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New National Christmas Tree from Pa. planted on the Ellipse in President’s Park

Ahead of the holiday season, the National Park Service (NPS) has planted a new National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park. The new tree, a 27-foot white fir (Abies Concolor) from Middleburg, Pa. was donated by Hill View Christmas Tree Farm, and will be the first white fir to serve as the National Christmas Tree.

Alexandria Social Security Office will move, open Nov. 22 at 5510 Cherokee Ave, Ste. 200, Alexandria

Alexandria Social Security Office will relocate to 5510 Cherokee Ave, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22312 on Monday, Nov. 22. Business operations at 6295 Edsall Road, Suite 190, Alexandria VA 22312 will end after close of business on Friday, Nov. 19. Social Security employees are working remotely to provide the vital services the public relies on and the agency currently provides multiple service delivery options for all Americans.

Rep. Connolly’s annual Senior Issues Forum via Zoom set for Oct. 29

Congressman Gerald Connolly (D-11), who represents part of the Prince William County area, will virtually host his annual Senior Issues Forum via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m.

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to increase 5.9 percent in 2022

The 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2022.

NPS seels comments on proposed deer management program for parks in Washington, D.C. and Maryland

To protect and restore native plants and promote healthy and diverse forests, the National Park Service (NPS) proposes to reduce overabundant deer populations in several national parks in DC and Maryland.

US Senate passes 9/11 National Memorial Trail legislation; now goes to the President for signature

The U.S. Senate has passed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate the “September 11th National Memorial Trail”, a trail route linking the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

LIFT Act proposes 20-year financing for first-time home buyers to help grow their wealth faster

Sen. Mark Warner said, “The LIFT Act will help close the racial wealth gap by allowing qualified home buyers to build equity – and wealth – at twice the rate of a conventional 30-year mortgage.”

PWC’s Mary G. Porter Traditional School gets “Blue Ribbon” honors from US Dept. of Education

Mary G. Porter Traditional School in Prince William County. is one just seven Virginia public schools among the 325 schools nationwide that U.S. Department of Education has named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School.The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors high performing schools and schools making exemplary progress toward closing achievement gaps.

Congressional Medal of Honor for 13 servicemembers who died during terrorist attack on Kabul Aug. 26

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner and Senator Tim Kaine are cosponsoring a bipartisan bill to award a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 American servicemembers who lost their lives during the terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26th .

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