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Five Must-Have Spring Fashion Trends

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Five Must-Have Spring Fashion Trends
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By Hannah Hager

“Flowers? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” You may have heard this eponymous quote from Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada that implies florals in fashion for spring are, in fact, not groundbreaking.

Designers disagree. New York Fashion Week has concluded and the designers have spoken: It’s full-on for florals. It might be hard to see the end of winter, but spring is just around the corner. It’s time to refresh your wardrobe with these five fashion trends: … Continue Reading

Make Like a Daffodil … Think Like a Bluebird

March 4, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Make Like a Daffodil … Think Like a Bluebird

By Sarah Nearis

Designer Prabal Gurung, known for his daring yet timeless fashions, has said that the inspiration for his spring 2015 clothes is to allow women “to be caught in motion.” Another designer, Lie Sang Bong, favors fashion that celebrates the body. His spring 2015 collection will, he says, “evoke optimism.” And designer Wes Gordon, known for luxury and sophistication with a youthful edge, has said that his spring 2015 line is inspired by “the colors, atmosphere, and freshness of morning light.” … Continue Reading

Romantic Tips from the Red Carpet

February 3, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Romantic Tips from the Red Carpet
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By Sarah Nearis

Hollywood is right in the middle of award season – the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the upcoming Academy Awards. In terms of fashion, this is a time of dreams and of pushing envelopes.

For many years one of the most prominent fashion themes in red carpet hair, makeup and dress has been how to weave a little romance into a woman’s look. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are some of the little romantic touches I’ve found to be most appealing this award season.
Each is subtly and easily worked into your own personal style. As fashion icon Alexander McQueen said, “romance is more about how a woman expresses herself than the label or trend she wears.” … Continue Reading

It’s a New Year – Show No Mercy

January 6, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on It’s a New Year – Show No Mercy
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By Sarah Nearis

It’s 2015. A time for renewal, a time to take a fresh look at that thing called “your wardrobe.”

Many women don’t see the things in their closet as a wardrobe. But, they do know how their clothes, shoes and accessories make them feel. It’s OK to miss the mark once in a while. But, they want to go for that good feeling – something on their body that allows them to enjoy the moment by making a good impression, on themselves.

So, as you begin the New Year, consider this novel idea – shop your own closet. Set aside some time took through it just like you were stepping into your own personal boutique. Select the things that work, that make you feel good, and discard the rest. … Continue Reading

Get The Frizz Atta Here

July 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Get The Frizz Atta Here

– By Tony Salahi

There is a huge amount of great hair products on the market. Every now and then, though, something comes out that truly stands out from the rest. For me and my staff, that product is CEZANNE Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment. It’s a win-win product for clients and stylists. CEZANNE is for anyone who wants a long-lasting treatment that gives straighter, smoother, frizz-free hair without formaldehyde or any other dangerous ingredients. Stylists benefit from it by not being exposed to the health dangers of excessive formaldehyde usage over time.
So what is the CEZANNE Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment or CPF? CPF is a transformational, long-lasting and safe salon treatment that brings hair to its ideal condition without damaging or harmful chemicals. It reduces frizz and produces straighter, smoother, stronger, healthier, and more manageable hair. The bonus – it will last for months, depending on your hair type, hair texture, and maintenance routine. CPF is not a Japanese straightener or relaxer and will not produce perfectly straight hair. The results achieved with CPF are similar to formaldehyde-based keratin treatments, without the formaldehyde or risks. No masks – no fumes.

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Cellophane Anyone?

June 3, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Cellophane Anyone?
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By Tony Salahi

Shiny, soft hair – we all want it, but how do we get it? Smoothing your hair cuticle is the answer. The smoother the cuticle, the more light it reflects. When a cuticle is damaged, light gets absorbed into cracks and crevices, making your hair look dull. Enter the Cellophanes, a 1970s invention by Sebastian that rocked the hair color world. Cellophane is a pure, transparent, semi-permanent color that contains no ammonia or alcohol and uses heat, not peroxide, to infuse color into the hair. The result is healthy, natural looking hair with incredible shine. Cellophanes come in many colors and clear if all you want is a glossy mane. If you have dry or coarse hair, a cellophane treatment is ideal as it seals the hair cuticle and controls frizziness. If you are a swimmer in chlorinated water, cellophanes can help to protect your hair. Expect your cellophane to last three to six months depending on how you treat your hair. Like all color services, you need to be kind to your hair to see long-term benefits. Always use sulfate and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners! … Continue Reading

Hair Color 101

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Hair Color 101
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By Tony Salahi

Thinking of coloring your hair? You’re not alone – more than 75 percent of American women do (and plenty of men, too). It can be a very daunting decision to make if you’ve never done it before. Do you color it yourself, ask a friend to do it, or go to a salon? Permanent or semi-permanent color? Organic or ammonia-free color? What color will look best on you – platinum blond, mocha brown or auburn red? The colors are endless! … Continue Reading

Spring Is in the Hair

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Spring Is in the Hair
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By Tony Salahi

This spring, what’s old is new.

“What’s new?” Is the first question most clients ask when they sit in any stylists chair. They expect us to know (and we do) everything from new styles, new color, new trends to new products.

This spring all over the country, we’re seeing the classics being reinvented – from big and sexy Hollywood hair to short and sassy pixie cuts. The ever popular flat-ironed, straight hair is beginning to show more volume, height and texture. This can be accomplished with braiding, crimping, curling rolling and salon products. A great product to use for volume is Hair Mill’s no nonsense mousse. … Continue Reading

Thanksgiving 2013: The Perfect Mix of Old and New

November 8, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Thanksgiving 2013: The Perfect Mix of Old and New
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By Shirley Lyle Volberg

I love to entertain. In my world no entertaining is better than the Thanksgiving and December holidays, including Christmas.

I love the anticipation of it. The warmth of welcoming friends and family into my home. The menu planning and the list making.

I love getting lost in it. Scouring the grocery store (and the internet) for the best ingredients. Opening up my old attic boxes and trunks to revisit my favorite holiday table linens, decorations and centerpieces – and sprucing them up with fresh flowers and greens. For me it’s always fun to unearth the pumpkin shaped candles, big Italian platters and the pewter gravy boat. I hope my daughter catches the bug because she will inherit all of my finery. … Continue Reading

Baileywyck Shoppes: Off the Beaten Track, a Standout for Antique Lovers

March 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Baileywyck Shoppes: Off the Beaten Track, a Standout for Antique Lovers
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By Carol Morris Dukes

Grinning like a kid in a candy shop, my first step into this antique wonderland was a lesson in self-control. I’ve seen my fair share of antique shops in my life, but this is a standout!

Baileywyck Shoppes is an antique treasure trove owned by siblings Lisa and Jim Vella and located in a 4000 square foot converted barn tucked behind Lisa’s home at Baileywyck Farm outside of Middleburg. I had passed their shop sign a million times on the back roads between hither and yon, but I never had the time to stop before. On this day, I drove past the sign at the end of Lisa’s driveway once again– but this time I stopped, turned around, and went back. I was alone—had nothing on my to-do list– and thought I’d finally check it out. … Continue Reading

Wedding Styles

June 13, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on Wedding Styles
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See the 2011 wedding styles that appeared in our June issue.

Award-winning photographer Sarah Huntington does bridal portraits on location and in studio …
“It’s about the couple,” says Sarah.

See more styles from Le Reve Bridal in Leesburg.

New Spa Services in Purcellville

June 13, 2011 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, Style Comments Off on New Spa Services in Purcellville
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With a playful name and elegant atmosphere, “21st & Mane” in Old Town Purcellville is a new spa that offers a wide range of wonderful services. Nazima Charland offers facials, microdermabrasion, Moroccan body facial, eye brow and lash tinting, waxing, manicure and pedicure, and hair and make-up for destination wedding parties.

“My first love is my family, and my second love is my work. I want to take care of people, and I give 110 percent,” said Nazima.

Her spa has an atmosphere of old world class, and rather than ten people lined up for services, Nazima would rather work with three people a day. She has been doing this for 21 years and focuses on old fashion pampering. “Purcellville is a great community,” stated Nazima. “It is nice to have this in our own backyard, instead of having to drive long distances. I want to show people how to take care of their skin.” she continued.

Two hair stylists, Mary True and Kim Saville share salon space with Nazima.

New Montpelier Dress Exhibit Tells Dolley Madison’s Life Story

June 11, 2011 by Contributor Style Comments Off on New Montpelier Dress Exhibit Tells Dolley Madison’s Life Story
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Exhibit Features Costumes from PBS Documentary

In the 1800s, people turned to icons such as First Lady Dolley Madison to spot the latest fashion trends, just as people adopt style ideas from today’s icons. The new exhibit Dolley Madison’s Life Through Fashion: Dressing the Part at James Madison’s Montpelier uses the clothing of Dolley Madison to trace the scope of her fascinating life and the significant contributions she made to our young nation. The temporary exhibit will treat visitors to eight richly detailed gowns created for Dolley Madison: America’s First Lady, part of the PBS “American Experience” film series. The exhibit features a video clip showing how the costumes were created using historic fashion research and costume sketches. The dresses will be on display on the mansion’s second floor from June 15, 2011– March 31, 2012. … 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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Lovettsville Historical Society Lecture: "Hex Signs: the History and the Mystery"

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COFFEEHOUSE: LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE

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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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