The iconic Christmas tree is back up at Village at Leesburg !! Here it is under this evening's sunset 😍
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The iconic Christmas tree is back up at Village at Leesburg !! Here it is under this evening's sunset 😍
Free food boxes containing fruits, vegetables, dairy, and dry goods will be available for families in need this Friday, November 20 in our church parking lot. If that is you, drive up at 4:00 p.m. and we'd love to get one into your hands. Anyone else can help us out by sharing with those you know who could be blessed by this opportunity!
NEW MEASURES: Virginia Gov. limits in-person gatherings, issues on-site alcohol curfew starting ‘midnight on Sunday, November 15’
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Loudoun County Government
The next #Loudoun County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event is Saturday, November 21, at Claude Moore Park in Sterling from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Social distancing measures will be in place and proof of residency is required. For more details including accepted materials and household limits visit loudoun.gov/hhw.
I stopped in the Food Lion for a couple things today and learned they’re giving 10% off to Veterans and their family members today, in observance of Veterans Day. This one isn’t listed at the link. Are other local places offering discounts that our vets should know about?
2020 Veterans Day discounts, free meals, deals and sales. The biggest list of offers available to veterans and active duty military.
Update on schools.
Tonight the LCPS School Board approved a plan that allows children requesting hybrid in person learning to return to school for two days a week. Grades K-2 are already in hybrid learning model and Grades 3-5 hybrid will begin on 1 December (this is Stage 3). A survey will be sent tomorrow (November 11th) and stay open through November 20th. It will be open to all families, who must chose between 100% distance learning and hybrid learning starting Second Semester (January 21st, 2021). All families with children K-12 who choose hybrid on the November survey will return for hybrid classes on January 21st (stage 4). The motion made by Mr. Serotkin and approved as amended by the board is below.
I move that the School Board approve the start of Stage 3 of implementation of the hybrid model on December 1, to include students from the following three groups whose parents/guardians selected the hybrid model for the first semester: students in grades 3 through 5; seniors attending the Academy of Engineering and Technology; and seniors attending the Academy of Science.
I further move that the School Board approve the start of Stage 4 of implementation of the hybrid model on January 21st, encompassing all students who select hybrid learning for second semester.
I further move that the School Board, understanding that a large number of parent/guardian requests for the hybrid learning model would necessitate modifications to the hybrid implementation plan, and in accordance with the limited deviations from the Phase Guidance for Virginia Schools already approved in the School Board’s June 29th resolution, direct LCPS staff to design classroom layouts for second semester with the center of each desk spaced six feet apart from the center of adjacent desks, if necessary. In classrooms in which spacing is reduced, there will be no reduction in distance between the teacher and the students.
I further move that the School Board direct LCPS staff to plan for concurrent hybrid and 100% distance learning classes for secondary students as staff prepares for implementation of the hybrid model for secondary students in the second semester, with concurrent learning involving direct instruction and interactive learning for hybrid model and 100% distance learning model participants.
I further move that principals be given the flexibility to work with teacher teams at their school to develop and implement a variety of approaches to concurrent instruction such as time for guided independent practice, small group work, and whole group experiences.
Traditional Christmas photos with Santa, an 1800s sleigh and a "reindeer"
Loudoun Schools Superintendent Leaving For Houston Area Job
Loudoun School Superintendent Eric Williams was named the sole finalist for superintendent of a school district in the Houston area.
Help wanted.... temp position
Assist students in the classroom while their teacher works virtually. #SayYestoFCPS
How and where to get free meals for all children in Loudoun County.
School Nutrition and Fitness provides a districts nutrition services department with the tools and information needed to get the word out about the program. Providing parents students and teachers with the resources to help raise and healthy generation.
American Idol can count 130 million votes in a commercial break. This is annoying.
(for those that don't recognize it... this is sarcasm, and it's supposed to be funny)
Free Covid testing.
Keep up to date about coronavirus disease 2019. Text LCCOVID19 to 888777 to receive text alerts from Loudoun County about COVID-19. Details at loudoun.gov/coronavirus
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YAY... HS sports are a go....
BOO... looks like LCPS will not allow live spectators...
High school sports in Virginia are a go!
What area parks have pavilions with fireplaces?
My heart has been breaking thinking about kids not being able to go see Santa this year at the mall. But I think some of our local businesses are stepping up in a big way to help make it different-but-still-special. Here are two great examples I've seen.
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Oh I love this. I mean.. I hate it because I would rather have the normal parade, but I get it... and so since we can't have that, I do love this! Thank you Kiwannas.
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A very cool time laps of fog yesterday, footage from Bluemont, overlooking Loudoun.
How cool is this?! The Fog as seen from above!
Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
Madison Bartlett was located safe on Saturday after she left her Aldie home Wednesday on her own accord.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their assistance.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a teenager who was last seen Wednesday night at her home in Aldie.
Madison Bartlett, 15, left her home on Boomerang Terrace on her own accord around 8:40 p.m. on October 21, 2020. She is described as being 5’2” tall, 175 pounds with dyed hair and brown eyes. There is concern for her well-being due to mental and/or physical health concerns.
If you have any information regarding Madison’s whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021.
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Male in Custody for Unlawfully Entering Stone Hill Middle School with a Hammer
Loudoun County, VA (October 15, 2020) – A male is in custody and an investigation is underway regarding an adult male who unlawfully entered Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn with a hammer.
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Stone Hill Middle School, 23415 Evergreen Ridge Drive in Ashburn at approximately 12:17 pm, after receiving a call that a male carrying a hammer made entry into the school. School officials immediately placed the school in lockdown.
Deputies located the male in an empty classroom and he was taken into custody without incident. The school was occupied by staff and a small group of students. The male had no contact with any of the students and there were no injuries reported.
Prior to the call at Stone Hill Middle School, deputies were investigating a call in the 23000 block of Cypress Glen Square in Ashburn, for a report of a suspicious male carrying a hammer trying to make entry into a residence.
At this time the investigation is continuing and more information will be released when available.
This dog was seen on Mount Gilead Rd this evening. Does anyone know him (or her)?
Not only is the library open but you can now vote there! YAY
We are so excited to tell you that we now have a Ballot Drop Box located at Rust Library! Ours is located near the Information desk up against one of our pillars. Now you have the convenience of dropping off your absentee ballot at the library! You have until Oct. 23 to request an absentee ballot. For further information on absentee and early voting you can go to loudoun.gov/novemberelection.
Funds are being funneled to help facilitate bringing broadband to more addresses in the Commonwealth.
Broadband is to today’s economy like electricity was generations ago—when you have it, you can get ahead. That's why we are directing $30 million in CARES Act funding to fast-track broadband projects across Virginia amid the #COVID19 pandemic.
It’s a special day when Miss Frizzle steps off her Magic School Bus to deliver you a stack of books to read.
That is exactly how students at three Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) elementary schools were greeted when the “Book Bus” made its inaugural trip on Monday, Sept. 21.
The Book Bus is a collaborative effort of several departments, including Instruction, Planning, Transportation and School Nutrition. On Mondays, the buses delivering meals during distance learning make extended stops at designated locations to deliver books from school libraries that have been requested through an online form. Students may access the form to request books on their school’s website. This map (https://tinyurl.com/yxfjvovg) illustrates the Book Bus stops.
To view full article visit, https://tinyurl.com/y3fwfdvr
A few extra pics that didn’t post this morning.
Dawn at Ida Lee
Hope you have a sunshiny day!￼￼
Village at Leesburg
UPDATE: CMX Cinemas Village 14 (formerly Cobb Theatres) is opening TOMORROW! 🍿 CMX Cinemas is thrilled to welcome you back and wants to keep you and their employees safe. Learn more about their safety requirements (like masks and reduced capacity) and buy your tickets here: https://www.cmxcinemas.com/
Sharing (with permission) from a friend. She has three school aged children for whom she collects lunch. It's free. For ALL. Every Day M-F.
Details on the FREE LUNCH FOR ALL program available at local Loudoun County Public Schools is found at the link: https://lcpshealthycafe.org/
Thanks to Caleb Kershner for sharing this news in his newsletter (which I am copying here).
Emergency Broadband Plan Passed!
On September 15, the Board voted 8-1 to approve our five-point Emergency Broadband Implementation Plan, which will speed up broadband deployment to the underserved (or just unserved) areas of Western Loudoun County.
Building on the foundation laid by previous Boards and by the Communications Commission, we have crafted a strategy to get real broadband access for Western Loudoun. I'm grateful to my staff for helping me put this plan together, and to Supervisor Buffington and Chair Randall for joining me in sending it to the Board meeting.
Here are the 5 points of the plan:
1. Implement the recommendations from the Board's own 2019 Critical Communications Infrastructure Improvement Item and 2018 Broadband Strategic Plan.
This will involve decreasing the cost and processing time for crucial communications infrastructure, including fast-tracking monopole applications and reducing or eliminating the SPEX fees for those applications.
This is hugely important, because as of July 2019, no new towers had been built in Western Loudoun in the past 5 years. Our County is still missing at least 17 towers that were identified as needed in our 2014 Wireless Gap Analysis. We finally got more tower applications this year (Morven Park, Taylorstown), but the high fees and processing times are still a massive barrier to new monopole development. If we want real broadband out here, we've got to fix that.
2. Expedite the Dark Fiber Wide Area Network contract that the Board approved in 2019.
This involves extending a dark fiber network to County facilities (which we very much needed), then using the spare fiber to attract internet service providers, who would be willing to lease it for middle mile fiber access to extend broadband to rural residences and businesses.
Middle mile fiber availability has been a persistent problem in Western Loudoun. Creating and leasing this spare fiber can solve that difficulty for service providers who would otherwise be interested in connecting our residents with real broadband access.
3. Overlay Loudoun County's Wireless Gap Analysis with the SEGRA Dark Fiber Wide Area Network to create an active tracking document of telecommunications projects that have been completed, are in process, or are planned for the future.
This one is sheer common sense. Let's map our broadband needs against our new dark fiber network and projects, and then let's make it publicly accessible, so everyone can see what connectivity will be coming to their area.
4. Identify funding to complete the Dark Fiber Wide Area Network buildout for the Bluemont Community Center, Philmont Community Center, Philmont Fire and Rescue, Loudoun Heights Fire and Rescue and Loudoun Height Public Safety Radio Tower.
This is an essential part of speeding up our dark fiber network construction (Point 2 of the plan). Funding for this could potentially include additional CARES Act funds.
5. Identify additional solutions to deploy critical broadband to underserved areas of Loudoun County as identified in the 2014 Wireless Gap Analysis, and any other impactful solutions that would merit further consideration by the Board.
This would look at a buildout of the remaining towers that were identified in the 2014 Wireless Gap Analysis in order to provide an expedited, comprehensive solution.
So that's the plan. It's designed to cut through the complex, multi-layered mess that's been slowing down our broadband infrastructure. Previous Boards have lined up the research, identified the problems, and given us the pieces we needed; this proposal assembles those pieces into a real-world broadband solution.
Staff is analyzing all five of these options right now and figuring out how to implement them. They will come back to the Board on October 20 with a detailed plan to make this broadband acceleration happen - especially for areas with underserved LCPS students and families, who need broadband more urgently than ever.
I’m told it’s National Coffee Day which translates to free coffee at Starbucks, Dunkin and even 7-11!
Come on now, friends, this is NOT COOL. If it was just a gag, just put them back.
COVID-19 Business Interruption Fund
Eligible businesses can apply now for $5,000 grants from Loudoun County. The application window will close at noon on September 30.
Did you ask “Alexa” what Mariah Carey’s thought of the day is?
What’s YOUR #ThoughtOfTheDay?
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