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The Comstock Connection 8/19/13
Monday, August 19, 2013

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In This Issue
Congratulations To McLean Majors All-Star Softball Team
Korean Independence Day
Proposed I-495 North Shoulder Lane
Grand Opening of Wal-Mart In Tysons Corner
Young Women's Leadership Program
Walker Road "Diet" Project Underway In Great Falls
Congressman Frank Wolf To Host STEM Education Career Fair
Apply To The House Page Program!
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 19, 2013

Dear Friends,


I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and getting ready for back to school!  As always, we want to keep you up to date 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. 

Congratulations To McLean Little League All-Star Softball                      
I would like to give a special shout out to the McLean Softball Majors All-Star Team who finished as the runner-up in the Little League World Series this past week.  Congratulations to all the players, coaches and parents on a spectacular season!  Click here to read more in-depth coverage of their games.
Korean Independence Day   
Thursday, August 15th marked the Anniversary of South Korea's Independence. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Republic of Korea, all Korean Americans and all those of Korean descent around the world, on the celebration of their Independence Day on August 15. 
In the years since the founding of the Republic of Korea, we have shared a common belief in the values of democracy and freedom.  Here throughout the Commonwealth, Korean Americans have contributed greatly to our businesses, sciences, sports, the arts and public service.  Best wishes to all on this year's Korean Independence Day.
Proposed I-495 North Shoulder Lane
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to begin work in 2014 to improve travel conditions where the northbound 495 Express Lanes join the regular lanes.
The $20 million project will allow traffic to travel on the left shoulder of northbound I-495 from where the 495 Express Lanes end to the George Washington Parkway, a stretch of about 1.5 miles.  The existing shoulder will be rebuilt to accommodate traffic.
The shoulder will be open to all traffic during peak travel periods.  A lane use management system, with green arrows and red "X's," similar to the lane-control system on I-66, will alert travelers when the shoulder is available.
All travelers and buses will benefit from the new capacity and improved merge.  There will be no barrier separation between the shoulder lane and the regular Beltway lanes, ensuring easy access for travelers.  Construction of the shoulder project is expected to begin summer 2014, pending approval by the Federal Highway Administration. The estimated completion date for this project is early 2015.    
Grand Opening of Wal-Mart In Tysons Corner
The new Wal-Mart in Tysons Corner officially opened its doors on Wednesday, August 14th.  I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce president, Lisa Huffman,
Wal-Mart Regional Market Manager Yaeunda Pou, store manager Marty Reighard and regional director of operations Bob Davis.  
Wal-Mart will be a great corporate partner to the community and will provide a convenient one-stop, 24-hour place for busy commuters and families to shop in our area. In conjunction with the store opening, Wal-Mart officials also donated grants to Jill's House and Westbriar Elementary and the Capital Area Food Bank.
Young Women's Leadership Program With Donna Brazile

Participants of the Young Women's Leadership Program had a great time meeting with Donna Brazile at the Great Falls Library on August 13th. We had a chance to talk with Donna Brazile about her career as an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator for CNN, campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000 and former interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee.  We discussed how she maintains a work-life balance, always enjoys trying new things and is inspired by random acts of kindness.  Thank you Donna for taking the time to share your stories with us- what an inspiration! 
Walker Road Project Underway In Great Falls                     
I wanted to share with you the latest press release from the Great Falls Citizens Association concerning the Walker Road "Diet" Project. Preliminary work on the Walker Road "Diet" project began the week of August 5th, and the project is expected to be completed by mid-November 2013. 
Work will be done weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  No nighttime work is planned, and weekend work is not scheduled at this time.  However, weekend work may be necessary if there are schedule conflicts with paving and striping subcontractors near completion of the project. 
Drivers can expect periodic right lane closures during construction.  However, work will be sequenced so that there is continued access to businesses in the area.  For more information on the project see the GFCA website: http://gfca.org/transportation.html.
Congressman Frank Wolf To Host STEM Education Career Fair with National Science Foundation
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) recently announced that he will be hosting a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Career Fair on September 27-28 at the Dulles Town Center in Loudoun County with the National Science Foundation.
More than 50 exhibitors have already committed to participating, including NOAA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Institute of Health, NASA and the Friends of the National Zoo. The fair is free and open to the public.  More information will be posted on http://wolf.house.gov as it becomes available.
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.   

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. As in the past, 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.
  • Thursday, August 22- Sterling Playmakers Drop-In Dinner Plus Dessert Fundraiser beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Subway and Zinga, 43330 Junction Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147.  
  • 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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