Saturday, May 11, 2013
A former police officer for airports authority claims she was wrongfully dismissed while others face little or not penalties for more egregious violations.
A former Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police officer filed suit in federal court earlier this year against the agency, alleging discrimination, retaliation and nepotism, and asserting that her 2012 dismissal has stymied her career. Attorneys for Isabel Smeal said in a recent interview that Smeal’s case demonstrates a sour atmosphere at MWAA that protects insiders and punishes those who question authority or the lack thereof. “It is our belief that the culture of being opaque and not listening to employees is agency-wide and has leaked into the police department as well,” said Michael L. Vogelsang Jr., one of Smeal’s attorneys. MWAA has come under investigation for some of the practices of its administration and board, and in…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Students from three area schools participated in the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport's sixth annual tree trimming celebration. Students from Carl Sandburg Middle School, Groveton Elementary School and West Potomac High School participated in the celebration, which is part of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority School Partnership Program. These students joined others from the D.C. metropolitan area to decorate trees with “Home for the Holidays” theme-related ornaments, which will be on display for passengers and visitors to enjoy during the month of December. Last year, more than 250 students from local schools participated in the “Celebrate the Holidays on Candy Lane” themed tree trimming at both airports. Ensembles …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Woodlawn Elementary and Sandburg Middle School ensembles will perform in MWAA concerts.
Two Mount Vernon area school ensembles will perform at Reagan National Airport during the Metropolitan Washington Airports Association’s annual holiday concert series. Woodlawn Elementary School choirs and Sandburg Middle School’s Symphonic Orchestra and Choralettes will perform at Reagan National Airport beginning next week. Also featured is the Wilson High School Choir based in Washington, D.C. All performances are free and open to the public. The schedule of performances is as follows. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Woodlawn Elementary School 5th Grade Choir Terminal C across from Cosi Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Woodlawn Elementary School 6th Grade Choir Terminal C across from Cosi Tuesday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. – 11:45…
Friday, March 30, 2012
Charles Snelling's family says he ended his wife's life and then took his own
Charles Snelling, who served on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for nearly a decade, and his wife, Adrienne, were found dead in their Fogelsville, Pa., home on Thursday morning, according to multiple Patch sources in local Pennsylvania politics. Snelling was a prominent GOP activist and businessman who served as chairman of the board in 2010 and 2011. Adrienne suffered from Alzheimer's disease. "After apparently reaching the point where he could no longer bear to see the love of his life deteriorate further, our father ended our mother's life and then took his own life as well," according to a statement released by the family Thursday evening, WFMZ-TV reports. Both were 81. The Snellings are survived by five children and 11 …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Bulova says "We will continue to identify ways to address the affordability of rates on the Dulles Toll Road. "
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Last week, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) released new cost estimates for Phase II of Rail to Dulles. These new estimates are $1 billion lower than previous estimates and are consistent with what we have been working with during the past year. Fairfax County and other stakeholders came together over the past year to address rising cost estimates for Phase II. Working with our staff and project partners, Loudoun County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the U.S. Department of Transportation, we were able to bring the cost of Phase II down by $700 million. The savings were achieved in part by moving to an above ground station at the airport, a smaller rail yard, and purchasing fewer rail cars. I believe these important…
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Proposal includes cheaper above-ground airport station plan.
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority board reversed its course on its plans for an underground station at Dulles International Airport, voting 11-1 Wednesday to accept a proposed plan - featuring the cheaper above-ground station - from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. The MWAA board voted in April for the underground station, which would be more convenient for travelers but would increase costs by about $300 million Mame Reiley, chair of MWAA's Dulles Corridor Committee, said on Wednesday she still believes the underground station was the right thing for Dulles. "Although the difference in cost between the two choices has no direct impact on the cost of the tolls, our decision has become a political football," Reiley said in …