As I wrap up my first term in office, I have taken time to review some of the things I’ve been able to accomplish. I have chief-patroned or co-patroned many bills that successfully passed and are now law in collaboration with my colleagues. Those bills, to name a few, include increasing access of mental health programs for volunteer fire and rescue personnel, prohibiting I-66 HOV lanes to change from HOV 2 to HOV 3, improving the make-up of the state Forensic Science Board, establishing a tax credit for food crops grown for donating to nonprofit food banks, authorizing bonds to be issued to construct veterans care centers, and increasing the penalty for someone to possess a firearm who is under a permanent protective order for family abuse. I’ve stood up to challenge the system when I felt it was necessary and have more often than not, worked across the aisle to get things done.
A big part of my work is right here in our community working to help move things forward and to resolve problems and challenges our constituents face. I hope you’ve found our newsletter helpful. See below for what’s happening here in our neighborhood over the next few weeks.
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Back to School in District 86
Fairfax County Public Schools and the Loudoun County Public Schools students are back to school! I’ve enjoyed meeting many of you at Back to School events. Good luck to all of our young District 86 students. Ensuring that all of our hard-working students have the opportunity to achieve their dreams is one of my top priorities.
Virginia offers many opportunities to pursue education beyond high school. NOVA is one of the best community college programs in the country, offering a low cost, high quality education, including workplace certification programs and two-year degrees that lead to admission to a four-year university. Students with some college credits may wish to check out the George Mason University and Old Dominion University program that makes it easier for students to take classes online and finish their degrees in high-demand fields. Check out the details at onlinevirginia.net.
You are never too old to keep learning. Adults, 60 years and up, can take classes at NOVA and at George Mason University for free!
On November 7, Virginians elect a new Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and the entire House of Delegates. This is your chance to use your voice and determine the direction of our Commonwealth.
Now thru November 4th - In Person Absentee Voting
Sept 27, 10 am - 2 pm: Voter Registration & Confirmation, Absentee Ballot Applications and Voter Photo Id Processing at the Herndon Senior Center
Oct 16: Voter Registration Deadline 5:00 p.m., Online: 11:59 p.m.
Oct 31: Deadline to apply for an Absentee Ballot by mail, 5:00 p.m.
Nov 4: Final Day, In-Person Absentee Voting, 5:00 p.m.
Nov 7: Absentee Ballot return deadline, 7:00 p.m.
Proposed County Rules for Short-term Rentals
The Zoning Administration Division of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning will host a community meeting in McLean on proposed zoning rules for short-term rentals. The County is considering implementing regulations as a result of a new state law passed this year that allows localities to require registration of short-term rentals. Defined as properties that are rented for less than 30 days, short-term rentals are often listed and booked on websites like Airbnb, Flipkey, Homeaway, VRBO, and others. The meeting is Monday, September 25 at 7 pm in the Community Room at the McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean. Learn more at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/shorttermrentals.
Traffic congestion remains a top concern for constituents in District 86. At the recent Commonwealth Transportation Board Public Meeting, projects to alleviate traffic congestion, funding for Metrorail, and the I-66 tolling changes and bike trail were among the topics discussed. Secretary of Transportation Layne explained that Northern Virginia has more road projects than other parts of our Commonwealth because our constituents tax themselves to pay for better roads with tolls.
The new tolling lanes are expected to open in early December 2017. VDOT’s new I-66 website, 66ExpressLanes.org, explains how tolling will work, the necessity of getting an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex, and other changes coming to the highway. The express lanes, which will be in effect Monday through Friday, 5:30-9:30 a.m. eastbound, and 3:00-7:00 p.m. westbound, are designed to offer new travel choices that move more people on I-66 with greater speed and reliability.
Tax amnesty provides delinquent individual and business taxpayers the opportunity to pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest thru November 14, 2017. Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the Commonwealth estimates that tax amnesty will generate $89.5 million for the general fund to support education, health, and public safety, as well as provide a cash reserve. Learn more at http://www.tax.virginia.gov/amnesty.
There are many family-friendly activities listed in the events section of my newsletter - scroll down. I’m highlighting a couple of my favorites where I hope to see you. I will be at SterlingFest on October 7 from 11 am - 5 pm. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, SterlingFest 2017 is a family-friendly event with live bands, food, arts and crafts, businesses, a Kid’s Zone, raffles, a moon bounce, games and more! The event is held at the Sterling Community Center and adjoining Commerce and Enterprise Streets. Rain or shine, this is a free event! Learn more at www.SterlingFest.org.
I’ll also be participating in the Herndon Homecoming Parade on October 14. Line up by 8:45 am on Elden Street in downtown Herndon for the best view. You’ll see floats, school groups, dance troupes, bands, scouts, and more!
Volunteer for Boysko for Delegate: I am very appreciative of the many students and adults who have supported my work as a legislator and my campaigns. Many of my wonderful campaign volunteers are headed to college and we can use your help! The campaign to Re-Elect Delegate Boysko is looking for more driven and enthusiastic interns who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in the political sphere. The internship is unpaid but may be redeemed for school credit or community service. Contact Tripp Frank, Campaign Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Support Shelter House & the Purple Purse Challenge
This October, the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge will give Shelter House and other participating non-profit organizations the chance to raise significant funds to provide life-changing services for domestic violence victims and survivors. To donate to Shelter House during this October 2 - 31 Challenge, click here to be directed to their donation page!
Loudoun Hunger Relief
Check out the Loudoun Hunger Relief website for several ways you can help fight hunger in our community: donate food (they have a list), donate $, host a food drive, and/or volunteer.
Food for Neighbors
I was happy to help sort food at the fall 2017 kickoff for Food For Neighbors®, a non-profit organization helping to feed students who struggle with hunger after school, on weekends, and during school holidays. Working with local middle and high school social workers , Food for Neighbors helps schools set up a weekend snack program and provides individual meals and snack items for times when students might otherwise go hungry. Student and adult volunteers fill bags, pick up bags, and sort the food which is later sorted for distribution. Founded by Karen and Mark Joseph, the operation ran smoothly and the volunteers were cheerful and organized - what a great way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday morning.
The program depends on community support and in-kind donations from individuals, area businesses, local churches, and stores. You can sign up to receive a Red Food Bag. You fill the bag using a list of items needed and then put it outside your home for pickup bimonthly on a Saturday. Learn more at https://www.foodforneighbors.org/.
September 22 - 24, 2017/KORUS Festival - Korean music, dance, arts, and vendors at Sully Historic Sites. Performers include: Wheesung - Friday Night, Kim Jo Han (George) from SOLID - Saturday Night, and Roy Kim - Sunday Night. DJ Moobek Yup is spinning on Saturday and Sunday Night. Located at Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly, VA 20151.
September 24, 2017 from 1 - 5 pm /NatureFest at Runnymede Park. Free. Location: 195 Herndon Parkway, Herndon.
September 26, 2017, 7:00 pm/FREE Screening of GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy On Its Head, OneVirginia2021’s WCVE/PBS produced documentary about the history and impact of gerrymandering in Virginia. Featuring political leaders from both parties, the film explores the effects of gerrymandering on our democracy and prepares the viewer for the next steps in the fight for reform. Q&A follows the screening. Location: UU Congregation of Sterling; 22135 Davis Drive; Sterling, VA 20164.
Saturday, September 30, from 10 am - 4 pm/STEM Day In Loudoun County provides local youth with a showcase of opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math. Designed for students of all ages, the day features hands-on exhibits, workshops, food, fun and learning! Free and open to the public, children under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for providing appropriate supervision. Location: NOVA Community College, Loudoun Campus, 21200 Campus Drive, Sterling, VA 20164.
Saturday, September 30, from 10 am – 7 pm and Sunday, October 1st from 10 amv– 5 pm/Celebrate Fairfax, Inc.’s Fall For Fairfax KidsFest is designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children. Admission, most activities and entertainment are free. There will be two entertainment stages, public safety and recycling-themed exhibits, a petting zoo, model trains, instrument petting zoo, and more than 75 exhibits, activities and great festival food! There is a fee for scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, pony rides, and the KidWay MidWay (with more than a dozen rides and attractions). Location: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.
October 1, 2017, noon - 3 pm/HernDOG Bark Bash & Pooch Parade
Celebrate pets with the Town of Herndon. This free event will feature a pet costume contest, Pooch Parade, information and local resources for pet owners, dog vendors, adoption opportunities, and more. Location: Town Hall Square, 730 Elden Street, Herndon.
October 9 - 15, 2017/Arts Week - a full week of arts programming; check the ArtsSpace website for details, https://www.artspaceherndon.org/. Location: Historic Downtown Herndon, Frying Pan Park and more.
October 14, 2017 at 8:45 am/Herndon HS Homecoming - come see me in the Herndon Homecoming Parade. This tradition is a fun, float-filled, family-friendly activity. The Parade route is Elden Street from Sterling Road to downtown Herndon.
Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 from 10 am - 3 pm/Farm Harvest Days at Frying Pan Park; FREE. Watch the cider press in action, milk a cow, shuck corn, peel apples, meet farm animals, and watch farm demos. Wagon rides are $3.50. Carousel rides are $2 weekdays and $3 weekends. Sponsored by the Fairfax County Park Foundation, Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park and Whole Foods.
October 21 from 9 am - 4 pm/NASA Langley's Open House - Public Gets Rare Opportunity to See World-Class Research Facilities and Historic Sites. Visitors will get up-close views of facilities including wind tunnels, laboratories and the center's aircraft hangar. Children's activities, food trucks and lectures will be part of the event. Free. Learn more at https://www.nasa.gov/langley/100/events.
Herndon Farmer’s Market
The corner of Elden and Spring Streets, Herndon, VA 20172
Thursdays 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (May-November)
SNAP benefits available
Sterling Farmer’s Market
Cascades Market—the Senior Center behind Home Depot
21060 Whitfield Place
Sterling, VA 20164
Sundays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (May – November)
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