Stories for October 2012

Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

Balanced Representation

To the Editor: With the national elections in the spotlight, I want to draw your attention to our local Alexandria City Council race. On Nov. 6, the front of the ballot will hold the Federal races and constitutional amendments, while the back of the ballot will hold our Local Alexandria races. This will be the first time our local election will be held on the same day as the presidential race. This is an important election both nationally and locally in Alexandria.

Letter: Right Policy

We need to reset City Hall with Andrew Macdonald as mayor and Bob Wood on the City Council, neither one beholden to developers but dedicated to preserve, protect and defend our culture, history and environmentally sustainable quality of life.

Letter: Inclusive Dialogue

We believe that it is high time for a change in our city administration. In our view, Andrew Macdonald is the best choice for mayor on Nov. 6.

Letter: Glorification Of Lost Cause?

Your recent articles on the restoration of the Confederate statue at the intersection of Prince and South Washington streets — Montie Martin's "A Statue with 100 Names" (Sept. 27) and Nancy Jennis Olds' "'Appomattox' Gets Makeover" (Oct. 11) — indicate that the romanticism and sentimentality of the South, otherwise known as the Lost Cause and exemplified in the glorification of the Confederate soldier, continue into the 21st century.

Letter: Who Knows Better?

City Council should revoke its mistaken approval of the replacement statue based on the recommendations of the Public Arts Committee and honor the wishes of the citizens who voted for the Dwight sculpture.

Letter: Voting for Clean Energy Economy

As young people, the future of our planet and our economy affects us more than anyone else voting in this election; it’s time we take a stand and support candidates that stand up for our health, the economy and the environment.

Letter: Proven Advocate

Ronnie has worked tirelessly to improve conditions and services for students with special needs. Her strong advocacy for those who might not otherwise have a voice makes her a needed choice for our children.

Letter: Stop More Tall Buildings

All over the city smaller, more human-scale buildings are being replaced by high-rises. What will you do as City Council member or mayor to stop this trend?

Letter: Time for Change

Andrew Macdonald should be our next Mayor.

Letter: Bi-Partisan Leadership

I want to encourage my fellow Alexandrians to vote for Frank Fannon for Alexandria City Council on Nov. 6. Frank has set an example of bi-partisan leadership in the Alexandria City Council and has been the fresh, new voice needed for so long.

Letter: Investigate Voter Fraud Allegation

I hope, on behalf of the integrity of our electoral process, Attorney General Holder will conduct a thorough investigation. In Jim Moran’s own words: “Voter Fraud Must Be Investigated.”

Letter: Former Board Chairs Endorse

We know the qualities that make a good School Board member and our choice is Marc Williams.

Letter: Irresolute Resolutions

“Some” units? I find this surpassingly strange, given that it was just this past May that the City Council passed a strongly worded resolution declaring their intention to do whatever they could to keep all of the Towers as an important source of workforce and affordable housing — which is, of course, a well-documented endangered species in the City of Alexandria.

Letter: Balanced Representation

Frank Fannon is a life-long Alexandrian who knows and cares about the issues facing our city. He has voted to keep taxes down — both for homeowners and local businesses, and he has supported the preservation of green space.

Letter: Unhappy Times

I am not happy with the necessity I feel to vote in a manner that I have never have before, but I don’t see an option if we are to protect this very special and unique community located in the significantly overdeveloped Washington Metropolitan area.

Letter: Pragmatic Leaders

Alexandria is on the right track but we still have important issues to address. Our best course is to stick with pragmatic leaders who’ve governed our city with a steady hand.

Letter: Representative Candidate

We ask you to make sure that every woman regardless of her party affiliation has at least one person who empathizes with her on our council. With this one vote, you ensure representation of more than half of the population in this city. No other single candidate in this race, based on heritage and political choice, does that.

Letter: Committed And Energetic

Given Allison’s admirable professional and community record, in electing her we can rest comfortably knowing that we will have a committed, energetic and intelligent new voice on the city council.

Letter: Pedestrian, Bicycist Safety

While I am delighted that Alexandria has a strong economy and that our leaders are responding with increased road-capacity in the form of transit lanes, I am concerned that too little attention is being paid to people who are out on our streets and sidewalks, walking and bicycling.

Letter; Analytical Skills Needed

I cannot vote for any of the BRAC Five, all Democrats (Euille, Pepper, Wilson, Lovain, Smedberg). I find their positions on development destructive to the essential character of our city — putting at risk our heritage and keys to our future economic prosperity.

Letter: Important Balance

Fannon, who received the most votes in the May 2009 election on any candidate seeking re-election, is up against a November election where many citizens will be voting along Party lines with high voter turnout expected. Make sure you vote Fannon to support balance in Alexandria.

Letter: Moving Forward Together

I hope that when you cast your vote you’ll remember what our collective behavior says about who we are. Make your vote, your voice count for the good based on selecting people, regardless of party, who have the best ideas and records of service to move “One Alexandria” forward.

Letter: ‘On the Web’ Not an Answer

The vice mayor, in responding to the letter “Metro on Scenic Easement” (Gazette Packet, Oct. 19), does not refute my salient point, but does omit some history. Factually, the small area plan for the North Potomac Yard was discussed and passed by the city Council on May 15, 2010, not June as he implies.

Letter: Lack of Oversight

The City of Alexandria government needs to be a non-partisan advocate for the citizens it serves in words and deeds.

Letter: City Needs Consensus Builder

I am writing to express my wholehearted support for the candidacy of Allison Silberberg for Alexandria City Council.

Letter: Sierra Club Disappoints

Are you kidding me? That was my reaction when I read the Sierra Club’s endorsements of four of the Democrat candidates for Alexandria’s election: Pepper, Lovain, Wilson and Smedberg.

Letter: BRAC Albatross

We have repeatedly been told that the city did not support the Mark Center site for the DoD relocation — this includes Mr. Lovain’s insistence that the “City advocated vociferously for Victory Center”, Councilwoman Pepper’s claim that “no one besides Duke Realty wanted DoD to go to that site”, and admissions of being “rolled” by DoD. Really.

Letter: Exceptional Candidate

I have known John Taylor Chapman for many years and have had the great privilege of serving with John on the executive committee of the Taylor Run Citizens Association. I believe that John would make an excellent member of the City Council and serve our community well.

Letter: Accountability Via Elections

The pundits and the press talk about how important the issue of education is in this election, but it is not just at the national level.

Letter: Iimportance of Leadership

That “one Alexandria” motto Mayor Euille adopted when he first ran for office has become meaningless. I do not know where this One Alexandria is. It is not in the West End or in Old Town.

Letter: Return Local Elections to Spring

Two old clichés are about to crash into Alexandria on Nov. 6 as we experience our first time of voting for local Council and School Board officials at the same time as presidential and congressional elections.

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Soul Providers

Meals On Wheels volunteers recognized.

Retired since 1987, Thomas has been a volunteer for the Meals On Wheels program for 25 years. Along with other volunteers, she was honored for her service Oct. 18 at the Senior Services of Alexandria volunteer appreciation luncheon at The Fountains at Washington House.

Week in Great Falls

On Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m., the Great Falls Freedom Memorial Committee will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the site of the Freedom Memorial (behind the Great Falls Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike). The speaker will be James Roberts, who served as an anti-submarine warfare and nuclear weapons officer in Vietnam. In 1995, he founded The American Veterans Center, “honoring the sacrifice and guarding the legacy of America’s veterans.”

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In Campagna’s Name

Weaver honored for 20 years of service.

Longtime Campagna Center volunteer Bridget Weaver was honored Oct. 4 with the Elizabeth Anne Campagna Award at a Circle of 1000 reception at the home of Douglas and Grace Marie Turner.

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.

Caring for Seniors

On Nov. 10, a panel of local experts will be talking about “Caregiver Support” and the local resources available to help family and friends care for their loved one — and for themselves.

The Importance of Giving Back

Giving back is both a privilege and a perpetuation of the good we see all around us. Whether it is programs within our hospital, or partnering with local organizations on community health and wellness initiatives, we are involved in a wide range of opportunities to advance healthcare for those who need it most.

Editorial: In Wake of Sandy, 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. With some predicting that power could take a week or more to restore, we have to worry about the likely condition of the Eastern seaboard will be on Election Day, Nov. 6. Absentee voting in person had been cancelled for Monday, and most government offices were closed in anticipation of the storm. What will this mean for voter turnout, for access to voting places on Election Day?

Week in Alexandria

October Surprise Virginia election officials are asking the attorney general's office to investigate the son of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) discussing a plan to cast fraudulent ballots and the person who made the recording of the incident.

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Sandy Leaves Clean-up Behind

The hybrid hurricane and nor’easter known as Sandy smashed into Alexandria Monday night, packing wind gusts of up to 60 miles an hour.

“Flourishing After 55”

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Ghoulish Halloween Cooking

Spooktacular ideas for making halloween treats with children.

Looking to add a bit of sugary fright to Halloween? From swamp juice and mummy pizza to haunted gingerbread houses and spider cupcakes, local culinary experts say ideas for frightful treats abound.

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Voices From the Past

‘Cantorial’ debuts at LTA.

“Cantorial” is playing now through Nov. 17 at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. For tickets or more information, call 703-683-0496 or visit

Arlington Orange Line: Oct. 31, 2012

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Arlington Calendar: Oct. 31, 2012

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Arlington Bulletin Board: Oct. 31, 2012

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Arlington Military Notes: Oct. 31, 2012

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'Unsung Hero'

McLean School's Denise Duffy receives grant.

The McLean School’s Denise Duffy signed up for an ASL class her senior year in college.  The communications major took the class — and “just knew.” After graduating, she enrolled in a master’s program at Gallaudet University and worked as an educational interpreter.

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St. Andrew’s Praised for Innovative Educational Approach

National education writer and researcher highlight school’s Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.

Author, researcher and education blogger Grant Lichtman visited St. Andrew's Episcopal School’s Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) earlier this month as part of a national tour of schools in search of cutting-edge approaches to education.

Local Pastor Celebrates 61 Years in the Ministry

Potomac Presbyterian Church honors its Parish Advisor Emeritus.

Earlier this month, Potomac Presbyterian Church in Potomac, celebrated Miles’ 61 years in the ministry. Miles marked the occasion by giving a sermon titled, “Finding the Elusive Life.”

Joining Celebrity Chefs At Metro Cooking Show

She created sauces using late husband’s recipe to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease research.  

Connie Griffith, president and chief executive officer of Gator Ron's Zesty Sauces & Mixes, will showcase the products created by her husband Ron.  

Letter: Send Message To School Board

Send a message to the Montgomery County Board of Education: Stop wasting taxpayer’s money and work in the public interest, not special interests.

Letter: Unsolicited Advice

Here’s my unsolicited advice for this election — first the local ballot questions, then the local candidates.

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A Haunting for All

The Clara Barton Community Center hosted its sixth annual Haunted House on Sunday, Oct. 28.

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Brief: ‘Night At The Palace II’

The National Chamber Ensemble opens its sixth season with "Night at the Palace II" on Saturday Nov. 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere in Arlington.

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Harvest of Hope Honorees

The Third Annual Harvest for Hope event was held Saturday, Oct. 20 at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association conference center.

Take Time, Slow Down and Smell the Leaves

There’s no better time than autumn to get outside and smell the leaves. Slow down, take a moment, and renew your connection with the natural world.

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Book on Golden Retrievers Offers True Tales

Dave Carter reflects on his experience with golden retriever rescue.

A Potomac resident for over 35 years, Dave Carter knows many of his neighbors and even more dogs — specifically golden retrievers.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Oct. 31, 2012

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Food Festival Celebrates Ethnic Foods

Church hosts its annual three-day food festival and bazaar Friday-Sunday, Nov. 2-4.

St. Mark Orthodox Church will have its annual three-day ethnic food festival and bazaar this weekend, Nov. 2-4. The bazaar will feature homemade Russian and Eastern European food such as piroghi, piroshki, spanakopita, halupki, beef stroganoff, kielbasa and more.

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Outdoor Pickleball Mixer

The first outdoor doubles pickleball mixer in Arlington was held Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Walter Reed Community Center tennis courts.

George Allen v. Timothy Kaine for Senate

Voters have stark choice between candidates to replace U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D).

Candidates for U.S. Senate George Allen and his Democratic challenger Timothy M. Kaine have powerful things in common. Both were popular governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia; both have long political resumes; and both men are passionate about the success of their adopted home state.

Potomac Calendar: Oct. 31, 2012

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Entertainment Brief: Strathmore Hosts 23rd Museum Shop Around

Museum Shop Around is Strathmore's art-inspired holiday treasure hunt, where 18 of Washington's finest museums are setting up shop in the historic Mansion from Thursday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

Entertainment Brief: ‘An Abstract Approach’

Gallery Har Shalom announces the opening of "An Abstract Approach." The gallery walls will display three abstract painters — Lesley Clarke, Springfield, Va.; Har Shalom member June Plotkin, Rockville; and Edith Sievers, Bethesda, as well as work created by artists Karin Abromaitis, Takoma Park, and Jessica Beels, Washington, D.C.

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Halloween Merriment for Local Children

Marymount's 16th annual HalloweenFest offers an afternoon of trick-or-treating, games and crafts.

Some local children got Halloween treats a few days early thanks to the generosity of students at Marymount University.

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Selected for Honors Choir

Group of 131 chosen from more than 600 students from around the state.

An Arlington student was recently selected to join a group of esteemed Virginia vocalists.

Letter: Support Aquatic Facility

After more than a decade of planning, dozens of community meetings, two professional market surveys and approvals by various bodies, the voters will have the final say on the Long Bridge aquatic facility.

Letter: Investigate Voter

Last week, Congressman Jim Moran sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to investigate allegations of voter fraud in Harrisonburg, Va.

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Happy Halloween

Haunting events to round out your trick-and-treat filled evening.

Get all the treats and tricks, fright-in-the-night and boo!-filled fun to be had out of Halloween this fall with a little help from some Fairfax County seasonal events.

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Serving More Than a Village

Alisa Cozzens named Rotary Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

The Great Falls Rotary Club named its first Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Alisa Cozzens, executive director of Serve A Village, a Great Falls based nonprofit. Cozzens moved to South Africa as a teenager, and though her travels since have taken her to Northern Virginia, she still continues outreach to the area.

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Raising Funds to Stop Hunger

Lutheran Redeemer hosts fundraisers for Nov. 10 Stop Hunger Now event.

As McLean prepares to package 250,000 meals for needy people throughout the world, members of the Lutheran Redeemer Church helped raise funds last weekend for the event. The church hosted a fun run around the parking lot for those in costume Saturday morning, and an opera concert Sunday afternoon.

Skate Park Opens at Lake Fairfax

New park is 15,000 square feet, offers variety of features.

The Fairfax County Park Authority opened the Lake Fairfax Skatepark Saturday, Oct. 27, welcoming hundreds of skaters to one of the biggest parks in the area. The 15,000 square-foot features a large bowl on one end, and more than a dozen other features made of concrete with steel edges.

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Local Horrors at Haunted House

Bradley Farm hosts annual haunted house fundraiser.

Charlie Bowen came to the Bradley Farm clubhouse expecting to see some people in zombie makeup, maybe with some gruesome props. He didn’t expect to spend what felt like the longest 120 seconds of his life jumping at every single sound.

10th District Candidates Speak at Great Falls Grange

Rep. Frank Wolf, challengers Kristin Cabral, Kevin Chisholm hold forum.

Democratic challenger Kristin Cabral faced off with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) at the Great Falls Grange Tuesday, Oct. 23, in a community forum designed to answer questions about the next two years of the 10th district.

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Discussing Budget Morality

United Christian Parish hosts discussion on intersection of budgets and social services.

The United Christian Parish in Reston hosted a forum featuring one of the “Nuns on the Bus” Thursday, Oct. 25 for a discussion on the intersection of morality and budgets: Sister Marge Clark, one of a group of nuns that have toured the U.S. meeting with elected officials and locals about morality and budgeting. Clark is the author of the Faithful Budget, which is created by an inter-religious group that determines basic domestic human needs.

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Robotics Team Shows Off Hardware

Herndon High School Robotics demonstrate at Udvar-Hazy Center.

The Herndon High School Robotics Team showed off its hardware at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center Saturday, Oct. 27, as part of the center’s Air and Scare event.

Tuesday, October 30

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3rd Annual Falloween in Clarendon

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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.

Crime Report

Crime report of Arlington

Column: Reflections on Developing Sustainable Communities

As Arlingtonians work on their energy plan, develop strategies for local food, and explore other elements of sustainability, it would at least help — and it may be essential — to explore, discuss and develop an “Earth Ethic.” I personally look forward to continued sharing and collaboration on these topics and issues with friends and colleagues in Arlington.   

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Substance Abuse Rehab Center Marks 50 Years

From ARI to Vanguard to Phoenix House.

In celebration of Phoenix House of the Mid-Atlantic’s anniversary, the staff reflected on the transformation of the Phoenix House in Arlington from a small non-profit organization for alcoholics to an all-encompassing substance abuse rehabilitation center.

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Eat, Drink and Be Scary!

Children carve pumpkins for a good cause at Wildfire in McLean.

Armed with knives and other sharp implements, more than 50 children butchered, chopped, gouged and chiseled with glee at Wildfire restaurant on Saturday, leaving a slimy trail of orange guts across the tables.

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Civil War Dead Honored at Flint Hill Cemetery

Historic marker unveiling set against illuminations, living historians.

Even a thinly-veiled but luminous moon contributed to the theatrical mood at a dark Flint Hill Cemetery on Saturday night.

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‘Spirited Away’ at Langley High

School’s orchestra concert showcases Asia culture and music.

The Langley High School Orchestra presented "Spirited Away: A Celebration of Asian Culture and Music" to a full house on Oct. 25.

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Virginia Honors Choir to Feature 13 Langley High Students

The 2012 VMEA (Virginia Music Educators Association) Honors Choir will feature 13 Langley High School seniors out of the 131 senior choral students selected from the entire state of Virginia.

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Testing Water Purity in Dead Run Creek

As part of their study of eco-systems in science, Churchill Road fifth grade classes tested the purity of the water in Dead Run Creek, which runs behind the school.

BBQ Fest Honors Vets

Wounded warriors, military dignitaries, civic and business leaders join together.

The 4th Annual Quality of Life Plus (QL+) Veterans Day BBQ brings the attorney general of Virginia, state delegates and County supervisors, other elected officials, active duty and Veteran service members, local sports celebrities, and media personalities together to eat BBQ, bid on auction items, participate in family activities and “Empower Heroes Through Technology”—the event theme—through seeing QL+ assistive devices, made on a case-by-case basis to help veterans live with fewer physical limitations.

McLean Community Center Volunteer Honored

Longtime McLean Community Center volunteer Craig McKenzie won a Virginia Recreation and Park Society Award at the organization’s annual conference, which was held Sept. 8-11, at the Wintergreen Resort.

Chamber Honors McLean Orchestra, Awards Past President

The McLean Orchestra was honored as this year’s “beneficiary” of proceeds from the Greater McLean Chamber’s third annual Suits & Sneakers event at Claude Moore Colonial Farm on Oct. 2.

Time for a Change

As I listened to Congressman Frank Wolf during his debate with challenger Kristin Cabral at the Great Falls Grange on Oct. 23, I realized that he was focused on his past in Congress and not the future interests of the citizens of the 10th District.

Children’s Flea Market is Nov. 3

Young vendors ages 3-15 will sell a variety of gently used and “unbelievably cool” items at the McLean Community Center’s annual Children’s Flea Market.

Vote Yes on Eminent Domain Amendment

s I’m sure most of you know, Virginia voters will have an important say this election in who becomes the next president and which party will control the Senate.

Kudos to Connolly

Kudos to Congressman Gerry Connolly for his strong remarks about women at the rally with President Obama last week at George Mason University.

A Danger of Moving Backwards

It is especially timely that certain Republican candidates for Congress have spoken and clearly stated what their true opinions are regarding rape specifically and women's health issues in general.

Socialism or Recovery?

I normally do not write about politics, but this year for me the need is compelling, since the American people will need to decide whether they want our country to continue to shift dramatically toward socialism, or whether they want our country to begin to recover from many years of overspending, taxing and borrowing.

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After the Storm

Thousands of residents without power as clean-up efforts continue and residents deal with downed trees, closed roads and schools in wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy battered the region Monday night, shutting down Fairfax County schools, governments, roads and voting precincts.

Monday, October 29

Potomac-Area Woman Joins Celebrity Chefs at Metro Cooking Show

She created sauces using late husband’s recipe to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease research.

When some of the celebrity chefs like Giada De Laurentiis, Jacques Pépin, and other high-profile foodies descend upon the Washington region for the 2012 Metro Cooking Show this weekend, a Potomac, Md., area woman will join them to honor her late husband.

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Fairfax County Braces for Sandy’s Arrival

Threat of flooding and high winds prompts officials to close schools, government offices and absentee voting.

As Hurricane Sandy barreled down the East Coast on Sunday, it’s beginning to look like the weather – not politics – will deliver the biggest October surprise this year.

Sunday, October 28

Storm Related Closings

Current list of weather related closings that Connection Newspapers is aware of.

Area Schools Closing in Face of Weather Threat

Threat of flooding, high winds from Hurricane Sandy prompts decision.

Better safe than sorry. Based on that philosophy, Fairfax County Public Schools announced early Sunday afternoon that all FCPS schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday because of the continuing threat of flooding and hurricane-force winds from Hurricane Sandy, a “rare hybrid storm” expected to make landfall on Monday.

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Centreville’s First Zombie Slouch

The first annual Zombie Slouch 5K Run and Walk was held Saturday, Oct. 20, in Centreville. Proceeds benefited the DC Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation.

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Westfield’s on the March

Snapshots from Westfield High’s homecoming parade

Brief: Turkey Trot Sign-Ups Are Open

Registration is now open for the 24th Annual Virginia Run Turkey Trot. A local tradition, the 5K run and 2K walk are set for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Run community center in Centreville.

Centre View Roundups: Oct. 24, 2012

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Fantasy Pumpkins To Thrill and Delight

Centreville man creates Halloween enchantment.

The glowing spectacle attracts 500 to more than 1,000 visitors each year, and word of his creations has spread internationally.

‘It’s Just Good, Wholesome Fun’

Alliance Theatre presents musical comedy, : “Nunsense.”

That’s the premise of “Nunsense,” The Alliance Theatre’s rollicking new musical comedy. It’s being performed weekends, from Nov. 2-18, at Mountain View High School, 5775 Spindle Court in Centreville.

Mountain View Teacher Hoffman Is Honored

Mountain View High math teacher Anne Hoffman received the Educator of the Year award Saturday from the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. She was honored during the opening ceremonies of the Oct. 20 Centreville Day celebration in Centreville’s Historic District.

Centre View Calendar: Oct. 24, 2012

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Letter: Many Contributed To Centreville Day

As the president of Friends of Historic Centreville, I can’t begin to state how deeply grateful I am to all of those people: to members of the planning committee, to the sponsors and vendors of Centreville Day, to the community and school volunteers, to the churches and other property owners of the Historic District, to our local government, to everyone who contributed in any way to making this Centreville Day a success.

Brief: Helicopter Unit Helps Save Two Children

Thanks to a series of coordinated efforts among helicopter, K-9, and the Project Lifesaver program, an 8-year-old boy was rescued and delivered home safely.

Man Charged: Drugs, Weapons Crimes

Kevin Young was charged with two counts of drug distribution and one count of possessing a firearm while in possession of schedule I or II narcotics.

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Redskin Visits Lees Corner

Damian Parson, a sixth grader at Lees Corner Elementary School, won a contest sponsored by talk radio station ESPN980 and the fast food chain Wendy’s that brought Redskins Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, #91, to the school for a visit on Oct. 23.

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Wildcats on Parade

Snapshots from Centreville High’s Homecoming Parade

Brief: CVHS Offers College Financial Aid Program

Paying for College, a program offered by the Centreville High School Student Services Dept, will be presented on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in the CVHS theatre.

Beware: Halloween Can Frighten Small Children

Experts offer suggestions for helping small children who fear Halloween

On Halloween, when many don their scariest attire and head out for an evening of frightful fun, not everyone experiences merriment. Experts say some festivities can overwhelm tiny revelers.

Friday, October 26

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Bank Becomes Week-long Volunteer Hub

Capital One Financial Corporation’s “One Week” of service benefits local food bank.

Stacks of canned goods and cereal boxes filled a conference room at the McLean offices of Capital One—not what one would expect to find at a financial institution. However, on Monday, Oct. 15, employees were kicking off “One Week” of service by volunteering their time to sort and fill over 625 bags of food for the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC)’s food bank.

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Fifteen-year-old Runs Marathon for Orphans

David Glass of Fairfax Station is determined to help change the life of an orphaned baby in China.

David Glass is a 15-year-old with a big mission, to help change the life of an orphaned baby in China. Glass, an 8th grader at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax Station, understands how important it is for someone to believe in a child without parents as he was adopted at age 12 from an orphanage in Beijing. This year he will be running in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, with all of the funds he raises going to help “baby David,” a 6-month-old baby boy who was abandoned with cleft lip and palate.

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Vienna Halloween Parade Keeps Them Smiling

Floats, emergency vehicles, bands and costumed children set the mood for festive evening.

The weather during the 66th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade on Wednesday, Oct. 24, did not merely cooperate, it begged the community to revel in its balmy temperatures and clear skies.

Thursday, October 25

Centre View Bulletin Board: Oct. 24, 2012

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Be Part of the Children's Centre View

Call for student artwork and writing; deadline Dec. 3.

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.

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Celebrating Centreville Day

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Area Roundups

The terrors of the Clifton Haunted Trail will be unleashed Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7-10 p.m., in the Town of Clifton’s Eight-Acre Park (rain date, Oct. 28). Tickets are $20 for adults and $10, children; there are no advance sales. Sturdy shoes are recommended; snacks and beverages are available.

South County High Presents An Absolute Turkey

French “bedroom farce” promises to tempt comedic palates.

Many think of mouthwatering turkey as Thanksgiving approaches, but a different kind of turkey is coming to Lorton this November. South County High School Theatre presents their fall production of “An Absolute Turkey” at Dale S. Rumberger Auditorium, Nov. 8-10.

Week in Fairfax

The Fairfax County School Board will hold a listening tour to help determine which schools are included in the scope of study of the upcoming Fairfax High/Lanier Middle School boundary study. The boundary study will address current and projected overcrowding in Fairfax High and Lanier Middle schools.

Veterans Career Hiring Event, American Freedom Festival to be Held Nov. 10

The second annual Veterans Career Hiring Event will be held in conjunction with the American Freedom Festival Washington presented by SKYDEX and CareerBuilder from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax.

New Dominion Chorale Soloist, Met Star Sings with Fairfax High School

She advises would-be opera stars to take the slow road to fame.

Danielle Talamantes grew up in Vienna, attended McLean High School, and now she sings with the New York Metropolitan Opera and is the soprano soloist for the New Dominion Chorale. She has some advice for would-be opera stars: “Stay home.”

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Fairfax Rotary Club Honors Judge Jennings

The Rotary Club of Fairfax honored Judge Barnard Fulton Jennings at a recent membership meeting attended by over 100 of its members and special guests. One by one, attendees paid tribute to a man who has served the people of Fairfax, the State of Virginia, and the United States for over seven decades. Introduced by his long-time family friend and Rotary Club Past President Bruce Jennings, Judge Jennings (known as Barney) was treated to a trip down “memory lane.”

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Voice Heard, Commitments on the Way

Hyland discusses strategy for funding field improvements.

“I’ll say this unequivocally,” Hyland said at the meeting with parents, students and VOICE leaders at West Potomac High School on the rainy evening of Oct. 15. “We’re going to find a way to have artificial turf fields at both West Potomac and Mount Vernon. That is going to happen.”

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GMU to Present ‘Into the Woods’

New musical theater partnership at George Mason University.

"Into the Woods," performed at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Performances: Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. For tickets call 888-945-2468 or visit:

How Bond Money Will Be Spent

The study found that building a levee and a pumping station is the most cost-effective way to reduce flooding in the neighborhood. Bond funds are planned to pay to complete the design and build a 2,865-foot-long levee and pumping station, along with buying any land needed for this purpose.

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What Would $155 Million Bond Package Buy?

New fire stations, library renovations, park improvements and more on Nov. 6 ballot.

On a recent Saturday afternoon, Monique Bell of Oakton was helping her 5-year-old daughter McKenzie sort through a dozen Halloween craft books at the Reston Regional Library. The library, one of the busiest branches in Fairfax County, has a collection of more than 215,000 volumes and circulates more than a million books a year.

Poem: Halloween


Police Investigate Armed Robbery

Police are investigating an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven at 2405 Fairhaven Avenue. Three suspects entered the store around 4 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, produced a pistol and demanded money from the clerks.

Mount Vernon Military Notes: Oct. 24, 2012

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‘It’s a Fast-paced, Hilarious Show’

Woodson High presents “Bye Bye Birdie.”

A slice of Americana wrapped in music and dancing—that’s Woodson High’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” The curtain rises Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Letter: Stop All Illegal Signs

Your Oct. 15 article "The Message is Not the Median" is welcomed by so many and this is a first great step in stopping sign pollution along our roadways.

Letter: Important Choices

This November's election is one of the most critical in a long, long time because it's a choice between freedom and opportunity or big government, more dependency and loss of freedom.

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Viva la Diva

The 29th Annual Yacht Haven Garden Club Fashion Show, Luncheon & Silent Auction was held on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club.

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Dog Day Afternoon

Greenspring celebrates 10th annual Halloween Pet Parade.

Prancing, dancing and wagging their tails, Midnight, Ladybug, Itsy & Bitsy paraded across the stage in their Halloween finery as Greenspring celebrated its 10th annual Halloween Pet Parade on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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Dreaming of Life-size ‘Anna’

Local sculptor promotes arts education.

After a 25-year career on Capitol Hill, Gwen Harrison Lockhart turned her sights to the fine art of sculpture. A few years after her retirement in 1990, Lockhart enrolled in her first art class with The Art League of Alexandria, located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. "It’s something I always wanted to do," said Lockhart. "Now, sculpture is my long suit."

Ramp Closure

The on-ramp from Alban Road (Route 790)/Boudinot Drive/Backlick Road (Route 617) near the Fairfax County Parkway to I-95 south closed permanently to traffic looking to access the general purpose lanes.

New Commuter Parking Lot to Open in Saratoga

Commuters in the Springfield area will have another park-and-ride option late this year when the commuter parking lot in Saratoga opens in late December.

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Greenspring Donates $10,000 to Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department

Donations to Station 22 used for fitness equipment and station improvements.

Greenspring retirement community presented a donation of $10,000 to Station 22 of the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 12. The donation, which was presented during National Fire Prevention Week, serves as a way for Greenspring to extend appreciation for the station’s consistent and timely service to the community.

Springfield Vets Host Tennessee Vets

Springfield veterans hosted Tennessee veterans at the Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department's Bingo Hall on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Cleanup at Little Hunting Creek

Volunteers started work on Friday, Oct. 19 removing shopping carts from Little Hunting Creek off Janna Lee Avenue.

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Burke Artist Launches ‘Barn Sale without the Barn’

Think "Upscale Tag Sale" of original art, vintage jewelry and everything in between.

A year ago, I read an article about this new phenomenon called "Barn Sales." These various groups of women in the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia would put all this beautiful antique and vintage furniture for sale in differently-styled vignettes. The kicker was that these vignettes were set up in different stalls of a barn. Each had a different look: Victorian here, retro there, Hollywood regency there, farmhouse chic there, with antiques throughout. As I watched all these people waiting in line eagerly to buy all these vintage and antique and "freshened" goodies, two things occurred to me. 1. The art I was making at the time would look amazing in this venue. 2. Between me and Sharon, we knew where to find or how to make almost everything in the show. On the way home I looked at her and said, "Sharon, let's have a barn sale this fall." and she said, "Where are we going to find a barn in Burke?" And we just decided we didn't need a barn. Hence the tag "Branches: the Barn Sale Without a Barn".

Bulova, McDonnell Honored for Community Service Work

Chairman Sharon Bulova, on behalf of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Governor Bob McDonnell, were honored by the Arc of Northern Virginia, a non-profit organization that provides services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled, at their annual Golden Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Angelus Academy's New Building Opened in Springfield

Angelus Academy’s new Chapel of the Holy Angels overflowed with students and guests on Friday, Sept. 28, the Vigil of the Feast of the Archangels, as they celebrated the blessing of the new school building.

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Fall Rummage and Craft Fair

Tables filled the east parking lot at Mount Vernon High School on Saturday, Oct. 20, for the annual fall rummage sale.

Be Part of the Children's Gazette

Call for student artwork and writing; deadline Dec. 3.

During the last week of each year, The Gazette 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.

Eminent Domain Amendment’s Costs

Next month, Virginia voters are being asked to change language in the Virginia constitution that dates to George Mason. Taxpayers should be wary.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Oct. 24, 2012

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Going Pink During October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Marymount University hosts "Pink Out" to educate young women about breast cancer.

A corner of Arlington turned pink last week in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Marymount University held the first ever "Pink Out MU" day to promote breast cancer awareness and share information on the disease. The Student Health Center encouraged the community to wear pink to show their support for the fight against breast cancer. "A large number of people joined in the sprit and were wearing pink attire or pink ribbons," said Marymount spokeswoman Laurie Callahan.

Brief: Police Shooting Called Justified

Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh has informed Colonel David M. Rohrer, Chief of Police, that in his legal opinion the officer who fired his weapon in a July 8 incident did so justifiably in fact and law.

Opinion: Be Part of the Children's Connection

Call for student artwork and writing; deadline Dec. 3.

During the last week of each year, The Connection 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.

Brief: Pedestrian Killed on Richmond Highway

Police are investigating a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred around 1:50 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Brief: Wetland Restoration Plan for Park

Fairfax County Park Authority staff members and wetlands design professionals from Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc. will present a wetlands restoration plan for Huntley Meadows Park, a 50-plus acre freshwater wetland on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the park Visitor’s Center located at 3701 Lockheed Blvd. in Alexandria.

Brief: Event Spotlights Domestic Violence

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Women’s Group of Mount Vernon, Inc. is sponsoring a Grand Day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gum Spring Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road in Alexandria.

Late Fall Classes at Art at the Center

Art at the Center is offering a half-session of several classes beginning next week. Visit for details and to register.

Mount Vernon School Notes: Oct. 24, 2012

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Homecoming Spirit

Students, parents, school staff got together for T.C. Williams 2012 Homecoming on the sunny afternoon of Oct. 20.

Lawmakers Debate Eminent Domain Ballot Question

Some argue amendment fails to increase property owner’s protections, but may shut down popular parades.

"A shop owner could complain they lost revenue, that festival vendors are taking their business away….What if someone decided to make that an issue and seek compensation for lost profits under (the amendment)? The Town of Vienna can’t afford to reimburse every shop owner..." — Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D-at-large) "(The amendment) is fair…If they run a road and cut off your driveway to the point that no one can get into your restaurant and ruin your business, you should be compensated." —Del. Dave Albo (R-42)

Entertainment Brief: Día de los Muertos at Target Gallery

Target Gallery at The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents “Día de los Muertos: The Art of Remembrance,” an exhibition of artist-made Altar installations and Day of the Dead inspired artwork made by local and regional artists, which will adorn the main hall of the art center from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4.

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Entertainment Brief: Artistic Women Helping Women

Performances will be at the Convergence Sanctuary, 1801 N. Quaker Lane on Thursday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Entertainment Brief: Watercolor, Collagraph Exhibit at Alexandria Black History Museaum

Alexandria Black History Museum will open a watercolor and collagraph exhibition on Nov. 1. On Thursday, Nov. 2, the Alexandria Black History Museum will open an exhibition of watercolors and collagraph prints titled “African Encounters: Coast to Coast.”

Entertainment Brief: Evensong at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Grant Hellmers, Organist-Choirmaster of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, will direct the adult choir in the All Saints’ Day Choral Evensong on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Entertainment Brief: More Halloween Fun

More Halloween events and activities

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Obama Fires Up Fairfax Crowd With ‘Romnesia’ Quips

President delivers second GMU gender-pitch aimed at women voters.

Lillie Reynolds, a single mother from Herndon with four daughters, stood in line for nearly five hours to hear President Barack Obama speak for 25 minutes at a campaign rally at George Mason University on Friday, Oct. 19.

Entertainment Brief: MetroStage Yard Sale

Costumes, props and household goods are just some of the items that will be available at the first MetroStage Theatre yard sale. Stop by Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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The Power of Pink

Walk to fight breast cancer raises $90,000.

Still recovering from a double mastectomy in 1995, Lawson founded the city's annual Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, which celebrated its 17th anniversary Oct. 20 and raised more than $90,000 to fund mammograms and other diagnostic screenings for Alexandria women who are not adequately insured to obtain medical care.

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Hog Wild

Manley presents ASC Athlete of the Month awards.

Former Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley was on hand Oct. 16 to present the Alexandria Sportsman's Club Athlete of the Month Awards at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

Week in Vienna

On July 14, 2012, U.S. Marine Troops from the 1st Maintenance Battalion flew an American flag over Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in honor of Caffe Amouri. Caffe Amouri had sent coffee and a grinder to the troops as their way of saying thanks and to send, as owner Michael Amouri stated, "just a little bit of home to our boys and girls who are in harms way and, I would imagine, could certainly use something…even something small like a good cup of coffee."

Week in McLean

Robert Machen, chief information officer with ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, will deliver the keynote speech at The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce sixth annual Non-Profit Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 8:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Gannett Conference Center (7959 Jones Branch Drive, McLean).

Week in Reston

Police are investigating the death of a Reston-area woman as a homicide. Officers were called to a home in the 11300 block of Geddys Court around 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, for the report of a shot person. They located an adult female with an apparent gunshot wound inside the home. She was transported to Reston Hospital Center and succumbed to her injuries.

County Board Names RCC Board Members

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the request of Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed three Reston residents to the nine-member Reston Community Center Board of Governors: returning Board member William G. Bouie, and new Board members Lisa Ehrhardt and Gerald Zavala.

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School Board Candidates Offer Perspectives on Failing Scores for Students with Disabilities

Incumbents defend record; challengers call for more action.

The last three years have seen test scores plummet for students with disabilities, a group that constitutes an expensive and vexing challenge for Alexandria City Public Schools.

Council Notebook

Alexandria has become a whistle stop town — in more ways than one. Trains have been a regular feature of life in the city since before the Civil War.

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Voters to Determine Fate of Amendment to Limit Use of Eminent Domain

Measure will allow property owners to seek damages for loss of profits and access.

Nowhere is the debate about eminent domain more intense than the foot of King Street in Alexandria, where city officials threatened to take land owned by the Old Dominion Boat Club using the power of eminent domain for flood mitigation.

Wednesday, October 24

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TC Defense Experiencing Late-Season Surge

Titans beat Annandale to keep alive slim playoff hopes.

The T.C. Williams football team defeated Annandale, 52-7, on Oct. 20.

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Yorktown Field Hockey Finishes District Runner-Up

Patriots reach championship game despite loss of 12 seniors.

The Yorktown field hockey team lost to Mount Vernon in the National District championship game on Oct. 22.

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MVHS Field Hockey Wins 3rd District Title in 4 Years

Majors beat Chantilly in opening round of regionals.

The Mount Vernon field hockey team won its third National District title in the last four years.

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Burns’ Big Plays, Defense Lead Westfield to Victory

Oakton’s Downer, Wandey Run Strong in Defeat

The Westfield football team defeated Oakton, 28-14, on Oct. 19.

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Fairfax Field Hockey Beats Lake Braddock in Regionals

Sophomore Duke scores lone goal for Rebels.

The Fairfax field hockey team defeated Lake Braddock, 1-0, in the opening round of the Northern Region Tournament on Oct. 23.

Free Carseat Inspections

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, Nov. 1 and 15, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves so technicians may properly inspect and adjust them, as needed.

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The Passover Amendment: Should Legislators Meet on Religious Holidays?

Former Del. David Englin (D-45) was behind amendment now before voters.

Every year, the Virginia General Assembly convenes several weeks after the session to react to the governor’s vetoes.

Commentary: Also on the Ballot

With all the buzz about the presidential election, some voters may be surprised to learn that there are other electoral contests and issues on the ballot. At the request of many people, each year I write about the ballot facing voters and share my intentions on how I will be voting. It will come as no surprise to anyone that I will be voting for President Obama for re-election. This campaign as much as any has been about the clear role of government, and President Obama reflects views that I hold that our society must be open to opportunity for all and not to a privileged few. There is no reason to stay home from this vote. It does not get any more fundamental than this one.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Oct. 24, 2012

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Entertainment Brief: Quintango Comes to Carlyle Club

On Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m., QuinTango brings the sizzle of Argentine tango to Alexandria’s Carlyle Club located at 411 John Carlyle St. with a cabaret show titled titled “Viva Buenos Aires!” featuring singer/actor Chris Vasquez, Argentine bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio, dancers Tino Bastidas and Susan Reynolds.

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Overcrowding Leads Budget Concerns

At the Alexandria City School Board’s Oct. 11 public hearing on its FY 2014 budget, parents and school staff voiced their concerns over funding for various schools and programs.

Obituary: John P Hightower Jr.

John P Hightower Jr., 79, of Salem died on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.

Old Town

LET'S TOAST OUR TOWN - 'Towners, this isn't your mother's party do we're touting here today. No siree. The one I have in mind begs you to show up. It promises to please. It sings. It swings. It's sooo 21st century. It's for a noble notable cause and it's coming up just around the corner — Nov. 10 to be precise. Stay tuned.

Letter: New Voice For the City

As an 88-year-old woman and a resident of Alexandria for the past 55 years, I am deeply concerned about the future of Alexandria. I applaud a particular City Council candidate who is focused on maintaining a livable, family-friendly Alexandria. An excellent candidate, Allison Silberberg, is adding a new voice to that effort.

Letter: Sticker Shock To Save Lives

Young people in the City of Alexandria have a number of ways they can obtain alcohol illegally. Sometimes parents purchase beer and other alcohol products for their teens and turn a blind-eye to parties in their homes where alcohol is available. Other times, an older sibling, friend or even a stranger purchases beer, wine coolers or other alcoholic beverages for minors.

Letter: Making a Difference

Alexandria needs Allison Silberberg on our City Council. Please vote for Allison on Nov. 6.

Letter: Long Service To Community

In his opening remarks in the second mayoral debate Andrew MacDonald stated that life in Alexandria had worsened under Mayor Euille's leadership, but it would only be fair to examine his own record.

Letter: Artistic Judgment

I am writing to register my protest at the recent decision by Alexandria’ Public Art Committee to disregard the recommendation, made by the stakeholders group, to award the sculpture commission for the Contraband and Freedmen’s Cemetery to Edward Dwight and to give the commission to Mario Chiodo instead.

Letter: City Deserves Better

Justin Wilson was attacked as being a machine drone and a immature simpleton in numerous letters to the editor in local newspapers shortly after he won a seat on City Council in the 2007 special election. These attacks occurred before he had cast his first vote or even attended his first City Council meeting. I thought such attacks were unfair and inappropriate.

Letter: Anti-Status-Quo Thinking

Pope states once again in his Oct. 18 front-page article that the plan would triple the allowable density on the three waterfront redevelopment sites. This is incorrect.

Letter to the Editor

Many Contributed To Centreville Day

To the Editor: “It is our joy to serve our community,” is how Bill Hatcher, pastor at Centreville Baptist Church, has so perfectly expressed the spirit of all the people who came together and help make Centreville Day possible. As the president of Friends of Historic Centreville, I can’t begin to state how deeply grateful I am to all of those people: to members of the planning committee, to the sponsors and vendors of Centreville Day, to the community and school volunteers, to the churches and other property owners of the Historic District, to our local government, to everyone who contributed in any way to making this Centreville Day a success. Centreville Day benefits the Friends of Historic Centreville (FHC), a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving local history and to help make Historic Centreville Park a meaningful part of our community. FHC is a small group, however, and Centreville Day, as evident from the length of the list below, is a large undertaking. Each contribution was important to creating the whole and greatly appreciated. Thus, is no special order, I want to acknowledge and thank the following:

Letter: Schools Heading In Right Direction

School Board elections are in danger of being overlooked (quite literally: make sure you turn over the ballot to see the school board candidates on the reverse side) during this election with so many offices on the ballot. I would like to highlight one of the District B candidates: Marc Williams.

Letter: Transparency on Potomac Yard

In response to the Oct. 18 letters to the editor by Mr. Hertel and Mr. Van Horn about the Potomac Yard Metrorail station, I want to set the record straight. I want to reassure the public that the city has been — and will continue to be — open and transparent in its Potomac Yard Metrorail Station planning.

Letter: Don’t Forget BRAC Issue

I strongly believe that Alexandria is best served by having a City Council with a mix of Republicans, Democrats, and even Independents, rather than being controlled by a single party. A diversity of views in the council increases the likelihood that issues will be more thoroughly vetted before they are decided — or ignored.

Letter: Vision of The City

Having Bob Wood on City Council will bring us unmatched experience, leadership, and ability to bring us together again. Alexandria and its children deserve that Vision of the City — and this means turning the ballot over on election day, filling in the box next to “John R. ‘Bob’ Wood” and putting him on City Council. It won’t take long to look at what some others have to offer, we did … and we’ve decided to vote for Bob Wood for City Council.

Letter: Pored Not Poured

I really didn't "pour" over the ways to maximize my earning power and my retirement, I "pored" over the ways.

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Pumpkin Purveyor for Charity

2011 Living Legend of Alexandria Wendy McGann John.

The vestry approved and dedicated all proceeds to charity. That was a fateful decision. It allowed the ICOH Pumpkin Patch to become the second most successful patch among the more than 1,200 patches run by churches across the nation.

Be Part of Children's Gazette Packet

Call for student artwork and writing; deadline Dec. 3.

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.

Dense Breast Tissue Should Not Be Ignored

New “Patient Inform” Law

Women in Virginia are becoming more aware of a health issue that can come to light during their annual mammograms. Thanks to the efforts of a committed group of breast cancer advocates that included a local breast cancer survivor, this July Virginia became the third state in our country to mandate that facilities and physician offices performing mammography services notify patients when dense breast tissue is found.

Senior Law Day: Alexandria for a Lifetime

On Saturday, Oct. 13, more than 150 people participated in the second annual Senior Law Day Program sponsored by Senior Services of Alexandria and the Alexandria Bar Association at the First Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Measuring Success in Alexandria City Public Schools

Learning, leadership, and liberty are important outcomes in education. When I speak to parents, community members, and business leaders, I often ask how they measure success. Most people measure the success of schools by test scores; after all, schools must be accountable for student achievement. So how do we measure success in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS)?

A Lesson in the Virginia Way

I have suggested on several occasions that candidates and their professional minions take oaths ”to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” And do so in public. This would certainly test the “honesty and veracity” of them all.

Alexandria Bulletin Board: Oct. 24, 2012

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Brief: Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy Receives HHS Grant

The Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy was awarded a three-year Personal Responsibility Education Program grant for $290,494 per year from the U.S.

Brief: Sanchez To Address Local NACCP Banquet

The Alexandria, Virginia Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is hosting its 79th Annual Membership and Awards Banquet, themed "Your Power, Your Decision - Vote", on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Alexandria - Historic District, 625 First Street, Alexandria.

Be Part of the Children's Almanac

Call for student artwork and writing; deadline Dec. 3.

During the last week of each year, The Almanac 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.

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Celebrating Eid-ul-Ahda

Families marks completion of the Hajj.

Many local area children will be missing school this Friday as hundreds of Muslims gather at local mosques, community centers and in their homes to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid-ul-Ahda.

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Ah, Potomac Day

Everyone loves Potomac Day — and this year’s celebration was no exception.

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Learning To Walk in Others’ Shoes

Special Needs Awareness Week at Wayside teaches acceptance and empathy.

“I went into someone's shoes,” said Yoon. “I would feel really frustrated. I'm thankful that I don't have a disability." Yoon’s activities were part of a weeklong Wayside initiative called SNAP (Special Needs Awareness Program), which is aimed at fostering empathy and sensitivity to others in the students.

Letter: Where They Stand On Brickyard

The Brickyard Coalition submitted questionnaires to all six candidates who are vying for seats on the Board of Education in the November 2012 election. All of the challengers responded to this questionnaire, but neither of the two incumbents responded.

Letter: Against Free Speech?

Each of the first two Romney/Ryan signs I posted this election season disappeared within 24 hours, a third was defaced and this morning a fourth in my front yard was smeared with excrement, perhaps by one of the many dog walkers who parade up and down our street, plastic baggies in hand.

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Recalling a Potomac Icon

“Mitch” Mitchell of Mitch and Bill’s dies.

Clyde Eastham Mitchell, was the “Mitch” of Mitch and Bill’s. He died from heart failure Oct. 18 at Kingshire Manor Assisted Living, Rockville. He was 86.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Oct. 24, 2012

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Brief: Wootton To Produce ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

“Little Shop of Horrors” will be presented on Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas S. Wootton High School, 2100 Wootton Pkwy, Rockville.

Potomac Calendar: Oct. 24, 2012

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Linke Named GM at Crystal Gateway Marriott

Regan Linke, a veteran of the hospitality industry, has been named general manager of Crystal Gateway Marriott, situated in the heart of Arlington’s Crystal City district at 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway. Linke rejoins Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel from Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles hotel, where he served as general manager since 2007.

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Bringing Community Market to Great Falls

Open since July, Salud Healthy Pantry offers "best of the best" in health food.

Growing up in Brooklyn, Denise Rodriguez became enchanted with the idea of community markets after growing up around the bodegas her father ran.

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Local Artists Show Off Studios

Annual studios tour shows artists’ workspaces.

Fourteen years ago, David Cowdrill was visiting a pottery in Maine, when a door opened for him, literally and figuratively. The potters opened up their workshop to him, showing him how to create ceramics, and Cowdrill, an engineer by trade, found a new opportunity.

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Examining Trees at Riverbend Park

New Riverbend Tree Walk shows diversity of species at park.

Visitors to Riverbend Park have a new way to explore the 400-plus acres of land along the Potomac River. Local resident Tabitha Eagle, with the help of Bob Vickers of the Fairfax County Tree Commission and staff at Riverbend, helped mark a mile-long trail that identifies 20 different tree varieties within the park.

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Express Lanes Move Closer to Opening

Express Lanes open new operations center in Alexandria, prepares for opening.

As the construction equipment and debris is cleared from the new two left lanes going both ways on the Virginia side of the Beltway, the 495 Express Lanes are coming closer to opening. The variable-priced toll lanes will run over most of the Virginia section of the Beltway, and the $2 billion project has included the new lanes, as well as the rebuilding of bridges and overpasses along the way.

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Langston Hughes Prepares for Earthquakes

Middle school participates in USGS ShakeOut drills.

Students at Langston Hughes Middle School participated in the U.S. Geological Survey’s ShakeOut Thursday, Oct. 18, to prepare themselves in the event of another earthquake like the one that shook a large portion of the east coast on Aug. 23, 2011.

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Reston Town Center Lights the Night

Annual walk raises funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Thousands of blood cancer patients, survivors, caretakers, and family and friends of those who have passed away from the disease gathered at Reston Town Center Saturday, Oct. 20 to take part in the annual Light the Night Walk, held by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Bach to Rock Opens in Herndon

Music studio features lessons, recording equipment, DJ school.

Bach to Rock, a music school for students of all ages, has opened its newest location at Worldgate Centre in Herndon. The school features lessons for a variety of instruments, as well as recording facilities and the Beat Refinery, Bach to Rock’s instructional DJ school.

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Shelter House Holds Annual Sleep Out

More than 40 people spend night outdoors to support homeless.

As she prepared to go to sleep in the front seat of her pickup truck, Jewell Mikula thought about what had led her here, to a night sleeping in her car on a cold October evening.

Tuesday, October 23

Classified Advertising Oct 24, 2012

Read the latest ads here!

Fairfax Station's Tom Wimer Opens Reston Business

There's a new business slated to open in Reston.

Orange Line: Oct. 24, 2012

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Arlington Calendar: Oct. 24, 2012

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Week in Herndon

Title Boxing Club , located next to Tio Pancho at Herndon Centre shopping center on Elden St. in Herndon, is now open. The following statement is issued by Arthur A. Anselene, Town Manager, Town of Herndon:

"Flourishing After 55"

Upcoming events and activities for seniors

Brief: Jim Lauderdale Comes to Artisphere

With bluegrass and country compositions known to millions, two-time Grammy winning international recording artist Jim Lauderdale performs at Artisphere in the intimate Dome Theatre, on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $22. Visit

Brief: More Halloween

More Halloween events.

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Herndon High Cadets Defeat Reigning Mid-Atlantic Champions

Herndon High’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) finished first in the Lee-Davis regional physical fitness meet, where they competed against 12 schools in strength, endurance and speed events.

Brief: Falloween Comes to Clarendon

Market Common Clarendon presents the third annual FALLoween, a free, fun event for families on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Brief: Walk for Homeless Benefits A-SPAN

Step out for your lunch break on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, and join hundreds of Rosslyn business employees and residents as they take steps to end homelessness in the first “Rosslyn Walk for the Homeless” to benefit the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN).

Wilson Joins Easter Seals Board of Directors

Dr. Marta C. Wilson, founder and CEO of Transformation, Inc. has been elected to serve on Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region’s board of directors. Wilson makes her homes in both Arlington and Harrisonburg, Va.

Rotary Club of Herndon Names Arthur Nachman Citizen of the Year

The Herndon Rotary Club has announced this year's Citizen of the Year: Arthur Nachman is the 47th recipient of this highest honor, presented annually by the club.

Arlington Military Notes: Oct. 24, 2012

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Marymount To Host 16th Annual HalloweenFest

Students turn campus into Halloween wonderland for local children.

Marymount University students are working to make sure some disadvantaged Arlington children have a festive Halloween. Students are turning the school’s dorms into haunted houses and the gymnasium into a carnival site. Marymount’s 16th annual HalloweenFest is set for Friday, Oct. 26.

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Going Pink During October

Marymount University hosts “Pink Out” to educate young women about breast cancer.

A corner of Arlington turned pink last week in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Marymount University held the first ever “Pink Out MU” day to promote breast cancer awareness and share information on the disease.

Letter: Not Sign Of Hate

Sandra Corder’s letter ("WMATA profits from hate") is most inaccurate.

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Church Hosts Walk for the Homeless

Friends and parishioners of the Church of the Ascension gathered at Lyon Park for the 3rd annual Fall Fest and Walk for the Homeless on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20.

Arlington Bulletin Board: Oct. 24, 2012

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Spotlight on Domestic Violence

Ongoing effort needed to raise awareness.

Lydia Y. Marlow, a woman whose family has endured 60 years of intergenerational intimate partner violence that included her grandmother, her mother, herself, and her daughter, stepped down from her leadership role in corporate America to develop a call to action for a public awareness strategy.

Be Part of the Children's Connection

Call for student artwork and writing; deadline Dec. 3.

The annual Children's Connection is a tradition of well over a decade, and we begin getting inquiries from teachers and parents about submitting artwork and writing almost as soon as summer is over.

Crime Reports

Arlington crime reports

Brief: School Board Restores Campbell Bus

The Arlington School Board voted Oct. 18 to waive Policy 50-5 Transportation for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year to allow Campbell Elementary School students who were permitted to ride an APS bus last year to receive bus transportation for the 2012-13 school.

Brief: Man Arrested for Throwing Molotov Cocktail

Leon Alphans Traille, Jr., 29, is facing federal arson charges for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail into the food court area of the Ballston Common Mall in Arlington.

McLean Cycling Club Finishes Ride From Pittsburgh to D.C.

Members of the McLean Cycling Club took a five day 330-mile ride.

he McLean Cycling Club is back from a journey over the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail-trail and the C&O Canal Towpath.

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Selects New President and CEO

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has selected Arvind Manocha as the not-for-profit organization’s new president and CEO.

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Hope Grows in Vienna

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna conducted its seventh annual Walk for Growing Hope and Family Fun Day in support of childhood cancer research.

A Veteran’s ‘Best Friend’

Rescued pets help veterans overcome PTSD.

The Vienna Woman’s Club funds scholarships for local students, supports homeless high school students, contributes food and goods to a local charity, and, now, is fundraising on behalf of American veterans and first-responders with PTSD.

Unveiling History in Oakton

The Oct. 27 program at Flint Hill Cemetery honors the memory of the 165 veterans—from Civil War to 20th century wars—buried at the historic Oakton site.

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Vienna Preschoolers Help Less-fortunate

F. B. Meekins Preschool partners with Emmaus Church to bring food and goods to Our Daily Bread pantry in Vienna.

To kick off the season of sharing, F. B. Meekins Preschool in Vienna partnered with Emmaus United Church of Christ to give its preschoolers an opportunity to share their good fortune and bounty with families less fortunate.

Langley Orchestra to Present an Asian Theme Concert

The Langley High School Orchestra is presenting “Spirited Away: an Asian Theme Concert” on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Langley Auditorium.

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Sandwiches for Martha’s Table

Churchill Road Elementary School’s community service activities got out to a great start.

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Children’s Flea Market is Nov. 3

Young vendors ages 3-15 will sell a variety of gently used and “unbelievably cool” items at the McLean Community Center’s annual Children’s Flea Market.

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First Pedestrian Bridge in Place at McLean Station

Sections walked along Colshire, 123 at night.

The first pedestrian bridge at a Silver Line Metrorail station is now in place.

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Creating Prescription Drug Awareness

Safe Community Coalition hosts panel discussion about prescription drug abuse.

The Safe Community and the Fairfax County Police McLean District Station hosted a forum on prescription drug use and abuse Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the McLean Community Center.

St. Luke School Celebrates 50 Years

St. Luke Elementary School (SLS) in McLean is celebrating 50 Years of Catholic education.

Great Falls Traffic, Road Initiatives Considered

VDOT will hold a public meeting on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Great Falls Elementary School to discuss the project plan for the bridge on Beach Mill Road over Nichols Run.

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The Old Brogue Visits the Local Farmers Market

Farmers Market Guest Chef Harvest event underway.

The Great Falls Farmers Market’s Guest Chef program began last Saturday with a visit by The Old Brogue’s Master Chef John Conway.

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The Old Brogue Visits the Great Falls Farmers Market

Farmers Market Guest Chef Harvest event underway.

The Great Falls Farmers Market’s Guest Chef program began last Saturday with a visit by The Old Brogue’s Master Chef John Conway.

Monday, October 22

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Next Top Author?

Chelsea Hicks Bryan of Arlington, pictured with her husband, ranked 12th this week in the national writing competition America's Next Top Author. With a combination of social media, votes and the jury's discernment, the America's Next Top Author competition compiles nominees, one each week through Nov. 27. Should Bryan get a nomination before Tuesday, Nov. 27, she'll advance to the next round. To read her story, visit Bryan's author page at where readers can vote, tweet, review and share the story.

Friday, October 19

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EnviroSolutions Awarded for Contributions

Waste disposal company recognized for support of Workhouse Arts Center.

The Arts Council of Fairfax County presented their Arts Philanthropy Award to EnvrioSolutions for its extensive financial suport of the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. EnviroSolutions committed approximately $750,000 in cash donations, more than $100,000 in in-kind donations and hundreds of staff hours.

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Lorton/Springfield Calendar, Oct. 19-Oct. 31

Get up, get out and explore before October slips away. Isn't it time for that date night, checking out all those fall flea markets you said you wanted to, and enjoying the fall weather with the family? Take your picks: rummage/yard sales, flea markets, an exhibit, a George Washington vestryman election commemoration, an art workshop, a parenting discussion on raising grateful children, one last lingering Oktoberfest to catch, Halloween bowling, a haunted trail, a zombie race, a dance benefit and a concert.

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Burke/Fairfax Calendar, Oct. 19-Oct. 31

Get up, get out and explore before October slips away; isn't it time for that date night, volunteering you said you'd do and some family quality time?

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Creating Path to Financial Stability

Advice for developing and strengthening sound money habits.

Money experts say creating sound financial health requires planning and discipline.

Getting That Linen Closet Organized

Changing seasons offer opportunities to sort sheets and towels.

The thought of sorting through piles of pillowcases and hand towels is enough to send some into hibernation until next spring, but fear not. Local organizing experts are here to help.

Vienna Resident Completes New Zealand Expedition

Lara Sagatov, 20, of Vienna, recently completed a 77-day expedition in New Zealand with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

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Barn Dancing in Great Falls

Having fun, supporting children.

Members of the Great Falls Optimist Club enjoyed a night out while attending the club’s 7th Annual Barn Dance in Great Falls on Saturday night. The event featured dinner, a raffle and auction, and music by Bennie Potter and Western Electric. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Great Falls Children’s Fund and Childhood Cancer Charity.

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Country Fair at St. Francis Episcopal Church

St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls held its annual country fair on Saturday, Oct. 6.

St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls held its annual country fair on Saturday, Oct. 6, and the community came out for a quilt show, music, hayrides and games.

“Hey Beez; Beez, It’s Me”

It was my father all right – in a dream. Standing five feet away, approximately, in a well-lit, local convenience store with which I am extremely familiar. This was no case of mistaken identity. Besides, he was wearing those blue, terrycloth shorts of his that my mother always hated. So yes, I called out to him, surprised as I was to see him, locally as it were.

Westfield’s Walking To Help Homeless

Westfield High is holding a Help the Homeless Walk as part of its Homecoming Parade, this Friday, Oct. 19, at 4:15 p.m., and is inviting all its feeder schools in the Westfield Pyramid to join in.

Westfield High Holding Annual Haunted House

Westfield High theatre students will hold their annual Haunted House on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 22-23, from 6-8 p.m., in the school theater.

Centre View Roundups: Oct. 17, 2012


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Ready To Scare

Frights abound along Clifton Haunted Trail.

Screams pierce the night in the middle of a dark and spooky forest, while scary creatures frighten all those brave enough to enter. “It’s only 8 acres — what could possibly happen to you?” That’s the slogan of the Clifton Haunted Trail, and the bloody mayhem is once again ready to be unleashed.

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19th Annual Goblin Gallop Is Oct. 28

Benefits families of children with cancer.

As Halloween draws near, it’s time for autumn leaves, pumpkins and the Goblin Gallop. And this year’s 19th annual event is Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center.

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Visiting the Local Fire Station

As part of national Fire Prevention Week, Fair Oaks Fire Station 21 held an open house Saturday, Oct. 13.

Centre View Calendar: Oct. 17, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

Letter: Hobbs Named Citizen of Year

It is with great pleasure that the Centreville Day Planning Committee announces that the recipient of the Centreville Day Citizen of the Year Award is Bonnie Hobbs in recognition of her service to the Centreville community in her role as a reporter for the Centre View newspaper.

Letter: Closure for Lanigan Family

What I am asking for from my friends and supporters is anything of value that we could add to the list for the Silent Auction.

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Best Buddies Fundraiser Is Big Success

Chantilly’s Eric Latcheran and Centreville’s Kevin Whalen are both participating Oct. 20 in the annual Best Buddies Challenge in Washington, D.C. Event proceeds directly benefit local schools — including Centreville, Chantilly and Westfield high schools — containing Best Buddies chapters.

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Taking a Stand To Save Lives

Rocky Run holds Bullying Awareness Day

It’s important to learn academics in school, but caring, compassion and understanding also have a place. And last Friday, Oct. 12, schools throughout the Chantilly High Pyramid hosted their first Bullying Awareness Day.

Thursday, October 18

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Are You Ready to Be Scared?

Frights abound along the Clifton Haunted Trail.

Screams pierce the night in the middle of a dark and spooky forest, while scary creatures frighten all those brave enough to enter. “It’s only eight acres—w hat could possibly happen to you?” That’s the slogan of the Clifton Haunted Trail, and the bloody mayhem is once again ready to be unleashed.

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City of Fairfax Hosts Fall Festival

More than 30,000 visitors enjoy arts, entertainment and more.

The weather could not have been more perfect for the 36th annual City of Fairfax Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13. Under bright blue skies, and crisp fall temperatures, more than 30,000 visitors enjoyed headliner bands, amusement rides, three stages of entertainment, the always-popular arts & craft show, a parade and festival food for every palate.

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Visiting the Local Fire Station

As part of national Fire Prevention Week, Fair Oaks Fire Station 21 held an open house.

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19th Annual Goblin Gallop is Oct. 28

Benefits families of children with cancer.

As Halloween draws near, it’s time for autumn leaves, pumpkins and the Goblin Gallop. And this year’s 19th annual event is Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center.

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AAA Hosts Free Car Check

A free car inspection might take some of the sting out of this winter’s weather.

Meteorologists look to the weather phenomenon La Nina for their winter predictions this year. AAA Mid-Atlantic Field Operations Manager Jeff Boone remembers something from The Farmer’s Almanac about the abundance of acorns and wooly bear caterpillars foreshadowing rough weather ahead. Computer models or natural signs, Boone and the weather folks are in agreement. The winter of 2012 could be another extra cold and stormy one for our region.

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German Band Comes to West Springfield

ARTIG performs at area school.

As the drum and bass began to echo throughout the auditorium, West Springfield High School students cheered for the German band ARTIG this past Friday.

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Immigration Issue High on Latino Voters’ Agenda

GMU panel addresses the impact of Latino vote in Northern Virginia.

“The demographic shifts coming to Virginia will wipe out the effects of the short-sighted anti-immigrant politicking we see now.” —Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49)

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‘Celebrating 220 Years of Community’

Centreville Day is this Saturday, Oct. 20.

Step right up and join the parade — or, at least, come watch it. And then head over to Centreville’s Historic District for the 20th annual Centreville Day celebration. The festivities are this Saturday, Oct. 20, and kick off with the Zombie Slouch 5K Run and Walk at 9 a.m., to benefit DC Candlelighters.

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Halloween Happenings

It’s back! This year’s haunted trail winds through Clifton’s eight-acre Buckley Park on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7-10 p.m. This year will include several new terrifying skits including re-enactments, popular scary movie scenes and plenty of frightening lighting and props. Parents should accompany children along the Trail. This year the Haunted Trail features several new and scarier skits from zombie land and the legendary headless horseman may ride by on his stallion from time to time.

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Area Roundups

At his swearing-in ceremony in June, City of Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne promised to give every resident an equal opportunity to participate in government.

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Three Dance Scholarships Awarded

Three Fairfax County high school seniors won dance scholarships at the Fairfax County Dance Coalition (FCDC) Third Annual Gala Showcase, A Celebration of Dance, Sunday, Oct. 7. This year, says FCDC President Marilyn York, “the Arts Council of Fairfax County (ACFC) joined FCDC to expand the number of scholarships awarded.” Penelope Gross, Mason District County supervisor, and Linda Sullivan, president of the ACFC, presented the scholarships.

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Volunteer Fairfax Supports Veterans

Community blueprint allows communities to help.

By connecting military and veteran community nonprofits with the volunteer community, The Community Blueprint can draw from Volunteer Fairfax’s already sizeable volunteer base. At the project launch event, held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, William C. Basl of the Corporation for National and Community Service inducted 30 AmeriCorps members—many of them veterans themselves—who will be deployed in Community Blueprint cities across the country. During the event, ITT Exelis, a global aerospace, defense and information solutions company based in McLean announced its investment of $5 million over five years for the expansion of The Community Blueprint and deployment of AmeriCorps members in communities of need nationwide.

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Targeting Child Sex Trafficking

Local AAUW chapter spotlights global — and local — issue.

“It was in our backyard, who would have thought it could happen here,” said Catherine Krebs, president of the Mount Vernon branch of the AAUW, at a meeting on child sex trafficking at Sherwood Library on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Letter: Advocacy Vs. Facts

The E&R Committee's resolution was also irresponsible, endorsing an extreme restoration proposal without any firm estimate from NPS as to the anticipated cost to taxpayers. People who serve in a civic capacity in our community need to be more careful to refrain from disguising advocacy as facts.

Letter: Cut Expenses Or Raise Taxes?

I recently completed the Fairfax County Transportation Survey by rating perhaps a dozen or more taxing options to “pay for $300 million in Fairfax County transportation needs” — I rated them all as not acceptable.

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Remembering Slaves Of Historic Mount Vernon

Historic Mount Vernon and Black Women United for Action hosted a remembrance ceremony and wreath-laying at the Slave Memorial on the Mount Vernon Estate on Saturday morning, Oct. 13.

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Meeting Details $300 Million Annual Transportation Deficit

Mount Vernon residents asked how to fill gap.

Approximately 25 people learned about an annual $300 million transportation deficit during a briefing session at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Oct. 18, 2012

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Keller Williams Holds White Elephant/Yard Sale

The parking lot at the Old Town Keller Williams office on S. Washington Street was transformed Saturday morning, Oct. 13 into a large White Elephant/Yard Sale.

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108 Sun Salutations

Dozens of children and their parents participated in the Fall 2012 YoKids Challenge at the Mount Vernon Community Center on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 14.

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What Would $155 Million Bond Package Buy?

New fire stations, library renovations, park improvements and more on Nov. 6 ballot.

On a recent Saturday afternoon, Monique Bell of Oakton was helping her 5-year-old daughter McKenzie sort through a dozen Halloween craft books at the Reston Regional Library. The library, one of the busiest branches in Fairfax County, has a collection of more than 215,000 volumes and circulates more than a million books a year.

Classified Advertising Oct. 17, 2012

Read the latest ads here!

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Two Poor Teachers Expand in Area

A kitchen and bath remodeling company brings a one-stop-shop right to customers' front doors.

On a sunny afternoon in the parking lot of a Fairfax County shopping center, Jeff Pregman is giving a tour of his mobile showroom, a $100,000 former bookmobile that now houses an impressive selection of tiles, counter tops, faucets, flooring, light fixtures and more. Pregman is the General Manager of Two Poor Teachers, a Class A contracting company founded in 1999 that specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling. The tour is interrupted on several occasions over the course of an hour by folks peering in the windows or knocking on the door. “I love it,” says Pregman. “People see this big vehicle that says it’s a design center. They come up to see what’s what and they are blown away by what’s inside. We do get a bit of business this way.”

Editorial: Pick Your Own Election Day

It's called “absentee voting in person,” and there are a lot of reasons why you should.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. The deadline to register to vote is past, although in Northern Virginia, it's clear that a very high percentage of eligible voters are registered. Four years ago in the presidential election of 2008, there were 5,034,660 voters registered in Virginia, and 3,752,858 actually voted. Just in the month of September 2012, Fairfax County saw more than 6,000 newly registered voters, for a total of 646,881 active voters. Arlington registered more than 3,300 new voters in September, with more than 130,000 active voters total. Alexandria added more than 1,300 new voters last month alone, with 81,847 active voters.

Column: Our Health Depends on the Air We Breathe

For too many Americans and Virginians, simply breathing the air can be dangerous. That’s especially the case for the 306,000 Virginia children and 96,000 adults who battle asthma, the 1.1 million with cardiovascular disease, the 154,000 with chronic bronchitis and the estimated 411,000 who live in poverty. But it is true for all of us and it’s that way because of soot in our air.

Letter: Vote Yes for Area Parks

As Connection readers know, the upcoming election is a pivotal one. What readers may not be aware of is that a park bond referendum question is on the ballot for Fairfax County residents. I'm writing to ask readers to vote YES for the 2012 park bond.

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Artist Loses Freedmen’s Cemetery Commission Because He Used Religious Symbols

Traditional African symbols prompted rejection of winning design.

The Contraband and Freedmen’s Cemetery is no stranger to controversy. Now a new conflict has emerged at the final resting place for dozens of former slaves.

Council Notebook

Private Virtue is a public good. That’s the result of a decision this week at the Alexandria Circuit Court, which is giving the green light to city officials who want to lease part of a public alley to a private restaurant known as Virtue.

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Choice for Alexandria Voters: Insiders Versus Outsiders at City Hall

Growth, development, taxes and spending form dividing line between city candidates.

When they head into the voting booths on Election Day, Alexandria voters will be confronted with a choice: Do they like the recent direction of government at City Hall, where controversial planning decisions have divided the city and the average residential tax bill has nearly doubled in the last decade? Or are they looking for people who will work against the status quo?

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The Message is not the Median: Fairfax Roadsides Now Free of Political Speech

New law cracks down on political signs in public rights of way; $100 fine for violators.

Here’s a sign of the times for campaign 2012 — the roadsides in Fairfax County are almost completely free of political speech.

Wednesday, October 17

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W-L Girls’ X-Country Places Second at Glory Days Invite

Chantilly’s McGorty, West Springfield’s Alcorta break records.

The Washington-Lee girls' cross country team finished second at the 20th Annual Glory Days Invitational.

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Bullis Field Hockey Beats St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes

Senior captain Walker scores game’s lone goal.

The Bullis field hockey team defeated St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, 1-0, on Oct. 11.

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TC Field Hockey Advances to Northern Region Tournament

Laychak, Jerakis score in 2-1 victory over Annandale.

The T.C. Williams field hockey team defeated Annandale, 2-1, in the first round of the Patriot District tournament on Oct. 15.

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Fairfax Field Hockey Clinches Regional Berth

Rebels beat Statesmen for undefeated district record.

Fairfax concluded the regular season with a 2-0 victory against Marshall on Oct. 11.

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Chantilly’s McGorty Breaks Glory Days Invite Record

Chargers win boys’ team championship.

Chantilly's Sean McGorty won the 20th Annual Glory Days Invitational on Oct. 13.

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West Springfield’s Alcorta Breaks Glory Days Invite Record

Spartans win girls’ team championship.

West Springfield's Caroline Alcorta won the 20th Annual Glory Days Invitational on Oct. 13.

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Defense, Running Game Lead Lake Braddock Past Robinson

Bruins have won four straight after 1-2 start.

The Lake Braddock football team beat Robinson, 32-7, on Oct. 12.

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A Fond Farewell

Women Mean Business group disbands.

For 12 years, they gathered in the early morning hours each week with the single purpose of helping in the city's fight against breast cancer. But after raising more than $100,000 for the annual walk and spearheading the inauguration of a new surgical fund, the members of Women Mean Business have decided to disband.

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Oktoberfest Benefits Seniors

Port City Brewery hosts Meals On Wheels fundraiser.

The award-winning Port City Brewery hosted the inaugural Senior Services of Alexandria Oktoberfest tour and tasting fundraiser Oct. 16 to support the Meals On Wheels program for homebound seniors.

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Riverfest 2012

Foundation hosts Seaport Day fundraiser.

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation played host to more than 150 attendees at the 2012 Seaport Days festival and second annual Riverfest Oct. 13 at its waterfront facility in Old Town.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Oct. 17, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

Brief: Help Raise Awareness for Alexandria’s Homeless Animals

Walk for Homeless Animals, Saturday, Oct. 21, and help AWLA raise awareness about pet overpopulation in Alexandria and throughout the region.

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Brief: The Christmas Attic Seeks Artists

The Christmas Attic, an Old Town landmark, is seeking artists and community organizations — schools, churches, charities — to help produce a temporary exhibition featuring illuminated canvases of art to be revealed in each of the stores windows for “The Christmas Attic’s Holiday Advent Calendar Art Project.”

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Brief: ACCT Whittles Down the Suspects in ‘And Then There Were None’

Aldersgate Church Community Theater presents “And Then There Were None,” an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery, the play is a masterpiece of mystery and murder.

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Coffee with the Principal

T.C. Williams hosts Principal’s Chats.

The one-hour talk on the morning of Oct. 3 at the King Street campus had Maxey sharing information and hearing concerns and suggestions.

Alexandria School Notes: Oct. 17, 2012

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School Supply Drive

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office collected school supplies for Alexandria City Public Schools students in need and delivered them to the ACPS central office on Monday, Oct. 15.

Obituary: Donald T. Rocen

Donald T. Rocen died on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Old Town Alexandria.

Alexandria Military Notes: Oct. 17, 2012

Military notes

Letter: Housecleaning At City Hall

During the mayoral debate on Oct. 2, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Old Dominion Boat Club, the North Old Town Independent Civic Citizens Association, and the Rosemont Citizens Association, I was struck by Mayor Euille’s unexpected frankness about the importance of the proposed Metro station for the Potomac Yard developers.

Letter: Impressed By Candidate

He was on the Alexandria City Council 2003-2007, and was vice mayor 2006-2007. He is extremely intelligent, hard-working, and sensible. I am convinced that “Mayor Andrew Macdonald” would be a great improvement for Alexandria.

Letter: Vote for Change

The time for change at City Hall is overdue, and we have a chance to effect that change on the first Tuesday of November.

Letter: Metro on Scenic Easement?

As the exiled duke said in Shakespeare’s As You Like it, “Tis true I have seen better days,” so it is today I feel totally exiled from the city I moved to 25 years ago. I feel deceived by the non-transparency and obfuscation in the adoption of the 2010 plan to put the metro on the scenic easement.

Letter: Out of

As a life long Alexandrian, I'm shocked and dismayed that Justin Wilson would run again after being thrown off of City Council by the voters in the last election.

Letter: Fresh Alternative

Not long ago, I saw a clip on television of Barack Obama saying that as President, he would represent all the people, no matter whether they had voted for him or not. I wish three-term Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille shared that sentiment. I do not believe that he does.

Letter: Obvious Choice

I look for a leader who offers fairness and integrity. I think I am representative of a large percentage of women voters in Virginia and in the United States.

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Target Gallery Celebrates 25 Years

The Target Gallery, the national exhibition space in the Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrated its 25th anniversary last month.

Puppet Parade at Kaleidoscope for Kids

Artist Eryn Lake could be seen out on the lawn next to the Durant Center teaching three giant puppets how to walk on Sept. 29.

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Alexandria Fire/EMS Holds Memorial Service

The annual Alexandria Fire/EMS Memorial Service was held at Ivy Hill Cemetery on Thursday morning, Oct. 11.

Editorial: Pick Your Own Election Day

It's called “absentee voting in person,” and there are a lot of reasons why you should.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. The deadline to register to vote is past, although in Northern Virginia, it's clear that a very high percentage of eligible voters are registered.

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Column: Aging Well in Alexandria

Senior Services of Alexandria recently cosponsored an event at the Watergate at Landmark for their senior residents on “Aging Well in Alexandria.” This vibrant condominium community, located in the west end of Alexandria, is home to many engaged and active seniors who turned out to hear from a variety of speakers about the myriad of services that Alexandria offers for this special population.

Alexandria Bulletin Board: Oct. 17, 2012

Upcoming events in Alexandria

Brief: Water Main Upgrades Underway

Virginia American Water has started water main upgrades on South Lee Street and Lee Court in Alexandria to enhance water quality, improve service reliability and increase flows for fire protection.

Brief: ‘Fall Haul’ To Benefit Inova

The Twig Thrift Shop located at 106 North Columbus St., Old Town Alexandria mounts its “Fall Haul Extended Hours Sale," with a kick off on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. through Sunday, Oct 28.

Brief: Suspect Sought in Robbery

Alexandria Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in the robbery of the Dunkin Donuts, located at 4653 Duke St.

Brief: Police Investigate Sexual Assault

Alexandria Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Thursday, Oct. 11, at approximately 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Van Dorn Street and Courtney Avenue.

Herndon/Reston Events Calendar, Oct. 17 - Oct. 31

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

Vienna/McLean/Great Falls Events Calendar, Oct. 17 - Nov. 28

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

Week in Reston

Discussion on the inventory of public art in Reston, South Lakes teacher recognized as an emerging leader, UnCommon Sense at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery, and Photography by Rene Ramos will be featured at Hunter Woods

Commentary: Moral Consequences of Our Votes

Columnist E.J. Dionne, Jr. wrote in The Washington Post this past week that we should not be afraid to remind voters that elections and budgets have moral consequences.

Reston National in Retreat or Stalling?

Suddenly, Reston National Golf Club’s corporate masters have pulled back from the Oct. 24 hearing they demanded as a matter of urgency before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals.

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Club’s Craft Fair Supports 12 Charities

Twenty-five vendors at Metropolitan Community Club’s annual event.

The Metropolitan Community Club Craft Show is the place to head for all those holiday shopping needs. The preview of the show will be Friday, Oct. 26 from 5 – 8 p.m., and the show will run on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road in Potomac (next to Potomac Elementary School.)

Gallery To Host Finale Reception for Potomac Days

Potomac Theatre Company to perform songs from “My Fair Lady.”

Potomac Day is Saturday, Oct. 20 — when the first sounds of the parade commence. Clowns, marching bands, civic organizations, churches and the Potomac Citizen, Youth and Business persons of the year will all be cheered as they ride through the River and Fall Crossroads.

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‘Park After Dark’ Draws Crowds

Fundraiser benefits C&O Canal National Historical Park.

About 230 people came out to the C&O Historic Great Falls Tavern on Saturday, Oct. 13 for a boot-stompin’ fun-filled evening of music, dancing, chili with all the fixins’, experiential auction items and re-enactments of the Civil War — and all for a good cause. They partied to benefit the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

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Children’s Pumpkin Carving Class at Wildfire Supports Food for Others

Get ready for Halloween and join Wildfire at Tysons Galleria for a Kid’s Pumpkin Carving Class on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 4 p.m.

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Big-Band Floor Show Comes to Vienna

Benefit fundraiser for SCOV is next-best thing to the Copacabana nightclub.

If you know who Glenn Miller was, what drugstore soda fountains were, or if you have ever watched a Thin Man film, the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna [SCOV] is returning you to those times.

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Captain Chaos Makes Appearance in Halloween Parade

66th Annual Vienna Halloween Parade hits town on Oct. 24.

When the 66th annual Vienna Halloween Parade steps off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24, a very special 12-year-old will parade down Maple Avenue for the first time in his life. Riding in a custom-designed, custom-handcrafted “boat” attached to his wheelchair, Sean Fennelly, aka Captain Chaos, will watch spectators waving to him in the event that he himself has watched from the curb every year.

Meet Curious George

Friends of the Library, Potomac chapter, are hosting free family events on Potomac Day, Oct. 20.

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A Finishing Touch

Local designers share tips for choosing finishes when remodeling a kitchen.

When remodeling a kitchen, choosing finishes such as countertop materials and paint colors can be daunting for some. Design experts say there are a few guidelines that can simplify the process.

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Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Holds Annual Open House

Equipment, activities, draw hundreds of families to Saturday’s award-winning event.

What little child—or grownup child—doesn’t like fire engines and ambulances? Vienna youngsters got their chance to climb aboard emergency equipment, learn about fire safety, jump in a bounce house, get tattooed and nibble on free hot dogs and popcorn, all while at the Fire Prevention Week Open House presented by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 13.

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Arrangements To Fall For

Creating bouquets that celebrate the bounty of the season.

Create a field-inspired arrangement by sculpting a pumpkin to use as a vase. “Sometimes we will hollow out a pumpkin, put a liner in it and make an arrangement with mums, pretty fall leaves and millet or bittersweet,” said Evelyn Kinville of the Behnke Florist Shop in Potomac.

Saving by Going Greener

Company provides data on costs to run common electrical appliances for consumers, now available at Strosniders.

When Susan Marinelli wanted a new coffee maker, she also wanted to shop at a local store. When Marinelli walked in to Strosniders, she found tags on display, educating consumers about different appliances and the different amounts of energy each one uses.

Editor's Note

In the article “Church Street Garage Discussed” [Vienna and Oakton Connection, October 10-16, 2002] it should have been stated that the town would purchase the land for $1, not the garage.

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Celebrating Columbus at Churchill Road

On Friday, Oct. 5, Churchill Road kindergarten classes celebrated Columbus Day by learning about Christopher Columbus.

Potomac Calendar: Oct. 17, 2012

Upcoming events and activites

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Dreaming in Chinese

Brothers Robbie and Brad Fried, of Vienna, run Chinese Language Institute.

Three years ago, with a loan from their father, two brothers from Fairfax County founded the Chinese Language Institute (CLI), an educational services company, in Beijing. Today, it’s one of the leading Mandarin language schools in China.

Charlotte Barnwell McCutchen, 67, Dies

Great Falls resident for 16 years and accomplished neurologist dies in San Diego, Calif.

Charlotte Barnwell McCutchen, M.D., died Sept. 11, 2012 in San Diego, Calif., age 67, of complications from Guillain-Barre Syndrome. She was a resident of Great Falls for 16 years, from 1984-2000.

Brief: Night and Day: Celebrate Fall

Montgomery Parks is offering two family-friendly events on the weekend of Oct. 20-21: Locust Grove Nature Center’s Nocturnal Neighbors Festival and the annual Fall Apple Festival at Brookside Nature Center.

McLean Teen, Annie Mae Weiss, to Sing in Atlantic City

McLean resident and Langley freshman Anne Mae Weiss will be among the performers in Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Week in McLean

Run for the Planet at Tysons Mall

The Tysons Corner Center Mall will help National Geographic Kids magazine set two Guinness World Records® titles: Most people to run 100 meters in 24 hours and the longest chain of shoes.

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A Drama on Growing Up

McLean Community Players present “What I Did Last Summer.”

An intimate memory play about growing up and discovering new worlds and new ideas is next for the McLean Community Players as they produce A.G. Gurney's "What I Did Last Summer." The production takes place in the summer of 1945: WW II is nearing its end and a teenage boy develops self-awareness before heading off to boarding school.

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Yorktown’s Homecoming Parade

On Oct. 12, students of Yorktown High School celebrated 2012 Homecoming with the annual parade.

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Final Rehearsals at Yorktown High School

Drama instructor Carol Cadby and choreographer Ryan Sellars run through scenes with the cast for the upcoming show “Mirrors” at a rehearsal on Monday afternoon, Oct. 15.

Week in Great Falls

Halloween Spooktacular at Great Falls Village Centre

Continuing a decades-long tradition, the merchants of the Great Falls Village Centre and Great Falls Friends & Neighbors are now teaming up with the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation and the Great Falls Shopping Center to provide a family-friendly night of trick-or-treating for children up to age 12 (6th grade) and their families on Wednesday, Oct. 31, rain or shine.

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IPAR Recognized by County Arts Council

Arts Impact Award given for IPAR's public art outreach.

The Initiative for Public Art-Reston was recognized by the Arts Council of Fairfax County Friday, Oct. 12 with the Arts Impact Award for their commission and placement of art in public places around the community. Founded in 2007 by local civic organizations and residents, the group created a Public Art Master Plan in 2008 to guide the future of public art.

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Simon Hosts Connolly Fundraiser

Reston founder welcomes congressman, supporters to his Lake Anne home.

Supporters of Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) ascended to the top of Lake Anne Plaza, as Reston founder Robert Simon hosted a fundraising event Sunday, Oct. 13 at his home. Due to the 2010 redistricting, the 11th district includes Reston in its entirety.

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Home Tour Shows Life on the Edge

Annual home tour features homes next to Reston's features.

This year’s Reston Homes Tour featured the usual assortment of houses featuring exceptional architecture, interior design and other unique designs, but this year’s theme also focused on the adjacent areas. “Living on the Edge,” the theme, was designed to highlight how various Reston residents are making do while living near some kind of community feature.

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A Three-way Race in 10th District

Kristin Cabral, Kevin Chisholm oppose Frank Wolf in new-look 10th district.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) is attempting to be re-elected for a sixteenth term come Nov. 6, but he will face two challengers in Kristin Cabral (Democrat) and Kevin Chisholm (Independent).

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MPA Hosts Annual ArtFest

Nonprofit recognized by Arts Council, holds annual festival.

The McLean Project for the Arts celebrated a banner weekend this weekend: they were recognized by the Arts Council of Fairfax County Friday, Oct. 12 and ended the weekend with their annual ArtFest Sunday in McLean Central Park.

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Spring Hill Welcomes Japanese Students

Elementary school participates in exchange program.

Over the summer, 13 students and four staff members from Spring Hill Elementary spent more than a week in Yokohama, Japan. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, several students and parents from Yabe Elementary in Japan returned the favor, arriving to great fanfare from students, staff and parents.

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Sharing Great Falls Ghost Stories

GFHS Oktoberfest features tales of local hauntings.

After moving into one of the oldest houses in Great Falls, Jinny Beyer began thinking something was amiss in her home. For the first six months they lived there, every night at 2 a.m. sharp, Beyer would wake to what she felt was a presence in the room.

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Arlington Election Officials Prepare for Record Breaking Number of Absentee Ballots

Last two presidential cycles have seen dramatic spike in absentee voting.

Election officials in Arlington are predicting another record-breaking turnout for absentee ballots, which have been dramatically increasing in recent years.

Tuesday, October 16

Arlington Orange Line: Oct. 17, 2012

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Arlington Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Arlington Calendar: Oct. 17, 2012

Upcoming events and activities in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for Oct. 28 - Nov. 3.

Staged Reading

Inspired by the very current War on Women, The Disreputables theater company retaliates against the barrage of attacks on women’s healthcare and rights with an arsenal of new plays in the SLUT Staged Reading Festival.

A Musical Crossroads at Signature Theatre

As part of its continuing commitment to developing new works, Signature Theatre presents a one-weekend-only concert of “Crossing,” a musical by Matt Conner and Grace Barnes. The concert will have four performances, all held on the weekend of Oct. 20-21 in the MAX.


The Rosslyn BID's performance art festival will take place June 6-9, 2013.

“Paintings and Collages”

Marymount’s Barry Gallery will exhibit “Paintings and Collages” by Judy Bass from Oct. 19 through Dec. 6, 2012.

Call for Entries

AAC is pleased to announce two exciting jurors, Melissa Messina, Senior Curator at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Kathryn Wat, Chief Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, who will select the artwork for INTERWOVEN.

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Arlington Entertainment Briefs: Oct. 17, 2012

Entertainment briefs

Arlington School Notes: Oct. 17, 2012

School notes

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Helping Homeless Veterans’ Children

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227 members present 34 $50 gift cards for homeless veterans’ children’s school needs to two Northern Virginia Veterans Administration Supportive Housing case managers in August.

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Reunion of U.S.A.F. 49th Squadron

The U.S. Air Force 49th Squadron Association convened at the Sheraton National in Arlington Oct. 5-7 for its annual reunion.

Evolent Health at 800 North Glebe

Evolent Health has signed a lease for a nearly 34,000-square-foot headquarters at 800 North Glebe, a JBG Companies’ state-of-the-art, mixed-use building at the corner of Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard in the Ballston submarket of Arlington.

Walk To Benefit the Homeless

Fall fun events planned at community walk.

Church of the Ascension is leading a Help the Homeless community walk on Saturday, Oct. 20, 3-6 p.m. at Lyon Park, 414 North Fillmore St. to benefit the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless.

Letter: WMATA Profits From Hate

The new Metro ads that call Muslims "savages" and encourage riders to "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." are not just hateful and discriminatory. They send a message that Muslims are not welcome in the D.C. community.

Arlington Bulletin Board: Oct. 17, 2012

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Brief: Sunrise Senior Living Earns Energy Star Certification

Sunrise of Arlington has recently earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification.

Brief: Kenmore Middle School Wins the Ritz-Carlton’s U.S. Grand Prize

Kenmore Middle School has been selected as the Ritz-Carlton’s U.S. Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Succeed through Service Student Challenge. The Kenmore Family and Consumer Science program received $5,000.

Brief: Learn How To Help End Homelessness

County Board member Walter Tejada will host a special meeting on ending homelessness on Thursday, Oct. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. at Central Library in Arlington.

Friday, October 12

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Creating a New Point of View

Custom-designed two-level window wall invites indoor/outdoor continuity.

“Homeowners come to us for design ideas that will open up space and invite indoor/outdoor continuum,” he said. “But new Fairfax County’s rules on wind-resistance requirements for large-scale windows are quite technical, and demand thoughtful engineering.”

“Subjectively Speaking”

In my opinion. It’s what I think. It’s what I feel. It’s what I think I feel. It may not be something I know, but it’s certainly something that I hope I know. And if it’s not exactly something that I know, then I hope it’s something I believe.

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‘Storyline Is Absolutely Hilarious’

Chantilly High presents musical comedy, “Urinetown.”

The fight for the freedom to pee for free — that’s the basic premise behind Chantilly High’s upcoming musical comedy, “Urinetown.” It’ll be presented Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 17-20, at 7 p.m.

Centre View Roundups: Oct. 10, 2012

Centre View roundups

Job Switch for Peter Noonan

Former Centreville High principal leads Fairfax City Schools.

Since coming to Fairfax County Public Schools in July 2001, Clifton resident Peter Noonan has been on an upward trajectory. He went from being an assistant principal to a principal to a school system assistant superintendent.

Centre View Calendar: Oct. 10, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

Centre View School Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

School notes

Letter: Yes, It Could Be Worse

In their letter entitled “Can it Get Worse” (CentreView, Oct. 4), Paul and Orene Blum ask a very simple question: “It just can’t get any worse than this … can it?” — referring to President Obama’s actions following the horrific attacks on the American embassy in Libya. My answer to that question is simple — Yes, if Mitt Romney is the next President of the United States it would get much worse.

Centre View Bulletin Board: Oct. 10, 2012

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Chilly But Fun Clifton Day

Clifton Day, last Sunday, Oct. 7, was cold and drizzly, but visitors still flocked to the town for the food, crafts and entertainment.

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Get Ready for Centreville Day

20th annual event features a parade, crafts, music, food and history.

It’s slated for Saturday, Oct. 20, and the good times begin with the Zombie Slouch 5K Run and Walk at 9 a.m., followed by the Centreville Day parade at 9:45 a.m.

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Biscuits, Gravy and Good Will

Chantilly High fetes businesses that help its special-ed students.

Some 30 local businesses support Chantilly High’s Special-Education Career Classes. So on Sept. 26, the school held a breakfast in its lecture hall to honor them, and the students and teachers joined in, too.

Centre View Military Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

Military notes

Thursday, October 11

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Young Designers on the Road

Two West Potomac High students start graphic design business.

When Wake Coulter and Adam Privette walked on the streets last summer, distributing flyers and business cards and telling strangers about their graphic design business, they saw confusion and hesitance on most people’s faces.

Springfield Fondling Attacks May Be Linked

Police release sketch of suspect.

Fairfax County police released a sketch this week of a suspect they say may be responsible for at least five fondling attacks in Springfield over the past month.

Mount Vernon School Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

School notes

Company Named Healthiest Employer 2012

Van Metre Companies, parent company of Mount Vernon Athletic Club, has been awarded Healthiest Employer 2012 by the Washington Business Journal.

Finally, Movement On North Hill?

Housing agency seeks proposals for high-density residential development.

Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland said last week that the Fairfax Housing Department is expected shortly to issue a request for proposals from the housing development industry to build high density residences on part of North Hill, the largest area of vacant land along Route 1.

Letter: New Meaning to Trashing Competition

If you disagree with your neighbor's political views, don't express your disagreement by becoming a criminal. Instead, obtain your own signs and display them on your own property.

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St. Luke’s Pumpkin Patch Opens

Fundraiser supports programs, charities.

Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church on Ft. Hunt Road kicked off its fall Pumpkin Patch fundraiser — now in its 8th year — on Saturday, Oct. 6.

West Springfield Students Chalk4Peace

West Springfield children become "ChalkStars."

“I think peace means being happy and free. Everyone was drawing peace signs, so it was a peaceful event.” —Corbin Lathrop, 10

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Oct. 10, 2012

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Brief: Accidental Apartment Fire in Mount Vernon

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to an apartment fire, on Sept. 22, at approximately 10:05 a.m. in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County.

Brief: PrimeTime Business Expo on Oct. 23

PrimeTime will be Tuesday, October 23, from at 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 8592 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309.

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Court of Honor held at Springfield Church of Christ

Three scouts were honored from Troop 2215.

In 2007, a new Boy Scout troop was formed at the Springfield Church of Christ. Every scout in Troop 2215 was home-schooled. On Saturday, Oct. 6, three of the troop’s founding members—Erik Lyttek, Michael Marriott and Benjamin Washechek—were recognized in a Court of Honor. All three boys had earned the grade of Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank in scouting. As Master of Ceremonies Hunter Stauffer explained, this is a significant achievement because only 3 percent of scouts reach this plateau.

Brief: Lori Williams in Concert at MetroStage on Monday

Lori Williams, one of MetroStage’s favorite performers, will be in concert Monday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. when she officially launches her second CD, “Eclipse of the Soul.”

Brief: In Focus

Focus Music in Mount Vernon presents a co-bill of folk/pop singers Susan Greenbaum and Carey Creed, both touring with brand-new recordings, in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church.

Brief: Bridal Show

Occasionally Cake is hosting a free wedding cake tasting at their Alexandria location, 207 King Street, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 14.

Two Years Later, the Search Goes On

Homicide detectives are still seeking leads in a two-year long investigation of the murder of Yong Suk Yun, 61. He was killed on Oct. 7, 2010, in his Fairfax Station home at 5781 Ladues End Court. Yun owned the Dr. Wash in Chantilly and detectives believe Yun’s murder stemmed from a robbery.

Brief: 17th Annual Alexandria Arts Safari

Celebrate the Torpedo Factory Art Center's 17th Annual Alexandria Arts Safari, a free day of hands-on arts and crafts activities for children and families. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, from noon-4 p.m.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Oct. 10, 2012

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Chilly, Fun Clifton Day

People from all over the area came to Clifton Day 2012.

Week in Fairfax

City of Fairfax police have arrested a Shenandoah County man in connection with an Aug. 18 hit-and-run which resulted in the death of a pedestrian. The victim was James Ralph Davidson, 52, of no fixed address; charged with felony hit-and-run was Malik Tayvon Battle, 22, of 299 Stickley St. in Strasburg.

Parents Confirm Bryan Glenn’s Death

Searchers find body of Woodson High School student in Thaiss Memorial Park.

As news of 17-year-old Bryan Glenn’s death spread throughout the community Monday, Oct. 8, condolences poured out to the Glenn family, in person and on the Facebook page launched last week to help find the W.T. Woodson High School senior who went missing on Oct. 1.

New President for ACVA

Patricia R. Washington has been named president & CEO of Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association. Washington’s start date is Nov. 13. She is the third person to lead ACVA since its inception 16 years ago.

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Fairfax Gets First Taste of Smashburger

Instead of cutting a ribbon, Mayor Silverthorne “smashes” burgers during grand opening in new shopping center.

Smashburger, a Denver-based burger chain, opened its first area location in the new Boulevard Marketplace on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne participated in Smashburger's version of a ribbon-cutting, a "ceremonial smash" with founder Tom Ryan. "I am thrilled to welcome Tom Ryan and Smashburger to the City of Fairfax, their first location in the Washington Metropolitan region,” said Silverthorne after Wednesday’s preview party. “This new restaurant, along with several others in the new Fairfax Boulevard Marketplace, is a great addition to the Fairfax family.”

Saturday Morning Coffee With Delegate David Bulova

Constituents gather at Main Street Bagel to talk local politics.

“The General Assembly is not anywhere near as gridlocked as Congress. Bills get passed in the blink of an eye, and what gets passed really does affects your day-to-day life.” —Del. David Bulova (D-37)

Obituary: Audrey M. Smith

Audrey M. Smith passed into eternal rest on Aug. 29, 2012.

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‘Appomattox’ Gets Makeover

United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter funds cleaning.

On a crisp and sunny Saturday on Oct. 6 there is a flurry activity surrounding this Civil War memorial.

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Affordable West Wood Oaks Apartments Completes $6.7 Million Green Renovation

West Wood Oaks Apartments celebrates the $6.7 million green renovation and brand-new clubhouse.

Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne and City Manager Bob Sisson joined residents of West Wood Oaks Apartments, located in the heart of Fairfax, to celebrate the community’s $6.7 million green renovation and brand-new clubhouse, just completed by Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC). Known as Suburbia Fairfax before the renovation, the 54-unit property is the only dedicated affordable property in the City of Fairfax by virtue of its income restrictions.

Taylor Run

The Taylor Run Citizens' Association Fall 2012 General Meeting will occur on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Cafeteria (1101 Janneys Lane).

Neighborhoods: Seminary Valley

Living on a busy street like Pegram Street has its pluses and minuses ... sometimes it is a little hard to get out of the driveway, it is probably a little noisier than some streets on Seminary Valley's cul-de-sacs ... and nearly every day we see our friends from Fire Station 206 make their way down the hill, either responding to a call or out on a training run.

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Seaport Foundation Partners with Healing Waters

On Thursday afternoon, Oct. 4, Seaport Foundation executive director Kent Barnekov and foundation board member Rex Wagner turned over a repaired fly fishing boat to Healing Waters National Capital Regional Coordinator George Gaines and Roger Carlson.

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Fifth Annual Taste for Giving

Twenty local restaurants and caterers participated in the fifth annual Rotary Club of Alexandria and the Alexandria Rotary Foundation’s Taste for Giving. Proceeds from the event support local charities and nonprofit organizations.

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Fairfax's Providence Players--Endearing and Enduring Comedy

Providence Players of Fairfax present "You Can't Take it with You."

"A non-stop dance of human interactions and emotions—with some crazy ballet thrown in for great entertainment," said Sara Bennett of the Providence Players next production, "You Can't Take it with You," by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

A Word With Fairfax City Schools Superintendent Peter Noonan

Superintendent Meets "Top-Notch" Principals

Since coming to Fairfax County Public Schools in July 2001, Clifton resident Peter Noonan has been on an upward trajectory. He went from being an assistant principal to a principal to a school system assistant superintendent. But he left it all in July, on the move upward, as he became the superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools.

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Pick of the Patch

Annual fundraising pumpkin sale now through Oct. 31

The search for the perfect pumpkin is never easy. Size and color considerations must be taken into account, and quality is king. The variety of pumpkins at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, available now through Oct. 31, make the search a little easier.

PetSage Hosts Catstravaganza

Wade Batterton’s cat trees filled the top of the parking lot as vendors set up tents near the doorway of Pet Sage on Dove Street on Saturday, Sept. 23.

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Whole Health Fest Gets Fairfax Fit

Get Fit City of Fairfax presents the free Whole Health Fest.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1-4 p.m., the Stacy C. Sherwood Center in Fairfax was the place to be when Get Fit City of Fairfax presented the free 2012 Whole Health Fest. The 14,000-plus square feet of the facility’s main level became a maze of vendors, exhibits, demonstrations, tastings and activities, all focusing on fitness, nutrition and general wellness.

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Civitan Clubs Host Annual Burke Lake Picnic

Over 300 people attended the recent picnic at Burke Lake Park for individuals with intellectual disabilities, their staff, and their families. The picnic was a combined effort of the Area 3 Civitan Clubs, including the Arlington, Fairfax, Greater Loudoun and Tysons Clubs, and the Fairfax County Department of Therapeutic Recreation, assisted by 13 members of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity at George Mason University. Members from the CFS Proud Hearts and MVLE Broadway Stars Civitan Clubs were also in attendance.

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An ‘Eye-opening’ Banquet in Burke

A "hunger banquet" highlights poverty in the world.

Thirty youth from area middle and high schools gathered on Sept. 18 at their local church in Burke to experience a “hunger banquet” to increase their awareness of poverty and hunger in the world, Haiti and in Northern Virginia. When these students from Lake Braddock, Robinson and West Springfield gathered for their weekly meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they were unaware of what was in store for them. Their leaders divided the students randomly into three groups—seating four students at an elegant dining table, nine students in a circle on folding chairs and the remaining 25 on cardboard laid out on the floor. The three groups represented the distribution of wealth in the world—10 percent in the high-income level, 20 percent in the middle-income level and the remaining 70 percent at the lowest level of wealth.

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Column: Volunteerfest Provides Opportunities for All Interests

I’d like to encourage all Fairfax County residents to consider participating in this year’s “VolunteerFest,” sponsored by Volunteer Fairfax on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. This year marks the 18th year for VolunteerFest, and more than 1500 County residents are expected to volunteer their time at dozens of sites around the County. Tasks include landscaping, sorting and collecting food at food banks, maintaining an outdoor classroom at an elementary school, helping seniors, cleaning libraries and sorting clothes at a thrift store that funds programs for people with disabilities. A full list of events can be found at Volunteer Fairfax is much more than “VolunteerFest,” however. For 37 years, this organization has been a tremendous resource for volunteering in Fairfax County. Through a variety of programs and services, Volunteer Fairfax strengthens the capacity of its nonprofit members and offers meaningful volunteer opportunities for local citizens. Moreover, all year long they match the skills and interests of volunteers and donors to the needs of local nonprofit organizations, helping to build a better community through service.

Council Notebook

The story about how the Potomac River Generating Station closed its doors this month is an Erin Brockovich story with an Old Town twist.

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Is Money Buying Influence in the Race for Alexandria City Council?

Candidates accept contributions from people with business at City Hall.

Campaign finance documents show candidates for mayor and City Council have taken hundreds of dollars from people with business at City Hall.

Wednesday, October 10

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Bullis Football Beats McNamara, Improves to 5-0

Bulldogs to face 5-1 St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Saturday.

The Bullis football team defeated Bishop McNamara, 26-3, on Oct. 5.

Wootton’s Hoy Scores 2 Goals in Win Against Whitman

Patriots edge Vikings in overtime.

The Wootton boys' soccer team defeated Whitman in overtime on Oct. 8.

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O’Connell Boys’ Soccer Scores Season-High 6 Goals

Knights beat Pope John Paul the Great.

The Bishop O'Connell boys' soccer team defeated Pope John Paul the Great, 6-0, on Oct. 4.

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Westfield Football Comes From Behind To Beat Chantilly

Strong effort from O-line helps Bulldogs remain undefeated.

The Westfield football team defeated Chantilly, 24-21, on Oct. 5.

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MVHS Field Hockey Remains Undefeated in District

Majors edge Stuart with Heller’s stroke goal.

The Mount Vernon field hockey team beat Stuart, 1-0, on Oct. 6 .

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Woodson Football Beats TC for First 2012 Victory

Titans running back Robertson runs for 176 yards in defeat.

The Woodson football team defeated T.C. Williams, 28-21, on Oct. 6.

Classified Advertising Oct 10, 2012

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Butler Leads Lake Braddock Volleyball to Victory

Senior has 22 kills in win over Spartans.

Led by Natalie Butler's 22 kills, the Lake Braddock volleyball team defeated West Springfield on Oct. 9.

Letter: Limit on Density?

When density came up during the mayoral debate, only Macdonald came close to the penultimate question: when is Alexandria dense enough?

Letter: An Achievement Worth Celebrating

Last week, Alexandria’s GenOn (formerly Mirant) power plant permanently shut down. How did this happen?

Letter: Supporting Public Uses

There are major obstacles in the way of reusing the now-closed power plant property in Old Town North. Perhaps the most daunting one is transportation.

Letter: GenOn Plant Site’s Possibilities

I offer congratulations to the city and in particular to my former neighbors, Poul Hertel and Elizabeth Chimento for spearheading the effort to first reveal the harmful health effects of the operation of the plant on city residents and then to join with other citizens and environmental groups to pressure GenOn to finally close the plant.

Letter: Support State Amendments

Issues are very important but attitude is too. We pay (more and more) for our governmental services. At least those who are supposed to represent our interests should treat us with respect.

Letter: One One-Hour Debate Inadequate

For those of us who attended the first and only one-hour debate between Mayor Euille and challenger Andrew MacDonald on Tuesday, Oct. 2, it was indeed civil with good questions from the sponsors and audience, but lacked substance regarding many of their answers.

Letter: Who’ll Take Time To Help?

What ever happened to the gentleman that drove off into the city streets of Alexandria after falling down in the Safeway on South Royal Street on Oct. 4 sometime after 6 p.m.?

Sportsman's Club To Host Dexter Manley

Redskins historian Michael Richman also to appear at Oct. 16 event.

The Alexandria Sportsman's Club will host its annual “Redskins Night” Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Old Dominion Boat Club. Special guest speakers for the evening will be former Redskins All-Pro defensive end Dexter Manley and Redskins historian Michael Richman.

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Rock and Stroll

Walk raises awareness, funds for homeless.

More than 400 people descended on Cameron Run Park Sept. 29 for the second annual Acacia Federal Rock and Stroll walk to end homelessness.

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Art on the Avenue

Record crowds turn out for Del Ray festival.

An estimated 50,000 people took to the streets of Del Ray Oct. 6 for the 17th annual Art on the Avenue, one of Alexandria's premiere events and largest arts festivals in the mid-Atlantic region.

Community Mourns Loss of Becky Arnold

Realtor, community activist, arts supporter dies at 59.

A passionate supporter of the arts and member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee, Arnold was diagnosed earlier this year with cancer and died suddenly Oct. 3 after a brief stay at the Halquist Memorial Hospice in Arlington.

Commentary: Start Conversation Now about Companion Care

The following behaviors may serve as warning signs that something is not right and your parents may need help.

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Charities Win at Half Marathon

Ndereba, Johnson win 13.1-mile race.

Dreary skies couldn't dampen the spirits of more than 3,000 runners who took to the streets of Virginia and Maryland Oct. 7 in the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon, won by Kenyan Samuel Ndereba in 65 minutes and 15 seconds with American Kellyn Johnson leading the women in 1:13:24.

Potomac School Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

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Bermans Celebrate 10 Years as Owners of Hunter’s Inn

Oct. 24 fundraiser to help young leukemia victim.

Murray and Fred Berman purchased the iconic Potomac “Cheers” bar — Hunter’s Inn — 10 years ago in October 2002. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Bermans have elected to donate 15 percent of their profits on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to the non-profit “Living with Childhood Leukemia.”

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‘Activity Rocket’ Launches

Speeding the way to better organization for parents.

Ilene Miller and Lisa Friedlander are busy Bethesda moms who had an innovative idea — and now their inspiration is benefiting scores of families throughout Montgomery County, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. “Activity Rocket” has taken off and is soaring.

Military Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

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Bringing Home Colors of Fall

Late-blooming flowers are exploding with orange, yellow, purple and other vivid shades.

“Fall is a great time to plant,” said Claire Seesman of the Potomac Garden Center in Potomac. “There are a lot of fall blooming perennials: Echinacea (also known as purple cone flowers), ornamental fall grasses, mums, pansies, cabbage and kale are huge right now.”

Letter: Harmful Dispute

Please don't let a dispute with the Soccerplex end up destroying a national resource. It is creating nothing but ill-will.

Citizens of the Year

Honorees to be featured at Potomac Day parade on Oct. 20 and chamber ceremony at Normandie Farm in November.

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce named the Potomac citizens of the year this past week. The Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year, and Businessperson of the Year are scheduled to ride in convertibles in the Potomac Day parade on Oct. 20.

Mock Tragedy or Sober Truth?

Churchill students stage bloody accident to discourage drunk, distracted driving.

Rockville Fire and Rescue personnel covered two Winston Churchill High School students in shrouds last Thursday, Oct 4, at a single car accident scene directly in front of the Potomac school.

‘Bless this Creature’

Mouth open, Noah Bumanis, of Potomac, looked skyward as the Rev. Dr. Ann Laprade placed her hands on his back and blessed him Saturday, Oct. 6 at Potomac United Methodist Church.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Oct. 10, 2012

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Reston Community Center Wins Two Awards

Over 450 delegates from around the state gathered at the 58th Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society held Sept. 8-11 at Wintergreen. The conference is education-focused and provides an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to discuss areas of common interest.

Commentary: Time to Act on the DREAM

Congress needs to act on the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or the DREAM Act, as soon as it reconvenes after the elections. The act which was first introduced in 2001 would provide a path to citizenship for people brought to this country at a very young age.

Week in Reston

Reston Heights to Host Festival on the Square

Reston Heights announces the 4th annual Festival on the Square on Sunday, Oct. 14, noon-4 p.m.

'Amazing Talent' Featured at Lake Anne

Jazz Festival coordinators disappointed by sparse turn out.

“Something about Lake Anne and music go together,” said Reston resident and Lake Anne Jazz Festival co-coordinator Eve Thompson. Saturday was the Sixth Annual Lake Anne Jazz Festival. Thompson along with Mykle Lyons, a Reston resident and founder of the Mykle Lyons Trio, started the festival out of love for music and for Lake Anne Plaza, said Thompson.

Week in Herndon

Back to Rock to open in Herndon and Race to Rid SIDS to be held Oct. 13

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Tackling Big Issues With Wry Comedy

Elden Street Players bring on "The Clean House."

Celebrating 25 years of "combining bold direction with extraordinary artistry" the Elden Street Players' new season will be one "with a strong focus on shows that intrigue and provoke thought for our audiences," said Angie Anderson, the artistic director. The season opener is "The Clean House" a Pulitzer Prize finalist by Sarah Ruhl. The show is a fusion of tart comedy and heartfelt drama, fantasy and daily life.

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Dranesville Students Walk to School

Credit last year’s 5th grade class at Dranesville Elementary for getting the school involved in International Walk to School Day. “The 5th graders and their teachers were Internet searching for healthy activities as part of their science and health classes,” said Principal Kathryn Manoatl, “and they came across this global action campaign. It called for an international day of walking to school. Seemed like a perfect match. The focus was on school kids and what could be easier than walking?”

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HOV Ramp from I-66 East to I-495 North Closing

After morning rush hour on or about Friday, Oct. 12, the left-lane HOV (high occupancy vehicle) ramp from eastbound I-66 to northbound I-495 will close to traffic until the 495 Express Lanes open to traffic later this year and the ramp reopens as a new, dedicated 495 Express Lanes ramp. During the closure, carpools will use the ramp from the right lane of I-66 East to I-495 North (Capital Beltway’s Inner Loop).

Lighting the Night for a Cause

This is the APL Dumpling Gang’s second year walking in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual Light the Night Walk.

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Reston Town Center Hosts Oktoberfest

Annual event features fall beer, food, children’s carnival.

A cold, rainy day couldn’t keep George Mitchell and his friends away from Reston’s Oktoberfest Sunday, Oct. 6.

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New Downtown Herndon Mural Under Construction

Commissioned by Arts Council, Keith Naquin prepares mural on Ice House Café.

Downtown Herndon has been a bit more colorful in recent months, and artist Keith Naquin is a major reason why. Over the summer, the retired Herndon High School teacher turned the gray wall behind the NAPA Auto Parts building into a scenic, pastoral mural. Now he’s moved onto his second project, transforming the red brick wall of the Ice House Café.

Editorial: Cancer Awareness

Success with breast cancer awareness should help other cancers.

October is breast cancer awareness month. Anyone connected to media of any variety already knows this. A massive marketing success, we all know that pink shows support for breast cancer prevention, especially in October.

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Citizens Urged to Speak Up On Transportation Funding

County looks for public’s opinions and suggestions on funding options.

What issue could be so important that the mayors and chairs of 38 jurisdictions within Virginia’s “Urban Crescent,” the area stretching from Northern Virginia to Richmond and Hampton Roads, could set aside political affiliations and sometimes conflicting agendas to sign off on a letter sent collectively to the governor, lieutenant governor and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia? Long question, short answer: transportation.

Week in Vienna

Vienna family brings library to Meadow Lane Park, High tech workforce to be discussed, Vienna Halloween Parade to be held on Oct. 24, and Vienna participates in 'Hail the Trail'

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MPO Jeffrey Randall ‘Randy’ Burchfield Retires

On Oct. 1, MPO Jeffrey Randall “Randy” Burchfield retired from the Town of Vienna Police Department after 27 years of service to the citizens of Vienna.

Vienna Resident Completes 40-day Himalayas Expedition

Justin Gilbert, 48, of Vienna, recently completed a 40-day expedition in the Himalayas of India with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

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Oktoberfest Brightens Vienna Saturday

Annual festival draws families.

Oktoberfest, on Saturday, Oct. 6, started out as picture-perfect autumn day… sunny blue skies with a mild temperature, perfect for strolling. By early afternoon, dark clouds rolled in, but the families with young children made the best of their time at Oktoberfest.

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Church Street Garage Discussed

Town and architect invite questions, comments.

The Town of Vienna and project architect Paul Layer conducted another round of citizen meetings on Sept. 27 to discuss the proposed Church Street mixed-use building, a small complex of parking garage/retail and condo apartments, developed as a private/public partnership. Approximately 25 concerned community members turned out for the mid-afternoon meeting, while a much smaller number participated in the evening meeting. The evening meeting, however, featured a greater interaction between speakers and fellow citizens.

Potomac Calendar: Oct. 10, 2012

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McLean, Great Falls Market is Up in 2012

The residential real estate market is up 26.8 percent in McLean and Great Falls in terms of total number of sales. This represents a significant increase for the first three quarters of 2012 over the same time period for 2011.

Letter: The Salona Park: Fields to Nowhere

In December 2005, the Fairfax County Park Authority and Board of Supervisors agreed to pay Dan DuVal the extraordinary amount of $16,050,000 for an open space easement on land owned by DuVal, which is generally known as Salona Park. Among other things DuVal expressly granted the Park Authority and the County Board, in paragraph 3.9 of the Easement Agreement (and which the County paid for), “the right to use approximately 10 acres of the Property for recreation purposes” (emphasis added).

Classes at VisArt

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Letter: Spirit of Amadeus Among Us

We attended the 32nd season's first concert at St. Luke's Catholic Church in McLean. The parking was free, kids under 17 are free and the premise is "orchestra up close and personal."

Potomac River Jam Returns

On Sunday, Oct. 14, the public is invited to the River Center at Lock 8 to celebrate the Potomac River and C&O Canal with Potomac Conservancy. Activities will begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m.

Motivating Girls for Math and Science

McLean Area AAUW is hosting a program on Oct. 23, 7 p.m. at the McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave.) on How We Can Make a Difference in Local Girls’ Education and Future Careers. Fairfax County leaders in the areas of STEM, GEMS and MAGiC are the featured speakers. These acronyms all relate to efforts designed to motivate girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and math—the four areas that are referred to collectively as STEM.

Draw Til You Drop — Benefits Wounded Warrior Project

VisArts invites beginners, skilled and professional artists for a day of creative exploration.

Fundraiser to Support Children’s Science Center

A fundraiser for the Children’s Science Center has been announced by HBC Realty Group’s Community Charity Champions. Come to dinner on Monday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pulcinella Italian Host in McLean to support Children’s Science Center and approximately 60 percent of the proceeds from food and drink will go to the charity, as long as the diner brings the flyer for the event.

Orange Line: Oct. 10, 2012

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Churchill Road Inducts its SCA Officers

On Friday, Oct. 5, the Churchill Road SCA held its induction ceremony for its newly elected officers for 2012-2013.

Arlington School Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

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Briscoe, Conroy Receive Chamber Recognition

Karen Briscoe and Lizzy Conroy with the HBC Realty Group of Keller Williams Realty received the award for Corporate Social Responsibility from the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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Tysons Debated in McLean

County officials speak about latest on Tysons redevelopment.

The McLean Citizens Association hosted a program about Tysons Corner transportation funding Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the McLean Community Center. County officials briefed the public on ways to pay for the $2.3 billion in projected costs.

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Salona Task Force Provides Update

Community discusses development possibilities.

The McLean Community Center was packed to the brim Thursday, Oct. 4 with community members waiting to hear the latest from the Salona Park Task Force, which has been charged with coming up with a master plan for a portion of the 51-acre historic Salona property. Located just east of downtown McLean on Dolley Madison Boulevard, 41 acres of the property was purchased from the DuVal family by the County for $16.5 million.

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St. Thomas Kicks off Annual Pumpkin Patch

Proceeds from sales go to local charities.

The large green lawn in front of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in McLean had a few splashes of fall color added Sunday, Oct. 7 as dozens of volunteers helped unload a truck full of pumpkins for their annual charity pumpkin patch.

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Churchill Road Named Green Flag School

Eco-Schools program gives school highest award.

Churchill Road Elementary School became just the eighth school in the country to earn the Eco-Schools USA Green Flag award Friday, Oct. 7. The Eco-Schools program is hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, and there are more than 50 eco schools in the County, along with two other Green Flag schools in the state, the highest award level.

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McLean Symphony Announces New Season

Maestro Dingwall Fleary, beginning his 41st year as conductor of the McLean Symphony, announced the upcoming season for the McLean Symphony. The first concert will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center Alden Theater, 1234 Ingleside Ave., Mclean.

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Bavarian Fun

Oktoberfest in Shirlington brings crowds, culture and craft beer.

The Oktoberfest at Shirlington Village returned for its 13th installment on Saturday, Oct. 6, with lederhosen, dirndls and good cheers for all.

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Promoting Clean Water at Forestville Elementary

Forestville Elementary School and the Forestville PTA hosted the Wyland Foundation's Clean Water Learning Center last week in Great Falls. The 1,000-foot mobile classroom featured science exhibits, computer models and running rivers.

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Village Green Hosts Fall Festival

Students spend day on moon bounces, magic show.

The Village Green Day School in Great Falls hosted their annual Fall Festival Wednesday, Oct. 3. For student Grady Robbins, this meant a special surprise when he got to school.

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Colvin Run Students Honored

Students take first, second place in annual Friends of the Great Falls Freedom Memorial essay contest.

The Friends of the Great Falls Freedom Memorial named the winners of their second annual essay contest Saturday, Oct. 6, hosting several participants at the Great Falls Library. Two Colvin Run Elementary School students, Maren Kranking and Sherwin Momenian were named first and second place winners, respectively.

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Blessing of the Pets

The blessing of the pets is held annually on a weekend near Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.

Arlington Business Notes: Oct. 10, 2012

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Freshman Arlington County Board Member Faces Two Opponents in November

Streetcar debate dominates discussion this election cycle.

It’s only been about seven months since voters in Arlington chose longtime School Board member Libby Garvey to fill the unexpired term vacated by Barbara Favola, who was elected to the Virginia state Senate last year.

Tuesday, October 9

Arlington Calendar: Oct. 10, 2012

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“Flourishing After 55”

Upcoming events and activities for seniors

Two Generations of Cajun Dancehall Music at Artisphere

Two generations of Cajun music legends unite when the new group Joel Savoy, Jesse Lége & Cajun Country Revival heat up the ballroom at Artisphere on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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‘Dying City’

Signature debuts Pulitzer-nominated play.

A year after her husband’s death in Iraq, newly-widowed Kelly is confronted by his identical twin brother in “Dying City,” now playing at Signature Theatre in Arlington.

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TJ Goalie Seetharaman Shuts Out South Lakes

Herndon resident leads Colonials to first district win.

The Thomas Jefferson field hockey team defeated South Lakes, 2-0, on Oct. 5.

NAACP Chapter To Honor Retired Arlington Educator

Macekura talks about his involvement in integration of county’s public schools.

On Saturday, Oct.13, the Arlington Branch National Association of Colored People (NAACP) will honor former Arlington educator Joseph Macekura at its 66th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet for his work helping to integrate Arlington Public Schools, most notably helping four African-American students enroll in Stratford Junior High School (now known as H-B Woodlawn Secondary School), which made it the first school in Virginia to be integrated.

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Foundation Awards $115,000

In recognition of their achievements in school, at home and within their communities, Arlington county residents Stephanie Hitchcock, Erin Gistaro, Adam Miner and Rachel Wimmer were among 26 college students to receive a combined $115,000 in scholarships from Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation.

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Oakton Field Hockey Shuts Out McLean

Miller, Prosser score for Cougars.

Oakton field hockey defeated McLean, 2-0, on Oct. 8.

Arlington Bulletin Board: Oct. 10, 2012

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IMPACT Day Preps Students for College and Careers

Deloitte LLP, an international firm that provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services, celebrated its 13th annual IMPACT Day on June 8.

Friday, October 5

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Fairfax Crowd Gives Obama Enthusiastic Welcome

President scores points talking about jobs, women’s rights … and Big Bird.

After a bruising debate with GOP challenger Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama did some boasting Friday, Oct. 5 at a campaign rally at George Mason University.

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West Springfield Volleyball Beats TC in District Opener

Senior middle blockers Davis, Schutzmeister make big plays for Spartans.

The West Springfield volleyball team won its Patriot District opener against T.C. Williams on Oct. 2.

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South County Field Hockey Loses Weather-Shortened Game

The South County field hockey team is 10-5 with one regular season game remaining.

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Westfield Field Hockey Mowing Down Northern Region

The Westfield field hockey team is undefeated against Northern Region opponents this season.

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Chantilly’s McGorty Records Nation’s Top Prep 5K Time

Chantilly's Sean McGorty wins at Great American Cross Country Festival.

T.C. Williams Volleyball Ranked No. 3 in Northern Region

Senior Whitmire has led Titans to a 12-4 record.

The T.C. Williams volleyball team entered its Oct. 2 match ranked No. 3 in the Northern Region.

Column: “Less Fluid, Most Nodules Stable, Minimal Growth.”

Given how I feel now, three-plus years later, and considering the results of this most recent scan, the future may simply be what it is: not now, but later. At least, that’s the way I see it, subjectively speaking. (Now whether “subjectively speaking” is just a euphemism for “unrealistic” is likely a topic for a “future” column.)

Welcome to ‘Boutiques of House Tour’

Event occurs during annual Potomac Country House Tour.

The “Boutiques of House Tour” will take place in conjunction with the St. Francis annual Potomac Country House Tour, Oct. 13 and 14.

Art Gallery of Potomac Features Scenes by Local Artists

Opening reception planned for Oct. 6.

October at the Art Gallery of Potomac will feature the work of guest artist Susan Gibbs alongside the work of two resident artists, Terri Cunningham and Carol Dyer. The theme for the show is Potomac – Yesterday and Today.

Potomac Country House Tour

St. Francis Episcopal Church will host the 57th annual Potomac Country House Tour, Oct. 13-14.

Alexandria Bulletin Board: Oct. 5, 2012

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Centre View Calendar: Oct. 5, 2012

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Zombie Slouch Will Help Sick Children

Centreville Day is presenting the first annual Zombie Slouch 5K Run and Walk, on Saturday, Oct. 20, outside Colin Powell Elementary, 13340 Leland Road in Centreville.

Centre View Roundups: Oct. 5, 2012

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New Man at Centreville High School’s Helm

Martin Grimm begins first year as principal.

Martin Grimm, Centreville High’s new principal, has spent most of his life coaching, teaching and leading children. So it’s understandable how he ended up in education.

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Community Comes Through for School’s Food Drive

On Fridays, these children could go to Centreville’s food-storage area and people would fill their backpacks with weekend snacks.

Thursday, October 4

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Officers of Quarter Honored at Sully

Police work reduced crime in Chantilly Lace community.

Two police officers who worked together to reduce drug dealing and other criminal activity in a Chantilly community were honored recently as the Sully District Station’s Officers of the Quarter. They are PFC Adam Jantosciak and MPO Garrett Polowy.

Centre View Bulletin Board: Oct. 4, 2012

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Centreville Labor Center Seeking New Director

Shani Moser leaves for job teaching Spanish.

For the past year, Shani Moser has been using her Spanish-language expertise in her position as director of the Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC). Since the majority of the day laborers there are Hispanic, her fluency proved an invaluable asset.

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Building Tomorrow’s Cyber Defenders

Students participate in Cybersecurity camp at Chantilly.

“Northrop Grumman is the largest cybersecurity provider to the federal government,” said corporate spokeswoman Marynoele Benson. And the company sent instructors to Chantilly to develop the camp’s curriculum, teach the classes and run the challenges.

Centre View School Notes: Oct. 4, 2012

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Remembering Grace

Fairfax family honors sister’s fighting spirit by forming “Team Grace.”

Call it charm or charisma, some people just naturally light up a room when they walk into it. Grace Ann LeGros of Centreville was one of those people.

Letter: Can It Get Worse?

All Americans should be ashamed of the current White House occupant and his administration and furious with the enabling press ... where are “Woodward and Bernstein” when you need them?

Chantilly Staff Exhibit their Art

During September, Chantilly High teachers and staff exhibited their own creations in the school’s art gallery.

Raising Funds for Best Buddies

Eric Latcheran and Kevin Whalen are teaming up again for Best Buddies. Both are participating this month in the annual Best Buddies Challenge in Washington, D.C. But before they can do so, they have to raise money to donate to the cause. Toward that end, they’re holding a Bartenders Night fundraiser, Thursday, Oct. 11, from 5-8 p.m., at Glory Days Grill.

Mount Vernon School Notes: Oct. 4, 2012

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Letter: Persistence Pays Off

After three years of hard work, finally, last week, the Westgrove Park off-leash dog area (OLDA) began to take shape.

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Garden Delights

An evening by the river.

The 19th Annual American Horticulture Society Gala was held Saturday, Sept. 22, at River Farm in Alexandria.

Classified Advertising Oct. 3, 2012

Read the lastest ads here!

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San Antonio Mayor Castro Campaigns in Mount Vernon

Democratic National Convention keynote speaker San Antonio Mayor Julian Castor stopped by the Sacramento Center Organizing for America (OFA) Mount Vernon campaign office to meet with local supporters on Sept. 8.

Route 1 Needs Larger Parcels for Development

SFDC staff examines challenges in the corridor.

The SFDC was formed by Fairfax County in 1982 to revitalize, market, and serve as a liaison for businesses looking to establish a presence along the Richmond Highway corridor from the Capital Beltway in the north to south at Fort Belvoir.

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SROs: Making Differences in Students’ Lives

Officers discuss their roles at Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition meeting.

“It’s probably one of my toughest assignments,” Ballantine said at the quarterly meeting of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria on Sept. 17. “It’s challenging to ensure the safety and security of the kids. But the beauty of this job is it’s not so much about law enforcement; it’s more about mentoring.”

Commentary: Should Virginia Auction Off Its Port?

I am generally leery of selling government assets to foreign investors, but I am still considering this proposal. If you have any feedback, I'd love to hear it. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your delegate.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Oct. 4, 2012

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Oct. 4, 2012

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Working Together

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) and former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-11) were luncheon speakers at successive meetings of the Rotary Club of Alexandria.

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Wake for an Irish Restaurant: Pat Troy Bids Farewell to Ireland's Own

After decades in business, outspoken restauranteur sells his business and enters retirement.

Friends and supporters — and even some former enemies — gathered at Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own Restaurant last weekend to say goodbye.

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City officials and Neighbors Look to Future After Coal-Fired Power Plant Shuts Down

Lines of communication are created to avoid mistakes of the waterfront plan.

Seeking to avoid the problems that emerged on the waterfront earlier this year, city officials have taken an early lead meeting with residents in North Old Town to start planning for the future of a now-shuttered coal-fired power plant.

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City Council Debate Heats Up Over Taxes and Spending

Candidates clash over budget issues at contentious candidates forum.

The high-water mark of Tuesday’s City Council candidates forum was a clash between former Councilman Justin Wilson and two incumbent members, Councilman Frank Fannon and Councilwoman Alicia Hughes, over taxes and spending, a key issue that hits voters in the pocketbook each year when property tax bills are issued.

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Jefferson-Houston Challenges Denial of Accreditation

Troubled elementary adds hour-and-a-half to school day as part of transformation effort.

Standing in the lobby of Jefferson-Houston Elementary School, Bea Porter is frustrated and angry. She sent her children to the school, and now her grandson is enrolled. But that may change unless the school makes drastic improvements soon.

Council Notebook

Everything old is new again at City Hall, where former Councilman David Speck has been tapped by Alexandria Circuit Court Chief Judge Lisa Kemler to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman Rob Krupicka, who was recently elected to fill the unexpired term of former Del. David Englin (D-45).

On the Campaign Trail

With five weeks to go before Election Day, Republicans and Democrats have targeted a small number of jurisdictions as key battlegrounds, including Henrico County and Virginia Beach. Here in Northern Virginia, the key swing jurisdictions are Loudoun County and Prince William County, where Republican George W. Bush won in 2004 followed by Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 only to flip back the next year and vote fore Republican Bob McDonnell in 2009.

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Clash for Mayor: Bill Euille Squares Off with Andrew Macdonald

Candidates for mayor meet in the first of three debates.

In their first of three scheduled debates Tuesday night at George Washington Middle School, three-term incumbent Democrat Bill Euille and independent challenger Andrew Macdonald clashed over the waterfront plan, the Base Closure and Realignment Commission and the scale of development in Alexandria.

Wednesday, October 3

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SoCo Receiver Jackson Burns TC

Stallions score 60 points in victory against Titans.

South County's David Symmes and William Jackson connected for three touchdown passes against T.C. Williams.

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Fairfax Volleyball Focused on Beating Liberty’s Elite

Rebels finish runner-up at Hayfield Invitational on Sept. 29.

The Fairfax volleyball team is 15-4 and finished runner-up at the Hayfield Invitational.

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Tour Cameron Station Homes

Oct. 6 tour to benefit Samuel Tucker Elementary School.

The distinctive homes of Cameron Station will be featured in the first Cameron Station Homes Tour Oct. 6 as a benefit for Samuel Tucker Elementary School.

Art on the Avenue Back for 17th Year

The Art on the Avenue annual arts festival is one of the largest arts festivals in the area, and it’s conveniently located in the heart of Del Ray. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., rain or shine.

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Convoy of Hope Arrives

Hundreds of volunteers arrived early at Cora Kelly Recreation Center to set up for a day free of poverty for many area residents.

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26 New Citizens Sworn in at Market Square

In celebration of Citizenship Day, 26 Virginia residents took the oath of allegiance to the United States and were sworn in as citizens on Sept. 11 in Market Square.

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Visitor Spending Up 8.1 Percent

Eric Nelson named ACVA's Tourism Partner of the Year.

The Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association held its annual meeting Sept. 27 at MetroStage Theater and used the occasion to announce that visitor spending in Alexandria increased 8.1 percent in 2011 to $711 million, generating city tax revenue of $23.1 million.

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Protecting One’s Eyes

Medical experts offer safety suggestions during Eye Injury Prevention Month.

Nancy Mahon was cleaning the bathroom of her Herndon home last spring when she noticed that something was going wrong. "My eyes started burning intensely," she said. "They were red and felt like they were on fire." The source of her eye irritation was a chemical that she was using to clean her bathroom. She sought medical care and now uses mild, non-toxic cleaners.

Todd Nedorostek, Arborist on Wheels

Through Tour des Trees, he combines love of trees and cycling.

Todd Nedorostek enjoys two things in his life: taking care of trees and cycling. The 42-year-old certified arborist of Alexandria participates in a fundraising event called Tour des Trees, which enables him to combine these two passions.

Alexandria School Notes: Oct. 3, 2012

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Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Health care professionals offer advice for staying healthy.

While many of her friends and family members enjoy the cooler temperatures and vibrantly colored leaves that herald the arrival of autumn, Mary O’Brien braces herself. For her, fall and winter mean sniffles, sneezes and frequent trips to the doctor. "I usually catch about four colds between October and April," said the North Potomac, Md., mother of two preschool children. "Between myself, my husband and our kids, it seems like someone always has a runny nose, fever or cough."

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Fundraising Regatta

The 19th Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, held Sept. 7-8 at the Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, raised nearly $150,000 for blood cancer cures.

Letter: Campaign Donations

The November ballot is long and complicated and includes the local races at the end, after the national and state contests. Please make sure to vote and remember to complete your ballot by voting for the local candidates of your choice.

Editorial: Last Week to Register to Vote

To vote on Election Day, you must be registered at your current address no later than Oct. 15, 2012. Registered voters should have received a new voter card in the mail by now. You can check your registration status online by visiting the State Board of Elections website at There you can also download a voter registration form and mail or fax it to your elections office address.

Letter: Questions for School Candidates

Is the school system doing all it can to prevent students from dropping out of school? If not, what more could be done? These are difficult questions, but ones we hope the candidates will grapple with.

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Picnic Benefits Friendship Firehouse

The historic Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association hosted an afternoon picnic on Sept. 23 in Aspen Green at the Virginia Theological Seminary.

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Race Alert

Half Marathon to affect GW Parkway traffic.

The 3rd annual Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon will be running from Mount Vernon Estates to National Harbor on the George Washington Memorial Parkway on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 7.

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Alfred Street Baptist Church Hosts Health Fair

Screenings, demonstrations highlight annual event.

Hundreds of attendees turned out Sept. 29 for the 2012 Alfred Street Baptist Church Community Health Fair.

Letter: Bigger Than Union Street

We don’t need to adopt another T&ES debacle. BRAC 133 was enough.

Brief: Support Alive! At Reunions

During the month of October, Reunions, a specialty shop of antiques, home furnishings, gifts and accessories, is donating 5 percent of its proceeds to ALIVE! (Alexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) which provides direct services for people in need including assistance with shelter, food, furniture, financial aid and early childhood education.

Armstrong Makes D.C. Debut

Local chef creates menu for National Gallery of Art.

Alexandria Chef Cathal Armstrong debuted his latest signature dishes at the National Gallery of Art's Garden Café Oct. 2 in celebration of the new Masterpieces of American Furniture Exhibit.

Be Prepared: What's on the Ballot?

Early voting (technically voting absentee-in-person) is already underway in Virginia, so you can go out and vote this week.

Column: TC Students Organize Against Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and students at T.C. Williams High School are gearing up to spread the word.

Commentary: Much Happening at SSA

October is a busy month for Senior Services of Alexandria, and we are working hard on behalf of our seniors to make sure that we are providing services that will foster independence and self sufficiency. As such, we have two events scheduled to help us provide these services and our Gazette-Packet readers are invited to attend.

Week in Reston

The Preference Poll seeks community guidance to fill three three-year positions on the Reston Community Center Board of Governors. Voting began officially on Sept. 28. Ballots were mailed to each property in small district 5, and may be submitted via mail, online, or at either RCC location.

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Oktoberfest Reston Set for Oct. 5-7

The beer and wine will be flowing at Oktoberfest Reston produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce,, the largest fall festival in Northern Virginia drawing crowds of up to 85,000 over three days. This event features the best in fall brews with traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants.

Letter: With Great Confusion

It was with great confusion that I read John Lovaas' recent column (Opinion: Who is Running to Represent You in Congress, Sept 20). Mr. Lovaas, whom I consider a friend, helpfully reminds us that Congressman Jim Moran no longer represents Reston in the House of Representatives because redistricting shifted Reston into the 11th Congressional District, currently represented by Congressman Gerry Connolly. Mr. Connolly faces three opponents from across the political spectrum. That much I understood, but several other points in the column confused me.

South Lakes Teacher Selected as Emerging Leader

Daina S. Lieberman, a teacher at South Lakes High School in Reston, has been recognized as an emerging leader by PDK International, a global association of education professionals.

Swept Along by ‘Legally Blonde’

Reston Community Player present “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

"An adrenalin rush of a musical with lots of fun. Yet a show that the audience can get into finding its essential message behind the sweetness," said award-winning musical director David Rohde of the Reston Community Player's (RCP) production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical."

Playing by the Rules

We teach our children that they have to play by the rules, but sometimes we as adults find ways to bend the rules when it suits our purpose.

A True Green Progressive—Paul Hughes

A couple of weeks ago, we lost a very special man. Paul Hughes, a long-time environmental activist and green business entrepreneur, died from a massive heart attack.

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County Lays Out Crescent Timeline

Office of Community Revitalization plans for redevelopment around Lake Anne.

The Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization released the latest timetable for the redevelopment of the Crescent Apartments near the Lake Anne Village Center.

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Rescue Reston, RA Ramp Up Golf Course Efforts

Groups organize community response, retain legal counsel.

Donna Robuck and her husband Robert have lived in a house that overlooks the 10th hole at the Reston National Golf Course for the past 14 years. She can still recall: “I walked in the house, walked straight through to the balcony, and me and my husband thought, ‘this is it. This is the perfect house,’” she said. “The very next day my mother-in-law called and asked what the kitchen looked like, and I had no idea.” Since then, she described living in their house as a dream, but in recent months that dream has been threatened.

Judge: County Complies Reasonably

More legal proceedings loom in Brickyard farm-to-soccer controversy.

Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Rubin put the county on a specific timetable earlier this summer to execute a freedom of information request.

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Walking to End Alzheimer’s

More than 1,200 sign up for Reston walk.

As participants gathered at the pavilion at Reston Town Center Sunday in preparation for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, dark clouds began to roll in and many of those present looked skyward.

Week in Herndon

The Herndon Town Council has approved a resolution adopting a brand identity for the town that, in the words of the resolution, will further the growth of the town’s commercial sector as well as its desirability as a place to live and visit.

Column: A Still Very-Relevant Master Plan

A lot has happened since West Montgomery County Citizens Association’s last General Meeting in May. It has been part of several Circuit Court hearings over the summer on the Brickyard Road School site.

Letter: Unfair Tolls

I am against increasing the tolls on the Dulles Toll Road; particularly the plans proposed to use those tolls to finance Metro's Silver Line. It is unfair and appears to be targeted at a particular segment of people who happen to commute daily on the Toll Road or businesses that employ folks in the area.

Herndon Student Interns at Youth Villages

Nicole Kaley Erickson of Herndon spent her summer interning at Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families live successfully.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Oct. 3, 2012

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Community Foundation Donor Gifts over 1,600 Circus Tickets

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region—through a generous donation from an anonymous supporter—invited over 1,600 low-income children and family members to see the Big Apple Circus in Dulles on Sunday, Sept. 23.

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Sanda Blake Wins People’s Choice Award

rtSpace Herndon and the Council for the Arts of Herndon have announced the People’s Choice Award winner from the "At Home in Herndon: 2012 Town Calendar Photography Exhibit" featuring photographs depicting seasonal or community events, people and places in Herndon. This year’s winner selected by the patrons visiting the exhibit is “Springtime on Spring Street” by Sandra Blake.

Potomac Calendar: Oct. 3, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

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Focusing on the ‘Last Mile’

Transit study presented in Herndon.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) hosted its final public meeting to present an overview of their Super NoVa Region Transit and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) study at Herndon Middle School on the evening of Sept. 27.

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Herndon Celebrates Arts Week

Oct. 8 through 13 will feature daily art activities.

The Council for the Arts of Herndon will host Arts Week in Herndon taking advantage of a holiday week to feature all kinds of local art. Starting Monday, Oct. 8 and going through Saturday, Oct. 13, there will be events all over town, featuring artists, live music and classes for people of all ages and interests.

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Herndon High Hosts Band Competition

Fairfax High places first, McLean High second in Class VI.

The stadium at Herndon High was packed Saturday with friends and family attending the 16th Annual Virginia’s Showcase of Bands. Twenty-six high school marching bands from across northern Virginia and Maryland competed throughout the day Saturday, with the larger bands performing Saturday evening.

Inova Provides ‘Link to Pink’

To celebrate the growing awareness around breast cancer, Inova Breast Care Institute is hosting several events throughout October.

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County Gets Election Ready

Fairfax County prepares voters for new election measures.

"The good news in Fairfax County is that almost everyone who is eligible is registered to vote," said Cameron Quinn, Fairfax County’s chief election official. "Our problem in Fairfax County is not voter apathy, and it’s not getting people to register. What we don't have is every registered voter registered at their correct address."

Sun Design to Sponsor Great Falls Studios Tour

Home remodeling company embraces community art as novel way to showcase its own design capabilities.

Great Falls Studios, a community arts organization with more than 100 artist members in Great Falls, announced this week that the home remodeling company Sun Design has agreed to sponsor the art group’s Ninth Annual Great Falls Studios Tour, Oct. 20 and 21.

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Tree Removals Postponed

The Virginia Department of Transportation has postponed the removal of two white oak trees at the corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road, allowing the community to hire an arborist to examine the two trees.

Arlington School Notes: Oct. 3, 2012

School notes.

Week in Vienna

Effective Oct. 1, 2012, landlords must provide advance written authorization for a renter to receive water and sewer services from the Town of Vienna by completing a Landlord Authorization Form, available online at When signing up for water and sewer services, renters must provide a signed copy of the Landlord Authorization Form, a Customer Agreement Form and pay a lien offset payment of $225.

Navy Federal 5K Race Raises $20,000 for Local Families

Navy Federal Credit Union held its 20th annual 5K Run/Walk Sept. 15, with a record 836 registered contestants, a 22 percent increase from last year.

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The World Music Comes to Vienna Elementary

On Sept. 21, Vienna ES hosted an assembly by Nada Brahma, as they presented "The World Music Concert."

Arlington Orange Line: Oct. 3, 2012

Upcoming event and activities

Vienna’s ‘Magical Place’

Sharing the secrets of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.

I know of a secret garden where herbs and flowers sweeten the air, where mango yellow Monarch butterflies suck the nectar from the purple throated phlox, and where peaceful lakes give cooling comfort to the grey-frocked geese honking parental guidance to their young in the quiet peacefulness of Nature’s bosom.

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Oktoberfest Returns on Oct. 6

Festival is partnership of Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce and Town of Vienna.

It’s time for oompah music, wurst and beer. Add a diversity of children’s activities, a marketplace and live entertainment for kids and grown-ups and you get the 5th Annual Oktoberfest sponsored by the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce [TRCC] and the Town of Vienna. The all-day festival takes over the Town Green and the historic Church Street corridor on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Arlington Calendar: Oct. 3, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Week in McLean

Police search for office creeper and Supervisor John Foust to host meeting on express lanes

Arlington Business Notes: Oct. 3, 2012

Business notes.

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New Preschool for Homeless Children

Homestretch, a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless Fairfax families become self-sufficient, opened a preschool at its headquarters on Maple Avenue in Falls Church.

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McLean Orchestra to Open ‘A Season of Imagination’

The McLean Orchestra has announced its 41st season, “A Season of Imagination,” introducing newly appointed Music Director and Conductor Miriam Burns of New York City.

Arlington Bulletin Board: Oct. 3, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

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Holiday Homes Tour Tickets on Sale in Early October

Ticket sales for the McLean Woman’s Club annual Holiday Homes Tour are planned to start at three local businesses in early October and continue until Dec. 6, the day of the tour.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for Oct. 15-20.

Springfield-area Fondling Cases May Be Linked

A 17-year-old girl was grabbed from behind and fondled around 9 a.m. in the 5900 block of Erving Street on Thursday, Sept. 27. The woman was walking on the sidewalk when the assault occurred. Police believe this assault may be linked to two other similar incidents that took place in September. In each of these the suspect wore a plain, red baseball cap. She described the suspect as either Asian or Hispanic, mid 30s, around five-foot-eight with a black, close-cut beard. He wore a blue T-shirt, black cotton sweatpants with a white stripe on each side and a red baseball cap.

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Lift a stein and say “prost” in celebration of fall. Celebrating 20 years of brewing more than 200 different styles of beer, Capitol City Brewing Company will host its 13th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest Beer Festival at The Village at Shirlington in Arlington on Saturday, Oct. 6 from noon-7 p.m.

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General Election Held at Churchill Road

After two weeks of campaigning for Student Council Association officer positions, the Churchill Road student body held its general election.

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Real Life Stories Told for a Critical Cause

"The Goddess Diaries" at George Mason University.

Local Oakton playwright Carol Lee Campbell has taken stories of real women's journeys from adolescence through later stages of life and used them to make a theatrical production called "The Goddess Diaries."

Artisphere Celebrates Two Years

Igniting Artisphere’s 2nd Anniversary Weekend with a Brazilian beat, New York City’s quartet Forró In The Dark brings their blend of Brazilian forró, funk and fun to Artisphere on Saturday, Oct. 6.

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Rockets Launched from Churchill Road

On Friday, Sept. 21, more than 50 years after the first manned rocket launch, Churchill Road sixth graders had the opportunity to launch their own (unmanned) rockets on the school’s outdoor track.

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‘Jekyll and Hyde’

Mills mesmerizes in Synetic masterpiece.

If a picture paints a thousand words, then Alex Mills has crafted a masterpiece with his performance in “Jekyll and Hyde,” playing now at Synetic Theater in Crystal City.

McLean-raised Author Awarded Cooke Fiction Prize

“Beyond the Wood,” a historical Civil War adventure and romance novel, was recently awarded the 2012 John Esten Cooke Fiction Award by the Military Order of the Stars and Bars. The $1,000 prize and award were presented to Virginia author Michael J. Roueche at the organization's yearly convention.

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The Bride Wore Spandex

Arlington filmmakers turn family wedding into prize-winning documentary.

From this seedling of a story comes "Married in Spandex," the nearly hour-long documentary from Arlington filmmakers Devin Gallagher and Allison Kole.

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NVCC Consortium Receives Grant

Department of Labor’s $12 million grant will go to training IT workers.

A consortium led by Northern Virginia Community College received a $12 million grant from the Department of Labor Thursday, Thursday, Sept. 27.

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Storytelling Troupe Leads Audience-Riveting Workshops

Better Said Than Done Launches Storytelling Classes

Better Said Than Done, Northern Virginia’s premier storytelling troupe, is launching a series of storytelling workshops and classes for anyone who wants to learn how to tell a story that their audience will love to hear—whether that’s a personal story or the story of their business—or learn how to enhance their storytelling performances. The first workshop, "Spotlight on You," will be held on Oct. 13, 2012, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Epicure Cafe, 11213 Lee Highway, Fairfax. The fee for the workshop is $75 per person and advance registration is required. To register or for more information, go to and click on Classes.

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MCC Board Passes Budget

FY2014 budget will ‘maintain and improve’ upon current programming and facilities.

The McLean Community Center Governing Board approved their Fiscal Year 2014 budget Thursday, Sept. 27. The budget, which is for July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, calls for $5,813,572 in expenditures, while bringing in $5,021,218 in revenue, a difference of $792,281.

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McLean High Places Second in Band Competition

Herndon High hosts 16th Annual Virginia’s Showcase of Bands.

The stadium at Herndon High was packed Saturday with friends and family attending the 16th Annual Virginia’s Showcase of Bands.

International Day of Peace

With a few days of preparation, students from three senior honors theology classes at Bishop O’Connell High School created an outdoor display to recognize the Sep. 21 International Day of Peace.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Clifford, the Big Red Dog, was out on the playground at Patrick Henry Elementary School greeting the children as they arrived for the community reading festival on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 29.

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Walk to Feed the Hungry

Sept. 29 was a "Day to Serve" in Springfield, Burke and Fairfax areas.

Early in the year Elder Jack Gerard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) reached out to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray to invite them to collaborate with the LDS Church in a regional "Day to Serve" to benefit all of the communities in this wide swath of the country.

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Bank Design Examined

Proposed TD Bank would be located at site of Exxon Station.

Members of the team representing TD Bank made another presentation in Great Falls Tuesday, Sept. 25, providing details about the future of gas stations in Great Falls, as well as an update on the architecture of the proposed building that would be erected on the current site of the Exxon station.

Editorial: Be Prepared: What's on the Ballot?

Early voting (technically voting absentee-in-person) is already underway in Virginia, so you can go out and vote this week.

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CureSearch Walk Supports Childhood Cancer Research

Fairfax Corner took steps towards overcoming childhood cancer.

Overcoming childhood cancer is a struggle, and since 2010, Northern Virginia CureSearch has held walks to help raise funds for research and provide a platform of community support for children and their families.

Brief: Arlington Senior Olympians Awarded

94 Gold, 68 Silver, 41 Bronze.

In the recently concluded Northern Virginia Senior Olympics several long standing records were broken. Participation was the highest in its 30-year history and the highest number of events — 40 — were offered. It was also a bonus year for Arlington which celebrated a 20 percent increase in participation and the largest number of medals awarded. The total medal count was 94 Gold, 68 Silver and 41 Bronze.

Tuesday, October 2

Pascal Leads Wootton Field Hockey Past Churchill

Rivals each experiencing strong 2012 seasons.

Wootton beat Churchill on Sept. 28 in a matchup of successful field hockey teams.

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South Lakes Volleyball Coach Eyes Top-Four District Finish

Seahawks reach Hayfield tournament semifinals.

South Lakes volleyball coach Cheri Hostetler has her sights set on finishing in the top half of the eight-team Liberty District.

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Seniors Reuther, DeGuisto Lead O’Connell Girls’ Soccer

Knights frustrated by draw against Georgetown Visitation.

The Bishop O'Connell girls' soccer team finished in a 1-1 tie with Georgetown Visitation on Sept. 28.

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Sanford Leads Madison Football Past Langley

Langley’s Mun rushes for 221 yards, 2 TDs in defeat.

The Madison football team defeated Langley, 24-21, on Sept. 28.