Stories for March 2012

Stories for March 2012

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Friday, March 30

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NOVA Hosts Idol Finals

Area students participate in singing competition.

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Arlington Real Estate: Sales between $1million~$1,225,000 in February 2012

In February 2012, 174 Arlington homes sold between $2,023,700-$91,100.

Arlington Real Estate: Sales between $1million~$1,225,000 in February 2012

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A Pyramid of Art

Woodson High Pyramid stages annual Art Show.

Parents and family members of students within the Woodson High School Pyramid attended the school’s annual pyramid art show.

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Potomac Real Estate: Sales under $650,000 in February 2012

In February 2012, 22 Potomac homes sold between $1,950,000-$380,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Sales under $650,000 in February 2012

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Spring Flings in Vienna

Guide to spring activities from egg hunts to Town Green Concerts.

As "they" say, "spring has sprung." With spring comes mild temperatures, farmers’ rain to nurture the flowers, and the launch of seasonal activities, from egg hunts to the Windover Walk on the Hill. The U.S. Navy’s own "Sea Chanters" kick off the Town Green concert series on May 11.

Thursday, March 29

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Harry ‘Bud’ Hart Recommends: ‘Be Other-Centered’

“If you’ve got a gift, spread it around.”

“Mr. Bud’s coming! Mr. Bud’s coming! Mr. Bud’s coming to read to us!” For more than 20 years, that has been the chant of children at ALIVE! who, literally, hang on every word that Harry “Bud” Hart reads to them.

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Youth Showcase Theatrical Talents

Last weekend parents and patrons were treated to a showcase of rising talent on stage at the Little Theatre of Alexandria.

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Toast to Fashion Benefits Campagna

Fundraiser sparkles with fashion, food and fun.

With glittering displays of spring fashion trends and accessories, the ballroom of the Belle Haven Country Club was transformed into a fashion-lover’s dream during the Campagna Center’s 13th annual Toast to Fashion on Thursday, March 22.

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'The Rock Stars Of Alexandria'

Salute to Women Awards 2012.

The Alexandria Commission for Women held its 32nd annual Salute to Women Awards March 26 in a ceremony that honored 14 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

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Spring Fever! in Alexandria

Record-breaking temperatures made it feel like Spring long before it became official March 21. And just as the blossoms all over town are breaking out of their winter hibernation, so are activities that make Alexandria come alive. From festivals to fairs, Little League games, theater classes and garden tours, Alexandria offers something for every form of Spring Fever.

Bulletin Board (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Things happening in the Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield area.

Calendar (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Things happening in the Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield area.

Faith Notes (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Faith services happening in the area.

Faith Notes (Reston/Herndon)

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

Bulletin Board (Reston/Herndon)

Things happening in the Reston/Herndon area.

Weekly Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

March 29-April 5

Things happening in the Reston/Herndon area.

Faith Notes (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

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

Bulletin Board (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

Things happening in the Vienna/McLean/Great Falls area.

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

March 29-April 5

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

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Operation Enduring Collaboration

From March 19-21, the Fairfax County government held a three-day emergency exercise called Operation: Enduring Collaboration during which county agencies and partners worked through worst-case scenarios relating to a major tornado outbreak in Fairfax County.

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‘Land of Eternal Spring’ Blesses Volunteers

International charity workers visit Aldersgate.

“The Land of Eternal Spring” is what Guatemalans call their country, and Aldersgate United Methodists doing mission work there return home to the States feeling renewed and blessed.

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Students Shine in Pyramid Art Show

Students from Fairfax High and its feeder schools displayed their portfolios and individual works, March 21, in the Fairfax Pyramid Art Show.

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Stratford Landing Raises More Than $24,000

Families from the Stratford Landing Elementary community enjoyed an evening of fun while raising more than $24,000 at the school’s annual Spring Fling/Silent Auction and Ice Cream Social Friday night, March 23.

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Walt Whitman Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Walt Whitman Middle School opened in 1961, the school facility has moved three times and is now located near the intersection of Parkers Lane and Sherwood Hall Lane in Mount Vernon.

Status Quo Of Gridlock

In the March 22, 2012 article entitled “Hyland Calls For Meal Tax,” the supervisor correctly notes that money is needed for schools and roads. Fairfax County cannot continue to rely only upon the real-estate tax for revenue. The Mount Vernon Visioning Task Force, Transportation Committee, recommended that Fairfax County adopt and impose the transportation impact fee that the Virginia Assembly authorized in 1989.

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Mother Nature Is Local Resident

Some in the Mount Vernon area think Mother Nature moved away, perhaps to the shore or the mountains. Not true. She still lives in the neighborhood and likes folks to visit. Two locations stand out.

City of Fairfax Council Candidates

The Connection asked all City Council and City of Fairfax mayoral candidates to provide answers to the following questions, and to limit their answers to 100 words or less. The bonus question was optional.

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Cynthia Nan Hull Dies

Cynthia Nan Hull, executive director of United Community Ministries in Alexandria, died March 16, 2012 from complications of non-smoker's lung cancer at Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor, Maine.

Mayoral Candidates

R. Scott Silverthorne and Gerald T. "Jerry" O’Dell run for office.

First elected in 2002, Robert F. Lederer, the five-term mayor of Fairfax City, announced in December that he will not run for another two-year term, and will retire in June. R. Scott Silverthorne, a current city councilman and Gerald T. "Jerry" O’Dell are vying for the seat. The Connection contacted O’Dell repeatedly, through email and phone, and he did not respond to questions. Here are Silverthorne’s responses:

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Super Saturday for County GOP

Convention features former Governor George Allen; FCRC elects new president.

More than 1,000 Republican delegates participated in the 2012 Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) convention, held at West Springfield High School on Saturday, March 24.

Letter: Missing in Abortion Debate

Letter to the Editor

A constant theme among letters to the editor is that of abortion activists eager to advance the cause of liberal women to abort arguably future Democrat voters, which is the ultimate oxymoron.

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Fair Lakes Girl Honored at Ball

She’s a leukemia survivor.

Skyler Hundley, a 9-and-a-half-year-old fourth-grader at Poplar Tree Elementary, lives with her parents, John and Stacey, twin sister Jordan and little brother Christian, 5, in Fair Lakes. An active girl, she likes riding her bike and scooter, jumping on a trampoline and playing CYA soccer.

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LCAC Recognizes Local School Teacher with Founder’s Award

Longtime Lorton resident and Fairfax County school teacher, Barbara Rizer, was recognized by the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) for her dedication to helping individuals and families in southeast Fairfax County through her volunteer efforts with LCAC. On March 10 at LCAC’s annual fundraising gala, the LCAC Board of Directors presented Rizer with the organization’s inaugural Founder’s Award for her commitment and passion for fulfilling LCAC’s mission of enhancing the quality of life in the community through individual and family services, community programs, and partnerships with other organizations.

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Lehman H. Young, Sr. 1916-2012

Community remembers civic leader, WWII pilot and business owner.

It was 1958, during one of the worst blizzards to hit Northern Virginia, and Deborah Young, just five years old, remembers her father, Lehman, bundling her up and sitting her on the seat of their old blue 1951 Ford, between him and her mother, Marie.

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At Jazz Festival

Under the direction of Robert Zazzara, the Stone Middle School Jazz Ensemble participated in the 32nd Annual Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival on March 16. They received a “Superior” rating for their performance and received a second place trophy out of five middle school performing groups. First row, from left: Michael Baylock, Donovan Davis, Mikenna Moore, Casey Comer, Britain Bangerter, John Dickenson, Christian Nunley; second row: William Dzubak, Christopher Hoffman, Sarah Shim, Catherine Corradino, Sydney Park, Garrett Anderson, Nicole Ruckert, Austin Porter, Sean Luffy; third row: Alex Jorgensen, Thomas Lattomus, Lauren Mannikko, Cole Sorrells, Chloe Hicks, John Nguyen, Samuel Kim and Kathryn Mozell. Absent: Connor Charters.

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Fairfax Woman Runs Half Marathon

Raised money for LLS in honor of her brother.

Fairfax resident Mary McLaughlin ran the Rock’n’Roll USA Half Marathon with two goals in mind – to raise as much money as she could for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and to honor her brother’s memory. And on March 17 in Washington, D.C., she did both.

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Celebrating 100th Birthday of Girl Scouting

The Girl Scouts of Service Unit 56-3, which includes girls from local Centreville, Chantilly and Fairfax elementary and middle schools, enjoyed cupcakes and ice cream and a night of songs on March 15 that Greenbriar West Elementary School. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes were led in song by ladies from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital “Sing-A-Long” service. Approximately 100 girls and their leaders/parents attended the 1.5 hour event which ended with each participant receiving a balloon and a goodie bag with, among other items, a special 100th anniversary patch for their uniforms.

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In Bloom at Greenspring

Senior gardeners prepare green thumbs for National Garden Month.

Gardeners at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield are ready for spring.

Centreville High Celebrates Its Diversity

Centreville High celebrated its cultural and ethnic diversity, Friday, March 23, with an International Night showcasing student talent.

Fairfax Assists in Murder Investigation

On July 14, 1996, Thelma Scroggins was found dead in her home on Batna Road in Lignum (Culpeper County), Virginia. Scroggins was shot multiple times and died as a result of her injuries. Raymond Morrogh, the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney, has been appointed as a special prosecutor in the case. The Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office along with the assistance of the Fairfax County Police Department is currently investigating the death of Scroggins.

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Clifton Man Also To Be Honored

Two battles with lymphoma.

David Timko became the executive director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Washington, D.C., chapter in 1987 and, the following year, helped create the fund-raising Leukemia Ball. Little did he know then that he’d someday be one of the event’s patient heroes.

Centre View Crime Report March 23

Activities reported by the Sully police department through March 23.

Letter: Potential Corruption Not Actual

With respect to your editorial "Practices that Undermine Public Trust" (March 21) noting findings by an organization called the State Integrity Investigation, there are certainly ideas in their report that ought to be considered for improving the transparency and accountability of Virginia's government.

Centre View Roundups March 28

Chantilly Crash Victim Identified Fairfax County police have identified the victim of a one-car crash, March 20 in Chantilly, as Robert Bittner, 56, of Ashburn. The incident occurred on the Fairfax County Parkway near Franklin Farm Road. Shortly before 1 p.m., he was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry south on the parkway when his vehicle left the roadway just past Franklin Farm Road and struck the sound wall.

Letter: Court Case: Inspiring Effort

I just read the article in The Centre View ["Virginia Tech Found Culpable"] about your court case involving Virginia Tech and the series of events that took place in December, 2011.

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Budget, Budget, Toil and Trouble

Fairfax County funding is less than desired.

To the average person, $6.7 billion seems like lots of money. But for Fairfax County — home to more than 1 million people — it’s still not enough to fund everything its residents want. But county representatives say they’re doing the best they can in a difficult economy.

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Honoring the Past, Empowering the Future

Group reenacts Silent Sentinel protest during Women’s History Month.

Nearly 100 years ago, a group of women stood in front of The White House and launched a revolution without guns or bloodshed.

Letter: Status Quo of Gridlock

In the March 22, 2012 article entitled “Hyland Calls For Meal Tax,” the supervisor correctly notes that money is needed for schools and roads.

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Paul VI Musicians Receive Honors at OrlandoFest

Musicians from Paul VI Catholic High School’s choral and instrumental ensembles recently won awards at the OrlandoFest Music Festival in Orlando, Fla. Accompanied by teachers and chaperones, sixty-eight students participated in the trip.

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Anyone for Bike Riding?

Fairfax County’s creating a Bicycle Transportation Plan.

Besides being fun and good exercise, bicycle riding can also help improve transportation in Fairfax County. So the county’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is holding a series of meetings to further develop a countywide Bicycle Transportation Plan.

Letter: Fails To Address Voter ID Issue

In my letter of March 15, I noted Queenie Cox's playing of the race card in her previous letter in response to my opposition to Virginia House of Delegates bill no. HB16.

Letter: Re-examine Budget

Supervisor Hyland's call to add a 4 percent tax to restaurant meals is a bad idea. Restaurateurs have been badly hurt by the three-year recession and they need a period of recovery.

County Feeding Deer to Control Ticks

As part of a new research study looking at a new method of controlling tick infestations, the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist’s Office has deployed deer feeding stations in 20 locations across the county.

Letter: Live Within One’s Means

As a resident of the Mount Vernon community for 36 years, I enjoy the Gazette every week.

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Letter: Appreciate Support

The West Potomac Dance Team would like to thank the local community (including the Gazette), our sponsors*, the West Potomac Office of Student Activities and administration, and our families for supporting our “Road to Nationals.” We couldn’t have done it without all of you. The West Potomac Dance Team would like to thank the local community (including the Gazette), our sponsors*, the West Potomac Office of Student Activities and administration, and our families for supporting our “Road to Nationals.” We couldn’t have done it without all of you.

To Soldiers from Chantilly with Love

Chantilly High National Honor Society students spearheaded a communitywide drive to collect snacks and toiletries to send to U.S. soldiers overseas.

Voter Registration At Gum Springs

The Fairfax County Women in the NAACP (WIN) voter registration drives will be held Thursday, March 29, 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, March 31, 2-4 p.m. at the Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road.

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Sabatier Named FCPS Teacher of Year

Charles Sabatier, a physics teacher at Mount Vernon High School, has been named the Fairfax County Public Schools 2012 Teacher of the Year. Sabatier will represent FCPS in Virginia’s Teacher of the Year competition; the winner will be announced in the fall.

Letter: Rebuilding Public Trust

The public appears to have lost trust in the Alexandria Public School Board and its superintendent in the wake of the recent independent audit which revealed likely unethical activity on the part of employees of the Alexandria Public School system.

Letter: Old Town And Density

Waterfront development in Old Town Alexandria is a bear. With only a narrow strip of land between a wide, polluted river and a national historic district of substantial importance and size, this is an Olympic-size challenge.

Letter: Serve Bicyclists Better

I am writing about the Beauregard Small Area Plan and the future of transportation in Alexandria.

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Residents Speak Out about What They Want in Bike Plan

Local residents had their say recently about Fairfax County’s plan to create a practical and workable bicycle-transportation network.

Letter: Moderates Shifting Parties

Former Democrat councilman and local party chairman Lonnie Rich asks: “how the Republicans have become the anti-development party?”

Letter: Stop Misuse Of Zoning

On April 12, The Zoning Board of Appeals will review the protest petition signed by over 200 abutters of the three development sites within the City’s waterfront plan.

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Fairfax County’s Creating Bicycle Transportation Plan

Besides being fun and good exercise, bicycle riding can also help improve transportation in Fairfax County.

Column: Having Fun Isn’t Just for Kids

Recreation programs for older Alexandrians.

There are many factors that go into maintaining good health — proper nutrition, physical activity, socialization, and mental exercise as well.

Column: A Lifetime of Memories for $100

The framed pictures on the walls of Victoria’s Alexandria home tell a thousand stories … a son who is in the Navy, vacationing at Point Lookout, and even a picture of her meeting Princess Diana.

Column: Introducing Inova Alexandria Hospital at Mark Center

Join the dedication on April 4.

On April 4, Inova Alexandria Hospital will dedicate our newest healthcare addition — Inova Alexandria Hospital at Mark Center — located at 1800 N. Beauregard St., in Alexandria.

Column: Tourism Marketing Benefits City

As president & CEO of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association, it is my pleasure to lead a team that is dedicated to our mission of increasing visitor spending in Alexandria.

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Veteran Coach West Trying To Rebuild TC Girls’ Lax

Titans drop Patriot District opener to Lake Braddock

The T.C. Williams girls’ lacrosse team showed some fight in the second half of its Patriot District opener against Lake Braddock, starting the final 25 minutes with a 4-0 run. By that point, however, the Bruins had already proven to be the superior squad on its way to victory.

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TC Crew Opens Season Against Washington-Lee

The T.C. Williams crew team kicked off the spring 2012 rowing season on March 24 at the Dee Campbell Boathouse in Old Town with its first and only home regatta of the year — a scrimmage against longtime rival Washington-Lee that not only provided the Titan rowers with, in the words of boys’ head coach Pete Stramese, "a good litmus test" to start the season, but left both Stramese and girls head coach Mercedes Kiss feeling confident about the team’s prospects moving forward this spring.

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West Potomac Softball Produces Torrid Offensive Start

Wolverines hit seven home runs in first four games.

Danielle McHugh started West Potomac’s weekend long-ball party with a leadoff home run against West Springfield.

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West Potomac Seniors Underwood, McHugh to Compete in College Athletics

West Potomac seniors Sarah Jane Underwood and Danielle McHugh signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Underwood, a standout cross country and track athlete, will run for Penn State University and McHugh will play softball at Tennessee Tech.

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Sophomores Snow, Gaudian Lead Bruins past T.C. Williams

Lake Braddock girls’ lax responds to loss with pair of victories.

Lake Braddock sophomore midfielder Allie Snow scored less than 30 seconds into Tuesday’s girls’ lacrosse match-up against T.C. Williams. Moments later, Snow controlled the draw, scampered down the field and scored again. Fellow 10th-grade middie Kristen Gaudian then made it three goals in the opening minute and the Bruins were off to the races.

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Census Records Show Alexandria is Getting Older and More Educated

New report shows shifting black population and an increase in African-born residents.

Alexandria is getting older and more educated, and its residents are increasingly likely to take public transportation to work.

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Fairfax Board of Supervisors Considers Raising Stormwater Management Fee

One-penny hike on property tax could raise $35 million for projects throughout the county.

When it rains, it pours. That’s why Fairfax County taxpayers may have to fork over more money this year for stormwater management.

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Struggling Nonprofit Fights Against Cuts to At-Risk Children

City Council members consider elimination of Urban League program for troubled youth.

Since 1981, the city of Alexandria has been funding an Urban League program to help at-risk youth.

Council Notebook

For years, city leaders have thought the surface parking lot at the King Street Metro is just too suburban.

Business Matters

The Old Town Farmers Market is about to get a little later.

Wednesday, March 28

Entertainment March 28

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

17 New Artists join Torpedo Factory Through Annual Jury Process

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association welcomes seventeen new artists through the annual jury held March 19-23 at the art center. An outside panel of art experts made the selection from among 84 artists who applied during this year’s annual jury process.

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Midori and Friends Visit T.C. Williams

It was the chance of a lifetime for members of the T.C. Williams High School youth orchestra as world-renown Midori spent March 27 coaching aspiring musicians as part the legendary violinist's week-long Orchestra Residencies Program.

Fine Arts for March 28

March 23 to May 6 "In Medusa's Company." Ceramic artist Judith Kornett's works at the Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Opening Reception Saturday, March 31, from 3 – 5 p.m. with Artist’s Talk at 4 p.m.

Calendar for March 28

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.

Potomac Theater March 28

Now Through April 7 "Rapunzel." Witch Wartsmith wants a baby and, after bargaining for little Rapunzel, must go to great lengths to keep the growing girl out of the hands of a handsome prince. Thursdays & Fridays, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. . Tickets are $10/adults and children. Recommended for PreK-Grade 4. Running time: 45 min. Presented by the Puppet Co. Call 301-634-5380. Visit www.thepuppetco.org.

Potomac School Notes March 28

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

Potomac Fine Arts March 28

March 31 Potomac Arts Night. 6 p.m. Moderated by Dalton Delan followed by wine and cheese. Featuring Linda Pastan, Michael Blumenthal and Duo Concertone, Zino and Natasha Bogachek. At The Art Gallery of Potomac, 10107 River Road, in Potomac Village. Open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.PotomacArtists.org.

Potomac Calendar for March 28

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

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Student-Directed One Acts

Students in the Yorktown High School theatre arts program performed and directed a series of four one act plays March 22-24.

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Friday 5k Fun Runs Return to Crystal City

Friday 5k fun runs will return this spring as racers hit the streets in Crystal City.

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Arlington Garden Club Tour on April 24

Garden Club Tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $25. Featuring four private homes and gardens built in the early to mid 20th century, this tour takes visitors through the neighborhoods built as early suburbs of Washington, D.C. Sponsored by The Garden Club of Fairfax. Ticket price includes admission to the following 5 locations:

Arlington People March 28

To have engagements, weddings, obituaries, or other significant personal events listed in The Arlington Connection, e-mail arlington@connectionnewspapers.com or fax to 703-917-0991. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412. Photos are welcome.

Orange Line Connection March 28

Saturday Nights at 11:01 11:01 Saturday Nights. Starts at 11:01 p.m. Late-night dance party. Tickets are $15/$12 students. At the Ballroom at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.

Arlington Calendar March 28

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

Arlington Bulletin Board March 28

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

Classified Advertising

See the latest Employment, Home and Garden, and classifieds!

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12-under Springfield Storm White Girls Soccer Team Wins Jefferson Cup

A month earlier, youth team had captured Arlington Invitational.

Springfield Storm White followed up its recent Arlington Invitational Spring Soccer Tournament win with their biggest championship victory yet as they garnered the coveted gold medal in the girls’ under-12 Championship Division (eight versus eight) of the Jefferson Cup, held March 17 and 18 in Richmond.

Chantilly Boys Lose Close One to Bruins, 3-2

Chargers soccer makes spirited comeback after trailimng 3-0.

In Chantilly High boys’ soccer action last week, the Chargers, in a non-district game played at Lake Braddock Secondary, lost a close 3-2 contest to the Bruins.

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Centreville Baseball Hoping to Remain Hot in Florida

Wildcats, winners of their first four games, are headed for Orlando for spring break week.

An early season trip to Florida for spring break week is always nice for a high school baseball team, but it’s even better when a team has gotten off to the sort of fast start that the Centreville Wildcats have.

Paul VI Defeats Coolidge in City Title Game

Panthers finish best-ever boys’ basketball season 35-3.

The Paul VI High boys’ basketball team concluded its historic 2011-12 winter season with a win in the Abe Pollin City Title Championship Game over DCIAA Champion Coolidge, 70-64.

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The World’s Fanciest Rummage Sale

Ritz Carlton draws a crowd to support local charity and bargain hunt.

Shoppers queued up early outside the Ritz Carlton ballroom in McLean on Sunday in the hope of finding the ultimate bargain. Men, woman and children rushed into the ballroom to sift through the clothing and household items being billed as "The World’s Fanciest Rummage Sale." As advertised, there were low prices on high end goods throughout the elegant ballroom.

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Del. Keam Holds Town Meeting

Vienna-area residents voice concerns about issues impacting region.

More than 40 local residents listened to Del. Mark Keam’s overview of the General Assembly session at his March 24 Town Hall Meeting at the Vienna Town Hall, and the questions they posed afterward hit hot-button issues.

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Showing Love for Classmate

Thoreau students donate hair in honor of cancer patient.

Thoreau Middle School students came together in a school-wide benefit on Friday night, girls with long hair having their crowns of glory snipped and donated to be used as wigs for girls undergoing chemotherapy.

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Author’s Tea at Westbriar

Students receive book awards.

Wondering where our future NYT Bestseller List authors will come from and what they are writing about today before literary fame finds them?

Week in McLean

Things happening in the McLean area.

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Making 2,000 Sandwiches for Martha’s Table

On Wednesday, March 21, a group of Churchill Road kindergarten, third and fourth graders, their teachers and family members made sandwiches for Martha’s Table, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. that serves sandwiches to those in need.

Column: Peculiar Presence

In the last few months, out of the blue, I have received electronic correspondence from each of my three oldest childhood friends (none of whom have remained adulthood friends, though all three remain of interest to me) commenting on my cancer diagnosis; each having stumbled across one of my cancer columns online, presumably after initiating a Google-type search for yours truly.

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Langley Senior Receives Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Neil Patil, a senior at Langley High School attained the rank of Eagle Scout. BSA Troop 55 from Great Falls held a court of honor to honor Patil’s Eagle Scout rank achievement at the St. Francis Church on March 17.

All That Glitters

The Campagna Center’s annual Toast to Fashion fundraiser sparkles with fashion, food and fun.

With glittering displays of spring’s hottest fashion trends and most coveted accessories, the ballroom of the Belle Haven Country Club was transformed into a fashion-lover’s dream during the Campagna Center’s 13th annual Toast to Fashion on Thursday, March 22.

RCO Presents ‘Mostly Baroque’

Late Sunday, the Reston Community Orchestra pulled in a large and enthusiastic audience to the Reston Community Center.

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Celebrating Nowruz in Reston

Community comes together to celebrate Persian New Year.

The Persian New Year was greeted by a day-long celebration at the Reston Town Center on Sunday. Folk musicians played traditional music in the Pavilion, adults ate, talked and shopped and children played everywhere.

The Reston Chorale Presents ‘Americana’

The Reston Chorale did two performances Saturday night at the Community Center, both to full capacity and very enthusiastic audiences. There was a complete blend of styles, progressing through time from the sweet and smooth work of Pre-Civil War Stephen Foster, down to the early rock and roll of Bill Haley and finally to the edginess of the contemporary group Owl City.

Column: Reversing Bad Fortune

The Virginia General Assembly is not having a very good year. After making the national evening news shows and late-night comedy programs for weeks about which ultrasound to require of women, the Assembly joined many other states in passing voter suppression bills that might affect the outcome of the presidential election.

Column: Creating a Need

Creating a need or entitlement is a favorite occupation for socialists. An unmet need is fodder for growing the government and expanding its reach into our lives. Delegate Ken Plum continually writes about unmet needs ("A Budget Divide," The Reston Connection, February 29-March 6, 2012).

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Web Designer Assists Apparel Store

Local expert builds athletic wear website.

Wildwood’s Bella Vestiti golf and tennis clothing store is just a short drive away from Potomac. But now, it is no further than one’s fingertips.

Literary Award Winner

Washington Episcopal School first-grader Ore Adedeji, age 6, was named a winner of the 2012 Bethesda Literary Festival’s Youth Writing Contest.

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Following Birds to Nicaragua

Lake Anne teacher’s trip to Nicaragua makes learning "real."

Iconic birds, such as the ruby throated hummingbird, birds that bear the names of our cities, like the Baltimore oriole, and birds that are thought of as uniquely North American birds, such as numerous wrens and warblers, plus more than 150 other varieties of birds travel hundreds of miles every year to spend the winter on an island in Lake Nicaragua. From September to March these birds make their home in the tropical forests of Ometepe Island. In the spring they return to eastern United States to find mates and raise their young.

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Marking Jewish Exodus from Egypt

Second annual Seder Summit entertains and educates.

Male bonding over ribs, beer and scotch were front and center Sunday, March 18 at Beth Sholom synagogue.

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County Awards Brickyard to MSI

Farmland could be turned over for soccer fields in August.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett officially awarded 20-acres of farmland on Brickyard Road to Montgomery Soccer, Inc. to develop into four soccer fields. MSI will develop the fields under a sublease from the County.

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Real World Comes to South Lakes

More than 55 careers represented at Career Expo.

More than 55 careers were represented Monday, March 19 at South Lakes High’s Second Annual 10th Grade Career Expo. The careers represented ranged from electricians to Internet technology, said Elizabeth Vandenburg, South Lake’s PTSA community outreach representative.

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Northern Region Sports Roundup

Lloyd to be inducted into basketball shrine.

The Lee High boys’ soccer team (1-2-1), under head coach John Millward, was able to hold off a late charge by the Oakton Cougars to win 1-0 in Lee's home opener this past Tuesday night, March 27. After a quick re-start, and some quick midfield play, Luis Aguilar, a senior forward, found senior midfielder Jamie Ahmed, who took a one-touch into space then placed a 36-yard shot into the upper net with 12 minutes left.

"Flourishing After 55"

"Flourishing After 55" from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for April 9-13.

55+ Wellness Retreat Registration Open

The second annual Wellness Retreat for adults 55 years of age and older will be held May 15 – 17 at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, Reisterstown, Md.

Cahill, Barber Wed

Molly Cahill and Zachry Barber were married on Sept. 10, 2011 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, in Wellfleet, Mass.

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Wiersma Named APS Teacher of the Year

Wakefield High School math teacher Dr. Laurell Wiersma has been named Arlington Public Schools 2012 Teacher of the Year.

Science Festival Preview

Dr. Dana Perkins, a biological warfare expert, was a guest lecturer at Yorktown High School on March 15.

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Piehota Named Principal of the Year

Patrick Henry Elementary School Principal Dr. Lisa Piehota has been named Arlington Public Schools 2012 Principal of the Year

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Between Washington and Lee

Who was George Washington Parke Custis?

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Churchill Student Honored as Everyday Hero

Teenager honored for saving the life of a cardiac victim on the soccer field.

Duncan Seguin, 16, saved his co-referee’s life at a Labor Day soccer tournament in Olney last fall.

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Letter: Harvest for The Hungry

Every year Coldwell Banker holds a food drive to help the Capital Area food bank.

Church Hosts Nearly New Thrift Sale

For the benefit of St. Francis Episcopal Church’s outreach program and local charities, a thrift sale offering clothing, furnishings, jewelry and books will be held at the church, 10033 River Road, Friday, March 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, March 31, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. There will also be a Children’s Shop and an Upscale Boutique.

At the Housing Expo

The doors at Washington-Lee High School opened its doors Saturday, March 24 to the 2nd annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo.

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Column: Israeli Wines for Passover

Recommendations of 10 wines for the upcoming holiday.

Over the past six months, the International Wine Review has tasted more than 200 Israeli wines in preparation of our Report #32 “The New Wines of Israel,” to be published later this year. We’re impressed with the high quality of Israeli premium wines and encourage our readers to try them. What better time to do that than Passover?

APS To Partner with Communities in Schools

Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week with Communities In Schools of Virginia.

Arts Council Offers Taste of Spring

Taste of the Town brings restaurants to the forefront.

This Spring, the annual Taste of the Town festival will celebrate many of Herndon’s signature restaurants by giving visitors a chance to sample their signature items. Hosted by the Council for the Arts of Herndon, the 21st annual event has long been known as a showcase for destination dining.

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Classical Ballet Theatre Dancers On the Move

Nonprofit dance studio hosts annual fundraiser, prepares for move to Reston.

When Cynthia Donavin, executive director of the Classical Ballet Theatre, was searching for inspiration to find a new location for the studio, she turned to one of the area’s most famous patrons of the arts: Reston founder Robert Simon.

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South Lakes Hosts SingStrong

A cappella music event benefits Alzheimer’s charity.

Before last weekend, Randy Trott, 16, of Springfield didn’t know too much about a cappella music. "I thought it was pretty much like the beginning of [Queen’s] ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ a lot of singing soft, slow music," he said. "I had no idea that singing groups could do so much with just their voices, turn them into instruments of their own."

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of Commercial Property in Arlington

Was instability in property values caused by the Pentagon?

When the market tanked, Arlington’s residential market remained flat when the rest of the country was in freefall.

Tuesday, March 27

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Springtime in Reston

Egg hunt, Founder’s Day highlight Spring festivities.

Brown’s Chapel Park will be the site of Reston’s annual Eggnormous Egg Hunt Saturday, March 31, which kicks off a Spring brimming with events. The hunt will also feature carnival rides, games and a performance by magician Eric Henning, who has performed around the area including the White House.

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Pearl Project Continues Legacy

Journalists speak on future of investigative journalism.

As a young journalist working in the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal, Asra Nomani found a friend in journalist Daniel Pearl. Raised in a conservative Muslim household, Nomani had not attended her prom, but 10 years after her senior year, Pearl helped organize a prom for her.

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Spring Festival Comes Back to Great Falls

Optimist Club to host annual egg hunt and children’s festival.

The Sunday before Easter, the children of Great Falls will gather at the Village Green to search for eggs filled with candy, and in some cases, something even more valuable. The annual Spring Festival and Egg Hunt will be hosted by the Great Falls Optimist Club and will feature more than 5,000 eggs scattered across the green.

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Alcorn Named Citizen of the Year

Planning Commissioner recognized by Federation of Citizens Associations.

The Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations named their Citizen of the Year Sunday, March 25, recognizing county Planning Commissioner Walter Alcorn for more than a decade of service on the commission.

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First Responders Recognized

34th Annual Valor Awards presented to police officers, firefighters.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce recognized 108 of the county’s first responders Wednesday, March 21 at the 24th annual Valor Awards. Members of the Fairfax County Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Rescue Department, as well as from the Towns of Herndon and Vienna, were given awards.

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Springtime in McLean

Garage Sale, McLean Day headline Spring events.

This Spring, McLean will host one of its signature events, as well as a new location for its annual Spring Garage Sale. The sale, which will take place Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature dozens of residents peddling their wares.

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County Takes Aim at Bullying

Survey helps county create bullying outreach, cyberbullying prevention.

Monitoring aggressive behavior is a primary concern of Fairfax County when conducting the annual Youth Survey. While fewer than 5 percent of students report gang activity or carrying a weapon, a majority of students have experienced bullying from one side or the other.

Attackers Leonard, Dubick Lead Churchill Lax to Victory

Duo combines for 10 goals in season-opening win against The Heights.

The Churchill boys’ lacrosse team, loaded with goal-scoring threats of all ages, took the first step in a season of high expectations, beating The Heights 16-6 on March 22 on the campus of the Potomac private school.

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Vienna Finishes With Perfect 17-0 Record

Warhawks defeat McLean in Fairfax County youth basketball finals.

The Vienna Div. 1 eighth grade boys’ basketball team came from behind to beat McLean, 46-40, in the finals of the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League (FCYBL) Tournament Championship. The title game victory capped a perfect 17-0 season for the Vienna team, under head coach Dean Marsden.

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Yorktown Girls' Soccer Team Beats Lake Braddock

Coach Brunt wants to see more confidence out of Patriots.

Head coach Vicky Brunt would later say the Patriots need to change their approach in the early stages of competition. On this night, however, sophomore Meghan Flynn made sure Yorktown’s miscues wouldn’t register in the loss column.

Madison High Softball Defeats Majors

Ross earns win on the mound.

Spring Break is set to begin next week, but the Madison High girls’ softball team got an early start in Spring Break tournament play with the first game of its own `Madison Spring Tournament’ last Thursday, March 22 versus Mount Vernon High.

NOVA Women Capture State Basketball Crown

Vienna’s Carlie Zirkle earns MVP honors.

The Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) women’s basketball team won the 2012 Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Championship by defeating Southside Virginia Community College, 48-26. The tournament was held March 2-4 in Chesapeake. Former Marshall High standout Carlie Zirkle (Vienna) received the most valuable player honor and was named to the All-Tournament team, along with Halley Cummins (Vienna) and Yvette Gilliam (Woodbridge).

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Arlington Real Estate: Detached Houses in $500s, January 2012

In January 2012, 122 Arlington homes sold between $4,200,000-$55,000.

Arlington Real Estate: Detached Houses in $500s, January 2012

Editorial: Interrupting Harassment and Bullying

Empowering bystanders to intervene, students to set boundaries.

With a controversial and much discussed new movie, "Bully," coming out this week, local school districts continue to wrestle with the issue of bullying in the schools.

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Empty Bowls Event to Benefit Hunger Relief

The Giving Circle of HOPE will host its fifth annual "Empty Bowls," a benefit supper for hunger relief, on Friday, April 13, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon. All proceeds will go directly to Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food to needy people in Northern Virginia.

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Promoting Arts and Music at Mosby Woods

One of the highlights of the year, the annual School Site Visit, continues to attract art supervisors, principals, and their art and music teachers to see exemplary arts education and arts integration programs in a local school.

Construction Begins at Herndon-Monroe Parking Garage

The Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride garage, located at 12530 Sunrise Valley Drive, Herndon, will undergo major structural repair and maintenance work beginning March 31. Commuters who use the 1,745-parking-space facility will be affected as areas of the garage will be blocked off in four phases for the construction project, with substantial completion of the work expected in September 2012

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Clearview Elementary Wins the A+ School Principal Challenge

This month, Clearview Elementary School of Herndon was all "a buzz" as it celebrated winning the annual A+ School Principal Challenge. Sponsored by Giant Food, this competition rewards school spirit by inviting principals to submit creative and unique challenges that they personally can meet in order to raise much-needed funding for their programs.

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Transitioning from Cub to Boy Scouts

Herndon’s Cub Scout Pack 913 awarded 18 of its Webelos II scouts with the Arrow of Light Award at Dranesville Elementary School on Friday, March 23.

Monday, March 26

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Revisiting Old Forestville Elementary in Great Falls

In response to the article "Great Falls History Revisited" by Kathleen J. Murphy/President of Great Falls Historical Society, in the Jan. 18 issue of the Great Falls Connection, a reader has posted the following note on The Connection’s website.

Free Screening for Oral Cancer

For the month of April, to participate in National Oral Cancer Awareness, Loza Dental Great Falls will provide free early detection screening to their community using an advanced device called the VELscope.

Fairfax Symphony Announces 2012-2013 Season

The season will mark the beginning of a new three-year focus in programming called ‘Mischief in Music: Wit, Insolence and Insurrection.’

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) and music director Christopher Zimmerman announced the 2012-2013 season repertoire, with six Masterworks performances at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax.

Friday, March 23

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‘Express Yourself’ at Herndon High

Herndon High School Fashion Show features 14 designers, 125 other students.

On Wednesday, March 14, student designers at Herndon High School expressed themselves in the Fashion Marketing program’s annual fashion show.

Thursday, March 22

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39 Get Shaved for St. Baldrick’s

The eighth annual St. Baldrick’s Day event in Centreville was fun for a serious purpose. Raising nearly $27,000 toward childhood-cancer research, it was held Saturday, March 17, at Fast Eddie’s. Some 39 people — including three women — had their heads shaved bald while the crowd cheered them on. Earlier fund-raisers at Chick-Fil-A and Moe’s raised $400 total.

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Robinson Band Jazz It Up

The Robinson Secondary School Jazz Band trumpet section performs with the rest of the band at the Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival this past weekend.

County Executive Recommends More Cuts to Libraries

Walk into the Centreville Library and one is confronted with an institution in crisis. Attendance is up and demand has increased, even as the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors slashed $5 million out of the library system's budget in the past four years. Longtime Library Director Sam Clay says the library has had to make some difficult decisions in recent years, reducing staffing and hours throughout the 21-branch library system.

Sully Crime Report March 21

Activities reported by the Sully police department through March 16.

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Chantilly Students Are On A Roll

Ninety are honored for their achievements.

Some 90 students were honored recently for their academic growth and achievement at Chantilly High’s second-quarter On-A-Roll ceremony. But it meant much more than the certificate they received.

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Centreville Author Publishes Lessons From Counterinsurgencies

Lessons from historic counter insurgencies come to light in “Isolating the Guerilla,” a new book by Centreville resident Lieutenant Colonel Michael Trevett, chief of Aerial Sensors Branch with the Intelligence and Security Command at Ft. Belvoir.

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Robinson Goes to World Choir Games

Thousands of the world’s best singers will arrive in Cincinnati for the 2012 World Choir Games this July, a competition that kicks off with Olympic-style fanfare.

Week in Springfield

Things happening in the Springfield area.

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Cameron Elizabeth Harrier Dies

Cameron Elizabeth Harrier, age 22, of Centreville, died March 15, 2012 after a prolonged illness. Cameron was the beloved daughter of Constance Finley-Harrier of Centreville and Dr. Dale Harrier of Espanola, New Mexico. She is survived by her brother, Colin Harrier of Denver, Colo., sisters Devon and Danielle Harrier of Espanola, New Mexico as well as several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Local Church to Join ‘Change the World Weekend’

Messiah United Methodist Church invites you to become a part of God’s plan for changing the world by helping us feed 50,000 people in five hours on Sunday, May 20, as part of the United Methodist "Change the World Weekend."

Letter: System Down

Letter to the Editor

One of the best things about living in the information age is that in recent years I have been able to handle almost all my dealings with the Department of Motor Vehicles by using the Internet.

Centre View Roundups March 21

Fatal Crash in Chantilly A 56-year-old Ashburn man died Tuesday following a car crash on the Fairfax County Parkway near Franklin Farm Road. The incident occurred March 20 shortly before 1 p.m. Fairfax County police say the man was driving southbound on the parkway and, for unknown reasons, left the roadway just past Franklin Farm Road and struck the sound wall.

Letter: The Day Albo Lost His Job

Letter to the Editor

After reading Delegate David Albo’s summary of accomplishments during the 2012 session, as his constituent, I thought he left out an item of some importance: the day he lost his job.

Letter: Totally Unacceptable

Letter to the Editor

In last week's Connection, Delegate Albo responded to the Editor's piece entitled "Reenacting a Dark History?" dated March 8-14, 2012. In his article [Real Accomplishments for Virginia, Connection, March 15-22], Mr. Albo provided us with news of other legislation the Virginia Assembly had recently passed, citing specifics, which was all very informative.

Letter: No ‘Handwriting on the Wall’

Letter to the Editor

"Gov. Bob McDonnell should read the handwriting on the wall..." [Reference: "Veto Voter ID Bill," Opinion Section, Connection Newspaper, March 15-21, 2012].

Week in Fairfax

Things happening in the Fairfax area.

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Local Girl Scout Troops Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Last Monday, March 12, was the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, and that afternoon, seven troops that meet at Virginia Run Elementary gathered to celebrate the centennial together.

Mountain View Department Awards Are Presented

Mountain View High School’s department awards were presented Feb. 3. The recipients were as follows:

How Many Muscles Does It Take To Walk?

On Saturday, March 24 more than 400 participants will walk or ride their wheelchairs in the DC/VA 2012 MDA Muscle Walk at George Mason University.

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State Champions at Rocky Run

MathCounts team captures first place.

Besides bringing home a state championship from Richmond last weekend, members of Rocky Run Middle School’s MathCounts team had another goal, as well.

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A Searching Play

The Theater at Mason presents ‘The Life of Galileo.’

Under its new banner, Theater at Mason is presenting "The Life of Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht.

Virginia Tech Found Culpable in 2007 Massacre

Sued for wrongful death by Erin Peterson’s parents.

All the money in the world won’t bring back their daughter Erin, but Celeste and Grafton Peterson at least have the satisfaction of knowing that Virginia Tech was officially found partly culpable in the April 16, 2007 massacre that killed 32 students.

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Ryan Dillon Dies at 22

Life stacked the deck against Ryan Dillon. He was autistic and had bone cancer and lived just to age 22.

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Greenspring Residents Receive Service Awards

Last week, Greenspring retirement community hosted its 7th President’s Service Awards reception for volunteers who live at the community.

Serving the Community

National Women's History Month: Spotlight on Dr. Marcia Dake.

Long-time Greenspring resident, Dr. Marcia Dake, is not only a woman significant to Greenspring’s history, but also a significant contributor to the fields of nursing and education.

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Ashley Stewart, Bryce Buell Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stewart of Clifton announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Blum Stewart to Bryce Aaron Buell, son of Carl Buell of Scotia-Glenville, N.Y., and Valerie and Michael Barlous of Rockville, Md.

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Honored at the Pentagon

A private tour for seventh-grader who wants to become a U.S. Army Ranger.

"What do you want to do when you grow up?" This question, posed so often to young adults, typically results in ambiguous, pie-in-the-sky answers. Lake Braddock seventh grader and Springfield resident Travis Catina had a very specific response to that question, one that when published in the Dec. 30 Children’s Issue of The Connection caught the attention of U.S. Army officers at the Pentagon and earned him and his family a private tour.

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Eleven Students Receive Peace Awards

Eleven recipients of a Student Peace Award of Fairfax County were selected by their schools to be recognized for their contributions to peace or conflict resolution, whether in their schools, their communities, or the greater world.

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Remembering Ryan Dillon

Burke resident dies at age 22.

Life stacked the deck against Ryan Dillon. He was autistic and had bone cancer and just lived to age 22.

Week in Burke

Things happening in the Burke area.

Letter: Community Disconnect?

The silly season is upon us, the time of year in which the Mount Vernon Council (MVCCA) passes budget resolutions in which it urges the Board of Supervisors to raise every conceivable tax so that sufficient funding is available for the progressive spending the MVCCA supports. This year is no different.

Letter: Falling from Middle Class to Poverty

While the economy shows signs of improving, many in our area are still facing hardships and struggling to make ends meet.

Letter: Problem with Assuming

Can you tell a person's race merely by the color of their skin? Apparently, H. Jay Spiegel can.

Letter: Government Intrusion

In my previous letter, in response to H. Jay Spiegel’s commentary on Del. Scott Surovell’s voting record during this year’s legislative session, I asked how Mr. Spiegel could “suggest that any of Del. Surovell’s positions rise to anywhere near the level of ‘government intrusion in our lives’ represented by the infamous ‘personhood’ and ‘trans-vaginal ultrasound’ bills.”

Letter: Changes Ensure Ballot Integrity

Ensuring the integrity of the ballot box is just as important as ensuring that everyone has access to the voting booth. And while hardly the strictest in the nation, Virginia’s new voter ID law allows for other forms of ID to be used if a driver’s license is not available on Election Day. Furthermore, a voter without a photo ID can still vote using a provisional ballot — and such ballots are available at every polling station.

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St. Patrick’s with Connolly

Hundreds attend U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly’s St. Patrick’s Day Fete.

Friday evening, hundreds and hundreds of friends and supporters of Rep. Gerry Connolly filled the Kena Shriners Hall on Arlington Blvd. for a St. Patrick’s Day Fete.

Aldersgate Methodists Confront a Mountain

Cinderblock after cinderblock, hefting trowel after trowel of mortar, mission trip after mission trip, Aldersgate United Methodists are intent on transforming an impoverished Guatemala community perched 12,500 feet up on San Antonio Mountain.

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At Engineering Fair

Megan McKinney, a junior at Mount Vernon High School, stands next to her finished project board in the Robinson Secondary School field house just before the start of the 57th Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 16.

Letter: Protecting Integrity Of the Voting Process

Letter to the Editor

Your last week’s editorial, "Veto Voter ID Bill," perpetuates the canard that requiring voters to have proper ID to vote somehow disenfranchises voters and effects a disproportionate number of low income and minority voters.

Cook Presents Transportation Plan

Supervisor’s plan would generate more than $40 million per year without raising taxes.

As the Board of Supervisors moves through its discussions on the FY2013 budget, Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) introduced a plan that begins to address the lack of funding for transportation in Fairfax County.

Column: Breast Cancer Charities - Knowledge is Power

Recent controversial decisions made by the Susan G. Komen organization have thrust the ethics of breast cancer fundraising into the national spotlight. While Komen's choice of fund allocations threatened their status as a non-partisan entity, the practices of breast cancer charities as a whole are being closely examined.

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Ready for Laughter

The Workhouse presents ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.’

Had a crummy day? Tired of losing at "Words with Friends" only to learn they cheat? Sometimes fall asleep in front of your TV? Then, head off to the Workhouse Arts Center to be tickled by "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

Teen Arrested After Pursuit

An Alexandria teenager faces numerous charges after leading Virginia State Police in a pursuit through Prince William County Monday, March 12. The 17-year-old male is being charged with reckless driving, driving on a revoked license, possession of a stolen vehicle and one felony count of eluding police.

Margaret Brennan Danaher

Margaret Brennan Danaher, born Nov. 12, 1917, died on March 10, 2012, in Coronado, Calif., after a short illness. Margaret was born and raised in Covington, Ky.

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Learning To Clean Teeth

Alaris Bentley, 9, played the role of dentist and leaned the dentist’s chair back to examine Dr. Angela Austin’s teeth at Alexandria Children’s Dentistry.

Taylor Run

Successful Blind Date

Krista Kendlmyer, born and raised in New Jersey, went to Texas to visit her brother in 1979; there she went on a blind date with Karl Kendall, a petroleum engineer working for an oil company down there.

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Space-Struck Resident

Wernher von Braun —centennial of his birth is March 23 — came to rest locally.

For his entire life, Wernher von Braun looked up and wished to be one with the stars. In the end, he became one with the earth, and that earthly plot is in Alexandria.

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Fitzgerald’s Warehouse

The city of Alexandria enjoys a rich and colorful history, one that began in colonial times and has encompassed periods of industrial concentration, wartime pressures and residential booms.

Letter: Appropriate Action Taken

I am surprised by the continuing debate about the school system's CIP budgeting deficiencies. The superintendent's review of vendor complaints uncovered these actions. The superintendent promptly brought the facts to the School Board. The School Board promptly authorized an independent inquiry.

Letter: City Needs To Explain Budget

Although City Council reportedly instructed the city manager to submit a budget that does not raise taxes (it is an election year), he submitted a budget that does take more money from us.

Letter: Violating Scenic Easements

Last Month, I appeared before the City Council to venerate the George Washington Memorial Parkway. So you can imagine my disappointment about the following proposal, apparently being pushed by the City and according to National Park Services, quite forcefully.

Letter: Bolster Sense Of Community

Is Alexandria’s sense of community being undermined by city budget cuts? I don’t know the answer to this, but it’s a question worthy of debate.

Letter: Appointed School Board Needed

Regarding the recent news of the report/study done by the accounting firm of Robinson,Farmer, Cox Association for ACPS, isn't it amazing how Superintendent Sherman completely attempts to divert attention from his responsibility as superintendent of Alexandria Public Schools and points the finger of blame on upper management employees who have either resigned or been terminated.

Letter: Think Things Through

Councilwoman Hughes is and was correct in her "fiscal budgetary" no vote on opening a continuing education facility at Landmark Mall.

Letter: No Need For Cars?

Michael Lee Pope’s “Parking the Guests”, although a mere news brief, puts in sharp relief the lies developers and their city hall allies peddle to the public under the “transit-oriented development” fad du jour.

Letter: City’s Students Deserve Better

The people of Alexandria would be wise to recall the headlines of 2004 when ACPS Superintendent Rebecca Perry was arrested for driving while intoxicated as she left a school board meeting; that is, as she left work.

Letter: Fast-Tracking Beauregard Plan

At the March 17, City Council meeting, the Mayor and several Council members took exception to a statement the Beauregard Small Area Plan is being “fast tracked.”

Keepers of the Flame

SSA gala to honor family service legacies.

Pearl S. Buck once said that the test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members. For Senior Services of Alexandria Executive Director Janet Barnett, the mission to help Alexandria care for some of the city's most vulnerable citizens is vital and will take center stage as the annual Generation to Generation Gala honors three families for their legacy of service.

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Learning Behind Bars

Inmate appreciates jail high school program.

Terrance Kerney had to come east to earn his high school education. Of course, his original intent wasn’t to come from Los Angeles to Alexandria to go to class.

Lockwood Celebrates 40 Years with Coldwell Banker

Anne Lockwood, sales associate at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Alexandria/Old Town Office, recently celebrated her 40th year with Coldwell Banker.

Firefighters Extinguish Fire in Basement

The Alexandria Fire Department, with the assistance of Arlington and Fairfax County Fire Departments, responded to a report of smoke filling a home in the 1200 block of Janneys Lane on March 9 at 8:21 a.m. Firefighters arrived within 4 minutes of being dispatched and found smoke on the first floor and basement of a single family home.

Classified Advertising

The Latest Employment, Home and Garden, and Classified Ads!

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Sports Notes from the Northern Region

State high school hoops champs; Jimmy Lange wins again; Westfields hosts prestigious golf tourney.

Game Reports Wanted: Coaches, team managers/parents - Please send high school team game results to sports editor Rich Sanders at richsand8@aol.com, or contact him on twitter at richsand8. In game reports, please include date and place of game, game highlights, team win-loss record, and any other news-worth items. Photos are also accepted.

Langley Softball Wins Opener Over Robinson

Saxons knock out three home runs.

The Langley High girls’ varsity softball team started their 2012 spring season with a home game versus the Robinson Secondary Rams on March 16. The Saxons had a strong game at the plate on way to a 16-4 victory.

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Reston/Herndon Sports Notes

Reston Raiders competing at youth ice hockey Nationals.

The Reston Raiders PeeWee AA Blue team has had a season of exceeding expectations. Coached by Dave Regan, the locals amassed 24 points and put together an 11-7-2 record in the competitive CBHL. The Raiders’ season will continue on as they were honored by a selection to represent Virginia at the 12-under U.S. National Championships, set to take place here at home (Ashburn and Reston) from March 28 through April 1.

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Huge Turnout for South Lakes Baseball Opener

Seahawks fall to Herndon in local rival game, 13-3; Oakton off to 3-0 start.

The South Lakes Seahawks varsity baseball team kicked off their 2012 high school season Friday night, March 16 against rival Herndon High. The rain cleared and the stands at South Lakes were packed with a large contingent of fans, including students and little leaguers. Reston Little League was well represented on both teams with 18 alumni participating.

Lancers’ Baseball Team Ready to Step Up

Lee, under new coach John Dowling, looking to improve on two-win 2011 season.

The Lee High baseball team, under new head coach John Dowling this spring, opened the season up by splitting a pair of games at the Langley High Ice Breaker Invitational last week. The Lancers, in their season-opener last Thursday night, March 15, could not hold onto a large lead in an 8-6 loss to Washington-Lee High of Arlington. But they came back the following night at the four-team Invitational with a 5-2 victory over Edison on Friday, March 16. Both games took place at Langley High School in Great Falls.

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St. Patrick’s Day Basketball Celebration at Wakefield High

Northern Region’s top seniors boys’ high school players, including Westfield’s Quentin Basil, compete in All-Star game, festivities.

Bryant Fultz wasn’t among the top performers in the dunk contest during the Northern Region Coaches Association All-Star Boys’ Basketball festivities on March 17, but the West Potomac senior made his mark during the main event.

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Susan Makara Named 2012 Friends of the Torpedo Factory Artist of the Year

The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center named Susan Makara, TFAA artist, as the 2012 Artist of the Year on Feb. 9. Laurie Fields was named runner-up.

Mount Vernon School Notes March 21

Send announcements to the Mount Vernon Gazette, by e-mail to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon for the following week’s paper. Photos are encouraged. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with questions.

Bulletin Board March 21

To have a notice listed, e-mail gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with questions.

Military Notes March 21

Air Force Airman Nicholas J. Cahill graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Jill Timberlake of Franconia Road, Alexandria. The airman is a 2009 graduate of Thomas Edison High School, Alexandria.

Fine Arts for March 21 to 28

March 23 to May 6 "In Medusa's Company." Ceramic artist Judith Kornett's works at the Schlesinger Center Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Opening Reception Saturday, March 31, from 3 – 5 p.m. with Artist’s Talk at 4 p.m.

Calendar for March 21

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.

Clear River Community Church Moves to New Facility

Clear River Community Church, established in 1999 as a non-denominational Christian Church, is moving its meeting location from Stone Middle School in Centreville — where it has been meeting for the past 10 years — to Westfield High School, in Chantilly. They will celebrate their inaugural service at the new facility on Easter Sunday, April, 8, at 10 a.m.

Centre View Calendar -- March 21-28

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

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Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland Calls for Meals Tax in Fairfax County

Adding 4 percent to restaurant meals could raise $80 million for roads and schools.

Supervisor Gerry Hyland has his eye on that burrito.

Week in Alexandria

Everybody knows that Baltimore is Charm City. But what is Alexandria?

Business Matters

The metaphor usually used for governing is making sausage. Although you might appreciate the final product, you don’t want to see it being made.

Wednesday, March 21

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Arlington County Board Considers New Housing Grants

Expanded program would help increasing number of people in poverty.

For Arlington’s poorest residents, the recession is far from over.

Churchill Softball Enters Season with Revamped Confidence

Last year’s winning record was Bulldogs’ first since 2000.

The Bulldogs enter the 2012 season with a revamped confidence stemming from a year of winning softball.

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Mount Vernon Boys’ Lax Wins District Opener

Mount Vernon senior Shoshone Smith totaled eight goals in the Majors’ first two games.

Six different Majors scored a goal as Mount Vernon jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 6-3 win against Yorktown on March 16 at MVHS.

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Does Music Make Children Smarter?

During Music In Our Schools Month, musicians raise awareness of impact of music education on lives of students.

Can playing the piano strengthen a child’s reading and math skills? Can joining a school band be a catalyst for building self-confidence? Does one develop strong analytical abilities by taking violin lessons? Some music experts say yes.

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Israeli Ambulance Dedicated at Synagogue

An ambulance, manufactured in Indiana and bound for Israel, made a stop at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, on Sunday, March 18

MV Goalkeeper Belanger Leaves Team

Mount Vernon junior goalkeeper Lucas Belanger, an all-state performer, has left the boys’ soccer team, head coach Robert Garza said Monday, March 19.

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Learning To Become Authors at Holy Child

Holy Child eighth grade students Caroline Holmes and Emily Travis aspire to become authors. Both started writing short stories and novels when they were much younger — and one day hope to become published. Holmes and Travis, along with their 60 Holy Child middle school classmates, had the opportunity to welcome young adult fiction writers Rachel Hawkins and Ally Carter to the Holy Child campus on Tuesday, March 13.

Saints’ Reed Wants To Prove She’s Earned Accolades

Junior attacker is already all-time leading goal scorer for SSSAS lax.

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes junior Carly Reed has pretty much done it all in her high school career, but remains driven to succeed by a desire to prove she has earned the accolades bestowed upon her.

School Notes for March 21 to 28

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

Fine Arts for March 21 to 28

March 24 - 25 Command-Shift-3. Artwork by Glen Kessler. Will present his latest body of artworks at The Yellow Barn Gallery in Glen Echo Park. The Gallery is open to the public from 12 - 5 p.m. daily. An Artist’s Reception, also open to the public, is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 from 5 - 9 p.m. Visit www.GlenKessler.com or contact Glen Kessler at GlenKessler@hotmail.com or 973-634-0526.

Potomac Calendar for March 21 to 28

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

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Yorktown Boys’ Lax Has Big Shoes to Fill

Patriots lose all-time leading scorer Crowe, top defender Devine.

Yorktown junior attackman Joe Crawford called the team’s March 16 performance against Mount Vernon “rough.” After losing 18 seniors from last year’s National District championship team, it might take some time before the Patriots put forth an effort of the smooth variety.

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'Brother Russia' Comes to Life at Signature Theater

Born in a remote Siberian village, he was raised impoverished and uneducated yet became powerful enough to infiltrate a Russian dynasty. Such was the journey of Grigori Rasputin, whose story is brought to life in the world premier musical of “Brother Russia,” now playing at Signature Theatre.

Orange Line Connection March 21 to 28

Saturday Nights at 11:01 11:01 Saturday Nights. Starts at 11:01 p.m. Late-night dance party. Tickets are $15/$12 students. At the Ballroom at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.

Arlington Calendar for March 21 to 28

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

Exciting All-Star Afternoon

Concorde/Patriot All-Stars beat the Liberty/National team 109-108 in overtime.

West Potomac's Bryant Fultz threw down a fourth-quarter alley-oop dunk from fellow Wolverine Randall Brobbey, scored a team-high 15 points and earned game MVP honors as the Concorde/Patriot All-Stars defeated the Liberty/National team 109-108 in overtime at Wakefield High School.

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South Lakes Sophomore Wins Music Competition

Fedor Ouspensky, violin, wins First Prize in the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra’s Feuer Competition.

Fedor Ouspensky, violin, a sophomore at South Lakes High School (Reston), along with Michael Lewis, bass, a junior at West Potomac High School (Alexandria) and Cory Rivera, violin, an eighteen-year-old high school senior took the stage Saturday night at the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks concert to receive their awards and recognition as the three winners of the FSO’s 2012 Feuer Memorial String Competition.

Top Virginia Leaders to Discuss Impact of Rail on Economy

Fairfax and Loudoun Counties have entered the 90-day period to decide how they will fund Phase II of the Silver Line Metrorail Project - a decision that will have a major impact on local businesses.

Column: Balancing the Budget

Adjourning a 60-day legislative session without approving a biennial budget may seem like Washington-style failure to some, but to those who work closely with the process taking more time to balance the budget reflects the realities and limitations of the tremendous task involved. Contrasted to federal budget-making, there are no continuing resolutions or the ability to print or borrow money.

Column: Spring has Sprung

It is officially spring — "a time of growth and renewal." Indeed, it seems this year that growth and renewal are upon us almost before we are ready.

Reston Interfaith Named as a 2012 Helios Apollo Awards Finalist

Reston Interfaith, a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable housing and supportive social services to individuals and families in need, has been named a finalist for the 2012 Helios Apollo Awards, the premier awards program for recognizing employers in the Washington metropolitan region that invest in employee development initiatives that make an impact. Reston Interfaith is one of six finalists in the Tria award category, which represents companies with 101-175 employees.

Week in Herndon

Things happening in the Herndon area.

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Connections for Hope Celebrates Anniversary

On March 15, Connections for Hope celebrated two years serving the community.

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Eagle Project for Herndon Elementary

Jacob Reeves completed his Eagle Project for Herndon Elementary School on March 10.

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Colvin Run in Top Six at Regional Science Olympiad

Colvin Run Elementary School (CRES) participated in the Regional Science Olympiad (SO) Tournament, Division B (grades 6-8) on Feb. 25. Twenty-four teams from several middle schools and elementary schools competed in each event.

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Chamber Honors Local Schools’ Talents

Annual event honors academics, arts and sciences.

The ViennaTysons Regional Chamber of Commerce [VTRCC] honored Vienna-area schools at its annual Youth and Education Luncheon on March 15 at the Westin Tysons Corner.

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Celtic Arts Festival Features Music and More

Vienna Choral Society drew more than 500 guests to four hours of Celtic inspiration.

If the crowds were a indication – and they usually are – the premiere Celtic Arts Festival on March 17 hosted by the Vienna Choral Society [VCS] at Vienna Elementary School was a smash hit. Throughout the four-hour program on St. Patrick’s Day, more than 500 guests listened to music on two stages, ate Cornish pasties sold by The Pure Pasty Company, and browsed through vendors’ stalls.

Delegate Lists Assembly’s Legislative Successes

The General Assembly completed the 2012 regular session on Saturday evening, March 10, shortly after 10 p.m.

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Rodriguez Wins 2011 Sullivan Award

Bishop Ireton grad named nation’s top amateur athlete

Army standout and 2008 Bishop Ireton graduate Andrew Rodriguez was named the winner of the 2011 James E. Sullivan Award in a ceremony held March 20 at the New York Athletic Club.

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Rodriguez Wins 2011 Sullivan Award

Bishop Ireton grad named nation’s top amateur athlete.

Army standout and 2008 Bishop Ireton graduate Andrew Rodriguez was named the winner of the 2011 James E. Sullivan Award in a ceremony held March 20 at the New York Athletic Club.

Letter: State Senate Democrats Default on their Duty

Letter to the Editor

With a lot of our attention focused on the Presidential and Congressional races this year, we need to keep in mind what has been happening in the Virginia General Assembly session in Richmond.

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Risky Behavior by the Numbers

Youth Survey highlights risks, assets for students.

Periodically, Fairfax County conducts a youth survey which polls thousands of students to get a glimpse into issues of substance abuse, antisocial behaviors as well as factors such as mental health and civic engagements.

Week in McLean

Things happening in the McLean area.

McLean Resident wins AXA/US News Achievement Award

Priya Krishnan, a McLean resident and a senior at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology has been selected as the 2012 AXA/US News Achievement Scholar for the state of Virginia. Krishnan will receive $10,000 scholarship to college and join 51 other exceptional students from around the country in receiving this honor.

Learning Basketball Tricks

To help promote an April 26 event — "Don't let your sports injuries 'spin' out of control" with Dr. Richard Reff — former Harlem Globe Trotter Mike Wilson taught basketball tricks to children at Cabin John Mall on March 15.

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Case Day at Churchill Road

Langley High School students visited Churchill Road 6th grade social studies class the week of March 5 as part of their annual Case Day activities.

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Cooper Orchestra Receives Superior Assessment Rating

The Cooper Middle School Symphonic Orchestra received a Superior (highest) rating at the District XII Elementary and Middle School Orchestra Assessment on March 10.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for April 2-6.

Roger Cole: Fond Memories of Days as a Highlander

At the end of 2011 Mclean High School inducted Roger Cole into its Athletics Hall of Fame, as part of the first class of Hall of Fame inductees ever at the school.

A Day To Embrace Change

Bullis’ "Beyond The Books" Day explores diversity

March 15 began for Bullis Upper School students with a surprise announcement by Guidance Counselor Lisa Gray.

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Jamestown Rocks the Bard

The students of Jamestown Elementary School brought down the curtain on their final performance Friday, March 16 of “Jamestown Rocks the Bard.”

Delightful ‘Seussical the Musical’

Cappies review of the performance of ‘Seussical the Musical’ at Oakcrest School.

Under his renowned pseudonym, Theodore Giesel engineered the unprecedentedly zany yet immortally endearing mythos of Seuss.

Boy Scout Receives Eagle Scout Medal

Boy Scout Troop 673, a charter organization of the Great Falls United Methodist Men, has been developing exemplary young men for sixty years. Michael George Melendez, son of George and Theresa Melendez of Great Falls, is known within the scouting community simply as "Fuz."

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Emergency Legislation Could Impact Brickyard

County executive and council authority on land disposition to be discussed at Tuesday’s public hearing.

Council President Roger Berliner faced more than 100 angry citizens in January, the day before County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett and the county issued a request for proposals to build soccer fields on Brickyard Road.

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Ready for the Bluebells in Great Falls

The most spectacular wildflower display in Great Falls coincides with a new oil-painting exhibit by a local artist.

The Tidal Basin in Washington may have its famous cherry blossoms, but Great Falls residents need only walk down to the river for a display of shimmering, luminescent blue that some botanists say is the better show: the annual explosion of a riverine wildflower called the Virginia Bluebell.

Three Seek Board Seat

The special election to fill the vacant County Board seat created by the resignation of Barbara Favola, who now serves in the State Senate, will take place Tuesday, March 27. All polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 20

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Herndon Seniors Create Exhibit

ArtSpace hosts second annual senior art show.

Last Fall, Herndon High School senior Baback Chiniforoushan was with some friends and his dog next to the Washington Monument when they performed a familiar ritual.

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John Marshall Bank Comes to Reston

Corporate Headquarters, new branch opens.

Reston welcomed the latest addition to its business community Thursday, March 15 with the grand opening of the John Marshall Bank branch and headquarters. Members of local chambers of commerce as well as several elected officials were in attendance.

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Candidates Sound Off at RA Forum

Five vie for two at-large seats, one for South Lakes district.

Five residents are running for two open at-large seats on the Reston Association Board of directors, while past board member Richard Chew is running unopposed for the South Lakes District. Current Vice President Paul Thomas will not be running for re-election, opening up one seat, and incumbent Tom Vis is hoping to keep his seat.

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Old Brogue Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Crowds line up early for annual celebration.

On Saturday morning, the electronic clock that hangs on the wall of The Old Brogue in Great Falls read "0 Days, 0 Hours, 0 Minutes and 0 seconds" for the first time in 366 days. The clock spends most of the year counting down to St. Patrick’s Day, and it hadn’t read zero for long before people started showing up.

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McLean Presents ‘A View From the Bridge’

McLean Theatre Company puts on Arthur Miller’s tale of 1950s immigrants.

When McLean High School’s McLean Theatre Company decided to present Arthur Miller’s "A View From the Bridge," the wide open spaces of the regular auditorium just wouldn’t do. For the performances, they decided to use the more intimate confines of the school’s black box theater. The result is a play, a tale of poor Italian immigrants living in the shadow of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, that happens within a few feet of the audience at all times.

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Girl Scouts Tour the World

Annual Thinking Day Celebration features troops presenting different cultures.

The Old Firehouse Teen Center hosted more than 150 Girl Scouts Sunday, March 18 for their annual Thinking Day Celebration. The event, which also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, featured displays from 11 troops examining the culture and history of a specific country.

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Langley Seniors Make Their Case

School hosts 20th annual Case Day.

Langley High School’s senior class spent Monday, March 19 going over two Supreme Court Cases with a fine-tooth comb, as part of the school’s annual Case Day. The event, now in its 20th year, allows the class to break down an upcoming case that will be heard by the Supreme Court, with students serving as counsel, justices, presenters and many other roles.

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Colvin Run Hosts Lego League Expo

Eight Junior First Lego League teams present food safety projects.

Junior First Lego League Teams from around the county gathered at Colvin Run Elementary School Saturday, March 17 for a day to show what could be the future of food safety. Eight teams, including two from Colvin Run and one from Great Falls Elementary School, participated.

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Talk of the Town: The Ladies of Old Town

The Wanderer celebrates women every single day.

The Wanderer celebrates women every single day. But, this week he would like his followers to note these special women for their contributions to the Old Town retail community.

Editorial: ‘Practices That Undermine Trust’

Virginia gets a failing grade on ethics rules.

The State Integrity Investigation is "designed to expose practices that undermine trust in state capitols — and spotlight the states that are doing things right."

Column: “Here, There And Everywhere”

The Beatles sang it on their “Revolver” album back in the mid 60s. My wife and I danced to it in the late 70s when we selected it as “first song as husband and wife” – in 1978. And recently we felt it, three years after my stage IV lung cancer diagnosis, as our reaction/assessment to the many similarly diagnosed individuals who’ve shared their lung cancer stories with us. Who knew?

Friday, March 16

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Local Real Estate: Sales in $500s, January 2012

Local Real Estate: Sales in $500s, January 2012

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Arlington Real Estate: Houses Sold in $600s, January 2012

In January 2012, 122 Arlington homes sold between $4,200,000-$55,000.

Arlington Real Estate: Houses Sold in $600s, January 2012

Dick Warren Hays, of Reston, Dies

Dick Warren Hays, 78, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education, community leader and bicycle activist, died of complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease on Feb. 25, 2012 at his home in Castle Rock, Colo. He moved to Colorado from Reston in July 2010.

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Run a Race, Help Save Lives

5K in honor of two local women.

After surviving breast cancer, chemotherapy and radiation, Centreville’s Vanessa Spiller is doing well and hopes to soon receive a clean bill of health from her doctor. Fair Lakes resident BethAnn Telford was diagnosed with a Stage III brain tumor in 2005, and is still fighting for her life.

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Alexandria School Board Standing By Embattled Superintendent

Members regret what happened, but feel confident superintendent took decisive action.

Members of the Alexandria School Board are standing by embattled school superintendent Morton Sherman, despite calls for him to step down in the wake of a scathing auditor's report.

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Two Capture Regional Acting Awards

Chaz Coffin is an award-winning actor. Not only did he receive a Cappie last year as part of the ensemble in Westfield High’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” but he’s now the proud owner of a WATCH

Thursday, March 15

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A Meal and a Play: ‘Maid for Dogs’

Clifton Dinner Theater presents original comedy.

Actors are often advised not to perform with children or animals because they’ll be upstaged. But in The Clifton Dinner Theater’s play, “Maid for Dogs,” the animals — gray, standard poodles — are well-behaved and the show is hilarious.

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5K in Honor of Two Local Women

After surviving breast cancer, chemotherapy and radiation, Centreville’s Vanessa Spiller is doing well and hopes to soon receive a clean bill of health from her doctor. Fair Lakes resident BethAnn Telford was diagnosed with a Stage III brain tumor in 2005, and is still fighting for her life.

Centre View Calendar -- March 15-22

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

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Food, Fashion and Fun in Fair Oaks

Salvation Army fund-raiser includes lunch, silent auction.

Food, stylish clothing and fun are on the menu for the Fairfax Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s upcoming fund-raiser. It’s slated for Friday, March 30, at the Waterford in Fair Oaks (across from Fair Oaks Mall).

Centre View Roundups March 15-22

St. Baldrick’s Day Celebration On Saturday, March 17, Centreville’s eighth annual St. Baldrick’s Day celebration will be held at Fast Eddie’s in the Newgate Shopping Center at Routes 28/29.

Dulles Rail, Phase Two; Silver Line Station Names

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting and an Ask Fairfax online discussion to inform the public about Phase Two of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project. The sessions will provide information related to Phase Two project cost, financing, physical layout and Silver Line station names. Participants will be able to complete the online Station Names Survey in person at the public meetings. The Board of Supervisors will also hold a public hearing to receive public comment on the Phase 2 project.

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Testifying on Bike Helmet Bill

Centreville High School seniors Texas Williams, Hanna Lee, Jessie Dagata and Matt Darling traveled to Richmond along with their Advanced Placement U.S. and Comparative Government teacher, Terri Ritchey, to argue before the Senate Subcommittee about a bill requiring anyone under the age of 14 to wear a bike helmet. The Brain Trauma Association and EMT Association also spoke in favor of the bill, which was written and researched by the students. The bill was submitted on the students' behalf by state Sen. George Barker, above with the four CVHS students.

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War of 1812

The Lane's Mill Daughters of the American Revolution chapter sponsored the Centreville Library's February display case titled "Bicentennial of the War of 1812 - The Forgotten War." Created by chapter member Marguerite Hogge, the display touched on areas of the war including frigates and battles. The display included a tribute to 24-year-old Senate clerk Lewis H. Machen who saved Senate records before the British burned the Capitol on Aug. 24, 1814. The Machen family eventually moved to Centreville and lived in on the property now known as the Walney Visitors Center, owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Gail Leigh Brinkworth Dies

Gail Leigh Brinkworth Dies

Letter: Republicans Lose Their Way

I miss the Republican Party. I miss the party whose first Presidential candidate ran on a slogan of “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Speech, Free Men, and Fremont.”

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Chantilly Students Create Care Packages for Soldiers

Life lessons don’t always come from books. National Honor Society (NHS) students at Chantilly High are learning that firsthand, showing care and compassion by collecting items to send to U.S. soldiers overseas. Students at other Chantilly Pyramid schools are collecting, too, as part of the America's Adopt-A-Soldier program.

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A Place for Artists in Clifton

The Art Guild of Clifton is forming.

The members of the Art Guild of Clifton don’t yet have a permanent space or funding, but both are in the works. They’ve got participating artists, talent and enthusiasm and, on Saturday, March 17, they’re having a grand opening in the Town of Clifton.

Whitman Baseball in Search of First Region Championship

Senior shortstop/pitcher Flack selected MSABC preseason all-state.

The Whitman baseball program has never won a region championship. With a talented roster and postseason success each of the last three seasons, the Vikings are looking to leave their mark in 2012.

Churchill Hopes To Learn from 2011 Postseason Success

Bulldogs reached region final under head coach Scott Blackwood.

Ten months after a surprise run to the region final, members the Churchill baseball team enter the 2012 season knowing they’re capable of great things if they put in the work.

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James Enters First Season as Robinson Baseball Coach

Former West Springfield skipper led Spartans to 2010 state championship.

Now the head baseball coach at Robinson, John James has the opportunity to lead a new group of players to success. While the coach’s past achievements with West Springfield are worthy of respect, James would prefer the Rams follow his direction based on what he’s able to help them accomplish.

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Titans Salvage Tie Against Mount Vernon in Opener

TC in search of first Patriot District title since 2008.

Frustration could have gotten the best of the T.C. Williams boys’ soccer team. After a few missed goal-scoring opportunities and disagreements with officiating, the Titans trailed 1-0 late in their season-opening match at Mount Vernon. But rather than give in, TC found a way to put one in the net and salvage a tie against a team that reached the regional quarterfinals each of the last two seasons.

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Mount Vernon Captain Oakley Returns from Broken Leg

Majors enter season with state tournament aspirations.

Amardo Oakley served as motivation in spirit to the Mount Vernon boys’ soccer team during its 2011 season opener. One year later, a healthy Oakley is back to motivate his teammates in the flesh.

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Mares Leads West Springfield to Season-Opening Victory

Six-foot-two junior scores four goals against Yorktown.

Yorktown junior Jennie Basile netted her second goal of the evening with 7:16 remaining in the first half when West Springfield girls’ lacrosse coach Brian Puhlick decided enough was enough.

Yorktown Baseball Looks to Return to Top of National District

Led by the battery of pitcher John Yoest and catcher Red Dowdell, Yorktown enters the 2012 season with hopes of returning to the top of the district and advancing past the regional quarterfinals. Dowdell is a senior who will play his college ball at Virginia Military Institute.

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Yorktown Girls’ Lax Searching for Regional Respect

Patriots have won six consecutive National District titles.

The Yorktown girls’ lacrosse program has dominated the National District to the tune of six consecutive championships. While keeping the streak alive is important to the Patriots, Yorktown enters the 2012 season with a bigger goal in mind: be competitive against teams outside of the district.

TAP Honored at WATCH Awards

“The Seagull,” “42nd Street” take home top prizes.

Standout productions of “The Seagull” and “42nd Street” earned The Arlington Players top honors from the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors awards, taking home five trophies during the WATCH Awards ceremony March 11 at the Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in January 2012

In January 2012, 108 Alexandria homes sold between $1,160,000-$82,900.

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in January 2012

Calendar for March 15-21

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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'Hairspray' Leads LTA to 17 WATCH Awards

The Little Theatre of Alexandria was the big winner at this year's Washington Area Community Theatre Honors Awards (WATCH), taking home 17 trophies at the March 11 ceremony at The Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria.

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Jazzercise Instructor Marks 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, Whitney Houston’s song, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" was in the Top Ten List. That was also the same year that Mindy LaBruno, certified personal trainer, started her career as Jazzercise instructor.

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Heritage Presbyterian Church Celebrates 50 Years

For 50 years, Heritage Presbyterian Church has been an active place of worship in the Waynewood neighborhood of Alexandria. Honoring the past and looking toward the future, the congregation and friends of the church will celebrate this anniversary at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 22, with a special worship service and luncheon. The Rev. William Teng and Rev. Holly Davis, Heritage’s current pastors, will be joined in the pulpit this day by Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Larry Glassco, who was pastor of Heritage from 1975 to 1990.

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Local Real Estate: Top Sales in January 2012

Local Real Estate: Top Sales in January 2012

Bulletin Board (Burke/Springfield/Fairfax/Lorton)

March 16-23.

Events happening in the area.

Weekly Entertainment (Burke/Springfield/Fairfax/Lorton)

March 16-23.

Things to do in the area.

Bulletin Board (Reston/Herndon)

March 16-23.

Things happening in the Reston/Herndon area.

Weekly Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

March 16-23.

Things to do in the Reston/Herndon area.

Bulletin Board (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

March 16-23.

Things happening in the Vienna, McLean, Great Falls area.

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

March 16-23.

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

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Celebrating Purim in Potomac

Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac held its Purim Spiel, “A Very Glee Megillah” on Wednesday, March 7. Above, from left, are Alan Blank, Carol Friedman and Ted Heilweil.

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A Mission of Mercy Helps Hundreds

More than 800 residents receive free dental services during two-day event.

The triage center at Saturday’s Mission of Mercy Dental health clinic resembled a modern-day MASH unit.

Council Prepares Legislation to Reduce Executive’s Power

The County Council introduced emergency legislation Tuesday, March 13 that would require the Council to approve any sale or lease of County property before it becomes final.

The March for Art

Target Gallery partners with March of Dimes for outreach and support.

March Art Reach is in full swing at the Target Gallery, and Friday, March 16 offers an opportunity to purchase panel works by local artists at steep discounts.

Lt. Col. Wayne A. Babb (ret)

Lt. Col. Wayne A. Babb, USMC (ret), died recently at his home in Alexandria after a courageous fight with terminal illnesses.

Taylor Run

Joy filled the air as the students of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes brought to life "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

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Salvation Army Wins 'Battle of the Bells'

Red Kettle volunteers win new van for local corps.

It was a hard fought fight but in the end, it was the Alexandria Corps of the Salvation Army that emerged triumphant in the “Battle of the Bells,” a competition among 11 Washington regional corps to log the most volunteer hours during the 2011 Red Kettle Campaign. The prize: A new van for the victor.

Seminary Valley

If it’s spring … the Austrian Exchange Program must be getting underway at T.C. Williams!

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Deputy Retires from U.S. Army Reserve

William L. Morgan served for 31 years.

Alexandria Sheriff's Deputy William L. Morgan retired from the U.S. Army Reserve earlier this month following a 31-year career.

Betty M. Miller

Betty M. Miller, of Haymarket, Va., formerly of Alexandria, died on March 1, 2012.

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Fairfax Honors Del Ray Resident

Willie Bailey recognized for 1,000 volunteer hours.

It was supposed to be a one-time event, a toy drive to help 50 struggling families in the Gum Springs community along the Route 1 corridor. But that was 15 years ago. Today, Capt. Willie Bailey's Firefighters and Friends annual toy drive serves more than 4,000 children in need throughout Northern Virginia.

Dorothy Moore Jones

Dorothy Moore Jones of Alexandria died on March 10, 2012.

Emily Marie (Anderson) Davis

Mrs. Emily Marie (Anderson) Davis, 69, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend died on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Alexandria Hospital from complications of lung cancer.

Letter: Elections for Family And Community

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

Column: Session Ends with Last Minute State Pension Deal

Although we still did not pass a budget, the last week of session was an eventful week.

Firefighters Extinguish Fire in Basement of Home

At 8:21 am the Alexandria Fire Department, with the assistance of Arlington and Fairfax County Fire Departments, responded to a report of smoke filling a home in the 1200 block of Janneys Lane.

Volunteer For Cleanup Day

The Fairfax County Park Authority is looking for volunteers to wade into creeks and streams to remove litter and other debris on Watershed Clean-Up Day, Saturday, March 17. From 9 to 11:30 a.m. teams will descend into stream valleys near six parks to remove detritus deposited by litterbugs, floodwaters, and illegal dumping.

Celebrating Piano Restoration

In celebration of the restoration of its grand piano, Mount Vernon Unitarian Church will host a festive music and dance concert at 6 pm Sunday , March 18 at its chapel, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, just off Fort Hunt Rd.

Letter: A Tribute

To the Editor: I have had the honor of being involved in recreational basketball in the Mount Vernon area for more than a decade.

Business Networking

Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring St. Paddy’s Day Business Networking on Thursday, March 15, 5:30 to 7 p.m., hosted by ServiceMaster of Alexandria, 7551 Fordson Road, Alexandria.

Letter: From Taxation To Voter ID

To the Editor: In the March 1 Mount Vernon Gazette, Frank Medico, Jay McConville and I had our letters to the editor published discussing the legislative agenda of Del. Scott Surovell.

Church Hosts Book Sale

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church will hold its annual Used Book and Art Sale Thursday, March 22 though Saturday March 24. The books and art fill the Chapel and Hollin Hall.

Letter: Tracking Connolly’s Votes

To the Editor: After reading the self proclaimed fiscal moderate Congressman Gerald E. Connolly’s commentary published in the March 8-14 Mount Vernon Gazette about selected votes regarding the unemployed, seniors and federal employees costs,

Letter: Planners vs. Searchers

The critical knowledge that defines a place like Old Town is so special that it cannot be found anywhere but in the minds and hearts of those who live there. Searching out diverse, non-city appointed, residents to be a part of the startup design team that imagines the first design framework is crucial to producing a viable and unique expression of place.

Letter: Housing in Beauregard

To the Editor: Good planning is one of the main themes of my campaign for city council, and one of the most important things a city council member can influence.

Letter: Restoring Trust In School System

Public education funding in Alexandria has long been understood sacrosanct. As a result, when ACPS has sought funding increases from City Council, we’ve acquiesced.

Letter: Density Dominoes

To the Editor: What I’ve learned from the Waterfront contretemps is our elected and appointed city officials are playing a game of density dominoes.

Letter: Maintain Vigilance

Jack Lichtenstein [Letter, “Matter of Humanity”] takes to task my critique of Del. David Englin’s use of “baby” to describe a fetus. He hopes that “no amount of social engineering by big government and its enthusiasts will cause us … to check our humanity at the door.”

Letter: Spring Cleaning In Alexandria

Spring begins on March 20 and many in Alexandria will find themselves in the yearly act of cleaning a house from top to bottom, a traditional act that helps to keep everyone accountable.

Letter: Transportation Commission’s Role?

Unfortunately, the March 7 monthly meeting of the obscure Alexandria Transportation Commission wasn’t covered by cable TV as is done for sessions of the City Council — but perhaps it should have been.

Letter: City’s Vision Is Practical

Mr. Robert Pringle [Letter, “Vision-based Planning”] recently responded to my March 7 letter. His comments show a very different view than mine. Addressing his concerns is appropriate.

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Langley, McLean Enjoy Successful Ice Hockey Seasons

Local high school rival teams face off in postseason quarterfinals.

Kevin Diner scored twice and Evan Sterling had a goal and three assists as Langley High School posted a 6-1 upset win over McLean in the recent quarterfinal round game of the Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) playoffs at SkateQuest Reston.

Perfect Ending for Oakton Girls Basketball Season

Unbeaten Cougars defeat Princess Anne in state finals.

Completing one of the best athletic seasons any Northern Region team has ever known, the Oakton High girls’ basketball squad put a final exclamation point on its 2011-12 winter season for the ages when it defeated state nemesis Princess Anne High of Virginia Beach, 58-39, in the Virginia State AAA Tournament championship game, which took place last Friday night at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Siegel Center in Richmond.

High School Basketball Season Now Complete

Edison and Fairfax boys made super postseason runs; West Springfield girls qualified for states.

The high school basketball season is now complete for all Northern Region girls’ and boys’ teams. On the girls’ side, Oakton High captured the Virginia State AAA title for the first time ever under longtime head coach Fred Priester. The Cougars defeated Princess Anne (Virginia Beach), 58-39, in the state title game last Friday night at the Siegel Center in Richmond. Oakton, which has won three region crowns over the past four years, finished the winter season with a perfect 31-0 record.

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Emerson Set for One Final Season as Paul VI Baseball Coach

Panthers have enjoyed incredible success under longtime skipper.

In an emotional address to players and families last Thursday night, March 8 at the Paul VI High baseball team’s annual `First Pitch Dinner,’ Billy Emerson announced he will step down as the Panthers’ head baseball coach at the end of this upcoming spring season.

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Paul VI Posts Double State Champions at States

Panther boys and girls basketball teams win respective VIS State titles.

Both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams from Paul VI Catholic High School won their respective Virginia Independent Schools Div. 1 Championships on Saturday, March 3.

Westfield’s Breakthrough Season Will Long be Remembered

Following tough loss in Concorde finals, Bulldog boys road region tournament wave to first-ever title.

Over an eight-day period in late February, the Westfield High boys’ basketball team put together a remarkable stretch of play which resulted in the program’s first-ever Northern Region title and provided a lifetime of highlight moments for Bulldog players, coaches and fans.

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‘Square Off with the R–Word’

The Yorktown High School chapter of Best Buddies hosted a square dance on Saturday, March 10 collaborating with Arlington's Department of Parks and Recreation in addition to the Arlington Partnership for Youth and Family and the Teen Network Board

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On the Fast Track

Speed demons and adrenaline addicts stormed the parking garage at 1850 Crystal Drive for the inaugural Diamond Derby in Crystal City on March 10.

Wednesday, March 14

Classified Advertising

Read the lastest Classified and Employment ads!

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Helping Individuals with Mental Illness

As understanding grows, so do programs

With an increase in awareness and understanding of mental illness, the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness continues to experience growth in funding and membership.

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Virginia Officials Deliberately Moving Slowly on Health Care Exchange

If Supreme Court upholds health-care reform, governor would have to call special session.

Virginia has eight months to create a certification plan for how it plans to create a health-care exchange, a legal requirement of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Arlington Calendar for March 14-21

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

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A Story of Three Irish Cows — Tuning in to St. Patrick and More

From garage band to “Irish musicians.”

For a couple weeks each March, "Irish musicians" sprout like crabgrass. Many assume an imperfect brogue to hide bluegrass or country western underpinnings. It is not held against them, though.

Week in Alexandria

The budget standoff in Richmond could have dramatic consequences in Alexandria, where every service from education services to transportation funding is on the line.

Business Matters

How far did the empire of Orange Julius reach? What’s the capital of Banana Republic? Is Aeropostale aerodynamic?

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Letter: Do You Remember the1941 Burke Wildfire?

Letter to the Editor

On Tuesday, March 6, 2012, I had the wonderful privilege of sharing stories of everything Burke, Virginia with a living history – Delbert "Bill" Sheads (88 years of age), born in Burke who has served our community as a member of the Greatest Generation, a soldier in WWII who landed in Omaha Beach on D-Day, and a firefighter who was the chief training officer for the fire department for Fairfax County.

Area Roundup

Things happening in the area.

Letter: Real Accomplishments for Virginia

Letter to the Editor

After reading the editorials in this paper, one would think that all the General Assembly did this session was social issues. If this paper was not so preoccupied by politics, it would have written about the following accomplishments of your General Assembly.

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Sinbad Adventure at the Workhouse

A multi-cultural voyage into adventures beyond the familiar awaits families at the Workhouse Theatre at Lorton for the next weeks.

Food, Fashion and Fun in Fair Oaks

Salvation Army fund-raiser includes lunch, silent auction.

Food, stylish clothing and fun are on the menu for the Fairfax Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary’s upcoming fund-raiser. It’s slated for Friday, March 30, at the Waterford in Fair Oaks (across from Fair Oaks Mall).

Week in Fairfax

Things happening in the Fairfax area.

Letter: Partisan Politics Not the Answer

Letter to the Editor

Partisan politics at the risk of shutting down Virginia’s government is not the answer for the citizens of our great Commonwealth.

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Fairfax’s Kevin Dykstra Wins WATCH Award

Fairfax resident Kevin Dykstra is an award-winning actor. He just won a WATCH (Washington Area Theatre Community Honors) award for Best Actor in a Play. He shares the trophy with his co-star, Jim Breen, of Rockville, Md. The two of them played all 13 roles in the Montgomery Playhouse’s production of "Stones in his Pocket."

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Run a Race, Help Save Lives

5K in honor of two local women.

After surviving breast cancer, chemotherapy and radiation, Centreville’s Vanessa Spiller is doing well and hopes to soon receive a clean bill of health from her doctor.

Burke Dance Team Recognized as Grand National Champions

Fans of "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dance Moms" will be surprised to learn that there’s a world class competitive dance company right here in Burke.

Hot Music, Cool Vibe

Local students performing in Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival.

The sounds of smooth, cool jazz will fill the air during the 32nd annual Chantilly High Invitational Jazz Festival. It’s slated for Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, in the school auditorium, 4201 Stringfellow Road in Chantilly.

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A Meal and a Play at Clifton Dinner Theater

Actors are often advised not to perform with children or animals because they’ll be upstaged.

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Burke Actress Stars In ‘Anna in the Tropics’

Veronica del Cerro sees acting as a forum to educate audiences, herself.

Burke resident Veronica del Cerro starred in Nilo Cruz’s "Anna in the Tropics" as Conchita.

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Captain Honored for Community Service

Fire and Rescue’s Willie Bailey recognized for 1,000 volunteer hours.

It was supposed to be a one-time event, a toy drive to help 50 struggling families in the Gum Springs community along the Route 1 corridor. But that was 15 years ago.

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A Jazz Life

"Side Man" comes to James Lee Center.

An award-winning drama, "Side Man" is next up for the Providence Players.

2012 Session Adjourns, Special Session to Follow

The General Assembly adjourned its Regular Session sine die late Saturday night. The members are back home briefly, then will return to Richmond on March 21 for a Special Session, which will be limited to electing new state judges and finally passing the biennial Budget Bill.

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Oakton High School Athletes Honored in Richmond

Last Wednesday, the Virginia House of Delegates unanimously adopted House Joint Resolution 527 commending the Oakton High School Girls Varsity Swim and Dive Team for winning the statewide AAA Virginia High School League Championship this year.

Marshall Road PTA Launches Online Auction

The Marshall Road Elementary School (MRES) PTA is conducting its annual auction online this year. The auction period runs from March 10 through March 22.

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Jeff Bass and Michael Fusco Receive Eagle Rank

Jeff Bass and Michael Fusco of Potomac received their Eagle Scout awards at a ceremony on Feb. 28. They are both members of Troop 773, which meets at the Potomac United Methodist Church.

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Academic Honors at Fourth Presbyterian

Fourth Presbyterian School student Charlotte Holdrich (left), who is in 8th grade, was selected as a 2012 Carson Scholar. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship award that will be invested toward her college education.

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Creating a ‘Forever Gift’ for Family

Semi-annual VVFD fundraiser brings together scrapbookers.

"Scrapbooking is the modern-day quilting circle," says Vienna resident and scrapbooker Judy Barto.

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Red-Shouldered Hawk Welcomes Purple Martins

While small mammals like mice and chipmunks are the favorite food of the Red-shouldered Hawk, next on the list are song birds.

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Maverick Mosaics Hosts Student Exhibition

Retrospective included floral and animal compositions.

On March 9, Maverick Mosaics hosted a reception to highlight mosaic art pieces composed by students in 2011.

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Former Air Security Executive Addresses Woman’s Club of McLean

Retired transportation security executive Paul A. Polski, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, spoke to the Woman’s Club of McLean on March 6 about the use of technology and other measures to combat terrorism in the air.

Column: “Early Results Show Stable Disease”

There’s five words e-mailed from my oncologist that I can live with (Duh!). Certainly better than the previous nine words e-mailed eight weeks ago regarding my then current CT Scan: “Scan results show progression. We’ll talk more on Friday.”

Oakcrest Announces Recipients of 2012 Veritas Award

Oakcrest School in McLean has announced Juliana Dauchess of Reston and Ruth Talbott of Alexandria as the recipients of the 2012-2013, Class of 2016 Veritas Award. Dauchess, a current eighth grader at Oakcrest, and Talbott, an eighth grader at St. Rita’s, were chosen from a competitive applicant pool of 28 eighth-grade students.

Letter: Improve Actions Against Deer

Council President Roger Berliner was “right on” when he stated the need for a cooperative effort to deal with the expanding and destructive deer population in his recent letter you published (March 7-13, 2012).

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McLean Sisters Honored for Charitable Work

Rachel and Kelsi Okun are presented with Jefferson Award for Public Service.

McLean sisters Rachel, 16, and Kelsi Okun, 13, love treasure hunts.

FOI Request Illuminates Early County Plans

Council prepares legislation to reduce Executive’s power; citizens prepare for $40 million lawsuit.

The County Council introduced emergency legislation Tuesday, March 13 that would require the Council to approve any sale or lease of County property before it becomes final.

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Aging In Place: Hard To Imagine?

Planning ahead for when simple things are not so simple anymore.

We human beings don't seem to be programmed to think ahead about aging. Most folks say they want to stay in their homes as long as possible as they age. Why not spend a few minutes with me thinking about the concept and the challenges of living in the standard American home as you age and have some difficulty performing the normal daily functions of life.

Marine Corps Marathon Says Thank-you

The Marine Corps Marathon Roadshow visited Metro Park in Rosslyn on Wednesday, March 7, to thank the community for being the finish line host for the upcoming 37th annual race

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Woman’s Club Presents Pillowcases to Alternative House

Phyllis Ainsworth, Crafts Committee chairman of the Woman’s Club of McLean, presents a package of 57 pillowcases handmade by the group to Gina Cocomello, Development Director for Alternative House.

Week in Great Falls

Things happening in the Great Falls area.

Letter: Clocks Not Turned Back

Letter to the Editor

"Reenacting A Dark History?" your March 8 editorial, claims that Virginia Republicans want to turn back the hands of time to a more racist and misogynist period in our history.

Ann Elizabeth Lewis and Richard Timothy Wand Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis S. Lewis of Great Falls have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Ann Elizabeth Lewis to Richard Timothy Wand of Ilfracombe, Devon, England.

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Burke Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break

James Madison University's Alternative Spring Break program celebrated its 20th year by sending teams of students to locations in the United States and abroad to immerse themselves in a different community, live simply and offer service.

This Week in Potomac

Israeli Ambulance To Be Dedicated Here

On Sunday, March 18, a Potomac family will dedicate an ambulance for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's emergency medical service.

Join Urban Agriculture Task Force

A comprehensive urban agriculture policy. That is what Arlington County board member Walter Tejada wants to create for Arlington.

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Dysfunctional Budgeting Prompts Crisis at Alexandria City Public Schools

Independent audit rips school system; vice mayor calls for superintendent to step down.

An independent auditor has concluded that the budget office at Alexandria City Public Schools suffers from a “dysfunctional environment," approving contracts that had not been budgeted and providing inaccurate information to School Board members.

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Herndon Welcomes New Chief

Col. Maggie A. DeBoard sworn in as chief of police.

The Town of Herndon welcomed Col. Maggie A. DeBoard as chief of police Tuesday, March 6, when she was officially sworn in at the Ingram Council Chambers. DeBoard, a 25-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department, has previously served as captain of the Franconia District Station, commander of the county’s helicopter division, commander of the Special Operations division and deputy chief of investigations.

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No More Food Waste at Dranesville Elementary

Students, faculty kick off food donation program with LINK food bank.

After watching almost 6,000 pounds of food go to waste last year, the students and faculty of Dranesville Elementary School decided to do something about it. On Monday, March 12 the school cut the ribbon on their food recovery program, which will support LINK, a local nonprofit that provides food assistance to residents of Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn.

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Garden Club Goes to Library

Reston Garden Club, Hidden Lane Landscaping perform maintenance at Reston Library.

Visitors to the Reston Library may have noticed the exterior looking a bit neater since Wednesday, March 7, thanks to the efforts of the Reston Garden Club in partnership with Hidden Lane Landscaping. Members of the club spent the day clearing brush, shrubs and dead grass, while maintaining beds and laying down mulch.

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RA Hosts Watch Workshop

Crime Prevention Officer speaks about neighborhood watches.

The Reston Association hosted an informational meeting about neighborhood watch programs Tuesday, March 6, featuring county Crime Prevention Officer Katy Defoe.

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Reston Interfaith, YMCA Team Up

Organizations team up to donate YMCA memberships to transitioning families.

Reston Interfaith and the YMCA Fairfax County Reston have teamed up in an effort to assist those transitioning out of homelessness. The YMCA donated 35 memberships to Reston Interfaith clients who are in the transitional housing program.

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Great Falls Fire Station Welcomes Community

Grand opening held at new Great Falls Fire Station.

Ten years ago, five-year-old Harris LaTeef heard about Great Falls’ need for a new fire station, so he tried to do what he could to raise money for a new station: he opened a lemonade stand. While LaTeef’s stand raised $307.41 in a little more than four hours, it wasn’t enough. But on Saturday, March 10, LaTeef, now a freshman at Langley High School, was able to attend the grand opening of the new fire station he tried so hard to raise money for.

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McLean Hosts Annual Boar’s Head Feast

The McLean Choral Department presented its annual Boar’s Head Feast Saturday, March 10, featuring a three-course Medieval-style dinner and performances by a variety of choral groups.

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McLean Rotary Club Presents Youth Awards

Three local seniors recognized for ‘service above self.’

The McLean Rotary Club handed out its annual Youth Service Awards Tuesday, March 6 to three local seniors who have gone above and beyond in their community service efforts.

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Langley Gears Up For Case Day

20th annual Case Day will debate Miller v. Alabama, Jackson v. Hobbs.

Langley High School seniors are currently putting the finishing touches on their 20th annual Case Day, which will take place Monday, March 19. This year’s cases will be Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs.

Tuesday, March 13

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Arlington Real Estate: Top Sales in January, 2012

In January 2012, 122 Arlington homes sold between $4,200,000-$55,000.

Arlington Real Estate: Top Sales in January, 2012

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Local Designers Selected to Make Over D.C. Design House

Annual event raises money for Children's National Medical Center.

Some of the Washington area's top interior designers are unleashing their creative talent all in the name of charity. Organizers of the 2012 Washington, D.C. Design House announced the designers who will make over the 2012 D.C. Design Home.

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Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales for January 2012

In January 2012, 17 Potomac homes sold between $1,725,000-$425,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales for January 2012

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The Chateau in Oak Hollow

One of just four properties in Fairfax County listed at HomesDatabase.com for sale for more than $10 million, this home sits on five acres in Clifton, and is for sale for $12.5 million. The other three properties are in McLean.

Editorial: So Hard to Imagine?

Poor families face challenges that officials and many of the rest of us have trouble envisioning.

The Commonwealth of Virginia and even Northern Virginia includes many poor families and individuals. But officials seem to have trouble wrapping their brains around some of the difficulties this can cause.

Column: Overreach

If a single word or phrase can describe a General Assembly session, the 2012 meeting of the state legislature would be known for “overreach.”

Column: Gone Rogue

We have a non-elected governing body having a significant impact on our lives: The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

South Lakes Senior Receives Student Peace Award

South Lakes High School chose senior Franck Simo to receive a Student Peace Award.

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Youth Art Celebrated at RCC Lake Anne

Students’ art attracts a large crowd.

Sunny, spring-like weather brought out a large crowd Sunday, March 11 to attend a reception in celebration of Youth Art Month at Reston Community Center Lake Anne.

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Reston, Herndon Girls Explore Math and Science

More than 200 Reston and Herndon fifth and sixth grade students participate in GEMS Conference.

Teen Talk Barbie, who said “math class is tough,” did not last long on store shelves when she was issued by Mattel in 1997, but her message has endured. Studies show that the number of girls pursing degrees or careers in math and science fields continues to lag behind their male peers due in large part to stereotypes about appropriate male and female professions.

Week in Herndon

Things happening in the Herndon area.

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Elden Street Players Win WATCH Awards

The Elden Street Players theatre company took home four top honors as the Washington Area Community Theatre Honors Awards announced the best of community theatre March 11 during the annual WATCH Awards ceremony at The Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria.

Michael Cordingley and Meredith Hoyle Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. David Cordingley of Herndon announce the engagement of their son, Michael Cordingley to Meredith Hoyle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garland Hoyle of Virginia Beach.

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Stakes Are High in Virginia Budget Standoff

Lawmakers flee Capitol, where partisan gridlock reigns.

The budget standoff in Richmond could have drastic consequences in Northern Virginia, where every service from education to transportation is on the line.

Monday, March 12

Calendar for March 8

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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Auction To Benefit Elementary School

Stratford Landing hosts annual auction and ice cream social.

Stratford Landing Elementary School will host its annual Spring Fling Silent Auction and Ice Cream Social on Friday, March 23, from 6-9 p.m. at the school located at 8484 Riverside Road.

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Fairfax Supervisors to Consider Even More Cuts to Library System

In the last four years, more than $5 million has been slashed from the library budget.

Walk into the Centreville Library and one is confronted with an institution in crisis.

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Director Maurice Hines Returns To the Scene

It isn’t often that an out-of-town director has the opportunity to return to a show in a regional theatre and see how it has grown, evolved, and progressed since opening night. But Maurice Hines, director and choreographer of MetroStage’s world premiere production of "Josephine Tonight" did just that recently. He returned to Alexandria with his associate director Mel Johnson Jr. to surprise the cast and see what his work looked like four weeks later. One of the exciting things about live theatre is that it is going to be slightly different every night. Actors can grow in their roles, further understand and develop their characters, and simply inhabit the stage with their fellow actors more comfortably over time.

Letter: Fiscally Prudent?

I am concerned by efforts to portray cuts to the state's safety net by the legislature as fiscally prudent while not harming Virginians with low incomes.

Letter: Serving Constituents

I find it fascinating that Mr. H. Jay Spiegel appears to have just discovered that Del. Scott Surovell votes (gasp!) left-of-center in the House. Even more entertaining is the implication that, after winning the election with almost 60 percent of the vote, he pulled a Romney-like switcheroo on our “somewhat moderate politically” district.

Letter: Standing Up For What’s Right

The bills that didn't pass listed by H. Jay Spiegel ("Truly Representative?" March 1-7, 2012) made me proud to have a delegate who is brave enough to depart from the "mainstream" in Richmond.

Letter: MVHS Crew Tag Day a Success

The Mount Vernon High School Crew Team would like to thank the local community for their continued support to our athletic program

Letter: Legislation Does Hurt the Poor

In last week’s Gazette, Jay McConville objects that the front page story, "New Laws Attack Poor" (Feb. 16-22, 2012) is filled with the assertion that "legislation promoting good financial stewardship … is an attack on the poor."

Letter: Reasonable, Not Radical

In the March 1 edition of the Mount Vernon Gazette, Jay Speigel criticized Del. Scott Surovell's support for a Republican Delegate's legislation to automatically restore the voting rights of nonviolent ex-felons.

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Warming Up For Festival Concert

The “Mirage” Advanced Women’s Chorus at Mount Vernon High School was in rehearsal on Tuesday, March 6, for this Thursday night’s “I Hear A Voice” Festival Concert in the Mount Vernon High School Little Theatre.

Column: Two Surovell Bills Become Law; State Budget Stalls

Governor McDonnell signed two of my bills into law on Feb. 29. One clarifies that when a person files an action for child custody, child support or spousal support, any powers of attorney between the parties would automatically terminate.

Column: Budget Stand Is About People

Democrats in Virginia’s State Senate voted down the Republican budget last week. Although this move is being used to label Democrats as obstructionists, the real story is much more complex. Senate Democrats are fighting to save important quality of life issues for the people of Virginia, not for political gain!

Night of the Ballyshaner’s Grand Marshal’s Ball

The Grand Marshal’s Ball is the annual Alexandria kick-off to the Irish-American Month.

Column: Protecting Residents in Tax, Road Debates

Congress finally has acted to ensure payroll tax relief for 170 million individuals and families through the rest of 2012. This additional tax relief is critical for maintaining the momentum of the economic recovery, and Northern Virginians will realize an average savings of $2,000 per household.

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Learning Chinese Culture

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Lower School celebrated the Chinese New Year on Feb. 3.

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’Up Day’ at Dee Campbell Boathouse

It was "Up Day" at the Dee Campbell Boathouse on Saturday, Feb. 18 — sign-up day for new rowers on the T.C. Williams High School Crew Team, and clean-up day to make sure the dock is ready for the year.

Project Enlightenment Visits Old Town

Students from McLean High School in the Historical Reenactment Society, Project Enlightenment performed before audiences at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop in Alexandria last month.

Letter: Plugged In And Pre School

Recently, I went to the Joint School Board/City Council Budget Work-session and I learned about a new adult education program called Plugged-In (www.pluggedinva.com).

Friday, March 9

Letter: Plugged In and Pre School

Recently, I went to the Joint School Board/City Council Budget Work-session and I learned about a new adult education program called Plugged-In (www.pluggedinva.com). It cites a recent report saying a General Education Degree (GED) is not enough and does not prepare students for the skills needed in today’s workforce.

Letter: City Cuts Affect Parade’s Future

I am writing to alert the citizens of Alexandria about some serious financial decisions made by our city council in the past few years that could impact the way that George Washington, St. Patrick’s Day, and our Scottish heritage is celebrated and remembered (or not) in Alexandria.

Letter: Where Are Students Going?

As a West Street resident and a parent, I am amazed that Alexandria’s leaders – both on the School Board and the City Council – are spending nearly $45 million and probably more to come in taxpayer money for a newer and bigger Jefferson-Houston School when it looks to be just as empty as before.

Letter: Vision-based Planning

Mr. Auld’s letter in your most recent edition (“What’s Best for All Residents”) is full of straw men. No one in CAAWP (or anywhere else that I’m aware of) is arguing for mindless “preservation” of the kind that he knocks down.

Letter: Losing Low-Cost Housing

Concerning the Council Notebook “Double Offense” and last week’s article on the destruction of public housing: I have been active fighting for affordable housing in Alexandria since 1985. During these 27 years every City Council member has been clear about their strong commitment to affordable housing and equally clear about their inability to do anything about market forces that are destroying affordable housing. This is the “big lie” that is constantly repeated while working people — particularly African Americans and immigrants — are forced from Alexandria.

Letter: City’s Quick Response

I would like to give the city a thumb's up for amazing service on a sidewalk repair.

Letter: Is Traffic Ellipse Necessary?

Does the proposed $30 million traffic ellipse improve traffic flow and pedestrian crossing at Seminary Road and North Beauregard? Should other safer, less costly options be explored?

Letter: Democrats for a Better Alexandria

A number of decisions by Alexandria City staff and City Council have raised questions about the City being responsive to citizen concerns and needs.

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TC Musicians Score Big at States

The T.C. Williams Music program set what could be a performing arts record for the high school when 10 of its top musicians were selected to compete for chairs in the All-State Virginia Band and Orchestra. Statewide auditions were held Saturday, Feb. 25 at James Madison University.

Letter: Appreciating Support

On Feb. 8, the officers and members of the Alexandria Fire Department began an experience that we have not had to deal with for many years

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On Parade

Spectators fill the streets for annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

Crowds filled the streets for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Alexandria.

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Young Addresses WEBA Gathering

Focus is on West End development, issues.

City Manager and now West End resident Rashad Young was the featured guest at the West End Business Association's monthly Business Over Breakfast meeting March 7 at the Washington Suites Hotel.

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George Mason Wins Healthy School Award

Marines make presentation.

A contingent of Marines from Quantico visited George Mason Elementary School March 1 to present the student body with the Marine Corps Marathon Healthy School Award for their record participation in the 2011 Healthy Kids Fun Run.

Rotary Hosts Study Exchange Team

South Korean group visits Alexandria.

The Rotary Club of Alexandria welcomed a Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team from Gwanjiu City, South Korea, to Northern Virginia March 6 as it hosted the five-person delegation at the organization's weekly luncheon prior to a private reception and performance of “Heaven Can Wait” at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

Neighborhood: Taylor Run

Scores of Del Pepper's friends gathered at Mango Mike's last week to help start her re-election campaign.

Purl Jam

“Krunch Bunch” seniors knit hats for preschoolers.

A kaleidoscope of colors filled the room as 36 preschoolers from the Child and Family Network Center tried on hats knitted especially for them by the “Krunch Bunch,” a group of seniors from the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Spell Check

Navigating the ABC's of Alexandria.

The acronyms run from ACBA to WEBA and represent various business associations from the waterfront to the West End. Whether new to the city or a long-time resident, the following is a primer that explains the ABC's of Alexandria.

‘Dragon’ Dix Returns to Alexandria

Civil War nurse hosts tea at Carlyle House.

Gregarious, sunny and 209 years old, Dorothea Dix, Superintendent of Army Nurses during the Civil War, charmed visitors to Carlyle House who attended a tea in her honor in the fall.

Shaving Away Childhood Cancer

St. Baldrick’s Fund-Raiser Is March 17

Every year, 160,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer. It also kills more children in Canada and the U.S. than any other disease. So the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has dedicated itself to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers. And a group of determined and enthusiastic local residents is helping.

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A Voice for Children

"Promise-keepers" advocate for Fairfax County’s abused, neglected children.

Each child who comes before Judge Thomas Mann’s Fairfax courtroom is loveable and vulnerable. There is the precocious three-year-old whose parents are drug-addicted. A seven-year-old boy whose mentally-ill mother left him home alone to care for his infant sibling.

Centre View Calendar -- March 8-14

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

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Another Crowning Success for Westfield Wrestler Beau Donahue

Westfield junior gains his second straight state championship.

Winning one individual state title is an accomplishment a high school wrestler will always treasure. But winning two is an enormous feat when one considers the pressure to live up to the high expectations of a state champion and the fact that every opponent is highly motivated to defeat the best wrestler out there.

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Chantilly Library: The Renewal Project

“A wonderful place for our community."

Just as the writing of a book begins with an idea, so did the renovations of the Chantilly Regional Library. It started around 2004, when then Branch Manager Bonnie Worcester and her staff first discussed how to improve customer service there.

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Chantilly Library Turns a Page

Ribbon-cutting signals start of new chapter.

When the ribbon was cut last week to celebrate the changes at the Chantilly Regional Library, it marked the beginning of a new era there. It was also the culmination of years of planning and work.

Centre View Roundups March 8-14

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, March 8, and March 22, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves so technicians may properly inspect and adjust them, as needed.

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Trophy Time For Westfield

Thespians win VHSL One-Act Play State Championship.

There’s rejoicing at Westfield High. The school’s thespians captured a state championship Saturday, March 3, at the VHSL One-Act Play competition in Charlottesville.

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Alliance Theatre’s ‘Laughing Stock’

A comedic look at putting on a show.

Everything that can go wrong does go wrong in The Alliance Theatre’s production of “Laughing Stock.” But that’s the way it’s supposed to be as the local thespians portray members of a theater company putting on three different plays during their summer season.

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Hot Music, Cool Vibe at Chantilly

Invitational Jazz Festival is March 16-17.

The sounds of smooth, cool jazz will fill the air during the 32nd annual Chantilly High Invitational Jazz Festival. It’s slated for Friday-Saturday, March 16-17, in the school auditorium.

Cheerleaders of the Year

Sam Culin, a Liberty Middle School 8th grader, and Graciela Perez, a Robinson Middle School 8th grader, were both awarded Cheerleader of the Year by the Fairfax County Youth Football League at their annual Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday, March 4 at the McLean Hilton. Both girls cheer for Southwestern Youth Association's Extreme Silver cheerleading squad.

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Sixth Annual Father-Daughter Dance

Centreville Elementary School held its 6th annual Father Daughter Dance on Friday, Feb. 3. More than 100 CES girls and their male role models came to celebrate the evening. Thanks to the Flock of Eagles band, who played live at the event with a mix of pop tunes and some 80's rock for the adults, the girls and their Dads danced well into the night. Centreville Dance Academy sponsored the event by taking a professional portrait of each couple, which is given to each girl as a keepsake. Other local business sponsors were Bonefish Grill, Brick's Pizza, Domino's Pizza, Virginia Tire and Auto, Banners Hallmark and Dr. Wash.

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Examining Causes of Domestic Violence

There have been three homicides in the Sully District since Capt. Purvis Dawson became commander of the Sully District Police Station, in April 2010 — and all three had domestic components.

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It’s ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ at Franklin Middle School

Featuring a cast and crew of 125, Franklin Middle School presents the musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Show times are Wednesday, March 14, at 2:45 p.m., and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 15, 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. each night Tickets are $8 at the door and during school lunches.

Thursday, March 8

Potomac Fine Arts -- March 7-13

March 2 - April 9 Forces of Nature. Photoworks Gallery at Glen Echo Park presents Forces of Nature, an exhibition of black and white photography. The show's images record the visual beauty of the forces of nature on the natural and man-made worlds. Saturdays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Sundays & Mondays, 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Opening reception, March 11, 4p.m. - 6 p.m. Artist Talk, March 24, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Visit www.glenechophotoworks.org or email gaylesue@me.com.

Potomac Calendar -- March 7-13

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

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Author, Author

Writers for young adults to visit Connelly School of the Holy Child.

Once again, librarian Sarah Stonesifer at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac has arranged an event to spark students’ excitement about reading.

Column: A $350,00 Golden Fleecing

Remember the Golden Fleece Awards awarded annually by the late U.S. Senator Proxmire? They signaled out for ridicule wasteful, unnecessary government projects that often benefited only a special few. They diverted money away from projects that truly were needed. Even if you don't remember the awards, no one wants to be “fleeced.” But that is just what happened to local citizens when Montgomery County's Department of Environmental Protection awarded a contract allegedly to carry out the Glen Hills study mandated in the 2002 Potomac Subregion Master plan.

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Raising Funds

Bells Mill Girl Scout Troop 1635 members Shreeya Kharana, Rebecca Stolz, Sarah Lininger and Hannah Roberts take advantage of the opportunity of Black History Night at Bells Mill Elementary School on Feb. 24 to raise money for research into diabetes.

Letter: Park Deer Adding To Damage, Danger

The following letter was addressed to Superintendent Kevin Brandt of the C&O Canal National Historic Park.

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Landon School Teacher On Jeopardy!

John Botti, a teacher at the Landon School from Rockville, competed for the $100,000 grand prize in the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament was introduced for the first time last year and puts a national spotlight on the nation’s brightest K-12 educators. Above: Botti with host Alex Trebek.

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Victory through ‘Sabermetrics’

For the fourth year in a row, The Fourth Presbyterian School hosted the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for Montgomery County on Saturday, March 3. The bee is sponsored by The Meakem Group of Wells Fargo and was held at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.

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Gov. George Allen Goes Home Again on Super Tuesday

Former Virginia Governor George Allen spoke Tuesday morning to an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Conference, then headed to Loudoun County to meet with Republican primary voters and election workers at polling places on Super Tuesday in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William Counties.

‘No Child Left Inside’

2nd generation farmer seeks to continue educational agriculture on Nick’s Organic Farm.

The movement for “No Child Left Inside” encompasses both environmental education and efforts to combat childhood obesity.

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Making Spring and Summer Camps Fun and Educational

Coach Doug Wilson gives back to the community.

“Kids have a tendency to be afraid to try things because of their fear of failure. The only failure is not attempting. No one fails — they just fail to try.” That’s Coach Doug Wilson of Potomac and he knows all about trying.

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Wootton Thespians Present ‘The Wizard Of Oz’

Wootton High School is “off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.” This beloved tale of Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow has warmed the hearts of audiences since 1939 when Judy Garland introduced Dorothy with her ruby slippers to America.

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Potomac Theatre Company Presents "Murder on the Nile"

This month The Potomac Theatre Company presents Agatha Christie's “Murder on the Nile.” The story is a classic who-dun-it murder mystery about a couple on their honeymoon aboard a paddle steamer sailing on the Nile. Last spring, The Potomac Theatre Company performed another Agatha Christie mystery, “The Mousetrap.”

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Chocolate Lovers Gather in Fairfax

Hundreds of area residents enjoyed the annual two-day Chocolate Lovers Festival in Old Town Fairfax this past weekend, where they had the opportunity to sample some of the best chocolate deserts from area bakers and chocolatiers.

Arlington Bulletin Board -- March 7-13

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

Arlington School Notes -- March 7-13

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

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Arlington Homes and Gardens on Tour April 24

Garden Club Tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $25. Featuring four private homes and gardens built in the early to mid 20th century, this tour takes visitors through the neighborhoods built as early suburbs of Washington, D.C. Sponsored by The Garden Club of Fairfax. Ticket price includes admission to the following 5 locations:

Column: Look What She Saw—Sort Of

Well there’s five seconds that fellow super-market-shopper won’t have back anytime soon. The question, the curiosity is: will she have nightmares and/or live to regret staring at me so intently that I think I may have seen the whites of her eyes – and it wasn’t even remotely dark?

Orange Line Connection -- March 7-13

Saturday Nights at 11:01 11:01 Saturday Nights. Starts at 11:01 p.m. Late-night dance party. Tickets are $15/$12 students. At the Ballroom at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.

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Congressman at Hunt Valley

Connolly reads to second-graders; reveals early dislike of pizza.

The pressure was intense, but in the end U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) got rave reviews from nearly 75 Springfield second-graders on Friday, March 2.

Arlington Calendar -- March 7-13

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

“Flourishing After 55” -- March 19-24

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for March 19-24.

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A Place for Artists

The Art Guild of Clifton is forming.

The members of the Art Guild of Clifton don’t yet have a permanent space or funding, but both are in the works. They’ve got participating artists, talent and enthusiasm and, on Saturday, March 17, they’re having a grand opening in the Town of Clifton.

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Clifton Children’s Academy Observes Dr. Seuss' Birthday

In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, the children and staff at Clifton Children's Academy spent the day reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books, making wonderful Dr. Seuss inspired art and practiced creative rhyming words.

Fairfax Adult Softball Honors its Volunteers

On Feb. 26, Fairfax Adult Softball expressed its appreciation when volunteers gathered to be recognized for their valuable efforts. President John Carney presented this year’s Ron Bullock Volunteer of the Year award to an outstanding representative of the FAS program. The recipient of the 2011 award was Bill Sikes of Fairfax.

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Sense and a Sense of Civility

Cotillion teaches etiquette and social savvy to children and teens.

Ankles demurely crossed, the 5th and 6th grade girls sit posture-perfect in their colorful party dresses, white-gloved hands resting in their laps as they await an offer to dance.

Commentary: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally, is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It was estimated that over 141,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2011 and of those cases roughly 50,000 Americans were expected to die. It is important to note that despite these statistics, colorectal cancer is a highly preventable and treatable disease if caught early.

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A Willow Springs Student Heads to State Finals

Matthew Maribojoc, a sixth grader at Willow Springs Elementary School in Fairfax, will compete in the Virginia state finals of the National Geographic Bee on March 30 at Shenandoah University in Winchester.

St. Patrick's Day Properly Celebrated

Each mid-March, St. Patrick is trampled by purveyors of green beer and boisterous singers of "Irish songs" actually written as show tunes by American composers like George M. Cohan.

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The Virginia Grand Military Band Performs at Hayfield Secondary

The Virginia Grand Military Band has moved to the Rebecca S. Wilburn auditorium at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria. Members of the Virginia Grand Military Band are a veritable "who’s who" in the concert band world, and bring to each performance an artistry and professionalism which have earned them accolades and praise throughout the world.

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Alliance Theatre’s ‘Laughing Stock’

A hilarious look at putting on a show.

Everything that can go wrong does go wrong in The Alliance Theatre’s production of "Laughing Stock." But that’s the way it’s supposed to be as the local thespians portray members of a theater company putting on three different plays during their summer season.

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Nonprofits Awarded United Way Grants

23 local organizations receive MORE THAN $280K to continue work.

The United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) awarded 27 grants totaling $288,013 to 23 local nonprofits during the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, March 6.

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Girl Scouts Celebrate 100th Anniversary at Springfield Mall

Event draws more than 2,000 participants.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Girls Scouts of the USA, the South Central Fairfax Association of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) hosted a celebration that drew more than 2,000 participants to Springfield Mall on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Dancers Demand Right to ‘Move Like Jagger’

Fairfax Supervisors table dance hall regulations after dance fans kick up a fuss.

After dance fans protested by blog, email, Facebook and local radio, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors sidestepped discussion Tuesday of a law regulating dancing in restaurants, tossing the measure back to the planning commission for revisions.

Richmond Report: Why We Voted Against the Budgets

There has been much written this past week about Democrats voting down the Senate and House budgets. The Washington Post and other writers seem to think that this is the end of the world as we know it.

Area Roundups

Things happening in the Burke, Fairfax, Lorton and Springfield area.

Fairfax Supervisors Vote to Increase Advertised Tax Rate by 1 cent

Each 1 cent increase raises taxpayer bill by $45.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 6-3 Tuesday, March 6, to advertise the real estate tax rate for FY 2013 as $1.08 per $100 of assessed value. The current FY 2012 rate is $1.07.

Dulles Rail, Phase Two; Silver Line Station Names

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting and an Ask Fairfax online discussion to inform the public about Phase Two of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.

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How Would City Council Candidates Have Voted on the Waterfront Plan?

Candidates for office take sides in debate on controversial waterfront proposal.

The waterfront is no longer a partisan issue. As more candidates throw their hat into the ring to run in the election for Alexandria City Council, a broader field of possibilities is opening up to voters.

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Not-So-Super Tuesday

Turnout for Virginia's presidential preference primary was lowest in recent memory.

With two of the major candidates in the Republican presidential contest failing to qualify for the ballot in Virginia, Super Tuesday was anything but super.

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Democrats Crowd City Council Field

Twelve candidates have announced for six seats, and one more is likely to join.

As the campaign season heats up, the Democratic field is getting more crowded. Four new candidates gave their first pitch to members of the Alexandria Democratic Committee Monday night.

Business Matters

Facing his first difficult decision as the new president and CEO of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, John Long is already in a no-win situation. Where to live?

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Local Governments Enjoy Record Spending

Bucking national trend, local governments here expand while others are contracting.

As local governments across America are laying off firefighters and teachers, governments in Northern Virginia are experiencing record levels of spending and an all-time-high number of employees.

Wednesday, March 7

Churchill Boys Fall to Magruder in Region Final

Bulldogs reach first region championship game in 33 years.

Magruder, the region’s top seed and defending champion, defeated No. 2-seed Churchill 54-39 on March 3 to take home the region title and advance to the state tournament. While disappointed their season had ended, the Bulldogs could take pride in what they had accomplished not just this year, but since the arrival of head coach Matt Miller four years ago.

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Wolverines Not Assuming They’re Patriot District’s Best

Talented West Potomac softball team in search of first district title since 2006.

The West Potomac softball team entered the 2011 season loaded with talent and, as far as the Wolverines were concerned, possessed a clear path to the Patriot District championship. It didn’t take long for perennial power South County to issue West Potomac an early-season wake-up call.

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West Potomac Rifle Team Members Receive All-Metro Honors

This year’s West Potomac rifle team members DJ Whetzel, Lindsay Paul and Russell Bradley each received All-Metro Honorable Mention recognition for the 2011-2012 rifle season. All-Metro recognition is determined by average league match score during the season. This is the highest number of All-Metro League Awards received by the team in a season.

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Five Ireton Seniors To Play College Sports

Five Bishop Ireton seniors — two football players and three girls’ soccer players — signed letters of intent to play at the collegiate level.

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Inexperienced Titans Hope To Continue Program Growth

TC enters third season under head coach Mike Mulherin.

The Titans have aspirations of continuing their growth under third-year head coach Mike Mulherin. However, TC will have to do so with a green group after losing the majority of its primary contributors from 2011.

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Arlington Real Estate: Sales in $800’s, January, 2012

In January 2012, 122 Arlington homes sold between $4,200,000-$55,000.

Arlington Real Estate: Sales in $800’s, January, 2012

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Potomac Real Estate: Sales in January 2012 less than $700,000

In January 2012, 17 Potomac homes sold between $1,725,000-$425,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Sales in January 2012 less than $700,000

Wakefield Boys’ Lax Looks To Snap Losing Streak

Warriors have lost 91 straight games, haven’t won since 2004.

Brian Gilman uses the Wakefield boys’ lacrosse program’s losing past for motivation as the first-year head coach attempts to point the Warriors toward a winning future.

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‘Stars Over Dulles’ Gala

Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce Hosts annual awards event.

Laughter and style were out in full force as more than 300 guests attended the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards gala and benefit Saturday at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon.

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Learning to be Healthy

To help promote healthy lifestyles, the Armstrong Elementary Wellness Committee organized a nutrition and wellness obstacle course for students.

Week in Reston

Things happening in the Reston area.

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Reston Pavilion Hosts ‘March for Babies’ Fundraiser

A four-day fundraiser for babies took place at the Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion from Monday, Feb. 27 through Thursday evening, March 1.

Studying Bird Migrations at Reston’s Nature House

Abby Stocking had a challenge: How to educate the group in front of her that ranged in age from five years old to very mature adults.

Column: General Assembly Session Stalled

The beautiful red and pink camellias on Capitol Square in Richmond have been blooming for a couple of weeks.

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Romney, Paul Team Up in Reston

NVCC politics students stage mock GOP convention.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney triumphantly entered the convention area. He was preceded by his running mate, Ron Paul. This convention was not in Tampa, but rather in a Northern Virginia Community College classroom in Reston.

Letter: Chambers ‘Frustrated’ With General Assembly

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership, comprising the Dulles Regional, Greater Reston and Loudoun County chambers of commerce, we would like to convey our collective frustration with the conduct of the 2012 Virginia General Assembly and remind you of the priority we shared at the start of the 2012 session – to support policies that promote a strong, pro-business environment that enhances Virginia’s economic competitiveness, cultivates growth in all segments of our economy, and ensures adequate access to critical business infrastructure and resources. At this point in the session, on behalf of our 2,800 business members and their more than 100,000 employees, we urge you, once again, to focus on this top priority.

Week in Herndon

Things happening in the Herndon area.

Elden Street Players Present "Glengarry Glen Ross"

"What a great play with wonderfully rich characters," said Rosemary Hartman, director of the Elden Street Players upcoming production of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross."

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Monte Carlo Takes Over Vienna

Chamber of Commerce casino night draws hundreds to Westwood Country Club.

The "glitterati" of the Vienna area and their out-of-town friends came out for Monte Carlo-style fun at Westwood Country Club on March 3.

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Sense & A Sense of Civility

Cotillion teaches etiquette and social savvy to children and teens.

Ankles demurely crossed, the 5th and 6th grade girls sit posture-perfect in their colorful party dresses, white-gloved hands resting in their laps as they await an offer to dance.

Vienna Girl Scout Wins Silver Award

Girl Scout Alison ("Aly") Luckett, 0f Vienna, an 8th grader at Kilmer Middle School, has earned the Girl Scouts Silver Award, the highest award that a Scouts cadette can earn. Aly’s Silver Take-Action project involved organizing and teaching a hands-on Science Workshop at Stonegate Village Apartments, a community with diverse students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Reston Interfaith referred Aly to Stonegate.

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Vienna Rotary Continues Weekly Check Presentations

Service club donates to local nonprofits the money it raises for humanitarian purposes.

The Rotary Club of Vienna, Inc. one-ups Bill Gates. While Gates gives away most of his fortune, Rotary gives away all its fortune. Throughout the year, the service club donates to area nonprofits all the money it brings in through fundraising events, most notably, through ViVa! Vienna!, the annual three-day Memorial Day weekend festival.

Scrapbooking Workshops March 9 and 10

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary hosts popular fundraiser.

For generations, women throughout the world saved mementos of family passages in humble scrapbooks. Usually, they were photo albums renamed as "scrapbooks."

Marching Onward Into the Past

Virginia is becoming a vision free zone.

A prominent group of northern Virginia business leaders recently sent the Governor and the entire Virginia General Assembly a tersely worded letter to remind the Republican leadership that the welfare of Virginia depends on a robust economy and not on their social agenda.

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Madeira Students Awarded for Photography

Two students of the Madeira School, Junior Erin Cox and Senior Kate Woloshin, recently received regional Scholastic Awards for their photography.

Help Name the Silver Line Metro Stations

Metro, in partnership with Fairfax County, is conducting an online survey to collect public input on station names for the new Silver Line, which will extend Metrorail service to Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County through the Tysons Corner, Reston, and Herndon areas of Fairfax County.

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McLean Community Center Receives Donation

Longtime residents of McLean recently made a sizable cash donation to the McLean Community Center (MCC), according to MCC Executive Director George Sachs.

Letter: Opportunity to Succeed

Letter to the Editor

My name is Kyle McCauley and I'm a senior in high school who lives in McLean.

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Saxon Football Players Make Collegiate Commitments

Harvey, Clemete set to take their game to the next level; underclass lineman Jack Howerton earns All-State recognition.

Two Langley High football players – defensive standout Marcus Harvey and two-way lineman Dylan Clemente - recently made commitments to play the sport at the collegiate level.

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Cougars Claw Their Way to State Tournament Victory

Oakton gets a big late game basket from Caroline Coyer and pulls away from Monaca in state quarterfinals.

There were less than four minutes remaining in last Friday night’s Virginia State AAA girls’ basketball quarterfinals playoff game between Oakton High and Monacan High of Richmond. A basket by Monacan had just tied the score and Oakton needed to answer. And who better to answer the call than senior guard Caroline Coyer, one of the region’s best all-time players, who has made her share of big baskets in leading the Cougars to state playoff appearances in three of her four high school years.

Edison Boys’ Enjoy Wonderful Breakthrough Season

Region runner-up Eagles fall to Petersburg at state quarterfinals.

In the end, it proved to be one of the best seasons in the history of the Edison High boys’ basketball program. The Eagles, part of the less-heralded National District, were not one of the teams most Northern Region hoops followers were taking seriously at the start of the 16-team regional playoffs.

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Ryan Forrest’s Quest for State Crown Falls Just Short

South Lakes senior wrestler finished second in Virginia despite battling illness over the postseason.

Following a third place finish in his respective 145-division weight class at last winter’s 2011 Virginia State AAA high school wrestling championships, South Lakes’ Ryan Forrest was determined to come back and capture this year’s ultimate prize – a state crown.

Breakthrough Season to Remember Ends for Westfield

Region champion Bulldogs, at state playoffs, take Henrico to the wire in four-point loss.

The Westfield High boys’ basketball team struggled to get its footing early on in it’s first-ever Virginia State AAA playoff game last Friday night versus Henrico High of Richmond. Perhaps it was a case of opening minute jitters which played a role in a sluggish first quarter in which the Bulldogs, this year’s Northern Region champions, committed nine turnovers and scored just six points.

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Jim Smith Earns 400th Coaching Victory

Longtime Chantilly High basketball coach recorded landmark win this past season.

Jim Smith, head coach of the Chantilly High boys’ basketball team, recently reached a milestone in his coaching career as he won his 400th game.

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Bulldogs Bask in Glory of First Region Basketball Crown

Westfield, behind tourney MVP Elcano, defeats Edison in boys’ finals.

For a seasoned, talented Westfield High boys’ basketball team, the key to this season’s stellar postseason run, which reached a pinnacle when the Bulldogs captured their first-ever Northern Region tournament title, the result of a convincing 62-49 finals win over Edison this past Monday night, Feb. 27, at Robinson Secondary, has been its ability to simply continue during the playoff season what it did all throughout the regular season when the team from the Concorde District went 19-3.

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Centreville High’s Season Ends at Region Quarterfinals

Wildcat boys open basketball regionals with win over Washington-Lee before falling to McLean.

In the end, the Centreville High boys’ basketball team finished its season just one win away from making it to the Final Four of the Northern Region tournament.

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End of a Remarkable Basketball Season for McLean Boys

Highlanders go 24-4, capture Liberty crown, and reach region Final Four.

The McLean High boys’ basketball squad, under head coach Kevin Roller, had one of the best teams in school history this season, enjoying an outstanding regular season followed by a postseason in which the Highlanders captured the Liberty District tournament title and ultimately went all the way to the Northern Region tournament semifinals.

Oakton Girls Re-Claim Northern Region Basketball Crown

Kathleen Coyer steps up to score 29 points in win over West Springfield.

The `Coyer Era’ of Oakton High girls’ basketball could not be winding down in more spectacular fashion than it currently is. The Coyer twins, senior guards Caroline and Kathleen, have played vital roles in the Cougars’ unparalleled success over the past four years. Caroline, the team’s point guard, is one of the Northern Region’s all-time best players. Katherine, at shooting guard, is a tremendous defensive player who scores when called upon and can match the on-court prowess of the best players out there.

Indoor Track Season Wraps Up at State Meet

Local Northern Region athletes compete in Hampton.

A number of local athletes put together strong showings at last weekend’s Virginia State AAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, held Friday and Saturday (Feb. 24-25) at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton. On the boys’ side, Westfield High finished third overall and was the top finisher from out of the Northern Region. The Bulldogs finished with 27 team points. The team champion was Western Branch (48) of Chesapeake, a member of the Eastern Region. Finishing second was Grassfield (34 points) of Chesapeake.

Fairfax Boys Show Flare for Drama in Basketball Postseason

Rebels’ season ends with overtime loss to Edison in region semifinals.

Fairfax High’s basketball postseason of 2012 will long be remembered because of the team’s success as well as the grit and determination the Rebels showcased as three of their playoff contests were decided in overtime.

Spartans Fall to Oakton in Region Basketball Finals

Katherine Coyer has game to remember as Cougars defeated defending champs.

West Springfield High’s bid for a second straight Northern Region girls’ basketball crown was not realized on Monday night when the Spartans, going up against the team they eliminated at regionals a year ago, lost a hard-fought title contest to unbeaten Oakton, 63-49, at Robinson Secondary.

Tuesday, March 6

Fire Department Seeks Artifacts

Station looking for historic memorabilia for new station lobby.

The Herndon Fire Station has a lot of history to it, and much of it will be lost forever as a new station is built over the next year. And while the original cornerstone from the station’s 1950 construction will remain with the new station, Capt. Kerwin McNamara says they are looking for plenty more.

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Herndon Council Approves Metro Amendment

Plan allows for increased density, new road network, other changes for area north of station.

The Herndon Town Council voted four to three Tuesday, Feb. 28 to approve the Comprehensive Plan Amendment that allows for redevelopment of the area north of the proposed Herndon-Monroe Metro station. The Council had been considering the plan for months, through various changes and approval from the town’s Planning Commission.

Service Across Generations

Councilmember Grace Wolf, daughter Lani nominated for volunteer awards.

Herndon Councilmember Grace Wolf has years of volunteer experience, with the Council For the Arts of Herndon, the Herndon Festival and the Girl Scouts among other things.

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RCA Questions Toll And Revenue Forecasts

Study worries about ‘optimum bias’ in projections.

The Reston Citizens Association released a report last month calling into question the toll and revenue forecasts done by CDMSmith, then known as Wilbur Smith and Associates. The forecasts were done to estimate costs and other planning measures for Phase Two of Dulles Metrorail.

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Colvin Run Jumps for the Heart

Students participate in events to raise money for American Heart Association.

Students at Colvin Run Elementary School got a little extra time in the gym Monday, March 5 and they were able to raise funds for the American Heart Association while they did it. The school hosted a Jump for the Heart event, where children could jump in many different ways to learn the importance of physical activities.

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Citizens Discuss Future of Grange, Schoolhouse

Great Falls, Park Authority sound off on uses for historic resources.

The Great Falls Citizens Association’s Long-Range Planning Committee took the next step in creating their Long-Range Plan Monday night, with a public meeting to discuss the future of the Grange and the Forestville Schoolhouse.

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Fairfax DOT Presents Walker Road Update

Plan calls for crosswalk, new sidewalks, street parking.

The Great Falls Citizens Association’s Transportation Committee and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation presented a vision for the future of Walker Road just south of Georgetown Pike.

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Creating Bowls to Fill at McLean High

McLean High School prepares for upcoming Empty Bowls event.

On May 31, the community will be invited to McLean High School to select a clay bowl, fill it with the ice cream of their choice and donate money to help feed hungry people. But on Thursday, March 1, the bowls were just one-pound lumps of clay, waiting for dozens of students and faculty to turn them into bowls.

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County Plans For Future of Senior Center

Early stages of Lewinsville Senior Center redevelopment begin.

Fairfax County held a public meeting about the proposed redevelopment of the Lewinsville Senior Center in McLean. The building was built in 1964, and Paula Sampson, director of Housing and Community Development, said this is a project the county has been looking at for years.

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County Plans For Future of Senior Center

Early stages of Lewinsville Senior Center redevelopment begin.

Fairfax County held a public meeting about the proposed redevelopment of the Lewinsville Senior Center in McLean. The building was built in 1964, and Paula Sampson, director of Housing and Community Development, said this is a project the county has been looking at for years.

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McLean Chamber Welcomes New Board

Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce hosts winter gala.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce welcomed their 2012 Board of Directors at their Winter Gala at the Gannett Headquarters building Friday, March 2. The 11-member board, as well as Chairman Merritt Green, First Vice-Chairman John Brough and Second Vice-Chairman Marcus Simon were sworn in by James S. Cheng, Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade.

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Week in Great Falls

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host a grand opening of Fire and Rescue Station 12, Great Falls, Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m., 9916 Georgetown Pike.

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End of an Era at The Old Brogue

Retiring waitress gets celebrity send off.

When Martha Alden started working as a waitress at The Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls, the area was still considered a rural D.C. suburb.

Paul VI, Tim Higgins of Great Falls Enjoy a Perfect Season

Based on recent analysis by ESPN, Paul VI Catholic High School, based in Fairfax, plays in the best high school basketball league in the country, the Washington Catholic Athletic Association (WCAC).

Cleaning Up One’s Plate

Local nutrition experts encourage healthy eating during National Nutrition Month and always.

When it comes to healthy eating, Alexandria wellness educator Cheryl Mirabella encourages her clients to load up during meals, but she offers a caveat.

Health Services Coalition Receives $10,000 Grant

Funding will help provide specialty health care to low income residents.

Northern Virginia Health Services Coalition's (NOVAHSC) Specialty Access program received a $10,000 grant to help provide low-income, uninsured patients with access to specialty medical care through a regional network of providers.

Editorial: Reenacting a Dark History?

Turning back the clock in Richmond.

Who could have anticipated that our elected officials would take African-American History month and Women's History month so seriously that they would literally try to turn back the clock?

Monday, March 5

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City Council Members Warned of Affliction and Loss in West End

A Proverb for the Beauregard small-area plan.

Yea, though members of the City Council walk through the valley of the shadow of Beauregard, they seem to fear no evil.

Saturday, March 3

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Larry Schuster Sr., Sharon Bulova’s Father, Dies

Lawrence “Larry” K. Schuster Sr. was born in Baltimore on May 24, 1922. During World War II he served as a Marine Corps Tech Sgt. in the Pacific Theatre, where he fought on Okinawa, Saipan and Iwo Jima. In 1946 he married Mary Suzanne “Sue” Knox.

Friday, March 2

Column: Protecting Residents in Tax, Road Debates

Congress finally has acted to ensure payroll tax relief for 170 million individuals and families through the rest of 2012. This additional tax relief is critical for maintaining the momentum of the economic recovery, and Northern Virginians will realize an average savings of $2,000 per household.

Column: A Raw Deal for Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia is getting a raw deal from Governor McDonnell. While we need transportation investment to support this economic engine of the state, at least $1.5 billion in transportation funds are being diverted to wasteful and unnecessary projects in rural areas. Meanwhile, the state refuses to adequately fund Dulles Rail, leaving Northern Virginia taxpayers and toll payers to foot the lion's share of the bill.

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Andrew Macdonald ‘Seriously Considering’ Independent Campaign for Mayor

Former Democratic elected official appears before Republicans to ask for support.

Former Democratic Vice Mayor Andrew Macdonald says he is “seriously considering” an independent campaign for mayor, and he’s asking Republicans for support.

Thursday, March 1

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Examining Causes of Domestic Violence

What it is, the dangers and what to do about it.

There have been three homicides in the Sully District since Capt. Purvis Dawson became commander of the Sully District Police Station, in April 2010 — and all three had domestic components.

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It’s ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ at Franklin Middle

Featuring a cast and crew of 125, Franklin Middle School presents the musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Show times are Wednesday, March 14, at 2:45 p.m., and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 15, 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. each night Tickets are $8 at the door and during school lunches.

Centre View Calendar March 1-7

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

Centre View Roundups March 1-7

VDOT will re-open the third lane on eastbound Route 50 between Stonecroft Boulevard and Route 28 which closed to traffic last weekend as part of the Route 50 widening project in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. The one-mile lane closure has caused lengthy delays on eastbound Route 50 and surrounding roads, this week, during the morning rush. The lane will re-open by March 5, weather permitting.

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Fire Ravages Centreville Home

Damage estimated at $750,000

Nine-year-old William Wilson was outside playing football with his dad, Monday evening, in Centreville’s Hunt Chase Estates community, when they saw smoke coming from the house next door and the occupants fleeing.

Man Pleads Guilty: Robbery, Using Gun

Reynard Lazaro Prather, 23, of Oxon Hill, Md., has been convicted for his role in the May 2010 murder of workman Jose Cardona at a Centreville home. Last Wednesday, Feb. 22, in federal court in Alexandria, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and using a firearm in the commission of that crime.

Centre View Crime March 1-7

Assault -- Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy/Lees Corner Road. Feb. 7, 2:40 p.m. An officer conducted a traffic stop and arrested the driver, a 50-year-old female of Clifton. She allegedly became belligerent and fought the officer. She was subsequently charged with assault on police officer, open container and driving while intoxicated.

Letters: Political Posturing

My reason for writing is to express my distaste with the Senate Democrats in Richmond regarding the state budget issue. Virginia has been nationally ranked as one of the best managed states in the country because our attitude for cooperation and strong bipartisanship. Last week, however, the state budget was blocked in the Senate by the Democrats which may turn into a repeat of what happened in 2004 and 2006, where political stalemates endangered our state with a government shutdown.

Letters: More Jobs Needed

The Centreville Labor Resource Center, the 3-month-old project of Centreville Immigration Forum, is open and operating.

Bulldogs Are Getting It

In September 2008, I wrote a letter to the editor titled “Bulldogs Just Don’t Get It.” My detailed essay described my frustration with the behavior of the Westfield High School student body during various athletic events. I had no idea how many other people felt the same way I did until folks I had never met thanked me for having the courage to write a letter exposing the behavior that they, too, detested.

Crime Solvers Seeks Culprits

Fairfax County Crime Solvers is seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect(s) who broke out numerous windows of a mosque under construction. An employee of the construction company called police Jan. 30 after discovering the damage around 6:45 a.m. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community mosque, at 4555 Ahmadiyya Drive in Chantilly, had been secured by the construction company the day before, Jan. 29, around 4:30 p.m.

Centreville Man Pleads Guilty to Soliciting

A Centreville man who used to be the band director at Robinson Secondary School was convicted in court Tuesday, Feb. 28, of computer solicitation of a child under age 15. He is Michael Keith Cook, 43 of Climbing Rose Way.

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Chantilly Day Plans Marching Along

Community event is slated for spring.

Plans are marching along for the first-ever, Chantilly Day. The celebration is set for Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in the parking lot of the Sully Place Shopping Center in Chantilly.

Bicycle Master Plan Meeting March 6

Area residents can help set the course to make Fairfax County a bicycle-friendly community by attending a public meeting on the countywide Bicycle Transportation Master Plan. It’s slated for Tuesday, March 6, from 6:30-9 p.m., at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. People may drop in anytime, and there’ll be a presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Nominees for 2012 Helen Hayes Awards

MetroStage, Signature, Synetic among nominees.

Nominees for the 2012 Helen Hayes Awards were announced Feb. 27 with Signature Theatre, Synetic Theatre and MetroStage among the 25 theatre companies nominated in 26 categories.

Orange Line Connection Feb. 29 to March 6

Orange Line Connection

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'Heaven Can Wait' at LTA

Joe Pendleton is in for the fight of his life — literally. A professional boxer and pilot, his soul is mistakenly “collected” from his body some 60 years too soon after a plane flight gone awry in the comedy “Heaven Can Wait,” now playing at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

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Life's a Beach at 'Dixie Swim Club"

Port City shines with new production.

They met long before the phrase “BFF” was part of the American lexicon, but for five college teammates, the comfort and frustrations of “best friends forever” are rays of sunshine in the Port City Playhouse production of “The Dixie Swim Club,” now playing at Alexandria's Lab Studio Theatre at Convergence.

Arlington Calendar for Feb. 29-March 6

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

Spotlighting Teen Dating Violence

The George Huguely trial in the death of Yeardley Love has captivated the attention not just of our region, but of the nation. Love was 22 and a student at the University of Virginia when she became a victim of teen dating violence. Appropriately, this February marked the annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The continuing story of Love and Huguely’s relationship reminds us that we each have a role to play in ending teen dating abuse and domestic violence in our community; the consequences are too real to be ignored. But, there is hope as our community has already made impressive strides toward a future where our youth better understand how to create healthy relationships.

"Flourishing After 55"

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for March 11-17.

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Developing Intergenerational Dialogue

Drama students from Yorktown High School interviewed senior Arlingtonians residing at the Goodwin House and Culpepper Gardens retirement communities on Monday, Feb. 25.

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Yorktown Hosts Eighth Annual Row for Humanity

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, the atrium on the third floor at Ballston Common Mall in Arlington was buzzing with action as six erg machines were almost constantly in motion.

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Local Runner Raises Funds for Cancer Research

Abbe Steel to run in Boston Marathon.

Even with the increasingly difficult qualifying standards for the Boston Marathon, lifelong Arlington resident Abbe Burdetsky Steel is preparing to run the race as part of the 23rd annual Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.

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Register for Diamond Derby Race in Crystal City

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March 10 promises to be a day of cycles and stunts as competitors of all levels vie for prizes and cash rewards at Diamond Derby, a first of its kind event for Crystal City.

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Tapping into the Beer Market

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The Great Lakes Brewery of Cleveland, Ohio is set to enter the Northern Virginia market with an ambitious agenda of tap takeovers and samplings across the region. With a suite of gold medal awards in the lager, porter and ale categories, area beer aficionados can hardly wait for a chance to fill their glass.

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Local Real Estate: Sales in $600’s, January 2012

Local Real Estate: Sales in $600’s, January 2012

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State Senate Committee Kills Effort to Overturn King's Dominion Law

School boards were encouraged by support from governor, but couldn't win over Senate committee.

The Senate Committee on Education and Health voted today to kill an effort overturning the King's Dominion Law, which mandates that school divisions across Virginia begin classes after Labor Day.

Potomac Calendar for Feb. 29-March 6

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

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Three Women Artists Exhibit at The Art Gallery

Show will raises funds for ALS Association.

This month The Art Gallery of Potomac presents a show titled Visions of the Earth. It will be a three-woman art show depicting the earth and using materials from the earth to represent their lives, their surroundings and experiences. The show is also a fundraiser for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and a portion of proceeds be donated to the ALS Association.

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Potomac Neurosurgeon Releases ‘Operation Love’

For Bernie Stopak, it’s 25 years between CDs.

As a neurosurgeon for more than 40 years, Dr. Bernie Stopak of Potomac performed hundreds of surgeries on the brain. Now, at age 75, his latest "operation" is related more to the heart. His newly released CD is a personal and intimate song collection reflecting his own journey through the intricacies and emotions of love and relationships. This CD is titled "Operation Love."

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Arlington Real Estate: Solds in the $900’s, January 2012

In January 2012, 122 Arlington homes sold between $4,200,000-$55,000.

In January 2012, 122 Arlington homes sold between $4,200,000-$55,000.

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Potomac Real Estate: Sales in January 2012 between $700K-$880K

In January 2012, 17 Potomac homes sold between $1,725,000-$425,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Sales in January 2012 between $700K~$880K

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Column: Black History Is American History

Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center celebrated along with other neighborhood centers, our collective American story with the annual "Black History is American History" program

Column: Keeping Focused on Economic Issues

As Black History Month comes to a close, I believe that we need to reflect on where we are as a Commonwealth and a nation. I am proud to share a slice of black history as the first African

Column: Inova Leverages Information Technology

Quick — can you name all the medications you’ve taken in the last six months? How many times a day did you take each medication? How many milligrams was each dose?

Free Tax Help for Qualifying Residents

The City of Alexandria is offering free tax preparation assistance to qualifying residents.

Playground Winners Announced

The Alexandria Childhood Obesity Action Network, Alexandria/Arlington Smart Beginnings, and ACTion Alexandria teamed up to launch the Project Play Spruce Up Grants Competition to help residents improve local playgrounds and ensure that every child in Alexandria has a quality place to play.

Guilty Plea to Defrauding School

Terence Wilson, 35, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty on Feb. 23 to stealing more than $250,000 from an Alexandria-based nursing school.

Police Investigate Assault

Alexandria Police are investigating a burglary and assault that occurred in the 1100 block of Archer Court.

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Changes to Waterfront Zoning Put on Hold While Challenges Are Considered

As challenges to small-area plan multiply, upzoning has been put on hold.

Think the waterfront plan passed? Think again.

In Session

What happens if a jury finds a murderer guilty but comes to an impasse on sentencing?

Council Notebook

Yea, though members of the City Council walk through the valley of the shadow of Beauregard, they seem to fear no evil.

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Outgoing County Executive Tony Griffin Presents Final Budget Proposal

$6.7 billion proposal is a 6.1 percent budget increase.

Appearing before members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the last time, outgoing county executive Anthony Griffin had the luxury of taking the long view.

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Governments Across Virginia Hope to Kill Local Aid to the State Program

Jurisdictions hope to kill funding scheme created at height of recession.

In the darkest days of the global financial crisis, leaders in Richmond were willing to do almost anything to balance the budget.