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The Comstock Connection 4/23/13
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
here! As always, we want to keep up to date with you in the 34th District and
hear from you on any of your concerns. Thank you all for your continued input,
advice and support.
always, please don't hesitate to contact my office on matters
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Highlights From Events Around The
Little League Opening Day
The last few weekends have been filled with talk of spring, baseball and
local Little League Opening Day Ceremonies. I had a great time at the Loudoun,
McLean, Vienna and Great Falls celebrations. Best of luck to all of the teams,
coaches and players this season!
Westbriar Elementary School Science
had the pleasure of meeting with local students at Westbriar Elementary School
for their schoolwide science fair. A special thanks to student
ambassadors Joseph Kwartin, Alexander Ganten, and Grace Bennett for showing me
all their classmates' projects. All participants did a great job!
Ian Cunningham's Eagle Scout Court Of Honor
Congratulations to Ian Cunningham of Sterling's Boy Scout Troop 572
who earned the rank of Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor Ceremony on Saturday,
March 9th. Ian, this
achievement attests to your outstanding organizational and leadership skills,
along with your deep commitment to reach this goal. You should be proud of your
accomplishments. I'm honored that I was able to share this special day with you.
Loudoun Business recently dubbed Northern Virginia as
the "Silicon Valley of the East" with 7 million square feet of data center space
under construction or in development and another 2 million square feet of space
proposed. Data centers bring jobs and educated, skilled workers to Northern
Virginia. Both last year and this year I passed legislation which will aid the
growing data center industry.
House Bill 216, which I passed last year, provides tax
incentives for the large and growing business of data centers. The industry is
expected to grow by hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years and this
legislation will help keep Virginia a top destination for this industry and
diversify our economy by focusing on private sector commercial markets where we
have a competitive advantage. This bill was supported by state and local
Chambers of Commerce, and was a top priority of the Northern Virginia Technology
Council (NVTC). The bill I passed this year, House Bill 1699,
provides more flexibility to our local governments to provide tax incentives for
data center job growth. Both bills will help Virginia take the lead in the 21st
century job market.
Governor McDonnell Announces Creation of MACH37™,
America's Premier Market-Centric Cyber Security Accelerator
Bob McDonnell announced on April 11 the creation of MACH37™, America's premier
market-centric cyber security accelerator to be located at the Center for
Innovative Technology. Initially funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the
accelerator will leverage private investments to launch new, high growth cyber
technology companies in Virginia. The MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator was
designed to model successful practices deployed in existing accelerators, such
as the Y Combinator, TechStars and 500 Startups, but with a concentrated focus
on cyber security startup companies. MACH37™ establishes a highly integrated
network of hundreds of cyber security experts to support the earliest stages of
Duffey, Virginia's Secretary of Technology, said, "The active ingredient that
enables the accelerator to reduce startup development time is CIT's
sophisticated network of cyber experts, technologists and investors that will be
integrated with entrepreneurs from the start of the 90-day session and
throughout their early years of company formation."
security is widely recognized by policymakers and industry leaders as crucial to
safeguarding our national security and protecting the nation's economy. MACH37™
will foster Virginia's global leadership in cyber security by cultivating and
accelerating the development of innovative technology solutions that can be
deployed in new and existing client markets," said Bobbie Kilberg, President and
CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). "NVTC is excited to
support MACH37™, which will be an important component of the growing cyber
security sector in the Commonwealth."
MACH37™ Cyber Accelerator will be open to accept applications in early June
2013, with the first session to be held in September 2013. Additional
information regarding the session and accelerator will be available at www.MACH37.com.
Update On Education
More In-State Spots For Our Local College
One of the issues I constantly hear about is the difficulty of
our Northern Virginia high school students to get into our state colleges and
universities. When our students do not get into our state schools college costs
can skyrocket and even be out of reach for many families. Our students should be
assured of more in state spots at our colleges. That is why I introduced House
Bill 1700 which called for more in-state spots for our colleges and
universities. This legislation would have required that by the start of the
2018-2019 academic year at least 75 percent of students admitted and enrolled at
Virginia colleges be residents of the Commonwealth. Although the bill did not
pass, we did get continued funding for an additional 1,700 spots at Virginia
public institutions of higher education. I will continue to make this issue a
top priority for our students and continue to push for this legislation.
2% Teacher Pay Raise
year, the state budget included the state's share of funding for a
2% pay raise for teachers. Each locality will have to decide
whether or not to support the salary increase. If a locality decides to support
the pay raise, that locality will have to provide its share of the 2% pay
increase as matching local funds to complement the state's share of the salary
increase. The locality can get the full allotment for the state portion of a
full year's 2% increase even if the school system only opts to give the increase
for half the year. This accommodation was made to stretch the state money
further if the locality couldn't match a full year's increase. If a locality
declines to support the 2% pay raise, then the locality would not be eligible to
receive the state funding for the pay raise. I certainly hope our local
officials will take advantage of this opportunity to increase the salaries for
Improving Our Quality Of
Tysons Save The Last Forest Photo Exhibit At First
On Saturday, April 6th Tysons Save The Last Forest
Coalition celebrated their successful community efforts at a reception
showcasing photos of Old Courthouse Spring Branch Valley Park.
In September I joined
members of the Vienna community and met with the members of this neighborhood
coalition to Save Tysons Last Forest. Hundreds of Vienna residents opposed the
Fairfax County Department of Transportation's proposed "Option 3" of the Dulles
Toll Road Ramp Study to build a highway ramp through the valuable stream valley.
I signed the petition along with my local colleagues at the Virginia General
Assembly and sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton and the
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors asking that the proposal be eliminated from
further study. On January 15, 2013 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
eliminated Option 3, the Boone Boulevard Ramp, from the Tysons Development
pleased that federal, state and local officials were able to work together with
all of you to eliminate this option and that Tysons Last Forest will not be
threatened by this misguided effort. The other options also turn out to have a
lower impact and a lower cost so this is a good result for all. I want to
especially thank everyone in the coalition for all of the efforts in advocating
for the fifteen homeowners associations in Tysons Corner and Vienna. They
provided professional and quality information to all of the officials involved
which allowed everyone involved to make an informed decision.
Funding Secured For Sound Wall At Scotts Run
On April 8th, I announced that funding has been approved
for construction of a sound wall in our community. Section 13-A has been a
long-time gap in sound wall which has left our neighbors living on Scotts Run,
Helga Place and Saigon Road with a considerable amount of traffic noise from the
Capital Beltway. The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that
the bidding closed on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 with an estimated construction
cost of $3 million. The contract will now be sent to the Commonwealth
Transportation Board for approval before construction can begin on Section
am pleased we have resolved this longstanding problem and that construction of
the sound wall will now move forward. The Virginia Department of Transportation
has worked with us and all the leaders in the community and recognized that this
solution best serves our neighborhoods. I understand that the noise from the
Capital Beltway greatly impacts everything from home values to your every day
quality of life. I wanted to take this
opportunity to thank all of our leaders in the community who gave many countless
hours of their time working with the Virginia Department of Transportation and
with Garrett Moore, Congressman Frank Wolf and me to make this positive and much
needed solution a reality.
May Is Lyme Disease Awareness
This legislative session, Governor McDonnell signed my bill, House
Bill 1933, otherwise known as the "Lyme Disease Information Disclosure
Act." Effective on July 1, this measure will require physicians to provide
disclosure to people who are tested for Lyme Disease about problems with testing
Passage of this legislation is important to so many of my
constituents who have Lyme Disease or have someone in their life who suffers
from this disease. So often, they go untreated and undiagnosed for months and
even years. With the passage of this bill, we can focus on getting information
about testing problems directly to patients so they can seek additional testing,
if necessary, as well as appropriate treatment.
Last year, I passed a resolution to permanently designate May
as Lyme Disease awareness month in Virginia. The resolution was passed by both
the House of Delegates and the Senate unanimously and will help to raise
awareness about this debilitating disease. In recognition of this resolution,
last year the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors declared 2012 "Lyme Disease
Awareness Year," created the Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission, and adopted a
ten-point action plan to mitigate Lyme Disease.
Loudoun County recently announced their official launch of the
Loudoun Targets Lyme Initiative. The initiative will provide information on
steps Loudoun residents can take to stay safe from Lyme Disease through the
webpage www.loudoun.gov/loudountargetslyme, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/loudountargetslyme, and at venues
thoughout the county, including the upcoming "Loudoun Health for Life Day,"
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Gum Springs Library.
Town Hall Meetings and Events
May, I will be hosting a community forum with Congressman Wolf, Delegate Hugo,
policy leaders, and other state and local officials to raise awareness on human
trafficking in our area. More information about the event is below.
General Assembly session, my colleagues and I introduced several pieces of
legislation to combat human trafficking in the Commonwealth. I was a chief
co-patron of House Bill 1606 which was a priority piece of legislation for our
bipartisan human trafficking coalition. This measure makes the soliciting a
minor a Class 5 Felony and is currently awaiting Governor McDonnell's signature.
Another bill, House Bill 1870, would allow a multijurisdiction grand jury to
investigate human trafficking
activities in cases where the suspect received money for procuring another
individual to engage in prostitution. House Bill 1870 was signed by the Governor
on March 5th and will go into effect on July 1, 2013.
Barcus Jr., 27, of Georgia, recently pleaded guilty to running a commercial sex
business that prostituted at least seven juvenile girls in Herndon, Virginia,
and other locations throughout Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina,
Georgia, and Florida. In November 2012, Barcus was prostituting at least
one juvenile in Herndon, Virginia, while another member of his organization was
prostituting other females in Atlanta, Georgia.
Friday, May 3, 2013,
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Center, Community Hall, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, Virginia
Delegate Tim Hugo,
Comstock, 34th District
Bill Woolf , Fairfax County
Dr. Courtney Gaskins,
Youth For Tommorrow
National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
President of Richmond Justice Initiative
April is Distracted
Driving Month here in Virginia. Click here to read the latest
release from Drive Smart Virginia, a group pioneering the effort to raise
awareness about distracted driving.
With the help of Drive Smart Virginia and my colleagues
this session, we were able to pass House
Bill 1907 which would shift the penalty for texting while driving from a secondary offense to
a primary offense. This
is an important bill, of which I am a co-patron, that will have a real impact on
the health and safety of our children and citizens.
need to continue to publicize this issue through public service announcements
and education efforts as well as community efforts. We all know of dangerous and
even deadly situations that have occurred from this increasing problem.
this legislation, officers would now be empowered to stop a driver and immediately issue a citation to an individual who is
texting while driving. The penalty issued for texting
while driving would include $125 for
the first offense and $250 for each offense thereafter.
legislation was signed by the Governor and will go into effect on July 1, 2013.
I will be hosting another community forum in May emphasizing raising awareness
about the dangers of texting while driving. More information about this event is
Forum On Dangers
Of Texting While Driving
DATE: Tuesday, May 7,
2013, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Virginia 20164
President, I Drive Smart
Algonkian Supervisor Suzanne Volpe
Algonkian School Board Member Debbie Rose
Update: Beach Mill Road Bridge Replacement
to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), preliminary work on the new
Beach Mill Road Bridge over Nichols Run in Great Falls will tentatively begin in
late April. On at least four (4) weekends during the period April 26 to June
19, 2013 Beach Mill Road, between Utterback Store Road and Springvale Road, will
be closed to through traffic from 9:00 p.m. Friday to 5:00 a.m. Monday. Closure
is required so that the contractor can install pre-drilled piles for the
foundation of the proposed bridge structure. These closures will be posted on
message boards in advance and will not be scheduled over the Memorial Day
weekend. The road will remain open for traffic on weekdays.
road will close completely on June 19, the day after Fairfax County Public
Schools end for academic year 2012-2013. As planned, the project will be
completed before the new school year begins.
construction, private driveway and local access on Beach Mill Road between
Utterback Store Road and Springvale Road up to the project site will be
maintained for local residents. All through traffic will be detoured via
Springvale Road, Georgetown Pike (Route 193), and Utterback Store Road. See http://goo.gl/maps/3y4c7 for the detour route.
For more information on the project, see: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/northernvirginia/beach_mill_road_bridge_replacement.asp.
Great Falls Day Celebration
The Great Falls Historical Society is presenting Great Falls Day
on Sunday, May 5th, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic
Georgetown Pike. The festival is from noon until 6:00 p.m. at the Great Falls
Grange Park, 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia. Admission is free.
Great Falls Historical Society is showcasing this local and national treasure by
sponsoring this family-friendly event at the Great Falls Grange Park. The
festival will feature 20 history tents of the early families of Great Falls,
vividly depicting life along The Pike, work at the grain mills, the farms, and
everyday life in the village. Live entertainment, food treats from local noted
chefs, historic games for the kids, and more, will be part of the
Save The Date
- Every Friday- McLean Farmer's Market from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m. at
Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean Virginia 22101
- Every Saturday- Great Falls Farmer's Market from 9:00 a.m.-1:00
p.m. at the Great Falls Village Green Day School, 790 Walker Rd., Great Falls,
- First Wednesday of Each Month- McLean Citizens Association Meetings at 8:00 p.m.
at the McLean Community Center,1234 Ingleside Ave.,McLean, Virginia 22101
- Second Tuesday of Each Month- Great Falls Citizens Association Meetings at 7:30
p.m. at the Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia
- Saturday, April 27th- McLean Community Center "Be Fit
Outdoor Expo" from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Teen
Center, 1440 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, Virginia 22101.
- Saturday, April 27th- Relay For Life Event at Langley
High School from 6:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m. at the Langley High School
Football Field, 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia 22101.
- Saturday, April 27th- 2nd Annual Taste of Vienna
Festival from 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the Vienna Volunteer Fire
Department, 400 Center Street S, Vienna, Virginia 22180.
- Sunday, April 28th- 39th Annual Walk On The Hill
with Historic Vienna, Inc. from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. in Vienna's Windover
Heights Historic District.
- Wednesday, May 1st- McLean Kitchen and Garden
Tour to Benefit The Wounded Warrior Project from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. on
Holyrood Drive and Countryside Court. For more information, call the Woman's
Club at (703) 556-0197 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
- Thursday, May 2nd- National Day of Prayer
Ceremony with Loudoun Awakening from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors' Chamber, Loudoun County Government Center,
#1 Harrison Street SE, Leesburg, Virginia 20175.
- Thursday, May 2nd- Fairfax Korean Cultural
Festival from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Stacy C. Sherwood Center, 3740
Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA.
- Tuesday, May 7th- GFCA Transportation Committee
Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Falls Library Conference Room, 9830
Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia 22066.
May 9th- Loudoun Lyme
Commission Hosts "Keeping Kids Safe From Lyme Event" at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. at the Frederick Douglass Elementary School, Gymnasium, 510 Principal
Drummond Way SE, Leesburg, Virginia.
May 14th- McLean Citizens Association
Committee Meeting at 7:30 p.m., McLean Community Center, Maffitt Room,
1234 Ingleside Avenue,
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