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Board Votes 9 to O to Approve Stronger Penalities On Overcrowding; Happy Birthday George Washington; Board Fails To Close Western Loudoun Substation Boondoggle

February 19, 2012

Board Votes 9 to O to Approve Stronger Penalities

The board of supervisors voted to pass stronger penalties for residents that use their houses for heavy commercial use. At my request the county attorney revealed that there are eight residents that continue to use their homes for heavy commercial use in spite of $5,000 in civil penalties.

In 2008 I asked for and received authority for Loudoun to pass stronger penalities. Last year 400 Sterling residents signed petitions asking for stronger penalities.

At the public hearing in January the BOS passed stronger penalities.

Leeburg Today reports "To address concerns about habitual zoning violators, the Board of Supervisors ... voted to strengthen the penalties and to allow for administrative warrants to enforce the residential overcrowding ordinance.

(and) The board unanimously adopted a change to the county ordinance that allows for criminal prosecution after civil penalties reach $5,000. The change puts into place the enabling authority granted by the General Assembly in 2008, and makes the violations a criminal misdemeanor.

Online News: Supervisors Back Criminal Zoning Fines
http://www.leesburg2day.com/news/article_b9d67ea2-5732-11e1-ac8c-001871e3ce6c.html

Happy Birthday George Washington

In 2012 we celebrate Washington's 280th Birthday!

Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. Washington was born on February 22, 1732.

The federal holiday Washington's Birthday honors the accomplishments of the man known as "The Father of his Country".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington's_Birthday


"Happy President's Day" too.

When you are referring to George Washington, one president.

"Happy Presidents' Day"

When you are referring to more than one President. (Lincoln's birthday, Washington, Jefferson's birthday, 2 other presidents have been added by federal, commerical and states).

It is commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents' Day or President's Day) by commerical and some states. As Washington's Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states, including Virginia.

Traditional Americans celebrate Washington's Birthday due to an act of Congress.


Washington's Birthday Parade Monday In Alexandria.

The parade is Monday February 20th. is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Get there and find a parking space if you can.

Washington's hometown of historic Alexandria, Virginia, hosts a month-long tribute, including the longest running George Washington Birthday parade

http://www.washingtonbirthday.net/events


Available: February 20th 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
FREE ADMISSION George Washington's Birthday Celebration

Celebrate the national observance of George Washington's birthday by visiting his home at Mt. Vernon FREE of charge on this day. The traditional wreathlaying ceremony takes place at Washington's Tomb followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green.

Join characters from the 18th century as they help visitors surprise General Washington with rousing birthday cheers! Doors open 8 a.m.

Admission is free to Mount Vernon on Monday, February 20, in honor of the national observance of George Washington's birthday.

http://www.mountvernon.org/calendar/view/2012-02-20/5023


Upcoming Board of Supervisors Budget Hearing
Wednesday February 22 2012
3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Consider coming to note your support for reductions in the budget or simply write the board at bos@loudoun.gov

Board Fails To Close Western Loudoun Substation Boondoggle

It may be just a nightmare. Supervisor Janet Clarke proposed the unnecessary Western station be eliminated. I promised you and others that I would support reductions and this was a big reduction. $8 million dollars in construction and $2 million dollars in operating costs ($10 million in savings).

Serious budget critics believed a station of any kind would be a complete waste due to the physical realities of a low crime area over a large area of Loudoun.

In spite of the my opposition to wasteful spending, the board voted six yes with Delgaudio and Clark "no" to fund the western loudoun substation at a "reduced" rate of "only" $5.7 million of the $8.3 million originally proposed.


Leesburg Today:Supervisors Approve Scaled-Back Western Sheriff's Substation
http://www.leesburg2day.com/news/article_01057afe-57d7-11e1-bdac-001871e3ce6c.html


FBI May Shut Down Internet for Millions on March 8, 2012

This is very serious. It does not concern most people.

According web-based sources, the FBI might shut off the internet for millions on March 8, 2012 in an attempt to rid the country's Internet infrastructure of the "DNS Changer Trojan."

We're going to show you how to check to see if your computer is infected, but first we're going to tell you a little about why this is happening.

The DNS Changer Trojan originated in Estonia and might have infected at least a half-million computers in the United States.

Service Website Discussing Issue

http://thundercloud.net/infoave/new/2012/02/fbi-may-shut-down-internet-for-millions-on-march-8-2012/


Website Set Up to Check DNS reader on computer

http://dns-ok.us/


FBI Link To check for Trojan

UNITED STATES v. VLADIMIR TSASTSIN, ET AL.

The FBI is seeking information from individuals, corporate entities and Internet Services Providers who believe that they have been victimized by malicious software ("malware") related to the defendants.

https://forms.fbi.gov/check-to-see-if-your-computer-is-using-rogue-DNS

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