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To Vote by Mail in Maryland, You Must Request Your Ballot

Your ballot to vote by mail will NOT be mailed to you automatically for November’s Presidential Election.

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Toy Castle to Close in Potomac

Popular toy store closes after 40-plus years.

Another kingdom has fallen because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Montgomery County Private Schools Free to Open

Decisions and models vary from school to school.

After almost two weeks of policy twists and turns, private schools in Montgomery County can open the 2020-2021 School year either virtually or with in-person classes.

Airplane Noise Virtual Community Conversation and Aircraft Noise Mitigation Study Kickoff Meeting

Members of the Arlington County and Montgomery County, Md. and adjacent communities impacted by aircraft noise from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA):

New Wayside Principal Inspired by Love of Learning

Holly Hill newly named to principal at Wayside.

A lifelong love of learning led Holly Hill, newly named principal at Wayside Elementary School, to become a teacher and stay in education as a career.

Operating at 50% Capacity, Maryland Casinos Contributed Nearly $58 Million in July

Operating at 50% capacity, Maryland’s six casinos generated $139,920,018 in gaming revenue during July, the first full month of operation after being closed for three months due to COVID-19.

Opinion: Commentary: MoCo Residents Deserved Input Before Closing Schools

As mothers and grandmothers, the 400 members of the Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women (MCFRW) applaud Governor Larry Hogan for overturning the Montgomery County Health Officer’s directive to keep nonpublic schools closed.

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Reston Pride Runs Deep, Water or Not

Coronavirus collides with Cardboard Boat Regatta.

Reston Historic Trust & Museum canceled its fourth annual Cardboard Boat Regatta due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vienna Police Highlights July 31 – August 6, 2020

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna Police Department from July 31 – Aug. 6, 2020.

Clean Energy or Farmland? Or Both? in Montgomery County: Solar Could Supplant Agricultural Reserve

Council moves forward with zoning amendment to allow solar fields, an industrial use, in the agricultural reserve.

Andrew Friedson was the lone dissenting voice, advocating for the Agricultural Reserve, land preserved 40 years ago by zoning laws to remain farmland forever.

Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns August 15 and 16

Stroll outdoors for deals from 50+ boutiques.

One of the longest-running seasonal summer shopping events for independent boutiques returns with the annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale happening Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15 - 16, 2020, throughout Old Town and Del Ray.

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DogFest Goes Virtual

COVID affects fundraising efforts; virtual platform spurs creative responses for the Sept. 20 event.

The Cheshire family of Great Falls is raising its 14th Canine Companions for Independence® (CCI) service puppy.

Opinion: Commentary: Defund the Police: Oversimplifying a Complex Issue

’Defund the Police’ slogan in response to the real problems in policing may inhibit progress towards reform.

Communications experts advise that a message needs to be short and punchy to convey its intended meaning in a short period of time.

Opinion: Independent Progressive: Vote YES on Virginia Constitutional Amendment

As one looks out over the public policy landscape in the midst of a seemingly out-of-control pandemic, it is easy to feel powerless and distressed at the direction of the country’s drift.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Citizen’s Guide to Better Times

Things each of us can do to help our country right now.

Don’t sit at home with your worry beads as you consume the news.

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Alexandria Schools Stay Virtual

Division to open fall semester online, then reevaluate in November.

Students will not return to school this fall.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Lobbying for Leniency?

The three prosecutors in the ultra-liberal dense urban core consisting of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax have broken with their Commonwealth-wide association which includes prosecutors from less liberal places.

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Electrical Event Cause of Fort Hunt House Fire

Saturday, Aug. 1, at approximately 11:25 a.m., units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 2100 block of Rampart Drive in the Fort Hunt area of Fairfax County.

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Republican Women Honor the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Ratification

The Commonwealth Republican Women’s Club (CRWC) met briefly – with masks and social distancing – to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote in August of 1920.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: On the ‘First Principal of Parker-Gray School’

I would like to express my gratitude to one of your editors Char Bah.