Monday notes: Airport noise complaints; McKay on Metro funding; jury duty scam, stables update

Embark Meeting

Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay, right with microphone, and Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck, far left, give a presentation at Saturday’s Embark Richmond Highway community meeting. (Jeff McKay image)

McKay calls for dedicated funding

Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay published an op-ed in The Washington Post this weekend that calls for the state of Virginia to recognize the importance of Metro and VRE to the state’s overall revenue. McKay, who also serves as chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and is a member of Virginia’s Transit Capital Project Revenue Advisory Board, cited a study that showed that for every dollar Virginia invests in Metro and VRE, it receives about $2.50 in return. 

“It is time for Virginia’s legislators to come together and find sufficient and permanent revenue that can be dedicated to transit,” McKay wrote, adding that “costs associated with world-class rail service are undeniably high, but so is the return.”

Read the full op-ed on the Post website

Complaints add up

Residents in the Fort Hunt and Mount Vernon have made their frustration heard when it comes to the increased noise from planes landing at Reagan National Airport. A new study released by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority shows that residents of the Alexandria area of Fairfax County — a new category added last year — accounted for the highest number of noise complaints in 2016. 

Residents in neighborhoods to the east of Richmond Highway have organized and enlisted local politicians to help with the noise issue, which started when the FAA implemented the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) at Reagan National Airport in 2015. Residents from other areas, including Maryland and the District of Columbia, have also mobilized to get answers from the FAA about what can be done. 

Read the full article here.

Woodlawn stables update

It’s been three years since Woodlawn Stables was forced to close due to the Route 1 widening project at Fort Belvoir. The closing of the stables, a community fixture on Richmond Highway for more than four decades, was controversial and a deep loss for many residents.

Since that time, the family that owned the stables has relocated operations to Jeffersonton, Virginia, taking their lesson horses and reopening as “Claddagh Farm.” It’s a smaller facility than the original 60-acre Woodlawn Stables, but the family has worked to begin a new chapter in their generations-old business.


Jury duty scam

The Fairfax County Police are warning citizens to be on the lookout for telephone scammers claiming to be from the county’s sheriff’s office. The fake “deputies” claim that you’ve missed jury duty and that a warrant has been issued. The scammers, who are asking for store gift cards, pre-paid debit cards or money orders to pay fictional court costs and fines, are sophisticated enough to spoof caller IDs.

Read more on the FCPD blog

College football updates
  • Nebraska wideout De’Mornay Pierson-El, a 2014 West Potomac graduate, led the Cornhuskers in receiving during their 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois on Saturday. Pierson-El finished with eight catches for 101 yards — both career highs for the senior.
  • Villanova freshman receiver Josh McGrigg, a 2016 Mount Vernon graduate, had two catches for 18 yards in the Wildcats’ 59-0 win over Layfayette.

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