I hope that everyone had a festive holiday season and that you have braced yourselves for whatever the New Year may bring! Here are a few fresh highlights, both County and State. New Seniors Housing Options on Horizon As Arlington’s population approaches a record 230,000 people, it’s no surprise that our 60+ cohort is also…

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I hope that you had a bountiful Thanksgiving, but still have room to digest the latest on several County issues. GOOD NEWS ON THE ANNUAL BUDGET SURPLUS One of my top priorities on the Board was budget reform. On November 19, I shared my perspective with former colleagues on a key agenda item—the annual budget…

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Halloween may be over, but pay extra attention to these looming County tricks or treats—depending on your perspective. How Would you Regulate e-Scooters? Are e-scooters (aka micro-mobility devices, including e-bikes) literally hell on wheels for pedestrians and motorists alike, or a cheap, convenient and energy-efficient way to get from Point A to Point B and…

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In addition to a spectacular Labor Day trip to Colorado to spend time with son Jack, another September highlight was speaking at George Mason University’s Schar School of Government and Policy about local governance to a delegation of over 20 Vietnamese officials from the Ministry of Planning and Investment in Hanoi. An added bonus was…

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I hear I missed a lot of friends, fascinating exhibits, tasty street food and more at this year’s Arlington County Fair, a signature attraction that the Vihstadts just don’t pass up. Yet Nashville, the Grand Ole’ Opry, and President Andrew Jackson’s home (The Hermitage) beckoned and Mary and I had a terrific time on our…

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Far and away July’s highlight was my dad Ed’s 99th birthday, celebrated with cousins who flew in from the West Coast. The decorated World War II veteran and self-described “Old Buzzard” credits his longevity to faith, family and a good sense of humor. By that standard, I’ve got close to another three and a half…

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They say that April showers bring May flowers, but in Mary?s and my case, it?s all about the vegetables. There?s nothing like the smell of freshly turned earth in the spring, and now our garden herbs and lettuces bring color and flavor, as well! Pick up inspiration at one of Arlington?s ten Farmers Markets sprouting…

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I?m enjoying a more mellow pace of life these days, but, as my parents used to say, not letting moss grow under my feet! HOW HIGH WILL OUR PROPERTY TAXES CLIMB?? It?s a challenge to set the property tax rate at a level that both sustains our community values and acknowledges that most taxpayers? pocketbooks…

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March brings consequential basketball battles, and competition for something else, as well:?your tax dollars, both how many and how best to deploy them! First up,?County Board member Libby Garvey and I will hash it out at the Wednesday, March 13,Arlington Committee of 100 dinner meeting?(also check out the?Facebook page) on this question:??Should Arlington Increase Pay…

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