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Letter: Do Fairfax County Police Act with Impunity?

Fifteen months, after the shooting of John Geer, no officer has been identified, no charges have been filed, no grand jury has been convened and no reason has been given to the family or the public.

I would like to begin by saying that I have always and still do support the police as a whole. I appreciate the job that they do and the risks they take on a daily basis in an effort to keep the public safe. The ongoing policy in Fairfax County of police self-investigation, when officers are involved in possible crimes, has to change.

Letter: Parisot in Favor of the Arts

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: In her Dec. 3 letter to the newspaper, Preiscilla Griffith recommended that residents of Virginia’s 34th District elect Craig Parisot as their Delegate for a variety of reasons.

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Santa Comes to West Springfield Elementary

Fairfax County Police Dept. and the Fairfax County Sheriff Dept. arrived today at West Springfield Elementary School (WSES) accompanying Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Frosty and the elves by motorcycle.

Letter: Giving Pets a Loving Home

To the Editor

It is evident that the influx of cats and dogs in shelters is a problem.

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Fairfax Academy Students Create Own Horror Films

All three levels of the Professional Television Production classes at the Fairfax Academy recently presented original horror films they created based on only two sentences given to them by their teacher, Matthew Balthrop, a new addition this year to the Fairfax Academy family.

Week in Springfield

Weekly happenings in Springfield.

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Santa is Not Going to Miss These Houses

Fairfax, Springfield houses brighten the holiday.

Being listed in Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights website is no dubious honor. For some houses, it is an actual honor to be included in the list Holly Zell has kept up since 2001.

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Magical Music and Dance

QuinTango comes to JCC in Fairfax on Jan. 10.

Tango. The word conjures earthy dance and sizzling music. "Tango dance best exhibits this: two people create a dance so seamlessly, so beautifully it takes your breath away," said Joan Singer, founder of Northern Virginia's QuinTango.

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Four Plays to Offer Drama and Comedy

Fairfax High presents Winter One-Act Festival.

Both comedy and drama will take the stage when Fairfax High presents its student-directed, Winter One-Act Festival. The curtain rises Thursday-Friday, Jan. 8-9, at 7:30 p.m. Four plays are offered; tickets are $5 at the door.

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Drink This! Opens at Workhouse

The Workhouse International Ceramic Cup Show celebrates contemporary handmade drinking vessels with 75 works from artists near and far.

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‘Children Are Going to Love These Books’

Scout donates original works to Hanley Shelter.

Eagle Scout projects are all about helping people, and Garrett Anderson’s project certainly fits the bill. Thanks to his efforts, children staying at the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter now have 11 new and original books to read and enjoy.

Letter: Taking Exception on Express Lanes

To the Editor

An article was recently published in your newspaper discussing the new I-95 express lanes (95 Express Lanes Open, The Connection, Dec. 18-24, 2014). One statement in the article read, “Construction manager for the project John Morse, of VDOT, said that the addition of a third lane will solve a number of problems and give people options other than waiting in traffic.”

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for Support

To the Editor: To the McLean, Vienna and Great Falls communities: The Woman’s Club of McLean would like to express its gratitude for supporting the club’s 48th annual Holiday Homes Tour and its MarketPlace.

Simple Luxuries Not Everyone Can Afford

Helping organizations need help year round.

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, taxpayers begin scramble to get that end-of-the year charitable donation so they claim it on their tax returns. For people who want to benefit while helping people, two Oakton based organizations, Northern Virginia Family Service and The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia offer two ways to give.

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Vienna Celebrates the Season

Vienna’s holiday season runs through New Year’s Eve. The social highlight is the second annual First Night Vienna celebration, sponsored and hosted by the Vienna Business Association and the Town of Vienna Department of Parks and Recreation. The family-friendly five-hour festival offers free entertainment at five venues.

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2014 in Vienna: A Year in Review

Year of loss and successes.

This year started off on a sad note for the Vienna area. M. Jane Seeman, then mayor, died of lung cancer on Feb. 23, 2014, and the community mourned the loss of a friend and Vienna’s most dedicated supporter.

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Students Think Twice About Spending

Eighth graders learn the cost of financial responsibility.

That Christmas check from grandma will probably be spent on the latest video game or that trendy pair of boots a typical teenager has been saving to buy. But for eighth graders in Fairfax County, they might think twice before splurging on that one luxury item.

Loudoun Company Donates Free Roof to Cornerstones

DryHome Roofing and Siding, a Sterling-based roofing company, has selected Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) as the recipient of a new roof through its annual Free Roof for the Holidays program.

State and Local Politics in 2015

Independent Progressive

I am happy to wave goodbye to political year 2014. It was not a good year for progressives, and a worse year for America. Defying logic, the party of no and dysfunction at the federal level and a root cause of the collapse of the middle class won broad victories in the ballyhooed midterms of 2014.

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Looking at the Sky

McLean High School sophomore Sean Yongjoo Lim prepares for violin competition in Switzerland.

Hours of practice are adding up and paying off for Sean Yongjoo Lim, a McLean High School sophomore who was recently selected to compete in the International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition in Bern, Switzerland.