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Herndon's Street Solicitation Law Under Attack

HERNDON, Va. (WUSA) - The group Virginia New Majority is threatening to sue the town of Herndon over its new street solicitation law if the council doesn't rescind it. 

Adopted in July, 2010, the law prevents soliciting on streets and sidewalks where there's no on-street parking.  That includes the largest day laborer gathering site in Herndon... at the 7-11 on Elden Street.

"What is the crime we are doing about? Standing on sidewalks and ask for decent work, decent money. We're not stealing," said Tony, a painter who was looking for work.   He and other immigrants say the ordinance makes them uncomfortable.  

"We're not feeling safe, because we think that the laws are going against the immigrants" Tony said.

FCPS and Fairfax Chamber to Launch New Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

The new Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools will be launched at a news conference on Tuesday, January 4, at 8 a.m. at the Gatehouse Administration Center.

            A partnership of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the foundation will be a flexible vehicle for the community to invest in its future through education.  The foundation will be able to support initiatives that help students acquire 21st century skills, advance the diverse needs of the community, and contribute to the creation of a world-class workforce.

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Attention all Fairfax County Residents: You can put your live Christmas tree on the curb starting in January.

All Christmas trees less than 8 feet tall can be recycled at the curb in Fairfax County during the first two weeks of January at no additional cost. Please remove tree stands and all decorations. For larger trees, contact your trash hauler for collection details.

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

FAIRFAX, Va. — Effective January 2, 2011, the City of Fairfax CUE Bus base fares will increase by 10¢ to $1.70 per person. Only the base fare is affected.  Fare remains $1.50 for SmarTrip users.  Fares for elementary and high school students, riders with disabilities and senior citizens with valid ID remain 75¢.

Children age 3 and younger continue to ride for free, as do George Mason University students, staff and faculty with ID.  For information, call 703-385-7859.

Stop fumbling for cash for bus fare: switch to SmarTrip.  CUE Bus patrons may recharge these permanent plastic cards at any Metro station, on the Metro website — even on the CUE Bus.  For information, visit www.wmata.com or call 202-637-6700.

Va. Congressman And Wife Will Divorce

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Virginia congressman Jim Moran and his wife LuAnn Bennett have decided to divorce.

In a joint statement e-mailed by a spokesman Thursday, the pair said that while "our marriage may be ending, our friendship and respect for one another is not."

Moran, a Democrat whose district includes Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and Reston, was first elected in 1990.

Helping Haitian Orphans at Salon Daniel

Helping Haitian Orphans at Salon Daniel

Local Salon to Send 270 Holiday Packages to St. Clou Orphanage in Haiti

Salon Daniel of McLean, Va. is seeking donations to send 270 holiday care packages now through Dec. 31 to 270 orphans at the St. Clou Orphanage in Haiti. Each care package is $7. The salon has already raised approximately $1000 and is sending their first shipment of 50 plus care packages. They have a goal of raising more than $1500 to ship all the packages.  For more information about Salon Daniel, call 703.893.5000.

So many Haitian children are going without many basic necessities this year. We wanted to remember them during this holiday season. We appreciate our team and clients helping us achieve our goal, said Daniel Bechara, owner, Salon Daniel, (www.salondaniel.com):

Tysons Connector to Cease Operations Dec. 30

Tysons Connector to Cease Operations Dec. 30

From Virginia MegaProjects:

ALEXANDRIA — The Tysons Connector - the free midday shuttle bus service in Tysons Corner - will operate for two more weeks with its last day of service Dec. 30, 2010.  After one year of operation, ridership was not sufficient to meet minimum goals needed to viably continue the service.

Tysons Connector began in November 2009 to serve area businesses, residents, shoppers and visitors within Tysons Corner.  The service was launched to provide travel options within Tysons during construction of the Dulles Metrorail project as part of the project's comprehensive transportation management plan.

Until Dec. 30, Tysons Connector will continue to operate at 10-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday within Tysons Corner.

After Dec. 30, those riders who use the Tysons Connector may be able to get around Tysons Corner by using the following routes: