Newsletter - August 2019

It’s that time of year again! Summer is over and our students, teachers, and staff are headed back to school. I wish everyone a productive, safe, and fun year. A first-class education is the best gift we can give our kids. I would love to hear about events, accomplishments, and any concerns you have throughout the year. I hope you’ll keep me informed at DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov.

PAKISTAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

This year marked Pakistan’s 72nd Independence Day. I attended the Pakistan Festival at Bull Run Park with friends and enjoyed the many displays and wonderful people. Together we celebrated Pakistani-American culture and learned more about our long and prosperous friendship between Pakistan and the United States.

CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION EDUCATIONAL TOUR

I was given the opportunity to participate in an expert-guided tour of the Potomac River and be educated on the importance of the Chesapeake Bay waterways to the health of the local environment. The Foundation does an excellent job using innovative and reliable science-based methods to combat the pollution affecting our waterways.

INTERVIEW WITH INSIDE SCOOP

 

In an appearance on OAR’s Inside Scoop I had the chance to talk about the work I’ve done in Richmond, including my legislative efforts to keep us safe from gun violence and my work on behalf of our 104,000 Women Veterans. A special thank you to Catherine Read for having me on the show. You can watch the episode here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS_8fUfUikc

MOVING NORTHERN VIRGINIA: TRANSPORTATION IN THE COMMONWEALTH

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel of key transportation experts including Virginia Secretary of Transportation, Shannon Valentine, for a wide-ranging discussion on how to keep the Commonwealth moving forward now and in the years to come. Living in Northern Virginia, we are familiar with the challenges and pressing issues impacting our region. Thank you to the Chamber for sponsoring this important discussion.

LOUDOUN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS @ BREAKFAST

The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce held a networking event - a Business @ Breakfast to support the Back to School Initiative to provide Title 1 schools in Loudoun with supplies students need to have a successful year. In partnership with the LCPS, they collected backpacks & other supplies. I am always proud of the work done by the Loudoun Chamber to grow local businesses and support our district.

VIETFEST 2019

I had a great time joining with Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton and Sheriff Stacey Kincaid at Vietfest, the annual Vietnamese Heritage Festival celebrating Vietnamese culture, talent, and local businesses. I loved the amazing Lion Dance and the Cultural Parade, (but couldn’t believe the eating competitions). It was a testament to the positive impact that the Vietnamese community has had on the economy in our area.


THE MONTH IN PHOTOS

Spent time with Eleanor Smeal, whose work has been dedicated to the achievement of women's equality and human rights

The 4th Annual NoVa Regional Elected Leaders Summit

A visit with Congresswoman Wexton in our local Madison Deli with owner David

The Nats Baseball Academy supports youth in underserved communities

Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Mix & Mingle with Senator Boysko & Todd Rowley, Northern Virginia Chamber or Commerce Chair


EID PRAYER

Eid Mubarak! I was honored to celebrate Eid al-Adha with my Muslim friends across the 34th district. I have been attending these celebrations for nearly 8 years, going to the Adams Center as well as to services at the Sheraton and more recently at the McLean Islamic Center. I always appreciate that all of us in the political arena are welcomed. This has been a wonderful opportunity to learn, understand, appreciate all that we have learned.

ROAD FROM RICHMOND

We held a Road from Richmond lunch in Loudoun to discuss our accomplishments and challenges in the recent session of the General Assembly.  It was well attended and interesting to hear the many different perspectives of each of our Senators and Delegates who were there.   

SWINKS MILL ROAD AND KIRBY ROAD UPDATE MEETING

The aftermath of the heavy rains in July created a lot of challenges for residents especially having the bridges at Swinks Mill Road and Kirby Road closed due to major damage. Supervisor John Foust organized several meetings with VDOT where Senator Favola and I met with VDOT and residents to discuss short term and long term solutions for those impacted by the flooding. The bridges on Kirby and Swinks Mill Road remain closed for repairs. Swinks Mill is scheduled to open this week, and I am hopeful.

N GLEBE ROAD OVER PIMMIT RUN PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

We have continued to host public information meetings with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) about the N. Glebe Rd over Pimmit Run Bridge Rehabilitation project. VDOT shared their planned improvements and I will continue to fight for more infrastructure improvement projects in the district.

VA OUR WAY INTERVIEW

I interviewed with VA Our way for their third installment of their "Meet your Legislators" series, where we host short interviews with legislators from both sides of the aisle. As a champion of women's rights, veteran's rights, and more, I gave my perspective on our legislative standing and shared my thoughts on Virginia’s achievements, priorities and upcoming challenges. Check out my interview here: https://clyp.it/al44aqof

RTE 193/BALLS HILL OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT COMPLETION

We celebrated the completion of the route 193/Balls Hill Operational Improvement project. The local community and the Virginia Department of Transportation worked together to improve the safety of this major intersection near Cooper Middle School. The additional through allows addition access to the neighborhood. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to complete this project.

CARS & COFFEE

I got up early to stop by Cars & Coffee with Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton in Great Falls outside of Katie’s Coffee House. I had a great time speaking with constituents & checking out some amazing vintage cars!

FAREWELL APPRECIATION DINNER

I joined the American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA) for a farewell dinner honoring Chairwoman Sharon Bulova. Thank you for your years of service to the Fairfax & Northern Virginia communities!


UPCOMING EVENTS

Back To School Night:
Cooper Middle School - Thursday, September 5, 6:00 pm– 7:30pm
Spring Hill Elementary School - Tuesday, September 10, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Annual ADAMS PEACE Gathering- Public Safety Appreciation
Tuesday, September 10, 6:30 pm – 9:30pm
46903 Sugarland Rd, Sterling, VA 20164, USA

Great Falls 9/11 Ceremony
Wednesday, September 11, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
9830 Georgetown Pike

McLean Police District Station Citizens Advisory Committee Program
Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
1437 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101, USA