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A Towering Debate

Patch takes a look at proposed cell towers in Vienna and across Northern Virginia

With the approval of a cell tower along the southern bleachers of its football field, Madison High School joins the growing number of properties across Northern Virginia that leases land for the construction of cell towers. And if the Fairfax County Planning Commission approves a proposal for another tower in Vienna tonight, Thoreau Middle School will be next.

In this series of articles, Patch examines the proposed Thoreau tower and the Madison tower, which will recieve final building permits sometime in the next 45 days; what cell towers offer wireless users and schools; health concerns about tower radiation; and the group of residents trying to keep towers out of Vienna.

A public hearing for the Thoreau tower will be held at 8:15 p.m. tonight at the Fairfax County Planning Commission Meeting at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Part 2: Demand for Cell Towers Will Grow 

Part 3: Municipalities Can't Use Health Concerns To Block Cell Tower Applications 

Part 4: Residents Try to Stop Construction of Madison Pole Coming at 5:30 p.m.

Caren Appel October 21, 2010 at 03:31 PM
I'd love to see a follow up story on the possible health effects people may expect by living or going to school near a cell tower. I'd also like to know why cell phone companies choose schools to build their towers. Aren't there plenty of other open spaces to build? Are our schools that desperate for money that they're willing to put our children at risk?
Jeremy Buckley November 23, 2010 at 03:14 PM
I'd like to call your attention to another group of citizens that are trying to stop a proposed tower at Holmes Middle School. These towers do not belong on school grounds or in residential communities. We have a web site: http://www.noholmestower.org/
Erica R. Hendry November 23, 2010 at 03:33 PM
Hi Jeremy, Thanks for the website. I passed your information along to Annandale editor Sherell Williams. Her e-mail is sherell@patch.com

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