“The perfect song for a moment in history in which there is- on its best day- constant terrible news and the ever-present background threat of nuclear annihilation.”
The Leesburg Town Council is considering acquiring the Westpark Golf Course, which has been a mainstay of the rapidly growing town for almost a half-century.
A standing-room-only crowd packed the council chambers as residents who live near the golf course implored the council to acquire it and keep it as open space. More than 100 people filled the room after learning that the property is for sale, and that it is zoned for commercial and residential development.
The Washington Post, Nov. 4, 2017
Turning to art, Gertrude Evans continues her vigil for civil rights
Loudouner, Fall 2017
“Played to mourners were Ankle Shackles by King Creosote; Cosmic Hero by Car Seat Headrest; Kennedy by The Wedding Present; Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen; Bye Bye Baby by Bay City Rollers and most aptly of all, Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now by his beloved Smiths.”
“This is not a well written song; this is an essential work of art.”
–Jackson Radley re: “Beach Life-in-Death” on medium.com, Oct. 20, 2017
“Yet rather than deficits, the singer-songwriter turns his nearly somnambulant stage presence and droning voice into virtues. ”
–Michael Toland in Austin Chronicle, Oct. 8, 2017
“Will Toledo is not a rockstar. But he knows how to read a crowd.”
“The Seattle-based quartet rolls Pavement hooks and guitar jams into Toledo’s ennui-drenched narratives, late-night streetlight anthems for a new generation of the cynically restless and bored slouching toward melodic escape.”
–Doug Freeman in The Austin Chronicle, Oct. 7, 2017
“Their indie bedroom confession rock ripped at Sound On Sound Fest last year. ”
–Eric Webb on Austin 360, Oct. 7, 2017
Over the past few weeks, Douglass School has taken the lead in a relief effort to help students in a Florida community that was devastated by Hurricane Irma last month. The project has given the students an opportunity to look past their own struggles, imagine what it would be like to lose everything and consider what they can do to help.
The Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2017
The Loudoun Board of Supervisors will not seek authority from the Virginia General Assembly in January to move or remove a statue of a Confederate soldier that stands in front of the county courthouse.
On Wednesday, the supervisors narrowly defeated a motion by Board Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) to request that the General Assembly amend state law to give the county discretion over the bronze statue, which was erected in 1908. Under state law, Virginia localities are not permitted to “disturb or interfere with” war memorials.
The Washington Post, Sept. 22, 2017
Breaux Vineyards opened the spring wine-tasting season this year with a supply of 2,000 high-end crystal wineglasses manufactured by Riedel. The popular winery in western Loudoun County has only about 200 of them left.
Customers are stealing them, company Vice President Jen Breaux said.
The Washington Post, Sept. 17, 2017
Two sinkholes that formed during the construction of a parking garage for the Loudoun County courts complex on the Pennington lot in downtown Leesburg have set the project back by about five months and raised the cost by more than $5 million.
The Washington Post, Sept. 10, 2017
One of the luncheon guests used to work in the White House. One taught African American children in a segregated school. One had been a fighter pilot. One grew up on a cotton farm.
Although the 15 people who gathered for lunch in Broadlands on Aug. 25 had diverse life stories, they also had a few things in common. All had volunteered their services to help others in the past year, and all were at least 90 years old.
The Washington Post, September 3, 2017