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The Comstock Connection 8/7/2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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In This Issue
Loudoun County Chamber's "State Of The Economy" Breakfast
ADAMS Interfaith Center Iftar Dinner
Young Women's Leadership Program
Virginia Adopts: Campaign For 1,000 Day
Fiesta Boliviana and Panamerican Festival
Apply To The House Page Program!
New NVTC Veterans Job Board
Join In For Regional Day To Serve: VA, WV, MD and D.C.
DONATE: Northern Virginia Family Services Back To School Drive
Save The Date
Contact Me
District Mailing Address:
PO Box 6156
McLean, VA 22106
District Office:
1356 Beverly Road
Suite 250
McLean, Virginia 22101
August 7, 2013

Dear Friends,


I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and time with family and friends! 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. 


Please don't hesitate to contact my office on matters of concern to you. I can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 703-772-7168.  If you would like to visit our legislative office, you can set up an appointment with my legislative aide, Jessica Goodman, at [email protected] or call 703-772-7168. 

Loudoun County Chamber "State Of The Economy" Breakfast
The Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce hosted a policymaker breakfast on Thursday, July 25th.  We heard from keynote speakers, Loudoun County Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) and George Washington University School of Business Professor Christopher Leinberger on the "State Of The Economy."
I'm pleased to report that Loudoun County's economy is very strong with a 4.2% unemployment rate, AAA bond ratings and an increasing median income. 2.7 million square feet of commercial building permits were also issued this year, which is twice as much as last year.  In FY2013, Loudoun County's recruitment efforts directly lead to over $440 million in investment and 1,600 new jobs in Loudoun. I enjoyed getting to meet with my colleagues at the General Assembly, Loudoun County representatives and business leaders at the breakfast.
ADAMS Interfaith Center Iftar Dinner
ADAMS Interfaith Center hosted their 6th Annual Iftar Dinner on Sunday, July 28th. We enjoyed joining our friends and colleagues at The Adams Center to join this interfaith annual event.  We appreciate the contributions that the friends and families at The Adams Center make to our community through their service projects, their food drives, the Boy Scout troop and so many of their outreach efforts. 
Young Women's Leadership Program At Virginia State Capitol In Richmond

Participants of the Young Women's Leadership Program had a great visit at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on July 31st. We had a chance to meet with Delegate Roxann Robinson (R-27), who represents parts of Chesterfield County, and Janet Kelly, Secretary of the Commonwealth.  We heard about how they maintain a work-life balance and the kinds of work they do for the state of Virginia. Thank you Janet and Delegate Robinson for taking the time to share your stories with us. 
Virginia Adopts: Campaign For 1,000 Day
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors declared July 30th "Campaign for 1,000 Day" in Fairfax County.  I had the opportunity to attend a kick-off of Governor McDonnell's Campaign for 1,000 initiative- an effort to match 1,000 adoptive parents to 1,000 children currently in Virginia's foster care system, with over 1,000 of those kids ready for adoption and waiting for their forever home. 
Every year kids in foster care "age out" of the system, and statistics show that for every 100 children who age out of the foster care system without being adopted 54 become homeless, and 94 do not graduate from college.  These kids are also less likely to finish high school, less likely to have stable housing, more likely to commit crimes, and more likely to have a child out of wedlock.
If you think you are interested in adopting a child or becoming a foster parent click here for information on the Virginia Adopts Campaign and links to online resources like the Virginia Department of Social Services.
Fiesta Boliviana and Panamerican Festival                   
We had a wonderful time on Sunday, August 4th at Bull Run Park celebrating the 188th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Bolivia.  A special thanks to the Bolivian American Society for sponsoring such a great event!
Apply To The House Page Program For The 2014 Session

Each year the Speaker of the House of Delegates appoints 13 and 14 year-olds from across the Commonwealth to serve as House pages during the regular session of the General Assembly.  These young people assist the members of the House of Delegates, the House Clerk's staff, and other legislative staff in the daily duties required for the successful operation of the House of Delegates during the session. 


Click here if you are interested in learning more about the House Page Program, and click here to view the applications page.  Applications will be received August 1st- October 28th.  No applications will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28th.  Applicants are required to obtain an endorsement from their representing Delegate in order to complete their application.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call my office at 703-772-7168.   

New NVTC Veterans Job Board                    
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Veterans Employment Initiative online community and resource will launch
. to the veterans community in two weeks!  All NVTC member companies are eligible to post free job listings on the site, which will be promoted to veterans around the country through Military.com and veteran organization partners.  Sign up today and get your company's jobs posted.  Click here to learn more
Join In For Regional Day To Serve: VA, WV, MD and D.C.
September 15- 29th, 2013

As involved citizens, people who make a difference and leaders in Fairfax and Loudoun County, I thought you would be interested in a regional service event that will occur from September 15-29th, 2013.  The Governor's of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the Mayor of the District of Columbia, have worked together to focus on an event for the second year in a row to not only feed the hungry but heal the planet with planting and beautification projects.


Last year, on September 29, 2012, they invited all citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations to join the cause.  The results were overwhelming.  With service (including Loudoun County), over 14,000 volunteers carried out 750 community service projects.  They collected and donated more than 600,000 pounds of food and planted hundreds of trees.  Click here to see more of the 2012 Regional Day to Serve.


It was so successful that the Governors and Mayor began making plans for 2013 rather quickly. Many months and many volunteers on the planning level have created tools to make 2013 even more successful. One such tool is the website: http://daytoserve.org/events. Here's what you can do.


1. Share it with your organization or organizations in your area

2. Post it on your social media outlets

3. Email to organizations you think could benefit from this regional event

4. Post your event and needs


If there is an event your organization is planning, go to http://daytoserve.org/events and add it to the "events" link.  If there is an event you would like Delegate Comstock to attend, please email Jessica Goodman at [email protected] or call 703-772-7168.

Make Your Donation Today
Northern Virginia Family Services Back To School Drive   

Our office will be participating in the Northern Virginia Family Services "Back to School Drive" this year. We will be collecting school supplies to donate to needy families in the Northern Virginia area!

If you would like to donate supplies, please feel free to drop them by our office anytime during the summer. For more information, please call Jessica Goodman at (703) 772-7168 or [email protected].

Save The Date
  • Every Friday- McLean Farmer's Market from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean Virginia 2210
  • 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, Virginia 22066
  • Every Sunday- Celebrate Great Falls Foundation Concerts on the Green from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the Village Centre, 776 Walker Road, Great Falls, Virginia 22066.
  • 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 22066.
  • August 2-3 and August 9-10- Sterling Playmakers Present Bye Bye Birdie at 8:00 p.m. at Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling, VA 20165.
  • Saturday, August 10- Jill Banks To Give Free Public Painting Demonstration from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia.
  • Sunday, August 18- Vienna Post Legion 180 Breakfast Buffet from 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. at Vienna Post American Legion 180, 330 Center Street, Vienna, Virginia 22180. Call 703-938-1379 for more information.
  • Sunday, August 18- 27th Annual Pakistan Festival from 11:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. at Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Virginia.
  • Saturday, August 24- ADAMS Interfaith Center Civic Picnic from 1:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, Virginia.
  • Sunday, August 25- 67th India Independence Day Celebration from 3:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. at Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia.   
  • Thursday, August 29- Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Char-a-oke Sing-Off at Wolf Trap National Park from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, September 7- Hazardous Waste Disposal at McLean Community Center from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. at 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA 22101.  For more information, including allowable materials to disclose, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/trash/disphhw.htm.
  • Saturday, September 7- McLean Community Flea Market from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at 1420 Beverly Road, McLean, VA 22101.  To register, use the registration form on the inside back cover of the program guide or register online.

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 at [email protected] or by phone at 703-772-7168. Please don't hesitate to contact me about issues that concern you.




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