Monday, March 18, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patch sites around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 19. More Than 200 Pack Serial Groper Meeting Thursday Night in Springfield: Approximately 250 Springfield residents packed a Fairfax County Police community meeting Thursday night to discuss their concerns about a series of assaults — likely 22 in all — by a man dubbed "the serial groper," that have occurred throughout the Springfield area since September. FCPD scheduled the meeting to update residents on the case and answer questions from concerned citizens. 18. Vice President Biden Visits Injured Officer's First Responders: Vice President Joe Biden visited the Alexandria Police Department last Friday, meeting with…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Local nonprofit taking part in 100,000 Homes Registry Week, a national project to help find permanent places for 100,000 homeless people by 2014.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Karen Goff
Tuesday, February 26
Volunteers and staff from Reston Interfaith began taking part in the area's 100,000 Homes Registry Week on Sunday. The project, a joint effort in the area by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, FACETS, New Hope Housing, Pathway Homes and Volunteers of America Chesapeake, is intended to create a registry that will give advocates a better look at who are the chronically homeless in the area. Reston Interfaith volunteers are gathering names, photographs and qualitative information of the most vulnerable and chronically homeless people. The Hypothermia Site at Camron Glen, the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, and local "hot spots" — areas where homeless are known to live outdoors -- are all locstions…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Defense contractors speaking with Sen. Tim Kaine on Monday say federal agencies are preparing for potential cuts and acting as if they've already happened.
About 30 representatives of defense contractors from Northern Virginia met with Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine on Monday for a roundtable discussion and agreed on one fairly simple message to Congress: Make a decision. It might be funny if nearly 200,000 Virginia jobs weren't on the line and the very idea of sequestration hadn't come to epitomize the dysfunction on Capitol Hill. If lawmakers fail to reach a compromise, then $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts, half to the defense industry, will go into effect. The latest deadline is March 1. The contractors talked about the various ways the threat of sequestration was "paralyzing" the industry: Companies are delaying orders whenever they can. They aren't hiring to fill vacant positions. They aren't…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Temperatures will warm up into 40s by Wednesday.
The big chill in Northern Virginia continues through Tuesday night with highs in the 30s on Monday and Tuesday. Expect cloudy skies during the days and a possiblity for snow flurries Monday and Tuesday nights, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will feel much colder Monday. Wind gusts up to 25 mph will continue through Monday afternoon. As a result of the wind, the National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory until 3 p.m. Monday that includes the Potomac River. This means that wind speeds of 18 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. Here are the daily …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Virginia governor, local contractor say cuts to defense spending would be devastating to the local economy.
Hours after President Barack Obama’s campaign stop at George Mason University on Friday, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell hosted a press conference call that took to task the president’s handling of massive, looming defense cuts. If Congress doesn’t make key budget decisions by the end of the year, $1.2 trillion in cuts to defense and other spending will kick in automatically. McDonnell, who was joined on the call by U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-4th) and Ashburn defense contractor Joe Travez, who repeatedly said the cuts would be “devastating,” especially in Virginia. Approximately 200,000 Virginians would be at risk of losing their jobs if sequestration is implemented in January 2013, and McDonnell said that can’t happen. Virginia is home to …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The National Weather Service reports this line of storms is dangerous.
A service thunderstorm warning is in effect in the area until 4:30 p.m. The line of storms has a history of producing hail and gusting winds, according to the National Weather Service. "This is a dangerous line of storm," the warning reports. "If you are in its path...move indoors to a sturdy building and stay away from windows." At 3:50 p.m., The Washington Post reported that a storm produced a tornado near Fairfax City. Patch has not been able to confirm the the presence of a tornado in the area. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. This story has been updated.