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March 17, 2014

Your Sterling Supervisor


Dear Sterling American

Wind blowing through Sterling Today. The board was meeting every day this past week. Monday was a "transit summit", Tuesday was a Finance committee, Wed. was a Public Hearing to 10 p.m., Tonite Thursday is a budget worksession and then Friday 9 a.m. was a land use committee where I made the 3 member quorum necessary for the committee to meet.

Then I was sick from Very late Friday to early Sunday and now have fully recovered.


Saint Patrick's Day Song for Children | St. Patrick's Day Songs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA-YGKN7k_o

ALL SCHOOLS CLOSED MONDAY

Due to the snow storm all Loudoun Schools are closed Monday March 17.

ONE MORE MEETING BEFORE TAX RATE SET.

The board of supervisors will meet 19 March 4:00 p.m. for a BOS General Business Meeting
(with public input as early as 6:00). If you can not make it, write bos@loudoun.gov

Cora asked me: "Have our taxes gone up again? I'm trying to retire and now my mortgage payments are up 50 a month. What gives?"

I wrote Cora back:

(See what I said by clicking on the link)

The tax rate is being set now during budget time by the board of supervisors.

The assessments have all gone up due to economic factors which is not bad.

What would be bad is if the board did not adjust the TAX RATE down so that the AMOUNT of money you pay does not goes up .

Some board members seem to believe that just keeping the rate "even" is sufficient for economic policy in the county. And if extremely hard with various "budget realities".

I believe that we should adjust the rate down so that the amount of money collected stays the SAME. Some board members have sincerely said the same thing several times and I treasure those remarks.

I attempt to explain this hard position on my part in a friendly manner to the new board members. Some describe my position as unrealistic.

Last Saturday, with respect, I outlined some of my positions for honest ideas to reduce some spending in significant -- but typical Hon. Eugene Delgaudio - fashion. This was done at the joint School Board BOS meeting.

I support any proposals to reduce spending unless they unfairly single out Sterling or disproportionally one district.

Sheriff investigating reports of harassment in Sterling

The Sheriff is investigating reports of two suspicious men who were allegedly harassing middle schoolers in Sterling.

According to a police report, at around 4:05 p.m. March 6, three middle school girls were walking home on S. Sterling Boulevard and W. Poplar Street when they noticed they were being followed by a white passenger van with two men in the car. Both men tried talk to the girls.

At one point, one of the girls began walking on her own, prompting the passenger in the van to jump out of the car and grab her hand. The girl pulled away and fled unharmed.

The two suspects were described as young men in their teens.

The incident was reported to the Sterling Middle School resource officer May 7, who then informed his superiors at the LCSO.

Releases Additional Composite Sketch of Suspect in Sterling Armed Robbery Series

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Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office have released an additional composite sketch of a suspect believed to be involved in four armed robberies in the Sterling, Virginia area, the most recent being on Valentine's Day.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office was able to develop the two sketches based on information received from two different robbery victims during the week of February 9th.

If you have any information regarding the possible identity of the suspect you are asked to call Detective M. Grimsley or Detective C. Cunningham of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475.


FIRE IN STERLING

There was a fire this past week early in the morning on East Charlotte Street in Sterling and Fire and Rescue arrived on the location to put out the fire at a private home. No one was hurt but the house is going to need some repair.

I thanked the volunteers --Fire Head Byron Andrews was on the scene---- who serve Sterling and was given a cup of coffee by CHAPLAIN GRANT who is always there with his canteen truck providing help to the victims of any tragedy. Grant turned 78 last month.


Photos of Andrews and Grant

The public account is as follows: click on the link.

A house caught fire this morning in Sterling Park, causing $125,000 worth of damage.

According to a report from the Loudoun Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management received a 911 call just before 9 a.m. for a fire at 301 Charlotte Street in Sterling Park.

Firefighters from eight area stations responded to the scene, a found a one-story, single family home on fire with significant smoke conditions. Crews found fire in the basement of the house and mounted an interior attack while searching for people in the house. Firefighters were able to determine the house was unoccupied at the time of the blaze.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal's Office determined the fire was accidental and originated in the dryer. No one was hurt, but one man has been displaced.


STERLING FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

Please help us keep these projects going by eating at:
Joe's Pizzaria 22360 S Sterling Blvd, Sterling, VA 20164 (703) 444-9500 http://joespizzaria.com/
On WEDNESDAY, March 26th From 5-8 pm
Joe's will generously donate a percentage of the receipts from that evening (including take-out orders - must mention Sterling Foundation when ordering) to the Sterling Foundation

$260,000 FOUND JUST IN TIME FOR HOLLY AVENUE SIDEWALK

Little things add up to a big picture. I have spent some time scouting out small
gaps in the sidewalk network around Sterling and there are many needs.

I look for beaten paths on the grass warn down by the walking public and the
residential developments where these paths go to.

In the cast of the Greenthorne area, there is a lot of high density townhouses and rental properties
and hundreds of walkers and runners daily.

So I plan a sidewalk there going to the W and O D trail. One side is built and I am getting another $44,000 to complete that sidewalk on Sterling Boulevard at the trail all the way to Greenthorn and into the apartment area.

I have done this type effort for 15 years. It takes six to 8 years for all the rules to be followed.

For every sidewalk I get funded, engineered, planned and funded, there are ten more that I see the need for.

The Sterling Foundation has been jumping in and raised money for a sidewalk at Holly Avenue with my help. Much to my vigilence, I observed that the new VDOT regs and rules reqire a lot more than they -- we--- budgeted.

The board approved an additional sum days ago at my request to fund that important sidewalk near the Sterling Middle School.

There was very little notice to the volunteers at the Sterling foundation. But God could not have timed
it better for Sterling. The board approved the additional monies unanimously.

DELGAUDIO SURVEYED THOUSANDS AT AGE 14 FOR SUCCESSFUL US SENATOR JIM BUCKLEY

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I did my first full population poll or survey at age 14 for pollster Art Finkelstein in 1970
who was working for James L. Buckley (see center photo above, to my left), William F.'s brother, in his run for the U.S. Senate.


CLICK HERE FOR REST OF REPORT

I raised $10,000 for a storefront that my family ran, and delivered literature and put up signs also. The incidents and adventures would take a book.

In the poll I asked every third household in an area approximately one full geographical third (30 per cent) of Queens County New York over several days face to face who will they vote for in the U.S. Senate.

I had Buckley winning Queens county.

Finkelstein was astounded but armed with the information he held a news conference
and announced the impending and improbable election victory of Buckley as U.S. Senator.

"Queens County New York will be won for Senator by James L. Buckley and this is an solid indication of where the middle class voters will go on Election day. James Buckley will win Election day, said Finkelstein."

The media mocked him and his polling results.--But they reported the results.
Buckley did win the election exactly as my poll predicted in advance of the election.

There were thousands of other people involved in this election including Herb Stupp and some true conservative Giants. One gentleman played the March for America theme song on his cell phone to me at last week's CPAC!

But I got to do the poll.


WOLF SPEAKS ON HOUSE FLOOR ABOUT CHALLENGES FACING STUTTERERS

Washington, D.C. (March 6, 2014) - Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), a life-long stutterer, today gave a speech on the House floor about the challenges stutterers face.

"Unfortunately, there are no instant miracle cures for stuttering," Wolf said. "No surgery. No pills. No intensive weekend retreats. Stuttering takes time and effort and commitment to work through. Some people outgrow it. Some people respond well to years of therapy and learn to speak fluently with almost no trace of difficulty. But for many others, stuttering becomes a lifelong struggle.

CLICK HERE FOR ENTIRE SPEECH ON HOUSE FLOOR

"For those of us who stutter, and for the millions of parents with children who stutter, we all know stuttering becomes more challenging for teenagers," Wolf continued. "Kids can be tough on a classmate who stutters, and for some, the teasing and the mocking can be too much."

Wolf encouraged anyone who stutterers to seek help.

"We must help people who stutter understand that there are many people who know first-hand how difficult it is for someone who stutters and that help is available," Wolf said. "We need to be patient, kind, understanding and attentive. We need to show we care."

Below is the complete text of Wolf's remarks:

"Today I rise to discuss something very close to me. I want to talk about stuttering. I have been a life-long stutterer.

"More than 70 million people stutter. One in every 100 people in the world stutters and in the U.S., more than 3 million Americans stutter. You probably have a friend, a neighbor, a classmate, a coworker or a family member who stutters. Most people do.

"About five percent of all children go through a stuttering phase that lasts six months or more. Some will recover by late childhood, but one out of every 100 children will be left with long-term stuttering.

"I would like to take this time to tell you a little more about stuttering; what it is, and how family members and friends can help.

"Stuttering is a disorder where the flow of speech is broken by repetitions, prolongations or abnormal stoppages of sounds and syllables. For some people, unusual facial and body movements may happen when they try to speak.

"Stuttering is most likely caused by four factors:

" Genetics

" Child development, for example, children with other speech and language problems or

developmental delays are more likely to stutter

" The make-up of the brain. An ongoing research study by Dr. Anne Smith with the Purdue

University Stuttering Project shows that people who stutter seem to process speech and

language differently than those who don't

" Lastly, family dynamics have an impact - high expectations and fast-paced lifestyles can also

contribute to stuttering

"People who stutter are no different from those who don't stutter. In fact, studies by Dr. Ehud Yairi at the University of Illinois show that people who stutter are as intelligent and as well-adjusted as those who don't.

"Contrary to what many people believe, stuttering can be treated. Speech-Language Pathologists, therapists trained to help deal with speech issues like stuttering, often work in schools, clinics, at universities and in private practice to help treat stuttering.

"The most important thing - and many experts agree - that early intervention is key. The earlier we can identify stuttering in our children, and get them the help they need, the better chances we have of helping them to speak more fluently.

"If you stutter, if your child or a loved one stutters, or if you even think they might be stuttering, get help immediately. One of the best ways to get help is by visiting the Stuttering Foundation. The Foundation was started by Malcolm Fraser more than 70 years ago. His book, called Self-Therapy for the Stutterer was originally published in 1978 and is still one of the best books on stuttering available.

"You can visit the Foundation's Web site at: www.StutteringHelp.org. They have lots of well-trusted, expert information available for free, including Malcolm Fraser's book, as well as countless brochures, videos and other materials for parents and teachers.

"Unfortunately, there are no instant miracle cures for stuttering. No surgery. No pills. No intensive weekend retreats. Stuttering takes time and effort and commitment to work through. Some people outgrow it. Some people respond well to years of therapy and learn to speak fluently with almost no trace of difficulty. But for many others, stuttering becomes a lifelong struggle.

"For those of us who stutter, and for the millions of parents with children who stutter, we all know stuttering becomes more challenging for teenagers. Kids can be tough on a classmate who stutters, and for some, the teasing and the mocking can be too much.

"We must help people who stutter understand that there are many people who know first-hand how difficult it is for someone who stutters and that help is available. We need to be patient, kind, understanding and attentive. We need to show we care."

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