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Woodgrove High School Appears Again On It’s Academic

May 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School Appears Again On It’s Academic
From left to right are team members Keegan Ottoson, Christopher Miller, and Evan Smith, all seniors. On the right is It’s Academic host, Hillary Howard.

Woodgrove High School appeared in the first playoff round on It’s Academic on Saturday, April 20. Woodgrove won again and by a wide margin.

At the beginning of the season 81 teams were chosen to compete. The numbers were narrowed down to 27 teams after the first round and then again to nine teams after the first playoff games. Woodgrove is one of nine teams remaining, and will compete in the semi-final round later in April. Their opponents in this second round were other first round winners: Osbourn High School from Manassas and St. Albans School from Washington, DC.

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Woodgrove High School To Appear On It’s Academic – April 20

April 11, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School To Appear On It’s Academic – April 20
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Woodgrove High School appears in the first playoff round on It’s Academic on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:30 am on NBC-Channel 4.

In the photo attached from left to right are team members Keegan Ottoson, Christopher Miller, and Evan Smith, all seniors. On the right is It’s Academic host, Hillary Howard.

Woodgrove’s opponents in this second round were other first round winners: Osbourn High School from Manassas and St. Albans School from Washington, DC.

Woodgrove’s Academic Team is coached by Louise Spicer, Robert Kane, and John Lanham.

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Jazz Dinner at Loudoun Valley High School – April 26

April 5, 2013 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Jazz Dinner at Loudoun Valley High School – April 26
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The Loudoun Valley Music Parents Association is sponsoring a Jazz Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction on Friday, April 26 at Loudoun Valley High School from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Come to enjoy a night of great live music by the Orchestra, Chorus and Viking Jazz Band, as you feast on terrific food from BOODACADES!

And then set your sights to win fantastic silent auction items such as tickets to movies, passes to Wolf Trap, a piano, gift baskets and gift certificates from many local merchants, car detailing, passes to Hershey Park and Massanutten Water Park, signed sports gear from the Redskins, Ravens, and Orioles (just to name a few).

All proceeds go to benefit the LVHS Music Parents Association, which supports all music programs and music students at LVHS with equipment, uniforms, and scholarships.

Tickets are $12 and are available NOW online at http://lcps.org/Page/83048 or from an LVHS music student in your neighborhood. For more information, e-mail lvhsmpafundraisers@gmail.com

Don’t miss a great evening of entertainment and community!

Read Across America Comes to Culbert Elementary

March 6, 2013 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Read Across America Comes to Culbert Elementary
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Every year, Culbert Elementary celebrates reading in a big way. The students began the Read Across America Week with a fabulous assembly and a reading challenge. Many community members visited Kenneth Culbert, participated in the assembly and read to students after the assembly. The Loudoun Valley Girls’ Basketball Team helped open the assembly, and School Board Vice Chairwoman Jill Turgeon lead in reading the oath. The challenge this year is for students to read a total of 100 minutes during the week. If they meet that goal, a check to the American Cancer Society will be written for $510 ($1 for each student) on behalf of Culbert Elementary. This year, Read Across America challenge is linked directly to the Mini Relay for Life which will begin on that Friday, March 8, at Culbert Elementary right after school.

The Read Across America Event was very successful and full of lots of smiling faces.

A Moment of Silence

February 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on A Moment of Silence
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By Mary Rose Lunde

For the first and very likely only time in the entire day, most of the school is completely quiet. There is no sound of pencils scratching the paper or feet tapping the ground. Observing the halls, there is no movement there either. The few students that have lagged behind the bell are motionless, watched by teachers. Then a voice sounds over the PA system and the minute of silence is complete.

If a person wandered into a class just before the morning announcements came on, he or she would find mass chaos. Teachers often struggle to quiet their classes before the announcements in order to hear. The moment of silence is, however, respected by most students. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove Holds Annual Fundraiser

February 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove Holds Annual Fundraiser
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GOT MULCH????? We Do!!!!! The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club will be holding their annual fundraiser to raise funds for ALL Woodgrove sports teams. High quality double shredded hardwood mulch will be sold for $4.50/bag and $4/bag for orders of 40 bags or more. Free delivery will be offered within a radius of 10 miles from Woodgrove High School. The WWABC is taking orders online, through their website now and will continue to do so until the ordering deadline of March 9. The mulch pick-up and delivery date will be Saturday, March 16 at Woodgrove High School from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit www.gotmulch.org for all the details!!!!!!

Patrick Henry College Wins Seventh National Moot Championship

February 1, 2013 by Contributor News, Schools 1 comment

Patrick Henry College has fended off its competitors to once again snatch the American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Championship.

After a win over a team from the College of Wooster last week, the small private college in Purcellville secured its fifth consecutive national championship, defending its reputation as the school to beat.

Patrick Henry College (PHC) is a private, independent college with an Evangelical Christian basis that focuses on teaching classical liberal arts and government. The college was accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. … Continue Reading

Middleburg Academy Hires Long-Term Leader

January 28, 2013 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Academy Hires Long-Term Leader

The Board of Trustees of Middleburg Academy, Loudoun County’s only independent, coeducational, college preparatory high school, has completed its long-term leadership succession planning with the hiring of Colley W. Bell III as the next Head of School. Mr. Bell, currently Head of School at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, begins his tenure on July 1, 2013 under an initial five-year employment contract.

Middleburg Academy’s current Head of School, Dr. Ronald P. Sykes, will remain in his position through June 30, 2013, working closely with the incoming Head, the Board of Trustees, and administrative team to ensure a smooth transition in the six-month preparation for new leadership under Colley Bell. … Continue Reading

Lincoln Elementary on the Chopping Block Again?

January 11, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 4 comments
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By Andrea Gaines

The possible closing of Lincoln Elementary – one of the Loudoun County’s smallest and oldest schools – was one of the hottest topics at this week’s Loudoun County’s School Board discussions. The school serves 136 students and is approximately 86 years old.

The discussion took place in the context of the board’s Capital Assessment Preservation Program, which outlines the school district’s maintenance priorities for the next five years. The program calls for $310,000 worth of upgrades and improvements to the Lincoln Elementary building, including a new fire alarm system ($70,000), a new electrical system ($200,000) and the replacement of seven rooftop HVAC units ($40,000). Most of the improvements are needed to satisfy county safety and electrical codes.

The issue of closing of many of the county’s smallest schools – also some of the county’s oldest schools ¬– has surfaced regularly over the last several years. In each case, community opposition to the closings won the day. … Continue Reading

Blue Ridge Middle School Solar Installation Ceremony

December 5, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Blue Ridge Middle School Solar Installation Ceremony
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The Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville celebrated the installation of the six solar light poles that adorn the lower parking lot with a brief ceremony and plaque presentation. The Solar Poles represent substantial work and focus from past principal, Roberta Griffith, past PTOs, Dr. Hatrick and Loudoun County Public Schools, Purcellville’s Mayor and town council, as well as the entire Blue Ridge Community. The installation of the poles culminates years of fundraising to bring not only light to the lower parking lot, but further the school system’s mission of conservation and smart campus energy use. … Continue Reading

Woodgrove High School Shines On It’s Academic

December 5, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School Shines On It’s Academic
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Woodgrove High School recently appeared on It’s Academic, the Washington, DC high school quiz program now in its 52nd season. The program aired on NBC on December 1. Woodgrove’s team members are seniors Christopher Miller, Carolyn Saunders, and junior Julia Heiser.

This was Woodgrove’s second consecutive appearance on It’s Academic, having won their first round competition during the 51st season.
Woodgrove bested the other teams (Stonewall Jackson High School from Manassas and the School Without Walls from Washington, DC), winning by a 200 point margin. Woodgrove will tape the next round playoff game in spring 2013.

Christopher Miller is a second generation It’s Academic team member. His mother, Gwen Poore Miller, was on Loudoun Valley High School’s first It’s Academic team in the 1970s. Woodgrove’s Academic Team is coached by teachers Louise Spicer, Robert Kane, and John Lanham.

Local Teacher Uses Technology with Traditional Approach to Learning

November 30, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Local Teacher Uses Technology with Traditional Approach to Learning
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“The great bug study had begun in our classroom. The students began creating their scientific drawings with paper and pencil and were getting frustrated with erasing; Aha!”

This is a quote from Loudoun Country Day School kindergarten teacher Angie Cross as she presented for the third time at the largest gathering of early childhood educators in the world, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, held in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 7-10. She specifically talked about how she and her students have not only learned how to integrate iPads into their daily learning in the classroom, but they use it side-by-side with traditional approaches, creating a learning environment that is unique to this age group and built on the success of combined approaches. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Valley Veterans Club to Hold Especially Meaningful Celebration

November 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Valley Veterans Club to Hold Especially Meaningful Celebration
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By Andrea Gaines

Veteran’s Day celebrations take many forms, from the quiet graveside service to the marching bands and potluck dinners. This Veteran’s Day, which the nation will celebrate on Friday, November 9 will be marked in an especially significant way by the Loudoun Valley High School (LVHS) Veterans Club as the school welcomes guest speaker and 2003 LVHS graduate Sgt. Rob Jones. A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jones lost the lower half of both legs as he was trying to disarm an IED (improvised explosive device) in 2010. Crushed but not broken, Jones went on to win a gold medal in the 2012 London Paralympics with rowing partner Oksana Master, an orphan from Ukraine who was brought to the United States in 1997. … Continue Reading

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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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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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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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