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Fairfax One: ‘Ambulance in the Air’

A close-up look at Fairfax County’s police helicopter.

Members of the Sully District Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) recently toured Fairfax County’s heliport, got to speak with a pilot and saw the Fairfax One helicopter up close. It’s a twin-engine, Bell 429 and does both police and medivac missions for the county. And one of its pilots, PFC Nick Taormina, is a paramedic as well as a police officer.

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Chantilly Boys’ Lax Bounces Back from First Loss

The Chantilly boys’ lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season on March 26, falling to Robinson, 7-4, in a matchup of state powerhouses.

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Potomac: ‘Girls’ Night Out’ Features Author Iris Krasnow

Women gather for a night of learning and laughter

“The Healing Power of Women’s Friendships” — a timely topic for a “Girls Night Out” evening — set the tone and spirit for an evening featuring the wisdom of journalist and New York Times best-selling author Iris Krasnow.

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Potomac Doctor Fixes Broken Hearts

“Heart healer” Craig Sable saves lives of Ugandan children.

“I am staring at a list of the names of over 100 Ugandan children with holes, blockages and leaks in their heart, knowing that for some, in a few short weeks, the dream that they and their families have been praying for will finally come true...."

Out & About: Spring (Finally) Finds Potomac

Out & About: Spring (Finally) Finds Potomac

Column: Emerging from the Polar Vortex

Spring is here; time to dig in and preserve the local environment.

It seems like such a short time ago that the words “polar” and “climate change” prompted only images of iconic polar bears searching for the last melting Arctic ice floes. Few of us had even heard of “polar vortexes” and their impacts on the Potomac Subregion, but we have all learned rapidly about this other, more local, effect of climate change. Now, finally, the daffodils are budding up and it appears the long winter is over.

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Move Me Festival Gets Arlington Moving

Bowen McCauley Dance returned to Kenmore Middle School last Saturday with the 6th annual Move Me Festival. Music, theatre and dance workshops and performances were held throughout the afternoon in the middle school.

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Participants serve Arlington Works! as part of their year-long service commitment.

AmeriCorps members pledge to get things done for America. When they embark upon their year of community service, they vow to unite fellow Americans and strengthen communities. The now eight-member Arlington Works! AmeriCorps team has been doing just this since the partnership started in 2011. This year’s Arlington Works! team is the fourth AmeriCorps team to work with two non-profits, the Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) and Edu-Futuro, a partner program of Arlington Public Schools that sets out to ensure opportunities for children of immigrant families.

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Fehr and Duncan Edwards Read ‘The Bulliest Dozer’ to Arlington Students

Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr and co-author Pamela Duncan Edwards participate in a Q&A session with nearly 50 Key Elementary School students following a reading of “The Bulliest Dozer.”

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Arlington: Nunez-­Led Washington-Lee Generals Not Surprising Anyone

W-­L boys’ soccer expects to face defensive-­minded opponents.

The Washington-Lee boys' soccer team is off to a 3-0-1 start.

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NoVa TEEN Book Festival Featured 21 Authors

NoVa TEEN Book Festival featured 21 authors in four main event panels and 16 smaller Q&A-driven breakout sessions; the event closed out with a keynote speech from New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña, whose latest release is “The Living.”

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Arlington: Nunez-Led Washington-Lee Generals Not Surprising Anyone

W-L boys’ soccer expects to face defensive-minded opponents.

Washington-Lee forward Maycol Nunez dominated opponents during a stellar sophomore season, scoring 37 goals while leading the Generals to the 2014 VHSL 6A state final.

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Arlington Courtroom Drama

Public Defenders protest pay inequality with Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

“You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”

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Vienna: Marshall Baseball Coach Tarr Pleased with Pitching Performances

Statesmen competitive against perennial powers Madison, PVI.

The Marshall baseball team received a pair of promising early-season pitching performances.

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Potomac: Churchill Senior Dubick Breaks Maryland Points Record

Attackman surpasses previous record of 380 points.

Churchill's Louis Dubick is approaching state records for career goals and assists.

Police Captain Graduates from FBI Academy

Captain Graham H. McGowan is the Fairfax County Police Department’s latest graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, which has just completed its 259th session.

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RA Members to Vote April 13- May 8 on Tetra Purchase

Reston Association members will vote on whether to purchase the 3.47 acre Tetra property located at 11450 Baron Cameron Ave. for $2.65 million.

Column: Return on Investment

Constituents contacted me recently about a Richmond Times Dispatch article headline they felt was misleading: “Ken Plum says Pre-K education leads to less crime and welfare.”

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Oakton and Marshall High School Teams Go to Nationals at Robotics Competition

This Friday and Saturday annual Greater DC Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition was held at the Patriot Center: 48 teams primarily from Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland created robots to compete in this year’s game “Recycle Rush.”

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