Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The 11-story office complex will sit between the Gannett/USA Today and Hilton buildings.
Construction is underway for another addition to the Tysons skyline. Officials broke ground Monday on Tysons Overlook, an 11-story complex on Jones Branch Drive next to the Gannett/USA Today building. The building, constructed by MRP Realty, will house more than 300,000 square feet of office space. LMI, a private, not-for-profit government-consulting firm based in McLean, will own and occupy six of Tysons Overlook’s 11 floors. The remaining 138,000 square feet of office and retail space will available for lease. “We’re excited to build what we think is a landmark asset and an enduring asset on the Tysons skyline,” said Bob Murphy, MRP Realty’s managing principal. The building will feature a fitness center, café and terrace overlooking the …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Congressman Gerry Connolly and Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth will be on hand at Friday’s ribbon cutting ceremony.
After weeks of waiting, Matchbox (2911 District Ave., Merrifield) will open the small, local chain's first Virginia restaurant in the Mosaic District on Friday. Kelsey Duke, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, said it will be the first full-service restaurant in the Mosaic District. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Congressman Gerry Connolly (11th District) Providence District Supervisor Linda Smyth and others is scheduled for 2 p.m. Duke said the restaurant will be open at 4 p.m. daily after the ribbon cutting ceremony. The restaurant, known for menu items like 3.6.9 mini burgers and wood fired pizzas, will open in early April and will be located next to the Angelika Film Center. Matchbox will be the first full-service restaurant to open in …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Winners of the 11th Congressional District competition will have work displayed in the U.S. Capitol.
Calling all high school artists: Friday is the deadline for U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th)'s annual High School Art Contest, which offers local students a chance to have their art displayed in the U.S. Capitol. All public, private and home-schooled high school students in Connolly's 11th Congressional District are eligible to enter artwork in the competition, "An Artistic Discovery." Students can drop off their pieces at Connolly's Annandale or Prince William District Offices. All information, including the student entry and release form, must be completed by Friday. “This annual contest provides a unique opportunity for young artists in Fairfax and Prince William to join with other students from across the nation to showcase their …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran recently introduced legislation that would study the extension of Metrorail into Centreville, Woodbridge and the Richmond Highway corridor.
Pipe dream or forward-thinking? Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th district) and Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th district) have introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize studying Metrorail's possible expansion beyond Vienna into Centreville and other areas of Northern Virginia. The Northern Virginia Metrorail Extension Act (H.R. 907), which is now before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, specifically cites the idea of extending the Orange line into Centreville. It also proposes studying the possibility of extending the yellow line along the Route One corridor and the blue line along the I-95 corridor to Woodbridge. “Residents in Prince William and western Fairfax County already experience some of…
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The March 1 deadline for sequestration passed, and another deadline could come and go March 27.
Northern Virginia Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-11th) called Congress "dysfunctional," as the midnight deadline on sequestration steadily approached. "It's a dysfunctional Congress," agreed Jim Moran (D-8th), who spoke with Patch at a ribbon-cutting Friday in Lorton. "I think it ill-serves the people of the United States today. It's very frustrating, very disappointing. It's an institution that is not serving its functions." Connolly didn't expect a last-minute compromise on $1.2 trillion in debt reduction, and he was right. The U.S. military will be forced to cut $46 billion and domestic defense spending will be cut by $85 billion this year alone, he said. "It is the consequence of a dysfunctional Congress," he said. "It's the …
Monday, February 25, 2013
At press conference at Reagan National Airport in Virginia, Vienna's U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly and Sen. Tim Kaine say sequestration could affect every traveler at airports nationwide.
Federal sequestration could mean fewer flights and increased wait times at airports, Virginia lawmakers — including Vienna's U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly (D-11th) said Monday. Further, it threatens to close small- to mid-sized airports across the country. The massive, indiscriminate spending cuts Congress put in motion to force a budget compromise would cut $600 million from the Federal Aviation Administration if they go into effect Friday. Jobs on the Line Under sequestration, the FAA would have to furlough employees for 11 days — with as much as 10 percent of its workforce furloughed on any given day — and the agency would be unable to hire replacements for the 30 percent of its workers eligible to retire. Up to 2,200 air traffic controllers …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly writes letter to Postmaster General, asking for legal justification.
Stopping the mail on Saturdays? Not so fast, say two members of the Northern Virginia congressional delegation. Northern Virginia's U.S. Rep Gerald Connolly (D-11th), who represents Vienna, along with U.S. Rep. James P. Moran (D-8th), expressed concern Wednesday about the U.S. Postal Service's announcement that it plans to suspend delivery of first-class mail service on Saturdays beginning in August. “I have great concerns about eliminating Saturday mail delivery," Moran wrote in an email to Patch. "The Postal Service is grappling with major forces outside of its control: an economy increasingly relying on email and the Internet for communication, and a Congress that refuses to address the redundant pension pre-funding requirement." …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Congressman calling 11th-District residents to hear what is on their minds.
Va. Rep Gerry Connolly (D-11) may be calling you Tuesday to hear what is on your mind as part of his 17th telephone town hall. If the phone rings at 8 p.m., stay on the line to talk to the congressman. Want to ensure that you get called? Click here to sign up ahead of time. Connolly told constituents in an email that more than 200,000 11th District residents have participated in one of these calls since 2009. He said that residents have told him they like the format since they can participate from home. Those who are unable to pose their question on the call will have the option of leaving a message and receiving a subsequent response, Connolly said. Stay up to date on all government news with Vienna Patch's free daily email newsletter
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Cox launches more than 750 locations throughout Fairfax County and Fairfax City -- about 13 of them in Vienna.
Northern Virginians on the go now have more places to tap into WiFi. Cox Communications launched more than 750 wireless Internet Hotspots this week across Fairfax County and Fairfax City, available for free to its Internet customers and soon at a small fee to others. About 13 of the hotspots are in the Vienna area. (See map at right). U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th) attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Northern Virginia this week along with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and other local officials. “In today’s technology-driven society and economy, ready access to broadband is essential and Northern Virginia continues to be a leader in this field thanks to the investments of Cox and other regional internet …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Virginia's 11th District congressman surrounded by family and friends at ceremony on first day of 113th Congress.
Speaker of the House John Boehner swore in Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11th) Thursday for Connolly's third term in office. Connolly was re-elected Nov. 6, beating out Republican Chris Perkins. Connolly was surrounded Thursday by family and friends at a swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill. The oath of office officiated by the speaker is ceremonial, conducted after an official swearing-in of the entire Congress at noon on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. The first day of the 113th Congress Thursday came on the heels of a tumultuous debate over the "fiscal cliff," voted on by the House on New Year's Day. Though he had reservations, Congressman Connolly was the only House member in Virginia to vote for the bill, siding with …