From the annual gala at Arlington’s prized seniors retirement complex, Culpepper Garden, to Father’s Day with my almost 99 year-old father and his two grandsons, June was a spectacular month! Of course, no month is ever just fun and games. Did you hear the news about the County Board’s pay heist? Just weeks after they effectively raised…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Late last year, in leaving the County Board, I vowed to keep tabs on my now former colleagues and continue to weigh in on issues of the day. Yet little did I think I would be back to 2100 Clarendon Boulevard so soon! On Tuesday, January 29, I was on the other side of the…Read More
Thumbs Up: “Outgoing County Board member John Vihstadt deserves credit for prodding his colleagues…to be more fiscally responsible…so kudos to him.” Read here ….Read More
November was a bittersweet month. We just couldn’t overcome the hyper-partisan national atmospherics that sank our independent purple tugboat.
Yet November also brought me great satisfaction as a County Board member, and served as a coda of sorts for what we’ve been able to accomplish since taking office in April 2014.Read More