News for Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Herndon’s Ferguson, Johnson Burn Chantilly for 50 Points

Coach Smith says Chargers have had season-long offensive problems.

Chantilly sophomore Josh Conwell scored 12 points during a loss to Herndon on Jan. 10.

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Defense Propels TC Boys’ Basketball Past Lake Braddock

Titans hold Bruins scoreless for 7-minute, 31-second stretch.

The T.C. Williams boys' basketball team used a 17-0 run to pull away from Lake Braddock on Jan. 11.

Woodson’s Boock Sets Career High in Win Against South County

Senior scores 20 points in fourth game back from finger surgery.

The Woodson boys' basketball team went 7-0 during the first half of its Patriot District schedule.

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Santa Delivers at Special Party

Easter Seals, Legion Post and Moose Lodge combine forces.

The American Legion Unit 85, Centreville Moose Lodge 2168 and Easter Seals serving D.C., Maryland and Virginia hosted their annual holiday party for children with disabilities and their families as well as families of veterans, active military and wounded warriors on Saturday, Dec. 8.

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And They’re off to Washington, D.C.

Two local groups will perform at Obama’s inaugural balls.

While most people will have to watch President Barack Obama’s inauguration celebration on TV, Army Sergeant Major (retired) Keith Jarman of Centreville will be there in person.

Revoking Recess

Health advisory committee to consider policy of withholding recess as punishment.

Should students be punished by having their recess time revoked?

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Teacher Reads from Her First Book of Poems

McCabe hopes for new manuscript to become second book.

Yorktown Teacher Shares Her Poetry

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Climbing to New Heights

“Trekking For Kids” supports projects in developing countries.

In 2010, Bridgit Fried of Potomac and Cindy Steuart of Bethesda signed up to climb to the base camp of Mt. Everest with a group called “Trekking For Kids.”

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‘He’s Centreville’s Family Doctor’

Beloved physician, Richard Bowles, retires after 42 years.

Physician Richard Bowles Retires after 42 Years

Roundups: Centre View Jan. 17, 2013

Roundups: Dozens of Vehicles Vandalized; National Day of Service; Frey to Address WFCCA; Sully District Council Meeting; Free Carseat Inspections; Help Assemble Food Bags; Improve Transportation for Elderly, Disabled; Advocates Needed for Elderly; Give Caregivers a Break; Meals on Wheels Volunteers; Women's Self Defense Program

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History’s ‘More Than Boring, Old Facts’

Rocky Run seventh-graders “visit” the Westward Movement.

Rocky Run seventh-grade history teacher Maggie Brown stacked the desks in her classroom on top of each other. She then covered them with brown paper to simulate a sod house and had her students sit on the floor inside it.

Editorial: Transportation Money

Eliminating the gas tax makes no sense.

Virginia, and especially Northern Virginia, is woefully short on funds for transportation. One reason is that its gas tax, a logical way to fund transportation infrastructure, is one of the lowest in the nation, and has remained flat since the ’80s, since it is not indexed for inflation. So the buying power of the gas tax has been dwindling.

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West Springfield Police and Green Hills Join Forces

Supervisor Lt. James Tanler of the Neighborhood Patrol Unit, Crime Prevention Officer J.T. Frey and the Green Hills Estate Property Manager Claudia Lazo decided it was time to bring a little cheer to the Green Hills community in West Springfield after a year that held a shooting in an occupied home and other drug related activity in the neighborhood. The force and the Green Hills community celebrated their efforts and progress towards making the neighborhood safer with a visit from Santa.

Becky’s Pet Care Wins ‘Business of the Year’

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters honors Springfield businesses.

Becky's Pet Care won the Business of the Year title from the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. The Business of the Year award is a national award presented to a member, who has demonstrated outstanding business practices and vision in maintaining and growing their business. The rigorous application process includes a comprehensive evaluation of the member's commitment to the profession, management philosophy, community involvement and client satisfaction.

Military Building Named After Walter Hollis of Springfield

Military buildings are typically named after persons deceased who have made significant contributions to an organization, but recently the Hon. John McHugh, secretary of the Army and Springfield resident, granted an exception to that rule.

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The Washington Gas Project Building Receives Award

The Washington Gas project received an Award of Excellence from the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) in the category of Best Building, Non-Institutional Facility on Nov. 14 at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner at a banquet hosted by NAIOP’s Northern Virginia chapter.

Springfield Resident Publishes New Book

“Cold War: Murder in the Heartland” is written by Robert Tecklenburg, a resident of Springfield. Published by Penumbra Publishing and distributed by Baker and Taylor and Ingram, the book tells the story of “a peculiar death in a small rural community . . . rumors of Soviet spies . . . strange goings-on and suspicious character everywhere.

Workhouse to Host a Family Volunteer Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Workhouse Arts Center is hosting Volunteer Fairfax’s fourth annual Day of Service on Jan. 21, 2013 at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road in Lorton (free admission).

Letter: A Shameful Sight

While home on Christmas break, I decided to take a nostalgic hike along the Little Rocky Run creek. Everything was as I remember with the exception of a small plateau on a steep hill face near the end of Marble Stone Drive. I saw scattered about the burned aluminum remains of a 24-pack of Natural Light, sprinkled with a healthy dose of glass bottle shards—all of which seemed to be a sort of sacrificial offering to the skull of a deer mounted on a stick at the center of the plateau.

Winning Championship in Record Time

Fairfax Police Youth Club racer wins National Cross Country Championship.

Rheinhardt Harrison, running for the Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC), won the sub-bantam boys 8&U division at the USATF National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships held in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Springfield Youth Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Gerry Souser, 17, recognized at Immanuel Bible Church ceremony for earning 134 merit badges.

“Because of all of these and so many more adventures and experiences, I feel that I am having the best scouting experience that anyone could ever imagine or ask for, and Merit Badges were just a part of it…”

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Smart Growth Versus Affordable Housing at Potomac Yard

Clash between opposing visions raises questions about parking on Jefferson Davis Highway.

What happens when the principles of smart growth collide with transit planning?

In Session

The hidden camera footage is shaky and brief. But state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30) and Del. Patrick Hope (D-47) believe it will change the momentum of the gun debate.

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Northern Virginia Democrats Finally Get Traction on Voting Rights for Nonviolent Felons

But House Democrats stand in the way of bipartisan effort.

The plight of the nonviolent felon has been a losing cause in Northern Virginia for decades. Year after year, Democrats introduce a bill that would restore voting rights for nonviolent felons. And year after year, the effort fizzles in Richmond.