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Monday, July 7, 2014

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District Mailing Address:
PO Box 6156
McLean, VA 22106
 
District Office Location:
1356 Beverly Road
Suite 250
McLean, Virginia 22101
 
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July 2014 

 

Summer is 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. 

 

As always, please don't hesitate to contact my office on matters of concern to you.  I can be reached by email atdelbcomstock@house.virgina.gov or by phone at 703-772-7168.

  
R&D Tax Expense Credit Bill Signing Ceremony
  
I joined my colleagues in Richmond on Wednesday, July 2nd for a bill signing ceremony of my Research and Development Tax Expense Credit Bill, House Bill 1220.  This bill expands the state's research and development tax credit to promote research and development, primarily in technology companies.  This legislation went into effect on July 1st.  Click here to review 2014 Changes to Virginia's Laws.    
 
 
 Virginia Foundation For The Humanities

                      

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities hosted a lovely cocktail party at the home of Rita Roy in Great Falls on June 24th. 

 

Since its founding in 1974, VFH has produced more than 40,000 humanities programs serving communities large and small throughout Virginia, the nation and the world. In addition to Foundation-directed programs including festivals, publications, CDs, digital initiatives, conferences, teacher institutes, and public radio programs, VFH has contributed to more than 3,000 grant projects and 300 individual and collaborative fellowships.  Keep up the great work! 

Langley High School Graduation Ceremony
 
It was a privilege to join the Class of 2014 Langley Saxons at their graduation on June 17th.  Here's to a bright future for these young leaders!
Young Women's Leadership Program Kick-Off Event

                    

I hosted our kick-off event for the 2014 Class of the Young Women's Leadership Program at the McLean Community Center on Saturday, June 14th.  What a great group of young ladies! They are rising stars in our community and I'm looking forward to hosting more events for the Leadership Program this summer.

 
Falcon's Landing Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

I was proud to join my neighbors at Falcons Landing, Algonkian District Supervisor Suzanne Volpe and Loudoun County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Scott York for the official opening of the new Fitness/Wellness Center, Salon,
Woodburn Cafe and Compass Club at Falcon's on Tuesday, June 10th in Potomac Falls.

 

INOVA Healthplex Groundbreaking

 

On Wednesday, June 11th I participated in the groundbreaking for INOVA Loudoun's Healthplex in Ashburn. This 50,000 square foot facility, located off Loudoun County Parkway just south of the Greenway, will have a 24/7 Emergency Room and medical offices. It's great to see INOVA expanding their footprint in Loudoun!

 

New Web Portal To Track Road Projects

                      

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has launched a new interactive portal,www.virginiaroads.org, that provides a one-stop information source to VDOT data and projects. An important feature of this new portal are interactive maps showing current and planned road construction projects included in the Six-Year Improvement Program as well as pavement conditions and resurfacing projects. This data will provide greater visibility and earlier notice regarding road construction and repair projects.  

  

Virginiaroads.org features a series of interactive maps in a central online location.  One of the maps displays current construction projects, projects in the design phase, projects scheduled to go to construction and future projects. Projects can be searched via project stage, location, route or street name and the project identification number as it is listed in the Six-Year Improvement Program. 

 

Another map shows pavement conditions, with colors identifying whether a section of pavement is in excellent, good, fair or poor condition.  You can click on a section of pavement to find out more details on resurfacing projects. Subdivision repaving is a major concern to me as many subdivision streets have not been resurfaced since they were originally constructed.

 

Virginiaroads.org has other maps, some of which are interactive, including: 

  • 511 real-time traffic information

  • Park and ride lots

  • Snow plowing status

  • Virginia toll facilities

  • Major road construction

  • Highway safety corridors

  • Truck routes

  • Scenic roads

  • Bicycling maps

  • Capital trail

  • State map

  •  City maps 

VDOT maintains and operates nearly 58,000 miles of roads and bridges across Virginia, the third largest state maintained highway system in the country, just behind North Carolina and Texas. 

Fairfax County Sheriff's Office Cautions Residents About Jury Duty And Tax Scams
                   
Please read the following message in it's entirety from the Sheriff's Office regarding recent jury duty and tax scams:

"Scammers, identifying themselves as deputy sheriffs, are calling residents of Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna, threatening that they will be arrested unless they purchase a money card, such as Green Dot MoneyPak, or wire money through Western Union. Usually, the scammer claims that the resident failed to appear for jury duty or did not pay a tax balance. To add to the confusion, the scammer may use the name of a real sheriff's deputy or judge, both easily found on the official Fairfax County Sheriff's Office website.

 

Please be aware! The Sheriff's Office is in no way associated with this scam. Sheriff's deputies will NOT call to ask you for money nor threaten you with arrest.

 

If you receive a threatening phone call related to jury duty or tax payments, please hang up immediately. Do NOT give out personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers, passwords or any other identifying information. Regularly monitor all of your accounts and always use strong passwords.

 

To confirm a jury duty summons, contact the Circuit Court jury duty clerk at 703-246-7816 (press 0). For information about tax scams, visit the IRS consumer alerts page, www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts."

 

For more information, please click here: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/sheriff/news/2014/jury-duty-and-tax-scams.htm

 

Date Set For Silver Line Opening- Saturday, July 26                   
 

The Silver Line will open on Saturday, July 26th.  The five new Silver Line stations will open to customers at Noon, and the first Silver Line train will depart Wiehle-Reston East, bound for Largo Town Center, at that time.

 

Members of the public who want to participate in the Silver Line opening are encouraged to join us at one of the five new Silver Line stations for a ride on the inaugural Silver Line trains.

 

The McLean, Tysons Corner, Greensboro and Spring Hill stations will all open to the public at11:30 a.m. so that riders can enter the stations to take a look around and purchase fare media. The Wiehle-Reston East station is the exception - it will open shortly before noon following an opening ceremony with regional officials and a ribbon cutting. Space will be limited at those events.

 

The first Silver Line train will depart Wiehle-Reston East, bound for Largo Town Center, at noon. For people who want to be on that first train, it is expected to depart Spring Hill at approximately12:08 p.m., Greensboro at 12:10 p.m., Tysons Corner at 12:12 p.m. and McLean at 12:14 p.m., on its way to Arlington, the District of Columbia and out to Largo, MD.

 

To learn more about the opening, fares, station information, please visit silverlinemetro.com.

 

I try to be accessible to my constituents in as many ways as possible. For more information, please visit my website, www.delegatecomstock.com, where you can read my blog for up-to-date information on Virginia, or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. You can reach me by email atdelbcomstock@house.virginia.gov or by phone at 703-772-7168. Please don't hesitate to contact me about issues that concern you.

  

Sincerely, 

 

 
Delegate Barbara Comstock








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