Stories for February 2012

Stories for February 2012

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Wednesday, February 29

Churchill Girls Lose to Blair in 4A West Quarterfinals

Racoosin among talented Bulldogs expected to return.

The Churchill girls’ basketball team’s 2011-12 season began with a deep, talented roster and high expectations. It ended with a six-point fourth quarter amid the absence of composure.

Mount Vernon Girls Fall One Victory Shy of States

Majors lose to Oakton for the second time this season.

Mount Vernon girls’ basketball coach Courtney Coffer hung his head and fought back tears as he sat at the end of the Majors’ bench after their Northern Region semifinal matchup with Oakton on Feb. 24. As time passed, he wondered if he had done enough. How could this happen again?

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Yorktown Boys End Season in Region Quarterfinals

Earley finishes career as school’s all-time leading scorer.

Jack Earley finished his high school career as the Yorktown boys’ basketball program’s all-time leading scorer. But with the Patriots’ season on the line against Fairfax in the regional quarterfinals on Feb. 22, Earley’s opportunities to put the ball in the bucket were few and far between.

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Next Level

Masha Harmon, a senior at Yorktown High School, has signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W. Va

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Ireton Beats SSSAS in Battle of Rebuilding Programs

Hart’s double-double pushes Cardinals past Saints in playoffs.

Bishop Ireton senior Laura Hart had to watch the final pressure-packed moments of the Cardinals’ VISAA state playoff game against St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes from the bench. But prior to fouling out, it was Hart’s double-double and presence in the paint that helped bring the Cardinals stability in an otherwise sloppy contest.

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Sports Briefs: TC Garners All-State Indoor Track Honors

The T.C. Williams indoor track and field team earned four all-state awards and broke two school records during the state championships on Feb. 24-25 in Hampton.

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Woodson’s Reaves Signs with Shepherd

Woodson senior Mike Reaves signed a letter of intent and received a scholarship to play football at Shepherd University in West Virginia.

Sharp-Shooting Loftus Lifts Majors Over Centreville

Senior forward Forbush scores 24 points in defeat.

Trailing by 15 at halftime, Centreville relied on senior forward Chaney Forbush for offensive production in the second half.

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TC Wins Titles at Northern Region Indoor Track Meet

Jonathan Anderson won the shot put championship, Devon Cooper captured the long jump title and the 4x400 relay team of Kathryn Hendley, Morgan Lataillade, Sydney Schaedel and Shannon Smythe finished first, highlighting the T.C. Williams indoor track team’s performance at the Northern Region meet on Feb. 17-18 at George Mason University.

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TC Girls Finish Runner-up to Spartans, Again

The T.C. Williams girls’ basketball team lost to West Springfield in the Patriot District championship game for the second consecutive year, this time falling 78-63 on Feb. 17 at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

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Kerman, Stingy Defense Propel Titans to District Title

TC holds South County to 39 points in championship game.

Daquan Kerman scored a team-high 13 points and led a stingy Titans defensive effort as T.C. Williams defeated South County 54-39 to capture its second consecutive district title and the program’s sixth in seven seasons.

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Robinson’s Valdez, Martino Win State Wrestling Titles

Rams finish state runner-up behind Colonial Forge.

Santiago Valdez produced a losing record during his first two seasons as a Robinson wrestler. After two years of hard work and dedication, Valdez produced a state championship.

South County’s Manley, Stein Win Region Wrestling Titles

Hunter Manley wanted nothing to do with a repeat performance.

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Robinson Grapplers Pinkston, Martino Win Region Titles

Rams finish region runner-up to district foe Westfield.

Robinson heavyweight Jake Pinkston dropped 10 pounds prior to regionals. In exchange, he gained a second Northern Region championship.

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Arlington Superintendent Suggests Raising Class Sizes to Balance Budget

$493.8 million spending plan represents a 4 percent increase over last year’s budget.

With Arlington’s classrooms bursting at the seams, school officials say there’s no end in sight.

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Healthiest School

Marine Corps Marathon honors Lynbrook Elementary.

On Thursday Feb. 8, the students of Lynbrook Elementary School received the Marine Corps Marathon Healthy School Award for most participants in the event for the eleventh consecutive year. In what has become a popular school tradition, 300 students participated in the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run on Oct. 29, 2011, an event that was marked with the worst weather in recent memory.

Column: State Shirks Transportation Responsibility

Maybe we should rename our County The Bank of Last Resort.

Griffin’s Final Budget

Outgoing county executive proposes 6.1 percent budget increase compared to last year.

Appearing before members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the last time, outgoing county executive Anthony Griffin had the luxury of taking the long view. When considering the challenges that currently confront the county, Griffin reminded the elected officials that it wasn’t all that long ago that Fairfax County has essentially a rural backwater of the capital.

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Nourishing Body and Soul

Fourth annual fundraiser draws 300 attendees.

Professional and student artists have been busy shaping and decorating nearly 500 bowls for the fourth annual Empty Bowls event, hosted by Our Daily Bread, a nonprofit that works to eliminate hunger, homelessness and poverty in Fairfax County.

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Burke Presbyterian Youth Present ‘Charlie Brown’

Area youth present classic family musical.

The old gang may not be as trendy as The Simpsons, but everyone still knows and loves Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts crew.

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The Art of the Deal

Lorton’s Matthew McFarland takes top spot in 5th annual Monopoly Tournament.

Matthew McFarland, 14, outplayed, outwitted and outlasted nearly 100 other Monopoly fans during the fifth annual Monopoly Tournament at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Letter: Keeping the Potomac River Clean

Letter to the Editor

As a proud member of the Northern Virginia community who spent my high school years rowing on the Potomac River, I am very concerned about the condition of this beloved waterway.

Candidates Wanted for the American Legion’s Boys State

The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, is inviting all members of Springfield and surrounding communities to join them in sponsoring young men to attend the 70th Session of Virginia Boys State.

Letter: Striving for Excellence

Letter to the Editor

As a parent of four children in the Fairfax County Public School system, I applaud the efforts of Governor McDonnell and members of the General Assembly for working to improve the quality of our education.

Week in Fairfax

Things happening in the Fairfax area.

Fairfax Celebrates Dr. Brabrand Day

Former Fairfax High principal Scott Brabrand to become Lynchburg Superintendent of Schools.

Scott Brabrand, the former principal of Fairfax High School, did not need the official proclamation declaring it's "Scott Brabrand Day."

Eileen Marilyn Cain, 78, Dies

Eileen Marilyn Cain, 78, of Mineral, Va., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Feb. 5, 2012 after a four year illness.

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Becoming Mr. Zero

The New School Theater presents ‘The Adding Machine.’

s technology advances, great leaps forward are made. But for every great leap forward, there are consequences.

Letter: Supervising ‘Little Things’

Letter to the Editor

As I struggled through traffic, yet again, I was pressed to keep my sanity as I sat thinking about all the productive things I could be doing if I could just get home!

Letter: Recognizing 'Young Heroes'

Letter to the Editor

Inarguably, enlisting in the military is one of the most honorable things one can do after graduating high school. While most are planning vacations to the beach or buying decorations for their dorm rooms, the select few who have enlisted are at basic combat training.

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‘Proof’ of Success for Local Actress

Alex Keiper, Fairfax native, stars in professional production of Tony-winning "Proof."

Making it in the competitive world of professional theater is no easy feat. Many have dreams but a precious few have the spotlight shine on them.

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Academy of General Dentistry Honors Fairfax Dentist

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists, has announced that Gordon Rye, DDS, MAGD, of Fairfax has earned the 2012 Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition (LLSR) for his commitment to lifelong learning, volunteering his services to communities in need, mentoring associates and new dentists, and participating in organized dentistry.

Fairfax Connection Carriers Honored

Among the Connection's many excellent carriers, the two young people are honored for their service, reliability and dedication as 2011 Fairfax Connection Carriers of the Year.

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Springfield’s Immanuel Bible Church Installs New Pastor

Nearly 3,000 attend ceremony for Jesse Johnson.

Jesse Johnson, formerly Pastor for Outreach at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., was installed as Lead Teaching Pastor at Springfield’s Immanuel Bible Church during three services on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Letter: Signs Near Burke Centre Station

Letter to the Editor

After two years of prodding, Amtrak (15 months), then Fairfax County and VDOT (9 months), to erect free signs near Virginia’s newest and fastest growing Burke Centre Station, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) finally erected seven signs at critical intersections on the Fairfax County, Burke Centre and Roberts Parkways during the week of Feb. 12.

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Sounds of Excellence in Vienna

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras play with members of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra at Vienna Presbyterian Church.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, members of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras had a rare opportunity to rehearse with 28 members of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra in preparation for a side-by-side performance on Feb. 26 at Vienna Presbyterian Church.

Help Save Ezra’s Life or Another’s

Register to become a bone marrow donor.

Two-year-old Ezra Freeman has a rare primary immune deficiency called Hyper IgM Syndrome. Only with a bone marrow transplant will his life be saved. Thus far, neither doctors, hospitals nor the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation have been unable to find a donor match. Time is critical.

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Because of Bullis

Through community service, everyone benefits.

“Because of Bullis, A Wider Circle has a more dignified space. Because of Bullis’ lacrosse team, we were able to unload 300 mattresses in a couple of hours — giving 300 more Montgomery County residents a bed to sleep in that evening.

Supporting Brain Injury Programs

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Many people have been affected by a loved one or friend who has had a traumatic brain injury, a stroke or a concussion. According to MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, one and a half million traumatic brain injuries, concussions and nearly a million strokes occur every year in the United States.

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Reston Dentists Give Children a Smile

Fusion Dental’s Reston office provides 21 local children free dental care.

By participating in their third annual Give Kids A Smile event, doctors and staff at Fusion Dental’s Reston office gave some local kids and their parents a lot to smile about.

Column: A Budget Divide

Work on a budget for the FY 2013-2014 biennium occupied most of the General Assembly’s time this past week. Two budgets – one to complete FY 2012 and another for the FY 2013-2014 biennium – were proposed by the Governor and were introduced on his behalf in both houses of the legislature.

Walter Alcorn Selected as Citizen of the Year

Planning Commissioner Walter Alcorn will be honored as the 2011 Citizen of the Year at the annual awards banquet of the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations ("Federation") and SAIC on Sunday, March 25 at the Tysons Corner Crowne Plaza Hotel.

13-Year-Old Makes Audiences Laugh

Shaping an early career in comedy.

Hoover Middle School’s Gabriel Stopak might be the next Jay Leno or Dave Letterman. The 13-year-old displays no reticence at standing up in front of an audience of adults and presenting his comedy routine.

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Reston Marine Comes Home

Community support eases burden of local marine family.

The Rhodes family of Reston received the best Valentine’s gift. Lt. Col. Lewis Rhodes returned home safely from seven months’ deployment in Afghanistan on Monday, Feb. 13.

The Miracle of Life

Did you know that the Book of Esther read every year on the holiday of Purim (Thursday March 8), is the only book in the entire Bible in which a reference to God is not made even once? Why?

Week in Herndon

Things happening in the Herndon area.

Joanne Virginia Donohue Watson, 85, Dies

Joanne Virginia Donohue Watson, age 85, passed away peacefully on Friday Feb. 17, 2012 at Stonehenge Assisted Living in Blairsville, Ga.

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Seven Locks Elementary Hosts Open House

Principal Rebecca (Robin) Gordon invites the community and Seven Locks Alumni to an open house on March 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to see the newly built Seven Locks Elementary School at 9500 Seven Locks Road, Bethesda.

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Bone Marrow Donor Drive for 13-year-old Leukemia Survivor

Shynia Milligan's family is coordinating the bone marrow drive at Almas Temple, on K Street in Washington, D.C.

Thirteen-year-old Shynia Milligan was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) in the summer of 2010. AML is a life-threatening blood cancer.

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Farm to Fork at Frying Pan Farms

Winter farmers market opens at Frying Pan Park.

The indoor winter farmers market at Frying Pan Farm was greeted last Thursday with an eager crowd of buyers. "We've been waiting for this. I really use the farmers markets to tell me what is in season. I can look around and see what's fresh and growing locally," said Herndon’s Irene Hill. "We are trying to eat more locally and farmers markets tell me what's in season, "said Hill.

Letter: The Contraceptive Controversy

Letter to the Editor

The federal rule requiring that large employers cover contraceptive services prompted an outcry. Arguing in the name of religious liberty, religious leaders argued that the requirement violates their First Amendment rights.

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Student Workout

Christ Episcopal School seventh- and eighth-grade students enjoy the opportunity of working out at the Rockville Gold's Gym twice a week as a part of the five-day-a-week Physical Education Curriculum at Christ Episcopal School.

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Local Mom Bloggers Converge to Network, Raise Money

Blogging community steps up to support new moms.

On the night of Feb. 21, local moms tweeted, linked, and blogged in real time from NOVALive, a networking and charity event held at Fairfax Corner’s upscale consignment boutique, Chic Envy.

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Gift and Tribute

Every child who has a bar/bat mitzvah at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac is encouraged to do a Tzedakah project, or an act of charity and loving kindness.

Letter: Support Volunteer Firefighters

After reading the article, "Old Tensions Delay Fire House Expansion," I pondered how quickly memories fade, for the article said nothing about the retribution heaped on volunteer firehouses for their opposition to the ambulance fee.

Letter: Don’t Treat Deer as Pets

The Potomac Almanac cover photo and story dated Feb.22-28, 2012 misrepresents the harm deer cause to our community. Depicting deer as pets is just plain wrong. Deer are a wildlife species that have exploded to untenable numbers.

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Church, Herndon Elementary Sign Partnership Agreement

Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon and Herndon Elementary inked their partnership on Friday, Feb. 3.

Classified Advertising

Read this weeks great jobs and get your home ready for spring with our home services directory!

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Cooking with the Golden Girls in Herndon

Herndon Youth are "Cooking with the Golden Girls" at Sunrise Senior Living Center.

The "Golden Girls" of the Sunrise Senior Living Center in Fair Oaks, are once again enjoying the excitement of Girl Scout visitors. Maryann Rigo, a sophomore at Oakton High School and Herndon resident, could not help but return to the Center for her Girl Scout Gold Project after running the Sewing Center for the residents there in June 2010.

Tuesday, February 28

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Herndon High Step Team Kicks Off Title Defense

Herndon High School hosts 14th annual StompFest.

Fresh off a season in which they won the national championship, the Herndon High School Step Team kicked off their season by hosting the 14th annual StompFest Saturday at Herndon High. The event featured nine local teams competing for first place.

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Telling Tales of the Rail

Historic Trusts hosts program on railroad history.

The Reston Historic Trust presented the story of the Alexandria Loudoun and Hampshire Railroad, which later became the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad at the Reston Community Center Lake Anne Thursday, Feb. 23. Local historians Ron Beavers and Paul McCray told the story of the line, which began in Alexandria in 1847.

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Reston Resident Tracks History Through Advertisements

Jay Paull runs website featuring thousands of vintage ads.

Jay Paull’s love of advertisements is practically genetic. His great-grandfather was an early publisher in West Virginia, and his daughter (Paull’s grandmother) started to collect those early publications. They’ve been passed down from generation to generation, with each one adding more advertisements to the collection.

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Rail Association Takes Look Forward

Developers discuss Silver Line strategies.

The Dulles Corridor Rail Association hosted a "look forward" Friday, Feb. 24 in Herndon to examine the plans around the proposed Silver Line Metrorail Stations.

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Riverbend Kicks Off Master Planning Process

Master Plan will serve to update plan created in 1975.

The Fairfax County Park Authority kicked off the master planning process for Riverbend Park during a public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Grange. The 411-acre park, which includes more than two miles of land along the Potomac River, has been guided by a master plan that was created in 1975.

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MPA Begins 50th Anniversary Celebration

Organization hosts "pop-up" party in downtown McLean.

Fifty years ago, the McLean Project for the Arts began as a way for local artists to get together, meet the local community and sell a few paintings while they are at it. The organization has undergone many changes since then, establishing a gallery at the McLean Community Center and putting on several signature events per year, but it remains the same at its core.

Langley Leads Recycling Efforts

School will serve as pilot program for athletic field recycling.

Langley High School will serve as a pilot program for Fairfax County when it comes to recycling on the athletic fields during sporting events. The Langley Eco School club is spearheading the initiative, collecting grant money to purchase the recycling cans to be placed next to the regular trash cans.

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For the Love of Chocolate

For all things chocolate, plan to attend the Chocolate Lovers Festival, a two-day event that takes place each year in Old Town Fairfax. This year’s event is Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, March 4, from 12-4 p.m.

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Donatos Comes to Vienna

Vienna franchise first of dozens to open in Northern Virginia.

Evidently, a lot of Vienna people have been watching the build-out of the newly-opened Donatos pizza and sub restaurant in the Danor Shopping Center.

Column: “Battling Cancer”

I suppose, as a cancer patient, there’s a presumption/understanding that not giving into cancer and its potential ravages is an ongoing battle – to the death, if you will. And I imagine, on many levels, some truer than others, it is. War is indeed waged – so to speak, in hopes of defeating this horrible disease (enemy).

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Monte Carlo Without the Passport

Annual Chamber gala goes for the "chi-chi" look.

he Vienna area gets an opportunity to don its fanciest duds, do some gaming, sample foods from the area’s most popular restaurants, bid on classy auction prizes, listen to party music, drink from lit-up bar glasses and win raffle prizes on Saturday, March 3.

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The Langley School Presents ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’

This spring, students at The Langley School will bring a new genre of theatre to the Langley stage – the first-ever Middle School musical. "The Phantom Tollbooth" will run Thursday, March 8 through Saturday, March 10.

Oakcrest School Presents Seussical

Oakcrest School, an independent school for girls grades 6-12 in McLean, is showcasing its Upper School Show, Seussical, the Musical, in the G. Lloyd Bunting, Sr. Theatre at Oakcrest on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Letter: Upholding Campaign Promises

Letter to the Editor

Last November’s elections are not so distant that we have all forgotten the issues raised by the many candidates for local office.

Letter: Wolf's Crusade Article

Letter to the Editor

Alex McVeigh’s article on Rep. Wolf's book "Prisoner of Conscience" ["Wolf’s Crusade," Connection, February 15-21, 2012] is very much worth acknowledging as his constituents and other constituents of neighboring districts are not well informed about Rep. Wolf's commitment to this issue of global human rights.

Letter: Not the Virginia We Voted For

Letter to the Editor

Barbara Comstock, our 34th District Delegate, has just sent out her "Crossover" newsletter with the status of bills she has sponsored.

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Churchill Road Students Make Wind Gauges

Churchill Road students incorporated environmental studies with their science unit on weather when they learned about the power of wind as an alternative energy source.

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Colvin Run Mill Turns Sap to Syrup

In February, mill presented two maple syrup boil-downs to public.

Colvin Run Mill is not in Vermont nor are its maple trees "sugar" maple, but the park’s demonstration of a maple syrup boil-down harkens back to the simple ways of country living.

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Special Guests Come for Blue & Gold Dinner

Local boy scouts meet service dogs at Great Falls Elementary.

Every year, Great Falls Boy Scout troops gather for their Blue and Gold Dinner, a special awards ceremony accompanied by a potluck.

Letter: Equal Human Rights for All

Letter to the Editor

The most recent edition of The Connection [Feb 15-21, 2012], included an article about Rep. Frank Wolf’s humanitarian crusade, and highlighted a book he has written about his experiences.

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Sophia Divone Wins Spelling Bee at Great Falls Elementary

There were words such as ascertain, epithet, and rhomboid but a group of fourth through sixth graders took it all in stride and kept the competition lively during the Great Falls Elementary School Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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Kaine Touts ‘Talent Economy’ at Fairfax Company

In bid for U.S. Senate seat, Kaine holds economic roundtables.

During a campaign stop at a Fairfax workforce development company on Thursday, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) emphasized the need to foster a "talent economy" that will reboot America’s drive to the top of the economic ladder.

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The Bus Was Stuffed

Local food pantries receive record donations from 2nd annual Stuff the Bus campaign.

Fairfax County’s second annual Stuff the Bus campaign roared to the finish line last week, collecting more than 25,604 pounds of food and $3,483 – a 26 percent increase in food, and a 236 percent increase in cash over 2011 totals.

Saturday, February 25

Lamond Park Renamed to Honor Gil McCutcheon

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board voted to rename Lamond Community Park to Gilbert S. McCutcheon Park, an action taken to honor the former Park Authority board member who represented the Mount Vernon District from 1992 to 2010.

Jazzercise Instructor Celebrates 25 Years of Fitness

On March 3, Jazzercise instructor Mindy LaBruno will celebrate her 25th anniversary of teaching Jazzercise.

Column: Improving Budget While Fighting Right-Wing Social Agenda

On Sunday, the House and Senate budget committees unveiled competing versions of Virginia's $85-billion two-year budget.

Sharp-Shooting Loftus Lifts Majors Over Centreville

Junior ties career high with five 3-points in regional opener.

Kelly Loftus scored 23 points and tied a career high with five 3-pointers as the Mount Vernon girls’ basketball team defeated Centreville 65-52 in the opening round of the Northern Region tournament.

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West Potomac Academy Hosts Open House

West Potomac Academy hosted an open house for prospective students on its campus at West Potomac High School on Friday, Feb. 17. All classes were open and showcased current studies.

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Bethlehem Baptist Church Defies Earthquake Damage

Sanctuary is pronounced safe.

Feb. 19 was a glory day for the pastor and congregation of Bethlehem Baptist Church, an historic congregation on Fordson Road in Gum Springs dating to 1863.

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George Washington Birthday Parade

The annual George Washington Birthday Parade attracted crowds in Alexandria on Monday, Feb. 20.

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Planning Approves Pohanka Proposal

Honda dealership planned to open in Chantilly.

It’s on to the Board of Supervisors now for Pohanka Automotive Group’s proposal to construct a Honda dealership in Chantilly. It got a green light recently from the Fairfax County Planning Commission.

25 Years Prison for Portillo-Saravilla

He raped girl, 8.

A man who entered the country illegally, raped an 8-year-old Centreville girl and then fled the state was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison. He is 30-year-old Salvador Portillo-Saravia.

Eat Food, See Clothing, Raise Money

Fashion show, luncheon, silent auction slated for Fairfax Salvation Army.

Since 1960, the Fairfax Salvation Army has provided residents with utility and rent assistance, food, clothing and furniture on an emergency basis. It also provides toys and bicycles to needy children during the Christmas holidays. In 2011, it assisted 1,250 families.

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Choe Is Sully Police Officer of Year

Korean heritage helpful in his job.

There were smiles all around when PFC Roy Choe was honored Tuesday night as the Sully District Police Station’s 2011 Officer of the Year. He was selected by the station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and feted in front of his family and colleagues.There were smiles all around when PFC Roy Choe was honored Tuesday night as the Sully District Police Station’s 2011 Officer of the Year. He was selected by the station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and feted in front of his family and colleagues.

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Council to Consider Waterfront Master Plan Without Making Zoning Change

Two appeals and a court challenge have put the brakes on zoning changes.

During today's public hearing, members of the Alexandria City Council are set to consider an ordinance officially incorporating the controversial waterfront small-area plan into the city’s master plan.

Friday, February 24

Choe Is Surprised, Happy about Honor

Ever since he was a young boy, Roy Choe wanted to be a police officer. “My uncle was a firefighter in Korea and, when I saw his uniform, I thought it was beautiful,” he said.

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Lessons Beyond the Classroom

Entrepreneurship students gain real experience.

Buying and selling merchandise, using skills they learned in class and having a good time doing it, Chantilly Academy entrepreneurship students recently participated in the third annual Entrepreneurship Market Day.

Letter: Community Invited

On Feb. 17, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community held a Quran exhibition at Centreville Regional Library between 3 and 6 p.m. Translations of the Quran in 43 different languages were on display.

Letter: Support Appreciated

On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Virginia, I want to thank everyone for the sympathy expressed in response to the vandalism at our Mubarak Mosque under construction in Chantilly. To the Editor:

Letter: Check Up on Legislators

The Virginia General Assembly's web site Lis.virginia.gov is very valuable for determining what your state delegate and senator is doing to represent you because it has information readily available on legislation introduced (patron) and signed on other bills (co patron) by each state delegate and senator, committee assignments, bills considered by committees and votes cast by each General Assembly member in committees, during house and senate floor sessions and whether to pass or reject bills. The patron of a bill has the responsibility of providing data to committees for consideration to pass or reject a bill. When a person co-patrons a bill it shows support for the bill's content.

Seminary Chapel Campaign Raises $10.8 Million

Additional funds still needed to replace chapel.

Allowed to start a 100-yard dash at the 80-yard mark confers a mighty advantage on the racer. So it is with the Virginia Theological Seminary. The public — and final — phase of the Seminary's "Chapel for the Ages" campaign is beginning. Of the $13.0 million needed, $10.8 million has been raised.

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Birth of the Blues

ASF, Hammond students team up to build guitars.

Twelve Hammond Middle School students stood before their teachers, classmates, School Board members and administrators Feb. 1 as they gave a musical performance using their own hand-crafted cigar box guitars. As a result of an after-school program sponsored by Alexandria City Public Schools and the Alexandria Court Services Unit, several middle school youth proudly displayed the culmination of four months of work building their instruments.

2012 Living Legend of Alexandria: Lillian Patterson

A life devoted to making a difference.

Volunteer. Historian. Educator. Wife. Mother. Activist. There is no one noun to describe fourth-generation Alexandrian Lillian Stanton Patterson, nominated to be an Alexandria Living Legend by her daughter, Marilyn Patterson, and Volunteer Alexandria Executive Director Donna Walker James.

Thursday, February 23

Miller Leads West Springfield to District Title

Senior scores 21 points in championship game, named tournament MVP.

The West Springfield girls’ basketball team defeated T.C. Williams twice by a combined four points during the regular season, with each contest decided in the final seconds. When it came time to determine the 2012 Patriot District champion, senior guard Jordan Miller and the Spartans showed no desire for another dramatic finish.

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Talk of the Town: Pets

Talk of the Town: Pets

Washington Episcopal Earns First in Robotics Competition

Washington Episcopal School’s robotics team, the "Dragonbots," won first place in the presentation category for a creative, imaginative, well-documented, and demonstrated research project at the International First LEGO League state-wide competition at UMBC Retriever Activities Center in Catonsville, Md. on Jan. 28. Seventy-four teams competed. The FLL organized the competition, which hosts around 20,000 teams in over 60 countries.

School Notes

Feb. 22-28

To have an item listed mail to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Call 703-778-9412.

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Arlington Pet Connection

Feb. 22-28

Readers responded to the Connection’s request to share photos of their pets.

Potomac Calendar

Feb. 22-28

To have community events listed free in The Potomac Almanac, send e-mail to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. Call 703-778-9412.

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‘Fresh Flowers and Furry Friends’ at Gallery Har Shalom

Opening reception planned for Sunday, March 4.

Gallery Har Shalom is launching the exhibit, "Fresh Flowers and Furry Friends," featuring the work of five artists: Barbara F. Bell, Rockville; Merry Lymn, Potomac; Bert GF Shankman, Olney; Shirley Hendel, Potomac. and Leigh Partington, Washington Grove.

Dance Bethesda Concert To Showcase Six Eclectic Companies

The eighth annual Dance Bethesda, a weekend celebrating dance, will feature a formal dance concert showcasing area companies at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 3. The event, produced by Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, will take place at Round House Theatre, located at 4545 East-West Highway in downtown Bethesda.

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Potomac Pet Connection

Potomac readers submit their pet photos.

Orange Line Connection Feb. 22-28

Orange Line Connection

Arlington School Notes Feb. 22-28

Arlington School Notes

Arlington Calendar Feb. 22-28

Know of something missing from our community entertainment Calendar? Send it to The Arlington Connection, e-mail it to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with any questions. Photos are welcome.

New Aquatics Center Opens

The new Yorktown High School Aquatics Center has officially opened. The facility contains an eight-lane competition pool with a separate diving well and a separate instructional pool. The diving area, completely separated from the lap lanes, includes two one-meter springboards. The instructional pool includes a handicapped accessible ramp. A wet classroom, available for pool party rentals, and a spectator area with capacity in excess of 200 overlooking the pools are also available.

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Pet Connection

We asked our readers to send in pictures of their pets.

"Flourishing After 55"

"Flourishing After 55" from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for March 5-10.

Burke Connection Carrier of the Year Honored

Among The Connection’s many excellent carriers, Andrew Storr is honored for his service, reliability and dedication as 2011 Burke Connection Carrier of the Year.

Springfield Connection Carrier of the Year Honored

Among The Connection’s many excellent carriers, Marie Laverdiere is honored for her service, reliability and dedication as 2011 Springfield Connection Carrier of the Year.

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DeMarco Launches Bid for Fairfax City Council Seat

More than 70 people turned out to help Michael DeMarco launch his bid for the Fairfax City Council during an open house at his Mosby Woods home.

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On Nepal, With Love

Recent Nepalese immigrant uses Public Access TV Show to bring about positive change.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there are more than 9,400 Nepalese living in the U.S. Krishna Sharma of Springfield, founder and CEO of Vision for Nepal, hopes to reach many of these immigrants and others sympathetic to Nepal through his TV program, "American Conversations," which airs on Fairfax Public Access Channel 30 on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.

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For Pets from Paradise, Alexandria Is Heaven

Adoption opportunities for kittens in need

The U.S. territory of St. Croix is a Caribbean paradise. A rolling sea surrounds lush beaches, the climate is warm year-round, and there are few crowds. The same island features that make for an amiable habitat for humans, however, are disastrous for local animal populations.

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Behind the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

For 15 years, she served as City Manager and knew in advance the details of every item that was scheduled to come before City Council. So for Vola Lawson, that one City Council meeting back in 1999 took her by surprise.

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A Heartfelt Anniversary

Greenspring couple celebrates 65 years of marriage on Valentine’s Day.

At 89, Ray Wright is as quick with a quip as Jack Benny.

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They Focus on ‘Orphan’ Disease

Malignant mesothelioma appears in 3,000 cases annually

Malignant mesothelioma is a tumor found in the lining of the lungs, heart or stomach. Exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma. It lies dormant and asymptomatic within people for as long as 50 years before it erupts. Once diagnosed — 3,000 cases annually — the disease is always fatal.

McCaffrey Addresses Friendship Veterans

Patsy Ticer receives distinguished service award

The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association held its annual breakfast Feb. 20 at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Old Town in the traditional kick-off to the city's George Washington Birthday Parade celebrations.

Column: Seminary Valley

If you lived in Seminary Valley in the 1960s and ’70s, you knew the McKeon family and their eight children: Charles McKeon, Jr., Sharon, Brian, Peggy, John, Pat, Keen and Marie. Last week, the Valley and Alexandria lost Mae McKeon, formerly of Strathblane Place. Marie (Zack) still lives in the original family home and it was the scene of a reunion after Mae’s service at Blessed Sacrament.

Column: National Controversy and Budget Process Begins

Crossover Week at the General Assembly found us in the national media spotlight of Saturday Night Live, CNN and the Rachel Maddow Show. Over 1,000 demonstrators appeared at the State Capitol this week.

Column: On the Way to $85 Billion Budget

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling broke a tie in the evenly divided Senate chamber at the beginning of the Session. This provided Republican organizational control of the Senate even though a lawsuit is still pending on whether the power should be shared. In taking this step, many bills have been passed that were voted down by a more moderate Senate in past years.

Column: Advice for Healthy Seniors

The Senior Speaker Series continues next month with an event co-sponsored by Senior Services of Alexandria and Inova Alexandria Hospital on March 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Letter: Prompt Action, Good Work

I am writing to commend the City of Alexandria’s Office of Environmental Quality for its prompt response to a concern I passed along to them this past Wednesday, Feb. 15. That morning, I was walking my dog in the Chinquapin woods, like I do every weekday just before dawn

Column: Building Windmills, Transforming Communities

I was amazed and inspired when I read "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity & Hope," written by Malawi-born author William Kamkwamba with journalist Bryan Mealer.

Letter: Invaluable Assist for Seniors

With all the talk about the rapid growth of the aging population, here in Alexandria there is an answer that benefits our community by supporting seniors who want to stay in their homes.

Letter: Manager’s Budget Lacks Vision

Alexandria's city manager's proposed budget reveals a flawed focus and vision. Instead of proposing major budget cuts in public safety and scaling back the major capital improvement projects, our city manager has instead preferred to cut jobs and reward the speculative metrics of more expenditures on public safety and priority development projects.

Letter: Displacing The Poor

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Beauregard Small Area Plan working session held at the Landmark Mall. As many of your readers may be aware, this plan is quite contentious — particularly to the residents of the West End neighborhood who will be most impacted.

Letter: Congressional Satirist?

Let’s not lose our faith in Rep. Moran’s ability to surprise. As background, he gamely decided to co-sponsor the STOCK Act which prohibits congressmen from buying or selling securities based on “congressional nonpublic” information.

Letter: Honoring George Washington

I commend Mayor Euille for proclaiming February 2012 as a month-long celebration to mark George Washington’s 280th birthday and the Birthday Committee for planning and facilitating the events and activities throughout the month.

Letter: Say Thanks in the Budget

Scott Gordon wrote a very moving tribute to our Alexandria First Responders in his Feb. 16 letter entitled "Say Thanks." He's right; the spirit of his letter and his recommendation to just say thanks are both spot on.

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Madison Defeats South Lakes in Liberty Girls Finals

Tourney MVP Koshuta of Madison scores 32 in win; Rendle, Severin earn All-Tourney honors for Seahawks.

The James Madison High girls’ basketball team played one of its best games of the season in last Friday night’s Liberty District tournament finals versus South Lakes. The defending district champion Warhawks were clicking in all areas of the game and kept a talented Seahawks’ squad at bay in a 78-47 victory. The postseason title game took place at South Lakes’ spacious Wendell G. Byrd Gymnasium in Reston.

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Bulldogs, Warriors Take it to the Wire

Westfield emerges victorious in first round region playoff action.

Monday night’s first round Northern Region boys’ high school basketball playoff game, between a physically strong Westfield squad versus a running, defensive-pressure oriented Wakefield opponent, was pretty much close throughout. Both teams, with their seasons on the line, played as if there were no tomorrow. The result was like a close boxing match gone the distance as both the Warriors and home team Bulldogs continually took one another’s best shots only to come right back and deliver one themselves.

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McLean, Fairfax Boys Play Game for the Ages

Rogo-led Highlanders, in double overtime, win Liberty championship.

High school championship games do not get much more dramatic or better than the one played last Friday night at South Lakes High School in Reston between the McLean Highlanders and Fairfax Rebels.

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Overall good showing by Northern Region at State Wrestling

Westfield’s Donahue earns state title; Dooley of Madison and Forrest of South Lakes earn second place medals.

Three Northern Region teams – Robinson, Annandale, and Westfield High Schools – finished among the top 10 team finishers at last weekend’s Virginia State AAA Wrestling Championships, held Feb. 17-18 (Friday and Saturday) at Robinson Secondary.

Langley Wrestling Continues Strong Postseason

The Langley High wrestling team finished ninth place overall at last Saturday’s Northern Region Championships. The 30-team, two-day event took place Feb. 10-11 at Hayfield High School in Alexandria.

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Madison Wrestling Continues Strong Postseason

Warhawks Hoy, Dooley capture Northern Region crowns.

The Madison High wrestling team finished 10th place overall at last Saturday’s Northern Region Championships. The 30-team, two-day event took place Feb. 10-11 at Hayfield High School in Alexandria.

Week in Alexandria

This weekend, members of the Alexandria City Council are set to conduct a public hearing on an ordinance officially incorporating the controversial waterfront small-area plan into the city’s master plan.

In Session

Alexandria’s Senate delegation is divided on the King’s Dominion Law, the 30-year-old mandate that prevents school systems from opening before Labor Day.

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Block by Block, 1940s Concentrated Public Housing in Alexandria is Being Demolished

All the units will be replaced, but will scattered-site housing work?

For more than half a century, the Parker Gray neighborhood has been home to blocks of public housing.

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Voters to Have Final Say on Eminent Domain Amendment

Opinions are divided as to what kind of influence the amendment could have if passed.

This fall, voters across Virginia will be confronted with a hotly debated amendment to the Virginia Constitution that seeks to limit the ability of local governments to use the power of eminent domain.

Wednesday, February 22

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Sheehy Donates $10K to Housing and Community Services

Sheehy Ford/Nissan-Springfield recently donated $10,000 to Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia (HCSNV), a non-profit organization that provides emergency housing assistance to more than 300 families in Fairfax County each year.

Week in Springfield

Things happening in the Springfield area.

Artists Come Together and Support the Workhouse for the 2012 Collector’s Showcase

The Workhouse Arts Center is now exhibiting the 2012 Collector’s Showcase in its very own Workhouse Gallery. This year’s showcase, which will be on display until Feb. 25, features over 60 diverse works, all of which were donated by Associate and Studio artists’ of the Workhouse.

Race to Celebrate Healthy Teen and Young Adult Dating

Teen and young adult dating relationships, whether they are healthy or unhealthy, "sets the pattern for life," one teen told Karen Bontrager, founder and organizer of the second annual No Fear in Love Race at George Mason University.

Letter: Voter ID Protects Election Integrity

Letter to the Editor

There’s an old Chicago saying, "Vote Early and vote often." Most of us laugh it off as a comment of a bygone era when city bosses manipulated the democratic process to ensure their favored candidate won.

Week in Fairfax

Things happening in the Fairfax area.

Column: General Assembly Halftime Report

If you haven’t been following the General Assembly this year, I thought it would be appropriate to fill you in on the first half of the session.

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Snowed In

Burke preschoolers enjoy snowball fight without the cold, the wet and the mess.

>No snow? No problem. When a Burke preschool teacher saw how disappointed her students were by the lack of snow this winter, she came up with a creative way to give her children snowy fun, and give back to the community in the process.

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Burke Centre Parkway Gets Facelift

Pedestrian improvements coming soon.

A $150,000 Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) grant will make it a little safer for students and pedestrians at Terra Centre Elementary School in Burke.

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Krazy for K9s at Frying Pan

Krazy for K9s 4H Club meets at Frying Pan Park weekly. The club practices basic obedience, agility, and canine freestyle (dancing to music).

Column: Marking Time

As much as I don’t want to be ever-mindful of today’s date – relative to when I first learned of my diagnosis, that Thursday three years ago this very week, when my Internal Medicine doctor called me with the results of the biopsy (confirming the malignancy); and of course all that had preceded it and all that has happened since.

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United Way Awards More Than $150,000

Benefitting 17 Arlington nonprofits.

United Way of the National Capital Area presented a ceremonial check on Feb. 14 totaling more than $150,000 to Arlington officials representing 20 grants awarded to 17 Arlington County nonprofits.

Encore Hosts President’s Day Mini Camp.

More than 20 students signed up for Encore Stage & Studio’s theatre workshop at the Cherrydale United Methodist Church on Lorcom Lane.

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Race Fans Gather in McLean

McLean Cub Scouts participate in annual Pinewood Derby.

There were only a few tears among the cheers and smiles at the recent Cub Scout Pinewood Derby in McLean. The boys of McLean’s Cub Scout Pack 1144 are familiar with the possibilities for victory or disappointment.

‘Fresh Flowers and Furry Friends’ at Gallery Har Shalom

Opening reception planned for Sunday, March 4.

Gallery Har Shalom is launching the exhibit, "Fresh Flowers and Furry Friends," featuring the work of five artists: Barbara F. Bell, Rockville; Merry Lymn, Potomac; Bert GF Shankman, Olney; Shirley Hendel, Potomac. and Leigh Partington, Washington Grove.

Week in Reston

Things happening in the Reston area.

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Learning To ‘Take Life To the Next Level’

Life Coach Susan Samakow inspires.

Dealing with transitions in life can often be confusing, difficult and emotional. Moving, retiring, divorce, becoming an empty nester, switching careers — change is often complicated and challenging.

Bryan Lee Rudacille, of Reston, Dies

On Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, Bryan L. Rudacille, 78, passed away with heart failure.

Jackie Elke, of Reston, Dies

Long time Reston resident, and beloved Giant employee, Jackie Elke passed away suddenly Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Miss Elke had worked for Giant Food since 1994, and at the Northpoint Giant for the last fourteen years.

February?

Unseasonably warm temperatures around Potomac have resulted in early spring flowers, like these daffodils.

Column: Looking Ahead Despite Disappointments

The 2012 General Assembly has passed “Crossover,” when each house must complete action on all of its legislation that is to "crossover" to the other body.

New Shuttle Service Begins in Arlington Cemetery

The National Park Service has plans to have in service a number of new transportation options for visitors to the National Mall and Memorial Parks and Arlington National Cemetery in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the end of March. The first of these options is a shuttle within Arlington National Cemetery that was scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 20.

New Aquatics Center Opens

The new Yorktown High School Aquatics Center has officially opened. The facility contains an eight-lane competition pool with a separate diving well and a separate instructional pool.

Former NBA Player To Visit Fourth School

Former NBA player and current ESPN college basketball analyst Adrian Branch will lead two weeks of basketball camps at the Fourth Presbyterian School’s 2012 Fourth Summer Programs.

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Musical Romance

Reston Community Players presents "I Love You Because."

It's a great time to leave real world conflicts aside. Come, find yourself enjoying a delightful, feel-good musical about building a relationship," said Lisa Bailey, director of the Reston Community Players production of the romantic comedy "I Love You Because."

Column: Crossover

Last week was "crossover" for the General Assembly- the time when each house of the legislature must complete consideration of bills introduced into its chamber.

Column: High Density at Lake Anne—A Mixed Bag

Two major development projects in the Lake Anne area moved toward realization last week.

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Ballet Students Share Their Love of Dance

Classical Ballet Theatre students are forwarding dance shoes and attire this month to Mzansi Productions in South Africa. A professional performing arts company, Mzansi Productions provides dance instruction to less fortunate children.

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Old Tensions Delay Falls Road Fire House Expansion

Montgomery County declines to fund its share of project.

County Executive Isiah Leggett removed the $7 million renovation and addition project to Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 30 on Falls Road from his current proposed Capital Improvement Program. What was originally supposed to be a joint project between the county and the Cabin John volunteers is now on hold because of a disagreement over ownership.

Herndon’s New Chief of Police

Maggie A. DeBoard appointed as Town’s Chief of Police.

Arthur A. Anselene, town manager of the Town of Herndon, has announced the appointment of Maggie A. DeBoard to the position of Chief of Police. DeBoard assumes her new post on Monday, March 5.

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Peeps and Positive Behavior

Candies are part of Franklin’s anti-bullying program.

Marshmallow Peeps are soft, tasty candies popular during holidays throughout the year. They’re also playing a role in Franklin Middle School’s efforts to encourage positive behavior in its students.

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Great Dogs of Great Falls Offers Variety of Services for Pets

When it came time to choose a second career, Linda Waitkus wasn’t sure what to do. After 30 years of retail experience, including managing the Bloomingdale’s at Tysons Corner, she looked in several directions. But it wasn’t until she went to a meeting of a local women’s club that she got an idea.

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MCC, Park Authority Debate New Sign

Community Center board, Park Authority have mixed feelings about MCC sign.

The McLean Community Center has been working on changing and updating the sign at McLean Central Park, at the corner of Dolley Madison Boulevard and Old Dominion Drive for the past few years. But their plan for a new sign, on property owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority, might not be in keeping with the Park Authority's future plans for the park.

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Group Finds Homes for Abandoned or Displaced Pets

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation hosts weekly adoption events.

Since 2001, volunteers from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation have gathered every weekend all over the area with one objective: to find homes for dogs and cats in need of rescue. The foundation holds 10 events per weekend, including two at the Petsmart in Tysons Corner.

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Council Defers Metro Decision

Continuation of public hearing set for Feb. 28.

The Herndon Town Council voted Feb. 14 to defer a decision on adoption of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment that would allow for redevelopment of 38 acres between Herndon Parkway and the proposed Herndon-Monroe Metrorail station.

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Brightview Specifications Presented to GFCA

Land Use and Zoning committee hears information on proposed assisted living facility.

The Great Falls Citizens Association’s Land Use and Zoning committee began hearing information on architectural specifications for the proposed Brightview assisted living facility. The facility, which was approved as a special exception by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors last year, will be located off Colvin Run Mill where Thelma’s was previously located.

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RCA Names Citizen of Year

Nick Brown recognized for almost four decades of volunteer work.

When he moved to Reston in 1975, Nick Brown wasted no time getting involved with his community. Thirty-seven years later, he was named the Reston Citizen Association’s Citizen of the Year during a ceremony at the Reston Community Center Monday, Feb. 20.

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Herndon Kicks Off Relay For Life

Annual American Cancer Society Fundraiser will take place June 9.

The Herndon Relay for Life kicked off planning for its ninth year of the event Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Herndon Police Station. Herndon is one of more than 5,000 communities that hold the annual event, which features an overnight relay event that raises money for the American Cancer Society.

Tuesday, February 21

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Herndon’s Tortilla Factory to Close

The landmark restaurant closing March 1.

Customers from all over the Washington Metropolitan area are streaming to the Tortilla Factory in Herndon after learning the restaurant will soon be closing its doors after more than 35 years in business.

Fine Art Photo Competition 2012

ArtSpace Herndon invites photographers from D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia to participate in the 2012 ArtSpace Herndon Fine Art Photography Competition.

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Vienna’s Animal Tales

Pets: family, therapists, life savers.

All pet-parents think their pets are pretty special. Some pets are just cuddly and lovable, some blindly-devoted, some clever. Some dogs risk their lives as part of their jobs, while others give humans with physical disabilities independence.

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Reston Lions Recognize Young Musicians

Ryan Sill and Alexander Pauken won first place vocal and instrumental respectively amid stiff competition at the annual "James A. Bland" Contest held on Feb. 7, in Reston, sponsored by the Reston Lions Club.

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Sexuality and Family Life Educator to Visit Flint Hill School

Debbie Roffman, author of Sex & Sensibility: The Thinking Parent's Guide to Talking About Sex, and an expert on Sexuality and Family Life Education, will spend a week in early March working with eighth grade students at Flint Hill School in conjunction with their Wellness class’ sexuality unit.

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Vienna Optimist Club Awards High School Essay Winners

The Optimist Club of Greater Vienna awarded $600 to three local high school students at its Feb. 15 dinner meeting. The students were winners of the annual Optimists International essay contest, "How My Positive Outlook Benefits My Community."

Vienna Optimists Host Speech Contest

Deaf and hard of hearing elementary school students from Camelot Elementary School competed in a speech contest sponsored by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna at a regular membership meeting on Jan. 18 at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna.

Marcia Ferritto to Perform at Flint Hill School

Marcia Ferritto, a professional violinist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra who teaches Orchestra and Chamber music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will join with Flint Hill Middle and Upper School Orchestra teacher Jason Day in a 50-minute viola/violin concert featuring the works of Mozart, Martinu, and Bartok.

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World Cultures Meet at Marshall High

Twenty countries represented at International Night.

The dimming lights and the consequent hush that fell over the auditorium at sharply 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday Feb.15 signaled the start of Marshall’s annual International Night.

Employment and Classified Ads Feb. 22, 2012

Classifieds Feb. 22, 2012: Job Opportunities, Yard Sales, Home Repairs and Handyman Services

Trust Deficit In FCPS

Once again, I would like to thank you all for your dedication to the students, parents and teachers of Fairfax County Public Schools. It

Letter: Unfulfilled Master Plan

To the Editor: Susan Palmer ["Valued Local Park," The Gazette, Feb. 9-15, 2012] responded to my suggestion that the Lamond Park, now named after former Mount Vernon Park Commissioner Gil McCutcheon be sold and the proceeds be used to fund creation of the proposed Park at North Hill

Letter: Fight To Save Waterfront Continues

Three citizens who filed a Protest Petition on behalf of over 200 waterfront homeowners and commercial property owners along the Potomac River have won their first victory. The Council was forced to delay a second required vote to rezone the waterfront at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14 until an appeals board reviews the matter later this spring.

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Langley, Cooper Orchestra Pyramid Concert on Feb. 28

The Langley and Cooper orchestra programs will combine for their annual Pyramid Concert on Tuesday, Feb 28 at 7 p.m. at the Langley High School Auditorium. The concert is free, and public is invited.

Letter: Concerned With Vacancy

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, , Alexandria City Manager Rashad Young presented his fiscal 2013 budget recommendations to City Council. Until Council approves the final budget on May 7, the City's Budget and Fiscal Affairs Advisory Committee (BFAAC) will be examining the budget, hearing the concerns of citizens and making it's own recommendations to Council.

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All-Virginia Chorus Selected

The finest high school singers in Virginia will study and perform advanced choral music in Lynchburg from April 26-28 during the All-Virginia Chorus event.

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Langley High Junior Elected to School Board

In many ways, Fairfax County School Board's newly elected student representative Lucy Gunter leads the life of a typical Langley High School Junior: she works hard to balance the demands of difficult course work, sports and activities both inside and outside of school.

Letter: In Need of A Statesman

To the Editor: Even as we examine the most iniquitous chapters of American history, even among those days and times characterized by the most reckless of evils, we find that hope has always prevailed over despair.

Letter: Say Thanks

Police officers chase criminals, walk up to dangerous situations without hesitation, fight crime and protect our families. Our firefighters and EMS do the same, they walk into burning buildings, save lives, risk their own every day and more often than not, they do all of this without the hand shaking and hand clapping of the citizens they serve.

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Langley High Dance Team Goes to Orlando

The Langley High School "Saxon" Dance Team recently competed in the Gar-Field Sweetheart Invitational on Feb. 11. The team competed in three categories -- Varsity Jazz, Varsity Kick and Varsity Hip Hop -- and placed in the top three in each.

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Tracking Patrol Activities

After Valentine’s Day, Churchill Road School Safety Patrols began using the latest generation iPod Touches to keep track of student Patrol assignments.

Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center Celebrates New Bus

A construction-paper chain designed by the preschoolers at the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center served as the ribbon at the official ribbon cutting on Thursday, Feb. 9 of the school’s new activity bus.

Week in Great Falls

Things happening in the Great Falls area.

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Community Supports ‘Road to Nationals’

Additional support critical as team works to raise final $6,000.

Thanks to an outpouring of support from the Fort Hunt Community, the West Potomac Varsity Dance Team has raised almost 75 percent of their fundraising goal to pay for the team’s trip to the National Dance Alliance (NDA) National Championship in Orlando, Fla. next month

Letter: Focus on People In Beauregard

Recent diagrams by City of Alexandria staff used to explain the proposed Beauregard Corridor relies on dots and circles. What is overlooked in the maps, are realistic proposals or guidelines connecting the dots — people to destinations within the plan area.

Owner of The Golden Pineapple Passes Away

Barbra Yakimchick Zimnoch, a long-time Great Falls resident and business owner, passed away on Feb. 7. For 31 years she owned and operated The Golden Pineapple in the Great Falls Village Center. Prior to that, she owned a gift shop at Lake Anne in Reston.

Letter: Disregard for Constitution

Letter to the Editor

On Jan. 20, President Obama and his Administration announced a mandate under Obamacare that will force religious-affiliated organizations that offer health insurance to cover items that go directly against their religious teachings to include contraceptives, sterilization procedures and abortifacients.

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Supporting Wounded Warriors

Ulysses S. James, music director and conductor, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, took center stage at the Kennedy Center once again recently as he conducted A Concert for Project Blessing and a Tribute to Wounded Warriors, a sold-out fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center.

Letter: Losing Battle For Education?

Decisions. When it comes to public policy, the decisions are never as simple as everyone would like and many times, you never really understand why people make the decisions they make. The Superintendent’s salary was increased salary increased to $244,080 ($44,380 more than what the U.S. Secretary of Education makes and $69,080 more than what the Governor of Virginia makes), and what has Alexandria gotten for that money?

Column: Bipartisan Transportation Progress and a Week of Controversy

This week brings the midpoint of the General Assembly Session and "Crossover Day" – the day that the House and Senate must finish all work on bills originating from their own chambers.

Column: Crossover Point in General Assembly

Tuesday, Feb. 14, marks what is referred to as Crossover in the General Assembly.

Letter: Keep All Options Open

In their letter to the editor last week, Nate Macek and Bob Wood, co-authors of the Waterfront Plan Work Group final report, remind readers that the Work Group "was in broad agreement that eminent domain should play no part in the acquisition of private property along the City's Waterfront."

West Potomac Academy to Host Open House

West Potomac Academy will open its classroom doors to prospective students and their parents, local business representatives, and community members for an open house on Friday, Feb. 17, between 9 a.m and 1 p.m.

Letter: Ideological Differences

Del. David Englin exhorts us to “Put Pragmatism Over Ideology” so as to not “balance the budget on the backs of the poor.” But an attitude against “balancing the budget on the backs of the poor” is no less an “ideology” than that of the “no tax pledge” contingent.

Browne Wins First Place in State Competition

The Browne Academy eighth grade placed first in the Middle School "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" state competition on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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Teacher Launches TeamEsteem Program

Latest book addresses finance for youths

Born and raised on Buchanan Street in Alexandria, West Potomac High School teacher Daryl Mackey was determined to give back to his community. In the early 1990s, he launched his DreamEsteem program as West Potomac High School's basketball coach.

Messages Sent by Fan

In the language of the fan: Come visit me at the Lee-Fendall House.

Column: Bringing Job Search Assistance

Valentine's Day was very special this year at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (OPMH) in Alexandria. The church hosted the latest event in Senior Services of Alexandria' Speaker Series titled, "Staying Connected: Employment and Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors in Alexandria.”

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60th Anniversary

Marvin and Charlotte Waldman were married Jan. 13, 1952, in Yonkers, N.Y.

Archie Lee Liming

Archie Lee Liming, 92, formerly of Alexandria, Va., died peacefully at the home of his daughter in Lusby, Md. on Feb.

Column: Conservatives Shape Legislation

The Virginia General Assembly has moved into the halfway point, a time of year we call crossover. During crossover, legislation that has passed from one chamber will go to the other for consideration.

Harold 'Bud' Beagle

Harold Lee (Bud) Beagle (86) of Milton, Tenn., (formerly of Englewood, Fla.), died on Feb. 8, 2012. He was born Dec. 10, 1925 in Alexandria, and grew up in Catonsville, Md.

Free Foreclosure Prevention Clinics Offered

Housing Counseling Services will host multiple Foreclosure Prevention Clinics during the month of February. Clinics are currently scheduled for Feb. 20, and 27 at 12 p.m. in Conference Room 3 of the City of Alexandria Office of Housing, 421 King Street, Suite 200.

Barbara Parkinson, Longtime Connection employee

Barbara Jean Parkinson, age 67 of Sterling, Va., died Feb. 7, 2012 at her residence. Born on Sept. 17, 1944 in New York she was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Lundy.

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Waterfront Rezoning Put On Hold As Appeals Are Considered

Two challenges in Board of Zoning Appeals, another in Circuit Court.

The Fat Lady has yet to sing an aria for the waterfront plan, and now the controversial upzoning has been put on hold. At least for now.

Monday, February 20

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Schultz Requests Public Hearing on Honor Cords for Military Enlistees

After a majority (7-5) of Fairfax County School Board members resisted a uniform policy to recognize military enlistees with honor cords during graduation ceremonies at its Feb. 13 work session, Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield) launched a campaign for a public hearing on the issue.

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House Rejects Amendment Requiring Consent for Ultrasound Procedures

Effort was reaction to bill requiring women seeking abortions to undergo transvaginal ultrasound.

The effort to require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound has also sparked some of the most heated debate in Richmond this year.

Saturday, February 18

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Alexandria Man Arrested for Attempting to Detonate Bomb in Suicide Attack on Capitol

Suspect is an immigrant from Morocco who is illegally present in the United States.

Federal agents arrested a 29-year-old man residing in Alexandria for attempting to detonate a bomb in a suicide attack on the U.S. Capitol Building as part of what he intended to be a terrorist operation.

Friday, February 17

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Dressed To Impress

High fashion requires more than good looks. High fashion requires a complete approach that combines education and real world experience. For those who study at the West Potomac Academy of Fashion Design, the ins and outs of the industry are taught through coursework that emphasizes creativity grounded in practicality.

Staying Focused

UCM’s Cynthia Hull, stricken with cancer, provided for the poor through the recession.

Cynthia Hull, 62, advocate of the poor who successfully led United Community Ministries through recession and diminishing sources of funding, was diagnosed with cancer in early January. She is in Stage 4 of terminal lung cancer that has metasticized throughout her body. She was never a smoker.

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New Laws Attack Poor

Richmond’s action said to compound economy’s effect on those in need.

Eager to meet their state legislators and see them in action at the General Assembly, 25 people from Rising Hope Mission which serves the homeless and needy along the Route 1 corridor journeyed Feb. 2 to Richmond in a bus paid for by Del. Scott Surovell.

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Bryant Hosts Winter Graduation

Bryant Alternative High School on Quander Road held its winter graduation on Thursday, Feb. 9. Bryant Alternative High School on Quander Road held its winter graduation on Thursday, Feb. 9. More than 70 students crossed the stage and received diplomas. Bryant offers programs in adult education, individual teacher support through the Focused Instructional Time program in addition to Project Opportunity, a high school completion program for pregnant or parenting young women.

TC Girls Secure Spot in Northern Region Tournament

Moss outscores West Potomac through three quarters.

After a stretch of nearly six minutes without a field goal to open the second half, T.C. Williams senior Gaby Moss removed any doubt about the Titans’ season lasting longer than the first round of districts.

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Reflecting on When Black History Was Ignored

Funn’s role extended to series of lectures for police.

Slaves were happier than Northerners believed, and African Americans made no notable contributions to society. So says the 1957 school textbook, “Virginia: History, Government, Geography.”

And the Winner Is …

Neighborhood Pharmacy wins 2012 “Heart of Del Ray” award.

The Neighborhood Pharmacy owner Stacy Swartz was presented the 2012 Heart of Del Ray Award as representatives from the Del Ray Business Association made a surprise visit to the pharmacy Feb. 13 to reveal the winner of the online poll.

Huggins’ Career Night Leads TC to Regional Berth

Senior scores 29, Titans beat West Potomac.

The T.C. Williams boys’ basketball program has won the last four Northern Region tournaments for which it has qualified. Thanks to a career night from senior T.J. Huggins, the Titans will have a chance to extend the streak to five.

Leading the Charge

McCaffrey to keynote Friendship Veterans Breakfast.

> Intense mortar fire pierced the early morning hours of Oct. 6, 1966, as a young infantry officer barely out of West Point led a search and clear operation near Dong Ha, a village strategically located along the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone. Before the ensuing 12-hour battle ended, the senior American advisor would be killed and First Lieutenant Barry R. McCaffrey severely wounded as he organized a counterattack that successfully repelled the Viet Cong.

Calendar (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Feb. 23-29

Community events in the Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield area.

Bulletin Board (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Feb. 22-29

Community events in the Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield area.

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Wakefield’s Majano Captures Second Region Title

Senior grappler earns fifth victory against Edison’s Jacobson.

Henry Majano sat perched upon the first-place level of the awards podium during the Northern Region wrestling championships at Hayfield Secondary School. Sporting a headband and a "Wakefield Wrestling" T-shirt, Majano envisioned himself returning to his place atop the podium after his 132-pound title match.

Bulletin Board (Reston/Herndon)

Feb. 22-29

Community events in the Reston/Herndon area.

Weekly Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

Feb. 22-29

Things to do in the Reston/Herndon area.

Bulletin Board (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

Feb. 22-29

Community events in the Vienna/McLean/Great Falls area.

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

Feb. 22-29

Things to do in the Vienna/McLean/Great Falls area.

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Change of Command for Old Dominion Boat Club

Howell takes helm as Boat Club Commodore.

The Old Dominion Boat Club celebrated its 132nd Change of Command Jan. 21 with the formal transfer of the club's Burgee from Dave Beck to incoming Commodore Dave Howell.

Thursday, February 16

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Mount Vernon’s Floyd Captures Second Region Title

Majors finish fourth at region wrestling championships.

Centreville's Ryan Sepulveda challenged Mount Vernon's Dusty Floyd and held a 1-0 lead midway through the third period. But Floyd would not be denied as he tied the score with an escape and produced the winning points with a takedown in the final minute. Fans on both sides of the gym at Hayfield Secondary School chanted "Let’s go Dusty!" as Floyd won a 3-1 decision on Feb. 11.

W-L Girls’ Gymnastics Captures First Region Title

Generals edge McLean by less than four-tenths of a point.

Washington-Lee won the 2012 Northern Region championship, holding off McLean by less than four-tenths of a point.

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Game Benefits Scholarship Fund

In honor of Catholic schools week, St. Timothy School hosted a Student vs. Faculty/Alumni basketball game last week, raising over $10,000 to set up an educational scholarship fund as a memorial to pay tribute to the late Barbara Mertens, a St. Timothy teacher who lost her battle against cancer this past September. With over 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in the Arlington diocese, Mertens was an inspiration to everyone she met. Her joy was bringing Christ to the children each and every day at school. She also believed every child should have the opportunity to receive a Catholic education if they desired one. Her motto was "God is good, all the time, God is good … and so are you."

Centre View Entertainment Feb. 16-22

To have community events listed in Centre View, e-mail to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412.

Two Receive $10,000 Scholarships

Eight local area businesses are helping make the dream of a college education a reality for two high school seniors. Thanks to their generosity, each student received a $10,000 In Hope Freedom Rings Foundation (IHFR) scholarship.

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Peeps and Positive Behavior

Candies are part of Franklin’s anti-bullying program.

Marshmallow Peeps are soft, tasty candies popular during holidays throughout the year. They’re also playing a role in Franklin Middle School’s efforts to encourage positive behavior in its students.

Letter: Shared Values

The following is an open letter to the Ahmadiyya Islamic Community.

Freezin' for A Reason

Matt Brick, proprietor of Brick's Pizza in Centreville, prepares to and jumps into Lake Anne on Feb. 4 as part of the Freezin' for a Reason Polar Dip in Support of Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, a camp that serves families that have a child with a life-threatening illness. Started by the Toth family of Vienna five years ago, the fundraiser has become a popular event at Lake Anne Plaza, with 185 jumpers this year. To date, this year's polar plunge has raised $73,000 for the charity. Brick raised $2,201.

2011-12 CVHS Science Fair

First place winners in the Centreville High School Science Fair are eligible to participate in the Fairfax County Public Schools Regional Science Fair in late March.

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Overcoming Hardships to Graduate at Mountain View

At the outset of Mountain View High’s winter graduation last week, Assistant Principal and emcee Gary Morris told students about to receive their diplomas to be strong.

Jagels and Jobs: Words of Wisdom

Principal Dave Jagels began his address to Mountain View’s graduating seniors by relating a story about the Great Blondin, who invented the high-wire act. He said the story spoke to him about the journey that many of them had to take to reach where they are today.

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PJammin for a Cause

Schools raise almost $5,000 for childhood-cancer research.

When it comes to raising money for a good cause, even the youngest schoolchildren can help. And last week, students at Centreville High, Liberty Middle and Centreville Elementary raised nearly $5,000 for childhood-cancer research.

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Statistics Show Less Crime in Sully, Fair Oaks

When it comes to places to live, the Sully and Fair Oaks districts are among the tops in Fairfax County. And four public-safety officers presented crime statistics to back it up at the Jan. 25 meeting of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations.

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Making the Grade

Local school officials offer strategies for strengthening study habits.

When Jackie Jackson’s son brought home his report card recently, the Centreville mother of three was shocked. "His grades had fallen to an unacceptable level," said Jackson

Roundups Feb. 16-22

Fairfax County police are searching for a man who reportedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl last week in Fair Oaks. The incident occurred last Wednesday, Feb. 8, around 6:20 a.m. Police say the teen was walking to catch her school bus near the intersection of Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive when a man allegedly followed her, made comments of a sexual nature and touched her inappropriately.

Talent Sought for Musical Showcase

The Alliance Theatre is looking for young talent for its first annual Musical Showcase to be held Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, at Mountain View High School. Directors are Cathy Arnold and Jen Farmer. Individuals, small groups and large-group acts will perform and also participate in full-cast musical numbers that will be taught and rehearsed for the showcase.

Potomac Calendar Feb. 15-21

To have community events listed free in The Potomac Almanac, send e-mail to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos and artwork encouraged. Call 703-778-9412.

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Whitman Grad’s Paromi Tea Makes Its Mark

Paul Rosen loved the taste of "bush tea" from the U.S. Virgin Islands where he grew up — tea that was created from the herbs and flowers native to the environment. When he returned as a teenager to the Bethesda, he was unable to find teas with the "fresh as the day it was picked" aroma and taste that he desired. Because of his passion to satisfying this tea craving, he was inspired to research hundreds of varieties of tea — and to launch his own tea company, Paromi Tea.

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Having Heart in Lorton

The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center held its 2nd Annual Saturday Art Walk last weekend, which allowed visitors to walk the halls of each building, interacting with artists.

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MoverMoms Celebrate 5 Years of Helping Others

More volunteers always welcome.

Chief Inspiration Officer Salma Hasan Ali describes the power of MoverMoms this way: "It might seem like it’s a drop in the bucket, but when people collectively do just a little, the bucket suddenly becomes full."

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‘Crafting for a Cure’ Benefits Ovarian Cancer Research

Taking control through their craft.

All are touched by cancer, some more than others. Five Potomac women who met every week in a crafting group were devastated when one of their members was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. As an antidote to worrying and losing sleep while their friend was fighting the disease, they mobilized — and "Crafting for a Cure" was born. They started selling belt buckles, necklaces, earrings, and brooches — and donating all their profits for ovarian and gynecological cancer research.

"Is He Dead?" At Winston Churchill High School

The throaty guffaw you just heard emanating from the great beyond belongs to Mark Twain, who is no doubt getting a kick out of the posthumous success of his 1898 play "Is He Dead?" — an exceedingly silly doodle of a comedy that Twain never saw produced in his lifetime.

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‘Coming to America’ at Robinson Middle

It’s one thing to read about history in a textbook, but another thing entirely to experience it "firsthand."

Flourishing After 55

"Flourishing After 55" from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for Feb. 27- March 2.

Frida Kahlo: Her Photos At Artisphere

The celebrated artist’s life revealed through personal photographs.

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)’s extraordinary life and iconic biographical paintings have earned her international renown in the world of modern art.

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People of Faith Gather to Support Marriage Equality

Holding red heart balloons and handing out candles and flowers, nearly 200 guests gathered in the shadow of the historic Fairfax County Courthouse to celebrate the union of a one couple on Valentine’s Day.

Entertainment

Feb. 15-21

Know of something missing from our community entertainment Calendar? Send it to The Arlington Connection, e-mail it to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with any questions. Photos are welcome.

Talk of the Town: Sweet Nothings

Talk of the Town

Public Safety in the Local Area

Sheriff’s Office, State Police representatives speak.

Public safety and traffic were among the topics when representatives from the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police spoke recently in Centreville. They addressed the Jan. 25 meeting of the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations.

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"Really Really:" Reasonable Doubt

Spellbinding 'Really Really' debuts at Signature.

Did he or didn't he? It was the college party of the year and ambitious young co-ed Leigh finally gets her man, the All-American rugby captain Davis. But all is not what it seems as events unfold in the spellbinding production of "Really Really," now playing at Signature Theatre.

Schools Feb. 15-21

The founding classes of Yorktown High School will hold a joint reunion Oct. 19 – 21, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington. Alumni from Yorktown High School Class of 1963 are participating in a Class Reunion Website at http://classreport.org/usa/va/arlington/yhs/1963/ There are no registration fees required to join in the fun. Each class member has full participation privileges.

Bulletin Board Feb. 15-21

Know of something missing from the community calendar? E-mail it to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-917-6407 with any questions. Photos are welcome. For more volunteer opportunities, classes, announcements visit http://www.arlingtonconnection.com and click on Community.

Week in Fairfax

Things happening in the Fairfax area.

Har Shalom Players To Perform ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

Musical harkens to ‘50s and ‘60s

It’s 1958 — and Conrad Birdie is coming to the small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio to plant “One Last Kiss” on 15-year-old Kim MacAfee’s lips. The story continues as Kim’s family gets ready to appear on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” where Conrad Birdie will be serenading Kim.

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Honoring Grads Who Choose to Serve

Burke moms lobby school board to recognize enlistees during graduation ceremonies.

When Carolyn Kellam’s 17-year-old son, Danny, asked for permission to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps last year, she said "the mom in me was scared to death, but the citizen in me was very proud."

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Out & About

Kate Juhl, a resident of one of Community Residences group homes in Arlington.

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Overlee Clubhouse is gone

Generations of swimmers in the Northern Virginia Swim League know the Overlee Clubhouse on Lee Highway, Arlington. Thousands of youngsters literally competed in its shadow.

Letter: Elections for Family And Community

To the Editor: We need effective, sustainable solutions. When more than 100 million Americans are living in poverty, struggling to keep their homes, when millions of Americans are unemployed and others have given up, we need jobs.

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Fairfax Fashion Student Sketches a Winning Dress

For 17-year-old Samantha Bryant, Feb. 3 should have been like any other school day. It was noon, when she normally left W.T. Woodson High School and drove to Fairfax Academy where she studies fashion design.

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Robinson in Pink

Two Robinson students promote breast cancer awareness.

There will be 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer among women in the United States, according to Susan G. Komen’s website.

Week in Burke

Things happening in the Burke area.

Pedestrian Improvements Coming Soon to the Burke Centre Parkway

A $150,000 Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) grant will make it a little safer for students and pedestrians at Terra Centre Elementary School in Burke.

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Fairfax County Considers Meals Tax Referendum

Revenue would be earmarked for transportation projects.

Last week, it looked as if the Virginia General Assembly might give Fairfax County a new funding tool: the right to generate new revenue through user fees, such as tax on restaurant meals, which would drive down the County’s reliance on property taxes.

Letter: A River Runs Through It (and That’s a Shame)

A river runs through Arlington, sucking in the unsuspecting. It’s The-School-Lottery-River.

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New Officers at Salvation Army

Captains Alan and Mary Gonzalez have been appointed the new Corps Officers for The Salvation Army Arlington Corps located at 518 S. Glebe Road.

New Waste Disposal Agreement

The Arlington County Board approved a new Waste Disposal and Service Agreement between Arlington and Alexandria and Covanta Alexandria/Arlington Inc.

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Exhibiting ‘Art Without Borders’

JAMmARTt (Jews and Muslims Making ART Together) will celebrate the opening of its exhibition Art Without Borders: A Celebration of Humanity at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Goldman Art Gallery, with a reception on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Public Hearing For Reevesland

A public hearing on the future of Reevesland will be held on March 8, 7 p.m. at the Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. S.

Leadership Arlington Graduates 36

Leadership Arlington celebrated the graduation of the second Young Professionals Program class, completing a four-month leadership development program.

Young Democrats To Host Convention

The Young Democrats Club at Washington-Lee High School will be hosting a High School Democrat’s Convention on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., open to all students.

Fisette Elected Chairman of NVTC

Arlington County Board Member Jay Fisette has been elected the chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, a transportation advocacy group for the region.

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Last Jews of Yemen Exhibit at B'nai Tzedek

Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, held a reception on Tuesday, Feb. 7, for the opening of the “Last Jews of Yemen” photography exhibit — portraying one of the oldest indigenous Jewish communities in the Middle East, and the last surviving remnant of this ancient community.

Board Approves Redevelopment

The Arlington County Board approved a plan to redevelop a 1.13-acre, block-long site in the commercial heart of Clarendon with two office buildings and ground floor retail.

Board Approves Mixed-Use Building

The Arlington County Board approved a plan on Jan. 21 to redevelop a Virginia Square site that now houses the Arlington Funeral Home with a public plaza and a nine-story mixed-use commercial building that will include offices, ground-floor retail and a black box theater.

State Board Honors Schools

Ten Arlington schools earned 2012 Virginia Index of Performance awards. The awards were created by the State Board of Education in 2007 to promote advanced learning and achievement.

Barbara Parkinson, Longtime Connection employee

Barbara Jean Parkinson, age 67 of Sterling, Va., died Feb. 7, 2012 at her residence.

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Proposal for Reducing Odor Causes Stink

Construction seeks to eliminate stench from sewer line vents.

Construction along the C&O Canal to help eliminate stench is currently causing a stink. The parking lot at Anglers Inn on MacArthur Boulevard, used by kayakers enjoying the Potomac River as well as runners, hikers and bikers traversing the Billy Goat Trail and towpath, is now filled with construction equipment and no parking signs. The public can’t access the lower lot at this time.

River Road Bike Path Moves Forward

Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation intends to build a 1,200-foot, five-foot wide bike path on the north side of River Road, from Riverwood Drive to River Oaks Lane. The county will need to acquire the land, finalize engineering and begin construction. The target completion date of the $400,000 project is Spring 2013.

Planners Release Book Featuring Historic Sites

The 10th- anniversary edition of the award-winning “Places from the Past: The Tradition of Gardez Bien in Montgomery County, Maryland,” a book that inventories the county’s historic sites, is now available online.

Copper Gutter and Downspout Thefts Investigated

Detectives from the 1st and 2nd District Investigative Sections continue to investigate over two dozen incidents of theft of copper gutters and copper downspouts from area residences.

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Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board Steps Out of the Jazz Age

Bill would increase representation for Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads.

For almost a century, the Commonwealth Transportation Board has been partying like it was 1922.

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Alexandria Paramedic Remembered for Perpetual Optimism and Wry Humor

Joshua Weissman, 33, dies while responding to a car fire on Interstate 395.

Joshua Weissman, a popular and optimistic Alexandria paramedic with a wry sense of humor, died last week after receiving a head injury while responding to a fire on Interstate 395. He was 33.

In Session

Abortion has sparked some of the sharpest exchanges in the General Assembly session this year, with two controversial bills making it out of the House of Delegates at the halfway point this week.

Council Notebook

The Fat Lady has yet to sing an aria for the waterfront plan, and now the controversial upzoning has been put on hold. At least for now.

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Redevelopment Spotlight Moves to Alexandria's West End

Developers stand to gain a fortune, but what about low-income residents?

Ever since city officials annexed the half of Alexandria west of Quaker Lane in 1952, the West End has had to fight for a place at the table.

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New City Manager Offers Proposal to Increase Average Residential Property Tax Bill by $52

Rising property values mean most residential property owners would pay more.

With two months under his belt as the city’s new chief executive, City Manager Rashad Young proposed his first budget to City Council members on Valentine’s Day.

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Bill Would Set Aside Unallocated Money for Preschool Funding

Effort seen as way to use money for preschool rather than returning it to the general fund.

Every year, millions of dollars worth of preschool funding goes unused. Here in Alexandria, for example, Virginia offered $1.6 million worth of matching funds for preschool programs in the city.

Wednesday, February 15

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Making Their Mark at McLean Project for the Arts

Artist Renee Sandell hosts weekly gatherings during current exhibit.

Artist Renee Sandell is all about making her mark. In fact, she believes most of life is about people making their marks. That’s one of the reasons she has invited the community to participate in her exhibit, "Marking and Mapping: Finding Time, Space and Place," currently on display at the McLean Project for the Arts at the McLean Community Center.

Wolf Recalls Human Rights Crusades

Book tells his experiences with human rights violations around the world.

As a public servant for more than 30 years, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) has had his share of experiences. But it was a trip to Ethiopia in 1984 that he calls a "life changing experience," because it opened his eyes to human rights violations around the globe.

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Langley Comes Up Big for Marshes

Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) recognized Langley community for supporting student through cancer battle.

When Langley High School volleyball player Maureen Marsh began experiencing knee pain her freshman year, doctors told her it was just growing pains. But the pain persisted, and trainers eventually found a small lump on her knee. A bone biopsy on Oct. 15, 2009 confirmed something else: a rare form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma.

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Fashion Walks on the Wild Side at Langley High

Langley High School hosts annual fashion show.

The Langley High School auditorium was transformed into a scene from "The Jungle Book" Saturday night, as they hosted their annual fashion show, "Walk Into the Wild." Students, faculty and families strode on the runway showing the latest in jungle-themed fashions.

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Forum Examines Teen Dating Violence

Program addresses role of students, parents, bystanders.

Teenagers are often given statistics and lectures about what constitutes dating abuse, but the Feb. 9 program "What’s Love Got to do With it: Healthy Relationships and Dating" at McLean High School addressed the problem from a number of different angles.

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Students Conduct Kitchen Experiments

Village Green Day School hosts annual science fair.

Students at the Village Green Day School presented their annual Science Fair Friday, Feb. 10. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students spent the last few weeks experimenting and discovering what science their kitchens offer.

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Romney Addresses Technology Council

Presidential hopeful speaks on importance of innovation.

The Northern Virginia Technology Council welcomed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney Friday, Feb. 10 at the Hyatt Regency Reston. The former Massachusetts governor spoke about his experiences in the world of business and the importance of allowing innovation to flourish.

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Center Seeks Donated Dresses

RCC collects for annual Diva Central dress drive.

The Reston Community Center is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, jewelry, handbags and other accessories for students who would otherwise be unable to afford prom attire as part of their annual Diva Central dress drive.

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County Opens Proposal Process for Crescent Apartments

Requests for proposals are aimed to enhance affordable housing, aid in Lake Anne revitalization.

Fairfax County has started exploring opportunities to redevelop the Crescent Apartments, a 181-unit complex located just northeast of Lake Anne. The county began accepting Requests for Proposals Feb. 9.

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UPS Store Helps With Costs of Learning

Store presents $10,000 worth of books to local schools and learning centers.

There were piles of extra packages around the UPS Store in the South Lakes Village Center Friday, Feb. 10. The stacked white boxes weren’t being shipped around the country, instead they were filled with books destined for local learning centers.

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Veterans Honor Area Residents

Local students, teacher, public safety officials, businesses recognized.

Paarth Jain, a sixth grader at Keene Mill Elementary, woke up early on Sunday to catch his 4 a.m. flight with his family from Miami to arrive at home in Springfield for a very special event he could not miss: the Springfield Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7327 and the Ladies Auxiliary awards ceremony honoring local students, a teacher, public safety officials and businesses at JW & Friends Restaurant in Springfield on Sunday, Feb. 12.

Letter: ‘Mischaracterizing’ SB484

Letter to the Editor

Because it matters that people know the truth, I will point out that Jon Lovaas mischaracterized SB484, passed in the Virginia Senate and scheduled to be voted on in the Virginia House of Delegates this week ["Virginia Assembly-From Bad to Worse," Reston Connection, Feb. 8-14].

Column: The Other Bills

By the time it adjourns in early March the General Assembly will have considered more than 2,500 bills and resolutions. About half will have passed.

Column: Devolution - A Dirty Word?

It must be if a mere mention of it would send the majority of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors headed to the General Assembly session with their hair afire - at taxpayer's expense. To devolve: the act of transferring responsibilities from one entity to another.

Week in Herndon

The Town of Herndon is seeking citizen volunteers to fill current vacancies on the Chestnut Grove Cemetery Advisory Committee. The committee provides guidance to the cemetery on future development, general operations and rules and regulations.

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Herndon Officials Visit Richmond

Town of Herndon elected officials and staff traveled to Richmond on Thursday, Feb. 9, to visit the town’s representatives at the General Assembly and to discuss the town’s 2012 legislative agenda.

County Considers Meals Tax Referendum

>Last week, it looked as if the Virginia General Assembly might give Fairfax County something it has craved for years: the ability to generate new revenue through user fees, such as tax on restaurant meals, which would drive down the County’s reliance on property taxes.

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Vienna Shopping Center Awards $1,000 to Madison High

The merchants of Vienna Shopping Center donated $1,000 to James Madison High School as part of the shopping center's Holiday Shopping Spree promotion.

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Thousands to Attend Services for Fallen Paramedic

Firefighters from across the nation are expected to convene in the Alexandria this week to honor fallen Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weismann.

Vienna’s Historic Love Story

Prominent Vienna couple celebrated 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 8.

In 1946, World War II was over and men and women in the armed forces were returning home, some to the hugs of spouses and children, others to parents and siblings. Mayo Stuntz, born and raised in Vienna, was one of those young men returning as an eligible bachelor.

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Vienna Resident ‘Plants’ a Church

Johnny Kurcina grew up in Vienna, opened Anglican Christ Church Vienna.

Johnny Kurcina grew up in Vienna, going to local schools, playing local sports. Like many teenage boys, Kurcina wanted to get away from his hometown after graduating from James Madison High School.

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Flint Hill School Fills ‘Empty Bowls’ to Benefit the Hungry

For the second consecutive year, the students of Flint Hill School and their friends and family partnered to raise funds for DC Central Kitchen on Feb. 11.

Deputy Director of Public Works Appointed

Director of Public Works Dennis Johnson announced the selection of Michael Gallagher as the Town’s Deputy Director of Public Works on Feb. 8.

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Panelist and Author Eleanor Clift Addresses Woman’s Club of McLean

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, political reporter, commentator and author Eleanor Clift spoke at length about her life and career to the monthly meeting of the Woman’s Club of McLean.

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Community Center to Host ‘Be Fit McLean’

The McLean Community Center’s second annual Be Fit McLean Outdoor Adventure Expo will give local individuals and families a chance to explore the many outdoor recreation options in the Washington Metropolitan area at a one-stop shop.

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Heart Healthy in Great Falls

Heart transplant recipient Eric Sanson finds supporting community in Great Falls, McLean.

Great Falls resident Eric Sanson knew that he was at risk for a heart attack because of his family history, so twenty years ago, he was proactive in establishing a relationship with Northern Virginia cardiologist, Dr. Anne E. Summers of Cardiac Care Associates. Dr. Summers’ stated philosophy is "to listen and handle with care," which is exactly what she did with Sanson. He credits Dr. Summers’ "sharp ear" while listening to his heart through her stethoscope and identifying the fact that his heart was swelling.

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Great Falls Artists Present ‘Cold’ Exhibition

Fifty paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photographs, lithographs and other art pieces suggesting or depicting winter cold will be on display through the end of February in an exhibition featuring works by 26 artists who live or work in Great Falls.

Editorial: Saving the Bay - A Good Investment

Cleaning up the water that runs into the Chesapeake Bay will help create jobs and economic activity in Virginia.

A plan to raise $300 million in bonds to upgrade wastewater treatment plants around the commonwealth stalled in a House of Delegates committee last week, a setback in meeting EPA requirements to clean up the water that leads to the Bay.

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Oakton’s Mosaic Harmony: A Fountain of Black History

As the country celebrates Black History Month in February, Fairfax County has a multicultural interfaith choir that is spreading African-American culture in all of its concerts.

Tuesday, February 14

Column: "Diseased"

But not sickness. Not health, either, as last week’s column ended. At least that’s the way I characterize my having stage IV lung cancer. And I don’t know if I’m splitting hairs here, since I’ve never worked in a salon, although I do get my hair cut regularly; but I have been accused of speaking double-talk.

Monday, February 13

Obituary: Barbara Parkinson, 67, Longtime Connection Employee, Dies

Barbara Jean Parkinson, 67, of Sterling, Va., died Feb. 7, 2012 at her residence. Born on Sept. 17, 1944 in New York she was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Lundy.

Week in Vienna

Things happening in the Vienna area.

Week in McLean

Things happening in the McLean area.

Letter: Preserving Monopoly

Letter to the Editor

Thank you for supporting school access for home schoolers [Editorial, Access for Home Schoolers to School Activities, Connection, Feb. 8-14].

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Lorton’s Monopoly Tournament Supports Habitat for Humanity

The new location isn’t under the boardwalk, and you won’t receive a "Get Out of Jail Free" card, but Ron Kowalski, founder of Lorton’s annual Monopoly Tournament, said players of all ages will have a blast competing in the 5th annual game tournament at the Workhouse Arts Center.

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County Shoots For Solution to Deer

Long concerns about deer could shorten safety zone for bow hunters.

Bow hunters have to be precise and accurate, said Mark Eakin, who testified before Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety Committee late last month.

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Polar Bear Plunge

Students at Walt Whitman High School raised money for the Special Olympics by going in the Chesapeake

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Column: Getting Into Hot Water Again

Legend has it that civilization began with hot water. Most of us could not imagine a life without that hot wake-up stuff in the morning. My grandfather heated hot water in a big pot on the wood stove for the weekly bath on Saturday evening. Lots of folks used to do that.

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Class Outside

Teachers are used to spring fever, when the students all cry, "Can we have class outside?"

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Long Concerns About Deer Could Shorten Safety Zone For Bow Hunters

County Shoots for Deer Solution

Bow hunters have to be precise and accurate, said Mark Eakin, who testified before Montgomery County Council’s Public Safety Committee late last month.

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Motor Fuels Tax Runs Out of Gas in Richmond

Bill would have raised revenue to construct or operate high-capacity transit systems.

In Richmond, as in life, you win some and you lose some. Such is the case with House Bill 1027, which Del. David Englin (D-45) introduced at the request of the Alexandria city government.

Saturday, February 11

Local Swimmers Step Up at Region Championships

Chantilly boys earn sixth place team finish; Westfield and Chantilly girls finish among top 10 teams.

Top Centre View-area individual girls’ finishers included: Chantilly’s Logan Coulson-Moore (third place in 100-back, fourth in 200-free); Westfield’s Carli Molano (second in 50-free); and Chantilly’s Maggie Shaw (7th in 500-free).

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Westfield Captures Concorde Wrestling Title

Bulldogs take first ahead of defending Northern Region champion Robinson.

The Westfield High wrestling team put together a dominant showing at last weekend’s Concorde District Championships, held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 3-4) at Chantilly High School. The Bulldogs, behind seven individual champions, scored 207 points, well ahead of runner-up Robinson’s 165, to capture the district crown.

District Indoor Track and Field Championships Completed

South Lakes boys win Liberty ahead of second place Langley; Oakton girls capture Concorde crown.

The South Lakes High indoor track and field teams were victorious on both the boys’ and girls’ sides at the recent Liberty District championships, held over two days at the Prince George’s County Sportsplex in Maryland. The first day of postseason competition took place on Friday, Jan. 27. The second and final day of action was held last Thursday, Feb. 2.

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Oakton Boys, Girls Capture Region Swim and Dive Titles

Next up for Oakton is state championships meet Feb. 17-18.

Oakton High’s varsity boys and girls swim and dive teams both won their respective Northern Region Championship meets this past Saturday night, Feb. 4 at the Oak Marr Recreation facility. The Oakton boys scored 281.5 points to finish first over second place Woodson (250) and third place Madison (217). The Oakton girls scored a winning 245 points with West Potomac (190) and Langley (181) finishing second and third.

Senior Night is Crenshaw Family Affair

Robinson’s Crenshaw helps lift Rams to victory

Robinson Secondary senior Tristian Crenshaw spent a lot of time as a child playing pickup basketball games with his grandparents James A. Boswell and Debbie Chandler-Boswell. But over time, those enjoyable games became less frequent.

Friday, February 10

Calendar for Feb. 9

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"Josephine Tonight" Debuts at MetroStage

Long before she sashayed her way to international acclaim, she was simply Freda Josephine McDonald, born to a washerwoman in St. Louis in the early 20th century. But her exotic appeal and sensuous performances propelled her onto the world stage as Josephine Baker, whose early years are the subject of the musical "Josephine Tonight," now playing at MetroStage.

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Alexandria Paramedic Dies After Sustaining Serious Head Injury

Joshua Weissman, 33, is remembered as an enthusiastic and engaging instructor.

Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman, 33, died at 4:25 p.m. on Feb. 9 after fighting for his life following a fall from an overpass on I-395 near the Shirlington exit.

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Cracking Down on Texting While Driving

Bill would make it a primary offense rather than a secondary offense.

Although he hasn’t been reading them while driving, state Sen. George Barker (D-39) has been receiving a flood of emails about distracted driving. Increasingly,

Thursday, February 9

Potomac Entertainment

Feb. 9-16.

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Arlington Entertainment

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George Washington Birthday Celebration in Alexandria

Feb. 18-20: Washington’s Birthday Weekend includes Washington’s Birthnight Banquet & Ball, Medeira Wine Tasting, and 10-K run

Thousands will join in the revelry for the 280th anniversary of George Washington’s birth in his hometown of Alexandria. The city celebrates the General’s birthday throughout the month of February with more than a dozen festive events, including the largest George Washington birthday parade in the country, free admission to historic sites, 18th-century dance classes, popular walking tours, and even a Cherry-themed challenge among local restaurants.

30 Years in Prison for Wife’s Murder

‘There’s nothing to defend this crime.’

Consumed by his own irrational fears and demons, Chantilly’s Tony Tong had threatened to kill his wife for years. In October 2010, he did so; and last week in Fairfax County Circuit Court, he was sentenced to 30 years in pri

Roundups

Free Carseat Inspections

The Play’s the Thing

Chantilly, Westfield finish first, second in one-act competition.

Local students showed off their acting chops last week when Chantilly and Westfield high schools finished first and second, respectively, in the Concorde District portion of the VHSL One-Act Play Competition. It was held Monday, Jan. 30, at Herndon High.

Details of the Offense

In January 2011, Tony Tong had a preliminary hearing in connection with the death of his wife, Kathleen Tran. Homicide Det. Brian Colligan explained the events leading up to the Oct. 22, 2010 tragedy. He said Tran had driven their son John home from a friend’s house and, some time after 1 a.m., they arrived home to find Tong, then 43, furious.

Progress Report from Labor Resource Center

The Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) opened in December and, in nearly two months of operation, registered more than 150 Centreville-area residents who want temporary employment. CLRC’s professional staff and 27 volunteers provide information and quick service to both employers and those seeking work.

‘Dramapalooza’ at Centreville High

One-act play festival takes the stage.

Students take the helm when Centreville High presents "Dramapalooza," its annual, one-act play festival. Show times are Friday, Feb 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb 18, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

WHS Presents ‘The Crucible’

Salem Witch Trials come to life on stage.

Featuring a cast and crew of 40 — plus original music created by a student — Westfield High presents Arthur Miller’s powerful drama, "The Crucible." Set in 1692 Salem, Mass., it’s the story of a husband and wife and what happens when the husband’s former lover falsely accuses Salem citizens of being witches.

Campbell Takes a Look Back

Although Mike Campbell will leave Centreville High in July, he’s still delighted to be its principal and is proud of the school’s standing locally and nationwide.

Heading for Huntsville

CVH Principal Campbell retiring, taking job in Alabama.

The way Mike Campbell figures it, his retirement will last all of 24 hours. Centreville High’s principal is leaving the school, this summer, and heading for a new job with Huntsville City Public Schools in Alabama.

Inspire Love

…with a few good words

Roses are red and chocolates taste great, I like your style, let’s go on a date. Corny, sincere, pleasant or tongue in check, the gift of words is a unique present for that special someone this Valentine’s Day.

Column: Let’s Put Pragmatism Over Ideology

As the halfway point of this year’s General Assembly session quickly approaches, our attention has turned to the state’s two-year budget.

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And the Greatest of These Is Love

Celebrating a marriage in the face of Alzheimer's disease

The phone conversation was not going well. It was 1956 and Abe Ashcanase was being questioned by a new personnel relations employee regarding a colleague at his post in Bangkok

Column: Backsliding in Richmond

As we approach the halfway point of the 2012 legislative session, I like to take a moment to reflect on the path that we in Richmond have taken so far this year. It also makes me think of leaders that have come before like Alice Paul and Fannie Lou Hamer.

Letter: Support Police Memorial Fund

To the Editor: I urge my fellow Alexandrians to contribute money to create a timeless memorial honoring the courage, gallantry, heroism and personal sacrifice of police officers who have died in the line of duty protecting others.

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Vote for DRBA's Heart of Del Ray

The “Heart of Del Ray Award” is annually presented by the Del Ray Business Association during the Valentine's Day holiday to the business that serves as the heart and soul of Del Ray. Residents, customers and friends of the Del Ray community determine the winner of the award through online voting, which is open through Feb 12.

Letter: Nothing Settled

To the Editor: It was a blast from the past to find former Council member David Speck in the Council Chamber at 9 a.m. on Jan. 21.

Letter: Regional Hub At Mark Center

To the Editor: The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is soliciting comments on a proposed High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) direct access ramp from the existing HOV lanes along Interstate 395 (I-395) to Seminary Road.

Peggy Jane Miller, 83, died Friday, Jan. 27

Peggy Jane Miller, 83, born in Cheshire, Ohio and formerly of Alexandria, Va., died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 from complications of pneumonia and congestive heart failure.

Letter: Importance Of Language

To the Editor: Del. David Englin should be more careful when he writes about abortion issues before the legislature to not refer to fetuses as "babies."

Letter: Budgeting Mediocrity

The following open letter was addressed to members of the School Board, Superintendent, ACPS Central Office Staff, teachers and citizens of Alexandria.

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Sherlock Holmes On Stage

The Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre will present “The Adventure of the Speckled Band featuring Sherlock Holmes” on Feb. 11, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 12, 19 at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road.

Letter: Taxes Keep Increasing

To the Editor: I would like to comment on the statements from several letters about how recently approved development keeps our taxes low, and that we should seek even more development using that argument.

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Bulova, Marsden Present Report from Richmond

Area legislators host town hall meeting to get feedback from constituents.

Less than a month after Virginia’s General Assembly convened on Jan. 11, the GOP’s effective control of both houses has paved the way for a slew of conservative social legislation, from broadening gun rights to curbing abortion and voting rights.

Letter: End Kings Dominion Law

To the Editor: Children all over the Commonwealth of Virginia scored a decided victory when the House of Delegates passed H.B. 1063, bipartisan legislation, by a vote of 76 to 23, to repeal the Labor Day Law, commonly referred to as the Kings Dominion (as in the amusement park) Law.

Letter: Work Group’s Recommendations

To the Editor: As co-authors of the final report of the Waterfront Plan Work Group, we must address two misperceptions of the Work Group's work that have been perpetuated in media articles and letters-to-editor from individuals on both sides of the Waterfront Plan debate.

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President Announces Homeowners Bill of Rights

Local homeowners, housing advocates say president’s plan gives homeowners important safeguards.

Tina Kotson of Springfield, a homeowner of five years, said she thought it would be fairly easy to refinance her current 5.65 percent mortgage and take advantage of today’s lower rates.

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Academy Hosts Health Fair

The West Potomac Academy Health Classes hosted the second day of their annual health care fair for the children in the Head Start Program at the high school on Feb. 3.

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Signs Point To Change: Arlington County makes some changes to sign ordinance

For Dan Magnolia, the headache of dealing with Arlington County government is a sign of the times. Visitors to his business in south Arlington are likely to see a four-foot by three-foot sign announcing the business

Letter: Need To Be Constructive

While The Old Town Civic Association is disappointed that the City Council did not defer approval of the plan to take the extra time to address the concerns outlined in the OTCA Board Resolution, we acknowledge that by their action on Jan. 21, the Draft Waterfront Small Area Plan is now an approved plan and that the planning process is now entering the next phase in its evolution.

Letter: Cancelled Parent- Teacher Conferences

With the start of the new calendar year, tasked with assembling our family’s master schedule I was surprised to discover that the winter Parent-Teacher conferences were not on the ACPS calendar for secondary school stude

Letter: Waterfront Will Benefit All

I never want to let the facts get in the way of a good story, but one cannot just make stuff up to denigrate someone with whom you disagree.

Letter: The Ruin of West End

To the Editor: The Beauregard Draft Plan currently being "rolled out" for public scrutiny portends the ruin of the West End.

Seminary Valley

Good news for the West End … Café Pizzaiolo has come to Cameron Station.

Column:Old Town

HAF LIVES - "Towners, I don't know where this winter has gone since we last talked. All I really know is I woke up last Tuesday, Feb 2, to be told by the person I live with that it's Groundhog Day and I can come out, now. So, I promptly did and I know you missed me.

Column: Socially Conservative Measures Advance

“General Assembly: Right turn” was the heading of a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial last week. It reflects many of the changes I mentioned in my previous article. As the editorial states: “Elections do have consequences. That’s doubly true in the state Senate, where Republicans have assumed control of committees that once bottled up socially conservative measures.”

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McLean High Project Enlightenment Visits Alexandria

Saturday afternoon, students from McLean High School in the Historical Reenactment Society, Project Enlightenment, performed before audiences at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop in Alexandria. Each of the students has researched an 18th century person who worked in science.

Column: Guns, Abortion and Voter Suppression Dominates

The last week of January brought a quickened pace to the legislative process as committees worked to push bills through committee. We are required to complete all work on bills from our own Chamber by “Crossover” on Feb.14 which means they must be reported out of committee by Feb. 10.

City Ducks

Lots of us are looking forward to spring right now; Mike Curry and his colleagues at the National Geographic Society are looking for the return of a mallard hen.

Letter: True Champion

To the Editor: All students attending Fairfax County Public Schools and their parents owe a debt of gratitude to a true champion. While a committee of people worked to restore honors, it is due to the heroic efforts of Kate van Dyke that the School Board voted on Thursday, Jan. 26, 11 to 1 to restore all five honors courses in the fall of 2012.

Letter: Support This Living Tribute

To the Editor: Cynthia Hull, our dear executive director, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. To those who know her, Cynthia is a passionate advocate who has dedicated her life to the service of others, most recently in her nearly five years at United Community Ministries (UCM).

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Letter: To Serve All People

To the Editor: Every year, for the last 25 years, United Methodists from across Virginia converge on the General Assembly on a specific day in February to share our concerns about where our faith connects us with the issues in our communities and the broader society.

Letter: Valued Local Park

To the Editor: This letter is in response to H. Jay Spiegel's suggestion that the Lamond property be sold to fund the development of the North Hill Park. I choose not to address his recommendation of selling one "local serving park" to fund another "local serving park"

Letter: Financial Consequences

To the Editor: In last week's Gazette, two letters were published critical of my letter in the prior edition concerning the MVCCA's passage of a resolution encouraging the County to take over responsibility for maintenance of sewer lines at locations beyond the property of the homeowner, under the adjacent street.

Letter: Need To Cut Back

To the Editor: At a time when budgets are tight, and programs and services in our community are being cut back, the Pentagon budget keeps getting bigger. The Secretary of Defense announced on Jan. 26 that he plans to slow the rate of growth for the Pentagon budget, but even under this proposal in 10 years the Pentagon budget would still be bigger than it is today.

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Freezin’ for a Reason at Lake Anne

On Saturday, Feb. 4, 185 hearty souls jumped into the 40 degree water of Lake Anne at Lake Anne Plaza.

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Valentine's Day Décor

In honor of Cupid's day, share ideas for sweetening a home or dining table.

Whether planning a dinner party for friends, a romantic meal for two or a breakfast surprise for children, local designers say simple accents can create a festive atmosphere on Valentine's Day.

Week in Alexandria

The field of Democratic candidates became more crowded this week, with two more candidates officially announcing their candidacies for the primary for City Council.

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Alexandria Court Sides with City in Lawsuit Challenging Notification of Waterfront Plan

Three Alexandria residents and one Fairfax County resident brought suit questioning legal notice.

Alexandria officials met the minimum standard for notification of a public hearing on the waterfront plan, according to a ruling this week by Alexandria Circuit Court Chief Judge Lisa Kemler.

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Tightening Asbestos Regulations

Bill protecting workers passes Senate with unanimous vote.

It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. Yet labor advocates say the people who are licensed to remove asbestos may not be fully aware of the dangers posed by toxic chemicals.

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Bracing for Massive Change Along the Route 1 Corridor

Whether called it Route 1, Richmond Highway or Hyland Highway, it won’t be the same.

What’s in a name? As William Shakespeare once wrote, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Then again, the bard never got stuck in traffic.

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Community Mourns Lenny Harris

As family and friends gathered to remember slain civic activist, final suspect was being charged.

Even as hundreds gathered at the Charles Houston Recreation Center to remember slain civic activist Lenny Harris, the Prince George’s Police Department was executing a warrant for the arrest of the third and final suspect to be charged with first-degree murder.

Wednesday, February 8

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TC’s Huggins Shines During Senior Night Victory

Titans looking to cut out mental lapses with postseason approaching.

T.J. Huggins finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds during the final regular season home game of his career, helping TC improve to 12-9, including 8-5 in the Patriot District. With the district tournament beginning Feb. 14, head coach Julian King said the Titans have the talent to compete in the postseason but the team has to cut out mental lapses.

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Sports Briefs: TC Boys’ Indoor Track Wins Districts

The T.C. Williams boys' track and field team won the 2012 Patriot District championship, beating defending champion Annandale by 17 points last week at Episcopal High School.

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Whelden, Paduda, Jeney Win Titles for Yorktown

Patriots finish third at National District wrestling meet.

Yorktown heavyweight Charlie Whelden has battled the injury bug throughout his high school career. On Feb. 4, a partially torn meniscus in his right knee wasn’t enough to keep "Ox" from capturing a National District championship.

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Washington-Lee Wrestling Finishes District Runner-Up

Two Generals win individual National District championships.

The Washington-Lee wrestling team’s "light guys" made sure the Generals were well represented at the 2012 National District tournament.

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Wakefield’s Majano Wins Third Consecutive District Crown

Battle-tested senior has sights set on state championship.

Wakefield senior wrestler Henry Majano took another step toward his ultimate goal of winning a state championship, adding another accolade to his already impressive resume.

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Lee Duo Returning to Regionals

Leah Michetti and Katie Stewart are heading back to the Northern Region gymnastics meet.

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Liberatore Leads Bruins to District Gymnastics Title

Senior wins all-around championship after back-to-back runner-up finishes.

After her routine, Caitlin Liberatore cracked a wide smile when judges revealed a score of 9.575. It was enough to win the event, but was it enough to win the all-around crown?

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Whitman Girls Bust Out of Offensive Slump

After recent struggles, Vikings score 75 in win against Springbrook.

Whitman girls’ basketball coach Pete Kenah sat at a desk and opened the team’s scorebook after a Feb. 3 contest against Springbrook. Two days earlier, the Vikings shot 3 for 28 in the first half against Richard Montgomery en route to a 54-40 loss. Forty-eight hours later, Whitman’s offensive effort against the talented Blue Devils left the scorebook littered with ink.

Sports Briefs: Whitman Boys Lose To Springbrook

The Whitman boys’ basketball team trailed by 18 at halftime and lost to Springbrook 62-34 on Feb. 3 at WWHS.

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Sports Briefs: West Po’s Thompson Headed to Regionals

West Potomac’s Monica Thompson took a chance at the Patriot District gymnastics meet by attempting a vault she had never thrown during competition. The result helped earn the sophomore an all-around berth to regionals.

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Mount Vernon Wins District Wrestling Championship

Seniors Floyd, Marino improve combined record to 94-3.

Led by seniors Dusty Floyd and Cody Marino, Mount Vernon amassed a 39-3 record in dual meets during the 2011-12 season. On Saturday, the Majors continued their dominance, finishing 39 points ahead of runner-up Washington-Lee at the National District meet.

In Session

Although he hasn’t been reading them while driving, state Sen. George Barker (D-39) has been receiving a flood of emails about distracted driving.

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House on a Hill

Contemporary in Oakton transformed into welcoming southern colonial.

Hunstville, Ala. is a pretty small town-- yet it has three historic districts and more homes in the national register than most places twice its size. Growing up in such a community, Gina Jones is understandably attracted to welcoming porches and grand foyers--hallmarks of the antebellum style.

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Remodeling: An Opportunity To Follow One’s Passion

Adding that personal touch.

Having remodeled thousands of projects over the past 25 years, our clients' reactions tell us that some of the most successful projects often address a specific passion or interest. Folks seem to be spending more and more time at home not only working, but also enriching their lives through personal interests.

South Lakes Wrestling Breaks Through for Third Place District finish

Forrest brothers, Ryan and Josh, both gain individual titles.

The South Lakes High wrestling team put together its best postseason showing in recent memory when the Seahawks earned a third place team finish at last Saturday’s Liberty District Championships. The two-day event (Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4) took place at Langley High School.

Editorials: Access to Activities for Home Schoolers; Action in Richmond; Changes in Gun Laws

Families who home-school their children in this area take a burden off crowded schools, and off taxpayers who pay on average between $12,000 and $16,000 per year per child in school depending on where in Northern Virginia.

Two Students Receive $10,000 Scholarships

Eight local area businesses are helping make the dream of a college education a reality for two high school seniors.

Week in Springfield

Things happening in the Springfield area.

Week in Lorton

Things happening in the Lorton area.

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"Art" kicks-off Inaugural Season of Workhouse Theatre.

Fairfax County's newest professional, non-profit theater company, the Workhouse Theatre opened its inaugural season with "Art" by award-winning playwright Yasmina Reza at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.

Week in Fairfax

Things happening in the Fairfax area.

Grand Slam for Special Olympics

Fairfax Adult Softball hits home run during annual bowling tournament.

Supporters of Fairfax Adult Softball, Inc. (FAS) united on Sunday, Jan. 29 for the 12th annual Bowling Tournament to benefit Northern Virginia Special Olympics and Fairfax County Park Authority field improvements. More than 240 participants contributed their time and spirits to raise nearly $13,000 in this year’s tournament.

Fair Oaks Mall Presents 3rd Annual Active-Kidz Camp & Activities Fair

Fair Oaks Mall will present the 3rd Annual Active-Kidz Camp and Activities Fair on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12 from noon to 5 p.m.

Engineering Firm Honors David Bulova as Legislator of the Year

On Feb. 3, Del. David Bulova (D-37) was honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Virginia, the state’s largest engineering firm association, at their 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, as Legislator of the Year for his work promoting dam safety during the 2011 Virginia General Assembly session.

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Volunteers Support Greenspring’s Oral Rehydration Project

Greenspring residents, staff assemble 5,300 kits for children suffering across the globe.

The statistics are startling. More than 1.5 million children across the globe die each year because of dehydration associated with diarrhea.

Green Dot Card Scam

Fairfax County police investigating slew of scams targeting seniors.

When a 70-year-old Burke woman answered her phone this week, the caller told her she’d won 3.5 million dollars and a brand new Mercedes. But there was a catch.

Letter: Coming Forward On Child Sex Abuse

Letter to the Editor

I am a victim of childhood sexual abuse and a mother of four. I was very happy to see the article "Scandal Highlights Child Sex Abuse" [Connection, Feb. 2-8, 2012] by Victoria Ross which addresses an important issue that is close to my heart.

McDonald’s Announces 2012 Hispanic Scholarship Program

The McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Hispanic College Fund (HCF), will be honoring exceptional Hispanic students in the Greater Washington, D.C., area with the 3rd Annual McDonald’s Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Program.

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Help American Cancer Society

Last October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department donned pink shirts to help the American Cancer Society increase awareness of breast cancer.

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Reston Community Center Exhibits Artwork

Upcoming art exhibits at Reston Community Center’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery and at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods will feature four Washington, D.C. area artists and an abstract artist known for her colorful works inspired by nature.

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Kyle Brightwell Earns a Spot as Percussionist for Boston Symphony Orchestra

Reston native Kyle Brightwell is proof that, with hard work and perseverance, dreams can come true.

Board Approves Redevelopment

The Arlington County Board approved a plan to redevelop a 1.13-acre, block-long site in the commercial heart of Clarendon with two office buildings and ground floor retail.

Lori Tansey Martens’ focus is on International Ethics

Lori Tansey Martens’ Helping Businesses Navigate Ethics Globally

Ethics is a familiar topic in the news — from charges that a political candidate has ethics violations to the savings and loan crisis in the 1990s to the very current banking and mortgage financial break-down. The establishment of business ethics came into its own arena in the late 1980s, both within major corporations as well as in academia.

Apple Honors Jamestown

Apple Inc. selected Jamestown Elementary School as an Apple Distinguished Program for the 2011-12 school year. Jamestown is one of 49 schools nationwide recognized by Apple.

Nottingham Wins Video Contest

Earth Charter International selected Nottingham Elementary School’s "It Starts With One" video as the first winner of its first-ever international video contest.

Community Input Sought On School Overcrowding

The number of Arlington County school children continues to increase and Arlington Public Schools is looking at a variety of ways to meet this growing need, including expanding its footprint on school property, and on county property for potential joint-use facilities.

Board Approves Improvements

The Arlington County Board on Jan. 21 approved funds to renovate High View Park playground and to support nine other parks projects.

Week in Reston

Things happening in the Reston area.

Keeping People in their Homes

Reston Interfaith addresses housing with Connections for Hope.’

Within the Connections for Hope facility is the office of Martin Rios, Reston Interfaith's Certified Housing Counselor. "Keeping people in their homes, by any means possible, is the ultimate goal of Reston Interfaith," said CEO Kerri Wilson.

Column: Occupy Movement and the Church

Recently the media has reported on an increasing show of church support for the Occupy Movement. This increase comes against the backdrop of evictions of Occupy protesters encamped in city parks and squares across the United States.

Anna Shade, 99, of Reston, Dies

Anna M. Shade, a long time resident of Reston, passed away while residing at Monroe House.

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Third Annual “Cecily’s Advocacy” Parenting Workshop at McLean School

Workshop Teaches How To Adjust to Learning Differences

“Learning Differences: What Works?” will be the subject of the third annual “Cicely’s Advocacy” workshop on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the McLean School, 8224 Lochinver Lane in Potomac. This workshop kicks-off with a keynote address by dyslexia researcher and expert, Thomas G. West who will speak about “Amazing Shortcomings, Amazing Gifts.

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Welcome to Crystal Couture 2012

Crystal Couture 2012 opened to the public on Feb. 7 in the food court at 1750 Crystal Drive in Crystal City and will run through Feb. 11.

Column: Short Changing the Education

Last week I addressed the House of Delegates to express concern that Governor McDonnell’s proposed budget short changes the education of our children (http://youtu.be/-VbOv_uJXOU).

Week in Herndon

Things happening in the Herndon area.

Column: Virginia Assembly—From Bad to Worse

Last year, our legislators exemplified the ethically-challenged behavior so commonplace in Richmond. Several turned up in France sipping fine wines claiming to be studying uranium mining, all expenses paid by a corporation seeking Assembly approval to mine uranium and make billions.

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Norovirus Outbreak Spreads to Schools, Community

February is peak season for virus outbreaks.

Repeated bouts of diarrhea, severe nausea and acute onset are symptoms of the calici family of viruses. Commonly referred to as the stomach flu, the norovirus is particularly active in February and has already contributed to outbreaks throughout the Arlington County Public School system.

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Reston Residents Nominated for Western Web Series

Husband and wife, Paul Awad and Kathryn O’Sullivan, in competition for Best Web Series.

Awards for drama, directing and acting tend to bring to mind the Oscars and Emmys, Hollywood and Broadway, not the Internet and Reston. Nonetheless, the web series, "Thurston," created by Reston residents, husband and wife, Paul Awad and Kathryn O’Sullivan, has been nominated for the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards for Best Web Series in the drama category.

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Long-Time Potomac Residents Share Their Stories.

Eyewitnesses to Potomac’s Past

“Each of our speakers is a history book,” Dana Semmes told the standing-room-only crowd at the Shanghai Café in the Potomac Oaks Shopping Center. “They will share with us memories of Potomac long ago in the ‘30s, ‘40s and 50s.”

Not Another Valentine’s Day

Some alternatives to the usual fare.

Roses, chocolates and Hallmark Cards are standard Valentine’s Day fare. Gifts with a personalized element, however, are all the more significant for impressing that special someone.

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‘Mini-Mester’ Day Challenges Holy Child Students

Teachers present their dream courses.

If you had the opportunity to design a new urban plan for Potomac Village, what would you change? Twelve junior and senior students from the Connelly School of the Holy Child were given this challenge Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, during a surprise “mini-mester” day. After an explanation of what city planning is all about by teacher Cindy Kahan, the girls were assigned to “dream big with no constraints.

Flourishing After 55

Flourishing after 55.

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Waterfront Plan Challenged in Court

Five Old Town residents file lawsuit asking court to overturn controversial upzoning.

Five Old Town residents are set to file a lawsuit this week challenging the controversial waterfront small-area plan, which the City Council adopted last week on a party-line five-to-two vote last month.

Tuesday, February 7

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Best of Reston Named

Reston Interfaith, Chamber name annual award winners.

Four individuals and four organizations were named Best of Reston for 2012 at Google’s Reston headquarters Thursday. Feb. 2. The annual awards, which are awarded to those who serve their community, will be given at the 21st Best of Reston Awards April 12.

Fixing Park-Monroe Intersection

Council to discuss intersection at Feb. 14 meeting.

The Herndon Town Council will hold a public hearing on plans for ways to make the intersection of Park Avenue and Monroe Street on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Ingram Council Chambers. The angles and elevations of the intersection have made it a priority for the town for years.

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Metro Plan Goes to Herndon Town Council

Draft plan will now be considered for adoption by Town Council.

The Town of Herndon Planning Commission unanimously recommended a plan for the area north of the proposed Herndon-Monroe Metrorail station at their Monday, Feb. 6 meeting. The decision means the Comprehensive Plan Amendment that would allow for redevelopment will be passed on to the Town Council, which began discussions at their Feb. 7 work session.

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Great Falls Seniors Group Seeks Input

Group looks for feedback from seniors with needs, interested volunteers.

The Great Falls Citizens Association’s Seniors Group is seeking input from the community’s senior population, as well as those who might be interested in volunteering to provide services to seniors. The group, which hosted a town hall meeting last year, hopes to work with community organizations such as the Great Falls Ecumenical Council, Share, Inc and other nonprofits.

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Extra Space Breaks Ground in Downtown McLean

Personal storage facility will be in office-like building, will contribute to downtown revitalization.

Fairfax County officials joined with members of the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce, the McLean Planning Committee and the McLean Revitalization Corporation to break ground on a new personal storage facility Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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Great Falls Plans for Future of Resources

Grange, Forestville Schoolhouse, Riverbend Park to be discussed at meetings this month.

As Great Falls prepares for its future, two meetings this month will help the community decide what the next generation holds for several major landmarks.

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President Comes to Area, Announces Homeowners Bill of Rights

Fairfax County housing advocates applauded President Barack Obama’s proposed Homeowner’s Bill of Rights, saying it will give homeowners critical protection from predatory lenders and important safeguards when they purchase a home.

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VDOT Hoists Beam for 495 Express Lanes in Tysons Corner

VDOT and its construction partners Fluor-Lane erected the 495 Express Lanes Project’s largest beam over the 495 north (inner loop) lanes on Friday night, Feb. 4.

Column: Keeping Dulles Rail On Track

Henry Ford once said that you should not find fault, but find a remedy, because anyone can complain. I believe this principle describes our efforts over the last year to reduce the cost of Dulles Rail and keep it moving forward.

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A Place of Love and Beauty

1st Stage presents ‘Almost, Maine.’

Smitten you can become with the delightful, upside-down quirkiness at the heart of "Almost, Maine" the current 1st Stage production.

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‘Find the Fun Fair’ Comes to Vienna

Free activities, raffle prizes.

Hundreds of parents and their children turned out for www.playtodaydc.com’s public launch at Westwood Country Club on Feb. 4, a "Find the Fun Fair." Favorites activities, from inflatable bouncers to modified "t-ball," and business partners promoting their children’s offerings, ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They’re Making ‘100 Bowls of Soup’

Local entrepreneur wants to change processed food industry one bowl at a time.

Early in Katharine Mardirosian’s post-college life, she considered a career in international relations. A Harvard graduate, Mardirosian traveled and worked in eastern Europe and New York.

McLean Resident Will Perform at Arena Stage

During an all-day casting call at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in December, 120 young hopefuls from the D.C.-metro area turned up to audition for Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, which runs May 11-July 22, 2012 in the Fichandler Stage, directed by Molly Smith.

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Forum at McLean High Promoting Healthy Relationships

o kick off National Teen Dating Violence and Awareness Month, the Safe Community Coalition hung a banner at the corner of Old Dominion and Dolley Madison in front of J Gilberts announcing their interactive educational program "What's Love Got To Do With It?: Healthy Relationships and Dating" at McLean High School Thursday evening, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

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Miss Virginia Comes to Longfellow Middle

Elizabeth Crot addresses seventh and eighth graders, helps kick off anti-bullying week.

A little more than ten years ago, Elizabeth Crot was the typical middle school student.

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Winning Bookmark Contest at Churchill Road

Churchill Road 6th grader Linda Diaz and 2nd grader Elaine Li created the winning bookmarks in the "Making My School and Community Drug and Bully Free" bookmark contest.

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Arlington County Board to Consider More Changes to Sign Ordinance

Elected officials to consider commercial signs along roadsides.

For Dan Magnolia, the headache of dealing with Arlington County government is a sign of the times. Visitors to his business in south Arlington are likely to see a four-foot by three-foot sign announcing the business.

Not Another Valentine’s Day: Gifts Outside the Box

Flowers, chocolates and Hallmark Cards are standard Valentine’s Day fare. Unique gifts with a personalized element, however, are all the more significant for impressing that special someone.

Column: Back On The Juice…

The chemotherapy juice, that is. Going forward now, every three weeks until I’ve completed six infusions, finishing sometime around mid May barring any foreseen – and previously experienced blips (meaning delays): levels, counts, readings, etc., that would compel my oncologist to stop åhe treatment and await results of a retest

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Third Suspect Charged in Lenny Harris Murder Investigation

Maryland police say this is the final suspect in the case.

In Maryland, police have arrested a third suspect in the murder of civic activist Lenny Harris, whose body was discovered last week at the bottom of a 25-foot well.

Monday, February 6

Bulletin Board (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Community events in the Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield area.

Calendar (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Community events in the Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield area.

Faith Notes (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Faith Notes are for announcements and events in the faith community.

Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

Feb. 8-15.

Entertainment in the Reston, Herndon area.

Bulletin Board (Reston/Herndon)

Feb. 10-14

Community events in the Reston, Herndon area.

Faith Notes (Reston/Herndon)

Faith Notes are for announcements and events in the faith community, including special holiday services.

Faith Notes (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

Faith Notes are for announcements and events in the faith community

Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

Feb. 9-16.

Weekly entertainment in the Vienna, McLean, and Great Falls area.

Bulletin Board (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

Feb. 9-16.

Community events in the Vienna, McLean, and Great Falls area.

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Lawmakers to Take Second Stab at Killing King's Dominion Law

Senate version may be dead, but the House version will be headed to the Senate.

For those keeping score, mark one for King’s Dominion.

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Brigadier General from Fairfax Dies in Afghanistan

Terence Hildner, 49, highest ranking officer to die in Afghanistan.

Brigadier General Terence J. Hildner of Fairfax, a highly-decorated officer who received the Bronze Star Medal for combat heroism, died Feb. 3 in Kabul of apparent natural causes, military officials announced Saturday.

Saturday, February 4

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Iron Ladies of Old Town Challenge Waterfront Plan

Appeal of protest petition to move forward, either in Circuit Court or Board of Zoning Appeals.

The controversial waterfront small-area plan may have squeaked through City Hall on a five-to-two vote last month, but a final resolution could be months away

Friday, February 3

Column: Musings from the Maestro - Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Valentine's Day Weekend Concert

On Feb. 11 and 12, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra continues its season-long celebration of The Music of Dreams with its Valentine’s Day weekend concerts entitled "Prescient Revelation." I’m very excited about our thrilling series of concerts and its historic line-up of guest artists — truly a season of living legends.

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District Wrestling Championships Set for This Weekend

Langley, unbeaten during district regular season, will be aiming for a postseason banner.

The Langley High wrestling team is set to begin the postseason portion of its schedule this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, when it hosts the Liberty District Championships meet. The two-day event will begin Friday evening at 5. On Saturday, action will start up again at noon time and run throughout the day.

Woodson’s Dash Makes Collegiate Decision

Cav wide receiver set to play for first-year football program.

W.T. Woodson High senior football player Marcus Dash, earlier this week on the Feb. 1 National Signing Day for high school athletes, was scheduled to sign a college letter of intent to play NCAA Div. 2 football at Alderson-Broaddus (A-B) College in Philippi, West Va.

Chantilly Girls Holding Their Own in Concorde Play

Chargers working to get best possible seeding for upcoming district basketball tournament.

Just like every other opponent of the powerhouse Oakton High girls’ basketball team this season, the Chantilly High squad realized it had a huge task in playing the unbeaten Cougars earlier this week in Concorde District action. Chantilly gave visiting Oakton a good showing but lost, 55-35, in the contest played this past Tuesday night. Oakton, the Northern Region champions in two of the past three years, improved to 19-0 overall and 7-0 in the district. Chantilly, with the loss, left the floor with an 11-8 overall mark and a 3-4 record in district play.

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Cementing the Districts

Republicans try to lock in eight-to-three advantage in congressional redistricting.

Now that congressional redistricting has moved through the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate, a picture of 2012 is beginning to take shape.

District Indoor Track and Field Championships Underway

Chantilly, Centreville, and Westfield all set for second day Concorde action on Thursday.

The Concorde District Indoor Track and Field Championships got underway last Thursday, Jan. 26 with Day One action at the Prince George’s County Sportsplex in Maryland. Local teams Centreville, Westfield, and Chantilly High Schools made up three of the six participating schools at the postseason event.

Young Lancer Girls Showing Improvement on Hardwood

Despite poor win percentage, Lee High team is getting better.

This has been a tough, rebuilding season for the Lee High girls’ basketball team, which carried a 2-15 overall record going into this week’s play. Nevertheless, Lancer head coach Harold Jackson said his team has shown good improvement over the course of the winter season, even if it cannot be measured with wins and losses.

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Seahawk Wrestlers Confident Going Into Districts

Postseason tournament set to take place Friday and Saturday at Langley High.

The South Lakes High wrestling team earned its first dual team victory of the season when it edged host Yorktown High, 46-44, in a non-district competition which took place on Jan. 11 in Arlington.

Woodson Tops Lake Braddock in Boys’ Basketball

Woodson sharp-shooter Tommy Stepka hurts Bruins with long range shooting.

The three-point shot is arguably the most satisfying in basketball. When coupled with aggressive defense, it can make a team virtually unstoppable. The Woodson High boys’ team connected on seven 3-pointers and buried visiting Patriot District opponent Lake Braddock defensively to win 73-50 last Friday night, Jan. 27.

Madison Boys Making Progress in District Hoops

Senior guard Nate Favero is Warhawks’ top scorer this winter.

The Madison High boys’ basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 52-38 win at Liberty District opponent Stone Bridge High in Ashburn on Jan. 20. Then, in their next game three days later at district rival McLean, the Warhawks nearly pulled off an upset victory in a 54-53 loss to the sizzling hot Highlanders.

Thursday, February 2

Moderate Mutiny

With the sluggish economy at the forefront of voters’ minds this year, former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine hopes to put fiscal issues at the top of his campaign to fill the seat vacated by Democratic U.S. Sen. Jim Webb. In an interview on Thursday, Jan. 19, Kaine said he hopes to promote a "talent economy" in Washington. It’s a reality the former governor says has become evident in the last few decades, when Virginia moved from being one of the lowest median income states to being one of the wealthiest.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Lunar Chinese New Year festivities continued this past weekend, attracting hundreds of thousands of shoppers and visitors to Fair Oaks Mall. Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the Chinese traditional calendar, based on the phases of the moon and the solar year. The year is 4710 and celebrates the dragon, which is considered the luckiest sign of the Chinese zodiac, symbolizing strength, power and good luck.

Commentary: Dulles Rail Phase II: A Common Sense Approach

This spring the Fairfax and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will be required to make a final decision to opt in or out of Phase II of the Dulles Rail project. Rail through Tysons past the airport and into Loudoun is the largest public works project in the history of the Commonwealth and it has significant financial implications to the counties, its residents and businesses, and especially to the users of the Dulles Toll Road. As the Dulles corridor and Tysons are the economic engines of the region and the Commonwealth the project also has telling implications on our future job growth.

Letter: Waste of Taxpayer Money

I recently received a "Richmond Update" from Del. Jim Le Munyon advising: "I have proposed an additional $400,000 in the state budget for the State Police to more effectively conduct background checks for individuals desiring to purchase a firearm. Recently, a constituent brought to my attention the significant delays some purchasers were experiencing in receiving the results of their background checks …"

Brookfield Explosion: A Year Later

Questions still remain; SCC finds probable gas-company violations.

One minute, Thuan Nguyen and his family lived in a two-story house in Chantilly’s Brookfield community. The next minute, it was gone — blown sky high in a gas explosion and burned to the ground.

Remembering Harry Heisler

Wife mourns husband of 28 years.

Ask Evelyn Heisler what made her husband Harry so special to her, and she answers without hesitation. "He had a razor-sharp wit and a brilliant sense of humor and he made me laugh every day," she said.

Fulfilling a Dream

Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque is almost completed.

Set back from the road, yet perched upon a hill, the mosque that will serve area members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community is nearing completion in Chantilly. Just off Walney Road and Eagle Chase Circle, the 7,200-square-foot place of worship is called the Mubarak mosque which, in Islamic, means "blessed tidings."

‘We’re Really Frustrated’

Homeowner’s insurance company seeks damages from WGL.

Leaving a recent meeting of the Brookfield Civic Association, Thuan Nguyen was not a happy man. After losing his home in a December 2010 gas explosion, he and his family carried on with their lives, but never received definitive answers regarding what caused the blast.

Prayer Schedule and Message of Peace

At the new, Ahmadiyya Muslim mosque in Chantilly, morning prayers will start before sunrise; evening prayers are said approximately 45 minutes after sundown. And the imam will be there to lead the congregation in prayer, seven days a week.

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Kiwanis, UCM Award Pam Beggan

The highlight of the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club’s holiday party on Dec. 21 was the recognition award ceremony when the club presented a plaque and made Pam Beggan an honorary member for 2012 thanks to her 30 years of dedication to collecting fresh produce at the weekly Farmers Market at the Sherwood Hall library's parking lot from May to November and delivering the hundreds of pounds of food to the UCM's Food Pantry for distribution to needy families in our community.

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Move to the ‘Cloud’ Reaps Digital Cities Award

It appeared without warning, a deadly computer virus that was spreading quickly just as the 2011 Easter holiday weekend was approaching. Named Qakbot, it had already infiltrated the data of state and local agencies across the nation and was aggressively working its way through the City of Alexandria's IT system when it was discovered.

SCC vs. WGL: What’s Next?

State and gas company disagree over report.

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) determined that Washington Gas Company [WGL] committed 11 "probable violations" in regard to the December 2010 explosion in Brookfield. But the gas company believes otherwise.

Vandals Damage New Mosque in Chantilly

Windows smashed, property damaged.

The motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community is "Love for all, hatred for none." Its Web site is www.MuslimsForPeace.org.

"Vote Early, Vote Often"

Chamber Gala gives back to local nonprofits.

The 2012 Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Gala will for the first time serve as a fundraiser for five local nonprofit organizations through an online voting campaign through the Chamber's website.

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A Fond Farewell

Reception honors Harry Covert's service.

The Alexandria Sheriff's department bid farewell to Public Information Officer Harry Covert with a Jan. 5 reception at the William G. Truesdale Detention Center that was attended by law enforcement and public safety personnel from across the city.

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New Home for ACVA

Tourism group joins “Alphabet City” at 625 N. Washington St.

The Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association officially welcomed visitors to its new offices at 625 N. Washington St. with an open house reception Jan. 18. “It feels like home,” said ACVA president and CEO Stephanie Brown of the office space the organization now shares with the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) and the Small Business Development Council (SBDC)

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New City Manager Highlights Business Forum

The ABC’s of Alexandria

It happens to everyone and on the morning of Jan. 26, it happened to new Alexandria City Manager Rashad Young. “I got stuck in traffic,” laughed Young as he addressed the crowd that had been awaiting his arrival

'The World Is Our Market'

Palmieri to chair Chamber of Commerce

When Andrew Palmieri first moved to Alexandria in 1985, he and two roommates struggled each month to pay the rent on their West End apartment. "We were barely making ends meet," said Palmieri as he reflected back on his early years in the city. "I was in my second year of law school and since that

Column: ‘Staying Connected:’ Opportunities for Seniors

Program set for Feb. 14 at Old Presbyterian Meeting House.

A program on employment and volunteer opportunities for seniors is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Old Presbyterian Meeting House, located at 323 South Fairfax St. at 10 a.m.

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Zumba Explosion

Running Brooke Fund raises $5,700 for local charities.

For Dave Lucchesi, it didn't matter that he was the only male on a dance floor that was otherwise filled with women. Instead, he saw it as a chance to try something new and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

Column: Punishment Without Rehabilitation

“Tough on crime” is a phrase in which elected officials delight. It means that the people they represent believe they are working hard to ensure the public safety.

Column: Fighting Controversial Bills, But Finding Common Ground

While the overwhelming majority of legislation we work on in Richmond draws no controversy, we are entering the phase of the General Assembly session where some of the most difficult and divisive issues come up for debate.

Column: Is Breast Cancer Vaccine on the Horizon?

I hope I have to change the direction of my medical practice one day. Because that would mean breast cancer is a thing of the past. As a surgeon who specializes in breast cancer, there is nothing I wish more than its elimination from the lives of my patients, future patients, and anyone who has experienced its impact.

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Old Town Ace Hardware Hosts Pinewood Derby Workshop

Popcorn was popping, the jig saw was cutting, sanders were smoothing out rough edges as the Old Town Ace Hardware’s Pinewood Derby Workshop got underway Saturday morning, Jan. 7.

Column: State Senate Changes Are Affecting Legislation

Some of the bills that have been introduced and regularly died in the Senate in past years are now passing through committees and are likely to pass the Senate and House to become law with the change in Senate leadership resulting in the election of 20 Republican and 20 Democratic senators.

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‘King and I’ at Key Middle

After three months of preparation, the Key Middle School Theater presented ‘The King and I’ on Jan. 26, 27 and 28.

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‘Wings of Gold’

At ceremonies at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. on Nov. 18, 2011, Ensign Brittany Amerau, U.S. Navy, and Second Lieutenant Reed Inglee, U.S. Marine Corps, received their designations as naval aviators upon completion of Navy Flight School and received their Navy “Wings of Gold.”

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A Million-Dollar Winner

David Williams of Alexandria bought and scratched a Casino Royale ticket from the Virginia Lottery. It turned out to be the game’s first $1 million ticket.

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Tasty Support For Heart Association

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria is now taking orders for Valentine’s Day treats through Feb. 11 for pick-up on Tuesday, Feb. 14, ranging in price from $15 to $35

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Burke: A History of Pies, Racing and Summer Fun

Burke Historical Society hosts descendent of famous Burke family.

When Mike Copperthite dug into his family’s history last year, he struck pies. Fifty thousand of them.

Letter: They Did Show Leadership

To the Editor: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, marked a day when Alexandria’s City Council members carried out their duties and obligations by gathering all of the facts regarding the Waterfront Plan, and coming to the decision to support the plan.

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$14,000 to INOVA Research

Mount Vernon Athletic Club presented both The Breast Care Institute at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital and INOVA Alexandria Hospital with checks for $6,900 each on Jan. 17.

Letter: Next Step

Finally, a plan, which features countless hours of citizens input, widespread support, and numerous compromises, passed!

Letter: Increase Voter Access

To the Editor: Virginia lawmakers are debating a bill right now that will create onerous obstacles for Virginia voters if passed.

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Putting Food on the Table

Food banks struggle to keep shelves stocked in winter.

n a bright winter Saturday afternoon, bus driver Lynn Temple boxed up jars of peanut butter and cans of food donated by shoppers at Giant grocery store in Lorton.

Letter: Authoritative Yet Uninformed

To the Editor: Perhaps not all of your readers are familiar with the background to Scott Gordon’s letter in last week’s paper — "The Beauregard Small Area Plan is a Disaster."

Letter: Sham of a Public Meeting

To the Editor: I feel I must voice my disappointment in our mayor and the members of the city council who voted to approve the waterfront plan.

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Winter fun means rink activities at Mt. Vernon RECenter.

Grab Those Skates

Group lessons, public sessions,and skating development classes are some of the many ways to have fun on the ice this winter at the Mt. Vernon RECenter.

Letter: Time To Move Forward

To the Editor: The City Council recently voted on the rezoning of the Alexandria Waterfront. We were asked to vote on a Masterplan amendment that increased the density and uses of several key parcels of real estate along the Potomac River.

News Briefs

Accidental House Fire, UCM Seeks Food Donations, Surovell Appointed to Public Safety, Guilty Plea in Shootings, UCM Receives $15,000 Grant, Supporting Wounded Warrior Project

Letter: World Class Place To Live

To the Editor: Most people in Alexandria have been waiting years for the City to finish developing the Waterfron

Letter: Why these Staff Cuts?

To the Editor: On Jan. 19 Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman unveiled what he deemed a "moral document" before the Alexandria School Board.

Letter: Digging into Sewer Problems

Having spent several frustrating years dealing with the sewer problems, I disagree with Jay Spiegel’s conclusions about responsibility for sewer line problems under public streets (but do support his views on the continuing need for more transparency and accountability in public bodies that purport to act for the County’s residents).

Letter: Waterfront Struggle Not Over

To the Editor: Fear not, the fight for the Alexandria Waterfront is not over.

Letter: Awaiting Updates

Apparently, Martin Tillett disagrees with my contentions that people who vote should have to prove their identities with a photo ID and that Virginia should provide such IDs free of charge to those who claim to be unable to afford the $10 fee for a photo ID good for 5 years.

Letter: How a Volunteer Committee Works

This letter to the editor is in response to H. Jay Spiegel’s commentary concerning the sewer resolution passed by the MVCCA during its December 2011 general membership meeting.

Letter: Meet Highest Standards

To the Editor: As a candidate in the Democratic primary for Virginia’s 8th congressional district, I read with particular interest Michael Pope’s article "Blind Trust" [The Gazette, Jan. 5, 2012] on the disparity among candidates for ballot access.

Letter: School Project Ignores Public

To the Editor: ACPS’ plans for building a new Jefferson-Houston elementary school are fundamentally flawed.

Letter: Waterfront Will Benefit All

To the Editor: I never want to let the facts get in the way of a good story, but one cannot just make stuff up to denigrate someone with whom you disagre

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Aspire, Advance, Achieve

The Baltimore-Washington Section of the Society of Women Engineers, along with Booz Allen Hamilton’s African American Forum, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter and Omicron Rho Chapter), National Society of Black Engineers, and Booz Allen’s Woman Forum presented “Making it Better” Badge Day at Mount Vernon High School on Saturday, Jan. 28.

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Sampling City’s Arts

Chinese art delegation arrives in Alexandria.

Alexandria welcomed a delegation of Chinese media and artists from Jiangsu Province on Jan. 13, which marked an auspicious start to 2012 and the Year of the Dragon.

Homeless Couple Survives the Streets

“There’s a place called Rising Hope.”

Trapped in a downward spiral of homelessness beginning in the summer of 2009, Marvin and Debra Britt, both 52, endured. “That’s when the economy got hard. We lost our jobs,” said Marvin Britt, who was working building homes at Fort Belvoir while Debra had a job doing inserts for a newspaper.

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Campaign Kickoff for McConville

Jay McConville kicked off his campaign to be the next Fairfax County Republican Committee chairman last month at the Army Navy Country Club in Fairfax.

Column: Progress on Transportation, Government Efficiency

Week #4 of the General Assembly saw two of my bills pass and many controversial proposals starting to hit the floor of the House of Delegates.

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Going Wireless at City Hall

Wi-Fi project returns.

Here’s a paradox for the digital age: When members of the Alexandria City Council were presented with the Digital Cities Award from Government Technology Magazine last week, members of the public who were in attendance would have had a difficult time sending an email about it or update their Facebook status.

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Budgeting for Crisis

Community service boards push legislators to create five crisis centers.

Johnny is a 13-year-old student at school in Northern Virginia. He’s been acting out lately, running away and confronting other children on the playground.

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Lenny Harris: From Missing to Murdered

Maryland man confesses to crime; three or four more suspects remain on the loose.

Since last summer, friends and supporters of missing Alexandria civic activist Lenny Harris have been hoping and praying that he would show up.

In Session

For those keeping score, mark one for King’s Dominion. That’s the popular and powerful amusement park that holds a strange power over school officials across Virginia.

Week in Alexandria

The controversial waterfront small-area plan may have squeaked through City Hall on a five-to-two vote last month, but a final resolution could be months away.

Wednesday, February 1

West Springfield’s Robinson Getting Back in Shape

Standout point guard returns after missing five weeks with injured ankle.

April Robinson, a 2011 first-team All-Met selection, has worked on her endurance since returning to the lineup after missing more than a month with an injured ankle. Monday’s match-up with T.C. Williams was Robinson’s fourth game after her five-week layoff and the Titans put her to the test. TC pressured Robinson in the backcourt and forced her to work up and down the floor.

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Titans Still Struggling to Solve Spartans

TC’s strong defensive effort goes for naught against West Springfield.

Trailing nemesis West Springfield by three points as the final seconds ticked off the clock, the T.C. Williams girls’ basketball team put the ball in the hands of its best offensive player.

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Sports Brief: TC Athletes Compete in Virginia Tech Invitational

Several members of the T.C. Williams indoor track and field team competed in the two-day Virginia Tech High School Invitational in Blacksburg, with most achieving regional- or state-qualifying marks.

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West Potomac Girls Set Two District Swim Records

Next: Northern Region championships.

Thirteen West Potomac swimmers (eight girls and five boys) will advance to the Northern Region swim and dive championships Feb. 2-4 after a competitive Patriot District meet Friday and Saturday at Lee District RECenter.

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Sports Briefs: Floyd Sets MVHS Wrestling Record

Senior wrestler Dusty Floyd became Mount Vernon’s all-time leader in victories when he earned win No. 148 at home on senior night Jan. 25. The 170-pound Floyd surpassed Tony Martinez’s record of 147, set in 2003.

Sports Brief: Churchill Wrestling Loses To Walter Johnson

The Churchill wrestling team faced Walter Johnson on Jan. 28 in a match that would determine if Churchill went to the county dual meet championship. Churchill came away with a 37-21 loss, dropping its record to 10-3.

Second-Half Defense Lifts Bulldogs Past Patriots

Churchill’s Williams helps shut down Wootton’s red-hot Ibeh.

Churchill boys’ basketball head coach Matt Miller could see it coming. He tried to warn the Bulldogs but it was too late.

Churchill’s Racoosin Plays ‘Like a Guy’

Athleticism, jumping ability make Bulldog guard an offensive threat.

Shira Racoosin’s skill set — most notably her ability to shoot an actual jump shot — has been compared to that of a male hoopster. While Racoosin appears slightly embarrassed about discussing the topic, her athletic ability makes her one of the top scoring threats on a Bulldogs team ranked No. 11 in the latest edition of the Washington Post’s top 20.

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Clark, Generals Dominate National District

W-L wins third consecutive district gymnastics title.

The Washington-Lee gymnastics team put on a show Jan. 26, capturing the district championship by nearly 17 points over second-place Yorktown. The Generals produced the district’s top three all-around gymnasts and four of the top five. W-L occupied the top five places on beam, top four on vault, top three on bars and top two on floor. But the Generals’ display of dominance was no one-hit wonder. W-L has captured the last three district titles and has not lost a regular season meet in the three years.

Sports Briefs: W-L Boys Win Swim Districts

The Washington-Lee boys’ swim team won the National District title, posting a score of 404 during the championship meet Jan. 26-28 at Yorktown Aquatic Center.

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President Announces Homeowners Bill of Rights

Gives speech to crowd at James Lee Community Center in Falls Church.

Calling the continuing depression in the housing market a "make-or-break" moment for the middle class, President Barack Obama delivered a short and pointed speech this morning about his proposed Homeowner’s Bill of Rights to an audience in Falls Church.

Open Forum Meeting

WMCCA

More Government Secrecy?,POTOMAC SWIM AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION INDOOR TENNIS BUBBLE FACILITIES, ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT

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Pony Steelers Team Won the Division 4 Maryland Youth Football State Championship.

State Champions

The Rockville Football League (RFL) Pony Steelers Team — a Potomac/Rockville group of mostly 9-year-old boys — recently won the Division 4 Maryland Youth Football State Championship.

Letter: Schools Have Too Much Power

Letter to the Editor

I just read an article by Michael Lee Pope ["Politics of Notification: Father takes his plight for increased parental notification to Richmond," Connection, Jan. 26-Feb. 1] It is simply wrong!

Springfield Estates Elementary Receives Grant

Graham Road Elementary School and Springfield Estates Elementary School have each received a $100,000 grant from Target to support a program of each school’s choice.

Assembly at Half-way Point

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn reflects on General Assembly session so far.

The 2012 General Assembly session is nearly at its half-way point. In just two weeks, we will reach the "cross-over" phase of the current session, signifying that the House of Delegates has concluded its scheduled business and will begin working on legislation that has already been passed by the State Senate.

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County Breaks Ground on New Animal Adoption Center.

Animal-Lovers Celebrate Ground-breaking.

“At last” were the opening words of pride and relief from David Dise, director of the Montgomery Department of General Services who kicked off the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Animal Services and Adoption Center on Saturday, Jan. 27.

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Roller Rink Adapts to Need

County hopes to adapt roller hockey rink for accessible sports this fiscal year.

Some of Pam Yerg’s players use crutches and walkers and "struggle through the ruts and grass and the mud" to be part of soccer activities and games

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Officer Who Made Difference

First African American female officer retires from FCPD.

As the youngest daughter of a preacher in Oak Hill, W. Va., Annie Mack-Evans said she knew growing up that her life’s calling was to "Do all you can do and leave the outcome to God."

FACETS Starts Youth Volunteer Program

Program fills growing demand for volunteer opportunities.

FACETS, a local nonprofit that opens doors by helping families and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County, has just launched a monthly youth volunteer program.

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Rotarians Host Maestro Zimmerman

The Fairfax Rotary Club welcomed Fairfax Symphony Orchestra musical director Christopher Zimmerman to its Jan. 23 membership meeting.

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Students Create ‘Mosby Town’

Something fascinating is happening at Mosby Woods Elementary in Fairfax.

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Greenspring Premieres Redesigned Medical Center

On Friday, Jan. 27, Greenspring Medical Center hosted an open house for residents and guests to preview the redesign of the center.

Girl Scouts Invited to Community Celebration

This year Girl Scouts of the USA is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the South Central Fairfax Association of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) is conducting a special event and opening it up to the community at Springfield Mall on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Letter: Benefits of Smaller Class Sizes

Letter to the Editor

We have a great school system in Fairfax County. Our test scores are high, our students are engaged in challenging educational curriculums, and our schools have received national recognition as being some of the best in the nation.

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Splitting Time Between Potomac and Vermont

Couple enjoys life as innkeepers.

Readers who watched the 1980’s television sitcom “Newhart” will remember the Vermont inn that Newhart and his wife ran. The Norwich Inn, the implied setting of the show, is now owned by Potomac residents, Jill and Joe Lavin.

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A Night at the Races

Cub Scout Pack 1965 hosts its annual Pinewood Derby.

Cub Scout Pack 1965’s annual Pinewood Derby competition took place on Friday, Jan. 27 at King’s Glen Elementary School.

Marymount Professor Receives State Faculty Award

Kathleen Garces-Foley honored in Rising Star category.

It takes scholarship, professionalism, solid teaching and commitment to community to be considered for the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. Kathleen Garces-Foley, a professor of religion at Marymount University, is one of two Virginia professors to be honored with the award in the 2012 Rising Star category.

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‘Up On The Rooftop’

Potomac native coordinates more than 100 events at rooftop venue.

As soon as spring breezes begin to blow and the warm sunny days of April and May appear, a rooftop high above Rockville Town Center will come to life with dancing music, tantalizing food, happy hours and parties for young, old, single and married.

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Fanquest at Oakton High

McLean, Oakton High Special Olympics basketball teams face off in a sold-out game.

Fanquest 2012 was held Saturday evening at Oakton HS featuring a game between the Oakton HS and McLean HS Special Olympics basketball teams.

Getting Dressed for Crystal Couture

Annual event spotlights local designers.

Models, fashion, accessories and sales promise to be front and center as the fourth Crystal Couture event hits the runway at the Crystal City Shops Feb. 7-11.

At Geographic Bee

Susanna Yau, an 8th grade student at Fourth Presbyterian School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship.

KidzJamz in Crystal City

The atrium outside of the King Street Blues in Crystal City was transformed into a studio for young artists on Saturday, Jan. 28

Column: "Progression"

There’s a word – in a medical context, anyway, that you don’t hear every day. And if you’re a stage IV lung cancer survivor – like me, 35 months post-diagnosis, it’s hardly the word you ever want to hear – or see – describing the most recent CT Scan of your lungs (Mediastinum) where your malignant tumors have been in "partial stable remission" going on two-plus years now. "Progression" means growth. Growth means the relative calm under which you’ve existed for the last few years is officially over.

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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grade 2 students sing during the annual all-school chapel honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

She’s Got ‘Stage Presence’

Student placement auditions Feb. 1 and 2.

Stacey Jones has been engaged in dance and theatre pretty much her whole life. She sang in school choruses and performed in musical theatre in high school.

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Opening Doors to Part-time Careers

Flexforce Professionals pairs experienced professional women with local companies.

If it weren’t for three highly-educated, resourceful local moms who wanted to be home when the school bus arrived, there would, probably, be no "Flexforce Professionals" today.

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WES Hosts Cartoonist

Cartoonist and author Marc Tyler Nobleman visited Washington Episcopal School on Dec. 7.

Family and Friends Recall Librarian Gertrude Frankel

A couple weeks after Arlington resident Gertrude Frankel died, her daughter Karen Frankel called the city of Alexandria to ask about insurance benefits. The

Comedy Club Opens in Vienna

The Back Room really is a back room.

To its list of social events, Vienna has now added "comedy club."

Bamberger Named Chair of APAH

Rita Bamberger, principal and senior vice president of The Holladay Corporation, was unanimously elected chair of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) effective Jan. 1

January Flowers Bring Winter Smiles

Potomac Village Garden Club provides flowers and friendship for seniors.

The Village at Rockville is a little more floral thanks to a delegation from the Potomac Village Garden Club. The club provided chrysanthemums and carnations for floral arrangements on Jan. 24, which were supplemented by greens from members’ personal gardens.

Looking for Things to Do?

County offers host of winter activities.

As its residents get ready for cold weather and potential snow, Arlington's community and cultural centers also prepare for winter.

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Madison Grad Stars in Spamalot

Rowan comes back to area in March.

In a musical replete with flying cows, insults involving hamsters and flatulent Frenchmen, Arthur Rowan, 1997 graduate of James Madison High School in Vienna and former actor with the Reston Players, plays the straight man.

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Hair Cutting, Skin Care at Marshall High

Cosmetology class teaches real-life skills.

Following the twisted hallways inside Marshall High School leads to the side of the school not known to many where classes like Cosmetology are held.

Potomac Psychologist Helps Sleep-Deprived New Parents

Strategy allows parents to get at least five hours of uninterrupted sleep each night.

When Megan Price and her husband Marc Weiner describe the first weeks of life with their 6-month-old son Adrian, one of the first adjustments that comes to mind is sleep deprivation.

Letter: More In-state Opportunities

Letter to the Editor

Virginia has the best schools in the country. Regrettably the admissions process at schools like Virginia Tech, James Madison University, or University of Virginia have become so competitive for in-state students that these top tier schools seem unattainable.

Spring Hill Team to Compete at the State Level

The Spring Hill Elementary 6th-graders have qualified to take part in the state level YBTC Quiz Bowl challenge in "You Be The Chemist" in Leesburg in late April.

Roundups

Free Carseat Inspections,Recycle During Electric Sunday, Fair Oaks CAC to Meet, Meeting Set for I-66 EIS

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This Week in Potomac

River Road Bank Robbed, School Bus Safety Cameras, Presidential Election Judges Needed

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Future Reporters?

The third grade class at St. Raphael School listens to reporter Colleen Healy talk about her work at The Potomac Almanac.

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Frey Offers A Look Ahead

Discusses what’s on tap for Fairfax County.

It’s a new year and it’s full steam ahead for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. And last week, Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) discussed what’s on the local horizon.

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VOICE Seeks Funds for Dental Care

Organization has raised $150,000, needs another $50,000 to provide free dental care.

As a dentist practicing for 11 year, Kristin Donohue says she has seen plenty of lives that have been transformed by access to dental care. As a volunteer at a dental clinic that offers free care in Bailey’s Crossroads she has also seen her fair share of people who don’t have that access.

More Declare for Herndon Elections

Councilmember Bill Tirrell will run for mayor, lawyer Dave Webster for council.

As May approaches, more people are throwing their hat in the ring for mayor of Herndon, as well as position on the town’s six-member council. Current councilmember Bill Tirrell announced Jan. 26 that he will be running for mayor in the May 1 election.

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New Fire Station Planned

Expected to open in 2015, new facility will offer more space, flexibility.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, along with the county’s Public Works and Environmental Services division have begun the process of renovating the Herndon Fire Station, located on Spring Street. The original station, built in 1950, will be replaced with a facility that can better handle the special equipment and volume of calls currently serviced at the station.

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Planning For Aging in McLean

Community hosts follow up to October forum.

The McLean Community Center hosted a follow up meeting Monday, Jan. 30 to Supervisor John Foust’s (D-Dranesville) forum last October that addressed how the community can be supportive of its aging population. The Oct. 15 forum presented several speakers who spoke on their experience dealing with senior care, as well as various models of assisted living communities.

SCC to Host Dating Violence Forum

Event will examine teen dating violence from multiple angles.

The McLean-based Safe Community Coalition, which primarily serves the students in the Langley and McLean High School pyramids, will host a forum which will examine the issue of teen dating violence from a number of angles. The event, titled "What’s Love Got to do With it?: Healthy Relationships and Dating," will take place at McLean High School Feb. 9.

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Colonel Gets Better View

Air Force colonel, partner attend State of the Union from First Lady’s box.

Air Force Col. Ginger Wallace of McLean has watched the State of the Union Address for years. While she doesn’t always watch it all, she says there is one part that always gets her interest at the annual speech.