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New Bike Route Installed on Plaza Street

August 22, 2015 by Contributor Our Towns Be the first to comment
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The Town of Leesburg recently created a new bike route connecting the trail system on the north side of town with the W&OD Trail.

The new bike route begins at the W&OD Trail crossing on Sycolin Road, near Frederick Douglass Elementary School, and extends north along Sycolin Road, Principal Drummond Way and Plaza Street to Battlefield Parkway. The bike route, which is approximately 1.6 miles long, contains both dedicated bike lanes and “share the road” sections. The dedicated bike lanes are marked with white lines separating them from the motor vehicle travel lanes and from the on-street parking lanes. The entire route will be designated with bicyclist stencils on the pavement and signage alerting drivers to the presence of bicyclists on the road. … Continue Reading

Exeter Sinkhole Repairs Continue

August 19, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The sinkhole on Currant Terrace NE in the Exeter neighborhood will be filled today in preparation for expected rain this evening and tomorrow.

According to Renée LaFollette, the Town’s Director of Public Works and Capital Projects, the fill is a temporary measure to prevent rain water from enlarging the sinkhole or further damaging utility lines.

“Once we have the geotechnical analysis done to determine if other underground voids exist, we’ll proceed with a permanent solution, including installation of new manholes for the sanitary sewer line and restoration of the water line, as well as replacing the pavement,”. LaFollette explained. … Continue Reading

Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager

July 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns, Uncategorized Comments Off on Mike Goodrich Joins Town of Leesburg As Finance Operations Manager
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The Town of Leesburg is pleased to announce that Mike Goodrich has been hired as the new Finance Operations Manager. Mr. Goodrich started in his new position on Monday, June 22. He will oversee the collection of taxes and fees and the operation of the finance counter at Town Hall.

A Certified Public Manager (CPM), Mr. Goodrich comes to the Town after 20 years with Arlington County, where he was most recently the Director of Administration for Arlington Economic Development. Mr. Goodrich has extensive previous experience in the finance and contracting aspects of parks and recreation, public safety and other local government functions. … Continue Reading

Two Alarm Structure Fire in Downtown Leesburg

June 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Two Alarm Structure Fire in Downtown Leesburg
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At approximately 9:20 p.m., Saturday June 6, fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Ashburn, Hamilton, Lucketts, Sterling, Purcellville, Moorefield, Philomont, and Fairfax County responded to a fire in a three-story, commercial tax-payer type structure located at 11 King Street South, in the Town of Leesburg. The building is comprised of a business on the first floor, with residential apartments located on the second and third floors of the building.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find fire and smoke showing from a second floor apartment in the rear of the structure as well as a large amount of smoke issuing from the front and other attached buildings. Due to the volume of fire and the speed with which it was spreading to other units, a second alarm was struck bringing additional resources. … Continue Reading

Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced

May 10, 2015 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Leesburg’s 2015 Business Award Nominees Announced
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The Town of Leesburg has announced the nominees for the 14th annual Leesburg Business Awards.

“We received a great group of nominees this year,” said Marantha Edwards, Economic Development Director for the Town of Leesburg. “I know it’s a cliché, but being nominated by a customer or a colleague is an honor and speaks to the quality of the business. All of the nominees should be proud of their accomplishments. I look forward to announcing the awards winners next week!” … Continue Reading

Mervin Jackson Park Ribbon Cutting Set for Saturday, April 25

April 23, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Mervin Jackson Park Ribbon Cutting Set for Saturday, April 25
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Town of Leesburg officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Mervin Jackson Park on Saturday, April 25, at 10:00 a.m. The new park is located on the south side of the Town Hall Parking Garage, 14 W. Loudoun Street.

The park is named after the late Vice Mayor Mervin Jackson. He was an active and respected member of the Leesburg Community. He served on the Town Council from 1999 to 2004, and held the seat as Vice Mayor from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Jackson was a member of the Planning Commission from 1975-1999, and Chair of the Planning Commission from 1989 – 1998. … Continue Reading

Abandoned House Fire on Dry Hollow Road

March 26, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Abandoned House Fire on Dry Hollow Road
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Tuesday, March 24, at 12:43 p.m. fire and rescue units from Leesburg, Lansdowne, Lucketts, Hamilton and Ashburn responded to 41966 Dry Hollow Road in Leesburg for a reported house fire. Upon arrival of emergency personnel, they found an abandoned two story, single family home fully engulfed in fire. Once confirmed that the home was completely unoccupied, firefighters immediately initiated a defensive attack. The fire was quickly contained to the home, keeping it from spreading into nearby wooded areas. Crews remained on scene conducting extensive overhaul with the last units clearing the scene at 7:15 p.m.

The Loudoun County’s Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the cause of the fire to be arson and estimated the dollar loss at $280,000.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries as a result of this incident.

Parking Rates in Downtown Leesburg Change April 6

March 18, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns 3 comments
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Beginning April 6, rates for the Leesburg Town Hall Parking Garage and the on-street parking meters in downtown Leesburg will change.

The first hour of parking in the town hall parking garage will remain free. Downtown merchants offer validation to customers for one additional free hour of parking. After the first hour, parking in the garage will be $1 per hour with a daily maximum rate of $10. Rates apply in the garage from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking will free in the town hall parking garage after 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends and holidays.

Rates for on-street parking meters in downtown Leesburg will increase to $1.50 per hour. All downtown meters, with exception of the two 15-minute meters in front of the post office on East Market Street, will have a two-hour limit.

Renée LaFollette Named Director of Leesburg’s Department of Public Works and Capital Projects, Effective July 1

March 1, 2015 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Renée LaFollette Named Director of Leesburg’s Department of Public Works and Capital Projects, Effective July 1
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Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler announced at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting that Renée LaFollette has been selected to lead the newly combined Department of Public Works and Capital Projects, effective July 1.

Ms. LaFollette is the current Director of Capital Projects, a position she has held since June 2012. She first joined the Town of Leesburg in November 2000 as a Senior Engineer in the Department of Engineering and Public Works, with the Office of Capital Projects Management. In 2004, the office was separated into its own department. She was promoted to Deputy Director of Capital Projects in December 2009, and served as Acting Director from October 2011 until June 2012. … Continue Reading

Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration

November 30, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on Leesburg Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Kicks Off First Friday Celebration
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The Town of Leesburg invites locals and visitors to enjoy “the most wonderful time of the year” and experience a little holiday magic in historic downtown Leesburg. On Friday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m., join friends and neighbors and celebrate the start of the holiday season in Leesburg at the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting on the Town Green (25 West Market Street).

The festive ceremony will feature performances from local schools, the renowned Loudoun Chorale, and a holiday message from Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd. The crowd will be invited to join in a holiday sing-a-long and then the Mayor will “throw the switch” to light the beautiful tree. … Continue Reading

12th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Race Results

November 30, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns Comments Off on 12th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Race Results
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More than 800 runners and walkers came out and ‘froze their gizzards’ at Ida Lee Park on Saturday, November 22, 2014, as the Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Interfaith Relief, hosted the 12th annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Runners took on a cross-country course that featured several steep climbs and rugged terrain. The winning time for this year’s race was posted by Josh Showalter, of Leesburg, who completed the course in 16 minutes and 37 seconds. The top female finisher was Melissa Nestel, posting a time of 20 minutes and one second.

All runners and walkers were asked to bring canned food items to donate to Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s food pantry. This year, a grand total of 1,094 pounds of food was donated by Gizzard runners. … Continue Reading

5th Annual Monster Mash

October 17, 2014 by Contributor News, Our Towns 1 comment
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It will be a frightfully fun day at the Village at Leesburg Monster Mash on Saturday, October 25 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. For the fifth year in a row the community event will feature free hay rides, live music, strolling entertainment, festive food, trick-or-treating and non-stop family fun. New activities this year include a parade and pet costume contest. … Continue Reading

LCSO Investigates Domestic-Related Fatal Shooting in Potomac Station

June 11, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Investigates Domestic-Related Fatal Shooting in Potomac Station
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a domestic-related fatal shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon in the Potomac Station community.

Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on Shadow Terrace in Leesburg, around 2:45 p.m. where two adult family members were involved in a physical confrontation that ended in gunfire.

The victim, a 21-year-old Leesburg man, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

There was no threat to the community as the incident was contained to inside the home and all subjects involved in the incident have been identified. No names will be released at this time pending notification of next of kin and the continuing investigation

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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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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

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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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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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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

Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s 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 …

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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

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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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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Sports

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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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve 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

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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