Com­mu­nity fo­rum tonight: de­vel­op­ment in Wash­ing­ton

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - — Roger Piantadosi

Do you have some­thing to say, or ask, about de­vel­op­ment in the town of Wash­ing­ton or in Rap­pa­han­nock County as a whole? Since The Wash­ing­ton Post’s busi­ness-sec­tion cov­er­age June 8 of D.C. de­vel­oper and Rap­pa­han­nock week­ender Jim Abdo’s plans for the town, many such con­cerns and ques­tions have been voiced in a va­ri­ety of fo­rums — on­line, in print and over cof­fee (or stronger stuff).

With nei­ther re­fresh­ments nor wifi — but with most of the play­ers in the same room — the Rap­pa­han­nock News will host what is hoped to be a lively, civil and con­struc­tive com­mu­nity fo­rum on the sub­ject of town and county de­vel­op­ment. This first in a long-planned se­ries of “Rapp Live” pub­lic fo­rums starts at 5 p.m. tonight (Thurs­day, June 19) at the Theatre in Wash­ing­ton.

Abdo has said he will be there, as has Wash­ing­ton Mayor John Sul­li­van; County Ad­min­is­tra­tor John McCarthy; Roger Welch, the county su­per­vi­sors’ chair (and a long­time town busi­ness owner); and Jen­nings W. Hob­son III, pas­tor of Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Church. Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton owner Patrick O’Con­nell is over­seas on busi­ness and will not be there.

Af­ter brief open­ing re­marks by mem­bers of the in­vited panel, any­one who wants can join the dis­cus­sion or ask ques­tions. To al­low all a turn, speak­ers will be limited to three min­utes apiece.

The next “Rapp Live” fo­rum, planned for a date to be de­ter­mined in July, will be an “Ask the Sher­iff” pro­gram with Rap­pa­han­nock County Sher­iff Con­nie C. Smith. For more in­for­ma­tion or ques­tions about the June 19 or other pro­grams, email edi­[email protected] rapp­news.com or call 540-675-3338.

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