May 24, 2013
Uts Releases Nationals Potato Chip Bag
Fairfax County Online State SOL Tests Disrupted by Technical Glitches
Home Schooling on the Rise in Virginia
Vineyards Assess Losses from Frost
Suffolk Mom Sentenced for Mooning Schoolbus
Posted by Tim Regan / Friday, May 17th, 2013
Did you bike to work today? If not, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation assembled this interactive biking map to help you get some pedaling in before sundown. The blue lines? Premium biking territory. Got it? Good. Now watch this topical video starring popular daytime host and celebrated dancing-woman Ellen DeGeneres:
Leesburg Town Council Doubles its Pay; Homeless Shelter Removed in Arlington County; Terrorist-Funding Cigarettes Smuggled from Virginia to New York; Crash Closes I-95 South in Stafford; Residents, National Groups Discuss Gun Laws in McClean
Friday, May 17, 2013
Leesburg Council Unanimously Approves Doubling Its Pay
Homeless Shelter Removed in Arlington County
Authorities Bust 16 in Cigarette Smuggling Ring with Terrorist Ties
Crash Closes I-95 South in Stafford
All Fired up Over Gun Laws
I have never perused online profiles, but a few weeks ago I did for the first time. Being single, I figured it was a good place to begin since I am looking for a companion. But not just any companion….a dog. As I surfed through the myriad of pictures and descriptions I noticed “Simon,” a 6-year-old male Chihuahua who caught my eye.
I met him at a local SPCA event in Fairfax, applied to adopt him, and picked him up on Saturday to begin our two-week trial period. Although he is a cutie, I wouldn’t exactly call this a honeymoon phase. First of all, he likes using my sister’s bedroom to relieve himself … not one, not two, but five times!
And although he is 6 years old and allegedly “house broken” I have learned to treat him like a toddler—absolutely no cake can be in his presence or else he’ll reach for it. On the other hand, he does not yap or bark which is refreshing, and he is very respectful of house guests when they visit. Also, it is amazing how many people wave, smile and start conversations when we’re walking in the neighborhood. Even the mailman smiled and waved twice. Simon is a looker.
The next two weeks will be an adventure for Simon and me. I realize he is adjusting to a new place, and I’ll have to be patient with him. I also understand this is a big commitment for me. The two-week trial period is similar to the dating phase of a relationship where I will have to decide if the juice is worth the squeeze.
How was the transition period with your dog? Do they really go to the bathroom that often or do they eventually settle down? Post your responses below.
Posted by David Schuller / Friday, May 10th, 2013
The weather is set to be perfectly pleasant this Sunday, and what better plan for Mother’s Day than a walk through the garden that just been watered by Saturday’s expected thunderstorm? Spend the day bonding with the woman who brought you into this world and she may be distracted enough to stop guilt tripping you about how she wished you had become a doctor.
Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria
“Wings of Fancy,” Brookside Gardens
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wheaton Regional Park, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, MD
Georgetown Garden Tour
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Christ Church, 31st and O St. NW, Washington D.C.
National Cathedral Garden Tour
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington D.C.
U.S. Botanic Garden
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
100 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington D.C.
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington D.C.
Open 24 Hours
National Mall, Washington D.C.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens
10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
6 Shiloh Ln, Huntly
Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Rd, Alexandria
By Micaela Williamson
Bring the whole family to Frying Pan Farm Park this Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to participate in a day dedicated to spring fun. Farm staff and volunteers will do farm equipment demonstrations, and there will be games, crafts, wagon rides, food and entertainment for children.
Some activities planned include watching farmers sheer sheep, antique farm exhibits, milking cows and goats and other farm chores. Children can enjoy hands-on fun, such as milking a model cow and doing make-and-take art projects. Plus, there will be lots of new baby farm animals to see, as well as old favorites. Entertaining puppet shows will take place throughout the day. For an additional fee, patrons can take a spin on the old-fashioned carousel, learn about the history of the park through a guided wagon adventure or ride a pony. Gordon’s Grille will be open selling lunch and snacks, and guests can also check out the farm store and visitors center for additional souvenirs, books and historical exhibits.
Frying Pan Farm Park, a 1930s era working farm, is part of the Fairfax County Park system. It offers children’s programs, a visitor’s center, farm store, Kidwell Farm, preschool, community education, an equestrian arena, and more. “The park preserves and interprets a 1920s through 1950s farm, agricultural process, rural community life and landscape for the educational, cultural and recreational enrichment of citizens and visitors of Fairfax County.” (Fairfax County Park Authority) Come out with your family and have fun on the farm!
Spring Farm Day
Frying Pan Farm Park
2709 West Ox Road
Admission: $7 in advance
$8 day of event
Under 2 admitted free
Registration is available via Parktakes Online. Dogs are permitted in the park but will not be allowed inside the event area. For more information, call 703-437-9101 or view the official flyer on the Frying Pan Farm Park website.
Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide, Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.
Lightning Strike House Fire; Fairfax Plans Buses to Silver Line; Argument Between Neighbors Turns to Stabbing; Active Shooter Exercise at Quantico; Assault Charges Dropped Against Former Miss Virginia
May 10, 2013
Lightning Strike Causes Aldie House Fire
In Lieu of Parking, Fairfax Plans Buses to Silver Line
Argument Between Arlington Neighbors Turns to Stabbing
Active Shooter to Test Quantico Emergency Responders
Assault Charges Dropped Against Former Miss Virginia
Fairfax County Supervisors Eyeing Food Tax; Local Winery to Produce Wine with Solar Energy; Fairfax Sinkhole Causes Some Commute Changes; Mayor Irate Over Rail Yard Expansion Plan; Fairfax County Struggles Between Urban and Suburban Development; Principi Highlights $25 Million Plan to Connect Woodbridge Sidewalks; Home Daycare Providers Speak Out Against Proposed Requirements
May 8, 2013
Fairfax County Supervisors Eyeing Food Tax
Local Winery to Produce Wine with Solar Energy
Fairfax Sinkhole Causes Some Commute Changes
Mayor Irate Over Rail Yard Expansion Plan
Fairfax County Struggles Between Urban and Suburban Development
Principi Highlights $25 Million Plan to Connect Woodbridge Sidewalks
Home Daycare Providers Speak Out Against Proposed Requirements
(Complied by David Schuller)
Inova Opens “Crown Jewel” Medical Facility in Leesburg; Human Trafficking Meeting in McLean Today; Crime Solvers Lauds Work of Public-Safety Personnel; Missing Gainesville Boy Found Safe; Board Nears Vote on Crowding Solutions for Fairfax High School
Friday, May 3, 2013:
Inova Opens “Crown Jewel” in Leesburg
Human Trafficking Meeting in McLean Today
Crime Solvers Lauds Work of Public-Safety Personnel
Missing Gainesville Boy Found Safe
Board Nears Vote on Crowding Solutions for Fairfax High School
Muslim Cab Driver Alleges Assault by Guy Pissed About Boston Bombings; Jamestown Colonists Totally Tried to Eat Each Other, New Study Shows; Man Arrived at Dulles with 20 Raw Chickens; Bear Crashes Through Leesburg Garage Door; Human Trafficking at Saudi Diplomatic Compound Investigated
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Muslim Cab Driver Alleges Assault by Guy Pissed About Boston Bombings
Jamestown Colonists Totally Tried to Eat Each Other, New Study Shows
Man Arrived at Dulles with 20 Raw Chickens
Bear Crashes Through Leesburg Garage Door
Human Trafficking at Saudi Diplomatic Compound Investigated