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3rd Annual Falloween in Clarendon

Snapshots from Falloween

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.