address transportation needs is pave. NoVA already gets enough of the transportation shaft by Richmond. We don’t need any more of it.

    • Greg

      The money is already being allocated to Metro. The State should get a say in how it is spent (like MD and DC do). I’m also not sure how VDOT’s involvement in Metro would result in more paving…

      If people with actual transportation expertise want to serve on the Metro board, that can only be a good thing. Members like Zimmerman aren’t exactly getting the job done.

      • Mike

        Maybe Zimmerman isn’t getting the job done?

        MAYBE????

        Good one.

        • Greg

          Is that a non sequitur or do you just need to work on reading comprehension?

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