2014 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 1-3

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The 2014-2015 school year is quickly approaching and I would like to remind you of the upcoming annual back-to-school sales tax holiday, which is Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd. During these three days, certain school supplies, clothing, and footwear will be exempt from the Virginia sales tax.

In 2006, I co-patroned the bill that eliminates the sales tax on certain school related items for one weekend each year. As a father of four, I know how expensive "back-to-school" shopping can be.

As in past years, a variety of school supplies, including notebooks, pens, binders, calculators, paints and crayons, will be tax-free as long as each item costs $20 or less. Most clothing items and footwear will also be exempt from the 5 percent sales tax as long as they are priced at $100 or less each. There is no limit on the number of items you can purchase tax-free as long as each item qualifies.

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

The sales tax holiday is available to anyone – not just those preparing for school – and all Virginia retailers who sell the exempt products must participate. During the sales tax holiday, retailers may also choose to save taxpayers even more by opting to pay the sales tax themselves on items that are not exempt under the guidelines.

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Mitch Keifer’s commitment to his brother, and his community are truly admirable; and I encourage everyone to come and give blood this Friday at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton from 2:30 PM to 7 PM. To make an appointment, visit www.inova.org/donateblood, click on”Schedule a Donation,” then click on Donate Blood. Use sponsor code 8044.

Happy Eid al-Fitr

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Eid Mobarak! Wishing a safe and happy Eid al-Fitr to all muslims celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr is a day of feasting at the end of the traditional period of fasting, and is marked with gift giving and gathering with family to celebrate. Eid al-Fitr is a day long celebration and is sometimes also known as the "Smaller Eid" as compared to the Eid al-Adha that lasts four days and is called the "Greater Eid."

Congratulations to Ted & Tami for their exemplary community service to Western Fairfax!

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VDOT Alert

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I want to inform you about a VDOT project that will impact your commute for the next few days.

Starting tonight, Wednesday, July 23rd, through Saturday, July 26th, crews will be installing a new overhead sign on I-95 near Lorton Road (Route 642).

Lane closures will begin at 9:30 p.m., with the left lanes closing on I-95 north and south near Lorton Road. After 10:30 p.m., additional lanes will be closed. All regular travel lanes on I-95 north and south near Lorton Road, mile marker 163, will be closed for temporary periods of up to 30 minutes after midnight tonight and Saturday night.

All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Thursday and Friday mornings, and by 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Motorists should expect sections of the I-95/395 HOV lanes to be closed throughout the day Saturday, July 26th, to accommodate ongoing 95 Express Lanes work.

Drivers traveling on I-95 should expect major traffic delays during these closures. All motorists are advised to plan ahead and use alternate routes.

Great first day here at the 2014 Wise Mission of Mercy

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Since 2000, thousands of southwest Virginia residents have been able to receive free dental care. Today, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Scott Miller, a dentist out of Bristol, who makes hundreds of free dentures during the three-day clinic.

The American Heritage Girls Conference was recently held in Centreville. The young ladies are America’s next leaders!

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