Ida Lee to Offer Two NFL Flag Football Leagues in Spring 2014

December 30, 2013 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Ida Lee to Offer Two NFL Flag Football Leagues in Spring 2014
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Registration for both leagues is now open.
 
Registration for the Spring 2014 NFL Flag Football League at Ida Lee is currently open and filling fast.  The Town is excited to offer for the first time two great leagues: Ida Lee NFL Flag Football House League and the Ida Lee NFL Flag Football Elite League.  These two leagues will provide opportunities for players of all skill levels. … Continue Reading

Ashburn Driving Instructor Charged with Sexual Abuse of Two Students, LCSO Seeks Possible Additional Victims

December 28, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Ashburn Driving Instructor Charged with Sexual Abuse of Two Students, LCSO Seeks Possible Additional Victims
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested a driving instructor for the sexual abuse of at least two students and believe there may be other victims who have not come forward.

Khawaja S. Vohra, 63, of Ashburn, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship and three counts of sexual battery of an adult student. Vohra is the owner and operator of AALI Fastrack Driving School and worked with teenagers across the region.

The first incident was reported in September after the suspect made inappropriate comments to an 18-year-old victim and inappropriately touched her during two driving lessons. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned of a juvenile victim in October. … Continue Reading

Gardening Class Starting in February

December 28, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Farm and garden, Lifestyle Comments Off on Gardening Class Starting in February

Expand your gardening toolbox by covering gardening, pruning, and landscape basics with four weeks of solid, no nonsense garden information and activities, then go on to design a real garden. Classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, from February 5 to March 26 in the Tasting Room at the Village Winery & Vineyard on Brown’s Lane in Waterford. The first class on basics runs from February 5 to Feb. 26. Fee is $96. Registration is required. The fee for all 8 classes is $180. Class size is limited. The class is taught by Donna Williamson. For more information, go to the dwfinegardening.com and click on classes, call (540) 877-2002, or e-mail donnawilliamson2002@earthlink.net.

These classes will help you sort through mountains of bewildering and conflicting gardening and plant information to understand the approaches and tasks that really work in Virginia. You can make a big difference in your landscape and environment, saving bees, butterflies and birds in the process. Gardening with deer and the latest in vegetable gardening will be included. Ornamental and native plants can coexist beautifully in your landscape for more interest.

Purcellville Police Blotter

December 28, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter
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12/19/2013 8:53a.m 200 blk Misty Pond Terrace Domestic Dispute

Police called to the scene of an ongoing domestic situation that had been going on for several weeks. The situation was mediated and the police left when incident had calmed down.

12/19/2013 2:07 p.m. 100 blk. N. 16th St. Assault

Two acquaintances involved in an ongoing dispute that had become physical and one party had assaulted the other. No serious injuries were reported and the injured person was going to seek charges.

12/19/2013 9:13 p.m. 100 blk. Hatcher Ave. Destruction of Property

An off-duty officer observed a vehicle that had been damaged in a possible act of vandalism and reported it to on-duty police personnel. The damage was reported at $100. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Department Warns Residents

December 28, 2013 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Department Warns Residents
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At 3:00 a.m. on December 27, the Police Department was dispatched to a vehicle tempering in the area of Pickwick Dr and Drawbridge Way. The victim of the vehicle tampering got into a physical altercation with the suspect. The suspect was described as a white teenage male wearing blue jeans, a black Nike sweat shirt and had brown hair. Another person of interest with the suspect, was described as a white teenaged male wearing blue jeans, white sweatshirt and sandy blonde hair, ran from the scene with the suspect.

Anyone with any information call the Purcellville Police Department at 540-338-7422.

The Purcellville Police Department reminds all residents to secure their vehicles at all times.

Morven Park Hosts Free Seminars on Equine Health Topics

December 21, 2013 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Morven Park Hosts Free Seminars on Equine Health Topics

For the average horse owner, knowing in advance how to respond to a favorite equine’s medical emergency can provide enormous peace of mind. As a service to the community, Morven Park   a three-part equine health series at no charge to participants, who will complete the program armed with the skills they need to provide their horses with the best care possible.
 
All segments of the January 16, February 20, and March 20 series begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be led by Dr. Jay Joyce, owner of Total Equine Veterinary Associates of Leesburg and an expert in lameness diagnosis and treatment. … Continue Reading

Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove

December 21, 2013 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove
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The Woodgrove High School Student Council Association continued rewarding Wolverines that deserve it during the past month.

Under the new leadership of sophomore David Fischer, the Wolverine Spirit Plate committee got going in full swing for the year. Fischer heads up the group that makes recommendations on what events should be used as class competitions and then tackles the painstakingly slow task of crunching through all the collected results once the homeroom tallies come in. … Continue Reading

Wolf Won’t Seek Re-election

December 17, 2013 by Contributor Around Virginia, News 1 comment
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Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today announced that he would not seek election to an 18th term in 2014.

He released the following statement announcing his decision:

“I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014. It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years. … Continue Reading

Healing H2O Celebrating Red Sunday in Sterling

December 14, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Faith, Lifestyle Comments Off on Healing H2O Celebrating Red Sunday in Sterling
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The Temple of Healing Waters COGIC (www.healingh20.org) will hold its 6th Annual Red Sunday Celebration on Sunday, December 22, starting at 3:00 p.m.

The 2013 celebration will be held at The Temple of Healing Waters (Healing H2O), 44900 Acacia Lane, Suite 105, Dulles, VA 20166.

Red Sunday is a way for the Church to give back to their community, especially those who are struggling during the Holiday Season. Healing H2O’s goal for 2013 is to feed 600 hungry people and the congregation is confident in reaching this objective with the support of the local community. … Continue Reading

Are We Sufficiently Science Literate?

December 10, 2013 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet 4 comments
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“The only thing that stands between a man and being free is this foolish thing called greed” – “Greed”, a song by Buddy Dunlap.

The widening gap between the reality of human-caused or anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and its eventual severity on one hand and public opinion on the other in the United States is confounding. The debate is not between advocates of multiple competing hypotheses attempting to explain the observed phenomena, which is what happens in science. Rather it is an asymmetric confrontation between scientists using evidence to discover a signal and ideologues generating noise. Finding a denier signal if it exists within their noise is much more difficult than one might think [1]. However, it has been my personal experience that anybody with sufficient scientific literacy who may have been skeptical can be easily convinced of the truth of AGW by the evidence as well as by lack of evidence supporting whatever skeptical views they might have previously held. By contrast it is not easy to convince deniers because they do not know what evidence is, a sad reality which the fossil fuels industry exploits [2]. It is only by meticulously avoiding evidence that deniers can frame their case at all. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System Applauds Efforts of Local Loudoun Boy in Toys for Tots Campaign

December 9, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System Applauds Efforts of Local Loudoun Boy in Toys for Tots Campaign
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Friday, December 6, various members of the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System, the Loudoun Co. Marine Corps League and the Loudoun Co. Local Firefighters IAFF Chapter 3756 gathered at the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company while 11 year old Matthew Newcomer dropped off hundreds of toys he’s collected for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign.

Matthew and his family have actively participated in the campaign since 2006 and have donated thousands of toys for the less fortunate children in our area. Matthew continues to go above and beyond to grow his collection campaign year after year. Aside from reaching out to family and friends for help, he has enlisted the assistance of the Loudoun County Public School System and recently opened up the family home as a donation center complete with a train city for donating individuals to enjoy. … Continue Reading

A Few More Facts About The Autumn Hill Development

December 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on A Few More Facts About The Autumn Hill Development
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To continue the discussion at the point where Bob Lazaro and Janet Clarke left off. “Chestnut Overlook residents bought [land] next to something that was already approved, 20 plus years ago.”

Yes, we did. We bought land in a Joint Land Management Area (JLMA) that was governed by the Purcellville Urban Growth Area Management Plan (PUGAMP). And this area was set in a County that has regulations for all developments in western Loudoun to be on home sites of at least three acres and to be horse properties. This was in place to ensure that the agricultural traditions of the area remain in keeping with its roots within the character of “This Hallowed Ground.” Additionally, Purcellville was a town that at one time outlawed drive throughs. Purcellville was a town that valued its 21st Street, and “Don’t Fairfax Loudoun” was a very popular bumper sticker. The approved 500 unit complex was placed in as a defensive measure because it was so absurd that the town’s people would never want that. The people I knew in town, liked a low crime, low density, rural small town that valued its old family farms and the traditional western Loudoun life. … Continue Reading

Insensitive Coworker

December 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on Insensitive Coworker
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.

Dr. Mike,
I was recently at a work related social gathering where someone jokingly called another coworker in our group, “Aspie.” As you probably know, Aspie is a term for Asperger’s Disorder, and the person who was joked about is admittedly socially awkward. However, my son has Asperger’s Disorder, and I was deeply offended by the comment. A part of me wants to confront this individual for a lesson in sensitivity training but he will likely not get it. While I don’t want to upset my co-workers, I also don’t want to carry around resentment and anger everyday. Thoughts?
Concerned in Loudoun County
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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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

A Man of Character

3 Sep 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “I thought it would be appropriate to reiterate my thoughts on power and quote something from Frederick Douglass that I believe is quite true,” Manfred Kory wrote to me after reading Lonnae O’Neill’s June 29 column in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

When To Take Social Security: Timing Is Everything

3 Sep 2015

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As you approach retirement, there are several decisions that can impact the level of income you will receive when you stop working. One such decision will be about claiming your Social Security retirement benefit. More than half of eligible Americans …

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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

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

3 Sep 2015

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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the prettiest golf course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest. The format is …

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Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

3 Sep 2015

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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday. The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along. Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by …

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September Calendar

3 Sep 2015

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Ongoing events Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org. On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Good Government Reinforces the Family

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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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

Perfection and Expectation in High School

3 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde If you think about high school, what do you think about? Do you think about the sports and how important they are to some students whose only dream of getting into college is a scholarship? Do you think about the high school student struggling for an …

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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

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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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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