Stories for March 2013

Stories for March 2013


Saturday, March 30

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Friday, March 29

Neighbor Saves Two Teenagers from Fire

Family displaced; house fire causes $600,000 in damage.

A neighbor’s efforts saved the lives of two teeangers on Willow Green Court, Monday afternoon, Feb. 25, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue reports. “The teens inside narrowly escaped the blaze,” according to Assistant Chief Scott Graham.

Operation Patriotic STEM at Ft. Belvoir ES

Marymount University makes science fun.

As stomp rockets flew through the air, balloons expanded, and electricity set hair standing on end, children at Ft. Belvoir Elementary School didn’t know which hands-on science activity to try first. They were participating in Operation Patriotic STEM, an evening of science activities organized by Marymount University.

Bulletin Board

Email announcements to Deadline is Thursday at noon. Saturday/March 30 Collection. 1-5 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Road. Donate new or lightly used baseball and softball equipment on behalf of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Collected items will be given to disadvantaged players in the Baltimore area.

Lucky dog animal rescue adoption event

Megan is hugging her new dog bud during the lucky dog recue adoption outside dogma dog bakery in shirlington on sat. march 16. Volunteers from lucky dog animal rescue come to shirlington once a month for local residents to adopted a rescue dog. Most dogs rescued by from lucky dog animal rescue are from S. Carolina.

Letter: Let There Be Light

To the Editor: For those who are unaware, the tree lights along King Street are scheduled to be turned off March 31 just as Alexandria's tourist season begins. I am an advocate to keep those lights on as long as is reasonable because lighting up our city to market it as illuminated, friendly and safe is the message they send for me and many businesses as well as citizens.

Hybla Valley Elementary Celebrates Vernal Equinox

On the first day of spring, the Hybla Valley Elementary School community celebrated with an international festival at the school. All seven continents were feted. A Mariachi band, an Irish dance group along with student and family cultural performances drew crowds into the gym, the World Stage.

Thursday, March 28

Week in Fairfax

The first-ever 5K walk dedicated to crime victims in Fairfax County will be held in honor of the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This free event is slated for Sunday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m., at Fairfax Corner. It’s hosted by the Victims Services Section of the county Police Department and the Fairfax County Law Enforcement Foundation. Area residents may join the professionals who support local victims of homicide, trauma, sexual and domestic violence, child physical and sexual abuse, stalking human trafficking and suicide as they walk together.

Love Keeps You Grounded

Hub Theatre presents "A Man, His Wife and His Hat."

Fairfax's professional Hub Theatre continues to delve into delightfully complicated aspects of love by playwrights often new to the D.C. area. Now the Hub is bringing on Lauren Yee's play described as a "klezmer-inspired love triangle between a man, his wife and a hat."

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Fundraiser for Fairfax Girl, Age 8

Tara Sankner, an 8-year-old Fairfax resident, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, and the local community is rallying ’round to show its support. She and a fundraising and support team called “Pray for Tara” wore special, pink T-shirts and participated in last Saturday’s, March 23, Rev3 Run Rogue 5K and 1K at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center. Tara ran and walked in both events and also had a donation table there.

Fairfax to Present Spotlight on the Arts

28th annual festival runs from April 19 to May 6.

Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, featuring more than 40 Fairfax-area events showcasing local performance and visual artists, announced its schedule for the 28th annual festival that runs from Friday, April 19, to Monday, May 6. This year’s Spotlight, themed “An Artistic Kaleidoscope,” features not only artists from established arts groups familiar to Spotlight fans, but also artists from nontraditional arts and cultural groups from the area. Spotlight’s wide-ranging event schedule reflects the depth and diversity found in Fairfax’s cultural community.

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Happy Feet

West Springfield Dance Team wins fourth consecutive NDA National Championship.

Despite being three-time national champions, the West Springfield Dance Team coaches weren’t taking anything for granted going into the 2013 NDA Nationals competition. “We didn’t think we’d win Nationals,” said coach-choreographer Tara Perez. “We’re very critical of our routines and every year is a completely new place.”

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West Springfield Wins State Championship for Drama

West Springfield High School won the state championship for drama last month at the Virginia High School League One-Act Competition Finals in Charlottesville. This is the first state drama title for West Springfield in 15 years. The theatre department presented “The Other Room,” by Ariadne Blayde, which tells the story of Austin, a high-functioning autistic teenager who tries to connect with a female classmate while battling the voices in his head.

Connolly’s Art Contest Deadline April 5

High school students residing in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District are encouraged to participate in Congressman Gerry Connolly’s annual Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. Connolly is accepting artwork entries at his Annandale and Prince William District Offices until April 5.

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Fairfax Adult Softball Continues to Support Special Olympics

Participants, family, friends and supporters of Fairfax Adult Softball, Inc. (FAS) united together on Jan. 27 for the 13th Annual Bowling Tournament to benefit Northern Virginia Special Olympics and Fairfax County Park Authority field improvements.

Fairfax Animal Shelter Undergoing Renovation, Expansion

The county is renovating and expanding the Fairfax County Animal Shelter at 4500 West Ox Road to provide state-of-the-art intake and adoption services for the animals that it cares for each year. The addition section was completed in December 2012, with an estimated completion date for the entire project set for July 2013.

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Protecting Both Gun Rights and Public Safety

It was an historic year in the Virginia General Assembly. We passed a once-in-a-generation transportation funding bill and laid the foundation for 400,000 thousand Virginians to gain health insurance through an expansion of Medicaid that will create nearly 30,000 new health care jobs.

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Muslim Women Encouraged to Explore STEM

Six women share their success story at the Lorton Library.

The Nubian Benevolence Association was the official sponsor for the Muslim Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) presentation at the Lorton Community Library on Saturday, March 23, but there was little doubt that Hajjar Ahmed, daughter of the organization’s co-Founder Hossam Ahmed, was the driving force behind the event.

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Woodson Graduate Directs Award-winning Film

Nicole Rosen’s 16-minute “Toy Soldier” will show at the GI Film Festival in May.

When Nicole Rosen sets out to make a film, she doesn’t shy away from sensitive subject matter—she pursues it. One of her first projects in high school was called “Life Chronicles.” “Basically I shot people who were dying, suffering from terminal diseases,” Rosen said. “They wanted to film their lives for their families. I think it really hit something—my first really intense experience in filmmaking.”

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Newlyweds Now in Business

Burke couple moves to NOVA, buys a gym and launches business.

From the time he met her six years ago when the two were serving as Peace Corps Volunteers in Morocco, Tom Dannan knew that Michelle Connelly loved working with children. Just before joining the Peace Corps, she’d spent two years as the director of the My Gym Children’s Fitness Center in Annapolis, Md., and always talked about how much she wanted to open a children's gym someday.

Editorial: More Obstacles to Transparency

General Assembly puts more information out of public reach, but other factors also limit access.

The first paragraph of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, passed by the General Assembly in 1968, states that all public records "shall be presumed open." It doesn’t add, “except when we don’t want to,” although that provision does seem to be available in many cases. Individual government entities have a variety of ways of making it hard for the public to access public information.

Column: 14.8 Percent

That is the percentage of diagnosed lung cancer patients who survive beyond five years, according to The National Cancer Institute’s SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2009, in a graph published in the Feb. 26, 2013 Washington Post’s weekly Health & Science section. As a non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) survivor beginning his fifth year post-diagnosis, charting my prospects in such a cold and impersonal manner is both chilling and arguable. “Chilling” in that facts speak for themselves and are hardly made up of whole cloth, to invoke one of the late Jack Kent Cooke’s more famous quotes. And “arguable” in that charts, statistics, etc., may very well measure the mean, but it sure doesn’t measure the man (this man, anyway). Meaning, from my perspective: sure, the chart is scary as hell, but I’m not sure I’m on it, if you know what I mean? (I know you know what I hope.)

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Better Training, More Technology

The bipartisan commission released findings, recommendations regarding long lines on Election Day.

"The commission has identified a variety of improvements and efficiencies to ensure access and convenience for voters in future elections.” —Sharon Bulova


School Notes

Email announcements to Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos are welcome. Mount Vernon High School sent 19 qualifying students to the Region Science Fair, held at Robinson Secondary School. The first place winners will head to the state competition.

Sully District Station Honors its Own

MPO Mary Hulse is Officer of the Month.

MPO Mary Hulse is an example of a police officer doing her job and doing it well. And at the March 13 meeting of the Sully District Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee, she was honored as that station’s Officer of the Month.

Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence

Rocky Run Middle wins state honor for fourth time.

Rocky Run Middle School has just won the 2013 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence. But according to school Principal Matt Eline, “We were just doing what we do all the time.”

Mathcounts: First in Regionals, Second in States

Rocky Run’s team has stellar year.

Rocky Run Middle School’s MathCounts team didn’t win the state championship this year. But it did capture second place, which is a big achievement, in itself.


Free Carseat Inspections

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, March 28, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary.

Racing to Help Others

Some 1,100 people participated in the Rev3 Run Rogue 5K and 1K, Saturday, March 23, at Fairfax Corner, raising an estimated $10,000 each for Life with Cancer and Accelerated Brain Cancer Cure.

Russian Women’s Choir Performing at CVHS

Centreville High’s Choral Department is hosting a Russian women’s choir while it visits the U.S. called Vita in Canto, the choir will perform a free, one-hour concert next Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m., in the school theater. The choir is from the Ural University of Economics in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Training Key In School Safety

FCPS security coordinator addresses citizens committee.

Keeping students safe is Jim McLain’s job. After retiring as a Fairfax County police commander in 2001, he joined Fairfax County Public Schools; and for 12 years now, he’s been one of its two security coordinators.

Social Change Celebrates Anniversary

Social Change Celebrates Anniversary Founded by Julie Sussman of Centreville’s Rocky Run community, Social Change was born in March 2011. Sussman’s idea was to get people together in a fun and informal way to discuss their favorite causes, share food and wine, visit with old friends and make new ones.

Rita’s Fundraiser for Second-Grader

Contributions also accepted online.

Tara Sankner, an 8-year-old second-grader at Lees Corner Elementary was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, and the community is rallying ’round to show its support. She and a fundraising and support team called “Pray for Tara” wore special, pink T-shirts and participated in last Saturday’s, March 23, Rev3 Run Rogue 5K and 1K at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center.

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Parents Rally to Save FACE as Alexandria School Board Considers Budget Cuts

Board members must close a $3 million gap before sending budget to City Hall.

Dozens of parents appeared before members of the Alexandria School Board last week with a simple plea — save FACE.

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Governor Approves Conditional Budget for Medicaid Expansion

Vote-swapping operation traded transportation votes for Medicaid money.

Half a million uninsured Virginians may be eligible for Medicaid under an agreement now being worked out in Richmond — a deal in which Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell agreed to include Medicaid expansion as part of the budget if Senate Democrats supported a transportation package.

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What to Call the Corridor: Is it Route 1 or Richmond Highway?

Politics of language reveals deep divisions about a shady past and an uncertain future.

William Shakespeare’s Juliet once famously asked, “What’s in a name?” Her question was based on a feud between warring families. But here in Mount Vernon, two warring factions are divided about a different name — the major highway that runs from the Beltway to the Occoquan River.

Wednesday, March 27

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Lake Braddock Boys’ Soccer Beats Robinson

First-year Robinson coach Garza not pleased with Rams’ effort.

The Lake Braddock boys' soccer team scored the final three goals during a 3-1 victory against Robinson.

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Ireton Girls’ Lax Beats PVI with Season-High 21 Goals

Cardinals bounce back from lopsided losses to Visitation, SSSAS.

The Bishop Ireton girls' lacrosse team improved to 3-2 with a victory over Paul VI on Tuesday.

Letter to the Editor: Add, Add? Why Not Cut?

Is it Groundhog Day again?

Letter to the Editor: Aerial Spraying Jeopardizes Birds

On behalf of the more than 4,000 members of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, we are writing to express our concerns about Fairfax County plans to spray for fall cankerworms in the Mount Vernon and Lee districts of the county.

Letter to the Editor: A Code of Silence

The Virginia Freedom of Information (FOIA) is a state law that gives you ready access and the right to obtain government information and public records in Virginia.

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Mount Vernon CrossFit Opens on Richmond Highway

Mount Vernon CrossFit @ The D.A.M. Garage head coach and director of programming, Sean Dunston, was working up a sweat coaching the participants in the Saturday morning three-part work out in January.

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Amerau, Harris Engaged

Captain Harold F. Amerau, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Colonel Carla M. Stucki-Amerau, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) of Alexandria are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lieutenant Junior Grade Brittany Nicole Amerau, U.S. Navy, to Lieutenant Junior Grade Christopher Paul Harris, U.S. Navy, son of Timothy and Pamela Harris of Richmond.

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‘They’re Not Bad Kids; They’re Just Teenagers’

Westfield SRO talks about keeping students safe.

Authorities say children are safe in Fairfax County schools, but it requires continual vigilance to keep them that way. So the Sully District Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee recently hosted a community meeting on the topic.

The Facts about MathCounts

Open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, MathCounts involves solving various types of complicated math problems.

Column: Residents Can Craft Own County Budget

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is in the process of developing the FY 2014 budget and my colleague, Supervisor John Cook, came up with a great tool, a budget simulation that will assist you in creating your own proposed budget.

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Chantilly Takes State Forensics Championship

In a close competition, the Chantilly Forensics team won the Virginia AAA title on Saturday, March 23.

Fairs and Festivals 2013-2014

Information on fairs and festivals taking place in 2013-2014.

Alexandria and Mount Vernon Calendar March 27

Information on events going on in the Alexandria and Mount Vernon areas.

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Las Vegas Comes to Alexandria

Big name magicians convene to share tricks, entertain families at Magi-Whirl 2013 on April 6.

An annual magic convention will bring big stars of the entertainment world to a high school auditorium early next month, and everyone's invited.

Centreview School Notes March 27

School notes for Centreville and Chantilly natives.

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Clifton’s Easter Egg Hunt

The Town of Clifton held its Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, in the town park thanks to the efforts of the Clifton, Fairfax and Fairfax Station au pairs with Cultural Care Au Pair.

1930s: Boom Time for Archaeology in America

“Shovel Ready” details program under Roosevelt’s New Deal.

Former Alexandria resident and archeologist, Bernard K. Means’ new book, “Shovel Ready”, looks at the impact that ordinary citizens had on archeology during the Great Depression.

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Celebrating Spring Equinox

Douglas MacArthur Elementary School celebrated the Spring Equinox on March 20 with the school’s compass rose dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, unveiling the new addition of a painted compass rose in the school's Learning Garden.

Letter to the Editor: More Than Just Money

Governor McDonnell is considering legislation that would seize control of the unaccredited Jefferson Houston Elementary School from the Alexandria City Public School Board and Superintendent Sherman can only say, “We believe we are going to make accreditation. We’ll have a conversation in June or July, and I hope I’m not here saying ‘Oops.’”

Letter to the Editor: Reasonable Requirements

Democracy is the foundation of the American way of life, and the driving force behind democracy is the power to vote.

Letter to the Editor: Protect Del Ray, Not West End?

The recent concerns of many Del Ray residents about the possibility that Walgreens may move into their neighborhood at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and E. Monroe Avenue and displacing several businesses who have been in the Del Ray neighborhood for many years raises a very important question/concern for this resident.

Letter to the Editor: Well-Balanced Decision-Making

In the March 14 Gazette, we read "... once again Alexandria's libraries are on the hit list" in a letter about a proposed 4 percent cut in operating hours for three of five of the City's libraries.

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Gathering for 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The line started to form at 10:30 a.m. and worked its way down the sidewalk towards Monroe Avenue in anticipation.

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Gathering for Generation to Generation Gala

Donley, Greene, Swanson families honored.

More than 350 people turned out March 23 for the annual Senior Services of Alexandria Generation to Generation Gala to pay tribute to families who, through their service to others, have made significant contributions to the community.

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14 Honored as Living Legends

David Martin left “speechless.”

The 6th Annual Meet the Legends reception was held March 21 at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office where more than 250 people gathered to celebrate the 2013 Living Legends of Alexandria.

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Norwood Students Head to Odyssey of Mind Finals

Some Potomac-area students were recognized recently for their creative thinking and collaborative abilities when Norwood School in Bethesda hosted Odyssey of the Mind earlier this month.

Potomac Bulletin Board March 27

Information on events taking place in the Potomac area.

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Lyles-Crouch Students Raise Funds for Laboy

$4,000 collected for wounded officer.

Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook visited Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy March 22 to accept $4,000 on behalf of Officer Peter Laboy, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head he suffered during a routine traffic stop just steps from the school's playground.

Wootton High School Theater To Present ‘Ragtime’

With a cast of 65 members, Wootton High School will perform “Ragtime,” the Tony-award winning musical.

Flourishing After 55

Information on events for people 55 and over.

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Potomac Spring Fun and Entertainment

Information on fun Spring events in the Potomac area.

Column: What’s Humane in Execution? The Bid for Justice or Mercy

Except in special cases seldom does the death penalty bring about much conversation pro and con on all sides of the political spectrum. It’s not a cut and dried matter and must not be taken lightly.

Potomac Entertainment Calendar March 27

Information on events going on in the Potomac area.

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Things To Do in Alexandria

Ways to be active in welcoming spring season.

As residents prepare to move on to warm weather, blossoming buds and outdoor fun, a number of events and activities can help make this season fun and festive, whether history buff, arts enthusiast, active volunteer or someone who likes to try new hobbies.

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‘Voodoo Macbeth’

American Century stages dark Orson Welles drama.

William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” considered by many to be one of his darkest tragedies, tells the story of a Scottish general named Macbeth who commits murder to become king and fulfill his ambition for power. In 1936, a young Orson Welles staged his own legendary adaptation of the play, “Voodoo Macbeth,” which is reimagined now by The American Century Theater.

Animal Shelter Is Seeking Senior Citizen Volunteers

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is looking for people with spare time who’d like to help improve the quality of life for homeless animals here.

Orange Line Calendar March 27

Information for events going on around the Metro Orange Line.

Alexandria Bulletin Board March 27

Information for events taking place in Alexandria.

Arlington Fairs and Festivals March 27

Information on fairs and festivals going on in the Arlington area.

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Obituary: Charlotte S. Drummond

Charlotte Susan Sauer Drummond died on March 8, 2013 in The Villages, Fla. She was 68.

Arlington Entertainment Calendar March 27

Information on upcoming entertainment events in Arlington.

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Operation Patriotic STEM

Marymount University makes science fun at Ft. Belvoir Elementary School.

As stomp rockets flew through the air, balloons expanded, and electricity set hair standing on end, children at Ft. Belvoir Elementary School didn’t know which hands-on science activity to try first.

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Current Proposed Design of the Millennium Project

The Millennium expansion project is estimated to add close to 30,000 additional burial and niche spaces to Arlington National Cemetery.

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Spring Fun

Crystal City 5k runs return in April.

Say goodbye to winter woes over a friendly 5k run this April in Crystal City. Races return this spring every Friday, and offer participants a chance to get out and go.

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Ultimate Spring, YULA Invite, Opens Season in Arlington

Twenty-two teams playing at Washington-Lee and the new Long Bridge fields kicked off the 2013 Ultimate’s (Frisbee) season last weekend with the YULA Invite tournament.

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Batman Visits YMCA

Batman AKA Bruce Wayne, AKA Lenny B. Robinson stopped by the Arlington YMCA on North 13th Street on Friday, March 22, promoting National Inhalants and Poison Awareness Week.

Arlington Bulletin Board March 27

Information on events happening in Arlington.

Mount Vernon Hosts Life after High School Expo

More than a dozen businesses, colleges, public safety, trade union and military representatives participated in “Life after High School Expo” at Mount Vernon High School on Tuesday, March 19. The representatives set up tables outside of the high school cafeteria during all the lunch periods and were available to answer questions about career opportunities, education and training.

Swanson’s Spring Fling Art and Crafts Show

Swanson Middle School PTA organized its first Annual Spring Fling Art and Crafts Show in Swanson main gym on Saturday, March 16. About 15 artists participated and presented varieties of the art — from paintings to jewelry, chocolate to hand-carved gourd art.

Making New and Old Residents Feel Right at Home

Potomac Area Newcomers’ Club members “are always on the go.”

“I don’t know how I would have survived if it hadn’t been for the Potomac Area Newcomers’ Club (PANC),” said Dottie White of Potomac. “This organization was a lifesaver after I moved here from New Jersey to be closer to my kids.

Ceremony at Mount Vernon Estate Honors New Citizens

They came from Belarus, Vietnam, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom, Bolivia, Tunisia, Brazil and Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Cambodia, Latvia, Cameroon, China, Mexico, Columbia, Canada, South Korea, Iraq, El Salvador, Pakistan, India, Sierra Leone, Honduras, Eritrea, Peru, Ghana, the Philippines, and Ethiopia.

Team Saij

Bowl-a-thon to support Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research

“We are in a race against time,” said Vicky Singh with a determined look on her face. “It is imperative that we raise as much money as possible to fund promising research to find drugs to treat and cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) — to save children’s lives.


Pets for Adoption

P0313-623 18x14 Lilly- F, 1 year, 40 lbs., spayed, Plott hound-mix. Lilly is still a puppy at heart and loves to romp and tussle with other dogs. This beauty has a goofy, playful side and is taking quickly to clicker training with treats to learn commands. P0313-624 jasmine Jasmine (Dog) F, 8 months, 50 lbs., spayed, Rottie/Boxer mix- Sweet Jasmine and her sister came from a brood of a back yard breeder’s neglected puppies. She has blossomed in a foster parent’s home and likes other dogs, cats and people. PAW is looking for great dog experienced adopters to help Jasmine be all she can be.


PETS for ADOPTION 3/14/13

PETS for ADOPTION 3/14/13 To learn more about the organization, the pets shown, volunteer, or make a tax-deductible donation please contact PAW at, call 301-572-4729, or write P.A.W., P.O. Box 1074, Greenbelt, MD 20768.

School Notes

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

Have a Wild Art Adventure

Registration is now open for children's spring and summer classes. Summer Art Classes, June 24-Aug. 23 Introduce children to art fundamentals in fun, week-long art classes like Color Capers, Amazing Architects and Engineers, and Magnificent Murals.

Tuesday, March 26

Launching of Art Underground

Photos by LaShawn Avery-Simon/The Connection Launching of Art Underground An open house was held Saturday, March 16, at the Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Drive, to celebrate the launch of Art Underground with studio and gallery tours.

Fundraising At Beth Sholom

A book sale and Purim carnival was held at Congregation Beth Sholom last month. Proceeds from the events benefit the new library. Photos by Harvey Levine/The Almanac

Fashions, Music and Silent Auction

Fairfax Salvation Army fundraiser set for the Waterford

The latest looks for spring, live entertainment, luncheon and a silent auction are all in store for those attending the 33rd annual fashion show benefiting the Fairfax Salvation Army. It’ll be held Friday, April 12, at the Waterford in Fair Oaks (across from Fair Oaks Mall), but reservations must be made by March 27.


Burglary Suspect Arrested

Fairfax County police have charged an Alexandria man with the March 9 burglary of a Chantilly home. He is Victor T. Ellis, 25, of Fairchild Lane. The offense occurred in the 3600 block of Great Laurel Lane.

Gallery Har Shalom Debuts ‘Adding In, Taking Away’

Where creative vision takes shape.

Gallery Har Shalom has opened its exhibit “Adding In, Taking Away” — a showcase of talent by five area artists. Now through April 22, the gallery presents sculpture, woodworking and artwork created with a variety of printmaking techniques.

U.S. Geological Survey Tightens Services

U.S. Geological Survey stops hosting science camp, closes visitors center.

The U.S. Geological Survey in Reston is canceling its participation in the annual science camp it hosts in partnership with the Reston Association and closing its visitors center as part of its implementation of the sequester.

Davelle Clothiers' Eisele to Design for Allen Edmonds Shoes

Men's dress shoes manufacturer Allen Edmonds recently got in touch with the CEO and founder of Reston's own Davelle Clothiers, David Eisele Sr., asking him to be one of their shoe designers.

RCA—Voice of Reston

RCA—Voice of Reston

Easter Bonnet Creation Contest

Easter Bonnet Creation Contest Girls and boys 12 and under are invited to don their most original, most humorous or best international-theme home-made Easter bonnet creation and join in the Fair Oaks Mall Children's Easter Bonnet Parade contest on Saturday, March 23 from 10-11:30 a.m. A judges panel will award three grand prizes: most original home-made Easter bonnet creation; most humorous home-made Easter bonnet creation; and, best international-theme home-made Easter bonnet creation.

Helping Provide Food for Others

In an area where the median household income is above $100,000, how can there be 47,000 students eligible for free and reduced lunches? But this is the case in Fairfax County, where one in six do not have sufficient resources to meet daily expenses. The Giving Circle of HOPE is making a difference by hosting Empty Bowls, an event that raises funds to fight hunger, on Friday, April 12.

Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon

Letter:Airport Authority Gets Into Business

Letter:Airport Authority Gets Into Business

‘Dance Around Alexandria’

Choreographers Collaborative Project held a spring concert “Dance Around Alexandria” in the auditorium at T.C. Williams High School on Saturday, March 16. The concert was inspired by public art pieces and public locations in Alexandria.

Music Loft and Council for the Arts Hold Instrument Drive

Fundraising party at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern benefits drive.

Council for the Arts of Herndon partners with The Music Loft, LLC, to bring donated musical instruments to Herndon-area schools via a used instrument donation drive.

Clearview Celebrates National Literacy Month

Clearview Elementary School in Herndon celebrated National Literacy Month, March 2013, by hosting children's books authors Jacqueline Jules and Sara Lewis Holmes.

Farm Fresh at Frying Pan

Farmers Table at Frying Pan Park offers a preview of the market season.

Dreaming of all that farm fresh produce and the treats on offer at the area farmers’ markets? Counting the days until May when most will re-open? Stop dreaming. And stop staring at the calendar. Wander over to Frying Pan Farm Park on Thursdays between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and satisfy your cravings for food that hasn’t been flash-frozen or packed with preservatives so that it could make the gazillion mile trip from who-knows-where to your grocery store.

Bulletin Board

Email announcements to Deadline is Thursday at noon. Wednesday/March 20 Open House. 3-7 p.m. Adoptions Together has moved from Silver Spring to 4061 Powder Mill Road, #320, Calverton. Meet staff, learn about expanded programs. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. RSVP to or call 301-422-5105.

This Week in Potomac

This Week in Potomac Mandatory Water Restrictions Could Last a Week When a 54-inch water main in Chevy Chase at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Lake Drive ruptured Monday evening, March 18, the result was a geyser shooting approximately 30 feet high and the immediate loss of 60 million gallons of water. To ensure continued water supply for all WSSC customers and for fire protection and hospital/medical uses, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) General Manager Jerry N. Johnson Tuesday morning called for mandatory water restrictions for all WSSC customers.

Letter: Lyme Disease Bill Hits Home

Letter to the Editor

A Voice for the Voiceless

Q&A with SALT Coordinator John Horejsi.

“When there are bills affecting the wealthy the committee rooms are filled to capacity, but when issues affecting the needy, the hearing rooms are empty.” —SALT Coordinator John Horejsi

Churchill Road Students Win First, Second Place in Science Olympiad

On Saturday, March 16, the Churchill Road Elementary School’s Science Olympiad Teams took both first and second place at the Regional Tournament at Stone Middle School in Centreville

Langley High Robotics Team Makes Elite Eight

It's March Madness and the Langley High School Robotics Team, in keeping with the season, made it to the “Elite Eight” in a national competition. Langley's team finished 12th out of 65 teams overall and was drafted as a member of one of the top eight teams to participate in the final round of the competition.

Letter: Confusing Response To Lyme Disease

Letter: Confusing Response To Lyme Disease

Letter: Metro: Not Ours

Letter: Metro: Not Ours

Egg Hunt and Roll Draws Hundreds

Children of all ages converge on Freeman House lawn.

Even nippy morning air did not deter hundreds of Vienna children from participating in the Town of Vienna’s annual Easter Egg Hunt and Roll on the lawn behind Freeman House on March 23.

Local Perspective

Small-business owner tackles the sequester.

Raul Danny Vargas has beaten the odds all his life.

From Flowers to Food and Festivals

Spring’s weather may be unpredictable but what is always predictable are the many festive spring events in Vienna held year after year. Some are family-centric, some cultural... all are fun.

Week in Great Falls

Week in Great Falls

Youth Talent on Display

McLean Project for the Arts hosts Youth Art Exhibition.

Bright colors and carefully crafted details tease onlookers with stories of fantasy and reality at the Youth Art Exhibition. The exhibition is an annual tradition in recognizing artwork by students at Cooper and Longfellow Middle School, and Langley and McLean High School.

Some Crimes Never Fade Away

‘Never the Sinner’ at 1st Stage.

It was the "trial of the century" that mesmerized the nation in 1924. Two teenage college students, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, went on trial for the murder of a 14-year-old boy. They were defended by the most famous defense lawyer of the day, Clarence Darrow. These facts and the ultimate outcomes are easily found on Wikipedia.

Monday, March 25

Walt Whitman Wins 2013 High School Challenge

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s High School Challenge has come to a close with 15 local high schools raising more than $210,000. This four-week competition ran from Feb. 4 to March 1, and encouraged students to develop leadership and fundraising skills in support of the LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Letter: Letters to the Editor- All in All, A Failure

The recently passed Virginia transportation funding bill HB 2313 is not favorable to northern Virginia. It eliminates cents per gallon tax at the pump that is estimated to generate $4.5 billion during the 5 years ending 2018 and imposes new taxes that generate an estimated $5.9 billion during the same period.

Letter: About ‘Building On History’

To the Editor: Contrary to the impression made by the article [“Building on History,” The Gazette, March 14] on the house being built along Ft. Hunt Road, the bulk of the property involved is an abandoned Clarence Gosnell parcel that was deemed unbuildable during the development of Riverside Gardens by Gosnell’s company in the mid-60s. It was an outlot because the trolley right of way divided it from the rest of the neighborhood.

‘Going for the Green’

The Fort Hunt Elementary School PTA held a silent auction and evening of fun for the school community on Friday, March 15, The hallway and gym were filled with tables laden with class baskets and auction items. In the gym a deejay played music for the students and their friends and parents. Next door a magician demonstrated his skills.

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At English Tea, Rising Hope Fetes Volunteers

“The ladies of Rising Hope really rose to the occasion.”

Just for fun, about 40 Rising Hope volunteers were treated on Friday, March 15, to a semi-formal English tea party complete with white tablecloths, china cups and saucers from England, and an array of dainties to nibble. “The ladies of Rising Hope really rose to the occasion.They all turned up in dresses and hats,” said Kay Barnes, Rising Hope’s resident Englishwoman who is director of missions.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for April 1-6.

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. Senior trips: U.S. Botanic Garden Gardens, D.C., Monday, April 1, $9; Allenberry Playhouse, Boiling Springs, Pa., “The Andrews Brothers,” Wednesday, April 3, $67; National Symphony Orchestra open rehearsal, Thursday, April 4, $8; Nina’s Dandy cruise, Friday, April 5, $64. Call Arlington County 55+ Travel, 703-228-4748. Registration required. History of Faberge eggs, Monday, April 1, 1 p.m., Culpepper Garden. Free. Register, 703-228-4403. Seated exercise classes, Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m., Madison Community Center $60/15 sessions, $4 drop in. Details, 703-228-4878. Strength training classes, Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m., Thomas Jefferson, $60/15 sessions, $4 drop in. Details, 703-228-4745. Square dance group meets Mondays, 10 a.m., Culpepper Garden. Novices welcome. Free. Register, 703-228-4403. Russian culture and language, Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Langston-Brown. Free. Details, 703=228-6300. Piano lessons, half hour sessions, $20, Tuesdays, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., Culpepper Garden. Call for appt., 703-228-4403. Indoor walking group, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Langston-Brown. Free. Details, 703-228-6300. Beginners full fitness class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m., Lee. $60/15 sessions. Register, 703-228-0555. Credit reports and scores explained, Wednesday, April 3, 11 a.m., Langston-Brown. Free. Register, 703-228-6300. Computer basics for novices, Wednesday, April 3, 10 a.m., Aurora Hills. Free. Register, 703-228-5722. Theater Appreciation series begins Thursday, April 4, 10 a.m., Langston-Brown, $35/9 classes. Register, 703-228-6300. Downsizing tips, Thursday, April 4, 1 p.m., Langston-Brown. Free. Register, 703-228-6300. Advanced line dancing, Thursdays, 1:30 p.m., Lee. Newcomers welcome. Details, 703-228-0555. Drawing and painting classes, intermediate, Friday, April 5, 1 p.m., Langston-Brown. $28/four two-hour sessions. Register, 703-228-6300. Arlington Poets group, Friday, April 5, 3 p.m., Langston-Brown. Free. Register, 703-228-6300. Fast-paced walking, Fridays, 9 a.m., Aurora Hills. Free. Register, 703-228-5722. Computer classes for novices, five four-hour courses, $20 each, Lee. Call Fridays, 703-228-0555.

Putting Fun in Fundraiser

Students from Lees Corner Elementary School and Oak Hill Elementary School played their annual sixth grade basketball game in the Chantilly High School gymnasium on March 8. The event is a fundraiser for each school and features girls and boys teams, pep bands and cheer squads.

Mildred DeBell: 95 Years Young

Friends, family gather for birthday celebration.

Most people grow older each year — and then there’s Mildred DeBell. Although technically she did gain another year on Saturday, you’d never know it by the way she looks or acts.

National Honor for Chantilly Academy

Student team wins CyberPatriot V competition.

Five students captured a national championship last weekend for Chantilly, but not in athletics. They did it with computers to emerge victorious in the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberPatriot V National Finals.


School Notes

Email announcements to Photos are welcome. The following students were named to the dean’s list at Virginia Tech for the fall semester: Mary A. Garifo is a freshman majoring in environmental resource management in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Daniel W. Garmon is a sophomore majoring in economics, business in the Pamplin College of Business.

Between a Rock And a Hard Place

Plain talk about proposed county, FCPS budgets.

In the presentation of the Fairfax County Executive’s proposed FY 2014 budget, there’s a slide titled, “Turned over Every Rock” – and that about sums up the county’s current financial picture. After cutting back as much as it can and looking everywhere possible for extra funding, it still doesn’t have enough money to do everything on everyone’s wish list.

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Cloud Hangs Over Troubled Alexandria School As Governor Considers Takeover

Future of Jefferson-Houston is in doubt, even as state and local leaders strike new agreement.

Even as central administrators in Alexandria have finally entered into a memorandum of understanding with state leaders to turn around a troubled school, Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is considering legislation that would seize control from local leaders.

Friday, March 22

Classified Advertising March 20, 2013

Read the latest ads here!

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 57 homes sold between $1,400,000-$173,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2013

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 93 Springfield homes sold between $775,000-$155,000.

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2013

Reston Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 71 Reston homes sold between $1,160,000-$170,000.

Reston Home Sales: February, 2013

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2013

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

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2013

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2013

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2013

McLean Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 60 homes sold between $2,270,000-$226,750 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: February, 2013

Centreville Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 49 Centreville homes sold between $630,000-$159,000.

Centreville Home Sales: February, 2013

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 45 homes sold between $920,000-$130,000 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: February, 2013

Great Falls Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 10 Great Falls homes sold between $3,022,457-$423,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: February, 2013

Fairfax Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 60 Fairfax homes sold between $1,138,096-$150,800.

Fairfax Home Sales: February, 2013

Chantilly Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 12 homes sold between $875,931-$155,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: February, 2013

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

In February 2013, 90 homes sold between $1,050,000-$149,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Burke Home Sales: February, 2013

In February 2013, 24 Burke homes sold between $599,000-$165,000.

Burke Home Sales: February, 2013

Arlington Home Sales: February, 2013

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

Arlington Home Sales: February, 2013

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2013

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

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2013

Order in the Court

Ronald Lawhorne promoted in surprise ceremony.

For many , it was long overdue. But in a humor-filled ceremony inside the courtroom of Chief Judge Becky Moore, Deputy Ronald Lawhorne was sworn in March 5 as a lieutenant in the Alexandria Sheriff's Department by his younger brother Sheriff Dana Lawhorne.

Four Local Students Become Published Playwrights

Young Playwrights’ Theater instills confidence in Arlington students.

Arlington students Cassidy Boomsma, Sam Burris and Julie Kashmanian got to add “published playwright” to their list of accomplishments when “Write to Dream,” a collection of plays, was published by the Young Playwright’s Theater in October of last year. YPT, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, teaches students in and around the D.C. Metro the art of playwriting as a way to inspire their creativity, improve critical thinking skills and build confidence.

Patient Care Standout

Virginia Hospital Center receives national award.

Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington has every reason to be proud as a peacock. It was the only hospital in the Washington Metropolitan region, and one out of 332 in the nation, to receive the Healthgrades 2012 Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

Thursday, March 21

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TC Boys’ Soccer Beats South Lakes

Titans off to 2-0 start, have not allowed a goal.

The Titans will face Mount Vernon on Thursday.

Alexandria and Mount Vernon Calendar March 21

Entertainment calendar for the Alexandria and Mount Vernon areas.

Centreview School Notes March 21

School notes for residents from the Centreville and Chantilly areas.

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In the Line of Duty

Remembering slain officer Charles Hill.

As thousands of supporters poured into Virtue Feed and Grain restaurant March 10 for a fundraiser for Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy, one attendee quietly slipped away to pay a visit to an often-overlooked corner of a park that sits just steps away.

Centreview Bulletin Board March 21

Information for events in the Centreville and Chantilly areas.

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A Roundabout or a Traffic Signal?

Braddock/Pleasant Valley intersection to be improved.

Pretty much everyone agrees that the intersection of Braddock and Pleasant Valley roads in Centreville is a pain. It’s tiny and congested, with especially long waits for drivers during rush hours.

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The W Salon Revamps, Attracts Celebrities

Three-year-old salon reveals new look, hosts 300 at posh party.

The night that the W Salon unveiled its 3,000-square-foot space with champagne for toasting, lime green attire for guests and hosts alike (in honor of their signature color), live jazz, a photobooth, food and celebrity guests, they welcomed 300 partygoers--and some follow-up business too.

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‘How Does This Help Us?’

Some residents say fixing congested intersection may lead to other problems.

At Monday night’s meeting about plans to fix the Braddock/Pleasant Valley roads intersection, VDOT’s Bill Cutler said early cost estimates for the project are in the $3 million to $4 million range. But, he added, utility relocation, environmental problems and land-acquisition costs could raise the price.

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Youth Basketball League Championships

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities held the Youth Basketball League Championship Games on Saturday, March 9 at T.C. Williams High School.

Herbstreith Receives LCAC’s Founder’s Award

Gala raised $120,000 for Lorton Community Action Center.

The Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) presented Christine Herbstreith, a Lorton resident since 1954, with the organization’s Founders Award at LCAC’s “Spring into Action” Gala on Saturday, March 2, in front of a crowd of more 200 attendees.

How To Keep Children Safe

The Center for Alexandria’s Children in partnership with the Department of Community and Human Services, the Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, will mark National Child Abuse Prevention month by launching a three-prong approach to ensuring the safety of Alexandria’s children...

Obituary: Robert Ray, III

Robert Ray, III recently died.

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Champions Fighting Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter recognizes its advocates.

The Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter recognized 12 individuals as “Inspiring Champions” at a special reception on Jan. 31 at its corporate offices in Fairfax. Among the honorees are Oakton resident Rick Gow, honored for distinguished work in promoting Alzheimer’s awareness.

Letter to the Editor: Support Funding Public Libraries

I am writing to urge support for important elements of the proposed FY14 City budget as it pertains to the Alexandria public library system.

Letter to the Editor: Many Benefits To Beauregard Plan

I am writing to voice my support for the Beauregard Small Area Plan (BSAP), and its proposed affordable housing solution for Alexandria.

Letter to the Editor: Passive Parks, Creative People

This past Sunday, a beautiful sunny day, I walked the length of the river from Founders Park to Canal Place. People were everywhere and smiling broadly. But what was most exceptional was how creative people were on the blank canvas of green grass along the waterfront.

Letter to the Editor: Who Knows Best?

Although the City Council voted 6-1 to rezone the Alexandria waterfront last Saturday, and although I was disappointed that four years of constructive planning were coming to an end, I was impressed by the intellectual clarity of the council members.

Letter to the Editor: Going Above And Beyond

Sincere appreciation to Dr. Vyfhuis known as Dr. "V" at Paws, Purrs & Exotics in Old Town. Dr. V and his staff provided excellent care to our precious Maine Coon kitty when Hurricaine Sandy hit the area.

Letter to the Editor: Pet Horses Or Eat Them?

[Recently,] food safety officials in United Kingdom, France, and Sweden found traces of horse meat in ground beef sold across Europe. Massive recalls and lawsuits are ensuing.

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Amidst the Rubble

The remains of a playground used by numerous children stands amidst the rubble on N. Columbus Street.

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Lives Are on the Line

Upcoming 5K raises money for cancer patients, research.

BethAnn Telford and Vanessa Spiller are at different points in their cancer journeys. Spiller is in remission from breast cancer, and Telford is still battling brain cancer as hard as she can. But both women will participate in the upcoming Rev3 Run Rogue 5K and 1K Saturday, March 23, at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center. The event was created in their honor last year and raises money for two cancer organizations.

Letter to the Editor: Patron Saint Of Animals

I was delighted to learn that the newly elected pope chose for himself the name of St. Francis of Assisi, generally known as patron saint of the animals.

Letter to the Editor: How Many Do-Overs Needed?

I don't know what City Council was thinking when they rubber stamped the waterfront plan.

Letter to the Editor: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

My thanks to Michael Lee Pope for pointing out to readers in the March 14 issue the troubling ironies as the City of Alexandria again tries to juggle the budget and priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.

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‘Dance Around Alexandria’

Choreographers Collaborative Project held a spring concert “Dance Around Alexandria” in the auditorium at T.C. Williams High School on Saturday, March 16.

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Going, Going, Almost Gone?

Signs of progress as old Springfield Mall gets torn apart.

“The more they tear it apart, the happier I get.” —Supervisor Jeff McKay

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Sequester’s Impact in Fairfax County? TBD

Local leaders say “uncertainty” biggest fallout of sequester so far.

“From the perspective of business community, businesses are adept when they understand what’s coming. They see a problem; they solve it. The uncertainty is driving them crazy.” —Jerry Gordon, president of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA)

The Bad News, the Good News

Q&A with Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee)

Q: What are you hearing from your constituents about sequestration concerns? A: “Where are the grownups?! I don’t think most folks are focusing on the economic or political impact, although there are certainly concerns about furloughs and potential job losses from those who work for the Federal Government or contractors that do business with the Federal Government. Most people seem to be shrugging their shoulders and commenting on Washington idiocy.”

Sequestration: Local Perspective

Springfield small-business owner tackles the sequester.

“The uncertainty is the worst thing. How did we get into this? How do I survive and make sure my employees have a good standard of living? It’s mind-boggling,” Tony Coombs, owner of TC Associates—a Springfield-based cyber-security and professional consulting firm—said during an interview at his headquarters last week.

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St. Patrick’s Day With Connolly

More than 1,400 attend congressman’s St. Patrick's Day Fete.

A record-breaking crowd of more than 1,400 packed the shamrock-festooned Kena Temple ballroom Sunday night for Congressman Gerry Connolly's 19th Annual St. Patrick's Day Fete. As dozens of elected officials and Democratic candidates lined the stage behind him, Connolly announced the winners of the straw polls for Virginia's Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

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‘Christ Alone’ in Fairfax

Jubilee Christian Center puts on an original drama with adapted music.

“Musically, the people in this church are really talented. I’ve been blown away by that.” —Producer-director Tim Buck of Burke

Week in Springfield

Want to see a new dog park in Fairfax County? Or would you prefer your favorite rec center to stay open a little longer? The Fairfax County budget is now in your hands. Temporarily. The Board of Supervisors is currently in the process of crafting the FY 2014 budget, and they want your help.

Fairfax Station/Clifton/Lorton Area Roundups

Want to see a new dog park in Fairfax County? Or would you prefer your favorite rec center to stay open a little longer? The Fairfax County budget is now in your hands. Temporarily. The Board of Supervisors is currently in the process of crafting the FY 2014 budget, and they want your help. “We wanted to put you in the chair of a member of the Board of Supervisors, so we created this budget simulation to let you craft your ideal Fairfax County budget,” said Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock).

Week in Fairfax

Want to see a new dog park in Fairfax County? Or would you prefer your favorite rec center to stay open a little longer? The Fairfax County budget is now in your hands. Temporarily. The Board of Supervisors is currently in the process of crafting the FY 2014 budget, and they want your help.

Area Roundups

Want to see a new dog park in Fairfax County? Or would you prefer your favorite rec center to stay open a little longer? The Fairfax County budget is now in your hands. Temporarily. The Board of Supervisors is currently in the process of crafting the FY 2014 budget, and they want your help.

Every Drop Counts: Why Everyone Should Be a Water Sleuth

Each year, upwards of one trillion gallons of water are wasted due to leaks in homes across the United States. That’s equal to the water in 1.5 million Olympic-size swimming pools.

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Column: Panel for Seniors Addresses Improving One’s Memory

On March 13, Senior Services of Alexandria and host, Westminster Presbyterian Church, welcomed more than 100 Alexandria seniors to SSA’s March Speaker Series event: “Maintaining Memory and Coping with its Loss.”

Column: Stand by Our Heroes

With the tragic shooting of Officer Peter Laboy and the subsequent outpouring of support from officers, citizens and businesses in Alexandria and the surrounding communities, the daily observances of Officer Laboy's “miraculous” recovery cannot be ignored.

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Column: Miracles for Officer Peter Laboy

“Officer down. Officer down.” Those words shrieked a few weeks ago over police radio. Terror echoed in the hearts and minds of all law enforcement, especially those in Alexandria’s public safety agencies.

Letter: Transportation Bill: Possibly Unconstitutional

The Connection on February 27, 2013 reported that former State Delegate Margaret Vanderhye said she was “outraged” that some Northern Virginia legislators had voted ‘no’ on the $6.1 billion comprehensive transportation funding plan (HB 2313) because of an alleged no-tax-increase pledge. However, bipartisan opposition to the bill by Northern Virginia legislators was prompted by fundamental flaws in the bill. Vanderhye’s earlier letter to The Connection on January 22, 2013 (“Getting Back to Business”), shows she too was against the bill before she was for it, for some of the very same reasons.

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Making Poetry Open to All

New society hopes to expand poetry’s reach.

Alexandria has a new poetry society hosted by the Duncan Library, and organizers hope their efforts will re-introduce the literary art form to those who have previously found it intimidating.

Editorial: Say Yes to Health Coverage

Governor, state panel must accept coverage for 400,000 Virginians without health insurance.

More than 140,000 residents of Fairfax County have no health insurance. That’s more than 13 percent of the slightly more than 1 million people who live in the wealthiest county in the nation. Arlington and Alexandria have similar percentages of uninsured.

Alexandria Bulletin Board March 21

Information for events happening in the Alexandria area.

Column: Just Wondering

Having never attended medical school (and not really having had the grades or commitment to do so), and having only completed 10th grade biology and freshman year astronomy, and rarely even driven by a medical school growing up, my understanding and/or instincts regarding how a medical professional plans and/or prepares for his day is as foreign to me as sugar-free chocolate (if I’m going down, I’m going down swinging; in truth however, considering the anti-cancer, alkaline diet I’m following, I do need to swing a little less frequently).

‘Fix a Leak Week’

Virginia American Water has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote the fifth annual Fix a Leak Week, which runs from March 18-24.

City Budget Proposal To Impact Transit

The Board of Directors of the Alexandria Transit Company will hold a public hearing in the Sister Cities Conference Room 1101, City Hall, on March 28, at 5:30 p.m. on proposed fare and service changes.

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Eleanor Bune: Staying Lively at 95

On March 14, Eleanor Bune, an Arlington resident of 57 years, celebrated her 95th birthday and she still has what it takes.

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The Sound of Music

Enhancing your child’s music education during Music in Our Schools Month and beyond.

From the powerful sounds of a high school band to the soothing melodies sung in a kindergarten music classroom, local music educators are using the month of March to raise awareness of the benefits of learning music.

Letter to the Editor: Advocating for Cleaner Air

What can we do to clean our air? Arlington has unhealthy levels of soot and smog, and we’re already experiencing consequences of climate change. This harms not only our natural environment, but also human health. The good news is, our communities are working for solutions.

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How Much Money Does Your School Administrator Make?

Alexandria school system has some of the highest paid administrators in the region.

The administrator in the corner office at your local school is sitting pretty with a six-figure paycheck.

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Alexandria City Council Rezones Waterfront Despite Massive Opposition

Six-to-one vote opens the door to higher density and overturns longstanding ban on hotels.

Members of the Alexandria City Council cast what may become one of the most important votes in their career last weekend, approving a controversial zoning change that would triple density at three sites slated for redevelopment compared to what’s there now.

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Will Route 1 Corridor See Improvements as a Result of Transportation Agreement?

Playing the money game on Richmond Highway.

People in Mount Vernon have been talking about widening Route 1 for decades.

Wednesday, March 20

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South County Softball Beats Oakton in Opener

Stallions looking to advance past region semifinals.

The South County softball team returns juniors Whitney Burks and Rebecca Martin.

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Hyland’s 8 Goals Help Rams Edge Bruins

Junior scores game-winner with 16 seconds remaining.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team overcame a four-goal first-half deficit to beat Lake Braddock on Tuesday.

Ruby Tuesday Holding Fundraiser for WFCM

If area residents eat a meal at a particular Chantilly restaurant next week, they can help feed hungry families in the local community. That’s because Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) and Ruby Tuesday are partnering to make it happen.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board March 20

Information for upcoming events in Mount Vernon

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Rocky Run Students Honored for Writing

Two Rocky Run Middle seventh-graders were honored in the recent 2013 Scholastic Writing Awards Competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Rocky Run Captures Chess Championship

The eight-member Rocky Run Middle School Chess Club won the Virginia Scholastic Chess Championship, the weekend of March 9, at Longwood University in Farmville.

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International Night at Chantilly High

International Night was held at Chantilly High School on March 13.

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Salute to Women 2013

11 honored for outstanding achievements.

The Alexandria Commission for Women held its 33rd annual Salute to Women Awards March 18 in a ceremony that honored 11 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

Potomac School Notes March 20

School notes for Potomac area natives.

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‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ on Stage

Fish swim in schools and last week’s big catch was Washington Episcopal School’s production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” which was performed by 28 members of the sixth-grade in two casts.

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Brownie Troop Participates in H20 Summit

Local Brownie Troop #4843 has worked throughout the year on water conservation and pollution projects.

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WMCCA Salutes Brickyard Coalition’s Success

Future of Brickyard site still unclear.

After two years of civic activism, legal action on multiple fronts, political outreach, public education and fundraising through bake sales and barn dances, members of the Brickyard Coalition came to last week’s West Montgomery County Citizens Association to talk about their success.

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Who’s Afraid of the Dark?

Learning about oneself on a seven-day, 55-mile trek.

Potomac resident Bridgit Fried, just back from a seven-day trek to the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, is not afraid of the dark. Facing her fear was part and parcel of climbing “Kili,” as it is referred to by hikers, which, at 19,340 feet, is the tallest mountain in Africa and one of the highest mountains in the world.

Mount Vernon School Notes March 20

School notes for Mount Vernon natives.

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Volunteers Build Wheelchair Ramp

Firefighters partner with Rebuilding Together.

Firefighters from the Mount Vernon Fire Station #9 worked with the group Rebuilding Together on March 13, building a wheelchair ramp for a local resident on Bluebird Lane unable to leave her home.

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Renovated Safeway Re-Opens in Belle View

Midst the celebration on March 14 of the re-opening of its remodeled store in Belle View, Safeway Inc. recognized United Community Ministries for its impact on the community with a $1,000 donation.

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Opportunity Neighborhood: Mt. Vernon

More than 45 families attended the second organizing event for Opportunity Neighborhood: Mt. Vernon on the evening of Feb. 28 at Riverside Elementary School.

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Troop 1906 Gains Its First Eagle Scout

Emmanuel Karem Edward Lewis, the youngest son of David W. Lewis and Merriam Uplay-Lewis, is the first Eagle Scout for Boy Scout Troop 1906, co-chartered by Bethlehem Baptist Church and in conjunction with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, XI Alpha Lambda Chapter.

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Arlington County to Reconsider Financial Commitment to Artisphere

A new sphere of influence at the government-owned arts center.

The future of Artisphere will be either a masterpiece or a dud — opening up the Rosslyn space to an uncertain future.

Tuesday, March 19

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Update on State Session

Favola, Comstock, Foust provide General Assembly results.

State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31), Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34) and Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) addressed a crowd at the Great Falls Grange Tuesday, March 12, on the results of the latest General Assembly session.

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Rotary Presents Youth Service Awards

Three local students honored for ‘service above self.’

The McLean Rotary Club presented its annual Youth Service Awards to three local students at their Tuesday, March 12, meeting. McLean High School senior Jung Wook "James" Choi, Langley High School junior Rebecca Pifer and Potomac School senior Britt Nelson were each awarded $250 scholarships in recognition of their efforts serving the community.

Council for the Arts Celebrates Women in Arts

Herndon honorees are Grace Wolf, Karen Cobb and Robin Carroll.

The Council for the Arts of Herndon gave this year's awards celebrating women in the arts to Town Council member Grace Wolf, immediate past president of the CAH, Karen Cobb, past executive director of the CAH, and Robin Carroll, immediate past president of the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts.

Voices of Arts at GRACE

High school students’ artwork on display.

In celebration of the Youth Art Month at the Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE), students from Herndon, Oakton and South Lakes High Schools came together for an exhibition on Friday, March 15. The theme of the exhibition was Emerging Visions: Voices.

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O’Connell Softball Opens Season with Shutout Victory

Pitcher Finucane throws no-hitter against Bishop Ireton

The Knights are led by Missouri-bound pitcher Tori Finucane and North Carolina-bound catcher Jillian Ferraro.

Letter: Discussing Internet On Capitol Hill

Letter: Discussing Internet On Capitol Hill

Commentary: General Assembly to Reconvene

Commentary: General Assembly to Reconvene

When ‘Everyone is Irish’ at Town Center

Clyde’s of Reston hosts St. Paddy’s Day celebration.

With a decided nip in the air and the threat of rain, you could almost imagine yourself wandering the streets of Galway, Ireland—a fitting atmospheric backdrop for the third annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Reston Town Center held on Saturday, March 16.

Sullivan Leads McLean Baseball to Victory

Highlanders beat Westfield for first win of the season.

The McLean baseball team capitalized on five Westfield errors.

Reston Hosts Nowruz Festival

2nd Annual Persian New Year Festival in Reston Town

“I’ve been to the Oktoberfest here, the Wine Festival, concerts in the Pavilion, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd like this one.” That was Roy Mackey of Reston’s impressions of the throngs that filled the closed-to-cars Market Street in the Reston Town Center on Sunday, March 17.

Week in Herndon

Week in Herndon

Easter Festival at Floris United Methodist Church

Floris United Methodist Church will hold its Annual Family Easter Festival on Saturday, March 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. (Doors open at 2:45 p.m.) Everyone is welcome. The Egg Hunt (organized by kindergarten through first grade, second grade, and third through fifth grade) begins shortly after 3 p.m.

ArtSpace Herndon Hosts Reception for ‘Beyond the Blue and Grey’ Exhibit

On Saturday, March 2, ArtSpace Herndon hosted an artist’s reception at their location in downtown Herndon. The event was open to the public and provided an opportunity to speak with the artists whose work was on display.

Herndon Cox Communications Celebrates Black History Month

In partnership with Fairfax County, Cox Communications celebrated Black History Month at the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality event, a celebration of culture and heritage held at the Fairfax County Government Center Forum & Board Auditorium in Fairfax on Friday, Feb. 22.

Bringing Local History to Life

“I wanted the kids to see that this area wasn’t always townhouses and shopping centers.” So answered McNair Elementary School-based Technology Specialist Laura Reasoner Jones, when asked what motivated her to produce a movie and organize a McNair History Night. Jones has authored several well-reviewed books, including “Herndon (Then and Now)” and “The All-Wise Being: A Tale of God and Republicans,” the latter being a fictionalized account of her ancestor Ethan T. Reasoner, based largely on his personal journals.

Farmers Table at Frying Pan Park Offers a Preview of the Market Season

Dreaming of all that farm fresh produce and the treats on offer at the area farmers’ markets? Counting the days until May when most will re-open? Stop dreaming. And stop staring at the calendar. Wander over to Frying Pan Farm Park on Thursdays between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and satisfy your cravings for food that hasn’t been flash-frozen or packed with preservatives so that it could make the gazillion mile trip from who-knows-where to your grocery store.

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Community Honors Sandy Hook Victim

The gray skies, frigid temperatures, and howling winds were not enough to deter 100 people from coming out to honor the Sandy Hook victims last Sunday, March 3, at Lake Fairfax Park as they ran and walked 26 laps for each of the lost lives.

Letter: ‘Me’ vs. ‘Us’ at Town Hall

Letter: ‘Me’ vs. ‘Us’ at Town Hall

Metrorail Phase 1 Nears Completion

Phase 1 of the project 89 percent complete.

Four years ago this month, construction of Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project began. Today project construction is 89 percent complete. Station structures are in place at the four stations in Tysons Corner and one at Wiehle Avenue in Reston.

Letter:On Lyme Disease Awareness Bill

Letter:On Lyme Disease Awareness Bill

Letter:An Overlooked Aspect of Homelessness

Letter:An Overlooked Aspect of Homelessness

Bulova Appoints Mary Cortina, Faisal Khan to Park Authority Board

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D-at-large) recently appointed two new representatives to the Fairfax County Park Authority Board.

Chef Jacques Haeringer Featured in Communicating Today

On Monday, April 8, the long-running local television program Communicating Today will be producing a brand new cooking segment, titled "Gourmet Chef," on Channel 10, Fairfax Public Access. John Monsul, the creator and producer, has invited the first guest—Master Chef Jacques Haeringer, long time proprietor of the L'Auberge Chez Francois country restaurant in Great Falls.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Old Brogue

Cool temperatures and gray clouds didn’t stop the Saint Patrick’s Day crowd from hitting The Old Brogue for some fun and friendly celebration on Sunday. Deep-rooted in tradition, the Irish pub attracted hundreds of loyal fans—young, old and everyone in between—for a day full of food, drinks and friends.

Mediterranee Gets Behind Local Arts

Restaurant launches in-house art exhibition series with Frank James Ellis' paintings.

Restaurant launches in-house art exhibition series with Frank James Ellis' paintings.

Monday, March 18

Letter:New Lyme Legislation

Letter:New Lyme Legislation

Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

Strikers Red Wins Bracket, Beats Arlington

The Vienna Youth Soccer (VYS) U15 Girls Strikers Red soccer team won their bracket at the Arlington Soccer Invitational Tournament, defeating the Saint Marys United U15 Wildcats 5-1 in the final.  

Westbriar Elementary's Sixth Graders Score With Mali Soccer Drive

At Westbriar Elementary School's International Night, a team of sixth graders kicked off a drive for gently-used and new soccer equipment to benefit the SOS Children's Villages in Mali

Civil War 150 HistoryMobile Coming to Vienna

History is on the move in Virginia as the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile rolls into Vienna for a one day visit on Saturday, April 6. The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will be located across from the Freeman Store and Museum, 131 Church St. N.E., and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the HistoryMobile is free.

DAR Awards Students for Good Citizenship

Hanna Louise Mitchell of James Madison High School and Melanie Vanessa Aguilar-Rojas of Oakton High School recently received DAR Good Citizens Awards from Fairfax County Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Rick Gow of Oakton Honored for Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness

The Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter recognized 12 individuals as Inspiring Champions at a special reception on Jan. 31 at its corporate offices in Fairfax.

Week in McLean

Week in McLean

Langley Places Second in Regional Science Olympiad

Langley High School placed second in a regional Science Olympiad tournament held in Vienna Saturday, March 2.

Sandwiches for the Homeless

On Wednesday, March 13, more than 75 Churchill Road kindergarteners, third and fourth graders and family members made more than 1,700 sandwiches for Martha’s Table, a Washington, D.C.,-based organization which helps feed the homeless

Thursday, March 14

Classified Advertising March 13, 2013

Read the latest ads here!

Letter: CVHS Needs Volunteers

The Centreville High School PTSA is hosting the 2013 CVHS All-Night After-Graduation Party on June 18, 2013 at Dave & Busters.

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Historic Home for Sale in Alexandria

Designer/owner brought the home up to date while preserving its architectural integrity.

“We wanted to keep the character of what it was. We were careful about integrating the spaces that we added.” — Sydnye Pettengill

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The Power of Light

Designed with a bounty of large windows, a new Potomac home pays homage to natural light.

“There are no rooms in this house that don’t have large windows and big natural light.” — James F. Rill, Rill Architects, PC

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Decorating for Easter

Easy ideas to welcome spring into your home.

From floral arrangements that burst with pastel blooms to candles that fill one’s home with scents reminiscent of warm weather, local style experts offer suggestions for accents that welcome spring.

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The Region’s Best Home Designs

Local contractors get top honors for remodeling projects.

From designing a kitchen with a concave glass tile backsplash to creating a backyard with a fireplace and pool, some local home remodelers were honored recently with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) 2013 Regional Contractor of the Year awards for design acumen. Winning projects ran the gamut from historic preservation projects to environmentally conscious conceptions.

Recycle, Reuse, Remodel

Remodeling often affords an opportunity to re-purpose existing materials by donating to those less fortunate. Ask your remodeler if there is a plan or policy for saving materials for re-use rather than sending it to a land fill. Every project is different. And some materials are more easily removed and saved than others. Here are a couple of organizations that accepted used materials.

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Demand for Incremental Improvements

Over time, some owners makeover the entire house—one phase at a time.

If you compare the current home remodeling market to 2007, it's clear that homeowners are less likely to execute a top-to-bottom makeover in a single stroke than they were five years ago. Home resales are rising again, but the belief that every dollar spent on a Northern Virginia home will be quickly recovered has been suspended—if only temporarily—as homeowners reassess.

World’s Fanciest Rummage Sale Coming April 7

Rumor has it that the “world’s fanciest” rummage sale will feature some of the crystal light fixtures and other items recently replaced in the remodeling of the Ritz-Carlton Tysons.

‘How to Fall in Love’

Hopkins & Porter, Inc. will be offering "How to Fall in Love with Your Home Again,” a free design and remodeling seminar on Thursday, March 21, 6-8 p.m. This seminar will include a complimentary supper with opportunity to discuss one's own project with professional staff.

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Virginia Garden Week to Feature NoVa Gardens

80th Historic Garden Week, April 20-27, 2013

Historic Garden Week 2013 will feature approximately 200 private homes and gardens open on 32 separate tours throughout the state of Virginia over eight consecutive days. It is the largest ongoing volunteer effort in Virginia and represents the coordinated efforts of 3,400 club members. One hundred percent of tour proceeds are used to enhance Virginia’s landscape. For 80 years, the grounds of the commonwealth’s most cherished historic landmarks have been restored or preserved with help from proceeds from Historic Garden Week including Mount Vernon, Monticello and the grounds of the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

Council Notebook

Want to know how much city officials are going to charge you for the privilege of living in Alexandria? Check the advertisements.

Week in Alexandria

What’s the difference between a map amendment and a text amendment?

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List of Rejected Budget Cuts Reveals Thinking Behind Budget Proposal

Cuts that were cut may become key as budget season moves forward.

Imagine a world without school crossing guards or security screening at the courthouse — a city so strapped for cash it closes one of its fire stations and eliminates life insurance for its retired workers.

Alexandria High School Administrator Salaries

Salaries of high school administrators.

Alexandria Elementary School Administrator Salries

Annual salaries of elementary school administrators.

Alexandria Middle School Administrator Salaries

Salaries of middle school administrators.

Wednesday, March 13

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Squash Across Borders

Lekotla Masope competes in All Africa Squash Championships.

During most of the year, Lekgotla Masope is teaching squash at the Regency Sport and Health in McLean. But for five days in February, he was representing his home country of Botswana in the All-Africa Senior Squash Championships in Windhoek, Namibia, where they took third place.

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Facing STEM Challenges Head On

Thomas Jefferson senior Katherine Ho of McLean awarded scholarship from Siemens Foundation.

For many students, AP classes are a chore, something taken to help college standings or boost GPA and the AP Exams are dreaded all year long. For Katherine Ho of McLean, challenges and problem solving have been part of her life for a long time.

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West Potomac Girls’ Lax Falls to Yorktown in Opener

Wolverines coach Cochran has heightened expectations.

The West Potomac girls' lacrosse team reached the region quarterfinals in 2012.

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TC Boys’ Soccer Beats Chantilly in Season Opener

Titans senior Terell Williamson scores game’s lone goal.

The T.C. Williams boys' soccer team is the defending Patriot District champion.

Column: Writing What Four

As far as anniversaries go–and I hope this one “goes” a lot further; acknowledging, dare I say celebrating my four-year survival anniversary from “terminal” stage IV (inoperable, metastasized) non-small cell lung cancer, a diagnosis I initially received on Feb. 27, 2009, along with a “13-month to two-year prognosis” from my oncologist, is certainly column-worthy.

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Yorktown Girls’ Lax Rallies for Win in Season Opener

Patriots have won seven consecutive district championships.

Yorktown closes Monday's contest on a 6-1 run.

Editorial: Hybrid Hijinks

Discouraging innovation in high-tech Virginia.

Consider this as a possible scenario (although perhaps we should have saved this for April 1): Fewer people are smoking, and many of those who do are smoking less. Virginia’s cigarette tax, the lowest of any state at 30 cents a pack, is a declining revenue source. Higher cigarette taxes are proven to reduce smoking. Under current logic in the commonwealth, there would be two courses of action to raise revenue: a) cut the cigarette tax, and b) charge non-smokers a fee to make up the difference and to compensate for the fact that they don’t pay cigarette taxes.

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Langley Boys’ Lax Looking for Fifth Straight State Title

Defense figures to be Saxons’ strength in 2013.

The Langley boys' lacrosse team opens its season on Friday against Dominion.

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Injury-Riddled Lake Braddock Baseball Begins Title Defense

Several key Bruins suffered offseason injuries.

The Lake Braddock baseball team enters the 2013 season as the defending state champion.

Two Compete in Governor’s Cyber Challenge

Two Chantilly Academy students, Anirudh Badge and Weyland Chiang, placed 2nd and 10th in last weekend’s Gov. Robert McDonnell's First Annual Governor's Cyber Challenge at George Mason University.

Column: Generations To Be Honored

Senior Services of Alexandria to host Generation to Generation Gala.

Multiple generations of three Alexandria families will be honored at this year’s Senior Services of Alexandria’s gala for the leadership, energy, and talent they’ve contributed over the past seven decades to civic, charity, recreational and faith organizations.

Column: TC Satellite Campus Offers Online Programs

The month of February began with a number of tech-savvy online learning opportunities on the TC Satellite Campus through the Learning History through Skype series.

Letter to the Editor: Defer Decision On Zoning Changes

There are two important votes before Alexandria’s City Council this Saturday. Both deal with amendments to zoning language. One amends the W1 Waterfront Mixed Use Zone. The second amends language of the zoning ordinance itself.

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EPA Will Not Appeal Court Decision on Accotink Watershed

EPA regulations could have cost county $300 million.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) effectively ended a two-year legal battle with Fairfax County when the agency announced last week it will not appeal a federal court decision favoring Fairfax County’s handling of the Accotink Creek watershed.

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Bicyclists Pedal Onward, Despite Legislative Losses

FABB promotes extended hours on W&OD Trail.

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, Northern Virginia bicyclists are back on the roads and trails, despite the Virginia General Assembly’s antipathy for bike safety bills this session.

Party Animals

Mardi Growl raises $50,000 for AWLA.

Supporters of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria celebrated their own version of Mardi Gras with the third annual “Mardi Growl” bash March 8 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. “This is an incredible evening,” said former City Manager Vola Lawson, for whom the AWLA shelter building is named.

Springfield Post 176 Holds Memorial Service for Chaplain Emeritus John S. Bednarek

On Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, Springfield Post 176 conducted an American Legion Memorial Service for WWII veteran Chaplain Emeritus John Stanley Bednarek Jr., 84, who died on Feb. 12, 2013.

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‘Re-enactress Tea’ at Historic Clifton Home

Fairfax County History Commissioner Lynne Garvey-Hodge hosted former first ladies, Civil War wives and a Native American princess.

Amid a historically accurate buffet of fried cod balls, “Election Day” cake and biscuits and ham with zucchini relish, there stood a true culinary symbol of the afternoon: purple and pale gold-layered gelatin desserts served in stately glassware with a blackberry garnish.

Letter to the Editor: The Right To Petition

On Saturday, March 16 at City Hall, elected officials will take a vote that seems intended to try to deny property owners’ their day in court.

Letter to the Editor: A Final Opportunity

On March 16 the City Council will take what may be the final vote on a waterfront plan that in my opinion is akin to the razing of historic buildings along King Street that occurred in the 1960s.

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‘The Art of Surviving’ Comes to Lorton

Workhouse Arts Center hosts traveling exhibition on sexual and domestic abuse.

For some visitors exploring the Vulcan gallery last weekend during the Second Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, happening upon deeply emotional and traumatic pieces created by rape and domestic abuse victims was a bit alarming.

Letter to the Editor: Illusory Benefits

In the March 7 edition of the Gazette Packet, Mayor Euille was quoted saying, “As a lifelong resident of the City, I would not vote for or support a plan that would harm the community, plain and simple.”

Letter to the Editor: Libraries Take Another Hit

Imagine my consternation when once again Alexandria’s libraries are on the hit list. At the same time the BikeShare program is expanded to the tune of $600,000 on top of $360,000 that taxpayers have already forked over.

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Fairfax Reenacts Mosby’s Raid

Civil War re-enactors kick off 150th anniversary commemoration.

Despite the brutal and bloody nature of America’s Civil War, it’s still an integral part of the rich history that comes with living in this area of the country. People seek it out, seek to interact with it and learn more of it—they love to see history being preserved as authentically, yet nonviolently, as possible.

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Sharks Take a Bite Out of Cancer

Swimmers raise $17,000 for breast cancer awareness during annual marathon.

One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S. On Sunday, March 3, 38 members of the Shark Tank Racing Squad swam for three hours to put a dent in that brutal statistic.

‘At Some Time, Everyone Needs a Helping Hand’

Wounded veteran talks about the value of serving others.

Two years ago, Marine veteran and Purple Heart recipient Justin Constantine shared his personal story with Mountain View High students. Severely injured during the War in Iraq, he had a long road to recovery and now helps other wounded veterans.

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Father Runs Marathon in His Son’s Honor

Fairfax teen is in remission from leukemia.

This Saturday, March 16, Glen Goold is running in the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Marathon in Washington, D.C., to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And fueling his every footstep will be the knowledge that his son Spencer is now in remission from this disease.

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Over 300 Attend ‘Dancing With the Greenspring Stars’

The event serves as a fundraiser for the community’s Benevolent Care Fund.

On Tuesday, March 5, Greenspring hosted a “Dancing With the Greenspring Stars” event to benefit the Benevolent Care Fund at the community. Throughout the year, various events are held at Greenspring to raise funds to provide support to residents who, despite careful planning, outlive their financial resources.

Letter: Preserving Electoral Board Integrity

The integrity of our elections administration is too important to be trusted in the hands of someone who may have ulterior motives or seek partisan advantage. For that reason I am pleased that Hans von Spakovsky will no longer be on the Fairfax County Electoral Board.

Column: The BBQ Princess

Frances* has spent all 61 years of her life in Alexandria though she has moved at least eight times over the years. From Patrick Street to Henry, Cameron Valley to Old Town, Fulton Street to Hume Springs … she now owns her home in the Mount Jefferson neighborhood. She has such fond memories of the city, she can’t imagine living anywhere else.

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The Irish ‘Rose’ of Burke

Briana Apgar shares her experiences as the 2012 Washington Rose.

The Rose of Tralee Festival is celebrated in Irish communities worldwide. Each Rose Centre selects a female with Irish heritage between the ages of 18-27 as their “Rose,” who will serve as a role model and ambassador for their community at the international festival in Ireland, where one international Rose of Tralee is selected.

Column: Explaining Waterfront Plan and Petition Process Text Amendments

On Tuesday, March 5, the Alexandria Planning Commission approved two text amendments to Alexandria’s zoning ordinance after public hearings where most of the speakers opposed the amendments.

Column: Join in Battle Against Secondhand Smoke

Kick Butts Day is Wednesday, March 20. It is an annual day of activism, celebrated in more than 2,000 events around the country, empowering youth to raise awareness about the problems of tobacco use in schools and the community.

‘They See Science as a Joy’

New way of teaching yields many benefits.

Two representatives of the VISTA program, Arthur Polton and Andre Radloff, watched and listened to Centreville Elementary fourth-graders’ presentations on the best ways to preserve Virginia’s ecosystem.

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Toruing UCM’s Cynthia Hull Food Pantry

The Fairfax County Food Providers Network met on Feb. 25 at United Community Ministries in Alexandria to tour UCM’s newly upgraded client-choice Cynthia Hull Food Pantry.

Sisters Thai Come to Town

New restaurant adds spice to Old Town Fairfax.

With its bookcase-lined walls, artfully-arranged floral pillows, bone china tea cups and fresh flowers, the newest restaurant in Old Town Fairfax seems more European bistro than Asian contemporary. And that’s the point.

Letter to the Editor: Broken Compromise

During the final week of the General Assembly Session this year, the Virginia State Senate Democrats worked with Gov. Robert McDonnell to reach a compromise to pass a transportation plan — a plan that is funded in part by funds not yet appropriated from Congress — funds unlikely to ever materialize for Virginia.

Column: 2013 General Assembly’s Mixed Record

Now that the 2013 session of the General Assembly’s work has been completed, except for the April 3 veto session, I will continue my report on several measures.

Wymond Associates Honored

Wymond Associates, a technology consulting firm, has been chosen as one of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 100 Blue Ribbon Award winners, representing the best in American small business.

Scholarship Applications Available

Scholarship applications for the 2013 Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Education Partnership Scholarships are now available.

Launching Breakthrough Book Club

Explore different aspects of the “Small Business Breakthrough” book at the monthly Breakthrough Book Club, the third Tuesday of every month, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., in a joint program of the Small Business Development Center and the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce.

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Burke Basketball All-Stars

Burke Basketball All-Stars

Burke Basketball League recently concluded its winter season with an all-star game in which specific players were selected from each team throughout the league to compete against one another.

Zelloe Receives Highest Honor in Girl Scouting

Natascha Zelloe, Girl Scout Ambassador in Linda Kelly’s troop 2615 and senior at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes High School, has achieved the highest honor in Girl Scouting — the Gold Award.

Capturing Nature, History of Great Falls

Photographer Dee Leggett releases “Visions of Great Falls.”

As a photographer, Great Falls resident Dee Leggett believes that people don’t always appreciate the beauty around them, even in their own backyards. So it’s only appropriate that her journey as a photographer began literally in her backyard.

Obituary: Ruth E. Greifer

Ruth E. Greifer died Feb. 22, 2013 at her home in Rockville, Md.

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Dancers Evaluated by Russian Ballet Society

Haddad Studio of Classical Ballet welcomes evaluations from Russian Ballet Society.

Students at the Margaret Haddad Studio of Classical Ballet recently underwent testing for the Russian Ballet Society exams for the first time in two years, the only such exams that take place in the area.

Obituary: Hazel Elizabeth Greenwald

Hazel Elizabeth Greenwald, born Aug., 5, 1912 at 417 S. Lee Street, Alexandria, died on Feb. 15, 2013, at Budd Terrace Nursing Home, Atlanta, Ga.

Obituary: Bernard M. Fagelson

Bernard M. Fagelson, 100, died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 of Alexandria.

Obituary: Doris Clark

Doris M. Clark, 85, of Woodbridge, died at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center on March 2, 2013.

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Metrorail Makes Progress

Wiehle-Reston East Station 82 percent completed.

Construction of the five stations in Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail stations is now focusing on interior finishes, installation of elevators and systems. The Wiehle-Reston East Station, the temporary end of the Phase 1 alignment, is now 82 percent done and is the most complete of all the stations.

Week in Reston

The Object Management Group (OMG®) Technical Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Reston takes place Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22, and is open to both OMG members and all interested nonmembers. Besides the meeting itself (which is made up of individual working meetings), OMG is hosting a plethora of special events throughout the week.

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Music to Love

American Contemporary Music Ensemble at Reston's CenterStage.

The advance guard in contemporary string and percussion music is arriving courtesy of Reston's CenterStage Professional Touring Artist Series. It is certain to be an evening that will provide handsome renditions of masterworks ranging from exhilarating to Zen-like, serene to dissonant, from the new and perhaps rarely heard, to classics and Grammy-nominated composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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>Aldrin Elementary Reads With America

Aldrin Elementary students and staff celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday on Read Across America Day, Friday, March 1.

Column: No Place Like Home

A couple of weeks ago dozens of volunteers fanned out across Fairfax County and Falls Church City to interview those who are living under bridges and in the woods because they are homeless. As difficult as the task was to find the homeless, 462 individuals were surveyed.

Column: Reston Loses Community Builder

Patrick Kane: March 5, 1936 to March 5, 2013.

On Saturday, March 9, St. Thomas a Becket Catholic Church on Wiehle Avenue was filled to overflowing to pay a final tribute to Patrick Kane. Patrick died on March 5, his 77th birthday and just five days before the 50th anniversary of his marriage to his beloved wife Susan. He fought long, hard battles with devastating strokes and finally cancer before leaving us.

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Author Tells Tales of Rail

David Guillaudeu’s new book focuses on W & OD Railroad.

For a majority of the 1900s the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad provided transportation from the city of Washington, D.C., out to Loudoun County. Though it carried people, mail and other supplies along its route, the railroad faced difficulties throughout its history, eventually closing in August 1968.

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RCA Names Citizen of Year

Cate Fulkerson of RA, Leadership Fairfax, recognized.

The Reston Citizens Association named their Citizen of the Year Thursday, March 7, at the Reston Community Center. Cate Fulkerson, Reston Association’s director of administration and member services, is this year’s recipient.

Signs of Spring at River Farm

Closed all winter, due to work on utilities, the gardens at River Farm are beginning to come alive with small spring blooms. The hellebores are now kept company by hundreds of miniature daffodil narcissus and bunches of snowdrops.

Gaining a NICHE

Designation spotlights Inova Mount Vernon Hospital’s elder care.

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital recently earned the designation of being a NICHE hospital. NICHE, which stands for Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders, is the only national designation indicating a hospital's commitment to elder care excellence. Inova Mount Vernon Hospital is one of the first hospitals to receive the NICHE designation in Fairfax County.

"Record, Remember And Report”

CID officer advises citizens about homeland security.

Fairfax County’s Police Department has been around for more than 70 years, but its Criminal Intelligence Division (CID) wasn’t created until after the 9/11 tragedy. “Five detectives and one supervisor were in a lunchroom in the Massey Building when we first discussed it,” said CID Det. Doug Comfort.

Celebrating Native American Day

The entire second grade of Lees Corner Elementary School and a bevy of volunteers held Native American Day on March 1 as a capstone to months of learning about Native Americans. The Native American unit is a critical part of the second grade curriculum and the second grade team — Veronica Turner, Vicki McGorty, Melissa Carbonara and Leslie Barnes — thought that the event would be a good way to celebrate the students’ hard work.

Three Times the Celebration

Whalen brothers receive Eagle badges together.

When Boy Scouts make the rank of Eagle, families usually have just one child at a time being honored. But in the case of the Whalen family of Centreville’s Walney Glen community, good things come in threes.


Taylor Run

THE WIZ Euphoria filled the hall as the students of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes danced and sang their way through "The Wiz." Production values, light, sound, and set were extraordinarily well-developed and good.

Thousands Gather for Laboy

$80,000 raised; Biden pays visit to APD.

One by one, more than 3,000 people from throughout the region slowly passed by the motorcycle of wounded Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy as they waited in line March 10 to attend an Old Town fundraiser that raised more than $80,000 on his behalf. “We were expecting hundreds and got thousands,” said Capt. Shahram Fard, a trustee with the Alexandria Police Association that co-hosted the event at Virtue Feed and Grain Restaurant.

‘Ladies Swing the Blues’ Extended Through March 31

‘Ladies Swing the Blues’ Extended Through March 31 A world premiere by Thomas W. Jones II and William Knowles. Explore the jazz folklore, mythologies and backstage stories of the ’40s and ’50s with four legendary jazz divas as they gather to commemorate the passing of jazz legend Charlie Parker.

Wonder Women

Salute to Women Awards to honor 11 civic leaders.

The Alexandria Commission for Women will hold its annual Salute to Women Awards Banquet March 18 to honor 11 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community. Honorees at the 33rd annual banquet, a benefit for the Alexandria Sexual Assault Center, will be recognized for their accomplishments in civic life and for the improvements they have brought to the well-being of Alexandria's women.

First Night Donates to Schools

$3,000 given to music programs.

For the second straight year, First Night Alexandria has donated a total of $3,000 to the music programs at T.C. Williams High School and George Washington and Hammond Middle Schools. “First Night Alexandria believes in promoting the artistic talents in the city's public school system,” said FNA board president Kerry Donley as he presented the awards.

Megan Dominy and Bradley Foster Smith in Imagination Stage’s “From Here to There.”

‘From Here to There’ Imagination Stage brings Natasha Holmes, director and cofounder of Tell Tale Hearts Children’s Touring Theatre Company, all the way from the United Kingdom to mount a new production of “From Here to There” as part of the My First Imagination Stage season.

Learning about Gun Violence

Moran gathers experts for forum at Washington-Lee.

David Chipman, retired ATF Special Agent and currently advisor to “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” introduced the crowded auditorium at Washington-Lee High School to the language of firearms with a slide show entitled “Firearms 101.” U.S. Rep. Jim Moran hosted the March 11 forum. Chipman showed images of various weapons and gave histories and descriptions of what the weapons are capable of and what advantages some of the designs have over each other.

Distinguished Service Award Given to Berg

Former ACPS superintendent honored for exceptional leadership.

Former Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent Herbert Berg was recognized for his exceptional educational leadership Feb. 23 with the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators. Berg, who lives in Alexandria with his wife Paula, was presented the award at AASA's 2013 National Conference on Education in Los Angeles, California.


City among top arts communities.

The City of Alexandria has been recognized as one of America's Top ArtPlaces, one of only 44 communities to receive the designation in 2013, as a new study revealed a $70.7 million economic impact generated by the local arts industry. In a March 5 event held at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts and the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association announced the findings from the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV national study conducted by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit arts advocacy organization.

Volunteers Pack 60,000 Meals

Hundreds of volunteers took turns working the assembly line tables at Abington Elementary School on Saturday, March 9, preparing bags of lentil casserole. The main components are lentils, rice, a blend of six dehydrated vegetables and pink Himalayan salt.

Raffle, Auction To Support Fort Hunt ES

Fort Hunt Elementary School's Going for the Green Silent Auction and Raffle is this Friday, March 15. Food service begins at 6 p.m.; bidding opens at 6:30 p.m.

Graveside Ceremony Held for Monitor Sailors

The remains of two unknown USS Monitor sailors were buried March 8 with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Navy recovered the remains in 2002 from the ship's gun turret.

Bulletin Board 3/13/2013

Email announcements to Deadline is Thursday at noon. Saturday/March 16 Dog Adopter Workshop. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. at Your Dog’s Friend Training Center, 12221 Parklawn Drive. Learn how to deal with common issues, prevent problems and more. Free. Leave dog at home. Visit or 301-983-5913 to register.

25th Annual Stream Clean-up of Four-Mile Run

Photos by Roshan Ghimire/The Connection


Club Friday at Community Center

Elementary and middle school students attended Club Friday’s Open House on March 1. The program features a moon bounce, obstacle course, DJ music, bingo, raffle, art project, snack bar and games. The Potomac Community Center is located at 11315 Falls Road. Call 240-777-6960.

Annual Black History Celebration

The Gum Springs Community Center presented the 2013 Annual Black History Celebration on Saturday, March 2 with the theme of “Celebrating Black History from Africa to America and the World Over (The Past, Present and Future).” Close to 300 people attended.

This Week in Potomac 3/13/2013

Future School Sites

Future School Sites There are currently 13 future school sites owned by the Board of Education, including the 20-acres of property on Brickyard Road. On Tuesday, March 12, after the Almanac’s presstime, the board was scheduled to discuss and vote on a new business item called “Guidelines for Leasing, Licensing, or Using MCPA Property That is Being Held as a Future School Site.”

Rev3 Run Rogue 5K and 1K Races

* The Rev3 Run Rogue 5K and 1K are slated for Saturday, March 23, at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center. Participants may walk or run a USATF-certified 5K course at 8:30 a.m., or participate in a 1K kids’ fun run at 8 a.m.

Pack 1509 Hosts Pinewood Derby

“Gentlemen! Start your engines!” was the cry heard on a brisk Saturday morning in February when some of Alexandria's youngest car racers gathered round the race track. The Cub Scouts of Pack 1509, along with their parents and siblings filled Fellowship Hall of Plymouth Haven Baptist Church for their annual Pinewood Derby race. With cars of all makes and models, the Scouts and their families transformed Fellowship Hall into a Daytona Racetrack North with a four-lane race track, a pit area to work on and tune up the cars, a refreshment stand and viewing space for all to watch the cars zip their way across the finish line.

Building on History

New home arises on part of Mount Vernon Trolley line.

There’s a house being built on a lot adjacent to Fort Hunt Road that has a bit of history to it. Of course, most lots in the Mount Vernon area have similar pedigrees. But this oddly-shaped parcel has an interesting story.

Homegrown Maggie Rose Visits Her Roots

Rising Nashville star from Potomac.

The stage at the freshly renovated Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club was rockin’ with country music Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 as Potomac’s own, 24- year-old Margaret Rose Durante, professionally known as Maggie Rose, commanded the stage with her six-piece band during her return engagement to her Maryland roots. “I’ve known Maggie since she was a kid,” said club owner Rick Brown.

Cooperative Effort Strengthens Play

Holy Child produces “Beauty and the Beast.”

More than 90 students participated in the cast and crew for “Beauty and the Beast,” presented March 1 and 2 by The Connelly School of the Holy Child. The result was “incredible and amazing,” said director Elsbeth Reaves Fager.

Funding ‘Second Chances’ for Animals

MCPAW supports county’s Animal Services and Adoption Center

"Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms,” stated writer George Elliot. MCPAW (Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being) is doing everything in their power to be certain that as many “agreeable friends” as possible have another opportunity to find loving homes.

The Man Behind Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

Bethesda’s new venue for music lovers and dancers opened its doors to sell-out crowds on March 1. The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is bringing first-rate music of all genres to the heart of Bethesda.


Free Carseat Inspections

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, March 14, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

Racing To Help Others

After beating breast cancer, Centreville’s Vanessa Spiller is ready to take on the world. She runs and challenges herself in endurance events and, on March 23 at Fairfax Corner, she’ll be racing in the second annual Rev3 Run Rogue 5K.

Lives Are on the Line

Upcoming 5K Raises Money for Cancer Patients, Research

BethAnn Telford and Vanessa Spiller are at different points in their cancer journeys. Spiller is in remission from breast cancer, and Telford is still battling brain cancer as hard as she can.

Upcoming 5K Raises Money for Cancer Patients, Research

BethAnn Telford and Vanessa Spiller are at different points in their cancer journeys. Spiller is in remission from breast cancer, and Telford is still battling brain cancer as hard as she can.

Saving Virginia’s Ecosystem

Today’s youth are part of Virginia’s rising population, so it seems fitting that they investigate how this increased growth impacts the state’s ecosystem. That was the task given to 47 students of Centreville elementary fourth-grade teachers Mary Ann Settlemyre and Kate Charlton. Last summer, both teachers took the month-long VISTA (Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement) program at GMU.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for March 25-30. 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.

Arlington Home Show And Garden Expo Returns

Arlington County’s Housing Division and the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization presented the seventh annual Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo on Saturday, March 9, at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center.

Tuesday, March 12

Passover—Exodus From Slavery or Holiday of Bondage?

Chabad Community Passover Seder This year, join friends and family at the Chabad Community Passover Seder. Relive the exodus, discover the eternal meaning of the Haggadah, and enjoy a community Seder complete with hand-baked Matzah, win and a wonderful dinner spiced with songs and insights. First Seder Night Monday, March 25, at 7:15 p.m. Couvert: $40 per person, $20 for children ages 4 through 12 and $180 for an Evening Sponsorship. For more information call 703-476-1829, email or visit

Week in Herndon

This week in Herndon features new and exciting events!

Revelations and Redemptions Await

“The Seafarer” next for Elden Street Players.

Where and When Elden Street Players present "The Seafarer" at Industrial Strength Theater, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. Performances March 15-April 6: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee, March 24, at 3 p.m.; Sunday evening, March 31, at 7 p.m.; and Thursday evening, April 4, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Call 703-481-5930 or visit

Herndon High Cadets Finish Eighth in National Orienteering Championship

Herndon High School's Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets defeated 19 of the best orienteering programs in the nation to finish eighth.

Senior Takes STEM Challenges Head On

Mayank Mahajan earns Siemens Foundation scholarship.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology senior Mayank Mahajan enjoys taking on tough challenges.

Wiehle-Reston East Station 82 Percent Completed

Construction of the five stations in Phase 1 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail stations is now focusing on interior finishes, installation of elevators and systems.

Week in Vienna

This week in Vienna features many new and exciting events!

From Rail to Trail at Freeman Museum

Museum traces history of the railroad passing through Vienna in the 18th and 19th centuries.

“These are trains that used to be alive a long time ago. … Now, they’re abandoned, now they’re scrap.” —Five-year-old Charlie Wilkins, Reston

Fire Department Auxiliary Hosts Craft Fair, Taste of Vienna

Crafts show launches VVFD’s spring schedule of events.

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department [VVFD] hosts community-wide public events and fundraising events.

Cappies: The Killing Game

No amount of cleansing and disinfectant will guarantee safety; even the air is hazardous. The symptoms appear only seconds before death, and it spreads without needing physical contact. The Plague is back, and there is no escape. On the New School of Northern Virginia stage, the Killing Game has begun

Week in McLean

Week in McLean

MPA Hosts 32nd Annual Youth Art Show

The 32nd annual Youth Art Show opened Sunday afternoon, March 10, at McLean Project for the Arts

McLean Artist Wins Mosaic Arts Awards

Ashley Mehra’s mosaic “The Lion and the Flower” earned the regional Gold Key Scholastic Art Award.

MCC to Hold Public Hearing on Programs on March 20, 2013

he McLean Community Center’s (MCC) 11-member Governing Board will hold its annual Public Hearing on Programs at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20. The board is asking residents of Dranesville Small District 1A to come to the meeting and share their thoughts on center programs and services.

Longfellow Model UN Team Wins Secretary General’s Award

The Longfellow Middle Model United Nations (Model UN) team recently won the secretary general’s award for Best Middle School Delegation and three Outstanding Delegation awards at the TechMUN conference held at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST).

Letter: A Call to Reduce Gun Violence

Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a group of Northern Virginia residents, Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence (CCAGV), has been taking action to reduce gun violence in our nation. In February, CCAGV launched a grassroots effort to gather signatures to show our representatives in Congress that their constituents want action on reasonable measures to reduce gun violence.

‘Art Helps’ at Churchill Road

Churchill Road Elementary held its first annual “Art Helps” art show and auction.

McLean, Fairfax Students Win State Cybersecurity Championship

The future of national security may lie in the hands of a high school student who competed in a cyber championship this weekend at George Mason University.

Friday, March 8

Classified Advertising March 6, 2013

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Week in Fairfax

A 40-year-old man died at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, after driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Little River Turnpike for several miles and striking a Fairfax County Police cruiser head-on. The officer, 28, from the Mason Police District, was en route to assist fellow officers after hearing radio traffic about the speeding vehicle in the wrong lanes. He suffered numerous injuries in the crash, was trapped in his vehicle and had to be cut out of the car before he could be transported for medical attention. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he is in a stable condition.

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Monopoly Players Win for Action Center

Ron & Susan Associates raise more than $5,500 for Lorton Community Action Center.

Although Allen Holder was placing bets with funny money and trading fictional real estate, the stakes were high for the sixth annual tournament at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center on Feb. 23.

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Empty Bowls Event Raises $18,000

Our Daily Bread’s signature fundraiser benefits Fairfax County residents living below the poverty line.

As the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet played dulcet American swing standards to an audience of 300, the atmosphere inside the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center last Thursday night struck a balance between light-hearted and serious. While outwardly entertaining, with balloon animals, face-painting, live music and close to 400 colorful handmade bowls available to take home, the fifth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser highlighted a humbling reality: the large population of working poor in the Fairfax County area.

Fairfax Author Writes Memoir on Caring for Mother

Fairfax author M. Elizabeth Sweeney published a memoir to help caregivers and aging parents. Nineteen million Americans are caring for someone over the age of 75, and Sweeney was one of them—yet she couldn't find a book about the eldercare issues she encountered with her mother. So she decided to write it.

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Fairfax Residents Star in New Production

Clifton Dinner Theater presents “Murder Me Always.”

Mystery, intrigue and laughs are all on the menu when the Clifton Dinner Theater presents its new show, “Murder Me Always.” And two Fairfax residents have starring roles. Performances are slated for March 14-16, at the Clifton Town Meeting Hall, 12641 Chapel Road in the Town of Clifton. Shirley’s Catering of Clifton is providing the dinner, all three nights, and wine and beer will be available.

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Two Historic Measures Mark Assembly Session

Q&A with Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41).

Transportation funding was one of the big stories to come out of Richmond during the 45-day “short session,” but it wasn’t the only one. Unlike Congressional gridlock, where lobbyists, special-interest groups and political aspirations converge to slow down legislation, the pace in Virginia’s capitol is fast and furious. Legislation gets passed in the blink of an eye. It’s a pace Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, the second-term Democrat representing nearly 90,000 residents in Burke, Fairfax and West Springfield, knows well.

Animal Shelter Seeks Senior Citizens

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is looking for people with spare time who’d like to help improve the quality of life for homeless animals. Currently, the shelter has around 100 volunteers, but it’s trying to double that number by attracting senior citizens to lend a hand.

Beware of Phone Scam

Dozens of senior citizens have been victimized by telephone scammers in recent weeks, and Fairfax County police are urging residents not to give out or verify financial information over the phone. In the latest scam, victims are receiving calls from someone pretending to be from a utility company, delivery service or sweepstakes. Residents are told their service will be discontinued unless they pay by phone immediately. Frightened at the thought of no heat, power or phone, for example, victimized seniors provide their account numbers and payment information over the phone.

Police Dispatchers Serve as Vital Links

Frequently the first, and sometimes the only, contact citizens may have with the City of Fairfax Police Department is the professional voice answering a call in the department’s Communications Center. Eight full-time and two part-time dispatchers, normally working in shifts of two, staff the center.

Unprecedented Interference With the Election Process

I am extremely upset by the recent interference of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee in the election process in Fairfax County. The term of one of the Republicans on the Electoral Board is expiring. By law, and by historical precedence, the chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee has the prerogative of requesting the Circuit Court to fill this position with a selection of his choice.

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Promoting Peace Among Youth

Twelve young adults receive 2013 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County.

At a reception held at the Clifton Community Hall on Sunday, March 3, the Herndon Friends Meeting presented the 2013 Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County to 12 exceptional area young adults.

Area Roundups

This Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, firefighters will canvass homes in selected neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County, checking for working smoke alarms, and provide family fire-escape plans for residents. More than 3,000 people in the U.S. die in home fires each year, and most are in homes without a working smoke alarm. A working, properly installed smoke alarm lowers the chances of this happening.

Vienna Writer Selected for Poetry Publication

Bernadette Geyer of Vienna was selected for the 2012 Hilary Tham Capital Collection for her poetry manuscript, The Scabbard of Her Throat. The Tham Collection showcases outstanding poetry of writers in the greater Washington, D.C., area and beyond.

Week in Vienna

Registration for youth summer camps in Vienna is opening and filling up, a few egg hunts are coming to town and the Town of Vienna budget is ready for public view.

Letter: We Need A Real Leader in Virginia

According to a Feb. 25 article in “Politico,” two prominent Republican CEOs lambasted GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli at the Feb. 22 meeting of the Republican Governors Association, saying his hard core socially conservative policies will make Virginia less attractive for business, and he is out of the Virginia mainstream.

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Vienna Musicians Rock With a Legend

Earl Slick joins School of Rock students in workshop and performance at Tysons.

A guitar rock legend is coming to the McLean-Vienna area and students from the Vienna School of Rock will be joining him onstage the weekend of March 9. Earl Slick, lead guitarist for rock-star David Bowie, will perform each set with the students. For rock-music fans, this is a big catch.

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Local Esthetician Recognized Nationally

McLean resident Mali Amini of Skintelligence of Vienna does the best facials in Washington, D.C.

“If they come in late, they still get their full time. When they are with me, I give them my complete attention, focusing on them, not how much revenue I need to get for the business.” -- Mali Amini

Nominations Open for Jean Tibbetts History Award

The Jean Tibbetts History Award honors outstanding contributors to the research, articulation, dissemination and preservation of the history of life along the Potomac River corridor from McLean to west of Dranesville and south through Herndon. Candidates for the Jean Tibbetts History Award are selected from annual nominations to the society and the award carries a stipend of $200. The awardee’s name is placed on the Great Falls Historians plaque, displayed in the Great Falls Library.

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The Langley School Presents ‘Cinderella’ Musical

Middle School students at The Langley School will bring the enchanted fairytale of “Cinderella” to the stage this spring as they present Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical version March 14-16. The show will run Thursday, March 14, through Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, in the school’s Jeffrey J. Sherman Arts Center at 1411 Balls Hill Road in McLean.

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All-Virginia Chorus Selected

The finest high school singers in Virginia will study and perform advanced choral music in Richmond from April 25-27 during the All-Virginia Chorus event. Once again, Langley High School will send the largest contingent of singers among all high schools in Fairfax County with nine selected performers and five alternates.

Lions Club Offers Vision Screenings

The eight Lions Clubs serving Loudoun County and Northwestern Fairfax County, with funds raised in their various communities in addition to grants from United Way, Lions of Virginia Foundation and Cardinal Bank, have obtained two PediaVision “Spot” Screening devices for the purpose of screening the vision of children starting at six months of age. The PediaVision “Spot” is a breakthrough vision-screening device that will help identify children with vision issues. Using this innovative new technology “Spot” can assess a child's vision with a very quick capture time of less than one second, which makes eye care screening efficient in a large-scale public environment such as a day care center.

Week in Reston

Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred Tuesday, Feb. 26. Around 11:20 p.m. a 32-year-old woman was walking from Pinecrest Road through the Laurel Glade apartments when she reported a man grabbed her from behind and displayed a weapon. She was pulled into a van where a second man was waiting. The van was driven to Green Range Drive near Emerald Heights Court, where the victim was sexually assaulted and then released.

‘Thurston’ Wins More Acclaim at Indie Soap Awards

Kathryn O’Sullivan and Paul Awad of Reston picked up more awards for their Web series “Thurston” at the Fourth Annual Indie Soap Awards ceremony Feb. 19 in New York City.

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UnitedHealthcare’s Reston Office Donates Patient-Care Kits to March of Dimes

This February, UnitedHealthcare’s Reston office employees assembled care packages for March of Dimes, National Capital Chapter and other local organizations. The care packages for March of Dimes, National Capital Chapter provide support and comfort for families with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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Young Artists Exhibit at GRACE

The Greater Reston Arts Center celebrates Youth Art Month.

Little Jackson Baker, Morgan Milman and seven other children from North Springfield Elementary School might be first-graders, but they have reproduced the work of Wassily Kandinsky. Their school was one of the 16 elementary schools in the area that exhibited their works at the GRACE Art Center in Reston on Saturday, March 2, to mark Youth Art Month.

Letter: Protecting Open Spaces

I am writing to express my concern regarding the current proposal to build a new indoor recreation center at Baron Cameron Park. Our open spaces and parkland are limited. Once our open spaces and parkland are replaced with buildings and parking areas, cement and asphalt, they are gone for good.

Letter: ‘Green’ Tax

You have to laugh. You know how our liberal friends love to raise "revenue" for a variety of self-defined beneficent causes: Rail to Dulles, "transportation," school facilitators, "green" projects, and such. Plunging in to save the world, some folks purchased, at a price, hybrid vehicles. Now no sooner have these environmentally worthy folks been slapped with a small tax directly (with Democrat votes), they are rushing to the microphones at warp speed.

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Editorial: Helping to Build a School in Ghana

Reston resident appeals for support in building a school.

My name is Gayle Robinson and I am a Reston resident currently working in Ghana as a health, water and sanitation educator with the Peace Corps. In addition to my primary health projects, I am working with my community to build a new school. I am writing to request support from the Reston Connection in order to spread the word about my project.

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Footsteps of Reston is Leaving South Lakes Center

The oldest existing running specialty store in Northern Virginia is leaving South Lakes Shopping Center in Reston to look for a new home. Footsteps owner Paul Zink started the business in 1987, opening his first store in Springfield on April 15, 1988, as a Fleet Feet franchise. In 1995 he started independently owned Footsteps of Reston at South Lakes Center and along with Safeway and CVS, Footsteps has been the longest existing business in the center.

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Reston Character Counts! Coalition Receives Donation From Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion

Reston Town Center’s ice skating pavilion presented a check for $2,966 to Reston Character Counts! Coalition. As an annual tradition, the coalition has received 50 percent of the opening weekend proceeds from the Reston Town Center ice skating pavilion for many years. This contribution helps fund the coalition’s development programs, including the annual Essay and Poster Contest, and sponsorship of Ethics Day at South Lakes High School.

Commentary: Back Home

With the adjournment of the General Assembly session on Feb. 23 I am back home in Reston, but my legislative duties for the year are far from being over. Following the Saturday conclusion of the annual session, on Sunday morning I moved from the furnished apartment I had leased for most of January and February. I was living in Richmond in an apartment house that was built at the edge of the falls of the James River and was there long enough to develop a daily routine.

Reston Man to Walk Across America for Charity

Cody Thompson of Reston, 36, is going to walk coast-to-coast, approximately 2,728 miles.

“One step at a time.” That’s his standard reply when anyone asks 36-year-old Cody Thompson of Reston how he is going to walk coast-to-coast, approximately 2,728 miles, from Wrightsville Beach, N.C., to Redondo Beach, Calif., starting on March 10. The answers get a bit more complicated when you ask “Why?”

Thursday, March 7

Week in Herndon

Dranesville Supervisor John Foust has scheduled three town hall meetings in March and April to give Dranesville residents an opportunity to learn about and discuss the proposed Fiscal Year 2013 (FY2014) Budget for Fairfax County. County management and budget staff will be present to make a summary presentation of the budget and answer questions. The Herndon session is scheduled for Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Herndon Town Council Chambers, 765 Lynn St., Herndon.

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ArtSpace Herndon Photography Competition Call For Art

ArtSpace Herndon invites photographers to participate in the 2013 Fine Art Photography Competition.

The competition is open to fine art photographers aged 18 or older working in any medium (digital or analog, color or monochrome), and using any printing technique—they care about well-done art more than the specific medium, technique or format. Fine art photography of any subject is welcome; there is no required theme for entries.

Letter: Middle Schools Need Sports Too

I go to Franklin Middle School, and I love sports. I just wish middle schools had varsity and junior varsity teams for sports, such as soccer, football, basketball, lacrosse and track. Sports are very important to many people like me. They are a way to make new friends, but also to build up teamwork. Also, when having school teams you have a better chance of playing against people at your level of skill, and a better chance of getting on a team in high school. Thank you for letting me express my opinion.

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Woodson Boys’ Basketball Reaches State Semifinals

Cavaliers’ season ends with loss to Henrico in Richmond.

The Woodson boys' basketball team won 25 games this season.

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Edison Girls’ Basketball Falls in State Quarterfinals

Eagles will lose just one senior from region-title-winning group.

Edison will lose one player from a team that won the Northern Region championship.

Mount Vernon School Notes March 6

School notes for Mount Vernon natives.

Poem: We’ll be Dancing up in Heaven

As I hurried through the airport, with a ticket to L.A. And a tooth brush in my pocket, should my luggage go astray Glancing up, I checked “Departures,” hoping for a slight delay While a soldier in a wheelchair made his way through TSA

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St. Patrick’s Fun Dog Show

More than 100 dogs and their families arrived at Market Square for the annual Fun Dog Show on March 2.

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Mental Health Counseling Professors Honored

Cultural sensitivity at the heart of their work.

Fred Bemak and his wife Rita Chi-Ying Chung, who are both professors at George Mason University in Fairfax, recall being in Haiti shortly after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. They were there to provide mental health counseling to those traumatized by the natural disaster.

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Music In the Air

ASO celebrates Kim Allen Kluge.

The Symphony League of Alexandria held its 26th annual Symphony Ball and Auction March 2, celebrating 25 years of Maestro Kim Allen Kluge at the helm of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

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Thinking Big

Big Lots opens in West End, donates $1,500 to Samuel Tucker.

Closeout retailer Big Lots officially opened its newest store in Alexandria's West End March 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Big Lots executives and local city officials.

Column: E-male

My oncologist is a man. He has e-mail. He works for an HMO that encourages/advertises its connectivity and responsiveness – electronically, to its members. If I want to get medical answers in a reasonable amount of time – save for an emergency, typing, “mousing” and clicking is the recommended methodology. No more phone calls, preferably. Though pressing keys on a keyboard rather than pressing buttons on a phone might have felt counter-intuitive at first as a means of receiving prompt replies, it has proven over these past few years to be a fairly reliable and predictable information loop. Not in minutes necessarily, but more often than not during the same day – and almost always by the very next day. In fact, I’ve received e-mails from my oncologist as late as 9:18 p.m. (time-stamped) after a sometime-during-the-day e-mail had been sent.

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Chamber of Commerce Installs New Leadership

New The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce leadership for 2013 was sworn into office at the annual “Installation Extravaganza” Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Mount Vernon Country Club...

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Baker To Lead Bryant Early Learning Center

Torria Baker has been selected as the new director of United Community Ministries’ Bryant Early Learning Center. Baker joined the Center in May 2012 as assistant director and has been serving as acting director since October 2012.

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MVCCT Presents Disney's 'My Son Pinocchio'

Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre will perform Disney's "My Son Pinocchio" from March 8 through March 17 at Bryant Alternative High School on Popkins Lane in Alexandria, while Carl Sandburg Middle School undergoes renovations.

Column: State Budget Advances on Medicaid

Last week, I wrote about the transportation legislation that passed the General Assembly. The other major policy change this session was the expansion of Medicaid. This was especially critical for the 44th District.

Firefighters Check Smoke Alarms

On Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, firefighters will canvas homes in selected neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County, checking for working smoke alarms, and provide family fire escape plans for residents.

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Putting a Face on Homelessness

462 homeless interviewed during Registry Week, an intense effort to document Fairfax County’s chronic homeless.

"We have to step up to this question. … Are we going to walk away from this tonight and say, 'That's just the way people live?’ Well, it's not the way people should live." —Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill)

Neighborhood: Taylor Run

Euphoria filled the hall as the students of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes danced and sang their way through "The Wiz."

Letter to the Editor: Protective Role Of Zoning

The original intent of zoning regulation was to protect abutting land owners from detrimental land development, and to preserve property value and quality of life.

Letter to the Editor: So Much for Transparency

No sooner had the Washington Post announced that its two warehouses were for sale than Bingo … council announces that they have had one of their “back room” executive sessions wherein they decided to alter the zoning code on the waterfront.

Letter to the Editor: Help Save Eldercrafters

This is an unabashed plea for someone, perhaps a developer, to help save Eldercrafters, the wonderful store across the street from Gadsby’s Tavern that sells only crafts made by senior citizens.

Letter to the Editor: Responsive Teachers

On Wednesday, Feb. 27 an incident occurred outside Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy. Tragically, Officer Peter Laboy was shot and is fighting to survive.

Letter to the Editor: Rational Compromise

A leader has stepped forward to advance a rational compromise on the Waterfront plan not unlike Councilwoman Del Pepper did last year.

Letter to the Editor: Council Should Discuss Compromise

I am writing to support the compromise which Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg seeks regarding the waterfront plan, a compromise consistent with her campaign reminder that we all serve “as the temporary stewards of this national treasure called Alexandria.”

Letter to the Editor: Competing For Parking

The Burke Library on Seminary Road is a great facility with courteous staff and lots of material. Too bad no one will be able to use it.

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In Everyone's Thoughts

Community prays for Officer Laboy.

While Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy is fighting for his life at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, people who have heard about his plight are offering prayers and support from around the block to as far away as Canada.

Snow Denial

City spared from mid-Atlantic storm.

It was a snow day without the snow, or at least without any discernible accumulation for Alexandria despite predictions of up to 12 inches that led to the closing of schools throughout the city.

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Column: Coping with Memory Loss

Senior Services of Alexandria is bringing in March like a lion with our March speaker series and the Generation-to-Generation Gala. You won't want to miss either of these events.

Column: Cracking the Stigma Barrier at College

The bad news confirmed by two recent studies is that mental illnesses, including severe mental illness, are more common among college students than they were at the turn of this century.

Column: Medicaid Reform and Extension

The right choice for Virginia’s health, hospitals, and taxpayers.

The recent compromise by the Virginia General Assembly to reform and expand the commonwealth’s Medicaid program is the right step toward extending health care coverage to even more of Virginia’s nearly one million uninsured residents.

Poem: blizzard (for Ted Kooser)

Dedicated to Ted Kooser, a former Poet Laureate who wrote about a famous midwestern blizzard in the late 19th century.

Obituary: Theresa Jean Edwards

Theresa Jean Edwards, age 81, of Alexandria, died Feb. 14, 2013 at Grace Nursing Home in Clarksville, Tenn.

Obituary: Joyce Marie Scott

Mrs. Joyce Marie Scott, 80, died on Feb. 26, 2013.

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The Snowquester Hits the Area

Snowstorm’s impact downgraded, but slushy roads still a problem.

The National Weather Service Wednesday downgraded its Snowquester forecast from 8-10 inches to about 4-6 inches in the region. At 3:18 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, the NWS predicted total snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches in Fairfax County before the storm fizzles out later that night, and north winds with gusts up to 45 mph in some areas, making driving hazardous.

Wednesday, March 6

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board March 6

Information for events taking place in the Mount Vernon area.

Alexandria and Mount Vernon Calendar March 6

Entertainment calendar for the Alexandria and Mount Vernon areas.

Alexandria School Notes March 6

School notes for Alexandria natives.

Pets for Adoption 2/28/13

To learn more about the organization, the pets shown, volunteer, or make a much-needed, tax-deductible donation contact Partnership for Animal Welfare at, call 301-572-4729, or write P.A.W., P.O. Box 1074, Greenbelt, MD 20768

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SOLA Hosts Patrons Party

The Symphony Orchestras League of Alexandria held its annual Patrons Party on Feb. 23 at the home of Dr. Joseph and Bertha Braddock in Alexandria.

Potomac School Notes March 6

School notes for Potomac natives.

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Hatten Inducted Into Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association Hall of Fame

Bethesda Country Club’s director of tennis honored.

Every Bethesda Country Club tennis player knows the welcoming smile and hearty “Good Morning” from Director of Tennis Frank Hatten.

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Third-graders Present Black Facts Museum

Thirty-six prominent historical African Americans, including Frederick Douglas, Phyllis Wheatley, Augusta Savage, and Jesse Owens appeared at Washington Episcopal School recently, as the third grade class portrayed them in their annual Black Facts Museum.

Callers Create Sense of Urgency in Scam

Local residents victimized after being told loved ones have been injured.

The scammers create a sense of urgency. They convince victims to wire money to various locations.

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Potomac Rotary Unveils Murals

Art honors Dr. John Sever.

The Potomac Rotary Club unveiled commissioned murals on Feb. 20 to be installed at the Children’s National Medical Center in honor of Dr. John L. Sever, a founder of the Polio Plus effort of Rotary International to eradicate polio throughout the world.

Potomac Bulletin Board March 6

Bulletin board for the Potomac area.

Potomac Entertainment Calendar March 6

Entertainment calendar for the Potomac area.

Arlington Entertainment Calendar March 6

Entertainment events taking place in the Arlington area.

Arlington School Notes March 6

School notes for Arlington natives.

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Foundation Supports Community Residences

Virginia Commerce Bank Foundation awarded $7,500 to Community Residences, Inc., as part of a five-year partnership that commenced in 2011.

Hope Presents USS Arlington Commissioning Coin

During a recent House legislative session, Del. Patrick A. Hope joined by Del. Robert Brink, presented each of his 139 colleagues in the Virginia legislature with a commemorative coin that celebrates the commissioning of the Navy’s newest ship, the USS Arlington.

Glen Hills Area Sewer Study Calendar

March 18: Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), 7:30 p.m.

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Health Club Chain Opens First Location in Arlington

Exercise Nation Fitness Clubs opened its newest location in Arlington on Monday, March 4.

Column: Brickyard Road School Site Update

It has taken two years, but the Brickyard Community has prevailed in its mission to stop the proposed soccerplex at the Brickyard school site.

Column: Citizens Prevail on Brickyard

Just two years ago, at West Montgomery County Citizens Association’s March 2011 meeting, we learned that there was to be a commercial soccer complex on Brickyard Road’s 20 acres owned by the Board of Education as a future school site and used as an organic farm for the past thirty years.

Opening Up a World’s Worth of Reading

The Reading Connection opened its 12th Read-Aloud site on Feb. 25, at the Columbia Grove property of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.

Arlington Crime Report March 6

Crime report for the Arlington area.

Arlington Bulletin Board March 6

Information for upcoming events in the Arlington area.

Additional Burglary Victims Sought

The Arlington County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a suspect involved in a burglary and is seeking additional victims to come forward.

Police Seek Public's Assistance For Help with Missing Person

The Arlington County Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 16-year-old juvenile.

Board Approves Apartment Building

Former Crystal City Post Office site rezoned.

The Arlington County Board approved on Feb. 23 the first residential building proposed since the board adopted the Crystal City Sector Plan.

Students Compete in Odyssey of the Mind

Students from around the region participated in the Odyssey of the Mind NOVA Prime Division competition held at West Potomac High School on Saturday, March 2.

Panther Cheer Club Are National Champions

The Panther Cheer Club of Alexandria competed last month at the American Masters Championship in Baltimore, Md., hosted by Varsity Brands. The athletes, all of whom are middle school students at Carl Sandburg Middle School, wowed the crowd and judges, taking home a team national championship trophy, as well as championship jackets for each athlete.

MWAA Honors Carl Sandburg Middle School Artists

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority recognized the semifinalists and winners of its annual “Carl Sandburg Middle School Student Energy Conservation Poster Artwork Contest.” The gala to honor the finalists and to announce the winners was hosted by MWAA at the historic Terminal A building at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Jan. 31.

At One Hundred Years, She’s Going Strong

Ada DeFranceaux recalls old Potomac friends and the good times they shared.

“He always called me CHEE-ILE,” Ada DeFranceaux said. The youngest of 12 children, she was referring to one of her older brothers who, at the time, was working in Washington.

Music Accompanies Art Opening

The opening of The Art Gallery of Potomac’s March 2 exhibit included a duet performance by Jacqueline Niemat and Jose Cueto. Niemat, who is from Potomac, has made a name for herself as one of the premiere recitalist in the Washington / Baltimore area.

Potomac Theatre Company Summons ‘Blithe Spirit’

Show opens Friday night.

This month the Potomac Theatre Company presents Noel Coward's comedy “Blithe Spirit.” The play premiered in 1941 in London and was adapted into an Oscar-winning 1945 film starring Rex Harrison. The play begins with a séance where novelist Charles Condomine hopes to gather material for his next book. During the séance the medium accidentally summons the spirit of his first wife, Elvira. Charles is the only one who can see her, and she makes things very difficult on Charles' marriage to his second wife, Ruth.

Fourth Presbyterian Hosts Spelling Bee

For the fifth year in a row, The Fourth Presbyterian School hosted the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for Montgomery County on Saturday, March 2. The bee is sponsored by The Meakem Group and was held at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda.

Thinking Day

Each year on Feb. 22, World Thinking Day, girls honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts by taking time to give thanks for their international friendships and remember that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community

The Ballyshaner’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade pays tribute to Vietnam veterans.

In what was perhaps the biggest turnout since its inception, Alexandria celebrated its Irish heritage March 2 and paid tribute to Vietnam Veterans in the 32nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Sponsored by The Ballyshaners, the parade was founded by Pat Troy, who officially stepped down as organizer following this year's event.

Gala Raises $100,000

Center for Alexandria’s Children honors three for work with at-risk children.

The Center for Alexandria’s Children, a public-private partnership that serves abused and neglected children, raised a record $100,000 and honored three Alexandrians who have shown dedication and service to improving the lives of Alexandria’s children at its fourth annual Gala Benefit on Feb. 28 at Virtue Feed & Grain in Old Town. Alexandria residents Lissa and Dagobert Soergel were presented with the Center’s 2013 Champion for Children Award for their work in founding and expanding Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC), an organization which provides preschool education for at risk children in Alexandria and Arlington.

How To Help

For anyone wishing to help the family of Officer Peter Laboy, the Alexandria Police Association is coordinating efforts for individuals and organizations to show support or donate to the family. “We have set up a Facebook page that will update everyone on Officer Laboy's progress and any specific requests of the family,” said APA board of directors trustee Capt. Shahram Fard.

Tuesday, March 5

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Wakefield Boys’ Basketball Falls Short in State Semifinals

Warriors finish season with 25 wins, National District title.

The Wakefield boys' basketball team loses to John Marshall at VCU's Siegel Center.

Italian Music at Langley High

Cooper Middle School orchestras join Langley High orchestras in concert.

Students in the five Langley High School orchestras and two Cooper Middle School orchestras presented a concert of Italian music on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Langley High School.

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South Lakes Girls’ Basketball Ends Season at State Playoffs

Seahawks fall to Stonewall Jackson, 55-53, in quarterfinals.

The South Lakes girls' basketball team will lose two seniors from a team that finished 23-6.

McLean Youth Soccer Joins Kids Helping Kids Drive

McLean Youth Soccer partners with City Year to conduct Kids Helping Kids drive at their upcoming tournament.

Week in McLean

This week McLean is featuring many different, exciting events.

Brownie Scouts Trained to ‘Speak for Success’

Girl Scout Troop 6974 led 21 Brownie Scouts from four different McLean troops in a training program the Seniors developed called “Speak for Success.”

Brenda Blisk Named to Top 1000 Financial Advisors

Brenda Blisk, CFP®, has been recognized by Barron’s magazine for the fifth consecutive year as one of “America's 1000 Top Financial Advisors” and in addition has landed the 23rd spot in Virginia.

Chesterbrook PTA Online Auction Runs Until March 10

The Chesterbrook Elementary School's Online Auction offers something for every age, taste and budget.

MCC Moves Forward With Renovation Plan

Board approves $6.1 million expansion, will examine possible future downtown land swap.

The McLean Community Center Governing Board voted at their Feb. 27 meeting to go forward with a $6.1 million renovation of its Ingleside Avenue facility.

Chamber Installs 2013 Board

John Brough of Chain Bridge Bank named new chairman.

Meet the Board The 2013 Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors members are: * Chair: John Brough, Chain Bridge Bank * First vice-chair: Marcus Simon, EKKO Title LLC * Treasurer: Monish Banga, Ross Langan and McKendree, LLP * Secretary: Joe Mastaler, PBMares, LLP * Immediate past chair: Merritt J. Green, General Counsel, PC * Ryan Cash, Capital One Bank * Raj Mehra, Middleburg Bank * Rick Makely, Giant of McLean * Gita Bhandari, M and T Bank * Dane Scott, Seasons 52 Fresh Grill and Wine Bar * Sheri Sylvester, AdZig Logo Promotions * Jon Wilkins, Bank of Georgetown * George Sachs, McLean Community Center * Brian Callery, Edward Jones * Karen Briscoe, Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group * President: Marcia S. Twomey

Week in Great Falls

This week in Great Falls there are many fun and exciting events planned.

Great Falls EMT Wins Basic Life Support Provider of the Year Award

Elliot Zaret is this year's recipient of the Fairfax County 2012 Basic Life Support Provider of the Year Award.

Children’s Festival and Egg Hunt on March

The Great Falls Optimist Club and Adeler Jewelers will present the 29th Annual Children's Festival and Egg Hunt.

VDOT Decides Fate of Trees

Tree closest to Walker Road to be removed, remaining tree to be pruned.

“In the end, it was the overwhelming opinion of various expert arborists that one tree, the one closest to the corner, was too ill and in danger of falling to risk trying to save.” --Bob Vickers, Great Falls tree commissioner

Nike Park Opens Artificial Turf Field

Field is joint effort between county and community.

The artificial turf field at Great Falls Nike Park was officially opened Saturday, March 3.

Churchill Boys’ Basketball Wins Quarterfinal Match-up

Bulldogs reach region semifinals for third consecutive year.

Churchill will host Quince Orchard tonight in the 4A West semifinals.