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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

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Letter: Arlington should ban gas-power leaf-blowers, mowers

Editor: It recently been reported by the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets that California will become the first state to ban the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers by 2024 under legislation just signed by...

Letter: Arlington leaders use Richmond as excuse for inaction

Editor: During the Arlington County Civic Federation debate, County Board member Takis Karantonis claimed the County Board is “waiting for Richmond” to grant additional “jurisdiction” to improve environmental conditions in Arlington. What Karantonis doesn’t say is that there are already...

Dismissing objections, Fairfax imposes bag tax

Fairfax County shoppers will pay a 5-cent tax on disposable plastic bags starting next year if they choose not to use another option, such as reusable bags, to carry their items. The Board of Supervisors voted 9-1 Sept. 14 to...

Tax man cometh for your plastic bags

File this in the folder marked “when it comes to life’s two certainties, there may be a million ways to die, but there are a million and one ways to tax you.” Arlington County Board members later this week are...

Letter: Gubernatorial candidates must be pressed on environment

Editor: Northern Virginians need to take a hard look at our gubernatorial candidates. Both candidates have remained all but silent on the details of their plans to address the greatest existential threat we face – climate change. We are in a...

Grant funds help grass-restoration efforts in Chesapeake

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay’s depleted underwater meadows is a painstaking process, requiring lots of elbow grease, savvy and patience.

Report: Amount of Chesapeake Bay grasses declines

The amount of vital underwater grasses mapped by scientists in the Chesapeake Bay in 2020 remains well above levels of the 1980s but below targets for the future, according to new data. In 2020, the preliminary figure of 62,169 acres...

Marymount team aids with survey of ‘heat islands’ in Va.

Dr. Susan Agolini, an assistant professor of biology at Marymount University, recently led more than 20 “community scientists” from across Northern Virginia to understand where residents are most at risk during extreme heat waves. The effort was part of a...

Initiative gives Barcoft students cleaner, drier places to sit outside

Students at Barcroft Elementary School will now be able to comfortably sit outside during outdoor classes thanks to a project coordinated by Mary Sanders, coordinator for Healthy Community Action Team Arlington and a founding member of the Arlington Living...

Fans of nature centers press for capital funding

An advocacy group is pressing Arlington County Board members to include support for the county’s public nature centers in its upcoming capital-improvement program. Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center is asking for $1.5 million to address needs at the two...
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Letter: Del. Simon lives his values, aids his community

Editor: In your Oct. 21 Fairfax legislative-races endorsements, you claim that the Del. Marcus Simon (D-53rd) is “disconnected from...
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