529 College Savings Day

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Today is 529 College Savings Day in Virginia, to learn more visit Virginia529’s website at bit.ly/1lQFv0u

2014 Hurricane Season Sales Tax Holiday

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I would like to remind you of a sales tax holiday which begins on Sunday, May 25, 2014 and runs through Saturday, May 31, 2014.

This sales tax holiday offers you a chance to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season while getting a break on the sales tax. During this holiday, certain items including; batteries, flashlights, bottled water, and first aid kits will be exempt. In addition, certain bigger-ticket items are also exempt, e.g., generators priced at $1,000 or less.

Virginia also has two additional sales tax holidays – one for school supplies and clothing in August, and one for Energy Star and WaterSense products in October. I will be sure to notify you of those sales tax holidays as they approach.

To view a full list of the items that are included in the sales tax holiday, answers to frequently asked questions and guidelines for consumers and retailers, click this link 1.usa.gov/SfA6cb.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has provided you this link bit.ly/1glbqJQ to their website so you can stay up to date on weather developments in our area.

During these past several years here in the Commonwealth we have witnessed earthquakes, tornados, blizzards, floods and hurricanes that have caused extensive damage. Please take advantage of this sales tax holiday and be prepared for all emergencies.

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The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum will host its Art Guild of Clifton’s art exhibit and sale this Memorial Day weekend.

Hours are Sunday, May 25th, 1 – 8 pm and Monday, May 26th, Noon – 4 pm. Wine tasting on Sunday from 5-8 pm. Location is Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Details at eepurl.com/UojXv

Mixed mediums; Fine Art Painting (oils/acrylics/watercolors/pastels), Photography, Jewelry, and Beaded Glassware. Something for everyone to like. Museum Admission: $4/adults, $2/children 5-15 yrs, 4 yrs & under – free

VDOT Alerts

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I want to inform you of several VDOT alerts regarding projects that will affect traffic patterns. I encourage everyone to be careful and patient as you are driving through any work zones during the busy summer months.

1. Shorter wait times, reduced congestion, and safer traffic flow are expected for drivers on southbound Route 28 in Centreville, as VDOT has just finished extending the two left turn lanes from southbound Route 28 to eastbound I-66. The two left turn lanes are now longer by about 750 feet. More info on this project can be found at bit.ly/1p9RHwW

2. Since Friday, May 9th, and for the next three weeks, one to two lanes on westbound I-66 will be closed just west of Washington Boulevard on week nights from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m in Arlington County. The closures are needed for crews to construct a 1,600-foot-long sound wall. The work is part of the I-66 Spot 2 Improvement Project that will connect the Washington Boulevard on-ramp to the Dulles Access Road off-ramp creating a one-mile stretch of auxiliary lane to improve operations and safety on westbound I-66. More info on this project can be found at bit.ly/1m02Ek3

3. For two weeks starting May 23rd, crews will close the southbound shoulder of the Dulles Connector Road at Pimmit Run. The closure is needed to provide safe and adequate space for crews as they construct a sound wall parallel to the bridge. The closure will require buses that use the shoulder during peak hours to stay in the main travel lanes. A similar closure will be needed at this location in late August/early September and will also be announced. This work is part of the project to build sound walls along the Dulles Connector Road from Route 123 to I-66 in Fairfax County. More info on this project can be found at bit.ly/1k2Kq1Z

4. On Sunday, May 25th beginning at 8 a.m., thousands of motorcyclists will travel I-95 and I-66 to the Pentagon as part of the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride. The annual event draws motorcyclists from around the country and benefits the Rolling Thunder Charities Association which is committed to helping prisoners of war, MIA veterans, and their families. About 2,000 motorcycles will enter the northbound I-95 HOV lanes just north of Dale City in Prince William County, and another 2,000 will enter I-66 from Manassas and head east to the Pentagon. At noon riders will depart the Pentagon and ride into the District of Columbia. Overhead message signs will alert motorists to expect delays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Construction and maintenance work on most Virginia interstates and highways will pause during the Memorial Day holiday weekend to keep travel lanes open and traffic flowing. If you plan to use Virginia’s interstates during Memorial Day weekend this year, travel patterns for the holiday for the past three years are available online at bit.ly/1jYX9mj to help motorists plan their departure and arrival times. VDOT has posted these travel-trend maps, with a version designed specifically for mobile devices, showing peak congestion periods from the 2011-2013 Memorial Day weekends.

For real-time traffic information during the Memorial Day weekend or any time, motorists should use 511virginia.org

17th Annual Clifton Caboose 5k

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Once again a great event put on by the Clifton Betterment Association.



West Point Camporee with over 7000 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. So proud of all of these young men and women!!! Go Army!!!!!

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Last week’s segment on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Virginia

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