Stories for June 2012

Stories for June 2012

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Saturday, June 30

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Severe Storms Rock Region; 1.5 Million Homes Without Power

Virginia Governor announces State of Emergency.

Following the aftermath of last night's surprise thunderstorms, many local residents woke up to significant amount of damage. Fallen trees and branches were spread across the area, and power outages were abundant.

Friday, June 29

Fatal Crash in Burke Area

On Thursday, June 28 around 12:50 p.m., police responded to a crash on Ox Road near Zion Drive.

Weekly Entertainment (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

June 29-July 6.

Entertainment in Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield.

Weekly Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

June 29-July 6.

Entertainment in Reston/Herndon.

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

June 29-July 6.

Entertainment in Vienna/McLean/Great Falls.

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Thursday, June 28

A Resolution For Lanigan

School Board awards almost $73,000 to teacher.

As far as Sean Lanigan is concerned, the nearly $73,000 settlement he was awarded last week by the Fairfax County School Board is too little, too late. But he’s determined to put the past behind him, learn from it and move on.

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‘Never Off Duty’

Firefighter reports Centreville blaze, helps rescue woman.

Bill Moreland, a captain with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, didn’t make it to a dinner date with his wife, last Friday. But he had a good excuse: He was busy helping save someone’s life.

Mueller, Layne Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mueller of Clifton are happy to announce the engagement of their son, LCDR William Kenneth Mueller, USNR to Ramona Ruth Layne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Layne, Jr of San Antonio, Texas.

Firefighters Present Lifesaving Award

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Ed Brinkley presented Life Saving certificates on June 18 to Mary Butler, Damian Hawkins, Nick Taktak, Sandy Weaver, Minh Huynh and Chuck Wright for their efforts to help save the life of fellow Fairfax County employee Gary Oswald on Feb. 24.

Lanigan’s Friends, Colleague Respond to Settlement

Following news of the school system’s settlement to Sean Lanigan, a friend and neighbor of his, as well as a former Centre Ridge colleague gave their opinions of it to Centre View.

‘How a Community Comes Together’

A progress report on the Centreville Labor Resource Center.

It still has a long way to go, but things are definitely looking up for the Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC).

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Local Real Estate: Sold in May 2012 in the $700s

Local Real Estate: Sold in May 2012 in the $700s

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Saying Goodbye at Lee High

Lee High School class of 2012 graduates.

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Families Find Fun at Lake Fairfax

Summer fun in Reston and Herndon.

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A Passion for Oklahoma, Chili and Community Service

Springfield resident Lou Priebe receives National Press Club honor.

"People are marvelous in their generosity, if they just know the cause is there," said folk hero and proud Oklahoman Will Rogers.

Reflections on Graduating Class of 2012

I’ve been at a lot of graduations over the years–my own high school and college graduations, of course, as well as those of family, and friends.

Springfield Resident Recognized by Army Research Center

A Springfield native was named employee of the year by the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., June 19.

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Fairfax County’s ‘Little Gem’

The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum hosts Civil War Reenactment.

On Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26, a Civil War Reenactment Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Medical Evacuation of wounded soldiers will be held at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Lorton Man Pleads Guilty to Prostituting Eight Juveniles

Justin Strom, 26, among five members of Crips gang charged with trafficking juveniles.

Justin Strom, aka "Jae," "Jae Dee," or "J-Dirt," 26, of Lorton pled guilty Tuesday, June 26, to recruiting at least eight juvenile girls to engage in commercial sex for his street gang’s prostitution business.

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From Prison to Cultural Center

Lorton Workhouse Arts Center hosts Art Out Loud, Ice Cream Social in July.

For visual arts, performances and education, the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center is the place to be this summer. More than 100 years ago, however, one of the region’s most distinctive cultural arts center started life as a prison complex.

Clifton Teen on a Mission

Noor Siddiqui awarded world-renowned fellowship.

The Thiel Fellowship is a program sponsored by Billionaire Peter Thiel that awards $100,000 to 20 entrepreneurial candidates under the age of 20. Some of the fellows include teenaged biochemists who have their eyes fixed on extending the human life span and curing cancer, and MIT drop-outs who find that their time is best spent harnessing nuclear energy.

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Mason Launches Veteran Scholarship

A much-needed $6000 donation helps kick–start the endowment into gear.

Joshua Lawton, a now senior program analyst at the Department of Veterans Affairs, was watching a documentary on the WWII generation when an idea suddenly struck him—George Mason University (his university at the time) should start a veterans’ scholarship.

Erin Greer Mealy Engaged to Matthew David Clark

Rick and Peggy Mealy of Clifton are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Greer Mealy, to 1LT Matthew David Clark, U.S. Army, son of David and AnnMarie Clark of Fairfax. The couple graduated from Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, in 2004.

Realtors Launch ‘Ask Me!’ Campaign

Association points towards positive trends in region’s real estate market.

Realtors say there is room for hope in the northern Virginia real estate. Due to an increase in demand, the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors launched its "Ask Me!" campaign to help educate both consumers and agents about the positive trends in the region's real estate market.

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A Splashing Good Time

Centre View Summer Fun

Summer Fun.

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There’s An App for That!

Visit Fairfax launches app that helps visitors and residents navigate summer fun.

If your travel backpack is loaded down with maps, visitor’s guides, and other paper paraphernalia to plan your summer outing, just toss it.

Marsden Praises Centreville Immigration Forum

At a recent meeting of the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF), state Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37) listened to a progress report on the Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) and was pleased by what he heard.

Dollars and Sense at Labor Center

Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) board members Terry Angelotti and Ed Duggan recently presented a report on the financial status of the Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC). They project the CIF to receive $175,000 this year from a variety of sources to keep the center running.

Mountain View’s Department Awards

Department Awards.

Centre View Roundups- 6/68/12

Roundups- 6/28/12, Centreville

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Replacing Walney Road Bridge

Walney Road Bridge to be replaced, rebuilt.

Built in 1980, the Walney Road Bridge over Flatlick Branch in Chantilly carries more than 21,000 vehicles a day. Trouble is, it often floods, is disintegrating structurally and surpassed its life expectancy 15 years ago.

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Potomac Summer Fun

Potomac summer events.

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Looking for a Hug? Look No Further

Hugging Saint to embrace 5,000 individuals in Alexandria.

Some people are huggers, some are not. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known as Amma, is definitely the former. With over 30 million hugs and counting, she is known as the "hugging saint."

Business Matters

How about this heat? Like death and taxes, this weekend’s heat wave is an inevitable fact of life. But it’s also an opportunity to make money.

Week in Alexandria

This election year will be like none other in the city’s long history, as the City Council election will take place in November for the first time. It will also feature a special election to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives in which a City Council member will be on the ballot.

Wednesday, June 27

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Potomac Real Estate: Sales in May 2012, $1.2~$1.49 million

In May 2012, 62 Potomac homes sold between $2,525,000-$254,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Sales in May 2012, $1.2~$1.49 million

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Party Like It’s 1776

City of Fairfax Hosts 46th Star-Spangled Fourth of July Celebration.

Since 1776, Americans have celebrated our independence from the tyranny of King George III with parades, picnics and booming fireworks.

World Premiere Opera by Fairfax's Sean Pflueger

Sean Pflueger of Fairfax, a 2012 Arts Council of Fairfax County Strauss Award recipient for music composition and performance will be presenting his world premiere of "Child in the Midst, A Horror Opera" at the Capital Fringe Festival. It will be sung in English.

Letter: Deepening the Crisis

If you think the local economy is looking anemic now, just wait until we get Sequestration (the legal inevitable result of our legislators reaching no agreement about our national budget).

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‘Big Love’ Next for Hub Theatre

"A roller coaster of fun and emotion" is how Hub Theatre Artistic Director Helen Pafumi described its next production, "Big Love" by Charles Mee. "An enduring and epic love story. It’s about conquering our basic needs and embracing our better selves. And it tackles these difficult discussions with theatricality, poetry, and power," Pafumi said.

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A Story of Courage and Survival

Fairfax mother, son overcome life-threatening illnesses.

Natanael Justiniano is just 11 years old, yet he’s beaten leukemia twice and just celebrated his one-year anniversary of a lifesaving blood transplant.

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Congressional Club Hosts Sixth Annual AT&T National

Tiger Woods is back in town. The sixth annual AT&T National golf tournament is scheduled to be played at River Road’s Congressional Country Club June 28 - July 1.

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Take a Hike!

Discover Burke VRE-Pohick Stream Valley Trail.

On June 2, the 20th anniversary of National Trails Day, local officials and community residents "took a hike" and officially opened the Pohick Stream Valley - Burke VRE Trail.

Potomac Bulletin Board 6/27/12

Upcoming Potomac events.

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Chessie’s Big Backyard Opens for Summer Fun

Fun-seekers can play, explore and splash around at Lee District Park.

Sunny skies greeted hundreds of children and their families during the June 16 ribbon-cutting ceremony for Chessie's Big Backyard Tiki Village playground, part of the Family Recreation Center at Lee District Park.

Illegal Aliens and Emma Lazarus

I believe in law and order. I am a devotee of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These are the basic tenets of civil and religious life in Virginia and the rest of the 50 states. There’s no question we like to brag about this all over.

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Sock Monkeys Fan?

Welcome to Lee District nights summer concerts.

From jazz to big band, classic to blue bluegrass, and some vintage rock ‘n roll, Lee District Nights is the place for music lovers of all stripes.

Potomac Calendar 6/27/12

Upcoming Events

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Hitting on the Sweet Spot of Summer

One of the most beloved summer pastimes is all over Fairfax.

Tennis is everywhere in Fairfax this summer. As the weather starts heating up and the days get longer, more and more people are flocking to the courts to get their adrenaline fix, work on their backhand swing or just have fun with friends and neighbors. Whatever the reason people grab for their racquets it is clear that the opportunities for tennis players are everywhere.

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Connolly Addresses 280 New Citizens

"You will help freshen America and help us remain a strong and dynamic society," Congressman Gerry Connolly told hundreds of new U.S. citizens and their families June 22 during a naturalization ceremony in a packed auditorium at Robinson High School.

Flamenco In Old Town

Restaurants feature dances, music.

For fun with a different kind of flavor, look no further than King Street for live flamenco dances and music.

Commission To Honor 10 Women

The Montgomery County Commission for Women will host a 40th anniversary celebration on Wednesday, July 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rockville Hilton Hotel, Atrium Room, 1750 Rockville Pike. To commemorate the anniversary, the CFW will announce 10 new honorees for the Montgomery County Women’s History Archives, created in 2002 to recognize the contributions of women of historical significance to the County.

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Dancing for Joy and Remembrance

Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Burke hosts Summer Obon Festival.

Whether guests wear the traditional silk Japanese Kimonos with brocade sashes, or just jeans and a t-shirt, all visitors are invited to join hands and twirl to the beat of Japanese folk music during Ekoji Buddhist Temple’s largest summer celebration.

Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known as Amma

Hugging Saint to embrace 5,000 individuals in Alexandria.

Some people are huggers, some are not. Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known as Amma, is definitely the former. With over 30 million hugs and counting, she is known as the "hugging saint." "She is a saint," said Ken Steben of the Potomac Amma Center, "she is like love embodied."

Realtors Launch ‘Ask Me!’ Campaign

Association points towards positive trends in region’s real estate market.

Realtors say there is room for hope in the northern Virginia real estate. Due to an increase in demand, the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors launched its "Ask Me!" campaign to help educate both consumers and agents about the positive trends in the region's real estate market.

Summer Fun

Residents describe their plans for the summer.

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Kaine Holds Forum to Discuss Higher Education

Former Virginia governor meets with students and parents in Burke.

Former governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine met with Northern Virginia students and parents to discuss his strategies for the future of higher education on Thursday, June 21 at Villa Bella Ristorante in Burke.

Letter: Checking the History Commission

I am writing to ask that your paper look into the question of who checks the work of the History Commission.

Contee: From Cell 7 Unit 2D to Ministry

Serving Alexandria jail as its chaplain.

Myron Contee was a pretty good basketball player. Back in the decade of the ‘70s, he was better than most and without doubt was headed to a professional career.

Praising Senior Services

SSA welcomes officers, new board members.

Senior Services of Alexandria held its annual meeting and luncheon June 21 at The Fountains at Washington House to formally elect the 2012-2013 slate of officers and board of directors.

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Living Legends: Allen Lomax

Allen Lomax has focused on those in greatest need in the city.

Living Legends of Alexandria is an ongoing 501(c)(3) photo-documentary project to identify, honor and chronicle Alexandria's Living Legends.

Former Potomac Resident To Star in New TV Series

Former Potomac resident Corey Jean has been cast to star in the new television series, “The Hollywood Dream.”

Hams Have Field Day in Alexandria

Amateur radio proves its value.

Wires, antennas, batteries, and a solar panel adorned a section of Armistead Boothe Park this past weekend in an effort to demonstrate what amateur radio is capable of today.

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A ‘Green Leader’

Students at Christ Episcopal School in Rockville understand the importance of a green future at school and in the community.

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Helping the Needy

On Sunday, June 17, parishioners of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Potomac, stuffed 50 new backpacks with a starter pack of school supplies for Interfaith Works.

Cooling Off in Summer Camp

Campers at Summer at WES, held at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, enjoyed rides down a waterslide on the school’s field, and trekked on the Capital Crescent Trail to the Bethesda Pool on Wednesday, June 20, to cool off on a day in which the temperatures climbed into the high 90s.

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A Decision Time for Silver Line

Deadline approaches for Loudoun County Board vote on extending the rail into county.

Whoever coined the quip "like herding cats," must have had in mind the financing of the Dulles Rail Project. It requires getting consensus from two county boards of supervisors, Fairfax and Loudoun, the Federal government, the Virginia government and therefore the governor and state legislature and the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority.

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Flint Hill School’s Coach Attends White House Celebration of Title IX

Jody Patrick, Flint Hill School’s head varsity girls’ basketball coach and P.E. teacher, was invited to attend a special function at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, June 20, to mark the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark statute that ensures equity between boys and girls for all educational programs that receive federal funding.

Amanda Tiede of Vienna Named LLC Woman of the Year

Tommy Cleaver, CBRE executive, and Amanda Tiede, a Vice President at Cassidy Turley, were named the National Capital Area Chapter’s 2012 Man & Woman of the Year at Saturday’s Grand Finale Gala at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.

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Oakton Graduates Urged to Question

Oakton High School seniors received diplomas on Tuesday.

The Patriot Center filled with families and friends on Tuesday, June 19, each seeking out the best vantage point from which to watch their children, siblings, and friends graduate from Oakton High School.

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Fun Fundraising

Fundraising event pictures.

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Ryan, Zekowski Win Neighborhood’s Scholarship

Sean Ryan, son of Linda and Michael Ryan and Thomas Zekowski, son of Kathleen and David Zekowski, were the winners of the Second Annual Dunn Loring Woods Civic Association (DLWCA) Scholarship.

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Summer’s in Session in Vienna

Fun abounds throughout town.

From toddler to teen, 20-something to Social Security, there are activities and events in Vienna to please any age demographic. Most, unbelievably, are free.

Arlington Calendar for June 27, 2012

Upcoming Events.

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All the World's a Stage

LTA holds Open House July 13.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria will hold an Open House reception Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m. to welcome the community.

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Town Green Rocks with Kiddie-Rock

Rocknoceros Kicks Off Kids’ Concert Series on Town Green with huge crowd.

On June 20, local kiddie-rock stars Rocknoceros kicked off the children’s concert series on the Town Green. One could hardly find grass among the ground cover of blankets and lawn chairs and humans of all ages and heights, from newborns in carriers to grandparents.

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Vintage Baseball Game Draws Fans, History Buffs

Baseball played by 1864 rules comes to Vienna.

A Mid-Atlantic Vintage baseball tournament and living history exhibition on June 23 continued Vienna’s sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War.

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H-B Woodlawn Graduation 2012

Graduation 2012.

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Exhibit Showcases Occupation

Lyceum reveals life in Alexandria during the Civil War.

Throughout the Civil War, Alexandria was an occupied city under the control of the federal government. An exhibit at the Lyceum, Alexandria's history museum, displays what life in the city was like during the that time, as well as, before and after the war.

Rappellers raise $60,000 for Special Olympics.

Rose Pleskow is not one to shy away from a challenge. The 23-year-old athlete competed in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, last summer, earned multiple medals in the 2012 Virginia Special Olympic Summer Games and recently competed in an 800-meter race in the waters around the Cayman Islands. But on June 22, she did something most people wouldn't dare: rappelling down the side of a 15-story building.

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Pedestrian Bridge Opens at Wolf Trap

Congressman Jim Moran (D-8) spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new pedestrian bridge over the Dulles Toll Road, connecting the two main facilities at the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center.

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Decision Reached on Jamestown Trailers

Option with most votes from community used

Following community feedback, Arlington County Public Schools has decided to move the trailers at Jamestown Elementary to the same side of the building on the far side of the field on 38th Street North .

Obituary: Catharine Sexton Eckhof

Catharine Sexton Eckhof died June 24, 2012 with family by her side.

Construction Boom In Route 1 Corridor

Area watches Fort Belvoir expansion, construction of the National Library for the Study of George Washington.

The Fort Belvoir or Mount Vernon Estate construction projects alone would be enough to impact area traffic and the character of Mount Vernon.

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Scholarship Promotes Knowledge of History, Government

With a seven minute speech about the importance of history and knowledge of government, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) presented the National Heritage Scholarship at Oakton High School in May to kick-off the school’s annual award night.

Powering Down Oil?

Environment America advocates for electric cars this summer.

Near an electric charging station in Arlington recently, Environment America, an environmental advocacy organization, urged citizens to use cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars to help the environment and cut costs for households during a press conference.

Arlington Marine Dies in Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Niall W. Cotisears

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Wakefield Seniors Move On

Graduation ’12

Letter: Getting the Full Picture

This week’s mail delivered the most recent Comstock Connection, the newsletter our Delegate, Barbara Comstock, uses to keep her constituents informed of her activities down in Richmond.

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CAR Hosts Flag Retirement

Worn flags disposed of on Flag Day.

On Flag Day, June 14, members of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) presented a flag retirement ceremony at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial.

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Seven Troop 55 Boy Scouts Earn Eagle Scout

Completing over 150 merit badges and more than 2,100 requirements collectively, seven Troop 55 Boy Scouts achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in Great Falls. Clayton Barber, Kyle Dear, Brad Hodge, Garrett Pan, Neil Patil, Grant Smith and John Studabaker joined the less than 2 percent of Boy Scouts who reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Gang Task Force Receives $850,000

The fight against gang activity in Northern Virginia received a financial boost last week in the form of an $850,000 check from the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund.

Column: A GAP In My Thinking

Recently, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was forced to buy a new car (in this instance, “new” means different, not a current model year). Estimated repairs at 137,000 miles that could have escalated into the unknown – and unaffordable – thousands compelled me to fish so I wouldn’t have my bait cut (and I don’t even like to fish).

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Washington-Lee’s Commencement

Washington-Lee Graduation 2012.

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Brief- Summer Campfires at Nature Centers

Families are invited to the Gulf Branch fire ring or Long Branch Amphitheater for old-fashioned fun — including s'mores.

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Farewell to Yorktown High School

Yorktown Graduation 2012.

Northern Virginia’s Role in the War of 1812

200-year perspective.

To most Americans, the War of 1812 is the "forgotten war." Its mention conjures images from a short list: The burning Capitol; Francis Scott Key writing poetry during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore; or Dolley Madison fleeing the White House with George Washington's painting under her arm.

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Summer Campfires at Nature Centers

Families are invited to the Gulf Branch fire ring or Long Branch Amphitheater for old-fashioned fun — including s'mores.

Big Weekend of Music Set For Lubber Run Amphitheater

Weekend of Music Set for Lubber Run Amphitheater

The Lubber Run Amphitheater presents a full three-night weekend of free live entertainment under the stars of Arlington this week.

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U.S. and French Dancers Compete

Dance battle at the Artisphere concludes weeklong hip-hop festival.

For one week, people in the Washington area saw the result of combining French and hip-hop. The Urban Corps hip-hop festival showcased the different styles of U.S. and French hip-hop dance and ended on Friday, May 25 at the Artisphere in Rosslyn with a dance battle pitting three dance crews from France against two local crews.

Seeking Next ‘Signature Idol’

Signature Theatre is looking for the next “Signature Idol” with the return of its Signature Idol Competition being held during this year’s annual Open House on Aug. 4.

Flourishing After 55

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for July 8-14.

Tuesday, June 26

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Having Fun Along the Potomac

Riverbend, Great Falls Parks offer summer activities.

The Potomac River makes up the eastern border of Great Falls, and this summer the two parks located alongside it will be brimming with summer activities over the next few months, as Riverbend Park and Great Falls Park will host a variety of classes, trips and educational sessions.

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Great Falls Couple Explore Local Day Trips

Beth and David Sansbury chronicle ‘52 Perfect Day Trips.’

Great Falls residents Beth and David Sansbury are no strangers to travel. The two of them count 67 countries they’ve visited. But after long careers in the CIA, they had enough of being cooped up in an office. So after retirement, they began spending their days outdoors pursuing their true passions: hiking, biking, kayaking and touring local attractions.

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Enjoying Summer in McLean

Fourth of July, revamped Block Party highlight summer events.

This summer in McLean will start off with an annual celebration and conclude with a revamped version of one of the community’s signature youth events. The annual Fourth of July fireworks show will take place Wednesday, July 4 at Langley High School, with grounds opening up at 8 p.m.

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Retzer Takes Reins at South Lakes

Kim Retzer, South Lakes Class of 1989, named principal.

As a member of South Lakes High School’s Class of 1989 Kim Retzer (nee Brophy) planned on going to law school, majoring in Government and Politics at George Mason. But she began substitute teaching during college, leading to a long term substitute position while a teacher was on maternity leave.

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Boy Charged in Frying Pan Slashings

Herndon boy, 17, charged in two animal attacks.

Fairfax County Police arrested and charged a 17-year-old Herndon resident Saturday, June 23 for two slashing attacks on and adjacent to Frying Pan Farm Park.

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Herndon Mayor Merkel, New Council Sworn In

2012-14 Herndon Town Council to take office July 1.

The 2012-14 Herndon Town Council, as well as newly elected Mayor Lisa Merkel were sworn in at the Herndon Municipal Center Thursday, June 21. Connie Hutchinson, Sheila Olem and Grace Wolf are returning members, joined by Dave Kirby and Charlie Waddell who return from previous terms on the council and Melissa Jonas, who previously served on the town’s Planning Commission.

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Fighting Capital Punishment

Anti-death penalty advocates speak at St. John Neumann.

For most people, the death penalty is a concept that occasionally intersects their lives in the form of news reports about people from across the country. But for others, it is something that has taken someone away from them, or threatens to. St. John Neumann Catholic Church hosted a panel discussion of members of Journey to Hope, a group consisting of families of murder victims, as well as others who have been touched by the death penalty in America.

Great Stories for a Great Cause

Better Said Than Done, a community of professional storytellers based in Northern Virginia, hosted a night of storytelling for a cause. In "Our Bodies, Our Selves," storytellers shared personal tales of tattoos, dealing with Alzheimers, marathon running and other crazy things we do and have done with our bodies. The event was a fundraiser for Friends of Reston.

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Reston Rotary Awards Annual Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Reston awarded a scholarship to Julie Linovitz in the amount of $3,000 at a regular meeting of the club at the Hidden Creek Country Club on May 30.

Letter: National Priorities ‘Completely Skewed’

It doesn't seem possible that our national priorities--the relative importance of how we spend our tax dollars--could be so completely skewed.

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Over the Edge

Rappellers raise $60,000 for Special Olympics.

Rose Pleskow is not one to shy away from a challenge. The 23-year-old Reston resident competed in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, last summer, earned multiple medals in the 2012 Virginia Special Olympic Summer Games and recently competed in an 800-meter race in the waters around the Cayman Islands.

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Tennis Opportunities for All Ages

Reston-Herndon area provides opportunities for children, more experienced players.

Looking for open-air fun for the family this summer? The Reston Association provides a range of activities to soak up all of a family’s free time, including pools and tennis courts for guests and locals with the appropriate passes.

Column: Couple of Bad Weeks for Virginia

The Commonwealth that has been reeling all year from a spate of bad publicity from the legislative session found itself in the national spotlight again as the president of its nationally premiere university was forced out in a behind-the-scenes maneuver by a couple of members of the Board of Visitors without a formal vote.

Column: High Density Without Infrastructure Not a Problem

I was reminded recently that here in Reston we still have citizens with the courage to speak up for the community to government that seems unresponsive, incompetent or worse. The context was a key meeting of Fairfax Supervisor Hudgins’ Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force (affectionately, the RMPSSTF). The name alone suggests they have something to hide.

Robert E. Simon Chairs the 2013 Best Of Reston Awards

Reston Interfaith and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce have announced Robert E. Simon as the Chair of the 22nd Annual Best of Reston Awards for Community Service on April 11, 2013.

Editorial: Case Closed. Why the Secrecy?

No reason for police to exercise "blanket" approach, shielding every document in every case.

Connection readers know that we respect and appreciate our public safety professionals.

Monday, June 25

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Military Matters

Allen holds forum to meet with veterans.

Republican Senate candidate George Allen held a Veterans Issues Forum June 14 at American Legion Post 24, where he met with Alexandria veterans to discuss issues affecting military service members and their families.

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ACVA Summer Social

City bids farewell to Stephanie Pace Brown.

The Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association celebrated five years of accomplishments June 15 at its annual Summer Social, an event that also served as a farewell to ACVA President and CEO Stephanie Pace Brown.

Former TC Administrators Transfer to Elementary Schools

Balas, Eisenhour show Sherman’s focus.

A sign from Mount Vernon Community School’s staff on Peter Balas’ office door states: "Mount Vernon is like a hockey game … we all work overtime!" Looking at it, the school’s new principal laughed. "The staff here has been very warm, very welcoming," he said.

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'A Night at the Races'

Fostering the Future cruise raises $30,000.

More than 200 people donned their finest Derby attire aboard the Cherry Blossom riverboat for the 9th annual Fostering the Future cruise June 8 to benefit the Fund for Alexandria's Child.

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Setting Sail for Success

Seaport Foundation receives $50,000 grant.

With financial and philanthropic superstar Warren Buffet in attendance, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Economic Club of Washington D.C. at its 25th anniversary celebration June 5 at the Marriott Wardman Park.

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Wood Kicks Off City Council Campaign

Billed as “The Rally to Reset City Hall,” Republican candidate John R. “Bob” Wood formally launched his campaign for City Council June 14 with a kick-off reception for more than 120 supporters in the courtyard of Gadsby's Tavern.

Commonwealth’s Graduates

The Class of 2012 graduated from Commonwealth Academy at the George Washington Masonic Memorial on Friday, June 8.

17 Year Old's Political Career Shows Persistence

Evan Draim's efforts allowed him to win a delegate position in this year's Republican National Convention

While most 17 year olds were getting ready for prom or playing a varsity sport, Evan Draim was making phone calls, shaking hands, and giving speeches. That was because throughout spring, Draim was a campaigning to win one of the three delegate positions in Virginia's 8th congressional districts.

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Foundation Hosts Garden Party

Members of the Historic Alexandria Foundation gathered Sunday, June 17 at the home and in the garden of Leslie Arial’s for the annual HAF meeting and garden party.

Rejecting Injustice

Living Legends

Jimmie Rex McClellan can knowledgeably discuss minnow fishing on the Brazos River, lemurs in Madagascar, and the Ku Klux Klan in Texas. He’s an author, an educator, and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Texas, the highest honor given by the University to any graduate, a seven-term member of Alexandria’s Human Rights Commission, and a world-class kayaker. McClellan is a smart, dedicated “Energizer Bunny,” who just keeps going and going and .…

Letter: On Right Side For Public Health


Thoughts on new public health standards.

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Letter: Appreciating Old Glory

Thoughts on Old Glory

Letter: Helping Small Business

Opinions on Small Business.

Letter: Lack of Action


Opinion on the City Council approved Urban Forestry Master Plan.

Letter: TC Students Shine

Opinions on TC Williams.

Letters to the Editor: Losing Teahers

Opinions on education and the new Jefferson-Houston Elementary School building.

Letter:Regulate Political Signs

Opinions on political signs.

Get Ready for Olympic Day

The Olympics are upon us and to celebrate its arrival, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will have Olympic Day, June 22, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center located at 1108 Jefferson St. For the second year, the department was chosen by the official Olympic Planning Committee to host a community event that taught about the values of the Olympic Games: fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.

Neighborhood

Seminary Valley

At long last I am able to sit down and crank out some news for Seminary Valley … a trip to Italy (Turin) and preparations for high school graduation prevented me from doing this sooner.

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TC Seniors Celebrate Their Graduation

Graduation ’12

TC Williams Graduation 2012.

People Notes: Alexandria- 2/20/12

Alexandria resident Sandi Mara has been re-elected to the Board of Directors at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The Board of Directors is made up of 15 elected volunteers who are elected to serve two-year terms.

Chief Graduates From FBI Academy

Chief of Police Earl L. Cook is the most recent member of the Alexandria Police Department to graduate from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico. Cook graduated Friday, June 8, from the 249th Session and was one of 264 law enforcement officers who graduated from the 10-week program. The session started on April 12, and included men and women from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 24 other countries. Cook is the 15th member of the Police Department’s command staff to graduate from the FBI National Academy since 1990 and is one of 12 graduates currently serving with the Alexandria Police Department. The National Academy Program, held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, offers 10 weeks of instruction in law, behavioral science, forensic science, understanding terrorism and terrorist mindsets, leadership development, communication, and health and fitness. Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents and other staff members holding advanced degrees. The academy was created in 1935 with 23 students in the first class. It has grown over the years to the current enrollment of more than 1,000 students a year. The FBI National Academy is one of the premier law enforcement academies in the world.

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Hunting Creek Garden Club Provides Gardening Education

Alexandria's Hunting Creek Garden Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a love and knowledge of gardening, encouraging restoration and conservation, as well as promoting education and civic beautification, is providing funding and gardening expertise for two beautification and gardening education projects that are already benefiting those served by Community Lodgings, a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing for homeless and low income families.

Outstanding Radford Student

Deanna Marie Doyle of Alexandria was named the 2012 Outstanding Graduating Student from the Department of Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) at Radford University.

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Scouts Adopt a Block

Boy Scout Troop 301, chartered by St. Mary’s Catholic Church, kicked off its participation in the City of Alexandria’s Adopt-a-Block Litter Program on June 11.

School Notes: Mount Vernon- 2/20/12

Mount Vernon School Notes.

Fort Hunt Park Meeting Set

George Washington Memorial Parkway, a unit of the National Park Service, is conducting public scoping on three new alternative concepts for the Fort Hunt Park Site Development Plan Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect.

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Army Strong Week

Just retired Army Col. Mark Moffatt is recognized by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors during its June 5 meeting for his contributions to Fairfax County during six years of work as the Deputy Garrison Commander for Transition and BRAC, during which the U.S. Army moved 19,300 positions to Fort Belvoir.

A Year Later: No Decision on Police Oversight

Police Chief supports designating internal auditor to investigate citizen allegations of police misconduct.

Since March 29, 2011 when the Board of Supervisors received the former County Executives’ recommendation, there’s been no final decision on whether or not to establish an independent review process for the police department.

How Does Fairfax County Compare on Police Oversight?

A survey of what other cities and counties and their police departments are doing to promote transparency and accountability of police operations.

The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement supports member cities and counties with citizen police oversight functions.

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‘Building Today for Tomorrow's Healthcare’

Mark and Brenda Miller Medical Tower Dedication.

Mark and Brenda Miller Medical Tower Dedication.

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Getting Books into Homes

Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology kindergarten students’ selection of a new book to take home for their own personal library served as the “kick off” for the new “Books in Alexandria Kids’ Homes” initiative.

SoberRide Returns for July 4

In response to Independence Day being a U.S. holiday when nearly 40-percent of all traffic deaths are alcohol-related, a nonprofit group will be offering free cab rides to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area this Fourth of July.

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McDonald’s Celebrates Redesign with Grand Reopening

Event features food and giveaways

The McDonald’s at 1000 North Henry Street had a grand reopening Friday, June 15 to celebrate its redesign.

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Mount Vernon Grads Move On

Mount Vernon High School Graduation 2012.

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West Potomac Seniors Say Farewell

Graduation 2012

West Potomac 2012 Seniors Graduate.

Letters to the Editor

‘Irreplaceable Wetland’

Thoughts on Dyke Marsh.

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Letter: Can’t Return To the Past

Thoughts on restoring the Potomac River.

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2012 Alexandria Historical Society Awards Ceremony

Bill Dickinson, president of the Alexandria Historical Society welcomed and introduced members and guests to the annual awards ceremony last Wednesday evening at the Lyceum.

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Scholarships for JROTC Cadets

At the May 16 Dinner Meeting of the Mount Vernon Chapter, Military Officers Association of America held at Fort Belvoir, five JROTC cadets of local high schools each received a $2,000 scholarship.

Alexandria Man Sentenced 111 Months for Multiple Fraud Schemes

David Lee Parker, 50, of Alexandria, was sentenced to 111 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for perpetrating several different fraud schemes throughout the past six years.

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UCM’s Creekside Village Community Day a Success

Some 300 families came together to celebrate the feeling of community and dedication that they enjoy at Creekside Village in Alexandria on May 19. The beautiful spring weather contributed as hundreds of people enjoyed food, music, dancing, games, and special presentations.

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FHYAA Softball All-Stars Win 10U Championship

This past Father’s Day weekend the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association (FHYAA) fielded three teams to play in the end of season Fairfax County Girls Softball League (FCGSL) fast pitch softball tournament.

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Duke Leopold d’Arenberg Supports Wounded Warriors

HSH Duke Leopold of Arenberg, CEO of the Arenberg Foundation, joined local supporters of Aid for Wounded Warriors to tour the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, the Department of Defense’s new, state-of-the-art medical facility.

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Speaking with Living Legends

Two of Alexandria's Living Legends, Carolyn Griffin (2007-08), and Jon Liss (2010) were interviewed last month by students in the Alexandria Speaks class led by T.C. Williams High School teacher Todd Koren.

Letter: What Sets Dyke Marsh Apart

his letter is an effort to clarify a few points about Dyke Marsh.

Making a Prom Dream Come True for Chronically Ill

West Potomac student coordinates a No Worries Now Prom.

Four days before her June 15 graduation from West Potomac High School, Sara Sanders was at the Washington D.C. No Worries Now Prom that she coordinated with the help of local donations and volunteers.

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SSSAS Celebrates Class of ‘12

The St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School Commencement for the Class of 2012 was held on Saturday, June 9.

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Even in Closed Cases, Police Maintain Culture of Secrecy

Public must rely on information police agencies choose to share, even if it's wrong.

In December of 2008, the Fairfax Police Department chased 19-year-old Hailu Brook across the county line into Arlington and shot him dead.

Friday, June 22

Calendar (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

June 22-29.

Entertainment in Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield.

Weekly Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

June 22-29

Entertainment in Reston/Herndon.

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

June 22-29

Entertainment in Vienna/McLean/Great Falls.

Thursday, June 21

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Ship Shape?

Fifty boats competed in the 23rd Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink Park on June 3 as part of the Springfield Days Celebration

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Spartans Reach for the Stars

West Springfield High’s alumnus Patrick Forrester, NASA astronaut, delivers a keynote speech.

West Springfield High School Principal Mark Greenfelder launched the school’s 45th commencement ceremony at the Patriot Center with an inspiring message: "Spartans should always reach for the stars."

MountainView’s Turbok Wins TurnAround Life Award

At MountainView Alternative High School’s senior luncheon on June 13, Casey Turbok won the $1,000 TurnAround Life Award.

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DMV Mobile Offices Visit Beatley Library

City considers other locations for visits

The DMV partnered with the City of Alexandria to introduce its mobile offices, DMV 2 Go, at Charles E. Beatley Jr. Library on Friday, June 15.

Junior ROTC Medal

Angelica Betts of Providence Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), presented the DAR ROTC Bronze Award on May 12 to Cadet Naadia S.

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Workhouse Arts Center Improves New Glass Hot Shop

The Workhouse Arts Center received a $55,000 donation on Wednesday, June 13 to improve and grow its new glass hot shop.

Celebrate Summer with Family and Friends

Block Party at the Workhouse…Celebrate summer with a day of community events at the Workhouse Arts Center on Saturday, June 23 from 3-7 p.m. Come out and enjoy the weekend with family activities, music, a community resource tent, food from some of Lorton’s most popular restaurants and, of course, art.

Support for Needy Kids Program

For the second year in a row, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office received a donation to its Shop with a Sheriff Program from Montessori of Chantilly – Casa dei Bambini.

Week in Fairfax

News in Fairfax.

Three Fairfax High Students Are Honored

During last week’s graduation ceremony, Fairfax High honored three seniors with special awards. Robbie Ashton received both the Outstanding Senior and Service awards. Shannon Parker was given the Faculty Award, and Jake Snyder, the Fairfax Award.

Military Notes Center View 6/21/12

Military Notes

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‘This Is Fairfax; This Is a Family’

High school graduates 587 students.

As the seniors in royal-blue caps and gowns entered Fairfax High’s field house for their graduation, last week, parents eagerly waved and shouted, hoping to catch their children’s eyes, if only for a second. And with 587 students graduating last Thursday, June 14, that wasn’t easy to do.

Local Author Publishes Novel

“Might and Majesty: Baptism by Fire” is the first book of a new trilogy by Sean Mitchell, a 22-year-old Centreville resident who published the fantasy novel earlier this year through the self-publishing company, CreateSpace.

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Grade 5/6 Girls NVYLL 2012 Champions

The SYA 5th/6th Girls B team captured the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League Championship on Sunday, June 10 vs. Fort Hunt.

Principal Jagels: Words of Advice

At the start of Mountain View High’s graduation ceremony, last Friday, June 15, Assistant Principal Gary Morris told the seniors, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail.”

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‘Rocking It Out’ at Lake Braddock

Sen. Webb delivers an inspirational speech to his granddaughter’s graduating class.

Being a vice president of the Student Government Association has its perks. Brianna Hogan, a Lake Braddock Secondary School senior, had the honor of introducing the guest speaker at the school’s graduation ceremony on Friday, June 15 at the Patriot Center.

Westfield ESOL Student Thrives

Juan Castro receives School Board’s Character Award.

When Juan Castro came to the U.S. from El Salvador, six years ago, he only spoke a few words of English and was a stranger in a strange place. But he adapted well, learned quickly and worked hard at school and in his community.

County Board Objects to ‘Transit Funding Game’

Local leaders say policy shift disruptive, costly.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors strongly criticized a McDonnell administration plan to overhaul the way it handles transportation funding, calling the move politically-motivated "funding games."

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People, Places and Programs

This week in Fairfax County.

The Virginia Transit Association (VTA) awarded Sharon Bulova, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, "Public Official of the Year" at its annual awards ceremony in Fairfax on June 13.

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Local Businesses Build Playground

Children may now play in a brand-new playground at the SYA youth sports complex, “Fields of Dreams,” off Bull Run Post Office Road in Centreville. It was built by RulyScapes Inc. of Centreville, Denison Landscaping, JK Enterprises and John Deere Landscapes, which all sponsored a recent National Hispanic Landscape Alliance National Day of Service there

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‘Tomorrow Is Up to Us,’ Woodson Graduates Told

W. T. Woodson High School graduates its senior class.

Parents and friends settled into their seats just before 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, all eager to watch the seniors of W. T. Woodson High School become graduates.

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Fit To Frame

Arlington artist receives 2012 VAP residency

Skill, creativity and workmanship are necessary elements for any career artist. Work that is judged worthy by peers through a juried process, however, adds a new level of professionalism.

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Strong Leaders and Great Followers

Robinson’s Class of 2012 graduates.

The seniors enjoyed their last few hours as Robinson students at their graduation ceremony reminiscing about old memories and new beginnings. On May 14, in the Patriot Center at George Mason University, Robinson Secondary School’s class of 2012, their teachers and parents said goodbye.

Olympic Hopefuls

Two area divers qualify for 2012 USA Diving Olympic trials.

Dominion Dive Club, a top six nationally ranked USA Diving club, announced that two of its divers – current and former – have qualified for the 2012 USA Diving Olympic Trials.

Letter: In Support of Job Creation

My name is Alison Neary and I am a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech. Growing up in a Navy family, we moved multiple times in Virginia, so I have experienced living in various parts of this great state, from Northern Virginia, to Stafford, to Virginia Beach, and now Blacksburg.

Fairfax Board Objects to Governor’s Transit Funding Game

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors signed a regional letter to Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton on Tuesday, June 19, objecting to the administration’s attempt to circumvent the efficient transit funding system used successfully in Northern Virginia for decades.

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Fitness Center Members Receive Lifesaving Award

On June 18, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Ed Brinkley presented Life Saving certificates to Mary Butler, Damian Hawkins, Nick Taktak, Sandy Weaver, Minh Huynh and Chuck Wright for their efforts to help save the life of fellow Fairfax County employee Gary Oswald on Feb. 24.

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First-Year Principals Note Challenges, Accomplishments

Arlington principals share experiences after one year on the job.

Arlington County Public Schools are in the last throes of the academic year, and as summer break approaches, Bridget Loft and Kenwyn Schaffner reflect on their time as principals one year on the job.

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17 Year Old's Political Career Shows Persistence

Evan Draim's efforts allowed him to win a delegate position in this year's Republican National Convention

While most 17 year olds were getting ready for prom or playing a varsity sport, Evan Draim was making phone calls, shaking hands, and giving speeches. That was because throughout spring, Draim was a campaigning to win one of the three delegate positions in Virginia's 8th congressional districts. "I wanted to show that the Republican party is interested in younger voters and is interested in the issues that they care about," said Draim about his interest in Republican politics.

Center View Roundups 6/21/12

Pellet Gun Injures Students; Low-Cost Rabies Clinic; Help Plan Centreville Day, Fair Oaks CAC to Meet; Frey at Sully District Council; Park Authority to Meet; Free Carseat Inspections; Parkway Gets New Number

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Westfield Thespians Receive Cappie Medallions

Westfield High received 20 Cappie nominations for its musical, “Crazy for You.” On Wednesday, May 30, school Principal Tim Thomas and Director Susie Pike presented the Cappie medallions to the nominees.

Classified Advertising

Read the latest Employment, Home and Garden and Classified ads!

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Summer Crew Registration To Be Held June 23

Interested in learning how to row this summer? Then come down to the Dee Campbell Boathouse this Saturday, June 23 and sign up for the Alexandria Crew Boosters 2012 summer crew program. Sign-up will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Boathouse, which is located at 1 Madison Street in Old Town.

Alexandria Sports Briefs

Alexandria Aces outfielder Alex Buccilli was named Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Week for the extended first week of the season.

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Mount Vernon Sports Briefs: WPHS DB Wilson Signs with Sacred Heart

TaMaric Wilson, a 2012 graduate of West Potomac High School and a former defensive back on the school’s football team, has signed a letter of intent to play at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., in the fall.

Council Notebook

City Council members have taken a bite out of crime.

Business Matters

Seating is now on the menu at Del Ray Pizzeria, where customers can order thin-crust pizza in a restaurant with thick selection of chairs.

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Arlington and Alexandria Agree to Move in Different Directions on Corridor

Street car to move forward in Arlington; its future is uncertain in Alexandria.

Some say time heals all wounds. For leaders in Arlington and Alexandria, it may also be the solution to a disagreement about how to move forward with a regional transit system.

Islamic Saudi Academy Heads Toward End of its Lease on Richmond Highway

Controversial school to move next year; future of building to be determined.

July will mark the beginning of the end of the Saudi Islamic Academy’s lease on Richmond Highway, ending a long and contentious relationship with a school that opponents consider a training ground for terrorists.

Wednesday, June 20

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Manager Colangelo to Big Train: ‘Perform or Quit’

Bethesda falls to last place in 10-team CRCBL with loss to Rockville.

The Bethesda Big Train fell into last place in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League after a loss to the first-place Rockville Express on June 18.

Potomac Sports Briefs

George Washington University is hosting a softball camp and Catholic University is hosting a baseball camp.

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Squeals On Wheels Delivers Fun for All

Teaching children about animals.

Instead of purchasing a tractor or lawn mower, Jill Phillips decided they should acquire a couple of alpaca to graze in their yard — and then they would not need to mow it.

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Venturing into Rent-a-Coop Business

Tyler Phillips and Diana Samata have found a way to bring the feel of the country to the urban environs of Potomac, Bethesda and other D.C. suburbs.

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In the Race Against Autism

Annual “Autism Speaks” 5k Race/Fun Walk returns July 4.

Potomac will be teeming with runners and walkers celebrating the 4th for a special cause — Autism Speaks.

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Beautifying Children’s Center

On Friday June 1, the Potomac Country Gardeners founded in 1950, gathered to weed, plant and mulch the garden they have established and maintain at the Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center on Blackwell Road in Rockville.

Just the Beginning

Recently, the keynote speaker at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts delivered a profound message to its graduates: “You are not special.”

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Spring Horse Trials

Hundreds of horses and riders, including at least one rider headed to London on the shortlist for the Olympics — Allison Springer — converged at Bittersweet Field this weekend, June 16-17, for the Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials.

Betsy Ross and Free Speech

It's important to honor and revere Old Glory and not just on the day set aside as Flag Day. The official observance was yesterday, June 14. It didn't have to be a federal holiday, a day off, to be a proud flag waver.

Week in Reston

News in Reston.

Farewell Mr. Butler

The class of two thousand and twelve wishes to extend an enormous thank you to our principal, Mr. Bruce Butler.

Column: New Fee is a Bad Idea

The building of the Dulles Toll Road in the 1980s was viewed as a way to provide traffic congestion relief to western Fairfax County at a time when Routes 7 and 50 or a series of secondary roads were the only ways to get from Reston to Tysons Corner and beyond.

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Local Interfaith Group Raises $200,000 for Full-Time Dentist

VOICE, a local interfaith group, has raised $200,000 to fund a full-time dentist at the western Fairfax County branch of the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, low-income dental clinic.

News Briefs

The Alexandria Fire Department responded to a residence in the 300 block of North Fayette Street on Saturday, June 16, 9:09 p.m. for a reported explosion and flames on a patio with possible injuries.

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‘Ride is Over’ at South Lakes

The school graduates 460.

On Thursday’s South Lakes’ Class of 2012 Graduation Ceremony, student speaker, William Cochrane evoked memories of the senior class’ Homecoming pep rally cheer.

Opinion

Reader input needed for community guides, Pet Gazette.

At the end of July, we'll print our summer “Pet Gazette,” and we invite readers to send in stories and photos of your pets, and any story ideas you might have. We love to have photos of you or other family members with your pets. Please include your name, pet's name, town name and contact phone number, and identify the people in any photos.

Letter: Brickyard Fight Is Far from Over

It is dismaying to hear people say that the Brickyard Road School site issue is a done deal and the land lost forever to an MSI (Montgomery Soccer Inc.) soccerplex.

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Making the Most of Summer

Advice for planning warm weather activities for children.

“I’m bored, there’s nothing to do,” is a phrase often uttered by children during the summer.

School Notes

Bianca Velez of Alexandria has earned a degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

The Closet of Greater Herndon Awards Scholarships

The Closet of Greater Herndon recently awarded $15,000 in college scholarships to 15 deserving high school graduates in ceremonies at five local high schools. The names of the 2012 scholarship winners are:

Herndon Teacher Charged: Possession of Child Pornography

Fairfax County police have charged a special-education teacher at Poplar Tree Elementary with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. He is Robert C. Fenn, 26, of 3031 Emerald Chase Drive in Herndon.

Singing about God

Arlington native pursues spiritual music.

From our hearts we speak, declaring Your majesty," sings Nicois Harris on "Glorious," the first track on her latest album, "un-di-‘ni-a-bel."

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Fit To Frame

Arlington artist receives 2012 VAP residency.

Skill, creativity and workmanship are necessary elements for any career artist. Work that is judged worthy by peers through a juried process, however, adds a new level of professionalism.

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Comedy Stereotypes ‘70s Catholic Teaching

“Sister Mary Ignatious” at Gunston Theatre II.

With the Catholic Church in the news over issues such as the federal health care law, it seems timely to see The American Century Theater’s performance of “Sister Mary Ignatious Explains It All For You,” Christopher Durang’s comedy.

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Honoring Outstanding Student-Athletes

17th Annual Scholarship Hall of Fame Banquet recognizes former VYI players.

June 12 marked the 17th annual presentation of the Vienna Youth Inc.

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Student Supporters Honored for Dedication

Delta Kappa Gamma education society recognizes selfless missions at awards banquet.

Local school staff and community groups, from building supervisor to principals and Vienna Optimists, were recognized by the Vienna-area chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma education society for going beyond job descriptions to benefit school children.

Getting Involved

Youth empowerment symposium highlights area non-profits.

On Wednesday, June 27, Arlington residents are invited to join the Empowering Arlington Youth symposium, a panel discussion of youth-centered, non-profit organizations.

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Civil War-era Baseball Comes to Vienna

1864-rules games, exhibits, highlight the Civil War Living History Exhibition.

Baseball, as played 150 years ago – except for beaning the runner – comes to Vienna on Saturday, June 23, as three 1864-rules teams play a series of exhibition games for the community.

Westover’s New Farmer’s Market

The new farmers market in Arlington’s Westover Village neighborhood opened last month.

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H-B Celebrates Prom Night

H-B Woodlawn Secondary School held its prom on Tuesday, June 12, at the State Theater in Falls Church.

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Science Lovers Watch Venus-Sun Crossing

A teachable moment.

Arlingtonians gathered at the top of the parking garage in Ballston Mall on June 5 at sunset to witness what will be the only occurrence in their lifetime.

Towers Park Redesign Survey Underway

Two options being considered.

The Department of Parks and Recreation is surveying Towers Park off of Columbia Pike at 801 South Scott Street as part of a plan to redesign the park and make a number of improvements.

Columbia Pike Blues

Peter Karp and Sue Foley, Karl Stoll & the Danger Zone, Moondog Medicine Show, Danny Blew & the Blues Crew and Chris Polk were the headliners at the 17th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival on Saturday, June 16. Hundreds of residents and fans mingled and danced hours away enjoying the music.

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Madison High Graduates Class of 2012

"Four score and zero years ago they entered as freshmen at James Madison High," said Forrest Schmidt, Senior Class President of 2012, in her opening speech. Schmidt talked about the ups and downs of high school and, while they may not remember everything taught, they will never forget each other.

Week in McLean

News in McLean.

Column: Where To Begin?

I realize this admission may sound weird, but having cancer is boring. Don’t get me wrong, I’m lucky to be alive, and quite happy about it, too. But waiting for the other shoe to drop, i.e. some bad cancer news to appear (lab work, scan, advisory from my oncologist), is tiresome because it’s always so worrisome.

Letter: Fearful and Alarmed Over Tysons

Residents of Northern Virginia need to pay attention to what is happening at Tysons Corner. Board of Supervisors Chairperson Bulova and others recently detailed the near-term future of Tysons Corner.

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YHB Ultimate Frisbee Teams End Season with Wins

At the 2012 USA Ultimate Virginia High School Championship held on May 12-13 in Carrollton, Va., the YHB boys varsity team took 1st place in the open division for the third in row out of 12 teams.

Classic Tales n’ Tunes Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Jody Katz, local entrepreneur, teacher and creator of the popular children’s educational program, Classic Tales n’ Tunes, celebrates a decade of successful business with new programs and a community festival.

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McLean Student Wins History Bee Competition

Who was the first U.S. President from New York? What pre-Revolutionary event involved an unauthorized boarding of the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver? Operation Glimmer and Operation Taxable were decoys created to distract German forces during what WWII operation?

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McLean Orchestra Announces New Music Director

New Music Director at McLean Orchestra

The McLean Orchestra has announced the appointment of a new Music Director, Miriam Burns, who will officially pick up the baton for the McLean Orchestra on July 1.

Nursing Pioneer Abdellah Inducted in ANA Hall of Fame

On Friday, June 15, Rear Admiral Faye Glenn Abdellah EdD, RN, FAAN has been inducted into the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Hall of Fame.

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Researching Colvin Run Road Properties

The Great Falls Historical Society Internship Program began its first session by examining the historical status of the Colvin Run Mill Overlay District and the Preliminary Information Form (PIF), prepared in 2005, to nominate a Colvin Run Road Historical District on the National Register of Historical Places, prepared and filed by Tanya E. Beauchamp, and found to be "deemed eligible.

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First County Shelter Becoming ‘Residences at Mondloch’

Mondloch House undergoes renovation, will include 20 affordable housing units.

Fairfax County’s focus on ending homelessness took a step forward this month when the county began renovating its first ever homeless shelter - Mondloch House - to increase housing opportunities for single adults.

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Herndon-Monroe Metro Station Design Revised

Public hearing held at Herndon High School.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority hosted a public hearing on design refinements to the Dulles Metrorail Phase Two Environmental Assessment Wednesday, June 13 at Herndon High School.

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Local Dancer Headed to Miami

Grace Cho to spend summer at Miami City Ballet.

Grace Cho, 13, has been dancing since she was four years old. The Reston resident says dancing is how she likes to express herself.

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Supporting Local Schools

Celebrate Great Falls raises more than $18,000 for local elementary schools.

Members of Celebrate Great Falls presented a check for $18,125 to members of the Forestville, Colvin Run and Great Falls Elementary Schools. The money, which was raised at the annual golf tournament Monday, June 4, puts the total donated to local schools from the golf tournament at more than $98,000 in the last five years.

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Share Hosts Benefit Concert

Local musicians play to support local nonprofit.

Charles Wesley United Methodist Church hosted their third annual benefit concert for Share of McLean, a local nonprofit that assists the needy in the McLean area. Share’s five-fold mission includes a food pantry, clothing room, transportation to medical appointments, family assistance in the form of rent or utility payments and furniture delivery.

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Highlander Class of 2012 Graduates

McLean High School says farewell to 428 seniors.

The 428 members of the McLean High School Class of 2012 gathered for the final time at DAR Constitution Hall Thursday, June 14 for the school’s annual commencement ceremony. The students donned their red caps and gowns to celebrate the end of their time at McLean High and to celebrate their future.

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McLean Rotary Names Business Person of Year

Christopher Fay recognized for efforts with Homestretch.

The McLean Rotary Club named its Business Person of the Year during their Tuesday, June 12 meeting, honoring Christopher Fay of Homestretch, a Falls Church-based nonprofit that provides homeless families with the ability to secure permanent housing, as well as obtain the skills needed to obtain self-sufficiency.

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Langley Class of 2012 Graduates

School graduates 486 seniors.

Almost 500 seniors graduated from Langley High School Thursday, June 14 at DAR Constitution Hall. The Class of 2012 sent 486 seniors across the platform, with most looking ready and eager to take on the next phase of their lives.

Tuesday, June 19

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Yorktown Grads Dowdell, Wood Teammates Again

Former Patriot sluggers play for Vienna River Dogs of CRCBL.

After stellar baseball careers at Yorktown High School, Red Dowdell and Shaun Wood have continued their successful ways while playing in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.

Arlington Sports Briefs

George Washington University will host a softball camp; Arlington County offers soccer clinics and registration is open for Senior Olympics.

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Local Real Estate: Sold $575,000~$599,999 in April 2012

Local Real Estate: Sold $575,000~$599,999 in April 2012

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Potomac Real Estate: April 2012 Sales in $800,000s

In April 2012, 248 Arlington homes sold between $3,100,000-$70,000.

Potomac Real Estate: April 2012 Sales in $800,000s

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Arlington Real Estate: April 2012 Sales in $800,000s

In April 2012, 248 Arlington homes sold between $3,100,000-$70,000.

Arlington Real Estate: April 2012 Sales in $800,000s

Fairfax Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 93 Fairfax homes sold between $1,175,000-$150,000.

Fairfax Home Sales in May, 2012

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Making the Most of Summer

Advice for planning warm weather activities for children.

"I’m bored, there’s nothing to do," is a phrase often uttered by children during the summer. The end of the school year leaves many parents scrambling for activities to keep their young ones active and stimulated. Experts say it is important to plan activities to keep children safe and out of trouble.

Arlington Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 318 Arlington homes sold between $3,555,000-$105,000.

Arlington Home Sales in May, 2012

Editorial: Summer Projects

Reader input needed for community guides, Pet Connection.

The summer is in full swing at the Connection, with many interns and staff members focused on some light and some more serious summer projects.

Alexandria Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 213 Alexandria homes sold between $2,300,000-$94,000.

Alexandria Home Sales in May, 2012

Reston Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 112 Reston homes sold between $980,000-$110,000.

Reston Home Sales in May, 2012

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 125 homes sold between $2,076,993-$189,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales in May, 2012

Springfield Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 160 Springfield homes sold between $692,950-$96,000.

Springfield Home Sales in May, 2012

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 62 Potomac homes sold between $2,525,000-$254,000.

Potomac Home Sales in May, 2012

Mount Vernon Home Sales: May, 2012

wIn May 2012, 131 homes sold between $965,000-$97,500 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales in May, 2012

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Letters

Acting on Unfunded Mandates

On June 7, I joined Gov. Robert F. McDonnell at the Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, with others from his Task Force on Local Mandates Review, where he signed several bills that repealed over 20 burdensome mandates on local governments, a true milestone for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Burke Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 78 Burke homes sold between $685,000-$212,000.

Burke Home Sales in May, 2012

Centreville Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 96 Centreville homes sold between $710,000-$98,000.

Centreville Home Sales in May, 2012

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 98 homes sold between $1,160,000-$79,149 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales in May, 2012

Monday, June 18

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Reston Swimmers Kick Off 40th Season

Outstanding first week showings by RSTA teams, swimmers.

The sun shined brightly last Saturday morning as hundred of swimmers gathered for the first meet of the Reston Swim Team Association's (RSTA) fortieth season. And while the first meet brings back old friends and introduces new swimmers to the joy of the ‘summer season,’ for those that have been associated with RSTA for any length of time this season opened with a bitter sweet feeling because an ‘old friend’ wasn't there to share the good times.

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Saxons Compete in Boys', Girls' State Lax Finals

Langley boys capture fourth straight crown; Langley girls fall in title game loss to Oakton.

The chant from the Langley High student body began with about four minutes remaining in last Saturday night's Virginia State Boys Lacrosse championship game at Westfield High School between the Saxons of Langley and Chantilly High. "It's a Fourth-Peat, it's a fourth-peat," is the way the chant went, reverberating from the near-side bleachers, where the large group of Saxon student supporters were perched, and throughout the stadium.

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It's Cougars All the Way

Oakton girls lacrosse, in return trip to state finals, finishes deal.

A year after losing in the state title game, the Oakton High girls' lacrosse team took the next step and won this year's state crown when the Cougars defeated Langley High, 12-7, in the finals game played last Saturday evening, June 9 at Westfield High School. It marked the fourth state championship triumph in the history of the Oakton girls' lacrosse program and came one year after the Cougars had reached the state title game before losing to Vienna cross-town rival Madison.

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Bruins' Postseason Soccer Run Ends at State Semis

After tough start to season, Lake Braddock emerged as region power.

Lake Braddock Secondary's dramatic turnaround boys' soccer season in which the Bruins won just two of their first nine games before emerging as a Patriot District and Northern Region force the remainder of the spring campaign came to a tough ending last Friday afternoon, June 8 at Westfield High School when the local squad lost its Virginia State AAA semifinals playoff game by penalty kicks to opponent Albemarle High of Charlottesville, 2-1.

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Chantilly Boys Lacrosse Falls in State Lax Finals

Chargers jump out early before Saxons rally for a 12-8 win.

Northern Region high school boys' lacrosse rivals Chantilly and Langley, who in recent years have proven to be the best public school teams in Virginia, met once again for the state crown last Saturday night.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 105 homes sold between $1,800,000-$140,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales in May, 2012

Chantilly Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 33 homes sold between $780,000-$152,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales in May, 2012

McLean Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 101 homes sold between $3,694,416-$205,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: May, 2012

Great Falls Home Sales: May, 2012

In May 2012, 25 Great Falls homes sold between $3,462,000-$477,000.

Great Falls Home Sales in May, 2012

Friday, June 15

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Father's Day Photo Gallery 2012

We asked our readers to send in pictures in honor of Father's Day on Sunday, June 17. Here are their submissions.

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Me & My Dad Arlington Father's Day 2012

A gallery of photos submitted for Father’s Day.

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Me & My Dad Potomac Father's Day 2012

Potomac Father's Day 2012

A gallery of photos submitted for Father’s Day 2012.

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Winston Churchill Class of 2012 Celebrates Graduation

Winston Churchill seniors gather June 8 at D.A.R. Constitution Hall.

Winston Churchill Seniors gather at D.A.R. Constitution Hall for 2012 Graduation.

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Walt Whitman seniors line up June 6 at D.A.R. Constitution Hall

Walt Whitman Seniors gather gather at D.A.R. Constitution Hall for 2012 Graduation.

Thursday, June 14

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Bubbles and Bluegrass

Annual event raises $25,000 for Give Back Alexandria.

More than 150 young professionals donned their best black-tie and boots attire for the 5th annual Bubbles and Bluegrass fundraiser held June 7 at the Carlyle House.

Women Judges Award Scholarship

The Virginia Association of Women Judges recently awarded its annual $500 scholarship to Dildora Rakhmatullaeva, a senior at T.C. Williams High School...

Calendar (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

June 15-22.

Entertainment in Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield.

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

June 15-22.

Entertainment in Vienna/McLean/Great Falls.

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Postal Carriers Participate in Food Drive

Postal carriers from Union Branch 567 (Alexandria City and parts of southeastern Fairfax County) not only delivered mail, but also picked up non-perishable food items from every house where food was set out on Saturday, May 12. The drive resulted in 4,430 pounds of food for UCM — or about a two week’s supply of food for the organization’s food pantry.

Weekly Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

June 15-22.

Entertainment in Reston/Herndon.

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Saying Goodbye at Kings Glen

Students present an American themed choral concert.

On June 6, family and friends of the fifth and sixth grade classes at Kings Glen Elementary gathered for an American themed choral concert: Nearly 200 students sang American music that included styles such as folk, ragtime, and popular hits.

Lorton Community Action Center Gains Recognition

LCAC programs provide food, clothing, and emergency services to families in need.

The Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) has been selected to be featured in the 2012-13 Catalogue for Philanthropy of Greater Washington.

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Me & My Dad

Centre View Father's Day 2012

A gallery of photos submitted for Father’s Day 2012.

Robinson, South County Win One Cappie Each

Robinson and South County secondary schools won one Cappie each at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Reception Honors Fairfax Mayor Robert Lederer

Retiring mayor praised for redevelopment of Old Town Fairfax.

When Kim Luckabaugh’s young son was in the hospital, fighting a battle with cancer, she would frequently stop by Sweet Life Café in the City of Fairfax to get him some ice cream to take to the hospital.

Police Arrest Poplar Tree Teacher

Charged with possession of child pornography.

Fairfax County police have charged a special-education teacher at Poplar Tree Elementary with 10 counts of possession of child pornography. He is Robert C. Fenn, 26, of Emerald Chase Drive in Herndon.

Adam Erbrecht New Principal of Daniels Run Elementary

Providence Elementary Assistant Principal Adam Erbrecht will be the new principal of Daniels Run Elementary. The announcement was made on May 31 to the Daniels Run staff.

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Student Talent on Display

Fairfax Academy holds annual Creative Works Showcase.

Students in the Fairfax Academy displayed their signature projects last Tuesday, June 5, during the annual Creative Works Showcase. They sang, danced, played music, showed films they’d made and displayed their graphic-art, fashion, foreign language and photography skills.

Local Schools Win Six Cappie Awards

Paul VI takes Lead Actress in a Musical honor.

Woodson High won three awards, and Fairfax, Paul VI and Robinson Secondary, one each, at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

8 Year Old's 9-1-1 Call Saves Mother's Life

Second grader Katie Lee commended by county.

Stratford Landing Elementary School staff and students gathered for an assembly June 6 to honor 8-year-old Katie Lee whose quick response saved her mother’s life.

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Greenspring Honors Student Scholars

Local students who worked at Greenspring are candidates for $6,000 in scholarships toward higher education.

Since 1999, Greenspring Retirement Community has awarded scholarships to local high school students who have worked in various dining services capacities at the retirement community. In addition to receiving a wage, students may be eligible for scholarships paid directly to the college or professional school of each student’s choice.

Col. Perkins Comes to Greenspring

GOP nominee for Congress addresses residents’ healthcare concerns.

As Col. Chris Perkins spoke to an enthusiastic group of seniors at Greenspring in Springfield about his plans for Virginia’s 11th District, there were quite a few retired soldiers in the audience gathered to hear him. Perkins made it clear that he had a serious difference of opinion with his – now former - opponent, Ken Vaughn, on military funding.

Retiring Manager Honored

The Ivy Hill Cemetery Historical Preservation Society honored Ivy Hill General Manager Tom Bowling on June 6 for 50 years of service to the cemetery.

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Skateboarding for a Cause

SkateFest 2012 to raise money for Children's National Medical Center.

Skaters from all over Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and beyond will travel to Wakefield Skate Park in Annandale, on June 22 and 23 to participate in the 6th annual SkateFest. The festival celebrates National Go Skateboarding Day and raises money for Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Reviving Spirit of Alexandria Icon

Keith Williams-Parker follows in his grandfather's footsteps.

With the opening of the Bottom Dollar Dog, Keith Williams-Parker continues his grandfather's over 50-year legacy of providing tasty, inexpensive food for Alexandrians. Located at 723 Wilkes St., Williams-Parker continues a tradition in the same building that his grandfather, Walter Williams, had his Williams Sandwich Shop for decades.

Community Engagement Includes Philanthropy

Corporate and individual philanthropy are critical elements of engaged communities.

Robinson Student Receives Pamplin Leader Award

Anna Moh is the recipient of the 2012 Pamplin Leader Award at James W. Robinson Secondary School. The Pamplin Leader is a one-year, $1,000 tuition scholarship to Virginia Tech.

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End-of-the-Year Art Show at Woodson High

On June 6, Woodson High School’s art students of all grades showcased their artwork for the community at the Woodson’s annual end-of-the-year Art Show. Senior art students enjoyed their last high school art show, while others experienced their first public showing.

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Play Ball!

Cherry Run ES hits home run for special preschoolers.

The games were scheduled and called off three times because of rain, but on a sunny Friday, May 25, preschool students, teachers and family members got to "play ball" at Cherry Run Elementary School in Burke.

Burke Mom Inspired by ‘Sweet and Funny’

Ann Bonwill writes books about themes important to children.

For local children’s book writer Ann Bonwill, the passion for reading and writing began as a child growing up in Maryland. Her mother, a children’s librarian, let Bonwill read books in the corner of her library while she prepared her lessons in the evenings and on weekends.

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Westfield High Garners 10 Cappie Awards

Victories include Best Musical, Actor, Choreography and Orchestra

For the second year in a row, Westfield High won 10 Cappies for a musical production at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards Gala at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Robinson Wins Cappie for Best Ensemble

Robinson Secondary School won a Cappie trophy at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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McDonnell Signs Bills to Eliminate Mandates on Localities

Supervisor Pat Herrity, chair of Governor’s task force, said legislation will streamline local government.

While visiting Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg last week, Governor Robert McDonnell ceremonially signed nine bills that streamline or eliminate burdensome state mandates on local governments.

Langston Hughes Student Gets STARS Recognition

Langston Hughes Middle School STARS Program has recognized Joseph Letteri, 12, who has been teaching violin to five children at Forest Edge Elementary School throughout this school year.

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Beloved Yoga Comes to Reston

Love Your Body Events at Reston Town Center kicks of Virginia Yoga Week.

Despite the 90 degree weather, hundreds of yoga enthusiasts gathered Sunday for the Love Your Body event in Reston Town Center.

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Joining in Battle Against Cancer

Greenbriar West Elementary Holds Car Wash Fundraiser

The staff at Greenbriar West Elementary held a carwash on Saturday, June 9, to support one of their own; P.E. teacher Leslie Lynk is battling cancer.

Herndon’s Gardens on Display

Annual garden tour highlights creativity of local gardeners.

The Town of Herndon’s Cultivating Communities initiative will host their annual Garden Tour Sunday, June 24 from noon to 4 p.m. The tour will feature five different stops within the town borders, all representing a variety of approaches to suburban residential gardening.

William Mueller Engaged to Ramona Layne

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mueller of Clifton are happy to announce the engagement of their son, LCDR William Kenneth Mueller, USNR to Ramona Ruth Layne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Layne, Jr of San Antonio, Texas.

Column: Get on Board, Virginia

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) dropped a provision last week from its procurement documents for construction of Phase 2 of the Silver Line that would have rewarded bonus points to bidders who included a project labor agreement (PLA) in their proposals.

Letter: Many Behind Fundraiser’s Success

On May 19, Chantilly National Golf and Country Club hosted their Annual Cancer Fundraiser which was organized by members of the Social Tennis Committee along with many other wonderful volunteers. This year we were able to raise over $3,000 to donate to the American Cancer Society with the help of many local businesses and individuals who contributed gift baskets, gift cards or items for our Silent Auction and Raffle.

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South Lakes Wins Two Cappie Awards

South Lakes High won two starry statuettes at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It received the honors for Female Vocalist for its production of "West Side Story," plus the new category of Marketing & Publicity.

Week in Herndon

Smoking Materials Cause Herndon Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire, at approximately 11:55 p.m., Friday, June 8, in the Herndon area of Fairfax County. The single- family home is located at 2542 Peter Jefferson Lane, in the McNair Farms West subdivision.

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Bolivian Artist Comes to Herndon

Herndon Artspace opens its doors to Fabricio Lara; exhibit open through July 8.

The Herndon ArtSpace opened its doors the evening of June 9 to the public for their Artist Reception Mas Alla De Las Cavernas, the paintings of Bolivian artist, Fabricio Lara.

Pocket Change

After saving pocket change for 20 years, Northwest Federal Credit Union member George Shoemaker brought his coin collection - pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters totaling $7,124 - to the Herndon-based credit union for deposit. It was the largest, single deposit of coins ever counted at Northwest Federal, and it took more than two hours to complete.

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Letter: Best Wishes to Mike Campbell

Centreville High School and the CVHS PTSA would like to thank all of the parents, students, staff and faculty who attended the Principal's Open House on Tuesday, May 29, to pass along best wishes to Mike Campbell and his wife, Becky, as Mike prepares to retire from Fairfax County Public Schools.

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Breaking Ground for Artificial Turf Field

New Field to Encourage School Sports, Activities, and Healthy Lifestyle

Six months after winning the VHSL Northern Region AAA Division 6 football championship, and returning to the VHSL AAA Division 6 State Championship for the first time in 12 years, Centreville High School celebrated a sports milestone...

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Almost Time for Tim Harmon 5K

Charity fund-raiser is June

The 13th annual Tim Harmon Memorial 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday, June 23, at 8:30 a.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Rogers Leads Lake Braddock to State Baseball Title

Junior left-hander throws four-hit shutout, hits home run.

Lake Braddock captured the first baseball state championship in school history with a 4-0 victory against Kellam on June 9 at Westfield High School.

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Mount Vernon Hosts Inaugural Mini-Majors Football Camp

On June 5-7, Mount Vernon High School hosted the inaugural Mini-Majors Football Camp.

T.C. Williams Grad Forrer Back Playing Baseball in Hometown

Two years after missing his senior season at T.C. Williams with a torn ACL in his left knee, Adam Forrer is back playing baseball in his hometown.

Potomac Sports Briefs

Former Churchill guard Will Lewis (2011) was recently named to the 2011-12 Founders League All-League team while playing for The Loomis Chaffee School (Windsor, Conn.) as a post-graduate.

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Arlington Sports Briefs

The 12U Arlington Bulldawgs won the AYBA Virginia State Tournament on June 3 by defeating the Stafford Magic in a hard-fought battle in the state tournament finals.

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West Potomac Softball Ends Season in Region Semifinals

Wolverines must replace standouts Maniglia, Picini, McHugh.

The West Potomac softball team’s 2012 season ended with an emotional pair of postseason contests.

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TC Girls’ Varsity 8 Wins Bronze at Canadian Nationals

Racing on choppy waters and under stormy skies, the T.C. Williams girls’ varsity 8 stormed past the competition to capture the bronze medal at the 67th Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association Regatta.

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Davis, Krage Lead Oakton Softball to States

Allison Davis and Mandy Krage lifted the Oakton softball team into the state tournament.

Big Train Opens Season as 3-Time Defending Champion

Big Train Opens Season as 3-Time Defending Champion

The Bethesda Big Train enters its 14th season of existence.

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Yorktown Girls’ Soccer Falls in Region Semifinals

The Yorktown girls’ soccer team’s 2012 season came to an end on May 30 with a 4-2 loss to Stone Bridge in the Northern Region semifinals.

Majors’ Season Ends in PK Shootout

In a year that included the program’s first No. 1 seed in the district tournament and first district title since 2005, Mount Vernon’s season came to an end on penalty kicks.

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Robinson Boys Reach Semifinals

Rams defeat Mount Vernon in penalty-kick shootout.

Thanks to memories from practices with his club team, Robinson goalkeeper Josh Penn stepped up and sent the Rams boys' soccer team to the region semifinals.

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TC Girls’ Track Places Second, Boys’ Third at Regionals

The T.C. Williams girls’ track and field team finished second at the Northern Region championship meet on May 24-25 at Robinson Secondary School, finishing behind only South County. The TC boys’ team had a chance to win the region title, but finished third due to a disqualification in the 4x400-meter relay event. Annandale finished first, followed by Westfield.

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TC Freshman Girls Win Bronze

Freshman 8 compete at national championships.

Three weeks after capturing the Silver Medal as the second-fastest boat in Virginia, the T.C. Williams girls’ freshman 8 captured the bronze medal as the third-fastest boat in the United States.

TC Boys’ Soccer Falls Short in Region Quarterfinals

T.C. Williams lost to Langley, 1-0, in the boys' soccer region quarterfinals on May 24 at Parker-Gray Stadium.

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Lowen, Yoest Pitch Patriots Past West Potomac

Yorktown baseball ends season in regional quarterfinals.

John Yoest struck out West Potomac’s 3-4-5 hitters, including a pair of first-team all-region selections, in the seventh inning and Yorktown held on for a 7-4 victory on May 25 at Greenbrier Park.

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Langley Soccer Reaches Region Semifinals

Saxons defeat T.C. Williams, 1-0, in quarterfinals.

The Langley boys’ soccer team fought an uphill battle against T.C. Williams and the Titans’ spirited home crowd during the regional quarterfinals on May 24. But thanks to the defense of Rhys Howard and a goal from striker Justin Galiani, the Saxons found a way to advance.

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More Clang Coming to Del Ray

New free service along Mount Vernon Avenue to cost $1 million a year.

Del Ray is sometimes called the “little neighborhood that could,” a reference to its history as a home for railroad workers at Potomac Yard.

On the Campaign Trail

For many years, Alexandria voters did not use paper ballots at all. They simply walked up to an election judge and announced their vote in public, a process known as “viva voce.”

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Supervisor McKay Launches Effort to Explain County Budget Process

Effort could create interactive online guide and new chapter in citizens' handbook.

Lee District Supervisor is frustrated. Every year, he hears from parents who want him to do something about funding full-day Kindergarten.

Wednesday, June 13

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Welcoming the Dragon

Great Falls Elementary School hosts annual performance of "The Enormous Turnip."

The students in the Japanese Immersion Program at Great Falls Elementary School held their annual performance of "The Enormous Turnip" Friday, June 8. Based on a Russian fairy tale, the story is about a farmer who recruits an assortment of characters to help him remove an enormous turnip from the ground.

Jones Strives to Personalize Patient Care

Concierge Principal Medical Group celebrates one year in McLean.

Working in a hospital, Dr. David Jones was able to see firsthand the delays and inconveniences of many current medical practices. So he decided to go, in his words, "back to the way medicine was 30, 40 years ago," and started a concierge practice in McLean a year ago. On Thursday, June 7, Jones celebrated one year in business with the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce at his Beverly Road Office.

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SCC Honors Partners

Coalition recognizes volunteers, officials for efforts over past school year.

The Safe Community Coalition honored dozens of individuals and organizations at their annual members meeting Tuesday, June 5 at the McLean Community Center. The primarily volunteer-run organization coordinates various activities and events designed to raise awareness of issues faced by youths, mostly in the Langley and McLean High School pyramids.

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Planning for Tysons Future

Officials provide update on Tysons redevelopment, 495 Express lanes, Metro Silver Line.

This month marks two years since the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for Tysons Corner. The plan is aimed at making Tysons into an urban center, which Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova says will bring in 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs by 2050.

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Latest Downtown Revitalization Project Breaks Ground

Project will place overhead utility wires underground at intersection of Old Dominion Drive and Chain Bridge Road.

Local county and business officials gathered at the peninsula at the intersection of Elm Street, Old Dominion Drive and Chain Bridge Road Thursday, June 7 to break ground on an underground utility project that is a major step in the revitalization of downtown McLean. The project will place underground all electric and communications lines from the Shell station at the intersection west on Old Dominion Drive and from the Starbucks to the McLean Cleaners along Chain Bridge Road.

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Local Art Supports Local Charity

Langley senior organization charity art sale.

Langley High School senior Gabriella Jacobsen has always been interested in art. Art runs in her family, through her grandmother and mother, and while Jacobsen enjoys creating art as well, she’s also interested in the practical side. She used this side Saturday, June 9 to hold a charity art sale at Langley to benefit the Gandhi Brigade, a Maryland-based nonprofit.

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Connecting to Their Community

Langley High School Community Service Club celebrates first year.

The Langley High School Community Service Club celebrated their first year of existence Friday, June 8 at The Old Brogue. Club members volunteered at 11 different events for a total of more than 300 hours around the area during the year, from helping pack meals for the homeless to spending time with the residents of Vinson Hall, a nursing home.

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Dominion Simulates Hurricane

Exercise allows Dominion Power to practice for severe storm events.

Dominion Power hosted a hurricane drill Wednesday, June 6, simulating the effects of fictional Hurricane Joseph and showing how they would manage such a storm. The Herndon headquarters serves about 900,000 customers.

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Herndon’s Gardens on Display

Annual garden tour highlights creativity of local gardeners.

The Town of Herndon’s Cultivating Communities initiative will host their annual Garden Tour Sunday, June 24 from noon to 4 p.m. The tour will feature five different stops within the town borders, all representing a variety of approaches to suburban residential gardening.

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Staying Safe This Summer

Neighborhood Resource Center hosts safety briefing.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department hosted a summer safety briefing Thursday, June 7 at the Neighborhood Resource Center in Herndon. Lt. Bill Vance of Station Four on Spring Street explained some of the more common summer safety hazards.

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Volunteers Prep Townhouse

Long & Foster employees ready townhouse for occupation by family in need.

Members of the Long & Foster Reston office on Wiehle Avenue became handymen for the day, as almost a dozen employees gathered at a Reston townhouse owned by Reston Interfaith to prepare it for a family in need.

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Insiders Prevail in Hotly Contested Primary for Alexandria City Council

Incumbents and former incumbents win, pushing back calls for change.

Despite calls for change at City Hall, Alexandria voters sent a message Tuesday that they like the recent direction of city government, and they selected a slate of candidates that continues the status quo.

Classified Advertising

Read the latest Employment, Classified and Home and Garden Ads!

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Ballston Residents Concerned New Theater Could Become Financial Drain

Will Virginia Square black box become a black hole similar to Artisphere?

When the Arlington County Board approved a new nine-story mixed-use commercial building in Virginia Square earlier this year, it was a deal that seemed too good to be true.

MVHS Wins Cappie Award

Mount Vernon High won a Cappie trophy

Mount Vernon High won a Cappie trophy at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards Gala at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

SSSAS’s Coffield Wins Cappie for Acting

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School won a Cappie trophy at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Northern Virginia’s Role in the War of 1812

200-year perspective

To most Americans, the War of 1812 is the "forgotten war." Its mention conjures images from a short list: The burning Capitol; Francis Scott Key writing poetry during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore; or Dolley Madison fleeing the White House with George Washington's painting under her arm.

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Media/Communications Partner, Connection Newspapers

The Connection was nominated by Dean Klein, executive director of the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, and the award springs from the Nov. 13 special edition coverage about the complex challenges of the homeless in Fairfax.

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Community Partner of the Year, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)

There were two finalists for Community Partner of the Year, the Fort Belvoir chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association partnered with Fort Belvoir Elementary School and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra partnered with Instructional Services Department.

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Blue Ribbon Outstanding Event Award

Blue Ribbon Outstanding Event Award, given for the Library READesign at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School and partners Heart of America Foundation, Capital One, Lightspeed Technologies, AVD, ltd.

Summer Concert Season Begins at Lubber Run

The Lubber Run Amphitheater free summer performance schedule begins Friday, June 15, at 8 p.m. with Mary Ann Redmond.

Editorial: Partnerships That Make a Difference

Strategic partnerships with businesses, community organizations, benefit public good and fill gaps since government cannot do it all.

A few weeks ago, the Connection was lucky enough to be included in a group of Fairfax County organizations honored for their efforts in giving back to the community.

Staving Off Mosquitoes

Chemical-free methods for controlling backyard pests.

Nothing spoils a backyard barbecue like a swarm of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. How does one keep bugs at bay without harsh chemicals? Local experts offer tips.

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Trends in Landscape Design

Local tastemakers offer suggestions for making the most of backyard space.

Whether creating a tapestry of bold colors, a sanctuary to escape stress or simply a low maintenance landscape, local designers say taking a backyard from dull to dazzling is easier than one might think, and offer insight into hottest landscape elements as well as trends in sustainable design.

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Music for Khristin

Vienna Idol, Kyllopalooza benefit Khristin Kyllo Memorial Fund.

For two weather-perfect weekend evenings, the Vienna Town Green thundered in music, from soloists to bands, pop to folk, all in the memory of Vienna student Khristin Kyllo.

Mitchell Wins Cappie

H-B Woodlawn High won a Cappie trophy at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Home Work

A Primer on Roofs

Some might say roofs are not a sexy topic. I beg to disagree. Roofs can be and often are the beautiful crowning glory of a home. Many roofs require careful craftsmanship and careful attention to detail.

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Book Sale a Big Vienna Draw

People from across region gather to browse over thousands of books.

Historic Vienna, Inc.’s annual two-day mega-book sale covered all day June 9 and 10. Tents covered the rows and rows of genre-organized books, thousands and thousands of them.

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Displaying Artwork of the Year

On June 6 Cooper Middle School had their art show put on by Nadene Wright's Art Extensions class. Each student created and wore a t-shirt inspired by the artist that most inspires them and displayed their top works of the year.

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Community Discusses, Votes on Relocation of Trailers

Current placement receives no votes.

A public discussion on the placement of the trailers at Jamestown Elementary School was held June 4 to address community concerns with the initial placement.

‘Ode to Joy’ in McLean

The McLean Symphony performs Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

In its 2011–2012 Season Finale concert on Saturday, June 2, The McLean Symphony (TMS) premiered a new composition, presented a suite of much-loved arias, and performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, 4th movement known as the "Choral," recognized for its powerful "Ode to Joy" theme.

BuddhaFest Returns to Arlington

Four Day Festival at the Artisphere

BuddhaFest, a film festival featuring spiritual talks, meditation and live music, returns to the Washington, D.C. area from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 17.

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Walt Whitman High Wins Five Cappie Awards

Tech skills triumph

Walt Whitman High won five starry statuettes for technical excellence at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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McLean High Wins Four Cappies

Takes home trophy for Best Play.

McLean High took home five awards – including the one for Best Play – at Sunday night’s 13th annual Cappie Awards at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. McLean’s other victories were for Lead Actor and Lead Actress in a Play for its production of "A View from the Bridge," as well as Returning Critic and Critic Team.

Local Girl Scout Troop Celebrates 100 years in Girl Scouts at Madame Tussauds

On May 9, Great Falls’ Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1111 was honored to join the president and the CEO of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) to unveil a lifelike wax figure of the pioneering woman who founded the Girl Scouts 100 years ago, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low.

Column: Apparent, Now More Than Ever

I last celebrated my father’s day six years ago, in 2006. Six months later, in early December, he finally succumbed to that which had been ailing him: old age for sure, the effects of two strokes for certain and the realization that it was, as we like to say in our family: “Enough already.”

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Rescued at Great Falls Park

Dramatic rescue highlights the dangers around the falls.

The swift, chopping sound of helicopter blades filled the air above Great Falls Park on Friday as a team of rescuers worked diligently to rescue a stranded kayaker from the river.

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Grisdela Exhibits Contemporary Art Quilt at Great Falls Library

Cindy Grisdela, a contemporary art quilter, has an exhibit of her work at the Great Falls Library through June 30. The exhibit, titled "Improvisations in Color," showcases Grisdela’s use of vibrant color and bold graphic design to create unique textile art.

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The Father Factor

Fairfax County’s "Fathers In Touch" program teaches men how to be fathers.

Calvin Robertson slams his fist down on the table and barks instructions to the 11 fathers seated around the table at the South Gate Community Center in Reston.

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Learning from His Father’s Mistakes

Growing up estranged from his own father, one man decides to give his sons a different life.

Wanting the best for my two sons yet having concerns about raising them properly, my wife and I looked into various parenting education programs offered through Fairfax County. This is how I discovered the Fathers In Touch Program.

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Saluting Academic Achievement

CPMSAC celebrates 28 years of excellence.

Filing into Chantilly High’s gym, Saturday afternoon, the students made their way to their seats while Kool & the Gang’s classic anthem of rejoicing, “Celebration,” played in the background. They came for the Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee’s (CPMSAC) 27th annual awards ceremony.

Three Decades Behind Bars

Man sentenced in killing of Centreville handyman.

When criminals targeted the home of a wealthy Centreville man, two years ago, their motive was money — they planned to rob him and leave. Murder wasn’t on the horizon. But when the homeowner’s handyman, Jose Cardona, tried to stop them, he paid with his life.

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Readying for Relay for Life

Chantilly event raises money for American Cancer Society.

Bill Hamm was 10,500 feet up, elk hunting in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in 2006, when he discovered a lump on his throat. He’d thought he was healthy; but the lump was a swollen lymph node and, six months later, he was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer.

Centre View Roundups, June 6, 2012

Walney Road Bridge Meeting; Encore Presents ‘Dancin’ Fool’; Women’s Self-Defense Course; Park Authority to Meet; Free Carseat Inspections; Meals on Wheels Volunteers ; WFCM Seeks Food, Volunteers

Tuesday, June 12

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Safety Check: ‘They’re Saving Lives Today’

Officers check commercial trucks for violations.

At first glance, it looked like a big-rig parade, with large commercial trucks lined up one behind the other in a parking lot off Route 28 in Chantilly.

Monday, June 11

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Deloitte's 13th annual IMPACT Day preps 2,000 high school students for college and careers

Deloitte LLP, an international firm that provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services, celebrated its 13th annual IMPACT Day this past Friday.

Stacker in Summer Junior Olympics

Eleven year old is current U.S. National Champion, a two-time World Champion.

While some pre-teen boys are playing in house league basketball and soccer games, 11-year-old William Polly of Arlington is gearing up for the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas, to take place July 25-27. He will be competing in sport stacking, which Polly said he began when he was nine years old.

TAPS Supports Loved Ones on Memorial Day

Connecting those who lost loved ones in war.

Despite being one of the hottest days in the spring so far this year, thousands from all over the country paid tribute to the fallen on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Knights Host Texas Veterans

World War II visitors honored.

More than one person asked why the Knights of Columbus in Northern Virginia would extend dinner invitations to more than 50 visiting WW II veterans from Texas.

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Area Residents Ride To Support MS Research

Helping to raise awareness as well as funds.

On June 9, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s local chapter will host Bike MS, the 30th annual event in which bikers seek sponsors to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis research.

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Say Goodbye to Instant Elections: New Voting System to Yield Much Slower Results

Registrar to have all precinct results driven to headquarters before posting results.

Remember when Alexandria precinct returns were posted to the Internet a few minutes after the polls closed? Well, forget about it.

Saturday, June 9

Langley Girls Get Early Lead; Defeat Battlefield in State Lax Semis

Saxons set to play Northern Region opponent Oakton in Saturday state finals at Westfield.

The Langley High girls lacrosse team jumped to an early 5-0 lead against Battlefield High (Haymarket) in the first game of the VHSL State Tournament semifinals last Tuesday night, June 5 at Westfield High School and cruised to an 11-6 win.

Friday, June 8

Letter to the Editor: Increase Natural Lighting

To the Editor: I am a graduate of Carl Sandburg Middle School and still have many friends that go there. I attended the presentation on the plans to renovate Carl Sandburg Middle School, and I was impressed by how much it will be renovated.

Letter to the Editor: What Moran Stands For

To the Editor: As someone who is active in the community and the Democratic candidate for Delegate from Virginia’s 42nd district in last year’s election, I offer my enthusiastic endorsement of Congressman Jim Moran in the Democratic Primary on June 12.

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Serving the Muse and the Community

Peter Lattu turns to poetry and volunteering.

How to fill the void after the dog dies: That was the dilemma facing Peter Lattu. For several years, Lattu had taken his border collie on three long walks a day. But many empty hours stretched before the Alexandria resident when the dog was gone. "I needed things to do," said Lattu.

Planning Delays Vote on Dog Park

The Fairfax County Planning Commission voted May 31 to defer a final vote on the proposed Interim Off Leash Dog Park (OLDA) for Westgrove Park until July 19.

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Seniors Receive Sunday Dinner

Meal on Wheels aims for regular Sunday delivery by October.

Sunday, June 3, was Service Sunday for the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (OPMH) and a major milestone for Alexandria’s Meals on Wheels program. OPMH volunteers delivered the first-ever Sunday meals to seniors enrolled in the program, the result of a unique community partnership led by Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA).

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TC Holds Candlelight Vigil to Remember Senior

The T.C. Williams High School community gathered at a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 to remember TC senior Ian Daughtrey, who died one week earlier.

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Four Boy Scouts Receive Eagle Scout Award

Four Alexandria City Boy Scouts received their Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scout’s highest honor, in a ceremony on June 2 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Alexandria.

Obituary: Barbara Newell Cornwell

Barbara Newell Cornwell, affectionately nicknamed "Susan" or "Sue", died peacefully on May 28, 2012 at the age of 92. Sue was the daughter of Wendel R. and Mariquita K. McKenzie, born in Kernville, CA on November 11, 1919.

Letter to the Editor: Celebrate Flag Day

To the Editor: Flag Day, June 14, although not a national holiday, is important as a reminder of how our country began and what it has become, grown from 13 colonies under English rule to 13 states, which expanded into 50. It is appropriate to fly the flag and remember the best of our heritage, which it represents.

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Girl Scouts Create Garden

Alexandria Girl Scout Troop 4143 created a pollinator garden as its service project to bolster the declining national bee population and to honor the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.

Letter to the Editor: Against Arrogance

To the Editor: With Mayor Euille and the City Council failing to distinguish between "needs" and "wants," they have pursued a relentless chase to generate additional tax revenue to finance a bloated city government and a top-heavy school bureaucracy.

Letter to the Editor: No More Endorsements

To the Editor: I am amused by the never-ending chorus of letters in the local papers endorsing political candidates for city council. And now we even have the emergence of political action committees supporting rival states of candidates. Who do these people think they are? Are they so full of themselves that they think they can tell a naive general public who to vote for?

Letter to the Editor: Support Experience

To the Editor: On June 12, Alexandrians have a tremendous opportunity to shape the future of City Council. As we head to the polls, it’s useful to take stock of the good fortune our city has experienced over the past decade:

Letter to the Editor: New Leadership For Alexandria

To The Editor: Imagine this as a platform of "accomplishments" on which to run for City Council:

Letter to the Editor: Good Candidates, Good Government

Securing Alexandria's Future (SAF) is a political action committee made up of engaged and knowledgeable residents and many prominent local leaders.

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Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Awards Scholarships

Nine high school students were recognized and awarded 2012 Education Partnership Scholarships at a May 31 reception by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce. The scholarship recipients are Ian McKellips and Valerie Manu, Mount Vernon High School; Benjamin Dougherty, Thomas A. Edison High School; Abigail Jacobs and Sarah Jane Underwood, West Potomac High School; Joseph Fitzsimmons and Rachelle Powell, Hayfield Secondary School; Erika Saravia, Bryant Alternative High School, and Katherine Pfleeger, The Madeira School.

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The Titans Remember

T.C. hosts inaugural alumni baseball game.

The T.C. Williams High School baseball program played host to the inaugural Titans Alumni Baseball Game June 2 when a total of 36 players reunited with old friends and played a seven-inning game before a sellout crowd at Eugene Simpson Field in Alexandria.

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Sheriff Lawhorne graduates from NVCC

For Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, it was a goal 36 years in the making: to complete the college degree he started back in 1976 after graduating from T.C. Williams High School.

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TC Student Releases CD

Hayden Arp is drawn to making a profession of music.

Hayden Arp didn’t always love music. However, in seventh grade he discovered Garage Band on his computer and began exploring with it. Soon, he found a passion for music that exists to this day.

Thursday, June 7

Letter: Help Keep Alexandria Family Friendly

As a resident of Alexandria for the past 55 years, I am deeply concerned about the City's future and I applaud those City Council candidates who are seeking to maintain a livable Alexandria.

Letter: A Voice of Reason

Allison Silberberg, a Democrat running for City Council, at the debate Monday night, clearly demonstrated her command of the issues, as well as her capacity to understand the broad concerns that affect all of us in Alexandria.

West Springfield Upsets Lake Braddock for Region Baseball Title

Senior pitcher Tobin leads Spartans to victory with 8 1/3-inning effort.

Tyler Tobin shut down the Lake Braddock lineup in an extra-inning affair, leading West Springfield to a 3-2, nine-inning victory and the Northern Region baseball championship at Madison High School.

Letter: Mayor’s Vision for Waterfront Is Mostly about Development

Mayor Bill Euille’s plan for the waterfront is a delight if you are developer, or an investor seeking new business on the banks of the Potomac River a la National Harbor. But, to call this waterfront plan eco-friendly, as the Mayor does in a recent opinion piece, is to pervert the meaning of the word 'ecological,' or 'green.'

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History Teacher of the Year

West Springfield’s teacher Brian Heintz honored at state level, competes nationally.

Brian Heintz, a teacher at West Springfield High, recently won the Virginia State History teacher of the year award. Heintz has taught history and social studies in the Fairfax County Public School system for nine years, at both Westfield and West Springfield

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Springfield’s ‘Signature Race’

5k/15k races are among the most popular events at Springfield Days.

This year marked the third annual race at Springfield Days and had by far the largest turnout the event has ever seen. "Several years back we decided that we needed a signature race for the people of Springfield to call their own, and it just keeps getting better and better every year," said Mark Russell of Springfield, the race coordinator.

Author, Senior Columnist, Radio Commentator to Speak at RWC Meeting

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) will feature Dr. Ileana Johnson speaking about and signing her recently published book Freedom on Life Support at its June 18 meeting. The event will be at the Centreville High School Media Center. Members and guests are invited to the social hour that will begin at 7 p.m. when refreshments will be served.

Letter: Endorsing Moran

Letter to the Editor

As someone who is active in the community and the democratic candidate for delegate from Virginia’s 42nd district in last year’s election, I offer my enthusiastic endorsement of Congressman Jim Moran in the democratic primary on June 12.

Fridy Named Volunteer of the Year

Giving the community an event they can be proud of.

Each year the Board of Directors for Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. honor one outstanding volunteer worker with the Volunteer of the Year Award. This year’s recipient, Scott Fridy (Chantilly), has been volunteering in Fairfax County for nearly 20 years and he helps coordinate the reveled "Children's Avenue" sponsored by ExxonMobil.

FACETS’ Amanda Andere Named Northern Virginian of the Year by Northern Virginia Magazine

Leadership around preventing and ending homelessness cited.

Amanda Andere, the executive director of FACETS, a nonprofit that opens doors by helping parents, their children, and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County, was selected by Northern Virginia Magazine as a 2012 Northern Virginian of the Year for her outstanding leadership that is helping FACETS grow its efforts to end homelessness as well as her community commitment.

Robinson Senior Receives Band Scholarship

Graduating senior Nathaniel "Nate" Banks of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax received $2,500 on May 29 as the 2012 recipient of The Lunsford/Behrend Scholarship.

Telephone Call Scam Targets the Elderly

The City of Fairfax Police Department is advising citizens to be aware of an ongoing telephone scam targeting elderly individuals. Citizens responding to fraudulent telephone calls are at risk of significant financial loss.

Letter: Metro Stations Shape Communities

Letter to the Editor

Part of what makes the metro so beneficial to local communities is its ability to reduce dependence on automobiles – automobiles that cause congestion, pollution, and safety concerns.

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Female Korean Veterans Honored at Greenspring

Seven Springfield women recognized for service in "Forgotten War."

Libby Haynes was in the middle of her freshman year of high school at George Washington in Alexandria when the Japanese Navy bombed the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Nearly 2,500 Americans were killed in the surprise attack.

Keene Mill Elementary Celebrates 50th Birthday

Keene Mill Kangaroos marks half century milestone.

Keene Mill Elementary School welcomed more than 300 students, parents, teachers and guests for its 50th "birthday" celebration Monday, June 4.

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Mulan Delights Crowds in Northern Virginia Players Production

Northern Virginia Players performed to sellout crowds during a two-week run of Disney’s Mulan Jr. at Burke Community Church. The production featured 64 actors ranging in age from 6 to 18, said Ann Eul, the show’s co-director along with Kate Wittig. "This was an amazing production," Wittig said.

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Celebrate Fairfax Honors 2012 ‘Lords and Ladies’

Honorees saluted for community volunteerism.

Celebrate Fairfax kicked off its 30th anniversary with a salute to the 2012 Lord and Lady Fairfax Honorees during a dinner and awards ceremony at the Fairfax County Government Center Tuesday, June 5.

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Whoville Hits Fairfax

Premiere set for Friday, June 8 at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke.

A group of over 70 performers made up of everything from former Coast Guard members to financial planners, will all take on different roles of characters from some of the most beloved children's literature of all time.

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‘Whatever I Do Will Only Make Me Stronger’

Robinson student wins Hispanic Leadership Alliance scholarship.

Born in Bolivia, Lucia Maldonado came to the U.S. at age 7 with her mother and younger sister. Now 18, she’s about to graduate from Robinson Secondary School and is the recipient of a Hispanic Leadership Alliance (HLA) scholarship.

Planning for the Future

Robinson’s Latin American Student Association is growing.

To encourage leadership among Robinson Secondary School’s Hispanic population, Ruth Azimi and Enrique Fernandez co-sponsor LASA, the Latin American Students Association. It’s helping the students’ parents, as well.

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'Swag Tag' Gives Students Discounted DASH Rides

The Alexandria Transit Company has created a $65 pilot student pass called the Swag Tag, which will allow Alexandria middle and high school students unlimited DASH rides from May 21 through Sept. 2.

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TC Biology Teacher To Retire After 22 Years

Department chair reflects on students' progress.

“I’ve been very lucky to have a career where I truly do look forward to coming to work every day,” said T.C. Williams High School Science Department Chair David Keener, who will retire this month after teaching Advanced Placement Biology at TC for 22 years.

Celebrating Taste Of Reston June 15-17

Held at Reston Town Center.

Taste of Reston, recently voted 2012 Best Food Festival of Northern Virginia by Virginia Living, is expected to draw record crowds to Reston Town Center.

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Art Doesn’t Lie – People Lie

Reston Community Players’ New Play Project presents world premiere of ‘Fake’ June 15-16.

Reston Community Players New Play Projects presents the world premiere of the fully staged play "Fake" by Jim Gordon on June 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. at the CenterStage Theatre in the Reston Community Center.

Obituary: Francis M. (Frank) McClarnon, of Reston, Dies

Longtime Reston resident Francis M. (Frank) McClarnon passed away on May 29, 2012, at Reston Hospital, after suffering a stroke on May 19.

Keller Williams Realty, Reston sponsors ‘A Night at the Races’

Keller Williams Realty, Reston Market Center recently hosted a "A Night at the Races," which raised over $18,000 for Reston Interfaith. In addition, over 40 Keller Williams Realty associates took on a landscaping project to beautify the grounds of the Embry Rucker Memorial Shelter.

Column: Vacation Time

Jane and I just returned last week from a wonderfully relaxing, ten-day vacation in Italy. It was our first visit to that country.

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Reston Bike Club Presents Jersey Design Contest Awards

The Reston Bike Club (RBC), over the last five years, has worked with the South Lakes High School Fine Arts Department: Each year, the RBC brings a jersey design contest to the school and with the help of Amy Saylor, fine arts teacher, art students get a chance to implement their newly-learned skills in submitting designs to the club.

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Seniors Receive Sunday Dinner

Meal on Wheels aims for regular Sunday delivery by October.

Sunday, June 3, was Service Sunday for the Old Presbyterian Meeting House (OPMH) and a major milestone for Alexandria’s Meals on Wheels program. OPMH volunteers delivered the first-ever Sunday meals to seniors enrolled in the program, the result of a unique community partnership led by Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA).

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New Aircraft Lands at Dulles

Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental lands at neighboring airport.

The first ever passenger flight of Boeing’s 747-8 Intercontinental landed at Dulles Airport on June 1, shortly after noon. Operated by Lufthansa, the new aircraft will fly the Frankfurt-Dulles route six days a week. New design features of the aircraft include wings with raked-back tips and engines with scalloping that enhances fuel efficiency. At over 250 feet long, the plane is now the longest commercial aircraft built in the United States.

Week in Herndon

News in Herndon.

City School Board Race Taking Shape

Three new candidates enter race; three incumbents decide against running again.

Three new candidates, Kelly Carmichael Booz, Chris Lewis and Scott Gordon, have entered the race for the Alexandria School Board, while three current School Board members, Chairman Sheryl Gorsuch, Charles Wilson and Blanche Maness, have decided not to seek re-election.

Casino Night To Benefit Neighborhood Health Services

Uninsured and Medicaid patients to benefit from event.

Monte Carlo is coming to Alexandria on Thursday, June 28. But lucky blackjack and roulette players will not be the only ones who will win out that night. All proceeds go to the Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc., a federally qualified healthcare center that provides quality healthcare to those that have trouble with access in northern Virginia.

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Westfield Baseball Season Ends at Region Semifinals

Bulldogs have no answer for Lake Braddock southpaw Thomas Rogers.

Westfield High baseball’s strong postseason showing at the 16-team Northern Region tournament concluded one victory shy of both an appearance in the finals and an automatic seeding for this week’s state tournament when the Bulldogs lost to Lake Braddock and ace left-handed pitcher Thomas Rogers, 8-0, last Wednesday afternoon at James Madison High School in Vienna.

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Successful Season Concludes for Langley Baseball

Saxons reach region finals before losing to Spartans.

A remarkable Langley High baseball season which saw the Saxons go from a team struggling to play .500 baseball at the midseason mark to one of the Northern Region's elite teams came to an end last Wednesday night, May 30. Langley, in a region tournament semifinals playoff game versus perennial power West Springfield, fell behind early and was never able to get back into striking distance in a 7-1 season-ending defeat. The postseason affair took place at James Madison High School in Vienna.

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Saxon girls' Tennis Team Captures State Title

Langley finishes remarkable 2012 season unbeaten.

The Langley High girls' tennis team, this year's Northern Region champions, defeated Cosby High School (Midlothian), 5-0, on Tuesday, May 29 in a first round Virginia State AAA tournament match. The postseason competition took place at Langley during the school day. Numerous Saxon students were able to enjoy some of the match action during their lunch breaks.

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Langley Girls Tennis Wins State Championship

Saxons defeat Mills Godwin in finals.

The Langley High girls tennis team completed an unbeaten season this past Saturday, June 2 by besting previously undefeated Mills Godwin (Richmond), 5-3, in the Virginia State AAA finals at Huntington Park in Newport News.

Tough Final Week For Madison Softball

Rams end Warhawks' successful season.

The Madison High girls' softball team saw its season end in disappointing fashion with a pair of postseason losses. Nevertheless, it was an overall successful and winning campaign for head coach John Schneeberger's Warhawks.

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In Region Soccer Title Game, Robinson Boys Prevail

Yardley's overtime goal lifts Rams past local rival Lake Braddock.

In a tense, back and forth championship game last Saturday night at Robinson Secondary, local high school boys' soccer opponents Robinson and Lake Braddock played with emotion, grit, and determination through an entire 80 minutes of regulation play and nearly 10 more minutes of overtime before the region title game's first and only goal was scored.

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Patriot District Well-Represented at Baseball Region Semis

Bruins, Spartans both win to advance to title game.

A trip to the Northern Region tournament title game and a seeding in the state playoffs were on the line last Wednesday evening, May 30 at Madison High School in Vienna where two regional semifinals baseball games took place. The double-header postseason action showcased contests between Lake Braddock and Westfield, followed by West Springfield versus Langley in the nightcap. At night's end, it was the two teams from the Patriot District - Lake Braddock and West Springfield - which won, both in decisive fashion, to earn a spot in Saturday's finals where West Springfield edged the Bruins, 3-2, for the championship.

Week in Alexandria

The waterfront is no stranger to debate, and now another potential clash is brewing.

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Voters to Determine Republican and Democratic Candidates for House and Senate

Low turnout expected in June 12 primary.

Election officials are expecting an extremely low turnout for the June 12 primary, ranging from 3 percent in Arlington to 15 percent in Alexandria.

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New Restrictions on Washington Street to Be Installed This Summer

Initiative comes after 600 accidents in the last five years.

For years, Washington Street has been one of the most dangerous roads in Alexandria.

On the Campaign Trail

Remember when Alexandria precinct returns were posted to the Internet a few minutes after the polls closed? Well, forget about it.

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Unpredictable Democratic Primary Heads into Final Stretch

Historic election has 14 candidates seeking six slots on the ticket for November general election.

The future of Alexandria is on the line as 14 Democrats seek six seats on the Alexandria City Council in a hotly contested Democratic primary June 12.

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Huntington Residents Await Storm Season as They Gear up for November Bond Referendum

Fairfax voters to determine the fate of flood mitigation along Cameron Run.

Everyone in the neighborhood near the Huntington Metro station has a story. Pregnant women rescued by firefighters in rafts. Waste-deep water. Mold. Mildew.

Wednesday, June 6

Cows with Attitude

Frying Pan Park is a model for Plourde and Reed’s Udder-ly Witty picture book.

"And the cows meant it," the final line of "Only Cows Allowed," was the starting point for author Lynne Plourde. "It just popped into my head one day," she said. "The cows had some attitude."

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The Power of Touch

Reiki masters credit the practice with promoting healing.

"May I touch you?" asks Marion Werner, a willowy woman with shoulder-length blonde hair. Her hands descend lightly on her patient’s chest.

Editorial: Primary Voting

Statewide primary on Tuesday, June 12.

On Tuesday, June 12, Virginia will hold a statewide Republican primary for U.S. Senate, plus numerous more local primaries for U.S. House of Representatives and localities.

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Celebrating Women’s Rights

Ann Dexter Gordon receives 2012 Silent Sentinel Award in Vienna.

Women’s history was front and center in Vienna last week at a gala reception announcing the 2012 recipient of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Silent Sentinel Award.

Week in Vienna

News in Vienna.

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Democrats Gather for Petersen’s Fundraiser

They weren’t all young, and they weren’t all lawyers, but they were most definitely all democrats at State Sen. Chap Petersen’s annual "Young Lawyers" party held at ICONS in downtown Fairfax on Thursday, March 31.

Four Decades of Helping Teens

Alternative House helps youth with no place to call home.

Driving up to the Alternative House, there is already a sense of welcome: as you enter, the walls are decorated with posters made by teens depicting their dreams and hopes for the future, like going to college, having a family, or finding the perfect job, the hopes and dreams that the house strives to help them achieve.

Freeman Store Earns Placement on National Register Of Historic Places

On May 15, the National Park Service announced its placement of the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church Street NE, on the National Register of Historic Places. The Freeman Store and Museum was previously listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and is the only structure in Town to hold these highly sought after designations.

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Vienna Farmers Market Gearing Up for Summer

Spring stock giving way to hot-weather favorites.

The Vienna Farmers Market is boasting a colorful palette of produce now, from spring-like floral pastels to the richer hues of red strawberries and deep-green kale. In between are local meats, freshly-made breads, sweets, herb mixes and granola to hot-off-the-stove prepared small dishes.

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Boulevard Extension, Ramps Questioned

Westbriar-area residents upset over proposals for new exit ramps.

If remarks by residents and applause from the audience were an indication of the emotional climate at the open house meeting hosted by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation on May 31 at Westbriar Elementary School, the consensus was that the plan to extend Boone Boulevard, destroying Tysons’ only remaining forest, was a bad proposal that never should have gone to the table. That a developer – JGB – supports the position of homeowners, brought two traditionally-adversarial fronts together in a moment of unity.

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Blessing Pets in Vienna

Antioch Christian Church holds second pet blessing on June 1.

Under big shade trees on a sunny June 1, Pastor Randy Beeman of Antioch Christian Church blessed pets there in the flesh and those there in spirit. They came from Vienna, Reston and Herndon seeking grace for their pets, part of the family. It was the second annual public pet blessing since Beeman became pastor of the small white church on Beulah Road.

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Pedestrian Enforcement in Merrifield District

After two pedestrians have been struck so far in 2012 and a subsequent education campaign, officers began active enforcement of pedestrian crossing violations on Gallows Road near the Dunn Loring Metro station on Monday, June 4.

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Langley HS Orchestra Pops Concert Thursday

The Langley HS Orchestra presents its annual pops concert on Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. in the Langley HS auditorium. With the theme of "Villains and Gangsters," the concert will include music from "The Godfather," "Psycho," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Phantom of the Opera," and "How to Train Your Dragon."

Langley Student Recognized for Math Tutoring

Students from Langley High School have been volunteering with non profit organization, National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP), as math tutors to underserved students from around the country. Vishal Erabelli, from Langley High School, was named as the Tutor of the Week this passed school year for NSTEP’s Study Buddy program. Vishal was selected for this distinction due to exemplary tutoring sessions with struggling, underserved math students.

Week in McLean

News in McLean.

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Finding Treasure in Trash

After many months of hard work creating an environmental studies banner, with Debra Maes, Environmental Studies Coordinator, Churchill Road 6th grade artists Emma Higbee, Maggie Bujor and Linsey Wenk saw their project to fruition.

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Churchill Students Learn About Churchill

In anticipation of Memorial day, Churchill Road sixth graders were treated to an informative presentation about the school’s namesake, Winston S. Churchill, Britain’s World War II prime minister. Peter Swiers, the grandfather of CRS students Timothy (6th grade) and Matthew (5th grade) Swiers, was the presenter.

McLean Sophomore Wins Music Competition

McLean High School sophomore Allie Arnold placed first in the freshman/sophomore division of the Northern Virginia Music Teacher Association's Woodwind Competition. Judges for the semi-annual competition included musicians from the US Army and Marine Bands.

Mollie Vardell Exhibits at Katie's Coffee House

Local artist Mollie Vardell’s new solo show, titled "Artful Places," will be held the month of June at Katie's Coffee House adjacent to the Old Brogue Pub in Great Falls.

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Great Falls Rotary Hosts German Ambassador

On June 1 the Rotary Club of Great Falls launched its Ambassador Dinner Series. The guest speaker for the inaugural event was Germany’s Ambassador to the United States, Peter Ammon.

Letter: Inspiring Example

At this time of year, in late May, when the forsythia, azaleas and native dogwoods have sequentially lost their spring blooms, and I drive through our community of Great Falls, I see the magnificent Kousa Dogwood trees still bedecked in their white robes. The native flowers pass the torch to the Kousa in late May, which bloom through Memorial Day on into early summer. Just look around town and you will know them.

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At Forestville, Odyssey Comes Home

Forestville Elementary team brings back Odyssey of the Mind title in spontaneity.

The students of Forestville Elementary School lined up behind the school on Thursday, May 31, waving signs emblazoned with the word "Congrats!" written in every fancy lettering and color. Bumping and nudging one another, they weren’t just excited to be out of class that morning.

Classified Advertising

Read the latest Employment and Classified Ads!

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Great Falls Troop 1991 Bronze Recipients

Great Falls Junior Girl Scout Troop 1991 members Isabelle Saba, Nicole Haley, Eliza Pastore, Ale Van Scoyoc, Julianna Grimson and Jacqueline Grimson received the Bronze Award at a ceremony on May 24 at Christ the King Church in Great Falls. The Bronze Award is the highest award in Junior Girl Scouts.

Column: Haven’t I Learned Anything?

I’m not going to beat myself up too badly; after all, I do have terminal cancer. However, I am disappointed in my behavior of late, especially as it relates to my status as a still-active (thank God!) cancer patient/survivor undergoing treatment.

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Reward Offered In Frying Pan Attacks

$7,500 offered for information leading to arrest and conviction.

The Fairfax County Park Authority announced a $7,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons suspected of attacking animals at Frying Pan Farm Park sometime the night of May 26 or the morning of May 27. The slashing attacks left a chicken, a calf and two goats wounded.

Tuesday, June 5

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Closet Begins Summer Shopping Days

Monthly Thursday evening hours allow more shopping opportunities.

The Closet, a nonprofit thrift shop in downtown Herndon, will open Thursday evenings once a month, to allow potential shoppers another chance to explore the various clothes, antiques, electronics and other appliances offered.

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Herndon Celebrates 32nd Annual Festival

Tens of thousands flock to annual downtown event.

Out of all the rides, games, food, activities and vendors at this year’s Herndon Festival, Geoff Smith, 12, of Herndon, says one thing will stick out in his mind: a robot that can shoot baskets.

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Reston Hosts Sprint Triathlon

Event raises money for Reston Interfaith.

Eight hundred swimmers, cyclists and runners showed up to do all three the morning of Sunday, June 3 at Lake Newport Pool and the surrounding roads for the sixth annual Reston Sprint Triathlon. The event was hosted by the Reston Association and the CORE Foundation, which assists nonprofit fundraising.

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Great Falls Kicks off Summer on the Green

June Fest leads into first edition of annual Concerts on the Green.

Celebrate Great Falls hosted the inaugural edition of June Fest, a spring festival at the Great Falls Village Centre that featured local businesses, organizations and carnival games and rides. Celebrate Great Falls re-christened their festival June Fest this year, to avoid confusion with the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Optimists.

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Langley Alumni Gather on the Diamond

Alumni defeat varsity 10-9 in first ever match.

Members of Celebrate Great Falls and other residents spent the weekend taking part in traditions old and new, bringing together old and young as part of the first Great Falls Days events.

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Farmers Market Going Strong in New Location

Weekly market features locally grown produce, meats, beauty products.

Every Saturday morning the Great Falls Farmers Market offers fresh produce and other unique, homemade goods, of which many come directly from Great Falls itself. Now located at the Great Falls Village Centre (in the parking lot next to Wells Fargo) every Saturday, it features a variety of vendors both returning and new.

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Sweet Filling For Empty Bowls

McLean community picks up bowls for fundraiser.

Members of the McLean High School community returned to the school Thursday, May 31 to pick up hundreds of bowls they made last March and to help raise funds to combat worldwide hunger. On March 1, students, families and school staff came to make bowls out of one-pound lumps of clay, and after months of work from the school’s ceramics students, those bowls and more were available for a donation to Stop Hunger Now.

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MPA Paints in the Park

Children, professional artists celebrate McLean Project for the Arts’ 50th anniversary.

As part of their celebration of 50 years in existence, the McLean Project for the Arts hosted a "Painting in the Park" exhibition Sunday, June 3 in McLean Central Park. The community’s youngest artists were invited out to help make cupcakes out of clay and other crafts, while the professional artists were invited to take advantage of whatever inspiration the clear, sunny day had to offer.

Fairfax County Board Expands Scope of Community Services Board Audit

Social service agency scrutinized for projected $9 million shortfall that threatens services to children and disabled.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a motion Tuesday, June 5, to expand the scope of a financial audit for the Falls Church Community Services Board, which provides social services to thousands of the county’s most vulnerable residents and has come under fire for an $8 million budget shortfall.

Langley Girls Lacrosse Powers Way to State Semis With Win Over Woodgrove

Saxons ready to take on Battlefield High in semifinals Wednesday at Westfield.

The Langley High girls lacrosse team moved into the semifinals of the Virginia High School League state championship tournament with a convincing 13-7 win over the Northern AA champion Woodgrove Wolverines last Saturday. The Lady Saxons opened a 7-3 halftime lead and never looked back against the overmatched host team. Keying a balanced attack, junior Rachel Wagner broke out with a season-high four-goal outing, while senior co-captain Kelly Martins and junior Olivia Sisson chipped in two apiece.

Langley Defeats Dominion, 18-5, in Boys Lacrosse State Quarterfinal

Saxons set for semis meeting with E.C. Glass on Wednesday.

A squadron of Saxons - 10 players in all - got name and number in the scoring ledger last Saturday, June 2 in a comfortable 18-5 Saxons’ win over the Dominion Titans (13-8) in a quarterfinal engagement of the VHSL State Playoffs in boys lacrosse at Langley.

Langley Defeats Dominion, 18-5, in Boys Lacrosse State Quarterfinal

Saxons set for semis meeting with E.C. Glass on Wednesday.

A squadron of Saxons - 10 players in all - got name and number in the scoring ledger last Saturday, June 2 in a comfortable 18-5 Saxons’ win over the Dominion Titans (13-8) in a quarterfinal engagement of the VHSL State Playoffs in boys lacrosse at Langley.

Friday, June 1

Weather Alert: Fairfax County, Entire National Capital Area (Friday, June 1, 2012)

Severe Weather to Impact Area; Tornado Watch Until 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for Fairfax County and the entire National Capital Area. Thunderstorms, heavy rains, wind, large hail and potential flooding are also expected beginning this afternoon.

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Local Real Estate: April 2012 Sales in $800,000s

Local Real Estate: April 2012 Sales in $800,000s

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Burke Honors the Fallen

Down a private road, just off the heavily-traveled Burke Centre Parkway, about 30 people gathered under the shade of a large Oak tree Monday to honor those who sacrificed their lives defending our freedoms.

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‘Mulan’ Comes to Burke

Northern Virginia Players present Disney classic.

Northern Virginia Players will perform Disney’s "Mulan Jr." during the production’s final weekend at Burke Community Church.

A Commitment to Social Justice

Walker discusses her faith as a Unitarian Universalist.

“I consider myself a mystical humanist,” said the Rev. Kate Walker of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, where she has preached for almost four years. “I put a great deal of faith in the human spirit, intellect and heart, but I am also very open to the depths of mystery and all that I can’t explain. There is a sense of divinity and sacredness in this world that I engage with on a daily basis.”

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Old Dominion Boat Club Settles With Feds, Continues to Fend Off City Hall

40-year old lawsuit comes to an end as city officials make plans for parking lot.

It’s been almost 40 years since the Richard Nixon administration filed a series of lawsuits against property owners along the waterfront.

Aplin Named National Merit Scholar

Kathryn Gareth Gorsuch Aplin, a T.C. Williams High School senior who plans to major in engineering in college, is one of 18 Virginia students and more than 2,500 students nationally to receive a National Merit Scholarship financed by a U.S. college or university.

Alexandria Remembers D-Day

Speakers and screening mark 68 years since Normandy invasions.

On June 6, 1944, American and Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy and began operations that would eventually lead to the liberation of France and the rest of Europe. The scars of the invasion can be felt 68 years on.

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Gathering on Memorial Day

Veterans pay tribute to fallen soldiers.

A crowd of more than 75 people gathered May 28 to pay tribute to Alexandria's veterans in a Memorial Day ceremony held at Alexandria National Cemetery.

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Alexandria Veteran Featured Speaker at Rolling Thunder Rally

An estimated one million riders roared in procession from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial May 27 in the 25th anniversary Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom in remembrance of American POWs and service members still missing in action.

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Enjoying Jazz By the Water

Susan and Desi Cooper are joined by friends Dana, Lena and Donovan Dyson at the 35th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival at Waterfront Park.

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A Night at the Races

The Fund for Alexandria’s Child holds annual fundraiser on the Potomac.

Sport a favorite hat and enjoy a cruise on the Potomac River for A Night at the Races, this year’s premier fundraising event for The Fund for Alexandria’s Child.

Commentary: Helping To Restore Identities in Missing Persons Cases

Each year, Inova Alexandria Hospital’s Radiology Department conducts more than 30,000 computed tomography (CT) scans that help our physicians, nurses and staff diagnose, treat and heal the many patients who seek our expertise. Our dedicated staff of 16 CT employees and technologists scan injuries from trauma, stroke, sports or chronic disease. They have pretty much seen it all; but a call for help from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) changed all that and launched a partnership that NCMEC has encouraged other hospitals to follow.

Commentary: Taylor Run

HILLTOP PARTY Those party-loving people on Hilltop Terrace celebrated Memorial Day with a large gathering. Clam and Amy Lorenz, aided by children Charlie and Jay, and the Shriver family — Elaine Gort and Alex Shriver with Jake and Josh — organized the party.

Letter: Deserves Support

To the Editor: Historically Alexandria has always been a City at Crossroads. However, rather than talk about polar bears, icebergs and trips to exotic places, as independent mayoral candidate Andrew Macdonald likes to do, we'd rather talk about how Alexandria has actually been guided through its crossroads by our current Democratic mayor, Bill Euille, and why Mayor Euille has the experience, vision and commitment to continue leading Alexandria forward.

Letter: Vision for The City

To the Editor: Some have questioned why Andrew Macdonald, the independent candidate running for Mayor of Alexandria, resigned his Vice-Mayor position in 2007. And can we count on him to remain in office if he is elected. The answer is plain and simple. As Mr. Macdonald stated then and continues to say, he voluntarily stepped down because he needed to take care of his elderly mother as well as other family matters. Being his mother’s sole caretaker, Mr. Macdonald felt his family responsibilities would take his attention away from his obligations as a City Councilmember. I believe that stepping down was the responsible thing for Mr. Macdonald to do.

Letter: Visit Local Schools

To the Editor: The fact that a superintendent of a small school district has to advertise school system information as "No Politics, Nothing Personal, No Rhetoric" should be a cause for concern in itself. Here are a few counterpoints to the "ACPS facts":

Letter: Value Those Bicyclists

To the Editor: I am writing to respond to a letter, "Bike Share Now Needs City Money," printed in the May 24 Alexandria Gazette Packet. As chair of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), I was asked to attend the Waterfront Commission Meeting where the Capital Bikeshare station options were discussed. For me, this letter raises three concerns.

Letter: Bikes Reduce Traffic

To the Editor: In a lengthy letter published in your May 24 issue, Townsend A. Van Fleet presents arguments against the Bike Share program planned for Alexandria. Among his various objections, a central theme is that Bike Share will somehow exacerbate “traffic problems in the Old and Historic District.” This seems a rather curious point of view. Van Fleet makes much of what he terms Alexandria’s “narrow streets already crowded with pedestrians, tour buses, metro buses, dash buses, delivery trucks, trolleys, garbage trucks, skate boarders, joggers, and cyclists.” What is remarkable about this impressively comprehensive list (“garbage trucks” to “pedestrians”) is that it omits the word “automobiles.” It may be helpful to reflect for a moment on the fact that a primary objective of the Bike Share program is to reduce the number of automobiles on our city streets. As I am sure most fellow residents recognize, cars remain the principal source of congestion on the streets of Old Town. While I appreciate Mr. Van Fleet’s frustration at being impeded in his driving by the growing number of pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists on our city streets, programs like Bike Share that aim to reduce downtown traffic can only enhance Alexandria’s reputation as an exceptionally friendly and livable community.

Letter: What’s Best For the City

To the Editor: It is clear that an antidevelopment bloc has developed among the Democratic candidates running for City Council.

Letter: Memorable Experiences

To the Editor: MetroStage specializes in “memorable moments” on stage. This season that ensemble cast in that Bronz bar in "Savage in Limbo." Memorable. Broadway parody, Tiny Tim singing “I’m Going to Walk Tomorrow” (think "Annie"), irreverent, but wickedly funny holiday entertainment in "Broadway Christmas Carol." Memorable. Josephine Baker and her banana dance, Maurice Hines’ choreography, fabulous songs from gospel to blues in the world premiere of "Josephine Tonight." Memorable. "Escape from Cuba," treacherous waters and a moonless night, mojitos in the lobby afterwards, shared stories by others about their own escape to freedom following "Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!" Memorable and very emotional.

Letter: We Don’t Own The Problem’

To the Editor: The title says it all; that’s the response nearly 30 Alexandria residents living on a street adjacent to the playing fields at Patrick Henry Elementary School received when they contacted ACPS School Security to complain about the illegal use of said playing fields.

Letter: Affordable Housing

To the Editor: The vanishing amount of affordable housing in Alexandria has been a frequent topic of discussion in the City in recent weeks. It is a complex topic that has people confusing “market-rate” affordable housing with “dedicated” affordable housing, which differ significantly.

Letter: Planned Or Inadvertent?

To the Editor: My opposition to the Beauregard rezoning’s height, density, and Arlington-style out-of-character land use is almost beside the point. Instead, consider what city hall would like folks to believe versus what went into this rezoning catastrophe:

Letter: Determining Transit Priority

To the Editor: Although a goal of the Beauregard Small Area Plan Draft is to create a modern transit-oriented community, most of the attention has been focused on a traffic ellipse that is not part of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit corridor. The Draft Plan barely mentions the Mark Center Station, the prospect of VDOT approving the I-395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) ramp or proposals for a transit station at Southern Towers. These changes are significant and should be addressed in the Draft Plan.

Letter: Deserves Being Elected

To the Editor: Why I endorse Donna Fossum for City Council and why she should be elected:

Letter: A Matter Of Respect

To the Editor: Memorial Day is often taken for granted; too many don’t give a thought about what it means. The freedom so many hold so dearly and yet so close to heart came from the many who gave their lives for our country.

Calendar for May 31

E-mail announcements to the Gazette, gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos and artwork are encouraged. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week's paper. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with questions.

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Torpedo Factory Welcomes Guest Artists for Summer 2012

The Torpedo Factory Art Center announces the Visiting Artists who will be in residence during June, July and August 2012. Now in its third year, the goal of the Visiting Artist Program is to expose the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s visitors and patrons to a rotating group of accomplished artists and provide a unique opportunity to interact, explore and exchange ideas. The Visiting Artists will be working in studios throughout the 76,000-square-foot art center and will be actively involved in art enrichment events throughout the summer months in which they will demonstrate and discuss their work.

Taste of Del Ray is Sunday, June 3

Hell’s Kitchen Winner to Judge 4th Annual Taste of Del Ray

Mark your calendars, clean your palates and prepare for the fourth annual Taste of Del Ray, sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association. The event will take place on Sunday, June 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. This year’s celebrity chef is Rock Harper — winner of Season 3 "Hell’s Kitchen" — the Gordon Ramsey cooking competition on FOX-TV.

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Dentists Help UCM Program Participants

Drs. James Geren, Henry Rollins and Zeyad Mady and their entire team at Alexandria Cosmetic Dentistry donated dental services valued at $13,440 on Saturday, May 19, through their Dental Day program for individuals who cannot afford necessary procedures. Twenty-five UCM program participants received treatments that relieved the pain caused by dental issues and helped them smile again. UCM is deeply thankful for the long-time support of Dr. Geren and his associates.

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Best in the World In Weird Science

A team of 7 fifth-graders from Stratford Landing Elementary School recently competed at the Odyssey of the World Finals at Iowa State University. The team came in first place for its solution to the NASA-sponsored "Weird Science" problem and came in third place overall. The team, coached by Terri Bell, includes team members Mary Bell, Lukas Brokamp, Nick Greve, Lindsay Johnson, Jenna Mulvihill, Lily Penn and Rhys Shallbetter. More 800 teams from 15 countries participated in this international competition. The team would like to thank the Stratford Landing school community for its support and the many people whose donations made this possible. Special thanks go to the sponsors who donated $500 or more: the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club, WOW Cafe and Wingery and the Stratford Landing PTA.

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Crackers Helps with Learning

Woodley Hills Elementary School incorporated a rabbit named Crackers into its curriculum this year. The rabbit is used to reinforce the school's values including hard working, trustworthiness, responsibility and caring. Susan Carlson is the Woodley Hills teacher responsible for Crackers. The children learned about voting as they participated in a contest to choose Crackers' name, each child writing an essay supporting their proposed name. The children learned about rabbits and are allowed to feed him with supervision. The school's Daisy Troop earned a badge by planting a garden filled with foods appropriate for Crackers.

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Supporting Arcadia Center

The Garden Club of Waynewood recently donated $500 to Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food. Marjie Morris, president, Garden Club of Waynewood presented the donation to Maureen Moodie, farm director, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture at Woodlawn. Presented at the garden club's recent flower show, the donation is part of the Garden Club of Waynewood's 50th anniversary activities and ongoing commitment and service to the community. The Garden Club of Waynewood meets the third Thursday of the month, September to June, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8532 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria. Guests and new members are welcome. Contact Katherine Hoffman 703-549-4245.

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Memorial Avenue of Flags

More than 400 American flags lined the roadways in the Mount Comfort Cemetery in honor and in memory of the veterans for the 33rd Annual Giovanna McKinney Memorial Avenue of Flags.

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WWII Veteran Honors Fellow Comrades on Memorial Day

He moves throughout the cemetery, stopping to pause and remember the men he has come to see before placing a flag at their grave and moving on to the next. For World War II veteran Warden Foley, this Memorial Day ritual began nearly half a century ago as a labor of love and respect for his fellow veterans.

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‘Now & Then, 50 Years of Hits, 1962-2012’

The West Potomac High School Choral Groups will be presenting their annual Spring Show in Springbank Auditorium at West Potomac High School on May 31, June 1 and June 2. All shows will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Online tickets are available at www.westpotomacchoirs.org.

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Good Weather for a Car Wash

Boy Scout Troop #1509 held a car wash fundraiser at St. Luke’s Church on Saturday, May 26 to benefit the Scout troop and contribute funds for a summer Maine adventure trip. Adult leaders are, left in uniform, John Dacey and, far right not in uniform, Sylvain Richard.

Police Shoot Resident Brandishing Knife

Fairfax County Police shot a 61-year-old man who confronted them with a knife during the process of attempting to serve him with an arrest warrant for destruction of property. The wounded subject was “noncompliant,” according to the information provided by the police department. The shooting occurred at an apartment in the 5700 block of Old Mill Court on Monday, May 28. Four officers were involved in the incident.

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Need for Police Oversight Continues

Coalition reaffirms effort to establish Police Citizens Oversight Board.

Nicholas Beltrante’s effort to gain the support of the Board of Supervisors to create a Police Citizen Oversight Board would be, if his proposal is accepted, similar to the ones formed in other cities and counties in the U.S.

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A Commitment to Social Justice

Walker discusses her faith as a Unitarian Universalist.

“I consider myself a mystical humanist,” said the Rev. Kate Walker of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, where she has preached for almost four years. “I put a great deal of faith in the human spirit, intellect and heart, but I am also very open to the depths of mystery and all that I can’t explain. There is a sense of divinity and sacredness in this world that I engage with on a daily basis.”