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Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Our Towns, Schools Comments Off on Monarch Waystation Senior Project Completed For Lovettsville Elementary
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In May, Lovettsville Elementary School received a certified monarch waystation filled with asters, goldenrod, and three different types of milkweed.  Planned by LVHS student Robin Dezagottis as a senior project, Robin worked with PTO board member Natalie Metzler and 1st Grade Teacher Dawn Snyder to designate a corner of the elementary school’s eco garden for the waystation and receive a donation of milkweed plants from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservacy.
 
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Woodgrove Odyssey Team Competes at World Level

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove Odyssey Team Competes at World Level
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The Woodgrove High School Odyssey of the Mind team was among 800 teams from around the globe to attend World Finals at Michigan State University from May 20-23.

Odyssey of the Mind is an extracurricular creative problem-solving team activity in which groups of five to seven students solve long-term as well as spontaneous problems in competition. The program is open to students from kindergarten through college and beyond.

The Woodgrove team placed 24th in the world among high school teams in Problem 2: Experiencing Technical Difficulties. They were competing against teams from 18 U.S. states and teams from Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Mexico, South Korea and Canada. The team qualified to attend World Finals by placing first at the regional competition in February and first at states in April. This is the fourth year in a row the team has qualified to compete at worlds and the third time they have attended. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Senior To Run Cross Country for NOVA

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove Senior To Run Cross Country for NOVA
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Northern Virginia Community College Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Nicole Manici traveled to Woodgrove High School in Purcellville to conduct a signing ceremony with WHS senior Cary Brown. Brown and Coach Mancini signed a National Letter of Intent for Cary to run for NOVA for the fall 2015 season. Brown ran cross country for Woodgrove for 4 years, varsity-lettered as a junior and senior, was a team captain for the 2014 season and put in a solid performance at the VHSL 4A State Championship meet in November 2014. … Continue Reading

Dominion Junior Wins 10th District Art Contest

June 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Dominion Junior Wins 10th District Art Contest
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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock announced that Dominion High School junior Alena Titova won the 2015 10th Congressional District Congressional Art Competition. 

The competition, which was open to all high school students who reside in the 10th Congressional District, received 180 pieces of art.  An independent, five-person panel judged each piece of art.

“It was such a privilege to view the great art produced by the many talented students of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District last night,” said Comstock said.  “Alena’s piece is just stunning and incorporates her brother in the piece. I will be bragging about it to my fellow colleagues when I pass it every day in the U.S. Capitol. Thank you to all of the students who participated, and I look forward to hanging their artwork in my Capitol Hill, Sterling, and Winchester offices.  A special thank you to all of the art teachers and parents whose guidance and encouragement brought this competition to a new level.”

Four NOVA Students Named to Academic Team

May 26, 2015 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on Four NOVA Students Named to Academic Team
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Allan Edzii of Sterling, Amanuel Eshete of Alexandria, Adam John of Reston and Isabela Lopes of Gainesville were named to the Phi Theta Kappa Top Ten All-Virginia Academic Team during a recognition ceremony in April in Richmond. The four students were nominated by Northern Virginia Community College. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship

May 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Debate Team Wins State Championship
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The Loudoun Valley Debate Team won the Virginia High School League state championship the weekend of April 24 at Liberty University. This is the team’s second state championship; they won last year also. Their specialty is Lincoln Douglas and public forum debate. Their coach is Julie Hildbold who teaches English at LVHS. Hildbold said, “Debate requires teamwork and a strong work ethic. In debate students develop public speaking skills and critical thinking. It is definitely intellectually challenging.”

The team covers world topics, philosophy, and all sorts of strategies for speaking and arguing. Valley freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to join the team.

Two Big Honors for Woodgrove High School

April 16, 2015 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on Two Big Honors for Woodgrove High School
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By Annie Williams, WHS Student Council Vice President of Marketing

On March 20, 16 members of the Woodgrove Student Council traveled to Williamsburg for the 89th annual Virginia Student Councils Association Convention. Woodgrove student Ryan Thomas and principal Sam Shipp both left the convention with new honors. … Continue Reading

A Philadelphia Eagle Makes His Way To a Purcellville Prom

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on A Philadelphia Eagle Makes His Way To a Purcellville Prom
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By Hannah Hager

A little bit of Philadelphia came to Purcellville last week when a Woodgrove High School Junior got exactly what she’d asked for.

Sixteen year-old Hannah Delmonte is a self-proclaimed Eagles fan living in Washington Redskins territory. Football may be in off-season, but prom season is in full swing. Perhaps this is why Delmonte, who may have been inspired by social media stories from around the country of regular citizens gunning for celebrity attendance at their events, contacted Eagles’ linebacker Emmanuel Acho to ask if he’d join as her date to the high school’s prom. … Continue Reading

Ask and You Shall Receive: School Board Approves Williams’ First Budget

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 1 comment
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By Hannah Hager

The Loudoun County School Board has given Superintendent Eric Williams more than he asked for. At its January 29 meeting the board approved an amended Proposed Fiscal Year Operating 2016 Budget that now totals $982 million — $1.2 million more than Williams had requested.

Williams presented his first budget proposal as Superintendent to the Loudoun County School Board in early January asking for $68 million. An average 2.5 percent pay raise for teachers and staff topped off his list of requests.

The Board matched Williams’ requests in kind. It voted that LCPS employees who are already at the top of all pay scales will see their paychecks bumped up thanks to a one-time increase representing 1 percent of their annual salary. This can be achieved with no fiscal impact to the budget.

The board hopes to reduce the LCPS employee health insurance program by five percent – from 15 to 10 percent – for a cost savings of $2.6 million while also reducing the health insurance premium increase from 10 to 9 percent, which saves $450,000. … Continue Reading

News from Woodgrove’s High School Student Council

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on News from Woodgrove’s High School Student Council
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This February, Woodgrove High School’s Student Council will celebrate the 100th day of school. All students will be invited to the Student Council’s monthly general assembly meeting the day after the 100th day of school. Prizes will be raffled off to those in attendance at the meeting. All prizes will include a 100th day theme, including items such as 100 pennies, 100 pieces of chewing gum, 100 bottles of ice tea, and 100 cupcakes. The Student Council will also be celebrating the 100th day of school by hosting a door decorating competition. Homerooms across the school are challenged to decorate their homeroom doors in accordance to the 100th day theme by using 100 of any item of their choice in their design. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Drama Crowned State Champs

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Drama Crowned State Champs
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Loudoun Valley High School’s Drama Department had a successful fall. They traveled to Norfolk in October for the Virginia Theatre Association’s annual conference and state competition. Their production, “The Trial of Ygor,” written by Virginia native Brian Wrestler and directed by Loudoun Valley’s Russ Staggs, swept the awards, bringing home nearly a dozen different trophies in various categories. The cast and crew were recognized for lighting and sound design and execution, ensemble work and acting.

Individual acting awards were given to juniors Matt Geczy and Patrick Dahlman, who portrayed the judge and Victor Frankenstein, respectively. Charlie Trochlil, a sophomore, was named the best actor in the state of Virginia.

After two intense performances, the Loudoun Valley Drama troupe was named state champions for their performance. … Continue Reading

Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School

January 18, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Winter Door Decorating at Woodgrove High School
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This past December, the Woodgrove Student Council hosted the annual Holiday Door Decorating contest. Every homeroom in the school was challenged to participate in the competition by decorating their homeroom door with a holiday or winter theme of their choice. Students and teachers worked together in their homerooms to bring together resources such as photos, ornaments, glitter, lights, and music to use in their door design. By the day before winter break, students were able to walk through the halls and admire many newly decorated classroom entrances.

The Student Council ad hoc committee for Door Decorating was led by Woodgrove sophomore Sara Hallam. Sara and her committee created the rules by which doors could by decorated, and the criteria that the doors would be judged by. The committee also put together a panel of teachers from various departments to judge the final homeroom doors. Theses teachers would choose one winning door from each grade, along with one overall winner. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Academy Students Accepted To NASA Center

January 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Students Accepted To NASA Center
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Melissa Eom, Class of 2016 and Saketh Vellanki, Class of 2015 at Middleburg Academy have been accepted to the NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Aerospace program which started November 28, 2014. Melissa and Saketh will be participating in an online aerospace engineering course from November 2014 to May 2015. Upon successful completion of the program, Melissa and Saketh could be accepted into an on-site summer research opportunity at the NASA Langley Research Center.

Another student at the Academy, Niketh Vellanki, Saketh’s younger brother, Class of 2017 has been accepted into the Virginia Space Coast Scholars program that focuses on science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.  The program features a dynamic online STEM learning experience in five modules and a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. where scholars learn first-hand form NASA professionals.

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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