Happy Columbus Day!
Sterlingfest was a tremendous success. Thank you to many of you who came to see more than 100 booths, firemen, parades, the Sterling Playmakers, Joe's Pizza next to Safeway, Chick Filet, and elected officials like Congressman Frank Wolf.
As usual, there were a lot of free giveaways and promotions from stores and companies and 300 patriotic rubber ducklings marched into 300 children's eager hands from my table.
>>>Illegal Alien Detained 12:30 AM This Morning In Sterling
On 10/13/08 at 0036 hrs. 150 block Enterprise St. Sterling. The Sheriff is reporting a "Fugitive from Justice/ICE Detainer": Deputies responded to a restaurant for a report of harassment. The subject, who was allegedly bothering customers, was identified as Nelson Zuniga-Bautista, 30, of Sterling, VA, was determined to have an active warrant from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Zuniga-Bautista is being held at the Adult Detention Center and held on a "detainer" and is to be turned over to federal authorities.
>>>> SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO BAN LARGE TRUCKS
>>> Ban Cars On Front Lawns Too.
Thank you for your emails to email@example.com to give your opinion at the upcoming Oct. 14 Public Hearing on your positions on banning large commercial vehicles parking in Sterling's residential areas and banning the parking of cars on front lawns.
That's Tuesday, Oct. 14th-- 6:30 PM Board of Supervisors Public Hearing - Board Room. Email messages are preferred but if you can, go to the public hearing to testify and give your opinion.
>>>ELECTION DAY COMING
Besides all the candidates on the ballot don't forget you have the opportunity to increase your taxes by voting "yes" for the Meals Tax. Happy Leesburg Big Spenders are rooting for you to add $400 to $500 to your annual McDonalds and Chic Filet take out bills. The tax -- if passed by voters-- will be 4 per cent ADDED to your sales tax on each meal.
I was the one "no" vote. 8 supers voted "yes". I hope I am not alone here. I would rather the Leesburg Establishment and 8 other Supervisors would vote to take away the tax exemptions for Howard Hughes Institute ($6 million), new hybrid car purchases ($3 million) and expensive executive lear jets ($16 million). Or sell half of the vacant unused and unprogramed COUNTY land that has not been used or has any plan for use for the last ten years. That's $10 million in revenue.
So will you vote "no" on the meals tax or "yes" on the meals tax increase?
>>>Clean up planned on Sterling Boulvard November 8
Sterling Boulevard Cleanup, Saturday, November 8, 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers needed. Meet at Park View Recycling Center (400 W Laurel Ave.) to receive orange bags, safety vests, and instructions. Please bring gloves. In case of inclement weather, cleanup will be deferred to November 15. For more information, call Kevin Chroninger at 703-406-7749 or visit www.sterlingfoundation.org.
>>>> CRIME FIGHTING MEETINGS
Neighborhood Watch and Loudoun County Sheriff's Auxiliary Meeting
WHEN: October 18, a Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m.
WHAT: Presentations and reports regarding Neighborhood Watch and Loudoun County Sheriff's Auxiliary program
WHERE: Sterling Community Center in the gym.
The Neighborhood watch coordinator will explain what it takes to form a watch and we will hear from several current groups working and also hear questions from citizens interested in forming a neighborhood watch. Our goal is a dozen functioning watches in Sterling.
>>>Gang Response and Intervention Team and Gang Unit Meeting
WHEN: October 22, a Wednesday, from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.
WHAT: Presentations by GRIT and Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Gang Unit
WHERE: Sterling Community Center in the gym
These two groups gives a in depth briefing on gang activity and how the county responds to the problem and can guide you on what to look for and how to respond in each case. Good introduction to responding to gang related crime. The FBI may come also.
>>>SAVE MONEY DEPARTMENT
GAS is $2.89 per gallon at COSTCO IN STERLING! Prices are dropping on gas, but this is the lowest in the area.
>>>TAX FREE PURCHASE ENDS AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT
I missed this but we have just a few hours left. Media coverage was "zero". If you purchase certain types of household equipment tonight - before midnight-- you don't have to pay taxes on the purchase. This could amount to $15 to $50 depending on the size of the purchase.
When will Virginia's Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday take place?
The Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 10, 2008 and to end at midnight on Monday, October 13, 2008. Sorry I missed this. K-mart closes at 10 p.m.
What Energy Star items will be exempt from the retail sales and use tax during the Energy Star and WaterSense Sales Tax Holiday?
Exempt items include: any dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, compact fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, programmable thermostat, or refrigerator that satisfy certain requirements. Plan for next October now.
>>>>Assemble your own Rain Barrel in October
The Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District will be presenting a Sterling Park workshop where homeowners can learn more about the benefits of rain barrels and make one to take home.
A workshop will be held on Monday, October 20, 2008, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling Park.
Participants are reminded to dress appropriately as they will be constructing their own barrel. There will be a $50 charge per barrel, and pre-registration is required. Due to limited supply and availability, there will be a two-barrel-per-household limit.
This effort could save you money on your utility bill for water. ( I know this is not for most people).
>>>>Republican Signs Stolen Last Night
Deputies are writing down reports of Republican Signs for all our candidates being stolen Sunday night. Please replace your signs by going to see Melinda. The Sterling Republican HQ is open. Some liberals seek to silence the two party system by cutting down other citizens voices.
>>> SECURE YOUR SIGNS
Remember to place the sign near your front window or in view of your front door. Have a direct line of sight at ALL times in order to discourage theft. Keep the signs center and not at the end of your property. The charge would be trespass and vandalism. When night falls, re-claim your sign or keep a light on it.
>>> HOW TO GET YOUR SIGN UP NOW
Workers are going out and placing signs. Crooks and Vandals sometimes steal them.
Yes, the Phones are ringing off the hook and if you receive this newsletter, most of you don't sit around waiting for a delivery. I recommend go and get your own Republican sign if you want one.
Where to go and get signs: Wolf (703) 817-9691 (chantilly 14506 Lee Road Unit C Chantilly (near Famous Dave's Barbecue, near 50 and 28. Near the costco Go 50 go west, first light, make a left on Lee Road, 100 Feet from Route 50. Look for the Wolf for Congress Signs.
Gilmore, Etc. go see "Melinda" at Sterling HQ 46950 Community Plaza, Unit 201 A Sterling, VA above Santini's in the Clocktower. If they are out of signs, please make one up until the new supply gets in.
>>> DEADLINE FOR ABSENTEE VOTING
Deadline for Absentee Voting: Applications for an Absentee Ballot by mail must be in the Voter Registration office by Tuesday, October 28, 2008. The last day for in-person absentee voting is Saturday, November 1st.
>>> NEW EATERY IN HERNDON
The mayor will cut the ribbon in nearby Herndon and Fresh City, a fast-casual restaurant chain out of Massachusetts, opening and their first foray will be in the Clocktower Center area of Herndon, Va. (2403 Centreville Road at the intersection of Sunrise Valley Drive). Other special events with free food:
Oct. 17 Herndon Youth Sports night - wear a jersey get a free entrée and fountain drink
Oct. 20 Heroes Night - Firefighters, Police, EMTs and postal workers get get a free entrée and fountain drink
Donations will be made to charitable causes both nights.