Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Greater Herndon Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #64 hosted its annual charitable golf tournament on April 29.
Submitted to Patch by the Greater Herndon Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #64. This past Monday, the Greater Herndon Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #64 (FOP) hosted its Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament, benefitting the Cops & Kids Program and Police Unity Tour. Despite the questionable looking skies, the weather held out and everyone enjoyed a wonderful day of golf and friendship with members of our community. Together with the support of our sponsors and participants, we were able to bring in more than $19,906 to the FOP to assist in funding these programs. The team from Virginia Eagle Distributing, under the leadership of Mike Lewis, took home the trophy this year, posting an impressive score of 16 under par. The second place team…
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Virginia Education Association honored Herndon's delegate during its 150th anniversary.
The Virginia Education Association recognized Delegate Tom Rust as a "Legislative Champion" at its 150th anniversary and state conference last week. Rust was recognized for supporting public education during the 2013 General Assembly. During the 2013 General Assembly session, Delegate Rust co-patroned bills on allowing school boards to set their school calendar (HB1467 passed in the House, but failed in the Senate), requiring school boards to prohibit bullying in their policies and procedures (HB1871 will become law on July 1st), providing early intervention in reading and math for underachieving students (HB2068 will become law on July 1st), requiring teacher personnel records be confidential (HB1889 will become law on July 1st), …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Dr. Seuss was born March 2.
Andrew Coleman’s second-grade class had a special guest reader on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday last week. Del. Tom Rust joined the students at Dranesville Elementary School in Herndon to help them celebrate.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Two Democrats, one Republican are running for the 86th district; Democratic primary is June 11.
Two Democratic candidates, Jennifer Boysko and Herb Kemp, are running against Republican incumbent Tom Rust for 86th district House of Delegates. Before November's general election, Boysko and Kemp will square off in the June 11 primary later this spring. Here's the basics about each of the candidates, and where you can find more information. JENNIFER BOYSKO (D) • Originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, lived in Alabama for a number of years as a teen, and is a graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke. • First job was for US Senator Richard Shelby. She also worked as a legislative assistant for Bayless, Boland, Madigan and Barrett on policy issues such as NAFTA, telecommunications deregulation, and alternative fuels, among others. • Moved …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Bill, which would make texting while driving a primary offense with a fine of $250, has received wide bipartisan support,
The Virginia Legislature is vetting a number of bills that would implement harsher texting while driving laws, including Del. Tom Rust's (R-86) House Bill 1357. Last week, the house passed House Bill 1907, which increases the fine for the first texting-while-driving offense to $250 upon conviction, and $500 for each subsequent conviction. The current fine is $20. The bill passed the House in a 92-4 vote, and was unanimously supported by the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday. It is currently being vetted by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee. The legislation would make texting while driving a primary offense, which means police can stop someone just on the suspicion that a driver may be texting at the wheel. As it stands, …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Herndon, Arlington delegates work together to move bipartisan bill forward.
A bill that would allow certain undocumented students to receive in-state college tuition in Virginia cleared a key legislative hurdle Tuesday night and could see further consideration Wednesday morning. "This has been a very good day for this issue," state Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) told Patch late Tuesday. "I'm overjoyed that it's gotten this far. But the fact is that we've got a lot of work to do still. And I'm going to continue working with Republicans and Democrats to hopefully bring this home." Lopez introduced legislation modeled after the federal DREAM Act. Lawmakers on Tuesday combined it with a similar bill put forth by Del. Tom Rust (R-86), a Herndon Republican and chairman of the House Higher Education Subcommittee, and …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
"As much as the word “tax” is decried, Virginia’s transportation system cannot be sustained or improved without additional revenue."
Wednesday, January 16
By Delegate Tom Rust (R-86th) Since Governor McDonnell took office as governor, major investments have been made in Virginia’s transportation infrastructure. There have been approximately $1.8 billion in bonds sold, another $1.2 billion in GARVEE bonds proposed, savings and efficiencies in VDOT of $1.4 billion and creation of the Virginia Infrastructure Bank all of which are moving forward. Major projects in Virginia include the Downtown-Midtown tunnels in Hampton Roads, the I-95 improvements, the I-495 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes, the Route 460 improvements, the Silver Metro Line, all totaling approximately $14 billion in projects. All of this is applied to the Virginia highway system — approximately 126,000 miles — the third largest …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Constituents in Rust's 86th district question tolls, transportation alternatives, taxes.
Constituents in the 86th district were able to hear an update from Del. Tom Rust, as well as ask their own questions, during his town hall meeting on Saturday at the Herndon Council Chambers. Rust said during the first three days in session they heard about 2,000 bills. He said Virginia is one of four states in the country with a AAA bond rating, and is fiscally conservative due to its constitutional requirement to have a balanced budget. “Money is basically what drives everything down there,” Rust said. He said it doesn’t matter what the issue is, “if we don’t have the money, we don’t do it.” Rust said currently Medicaid takes up 21 percent of the entire general fund budget and is growing at an unsustainable rate. One resident in …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Here's how to reach your local senators and delegates during the 2013 Virginia General Assembly.
The Virginia General Assembly convened at noon today for its 2013 session. In odd-numbered years, the General Assembly meets for 30 days, with the option to extend the session for a maximum of another 30 days. The General Assembly consists of the House of Delegates with 100 members and the Senate with 40 members. The 140 elected representatives are from an equal number of constituent districts across the commonwealth. Herndon's representatives are: Virginia Senate 2013 Senator Mark Herring Member Since 2006 - Democrat District 33, including the Town of Herndon Email: email@example.com Alternate Email: District33@senate.virginia.gov Phone during session: 804-698-7533 Phone not in session: 703-729-3300 Senator Janet Howell Member …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Meetings on Tom Rust's plans for Virginia's 2013 General Assembly planned Jan. 7 and 12.
On Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly begins its 2013 Session, which will last for 45 days. Del. Tom Rust (R-86th), who represents Herndon and parts of Sterling Park, Oak Hill and Chantilly, has announced several ways for constituents to stay informed and to make their views known during the session. Rust will hold three town hall meetings open to the public as he begins his work: • 7 p.m. Monday at Rachel Carson Middle School, 13618 McLearen Rd., Oak Hill. A representative from Virginia Department of Transportation will be on hand to discuss snow removal procedures. • 9 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Herndon Town Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St., Herndon • 11 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St., Sterling Local …