Stories for May 2012

Stories for May 2012


Thursday, May 31

Open House for Retiring Teachers

Waynewood Elementary School is having an open house on Monday, June 11, 4-7 p.m., in the gym, for retiring teachers Mary Wilson and Eileen Deaver. Friends, parents, and students (former and current) are invited to help celebrate Wilson’s and Deaver’s years of service to Waynewood School and the community.

Accidental Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Sunday, May 27, at approximately 10 p.m. in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 4311 Gypsy Court.

York, Rees Named District Lord and Lady

Diana York and James Rees have been nominated as Lord and Lady for the Mount Vernon District.

Cell Tower Proposal Rejected

Heritage Presbyterian Church has rejected a proposal from Milestone Communications to erect a tree monopole cell tower on its property in the Waynewood/Fort Hunt neighborhood. Heritage’s Session, its governing body which is comprised of 12 elders, met on May 23 to finalize its deliberations and vote on the issue. The proposal was voted down by a 10-2 margin.

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Letter: Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay and Dyke Marsh

To the Editor: Anyone who spends a few minutes examining scientific texts, journals, papers or historical literature on the natural history of the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed can recognize that these once great ecosystems are mere remnants of what they once were. The Potomac watershed covers four states and D.C. It is over 400 miles long and is 11 miles wide where it flows into the bay. The Chesapeake Bay watershed (the area of land that drains into the Bay) is 64,000 square miles and has 11,600 miles of tidal shoreline, including tidal wetlands and islands. The watershed encompasses parts of six states: Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as Washington D.C. The problems in the Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay are magnified by their scope which is a reason why they are "most endangered." Unfortunately there will always be those people, who are operating at a very superficial level, who demand that everything scientific be both dumbed-down and rigorously argued to them.

Letter: MVCCA’s Success

To the Editor: Last week, Martin Tillett attacked me for mentioning (without any elaboration) in my prior letter that the MVCCA supports the proposed off-leash dog area (OLDA) at Westgrove Park. Mr. Tillett noted my numerous prior letters that have been critical of the MVCCA. What Mr. Tillett didn't mention that I have consistently supported the principle of the MVCCA and have reserved my criticism for its recent leadership and the way it typically conducts business. My position in these regards is unchanged. In the case of the debate concerning the proposed OLDA, in fact, the MVCCA operated in a manner closer to appropriate than usual.

Letter: Reaffirming American Dream

To the Editor: I recently attended a Patrick Murray event in the Mount Vernon area. Murray is back a second time, running to represent the 8th congressional district in Virginia. With his new campaign comes more emphasis on responsible government spending and job creation.

Letter: Tax-Funded Political Recap?

To the Editor: I recently received a two-page typewritten letter with an attachment on official Virginia seal stationary from Delegate Surovell titled “Delegate Scott A. Surovell’s General Assembly Session Recap.” This letter was paid by taxpayers at a cost of $4,107.75.

Letter: Saluting Fallen Heroes

To the Editor: Memorial Day is about more than summer road trips and mattress sales.

School Notes for May 30

Centreville High School senior Chung Ha Min (gold), senior Ashley Frongello (silver), and sophomore Min Kyong Hon (silver) earned medals at the 2012 National Scholastic Art Awards.

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State PTA Volunteer of the Year

Del. Tim Hugo attended the April PTA meeting at Union Mill Elementary to present Kate Trussell with a proclamation from Gov. Bob McDonnell recognizing her as the Virginia PTA volunteer of the year. Hugo commended Trussell for coordinating our Bread Basket program that made over 11,000 sandwiches for Food for Others last year. As of this year, students at Union Mill have already made almost 13,000 sandwiches for Food for Others. Above, with Trussell are her husband, Jeff, and daughter, Sarah.

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Jazz & Pizzazz Sparkles

Chantilly High’s 26th annual Jazz & Pizzazz show wowed audiences May 23-26.

Centre View Entertainment -- May 30

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

Roundups for May 30

Making False Report Charged City of Fairfax police have charged a 27-year-old Centreville woman with making a false police report regarding a robbery and assault.

LeMunyon Reviews Transportation

Delegate addresses Brookfield homeowners, May 24.

Transportation was the topic last week when Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-67) addressed members of the Brookfield Civic Association. And he brought good news to the residents about three area projects.

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Tackling a Traffic Trouble Spot

VDOT begins study of I-66/Route 28 interchange.

The traffic-congestion problem at the I-66/Route 28 Interchange in the Centreville/Chantilly area isn’t going to be solved anytime soon. But at least it’s on VDOT’s radar.

Settlement in Home Explosion

Gas company is fined and is replacing pipes.

If his children hadn’t insisted on looking at Christmas lights on their way home from dinner, Thuan Nguyen, his wife and their two sons might well have died in the Dec. 19, 2010, gas explosion and fire that demolished their Chantilly home.

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Encore Presents “Dancin’ Fool” at NOVA

Premiering their new show here before taking it to Greece this summer are the singers and dancers of Encore Theatrical Art Project. They’ll perform “Dancin’ Fool” on Saturday, June 9, at 4 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 10, at 1 and 4 p.m.

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Rocky Run Girl Power

Seventh-grade eCybermission team is second in Virginia.

The boys on Rocky Run Middle School’s eighth-grade eCybermission team won the Virginia state championship, but the girls of the seventh-grade team are no slouches, either. They, too, did their school proud, finishing second in the state.

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Combatting Lyme Disease

Twenty feeding stations set up as part of three-year study.

After an unseasonably warm winter, Fairfax County health officials are bracing for a proliferation of tick infestations as well as a potential surge in new cases of Lyme disease.

Sully Crime Report -- May 18

Activities reported by the Sully police department through May 18.

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Selected for MADD Summit

Centreville student recognized for efforts against drunk driving.

Centreville High School junior Melissa Stegner is one of 10 students who were chosen to be part of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s first Power of You(th) National Teen Influencer Group.

Letter: Fighter for Human Rights

To the Editor: Aside from the domestic issues currently facing our nation, there are parts of the world experiencing unstable and volatile situations. Among the global issues is the human rights abuse observed in countries under totalitarian regimes, preventing the spread of democracy and liberty. In order for the United States to maintain a strong stance against human rights abuse, we must reelect Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

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Broadway Comes to Town

Centreville High’s choral concert is June 7-8.

Centreville High School’s Choral Department will present “Broadway Pops,” its final concert of the year, Thursday-Friday, June 7- 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s Skip Maiden Theater. Tickets are $5 for adults at the door; students are free.

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Strike Up the Band!

'Music Man' Dazzles at Arena Stage

Move over Robert Preston. There's a new band leader taking River City by storm in Meredith Willson's “The Music Man,” playing now at Arena Stage.

Arlington Calendar for May 30

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

Letter: Paid by All For Wealthy Few

To the Editor: Re: your editorial, "Transparency, Technology and Tolls" May 9 - 15 edition.

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Rolling Thunder Marks 25th Anniversary

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

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'Doing the Most Good'

Salvation Army celebrates William Booth Society.

Donors, representatives and friends of the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command celebrated the inaugural reception of the William Booth Society May 17 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington.

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Trailer Placement Irks Residents

Lack of communication cited.

Members of the Jamestown Elementary community voiced their concerns at a School Board meeting May 25 about the installation of trailer classrooms in a field in front of the school.

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PenFed Foundation Honors ‘Hero at Home’

Gala salutes family and friends of deployed military personnel and caregivers of wounded veterans.

Dahlia Constantine, Arlington resident and Patrick Henry Elementary School teacher, met her husband Justin in Argentina in April of 2006.

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A Night at the Races

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

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

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Need for Police Oversight Continues

Coalition reaffirms effort to establish Police Citizens Oversight Board.

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

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Humane Group Showcases County K-9’s

Dogs are cross-trained for patrol and drugs.

Friends of Montgomery County Animals (FMCA), a humane non-profit established in 1974, held its annual spring luncheon meeting on May 15 at the Potomac home of FMCA president Claire Proffitt. Nestled on 5 acres in a woodland setting where a variety of wildlife are wont to roam, Proffitt’s home welcomed more than 60 animal lovers including two police officers with their four-legged colleagues assigned to the Canine Section of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Operations Division.

Potomac Calendar May 30

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

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How To Beat the Heat in and around Potomac

Some advice on finding cool activities.

All of a sudden, summer has arrived. Who knew it would be 95 degrees on Memorial Day —†and the possibility that it will be over 100 by July 4? Here’s some ways to spend some lazy summer afternoons with your family — and not succumb to those high temperatures. Most of these “escape the heat” ideas are very near downtown Potomac.

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‘Foodies and the Beast:’ Live at Founding Farmers

Chefs share their specialties.

Founding Farmers Restaurant in Park Potomac was the place to be on Sunday, May 20. The Park Potomac restaurant was the scene for “Foodie and the Beast,” the food and wine variety show hosted by Nycci and David Nellis on Federal News Radio 1500AM. The sold-out venue featured brunch, interviews with well-known chefs, a discussion with a local butcher about carving lamb, a drink-mixing lesson from Jon Arroyo, mixologist for Founding Farmers and more.

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It’s Vehicle Day

The Greenzaid Early Childhood Center of B’nai Tzedek held its annual Vehicle Day on May 16. The children, ages 2-5, had the thrill of hands-on learning and animated discussions with each of the vehicle’s operators. They climbed through, pretended to drive and honked a lot of horns of the fire engine, ambulance, cherry-picker, school bus, trash truck, SUV and police car. The day was topped off by an ice-cream treat from the Good Humor ice cream truck.

Concert Honors Cantor’s 10th Year at Synagogue

Congregation B’nai Tzedek of Potomac held its Annual GALA, “Bima to Broadway,” on Saturday, May 12, in honor of Cantor Marshall Kapell’s 10th anniversary at the synagogue. With more than 300 in attendance, Kapell, joined by two other cantors, Elisheva Dienstfrey, from Agudas Achim in Alexandria and Josh Perlman, from B’nai Israel in Rockville, gave a concert featuring a selection of Broadway songs and some modern Jewish liturgical music. It was followed by a Grande After-Party, with DJ Julian from New York Entertainment, desserts, an open bar and dancing.

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Raising Awareness

Troop #4741, a fifth-grade Junior troop from Bells Mill Elementary School, earned its Bronze Award by raising awareness of endangered species at an Art Night at VisArts in Rockville on Monday, May 7. The Bronze Award is the highest award given to junior troops. The girls worked together for two months to select their project, learn about different animals on the endangered species list, and create an original work of art and an informational paper on endangered animals. The girls presented their work at an ArtNight planned and run by the girls. The girls targeted adults for their outreach efforts as they believe that fewer adults are aware of or care about endangered animals.

Commitment to Child Safety

Snyder's support extends to national center.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a mixed private-government organization headquartered in Alexandria, Va., has the support of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

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Safety Advice

The boat ramp into Seneca Creek at Riley's Lock is the the busiest boat ramp in Montgomery County, and on Memorial Day, a steady stream of people with motor boats, jet skis, canoes and kayaks used the ramp to begin their outings on the Potomac River. Corporal Daniel Yankie of the Maryland Natural Resources Police took the early season opportunity to remind boaters about wearing personal floatation devices (PFDs) and other safety measures. He checked registrations and chatted with boaters coming out of the water on Monday evening, May 28, writing a few citations and warnings. Yankie noted that the stretch of the Potomac River in Montgomery County that runs south of Blockhouse Point is the most dangerous area along the river, with the most drownings. The river northwest of Riley's Lock is calm and flat. The resources police also look for boaters who might be impaired from drinking during their excursions on the river. For more information on water trails, the location of boat ramps and boating regulations in Maryland, see

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Crowd Savors Strawberry Festival

Potomac United Methodist Church’s signature fundraising event supports charities.

There were strawberries a plenty in Potomac recently when the Potomac United Methodist Church held its 22nd annual Strawberry Festival.

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Potomac Real Estate: Sales for April 2012, $1million~ $1.18million

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

Potomac Real Estate: Sales for April 2012, $1million~ $1.18million

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Save the Fine Arts

On Monday, May 21, over 100 students and alumni of West Springfield High School joined to protest Fairfax County Public School's staffing policies in the fine arts and celebrate the impact the fine arts has had on their lives.

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Out of the Ashes

Award-winning master carver and sculptor turns charred tree stump in to work of art.

A local wizard used his powers of transformation at a Potomac school recently.

Long & Foster Takes On Community Project

Sales associates and staff from Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., Springfield office, located at 7202 Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield, will spend the 15th annual companywide Community Service Day on June 6 working to make major home improvements to the residence of an area woman who lives alone and is blind.

Crew Teams Capture Championship

The South County Secondary Men’s and Women’s Junior 4 crew teams captured their respective state championships and have earned the right to compete at the national competition. A total of 46 schools competed in the Virginia State Championship Regatta at Sandy Run Regional Park on May 12.

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Heights School Men’s Chorus Releases CD

Ensemble recorded the music at St. Peter’s Church in Vienna.

The Heights School Men’s Chorus released its latest CD earlier this month. Their recording, “Sing dem Herrn” (Sing to the Lord), is a collection of traditional men’s choral music performed a cappella.

Brother Joscephus Comes to The Workhouse Arts Center

Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra will be playing a debut performance at the Workhouse Arts Center, located at 9601 Ox Rd. in Lorton, on Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Let’s Roll

Bob Sussan of Fairfax, vice chairman of the Department of Virginia American Legion Riders, gets ready to participate in the 25th anniversary Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom May 27. More than one million riders participated in the rally from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in honor of American POWs and MIAs.

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Fairfax Rotary Honors Teachers of the Year

Robert Williams and Margaret Arnold each received the Teacher of the Year Award from The Fairfax Rotary Club on May 21.

‘Growing up with Sarge’

Field Notes

“For most of my life, it was enough for me to feed off his energy — he carried all of us on his wave. He kept us believing; he kept us hopeful. When he walked into a room, you just felt better. You felt ready for the day.” — from “A Good Man,” by Mark Shriver.

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Supporting Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts

Cardinal Bank Community Fund has awarded a $5,000 grant to Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts. Founded in 1985 as a cooperative effort by the City of Fairfax and George Mason University, Spotlight aims to enhance the community’s awareness of the many arts and cultural opportunities offered in Fairfax and the surrounding area.

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Talk of the Town: Gearing Up for Summer

Of course the Wanderer’s favorite way to enjoy cycling is to sit in his comfy, air conditioned man-cave and watch the Tour de France, all 2,161 miles of it, coming up June 30 through July 22.

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Daily Patrols Take to the Water

Memorial Day weekend launches boating season.

The warm holiday weekend brought the opening of boating season on the Potomac watershed and Fairfax County’s inland lakes and waterways.

Fairfax Academy: Talent on Display

Creative Works Showcase, awards program to be held June 5.

Signature Projects created by second year Fairfax Academy students will be featured at Fairfax Academy’s annual Creative Works Showcase on Tuesday, June 5, 6:30-7:45 p.m. at the Fairfax HS Commons, followed by the Awards Program, 8 p.m. at the Fairfax HS Auditorium.

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Fairfax Honors the Fallen

Memorial Day ceremony held at old Fairfax courthouse.

On Monday, May 28, dozens gathered on the lawn of the old Fairfax courthouse for a ceremony honoring those who have died in battle. The American Legion Post 177 and VFW Post 8469 partnered for the service.

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Running for Cure

Michelle Wilds of Fairfax will run in the Race for Cure in memory of her mother Elizabeth.

On her 21st birthday, Michelle Wilds lost her mother. A Fairfax resident and George Mason business student, Michelle had watched her mother, Elizabeth, combat aggressive inflammatory cancer since her diagnosis in 2008.

Fairfax Resident Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Eleni Antzoulatos of Troop 5462 in Fairfax, was one of 221 Girl Scouts from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) recently recognized for earning the highest award in Girl Scouting. The annual ceremony, called "In Your Honor" was held at Trinity Washington University and celebrated the accomplishments of young women in the region that reached this extraordinary summit.

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City of Fairfax Band presents 'Springtime Pops'

The City of Fairfax Band will present a free show Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Louise Jackson Amphitheater at Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Road, Manassas. Parking is free next to the amphitheater. For weather-related cancellations, call 703-530-8298.

Business and Community Partnership Celebrated

Awards Ceremony hosted by George Mason University.

Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognized their business and community partners for continued contributions to their community at the Celebrate Partnerships awards ceremonies held on May 21 at the Mason Inn and Conference Center.

Reduce Crime: Buy Books

Richard Byrd Library hosts sale to support program for juvenile offenders.

Is there a new approach that works to turn juvenile offenders around? Yes - it is the Fairfax County Public Library's Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) program. According to FCPL Program Manager, Ted Kavich, CLTL uses the power of literature to transform troubled youth through reading and group discussion.

Kicking Up Their Heels

Encore presents ‘Dancin’ Fool’ at NOVA.

Premiering their new show here before taking it to Greece this summer are the singers and dancers of Encore Theatrical Art Project. They’ll perform "Dancin’ Fool" on Saturday, June 9, at 4 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 10, at 1 and 4 p.m.

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Local Teacher Honored

Melanie Davis, a Jr. Kindergarten teacher at Kiddie Country Developmental Learning Center, was chosen by Fairfax County Preschool Division of Early Childhood Education as one of five community preschool teachers to be honored at the First Annual Exemplary Inclusive Practices Community Preschool Teachers Awards ceremony on May 17.

Col. Lawrence Paul Monahan, Jr., USA (Ret.), 88, a Long-time Reston Resident, Dies

Col. Lawrence Paul Monahan, Jr., USA (Ret.) passed away on May 22, 2012 at 88 with his loving wife, Patricia Monahan, and family members by his side at Loudoun Hospital. Col. Monahan, "Paul," was a devoted father to Dr. David Monahan and wife Kathy; Gail Monahan and husband David; Tom Monahan; Tanya Stinson and husband Mike; Robin George and husband Chip; and Scott Trescott. An adoring grandfather to Alex, Julia, Zoe, Cassidy, Jeremy, Anna, Peter and Colin.

Letter: Revelation on Tennis Courts

Letter to the Editor

The formal opening of the new kid-size tennis courts on Saturday, May 19 was a revelation for me. A new phenomenon for Virginia, these six courts replace two normal sized courts that were located opposite the four story office building on Washington Plaza W. off North Shore Road.

Letter: Education 2012: A Third Dimension

Letter to the Editor

In my piece, "Education in the USA, 2012," I said: "There are three distinct ways which make it impossible to say that, aside from equality under the law, all children are created equal." I followed this with only two ways, thus shortchanging the reader. To make amends, I should like to provide my third reason now.

Letter: Misguided Belief

Karen Christenson’s commentary on the health care ["Strengthening, Not Blocking, Health Care Law," Reston Connection, May 23-29, Reston Connection] provided an excellent illustration of a number of shortcomings in America’s medical practices. As Ms. Christenson ably illustrates, self-employed persons are particularly disadvantaged by our system.

Letter: Fraud Issue - Revisited

The Letter to the Editor by Cesar del Aguila ["Misrepresentation in Voter Identification," The Reston Connection, May 16-22, 2012] does not surprise this writer. The usual diatribe of "untruths" spews forth when facts are presented. Chairman del Aguila states, 5-10 percent of the absentee voters are disenfranchised … were wrongfully rejected based on … Virginia's unique and complicated instructions for mailed-in ballots.

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Reston Hospital Center Awards Scholarships to Area Students

Reston Hospital Center awarded eight Fairfax County high school seniors with scholarships in recognition of their excellence in education and passion for pursuing a career in healthcare.

Column: Shaping Up the MWAA Board

Recently I attended a briefing for elected officials arranged by Congressmen Connolly and Wolf on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) review of the management and governance of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) as had been requested by Congressman Wolf.

Column: A Senator We Need

These are hard times. With 15 million Americans out of work and levels of inequality not seen since the gilded age, we have a political class unconcerned with our collapsing middle class and those ravaged by poverty.

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Pilot Community Garden Becoming a Reality

Cedar Ridge apartments residents who have signed up to be the gardeners are pictured with Sustainable Reston Initiative Chair Diane Blust (3rd from left) with freshly tilled soil of the garden in the background.

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Aldrin ES, Worldgate LLC Announce Partnership

Aldrin Elementary School has announced a new business partnership with Worldgate LLC. The partnership was officially announced as part of a planned student assembly. Worldgate LLC president, Katelyn Montgomery, and vice president Scott Montgomery are also Aldrin parents. Worldgate is a consulting company with offices in Reston, Philadelphia and New York. They are at work on several educational projects.

Promoting E-ZPass On 495 Express Lanes

495 Express Lanes announced the launch of a three-month car giveaway contest designed to accelerate the adoption of E-ZPass and the new E-ZPass(r) FlexSM among Northern Virginia drivers in anticipation of the Express Lanes opening later this year.

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Herndon Police Youth Academy Graduates Honored

On May 22, the Herndon Town Council recognized the graduating class from the Twelfth Session of the Herndon Police Youth Academy at an official Town Council presentation.

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ArtSpace Herndon Announces Art Photography Competition Winners

ArtSpace Herndon and the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts have announced the winners of the 2012 Fine Art Photography Competition.

Week in Herndon

Herndon news.

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Montessori Country School Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Montessori Country school in Herndon celebrated their 40th Anniversary at a big family bash on Friday, May 18. Many alumni as well as current families were in attendance.

Letter: Human Rights Champion

Letter to the Editor

Aside from the domestic issues currently facing our nation, there are parts of the world experiencing unstable and volatile situations. Among the global issues is the human rights abuse observed in countries under totalitarian regimes, preventing the spread of democracy and liberty. In order for the United States to maintain a strong stance against human rights abuse, we must re-elect Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

Madison Girls Beat Lee on PK’s to Advance to Regional Semifinals

Warhawks set to meet W.T. Woodson in round of four soccer matchup.

Last Thursday, May 24 , under ominous skies at Lee High School in Springfield, the Madison Warhawks and Lee Lancers girls’ soccer teams squared off in a hard-fought Northern Regional quarterfinals playoff match that saw four overtime periods before eventually being decided on penalty kicks. Both teams played valiantly for over 100 minutes as Madison ultimately prevailed by a score of 3-3, 3-1 on penalty kicks.

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McLean Baseball Eliminated in Region quarterfinals

Highlanders come from behind to force extra innings with Bruins before losing 6-5 on ninth inning suicide squeeze play.

The McLean High baseball team gave one of the Northern Region’s annual powerhouse programs, Lake Braddock, a huge scare on Monday’s Memorial Day when the Highlanders rallied to tie the game in the latter innings. Ultimately, the home team Bruins won the Northern Region second round (quarterfinals) playoff game in extra innings, 6-5.

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Saxons Capture Region Tennis Crown

Langley girls defeat Jefferson Colonials in finals.

The Langley High girls' tennis team defeated Thomas Jefferson High, 5-0, to win the Northern Region title last week.

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Delaney Set to Play Volleyball at JMU

South Lakes volleyball standout earned Seahawks' Offensive Player of Year honors the past two fall seasons.

Sarah Delaney, a senior at South Lakes High School and a key member of the Seahawks' volleyball team during her four years with the program (three as a varsity team member), recently signed a collegiate letter of intent to play the sport next school year at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. Delaney holds South Lakes' single season record for the most blocks per season as well as most kills per season.

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Bruins Baseball Reaches Region Semifinals

Clutch game-winning bunt by O'Connor; solid pitching by Church, Rogers lead Lake Braddock past McLean.

A perfectly executed bases loaded suicide squeeze play by Dylan O'Connor saved the day for the Lake Braddock Secondary baseball team and provided the winning run for the host Bruins in their dramatic 6-5 extra innings victory over McLean in a Northern Region quarterfinals playoff game played on Memorial Day afternoon.

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Westfield High to Host Spring Jubilee

State tournaments set to be held in baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, and tennis.

Westfield High will host the upcoming Virginia High School League (VHSL) State AAA Spring Sports Jubilee from Tuesday, June 5 through Saturday, June 9. The Spring Jubilee will determine state AAA champions in baseball, softball, boys' and girls' tennis, soccer, and lacrosse. Westfield High is located at 4700 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

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Westfield Baseball Reaches Region Semifinals

Holiday win over Yorktown highlighted by three Bulldog homers.

Chuck Welch, the Westfield High baseball coach, is proud of his entire team for what it has accomplished this spring in reaching the Northern Region tournament baseball semifinals. But the veteran skipper is especially proud of his seven senior players who, prior to this spring, had never advanced so far in the postseason.

Langley Prevails, 8-6, Over Chantilly in Northern Region Final

Saxons weather late Chargers comeback try.

Chantilly Charger resilience with a spirited comeback effort fell just short in the end leaving the host Langley Saxons to claim a second Northern Region title in boys lacrosse with an 8-6 triumph in the tournament final on Friday, May 25.

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14 Candidates Seek Six Seats in Historic Democratic Primary

Voters to determine if they like recent direction of city or not.

Are voters pleased with the direction of the city? Or are they looking for a new set of leaders? That will be the central question for the Democratic primary on June 12, when voters will select six candidates that will appear as the party’s slate for City Council in the November election.

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Horse Stable Could Be Closed to Protect Cemetery and Historic Plantation

Widening debate on Richmond Highway creates dilemma for Federal Highway Administration.

The hill where Woodlawn Baptist Church graveyard is located offers a commanding view of an area in the midst of drastic change.

Week in Alexandria

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

Wednesday, May 30

Weekly Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

May 31-June 7.

Entertainment in Reston/Herndon.

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

May 31-June 7.

Entertainment in Vienna/McLean/Great Falls.

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Longing for Peace and Happiness

Elden Street Players present "Flowers for Algernon."

"I wanted to give audiences a timeless classic play; one that touches on many different issues," said the award-winning Gloria DuGan, director of "Flowers for Algernon," the next Elden Street Players production. "This play deals with important moral and ethical matters, including how life can be both beautiful and painful."

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Barn Animals Attacked Again

In the wake of a stabbing of three horses on April 26, more barnyard animals have been injured by an unknown assailant at the Kidwell Barn at Frying Pan Park in the Herndon area. Two goats, a calf and a chicken were cut by an unknown object during the nighttime hours between 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and 7 a.m. Sunday, May 27.

Apt Orthodontics Offers Mobile App

Apt Orthodontics is introducing its mobile app feature. Patients will have the ability to schedule appointments, view services, get current news about the offices, and connect on Facebook from their mobile devices. Apt Orthodontics is bringing the comfort and quality of their practice to the palm of their patients’ hands. They can visit Apt Orthodontics mobile app from their cell phone and iPad at

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Community Services Budget Under Scrutiny

$8 Million budget hole threatens programs, public review underway.

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, which provides social services to thousands of the county’s most vulnerable residents and has come under fire for an $8 million budget shortfall, was given a temporary reprieve by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

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Greeting New ‘Fellow Americans’

Fairfax County hosts fourth annual naturalization ceremony.

"My fellow Americans," U.S. Rep Gerry Connolly (D-11) said with gravitas, pausing to let the meaning sink in. And when it did, 75 immigrants - from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan - who had just raised their right hand and taken the Oath of Allegiance to become American citizens, erupted with applause and tears, waving American flags and hugging family members. They were gathered at the Fairfax County Government Center Friday, May 25, for the county’s fourth annual naturalization ceremony.

Editorial: Surviving through Summer

Helping teens.

It is that time again, the time from proms to graduation, and all the celebrations that come with it. It's lovely to think, from a distance, that this is a happy and uncomplicated time for teens as the school year winds down, many look forward to college in the fall and a summer of internships or other interesting activities.

Davis Carries Oakton Softball to Region Semifinals

Allison Davis threw a two-hit shutout and delivered a two-run double as Oakton defeated Hayfield, 6-0, in a Northern Region quarterfinal matchup at Falls Church High School.

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Maniglia Launches Wolverines into Region Semifinals

West Potomac beats Chantilly in region softball quarterfinals.

Morgan Maniglia launched a two-run home run — her 10th of the season — well over the left-field fence, propelling West Potomac to a 3-1, 11-inning victory at Falls Church High School.

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Martin, Burks Lead Stallions to Semifinals

South County softball beats Robinson in quarterfinal match-up.

Rebecca Martin hurled a one-hit shutout as South County advanced to the region semifinals with a 5-0 victory at Falls Church High School.

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Teacher Honored for ‘Inspiration’

Former Wolftrap Elementary student builds a new lab in honor of his teacher Candace Leyton.

Candace Leyton was not just one to educate; she was one to inspire. Chris Shumway, her former student who was a UVA undergrad and Harvard Grad student, wanted to honor a teacher who made him "feel empowered."

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Arlington County to Create New Group Homes in Wake of Federal Settlement

Local jurisdictions scrambling to adjust to closing of training centers.

Ever since a federal judge issued a ruling earlier this year to close Virginia’s training centers, members of the Arlington Community Services Board have been struggling to figure out what’s next. Right now, there are more questions than answers. And time is running out.

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Oakton High Receives Blue Ribbon Award

Performing Arts Department recognized for performing at superior level.

Oakton High School’s Performing Arts Department is the recipient of a Virginia Music Educators Association Blue Ribbon School Award for 2011-2012. This award is also known as "the Performing Arts Department’s Standardized Test" according to Oakton’s Orchestra teacher Debra Myers. Back in February a panel of judges at the District Festival assessed the performance of Oakton’s band, chorus and orchestra. On May 11, Oakton was honored with a Blue Ribbon Award.

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Oakton Student Builds Seven Bullpen Pitching Mounds

Oakton High School freshman Evan Heitman completed his Eagle project with more than 50 volunteers by building seven bullpen pitching mounds at the Chantilly Youth Association Little League fields.

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Vienna Brings Out Its Heavy Equipment

Annual Public Works Day draws hundreds of children.

The dream to climb aboard construction and heavy-duty equipment and emergency vehicles came true for hundreds of children on May 24.

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ViVa! Vienna! Takes Over Town

Marketplace, food, live entertainment draw thousands.

It takes a lot more than blistering, pounding heat to keep Vienna-area families and neighbors away from ViVa! Vienna!, the Vienna Rotary Club’s three-day Memorial Day weekend festival.

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Arlington Real Estate: April 2012 Sales $1.1~$1.3 million

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

Arlington Real Estate: April 2012 Sales $1.1~$1.3 million

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Hits Vienna

The Pure Pasty Co. makes celebration cake.

It took a four-month period, two pounds each of butter, flour and sugar, eight pounds of mixed dried fruit, home-made marzipan and fondant, brandy and artistic finesse to create the spectacular Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee cake at The Pure Pasty Co. on Church Street.

Vienna Police Department Volunteers Honored

On May 24, the Town of Vienna Police Department along with Vienna Youth Football Incorporated honored several individuals that volunteer their time to the Town of Vienna Police Department. Vienna Youth Football, Incorporated Chairman Mark Meana hosted the event along with Capt. Mike Miller from the Town of Vienna Police Department.

Oakton Dentist Indicted

Hamada Makarita, 50, of Oakton, has been charged in a 15-count indictment of using his position as a dentist to illegally distribute prescription pills to patients, employees and women he dated. He was also charged with allegedly using the identity of another dentist to fraudulently bill an insurance company of more than $160,000 in claims.

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Madeira Student Reaches Out to Orphans in Thailand

Charlotte Heffelmire, of Vienna, is a freshman at the Madeira School and spent her spring break in the tropics, but not to sunbathe and enjoy the beach. Instead, she presented several thousand dollars to the Pattaya Orphanage near the Gulf of Siam in Thailand. For the last several years Charlotte has been working and saving her money as well as collecting donations to help the orphans in Thailand.

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Langley High Students Win Science Olympiad Medals

Local students competed in the 28th annual National Science Olympiad at the University of Central Florida on May 18-19. Representing Virginia, a team from Langley High School challenged 59 other state champion high schools from the U.S.

Area Students Win Merit Scholarships

Six Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students have been named winners of Merit Scholarship awards by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). T

Three Adults, Two Teens Win Seats on MCC Board

Five McLean district residents have won or have been re-elected to seats on the McLean Community Center’s 2012-2013 Governing Board. The election was held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the McLean Day 2012 festival at Lewinsville Park. The Center is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

Letter: Why Moran?

Letter to the Editor

A few weeks ago I received my new Voter Card from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was dated March 30, 2012. There were two facts of great interest to me: The voting location for my Chesterbook (302) precinct has moved from Arleigh Burke Pavilion to St Dunstan's Episcopal Church another half mile southwest on Kirby Road. This is due to the construction of 75 new apartment homes and a new community center at Vinson Hall, which should be completed in three years.

The McLean Symphony’s Season Finale, ‘Ode to Joy’

The McLean Symphony (TMS) presents its 2011–2012 Season Finale concert on Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Langley High School located at 6520 Georgetown Pike, McLean (route 193), ending its year-long celebration of 40 consecutive years of making music in the greater D.C. area under the baton of music director Dingwall Fleary.

Two TJ Students Earn Gold Award

Two Thomas Jefferson High School students, Megan Ganley and Rachel Chuang, earned the Girl Scouts highest honor this year--the Gold Award.

Terri Parent Exhibits at The Artists’ Atelier Gallery

"Weeping" and other new works by Great Falls photographer Terri Parent will be shown during the month of June at The Artists’ Atelier Gallery. Join the artist on the following Saturdays for discussion of her work, the debut of her fabric line and how she creates digital art with imaging software; June 2, June 16, June 23 and June 30, 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Letter: Parents Voice Turf Concerns

Letter to the Editor

We are the parents of Leonardo (Leo) Santaballa after whom the park behind the Great Falls Library is named.

Letter: Internship Program Focuses on Great Falls History

Letter to the Editor

It has happened only too often that a property is on the verge of demolition when the question is asked: Is this property historically significant? This question was asked when the Toll House was about to be demolished on Georgetown Road, as well as just before Thelma’s Store was demolished on Colvin Run Road, and now the question is being asked about the "purple house" on Walker Road. Many Great Falls residents have asked us this question about their own homes.

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Registrar Expects Six Times as Many Voters in Primary Compared to Caucus

Traditional firehouse caucus had 2,000 voters; citywide primary could draw as many as 12,000.

Alexandria Registrar Tom Parkins is forecasting a 12 percent to 15 percent turnout for the June 12 Democratic primary, which would mean about 9,600 to 12,000 voters are expected to show up at the city's precincts on Election Day.

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Animals Assaulted at Kidwell Barn

Weekend incident is similar to nearby April 26 stabbing of three horses.

Two goats, a calf and a chicken were assaulted at Kidwell Barn at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26 and 7 a.m. Sunday, May 27. Staff at Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Park went to feed the animals the morning of Sunday, May 27 and found the animals, who were injured by an unknown assailant.

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Herndon Remembers Fallen

Chestnut Grove hosts annual observance ceremony.

The Town of Herndon hosted its annual Memorial Day observance at Chestnut Grove Cemetery Monday, May 28. Members of the American Legion joined with local officials and dozens of residents to commemorate the lives given up for their country.

Beautifying Downtown Herndon

Artist Keith Naquin paints mural on NAPA Auto Parts building.

Since April, Keith Naquin has been hard at work on a brick wall. The artist was recently contracted by the Council for the Arts of Herndon to transform the rear of the NAPA Auto Parts building in downtown Herndon into a picturesque glimpse of rural life.

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Reston Farmer’s Market Going Strong

Weekly market will be at Lake Anne until November.

Living in California, Tony Tanis saw the rise in popularity of kale chips. A vegan culinary school graduate, she knew the nutritional value of the chips, made of dried kale greens, but found that they could be a little pricey.

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Making Reston into Reality

Historic Trust presents early planning of Reston.

Shortly after purchasing the land that would become Reston in March 1961, founder Robert Simon was on a plane back to New York City. The story he likes to tell is that’s where he grabbed a legal pad and began coming up with ideas for his new community, ideas based on his travels and life experiences.

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Great Falls Remembers Fallen

Freedom Memorial hosts annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Dozens gathered Monday at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial for the annual Memorial Day ceremony, honoring all who have lost their lives serving this country, including several from Great Falls.

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McLean High Sings Musicals

Concert features variety of Tony Award-winning songs.

McLean High School combined the best of stage and song last weekend, as they presented a concert of Tony Award-winning songs over two nights. Numbers from more than a dozen musicals were featured, everything from intimate duets to rousing group numbers.

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Langley Receives Eight Cappies Nominations

School to perform scene from ‘The Crucible’ at June 10 gala.

Langley High School received eight nominations for this year’s Cappies, including five for their performance of "The Crucible" earlier this year. They will perform a three-minute excerpt of the play at this year’s gala, to be held June 10 at the Kennedy Center.

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MCA Hosts Annual Membership Meeting

Association says farewell to president, provides McLean Community Foundation update.

The McLean Citizens Association hosted their annual members meeting Wednesday, May 23, saying farewell to President Rob Jackson and welcoming new president Sally Horn. Jackson, who is wrapping up his fifth term (the most of any MCA president), said he was proud of the MCA’s work on a number of issues over the past five years.

Tuesday, May 29

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Trailer Placement Irks Residents

Lack of communication cited.

Members of the Jamestown Elementary community voiced their concerns at a School Board meeting May 25 about the installation of trailer classrooms in a field in front of the school.

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PenFed Foundation Honors ‘Hero at Home’

Gala salutes family and friends of deployed military personnel and caregivers of wounded veterans.

Dahlia Constantine, Arlington resident and Patrick Henry Elementary School teacher, met her husband Justin in Argentina in April of 2006.

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'Doing the Most Good'

Salvation Army celebrates William Booth Society.

Donors, representatives and friends of the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command celebrated the inaugural reception of the William Booth Society May 17 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington. “William Booth Society members help make certain that The Salvation Army remains financially strong and ready to meet the challenges of serving the needs of our community,” said National Capital Area Commander Major Steve Morris.

Column: Off Topic, Almost

If only it were that simple. And as much I’d like to turn the cancer switch off, finding that switch has proven to be extremely challenging.

Monday, May 28

Langley Girls Storm Back to Clip Centreville, 7-6

Lady Saxons snag spot in Northern Regional lacrosse finals.

Langley High’s varsity girls lacrosse team earned a spot in the finals of the Northern Regional tournament and a seeding in the upcoming Virginia High School League (VHSL) state tournament with a thrilling semifinals comeback win over the Centreville Wildcats on the turf field at Marshall High School’s Jimmie Miller Field last Thursday, May 24.

Langley Reaches Northern Region Final with Win over Oakton

Saxons go on to defeat Chantilly in finals.

The Langley Saxons defeated the Oakton Cougars in a Northern Region boys’ lacrosse semifinals playoff game last Thursday, May 24. As a result, the Saxons booked their passage to the Northern Region boys’ finals the following day (Friday, May 25 versus Chantilly) and also earned an automatic seeding for the upcoming Virginia High School League (VHSL) state playoffs for the fourth year running.

Friday, May 25

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Virginia Supreme Court Sends Wales Alley Case Back to Alexandria

Key issue still unresolved: Does city have authority to deprive use of alley to Boat Club?

The Virginia Supreme Court has overturned a decision from the Alexandria Circuit Court about the use of a public alley in Old Town, but the case is not over ye

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Rams Defeat Westfield in Rainy Concorde Title Game

Robinson baseball builds 3-0 lead before weather delay; Go on to 4-2 title game victory.

Both the Westfield and Robinson baseball teams, along with competing against one another in Tuesday night’s Concorde District tournament baseball championship game, had to deal with sloppy, rainy weather conditions as well. Ultimately, following a third inning delay due to rain, the Rams of Robinson came away with a 4-2 finals win.

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South Lakes Baseball Wraps Up Spring Season

Seahawks edge Fairfax in play-in game before season-ending loss at Marshall.

Although it took more than 24 hours, the South Lakes Seahawks baseball team ultimately subdued the Fairfax Rebels to win their opening Liberty District Tournament game, 8-7. The first three innings were played on Tuesday, May 15 with Seahawk senior pitcher Billy McLaughlin opening on the mound. In the top of the second inning, South Lakes' designated hitter Bobby Rae Allen singled to left field and Austin Gibbons parked a home run into the trees beyond the fence for a 2-0 advantage for the Seahawks.

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Madison Softball Rallies to Defeat McLean

Liberty semifinals win advances Warhawks to finals.

The Madison Warhawks' girls softball team fell behind early to the McLean Highlanders in a semifinals game of the Liberty District Tournament last Friday evening before rallying late to claim a 7-3 victory.

Hornet Boys Follow the Season Soccer Script

Herndon fullfills season game plan in winning Concorde title.

The long term season plan for the Herndon High boys' soccer team was to ultimately be playing its best by the postseason. The Hornets could not have fulfilled that mission any more successfully than they did at last week's Concorde District tournament where, as the No. 3-seed, they won all three of their games to capture the title.

Thursday, May 24

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Making the World a Better Place

Daisy Troop 3113 members at Virginia Run Elementary School has been working all year to earn 10 petals for their uniform which teaches them the Girl Scout law. This week the troop members earned their final petal — the pink petal which represents "Make the world a better place.” To make the world a better place, the girls planted pink, white and yellow flowers in the flower bed under the sign at Virginia Run Elementary School. One of the parents, Russel Ramey, edged the flower bed, cleared it of weeds and mulched it in preparation for the day. From left are Caroline Johnson, Eloise Latimer, Emily Bobek, Grace Ramey, Allison Nguyen, Sarah Van Buren, Ava Lawless and Ginny Fitch.

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Good Citizens Essay Award

The Lane's Mill Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution selected Centreville High School senior Kevin Chow as the recipient of the chapter's DAR Good Citizens Essay Award. Chow, who will attend Virginia Tech, was presented with the award by Chapter Regent Charlene Gross and DAR Good Citizen Chapter Chairman Pauline Herpy.

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Housing Discrimination Alert

Officials step up education, outreach efforts to reach immigrant communities about “fair housing” rights.

Housing discrimination cases have been on the rise in Fairfax County in the past few years. And the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs (OHREP), the agency that enforces fair housing laws in the county, is shining a spotlight on the problem through seminars for housing providers, Realtors, community groups and other interested parties.

Centreville Man Indicted: Mortgage-Fraud Scheme

A Centreville man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged part in a $1.5 million mortgage-fraud scheme. He is Jea Min Lee, 34.

Roundups for May 24

Cabaret in Reema’s Honor The Remembrance Cabaret for Reema Samaha is this Saturday, May 26, at Westfield High. The show starts at 7 p.m., but the doors open at 6 p.m. for a bake sale and silent auction. It’s an evening of songs, dances and comedy sketches in memory of Westfield High grad and Virginia Tech victim Samaha.

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Learning about Autism

April was Autism Awareness month and students at Union Mill Elementary School had an opportunity to participate in a sensory simulation activity during P.E. classes. Students experienced an obstacle course that simulated activities children with autism find helpful such as jumping, bouncing, pressure, etc. Students were rotated to other stations that simulated challenges for some children with autism (perception confusion, fine motor challenges, and filtering out external stimuli).

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Art Teachers Display Their Work

Centreville High art teachers Allison Dreon, Troy Hayes, Kris Killinger, Rory Marcaccio Schaffer and Pam Young will display their works as Artists of the Month at La Bella Luce in the Town of Clifton. The shop is at 7137 Main St., and their show is titled, “Gli Insegnanti d’arte” (Italian for “the art teachers”). Store hours are Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; and by appointment. The teachers’ work will be on display at La Bella Luce through June and is also for sale. Killinger and Young are bringing their oil paintings; Killinger paints flowers and still lifes, and Young does Tuscan still lifes and landscapes. Dreon will show examples of her photography, Schaffer will offer her digital photography, and Hayes is displaying his portraits of athletes done in pastels.

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At Virginia International Music Festival

Westfield High's Concert, Symphonic and Wind Symphony bands plus the Marching Bulldogs participated in the Virginia International Music Festival in Norfolk, April 27 and 28. It featured bands from as far away as Minnesota and International Bands from Belgium, Norway, Albania, plus military bands from each of the Armed Forces. The results from the International Music Festival: Jazz Band, Gold Medal, First Place Division III, Outstanding Solist Andrew Harrington; Concert Band, Gold Medal, Second Place Division I; Symphonic Band, Gold Medal, First Place in Division II; Wind Symphony, Gold Medal, Outstanding Soloist Justin Carpenter, First Place Division II; Marching Band, International Parade of Nations, Gold Medal, Best Music, Best Marching. The four Gold Medals earned by WHS were 4 of the 6 Gold Medals given for the entire weekend of competition. Additional recognition included Grand Champion Jazz Band, Grand Champion Concert Band and Grand Champion Parade of Nations.

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Chantilly High School Prom

In front of The Westfield Marriott, and their limousine to and from dinner at National Harbor are, from left, Ryan Boyle, Bailey Shaffer, Billy Germain, Layne Zimmerman, Kara Tribbie, Adam LaBrecque, Katie Athearn and Jake Dansey.

Students Write about Chantilly

Sultan Seraj from Chantilly High School and Rachael Hayes from Poplar Tree Elementary School won the Chantilly Day essay competition. The topic of the essay was: “Remember Yesterday, Celebrate Today, Embrace Tomorrow.”

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Girls on the Run

Twenty-six girls from Lees Corner Elementary School ran in the Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia 5K held on the George Mason University Campus on Sunday, May 20. The run was the capstone event of a 12-week after school program that aims to help girls between 3rd and 6th grade develop self-esteem and self-respect through a curriculum integrated with a running program. More than 3,600 girls from schools in northern Virginia, and their buddy runners participated in the 5K.

Centre View Calendar -- May 24

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

Children’s Play at Chantilly High

‘Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother’

Leave it to Chantilly High to take a classic fairytale, turn it on its head and come up with something hilarious. And that’s just what the school has done with its upcoming children’s show, “Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother.”

Brighter Future for Labor Center

More workers participating and CIF receives $20,000 grant.

Not only is the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) running a successful labor-resource center, but it’s just received the 2012 Meyer Foundation Grant for $20,000.

Art Student Wins Gold Key Award

Hamin “Paul” Chung liked to draw ever since he was a child. But he wasn’t serious about his artwork until he was in high school and started thinking about what he wanted to do after graduation.

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Spotlight Shines on Three Local Schools

Westfield receives 20 Cappie nominations.

The Cappie nominations for outstanding high-school theater were just announced and, all together, Centreville, Chantilly and Westfield received 30 nominations. The awards to the winners will be presented Sunday, June 10, at the annual Cappies Gala at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Hats off to Centreville High

Newsweek ranks it sixth in Virginia

Newsweek has just published its rankings of America’s Best High Schools for 2012, and Centreville High is ranked sixth in Virginia and 246th out of 1,000 schools surveyed in the U.S.

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Rams Defeat Westfield in Rainy Concorde Title Game

Robinson baseball builds 3-0 lead before weather delay; Go on to 4-2 title game victory.

Both the Westfield and Robinson baseball teams, along with competing against one another in Tuesday night’s Concorde District tournament baseball championship game, had to deal with sloppy, rainy weather conditions as well. Ultimately, following a third inning delay due to rain, the Rams of Robinson came away with a 4-2 finals win.

Langley Tops South County, 9-4, in boys’ Lacrosse Quarterfinal

Saxons advance to region final four meeting versus Oakton.

Junior Luke Salzer rocketed in a trio of goals that sparked the offense but it was a stalwart defense that carried the Saxons to a 9-4 triumph over the Stallions from South County in a Northern Region quarterfinals round playoff bout in boys lacrosse on last Friday evening, May 18 at Langley.

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Paul VI Baseball Grabs Another State Title

Panthers battle through illnesses to gain crown in Emerson’s final season.

Fresh off their third Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Championship in the last six years, the Paul VI High Panthers’ baseball team had one more goal this past week: to win another Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) state title for their departing skipper Billy Emerson.

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50 Years of Hits

The West Potomac High School Choral Groups will be presenting their annual spring show “Now & Then, 50 Years of Hits! 1962-2012” in Springbank Auditorium at West Potomac High School on May 31, June 1 and June 2. All shows will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Online tickets are available this year at The fully choreographed show features all students in the West Potomac choral program, along with special guests — students from the Carl Sandburg Middle School and the theater comedy sports improvisational team, with assistance from Philip Clarke, West Potomac drama director. Above, from left, are Catherine Canary, Haley Narins and Lyndsay Leisher.

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At Home At River Farm

Supporters of Mout Vernon At Home gathered Thursday, May 17 at George Washington’s River Farm.

Poetry: Memorial Day

in the shopping center at I Love Nails the window

Must Consider The Source

To the Editor: As a devoted fan of the Mount Vernon Gazette, I was disappointed at the May 17 editorial, “Most Endangered?”. That piece merely parroted unsubstantiated claims by American Rivers, Inc., that the Potomac River has somehow shot to the top of the list of the nation’s most endangered rivers, and urged readers to join that group’s fight to keep Congress from reining in the EPA.

Unfair Advantage?

To the Editor: On May 17, Mr. H. Jay Spiegel goes through his listing of people and organizations supporting the off leash dog park or OLDA at Westgrove Park. “Those in support of the OLDA proposal include the MVCCA.” I find it ironic that Mr. Spiegel has for the past several years devoted much time and attention writing editorials in this paper making claims that the MVCCA does not represent the broad consensus of the majority of the citizens of the district. Just this past March he wrote “the MVCCA does not represent the Mount Vernon community. It only represents the small percentage of residents whose neighborhood associations are MVCCA members. At that, insofar as community association representatives do not vote in accordance with the consensus of their respective communities, the MVCCA doesn't even represent them.

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Room for Many Views

To the Editor: My letter in the May 10 Gazette expressed my strong support for a plan, proposed by the National Park Service (NPS), to restore 30 acres of Dyke Marsh, including construction of a promontory wall to dissipate forces generated by tidal surges. I went a step further, advocating additional filling of a few more acres north of the wall to assure that the goal of dissipating those forces will be achieved. I also expressed my opposition to other NPS proposals that would include filling 130 or 180 acres of the Potomac River, respectively, because those proposals would destroy a year-round habitat for fish and result in the closure of Belle Haven Marina.

Sign Blight On Route 1

To the Editor: Someone should sue VDOT for not enforcing its own laws. Yes, there is a law on the books that forbids commercial or other advertising signs along Virginia roads (unless they get permission to do so). The fine is $100 for each sign. If one drives along the Route 1 Corridor from the intersection of I-495/Fort Hunt Road south until Walmart (near where the new Costco will go) there are at least 50 or more signs. Let's do the math: 50 times $100 = $5000. I know VDOT doesn't have the manpower to keep up, but they could hire a firm which would be paid out of the fines — make it a revenue-sharing deal. Win-win for everyone — our community, VDOT and the contractor. In the end, these illegal signs are a blight along this stretch of road that continuously strives to improve. You don't see these signs put up along road in Great Falls or McLean — why should Route 1 or anywhere?

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Don’t Text And Drive

To the Editor: We are Cadette Girls Scouts from Carl Sandburg Middle School and Walt Whitman Middle School and want to alert the community to an issue that is important to us: The dangers of cell phone use while driving. We will be driving in just a few short years and think it is important that the roads are as safe as possible. We urge drivers today to make a commitment to not text or use any handheld device while driving. We also hope that our law makers will support a law that bans drivers from talking, texting, or using handheld devices while driving. We have made this commitment ourselves for when we will be new drivers. We also have produced car bumper magnets to promote “Keep Both Eyes on the Road, Don’t Text and Drive.”

Effort for Off-leash Dog Park Advances

Planning Commission to vote on issue May 31.

The majority of residents who testified on May 17 before the Planning Commission supported the designation of Westgrove Park as the site of an Off Leash Dog Park (OLDA), according to county staff.

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Foundation Dedicates Fisher House at Fort Belvoir

Facility serves families of wounded warriors.

Fisher House, a temporary home for families of those wounded in Iraq, Afghanistan, and others was gifted to the U.S. Army in a dedication ceremony Tuesday morning, May 22, and attended by active and retired military, hospital staff, Pentagon leadership, and several military and civilian notables, including Medal of Honor recipient Retired Colonel Harry C. Barnum, Jr., U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff General Lloyd Austin, III, and Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital Commander Colonel Susan Annicelli.

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‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Fills Pantries for the Poor

Letter carriers are heroes at UCM and Rising Hope.

“It’s extra work and time for the letter carriers, but they enjoy doing it, they really do. It’s amazing how a little bag here and a little bag there add up to something big,” said letter carrier Brian McCormick, volunteer coordinator for last Saturday’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive in the Alexandria and Mount Vernon area.

Church Robbed Of Cash

Aldersgate UMC at Fort Hunt and Collingwood Road was broken into and robbed of cash Friday night, May 18, according to an email sent out Saturday by Becky Connell, church business administrator.

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Huntley Opens with a Flourish

Alexandria mayor built the home in 1825.

A new gem in Fairfax County’s growing collection of restored Colonial and 19th Century homes, Historic Huntley opened Saturday, May 19 with a flourish of welcoming speeches by county notables: Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Lee District Supervisor Jeffrey McKay, Edward Batten Sr. who is Lee District Representative of the Fairfax Park Authority, and Tim Aiken who relayed congratulatory remarks from U.S. Rep. Jim Moran.

‘Smiles for Life’ Supports UCM

Alexandria dentists Dr. James Geren and Dr. Zeyad Mady are participating in the Smiles for Life program, which will allow their patients to whiten their smile and help needy children at the same time. Running until the end of June, the dentists will offer professional teeth whitening services to the community at a reduced rate and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to support children in need. Half of these donations will go to United Community Ministries (UCM) to support the Bryant Early Learning Center, while the other half will go to national children’s charities.

Police Investigate Shooting

Mount Vernon District police officers, initially called for a noise complaint at the intersection of San Leandro Place and Mendocino Place at 11;30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, found a 47-year-old man sitting in a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Mount Vernon Crime Report May 23

Activities reported by the Mt. Vernon police department through May 18.

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Honoring Helping Hands

Hundreds honored at the Girl Scouts Precious Medals Ceremony in West Springfield.

Over two hundred people gathered Tuesday night, May 15, in West Springfield to honor Girl Scouts of Association 52 of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital (GSCNC) at their Fourth Annual Spring Precious Medals Ceremony titled "100 years of Helping Hands."

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Twice the Thrill for McLean Highlander Soccer Teams

Both the McLean girls’ and boys’ teams capture Liberty titles.

The athletic grounds within Madison High School’s Norman Bradford Stadium were, for one night at least, a Highlander Haven last Friday, May 18 as both of the McLean High varsity soccer programs – the Highlander girls’ and boys’ squads – earned Liberty District champion status for 2012 as a result of tournament finals victories.

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Brianna Nielsen – On Her Feet Again

McLean High senior soccer standout, with renewed health, has been a rock for the Highlanders.

One would never realize to watch Brianna Nielsen play soccer that earlier this year she could barely even walk. The McLean High girls’ soccer standout, on the field of play, looks as if she was born to excel in the sport, with her ability to maintain and control the ball in the midfield, her natural instincts and feel for the game which seem to always have her at the most opportune place to make a play, and her all out hustle and easily recognizable passion for the game.

Shooting Death in Springfield

Gray Alan Combs, Jr., 22, died after encounter with police.

Fairfax County police have released the name of the man who died after officers shot him on Saturday, May 19. Gray Alan Combs, Jr., 22, "of no fixed address" died after he was taken to a hospital, police said.

Workhouse to Host Farmers Market, Mount Vernon Nights

The Workhouse Arts Center has announced two new events taking place throughout the summer on the Workhouse Quad. The Workhouse Farmers Market will begin in May and Mount Vernon Nights at the Workhouse will begin in June.

Area Roundup

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire, Sunday, May 20, at approximately 11:20 p.m., in the Fairfax Station area of Fairfax County.

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Woman of the Year

Clifton area resident, Ann Levy, was named Woman of the Year by the Beth El Hebrew Congregation’s Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) sisterhood at the congregations’ May 11, Friday night services and special WRJ award presentation.

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South County Students Correspond with President

South County Secondary students in Janet Dower’s middle school English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes learned a big lesson about communication, when they wrote a letter to President Obama and received a response from him.

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‘Happily Ever After’ at Workhouse

Full of energy with plenty of foolishness to sweeten the life lessons hidden in plain sight, the magical fairy tale "Rapunzel" is given an appealing live production rendition at the Workhouse Studio 3 for Young Audiences.

Langley Boys Edge Robinson in First Round Region Lacrosse Playoffs

Saxons’ Adams tallies four goals in postseason victory.

The Robinson Rams punched at their weight and then some but came up just short in a valiant attempt to send off defending state title holder Langley from postseason play at the launch of the boys lacrosse Northern Region tournament competition on Wednesday, May 16.

Langley Girls Lacrosse Powers Way to Region Semifinals

Saxons defeat host W.T. Woodson, 14-9, in quarterfinals contest.

The Langley High girls’ lacrosse team advanced to the semifinals of the Northern Virginia Regional Tournament with a 14-9 win over the Patriot District champion Lady Cavaliers of W.T. Woodson High School. The postseason contest took place last Friday, May 18 at Woodson.

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Prom Night at T.C. Williams

T.C. Williams High School held its Prom on Saturday, May 19, at the Waterford Springfield.

Bulletin Board for May 24

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

Calendar for May 24

E-mail announcements to the Gazette, 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.

Column: Taylor Run News

MacARTHUR STARS The MacArthur Environmental Club won a prize of $100 at the Alexandria Earth Day celebration by its presentation of a song and clothes on the theme of recycling. The prize will be used for improvements to MacArthur School.

Spotlight on Child Safety

Upon becoming aware of "National Missing Children's Day," Margo Chisholm who heads Child Services in the Alexandria Public Library became its advocate in the City of Alexandria. Educational materials were shared throughout the City's schools, libraries and law enforcement offices.†The success of her efforts will be on display at the Beatley Central Library this coming Friday, May 25, throughout the afternoon.

Redskins Owner Backs Child Safety

Snyder’s commitment extends to locally-based center.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a mixed private-government organization headquartered in Alexandria, has the enthusiastic support of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

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Unleashed Creativity

Local artists test new material at Artomatic 2012

On Friday, May 18, an immense display of synchronized drumbeats and vibrant rhythms performed by Batala Washington hailed the grand opening of Artomatic 2012.

Letter: Where’s Data For New Trolley?

To the Editor: It’s time to take a closer look at the proposed free Del Ray trolley service to determine whether it’s politics or data-centric analysis that is driving this $700,000 project.

Letter: Stop Ignoring The Obvious

To the Editor: Last Friday night, the Alexandria Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) voted 6-1 to ask the city to provide them with independent legal counsel as they face the city's high priced legal team in court. The city government, led astray again by the City attorney, Mr. James Banks, is determined to fight both the citizens on the BZA and the citizens who correctly filed the petition which challenged city zoning actions on the waterfront. This is worth reviewing.

Letter: Bike Share Now Needs City Money

To the Editor: On May 14, I met with the other members of the Waterfront Commission. The city’s new bike share program headlined the docket. It seems that last October the City Council voted unanimously to authorize Alexandria to join the regional Capital Bike Share Network. Rich Baier’s pilot program was to be jump started using some $400,000 of federal grant funds so we wouldn’t ever have to pay anything. However, now we find out that on April 13, 2012 the Federal Highway Administration announced that federal funds could not be used for operating expenses associated with bike share programs. Therefore, the city intends to use $186,000 out of its Transportation Improvement budget to fund bike share’s operating expenses through Fiscal Year 2013. The actual cost of the bikes is $411,000 which is funded with two other grants. This latest information was not shared with the Waterfront Commission or anyone else for that matter until the Council Docket for May 22 was published. This total lack of transparency pales the imagination.

Letter: Best for Alexandria

To the Editor: I have been following with interest some of the letters and blogs about the various PACs that have been formed to endorse candidates for the June 12 Democratic primary for City Council (Disclosure: I am part of one of those PAC’s, Securing Alexandria’s Future). The genesis of these groups is the unprecedented nature of the election: (1) This is the first time in modern history that the general election will not be in May, but in November, which coincides with the presidential election and very high voter turnout; (2) It is the first time in my recollection that the contest to decide who become the Democratic nominees is being determined by a State-run primary, rather than a party-run caucus; (3) There has never been a contest for the Democratic nomination in which 14 qualified candidates have vied for six places on the ballot; and (4) The outcome of the Democratic primary will be highly determinative of who is likely to be serving on the next City Council (that is not a partisan comment, but it is one based on the political reality of the Alexandria electorate).

Letter: Add to City Greenery

To the Editor: There are many sites in Alexandria, especially in Old Town, which could benefit from the Congressional legislation urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act. It couldn't come at a better time. There's a new sense of urgency to develop urban/suburban greenery, from pocket parks to miles-long green ways. This is a renewal of the 19th C. movement called "lungs of the City."

Letter: Moving in Right Direction

To the Editor: Imagine the perfect boyfriend (or whatever applies as your preference). Rich. Great family. Cultured. Shares your values. Educated. Treats you like a queen. The perfect boyfriend. Problem is, due to no fault of his own he’s not perfect for you right now. You’ve got problems that you need to resolve and as a result, you are not ready to receive him. This is my issue with the Beauregard Small Area Plan.

Letter: Greening of The Waterfront

To the Editor: Over the last week, the media and local activists have tried use an environmental group’s ranking of the Potomac as “America’s #1 Endangered River” as evidence against the City’s Waterfront Plan. To set the record straight: the Waterfront Plan comprehensively addresses the major threats to the health of the Potomac River. In fact, each of the Plan’s major initiatives will substantially reduce, not increase, negative impacts on the environment.

Letter: Learn How To Protect Children

To the Editor: Who could hurt a child? I don’t know, but many adults do hurt and exploit children for selfish reasons. Our children deserve our protection from predators and others who do not have their best interests at the forefront. Adults all share the common experience of childhood. Who among us has not felt vulnerable, alone, or betrayed as a child? Do you remember who hurt you as a child? Was it an adult or another child perhaps? How long did the pain linger in your heart and soul? I know that mine does to this day. Childhood hurts affect our adult behavior and may leave us under developed in body, mind and spirit. Childhood injury to body and mind can be minimized if adults use common sense and encourage children to take on the responsibility of personal safety. Children will grow into their own sense of personal safety with adults guiding and challenging them to think about situations, places, and people that are potentially harmful. Instead of not thinking about childhood personal safety, let’s empower them with courage and tools.

Letter: Working with Citizens

To the Editor: I appreciate the effort the Gazette has made to differentiate the four different slates that political action committees including Alexandrians for a Livable City support. You are doing the work that a local newspaper should do, educating the voters so that they may make informed decisions. I would appreciate your in-a-box list of how the candidates including incumbents stand on the disgraceful Beauregard Corridor Plan even more if you had put every incumbent in his correct box.

Letter: Mistaken Presumption?

To the Editor: As someone who has raised millions of charitable dollars, whose nonprofit management text The New York Times described as “one of the better,” I thank Rod Kuckro for his contribution to the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. He guessed wrong and payment is due.

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Hershey’s Track & Field Meet

Hundreds of city children competed in the annual Hershey's Track and Field Program on Saturday, May 19 in the Parker Gray Stadium at T.C. Williams High School. The meet featured the 50, 100, 200, and 400-meter dash; 800 and 1600 meter run, 4 x 100 relay, softball throw and standing long jump. Winners can advance through District, Regional, State and National Competitions.

ALIVE! House Holds Sidewalk Sale

Volunteers arrived early at the ALIVE! House on South Payne Street on Saturday, May 19 to set up for the annual sidewalk sale.

At the Instrument Petting Zoo

The door of T.C. Williams High School opened Sunday, May 20 for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s annual Children’s Arts Festival, Cosmic Quest. The Blackbox Theatre was transformed into an instrument petting zoo. The cafeteria offered art stations, reading centers, yoga and hand bell demonstrations. Two concerts were performed by members of ASO and featured selections from Holst’s Planets symphony. For more information about upcoming events visit or call 703-548-0885.

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Gathering Highlights Waterfront

Annual Founders Park Community Association meeting attracts crowd.

Residents and concerned citizens gathered May 20 for the annual Founders Park Community association meeting to discuss issues affecting the park and the future of the Alexandria waterfront.

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5k Race Raises Money for Field

Field to use rubberized turf safe for people with special needs.

The Kelley Cares Foundation hosted a 5k race May 19 to raise funds for a Miracle Field at the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center.

Commentary: Making Progress: Transforming T.C. Williams High School

One thing that we all have agreed upon as a community, especially over the past few years, is that the success of T.C. Williams High School is a priority for our students and the City of Alexandria.

Commentary: A Day To Remember, Celebrate U.S. Heroes

When you walk down the ramp to enter Alexandria's American Legion Post 24 (at the base of the pole flying the American flag), a brass plaque to your left reads: “For God and Country. Erected to the memory of the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines from Alexandria, Virginia who gave their lives during the World War.” The names of the dead are listed.

Commentary: Continuing the Conversation

For the second year in a row, Alexandria is holding an unusual exhibit of art. Its purpose is both a celebration of creativity and the artist's own special vision, and an opening gambit to begin the conversation on what mental health is, what it means to have a mental illness and how those with intellectual and developmental disabilities see and deal with the world around them.

City Fire Department Celebrates EMS Week

May 20 to 26 is Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Week in Alexandria, emphasizing Learning Instructions For Emergencies or L.I.F.E.

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Changes Coming to Penn-Daw

ow that comprehensive plan has been amended, development application is imminent.

Now that the county’s comprehensive plan has been changed to allow for higher density at the Penn-Daw Shopping Plaza, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay says he expects Combined Properties to file an application for redevelopment any day.

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Alexandria to Exceed Debt Limits

Officials say city is in no danger of losing credit rating.

Alexandria is on the verge of exceeding its own debt limit, and the city’s budget-advisory committee is warning that any additional borrowing could jeopardize the city’s credit rating.

Wednesday, May 23

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‘Reel Tributes’ Preserves Family Histories

Founder David Adelman believes that “Memories Matter.”

Most of us would like to leave a legacy of the history of our family — and of our personal lives for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren — and into perpetuity. However, many never record their personal histories, let alone that of their families. The research, interviews, writing and organization are just too overwhelming, confusing and time-consuming. But now, a company called “Reel Tributes” will help with the planning and implementation — and will make certain the project is completed in a professional manner with a meaningful result — a video documenting the history, genealogy and special memories of a family or a family business.

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Washington Folk Festival Is June 2-3

The 32nd Annual Washington Folk Festival will be held on June 2-3 at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo. From noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the festival will showcase more than 450 of the finest traditional American and international musicians, storytellers, dancers, and crafters who make their home in the greater Washington area. The festival is free to the public and held rain or shine.

Potomac Calendar May 23

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

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Private Gardens of Bethesda on June 2

Garden Tour. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit some of the most fabulous private gardens in the Bethesda and Chevy Chase area at the height of the gardening season. Join Brookside Gardens for its second annual private garden tour for your only opportunity to visit several extraordinary, designer showcase properties — guaranteed to provide inspiration to the most avid gardeners and designers as well as garden hobbyists. Pre-register through Visit one garden for $5, course # 202399, three for $15, course #202400 or all eight of the gardens for $20, course # 202401 on this exclusive tour, including one designed by Oehme van Sweden & Associates. Visit or call 301-962-1402. Check-in location is McCrillis Gardens, 6910 Greentree Road, Bethesda.

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Muslim Foundation Picnic Honors Volunteers

Organization receives “Exceptional Partner Award.”

More than 350 people gathered at Black Hill Regional Park to honor Montgomery County Muslim Foundation volunteers and to celebrate their “2012 Exceptional Partner Award,” presented by Giant Foods and Manna. County Executive Isaiah Leggett, County Councilmember George Leventhal, County Councilmember Nancy Floreen, Councilmember Phil Andrews and Kevin Gillogly, with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin’s office, each praised the MCMF for their work and the difference the non-profit organization is making throughout Montgomery County.

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Caregivers for Wounded Warriors Honored

“This country cares about you. We take pride in you and support you. You each have an inner strength which carries you through difficult times.” These words spoken by keynote speaker Annie McChrystal, wife of U.S. Army General (Ret) Stanley McChrystal, describe the emotion in the air at the second luncheon to honor caregivers of our injured servicemen and women.

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Miriam Ostria Launches Biz Sports & Leagues

Encouraging fitness for companies’ employees.

Potomac resident Miriam Ostria has a vision that will change the Washington workplace — and improve the health, fitness, weight management and wellness of residents in the D.C. environs while promoting sports. She has just recently embarked on a mission with her new company Biz Sports & Leagues, LLC: "I want organized sports activities to be incorporated into every company’s wellness program as another form of intervention and Biz Sports & Leagues to be the driver of this process."

Young Writers’ Celebration

On May 16, the children, ages 3 and pre-K, from B’nai Tzedek’s Greenzaid Early Childhood Center displayed to their parents and relatives, the books and poems they created this year as part of the Center’s Literacy Program. Guest author Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen read and signed her popular children’s books.

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Lois Williams Praised

Community activist lauded for service to Potomac.

A long-time Potomac resident, community activist and volunteer was honored for her altruistic efforts recently. The West Montgomery County Citizens’ Association praised Lois Williams during a ceremony at the Potomac Community Center earlier this month.

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Garlic Mustard Challenge

Invasive plant threatens forest understory, bird habitat.

The invasive garlic mustard plant has advanced rapidly into the C&O Canal National Historical Park and endangers the ecology of native plants and animals.

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Builder/Remodelers’ Advice on Handling Exterior Rot

Although it may be an unappealing subject to address, we Marylanders must acknowledge our mid-Atlantic location to be a perfect setting for fungus, mold, mildew, and rot, not to mention insect infestation. This is one aspect of the natural world we live in.

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Energetic Ensemble, Electric Evening

Batala Washington opens for Artomatic 2012.

On Friday, May 18, an immense display of synchronized drumbeats and vibrant rhythms performed by Batala Washington hailed the grand opening of Artomatic 2012.

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A Street Runs Through It

Effort to reduce stormwater runoff moves to the median.

Drivers along Patrick Henry Drive can see the Arlington County’s latest attempt at combating pollution from stormwater runoff. From the road, it may look like a few rocks and plants in the median. But county officials say the bioretention system is a “green streets” project aimed at absorbing and retaining pollutants rather than sending them into to Chesapeake Bay.

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'Xanadu' Is Zany Spoof of the 1980s

Signature's production should not be missed.

Don't bother telling “Xanadu” that's it's based on one of the worst movies of all time. It's already in on the joke, reinventing itself as an outlandishly zany spoof of the 1980 movie about a muse descended on skates from Mount Olympus to inspire the creation of a roller disco in Venice, Calif.

Arlington Calendar May 23

Know of something missing from our community entertainment Calendar? Send it to The Arlington Connection, e-mail it to 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”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for June 3-9.

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Enemy POWs in Arlington National Cemetery

A story for Memorial Day.

From its beginning, "enemy combatants" have been buried in Arlington National Cemetery. It started with Confederate soldiers. However, most people have forgotten to look upon them as the enemy.

Seventh Grader Wins State Legion Award

Victoria McCaffrey, seventh grade student at St. Charles School in Arlington, is this year's top awardee in Virginia's American Legion essay contest. The first place certificate is accompanied by a prize of $250.

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25th Annual Taste of Arlington

Foot traffic filled the roadway Sunday, May 20 on Wilson Boulevard at Ballston for the 25th annual Taste of Arlington. More than 35 restaurants and bakeries offered samples to the hundred of visitors strolling up and down the boulevard. Stuart Street at Wilson was set aside as the kidszone with games, face painting, moon bounces, wall scaling and jumpworks. At 1 p.m. food judges began sampling the food for the best of prizes. Best appetizer was awarded to P.F. Chang. Burger Shack received the nod for best entrÈe and best dessert went to Bayou Bakery. Proceeds for the street festival are donated to the Arlington Community Foundation, Virginia Hospital Center and the Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic.

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Activist Folk Duo Performs Benefit Concert

Helps local youth group travel to Phoenix for meeting on immigration.

Activist musical duo Emma’s Revolution performed a benefit concert May 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington to raise funds for the church’s youth group to attend the UUC’s General Assembly.

Commentary: Arlington’s Streetcar Vision for Crystal City

Growth always means more traffic and more headaches. Or does it?

AWLA in Shelter Competition

The best-selling mystery author Martha Grimes has invited the Animal Welfare League of Arlington to participate in the first Best in Shelter ( competition. Best in Shelter is the first virtual dog show where shelter dogs compete for prize money for their shelters. The League is one of four area organizations chosen to participate.

Coyotes Found in Arlington

While Arlington County naturalists and community members have assumed that Arlington has had coyotes, only now do they have visual proof. See Arlington's coyote on You Tube. Earlier this month a game camera at Potomac Overlook Regional Park took the first video of the coyote. Last year, Arlington County published its “Wildlife of Arlington: A Natural Resource Heritage Technical Report,” which reported that "it is considered likely that coyotes have found their way into Arlington, but they are extremely cautious, range very widely and move primarily at night." The coyote is not part of the historical native fauna of Virginia but is a master at adaptability and has steadily moved from its western haunts.

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Braun Saves TC Boys’ Soccer in Regional Opener

Titans defeat Stuart in penalty-kick shootout.

T.C. Williams goalkeeper Nick Braun has two clutch saves in a Northern Region tournament victory against Stuart.

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TC Rowers Gear up for National Championship

Coming off a solid performance at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia this past weekend, the T.C. Williams crew team heads north once again this coming weekend to compete in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship Regatta in Camden, N.J.

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MV Boys’ Soccer Captures National District Title

Majors beat Yorktown for first district championship since 2005.

Simond Kargbo’s goal in the 60th minute broke a 1-all tie, Amardo Oakley converted a penalty kick for insurance and the Mount Vernon boys' soccer team captured its first district title since 2005 with a 3-1 victory against Yorktown on May 18 at MVHS.

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Lake Braddock Baseball Wins Patriot District

Bruins beat West Springfield for second title in three years.

The Lake Braddock baseball team pounded 10 hits and played solid defense behind starting pitcher Michael Church en route to a 7-2 victory against West Springfield on May 21 in the Patriot District championship game.

Bulldogs Boys’ Lax Ends Season at State Semifinals

Churchill falls to Westminster, 14-10.

While Churchill experienced emotional high and lows, the Bulldogs are hoping the 2012 season acts as a foundation for a formidable future.

Churchill Girls’ Lax More Competitive at State Level

Bulldogs capture third consecutive region championship.

After winning a third consecutive 4A/3A West Region championship, the Churchill girls’ lacrosse team once again fell short in the state semifinals. This time, however, a more competitive contest gave the Bulldogs reason to believe they’re improving.

Whitman Baseball Falls Short

Vikings lost to Northwest in extra innings in region final.

Northwest defeated Whitman, 5-3, in eight innings on May 18 in Bethesda to earn the 4A West crown.

On the Campaign Trail

The Beauregard small-area plan is shaping up to be one of the hottest election issues in this campaign cycles.

Calendar (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

May 25-31.

Entertainment in Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield.

Council Notebook

The Alexandria Board of Zoning Appeals is facing a legal challenge to its recent decision on the waterfront, and city officials are denying them an opportunity to have legal counsel.

Bulletin Board (Reston/Herndon)

Community events in Reston/Herndon.

Prins Leads Yorktown Softball Past Former W-L Teammates

Patriots defeat Generals in district tournament semifinals.

Lillian Prins smashed a full-count pitch off the center-field fence for an RBI double, lifting the Yorktown softball team to a 2-1 victory on May 17 and a berth in the National District tournament championship game.

Weekly Entertainment (Reston/Herndon)

May 24-31.

Entertainment in Reston/Herndon.

Bulletin Board (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

May 24-31.

Community events in Vienna/McLean/Great Falls.

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

May 24-31.

Entertainment in the Vienna/McLean/Great Falls area.

Week in Fairfax

News in Fairfax.

Fairfax Chamber Receives Community Connector Award

Award recognizes Chamber’s contributions to schools and county.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce received the 2012 Chamber of Commerce Community Connector Award from Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

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Sports Briefs: Arlington Aerials Gymnasts Win Medals

The Arlington Aerials gymnastics team finished off its season strong, earning two more team plaques at various state competitions.

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Forum Focuses On Technology

Connolly holds forum on federal government and technology.

Senior representatives of national and local technology companies, including Google and Microsoft, and the new Chief Information Officer of the United States, participated in a congressional forum held by Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly and Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings at the Fairfax Government Center earlier this month.

Mom of Five Dedicated to Teaching Others Emergency Preparedness

According to the American Heart Association, 70 percent of Americans either do not know how to perform CPR or their training is outdated. For this reason, Antonisha "Nisi" Bennett is passionate about training moms and other caregivers in lifesaving skills. She lived in New York during 9/11 and remembers how helpless many people felt as a result of the attacks.

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Fairfax Student to Receive Eagle Scout Rank

On June 2, David Luftglass, a junior at W. T. Woodson High School, will receive his Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor ceremony with Boy Scout Troop 1533 and community leaders, at Providence Presbyterian Church, 9019 Little River Turnpike in Fairfax.

Woodson, Fairfax Shows Receive Cappie Nods

Both Woodson and Fairfax High have received Cappie nominations for their spring, theatrical productions. The winners will be revealed during the June 10 Cappies Gala at The Kennedy Center.

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Spotlight on High-School Theater

Paul VI receives nine Cappie nominations.

The Cappie nominations for outstanding high-school theater were just announced and, all together, Robinson, Woodson, Paul VI and Fairfax received 29 nominations. The awards to the winners will be presented Sunday, June 10, at the annual Cappies Gala at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Fairfax Pair Convicted in Mortgage-Fraud Scheme

Two Fairfax residents pleaded guilty in federal court last week for their roles in a $1.5 million mortgage-fraud scheme. They are Peter Kim, 39, and Erin Cullen, 32.

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Springfield Days – the Ultimate ‘Staycation’ May 31-June 3

Event features food, fun, entertainment for pets and people.

Everyone has their favorite Springfield Days event, whether it’s the cardboard boat regatta, the amusement rides, the petfest or the farmers market. Whatever it is, the annual community-wide celebration has something fun, entertaining and exciting for everyone.

Recognition is Given for Play’s Premiere

Robinson receives 10 Cappie nominations.

In November 2011, Robinson Secondary had the honor of performing the world premiere of an original play, Ken Ludwig’s "Midsummer/Jersey." And now, that play has received 10 Cappie nominations for excellence in high-school theater.

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Director Retires On a Happy Note

On Sunday, May 20, at NOVA, Robert (Bob) Hegerich directed The Wakefield Chorale for the last time. After 30 years of leadership, he stepped down and will start a new phase in his life, yet to be announced. With his unique one-finger style of directing, he will be missed not only by the 70 plus singers of all ages (from 13 to 90) but the many senior citizens we sang for in the senior residences all over Northern Virginia.

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LBSS Odyssey of the Mind Team Competes at World Level

The Lake Braddock Secondary School Odyssey of the Mind team has won the right to compete at the World Level Competition to be held at Iowa State University May 22-26. International and U.S. teams progress to the World Level after rigorous competition at the regional and state levels. Team members are CheyAnne Rivera, Crystal Luong, Rusty Ford, Noah Woodruff, Nick Wilcher, Nan Denette and Ryan Ford.

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Stechschulte, Lowe Engaged

John and Jodi Stechschulte of Columbus, Ohio, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Marie Stechschulte, to Adam Glenn Lowe, son of Roger and Alexis Lowe of Burke.

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Candidates for Mayor Clash Over Environmental Impact of Watetrfront Plan

Report on health of Potomac River highlights differences between candidates.

A river runs through the candidate for mayor.

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Cub Scouts Promoted to the Next Rank

On Sunday, May 20, Cub Scout Pack 1345 held their annual Advancement Ceremony at the Ponds Community Center. The Pack, chartered by Burke Center Conservancy, recognized the accomplishments of 42 scouts whose achievements during the year earned them advancement to the next cub scout rank. The pack also welcomed three new scouts that will form the next den of Tiger Cubs this fall.

Iron Dog Champions

All five Fairfax K-9 teams win awards and recognition.

All five of the FCPD K-9 teams that entered the 2012 Virginia Police Canine Association (VPCA) Iron Dog competition won awards and recognition for their top abilities testing strength, stamina and team work.

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Governor Signs Voter ID Bills

McDonnell directs state to send every voter a new voter card before Election Day.

Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) signed watered-down versions of Virginia’s Republican-backed voter identification bills on Friday, adding the Commonwealth to the growing list of states adopting stricter voting standards.

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Running, Walking for Charities

Connections for Hope run, walk benefits local charities.

Nearly 46 percent of all Herndon families speak a language other than English at home. Vecinos Unidos is one of the charities trying to fill a need for services in this area.

Education in the USA, 2012

Common sense dictates the directions we should be taking.

It would seem that underpinning today’s education philosophy is the concept embraced by the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal. From this it has been assumed to flow that since all children are equal, one size should fit all. And this being a high tech world, all children should be required to be proficient in math and science. And finally, since to get a decent job requires a college education, all preliminary years should be pointed to admission to college.

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South Koreans Return to Reston

Representatives from the province of JeollaNam-Do in South Korea returned for a second visit to Reston – this time to learn how the planned community delivers services to residents.

Reston Hospital Center’s Tim McManus Promoted to CEO of CJW Medical Center

Chief Executive Officer and President of Reston Hospital Center and HCA Northern Virginia, Tim McManus has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of CJW Medical Center, a two-campus medical center with 758-beds in Richmond, Virginia.

Column: General Assembly Goes Off a Cliff

The General Assembly adjourned sine die last week with a great sigh of relief from most everyone who participates in or follows its deliberations. Pre-session survey and hearing results suggested that the session would be about traffic congestion relief, expanding job opportunities, and strengthening the economy.

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‘Coppélia,’ ‘Giselle’ at Center Stage

Ravel Dance Studio to hold year-end dance recital.

Ravel Dance Studio will hold its annual year-end dance recital Friday and Saturday at Center Stage at Reston Community Center at Hunter’s Woods.

Week in Herndon

News in Herndon.

DATA Recognizes Commitment to Mobility

On Thursday, May 17, the Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA) held its 26th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel (13869 Park Center Road in Herndon) to recognize employers and individuals who are committed to improving mobility throughout the region.

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MPA Celebrates 50 Years

McLean Project for the Arts holds spring benefit at historic Salona.

What better place to celebrate fifty years of art in McLean than the community’s most historic landmark? On May 10, artists, art supporters, local politicians, staff and volunteers of the McLean Project for the Arts gathered on a clear cool evening at Salona, the historic McLean home of Karen and Dan DuVal.

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Concerts on the Green Kick Off Summer

Free performances run two to three times a week.

The Town of Vienna concert series on the Town Green kicked off on May 11 when the U.S. Navy’s own Sea Chanters performed to a crowd-covered lawn.

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A Musical About Tough Times

1st Stage present ‘Flora the Red Menace.’

It is daring of 1st Stage to take up the not often produced musical "Flora the Red Menace." It is a show that ran for only 87 performances in mid 1965. It is a musical about out-of-work actors putting on a musical about the search for love and jobs set in the Depression when lives were hurting.

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Arlington Launches New Pilot to Clean Stormwater Runoff in Medians

Patrick Henry Drive is the first project; many will follow in coming months.

Drivers along Patrick Henry Drive can see the Arlington County’s latest attempt at combating pollution from stormwater runoff.

Tuesday, May 22

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Herndon Hosts Bike-to-Work Day

Downtown one of 58 local pit stops for annual event.

Hundreds of bikers who decided to forego their cars during their commute were welcomed in downtown Herndon Friday, May 18, one of 58 pit stops around the Washington, D.C. area during the day. The day was the culmination of National Bike to Work Week, and last year’s Bike to Work Day featured more than 11,000 participants locally.

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USDA Under Secretary Visits Frying Pan

Kevin Concannon announces new grant opportunities for markets.

Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services visited the Frying Pan Farm Park Farmer’s Market Thursday, May 17. In addition to visiting with local vendors and shoppers, he announced new grant opportunities for states to purchase Electronic Benefit Transfer wireless technology for the markets.

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Supporting Friendly, Instant, Sympathetic Help

Herndon-Reston FISH hosts annual fundraiser.

Most guests at the annual Herndon-Reston FISH Fling Saturday, May 19 were already familiar with the work done by Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help. George Buckfield of Centreville wasn’t very familiar, but it didn’t take long into dinner for him to realize their impact.

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Reston Town Center Hosts Fine Arts Festival

21st annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival features 200 artists.

More than 20 years ago, artist Dana Ann Scheurer was part of the very first Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. The primarily watercolor artist is still part of the festival, which celebrated its 21st year at Reston Town Center.

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Reston Opens Children’s Tennis Courts

Six courts for children created from two previous regulation courts.

The Reston Association opened six junior sized tennis courts near Lake Anne Saturday, May 19, allowing the youngest members of the community a chance to get a head start on the game. The courts are for children 10 and under, and were built out of two existing courts at the North Shore Tennis Courts.

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Cassella Foundation Runs Third Annual 5K

Event raises $45,000 for family of 1-year-old with liver cancer.

In her year on the Earth, Gianna Hess has already been through more than enough medical procedures. She was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer, and on Feb. 21 had a biopsy done, which confirmed that the cancer had spread, in the form of three lung nodules.

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Herndon Hosts Annual Festival May 31-June 3

Festival Features free Entertainment, fireworks and carnival.

Herndon will host its 32nd annual Herndon Festival May 31 to June 3, attracting more than 80,000 metropolitan Washington, D.C. residents to one of the area’s largest admission free festivals.

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Celebrate Great Falls Kicks Off Summer June 2-3

Baseball game, concert series, June Fest highlight Celebrate Great Falls Days.

During the first weekend of June traditions old and new will be taking place throughout Great Falls. Cars and Coffee, the Concerts on the Green and the annual Golf Tournament to benefit local elementary schools will all be taking place, as well as a few new elements.

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Community Celebrates McLean Day

Festival brings thousands to Lewinsville Park.

While Enid Tate of McLean enjoys going to McLean Day to check out the local businesses, live music, carnival rides and other staples of the annual festival, her two daughters come for only one thing.

Tysons Partnership Names Executive Director

Group brings all parties together to plan for Tysons Corner redevelopment.

The Tysons Partnership, a nonprofit formed to promote the development of Tysons Corner around the Metro and beyond, has selected Michael Caplin as its executive director. Caplin, a 16-year resident of McLean, is an attorney and chair of the Global Advisory Board at the George Mason University Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Langley Dedicates Courtyard

Improvements include wildflower section, wildlife habitat certification.

Langley High School welcomed students, faculty and staff to their courtyard Friday, May 18, showing off student’s artwork and the Eco Club’s recent garden plantings.

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Editorial: Remembering on Memorial Day

Time to honor, also time to ensure proper care of veterans.

In February, Brig. Gen. Terence J. Hildner, 49, of Fairfax, was the highest ranking military officer to die in the war on terror.

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ViVa! Vienna! Launches Summer with Fun, Food and Marketplace

Three-day Memorial Day weekend festival hits town on May 26.

It’s back, and more fun-filled and family-friendly than ever … It’s the annual three-day ViVa! Vienna! Memorial Day weekend festival sponsored by the Vienna Rotary Club, abundant with more than 325 vendors, all-day free live entertainment and 24 kid-friendly amusement rides. The Historic Church Street corridor closes down completely on May 27 and 28 when the area hums with festival life. On May 26, opening day of ViVa! Vienna!, Church Street remains open. Only amusement rides and the food court are operational on opening day.

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Vienna Women’s Club Hands Out Scholarships to Local Students

Three recipients receive $1,000 each to help with college expenses.

For 50 years, the Vienna Women’s Club [VWC] has recognized outstanding academic and community achievement with its annual scholarship awards going to deserving local high school students.

Seeking the Positive from the Tragic

5K Run/Walk supports youth mental wellness.

Nearly 150 runners and walkers came out Saturday to participate in the Youth Mental Wellness 5K Walk and Run at Lake Accotink in Springfield.

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‘An Art Affair’ at Madeira

Students hold art auction to benefit Freedom in Creation.

On Friday May 4, The Madeira School’s African Affairs Club held its second "Art Affair," a "community-wide charity event" which raises funds for the non-profit organization, Freedom in Creation (FIC).

Letter: SHARE Acknowledges Community Support

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Share Inc. of McLean, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the members of the McLean and Great Falls communities who support their neighbors in need throughout the year.

Google VP to Speak at The Langley School

On Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m., The Langley School will host its Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Vinton G. Cerf, Google vice president and chief Internet evangelist. This free event is open to the public and will be held in Langley’s Jeffrey J. Sherman Arts Center at 1411 Balls Hill Road in McLean.

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Vinson Hall Breaks Ground for Expansion Project

Despite the dreary weather on Monday, May 14, more than 200 people, including U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) and Supervisor John Foust (D- Drainsville), braved the elements to celebrate and show their support as Vinson Hall Retirement Community broke ground to begin construction on a large expansion project.

Spring Hill Shares their Veggies with SHARE

As part of their nutrition study and community service requirements, Spring Hill second and third graders are growing healthy vegetables in the Raised Bed Outdoor Classroom and are donating them to the local food bank, SHARE.

McLean Orchestra Continues ‘$40,000 for the 40th’ Campaign

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the McLean Orchestra, Wayne Winston Sharp, President of the Board of Trustees, announced a Spring Campaign to raise "$40,000 for the 40th" by the end of the season on June 30. Sharp noted that this will place the orchestra in a stronger financial position to help underwrite live classical music performances, made possible by the orchestra’s 85 professional musicians. The McLean Orchestra has been offering these concerts to growing audiences throughout the Greater McLean Community since 1971.

Strike Up the Band!

McLean's Goodson takes to Arena Stage in 'The Music Man.'

For two grueling days, 13-year-old Jamie Goodson joined 120 other young hopefuls in a rare open audition casting call last December for the Arena Stage production of "The Music Man."

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Earth Day at the Langley School

On April 23, The Langley School welcomed world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall to campus for the school’s Earth Day assembly.

Long & Foster Celebrates 15th Annual Community Service Day

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, has announced that its Great Falls office will recognize the company’s annual Community Service Day on June 6 by collecting goods for the Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston. Goods include gas, Target and Metro cards, pantry items and rain gear (coats, umbrellas…).

A Heart of Gold

Remembering Joe Cassella.

He slowly pushes the weight. Every fiber of his being aching and begging for relief. "Come on, donkey push it," commands the voice spotting him. "If you don’t believe it you can’t achieve it." The inspiration compels him through another set of reps. The words reverberate throughout the gym.

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Preserving Great Falls History

Great Falls Historical Society honors Marjorie Lundegard.

Marjorie Lundegard is the recipient of the 2012 Jean Tibbetts History Award, presented at the Great Falls Historical Society’s Annual Tibbetts Award Luncheon and Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 20.

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City Attorney Says Board of Zoning Appeals Does Not Need Legal Representation

Rare lawsuit pits city officials against their own board.

What happens to members of city boards and commissions who get sued by the city government? It’s an awkward question, one that Alexandria now faces in the Alexandria Circuit Court.

Column: Living Longer, Sort of Prospering

Though my column has appeared in the newspaper as usual the last few weeks, I haven’t felt much like writing. Typically, I’m weeks ahead with my column inventory, having regularly found the time and inclination to put pen to paper and provide the prose you regular readers have come to expect.

Friday, May 18

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Joining ‘Voices of Now’

Local schools perform at Arena Stage.

Last week, drama ensembles from five Fairfax County Schools performed at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. as part of a youth drama program called "Voices of Now."

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Potomac Real Estate: Sales $649,000~ $718,000 in March 2012

In March 2012, 38 Potomac homes sold between $2,710,000-$253,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Sales $649,000~ $718,000 in March 2012

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Chantilly Day: Coming Together as a Community

Thousands enjoyed the first-ever Chantilly Day, Saturday, May 12, in the Sully Place Shopping Center.

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Shakespeare at Oak Hill

Sixth graders (32 boys and girls) at Oak Hill Elementary School will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on June 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. The admission is free to this PTA-sponsored play.

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Clifton Caboose 5K Raises $10,000

The Town of Clifton’s 15th annual Clifton Caboose Twilight Run raised an estimated $10,000. It was held Saturday, May 12, and 581 people participated — 474 in the 5K and 107 in the 1-mile fun run/walk. Said Race Chairman Gary Anderson: “We had a great race this year with a strong turnout.”

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Helping Anti-Hunger Groups

Valon Salon in Centreville took part in hosting a bake sale on Saturday, April 28 through the Great American Bake Sale and raised over $400 to support the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. No Kid Hungry is a national effort to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. The money raised by Valon Salon will help national anti-hunger organizations cover the costs to serve meals to children in need where even $1 can help connect a child to 10 meals.

Centre View Calendar--May 17

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

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Happy 30th Birthday to Walney Visitor Center

In a nod to yesteryear, children were churning butter and hand-cranking ice cream, Saturday morning, in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. But it wasn’t because the electricity was out — these activities were part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Walney Visitor Center.

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E.C. Lawrence Park To Gain Pilot Project

Looking at area residents having fun at E.C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly — and seeing its lush, green forest — it’s not immediately apparent that anything needs fixing. But the experts know better, and they’re doing something about it.

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Teen Charged with Damaging Mosque

In January, members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community — whose motto is “Love for all, hatred for none” — were looking forward to the completion of construction of their new mosque in Chantilly.

Centre View Roundups for May 17

More MathCounts Success Coached by Rocky Run Middle School’s MathCounts coach, teacher Melanie Roller, Virginia’s MathCounts team came in fifth last week in national competition. And one of the team members, Rocky Run eighth-grader Robin Park, was ranked 11th in the U.S. in the individual standings. In March, Rocky Run’s MathCounts team won the state championship, and Robin, the team captain, finished second in the state. So he got to compete on Virginia’s team in Nationals, May 10-11, in Orlando, Fla., with the other three highest scorers in the state, and Roller coached them.

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Chantilly Student Wins Heroes Essay Contest

Teachers can have lifelong impacts on their students and, in Briana Neuberger’s case, memories of an elementary-school teacher helped her win first prize in an essay contest. She also won a $1,000 scholarship.

Remembrance Cabaret for Reema is May 26

When many of her friends and relatives recall Reema Samaha, they picture her on a stage performing. She acted in Westfield High theatrical productions, but was especially known for her beautiful and graceful dancing.

Pramstaller Leaving Chantilly High

Chantilly High choral teacher Sarah Pramstaller is the lead choreographer for Jazz & Pizzazz, aided by Glenn Cockrell, Drew Ross and Assistant Band Director Chris Singleton. And while she’ll love watching the students perform the dances she choreographed for them, she’ll also have mixed feelings.

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Chantilly High Presents 26th Annual Jazz & Pizzazz

When it comes to rousing, high-octane, simply dazzling entertainment, it’s hard to beat Chantilly High’s annual Jazz & Pizzazz show. Starring the Touch of Class Show Choir, Chantilly Jazz Band and Chantilly Combo, it’s a colorful kaleidoscope of music, costumes, lights and sound.

Column: End of Session Report 2012

The Virginia House of Delegates adjourned the 2012 legislative session on March 10. We returned to Richmond briefly in late March and April to consider the state budget and more than 130 bills that the Governor sought to amend or veto. Nine bills that I authored on your behalf became law. Here are some highlights.

Letter: Come to the Cabaret

To the Editor: We would like to invite your readership to the Remembrance Cabaret for Reema to be held this year on Saturday, May 26 at Westfield High School, 4700 Stonecroft Boulevard in Chantilly. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the Silent Auction and Bake Sale; the program will begin at 7 p.m. Although the event is free, donations are welcome and will benefit the Reema J. Samaha Memorial Scholarships and Angel Fund.

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Volunteering on ‘Red Day’

The agents of Keller Williams Realty of Chantilly/Centreville put on their work gloves Thursday, May 10 to help remove invasive garlic mustard plants from Eleanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. Their efforts were part of the company’s “Red Day” when agents take a day off and volunteer in their communities.

Police Unity Tour

U.S. Treasury Agent Kevin Whalen of Centreville points to the cheering crowd lining Route 29 at the intersection with Route 28 on Saturday, May 12 as the Region IV Police Unity Tour riders make the last leg of their 3-day journey through Centerville from Richmond to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in Washington D.C. In its 16th year, the Tour has the goal of raising awareness of fallen police officers and raising money for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund. This is the second year that Chapter IV has had a team on the ride.

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Centreville High Raising Funds for Artificial-turf Fields

Brick by brick, Centreville High is raising money to install two, artificial-turf, athletic fields to replace the school’s existing grassy ones. It’s nearing its goal, but still needs more funds to bring its plan to fruition.

Thursday, May 17

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LTA Cast Bids Adieu to “Witness for the Prosecution”

More than a few tears were shed as The Little Theatre of Alexandria continued its long tradition of hosting a closing night wrap party following the final performance of “Witness for the Prosecution.”

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Alert on Housing Discrimination

Officials step up efforts to reach immigrant communities about “fair housing” rights.

Housing discrimination cases have been on the rise in Fairfax County in the past few years. And the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs (OHREP), the agency that enforces fair housing laws in the county, is shining a spotlight on the problem through seminars for housing providers, Realtors, community groups and other interested parties.

At the Sherwood Regional Library May 19-30

Saturday/May 19 Practice Your English. 11 a.m. Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. Conversation group for adults learning English. 703-765-3645.

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Hearing from Living History

Tuskegee Airman William T. Fauntroy, Jr., age 86, gave a talk recently to Boy Scout Troop 1509 at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Fort Hunt. After World War II, Fauntroy went on to become the first African American civil engineer hired by the National Capital Transportation Agency — the predecessor to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority.

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Mount Vernon Yacht Club Launches Season

Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland knows where he will likely spend the first Sunday in May each year, and plans to drop by the Mount Vernon Yacht Club at the end of Tarpon Lane to meet and greet members and guests at the launch of the annual boating season gala.

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Church Celebrates 50 Years

Heritage Presbyterian Church celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 22. Pastor Emeritus Larry Glassco led the worship service which included a children's skit and a special music program. Several charter members, former pastors and representatives from the National Capital Presbytery and PC(USA) General Assembly were in attendance. Del. Scott Surovell presented the Rev. William C. Teng with a framed copy of a Resolution approved by the Virginia House of Delegates recognizing Heritage's faithful service to its members and the Mount Vernon community. The celebration culminated in a Jubilee banquet luncheon.

Letter: Verify Claim Of Organization

To the Editor: Finally, the big day is here. Tonight (May 17) beginning at 8:15 p.m., the Planning Commission is conducting a public hearing to determine whether the proposed interim use off-leash dog area (OLDA) at Westgrove Park complies with the comprehensive plan. Interested persons may testify in person at the County's Board of Supervisors' Boardroom or at a satellite location at the South County Center on Richmond Highway.

Letter: Help Make A Difference

To the Editor: On behalf of the Board of Directors of Alice’s Kids, a new charitable organization that provides direct assistance to needy children in Mount Vernon, I would like to thank the Riverside Estates community for participating in our “Fun Run” on Saturday, May 5. I especially wanted to thank 11-year-old Beth Pyles who was the inspiration for this event.

Letter: Protect Stables

To the Editor: The following open letter is addressed to Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland.

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Remembering Gilbert S. McCutcheon

Family, friends and neighbors of Gil McCutcheon gathered on the hilltop of Lamond Community Park on Saturday, May 12 for a ceremony to rename the park for the late Gilbert S. McCutcheon. McCutcheon was a key player in negotiations and acquisition of the 18-acre site off Fort Hunt Road. He also ensured that the home on the property would be preserved.

Column: Movie Star Tax Credits, a Gay Judge and Session Ends

Well, it’s over. The 2012 General Assembly ended on May 15 at 2 a.m. after a 13-hour House of Delegates’ session involving 117 of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendments and the election of 40 judges. It was a fitting end to a very contentious session.

‘Smiles for Life’ Supports UCM

Alexandria dentists Dr. James Geren and Dr. Zeyad Mady are participating in the Smiles for Life program, which will allow their patients to whiten their smile and help needy children at the same time. Running until the end of June, the dentists will offer professional teeth whitening services to the community at a reduced rate and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to support children in need. Half of these donations will go to United Community Ministries (UCM) to support the Bryant Early Learning Center, while the other half will go to national children’s charities.

Boating Safety Patrols Begin Soon

On Saturday, May 26, firefighters from Fire and Rescue Station 20, Gunston, will begin safety patrol duties in Fireboat 420 on the Potomac River and Mason Neck Area. The patrols will continue through the month of September.

‘New Trends in Green Development’

The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) will present “New Trends in Green Development,” a community event aimed at discussing the environmental aspects of revitalization with the citizens of Mount Vernon and Lee Districts. This event will feature presentations from public and private sector experts in several fields representing a diverse set of perspectives. The summit will focus on how good development can enhance the natural environment.

Mount Vernon Crime Report May 16

Activities reported by the Mt. Vernon police department through May 11.

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TC Boys’ Lightweight 8 Wins State Championship

The Brother’s Cup, a silver chalice that stands about two feet tall and is awarded annually to the fastest lightweight crew in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has a new home — T.C. Williams High School.

Future Teacher Honored

Jessica Raugitinane, a graduate of T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria, has been honored by the Alma Exley Scholarship Program, which promotes greater diversity in the teaching profession.

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Bolling: Republican Party Is for Women

Jean Ann Bolling, wife of Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, was the keynote speaker at the Commonwealth Republican Women’s Club (CRWC) annual membership meeting May 3 at the Lloyd House on North Washington Street in Old Town, Alexandria. The reception recognizes those who work successfully for the Republican Party both locally and state-wide.

Calendar for May 16

E-mail announcements to the Gazette, 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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AHA!’s First Anniversary

Best-selling author Judith Viorst spoke to an audience of more than 200 on last month at the first anniversary celebration of At Home in Alexandria (AHA!). Viorst's remarks, which included readings from several of her published and award-winning poems and books, interpreted life's lessons in childhood, love, marriage, friendship and old age. The event was held at the Beth El Hebrew Congregation on Seminary Road in Alexandria. Above are AHA! Board Chair Carol Downs, Viorst (center) and AHA! Board Member Barbara Rosenfeld.

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Students Perform at The Kennedy Center

An honor for George Washington Middle School.

Students with the George Washington Middle School Orchestra wowed audiences at the Kennedy Center April 30.

Column: Enabling Resident To Stay in Her Home

Dorothy* and her husband moved into their Alexandria home when her son was just three months old — that was nearly 50 years ago. And although the neighborhood has gone through many changes over the years, Dorothy, born and raised in Alexandria, is here to stay. Her siblings, two sisters and a brother, keep her here, too!

Opinion: Searching for the Noun

When you’re working it’s common to define your self as what you do. At a social gathering or networking event you are a [fill in the blank] lawyer, doctor, CEO, manager, etc.

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ACVA Hosts 3rd Annual Tourism and Marketing Summit

In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week, the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association presented the third annual Alexandria Tourism Marketing Summit May 10 at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

Designs Sought for Breast Cancer Walk T-Shirts

Calling all artists. The Alexandria Fire Department is seeking submissions for the logo for this year's pink breast cancer walk t-shirts which are worn by fire department personnel during October — the month of the City's Walk to Fight Breast Cancer.

Letter: Much To Be Thankful For

To the Editor: This week provides two special opportunities to give thanks to those in our lives who have made a difference. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week and Mothers’ Day I wish to say two simple, yet profound words, that often go unspoken: Thank you.

Letter: A Ticket To Nowhere

To the Editor: Alexandria Democrats should think twice before providing support to City Council Candidates Lovain and Wilson for numerous reasons, the top four being:

Letter: Growth That Isn’t Smart

To the Editor: If elected mayor in November, I will change the kind of planning process that brought us the waterfront plan, Beauregard plan and the proposed $500 million Potomac Yards metro station. The current approach assumes growth is always good and more growth is even better, and that all new development will make Alexandria more livable.

Letter: A Solution for Catastrophe

To the Editor: Based on the City’s approval of the Beauregard Small Area Plan we can expect the continued forced exodus of at least 5,000 low- and moderate-income people from Alexandria. We have the City proclaiming its commitment to diversity as City actions will result in the forced displacement of its most diverse neighborhood. The West End neighborhood holds high concentrations of African American, African, Latino and Muslim and most are likely to move without City intervention.

Letter: A Prediction

To the Editor: Everybody loves predictions. So here are mine for the slate to be endorsed by the group Securing Alexandria’s Future in the June 12 Democratic Primary.

Letter: Support Mental Health Services

To the Editor: May is Mental Health Month, established in 1949 to spread the word about the importance of mental health and to combat the stigma associated with mental illness.

Letter: Endorsing Newcomers

To the Editor: On April 30, 2012, I resigned as president of the Alexandria League of Women Voters, although I remain a member, as I have been for many years now.

Letter: Now It’s Up To Voters

To the Editor: The marathon City Council hearing on May 12 for the Beauregard Small Area Plan (BSAP) was a great win for the developers and the City’s planning staff. But at what cost to the community, when the pervasive problems of traffic and transportation were ignored?

Letter: Spare No Incumbent

To the Editor: The upcoming City Council election presents both quandary and opportunity to shape Alexandria's future. The quandary is how to choose among the many candidates, fine people who are offering their services to the City. The opportunity is to find those who will reflect our best values for the future development of Alexandria.

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‘Ticket to Art’ Benefits Vienna Arts Society, American Legion

Annual art raffle and silent auction on May 19.

"Ticket to Art," the May 19 fundraiser hosted by the Vienna Arts Society [VAS], has partnered with American Legion Post 180 of Vienna this year. The purchase of a $125 "ticket" to art entitles raffle winners to choose an original art piece valued between $150 and $650.

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All Aboard

Alexandria now home to historic Skipjack Minnie V.

The distinctive click of digital cameras filled the air as a crowd of onlookers gathered May 12 to capture the historic skipjack Minnie V. departing on its maiden voyage from the Alexandria City Dock.

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'Cherish This Moment”

Tim Hightower returns to ASC awards dinner.

Redskins running back and 2004 Episcopal High School graduate Tim Hightower joined the Alexandria Sportsman's Club May 15 in honoring the city's top scholar athletes eight years after he himself was named athlete of the year by the club.

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Music That ‘Will Stick in Your Craw’

Numerous attractions slated For the McLean Day 2012 Stage.

Washington Area Music Award (WAMMIE) winning musical group Scott Ramminger and the CrawStickers will play a wide mix of favorites and original songs on the House Stage of the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) McLean Day 2012: Celebrating Our Hometown festival on Saturday, May 19. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road. Festival admission is free and includes all onstage entertainment.

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Park, Ride and Relax

Center urges residents to use shuttles to and from McLean Day 2012.

The McLean Community Center is offering a free shuttle service to and from the McLean Day 2012: Celebrating Our Hometown festival on Saturday, May 19. The festival will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road.

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Approaching 100 Years

Union of MCC and McLean Day is the best part of its long history.

Most of the more than 10,000 people who are expected to come to McLean Day this year can only ever remember the festival being produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC). However, for years after it began in the 1900s, McLean Day was the "step-child" of many community organizations before it was officially adopted by MCC in the 1970s.

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Students Honored for Artistic Talent

Students at Potomac's St. Andrew's Episcopal School receive visual arts awards

Local budding artists were honored for their talent recently when St. Andrew's Episcopal School handed out accolades to more than 50 middle and upper school students at the school's annual Visual Arts Awards assembly in Potomac, Md.

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Abundance of Food Offerings

Four new vendors bring new delights to McLean Day 2012.

If what attracts you to an outdoor festival are the flavors of festival food, look no further---with four new food vendors to expand the already abundant food offerings available at McLean Day 2012, you are bound to be happy. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road.

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Strawberry Festival Caters to Young and Old

It’s more than dessert.

For 22 years, huge, ripe delicious strawberries served over Judith Dubowy’s homemade shortcake with her hand-whipped cream have been a highlight of the Potomac United Methodist Church Strawberry Festival. A long line always forms to devour Becky Queen’s hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries. But there is more to the festival than just the strawberry desserts. The community awaits this spring festival every year to see what treasures they can find for each member of their families. It’s a neighborhood event which attracts more than 1,200 people from Potomac’s environs and beyond.

It’s Not All Fun & Games at McLean Day

MCC 2012-2013 Governing Board Election will be held, from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Three adults, two teens positions open.

Funnel cakes, large rides and fun are only some aspects of the annual McLean Day festival produced by the McLean Community Center (MCC).

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Entrepreneurs Find Inspiration at Potomac luncheon

“What do you see when you look at me?” asked a barefoot, seemingly intoxicated woman wearing an overcoat and sporting a wool cap as she addressed a crowd of about 200 Potomac-area entrepreneurs.

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McLean Day 2012 from A to Z

Come early and prepare to have a good time.

The McLean Community Center’s (MCC) annual community festival McLean Day 2012: "Celebrating Our Hometown" is on Saturday, May 19. MCC district residents are invited to come out and bring every member of the family for a fun day of outdoor activities. The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road. Admission is free.

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Filling in That ‘Gap’ Year

Kindergarten class at Temple Beth Ami addresses need for smaller classroom setting.

What to do if a five-year-old is not ready to leave nursery school to attend a larger public or private school kindergarten class? Some children are emotionally not ready to move on to a kindergarten class of 20 or more students in a K – 5 elementary school. If a child is immature, timid, has difficulty paying attention, does not feel comfortable socializing or is simply not ready to tackle the kindergarten curriculum, then a solution is to enroll him or her in a smaller kindergarten program which allows for one more year in a more intimate, supportive environment. This is also a program for students whose birth dates make them the youngest in their class.

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Discover Businesses, Non-Profits & Artisans

The expo area of the McLean Day 2012 festival is a rich resource on all things McLean.

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Stop and Go: Increasing Pedestrian Safety

County initiative reduces injuries.

Pedestrian collisions continue to decrease in Montgomery County, according to a statistical review presented Monday, May 14 on the County Executive’s pedestrian safety initiative.

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Planning to Vote?

Nearly 200,000 voter registration cards mailed this week.

Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you are planning to vote in the June 12 primary elections in Fairfax County, check your new voter registration cards mailed out this week.

Clifton Caboose 5K Successful; Raises $10,000

The Town of Clifton’s 15th annual Clifton Caboose Twilight Run was a huge success, raising an estimated $10,000. It was held Saturday, May 12, and 581 people participated – 474 in the 5K and 107 in the 1-mile fun run/walk.

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Churchill Named Best Public High School in State

U.S. News and World Report ranks Potomac school number one in Maryland

U.S. News and World Report has named Potomac's Winston Churchill High School the best high school in the state of Maryland, and 57th in the nation.

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Wounded Warriors in Kayak Races

Fairfax-based Project Enduring Pride hosts first annual National Wounded Warrior and Amputee Kayak Race.

For Army Sgt. Jared Lemon, 31, the National Wounded Warrior and Amputee Kayak Race on the Potomac last Saturday, May 12, was less about competing for first-place and more about enjoying a beautiful day in a familiar setting—the open water.

Man Abducted, Robbed in Springfield

Police are investigating the report of an abduction and robbery that occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in the 6100 block of Cumberland Avenue.

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Gail Zukosky Named Virginia Public Health Nurse of the Year

Gail Zukosky, a public health nurse who serves Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Cluster V schools, has been named Public Health Nurse of the Year by the Virginia Department of Health.

Green MotorSport Comes to Springfield

Green MotorSport, owned and operated by NASA mechanical engineer David Green, will celebrate its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 2, at its new location, 8432 Alban Road, Springfield, in the Alban Business Park. The public is invited.

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Springfield Resident Receives Literary Merit Award

The Lord Botetourt Medal, established in 1772 "for the honor and encouragement of literary merit," is presented to a graduating senior who has "attained the greatest distinction in scholarship." Rebecca Koenig, of Springfield, received this award on Sunday, May 13 at the College of William & Mary’s Commencement ceremony.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ at West Springfield High School

There may be no place like home, but when it comes to musical theater, there’s no place like West Springfield High School. Last night, West Springfield took the audience somewhere over the rainbow in their production of "The Wizard of Oz."

Fresh and Exciting

Hayfield’s production of ‘The Children’s Hour.’

Behind every rumor lies some small ounce of truth. Hayfield Secondary School’s production of "The Children’s Hour" showed a small town turned upside down with a little white lie that was maybe not so little after all.

SMILE Carnival Earns Katelyn Sparks her Gold Award

Katelyn Sparks, a South County Secondary School freshman, recently achieved the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award for something she does every day - SMILE.

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Clifton Residents Kick Up their Heels

Clifton residents celebrated in style, Sunday, May 6, during the Clifton Gala at Trummer’s on Main. Attendees enjoyed dining and dancing while bidding on a wide array of auction items. Providing the music was local deejay Jeff Harper. The event was a fundraiser for the town’s Streetscape Master Project.

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Learning and Laughter at Northern Virginia Academy of Early Learning

The Northern Virginia Academy of Early Learning sits quietly in a corner of the shops of Lorton Valley center giving away little with its typical brick and glass store front look. But just get through those secured main doors, and you enter into a world of color, imagination, learning and lots of hugs.

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Art Teachers’ Work on Display

Centreville High art teachers will display their works as Artists of the Month at La Bella Luce in the Town of Clifton. The shop is at 7137 Main St., and their show is titled, "Gli Insegnanti d’arte" (Italian for "the art teachers").

A ‘Perfect’ Mother’s Day

Fairfax moms create gift bags for mothers in homeless shelters.

Every week, Julie Miner and Kristin Wilson Keppler would run into each other at Fairfax Presbyterian Church’s preschool and exchange "mommy" pleasantries.

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Oak View Elementary Bikes to School

On May 9, Oak View Elementary School held their Bike to School event. The Principal, Bonnie Glazewski, rode six miles to school and back, joining students along the way on the identified route. Approximately 50 students participated; coordinated by OV parents.

Week in Fairfax

News in Fairfax.

Student at Paul VI Wins Poetry Contest

The school community at Paul VI High knows Sean Pugerude as an outstanding actress and singer who dazzled audiences last month in the lead role of the musical, "Hello Dolly."

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Springfield Mall – From Eyesore to Shopping Mecca

$200 million Springfield Mall renovation set to begin in July.

"What about Springfield Mall?" That’s the question Supervisor Jeff McKay(D-Lee) said he hears the most from constituents since mega-developer Vornado purchased what it called the "1.4 million-square-foot fixer-upper" in 2006 for $171.5 million.

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TD Bank Plan Moves Ahead

West Springfield Civic Association concerns addressed.

TD Bank, one of the nation’s 10 largest banks, has moved a step closer to opening a drive-thru branch in West Springfield’s Cardinal Forest Plaza shopping center.

Mulan Comes to Burke

Northern Virginia Players present Disney classic.

Northern Virginia Players will present Disney’s Mulan Jr. beginning Saturday, May 25 at Burke Community Church. The heartwarming tale begins when the Huns have invaded China, and it’s up to misfit Mulan and her mischievous sidekick Mushu to save the Emperor. Mulan is a celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit, includes musical favorites such as "Honor to Us All."

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Fairfax Edges South Lakes Baseball in Final Inning

King homers for Seahawks, knocks in four runs.

In a hard-fought road contest for the South Lakes High baseball team, the Seahawks were defeated last Tuesday night, May 8 by the Fairfax Rebels, who came from behind in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the Liberty District game 8-7.

Herndon High Lacrosse

All-Concorde District Honors

Both the Herndon High girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams were well-represented in recent All-Concorde District selection recognition for the spring season. The All-District Teams were announced during the halftime intermissions of last Friday night’s Concorde District girls’ and boys’ finals games at Chantilly High School. The Oakton High girls won their title game contest in the double-header championship night’s first game with a victory over Centreville. In the nightcap finals game, the Oakton boys defeated Westfield.

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Langley Boys Lacrosse Edges Madison in Liberty Finals

Ahearn's 5 goals, 4 assists lead Saxons to fifth consecutive district crown.

The Langley High Saxons captured their fifth Liberty District tournament title in as many years last Friday, May 11 in a riveting boys lacrosse contest at Marshall High School. The Saxons defeated a tenacious Madison Warhawk side that pushed the Saxons to the brink before they were able to secure a 13-12, smash-and-grab finals win for the district title.

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Double the Fun for Oakton Lacrosse

Both the Cougar girls and boys teams capture Concorde District titles.

A poor defensive game contributed to the Oakton girls' lacrosse team 14-13 Concorde District home loss to rival Centreville High a month ago on April 13. The defeat for the Cougars was one of just two they experienced during the regular season this spring.

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Campagna Center Hosts Belles and Bowties

Belles and Bowties at Collingwood on the River

The Belles and Bowties Derby Party occurred on May 5.

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Robinson Girls Lax Made Forward Progress This Spring

Rams, under their new head coach, had a good second half to the season.

The Robinson Secondary girls' lacrosse team saw its first season under veteran head coach Liz Case come to an end this past Tuesday night, May 15 when the Rams lost to defending Northern Region champion Madison, 19-13, in a first round game of the 16-team region playoffs. The postseason contest took place at Madison High School in Vienna.

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Lancers Softball Holds Special Tribute Game

Patriot District contest with Woodson honors former Robinson coach.

On Monday, May 7, a special girls' softball game was played at Lee High School between the home team Lancers and guest W.T. Woodson. The regular season Patriot District matchup between the two teams had a greater purpose, however.

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4th Annual Red Day at Jefferson Houston

The staff and associates of Keller Williams Realty in Old Town spent Thursday, May 10 painting, gardening and cleaning the exterior of Jefferson Houston Elementary School.

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Oakton Spoils Championship Lax Night for Locals

Westfield boys, Centreville girls both reach Concorde finals.

Two local high school lacrosse teams — the Centreville High girls, and the Westfield boys — both reached the finals of their respective Concorde District tournaments last week. Both squads played in district title games on Friday, May 11 at Chantilly High School, the host site of both the girls' and boys' tournaments. The night, however, belonged to Oakton High which saw both its teams (girls and boys) earn district championship banners.

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Chargers at Their Best Late in Season

Chantilly boys soccer advances to Concorde semifinals.

The Chantilly High boys' soccer team defeated Centerville High, 2-0, in a first round game of the Concorde District tournament earlier this week on Monday, May 14. With the win, Chantilly, the six-team tournament's No. 5-seed, advanced to the district semifinals and also earned a seeding at next week's 16-team Northern Region playoffs.

CVHS Sports Notebook (May 16)

Numerous Wildcat lacrosse players earn all-district accolades.

The Wildcats competed in two local invitational meets to close out their regular season. The team hosted the inaugural Centreville Freshman Track Classic on Saturday evening, May 12.

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On the Campaign Trail

A river runs through the candidate for mayor.

Week in Alexandria

What happens to members of city boards and commissions who get sued by the city government? It’s an awkward question, one that Alexandria now faces in the Alexandria Circuit Court.

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First-time Candidate Versus Longtime Congressman

Former Navy pilot hopes to defeat Moran with charges of conflict of interest.

Former Navy pilot Bruce Shuttleworth’s campaign to oust U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) in the Democratic primary is fashioned as an indictment, a campaign in which the issues are framed as an attack on the incumbent.

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City Council Approves Massive Development over Bitter Opposition

Beauregard boom may be felt at the ballot box in the Democratic primary.

Once again, members of the Alexandria City Council cast aside hours of bitter opposition to support a controversial plan.

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Opposing Factions of Democrats Emerge in Hotly Contested City Council Primary

Four different political action committees endorse rival slates of candidates.

With four weeks until the Democratic primary for Alexandria City Council, the city’s Democrats are forming opposing factions in the hotly contested race.

Wednesday, May 16

First-time Candidate Takes on Longtime Congressman

Former Navy pilot hopes to defeat Moran with charges of conflict of interest.

Former Navy pilot Bruce Shuttleworth’s campaign to oust U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) in the Democratic primary is fashioned as an indictment, a campaign in which the issues are framed as an attack on the incumbent. The first-time candidate hopes to knock off the 10-term congressman by describing him an insider who uses his power to help campaign contributors and himself.

Arlington Calendar May 16

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

Signature Theatre’s Eric Schaeffer To Be Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree

Kutztown University officials awarded an honorary doctorate degree to alumnus and Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (’84) at a spring 2012 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12.

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Don't Miss 'Lonely Planet' at MetroStage

Poignant AIDS play never mentions the word.

Like the American city where Steven Dietz's “Lonely Planet” takes place, the disease paralyzing the gay community with fear remains unnamed in the powerful and moving production of the award-winning work now playing at MetroStage in Alexandria.

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Artomatic 2012 Runs Through June 23

This week marks the opening of Artomatic 2012, the Washington area's biggest free creative arts event. Artomatic will feature work by more than 1,300 artists, performers, musicians, filmmakers, fashion designers, and creatives of all kinds. Doors open to the public on Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at 1851 South Bell Street in Crystal City, one block from the Crystal City Metro Station. The festival runs through Saturday, June 23.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for May 29 - June 2.

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Mount Vernon Sports Briefs: MVHS Baseball Closes Regular Season with No-Hitter

Mount Vernon senior right-hander David Lehner threw an eight-inning no-hit shutout against Edison on May 7 — Mount Vernon’s first no-hitter since 2003.

Raising Awareness about Mental Health Issues

Mental Health Month raises awareness about conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Donna couldn’t smile. Overwhelmed by the activities of her daily life, she couldn’t concentrate or experience happiness.

New Parking Options at Long Bridge Park

Currently, parking at Long Bridge Park is free on weekends and free after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Due to the construction work and lack of sidewalks, parking on Long Bridge Drive is still prohibited. On weekdays, in the park surface lot there is three-hour metered parking during the day until 5 p.m. and there continues to be no parking overnight. Long Bridge Park patrons can also enjoy free parking all day on weekends at these nearby garages: 1350 S. Clark Street and 1350 Crystal Drive.

McCracken Joins School Board

The Arlington School Board appointed Todd McCracken to fill the vacancy on the School Board created by Libby Garvey’s election to the County Board in March. McCracken was sworn in last month and his term on the School Board will continue through Dec. 31, 2012.

Gearing Up for Komen Global Race for the Cure

Free Clinic volunteer, former patient, in Race for the Cure.

The Arlington Free Clinic’s first breast cancer patient, Tshehai Fekede, is gearing up to run the 23rd Annual Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure in DC on June 2.

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Hayfield Girls’ Lax Drops OT Heartbreaker to Yorktown

Hawks finish National District runner-up for third straight season.

Yorktown defeated Hayfield, 9-8, in sudden-death overtime on May 10, capturing its seventh consecutive district title. The Hawks held a 6-2 halftime lead and a one-goal advantage during the second overtime period, but couldn’t fend off the Patriots.

Potomac Schools May 16

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

Potomac Fine Arts May 16

May 26 to May 28 First Exhibit: Recent Paintings by Jonathan Ege and Rosanne Grolman. Opening Reception: Saturday, May 26 from 4-6 p.m. Gallery hours: Saturday 12-6 p.m., Sunday and Monday 12-5 p.m. At the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo.

Carousel Concerts at Glen Echo Park

Just like a carousel, music makes the world go ‘round! Enjoy Saturday afternoons at the Washington Conservatory in Glen Echo Park as we merrily go ‘round the families of musical instruments.

Potomac Calendar May 16

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

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Woodson Boys’ Lax Wins Patriot District

Cavaliers avenge losses to Annandale, South County.

The Woodson boys' lacrosse team defeated South County on May 11 to win the Patriot District tournament title.

June 3 Triathlon Benefits Autism Speaks

Sign up now, only 100 participants will be registered.

Ever wanted to compete in a triathlon, but were afraid to commit for fear of not being experienced enough? Now is the time to rev up one’s training because “Tri to Listen” — a June 3 triathlon is right around the corner — literally. The race will take place in Poolesville — a 20-minute drive from Potomac. The triathlon, “powered by Autism Speaks” is an opportunity for both novice and veteran tri-athletes to compete in a near-by event that offers a small field, a pool swim (versus a river, lake or bay swim), and beautiful scenery.

Brendan James Healy, 4, Dies

Brendan James Healy, age 4, of Potomac, died suddenly on Sunday, May 13, 2012. Beloved son of Dr. Edward and Colleen Healy; brother of Sean and Declan Healy; grandson of William and Patricia Caine and John and Michelina Healy; nephew of Bill Caine, Brian and Cristin Caine.

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Woodson Girls’ Lax Wins 3rd Straight Patriot Title

Finnerty’s five goals push Cavaliers past Lake Braddock.

After losing to the Bruins in the regular season, Woodson beat Lake Braddock, 14-11, in the Patriot District girls' lacrosse tournament final on May 11.

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Landon Hosts Azalea Garden Festival on May 5

Over the course of a weekend, guests at the 59th Annual Azalea Garden Festival at Landon School were invited to take part in a variety of events including shopping at the specialty boutiques, touring the "of Landon, by Landon" art exhibit, and viewing the musical performances on Miniter Quad.

School Named for Flora Singer

Teacher, holocaust survivor, author, Potomac resident died in 2009.

The Montgomery Board of Education will name a public elementary school after the late Flora M. Singer, a Holocaust survivor, Potomac resident and former teacher at Cabin John Middle and Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein and Walt Whitman high schools.

Help Save Organic Farm

On Wednesday, May 30 at 5 p.m., there will be a press conference and rally to save Brickyard Educational Farm and Nick's Organic Farm on Brickyard Road from being bulldozed and turned into parking lots and soccer fields as approved by the county executive.

Potomac Library to Close Nine Days for Building Upgrades

The Potomac Library, 10101 Glenolden Drive, will be closed temporarily to walk-in and telephone customers from Thursday, May 24, through 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. During the closure, the building will undergo interior and exterior painting and installation of new carpeting.

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Sargent Leads SSSAS Softball to ISL AA Tournament Title

Junior’s maturity shows in 13-strikeout, five-RBI performance.

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes pitcher Alexis Sargent struck out 13 and went 4 for 4 with five RBIs during the Saints' victory in the ISL AA softball tournament final.

Calendar (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

May 18-25.

Entertainment in the Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield area.

Faith Notes (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

Events happening in the community.

Bulletin Board (Burke/Fairfax/Lorton/Springfield)

May 18-25.

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

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Opening Doors for People in Need

FACETS celebrates volunteers, donors at annual benefit breakfast.

Surrounded by nearly 350 business executives, politicians and community leaders in the chandeliered ballroom of the Waterford, Frank Somers - dressed in jeans, sneakers and a denim work shirt - looked a little out of place.

Building Confidence in Ourselves

We face a myriad of challenges today, but perhaps no challenge is greater than overcoming a pervading loss of confidence.

Fairfax County Students Win Technology Awards

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) middle and high school students won first place awards in 19 categories at the 2012 Virginia Technology Student Association (TSA) State Leadership Conference, held last week in Richmond. The three days of competitive events and displays of student work culminated in FCPS winning the Lynn P. Barrier Outstanding School Division Award for middle schools for the third consecutive year.

Obituary: Diana Janice Richards, a Long Time Burke Resident, Dies

Diana Janice Richards of Centreville, Va. passed away peacefully from cancer on May 9, 2012. She was born in 1939 in upstate New York, daughter of John R. Schmidburg and Rose Hornick.

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Green Hedges Students Win National Spanish Exam Medals

Several Spanish students from Green Hedges School in Vienna attained national recognition for excellent performance in the 2012 National Spanish Examinations. Students from Green Hedges School earned one gold and two silver medals.

Madison Teacher Honored

Rachel VanPelt, family and consumer sciences teacher at Madison High, has been recognized by the Virginia Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Alumni and Associates organization with its Connie S. Rhoton Alumni and Associates Achievement Award for outstanding support of and involvement in the state organization.

Week in Vienna

News in Vienna.

Faith Notes (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

Faith Notes are for announcements and events in the faith community. Send to Deadline is Friday.

Bulletin Board (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

May 17-24.

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

Lesson for Life: ‘Be the Best That You Can Be’

A life coach for many in the community.

Al Grande is a self-described optimist, most likely his grandchildren’s notion of the “Little Engine That Could.”

Weekly Entertainment (Vienna/McLean/Great Falls)

May 17-24.

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

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Community Yard Sale

The lower parking lot at Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center was trimmed with tables laden with goods for sale on Saturday, May 12.

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The Fun Run Draws All Ages

Just up the street from 1400 Trap Road, neighbors and tiny tots were up and about at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Some were walking; others were running.

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Vienna Idol Celebrates a Local Life with Music

Caffe Amouri and Whole Foods sponsor music competition to benefit Khristin Kyllo Memorial Fund.

As fiercely-competitive as she was in the sports arena, Khristin Kyllo was equally as fiercely-loyal to her friends and family. When she died suddenly in December 2010, in her dorm room at Princeton, her friends and classmates rallied around the family of the former James Madison High School softball and basketball standout.

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Connolly Honored with Public Service Award

U.S. Rep/ Gerry Connolly (D-11) was honored for his support of the federal workforce and his efforts to promote good government at a ceremony Wednesday evening. Connolly received the 2012 Public Service Award from the Public Employees Roundtable, a non-partisan coalition of 30 organizations, and the Coalition for Effective Change.

A Triple Treat

Madison High production of ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.’

What’s the easiest way to climb to the top of the business ladder? Go to see "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and you can learn all of the tricks of the trade from J. Pierrepont Finch.

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Princess for a Night at West Potomac

The line was already out the door when the girl’s locker room opened on Saturday, May 12 for first pick on the new and slightly used prom dresses and accessories.

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The Brainy Bunch Wins Research Award

Vienna students impress judges at the World Invitational Open.

The Brainy Bunch First Lego League (FLL) team, which includes six 8th grade Kilmer Middle School students, won 2nd Place overall in the Research category at the FLL World Invitational Open hosted by the University of South Florida and Legoland on May 3-6. The Brainy Bunch earned the honor of representing Virginia and D.C. at the World Festival by winning the 1st place overall Grand Champion Award at the VA/DC State tournament in December.

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Scouts Surprise Advisor with Award

It was billed as the Special Awards Ceremony for her Senior Girl Scouts, but Troop Advisor Linda Kelly got a surprise.

Rock Spring Church Marks Its 100th Anniversary

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a weekend full of events May 18-20, culminating with a worship service and traditional Strawberry Festival.

McElveen Receives Young Leaders Award

Ryan McElveen, Fairfax County School Board Member At-large, was presented with the 2012 Charles Robb Young Leaders Award by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and Rep. Jim Moran as part of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee's first annual Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt Dinner on Sunday, May 6.

Week in McLean

Things happening in McLean.

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Dominion Sponsors Project Plant It

On Friday, April 27 at Timberlane Elementary School, Dominion employees stopped at the school to help 3rd grade students plant two trees. He tree planting culminated several weeks of instruction about the benefits of trees.

Landon Hosts Azalea Garden Festival

Over the course of a weekend, guests at the 59th Annual Azalea Garden Festival at Landon School were invited to take part in a variety of events including shopping at the specialty boutiques, touring the "of Landon, by Landon" art exhibit, and viewing the musical performances on Miniter Quad.

McLean Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Langley High

On Saturday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m., the McLean Symphony Orchestra will present its final 40th Anniversary Season Concert.

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Local Non-profit Wins Big at Derby Day Fundraiser

While I'll Have Another won the Run for the Roses, PRS, Inc., was the ultimate winner at the 17th Annual PRS Kentucky Derby Benefit on Saturday, May 5.

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A History of Community Service

A fond farewell to McLean Day Volunteer Tommy Lukas.

Longtime McLean Day Volunteer and Master of Ceremonies Tommy Lukas has put his microphone down and is off to other adventures.

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A Rain Garden at Churchill Road

On Sunday, May 6, girls from Brownie Troop 3352 and Junior Troop 2205 out of Churchill Road took part in the Girl Scouts Forever Green Take Action Project, which is a global effort to improve the environment and protect natural resources.

Week in Great Falls

Things happening in Great Falls.

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Forestville Presents Musical

Last weekend, Forestville Elementary School performed the musical, "Wonka," about a children’s contest at a fantastical chocolate factory.

McLean to Celebrate Hometown

McLean Day 2012: ‘Celebrating Our Hometown’ is on Saturday, May 19.

The McLean Community Center’s (MCC) annual community festival McLean Day 2012: "Celebrating Our Hometown" is on Saturday, May 19.

Tiger Trot for Health

The Connelly School of the Holy Child hosted the Tiger Trot race on April 15.

Week in Reston

Things happening in Reston.

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Fashionable Fundraising

The Ladies Auxiliary of Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church in Potomac hosted its 9th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon on May 12 at the Congressional Country Club.

Obituary: Elizabeth Hyland, 84, of Reston, Dies

Elizabeth Hyland, 84, an author who wrote extensively about schizophrenia and was a past president of the Writers of Chantilly literary organization, died April 22 at Cameron Glen nursing home in Reston. She had cancer.

Obituary: Natalie Dorolyn (Dee) Cotton, 88, of Reston, Dies

Former Reston activist Natalie Dorolyn (Dee) Cotton, 88, passed away May 4, 2012 following a stroke in Fredericksburg, Va., where she had moved in January.

Exploring the Early History of Reston

Program to present Initial Planning Ideas and Creation of the Master Plan.

The Reston Historic Trust (RHT) and the Reston Museum are exploring the early history Reston. Reston Museum is producing another free program in May, to be presented at the JoAnn Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center - Lake Anne, "The Early History of Reston – Creation of the Plan," Thursday, May 24, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Letter: Misrepresentation in ‘Voter Identification’

Letter to the Editor

Jack Kenny’s column ["Voter Identification," Reston Connection, May 9-15, 2012] is so full of untruths that it would require more space than is available here to refute them all.

Aldrin Elementary Teacher Recognized

Christine Lewis, advanced academic resource teacher at Aldrin Elementary, has been recognized as the Region 4 Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted by the Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG).

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Hopecam Holds 5k Run/Walk

Benefiting children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

For the twelfth year in a row, Hopecam hosted their annual Hopecam 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 6, to benefit the charity’s program

Column: History Repeating Itself

This week I complete teaching a six-week course for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University on "highlights of Virginia’s history." I have been meeting with more than 80 students at the JoAnne Rose Gallery in Reston.

Column: Blame Game with the Silver Line

After waiting 50 years for the rail link down the median reserved for it from Dulles Airport to Falls Church, construction finally began. Many actually believed it would be a reality shortly.

Hynes To Present State of the County

Mary Hynes to address community and business leaders

Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes will address community and business leaders during the State of the County breakfast on Tuesday, June 19 from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Crystal City Marriott.

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Artists Take Over Reston Town Center

The 21st Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival to be held May 18-20.

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) revealed its list of artists set to illuminate Reston Town Center for the 21st Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival on weekend May 18-20.

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Art Fair at McNair Elementary

On May 8, McNair Elementary in Herndon, hosted an Art Fair for grades K-6. Students’ artwork was displayed in matted frames, and hung in the library.

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Women’s Club Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Members of the Women’s Club of Arlington gathered Saturday, April 28 at their clubhouse on S. Buchanan Street for a celebration of 80 years of community service.

Sharing Joys of Reading

The Reading Connection holds festival at the Quincy Library

The Reading Connection held a community reading festival at the Quincy Library on Saturday, May 12.

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Tomorrow’s Designers, Today

Marymount University hosts Portfolio in Motion 2012 fashion show

Marymount University’s Portfolio in Motion 2012 fashion show on May 3 brought the runway to life with student-designed garments showcased in an ethereal Gilded Forest production.

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Ballston Opens Arts & Craft Market

Saturday afternoon, The Ballston Arts & Craft Market opened for the season in the park at Wellburn Square on Saturday, May 12.

Chamber To Salute Businesses

Guernsey, Lampe, Peck to be inducted into Arlington Business Hall of Fame.

The 2012 inductees into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame will be honored at the 26th Annual Arlington's Best Business Awards (ABBIEs) held by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 22 from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. at the Sheraton National Hotel.

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Families Fight For Northern Virginia Training Center

Center provides care to more than 150 residents with disabilities.

Susan Infeld, a registered nurse, remembers vividly the night she knew she had to get involved with the Northern Virginia Training Center. She was working as a hospice nurse at a local hospital when a patient from NVTC came in suffering from pneumonia in the middle of the night.

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Reston Smart Market Returns

Market features guaranteed producer-only products.

The Reston Smart Market, featuring guaranteed producer-only produce, meats, dairy and other goods has kicked off for the summer season. This year’s incarnation has a few new vendors, and Jean Janssen of Smart Markets says the new additions help fulfill some of their goals.

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Raising Funds for Back Health

Virginia Spine Institute hosts fundraising 5K.

In his 20s Ray Pugsley was a national-level runner, in competition to compete in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games. But he hurt his back in 1996 and underwent a procedure then, and another one in 2003. While that might seem like something that could end his running career, Pugsley has flourished since then.

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Old Brogue Hockey Skates Away with Fifth Title

Inline hockey team wins third straight championship.

Chris Bass is no stranger to the Old Brogue. As a young man he was there on opening day in 1981 and hasn’t strayed too far since. In fact, now he wears a jersey with the bar’s name on it, as a member of the Old Brogue inline hockey team.

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Searching for Great Falls’ Biggest Trees

Third annual Big Tree Hike features some of the largest trees in the state.

As part of a running group, Bob Vickers was familiar with the land along the Potomac River owned by the Potomac Conservatory. So when he heard about a contest looking for the biggest tree in Great Falls, he knew exactly where to look.

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Franklin Sherman Honors Volunteers

Jo Hicks, Susana Radice honored for decades of service.

As mothers, Jo Hicks and Susana Radice raised their children in McLean. Once their children were grown, both women decided to take their skills to the local school, Franklin Sherman Elementary School. More than 20 years and 10 teachers later, the two are still going strong volunteering with special needs preschool students.

Tuesday, May 15

Churchill Boys’ Lax Ends Wootton’s 6-Year Stranglehold

Bulldogs beat Patriots, advance to region championship game.

Churchill defeated Wootton, 9-6, in the 4A/3A West Region semifinals on Monday, May 14, ending the Patriots’ six-year run as region champion.

Churchill Girls’ Lax Reaches 4th Consecutive Region Final

Flax scores 7 goals, Bulldogs beat Blake in semifinal shootout.

Churchill’s path to a fourth consecutive region final appearance hasn’t been easy, but the Bulldogs completed the task with a 21-16 victory over the Bengals on May 14.

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Seven Straight

Yorktown girls’ lax beats Hayfield in sudden-death OT to maintain district-title streak.

Junior midfielder Meaghan Galvin scored in sudden-death overtime to lift the Yorktown girls' lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory at Hayfield Secondary School, giving the Patriots their seventh consecutive district championship.

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Game On

George Mason University students develop video games aimed at curtailing gang recruitment in Virginia.

Law enforcement officials now have two unlikely weapons in the fight against gang activity in Virginia: video games and college students.

Editorial: Most Endangered?

Potomac River has made great strides, has miles to go to save the Bay.

Unless your home is served by well water, you are almost certainly among the five million people in the Washington Metropolitan area who get their drinking water from the Potomac River.

Column: “Psycho-not-so-matic” Anymore

Whatever I thought was only happening in my head – or not, or was really happening physically – or not, is the muddled description of the thoughts and emotions that this cancer survivor/cancer patient-still-receiving-treatment feels every time I make a 24/7 self assessment (which is often).

Monday, May 14

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Local Real Estate: March 2012 Sales in low $600s

Local Real Estate: March 2012 Sales in low $600s

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Potomac Real Estate: Sales $750,000~ $815,000 in March 2012

In March 2012, 38 Potomac homes sold between $2,710,000-$253,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Sales $750,000 ~ $815,000 in March 2012

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Arlington Real Estate: March 2012 Sales in the $900s

In March 2012, 196 Arlington homes sold between $2,300,000-$77,500.

Arlington Real Estate: March 2012 Sales in the $900s

Saturday, May 12

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Landmarks of Legacy

Walking tour celebrates women's history.

Ann McCarthy Ramsay. Hannah Jackson. Vola Lawson. Many women have left their mark on the City of Alexandria, some leaving the legacy of their stories to be remembered in the names of our streets or in our architecture.

Friday, May 11

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Rocky Run Against the World

Robowiz team develops groundbreaking research.

With food safety being of vital importance these days, a group of students mainly from Rocky Run Middle School created a way to prevent e coli from forming in reusable grocery bags. For their efforts, they took second place in a state championship and third in the world.

2012 Del Ray House and Garden Tour

The 2012 Del Ray House and Garden Tour is pleased to announce the 12 homes that will be featured on the May 19 tour:

Calendar for May 9

E-mail announcements to the Gazette, 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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Memories for Mom

A memory book makes for thoughtful Mother’s Day gift.

This Mother’s Day go beyond breakfast in bed and give mom a gift she’ll always remember, a memory book from the whole family.

Virginia Irene Sullivan Bruch Dies

Virginia Irene Sullivan Bruch (“Ginny”) was born May 26, 1921 in Hickman, Ky. A teacher and published poet, genealogist, and civic leader in Alexandria, she began a career in the Civil Service in 1948, retiring in 1980 from the Pentagon Army Library, where she was a section chief.

Dorothy P. Miller Dies

Dorothy P. Miller (Jane) died of complications following surgery in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 27, 2012. Dorothy was the daughter of the late John P. and Dorothy Shepherd of London, England. She is survived by her son Michael Miller and his wife Jane of Springfield, Va., her daughter Mary Jane Seebach and her husband Steven of Newbury Park, Calif., a cousin Anne Farnario and her husband Jack of St. Clairsville, Ohio and a sister-in-law Alice Jennings of Bellevue, Washington. She is also survived by three grandsons, Philip Miller of Rockville, Md., Ian and Spencer Seebach of Newbury Park.

Planning a Town Center at Land Bay G

Site could embrace restaurants, hotels, movies.

In 2007, MidAtlantic Realty Partners, a veteran Washington area real estate developer, bought 17 acres of land from the Pulte Group for $70 million. MRP’s plan was to develop Potomac Yard’s Land Bay G, the third largest parcel in the city’s concept of Potomac Yard and what Alexandria planners saw as a “Town Center” — a place with restaurants, stores, movies, offices and hotels could serve the giant residential neighborhood being developed next door by the Pulte Group.

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Land Bay F Compares in Scope to Crystal City

Increased density would help pay for new Metro station.

Third in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.

Commentary: Taylor Run

CHURCH PARTY Parishioners at Grace Episcopal Church decided some time ago to welcome those who came to the 5 o’clock Sunday service with a little party occasionally. Mai-Lin Smith and Cindy MacIntyre were the two who organized the event. Mai-Lin’s husband Phil was there Sunday as were Sharon and Phil Hickok, Frank and Linda Waskowicz, Beth Wiggers and Dorothea Daniels. They served little ham sandwiches, little mince pies, spinach triangles, deviled eggs, brownies and other treats.

Commentary: Seminary Valley for May 9

Congratulations to our neighbors over at the St. Martin de Porres Senior Center. The Center celebrated its “Jade” anniversary — 35 years of service on April 26. After remarks by MaryAnn Griffin, director of the Division of Aging and Adult Services for the City of Alexandria, Sally O’Dwyer, VP of Community Services for Catholic Charities (Arlington Diocese), Art Bennett, CEO of Catholic Charities (Arlington Diocese) and Mayor Bill Euille, the following volunteers were recognized:

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Bull Riding Comes to Frying Pan Park

On Saturday April 28, the Friends of Frying Pan Park, in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority, sponsored a professional Bull Riding Event at Frying Pan’s Indoor Arena. Dozens of bulls and riders entertained a sold-out crowd of 1,200 fans with their feats of athleticism.

Letter: Hurrah for Alicia Hughes

To the Editor: Reading through the list of potential additions to Alexandria’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2013, we were struck by the incongruity of the modest requests for funds to support Sunday delivery for the Meals on Wheels program ($60,000) or to restore the library hours cut during the Great Recession ($50,000) as opposed to the outrageous requests to keep the King Street holiday lights on all year ($96,000) or to provide additional opportunities for awards to City employees ($500,000) or for “traffic-calming” measures (also $500,000), for example. We fail to understand what most members of the City Council are thinking. As taxpayers, we expect our elected officials to provide the necessary services for citizens, not to spend money on frivolous matters like extending holiday lights or providing unnecessary additional avenues to reward City staff or to add speed bumps instead of conducting badly needed traffic studies for areas the Council seems intent on cramming with overdense development.

Letter: It’s Time for Real Change

To the Editor: I’m generally a Democrat, but in Alexandria the Democrats that run the City now might as well be just developers. Mayor Bill Euille is an 18-year member of the Council and a developer who invests in local restaurants. Vice Mayor Kerry Donley works for a bank that invests in local developments. The June 12 primary offers residents their first chance to elect Democrats who are truly progressive, who actually think that good government means listening to all your constituents.

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Snapshot for May 9

Spanish exchange student Pablo Rodriguez (bottom left) poses with his T-shirt creation of The Wolf and fellow exchange students: Christian Plugari, Zlatomir Nedeltchev, Beatriz Vasquez, Nicolas Cortes Kellems, Vijil O’Neal, Trish Brown and Laura Messerschmidt. Pablo is an exchange student in the Rotary Club program. The other students also attending T.C. Williams are part of the American Field Service Program and the Future Leaders Exchange Program.

Letter: Campaign Signs Borrowed

To the Editor: One of our Old Town neighbors had such a burning desire to exhibit their support for Councilmembers Del Pepper and Paul Smedberg, as well as nomination aspirant Justin Wilson, last Saturday evening, that they pilfered our yard signs so they could exhibit them. That is the conclusion we came to since nobody in Alexandria would interfere with our First Amendment rights. While elated that a neighbor wished to signal their support for these outstanding candidates, we are forced to tell one and all that if they call the candidates (they are all listed in the local phone directory) they will deliver them their own signs and hence leave ours alone.

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Shall We Dance?

Special-ed students have fun at day prom.

Proms in the daytime can be just as much fun as those in the evening. And the special-ed students attending the FCPS Day Prom, last Thursday morning, May 3, at the Waterford in Fair Oaks had a great time.

Letter: Commentary On the Budget

To the Editor: I write today about the budget city council recently passed largely for two reasons. First, the public deserves to know my views. Second, we have received numerous e-mails, some from ACPS PTSA parents and school board members urging council not to cut the ACPS budget. And third, to address concerns/beliefs that action by council to cut the ACPS budget was intended as a punitive measure to punish the school board for not firing the superintendent.

Letter: City’s Futile Legal Battle

To the Editor: You have to wonder what the City Council majority was thinking April 14 when it decided to appeal the Board of Zoning Appeal’s decision to uphold the citizens’ protest against the proposal to rezone the waterfront area to permit hotels, increased density and higher buildings. In justifying this action, Mayor Bill Euille stated that the BZA’s decision to support the citizens not the city would “set a bad precedent.” The Mayor is flat wrong. The BZA April 12 ruling sets no precedent.

Letter: First-Rate Responders in Second-Rate System

To the Editor: When someone in Alexandria has an emergency and calls 911, they expect help to arrive quickly. In parts of Alexandria, help may not arrive for 15 or 20 minutes, however, when it may be too late to really matter.

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Happy 30th Birthday to Center

Walney Visitor Center celebrates three decades.

In a nod to yesteryear, children were churning butter and hand-cranking ice cream, Saturday morning, in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. But it wasn’t because the electricity was out — these activities were part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Walney Visitor Center.

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House Fire in Alexandria

Firefighters from the City of Alexandria Fire Department, assisted by Fairfax County Fire Department, responded to a report of a kitchen fire in a home located in the 200 block of South Payne Street on Monday, April 30.

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Sharing Memories of George Washington High School

Graduates of George Washington High School in Alexandria gathered Saturday, May 5, in the school cafeteria for a Lunch Social. George Washington High School Alumni Association president Dave Beach welcomed all and mentioned that all of the past yearbooks have all been digitalized and disks are available for sale.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set for May 12.

The 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place Saturday, May 12, when postal workers in Alexandria will pick up donations of food items during the regular mail delivery schedule.

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Spring2Action and They Did

5th annual initiative increases volunteerism, online giving to local nonprofits.

For four days, thousands of Alexandrians came together for the 5th Annual Spring for Alexandria, a citywide weekend of events that focuses on giving and service throughout the community.

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Battle of the Bulge

Cook-Off weekend raises $130,000.

A sold out crowd of more than 500 descended on Alexandria's Birchmere Music Hall April 29 for the 10th anniversary of the 2012 Carpenter's Cook-Off, a friendly culinary competition to raise money for the programs of Carpenter's Shelter.

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'Fair Winds and Following Seas'

ODBC holds 132nd flag raising.

The Old Dominion Boat Club welcomed members, guests and dignitaries to the foot of King Street May 6 for the 132nd annual flag raising ceremony, a yearly tradition of hoisting new flags to kick off the official start of a safe boating season.

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Banana Tree 'Pops Up' in Del Ray

Former Old Town retailer joins online trend.

For 25 years, Monique Bergin ran the Banana Tree retail shop on King Street in Old Town. But last year, she closed the shop and converted to an online-only business.

2012 Athletes of the Year

Tim Hightower to keynote Sportsman's Club awards dinner May 15.

Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower will be on hand as 25 of the city's best high school athletes are honored for their academic and athletic excellence at the 56th annual Alexandria Sportsman's Club Awards dinner May 15 at the Westin Carlyle Hotel.

Energy Loans Offered

The City of Alexandria has launched of the Northern Virginia Home Performance with Energy Star program, to help resiodents overcome barriers to improving energy efficiency in their homes. The nonprofit group Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union (COFCU) have partnered with Alexandria to offer the program to residents.

Alexandria Named ‘Playful City USA’

The City of Alexandria was named one of 213 Playful City USA Communities by KaBOOM! for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children. Playful City USA, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, is a national program advocating for local policies that improve children’s play opportunities.

Letter: Squandered Inheritance?

To the Editor: Alexandria’s Planning Commission last week unanimously adopted the Beauregard Small Area Plan (BSAP), now scheduled for a vote at Saturday’s City Council meeting.

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Local Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

Local Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

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Mount Vernon Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

In March 2012, 103 homes sold between $1,551,000-$30,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

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Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

In March 2012, 163 Alexandria homes sold between $1,144,500-$87,000.

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

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Mother's Day 2012

We asked our readers to submit photos in honor of Mother's Day, which is on May 13.

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Local Real Estate: March 2012 Top Sales in Herndon, Oak Hill, Reston, Vienna and Oakton

Local Real Estate: March 2012 Top Sales in Herndon, Oak Hill, Reston, Vienna and Oakton

Classified Advertising

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Wildcats Softball Primed for the Playoffs

Centreville gets big Concorde wins over Rams, Hornets, Bulldogs.

The Centreville High girls’ softball team is playing its best ball at the right time of the spring with the regular season winding down and the postseason just ahead.

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Chantilly Pushes Rams to the Limit in Playoff Loss

Chargers, in Concorde quarterfinals, can’t quite overcome eight-goal deficit in 2nd half.

Both teams showcased their scoring prowess last Friday evening, May 4 when Robinson and Chantilly met in a first round Concorde District girls’ lacrosse playoff contest at Robinson Secondary.

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Notes from the Producer: "Lonely Planet"

You often hear theatre patrons (and producers!) say that a production is everything theatre should be. It is entertaining, yet has an emotional core so that you leave feeling like you have experienced something that has entertained yet enriched. It has taken you out of your immediate life experience and allowed you for an hour or two to view a collection of characters with a story to tell — a story separate from your own but with a universality that leaves you with insight and a sensitivity to life’s greatest challenges. MetroStage strives to offer this experience in all its many genres to its patrons each and every time.

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Mount Vernon Me and My Mom Photos

Elizabeth Rees with children Sophia (now 8), Dylan (now 5) and Maya (now 2). This picture was taken on Pentecost last year. I'm a priest, and this picture is taken after church. I was exhausted and relaxing on the couch, and all the kids came over to snuggle with me.

Poetry by Patrick Rhoads

"Control our Debt" to the tune of "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

Poetry by Peter Lattu


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Future Educators Win Awards at Conference

Mount Vernon High School students Shai West and Khortney Hamlin won first place awards in individual events at the Virginia Future Educators Association (FEA) Conference, held recently in Virginia Beach. Mount Vernon’s FEA chapter won more awards than any other school in the competition.

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Friends of Trees Award

Mount Vernon High School teacher Matthew Thompson, who teaches chemistry and IB environmental systems, received a Friends of Trees Award from the Fairfax County Tree Commission for his efforts coordinating an effort to plant 465 native trees on the MVHS campus on April 20. Thompson’s efforts brought together students, teachers, administrators, sports teams, club members, community members, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and members of the Environmental Protection Agency. Further, he worked with the local non-profit group, Fairfax ReLeaf, which provided many trees towards the effort. To cover additional expenses, Thompson was able to solicit over $1,800 in donations from local businesses to help fund the project.

Frithjof Olsen Dies

Frithjof Olsen, a retired architect, died on March 25, 2012, three weeks before his 103rd birthday. He was born in 1909 in Fevik, Norway, the seventh of nine children, to Ingeborg and Ole Christian Olsen.

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West Potomac Academy Students Produce Fashion Show

In the Springbank auditorium on Friday, May 4, West Potomac High School students were practicing their steps on the runway, lights and sound were checked, back in wardrobe, dressers were waiting for the models and changes, make-up was being applied in the band room as the preparations for the spring fashion show were near complete. This year’s show, Runway Ready “Catwalk to Concept,” featured student designs: Pink Paradise, Street Intentions, My Bougie Baby, Vintage Appeal and Masked Elegance. Guest designers included Nam Nguyen and the Ugglee Collection.

Letter: Ways To Restore Dyke Marsh

To the Editor: This week, the National Park Service (NPS) held a public meeting to discuss four optional courses of action concerning the erosion of Dyke Marsh. The Marsh is a tidal marsh where the brackish waters of the Potomac River ebb and flow with the tide, covering land at high tide and exposing land at low tide. While Dyke Marsh is a relatively large example of a tidal marsh, numerous other examples abound in the Potomac River and its tributaries. The main distinction is that Dyke Marsh is located within a national park, the George Washington National Historic Parkway Park. This introduces the prospect of using federal funding to restore it.

Letter: Thank You To Community

To the Editor: The Mount Vernon Evening Lions Club thanks the Mount Vernon community for its generous donations at our White Cane Day which was held at the Belle View Safeway on Saturday, April 28. All money will be used for sight projects. Please drop off any used eyeglasses or hearing aides at the recycle boxes located in local libraries. For questions, contact Andrea Corsillo at 703-960-4973.

Letter: How To Measure Excellence

For the past several years around the May timeframe, the Mount Vernon Gazette has published a nice picture of the Waynewood Elementary School principal, who — along with a teacher — is receiving an Academic Excellence Award from Dan Storck (see last week's edition of the Gazette). While I think it's great that Waynewood receives this award year after year after year, I wonder what type of message that sends to the other hard-working school administrators and teachers in the area who cannot compete with Waynewood's "success" on many levels.

Letter: Keep Larger Perspective

To the Editor: A mega issue is playing out under the guise of a mini issue in northern Mount Vernon district.

When a Child Goes Missing

Annually in Virginia over 1,000 children are reported as missing.

What started as a missing child report on April 27 has since been resolved by the Mount Vernon police. On Friday, May 4, the police determined that the 12-year-old girl is in the custody of a family member. The investigation is ongoing but no charges have been placed at this time.

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Help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ This Saturday

Postal carriers to collect donated food.

Among the letter carriers across the nation collecting food donations this Saturday, May 12, for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Mount Vernon’s postal carrier David Yip who delivers mail along Fort Hunt Road.

Auction To Benefit Club Programs, Projects

Join Belvoir Officers' Spouses' Club on “Military Spouse Appreciation Day” with a “Caring for our Community Dinner and Auction.” Items on the auction block, called by a professional auctioneer, include a football signed by the NFL's Mannings - Eli, Peyton and Archie, along with its certificate of authenticity, a pearl necklace, a stay at the Hollywood Casino, Pink Bicycle Tea Room, Wine Tasting tours and picnic parties at several local wineries, a man's Officina del Tempo Watch, roundtrip New York City bus tickets and theater tickets to several shows, Dandy Cruise Ship four-course dinner cruise for two, Stonewall Resort’s two-night stay for two, Hunting Hawk Golf Club greens fees, Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre, Olde Towne Pet Resort three-night stay and spa bath for a canine or feline family member, a season pass to the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, and other items. The evening will also feature entertainment by guitarist Stan Hamrick of the Potomac Jazz Project.

Park Improvements at Mount Eagle Park

Residents and local officials will gather on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. to celebrate the completion of improvements at Mount Eagle Park. The 12-acre park recently received a new playground, pavilion and sand volleyball court. A brief ceremony to be held at the pavilion will mark the occasion. Mount Eagle Park is located at 5919 North Kings Highway, Alexandria.

Driver Arrested In Hit and Run

Detectives have seized the suspect vehicle believed to be involved in what has been determined to be a fatal case of road rage. The driver of that vehicle is a 32-year-old resident on John Paul Drive in Alexandria, who has been arrested and charged with felony hit and run. The suspect vehicle is a black, 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer and was located in southwest Washington, D.C.

Mount Vernon Crime Report May 8

Activities reported by the Mt. Vernon police department through May 4.

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Centre View's Me and My Mom Photos

At the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor last November 2011, touring the Madagascar Ice Exhibit, are, from left, Michaun A. Harrison, mom; Michelle O’Connor, aunt/twin sister of Michaun; David O’Connor, uncle, and front center is Edan Harrison (Centre Ridge Elementary School fifth grader), son of Michaun Harrison. The entire background is made of ice. It was freezing cold inside but beautiful.

Centre View Calendar for May 9

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

Roundups for May 9

Worker Dies on the Job A Herndon man working on a job in Chantilly died Sunday after an accident involving heavy equipment. Fairfax County police identified him as Gerardo Santiago Paulette Ruiz, 47. The tragedy occurred May 6, shortly before 3 p.m., at a business in the 4100 block of Lafayette Center Drive. Police say Ruiz was operating a forklift in the warehouse area and “apparently attempted to pass through a doorway when the forklift struck an overhead beam.” The beam then dislodged and fell on him. Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local Man Pleads Guilty to Murder

He killed his father in Centreville.

Gbassay “Omar” Koroma was slated to stand trial for murder, May 7, in Fairfax County Circuit Court. Instead, he pleaded guilty in March and will be sentenced next month.

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Clifton Rolls Out the Welcome Mat

It’s the 40th annual Spring Homes Tour.

French chandeliers, antique furnishings, original paintings and whimsical collections are among the delights awaiting all those attending the 40th annual Clifton Spring Homes Tour. It’s slated for Thursday, May 17, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and includes a marketplace, silent auction and raffle, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Paradise Springs Winery.

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Saturday Is Chantilly Day

Parade, food, music, cars, children’s activities.

Grab the children, comfy shoes and sunscreen — and come to the Sully Place Shopping Center, this Saturday, May 12, for the first-ever Chantilly Day celebration. It’s free and open to everyone, no matter where they live, and promises to be a day of fun and entertainment.

Thursday, May 10

Fine Arts for May 9

June 5 to July 7 From My Perspective. Abstract Paintings by Audrey Salkind and New Work by Gallery Artists. Meet the Artist: Saturdays, June 9, 16, 23; from 2–4 p.m. Artist's reception is Friday, June 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. At the Waverly Street Gallery, 4600 East-West Highway, Bethesda. Call 301-951-9441 or visit

Potomac Calendar May 8

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

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Bethesda Fine Arts Returns May 12 & 13

The Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announce the ninth annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival, a two-day event highlighting 140 contemporary artists who will sell their original fine art and fine craft. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 13, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Ahmad Receives Neal Potter Award

Service projects of Muslim Foundation recognized.

Almost everyone can remember their feelings, thoughts and where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. For Tufall Ahmad, an American Muslim living in Potomac, “on Sept. 11, 2001, everything changed. I realized the need for Muslim Americans to redefine their identity. 9/11 opened my eyes to where we are living, and how the U.S. has given us everything.”

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Steeplechase Race Marks 60th Year

Event will benefit Yellow Ribbon Fund.

On May 20, the horses will be ready and waiting for the flag to drop, racing fans will be lining the track, tailgating and enjoying catered feasts, and the rails will be filled with young and old — waiting to hear the sounds of hooves and see the brilliant jerseys flash by in the 60th Potomac Hunt Steeplechase Race.

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Anthony Wilder Design/Build Unveils Fire Truck Playhouse

Project spotlights work of Rebuilding Together.

The crowd impatiently waited for the orange cover to be removed, then cheered as they grasped the full impact of the fire truck playhouse. The imaginative 10-foot high fire truck immediately captivated every child and adult at the presentation at the Anthony Wilder Design/Build (AWDB) offices in Cabin John.

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‘Bullis Gives Back’ 5K/2.5K Fun-Run Will Benefit Charities

Course adjusts to school’s new acreage.

The “Bulllis Gives Back” 4th annual 5K/2.5K Fun Run will have a new look this year. The course will incorporate Bullis’ recently purchased acreage — and the pre-race will include a greater focus on health and exercise. Last year, more than 400 students, faculty and community members ran the distance — and the organizers are expecting more than 500 to take off when the starting gun sounds this year.

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Har Shalom Hosts 2012 Potomac Spring House Tour

Proceeds to benefit variety of charities.

It’s time for the annual 2012 Potomac Spring House Tour hosted by Har Shalom — an opportunity to stroll through five of the most elegant and exquisite homes in Potomac and Bethesda. This show features five homes that offer the tour guests a chance to view gardens, furnishings, antiques and art. It is an opportunity to view trends in decorating, architecture and landscape design.

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Local Filmmaker

The film, "The Rendezvous" is a 12-minute thriller written and directed by Potomac filmmaker Stephen Smith and produced by his partner and wife Janine Shore. The film centers on a beautiful woman who convinces her greed-driven lover to engage in a risky plan, which involves stealing an extremely valuable object from her husband, selling the object from the highest bidder, and running off to live the good life. However, the plan doesn't go quite as well as expected, and in this case, it leads to a startling outcome. (To see a trailer of the film, visit The filmmakers hosted a screening of the film at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring, on April 20.

Letter: Bunny Man Bridge: A Dangerous ‘Attraction’

Letter to the Editor

Some Fairfax County residents are aware of the Bunny Man urban legend in one form or another. Whether it be an axe wielding bunny man or an escaped convict or a depraved rabbit stew connoisseur, versions of the legend abound. Some versions are tied to Colchester Overpass, a Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC) railroad overpass spanning Colchester Road in Fairfax Station. Colchester Overpass is sometimes referred to as Bunny Man Bridge.

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Visiting with Horses

Families enjoyed Potomac Horse Center Open House and North Potomac Community Day on Sunday, May 6 with hayrides, free horse and pony rides for children, barn tours, and horseback riding demonstrations, personalized horseshoes, moon bounce and more. The free event was held at the Potomac Horse Center, 14211 Quince Orchard Road, North Potomac.

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Dolce Veloce Opens in Fairfax

Casual, elegant wine bar is located at 10826 Fairfax Boulevard.

When Guiseppe "Joe" Ricciardi and his wife Sharon were dating, they loved going to restaurants that served good wine and small plates of food.

Belle Mode Intimates Opens in Fairfax

Belle Mode Intimates, Fairfax Corner Shopping Center’s newest edition, will be arriving this Mother’s Day weekend and would like to invite you to come celebrate their new store with an evening full of giveaways from businesses in the area, fun gifts for the first 20 people to arrive, personalized fitting consultations, 20 percent off the entire store, food, drinks, and more.

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Remembering Nat Bresler

GMU’s Habitat for Humanity holds 5k in honor of founding officer.

On Sunday, May 6, George Mason University’s Habitat for Humanity chapter held their first annual Nat Bresler Memorial 5k on George Mason’s Fairfax campus.

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Traps and Mystery Galore as 'Sleuth' Arrives

Providence Players of Fairfax presents 'Sleuth.'

"You’re loving it. You’re in a high state of brilliance and excitement." So says one of the characters in the Providence Players of Fairfax next production, the whodunit "Sleuth."

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Local Real Estate: March 2012 Top Sales in McLean and Great Falls

Local Real Estate: March 2012 Top Sales in McLean and Great Falls

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Better Said Than Done at Epicure Café in Fairfax

Better Said Than Done, a community of professional storytellers, will be presenting "First Encounters – stories of meetings, dates, and the totally alien," at Epicure Cafe, 11213A Lee Highway in Fairfax on Saturday, May 19.

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Presidential Visit to Washington-Lee

President Barack Obama made his first visit to Washington-Lee High School on Friday, May 4.

‘The Arabian Nights’ at Lake Braddock

The sound of drums filled the air as the cast lined the aisles, chanting in unison. Voices flew from all sides of the auditorium and the audience remained entranced throughout Lake Braddock High School’s production of "The Arabian Nights."

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Grassroots Government 101

First Braddock ‘Citizen Governance Conference’ draws future decision-makers.

Sitting in a conference room discussing issues such as land use, aging and transportation may not seem like the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon. But the opportunity to have a voice in the future of the Braddock district drew nearly 75 residents to the first Citizen Governance Conference, hosted by Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) at Frost Achievement Finance Park on May 5.

Orange Line Connection May 8

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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Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

In March 2012, 38 Potomac homes sold between $2,710,000-$253,000.

Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

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Arlington Neighborhood Day on May 12

From picnics to pony rides, Arlingtonians are gearing up for another great Neighborhood Day! On Saturday, May 12, neighborhoods from Bluemont to Dominion Hills will connect residents at events throughout the County.

Arlington Calendar for May 9

Know of something missing from our community entertainment Calendar? Send it to The Arlington Connection, e-mail it to 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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County Launches Project To Combat Lyme Disease

After an unseasonably warm winter, Fairfax County health officials are bracing for a proliferation of tick infestations as well as a potential surge in new cases of Lyme disease.

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Argentina National Day Celebration

Argentina National Day Celebration Featuring Argentine music, tango, exhibitions, food and more. The 25th Annual Argentina National Day Celebration will take place Saturday, May 19 from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 South Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Tickets are $20/advance; $30/door. Visit

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Arlington Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

In March 2012, 196 Arlington homes sold between $2,300,000-$77,500.

Arlington Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2012

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Talk of the Town: If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother

Happy Mother’s Day!

While the Wanderer’s attitude towards most events and holidays is somewhat nonchalant at best, leaning a bit toward cynical at worst, this is not his approach to the day devoted to his dear Mum.

Centreville High Sports Report (May 9)

Lady Wildcats defeat Herndon in softball.

Softball: The Lady Wildcats came out on top of their `rematch week’ with big wins against Herndon on Tuesday, May 1st and Westfield on Friday, May 4th. They have two wins against Robinson, one loss each to Chantilly and Oakton, and have split with Herndon and Westfield, bringing their record to 4-4 in the Concorde District.

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Robinson Girls Lacrosse Advances to Regionals

Rams win Concorde playoff opener over Chantilly Chargers.

Both teams showcased their scoring prowess last Friday evening, May 4 when Robinson and Chantilly met in a first round Concorde District girls' lacrosse playoff contest at Robinson Secondary. With a Northern Region playoff seeding on the line and a chance to advance to the district semifinals, both teams played with passion and determination. For the winner, it would be the first game of what could be an extended postseason. For the losing team, it would mark the end of the season. In the end, Robinson, the six-team district tournament's No. 4 seed, held off a ferocious late game Chantilly rally and defeated the Chargers, 19-16.

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Patriot District Lax Tourneys in Full Throttle

Boys and girls title games set for Friday evening at Lee.

The semifinals rounds of both the girls’ and boys’ Patriot District lacrosse tournaments were scheduled to take place earlier this week at Lee High School in Springfield.

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Stallions Ready for the Postseason

South County softball playing outstanding ball as regular season winds down.

With one game remaining in the regular season, the South County girls' softball team is beginning to get geared up for the upcoming postseason.

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A Different Kind of Win For Lancer Girls Soccer

Lancer team members take part in Lupus benefit walk.

The Lee High girls' soccer team participated at the recent Lupus Walk fundraiser event in Washington, D.C. Lancer team members sent out emails to fundraise and bring awareness for the benefit event. The walk itself was 1.5 miles.

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Potential Compromise Emerges in Corridor Dispute Between Arlington and Alexandria

Is a treaty of Four Mile Run in the works to iron out differences between neighboring jurisdictions?

Back in October 2010, Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition chairman Tim Lovain feared what he called a “disaster” on the horizon — transit corridor commuters may be facing a day when they would have to get off an Arlington streetcar and board an Alexandria bus.

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Northern Virginia Bill Signing Puts Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence in Spotlight

A rare moment of bipartisanship between Republican governor and Democratic legislators.

Strangulation will be punished more aggressively to combat violence against women. Campus police will work with other police agencies to crack down on domestic violence of unmarried couples. And the telephone number for a human trafficking hotline will be placed in the restrooms at strip clubs across Virginia.

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Council Members Dip Into Rainy-Day Fund to Avoid Raising Tax Rate

Unanimous budget will raise average residential property tax bill by $52.

Taxpayers can expect to pay more money now that members of the Alexandria City Council have adopted a tax rate for the coming year that will increase the average residential property tax bill by $52.

Business Matters

City leaders may be taking on more debt than Alexandria can handle. That’s the conclusion of the Budget and Fiscal Advisory Commission, which presented its annual report Tuesday night.

Council Notebook

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Councilman Frank Fannon. No, he’s not Superman. But Mayor Bill Euille is praising Fannon for quick thinking and fast action in coming to the assistance of a citizen in need.

Wednesday, May 9

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Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer Approaching No. 1 Seed

Majors receive wake-up call from loss to Chantilly.

The Mount Vernon boys' soccer team has responded well to its first loss of the season.

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Sports Briefs: Mount Vernon Boys’ Lax Reaches District Final

The Mount Vernon boys’ lacrosse team defeated defending National District champion Yorktown, 10-8, in the district tournament semifinals on May 8. The No. 2-seed Majors will travel to face No. 1 Edison for the district title at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.

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Incumbents and Candidates Face Difficult Test as City Council Campaign Heats Up

Rival groups of Democrats endorse slates of candidates for June 12 primary.

The fiercely competitive Democratic primary for the Alexandria City Council is about to get even more intense this weekend, as current council members take up the most controversial development proposal since the waterfront plan.

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SSSAS Girls’ Lax Coach Jenkins Earns Win No. 600

Saints coach co-founded program at St. Agnes School in 1976.

Kathy Jenkins, who co-founded the girls' lacrosse program at St. Agnes School in 1976, earned her 600th career victory on May 3.

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TC Crew Freshman Girls Capture Silver Medal

When they began the season, the T.C. Williams girls’ freshman 8 was like any other freshman boat in the sport of rowing — unproven, untested, and unsure of how they would do. By the end of this past weekend, the TC girls’ freshman 8 was something else — one of the two best boats in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Clifton Rolls Out the Welcome Mat

It’s the 40th annual Spring Homes Tour.

French chandeliers, antique furnishings, original paintings and whimsical collections are among the delights awaiting all those attending the 40th annual Clifton Spring Homes Tour. It’s slated for Thursday, May 17, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and includes a marketplace, silent auction and raffle, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Paradise Springs Winery.

Veterans Golf Classic Honors Heroes

On Friday, May 18, Brian Thacker, US Army Recipient of the highest award, will be Grand Marshall Guest of Honor at the Veterans Golf Classic at Quantico’s Medal of Honor Golf Course.

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Blankets, Bingo and Budgets During Take Your Child to Work Day

More than forty children learned about debits and credits, examined a legal document and employment application, checked out the inside of a computer and took a tour of the facilities during the "Take Your Child to Work Day" event at Sallie Mae in Reston.

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Steeplechase Race Marks 60th Year

Event will benefit Yellow Ribbon Fund.

On May 20, the horses will be ready and waiting for the flag to drop, racing fans will be lining the track, tailgating and enjoying catered feasts, and the rails will be filled with young and old — waiting to hear the sounds of hooves and see the brilliant jerseys flash by in the 60th Potomac Hunt Steeplechase Race.

Comcast Cares Day Volunteers Help Out

Stephen Deans and mother, Comcast Customer Service Center Supervisor Patricia Deans pitched in alongside more than 50 volunteers to help "spruce up" the playground area at the Reston Interfaith Laurel Learning Center on Saturday, April 21, as part of the 11th annual Comcast Cares Day.

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Volunteers Repair Community Garden Plot Pathways

Some community gardeners in Reston will now have an easier and safer trip to their garden plots, thanks to volunteers from a structural engineering firm. Haynes Whaley Associates' eight-person team made repairs to the connecting pathway between the garden plots.

Column: All Aboard!

The buzzards are circling again! They see a struggling Phase II of the Dulles Metrorail Silver Line and are ready to swoop in to clean the bones of the project.

United Christian Parish To Dedicate New Building With Concert

The world premiere of a choral piece written for the dedication of the new United Christian Parish sanctuary will take place at a concert on Friday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the church located at 11508 North Shore Drive, Reston. The concert is free and the public is invited.

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‘A Night in Paris’ at Walt Whitman

The Walt Whitman Fashion Show, "A Night in Paris," took place on Friday, May 4 in the school's auditorium.

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Challenging the World

Two Reston teams advance to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Your problem, should you choose to accept it, is this: Use a word or words to make a first and last name. You must relate this name to an occupation. You will have one minute to think and three minutes to respond. You must be creative. Boring responses will not earn you a point. Examples of creative responses are: Minnie Ster is a pastor, Clara Net is a musician or Ali Gator is a marine biologist.

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Science and Math Night at Armstrong Elementary

Armstrong Elementary School held a Science and Math Night on Thursday, April 26.

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History Awards

Six individuals were honored April 25 who have made noteworthy contributions to the preservation of the historic, cultural and artistic heritage of Alexandria.

FISH Fling 2012 to Honor Volunteers

Herndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Sympathetic Instant Help) will be holding its 7th Annual Fling on Saturday, May 19, at the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon.

Week in Herndon

Things happening in Herndon.

Herndon Has It All

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to vote on Tuesday, and placed their trust in me to provide solid, forward thinking leadership to the Town of Herndon for the next two years.

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Herndon Farmers Market Opens

The Herndon Farmers Market kicked off the season on a cold and dreary day.

Treaty of Four Mile Run?

A potential compromise to ongoing dispute between Arlington and Alexandria.

Back in October 2010, Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition chairman Tim Lovain feared what he called a "disaster" on the horizon — transit corridor commuters may be facing a day when they would have to get off an Arlington streetcar and board an Alexandria bus.

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Herndon Elementary Turns 50

Golden anniversary brings past and present together to share school culture.

Over fifty years the thousands of children’s feet walking up and down the stairs at Herndon Elementary School [HES] have worn indents in the stone steps. Those patches are a testament to the strength of repetition and consistence, two attributes that can also be ascribed to education at the school.

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Vienna Teen a Robowiz

Local team scores big in robotics in international competition.

Neeraj Prasad, a Vienna 13-year-old 7th-grader, loves science and technology so much so that he lives for science and technology.

Churchill Boys’ Lax Storms Back Against Watkins Mill

Bulldogs enter postseason as top seed in 4A/3A West.

While things started poorly for the Churchill boys' lacrosse team, the Bulldogs ended their regular season finale game playing like a No. 1 seed.

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Yorktown Band Hosts Chili Cook Off and Spring Sale

A dozen plus pots filled with chili filled the tables in the cafeteria for the Chili Cook-Off and spring sale on Saturday, May 5.

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Churchill Girls’ Lax Enters Playoffs as No. 2 Seed

Bulldogs beat Watkins Mill in regular season finale.

With leading scorer Mairin Hall sidelined due to illness, the Churchill girls’ lacrosse team closed the regular season with a 17-7 victory against Watkins Mill on May 7 in Montgomery Village. While the Bulldogs still had more than enough to get past the Wolverines, Churchill wasn’t so fortunate against Quince Orchard three days earlier.

Wootton’s Keenen Has Big Day in Defeat

Brett Keenen finished 3 for 4 with a home run, a double to the fence in left-center and four RBIs, but struggles on the mound and five fielding errors doomed the Patriots.

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‘Connecting the Dots’ on Climate Change

Northern Virginians join in Global Climate Change Day.

What could Los Cayes, Haiti; Lancaster, Texas; Geraldine, New Zealand; Alexandria, Egypt; London, England; Dumaguete, the Philippines, and Vienna, Va., all possibly have in common?

Letter: Scary Business in Vienna

Letter to the Editor

My wife, Diane, and I were just about to go out for dinner at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, and we were giving the boys some last-minute instructions. She and Liam, 12, were at the computer in the living room in front of the house and she heard what sounded like a car accident.

Marshall High Students Win DECA Competition

A three-student team from Marshall High School won first place at the DECA International Career Development Conference held last week in Salt Lake City. Annie Greenwood, Art Kapplow, and Ali Skahan took top honors for their Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan. Marshall High School is a Fairfax County public school.

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Dowdell Powers Yorktown Baseball Past Hayfield

Patriots win, Stuart loss earns Yorktown district’s top seed.

Red Dowdell’s fifth-inning RBI triple tied the score at 1-all and his seventh-inning double off the center-field fence plated the winning run as the Yorktown baseball team defeated Hayfield 3-2 at Greenbrier Park.

McLean Student Named Presidential Scholar

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the selection of Priya Krishnan of McLean, who attends Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, as a 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholar.

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Wakefield Boys' Lax Looking to Build on Victory

The Wakefield boys' lacrosse program ended a 99-game losing streak with a victory against Park View on April 24.

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Longfellow’s Science Olympians Win State Championship

Longfellow Middle School is celebrating its Science Olympiad team’s recent victory in the Virginia state championship. This year’s state tournament featured 29 schools, including local rival Kilmer MS, which had narrowly defeated Longfellow last year. This time, Longfellow pulled well clear of the competition with an outstanding performance: team members won the gold medal in 12 of the tournament’s 23 events, and placed second or third in 8 other events.

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'Who Says I Can't?'

Face of America ride honors disabled veterans.

They came from across the country, gathering before dawn in the shadow of the Pentagon to begin a two-day journey to honor the sacrifices of America's wounded warriors and gain a better understanding of people with disabilities.

‘Oh My Son’ in McLean

Professional opera to be performed at McLean’s Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

McLean theatre and opera fans are in for a treat. A highly-acclaimed production of "Oh My Son," a dramatic opera about the life of Jesus, will be performed at McLean’s Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on May 20.

McLean Gymnast Wins State Championship

Margo Gurian, 9, a third grader at Spring Hill Elementary School in Mclean, won the All Around title at the Level 5 Virginia State Gymnastics Championships held at Radford University on April 28.

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Enriching Churchill Road’s Garden

Churchill Road second graders began working with local mosaic artist Bonnie Fitzgerald in February to create tiles for an outdoor mosaic depicting the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly.

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Comstock to Host Fundraiser for Wolf

Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-34) will be holding a fundraiser on May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at her home in McLean for Congressman Frank Wolf.

McLean Students to Celebrate National Bike to School Day

Fourth graders at the Langley School in McLean will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on May 9.

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Musicians and Patrols Get Awards

McLean Woman’s Club honors middle- and elementary-school students.

The musicianship of four students from Cooper and Longfellow middle schools was recognized by the Woman’s Club of McLean at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 1, where the students also performed on their instruments.

School Board Names New Jefferson Principal

The Arlington School Board appointed Keisha Boggan as the new principal of Jefferson Middle School.

Great Falls Talks Turf

The Leo Santaballa turf-field debate continues.

In a Great Falls Land Use and Zoning Committee (LUZ) meeting in October of 2010, the Great Falls Lacrosse Association (GFLA) announced plans to install a synthetic turf-field at Leo Santaballa Park.

Toftoy Pens Sequel: ‘Eyes of Cold Case Killers’

Local author uses Northern Virginia as setting.

What’s next for professor sleuth Lars Neilsen and Alpha Team after solving the murders of four local university co-eds in “It’s In The Eyes?”

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Merkel Elected Mayor of Herndon

2012-14 Council features three incumbents, two past councilmembers.

Lisa Merkel was elected Mayor of Herndon Tuesday, May 1, and Connie Hutchinson, Melissa Jonas, Dave Kirby, Sheila Olem, Charlie Waddell and Grace Wolf were elected to the Herndon Town Council for the 2012-14 term.

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Worldgate Hosts Women’s Racquetball

World tournament takes place over three days at Sport and Health.

Worldgate Sport and Health hosted more than 20 of the world’s top-ranked professional racquetball players last weekend, welcoming the Women’s Professional Racquetball Tour for the second year in a row.

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Towne Square Singers Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Group performs ‘Down Memory Lane,’ a look at concerts of the past.

When it came time for the Herndon Towne Square Singers to celebrate their 30th anniversary, they knew they wanted to look to the past. The problem was, with three decades worth of shows to pull from, it wasn’t easy.

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Nature House Hosts Spring Festival

Outdoor activities, displays featured at annual festival.

Outdoor and nature enthusiasts of all ages flocked to the Walker Nature Education Center Saturday, May 5 for the annual Spring Festival. Stations were scattered around the center and the adjacent paths allowing children to participate in a variety of natural activities, including stream monitoring, plant identification and fishing in nearby Lake Audubon.

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Lake Anne Hosts ‘Out of Place’

Exhibit inspired by history, architecture of Reston.

As dozens gathered around Lake Anne Sunday evening for the dance performance for the Reston Museum’s "Out of Place" exhibit, many had no idea what they were looking for. Which is why, when a male and female in matching white shirts started walking along the dock, at first no one paid attention.

Tuesday, May 8

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Haddad Ballet Presents ‘The Snow Queen’

Performance will be studios fourth in Great Falls, first since 2006.

The Margaret Haddad Studio of Classical Ballet will present "The Snow Queen" at the Madeira School in McLean Saturday, May 12. This is the fourth time Haddad has put on the show since coming to Great Falls and the first since 2006.

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Seniors Group Plans First Events

Ecumenical Council members join with group, seek county charter.

The Great Falls Citizens Association’s Seniors Group hosted their meeting with new membership Wednesday, May 2, as group mainstays were joined by representatives from local churches and Fairfax County. The group, which was founded last year and has been seeking input from local residents, started planning their first event and laid out plans for a year’s worth of events, starting this September.

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Old Brogue Hosts Reston Smile Partners Fundraiser

Event raises funds for pro bono lab work for Reston Interfaith clients.

The Old Brogue hosted a fundraiser Tuesday, May 1 for Reston Smile Partners, which operates in partnership with Reston Interfaith to provide pro bono dental care for their clients.

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Volunteer Fire Department Celebrates 70 Years

New firehouse hosts anniversary celebration.

Milburn Sanders, 90, joined the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department (then known as the Forestville Fire Department) seven days after it opened on May 5, 1952. Seventy years later, he was part of the celebration at a new building, with generations of volunteer and career firefighters that came after him.

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McLean High Examines Youth Survey Numbers

Students report less bullying, inhalant use, more alcohol, binge drinking than county numbers.

The McLean High School PTSA hosted a meeting Wednesday, May 2 to discuss the McLean High School pyramid-specific results from the 2010 Fairfax County Youth Survey. The annual survey, which is filled out by eighth, 10th and 12th graders (as well as a modified version taken by sixth graders) is meant to gather data on student behavior, both positive and negative.

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Sharing Their Love of the Sport

South Lakes boys’ lacrosse set to conduct summer youth camps again.

The South Lakes High boys' lacrosse team has experienced good success on the field this spring. This summer, the Seahawks, under head coach Craig Lunde, plan to once again share their winning ways and knowledge of the sport to youth lacrosse players throughout the Herndon and Reston areas with their South Lakes Lacrosse Summer Camps sessions.

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Madison Softball Playing Shut Down Ball

Warhawks edge Saxons 1-0 behind stellar defense and one-hit pitching gem by Kelsey Ross.

Since its eight-game win streak ended with a loss at Liberty District opponent Stone Bridge High in Ashburn on Friday, April 27, the Madison High Warhawks girls' softball team has gotten back into the win column with a pair of district shutout wins. Both victories came last week.

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Highlanders Hoping to Take Off in Soccer Postseason

District OT losses have hurt McLean boys, but team is poised for strong showing at upcoming Liberty tournament.

It has been a season of several frustrating, down to the wire losses for the McLean High boys' soccer team. On the other hand, the Highlanders have also won enough games to have clinched a winning regular season record and to believe they can be an impact team at the upcoming Liberty District and perhaps even the Northern Region playoffs.

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Great Falls Artist Earns Honorable Mention in Watercolor Exhibition

The Charles H. Taylor Art Center in Hampton, Va. is currently hosting the 33rd annual Virginia Watercolor Societies Exhibition. Juried and judged by N.C. artist, Dan Smith, with 494 entries by 175 artists across the state, the work of Great Falls artist, Betty Ganley, a painting capturing the "mood" of a misty morning in a Maine boatyard, was awarded an Honorable Mention and has been hailed by the judge as "a traditional boat composition, docked for repair … I found the virtuosity of the watercolor application remarkable."

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The Best Seats Outside the House

Local designers offer tips for creating a spectacular patio or deck.

Warm weather means more time spent lounging by the pool or grilling on the patio. A winter-worn outdoor space can make popular warm weather pastimes less than appealing. Creating a space that provides both comfort and style can be a daunting undertaking. Local designers are offering suggestions for creating a luxurious retreat fit for relaxing or outdoor entertaining.

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Housing Discrimination Alert

Officials step up education, outreach efforts to reach immigrant communities about "fair housing" rights.

Housing discrimination cases have been on the rise in Fairfax County in the past few years. And the Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs (OHREP), the agency that enforces fair housing laws in the county, is shining a spotlight on the problem through seminars for housing providers, realtors, community groups and other interested parties. "Sadly, housing discrimination is alive and well and we’ve seen an uptick in complaints during the past six years," said Kenneth Saunders, executive director of OHREP.