Stories for April 2013

Stories for April 2013

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Tuesday, April 30

Yoga Week Comes to the Area

Local effort offers budding yogis a chance to improve their minds, bodies and spirits with free or $5 classes.

D.C. Yoga Week Runs through May 5 For more information and a list of participating studios, visit HYPERLINK "http://dccy.org/" http://dccy.org/. “This event will raise awareness about how great yoga is for your mind, body and spirit.” — Amanda Shipe, Mind Your Body Oasis, Arlington

Looking “ASCANce”

It wasn’t exactly “Executive Clemency.”

Three Officers Promoted

Cpl. Damien Austin, Sgt. Lawrence Whitmer and Lt. Michael Berg promoted in April 24 ceremony.

The Herndon Police Department promoted three of its officers Wednesday, April 24, during a ceremony at the town’s council chambers.

Herndon Cadets Host the 2013 Captain Blakeman Meet

Herndon High's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) hosted 10 other schools Saturday, April 27, to a drill meet designed for first year (NS-1) cadets to demonstrate their learning from older cadets in their programs.

From Joy to Terror

Oak Hill resident recounts Boston Marathon experience.

“She’ll often wait for me right at the finish line, but thank goodness she had decided to make her way to the family area.” -- Carol Byrne of Oak Hill

Life Time Club Set for September Opening

Life Time Athletic Reston will be 13th “Diamond” club in country.

Fitness buffs in Reston will soon have a new state-of-the-art gym to visit.

South Lakes Takes on the 80s

Drama department presents “Xanadu” May 2-4.

“My daughters looked at it the same way they look at ‘Grease,’ a story about people who live in a completely different time.” -- Terri Goldberg of Reston

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‘We Are the World’ at Dranesville Elementary

International Night features world music, dance, food and exhibits.

For the 11th time, the halls were alive with the sound of music at Dranesville Elementary’s International Night Program on Friday, April 26, from 7 until after 9 p.m. The cafeteria was entertainment central. After Principal Kathy Manoatl got things started, the evening began with five first grade classes delighting the assembly with their individual performances of songs from Russia, Latin America, Germany, Indonesia and France.

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'Sweet Genius' Works Magic at Career Day

Herndon Elementary School hosted Chef Josh Rosen, winner of the title "Sweet Genius" on the Food Network show’s Dec. 6, 2012 episode, and owner of vegan chocolate factory Charm School Chocolates.

FISH Honors Peggy LeReche

Peggy LeReche of Herndon, administrative assistant at Dominion, was honored as one of the outstanding volunteers at FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help).

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Charles Esten: From Alexandria to 'Nashville'

May 3 show at the Durant Arts Center features Esten's new, original songs, benefits The Alexandria Scholarship Fund.

"Now that I'm in Nashville the thing that I'm loving the most is co-writing. You walk into the room and you shake hands with someone you've never met before and you walk out four hours later and you've got this thing … sharing ideas and everything, it's almost magical, like a miracle." — Charles "Chip" Esten of ABC's hit show "Nashville"

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‘Count ON Us’ Mural Presented to Town of Herndon

Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel, Council for the Arts of Herndon (CAH) President Michael O’Reilly and other dignitaries were on hand for the official presentation by the CAH to the town of a mural in the vestibule of the Herndon Municipal Center’s ground level entranceway.

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ArtSpace Herndon Hosts Photographers’ Artists Reception

ArtSpace Herndon held an artists reception for the annual Fine Art Photography Exhibit, featuring the finalists of the 2013 Fine Art Photography Competition Saturday night, April 27. The photos of 35 regional photographers are showcased in this display.

Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon

Classical Ballet Theatre Hosts Local Preschools

On Thursday, April 18, Classical Ballet Theatre (CBT) dancers enjoyed sharing their love of the performing arts with preschool students from Herndon Elementary Head Start, Montessori Country Day School, Reston Children's Center and St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. As part of their free outreach program, CBT performed Act I of their popular Cinderella production, which is packed with choreography, costumes, and good-natured humor. The students clapped for big leaps and twirls, laughed with stepsisters “Haughty” and “Spiteful,” and delighted in Cinderella's magical transformation into a princess dressed in a shimmering ball gown. Afterwards, enthusiastic audience members asked many questions and visited with cast members.

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Tree Planting at Hutchison Elementary

The school celebrates Arbor Day.

On April 26, Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon celebrated Arbor Day by planting a dogwood tree on the school grounds. The tree planting ceremony was attended by teachers and students from the third and fourth grade classes in addition to several guests.

Aldrin's Barbara Gist Is Virginia’s 2013 National Outstanding Assistant Principal

Barbara Gist, assistant principal of Aldrin Elementary in Reston, was selected as Virginia’s 2013 National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year (NOAP). The 2013 award marks the second year that the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), in collaboration with the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP), has presented this award.

Commentary: Children and Outside Learning

Research highlights the benefits of outdoor and environmental education for children—ranging from increased academic achievement, improved social skills and interest in school, and boosted health, according to environmental education leaders who have organized NoVA Outside: An Alliance of Environmental Educators (www.novaoutside.org). I attended their School Environmental Action Showcase last week at George Mason University, and I was impressed by the students and their projects. The showcase is like a science fair but with the emphasis on environmental science.

Letter: Rising Above Terrorism: Marathoners Win, Terror Loses

America, we must continue running. Our United States history has proven repeatedly that those who persevere will prevail in the end, similar to a marathon.

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The Historic Lucy Hanes Trail Challenge

Walk the trail on Great Falls Day, Sunday, May 5.

Many of our roads in Great Falls were originally Native American trails. Nine roads in Great Falls were in use before the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Georgetown Pike is now on the National Register for Historic Places. Fifty years ago people could walk or ride horses just about anywhere in our town. Today, walking or riding along side roads is very dangerous. Parents drive children everywhere and interaction between neighbors is limited.

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Hundreds of Years in Six Hours

Great Falls Day, May 5, noon to 6 p.m.

Whether you have lived in Great Falls for generations, just arrived in our community, or live in a nearby town, we welcome you to a homey, experiential history experience this Sunday, May 5. We have gathered together the holders of our village’s “story” and these wisdom-keepers await your visit in their “History Tents” to tell the story of life along Georgetown Pike over the last 200 years. They have photos, maps, historic documents and artifacts, and their own personal recollections of how things were. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see history come alive.

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Cooper Middle School Presents ‘The Wiz’

Students perform adaptation of classic "Wizard of Oz."

Cooper Middle School will present one of its most ambitious productions ever starting May 8 with "The Wiz." A soulful retelling of "The Wizard of Oz," the Cooper production will feature a cast of 60 and a crew of 30.

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Silver Line Approaching Tysons

Route 7 lane shifts and paving, installation of sidewalks and streetlight foundations signal coming of Silver Line.

With construction completion of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project anticipated in September, motorists and pedestrians are seeing an increase in project-related activities all along Leesburg Pike (Route 7) from the Dulles Toll Road to the overpass at Route 123.

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Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Luncheon Features Students’ Poetry

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors name winners of 31st annual poetry contest.

The Great Falls Friends and Neighbors honored 10 Great Falls Elementary School students Friday, April 16, at their 31st annual poetry luncheon

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Great Falls Farmers Market Hits Spring Season

Spring produce, other goods available at weekly market.

The Great Falls Farmers Market has kicked off its spring season, welcoming vendors returning and new with fruits, vegetables and other products. Three vegetable vendors are currently at the market, offering early spring crops.

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Programming Marathon at TJ


Area high schoolers impress instructors at the 24-hour computer programming marathon.

When a voice over the loudspeaker announced, “free swag outside,” a stampede of teenagers cleared out the Thomas Jefferson High School (TJHSST) gymnasium in less than a minute. Even after almost 20 hours of coding and programming, the students were at no loss for enthusiasm, especially for free paraphernalia decorated with the TJ Hackathon logo. Kim Holton, a volunteer whose son was participating in the hackathon, said, “They all seem really tired and they’re dragging, but they’re excited.”

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Town Employees Honored for Service to the Community

On April 24, three Town of Vienna employees received Rotary Club of Vienna’s 2013 “Service Above Self” award. Mark Sherwood, operations superintendent, and Jonathan Wooden, sanitation supervisor with the Department of Public Works, and Tammy Barker, dispatcher with the Vienna Police Department, received the awards for their dedication and service to the Vienna community.

Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Each year more than 200 volunteers at Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) serve as medical drivers, companion drivers, friendly callers and visitors, health and wellness counselors, fundraisers and grant writers. These volunteers run programs such as Lunch n’ Life, Adventures in Learning, trips and outings, special events and caregivers’ support groups.

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Taste of Vienna Brings Community Together

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department fundraiser offered restaurant fare, live entertainment and a moonbounce for kids.

Certainly, Saturday’s almost-May weather contributed to the festive mood at the 2nd Annual Taste of Vienna sponsored by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Abundant sunshine and cloudless blue skies lit up Cherry Street on April 27. Throngs of local families, seniors, teens and babies in strollers milled around food and wine tents, under eating tents and along the stage front, where contemporary pop bands performed. It was the kind of community-spirit day Vienna is known for.

Confronting Lyme Disease

A former patient becomes patient consultant.

Marjorie Veiga became ill after her second daughter was born. She developed intense pain in her hip area and a hypersensitivity to pressure. Drawing sheets over herself hurt. She had symptoms of arthritis and was tired, weak and in pain. After suffering six weeks of these unfamiliar symptoms, Veiga sought out a diagnosis. She said she never before felt an intensity like that.

Community Center Expansion Discussed

Open forum on April 23 solicited viewpoints and needs from community.

If you had an unlimited budget—or a magic wand—what would you turn the Vienna Community Center into? Most of the more-than 35 attendees at the Department of Parks and Recreation April 23 forum on the proposed expansion of the community center shared a consensus of what they hoped to see an expanded community center look like (from a large indoor swimming pool with retractable walls to a well-equipped fitness center and regulation-sized gym).

Monday, April 29

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Student Receives Governor’s Award at State Science and Engineering Fair

Student Receives Governor’s Award at State Science and Engineering Fair

Andrea Shao-yin Li of Vienna, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School, was awarded The Governor's Award and Grand Prize First Place at the 28th Annual Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair held on April 6 at Virginia Military Academy in Lexington, VA.

Laudable Performances

Langley High School’s production of “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.”

The path to happiness is often obstructed by challenges, and in this case by horrid schools, financial troubles and ruthless uncles. Amidst the overwhelming corruption and poverty in Victorian England, Langley High School’s production of “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” proves that the resilience of the human spirit triumphs in the end. “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” was adapted from the Charles Dickens novel of the same name by David Edgar in 1980. Prior to Edgar’s work, the novel’s adaptation was an eight-hour production, which often had to be performed over the course of a couple days.

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Chesterbrook Elementary Inaugurates Renovated Outdoor Stairway

Representatives from the McLean Community Foundation and Transurban Fluor joined Chesterbrook staff and families for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their Earth Day Celebration on Monday, April 22, to inaugurate their newly renovated outdoor stairway.

Poetry Corner

The Wave

see it coming. I see the leading, massive wave marking the peak of high tide It rumbles towards me like a bull to a matador Building up force the closer and closer it gets until The icy, stinging slap of the wave slams over my body Lifting me up and off my feet Tumbling into the deep blue watery depths of the ocean. The salt water explodes through my nose As foggy bits of shells mixed with sand fly past my eyes in the undercurrent My arms are ripped, scratched and burned from the ocean floor And my lungs scream for air As I tumble head over heels towards the shore.

Oakcrest School Announces Artwork of the Year Awards

Oakcrest School recently announced the winners of the Artwork of the Year Awards at Fine Arts Night: Grace Allen, seventh grade, won among middle schoolers and Jane North, 12th grade, at the upper school level.

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Teacher of the Year

Longfellow Middle School CTE teacher recognized by the Southern Business Education Association.

Search the faces of Helene Safford’s students, and you won’t find one look of boredom. No signs of restlessness or clock-watching either. In fact, the expressions on the seventh and eighth graders’ faces in Safford’s speech arts class portray nothing but enthusiasm. On a recent Monday afternoon, the computer-lined classroom featured students milling about, and the noise level was high. But Safford wouldn’t have it any other way. The students were working in groups, consulting with their peers and with Safford on a broadcasting technology project.

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Spring Hill Students Win Earth Day Awards

The school celebrates Earth Day with a multi-media celebration and contest.

Spring Hill Elementary School kicked off a new tradition this year for Earth Day. The entire student body shared their own interpretation of the importance of Earth Day through a school-wide art show and talent contest. The students created a variety of artistic creations, ranging from visual art to poetry and performance art. The celebration concluded with a recycled-goods fashion show.

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Fairfax Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

1st Lt. Robert J. Hess, 26, a highly-decorated Blackhawk pilot.

1st Lt. Robert J. Hess of Fairfax, a highly-decorated U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot, was killed Tuesday, April 23, in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon report from Friday, April 26.

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Celebrating Earth Day at Churchill Road

Churchill Road Elementary lived up to its Green Flag Award status by promoting a variety of eco-friendly programs and activities leading up to Earth Day.

Bowling in Support of Junior Achievement

More than 100 McLean- and Washington, D.C.-based KPMG employees and their families bowled at Bowl America Falls Church on Wednesday, April 24 and Saturday, April 27, as part of Junior Achievement (JA) of Greater Washington’s annual JA Bowl.

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McLean Orchestra Hosts ‘Midnight in Paris’

Orchestra offers its final “Season of Imagination” concert on May 4.

Trust people who wear formal attire as their uniform, and those who direct and administer their efforts, to know how to put on a gala. Sunday, April 21, was the night of the McLean Orchestra’s annual fundraiser held at the Hilton Tysons Corner. Themed “Midnight in Paris” from reception start through a dinner that included a live auction, acknowledgements and awards, and finally dancing to the tunes of Ed Witles The Elegant DJ, the black-tie evening was as well-arranged, conducted and received as any of the musical performances for which the orchestra is known.

‘Come to the Light’ at Katie’s Coffee in Great Falls

“Come to the Light,” an exhibit of photos capturing light in nature by Great Falls photographer and author Dee Leggett, will be on display during May at Katie’s Coffee in Great Falls.

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The Great Falls All Star Team Beats Tennessee State Champs

The Great Falls All Star youth baseball team not only won the District 4 Championship and the VA State Championship last year as 12-year-olds, but also beat the South Carolina State Champions (12-1) and the West Virginia State Champions (13-0) last year in the SE Regional Tournament.

Friday, April 26

The Sponsors

Presenting sponsors Westfields Business Owners Assn. and Kaiser Permanente are joined by the following businesses in supporting this event: Beatty Management Co., Virginia Heritage Bank,

Celebrity Softball Classic

The Big Train Celebrity Softball Classic attracted crowds to Shirley Povich Field at Cabin John Regional Park on Saturday, April 20.

Fredona Gartlan Dies

A life dedicated to helping the needy.

Fredona Manderfield Gartlan, a longtime advocate for those suffering from mental illness, died April 22, 2013 at her home in Mason Neck. She was 85 and had suffered in recent years from Alzheimer’s Disease. The cause of death was an apparent heart attack.

Entertainment 4/24/2013 AX

Calendar

‘Pacific Pulse’ Nicholaus Aman attempts to express the nature of the Pacific coast through his solo exhibition, Pacific Pulse, at Alexandria's Artspace 109 Gallery, will be on display through May 11. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

Entertainment

Email announcements to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos welcome. Ongoing The Airbus IMAX Theater at National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, is showing movies including “Hubble,” “Fighter Pilot,” “Space Junk,” “Air Racers” and “The Dream is Alive” through May 23. “Oblivion” will begin with an 8 pm show Thursday, April 18. Visit http://airandspace.si.edu/udvarhazy/ or call 703-572-4118 for the movie schedule. Throughout the month of April, Our Military Kids has partnered with Glory Days restaurant at 13850 Braddock Road, Centreville. The restaurant is participating, and is donating 10 percent of diners' total receipt to the charity. Diners need only to submit receipts to Our Military Kids, 6861 Elm Street, Suite 2A, McLean, VA 22101. Visit www.ourmilitarykids.org.

‘Six Degrees of Separation’

Kevin Bacon is nowhere to be found. Instead, it’s Sidney Poitier that brings together friends and strangers in “Six Degrees of Separation,” now playing at Port City Playhouse. The popular “six degrees of separation” theory explores the premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else by a chain of no more than six acquaintances, and Port City Playhouse brings playwright John Guare’s smart dialogue to life in a thoughtfully-executed production that showcases a stellar ensemble cast.

‘Ghost-Writer’ at MetroStage

“Ghost-Writer” opens this week at MetroStage, and we are looking forward to this exceptional play by a very popular contemporary playwright, Michael Hollinger, with one of our favorite directors and three of DC’s finest actors. It is a play about the act (or art) of creation, always an intriguing topic, with a little mystery, history and touch of a love story mixed in.

Chantilly Day Entertainment Schedule

Performers will entertain at the stage in the Kmart parking lot. Exact times may vary slightly. 10-10:20 a.m. – PRO Martial Arts 10:25-10:45 a.m. – Competitive jump roping; Wholesome Campus 10:50-11:10 a.m. – Former astronauts Carl Walz and Frank Culbertson will speak. 11:15 a.m.-noon – Soul Raising Visions rock band 12:15-1 p.m. – ...AND WHAT ARMY 1:15-2 p.m. – THEYCALLMEPIANO 2:15-2:45 p.m. – Westfield High Jazz Combo 3-4 p.m. – Stolen Camaros rock band

Hot Exhaust Causes House Fire

A house fire April 10 in the Fairfax Center area caused an estimated $231,500 damage. Fairfax County fire officials say it began accidentally when the hot exhaust of a riding lawn tractor ignited nearby dry ground cover.

Earth Day with Raptors

Earth Day with Raptors In commemoration of Earth Day, on April 20, at the Belle Haven parking lot area, the Friends of Dyke Marsh and the U.S. National Park Service co-sponsored an information and education session about raptors (birds of prey) that frequent the Mount Vernon parkway region. The live raptors available for up close viewing were a screech owl and a species of falcon. In addition to the live raptor presentations handouts for children and adults were available.

Schools

School Notes

Email announcements to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos are welcome. More than 300 JMU students embarked on 30 spring break trips around the country and world. Students spent the week living simply, focused on service in their destination community but also on teamwork and reflection within their group. The following students participated in alternative spring break: Emma Stewart, Adrienne Lowry and Rachael Donnelly

Success at SkillsUSA Competition

Students in the SkillsUSA District 5 Chantilly Academy, A Governor’s STEM Academy, were honored at the 49th Annual SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skill Conference held in Roanoke on April 20 and 21.

Housing Market: ‘Sell and Buy’ 4/24/2013 CV

Sustained low interest rates and rising prices have energized the marketplace.

The local real estate market is thriving, with Realtors reporting multiple offers on homes in some areas and dwindling inventory of homes for sale. At least two things are contributing to this change in the market. First, interest rates have been in the basement: Freddie Mac reported a 30-year fixed-rate of 3.57 percent for March this year, as opposed to 3.95 percent in March 2012 and 4.84 percent in 2011 (for reference, March 2005 was 5.93 percent).

Classified Advertising April 24, 2013

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Thursday, April 25

Former Astronaut Carl E. Walz

Carl E. Walz had a distinguished career as a NASA astronaut and is a veteran of four space flights, logging a total of 231 days in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-51 (1993), was the Orbiter flight engineer (MS-2) on STS-65 (1994), was a mission specialist on the STS-79 (1996) mission to the Russian Mir Space Station, and served as flight engineer (FE-1) on ISS Expedition 4 (2001-2002).

Behind the Scenes: Bill Keech Jr. Talks about Chantilly Day

Bill Keech Jr. is president of the Westfield Business Owners Assn. and the Chantilly-Centreville Chamber of Commerce, both of which are putting on Chantilly Day, along with Kaiser Permanente. Q: How will the second annual Chantilly Day build on last year’s event? A: It is hard to build on an event that was so successful last year. The momentum is building and everyone is excited about this year’s Chantilly Day. We are welcoming the designation of the "Air & Space Capital of Virginia" and the fantastic lineup in the business showcase, live entertainment, family games and our very special honored guest astronauts, Carl Walz and Frank Culbertson Jr.

Aerial Spraying Program Criticized

County targets canker worm moth.

Despite concerns voiced by residents and the Audubon Society, Fairfax County conducted aerial and ground spraying on Monday, April 22, using the pesticide Bacillus thuringienisis (Bt) to kill the canker worm moth in six areas of the Mount Vernon Magisterial District, including the Hollin Hall and Paul Spring Parkway area in the Fort Hunt neighborhood.

Former Astronaut Frank L. Culbertson Jr.

Frank Culbertson Jr. was a NASA astronaut for 18 years. He’s flown three space missions and logged more than 144 days in space as a shuttle commander, pilot, and station crewmember. His last mission launched on the Shuttle Endeavor and lasted 129 days, from Aug. 10-Dec. 17, 2001.

Food, Fun and Festivities

Second annual Chantilly Day celebration is May 4

Get ready for fun — the second annual Chantilly Day celebration is slated for Saturday, May 4, at the Sully Place Shopping Center, off Route 50 West in Chantilly. There’ll be children’s activities, live music, food and entertainment — as well as two U.S. astronauts. The festival runs from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Kmart and Babies R Us parking lots, and the day’s events will include onstage performances by the Westfield High Jazz Combo, local rock musicians, a pet adoption, rock climbing, business expo and awards ceremony.

Letter: Bigger Issue Than TJ

To the Editor: Regarding TJ, you are barking at the wrong tree. Also, you can't kill the messenger.

Schools

School Notes

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome. The following Washington and Lee students have earned dean's list status for the recently ended fall 2012 term: Tyler Gehrs, a member of the class of 2013; Caleb Russell, a member of the class of 2014; Caroline Schmidt, a member of the class of 2013 and Russell Schmidt, a member of the class of 2016.

Letter: Osprey Nest on Live Video

To the Editor: Several years ago, I installed a wood piling and a platform about 200 feet offshore from my home on Little Hunting Creek. Apparently, my choice of location was attractive because, every year since, an osprey pair has built a nest on the platform and raised at least two chicks.

Housing Market: ‘Sell and Buy’ 4/24/2013

Sustained low interest rates and rising prices have energized the marketplace.

The local real estate market is thriving, with Realtors reporting multiple offers on homes in some areas and dwindling inventory of homes for sale. At least two things are contributing to this change in the market.

Neighborhood

Taylor Run

KEIRA MORAN Our neighbor Keira Moran has decided to accept a scholarship to the music industries program at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. 1, 243 musicians entered videos of their performing original music to Frost. Fifty of those students were called down to audition; Keira was one of the 12 who were chosen for the program.

Urban League Presents Annual Scholarship Awards

Morgan Lataillade of T.C. Williams High School; Beatrice Williams of C.D. Hylton High School, Zoel Stackhouse of Forest Park High School, Gabriela Alvarez of Dominion High School, Kristian Welch of Tuscarora High School, N'Dri N'Cho of Washington-Lee High School, Javier Mery of Potomac Falls High School, Tyrone Simpson of South County Secondary School, Nathaniel Smith of Lake Braddock Secondary School, and Osasenaga Aghayere of South Lakes High School were honored with $5,000 scholarships at the 23rd annual Northern Virginia Urban League Community Service Scholarship Awards Dinner on Friday, April 19, at the McLean Hilton in Tysons Corner.

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Editorial: Connection Guide to Parks Wins ‘Best in Show’

Investigative reporting, in depth coverage, education writing, photography, art, design, sports, garner Virginia Press Association honors.

The Connection Newspapers won dozens of awards from the Virginia Press Association, with winners announced on Saturday, April 20, in Norfolk.

Letter: Prepare for Park Meeting

To the Editor: The Westgrove Park Off-Leash Dog Area (OLDA) has been the subject of numerous articles and letters in the Gazette over the past two years. Last November, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) agreed to establish the OLDA on an interim basis pending the outcome of the Master Planning process.

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Turbo Tutoring Scholarship

Turbo Tutoring, the local SAT accelerated prep company, awarded its first scholarship (for $500) to Kelly Duncan.

Celebrating Opening Day for Fort Hunt Softball

Fort Hunt Softball held its Opening Day Celebration on Sunday, April 14 at the Walt Whitman softball complex. Approximately 600 people including players, family members and volunteers were in attendance to celebrate.

Housing Market: ‘Sell and Buy’

Sustained low interest rates and rising prices have energized the marketplace.

The local real estate market is thriving, with Realtors reporting multiple offers on homes in some areas and dwindling inventory of homes for sale. At least two things are contributing to this change in the market. First, interest rates have been in the basement: Freddie Mac reported a 30-year fixed-rate of 3.57 percent for March this year, as opposed to 3.95 percent in March 2012 and 4.84 percent in 2011 (for reference, March 2005 was 5.93 percent).

Raising Money for Police Unity Tour

Centreville’s Kevin Whalen is bicycling 230 miles, May 10-12, in the Police Unity Tour (PUT) Virginia ride. It raises money and awareness for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial fund and the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C., honoring and remembering officers who’ve died in the line of duty.

Roundups

Sexual Assault and Burglary Fairfax County Police are investigating the sexual assault of a 27-year-old Centreville woman. The incident occurred Sunday, April 21, around 3 a.m. Police say the woman was asleep inside her home in the 13000 block of Winding Oak Circle when she was awoken by a man sexually assaulting her. But she fought him off and he fled on foot. Investigation also revealed that electronic equipment had been stolen from her residence. Entry was apparently gained through an unlocked door. The suspect was described as possibly Hispanic, 25-35, about 5 feet 7 inches, with a medium build and wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, text “TIP187” plus a message to CRIMES/274637 or call police at 703-691-2131.

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Athenaeum Wants Your Vote to Fund Restoration in Online Contest

Leaders at the Old Town landmark suggest voting early and often.

Do you love the Athenaeum? If the answer is yes, executive director Catherine Aselford is asking for your vote.

Celebrating Creative Spirit, Sharing Experiences

Commentary

For the third year in a row, Alexandria will celebrate the connection between the creative spirit and mental health by displaying the art works of people whose lives have been affected by mental illness, substance abuse disorders or intellectual disabilities. Some of these works of art are playful, some stark, some beautiful, and some so sad and disturbing, they stop the viewer in his or her tracks. Through their pieces, these artists are sharing not only their hopes and dreams, but their pain and fear and their own personal stories. The telling of their stories is just part of what should be a community-wide conversation about mental health and the often long and bumpy road to recovery.

Bulletin Board

Absentee Voting Opens On Tuesday June 11, there will be a Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. Absentee voting for the primary begins on Friday, April 26. Many Alexandria voters are eligible to vote absentee, but relatively few take advantage of this option. Qualifying circumstances: commute and work for 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open; caregiver for a confined family member; unable to go to the polls in person on Election Day because of an illness or disability; or will be absent from Alexandria on Election Day because of personal business, work, school, or vacation. To learn more about these, and other circumstances in which absentee voting is an appropriate option, visit alexandriava.gov/Elections and click on “Absentee Voting,” or call 703-746-4050.

Songs, Dances and a Message 4/24/2013

Westfield High presents ‘Urinetown: The Musical.’

Westfield High’s new show, “Urinetown: The Musical,” is about a future time when a severe water shortage forces citizens to pay to pee. And, no pun intended, Director Susie Pike says her actors are “rarin’ to go.”

Songs, Dances and a Message

Westfield High presents ‘Urinetown: The Musical.’

Westfield High’s new show, “Urinetown: The Musical,” is about a future time when a severe water shortage forces citizens to pay to pee. And, no pun intended, Director Susie Pike says her actors are “rarin’ to go.”

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Newly Elected School Board Members Clash Over Raises for Teachers

Now budget heads to City Hall, where council members will determine appropriation.

School Board members traditionally try to present a unified front to City Hall, where members of the Alexandria City Council have the final say over how much money is transferred to the Beauregard Street headquarters of Alexandria City Public Schools.

Business Matters

Del Ray is known as the place where Main Street still exists. Now it's also a place where adults can eat sushi without the threat of hearing a crying baby.

Council Notebook

Once upon a midnight dreary, while Alexandria Poet Laureate Amy Young pondered weak and weary.

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Alexandria Set to Exceed Debt Ceiling, Raising Concerns About Bond Rating

City leaders say borrowing is necessary to finance future of Alexandria.

Alexandria is about to hit the roof, literally.

Wednesday, April 24

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Saturday/April 27 Free Workshop. “Clicker Train Your Dog to Behave” from 10 a.m.-noon at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane. Speaker Laurie Luck, trainer and instructor at Karen Pryor Academy, will teach you all the ins and outs of how to use the clicker. We will also do some myth-busting. Come see just how fast (and easy) clicker training works and how you can use it with your dog to teach manners or change a behavior. Leave your dog at home. To register, go to http://yourdogsfriend.org/blog/free-workshops/or call 301-983-5913.

“Flourishing After 55"

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for May 6-11. Arlington senior centers: Aurora Hills, 735 S. 18th St.; Walter Reed, 2909 S. 16th St.; Culpepper Garden, 4435 N. Pershing Dr.; Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St.; Lee, 5722 Lee Hwy.; Arlington Mill at Fairlington, 3308 S. Stafford St.; also Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; TJ Comm. Center, 3501 S. 2nd St.

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Traditional, Folk Dance at Strathmore Choreographer Asanga Domask brings a collection of Sri Lankan traditional and folk dance to the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 6 p.m. Nruthya Manjarie will premiere original choreography of several group and solo works that are dedicated to the preservation of Sri Lanka's traditional Kandyan, low country, and folk dance. To purchase Tickets, visit www.strathmore.org, call 301-581-5100 or stop by the Music Center at Strathmore Ticket Office at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD. All tickets are $25.

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Move Me Bowen McCauley Dance presents the 4th Annual Move Me Festival on Saturday, April 27, 2-5 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School, with the support of The JBG Companies, honorary hosts Senator Barbara Favola and Delegate Patrick Hope, and master of ceremony WUSA9 evening anchor Anita Brikman. Move Me is a free family-friendly celebration of the arts and culture, promoting healthy lifestyles through movement and the arts, and featuring performances and artistic activities by local arts partners. This year, the festival focuses on the need to “Get Active, Get Creative, Get Involved.” Participating arts partners will offer performances, demonstrations, and activities including Latin dance, clogging, theater workshops, orchestra performances, an instrument petting zoo, yoga, face painting, magic tricks, arts and crafts and more. Visit www.bmdc.org.

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Artisphere Yarn Bomb Brightens Rosslyn's Streets Wilson Blvd. between Rosslyn Metro and Artisphere Cupid's Garden Sculpture (intersection of Wilson Blvd., Nash St. and Oak St.) The Artisphere Yarn Bomb is here! More than 1,000 colorful, hand-stitched geometric shapes adorn six trees along Wilson Blvd., between the Rosslyn Metro and Artisphere, Arlington’s visual and performing arts center. An additional installation, featuring vines, flowers and 19 animals of all shapes and sizes, surrounds Cupid's Garden at the intersection of Wilson Blvd., Nash St. and Oak St.

Celebrating Earth Day

Energy conservation, eco-friendly commuting, healthy homes, and sustainable living were just some of the items on the menu for the Green Living Expo and Arlington Earth Week Community Fair that took place this Earth Day at Founders Hall in the Arlington Campus of the George Mason University. The vendor hall showcased more than 50 exhibitors with a variety of planet friendly services and products. The Sunday Earth Day Celebration was sponsored by Arlingtonians for Clean Environment (ACE).

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Madison Girls' Lax Beats McLean

Nine Warhawks score at least one goal.

Freshmen and sophomores on 2011 state championship team now leaders for Madison girls' lacrosse.

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T.C. Williams Baseball Falls from First Place

Titans shut out by struggling Annandale.

Titans bounce back with a win over West Springfield.

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Elephant Artist Inspires Youth

On Thursday, April 11, 30 children from The Apple Tree School of Fairfax had the opportunity to paint alongside Kelly Ann, a 17-year-old Asian elephant with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, at the George Mason University Patriot Center.

2013 Black Opal: Celebrating New Generation of Leaders

The Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network held its awards ceremony on April 6 at the Artisphere. Black Opal, an awards gala/black-tie reception, serves as the primary fundraiser for the organization. The funds raised by Black Opal support its programs including College Survival, Political Forum, and Opportunity to Thrive.

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South County Student Awarded Scholarship

Tyrone Simpson receives $5,000 from Northern Virginia Urban League.

The Northern Virginia Urban League awarded $50,000 in scholarships to local high school students at its annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Dinner Friday, April 19. The organization, whose mission it is to enable disadvantaged youth to achieve economic and academic success, awarded one scholarship to South County Secondary School senior Tyrone Simpson.

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Every Friday in April 5k Fridays Race Series. 6:30 p.m. in Crystal City. Organized by Pacers Running Store, runners can enjoy a professionally timed and certified course. $20/race or $60/series. Visit http://runpacers.com/race/crystal-run-5k-fridays/ to register.

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‘The Music Man’ Marches Into South County High

Cast of over 50 presents the award-winning classic musical.

Katie Murray, a South County High School senior and Fairfax Station resident, remembers vividly the first time she saw a rendition of Meredith Wilson’s classic musical “The Music Man.” Her younger self was home sick, channel surfing, and stumbled upon the 2003 film remake starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.

Track-a-Thon Tackles Brain Cancer

Students of all ages are invited to participate.

Area residents can get some exercise, have fun and fight brain cancer, all at the same time, by participating in Chantilly High’s annual Team BT Track-a-Thon. It’s slated for this Saturday, April 20, from 6-9 p.m., at the Chantilly High track. Team BT is the nonprofit fundraising organization of Fair Lakes resident BethAnn Telford, who’s battling a brain tumor, herself, and will be at the event. All proceeds go to Accelerated Brain Cancer Cure and the National Brain Tumor Society.

Hazel Poole Receives Service Award From Volunteer Fairfax

Greenspring resident Hazel Poole was recently honored at the 2013 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards hosted by Volunteer Fairfax. The awards recognize “individuals, groups and organizations that have given outstanding volunteer service through a broad range of activities and programs” throughout the county. Poole received the award in the “Adult Volunteer 250 Hours and Over” category.

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Saratoga Students Discuss Oil Spill on Earth Day

Disaster response subject matter experts from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), spoke to 100 students at Saratoga Elementary School in Springfield on Wednesday, April 17, about how NGA assisted the U.S. Coast Guard in the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which dumped more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Tara Sankner, ‘Warrior Princess’

Second-grader battles brain cancer.

That’s because Tara, a second-grader at Lees Corner Elementary, is in the fight of her life, battling brain cancer. “My day depends on how she’s doing,” said mom Tammy Sankner. “If she’s having a good day, I’m fine.”

Close Shave at Lees Corner

When second grader Tara Sanker was diagnosed with brain cancer, the staff and faculty at Lees Corner Elementary School got ready to help her through her journey. The first milestone was the day she came into school with a shaved head. Some younger students were confused about the changes Sanker was going through and made some comments and observations that were inadvertently hurtful. Tara’s mom Tammy Sanker, Principal Robert D’Amato and Tara’s teacher Vicki McGorty felt the best way to help Tara was to share her story with the students at Lees Corner Elementary School during the morning news program.

Grace Thomas, 82, Formerly of Springfield, Dies

Grace Thomas died on Friday, April 19, 2013, in Haverhill, Mass., of natural causes. She was 82. Thomas was born on June 13, 1930, in Saunderstown, R.I. Formerly known as Grace Lorena Matterson, she married Walter R. Thomas in 1950. They were married for 59 years.

Understanding Autism

In observation of Autism Awareness Month, Union Mill Elementary students participated in a sensory simulation experience during their physical education classes on Thursday, April 4, and Friday, April 5. The activities included an obstacle course which simulated things that children with autism often find to be helpful, such as jumping and bouncing. Other stations included a mirror station that simulated perception confusion, a glove station that simulated fine motor challenges, and a listening station that simulated the filtering of external stimuli, all of which can be challenging for students with autism. The experience gave students a better understanding of autism. The sensory simulation activities were coordinated and led by Union Mill PTA Alternative Education Co-Chairs, Melyssa Plath and Nicole Moore, and PE teachers Jenny Murray and Elizabeth Cross. Several Union Mill parent volunteers were also on hand to assist the students at each station.

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Boxing out Boring

Free classes, spiking membership at The TITLE Boxing Club of Springfield.

Kate Carski, owner of TITLE Boxing Club of West Springfield, has been enjoying the benefits of warm weather lately.

Celebrating Erin’s Life

Event promotes her legacy.

Erin Peterson was just 18 when she became a victim of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. But her parents, Centreville’s Grafton and Celeste Peterson, make sure the Westfield High grad’s legacy lives on. They established the Erin Peterson Fund to continue their daughter’s commitment to reaching goals through education and aiding people in need. They also began an annual Gospel Celebration in remembrance of her and to raise money for the fund.

Get Ready to Shop!

LCAC Purse & Prom Sale starts Friday.

The Lorton Community Action Center will host its annual Purse & Prom Sale starting this Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28.

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The National Philharmonic Singers, under the direction of conductors Stan Engebretson and Victoria Gau, will present a free spring concert on Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 107 South Washington Street, Rockville. The concert will feature Benjamin Britten’s "Choral Dances" from Gloriana, which was composed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. The Singers will also perform the Coronation Anthem No. 1, "Zadok the Priest," by George Frideric Handel. Three modern settings of “Ubi Caritas” by Maurice Duruflé, Ola Gjeilo, and Paul Mealor are also on the program. Music by Vaughan Williams and contemporary arranger/jazz pianist Larry Farrow round out the program with settings of English folksong and spirituals, including “Deep River” and “Every Time I Feel the Spirit.” The concert is free, but donations in support of the Community Ministries of Rockville will be accepted. Visit nationalphilharmonic.org or call 301-493-9283, ext. 116.

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Studio BE Pilates Hosts 'Grand Re-opening' in Fairfax Corner

Studio BE Pilates is planning a "Grand Re-opening Day" on Thursday, April 25, in celebration of its new location in Fairfax Corner.

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South County Softball Sends Message to Lake Braddock

Stallions sophomore Yates has 4 hits, 4 RBIs.

The South County softball team pulled even in the loss column with Lake Braddock.

Hot Exhaust Causes $231,500 House Fire

A house fire April 10 in the Fairfax Center area caused an estimated $231,500 worth of damage. Fairfax County fire officials say it began accidentally when the hot exhaust of a riding lawn tractor ignited nearby dry ground cover. Flames then quickly spread, catching the home’s siding on fire, as well.

Farina Promoted to Regional Role

Kim Farina has assumed the role of regional vice president at Weichert, Realtors. Farina will be responsible for the management and growth of eight Weichert sales offices that are located in Montgomery and Prince George counties in Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia.

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Raising Money for Police Unity Tour

The Police Unity Tour (PUT) is a 230-mile bike ride, May 10-12, and City of Fairfax police officers ride with Fairfax County’s PUT Chapter IV.

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Butcher Shop Celebrates 5 Years

Owner to introduce Del Ray “Anniversary Sausage.”

“Let's Meat On The Avenue,” an English-styled butcher shop in Del Ray, will celebrate its five years in business on Saturday, April 27, with the introduction of a special anniversary product.

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Residents Spring2Action For Local Charities

Online giving day generates $659,591 for local charities.

For the second year in a row, the afterschool program Casa Chirilagua was the top winner April 17 in Spring2Action, a 24-hour online giving day sponsored by ACT for Alexandria and ACTion Alexandria.

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‘A Sweet Story From a Simpler Time’

Fairfax High presents musical, “Hello, Dolly.”

Rousing music and a tender romance in turn-of-the-century New York—Fairfax High’s FX Players bring it all to life in the musical, “Hello, Dolly.”

Obituary: Kay Kinsey

Kay Cecile Kinsey died early Monday morning, April 22, 2013, after a long illness. Kay was born in Greenville, S.C., on Dec. 19, 1937.

Obituary: David S. Cammack

David Shoemaker Cammack, 85 of Alexandria, died peacefully on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Born on Dec. 4, 1927 in Washington D. C., he was the son of John Edmund Cammack and Martha Louise Newman Cammack.

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Fairhill Elementary in-school Banking Days

April is National Financial Literacy Month and Sandy Spring Bank is celebrating by taking to the classroom to give children hands-on experience learning about money. On Wednesday, April 17, at Fairhill Elementary School, the bank set up its weekly in-school branch to help teach children about banking in a real world atmosphere.

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Collecting for Those in Need

GMU student coordinates care campaign for domestic abuse shelter residents.

Joy Tharrington, a senior psychology major at George Mason University (GMU) and starting forward on their women’s basketball team, has been coordinating an effort with her teammates and members of the track and field teams to collect small, but comfort-providing items for the women and children being protected at Artemis House, the county’s only crisis domestic violence shelter, run by Shelter House, Inc.

Picking Up 474 Bags of Trash

Friends of Little Hunting Creek help clean up local waterway.

For the 11th year, Friends of Little Hunting Creek, led by its president Betsy Martin, and a group of 191 volunteers, picked up 474 bags of trash and recyclables, 43 tires, 19 shopping carts and other items such as sofas, traffic cones, air conditioner, bed springs, bike, kitchen sink, and more.

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Award-winning Chef To Head Del Ray's Sushi Bar

The tension was palpable. Only two chefs remained in the Hatsume Festival Master Chef competition in Delray Beach, Fla. Like the popular Iron Chef television show it was based on, competitors had one hour to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert using one common ingredient, in this case ginger.

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Lake Braddock Theatre Revisits ‘Rashomon’

Director and fight choreographer also worked on school’s 1994 production.

Nineteen years ago, Lake Braddock drama teacher R.L. Mirabal and local choreographer Casey Kaleba worked together on “Rashomon,” the staged version of Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 dramatic film rooted in Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s Japanese folkloric stories and "In a Grove."

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Celebrating Earth Day in Alexandria

The City of Alexandria hosted the 20th annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 20, at Ben Brenman Park. The festival included the third annual Up-cycling Showcase.

Potomac School Notes April 24

School notes for Potomac natives

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Marketing Tips from Agents

Precise pricing is key.

Homes in Potomac have always been considered desirable — but the numbers sold and the values of the properties have ended their declines since their highs in 2006.

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A Beautiful Mind

Powerful play takes students inside the mind of autistic teen.

In 1996, Bernie DeLeo was exactly where he thought he should be. A former actor-turned-film producer and writer, DeLeo was living in New York City with his wife and young son. He had an agent, and had just gotten work on a sitcom—Life’s Work—starring Michael O’Keefe. But one weekend, while he was in Los Angeles, he got a call from his wife that irrevocably changed the course of his life. Charlie, his 3-year-old son, had been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.

Obituary: Irene M. Collier

Irene Byrne McAndrew (Prendergast) Collier, of Washington, D.C., died on March 11, 2013, in Richland, Wash., at the age of 73, of natural causes related to dementia and juvenile diabetes.

Celebration Time in Centreville

International Music and Dance Fiesta is April 27.

A variety of ethnic songs, dances, food and fun are on tap for the third annual Centreville International Music and Dance Fiesta. It’s slated for Saturday, April 27, from 7-10 p.m., at Centreville United Methodist Church, 6400 Old Centreville Road.

Volunteers Assist in 6th Annual C&O Canal Pride Days

On Saturday, April 20, the C&O Canal Trust, in partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park, kicked off the 6th annual C&O Canal Pride Days, the single largest volunteer event to take place in the park.

Inaugural Tours At Ivy Hill Cemetery

Saturday, April 20, saw the first annual public tours of Ivy Hill Cemetery, located on King Street not far from Janney’s Lane. Organized by a ninth-generation native of Alexandria, Lucy Burke Goddin, visitors were met at graveside by interpreters in period garb who offered introductions to the selected "permanent residents."

Letter to the Editor: Ideal of Equality

The Boy Scouts are among the many organizations that help make Alexandria such a fine place to live and grow. Civic, religious, and educational organizations sponsor troops across the city, some dating far back in the century since Scouting began.

Letter to the Editor: Focus on Needs Not Wants

Taxpayer funds should not subsidize any private company, no matter how much City Hall and special interest groups want its services. To do so requires all taxpayers to assume a business risk without benefitting as shareholders from the company’s profits.

Rotary Honors Lee Stewart

Lee Stewart, a senior at Episcopal High School, was presented the Community Service Award by the Rotary Club of Alexandria at the club's weekly luncheon April 16 at Belle Haven Country Club. A life-long Alexandrian, Stewart was recognized for her leadership with Martha's Table as well as her fundraising efforts to support EHS's partner school in Kenya. Additionally, she spearheaded fundraising efforts to build a partner school building in Palto, Haiti.

Art Competition Winners Announced

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) attends ceremony at Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.

More than 200 high school students and their parents and teachers gathered at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center last week to hear U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) and judges from across Virginia’s 11th Congressional District announce the winners of the annual Congressional Art Competition.

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‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’

“Hairspray” takes the stage at Robinson Secondary.

Robinson Secondary’s Cappies production is “Hairspray,” and Director Chip Rome is more excited about this show than he’s been about any show in “quite some time.”

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Hollin Meadows Celebrates Earth Day

Girl Scouts held a used book sale and also added the last few boxes of this season’s cookies on the table at the annual Earth Day celebration at Hollin Meadows Math and Science Focus School on Saturday, April 20.

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‘Pacific Pulse’ Nicholaus Aman attempts to express the nature of the Pacific coast through his solo exhibition, Pacific Pulse, at Alexandria's Artspace 109 Gallery. The Pacific Pulse exhibition will be on display through May 11. Artspace 109 is located at 109 North Fairfax Street, 3rd Floor Alexandria. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

Letter to the Editor: Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Says Farewell to Yowell

Novelist Paul Auster wrote that the best one can do in life is to “leave the world a little better than you found it.” On June 30, after 10 years as the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria’s Executive Director Susan Yowell will leave the organization a lot better than when she arrived a decade ago.

GW Parkway Classic

Amid heightened security, runners honor Boston, Laboy.

In the wake of the recent terror attacks at the Boston Marathon, security was stepped up April 21 as more than 6,000 runners took to the streets of Alexandria in the 29th annual GW Parkway Classic.

Letter to the Editor: Losing Pools

Drip, drip, drip — that’s the sound of Alexandria’s pools going down the drain. Lee — closed. Ewald — closed. Colasanto — closed. Warwick — proposed to close in just over two months. That leaves Old Town and Chinquapin as the only two major public pools in the city — and those will be gone in 5 to 10 years.

Letter to the Editor: Myths about Bikeshare

I am writing in response to recent letters criticizing the Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) program in the Alexandria Gazette Packet. Myths about CaBi seem to be spreading and I'd like to set the record straight.

Letter to the Editor: How City Counts Parking Spaces

As the City Council moves forward with plans for waterfront development and considers other issues that impact resident parking, such as allowing for food trucks, I feel compelled to reiterate the parking concerns residents have in Old Town.

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Lake Braddock Senior Receives Scholarship

Nathaniel Smith awarded $5,000 from Northern Virginia Urban League.

The Northern Virginia Urban League awarded $50,000 in scholarships to local high school students at its annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Dinner Friday, April 19. The organization, whose mission it is to enable disadvantaged youth to achieve economic and academic success, awarded one scholarship to Lake Braddock Secondary School senior Nathaniel Smith.

Letter to the Editor: Police Ignore Multiple Calls

All day and night on Sunday April 21, a car on the 300 block of Wythe had its alarm blaring and lights flashing until almost midnight. Hundreds of residents in the north end of Alexandria could not sleep.

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South County Soccer Club Bonds in Bermuda

While other Elite Clubs National League soccer teams took a well-deserved break, one team went on the trip of a lifetime. FC Virginia U14s traveled to Bermuda over the Easter holiday, having the opportunity to experience island life while also playing against the full Bermuda women’s national team, and a high school team from Florida.

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Trying To Save Part of School

Residents ask school system to save part of building.

The planned renovation of Woodlawn Elementary School has become a topic of discussion between Fairfax County Public Schools staff members and local elected officials. At the heart of the discussion is the school system’s proposed renovations to the school.

Letter to the Editor: Defending Dog Park

A correction to the April 18 Letter to Editor, "Protect the Park" from small special events.

Letter to the Editor: Founders Park Threatened

High-rise development on this waterfront parcel was staved off in 1979 as the result of concerted efforts by nearby residents and Ellen Pickering, among others.

Letter to the Editor: Protect the Protectors

As City Council ponders the budget, and the changes to healthcare and pension plans that will hurt police officers and firefighters, let’s remember Orwell’s words, “We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”

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Bishop O’Connell Softball Survives Scare from McLean

Burk delivers clutch hit for Knights, Finucane pitches through pain.

The Bishop O'Connell softball team overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat McLean.

Banquet Celebrates African American Women

S.T.O.M.P. (Sisters Touching Others thru Mentoring and Prayer) hosted its first awards banquet on March 24, at the Hampton Inn, Alexandria. The event’s theme was: “Celebrating African American Women: Honoring Our Elders” and was planned in celebration of Women’s History Month and specifically designed to highlight the contributions of African American women to their community.

Law Firm’s Principals Receive State Award

David S. Mercer and Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani, principals of MercerTrigiani law firm, received the 2013 Traver Scholar Award for their efforts in real estate legal education.

Column: SSA’s ‘Friendly Visitors’ Spread Good Cheer to City’s Seniors

Senior Services of Alexandria’s Friendly Visitors Program is in full swing providing companionship to more than 30 Alexandria seniors. The program, which was officially launched, in October 2012 has taken off and the number of matches are increasing daily.

Column: Join Fight Against Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Spring has finally arrived and the school year is entering its last few months. High school seniors around the country are already looking forward to prom and the final summer before starting college or a career.

Arlington School Notes April 24

School notes for Arlington natives.

Column: Calling all Alex Babies

Are you an Alex baby? Were you, your children, or grandchildren born at Inova Alexandria Hospital? If so, we want you to celebrate with us at our first-ever Alex Baby Reunion/Mother’s Day Celebration at Inova Alexandria Hospital on Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Institute to Honor Emerging Black Leaders

On Tuesday, May 7, the Virginia Leadership Institute (VLI) will hold its “Top 10 Under 40” awards, to honor 10 of the region’s rising young African-American leaders in business, community involvement and politics.

Bringing back the big voice

Soprano and Arlington native Alyson Cambridge has a series of homecoming shows in the D.C. area next month.

Alyson Cambridge doesn't want to put limits on herself or theater.

‘Sell and Buy’

Sustained low interest rates and rising prices have energized the marketplace.

The local real estate market is thriving, with Realtors reporting multiple offers on homes in some areas and dwindling inventory of homes for sale. At least two things are contributing to this change in the market.

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Marymount’s Remembrance Day: Time to Give Back

Every spring, Marymount students help clean up Arlington’s Rock Spring Park to honor and remember those in the university community who have died.

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A Very ‘Green’ Home

The Energy House will hold its next Education and Demonstration Showcase, Energy House Six, on April 27 and 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 2617 N. Nottingham St. in Arlington.

Letter to the Editor: Scout Values

Next month, the Boy Scouts of America will consider a resolution to end their policy of discrimination against gay youth.

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Chamber of Commerce Valor Awards

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual public safety valor awards luncheon on April 17 at the Fort Myers Officers Club.

Ellis, Shaw Engaged

Mr. David Ellis and Ms. Cassandra Ellis of Campbellsville, Ky. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Malone Ellis to LTJG James Cameron Shaw, son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Shaw of Plainview, Texas.

Arlington Crime Report April 24

The following incidents were reported by the Arlington Police Department.

Board Approves Neighborhood Plan

The Arlington County Board on Saturday April 20, accepted the Fairlington-Shirlington Neighborhood Conservation Plan, a community-based update to the area’s 1987 plan that identifies needed services and improvements for these neighborhoods.

Showcasing Energy Systems

The Energy House will hold its next Education and Demonstration Showcase, Energy House Six, on April 27 and 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 2617 N. Nottingham St. in Arlington.

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Fairfax County Budget Reflects ‘Increasing Needs, Decreasing Revenues’

"We as a board spend a lot of time talking about helping people in need, I can only say that when it came time to tax them, they were sadly forgotten." —Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield)

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Federal Money for Streetcars Derailed; Arlington Leaders Vow to Press Ahead Anyway

Critics call for independent cost-benefit analysis; county manager refuses to answer questions.

Plans for Arlington officials to receive federal money for a proposed $250 million streetcar line have been derailed, although county leaders say they are pressing ahead anyway.

Tuesday, April 23

Letter: Protect The Park

To the Editor: Despite a recent proposal by the city to the contrary, Founders Park should not be used for private events.

Mayors for Meals

Hundreds of volunteers help keep seniors fed.

Mayor Bill Euille joined other mayors and elected officials across the nation in delivering meals to homebound seniors March 21 as part of Mayors for Meals, a component of the March for Meals Campaign of the Meals on Wheels Association of America and Senior Services of Alexandria.

Commentary: Congress in Clutches of NRA

Before I criticize the lack of action on the part of the U.S. Senate on modest gun measures last week, I will freely admit that the Virginia General Assembly is clearly in the clutches of the National Rifle Association (NRA). The last several years have seen a steady decline in Virginia’s attempt to reduce gun violence but without my support or vote. Most recently the General Assembly repealed the limitation on handgun purchases. The problem of gun violence is nationwide and appropriately should be addressed by the U.S. Congress. Opinion polls indicate overwhelming support for congressional action, especially as it relates to criminal background checks. At the same time, incidents involving gun violence continue to mount up.

Gun Lobby Over Gun Victims

Last year, I wrote a letter to my senator, Mark Warner. In it, I appealed to him to reconsider his position on gun violence, to support renewal of an assault weapons ban, a ban of mega magazines, and closing the gun show loophole for potential mass murderers. My senator wrote a polite letter back reminding me of his “A” rating by the NRA and his staunch support of the Second Amendment. He noted my concerns and wished me well. Yep, I knew where he stood.

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South Lakes Senior Awarded Scholarship

Osasenaga Kelly Aghayere awarded $5,000 from Northern Virginia Urban League.

The Northern Virginia Urban League awarded $50,000 in scholarships to local high school students at its annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Dinner Friday, April 19. The organization, whose mission it is to enable disadvantaged youth to achieve economic and academic success, awarded one scholarship to South Lakes High School senior Osasenaga Kelly Aghayere.

Tailored Living Opens Herndon Showroom

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel, Delegates Tom Rust and Ken Plum and Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce President Mark Ingrao gave owners Juliana and Todd Carter of the new Herndon Tailored Living showroom a warm Herndon welcome at their opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday evening, April 17.

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Our Red Shoe 5K Benefits Area Ronald McDonald House Charities

lmost 500 people signed up for the Saturday, April 6, Our Red Shoe 5K in Dulles Station, and although the day of the race was chilly, 600 people (and their dogs) came to Herndon to participate in the family friendly race, walk and fun run, which helped raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C.

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Week in Herndon

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Herndon High Presents ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’

When Herndon High School theatre director Zoe Dillard was selecting plays for the 2012-2013 theatre season, she did not expect she would be choosing “Cheaper By the Dozen.” “It was a shift for us,” said Dillard. “It was an alternative to Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town.’” The plays share some similarities. They are both set in 1920s America, and are “straight plays,” not musicals.

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Herndon Volunteers Honored

Town of Herndon celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Night

On Sunday, April 27, the Town of Herndon held their 29th annual Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night.

Floris United Methodist Church to Host World Malaria Day Event

On Friday, April 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Floris United Methodist Church will hold a family event to spotlight World Malaria Day and raise money for malaria test kits and treatment, as well as mosquito bed nets.

Monday, April 22

‘Kids Helping Kids’ To Benefit Local Organizations

Annual fundraiser adds “Buddy Run.”

The fifth annual “Bullis Gives Back” 5K Run/2.5K Walk will take on a new meaning this year as more and more Bullis students are committed to the theme — “Kids Helping Kids.” Besides running in the 5K and walking in the 2.5K, Bullis students will be running and walking with a “buddy” from The Diener School, from K.E.E.N (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) and from The Treatment and Learning Centers/Katherine Thomas School 9TLC/KTS) in an inaugural “Buddy Run.”

One to Three Months To Live: Now What?

Potomac resident writes of her triumph over diagnosis.

She returned to Potomac to die — a 30-year-old woman who had been given the diagnosis that she had a lethal non-cancerous cervical spinal cord tumor and would not live more than three months. What is it like to be given this diagnosis — and then survive? How did she wake up each day with the strength and courage to fight the prognosis and still be able to be a wife and a mother to her three young sons?

Many Share in Jaden’s Smile

Notes from The Homefront

Jaden stepped off the bus holding back his tears and revealing a new gaping hole in his frown. Although this first-grader at Potomac Elementary should’ve been thrilled to lose his first upper top tooth while riding the school bus, the napkin where he stashed it had been tossed into the bus’s trash can when the tooth had seemingly disappeared from it.

Good Sheperd

Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services BEL13VE Gala nets more than $218,000 toward mission of reducing homelessness and promoting self sufficiency

Autism Speaks Volumes for Student Volunteers

Fairfax County Public Schools use latest techniques to teach autistic students. v

In many ways, the three best friends—Anna Kate Martin, Devin Martin and Sarah Carmen—are typical sixth-grade girls.

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A Day of Service at Kilmer Middle

Students learn how to make a difference in their community and the world.

On Wednesday, April 17, students, teachers, and administrators experienced the first official Day of Service at Kilmer Middle School. The program saw the day’s usual lesson plans replaced with community service activities of all sorts. While the activities ranged in variety from packaging food, to writing letters of advocacy, to creating digital PSAs and so much more, the objective was the same for each—to teach youths about their ability to make a difference in their community and the world.

Fenn Convicted of Child Porn Charges

A former special-education teacher at Poplar Tree Elementary has been convicted in federal court of two, child-pornography charges. He is Robert C. Fenn, 27, of Emerald Chase Drive in Oak Hill.

Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

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DC United Nods to Great Falls’ Pride Blue

The Great Falls U10 Girls Pride Blue team participated in the Arlington Spring Invitational Tournament March 8-9 and played against several local teams from Reston, Alexandria and Arlington.

Langley Softball Star Heads to Drexel

Ashley Panetta committed to becoming a Drexel Dragon and playing D-I softball for Drexel University beginning in the 2013-2014 season on Wednesday, April 17, at a signing party with teammates, parents, her school’s athletic director and friends.

Week in McLean

Week in McLean

Comstock, Wolf to Host Human Trafficking Forum in McLean

Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-34) will host a town hall meeting on Friday, May 3, with U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10), Del. Tim Hugo (R-40), the Richmond Justice Initiative and a panel of local experts, federal and state officials to educate the community about human sex trafficking in Virginia and both how the commonwealth is cracking down on this growing crime and how residents can further increase awareness of the threat posed in the area.

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Runners Line Up to Stop Child Abuse

Great Falls neighbors join in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, which helps explain why 300 runners gathered at 9 a.m. at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, grouped in teams with names like "Peggy's Posse," "Kids4Kids" and—a favorite—"Team Baxter" (named after organizing member Kim Roellig's dog) on Saturday, April 13.

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Troop 673 Turns Out Two New Eagle Scouts

Cody Matthew Jones, son of Martin and Carol Jones, and Addison Speer, son of Harvey and Susan Speer, both of Great Falls, are the two newest Eagle Scouts of Troop 73, sponsored by the United Methodist Men.

Letter: Social Media Sharing … With Caution

Everybody knows where the verbs “like,” “share,” “friend” and “favorite” belong today: Facebook and Twitter. With a click of a button, pictures that appeal to you are immediately shared to your followers. A couple shares later, that tweet or post becomes viral. And if it’s something false or defamatory, you’re now responsible for spreading an awful rumor.

Massive Resistance from an Eyewitness

Civil rights pioneer explains segregation to diverse group of students.

As the students assembled in a conference room at Campbell Elementary School, it was clear that the Rev. James M. Kilby had his work cut out for him. How would a 71-year-old civil rights pioneer explain massive resistance to this diverse crowd of students — a group that included not only whites and blacks but also Hispanics and Indians?

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Spring Break With Orphans of China

Vienna 16-year-old gives $5000 to four orphanages while visiting the country.

A 16-year-old from Vienna, Charlotte Heffelmire, raised and donated $5,000 to Chinese orphanages while in the country over spring break.

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Forestville Team in World Finals

Forestville Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind team will compete at the world level for the second year in a row. Last week, at the Virginia state Odyssey competition held in Aldie, Va., the Forestville Division 1 team co-coached by Jeff LeLoup and Alex Newman won second place in their category, qualifying them to move to the 2013 World Finals competition being held May 23-25 at Michigan State University.

Entertainment

Calendar

Don Quixote Virginia Ballet Company and School will present the classic full-length Don Quixote Ballet. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater. Ticket prices for reserved seating are $30 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors, plus a $3 fee per ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.virginiaballetcompany.org. Group pricing is available for groups of 10 or more for the same performance. For additional information and group rates call 703-249-8227. A limited number of general admission tickets is available for the working stage rehearsal on April 26, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 plus a $2 fee per each ticket and may be purchased online at www.virginiaballetcompany.org. Tickets for the working stage rehearsal must be purchased in advance. For additional information call 703 249-8227.

Great Falls Girl Competes for Miss Virginia Title

Alexis Watkinson, the daughter of Diane and Troy Watkinson of Great Falls, is a state finalist in the National American Miss Virginia Pageant.

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Teen Theater Explores ‘Responses’

Dodgeball Theater’s “Respond” addresses teens’ need for connections, dangers of isolation.

How do teens respond to the changes in their lives? Dodgeball Theater’s Teen Ensemble explores this in their latest production “Respond,” which addresses teens’ need for connections with others and the dangers of isolation. “People often marginalize the artistic vision of young people,” says Haley Murphy of Great Falls, co-director of Teen Ensemble. “We really want to maximize it.” Each year the ensemble, now in its fifth year, develops and performs an original work that combines monologues, movement pieces, scenes and other theatrical elements, including film.

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Making Life ‘Greener’ in Vienna

Vienna Green Expo showcases community conservation options.

During the 5th Annual Vienna Green Expo on Thursday, April 18, three Vienna businesses were recognized for incorporating green practices into their business. The Vienna Town/Business Liaison Committee awarded Maple Avenue Market, Vienna Paint and Caffe Amouri with the 2013 Vienna Green Business Recognition Award.

Military Notes

Marine Corps Pvt. Remy D. Bourdeaux, a 2012 graduate of Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.

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Vienna Woman’s Club Supports Homeless Female Veterans

Club fundraises on behalf of Final Salute, Inc.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are more than 13,000 homeless female veterans living in the United States; half of them are single mothers. Only about half of the 500 transitional housing programs accept women. These homeless female veterans have fewer resources than male veterans do.

Schools

School Notes

Email announcements to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome. Yongkyoung Park, a senior hotel and restaurant management major at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, received an Undergraduate Student Academic Achievement award from the University at Shady Grove.

Housing Market: ‘Sell and Buy’

Sustained low interest rates and rising prices have energized the marketplace.

The local real estate market is thriving, with Realtors reporting multiple offers on homes in some areas and dwindling inventory of homes for sale. At least two things are contributing to this change in the market.

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What Housing Slump?

Real estate experts explain the rise in luxury condominium sales

When a retired couple decided it was time to leave their sprawling suburban home, they wanted to downsize without giving up luxury. As a result, they purchased a high-end condominium and hired Bethesda, Md., based interior designer Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design to create a serene and sophisticated space.

Karen Garza Hired as Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS Board lauds Garza’s “openness” and “willingness to engage” community.

The Fairfax County School Board unanimously approved educator Karen Garza of Texas to be the next superintendent of the 181,000 student district at its April 18 school board meeting.

Friday, April 19

Classified Advertising April 17, 2013

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‘Castle’ To Give Way to Playscape Highlighting Nature

Beverley Hills Church Preschool playground being transformed.

After being on hold for more than four years, the renovation and revitalization of Alexandria’s Beverley Hills Church Preschool playground is officially underway. On Wednesday, April 17, the playground fundraising committee is participating in Act for Alexandria’s Spring2ACTion, a day devoted to online advertising and fundraising for non-profit organizations in the city of Alexandria, according to the preschool’s former director Sissy Walker.

Bulletin Board

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday by noon. Photos welcome. National Child Abuse Prevention Month Events SafeAssured Child Identification. SafeAssured ID Kits provide families with vital information needed by law enforcement and the media to immediately broadcast information unique to a missing child. Open to the public.

What To Know about Retirement

Senior Services of Alexandria

There was a full house at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library for Senior Services of Alexandria’s recent speaker series event about “Planning for and Making the Most of your Retirement.” There are many issues to consider and it can all be a bit overwhelming, but attendees walked away with valuable resources from a dynamic panel of local experts.

Candlelight Vigil for Gun Violence Victims

A candlelight vigil for the victims of gun violence and to demand action from Congress on gun violence prevention legislation was held Saturday, April 13, in Market Square. The candlelight vigil was sponsored by Organizing for Action and Alexandria’s Concerned Citizens against Gun Violence.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 69 homes sold between $1,498,850-$194,900 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: March, 2013

Springfield Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 132 Springfield homes sold between $815,000-$124,450.

Springfield Home Sales: March, 2013

Reston Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 72 Reston homes sold between $1,280,000-$155,000.

Reston Home Sales: March, 2013

Letter: DASH Service Hits New Low

To the Editor: Those of us who use DASH to travel to the Metro as part of our commute downtown are used to the unreliability of the service. On any given day a bus can arrive at a stop three minutes ahead of schedule, or 10 minutes behind.

Potomac Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 31 Potomac homes sold between $5,000,000-$523,000.

Potomac Home Sales: March, 2013

Mount Vernon Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 108 homes sold between $1,325,000-$56,820 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: March, 2013

Letter: Explain ‘Worst’

To the Editor: As a property owner and taxpayer on the West End, I continue to hear about the impending doom and gloom of the FY14 budget on city services. Many of us are concerned about the city’s tax rate, what services will be cut and how this will impact future projects to improve traffic, safety and education.

McLean Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 82 homes sold between $9,300,000-$186,500 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: March, 2013

Letters: Special Treat For Group Home

To the Editor: On Monday, March 18, our City of Alexandria group home was informed late in the day that we would be undergoing repairs early the next day. The residents and staff would not be allowed in the home while these repairs were being made.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 62 homes sold between $1,325,000-$153,299 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: March, 2013

Great Falls Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 26 Great Falls homes sold between $5,634,180-$425,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: March, 2013

Fairfax Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 76 Fairfax homes sold between $1,125,000-$155,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: March, 2013

Centreville Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 73 Centreville homes sold between $1,070,000-$100,000.

Centreville Home Sales: March, 2013

Chantilly Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 24 homes sold between $975,000-$55,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: March, 2013

Letter: Where Best To Invest?

To the Editor: On April 4, the Alexandria Gazette Packet reported that 27 people in the Central Administration of the Alexandria City Public School system — with its student population of just 13,000 — made a total of $3.6 million, or an average of over $133,000 each.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 56 homes sold between $1,290,000-$131,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: March, 2013

Letter: Bloated Bureaucracy

To the Editor: I am glad to see the Alexandria Gazette Packet finally exposing the bloated and costly bureaucracy in the City of Alexandria public school system. This has been a vexing problem for many years, going back to when the controversial consolidation plan of the three high schools was implemented in 1971.

Letter: Being Forced Out

To the Editor: Are we good enough to work in Alexandria, but not good enough to live here? My wife and I clean homes in Alexandria.

Letter: Silence Means Approval

To the Editor: It has come to my attention that the city has approached the Founders Park Community Association for approval to use Founders Park for large and small events, public, commercial and private. Please contact the Founders Park Board and City Council to let them know your feelings about such use of Founders Park.

West End Rezoned

Council approves plan to demolish thousands of garden apartments.

Like many of the residents who live along Beauregard Street, Salam Jawad is unsure about the future. Since he came to America last year, he's been trying to find his way in a new culture and a new environment.

Giving for Boston

Alexandria nonprofit leaders Spring to Action to help Boston victims.

What happens when tragedy strikes? Alexandria springs into action. With Monday's Boston bombing looming over the week, organizers of Alexandria's annual Giving Day scrambled to find some way to respond by Wednesday — the daylong online philanthropy event known as Spring2ACTion.

Week in Alexandria

Security Classic The terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon this week has altered plans for the Parkway Classic this weekend, creating a need for a heightened security presence in Alexandria. The Parkway Classic, now in its 29th year, has a historic route along the George Washington Memorial Parkway and a capped field size.

Burke Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 50 Burke homes sold between $771,000-$127,500.

Burke Home Sales: March, 2013

Neighborhood

Taylor Run

The Taylor Run Citizens’ Association (TRCA) will hold its Annual Spring Meeting on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive.

Arlington Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 224 Arlington homes sold between $3,600,000-$75,000.

Arlington Home Sales: March, 2013

Two Merit Finalists at Bishop Ireton

Two seniors at Bishop Ireton High School were named finalists in the National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Programs. Anna Rapp has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program.

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Local Real Estate: February 2013 Sales $650,000~ $699,999

Local Real Estate: February 2013 Sales $650,000~ $699,999

Alexandria Home Sales: March, 2013

In March 2013, 189 Alexandria homes sold between $3,200,000-$111,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: March, 2013

Credit Union Participates in Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

On Sunday, April 7, CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Alexandria, was an event sponsor for the seventh consecutive year for the 41st Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. The credit union provided volunteers, runners, and walkers from its membership and staff.

Inmates Earn GEDs, Certifications

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and his staff hosted a ceremony March 21 to honor the educational accomplishments of 14 inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Guest speaker Pastor Louis Whiting of My Father’s House Christian Ministries addressed the graduates, inmates and staff, and shared his thoughts on faith and conflict.

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Local Real Estate: February 2013 Sales $700,000~ $749,999

Local Real Estate: February 2013 Sales $700,000~ $749,999

SSSAS Students Inspired by ARTStravaganza

At the 10th Annual ARTStravaganza on March 21, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Lower School students experienced a day devoted to the visual and performing arts. Twenty-one professional artists joined SSSAS teachers and Upper and Middle School students in sharing their passion and knowledge with students in junior kindergarten through fifth grade.

Jensen To Lead Drills at MVAC

Murphy Jensen, 1993 French Open Doubles Tennis Champion, and coach of the WWT Washington Kastles, will be at the Mount Vernon Athletic Club on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m.

Local Volunteers on Trail Patrol

National Park Service sponsors Mount Vernon Trail Patrol Volunteer Program to supplement trail safety.

For those thinking of using the Mount Vernon Parkway trails but are concerned of possible security risks or accidents that may, a Trail Patrol volunteer program offers an added sense of security and confidence. Local volunteers supplement the U.S. National Park Service’s park ranger presence by patrolling the area and offering advice, help, and a secure presence throughout the trails of the Mount Vernon parkway.

Thursday, April 18

Roundups

Route 50 Traffic Delays From Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. and continuing through the day on Saturday, April 20, VDOT will be doing signal work at the intersection of Route 50 and Lee Road in Chantilly as part of the Route 50 widening project. The permanent signal poles and signal heads will be removed, and new temporary signal poles will be installed with new overhead span wire and temporary signal heads.

‘It’s Over-the-Top Ridiculous’

Centreville High presents spy spoof, ‘The 39 Steps.’

Presenting a spoof of the works of Alfred Hitchcock, Centreville High will perform “The 39 Steps.” The curtain rises Friday-Saturday, April 26-27 and May 3-4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and via www.theatrecentreville.com.

WFCM Needs Donations, Plans Food Drive

WFCM Needs Donations

During the month of March, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) served 328 households — representing 1,028 people — with food from its food pantry. But it needs help from area residents to continue to help people in need in the local community.

‘They Love Each Other with All Their Hearts’

Chantilly High presents ‘You Can’t Take it With You.’

A funny and heartwarming story of an American family is portrayed in Chantilly High’s upcoming production of “You Can’t Take It with You.” It’s the school’s Cappies show and, said Director Ed Monk, “It’s double-cast because we have such a huge group of talented juniors and seniors.”

30 Years Prison for Handyman’s Death

Champean sentenced for May 2010 Centreville homicide.

Jose Cardona was a handyman and gardener on a huge, Centreville estate. On May 17, 2010, he also became something else — a hero who died protecting his employer’s son from armed intruders.

Letter to the Editor: Such Evil

Such Evil

To the Editor: It is incredibly hard to fathom that such a brazen act of violence could happen again. It does not feel so long since the Newtown shootings and once again the country’s wounds have been torn open.

Letters to the Editor: At Boston Marathon

At Boston Marathon

To the Editor: The following account is from Centreville resident Kevin Charles Washburn who ran in Monday’s Boston Marathon. Due to cramping, I was 30 - 40 minutes behind the time I thought I would run. That put my finish only 10 minutes before the bomb went off.

Entertainment

Email announcements to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos welcome. Ongoing The Airbus IMAX Theater at National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, is showing movies including “Hubble,” “Fighter Pilot,” “Space Junk,” “Air Racers” and “The Dream is Alive” through May 23. “Oblivion” will begin with an 8 pm show Thursday, April 18. Visit http://airandspace.si.edu/udvarhazy/ or call 703-572-4118 for the movie schedule.

Opening Day for Alexandria Potomac Little League

Celebrating 10 years, players, coaches and volunteers held opening day ceremonies at Bucknell Elementary School on Saturday morning, April 13. This year’s sponsors include: AES, Beyer Subaru, Blackberry, BSN Sports, Sick’s Sporting Goods, Dick’s Trophies, Don Beyer Volvo, Dutzman Family, First Command Financial Services, Fort Hunt Body & Sol, Giant Foods, Holden & Sons, Hughes Orthodontics, Irish Plumber, Larson Orthodontics, Memory Makers, Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria, Ourisman of Virginia, RAM Technologies and TAS-Corp.

Walking for Cystic Fibrosis

More than 35 students walked on Saturday morning, April 13, at West Potomac High School to raise money and awareness as part of the “Great Strides” fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Breaking a Sweat for Homeless Pets

<On Sunday, April 14, the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, a nonprofit that assists the animal shelter, in conjunction with Metro Run & Walk and Olde Towne Pet Resort, held a race at Burke Lake Park to raise funds for the shelter. Over 200 people, many with their dogs, participated in the event and several dogs available for adoption also participat

‘Young Frankenstein’ To Open April 25

Beyond the Page Theatre Company of West Potomac High School presents “The New Mel Brook’s Musical ‘Young Frankenstein’” at 7 p.m. on April 25.

Week in Fairfax

Week in Fairfax

Fairfax Rotarian Visits Rotary of Saint-Louis, Senegal

Jill Lehman of the Rotary Club of Fairfax recently spent six weeks in Saint-Louis, Senegal, helping mentally disabled children and visiting the Rotary Club of Senegal, a small club of 20 members who are very active in their community. 

Letter: A Misreading of History

That a few local schools are named for Confederate generals bothers Kiran Hampton [“Alarmed by School Names,” Connection, April 11-17, 2013]. The US Army and Navy have named forts and ships after Confederate heroes. The Veterans Administration provides headstones for Confederate graves. That wouldn’t have happened if they were traitors. No Confederates were convicted of treason. Hampton’s shame that Virginia fought with the Confederacy suggests a misreading of US history.

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‘A Fantastic Piece of Escapism’

Woodson High presents Tolkien’s classic, “The Hobbit.”

Welcome to Middle Earth, as envisioned by J.R.R. Tolkien in Woodson High’s production of “The Hobbit.” It’s the adventure of a peaceful homebody persuaded by a wizard to help a group of militant dwarves reclaim their treasure from a marauding dragon. “One of our biggest challenges was building a huge, dragon puppet,” said Director Terri Hobson. “There’ll be lots of caves, rocky hills and earth tones. And we actually have five girls who are being trees.”

Hundreds Take Part in Reston Walk MS

More than 1,600 individuals and 50 volunteers participated in Sunday’s Walk MS presented by Booz Allen Hamilton in Reston, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Capital Chapter. Meteorologist Jacqui Jeras from ABC7-WJLA hosted the starting line program after participants warmed up with Zumba led by Nikki McNutt-Thiem from Full Out Fitness.

U.S. History Day at Keene Mill

History Day at Keene Mill

Keene Mill sixth graders celebrated their U.S. History Day engaged in several activities including: persuasive speeches, biography boxes and becoming a “living statue” by dressing as a person who was influential in early US history.

Poetry MV 4/17/2013

By Asher Ager 5th Grade Hollin Meadows ES Birds, animals, weeds, and all other beings, Spring approaches, though that might not seem now, All the beasts, plants, towers, flowers, and things, Can feel the warmth seeping through cold winter’s gown, Inofficially marking the new spring, The very official holiday will still cling, The answer to global warming is clear, We must step up and take charge of the day, Grab a took may it be shovel; or spade If you want to help this is the way, With any effort changes will be made, One of the enjoyable holidays, Earth Day is fun let it stay as it may.

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Helping Homeless ‘Close to Home’

Springfield man launches the 25th Project Charity Golf Classic to benefit homeless.

“On Christmas Eve, my church has a gift-wrapping party, and we’ll wrap whatever we have, from tents and sleeping bags to flannel shirts,” Herriott said. “As The 25th Project has grown, we have expanded our goals and now provide tents, batteries, sleeping bags, tarps and other life essentials.”

‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RELAX!’ at Fairview Elementary Spring Family Night

Fairview Elementary School’s PTA in Fairfax Station is very excited about its first ever family recycling event being held Friday, May, 3 from 6-9 p.m. on the school’s blacktop behind the school.

Andreotta-Urben Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Mark P. Andreotta of Clifton are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Ashley Marie to Andrew Paul Urben, son of LTC (Ret.) and Mrs. Edward A. Urben of Woodbridge, Va.

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The Comeback Kid

Paralyzed after tragic accident, Nick Balenger throws out WSLL’s Opening Day pitch.

"You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen,” said baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.

Woodson High Celebrates ‘50 Years of Excellence’

Former students and faculty gather for an afternoon of performances, nostalgia and a dedication.

A brisk breeze and bright spring sunshine were nearly as prevalent as the pride and fond memories expressed by alumni and faculty commemorating the 50th anniversary of W.T. Woodson High School on Saturday, April 13.

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Editorial: Value-added Evaluation?

TJ admissions illustrate growing gap between “haves” and “have-nots.”

More than 181,000 students attend Fairfax County Public Schools. So why do the 480 students who were accepted for next year’s freshman class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology seem so important? Fairfax County Public Schools have a single elite magnet school, Thomas Jefferson, and TJ is frequently referred to as the top high school in the country. Dramatic disparity in the makeup of admissions at TJ is an indicator of disparity in early identification of students as gifted and talented, of access to advanced classes and enrichment, and in the basic education that the Fairfax County Public school system offers to all of its students.

New Class, Old Divisions

Demographic data for T.J. class of 2017 show lack of diversity at governor's school.

Even as federal regulators look into a civil-rights complaint about the lack of diversity at Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology, recently released demographics show that the number of black and Latino students is dropping. According to a report released last week by Fairfax County Public Schools, 8 percent of students who apply are Hispanic while only 3 percent of those who are accepted are Hispanic.

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Robinson Students Make the Cut for Caring

26 Acts of Kindness campaign continues.

April 1st marked the beginning of Robinson Secondary School’s “26 Acts of Kindness”—a tribute to the 26 children and adults who were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December in Newtown, Conn. The Student Government Association (SGA) pulled out all the stops to make this “pay it forward” campaign a success, even providing t-shirts with space on the back for supporters to fill in each act of kindness performed, producing a promotional video that was uploaded to YouTube, and even establishing a Twitter site where do-gooders could post what good deeds they had done.

Poetry

My daughter died today. Dear Patsy who was but seventeen, Another piece of my heart broken and dissolved in tears I clasped her precious hand and thought I would not survive this time My babies, Daniel, and too many others . . . Then I felt your hand on my shoulder, A reminder you shared my grief, and I was not alone. Your quiet, wordless strength gave me comfort, And I smiled up at you through my sorrow.

Letter: Thinking of History In Real Time

Letter writer Kiran Hampton asks if she is "the only one alarmed by the presence of high schools named after Confederate leaders?" ["Alarmed By School Names, Connection, April10-16, 2013]. In response, I would say, "Why yes, I believe she is."

Schools

School Notes

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome. Mount Vernon High School has been awarded a state grant titled the 21st Century Learning Community Grant which will enable the school to begin an after-school program benefiting many students.

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Alexandria Leaders Engage in Risky Business at Potomac Yard

City taxpayers are about to assume financial risk for new Metro station.

Alexandria taxpayers are about to gamble on the future, rolling the dice on development at a former railroad yard to fund a new Metro station.

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Coalition Wages War on Brick Sidewalks in Old Town

Group calls for action now, before more brick sidewalks are installed in new development.

They may be charming, but many people say Alexandria's brick sidewalks have become a dangerous burden. Now they are asking City Hall to do something about it.

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Hunting Towers Sold

New owners tell city leaders they will preserve affordable housing.

For years, people who live in the twin towers at the southern edge of Old Town have lived with a sense of dread.

Wednesday, April 17

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Wildcats Slug Saxons in Comeback Victory

Centreville averaging more than 8 runs en route to 9-2 record.

The Centreville baseball team scored a season-high 18 runs against Langley on April 13.

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Robinson Coach Rike Reaches 500 Wins

60-year-old has coached Rams girls’ soccer for 32 years.

Rike coached the Falls Church boys' soccer team for five years before taking over the Robinson girls' program.

‘A Prestigious Honor’

Rock Spring Garden Club member Mary Cottrell receives Awards of Honor.

Arlington resident Mary Shepherd Cottrell, a long time member of Rock Spring Garden Club, has the distinction of being chosen to receive the 2013 Award of Honor from the district, state and regional levels of National Garden Clubs, Inc. “This is a prestigious honor for her, and a great honor for our club,” said Thea McGinnis, president of RSGC.

School Notes ARL 4/17/2013

Email announcements to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome. Michelle Dawn Williams earned a graduate certificate degree in museum studies from the University of Memphis.

All the World's a Stage

It's been a few years since Miss Shevaughn (Erin Frisby) and Yuma Wray (Chris Stelloh) decided to quit the 9-to-5 life in the hopes of making a living off their music, a blend of lighthearted country, church-like organs and sunny 70s AM radio-inspired tunes. It's been paying off.

Calendar ARL Orange 4/17/2013

Go Dancing At the Ballroom at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850. Salsa Tuesdays. 7:30-8:30 p.m. dance class; 8:30-11 p.m. dancing. Dance Wednesdays. 7:30-8:30 p.m. dance classes; 8:30-11 p.m. dancing. Tickets are $15/$12 at door. On Wednesdays, dance at Artisphere to zydeco, cajun, rock, R&B and swing. 11:01 Saturday Nights. Starts at 11:01 p.m. Late-night dance party. Tickets are $15/$12 students.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for April 21-27. Arlington senior centers: Aurora Hills, 735 S. 18th St.; Walter Reed, 2909 S. 16th St.; Culpepper Garden, 4435 N. Pershing Dr.; Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St.; Lee, 5722 Lee Hwy.; Arlington Mill at Fairlington, 3308 S. Stafford St.; also Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; TJ Comm. Center, 3501 S. 2nd St.

Column: A False Sense of Security

Not that there’s anything wrong with that; in fact, as a four-year, stage IV, non-small-cell lung cancer survivor, it’s amazing to have any security, false or otherwise, whatsoever.

‘We Have Not Forgotten’

Residents rally in Vienna to support stricter gun control measures.

Less than six miles from the National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax, more than 100 people gathered on the Vienna Town Green Saturday, April 13, to urge Congress to support stricter gun control measures.

Bulletin Board P 4/17/2013

Email announcements to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. April 18-21 Mind-Body Week. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio will be one of the presenters at the event, which is held all over Bethesda. Other events include activities conducted by local wellness studios such as meditations and yoga. For a full schedule and tickets visit www.mindbodyweek.com.

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Whitman Softball Beats Richard Montgomery

Seniors Rosenthal, Gertzog lead Vikings to winning record.

The Whitman softball team improved to 4-3 with a win over Richard Montgomery on Monday.

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Norwood School Student Displays Art at Yellow Barn Gallery

Student presented her first collection of artwork at a Maryland gallery.

When Neelam Shaikh was in nursery school, she had an extraordinary fascination with her ability to create.

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Patriots Overwhelm Generals with Goal-Scoring Barrage

Yorktown’s Shumway scores three goals, Puletti a pair.

The Yorktown girls' soccer team improved to 6-1 with a 6-0 victory over Washington-Lee on Monday.

Marymount Professor, McLean Resident Named Virginia Counselor Educator of the Year

A Marymount University professor was honored recently for her work to educate and train school counselors.

Countdown to College Decision Day

Local college counselors offer advice on making the right choice.

As the May 1 national college decision day looms, the day students must shell out hefty deposits to secure their spots at colleges and universities, students like Daniels are feeling pressure.

Del. Rust in Kidney Walk

On Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m., Del. Tom Rust (R-86) with volunteers from the Team Rust walk team will join hundreds of residents of the Reston and greater Herndon area for the 2013 Northern Virginia Kidney Walk at the Reston Town Center.

Poetry Corner

Terraset Poems

Poetry by Kathy Walden Kaplan

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Hundreds Take Part in Reston Walk MS

More than 1,600 individuals and 50 volunteers participated in Sunday’s Walk MS presented by Booz Allen Hamilton in Reston, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Capital Chapter.

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Five-Year-Old Boy Missing, Involuntarily Disappeared

Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 5-year-old Cameron Serafin. He is believed to be in the company of his mother Rebecca Serafin and was supposed to have been returned to his father on Sunday, April 7. Detectives have reason to be concerned about Cameron’s welfare.

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Reston Celebrates Simon’s 99th

Lake Anne hosts 10th annual Founder’s Day celebration.

Robert Simon opened up the first weekend of his 100th year at Lake Anne, celebrating with members of the community he founded. Simon, who celebrated his 99th birthday Wednesday, April 10, spent Saturday, April 13, surrounded by well wishers at the 10th annual Founder’s Day Celebration.

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Best of Reston Recognized for Community Contributions

Bill Bouie receives the Robert E. Simon Lifetime Achievement Award; other individuals, organizations honored.

Reston residents came together to pay tribute to their best Thursday, April 11, at the Hyatt Regency Reston. The annual Best of Reston awards recognized individuals and organizations whose efforts make the community a better place.

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Marker Unveiled at Meeting House

Frying Pan Meeting House has more than 200 years of history.

Maria Harper of Herndon has been to Frying Pan Farm Park with her children many times, but until Sunday, April 14, she had never been to the nearby Frying Pan Spring Meeting House. “I always remembered it as another random old building near on Centreville Road, I didn’t realize it had historical significance,” she said. “The more I walked around today, the more I learned about the historical figures that were right here on this spot.”

Making Every Saturday ‘Special’

Great Falls Farmers Market brings community together.

The Great Falls Farmers Market is an idea that was born during the focus groups and later confirmed by the 2020 Vision Survey of what the community would like to be by the year 2020.

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Patrick Henry Library Book Sale Draws Community

Two-day spring sale sells donated books of every genre.

t took a year of planning and collecting, approximately 15 volunteers and more than 2,000 books to carry off the spring book sale hosted by Friends of Patrick Henry Library. The two-day sale, spread over April 13 and 14, took over the front lawn, the event room and an area of the children’s department. When the book sale opened to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, a waiting line had already formed.

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Silver and Gold at Vienna Long & Foster

Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc.’s, commercial division honored 19 brokers from the Virginia Commercial office, located at 8227 Old Courthouse Road in Vienna. 

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National Commander Visits Vienna American Legion

The national commander of the American Legion has visited Vienna before, but this was a special visit to American Legion Dyer-Gunnell Post 180 Vienna to have breakfast and meet local area members during his busy travel schedule.

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Teaching and Having Fun

Marshall High students became teachers for a day at Westbriar Elementary.

It is 9:15 a.m. and a cop, a nurse, and a pilot walk into the main office at Westbriar Elementary School. In reality, they are elementary school students dressed up for their potential careers and for Junior Achievement Day. On Friday, April 5, members of the Marshall High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) visited students at Westbriar to teach them basic concepts in economics and finance.

Letter: A Misreading of History

That a few local schools are named for Confederate generals bothers Kiran Hampton [“Alarmed by School Names,” Connection, April 11-17, 2013]. The US Army and Navy have named forts and ships after Confederate heroes. The Veterans Administration provides headstones for Confederate graves. That wouldn’t have happened if they were traitors. No Confederates were convicted of treason. Hampton’s shame that Virginia fought with the Confederacy suggests a misreading of US history.

Letter: Thinking of History In Real Time

Letter writer Kiran Hampton asks if she is "the only one alarmed by the presence of high schools named after Confederate leaders?" ["Alarmed By School Names, Connection, April10-16, 2013]. In response, I would say, "Why yes, I believe she is."

Letter: It Wasn’t ‘Good Guys Vs. Bad Guys’

In a letter regarding local schools named after Confederate generals [“Alarmed by School Names,” Connection, April 10-16, 2013] the author displays an extraordinary lack of understanding of the complexities of the issues leading to the War Between the States as well as a contempt for the courage and sacrifice of those who, often reluctantly, believed that their primary duty was to a sovereign Virginia rather than to what they believed had been conceived as a voluntary union of independent states.

Week in Vienna

Historic Vienna Collects Used Books, Antiques Appraisers Come to Vienna, Pear Tree Cottage to Hold Spring Sale, Planting Ceremony in Honor of Arbor Day, The Farmers’ Market is Moving, Bike to Work Day is May 17, and Learn About Flowers in Time for Mother’s Day

Making the National Geographic Bee State Finals

Eighth grader among 10 finalists chosen to compete for the state title.

Nicolas Ruiz of Vienna, an eighth grade student at Trinity School at Meadow View (TSMV) in Falls Church, was one of 10 finalists who competed on Friday, April 5, in Farmville, Va. for the opportunity to represent Virginia in the National Geographic Bee.

Shooting for Stardom

Marshall HS vocalist/songwriter has global fans.

Remember this name: Sammy Hakim. The George C. Marshall High School junior is a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and holds the record for most weeks at number one on independent charts as ranked by New Music Weekly.

Vienna Muckdogs Take the Tourney

The Vienna Muckdogs, a 10-and-under travel baseball team from Vienna, played in the ninth annual Longhorn Stampede Baseball Tourney, held Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, at Philip Bolen Park in Leesburg. The Muckdogs managed to beat out all their competition.

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Langley Hosts Relay for Life

Event will be first at school in 15 years.

Langley High School will be the site of the first Relay for Life event in more than 15 years starting Saturday, April 28. The event will be a 12-hour fundraiser walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

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Fashion On the Go

Janet Gonzalez brings mobile boutique to Northern Virginia.

As the youngest of four girls, Janet Gonzalez got used to hand-me-down clothes at a young age. The child of two parents who lived through the Great Depression, she became interested in fashion very early, often riding her bike miles away to look at the latest trends on stores and magazines.

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Opening Day for McLean Little League

Players parade down Westmoreland, kick off 2013 season.

Hundreds of boys and girls kicked off their 2013 season Saturday, April 13, as McLean Little League celebrated opening day at the McLean Little League Fields. The players, coaches and parents started their morning at McLean High School before marching almost a mile down Westmoreland Street to the fields.

The Pike at 200

Great Falls Day on May 5 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic Georgetown Pike.

The Great Falls Historical Society is presenting Great Falls Day on Sunday, May 5, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic Georgetown Pike.

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Dancer Captures the Moment

Isabella Tablett nominated for National PTA Award.

Isabella Tablett has been interested in dance and dance choreography since she was 4 years old. Now a fourth grader at Great Falls Elementary School, Tablett’s recent routine has won her awards at the school, cluster, district and state levels.

The Lyin' Tamer

ACVA hosts body language expert.

More than 90 people enjoyed a morning of motivation, education and comedy from best-selling author and NBC Today Show body language expert Janine Driver at the 5th annual Breakfast and Blossoms event March 27 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Old Town.

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Yorktown

A new twist on the classic musical about a girl named Dorothy, a tornado, her journey to a magical place "over the rainbow," friends and foes encountered, and lessons learned along the way, arrives at Yorktown High School next week.

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West Springfield Woman at Boston Marathon Carried to Safety by NFL Champ Joe Andruzzi

Friends and family pray for the Wittich family.

The Wittich family of West Springfield was excited about attending the Boston Marathon, one of the historic city’s prominent annual civic pride events. On Saturday, April 13, Christine Wittich, a West Springfield High School student, posted several tweets about the upcoming trip. “Wittich invasion has commenced. Is Boston ready?” and “Yay for being that matching family,” with a photo of mom Julie and sisters in matching blue t-shirts. But after Monday’s bomb blasts transformed the Boston Marathon into a scene of chaos and terror, leaving three dead and more than 100 injured, Wittich’s tweets became more muted.

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Massive Resistance in Warren County Explained to Diverse Arlington Crowd

Civil rights pioneer explains segregation to fourth-grade students.

As the students assembled in a conference room at Campbell Elementary School, it was clear that the Rev. James M. Kilby had his work cut out for him.

Tuesday, April 16

Student Peace Award Winner

Mountain View High School selected senior Aracely (Chely) Cifuentes to be its recipient of the Student Peace Award. Originally from Guatemala, Chely believes in the power of mentoring, tutoring, and motivating young people in the foster care system as a means of assuring survival.

Ambassador Scholarship Recipient

University of Mary Washington student Shirley Martey of Centreville, is the recipient of the 2013 Ambassador Summer Scholarship from the Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA). Martey, chosen to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the first UMW student to be awarded the scholarship.

Reston Traffic: From Difficult to Impossible

The writer is the RCA representative to the Reston Master Plan Task Force, Reston Citizens Association (RCA) Board of Directors co-chair and RCA Reston 2020 Committee.

Love Can Give Us Beauty

Reston Community Players present "33 Variations."

Where and When Reston Community Players present "33 Variations" at CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Hunters Woods Shopping Center, Reston. Performances: April 26 – May 11, 2013. Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., a Sunday matinee, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $ 17-$20. Call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restonplayers.org.

And the Winner Is….

MetroStage Receives three Helen Hayes Awards for ‘Jacques Brel’ production.

It’s billed as the largest cast party in town and on Monday, April 8, no one was celebrating more than Carolyn Griffin and the cast, crew and supporters of Alexandria’s MetroStage Theatre, which won three Helen Hayes Awards for last year’s production of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.”

Within Constitutional Limits

Our newly minted senator from Virginia, Tim Kaine, gave the best response I have heard to those who argue that the Second Amendment is an absolute right to own guns.

Founder’s Day Celebrates Community

Bob Simon’s diary for Saturday, April 13.

Founder’s Day is a wonderful celebration of our community sponsored by the Reston Historic Trust and the Reston Community Center

Liberty Middle To Perform ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

“The audience will come away happy.”

Featuring a cast and crew of nearly 70, Liberty Middle School presents the musical comedy, “Once upon a Mattress.” Show times are Thursday-Saturday, April 18, 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door and during school lunches.

Reston Little Leaguers Kick Off New Season

Parade marks Opening Day.

Although there was no official headcount, judging by the size of the crowds it’s just possible that all 692 registered players, and their moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents all turned out for the 20th Annual Reston Little League (RLL) Opening Day Parade through Reston Town Center.

Local Dancers To Perform at Kennedy Center

Emma Feddo, Elena Pipkin and Sydney Webster will perform in the American Ballet Theatre’s production of “Le Corsaire” at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., April 11 - 14. The local girls auditioned with approximately 50 other children and were cast as supernumeraries, or "supers," which are background roles similar to extras on a movie set.

Ferrari Club Event Mixes Cars With Caring

More than 80 cars lined Market Street and filled the Pavilion.

The Mid-Atlantic Region of the Ferrari Club of America (FCA) held their annual Spring Thaw gathering at Clyde’s of Reston Town Center on Saturday, April 13.

New Eagle Scout Helps LINK

Eric Hepfinger is a 14-year-old member of the Boy Scout Crew 878.

Arlington Events 4/10/2013

Have a Wild Art Adventure Registration is now open for children's spring and summer classes. Summer Art Classes, June 24-Aug. 23 Introduce children to art fundamentals in fun, week-long art classes like Color Capers, Amazing Architects and Engineers, and Magnificent Murals. Arlington Arts Center is also offering a bilingual art class, If I Were an Italian Master, for children ages 7-10. Teen and adult class registration will be coming soon. Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd. Call 703-248-6800 or visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org. Arlington Arts Center is a private, nonprofit contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work of regional artists from the Mid-Atlantic states.

Chocolate for Elephants in Reston

Chocolate for Elephants features gourmet chocolates, desserts and wines from local vendors, all sold to benefit the U.S. Friends of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Week in Herndon

This week in Herndon...

‘Mind Heart Vision’ Exhibit Opens at ArtSpace Herndon

At ArtSpace Herndon on Friday, April 12, there was an artists’ reception for the current exhibit “Mind, Heart, Vision.”

Poetry Corner

Rosalia

War in your old country took your young son, quakes destroyed your home.

A Second-time Finalist

Floris Elementary sixth grader qualifies for the Virginia National Geographic Competition again.

Nishanth Anand is calm and quiet as he talks about competing in the 2013 Virginia National Geographic Bee.

Kite Class at Frying Pan Farm Park

The weather was perfect on Saturday, April 6, for Frying Pan Farm Park’s annual kite class.

Herndon High Cadets Win Spicer Cup, Set League Record

After four months of intense competition, Herndon High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps' (NJROTC) Rifle Team has won the coveted Spicer Cup.

Former Teacher Convicted of Child Porn Charges

A former special-education teacher at Poplar Tree Elementary has been convicted in federal court of two child-pornography charges.

Obituaries

Donald D. Fowler

Donald D. Fowler, a former World Bank executive, died at his home in Alexandria, on April 2, 2013. He was 100 years old.

Smoke Causes Evacuation

The Alexandria Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from the basement boiler room of a two-story commercial building in the 100 block of East Del Ray Avenue at 3:08 p.m., Friday, April 5. Arriving firefighters found moderate smoke conditions coming from a side stairwell leading to the basement.

Thousands of Pounds of Trash Removed from Little Hunting Creek

This past weekend, Del. Scott Surovell held his fourth cleanup in the past 12 months of Little Hunting Creek in the Hybla Valley section of Fairfax County. The cleanup, in coordination with Friends of Little Hunting Creek and the 25th Annual Alice Ferguson’s Foundations Annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup, was led by Surovell at three different sites: Janna Lee Avenue Bridge, Creekside Village Apartments and Mount Vernon Shopping Plaza behind the Shoppers Food Warehouse and U.S. Post Office.

Fort Hunt Little League Celebrates Opening Day

Fort Hunt Little League officially kicked off its spring 2013 season Saturday, April 6, at Red Stevens Field, behind Carl Sandburg Middle School. Almost 600 Little Leaguers participated in the parade of teams, gathering at home plate to recite the Little League pledges for players, parents and volunteers.

Celebrating Purim

Purim was celebrated at B’nai Tzedek in Potomac on Saturday, Feb. 23. More than 200 attended, dressed in costume. This year’s spiel (Purim Play) which reenacts the Story of Queen Esther, was called “Oh What a Spiel! The Jersey Boys Megillah.”

Time To Play Ball

SYA baseball held its opening-day ceremony Saturday, April 6, at Cub Run Elementary. Teams carried banners and paraded around the field before playing their games.

‘Oompa, Loompa, Doompety Doo’

“Willy Wonka Jr.” is at Rocky Run Middle.

Get ready for oompa loompas and chocolate; Rocky Run Middle is presenting “Willy Wonka Jr.” The performance dates are Thursday-Friday, April 18-19, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 20, at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door and during school lunches.

It’s Official

Telegraph Road Interchange Project completed. Complete with 11 new bridges and flyover ramps, the $265 million Telegraph Road Interchange Project is officially opened. Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton along with federal, state and local officials celebrated the completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 4.

Editorial: Voting Again

Every year is election year in Virginia, and it’s a bit much.

The most hotly contested race for statewide office in Virginia, the Republican contest for lieutenant governor, will be decided at a statewide convention on May 18. That’s about a month from now.

Monday, April 15

At the Matzah Factory

The children of the Greenzaid Early Childhood Center of B’nai Tzedek in Potomac, participated in a Matzah Factory last month. They learned about mitzvah and each child baked his or her own matzah in preparation for Passover.

What If Everyone Gave on One Day: Imagine the Possibilities

Commentary

Alexandria is fortunate to be one of the most giving communities anywhere in America. In fact, according to Convio, we consistently rank in the top 1 percent for online donations of any community in the country.

Tartan Day in Market Square

A day to recognize the achievements and contributions made by Scottish Americans to the U.S., known as Tartan Day, was celebrated on Saturday, April 6, at Market Square in Alexandria.

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Louise Archer Helps Stop Hunger

Louise Archer Elementary School students volunteered on Sunday, April 7, at the Vienna Community Center with Stop Hunger Now.

The Power of One

Spring2Action 24-hour online fundraiser set for April 17

Dawnielle Miller wasn’t sure what to expect. As co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Casa Chirilagua, she was hoping to raise $15,000 during last year’s Spring2Action online giving day. She sent out emails and spread the word among supporters. And then she waited.

Caffe Amouri Recognized for Community Service

The Vienna Town/Business Liaison Committee has recognized Caffe Amouri, 107 Church St. N.E., and its owner, Michael Amouri, with the 2013 Carole Wolfand Business Community Service Award during the Vienna Volunteer Recognition Reception on Tuesday, April 9.

New Benches at Cooper Middle

Four new benches, nine azalea shrubs and three dogwood trees have been installed in strategic locations around the Cooper Middle School campus as of Saturday, April 6.

Week in McLean

Week in McLean

On Economic Frontline

McDonnell appoints Wood to Military Commission.

Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed Alexandria resident Lt. Gen. John R. (Bob) Wood (ret.) to Virginia's newly formed Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities. “I am most concerned about preserving jobs here in Virginia,” said Wood, a graduate of T.C. Williams High School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Spring Hill Elementary Promotes Reading

To promote reading over Spring Break, the reading teachers at Spring Hill Elementary School encouraged students to "Get Caught Reading" in a unique location and have their picture taken.

Preparations for McLean Kitchen and Garden Tour Nearly Complete

The Woman’s Club of McLean is in the final stages of preparing for the community’s first-ever Kitchen and Garden Tour, planned for Wednesday, May 1 (rain date: May 2), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A formal “kickoff” will take place at Holyrood Drive and Countryside Court in west McLean at 10 a.m., near the six large homes that will open their kitchens and extensive gardens for the tour.

Making the Best of It

When Hurricane Sandy sent a tree slicing through her Vicar Lane home last October, Donnan Wintermute expected a long rebuilding process. What she didn't expect was her contractor to begin using the tarp over her roof as a canvas in an effort to cheer her up.

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Kent Gardens Fundraiser a Success

Community Charity Champions raised $2,160 for the Kent Gardens Elementary School PTA at a fundraiser held on Tuesday, April 9, at Pulcinella Italian Host in McLean.

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Madeira Junior Creates Garden at Churchill Road

Girl Scout Aerryn Rees, Madeira School junior, is working toward her Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive, by creating a sustainable garden at her alma mater, Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean.

Networking for Good

WEBA Happy Hour raises funds for Laboy family.

The West End Business Association turned its April 4 monthly networking Happy Hour into a fundraiser for Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy and presented a check for $500 to Suzanne Laboy to kick off a year-long commitment to raise money for the injured officer and his family. “My family and I are overwhelmed at the generosity of the community,” said Suzanne Laboy after being presented a check from WEBA president Peter Baldwin at the Hawthorn Suites Hotel.

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Artistic Portrayal of City Living

McLean High drama presents “Rent.”

Poverty, AIDS and a search for identity are triumphed by love and hope in Jonathan Larson’s trailblazing musical, “Rent.” “Rent” premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1996, and it chronicles the lives of struggling young adults in New York City through the lens of an aspiring filmmaker, Mark, and his camera. This compelling story about the hardships of city living was once again brought to life at McLean High School.

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Project for the Arts to Host Spring Benefit May 16

McLean Project for the Arts' annual Spring Benefit will be held on Thursday, May 16, 7-9 p.m. at Federal Home's historic Langley Ordinary. The fundraiser is co-chaired by Katharine Powell and Molly Newberry.

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Forestville Message: ‘Be a Buddy, Not a Bully’

Forestville Elementary students gathered together on Friday, April 12, for a pep rally to wind up a week of spirit activities designed to send the message, “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully.”

Great Falls Studios to Host Spring Art Festival, April 20-21

Twenty Great Falls Studios member artists—painters in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media, potters, photographers, jewelers, a wood carver, stone cutter, layered paper artist and weaver—are participating in the Great Falls Studios Spring Art Festival, Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days, at the Village Green Day School, 790 Walker Road, Great Falls. Everyone is welcome and the event is free.

Great Falls Senior Center Hosts ‘Home Fit’ Workshop

The Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC) hosts the AARP “Home Fit” Workshop at its May event. Senior residents will learn how to decide those types of home adjustments needed to stay in their homes as they age.

Second Chances

The right thing to do.

Consider these facts: One in 31 Americans is in prison or jail or on probation or parole. Some 2,000 citizens have managed to find jobs in northern Virginia and this is a low seven percent increase over last year.

80th Annual Historic Garden Week Tour

Eight local homes and gardens will open as part of statewide fundraiser.

Owners of eight Old Town Alexandria's private homes and gardens will open their doors to the public, as part of the 80th Historic Garden Week, the oldest and largest house and garden tour in the nation on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour covers the northern portion of Old Town and includes houses dating as far back as 1795, all within walking distance of each other.

Bulletin Board AX

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday by noon. Photos welcome. National Child Abuse Prevention Month Events SafeAssured Child Identification. SafeAssured ID Kits provide families with vital information needed by law enforcement and the media to immediately broadcast information unique to a missing child. Open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.safeassured-id.com/. Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at William Ramsey Recreation Center Saturday, April 27, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Charles Houston Recreation Center. Darkness to Light’s (D2L) Stewards of Children. Training for parents and caregivers in the ways to better prevent, recognize and respond to child sexual abuse. Childcare and pizza provided. Reservations limited. To register, go to: cacstewardsofchildrentraining.eventbrite.com/ Friday, April 19, 3- 6 p.m. at The Center for Alexandria’s Children, 1900 N. Beauregard St., Suite 200 Tuesday, April 30, 3– 6 p.m. at The Center for Alexandria’s Children, 1900 N. Beauregard St., Suite 200

Saluting ‘Allies in Prevention’

Lori Morris honored for child abuse prevention work.

Alexandria's Lori Morris was honored by Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) at the 11th Annual Allies in Prevention Awards luncheon April 2 at Maggiano's at Tysons Galleria. Morris was one of five Northern Virginia individuals recognized by SCAN and its Allies in Prevention Coalition as a local hero for her commitment to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Saturday, April 13

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Thousands of Families are Living with Uncertainty on the West End

City Council to consider plan that would demolish hundreds of low-end garden apartments.

On the windswept streets of the city's West End, many poor and Latino residents say they are living with a sense of uncertainty.

Friday, April 12

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Local Real Estate: February 2013 Top Sales in Great Falls, McLean, Reston, Herndon, Oakton and Vienna

Local Real Estate: February 2013 Top Sales in Great Falls, McLean, Reston, Herndon, Oakton and Vienna

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Local Real Estate: February 2013 Top Sales

Local Real Estate: February 2013 Top Sales

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Mount Vernon Real Estate: Top Sales in February 2013

In February 2013, 84 homes sold between $1,300,000-$96,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Real Estate: Top Sales in February 2013

Grandest Congress at Historic Carlyle House

British flags fluttered against the façade of the historic Carlyle House as re-enactors set the stage for a living history dramatization of the meeting held here on April 14, 1755. Inside the house 258 years ago, Major General Edward Braddock, Commander of His Majesty’s Forces in North America met with governors of the five colonies, Massachusetts Bay, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia to plan and finance a military campaign to defeat the French forces at the forks of the Ohio River near Fort Duquesne.

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Potomac Real Estate: February 2013 Top Sales

In February 2013, 23 Potomac homes sold between $1,802,000-$263,000.

Potomac Real Estate: February 2013 Top Sales

60th Opening Day at Little Simpson Field

Alexandria Little League held its 2013 opening day ceremony on Saturday morning, April 6, at Little Simpson Field. In honor of the 60th anniversary of the Alexandria League, the Washington Nationals mascot Screech the Eagle was on hand to greet the players and coaches as they entered the field.

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Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales for February 2013

In February 2013, 142 Alexandria homes sold between $1,900,000-$90,000.

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales for February 2013

The Wiz Opens Friday at TC

The T.C. Williams Drama Department will present "The Wiz", a musical retelling of “The Wizard of Oz” set against an urban background to music with a mixture of rock, gospel and soul.

Poem

Art Like That Of an Artist

An artist’s work - yet not known - Like the Little and Big Dipper stars above Throughout our Old Town Alexandria Trees of bright lights dispelling the darkness Like the sky’s far-flung stars that one can only wish upon Heartfelt of hope, vision and dreams within. — Geri Baldwin, Alexandria

Letter: Letters to the Editor-Overlooked Probation Office

To the Editor: Over the years, the Alexandria Gazette Packet has published many favorable articles about our Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office. They are both excellent agencies and certainly deserving of the accolades provided by the countless stories, editorials and letters to the editor. However, there is another law enforcement agency in the city that has labored in relative obscurity, the Alexandria Office of Probation and Parole.

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Arlington Real Estate: February 2013 Top Sales

In February 2013, 163 Arlington homes sold between $3,600,000-$88,000.

Arlington Real Estate: February 2013 Top Sales

Letter: Letters to the Editor-Practical Considerations On Tree Lights

To the Editor: There are compelling practical and aesthetic reasons to take the lights down from the trees on King Street at the beginning of April. First of all, once the trees have their leaves, the leaves will obscure the lights.

Letter: Letters to the Editor-Underspending On Capital Needs

To the Editor: The April 8 meeting of the Del Ray Citizens Association explored a major reason why the city’s tax rate and our taxes are going up again this year and why they will probably continue to go up in the future. The short answer is the city’s capital budget, or its investment in new and existing public facilities.

Letter: Letters to the Editor-Libraries, Parks And Bikes

To the Editor: The City of Alexandria intends to expand the Bikeshare program at the expense of libraries and parks that benefit all residents. It is expected that 960,000 people will visit Alexandria’s libraries in 2014; this is 53 times the number of Bikeshare members in the region. Yet, the city is cutting libraries by $93,000 and giving Bikeshare $120,000.

Letter: Letters to the Editor-Stand With Working Families

Saturday is “D” day for thousands of Alexandria residents living in the Beauregard neighborhood. In this case, “D” doesn’t just stand for “decision,” it also stands for “development” and “displacement.”

April 17 Well-being Festival Prevents Extinction of a People

GMU professor brings health to Maijuna indigenous people, whose population has dwindled to 400.

The Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Center for Consciousness and Transformation have partnered with Mason ethnobiologist Dr. Mike Gilmore and Mason students to bring clean drinking water as well as proper sanitation and hygiene to the Maijuna communities, an indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon whose population has been reduced to the low number of 400 individuals. The Maijuna are dying due to dysentery and waterborne diseases contracted from contaminated drinking water.

Road-Widening Project Details and Timeline

During the first year of construction, crews will build a northbound detour road parallel to Stringfellow Road between Melville Lane and Point Pleasant Drive. Because of utility relocation, a temporary pedestrian bridge is currently in place over Big Rocky Run on the east side near Greenbriar Park. Phase 1- through Aug. 2014 * Fair Lakes Boulevard to Big Rocky Run: Construct southbound lanes while maintaining traffic on existing roadway. Crews will start in the north and work south.

‘There’ll Be Some Impact to You’

VDOT gears up to begin Stringfellow Road construction phase.

The good thing about Stringfellow Road is that it connects Route 50 in Chantilly to Route 29 in Centreville — and even links to the Town of Clifton. It also provides access to four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school, a regional library, two parks, several athletic fields, churches, shopping centers and highly populated residential areas.

Fundraisers Set for Police Unity Tour

Centreville’s Kevin Whalen is riding for his sixth year in the Police Unity Tour (PUT) Virginia ride, May 10-12. It’s 230 miles from Richmond to Charlottesville to Warrenton to Centreville, and to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Roundups

Body Found in Fair Oaks

Fairfax County firefighters responded to an outside fire, Sunday, April 7, around 12:05 p.m., at Route 50 and the Fairfax County Parkway in Fair Oaks. While battling the blaze, they discovered the body of an unidentified adult male.

Council Notebook

New Poet Laureate

Roses are red, and violets are blue; Amy Young is out, and Tori Lane is new. This Earth Day, Alexandria's new poet laureate will make her debut appearance as the city's newest wordsmith.

Classified Advertising April 10, 2013

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Thursday, April 11

Bulletin Board CV 4/10/2013

Email announcements to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos welcome. Saturday/April 13 Strides for Success Race. 8:30 a.m. at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center, 11950 Grand Commons Ave. Enjoy a 5k or 1k family fun run. $35/5k race; $20/adult for the 1k fun run/walk. Children under 10 can register for the 5k or 1k for $15. Register at www.jlnv.org.

AM Calendar 4/10/2013

‘Pacific Pulse’ Nicholaus Aman attempts to express the nature of the Pacific coast through his solo exhibition, Pacific Pulse, at Alexandria's Artspace 109 Gallery. The Pacific Pulse exhibition will be on display through May 11. Artspace 109 is located at 109 North Fairfax Street, 3rd Floor Alexandria. Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays noon-5 p.m.

Maestro Musings

The Red Violin Comes to the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

On April 20 and 21, the Alexandria Symphony’s Be the Music...The Music of Empowerment concerts will features popular violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn. Ms. Pitcairn is famous not only for her ability to mesmerize audiences with her playing, but also for the instrument she owns and plays: the legendary Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius that inspired both the book and movie The Red Violin.

Man Shot and Killed by Police on Tuesday

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, police were called to a home in the 6600 block of Thurlton Drive in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County for the report of a possible suicidal subject, according to police. Officers from the Franconia Police District arrived and encountered a 37-year-old man.

Risky Business

City taxpayers are about to assume financial risk for new Metro station.

Alexandria taxpayers are about to gamble on the future, rolling the dice on development at a former railroad yard to fund a new Metro station. City officials are expecting Potomac Yard to generate $1 billion worth of revenue in the next three decades, an expansion of the tax base that would help fund construction of a Metro station that could open its doors as early as 2018. But that plan comes with significant risk.

Chantilly Robotics Team 612 Honored

Chantilly Robotics Team 612 was presented with the 2013 Judges Award at the DC FIRST Robotics Competition, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 29-30. Each year FIRST challenges students, working with adult mentors, to design a robot to play an original game, and to design and build it in exactly six weeks. This year at the DC FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Competition, robots built by 59 teams faced off in a game called “Ultimate Ascent.”

Bulletin Board MV

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Saturday/April 13 “Striving for a Healthier Way” Prevention Conference. At Falls Church High School, the conference will feature an Ideas and Resource Fair and promotes alternatives for youth to manage stress and to deter use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Register online at www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org.

Hunting Towers Sold

New owners tell city leaders they will preserve affordable housing.

For years, people who live in the twin towers at the southern edge of Old Town have lived with a sense of dread. That's because their landlord is the Virginia Department of Transportation, which purchased the buildings during construction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

School Notes CV 4/10/2013

Email announcements to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome. Carolina Sosa, a sophomore at Westfield High School, was among 50 girls from 23 states and Puerto Rico to participate in the ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership program.

Mixture of Victories and Disappointments in Legislature

Commentary

The General Assembly reconvened on Wednesday, April 3, to take up the Governor’s amendments and vetoes. HB 2313, the transportation bill, which caused so much debate during the session, came back with amendments which addressed concerns of constitutionality and reduced some of the burdensome fees that my constituents were displeased with.

War on the Waterfront

Iron Ladies file another lawsuit challenging city's efforts to upzone three sites.

When the dispute between Old Town and City Hall was at its height last year, 20th Century Fox movie "Iron Lady" was in the theaters celebrating the life of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. So when Old Town residents April Burke, Beth Gibney and Marie Kux filed a lawsuit against the city, the trio was dubbed the "Iron Ladies" — a tip of the hat to the steely determination of the former prime minister.

Three Years Later: No Police Oversight Board

Beltrante continues to lobby for citizens panel.

Three years after forming the Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability, retired D.C. homicide detective Nicholas Beltrante and his organization have not realized their goal of getting the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to establish a citizen police oversight panel. The genesis of Beltrante’s effort was triggered In 2009 when David Masters, a Vietnam veteran, alleged to have stolen flowers from a Route 1 nursery, was shot and killed by Fairfax police after a car chase.

Neighborhood

Taylor Run

CELEBRATING CHUCK Lots and lots of people went to Putnam Place on Saturday to celebrate the 56th birthday of Chuck Linderman. Children Corinne and Will had organized the party, Corinne all the way from Salt Lake City where she works as an engineer for GE.

Mulch Sale Supports After-Grad Party

Mulch Sale Supports After-Grad Party The Centreville High School community rallied around its seniors and bought thousands and thousands of bags during the annual mulch sale March 15-16. The result: 13,500 bags of mulch sold and delivered in two days.

Meet New SFDC Executive Director

Edythe Frankel Kelleher appointed last month.

Edythe Frankel Kelleher, recently appointed executive director of the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, may be the first true “homegrown” executive director in a long line of staff director’s appointed in the past several years by the SFDC. Previous executive directors lived outside of Fairfax County.

Vivian M. Gorham

Obituary

Vivian M. Gorham, 89, died on April 3, 2013, in Woodbridge, Va. A native of Alexandria, Vivian was born to Harvey J. and Delia C. Millan on Aug. 30, 1923.

Entertainment

Email announcements to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos welcome. Ongoing The Airbus IMAX Theater at National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, is showing movies including “Hubble,” “Fighter Pilot,” “Space Junk,” “Air Racers” and “The Dream is Alive” through May 23. “Oblivion” will begin with a midnight show Thursday, April 18. Visit http://airandspace.si.edu/udvarhazy/ or call 703-572-4118 for the movie schedule. Throughout the month of April, Our Military Kids has partnered with Glory Days restaurant at 13850 Braddock Road, Centreville. The restaurant is participating, and is donating 10 percent of diners' total receipt to the charity. Diners need only to submit receipts to Our Military Kids, 6861 Elm Street, Suite 2A, McLean, VA 22101. Visit www.ourmilitarykids.org.

Letter: Letters to the Editor-Who Is Responsible?

To the Editor: Congratulations to Walmart for its decision to put wheel locks on shopping carts, because they are expensive — nearly $100. But attempts to apply external pressure, and especially attempts at legislation to force Walmart to this action, is way out of line.

GWMS To Present ‘Once on This Island’

George Washington Middle School dramatic arts students will be performing “Once on This Island,” a musical retelling of “The Little Mermaid” based on the 1985 novel “My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl” by Rosa Guy, set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.

Schools

School Notes

Email announcements to centreview@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos are welcome. More than 300 JMU students embarked on 30 spring break trips around the country and world. Students spent the week living simply, focused on service in their destination community but also on teamwork and reflection within their group. The following students participated in alternative spring break: Emma Stewart, Adrienne Lowry and Rachael Donnelly

The Indispensable Library

$40 million facility now taking shape at Mount Vernon Estate; opening set for September.

Drivers zooming along Mount Vernon Memorial Highway are seeing history in the making. There, nestled in the thick woods of George Washington's estate, is a construction zone that will shape how future generations will view a figure historian James Thomas Flexner dubbed "The Indispensable Man."

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New Home for Turtles at Riverbend

Girl Scout Natalie Gilbert builds and donates new box turtle habitat.

Young visitors to the Riverbend Park Nature Center used to have a hard time looking at the three box turtles in the turtle habitat. The old habitat featured a solid wood wall, meaning children could only look straight down at the turtles and rarely had an opportunity to see more than the tops of their shells. 

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Locals Support Military Vets

Operation Second Chance receives donation from local State Farm office.

Members of the State Farm branch in Great Falls presented a check for $1,500 to Operation Second Chance, a charity that provides for injured service members and their families, Thursday, April 4.

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Parents Sound Off on School Issues

McLean Citizens Association hosts education discussion at McLean High School.

Parents from around the McLean and Langley High School pyramids gathered at McLean High Monday, April 8, to participate in an education forum hosted by the McLean Citizens Association. 

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Mount Vernon Estate Moves Closer to Opening Indispensable Library

$40 million facility to open in September.

Drivers zooming along Mount Vernon Memorial Highway are seeing history in the making.

Wednesday, April 10

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Langley Theatre Explores Dickens

“The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby” debuts April 18.

When the plans were announced for Langley High School’s spring play, many of the cast and crew weren’t familiar with the title. While “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” isn’t at the top of the list of the most popular Charles Dickens works, after doing their research, the cast found plenty to get excited about.

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Ballet Studio Tells Cinderella Story

Classical Ballet Theatre performs classic fairy tale.

The Classical Ballet Theatre will present their spin on the classic fairy tale “Cinderella” starting Saturday, April 13. The not-for-profit dance studio will also host several free outreach performances.

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Filmmaker Turns Camera on Reston

Rebekah Wingert-Jabi wins Peabody Award, begins work on documentary about Reston.

Rebekah Wingert- Jabi has lived all across the world. She moved to Reston as a child, attended college in Minnesota and California, studied abroad in China and lived in the Middle East. She became interested in still photography at a young age, and while in China she got a video camera and became fascinated with the idea of moving images. 

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Robotics Team Brings Home Hardware

After Washington, D.C. regionals, Herndon High School Robotics team competes in St. Louis.

The Herndon High School Robotics team gained several accolades at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) regional robotics competition, punching their ticket for the world championships in St. Louis, Mo., this month. 

Westfield Girls’ Soccer Edges Centreville

Freshman Kershner’s late goal keeps Bulldogs undefeated.

The Westfield girls' soccer team improved to 7-0.

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Majors Struggling Under First-Year Head Coach Garza

Mount Vernon boys’ soccer loses to South Lakes.

The Mount Vernon boys' soccer team is off to a 0-3-1 start.

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Lake Braddock Baseball Getting Healthy

Bruins blast West Springfield as team bounces back from injuries.

The Lake Braddock baseball team is 8-2.

Neuhart has Hayfield Softball Undefeated

Senior and sophomore have bonded as pitcher-catcher combo.

The Hayfield softball team is 12-0.

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Debate About Public-Private Partnerships Will Have Lasting Consequences in Arlington

Second bid not required by guidelines adopted by Arlington County Board members last year.

Arlington County will make "best efforts to promote robust competition" and "strive to have more than one proposal" under consideration for the public-private partnership to construct a streetcar on Columbia Pike.

Week in Springfield

Police-Involved Shooting in Franconia Area, Library Friends to Hold Annual Meeting, and Apple, Vantria Federal Credit Unions Announce Merger

Area Roundups

Smoke Alarms Alert Residents to Townhouse Fire and Police-Involved Shooting in Franconia Area

Republican Women of Clifton to Discuss Prevention of Voter Fraud

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) will feature Crystal Wright, editor of www.conservativeblackchick.com, who will address “How Can the GOP Move Forward and Become a Winning Party Again?” and Hans Von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, who will talk about “Preserving Democracy—Election Reform and the Dangers of Voter Fraud” at its April meeting.

Week in Fairfax

Body Found in Fair Oaks and Apple, Vantria Federal Credit Unions Announce Merger

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City Votes 6-0 to Get Out of Water Business

Cost of owning water system outweighs civic pride.

After a half century of controlling its own water system, the City of Fairfax voted unanimously Tuesday, April 9, to get out of the increasingly costly water business.

Jewish Film Festival Opens on April 18

Festival opens with “Hava Nagila: The Movie” at Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax.

The Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival (NVJFF) will celebrate its 13th year of Culture, Community and Chutzpah as it screens 13 films from April 18-28. Presented by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and Angelika Film Center & Café at Mosaic, the festival committee previewed more than 70 Jewish-themed or Israeli-made films to comprise this year’s selections.

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Enjoying Frozen Treats to Help Fairfax Girl

Rita’s Italian Ice raises money for Tara Sankner.

Standing on a crate behind the counter of Rita’s Italian Ice, 8-year-old Tara Sankner of Fairfax scooped the cool, frosty treat into cups for customers. Some came there Monday evening because the weather was warm and they enjoy Rita’s offerings. Many others came because the Fairfax location was holding a fundraiser for Tara, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

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History, Up Close and Personal

West Springfield High School students interview veterans at World War II Memorial.

The heat is palpable and the buzz of tourists is mesmerizing but Courtney Simmons is focused on Carmel Whetzel’s account of his World War II experience. Whetzel is a veteran and Simmons, a current freshman at George Mason University and a West Springfield High School graduate, is interviewing him as part of “Capturing the Voices of World War II: A Student Interview Project.”

County to Complete Road Projects

Projects that came in under-budget free up $11.2 million.

Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists received a bonus Tuesday, April 9, when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors reallocated $11.2 million in existing funds to complete more than 12 planned pedestrian and road improvement projects.

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Animal Control Officer Nabs Elusive Shih Tzu

Officer’s dogged pursuit saves sly pup from life on the streets.

Just 13 pounds of matted fur and fluff, “Biscuit,” a sly shih tzu, evaded capture in the Franconia area for nearly two years, porch-surfing and stealing cats’ food to survive.

Police Receive Alarming Number of Tax Fraud Reports

As annual tax returns are being calculated and submitted in a last-minute furor across the country, Fairfax County Police have received an alarming report of 75 to 100 cases of tax identification fraud in recent weeks. Detectives are warning residents of the scam and urge them to take precautions to prevent being victimized.

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Robinson Students Commit to 26 Acts of Kindness

The number 26 is in honor of the 20 students and six staffers killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Even if only 10 percent of Robinson Secondary School’s almost four thousand students accept the Student Government Association (SGA)’s 26 Acts of Kindness Challenge during the month of April, that would still mean 10,400 random acts of kindness and courtesy added to the world. Not a bad achievement.

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Burke Rotary, Library Foundation Partner to Provide Community Scholarships

Fairfax Library Foundation will be able to provide more scholarships to the community this year—thanks to the Rotary Club of Burke. The Burke Rotary, an affiliate of Rotary International since 1984, has contributed a $3,000 gift to fund additional undergraduate scholarships for the foundation’s scholarship program in 2013. 

Theresa Marie Patchan “Terre” of Burke Dies

Theresa Marie Patchan “Terre” of Burke died Wednesday, April 3, unexpectedly at her home.

Positive Reactions to Huchler’s Promotion

New deputy police chief praised inside and beyond city.

The Alexandria Police Department recently named a new deputy chief, David Huchler, to its ranks. Huchler, 44, is a 21-year veteran of the department and a respected choice outside the department as well.

Bulletin Board 4/10/2013

Email announcements to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is noon the Thursday before publication. Photos are welcome. Every Friday in April 5k Fridays Race Series. 6:30 p.m. in Crystal City. Organized by Pacers Running Store, runners can enjoy a professionally timed and certified course. $20/race or $60/series. Visit http://runpacers.com/race/crystal-run-5k-fridays/ to register.

Second Chances

Helping ex-offenders who have no place to turn.

Consider these facts: One in 31 Americans is in prison or jail or on probation or parole. Some 2,000 citizens have managed to find jobs in northern Virginia and this is a low seven percent increase over last year.

Preparing for the Dance

All week long, members of Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble are rehearsing for their upcoming performance on April 20 at the Gunston Arts Center Theater One. Los Quetzales is a non-profit arts organization, comprised mostly of teenagers, children and adults, performing traditional dances of Mexico, and wearing traditional costumes representing different regions.

Letter: Letters to the Editor: Safeguards in Place For Streetcar Project

To the Editor: Michael Pope’s article: “Streetcar; Desire or Disaster?” [Arlington Connection, April 3-9] is unbalanced, misleading and factually incorrect. Let me set the record straight.

‘Everyone Feels Included’

Marymount University hosts 16th Special Olympic games.

“Who cares who wins, it’s the interactions with the players that make this so special.” — Dr. Douglas Ball, professor of education at Marymount University and faculty sponsor for the Council for Exceptional Children. Athletic all-stars sunk shots and hit the court in a show of sportsmanship at the 16th Marymount University Special Olympic Games, held Saturday April 6. Bleachers were filled with cheering fans in a show of support for the 10 Northern Virginia teams.

Competition For Streetcars?

Debate about public-private partnerships will have lasting consequences in Arlington.

Arlington County will make "best efforts to promote robust competition" and "strive to have more than one proposal" under consideration for the public-private partnership to construct a streetcar on Columbia Pike. But opponents fear that guidelines, approved after a contentious County Board meeting last year, do not require competition.

Arlington School Notes

School Notes

Email announcements to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome. Ava Oaxaca, a senior at H-B Woodlawn in Arlington, will perform the Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone by Andre Waignein with the George Mason University Wind Symphony on April 14 at 2 p.m. Oaxaca won the 2012 John Philip Sousa Foundation National Young Artists Solo Competition. The award is a solo performance with a large university or military band ensemble. Her performance with the George Mason University Wind Symphony will take place at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, on GMU’s Fairfax campus.

Arlington Calendar 4/10/2013

Don Quixote Virginia Ballet Company and School will present the classic full-length Don Quixote Ballet. Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater. Ticket prices for reserved seating are $30 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors, plus a $3 fee per ticket.

‘The Last Five Years’

From first date to final goodbye, Jason Robert Brown chronicles the emotional highs and lows of a young couple’s failed marriage in the award winning musical “The Last Five Years,” now playing at Shirlington’s Signature Theatre.

Entertainment

Calendar

Megan Dominy and Bradley Foster Smith in Imagination Stage’s “From Here to There.” ‘From Here to There’ Imagination Stage brings Natasha Holmes, director and cofounder of Tell Tale Hearts Children’s Touring Theatre Company, from the United Kingdom to mount a new production of “From Here to There”, a play about building bridges, involving puppetry, comedy, live music, and poetry.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for April 21-27. Arlington senior centers: Aurora Hills, 735 S. 18th St.; Walter Reed, 2909 S. 16th St.; Culpepper Garden, 4435 N. Pershing Dr.; Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St.; Lee, 5722 Lee Hwy.; Arlington Mill at Fairlington, 3308 S. Stafford St.; also Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; TJ Comm. Center, 3501 S. 2nd St.

Bulletin Board

Email announcements to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Tuesday/April 23 Open House. 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Har Shalom. Tour the building, visit classrooms and meet the staff. 11510 Falls Road. Call 301-299-7087.

Cleaning Up the River

Hundreds turn out to collect trash, recover recyclables.

Volunteers on Saturday, April 6 removed trash at 600 sites throughout the Potomac watershed during the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 2013 Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. The Potomac Conservancy organized volunteer efforts at the River Center at Lock 8, Fletcher's Boathouse and Theodore Roosevelt Island.

News

This Week In Potomac

2.61 Mile Bike Path Improvements The county will soon begin construction of an eight-foot wide, 2.61-mile bike path along MacArthur Boulevard between I-495 and Oberlin Avenue. The county’s Department of Transportation estimates that the project will be completed in one year.

A Place to Read

Family turns cluttered “catch-all” into elegant library.

When a family of four, which includes two young daughters, decided to create dedicated reading space in their home, the wanted to blend serenity and style. The couple enlisted the help of interior designer Debbie Wiener of Design Solutions.

School’s 8th Graders Debate Gun Control

Touched by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the 8th grade at Christ Episcopal School studied gun violence in America and around the world. The early discussions centered around the question of whether there should be a federal law restricting gun ownership.

‘Peter Pan’ Takes Flight at Winston Churchill

Performance opens April 19.

Details “Peter Pan” the musical will be presented at the Winston Churchill High School auditorium on Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets can be purchased online at www.wchsarts.com or in the lobby box office outside Bish Auditorium, 11300 Gainsborough Road, Potomac. The box office will be open one hour before each performance. Peter, Pan, Wendy, John, Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and definitely the notably evil Captain Hook will be journeying by air and sea to the Winston Churchill High School auditorium on Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.

Schools

School Notes

Email announcements to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome. Joy Suslov has been named to the dean’s list at Rider University. Joy is a music education major in the Westminster Choir College.

Tuesday, April 9

Column: Asked and Answered

I think about it enough, I don’t want to think about it too much. What’s “it?” Cancer.

Virginia Historic Garden Week Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Celebration raises money to restore and preserve Virginia’s historic landmarks.

“Historic Garden Week has transformed the landscape of Virginia over its 80-year history. It's really an incredible accomplishment.” — Karen Cauthen Miller, Historic Garden Week state director

Remodeling in Reston

Local homeowners and designers create ideal entertainment space.

“The main challenge on this project was framing the cathedral ceiling over the sunroom, given that it is about 24 feet up.” — Bruce Case, president of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Play ball

Nats fans design a tribute to their favorite team — in their bathroom.

“The biggest design challenge was incorporating the inherent fun that comes in a themed design with the sophistication appropriate for a master bathroom.” — T.J. Monahan, general manager of online remodeling, Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Madison Baseball Wins Battle of Vienna

Warhawks overcome three-run deficit to beat Oakton.

The Madison baseball team scored 11 unanswered runs to beat Oakton.

2013 DC Design House Unveiled

Annual event raises money for Children’s National Medical Center.

Details: The home opens for public tours on April 14. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at HYPERLINK "http://www.dcdesignhouse.com" www.dcdesignhouse.com.Details “It’s exciting to be part of such a wonderful cause and to share in the creation of a design house with such talented designers.” — Jamie Brown, Akseizer Design Group

A Family Home Evolves

Sun Design Remodeling helps a local engineer find the indoor/outdoor solution he dreamed of for 25 years.

Sun Design Remodeling sponsors tours of recently remodeled homes as well as workshops on home remodeling topics. Headquartered in Burke, the firm recently opened a second office in McLean. Call 703-425-5588 or visit www.SunDesignInc.com

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South Lakes Boys’ Soccer Wins Fifth Straight

Seahawks beat Mount Vernon 1-0 Monday night.

The South Lakes boys' soccer team has won five in a row since dropping its opener.

Children ‘Dress Up With Grown-ups’

Medical Care for Children Partnerships funds medical, dental care for children of uninsured working families in Fairfax County.

“To me, children are the most beautiful creatures of God and there is nothing comparable to being able to give them a healthy and happy smile.” —Dr. Tehreem Butt, recipient of the Dr. Jorge Arnoldson Award

Stepping Back to Move Forward

O’Connell All-American Ferraro strikes out for first time since 2011.

The Bishop O'Connell softball team outscored its first nine opponents 112-1.

Week in Reston

Week in Reston

Prom Dreams Come True at Reston Community Center

11th annual Diva Central event provides free prom dresses for high school girls. Jumphead

If you needed a dress for prom, accessories to match and, of course, the all-important shoes, Reston Community Center at Lake Anne was the place to be last Saturday, April 6.

Goodbye, My Friend, Joan

To Joan Jockwig Pearson Watkins, 1924-2013.

It is unbelievable to me that you aren’t next door any more. I’ve tried to remember when we first met, but it’s almost as if you were always there, part of the background of life at Lake Anne.

Letter: A Tennis Lesson To Baseball World

To the Editor:

Commentary:Paving the Way

The Reconvened Session of the General Assembly that met last week concluded work for this year on the most significant funding program for transportation infrastructure approved by the legislature since the historic special session in 1986.

Energetic ‘Sustainable Reston’

Independent Progressive

ustainable Reston is one of our youngest and most active community organizations. Founded as part of the Reston Citizens Association, SR defines its mission as preparing Reston for the impacts of climate change, resource depletion as we pass peak oil, and economic problems beyond local control. It encourages local alternatives for food and commerce while minimizing fossil fuel use.

Recognized for Helping Others

Community members to be honored at FISH Fling on April 20.

At the FISH (Friendly, Instant, Sympathetic Help) Fling Gala and Fundraiser, Reston and Herndon's "Star Fish" will be honored. The Star Fish are women whose volunteer work enables the volunteer, non-sectarian, non-profit to meet needs like requests for rent, transportation to medical appointments, help with furniture, utilities, medical items (including prescriptions) and other short term emergency needs.

Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon

Classical Ballet Theatre Student to Perform in International Dance Finals

Claire de la Paz, a Classical Ballet Theatre (CBT) student and Herndon resident, has earned one of the highest honors in the dance world—an invitation to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) 2013 New York City Finals.

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Celebrating Nonviolence

Celebration of Dreams and Expressions of Peace at Unity of Fairfax.

Jubilant, energetic and uplifting are just a few ways to describe the atmosphere at Unity of Fairfax on Saturday evening, April 6, during the Celebration of Dreams and Expressions of Peace closing ceremony of the 64-day Season of Nonviolence.

Recycling for Trees

McLean Trees Foundation encourages community to use recycling bins.

As Earth Day approaches, the McLean Trees Foundation (MTF) is encouraging residents of McLean to use its two red recycling bins located in front of Cooper Middle School on the corner of Balls Hill Road and Georgetown Pike. Proceeds from recycling magazines and newspapers are used by MTF to purchase, plant and maintain trees in McLean. The bins are always open.

Kushal Seetharam of Great Falls Named 2013 Goldwater Scholar

wo Duke University juniors have been selected as scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Kushal Seetharam and Yaohua Xue are among 271 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year.

Letter: A Photo ID: Victory for Voters

To the Editor:

Asian American Chamber Recognizes ‘Jewels of Asia’

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce held its third Annual Awards Gala, Jewels of Asia, on Friday, April 5, at the Westin Tysons Corner. More than 200 guests gathered to recognize businesses (public & private sector, for-profit & non-profit) as well as business leaders of Asian and Pacific Islander descent who have made outstanding contributions to the Metropolitan Washington D.C. business community and economy.

Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

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Artists at Work At Oakton Elementary

Public art project caps two-year renovation of school.

The kinetic sculpture—16-feet-tall, with bright blue and green swirling arrows—looks like a classic Alexander Calder mobile on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art.

School Promotes Family Fitness

First Oakton Elementary Fun Run features magician, face-painting and free fun!

On Sunday, April 21, local families will hit the pavement in the heart of Vienna in an effort to raise money to support educational and enrichment programs at Oakton Elementary School (OES).

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Revisiting History at Freeman Store

Vienna celebrates as National Register of Historic Places marker is unveiled.

Late last year Vienna’s Freeman Store building was honored with inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Last Saturday, Vienna residents, local dignitaries, town council members and passers-by gathered at the historic site to watch the unveiling of the new plaque

McLean Kitchen and Garden Tour Planned for May 1

On Wednesday, May 1 (rain date: May 2), the Woman’s Club of McLean will mount the community’s first Kitchen and Garden Tour.

Monday, April 8

PFC Ryan N. Myers Named American Legion Post 180 Vienna Police Officer of the Year

On April 3, The American Legion Post 180 in Vienna held its annual ceremony and banquet dinner to honor their 2013 Town of Vienna Police Officer of the Year. This year’s recipient was PFC Ryan N. Myers.

Prom Package Contest Makes Prom a Bit Brighter

Karin’s Florist partners with local businesses to provide prom prize valued at over $1,000.

For 56 years, Karin’s Florist has been part of the Vienna community, serving it at births, anniversaries, proms, weddings, and other special events marking a passage in life.

A Very Good Year

2013 starts on a high note for real estate in McLean and Great Falls: first quarter sales are up 7.5 percent.

By 2013 starts on a high note for real estate in McLean and Great Falls: first quarter sales are up 7.5 percent.

Week in McLean

Week in McLean

McLean Kitchen and Garden Tour Planned for May 1

On Wednesday, May 1 (rain date: May 2), the Woman’s Club of McLean will mount the community’s first Kitchen and Garden Tour. The hours of the tour will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set in Countryside Estates in west McLean (the same area that was featured in the club’s 2010 Holiday Homes Tour), the event will focus on the kitchens and gardens of six large homes situated on one-acre lots.

Outstanding Volunteer

McLean Community Center honors David Sanders, establishes Craig McKenzie Legacy Award

The McLean Community Center’s (MCC) ninth annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception was held on Sunday, March 24, in the Community Hall. The theme was “Aloha” and center volunteers were treated to a catered lunch by Makakoa Catering and live music by The Aloha Boys. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

‘Rumors’ Arriving at the Alden

McLean Community Players are bringing “Rumors,” a Neil Simon farce.

The word farce conjures up frenetic energy, slamming doors, any number of wacky situations and characters to match. To rid audiences of any remaining winter blues or general funk, the McLean Community Players are bringing "Rumors," a Neil Simon farce about the upwardly mobile, professional classes to the Alden stage.

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Journalist Maurine Beasley Addresses McLean Woman’s Club

Dr. Maurine Hoffman Beasley, journalism professor emerita at the University of Maryland and author and co-author of numerous books on the media and on Eleanor Roosevelt, spoke about her latest book at the Tuesday, April 2, meeting of the Woman’s Club of McLean.

‘Windows and Doors’ on Exhibit at The Artists’ Atelier

‘Windows and Doors’ on Exhibit at The Artists’ Atelier

Letter: Senior Center Looks for Volunteers

Letter: Senior Center Looks for Volunteers

Letter: Alarmed by School Names

Letter to the editor

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Arlington Streetcar: Desire or Disaster?

County residents are divided on the value of installing streetcars on Columbia Pike.

The $250 million Arlington streetcar is moving full speed ahead, with federal officials on the verge of announcing whether or not the project will be partially funded by Uncle Sam.

Friday, April 5

Classified Advertising April 3, 2013

Read the latest ads here!

Ready to Take on the World

Rocky Run students heading to FIRST Lego League championship in St. Louis.

After capturing the FIRST Lego League state championship, Rocky Run’s seventh-grade team, R2D2, is ready to take on the world. The five girls and two boys are heading to St. Louis to participate, April 24-27, in the world championship.

Bulletin Board

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Friday/April 5 Documentary. 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane. Watch “American Meat.” Free. Refreshments provided. 703-721-0595.

Nelly’s Needlers Carry on Tradition at Woodlawn

Nelly’s Needlers once again opened the tea room at Woodlawn Plantation for lunch during the annual needlework show last month. Hostesses directed visitors to open tables and took orders.

WPHS Art At Target Gallery

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery presents an exhibition of work from the 2013 participants of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Mentorship Program. In the Mentorship Program, a volunteer artist from the Torpedo Factory Artists Association is paired with an art student from West Potomac and T.C. Williams high schools.

Japanese Delegation Visits Health Club

A delegation of 24 fitness industry business leaders from Japan recently visited the Mount Vernon Athletic Club. A cover article in Club Business International magazine on October of 2012 featured Mount Vernon Athletic Club General Manager Aaron Volbrecht who described the leadership and growth that he achieved at the local tennis and fitness club.

SAR Presents Award to Kroesen

The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) hosted a formal gala event at the Belle Haven Country Club on Jan. 26, 2013, to present the SAR's highest national award for public service to General Frederick J. Kroesen, Jr., U.S. Army (retired). The SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal is awarded for outstanding and unusual patriotic achievement and service of national importance.

WPHS Students Excel at Regional Science Fair

The following students from West Potomac High school received honors at last month’s Regional Science Fair. Grand Prize Nominees: Madison Daley and Katherine Genuario (also took a first prize in Energy and Transportation); Lindsey Kibben (also took first prize in Physics and Astronomy).

Schools

School Notes

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome.

Roundups

Italian Ices for Tara

Italian Ices for Tara Tara Sankner, an 8-year-old second-grader at Lees Corner Elementary, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, and the local community is rallying ’round to show its support. On Monday, April 8, from 6-8 p.m., area residents can enjoy sweet treats while raising money to help with Tara’s medical bills.

Thursday, April 4

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Alexandria City Public Schools Administration Costs $3.6 million a Year

Administrators pull down competitive salaries for Northern Virginia.

In the classic Depression era tune "Nice Work if You Can Get It," Ira Gershwin describes "a man who only lives for making money" as one who "lives a life that isn't necessarily sunny." Here in Alexandria, the sun is not always shining on the Alexandria Public Schools central administration headquarters on Beauregard Street. But it is raining cash.

Wednesday, April 3

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Examining Reston’s Natural History

Historic trust hosts program on Reston’s stewardship of natural resources.

When Robert Simon first saw the land that would eventually become Reston, he was struck by its beauty. 

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Foundation Prepares to Promote Mental Health

Josh Anderson Foundation to sponsor events across county for mental health and depression awareness.

Before Fairfax County students finish the school year and head to summer break, they first must deal with exams, both final and for AP classes. This can lead to a lot of stress over the final two months of school, pressure the Josh Anderson Foundation is determined to relieve. 

Keeping Lawns Green in Great Falls

Choosing environmentally friendly ways to manage lawns.

As the weather warms and lawns begin to grow again, it’s tempting to start fertilizing right away to ensure they look as full and green as possible. The Great Falls Citizens Association’s Environmental Committee says that spring fertilizing isn’t necessary most of the time, and can cause harm to lawns and waterways. 

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Family PASS to Host Soiree

Fundraiser will help serve families facing homelessness.

A mother of four children, Josephine Rivera didn’t have many options after becoming a victim of domestic abuse. After her husband was arrested, she was forced to support those children, ages 8 to 18, on an $8 an hour salary, and she soon found herself homeless. 

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Easter at The Falls

Ecumenical council hosts annual Easter Sunrise Service.

Dozens of people gathered at Great Falls Park before sunrise Easter Sunday, using flashlights to walk the path from the parking lot to the visitor center. At an hour usually reserved for only staff members, the Great Falls Ecumenical Council held its annual Easter Sunrise Service in the park. 

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Masonic Lodge Presents Annual Award

Connie Hutchinson, Bill Tirrell recognized with Community Builder award.

The Herndon Masonic Lodge presented their annual Community Builders award Monday, April 1, to Vice Mayor Connie Hutchinson and former councilmember Bill Tirrell. The two were recognized for their contributions to many aspects of the community.

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Pitcher Arvo, Centreville Baseball Beat West Potomac

Wolverines’ comeback attempt falls short.

The West Potomac and Centreville baseball teams are 4-2.

Bullis Boys’ Lax Beats Coronado Islanders

Senior Goldberg scores five goals for Bulldogs.

The Bullis boys' lacrosse team beats opponent from California.

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Madison Boys’ Lax Edges Yorktown

Madison goalie Hayden, Yorktown keeper Pollack play well.

The Madison boys' lacrosse team comes from behind to beat Yorktown.

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Robinson Boys’ Lax Beats Defending State Champ Langley

Sophomore Jasien leads Rams with three goals against Saxons.

Robinson boys' lacrosse coach Matt Curran doesn't want the Rams getting cocky after beating defending state champion Langley.

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Langley Boys' Lacrosse Bounces Back

Saxons overcome missing players, loss to Robinson.

The Langley boys' lacrosse team defeated Chantilly on March 28 in a rematch of last season's state championship game.

SSSAS Girls’ Lax Ends Losing Streak Against Bryn Mawr

Saints extend winning streak to 25 games dating back to 2012.

The St. Stephen's & St. Agnes girls' lacrosse team improved to 8-0 win a win over Bryn Mawr.

Carry on Erin Peterson’s Legacy

Annual Gospel Celebration of Life is Sunday, April 14.

Erin Peterson was a basketball star at Westfield High and was almost finished with her freshman year of college, on April 16, 2007, when she became one of 32 people killed in the Virginia Tech massacre. Just 18, she was sitting in her French class when her life ended.

Centre View Calendar April 3

Information on entertainment events in the Centre View area.

Alexandria and Mount Vernon Calendar April 3

Information on entertainment events going on in Alexandria and Mount Vernon

Centre View School Notes April 3

School notes for students from the Centre View area.

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Bowling Fundraiser Supports Special Olympics

Participants, family, friends and supporters of Fairfax Adult Softball, Inc. (FAS) united together in January for the 13th Annual Bowling Tournament to benefit Northern Virginia Special Olympics and Fairfax County Park Authority field improvements.

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‘Hats Off to Being Bully-Free’

Colin Powell Elementary School held an Anti-Bullying Week, March 18-22.

Flourishing After 55 April 3

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

Potomac Entertainment Calendar April 3

Information on entertainment events going on in the Potomac area.

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National Recognition

Artwork by two students from Saint Timothy Catholic School, Josh Romero and Erin Costello, was selected along with 23 other drawings by the national office of the Missionary Childhood Association for its annual Christmas Artwork Contest.

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‘These Citizens Are the Heroes’

‘These Citizens Are the Heroes’

A mother allegedly high on drugs — and driving 70 mph in a car containing an infant and a 6-year-old without a seatbelt — led to a three-car crash on March 11 that could have ended in tragedy. As it was, it sent five people to the hospital, resulted in the mother’s arrest and brought out the best in public-safety personnel and ordinary citizens who came to the rescue of the children and of police PFC Rockie Akhavan, who was trapped in his cruiser.

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‘I Put It in God’s Hands’

Looking at her husband’s badly damaged police cruiser, with the rear end demolished and the passenger side caved in, affected Beverly Akhavan profoundly.

Zero Tolerance For Impaired Drivers

Police detail DUI-related crashes, arrests.

During last week’s ceremony honoring the officers and citizens who helped out after a devastating crash on I-66, police Lt. Rich Morvillo, assistant commander of the Sully District Station, presented some sobering statistics.

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‘You Can Taste All the Seasonings’

New Coyote Grille restaurant arrives in Centreville.

Featuring a fusion of southwestern and Bolivian cuisine, Coyote Grille is Centreville’s newest restaurant. Area residents may already be familiar with its Fairfax location, but they may now dine there at 14101 St. Germain Drive in the Centrewood Plaza shopping center.

Alexandria School Notes April 3

School notes for Alexandria natives.

Mapping Alexandria in Poems and Pictures

MAPP your city! Alexandria City Poet Laureate Amy Young is calling all residents of Alexandria to submit poems and artwork to help MAPP (Mapping Alexandria in Poems and Pictures) Alexandria.

Orange Line Calendar April 3

Information on events taking place around the Orange Line.

Robert Richard Carvajal, 81, of Springfield, Dies

Robert Richard Carvajal, 81, of Springfield, died at home surrounded by his family on Monday, March 18. Burial was at Fairfax Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Easter Bunny Spreads Cheer at Hospital

Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and members of his office accompanied the Easter Bunny, portrayed by Winchester Sheriff Leonard Millholland, to Inova Alexandria Hospital on Wednesday, March 27, for the Office’s annual visit.

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Serving Others on Spring Break?

Spring break means something entirely different to a group of youth from Springfield.

Spring break can mean so many things to different people. Just in hearing the term we think of white sandy beaches, sleeping in late and of course the end of winter. However, spring break means something entirely different to a group of youth from Springfield: it means an opportunity to serve others.

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Kick Butts Day

On Kick Butts Day, March 20, more than 40 Alexandria youth, supported by adults, celebrated the day by conducting Operation Storefront, where they filled out surveys on the amount of tobacco advertising in over 60 local stores.

Letter: An Interesting Perspective

I found Andrea Worker's article, "Muslim Women Encouraged to Explore STEM" [Connection, March 28-April 3, 2013] to be well-written as well as informative.

The Perks of Planning a Park

The City of Fairfax launched a new website Monday— Our Parks, Our Future—where citizens can engage, communicate and collaborate with the Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department and other residents on a new parks master plan for the city.

Arlington Entertainment Calendar April 3

Information on entertainment events taking place in Arlington.

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Egg Hunters on a Roll at Van Dyck Park

Van Dyck Park was filled with more than 1,500 egg-hunters on Monday, April 1, when the City of Fairfax hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt at the new, larger location.

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Parkinson’s Patient Records Original Album to Benefit Research

Ken Fauteux has already raised $1,700 with his record “KFO: Lake Peace.”

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, there are about 1 million Americans currently living with the disease, with 60,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. Not all of them can say they’ve turned their condition into a creative, charitable endeavor.

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English Honor Society Induction

T.C. Williams High School held its inaugural Induction Ceremony of the school’s chapter of the National English Honor Society. Thirty-two students, three faculty members, and the keynote speaker were inducted on Feb. 13.

Neighborhood: Taylor Run April 3

David O'Brien, our neighbor who is an expert in installing public health management systems, has returned from Ghana, which he describes as having a beautiful countryside and hospitable and friendly people.

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Father-Son Band Raises Money for Breast Cancer Research

Waiting Man with Treece to perform at Fat Tuesday’s.

“We were just jamming, and swore we wouldn’t do gigs,” said Pete Laiti (53), guitarist and singer for the group Waiting Man. “But if we ever did, it would be for charity.” This Saturday Waiting Man, together with Laiti’s son Patrick, 27, look to pack the house at Fat Tuesday’s Mardi Gras-themed bar and restaurant in Fairfax.

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New Super Stops on Hold

Within a month of the opening of the first of 24 Columbia Pike Super Stops at Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive, Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan halted the planned construction of the 23 remaining Super Stops following an outcry about the cost.

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Living Legends: Lord and Brown Help Shape This City

They share an artistic vision and a volunteer spirit.

One is an accomplished architect, the other an award-winning photographic artist. Together Marlin G. Lord and Kathryn A. Brown transform the world around them and give tangible evidence to the philosophy of Johann Friedrich von Schiller: “He who has done the best for his own time has lived for all times.”

Fairfax Rotarian Visits Rotary of Saint-Louis, Senegal

Jill Lehman of the Rotary Club of Fairfax recently spent six weeks in Saint-Louis, Senegal, helping mentally disabled children and visiting the Rotary Club of Senegal, a small club of 20 members who are very active in their community

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From T.C. Williams Dropout to Ph.D.

Injured from an accident with heavy machinery and left with a broken back, Roderic Brame went back to school. He was admitted to Radford University were he completed a B.S in geology and a M.S. in science education.

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Willow Springs Participates in National PTA Program

Students at Willow Springs Elementary in Fairfax participated in the National Parent Teacher Association Reflections program, a national PTA arts recognition and achievement program for students.

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Del Ray Variety Store Opens

After months of canvassing neighbors and businesses in Del Ray, the Del Ray Variety Store held a grand opening on Saturday morning, March 30.

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Reviewing Seasonal Energy-Saving Tips

Environment Virginia, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran and the BlueGreen Alliance offered springtime energy-saving tips during a tour at Scott Sklar’s super-efficient home in North Arlington on Thursday morning, March 28.

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Grown-up Play About Grown-up Things

Providence Players of Fairfax present "Dinner with Friends."

Sitting around a table at a recent rehearsal, Providence Players of Fairfax Director Tina Thronson and some of her cast discussed the troupe's funny yet bittersweet Pulitzer Award winning next play, "Dinner with Friends" by Donald Margulies.

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Kids at Play

CFNC hosts Super Science Saturday.

The Child and Family Network Centers hosted a hands-on Super Science Saturday March 14 at the CFNC Birchmere headquarters on Mount Vernon Avenue.

Alexandria Bulletin Board April 3

Information on events taking place in Alexandria.

Fairfax Student Wins Columbus Essay Contest

Claire Wang, a junior at Trinity Christian School (TCS) of Fairfax, won the state level Christopher Columbus Essay Contest sponsored by the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution.

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‘Familiar Fairytale With a Talented Cast’

Paul VI presents “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Colorful costumes, an elaborate set, songs, dances and a classic musical comedy—they’re all part of Paul VI’s upcoming production of “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Meeting Set on Westgrove Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public comment meeting on Tuesday, April 30, to gather input on the draft Master Plan for Westgrove Park.

MVCCA Reveals 2013 Award Winners

The Mount Vernon Council of Citizens' Associations (MVCCA), announced the recipients of its 2013 Citizen of the Year, Organization of the Year, and Student of the Year awards this week.

MVHS Prepares Annual Mulch Sale

The 2013 Mount Vernon High School Spring Mulch Sale will be held April 20 from 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.

WPHS To Host Memorial Service for Caldwell

A memorial service for Dr. Teressa Caldwell, a teacher, administrator, and mentor who died late last year will be held at West Potomac High School on Wednesday, April 10.

House Fire Causes $60,000 in Damage

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Monday, April 1, at approximately 7:35 p.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single family home is located at 3005 Marl-Pat Drive.

Mount Vernon Unitarians Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Week

Three free activities next weekend — a tour, a film, and a lecture — sponsored by the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria will commemorate Holocaust remembrance week, April 7 -14.

Letter to the Editor: Governing Behind Closed Doors

On March 16, the Alexandria City Council passed controversial and sweeping planning changes that are already the subject of litigation. The city passed these changes to transform an honest policy disagreement into Through the Looking Glass litigation tactics, where nothing is as it appears to be.

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Housing Market: Strong, But Slowing

Sustained low interest rates and rising prices have energized the marketplace, but cuts to government expenditures will eventually cool things down.

A few weeks ago, George Mason University Professor Stephen Fuller, Ph.D, published an update of his July 17, 2012 report that projected imminent and hard-hitting economic effects from sequestration.

Letter to the Editor: Budget’s Effect On Officers

I am Sean McGowan, executive director of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association. I am a retired Alexandria police officer, having served 25 years in the department.

Letter to the Editor: Sharing the Joy Of Easter

The beauty of giving shines brighter than one can speak of.

Planning for Retirement

Everyone looks forward to the “golden years,” when you reached the point where you can enjoy all that life has to offer and not worry about all that comes with reaching that phase of your life.

Column: Protecting the Antibiotic Arsenal

Since the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, antibiotics have served an essential role in helping the body’s immune system fight infections caused by bacteria. They are prescribed to treat myriad illnesses like pneumonia, strep throat, and urinary tract infections.

Donate Dresses for Prom ‘Princesses’

The eighth annual Princess for a Night project is collecting dry-cleaned formal dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, unused make-up (for example, sample cosmetics), and shopping bags now through Friday, May 11.

Park To Host Earth Day Events

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20 at Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Drive, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Help Shelter on Free Cone Day

On Tuesday April 9, Ben & Jerry’s across the nation will host its annual Free Cone Day.

Join Spring2ACTion on April 17

On April 17, 95 of Alexandria’s nonprofit organizations are enlisting the community to raise money for local causes during Spring2ACTion, a 24-hour online giving drive. Also known as Alexandria’s Giving Day, Spring2ACTion, is hosted by ACT for Alexandria and ACTion Alexandria.

Westfield High Holds International Night

Featuring a variety of performers representing countries throughout the globe, Westfield High will hold its annual, International Night program this Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m., in the school theater.

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41st Annual ‘Messiah’ Sing-Along

The church quietly filled with people as Dennis Edelbrock, Chuck Seipp and Paul Skevington performed a pre-concert recital on Sunday evening, March 31, at the Clarendon United Methodist Church in Lyons Village.

Letter: A Photo ID: Victory for Voters

The voters of Virginia won a great victory when Governor McDonnell signed SB 1256, which changes Virginia’s law to require a recent photo ID as the only acceptable identification for voting. Thus, a positive identification can now be made with a visual check to verify that the person coming to vote is actually who he claims to be.

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Column: Paying More for Less

Poorer taxpayers are hit the hardest.

When it was first presented to the board, I described the county executive’s proposed FY 2014 budget as asking taxpayers to pay more for the same services, and asking county employees to work harder for the same pay. It’s clear that county taxpayers are hurt by this budget.

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Hackathon to Promote Invention

24-hour computer science event to be held April 26-27.

The first time Mayank Jain heard of a hackathon was as a freshman at the University of Illinois. Having graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in June 2012, a tournament such as this, where students collaborated and created software projects within a short window of time, was what he was looking for from the field of computer sciences.

Arlington Crime Report April 3

Information on crimes reported in Arlington.

Column: Ballston BID Is Launching the Future

In a bygone era, the old adage “good fences make good neighbors” might have been true — but not in today’s Northern Virginia, and definitely not in Ballston.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for April 15-20. Arlington senior centers: Aurora Hills, 735 S. 18th St.; Walter Reed, 2909 S. 16th St.; Culpepper Garden, 4435 N. Pershing Dr.; Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St.; Lee, 5722 Lee Hwy.; Arlington Mill at Fairlington, 3308 S. Stafford St.; also Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; TJ Comm. Center, 3501 S. 2nd St.

Bulletin Board

Email announcements to almanac@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Thursday/April 4 Event. 7-9 p.m. at Normandie Farm Restaurant, 10710 Falls Road. There will be a panel discussion on college admissions featuring admissions experts. Free. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP at http://accollegepanel.eventbrite.com.

Artists Unite for New Exhibit

This month the Art Gallery of Potomac presents the exhibit “Color, Light, Drama.” The show will feature paintings by Martha Spak and five of her students. They met at the Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, in Spak's still life painting class.

GLEN HILLS SEWER STUDY

The Glen Hills Study Phase 2 report proposes construction of 13 unneeded sewer lines at a cost to property owners of close to $6 million. After the county branded over a third of the community as not likely to be sustainable on septic, real estate agents are asking how they can market and sell property to potential Glen Hills homebuyers.

BRICKYARD COALITION UPDATE

The Board of Education has voted to adopt policy guidelines for the leasing, licensing and use of property held for future school sites, including the Brickyard site. The Policy Committee of the Board of Education to draft these policy guidelines may use task forces, work groups, public forums and other venues to seek public input.

Where Have All the Trees Gone?

Our tree canopy is already under considerable stress. Age, disease and pollution have taken a toll on the area’s mature trees, deer are destroying the young understory trees that replace trees as they die, and trees are lost as additions and bigger houses are built in older neighborhoods.

WMCCA Meeting

The West Montgomery County Citizens Association will meet at the Potomac Community Center on Wednesday, April 10, 7:15 p.m. If schools are closed because of inclement weather, the meeting will be cancelled. Speakers will be Jerry Pasternak, Pepco vice president for Maryland Affairs, and Daniel Landry, Pepco senior staff forester.

Promise Delivered: Scotland’s New Center

The Potomac Master Plan, approved and adopted in 2002, promised the Scotland community a needed expansion of its community center. Scotland is a historically African American community off Seven Locks Road in Potomac.

Potomac Elementary Moving?

Brickyard Road site to be considered.

Montgomery County Public Schools has been conducting a feasibility study for the modernization of Potomac Elementary School. “In response to community inquiries, the study scope has been expanded to explore the possibility of relocating Potomac Elementary School to the MCPS property known as the Brickyard Road Site,” according to MCPS documents.

Benny’s Bar and Grill To Open

New restaurant promises “Best Drink in Town.”

Potomac entrepreneur Benson Fischer will soon be revealing a new concept in dining and entertainment to open this spring in the Cabin John Shopping Center. Benny’s Bar and Grill, debuting in the former Popeye’s location, has been remodeled, expanded and retrofitted into a 240-seat restaurant. Fischer has designed the eatery, resplendent with comfortable leather booths, stonework, retro tin ceilings, open-air seating and a two-sided bar with the latest in mixology machines.

‘Giving Kids the Drive’

Third annual First Tee luncheon to support program.

Thousands of children in Montgomery County have learned to play golf each summer through a junior golf program called The First Tee of Montgomery County. Through this organization, they gain more than learning to putt, chip and drive the ball.

Holy Child’s ‘Tiger Trot’ Returns

School teams with firefighters for 5k Run/Walk.

Runners will assume their positions and leap forward at the sound of the starter’s gun — and walkers will follow behind, enjoying a stroll through picturesque neighborhoods of Potomac. The 2013 Holy Child “Tiger Trot” — a 5k run/walk that spans the hills of Avenel and then circles onto Persimmon Tree Drive and ends back at the Bradley Boulevard school grounds will take place on the morning of April 14.

Tuesday, April 2

Hundreds of Low Income Residents Receive Free Dental Care

Event was part of The Northern Virginia Dental Society’s 10th Annual Mission of Mercy

Several hundred low income and uninsured residents of Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax County received free dental care recently when the Northern Virginia Dental Society (NVDS) hosted its 10th Annual Mission of Mercy (MOM) project.

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Local Researchers Address ‘Concussion Culture’

Education and proper health care are keys.

With the impending warmer weather comes an increased number of children participating in outdoor activities. Some local health care professionals and researchers are issuing words of caution.

Column: Selfless or Selfish

Selfless or Selfish

Week in Reston

Week in Reston

Rescue Reston Efforts Continue

Group announces new community events and reorganizes board.

After a brief respite due to RN Golf Management’s postponement of the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing from January to May, Rescue Reston is reemerging and ramping up its mission to alert Reston and other Fairfax County residents about the potential development of one of Reston’s primary green spaces.

Commentary: Silver Line Access

Construction on the Silver Line, the extension of Metrorail in the Dulles corridor, will be completed for its first phase to Wiehle Avenue by August 2013. After extensive testing by its operator, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the line will start carrying passengers by December 2013. Reston riders will be able to go to Tysons, Arlington, downtown, or as far as Largo, Md.—without getting out of their seats. As exciting as the prospects are for mass transit into and out of our community, there is an understandable level of apprehension and concern about access to the rail line and its impact on the community.

Fastest Team Time

Potomac River Running snags third Marine Corps Marathon Fastest-team Plaque.

Potomac River Running Store of Reston received a championship plaque for a third consecutive year from the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Race Director Rick Nealis on Thursday, March 21.

A Journey of Discovery

Mary Jo Smrekar of Reston and Sue Ries Lamb of Alexandria facilitate The Women’s Collaborative.

“Join With Us in Discovery.” That’s the header on the invitation for the 2013 Women’s Collaborative, a “journey of discovery” that takes place in three four-day sessions at Meadowkirk Retreat and Conference Center in Middleburg. The first session takes place Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 2; the second takes place in August; and the last is in October.

Reston Couple Celebrates 70 Years

Reston Couple Celebrates 70 Years

Jewish-Muslim Passover Seder Commemoration

Local multi-religious celebrations and interfaith dialogue inspire communities nationwide.

With one foot in Fairfax County and the other in Loudoun, (yes, they needed permits from both counties during construction) the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling couldn’t have been a better choice of venue for an interfaith commemoration of Passover, the ancient Jewish holiday celebrating the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt over 3,000 years ago. The building, with its cross-counties placement, symbolizes the bridge building that took place on Saturday, March 30, when members of the ADAMS Center co-sponsored a Passover Seder with the Washington Area Jews for Jewish-Muslim Understanding, led by Andrea Barron. Sitting side-by-side in the small meeting room were Jews and Muslims as well as Christian pastors from Falls Church and Reston.

Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon

A Richmond Report Card Presented

SALT hosts annual Richmond Wrap-up.

Asked how effectively the issues facing disadvantaged populations have been addressed by legislators in Richmond, Carla Peterson, director of Virginia Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), said: “Not nearly enough. What has happened is that [Governor Bob] McDonnell has hired a person who is probably the most reformist person that I know of, in charge of corrections. [A person] who is making progress and not as much as we would like to see done, but it serves as a glimmer of hope. There are some [changes] taking place.”

Area Jazzercise Holds 'Dance for a Cure'

Area Jazzercise Holds 'Dance for a Cure'

St. Mark ESL Offers Spring Language Program

The number one goal of most students of English as a Second Language is a universal one: to communicate. In particular, the adult students of St. Mark English as a Second Language (ESL) program want to be able to converse in English with their children, with their employers and with their neighbors.

Wolftrap Shines at NoVa Odyssey of the Mind

Fifth and sixth graders garner accolades at regional tournament.

Several teams from Wolftrap Elementary School competed at the NoVa North Odyssey of the Mind Region 9 Tournament, which took place at Oakton High School on Saturday, March 9.

Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

VYS Patriots Black Win Platinum at Jefferson Cup

The Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) Patriots Black, an under-13 girls travel soccer team, competed in the 2013 Jefferson Cup tournament Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, in Richmond.

Marshall Road Elementary Raises Money to Support Veterans

Marshall Road Elementary School (MRES) is donating $532 as part of its project to support military veterans.

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Pickleberry Pie Adopts Vienna Center for Disabled Students

If you’ve never witnessed the therapeutic power of music, you’ve never seen a Pickleberry Pie-sponsored live performance for hospitalized children or disabled students. Prominent professional performers—from musicians and storytellers to animals—bring their specialties to school or hospital centers or to the hospital rooms of children too sick to leave their beds. Pickleberry Pie, a national service organization with a large network in the D.C. area, funds the performances. Most participating performers hire out at reduced rates as a public service.

Monday, April 1

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Fairfax County’s Homeless Population Declines 12 Percent

Emphasis on rapid re-housing, prevention keys to success.

Despite economic obstacles and fallout from across-the-board sequester cuts, Fairfax County’s number of homeless individuals declined 12 percent decline in the past year, and 26 percent since 2007.

New Vienna Police Chief Settles in

James “Jim” Morris comes to Vienna from 24 years with Fairfax County Police.

James “Jim” Morris comes to Vienna from 24 years with Fairfax County Police.

Photo Contest Winners Announced

The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department has announced the winners of its 2013 amateur photography contest, held March 16 and 17 at the Vienna Community Center. There were 250 entries by 70 photographers.

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‘Remission Riders,’ Oakton Wine Shop Fight Lymphoma

Vienna bikers, lymphoma survivors and their supporters at 2nd Annual Spring Fling Wine Festival.

A team of 21 “Remission Riders” were at the Oakton Wine Shop to raise funds for the Seventh Annual Lymphoma Research Foundation Bike Ride on Saturday, March 9. The bike team and wine shop hosted lymphoma survivors and advocates as well as those wanting to relax and enjoy some wine.

Cooper Orchestra Receives Straight I’s

The orchestra performs at the highest level in the state assessment.

Cooper Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Bo-Min Son, received straight I's, the highest level of achievement in the Virginia State Middle School Orchestra Assessment on March 9 at Kenmore Middle School.

Week in McLean

Week in McLean

Arleigh Burke Pavilion Opens for Medicare Part A Admissions

Vinson Hall Retirement Community has announced that Arleigh Burke Pavilion’s Health Care Center is now open to Medicare Part A admissions.

Eight Run for MCC Governing Board

Three adult, two teen positions available.

Eight Run for MCC Governing Board

Letter: A Great First Step

Letter to the Editor

McLean Kitchen and Garden Tour Planned for May 1

Woman’s Club schedules tour to benefit local Wounded Warrior project.

On Wednesday, May 1 (rain date: May 2), the Woman’s Club of McLean will mount the community’s first Kitchen and Garden Tour. The hours of the tour will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set in Countryside Estates in west McLean (the same area that was featured in the club’s 2010 Holiday Homes Tour), the event will focus on the kitchens and gardens of six large homes situated on one-acre lots.

Kentucky Derby Benefit in McLean

Kentucky Derby Benefit in McLean

Week in Great Falls

Week in Great Falls

Betty Ganley Featured in New Book, Exhibits at Katie’s

Great Falls artist Betty Ganley has been notified that her painting, “Fixin’ To Go Fishin’,” has been selected as one of the top 100 paintings to appear in North Light Publications book, Splash 15, the newest edition of the 15 books in North Lights Splash series.