Calls for Governor Northam’s Resignation Cast Light on Broader Problem

I believe these calls for the resignation of Governor Northam are premature. We do not yet know all of the facts regarding the circumstances of the disgusting and now infamous picture brought to light Saturday featured in the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Until all of those facts come to light regarding that photo, I believe we must show restraint and instead focus on the facts that we do know. We know that Governor Northam has spent a life in service. Whether it be to children as a pediatrician, fellow soldiers in the army, or to his constituents as a State Senator, Lieutenant Governor, and now as Governor. He has a public service record of standing up for and serving all Virginians regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. A most recent example is Medicaid expansion, which went into effect at the beginning of the year, a credit to Governor […]

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Live Positively by Managing Your Ego

Living positively is a cornerstone to a good life. Whether you’re at work, the gym, or at home; having a positive mentality opens your world to happiness, opportunity, and success. Now as much as we want living positively to be as easy as remembering to look on the bright side of things, it’s not always that easy. Living positively requires an incredible amount of discipline, commitment, and often external support. Now assuming that all of that commitment doesn’t scare you off, let’s take a look at what’s in store when you decide it’s time to live positively. 1. You have to learn how to live positively. High-five for stating the obvious! But, seriously, living positively is a constant effort that requires a commitment to consistently learn and apply new techniques that work for you. Just as each of us changes as time goes on, so too must we adapt our […]

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Open Letter and Comment to the National Park Service Re: Draft Jones Point Park Recreation and Visitor Services Plan

Open letter and comment to the National Park Service in response to the draft for public review: Jones Point Park: Recreation and Visitor Services Plan. I appreciate the National Park Service’s attention towards Jones Point Park. Over the past few months, I have been supporting Balance Paddleboarding, a Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) social enterprise that has been operating with a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) as a Guide and Outfitter (http://balancepaddleboarding.com). During that time, as part of the Balance Paddleboarding team, I have helped lead Spring and Summer large clean-up events in partnership with the Potomac Conservancy. Additionally, I have worked with Balance Paddleboarding in supporting several ongoing litter clean-up initiatives that engage visitors to take responsibility and remove trash from the river by providing monetary incentives. Over this period, I have spent, on average, 8 hours every Saturday and Sunday at Jones Point Park. This time spent has provided me with […]

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Public Comment on North Henry Liberty Hours

Open letter and comment to Alexandria City in regards to the North Henry Liberty Station’s application to extend hours of operations (SUP2016-00064).  Hello Ms. Horowitz, I am a resident of North Henry Street and live in close proximity to 442 N Henry Street, the subject of SUP2016-00064. I would like to express my support for the proposed amendment to extend North Henry Liberty Service Station’s (MetroMotor’s) hours of operation. I can attest to their quality as neighbors and their care and commitment to the betterment of our community. Below I will provide multiple examples of their commitment, which I have personally witnessed since moving to my home in March of 2015. Throughout my time as their neighbor, I have seen Hamood and his team make numerous proactive efforts to seek feedback from the surrounding community for actions that they can take to improve the neighborhood. Just this past week, I mentioned to Joseph, a member […]

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