Stories for August 2013

Stories for August 2013


Saturday, August 31

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T.C. Williams Football Blasts Oakton in Season Opener

Five different Titans reach end zone in victory.

TC gets first win against Oakton since 2009.

Friday, August 30

Column: From Weak to Week

Eight days and seven nights. Not exactly the vacation I was planning. Nevertheless, admitted to the hospital on Friday, August 2nd. Discharged on Friday, August 9th: that was my hospital “staycation.” Though I definitely improved as the post-surgical week went on, the process itself – specifically, nearly four days in S.I.C.U. (Surgical Intensive Care) with round-the-clock monitoring, nursing and doctoring – was hardly restful. In fact, if you read the following prose, you’ll presumably develop an understanding of the cons.

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Every Year Is Election Year in Virginia

Northern Virginia has most two-party races on ballot.

While the Virginia governor’s race is the one getting the most attention, both nationally and in the state, Virginia’s House of Delegates race is shaping up to be the most competitive in a decade. According to an official candidate list released last month by the Virginia State Board of Elections, 57 House seats will be contested this November — marking only the second time in the last decade where at least half of the 100 House seats will have more than one name on the ballot.

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What in the World Does a Supervisor Do, and Why Should We Care?

Local Government 101: Where the rubber meets the road.

We see them at just about every community event. They manage a budget larger than the budgets of four states, and rule over a county with a diverse, well-educated population of more than a million people. The 10 members of the Fairfax County Supervisors have an intense, time-consuming, insanely detailed job, one that comes with enormous power and even more responsibilities. They impact our lives in large and small ways, allocating money and resources in ways that can propel our community forward—or cost us our first-rate status in education, livability and culture. Yet most of us, media included, are so focused on politics at the state and national level that we overlook the decision-makers in our own backyard.

Obsessed With Politics? Fairfax County Welcomes You!

What newcomers need to know to be politically-savvy insiders.

Fairfax County may be physically separated from Washington, D.C.—the ground-zero of All Things Political—but residents here are a politically-savvy bunch. We know who Larry Sabato is—a prominent University of Virginia political analyst—and we pay attention to Not Larry Sabato—a Virginia politics blog by Ben Tribbett, a Fairfax County resident and self-described “vicious campaign insultant.” We follow our politicians on Twitter and Facebook.

Supervisors Give Us Their Best “Insider” Tips

Fairfax County has a fantastic park and library system, with tons of activities to enjoy. One of my personal favorites is the Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Accotink Park every summer.

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An Insider's Guide to the Arts in Northern Virginia

A selection of upcoming arts productions, happening right where you live.

There are more artists of every stripe making art in Northern Virginia than you may realize. Populating the bedroom communities, small towns, growing cities and metropolitan areas of Fairfax County, Arlington and Alexandria are your pick of dance, theatre, choral, symphonic, visual and performance, music and fill-in-the-blank groups. Look beyond Wolf Trap and Jammin' Java to the Torpedo Art Factory, the Workhouse Arts Center, and smaller, quality groups like ArtSpace Herndon and McLean Project for the Arts to cast their creative spell (that's only to name a few). Delve in and, we dare you, let your stereotypes of an artless string of suburbs dissolve. In place you'll get something much better than stereotypes: some culture.

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Magic of Lake Anne Mornings

Every day I marvel at the magic, waking up to a different lake each morning with the changes of the seasons and years.

Lake Anne has always been the heart of Reston for me. We moved to our townhouse on the lake in the winter of 2002 and as we hauled the last box in, it started to snow. Tired and hungry, we wandered down to the plaza and settled ourselves into a corner seat by the window at one of Lake Anne’s special restaurants. As the sun set we ordered the seafood soup and looked out onto the plaza and the lake and watched the snow fall gently—magical...

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Dancing to Lift Spirits

Gin Dance Company to perform in Reston.

"Dance is an amazing art form that you can deliver stories, ideas, meanings and emotions through body language. It’s a very powerful thing," said Shu-Chen Cuff, artistic director of the Fairfax County-based Gin Dance Company. The company will be performing in the coming weeks at Reston's CenterStage and then at the Reston Multicultural Festival.

Commentary: Plenty of Money

Reading a letter Governor McDonnell sent to state employees or listening to a speech he gave to the General Assembly money committees last week you could conclude that Virginia state government has plenty of money. He told both, “For the fourth straight year the commonwealth will enjoy a budget surplus! We concluded Fiscal Year 2013 with a total budget surplus of $585 million, the largest since 2005. Over the full four years of my term, Virginia has enjoyed a cumulative surplus of nearly $2 billion—the highest cumulative surplus of any single administration.”

Column: County Rushing “Dysfunctional” Master Plan?

A bit over four years ago, the Hunter Mill District supervisor announced the formation of a community Task force to prepare a new Reston Master Plan to shape Reston, complete with rail service, for a generation. The supervisor said it was a vital mission, top priority, to be completed during 2010. Then, she left the room—and the planning process. Fast forward—the train is about to arrive and the task force has yet to complete even the first half of its work—the comprehensive plan for three new rail station areas.

Dulles Day Festival, Plane Pull Returns Sept. 14

The event benefits Special Olympics Virginia.

Whether you’re pulling the plane, cheering from the sidelines or racing down the runway in tennis shoes at this year’s first-ever 5K, there's something for everyone at the Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia. Grab your family, friends and co-workers and put your muscles to the test Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dulles International Airport.

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Hornets Ready for New Season

Parents and faculty discuss new sports season at Herndon High.

Coaches’ Night was held on Aug. 19 at Herndon High School. The coaches of fall sports and athletics for Herndon High School students met with parents at the school cafeteria. “It is an informational session where you get and see who your coaches are and meet other parents,” said Jonathan Frohm, director of Student Activities and Athletics.

Get to Know Local Herndon Non-profits

Reston Interfaith helps those that are homeless and struggling in Northern Virginia to build more stable lives by connecting them to vital resources that solve their needs for housing, child care, food or financial assistance. Programs and services include the Embry Rucker Community Shelter, Emergency Food Pantry, Hypothermia Prevention Program and the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Touching Heart Inspires Spirit of Caring and Giving

Children learn by example and by doing. That’s the principal behind Touching Heart, where the goal is to inspire and cultivate a spirit of caring and giving in children that will last a lifetime. Touching Heart’s mission is to educate children to have a giving heart.

Helping Hungry Kids at Floris United Methodist Church

On Sunday, Aug. 25, members and friends of Floris United Methodist Church of Herndon packaged 1,200 weekend meals for students at Hutchison Elementary School. The two-hour event for the Help Hungry Kids program was for all ages, and more than 100 volunteers participated in assembling the bags. In addition to this annual event, Help Hungry Kids is sustained by individual volunteers and families that assemble and deliver packages to the church on the first Sunday of each month.

Get to Know Your Herndon Area Business Connections

Comprised of the Herndon and Chantilly/Centreville Chambers, Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce covers Herndon, Sterling, Centreville, Chantilly, South Riding and Dulles Airport. Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce serves businesses in the Dulles Corridor.

Lifetime Learning Institute of Northern Virginia

Affiliated with Northern Virginia Community College, the Lifetime Learning Institute of Northern Virginia (LLI) is a non-profit, member-run organization dedicated to providing continuing educational opportunities to older adults of all backgrounds and income levels.

The Non-profits of Vienna

AHC, a nonprofit developer of affordable housing, operates in Vienna to provide quality homes for low- and moderate-income families. AHC Also offers services for residents and homeownership opportunities.

The Beauty of Vienna Living

From national recognition to local perspective, views on life in Vienna.

What surprised many people living in the Vienna area is not that Vienna was voted by Money magazine as the third best small town to live in in America but that it did not come in first. That’s Vienna pride.

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A Fading Craft Thrives in Vienna

Guarantee Shoe Repair blends business with congeniality and nature.

The cream-colored two-story clapboard house at 131 Church St. N.W. could be mostly any one’s home in Vienna. It’s well cared-for with rose bushes and an array of flowers and greenery out front. To the side is a small fish pond and to the back is a gazebo anchored by a fountain. The gazebo’s flooring covers an obsolete well whose pump remains a visual magnet.

Area Chambers of Commerce: Meet Your Vienna Business Contacts

Meet the Vienna business associations and chambers of commerce who want to meet you and get to know your business too.

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Alexandria School Superintendent Unexpectedly Resigns

Taxpayers to fork over almost $300,000 to buy out embattled superintendent.

With days left to go before the first day of school, leaders in Alexandria are searching for a new superintendent.

Thursday, August 29

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A Year of The Arts in Vienna

Don't miss the arts in front of your nose: Vienna has concerts, exhibits, community theater and more, right here, in town.

Letter: Pulled Back to 18th Century

I read with interest Del. Barbara Comstock’s piece [“Investing in 21st Century Industries and Jobs,” Connection, August 21-27, 2013]. If Ms. Comstock really wants to make Virginia a welcoming destination for new businesses, she should stop voting for socially repressive and discriminatory legislation. Tax breaks and open land are not the only factors that companies consider when deciding to make a move. Top executives also consider traffic problems and education, both issues whose solutions Ms. Comstock has failed to support.

Insiders' Tips: Places to Visit in Dranesville District

Supervisor John W. Foust (D-Dranesville) recommends places to see in the area.

Newcomers to Dranesville should visit our beautiful Potomac riverfront parks. Scotts Run in McLean offers fantastic hiking trails and great views of the Potomac. Riverbend Park and Great Falls National Park in Great Falls have visitor centers, great trails, spectacular river views and scenic picnic areas.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 137 homes sold between $1,705,000-$199,900 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: July, 2013

Springfield Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 196 Springfield homes sold between $815,000-$151,000.

Springfield Home Sales: July, 2013

Newcomers and the Community Guide; Get to Know Area Non-profits

Get to know the area non-profits!

Reston Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 128 Reston homes sold between $1,310,000-$105,000.

Reston Home Sales: July, 2013

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 87 Potomac homes sold between $3,575,000-$298,888.

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2013

Mount Vernon Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 124 homes sold between $1,195,000-$76,125 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: July, 2013

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Langley High Band to Hold Tag Day Fundraiser

On Saturday, Sept. 7, band members from Langley High School will participate in “Tag Day” throughout neighborhoods in McLean and Great Falls. Each year, the Langley High School Band raises money through door-to-door fundraising, “tagging” neighbors for their monetary support. In return, band members are personally inviting donors to come and enjoy one or all of Langley HS Bands free concerts held in the school auditorium in the winter and spring. The concerts are scheduled for early December and late February.

McLean Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 111 homes sold between $3,875,000-$138,500 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: July, 2013

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 99 homes sold between $1,550,000-$165,000 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: July, 2013

Great Falls Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 26 Great Falls homes sold between $2,200,000-$417,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: July, 2013

Police Investigate Death of 16-year-old Girl

On Friday, Aug. 23 police were in the area of the 8200 block of Madrillon Estates Drive, in the Vienna area, looking for a reported 16-year-old runaway girl. Around 11 a.m., officers located the body of the missing girl. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the medical examiner. The investigation is ongoing.

Fairfax Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 98 Fairfax homes sold between $1,325,000-$129,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: July, 2013

Centreville Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 123 Centreville homes sold between $1,008,109-$146,500.

Centreville Home Sales: July, 2013

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Insiders’ Tips: What Are Your Favorite Places in McLean?

After four dynamic years yielding him two Cappie awards and an EP of original songs, McLean’s Damian Leverett, 18, cites the food of Chop n Chicken at 1375 Beverly Road, McLean, as the main fuel to his fire. The recent McLean High School graduate says, “It was my favorite meal to have before performances. … They catered a few of our all-night rehearsal dinners and fed us in between matinee and evening shows.” The aspiring actor recommends the “Create Your Own” option which allows customers to add any three toppings to the restaurant’s namesake dish, but he adds that because “every dish has their delicious chopped chicken … it’s hard to go wrong.” As Leverett prepares to study acting at the Guthrie Theater BFA Program at the University of Minnesota, he reflects on the family-owned business as “definitely the restaurant I’ll miss most when I move away for college.”

Chantilly Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 28 homes sold between $800,000-$200,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: July, 2013

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

In July 2013, 94 homes sold between $1,295,000-$185,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Best Educated, Most Diverse

If you are a new resident of Fairfax County, or an employee working for a company new to the county, welcome!

Burke Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 70 Burke homes sold between $863,500-$123,000.

Burke Home Sales: July, 2013

New Superintendent Relishes Opportunity

A fan of Baylor grad RG3 … not Cowboys

Here in Fairfax, not only do we have the talent and the expertise to solve the problems facing us in FCPS, but we are uniquely positioned to solve the most pressing issues facing public schools across the country. -Karen K. Garza, Ph.D., superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools

Arlington Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 290 Arlington homes sold between $1,825,000-$74,000.

Arlington Home Sales: July, 2013

Insiders' Tips: What Do You Like Most About Living in McLean?

“I would say McLean is a really top quality residential area. The school system here is famous in Fairfax County. I’ve also enjoyed all the people I’ve met so far. Over 13 years, I have known many good neighbors, parents, teachers and other people involved in all kinds of organizations. Even during the daily grocery shopping experience, I just feel that things are so convenient and pleasant every time. The feeling I have about the culture of the community here is that everyone is looking for the best to contribute back to the community, especially the experience I had with Churchill Elementary School, Cooper Middle School and Langley High School so far.

Chamber Gives Voice to Businesses

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (Fairfax Chamber), the Voice of Business in Northern Virginia, represents 650 member companies with nearly 500,000 employees throughout the region.

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

Online registration for the 2013 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is open Deadline to register online is Aug. 30. The fee is $12. Participants can register online at Events take place Sept. 7-19 at 17 venues throughout Northern Virginia. Call 703-228-4721 for more.

Finding the Free Resources Available to McLean Residents

Many residents who are over 55 are unaware of the variety of information and services available to helping them stay in place comfortably, stay informed and stay connected within the McLean community. In May 2013, the Dranesville supervisor’s office hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the McLean Community Center, launching the McLean Senior Source (MSS). After spending the past year navigating the system on behalf of my parents, I wish this resource had been available to me when I needed it.


Find a comprehensive online listing of county business resources at

Alexandria Home Sales: July, 2013

In July 2013, 228 Alexandria homes sold between $4,600,000-$99,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: July, 2013

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Meet Your McLean Area Non-profits

CTFund is a completely youth-run organization dedicated to helping malnourished and impoverished children in developing countries achieve a healthy and happy start to life. CTFund staff is composed solely of teenagers who are passionate about changing the lives of children around the world who are not as fortunate as they are.

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McLean Project for the Arts Inspires Creativity With Classes, Festival

MPAartfest returns Oct. 6.

The 6th annual MPAartfest arrives on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in McLean Central Park, at the intersection of Dolley Madison Blvd. (Rt 123) and Old Dominion Drive.

Welcome to Fairfax County

Hello and welcome to Fairfax County!

A Year in Fairfax County

A sampling of some of the cherished, annual events of the county.

Upcoming events in the county.

Join McLean Citizens Association

MCA welcomes newcomers, invites residents to join and have a voice on issues affecting the community.

Welcome. Whether you are new to the McLean area or a long-time resident, we invite you to consider joining the McLean Citizens Association (MCA)—your “go-to” unofficial town council and voice on local, regional and state issues that affect our quality of life. Our membership area extends from the Mclean-Arlington border to Vienna on the Route 7 side of the Dulles Toll Road and Great Falls east of Difficult Run. It includes portions of the Falls Church 22043 and 22046, the Vienna 22182 and the Great Falls 22066 zip codes, as well as the entirety of the McLean-Tysons 22101 and 22102 zip codes.

Great Falls Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations

Business association and chambers in Great Falls and the surrounding areas exist to serve your business and help connect you with the resources you need to make your business successful and to help it grow. Below are a list of business associations and chambers, in no particular order. Find a comprehensive online listing of county business resources at

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A Year in The Arts in Great Falls

A selection of upcoming theatre, music and art shows in and around the village.

Colvin Run Community Dance Hall, 10201 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls. The historic dance hall, previously known as the Colvin Run Schoolhouse, welcomes guests for active social events. All dances are hosted by the Colvin Run Citizens Association, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

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McLean Chambers and Business Resources

Many organizations in McLean are here to serve your business and help connect you with the resources you need to make your business successful and to help it grow. Below are a list of business associations and chambers, in no particular order.

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A Year of The Arts in McLean

A selection of upcoming theatre, music and art shows in the area.

The arts have many incarnations in McLean, from dance to symphony to visual art and more. We've highlighted the venues in your area and have also included a sampling of the upcoming events put on by your local arts organizations. See what exhibits, concerts and shows are coming to your area here.

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On the Potomac at Riverbend

Whether a newcomer or an "oldcomer" like me, I urge everyone to explore Riverbend Park and the Potomac as it flows by Great Falls.

For the past several years I have been photographing the landscapes, landmarks and wildlife of this place we call Great Falls. During this period I have been to Riverbend Park numerous times with my camera, but in May 2012 I noticed a sign near the boat rental area that listed the rates for each type of craft such as canoes, kayaks and aluminum flat-bottomed jon boats.

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A Community of Arts

Great Falls Studios (GFS) welcomes you to the neighborhood.

In 2003, Laura Nichols invited three local artists to a meeting in her kitchen to talk. As they say, “the rest is history!” In 2013 Great Falls Studios (GFS) is celebrating our 10th anniversary—a great opportunity for us to introduce ourselves to new neighbors. GFS includes 115 artists creating in a wide variety of media, in studio spaces scattered through out Great Falls.

Senior Center Welcomes New Residents

Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC) brings new focus to seniors.

The Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC) is spearheading a new program for the community’s mature adults. Responding to the absence of sufficient social and educational opportunities for them, GFSC is bringing the growing senior population together with stimulating programs and activities on wide-ranging topics that enrich their cultural, social and educational interests. GFSC is supported by public and private entities in Fairfax County and the Great Falls area. Seniors are responding with their attendance and volunteerism.

Get to Know The Great Falls Non-profit Community

A list of the non-profits in Great Falls, all of which are in need of either donations, volunteers or others resources you might have to share. If you know of a non-profit we've omitted that bears inclusion, email us at

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Insiders’ Tips: What Is So Great About Living in Great Falls?

"The best thing about Great Falls is the fact that we’re surrounded by natural parks and trails; it’s relatively undisturbed and scenic here. But at the same time, we have Washington, D.C. nearby, and good public transportation to get there. You should definitely make an effort to learn your way around and figure out the most accessible way to D.C. I also like that Great Falls has lots of public fields and athletic facilities to use. In the summer, I play pick-up soccer with my friends twice a week at the Great Falls Grange, which is a good way to unwind."

Letter: The Story Well Told

I commend Alex McVeigh for his piece on the water contamination issue ("Station Remediation Plan Nears Completion," Great Falls Connection, August 14-20, 2013). My wife and I attended the meeting, which was long (over two hours) and complicated, even tedious and occasionally a bit contentious.

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Great Falls Community Farmers Market: Treasuring Heritage, Home and Habitat

Our local community farmers market has been growing steadily all spring and summer, with more produce vendors, both local and organic; more local farmers bearing meats, fish, cheeses, artisan soaps, etc.; more micro-local vendors who have launched their own businesses to bring their unique offerings to our community; and the Great Falls Historical Society, offering information, membership, publications and programs on local history. In the fall, a community tent will be added and more non-profits will be making their information available to the community on a weekly basis.

Keeping the Past

Our village, Great Falls, Virginia.

Local history captures the story of those who have lived before us in this our place, Great Falls. A birds-eye view spanning centuries of just a few local people and projects humbles, inspires, and calls us to action.

Editorial: About the Connection

As your local, weekly newspaper, the Great Falls Connection’s mission is to bring the local news you need, to gather information about the best things in and near your community, to advocate for community good, to provide a forum for dialogue on local concerns, and to celebrate and record milestones and events in the community and people’s lives.

A Great Falls Tradition: Dancing at the Colvin Run Community Hall

Since 1932, Great Falls' nightlife has centered around the dance hall on Colvin Run Road. Pass by most nights and you'll see silhouettes sweeping past the glowing windows. Drop in sometime—no experience or partner is needed, and everyone is welcome.

Classified Advertising August 8, 2013

Read the latest ads here!

Issues Facing Alexandria Residents

A look at some of the major items on the agenda for the near future.

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Fiscal Year Follies: Latest Budget Blunder Involves Increased Utility Tax

'Mistake' comes on the heels of 'communication issue.'

Shortly after City Council members approved the budget for fiscal year 2014, they had to reconsider two dedicated sources of revenue that had been spiked despite a lack of consensus among elected officials. Now City Manager Rashad Young has acknowledged a new blunder in revenue collections, a failure to follow all the necessary steps to increase utility taxes.

Wednesday, August 28

About the Almanac

Newcomers and Community Guide 2013-2014

Newcomers and Community Guide 2013-2014; About the Almanac

Newcomers and Community Guide; Get To Know Elected Officials

Get To Know Elected Officials

What I Love About Living in Potomac

What I Love About Living in Potomac

Environmental Perspective On Top Issues

Environmental Perspective On Top Issues

Entertainment Calendar

Entertainment Calendar


Arlingtonians Tell Us Why They Love Their City

What Do You Like Best About Living in Arlington?

Arlingtonians Tell Us Why They Love Their City

Senior Centers

Senior Centers

Newcomer's Guide; OAR Creates Second Chances

Ex-offenders contribute $1 million in community services.

Ex-offenders contribute $1 million in community services.

Get Involved

Get Involved

55 Years or Older?

Registry for county's senior adult programs.

55 Years or Older? Register for county’s senior adult programs.

Top Five Places To Visit in Arlington

Some suggestions on where to take out-of-state visitors.

Top five things to see in Arlington

Commentary: I Become a Tutor and Learn a Few Things

I had forgotten the geometric-shaped colors and mostly Lilliputian furniture which adorn elementary school classrooms when I entered Ashlawn Elementary as a volunteer reading tutor.

Places To Exercise Fido

County maintains eight canine areas.

Benjamin Banneker Park 1701 North Van Buren Street Lights on until 8 p.m. Fort Barnard at the corner of South Pollard Street and South Walter Reed Drive Lights on until 9 p.m. Fort Ethan Allen Park 3829 North Stafford Street Lights on until 7 p.m. Glencarlyn Park 301 South Harrison Street James Hunter Park (Closed for renovations) 1299 N. Herndon Street Shirlington Park 2601 South Arlington Mill Drive Towers Park 801 South Scott Street Lights on until 10 p.m. Utah Park 3191 South Utah Street — Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for Sept. 2-7.

About the Connection

Newcomers and Community Guide 2013-2014


Washington-Lee High School: 75 Years Ago

The school’s graduates: 1938 and now.

Three local residents recall high school days from seventy-five years ago.

‘Wags n’ Whiskers’ Attracts Animal Lovers

Rescue groups use event to encourage adoptions.

Wags n’ Whiskers allows shoppers and their pets to explore more than 50 onsite exhibitors, pet services and pet adoption organizations. Attendees also enjoyed live music, demonstrations and activities for children. Volunteers from K-9 Lifesavers dog rescue stand on Campbell Avenue with friendly pets looking for a home.

Bulletin Board

Email announcements to Deadline is noon the Thursday before publication. Photos are welcome.

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Metro and More Coming to McLean

Tysons redevelopment to highlight coming months.

Over the next few months changes will be abound in the McLean area, not least of which will be the arrival of trains on the Silver Line. While the trains themselves will carry people to and from McLean to other areas of the region, the areas surrounding the stations are undergoing many changes themselves.

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New Projects Underway in Great Falls

Upcoming projects will widen Leesburg Pike, slim Walker Road.

Residents of Great Falls will be seeing plenty of orange traffic cones over the coming months, and even years when it comes to the Route 7 widening project.

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Developments Abound in Reston

Silver Line, Master Plan task force opportunities loom.

Reston will be the first community along the Dulles Corridor to experience the Silver Line with the opening of the Wiehle Avenue Station. With stations at Reston Town Center and off Sunrise Valley Drive to come as part of Phase Two, the community is actively involved in planning for both phases.

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Looking Into Herndon’s Future

Downtown, Metro development in store for Herndon.

Long known as a destination for several of Herndon’s signature restaurants, the historic downtown is beginning to shape up into a focal point for people of all kinds.

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Silver Line Brings New Opportunities

Metrorail line aims to connect Washington, D.C. with Dulles Airport by 2018.

When the first trains of Metro’s Silver Line start carrying passengers, around February 2014, it will mark a new era for Northern Virginia, particularly the northern part of Fairfax County. By 2018, riders from Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston and McLean will have access to Dulles Airport and Washington, D.C. via the Silver Line.

Sunday, August 25

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Bishop Ireton Football Looking To Bounce Back

Cardinals will play first four games at home.

Cardinals finished 1-9 in 2012.

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Nebraska Commit Pierson-El Is WPHS’s Big-Play Threat

Wolverines in search of return trip to postseason.

West Potomac opens the 2013 season at home against Centreville.

Friday, August 23

'Skylight' Is People's Choice at Workhouse

'Skylight' Is People's Choice at Workhouse

Friday Night Closure on I-95

The closure will be removed by Saturday morning.

The closure will be removed by Saturday morning.

Fall Classes Begin at School of the Arts

Fall Classes Begin at School of the Arts

Tango Comes to Lorton Workhouse

QuinTango to perform Saturday.

Tango Comes to Lorton Workhouse

Denard Span of the Washington Nationals Visits Cox Solutions

Denard Span of the Washington Nationals Visits Cox Solutions

Raising Awareness for Honey Bees

Tangles Salon in Burke holds party for National Honey Bee Day.

Tangles Hair Salon and Spa of Burke held a beehive party last Saturday, Aug. 17, in honor of National Honey Bee Day at the store in the Burke Commons shopping center next to Walmart.

Back to School: Back to Lunch

Healthy lunchbox and after school snack ideas.

Healthy Lunch and Snack Ideas

Thursday, August 22

Week in Springfield

Week in Springfield

Fairfax Station Students Attend Summer Science Program in Israel

Local student and budding scientist Pierce Eggan was one of only 19 American students chosen to attend the summer science program at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, one of the world’s foremost centers of scientific research and graduate study.

More Than a Pink Cadillac

Springfield woman earns third Mary Kay car for outstanding business performance.

Mention Mary Kay cosmetics, and most people think of the company’s iconic pink Cadillac. For decades, the storied beauty company has offered the use of the pearl pink car as an incentive for sales force members to up their achievement level.

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Fairfax Mechanic Enjoys a ‘Dream Season’

Tim Minor, owner of Fairfax Automotive Specialist Center.

At the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Aug. 11, Tim Minor, 52, put a lock on the F2000 Championship Series with two races yet to run at Summit Point, W. Va. on Aug. 23-25.

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Her WISH Granted

Robinson student selected to intern at NASA this summer.

Betsy Berenback-Gold, a student at Robinson Secondary School, recently returned from a week at NASA where she planned a robotics and radiation mission and experienced life as an engineer and scientist.

Letter: Beyond the Borders

Letter to the editor on Immigration reform.

Making Strides for Children’s Health Care

Fairfax girl to participate in Children’s National Race for Every Child.

Fairfax girl to participate in Children’s National Race for Every Child.

Opinion: Setting Record Straight on Libraries

The facts on the proposed library pilot program.

There has been much confusion about the recently-announced recommendation from the Library Board to pilot some changes to more efficiently serve library patrons at two county libraries.

Viewpoints: Schools Ready for New Beginning

Principals set goals for the new school year.

Principals set goals for the new school year.

Seven Schools to Implement Back-to-School Soda Ban

FCPS conducts pilot program banning sugary sodas in seven high schools.

Healthy eating habits begin early, and in an effort to curb consumption of sugary drinks by students, Fairfax County Public Schools will be conducting a pilot program in September that will ban sugary soda drinks in seven of its 25 high schools.

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Easing into Back to School

End-of-summer tips to make the first day of school less stressful

Area experts provide advice on easing into back to school.

"Flourishing After 55"

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for Sept. 2-7.

Welcoming Students

Getting schools ready from technology to nutrition.

Getting Ready for Students


Military Notes

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Bulletin Board

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The following incidents were reported by the Arlington Police Department.

'Service Above Self'

Peter Knetemann is 86th Rotary Club president.

“Rotary … seems to attract a neat kind of person. Our members are looking beyond themselves and that's what sets us apart.”

Excerpts From King’s ‘I Have a Dream’

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to the March on Washington 50 years ago next week, Aug. 28, 1963.

Excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech: “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

School Bells Ring Sept. 3

Local schools gearing up for new critical thinking programs.

It’s that time of the year when school bells across the region begin ringing … families are doing last-minute back-to-school shopping for supplies and clothes, the days are getting shorter, fall sports are at practice and children are playing outside until dusk. It won’t last much longer. Fairfax County Public Schools start the school year on Tuesday, Sept. 3, possibly the last year the county will be required to schedule the school calendar year after Labor Day. Fairfax County Public Schools’ new initiative is to develop 21st century learning skills among its students. Several Vienna-area elementary school administrators shared “what’s new” at their schools.

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Packing Healthful Sack Lunches Children Will Eat

Local experts offer lunch suggestions, recipes.

The bigger challenge for mom or dad than building a healthful sack lunch is building a healthful sack lunch that tastes good-enough to eat. If children are not actually eating what you serve them, it makes little difference how healthy the ingredients are. That’s where local food specialists lend a hand. Registered dietician Judy Caplan and professional chef—and mother of two school-aged kids—Christine Wisnewski share suggestions, tips and recipes for planning sack lunches your kids will eat because they enjoy doing so. Healthy and tasty—the ultimate combination.

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Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna Announces Adventures in Learning Fall Classes

Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna plans to offer a new program, Adventures in Learning (AIL), fall classes Thursdays, Sept. 19-Nov. 7. An Open House/Registration is slated for Sept. 12 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton.

Investing in 21st Century Industries and Jobs

The Northern Virginia region clearly faces economic threats and challenges as a result of sequestration and government downsizing. The national economy continues to stagnate. If you are looking for a bright sign on our local horizon—the data center industry, which is expected to still grow by hundreds of millions over the near future, is a sector to double down on.

Week in McLean

McLean Community Center begins fall registration; Charity Champions hold SHARE fundraiser.

The McLean Community Center (MCC) opened registration for its fall session classes, events and activities on Monday, Aug. 19, for the residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville who pay a special real estate tax surcharge to fund the center. All others can begin registering on Monday, Aug. 26.

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What Are the Most Exciting Changes in McLean Area Schools?

“One of the things that we’re starting this year is that we’re having a Highlander Kickoff on Aug. 27. We’re trying to find a way to welcome the community and the kids back, and make it a fun atmosphere for everybody. It is a day for students to come get their schedules, pick up their parking and uniforms, meet some coaches, and for clubs to sell some stuff and start fundraising. It’s a day for everyone to get back in the mood and get ready for school. We’ll have food, cheerleaders, and the band. It will be the first time we’ll ever be doing it. The second thing is that we’re embedding our Highlander Time, which is our intervention period, so we’ll be having intervention everyday for half an hour so kids can meet with teachers, catch up on their homework and do things to de-stress during the school day. We also have a new instructional coach at our school, Kate Stavish, and she’ll be working with our teachers and team during the school day on curriculum and different components about teaching, so we’re very excited about that too.”

McLean High Student Wins Idol Competition

Alexander Stone of McLean received top honors in the 2013 Signature Theatre Idol competition on Aug. 3 at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre's annual Open House held in Arlington. Stone is a rising junior at McLean High School. The annual Signature Idol competition searches for talented, undiscovered singers in the DC metropolitan area. It is held in conjunction with the Signature Theatre Open House. For his first competition entry, Stone presented “In These Skies,” from the musical "Ace." Judges selected Stone to participate in the competition’s final round where he presented “Prayer” from "The Scarlet Pimpernel." The competition judges were Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer, Broadway’s Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello and WETA’s Robert Aubry Davis. Sarah Ann Sillers of Potomac, Md. was the runner-up.

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The Mane Attraction

Firefighters to hold Cuts for Kids Days.

Students from throughout the region will be treated to free back-to-school haircuts thanks to Alexandria and Fairfax County firefighters who are sponsoring the third Cuts for Kids Days Aug. 26-28 at area recreation centers.

2-Year-Old Completes Summer Reading Program

McLean resident Jet Christian Randolph, age 2, was recently congratulated by Chris LaMarca, the branch manager of the Fairfax County Library, Dolly Madison branch for reading or having 15 books read to him during the Fairfax County Public Library Summer Reading Program running through Aug. 31.

Week in Great Falls

Sept. 11 ceremony at the Freedom Memorial.

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., the Great Falls Freedom Memorial Committee will hold its annual 9/11 Ceremony at the site of the Freedom Memorial (behind the Great Falls Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike). This ceremony especially remembers the six citizens of the Great Falls community who died when Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

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A New School Year in Great Falls

Cooper encourages critical thinking; Langley revamps Saxon Time; Highlander Kickoff on Aug. 27.

“This year, Fairfax County Public Schools are upping the rigor; this doesn’t necessarily mean more work, but it will be more challenging. We’ll be asking students to think critically, look for creative solutions, and work in collaboration with one another. We’re working within the curriculum to find extensions that will bring about these skills. Of course, Cooper will also be welcoming new seventh-graders, and I advise them to come in with an open mind and take advantage of the opportunities to make new friends, because five elementary schools come together here. We will also have new Spanish, French, mathematics and band teachers. We’re looking forward to a great year.”

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Back to School in Great Falls

Cooper encourages critical thinking; Langley revamps Saxon Time; Highlander Kickoff on Aug. 27.

“This year, Fairfax County Public Schools are upping the rigor; this doesn’t necessarily mean more work, but it will be more challenging. We’ll be asking students to think critically, look for creative solutions, and work in collaboration with one another. We’re working within the curriculum to find extensions that will bring about these skills. Of course, Cooper will also be welcoming new seventh-graders, and I advise them to come in with an open mind and take advantage of the opportunities to make new friends, because five elementary schools come together here. We will also have new Spanish, French, mathematics and band teachers. We’re looking forward to a great year.”

Letter: More Than a Prank

I was totally surprised that no one responded to my letter and full page of photos that you published in Great Falls Connection, May 22-28, 2013, regarding the wooden birds that are being mounted on traffic signs and trees around the Great Falls area. They are still going up! Yesterday I spotted one hanging from a tree on Old Dominion, where it crosses the Beltway. 

Letter: Beware of Copperheads

Last week I read about a woman from Maryland who was bitten by a copperhead when she stopped to take a photo along the GW Parkway. More than 10 years ago, a woman in Leesburg was bitten by a copperhead one evening when she was turning off her sprinkler. Their splotchy brown/copper color scheme makes it difficult to see them, but they live among us. Be careful.

Great Falls Studios Online Gallery Presents ‘Simply Summer’

The Great Falls Studios (GFS) artists have put to paper, molded in clay and caught on camera warm sunny days, summer vacations, beaches and boats, butterflies, flowers and abundant greenery.

Obituary: Rebecca Fones

Rebecca Lee Knight Fones, 74, of Covington, died on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

Fairfax Republicans Nominate Bryan ‘BA’ Wolfe for Sheriff

Wolfe faces Democratic nominee Stacey Kincaid in Nov. 5 special election.

When retired Fairfax police officer Bryan “BA” Wolfe was selected as the Republican nominee for Fairfax County Sheriff last week, he vowed to “restore the public trust” by making the 500-member department more “accountable and transparent.”

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Shedding Sunshine on the Secret World of Regulation in Virginia

Advisory panel rejects effort to open records of the State Corporation Commission.

Ever wonder what happens during deliberations that regulate payday lending? How about the effort to oversee your health insurance?

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School Board Chairwoman Confronts Governor During Alexandria Education Summit

City leaders hope to change school takeover rather than filing lawsuit.

Sitting face to face with Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell at T.C. Williams, Alexandria School Board Chairwoman Karen Graf challenged the sweeping education reform that threatens to remove Jefferson-Houston School from the city's public school system.

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Tougher Tests Cause Alexandria Scores to Plunge

School officials say more rigorous standards are to blame.

Test scores are down across Alexandria. But school officials say that doesn't necessarily mean students are doing worse. It means that the tests have gotten harder.

Wednesday, August 21

Week in Reston

This week in Reston...

To the Editor: Can We Afford It?

"Affordable" housing is a good idea isn't it?

Predicting Unpredictable

Stand up comedian Tig Notaro arriving at Reston's CenterStage.

Where and When: Tig Nataro, stand up comedy, at CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Performance, Saturday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 Reston/$30 Non-Reston. Call 703-476-2500 or visit


The story “Public Libraries Version 2.0?” (Reston Connection, August 14-20, 2013) incorrectly attributed a quote to Jennifer McCullough.

Commentary: Let's Take a Break from School Reform

Earlier this month I attended “The Governor’s K-12 Education Reform Summit,” the second such event put on by the McDonnell administration in as many years.

Classical Ballet Theatre Presents Contemporary Master Class

Classical Ballet Theatre (CBT) will kick off its 2013-2014 Master Class series.

Week in Herndon

This week in Herndon is filled with many new, exciting events!

Back to School

What Are the Most Exciting Changes in Herndon Schools?

Back to school season in Herndon brings plenty of new changes.

Trinity Presbyterian Church Hosts Concert Series

The Loudoun Jazz Ensemble performed at the fellowship hall of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 18.

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Leidos Locates in Reston

SAIC to split into two parts, second part will move to Reston Town Center.

SAIC, one of the largest employers in Northern Virginia, has announced that they will locate the headquarters for Leidos in Reston Town Center. Leidos is the to-be-formed new company that handles national security, health and engineering solutions.

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People’s Choice Winner

Herndon senior Josh Katz reflects on award-winning photograph.

When the Town of Herndon 2014 calendars are sent to all the residents late this year, the work of Josh Katz will adorn the main page. Katz, a rising senior at Herndon High School, took this year’s People’s Choice Award winning photograph.

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Arlington County Schools Increasingly Crowded as Enrollment Spikes

Two new elementary school planned; more changes on the horizon.

School leaders in Arlington are struggling to accommodate about 1,000 new students in the coming school year, a crunch that's sending school officials scrambling for teachers, assistants, administrators, equipment and relocatable classrooms.

Tuesday, August 20

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Herndon Council Approves Preliminary Subdivision Plan

Helgar Oaks would feature nine houses on Van Buren Street.

The Herndon Town Council unanimously approved an application for a preliminary subdivision plan on the 400 block of Van Buren Street. The lots at 417 and 419 Van Buren Street, located adjacent to Bruin Park, are currently empty and total about three acres.

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Great Falls Elementary Students Summer in Japan

Great Falls Elementary, Cooper Middle Students visit Japan.

Nineteen students from Great Falls Elementary School and Cooper Middle School spent their summer in a unique way. The students spent two weeks in Japan as a culmination of their Japanese Immersion study

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Women Leaders Gather at Great Falls Library

Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34) hosts Young Women’s Leadership Program.

Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34) welcomed author and political commentator Donna Brazile to her Young Women’s Leadership Program Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Great Falls Library. Twenty-three young women, mostly middle and high schoolers, listened to Brazile tell her story and give advice on chasing their dreams.

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Share Readies Students for School

Nonprofit gives out school supplies, backpacks, back-to-school haircuts.

Share of McLean helped its clients get into back-to-school mode Wednesday, Aug. 14, with their annual school supply drive. The nonprofit worked with local individuals and organizations to stock their shelves with the items returning students were sure to need.

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Walmart Comes to Tysons Corner

New store at Tysons West is first "urban style" location.

Walmart opened their first urban-style location in the country in Tysons Corner Wednesday, Aug. 14. The store, which is one of their "supercenters," will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serves as the anchor of the JBG Rosenfeld Retail-owned Tysons West.

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Resurrecting The Post for a New Era

The Post has two upcoming gigs in Vienna and Alexandria.

Don’t let the minor chords fool you: The Post is made up of happy people. The band, originally started by guitarist Kate Jarosik and singer/pianist Chelsea Bryan during their time at the University of Virginia, took a brief hiatus after graduation but has started up again with some new musicians in Northern Virginia. Fresh off a successful stint through a Battle of the Bands at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, The Post is getting ready for a show there next Wednesday, Aug. 28 and another at St. Elmo’s in Alexandria Sept. 20.

Monday, August 19

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Even Small Amounts of Precipitation Dump Raw Sewage into Potomac River

City government signs offer misleading information about outfalls.

Don't believe the signs city officials have posted at the four outfall spots that dump raw sewage into the Potomac River. The truth is much worse.

Thursday, August 15

Seeking ‘Presents 4 Pets

Campaign to aid four local animal charities.

Residents of the region have the opportunity to help non-profit animal rescue organizations, thanks to the Presents 4 Pets Campaign.

Reacting to Countywide Transit Corridors

On Friday [July 26], the Planning Board sent to our council its 130-page recommendations regarding the proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) system. It is recommending a network of 81 miles along 10 specific corridors.


Suspects Sought in Country Club Burglary

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police- 2nd District are investigating a burglary that occurred during the early morning hours of Aug. 1 at the Bethesda Country Club at 7601 Bradley Boulevard.

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Should Jefferson-Houston Become a Charter School?

Alexandria's failing school is in crossfire of political debate.

Politicians love to talk about failing schools. As an abstract concept, they are an easy target. But when an actual school is identified as a failing school, the reality become a bit more complicated.

Wednesday, August 14

SSSAS Graduate Sargent to Pitch for Penn

Alexis Sargent surpassed the 1,000 career strikeout mark in high school.

South County Grad Hampton to Play Basketball for CNU

Justin Hampton helped the South County boys' basketball team finish Patriot District runner-up in 2013.

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Record-Breaking RB Griffith to Carry Load for Majors

Coach Wells pleased with physical linebacker play.

Mount Vernon opens the regular season at South County on Aug. 30.

Talented TC Williams Looking to Snap Playoff Drought

Titans return nine starters on defense, led by two UNC commits.

T.C. Williams opens the season at Oakton on Aug. 30.

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Yorktown’s Stewart to Attack from Different Positions

Patriots move up to 6A after VHSL’s six-class realignment.

Yorktown will open the regular season at home against Coolidge on Aug. 29.

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Lake Braddock QB Henderson Settling into Comfort Zone

Bruins loaded with talent entering 2013 season.

Lake Braddock opens the 2013 season at Robinson on Aug. 30.

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Preserving History’s Jewels

Fairfax County considers new “resident curator” program to save historic properties.

“A successful resident curator program would allow the county to restore, maintain and protect important historic properties at little or no cost to the public.” —Cindy Walsh, Fairfax County Park Authority’s Resource Management Division director

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Fairfax County Public Libraries: Version 2.0?

Staff, volunteers urge supervisors to reconsider “disastrous” library reorganization plan that cuts staff and services.

In a world where the Internet has replaced newsprint, e-books have supplanted paperbacks and the latest films stream directly to laptops, how do public libraries compete?

Woman Charged With Fraudulent Tax Prep

Fairfax County Police detectives have charged a Fair Oaks woman in connection with an investigation involving fraudulent preparation and submission of income tax return documents. She is Thuy Tien Le, 40, of 12808 Madeley Court.

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Runfest 5K Race Returns to Fairfax City

The Paul VI Catholic High School (PVI) Runfest 2013 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m. Last year’s race marked the successful return of PVI Runfest to the Paul VI neighborhood, with over 300 runners (and walkers) participating.

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City of Fairfax Remembers Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Estep Sherwood

Avid arts supporter, community center visionary, died Aug. 5.

Geraldine Estep Sherwood, a longtime city resident and avid supporter of the arts, died Aug. 5 in Fairfax, leaving a legacy as the visionary behind the Stacy C. Sherwood Center. Mrs. Sherwood donated $5 million for the construction of the state-of-the-art facility. Opened in 2011, the center was named in honor of her husband, who served as a member of the Town of Fairfax Council (1956-60) and City of Fairfax City Council (1960-64) and who died in 2002.

Week in Fairfax

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout the region. Donors are encouraged to give all summer long, but especially near key summer holidays when donations decline.

Beauty Queens Aim to Combat Bullying

Two beauty queens, Lisa Opie from Williamsburg, Va. and Stefania Sita from Clifton, have taken a stand against bullying and launched an anti-bullying campaign. Their campaign focuses on combating bullying in schools, and encouraging victims to stand up for themselves. The purpose is for individuals to feel the freedom to express themselves without fear of being bullied.

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Learning About Vegan Cooking

Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton offers a variety of culinary classes.

Chef Kathleen Linton, 52, of Lorton teaches culinary arts classes at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton—everything from “Cajun-Louisiana Secrets” to “Cooking with Beers” to “Catch the Burger Craze.” Last Saturday, the specialist in Southern and Thai cuisine held a one-day workshop on vegan cooking. The cost was $65/Workhouse member; $75/nonmember, and $25 for the cost of food. For those who aren’t familiar with vegan, Linton explains: “Nothing with a mother. No milk, no dairy, no eggs, no meats and no cheese.”

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National Night Out Celebrated in Lorton Park

Lorton Community Action Center partners with Lorton Library and South County Cares to host family celebration.

Hundreds of families gathered in Lorton Park last week for a night of music, games, picnics and more in recognition of the 30th annual National Night Out celebration. “The overcast skies did not deter the enthusiasm of children and adults who created pipe cleaner critters, played games, enjoyed free hot dogs and snow cones, shared their artistic talent through sidewalk chalk, and enjoyed a live music performance by the Amazing Gospel Souls,” said Linda Patterson, executive director of the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), which co-hosted the 2nd NNO celebration at Lorton Park along with the Lorton Library, Friends of the Lorton Library and South County Cares.

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Area Roundups

Dozens of children still need to be “adopted” for the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) 2013 Back-2-School Outreach. Donation drop off is this Friday, Aug. 16 at the Moose Family Center, 9612 Fernedge Lane, Lorton (just off of Rte. 1) between 10 a.m. and noon. To learn how to “adopt” a child and ensure that they have all the tools they need for school, visit: and click on “Special Events” under “News and Events.”

Concerts from Kirkwood Kicks Off New Season

On Oct. 25, 2003, Concerts from Kirkwood presented its first concert in the sanctuary of Kirkwood Presbyterian Church in Springfield and has presented a collection of world-class performances every year since except for one year, during which the venue was being renovated. On Sept. 21, of this year, 10 years later, the tradition will continue with the first of four concerts for the 2013–2014 season featuring a debut performance of the Milan Piano Trio. The trio will present a program with a Latin theme beginning at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 8336 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield.

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August in Antarctica Gets Warm Reception

People flock to Richard Byrd Library’s 55th Anniversary Celebration.

The Richard Byrd Library recently held a warm celebration for the Antarctic explorer for whom it was named. The library’s 55th anniversary celebration brought community members together to learn more about Byrd and the South Pole, and to appreciate the great impact the explorer had on the nation. The first of the two celebratory components was a talk by author Guy Guthridge, who was avidly received by a group of more than 115 adults. Guthridge discussed the life and legacy of Byrd, and explained his extraordinary expeditions in the South Pole.

David Fee to Lead Hunt Valley

Easy-going, approachable principal offers inclusive style of leadership.

After 18 years in education, David Fee was named new principal of Hunt Valley Elementary School in Springfield on July 1, taking over the position from former principal Pat Small who retired on June 30.

Week in Springfield

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout the region. Donors are encouraged to give all summer long, but especially near key summer holidays when donations decline.

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Is Your Home Ready for Back to School?

Local designers offer tips for creating functional and stylish homework spaces.

Summer will soon come to an end, and children everywhere will be heading back to school and coming home with homework. To keep students engaged and excited, some local designers offer suggestions for creating a space so fun and inviting that your children will want to hang out there — even if that means doing homework.

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Outdoor Elegance Meets Cutting Edge Technology

A design/build team explores fine architecture in weather-resistant materials.

If anything in the summer of 2013 points to still evolving homeowner expectations, it may be the frequency with which locals are integrating screen porches, patios, fire pits, and outdoor kitchens into original landscaping schemes that artfully marry the house to its setting.

Geocaching Diversifies

Urbanites embracing new game.

Geocaching usually has been portrayed as someone with hiking boots and a walking staff gazing afar from a hilltop in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not so anymore. Substantial numbers of those joining the sport are placing and hunting for caches in urban settings, and that includes Northern Virginia.

Editorial: Library Mission

Further cuts to library budget must be analyzed for impacts on needy families.

The current proposal to “streamline” services at Fairfax County Public Libraries comes on top of disproportionate, and some would say Draconian, cuts since 2009.

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Chinese Fiddlers Come to Reston

Shanghai Yangpu Youth Palace student troupe performs at Reston Town Center.

Ashley Syed was walking along Market Street in Reston Town Center Saturday, Aug. 10 when she heard music that she described as “something right out of a movie.” As she got closer to the town center’s pavilion, the music grew louder.

Isabel Robles Heads to Houston Ballet

Isabel Robles will spend school year with Houston Ballet.

After spending six weeks in a summer intensive program with the Houston Ballet, Isabel Robles decided that wasn’t enough, now she will spend the school year in the company’s year-round program.

Town of Herndon Hires Economic Development Manager

Dennis Holste will work on maintaining and growing town’s business base.

The Town of Herndon has hired its first ever economic development manager. Dennis Holste will hold the position as the town prepares to take advantage of development opportunities such as those presented by the Metrorail Silver Line.

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Dancers on Display At Great Falls Library

Artist Jill Banks hosts workshop at Great Falls Library.

The conference room at the Great Falls Library was transformed into a studio of sorts Saturday, Aug. 10. Artist Jill Banks hosted a painting demonstration featuring two local dancers, and welcomed visitors and other artists throughout the day.

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Great Falls Exxon Station Remediation Plan Nears Completion

Department of Environmental Quality prepares to receive report on remediation of gasoline contaminants.

A corrective action plan (CAP) addressing the remediation of gasoline constituents in the ground underneath the property of the former Great Falls Exxon station is in the final stages of preparation.

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Old Firehouse Teen Center Block Party Set for Aug. 24

McLean Teens Got Talent returns for third year, along with games, history exhibit.

The Old Firehouse Teen Center will host its annual Block Party Saturday, Aug. 24, welcoming teens and families to an afternoon of live performances, living history exhibits and other activities all through the center.

Tuesday, August 13

Geocaching Diversifies

Urbanites embracing new game

Geocaching usually has been portrayed as someone with hiking boots and a walking staff gazing afar from a hilltop in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Not so anymore.

Soaring to the Top

Virginia Hospital Center: Winner of the 2013 Truven Top 100 Hospitals Award and Everest Award.

With the large banner shining above Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington noting it is the 2013 winner of the Truven Health Analytics Top 100 Hospitals Award coupled with the coveted 2013 Everest award, hospital personnel have reason to be proud.

Editorial: On Federal Dollars in Virginia

State’s role as one of the biggest “takers.”

We received some emails and phone calls about the expansion of Medicaid in response to last week’s editorial.

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Oakton Football Looking to Maintain Success

Cougars won 2012 Division 6 Northern Region championship.

Members of the Oakton football team huddled at the end of a recent practice and watched as head coach Jason Rowley shaped his hand like the number zero.

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Langley Remains Strong up Front

Saxons look to continue tradition of quality O-line play.

The Langley football team enters the 2013 season with limited speed at the skill positions and not much in the way of depth.

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Deputy Faces Murder Charges

Craig Patterson sat stonefaced in a green jumpsuit as his voice boomed from speakers in the courtroom. Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Sengel pressed a few buttons on his laptop computer, and the 911 call began playing a key piece of evidence in the case against the 44-year-old Arlington County sheriff's deputy who shot and killed Julian Dawkins, a 22-year-old Alexandria man.

Sports Roundup

Reston United 99 Blue, a U14 NCSL D5 team, is holding supplemental tryouts in August.

Week in Reston

Tysons Corner-based SAIC announced Monday, Aug. 12, that Leidos, its national security, health and engineering solutions business, will be headquartered in Fairfax County.

Reston Children Meet Their Friendly Cops

National Night Out brings neighbors and authorities together.

The rain clouds were looming on Tuesday, Aug. 6, but to the surprise of many, the weather held out for National Night Out (NNO) festivities in Reston.

Leave It to the Churches


Aug. 18 is the annual “Works Sunday,” when the faith communities of Reston and Herndon join together to “make a difference for good.”

Opportunity for Accountability?

Independent Progressive

We have a new Fairfax County Police chief (Reston Connection, Aug. 7-13).

Week in Herndon

The MOMS Club of Herndon will host a Healthy Foodies discussion on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Herndon Celebrates National Night Out

Fourteen neighborhoods in Herndon participate in celebrations and block parties.

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Herndon Police Department and the community participated in the celebration of "America's Night Out Against Crime."

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Duy Lam Exhibits at ArtSpace Herndon

Exhibit continues until Sept. 1.

On Saturday, Aug. 10 ArtSpace Herndon hosted a reception for artist Duy Lam’s exhibit, “Union of Color and Form.” This exhibit opened to the public on Aug. 6 and will continue to be on display until Sept. 1.

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McAuliffe Talks Issues With Dulles Regional Chamber

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe recently met with members of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce during a meet-and-greet styled event where he discussed key issues of this year’s election.

Hunters Creek Wins ‘Battle of Bottles’

It was a hard-fought contest, with both sides leaving it all on the battlefield.

Week in Vienna

The Town of Vienna has been ranked 3rd on Money magazine’s list of Best Places to Live – America’s Best Small Towns.

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Rachel Gart and Daniel Raphael Engaged

Rachel Gart of Fairfax Station, daughter of Ron and Ilyse Gart of Fairfax Station, and Daniel Raphael of Oakton, son of Larry and Marlene Raphael of Oakton, are engaged and plan to wed in early September.

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‘Aida’ Rocks Vienna in Musical Spectacular

Vienna Youth Players presented Elton John’s Broadway blockbuster.

Calling the Vienna Youth Players’ production of Elton John’s “Aida” an “amateur” production is like calling the Concorde an airplane, the Beatles singers and Michelangelo a painter.

Week in McLean

The McLean Community Center (MCC) will open registration for its fall session classes, events and activities on Monday, Aug. 19, for the residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville who pay a special real estate tax surcharge to fund the Center.

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Matthew Schmitz and Megan Taylor To Wed

Megan Taylor, daughter of Daniel and Anne Taylor of Springfield, is engaged to Matthew Schmitz, son of Daniel and Nancy Schmitz of Bristol, Ill.

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Paul Frank Elected McLean Orchestra Board President

Paul A. Frank has been elected president of the Board of Trustees of McLean Orchestra.

Fairfax County Police Officers Win Gold in Darts at World Games

Fairfax County Police officers Mike Tucker and Mark Kidd won gold medals in the darts competition at the 2013 World Police & Fire Games in Belfast.

Guarding Against Identity Theft and Fraud

Police advise residents on how to protect themselves.

With identity theft and fraud being such a major concern these days, police investigator Tom Polhemus and Det. Mike Deane recently presented some ways local residents can protect themselves from becoming victims.

Monday, August 12

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Brief: Giant Presents Check to McLean High

McLean Giant Food Store Manager Rick Makely (second from right) and Felis Andrade (third from right), director of marketing and external communications, Giant Food, present a check for $16,142.53 to McLean High School Principal Ellen Reilly (front row, fourth from right).

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Great Theatre in Great Falls

Traveling Players Ensemble presents two plays at Madeira School.

The Great Falls-based Traveling Players Ensemble concluded two of its summer programs last weekend with two productions at the Madeira School. The nearly full auditorium was treated to Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” as well as an original work, “Ariadne’s Thread,” written by TPE visiting director, Judy W. White.

Great Falls Senior Center to Host Capitol Squares

The Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC) hosts its first-ever dance program in September when the square dance exhibition team Capitol Squares of Washington, D.C. display the footwork and choreography that have made them famous throughout the country.

Thursday, August 8

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Snapshot: Changing Cityscape

The 35-story trophy building located at 1812 N. Moore St., Rosslyn, is due to be fully constructed in the fall.

Beltrante Still Pursuing Justice

Former police detective seeks police oversight board.

D. C. residents and three U.S. Presidents have placed their trust and safety in the hands of Nicholas “Nick” Beltrante for many years before he retired from the D.C. Metro Police in 1963. Now, at 86, the twice-retired Metro D.C. police homicide/robbery detective and private investigator continues to work toward safeguarding the rights of others by proposing to the Board of Supervisors the creation of a Police Citizens Oversight Board which would be charged with investigating citizen complaints, promoting police accountability, and serving as an independent voice for citizens.

Opinion: Issues That Matter

Mental health services discussion gives insight into real differences between candidates.

It came as somewhat of a relief to have the candidates for governor in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D), discuss an actual issue that matters to many Virginia families this week at a forum on mental health issues.

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City Attorney Gave Green Light to Hensley Before All Documents Were Reviewed

Federal grant from 1970s provided barrier to private development of public land.

Recently unearthed documents from city and state archives show Joseph Hensley Park is protected by the Land and Water Conservation Act, which financed development of the city-owned property in the late 1970s.

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Will the Next Attorney General Defend Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage?

Republican says he will defend amendment; Democrat is not so sure.

Virginia's next attorney general will have to stand in a courtroom and make a decision about whether or not the commonwealth's constitutional ban on marriage should be defended. Republican candidate Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-26) has been clear about his support for the amendment and his intention to provide a vigorous defense of marriage. Democratic candidate Sen. Mark Herring (D-33), on the other hand, has yet to take a position on whether or not he will defend the amendment.

Wednesday, August 7

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Brotemarkle Named Principal of Terra Centre

As a relationship-builder, he plans to be visible to students and staff.

“He’s a very collaborative leader and he’s a great listener. He always seeks input from staff and parents when he makes decisions.” Dr. Mahri Aste, Ph.D., principal of Mosby Woods

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Wickedly Witty

Additional shows added for LTA’s ‘Avenue Q.’

They sing, they dance and — OMG — they even have sex. They’re the potty-mouthed puppets (and their human counterparts) of “Avenue Q,” the Tony Award-winning musical now playing at The Little Theatre of Alexandria.

Computer Clubhouse For Young Techies

Mount Vernon children in underserved areas learn technology skills.

The Computer Clubhouse at Gum Springs Community Center offers about 150 underserved children in the Mount Vernon area the chance to learn cutting-edge software and computer skills, filmmaking, blogging, Podcasts and robotics.

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Costco Prepares For Opening

Mount Vernon store to employ 200-plus and form local partnerships.

The new Costco is opening along Route 1 in Mount Vernon on Thursday, Aug. 8. The 140,000-square-foot warehouse club will employ more than 200 people, which brings the total number of Costco stores to 632 nationwide. Construction crews, vendors, landscapers, and store employees have been working around the clock for 13 weeks preparing for the grand opening, which included a VIP Open House Party on Wednesday evening.


Ongoing Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street. Line Dancing Class. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Line dancing with Barbara Allen. Covers the basic steps, then combines them to music for a gentle aerobic workout. More experienced line dancers are welcome as they can assist newer dancers. At Aurora Hills Senior Center. Call 703-228-5722.

Business Notes

Dr. Kathleen Phillips joins the veterinarian team at the Pet Medical Center of Springfield. Phillips received a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from the University of Rochester and graduated from Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

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Friday/Aug. 9 Shabbat Service. 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Torah, 4212 C-Technology Court, Chantilly. The service will be held in the new building. All community members are welcome. Call 703-217-8938 or visit

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The Fountains at Washington House’s Medicare-certified skilled nursing center, known as The Springs, has earned the highest five-star quality rating and four-star overall rating from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, according to Connie Haworth, executive director of the Alexandria retirement community. The Fountains at Washington House, 5100 Fillmore Avenue, is one of 32 communities operated by Watermark Retirement Communities. For more information, visit or call 703-845-5000.

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Monday-Thursday/Aug. 5-8 Registration Open. The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its 2013 Youth Academy, a four-day program in August for ages 11 to 17. Participants will learn about the Sheriff’s Office by meeting deputies, observing tactical and K-9 demonstrations, touring the Detention Center and Courthouse, and other related activities. The Youth Academy runs 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office, 2003 Mill Road. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. In some cases, transportation may be available. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Call Deputy Valarie Wright at 703-746-5017 or visit

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Thursday/Aug. 8 Meeting. 12:15 p.m. at La Cote d’Or, 6876 Lee Highway. The Arlington Rotary Club welcomes naval historian Tom Hone. Visit Saturday/Aug. 10 ESOL Tutor Training Workshop. James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. Three consecutive Saturdays, Aug. 10, 17 and 24. Cost is $50 for books, materials and ongoing resources. E-mail or call 703-237-0866 x111. Monday/Aug. 12 Discussion. 1:30 p.m. at Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 18th St S. Lt. Commander Mary K Hays outlines and discusses the history of women in the military. Registration required. Call 703-228-5722.

School Notes

Bridget Thompson has been selected to receive a $1,500 college scholarship from the Military Children Program. Thompson took part in various school and community activities including environmental club, cross country, swimming, and band. She plans to attend The College of William and Mary.

Oh, What a Night

National Night Out celebrates 30 years.

Thousands of residents turned out across the city Aug. 6 as Alexandria celebrated the 30th anniversary of National Night Out, a program designed to promote neighborhood spirit and law enforcement-community partnerships in the fight against crime.

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The Median Has No Message

Political signs banished from roadsides as campaign season heats up.

Some people call them flowers of democracy. Others call them weeds of political pollution. Whatever one thinks of the campaign signs and placards that appear along the roads of Fairfax County, expect to see a lot fewer of them. Last month, county officials launched a new program in which nonviolent inmates at the county jail hit the streets four days a week to remove illegal signs. With apologies to Marshall McLuhan, the message is no longer in the median. Anger and resentment has been rising over the issue of roadside political signs for years, and campaigns frequently go to war with each other to see which side can plant or steal or deface the largest number of placards. Unlike Prince William County, which had an agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation that allows the local government to collect the signs and fine violators, Fairfax was caught in a bind. Part of the Virginia code made it illegal for the county to remove the signs in Fairfax County until after an election.

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Living Legends

Richard Merritt focuses on health issues.

Born in 1943 in Greenville in Texas, Richard E. Merritt grew up in the Bellaire section of Houston and attended Austin College in Sherman, also in Texas, where he earned a B.A. in psychology. He joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer in India. He was assigned to community development as an extension officer helping to improve crop yields.

Creating Jobs, Helping Community

CLRC workers learn new skills building garden boxes for sale.

Guided by summer intern Tori Jameson, 13 workers at the Centreville Labor Resource Center have learned how to build raised, garden boxes. The project was part of their continual education learning new skills and is hoped to yield both funds and jobs for the center.

If You Are What You Eat, Eat Well

Local nutritionist turns personal challenge into book and health and nutrition practice.

When Teri Cochrane’s son was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with asthma and placed on a variety of medications, including steroids. Less than two years later, doctors warned the Reston mother that he would have frequent seizures, would never have a normal childhood and would never grow taller than 5 feet 4 inches. When Cochrane’s daughter was born three years later, she also suffered from health problems, including chronic, severe abdominal pain.

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Fine Tuning Songwriting Skills

Chantilly teen attends Grammy Camp in California.

This fall, junior Jason Saitta will be one of the leads in Chantilly High’s musical, “Evita.” But his summer was also none too shabby.

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West Springfield's Laguna Meets Redskins

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation hosted the Washington Redskins High School Coaches Clinic Wednesday, July 31, along with Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers. Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager Bruce Allen, head coach Mike Shanahan and Redskins alumnus LaVar Arrington met with more than 250 high school coaches from Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and North Carolina. Paul Laguna, Varsity WR coach at West Springfield High School, also attended.

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A Life-changing Experience in Ghana

I recently got back from the most life-changing experience of my short 21 years. Yendi, Ghana is a beautiful place on the West Coast of Africa that is so completely different from our delightful home in Springfield. As I traveled out of the United States for the first time in my life, I had no idea what to expect. I knew I was going to bring them the gift of mosquito nets, but I was not expecting the gift I was about to receive.

How It’s Done

George Washington erected a stone gristmill in 1771 to increase production of flour and cornmeal and to be able to export high quality flour to the West Indies, England, and Europe. In 1797, Washington's Scottish farm manager James Anderson encouraged him to build a whiskey distillery adjacent to the gristmill. The distillery was the largest in America, producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey in 1799, making it one of the most successful economic enterprises at Mount Vernon. Demonstrations of the mill are given by millers in early-American attire from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance to the site is included in admission to George Washington's Mount Vernon. Admission to the Distillery & Gristmill is also sold separately for $5 for adults, $2 for youth ages 6-11, and free for children 5 and under.

Area Roundups

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout the region. Donors are encouraged to give all summer long, but especially near key summer holidays when donations decline. From May 23 to Sept. 13, donors, recipients and blood drive coordinators will be asked to share their inspirational videos and personal messages about how their lives have been touched by blood donation. Call 1-800–REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to schedule your blood donation appointment today.

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2013 National Jamboree

A group of boy scouts from McLean and Fairfax Station had the privilege of attending the 2013 National Jamboree—held for the first time ever at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, or “The Summit” in Mount Hope, W. Va. Years of preparation went into making The Summit ready to host 40,000 scouts from all over the U.S. for 10 days. The Summit had a huge variety of activities for scouts to enjoy. These activities included mountain biking, scuba, BMX, rock climbing, shooting sports, and the most popular activity there—the zip-lines! At any given moment the zip-line had up to a 3-hour wait.

Springfield Woman Participates in Mary Kay Seminar

Kathy Puglisi of Springfield joined nearly 50,000 Mary Kay independent beauty consultants at the company’s annual seminar held in Dallas from July 21-Aug. 7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

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Growing Your Business in Springfield

Community Business Partnership coaches entrepreneurs.

Juli Monroe, author of The Enthusiastic Networker—Growing a Successful Business, told a group of 20 people last Friday, Aug. 2, how to get their books published at the monthly networking breakfast of The Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia, located in Springfield.

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‘Read – A Need You Can Feed’

Church members read with London Towne Elementary students.

London Towne Elementary’s summer reading program was called, “Read — A Need You Can Feed.” And that need was met in two ways. When children came to brush up their reading skills, they were fed literally, getting to enjoy treats such as pizza, hot dogs, chips, juice and pudding. Their minds were also fed, as volunteers from Centreville Presbyterian Church (CPC) came to school and read stories with them.

Week in Springfield

Assaults in the Franconia Area On Tuesday, July 30, there were two unrelated assaults. The first incident took place in the area of Briarleigh Way and Crestleigh Way at approximately 10:14 in the morning. A 30-year-old woman was walking when a man appeared and inappropriately touched her and then fled. She was not injured.

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‘My Crew Chief and Medic Saved Lives’

Vietnam veterans also share their stories.

Each year, Rocky Run Middle School invites veterans to participate in its annual World War II day. This year, it extended an invitation to veterans of more recent wars, as well, and they, too, enjoyed imparting their knowledge and reminiscences to the students.

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Energy and Passion at Workhouse Stage

The Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre to present “Fame, The Musical.”

Youthful sensibilities are coming to the Workhouse stage. Chronicling the fictional lives of a variety of determined performing arts students at New York City's High School of Performing Arts, "Fame, The Musical" will transport audiences with its exuberance, courtesy of the Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre.

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Fairfax High School Students Graduate from Governor’s School of Agriculture

Four students from Fairfax High School graduated from the 2013 Governor’s School of Agriculture held at Virginia Tech June 30 to July 27.

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Veterans Share Their Stories

Rocky Run Middle holds annual WWII Day.

A veteran of three wars, Russell O’Connell helped protect Gen. George Patton. Elmer Smith flew President Roosevelt to the “Big Three” meeting with Stalin and Churchill. And Ruth Erno was a Navy communications officer. They were among the more than 80 veterans who participated in June in Rocky Run Middle School’s annual World War II Day. It’s hosted each year by the seventh-grade class and organized by history teacher Jamie Sawatzky.

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‘Collect for Kids’ Needs Donations

Deadline for collecting school backpacks and calculators is Aug. 12.

Our Daily Bread in the City of Fairfax is trying to increase its capacity to collect school supplies to help 2,000 students by partnering for the third year with the “Collect for Kids” Back-to-School program. That’s 1,217 more than last year’s 783 number of students who benefited. The deadline for cash donations, backpacks and scientific calculators is Aug. 12. “We’ve already purchased the supplies; we’re hoping to get the cash donations,” said Our Daily Bread Executive Director Lisa Whetzel. “If they can give us cash, we buy supplies in bulk.” A $30 donation will help two students with school supplies.


Free Carseat Inspections Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves so technicians may properly inspect and adjust them, as needed. However, because of time constraints, only the first 35 vehicles arriving on each date will be inspected. That way, inspectors may have enough time to properly instruct the caregiver on the correct use of the child seat. Call 703-814-7000, ext. 5140, to confirm dates and times.

Jewish Community Center Launches Adult Learning Institute

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) has announced the inaugural semester of the Adult Learning Institute (ALI). Located at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, ALI is dedicated to offering adults of all ages fulfilling opportunities to continue their love of learning and nourish their intellectual curiosity.

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Local Families, Au Pairs Help Support Children in Need

Fairfax County Local Childcare Coordinators (LCCs) Dariece Rau, Kimberly Nelson, Christine Bodziak, Shawna Levins, Cinzia Putzeys and Debora Smith, along with area au pairs and their host families, enjoyed cool refreshing yogurt and other treats at Yolly Molly Café in Fairfax to support Cultural Care’s Kids First Foundation Sunday, Aug. 4. The families and au pairs came from Fairfax, Clifton, Centreville, Fairfax Station and Springfield, all with a mind to support child advocacy groups and other non-profits benefiting children in need worldwide. Currently, Kids First supports: Share Our Strength, one of America’s leading not-for-profit organizations whose mission is to end childhood hunger; Jeevitha Anathashrama, an orphanage in India; and Dom Dietzcka, an orphanage in Poland.

Letter to the Editor: Refrain from Judgment

Two weeks ago, my letter was published in the Gazette criticizing Del. Scott Surovell (D-44) for the posting on his blog in which he called upon Gov. Robert McDonnell to resign in light of the allegations concerning gifts he received from the CEO of a Virginia company. In my letter, I took no position concerning the morality of the situation, only concentrating on the fact that the investigation was not complete and on the inference that Delegate Surovell's comments were politically partisan in nature.

Letter to the Editor: Pedestrian Unfriendly

Costco seems to have designed its new store at Richmond Highway and Sherwood Hall Lane for somewhere reachable only by auto, with high blank walls facing the street and the building's front facing its parking lot. The entrance is as far as possible from the nearest road. But there's a group of townhouses a hundred feet away, and a dense community with over 100 homes along the back edge of the Costco property. Across Richmond Highway is an apartment community surrounded by the houses of Gum Springs. I would guess that there are several thousand people living within easy walking distance of the store.

Crime Report

INDECENT EXPOSURE, 5500 block of Sequoia Farms Drive, July 19, 6:40 p.m. Two girls, ages 12 and 15, were walking at approximately 8:20 in the morning when they saw a man sitting in a car. The man was exposing himself. BURGLARY, 5000 block of Oakcrest Drive, July 12, 5:30 p.m. A resident reported someone entered the home and stole several items to include jewelry. Forced entry was made through a rear door.

Letter to the Editor: Too Many Trees Destroyed

No more trees. When the Jefferson Houston School Project was first begun, there were a lot of people who wanted the trees to stay, all the trees. These were people that attended the school and residents of the community. Several months ago during a storm, a tree on West Street fell becoming entangled in the overhead electrical wires. This tree was determined to actually be rotting and hollow from the inside out. Upon inspection by city staff and the school developer, it was determined that most if not all of the trees along West Street were suffering the same problem. The tree that had fallen was replaced by a young tree. Since then as construction began all the trees including the small young tree were removed. We were told that they would be putting the electrical wires underground, therefore they needed to remove all of the trees.

Opinion: Issues That Matter

Mental health services discussion gives insight into real differences between candidates.

It came as somewhat of a relief to have the candidates for governor in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D), discuss an actual issue that matters to many Virginia families this week at a forum on mental health issues. While press coverage of Cuccinelli and McAuliffe might lead one to believe that they are two similar, ethically challenged candidates, in fact they differ dramatically in their views about key issues affecting Virginia.

Cops on the Block

Fairfax County Police join hundreds of neighbors at National Night Out events.

“Is that a real gun?” His eyes wide with excitement, 7-year-old Mauro Vargas ran up to Officer Ron Manzo the minute he spotted the blue uniform at the Ravensworth Baptist Church in Springfield on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Opinion: White House Bound


While studying diesel engines at school in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1954, Thomas* received the highest class grade — which came with the promise of getting to serve in the White House. And though the Army’s promise never came to fruition, Thomas and his two best buddies (who happened to receive the next two highest grades) did get to accompany a group of scientists at the North Pole for experimental work.

Military Notes

Navy Seaman Recruit Christopher G. Glenn recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois.

Week in Burke

Friends of the Burke Centre Library to Sponsor the Jubilee The Burke Centre Library Friends Group pledged to be the Signature Guardian level sponsor for Fairfax Library Foundation’s upcoming Library Jubilee! Let Loose in the Library! event, planned for Oct. 5 at the Burke Centre Library.

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Tangles Salon Raises Honey Bee Awareness With Style

Tangles Hair Salon and Spa of Burke designed a unique beehive hairstyle in honor of upcoming National Honey Bee Day, Aug. 17. The salon plans to host a free, "bee-auty" event to raise awareness about the honey bee crisis.

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911 Call from Patterson Played in Court as Part of Preliminary Hearing

Off-duty Arlington sheriff's deputy says he shot knife-wielding young man.

Craig Patterson sat stonefaced in a green jumpsuit as his voice boomed from speakers in the courtroom.

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County Hosts Hearing on Crescent Apartments Redevelopment

Crescent redevelopment proposal brings optimism, concern for some.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors hosted a public hearing to discuss an interim agreement to redevelop the Crescent Apartments at their Tuesday, July 30 meeting.

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Reston Interfaith Renamed Cornerstones

Nonprofit rolls out new name, logo, but “mission remains the same.”

Reston Interfaith hasReston Interfaith has been a force in the community for the past 43 years, advocating for those in need on a multitude of different levels. On Thursday, Aug. 1, they officially changed their name to Cornerstones. been a force in the community for the past 43 years, advocating for those in need on a multitude of different levels. On Thursday, Aug. 1, they officially changed their name to Cornerstones.

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Golf Tournament Benefits Arts Council

Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern hosts annual fundraiser.

Though the grounds were damp from the night before, and the skies threatened rain in the morning, that didn’t stop more than 100 golfers from taking to the Herndon Centennial Golf Course Thursday, Aug. 1.

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Smith Takes Stage at Jammin’ Java

Singer-songwriter A.J. Smith headlines hometown show.

Growing up in Herndon, A.J. Smith went to see plenty of shows at Jammin’ Java in Vienna. On Sunday, Aug. 4, the singer-songwriter went to another show at the venue, but this time he was the headliner.

Tuesday, August 6

Museum Exhibit Highlights Life of Union Soldier

Artifacts from the Civil War.

The Arlington Historical Museum currently has on display an exhibit about a Union soldier from Massachusetts that was stationed in present-day Arlington County during the Civil War. The exhibit showcases items that belonged to John W. Bates of the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers, who enlisted in August 1864. The items, which include a cannonball and bullets, were donated by Fairfax County resident M. Wesley Clark, the great-great-great grandson of Bates.

Arlington Orange Line

Ongoing Theatre Performance. Through Saturday, Aug. 17 at American Century Theater, 2700 South Lang Street. “I Do! I Do!” is a story chronicling 50 years of marriage. $17-$40. Call 703-998-4555 or visit Week-long Summer Classes. Through Friday, Aug. 23, children can take art classes from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1:30-4 p.m. at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Visit for a list of classes and to register. Call 703-248-6800. Classes for Adults. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, through Aug. 29. 7-9:30 p.m. Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd. Visit or call 703-248-6800.

Potomac Calender

Ongoing Mommy & Me (& Daddy, Too). Third Tuesday each month. 10 a.m. at Rockville Town Square. Meet for a morning out with active learning and creative play with lunch specials, story time, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, prizes and more. Visit On the Square: Aug. 20, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.

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Through Aug. 9 Social Skills Summer Camp. Children in grades 1 through 6 can attend camp and learn friendly behaviors, working as a team, anger management and more. Held by the Jewish Social Service Agency and the McLean School of Maryland. All potential campers will be interviewed to make sure the camp is appropriate for their needs. Visit for more.

Family Adventures Before Summer Ends

Planning end-of-summer activities.

It’s less than one month before the onslaught of the new school year. Homework, after-school activities, athletics and schedules will soon begin and continue for the next 10 months. Right now is the time to be thinking about how to best pack in some end-of-the-summer day-trip activities for your family to enjoy. Here are some innovative, action-packed — but close-by ideas — for finishing off this summer with a bang.

School Notes

The latest winners of National Merit Scholarships in Montgomery County Public Schools are include: Elena Waidmann of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School; Montgomery Blair High School students Isaac Friend, Tony Liang, and Adam Lott; Winston Churchill students Felix Li and Sara Wang; Richard Montgomery High students Samuel Deutsch, Rachel Odessey, and Errin Saunders; Walt Whitman students Alison Foreman and Brandon Shapiro; and Thomas S. Wootton High students Amal Dadi and Austin Feng.

Real Estate Notes

Archstone veteran and Alexandria native Rebecca E. Snyder has joined Arlington-based developer Insight Property Group as development manager.

Business Notes

Inova has opened new Urgent and Primary Care offices at 1005 North Glebe Road, in Arlington. The Urgent Care center is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays for minor illness and injury. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointment requests can be made online. The center will also offer on-site x-ray. Inova Medical Group's Primary Care practice provides personalized preventative care from a board-certified internal medicine physician. This practice offers same day appointments as well as online appointment requests. The center also offers orthopedics and sports medicine, behavioral health and OB/GYN services in the future. Visit

Local Author To Discuss Writing

Potomac Library to host book talk with Susan Keselenko Coll.

Looking for a way to beat the summer heat? On Aug. 8 at 7 p.m., the Potomac Library will be hosting a book talk with local author Susan Keselenko Coll where she will discuss her novels "Beachweek", "Rockville Pike", "", "Acceptance" and her forthcoming novel "The Stager" which will be released next summer. "Acceptance" was made into a Lifetime movie.

Almanac Receives Press Awards

The Potomac Almanac won multiple first place awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association. Susan Belford won first place for her story, “Wounded Warriors Train Service Dogs for Vets,” in the feature story category.

Opinion: Issues That Matter

Mental health services discussion gives insight into real differences between candidates.

It came as somewhat of a relief to have the candidates for governor in Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D), discuss an actual issue that matters to many Virginia families this week at a forum on mental health issues.

Week in Reston

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout the region.

Letter: Rec Center:
 Another View

Letter to the Editor

Reston Housing Market: Hot and Not Slowing Down

Area continues to benefit from low interest rates and very little inventory of homes for sale.

Reston’s real estate market is hot and shows no signs of slowing down. It has to be one of the best markets we have witnessed in our now 46th year of serving the Reston community.

Commentary: Past Time for Reform

Commentary by Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum: State Delegate (D-36)

Opinion: Rosh Hashanah—The Jewish New Year

The two-day festival of Rosh Hashanah is observed on the first and second days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei—This year Sept. 5th and 6th.

Week in Herndon

Upcoming Events in Herndon

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Fairfax County Board Honors Herndon High Step Team

Team members are 2013 Youth Step USA National Champions.

he Fairfax County Board of Supervisors honored the Herndon High School Step Team at its July 30 board meeting for winning the 2013 Youth Step USA National Championship.

New County Police Chief Named

Supervisors appoint Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr.

Effective Tuesday morning Aug. 6, a Centreville resident, Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr., became Fairfax County’s new chief of police. He was appointed July 30 by the county Board of Supervisors.

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Hometown Concert on the Green

Atlas Road Crew, with Great Falls Native Patrick Drohan, performs in weekly concert series.

The weekly Concerts on the Green at the Great Falls Village Centre always feature a regional band, but the show Sunday, Aug. 4 was as close to home as it gets. The band, Atlas Road Crew, a rock quintet from South Carolina, featured Patrick Drohan, a Great Falls native, on drums.

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Tysons Interim Parking Agreement Approved

Located next to McLean Station, 711-space proposal is the first approved by county.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the first agreement for an interim commuter parking lot for Silver Line users in Tysons Corner Tuesday, July 30.

Sullivan Named to Fairfax County Park Board

Rip Sullivan named by Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) to represent Dranesville district.

McLean resident Richard "Rip" Sullivan has been named the Dranesville representative for the park authority board, replacing Kevin Fay, who stepped down in July.

‘Camp Hutchison’ Feeds Heads, Hearts

ver 100 elementary school children are getting a groundbreaking summer school experience, thanks to the partnership between Hutchison Elementary School and Floris United Methodist Church. "Camp Hutchison" runs from July 8 through Aug. 2 and is facilitated by over 130 volunteers from the church and local community.

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Champions Parade at Frying Pan

Frying Pan Farm Park hosts 65th annual 4-H Fair.

From Aug. 1-4, Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon held its 65th annual Fairfax County 4-H Fair and Carnival.

Monday, August 5

Apple Federal Credit Union Seeks Donations for Back-to-School Supply Drive

Apple Federal Credit Union kicked off its Collect for Kids Program in Northern Virginia.

Police Warn of Scam Involving Prepaid Money Cards

Police are investigating a scam in which a local couple was bilked out of thousands of dollars by an unknown suspect claiming to be affiliated with the Internal Revenue Service.

Week in Vienna

The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout the region.

Letter: A Thank-you to Congressman Wolf

As a Chinese American living in Vienna, I’m very grateful for my representative Congressman Frank Wolf’s co-sponsorship of the recently introduced House Resolution 281, condemning the systematic, state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China.

Letter: Two Hours in a Japanese Middle School

The 23rd Shimane Grassroots Summit (July 1-8) was to be the fulfillment of a promise I made to my daughter Kolleen that I would take her to Japan one day.

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Honoring Brian Bedell

Annual Vienna event raises money and awareness for brain cancer research.

Adults and children of all ages could be seen playing wiffle ball at the 18th Northern Virginia Annual Wiffle Ball World Series on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Waters Field.

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Brief: St. Marks Scouts Take 184-mile Ride

Fourteen Scouts from Troop 1978, sponsored by St. Marks Church, Vienna set out on a four-day bicycle tour of the C&O Canal from Cumberland, Md., to Washington, D.C. Friday, July 12.

Week in McLean

Around 3:47 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, a 56-year-old driver of a 2008 Dodge Charger was attempting to turn left onto Chain Bridge Road from Laughlin Avenue when he struck an 84-year-old pedestrian who was in the crosswalk.

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MPAartfest Artists Meet in McLean Central Park

MPAartfest Director Amy Swaak conducted a walkthrough of McLean Central Park Wednesday, July 31 for artists selected to be in MPAartfest.

McLean Community Center to Hold Meeting, Hearing on Budget

The Governing Board of the McLean Community Center (MCC) will hold two meetings on its Proposed FY 2015 budget in September.

Used Book Sale to Be Held Sept. 20-22

The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its 44th AAUW Annual Used Book Sale at the McLean Community Center, on Friday Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and, Sunday, Sept. 22 from noon to 4 p.m.

Week in Great Falls

The Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC) is preparing for its first elections of Board of Directors in December by asking for interested individuals to apply for nomination.

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Weaving Music and Art Together

Artstars Studio performs “A Garden Walk.”

The piano students of Artstars Studio recently performed in recitals with the theme of "A Garden Walk."

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McLean Parks Provide Classic Summer Fun

McLean families usher in August outdoors.

As McLean transitions into summer’s latter half, residents relished August’s first weekend at the town’s various parks.

Friday, August 2

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Mount Vernon Graduate Belanger to Play Goalie at American

Belanger helped Mount Vernon win the 2013 state championship team.

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Langley Grad Dotson to Play Lacrosse at Bucknell

Dotson won three state championships during his Langley lacrosse career.

Woodson Graduate Finnerty to Play Basketball at Stetson

Finnerty led Woodson to its first region tournament appearance since 2010.

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Ireton Graduate Khouri To Play Basketball at Catholic U

Khouri helped Bishop Ireton reach the WCAC semifinals for the first time in school history.

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Wakefield Graduate Moore to Play for Virginia Wesleyan

Moore helped Wakefield win the 2012-13 National District title.

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Candidates Agree on Amendment for Voting Rights, Disagree on Executive Order

Restoration of civil rights on the agenda for next governor.

Should nonviolent felons have their right to vote automatically restored? What exactly is a nonviolent felony? What kind of process can be considered automatic?

Thursday, August 1

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Opportunity Neighborhood

Organization celebrates first anniversary with bus tour.

Opportunity Neighborhood, a group that helps children succeed in school and life, celebrated its first anniversary with an 11-stop bus tour targeting Mount Vernon schools and neighborhoods along Route 1. The tour highlighted the areas that are served by the organization which supports young people from “cradle to college to career.” The tour started at the South County Government Center, which houses Human Services agencies in Fairfax County.

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Classes Offer Liquified-Fun

Mount Vernon RECenter offers 13 water aerobics classes.

For people with joint or arthritis problems, the gentle resistance that water aerobics provides is the perfect remedy for fun and exercise.

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Local Youth Re-enact Historic Pioneer Trek

More than 200 teenagers and adult advisors from the Centreville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — which includes Centreville, Manassas, Gainesville, Warrenton and surrounding areas — re-enacted the trek of 19th-century Mormon pioneers during a three-day youth conference, July 18-20, at the Marriott Ranch in Hume, Va.

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Church Outfits 1,000 Children

11th annual Brother’s Keeper event reaches out to underserved students.

In an effort to give back to the community, the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church distributed new backpacks, school supplies and clothing to hundreds of Alexandria schoolchildren on Saturday, July 27. The church’s 11th annual Brother’s Keeper outreach project welcomed an estimated 500 underserved children and their families who registered in advance for the event. Items also will be delivered to some area schools and shelters for another 500 children.

Alexandria Bulletin

Presentation for Small Business Owners. 8 a.m. at the community room in Landmark Mall, 5801 Duke St., on the second floor near Macy’s. U.S. Rep. Jim Moran will host “Navigating the Affordable Care Act: Make Health Reform Work for Your Company.” A discussion will follow the presentation. In order to attend RSVP is needed. Visit

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Local History Is in Her Heritage

Susan Hellman begins as new director of Carlyle House.

The Carlyle House on North Fairfax Street has a new director — Susan Hellman. She started on June 1 and settled in immediately. She may be new to this 260-year-old national landmark, but her knowledge of area history has allowed an easy transition.

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Launching Their Futures

Apprenticeship program builds career and life skills.

With bright blue skies and sparkling waters of the Potomac as a backdrop, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation celebrated the accomplishments of four apprentices on Friday, July 26.

Guarding Against Identity Theft and Fraud

Police advise residents how to protect themselves.

With identity theft and fraud being such a major concern these days, police Investigator Tom Polhemus and Det. Mike Deane recently presented some ways local residents can protect themselves from becoming victims.

Centre View Business Notes

Pennoni Associates elected President and CEO Tony Bartolomeo, PE, as a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Editorial: Protect Children, Animals in Hot Summer Weather

In light of recent incidents around the region, Fairfax County is reminding people of dangers involving children and hot cars. The combination of summer heat and humidity can mean life-threatening conditions for children left in vehicles or other unsuitable environments, even for short time periods. Here’s advice from the Kids and Cars organization:

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Obituary: Claude 'Buzzie' Harris

Rotarian, former Little League commissioner dies at 81.

It was 1957 when Claude “Buzzie” Harris first laid eyes on Nancy Cooper at a party at George Washington University.

What Is ‘Dillon's Rule?’

Authority rests with the state.

Every so often, an issue will break out between one of the more liberal local governments in Northern Virginia and the state government in Richmond. The locals say: "We know what is best for our residents." Richmond says "As a local unit of government, you have not been given the authority to act in the way you wish."

Alexandria School Notes

Back-to-School Drive. Through Aug. 19. Donate new backpacks and school supplies to any of the donation boxes in the area, send gift cards to the FACE Center, T.C. Williams High School Room A123, 3330 King St. or volunteer to sort supplies on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Visit

Editorial: Identity Tips

Review Credit Reports and Avoid Ripoffs

Fairfax County police offer the following tips regarding identity theft and fraud: * Review credit reports annually; Experian: Fraud/credit history, 888-397-3742; Trans Union: Fraud, 800-680-7289; Credit history, 800-888-4213; Equifax: Fraud, 800-525-6285; Credit report, 800-685-1111. Go to * Opt out of receiving pre-approved, credit-card applications by calling 888-567-8688. * Monitor credit cards and bank accounts online for early fraud detection. * Don’t mail bills from home; use electronic banking, if possible. * Victims of identity theft should get a police report and secure a seven-year fraud alert or a credit freeze. * People 70 and older should contact the credit bureaus and obtain a credit freeze, even if they’re not currently identity-theft victims. * Never wire money to strangers online; these requests are scams.


HAPPY DEMOCRATS Ginny Hines and Will Parry entertained a large number of fellow Democratic voters at a party. Brian Moran told us that there is good news and bad about the upcoming election. There will probably be an extremely low turnout, so we must all work hard to get the voters out. We must concentrate on discussing the economy and education. Our candidate, Terry McAuliffe, has always been a hard worker. He started his own business at the age of 14. Terry understands what the terrible traffic congestion does to all of us in this neighborhood and he has pledged to work on improving public transportation. The Republican candidate, on the other hand, has shown no support for transportation solutions and in fact voted against the Silver Line which will connect the Metro to Dulles.

Opinion: Calling for Stricter State Ethics Laws

In reaction to Gov. Robert McDonnell’s repayment of $120,000 in loans last week, Del. Rob Krupicka released a statement calling for stricter ethical oversight of elected officials and campaign regulations: “As elected officials we must hold ourselves to a higher standard. We need to earn the trust of the people we are supposed to represent. The only way to achieve this is by making our system as transparent as possible, and to create more stringent reporting policies to ensure that transparency remains un-obscured. Virginians should not have to tolerate such shady practices from the highest office in the state. “The legislature needs to come together on this, because corruption real or perceived in the Governor’s Mansion or anywhere in our government is not an acceptable status quo. “I call on all my colleagues, Republican and Democrat, to come together and work for stricter ethics laws and more transparency in government. The last few months have created significant concerns about the openness and transparency of our government. Ethics reform is a critical step towards rebuilding that trust.” To contact Krupicka’s office with any questions or comments call 571-357-4762 or email

Centre View Bulletin

Open House. 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Labor Resource Center, 5956 Centreville Crest Lane. See the raised garden-box project and speak with staff and interns about CLRC’s events and projects. Refreshments available in the mornings. Visit

Commentary: Promoting Best Possible Beginning for Babies and Moms

If you could make a choice that would greatly improve the health of your family, would you do it? We did. Last year, Inova Alexandria Hospital charted a new course to improve the health of newborns and their mothers in our community family by encouraging more mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies. With its proven health benefits of preventing chronic illness in both mothers and babies, breastfeeding is the best possible beginning.

Opinion: Enjoy Tax Holiday, Donate School Supplies

Good timing to help those in need.

It is debatable whether recurring tax holidays for different seasonal needs are good policy. But since this weekend is Virginia’s tax holiday on school supplies and clothing, it makes sense to take advantage of the savings, and to spread the wealth around.

Enjoy Tax Holiday, Donate School Supplies

Good Time to Help Those in Need

It is debatable whether recurring tax holidays for different seasonal needs are good policy. But since this weekend is Virginia’s tax holiday on school supplies and clothing, it makes sense to take advantage of the savings, and to spread the wealth around. The savings are more significant this year with the new sales tax increases in effect as of July 1.

Opinion: Enjoy Tax Holiday, Donate School Supplies

Good timing to help those in need.

It is debatable whether recurring tax holidays for different seasonal needs are good policy. But since this weekend is Virginia’s tax holiday on school supplies and clothing, it makes sense to take advantage of the savings, and to spread the wealth around. The savings are more significant this year with the new sales tax increases in effect as of July 1.

Commentary: Update on Route 1 Transit Study

The Route 1 Transit Study is necessary to obtain long-term federal funding for much needed enhanced mass transit services to the Route 1 corridor. This study will evaluate alternative modes of transit to include ferries, bus rapid transit, light rail and perhaps the expansion of metro eventually.

People Notes

Elizabeth Rives, daughter of John and Betsy Rives of Mount Vernon, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Virginia Pageant. Elizabeth will be participating in the Junior Teen 13 – 15 age division, at the Hyatt Regency Reston hotel in Reston on July 29, along with other young women from across Virginia. The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California where she will receive a complimentary tour of Hollywood and two V.I.P. tickets to Disneyland. Elizabeth, 14, will be a freshman at Bishop Ireton High School this fall. She is active in her school and community, including being a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and participating in many sports, music, and theater programs. Sponsors for her pageant bid include McGinley, Elsberg & Hutcheson P.L.C., Mount Vernon Athletic Club, Chevys Fresh Mex and Topsy Social Analytics.

Alexandria People Notes

Emily Haughton is one of 31 students welcomed by the Kennedy Center to participate in the 21st annual Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell.

Poem: Winds on High

Music through the breeze of coolness Hot summer days of high winds Old Glory dances Twisting and twirling Pausing through the breeze Tree pollen twirling like little snowflakes Of winter days afar For summer it is Refreshing coolness of summer breeze And shower of rain that is pure.

Centre View Calendar

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”, “The Dream is Alive” and ”Star Trek: Into the Darkness”. Visit or call 703-572-4118 for the movie schedule.

Letter to the Editor: Moral and Ethical Issue

A Letter to the Editor in the Mount Vernon Gazette (July 18 – “Investigation Not Complete”) strongly criticized Del. Scott Surovell (D-44) for his comments on his blog calling for the resignation of Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Letter to the Editor: Use Hensley For Robinson?

The St. James unsolicited proposal to build a sports and entertainment complex where Hensley Park exists today may have been unsolicited, but it was neither a new idea nor one lacking proponents at city hall. In 2005, Alexandrians for an All City Sports Facility approached the city with a similar request to build expansive sports facilities on Hensley Park. Kerry Donley, David Speck, and other community leaders, then and now, promoted this plan. Funding shortfalls stymied this idea, in the end.

Letter to the Editor: Much To Consider

It is important to note that the "Stand Your Ground" argument was not used in the Trayvon Martin case. It was decided on other grounds.

Beating Summer Heat

The heat is on, and so are air conditioners. Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative says running an air conditioner can significantly increase electric bills during summer months. To “cool it” and still lower home electricity costs, NOVEC encourages customers to follow these energy-saving tips:

Letter to the Editor: Ensure Healthy City Parks

On Sunday I tended a small pocket park in the heart of Old Town and for the first time found a syringe among the cigarette butts. This park is poorly lit at night, the azaleas are diseased, and were it not for some attention, would be covered in weedy vines. This park has been a collective effort of the neighborhood florist, the city and myself, which after three years is finally a space that people kindly remark on and relax in.

Letter to the Editor: Passion and Caring For Officer Laboy

The words “passion and caring for the community” can best describe the effort put forth by Arlington resident Karen L. Bune. Ms. Bune has been in the forefront of a region- wide fund raising campaign to provide relief and support for Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy and his family. Earlier this year, Officer Laboy made a traffic stop after a report of a person acting suspiciously in the Old Town section of Alexandria. Before he could even get off his motorcycle, he was shot in the head by the suspect. Fortunately, due to the rapid response and quick assistance from Alexandria Fire/EMS units on the scene, Laboy survived. However, his life and that of his family will never be the same. He has had to undergo myriad and expensive medical procedures. In the aftermath of this terrible incident, many public safety agencies and the community in general have bonded together to provide support and financial assistance to Officer Laboy.

Mount Vernon Bulletin

Genealogical Society Meeting. 1 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. The meeting will take place in room 112 and will feature a presentation by Christine Rose entitled “Bounty Land Records to Help Solve that Problem.” Call 703-866-2478 or visit

Letter to the Editor: Problem: Cars, Not Bicycles

Bicycles are not the problem. I was stunned when I observed the debate over bicycles in socially "progressive" Old Town Alexandria. Let me get to the point: cars and the failed — not best practices — city parking policies are the problem, not bicycles.

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Roessler Named Police Chief

Supervisors appoint Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr.

Effective Tuesday morning, a Centreville resident, Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr., became Fairfax County’s new chief of police. He was appointed July 30 by the county Board of Supervisors.

Letter to the Editor: Give Citizens Recall Power

The Alexandria Gazette Packet got to the heart of the matter when it pointed out that City Council’s decision to put aside its established priorities to consider a public-private partnership proposal shows that, city hall’s diversionary rhetoric to the contrary, this deal to give public land to a private for-profit entity is already a “done deal” not necessarily because the deal has already been cut, but because most of the current incumbents (other than Councillors Silberberg and Smedberg) are favorably disposed toward doing business this way. Did, for example, City Council recently discontinue earmarking funding for open space precisely because city hall wanted to signal that open space would no longer be a priority to pave the way to erase 15 acres of open space for the right price?

Letter to the Editor: Failure of ‘What Next Alexandria’

I originally welcomed the opportunity to participate in a series of meetings to improve public participation in city governance. The “What’s Next Alexandria” initiative was billed as a conversation on civic engagement, how Alexandrians can best participate in public decisions that shape the city and reach agreement on principles that will guide civic engagement

Roessler’s Resume with FCPD

Before Lt. Col. Edwin Roessler became acting and then full-fledged chief of police for Fairfax County, he served in every rank as he’s moved up the ladder. Since 2010, he was deputy chief of patrol managing Animal Services, plus crime-fighting efforts across eight district stations.

Letter: Ideological, Not Dietary

A letter in last week's Gazette from dietitian Hope Warshaw supported Delegate Surovell's recent call for Governor McDonnell's resignation. Ms. Warshaw claimed that her position was solely based upon her opposition to the use of a dietary supplement promoted by the person involved in gift-giving to Governor and Mrs. McDonnell that forms the basis for Delegate Surovell's resignation request.

Letter to the Editor: ‘Induced Demand’

The Gazette published Phillip Boughton's letter on July 24, in which he advocated easy solutions to the congestion on Route 1. In essence, he advocated making Route 1 eight lanes wide from the Beltway to Fort Belvoir.

How to Make a Difference

WFCM needs people to participate in Homeless Walks.

On the surface, it seems as if the residents of Fairfax County are pretty well-off. But the real truth is that more than 1,500 of them are homeless — and they need help from those able to give it.

Letter to the Editor: Missing Hardison

We have lost a real advocate for keeping our youth safe and drug free. Cliff Hardison was a member of the board of directors for the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County, and he was committed to working with youth and the community in efforts to discourage and prevent underage alcohol and binge drinking, and marijuana and prescription drug abuse. His West Potomac High School was among the first to have students join our UPC Youth Council, and his leadership and support will be greatly missed. Our UPC board will be considering an appropriate way to honor Cliff’s memory.

Roundups: Centre View South

Thomas V. Bowers, 25, of Burke, died Tuesday, July 2, from injuries he sustained in a June 16 crash. The accident occurred at Clifton Road and Maple Branch Road.

Letter to the Editor: Reunion’s Success

The Fort Hunt High School Alumni Association is extremely proud of our alumni, former teachers and administrators and parents for their enthusiastic participation in the school's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Two solid years of planning ensured a great event, but luck had something to do with it as well. Our 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. event had a thunderstorm at 5:12 p.m., after most had left. The success of the three-day, 10 location event is the result of dozens of volunteers and their hard work. Special thanks go to Terry Alers, Patti Miller, Harriet Singleton, Lisa McDonald, Tom Harvey, Jocelyn Folsom, Jim Erb, Jim Carmalt, Bob Suggs, John Harris and dozens of other volunteers and sponsors. The Fort Hunt High School Alumni Association


Fairfax County police have charged a Chantilly man with felony embezzlement. He is Matthew Stephen Filipek, 19, of Cross Meadow Place, and he was arrested in connection with a crime at a store selling golf merchandise.

What Is ‘Dillon's Rule?’

Authority rests with the state.

Every so often, an issue will break out between one of the more liberal local governments in Northern Virginia and the state government in Richmond. The locals say: "We know what is best for our residents." Richmond says "As a local unit of government, you have not been given the authority to act in the way you wish."

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Old-Timey Music

Arlington and Falls Church residents comprise New Old-Time String Band.

In the workaday world, Andrew Acosta has been a painting contractor for 30 years. During off times, he "paints" stories using traditional music, most often as leader of the New Old-Time String Band.

Editorial: Enjoy Tax Holiday, Donate School Supplies

Good timing to help those in need.

It is debatable whether recurring tax holidays for different seasonal needs are good policy. But since this weekend is Virginia’s tax holiday on school supplies and clothing, it makes sense to take advantage of the savings, and to spread the wealth around. The savings are more significant this year with the new sales tax increases in effect as of July 1.

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City Attorney Determines No Impediment to Hensley Lease, But Record Remains Unclear

State officials are still digging through archive to trace federal funds from 1970s.

The history of Hensley Park has become a battlefield in recent weeks, as city leaders clash with opponents of a proposal to hand over open space to a developer who wants to build a sports complex.