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The Comstock Connection 5.16.13
Thursday, May 16, 2013
is almost here! As always, we want to keep up to date with you in the 34th
District and hear from you on any of your concerns. Thank you all for your
continued input, advice and support.
don't hesitate to contact my office on matters
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Young Women's Leadership Program Kick-Off
Saturday, May 11th was the kick-off event for our Young Women
Program. It's a privilege and a pleasure to
meet such a great group of impressive young women from around the Northern Virginia area. It is my hope
that this program will inspire the next generation of female leaders to bring their intelligence, drive and solutions to
every aspect of their careers. A special thanks to all the parents
who came out on Mother's Day weekend to support their daughters at the
Delegate Comstock With The 2013 Inaugural Class Of The Young Women's
This Leadership Program
will provide young women enrolled in
junior high and high school the opportunity to meet and interact with women in leadership positions in
government, politics and business. There
will be periodic activities which include but are not limited to a trip to meet
Facebook executives, a summit with technology leaders at
the Center for Innovative Technology and a tour of CNN and Meet the Press
Several Members Of The Leadership Program Participate In An Ice-Breaker
Activity At The Kick-Off
Recap: "Human Trafficking In Our Backyard" Community Forum
On Friday, May 3rd,
I hosted a community forum with Congressman Frank
Wolf, Delegate Tim Hugo and the Richmond Justice Initiative at the McLean
events show us that the trafficking of young girls is as much a domestic issue
that is happening right here in our Northern Virginia community as it is a
global problem. For
more information about the event and recent cases in Northern Virginia, click here.
would like to thank Detective Bill Woolf, the members of the Fairfax County
Police Department and other local law enforcement for the work they do on a
day-to-day basis to bring justice for trafficking victims in our community. I am
also encouraged by all the resources, volunteers and education efforts of
non-profits and agencies like the Richmond Justice Initiative, Youth for
Tomorrow and the National Center for Exploited Children. A special thanks also
to Congressman Frank Wolf, Delegate Tim Hugo and Sara Pomeroy for serving as our
is only the beginning of our efforts in addressing this issue. I will continue
to make the education of our families, friends and neighbors on human
trafficking a legislative priority in order to ensure that our children will not
become future victims of this violence.
the education effort is one way to combat this issue at a grassroots level and
become more effective advocates against human sex trafficking.
of Distracted Driving and Texting While Driving Town Hall
Thanks to Lt. Rudy Landon with the Loudoun
County Sheriff's Office, Tom Pecoraro with I Drive Smart, Janet Brooking with
Drive Smart Virginia and Algonkian Supervisor Suzanne Volpe for joining us for
our Texting While Driving Town Hall in Potomac Falls on Tuesday, May
Panelists At Texting While Driving Town Hall (from left to right): Lt. Rudy
Landon, Tom Pecoraro, Janet Brooking, Delegate Comstock, Supervisor Suzanne
dangerous and even deadly situations have occurred from this increasing problem.
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving increased crash risk by 2300 percent. As of July
enforcement officers will be empowered to stop a driver
and immediately issue a citation to an individual who is texting
while driving. The penalty issued would
include $125 for the first offense and $250 for each offense
this video from our community forum to hear more safe driving tips, information
on the new law and a recap of the General Assembly session relating to
advocating for safe driving.
Delegate Barbara Comstock's Texting While Driving Town Hall (Potomac Falls,
School Class Size Working Group
Meeting with Virginia Board of Education President, David
Working Group on Class Size that has met periodically had a meeting on Monday,
May 13th with Virginia Board of Education President, Dave Foster. At the behest
of this working group made up of parents of school children throughout the
area, I introduced legislation this year to provide equity in class size across
the county by changing the way the school district can average their class size
from a division-wide county ratio to a school-wide ratio.
While the legislation did not pass this year, an Education
subcommittee did submit questions to the Virginia Board of Education to clarify
definitions on how class sizes are determined since the experience of many of
these parents is that their child's class size often exceeds those presented as
the official class sizes at schools on their official websites. Of course class
size and the variations of class sizes throughout a county are determined by the
School Board and local officials, but I will continue to work with these
concerned parents to highlight the need for fairness in class size
determinations throughout the county and to make sure that resources are
more justly allocated throughout Fairfax and Loudoun
Falls Day And Congratulations To Colvin Run Mill
We had gorgeous weather for Great Falls Day on
Sunday May 5th. The Great Falls Historical Society hosted this event as a
celebration of the listing of Georgetown Pike on the National Register of
Historic Places. This is the only road in the nation that has been included on
the list. Construction of the Georgetown Pike began in 1813 -
exactly 200 years ago - and was completed in 1827.
I'm also pleased to report
that Colvin Run Mill was recently awarded a $75,000 grant in the Partners
in Preservation grant competition that ended on May 10th.
Colvin Run Mill was one of about
two dozen finalists in the DC metro area historic preservation contest, which
included public voting.
The $75,000 will be used, in
part, to restore the 18th century grain elevator to working order.
Partners in Preservation was a joint venture of American Express and the
National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grand prize grant winner was the
Washington National Cathedral in DC.
New Lyme Disease Test In Development At George Mason
In recognition of May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month, I
joined my colleagues Delegate Hugo and Delegate Ramadan for a meeting with
researchers from George Mason University's Center for Applied Proteomics and
Molecular Medicine (CAPMM) and business partner Ceres Nanoscience to learn more
about a new technology that will dramatically improve detection of Lyme Disease.
researcher and Mason Assistant Professor Dr. Alessandra Luchini, recently named
as one of the "Brilliant 10" scientists under the age of 40 by Popular
Science magazine, her
team and their partners at Ceres Nanoscience have been dedicated to refining
their work on a new technology called a Nanotrap that will dramatically improve
detection of Lyme Disease at much earlier stages. Dr. Chip Petricoin,
Co-Director of CAPMM and Director of Science at Ceres Nanoscience explained the
Nanotrap as a "vacuum cleaner for infectious disease markers", able to "identify
evidence of the disease when it is 2000 times smaller" than what can be
identified with current testing processes. Dr. Lance Liotta, also co-director of
CAPMM and Director of Science at Ceres Nanoscience, noted that use of the
Nanotrap test will "dramatically reduce the false negatives of current testing
processes and lead to earlier and greatly improved treatment outcomes for those
suffering from Lyme Disease."
the 2013 General Assembly Session, I sponsored legislation which aimed to
improve citizen understanding of the weaknesses of current testing. The
passage of House Bill 1933 is a great step in raising awareness about this
terrible disease and the high incidence of patients receiving false negative
tests. I have heard from many of my constituents about how they or someone in
their life suffers from Lyme Disease. So often, they go untreated and
undiagnosed for months and even years. I'm pleased that we were able to pass
this bill which focuses on getting information about testing problems directly
to patients so they can seek additional testing, if necessary, as well as
Last year, I passed a resolution to permanently designate May
as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Virginia. The resolution was passed by both
the House of Delegates and the Senate unanimously and will help to raise
awareness about this debilitating disease. In recognition of this resolution,
last year the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors declared 2012 "Lyme Disease
Awareness Year," created the Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission, and adopted a
ten-point action plan to mitigate Lyme
of Asia" Event
Friday, May 10th, we attended the Asian Chamber of Commerce's "Taste of Asia"
event at the Boys & Girls Club in Fairfax. This event was a celebration of
Asian heritage month which featured business networking, Asian cultural
performance, games, Asian food tasting, tea tasting, and
For Tomorrow "Burgundy and Gold" Banquet
|Delegate Comstock with Kiersten and Bruce Allen, Washington
Redskins General Manager, at the Burgundy and Gold Banquet.
Youth For Tomorrow, the
Washington Redskin's Charitable Foundation, hosted their 24th Annual Burgundy
and Gold Banquet on Wednesday, March 15th. It was a pleasure to join them and
support providing a safe, healthy and compassionate environment for at-risk
youth who have been abandoned, abused or otherwise alienated from family and
Founded by Joe Gibbs and under
the leadership of Gary Jones for 30 years now, Youth For Tomorrow's mission is
to provide these youth with the opportunity and motivation to focus their lives
and develop their confidence, skills, intellectual ability, spiritual insight
and moral integrity to become responsible and productive members of
society. Youth For Tomorrow is also a great partner in the fight against human
trafficking as the Foundation provides help to those who are victims of this
3rd Annual Loudoun Lyme 5K Run/
On Sunday, May 19th National Capital Lyme Disease Association will be
hosting their 3rd Annual Loudoun Lyme 5K Run/ Walk in Purcellville at Loudoun
Valley High School. For more information about the event, click here.
NatCap Lyme will be honoring Dr.
Jorge Arias, Environmental Health Supervisor of the Fairfax County Health
Department among others at this event. An expert in vector-borne diseases, Dr.
Arias directs the Fairfax County Disease Carrying Insects Program focusing on
Lyme and West Nile virus. Dr. Arias is responsible for major contributions to
the battle against Lyme Disease, including educational literature for both
Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. My colleague, Senator Dick Black, and myself will
also be recognized at this event for our work at the General Assembly and for
our support of Lyme patient causes. I hope to see you there!
us for the McLean Community Center's (MCC) annual community festival McLean Day
2013: "Celebrating Our Hometown." on Saturday, May 18. McLean Day 2013 will be
held from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road.
Admission is free.
For festival updates,
driving directions, shuttle bus stop locations and a festival area map, visit:
www.mcleancenter.org/special-events or call the
center at 703-790-0123/TTY: 711. The center's telephone will be answered from
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the festival.
Viva Vienna Festival
Rotary Club of Vienna sponsors the ViVa! Vienna!
event, which celebrates the unity and strength of the Vienna community and
honors Memorial Day. This event, a time of family fun and pleasure, serves as a
major fund raising opportunity for the Rotary Club so that it may, in turn,
provide support for charitable, educational and community groups.
Vienna! is complete with amusement rides, food, crafts, vendors and
entertainment - fun for all ages! Vendors include handcraft artisans, retail
vendors, professionals, political parties and candidates, and community and
non-profit organizations. 50,000 guests and over 300 vendors are expected to
attend. The event will take place Saturday May 25th- Monday, May 27th from 10:00
a.m.- 10:00 p.m. For more information and festival updates, click here.
Save The Date
- Every Friday- McLean Farmer's Market from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at
Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean Virginia 2210
- Every Saturday- Great Falls Farmer's Market from 9:00 a.m.-1:00
p.m. at the Great Falls Village Green Day School, 790 Walker Rd., Great Falls,
- First Wednesday of Each Month- McLean Citizens Association Meetings at 8:00 p.m.
at the McLean Community Center,1234 Ingleside Ave.,McLean, Virginia 22101
- Second Tuesday of Each Month- Great Falls Citizens Association Meetings at 7:30
p.m. at the Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, Virginia
May 18- McLean Day 2013
from 10:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road,
McLean, Virginia 22101.
May 18- Celebration of
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. at the
home of Michelle and Chris Olson, 6615 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia
May 19th- NatCap Lyme
Loudoun Lyme Disease 5K- 1M Fun Run from 6:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. at Loudoun
Valley High School, 340 N Maple Avenue, Purcellville VA 20132.
May 19th- Synchrony
Amadeus Orchestra Concert from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. at Saint Luke
Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101
May 25th- Sterling
Volunteer Fire Company 11th Annual 9-1-1 5K Fun Run from 7:30 a.m.- 9:30
a.m. at Lowes Island Community Center, 47620 Saulty Drive, Sterling, VA 20165.
May 25th- Korean
American Cultural Committee Bell Garden Celebration from 11:00 a.m.-
12:00 p.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court,
Vienna, Virginia 22182.
May 25th- Monday, May 27th- Viva Vienna Festival
from 10:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m. at 245 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180.
May 26th- 4th Annual
Mela- Regional Indian-American Event from 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Bull
Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, Virginia 20121.
May 27th- McLean
American Legion Post 270 Memorial Day Ceremony and Reception
at 11:00 a.m. at McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, Virginia
Monday, May 27th- Memorial Day Ceremony At
Great Falls Freedom Memorial, at 11:00 a.m. at 9830 Georgetown Pike,
Great Falls, Virginia 22066.
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