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Leesburg Business Incubator Gains County Support

Loudoun County pledges $100,000 over three years to help underwrite operational costs for new Mason Enterprise Center in Leesburg

Virginia Democrat Opposes Plan To Raise Taxes On Wealthy

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - When the President came to a Fairfax neighborhood this week, he chose a place where a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans may not go over well.

"I'm not sure if I'm in favor of it," said Katie Hesford.

Republican Chris McCloskey who wore an anti-Obama t-shirt said, "I want to see the Bush era tax cuts extended."

The average annual household income in Fairfax County is over $100,000. And though couples pulling in $250,000 or more may not consider themselves wealthy in this high-cost-of-living region, they are. And they'd pay more taxes if the President has his way. But the President won't have Democrat Congressman Gerry Connolly's vote.

"Now is not the time to be raising taxes on any income group," said Connolly.

Rep. Connolly says raising taxes on the wealthy could hurt the economy, which is what the republicans have been arguing.

Forecast Shows Home and Job Expansion for Reston

According to a study and forecast by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, the number of homes and jobs in Reston will see rapid growth in the future. According to the forecast, the number of homes in Reston will more than triple by 2050; job growth will also boom.

The study points to factors such as the extension of the Metro service which is expected to service Wiehle Avenue in Reston by 2013. The Metro expansion also includes extension to Tyson’s Corner, Herndon, Dulles Airport, and finally, Ashburn.

Fairfax Fugitive Coach Captured In Poland

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)  More than a year after sexual misconduct charges were filed against him, a one-time youth coach in Fairfax County is in custody.

Fairfax Police say 39-year-old John E. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by the Polish Border Guard as he attempted to cross into the Czech Republic.   Efforts are now underway to have him extradited back to the United States.

Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated sexual batter of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of crimes against nature with a minor.  All the alleged crimes took place in Fairfax County.

In 2009, a 24-year-old man came forward and accused Hamilton of committing the acts twelve years earlier.  Hamilton was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at that time.

 

Fixing Bridges In Storm's Aftermath

VIENNA, Va. (WUSA) -- In the storm's aftermath, VDOT crews were busy trying to fix what heavy rain and flooding left behind.

In Vienna and Mclean two bridges buckled.  Crews didn't waste anytime Thursday morning fixing the bridge at Browns Mill Road and Beulah Road.  Just this morning, the crumbled street had branches popping out of it, but by noon time it was passable.

It was more complicated at Swinks Mill Road near Georgetown Pike.

 

A massive tree came down on a fire hydrant knocking out water for residents.  It also damaged part of the bridge structure.

The fix won't be completed until Friday.

 

Some residents say they've been through this all before. 

Three More Months Left of Reston Farmer's Market

As the summer begins the slip away, we are reminded there are only a few more months left of the Reston Farmer’s Market. The Reston Farmer’s Market at Lake Anne first opened on May 8th and will continue through October. If you still haven’t had a chance to visit, the market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Some vendors include Grace’s Pastries, Colonial Kettle Corn, Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Co., Ole Pioneer’s Kitchen, Reid’s Orchard Winery, and Middleburg Creamery to name a few. For a full list of vendors visit: http://www.restonfarmersmarket.com/vendor-info.htm

Keep in mind that buying local is a way of support a sustainable community! Also remember to keep your pooch at home because no dogs are allowed at the market. Want to be a vendor yourself?

Fairfax County Residents Find Chemical Bombs in Mailboxes

Fairfax County Officials have reported at least eight homemade chemical bombs in mailboxes since May 2010. These bombs have shown up in Northern Virginia mailboxes and front yards in residential areas of Reston and West Springfield.

The chemical bombs are being made with chemicals such as baking soda and Drano and some of the explosives even contain shredded aluminum. While no one has been injured by the bombs, they could potentially cause serious harm to people, as well as damage property. The Fairfax County police and fire officials are working together to warn area residents and are looking into those individuals responsible. Many community residents believe that a group of local teens are responsible for the incidents.