Next week, Arlingtonians will have their opportunity to weigh in with the County Board on the annual budget. The two night event will feature opportunities for Arlingtonians to provide feedback on the advertised tax rate and the proposed budget — both on the same night if they so choose.
Many fiscal conservatives in the County tell me they do not go to speak because they feel like their voices will not be taken into account.
With two new Board Members and two others who have been willing to shake up the status quo, now is the time to speak out. Those in Arlington who want more spending and higher taxes will certainly be there to make their case.
Has bi-partisan love has broken out across Arlington?
First, Delegate Patrick Hope gives John Vihstadt an “attaboy” for his work with the Republican controlled General Assembly to reinstate the tourism tax. For years, Republicans in Arlington campaigned for on the idea of producing a better working relationship with Richmond. Turns out it was not just an empty campaign promise.
Then Democrat Electoral Board Members Dave Bell and Charlene Bickford showed up at a — wait for it — Arlington Republican Party meeting. Granted, the appearance in enemy territory was for a salute their outgoing colleague Allen Harrison. The consummate gentleman, Harrison was rightly being honored for nearly three decades of service to the voters of Arlington.
Allen is without question a dedicated and fiercely loyal Republican. But Allen always treated his appointment to the Electoral Board as a non-partisan protector of the rights of Arlingtonians to vote.
On a more serious bi-partisan note.
I did not know Tiffany Joslyn well, but I did have an opportunity to cross paths with her from time to time. We first met when I was running for County Board. I found her to be someone who you could disagree with politically without a trace of acrimony.
We also had an opportunity to talk about her professional passion — criminal justice reform. And, we agreed quite a bit on the issue of reforming our criminal laws. Even if we had not found an issue of agreement, she still would have made her points in a way that left a favorable impression.
It goes without saying that her death was tragic, and she will be missed.
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Statues of Liberty gives thanks this holiday season and grateful for a few things this year.
It’s turkey time. Thanksgiving Eve is upon us and extra revelry can be expected at some local bars tonight, ahead of the holiday. Please be careful on the roads and…
The Optimist Club of Arlington is holding its 76th annual Christmas tree sale!
This year, the tree sale will be held at the Knights of Columbus (5115 Little Falls Road). The lot opens for sales on November 25th. The Optimist Club is selling small and large trees ranging from tabletop size to huge 14 foot tall trees! Wreaths, garlands, tree stands, and White House Christmas ornaments will also be for sale.
100% of all proceeds go towards helping Arlington County youth.
For more information, please visit the Arlington Optimists website at https://optimistclubofarlingtonva.org/.
Art House 7 is a small art studio in Arlington – offering instruction in painting, ceramics, sewing and more. We are looking for kind, dedicated people who love both creating and teaching.
Ceramic Teachers are needed to teach wheel-throwing to adults and 6-12th graders and to teach hand building to elementary grades. Classes have 3-8 students.
Drawing teachers are needed to teach either kids or adults. For kids, we offer cartooning, manga or traditional drawing. For adults, we only offer traditional drawing.
Painting teachers are needed to teach either kids or adults. We offer oil, acrylic or watercolor for adults or teens. All elementary classes use acrylic and tempera.
NCE’s Holiday Concert will bring the finest classical masterpieces and holiday favorites together for the whole family. The festivities begin with Leroy Anderson’s classic “Sleigh Ride” and “Chanukkah Festival”, music from the Nutcracker and by J.S. Bach.
Outstanding Young Artist