Stories for September 2012

Stories for September 2012


Friday, September 28

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Potomac’s October Fest

Potomac Day, Potomac House Tour, Family Fun Fest and more.

Potomac Day, the annual community festival sponsored by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, is just around the corner. The day-long celebration is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 20 in Potomac Village, kicking off with the annual Potomac Day Parade up River Road to Falls Road at 10:30 a.m.

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Uncorking the Possibilities

Local builders say wine storage options are almost limitless.

From those who sip an occasional glass of Chianti with friends to enthusiastic oenophiles, the notion of owning a wine cellar is fascinating to many people. In fact, a recent U.S. Luxury-Home Market survey by Wine Trends, a wine-consulting firm, showed that 67 percent of respondents were interested in incorporating wine storage into their homes.

Centre View Calendar: Sept. 28, 2012

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Demand for Help Grows Each Year

WFCM celebrates 25th anniversary.

In 1987, a dozen churches in Centreville, Chantilly and Fair Oaks were inundated with people walking in and asking for food and money. Eventually, the pastors discussed it among themselves and devised a plan.

Centre View Roundups: Sept. 28, 2012


Letter: Supporting Albo’s Position

After watching the video of President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” harangue, I (as did most Americans) came to a very different conclusion than did Delegate Dave Albo’s detractors.

County Police Chief Tapped for New Position

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed Police Chief Dave Rohrer as deputy county executive for public safety. He’ll begin his new job Oct. 20.

Letter: To Feel Better About 1040

I see in the Aug. 30 addition of the Springfield Connection (“‘Somebody Else’ Didn't Come”) that Dave Albo received his marching orders from the Karl Rove propaganda machine and has weighed in on the presidential election. Typically, while regurgitating a stock campaign line based on a distorted quote taken out of context, he managed to lard things up with a basic load of self-promotion.

Letter: Land Preservation Success

You often don’t hear stories of government actually working well, so I thought people would enjoy hearing about Virginia’s great successes in land preservation.

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Crafts, Plays, Dance: Events for Fall

Below is a partial listing of autumn events happening in the area:

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South County Middle School's First Year

South County Middle School students kick off first year as “mustangs.”

“We really, really like kids here,” said Rita Clarke, one of the front office staff at the brand-new South County Middle School in Lorton. And it shows.

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Brief: Fall for Fairfax KidsFest Returns

Enjoy the best that fall has to offer at the 20th annual Fall for Fairfax KidsFest on two days this year, Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway.

Training Solutions Marks 17 Years

Chantilly-based Training Solutions, Inc., co-owned by Michael and Sharon Ferraro, is celebrating its 17th anniversary this month.

GOP Women of Lorton Host Former Congressman

Artur Davis addressed a Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) gathering at the home of one of its members in Lorton. The former Congressman from Alabama explained why he left the Democratic Party and joined the GOP.

Brief: CVHS Notes

Upcoming events at CVHS.

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Miss Greater Springfield Crowned

Jennifer Gilbert, 23, of Fairfax, wins contest.

Glamour and grace were on full display at this year’s 2013 Miss Greater Springfield beauty pageant, held Saturday, Sept. 22. A total of 13 contestants from across Virginia vied for a title to promote platforms of personal commitment to the community at large.

Jail Plus Restitution for Fairfax Woman

Fairfax resident Erin Cullen was sentenced Friday, Sept. 21 to 30 days in jail for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She was also ordered to pay her share of the more than $700,000 lost by financial institutions because of her role in a $1.5 million mortgage-fraud scheme. Authorities said she and others joined together to defraud financial institutions into making fraudulent mortgage loans. The players included a mortgage broker, an unqualified straw buyer, an executive from a title company and several intermediaries who prepared and approved fraudulent loan documents.

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Continuing Care at Greenspring

Greenspring’s Continuing Care neighborhood receives a five-star rating.

The Continuing Care neighborhood at Greenspring retirement community received the highest score in the Five-Star Quality Rating System administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Erickson Living community, located in Springfield, earned a 5-star rating in the Overall Quality category in August 2012.

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Greenspring Wii Bowlers Break Records

Greenspring residents earned five gold, three silver and two bronze medals in Senior Olympics.

This year, 15 Greenspring residents competed in the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) Wii bowling competition. Greenspring, a Gold Sponsor for the NVSO, hosted the competition for the fourth consecutive year at the specially designed community alley featuring six virtual bowling lanes. Overall, over 60 seniors from across Northern Virginia participated in the 2012 NVSO Wii bowling competition at Greenspring.

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Burke’s Pumpkin Playground

When Fred Dickinson, general manager of the Burke Nursery and Garden Center, started the pumpkin festival with his wife Cassandra 17 years ago, he said he had no idea it would grow to be such a large event. In fact, the nursery didn’t start to sell carving pumpkins until the last two weeks of October.

Letter: Volunteer to Monitor Streams

How can too much water be a bad thing? Why does the EPA want Fairfax County to control storm water? Come see for yourselves: join your neighbors at one of the many quarterly stream monitoring events around the county.

Editorial: Vote Now

Don't sweat voter ID; voter registration card, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check with name, address of voter will work.

Changes in Virginia's voter identification rules are causing confusion in many quarters, and some voters might be tempted to stay home rather than deal with a difficult situation. Slow down, there are alternatives, including a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter.

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Fall Fun Festivals

Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. will present the 20th annual Fall For Fairfax KidsFest this weekend at the Fairfax County Government Center. Enjoy exciting, interactive and educational programs, entertainment and activities. Fall For Fairfax KidsFest is specially designed for families with elementary and pre-K aged children. There will be three stages of free entertainment, including the Inova Health Stage and the Fall for Fairfax Kids Stage.

Centre View Bulletin Board: Sept. 28, 2012

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Letter: State Vs County on Transportation

When I read my colleague Supervisor John Cook’s Sept. 13 Connection column advocating that Fairfax County take over state roads, I wondered how our taxpayers would feel about accepting a $150 million per year unfunded mandate from the state. That would be a slap in the face given everything that the County has done to balance its budget and provide for our residents during difficult budget years.

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Family Fun At Cox Farms

Cool, crisp weather, apple cider, pumpkins and changing leaves are sure signs of autumn. In the local area, it also means it’s time for the annual fall festival at Cox Farms.

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Good News on Housing Market

Realtors host economic summit.

The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR), in partnership with the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis hosted their Annual Economic Summit at the Mason Inn Conference Center. The housing market is a key driver of the economy and home ownership is almost synonymous with the “American Dream,” so it’s no wonder that this year’s distinguished panel played to a packed house of realtors, brokers, economists and area business people.

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Fall Fun at Workhouse Arts Center

Whether you are an art aficionado, music lover, cinephile or nature enthusiast, there’s something to enjoy at Lorton’s Workhouse Arts Center this fall. Set on 55 acres of land in the former D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory, the Workhouse provides a home for more than 100 of the region’s finest professional and emerging artists, classes and arts education programs for people of all ages and artistic abilities, cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues, dedicated gallery and exhibition space, and event facilities. For more information, visit or call 703-584-2900. The center is located at 9601 Ox Road in Lorton.

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Get Ready for Clifton Day

45th annual festival is Sunday, Oct. 7.

Live bands, moonbounces, handmade crafts, Civil War re-enactors, food galore, pony rides and a unicyclist — all these things and more will be part of the 45th annual Clifton Day. The festival is slated for Sunday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Rain date is Oct. 14.)

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Tough Mudder's 'Team Grace'

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

“Grace was one ‘Tough Mudder’ tackling her brain cancer. We know Grace was looking down on us as we competed in this crazy event, keeping her spirit alive.” —Kim Thomas Krongaard

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Spartans' Founder Honored

Family and friends celebrate the life of Chris Sarantis of Burke.

Is it always this packed on a Thursday evening at Spartans Family Restaurant in Burke? “We are always pretty busy, weekdays, weekends,” said George Sarantis, son of the establishment’s late owner and founder, Chris Sarantis, “but tonight it was a little different. Tonight, the line started early, at 5:30.”

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W-L Field Hockey Beats Yorktown, 1-0

Generals midfielder Lunn scores game’s lone goal.

The Washington-Lee field hockey team defeated Yorktown on Sept. 20.

Churchill Football Suffers First Loss

Bulldogs fall to Seneca Valley.

The Churchill football team suffered its first loss of the season.

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Alexandria Sports Briefs: Titans Surrender 60 Points In Loss to South County

T.C. Williams football falls to 1-3.

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Ireton Girls’ Soccer Loses to Undefeated Holy Cross

Coach Leon looking for more intensity from talented Cardinals.

The Bishop Ireton girls' soccer team lost to Holy Cross on Sept. 25.

Thursday, September 27

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Trio Leads Huskies to 9-1 Start

Flint Hill volleyball sweeps Oakton.

Flint Hill swept Oakton in a private-public school volleyball matchup.

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Hendersons Are Winners in Return to West Potomac

Bruins overcome 16-7 halftime deficit to beat Wolverines.

Quarterback Caleb Henderson, linebacker Jon Henderson and defensive coordinator Eric Henderson came out on the winning end during their return to West Potomac.

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Chantilly Chargers Celebrate Homecoming

Chantilly High held its homecoming parade Friday, Sept. 21, in Greenbriar.

Alliance Plans Book Fair Fundraiser

The Alliance Theatre is holding a Book Fair Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 13, all day, at Barnes & Noble, 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade (off West Ox Road) in Fair Oaks.

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Quakers Gather at Homecoming

Enjoying perfect weather Sunday, Sept. 23, some pacifists celebrated “homecoming” on their two acres of tranquility surrounded on three sides by the U.S. Army.

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18th Century Colonial Market and Fair at Mount Vernon

The lanes of the marketplace echoed the names of the five farms on General George Washington’s estate in Mount Vernon: Muddy Hole Farm, Dogue Run Farm, Union Farm, River Farm and Mansion Farm.

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Chamber Honors Police and Firefighters

The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce honored public safety personnel at its 5th Annual Police and Firefighters Tribute held Friday evening, Sept. 21, at the Belle Haven Country Club.

Vote Now

How to Register, Vote, Vote Early.

Changes in Virginia's voter identification rules are causing confusion in many quarters, and some voters might be tempted to stay home rather than deal with a difficult situation. Slow down, there are alternatives, including a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter.

Week in Reston

Reston-based Gin Dance Company (GDC) announced the kickoff of their “Deep eMotion 7500” fundraising campaign. Under the campaign, the company will be seeking support of businesses, organizations and individuals to help raise $7500 by Oct. 25, 2012 to fund upcoming performing arts productions. Among other events planned, GDC has partnered with Barnes & Noble for a fundraising event at the Barnes & Noble in Fairfax on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Letter: No ‘Anti-defense’ Candidate

In his latest column [“Who is Running to Represent You?,” Reston Connection, Sept. 19-25, 2012] John Lovaas notes disdainfully that Chris Perkins is a defense lobbyist—as if he's the only retired colonel in this town.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Sept. 26, 2012

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Letter: Plenty of Potential for Voter Fraud

It is hard to tell from Delegate Plum's piece ["Voter Fraud at the Highest Levels," Reston Connection, Sept. 19-25, 2012] whether or not he supports Governor McDonnell's Justice Department-approved Voter ID law, whereby a Voter ID Card is sent to every registered voter (easy to vote, hard to cheat). He sees no voter fraud in Virginia and warns us, instead, to beware "fraudulent-like [sic] statements by politicians." Beware, indeed!

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Buzz Aldrin Second Grader Meets Reston Founder

Bob Simon socializes at Reston Multicultural Festival.

Dana Culver, mother of Sarah Culver, age 7, who conversed with Reston founder Bob Simon on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Reston Multicultural Festival, said of Simon, “He was very kind and interested in her work…She is in second grade at Buzz Aldrin. She was so excited to meet the man who founded Reston and wouldn't stop talking about him!”

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Following Tragedy, Susco 8K Race Provides Hope

Family, community come together to honor Tim Susco.

Many of the 650 participants in the Brain Aneurysm Race for Awareness, held in honor of Tim Susco, a 1999 South Lakes graduate who died suddenly in 2007 at the age of 25 from a brain aneurysm, participated in the event in memory of someone who had passed away following a brain aneurysm.

Chalking for Peace

Armstrong Elementary participates in Chalk 4 Peace.

Students at Armstrong Elementary participated in Chalk 4 Peace on Thursday and Friday. Armstrong Elementary art teacher, Jordon Citron, said this was his first year organizing Chalk 4 Peace at Armstrong, but that the school participated in the activity last year. “The kids love it,” said Citron.

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Collecting ‘Bikes for the World’

Senthil Kannan, Boy Scout Troop 1983, completed his Eagle Scout Project. With the help of Yvette Hess and Keith Oberg from Bikes for the World and over 25 volunteers, a total of 77 bikes were collected.

Brief: Dance Center Hosts Family Event

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria is hosting their 13th annual family open house on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 1-4 p.m., featuring free dance and fitness classes for all ages, seminars and workshops, arts and crafts vendors, performances, a meet and greet with center staff, as well as refreshments.

Brief: Kaleidoscope for Kids Arts Festival Premieres

Alexandria arts non-profit Access through the Arts introduce a new children’s festival that is part of the fall Kaleidoscope arts celebration throughout the City called Kaleidoscope for Kids Arts Festival. The children’s festival will take place the weekend of Sept. 29-30 at the Durant Center for the Arts, Alexandria’s multicultural center for the performing and visual arts.

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Fall Fun: Beer and Brats

Bands, bratwurst, and brews to celebrate Bavaria

What to do and see this fall

Alexandria Calendar: Sept. 26, 2012

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Week in Herndon

Ann Marie Heiser, deputy director at Herndon Parks and Recreation Department, accepts the award for “Best Promotional Effort—Traditional” for the Herndon Festival Sponsorship Brochure this September at the annual Virginia Recreation and Park Service Conference. The 2011 Herndon festival special design T-shirt was also voted Best Promotional Effort—Specialty.

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A ‘Night of Magic’ for Chronically Ill Children

Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation sponsors the annual ball.

For 7-year-old Abby Huff and her family, it was a night of special memories—and a night to forget about long hospital stays and medical treatments. Abby, a patient at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, dressed up in a new gown, shoes and accessories, along with her mom and older brother and sister.

The Retina Group of Washington Opens Tysons Office

The Retina Group of Washington (RGW) recently opened an office in Tysons Corner (8219 Leesburg Pike, Suite 120, Vienna), the practice’s sixth location in Virginia, as it continues to provide the most complete retinal and macular health care in the area.

Run for Purpose and Pancakes

Family Fun Day this Sunday.

Support Alexandria’s local charities by participating in the Inaugural Family Fun Day/5K on Sunday, Sept. 30, and enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast provided by the Alexandria South Rotary Club.

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On Exhibit

Two Living Legend portraits by Nina Tisara — Lillian Patterson, 2012, and Nelson Greene Sr., 2010 — were selected by jury for the Young At Art exhibition currently at the Durant Center for the Arts, 1605 Cameron St.

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Talents Galore at ‘Arts by George!’

The 7th annual George Mason University ‘Arts by George!’ to be held on Saturday, Sept. 29.

A bevy of incredible talent is set to entertain as the seventh annual George Mason University "Arts by George!" is coming on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. Arts by George! will take place in the de Laski Performing Arts Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus, as well as Harris Theater and a tented plaza next to the performing arts building.

Family Legends on Fairfax Cable

Writer/artist/educator Sushmita Mazumdar will lead three Family Legend workshops for Kaleidoscope for Kids on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Durant Center for the Arts, 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria.

Week in Vienna

Textbooks Africa in concert with Model Inc. presents “Take Notes!” Dinner and Fashion Show on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Patriot Hall in Vienna. Textbooks Africa collects and ships used textbooks, library books and computers to schoolchildren in Africa. This non-profit brings together two vital concerns: education and the environment. Executive French Chef Bruno Bertin will present a full banquet menu. VIP tickets include wine pairings. Fashion show will feature an array of local emerging designers. Tickets available at

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Fall Fun Finds in Vienna

Event-filled season begins now.

Fall is the festive season in Vienna. There are the traditional annual events—from the Halloween parade to the Church Street Holiday Stroll and everything in-between—to new multi-generational activities. Local holiday craft fairs and bazaars are big, as are elementary school book fairs, a great place to buy holiday gifts for children that not only make them happy, but, support the schools as well. One of the nicest parts about school book fairs is that anybody can visit and buy.

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Vienna Businesses Form a New Community Association

Vienna businesses are building their own association.

Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but, if Vienna businesses wrote a song, they would lament that the newly-renamed and newly-relocated Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce left its heart in Vienna. When the Chamber changed its name from the ViennaTysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, it also announced a move out of Vienna to Tysons Corner. That did not sit well with several Vienna businesses, neighbors who feel they are the business heart of Vienna. “The surprise came not so much as the move as it was the name change,” said VBA co-organizer Kathy Georgen of Georgen and Scarborough.

Week in McLean

Police are investigating a report of 24 catalytic converters that were reportedly stolen off of 2012 Toyota Tundra pick-up trucks at a car dealership storage lot.

Scout Project Combines Technology, Hiking

Nick Mariam, a Boy Scout in Troop 128, McLean, and a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, combined his interests in technology and hiking in his Eagle Scout Project at Seneca Tract in Great Falls. Seneca Tract is a Northern Virginia Regional Park that is popular for hiking, access to the Potomac River, and horseback riding. The Potomac Heritage Trail runs through the park and connects the area with Riverbend Park and Algonkian Regional Park.

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Community Meeting on Salona

How do we enhance Salona’s value to the community today and for future generations? The Salona Task Force wants to hear the community’s views. The Salona Task Force, appointed in 2011 by Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and Fairfax County Park Authority Board member Kevin Fay, was charged with reaching out to the McLean community regarding possible future uses of a conservation easement granted to the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) at historic Salona.

AHA! Hosts Presentation On Walking for Seniors

Join At Home in Alexandria (AHA!) for a special presentation by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dan Kulund, who will discuss and demonstrate robust walking for seniors — the keystone of the new field of preventive orthopedics.

Public Forum to Discuss Tysons Transportation Funding

After seventeen months of deliberation, County officials have developed a plan for the Board of Supervisors on how to fund an estimated $3.1 billion in additional transportation needed to support the transformation of Tysons into an urban center. County residents will now have an opportunity to hear planners discuss the recommendations at a public forum. The McLean Citizens Association hosts the meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 7:30–9:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.

Lane Joins Cardinal Bank of Tysons Corner

Cardinal Bank of Tysons Corner brought in a new member to their Government and Technology Lending Group, Vice President Commercial Loan Officer Robert Lane.

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Festivals, Foliage and Fun

20 things to see and do this fall.

As the seasons change, so do the activities that keep us busy. With crisp air, apple pie and leaf-peeping upon us, we say so long to flip flops, air conditioners and barbeques. And while it may not always feel like it, the fall season is officially here and there is no better time to grab family and friends and see what the city has to offer.

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Langley High Student Publishes Memoir

Connor Kianpour of Great Falls writes about real world experiences in the school cafeteria and life in general.

In his first book, “Heavy: a recollection,” Great Falls author Connor Kianpour has written a lot about the role the school cafeteria played in his experience with weight gain and loss, but those experiences have nothing to do with school nutrition. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made what the USDA is calling, “the first major changes in school meals in 15 years, . . . the new standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools.” Through his writing, Kianpour would like to promote a similar realignment in attitude toward the substance of a person despite what seems to be the real world’s preoccupation with image.

Brief: City To Hold Annual Fall Tree Sale

The City Alexandria’s Urban Forestry Section will hold a tree sale on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Trinity Methodist Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Road.

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For Racers, A Bridge Not Too Far

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon set for Oct. 7.

The Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon is back for its third installment on Sunday, Oct. 7, and it has come a long way since the early days of shoestring budgets.

Editorial: How to Register, Vote, Vote Early

Don't sweat voter ID; voter registration card, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check with name, address of voter will work.

Changes in Virginia's voter identification rules are causing confusion in many quarters, and some voters might be tempted to stay home rather than deal with a difficult situation. What about your 92-year-old mother who hasn't driven in almost a decade? Do you need to schlep her to the DMV to get her a photo ID before November?

Brief: Police Host Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office have partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the 5th National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

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McLean's Cordial Debate Turns Controversial

Allen, Kaine battle for Northern Virginia votes.

“I’m open to dialogue, and I don’t see how openness is something controversial.” —Tim Kaine "If you want a job, you ought to join the Allen team.” —George Allen

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Fairfax County Fall Fun Calendar

Along with the seasonal changes of fall—“sweater weather,” the oft-sighted decorative pumpkin, new menus and produce, and the swath of color across the treeline in every direction—come the fall events. Apple picking, parading through town in costume and spending time enjoying fall in Fairfax County are musts. Here are some favorite events to aid and abet your celebration of the season at hand.

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Two independents and a Libertarian Offer Variety for Voters in City Council Race

Three candidates hoping to land seats at City Hall without major party labels.

Alexandria politics has long been dominated by Democrats, although Republicans have been successful from time to time.

Wednesday, September 26

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A Statue with 100 Names

The confederate statue in Alexandria recalls city’s past, restoration planned to ensure its future.

The Battle of Antietam was fought on Sept. 17, 1862, and marked the single bloodiest day during the U.S. Civil War. Over the course of the battle, nearly 23,000 soldiers lost their lives. Among the units that fought for the Confederacy was the 17th Virginia Infantry regiment, which was comprised of young men from Alexandria.

Letter: BRAC History Is Important

On Sept. 12, five West End Civic Associations hosted a candidate forum focused on West End issues, which was attended by all of the candidates running for City Council. These same civic associations invited the mayoral candidates to participate in a similar forum but Mayor Euille’s campaign staff explained, he is way too busy to spend an evening with the voters of the West End.

Letter: BRAC Questions Still Unanswered

Thank you for Michael Lee Pope’s excellent article, “The BRAC Five” in the Sept. 20 issue. I’m delighted to see the BRAC 133 disaster brought back to life after vanishing from the public eye many months ago. I figured Mayor Euille and his council cronies had pulled the wool over our eyes once again.

Letter: Not Voting Has Own Message

Henry M. Covert ("Why Not Compulsory Voting?", Sept. 19) argues, "Just as licenses are required to drive on public and private roadways residents should be required to vote or face a fine."

Letter: Get Tough On Texting

When it comes to rankings, Alexandria has accumulated some impressive laurels in recent years: one of the nation’s “100 Best Communities for Young People,” Money magazine’s “Best Places to Live,” one of the Top Ten “Heart Friendly Cities,” and even the Top Ten “Cities for Single Women,” among other lofty distinctions. However, no place is perfect...

Letter: Encourage Green Growth

The city has adopted a plan to reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming by 20 percent by the year 2020, as compared to 2005 levels. At that time, 25 percent of the energy is supposed to be generated by renewable sources like solar or geothermal. The targets for 2050 are much higher: an 80 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions (like carbon dioxide from coal fired electricity) and an equivalent increase in the amount of our energy derived from cleaner renewable sources.

Letter: Get Expenses Back to 2007

The following is an open letter to Councilman Paul Smedberg.

Letter: On BRAC, Blame Rumsfeld

In the page-one story of your Sept. 20 edition, you state that “Alexandria officials actively encouraged the Department of Defense to consider the Mark Center site” for its gigantic new office complex. Yet you provide no credible evidence to support this statement.

Bill Kehoe: A Life of Service to City and Nation

Volunteering for fire department, Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association and Rebuilding Together Alexandria.

Bill Kehoe has done two things in his career and done them very well. First he rose in the officer ranks in the U.S. Air Force with a specialty in personnel. After that, he became a volunteer, but a volunteer in fire fighting and house building. All in all, his life is a combination of service to the nation and the city.

Letter: BRAC Lack Of Impact

Last week, Michael Lee Pope wrote an interesting article on “The BRAC Five”, a small group of local politicians who apparently initially supported the construction of the controversial BRAC-133 facility at Mark Center. In his article, Pope focused on the possibility that the BRAC situation could be used against those incumbents come November. While bringing out the BRAC controversy may elicit cheers from debate audiences, its true effectiveness on the political battlefield has yet to be seen in our area.

Editorial: Vote Now

How to Register, Vote, Vote Early.

Changes in Virginia's voter identification rules are causing confusion in many quarters, and some voters might be tempted to stay home rather than deal with a difficult situation. Slow down, there are alternatives, including a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter.

Column: Public Education Sustains Democracy

One of the most important conversations I have each year is with our new teachers. I ask them if they know why American public education is so important. The answer has always been clear to me: to help create literate, participating, productive citizens to sustain and enhance our democracy.

Column: A Walk Down Memory Lane

Eighty-two year old Maeda* remembers moving as a child to Alexandria from Halifax, N.C. with her parents and five siblings. Their home on Cameron Street did not have electricity — everything was coal or kerosene powered. Coal trains used to run near her home on the way to Fannon’s and often times the train workers would throw some coal off during winter months, keeping her family warm. Maeda also remembers the penny candy stores on Henry Street, the Majestic Restaurant on King Street, and eventually a service station and Dr. Pepper office. And Mutual Ice on Henry Street used to keep full her family’s 50-pound icebox with weekly deliveries.

Column: Community Collaboration To End Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a widespread public health problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, and it is the leading cause of injury and homicide each year. While women are most commonly victimized, men are also abused.

Alexandria Bulletin Board: Sept. 26, 2012

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Column: Celebrating Active Aging Week

A healthy, active lifestyle is important for everyone — but perhaps more so for seniors. Numerous studies have documented the benefits of physical activity in reducing risk factors for diseases, improving physical abilities, and substantially enhancing the quality of life for older people. In Alexandria, we are fortunate to have a wide range of fitness and social opportunities for older Alexandrians.

Brief: Home Winterizing Tips and Energy Audits

Rebuilding Together Alexandria expanded its list of easy, energy-saving upgrades and is encouraging residents to use these to help struggling neighbors prepare for the winter.

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Charitable Effort

Nine Bishop Ireton High School students traveled to Catholic Charities’ Christ House in Alexandria on Sept. 11.

Cooking for Children

Local culinary instructor teaches children the art of seasonal cooking.

Andie Nelson is undaunted by the brawn needed to hack through the thick-skin of a butternut squash or chop open a seemingly impenetrable pumpkin. Many of the sous chefs at her side are not fully potty trained, but that is not a deterrent. In fact, this is how the Arlington resident and culinary school owner says hello to fall.

Column: My Team

Not literally, of course. Nor am I the coach or the general manager. But I do feel like an owner, in that there are people that I invest in – again not literally, but definitely emotionally.

Potomac Calendar: Sept. 26, 2012

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Potomac Bulletin Board: Sept. 26, 2012

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Family of Four Found Dead in Herndon

Police make discovery during welfare check, believe husband killed family before turning gun on himself.

A Herndon family of four was found dead in their home on Point Rider Lane the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 25. Fairfax County Police responded after a co-worker of one of the family members reported that they had not been to work this week.

Corrieanne Stein Wows Audiences

Wootton Junior performs at Olney.

Corrieanne Stein has already performed for a year in the original production of the Broadway play, ”Billy Elliott the Musical,” acted in the world premiere of “Saving Aimee” at the Signature Theatre and is currently rehearsing for the regional premiere of “Over the Tavern” at Olney Theater Center. She is 16 years old.

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‘Park After Dark’ Returns

Event to raise funds for the C&O Canal

The 2nd “Park After Dark” fundraiser for the C&O Canal has adopted the theme of the Civil War since 2012 is the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The canal saw a lot of activity during the war.

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‘Taste of Potomac’ Benefits Adoptions Together

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor high winds, nor power outages could stop the “Taste of Potomac” from the mission at hand — throwing a grand event to raise funds for Adoptions Together.

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Veteran To Visit Wayside Elementary

Appearance is part of school’s Special Needs Awareness Week.

A Potomac native, former U.S. Army officer and decorated Iraq War veteran will return to the area next week to share a message of acceptance with some local students. Luis Montalván, who sustained both physical and emotional wounds while serving in the military, will speak at Wayside Elementary School in Potomac as part of the school’s Special Needs Awareness Week (SNAP).

Bazaar Yields Middle Eastern Flavor

Volunteers make annual church event possible.

The sun beamed down from an early autumn sky, making a picturesque backdrop for Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church’s 29th annual fall bazaar on Sept. 21-23 in Potomac. The annual event included music, crafts and Middle Eastern food.

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Column: LEAF Interns Appreciate Billy Goat Trail

This past summer, interns with The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF (Leaders for Environmental Action in the Future) program hiked the strenuous Billy Goat Trail on Bear Island the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Fall Fun at Glen Echo

Upcoming events and activities at Glen Echo Park.

Girl Scout Project Promotes Tennis

Katherine Kasischke, Girl Scout with Troop 4009 in Arlington decided to share her enthusiasm for tennis with students at Drew Model Elementary School in south Arlington for her Girl Scout Gold Award Project.

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Health Initiative Helps Usher In Fall

Marymount kicks-off campaign to boost campus wellness.

Officials at Marymount University in Arlington are using the start of fall to encourage faculty, staff and students to let “all health break loose.” The school kicked-off its “Healthy Monday” campaign earlier this month.

3rd Annual Cosmos Couture

Dresses of wood, frocks from carpets, suits of wallcoverings paraded down the runway Thursday evening, Sept. 20, at the annual Cosmo Couture.

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Lake Anne Hosts Annual Multicultural Festival

Event features day of international culture, food.

Saturday, Sept. 22 marked the first time Jesse Ekland and Alicia Morales attended the Reston Multicultural Festival as a couple, but they used it to celebrate their anniversary anyway. That’s because it served as a catalyst for their relationship.

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Fall Fun in Reston

Oktoberfest, Homes Tour highlight annual events.

Reston Town Center will host one of the area’s signature fall events, the Reston Oktoberfest, Oct. 5 through 7. The event will feature live music, food from local vendors, a variety of fall beers and a chili cook off.

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Haunted House Returns This Fall

Annual Bradley Farm event will raise money for FISH.

The Bradley Farm neighborhood in Herndon will host what has fast become an annual fall tradition, their annual haunted house. Now in its sixth year, this year’s theme will be "The Evil Around Us," a focus on local legends.

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Closet Hosts Community Picnic

Thrift store kicks off fall shopping season.

The Closet Thrift Store in Herndon hosted a community picnic on Saturday, Sept. 22, paying thanks to their customers, donors and volunteers that have supported the shop during their almost 40-year mission.

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Keeping Tysons Corner Moving

Event provides updates on 495 Express Lanes, Dulles Metrorail.

In the next 15 months, Tysons Corner will see almost $5 billion in new transportation projects come online.

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Fall Fun in McLean

MPAartfest, pumpkin patch part of local fall events.

Fall is home to several annual traditions in McLean. One such tradition, the McLean ArtFest, hosted by the McLean Project for the Arts, will hit a major milestone this year, and the MPA is celebrating accordingly.

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Seniors Group Takes Next Step

County approves proposal, next event set for Oct. 2 at Great Falls Park.

The Great Falls Senior Center Without Walls held its latest event Tuesday, Sept. 11 and had their proposal approved the same day by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The center seeks to join 13 other facilities in the County that are dedicated to meeting the needs of the senior community.

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Friends and Newcomers Award Scholarships

Four local students awarded funds for college education.

The Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Club awarded scholarships to four local students Tuesday, Sept. 18, as part of their annual community outreach.

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Finding Fall Fun in Great Falls

Spooktacular, horse shows highlight fall in Great Falls.

Many of Great Falls’ signature features will be in use this fall, including the Village Green and Turner Farm. The Great Falls Village Green will be the site of this year’s annual Spooktacular, where pets, children and parents alike can show off their costumes for the whole community.

Tuesday, September 25

Commentary: A Solution To End Struggle over Brickyard Road Site?

As of this week, the Board of Education has spent in excess of $200,000 defending their actions in leasing the Brickyard Road school site to Montgomery County so the county can lease the same 20-acre site to MSI at $1,500 a year for 10 years. Not much of a return for the cost of keeping an unwise decision in place. With this continuing financial bleed on taxpayers in mind and in the hopes of finding reasonable solutions and rectifying past mistakes, the plaintiffs in the case have made the Board of Education a formal proposal offering to end their litigation if a few simple conditions are met.

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Festive Fun on Clarendon Day

Snapshots from Clarendon Day

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for Oct. 8-13.

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Brief: The American Century Theatre presents “J.B.”

The American Century Theatre presents “J.B.” by Archibald MacLeish, running through Oct. 6.

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They’re Back …

Bicycle riders return to Crystal City parking garage.

Not the poltergeists but the Crystal City Diamond Derby. The event is back with an extra dose of extreme cycling and a fresh foray into cycling-inspired fashion shows. If you missed the first event in March then you missed what was perhaps one of the most unusual cycling events of the year.

Fall Festivals

What to do this fall.

Fall fun

Bands, bratwurst, and brews to celebrate Bavaria

Oktoberfest season comes but once a year, so be sure to attend any number of Oktoberfest events around Northern Virginia. Celebrations include traditional Bavarian bratwurst, family fun, live bands and fine brews.

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‘Jekyll and Hyde’

Mills stars in Synetic’s wordless wonder.

“I was very anxious, excited and scared to first start working with Synetic,” said Mills, who stars in the title role in Synetic’s latest production of “Jekyll and Hyde.” “At the callbacks I attended I had no idea what to expect but I jumped in with both feet and never looked back.”

Hope Operas Returns for Fourth Season

This fall, some of the D.C. theatre community’s top professionals are joining together to give back to the community by producing Hope Operas, which are five serialized shows that will run for five weeks.

Orange Line: Sept. 26, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

Arlington Calendar: Sept. 26, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Beyond the Stars

Planetarium officially re-opens Friday.

Named to commemorate the memory of a late local astronaut, the David M. Brown Planetarium will celebrate its grand re-opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a weekend full of activities starting this Friday, Sept. 28.

Arlington Bulletin Board: Sept. 26, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Vote Now

How to Register, Vote, Vote Early.

Changes in Virginia's voter identification rules are causing confusion in many quarters, and some voters might be tempted to stay home rather than deal with a difficult situation. Slow down, there are alternatives, including a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck indicating the name and address of the voter.

Brief: Senior Centers To Host Retirement Fair

The Langston-Brown and Lee Senior Centers will host a Retirement Fair on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Langston-Brown, located at 2121 N. Culpeper St., from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friday, September 21

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Volunteering in Mexico

West Springfield High senior Justin Seara completes four community projects in Oaxaca.

“Living with my host family was the best part of the trip.” —Justin Seara

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Children Enjoy Kid Fest in Clifton

Kid Fest, a day of fun reuniting children sent to other schools after Clifton Elementary was closed, was held Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Clifton Town Park.

Kid Fest, a day of fun reuniting children sent to other schools after Clifton Elementary was closed, was held Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Clifton Town Park.

Historical-Novel Author Comes to Clifton Sunday

The Clifton Café will host the signing of a new historical novel, “Madness: The War of 1812,” by Dennis Byrne (father of Clifton Betterment Assn. member Don Byrne) this Sunday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-noon. The Clifton Café is at 7144 Main St. in Clifton.

Fairfax Area Roundups

Residents may recycle old TVs, computers, peripheral electronic devices—such as keyboards, speakers, printers and scanners, as well as household hazardous wastes—including fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, for free during Fairfax County’s “Electric Sunday” events. The next one is slated for Sunday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the I-95 Landfill Complex, 9850 Furnace Road in Lorton. For more information, call 703-324-5052.

Donatos Pizza Opens in Fairfax

Fairfax City residents got their first taste of Edge to Edge® Pizza when Donatos Pizza opened, Tuesday, Aug. 28. The new restaurant, located at 10160 Fairfax Blvd., is operated by Donatos franchise partner Slice of Life Enterprise, LLC.

HS Management Consulting Opens for Business

Hollis Stambaugh, a management consultant, has launched a new business, HS Management Consulting (HSMC) based in Fairfax. Stambaugh has led major strategic and analytic studies, enhanced emergency preparedness capabilities for government and commercial clients, conducted dozens of post disaster analyses and guided multi-agency partnerships for over 30 years. Her goal in establishing HSMC is to work closely with clients to provide customized services that enhance rather than replace clients' base of operations or programs.

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Giving Back to Task Force One

Firehouse Subs gives firefighters $10,000 toward search tool.

When disasters nearly anywhere in the world trap people in buildings and under rubble, Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue Team is often called to find and rescue them. Now, thanks to a new piece of equipment called a telehandler, the team will be even better prepared for the task. “It looks like a forklift on steroids,” said Battalion Chief Chris Schaff, program manager for the team, called Virginia Task Force One (VA-TF1). “It gives you the ability to pick up stuff and also be able to boom out and reach out over a rubble pile while training.”

Eight Months Prison for Fairfax Man

Fairfax resident Peter Kim has been sentenced to eight months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was also ordered to pay his share of the more than $700,000 lost by financial institutions because of his part in a $1.5 million mortgage-fraud scheme.

Stacy C. Sherwood Center Wins Best New Facility Award

The Virginia Recreation and Parks Society Awards and Citations Commission determine award winners in 14 different categories from all over the Commonwealth of Virginia--the Stacy C. Sherwood Center was nominated for, and won, the prestigious Best New Facility Award.

Alegra in Fairfax Receives Excellence Award

Owners Oanh Henry and Brian Culbertson of Allegra in Fairfax were recently honored for excellence in managing their business to achieve exceptional levels of productivity, profitability and growth with the Operational Excellence Award from Allegra Network.

Braddock Road, from Rolling Road to Roberts Road, to be Repaved

The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin full milling and paving of Braddock Road, between Rolling Road and Roberts Road. Work is scheduled to begin this month and conclude, weather permitting, Nov. 15, 2012.

Black Chamber of Commerce to Host Candidates’ Night Mixer

With access to capital and opportunity for growth at an alarming low for black-owned businesses, the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce will shine a light on this small business crisis at the 4th Annual Candidates’ Night reception on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6-8:30 p.m. at the Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road, Springfield. The annual nonpartisan NVBCC Candidates’ Night Mixer gives candidates and elected officials the opportunity to meet business owners face-to-face, and allows members of the African American community the chance to express their concerns about the future of Northern Virginia. Already, a dozen candidates and elected officials have been confirmed.

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Area Roundups

Financial crimes detectives were alerted to the issue when they began to receive complaints that ATM cards were being used fraudulently to purchase groceries, expensive coffees, and, primarily, to get cash from other ATM machines. An alert customer spotted the skimming device on the machine and contacted hospital security who immediately called police on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

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Dam Project Worries South Run Residents

South Run residents want unofficial park entryway shut down permanently.

Chris Amans and his wife, Brenda Riffe, have lived in the leafy neighborhood of South Run in Fairfax Station since the community was developed in the mid-1980s. Bordered by Lee Chapel Road, Route 123, and the Fairfax County Parkway, many of the community’s 500 homes, which sell for close to $1 million, back up to Burke Lake Park. While they love the neighborhood’s mature trees, expansive 1/2-acre lots and access to Burke Lake Park, they have never been happy with the fact that their Laketree Drive cul-de-sac has become an unofficial entrance to the popular Burke Lake trails.

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County Combats Chronic Homelessness

Fairfax County joins national effort to house ‘most vulnerable.’

Fewer families experienced homelessness in Fairfax County this year, a 16 percent decline stemming largely from the County’s “housing first” focus, which rapidly identifies housing for those living on the edge. But the number of chronic homeless—the most entrenched street dwellers and vulnerable individuals—jumped 20 percent this year. According to the September report released by the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH), 51 percent of single homeless individuals (353 people) were identified as chronically homeless in 2012, compared to 39 percent in 2011. An additional 43 adults were counted as unsheltered in 2012 over the previous year.

Letter: A Major Disappointment

I could have attached a legitimate photo of a sick and starving deer within Fairfax County—but that serves little except to tug at the emotional heartstrings. Overpopulation of deer in Fairfax County is a reality and it is a problem that must be faced square-on, using science, biology, personnel majoring in the wildlife career field and an understanding of the alternative costs of managing the deer herd.

Applying to Private Schools: Starting the Process

As the application period gets underway, local independent school officials offer suggestions.

START SURFING. “I would encourage parents to visit a variety of school websites to get a feel for the wide range of fabulous independent school options available. A comprehensive directory of schools with website information can be found at” Mimi Mulligan, assistant head and director of admission and enrollment management, Norwood School, Bethesda, Md.

Classified Advertising Sept 19, 2012

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Teaching Youngsters About Money

Experts offer advice on raising financially savvy children.

“No matter how young a child is, they can always learn good money practices,” said Theresia Wansi, an associate professor of finance at Marymount University in Arlington, “What matters in life is not how much money you earn, but how you manage your finances. We hear stories all the time about people who make millions and end up broke.” Potomac, Md., resident Glen Buco, president of West Financial Services, says many financial advisers in his McLean office are also parents who are passing along penny-wise know-how to their children. “When their children receive money, the parents help them develop a budget using a “three bucket system,” said Buco. “One bucket is for saving, one is for spending and one for charity.”

Opinion: Bill of Rights Makes Democracy Work

Rare opportunity to see George Washington's copy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments, are a model of spare writing, packing every word and phrase with meaning, anticipating much and providing a framework for future. Here is the text of the Bill of Rights, courtesy of the Library of Congress. I cannot imagine that 500 words anywhere from any era convey so much power. These 500 words are what make democracy work.

Thursday, September 20

Meet the Candidates for RCC Board

Voting begins officially on Sept. 28.

The Reston Community Center (RCC) Board of Governors announces three candidates for its 2012 Preference Poll. This year’s candidates include one incumbent, William G. Bouie, and two new candidates, Lisa Ehrhardt and Gerald Zavala. The candidates’ statements in this article are presented in alphabetical order; voters are urged to review all statements to make their best selection.

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‘An Evening in Paradise’

The Mayflowers anniversary party, held Sept. 13 at The Reston Town Center location, celebrated the organization’s going into its third year of success with VIPs, orchids galore, ukuleles, Passionfish hors d’oeuvres and signature Maytinis. Mayflowers also drummed up support for the Walk to End Homelessness they’re hosting on Thursday, Oct. 4 at noon in support of Reston Interfaith.

Hudgins Honored for Outstanding Service to Children

The Governing Board of the Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children has announced that Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) has been selected to receive the 2012 NVAEYC Award for Outstanding Service to Children.

Opinion: Voter Fraud at the Highest Levels

Over the last several years there has been a proliferation of bills introduced in Virginia and in many other states to prevent voter fraud. Conspicuously missing from the debate on these bills has been any specific examples of voter fraud having been committed. In fact, the greater problem with voting has not been that persons have been fraudulently voting; voter participation in Virginia and the nation has been embarrassingly low. The emphasis needs to be on getting more people to vote and not to make the process more cumbersome and bureaucratic so that it discourages voters.

Opinion: Who is Running to Represent You in Congress?

If you only get your news from the TV and the big city newspapers that still exist, you might think that we are electing only the president of the U.S. and a U.S. senator from Virginia on Nov. 6, just 47 days from now. In fact, we’ll also be electing a new representative for Reston in Congress.

New Building Approved

Hudgins: ‘Tall buildings have been a part of the very beginning of Reston.’

Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) has issued the following statement: “On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Board of Supervisors approved PRC 77-C-076—known as RTC Partnership. The building will be 23 stories, with a design reflecting one of the important Reston Principles. This “Class A” signature building will consist of approximately 413,700 square feet of office uses, 5,200 square feet of retail, with a floor area ration of 4.08.

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County Launches Safety Campaign

How to participate in Fairfax County’s ‘30 Ways in 30 Days’ campaign.

In the past 12 months, Fairfax County residents have experienced an unprecedented number of emergencies, from an earthquake and a tropical storm to floods, a tornado and a derecho.

HarvestFest at Woodland Park Crossing

Woodland Park Crossing announces HarvestFest, a fun fall-themed family event on Saturday, Sept. 29 from noon until 4 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy free entertainment, including a giant walking scarecrow and DJ music, and free activities such as face painting, glitter tattoos, pumpkin painting, fitness demos, prizes and more.

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History on the Move in Herndon

No one seems to know exactly when the old white farmhouse at 820 Monroe Street in Herndon was built, or who the first owners might have been, although it’s rumored that it was originally built as a summer home for a DC resident. Ninety-three-year-old Carl Payne is the last private owner. He bought the place from the Yount family, who had owned it, and about 50 acres of present day Herndon, since 1861.

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Playground: Done in a Day

Designed by youths, built by volunteers.

Activities started early in the courtyard at Hopkins-Tancil in Old Town on Thursday morning, Sept. 13. More than 200 volunteers sporting red Washington Capital’s hockey t-shirts swarmed the playground preparing it for the day’s work.

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Celebrating Reading

Snapshots at Alexandria Story Festival.

Center View Calendar: Sept. 20, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Center View Bulletin Board: Sept. 20, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

No Bail for Wolfe

He’ll be retried in October by Fairfax County’s head prosecutor.

More than 10 years have passed since Chantilly High grad Justin Wolfe has been inside a Prince William County courtroom. The last time, June 26, 2002, he was sentenced to death for ordering the March 2001, execution-style killing of Centreville High grad Danny Petrole.

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Walk, Dance, Play, Help

WFCM fundraiser is Sept. 29 at the nZone.

Local residents can have a good time while helping people in their own neighborhoods. On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9-11 a.m., Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is holding a “Help the Homeless” Community Walk, Zumba Class and Family Fun event.

Buying Pizza Can Help Fight Thyroid Cancer

When Nikki Ferraro was a Chantilly High School junior in April 2010, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. But while undergoing treatment, she gathered about 30 friends and organized a Relay for Life team.

Smaller School with Pilot Programs

Stone Middle principal discusses what’s new this year.

When Scott Phillips first came to Stone Middle School some 11 years ago, it was jammed to the rafters with 1,350 students. Then Liberty Middle opened in 2002, and Stone’s enrollment dropped significantly.

Center View Roundups: Sept. 20, 2012

Free Carseat Inspections, Low-Cost Rabies Clinic Offered, Democratic Women to Meet, Meet Congressional Candidates, Author To Discuss Battle, Fair Oaks CAC to Meet, Countywide Transportation Meeting, Sully District Council Meeting, Park Authority to Meet, Clifton Day is Oct. 7 and WFCM Seeks Food, Volunteers

Door-to-Door with Chantilly Voters

Volunteers mobilize for Obama campaign.

About 10 volunteers from President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign met outside Rocky Run Middle School on Saturday before fanning out into Chantilly’s Poplar Tree Estates neighborhood to canvass the residents.

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Children Enjoy Kid Fest in Clifton

Kid Fest, a day of fun reuniting children sent to other schools after Clifton Elementary was closed, was held Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Clifton Town Park.

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Help Feed Hungry Children

Last year, Centreville Elementary created a backpack program at the school to help feed students in need when school’s not in session. Through this program, children identified by CES as requiring some food assistance are given a small bag with enough food to get them through the weekend. The goal on Sept. 29 is to fill 700 bags with food for these students.

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‘A Forklift on Steroids’

Firehouse Subs gives firefighters $10,000 toward search tool.

When disasters nearly anywhere in the world trap people in buildings and under rubble, Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue Team is often called to find and rescue them. Now, thanks to a new piece of equipment called a telehandler, the team will be even better prepared for the task.

Center View School Notes: Sept. 20, 2012

School Notes

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A Cabbage Harvest

Last year, the third graders at Greenbriar West Elementary School planted cabbages and this week they harvested them. The cafeteria staff served it to the current fourth graders.

Letter: Preserving Open Space

You often don’t hear stories of government actually working well, so I thought people would enjoy hearing about Virginia’s great successes in land preservation.

Bereavement Group To Meet

Rachel Crossett was just 6 in July 2001 when she died of cancer after a long fight. Her death devastated her mother, Meg Crossett; but with a husband and other children to care for, she had to be strong and carry on.

Historical-Novel Author Comes to Clifton Sunday

The Clifton Café will host the signing of a new historical novel, “Madness: The War of 1812,” by Dennis Byrne — father of Clifton Betterment Association member Don Byrne — this Sunday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-noon. The Clifton Café is at 7144 Main St. in the Town of Clifton.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Sept. 20, 2012

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Sept. 20, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

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Celebrating 225th Anniversary of U.S. Constitution

On the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Mount Vernon Estate unveiled George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress.

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Book Launch at Burgundy Farm

Authors Susan Roth and Karen Leggett Abouraya celebrated their children's book about the Egyptian revolution, “Hands Around the Library,” with the students at Burgundy Farm Country Day School on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Coalition Seeks U.S. Investigation into Shootings

Also seeks details of 62 previous civil rights complaints against county police.

The Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability sent a letter to Assistant Attorney General Thomas C. Perez, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division on Aug. 16, requesting an investigation into the shooting deaths of six people over the past several years by Fairfax County Police officers.

ASO Kicks off 2012-13 Season

On Sept. 22, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will open its concert season with a program titled The Music of Humanity. I’m very excited about our thrilling series of concerts this year and its line-up of dynamic guest artists.

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Last Big Swim of the Season

The Cameron Street pool opened on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15 for the dogs.

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Bittersweet Hosts Fiestagigante

The Mariachis Band began playing at 5 p.m. at the entrance to Bittersweet on Saturday evening, Sept. 15.

Serving Up Leadership

Armstrong to be honored as Business Leader of the Year.

He is a native Dubliner but for decades, chef Cathal Armstrong has made Alexandria his home, opening his signature Restaurant Eve in 2004 and creating The Eat Good Food Group with his wife Meschelle. On Nov. 13, Armstrong will be honored as the 2012 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year at a reception to be held at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center.

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Alexandria Cracks Down on Old Town Grocery

Two arrested for selling stolen goods; city officials say investigation is ongoing.

Don’t look for a sign announcing the Old Town Grocery. There isn’t one. But customers and investigators have been flocking to the business in the 800 block of Pendleton Street.

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Incumbents and Former Incumbents Take Heat for BRAC Site Selection

Ghosts of 2008 haunt the BRAC five.

The ghosts of 2008 are haunting the campaign for mayor and City Council, as candidates clash over events leading up to the relocation of more than 6,000 daily commuters to the city’s West End.

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As Virginia Loses Federal Money, Debate Emerges About Fairfax County’s Course of Action

County leaders are not willing to go with the flow as feds change the rules.

Across Mount Vernon, large-scale 1960s-era parking lots dominate the landscape and flood the streams.

Wednesday, September 19

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Grosser-to-Moss Good for 3 Touchdowns, but Not a Win

Titans lose to Robinson, fall to 1-2 this season.

The T.C. Williams football team fell to 1-2 with a loss to Robinson on Sept. 14.

Ground Game Key to Churchill Football’s 3-0 Start

Bulldogs shut out Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

The Churchill football team has found success on the ground during a 3-0 start.

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Bullis Football Wins Home Opener Against St. Mary’s

One year after school’s first outright IAC title, Bulldogs start 3-0.

The Bullis football team improved to 3-0.

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West Potomac Field Hockey Finishes Sixth at Invitational

Wolverines beat Wakefield; lose to Fairfax, Yorktown, W-L.

The West Potomac field hockey team finished sixth at the two-day Herndon Invitational.

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Yorktown Field Hockey Finishes Fourth at Herndon Invite

Washington-Lee wins fifth-place game in overtime.

Yorktown finishes fourth, W-L fifth, Wakefield eighth at two-day Herndon Invitational on Sept. 14-15.

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Marshall Goes Undefeated, Places Third at Field Hockey Invite

Scoring format leaves Statesmen out of championship game.

Marshall finished 4-0 at the two-day Herndon Invitational on Sept. 14-15.

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Host Herndon Finishes Runner-Up at Field Hockey Invite

Hornets led by sophomores Stone, Palacios.

The Herndon field hockey team finished second at the two-day Herndon Invitational on Sept. 14-15.

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Fairfax Field Hockey Wins Herndon Invitational

Rebels outscored opponents 37-1 during 10-0 start.

The Fairfax field hockey team posted four shutouts en route to winning the two-day Herndon Invitational on Sept. 14-15.

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West Springfield Football Remains Undefeated

Spartans beat rival Lee to improve to 3-0.

West Springfield defeated Lee, 33-14, on Sept. 14.

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Lake Braddock Field Hockey Beats TC in OT

The Lake Braddock field hockey team defeated T.C. Williams, 2-1, in overtime on Sept. 14.

Alexandria School Notes: Sept. 19, 2012

School Notes

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Romney Addresses Fairfax Crowd

Presidential candidate draws almost 3,000 at Van Dyck Park.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared in Fairfax, Thursday, Sept. 13, bringing almost 3,000 supporters out to Van Dyck Park. Attendees packed the streets surrounding the park all morning, and stayed in line even if they weren’t able to get in throughout Romney’s speech.

Passport to Aging

Mount Vernon At Home has teamed with six community partners to present daily activities and workshops for Active Aging Week, Sept. 23-29. RSVP at 703-303-4060 or email

Obituary: Mary M. Stanges

Mary M. Stanges, 92, who worked as an executive secretary at the Pentagon, and was a volunteer at Mt. Vernon Hospital, died July 20, 2012 at her home in Hollin Hills, south of Alexandria, after a long illness (non-Hodgkins lymphoma).

Letter: Accurate Or Distorted Polling?

In last week's Gazette, Adrienne G. Cannon's letter was published in which she said, concerning the Westgrove Park off-leash dog area issue: "Repeated letters from one person attacking individuals and offering misleading facts does not help readers understand the public policy issues at stake." This reader would appreciate Ms. Cannon enlightening us as to exactly which facts have been misleading.

Letter: Why ID Law Is Needed

Voter fraud is a great danger that strikes at the very integrity of our election process. Voter identification is one way we can protect all our votes.

Letter: A Pro-Life Victory?

It’s being reported that the Virginia Board of Health, this past Friday, adopted a new slate of abortion center safety standards. This news comes two days following the release of several health inspection reports obtained by the Family Foundation under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.

Alexandria Bulletin Board: Sept. 19, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

TWIG Tour Benefits Surgical Center

The annual TWIG Historic Alexandria Homes Tour will feature six homes and gardens built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The tour will be held Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Obituaries: Ida N. Sanson

Ida N. Sanson, 79, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Alexandria, died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 at Woodmont Nursing Home, Fredericksburg.

Obituaries: Helen Sue Macom Tucker Hunter

Helen Sue Macom Tucker Hunter of Alexandria, Va. and Clover, S.C. died July 14, 2012. She was 85 years old.

Neighborhood: Old Town

In case you missed summer 'Towners, you probably missed one of the truly giant stories that dominated the agenda for the old port city. Well, actually, two stories.

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Tale of a Whale

Many drivers pausing in traffic will gaze to the right at the landscaped grounds of the National Masonic Memorial, with its geometry of cultivated shrubs and flowers. Few glance to the left over the high white fence topped with wooden latticework. Those who do blink in surprise at "The Whale."

Letter: Democracy Means Voting

We are now entering the final weeks of political campaigns for local offices that provide truly historic opportunities for Alexandrians.

Letter: ‘Found Wanting’

Although I am a strong supporter of President Obama, I had the idea that Mitt Romney was the best of the Republican candidates and capable of being the President if elected.

Letter: Join in Healthy Effort

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. We hear a lot about the problem nationally, but many Alexandrians don’t realize childhood obesity is a problem here, in our own backyard. A 2007 study by Inova Health System revealed that 43.5 percent of children ages 2-5 in our city are overweight or obese. That means that nearly half of our youngest residents are at risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more.

Letter: Getting ‘By Right’ Right

Once again we are hearing the myth, convenient for developers and City Council incumbents, past and present, that Small Area Plans like Beauregard and the one proposed for the Alexandria Waterfront, are necessary.

Letter: Citizens Deserve Mayoral Debate

For the first time in the history of Alexandria, the election for Mayor and City Council will be on the November 2012 ballot. There are many issues that will shape the future of Alexandria in the next five to 10 years.

Column: Refillable. Rechargeable. Reusable.

More like replaceable. Obviously, I want to remain positive and believe that today is not a good day to die (Worf from “Star Trek: Next Generation”) and that there will be many more tomorrows to live for and days beyond that to plan for. However, having a terminal disease has a tendency to darken up those rose-colored glasses.

Letter: Appreciate City Staff

We are writing because so often residents are slamming the good people that work for the City of Alexandria and we have just had such a wonderful experience, we wanted to share it with you.

Letter: Intellectual Dishonesty

The city says it wants and values citizen input and goes to great lengths to involve citizens in its decisions. Never mind that the procedural and legal mechanisms for meaningful citizen input is being expunged from the city charter and our zoning law. At the very least, there is intellectual dishonesty here.

Letter: Missing Information

In order to be a fully informed voter, we need to have accurate information, from a variety of reliable, factual sources. But we aren’t getting that in two different contests.

Column: Senior Law Day: Alexandria for a Lifetime

Many important discussions will take place at Senior Law Day: Alexandria for a Lifetime on Saturday, October 13 at First Baptist Church, 2932 King Street from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Column: Why Not Compulsory Voting?

Of all the political campaigns going on none are more important than the locals. Why each and every citizen doesn’t run to their voting precincts on Voting Day has always been a puzzle.

Brief: Police Investigate Assault on Jogger

Alexandria Police are investigating an assault that occurred Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6 a.m. on the bike path near Holmes Run Parkway.

Brief: Paramedics Treat Worker Injured In Fall

The Alexandria Fire Department responded Friday, Sept. 14 to a report of a construction worker injured in a fall at a building under construction at Madison Street and North Henry Street.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Sept. 19, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Potomac Calendar: Sept. 19, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

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Roshan Named Teacher of the Future

Bullis math teacher receives national recognition.

Roshan was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as one of their “Teachers of the Future” for her innovative “flipped classroom” methodology.

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A Farce That Never Lets Up

"Suite Surrender" now at 1st Stage in Tysons.

If you like your farce with loud bull-horn voices, lots of slamming doors, and telegraphed actions, then the 1st Stage production of "Suite Surrender" by Michael McKeever is for you.

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St. James Episcopal Rector Completes Pilgrimage to Santiago

A journey that heals the soul.

The day before Potomac’s St. James Episcopal Church Rector the Rev. Cynthia (Cindy) Baskin and her husband Bob were to leave on their once-in-a-lifetime 480 mile pilgrimage through northwestern Spain, she was diagnosed with a stress fracture in her left foot.

Sign Up Now for Potomac’s Got Talent

The Potomac Community Center will host Potomac’s Got Talent in conjunction with Potomac Family Fun Fest on Friday, Sept. 28.

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‘Ellen’s Run’ To Benefit Mental Health in County

5K Run/Walk set for Oct. 7.

Ellen Vala Schneider had many friends throughout Chevy Chase, Bethesda and Potomac. She was outgoing, caring and loving — a dedicated mother, attorney and the ultimate volunteer. Her life ended tragically when she drowned in the Potomac River. Her body was found near Billy Goat Trail. She was 51 when she died, but she had made an impact on everyone she encountered.

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Teen Protects Friend From Speeding Baseball

Boy’s quick action prevented serious injury.

Two Potomac boys returned to school this year with a harrowing story of bravery and friendship. Fourteen-year-old Sam Parven and 11-year-old Donny Campuzano say they were selling pretzels for a vendor at a Bethesda Big Train baseball game this summer when a second baseman hit a line-drive foul ball into the stands.

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Students Raise Money for School in Haiti

St. Andrews’ officials attend building dedication on Sept. 11 in Civol.

Some Potomac students and school officials from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School helped make an educational dream a reality for students at a school in Haiti and were on hand when a new school building was dedicated in Civol, Haiti, Sept. 11.

Letter: Importance of Organic Farms

Gov. Martin O'Malley's letter was timely and appropriate. His letter clearly recognizes the increasingly critical role that small, local farms play in the protection of our State and National food supply. At the same time, the Governor recognized the benefit to Montgomery County students and future farmers, of having a resource where they can learn about the food chain and organic farming practices.

Week in Vienna

Community meetings to discuss proposed garage, deadline for nominations for Northern Virginia Leadership Awards, McLean AAUW to host an open house, and The Business Bank promotes Dough McAlpine

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Horses and Riders Go in Style at Seneca Valley

Two-day event attracts competitors from across the country.

The two-day event attracted riders competing in dressage, stadium jumping and cross-country, many of whom travel frequently from state-to-state competing for ribbons, but also happy to just have the experience and a clean round.

Vienna Gardens Open to Visitors

Vienna Sustainability Garden Tour showcases innovative conservative ideas.

The 2nd Annual Vienna Sustainability Home & Garden Tour is a paean to conservation and a resourceful means of creating sustainability. From homemade deer fencing to energy-efficient homes, the 11 homes and single business participating in the Sept. 16 tour showcased vegetable and flower gardens that thrive in Northern Virginia.

Fall Farmers’ Market Brings in the Best of Autumn

Vienna market showcasing pumpkins, root vegetable and hardy flowering plants.

The Vienna Farmers’ Market—on Church Street, in the caboose parking lot—is transitioning from summer harvest to fall specialties, all this under sunny blue skies and crisp air. If you’ve been waiting for that first seasonal bite of crunchy, juicy locally-grown apples, now is your time.

Marshall High's Model UN Conference Focuses on Cyber Security

Cyber security and the threats posed to national infrastructure and economic networks will be the focus of Marshall High School’s ninth annual My First Model United Nations (UN) training conference on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Arlington Calendar: Sept. 19, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Arlington Bulletin Board: Sept. 19, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Ultimate Frisbee Teams Win in Dublin

Local residents part of medal-winning teams.

The World Junior Ultimate Championships in Dublin, Ireland concluded on Aug. 19, with the U.S. junior boys’ team winning the gold medal and the junior girls’ team winning the silver medal. Arlington residents Jay Boyle and Jojo Emerson were on the boys’ and girls’ teams, respectively.

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Rebuilding a Winter Shelter

Washington Capitals alumnus and Hall of Fame honoree Rod Langway along with Bullets alumnus Bob Dandridge volunteered to work with the 40-plus staff members of Monumental Sports & Entertainment in helping refurbish a winter shelter for the homeless in Arlington on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

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Langley High Band to Hold Tag Day Fundraiser, Welcomes New Band Director

On Saturday, Sept. 22, band members from Langley High School will participate in “Tag Day” throughout neighborhoods in McLean and Great Falls.

Week in Great Falls

Nominations for Northern Virginia Leadership Awards, Downsizing Seminar offered by the Lyons & McGuire Team of Keller Williams Realty, Nominations for Outstanding Citizen Award to The Rotary Club of Great Falls, Langley High School to perform at the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, and Langley High School 10-Year Reunion

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Planting Green Corridors

More than 100 volunteers from Cambridge Associates in Arlington worked through Friday afternoon, Sept. 14 planting native trees along the W&OD bike trail at Bon Air Park.

Letter: The Best Kind of Home Improvement

Kudos to Sally Horn of the MCA for joining the Energy Action Fairfax pilot project and to homeowners Ernest Carter and Roshanak Badii who invited neighbors over to watch the energy audit of their home (“McLean Home Hosts Energy Audit,” McLean Connection, Sept. 5-11, 2012).

Letter: Defining Moment

A significant change is planned for the center of Great Falls. Our citizens association is reviewing a proposal for a special zoning exception permitting the replacement of the existing Exxon Service station with a drive-through branch bank for TD Bank Corporation, as illustrated in the attached sketch.

Message of Hope for Those with Brain Injuries

Martha Shmokler: Don’t give up.

Life-long Arlington resident Martha Shmokler has battled brain injuries for more than a decade. She said she has had professionals tell her there are limits to what she can do, but she has never listened.

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Harvest Happenings at McLean Community Center

Award-winning children’s music group Rocknoceros, with band members Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie, will perform at McLean Community Center’s Harvest Happenings on Saturday, Sept. 22.

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McLean Student Conquers Denali

For Brian DeMocker, of McLean, being high means being on a mountaintop above 14,000 feet. Up until this summer, he’d reached that elevation 15 times, mostly in Colorado. But on July 1 of this year, he conquered the 20,320 foot summit of Denali in Alaska, the highest point in North America.

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Studying Monarch Butterflies at Churchill Road

Churchill Road second graders began the new school year by learning about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly.

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Woman’s Club, Lemon Road School Reward Children for Summer Reading

On Friday, Sept. 14, at McLean’s Lemon Road Elementary School, the Woman’s Club of McLean hosted an awards party with pizza and ice cream for students in the school’s summer reading program. The club presented a $20 gift certificate for books to three of the children, selected by lot, one from first and second grade, one from third and fourth grade and one from fifth and sixth grade, and every student in the program got a “goody bag” of school supplies.

Greater McLean Chamber to Present Business and Community Awards

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Business and Community Awards on Oct. 2 at the 3rd Annual Suits and Sneakers event. Held at Claude Moore Colonial Farm (6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean), the festivities will run from 6 until 9 p.m

Boy Scout to Receive Heroism Award

Kevin McCormick, working as a counselor for a local summer youth camp, took his assigned group of campers to one of the local pools on June, 29, 2011. When his group of campers entered the pool area they became the responsibility of the lifeguards of the pool. Kevin was not trained or hired to be a pool lifeguard at the pool. Because Kevin’s responsibilities ended when his group of campers came on deck of the pool, Kevin came out of the bathroom, put his belongings down on a chair and jumped into the pool. Immediately after resurfacing he noticed a motionless person at the bottom of the pool.

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Growing Hope in Vienna

For families looking for free family fun, look no further than the Vienna Town Green on Saturday, Sept. 29. For the seventh consecutive year, the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna hosts its annual Walk & Family Fun Day for Growing Hope, a local nonprofit resource dedicated to supporting children with cancer and their families.

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Celebrating Public Art in Reston

IPAR kicks off new exhibit at Reston Museum.

In his founding principles for Reston, Robert Simon mentioned the need for public art several times. The Initiative for Public Art-Reston presented a history of public art in Reston Saturday, Sept. 15, celebrating several major art projects that form the core of Reston.

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Multicultural Festival Comes to Lake Anne

Annual event features food, culture and more from variety of nations.

Lake Anne will host Reston’s annual Multicultural Festival Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is designed to celebrate Reston’s diversity, with live performances, arts and even a book fair. A signature part of the festival the past few years has been a naturalization ceremony for recent immigrants to the United States.

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Hospital Breaks Ground on New Building

Medical office building will add 180,000 square feet to campus.

The Reston Hospital Center broke ground on their new medical office building Monday, Sept. 17. The new building, which is estimated to be completed in late fall 2013, will add 180,000 square feet of physician offices and hospital services.

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MWAA Releases Toll Rates to 2014

Community groups concerned about raises and effect on local traffic.

The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority has released its scheduled toll rate increases for the Dulles Toll Road up to 2015. Effective January 1, 2013, tolls at the mainline plaza will be $1.75 (up from $1.50) and the ramps will be $1.00 (up from $0.75).

Reilly Takes Reins at McLean High School

New principal comes from Herndon High School.

Ellen Reilly has been named principal at McLean High School, replacing Dr. Deborah Jackson, who left in July. Reilly comes to McLean High from Herndon High School, where she served as an assistant principal. She previously served as an assistant principal at Oakton High School, and as an American Sign Language teacher at Falls Church High School and Mantua Elementary School.

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5K to Support Military Housing

Second annual run to feaure at least 23 wounded warriors.

The streets of downtown McLean will be transformed into a race track Saturday, Oct. 6, as the second annual McLean 5K Run With the Warriors race is held. The event is hosted by Vinson Hall, which is a retirement community that houses more than 200 retired military and government personnel.

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Great Falls Remembers 9/11

Annual ceremony marks 11 years since attacks.

Several dozen Great Falls residents gathered at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial Tuesday, Sept. 11 to pay tribute to those lost on that day, particularly six Great Falls residents that were killed when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.

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Return of the Arlington Planetarium: Facility to Reopen After Existential Crisis

It looks like something from space, a Neo-Brutal landmark that descended next to Washington-Lee High School.

Tuesday, September 18

Arlington Orange Line: Sept. 18, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

“Flourishing After 55”

Upcoming events and activities for seniors.

Clarendon Celebrates Clarendon

Clarendon Day 2012 has a bit of everything for everyone. Runners of all ages can participate in the Pacer’s 10k/5k/Kids Dash. There will be local entertainment on two stages. More than a dozen local restaurants will offer a wide range of delicious treats, and beer, wine, and other beverages.

2012 Fall For The Book in Potomac

The 14th annual Fall for the Book Festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Color Purple with a visit by novelist Alice Walker and presents four authors — Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Rita Dove, and Katherine Boo — with the festival’s 2012 awards.

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Good Tunes, Good Beer, Good Boy

Pooches welcome at Pups and Pilsners beer festival.

Sunny skies and full bodied Spanish wine welcomed visitors to the Crystal City Taste of Wine and Jazz festival on Sunday, Sept. 16.

2012 Fall For The Book in Arlington

Upcoming events and activities.

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‘More Seats for More Students’

School board work session discusses boundary changes process.

More than 40 people, including School Board members, parents and staff gathered Sept. 12 for the first work session of the “More Seats for More Students” planning process to review the boundary changes as enrollment continues to grow.

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Home Earns Gold-Level Certification

New energy efficient home is one of only 12 in Virginia.

A local homebuilder was honored recently for his efforts to reduce his carbon footprint. Andrew Moore, president of Arlington Designer Homes, says his company received its second Gold-level Green Building Certification in Arlington from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center for a custom-built home in Arlington.

Letter: Dominion Power Must Do More

Virginia is stuck in the past depending almost entirely on dirty, polluting energy sources like coal that make our kids sick, put our communities at risk and cost us millions in health care expenses each year. Dominion Virginia Power, our state’s largest utility, is arguably the biggest culprit by failing to develop a single wind farm or large-scale solar project in our state.

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Fireflies and S’mores

Snapshots of fireflies and s’mores campfire event.

Monday, September 17

For Justin Wolfe, It’s Good and Bad News

State won’t appeal overturned convictions, but Prince William plans to retry him.

For Justin Wolfe and his family, the past week has been a rollercoaster of emotions. On Friday, Sept. 7, the state attorney general’s office said it won’t appeal his overturned convictions in a murder-for-hire, death-penalty and drug-dealing case.

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Hoping for a Traffic Signal

Willow Springs parents describe transportation troubles.

It’s not a done deal, yet. But if the traffic volume at the intersection of Braddock Road and Willow Springs School Road warrants it, a traffic signal will someday be installed there. And it can’t come soon enough for Willow Springs Elementary parents and schoolbus drivers.


Best-Buddies Fundraiser, Republican Women to Meet, Meet New Sully Commander, Free Carseat Inspections, Democratic Women to Meet, Sully District Council Meeting, Centreville Civil War Tour, Bike Summit Is Slated, Women's Self Defense Program, WFCM Seeks Food, Volunteers and Meals on Wheels Volunteers .

Kid Fest in Clifton

Food, fun, music and games in the park.

Music, games, food and an all-around good time – that’s what’s in store for those attending Kid Fest in Clifton. It’s slated for this Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon-5 p.m., in the town park.

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LTES Teachers Cook Up Welcome Back Picnic

London Towne students came back to school on Thursday, Aug. 30, to meet their new teachers for the 2012-2013 school year.

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Centreville Elementary Celebrates

At least 1,000 people attended Centreville Elementary’s Welcome Back (to school) Picnic, last Friday evening, Sept. 7, on the school grounds.

The Community Remembers

Each year, firefighters from Station 38 in Centreville place 343 flags on their station's front lawn in honor and memory of the 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives, Sept. 11, 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center. To each flag is attached the name and unit of one of those heroes.

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Why CBC’s Members Love Their Church

During the Saturday, Sept. 8, open house at Centreville Baptist Church, members toured the new addition and talked about why their church is special to them.

Friday, September 14

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Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2012

In July 2012, 207 Alexandria homes sold between $1,645,000-$89,000.

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2012

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‘A Place for People With a Purpose’

Centreville Baptist Church celebrates new worship center.

Centreville Baptist Church has a new worship center, bookstore, classrooms and area for gatherings and fellowship. But the Rev. Billy Ross knows it means much more than just a new addition to the facility.

The Background: Drugs, Murder and Money

When 21-year-old, Centreville High grad Danny Petrole was slain in his car in front of his Bristow townhouse, March 15, 2001, it stunned the community and devastated his family. It also led police to discover a drug ring of major proportions operating in the Centreville/Chantilly area.

Letter: Not Respectful

I was sorry to see Delegate Albo jump on the bandwagon of misinterpretation for partisan ends. President Obama when he made his statement regarding building a business and not building it solely on your own was referring to the foundation that has been laid in this country that allows entrepreneurial spirit and endeavors to blossom.

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Mount Vernon Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2012

In July 2012, 132 homes sold between $3,500,000-$62,900 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2012

Letters: Appreciates Picnic’s Support

Centreville Elementary School’s Annual Welcome Back Picnic was a huge success. Hundreds of families turned out for what was a spectacular evening of fun, food and information.

Letters: Multi-State Effort Saves Kitten

This [letter] is not only raise awareness to this cause but also to the many others cases similar to this on the Give Forward site that would genuinely be life altering for any family in need.

Letter: Letters Change One Can Believe In

Today, America’s citizens stand at a crossroads that will determine the destiny of the country. We are in desperate need of a leader who understands that deficit spending in not free money. We need a leader who understands how the economy works and how to create jobs.

Letter: Deliberate Falsehoods in Health Care Debate

When I saw the letter "Questioning the War on Women," [Connection, August 15-21, 2012] I had that Yogi Berra feeling of "deja vu all over again" because I had read the same letter in a July edition of your paper. A second reading did not improve the contents or make them any more accurate.

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Local Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2012

Local Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2012

Thursday, September 13

South Lakes Football Beats Rival Herndon

The South Lakes football team defeated Herndon, 21-7, on Sept. 7.

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West Potomac Football Beats Centreville

The West Potomac football team improved to 2-0 with a victory against Centreville

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Burns’ 3 TDs Propel Westfield to Lopsided Victory

Six Bulldogs score at least one touchdown against TC

Westfield quarterback Chris Mullins connected with Devon Burns for three touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 55-28 victory against T.C. Williams.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board: Sept. 13, 2012

Upcoming events

Alexandria School Notes: Sept. 13, 2012

School Notes

Christen, Lake Braddock Girls’ XC Win at Monroe Parker

Defending state champ Chase withdraws due to lower-body pain.

The Lake Braddock girls' cross country team won the Monroe Parker Invitational.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Calendar: Sept. 13, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

McGorty Wins Invitational

Chargers capture boys’ team title, girls finish fifth.

Chantilly's Sean McGorty won the boy's individual title at the Monroe Parker Invitational.

Week in Springfield

News from this week in Springfield.

Rabid Beaver Chases Children in Springfield

No Injuries Reported

Animal Control officers from the West Springfield Police District responded to a report of a beaver that was chasing children at the Hidden Pond Nature Center on Saturday, Sept. 8 around 11:30 a.m.

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Garfield Community Remembers 9/11

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, a bright, clear day similar to memories and photos of the same day in 2001, Garfield Elementary students, staff and community members gathered for their annual Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony.

Area Roundups

News from the week in Fairfax Station.

Alexandria Bulletin Board: Sept. 13, 2012

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Andreotta-DiCosmo Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Mark P. Andreotta of Clifton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Kimberly Beth to Christopher John DiCosmo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Natale J. DiCosmo of Draper, Utah.

West Potomac Girls’ XC Finishes Fourth at Invitational

Wolverines finished 3rd at 2011 states, graduated top 2 harriers.

Katie Genuario led the West Potomac girls' cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the Monroe Parker Invitational.

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‘Ride To Thrive Polo Classic’ a Smashing Success

Event benefits Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program in Clifton.

The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP), based in Clifton, hosted its sixth Ride To Thrive Polo Classic on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Chetwood Park in The Plains, Va. The polo match featured Team Chetwood Park/Golden Zebra of Lorton versus Team Los Tigres of Clifton.

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Kid Fest in Clifton

Food, fun, music and games in the park.

Music, games, food and an all-around good time—that’s what’s in store for those attending Kid Fest in Clifton. It’s slated for this Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon-5 p.m., in the town park.

Week in Fairfax

Fairfax's Virginia Small Businesses Summit and Best Buddies Fundraiser

Piero’s Corner Italian Restaurant will host a Best Buddies fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. for its busboy, Eric Latcheran of Chantilly, and his friend Ryan Gutkowski of Clifton. The restaurant is at 9959 Main St. in Fairfax. Eric, 25, and Ryan, 24, have intellectual disabilities and are raising money so they may participate in the fun run at the annual Best Buddies Challenge, Oct. 20, in Washington, D.C. Piero’s will donate a percentage of its Sept. 16 food proceeds toward the cause.

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Willow Springs Parents Hoping for a Traffic Signal

Parents describe transportation troubles.

It’s not a done deal, yet. But if the traffic volume at the intersection of Braddock Road and Willow Springs School Road warrants it, a traffic signal will someday be installed there. And it can’t come soon enough for Willow Springs Elementary parents and schoolbus drivers. In the meanwhile, the Wink-o-matic flashing lights on Braddock—telling drivers nearing that intersection to slow from 45 to 25 mph—have been reinstated after having been removed during the summer.

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South County QB Symmes Scores 3 TDs in Defeat

Stallions lose second straight heartbreaker.

South County was stopped at the Oakton 8-yard line on its final possession.

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Bridging a Cultural Divide

Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield hosts Palestinian students this summer.

For many, the concept of “peace in the Middle East” is a distant dream bordering on fantasy.

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Dancing In ‘Suds’

West Potomac High School members held a car wash Saturday, Sept. 8, at St. Luke’s Church on Fort Hunt Road.

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Potomac Real Estate: July 2012 Top Sales

In July 2012, 47 Potomac homes sold between $3,275,000-$410,000.

Potomac Real Estate: July 2012 Top Sales

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Burke Centre Hosts Fall Festival

Festival-goers treated to senior flash mob and family fun.

Burke hosted its biggest block party last weekend as the community welcomed friends and neighbors of all ages for the 35th annual Burke Centre Fall Festival.

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Jazz at Cedar Knoll Restaurant

A new live concert series to emphasizing jazz music every month at Cedar Knoll Restaurant.

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QB Downer Leads Oakton Football Past South County

Senior throws three touchdown passes, runs for one.

Oakton quarterback Kyle Downer led the Cougars to a 28-21 victory against South County on Sept. 7.

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Chamber Welcomes Top It Off

Located at the Hollin Hall Shopping Center, Top It Off held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 7, hosted by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce. Michael Gailliot, chairman of the Chamber, led the ceremony.

Fairfax to Host Small Business Summit

The Virginia Small Business Partnership announced that the third annual Virginia Small Business Summit will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at the Mason Inn Conference Center & Hotel in Fairfax.

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Combating Speeding

McGruff leads anti-speeding effort as school year begins.

Laurel Ridge Elementary School students got a surprise Monday morning, when they were met by McGruff the Crime Dog, Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) and Officer J.T. Frey of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) in Kings Park West. The trio was there to remind student and their parents of the importance of driving safely and especially following the posted speed limits in school zones. The outreach effort, in support of the police department’s Operation Blue Guardian, is part of Supervisor Cook’s ongoing campaign to combat speeding and unsafe driving in our communities.

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Residents Light Up Meeting on Power Outages

Dominion Power responds to questions on systems, underground lines.

About 85 residents attended a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11 concerning long delays in restoring power following the Derecho storm which occurred at the end of June.

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Arlington Real Estate: July 2012 Top Sales

In July 2012, 257 Arlington homes sold between $2,100,000-$85,000.

Arlington Real Estate: July 2012 Top Sales

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County Seeks Citizen Input on Transportation

If Fairfax County is going to pay for the roads, we ought to own and control them.

This fall, residents of Fairfax County will have an unprecedented opportunity to offer input on one of the principal policy issues facing the County—whether we should assume a greater role in secondary road maintenance and construction. I urge all County residents to take advantage of this important opportunity.

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Community Rallies to Aid Rising Hope

‘Tenth Avenue North’ concert is next hurdle.

With a timely rescue by Mount Vernon area donors, the shelves in the Rising Hope Mission Church food pantry are now full and 377 young people received backpacks filled with school supplies to head back to school for a fresh start.

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Fairfax Station/Springfield, Sept. 21-26

If you're interested in a little time-on-the-town, fall fun and activity to broaden your horizons and round out your week, you're in the right place.

Brief: National Democratic Convention: An Inspiring Experience

I would like to share with the community some of my reflections on the recent Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C. at which delegates nominated President Barack Obama for re-election.

Brief: New President, CEO at Estate

Curtis G. Viebranz has been named president and chief executive officer of George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate. He will take the helm at the historic home on Sept. 17.

Briefs: Support Food Drive

A food drive is being held now through Sept. 24 at Stratford Landing Elementary School, 8484 Riverside Road.

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Burke/Fairfax Calendar, Sept. 20-26

If you don't plan anything, you're liable to stay on the couch. Round out your week with some events, local style.

Brief: Washington’s Copy Of the Constitution

On the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, Mount Vernon unveils George Washington’s annotated copy of the Acts of Congress to the public on Monday, Sept. 17 at noon.

Shoppers on the Prowl

Shoppers are gearing up for the thrill of the hunt when they participate in the Old Town Boutique District’s Scavenger Hunt taking place the weekend of September 21-23, 2012.

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Tres Bien!

‘Jacques Brel’ comes to life at MetroStage.

Though he was Belgian by birth, no one captured the spirit of the French troubadour tradition better than Jacques Brel, whose potent mixture of musical romanticism, cynicism and whimsy are brought to life in “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” now playing at MetroStage in Alexandria.

Week in Reston

How many people travel on bikes or on foot in Reston? That's the subject of an upcoming project to count bicyclists and pedestrians. You may see volunteers at intersections watching as cyclists and walkers pass by.

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Local Real Estate: July 2012 Top Sales in Great Falls, McLean, Oak Hill, Reston, Oakton and Vienna

Local Real Estate: July 2012 Top Sales in Great Falls, McLean, Oak Hill, Reston, Oakton and Vienna

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Reston Community Center Presents Multicultural Art

New art exhibits at Reston Community Center’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery and at RCC Hunters Woods feature artwork reflecting the cultural heritage of diverse artists and works created by artists with lifelong disabilities. During the month of September, the Jo Ann Rose Gallery and the adjacent 3-D Display will feature Art Mirrors Culture, composed of works by area artists expressing their cultural identities. Also during the month of September, the RCC Hunters Woods gallery will feature Abstract Paintings, Drawings and Prints, a collection of works by members of Specially Adapted Resource Clubs in the Reston area.

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‘Funny Money’

Laughs to bank on at LTA.

It’s another routine day at the office when Henry Perkins heads home from work thinking his briefcase contains paperwork and a half-eaten cheese and chutney sandwich.

Madison Football Beats Woodson

The Madison football team defeated Woodson, 39-13, on Sept. 7 for its first win of the season

Reston Lions Club Helps Residents of Lake Anne Fellowship House

The Reston Lions Club gave out Giant Food Gift Cards to victims of the derecho storms on Friday, Aug. 31. Residents of the Lake Anne Fellowship House were able to replenish food lost during a five day power outage.

Brief: Flea Market Find: Renoir for Sale at Potomack Company Auction

Elizabeth Haynie Wainstein, owner of The Potomack Company, announced that a Virginia woman’s flea market find — a lost Renoir painting the auction house recently revealed — will be for sale at the gallery’s Sept. 29 catalogue auction.

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Reston Homes on Display

11th Annual Reston Home Tour to be held on Saturday, Oct, 13, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Visit five outstanding private homes located in Reston’s renowned neighborhoods and clusters on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the 11th annual Reston Home Tour. Presented by Reston Historic Trust, this self-conducted tour offers exclusive viewing of “wow factor” destinations showing inspiring interior design, architecture, unique ideas, art collections, and renovation successes. Reston Home Tour ticket proceeds benefit Reston Museum, which is operated by Reston Historic Trust.

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Dogs Ride the Waves

Snapshots of dogs ride the waves

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Global InfoTek, Inc. One of Six Primes on $300 Million

Global InfoTek, Inc. (GITI), of Reston, is one of six companies selected as a prime contractor by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to provide innovative revolutionary cybersecurity research, development and demonstration services. The aim of this Agile Cyber Technology (ACT) effort is to give the Air Force cyber space superiority in alignment with the national security cyber strategy.

Tolls Must Have Limits

The notion that the user of a public service should be the one to pay for it makes sense in theory. But when the service is a roadway and the payments are tolls, the system can feel a bit unfair and clearly needs limits. It made sense when I voted to approve an authority in the early 1980s to build a toll road in the Dulles Corridor to provide traffic congestion relief for western Fairfax County and to open the area for economic development. Using the toll method of financing meant that we got the road and expanded it decades before it would have been considered through the usual methods of road financing. It even made some sense that toll collections be used as a percentage of financing for the extension of Metrorail in the corridor, since the mass transit system would help relieve future traffic congestion on the Toll Road. But there has to be limits on the use of tolls, and clearly the level of tolls proposed for the Dulles Toll Road is too high.

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Tornado-Like Storm Strikes Lake Anne Area

It felt like déjà vu on South Shore Drive near Lake Anne in Reston. A powerful wind and rain storm hit the area around 3:30 Saturday afternoon. The majority of the storm damage was concentrated, almost in a straight line, from North Shore Drive near Fairway Apartments to Weihle Avenue.

Emergency Fair at Inova Alexandria Hospital

Second Annual Emergency Management and Safety Fair was held Aug. 25 in the Howard Street parking lot at the Inova Alexandria Hospital.

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At the Alexandria Festival of the Arts

Snapshots at the Alexandria Festival of the Arts

Plane Pull on Sept. 22 to Benefit Special Olympics

Superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor regularly come together to fight crime. Although humans don’t naturally possess super powers, you would be amazed at what a group of individuals can do when they put their minds—and muscles—together to accomplish a goal.

Week in Herndon

The MOMS Club of Herndon is recycling gently used items instead of throwing them away. Join the MOMS Club of Herndon on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at their monthly meeting at Trinity Presbyterian Church, located at 651 Dranesville Rd, Herndon. The Club offers support for local stay-at-home mothers through weekly events.

Paula Swift, 76, Dies

A common belief is that Congressional wives do little but stand around looking on devotedly as their husbands give speeches. With few exceptions that is untrue. It was particularly not the case for Paula Swift, wife of eight-term Representative Al Swift (D-Wash.). She died suddenly of a heart attack on Labor Day.

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Lee Takes Over at Quarterback for Churchill Football Team

Bulldogs improve to 2-0 with victory against Whitman.

The Churchill football team improved to 2-0 with a 33-9 victory against Whitman on Sept. 7.

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Vienna/McLean/Great Falls Calendar, Sept. 27-

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New Ramp Opens at Tysons

A new ramp and flyover bridge connecting the eastbound Dulles Airport Access Highway to I-495 opened to traffic on Saturday, Sept. 8. The ramp provides a direct connection to the northbound and southbound Capital Beltway (I-495), improving safety and convenience for traffic near the interchange.

Letter: ‘Deliberate Falsehoods’ - II

Ms. Vanderhye never addresses my argument, that when government forces employers to violate their consciences by subsidizing contraception and abortion, religious freedom is trampled. Though she claims my letter is "replete with inaccuracies," she addresses only one alleged "falsehood" and leaves the rest to our imaginations. Ms. Vanderhye attacks as false the statement that research suggests that contraception and abortion may increase a woman's chance of cancer and heart disease. Actually the statement is true, Ms. Vanderhye's vitriolic tirade notwithstanding

Week in Vienna

At the Sept. 10 Town Council meeting, Council approved a water service agreement with Fairfax County Water Authority to ultimately deliver up to 2.9 million gallons per day at a rate of $1.98 per 1,000 gallons of consumption effective Oct. 1, 2012.

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A Miracle at Antioch Christian Church

Last week the Antioch Christian church on Beulah Road in Vienna experienced sadness and a miracle all at the same time: while Pastor Randy Beeman was in his office, he experienced a giant earth-shaking moment. He assumed it was another earthquake in our area or a possible crash on Beulah Road. As he looked out his window he saw one of the youth of the church, Alex Morabito, running in the yard and the pastor thought that she might have been involved in a car accident or had witnessed one.

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Reston/Herndon Calendar, Sept. 21-27

Round out your week and get out on the town, local style.

Vienna/McLean/Great Falls Bulletin, Sept. 13-19

Whether you're looking for English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, trying to improve your public speaking skills or looking to seek support or new friends, look at the Bulletin Board for help.

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Trio of Challengers on the Ballot to Challenge Moran This November

Republican, Independent Green and independent offer a variety of options for voters.

A trio of challengers will oppose longtime U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) this November, although the Northern Virginia district is solidly blue and not considered competitive.

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Bellini Salon & MedEsthetics Hosts ‘Princess Day’

Mrs. Virginia and Mrs. District of Columbia join Bellini Salon & MedEsthetics in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for their Princess Day event on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help MADD raise money in support of their cause.

‘Home Energy Makeover Contest’ for Area Residents

The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is sponsoring a Home Energy Makeover Contest in Northern Virginia in order to promote awareness of energy efficiency in the Northern Virginia area.

Letter: Energy Efficiency: It’s in our Homes and Wallet

The word sustainability scares some people, but energy efficiency just makes common sense and is one of the ways that sustainability becomes tangible for people. As we encounter rising energy costs in every aspect of our lives, it just makes sense to make our homes and the systems that run them cheaper and more environmentally responsible. We spend much of our time at home with family and friends, and homes have a huge impact on energy consumption and the health of the planet. The good news is that you can take charge and make a big difference. The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in Charlottesville, Va. has helped many families in Central Virginia and Northern Virginia.

Letter: Vienna Youth, Inc. Thanks Area Businesses

I want to extend my thanks to all the area businesses and citizens who contributed to and cooperated with VYI in what was Vienna Youth’s 42nd annual Booster Day. Thanks to your generosity, patience and tolerance, we were able to raise nearly $50,000.

On the Campaign Trail

With six weeks to go before Election Day, it’s starting to look like Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille will not be debating former Vice Mayor Andrew Macdonald — at least not in a debate that doesn’t include all 12 of the City Council candidates.

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Supporters of Woodlawn Stables Hold Out Hope That Horses Will Be Able to Stay

Will National Trust strike a deal and approve new lease?

For months, the debate at Woodlawn has been about which option for widening Route 1 is appropriate.

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Buchanan Gardens Reopens as Dedicated Affordable Housing on Columbia Pike

Uncertainty is over for hundreds of low-income residents in rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.

As Pedro Gonzales walks up the stairs to his second-floor apartment at Buchanan Gardens, he beams with pride.

Wednesday, September 12

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Obituaries: James Warren Wright

James Warren Wright, 82 of Spotsylvania died on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

Obituaries: Paula Swift

With few exceptions that is untrue. It was particularly not the case for Paula Swift, wife of eight-term Representative Al Swift (D-Wash.). She died suddenly of a heart attack on Labor Day.

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At Del Ray’s Fashion Block Party

Del Ray hosted a Fashion Block party Thursday, Sept. 6. Musician set up along the Avenue entertaining residents and visitors.

Obituaries: Janet Elizabeth Hannan Hyman

Janet Elizabeth (Libby) Hannan Hyman completed a long and full life of 99 years at Goodwin House in Falls Church on Aug. 16, 2012.


Seminary Valley

Hammond Middle Schools 1, 2 and 3 started off the new school year with 454, 453 and 493, respectively. Polk Elementary has enrolled 642 students, and 586 students attend Patrick Henry. Remember to keep an eye out for the children as they walk to school; although some of the kids ride buses, many of our neighbors walk or ride their bikes to school, and they are often accompanied by parents and siblings.

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Bidding Adieu to The Winery

Local wine shop to close Sept. 15.

The Winery, a fine wine and gourmet food shop known for the personal touch of owner Jane Cahill, will be closing its doors Sept. 15 after more than a decade of serving the Alexandria community.

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Fashion’s Night Out Alexandria

The inaugural Fashions Night Out Alexandria, presented by the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association, showcased more than 89 local businesses Thursday evening, Sept. 6.

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Heel & Wheels

The Alexandria Chamber Professional Women’s Network joined event hosts Duke Street Speedy Lube and Mango Mike’s for an evening of barbeque and cars on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

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City Celebrates 225th Anniversary of U.S. Constitution

Mayor Euille presented an official proclamation to Linda Greenberg, a member of the John Alexander Chapter of the DAR commemorating Constitution Week, Sept. 17 – 23, in Council Chambers in City Hall.

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Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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Marshall Renovation, Celebration Goes On

Marshall High celebrates 50 years of academics and sports.

“We are very lucky all our kids graduated from Marshall,” said Rennert. “It’s a little jewel in Tysons Corner.”

Letter: No Place Like Home In Mt. Vernon

Most people who read about the superbug that killed six people last year at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) probably reacted with fear and horror. My reaction was anger.

Letter: Focus on Issues

Every week the Gazette invites readers to send "views on any public issue." It is more informative to read letters addressing the issues, not individuals. I hope to see more letters like that from a range of writers in our newspaper.

Letter: Historical Significance

Having eliminated the two other Alexandria signs, the state of Maryland now directs us to "National" Harbor instead, not a geographic location but a commercial establishment erected by a hotel chain. How did this get on Maryland state road signs?

Letter: People’s Role In Democracy

Sept. 17 inaugurates Constitution Week; that document, adopted 225 years ago in 1787, established our federal republic and has been the model for the constitutions of many other nations. In that undertaking, Alexandrian George Washington was again the indispensable man. The conference he hosted at Mt. Vernon in 1785 set an example of how states could cooperate for their mutual benefit.

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Koi Show Features the Art of the Species

ZNA Potomac hosts 19th Annual Koi Show at Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna.

Over the weekend of Sept. 8, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens turned into a nirvana for koi fans. The ZNA Potomac 19th Annual Koi Show returned to Meadowlark for the fourth consecutive year, bringing in koi owners and Meadowlark visitors. The koi show was open to the public and free. “It’s so enjoyable,” said koi exhibitor Chuck Lockard, Vienna, who also maintains a saltwater pond. “I have a patio, I sit outside and watch them. It’s a fabulous hobby, and it ties into my landscaping and gardening.” Lockard’s kidney-shaped pond holds about 18,000 gallons of water and 25 koi. Vienna was well-represented at the Potomac koi show. Other koi hobbyists from the Vienna area entered their koi, as well, or came to the show to buy koi for their home ponds. “Raising koi is a lot of fun,” said Vienna hobbyist Gretchen Lindsey, who bought her home with a koi pond already in the yard. The previous owners had not constructed their own koi pond in their new house so Gretchen and her husband were left to care for the ones left at the Lindsey home. “All we had to do was feed them. I thought, ‘this is easy.’”

Letter: ‘Demolition By Neglect’

The Yacht Basin within Windmill Hill Park is decaying at a rapid rate. It is the second best example in this city, after the Beachcomber Restaurant, of “demolition by neglect.”

Letter: Democracy Not Debatable

Your coverage of the discussions about whether or not the two candidates running for the job as Mayor of the City of Alexandria should meet to debate is frustrating. The debate about whether to debate is not what many of the residents want to read about. We need to hear more about the vision that Andrew Macdonald and Mayor William Euille have for Alexandria.

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Coffee for a Cure at Caffe Amouri

Lymphoma survivor leads team to fundraise on behalf of lymphoma research.

“Until 1995, my lymphoma was a death sentence … Because of research, there are many of us who are alive. My medicines were not around five years ago, and here I am, cancer-free.” —Valerie Kappler, Vienna, Remission Rider

Letter: City Police Deserves Kudos

As a criminal justice practitioner for many years and as an educator as well, I had the recent privilege and pleasure to ride along with Sgt. Nicholas Rugierro. I observed nothing but the best during the tour of duty.

Column: Trip Without a Fall

Recently, for the first time in nearly two years, I took a trip without having my car. Significant to me in that not “having my car” meant not being able to transport/have all my cancer things.

Commentary: What To Do Until Help Arrives

Teen-agers and adults take First Aid Courses at their local Red Cross or in adult education programs. Taking such a course doesn't make you a professional but it does mean you can provide emergency support until professional help arrives.

Letter: Loss of ‘Community’ On Bike Paths

Last week I took a hard fall on the bike path. At 5:45 a.m., as I entered the Mount Vernon bike path on my commute to the Pentagon, I misjudged the location of the ramp entrance and instead slammed into the curb. Though it was dark, I was equipped with proper lighting on front, back and helmet, reflective belt and eye protection to prevent and be prepared for possible mishaps. I had made this trek hundreds of times, so making the entrance should have been easy.

Week in McLean

Woman assaulted, E-ZPass changes and Business Bank promotion.

On Friday, Sept. 7 at 10:45 a.m. a 40-year-old woman reported a burglary and attempted sexual assault. The victim entered her apartment in the 8000 block of Chanute Place and encountered an unknown man. The suspect attempted to sexually assault her. She fought him until he stopped and fled the apartment.

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Wounded Warrior Honored in McLean

Wounded warrior Sgt. Kenneth Lyon, Ret., 27, was an honored guest at the Patriot Republican Women’s Club brunch event to commemorate the 11th Anniversary of Sept. 11.

MPAartfest to Hold Teen Talent Auditions on Sept. 22

MPAartfest is looking for musically talented teens between the ages of 12 and 17 to audition to become the MPAartfest Idol.

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Letter: Tysons: A Monstrosity Of Staggering Imagination

In the history of cities and significant population centers over the millenniums, one aspect has most always held sway in determining their locations, patterns of growth and the ability of commerce and community to thrive—transportation. In its many forms, these modes of transportation include navigable rivers and waterways (the great cities of Europe come to mind), natural sea-going harbors, established land and trade routes, and, in the industrial age, the confluence or terminus of railway lines (think Atlanta).

Potomac Calendar: Sept. 12, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Letter: Perfect Volunteer Group for Healthy Living

I have just read the very informative article on “Living Long, Living Healthy” by Marilyn Campbell, Connection publication Sept. 5-11, 2012. The “Advice on Healthy Living” made me realize that right here in McLean we have the perfect volunteer group to promote healthy living, The Woman’s Club of McLean.

McLean Doctor Named to Hope Connections Board

Hope Connections for Cancer Support, the local nonprofit whose mission is to help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of the disease, has named three new members to its Medical Advisory Board (MAB). The 16-member MAB is made up of oncologists and other medical professionals from local hospitals and private practices who refer patients to Hope Connections and help to identify the best possible speakers for Hope Connections educational workshops.

Girl Scouts Create ‘Trashy Tree’

Members of Girl Scout Senior Troop 3377 have created a banner, nicknamed “Trashy Tree,” as a prerequisite for their Girl Scout Gold Award projects. The purpose of the banner is to showcase the importance of re-using materials that would otherwise be thrown away.

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McLean Drama Company Moves to Different Venue

McLean Drama Company Moves to New Venue

Not standing still, the McLean Drama Company (MDC) has broadened its mission and will soon produce its annual festival of new, award-winning 10-minute plays in a new location: the Woolly Mammoth Rehearsal Hall in Washington, D.C.

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McLean Drama Company Moves to New Venue

McLean Drama Company Moves to New Venue

Not standing still, the McLean Drama Company (MDC) has broadened its mission and will soon produce its annual festival of new, award-winning 10-minute plays in a new location: the Woolly Mammoth Rehearsal Hall in Washington, D.C.

Potomac Bulletin Board: Sept. 12, 2012

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New Teachers at Churchill Road

Churchill Road School welcomed more than 800 students and 100 staff members for the 2012-2013 school year. Among the new faces at Churchill are fourth grade teacher Aubrey Beiswenger and fifth grade teacher Louis Depa.

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Learning and Having Fun

Potomac Place Shopping Center, at the intersection of River and Fall roads, hosted a free back-to-school community service event on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Used Book Sale in McLean

The McLean Area American Association of University Women (AAUW) is holding its 43rd Annual Used Book Sale Sept. 14-16 at the McLean Community Center to raise money in support of AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The McLean Area AAUW Book sale has raised more than half a million dollars over the previous forty plus years. The funds will contribute to the 4.3 million dollars the National AAUW has committed this year for women’s scholarships, research grants and achievement awards and for legal advocacy against discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace and McLean AAUW local scholarships for re-entry women students.

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Kuala Lumpur Laundry by Val Mahan

Photography Exhibit at The Artists’ Atelier

Photographers of Great Falls Studios are presenting a photography exhibition at The Artists’ Atelier, 1144 Walker Rd., Suite G, Great Falls, throughout the month of September.

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Capital One to Sponsor Celebrate Great Falls

Capital One Bank has become a Preferred Partner of the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation “and we are so grateful for their support,” said President Candace Campbell. “Not only does it take a lot of volunteers to put on the fabulous community events families look forward to throughout the year, it takes a lot of money, and Capital One really stepped up to the plate to help.”

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Renovation Transforms Split-Level

Warren of walls and small rooms grows into an open Nantucket Shingle-style home.

Converting a “split-level” into a form and style that suits a 21st century family has become one of the more compelling challenges in the recent literature of architectural remodeling. Restricted window size, low-ceilings and too many walls are among perceived limitations. But what to do?

Commentary: A Chance to Reexamine Brickyard School Site

On Aug. 12, Gov. Martin O'Malley sent a letter to County Executive Leggett and Board of Education President Shirley Brandman that begins with "I believe we are about to make a big mistake in destroying acres of productive organic farmland which could be a priceless asset to the education, health and well being of generations of Montgomery students." The letter went on to praise the vision and virtues of a Brickyard Educational Farm, already teaching school children about organic farming, looking to supply organic produce for school lunches, offering field trips and eventually a Beginning Farmer program.

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Defeating Dystonia

6th annual event to raise awareness and research funds for Dystonia.

Donna Driscoll is determined to win the fight of her life — against the life-altering disorder, Dystonia. For six years, the Potomac resident and her husband Tom have organized a golf and tennis tournament dedicated to raising Dystonia awareness as well as garnering funds for research to cure and prevent the neurological syndrome and movement disorder that she was inflicted with 10 years ago.

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Public Invited to Police Equestrian Championships

Mounted police to compete at county fairgrounds.

Potomac equestrians, and those interested in the work of mounted police forces should plan to attend the 2012 North American Police Equestrian Championships on Sept. 29 and 30 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.

This Week in Potomac: Sept. 12, 2012

Falls Getting Old, Gude Landfill Investigations, Crash Course in Planning and more.

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40 Years Of Service

Women’s Club of Potomac to host anniversary celebration.

A dedicated group of friends came together in 1972 to form an organization that would thoroughly enhance their lives — as well as the lives of countless citizens of Montgomery County. That group, the Women’s Club of Potomac has grown from eight original founders to more than 50 members.

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Brief: ‘Carnival of the Animals’ Onstage at Glen Echo Park

On Sept. 21, 2012, the Puppet Co. presents guest artist Bob Brown Puppets’ “Carnival of the Animals.”

Brief: Middle Eastern Bazaar Opens Sept. 21

Saints Peter and Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, in Potomac, will host its 29th annual Middle Eastern Bazaar and Food Festival the weekend of Sept. 21-23.

Arlington Orange Line: Sept. 12, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

Tuesday, September 11

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Great Falls Native Finding the Beat

Patrick Drohan and band, Atlas Road Crew, ready first EP.

Summers on Atlas Road in Columbia, S.C. can get very hot. Especially if they are five people and their various musical instruments crammed into a storage unit to play together. That’s how Great Falls native Patrick Drohan and his band, Atlas Road Crew, spend their time.

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Pike Named to National Historic Register

Designation includes stretch of original road, now Dolley Madison Boulevard and Chain Bridge Road.

Georgetown Pike was named to the National Register of Historic Places Wednesday Aug. 22, giving the 14.4 miles of road from the Virginia-Washington, D.C. border to Leesburg Pike the recognition that many locals feel it deserves.

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Bugler Plays Tributes All Over Town

Ted Smith commemorates 9/11 anniversary by playing ‘Taps’ at local schools, fire station.

Sarah Reeves was walking her niece to Haycock Elementary School at around 8:45 the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, when she saw a crowd waiting outside the school. As she slowed down to see what was going on, she heard the mournful sound of a bugle playing "Taps" in front of the flags at half-mast.

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‘Strawman’ Charts Tysons Future

Potential taxpayer burdens still not defined.

The Tysons Corner Planning Committee has released the fourth iteration of their recommendations for redevelopment. The set of recommendations, nicknamed "Strawman," lay out the parameters for the anticipated 113 million square feet of development that Tysons Corner is expected to undergo by 2050.

Arlington Calendar: Sept. 11, 2012

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Dog Day at the Waterpark

The gates to the Ocean Dunes Waterpark at Upton Hill Regional Park in Arlington opened up on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8, for a final afternoon of swimming.

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Cheers to Wine and Jazz

Crystal City to hold 6th annual Taste of Wine and Jazz.

Crystal City uncorks good times along with food and wine at this year’s Vintage Crystal: Taste of Wine and Jazz on Sunday, Sept. 16. Now in it’s 6th year, the event promises to build on a distinctly Latin theme.

Opinion: Remembering Those Lost on Sept. 11

Eleven years after terrorist attacks.

On Sept. 11, 2001, 9:37:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. The Pentagon's on-site firehouse responded immediately to the crash. Firefighters from nearby Reagan National Airport and Arlington County Fire Department arrived within minutes.

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Rosslyn farmers market

Rosslyn farmers market

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‘A Morning Just Like This One’

Fairfax County pays tribute to victims of 9/11 attacks.

The mournful tone of a single bell tolling three times—once for each site that was struck on Sept. 11, 2001—echoed in the Fairfax County Government Center chambers this morning as community leaders, police, firefighters and citizens gathered to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorists attacks 11 years ago today.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for Sept. 24-29.

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Brief: EPIC Opening in Pentagon City

EPIC Smokehouse, the highly anticipated concept from Joon Yang and Wayne Halleran, opened its doors Sept. 10, 2012.

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Lyrical End to Summer

The Celtic Aire, a U.S. Air Force band, performs its final summer concert on Aug. 31 at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington.

Bulletin Board: Sept. 11, 2012

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Vienna Remembers 9/11

Vienna’s American Legion Post 180 partners with town to honor the dead and the brave of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sept. 11, 2012, was eerily similar to the warm, sunny day 11 years ago when terrorists hijacked four American jetliners, slamming them into buildings and the ground. As much of a day of infamy as was the attack on Pearl Harbor, Sept. 11 is commemorated every year throughout the United States. And every year, Vienna’s American Legion Post 180 partners with the Town of Vienna to honor the memory of the dead, the bravery of the day’s heroes and the sacrifices of those Americans actively battling terrorism daily.

Brief: Volunteers Needed To Tutor Teens, Elementary Students

AHC Inc, a nonprofit affordable housing organization based in Arlington, needs at least 100 volunteers to tutor teens in the evening or to work with elementary students in the afternoon.

Saturday, September 8

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Teachers Are Excited about New School Year

The bells have all rung and the students returned to their classes this week. But school started earlier for their teachers, who spent part of their summer working on lesson plans and readying their classrooms for the new school year.

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Lesson Plan For Success

Teachers are excited about the new school year.

The bells have all rung and the students returned to their classes this week. But school started earlier for their teachers, who spent part of their summer working on lesson plans and readying their classrooms for the new school year.

Friday, September 7

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School Begins Again for Local Students

More than 181,000 students headed back to their classrooms Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, for the start of the 2012-13 school year. They toted backpacks, lunchboxes and assorted supplies and greeted the new year with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

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Back to the Classroom

School begins again for local students.

More than 181,000 students headed back to their classrooms Tuesday morning, Sept. 6, for the start of the 2012-13 school year. They toted backpacks, lunchboxes and assorted supplies and greeted the new year with varying degrees of enthusiasm.

Calendar: Sept. 7, 2012

Upcoming events and activities

No Vets Left Behind

Volunteer drivers needed to transport local veterans to medical appointments.

“I like to garden, and I wish I could still go dancing. Me and my wife, we used to love going to supper clubs like the Dipsy Doodle,” Brown said. But chronic pulmonary problems and degenerative joint disease make most physical activities difficult for the former World War II U.S. Navy pilot.

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Enhancing School Spirit

West Potomac High School graduates Waverly McClusky and Lindsay Gallagher were asked by the West Potomac Athletic Booster Club to paint wolverine paws on the stadium and gym entrance and also on the indoor concession stand.

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82 Dresses for Haiti Orphans

During the summer, Mount Vernon area Girl Scout Troop 874 initiated a dressmaking project for the girls living and/or going to school at the Haiti Micah Project orphanage.

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Chamber Networks at New Candlewood Suites

The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce’s Sizzling Summer Networking was hosted by the new Candlewood Suites on Richmond Highway on Aug. 23.

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SFDC Taking Nominations for 2012 Mary Thonen Awards

The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation is accepting nominations for the 2012 Mary Thonen Beautification Program Awards.

Letter: Much Still To Be Done

The Rising Hope Mission request for school supplies and backpacks (August 9, 2012) was responded to by a total of 25 different persons, churches and organizations. We ultimately were able to serve 377 children who attend 20 schools in this area, from ages 5 years to 19 years old.

Letter: ID Opposition Demeans People

Everyone's vote when cast should count. If someone who votes is not legitimate, that vote cancels a legitimate vote. Is that appropriate and is that what you want?

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Staying Active

Hollin Hall Senior Center offers daily activities ranging from sports to a variety of exercise classes, dance, arts and crafts, games, language, meditation, music and more.

Centre View Calendar, Sept. 5, 2012

Email announcements to Photos welcome.

Centre View Roundups, Sept. 5 2012

Centre View Round-ups, Sept. 5, 2012: Youth Group Volunteer Arrested; Back-To-School Safety; Free Carseat Inspections; Park Authority to Meet; Charitable Donations Still Accepted; Draft Bicycle Master Plan

Centre View Bulletin Board, Sept. 5, 2012

Email announcements to Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos welcome.

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End of Students’ First Day

At the end of the first day of school...

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Cool Cars in Clifton

The 13th Annual Labor Day Car Show in Clifton was Monday, Sept. 3. All proceeds went to Life with Cancer and the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program.

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Cooperative Effort Fills Donated Backpacks

More than 2,800 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to more than 60 schools, shelters and non-profits in Fairfax County, Alexandria and Washington D.C.

Column: Bury Power Lines in Mount Vernon and Lee?

Meeting on electrical service will be Sept. 11 at Sherwood Library.

Two months ago, my wife and children were out of town so I decided to work at my office in the City of Fairfax until about 9:30 p.m. As I drove home from Fairfax, I was listening to WTOP and didn’t notice anything unusual other than a thunderstorm warning for the far western suburbs.

Brief: New Business To Hold Ribbon Cutting

Top It Off Outlet is hosting a grand opening on Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8.

Brief: To Honor Military Service

The pastor and people of Bethlehem Baptist Church wish to show appreciation for the many sacrifices by the men, women and military families in the U.S. armed forces. In their honor the church would like to express gratitude by extending an invitation to military personnel, along with their families for dinner and an evening of worship on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Brief: Meeting Set on Derecho Power Outage

Next week on Tuesday, Sept. 11, Del. Scott Surovell, Sen. Toddy Puller and Sen. Adam Ebbin will host a Town Hall Meeting at Sherwood Hall Regional Library, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Kick Starting Fundraising Efforts

Bite Me Cancer Foundation raises awareness and research funding.

The Bite Me Cancer Foundation in Chantilly held its first two fundraising events to support its Teen Support Bag program and thyroid cancer research. Proceeds from the events totaled more than $6,500.

Fall for the Arts at 2nd Thursday Art Night

Browse open studios, interact with artists, enjoy live music, refreshments, and special activities at this free monthly event on Thursday, Sept. 13, 6-9 p.m.

Wylie, MacDougall Wed

Laura Ann Wylie and Scott Clement MacDougall were married Saturday, March 31, 2012 at The Tower Club in Tysons Corner.

Mitchell, Hammond Engaged

Larry and Mary Mitchell of Centreville and Joan Hammond of Tulare, Calif. and Richard Hammond of Irvine, Calif. are happy to announce the engagement of their children, Michael Stephen and Michelle Marie.

Art Activated

Let your creative side play at the 6th Annual Art Activated taking place during the Alexandria King Street Art Festival, Saturday Sept. 8 from noon-4 p.m.

Letter: ‘Somebody Else’ Did Come

State Delegate Dave Albo (R-42) wrote a distorted article [“‘Somebody Else’ Didn’t Come,” Connection, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2012], repeating a false mantra about business owners that was attributed to President Obama by virtually every speaker at the Republican national convention.

Letter: A ‘Very Angry’ Delegate

Albo’s assertion against unemployed persons rests weakly on the false concept of a static economy. Economic mobility in our nation is truly dynamic.

Letter: Misinterpreting the President

I was sorry to see Delegate Albo jump on the bandwagon of misinterpretation for partisan ends [“‘Somebody Else’ Didn’t Come,” Connection, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2012].

Letter: Support for Needy Students Appreciated

Because of the generosity of our churches, businesses, and individuals, more than 1,700 students will go back to school with the backpacks and supplies they need for success.

Letter: They Did Build it

While I don’t agree with Dave Albo on everything, he was absolutely correct with his “Somebody Else Didn’t Come” editorial [Connection, Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2012].

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‘Ride To Thrive Polo Classic’ to Be Held Sept. 8

‘Ride To Thrive Polo Classic’ to Be Held Sept. 8

The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP), based in Clifton, will host its sixth Ride To Thrive Polo Classic on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Chetwood Park in The Plains, Va. Gates open at noon, with the polo game beginning at 3 p.m. featuring Team Chetwood Park/Golden Zebra versus Team Los Tigres.

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Ready for Some Football

Centreville High inaugurates new, artificial-turf fields.

When the Centreville High football team beat Lake Braddock last Friday, 28-27, it underscored the Wildcats’ intention to successfully defend their regional title. It was also the inaugural game on their new, artificial-turf field.

Matthew Egeland and Kaylee Ahnberg Engaged

USAF Colonel (Ret.) Loren and Kathy Ahnberg of San Antonio, Texas (formerly of Fairfax Station) have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kaylee Danielle, to Matthew Nicklas Egeland.

The Small Town of Fairfax County

He knew that I would be self-conscious about my puffy elephant face so he told me to come in during his lunchtime. When I saw him he had already spoken to Dr. Johnson and Dr. Zadeh. He said that he would put my braces back on if I needed them without charge. Did I mention that I had just gotten my braces off on Friday, the day before this happened? As I look back now, I realize that I probably wouldn’t have a full set of teeth if it weren’t for these doctors. Fairfax County may not be considered a small town by others’ standards, but because of the caring network that took care of me, it feels like a small town to me.

Sprinkler Extinguishes Apartment Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to an apartment fire, Tuesday, Aug. 28 at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the Fair Oaks area of Fairfax County. The garden apartment is located at 4104 Monument Court.

Letter: Labor Outsourcing Is Not the Problem

The current high unemployment rate is also no grounds for restrictions, since it is other government policies that keep people out of work.

Letter: How to Explain Paul Ryan?

Paul Ryan may be the conservative’s conservative, but understand what that means: He’s out to save the welfare/warfare state from its own intrinsic unsustainability. He’s no small-government man.

Fair Oaks Apartment Fire Extinguished by Sprinkler

Fire officials say a kitchen fire last week in a Fair Oaks home was accidental, caused by unattended food on the stove. The incident occurred last Tuesday, Aug. 28, around 7:30 p.m. in a garden apartment at 4104 Monument Court.

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Restaurant Fund-Raiser Benefits Best Buddies

Event scheduled for Sept. 16.

Piero’s Corner Italian Restaurant will host a Best Buddies fund-raiser Sunday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. for its busboy, Eric Latcheran of Chantilly, and his friend Ryan Gutkowski of Clifton. The restaurant is at 9959 Main St. in Fairfax.

Week in Fairfax

Fairfax County police have charged a church youth-group volunteer with two counts of aggravated sexual battery. He is James West, 23, formerly of 5616 Hope Park Road in Fairfax. He wasn’t a member of the paid staff of the King’s Chapel Church, 12925 Braddock Road, but volunteered there for several years. However, police began an investigation after receiving a call from the parents of a 14-year-old who reportedly said that West had given him or her—and other teens—a massage. After questioning the teenager further, the parents learned of the alleged abuses and contacted police on Aug. 3.

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Helping Heroes in Need

Volunteer drivers “urgently” needed to transport local veterans to medical appointments.

When he is feeling well, 87-year-old Peter Edisal Brown enjoys tending the flowers and vegetables he grows in the garden of his Alexandria home he has owned since 1946. “I like to garden, and I wish I could still go dancing. Me and my wife, we used to love going to supper clubs like the Dipsy Doodle,” Brown said.

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King Street Art Festvial

King Street Art Festival

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Shopping with Sheriff

Fairfax County partners with Target to help homeless children purchase school supplies.

Nearly 30 children and their parents got the chance to "Shop with the Sheriff” on Wednesday, Aug. 29. The annual shopping spree pairs deputies and volunteers from the Fairfax County sheriff's office with local homeless children who need a little help with back-to-school supplies.

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The Little Red Schoolhouse That Could

Springfield one-room schoolhouse gains historic status on National Register.

Nearly four years after deciding to shut down the popular elementary school because of shrinking enrollment, mounting parental pressure and ardent emotional appeals swayed Fairfax County’s School Board to re-open the rural community school.

Target Gallery Celebrates 25

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery presents 25, which opens Sept. 8 and runs through Sept. 30.

Balancing Act: Between Nice-to-Have and Have-to-Have

Fairfax County needs new financial tools.

We’ve been lucky in Fairfax County. Spared the worst of the Great Recession with its mortgage crisis and unemployment, the County has still had to balance falling revenue and service delivery. Human services, libraries, and parks have all taken a hit—and our school budget, while not cut—has struggled to meet the needs of a growing student body.

Burke Dancer Offered Prestigious Scholarships

Emma Bradley from Buffa's Dance Studio in Burke received several scholarships to prominent college dance programs throughout the United States at New York City Dance Alliance's gala in New York City.

Fairfax Symphony Opens its 55th Season

On Sept. 22, the Fairfax Symphony will open its season with a concert at 8 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. The season will mark the beginning of a new three-year focus in programming called “Mischief in Music: Wit, Insolence and Insurrection.” As explained by Maestro Christopher Zimmerman, “So often symphonic music is regarded as something abstract and emotionally unspecific. Over the next three years the orchestra will play music by a variety of composers whose message and expressive aims are deliberate, be they light-hearted, semi-provocative or completely out of the box.”

Thursday, September 6

Alexandria School Notes: Sept. 5, 2012

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Brief: ‘Fit For Food’ Challenge

Fitness on the Run, an Old Town Alexandria fitness studio, has partnered with the Carpenter’s Shelter to provide a Thanksgiving fitness and food donation challenge designed to help participants get fit for the holidays and to give back to the community.

Brief: Raffle To Benefit Children

The D.C.-area Dahn Yoga centers are sponsoring a fundraising raffle to help the International Brain Education Association implement brain education in eight schools around the globe. IBREA assists youths in improving their educational performance through disciplined physical exercises.

Brief: Walk for Homeless Animals

Alexandria Walk to Raise Critical Funds to Assist Homeless Animals Animal Welfare League of Alexandria hosts fall fundraiser to benefit all creatures, great and small.

Brief: Ginzler To Receive National Award

Elinor Ginzler will be the recipient of At Home in Alexandria’s (AHA!) first National Spirit Award, according to the its board of directors. On Oct. 19, the 2012 National Spirit Award will be presented to Ginzler at AHA!'s Benefit, to be held at the United Way World Wide Headquarters in Alexandria.

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TC, Inova Launch Project Search

Program provides work skills for students with disabilities.

they were enjoying cookies and fruit. The kick-off event of the Project Search High School Transition Program brought students, parents and staff members together for a night of celebration, appreciation and expectation on Aug. 29.

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Sheriff's Office Delivers School Supplies for CPC

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office distributed back-to-school supplies collected by the Community Partners for Children to all Alexandria City Public Schools.

Letter: No Conservative Democrats

Speck mentions there was a time when several Republican candidates were successful politicians in Alexandria. Yes, 30 to 40 years ago we had the Wiley Mitchells, the George Cooks, the Bob Calhouns, and the Connie Pings. But the demographics of Alexandria have changed since then. Back when I was growing up, we had more old-fashioned traditional values, conservative-minded people living in Alexandria. And some were Democrats!

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Snapshot: Sept. 5, 2012


Classified Advertising Sept. 5, 2012

Read the latest Classified Ads here!

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Firefighters ‘Fill the Boot’ To fight Muscular Dystrophy

The annual “Fill the Boot” campaign began last weekend on Thursday, Aug. 30 and ran through Sunday, Sept. 2.

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It’s Back to School

Students get back to school.

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Local Real Estate: July 2012 Sales in $800,000s

Local Real Estate: July 2012 Sales in $800,000s

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At Alexandria Art Market

The market features original work for sale for painters, watercolorists, jewelry designers, potters, glassworkers and more.

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Arlington Real Estate: June 2012 Sales, $1 million to $1.1 million

In June 2012, 343 Arlington homes sold between $4,000,000-$54,000.

Arlington Real Estate: June 2012 Sales, $1 million to $1.1 million

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'Look Before You Lock'

Campaign focuses on heatstroke deaths among children.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined Campagna Center CEO Tammy Mann and Alexandria City officials Aug. 17 to launch the “Look Before You Lock” campaign at a press conference held at George Washington Middle School.

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Community Lodgings Facility Gets a Makeover

HomeAid, Pulte to provide $860,000 in renovations.

HomeAid Northern Virginia, in partnership with Pulte Homes, kicked off its largest project of the year Aug. 28 with a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the renovation of a 10-unit transitional housing apartment building for Community Lodgings in Alexandria.

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Potomac Real Estate: June 2012 Sales in $800,000s

In June 2012, 56 Potomac homes sold between $2,910,000-$475,000.

Potomac Real Estate: June 2012 Sales in $800,000s

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School Daze

Overflow crowds attend first Back to School Family Night.

With the first day of school a week away, thousands of students, parents, teachers and community supporters converged on T.C. Williams High School Aug. 29 for the first Back to School Family Night sponsored by the Alexandria City Public Schools Family and Community Engagement Center.

Column: Young At Art: 26 Years Young

“My mother has really enjoyed participating in past shows and we’re hoping we won’t be too late for the 2012 competition! Mom can be a handful at times, but it’s nice to know great folks like you can see past that.”

Letter: The Lincoln Cottage

A seniors’ bus trip took us to the Lincoln cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, D.C. The cottage was recently restored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was opened to the public.

Bishop Ireton Drops Season Opener to Bishop O’Connell

Bishop Ireton football coach Tony Verducci was pleased with how the Cardinals finished their game against Bishop O'Connell on Aug. 31.

On the Campaign Trail

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell may not have received the vice presidential nomination, but he got a great consolation prize this week — a prime-time speaking slot this year at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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City Officials Clash with Descendants of Long-Neglected Graves at Fort Ward

African-American burials may never be discovered as city prepares management plan.

Two years ago, city officials aimed a high-powered radar from California at the ground in various spots at Fort Ward.

Wednesday, September 5

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Titans Demolish Wakefield in Season Opener

TC will host 2011 region runner-up Westfield on Sept. 8.

The T.C. Williams football team opened the 2012 season with a 73-0 victory against Wakefield.

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West Potomac Extends Winning Streak Against Mount Vernon

Wolverines win with new head coach, quarterback, offense.

West Potomac beat Mount Vernon, 34-7, on Aug. 30.

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South County Volleyball Drops Season Opener

Stallions fall to Yorktown in five despite Bruder’s 18 kills.

Trista Barnhart is in her second season as South County head volleyball coach.

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Senior Trio Leads Woodson Volleyball

King, Dallman, Price hope to soften the loss of two all-state athletes.

The Woodson volleyball team defeated Chantilly, 3-1, on Sept. 4.

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Centreville Edges Lake Braddock in Season-Opening Thriller

Wildcats score in final minute to beat Bruins, 28-27.

Centreville overcomes 13-point deficit to beat Lake Braddock.

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O’Connell Football Wins First Game on New Turf Field

Knights, first-year head coach Smith beat Bishop Ireton.

The Bishop O'Connell football team opened the 2012 season with a victory against Bishop Ireton.

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Rob Krupicka Wins Special Election In Landslide Victory

Councilman wins every precinct in special election for 45th District of House of Delegates.

Back in 2003, a former AOL executive named Rob Krupicka launched his campaign for Alexandria City Council at Fireflies — a popular Del Ray restaurant a stone’s throw from the Krupicka house on East Nelson Avenue.

Summer Training

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School Notes: Sept. 5, 2012

School Notes

This Week in Potomac

What's going on in Potomac this week.

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Entrepreneur Brian Rubin Inspires

Despite Asperger’s syndrome, Rubin creates award-winning business.

Brian Rubin of Potomac lives by the philosophy of Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never quit.”

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‘Potomac Days at the Crossroads’ To Be Auctioned

Artist Carol Dyer creates historical vision of Offutt’s Crossroads.

Carol Dyer has created numerous paintings of life at the turn of the century in Annapolis, Washington D.C., Bethany Beach, Rehobeth and across the nation — and now she has produced “Potomac Days at the Crossroads” — painting her vision of what the River and Falls Roads intersection was like in a simpler time when it was named Offutt’s Crossroads and folks traveled by horse and buggy and bicycles built for two, three or even four.

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Support ‘Walkabout Abilities’

Annual event benefits the Abilities Network.

The Abilities Network offers solutions to all these problems and more. The 6th annual “Walkabout Abilities” will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30 to raise funds for the contributions that the Abilities Network makes to families in the area and across the United States.

Week in Reston

The annual Tag Day fundraiser for the South Lakes High School Band is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. Tag Day is the band’s largest fundraiser and supplements funding provided by Fairfax County Public Schools. The band members will fan across the South Lakes Community, knocking on doors and asking for your donations.

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Robot to Assist in Spine Surgeries

Renaissance™, Mazor Robotics’ surgical guidance system, is the latest addition to Reston Hospital Center’s Institute for Robotic and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery. Reston Hospital Center is the first, and only, hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region to offer Renaissance guided spine surgeries.

Cooking on Labor Day

Cooking on Labor Day

Letter: Logical Step in Evolution of Reston

Bob Simon has more company than he may expect in supporting the 23-story office building at Bowman Drive and Reston Parkway ["Supporting 23-story Building," Reston Connection, Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2012]. I support this project as, in 1978, I did for the five-story building it will replace.

Letter: Defenseless Before Developers

Bob Simon may cling to the notion of seven village centers each with multiple high-rise buildings, but nearly all the rest of us realize that this was, and is, a ludicrous idea on many counts. For one, the inadequate road system Simon created struggles to accommodate existing traffic.

Opinion: Registered to Vote at Current Address?

Oct. 15 deadline; encourage eligible high school and college students to vote as well.

It's a key question that must be answered by Oct. 15 in order to vote in this presidential election: are you registered to vote at your current address? Answering that question early, and voting early, will help ensure that your vote is counted and will contribute to a more orderly Election Day.

Arlington "Flourishing After 55"

Upcoming activities for "Flourishing After 55"

The Rosslyn Jazz Festival

The Rosslyn Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, from 1-7 p.m. in Gateway Park.

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Arlington Night Out: Sept. 5, 2012

ArtJamz Comes to Shirlie’s Girls Night Out

The Village at Shirlington invites DC-area fashionistas to Shirlie’s Girls Night Out on Thursday, Sept. 6, 5-10 p.m.

Sustaining Virginia’s Future

Of all the sources of information I cite in my weekly columns, none is quoted as frequently as The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis ( The institute is an independent staff of professionals who do analyses of state public policies with particular attention to the impacts on low and moderate income persons. Their July 2012 report, Frozen in Time: Virginia’s Revenue System Can’t Pull its Weight, provides the documentation for this column.

Fairfax Fumbles Master Plan, Reston Future-Part 2

As the Progressive reported last time, Fairfax Supervisor Cathy Hudgins’ Reston Master Plan Task Force has stalled, failing to complete Phase 1 of its work—i.e., plans for development in the rail corridor. With the train arriving next year and no plan in sight, the County caved and is now telling developers not to worry about a plan, just bring in their plans so construction can proceed. If you wondered why Reston should become a self-governing town, watch as the County turns planning as well as building over to developers.

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Annual Lake Thoreau Boat Party

Lake Thoreau’s Boat Party, on Sunday, Aug. 26 consisted of various boats from the Lake Thoreau community tied up in the middle of the lake for a social gathering with friends and neighbors.

Orange Line: Sept. 5, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

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Reston Photographer Wins National Honor

Reston won another national honor, thanks to the talents of a local professional photographer. Two weeks ago, CNN Money Magazine listed Reston as one of the top ten "Best Places to Live."

Dunn Loring Woods 50th Annual Great American Traditional Block Party

Saturday, Sept. 8 the 18 families residing on Syracuse Circle in the Dunn Loring Woods area of Fairfax will gather with former residents to celebrate their 50th consecutive annual block party.

Reston Concert for Camp Sizanani

The Reston-based Global Camps Africa (GCA) hosts an evening of music and a chance to meet some of the people of Camp Sizanani, GCA’s residential camp for HIV/AIDS affected children in South Africa.

Arlington Calendar: Sept. 5, 2012

Upcoming events and activities.

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An Excited, Nervous Start at Lake Anne Elementary

Five-year-old "excited, but shy," mom "happy and scared" on first day of school.

"I think this school year will be great. We have a great school community." --Blake Kohn, President, Lake Anne PTA

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Herndon Police Department Recognized in Law Enforcement Challenge

The Town of Herndon Police Department received third place in the Virginia Chief’s Law Enforcement Challenge for 2012, Municipal Division (51-75 officers category). There were 41 agencies that entered programs in this year’s challenge. The awards ceremony was held on Aug. 14, at the Virginia Chiefs of Police Conference in Roanoke.

Column: Symptoms or just Sometimes

Making the best of a bad situation, that’s how I roll (I’m a Red Sox fan after all). Some days are easier than others, some symptoms/treatments/results are better than others. And some columns make more sense than others. But that’s cancer for you: an equal opportunity “screwer-upper.”

Terry Tymczyna, of Herndon, Receives Sales Award

Terry Tymczyna, visual communications expert at FASTSIGNS® of Herndon, was recognized with the Silver Sales Award at the 2012 FASTSIGNS Outside Sales Summit, recently held in Dallas.

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Herndon Festival With ‘Adult Flavor’

24th Annual Labor Day Festival features beer, wine and fun.

From noon to 6 p.m., Historic Downtown Herndon was hopping on the holiday. The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department and their partners, the Herndon Women’s Club, produced the town’s 24th Annual Labor Day Festival. Chipper volunteers from the club welcomed the festival-goers, collected the cash, and checked id’s before handing out those coveted commemorative wine tasting glasses, which were put to good use at booths representing no less than 12 Virginia wineries. "Between the wine, the beer, and the cooking demonstrations, there’s definitely an adult flavor to this festival," said Alanna Greaves of Reston.

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First Day of School

The first day of school is always busy and exciting.

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Priest from Syria Speaks at Rock Spring Church

Recently expelled priest talks about the uprising in the country.

Members of the local Muslim and Christian communities gathered at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington recently to hear from Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian Jesuit priest who had lived in Syria since 1982, and was recently expelled from the country for speaking out against the Syrian government's crackdown on the uprising there.

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Capital BikeShare To Expand

County officials are considering 42 potential locations for 30 new stations.

By next spring, Arlington residents will have 30 new BikeShare stations to choose from — expanding the existing program of 44 stations dramatically and reaching beyond the Metro corridors for the first time.

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Gaston Deserves Storybook Ending

What if the villainous Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast found a happier ending?

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Serbian Crown Hosts Piano Jam

Great Falls restaurant now features monthly open mic night.

Jennifer Flynn of Vienna stopped by the Serbian Crown Restaurant Thursday, Aug. 23 because she had heard about the highly-rated cuisine. What she didn’t expect was the latest edition of Piano Jam, the restaurant’s monthly open mic night.

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McLean Home Hosts Energy Audit

Energy Action Fairfax wraps up pilot program.

Members of Energy Action Fairfax hosted an energy audit party in McLean, Wednesday, Aug. 29, to show how energy efficiency can be achieved with a few simple steps at home. The event was the sixth audit this summer held in a residence, part of Energy Action Fairfax’s pilot program.

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Shooting to Support Military Families

Will Thomas shoots 2,600 three-pointers over Labor Day weekend.

Early the morning of Saturday, Sept. 1, the gym at Stone Ridge School in Bethesda was occupied by only one person. Will Thomas, a rising eighth grader at Longfellow Middle School, dribbled his basketball twice, stepped back behind the three-point line and let a shot go. After it hit the front of the rim, popped up and fell through the net, Thomas retrieved his ball and headed back out to the three-point line: one down, 2,600 to go.

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ArtSpace Hosts Paint Herndon

Local adult, teen and youth painters take to streets Saturday.

Hannah Cameron Cadenazzi came into this year’s Paint Herndon with some big shoes to fill. Her sister Mhairi won the youth competition last year, and Hannah aimed to do the same thing: spend Saturday, Sept. 1, painting her entry for the annual art contest.

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Students GIVE Back in Big Way

Student-run educational nonprofit celebrates third year, expansion of services.

During his freshman year at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Kevin Cao had the opportunity to volunteer at Belvedere Elementary School in Falls Church. What he learned there is having impact around the Fairfax County School system to this day.

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Future of Golf Course Up for Grabs?

Reston Association, Reston Citizens Association speak out, Rescue Reston group formed.

While Reston National Golf Course is a destination throughout the region and recognized around the country for its Nike Golf Learning Center, its future has become a topic of concern for local residents. The owners of the course, RN Golf Management, requested information from Fairfax County earlier this year on the exact zoning regulations for the property on which the 166-acre course sits.

Tuesday, September 4

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$168,000 Awarded in Scholarships to Student Leaders

This year, a total of$168,000 in scholarships was given out to awardees. The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia currently has 20 active college scholarship funds set up by generous donors. There is approximately $175,000 in college scholarship funds awarded every year to over 50 high school students in Northern Virginia.

David Clement Barry, Jr., Capt U.S. Navy (Ret.), Dies at 82

On Saturday evening, Sept. 1, David C. Barry, Jr. died peacefully at his home in McLean, surrounded by his six children, their spouses and 17 grandchildren.

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Vanderhye, Swygert to Co-chair MPAartfest

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) has named Margi Vanderhye and George Swygert co-chairs of the sixth annual MPAartfest. Vanderhye is an MPA board member and former Virginia state delegate. Swygert is a regional executive with Capital One.

Letter: Excellence Criteria, Misleadingly Incomplete

Reporting by the McLean Connection (MC) generally excels. Nonetheless, some articles, such as that submitted for the Aug. 22-28 issue [“School System Committed to Excellence,” by Ilryong Moon, chairman of the Fairfax County School Board] have fundamental internal disconnects that MC should have identified in a note.

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Camp Med

Middle school students learn about medical profession at Virginia Hospital Center over the summer.

What did you do on summer break? Some students chose to learn about medical profession at Virginia Hospital Center.

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Memories of Summer

Young adult novel by Shannon Greenland lets readers enjoy the last few moments of summer.

If you are a teen, or a parent of one, longing to indulge in one last burst of summer, you’re in luck: Former McLean author Shannon Greenland recently published “The Summer My Life Began,” a tribute to the long days and many free hours of summer.

State-of-the-Art Medical Center Opens in Tysons

Kaiser Permanente’s new facility features more than 20 medical specialties, adds 106 new jobs.

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, a not-for-profit health plan and care provider, opened the doors to its new Tysons Corner Medical Center on Monday, Aug. 13, offering members in Northern Virginia a broad array of medical services conveniently located under one roof. The 200,000 square-foot medical center also provided approximately 106 new jobs.

Fundraiser Supporting McLean Youth Football

A fundraiser for McLean Youth Football has been announced by HBC Realty Groups Community Charity Champions. Come to dinner on Monday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pulcinella Italian Host in McLean, enjoy dinner and know that 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. Contact HBC Realty Group at 703-734-0192 or visit to receive a flyer.

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Long Hours, Big Potential for McLean Marching Band

Members of the award-winning McLean High School Marching Band spent most of August in preparation for national band competitions. Chris Weise, McLean’s director of bands, says the band has never sounded better and predicts it will set new records this fall.

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Becoming Eagles

Langley High graduates Michael “Mikey” Porrazzo and Stephen Glenn Smeds complete their Eagle Projects.

Michael “Mikey” Porrazzo, son of Michael Porrazzo of Great Falls, joined Boy Scout Troop 673 in 2005. Since joining the troop, Mikey has participated in numerous backpacking, biking, and other trips and completed the Triple Crown of High Adventure trips: Northern Tier in 2008, Sea Base in 2009, and Philmont in 2011. He has served in various leadership positions in the troop including patrol leader, historian, and quartermaster. He has also earned numerous Fifty Miler awards and the Junior Shooting Team USA award.

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Great Falls Elementary Launches Rocket Day

Science Enrichment Program continues.

As a culminating activity to a year of monthly science labs, Great Falls Elementary students in grades fourth through sixth participated in “Rocket Day” this past June.

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Milburn P. Sanders, 90, of Great Falls, Dies

Was founding member of Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department and Great Falls Historical Society.

Sanders, Milburn Page, 90, of Great Falls, died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. A retired civilian U.S. Naval Department employee, Mr. Sanders was a native of Great Falls, born there when the area was known as Forestville.

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A Legacy of Local History

It is with great sadness that the Great Falls Historical Society notes the passing of its founder, Milburn P. Sanders, who died Sunday, Sept. 2. Milburn founded the Great Falls Historical Society in the fifth decade of his life. He told me that he loved to archive and record things, and recording local history was a delight for him.

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Colvin Run, a Historic District?

Great Falls Historical Society summer interns to present their research on Sept. 12.

The Colvin Run Road we know today was originally the Alexandria-Leesburg Turnpike before it was re-routed to the Route 7 location in 1941. The road dates back to 1732 and is the only remaining portion of the roadbed engineered in 1834.

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Running of the Goats in Great Falls

A herd of goats escaped from a farm on Utterback Store Road on Aug. 10. Louise Zullo and her husband came upon them.

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Virginia Landscapes on Exhibit

Throughout the month of September, the Virginia countryside will be featured in the original oil paintings of local artist Hwa Crawford. Crawford's love of the Virginia landscape is captured in her tranquil paintings. She's an active artist with the Great Falls Studios: The Old Brogue and Katie's Coffee House is at 760 C Walker Road, Great Falls, 703-759-3309.

Saturday, September 1

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Chantilly Field Hockey Struggles to Finish

The Chantilly field hockey team competed in the "Under the Lights" tournament Aug. 24-25.

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Centreville Field Hockey Finding the Cage

The Centreville field hockey team competed in the "Under the Lights" tournament Aug. 24-25.

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Seahawks Off to Strong Start

South Lakes Field Hockey wins 3 of 4 at “Under the Lights” tournament.

Jessica Dowd is in her second season coaching the South Lakes field hockey team.

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Lee Field Hockey Hosts ‘Under the Lights’

After defeating Wakefield, 6-0, in its season opener, Lee hosted the 2012 “Under the Lights” tournament Aug. 24-25.

Meghan Cox scored a pair of goals for the Lee field hockey team during the "Under the Lights" tournament Aug. 24-25.

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Spartans Win 4 of 6

Spartans looking for first district title in nearly four decades.

The West Springfield field hockey team won four of its first six games this season.