Stories for November 2012

Stories for November 2012


Friday, November 30

Alexandria & Mount Vernon Calendar: Nov. 29, 2012

E-mail announcements to Photos and artwork are encouraged. Deadline is Thursday at noon.

Letter: Offering Some Healthy Corrections

I was pleased to see the Mount Vernon Gazette cover the recent American Association of University Women (AAUW) showing of the movie “Food, Inc.” with a panel discussion in which I took part (“Taste Trumps Nutrition,” Nov. 23), however, several corrections to the article are in order.

Letter: Praise for Cub Pack 1504

I commend Cub Scout Pack 1504 for their compassion and dedication in conducting an annual food drive to serve our neighbors in need. Last year over one ton of food was collected from giving neighbors and given to UCM.

Scottish Walk Weekend Events

The 42nd Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend kicks off the holiday season Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Brief: Alexandria Black History Museum to Host Kwanzaa Celebration Program

The Alexandria Black History Museum and Culture Kingdom Kids will host a Kwanzaa Celebration program on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum. The cost of admission for this event is $5.

Obituary: Hansel "Hank" Mundy

Hansel "Hank" Mundy died on Nov. 25, 2012 in Alexandria.

Letter: Lessons from School Board Election

In Alexandria you have to know the players to understand the scorecard. The city's campaign finance records reveal that Alan Hilburg contributed $500 to Helen Morris's successful 2009 School Board run. A year later, Mr. Hilburg was given a $12,000 a month consulting contract to advise ACPS on communications issues. Given ACPS’s many public relations gaffes in the past few years, the newly elected School Board may want to take a closer look at the school system’s use of consultants.

Letter: An Early Scottish Christmas Walk?

Advent is from Dec. 2 through Dec. 24. Christmas begins on Dec. 25. So why is the Scottish Christmas Walk on Dec. 1?

Letter: Focus on Jefferson-Houston

The Gazette Packet’s story [“New Direction for Schools,” Nov. 22] relied on the overquoted, yet curiously ignored public relations expert Alan Hilburg's recent editorial lament. Hilburg's letter to the editor expressed sadness upon hearing of School Board Vice Chair Helen Morris' electoral passing. Morris like several past and present Jefferson-Houston PTA presidents are the architects of the school's academic decline.

Letter: No Basis For Complaint

In response to the recent letter to the editor: “Sermonizing At Poll Site,” I am compelled to take issue with Ms. Downs who complained about a normal function in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community. As precinct captain at Temple Beth El and a parishioner at Blessed Sacrament, there is absolutely no basis for this outrageous complaint.

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Mike Oliver: A Volunteer for All Seasons

Santa is in his blood, which he’s donated over 35 gallons.

One does not often get to sit down in a chair next to Santa Claus; the usual seat is in his lap. But Mike Oliver, who is Santa’s number one helper in Alexandria, took time during a respite after the busy Christmas rush to be interviewed about the numerous activities that led to his selection as an Alexandria Living Legend.

Thursday, November 29

Black Friday Shoppers in Old Town

Black Friday Shoppers were busy in Old Town the day after Thanksgiving.

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Ginzler Receives 1st National Spirit Award

Currently the senior director of the Center for Supportive Services at the Jewish Council for the Aging in Rockville, Md., Elinor Ginzler was presented with the At Home Alexandria’s 1st National Spirit Award last month.

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TC Girls’ Basketball Still Gunning for West Springfield

Titans start season with just nine players on the roster.

The T.C. Williams girls' basketball team is in search of the program's first district title since 2009.

Soprano Voice Radiates along Waterfront

Impromptu singing gathers audiences.

The sound emanating from King Street in the area of Old Town Alexandria will cause people to stop in their tracks and turn their heads.

Mount Vernon Boys' Basketball Edges West Potomac

Majors beat Wolverines for first time since 2009.

The Mount Vernon boys' basketball team opened its 2012-13 season with a win over West Potomac.

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10th Annual Toast to Hope Raises $65,000

Event supports SCAN’s local child abuse prevention programs.

More than 270 people turned out Nov. 17 for the 10th annual Toast to Hope, a garden-party themed gala that raised more than $65,000 for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia, a local nonprofit that leads child abuse prevention efforts across the region.

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Building for Success

Commonwealth Academy dedicates new Lower School.

Parents, prospective parents, educational professionals and neighbors joined Mayor Bill Euille, Police Chief Earl Cook and Fire Chief Adam Thiel Nov. 13 as Commonwealth Academy officially dedicated its new Lower School.

Mount Vernon Girls’ Basketball Smothers West Po in Opener

Six Majors score in double figures.

The Mount Vernon girls' basketball team won its season opener against West Potomac.

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Desperately Seeking Santas

Black Fire Service Professionals to host annual toy drive.

The Black Fire Service Professionals of Alexandria are looking for donations from community partners in preparation for its 12th annual holiday toy party for underprivileged and at-risk children.

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Oakton Football Wins Northern Region Championship

Cougars beat Westfield for first region title since 2008.

The Oakton football team defeated the Northern Region's top three seeds to reach the state playoffs.

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‘All I Want for Christmas’

A great way to kick off the holiday season is by seeing Encore Theatrical Arts Project’s new show, “All I Want for Christmas.” This song-and-dance extravaganza aims to delight audiences of all ages.

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Bows, Baskets and Bikes

ACVA launches “Alexandria Cares” corporate service program.

Holiday spirits were high as the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association launched Alexandria Cares, a corporate community service program in partnership with the nonprofit Get Out and Give Back to offer corporate groups the opportunity to include service projects in their Alexandria-based business meetings.

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Column: SSA Kicks Off Friendly Visitor Program

Column: On Oct. 24, Senior Services of Alexandria kicked off its Friendly Visitors Program with the support of Alexandria’s Mayor Bill Euille and members of the faith community from Old Presbyterian Meeting House and Downtown Baptist.

Column: Sometimes, Just Vote and Move on

Column: Process is very important — indeed critical. It is important to democratic self-government that the people know how and when they can participate.

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Boundary Changes Affect Local Students

Parents learn about what’s planned.

School boundary changes are never easy and, no matter how they end up, somebody’s always unhappy. But when schools are projected to be at 125 percent and 109 percent of their building capacities in just a few more years, something has to be done in advance to prevent it.

Column: A History of Healthcare Excellence

Column: Exactly 140 years ago this month – December 1872 – a woman of remarkable spirit, compassion and vision called upon a group of friends to help her open a hospital in the City of Alexandria.

Alexandria’s Own Fashion Archivist

An Old Town native with vintage style helps others keep their memories alive.

Siobhan “Bunny” McDonough grew up running through the alleys on Prince Street, playing games with her brothers and living it up as a tomboy.

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Yorktown Football Falls to Stone Bridge in Region Final

Patriots can’t hold early 22-point lead against Bulldogs.

The Yorktown football team finished region runner-up with a 12-1 record for the second consecutive season.

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Dancers To Perform in ‘Billy Elliot,’ ‘Nutcracker’

Dancers from Just Dance Studio in Alexandria will make their dance debut at Kennedy Center and Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore this month.

Fundraisers Set for Centreville Family

Husband severely injured in accident.

Debbie Harrison is a kindergarten teacher at London Towne Elementary and has taught school for nearly 30 years. She’s also a wife and mother. But in April, her life and that of her husband Frank changed forever.

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WHS Brass Quintet

The Westfield High School Brass Quintet performed Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Barnes & Noble in Fair Lakes.

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WFCM Says Thanks for Giving in November

During Thanksgiving, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries gave baskets of food to families in need in the local area. As with all successful ventures, WFCM did not do it alone. Many churches, businesses, dance teams, local high schools, and many individuals, sponsored one to hundreds of families to provide Thanksgiving food. Now, WFCM is preparing to serve additional families at Christmastime and, once again, it needs the community’s help.

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Making the Holidays Bright for Needy Children

Our Neighbor’s Child collecting toys, clothing.

For many local families, the holiday season isn’t about Christmas carols and pretty decorations. It’s about worrying how they’ll keep their children warm in the coming winter and explain to them why Santa can’t bring them any presents this year. And that’s where the all-volunteer, nonprofit Our Neighbor’s Child comes in, working to make sure that no child in need in Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Fair Oaks and Fair Lakes goes without holiday gifts.

Centre View Calendar, Nov. 29, 2012

Email announcements to Photos welcome.

Centre View Roundups, Nov. 29, 2012

Centre View Roundups for Nov. 29, 2012: Sexual Battery Is Charged; Man Charged with Embezzling; Free Carseat Inspections ; Clifton Horse Parade; CLRC Open House Dec. 1; FCPS Superintendent Search; Police Collect Children’s Gifts; Adopt a Shelter Animal; Centreville Elementary Seeks Grant; Christmas Tree Fire Safety; WFCM Seeks Food, Volunteers; Meals on Wheels Volunteers; Women's Self Defense Program

Letter: Applauds Coverage Of Immigration

Writing as a member of the board of directors of the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF), I applaud your editorial, the op-ed by John Horejsi (SALT), and the opening articles.

Letter: Hopes Nation Comes Together

Regardless of party lines, congratulations are in order for President Obama’s reelection as our 45th president of the United States.

Opinion: Immigrants and Today’s Faith Response

The presence of increasing numbers of immigrants is a challenge to the Fairfax County faith community commitments. The challenge is to be a faith community with open arms.

Editorial: Learning in a Global Community

Students in Fairfax County speak 160 languages.

This week our ongoing series about immigration in Fairfax County takes a look at county schools, and some of the joys and challenges of having a diverse student body that speaks as many as 160 different languages at home.

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A More Perfect Union? Council to Consider Drastic Changes to Old Town Street

Automobiles, bicyclists and pedestrians to share the road.

Union Street was the city’s first waterfront plan, a public works project funded by wealthy landowners to extend the city east into the river in the 1780s.

Council Notebook

The late campaign may be a thing of the past. But the debate about taxes lingers.

Wednesday, November 28

Classified Advertising Nov. 28,2012

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Capitals Alumni Bondra, Burton Host Hockey School

Washington Capitals alumni Peter Bondra and Nelson Burton and mascot Slapshot visited Alexandria Country Day School in Alexandria on Wednesday, Nov. 7, for the fifth Capitals Hockey School assembly of the 2012-13 school year.

Poem: She Remembers the Splendor

Poem: She Remembers the Splendor

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Signs of the Season

Volunteers gathered at Saint Aidan’s last week awaiting the arrival of Fraser fir trees from North Carolina.

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Backstage at the Ballet

Final dress rehearsals are underway for this weekend’s performances of “The Nutcracker.”

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Kiwanis Holds Annual Holiday Tree Sale

The trucks pulled into the parking lot at the Belle View Shopping center early Saturday morning, Nov. 24, laden with Fraser firs, wreaths and garlands.

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Luminous Evening

Lights sparkled throughout Market Square as the holiday tree was lit on Friday evening, Nov. 23.

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Fundraiser Yields 126 Thanksgiving Dinners

More than 75 Keller Williams Realty Old Town staff and friends volunteered on Tuesday, Nov. 20, to sort, bag and deliver 126 complete Thanksgiving dinners to families in Alexandria.

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Potomac Real Estate: September 2012 Sales $625,000~ $740,000

In September 2012, 34 Potomac homes sold between $4,700,000-$282,000.

Potomac Real Estate: September 2012 Sales $625,000~ $740,000

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RIP Springfield Mall

Demolition signals transformation of Springfield Mall into $200 million town center.

Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) could not have been happier as chunks of steel and concrete began falling off Springfield Mall Monday morning, Nov. 26.

Week in Fairfax

Police collect toys for sick children, Fairfax County Animal Shelter to offer free spay or neuter for the first 100 animals adopted, Remembering Leslie Prokop, Woodson Drama Night Out, First bike sharing system implemented at GMU, and Christmas tree fire safety

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Parent Perspective on Boundary Changes

After Monday’s boundary-change meeting, some parents discussed their own concerns with the potential changes.

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Buoyant Holiday Fare

Providence Players present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

A delightfully boisterous, but controlled chaos lit up a recent rehearsal of the Providence Players' next production, the family-friendly holiday treat "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Over a dozen joyously energetic middle school and high school students were rehearsing their roles under the watchful eye of Director Beth Whitehead (Mantua).

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‘All I Want for Christmas’

Encore dancers present annual holiday show.

A great way to kick off the holiday season is by seeing Encore Theatrical Arts Project’s new show, “All I Want for Christmas.” This song-and-dance extravaganza aims to delight audiences of all ages.

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Seeking Relief for Fairfax and Lanier

Parents discuss school boundary changes.

School boundary changes are never easy and, no matter how they end up, somebody’s always unhappy. But when schools are projected to be at 125 percent and 109 percent of their building capacities in just a few more years, something has to be done in advance to prevent it.

Area Roundups

Police collect toys for sick children, Fairfax County Animal Shelter to offer free spay or neuter for the first 100 animals adopted, Cold War Competition to benefit veterans, and Christmas tree fire safety

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Town Center Lights Christmas Tree

Santa and Mrs. Claus, Reston Chorale appear at annual tree lighting.

Having just moved to Reston in July, Bill and Marie Jones and their two children weren’t aware of the annual festivities that happen at Reston Town Center every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, just after dark. They thought they were headed to town center for an evening of ice skating and frozen yogurt.

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Reston Hosts Holiday Parade

Local groups participate in annual Reston Town Center parade Nov. 23.

Thousands of people spent the early part of their Black Friday spread out along Market Street for the annual Reston Holiday Parade. Organizations from across the area made their way down .3 miles of the road carrying balloons, performing and interacting with the crowd.

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Herndon High Performs ‘Brigadoon’

Theater department puts on annual fall musical.

For many cast members in the Herndon High School Theatre Department, the musical "Brigadoon" wasn’t a familiar title to them. The story of two New Yorkers who stumble upon a mystical disappearing Scottish village features one of the young men, Tommy, who falls in love with one of the town’s residents, only to be confronted by the fact that the town only appears once every hundred years.

Schools Using Diversity for Student Benefits

Immersion, ESOL programs aim to take advantage of area cultures.

As Fairfax County has experienced massive growth in its international population, its effects have spread to its educational institutions. Forty-four percent of the Fairfax County Public Schools students come from homes that speak a language other than English, which includes 160 different languages.

Author Examines Life by the Letter

Joe Reynolds publishes collection of letters on variety of topics.

In an era of e-mails, text messages and tweets, the art of writing a letter hasn’t been lost on McLean resident Joe Reynolds. It’s something he was raised on, his father and grandfather wrote him letters while he was at college, a tradition that he continued while his three children were away at school.

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Final Tree Decision Yet to Come

Final tests to be run on white oaks at Georgetown Pike-Walker Road intersection.

The trees at the intersection of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road will be subject to at least one more test to determine if they propose a safety hazard to drivers. The Virginia Department of Transportation had decided Sept. 18 to remove the trees as part of a mass removal of potentially hazardous trees, but announced Sept. 28 that they would wait for the community to hire an arborist.

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Shackled and Secret: Legislators Consider Availability of Documents on Pregnant Inmates

Should jails be able to suppress information from the public?

Virginia already has a reputation for tightly controlling the availability of law-enforcement documents. Now that reputation may be re-affirmed in the upcoming General Assembly session, when the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association will oppose efforts to share documents about when and how pregnant inmates are restrained.

Tuesday, November 27

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Newton Receives Distinguished Volunteer Award

Sandy Newton, a member of The Woman’s Club of Arlington, received a U.S. Department of the Interior “Take Pride in America” volunteer award at a special luncheon held last month.

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Commentary: Dodging Rockets from Gaza

I was deeply disturbed by what I saw and heard in four weeks in Israel/Palestine on a fact-finding delegation of a D.C.-based group called Interfaith Peace Builders, and volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Nov. 28, 2012

Upcoming events in Potomac

Ready for Winter?

More snow than last year expected.

Winter weather has arrived. How cold will it get? How much snow will fall? Is everyone prepared? These are some of the questions area residents and merchants are asking.

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Old Angler’s Inn ‘Scores’ with Fundraiser

Event benefits brain concussion program.

Despite chilly temperatures, warm hearts gathered at Old Angler’s Inn on Monday, Nov. 5 to raise awareness and support for SCORE (Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education Program) located at Children’s National Medical Center.

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Chrissellene Petropoulos Trains Future Singing Talents

Potomac resident shares system for vocal mastery.

“My voice took me to Europe, where I sang opera, operetta and musical theater and was contracted with the Vienna State Opera and the Kassel State Opera in Germany. Soon I was singing everywhere from Greece, France and Italy to The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Ultimately, my voice began to fail me,” said Chrissellene Petropoulos, a vocal teacher whose many students come to her for performance training — but they also come for the other lessons she imparts.

Leadership Montgomery Launches New Series

Cokie and Steve Roberts to start “Conversation on Leadership.”

On Monday, Dec. 10, Leadership Montgomery will launch its “Conversation on Leadership” Series with an event at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, from 6-8:30 p.m.

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Muslim Foundation Demonstrates ‘Faith in Action’

Helping the poor.

More than 1,400 residents of Montgomery County received a gift of meat made possible through the efforts and donations of the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation. The group held its annual Zabiha-Qurbani meat donation on Nov. 4.

Santa To Make Neighborhood Rounds Early

Get ready to meet Santa.

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Doggie Styles Opens in Potomac Village

From grooming to a slumber party.

The newest business on the Potomac scene is devoted to pets. Doggie Styles, owned by local residents Sam and Eddie Khalaf, offers grooming, day care, training and sleep-overs for a favorite feline or precious pooch.

Time To Wait?

New lawsuit, new proposals, new policies emerge from Brickyard controversy.

After nearly two years of controversy concerning a 20-acre “future school” site on Brickyard Road, some new ideas emerged as Montgomery County Council held a town meeting on Nov. 7 at the Potomac Community Center.

Traffic Lights Evolve

New traffic light at MacArthur and Clara Barton Parkway equipped with small computer.

The new traffic light installed at MacArthur Blvd. and Clara Barton Parkway earlier this month is a smart light.

Comment on Policy, “Disposition of Board of Education Property”

The Board of Education tentatively adopted Policy DNA, Disposition of Board of Education Property on Nov. 13. The Board of Education requests community comment on revisions to the policy.

Letter from Avenel

This letter from Avenel Community Association's General Manager Lucy P. Wilson — addressed to Roger Berliner and copied to County Executive Isiah Leggett, the Avenel Board of Directors and Michael Sullivan, general manager of TPC Potomac at Avenel — is shared with The Almanac.

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Thanksgiving Day Hunt at Montevideo

You can’t keep a good huntsman down, but you sure can keep him off his horse. Larry Pitts, Potomac Hunt huntsman for over 30 years, was grounded on the Hunt’s annual Thanksgiving Day gathering at Austin Kiplinger’s historic Montevideo home.

Potomac Calendar: Nov. 28, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

“Flourishing After 55”

Upcoming events and activities for seniors

Arlington Orange Line: Nov. 28, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

Arlington Calendar: Nov. 28, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

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AHC Honors Volunteers

Award-winners share love of learning.

“I enjoy volunteering for AHC Inc.,” said Bernard Piper, who received one of its Volunteer of the Year awards. “It is an integral part of my life. Even though this may appear cliché or contrived, volunteerism makes me whole as a human being.”

Letter: Praise for Professor

In today’s world very little attention is given to the victims of crime. Professor Bune’s class has filled that void. Professor Bune’s selfless, untiring efforts are invaluable to the students. She brings attention to the victims, especially the family that is so adversely affected. Professor Bune and her class should be commended and recognized for their efforts. Hats-off to them.

Brief: ACFD Food Drive To Benefit AFAC

The Arlington County Fire Department is sponsoring a December food drive to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center. The drive runs Dec. 1 through Dec. 21.

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Building a Savings Stockpile on Shoestring Budget

Money experts say it is possible to save, even on a limited income.

Even though Mary Beth Lanvin is employed full-time with a company that offers generous retirement benefits, she can’t afford to contribute to a 401(k).

Avoiding Holiday Debt

Plan now to prevent post-holiday bills.

Festive store displays mean the holiday shopping season is in full swing.

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Tips for Year-End Charitable Giving

Financial experts offer suggestions for ensuring one’s donations are well spent.

’Tis the season for giving, and that includes donations to charities.

Brief: Helping Animals Find Homes for the Holidays?

Special adoption promotion to help animals find homes.

Brief: The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is offering a free spay or neuter for the first 100 cats, kittens, dogs or puppies adopted from the shelter through Dec. 31.

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We Are the World, at Garfield

Teachers discuss challenges of teaching English as a Second Language.

Garfield Elementary School in Springfield, like all of Fairfax County, has a population that reflects a wide range of backgrounds.

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Marshall High is the Face of Fairfax County

Upwards of 90 countries represented by student population.

The schools that feed into George C. Marshall High School are the academic home to children from all over the world.

Brief: History Conference Focuses on Conflict and Courage

Local historians honored.

Brief: The eighth Annual Fairfax County History Conference was held on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in the City of Fairfax.

Brief: Community Meetings to Help Search for Superintendent

Brief: On Sept. 22, 2011, Superintendent Jack D. Dale announced his intention to retire from Fairfax County Public Schools effective June 30, 2013.

Week in Reston

Find out what is going on this week, Nov. 26-Dec. 1, in Reston.

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This Week in Herndon: Crime Solvers Seek Suspects in Herndon-Area Car Vandalisms

This week in Herndon: Fairfax County Crime Solvers is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for damaging numerous vehicles parked in an apartment complex over the weekend.

Letter: What to do About More Reston Traffic Congestion

Letter: What to do? Is it possible that Reston will suffer from too much Transit Oriented Development?

Column: Virginia’s Mixed Holiday Blessings

Column: Virginians are living through this holiday season with mixed blessings.

Column: On the Other Side of the Pond

After the nerve-wracking U.S. election, we breathed a big sigh of relief that the country had not fallen into the hands of Mitt Romney and his Tea Party henchmen.

Letter: A Chunukah Message

Fix the darkness. . . make light.

Letter: The holiday of Chanukah is set to begin.

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Brief: Celebrating the Magic of Lift Me Up!

Thirty-seventh Anniversary Gala a Spectacular Night!

Brief: Lift Me Up! therapeutic riding program hosted its annual gala on Saturday, Nov. 17, celebrating the organization’s 37th year of bringing the magic of horseback riding to individuals living with disabilities.

Brief: Fox Mill Walks Raise $5,400 for Reston Interfaith

Brief: The seventh annual Fox Mill Elementary School PTA Walk for the Homeless was held Thursday, Oct. 25.

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LINK Helps Hundreds of Families in Need

Friday, Nov. 16 was an extremely busy day as volunteers were sorting food and clothing and tweets were going out seeking additional food items.

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Brief: ArtSpace to Host Three Local Artists

Brief: ArtSpace Herndon will be hosting three local abstract artists who all use color as a key element.

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Uranium Money Spreads Across Virginia in Radioactive Debate

Upcoming General Assembly session to feature effort to lift ban on uranium mining.

The uranium deposits under the farmlands of Pittsylvania County are miles away from Northern Virginia, but the debate about what happens there is shaping up to be one of the hottest issues of the upcoming General Assembly session.

Monday, November 26

‘Authentic and Sincere’

James Madison High School’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor.”

James Madison High School’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor” was a highly entertaining experience for all involved.

Feeling the Magic

Nationally-recognized musician wows audiences at Wolf Trap.

Born and raised in the Washington D.C. area, John Eaton is a life-long music enthusiast who has been following his passion for over 40 years.

Brief: Holy Comforter Episcopal Church Sponsors Alternative Gift Fair

Brief: On Dec. 1 and 2, Northern Virginians can make their holiday gift buying more meaningful by shopping at Holy Comforter's Alternative Gift Fair at 543 Beulah Rd NE, Vienna.

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Art & Craft Showcase Attracts Crafters, Shoppers

Many of the artisans at the 30th Annual Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild Art & Craft Showcase over Thanksgiving weekend are regulars at the show at the Vienna Community Center.

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Shopping for Gifts at Village Centre

What do shoppers, proprietors say?

Check out what gifts these Great Falls stores are selling for the holidays.

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McLean Orchestra Performs Military Salute at Vinson hall

This past Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the McLean Orchestra once again honored America’s veterans with their third annual “Salute to Our Military” concert at Vinson Hall Retirement Community.

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Homes Tour in River Oaks on Dec. 6

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, will kick off the McLean Woman’s Club’s 46th annual Holiday Homes Tour at the first tour house, 616 Live Oak Drive, in the River Oaks section of McLean.

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Brief: Running in Vienna’s Turkey Trot

Brief: On Sunday, Nov. 18, members of the Churchill Road Ready to Run program participated in Vienna's 10K Turkey Trot.

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Brief: ‘Christmas Eve at the Nutcracker Club’ Returns

Brief: The School of Theatrical Dance (SOTD) and its performing wing, Great Falls Dance Theatre, present the seventh annual performance of their original production of Christmas Eve at the Nutcracker Club, a fanciful yet reverent sketch of Christmas Eve, set in a 1940s USO Hall, in the imaginary town of Rockwell.

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Brief: Something New at Grandmother's Back Room

Special custom woodwork rocker for holiday season.

Brief: Grandmother's Back Room in The Great Falls Village Center has announced a new handcrafted gift item for this holiday season.

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Making Wishes Come True

The Wish List Project relies on generosity of Great Falls community.

Great Falls is a community that proves there is strength in numbers when it comes to helping those in need. Ginger Mahon agrees.

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Brief: Winter Art Exhibit Opens At Great Falls Library

New show highlights work of 33 Great Falls artists; reception Dec. 10.

Brief: An art exhibition featuring over 60 paintings, photographs, ceramics, jewelry and other new works by Great Falls artists opened Nov. 2 and will be displayed through the end of December at the main conference room of the Great Falls Community Library.

Friday, November 23

Classified Advertising Nov 21, 2012

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Thursday, November 22

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Westfield Wins VTA Competition

School’s first victory in statewide acting contest.

The local community knows how talented Westfield High’s theater students are; now, so do people in the rest of the state. The young thespians won the school’s first-ever Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) competition, beating out 44 other schools statewide.

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‘Serve with Napkins and Ketchup’

Recipes for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving dinner at Colin Powell Elementary

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Boy Scout Food Drive Successful

The annual, Boy Scout “Scouting for Food” Drive was Saturday, Nov. 10.

Centre View Roundups: Nov. 21, 2012

What happens in Centre View this week.

40 Years Prison for Centreville Murder

Man killed his ex-girlfriend’s sister.

Despite the fact that Man Ha Park left his wife and daughter to run off with another woman, they both testified on his behalf before he was sentenced for murdering that woman’s sister. But neither their pleas nor tears could save him from being sentenced to 40 years in prison for a killing so brutal that the prosecutor called the crime scene “a blood bath — worse than in many horror movies.”

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Stand By Me

Bullying awareness event at Lees Corner Elementary School.

Remembering Bonnie Huneke

Virginia Run Turkey Trot to be run in her honor.

Each year, the Virginia Run Turkey Trot is run in honor of a community resident who’s died of cancer, and this year’s Thanksgiving Day event is in memory of Bonnie Huneke. She died Oct. 27, 2011 of breast cancer at age 50.

Centre View Calendar: Nov. 21, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

Centre View Bulletin Board: Nov. 21, 2012

Upcoming events

Brief: Gingerbread Activities at Deer Park Elementary

The Gingerbread Man will help K-2 students at Deer Park Elementary learn about school geography and the staff members when local author Laura Murray comes to share her book, “The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School,” Dec. 12, at 9 a.m.

Centre View School Notes: Nov. 21, 2012

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Brief: CVHS Students Named Top Achievers

The following Centreville High School students have been recognized as top achievers in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Editorial: Be Part of Children's Centre View

During the last week of each year, the Centre View devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children. The results are always remarkable. It is a keepsake edition for many families.

Editorial: Diversity Growing

Tune in to our series on immigration.

This week, Centre View and Connection Newspapers kicks off a series about immigration, diversity and the growing population of foreign-born residents in Fairfax County. County reporter Victoria Ross opens with a story that captures vignettes and statistics of the changing population.

Handling ‘Everything under the Sun’

Animal Control officer talks about his job.

Andy Sanderson has been a police officer for 20 years and an animal control officer for 15, and he recently shared his knowledge and expertise with members of the Sully District Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

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Chairman Moran Steps Down, Endorses Herring to Succeed Him

Former Alexandria delegate hands torch to current Alexandria delegate.

As chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, Brian Moran couldn’t have had a better year.

Wednesday, November 21

Bulletin Board

Thursday/Nov. 1 Free Parenting Seminar. 7-9 p.m. Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, founder of the movement for ADHD coaching for youth, will present seminar on "ADHD Coaching Strategies for Parents" in Room 348A at the George Washington Middle School Campus. The Anne R. Lipnick Special Education Family Resource Center and Alexandria City Public Schools Office of Special Education Services are sponsoring the event. To RSVP, contact Mónica Sanjur at 703-824-0129. Through Nov. 3 Birth Center 25th Anniversary. 1-5 p.m. BirthCare and Women's Health, a practice of certified nurse-midwives supporting families who choose to give birth outside of the hospital, will celebrate 25 years of service to the community. The celebration will be held in the U.S. Patent and Trade Office Atrium located at 600 Dulany St. Free and open to the public. Visit Monday/Nov. 5 Camp Dinner Meeting. 6:30 p.m. The R.E. Lee Camp will host its dinner meeting at the American Legion Post 24 Hall at 400 Cameron St. at S. Royal St behind Gadsby's Tavern. The cost to attend the dinner is $25 per person and cash bar or BYOB. Rich Gillespsie, the Director of Education for Northern Virginia’s Mosby Heritage Area, will speak on “Mosby, Katy’s Hollow, and You.” RSVP to Lawrence Graham at 703-217-7871 or Checks should be made out to R.E. Lee Camp #726 and mailed to P.O. Box 4024, Oakton, Va 22124. Visit

Westfield Wins VTA Competition

School’s first victory in statewide acting contest.

The local community knows how talented Westfield High’s theater students are; now, so do people in the rest of the state. The young thespians won the school’s first-ever Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) competition, beating out 44 other schools statewide. The event was held Oct. 26-28 at the Reston Hyatt, and Westfield’s victory propels its actors to sectional competition, March 6-10, in Louisville, Ky. There, they’ll vie against some 30 other first-place winners from across the Southeastern U.S. Westfield performed the one-act play, “The Hothouse,” by Harold Pinter and were onstage 45 minutes. And besides the overall championship, students Mitchell Buckley and Madeleine Bloxam took home All-Star Acting awards. “I’m very proud of the work the students did, especially since it was a student-directed piece,” said Westfield Theater Director Susie Pike. “They tackled difficult material — absurdist theater, which is very mature. So it was a great learning experience, and one of my goals here in the department is to provide as many learning and leadership opportunities as I can.”

‘Serve with Napkins and Ketchup’

Recipes for Thanksgiving

Students in teacher Caryn Lynch’s first-grade class at Colin Powell Elementary tell their favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner and how they’d prepare it. Turkey – “Stuff it with turkey and put it in the oven. Cook it 2 minutes at 1 degree and serve it with chicken-fried rice.”

Boy Scout Food Drive Successful

The annual, Boy Scout “Scouting for Food” Drive was Saturday, Nov. 10. Locally, Scouts collected food donated by residents, sorted it and brought it to WFCM (Western Fairfax Christian Ministries) for its food pantry. Some 58,691 pounds of food was collected in the Sully District – which is 1,700 pounds more than last year.

Boy Scout Food Drive Successful

The annual, Boy Scout “Scouting for Food” Drive was Saturday, Nov. 10. Locally, Scouts collected food donated by residents, sorted it and brought it to WFCM (Western Fairfax Christian Ministries) for its food pantry. Some 58,691 pounds of food was collected in the Sully District – which is 1,700 pounds more than last year.


Women's Self Defense Program

The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation is partnering with the Fairfax County Police Department to offer the Women's Self Defense Training program. It’s based on the SAFE program formerly provided by the Police Department, but now being taught by C&J Security Corp.


Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Fairfax County needs Meals on Wheels drivers in Chantilly and group Meals on Wheels coordinators in both Chantilly and Fairfax. Contact Volunteer Solutions at 703-324-5406, TTY 711, or visit


WFCM Seeks Food, Volunteers

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ (WFCM) food pantry urgently needs donations of oil (48 oz. or smaller); flour (2-5 lb. bag); sugar (2-5 lb. bag); rice; canned meats; salad dressing, jelly; jam; peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, Ramen Noodles, canned fruit; canned beets and collard greens; canned soup and beans; dry pasta and beans; ketchup, mustard, pancake mix and syrup; hot and cold cereal and coffee. In addition, the Food Pantry would appreciate fresh produce, such as tomatoes, from local gardens.


Centreville Elementary Seeks Grant

Centreville Elementary has been nominated by its PTA for a $50,000Clorox Bright Futures Grant. If awarded, the grant will be used to support the school's healthy movement initiative. The school will install a running/walking track for the students and community. This is a nationwide competition, and the entity with the most votes will win.


ONC Needs Community’s Help

Our Neighbor’s Child (ONC) is preparing for its 21st holiday season providing new toys and clothing for children of families in financial crisis in Centreville, Chantilly and Western Fairfax. But it’s a volunteer organization and it can only carry out its mission with the support of local churches, schools, businesses and individuals. And this year, in the face of a difficult economy, ONC needs help more than ever from groups or individuals willing to furnish clothing for local children in need. The number of requests for winter coats, jackets and other warm clothing is high again this year. Specific information (sizes, etc.) will be available before Thanksgiving.


Free Carseat Inspections

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves so technicians may properly inspect and adjust them, as needed


Sully District Council Meeting

The Sully District Council of Citizens Associations and its Land-Use Committee will meet Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. The topic is Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Services in the Sully District. Call Jeff Parnes, evenings, at 703-904-0131.


Fair Oaks CAC to Meet

The Citizens Advisory Council of the Fair Oaks District Police Station will meet Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., in the roll-call room of the police station. It’s at 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Chantilly.


Advanced Academics Meeting

Fairfax County Public Schools will hold community meetings next week to gather public input about the timing of expanding advanced academic services to all pyramids within the school system. The goal is to make sure all students have access to advanced academic programs (AAP). Locally, the meeting is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 7-9 p.m., in the Westfield High cafeteria for Clusters 6, 7 and 8.


Donate Blood, Save Lives

Total Framing, at 9528 Main St. in Fairfax, will hold its second annual blood drive in honor of Owen Wicks (the son of a Clifton Elementary alumnus) and Ryan Dillon (whose father was a former Clifton Elementary P.E. teacher). Both lost their battles with Osteosarcoma earlier this year, but this blood drive is to honor their memories and help others batting cancer and other diseases and conditions requiring transfusions.


Donate Blood, Save Lives

Total Framing, at 9528 Main St. in Fairfax, will hold its second annual blood drive in honor of Owen Wicks (the son of a Clifton Elementary alumnus) and Ryan Dillon (whose father was a former Clifton Elementary P.E. teacher). Both lost their battles with Osteosarcoma earlier this year, but this blood drive is to honor their memories and help others batting cancer and other diseases and conditions requiring transfusions.


Parkway Overpass Now Open

As of Thursday, Nov. 15, VDOT shifted traffic onto the new Fairfax County Parkway bridge over the Fair Lakes Parkway and Monument Drive. The new bridge spans from south of Fair Lakes Parkway to north of Monument Drive. With the new overpass, motorists won’t encounter a traffic signal for the five-mile stretch between Popes Head Road and Route 50. The work is part of a $69.7 million interchange project set for completion next spring. It’s being built to ease traffic congestion at the intersection of these two, heavily traveled thoroughfares.

40 Years Prison for Centreville Murder

Man killed his ex-girlfriend’s sister.

Despite the fact that Man Ha Park left his wife and daughter to run off with another woman, they both testified on his behalf before he was sentenced for murdering that woman’s sister. But neither their pleas nor tears could save him from being sentenced to 40 years in prison for a killing so brutal that the prosecutor called the crime scene “a blood bath — worse than in many horror movies.” The offense occurred June 6, 2011 and was actually a triple stabbing. The murder victim was Centreville resident Mihwa Kim, 49. During Park’s preliminary hearing, Sept. 7, 2011, the ex-girlfriend, Shanna Kim, 52, testified that Park stabbed both her and her sister and then tried killing himself, as well. She said he was armed with two long knives — a kitchen knife and a sushi knife. The tragedy happened inside the Elms of Centreville apartment complex, across Braddock Road from the Old Centreville Crossing Shopping Center. Shanna Kim had known Park four years and he’d lived with her and her sister in that apartment — where Mihwa’s husband and 14-year-old daughter also lived — until Park moved out, May 29, 2011.

Remembering Bonnie Huneke - Virginia Run Turkey Trot To Be Run in Huneke’s Honor

Time doesn’t heal — you just call it the new normal.” - Stephen Huneke, widower

Each year, the Virginia Run Turkey Trot is run in honor of a community resident who’s died of cancer, and this year’s Thanksgiving Day event is in memory of Bonnie Huneke. She died Oct. 27, 2011 of breast cancer at age 50. Sixteen-year residents of Centreville’s Virginia Run community, she and her husband Stephen, a government contractor and retired Army major, were married 21 years; their children are Elizabeth, 31, Craig, 26 and Mary, 19. Bonnie’s first husband, Army CWO3 Billy Bolin, preceded her in death. “She was one of those super-friendly people who never met someone she didn’t like,” said Stephen Huneke. “Every day, she’d be out walking our golden retriever and met a lot of neighbors that way.” Bonnie also loved planting flowers and gardening; and as the children grew, she and Stephen enjoyed attending their athletic events in SYA and in high school. She also volunteered at Virginia Run Elementary, Stone Middle and Westfield High and worked at Westfield’s blood drives, too. An active person, she used to be an avid runner until a bone tumor on her right knee, 18 years ago, forced her to have a prosthetic knee. Because of that, several times over the last 15 years, doctors had to remove scar tissue on her knee.

Remembering Bonnie Huneke - Virginia Run Turkey Trot To Be Run in Huneke’s Honor

Time doesn’t heal — you just call it the new normal.” - Stephen Huneke, widower

Each year, the Virginia Run Turkey Trot is run in honor of a community resident who’s died of cancer, and this year’s Thanksgiving Day event is in memory of Bonnie Huneke. She died Oct. 27, 2011 of breast cancer at age 50. Sixteen-year residents of Centreville’s Virginia Run community, she and her husband Stephen, a government contractor and retired Army major, were married 21 years; their children are Elizabeth, 31, Craig, 26 and Mary, 19. Bonnie’s first husband, Army CWO3 Billy Bolin, preceded her in death. “She was one of those super-friendly people who never met someone she didn’t like,” said Stephen Huneke. “Every day, she’d be out walking our golden retriever and met a lot of neighbors that way.” Bonnie also loved planting flowers and gardening; and as the children grew, she and Stephen enjoyed attending their athletic events in SYA and in high school. She also volunteered at Virginia Run Elementary, Stone Middle and Westfield High and worked at Westfield’s blood drives, too. An active person, she used to be an avid runner until a bone tumor on her right knee, 18 years ago, forced her to have a prosthetic knee. Because of that, several times over the last 15 years, doctors had to remove scar tissue on her knee.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 80 homes sold between $1,420,000-$220,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales in October, 2012

Springfield Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 139 Springfield homes sold between $750,000-$120,000.

Springfield Home Sales in October, 2012

Reston Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 79 Reston homes sold between $1,025,000-$137,100.

Reston Home Sales in October, 2012

Potomac Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 40 Potomac homes sold between $2,110,000-$404,000.

Potomac Home Sales in October, 2012


Nov. 21 through Jan. 6, 2013 Bull Run Festival of Lights. This event features more than two miles of holiday light displays, food, fire pits for marshmallow roasting, carnival rides, hay rides and Santa's Enchanted Lights. The light show is open Monday through Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday and holidays, 5:30-10 p.m. Admission is $15 per car Monday through Thursday; $20 per car Friday through Sunday and holidays. At Bull Run Regional Park located at 7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville. or call 703-359-4633.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 96 homes sold between $912,440-$86,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales in October, 2012

McLean Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 74 homes sold between $2,100,000-$165,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales in October, 2012

ASL Signing Santa and Mrs. Claus


In celebration of the Ice Age: Continental Drift Blu-ray featuring first-time sign-language interpretation of a feature film, Fair Oaks will host ASL Signing Santa Day on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10-11 a.m. Special-guest children who are deaf and/or hard-of-hearing will be welcomed for a walk through the multi-sensory Ice Palace, Ice Age treats and souvenirs, signed dance performances by Hulala, performances by members of the Washington, D.C. deaf community, a visit with Signing Santa and Signing Mrs. Claus and complimentary Santa photos. The event will be signed by a guest interpreter.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 70 homes sold between $965,000-$130,000 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales in October, 2012

Ice Palace

Fair Oaks Enchanted Ice Palace Holiday Tradition

Great Falls Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 15 Great Falls homes sold between $3,000,000-$441,000.

Great Falls Home Sales in October, 2012

Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Chantilly

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9, 2012 Dulles Expo Center 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center Chantilly, VA 20151 Show Hours: -Friday, December 7: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -Saturday, December 8: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -Sunday, December 9: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission (valid all three days): -Adults $8 online; $10 at the door -Children under 12 free

Fairfax Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 64 Fairfax homes sold between $1,330,000-$97,000.

Fairfax Home Sales in October, 2012

Festival of Lights

The Bull Run Festival of Lights is open Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Jan. 6. Featuring more than two and a half miles of holiday light displays, the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away.

Festival of Lights

The Bull Run Festival of Lights is open Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Jan. 6. Featuring more than two and a half miles of holiday light displays, the Bull Run Festival of Lights at Bull Run Regional Park has drawn thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away.

Santa Paws’ at Fair Oaks Mall

Fair Oaks Mall will offer guests five opportunities during the holidays to have their pets’ pictures taken with Santa at the Ice Palace, locally presented by Cox Communications. The annual Fair Oaks Mall “Santa Paws” will be offered on Sunday, Nov. 25 from 8-9 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2 from 7:30-9 a.m. and 8-9 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 8-9:30 p.m. Set against the enchanted Ice Palace, the 1,200-square foot centerpiece of the Fair Oaks Mall holiday celebrations, dogs and cats with their owners and families will have the opportunity to pose for commemorative professional photos with Santa.

Centreville Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 70 Centreville homes sold between $935,000-$132,500.

Centreville Home Sales in October, 2012

Bulletin Board

The Chantilly Academy Auto Technology and Auto Collision Repair classes are looking for used cars as donations to the program. Contact Ann Booker at 703-227-3041 or Kenny Brown at 703-222-7466. Northern Virginia Neighbors Club. A non-profit organization offering an opportunity to meet new friends. Activities include book clubs, card games, crafts, fitness, gardening, mah jong, needleworks, rummoli, theater and more. Meet members at one of the monthly luncheons, coffees or mixers. Email

Chantilly Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 13 homes sold between $700,000-$65,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales in October, 2012

Gingerbread Activities at Deer Park Elementary

The Gingerbread Man will help K-2 students at Deer Park Elementary learn about school geography and the staff members when local author Laura Murray comes to share her book, “The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School,” Dec. 12, at 9 a.m.

School Notes

Wednesday/Nov. 28 CVHS Safe Teen Driving Seminars. Registration will begin at 6:15 p.m. and doors will be locked at 7 p.m. No one will be admitted after the doors are locked. All parents and students need to attend one of these sessions before the student will be issued a driver's license. It is preferred that your student attend during the quarter they have Driver's Education with Ferrick. Thursday/Nov. 29 ”Paying for College." 7 p.m. The "Paying for College" presentation that was cancelled on Oct. 29 has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29. The program will begin in the Centreville high School theater. This overview of how to pay for a college education is for families of students from Middle School through High School who are looking to educate themselves about all sources of funding including the Federal Student Loan and Work study Programs, college/university merit aid including scholarships and grants, state tuition assistance programs, private scholarships and much more. Contact Leftwich at Centreville High School Wind Ensemble was awarded a State Level Recognition by the Foundation for Music Education in the “Mark of Excellence/National Wind Band Honors Project.” The award is based on the Wind Ensemble’s playing at the 2012 Performance Assessment, which was held in March. The performance was considered to be of high quality and worthy of recognition. Nationwide, 184 bands, orchestras and choirs entered their performances this year so it is a true honor for CVHS Wind Ensemble to be recognized. Amanda Karstetter, from Centreville, will join the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Ambassador Program. Students are selected to join the team each spring through a competitive application process. Karstetter, a junior majoring in humanities, science and enviornment and English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, volunteers with a faculty member for a minimum of two hours a week and volunteers for other various events hosted by the college. Ambassadors work closely with faculty, staff, parents, and alumni to expand the college’s outreach. Walter Ambrose III, of Centreville, recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ambrose earned a BFA degree in Film.

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

In October 2012, 56 homes sold between $1,452,500-$120,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Burke Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 27 Burke homes sold between $600,000-$209,000.

Burke Home Sales in October, 2012

CVHS Students Named Top Achievers

CVHS Students Named Top Achievers

The following Centreville High School students have been recognized as top achievers in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Arlington Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 222 Arlington homes sold between $1,700,000-$65,000.

Arlington Home Sales in October, 2012

Be Part of Children's Centre View

During the last week of each year, the Centre View devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children. The results are always remarkable. It is a keepsake edition for many families. We publish artwork, poetry, essays, creative writing, opinion pieces, short stories, photography, photos of sculpture or gardens or other creative efforts. We ask that all submissions be digital so they can be sent through email or delivered on CD or flash drive. Writing should be submitted in rich text format (.rtf). Artwork should be photographed or scanned and provided in jpeg format. Identify each piece of writing or art, including the student's full name, age, grade and town of residence, plus the name of the school, name of teacher and town of school location. Please provide the submissions by Monday, Dec. 3.

Alexandria Home Sales: October, 2012

In October 2012, 144 Alexandria homes sold between $1,730,000-$86,500.

Alexandria Home Sales in October, 2012

Diversity Growing

Tune in to our series on immigration.

More than 28 percent of Fairfax County's population is foreign born; that's 317,000 residents. Consider Yesuf Beshir from Ethiopia, who two years ago settled in Springfield and now works for a government contractor. In May, he became an American citizen. “The main thing here is democracy, the right to vote,” Beshir said. These residents include nearly 20,000 who are self-employed business owners, truly job creators, large and small. One of these is Shami Walia who emigrated from India in 1982, and now owns Burke Cigar Shop, a popular cigar lounge that's become a neighborhood fixture. One part of our series will look at the business impacts of the foreign-born population.

Handling ‘Everything under the Sun’

Animal Control officer talks about his job.

Although Fairfax County is a bustling, suburban area with lots businesses, homes and concrete, it still has its share of animals — many of them wild. And both they and people’s pets keeps the police department’s animal control officers busy. Andy Sanderson has been a police officer for 20 years and an animal control officer for 15, and he recently shared his knowledge and expertise with members of the Sully District Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee. He said residents may call 703-691-2131 to report an incident and that animal-control officers are on call from 6-12:30 a.m. for emergencies.

Week in Alexandria

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? King Street Gardens Park Foundation chairman Rodger Digilio has an idea — buy a brick.

Tuesday, November 20

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Mount Vernon Girls’ Basketball Has High Expectations

Seniors Loftus, Dunham, Webster to play college ball.

The Mount Vernon girls' basketball team went 25-2 last season, losing twice to eventual state champion Oakton.

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Stepka, Bowles Lead Woodson Boys’ Basketball

Cavaliers focused on postseason success.

The Woodson boys' basketball team went 13-1 against the Patriot District during the 2011-12 regular season.

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Yorktown Throttles South County in Playoff Rematch

Patriots advance to Division 5 Northern Region championship game.

The Yorktown football team will play for the Division 5 Northern Region championship for the second straight year.

Buy Now, Pay Later

Meaning: If I’m terminal, why deprive myself because of cost? If, in fact, I’m only living once – as the old saying goes, and somewhat less of a life than I had anticipated, shouldn’t I, at the very least, “Pull my pants down and slide on the ice,” as prescribed by Dr. Sidney Freedman in an episode of M*A*S*H, way back when?

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Nov. 21, 2012

Upcoming events

Brief: Police Investigate Attempted Robbery at Bank of America

Alexandria Police are investigating an attempted bank robbery that occurred at the Bank of America, located at 600 N. Washington St.

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Animal Control Saves Owl

For four days, Animal Control Officers received calls and responded to the Richmond Highway intersection near Sacramento Drive to investigate the reports. Finally, on Friday, Nov. 16 officers were able to rescue the owl at around 11 a.m.

Chila Named Nursing Director of the Year

Nancy Chila, RN, BS, has been named Nursing Director of the Year by the Virginia Health Care Association in recognition of her role in facilitating the Mount Vernon Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s transition from long term care for the chronically ill to an emphasis on post-acute care and rehabilitation.

60th Anniversary

On Nov. 21, 1952, Nouri and Suham Abbou were married and began an adventure that has continued for 60 years.

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51st Annual Mount Vernon Unitarian Church Holiday Shop

Fifty artisans presented their work during the annual Holiday Shop at the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church on Windmill Lane on Saturday, Nov. 17.

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Losing Wetlands

Lecture explains loss of acres of Dyke Marsh.

Speaking at a Friends of Dyke Marsh quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, Virta, a cultural resources manager, described the authorized uncontrolled dredging and dumping in Dyke Marsh, without regard to the environmental consequences.

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Taste Trumps Nutrition

Film highlights food business gone awry.

The American Association of Universty Women (AAUW) put a spotlight on food during its program at the Heritage Presbyterian Church last Thursday, Nov. 15.

Brief: Body of Missing Man Found

A resident who was out walking around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 came upon the body of a man lying along a creek bank near the 7700 block of Audubon Meadow Way.

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What the Dickens?

MetroStage continues ‘Broadway Christmas Carol’ tradition.

Oh come, all ye faithful fans of musical theater. For the third year running, MetroStage is staging the wickedly funny “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” an irreverent musical take on the classic novel by Charles Dickens.

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A magical time of year

Magicians to entertain children with free show Dec. 5 while helping the Alexandria branch of the Salvation Army.

There's something special about the holiday season, between the sparkling lights, frosted windows, endless baked goodies and the wonder that anything is possible. That same feeling of awe makes it the perfect time of year for a magic show, and that's precisely the sentiment that led Ring 50, the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, to host a magic show for area children.

Alexandria Calendar: Nov. 21, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

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Sustainability in Action

Annual Students for Sustainability Conference offers ways to improve environment.

About 150 students from 21 high schools and middle schools in the D.C. area, Baltimore and Richmond, along with 33 students visiting from Asia who were traveling with the East-West Exchange Center in American schools, participated in the fifth annual Students for Sustainability Conference (S4S) hosted by St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Week in Reston

Peter McCandless and Chuck Veatch, along with a panel of other early marketing experts, will present a program on the origins of Reston, the nation’s first large-scale planned community that changed the face of the suburban landscape in America. The presentation will cover Robert E. Simon Jr.’s vision for Reston, incorporating contemporary architecture and a balanced community with a mix of uses and clustered development, how the plan became “world famous,” and the market challenges facing Reston.

Week in Herndon

The Town of Herndon’s 34th Annual Holiday Arts & Craft Show will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave. Ninety artisans and crafts people will exhibit and sell their handmade work at this annual arts and crafts show sponsored by the Town of Herndon, Virginia Department of Parks and Recreation. Admission is free and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Brief: Synagogue Celebrates 10 Years with Rabbi

Beth El Hebrew Congregation at 3830 Seminary Road in Alexandria, hosted a gala on Saturday evening, Nov. 17, to honor Rabbi Brett Isserow on his 10th anniversary as rabbi for the congregation.

Deputies Deliver Thanksgiving Meals

Community Relations Deputy Valarie Wright delivered several boxes of nonperishable canned and dry goods to ALIVE!’s food program as part of an annual Alexandria Sheriff’s Office tradition.

Brief: Fitness on the Run and Friends Raise More Than $5,000

Will feed more than 70 families for Thanksgiving.

Fitness on the Run, a fitness studio in Old Town Alexandria, chose to benefit the Carpenter’s Shelter in its Thanksgiving fitness and food donation challenge, “Fit for Food.”

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Fall Park Clean-up Day a Success

The Del Ray Dog Owner’s Group held its Fall Clean-up and Tree Planting Day at the Simpson Dog Park on Nov. 4.

Obituary: Joyce Graham Henderson

Joyce Graham Henderson, most recently of Ripton, Vt. died in Burlington, Vt. early on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the age of 60.


What's happening in the neighborhood.

Letter: What’s Next?

The first public meeting to kickoff “What’s Next Alexandria”, the city’s ambitious campaign to drive more citizens to a web-based engagement process and to help restore trust between the city and its residents was probably a wash.

Letter: Balance Learning With Socializing

I don’t think inclusion classes should be eliminated, but maybe reducing the amount of time per day in these classes from 80 percent to 50 percent would be beneficial.

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Walking To Support ALIVE! House

The second annual East End Congregations Walk supported ALIVE! House in the 25th Fannie Mae Help the Homeless program was held on Nov. 4.

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Hope for the Holidays

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign to run through Dec. 24.

The familiar sound of the Salvation Army bell is again being heard as volunteers take to the streets of Alexandria for the 2012 Red Kettle campaign.

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Play Ball

Kelley Cares Miracle Field dedicated for athletes with special needs.

The t-shirts being handed out by volunteers said it all: “A miracle happened in Alexandria, Virginia on November 17, 2102” as the new Kelley Cares Miracle Field was dedicated and officially opened for play.

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Armstrong Hailed as Leader of Year

Chamber honors chef, local businesses.

Cathal Armstrong was honored Nov. 13 by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce as the 2012 Business Leader of the Year.

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New 495 Express Lanes Open for Business

Fourteen mile stretch of tolled lanes open from Dulles Toll Road to Springfield.

The 495 Express lanes opened to traffic in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 17, marking the completion of a project more than 10 years and $2 billion in the making.

Viewpoints in Reston: "What are you thankful for?"

Residents of Reston answer the question, "What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving Day?"

Editorial: Be Part of Children's Gazette Packet

Deadline approaches for special edition.

During the last week of each year, The Gazette Packet devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children. The results are always remarkable. It is a keepsake edition for many families.

Column: The TC Transformation Story: Past, Present and Future

Many have long believed the excellence of T.C. Williams to be a fact. However, in March 2010, our community received a very different message from the U.S. and Virginia departments of education. Referring to end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments from the 2007-09 school years, the U.S. Department of Education designated T.C. Williams High School as a Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) school, among the lowest 5 percent of Title I eligible schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Column: Lessons for Serving and Governing

An inaugural column.

This is the first in a series of columns, coordinated by former council member Lonnie Rich, that will also include other past city leaders writing on governance and politics.

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Getting Up to Speed on Healthcare

Panel discussion addresses small business issues with Affordable Health Care Act.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion Friday, Nov. 16 at the Dulles Westin, to examine the effects of the Affordable Health Care Act on business owners.

Column: Caregivers: The Selfless Citizens

The caregivers are husbands, wives, daughters, sons, other relatives and friends. ... These good people are unsung heroes who do not seek praise and glory, but the community should never ignore their hard work.

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Board of Lady Managers Celebrates 140 Years

Old and new friends enjoy day of food, shopping and fashion to benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.

The Board of Lady Managers was celebrating 140 years of dedication.

Paying Tribute to ‘Dogs of War’

Local author’s new book examines American leaders and their dogs.

Kathleen Kinsolving knows that inspiration can come from strange places. In 2000, she was helping a friend move when she came upon a trunk full of books, including Carlo D’Este’s biography of Gen. George Patton, “Patton: A Genius for War.”

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CBT Presents Holiday Classic

Ashley Tern, Lily Campbell to star in Classical Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker.”

When they take the stage for the Classical Ballet Theatre’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker,” 13-year-olds Ashley Tern and Lily Campbell will take their first lead roles in a combined 21 years of dance.

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Family Makes it on the Trail

Scott Jenkins, son Tracy hike Appalachian Trail over summer.

While it’s said that a journey begins with a single step, for the Jenkins family of McLean, their 2,000-mile plus journey began by literally climbing a mountain.

Alexandria Bulletin Board: Nov. 21, 2012

Upcoming events

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Riverbend Prepares for Budget Cuts

With five percent cuts looming, group looks to preserve 400-acre park.

As Fairfax County prepares for a possible budget shortfall of $100 million in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, all county agencies have been asked to submit budgets that cut five percent from FY2013 levels.

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Beach Mill Road Plans Unveiled

New bridge will be installed summer 2013, contractor has incentives for early finish.

The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin construction on the Beach Mill Road bridge over Nichols Run as early as next May.

Brief: Run for Shelter Raises $30,000

The 3rd annual Run for Shelter will be held Nov. 23, 2013.

Obtituray: Evelyn Virginia Bird Linton

Evelyn Virginia Bird Linton, 90, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

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Bibliophiles Rejoice

Richard Byrd Library Book Sale a holiday bestseller.

Booklovers, bargain hunters and holiday shoppers will find the perfect gift for everyone on their holiday list at the annual Richard Byrd Library holiday book sale beginning Thursday, Nov. 29.

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Viewpoints in BFLS: What Are You Thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day?

Residents of Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station/Lorton and Springfield answer the question, "What are you grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day?"

Brief: NAACP, Fairfax County Branch Elects New President

Brief: Campaigning on the platform, “A New Beginning,” Shirley Ginwright was elected president of the Fairfax County Branch of the NAACP. Ginwright pledged to increase membership, membership participation, civic engagement, and community involvement.

Put the Zip on Homelessness

Second Annual Jeans Day Campaign to End Homelessness launches.

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (Fairfax Chamber), in partnership with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness, The Connection Newspapers and Apple Federal Credit Union, has announced the 2nd Annual Jeans Day to Put the ZIP on Homelessness (

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Brief: Greenspring Donates 800 Turkeys With Funds Raised From 10th Annual Turkey Trot

Brief: On Friday, Nov. 16, Greenspring residents and staff participated in the retirement community’s 10th Annual Turkey Trot, raising money to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to area families in need.

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Season of Giving Well Under Way

Local organizations “are dependent on the community.”

As the holidays approach, the spirit of giving spreads throughout Fairfax County. Many organizations, such as Food for Others and the Lorton Community Action Center, make it their mission to distribute the necessary services to those who need them in their communities.

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Economic Woes Keep Humane Group on Its Toes

Working to create a dependable flow of funds.

Baubles and beads replaced putters and tees to score for the animals when 12 vendor boutiques displayed their wares at TPC at Avenel for the annual fall luncheon and holiday bazaar for Friends of Montgomery County Animals (FMCA) on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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Bullis ‘Makes the Day’

Providing Thanksgiving baskets and home-made apple pies for county’s needy.

Bountiful Thanksgiving baskets will make Thanksgiving Day possible for 75 Montgomery County families — due to the generosity of The Bullis School students and their families.

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2012 People of the Year Honored

More than 80 people gathered at Normandie Farm restaurant in Potomac on Thursday, Nov. 15 to honor the 2012 People of the Year, as named by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce.

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Celebrating in Song, Dance and Fashion

The Mongolian School of the National Capital Area hosted a concert of music, song, dance and fashion at the Wilson School on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17.

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Brief: Fairfax Physician Elected Medical Society of Virginia President

Brief: On Sat., Nov. 3, Russell C. Libby, M.D., FAAP was installed as president of the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) during the organization’s annual meeting at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg.

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‘The Funniest Farce Ever Written’

Fairfax High presents the comedy, “Noises Off.”

Featuring a cast and crew of 25, Fairfax High presents the play, “Noises Off.” Show times are Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at and $15 at the door.

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Mason Enterprise Center Expands

Ribbon cutting for updated facilities in Fairfax.

All throughout election season, the public was bombarded with ads criticizing the “other side” for being anti-small business, and not doing enough to encourage the growth of entrepreneurship.

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Opinion: Embracing Our Diversity

If you can ever find the time to attend a federal naturalization ceremony in Fairfax County for new citizens, do it. It reinvigorates one’s patriotism and reminds us all how lucky we are to be Americans.

Opinion: Celebrating Diversity Through Culture

So, when people from different countries, diverse cultures, and dissimilar values migrate to United States, they try to adjust and adapt to the new culture. But the onus should also be on American people to welcome them, to make them comfortable and feel at home. What do we do to create awareness about different cultures? Unfortunately, I have not seen much effort on the part of the government.

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Brief: Westbriar Student Wins Thanksgiving Card Challenge

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) teamed up with K3 Construction Group to sponsor a Thanksgiving Card Challenge among the schools participating in the GRACE Art program (formerly known as the Art in the Schools).

Teaching Children to Help Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner

Local chefs share tips and culinary traditions.

Susan Limb recalls spending the Thanksgiving days of her childhood in the kitchen with her grandmother, mother and two sisters. The family’s holiday ritual and the smell of a thyme- and butter-dressed turkey roasting in the oven are ingrained in her memory.

Editorial: Diversity Growing

Tune in to our series on immigration.

This week, the Connection kicks off a series about immigration, diversity and the growing population of foreign-born residents in Fairfax County. County reporter Victoria Ross opens with a story that captures vignettes and statistics of the changing population. It is a topic consistent with the original Thanksgiving story. More than 28 percent of Fairfax County's population is foreign born; that's 317,000 residents.

Monday, November 19

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Upcoming Bazaars and Craft Shows Yield Gift Ideas

Showcasing one-of-a-kind items.

A number of near-by bazaars will be taking place within the next few weeks. Each bazaar has a distinctive feel and offers a variety of items that could never be found at the mall.

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Brief: Rosemary Gallick’s Artwork on Display in Three Galleries

Paintings by Rosemary Gallick are on exhibition at the Reston Association until Nov. 30.

Commentary: Taking a Toll on Virginians

Governor Bob McDonnell came to Tysons Corner last week to participate in a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the opening for the 495 Express Lanes that took place on Nov. 17.

Brief: ArtSpace Announces Winners of Portrait Competitions

Brief: ArtSpace Herndon has announced the winners and honorable mentions of the fourth annual Portrait Competition.

Moral Obligation Or Old Wounds?

Old roller-hockey rink at community center could be used for adaptive sports.

The county has “moral and legal obligations” to provide opportunities for people with disabilities, Steve Landsman said last week. The county also has a significant resource in the roller hockey rink at the Potomac Community Center. But one resident’s comments showed lack of awareness or understanding of the need.

Editorial: Potomac Shop Locally …

There is a joy to shopping in local stores at the holidays, to walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to being greeting by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Brief: Council To Host Budget Forum

The County Council at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, will host an opportunity for the public to comment and ask questions on priorities relating to the Fiscal Year 2014 County operating budget planning process.

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Walk of Lights at Meadowlark

In one of the season’s more spectacular holiday gestures, the chairman of the board of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Brian Knapp, ceremonially threw a switch at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, illuminating hundreds of trees and scenes within Meadowlark’s 100-acre parkland.

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Vienna Arts Society Hosts Treasury of Art Show

More than 150 juried pieces went on exhibit at Community Center.

The Vienna Arts Society’s [VAS] 43rd Annual Treasury of Art Juried Show and Sale opened to the public on Friday, Nov. 16, closing on Nov. 18.

Brief: Vienna Police Chief to Retire Jan. 1

Brief: On Nov. 12, Vienna Police Chief Robert Carlisle notified the town manager of his intent to retire, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Potomac Calendar: Nov. 21, 2012

Upcoming events and activities in Potomac

Cappies Review: Witty Enthusiasm and Bold Choices

Oakton High presents “Suite Surrender.”

In a conflict fierce enough to rival the war, a pair of 1940s starlets grapple for control of the presidential suite at the luxurious Palm Beach Royale.

Brief: Langley Crew Gives Back

The Langley High School Crew Team recently worked with local charity groups to support the 2012 Thanks for Giving Thanksgiving Food Drive and charity event.

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Brief: McLean-Great Falls Keller Williams Cares Presents Check to Lift Me Up!

A check of $15,274.16 was presented to Lift Me Up! at their annual Gala held on Nov. 17, at BMW of Sterling.

Brief: McLean to Celebrate WinterFest on Dec. 2

On Sunday, Dec. 2, McLean residents will welcome in the holidays as more than 50 entries proceed down Old Chain Bridge Road for the 5th annual WinterFest parade.

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Fairfax Becomes Immigrants’ Gateway

Focus on immigration.

Yesuf Beshir spent nearly three years gathering the mountain of paperwork he needed to leave Ethiopia and emigrate to America.

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A Way Out of No Way

Two women — one African-American and one from Africa — learn to see America through each other’s eyes.

Rosemary Osei, 22, and Lillie Reynolds, 61, have been good friends for four years. The two women, who help teach special needs students at a Vienna elementary school, are sometimes mistaken for mother and daughter.

Viewpoints in McLean: What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day?

Residents of McLean answer the question, "What are you grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day?"

Arlington Bulletin Board: Nov. 21, 2012

Upcoming events in Arlington

Arlington Orange Line: Nov. 21, 2012

Upcoming events and activities in Arlington

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Brief: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Churchill Road

On Thursday, Nov. 15, Churchill Road students celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by learning how the Pilgrims and Native Americans lived, and enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Brief: Catch A "Canary" At Colvin Run

Langley High School junior Emily Nesbitt became the first “Colvin Run Canary" on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Arlington Calendar: Nov. 21, 2012

Upcoming events and activities in Arlington

Viewpoints: What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day?

Residents in Great Falls answer the question, "What are you thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day?"

Obituary: Joyce Graham Henderson

Joyce Graham Henderson, most recently of Ripton, Vt. died in Burlington, Vt. early on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the age of 60.

“Flourishing After 55”

Upcoming events and activities for seniors

Editorial: Shop Locally …

Small business Saturday isn't enough; don't wait until then, and don't stop after that.

There is a joy to shopping in local stores at the holidays, to walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to being greeting by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

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Viewpoints: Immigrants’ Experiences on Becoming Americans

On Sept. 22 at the Multicultural Festival on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, 25 people participated in a naturalization ceremony that made them American citizens.

Friday, November 16

Giving Thanks in Style

Area tastemakers offer ideas and inspiration for Thanksgiving table settings.

There’s more to an elegant Thanksgiving table than a perfectly roasted turkey and fluffy mashed potatoes. Local design experts say that with a little planning and a few natural elements, it is possible to set a Thanksgiving table that is as tantalizing as the food it holds.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas: Flowers Not Required

Floral design pros share secrets to creating swoon-worthy centerpieces.

While the turkey is often the star of a Thanksgiving dinner table, a nonedible focal point can play a leading role in creating an elegant dinner table aesthetic. From lush floral arrangements to designs without blooms, three local floral design pros offer ideas for spectacular centerpieces that can be replicated easily at home.

Getting Organized for Thanksgiving

Local experts offer a survival guide.

Jill Mahon is hosting her family for Thanksgiving next week, which is, of course, the kick-off of the holiday season. But for Mahon, the holidays herald an organizational nightmare.

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Honoring Veterans at Sangster Elementary

Students carry on Veterans Day traditions.

Armistice Day. November 11, 1918. The day when hostilities ended on the Western Front of World War I and the day that ultimately gave birth to our Veterans Day Observances. Originally the day set aside to officially honor our fallen military heroes, it has become the time to not only honor their sacrifice, but to recognize all those who served and all who continue to serve.

Area Roundups

To brighten the holiday season for area families in need, the Democratic Women of Clifton (DWC) will once again be taking donations for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Toy Drive, plus grocery-store gift cards for Our Daily Bread.

Letter: Voting for Civility

It has been with great sadness that I have watched this election season with the outpouring of hate, subversive tactics and incivility. I hadn’t expected to experience it personally.

Week in Fairfax

Total Framing, at 9528 Main St. in Fairfax, will hold its second annual blood drive in honor of Owen Wicks (the son of a Clifton Elementary alumnus) and Ryan Dillon (whose father was a former Clifton Elementary P.E. teacher). Both lost their battles with Osteosarcoma earlier this year, but this blood drive is to honor their memories and help others battling cancer and other diseases and conditions requiring transfusions.

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Oak View Honors Veterans

Two assemblies gathered during the morning, with military color guard and military parents dressed in uniform. Student musicians played patriotic music to honor the veterans and the children watched and listened as military service members shared with them.

Thursday, November 15

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Building Tomorrow’s Cyber Defenders

Local students participate in cybersecurity camp.

“I discovered I really like this and, when I go to GMU, I’ll change my major from chemistry to computers.” -Fairfax High senior Jessica Miers

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Fairfax Baskin-Robbins Reopens

Kids of all ages celebrate grand re-opening.

A sweet tooth and a head for business must run in the family. Fai Ulit might have been doing just fine as a veterinarian nurse, but with a mother and aunt and uncle owning successful Baskin-Robbins ice cream store franchises in Northern Virginia, it’s no wonder that Ulit decided to take the plunge and scoop up a franchise of her own.

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A Sanctuary for Cigar-Lovers

Solving world problems at Burke Cigar Shop.

“This is a place where everybody knows your name, or nickname, where we solve the world’s problem.” —Tim Jeter, a retired Fairfax County firefighter

Editorial: Shop Locally, Give Locally

Small business Saturday isn't enough; don't wait until then, and don't stop after that.

An effort to support locally owned businesses has resulted in the recognition of Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year that is Nov. 24. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is a day of national zeal for shopping. Presumably the next day shoppers can focus on local shopping.

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Long Lines Revisited

Bulova calls for bi-partisan group to address the issue, improve election process.

“I plan to present this issue to the Board of Supervisors at our next meeting and suggest the formation of a bi-partisan commission to identify ways to reduce lines, decrease wait times and streamline our election process.” —Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D-at-large)

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Holiday Shopping Trend

Show support for local businesses.

Get ready to toss out the candy corn and grab the candy canes. Black Friday—the hottest holiday shopping day of the year—is right around the corner. What’s one of the biggest trends this year? Shopping locally. Below is a list of local “mom and pop” niche stores that make vital contributions to the local economy, generate jobs and offer unique products and stellar personal service. Unlike many big national chains, they know their products, and are able to accommodate special requests. When you call, you are more likely to get a real, live person to help you. Who could ask for a better holiday gift?

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‘Thank You for Risking Your Lives’

Colin Powell Elementary honors veterans.

America officially celebrated Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12, and so did the students, teachers and staff of Colin Powell Elementary. They invited local veterans to the school, plus fire and police personnel, for their eighth annual Veterans Day Celebration.

It’s Time for Turkey Trot

Raises money for Life with Cancer.

Each year around this time, many people’s thoughts turn to turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie — and the Virginia Run Turkey Trot. This year’s 24th annual 5K run and 2K walk will be held Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Run Community Center in Centreville.

Centre View Roundups: Nov. 14, 2012

This week's roundups

ONC Questions and Answers

ONC’s Founder and Executive Director, Kelly Lavin, has put together a list of answers to some frequently asked questions:

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Gearing Up for Holidays

Our Neighbor’s Child needs community’s help.

Now in its 21st year, the all-volunteer, nonprofit group has already started on its massive mission of providing holiday happiness for people in need in Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Fair Oaks and Fair Lakes.

TC Boys’ Basketball Has Big Shoes To Fill

Titans must overcome the loss of key seniors.

The T.C. Williams boys' basketball team won the Patriot District championship last season.

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Looking Back and Going Forward

CIF celebrates achievements, past director and future goals.

The Oct. 23 annual meeting of the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) came full circle. Members honored the past year’s accomplishments and the former director of its labor resource center, heard a budget update, installed four board of directors members and planned for the future.

Help Available at CLRC

Workers at the Centreville Labor Resource Center are ready to help residents clean up damage and debris from rain, wind or any other weather event.

Drug-Dealing Conspiracy Yields Prison Sentences

Pain clinic’s Boccone given 15 years; Brown gets five.

Before Paul Boccone was sentenced last week to 15 years in prison for crimes including distributing narcotics out of the Chantilly Pain Clinic, his attorney John Iweanoge tried rewriting history.

Chantilly Pain Clinic: The Case’s Background

Oxycodone distribution, healthcare, tax fraud.

On Aug. 3, the owner and president of a pain clinic in Chantilly was convicted in Federal Court of conspiring to distribute and actually distributing oxycodone, a controlled drug.

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New Officers Lead Kiwanis Club

The Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club celebrated the beginning of its 60th year of community service on Oct. 17 with an induction of new officers and board of directors by the Division Lt.-Governor John Crawford.

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Finding Right Gifts Just Around the Corner

Some treasures in Belle View Shopping Center.

Find the perfect gift at local stores in Belle View Shopping Center that offer one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Chantilly Wins First Boys’ XC State Championship

Sean McGorty wins individual title, sets course record.

The Chantilly cross country program had a big day at the VHSL state meet on Nov. 10 at Great Meadow.

Robinson’s Schweikert Places Fifth At State Cross Country Meet

Junior earns all-state with time of 18:08.

Robinson's Macey Schweikert on Nov. 10 earned all-state for the second straight year.

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Celebrating Veterans Day

Fort Hunt Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day

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Development Grows Around Huntington Metro Station

Market price apartments in demand.

Insight Property Group will begin construction next month on 240 luxury style apartments that is part of the exploding development near the Huntington Metro Station south of Alexandria.

Letter: Well Done

To those who are unaware, the off-leash dog area (OLDA) at Westgrove Park is now open for business.

Letter: Next Stop: Audits

I support our schools and our teachers but, like many, question whether we should increase school budgets unless we know the school system is squeezing out waste and operating efficiently.

Letter: Appreciates Precinct Officials

Sometimes it’s difficult to realize how good you have it until you see how bad things are for other people.

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Take a Veteran to School Day

World War II veteran Viola R. Rice stood in front of the fifth grade class and spoke about her time in the Navy Waves during WWII.

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Parents: Board Lacks Communication

Storck hosts town hall meeting on educational issues.

At a town hall-style education meeting at Whitman Middle School on Nov. 7, parents and advocates expressed their disappointment with the new online math and social studies textbook program.

West Springfield’s Alcorta, Wittich Earn All-State

Spartan harriers crack top 15 at VHSL state cross country meet.

West Springfield's Caroline Alcorta finished runner-up and Maddie Wittich finished 12th at the VHSL state cross country meet on Nov. 10.

Looking for Gift Ideas in Mount Vernon?

The 51st Annual Holiday Shop at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church will be held this Saturday, Nov. 17

Entertainment Brief: Historic Mount Vernon Sparkles with Holiday Cheer

Join "Mrs. Washington" as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours, fireside caroling, and hot cider and ginger cookies.

How Crandal Mackey Fought Vice

“In Shotgun Justice: One Prosecutor’s Crusade Against Crime and Corruption in Alexandria & Arlington,” Pope has come up with 126 pages of facts worthy of inclusion in all schools, public and private.

Entertainment Brief: A Nation at War at Presidential Salon

The date is Nov.18, 1812 and the nation has been at war with England since June. Join President James Madison on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 to discuss the progress of the war, with updates on the Army and Navy situation.

Entertainment Brief: ‘A Broadway Christmas Carol’

MetroStage holiday classic opens Nov. 15.

“A Broadway Christmas Carol” plays from Nov. 15-Dec. 23 at MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St. For tickets or more information, call 703-548-9044 or visit

Entertainment Brief: Del Ray Celebrate 17th Annual Artisans Holiday Market

The 17th Annual Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market offers unique handmade crafts from local artists including pottery/ceramics, photography, jewelry, cloth, paper crafts, and fused glass.

Entertainment Brief: Ten Thousand Villages Gives Back to Community

Globally conscious DC-area residents have known for years that when they buy gifts from Ten Thousand Villages — a non-profit, fair trade retail store in Old Town, Alexandria — they are actually “giving twice.”

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‘I Voted My Heart’

First-time voter for president waited long time to perform his civic duty.

Nov. 6, 2012 was an important day for 74-year-old Pablo A. Rodriguez. He dressed himself up in a grey suit and a white shirt in the morning, then went to Agudas Achim Congregation with his son-in-law and grandson to cast his ballots.

Letter: Smokers: Ready To Quit?

Thursday, Nov. 15 marks the 37th annual Great American Smokeout sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The Smokeout encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

Letter: Thanks for Civic Participation

As I was collecting the yard signs this past Wednesday, I was struck by this thought. I thought about our fellow citizens that expressed themselves by running in the municipal and school board elections.

Letter: Election Creates Community Loss

Tuesday’s election had a very serious shortcoming … one of the hardest working, most innovative, most caring, most committed ACPS Board members, Helen Morris, didn’t get reelected.

Letter: Is City Hall Listening?

Once again Alexandria elected officials and city staff are "playing head games" with citizens and planning their first "community dialogue" meeting with city residents in order to listen to citizens and hear what we have been telling them what we want for the past several years as it relates to development and transportation issues.

Letter: Was Honored To Serve

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your city councilman since July 2009. Unfortunately that will come to an end on Dec. 31, 2012 as the votes did not go my way in Tuesday's election.

Letter: Analyzing Voting Results

How is it that the official election results show the City Council’s top vote-getter Allison Silberberg with only 12.30 percent when she got almost 7,000 more votes than Andrew Macdonald with 39.91 percent in losing to Mayor Euille?

Holiday Service Projects

Join Democratic Women of Clifton to benefit local nonprofits.

Holiday service projects will be the focus of the next general meeting of the Democratic Women of Clifton on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. The location is the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124. Following a short meeting, at about 4 p.m. the DWC will reconvene at a local restaurant in Clifton for a holiday celebration. Again this year, the DWC will participate in holiday projects with two local organizations.

Cappies Review: A Hilarious Show

W. T. Woodson HS presents "Bye, Bye, Birdie."

A pop superstar, multitudes of screaming girls and headaches from parents and boyfriends across town—no, this isn't a Justin Bieber concert. It’s the premise of W.T. Woodson High School’s hilarious production of “Bye, Bye, Birdie!”

Letter: A Matter Of Respect

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

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Join CROP Hunger Walk Nov. 18

Burke area walk celebrates 20 years.

When disasters such as Hurricane Sandy occur, the natural human response is to reach out to help others in need, typically through monetary donations. For 20 years, residents in Burke and surrounding communities have walked in the annual Burke Area CROP Hunger Walk to raise funds for both hunger and disaster relief, to help people whose names they would never know, even as they helped feed people who might be hungry in their own neighborhood.

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Holiday Shopping at Elder Crafters of Alexandria

The shop is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Week in Great Falls

Friends of Riverbend Park (FORB) has received $10,000 from BMW of North America. The grant followed the conclusion of BMW’s successful Restore the Outdoors campaign, which helped launch BMW’s new X1 crossover vehicle, and which spotlighted 12 park sites across the United States, including Riverbend Park in Great Falls.

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Woodpecker Attack

When Diane Smith moved into her Reston home in 2004, the house, which was built with cedar siding, was in good repair. The siding, she says, “appeared intact and heavily stained.”

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Hadeed Holds 7th Annual Coat Drive

Nov. 17 collection to benefit ChildHelp.

This year's drive will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 3206 Duke Street. Donors can schedule coat donation pick-ups from Nov. 1 to Nov. 17 by calling the Hadeed Carpet offices at 703-836-1111.

Reston Residents Meet to Prepare for the Next Storm

On Saturday, Nov. 3, just days after Hurricane Sandy hit our region, Reston residents engaged in a dialogue at a forum titled “Is Your Neighborhood Ready for the Next Big Storm,” held at Reston Community Center Lake Anne. The event was organized by Reston for a Lifetime with the support of Reston Community Center and Reston Citizens Association to help create awareness and a dialogue before the first big snowstorm hits our region.

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Shop 'Til You Drop

Score Black Friday steals and deals locally.

Coordinated by the Shop Local Alexandria project and the Old Town Boutique District, more than 50 of Alexandria's independently owned shops will be participating in this year's Black Friday promotion.

Reston Holiday Parade Set for Nov. 23

Reston Town Center presents the 22nd annual Reston Holiday Parade on Friday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. to launch the festive season with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, and more. This one-of-a-kind, one-hour parade along Market Street will also welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. The Reston Holiday Parade is held rain or shine, and since 1991 it has been an annual tradition on the day after Thanksgiving. The full day’s schedule is listed below, and more information is available at

Letter: Volunteers Make Democracy Work

During my last canvassing on Nov. 5, I met a young female canvasser who truly exhibited outstanding determination in participating in the Get-Out-To-Vote effort of the Obama campaign. I spoke to Natalie Erdossy, and learned that Natalie brought her three very young children along during the canvassing, and that her husband was doing a second tour in Afghanistan with the State Department. She said that she was recruited by her neighbor Ellen Graves and she wanted to do her part. What I find so outstanding is that she was driven by a purpose greater that her immediate personal comfort.

Commentary: Reflections on the Elections

“Oh, no!” many may exclaim at the idea of hearing any more about the elections. But I believe it is instructive for the future to consider what happened and why. As residents of a battleground state, Virginians were inundated with telephone calls, television ads and slick mailers. Interestingly, the guys who spent the most money did not win. Virginia is a state that had just a few years ago elected Republicans to its top three statewide offices, majorities in the House and Senate, and eight of its 11 congressional representatives. Yet President Obama won the state handily. And former Governor Tim Kaine won a seat in the U.S. Senate even though 30 million in outside dollars were spent against him. How can this happen? Some of my thoughts on the question follow.

Column: Elections 2012—Role of Big Bucks Going Forward

Happy post-election to you all. Before I return to our discussion of our flawed election process and the role of the big bucks, I want to congratulate a good friend and fellow Restonian. Aaron Williams recently resigned after three years as director of the Peace Corps, one of America’s finest organizations. When this Reston resident, a former PC Voluneer himself, took over the Corps, it faced some major issues.

Looking for Gift Ideas?

The 2012 T.C. Williams Holiday Craft Fair will feature 45 vendors offering a variety of gift ideas.

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Herndon, Reston Honor Veterans

American Legion hosts Veterans Day Observance.

“The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Let us observe two full minutes of silence.” With those words, David Kirby, commander of Herndon-Reston American Legion Wayne M. Kidwell Post 184, opened the 2012 Veterans Day observance, addressing veterans, active duty members, town dignitaries and respectful citizens gathered on the green behind the Herndon Municipal Center. The commander was, of course, referring to 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918—the date and hour when hostilities on the Western Front of World War I officially came to an end. Originally celebrated as “Armistice Day” to remember those fallen in combat during that war, what we now call Veterans Day has evolved to honor those who made that ultimate sacrifice, and to thank all who have served and continue to do so.

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

March 4 is a great day. That’s the day, back in 1970, when Willa* moved from Jamaica to the States, following many of her friends who had done so in the ‘60s. First living in Fairfax, Willa and her husband moved to northwest D.C. after he joined her here in 1976.

Making a Difference

ACT for Alexandria (ACT) joins community foundations across the country in celebrating National Community Foundations Week Nov. 12-18 to recognize our role in promoting charitable giving and engagement to build a stronger Alexandria.

Week in Herndon

Town of Herndon government offices and services will be impacted by the Thanksgiving holiday as follows: Town Offices—Closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 Refuse Collection—No refuse collected Thursday, Nov. 22. Refuse normally collected on Thursday will be collected Friday, Nov. 23. Herndon Community Center—Closed Thursday, Nov. 22; Open Friday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Herndon Centennial Golf Course—Open Thursday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m.-dark.

Obituary: Mabel Elizabeth Vannoy Bruce, 84, of Herndon, Dies

Mabel Elizabeth Vannoy Bruce, age 84, of Herndon, died Monday, Nov. 5. Bruce was the wife of the late Horace Dalton Bruce, mother of Horace Dalton Bruce Jr. (Mary Beth) of S.C., Jerry Ann Sajeski (William) of Manassas, Va., Michael Albert Bruce (Toni) of Bowie, Md., and of the late Linda Sue Bruce Erwin. She was also survived by seven grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

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Herndon Cheer Team Wins State Championship

Goff along with assistant coaches Emma Collie, Suzanne Mansfield, Deven Song, Anna Seymour and Hayden Little led Herndon to win three District Titles, one Regional Title, and the 2012 State Championships. Collie and Mansfield are also retiring this year.

Wednesday, November 14

Lake Braddock Girls Capture State XC Title

Girls’ Chase wins 2nd individual title, boys’ Tuck places 2nd.

Lake Braddock senior Sophie Chase won her second consecutive AAA state cross country title on Nov. 10 at Great Meadow.

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Langley Volleyball Team Bounces Back from Early Defeat

Saxons finished runner-up in Northern Region.

The Langley volleyball team finished Northern Region runner-up.

Oakton Girls’ X-Country Finishes State Runner-Up

Girls’ Klimkiewicz, boys’ Stoney earn individual all-state honors.

The Oakton cross country program had two individuals earn all-state honors at the VHSL state meet on Nov. 10 at Great Meadow.

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Oakton Football Advances to Region Semifinals

No. 7 Cougars knock off No. 2 Lake Braddock.

The Oakton football team beat Lake Braddock on Nov. 9 to advance to the Northern Region semifinals.

Week in Vienna

Church Street Holiday Stroll Set for Nov. 26

The annual Holiday Stroll on Vienna’s historic Church Street will be held on Monday, Nov. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. Church Street will be closed between Lawyers Road and Mill Street, and visitors are invited to stroll amid the sights and sounds of the holiday season and visit merchants along the way.

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Give a Gift, Share a Gift

The season of sharing and gift-giving is upon us. The malls and chain stores scream “sale” and mass-produced merchandise, made in other countries, flies off the shelves. This year, why not seek out the unique, the one-of-a-kind gifts sold in places that offer personalized, welcoming service, the kind of place where the owners and staff are truly happy to see you.

Vienna Resident Dan Lemieux Receives Painter Memorial Award

ASTM International awarded Vienna resident Dan Lemieux, a principal in the firm of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) Inc., the Robert J. Painter Memorial Award at the recent Performance of Buildings Committee meeting in Atlanta.

Week in McLean

The Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP) has received a $7,600 grant from the McLean Community Foundation. The grant supports MCCP’s efforts to provide comprehensive care to medically underserved children of lower-income working families in the McLean district. MCF President Richard Sullivan said that “This is an unusual investment for the foundation in recognition of MCCF’s important contribution in this time of high need.”

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Shop Owners Share Tie to Churchill High School

Gift ideas from Cabin John Shopping Center.

A vast assortment of gifts is available just around the corner at two gift shops — Leila Fine Gifts and Jewels and Occasions Unique Gifts and Gift Baskets.

Letter: Hit the Pause Button

Nov. 7 letter from majority of council members calls for compromise, alternatives at Brickyard.

The following letter to County Executive Isiah Leggett and Board of Education President Shirley Brandman is shared with the Potomac Almanac.

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Chance for Compromise on Brickyard Site?

County Council calls for hitting “pause button.”

After nearly two years of edict and opposition concerning a 20-acre “future school” site on Brickyard Road, a town hall meeting in Potomac last week with County Council offered a glimmer of hope for advocates of the organic farm.

Editorial: Shop Locally, Support Small Business

Small business Saturday isn't enough; don't wait until then, and don't stop after that.

An effort to support locally owned businesses has resulted in the recognition of Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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Art of Giving

The Art Gallery of Potomac offers variety of themes, styles.

During the holiday season The Art Gallery of Potomac will offer several small paintings, originals, prints, and giclees for gift giving as well as note cards, home decor, ornaments, dolls from the G St. Doll Club, and hand knit scarves for holiday shoppers.

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Bringing ‘My Fair Lady’ to Stage

Potomac Theatre Company’s production opens this Friday.

This month The Potomac Theatre Company presents Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe's “My Fair Lady.”

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Lights, Camera, Action, Potomac!

“Philomena” filmed in local home.

Nov. 8 dawned cold when, in the wee hours of the morning, the movie crew for a new feature film descended on the Conway’s 180-year old Potomac residence.

“Flourishing After 55”

Upcoming events and activities for seniors

Entertainment Brief: Avant Bard Introduces ‘Six Characters’

For the Love of Art, WSC Avant Bard, the resident theatre company at Artisphere, presents Nobel Prize-winning playwright Luigi Pirandello's “Six Characters in Search of an Author.” Opening WSC Avant Bard's 23rd Season, Tom Prewitt directs this classic existential piece, which explores the crossroads of identity and reality.

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Shoppers Already Hunting for the Right Gifts

Stopping by some shops in Shirlington.

It is that time of year again — time to start making holiday shopping lists and time to hit the stores to find the perfect gift for family members and friends.

What was your best holiday gift?

People recall best gifts they ever received.

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An Oasis in Potomac

Home’s addition offers views of expansive backyard.

When the owners of a Potomac home decided that they wanted to expand their living space, their goal was to build a haven for family and friends to gather and enjoy spectacular views of their woodsy backyard.

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The Gift of Taste

Holiday Gift Guide for the foodies on one’s list.

Gift ideas

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Honoring Veterans

Crowds visit Arlington National Cemetery.

Snapshots at Veterans Day

Brief: ‘My Fair Lady’

Potomac Theatre Company is kicking off it's 2012-2013 season with Lerner & Loewe's musical “My Fair Lady.”

Classified Advertising Nov. 14, 2012

Read the lastest ads here!

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Star Crossed Lovers Take Stage at Langley

Theatre department presents ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

During Langley High School’s inaugural theater tech class, several students had a vision: Shakespeare’s character Juliet giving her famous speech on a scaffolding. The school’s upcoming production of "Romeo and Juliet" took on a new look after that idea, transforming the setting of the play from an Italian city to an apocalyptic future city.

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Thieves Market Offers Holiday Gift Ideas

Antique furniture, art, home furnishings available at 60 year old family owned business.

Since 1952, the Cohen family has operated the Thieves Market, featuring a wide variety of furniture, jewelry, art and other household goods that might be difficult to come by in other places. In their 60 years of existence, dignitaries from around the world have shopped their selection of 18th and 19th century American and European antiques, porcelain, bronzes, furniture, candlesticks, Persian and Oriental rugs, mirrors, chandeliers and more.

Gift Ideas in Great Falls

Maison et Jardin, Maison du Vin offer gift ideas for holidays.

While places like Tysons Corner might draw the large crowds and big numbers during the holiday shopping season, plenty of local residents are able to find gifts much more locally. The shops at the Great Falls commercial center offer a wide variety of items from locally owned businesses.

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Haddad Studio to Present ‘The Nutcracker’

Annual show celebrates 21st year.

The Margaret Haddad Studio of Classical Ballet will present its 21st edition of "The Nutcracker" the weekend after Thanksgiving. Featuring 49 children, guest artists from several ballet companies and adult volunteers, the annual performances will take place at The Madeira School.

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Veterans Honored at Freedom Memorial

Annual ceremony features Marine Color Guard, student performances.

More than 150 people gathered at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial Monday, Nov. 12, to participate in the community’s annual Veterans Day ceremony. More than 100 students from Village Green Day School, Great Falls Elementary School and Langley High School also attended.

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LEAP Awards $5,000 to Homeowners

Marti Fucile and Eric Shor receive award to make home more energy efficient.

Living on Lake Audubon, Marti Fucile and her fiancé Eric Shor have learned to love their view of the lake. But as environmentally-friendly homeowners, they also know the reality that comes with the high ceilings and large windows in their townhouse.

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Used Book Shop Offers Gift Ideas

Lake Anne shop has been "where books and people meet" for more than 30 years.

Whenever he comes to Lake Anne, Jeremy Thompson of Reston has a place he always stops. A place he calls an "increasing rarity" in today’s world.

Tuesday, November 13

Viewpoints: "Who did you vote for to be President? Why?”

Voters share who they voted for and why they voted for their candidates.

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NVTC Hosts Annual Tech Celebration

Annual banquet recognizes top innovators, raises funds for Equal Footing Foundation.

The Northern Virginia Technology Council hosted their annual banquet Monday, Nov. 11 at the Tysons Corner Ritz-Carlton, recognizing technology contractors.

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Frying Pan Farm Home To Holiday Entertainment

Old-Fashioned Holiday Celebration features demonstrations, children’s shopping.

“From Halloween through Christmas, Frying Pan Farm Park is one of our family’s favorite destinations on an almost weekly basis.” -Debbie Santiago of Herndon

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A Soccer Champion of Character

McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) has announced that Lucas Cook, one of the club’s MPS Coaches, has been honored by the Fairfax County Athletic Council and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services as one of its 2012 Champions of Character on Oct. 23.

Commentary: Save Tysons’ Last Forest

In late September, I joined members of the Vienna community in touring Old Courthouse Spring Branch Stream Valley Park in Tysons Corner and met with the members of the Neighborhood Coalition to Save Tysons Last Forest.

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Vienna Honors Veterans

American Legion Post 180 program salutes those who served country.

Vienna honored Veterans’ Day at a program hosted by Vienna’s own American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180.

Brief: Treasury of Art Returns to Vienna

The Vienna Arts Society is presenting the 43rd annual Treasury of Art juried show and sale at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., Vienna, during the weekend of Nov. 16-18.

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Inspired ‘to Make a Difference’

Langley High School students inspiring teens around the globe.

While many high school students are busy worrying about upcoming SAT exams and sport practices, Langley High School junior Jason Cui is busy heading Youth Inspire, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting teen cancer patients one picture at a time.

Brief: McLean Holiday Parade Set for Dec. 2

ark your calendars for McLean’s only community parade Sunday, Dec. 2.

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Stop Hunger Now in McLean

Volunteers assemble 250,000 meals for Haitian children.

Last Saturday nearly 1000 volunteers gathered at McLean’s Lutheran Church of the Redeemer to assemble more than 250,000 pre-packed meals.

Sending Coats, Blankets to New York, New Jersey

The spirit of community service runs deep in the Churchill Road Elementary community.

Election Over-Now What?

To the Editor: The election is over, and whether your candidate won or not, your job as an American is not over.

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Artists to Hold Reception, Holiday Open House

“Big Squares, Little Squares” show will kick off the holiday season at The Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Road, Suite H, Great Falls.

Friday, November 9

Column: Weight For It

This reference is not about pounds, per se. It is about the two largest tumors in my lungs, inoperable in that they are located between the two halves which make up the whole lung.

Help Provide Holiday Food Baskets

WFCM serves those in need in Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Fair Oaks and Fairfax Station. And with so many people struggling financially in these tough, economic times, more and more families are coming to WFCM for help.

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Community Turns Out to Vote

Economy, jobs, health care important issues.

Tuesday’s weather was cold, but sunny, and people in the local community turned out in droves to vote in the presidential election. At Colin Powell Elementary, the line to vote was steady.

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Search and Rescue Team Returns Home

Virginia Task Force One (VATF-1), Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, returned home Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, after deploying to New Jersey and New York.

Centre View Roundups: Nov. 7, 2012

This week's roundups.

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‘This Play Is Satirical and Hilarious’

Rocky Run to perform “The Election.”

Anyone accusing this election’s candidates of acting like schoolchildren would be right. That’s because the characters in Rocky Run Middle School’s play, “The Election,” are high-school students.

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‘Things … Work Out in the End’

Westfield High presents “Laughing Stock.”

When The Moose River Playhouse in New Hampshire schedules “Dracula,” “Hamlet” and “Charley's Aunt” for its summer-stock season, something’s bound to go wrong — and it does, hilariously. That’s the premise of Westfield High’s new play, “Laughing Stock,” a comic farce and affectionate glimpse into the world of theater.

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Lee Kaiser Is Honored

Named Elementary School Counselor of the Year.

A boyhood tragedy and its aftermath helped shape Lee Kaiser’s life. It influenced him to become a school counselor, and he’s held that job at Centreville Elementary for eight years. He also does it quite well and was recently named Fairfax County Public Schools’ Elementary School Counselor of the Year for 2011-12.

The Daily Life of a School Counselor

It’s not easy being an elementary-school counselor — especially in an ever-changing world — but Centreville Elementary’s Lee Kaiser relishes every challenge.

Centre View School Notes: Nov. 7, 2012

School notes

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It’s a Hoedown

Kindergarteners from Union Mill Elementary participated in a hoedown last week.

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Stopping Bullying

Students at Greenbriar West participated in teacher-led discussions about how they can work together to help stop bullying.

Letter: Growing Cost Of Government

I want to commend the Centre View for covering the candidate's forum at Chantilly High School. The questions from the students and teachers were excellent and well informed, and it was my privilege to represent the Romney campaign. I would like to correct a statement in which I was misquoted about the U.S. economy in response to a question about unemployment being 7.8 percent.

Centre View Calendar: Nov. 7, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

Centre View Bulletin Board: Nov. 7, 2012

Upcoming events

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Long Lines on Election Day ‘Unacceptable’

Bulova calls for bi-partisan group to address the issue, improve election process.

While voter turnout in Fairfax County on Election Day was at an all-time high--80.5 percent of registered voters cast their ballots, compared to 78.7 percent in 2008--some voters faced long lines and endured hours of waiting in the cold to cast their ballots.

Thursday, November 8

Classified Advertising Nov. 7, 2012

Read the latest ads here!

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Burke/Fairfax Calendar, Nov. 8-18

Get out and about with these events in Burke and Fairfax.

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Lorton/Springfield Calendar, Nov. 8-Nov. 18

Get out and about with these events in Lorton and Springfield.

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Waynewood Leads Elementary School Walkers

More than 2,500 homeless residents of Fairfax County will benefit from the money raised by Help the Homeless Walks.

Panel To Discuss Food Quality

American Association of University Women is hosting a program on “Nutrition and Food Quality: on Nov. 15 at the at Heritage Presbyterian Church, 8503 Fort Hunt Road.

Letter: Battling ‘Invasive Thugs’

The Nov. 2 article “Invasive Restrictions” by Michael Pope focused needed attention on the problem of exotic invasive plants overwhelming our parkland. At its October meeting, the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens’ Associations passed a resolution asking the Fairfax County Park Authority to prohibit vendors from selling exotic invasive plants at local farmers' markets.

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West Potomac to Face Centreville in Football Playoffs

Wolverines lose regular season finale against TC in OT.

The West Potomac football team will travel to face Centreville in the opening round of the playoffs.

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The West Potomac dance team performed to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during the halftime show during the football game against T.C. Williams on Friday night, Nov. 2.

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Vienna/McLean/Great Falls Calendar, Nov. 8-18

Get out and about with these events in Great Falls, McLean and Vienna.

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TC Football Ends Season with 4-Game Winning Streak

Titans beat West Potomac in OT in regular season finale.

The T.C. Williams football team finished 5-5 after a 1-5 start.

West Po’s Genuario Qualifies for XC States

West Potomac's Katie Genuario finished 14th at the Northern Region cross country championships on Nov. 2.

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Joining the Long Wait To Vote

Mount Vernon residents line up.

Large numbers of determined voters were willing to stand in long lines and ignore the near freezing temperatures to cast their votes.

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Westfield Field Hockey Ends Season in State Quarterfinals

Winesett cousins led Bulldogs past West Springfield for state berth.

The Westfield field hockey team won Concorde District and Northern Region championships this season.

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Entertainment Brief: 2012 Holiday Shop – A Mount Vernon Tradition The 51st annual

Holiday Shop — a popular Mount Vernon tradition — will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, near Fort Hunt Rd., and Mason Hill Dr.

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Entertainment Brief: MVCCT Presents ‘Oklahoma!’ at Bryant Alternative School

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre, now in its 32nd season, is presents “Oklahoma!” Nov. 9-18.

Review: Living Legends 2012 Exhibition at Barnes & Noble

I have a digital camera…it’s easy to take pictures… I set it on “idiot proof” and shoot portraits to capture special people in my life. Some end up in “the cloud;” lots still live on my camera.

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Soul Survivors

Port City Playhouse stages “The Soul Collector.”

In a throwback to 1970s television hits like “Sanford and Son,” “Chico and the Man” and “All in the Family,” Port City Playhouse's latest production of “The Soul Collector” tells the story of two African-American sanitation workers living in a cramped apartment in Cleveland.

McGorty PRs, Chantilly Boys’ XC Qualifies for States

Cowne leads Chantilly girls’ team to state berth.

The Chantilly boys' and girls' cross country teams qualified for states on Nov. 2.

Entertainment Brief: Kluge Makes National Gallery of Art Debut

An original score composed by Alexandria Symphony Orchestra maestro Kim Allen Kluge and his wife Kathryn Vassar Kluge will debut Nov. 10 as The National Gallery of Art presents a ciné-concert of films by Alice Guy Blaché.

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18th Annual Evening in the Heart of Alexandria

Volunteer Alexandria honored Patty Moran and Lyles Carr at the annual Evening in the Heart of Alexandria reception and live auction on Friday evening, Nov. 2, at Gadsby’s Tavern.

West Springfield’s Alcorta Finishes Region Runner-Up

Junior breaks 17 minutes at Burke Lake Park XC course.

West Springfield's Caroline Alcorta finished second at regionals with a time of 16:58.

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Reston/Herndon Calendar, Nov. 10-17

Get out and about with these events in Herndon and Reston.

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Thanksgiving at the Alexandria Elks Lodge

Thanksgiving dinner were served to senior citizens on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3.

Chase Sets Lake Braddock Record at XC Regionals

Bruins girls’, boys’ qualify for states.

Lake Braddock's Sophie Chase won her third consecutive Northern Region championship on Nov. 2.

Del Ray Delivers on Halloween

Costumes filled the racks in the community room at the Mount Vernon Community Center on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27.

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Nightmare on Alfred Street

The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority hosted a Halloween haunting in the greens and alleyway in the 800 block of N. Alfred Street on Oct. 31.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Nov. 7, 2012

Upcoming events

Brief: Martin To Receive Potomac Champion Award

Mount Vernon resident Elizabeth Martin will be recognized for her work as a dedicated environmental steward and a champion for litter prevention in her community by the Alice Ferguson Foundation at its 7th Annual Trash Summit.

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Gearing Up for Turkey Trots

Fitness experts offer tips for getting in shape.

Before the bird is carved on Turkey Day, Arlington resident Nina Elliot will be hitting the pavement. The mother of two is running in the 7th Annual Arlington Turkey Trot.

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Sticker Shock

During Saturday's Sticker Shock activity, teams of youth and adults visited 60 retailers in Alexandria to place "Stop" stickers on alcohol products.

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Cutting a Rug

Researchers say dancing can improve balance and mental ability in seniors.

Springfield resident Fred Griffin enjoys a good hoe down and takes pleasure in doing a do-si-do. In fact, he has been square dancing since high school.

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Sheriff’s Office Honors Volunteers

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office paid tribute to its volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 25.

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Rowers Help Clean Up Shore

A group of nearly 40 rowers, parents and other volunteers gathered at Oronoco Park in Old Town last month for the Alexandria Crew Boosters’ 2nd Annual Waterfront Clean-Up Day.

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Racing for Superheroes

Event benefits local nonprofit organizations.

From children wearing superhero capes to costume-clad adults to tots in strollers, participants took to the streets of Arlington last month to raise money for charity as part of the fourth annual Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause 8K and One-Mile Fun Run.

Obituary: Madeline Lindsey Green

Madeline Lindsey Green, 69, of Alexandria, died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Obituary: William V. Baldwin

William V. Baldwin, born July 3, 1922 in Hopewell, Va. died Nov. 4, 2012.

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Christ House Gets Face Lift

Christ House, a transitional shelter for homeless men received a long overdue face lift last month.

Week in Reston

The Initiative for Public Art—Reston (IPAR) will celebrate another year of making art and culture a vibrant part of everyday life at its IPAR Annual Reception, Thursday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. at Midtown, Reston Town Center.

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McLean Antique Show & Sale Returns Nov. 10-11

The 36th Annual McLean Antique Show & Sale will be held at the McLean Community Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. Admission is $7 for adults and can be used on both days of the show. Proceeds of the show will benefit The Alden’s James C. Macdonald Arts Scholarship Fund. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Week in Alexandria

Here’s a dilemma that will soon be facing the next City Council: Where to place the new Metro station at Potomac Yard.

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Alexandria School Board To Get Seven New Members

One School Board incumbent ousted as voters select new direction for school system.

The past few years have been some of the most turbulent in the history of Alexandria City Public Schools, which was blasted in a recent audit as having a budget office with a “dysfunctional environment.”

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Alexandria City Council Election Returns: Precinct By Precinct

How the candidates ranked in all of the city's voting precincts.

A listing of which candidates won which precincts.

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Democrats Sweep Alexandria City Election

Moving local elections from May to November helped solidify one-party rule.

Three years ago, “Plunkee the Elephant” helped an independent and a Republican unseat two incumbent Democrats on the Alexandria City Council.

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Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille Elected to Fourth Term

Democratic incumbent wins handily against independent challenger.

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille hasn’t been in a competitive election since 2003, when he was first elected mayor against Republican Bill Cleveland and independent Townsend Van Fleet.

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A Beacon of Things to Come on Richmond Highway

Mixed-use development may signal a sea change on Richmond Highway.

It’s the highest spot in Fairfax County, and it may also be a fulcrum for Richmond Highway.

Wednesday, November 7

Oakton Boys’, Girls’ Cross Country Advance to States

Madison’s Calem, Herndon’s Heuer earn all-region.

The Oakton cross country program qualified its boys' and girls' teams for the state meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10 at Great Meadow.

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Wootton Boys’ Soccer Beats WJ for 4A West Title

O’Neil goal, Tsakos assist propel Patriots past Wildcats.

The Wootton boys' soccer team advanced to the state tournament with an overtime victory against Walter Johnson on Nov. 5.

W-L’s Angell, Demsie Qualify for Cross Country States

Girls’ team places sixth, boys’ 14th at regionals.

The Washington-Lee cross country program will send two runners to the state meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10 at Great Meadow.

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Physical Langley Beats McLean

Novacki’s all-around effort, Casso’s career day lead Saxons.

The Langley football team ended the regular season with a 27-7 victory against McLean on Nov. 3.

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Locals Join All-Star Line-up at Metro Cooking Show

Area specialty food entrepreneurs among the attractions at the 2012 Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show.

When celebrity chefs and Food Network stars were in Washington last weekend for what has become a Super Bowl for foodies (Giada De Laurentiis, Jacques Pepin, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons and The Chew’s Michael Symon and Carla Hall were just some of the famous faces), some area culinary enthusiasts joined them as well.

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West Springfield Junior Wins Essay Contest

The McLean Community Players (MCP) opened the 2012-2013 theatrical season with A. R. Gurney’s play “What I Did Last Summer.”

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Letter: Anti-advertisment

To the Editor: As you drive down our roads, it is worthy to recall Michael Lee Pope’s October 18th article, “The Message is not the Median: Fairfax Roadsides Now Free of Political Speech.”

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A Spooktacular Strings Performance

Ghoulish Gang at White Oaks Elementary plays hauntingly familiar tunes.

The melodies were haunting as musical ghosts and goblins performed during the 33rd Annual Spooky Strings Concert at White Oaks Elementary School in Burke on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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Shop for a Cause at WHC Sisterhood Holiday Boutique

Proceeds benefit variety of charities.

Generous Giving is the goal of the members of the WHC Sisterhood as they set the wheels in motion for their 26th Annual Holiday Boutique — and it is also the philosophy of a number of philanthropic vendors who will be selling their wares and donating their proceeds to causes dear to their hearts.

Alexandria School Notes: Nov. 7, 2012

School notes

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Food Festival And Bazaar

St. Mark Orthodox Church Food Festival and Bazaar was held Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2-4.

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‘Art for Paws’ Benefits Animal Services and Adoption Center

Art show helps MCPAW raise funds.

The Huckleberry Fine Art Gallery in Rockville provided a colorful backdrop for the Montgomery County Partners in Animal Well-Being (MCPAW) fund-raising art show, reception and raffle held Saturday evening, Oct. 27.

Alexandria Military Notes: Nov. 7, 2012

Military notes

Alexandria Bulletin Board: Nov. 7, 2012

Upcoming events

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Nov. 7, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Mental Health professionals highlight potential health benefits of gratitude.

For many, November ushers in a season of giving thanks, an opportunity to express gratitude, but it can mean even more: some researchers say that Thanksgiving might actually be good for your health.

Using Smart Phone To Get Better Healthcare

New apps and websites designed to make medical visits more efficient.

When Susan Gallagher’s 5-year-old son had an allergic reaction to something he ate at a birthday party, the Reston mother knew she had to get him to an emergency room immediately.

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Dogtopia Comes to Springfield

New facility welcomes first guests.

The grand opening celebration of Dogtopia in Springfield on Saturday, Nov. 3, had barely begun before a steady stream of party poochers were taking over the spacious lobby and accompanying their humans on staff-guided tours of the new facility.

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British Murder Mystery at Robinson Secondary

Theater students present “Night Must Fall.”

A British murder mystery, “Night Must Fall,” is Robinson Secondary’s upcoming play. It’s slated for Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15, 16, 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at and $12 at the door.

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Bullis School Holds Town Hall Debate and Mock Election

Students depict different political perspectives.

Students and staff at the Bullis School voted on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the presidential candidate of their choice.

Commentary: A Faithful Budget

This column is being written before the results of the election are known. Regardless of the outcome, however, the winners will face tough challenges. Growing numbers of persons unemployed and in poverty require consideration and response even as budgets get more difficult to balance.

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Foundation Supports Small Business Center

The Virginia Commerce Bank Foundation awarded $3,000 on Oct. 26 to the Alexandria Small Business Development Center as part of a 2012 Platinum sponsorship.

Business Brief: Trigiani Joins 2012 Leaders in Law

Lucia Anna Trigiani, a principal with MercerTrigiani law firm, has been named “Leader of the Year” by the 2012 class of “Leaders in the Law,” a group of distinguished Virginia attorneys who have made significant contributions to the practice of law.

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LINK Needs Children’s Coats, Winter Clothes

Addressing hunger in the area.

LINK is seeking civic groups, churches, businesses and schools to partner with LINK to help provide food for needy families this year.

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Locally Grown Produce Enhances Menu

Old Angler’s Inn partners with Potomac Farm Market.

Mark Reges, proprietor of the Old Angler’s Inn and Steve Magassy, owner of the Potomac Farm Market have formed an innovative partnership — one that leads to two local businesses beneficially supporting one another.

Letter: Virginia First in Thanksgiving

We Virginians can rightly claim our forebears first celebrated and established the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving on these shores.

Letter: Consider Ward Format

The City Council election affirmed that most Alexandria voters are far and away Democrats; not Republicans.

Navy Federal Credit Union Extends Herndon Lease

Two executives with The Ezra Company have negotiated a more than 80,000-square-foot lease in Northern Virginia for the world’s largest credit union.

Letter: Sermonizing At Poll Site?

I am writing to express my outrage at the voting atmosphere this morning [Nov. 6] at my polling place in Alexandria at the Blessed Sacrament Church on 1427 W. Braddock Road.

Letter: Morality and the Budget

Sister Marge Clark discussed "morality and the budget," and argued that "unmet needs" must be the starting point of building any budget [“Discussing Budget Morality,” Reston Connection, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012]. 
Sister Clark is exactly right that budgets and morality are intertwined, but she is precisely wrong on the problem and the solution.

Reston Thanksgiving Food Drive Begins

Reston Community Center, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith bring chance to serve.

Reston Community Center (RCC) kicked off their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Monday, Nov. 5, in partnership with Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Reston Interfaith. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 19, and volunteers will sort and deliver donations on Thanksgiving Day. The Food Drive was previously planned to begin on Nov. 1 and was delayed due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy.

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Orchestra Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Reston Community Orchestra prepares 25th season.

Twenty-five years ago, Joellyn Kinzer, a cello player, invited a dozen like-minded musicians to her living room for some baked goods and a chance to play together.

Judi Dench Arrives In Poolesville

It wasn’t exactly a typical two days at the big curve on Sugarland Road and Sugarland Lane where the picturesque, brilliantly white, St. Paul Community Church with its quaint bell tower has been a country landmark for many years.

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Hometown Title & Escrow Opens

Clarke joins firm as branch manager.

Hometown Title and Escrow, LLC celebrated the opening of its new offices in Courthouse Square Sept. 21 with a reception that also marked the announcement that Kellye Curtis Clarke has joined the company as partner and branch manager of the Alexandria office.

Hit or Myth: Is There a Post-Election Real Estate Boom?

We hear it all the time: the real estate market in the metro area really picks up after national elections, especially in Presidential election years. But is that really true? Here are the basics.

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Garden Club Hosts ‘Big Dig’

Reston Garden Club performs beautification project at Reston library.

When members of the Reston Garden Club planned their “Big Dig” project at the Reston Regional Library, one of their main goals was to beautify the traffic islands in the parking lot. By adding dozens of plants to previously barren patches of dirt Monday, Nov. 5, the club achieved several goals.

Alexandria Business Notes: Nov. 7, 2012

Inc. magazine today ranked Old Town IT 444th on the 2012 Inc. 500, a listing of the fastest growing private companies in the United States.

Week in Herndon

Bank robbery in the Herndon area and Herndon Holiday Arts and Craft Show set for December 2nd

Entertainment Brief: Visarts Welcomes Dalya Luttwak

Opening Reception for Dalya Luttwak: "Ground Cover: Roots of Liriope" Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m. in the Ground Floor Atrium (first floor). Free and open to the public.

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Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic, HealthWorks Merge

Merger aims to triple number of low-income, uninsured people served.

The Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic, which served nearly 2,000 low-income patients without health insurance last year, has merged with HealthWorks for Northern Virginia. Founded 10 years ago, the clinic was founded at Herndon Middle School.

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Entertainment Brief: Seussical Arrives at Imagination Stage

Casting is complete for “Seussical,” a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that brings to life all of the favorite Dr. Seuss characters from a host of the author’s most popular books.

Week in Vienna

Caffe Amouri honored by U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, Vienna receives gold in Green Government Challenge, Keith Stotts of Vienna recognized by Harding University, and Vienna at Your Service partners with Police Chief’s Advisory

Entertainment Brief: Pianist Brian Ganz to Perform Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 on Nov. 10

Award-winning pianist Brian Ganz will perform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore with the National Philharmonic, led by Associate Conductor Victoria Gau.

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Trunk or Treat at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School hosted its fourth annual Trunk or Treat night on Thursday, Oct. 25. The event is hosted by the school Parent Teacher Organization with several goals including fellowship among the school's families, and a safe, fun way for the students to celebrate the season of Halloween.

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For the Love of the BBQ

BBQ Palace food truck service runs through November.

Big flavor and a 60-year-old family recipe are sure to satisfy BBQ fans at Shaffer’s BBQ Palace, a community-based food truck service in the heart of Columbia Pike.

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New Vienna Police Officers Graduate from Academy

On Oct. 19, Officer Katherine Holcombe and Officer John Digan graduated from the 59th Session of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy.

Entertainment Brief: World Premiere at Artisphere

A multi-media collaboration between Viennese composer/visual artist Wolfgang Seierl and BMD's artisticdirector Lucy Bowen McCauley in a study of movement "from the ground up."

Entertainment Brief: Dreams Come True Starting Nov. 13

Signature Theatre sparkles this holiday season with the arrival of “Dreamgirls,” playing in the MAX Theatre starting Tuesday, Nov.13.

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Fairfax Votes ‘Yes’ On Bond Package

$155 million will be used to upgrade, renovate fire stations, libraries, parks and make storm water improvements.

On Tuesday, Fairfax County voters overwhelmingly approved $155 million in bonds to upgrade and renovate libraries, parks, fire stations and courtrooms, and to make storm water improvements to address flooding in the Huntington neighborhood.

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Voters Ready To Make a Difference

At the polling place at Barcroft School in Arlington, voters lined up and braved temperatures in the low 30s on Tuesday, Nov. 6 to stand in a one-hour line to vote.

Eminent Domain Amendment Prevails by Wide Margin

Some lawmakers predict amendment will cost taxpayers millions down the road.

Local lawmakers said they were not surprised that nearly two and half million voters (74.6 percent) approved a state constitutional amendment last night further restricting Virginia’s power of eminent domain.

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Fairfax Republicans Come Together for Election

What started as a night of hope for the Fairfax County Republican Committee ended on something of a sour note, as Republican presidential, senate and congressional candidates were not able to oust incumbents.

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Storm’s Aftermath

Arlington County government’s storm-related costs are estimated to be $1.17 million — above the $716,000 threshold for federal disaster reimbursement.

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Church Hosts Annual Soup & Pie Bazaar

The White Elephant was set up on the lawn outside the Arlington Church of the Brethren as shoppers culled over the household goods and games on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Season for Crafts

Twelve local and regional artisans showcased their work on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Dominion Hills Community House on Wilson Boulevard.

Julie Casso, New Director of Great Falls School of Art

Great Falls Foundation for the Arts (GFFFTA) announced the appointment of Julie Casso as the executive director of the foundation and as the new director of the Great Falls School of Art.

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Area Votes for Obama, Kaine, House Incumbents

President Barack Obama wins second term, Kaine wins Senate seat, Moran, Wolf, Connolly re-elected.

In a bitter and historically expensive battle, President Barack Obama defeated Gov. Mitt Romney, winning a second term Tuesday after grabbing the key swing state of Virginia after midnight. With the addition of the Commonwealth’s 13 electoral votes – as well as those of Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire and Wisconsin – Obama sailed over the electoral cliff with the critical 270 electoral votes he needed for victory.

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Reevesland for Sale? County Board to Consider Selling Historic Property

Last working dairy farm in Arlington may go on the auction block.

Arlington County Board members are about to consider selling Reevesland, the county’s last dairy farm.

Tuesday, November 6

Different Perspective

Visiting journalist from Nicaragua interviews voters in Northern Virginia.

Virginia citizens came out to vote early this morning to elect their next president after a campaign in which the candidates of the Republican and Democratic party spent at least $2 billion in search of votes.

Spooktacular Eye Candy and Lots of Treats

Costumed fun brought friends, treats and decked out children to the Great Falls Spooktacular on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Children, and adults, get into the Halloween spirit at the Spooktacular.

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Obama, Clinton, Kaine Fire Up Virginia Crowd

Campaign rally in Bristow, Va. attracts 24,000 supporters.

President Obama, President Clinton, and Senate hopeful Tim Kaine gather supporters at a Virginia rally.

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Romney at GMU: ‘He Believes in Us’

Fairfax crowd gives Romney ‘energetic’ welcome as more than 10,000 supporters gather inside and outside Patriot Center.

By the time GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney took center stage at George Mason University’s Patriot Center around 4 p.m. Monday, the crowd was fired up.

Editorial: Feeling Important

Presidential campaigns traverse Northern Virginia on last days, mark the importance of every vote.

The images from the last weeks of the presidential Election of 2012 make it clear that it would be hard to overstate the importance of voting, especially in Virginia, especially in Northern Virginia.

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New Life for Outdated Rink?

Old roller-hockey rink could be used for adaptive sports.

Last weekend, Mary Cassell and dozens of athletes with disabilities played in this fall’s culminating event for TOPSoccer, an outreach program of soccer for youth with disabilities.

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Absentee Voting Down Slightly from 2008 Election

More confusion about redistricting reported at polls, not Voter ID.

The line of 100-plus voters casting absentee ballots at the Reston Government Center Friday evening moved quickly.

WMCCA Briefs: Untenable Situation of Glen Hills Landowners

The Department of Environmental Protection has completed Phase 1 of the Sanitary Study of the Glen Hills area. The 2002 Potomac Master Plan called for a limited study of failed septic systems in this region to find on-site remedies or, where needed, recommend limited sewer extensions.

Potomac Calendar: Nov. 7, 2012

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Voter Turnout High in Reston

Despite long lines crowds remain positive.

Voter turnout around Reston was high Tuesday morning with voters reporting waits ranging between 35 minutes and one hour.

Montgomery County Council Holds Town Hall Meeting for Potomac Wednesday, Nov. 7

The Montgomery County Council will continue its efforts to find out what issues most concern residents when it hosts a Town Hall Meeting for the Potomac area on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The meeting at the Potomac Community Recreation Center will start at 8 p.m. A pre-meeting reception will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Flourishing After 55”

Upcoming events and activities for seniors.

Arlington Orange Line: Nov. 7, 2012

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Voter Turnout Strong in Herndon

The early morning activity at the polls was generally more than cordial, with something of a block party atmosphere.

6:01 a.m.—29 degrees Fahrenheit. There is just a hint of sunrise brightening the darkness, but there are already some 50 people forming a line in the parking lot of Herndon Elementary School on Dranesville Road.

Arlington Calendar: Nov. 7, 2012

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Brief: Church To Collect Shoe Box Gifts

The shoe box gifts will be hand-delivered to children in 100 countries around the world. For more information, see

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A ‘Tremendous Turnout’ in Vienna

At Wolftrap precinct, about 100 voters were standing in line by the time the polls opened, some having been there since 5:10 a.m.

Election Day proved to be a cold, but busy morning at Colvin Run Elementary School in Vienna.

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McLean Voters Head to Polls

Voting locations crowded starting at 6 a.m.

McLean residents flocked to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6 to choose a president, senator and congressman, as well as vote on several key County issues.

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Great Falls Goes to Polls

Early voter turnout high in most locations.

Every election day, Julius Zannetti of Great Falls gets his voting out of the way first thing in the morning.

Vienna Student Wins Sixth Grade Art Contest

Henry James Ross, 11, won Oakton Elementary School’s sixth grade art contest.

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Brief: Girls Scouts Celebrate Founder’s Birthday

Over 200 Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadette Girls Scouts donned their Halloween Costumes to celebrate the Oct. 31 Birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.

Brief: New Fitness Trail in Wildwood Park

The Town of Vienna, in partnership with the Vienna Rotary Club and QR F.I.T. Trail, LLC, will introduce a new fitness trail in Wildwood Park during a special ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Talahi Road SE and the W&OD Trail in Vienna.

Marshall Road Elementary PTA Receives Grant for Artist in Residence Program

Marshall Road Elementary School (MRES) PTA is fully funding its 2012-2013 Artist in Residence program through an arts grant received from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Langley School Presents Comedic Version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The Langley School will present its middle school fall production of “Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last” Thursday, Nov, 8-Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Sherman Arts Center, with an additional matinee performance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

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Woman’s Club to Hold MarketPlace Fundraiser

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Woman’s Club of McLean will hold a fundraising fair featuring numerous vendors, a lunch and dessert concession and a silent auction of some 35 goods and services.

Letter: Mental Health Services at Home

To the Editor: As a Virginia resident and graduate student in social work, I am concerned about the number of local children and youth who have diagnosable mental health disorders and aren’t getting the support they need.

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Preparing for Holiday Homes Tour and MarketPlace

McLean Woman’s Club gets ready for annual fundraiser.

The Woman’s Club of McLean is in the final stages of planning for its 46th annual Holiday Homes Tour and MarketPlace, to be held Thursday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Lost and Found in Great Falls

A 26-hour ordeal with a very happy ending.

My wife Donna and I set out for the annual Great Falls Art Studio tour on Saturday, Oct. 20, and we took little Sashi, our 11-month-old Tibetan Terrier.

The Art of Ravioli-Making Presented At Great Falls Farmers Market

Guiseppe Di Begnino, master chef and owner of Dante Ristorante, located in the historic Victorian Leigh House (c. 1880) at the corner of Walker Road and Colvin Run Road, shared the secrets of the Italian culinary art of ravioli-making at the Great Falls Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Monday, November 5

Daisy Troops Plant Commemorative Tree

As part of the 100 year celebration of Girl Scouts, one of the Daisy Troops led by Sheila Riberiro at the Antioch Christian Church of Vienna planted a tree to honor the Girl Scout foundress Juliette Gordon Low, whose birthday is also Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Tysons Tax District Questioned

Residents, Taxpayers Alliance oppose new taxes.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected shortly to create a tax “service” district in Tysons Corner that will fund 11 percent of the estimated $3 billion in transportation projects over the next 40 years as the giant redevelopment plan moves forward.

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Vienna’s Fair-est Saturday Presents Early Holiday Bazaars

The Vienna Woman’s Club and the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary host their annual fundraisers.

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with the first of Vienna’s festive bazaars? On Saturday, Nov. 10, there are two of them, adjacent to one another, no less.

World War II Veteran Recalls Wartime Experiences

From making machine guns to joining the WACs, Vienna resident shares memories.

World War II veteran Carolyn Fix may have slowed down somewhat as she approaches 90 years old, but she has not lost her sharp wits and her memory of her wartime experiences.

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An Instrumental Program at Oakcrest School

McLean independent girls’ school enjoys its musical reputation.

When music teacher Anne Miller came to Oakcrest School 11 years ago, there was no formal music program.

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Post-Sandy Clean Up

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Churchill Road eco-patrols helped with the storm-related cleanup.

The Turkey Blows The Coop

McLean resident remembers her Thanksgiving turkey exploding in the oven.

Every year around Thanksgiving, the razzing starts.

Friday, November 2

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First-time Voters Viewpoints: "Who are you voting for and why?"

"I'll be voting for Barack Obama for several reasons. First of all, I've been pretty liberal all my life and I've grown up overseas in France, Belgium and Greece and it's no secret that Europe is pretty liberal also. It put American politics into perspective for me and helped shape my views. Also, I'll be going to college next year and it's increasingly expensive..."

Letter: Chris Perkins for Congress, VA 11 District

In response to Gerry Connolly for his comment that veterans and career-first officers, including Colonel Perkins, do not have the "sweat equity" needed to hold federal office: Gerry Connolly, a lawyer who doesn't legislate because Nancy says, read Obamacare after it is passed.

Column: Hands of Time

On the one hand, I want to take note every month on the 27th as yet one more notch on my living-with-cancer belt. On the other hand, maybe I don’t need a belt to be notching but rather a life to be living. Perhaps it’s time, nearly 44 months post-diagnosis – at press time, to stop counting backwards and try more living forwards.

‘A Win-Win for Everyone’

Traffic signal for Willow Springs Elementary.

The evening of Sept. 6, a group of parents, politicians, a Fairfax County School Board representative, a police captain and two VDOT representatives gathered in Willow Springs Elementary’s cafeteria.

Centre View Roundups: Oct. 31, 2012


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Students Also Question Candidates’ Representatives

Chantilly High students and administration also got to question the presidential candidates’ representatives last week.

Hearing All Sides Of the Election

Campaign representatives come to Chantilly High.

The presidential election came to Chantilly High last week when representatives of the Obama and Romney campaigns, plus the Libertarian and Virginia Constitution Party, spoke at the school.

Centre View Calendar: Oct. 31, 2012

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Centre View School Notes: Oct. 31, 2012

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Letter: ‘Our Military Kids’

All you have to do is give me a call (703-999-5812) or drop an e-mail to: to let him know which child/family from the Christmas Gift Wish List (see that you would like to adopt this Christmas.

Editorial: As Sandy Rolls In, Still Plan to Vote

Variety of choices in political landscape.

Hurricane Sandy means that the week preceding the election will not be what we were expecting. This editorial is being written Sunday night, Oct. 28, as forecasters predict five inches of rain and 65-mile-per-hour winds over the next two days.

A Motivation For Giving

I encourage businesses everywhere to take up a cause, to embrace a model for volunteerism that conforms to their particular service or product and thereby stand in support of a better Northern Virginia.

Centre View Bulletin Board: Oct. 31, 2012

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Brief: ‘Clash of the Cats’ To Collect Canned Food

Centreville and Oakton high school’s SGA programs are sponsoring “The First Annual Clash of the Cats Canned Food Drive.” The drive will take place on Nov. 2 along with the football game between the Centreville Wildcats and the Oakton Cougars.

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‘Come to the Cabaret’

Centreville High presents hit Broadway musical.

Show times are Nov 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov 11 at 3 p.m., in the school theater.

Thursday, November 1

Churchill Football Beats Wootton, Secures Playoff Spot

Bulldog seniors play final regular season home game.

The Churchill football team defeated Wootton, 24-14, on Oct. 26.

Edison’s Colson, Flack Win District Titles

Eagle boys’ win team championship.

The Edison cross country program produced two individual National District championships and one team title on Oct. 25.

West Potomac Boys’, Girls’ XC Advance to Regionals

Halladay, Genuario lead Wolverines with 7th-place finishes.

The West Potomac boys' and girls' cross country teams each finished in the top four at the Patriot District championships.

TC’s Girma, Brown Qualify for XC Regionals

Lake Braddock wins boys’, girls’ Patriot District XC titles.

The T.C. Williams boys' cross country team had two runners qualify for regionals.

After the Storm

Thousands of county residents without power as clean-up efforts continue.

Hurricane Sandy battered the region Monday night, Oct. 29, shutting down Fairfax County schools, governments, roads and voting precincts. The mammoth storm made landfall near Atlantic City around 8 p.m., according to the National Hurricane Center, with maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per-hour.

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Prime Time Business Expo

PrimeTime Business Expo, hosted by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 23, filled the Knights of Columbus Hall on Richmond Highway with businesses serving the area.

Marching Majors

The Mount Vernon Marching Majors dazzled spectators and judges at the 18th annual Spotsylvania Invitational Band Competition Oct. 6.

Bank Robbery in the Beacon Hill Area

Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Thursday, Oct. 24.

Mount Vernon Military Notes: Oct. 31, 2012

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Letter: Amendment Was Bi-Partisan

I read with interest the opinion of state Sen. Linda T. "Toddy" Puller and state Del. Scott Surovell in last week's Gazette in opposition to the proposed Constitutional Amendment limiting the government's ability to impose eminent domain takings on private property owners and requiring compensation for lost profits and lost access.

Letter: Protect Property Rights

Vote for the constitutional amendment and protect your property rights.

Letter: A Write-in Candidate

I received word earlier today [Monday, Oct. 29] that our filing has been accepted and that any write-in votes cast for our campaign will be counted and reported.

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‘He Comes on Wings of Darkness’

By special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York, Beyond the Page Theatre Company of West Potomac High School will present “Dracula” Nov. 8-10.

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Toast for a Cure

An evening at historic River Farm on Oct. 25 supported Inova Breast Care Institute at the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and the new Patient Tower Campaign.

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Burgundy Farm Fall Fair

Pumpkins painting, barnyard tours, a haunted house, scarecrow stuffing and a moon bounce were just a few of the activities and attractions at the annual Burgundy Farm Fall Fair held Oct. 13 at the school.

Editorial: As Sandy Rolls In, Still Plan to Vote

Variety of choices in political landscape.

Hurricane Sandy means that the week preceding the election will not be what we were expecting. This editorial is being written Sunday night, Oct. 28, as forecasters predict five inches of rain and 65-mile-per-hour winds over the next two days.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Oct. 31, 2012

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Brief: Storck To Host Town Hall Meeting

Dan Storck, Mount Vernon District School Board member, invites Mount Vernon District parents, students, and community members to join with Fairfax County Public Schools and community leaders at a Town Hall meeting to discuss current education topics of interest, including school issues and priorities, as well as Mount Vernon District's needs.

Brief: Rotary Club Awarded Grant

The Rotary Club of Alexandria South received a $1,500 grant from Rotary District 7610, which, in addition to assistance from local businesses, funded a project with United Community Ministries.

Brief: Local Man Reported Missing

The Virginia State Police have issued a “Senior Alert” for a Fairfax County resident.

Entertainment Brief: Drumathon To Help Homeless

Join Good Shepherd Housing and the Hollin Hall Senior Center for a Drumathon to help raise funds and awareness for the homeless.

Entertainment Brief: National Men’s Chorus Presents Veterans Day Concert

National Men’s Chorus will begin its 14th season with a concert of music appropriate for Veterans Day on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road in Alexandria.

Entertainment Brief: Refugees from Slavery: Contrabands in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia

The National Park Service and the Office of Historic Alexandria will co-sponsor a program called Refugees from Slavery: Contrabands in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the Alexandria Black History Museum from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Oct. 31, 2012

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Chantilly Boys’ XC Wins First Concorde District Title

Westfield boys’, Chantilly, Centreville girls’ qualify for regionals.

The Chantilly boys' cross country team on Oct. 24 produced the best score in the 19-year history of the Concorde District championships.

Entertainment Brief: Upheaval at Target

In celebration of Fotoweek DC, the Target Gallery hosts a juried photography exhibition that explores the theme Upheaval, whether in our own lives or throughout the world.

Obituary: Ernest (Ernie) J. Colton

Ernest (Ernie) J. Colton, 96, of Springfield, died on Oct. 25, 2012 at Greensprings Retirement Community’s Renaissance Gardens.

Fighting for Public Housing Tenants

Dorothy Turner and Gwen Menefee-Smith have helped city progress from its early integration roots. 

The two women, both public housing tenants themselves earlier in life, worked tirelessly to improve the quality of living for Alexandria low income and minority residents.

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Dressed up for Halloween

Del Ray cancelled its 16th annual Halloween Parade but held the haunted house decorating contest this past weekend.

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Yorktown’s Stewart, Brown Burn Mount Vernon

Running backs combine for more than 200 yards, 5 touchdowns.

The Yorktown football team improved to 9-0 with a 35-0 victory against Mount Vernon on Oct. 26.

Alexandria Bulletin Board: Oct. 31, 2012

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Brief: Help Scouts Collect Food for Needy

A Scouting for Food collection will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Lake Braddock Girls’, Boys’ XC Win District Titles

Bruins’ Chase, Tuck win individual championships.

The Lake Braddock cross country program had a big day at the Patriot District championships on Oct. 25.

W-L Girls’ XC Wins Third Consecutive District Title

Each of Generals’ seven harriers place in top 11.

The Washington-Lee girls' cross country team produced seven all-district runners.

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Costumes Galore at Goblin Gallop

The 19th annual Goblin Gallop was Sunday, Oct. 28.

Springfield Lieutenants Earn Ranger Tab

2007 Robert E. Lee High School graduates have been best friends since the fourth grade and remained so throughout college.

U.S. Army Second Lieutenants Sean Camperson and Mathew Leegan completed the United States Army Ranger School, an intense 61-day combat oriented course designed to train Soldiers on small unit tactics, combat arms functional skills, and close combat engagement techniques, with a graduation on Aug. 24, 2012 at Fort Benning, Ga.

Satire, Comedy and Beautiful Costumes

Paul VI Presents ‘Tom Jones.’

Featuring a cast and crew of about 65, Paul VI presents the comedy, “Tom Jones.”

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McCain Stumps for Romney at Greenspring

Greenspring had 90 percent voter turnout in ’08 election.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a stop at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield on Friday while campaigning for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Letter: Anything But Affordable

Letter: The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable and will cause great harm to Americans if not repealed.

Viewpoints: "What issues are most important to you in this year’s election?"

“Three issues really are on the top of my mind. The security of the U.S. I am very concerned about the defense of the United States. Secondly, the economy. We’ve done nothing to bring us out of this depression. Third, unemployment. Twenty-seven million people out of work is unacceptable. I think it’s time we get a new horse-holder up front.”

Letter: Unnecessarily Negative

Letter: I was saddened by the cover of the last week's Connection for the partisan display of support for one political party over the other.

Letter: Vote ‘Yes’ to Protect Property

Letter: Why is there an amendment to the Virginia Constitution on the Nov. 6th ballot?

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Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Parkway

Fairfax County Parkway the subject at well-attended meeting.

In conjunction with the Springfield District Council, Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity (R) hosted a panel of local and state transportation authorities for a Town Hall Meeting, held at the James W. Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax.

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Oakton’s Klimkiewicz Repeats as Concorde XC Champ

Madison girls’ win Liberty District title.

For the second straight season, Oakton’s Allie Klimkiewicz held off Robinson’s Macey Schweikert to win the Concorde District girls’ cross country championship.

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Fast, Funny and Physical

Reduced Shakespeare Company brings treats to Reston's CenterStage.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company will be making its annual visit to Reston's CenterStage to bring its "fast, funny and physical" theater.

Column: Elections 2012—The Best Money Can Buy?

Independent Progressive.

Nope! The vast majority certainly won’t get the best! Elections are awash in cash—incumbents and challengers selling “access” and big contributors buying influence.

Brief: HealthWorks for Northern Virginia Merges with Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic

HealthWorks for Northern Virginia, formerly named Loudoun Community Health Center, announced its merger with the Herndon-based Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic.

Letter: A Distinct Choice

Letter: We have a distinct choice in this upcoming presidential election.

‘Climb Every Mountain, Ford Every Stream’

‘Sound of Music’ at Lord of Life.

The Lord of Life Lutheran Church will be alive with “The Sound of Music” when its Lord of Life Players perform the classic show of the same name.

Girl Scouts Need Help With Banana Muffin Project

This year, Clearview Elementary joins three other elementary schools in the Herndon area to donate purchased, unopened and unused food to the LINK “Rescue The Food” project.

Invasive Restrictions: Effort to Restrict Sale of Invasive Plants May Wilt in Richmond

Legislative delegation wary of running afoul of the free market.

They’re all over Mount Vernon — English ivy, Bradford pear, porcelainberry, oriental bittersweet and bamboo.

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Redrawing the Elementary School Poverty Map in Arlington

Adding two new elementary schools could create opportunity for more diversity.

When Linley Mancilla was preparing to send her child to elementary school, she looked at the boundary map and examined the demographics. Then she considered her options. Ultimately, she decided against sending her child to the local neighborhood school, Carlin Springs Elementary.

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Alexandria Voters to Determine Direction of City Government

Growth, development, taxes and spending are the hot-button issues dividing candidates.

Are voters pleased with the recent direction of city government, which has dramatically increased the amount of density available to developers in recent years?