Stories for July 2013

Stories for July 2013


Wednesday, July 31


Although I’ve not seen the current “The Lone Ranger” theatrical release, I am of a certain age and generation who grew up watching – on black and white television with no remote control and only three watchable channels – the original “The Lone Ranger” (starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels), along with other weekday-afternoon and Saturday-morning classics like “The Rifleman,” “Roy Rogers,” “Sky King,” “Superman,” “Leave It To Beaver” and “Ozzie and Harriet” – in my house, anyway. And though the “effects” weren’t nearly as “special” as they are in today’s movie/television productions/versions, nevertheless, the effects on me, personally, were far greater. Can you say wholesome goodness? The Golden Rule? Do unto others…

‘Regionality’ of Transportation Projects Questioned

Transportation Authority approves FY2014 Project List.

“Tonight we acted to address one of the greatest threats to our region: Congestion.” So spoke Marty Nohe, chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and Coles District supervisor for Prince William County. Despite numerous calls to slow down the process by speakers at the public hearing before the Authority, on Wednesday, July 24, the NVTA approved the FY2014 proposed regional multimodal project list as presented and vetted by the NVTA’s Project Implementation Working Group (PIWG) headed by Authority member (and Arlington County Board Member) Christopher Zimmerman.

A Delicate Balance – At Home

How appropriate is it to tell a cancer patient something negative (that he likely doesn’t want to hear) – yet needs to know, and which might ultimately quash his fighting spirit and adversely affect his day – and night? Moreover, would withholding certain discouraging observations intermittently along the cancer-treatment way, in order for said patient to feel good and positive about himself – and better prepare him for any and all news/results which might upset his precariously imperfect life and moreover, likely chip away at his emotional wherewithal as well – cause more harm than 100-percent honesty all the time?

Silence of the Court

Justices deny public access to shield personal conversations.

The Virginia Supreme Court operates in silence, denying public access to audio recordings of its oral arguments. Unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, which denies video recordings but allows audio recordings, the commonwealth's top appeals court has a complete blackout on public access to proceedings. In a written response to questions from Connection Newspapers, the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court explained that audio records were once public, but the installation of new equipment in January 2008 created new concerns for justices.

Keeping Pets Safe

Veterinary experts say common household items can harm animals.

Did you know that a bowl of grapes sitting on your counter can be fatal to your dog or that a bouquet of fragrant lilies could be lethal to a cat? Were you aware that a stick of gum might cause a life-threatening canine emergency? Veterinary experts say that while pet hazards are lurking around almost every home, many pet owners are unaware of them. From favorite foods to over-the-counter-pain relievers, a number of common household items are dangerous to family pets.

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Winning Gold, Bronze

Greenspring residents Jack Cason and Charlie Edwards were awarded top medals at the National Senior Games.

Neighbors Jack Cason and Charlie Edwards competed in archery at the National Senior Games in Cleveland last week.

Area Roundups

On July 26, Animal Control Officers took 23 small dogs from a private home in the Springfield area. The owner became ill and could no longer care for them. She released the dogs to the county and they are currently being monitored and cared for by a veterinarian.

The Pampered Pooch

Luxury accessories for well-heeled canines.

Marcia Schwartz strolled through the handbag section at a high-end department store at Tysons Galleria in McLean, Va., her eyes taking in the latest offerings from Prada. The companion at her side was not a personal shopper or a credit card-clad husband, however. It was a snow-white fuzzball with a rhinestone-encrusted collar named Cleopatra. Cleo, as she is most often called, is a Bichon Frisé.

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South Pole Comes to Springfield

August in Antarctica commemorates Richard Byrd Library’s 55th Anniversary.

The Richard Byrd Library will beat the heat with its 55th Anniversary Celebration, August in Antarctica. The organizations that founded the library in 1958, such as the Friends of Richard Byrd Library, the Woman’s Club of Springfield, the Upper Pohick Community League, and the Springfield Art Guild are collaborating to run this event. The celebration will have two components.

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VA Adopts: Campaign for 1,000

Governor McDonnell promotes adoption, foster care during Fairfax County tour.

The atmosphere was festive as more than 100 people—including adoptive parents, children and state and local officials—gathered in the Fairfax County Government Center atrium Tuesday, July 30 to welcome Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) during the statewide tour to promote his “Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000” initiative.

Local Girl Scout Troop Earns Bronze Award

Girl Scout Junior Troop # 1742 in Fairfax will be completing their efforts to earn the Bronze Award, a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. In their pursuit to make a difference, these 12 girls from Willow Springs Elementary School chose to raise awareness and to support the research efforts of Cockayne Syndrome (CS), a rare disease that touched the life of one of the troop members in a very personal way. The disease results in slow growth in babies as well as rapid aging (a form of progeria). As part of their project, the girls researched the syndrome, spoke with families affected by the disease and collectively planned ways they could disseminate information to their neighborhood and to a broader population. They developed an informational brochure and a poster display and designed a plan to support the Cockayne Syndrome International Conference.

Arlington Calendar

Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street.

For the Love of Animals

From taking orders in a pizza shop to finding homes for thousands of animals, the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation has a great "tail" to tell.

In 2001, there were too many dogs without homes and too few people to help them.

Week in Fairfax

In partnership with Capital Area Runners, Fairfax County Crime Solvers is hosting its first 5K run fundraiser and needs the community’s support. Residents are encouraged to sign up now to participate in this family-friendly event; everyone is welcome.

Four Years Prison for Fairfax Station Man

He planned to have sex with a minor.

A 67-year-old Fairfax Station man was sentenced last week to more than four years in federal prison. The punishment followed George Ronald Marion’s conviction for crossing state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, plus possession of child pornography.

Lynn Mayer to Lead Fairview Elementary

With strong ethicacy, she is focused on what’s best for the students.

Lynn Mayer of Fairfax was named the new principal of Fairview Elementary in Fairfax Station on July 1. The school originally built on Ox Road in 1899 inherited one third of the Clifton Elementary students when it closed two years ago.

Arlington Orange Line

Summer Classes Return Registrations now open for children and teen summer classes at the Arlington Arts Center. Join AAC for classes covering all subjects and mediums. This summer will offer classes from previous semesters and new classes like Developing Nature and Drawing, a class for teens rooted in the principals of drawing and AAC's summer exhibition Green Acres. Classes for Children. Through Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m., supervised lunch breaks for students in consecutive classes, complimentary aftercare until 5 p.m. for students in 1:30-4 p.m. classes.

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The New Filmmakers of Fairfax

Clifton Film Fest selections reveal creative class in the county.

The latest short films of independent filmmakers producing and directing in the county drew a crowd to the Clifton Film Fest, held on the Workhouse quad in Lorton Saturday, July 20.

Teenage Sisters Spend Summer Dancing

Brittany and Caitie Belle Yevoli take part in a five-week intensive program with The Washington School of Ballet.

Rather than while away hours at the mall or the pool like most girls their age, a pair of teenage sisters from Fairfax Station chose to spend the majority of their summer dancing. But forget Selena Gomez and the Cupid Shuffle—Brittany, 14, and Caitie Belle Yevoli, 13, trained for five weeks alongside students from around the world as part of The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) “Summer Intensive” program.

Bulletin Board

Tuesday/Aug. 6 Drop-In Discussion. 1:30-3 p.m. Montgomery Hospice 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville. For anyone mourning the death of a loved one. Free and open to any Montgomery County resident. Registration required, 301-921-4400.

Potomac Calendar

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.

Area Roundups

Motorcyclist Dies in Clifton Crash 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. Fairfax County police officers were called to the scene that day around 2 p.m.

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Trees Get More Protection

Council passes two bills aiming to protect and expand tree canopy.

Dr. Seuss’s Lorax finally appeared more than two hours into Montgomery County Council’s debate on tree canopy. “Who will speak for the trees?” said Councilmember Valerie Ervin. “Today, all of us are speaking for the trees, and in the end, I think the trees are going to win in Montgomery County,” she said.

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Quilt Show Displays ‘Sacred Threads’

Some 231 handmade quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing were displayed during the biennial Sacred Threads exhibition, July 10-28, at Floris United Methodist Church in Oak Hill. Three Fairfax residents had quilts in the show.

Professional Speaker Writes ‘Attitude Check’

Potomac’s Heath Suddelson explores leadership.

After working with someone with a bad attitude, Potomac resident and professional speaker/ business leader Heath Suddleson began thinking "if he could adjust someone else's attitude by adjusting his own.” Two and half years later, he released his new book, "The Attitude Check: Lessons in Leadership," discussing how an individual's attitude can make or break one’s effectiveness as a leader. It is available at all retail markets including

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.

Letter to the Editor: Why I Love America.

Last evening, Monday, July 22, I went with our Ugandan guest, Tom Kitandwe Kisolo, to our local McDonald on the corner of George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard here in Arlington for a coffee and conversation, and stayed till 11 p.m. I was tired when I came home, went to bed, got up this morning and looked everywhere for my wallet. It was missing. I was sure I had brought it home. After searching everywhere, I decided to pass by the McDonald just to check if anyone had seen it.

Flourishing After 55

Arlington senior centers: Aurora Hills, 735 S. 18th St.; Walter Reed, 2909 S. 16th St.; Culpepper Garden, 4435 N. Pershing Dr.; Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St.; Lee, 5722 Lee Hwy.; Arlington Mill at Fairlington, 3308 S. Stafford St.; also Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; TJ Comm. Center, 3501 S. 2nd St.

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

Apple Federal Credit Union has kicked off its Collect for Kids Program by joining community-based organizations to help get backpacks and supplies into the hands that need them most. Apple branches are accepting new back packs and monetary donations made at the branches and from Apple’s Facebook page (, and will match donations up to $5,000 until Aug. 15. According to the Fairfax County Public School System, for the 2011-2012 school year, 9.7 percent, or one in 10 children under age 18 live in poverty. The system also reported that 46,117 students, or 26.29 percent of their student enrollment, were eligible for free and reduced lunch.

Richardson to Lead White Oaks Elementary

New principal’s strength is in building new relationships.

At the age of 37, Ryan Richardson was named the new principal of White Oaks Elementary School in Burke on July 1. The school is projected to have 790 students and a staff of 75 in September.

Area Roundups

Motorcyclist Dies in Clifton Crash 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. Fairfax County police officers were called to the scene that day around 2 p.m.

To the Editor: Using iPhones, iPods During School Lunch

To the Editor: As part of a Scouting merit badge requirement to write to a local newspaper, I am writing to express my opinion about whether or not electronic devices should be allowed during lunch and other free times between classes at my school, Lake Braddock Secondary School.

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Quilt Show Displays ‘Sacred Threads’

Some 231 handmade quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing were displayed during the biennial Sacred Threads exhibition, July 10-28, at Floris United Methodist Church in Oak Hill. Linda T. Cooper of Burke had one quilt in the show.

Tuesday, July 30

Classified Advertising July 31, 2013

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Hinds Feet Ministries Celebrates 15 Years of Service to Liberia

Local nonprofit performs outreach to Liberia.

Trypetus Cooper Padmore spent her formative years living around the world. A native of Liberia, she spent time in Great Britain and the United Stated during her school years. She left Liberia with her family after the military coup in 1980.

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Cindy’s Legacy to Host 2nd Annual Golf Clinic

Nonprofit supports families and patients affected by cancer.

Cindy’s Legacy, a nonprofit dedicated to providing services for families affected by cancer, will host its second annual golf clinic at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course Friday, Aug. 9.

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Herndon Town Calendar Photos Chosen

Local photographers recognized at ArtSpace.

The walls of ArtSpace Herndon are currently decorated with almost 60 photos of Herndon’s signature moments. From large events such as the Herndon festival, to the simple pleasure of two children holding hands on a brisk fall day, local photographers submitted their shots for inclusion in the town’s annual calendar.

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Rotary Club of Great Falls Launches Foundation

Foundation will allow for tax deductible donations.

In their first two years, the Rotary Club of Great Falls has experienced almost unprecedented growth, quickly becoming one of the fastest growing clubs in Rotary International. Now they have taken the next step to reach deeper into the community, founding a 501(c)3, the Rotary Club of Great Falls, Virginia Foundation.

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Potomac Real Estate: May 2013 Sales $1.2 million~$1.69 million

In May 2013, 58 Potomac homes sold between $3,850,000-$263,000.

Potomac Real Estate: May 2013 Sales $1.2 million~$1.69 million

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New Trail Sections Opened in McLean

Lewinsville Road trail, Ingleside Avenue-Churchill Road add sections.

The last few months have seen new trail connectivity in McLean, giving cyclists and pedestrians easier paths, without putting them in close proximity to cars.

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Mystical Arts of Tibet Visits Unity

Monks create elaborate mandala sand painting with multiple meanings.

For five days last week, Unity of Fairfax Church hosted The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a touring group of 11 Tibetan Buddhist monks who worked in shifts to create a mandala sand painting on a template etched on a 4x4-foot wooden platform. They are from the Drepung Loseling Monastery near Lhasa, Tibet, but cannot return due to Chinese oppression.

Week in Vienna

Vienna farmers market to host special programs and wine spectator honors Bazin’s on Church.

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Friends of W&OD Hold 10K Race

‘Green Race’ nets $3,500 for upkeep and maintenance of trail.

ome 320 runners took part in the seventh annual Friends of the W&OD 10K Race in the Town of Vienna on Saturday, July 27, helping to raise $3,500. The Washington area’s only “Green Race” started at the caboose at the old Vienna Train Station and proceeded along the 12-foot wide W&OD Trail.

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Elton John’s ‘Aida’ Comes to Vienna

Vienna Youth Players, celebrating 20 years of performances, takes on a Broadway hit musical.

It took two knighted Brits, Elton John and Tim Rice, to create a contemporary musical production based on an Italian opera composed in the late 1800s, set in Egypt of the pharaohs, interpreted with rock music and dance. But John and Rice did, and “Aida” re-interpreted became a Broadway hit. Now, “Aida,” with its elaborate period and not-so-period costuming and modern music and dance is coming to Vienna, performed by the Vienna Youth Players.

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Great Falls Senior Center Holds Luncheon at Chez Francois

The Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC) held its first member luncheon Wednesday, July 24 at L’Auberge Chez Francois. Attended by a capacity guest list, the luncheon is viewed as the first in a series for those who become members of the center.

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Roosters Men's Grooming Opens at Franklin Farm Village

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center (MGC) opened Monday, July 29, at 13346B Franklin Farm Road in the Franklin Farm Village Shopping Center.

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One Dead Dog is One Too Many

In an effort to deal with an outbreak of a yet-unidentified upper respiratory infection that has resulted in the death of one dog and sickened a dozen more, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter has temporarily suspended the intake of owner-surrendered dogs as of Friday, July 27 until the shelter can be decontaminated and sanitized. Owners wanting to surrender dogs are being sent to other shelters.

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Brother’s Brother Comes to Merrifield

Brother’s Brother Foundation (BFF) celebrated the grand opening of its Northern Virginia warehouse on Saturday.

Unlocking the Door to Affordable Housing

County considers establishment of residential studio option to assist with housing affordability.

Like most areas that have seen explosive growth in the past 30 years, Fairfax County’s stock of affordable housing has dwindled as it’s grown into one of the nation’s wealthiest counties.

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Petersen Plays FDR in ‘Annie’

City of Fairfax Theatre Company produces “Annie,” the popular “rags-to-riches” Broadway musical, with surprising ties to Fairfax County.

Lanier Middle School was packed this weekend as nearly 400 people turned out to see local families, a state senator—and even a mayor—in The City of Fairfax Theatre Company’s production and performance of “Annie.”

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From Dental Chair to Pool Party

Dr. Stephan Tisseront, specialist in orthodontics in Reston, held his 11th annual Pool Party for patients on Friday, July 19 at Lake Newport Pool in Reston.

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Joining Marines

Brandon A. Clifner, 18, of Reston, joined the United States Marine Corps on Monday July 22.

Much Remains to Be Done


I grew up in my early years in a racially segregated Virginia. The State Constitution had a provision stating, “Mixed schools prohibited. White and colored children shall not be taught in the same school.”

Tom Wilkins— A Reston Special

Not long after I retired from the Foreign Service in 1994, I volunteered for the Democratic Party and found myself working the polls at Dogwood Elementary School on Election Day. That is where I met Dr. Thomas A. Wilkins.

Weichert, Realtors Recognizes Reston/Herndon Top Representative

The Reston/Herndon office was recognized for outstanding performance in June, according to Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors.

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Miniature Horses Parade at Frying Pan

Miniature Horse Club Show held at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon.

From Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21 the Old Dominion Miniature Horse Club met at Frying Pan Farm Park’s equestrian center in Herndon for their Summer Sizzle club show.

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Summer Fun Camps Continue in Herndon

The Summer Fun Camps are held outdoors at Bready Park and indoors at the Herndon Community Center.

At the end of June, the Herndon Summer Fun Camps began operations at Herndon Community Center, with Harriet Van De Riet and a team of trained counselors directing. “All of our counselors have enrolled in college,” said Van De Riet.

Roessler Named County Police Chief

New police chief vows focus on diversity.

Edwin C. Roessler, named Fairfax County's police chief at Tuesday's Board of Supervisor's meeting, promised to launch a Diversity Council in an effort to recruit, promote and respond to Fairfax County's increasingly diverse community.

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Helping Children in Need

Local teenagers start Children’s Trust Fund.

While most high school seniors spend their time thinking about the SATs, prom and college, Celia Islam of Vienna is thinking about how to help others. Islam, a rising senior at George C. Marshall High School, is the founder and president of Children’s Trust Fund (CTFund)—a nonprofit organization that seeks to aid impoverished children in developing nations.

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Quilt Show Displays ‘Sacred Threads’

Some 231 handmade quilts exploring themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace/brotherhood, grief and healing were displayed during the biennial Sacred Threads exhibition, July 10-28, at Floris United Methodist Church in Oak Hill.

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KidWX Connects Parents With Providers

Organization has an extensive online database of local resources from music classes to diabetes experts.

When Linda Nimmo and Jamie Finch were looking for resources for their children two years ago, they scoured the internet and local organizations for the right services. The effort was so time consuming that they both left their full-time corporate jobs and turned their quest into a way to help others.

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Sharing in Ramadan

9th annual Ramadan Herndon Without Hunger aids locals in need.

The Stock Market has been posting record highs. Homes in the local market have been selling in less than two weeks, sometimes for more than asking price—rising numbers that constantly make the news, all while another less publicized statistic about our area has also risen: the number of families in need, like those who attend the Herndon Without Hunger (HWH) food distribution that takes place during the holy month of Ramadan.

Week in McLean

Police responded to the report of a robbery at the Cardinal Bank at 1313 Dolley Madison Boulevard Thursday, July 25, shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Weichert, Realtors Recognizes McLean/Dolley Madison Office Top Associate

Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced the McLean/Dolley Madison office was recognized for outstanding performance in June.

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Shakespeare in the Park

The Traveling Players Ensemble presenting “Much Ado About Nothing” at The Madeira School.

The Traveling Players Ensemble will present Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” Friday, Aug. 9 at The Madeira School in Great Falls.

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Enjoyable Season at Hamlet

Q&A with Langley High tennis players Pilkinton and Lewis.

Following a trip to the tennis state championship last spring, close friends and teammates Will Pilkinton, 15, and Chase Lewis, 17, are bound to lead Langley High School in a gripping 2014 season.

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Having Fun on the Tennis Court

Great Falls Swim and Tennis Club season comes to an end.

At the Great Falls Swim and Tennis Club, young players have found that sweating in the July heat can still be an enjoyable and engaging experience. Through summer lessons and team practices, these students have had the opportunity to improve their skills on the court while making new connections with their fellow players and coaches.

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Reviving the Art of Kashmir

Aliyah Pandolfi is the founder and CEO of Al-Kareem Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Great Falls.

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Great Falls ‘Family of Writers’ Comes Together

Inaugural meeting of Great Falls Writer’s Group to be held on Thursday, Aug. 8.

The Great Falls Writer’s Group (GFWG) will be holding its inaugural meeting at the Great Falls Library on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 11:30 a.m.

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Preserving Garden Herbs for Year-round Use

Many fresh garden grown herbs can be preserved and used year round by drying the herbs by air, in the oven, in special dehydrators or a microwave.

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Jill Banks to Give Free Public Painting Demonstration

"Serendipity," award-winning artist Jill Banks' solo exhibit of over 20 oil paintings created on the streets of Paris and more local spots, figurative works, and those other subjects she was lucky enough to capture on canvas, continues at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike through Aug. 31.

Unlocking the Door to Affordable Housing

County considers establishment of residential studio option to assist with housing affordability.

Like most areas that have seen explosive growth in the past 30 years, Fairfax County’s stock of affordable housing has dwindled as it’s grown into one of the nation’s wealthiest counties.

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‘Regionality’ of Transportation Projects Questioned

Transportation Authority approves FY2014 Project List.

“Tonight we acted to address one of the greatest threats to our region: Congestion.” So spoke Marty Nohe, chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and Coles District supervisor for Prince William County.

Monday, July 29

Fairfax County Animal Shelter Temporarily Suspends Intake of Dogs

Canine influenza suspected culprit after dozen dogs become ill.

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter has temporarily suspended its intake of dogs, after one dog died of pneumonia and about a dozen more dogs have exhibited symptoms of an unspecified upper respiratory illness.

Thursday, July 25

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Setting Records Straight

Fairfax Station resident Brandon Fabian (age group 13-14) broke four Colonial Swim League (CSL) Yard records this summer, swimming for the Barrington Blue Fins Swim Team.

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Shouse Village Sharks Win Final Meet of the Season

In their fifth and final A Meet of the NVSL season, held at Canterbury Woods in Annandale, the Shouse Village Sharks won against the Canterbury Woods Sea Serpents 249 to 171 in NVSL Division 10.

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Nereids Synchronized Swimmers 9th in Nation

The Northern Virginia Nereids synchronized swimming team just returned from the Age Group National Synchronized Swimming Championship in Riverside, Calif.

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Twins Team Wins Vienna Babe Ruth Championship

The Twins baseball team won the Vienna Babe Ruth Senior League Championship by beating the Pirates, 2-1 on a packed night Thursday, June 27, at 8:30 p.m. on Waters Field in the heart of Vienna.

Langley Club Celebrates Despite Loss

The Langley Wildthings (2-2-1) celebrated this week, despite a 226-194 loss to the Dunn Loring Dolphins.

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Otter Divers Prevail Over Rolling Hills

The Oakton Otter divers prevailed over Rolling Hills on Tuesday, July 17, with a score of 38 to 30, bringing their win-loss record to 1 and 3.

Vienna All Stars Advance in Babe Ruth Tournament

The Senior League Vienna All Stars team (16-19) advanced to the Virginia Babe Ruth State Tournament, after finishing runner-up in the 13-district championship.

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RSTA Regular Season Concludes With New Champion and Close Meet

It is said that all good things must come to an end and so it was on Saturday as the final meets of the Reston Swim Team Association (RSTA) regular season took place under a hot, humid day.

Wildthings Too Much For Riverside Gardens

The Langley Wildthings were back on top this week with a big win over Riverside Gardens.

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StingRays Win Fourth Championship

The undefeated River Bend StingRays beat Westwood (300-216) to win their fourth consecutive DCCL Blue Division Championship.

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Pets of Fairfax Station

Fairfax Station families share pictures of their furry friends.

Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability Compiles List of Victims

List of organizations supporting Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability, Inc.’s proposal to create a Citizens Police Oversight Board in Fairfax County includes:

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Puppets for Puppies

LTA musical to benefit local animal charities.

With an abundant use of profanity and episodes of "full puppet nudity," the Tony Award-winning musical “Avenue Q” is not the usual fare from The Little Theatre of Alexandria. But when the storied theater company debuts the Sesame Street-style show July 27, each performance will serve as a fundraiser for several local animal charities.

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T.C. Alumni Celebrate 40 Years

TC’s Class of 1973 gathers this weekend.

This week marks the 40th year reunion of T.C. William’s class of 1973. Coming right out of the tumultuous ‘60s, the class of 1973 was part of T.C. Williams during some of its most transformative years. With both national and local changes taking place, the students had a high school experience that involved more than classes.

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Wasteful Spending: Alexandria Faces Difficult Decision on Raw Sewage

Cleaning out of Hunting Creek could cost $100 million to $300 million.

Every year, Alexandria dumps 10 million gallons of raw sewage into Hunting Creek.

Week in Alexandria

The murder trial of Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman may be hundreds of miles away, but emotions are running raw in Alexandria.

On the Campaign Trail

Year after year, members of the General Assembly consider efforts to restore voting rights to nonviolent felons. But year after year, the effort is killed — usually by House Republicans.

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Silence of the Court: Virginia Supreme Court Denies Access to Audio Recordings

Lack of transparency is explained as effort to shield personal conversations.

The Virginia Supreme Court operates in silence, denying public access to audio recordings of its oral arguments.

Wednesday, July 24

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Feeling Pretty Good

T.C. Williams grads hit the road for first tour out of the D.C. area.

A shared appreciation for the blues has morphed into an increasingly successful reggae band with enough popularity to literally take their show on the road. FeelFree, a group of five 20-something men from Alexandria, mostly T.C. Williams graduates, last week kicked off their first East Coast tour, which will take them from this area up to New York City and down to North Carolina, with a stop in Charlottesville along the way.

Salata Named Ravensworth Principal

Roxanne Salata, 41, has a motto she likes to use: People first and paper second.

Dogs of Springfield

Supervisor Jeff McKay's rescue greyhound, Vera, and his son, Aidan.

Welcoming Community

These pictures are taken on the Greenspring campus by Lisa Ennis, my dog-loving daughter-in-law.


What is the highlight of your summer tennis experience so far? What do you look forward to in the future?

“I’ve done backhands. I won with a backhand in [the game] jail. You go in jail if you miss catching the tennis ball. [I also like tornado], where you run around and try not to be hit by tennis balls. [I’ll keep playing tennis] because it’s a lot of fun.”

Springfield Post 176 Conducting Membership Drive

Springfield Post 176 is conducting a membership campaign for the new 2014 Legion membership year and seeking wartime veterans in the Springfield area to become a valued member at their Post home.

Mount Vernon Bulletin

Fort Hunt High School 50th Anniversary. Celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary with events every day. Register at Gatherings at local restaurants, dinner and dancing, music, a cook-out on Sunday at Fort Hunt Park, vintage car show, live entertainment by local bands including alumni of the school and more. Visit

Wakefield Run Stream Restoration Project off With a Splash

Charles E. Penn, Sr., the new manager of media/community relations at Dominion Virginia Power, was at Wakefield Run Stream Wednesday, July 24, taking pictures alongside Park Authority officials and Dominion colleagues at a kickoff of a restoration project to improve the tributary that feeds into Accotink Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.

Film Fest Showcases Local Filmmakers

Clifton Film Fest held under the stars at Workhouse Arts Center.

Hundreds of people turned out for the fifth annual Clifton Film Fest under the stars, complete with a “Red Carpet,” at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton Saturday. It’s the only local, community-wide film festival that’s not in D.C.

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Local Students Learn by Doing

Centreville Elementary fourth-graders create living map of Virginia.

It’s one thing to tell children about their state — its shape, geography and crops — and another thing to have them re-create it in an interactive scale model. But that’s what happened at Centreville Elementary.

WFCM Gears up for Backpack Collection

1,682 backpacks needed for local students.

It may seem early to think about returning to school, but Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is already busy collecting backpacks for local students attending 23 elementary, middle and high schools. “These backpacks are given to students whose parents can’t afford all the school supplies it takes to send a child to school, let alone backpacks,” said Jennie Bush, WFCM’s community outreach manager. “Often, these families must decide between putting food on the table and gasoline in the car.” So WFCM has partnered with Collect for Kids, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Kids are First to help these students. Kids R First provides the school supplies needed at each grade level, and WFCM contributes the new backpacks.

Focus on Groveton's Founding Families

Author explores history of former farming community.

Longtime Groveton resident Charlotte Brown's book "Groveton" uses both stories and pictures from local residents and business owners to provide readers with a colorful and informative look at the history of the area.

Letter: Let’s Be Open-Minded

To the Editor: It is disappointing and concerning to see some residents of this City, much less our Parks and Recreation Commission (“PRC”), so quickly leap to criticize the sports complex proposed by the St. James Group (“SJG”).

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Expo Sunoco Eyes Expansion

Alcoholic beverages sales concern WFCCA.

Sunoco plans to expand its gas station near the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly.

Cliff Hardison, 60, Dies

Principal of West Potomac High School was dedicated to students.

Cliff Hardison, the principal of West Potomac High School since 2009, died from lung cancer on Tuesday, July 23. He was 60 and did not smoke. “It’s really a sad day and really a shock to everyone,” said Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-44). “Cliff was a real gentleman; his first priority was his students. He loved West Potomac High School and his staff respected him.”

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TB Investigation Expands at Lee High School

Health officials say “no reason to restrict activities.”

On Monday, Fairfax County Health Department officials announced they are expanding the tuberculosis (TB) investigation at Robert E. Lee High School, in the wake of reports that as many as 430 students and faculty could have been exposed to the disease.

Meet Elsa and Jessi of Clifton

We have two rottweilers that love attention.

‘Friendly Visitors’

Senior Services of Alexandria

The Hermitage Assisted Living Facility in Alexandria is home for many of Alexandria’s seniors. On July 2, one of its residents celebrated a birthday with lively music, festive foods and of course a special birthday cake. Mrs. Lillian Parker, a long-time resident of the Hermitage, celebrated her special day with her family, including two of her daughters and granddaughter, a room full of friends and special guests.


Free Carseat Inspections

22 Years Prison for Handyman’s Death

Victim died protecting his boss’s son.

Jose Cardona wasn’t famous and didn’t hold an impressive, white-collar job. He worked as a handyman and gardener for a wealthy businessman in Centreville. But that didn’t make his life any less important than any other human being’s. And when the time came, he more than proved his value as a person by giving up his own life to protect that of his employer’s son.

Patches Chases the Ball

Our dog Patches is a member of the Delahunty family of Fairfax which includes mom Celeste, dad Steve, and siblings Celia, Ethan and Liam. Patches loves tennis balls and playing fetch.

Springfield, Fairfax Artists Exhibit in Occoquan

The Artists’ Undertaking Gallery in Historic Occoquan is exhibiting work by Sherri Johnson of Fairfax and David and Jane Ernst of Springfield, in "Artistic Impressions."

Continuing to Care for Women of Fairfax City

Recently, the Fairfax City Council passed an ordinance creating a new zoning classification—“medical care facilities.” Under the new ordinance, women’s health centers are now classified in the same zoning category as hospitals, surgical centers, and urgent care units—meaning women’s health centers are now required to receive a "Special Use Permit” in order to operate.

Fort Hunt Federals Celebrate ‘Spirit That’s Still Alive’

Recalling and celebrating Fort Hunt High School.

Though Fort Hunt High School has not operated for over 20 years, hundreds of graduates will reunite this weekend at Fort Hunt Park to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary.

Rotary Club of Fairfax Honors Rick Schroeder

The Rotary Club of Fairfax recently selected Rick Schroeder to receive the club’s highest honor: the Rotarian of the Year award. This award is given to a member who has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the principles of Rotary, and recognizes a Rotarian’s sustained, outstanding efforts in the Five Avenues of Service.   

Alexandria Bulletin

Open Retreat. 8-10:30 a.m. at the Alexandria Police Headquarters, 3600 Wheeler Ave. The Alexandria Planning Commission offers a retreat to discuss procedural matters, goals and policies and upcoming projects. Open for the public to attend. Call 703-746-4666.

Meet Best Friends of Fairfax

Fairfax City residents Talk About Their Cats, Dogs

When asked about her favorite story about her cat, Moochie, Nancy Riley of Fairfax said, “I would love to tell you about how I came to have Moochie. It was 1997, I was coming out of my friend’s house, and I came out the door and heard what sounded like a squirrel chattering at me. I then looked up and saw this really small black cat looking up at me. Being a cat person, I automatically went to pet him and he shied away. A man then came out of his house next to me and I asked if this cat belonged to anybody. He said, ‘That’s nobody’s cat. That’s a gutter cat.’ A gutter cat. He let me pet him and as I walked down the sidewalk to my car he was doing figure 8s around my feet. I opened the door to get in my car and he jumped right in. I put him on the ground and was really sorry and said, ‘I’m sorry cat but I can’t take you home, I have two large cats at home that would eat you.’ He jumped right back in my car. I decided because of his determination, I could take him home. My two other cats didn’t end up eating him and our other cat, Alfalfa, became really good buddies with Moochie. He gets his name, Moochie, because he would always steal food from the table and my daughter called him a mooch.”

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Obituary: John Coolidge Graves Dies

John Coolidge Graves, a Fairfax resident of East Templeton, Mass., died Tuesday, July 16.

Coalition Renews Call for Justice

Coalition renews call for justice in police-related shooting.

Three years ago the Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal by the Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability to form a citizen police oversight board. Instead they agreed with the recommendations of the county executive and police chief to assign responsibility for investigating citizen complaints of alleged misconduct to the county’s independent auditor.

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Little Orphan Annie No More

On the evening of Feb. 22, 2011 we let our standard poodle, Toby, into the yard for a last potty break before bedtime. We heard a dog bark at Toby. My husband Glenn went into the yard to investigate.

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FHYAA Names Jackson Casey Memorial Scholarship Winners

The Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association announced the winners of the 2013 Jackson Casey Memorial Scholarships.

Week in Fairfax

In partnership with Capital Area Runners, Fairfax County Crime Solvers is hosting its first 5K run fundraiser and needs the community’s support.

Helping Save Lives, One Pet at a Time

Area residents explain their dedication to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.

Behind every adoption successfully completed by the Arlington-based Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, there's a volunteer with a happy heart. There's a small volunteer army across Northern Virginia that turns out every weekend to help cats and dogs find homes, but there's never a shortage of others looking for a safe place to be fed, sheltered and loved.

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Aldersgate Awards 11 Scholarships

The Aldersgate Permanent Endowment Committee has awarded a total of 11 scholarships for the 2013-14 school year. Eight awards were college scholarships and three were seminary scholarships.

Soon-to-Be Eagle Scout Aids ECHO

Frank Wheaton is a Life Scout since 2009 with Boy Scout Troop 995, which meets at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Springfield. Every Life Scout, besides earning merit badges, can choose to organize and lead a service project as part of the rank advancement requirement for Eagle Scout.

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Cobias Reel in Fundraiser

Swim-a-Thon benefits Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia.

The Cobias made a splash in the effort to raise awareness and funds for Down syndrome.

Mount Vernon Military Notes

Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Michael Colesanti from Mount Vernon has re-enlisted to continue service with the Company B (Military Intelligence), 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion.

Living with a K-9 Hero

Ken and Gail Gardner of Alexandria were the lucky couple who adopted a 12-year-old German Shepherd through the Baghdad Pups Program of SPCA International.

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Black History Museum Hosts Author and Exhibition

The Alexandria Black History Museum hosted two events on Saturday, July 20. In the morning, patrons joined artist, writer and educator Sushmita Mazumdar and Nina Tisara, director of Living Legends of Alexandria, for chai tea and a book writing workshop. The workshop is one of a series of programs sponsored by Family Legends, an activity of Living Legends of Alexandria.

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New Buses Join Springfield Service

Local and state officials gathered on the penthouse terrace at Metro Park in Alexandria last week to announce the addition of six new state-of-the-art buses to the Springfield Circulator Service.

Alexandria School Notes

The following students graduated from James Madison University

Letter to the Editor: Best Use of Hensley Park?

If you care about kids in Alexandra, listen up. The City Council is about to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to a private developer to lease for 40 years 14 acres of Alexandria playing fields at Hensley Park on Eisenhower Avenue. Developers would build an elite sports club there that, according to their own model, could cost the typical Alexandria family of four $4,900 to join and $4,200 a year thereafter just to belong.

Mormon Church Youth Group Visits Historic Sites

From June 20-22, 220 youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint (LDS) youth, ages 14 to 18, from seven local congregations in Annandale, Burke and Springfield traveled to Kirtland, Ohio, to visit and tour the city that was both home and church center to the fledging Latter-day Saint church from 1831-1838.

Letter to the Editor: Promote Healthy Eating, Not Supplements

I echo Del. Scott Surovell’s call for Governor McDonnell’s resignation in his July 13 Dixie Pig blog However, I come to my conclusion from the perspective as a dietitian and diabetes educator. I practice my trade using research-based evidence and recommend that people eat healthy to manage and prevent disease by choosing and preparing real foods, not by taking supplements.

Joining Together To Save Animals

There are dozens of animal welfare organizations across the country working to secure "forever homes" for dogs and cats of all ages. And while there's a general camaraderie amongst them, stemming from their common cause, what's a little friendly competition among peers? For the past few years, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has sponsored a nationwide contest to challenge shelters to see how many more animals they could adopt between June and August beyond the total the year before.

Letter to the Editor: Complete Easy Solutions

What in the world are our elected representatives doing talking about another $1M study to figure out what to do about Route 1 traffic between the Beltway and Fort Belvoir? During the past 20 years, Senator Puller has sponsored at least two $1M studies about what to do to improve the traffice on Route 1. So far more than $4 million has been spent on studies. There are immediate, much less costly solutions that this money could be used for.

Commentary: Consider Fair Trade Shopping

When we go shopping for tea, chocolate, clothes, or even sports equipment, most of us never pause to consider the conditions under which those products were made.

South Run Neighborhood Youth Fight Cancer With Swim-a-thon

The South Run neighborhood pool fifth annual Swim-a-thon raised over $1,895 and counting for INOVA's Life With Cancer organization Sunday, July 14. Neighbors from Burke, Fairfax Station and the South Run neighborhood swam a combined total of 677 laps, amounting to 16,925 meters swam in the pool.

Brief: Summer Can Be Deadly for Children

The City of Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services reminds parents and caregivers that hot vehicles can be deadly to children.

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Nell and Magic

People and Pets

Don and Linda Rutledge sent us these pictures of their cat Nell, waiting to be served, and her brother, Magic, enjoying the pillow. They are 3 years old and are from the Fancy Cat Rescue in Herndon.

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Color on the Walls, Indoor and Out

ArtSpace Herndon recently drew 160 patrons into its galleries with the "It's a Matter of Color" exhibit artists reception and the Art in the Windows dedication of public art on the outdoor walls of the building.

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.

Week in Herndon

Town of Herndon Receives Aaa Rating Moody’s Investors Service has moved the rating outlook to stable and affirmed the Aaa rating on four states and 37 local governments, including the Town of Herndon. This follows the move to a stable outlook on the federal government’s Aaa rating, which occurred on July 18.

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Area Residents Boast Variety of Furry Friends

Pet owners cherish their companions, large and small.

Fairfax County is characterized by many interesting people. It is also characterized by these people’s equally interesting pets.


Taylor Run

The Taylor Run Citizens' Association will be hosting its 2013 National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Angel Park (West Taylor Run Parkway). This year, TRCA will be hosting a kickball game and pizza party for friends and neighbors. Pizza, popsicles, cold drinks and other refreshments will be served.

Andrew and Jonathan Lohmann Receive Eagle Scout Award

Andrew and Jonathan Lohmann, members of Boy Scout Troop 51, celebrated receiving their Eagle Scout award on June 9 at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon.

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Meet Herndon’s ‘Best Friends’

People and Pets

Mia Bollerer, 7, has a fluffy white guinea pig named Anderson, whose name, she says, “starts with an ‘A’ because he is so awesome!” She got Anderson on the day of the presidential election last year and remembers that she spent her first night with Anderson sitting on the couch with her family while watching the news.

Correction: Alexandria

In the letter “Street Repairs Needed Repair” [Gazette Packet, July 18], recent roadway repairs in the 200 block of North Fairfax Street were attributed to the City of Alexandria. According to Virginia American Water, the work was done by its maintenance crews, not the city’s. In fixing a main, temporary repairs are done so that the roadway can be open for traffic more quickly. After a week or two, to ensure no additional settlement or leaks, a professional paving crew makes a permanent repair to the road.

Mount Vernon School Notes

Caroline T. Kelly has been named to first honors on the Clark University dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.

Kincaid Wins Democratic Nomination for Sheriff

Kincaid promises to push for pay parity and reach out to diverse community.

Stacey Kincaid, a 26-year veteran with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department and self-proclaimed “rookie politician,” handily won the Democratic nomination for sheriff during a special election Tuesday night, July 23 at W.T. Woodson High School. The final vote was 605 to 315 votes, according to Democratic officials who counted each ballot by hand.

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Hobo’s Forever Home

When our son Jamie was 3 years old he was frightened by a large dog.

Former Lorton Resident Is Charged With Rape

Police say deejay’s alleged victims were unconscious.

Believing he took sexual advantage of helpless, unconscious women, Fairfax County police have charged a former Alexandria and Lorton resident with rape and aggravated sexual battery. He is Joseph Michael Rivera, 34, although many in the local area knew him by his professional name of DJ Joey Flash.

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Herndon High to Present ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

Performances set for July 26, 27 and 28.

The Grand Musical Theatre Experience returns to Herndon High School in July this year with a production of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” Last year, the production was of the musical “Oliver Twist,” which was a tremendous success.

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Meet Lucy

People and Pets

My name is Lucinda (Lucy for short). I'm a Haflinger mare and work at Spirit Open Equestrian. All our volunteers think I'm really cute.

To the Editor: 86th Omitted

I was pleased to see all the various Virginia candidates that you listed in an article in your last edition (“Virginia Voters Get More Choices in 2013,” July 17-23). Virginia voters certainly have many choices this coming November.

Area Roundups

Fairfax County college-bound students and their parents are invited to attend “The Perils of the College Drinking Culture,” an upcoming screening and panel discussion on a powerful, award-winning documentary, “HAZE,” which looks at the crisis of binge drinking and hazing on college campuses.

Meet Best Friends of Reston

People and Pets

Reston sure loves its four-legged friends. Whether residents are walking them around Reston Town Center or heading to the Baron Cameron Dog Park, the sight of a Reston resident out and about with a furry companion is a common one, especially during the warmer months.

Unlocking the Door to Affordable Housing

County considers establishment of residential studio option to assist with housing affordability.

Like most areas that have seen explosive growth in the past 30 years, Fairfax County’s stock of affordable housing has dwindled as it’s grown into one of the nation’s wealthiest counties.

Commentary: Stemming Gun Violence

While President Obama in his statement about the Trayvon Martin case reminded us, “we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken,” he went on to say that “we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.”

Evenings on the Ellipse Concerts Begin

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority, will host a series of free summer concerts, Evenings on the Ellipse, at the Fairfax County Government Center every Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

To the Editor: Facts About Rec Center

The misinformation spilling out concerning a proposed recreation center for Reston is shielding the light that could be shining on the subject. No wonder that confusion is prevalent. I hope that presenting some factual information will help clear up the atmosphere and lead to a reasoned conclusion.

Obituary: Restonian William Nicoson, 81, Dies

Nicoson was one of the founders of the Connection Newspapers.

William Jarvie Nicoson, lawyer and first director of the New Community Assistance Program, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, died peacefully at his home in Reston on Sunday, July 7, after a long illness. He was 81.

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Mobile Vet Provides At-home Care

Eric Cryan’s service visits pets in their own environments.

Most people associate going to the vet with wrestling their trembling pets into an animal carrier and dragging them into a cold, unfamiliar office. Eric Cryan, founder of Nova Mobile Vet, makes people discard this grim association.

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Falling in Love With Asia

A few months ago I was invited to attend a meeting of the Bull Terrier Rescue of Virginia, where I shared my latest book, “Dogs of War” (which included General Patton's bull terrier, Willie). One of the members told me about Asia, a young female bullie who had recently arrived from down south and was up for adoption.

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‘Ace’ Takes Post-graduate Journey

Stories on people and pets in Burke area.

Even in one hundred degree weather, a dog needs his/her walk: That’s what Ace and his owner, Eileen O’Connor, were spotted doing one hot July evening. Ace is a friendly puppy who loves playing with new friends and chewing on anything he can get his paws on. Ace recently started dog training classes in the evenings on top of the training Eileen has already began at home.

The More You Know About the Rhino

Fifth grade environmental activist visits Reston.

Last Tuesday, 10-year-old Hannah Testa came to Reston to meet with Robert Simon, the founder of Reston, and to give presentations on the plight of the rhinos in South Africa. Hannah has single-handedly collected over 1,600 petitions for this cause and works diligently to educate children and adults about the need to protect the environment.

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Jerry's Subs Re-opens at North Point

Long time Restonians Franklin and Fred Kyle celebrated the grand re-opening of their newly purchased Jerry's Subs and Pizza at North Point Village Center Friday, July 19.

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Making Sure Children Don't Go Hungry

Our Daily Bread provides meals for children during summer break.

For most children, summer means the end of homework and tests, and the beginning of cookouts and carefree summer vacations.

Week in Reston

RN Golf Management, LLC , owners of Reston Golf Course, has requested an indefinitely deferral of their Appeal A-2012-HM-020, said Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill).

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Final Touches at Greensboro Station

The platform level canopy at the Greensboro Station is the perfect place to shoot construction looking west along Route 7.

Arts Council of Fairfax County Receives $50,000 Our Town Grant

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 59 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.725 million and reaching 34 states in the Our Town program's third year of funding. The Arts Council of Fairfax County is one of 59 grantees and will receive $50,000 for Imagine Art Here, a public art community engagement project in Tysons.

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Cats Waiting for Adoption

At Pet Nutrition Center in Burke it’s all about finding the right family.

If you are in the market to adopt a cat, the Pet Nutrition Center in Burke is the place for you. These furry friends come straight from a no-kill Prince William Shelter in Woodbridge and are available at a low adoption rate. Cat adopters are in greater need around this time of the year because of the influx of kittens that are born.

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Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation Honors Barbara d’Andrade

Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation knows many hands play a role in the success of its charitable outreach and financial education efforts—including those of Barbara d’Andrade, its former executive director who has remained an active foundation volunteer since retiring in 2007.

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People and Pets

Vienna residents share photographs of their new canine companions.

Children’s Science Center Launches ‘Operation: Ladybug’

The Children’s Science Center is sponsoring a family-friendly summer project, Operation: Ladybug. The Operation is a collaborative effort between Cornell University’s “Lost Ladybug Project” and the Children’s Science Center to gather data for entomologists to identify species of ladybugs nationwide.

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Meet Vienna’s Best Friends

People and Pets

Despite his small stature, Bodi likes to play with the big dogs. Ingrid Anderson has owned Bodi for about three years and said that Bodi is very adventurous.

Meet Frodo and Sam

Lou and I adopted Mister Frodo from Home Alone Cat Rescue about two years ago. We have a soft spot for big orange cats. Frodo is part Maine coon (large with furry feet) and part American bobtail (large with short tail).

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Ramadan in Oakton

The American Turkish Friendship Association celebrates breaking of the daily fast.

In celebration of Ramadan, The American Turkish Friendship Association held its Ramadan Tent and Turkish cultural exhibitions July 17-19 at the Unity of Fairfax Church in Oakton.

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Claude Moore Farm Holds Market Fair

Visitors of all ages enjoyed activities at the annual fair.

The sounds of violin and shouts of laughter filled the air as people explored the grounds, played games and listened to live music. This weekend, July 20-21, the annual Summer Market Fair was held at the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run. Located in McLean, the Claude Moore Colonial Farm reenacts the typical farm life of Virginia in 1771, just before the American Revolution.

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TACT Celebrates Traditional and Same-Sex Marriage in 'I Do, I Do'

The times they are a-changin’. When "I Do! I Do!" first opened on Broadway in 1966, the musical by the “Fantasticks” duo Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt was a hit. Based on Jan de Hartog’s popular 1951 play "The Fourposter,” the show chronicles a half-century in the life of a successful marriage.

Orange Line

Performance. Through Wednesday, July 24, the Rosslyn BID provides live music on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Rosslyn Metro Station. Enjoy a variety of performances during your evening commute from 5-7 p.m.

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Safe Sidewalk Installed on Powhatan Street

FCDOT, Department of Pubic Works and Environmental Services provide concrete trail.

McLean residents in the area of Powhatan Street are now walking safely on a sidewalk recently completed by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES).

School Notes

David Lee Jr. was recognized for generous community service at Randolph-Macon Academy. David received a certificate of appreciation from the admission office.

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Cats, Other Pets Find Home in McLean

People and Pets

When Mark Bollinger returned home from a business trip to Asia, he was surprised to meet Gracie, the newest furry addition to his family, curled up and sleeping in the sink.

Potomac Calendar

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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Open Your Home, Open Your Heart

Too many dogs and cats — needing to be adopted — face euthanization.

It was the kind of October day that we always remember: crisp air and vivid leaves. It was also the day when I had to say good-bye to Carmel, my canine companion of 10 years. He died of cancer. Carmel was my joy and he made me laugh and I expected at least five more years of fun. Dogs ask only that we love them and just as they begin to truly understand our language, they are gone. It is terribly unfair.

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Sharing Expertise on Child Development

Kristen Paral of Vienna helps parents master techniques that foster the growth of well-adjusted, confident children.

While feathering your nest may turn your house into a home, occasionally, de-feathering and shifting direction may transform your happy nest into a happy and serene haven for your family.

Arlington Bulletin

Meeting. 12:15 p.m. at La Cote d’Or, 6876 Lee Highway. The Arlington Rotary Club welcomes speakers Mitch Opalski and Carolyn Richar. Visit

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Potomac Family Hosts Fresh Air Fund Child

“Seven days can change a child’s life.”

River Falls resident Gregory Mitchell was a “Fresh Air Fund” child — a “life-changing, character-shaping experience,” he said. Growing up in a single-parent household in the Bronx, N.Y.C. meant that he did not have an opportunity to leave the inner-city — the hot, noisy streets were the only playground he knew. From the ages of 10-13, the Fresh Air Fund provided a two-week summer visit with a large family in New Hampshire.

Co-charing Animal Protection Caucus

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8), who serves as the co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, with Oliver and Bunker. Moran’s D.C. office is pet-friendly, and Oliver and Bunker join their owners at work nearly every day.

Arlington Calendar

Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street.

To the Editor: Benefits of an Extra Year in Preschool

The recent move to all-day kindergarten in Fairfax County prompted me to write to encourage parents in our community to consider a pre-kindergarten programs for children who might benefit from an additional year in preschool. If a child is not quite ready for the requirements of a very challenging all-day kindergarten program, then an additional year to develop further and strengthen needed skills might be advisable.

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Sierra Club Honors Favola

For the first time, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club voted to recognize members of the General Assembly with awards lauding their work in the legislature. The chapter’s Legislative Committee voted unanimously to honor State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31) with the Energy Freedom Award to recognize her work on energy policy.

Kitty Kraze: ‘Three Name Your Fee’

League seeks adopters and foster volunteers to home cats and kittens.

There are more than 100 cats and kittens currently at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington or in foster care and approximately 200 more are expected to arrive throughout the summer. The adult cat adoption fee is normally $100, but AWLA is extending a special promotion through the end of August — “Three Name Your Fee.” Folks who adopt cats 3 years old and over not only can name their price, but their adoption fee will also include: a certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian, spay or neuter surgery, a feline leukemia and feline AIDS test, a distemper vaccination, a personalized I.D. tag, a microchip, an information packet and an emergency sticker.

Taking a Rest

Dolce DeGrandis, friend of Bill and Monica DeGrandis of Great Falls.

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The caption for the above photo printed in the McLean Connection [July 17-23, 2013] should read: Joe Broom and euphonium player from Finland Jukka Myllys.

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Keep Pets Safe During Dog Days of Summer

Help pets beat the heat and prevent injury or illness.

The dog days of summer are officially here and while yes, the phrase refers to unbearable hot and humid weather, at the Animal League of Arlington (AWLA) it is an eventful season of responding to pets in peril.

Redding Named Principal of Barrett Elementary

Using a family-focused style, he will lead an ethnically diverse school.

Dan Redding, 42, was named the new principal on July 1 of Barrett Elementary, one of the most diverse schools in North Arlington, originally built in 1939.

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Open House at Seneca Hill

Canine Companions for Independence puppy Romer III enjoys a free swim at Seneca Hill's aquatic center. Free access to the pool was one of the many things available during the Seneca Hill Animal Hospital, Resort and Spa Open House.

Potomac Bulletin

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.

Encouraging Educational Gardens

More schools are developing edible gardens.

Despite a small budget, edible gardens have plotted a rise in the Montgomery County Public Schools curriculum. "You know this committee has had interest in this for several years. As you know, good things are happening," said County Councilmember Valerie Ervin at the council's Education Subcommittee on Monday, July 22.

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Duchess of Great Falls

Our son Declan has been begging us for a dog for the last several years. We finally received our dog, a German shepherd named Duchess, in late February. She was definitely worth the wait.

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Edson Flores Awarded Arlington Rotary Challenge Stipend

Edson Flores, a graduate of the Arlington Mill High School, was awarded a two-year stipend of $10,000 to help with his college expenses by the Arlington Rotary Education Foundation on July 18.

Flourishing After 55

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for Aug. 4-9.

Brief: McPaw Design

Design Room in Animal Shelter

The deadline for MCPAW’s Pet Showcase Design Challenge is July 31. Create a layout for a showcase 7-foot by10-foot room with a 9-foot ceiling for the new Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in a drawing. Place elements to be included in the room, including textiles and furniture.

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Virginia Chapter Sierra Club Honors Favola and Lopez

For the first time, the Virginia Chapter Sierra Club voted to recognize members of the General Assembly with awards lauding their work in the legislature. The chapter’s legislative committee voted unanimously to honor state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31) and Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49) with the Energy Freedom Award to recognize their work on energy policy.

Brief: Vacancies

Serve on County Boards

County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on the following boards: * Library Board * Board of Registration for Building Contractors.


Business Notes

A LearningRx Brain Training Center opened on July 15 in North Potomac The program game-like exercises administered through one-on-one training. Contact Suparna Shah at 301-944-5500 or visit

Brief: Hope Connections Receives Grant

Hope Connections for Cancer Support, the nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of the disease, has received a $20,200 one-year grant from Quality Health Foundation of Easton to expand the Young Adults with Cancer monthly support group into a weekly session.

Briefs: Reporting Animal Emergencies

Effective this month, calls to report animal emergencies and complaints in Montgomery County will be answered by Montgomery County Police Emergency Communications Center or MC311 call takers.

Student Art at Starbucks

Forestville Elementary School youth have the honor of exhibiting their original paintings on the walls of the Great Falls Village Center Starbucks, courtesy of Great Falls Studios.

Churchill’s Selman Brings CYM to Potomac

Leaves school system to devote full time to his company.

Everyone who has seen Winston Churchill High School theatrical productions in the past nine years — “BLAST,” “Peter Pan,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Legally Blonde” or others — has been impressed with the creative set design, professional lighting and innovative sound effects as well as the training and focus of the student technical crew.

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Hamster Haven

People and Pets

If I left it up to my twin 9-year-old girls our house would be overrun with dogs, cats, chickens and any other varmint they happen to run across. I’m an animal person myself, so the nuts haven’t fallen far from the tree. Though we currently have two dogs and a cat, I decided 9 was an appropriate age for the girls to have a pet of their own.

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Bridge Replacement on Schedule

Beach Mill Road Bridge construction nearly halfway complete.

Replacement of the bridge on Beach Mill Road is one month into construction, and according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, it is proceeding according to schedule.

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Author Finds Mystery in Great Falls Park

John Dibble’s first novel, "Difficult Run," features murder and mystery in Great Falls Park.

John Dibble is used to finding solace in Great Falls Park. He often walks the paths of the park with his dog Noochie. His familiarity with the park made it the perfect setting for his first novel, the mystery thriller "Difficult Run," named for the stream that first inspired him.

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McLean Orchestra Hosts Fundraiser

Supporters of McLean Orchestra gather at McLean residence.

Supporters and friends of the McLean Orchestra came together Sunday, July 20 to re-affirm the commitment they’ve made to the organization, and to look forward to their upcoming "Season of Festivity," which will begin this fall. Ann Page, past president and board member, hosted several dozen supporters at her McLean home.

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Gallery 65 Hosts Performance Art

Artist Christine Walters paints two pictures to music during live art event.

A steady thump of electronic drums could be heard at the Langley Shopping Center Thursday, July 18. The sounds were aimed to draw people into the Color Wheel Gallery 65 to get a glimpse of live art being created.

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Obituary: Dr. Thomas Wilkins Dies at 83

For more than 40 years, Wilkins worked to better lives of those around Reston.

When Dr. Thomas Wilkins moved to Reston in 1969, he said he did so because it was “an island of equality in a sea of inequality.” Wilkins passed away Saturday, July 20 at the age of 83, having spent 44 years trying to make Reston a stronger community.

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Lake Anne Goes to the Dogs for Charity Dog Wash

Annual Dogtopia charity wash raises funds to train service dogs.

Trina Shaughnessy was with her dog Macro on their usual Sunday afternoon walk on North Shore Drive last weekend, when she heard an unmistakable sound coming from Lake Anne Plaza.

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Metro Silver Line Delayed

MWAA announces at least an eight-week delay in passenger service.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced an approximately eight-week delay in the completion of Phase One of the Silver Line.

Town Examines Herndon Parkway-Van Buren Street Intersection Improvements

Public comment open on three options for Herndon Parkway and Van Buren Street intersection.

The Town of Herndon hosted a public comment meeting Wednesday, July 17, to solicit suggestions on improvements for the intersection of Herndon Parkway and Van Buren Street.

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Mellow Mushroom Opens in Herndon

Pizza bakers offer wide selection of craft beer, pizzas, veggie and gluten free options.

Members of the Herndon Town Council and business community, not to mention those interested in a good pizza pie, were on hand for the opening of Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers on Elden Street Monday, July 22.

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Streetcars on Track in Arlington, Despite Massive Pushback

Arlington strikes new agreement with Fairfax as opposition to streetcars mounts.

A majority of Arlington County Board members describe the new agreement with Fairfax County as a routine matter, just another step in an ongoing process that's already been approved and is moving forward at full speed ahead.

Tuesday, July 23

Vienna Teen Attends Student Leaders Program

Akila Prayaga, rising senior of Langley High, interns with YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.

Akila Prayaga, of Vienna, rising senior of Langley High School, was one of five Greater Washington students recently selected to participate in the Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s 2013 Student Leaders program.

Brief: Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament at Waters Field

When Brian Bedell died from a brain tumor, his friends and family members wanted a way to fight the cancer back.

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Brief: Anne Gruner Appointed to the GMU Board of Visitors

Last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced appointments to five boards of visitors.

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Mediterranee Promotes Local Art

Nikole Smith exhibits bold, abstract art.

In their series highlighting local artists, Mediterranee owners Ashraf Hussein and Eddie Marine have chosen to follow up D.C.-based impressionist Frank James Ellis’ in-restaurant exhibit with Nikole Smith’s abstract paintings.

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For First Time in Recent Memory, No Competition Open Commonwealth's Attorney Seat

No Democrat challenges Bryan Porter in primary; no Republican steps forward for general.

Back in 1979, the competition to become Alexandria's next commonwealth's attorney was fierce.

Monday, July 22

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Lost Dog: Helping Save Lives, One Pet at a Time

Area residents explain their dedication to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.

Behind every adoption successfully completed by the Arlington-based Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, there's a volunteer with a happy heart.

Friday, July 19

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Local Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales in Oakton, Vienna, Reston, Oak Hill and Herndon

In May 2013, 140 homes sold between $1,600,000-$197,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area. 148 Reston homes sold between $1,655,000-$110,733 and 148 homes sold between $1,330,000-$150,000 in the Herndon

Local Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales in Oakton, Vienna, Reston, Oak Hill and Herndon

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Potomac Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

In May 2013, 58 Potomac homes sold between $3,850,000-$263,000.

Potomac Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

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Mount Vernon Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

In May 2013, 157 homes sold between $1,400,000-$65,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

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Local Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales in Great Falls and McLean

In May 2013, 31 Great Falls homes sold between $2,840,000-$410,000 and 132 homes sold between $5,677,777-$127,800 in McLean.

Local Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales in Great Falls and McLean

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Local Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

Local Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

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Alexandria Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

In May 2013, 278 Alexandria homes sold between $1,753,491-$85,500.

Alexandria Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

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Arlington Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

In May 2013, 335 Arlington homes sold between $2,010,000-$120,000.

Arlington Real Estate: May 2013 Top Sales

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Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 160 homes sold between $1,960,000-$199,900 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: June, 2013

Springfield Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 224 Springfield homes sold between $1,075,000-$125,000.

Springfield Home Sales: June, 2013

Reston Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 149 Reston homes sold between $1,558,000-$110,000.

Reston Home Sales: June, 2013

Potomac Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 91 Potomac homes sold between $3,150,000-$380,000.

Potomac Home Sales: June, 2013

Mount Vernon Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 165 homes sold between $1,278,000-$78,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: June, 2013

McLean Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 133 homes sold between $2,400,000-$10,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: June, 2013

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 123 homes sold between $1,340,000-$165,000 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: June, 2013

Great Falls Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 38 Great Falls homes sold between $3,225,000-$535,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: June, 2013

Fairfax Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 136 Fairfax homes sold between $1,582,924-$147,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: June, 2013

Centreville Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 121 Centreville homes sold between $1,075,000-$155,000.

Centreville Home Sales: June, 2013

Chantilly Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 38 homes sold between $900,000-$143,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: June, 2013

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

In June 2013, 117 homes sold between $1,250,100-$130,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Burke Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 79 Burke homes sold between $885,000-$127,000.

Burke Home Sales: June, 2013

Arlington Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 316 Arlington homes sold between $4,500,000-$110,000.

Arlington Home Sales: June, 2013

Alexandria Home Sales: June, 2013

In June 2013, 277 Alexandria homes sold between $4,000,000-$102,500.

Alexandria Home Sales: June, 2013

Piece of Cake

It was a party 264 years in the making as Alexandria celebrated its birthday July 13 with a day of fun and entertainment that culminated with a fireworks display over the Potomac River accompanied by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra's playing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.


Bank Robbed in Chantilly

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Working Together To Assist ‘Warriors in Transition’

Panels connects Fort Belvoir with surrounding communities.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran and Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland hosted a roundtable conversation on Monday, July 15, at Fort Belvoir to discuss and brainstorm how to better coordinate public land use, the non-profit community, and Fort Belvoir’s resources to maximize soldiers’ rehabilitation.

Genuario Elected President of Home Builders Association

Second generation home builder to lead state-wide association

Louis Genuario, Jr., a native of Mount Vernon and second generation home builder and developer, has been elected by his peers in the home building industry to lead the 3,237-member Home Builders Association of Virginia. His election comes at a critical juncture in the history of the association because of economic, regulatory, and political issues.

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Elizabeth Kruse Leads WIHS Junior Committee as Youth Ambassador

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS), one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, has chosen Elizabeth Kruse of McLean as youth ambassador of the 2013 show.

Encouraging Volunteering by Example

Queenie Cox, a native of Gum Springs, has served for many years — and continues to serve — as an advocate on behalf of the Gum Springs community and for the betterment of the entire Mount Vernon area in a leadership role on various committees of the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Associations.

Bench Warmers

Local judge spearheads Substitute Judges Institute.

Attorneys from across Northern Virginia gathered July 9 at Manassas Regional Airport to participate in the Institute for Substitute Judges, a seminar designed by Alexandria General District Court Chief Judge Becky Moore to provide intensive training to better prepare attorneys to serve on the bench.

Mount Vernon School Notes

Gabrielle Sakellarides graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of doctor of osteopathic medicine May 25.

Mount Vernon Military Notes

Mount Vernon Military Notes

Alexandria Bulletin

Joint Meeting of Park and Recreation Commission & Youth Sports Advisory Board 7 p.m. Located at City Hall, Council Work Room, 301 King St. The unsolicited proposal the City received to build a private sports and entertainment complex on the current site of Hensley Park will be discussed. Contact William Chesley,, 703-746-5426.

Mount Vernon Bulletin

Vacation Bible School. 9 a.m. Plymouth Haven Baptist Church, 8600 Plymouth Road. For children who have completed Kindergarten through grade 6. Call 703-360-4370 or visit www.

Centre View Bulletin

Blood Drive. At NVAR Fairfax Headquarters, 8407 Pennell Street, Fairfax. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 703-207-3207 or email

Centreville Calendar

Centreville Calendar

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Solving a Real-World Problem

Rocky Run students win a national science competition.

A team of three, seventh-grade girls from Rocky Run Middle School just won the national championship in the U.S. Army’s 11th annual eCybermission competition.

Alexandria Calendar

Summer Classes. Art at the Center, 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 6-10 can participate. Register at or 703-201-1250.

School Notes

Steven Bowen was named to the spring 2013 dean's list at Creighton University. Grace McKnight, a rising senior at Chantilly and a member of the Chantilly Academy Air Force Junior ROTC program, has been selected to attend the Leadership Laboratory Activity. The encampment will take place at the end of June at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

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Slow Down on Roundabout Plan

WFCCA asks supervisors, Park Authority for public hearings on roundabout.

To VDOT’s way of thinking, a roundabout should be built at the intersection of Braddock and Pleasant Valley roads in Centreville. But a vocal and determined group of local residents wants to put the brakes on this project.

Behind the Scenes at Police Academy

Local residents get a glimpse of weapons and vehicle training.

Police officers firing weapons and forcing a vehicle off the road during a high-speed pursuit — these are some of the things local residents recently got to see as part of a demonstration sponsored by the Sully District Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee at Fairfax County’s police academy in Chantilly.

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‘It’s Irreverent … and Entertaining’

Westfield Summer Stage Presents ‘The Producers’

With a cast and crew of more than 100, Westfield Summer Stage presents the musical that won more Tony awards than any other show in Broadway history, “The Producers.” The curtain rises Friday-Saturday, July 19-20 and July 26-27, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m., at Westfield High, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. Seats are reserved; tickets are $12 at and $15 at the door.

‘For Service Beyond the Call of Duty’

Police MPO Gubesch is Officer of Month for June.

An 18-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department, MPO Mike Gubesch is the Sully District Station’s Officer of the Month for June. And he was honored recently at a meeting of the station’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

Business Notes

Voila Pastry & Café has leased 1,600 square feet next to New China Taste at Huntington Station Shopping Center in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Compounding Pharmacy in New Location

Alexandria Compounding Pharmacy, meeting prescription and health care needs of the community for more than 50 years, opened at its new location at 500 Montgomery Street, Suite 120, Alexandria, in May. “We are so excited to be in our new location with so many wonderful people,” said Farzana Kennedy, owner of Alexandria Compounding Pharmacy. “Our new facility has the state of the art Clean (Sterile) Rooms so that we can help our doctors, veterinarians and patients with our customized medications.” Alexandria Compounding Pharmacy is a personal and professional pharmacy focused on the improvement of patient care through the art and science of compounding. The pharmacy produces a variety of medications for both human and veterinary clients. The business provides delivery services to the Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. metro area.

Chavarria Wins TurnAround Award

At the June MountainView Alternative High School senior luncheon, Jalissa Chavarria won the $1,000 TurnAround Life Award.

To the Editor: Investigation Not Complete

On July 13, Del. Scott Surovell (D-44th District) posted his views on his blog regarding recent allegations concerning Governor Robert McDonnell. Delegate Surovell called upon the Governor to resign at this time and opined that he didn't want anyone to interpret his previous silence as acquiescence to alleged actions on the part of the Governor. In so doing, he quoted state Sen. Chap Petersen although not revealing that Senator Petersen is his law partner.

To the Editor: Preserving Neighborhoods

Highlighted in Mr. Pope's article [“Extend the Yellow Liine?” The Gazette, July 11] on the transit study for the Route 1 corridor is Jayna Reeder's comment that “... we moved away from the city, so we don't have to have big buildings around our neighborhood.” Ms. Reeder, the big buildings are there: Home Depot, Costco, Aldi, etc. Supervisor McKay, in the article's online version, commented that there are ways to develop transit that “... don't detonate a community and don't turn it into Tysons Corner.” The community has already detonated, Mr. McKay. There is no community to speak of along the corridor itself, because you can't interact very much with your fellow man unless you're out of your car.

Helping Teens Bounce Back from Adversity

Look for their strengths and build on them.

It’s not easy being a teenager. And in today’s world — where a fragile psyche can be crushed by thoughtless, callous and hurtful words by an online bully — it’s important to endow teens with the tools they need to have confidence in themselves, shake off the insults and bounce back.

Gentry, Waters Engaged

James and Tamara Bailey of Clifton and Wayne Gentry of Chesapeake, Va., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Paige Gentry, to Kevin Joseph Waters.

To the Editor: Police Oversight Board: When?

The Virginia Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability, Inc. is a statewide pro-police citizens advocacy group with its primary goal being to make Virginia a better and safer place for all its citizens. In Fairfax County, the CCPA has proposed that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appoint a Citizen Complaint Oversight Board to investigate citizen allegations of police abuse, misconduct, negligence and civil rights violations and report its findings and recommendations to the Chief of Police.

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Police Corral Wayward Cow in Centreville

Fairfax County Animal Control Officers are used to dealing with dogs, cats, skunks, raccoons and other critters. But it’s not every day they’re called upon to capture a cow on the run in the streets of Centreville.

Brief: Apply to Police Citizens Academy

The 10-week Alexandria Police Citizens Academy provides an opportunity for residents to learn about various aspects of the Police Department, such as administrative philosophy, internal policies and the guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services. Classes are a combination of lecture and interactive activities. Class topics will include patrol operations, gangs, crime prevention, crime scene investigations, criminal investigations and the Special Operations Team.


Our neighbor Irina Woodruff tells me that 40,000 happy people are now celebrating a song and dance festival in Riga, the capital of Latvia, her native land.

Long Wed Couples Vow ‘I’d Do It Again’

Four married couples, all residents of The Fountains at Washington House, 5100 Fillmore Ave., recently renewed their marriage vows in a ceremony at the community’s chapel. Friends, families, and neighbors all looked on July 10 as the couples said “I’d do it all over again.”

Centre View Crime Report

The following incidents were reported from the Sully District Station:

Student Wins DAR Art Award

Lucy Medley, a student at T.C.Williams High School, won first place in the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior American Citizen National Art Competition. She is the daughter of Lisa and Howell Medley.

Natalie Barrow

Attending Naval Academy Seminar

Natalia Barrow, student at Bishop Ireton High School was one of 2,550 rising seniors invited to Naval Academy Summer Seminar program this year.

Alexandria School Notes

Three T.C. Williams students competed at the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences Symposium in Blacksburg.

To the Editor:Coverage Appreciated

Your coverage of the July 4th Barbeque at Mubarak Mosque was a pleasure to read and look at. As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, I wanted to say thank you for this. As an attendee, I felt so much pride on that very day. I was able to celebrate all the major facets of my life come together on that very special day. I was able to celebrate my Muslim identity and American identity together without any conflict because loyalty is a part of my faith. I was able to share this sentiment of loyalty and love with friends, family, and guests of the community

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Opinion: Street Repairs Needed Repair

To the Editor: Last week a construction team repaired an underground problem in the 200 block of North Fairfax Street and left the site in so bad a condition that trucks and buses bounced all over the lumpy asphalt creating an unbearable traffic situation and magnifying the noise level we deal with daily as this precious Old Town commercializes exponentially.

To the Editor:Not To Be Missed

Capt. Michelle Rakers returns July 20 to Alexandria's Schlesinger Center, conducting the Marine Chamber Orchestra in a not-to-be-missed 7:30 p.m. free performance.

To the Editor:Protect Public Parks

Oronoco Bay Park this past Saturday night was the best. Despite a torrential downpour an hour before the symphony began, thousands of people of all ages, races, income levels, beliefs, speaking numerous languages, and dressed for a hot summer night came with picnic baskets on different modes of travel — to sit on the ground to have a good time. Proof they did?

Alexandria Military Notes

Navy Ensign Jeffrey C. Christopher graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned to his current rank.

To the Editor: Recall Lessons Of History

Re: “We Need to Talk” (July 3, 2013 editorial) Yes, let’s talk about the importance of July 4 to us as individuals and to our city, state and nation — and remember how our freedoms have been won and protected. This special birthday anniversary of our country needs to be set aside for remembering our relevant history; current problems can to be addressed at other times.

Electrical Fire Engulfs Clifton Townhouse

A townhouse fire, early last Wednesday, July 10, caused an estimated $25,000 damage to a townhouse near New Braddock Road in Clifton.

Noted in Congressional Record

Saluting city’s African American History Makers.

On July 10, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran congratulated the 64 African American History Makers at the dedication of the “Charles Houston Mural and Hall of Fame” in Alexandria Virginia on June 22.


In "Friday Affair" [The Gazette, July 4], the name in the photograph of the vendor with children’s clothing was incorrect. It should have been Lauren Lyles.

To the Editor: Bravo

For the last 25 years, Alexandria has enjoyed the beautiful music of the Alexandria Symphony, under the leadership of our highly acclaimed Maestro Kim Allen Kluge.

Bishop Ireton Appoints Crooker

Stephen Crooker has been appointed to the newly created position of director of instruction at Bishop Ireton High School.

Opinion: Protect River Basin

To the Editor: No one disagrees that clean water — and a healthy Potomac — are fundamentally important. The Potomac River Basin supplies more than 85 percent of the D.C. Metropolitan Area’s drinking water. Moreover, it sustains communities supported by fishing and tourism, and allows generations of Virginians to enjoy recreational opportunities, like kayaking alongside the monuments and visiting the Great Falls.

To the Editor: Who Pays?

I read that Terry McAuliffe, Democrat candidate for governor, thought that if the federal government paid 100 percent in the first three years and then 90 percent for some time thereafter of the Medicaid bill to insure an additional 400,000 Virginians, we wouldn’t have to worry about the expense

Centreville School Notes

Olivia Cibelle Zendja has been named to the dean's list for the 2013 spring semester at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Centreville Military Notes

The 10th District’s Class of 2017 appointments to the nation’s service academies, as well as those selected for academy prep schools

Editorial: Share Wisdom With Newcomers and Others

The Connection's Newcomers and Community Guide publishes in late August.

Our Insider's Edition Newcomers and Community Guides, will publish the last week of August. What tips do you have for someone getting to know your community? We're hoping to share the places, activities, events, organizations and volunteer opportunities your neighbors might not know about. What great places and activities do you want your new neighbors to know about? Events that should not be missed? Organizations that do a great job? Places to volunteer? Tips for navigating your PTA or your school’s front office? We'd love to have your photos to go along with your suggestions.

Q and A: Mount Vernon Grad Loftus to Play Basketball at Hofstra

Loftus helped Mount Vernon win three consecutive National District championships.

On the Campaign Trail

Back in 1979, the competition to become Alexandria's next commonwealth's attorney was fierce.

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New Book Chronicles African-American History in Alexandria

Story is told through narrative of 63 biographical sketches.

Alexandria currently has its first black mayor, its first black city manager, its first black city attorney, its first black Circuit Court judge and its first black police chief — not to mention the first black president in the White House. But the strains of race relations continue to haunt the city.

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Developer Wants to Lease Public Land for Private Gain

Should Alexandria approve a 40-year lease for Hensley Park?

Should a stretch of public land in the Eisenhower Valley be transformed into a private sports complex?

Wednesday, July 17

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Q and A: Lake Braddock Graduate Rogers to Pitch for UNC

Rogers originally committed to the University of Georgia before choosing the University of North Carolina.

Fairfax Man Charged With Molesting Child

A Fairfax man who worked as a local swimming coach and instructor has been arrested and charged with molesting a 7-year-old girl. He is Eduardo Requejo, 23, of Warwick Avenue. Fairfax County police say the alleged crimes did not happen at his worksite; the child is an acquaintance and was not one of his students.

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Q and A: T.C. Williams Grad Moss Headed to Coastal Carolina

After two seasons of high school football, Moss earned a full scholarship.

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A Two-time International Winner

McLean native and TJ student Joe Broom is first to win International Euphonium Institute Festival twice.

For his 16th birthday, McLean native and rising junior at TJHSST Joe Broom specifically asked his parents not to get him a car. This was because he had something better in mind: a new euphonium.

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Q and A: Yorktown Graduate Yoest To Pitch at William and Mary

Yoest was National District Pitcher of the Year in 2012, co-Pitcher of the Year in 2013.

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Q and A: Oakton Graduate Downer will Play Football at Albany

Downer helped the Oakton football team win the 2012 Northern Region championship.

Lee High, Coach Girton Win 2013 Strength of America Award

Robert E. Lee High School and Coach John Girton received the Strength of America Award from The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition at the organizations' 36th annual conference and awards banquet Friday, July 12 in Las Vegas, N.V.

Performing Arts High School Opens At Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton

Programs offer artistic balance to campus, financial assistance to Lorton Arts Foundation.

Metropolitan School of the Arts President and Founder Melissa Dobbs saw the news as a call for help, and a blessing of an opportunity: In mid-June, 2012, a story appeared in the newspaper explaining that the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton was in a financial crisis.

Ice Cream Social at Workhouse

Fundraiser for ceramics program will help kiln yard roof project.

The Workhouse Arts Center held its fifth annual Ice Cream Social Fundraiser last Saturday, July 13, at the former Lorton Prison.

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm Turns 40

Longtime friends, volunteers celebrate 40 years of colonial-style farming.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm opened its doors on July 26, 1973, with the idea to show what life was like 200 years ago. Forty years later, it still provides a glimpse of daily life for farmers in 1771. The farm welcomed friends and longtime volunteers to celebrate the last 40 years and look to the next 40 years Thursday, July 11.

Obon Festival at Ekoji Temple

Celebration remembers ancestors who passed away.

Hundreds of people attended the Obon Summer Festival Saturday, July 13, at the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station.

Commentary: McDonnell Sets a New Low

—In Virginia, Who Cares?

The daily discoveries of more unethical and corrupt behavior by Governor Bob McDonnell continue to pile up. Most recent are the two grant “loans” to Bob and wife Maureen, each for more than what the average Virginian earns in a year, a Rolex for Bob, a New York fashion shopping spree for Maureen and gifts for two daughters’ weddings. These gifts are all from a wealthy donor involved in million-dollar-litigation with Virginia who is getting first family promotion of his diet supplement business to boost stock prices. All in all, the total undisclosed cash, loans, lodging, gifts, etc. in McDonnell’s enrichment scheme is estimated at $270,000 … so far.

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Reston, Herndon Teachers Attend Williamsburg Workshops on American History

Seven social studies teachers in area schools have been selected to attend the 2013 Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute in American History. One of them had to decline at the last minute due to a family medical issue.

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Firecracker 5K for the Troops

The USO of Metropolitan Washington, a nonprofit providing support services and programs to area military members and their families, benefited on Independence Day as the charity of choice during the annual Firecracker 5K for the Troops race at Reston Town Center.

A Touch of Hollywood in Lorton

The 5th annual Clifton Film Fest premiers July 20.

The 5th anniversary of the Clifton Film Fest—Fairfax County’s first and only celebration of independent film—will be held on Saturday, July 20 at 4 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Lorton Road.

Letter: Reducing Storm Water Runoff

To the Editor: In recent years Reston took an admirable effort to restore its streams. Highly effective in certain respects, the renewal allowed for improvement in important stream functions. The flood plane was evened out, a meadow ecosystem was created, the riffle-flow system slowed the streams flow rate, and the area was generally beautified.

Teaching Girls the Value of Science

The Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club Initiative, Nova Labs, and the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative (MAGiC) have announced a new project: The Girl Makers of Northern Virginia.

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Classical Ballet Theatre Offers Full Scholarships to Male Dancers

Classical Ballet Theatre (CBT) in Herndon offers full scholarships to boys and young men interested in training under the auspices of the renowned Alisher Saburov—a former Bolshoi Ballet star with high expectations and masculine form—who has produced very successful male athletes

Week in Reston

Police have charged one adult and three juveniles in connection with the June 7 robbery and assault near Pinecrest Road. The adult, Ali Lewis, 19 of Freetown Court, Reston was charged with robbery on June 21.

Theresa Marie Christian and James Hays-Wehle Engaged

Theresa Marie Christian, daughter of Eliot and Marcia Christian of Reston, is engaged to James Hays-Wehle, son of Edward Hays and Sarah Wehle of Milton, Mass.

Commentary: Making College Affordable

Members of the college graduating class of 2013 will average more than $35,000 in total debt, according to a study reported recently by CNN. The bulk of the debt is in government loans, but private, state and personal and family loans along with credit card debt contribute to the total.

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Making a Critical Point

Restonian joins area friends in forming, running their own theatre.

Two local recent college grads have eschewed the traditional post-collegiate path of endless interviews and internships for something a little more creative. Julia Katz and Alex Burns, of Falls Church and Reston, respectively, along with Deborah Cline, a former classmate, have decided to follow up their undergraduate studies by founding a theatre company. Additionally, the company’s ensemble features Matthew Schott, also of Reston.

Week in Herndon

Officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 2100 block of Astoria Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 10.

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Herndon Olympics Swim Meet Was a Splashing Success

Three records broken at this year’s meet attended by Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis.

The 34th annual Herndon Olympics was held last Tuesday, July 9. Hundreds of swimmers from nine local swim teams competed, allowing the community to come together to encourage young athletes, support local businesses and to meet Olympic gold medalist Josh Davis.

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"This is where the dreams begin."

Josh Davis, who won three gold medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and two silver medals at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000, said about the Herndon event: “This is where dreams begin and champions are made as they take pride representing their neighborhood and their city. … Of the 4,000 summer league swim championships going on this month, this is one of the best ones in the country.”

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Mapping it Out

City of Fairfax gets strategic about future of parks and recreation.

On a summer Sunday afternoon, several people huddle over a giant digital map of Van Dyck Park spread out across tables at the Sherwood Community Center, musing about future amenities at the City of Fairfax’s oldest and largest park, located just across the street.

A Spirit Tested

Elden Street Players to present “Caroline, or Change.”

Fifty years ago Sam Cooke sang, "It's been a long time coming, but I know a change gon' come. Oh yes it will." It was the time of the civil rights movement and the assassination of President Kennedy.

John Tran Takes Oath for Circuit Court

John M. Tran was presented with his official commission as a Fairfax Circuit Court judge on Friday, July 12, at 4 p.m. at the Fairfax Courthouse, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax.

Editorial: City Council vs. Women’s Health Centers

There’s something I learned in college that has always stuck with me: Political theory is not formed in a vacuum. How we see the world is informed by the times we have lived through. I’m a native of Virginia and most of my life has now been lived here in Fairfax. I’ve made it my home and raised my children here.

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Finnegan’s Irish Pride Opens in Tysons

Finnegan’s is celebrating their newest spot with a grand opening ceremony held on June 29, offering guests to sample the Irish fare, watch their game on one of the big screen TVs,

Week in Fairfax

Fire officials say a blaze last week at a local credit union was caused by a worker using an open flame while repairing a leak in the roof. The incident occurred Thursday, July 11, around 3:05 p.m., at the Fairfax County Federal Credit Union, 4201 Members Way in Fairfax Center.

Police Corral Wayward Cow From Fairfax

Fairfax County Animal Control officers are used to dealing with dogs, cats, skunks, raccoons and other critters. But it’s not every day they’re called upon to capture a cow on the run.

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Jill Banks Exhibits at the Great Falls Library

Serendipity," award-winning artist Jill Banks' solo exhibit of over 20 oil paintings created on the streets of Paris and more local spots, figurative works, and other subjects she captured on canvas, opened at the Great Falls Library on July 1.

Letter: Climate Change

An Existential Threat

To the Editor: It would be difficult to overstate the importance of the president’s bold new plan to cope with climate change, through maximum use of his executive authority to by-pass GOP obstructionism.

Fairfax County School Board Elects Ilryong Moon as Chairman

The Fairfax County School Board has elected Ilryong Moon (at-large) as chairman and Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee District) as vice chairman for a one-year term. The chair and vice chair assumed office at the July 11 school board meeting; they are elected by board members during the board’s annual organizational meeting.

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Gun Control Vigil Continues

Every month, supporters of gun regulation hold a vigil outside of the NRA headquarters to honor the victims of shootings, as well as urge Congress to take action. The vigil takes place on the 14th of every month, which is the date of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

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Celebrating Community Spirit

Always civic-minded, Burke resident Diane DiPietro gladly volunteered to be a board member of the Kings West Swim Club, a popular community gathering place in the Kings Park West subdivision.


Fifteen Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) graduates from the class of 2013 have been named winners of college-sponsored scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Virginia Voters Get More Choices in 2013

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.

Fairfax County School Board Elects Ilryong Moon as Chairman

The Fairfax County School Board has elected Ilryong Moon (at-large) as chairman and Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee District) as vice chairman for a one-year term.

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Food for Trees Program Honored

Rotary recognizes Vincent D'Avena with Business of the Year Award.

Vincent D'Avena, the owner of A.V. Remodeling & Construction, was awarded Rotary International District 7610's Business of the Year Award at their annual conference for his company’s annual holiday charity program, Food for Trees.

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The Long Road

Experts offer creative ideas for filling time during long summer trips.

Packing up the car and leaving town for a summer vacation is an opportunity to spend time relaxing with family and friends. Getting to those destinations, however, can be grueling, especially when summer treks mean enduring long hours on the road. This is especially true for children.

Week in Vienna

The Summer on the Green Concert Series will run through the end of August. Due to inclement weather, two concerts originally scheduled for dates in June have been rescheduled for dates in July and August.

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Sounds of Summer Fun

McLean students enjoy Summer Strings Camp.

The strings students, made up of mostly rising fifth and sixth graders, packed up their instruments, adjusted their masks and robes, and said goodbye to their orchestra director, who was dressed as a rock star. They had just completed one of their final rehearsals before the students of this summer strings camp would present a concert open to their parents and the public.

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Students, Teachers Practice Science

There’s something for everyone at GMU’s VISTA science camp.

The thought of spending a summer immersed in science and math assignments is likely to make many students cringe. However, some Northern Virginia children are embracing the idea with a summer camp filled with projects that run the gamut from baking cookies in a solar oven to building a model roller coaster.

Helping Teens Bounce Back From Adversity

It’s not easy being a teenager. And in today’s world—where a fragile psyche can be crushed by thoughtless, callous and hurtful words by an online bully—it’s important to endow teens with the tools they need to have confidence in themselves, shake off the insults and bounce back.

Orange Line Calendar

Orange Lince Calendar

Bulletin Board

Meeting. 12:15 p.m. at La Cote d’Or, 6876 Lee Highway. The Arlington Rotary Club welcomes David DeCamp to discuss the Columbia Pike Streetcar. Visit

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Culinaria Campers Cook Haute Cuisine

Kids’ camps run one-week sessions, touring the world through food.

Here’s one thing that Culinaria Cooking School’s summer camp has that no other summer camp around has … food … gourmet food. The culinary campers tour the world in food journeys. And if nine one-week-long camps can fill up for the duration of the summer, it says a lot about the palates of area children.

Potomac Bulletin

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.

Potomac Calendar

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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Kayaker Drowns at Great Falls

Potomac River gorge claims third victim in one month.

Shannon Christy, 23 of Greenville, S.C., died Thursday, July 11, kayaking the chutes of the Potomac River at Great Falls. Christy "disappeared while going down the falls and was pinned underneath the water for a period of time," according to Montgomery County Police Reports. Police were called at 4:17 p.m.

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Creating Fresh, Healthy Summer Treats

Local chefs offer recipes for refreshing, healthy snacks to keep kids satisfied during vacation.

Enticing children to forgo strawberry-flavored candy and choose fresh fruit in its natural form can be challenging. After all, lemonade, popsicles and cookies with milk are considered summertime classics.

Potomac School Notes

The following local students graduated from Gettysburg College on May 19:

Crime: NBA Memorabilia Stolen in June

Two days after the Miami Heat stole the NBA Championship from the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan and the Spurs were robbed again. On June 22, "unique sports memorabilia" was stolen from a residence on Holly Leaf Lane, according to Montgomery County Police.

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WES Campers Raise Funds for Pet Shelter

Campers at Summer at WES in Bethesda, have a knack for business, and for philanthropy, as well. In five camp sessions this summer, they will donate hundreds of dollars to House With A Heart senior pet sanctuary, located in Gaithersburg.

Hidden Artwork Being Revealed at Old Angler’s Inn

Restoration is in progress upstairs in the Inn’s front dining room.

When Hurricane Sandy blasted through the Mid-Atlantic last year, Mark and Sara Reges, owners of Old Angler’s Inn received the call that the roof on their historic restaurant was leaking. When they arrived at the Inn, they discovered an amazing surprise. The constant dripping in their upstairs dining room was causing the plaster to peel from the wall — but underneath was a picturesque mural of the C & O Canal, painted by Mark’s grandfather George Reges.

Flourishing After 55

Arlington senior centers: Aurora Hills, 735 S. 18th St.; Walter Reed, 2909 S. 16th St.; Culpepper Garden, 4435 N. Pershing Dr.; Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St.; Lee, 5722 Lee Hwy.; Arlington Mill at Fairlington, 3308 S. Stafford St.; also Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; TJ Comm. Center, 3501 S. 2nd St.


In the article, “Smith Named Principal of Drew Elementary” [Arlington Connection, July 10], Drew Model School consists of two programs, both a Montessori program and a regular graded program. Jacqueline Smith is the principal to both and she supports them both.

Arlington Calendar

Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street.

Editorial: Share Wisdom With Newcomers and Others

Almanac’s Newcomers and Community Guide publishes in late August.

Our Newcomers and Community Guides, Insider's Editions, will publish the last week of August. What tips do you have for someone getting to know your community? We're hoping to share the places, activities, events, organizations and volunteer opportunities your neighbors might not know about.

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Virginia Voters Get More Choices in 2013

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.

NSA and DHS Honor NOVA for Excellence in Cybersecurity Education

Local students interested in a career in cyber security now have an academic option that has been lauded by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Colette Bounet Named Principal of Barcroft Elementary

Her diverse background and style bring comparisons to Barack Obama.

Colette Bounet, 42, often receives comparisons to Barack Obama, as the daughter of a white mother from France and a black father from the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single woman, she runs 10-milers, speaks fluent Spanish, French and a local Moroccan dialect, and is a frequent flyer around the world.

Heatwave: Especially Dangerous for Children

When temperatures rise, so does the risk of tragedy — children accidentally left in hot cars. Nationally, the number of children who have died in cars as a result of the heat has already doubled compared to the same time last year.

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From Elle Woods’ Pink to Harvard Crimson

Encore Stage & Studio presents “Legally Blonde The Musical.”

Bubbly and bright Elle Woods never takes “no” for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone “serious,” Elle upgrades her signature pink for Harvard crimson. Encore Stage & Studio presents “Legally Blonde The Musical.”

Week in McLean

Arrest Made in Child Pornography Case Detectives detained and arrested Juan Carlos Moza Moreno, 20, of 2216 Pimmit Run Lane Thursday, June 27. He was charged with possession of child pornography and use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children. The charges came following an investigation where a 16-year-old boy from McLean was allegedly provided a cell phone and coerced to transmit sexually explicit images of himself to Moza Moreno.

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Community Charity Champions Raise $1,263 for MPA

HBC Community Charity Champions fundraiser for McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) on July 9 at Pulcinella was a success.

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River Bend StingRays Set New Records

The Boys 15-18 200 Medley Relay Team of Julian Villacorta, Tommy Rogers, Pearce Bloom and Carter Bennett broke a 32-year-old Trump National record at last week's meet against Springfield Country Club with a time of 2:07.82.

Classified Advertising July 17, 2013

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Tuesday, July 16

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Volunteers Needed for Great Falls Events

Celebrate Great Falls, Neighbors Foundation seek input for future events.

While the annual Fourth of July Parade and fireworks show have become integral to the traditions of Great Falls, longtime event organizers say they are worried about the future.

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Reston Nature House Hosts Energy Fair

Alternative energy on display at Reston fair.

Environmental enthusiasts from Reston and beyond gathered at the Walker Nature Education Center Sunday, July 14, for the first Reston Energy Fair.

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Town of Herndon Awards Contracts for Downtown Work

Improvements will be along Station Street and Pine Street.

The Herndon Town Council awarded contracts for two major downtown projects at their Tuesday, July 9 meeting. The first project will underground utilities along Station Street.

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Ukulele Festival Comes to Lake Anne

Fourth annual Northern Virginia Ukulele Festival features variety of acts.

Lake Anne welcomed hundreds of ukulele enthusiasts Saturday, July 13 for the fourth annual Northern Virginia Ukulele Festival. For Heath Murphy of Reston, it was a chance to embrace his budding hobby.

Monday, July 15

Opinion: City Council vs. Women’s Health Centers

There’s something I learned in college that has always stuck with me: Political theory is not formed in a vacuum. How we see the world is informed by the times we have lived through. I’m a native of Virginia and most of my life has now been lived here in Fairfax. I’ve made it my home and raised my children here.

Thursday, July 11

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iCharge Services Celebrate Fairfax, Herndon Festival

Cell phone batteries were as drowsy as the weather at the 32nd Annual Celebrate Fairfax event at Fairfax County’s Government Center in Fairfax. iCharge has proof of that: the startup saw 300 phones plug in to its iCharge Kiosk charging stations over the course of the three-day festival.

TC Grad Boyle To Play Field Hockey at Towson

Boyle was a four-year all-district goalkeeper for the T.C. Williams field hockey team.

Churchill Grad Leonard to Play Lacrosse at Towson

Leonard helped the Churchill boys' lacrosse team win back-to-back 4A/3A West region championships.

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Langley Grad Galiani to Play Soccer at Bucknell University

Galiani was also one of the top scoring threats on the Langley boys' basketball team.

Woodson Grad Smiga Headed to Radford Despite Injuries

Smiga will play college field hockey after tearing each of her ACLs.

Oakton Grad Manner to Play Basketball at Stony Brook

Manner helped the Oakton girls' basketball team go undefeated during the 2011-12 season.

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South County Grad Burks to Play Football at Vanderbilt

Burks helped the South County football team reach the Division 5 state championship game.

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Alexandria Aces Looking for First Winning Season

Alexandria improves to 14-8 with shutout of Southern Maryland

First-year manager DeSilva, Aces changed recruiting approach.

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Young Students Tackle Real-World Problems

Rocky Run eighth-graders learn via their science projects.

To the untrained eye, they looked like science-fair projects. But Ileana Rodriguez, eighth-grade science teacher and Science Department chair at Rocky Run Middle School, said her students created experimental-design displays.

Alexandria School Notes

Eric Costantino has been accepted as a violist into the Credo Chamber Festival, to be held at Oberlin Conservatory this summer.

Celebrating the Fourth At Chantilly Mosque

Food, fun, politicians and gratitude.

There were hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelons, children’s games, politicians and speeches — a typical, American celebration of the Fourth of July. But this one last Thursday was at the Mubarak Mosque in Chantilly, home of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Before Going Forward, Taking a Look Back

Centreville High seniors open elementary-school time capsule.

Before a group of Centreville High seniors graduated in June, they returned to their elementary school, Union Mill, to reunite with their classmates and take a trip down memory lane.

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.

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Exchange of Independence

Sister city high school exchange focuses on culture, national independence days

The U.S. and France have deep historic connections. The French provided assistance during the American War of Independence, and the Americans played a vital role in the liberation of occupied France during WWII. In an effort to deepen ties of friendship, Alexandria and her French sister city Caen have restarted a month-long high school exchange program with a focus on cultural understanding.

Alexandria Bulletin

English as a Second Language class. Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, 22304. All levels workshop July 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, and 30 from 10 a.m.-noon. Intermediate workshop July 16, 23, and 30 from 3-5 p.m. All classes free. Call the Information Desk, 703-746-1702 ext. 3.

Four Local Charities Honored

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington recently announced the charities selected to be featured in the 2013-14 Catalogue.

Mount Vernon School Notes

Nathaniel Chester and Julia Larsen have been named to the dean’s honors list at Connecticut College.

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Alliance Theatre presents ‘Grease.’

It’s high school 1959, and the students at Rydell High are busy with their classes, music and love lives. And with a rockin’ beat underscoring the story, the audience will see the blossoming romance of tough guy Danny and nice girl Sandy.

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Alexandria Calendar

City To Host National Road Racing Championships

12 km course to include Del Ray, Old Town.

Elite runners from around the world will take to the streets of Alexandria Nov. 17 when the city hosts the .US National Road Racing Championships, a 12-kilometer race that will serve as the finale to the USA Running Circuit series.

Editorial: More Than Disclosure Needed for Virginia

Time for limits on campaign contributions as well.

At least until after November’s election, most candidates in Virginia seem to think that there should be some reform to Virginia’s campaign finance and disclosure rules. At least it seems likely that most will support expanding disclosure rules to require disclosure of gifts to immediate family members as well as candidates/officials.


Free Carseat Inspections. Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, July 18, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

Letter to the Editor: Taxes and Fees Keep Rising

Last Saturday as I was leaving the parking lot under City Hall, I noticed a sign outlining the new parking fee structure for that lot. Over the years I have recommended to a number of potential “Old Town” visitors that this lot was the most economical and convenient parking venue in “Old Town.” Well, that’s changed. The hourly parking rate has increased from $2 to $2.50, and the maximum rate for hourly parkers entering after 5 p.m. increased from $2 to $4. In addition, the employee monthly parking rate increased from $25 to $30 at the Pitt-Oronoco surface lot and $75 to $90 at all other city parking facilities.

Mount Vernon Bulletin

The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society will meet in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will feature a presentation by Nancy Wing titled "Treating the Sick and Wounded: Civil War Medical Records." Visit

To the Editor: Unjustified Comparison

There is a strong temptation to suspect that today’s NSA leaker Edward Snowden and yesteryear’s Alexandria Gazette editor Edgar Snowden, who took his paper underground rather than cooperate with the U.S. military’s occupation, might be blood relations. If so, notwithstanding the Constitution’s idealistic prohibition of “corruption of blood,” disloyalty to the United States might be hereditary.

Mount Vernon Military Notes

Marine Corps Pfc. Joshua W. Nickson, son of Master Sgt. Herman Wayne Nickson of Alexandria, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Mount Vernon Crime Report

PEEPING, 7900 block of Janna Lee Avenue, 6/30/13, 1:10 a.m. A 30-year-old woman reported she saw an unknown man looking into her bedroom window. The suspect was not located.


Taylor Run

The League of Women Voters of Alexandria held its annual meeting at the home of Pat Sullivan on Walnut Street. The group decided to change the style of future annual meetings to be headed by a management committee rather than by the usual setup of elected officers. Olga Hernandez, from the State LWV Board, came to the meeting to explain the use of this management committee.

Rosemont Celebrates 4th of July

More than 50 years ago, Rosemont resident Owen Malone together with then president of the Rosemont Citizens Association and now retired Judge Daniel O’Flaherty began the tradition of a celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with a festival for the entire neighborhood with a pet show followed by a bike parade, a baby beauty judging contest, lunch from the grill, sack races, three-legged races, the egg spoon races and more.

Dueling Farmers Market Surveys

Latest survey reveals widespread support for a farmers market at Belle View Shopping Center.

The future of the scope, character, number of markets and location of the Mount Vernon Farmers Market continues to be an intensely debated local issue.

Mount Vernon Briefs

Scouts Collecting For Operation Walk Virginia

As part of a Boy Scout Eagle project, Troop 1509 is holding a drive for Operation Walk Virginia, seeking crutches, walkers, bedsheets, disposable gloves and clipboards. Drop off donations at St. Aidan's Episcopal Church. 8531 Riverside Road, between 2 and 5 p.m. this Sunday, July 14. For more information, email

Church Awards Grants to Five Nonprofits

Westminster Presbyterian Church, a North Ridge landmark church founded in 1940 with a commitment to local mission work, awarded $23,037 in new grants to five Alexandria charitable organizations.

Editorial: Pet Centre View

The Pet Centre View will publish July 24. Send us your photos by July 18.

To the Editor: Memories from Landmark Mall

I enjoyed reading Michael Lee Pope’s article on the situation at Landmark Mall (“Winds of Change at Landmark, Once Thriving Mall Braces for Development,” Alexandria Gazette Packet, June 27). It was good that he provided some historical background on the grand opening of Landmark in 1965 and its heyday as an outdoor mall in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s.

Letter: Taxes and Fees Keep Rising

To the Editor: Last Saturday as I was leaving the parking lot under City Hall, I noticed a sign outlining the new parking fee structure for that lot.

Letter: Challenging Bicyclists

To the Editor: The Alexandria City Council recently adopted a new bicycle ordinance allowing bicycles on the sidewalks.

Letter to the Editor: Ready For Flight

As of the date of publication, the two osprey chicks in the Little Hunting Creek OspreyCam nest are over 50 days old. As reported by the Georgian Bay Osprey Society (, osprey chicks typically begin flying at 50-60 days, so we are about to witness their first aerial efforts.

Letter: Citizen’s Review Board Needed

To the Editor: Regarding your report on Commonwealth Attorney Randy Sengel's findings into the shooting of Taft Sellers [Alexandria Gazette Packet, July 4]: It seems to be straightforward enough, but it causes me to question whether one local law enforcement official (the commonwealth attorney) should be investigating the fatal shooting of a citizen by other local law enforcement officials (Alexandria police officers).

Alexandria People Notes

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

Letter to the Editor: A Reputation For Safety

To the Editor: In Michael Pope's recent article, “Bike to the Future,” there was a comment about "younger and less confident bicyclists, who wanted to avoid getting run over by a DASH bus."

Week in Alexandria

What happens when you mix raw emotions and firearms? Sometimes people get injured.

On the Campaign Trail

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe is not the standard candidate for higher office.

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Should the Yellow Line Be Extended South Beyond Huntington to Lorton?

Transit study could determine fate of possible Metro extension along Route 1 corridor.

Should the Yellow Line be expanded beyond the Huntington Metro station?

Wednesday, July 10

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Celebrating in Style

47th annual Independence Day Parade held in Fairfax.

The City of Fairfax held its 47th annual Independence Day Celebration in historic downtown on July 4th. Among this year’s entries were eight high school marching bands from as far west as Nebraska and Minnesota. This year’s Grand Marshall was the Hon. Quin S. Elson, a long-time community activist and Fairfax Police Youth Club volunteer.

Dance Studio Moves Into Workhouse Arts Center

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria has officially moved into the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. The new studio at the Workhouse Arts Center, building W-4, is 7,000 square feet, much larger than their former location in Fairfax Station, allowing for more classes and performance space.

Week in Springfield

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation Fairfax Connector has launched its new Express Connector bus service from Springfied to Tysons. The buses travel to Tysons via the 495 Express Lanes and commuters get to experience fast Express Lanes speeds without having to pay a toll.

Sounds of Summer at Reston Town Center

In spite of the summer heat, the Reston Town Center free summer concerts still prove to be quite the draw for locals. The concert on July 6 was no exception as crowds gathered at the Town Center’s pavilion and went as far back as the fountain for the evening’s entertainment: David Akers and the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra.

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Alexandria Leaders Consider Lawsuit Challenging Takeover of Long-Troubled School

Unless courts intervene, new statewide division will take control of Jefferson-Houston next year.

Is Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's effort to take over Jefferson-Houston School constitutional?

Fourth of July in Lorton

The whole town comes out to celebrate with food and fun.

The South County Federation held its annual Lorton Independence Day Parade and Celebration on July 4th down Lorton Station Boulevard with festivities ending at Lorton Station Town Center

Clifton’s Old-fashioned Fourth

The Town of Clifton’s Fourth of July celebration included a parade, flag-raising ceremony, children’s games and a potluck picnic in the park.

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Westfield Preps for Parade in Pasadena

Tournament of Roses president speaks to students

Sure, the students in Westfield High’s marching band are enjoying their summer. They’re also busy learning new music and practicing their drills. Besides marching on the Bulldog football field come fall, they’ll be participating Jan. 1 in the Tournament of Roses Parade. And before school ended, Parade President R. Scott Jenkins came here to officially extend the invitation to Westfield’s band. During the band’s awards banquet at the Westfields Marriott, he gave each member an autographed “Dreams Come True” poster. In return, the band performed a concert for him at GMU’s Center for the Arts. First, though, Jenkins came to the school to meet the students and tell them a bit about the parade. He discussed its history, gave them specifics about what to expect and told them how happy he is that they’ll be participating.

CSB Launches Its Good Neighbor Campaign

The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), the county agency that plans, organizes and provides services for people in our community who have mental illness, substance use disorders and/or intellectual disability, is launching a Good Neighbor campaign.


Graduating From Air Force Academy

Stephanie Ann Marris, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, has graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. with a degree in engineering and a minor in Spanish.

Letter: Deeper Meaning of Ramadan

It’s that time of year again! The blessed month of Ramadan has finally arrived. I’m sure many of my peers still aren’t certain as to why Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during the month of Ramadan.

Letter: Omission As a Good News

The omission of additional Metrorail from I-66 planning is good news [Editorial: “HOT-Lanes and No Metro for I-66?”, Connection July 3-9, 2013]. Metro to Dulles will cost Fairfax County taxpayers plenty. Extending it beyond Vienna would be costly and the return on investment is unknown. I carpooled on I-66 for eight years.

Week in Herndon

A public information meeting will be held to present proposed improvements planned for the intersection of Herndon Parkway and Van Buren Street. Attendees will be able to review options, learn how the plans address intersection congestion, ask questions and provide comments.

Week in Fairfax

Helping Keep Children Safe

City of Fairfax police, in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Fairfax, will be offering Safe Assured identification kits for children on Saturday, July 20, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at police headquarters at 3730 Old Lee Highway.

Week in Reston

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins announced city planner and smart growth advocate Jeff Speck will be the keynote speaker at a community forum entitled “Understanding Urbanization: Building on Reston’s Past to Future to Help Create Its Future.”

Commentary: Voting Rights Need Protection

The Supreme Court had an historic week recently with major decisions on gay marriage, immigration and voting. I am particularly concerned about the decision that I believe does major damage to the Voting Rights Act.

Headed to the Beach This Weekend? Find Alternate Route to I-95 South

VDOT shuts down I-95 South for bridge work at Dumfries Road; detours to Route 1.

Motorists heading to Virginia Beach this weekend—or any southern destination on I-95—often take the beltway in the middle of the night to avoid traffic delays and other traffic headaches.

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Reston Native, FCPS Alumni Collaborate in Critical Point Theatre

Matthew Schott, a Reston native, is one of several recent Virginia Tech graduates and Fairfax County Public Schools alumni collaborating together in the form of Critical Point Theatre. Schott, one of the ensemble’s founding members, will star in the group’s first performance, "The Pavilion," which will run in a mid-Atlantic tour in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and several other Virginia locations.

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A Standout Season for Reston Swimmers

Glade and Autumnwood rally together for some friendly competition.

The Fourth of July was not the only spirited event this past weekend. On July 6 the pool was packed with spectators as the Glade Gators took on the Autumnwood Piranhas during the fifth swim meet of the season. Car windows were laden with paint and homemade posters lined the fences. The energy from each team was certainly palpable, but never adversarial. There have been numerous hard fought wins and broken records this summer, but the Reston Swim Team Association holds community in the highest regard.

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Parading in Great Falls

Residents participating in the car portion of the parade lined up on Columbine, waiting eagerly for the event to start. Antique cars decorated in the stars and stripes are a staple in this annual celebration.

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Drivers and Pedestrians Must Be Vigilant

Investigation of June Potomac pedestrian fatality continues, one of 11 so far this year in the county.

Pedestrian Shirley Stearman, 81 of Potomac, died after being hit by a car at approximately 1:50 p.m. in the Cabin John Shopping Center parking lot at 7919 Tuckerman Lane Sunday, June 2. Last week, Montgomery County Police detectives from the Collision Reconstruction Unit investigated the fatal pedestrian collision in the Potomac shopping center.

Giving a Local Voice to the Civil Rights Act

Congressman Gerry Connolly embarks on yearlong history project to mark 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act; seeks personal stories and testimonials.

Next year, the nation will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act. Last week, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) announced he is embarking on a yearlong living history project to gather testimonials and stories from local residents about the civil rights movement and preserve them for posterity.


Correction: "Apiarists Seek To Expand."

Arlington Bulletin

Meeting. 12:15 p.m. at La Cote d’Or, 6876 Lee Highway. The Arlington Rotary Club welcomes Steve Klemp to discuss “An IQ of 86.” Visit

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Checkpoint of Friendships

Reston residents with Berlin experience host German students.

Reston’s international ties were recently made a little stronger when three high school students from Berlin, Germany made their first trip to the United States on July 1. Two longtime Reston residents hosted the students during their weeklong stay.

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.

Potomac Bulletin

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.

Arlington Calendar

Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street.

Orange Line

Performance. Through Wednesday, July 24, the Rosslyn BID provides live music on Monday and Wednesday evenings at the Rosslyn Metro Station. Enjoy a variety of performances during your evening commute from 5-7 p.m.

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Troop 158 Celebrates 35 Years

On June 30, Troop 158 of Herndon celebrated its 35th anniversary in conjunction with the 2013 Summer Court of Honor. More than 120 people—including a number of former Troop 158 members, Eagle Scouts, adults who were scoutmasters, troop committee members, and their families—gathered to honor achievements, share memories and compare experiences from their time with the troop.

Serving Up ‘Summer Entertainment’

Art Gallery plans “Child Play” for all ages on July 27-28.

This month The Art Gallery of Potomac will present a show titled "Summer Entertainment" from July 11 through Aug. 25.

Potomac School Notes

Schools Notes

Potomac Calendar

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: July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15.

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County Libraries Promote Summer Reading

Fairfax County Public Library began its 2013 Summer Reading Program on June 18, three days before the official first day of summer. Ted Kavich, Program and Educational Services manager for the Fairfax County Public Library, is directing this year’s program. “This will be my third year running the summer reading program,” said Kavich. “Our program involves more than 20 library branches with sponsors and performers,” said Kavich. “It has been a regular thing, and kids and parent look forwards to it. … We partner with the schools in this because we do not want kids to loose their reading and vocabulary skills.”

It’s All About Family Ties: ‘Me & 3’

It started with rugelach.

Potomac’s Harvey Bernstein was born to bake. His father and brother were bakers and his mother was an excellent cook. As a young man, he always sought employment in the food industry, performing a multitude of jobs from cook to waiter. However, he listened to his father when he said, “Don’t work with your body, work with your brain” and became an attorney. However, his happiest moments were when he was kneading, rolling and elbow-deep in dough. His specialty was rugelach — a crescent-shaped cream-cheese dough pastry, home-baked for their family holidays and celebrations.

Flourishing After 55

The Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for July 22-27.

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Town Calendar Exhibit Opens at ArtSpace Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon has opened the annual Town of Herndon Calendar Exhibit, featuring finalists from the 2014 Town of Herndon Calendar Competition. “It is a good show, the quality of these photos is great,” said ArtSpace Director Dale McGrath.

Arlington School Notes

Monica Lozano and Juan Peredo have been named Connect With Kids Champions by The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families, which acknowledges Arlingtonians who are making a difference in the live of Arlington youth. Lozano, a Minority Achievement Coordinator at Swanson Middle School, and Peredo, the Family Liaison at Yorktown High School were recognized at the June 18 Arlington School Board meeting.

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Bezu Revamping: Mix Bar and Grill To Open in August

Menu to offer American and Mediterranean cuisine.

Potomac’s Bezu has long been a favorite of Potomac residents — but if you decide to dine there this week, you will discover it is closed and in the midst of renovation.

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McPaw Pet Showcase Design Challenge: Enter Now

Eleven rooms need artistic vision.

The Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-being (McPaw) is looking for creative and artistic visionaries who love animals — and who want to become a part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — the McPaw Pet Showcase Design Challenge.

Smith Named Principal of Drew Model School

Jacqueline Smith leads melting pot of school in Montessori training.

The students know her for her engaging smile. And after serving as interim principal for more than a year, Jacqueline Smith, 53, is the new principal of Drew Model School, a Montessori school in South Arlington. It helps that the Arlington View resident speaks fluent Spanish and French. She also has two master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction, and education leadership, with a focus on multicultural bilingual education – a necessity for leading the melting pot that is Drew.

Send Your Best Pet Photos

The Pet Almanac will publish July 24. Send photos by July 18.

Police Seek Additional Victims

The Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit has arrested a suspect involved in several peeping tom incidents and police are concerned that there may be additional victims.

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W&OD Trail Lighting Proposed for Town of Herndon

Project would light 3,800 feet of trail within town borders.

The Town of Herndon’s Department of Parks and Recreation will begin to seek public comment on a proposal to light a 3,800- foot section of the W&OD Trail.

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Great Falls Hosts Hometown Celebration on July 4

Annual 5K, parade, festival highlight holiday events.

One year ago, the annual Great Falls Fourth of July Hometown Celebration was a welcome respite from almost a week with no power for the Nelson family of Great Falls.

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Neighbors Foundation Hosts Annual Fireworks Show at Turner Farm

Turner Farm is site of festivities Saturday, July 6.

More than 2,500 people gathered at Turner Farm Saturday, July 6, for the annual fireworks show held by the Neighbors Foundation.

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Flower Baskets Return to Great Falls Village Centre

Seventy baskets placed around Great Falls.

For the second straight year, Great Falls businesses and individuals came together to place hanging flower baskets around the Great Falls Village Centre.

Tuesday, July 9

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Safeguarding Jewelry During Summer Vacations and Beyond

Experts offer simple safety suggestions for protecting valuables.

Kenzie Campbell left her home recently for a week-long trip to care for her ailing father. While she was away, her Northern Virginia home was burglarized, and in addition to a flat-screen television and an iMac computer, the thieves got away with all of her jewelry.

Ideas For Summer Outdoor Entertaining

Local tastemakers offer design and decorating ideas for alfresco soirees

Summer is a time when many enjoy outdoor gatherings with friends and family. From soirees in small courtyard spaces to poolside barbeques for a crowd, warm weather is often synonymous with alfresco entertaining.

Building Classic Jewelry Wardrobe

Local style experts suggest investing in classic pieces.

From monogrammed pendants to leather wrap bracelets, a dizzying array of jewelry is on the market.

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New Local Home Design Studio Opens

Studio offers examples of many fixtures and finishes for homeowners.

Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. unveiled its new state-of-the-art design studio recently.

Petersen to Governor: Explain, Deny, Return or Resign

Petersen first Virginia legislator to suggest McDonnell resign over alleged wrongdoing in accepting gifts from prominent donor.

The tipping point for state Sen. J. Chap Petersen (D-34) was the $6,500 Rolex watch.

Week in Vienna

The 2013 Water Quality Report for the Town of Vienna and surrounding service area has been mailed to each address that receives a water bill from the town.

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High School Seniors Celebrate Volunteering

The local Cherry Blossom Chapter of the National Charity League recognized its senior class of 2013 for their community service hours at a ceremony held recently at Westwood Country Club.

Week in McLean

Police responded to a robbery in the 7900 block of Tysons Corner Center that occurred Tuesday, July 2.

Letter: Concerts on the Green: Impossible to Enjoy

We could not agree more with Jan Heginbotham about the Concerts on the Green having become impossible to enjoy [“Concerts on the Green: Bad Habits on Display,” Great Falls Connection, June 26-July 2, 2013].

Letter: Human Trafficking in Our Backyard

I was ecstatic to learn of the progress local leaders like my delegate, Barbara Comstock (R-34), have made in raising awareness on human trafficking and sex trafficking right here in our backyard.

Monday, July 8

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Terry McAulife Launches Healthcare Platform at Inova Alexandria Hospital

Affordable Care Act is a key point of distinction between candidates for governor.

Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe found himself in the emergency room this week, but it wasn't because of a medical crisis.

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Flint Hill Quarterback Attends All-American Football Camp

Justin Saleh from Vienna, a 6-foot-two quarterback, was one of 300 high school football players coming to Flint Hill Upper School from the Mid-Atlantic region to work with collegiate coaches Sunday, June 2, during the All-American Football Camp.

Parking Structure, Mixed Use Development Project Abandoned

Due to the withdrawal of Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., the project’s general contractor, the Town of Vienna and Arrington Properties, LLC have mutually agreed to terminate the project.

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Vienna Knuckleheads Win 4th of July Tournament

The 9U Vienna Knuckleheads won the Greater Washington 4th of July Tournament Sunday, June 30.

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Preserving Vienna’s ‘Oral History’

Interns conducts interviews, create exhibit on Vienna history.

Working with Historic Vienna, Inc., interns Caroline Gardiner and Virginia Harness have undertaken a project to create an archive of town residents’ memories.

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St. Mark Offers ESL Classes

St. Mark English as a Second Language Program Summer Session continued with "Sports" on July 9, "Iconic Places" on July 16, and "The Art of Conversation" on July 23.

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Pizza and Sweets for Vienna

Local shop openings feature family favorites.

Foodies, rejoice … several new food-focused shops have opened recently in Vienna and, already, they are attracting a following.

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Vienna Hosts Fun-filled 4th of July

Festival, fireworks, highlight small-town celebration.

Traditionally, hundreds of families come out for the Town of Vienna’s annual Independence Day festival and fireworks show. This year was no different.

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A Very Good Year in McLean, Great Falls Area

In the first half of 2013 all price points experienced a gain in number of sales.

The numbers have been tallied for real estate sales in the first half of 2013 and total sales are up over the same time period in 2012 in McLean and Great Falls by 7.6 percent.

Tour de Tysons

Grand prix bicycle races held with a French twist.

The first annual Tour de Tysons Bicycle Races was a fun-filled day of French cuisine, balloon twisting and intense cycling.

Sanat Shankardass Wins McLean Day Drawing

McLean Community Center tax district resident Sanat Shankardass is the winner of the Center’s McLean Day 2013 survey drawing.

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Revisiting Year 1771

Seen here is J.D. Engle, one of several "costumed interpreters," at Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean.

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MCC Hosts Annual Fireworks

Thousands watch fireworks at Langley High.

The McLean Community Center hosted their annual Fourth of July fireworks show for the 29th year at Langley High School.

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Local Author to Speak at Senior Center August Event

One of World War II’s great air battles and the experiences of American bomber crews who fought it are the focus of the Great Falls Senior Center’s (GFSC) Aug. 6 event.

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Selling Lemonade in Support of Purple Camps

Maya Chowdhary, 5, held a lemonade stand on July 4 in Great Falls to raise money for military children connected to the National Military Families Association (NMFA).

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Spotting a Hummingbird in Great Falls

Jerry Hunter spotted a hummingbird on Kettle Pond Lane in Great Falls around noon Sunday, June 16.

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Great Falls Swim & Tennis Hosts Fourth of July Party

Sheri Landfair and her lifeguards throw one of the most anticipated and underrated parties of the summer.

The Great Falls Swim & Tennis club celebrated America’s 237th birthday this past Thursday for the Fourth of July. On what has increasingly become the biggest event on the pool’s calendar over the past decade, patrons and lifeguards celebrated together for the 41st consecutive time.

Thursday, July 4

Classified Advertising July 3, 2013

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Civil Disobedience and Holiday Ordinance in Alexandria

Fireworks are illegal, but violating this particular ordinance has a long tradition.

Newsflash: Consumer fireworks are illegal in Alexandria. According to the city's fire-prevention code, use of fireworks is a class one misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail or a $2,500 fine.

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Hybrid Outrage at the Department of Motor Vehicles

Two legislators vow to introduce effort to repeal new tax on hybrid vehicles.

Suzanne Cleary has owned a hybrid vehicle since 2006, making her an early adopter and a proselytizer to her friends and neighbors.

Wednesday, July 3

Week in Springfield

Express Bus to Tysons

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation Fairfax Connector has launched its new Express Connector bus service from Springfied to Tysons.

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Local Doctor Helps Ugandan People

Fairfax Station resident Dr. DeeAnn Stroop will travel to Uganda on July 8, in what has become an annual trip to provide help to the people there.

Working in conjunction with the Hope 4 Kids International organization (H4KI), Fairfax Station resident Dr. DeeAnn Stroop has traveled to Uganda for the past three years, providing medical and other assistance to the people. “We provide medical assistance, dedicate clean water wells, feed and clothe children, and work with widows in a program that helps them to run a business so they can feed their family,” said Stroop.

Lieske Named New Director of Main Street Child Development Center

The Board of Directors of the Main Street Child Development Center, a nonprofit early learning center located in the City of Fairfax near George Mason University, has named Carol Lieske to the position of center director. Lieske succeeds Elizabeth Egan, who has served as director since 1999.

Area Roundups

Fairfax County police have charged a Lorton man with abduction, sexual battery and two counts of impersonating a law enforcement officer. He is Kedrick Evans, 48, of 7317 Ardglass Drive.

Children ‘Dig Into Reading’ at Lorton Library

The library launches summer reading program.

The Fairfax County “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program is currently in full swing at Lorton Library, where many children and young adults’ names hang on the wall indicating that they have met their reading log goal and received their coveted coupon book.

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FACETS Holds Academic Achievement Party

Some 32 youth honored for getting A’s and B’s on report cards.

FACETS held an Academic Achievement Party last Thursday, June 27, at Old Town Hall in Fairfax City to honor 32 youth who earned A’s and B’s on their report cards and for the 13 students who graduated from high school, 12 of whom are moving on to higher education. After a potluck dinner, Mike Collins from Rep. Gerry Connolly’s office (D-11th) distributed awards and goodie bags.

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Children Dig Into Summer Reading

City of Fairfax Regional Library offers programs for children of all ages.

On an unassuming Tuesday three days before the official beginning of Summer, the Fairfax County “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program kicked off June 18 with events countywide and incentives for children and young adults to read and complete a summer reading log in order to receive a coupon book full of offers upon completion.

Play That ‘Lifts Your Soul’

Hub Theater to present “Act a Lady.”

There are tough times in a small Prohibition-era Midwestern town. What is to be done to keep everyone and everything going? Well, in the Hub Theater's next production, “Act a Lady,” the townsfolk come together to explore their lives in rather unexpected ways. Even gender gets exuberantly blurred. And there is even hip accordion music.

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Meatless Diet Could Prolong One’s Life

New study shows vegetarian and vegan diets could lower risk of untimely death.

Walk into Annie Mahon’s spacious kitchen on a day she’s cooking, and the first thing you’ll notice are fresh herbs and spices resting on her wooden cutting block. The second is a savory aroma wafting from a Le Cruset cauldron simmering on the gas cook top as chickpeas bubble until the outsides are a glistening alabaster and the insides are creamy.

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Remembering Reema in Song and Dance

The annual Remembrance Cabaret for 2006 Westfield High grad and Virginia Tech victim Reema Samaha was June 15 at Westfield.

Centre View Bulletin Board

Centre View Bulletin Board

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Gospel Thumps with a Beat at Rising Hope

Family Fun Fair rocks at Rt. 1 mission church.

“Here I am, Jesus! Signed, sealed, delivered! I’m yours!” wailed singer Ezekiel Raspberry Sr. of The Crowns of Life performing Motown-Gospel Saturday, June 29, at the Family Fun Fair held at Rising Hope Mission on Russell Road between Hybla Valley and Woodlawn.

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Launching ‘A Friday Affair’

A marketplace for community businesses.

Gale Curcio and Nina Tisara have collaborated to organize, promote, and manage what they said was a much needed new community venue for small businesses. Nestled in Mason Hill's community at the highest elevation point in southern Fairfax County, the historic Hollin Hall building on Windmill lane fulfills their vision of a new community market and meeting place.

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Braddock/Pleasant Valley Dilemma

Residents want their say before supervisors vote on design.

While discussing local road projects last week, Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) saved the most controversial one — the Braddock/Pleasant Valley roads intersection — for last. VDOT’s proposing a roundabout, but residents in nearby communities say it’ll benefit Loudoun County commuters, while flooding Braddock and Pleasant Valley roads with so much traffic that it’ll all but imprison them in their neighborhoods.

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Preparing for ‘Silver Tsunami’

Community forums seek ideas for updating county‘s Older Adults Action Plan.

The 50+ Action Plan Community Forum held in the South County government center on June 19 was one of numerous forums to be held county-wide over the next several months as part of an effort to update an Older Adults Action Plan initially adopted by the county in 2007.

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Let the Sparks Fly

So. It’s July 4, 2013. Independence Day. A federal holiday celebrating our freedom from Great Britain. The National Day of the United States.

Road Projects Moving Forward

Frey updates Sully District Council.

Transportation was the topic last week when Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) addressed the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations, updating the panel and audience on local road projects. “We have a fair amount of transportation improvements coming in the next two years,” he said last Wednesday, June 26. “And for the first time in awhile, there’s some optimism that we’ll be able to [carry them out] because of the passage of the transportation bill.”

Mount Vernon Bulletin

Meeting. 1 p.m. The Mount Vernon Genealogical Society will meet in room 112 of the Hollin Hall Senior Center.The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will feature a presentation by Nancy Wing titled "Treating the Sick and Wounded: Civil War Medical Records." Visit

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Eline Leaves Rocky Run

He’s named new principal of Robinson Secondary School.

Under Matt Eline’s leadership at Rocky Run Middle School, several teams of math and science students have won state and national championships, and the school, itself, received the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, three years in a row.

Alexandria School Notes

Alexandria School Notes

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Food for Thought

Food has re-entered the past, embracing the old concept of sustainable farming and eating healthy. A panel of “foodies” came together Saturday afternoon, June 29, at the “Chew on This” event sponsored by United Community Ministries.

Area Roundups

Countywide Transit Network Study

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is conducting the Countywide Transit Network Study to determine the type of transit systems needed to accommodate forecasted growth throughout the county over the next several decades.

Military Notes

Navy Seaman Apprentice Alexander L. Tran, son of Kim C. and Scott T. Tran of Centreville, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Tran is a 2012 graduate of Chantilly High School. Army Pvt. Kie Hwan Park has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Park is the son of Sang Sup and Hyun Sook Park of Centreville. He is a 2011 graduate of Westfield High School, Chantilly.

Lt. Col. Mark Sites Sworn in as County Sheriff

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Sites has been sworn in as Fairfax County Sheriff on Monday, July 1. The Honorable Chief Judge Dennis Smith administered the oath.

New Leader at Robinson’s Helm

Matt Eline is named school’s principal; will retain Meier as football coach.

There’s a new person at the helm of Robinson Secondary School—one well equipped for the job. He’s Matt Eline, who was an assistant principal at Fairfax High for four years and principal of Rocky Run Middle School the past three years.

Students Design Greenovation Lab

James K. Polk’s Greenovation Lab, which reopened on June 13, showcases the school’s sustainable energy heating and cooling systems and explains to children how they work. Children across the school district will be able to tour the Greenovation Lab to learn such concepts as how to use ground air — which remains at a constant temperature of 56 degrees — to heat and cool classrooms, or how to harness solar power to heat water.

Centre View North School Notes

The following academic awards were given out at Chantilly High School

Out & About

Summer Bounty at the Farmer’s Market

Plump tomatoes, sweet corn, beets, cucumbers, spring onions overflow the tables at the Three Way Farm’s produce stall in the Del Ray Farmer’s Market. The market also features fresh cut flowers, herbs and flowers to plant, Amish cheeses, gourmet pickles, eggs, fresh baked good, organic meats, Hattie’s Pralines, Beth MacKenzie’s Fluffed Up Desserts and much more. The market is open weekly on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at Mount Vernon Avenue & Oxford in Del Ray. Additional Farmers Markets are located at Market Square in Old Town on Saturday and Sunday markets at 4109 Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria and the West End Farmers Market in the Ben Brenman Park.

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Traveling Back in Time

Event at Fort Ward showcases life of soldiers during Civil War.

On Saturday, June 8, the Fort Ward Park Museum held its Civil War Fort Day, which involved what life was like for soldiers during the War at what was then a Union Army installation.

Centre View School Notes

Alison Hager earned a bachelor of arts from Villanova University.

Tiny Dancers Holds Recital

Young dancers from Tiny Dancers twirled, tapped and chasséd their way across the stage in their performance of “Sleeping Beauty” Sunday, June 16th at Woodson High School in Fairfax.

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ACVA Bids Farewell to Merrie Morris

ACVA, business community bid farewell to Merrie Morris.

The Alexandria business community turned out in force at the Athenaeum June 20 to bid farewell to Merrie Morris, the longtime director of membership and public affairs for the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association.

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Tiny Dancers Present Spring Recital

Before a packed auditorium at Bishop Ireton High School on June 2, several hundred young dancers from Tiny Dancers' Alexandria studio entertained family and friends in the annual Spring Recital.

Mountain View Departmental Awards

The following awards were given to Mountain View High school students.

County Issues Safety Advice

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department issued the following advisory on fireworks safety. According to the National Fire Protection Administration, far more fires are reported on July 4 than on any other day, and fireworks account for more than half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries, and $32 million in direct property damage. More than 9,600 fireworks related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms.

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”.

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Creative Flourish at Youth Arts Festival

Art displays filled the gym and overflowed down the sidewalk at George Washington Middle School for the annual Youth Arts Festival on Saturday, June 8.

Crime Report

BURGLARY, 13800 block of Laurel Rock Court, June 18, 5:35 p.m. A resident reported someone entered the home and stole jewelry. Forced entry was made through a rear door. ROBBERY, 14400 block of Turin Lane, June 18, 2:50 a.m. Two 24-year-old men reported they were assaulted and robbed of their wallets. The victims were walking when they were allegedly assaulted by three men. The suspects fled. One victim was not seriously injured; the other was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. During an investigation, a 19-year0ld man from Centreville was arrested and charged with malicious wounding and robbery. The case is under investigation.

Centreville Day Plans Are Now Underway

Event seeking sponsors, vendors, crafters, nonprofits.

Centreville Day isn’t until fall, but event organizer Cheryl Repetti is putting out the call for participants now. Sponsorships, vendor, crafter and nonprofit spaces are available at early-bird pricing through July 31. The one-day, outdoor festival is held in Centreville Park in the Centreville Historic District and includes a variety of fun, activities and entertainment for all ages. This year’s 21st annual event is Oct. 19, and the planning is already beginning.

Mount Vernon School Notes

Simone Liu was honored at a statewide awards ceremony for academically advanced children sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

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He Preserved 200-Year-Old Legacy of Citizen Activism

Thomas Y. “Jay” Johnson, Jr. fought for volunteer firefighters.

Thomas Y. “Jay” Young Johnson Jr. hails from a long line of proud volunteer firefighters. His father and uncles were volunteer firefighters in Alexandria, where Jay was born, raised and educated. His early memories include doing his homework at the fire station. Now, 35 years after his father’s generation, he reflects on a distinguished history as president of the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to his family, a major influence in Johnson’s life was Mrs. Rigby, a teacher at T.C. Williams High School who arranged a part-time job for him at the Department of the Navy. He worked this job after school and in the summers, and parlayed it into a life-long career. He is now at the Pentagon as the deputy director of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Human Resources and Enterprise Support.

Alexandria Calendar of Events

Summer Classes. Art at the Center, 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 6-10 can participate. Register at or 703-201-1250.

Letter to the Editor: So Many Supported Grad Party

On June 13, the Chantilly community came together to celebrate the graduation of the Chantilly High School Class of 2013. The 2013 CHS All Night Grad Party, themed “Oh, What a Knight,” was held at Chantilly High School. It proved to be quite the night of fun for all who attended. The graduates enjoyed inflatables, carnival and casino games, as well as great food. It was a fantastic sendoff for our seniors as they begin a new phase of their lives. An event of this size takes many volunteers to make it a success.

Letter to the Editor: Wake Up City Leaders

I own a business in Old Town. We are an advertising agency. We make TV commercials — the kind you like to hate, political. There are some 30 ad agencies in the cty like mine. But we have a problem that is not being addressed. The Internet in our town is too damn slow. (I am intentionally swearing for emphasis!) How did I discover this?

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EagleBank Lands in Old Town

Newest branch opens at 277 S. Washington St.

More than 175 people from the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and local business community joined EagleBank in celebrating the official opening of its latest branch with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on June 19 at the bank's facility in Old Town. “It's great to be back in Alexandria,” said EagleBank vice president and branch manager Ed Velarde, who returns to the area following 15 years of commercial banking experience with J.P. Morgan in New York.

Chantilly Tragedy Described As Family Murder-Suicide

Police say suspect killed brother and himself.

The tragic event in which two men were stabbed and another was shot last week inside a Chantilly home has turned into a murder-suicide. Fairfax County police identified the murder victim as Haseeb Raza, 24. They also said his suspected killer was his 20-year-old brother, Mohammad H. Raza.

Moss Named Rising Star

Jeremy R. Moss, an associate with MercerTrigiani law firm, has been named a 2013 Rising Star by both Virginia Super Lawyers and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers. Moss was previously honored as a 2010 and 2012 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star, however, this is his first-time recognition by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers

Commentary: Much To Cherish This Fourth of July

Two-hundred thirty-seven years ago, Thomas Jefferson put down his pen and sent the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. It was a steamy July day and after two days of debate and edits they emerged with the document we hold so dear and celebrate this week. A philosophical treatise and declaration to King George, it begins “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Preserving Vienna’s ‘Oral History’

Interns conduct interviews, create exhibit on Vienna history.

Working with Historic Vienna, Inc., interns Caroline Gardiner and Virginia Harness have undertaken a project to create an archive of town residents’ memories. Harness describes the project as an “oral history of the town.”

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Giving Circle Sponsors Car Seat Workshop

The Giving Circle of Alexandria sponsored a car seat workshop on June 8 for families that participate in playgroups for low-income families. These playgroups enables The Giving Circle to reach children who otherwise might not receive any preparation for kindergarten.

Commentary: Distracted Driving Can Be Reckless

On July 1, a new Virginia Law goes into effect makes it clear that writing or reading emails or text messages is now a primary offense for which a driver may be stopped. The law also makes clear that if someone is convicted of reckless driving and texting/emailing while driving, there is a mandatory minimum fine of $250.

Letter to the Editor: Unsatisfactory Response

Thank you for your reply to my letter of June 3; although I must say your reply, if anything, gives me even more concern than I felt before, and I didn’t think that was possible. You say in your reply that “In response to a march 29, 2011, Board Item to establish a review process for the Fairfax County Police Department, the county’s Internal Audit Office issed a report” and that I could look up the report on the county’s website.

Mount Vernon Crime Report

ASSAULT/LARCENY, 4000 block of Fielding Street, June 20, 11 p.m. A 14-year-old boy reportedly was at a local park attempting to retrieve his bicycle. Several juvenile boys confronted him and allegedly assaulted him.

Gerald Mann Becomes Director of Middle Schools

Gerald Mann has been appointed the new director of middle schools. He will begin his new job on July 1. Mann formerly served as principal of George Washington 1 Middle School. Previously he served as an assistant principal at George Washington, where he led the Special Education, English Language Learner and Middle Alternative Program for Students departments, and worked with department chairs to provide instructional support and develop strategies to implement school-wide initiatives.

Alexandria Bulletin

Tech Zoo Tuesdays. 3-5 p.m. at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke St. Learn about the latest electronic reading devices or bring equipment for hands-on help. Call 703-746-1702.

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And All That Jazz

Fostering the Future cruise benefits Fund for Alexandria's Child.

More than 225 people donned their finest Great Gatsby attire aboard the Cherry Blossom riverboat for the 10th anniversary of the Fostering the Future cruise June 27 to benefit the Fund for Alexandria's Child.

Alexandria Business Notes

Diane L. Webster was promoted to vice president, branch manager of the Prince Street branch of Virginia Commerce Bank.

Olympian Ziegler To Lead Swim Clinic

World Record holder, two-time Olympian, and Great Falls native, Kate Ziegler, is visiting the Virginia Run Riptide Swim Team on June 30. Ziegler, who was a member of the 2008 and 2012 Olympian Teams and currently holds the World Record in the 1500 meter freestyle, is conducting a swim clinic to encourage and inspire young swimmers to reach their greatest potential, while learning to overcome adversity.

Opinion: Clinical Trial Puts Inova Alexandria at PAE Forefront

A clinical trial at Inova Alexandria Hospital is showing positive results for men who seek a non-surgical option for relief from symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Ours is the first trial in the U.S. to test a procedure called Prostate Artery Embolization (PAE) and is attracting patients from across the country and abroad.

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Local Safeway Prepares for Rennovation

Safeway will close its Bradlee Safeway at 3526 King St. on Saturday, July 13 at 6 p.m. as the grocer will construct a new facility at the same location.


Free Carseat Inspections Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Tuesday, July 9, 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.

Tuesday, July 2

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Keeping Tysons Moving

Annual event highlights transportation changes.

Developers of transportation projects in and affecting Tysons Corner gathered at the annual Keep Tysons Moving event Thursday, June 27, an opportunity for local companies to hear the latest updates on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, Dulles Metrorail and more.

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NVTC Hosts Hot Ticket Awards

Annual awards recognize “hot” technology businesses.

Guests at the annual Northern Virginia Technology Council’s annual Hot Ticket Awards came dressed for a beach but weathered a brief summer storm Wednesday, June 26 in McLean.

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Great Falls Native Goes ‘72 Hours’

Davina Friedlander tries for $100,000 on reality competition.

When Great Falls native Davina Friedlander got a chance to spend three days in Hawaii, it wasn’t exactly how she envisioned it. Instead of relaxing on a beach, sipping a drink and soaking up some rays, she fought hard to make it across the desolate, uninhabited sections of Lanai.

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IPAR Unveils Latest Project at Reston Hyatt

Aluminum statue to be placed in front of Hyatt at Reston Town Center.

The Initiative for Public Art-Reston gave a preview of its latest project Wednesday, June 26, with a presentation of the sculpture that will soon be placed in the park across from the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston Town Center.

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Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual ACE Awards

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce swears in new board.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new board and handed out their annual ACE Awards at the Sheraton Reston Thursday, June 27.

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Shelter House Presents Changing Lives Awards

Awards given to individuals and organizations, new board sworn in. jumphead

Shelter House, a Herndon-based nonprofit that serves those affected by homelessness and domestic abuse, held their annual awards ceremony and welcomed a new board Tuesday, June 25.

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Senator Tim Kaine Tours Downtown Herndon

Senator speaks to residents, officials, business owners.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D) took a tour of downtown Herndon Friday, June 28, visiting a variety of local businesses.

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How Alexandria Stole the National Science Foundation from Arlington

Financial incentives are increasingly being used to attract federal agencies.

Standing outside the National Science Foundation in the heart of Ballston, it's easy to see why Arlington and Alexandria have been fighting over the federal agency.

Herndon Hosts Second Battle of Bottles

Two neighborhoods compete to see who recycles more in July.

Herndon residents will battle it out for the second straight year in an attempt to be more environmentally friendly. The second annual Battle of the Bottles will challenge residents of Four Seasons and Hunters Creek to see who can recycle more.

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Prosecutor's Report Clears Officers of Criminal Wrongdoing in February Shooting

Unlike Fairfax and Arlington authorities, Alexandria prosecutor shares report with public.

Seven different officers shot 37 rounds at Alexandria man Taft Sellers last February during a standoff in the city's West End, hitting him five times.

Reston Lions Install New Officers

Vice District Governor of District 24 A installed the new officers of the Reston Lions Club at its installation banquet on June 26 at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston.

Commentary:The Meaning of the American Revolution

In May I attended the cornerstone dedication for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

South Lakes Seniors Make Reston Proud

On June 6, I had occasion to go to South Lakes High School, the Alma Mater of our three children, to witness the 2013 South Lakes Seniors Awards Ceremony.

Fourth of July Trivia

Information provided by Smithsonian Children’s Magazine press releases. For more trivia, go to Joke courtesy of Elle Ross, 7, of Vienna.

Let the Sparks Fly in Reston and Herndon

It’s not too late to enjoy local 4th of July festivals, parades and fireworks.

So. It’s July 4, 2013. Independence Day. A federal holiday celebrating our freedom from Great Britain. The National Day of the United States. And you have nothing planned.

Children ‘Dig Into Reading’ in Herndon, Reston Libraries

Fairfax County Public Library launches summer reading program.

Upcoming Events: Herndon Fortnightly Library *Monday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m.—Children’s Science Center: Fun, hands-on science experiments come to you. Cosponsored by the Friends of George Mason Regional Library. Age 6-12

Week in Herndon

This week in Herndon features fresh, exciting news!

Volunteering on 10th Annual Bill Rouse Day of Caring

Liberty Property Trust in Herndon was closed Friday, June 21, along with all 22 of Liberty offices in the US and UK for a day for community service projects in memory of its founder, Bill Rouse.

Volkswagen Passat Celebrates World Record in Herndon

On June 24, Volkswagen of America announced it set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the “lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car” category with 77.99 mpg.

Jimmy’s Tavern in Herndon to Expand

On June 14, Jimmy’s Tavern in downtown Herndon had the lease renewed for 10 more years during the intermission at the Herndon Friday Night Live event.

Column: Been There, Doing That

I.V. chemotherapy, that’s what; and I’m not infusing it for the fun of it, either.

Meatless Diet Could Prolong One’s Life

New study shows vegetarian and vegan diets could lower risk of untimely death

“The number one thing to do is to explore different types of vegetables. Think outside of green beans and corn.” — Bonita Lillie, registered dietician

Love after 50: Baby Boomers Need Romance Too

Couple chronicles their online dating experience in new book.

“Dating in your 60s is a lot different than dating in the 1960s, to be sure. Our message is one of hope and the courage to try one more time. Life is just too short.”   — Mindy Mitchell, coauthor of “Lube of Life: A Tribute to Sex, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness in the Boomer Age”

When a Bill Becomes a Law

On July 1, sales taxes go up for Fairfax County residents.

“We needed to at least make it clear that you risk a reckless driving offense if you text and drive.” —Del. David Bulova (D-37)

Don't Be Afraid; Learn About Bees

Number of drones on the increase.

What Do You Know About Bees? How many bees in an ordinary colony (hive)? a) 1000 b) 10,000 c) 60,000 or more 2. Each colony has one queen. What happens if more than one is born? a) All but one is killed b) All but one is driven out c) The first one takes half the colony and relocates 3. The oldest bee ever found (preserved in a drop of amber) lived how many years ago? a) 1,000,000 b) 25,000,000 c) 100,000,000 4. Stingers release venom for a brief time. What to do on being stung? gently back out stinger with a fingernail or credit card apply ice for swelling c) both a and b 90% of bees are workers. Which gender? a) male female Which stinging insect is vegetarian? hornet bee wasp 7. At least how much honey a colony (hive) needs for winter? 10 pounds 60 pounds 100 pounds 8. Honey has flavors depending on the blossoms visited. What do beekeepers do with "bad tasting" honey? throw it out leave it for bees to eat 9. Normal gathering range of a bee? 500 yards one-half mile c) 2 miles (or more) 10. For millennia, honey has been used treating wounds? a) true b) false Answers; 1.c; 2.a; 3.c; 4.c; 5.b; 6.b; 7.b; 8.b; 9.c; 10.a. Grading correct answers: 9-10 = A; 7-8 = "bee"; 5-6 = C. Arlington Adult Education offers a class called "Help the Honeybees!" on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the Arlington Career Center, in Walter Reed Drive near Columbia Pike. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. and registration is $5. Beekeepers Association of Northern Virginia has a booth at the 2013 Arlington County Fair to be held in Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd Street, South, Aug. 7 - 11. Bee products are judged at the Fair and many Are offered for sale. All the answers to all the possible questions about bees are found through that association's webpage:

Let the Sparks Fly in the County

It’s not too late to enjoy local 4th of July festivals, parades and fireworks.

So. It’s July 4, 2013. Independence Day. A federal holiday celebrating our freedom from Great Britain. The National Day of the United States. And you have nothing planned.

Fourth of July Fun Facts

Information provided by Smithsonian Children’s Magazine press releases. For more trivia, go to Joke courtesy of Elle Ross, 7, of Vienna.

Let the Sparks Fly

It’s not too late to enjoy local 4th of July festivals, parades and fireworks.

So. It’s July 4, 2013. Independence Day. A federal holiday celebrating our freedom from Great Britain. The National Day of the United States. And you have nothing planned.

Arlington People

Arlington People

Potomac Calendar

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.

Arlington Calendar

Arlington Calendar

Cross County Trail Renamed After Gerry Connolly

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) says he is humbled by the Fairfax County Park Authority's decision to rename the 40-mile Cross County Trail the “Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail."

Virginia Lyme Disease Bill Signed

On June 25, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and other Northern Virginia lawmakers met at Claude Moore Park in Sterling for the ceremonial signing of the Lyme Disease Information Disclosure Act of 2013.

VVFD Auctions Date With Firefighter

Men and women of Vienna fire department fuel fundraiser.

“The idea, initially, made people [firefighters and EMTs] hesitant, but when they realized it wasn’t a real date, but actually a group dinner, we got a lot more interest and support from them.” - VVFD President Anthony Stancampiano

School Notes

Christopher Crowe, a Yorktown High School graduate, is a member of Stevenson University's 2013 Men's Lacrosse Team. The Stevenson men's lacrosse team advanced to its first national championship game after the No. 4 Mustangs defeated Salisbury University at Mustang Stadium 12-6. Anabel Montano-Vargas was inducted into the Mary Baldwin College chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, chartered in 2009 to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management, administration, and marketing communication.

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Apiarists Seek To Expand

Number of drones on the increase.

The honeybee has been around for 100 million years, a fact proved by the nearly perfect Burmese specimen found encased in amber.

Governor Visits Express Lanes

Standing on the side of I-95 at the height of rush hour on Tuesday, June 25, Governor Bob McDonnell looked at the construction around him with optimism.

Potomac School Notes

Kathryn Haynes graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University with a Bachelors Degree in psychology. She was named Magna Cum Laude, with high distinction from Hutton Honors College. Haynes graduated from Winston Churchill High School in 2009.

Nine Years on, the Memory Still Burns

Learning from others’ experience.

The simple act of placing a spoon in a sink made all the difference for the Bies family one spring night in Potomac over nine years ago. That was the night Susan Bies decided to walk up from the basement family room where she and her husband had been relaxing to put a spoon she had been using into the kitchen sink.

Week in Vienna

This week in Vienna, a water quality report becomes available.

Total Health Concepts Opens in Vienna

Local residents, current clients and friends celebrated the grand opening of Total Health Concepts of Vienna on June 8, enjoying a sampling of the company’s services, nutritious grilled food, and a moon bounce for youngsters.

Business Notes

Imagination Stage received Adventist HealthCare’s 2013 Community Partnership Award for its residency at the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children. Its work was centered on developing cooperative and imaginative play skills through the use of the four actor’s tools (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Imagination Stage was honored for its work in the Lourie Center’s Therapeutic Nursery Program.

Orange Line Calendar

Orange Line Calendar

Military Notes: Potomac

Marine Corps Pfc. Francisco-Javie Melendez, a 2006 graduate of The Heights School, in Potomac, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Potomac Bulletin

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.

Elevation Burger Takes the Hamburger Higher

New restaurant features grass-fed, free-range and organic beef.

There are hamburgers and then there are hamburgers freshly-ground from humanely-raised, grass-fed, free-range beef … it’s also USDA-certified organic.


The photo accompanying "WILL Interactive Inc. Brings Hollywood to Potomac" [The Almanac, June 26] should have been credited to Caroline Horn.

Flourishing After 55

Arlington senior centers: Aurora Hills, 735 S. 18th St.; Walter Reed, 2909 S. 16th St.; Culpepper Garden, 4435 N. Pershing Dr.; Langston-Brown, 2121 N. Culpeper St.; Lee, 5722 Lee Hwy.; Arlington Mill at Fairlington, 3308 S. Stafford St.; also Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St.; TJ Comm. Center, 3501 S. 2nd St.

AAA Tigers Win Championship

8-5 finals defeat of Royals is Tigers’ third straight win over higher seed.

The fifth seeded Vienna Little League (VLL) AAA Tigers shook off early jitters, controversial calls and a furious last inning comeback featuring a 3-run homer, to hold off the American League Champion Royals, 8-5 Friday before an exuberant crowd at Rhodes Field at Yeonis Park.

Arlington Bulletin

Meeting. 6:30 p.m. at La Cote d’Or, 6876 Lee Highway. The Arlington Rotary Club Installation Dinner. Visit


Librarians: Favorite Time of the Year

Librarians tell why the Summer Reading Program is their favorite time of the year.

Military Notes

Military Notes

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Deadly River Claims Victim Number Two

In less than one week, two people have drowned in the Potomac River. On Saturday, a 21-year-old drowned near Bear Island. Three of his friends attempted to save him, but were unsuccessful.

Summer Reading Starts in Vienna, Oakton Libraries

Children encouraged to enjoy books as leisure.

For many years, The Fairfax County Summer Reading Program has encouraged students to continuing reading through summer vacation.

Grant To Funds Recess Program

Arlington Public Schools has received an $18,000 grant to fund Active Recess Programs in coordination with Arlington County and Marymount University.

Attracting Teens to Reading

Parents of teenagers may find it harder to encourage their children to read.

Time to Read in Great Falls, McLean

Summer reading programs at local libraries attract children and parents alike.

School may be out, but Fairfax County Public Libraries are hoping that doesn’t mean students will stop reading.

Week in McLean

This week in McLean features new and exciting events!

Gay Rogers Named ‘Friend in Deed’

The Friends of the McLean Community Center honor Rogers for her contributions to the center. The Friends of the McLean Community Center organization has named McLean resident Gay Rogers the recipient

The Friends of the McLean Community Center organization has named McLean resident Gay Rogers the recipient of its 2013 “Friend in Deed” award.

Lewinsville Road Trail Completed

Connector between Scotts Run Road and Windy Hill Road.

Residents of McLean are now enjoying a new asphalt trail, along Lewinsville Road between Scotts Run and Windy Hill Roads in McLean. Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville), community leaders and Fairfax County Departments of Transportation and Capital Facilities staff dedicated the new trail at an event held on June 24 at the corner of Scotts Run and Lewinsville Roads.

‘Damn Yankees’ Arrives at the Alden

McLean Community Players to present “a grand musical comedy.”

Where and When: McLean Community Players present "Damn Yankees" at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Performances July 12-28. Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18-$20. There is also a special $15 ticket offer. Call 703-790-9223 or visit

McLean Orchestra Proves ‘Instrumental to Business’

When your audience expresses their wild enthusiasm, what else can you do but give them an encore?

Week in Great Falls

This week in Great Falls is filled with new and exciting events!

Local Artist to Exhibit Beach Series At Katie’s Coffee House

Local artist Jane Rader will be exhibiting her “Beach Series” photographs at Katie’s Coffee House at 760 Walker Road in Great Falls during the month of July.

Summer Abundance Hits Great Falls Farmers Market

Local farmers offer an array of healthy, tasty, fresh produce.

Summer is upon us. Our bountiful “local” earth is birthing forth a stunning array of healthy, tasty, fresh produce for our nourishment and good health—just picked the day before they are brought to market.

Monday, July 1

Editorial: HOT-Lanes and No Metro for I-66?

Did you miss the public discussion and input? So did we.

One day when I was stuck in traffic on I-66, I was briefly entertained by the license plate of the vehicle in front of me. "66 SUCKS," it read. No question, commuting on I-66 is a bear.