Stories for May 2013

Stories for May 2013


Thursday, May 30

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Lake Braddock Baseball Beats Marshall in Region Semifinals

Bruins secure state berth, will face Oakton in region final.

The Lake Braddock baseball team scored 13 runs in the fourth inning to pull away from Marshall.

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Oakton Baseball Beats South County in Northern Region Semifinals

Cougars advance to championship game, secure state berth.

The Oakton baseball team will face Lake Braddock on Friday in the Northern Region championship game.

Centre View Crime Report

The following incidents were reported from the Sully District Station:

Military Notes

Military notes on Centre View area natives.

Centre View Entertainment Calendar

Information on entertainment events going on in the Centre View area.

Entertainment Calendar

Information on entertainment events going on in Potomac.

Crime Brief

A 23-year-old woman reported that a man attempted to rob her and that she was sexually assaulted after getting a cup of coffee at 7704 Richmond Highway on Sunday, May 26.

Bulletin Board

Information on events going on in Mount Vernon.

Letter to the Editor: Fight for Healthy Air

Every day, residents of our region are subjected to air quality that has received an F rating from the American Lung Association. As the representative of approximately 63,000 people in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax, I am concerned about the impact of poor quality air on you and your family's health and longevity.

Letter to the Editor: Best Use Of Police?

Mayor Euille, Chief Cook, City Council Members, the wonderfully warm and sunny Memorial Day weekend is over. It is time to answer a few questions. How many officers were committed to “traffic enforcement” at the intersection of King and Union Streets on each of the holiday weekend days?

Letter to the Editor: Tale of Two Controversies

Recent angst about doubling Norfolk-Southern Railroad’s ethanol storage tanks and building a gigantic Jefferson-Houston School suggests folks’ textbook understanding of civics doesn’t jibe with how our city government really functions.

Letter to the Editor: Thank Those in Military Service

For some, Memorial Day meant a weekend of shopping, catching sales, BBQ cookouts and gatherings of families, friends and neighbors.

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Volunteers Persevere In Tough Times

Rising Hope Homebound Ministry endures.

“With the downturn in the economy we don’t have the donations we used to have,” said Debra Bessert, the Rising Hope volunteer who directs the church’s Homebound Ministry which delivers food to shut-in seniors and convalescents.

Roads and Veterans

Puller reviews her legislative priorities.

Reflecting back on the past General Assembly session, state Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller (D-36) said over the Memorial Day weekend that the “passage of transportation legislation was the most important funding bill in 27 years; not since former Gov. Gerald Baliles’ transportation legislation was enacted has there been a transportation bill more important. … We very much needed an infusion of cash for both maintenance and new construction and this legislative package will provide it.”

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West Potomac Choral Department To Present ‘Playlist’

The 24th annual West Potomac Choirs spring original show will be held this week, Thursday May 30; Friday, May 31; and June 1, at 7 p.m. in the Springbank Auditorium. The fast-paced program is filled with favorite standards as well as recent pop hits.

Letter to the Editor: Nothing Secret About Friends Group

I do not normally respond to Jay Spiegel’s rants, but in this case I feel I need to reply to his charge in your May 9-15 issue that the Friends of Westgrove Park is a secret organization and not credible.

Letter to the Editor: Watch Them Grow

In my letter of April 25, I reported on the video camera I installed next to the Osprey nest behind my home on Little Hunting Creek. At that time, I revealed that our Osprey mother had laid two eggs. On May 22 and 23, the eggs hatched and two Osprey chicks are rapidly growing as their father frequently brings fish to the nest.

Crime Report

Crime report for Mount Vernon.

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Bite Me Cancer Fundraiser

Fun activities planned for children and adults.

When she was 17, Chantilly’s Nikki Ferraro was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer. It wasn’t what she’d planned, but she attacked it head-on and continued fighting for others battling the same disease.

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A Time of Remembrance

Memorial Day ceremony held at Ox Hill Battlefield Park.

The Battle of Ox Hill was fought Sept. 1, 1862 in a torrential thunderstorm. When it ended, two key Union generals were dead and more than 1,500 soldiers had been killed or wounded. It’s the only major Civil War battle that occurred in Fairfax County.


News from the Centre View area.

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Bus-Transfer Building and Project Details

Part of the Stringfellow Road park-and-ride lot expansion will be the construction of a 1,345-square-foot bus-transfer building. Architect John Wirth, of Ritter Architects, talked about it during last week’s public meeting.

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‘We’re Making All the Sacrifices’

Residents say Stringfellow Road park-and-ride expansion will worsen traffic troubles.

At first glance, Fairfax County’s plan to expand the park-and-ride lot at Stringfellow Road and Fair Lakes Boulevard in Chantilly doesn’t seem controversial. The idea is to add more parking spaces, three new bus bays and a small, transit-center building.

Editorial: Don’t Be Among the Missing

Last time Virginia elected a governor, 1.7 million voters failed to vote after voting the previous year.

In 2008, 74.5 percent of Virginia’s registered voters turned out to vote in the presidential election. In 2009, the last time Virginians elected a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the House of Delegates, just 40.4 percent of registered voters came out to vote.

Wednesday, May 29

Classified Advertising May 29, 2013

Read the latest ads here!

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Splat! Boom! Bang!

Springfield musician makes classical music playful and accessible to children.

"I love to see kids get involved during a concert. It’s absolutely hilarious; they are up and down, whooping and hollering, listening to the music and the story." —Cory Hills

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Summer Fun in Fairfax

The Herndon Festival, Relay for Life and Springfield Days/Party in the Park are only a few of the events taking place in the summer of 2013.

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Carfest Revs Up Springfield Days

Popular event open to all makes, models.

Carfest fans, it’s time to start your engines. One of the most popular attractions of Springfield Days returns this year, featuring cars in all makes and models, including antiques, muscle, classics, street rods, customs and exotics.

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Weekend at Springfield Days

A community wide celebration returns Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

Springfield Days is a community wide celebration that takes place the weekend after Memorial Day each year. This year it will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, with multiple events on each day. Springfield Days includes many different types of events and activities that provide fun and entertainment to all ages. Visit for more information.

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Brief: Max Muscle Springfield Open

The fourth Max Muscle in the Northern Virginia area opened on Friday, May 3, at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new store with the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Remembering Fallen Comrades

American Legion hosts Memorial Day ceremony.

Amongst all the commotion with supporters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) funneling into the auditorium for the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony in Springfield, Gary Welch tapped the microphone letting everyone know 2:59 p.m. was approaching. 2:59 was the appropriated time when everyone was to silently honor those who served in the armed forces.

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Brief: Golf Program Helps Wounded Warriors

On Thursday, May 16, the Northern Virginia Military Ministry Outreach hosted a benefit dinner at Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield to raise money for the Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Golf Program (FBWWGP). By pairing PGA professionals with returning disabled veterans, the program aims to “support the Army’s commitment to the rehabilitation and successful transition of the wounded, ill, and injured soldiers back to active duty or veteran status.” But as the participants of the program can attest to, it achieves so much more.

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Lynbrook Elementary First to Fly Air Quality Flags

Lynbrook Elementary School, in partnership with TrailsforYouth.Org, is raising special, colored flags every morning to help teachers, students and members of the community be aware of daily air quality conditions. The effort is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s School Flag Program. Lynnbrook is the first public school in Fairfax County to start a new flag program to identify air quality pollution days to help students and the community to stay healthy.

The Gift of Dance

Girl Scout Nicole Frazzini launches Project D.A.N.C.E. and helps girls build self-esteem.

Nicole Frazzini discovered the joy of expression through dancing at an early age. By the time she was 5 years old, the South County High School junior was already a competitive dancer.

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School Notes

Westfield High School junior Nick O'Connell has been accepted at Stanford University's Summer College, where he will be studying computer programming and electrical engineering this summer.

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Workhouse Promises Fireworks, Free Concerts, Artistic Programs

Since opening in 2008 as the Workhouse Arts Center, the staff within the stately red bricks of what was originally a Progressive Era prison has worked to develop the site as a central fixture of the Lorton community.

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Mount Vernon Boys’ Soccer Beats TC in PK Shootout

Goalkeeper Belanger makes three saves during shootout.

The Mount Vernon boys' soccer team faces Woodson tonight in the Northern Region semifinals.

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South County’s ‘Music Man’ Wows Audiences

Colorful costumes, stunning vocals and intricate comedic timing were just a few key elements of the South County High School Theatre’s production of “The Music Man,” which packed the Dale S. Rumberger Auditorium May 3-4 and 10-11.

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New Citizens Welcomed at Gunston Hall Ceremony

First Regent of Gunston Hall Wylie Raab welcomed 51 new US citizens in the special citizenship ceremony held at George Mason’s home. The new citizens represent 28 countries from four of the five continents.


Henry Mielo

Long-time Greenbriar resident Henry (Hank) Mielo died Friday, May 17, 2013, at the age of 76, from complications of diabetes. Attending the New Jersey Institute of Technology, George Washington University, and the Department of Defense War College, he earned degrees in engineering and management. After retiring from the Department of the Navy (at NavSea) Hank was a substitute teacher at Chantilly High School, Rocky Run Intermediate, and both Greenbriar elementary schools before joining Pender Veterinary Clinic as a bookkeeper.

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Yoest’s Gem Not Enough for Yorktown Baseball Team

Senior right-hander strikes out 11 in final high school start.

The Yorktown baseball team ended its season in the first round of the Northern Region tournament.

Transportation Pie

To the Editor: A recent breakfast gathering of the transportation cognoscenti of the region and hosted by the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance posed this question: How will our various Northern Virginia jurisdictions split up the pie of new transportation money? County leaders or their representatives from Fairfax, Prince William, Arlington and Loudoun comprised the panel of presenters. Perhaps the most interesting information, however, came from the discussion sheets provided to the audience.

Fundraiser Planned for Animal Shelter

Wine-tasting event slated for June 9.

Each year, the nonprofit Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FFCAS) raises money to pay for things the shelter can’t afford. And in June, it holds a wine tasting and invites the public to participate.

Business Notes

Pennoni Associates, an ENR Top 100 engineering, design, and consulting firm, is pleased to announce that William Allen, PE, has joined the firm as a vice president and will focus on business development. He previously worked as director of project development, large projects group for Skanska USA Civil, Inc. Allen has 40 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, primarily through the management of large engineering and construction organizations. He has a proven record of success in marketing and in the acquisition of major projects and has built profitable engineering and construction business lines. Allen has extensive expertise in creating and implementing public-private partnership projects. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, he is a registered professional engineer in eight states, including Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He is involved with many organizations, including ACEC, ASCE, AASHTO, APWA, SAME, the Design-Build Institute of America, and the American Underground Construction Association. He also served on the board of directors of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

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Buuletin Board

Through June 12 Independent Living Project. Fairfax County is offering this free six-week program that includes a gentle exercise program to improve strength and balance, presentations on county services, a healthy cooking demonstration, advice on how to manage health care and prescriptions, and more. Led by professional social workers, the group meets weekly at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register at or call 703-324-7210, TTY 711.

Sundog Productions Expands in Fairfax

Sundog hosts grand opening of new 40,000-square-foot facility on June 1.

Sundog Productions, which has been creating custom tie-dye and screen-printed “wearable art” for more than 20 years in the City of Fairfax, announced Tuesday, May 28, the grand opening of its new 40,000-square-foot facility on Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11 a.m. at 3850 Jermantown Road.

Tiny Dancers’ Summer Camp

Tiny Dancers’ Summer Camp, an award-winning program of themed, week-long camps, begins Monday, June 24.

Brief: 2013 Fairfax Library Foundation Scholarships Awarded

Nine individuals chosen to receive scholarships.

From a pool of many qualified applicants, Fairfax Library Foundation has selected nine individuals to aid financially in their educational pursuits. Fairfax Library Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholarship winners are Matthew Albert Beer, Thien Mai, Katherine C. Pietras, Ingrid Thais Quiroz, Claudia Rojas and Laura Ung, receiving awards of $1,000 each. These awardees are in the midst of pursuing or will begin pursuing undergraduate degrees as of fall, 2013.

Wild Night of Romantic Love

Fairfax High’s production of “Hello, Dolly!”

Ostentatious handmade hats, slap-on-the-knee antics and a fast-talking matchmaker all made for a wild night of romantic love and unexpected surprises in Fairfax High School’s production of “Hello, Dolly.”

Former Principal Accused of Molesting Boy

State Police arrest Thom Clement.

During Thom Clement’s three decades in education, there was never a hint of impropriety. When he retired from Fairfax County Public Schools in July 2006, he was a well-liked and well-respected principal and former teacher.

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The Battle of Ox Hill

The Battle of Ox Hill, the Confederate name for what the Union Army called the Battle of Chantilly, took place on the afternoon of Sept. 1, 1862. The fighting occurred during a fierce storm that field reports described as so thunderous it drowned out the cries and clamor of the battle. Dry ammunition became scarce, and the fighting degenerated into a brawl of bayonets and musket clubs. The chaotic conflict lasted a little more than two hours and ended at dark as a stalemate. Two Union divisions under the command of Gen. Isaac Stevens and Maj. Gen. Philip Kearny engaged Confederate troops at Ox Hill and both commanders were killed.

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A Time of Remembrance

Memorial Day ceremony held at Ox Hill Battlefield Park.

The Battle of Ox Hill was fought Sept. 1, 1862 in a torrential thunderstorm. When it ended, two key Union generals were dead and more than 1,500 soldiers had been killed or wounded.

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Lessons in having faith and letting go

It’s shocking how quickly it has become normal — and even “just right” — to have 10 dogs living in my house.

The Battle of Ox Hill

The Battle of Ox Hill, the Confederate name for what the Union Army called the Battle of Chantilly, took place on the afternoon of Sept. 1, 1862. The fighting occurred during a fierce storm that field reports described as so thunderous it drowned out the cries and clamor of the battle.

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Memorial Day in Arlington

President barack obama gives the memorial day address during the 145th annual memorial day observance at the amphitheater arlington cemetery.

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Richard Byrd Library Adds Mystery to Summer Book Sale

Every summer, booklovers and bargain hunters eagerly await the Friends of the Richard Byrd Library book sale, one of the largest in the region with more than 10,000 books, many in pristine condition.

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Energy and Intensity Fill the Stage

Braddock Theatre's presentation of “Rashomon.”

With various interpretations of a single event during the rainy season in ancient Kyoto, Lake Braddock Theatre's presentation of Fay and Michael Kanin's adaptation of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's “Rashomon” brought the dramatic realities of the samurai code, bushido, to life through both intensity and humor.

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Brief: Science Program Allows Hands-on Experience

Local students travel to Geneva to learn about particle physics.

Seniors Daniel Rice of Chantilly and Jonathan Young of Vienna spent a week analyzing particle physics data from the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hedron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Column: Airing on the Side of Caution

I don’t think I’m asking too much. I’m not asking for a pony or long life; just a typical life. Unfortunately “typical” might be more statistical than realistic – at least for someone with an incurable disease, which was how my oncologist originally described my lung cancer diagnosis.

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Etiquette Expert Addresses Inmates

Fannie L. Allen, an expert on social and workplace etiquette and director of the Allen Etiquette Institute, gave inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center a special presentation on the importance of good manners and courteous communications during an hour-long program on Thursday, May 23.

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John Jacob Krafft

Born in New York on Oct. 18, 1916, John Jacob Krafft moved with his family to the city of Alexandria at the age of 5. He was one of seven children of Jacob Martin and Augusta (Hiertrierter) Krafft. He grew up in Alexandria on the west corner of Cedar and King Streets across from the Masonic Temple. One of his favorite childhood memories was climbing on the scaffolding as the Temple was being constructed. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Alexandria and for high school he graduated from McKinley Technical School in Washington, D.C. In order to get to school, he walked to the streetcar in Old Town that took him to the bus in D.C. After graduating from high school in 1934, he attended George Washington University and studied mechanical engineering.

Fun Ways To Keep Learning in Summer

As summer vacation begins in a few weeks, some parents are scrambling for activities to fill the days for their children. Often that means summer vacations and trips to the pool or the park. Education experts say even in the midst of summer fun, it is important to ensure that children don’t lose the skills they’ve learned during the academic year. However, they say relaxing and having fun are equally important, and suggest a myriad of stealthy tricks that parents can employ for laid-back learning all summer long.

Flourishing After 55

Activities for those 55 and up.

Failing To Help J-H Students

To the Editor: West Old Town Citizens Association members were honored to have District A School Board members Bill Campbell, Karen Graf and Stephanie Kapsis attend a special meeting earlier this month to discuss Jefferson-Houston School’s academic dilemma. They were joined by Justin Keating, the District B Board member who serves as the School Board’s liaison to our PK-8 school. We appreciate their shared commitment of time.

Board Attitude Found Rude

To the Editor: On May 15, Amy Smith, a resident of the Nethergate community, located at the intersection of Bashford and Abingdon Roads, attended a meeting of the Board of Architecture Review (BAR) in order to petition the Board for a Certificate of Appropriateness, allowing her to retain the new windows she had installed which in part were made of vinyl. I attended this meeting and was stunned by the rudeness of this board.

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A Soldier’s Story

Burke man honored for heroism in disrupting pivotal “Easter Offensive.”

In November, 1971, Captain Denis Gulakowski began what he thought would be a relatively “safe” tour of duty in Vietnam. The Cold War military conflict had escalated steadily since 1955, and reached a high of 500,000 troops in 1967. By late 1971, the number of American troops in-country had been greatly reduced as President Richard Nixon implemented his “Vietnamization” program to extract the United States from the war.

Parking Needs To Be Addressed

To the Editor: I would like to point out with the new Jefferson-Houston School project how horrible parking is in the city. At the groundbreaking ceremony there were many city and school officials there and some residents plus others. The school parking lot currently has 124 parking spaces. There was not enough parking space for those who attended the affair. People were actually parking on top of the basketball court. They were also parking in the streets where residents normally park, but because of this event residents could not park near their homes. This is just one more event that the city holds that does not accommodate people using and needing parking for.

Being a Warrior, Now and Then

Q&A with Lt. Col. Gulakowski: Reflections on Vietnam legacy.

Lt. Col. Denis Gulakowski of Burke is a retired Army officer who served more than 25 years. From November 1971 until November 1972, he did a tour of duty in Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he participated in several battles, one of which disrupted the North Vietnamese attempt to overrun areas of South Vietnam during the Easter Offensive (Nguyen Hue Campaign) of 1972.

Support Police Youth Camp

To the Editor: For over 60 years, the officers of the Alexandria Police Department have worked tirelessly to reach the children in the city by creating and maintaining the Alexandria Police Youth Camp (APYC). The APYC is a non-profit organization consisting of Alexandria Police Officers, who are committed to making sure that each child has an opportunity to build character, learn team work, and develop self-confidence.

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Robinson Student Receives Scholarship

Maritza Villarroel honored by Hispanic Leadership Alliance.

Just 18, Robinson Secondary senior Maritza Villarroel plans to go to college and someday become a nurse. And thanks to a scholarship from the Hispanic Leadership Alliance (HLA), she’ll soon start her journey.

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Summer Fun in Alexandria

Summertime and the livin' is easy in Alexandria, where the calendar from Memorial Day to Labor Day is filled with holidays and events that celebrate our city and culture — both American and for the traditions of some of the many ethnic communities that make up the colorful and diverse fabric of the city.

Letter to the Editor: What Would Jesus Do?

As a Catholic, I am offended and deeply disappointed in the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington County, Bishop Paul Loverde’s statement that the Boy Scouts of America's vote would force the diocese to reconsider sponsoring troops in about 50 of its parishes.

‘Signs of the Tines’

Arlington astrologist and businesswoman pens astrological cookbook

Most people look to astrology when seeking a perfect romantic mate not the perfect meal. However, Arlington astrologer and businesswoman Joan Porte explores the connection between food and astrology in her 295-page cookbook called “Sign of the Tines: The Ultimate Astrological Cookbook.”

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Rosslyn Brings Summer Fun with Outdoor Film Festival

Movies follow “summer school” theme.

Throughout the summer the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) will be showing a free movie every Friday night at dusk for its annual outdoor film festival.

Bulletin Board

Information on events going on in Potomac.

Potomac School Notes

School notes on Potomac natives.

Don’t Be Among the Missing

Last time Virginia elected a governor, 1.7 million voters failed to vote after voting the previous year.

In 2008, 74.5 percent of Virginia’s registered voters turned out to vote in the presidential election. In 2009, the last time Virginians elected a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the House of Delegates, just 40.4 percent of registered voters came out to vote. That is to say that 1.7 million voters went missing in the Commonwealth.

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Memorial Day Preparation at Alexandria National Cemetery


Navy Commander Joe Cubba presented VFW Commander Bob Jones with a new flag to fly over the Alexandria National Cemetery on Saturday morning,

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'Fair Winds and Following Seas'

Old Dominion Boat Club holds 133rd flag raising.

Dreary skies and weekend rains cleared as members, dignitaries and guests of the Old Dominion Boat Club gathered at the foot of King Street May 19 for the 133rd annual flag raising ceremony. “These flags symbolize the unity between the city, the state, the United States and the Old Dominion Boat Club,” said Mayor Bill Euille prior to the yearly tradition of hoisting new flags to kick off the official start of a safe boating season. “This ceremony is a tradition that has been passed down for 133 years to the young people of our community.”

Unconventional Camp Ideas

Suggestions for parents still searching for summer activities

Lauralie Kennedy has been knee-deep in frantic online searches. School ends next month and the Alexandria mother has yet to enroll her 6-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter in summer camp. “I just haven’t put together a plan yet,” she said. “I have a spread sheet with all of the things I’d like for them to do, but I haven’t done anything with it. I am hoping that there will be slots open somewhere.”

Summer Fun Samplings

Fun summer activities in Potomac.

Family Takes Up Paddleboarding, Goes into Business

Paddle on the Potomac, standing up.

Michael Katz took his first stand-up paddle board lesson last August with Potomac Paddlesports. Now his entire family is hooked, even creating a business around the sport.

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Working To Help Ex-Offenders

Local probation office reintegrates ex-offenders into community.

As a longstanding observer of criminal behavior trends Lisa Stapleton, a 21-year veteran of the state Department of Corrections and, since 2007, chief of Probation and Parole of Alexandria, said, “80 percent of our adult offenders on probation have committed crimes because they have at one time or another been involved in substance abuse violations … and I would also say that we are much more aware that the source of problems for many offenders entering into criminal behavior are untreated or unresolved mental health issues.

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100 New Citizens Sworn In

Congressman Connolly, Chairman Bulova, Delegate Keam participate in naturalization ceremony in Fairfax.

The new citizens, accompanied by many family members, filled the Government Center's auditorium for the naturalization ceremony held by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Congressman Connolly, Chairman Bulova and Delegate Keam addressed the group, each describing in their words what it meant to be an American.

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‘Fiddler on the Roof Jr.’ Opens at Randolph Road Theater

Three performances scheduled for June 8-9.

“Fiddler on the Roof” has been capturing the hearts of audiences of all ages since the play first hit Broadway in 1964.

Don’t Be Among the Missing

Last time Virginia elected a governor, 1.7 million voters failed to vote after voting the previous year

In 2008, 74.5 percent of Virginia’s registered voters turned out to vote in the presidential election. In 2009, the last time Virginians elected a governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the House of Delegates, just 40.4 percent of registered voters came out to vote. That is to say that 1.7 million voters went missing in the Commonwealth.

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Muslim Foundation Honors Community Service Volunteers

Working to combat hunger.

More than 300 people celebrated the benevolent work of the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation at its annual community cookout at Black Hill Regional Park. The May 5 event honored the many volunteers whose energy and efforts made the MCMF’s 2013 Food Drive and other service projects a success.

Brief:Amazon Web Services to Expand in Fairfax County

Company will add 500 IT-focused jobs.

Governor Bob McDonnell announced last week that Amazon Web Services, Inc., (AWS), an company, will expand in Fairfax County and add 500 new jobs to the county economy.

Brief: Amazon Web Services to Expand in Fairfax County

Company will add 500 IT-focused jobs.

Governor Bob McDonnell announced last week that Amazon Web Services, Inc., (AWS), an company, will expand in Fairfax County and add 500 new jobs to the county economy.

School Notes

The following students have been named to the dean’s list at Savannah College of Art and Design: Kimberly Davies, Mary Hudgins, May Li Lynch and Aubrey Metcalfe Hampden-Sydney College senior Zachary James Madison was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. Zach serves as a Resident Advisor, played on the varsity baseball team, and was named to the All-ODAC Academic Baseball Team each of those years. He is a member of the Big Brother Program, the honor society Sigma Tau Delta (English) and Phi Gamma Delta. An English major, he is a graduate of Yorktown High School and is the son of George and Carol Madison.

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MoverMoms Change World One Project at a Time

Group hosts “Inspiration Day.”

Two weeks ago, MoverMoms Salma Hasan Ali and Rebecca Kahlenberg spent hours in line at Politics & Prose Bookstore with Rebecca’s daughter Amanda, waiting for First Lady Michelle Obama to sign their copies of her book, “American Grown.”

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Eagle Scout Prepares Emergency Preparedness Kits

The process of becoming an Eagle Scout is one that requires much work, dedication, and passion for the organization. Each person planning to become an Eagle Scout must complete an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, in which they plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. These projects require multiple steps of approval including their scoutmaster, a troop committee, and the district itself.

Military Notes

Stephen Dunn serving with the Joint Force Headquarters is promoted to the rank of major in the New York Army National Guard. Army Pfc. Joshua Caldwell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Caldwell is a 2006 graduate of Wakefield High School. He earned an associate degree in 2012 from Everest College, Arlington.

Bulletin Board

Thursday/May 30 Arlington Rotary Speaker. Noon-1:30 p.m. at La Cote D’Or Restaurant. Theo Stamos, Commonwealth’s attorney, will talk about the office that prosecutes crimes committed in Arlington County, City of Falls Church and at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Taste of Potomac To Benefit Adoptions Together

Fundraiser event to be held June 8.

Grilled lamb chops from Cava, tuna tartar from Hunter’s Inn, short ribs from Old Angler’s Inn, mini-indulgences from Seasons 52 — to sample the finest of fare, make plans to come to the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center on Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m. for the Taste of Potomac.

‘How Did That Happen?’

Tale of two funds

This is a story about two funds that have made a significant difference in Alexandria for a decade and how they are possibly threatened. The public is understandably concerned about the future of dedicated funding for the long-established Affordable Housing Fund and Open Space Fund. I certainly share their concern, and I hope this letter will help clarify what the two funds are, their impact, and why we need to reinstate the dedicated funds for these set asides. Otherwise, Alexandria will have two funds without a predictable, consistent base of support and will be up and down like the wind.

School Notes

The following students enrolled at Virginia Tech were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester: Madalena R. McNeil is a junior majoring in international studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Owen T. Nugent is a sophomore majoring in general engineering in the College of Engineering. Kelley M. O'Leary is a senior majoring in interior design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Catherine B. Royka is a sophomore majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Laina N. Schneider is a junior majoring in crop and soil environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Kelly E. Wood is a senior majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Christopher A. Caldwell is a senior majoring in computer science in the College of Engineering. Hilmi D. Entabi is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering. Adam D. Frank is a senior majoring in sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Travis E. Frank is a senior majoring in landscape architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Sonia Garakyaraghi is a freshman majoring in university studies. Alan A. Gomez is a senior majoring in computer engineering in the College of Engineering. Juan G. Montolin is a senior majoring in geography in the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Animals On and Off Duty Are Partners for Life

Humane groups hosts K-9 officers.

Claire Proffitt, president of Friends of Montgomery County Animals, held the organization’s annual spring luncheon meeting at her Potomac home on May 21. Among the 60 guests were three four-footed “keynote barkers” from the Canine Section of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Special Operations Division.


The Alexandria City Council reappointed Gwendolyn Day-Fuller and Kathleen Schloeder to the Alexandria Library Board. Day-Fuller serves as the board’s secretary and Schloeder as its chair. The Alexandria Library Board also welcomed two new members this year, the City of Alexandria’s Vice Mayor, Allison Silberberg, and City Council appointee, Helen Desfosses. Silberberg, whose civic efforts promote social justice, has been an Alexandria resident since 1989, and was elected to City Council in November 2012.

Military Notes

Marine Corps Pvt. Mau E. Knight, brother of Darius J. Faison of Gainesville, Fla. and nephew of Marine Corps Sgt. Michael T. Knight of Alexandria, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. Knight is a 2009 graduate of Pine Ridge High School of Deltona, Fla.

Nominees for Cappies Awards

More than two dozen students in Arlington received nominations for the 2013 Critics and Awards Program (Cappies). The Cappies is a way for high school theatre students to receive praise for their outstanding or otherwise excellent work on theater productions throughout the year that culminates in a Tony Award-style gala on Sunday, June 9, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. More than 50 high schools participate in Cappies across the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area.

Bulletin Board

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

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Fundraiser Planned for Animal Shelter

Each year, the nonprofit Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FFCAS) raises money to pay for things the shelter can’t afford. And in June, it holds a wine-tasting and invites the public to participate. In past years, it’s been at a beverage store. “But this time, we’re doing something totally different,” said FFCAS President Evelyn Grieve. “We’re having it at Paradise Springs Winery. And besides the wine-tasting, there’ll be appetizers, desserts and a raffle.”

Tuesday, May 28

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Author Abigail Trafford Discusses Planning for ‘My Time’

Trafford speaks at Reston Community Center about ways to spend later years.

The Reston Community Center hosted author and speaker Abigail Trafford Wednesday, May 22, as the keynote speaker for their “Celebrate Your Bonus Years” event.

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Summer Fun at Reston Town Center

Summer Concerts on the Town, Taste of Reston highlight annual events.

Reston Town Center will host their annual concert series starting June 1 and going through Aug. 24. The annual Summer Concerts on the Town series features everything from big band jazz to West African dance, Zydeco and more.

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Reston Historic Trust Examines Reston’s Architecture

Historic Trust hosts discussion on development of Reston.

There is a small elevated concrete platform just south of the Lake Anne Plaza. According to the writing on the platform, it was built in 1963. But the plaza wasn’t completed until 1964.

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Summer Fun in Herndon

Herndon Festival, new concert series highlight summer events.

Whether it’s downtown or the surrounding areas, there’s plenty of summer fun to be had in Herndon. Though it takes place a few weeks before the official start of summer, this weekend’s Herndon festival marks the start of the season for many.

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Herndon Pays Tribute to the Fallen on Memorial Day

Annual Memorial Day ceremony held at Chestnut Grove Cemetery.

Herndon residents gathered at Chestnut Grove Cemetery Monday, May 27 to commemorate Memorial Day. The annual ceremony featured members of the American Legion, Herndon High School Naval JROTC and guest speaker Dr. Duane C. Young, a retired Army major.

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Herndon Environmental Network Founder Recognized

Carlin Anderson named finalist for Cox Conserves Heroes.

When Herndon resident Carlin Anderson was looking for opportunities to volunteer, she wanted her efforts to go to helping the environment on a local and global level.

Lake Braddock Baseball Advances to Region Semifinals

Bruins beat Madison, will face Marshall.

The Lake Braddock baseball team is one win away from heading back to the state tournament.

Week in Reston

Reston Hospital Center Receives Radiation Oncology Accreditation

Reston Hospital Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

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NOVA Labs Sponsors ‘Take-apart’ Day

NOVA Labs threw open its doors on Saturday, May 11, to host a “Take-Apart” day, for the Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club from Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston. The 12 Hughes seventh graders could hardly wait for safety instructions and raced to pick out their pieces of equipment from bins of recycled phones, computers, answering machines and electronic games.

Chadia King of South Lakes Named Apple Scholar

This year’s 35 “Apple Scholars” were selected from over 400 applications that were reviewed by a committee of 30 judges from the Apple Federal Credit Union (FCU) membership community. The foundation selected students who demonstrated a commitment to helping their school and/or community.

Reston Summer Viewpoints

What Is Your Favorite Place or Way to Have Fun in the Summer?

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Korean Bell Garden Marks Anniversary

Anniversary celebration brings more than 350 visitors to Meadowlark Gardens.

On Saturday, May 25, visitors to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna were granted free admittance. This was due to the first anniversary celebration of the completion of the park’s Korean Bell Gardens. The celebration began at 11 a.m. and brought more than 350 visitors to the park.

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Public Works Day Draws Hundreds to Property Yard

Children climb in heavy equipment and wear hardhats.

Every year, during National Public Works Week, the Town of Vienna opens up its property yard on Mill Street to the public. This is no ordinary “open house,” either. The equipment, from ditch diggers to garbage trucks and front loaders and everything a town needs to maintain its infrastructure, is washed clean and spiffy-ed up. The all-afternoon event on May 23 featured snacks, give-outs that kids like—from blowup balls to hardhats—popcorn, tattooing and the chance to climb into a police car without being hauled off to the police station. Kids look forward to Public Works Day all year.

Reform the Reforms

Reform would re-direct education expectations to ensure that every child was a successful learner.

Not unlike a raw material fed into one end of the school factory, the children are expected to come out the other end as a defined product. Teachers are the assembly-line workers with strict product specifications their students are expected to meet with the teacher’s rate of pay increasingly dependent upon the students’ performance.

Week in Herndon

The Herndon High School Theatre Department will perform Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the Herndon High auditorium. Town of Herndon Promotes Its Culinary Community.

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Summer Fun Abounds in Vienna

Guide to special events and children’s activities.

Every Friday and Sunday evening—and summer Wednesday—free concerts liven up the Vienna Town Green. Sponsored by the Town of Vienna’s Parks and Recreation Department and local businesses and individuals, the concerts feature local musicians and special guests, including the armed forces bands.

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It’s a Matter of Color Exhibition and Student Show

ArtSpace Herndon’s “It’s a Matter of Color” exhibit will run from June 4 through July 7 with an artists reception on Saturday, June 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. The show features watercolors and oils by artists Catherine Hillis and Jill Poyerd.

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Langley Chorus Presents Spring Show

Annual concert to feature pop hits through the decades.

The Langley High School chorus has explored on and off-Broadway, as well as Disney for their annual spring show in years past. This year they will take a trip through the decades, exploring pop music throughout its history with “Get On Your Feet: Pop Music Through the Decades.”

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Herndon Optimists Honor Herndon Elementary Teachers

Herndon Elementary School teachers Jaime Graham and Susie Doak are this year’s winners of the Herndon Optimist Award from Herndon Elementary.

Brief: Week in McLean

Fire at Marshall High, McLean Chamber Promotes Bike to Work Day, and Book Collection to Support Scholarships for Women

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Brief: Churchill Road Holds Math Olympics

Churchill Road third and fourth grade students Rachel Dunleavy, Samantha Spencer, Jennifer Williams and David Ickowski’s math classes competed in Math Olympics the week of May 20.

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Underdog Marshall Baseball Advances to Region Semifinals

Statesmen one win shy of states after 0-7 start.

The Marshall baseball team will face Lake Braddock in the regional semifinals.

Herndon Summer Viewpoints

What Is Your Favorite Way or Place to Have Fun in Summer in Herndon?

Residents of Herndon share their favorite things to do over the summer.

Local Student to Receive Statewide Award

A Floris fifth-grader honored for excellence in math.

A Floris Elementary School fifth-grader has been selected as the Virginia recipient of the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award by the National Association of Gifted Children.

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Thankful for Life

Delaney Saslav, 5, of McLean, reunites with rescuers at McLean fire department.

Everyday the McLean Volunteer Fire Department works tirelessly to protect and serve the McLean community. On Saturday, May 25, the dedicated firefighters were able to see the importance and the impact of their efforts with the visit of Delaney Saslav.

Viewpoints: What is your favorite way or place to have fun in summer in McLean?

What is your favorite way or place to have fun in summer in McLean?

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Celebrating Partnerships

Fairfax County, FCPS honor 12 public-private partners during awards ceremony.

He envisioned a service project, contacted Fairfax County Public Library staff to gauge interest, and put the wheels in motion to create a program where older students offer tutoring to younger students in communities where there is a significant need.

McLean Honors Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day ceremony held at McLean High.

McLean Post 270 of the American Legion hosted a Memorial Day ceremony at McLean High School on Monday, May 27. The event drew members of Post 270, their families, local leaders and community members as they gathered to dedicate a memorial stone in honor of the fallen service members of the Korean War.

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McRain Day Still Manages to Shine

What the numbers say about McLean Day?

The weather forecast called for rain in McLean. Sure enough, about an hour after the 98th annual McLean Day started, it was pouring. That didn’t surprise Volunteer Coordinator Peggy Moore, who says organizers have often joked the event should be called “McRain Day.” But this is an event that goes on rain or shine, “unless the weather is dangerous,” Moore says, holding a funnel cake.

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Summer Fun in McLean

Fireworks return to Langley, concerts return to McLean Central Park.

After a few months of uncertainty, the annual Fourth of July fireworks will return to Langley High School for the 30th year this summer. Uncertainties due to the renovations to the field led to questions about whether the McLean Community Center could host the event in the same location, but arrangements were made. After a few months of uncertainty, the annual Fourth of July fireworks will return to Langley High School for the 30th year this summer. Uncertainties due to the renovations to the field led to questions about whether the McLean Community Center could host the event in the same location, but arrangements were made.

Art Matters as Elden Street Players Present ‘Red’

"Red" puts the audience in the center of Rothko's life and studio at the zenith of his career.

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Brief: Great Falls Studios Celebrates a Decade of Art

Established in 2003, Great Falls Studios is a consortium of more than 100 artists living or working in Great Falls, representing a diverse group of painters, potters, jewelry makers, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers and other artists and a variety of media, each working in studio spaces scattered throughout the back roads of scenic Great Falls.

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Seymour Foundation Seeks to Save

Life-saving device donated to the Great Falls Little League

During a Great Falls Little League game on Saturday, May 18, the Adam P. Seymour Foundation donated an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) to the Great Falls Little League as part of the foundation’s commitment to providing AEDs to organizations and schools that do not have the medical device .


What is Your Favorite Place or Way to Have Fun in the Summer?

What is Your Favorite Place or Way to Have Fun in the Summer?

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Arts Competition Attracts More Schools

Ninth Annual SAIC Technology and the Arts Competition Awards Ceremony held.

On Monday, May 20, The Council for the Arts of Herndon presented the ninth Annual SAIC Technology and the Arts Competition Awards Reception at the SAIC Conference Center in McLean.

Brief: Karen Bateman Art Exhibit

Artist Karen Bateman Brings the Outdoors in at Katie’s

Virginia painter Karen Bateman is the featured guest artist at Katie’s Coffee House in Great Falls for the month of June in an exhibit entitled “Water Everywhere.” The artist creates oil paintings en plein air, a French expression for "in the open air." This style of painting was popularized by the Impressionists in the late 1800s who set themselves apart from the academic realism taught in conventional enclosed, indoor artist studios.

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Summer Fun in Great Falls

Concerts on the Green, Fourth of July Celebration highlight summer events.

As summer comes to Great Falls, so do several of the area’s signature events that bring the community together for summer fun. Starting June 2, the annual Summer Concerts on the Green will begin at the Great Falls Village Centre.

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Great Falls Marks Memorial Day

Annual ceremony pays tribute to veterans past and present.

Retired Lt. Gen. Norman H. Smith was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in December 1955, more than 10 years after the Battle of Iwo Jima. But 68 years later, he accompanied 14 surviving veterans to the Japanese island, and he was struck by the stories he heard.

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Herndon High NJROTC Changes Command, Honors Cadets

Before honoring seniors with a full unit pass-in-review and piping over the side, CDR Richard Cassara, US Navy (Ret.), took one last opportunity to stress his high expectations of his cadets, to congratulate seniors for their leadership and innovation, and to impress upon them the importance of continuing to do their best.

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Riverbend Receives Intern Funding

Friends of Riverbend Park, Celebrate Great Falls support summer interns.

Celebrate Great Falls presented the Friends of Riverbend Park with a $2,000 check Tuesday, May 21, which will help fund a paid summer intern for the park.

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Annual Golf Tournament Set for June 3

Proceeds will go to parent teacher groups for local elementary schools.

Celebrate Great Falls will host its annual golf tournament Monday, June 3 at Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. The event serves as a fundraiser for Great Falls, Colvin Run and Forestville Elementary Schools, and has raised more than $98,000 for the schools.

Monday, May 27

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Community Comes Together for ViVa! Vienna!

Annual three-day Rotary Club festival featured food, amusement rides, live entertainment and 300-plus vendor marketplace.

Thousands of local families, teens, seniors, preschoolers and friends thronged the historic Church Street corridor over Memorial Day weekend at ViVa! Vienna! The annual festival, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Greater Vienna, featured 30 amusement rides for children of all ages, fried food, fresh food and frozen food, live entertainment on two stages—three if you count Vienna Idol—and more than 300 vendors selling arts, crafts, goods and services.

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Fairfax Welcomes Patriots

The 15th Ride of the Patriots brings an estimated 4,000 bikers to the City of Fairfax.

The 15th Ride of the Patriots brought an estimated 4,000 bikers to the City of Fairfax on May 26, to ride together to Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon in Arlington. The event honors America’s veterans, servicemen and women, and raises awareness of American POW and MIA soldiers of all wars. The event is sponsored by Patriot Harley-Davidson and the Fairfax VA Chapter, Harley Owners Group.

Thursday, May 23

Bulletin Board

Information on events going on in Mount Vernon.

The Power of Persistence

New laws will deal with mental health, campus safety.

In a little over a month, two new bills dealing with mental health and college safety will take effect in Virginia. And both are a result of the work of two members of the Angel Fund board and a small group of politicians.

Military Notes

News and notes on Mount Vernon natives in the military.

Learning about Middle Ages

Representatives from the London Brass Rubbings Center visited Virginia Run Elementary School in April to present the history, people, and lifestyles of the Middle Ages.

School Notes

Peter Hawes, a 2012 graduate of the University of Mary Washington, has received a U.S. Fulbright grant for 2013-2014.

Bridging Students’ Digital Divide

WPHS hosts community outreach event.

This past Monday evening, May 19, Fairfax County Public Schools conducted the first of 10 community outreach sessions countywide intended to engage interested parents, community leaders and others in helping the school system to develop a vision and plan for the future of digital learning in the Fairfax county public school system.

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Ruth Harvey Retires

Hollin Hall gas station owner and co-founder.

Fifty-two years ago Leon and Ruth Harvey opened the Hollin Hall Gas Station for business. Now, after more than a half century “Ruth” or “Mrs. Harvey” as many know her, has retired and moved out of the only home in which she ever lived in the Fort Hunt community and into the Paul Spring Retirement Center just a few minutes from the station at the corner of Fort Hunt and Shenandoah Road.

Working To Help Ex-Offenders

Probation office reintegrates ex-offenders into the community.

On average, 2,100 adult offenders are on supervised probation in Fairfax County at any given time. The office that manages these offenders is headed up by Tracy Lavely, a veteran of the Department of Corrections who has worked in the field of adult probation and parole since 1989.

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From the Performers’ Point of View

Singers, musicians talk about Chantilly’s upcoming show.

Performing in Chantilly High’s annual Jazz & Pizzazz show is more than being a student entertaining the community; it’s also about carrying on a tradition for more than a quarter of a century.

Editorial: Remembering on Memorial Day

The sacrifices of those who died in war.

1st Lt. Robert J. Hess, 26, of the Kings Park West neighborhood of Fairfax, was killed by enemy fire on April 23, 2013 in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan. Hess was known as “RJ” and graduated from Robinson Secondary School in 2005, where he played football, lacrosse and was the captain of the swim team. He was a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot who deployed to Afghanistan on April 11, 2013. His family remembers his sense of humor and his natural leadership ability.

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Centreville, Westfield Garner Cappies Nods

‘Cabaret’ and ‘Flowers for Algernon’ are honored.

When the winners are announced during the 14th annual Cappies Gala, June 9, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., students from Centreville and Westfield high schools will be there, eager for the results.

Poem: This is NOT America’s Next Top Model

Do you know what I hate? Ketchup

Poem: Insomnia

Charlie Flynn

Homework finished, TV watched, dinner eaten, it’s 10 O’clock.

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Family and Friends Mourn Trish Stach

Centreville woman dies on Mother’s Day.

It’s bad enough to lose a wife and mother; having her die on Mother’s Day only makes it worse. But on Sunday, May 12, Centreville’s Trish Stach lost her battle with breast cancer at age 59. She’d fought the disease for 15 years and ultimately died of complications from it.

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Rocky Run Honors Poetry Slam Winners

Rocky Run Middle School held a Poetry Slam on May 8, and eighth-grader Charlie Flynn won first place in the humorous category. Classmate Marc Manaloto came in first in the dramatic category.

Letter to the Editor: Help Keep The Lights On

I thought you would be interested in an update about the ongoing saga of the Christmas tree lights on King Street. They were all turned off April 15 and the short-run effort to keep them on through this spring did not work.

Column: "Recede"

If you’re a Three Stooges aficionado like I am, you’ve heard Moe Howard say it many times to Larry Fine and brother Curly as three stooges attempted to occupy space (doorways, windows, closets, etc.), large enough/wide enough for only one stooge. In short, “recede” means: back off, one at a time, mind your manners, and the ever-familiar to us long-time fans: “spread out.”

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Tea Party Ticket

Republican convention selects conservative slate of candidates for November.

Perhaps the biggest sign that the Tea Party has taken control of the Republican Party of Virginia was the yellow Gadsden flag emblem that appeared on placards distributed by supporters of Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, who was one of seven candidates vying to be the nominee for lieutenant governor last weekend at a raucous convention in Richmond. Davis, who represented Fairfax County for a decade in the General Assembly, has a reputation as being a moderate.

Wednesday, May 22

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Reston Community Orchestra Wraps up 25th Season

Reston Community Orchestra welcomes youth for season finale.

The Reston Community Orchestra concluded their 25th season Sunday, May 19, with a performance at the Reston Community Center.

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Katherine Hanley Shelter Hosts Open House

Shelter houses more than 20 families at a time.

Shelter House, a Herndon-based nonprofit that operates two homeless shelters in Fairfax County, as well as a domestic abuse shelter, hosted an open house at their Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax Tuesday, May 14.

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Herndon Farmer's Market Opens With New Activities

Cooking demos, live entertainment, extended hours part of this year’s market.

The Herndon Farmers Market has returned for the season, in a new location and with new extended hours designed to make shopping for fresh produce and other goods easier.

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Sara's Head Shaving Birthday Party

Sara Raffel's little brother Ryan lost his battle with AML, a form of leukemia, on Aug. 11, 2012 — less than a year after diagnosis and just two days before his 6th birthday.

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Power of Pink

The Power of Pink members celebrated their 2nd annual Debutante Cotillion Ball on Saturday evening, May 11, at West Potomac High School. Four students — Kaya Hampton, Genesis Taylor, Shaliyah Hollins and Kisanet Asfaha — were honored at the ball. The Power of Pink is a mentoring program for high school students. The members participate in workshops, cultural and community service projects. The program also includes fundraising activities to help support college scholarships. This year’s sponsors included the Apple Store at Pentagon City and Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Brief: Amazon Web Services to Expand in Fairfax County

Company will add 500 IT-focused jobs

Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Amazon Web Services, Inc., (AWS), an company, will expand in Fairfax County and add 500 new jobs to the county economy.

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Resurgent Majors Advance to Regional Quarterfinals

Mount Vernon repeats as National District champion.

The Mount Vernon boys' soccer team will host T.C. Williams in the regional quarterfinals.

Column: Commission Praises Foundation

The Ronald M. Bradley Foundation recently received an “Excellence in Aging Award for an Organization” for its commitment to the City of Alexandria’s holiday Meals-on-Wheels program.

Alexandria Bulletin Board

Information on events going on in Arlington.

Column: Observing Memorial Day

Public invited to May 27 ceremony at Alexandria National Cemetery.

Memorial Day is about remembering those who died for our values to make our way of American life possible. This honoring of the memories of the fallen and the values for which they died is not limited to one day.

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Eating Fresh and Local

Potomac Farmers Market, every Thursday, for vegetables.

Corey McCleaf will bring 33 varieties of fruit to the Potomac Farmer’s Market this summer. Emily Starck will sell 53 varieties of heirloom tomatoes during the farmer’s market season, which runs Thursday afternoons from May through October at Potomac United Methodist Church. Keisha and Scotty Sherman, of Simply Delicious Desserts, work with 50 pounds of rhubarb every morning, and make breads, cakes, ginger strawberry tea, scones, cookies and cupcakes. They also brought their “goodies” to the Strawberry Festival last weekend.

Military Notes

Information on Alexandria natives in the military.

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Dick Hagen and ‘Hawaii:’ Potomac Hunt Race Heroes

A loose horse adds drama to 61st annual race program.

Headed down the half-mile homestretch, going hell bent for leather toward the finish line, were six race horses and their jockeys all vying for the Labadie Mill Perpetual Trophy, a mile and a half flat race for ladies only. It was the fifth race of the Potomac Hunt’s 61st annual race program. It was not exactly billed as the featured event, or the most exciting. That was soon to change.

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Local Artist Overcomes TBI With Passion for Art

Brian Menish makes art, defies Traumatic Brain Injury.

After years of intensive physical, speech and occupational therapy, Menish not only survived, but he now has regained the ability to walk and participate in nearly every activity of a typical 24-year-old male.

Love Your Body – Northern Virginia Yoga and Wellness Day

Free Public Event presented by Beloved Yoga ~ Proceeds Benefit Reston Interfaith

“At Love Your Body Day, everyone can learn about the many ways to take care of their bodies from the inside out – physically, mentally, and emotionally – to feel stronger, healthier, and better able to manage stress,” says Maryam Ovissi, co-owner of Beloved Yoga.

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Reston’s ‘Party With a Cause’

Bad weather not a problem at Relay for Life.

To officially begin the event survivors from the area walk a lap amongst themselves wearing purple to signify the disease they overcame.

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Racing in the Clifton Caboose Twilight Run

The 15th annual Clifton Caboose Twilight Run

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Alarmed Over Crescent Apartments Future

Faith communities and residents host a walk to raise awareness of possible loss of affordable housing.

On Sunday, May 19, V.O.I.C.E (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) walked with many residents of Reston, and tenants of Crescent Apartments to raise awareness of affordable housing in Reston and more specifically—plans to redevelop the Crescent Apartments on North Shore Drive from 181 units to much larger 700-900 units.

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Residents Meet Police Officers And K-9s

Local residents attending a recent meeting of the Sully District Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee learned about the work done by the K-9 officers and their dogs. Officers Matthew Kunstel and Marshal Thielen talked to the crowd and children enjoyed petting their dogs.

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Singers, Dancers, Musicians Galore

Chantilly’s annual Jazz & Pizzazz is May 29-June 1.

Chantilly High’s Jazz & Pizzazz isn’t just any musical-entertainment show. It’s a high-octane, raise-the-roof extravaganza featuring award-winning singers and dancers in colorful and energetic spectacle. This year’s event, the 27th annual, runs Wednesday-Saturday, May 29, 30 and 31 and June 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at They’re also available at the door, but Friday and Saturday nights usually sell out, so advance purchases are recommended for those shows.

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Springfield Joins Bike to Work Day

Self-powered commuters enjoyed bike service, snacks and a chance to give feedback.

Though the Metro Park pit stop for Bike to Work Day 2013 didn’t technically open until 6:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17, the first biker showed up at 6:15, according to stop Manager Nancy-jo Manney.


Ongoing The Airbus IMAX Theater at National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, is showing movies including “Hubble,” “Fighter Pilot,” “Space Junk,” “Air Racers”, “The Dream is Alive” and ”Star Trek: Into the Darkness”. Visit or call 703-572-4118 for the movie schedule.

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Ongoing Summer Classes. Art at the Center, 2804 Sherwood Hall Lane. Children ages 6-10 can participate. Register at or 703-201-1250. Art Exhibit. Through Sunday, May 26, Thursday, Friday and Sunday noon-4 p.m.; Saturday 1-4 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. See works by Mary Margaret Pipkin. Free. Visit

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Brief: Honored at William & Mary

Brian Anthony Rabe, of Springfield, graduated from the College of William & Mary on Sunday, May 12, with a Bachelor's in both biology and chemistry, membership in Phi Beta Kappa and an overall 4.0 GPA.

Sergeant Charles Matthew Gildon and Sara Elisabeth Peltier Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Lynne Gildon, of Fairfax Station, are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Sergeant Charles Matthew Gildon to Sara Elisabeth Peltier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Wallys Peltier, of Marshall, Va., and Ms. Melissa Graves, of Fairfax.

Fairfax County Band Directors Recognize Solo Performers

The Fairfax County Band Directors Association has recognized 15 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students for excellence in solo instrumental music performance as part of the 2013 Fairfax County Band Directors Association Solo Competition.

Week in Fairfax

Final Parkway Paving Underway and Fairfax Farmers Market Is Open

Brief: VDOT Announces New Northern Virginia Leadership

The Virginia Department of Transportation named Helen L. Cuervo P.E. district administrator for VDOT’s Northern Virginia District, and Renée N. Hamilton deputy district administrator.

Reston Concerts on the Town Announces its 2013 Season

Reston Concerts on the Town Announces its 2013 Season

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Brief: Chic Envy Hosts Military Spouse Appreciation Event

Upscale consignment boutique Chic Envy and the National Military Spouse Network (NMSN), a networking, mentoring and professional development organization committed to empowering military spouses, teamed up to host the third annual military spouse appreciation event on Monday, May 6.

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Brief: 30 GMU Students, Faculty Rally Over Keystone XL Pipeline

Over 30 students leaders, faculty and Virginians rallied Friday, May 17, at a press conference in advance of Sen. Mark Warner’s commencement address Saturday to tell the Senator that they oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

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Bringing to Life ‘Is He Dead?’

Providence Players present recently unearthed Mark Twain comedy.

It is rare that a play written by one of America's iconic writers is found and produced a century after it was written. But the Providence Players are bringing to life "Is He Dead?" written by Mark Twain in 1898 and first published in print in 2003.

Commentary: Every Two Years

I told the several people who were present that I thought we needed a new Fairfax Resolves, remembering the resolution that the citizens of Fairfax County had drawn up to list their grievances against England before the revolution.

Brief: Tiny Dancers Offer Themed Week-long Camps

There’s something big afoot at Tiny Dancers this summer as they offer their award-winning program of themed, week-long camps.

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Half Marathon To Support Families

Fundraiser includes 1K fun run.

Several thousand runners and spectators will gather for the fourth annual Alexandria Running Festival Half Marathon and 5K this weekend.

CES’s 7th Annual Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance

The girls from Centreville Elementary School danced the night away at the Black and White Ball in April, with their fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles and in one case, an older brother. Since its beginning seven years ago, the dance has grown and this year had the biggest turnout of attendees in the dance’s history. This year’s theme was a Black and White Ball and the girls and their dates came decked out in true princess fashion. DJ Patrick Fitzgerald from BossHogg Entertainment kept the girls and their dates dancing well into the night. The girls also took home a souvenir photo courtesy of YanzEvents Photo Booths. CES noted the support of local businesses: Chipotle, Virginia Tire and Auto, Guapos, Manhattan Bagel, Baskin Robbins, Brick’s Pizza, Centreville Tire and Auto, Domino’s Pizza, Centreville Dance, and Amanda Lauser with Lia Sophia.

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Brief: GMU President Named Honorary Member of Rotary Club of Fairfax

The Rotary Club of Fairfax inducted Dr. Angel Cabrera, the newly-inaugurated president of George Mason University, as an honorary member on April 29. According to Laura Hills, the club’s president, “It is our tradition to make the George Mason University president an honorary member of our club. We were thrilled to bestow this honor upon Dr. Cabrera.”

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Racing in the Clifton Caboose Twilight Run

The 15th annual Clifton Caboose Twilight Run included a 1-mile fun run/walk at 6 p.m., and the 5K at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

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Three Musicals Garner Cappies Nods

Fairfax, Woodson, Paul VI are all recognized.

When the winners are announced during the 14th annual Cappies Gala, June 9, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., students from Fairfax, Woodson and Paul VI high schools will be there, eager for the results. That’s because each school was nominated for awards for their musicals.

Column: Reston Marches to Support Neighbors

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, ideal for marching to support our neighbors in Lake Anne’s Crescent Apartments and support some old-time Reston values.

Week in Herndon

Memorial Day Observance at Chestnut Grove. Town of Herndon Holiday Schedule. 2013 Herndon Festival Set for May 30-June 2. Delegate Rust Receives ‘A+’ Rating. Are You Missing Money?

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Walker Honored by Franklin Band Director Lawrence Walker was at Franklin Middle School when it opened in 1984. And after 30 years with FCPS — 28 of them at Franklin — he retired in June 2012. But his many contributions to the school and to the youth of Fairfax County have not been forgotten. In a ceremony at the May 9 meeting of the School Board, it was revealed that Franklin is naming its music department the Lawrence Walker Music Department. And area music students will still benefit from his expertise when he returns this summer to continue directing Franklin’s annual Band and Orchestra Camp, June 24-July18.

School Notes

Aun Kei Hong of Centreville graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in computer engineering from RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering in the winter 2012-13 quarter. Thoa Jennifer M. Tran, of Centreville, received the Dr. Clyde S. & Pauline F. Stine Scholarship from Millersville University. Daniel Deskin Nicoll graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a B.A. in history. A graduate of Bishop Ireton High School, he is the son of Scott and Colleen Nicoll of Centreville.

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Ongoing Mommy & Me (& Daddy, Too). Third Tuesday each month. 10 a.m. at Rockville Town Square. Meet for a morning out with active learning and creative play with lunch specials, story time, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, prizes and more. Visit On the Square: May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17 and Oct. 15. The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park has announced its 2012-2013 season. There are fairytale princesses, and a guest artist with a bilingual twist. 301-634-5380 or Cinderella, through June 9, Thursdays and Fridays at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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2nd Annual RC Mania at WPHS

Flying conditions were near perfect on Sunday, May 19, as RC Mania got underway in the back fields at West Potomac High School. Hosted by the West Potomac High School Engineering Club, the Technology Student Association and Technology and Engineering Department, the event drew upon dozens of model airplane, cars and trucks and boat enthusiasts.

Brief: Local Students Receive the Allstate Foundation Achievement Award

Fairfax High School student Drew Bonner, and Patrick O’Connor from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, were chosen as two of 10 students across the state to receive an academic scholarship from The Allstate Foundation and the Virginia High School League (VHSL).

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Herndon Joins Bike To Work Day

On Friday, May 17, the Town of Herndon hosted a bike pit stop close between the Herndon Depot Train Museum and old Town Hall, just off the W&OD trail.

School Notes

Christine Quetsch from Chantilly High School is a recipient of a 2013 Celebrate Fairfax Community Spirit Scholarship. Andrew Criminski, the son of Scott and Charmain Criminski of Oak Hill, and Therese Criminski of San Diego, has been named to Randolph-Macon Academy's dean's list for the third quarter of the 2012-13 school year. Andrew is a senior at Randolph-Macon.

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We Are Family

Community celebrates foster families during annual 5K walk at Lake Accotink.

They walked, ran or rode trikes, all in celebration of foster families at Lake Accotink Park on Saturday, May 18.

Flourishing After 55 May 22

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for June 1-8.

Buisness Notes

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study is celebrating its 20th year. Four more retailers have opened their doors at Fair Oaks Mall. The Art of Shaving, Clarks, Sports Zone Elite and Zumiez are joining the expanding lineup at the area’s premier shopping destination.

Potomac Entertainment Calendar May 22

Information on entertainment events in Potomac.

Bulletin Board-cv

Through June 12 Independent Living Project. Fairfax County is offering this free six-week program that includes a gentle exercise program to improve strength and balance, presentations on county services, a healthy cooking demonstration, advice on how to manage health care and prescriptions, and more. Led by professional social workers, the group meets weekly at the Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germain Drive, Centreville from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register at or call 703-324-7210, TTY 711.

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

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Chantilly’s Next Stop: The Kennedy Center

Funny, heartwarming play receives 11 Cappie nominations.

Chantilly High’s Cappies play was called, “You Can’t Take It with You.” But if all goes well for the school at next month’s Cappies ceremony, Chantilly could take home some trophies for its side-splitting play. It received 11 nominations, and all the high-school theater winners will be unveiled, June 9, during the 14th annual Cappies Gala at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Learning about Immigration Reform

Forum provides information about a national debate.

As Congress tries to tackle immigration reform, residents gathered in an auditorium at Kenmore Middle School on Tuesday, May 14, to learn about the various and complex parts of this issue. U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) started the forum off by speaking of one area of common ground between both sides of the immigration reform debate.

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Brief: Nereids Synchronized Swimmers Place at Regionals

The Northern Virginia Nereids synchronized swimming team qualified for the Age Group National Synchronized Swimming competition after a successful showing at the South Zone Region A Regional Competition in Washington, D.C. the weekend of May 3-5.

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A New Jefferson-Houston

The ground has been broken on the new site for the Jefferson-Houston Elementary School. The event featured a visit from the Washington National’s Running President Thomas Jefferson.

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Ballpark Bus Ups Reston 'Nattitude'

Reston Town Center showed some serious "Natitude" on Saturday, May 11 when the Ballpark Bus made its debut, shuttling over 40 baseball fans to Nationals Park from Clyde's of Reston.

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Transatlantic Hip-hop Festival Returns to Arlington

Last Thursday, People gathered at the Artisphere on Thursday, May 16, to attend another event of the second annual Urban Corps hip-hop festival that was taking place in Washington from May 12-18.

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Centreville, Westfield Garner Cappies Nods

‘Cabaret’ and ‘Flowers for Algernon’ are honored.

When the winners are announced during the 14th annual Cappies Gala, June 9, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., students from Centreville and Westfield high schools will be there, eager for the results. That’s because both schools were nominated for awards for their Cappies shows. Centreville received nominations for its high-spirited musical, “Cabaret,” and Westfield was recognized for its touching play, “Flowers for Algernon.”

Letter: Failing Grades on Air Pollution

Republican members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works put corporate polluters ahead of our health by boycotting the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Each day this vote is delayed, health risks increase for millions of Virginians.

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2013 Athletes of the Year

Britt McHenry to keynote Sportsman’s Club dinner May 29.

Washington sportscaster Britt McHenry will be on hand as 26 of the city’s best high school athletes are honored for their academic and athletic excellence at the 57th annual Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Awards dinner May 29 at the Westin Carlyle Hotel. A sports reporter for ABC7/WJLA-TV and NewsChannel 8, McHenry is also the host of News Channel 8's High School Sports Final. Her keynote address will be the first given by a female in the history of the Sportsman’s Club.

Brief: Eight FCPS Students Honored for Writing

Eight Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students have received certificates for superior writing in the 2013 Achievement Awards in Writing by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

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Brief: Homestretch Hosts Benefit Breakfast

The event helps raise more than $100,000.

Homestretch hosted its annual benefit breakfast on Wednesday, May 15, and raised over $100,000 for its program and services.

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Remembering a Promise To Remember

Alexandria war memorial is decaying.

The monument in front of Alexandria's railroad station is a pledge that residents who die in wartime service never will be forgotten. How, then, could the monument itself be so forgotten? On Monday, Nov. 11, 1940, a crowd of 3,000 gathered for the dedication. Speakers, whose words were not recorded, undoubtedly said the sacrifices of the dead would be remembered forever. But time has affected the stones representing those promises. Decay has set in. Joints are opening. Mortar and caulking have fallen aside, preparing the way for further damage. Those who participated in the long-ago ceremonies would be taken aback at what is visible today.

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Working To Help Ex-Offenders

Local probation office reintegrates ex-offenders into community.

Probably the only time the average citizen hears about the Department of Corrections probation program is when something goes wrong. An offender on probation violates his or her terms of her parole and commits a crime. The public is outraged and concerned about their safety and the safety of the community.

Herndon High Presents ‘Improvathon’

The event honors Chuck Stanley.

For the past four years the Stanley family has been awarding a scholarship to a Herndon High School theatre arts student in memory of their son and brother, Chuck Stanley. This year, the HHS Drama Department decided to show their thanks.

Volunteers To Place 5,000 Flags

On Saturday May 25, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 609, American Legion Post 1775 along with other veterans and volunteers will place more than 5,000 American flags at the graves at Alexandria National Cemetery, 1450 Wilkes St., Alexandria. It is the oldest veterans cemetery in the U.S., established in 1862.

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It’s on to The Kennedy Center

Robinson’s musical, “Hairspray,” nominated for eight Cappies.

Each year, the Cappies program honors the best in high-school theater, and Robinson Secondary’s high-octane musical, “Hairspray,” has been nominated for eight awards.

A Joyous Occasion

To the Editor: Artists, their families and friends, and members of the community who attended the opening reception of “Art Uniting People” at the Lee Center not only got to see some powerful, moving, sad, jarring and funny works of art including photography, paintings, sketches and sculpture, they also got a chance to learn what it takes to be happy with Liberian-born storyteller Vera Oye' Yaa-Anna who told her tale of the king of the historic city of Timbuktu who was always unhappy no matter what his loyal subjects and servants tried to do. With the help of dancers Diane Freeman and Thomas Lee and drummers Yerone Sanders and Joseph Ngwa, the audience was soon clapping, dancing in their seats, down the aisles and on stage and chanting “I am Happy.” A few tried drumming including an intrigued four-year-old.

Lake Braddock Teacher, Burke Swim Coach Promotes Water Safety

Alexandria resident, Lake Braddock teacher Miriam Lynch helped organize a congressional hearing to increase awareness.

With the summer swimming season just about to kick off, the excitement of a freshly opened pool or beach may cause eagerly returning patrons to forget their number one priority as patrons: safety.

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Ongoing Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street. Line Dancing Class. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Line dancing with Barbara Allen. Covers the basic steps, then combines them to music for a gentle aerobic workout. More experienced line dancers are welcome as they can assist newer dancers. At Aurora Hills Senior Center. Call 703-228-5722. Theater Performance. Through Saturday, May 25, see “Club de Caballeros” at Gunston Arts Center Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St. Performances on Thursdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m., with tickets $30/general; $25/student or senior. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with tickets $35/general; $30/student or senior. Visit or 703-548-3092.

‘Lights Out’ District?

To the Editor: Keeping the streetlights on in Alexandria starts with city hall’s new Call-Click-Connect system, where like Dorothy going to Oz, you click three times and land in a place that asks you to “call the power company.” The city stays out of the loop and in the happy zone. You’re on your own road to discovery, dude. Arriving to the Historic District by Metro, you may begin your journey to the water by traversing the western end of King Street’s “lights out” district, where night-shuttered businesses and few restaurants create a picture of gothic gloom. It is here, like Pepper and Martin, whose shop is fronted by an unlit streetlamp, you might feel the need to squint.

Potomac Bulletin Board May 22

Information on events going on in Potomac.

Help Keep The Lights On

To the Editor: I thought you would be interested in an update about the ongoing saga of the Christmas tree lights on King Street. They were all turned off April 15 and the short-run effort to keep them on through this spring did not work. Now The trees have been trimmed on King Street. It was a long overdue procedure to maintain the tree canopy over the city. As far as we know now the budget has been created and the lights will not be on again until Thanksgiving this year.

Educational Crisis

To the Editor: Reporter Michael Lee Pope’s two articles, “Historic Tax Hikes” and “Uncertainty Haunts Groundbreaking,” are inextricably linked. In the former Mr. Pope writes: “One of the leading drivers of the need for capital spending is the public school system.” In the latter he states: “when the new $45 million Jefferson-Houston School facility opens its doors, it may not be under the control of city leaders.” Jefferson-Houston School, my family’s failing neighborhood school, becomes the responsibility of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2014.

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Remembering Paige Saucedo

Herndon High hosts annual event in memory of its late teacher.

The second annual Paige R. Saucedo Memorial ESOL Scholarship Fund Event was held on Saturday, May 18, at Herndon High School. The occasion marked the second anniversary of the sudden passing of Herndon High’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department chair, Paige Saucedo.

Bookstores Abound

To the Editor: I would like to comment on two recent items in the Gazette Packet: a letter in the May 9 issue ("A City's Priorities" from Carl A. Posey), and the item in the May 16 "Business Matters" column headlined "Books Without Bookstores." I agree strongly with Mr. Posey's point that Alexandria's library system needs to receive high priority in Alexandria's budgets, but I take issue with his statement that "Alexandria is a community where no bookseller can survive." The "Books Without Bookstores" item stated that Alexandria is "bereft of a place to buy books." I disagree.

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Teaching Geography in Peru

Arlington resident Alison Foley develops program in Pariahuanca and San Miguel de Aco.

Remember those fun geography games in elementary school? Well, Arlington resident Alison Foley is using those past experiences to introduce geography to the children and young people of Peru through MUNDO the program she co-created with her Peace Corps site mate Keren Eyal in Ancash, Peru.

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Rachel Carson Middle Performs Original Show

One act show written and staged by students with assistance of Arena Stage Artists.

The students of Rachel Carson Middle School performed an original production this past week. The play, “Grayscale,” is one the students wrote and staged with the help of Arena Stage artists.

Potomac Real Estate May 22

Kim Farina, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that the Potomac office was recognized for outstanding performance in April.

Potomac School Notes May 22

School notes for Potomac natives.


The following incidents were reported by the Arlington Police Department. MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 4200 block of N. 2nd Road. At 6:59 a.m. on May 10, a verbal argument escalated out front of an apartment building and the victim was assaulted by three subjects. The victim was stabbed in the left side of the torso during the assault. A 37-year-old Arlington man, a 43-year-old Arlington man and a 25-year-old Hyattsville, Md. man were arrested and charged with malicious wounding. They were held without bond.

Modernizing Potomac Elementary

Plans underway for new school building, last to be modernized in Churchill cluster.

Potomac Elementary School will have a new building by January 2018, without delay.

Celebrating Achievement

Award promotes Northern Virginia’s leadership diversity.

The nonprofit organization Virginia Leadership Institute (VLI) held its Top 10 Under 40 awards reception on May 7 at Kora Restaurant in Crystal City to honor black leaders in Northern Virginia. In a room filled with dozens of attendees along with award recipients and their families, 10 people were celebrated for their achievements in business, politics, civic engagement and philanthropy. Representing the scope of cities and counties making up Northern Virginia, honorees were from Alexandria, Arlington, the Town of Dumfries, Fairfax County, Loudon County, and Prince William County.

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Picnic Honors Volunteers

Montgomery County Muslim Foundation celebrates award.

More than 350 people gathered at Black Hill Regional Park to honor Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF) volunteers and to celebrate their “2012 Exceptional Partner Award,” presented by Giant Foods and Manna.

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Thursday/May 23 Spring Carnival. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Washington Golf and Country Club. Arlington Food Assistance Center is hosting boardwalk performers, carnival treats and entertainment. Visit for more. Annual Senior Law Day. 12:30-4 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Enjoy a proclamation, exhibitions, photo identification cards and more. 703-228-0948.

Tuesday, May 21

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Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival Returns to Reston Town Center

Greg Sawyer of Herndon describes himself as an art fan, but says he’s a “little intimidated” by it. Still, having recently moved from Texas and living without roommates for the first time in his life, he has an apartment to decorate. That brought him to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at Reston Town Center last weekend. 

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Yorktown Girls’ Soccer Three-Peats as District Champs

Patriots beat W-L, looking for deep run at regionals.

The Yorktown girls' soccer team will host Langley in the first round of regionals.

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South County Baseball Wins Patriot District Championship

Stallions beat defending state champion Lake Braddock.

South County will host Robinson in the first round of the Northern Region baseball tournament. Lake Braddock will host Chantilly.

Vienna Police Sergeant Tom Taylor Honored

On May 4, Sergeant Tom Taylor was honored for his enforcement efforts against drunk and impaired drivers. The Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (V.A.S.A.P.) in Fairfax County and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) held its annual awards ceremony at the Tysons Westpark Hotel in McLean.

Brief: Connolly Honors Mayo Stuntz on House Floor

Rep. Gerry Connolly’s Congressional Record Statement commemorating the extraordinary life of Mayo Stuntz of Vienna.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the extraordinary life of one of Fairfax County’s more iconic figures, Mayo Sturdevant Stuntz, who passed away May 9, at the age of 97. Mr. Stuntz not only witnessed the historical events that shaped our community, but he and his family also dedicated themselves to documenting, sharing and preserving that history for future generations.

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ViVa! Vienna! Returns Memorial Day Weekend

Three-day festival features live entertainment, carnival food, rides and 300-plus vendors.

ViVa! Vienna! is back: Carnival midway, live entertainment and food vendors kick-off the three-day Memorial Day weekend festival on Saturday, May 25. And that’s just the beginning. On Sunday, more than 300 vendors—selling crafts, goods and services—converge along the historic Church Street corridor, hosting upwards of 50,000 visitors to the festival sponsored by the Rotary Club of Greater Vienna.

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Vienna Woman’s Club Awards Scholarships

Madison HS seniors, Vienna elementary schools recipients of club’s generosity.

The Vienna Woman’s Club celebrated 51 years of scholarship awards on May 15 at a program honoring three local high school seniors and four Vienna elementary schools. The scholarship winners each received a $1,000 check from the Woman’s Club. “The scholarships honor exceptional seniors and their families,” said Scholarship and Education Committee co-chair Jo-Lynn Westlund.

Week in McLean

Three Suspects Arrested, Charged in Serial Burglaries

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Brief: Preserving Trees in McLean

McLean Trees Foundation plants, maintains trees at Lewinsville Park.

Volunteers for the McLean Trees Foundation (MTF) honored Mother’s Day and Mother Earth by edging, mulching and pruning 30 trees along Chain Bridge Road in Lewinsville Park in McLean. Three native Fringe Trees were also planted. The trees mark the entrance to Lewinsville Park and provide an important natural gateway to the business and residential community of McLean.

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Brief: Churchill Road Students Support SHARE

On Friday, May 17, Steve Mournighan and Vic Kimm, from SHARE, Inc., a McLean-area food bank, picked up nearly half a truckload of food and household items donated by Churchill Road Elementary School families to help replenish the SHARE, Inc. shelves.

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Brief: Community Charity Champions to Host Fundraiser for McLean Little League

A fundraiser for Mclean Little League has been announced by HBC Realty Group’s (Keller Williams Realty) Community Charity Champions. Come to dinner on Tuesday, June 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pulcinella Italian Host in McLean to support Mclean Little League. Approximately 70 percent of the proceeds from food and drink will go to the charity, as long as the diner brings the flyer for the event.

Week in Great Falls

Memorial Day Ceremony At Freedom Memorial

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David Bettwy Receives 2013 Tibbetts Award

Great Falls Historical Society recognizes Bettwy’s contributions.

In 1960, David Bettwy, then a government engineer, moved to Great Falls to settle into a home off Springvale Road, with acres of dairy farms, horse pastures and rolling meadows surrounding his home. When the Great Falls Historical Society was formed in 1977, Dave was an early member and leader. Over the last decade, Dave applied his technology skills to creating a website that shares the vast research of local historians—oral histories, photos, stories, historic research, etc.—with the world, scoring visits from history buffs from far-away places such as Iran and Australia. The Library of Congress, recognizing the value of the site, proactively sought to establish a link. For Dave's tireless, passionate and enduring stewardship of the history of Great Falls and surrounding communities, creating, developing and maintaining the website,, the Great Falls Historical Society recently honored Dave with the 2013 Jean Tibbetts History Award, presented at its Tibbetts Award Banquet and Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at The Old Brogue Restaurant in Great Falls.

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Great Falls Exxon Site Contamination Update

Residents discuss contamination at Georgetown Pike-Walker Road intersection.

Great Falls residents gathered at the Grange Tuesday, May 14 to hear the latest on the contaminated site at the corner of Georgetown Pike and Walker Road, and to hear plans for its cleanup.

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Joe Cassella 5K Raises $16,000

Annual run supports families of children suffering from cancer.

Frank Cassella remembers his brother Joe as a man who had very high character. Even throughout Joe’s 10-month battle with mesothelioma, which claimed his life in July 2009 at the age of 40, Frank remembers a brother who embraced support, not pity.

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MCA Presents Teen Character Awards

The McLean Citizens Association presented 11 local teenagers with their Teen Character Awards during McLean Day Saturday.

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A Day for McLean

Annual McLean Day festival held at Lewinsville Park.

Temperatures in the low 60s and rain throughout the day might have kept some people from the annual McLean Day Festival Saturday, May 18, but for the hundreds who look forward to the event, they didn’t even bat an eye.

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New Source of Information for Seniors in McLean

McLean Senior Source help desk opens at community center.

Seniors in McLean now have a one-stop shop to access services with the opening of the McLean Senior Source Tuesday, May 21. Volunteers will man a phone, computer and table in the McLean Community Center in order to connect seniors and caregivers with services they need.

Friday, May 17

Classified Advertising May 22, 2013

Read the latest ads here!

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 132 homes sold between $1,850,000-$194,900 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: April, 2013

Springfield Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 148 Springfield homes sold between $1,575,000-$145,000.

Springfield Home Sales: April, 2013

Reston Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 106 Reston homes sold between $1,470,000-$140,000.

Reston Home Sales: April, 2013

Potomac Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 42 Potomac homes sold between $4,380,000-$476,000.

Potomac Home Sales: April, 2013

Mount Vernon Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 139 homes sold between $2,856,400-$81,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: April, 2013

McLean Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 106 homes sold between $2,350,000-$182,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: April, 2013

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 88 homes sold between $1,075,000-$158,000 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: April, 2013

Great Falls Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 23 Great Falls homes sold between $4,100,000-$410,299.

Great Falls Home Sales: April, 2013

Fairfax Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 95 Fairfax homes sold between $1,575,000-$135,200.

Fairfax Home Sales: April, 2013

Centreville Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 93 Centreville homes sold between $880,000-$128,300.

Centreville Home Sales: April, 2013

Chantilly Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 15 homes sold between $575,000-$70,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: April, 2013

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

In April 2013, 68 homes sold between $1,135,000-$125,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Burke Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 54 Burke homes sold between $670,000-$130,000.

Burke Home Sales: April, 2013

Arlington Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 298 Arlington homes sold between $2,850,000-$75,000.

Arlington Home Sales: April, 2013

Alexandria Home Sales: April, 2013

In April 2013, 207 Alexandria homes sold between $4,656,000-$107,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: April, 2013

Thursday, May 16

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Great Falls Optimist Club Awards Helping Hands 

Great Falls sixth graders honored.  

The Great Falls Optimist Club recognized four sixth graders Wednesday, May 8 with their Helping Hands award, the first time the club has given out the awards to sixth graders whose efforts in school and in their communities have brought them to the attention of their teachers.

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Chantilly Boys’ Lax Captures Concorde Championship

Chargers senior Unterkofler scores game-high four goals.

The Chantilly boys' lacrosse team will host Yorktown in the Northern Region quarterfinals.

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O’Sullivan’s 7 Goals Lead Westfield Girls’ Lax to Concorde Title

Bulldogs beat defending champion Oakton in overtime.

The Westfield girls' lacrosse team will host Stone Bridge tonight in the Northern Region quarterfinals.

Mount Vernon Softball Eyes District Championship

Majors beat Falls Church to earn regional berth.

The Mount Vernon softball team will host Washington-Lee in the National District semifinals.

A Fluid Situation

I don’t mean to be the least bit paranoid, but I suppose that’s because, as a stage IV non-small cell lung cancer “diagnosee,” I’m already the most bit paranoid. A terminal diagnosis of incurable cancer has a way of doing that to you (at least to me it has). Not to blame cancer totally for my behavior, but can you think of a more deserving and appropriate cause of this effect than the “leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States.” In fact, according to the American Lung Association, “Lung cancer causes more deaths than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate).”

Ireton Softball Beats SSSA in State Quarterfinals

Cardinals pitcher Rhodes earns victory against Saints.

The Bishop Ireton softball team will face Bishop O'Connell in the state semifinals.

Fairfax County Attracts Innovative Technology Firms

More than 1,400 jobs added to local economy in first quarter.

Continuing consumer demand for innovative technology such as web filtering, data security and cloud computing has helped Fairfax County post gains to the local economy, countering the sequester effect stalling business growth in other sectors. According to the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), 27 businesses added more than 1,400 jobs in Fairfax County during the first quarter of 2013.

Brief: School Board Requests Bond Referendum on November Ballot

The Fairfax County School Board has approved a resolution to request that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors place a school bond referendum for $250,000,000 on the ballot for the November 2013 general election.

Editorial: Vote in Spite of Election Fatigue

Primary voting, absentee voting, Republican convention.

Absentee voting, including “in-person” absentee voting, is already underway for the June 11 primary, a statewide Democratic party primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general, plus one delegate race in Northern Virginia. Voters in the Democratic primary will choose between Ralph S. Northam and Aneesh Chopra for lieutenant governor; and between Mark R. Herring and Justin E. Fairfax for attorney general.

TC Baseball Secures First Regional Berth Since 2009

Titans beat Lee in Patriot District tournament quarterfinals

The T.C. Williams baseball team will travel to face top-seed Lake Braddock in the Patriot District semifinals on Friday.

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Teaching Healing Through Altruism

Marymount students learn counseling technique by helping U.S. troops.

A group of counseling students got to experience a therapeutic technique while also helping service men and women serving in Afghanistan. Graduate students in the Pastoral Counseling program at Marymount University in Arlington assembled care packages for U.S. troops as part of a community service requirement. One of the project’s goals was to teach the future therapists how altruism can have long-term mental health benefits.

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Celebrating ‘Everyday’ Heroes

Molina Healthcare honors local residents for making a difference in the community.

In the 1980s, Vienna resident John Horejsi and a “ragtag” group of social justice pioneers learned that Virginia was charging sales tax on food stamps. They discovered the sales tax boosted the state’s coffers by $9.5 million every year, money that they believed belonged to poor families for food or other necessary items.

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Irving Middle Presents... “Empty House?”

Middle school students bring the arts to life in a play all of their own.

Irving Middle School advanced theater arts students are set to present “Empty House?” in two performances on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Brief: Springfield Area Roundups 5/15

Six Month Investigation Nets Several Suspects and Cycle Fest Ride on Sunday, May 19

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‘Annie, Jr.’ at Springfield Estates

Springfield Estates is not just your typical elementary school. It is not only occupied by neighborhood children but by youth from all over the Springfield and Alexandria area who have enrolled in the AAP program. Year after year students from all different backgrounds flock to SEES for another school year together. But in 54 years of schooling, Springfield Estates has never had a showcase of talent such as “Annie, Jr.”

Brief: Area Roundups

House Fire Under Investigation

A fire last Friday, May 10, at a Fairfax Station home caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, including to two vehicles inside the garage. According to fire investigators, the blaze started in the garage and is under investigation.

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Program Keeps Students ‘Jazzed’

The students packed into Halley Elementary School’s cafeteria were loud, unruly and boisterous. But then so were the teachers, parents and volunteers cheering them on. This display of school-approved rowdiness was a celebration of the success of an innovative after-school program that targeted at-risk and underprivileged students, courtesy of the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC).

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Honoring Movement for Women’s Rights

Lynne Garvey-Hodge of Clifton presents a program about the life and work of the suffragist Mrs. Robert Walker.

“Mr. president, how long must women wait for liberty?” was the cry of American suffragists in the early 20th century as they campaigned for votes for women. It was echoed by historic re-enactor Lynne Garvey-Hodge of Clifton, as she presented a program about the life and work of the suffragist Mrs. Robert Walker at the May meeting of the Kate Waller Barrett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Brief: Week in Fairfax

Man Assaulted and Robbed, New Balance to Open New Store in Mosaic, Cycle Fest Ride on Sunday, May 19 and other local news.

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Brief: Paul VI Ensembles Take Top Mark at Busch Gardens

Paul VI Catholic High School’s Choral Ensemble, Concert Band and String Ensemble participated in the Fiesta-Val Adjudication at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, on April 27.

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Concerned Citizens Host Gun Control Forum

Speakers examine past, present and future of gun control reform.

Ruth Hoffman of McLean watched the details of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December and couldn‘t help but feel it hit close to home. As the mother of a four year old and seven year old, she identified with the families of the victims of the tragedy, and found herself rethinking her previously held belief on guns.

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Local Models in Down Syndrome Foundation Gala

Event raises more than $400,000.

Twenty-five models with Down syndrome rocked the runway at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself” Gala on Wednesday, May 8, at the Ritz Carlton in D.C. The fashion show and fundraiser is designed to raise awareness about Down syndrome, one of the most frequent chromosomal conditions affecting an estimated 400,000 Americans.

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Fairfax Academy Dance Program Presents Spring Concert

The Fairfax Academy Dance program will present its spring concert—Red, White and DANCE!—on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fairfax High School auditorium. Fairfax Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Brief: School Board OKs Boundary Changes

Move relieves overcrowding at Lanier and Fairfax.

The Fairfax County School Board voted last Thursday night, May 9, to approve adjustments to school attendance areas in an effort to alleviate overcrowding at Fairfax High and Lanier Middle School.

Brief: Bike to Work Day Is May 17

n Friday, May 17, the City of Fairfax will host Bike To Work Day at a new location at Main Street Marketplace and near its extensive trail network. The pit stop is being sponsored by the Fairfax Mason to Metro Task Group, a collaboration of city and county officials and residents, and George Mason University representatives that is working to improve bicycle connections between George Mason University and the Fairfax-Vienna-GMU Metro Station.

Telford Receives Weinberg Triumph of Spirit Award

The annual Race for Hope in Washington, D.C., raises money for brain tumor research and, for 10 years now, the Rabbi Joseph P. Weinberg Triumph of Spirit Award has been given at that event to a deserving recipient.

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Miracles Continue in Mattie's Memory

A day of fun in honor of a brave boy raises money to help families battling cancer.

When Vicki Sardi-Brown sees a butterfly, she knows her son is near. Mattie, her 7-year-old son with husband Peter Brown, bravely faced an uphill battle with multifocal osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive type of bone cancer, for 14 months, much of that time spent at Georgetown University Hospital.

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Music, Food, Entertainment and Fun

Israel Street Festival this Sunday at Fairfax Corner.

The Fairfax Corner shopping center is the place to be this Sunday, May 19, from noon-5 p.m., when the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia holds its 2013 Israel Street Festival. Music, food, children’s activities and a martial-arts demonstration are among the highlights.

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BIG Fun Ride

Tall, short, stocky, thin, disabled or not, children love to play—and that’s the premise behind Chessie’s BIG Backyard in Lee District Park in Alexandria. It’s a family recreation area that opened last summer and is fully accessible.

Key Middle Officer Honored

Rudy Coffield is the FCPS 2013 Distinguished School Resource Officer.

n full policeman’s regalia—bus driver hat and all—Master Police Officer (MPO) Rudy Coffield is an imposing figure. The meticulously assembled uniform commands respect: His gleaming badge, crackling radio and holstered firearm immediately convey an unwavering attention to detail, rule, law and purpose.

Fairfax County a ‘Trailblazer’ in Using Social Media

Sign up for Technology Town Hall on June 1.

The digital and information revolutions have changed nearly every aspect of our lives. With the increasing popularity of smartphones, tablet computers and laptops, many Americans are connected to the Internet almost constantly. This rapidly increasing ubiquity of the Internet has helped people connect across geographic and cultural barriers.

Week in Herndon

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce recognized Del. Tom Rust (R-86) at their annual Legislative Awards Recognition Dinner for his support on initiatives that have helped move Virginia forward. Rust received an “A+” rating for supporting pro-business legislation during the 2013 General Assembly session.

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Quick Takes

Q&A with Pastor King Rhodes.

Pastor King Rhodes is founder and senior pastor of His Church International Christian Center (HCICC) in Springfield, and has been involved in Christian ministry and community outreach for more than 20 years. As a longtime advocate for foster youth, Rhodes and his ministry help support the mission of Fairfax Families4Kids, a foster-mentoring program for teens in Fairfax County. On Saturday, May 18, Rhodes’ church will sponsor the organization’s 5-K Walk during Foster Care Appreciation Month.

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Spring Farm Day at Frying Pan Farm Park

Spring Farm Day was held at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, and although the weather was overcast, the event was well attended.

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‘Day Prom’ Celebrated

Eight high schools participate in daytime prom for special needs students.

Prom is pretty intimidating as it is: date, hair, dress, food, limo, flowers, dancing... gasp. But the annual event is also a privilege, a rite of high school passage that bonds students through shared experience for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, many students with special needs will never share that experience with their peers. Their physical or intellectual disabilities can make participating in such a large and emotional gathering overwhelming, uncomfortable, and in some cases, simply impossible.

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Area Students Receive Hispanic Leadership Alliance Scholarships

Recipients are first in their families to attend college.

Every year, The Hispanic Leadership Alliance (HLA), a non-profit organization based in Northern Virginia, gives out scholarships to Latino high school students for post-secondary education. The alliance identifies itself as “a group of area residents committed to helping its students achieve their highest academic potential.”

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Ride of the Patriots

It's time for the annual Ride of the Patriots, a Memorial Day tradition in the City of Fairfax.

Odds are, residents of the City of Fairfax will hear them before they can see them. Each year, more than 4,000 motorcyclists descend on the city, gathering at Patriot Harley Davidson from across the country, coming together to share stories, compare notes from the road and honor those who have served the country.

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Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy Places in National Competition

The past couple months have been an eventful time for Virginia Christian schools as they worked hard to prepare for the regional and state Old Dominion Association of Church Schools (ODACS) and the national American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) competitions of 2013. Twenty-eight students from Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy were able to participate in these competitions all the way to the national level.

Brief: Week in Burke

Armed Robbery in Burke Area

Police made an arrest in an armed robbery case that occurred Wednesday, May 8. Around 10:50 p.m. a woman entered the Shell gas station, located at 6054 Burke Commons Road, displayed a handgun and demanded cash from a store employee.

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Robinson Boys’ Lax Finishes Concorde Runner-up

Rams bounce back with regional win over Lake Braddock.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team will face McLean at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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Uncertainty Haunts Jefferson-Houston Groundbreaking

Questions linger as officials prepare ceremonial shovels.

City leaders and school officials are about to break out the ceremonial shovels and turn the earth at Jefferson-Houston School, the long-troubled facility near the King Street Metro station.

Business Matters

Former Alexandria Mayor Kerry Donley is looking for a new gig. Ever since United Bankshares announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire all the outstanding stock of Virginia Bancorp back in January, the writing has been on the wall.

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Office Vacancy Hits Historic High in Alexandria

City officials blame Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

The crush of rush hour traffic at Mark Center is not the only headache caused by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.

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Mount Vernon Estate Wins $100,000

George Washington's home snags second place in Partners in Preservation contest.

After all the votes were counted, George Washington did not win — at least not this time.

Council Notebook

It's official. The Alexandria City Council is against expanding operations at a hazardous materials facility on the West End of the city near the Van Dorn Metro station and just a few hundred feet from Tucker Elementary School.

Wednesday, May 15

Schools?School Notes

Francis C. Hammond 1 Middle School Principal Benjamin G. Costa announced his resignation to pursue other career goals. Former Alexandria City School Board Member and ACPS Principal Blanche Maness will become the acting principal at Hammond 1, effective immediately.

People Notes

Steve Strobridge, deputy director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America was named one of the 100 most influential people in U.S. Defense in Defense News and Military Times’ inaugural list of influential players from the worlds of politics, the military, business, government and academia. Strobridge, of Alexandria, was cited for his work in helping to shape legislation affecting issues of importance for military personnel and their families. Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE, CEO, Inova Alexandria Hospital, and senior vice president, Inova Health System, has been nominated as the 2013–2014 Chairwoman-Elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives.



FRIENDS OF FORT WARD Friends of Fort Ward will hold its annual meeting May 18 at the museum at 5:30 p.m. Following the meeting there will be a reception and a concert by the Federal City Brass Band, playing music appropriate to the period and wearing their splendid uniforms which are also of the period.

More Density Means Higher Taxes

To the Editor: I am not surprised by our City Council decision to increase taxes. Given a choice to spend or not to spend, they revert to form. After all, each and every one is a good Democrat, which means their natural inclination is to spend and tax. Their varying reasons for taking ever more money from the public is also genuine.

Supportive Commissioners

To the Editor: The Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center (NVJDC) is a 70-bed secure juvenile detention facility located in Alexandria serving Alexandria, Falls Church and Arlington. The Sheltercare Program is a 14-bed, juvenile residential program which is also under oversight of the commission. As executive director since 2002, I would like to particularly acknowledge Dorathea Peters and Lillian Brooks, the two members appointed by Alexandria, to the Juvenile Detention Commission for Northern Virginia (JDCNV). They are volunteers receiving no stipend for their time on the five-member commission.

Preferential Treatment?

To the Editor: As reported in the Alexandria Gazette Packet ( May 9) Mayor Euille and city officials expressed major concerns about Norfolk Southern's proposed plan to increase their ethanol transloading and had not been notified about this proposed plan, our local elected officials quickly decided to vote on an resolution opposing Norfolk Southern's plan. Is this resolution really that important and necessary? There is no question from most Alexandria residents that Norfolk Southern's proposed plan to double their ethanol transloading might impact the environment for those residents who live nearby at Cameron Station and other residential properties. However, Norfolk Southern has been at this location for more then 20-plus years long before Cameron Station and other condos/schools were built in that neighborhood. Further, the Surface Transportation Act supercedes local law movement by rail and the city of Alexandria lost its lawsuit against Norfolk Southern about six years over the same issue.

A Vital Part of the Rich History of Alexandria

After living in the Boston area for many years, I returned to Alexandria about six years ago. Having an opportunity to witness the tremendous growth of the city has been a phenomenal experience. I have walked down streets I frequented, as a child of color, with a sense of nostalgia that is sometimes overwhelming. I can still hear some of the old voices of my youth speaking as I pass homes that are so familiar and yet so foreign. I still remember some of the catchy rhymes my father said and sang as we walked on the Hill to visit relatives and friends. I can still feel my hand in my mother’s hand as we walked along enjoying the sights of the route chosen for the evening. We so often walked from North Alfred or North Fayette to “ The South side.”

Kindness On Bike Trail

To the Editor: In this fast-paced world it is easy to become cynical and concerned with what has been dubbed as the “me” generation. However, this notion was dispelled one early morning, when a buddy and I went on a 25-mile bike ride on the W&OD, Custis and Mount Vernon Bike Trail. It was surprising how many young and older riders use the trail, many commuting to work.

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Making Learning Fun

The students chattered and compared paint colors as they strolled along the path at the Winkler Preserve on Friday, May 10, to launch hand-crafted model sail boats and play the cigar box guitars they had made over the past semester in their class through a joint effort by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and Alexandria City Public Schools.

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Rebuilding Together Day

Volunteers rebuild homes for those in need.

More than 700 local volunteers took part in National Rebuilding Together Day April 27 to provide critical repairs and upgrades for low-income homeowners in Alexandria.

Opposition Heats Up over City's Plans for Founders Park

Council to be asked to amend current restrictions on special events.

The proposed amendment to allow special events in Founders Park took center stage at the May 10 annual meeting of the Founders Park Community Association. “I can't believe the city is proposing this,” said one attendee who asked to remain anonymous. “There should be more respect for Ellen Pickering, Chuck Hamel and Patricia Golubin for saving this land. The park would not exist at all if it weren't for their efforts back in the '70s.”

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BalletNova Open House on June 1

BalletNova Center for Dance holds a free Open House on Saturday, June 1 from 2-5 p.m. at the BNCD studios. Free 30-minute mini-classes for children and adults are offered in a variety of dance genres. Ballet, tap and hip hop for varying age groups will be available for children to try. Adults can sample from basic levels of jazz, tap, modern, ballet, dance cardio and hip hop. The Open House is a great way to sample different BNCD teachers and types of dance and conditioning, and special class discounts are available. There will also be crafts for the kids and refreshments, as well as tours of the 20,000 square foot 6-studio dance training facility. Everything is free and open to the public.


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

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Some Like It Haute

Old Town Theater hosts Boutique District Spring Style event

The Old Town Boutique District held a Spring Style party April 29 at the Old Town Theater to introduce media representatives from throughout the region to the retail offerings available in the historic district of Alexandria.

Vote in Spite of Election Fatigue

Primary voting, absentee voting, Republican convention

Absentee voting, including “in-person” absentee voting, is already underway for the June 11 primary, a statewide Democratic party primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general, plus one delegate race in Northern Virginia. Voters in the Democratic primary will choose between Ralph S. Northam and Aneesh Chopra for lieutenant governor; and between Mark R. Herring and Justin E. Fairfax for attorney general.

It’s All About Knowing the Options for Long-Term Care

While it may be something we don’t want to think about, we will probably be faced with making long-term care decisions. What happens if I get sick, and I can’t remain in my home? How can I stay in my home, and receive care? How will I pay for all of this? Knowing what the options are, how to make preparations, and putting things into place in advance can help. Last Thursday, Senior Services of Alexandria’s Speaker Series focused on this important topic. Panelists at the SSA event covered a wide range of long-term care services and support available here in Alexandria, as well as state-wide resources. David DeBiasi, AARP’s associate state director, framed the issue and spoke about the cost of care in Virginia. The audience heard from local service provider Adult Companion Care about in-home support, and also learned about the various options available for assisted living, continuing care and nursing home facilities. Kathy McNulty from Capital Care of Alexandria talked about when palliative or hospice care may be the right choice.

Forum To Address Mental Health Issues for Youth - Details

Mental Health Forum on Children and Youth Saturday, May 18

Forum To Address Mental Health Issues for Youth

We read about the tragic results of untreated mental illness everyday. The mass shootings at Newtown, Tucson, Aurora and Virginia Tech were all perpetuated by students or young people with reported mental health issues. The effects of mental illness are not always so high profile — most people with mental illness are non-violent — but for the 1 in 17 Americans living with a serious mental illness the consequences are significant. Our youth are particularly hard hit. Mental illness frequently strikes when people are young with 50 percent the cases of mental illness starting by the time an individual is 14 and three quarters by the age of 24. The consequences can be devastating. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24. More than 90 percent of those who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder.


People Notes

Martin Ogle, chief naturalist at Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington, is the first recipient of the Arlington Green Patriot Award. The honor recognizes an individual, business or organization that exemplifies sustainability in more than one aspect of their recent life or operations to improve civic life in Arlington. Ogle was recognized for his lifelong dedication to environmental education and for emphasizing the interrelationships between people and the rest of nature. He served on the boards of several environmental and community organizations, including the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, Arlington Food Co-op, Arlington Heritage Alliance, the Arlington/Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.

Bulletin Board

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

Old Town Farmers’ Market Welcomes SNAP/EBT Beneficiaries

The City of Alexandria’s Old Town Farmers’ Market is participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. As a result, SNAP customers will be able to use their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and other eligible food products at the market.

Vote in Spite of Election Fatigue

Primary voting, absentee voting, Republican convention

Absentee voting, including “in-person” absentee voting, is already underway for the June 11 primary, a statewide Democratic party primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general, plus one delegate race in Northern Virginia. Voters in the Democratic primary will choose between Ralph S. Northam and Aneesh Chopra for lieutenant governor; and between Mark R. Herring and Justin E. Fairfax for attorney general.


The following incidents were reported by the Arlington Police Department. ARSON & ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, 5500 block of S. Columbia Pike. At 10:37 p.m. on May 2, a subject attempted to rob a store by demanding that a store employee give him money. When the employee refused, the subject proceeded to light coffee filters on fire and announced that no one could leave the store. The subject threw several items at store employees, including at their 16-month-old child. All of the victims barricaded themselves in another room where they stayed until police arrived on scene. The suspect knocked over shelves, broke machines, and threw store merchandise all over the store. A 49-year-old Arlington man was arrested and charged with arson, attempted robbery, four counts of abduction, felony destruction of property, and three counts of assault and battery. He is currently being held without bond.

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Thursday/May 16 Speaker. 12:15-1:30 p.m. at La Cote D’Or Restaurant. The Arlington Rotary Club is hosting Mario Price, who will speak on “7 Things You Must Know About Energy Deregulation.” Friday/May 17 Bike to Work Day. 6:30-9:30 a.m. at Gateway Park. Register and be entered in to win a bicycle. Free.

Tejada on State of the County

Arlington County Board Chair J. Walter Tejada will present an overview of the economic and developmental status of Arlington County at the 12th annual State of the County on Tuesday, June 11 from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m. at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. State of the County is co-hosted by Leadership Arlington and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.

Police Seek Additional Credit Card Victims

The Arlington County Police Department’s Burglary/Larceny Unit is investigating a suspect involved in several credit card thefts and is seeking additional victims. The suspect, Barry Jason Fig, was charged on March 27, in Montgomery County with five counts of felony credit card theft related to thefts that occurred at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex during March 2013.

Modell’s Opens Newest Store

Modell’s Sporting Goods celebrated its grand opening of its Pentagon Centre store on May 9 on 1201 S. Hayes Street. Founded in 1889, Modell's Sporting Goods offers sporting goods equipment, footwear and active apparel.

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Celebrating Chantilly Day

The second annual Chantilly Day celebration was Saturday, May 4, in the Sully Place Shopping Center.

Walker Meets Conviction After 2012 Murder

He killed Centreville woman in January 2012

Right from the start, Benjamin Luke Walker admitted he’d done wrong. He took the life of a 22-year-old Centreville woman and, for that, he was sentenced to nearly a half-century behind bars.

Telford Receives Spirit Award

Fair Lakes resident honored at Race for Hope.

The annual Race for Hope in Washington, D.C., raises money for brain-tumor research and, for 10 years now, the Rabbi Joseph P. Weinberg Triumph of Spirit Award has been given at that event to a deserving recipient. This year, the award was presented May 5 at the race’s starting line to Fair Lakes resident BethAnn Telford. Although battling brain cancer, herself, she created her own fundraising organization, Team BT, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.

Animal Shelter Seeks Foster Parents

Kathleen Cornell, Foster Care coordinator, wants to expand the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s foster program. So a foster information session is slated for Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., at the shelter, 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax.

STEM Scholarships Presented

Systems Furniture Gallery sponsored the education awards given during the Saturday, May 4, Chantilly Day celebration. Owner Bob Kessler presented three, $1,000 STEM scholarships (science, technology, engineering and math) to local, graduating seniors.

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Chantilly Seniors Visit Greenbriar West on ‘College Day’

Greenbriar West Elementary School staff and students celebrated “College Day” on April 26. This pyramid-wide event was created to encourage all students to set their sights on being career and college ready. Teachers wore their college t-shirts and engaged students in conversations about college stories and the career path that led them to become educators.

Letter to the Editor: True Danger Is Speed

I sympathize with Rocky and Julie Curtis’s account of their “frightful” experience rounding the southbound curve in Ft. Hunt Road just past the Martha Washington Library, but doubt that prohibiting turns into the newly-opened Westgrove Park (a local park meant to serve the residents within 1-2 miles) will solve the real problems confronting travelers along Ft. Hunt Road.

Letter to the Editor: Add Tax, Lower Other

Last week's Gazette reported on Supervisor Hyland's latest attempt to convince his Board of Supervisors’ colleagues to support his quest for a meals tax referendum.

Open to All

Storck hears concerns from parents and teachers.

In a wide-ranging weekend monthly office hours session in a Sherwood Hall Library conference room, Dan Storck, Mount Vernon School Board member, listened to a variety of concerns of parents and school employees.

Letter to the Editor: Lions Appreciate Community’s Support

The Mount Vernon Evening Lions thank the Belleview Safeway customers for their generous donations to our White Cane Drive held in April.

Open Up Police Chief Search

Coalition wants citizens to help in chief’s recruitment.

During the final meeting of the Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability before summer recess, Executive Director Nicholas Beltrante discussed a letter he sent to Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors, asking that the new police chief be someone who supports the creation of a citizen police oversight board, and is flexible in the use of the Freedom of Information Act instead of invoking an automatic blanket exemption available to police on all investigations.

Centre View Calendar May 15

Information on entertainment events going on in the Centre View area.


Pathway to U.S. Citizenship Information about becoming a U.S. citizen will be presented this Thursday, May 16, from 7-9 p.m., at the Centreville Regional Library. Korean-language speakers will be there and all are welcome. Learn about the citizenship process from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services staff. Sign up by e-mailing Topics will include the naturalization process and test, plus the rights and responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship. Childcare provided for children 4-12.

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Fitness Club Hosts Fit Fair

Level Fitness at 7687 Macarthur Blvd., Cabin John, presented a family fitness event on Saturday, May 11.

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Comfort of Home Campaign’

Keller Williams Realty, Alexandria - Kingstowne and more than 80,000 Keller Williams associates worldwide participated in the fifth annual RED Day on May 9.

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PUT Riders Return Home

The annual Police Unity Tour bike ride was May 10-12, from Richmond to Charlottesville, Warrenton and Centreville and on to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. It raised money and awareness for the Memorial fund and National Law Enforcement Museum honoring federal, state and local law enforcement officers who’ve died in the line of duty.

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Music, Food and Entertainment

Israel Street Festival this Sunday at Fairfax Corner.

The Fairfax Corner shopping center is the place to be this Sunday, May 19, from noon-5 p.m., when the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia holds its 2013 Israel Street Festival. Music, food, children’s activities and a martial-arts demonstration are among the highlights.

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Embracing Breast Cancer Awareness

Brem Foundation addresses key issues for women.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, and to raise awareness about breast health in the global community, an international cadre of 60 women, in addition to members of Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer, gathered at the Alexandria home of Shaista Mahmood on Wednesday, May 8 for “Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Rachel Brem.”

Bulletin Board

Saturday/May 18 EMS Week Event. 10 a.m.-2 pm. at Mount Vernon Rec Center, 2017 Belle View Blvd. Browse displays, get one-on-one interactions, take a blood pressure screening, and more. Free. 703-768-3224.

Responding to Explosive Situation

An example of a case in which the bomb squad is called.

The Centreville homeowner had been making homemade fireworks for several years. But when a July 15, 2007 explosion blew a hole in his roof — and the resulting fire caused $200,000 damage to his house – his hobby came to the attention of Fairfax County fire officials.

Celebrating Stravinsky’s Legacy with ASO

Classical composer Pierre Boulez anointed Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913) as the genuine “birth certificate” of modernism. Many scholars have commented on Stravinsky’s uncanny ability to embody the new sound of his century — and of the modern era.

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Kicking up Their Heels

Students enjoy Day Prom at The Waterford.

At last week’s Day Prom at The Waterford in Fair Oaks, it didn’t matter if some of the students attending couldn’t walk or talk. For a few hours, they were just like all the other students in their high schools — they were at their school prom.

Centre View School Notes May 15

School notes for Centre View area students.

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Students Share Perspective on Author’s Visits

“Keep on reading.”

Wednesday, April 17: The students of Rocky Run Middle School were given the opportunity to meet a well-known author, Priscilla Cummings. She has written several picture books, as well as many young adult novels, including “Red Kayak.” Cummings gave an informational presentation on her journey to become a writer and the sources of her inspirations. Later, students had the opportunity to interact with her in a personal and direct way.

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Giving Where They Live

Associates of the Old Town Alexandria Keller Williams Realty participated in the fifth annual RED Day on Thursday, May 9. RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) was created to unite Keller Williams Realty offices and associates in an international day of service.

School Notes

The Washington DC Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters recognized four West Potomac High School juniors for their accomplishments in the fine arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Eliza Lore received an Award for Excellence in the Arts for Drama. Eduardo Perez-Reyes, drama; Patrick Rhoads, music; and Emma Schmidt, art, each received Certificates of Merit. Army Cadet John T. Rice has received the George C. Marshall Award from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. The Vanderbilt University student is the son of Julia Rice of Alexandria, and William Thomas Rice of Annapolis. He graduated in 2009 from West Potomac High School.

Lessons for writers

Seventh graders at Rocky Run Middle School were in for a treat earlier this month. After reading the book “Red Kayak,” they were visited by the award-winning author, Priscilla Cummings.

Potomac School Notes May 15

School notes on Potomac natives.

Custom Tailor Opens in Potomac Village

Family brings couple across country.

Sung Lee and his wife Jung Park gave up their flourishing alteration business in West Des Moines, Iowa to move to Potomac to be close to their sons.

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Potomac United Methodist Church Hosts Strawberry Festival

Annual event returns on Saturday, May 18.

One of the sweetest events in Potomac is back again — the annual Strawberry Festival held each May at the Potomac United Methodist Church — the quaint white church facing Falls Road in Potomac.

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Science Building Receives LEED Gold Certification

German School in Potomac earns environmental praise.

“It is important to pass on the lesson of caring for our environment to our young people,” said Waldemar Gries, Head of School for the German School, Washington, located on Chateau Drive in Potomac.

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Seven Year Old Uses Technology in Heroic Act

Noah Schnall uses Facetime in an emergency.

Do your children know who to call for help in an emergency? Do they understand how to use a cell phone or an iPad — or Facetime? Have they been told about 911 — how to call and what to say?

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Students To Receive Presidential Recognition

Twenty-six high school students in their senior year enrolled in Chantilly Academy’s Cosmetology program have been awarded the Gold Volunteer Service Award by the President of the United States.

Art from a Tree Stump

Students to watch woodcarver at work at Potomac Elementary School.

Award-winning and nationally renowned sculpting artist Jim Calder is visiting Potomac Elementary School this week and donating his time and skills to convert a huge tree stump near the parking lot into a work of art while PES students give input, learn, and watch the transformation as it happens.

Column: Vote in Spite of Election Fatigue

Primary voting, absentee voting, Republican convention

Absentee voting, including “in-person” absentee voting, is already underway for the June 11 primary, a statewide Democratic party primary for lieutenant governor and attorney general, plus one delegate race in Northern Virginia.

Centre View Business Notes

News and notes on Centre View area businesses.

People Notes

Rebecca Keren (Eisenstadt) is performing in the off-Broadway revival of “The Megile of Itzik Manger.”

Board OKs Boundary Changes

Split-feeder assignments eliminated at two schools.

The Fairfax County School Board voted last Thursday night, May 9, to approve adjustments to school attendance areas in an effort to alleviate overcrowding at Fairfax High and Lanier Middle School.

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Police Officers, Robots and K-9s

CAC learns about the bomb squad’s work.

Each month, members of the Sully District Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee learn about a different facet of the work done by the station’s police officers. In April, the topic was the bomb squad.

Military Notes

Information on Pfc. Brian D. Green.

Business Notes

Richard Mudge, Ph.D., has been inducted into Delcan’s Emeritus Program. Delcan is a multi-disciplinary engineering, planning, management and technology firm.

Potomac Bulletin Board May 15

Information on events going on in Potomac.

Flourishing After 55 May 15

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for May 27- June 1.

Potomac Entertainment Calendar May 15

Information on entertainment events going on in Potomac.

Alexandria and Mount Vernon Calendar May 15

Information on entertainment events going on in Alexandria and Mount Vernon.

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‘All For One and One For All’

Synetic sizzles with “The Three Musketeers.”

The mantra “All for one and one for all” springs onto the stage as Synetic Theater brings to life the fiery, bombastic ensemble of lovers and fighters in the Alexandre Dumas classic “The Three Musketeers.”

Run for a Reason

Family Fun Day and 5K returns Sunday.

Join Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille for the 2nd Annual Family Fun Day and 5K on Sunday, May 19. Events include a timed 5K race with age group awards, a 1-mile kids’ course, a Tot Trot for those under 5 (100 yards), and a 5K walk. Cash prizes for top three male/female ($100, $75, $50) 5K finishers will be awarded.

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Joe Guiffre: Retired But Still Connected

Responsibility means taking active role in the community.

For more than six decades Joe Guiffre has been involved in the business, civic and religious life of his community. That’s why he is a 2013 Living Legend of Alexandria.

Police Seek Assistance in Identifying Robbery Suspect

The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect that was involved in a robbery on the night of April 11.

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Will Arlington Food Trucks Be Able to Park Longer Than Two Hours or After 8 p.m.?

County officials to consider creation of vending zones that would allow more flexibility.

It's shortly after 1 p.m. on a beautiful spring day in Rosslyn.

Tuesday, May 14

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O’Connell Softball Wins 10th Straight WCAC Title

Finucane throws 1-hit shutout, goes 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

The Bishop O'Connell softball team has a chance to reach 30 victories in a season for the first time in program history.

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Churchill Boys’ Lax Returns to Region Championship Game

Leonard, Dubick score five goals apiece against Sherwood.

The Churchill boys' lacrosse team will face Wootton for the 4A/3A region title.

Brief: Boyd School Celebrates Diversity at International Festival

The Boyd School hosted their annual International Children’s Festival on Saturday, May 4, and students, parents, staff and friends participated in the celebration of diversity of the school and the neighboring community.

Brief: Tigerlily Founder Maimah Karmo Receives Global Sisterhood Award

Maimah Karmo, who founded the nonprofit Tigerlily Foundation in Reston that serves women and girls nationally and globally, is one of four pioneering female leaders who will receive recognition for the dynamic work she is doing in her community. Karmo will receive the Sisterhood Agenda Global Partner Award, now in its third year, as presented by the Sisterhood Agenda at the SHE: Sisters Healthy & Empowered event in celebration of National Women’s Health Week on Friday, May 17, in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Commentary: Mental Health Needs Go Unmet

Under provisions of the Code of Virginia that were strengthened after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, an individual who has a mental illness and is likely to cause “serious harm to himself or others” or who has “a lack of capacity” to protect himself from harm or to provide for basic human needs and “is in need of hospitalization or treatment,” may be held under a temporary detention order.

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Reston Youth Swim, Bike, Run

Amy’s Amigos host annual Reston Youth Triathlon

Swimmers were able to hit the water at the Ridge Heights Pool Sunday, May 12, a few weeks before the scheduled Memorial Day pool opening, but there was a catch: they had to cycle and run as well. The annual Reston Youth Triathlon took triathletes age 6 to 15 through the pool and on the streets surrounding South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School. Participants ages 6 to 8 swam 50 meters, biked 1.03 miles and ran a third-mile, ages 9 to 11 swam 100 meters, biked three miles and ran 1.11 miles and ages 12 to 15 swam 150 meters, biked five miles and ran 1.51 miles.

Residents Discuss Baron Cameron Priorities

The Fairfax County Park Authority has started the master planning process for Baron Cameron Park, a 60-acre park at the northwest corner of the intersection of Wiehle Avenue and Baron Cameron Avenue.

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From Herndon to Sierra Leone

Floris United Methodist Church leads student service trip.

Emily Lopynski started her Pen Pal relationship with Afiju, a boy of about the same age from the Child Rescue Centre in Bo, Sierra Leone, when she was in the third grade. Lopynski, a Herndon resident, just finished her freshman year at William and Mary College. She and Afiju are still in touch. In fact, their communication over the years has grown. “It was so wonderful when he got access to Facebook,” Lopynski said. “We could really keep up with each other and have a real conversation.” A vast improvement, considering that for most of the time since the two first “met,” their friendship relied on the exchange of letters that sometimes took as long as five months from the writing of one to the reading by the other.

Brief: Technology and the Arts High School Competition

High school students across Fairfax County will have the opportunity to put a creative twist on their computer talents this spring as they take part in the Council for the Arts of Herndon’s ninth annual SAIC Technology and the Arts Competition. The innovative program challenges students in all Fairfax and Arlington County high schools to create works of animation, digital art, digital music and digital photography, blending technology and artistry into one cutting-edge masterpiece.

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‘Day Prom’ Celebrated

On Thursday, May 9, Herndon High School hosted a very special prom at the Waterford at Fair Oaks in Fairfax. Called the “Day Prom” the event is held for students with special needs that might not be able to attend their general education prom.

Brief: Week in Vienna

Teens on the Green Concert, Town Offices Observe Memorial Day, Family Scavenger Hunt in Vienna, Public Works Day Open House May 23, Community Forum on Maple Avenue Vision.

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Brief: Unity of Fairfax Benefit Concert in Support of Women’s Center in Vienna

The Unity of Fairfax fourth annual “Who is My Neighbor” benefit concert, entitled “Breaking the Silence: Finding Your Voice," raised funds for The Women’s Center in Vienna while promoting awareness of the issues of abuse, bullying and mental illness on May 10.

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Brief: Spring Into Summer Fashion Show to Benefit Artemis House

The OLGC Women’s Club hosted a Spring into Summer Fashion Show in DeSales Hall, located on the parish campus of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna Thursday, May 2. The clothing sponsor for the event was Chico’s of Reston Town Center. Chico’s provided the evening’s colorful spring and summer fashions which featured a dazzling line up of Women’s Club models wearing a number of different casual and formal looks for daytime and evening events.

Incumbents Retain Town Council Seats

Standing under umbrellas, the four candidates running for three Vienna Town Council seats greeted voters in a rain steady throughout most of the morning and early afternoon. The rain wasn’t torrential but neither was voter turnout throughout much of the day.

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Brief: Langley High Senior Presents ‘A Musical Journey’

In his senior recital, Langley High School student Paul Li performed piano solos and presented many of the compositions that he wrote during the school year. He conducted the concert, entitled "A Musical Journey,” at the Langley High School Auditorium on Friday, May 10.

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Second Annual Langley Alumni Game Set

Langley varsity baseball team to face off against alumni June 2 in second annual game.

On Sunday, June 2 past and present members of the Langley High School baseball team will face off in the second annual Langley Varsity versus Alumni Baseball game. Last year the alumni won the inaugural game by a single run.

Brief: Week in McLean

Woman Robbed at Bank ATM, Book Collection and Sale to Support Scholarships for Women, BlogPaws Conference to Be Held at Tysons Corner, Trail Map Signs Installed at Pimmit Stream Valley

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Brief: McLean Kitchen and Garden Tour Nets $10,225 for Wounded Warriors

At a meeting of the Woman’s Club of McLean on May 7, club President Virginia Sandahl announced that the proceeds of the previous week’s Kitchen and Garden Tour sponsored by the club were $10,225.

Brief: Longfellow Middle, TJHSST Win Virginia Science Olympiad Titles

Teams from Longfellow Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) captured first place in Division B and Division C, respectively, in the 2013 Virginia Science Olympiad, held at Virginia Tech.

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Brief: Woman’s Club Honors Young Musicians, Safety Patrols

The musicianship of four students at Cooper and Longfellow middle schools, in McLean, was recognized by the Woman’s Club of McLean at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 7, where the students also performed on their instruments. Katherine Quion, of Cooper Middle School, played Valse Triste, by Jean Sibelius, on the viola. Nancy Kurtic, also of Cooper Middle School, played excerpts from Chocolats, by Philippe Rose, on the trumpet.

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Walking, Biking to School

Chesterbrook Elementary School held a walk/bike to school day last week, which served two purposes. The primary purpose was to encourage families and students to enjoy the benefits of walking and biking. Fresh air, sunshine and exercise all helped bring smiles to the faces of the many students who walked or biked to school last Friday.

Brief: ‘Muffins for Mom’ at Churchill Road

Churchill Road kindergarteners celebrated Mother’s Day on Friday, May 10 by hosting “Muffins for Mom.”

The Langley School Offers Basketball Camp Led by NBA Veteran

The Langley School is pleased to offer Keith Bogans’ Langley Summer Jam, a coed basketball camp featuring NBA veteran Keith Bogans, for the third consecutive summer on the school’s campus in McLean.

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Studio Rep Proceeds to Improv

Student ensemble hosts monthly improv nights.

Studio Rep is a group of eight high schoolers that perform shows throughout the year. For the past few years, the group holds auditions at the start of each school year, and once the troupe is selected, they perform through May.

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McLean Chamber Honors Educators

Langley and McLean High School teachers, students, employees awarded.

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce honored staff, students and faculty from McLean and Langley High Schools with their annual education awards.

Brief: Honoring Teens at McLean Day

McLean Citizens Association to present Teen Character Award at McLean Day.

The McLean Citizens Association is awarding teens a Teen Character Award in the 16th annual award ceremony at McLean Day on Saturday, May 18. The award ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at Lewinsville Park on Chain Bridge Road in McLean. A staff member from the office of Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust; Janie Strauss, Dranesville District school board member; and Sally Horn, McLean Citizens Association president, will present the awards.

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Brief: Pizza for Charities at McLean Day

McLean Rotary has broadened its menu at McLean Day and will be the only pizza vendor for the event—offering Domino’s pizza, in addition to its regular, popular hotdogs and drinks. McLean Rotary Club members have manned a hotdog booth at McLean Day since 1975, when McLean Day was held at the McLean Community Center.

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Brief: McLean Day Celebrates Hometown

The Saturday, May 18 event highlights the hometown feel.

The McLean Community Center’s (MCC) annual community festival McLean Day 2013: “Celebrating Our Hometown” draws a large crowd of residents and local businesses and organizations together once a year to celebrate their “hometown.”

Brief: Week in Great Falls

Memorial Day Ceremony At Freedom Memorial

On Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m., the Great Falls Freedom Memorial Committee will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the site of the Freedom Memorial.

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Colvin Run Mill Hosts Open House

Participation in grant competition inspires outreach effort.

Colvin Run Mill held an open house inviting guests to come see the historic mill in operation Sunday, May 5. Millers grinded grain, and local blacksmith Pat McGuire fired up the forge for a demonstration.

Brief: Senior Center’s Event Highlights Colvin Run Mill

The metro area’s only surviving operational 19th century water-powered mill—Colvin Run Mill—highlights the Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC) June event. The Friends of Colvin Run Mill and Colvin Run Mill (CRM) are partnering with the Senior Center as co-hosts.

Monday, May 13

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Arlington National Cemetery: ‘My Forever Home’

Storyteller Ellouise Schoettler to perform on Memorial Day.

Storyteller Ellouise Schoettler will perform her one-woman show, “Arlington National Cemetery: My Forever Home,” at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at the cemetery on Memorial Day, at 2 p.m. After telling her story to a representative of the Women's Military Memorial, she was invited to perform during the Memorial Day celebration.

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Potomac Outfitters Opens

“Ambassadors for the Potomac.”

Pitcher, founder of Potomac Paddlesports, opened Potomac Outfitters last Thursday, May 2, in the Potomac Promenade, in the mall next to Potomac Pizza.

Sunny Day at Potomac Horse Center

The Potomac Horse Center held its open house on Sunday, May 5.

Centreville Entertainment Calendar

Events, gatherings, and galas in the Centreville/Chantilly Era.

Entertainment Calendar of Events In Alexandria

Del Ray Artisans Fundraiser, Old Dominion Boat Club fundraiser gala, and other listed events

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Eating Chicken for a Good Cause

The Chantilly Chick-Fil-A held a fundraiser last Thursday, May 2, for Team BT, spearheaded by Fair Lakes resident BethAnn Telford.

Tara Sankner: Princess for an Evening

Tara Sankner, 8, a second-grader at Lees Corner Elementary, is battling brain cancer. But for awhile last week, she got to feel like a princess. Family and friends — especially Tattoo Tom Mitchell of StillBrave Childhood Cancer Foundation — staged a flash mob for her.


News roundups and information regarding events in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Bicycling 230 Miles In Remembrance: Police Unity Tour Raises Awareness and Funds

Police Unity Tour is this weekend.

Centreville’s Kevin Whalen has bicycled in five Police Unity Tour (PUT) rides, but this year was going to be different. Then tragedy struck and changed his mind. He’s a federal agent with the Treasury Department, and his partner there, Tammy Anzenberger, is married to a Prince William County police officer. And that’s how Whalen learned about Chris Yung, who died in the line of duty on Dec. 31, 2012 — and in whose honor Whalen will ride this weekend.

Announcements: School Notes

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

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Laurel Hill Golf Club To Host National Tournament

U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship coming to Lorton.

Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton will host a national golf tournament this summer — the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The U.S. Golf Association will stage the tournament July 15–20. More than 3,000 players will attempt to qualify for the championship at 71 different locations throughout the country in June.

Letter: Westgrove Park and River Towers

Westgrove Park Off Leash Dog Area (OLDA) proves its worth.

Letter: Start Your Engines

When is something going to be done about the George Washington race track, formerly known as the George Washington Parkway?

Letters to the Editor: Park Entrance

Fido’s joyous romp in West Grove Park’s new unleashed dog area might easily become a tragic auto accident. [“Barking Up The Right Tree,” May 2.] A crucial stipulation of a Fairfax County police officer’s park traffic hearing testimony could prevent that, however: Because Fort Hunt Road’s immediate north and southbound approaches to the park are the center section of a blind S curve, the officer stipulated only entry and exit right turns be permitted. No left turns into or out of the park should be allowed.

Preparing for 7th Annual Runway Ready

Students in the West Potomac Academy fashion design program are busy this week making final decisions and preparations for the upcoming Runway Ready “Concept to Catwalk” fashion show on Friday, May 10.

Hyland: Let People Vote on Meals Tax

Troubled by the Board of Supervisors’ recent decision to increase the property tax rate and its over-reliance on that source to make up for shortfalls in the county’s growing financial needs, Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland once again urged his board colleagues to support placing on the fall election ballot a referendum to approve a meals tax, which he calls more fair than the real estate tax.

Bulletin Board

Email announcements to Deadline is Thursday at noon.

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Welcome to the World of Imaginary Friends

Chantilly High debuts new children’s play.

A little boy with a big imagination takes playgoers on a funny and exciting journey in Chantilly High’s new children’s show, “Imagine If.”

Candle Causes Fire at Clifton Home

Fairfax County fire officials say a house fire, early Sunday morning, caused an estimated $150,000 damage to a Clifton home. The incident occurred May 5, around 12:45 a.m., at 5597 Cavalier Woods Lane.

Ryan Bingham

Ryan Bingham brings his rock/country/Americana sounds to the Birchmere Friday night.

Mother's Day Poem

Here is acrostic poem written by my son Tanishk Govil who is 8 years old and is in 2nd grade at Navy elementary School.

Reflecting On Mother's Day

Letters to the Editor

As a Muslim woman and a mother of two young children, one of the things I have always appreciated about my faith is the high status and great honor that women are given in Islam, particularly mothers.

Letters to the Editor

On Friday, May 17, the Barnes & Nobles at Fair Lakes will host a Bookfair to raise funds for the Mountain View High School Scholarship Foundation. From 5-9 p.m., families can enjoy face painting, storytelling, bookmark making, musical performances and an art display while purchasing books for graduations, birthdays or personal enjoyment.

Hollander, Czarniak Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hollander of Clifton, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Aimee Michelle Hollander, to Andrew Joseph Czarniak.

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Clifton Spring Homes Tour

An English garden, 18th-century furnishings and a pool with waterfalls are among the delights awaiting all those attending the 41st annual Clifton Spring Homes Tour. It’s slated for Thursday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and the fun includes a marketplace and silent auction at the Paradise Springs Winery. The silent auction ends at 5 p.m., but the marketplace goes until 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 on tour day; single-home admission is $10.

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Celebrating Chantilly Day

Clifton Caboose Twilight 5K is May 18.

Runners don’t have to get up early to compete in the Town of Clifton’s annual 5K race. They can sleep in, enjoy their afternoon and then head to town for the 15th annual Clifton Caboose Twilight Run.

Obituary: John W. Merck

John W. Merck died on March 9, 2013, at age 87. Friends are invited to funeral services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the Memorial Chapel, Ft. Myer, Arlington, followed by military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Faces Full of Fun

The green at T.C. Williams High School was full of fun and games, music and books as the annual Titan Expo got underway on Sunday afternoon, May 5. All proceeds from the annual fair support the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria.

Friday, May 10

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Local Real Estate: March 2013 Top Sales

Local Real Estate: March 2013 Top Sales

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Great Falls and McLean Real Estate: March 2013 Top Sales

In March 2013, 26 Great Falls homes sold between $5,634,180-$425,000 and 82 homes sold between $9,300,000-$186,500 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

Great Falls and McLean Real Estate: March 2013 Top Sales

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Alexandria & Mount Vernon Real Estate: Top Sales in March 2013

In March 2013, 189 Alexandria homes sold between $3,200,000-$111,000 and 108 homes sold between $1,325,000-$56,820 in the Mount Vernon area.

Alexandria & Mount Vernon Top Sales in March 2013

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Arlington Real Estate: March 2013 Top Sales

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

Arlington Real Estate: March 2013 Top Sales

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Potomac Real Estate: March 2013 Top Sales

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

Potomac Real Estate: March 2013 Top Sales

Thursday, May 9

Editorial: Some Limits, More Disclosure

Virginia does not benefit from elected officials being awash in cash donations and gifts.

Virginia got a failing grade for vulnerability to corruption. Corruption in the commonwealth is probably not any more rampant than voter fraud, as we said last year. But in terms of practices that could undermine trust, Virginia has vast room for improvement.

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Special Olympics Athletes Compete, Students Volunteer at George Mason Swim Meet

More than 130 swimmers, parents and friends of the Potomac Marlins USA Swimming year-round swim team volunteered April 28 to host the Northern Virginia Special Olympics Swim Meet held at George Mason. They came from all over the county for the Marlins' 17th year hosting this meet which brings together athletes throughout the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Area Roundups

Natalie Pasquel, a student at South County High School, won first place at the DECA International Career Development Conference held last week in Anaheim. Pasquel took top honors for her entry in the Entrepreneurship Participating-Franchise category. South County High School is a Fairfax County public school.

McDevitt, Yeh to Speak at GOP Women Meeting

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) May meeting will feature Tom McDevitt, chairman of The Washington Times, who will speak about current media trends, and Steven Yeh, a strategic management consultant and senior economic advisor, who will present a view on how to shape US domestic, fiscal and monetary policy.

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Democratic Women’s Groups Host Candidate Forum

Annual family picnic on Sunday, May 19, at Occoquan Regional Park.

On Saturday, April 27, from 3-5:30 p.m., a standing-room-only crowd of approximately 150 people gathered at the Clifton Community Hall for the 2013 Democratic Candidate Forum sponsored by the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) and the Democratic Women of Lake Ridge (DWLR).

Candle Causes Fire at Clifton Home

Fairfax County fire officials say a house fire, early Sunday morning, caused an estimated $150,000 damage to a Clifton home. The incident occurred May 5, around 12:45 a.m., at 5597 Cavalier Woods Lane.

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A Race, Picnic, Music and Fun

Clifton Caboose Twilight 5K is May 18.

Runners don’t have to get up early to compete in the Town of Clifton’s annual 5K race. They can sleep in, enjoy their afternoon and then head to town for the 15th annual Clifton Caboose Twilight Run.

Young Artist Competition Winner Plays With City of Fairfax Band

Andrea Hsu is a soloist in the "Spotlight on the Pops" concert.

Andrea Hsu has a deep love of music and enjoys sharing that love with others. “Playing for others gives me a rush because I love knowing that the music you help bring to life could really have an effect on someone,” she says.

Week in Fairfax

City of Fairfax police, in conjunction with the Optimist Club of Fairfax, will be offering Safe Assured identification kits for children on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at police headquarters at 3730 Old Lee Highway.

Fairfax Author Launches New Book

Fictional love story of teenage girl persecuted for faith during Lebanese Civil War.

Local author Nada Jabbour Hatem, a longtime Fairfax County resident, will be signing copies of her newly-released novel “Whom My Soul Loveth” on Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Family Christian store located at 45591 Dulles Eastern Plaza, Sterling, Va., 20166.

Obituary: David Edward Jacobs, Jr.

David Edward Jacobs, Jr. of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Alexandria, died Feb. 10, 2013 surrounded by his loving wife and family members.

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Eating Chicken for a Good Cause

The Chantilly Chick-Fil-A held a fundraiser last Thursday, May 2, for Team BT, spearheaded by Fair Lakes resident BethAnn Telford. The organization raises money for the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.

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Emergent Art for Mom

Suggesting gifts for Mother’s Day.

Emergent art can make a cherished gift for mom this Mother’s Day, yet finding the right tone or subject can be difficult. According to a trio of emergent Alexandria artists, landscape paintings make for thoughtful gifts as they bring to mind powerful connections to previous experiences.

Police Charge Local Man With Burglary

Fairfax County police have charged a Fairfax man with burglary and destruction of property. He is Monte Tobias Moyer, 27, of Aristotle Drive. Police responded to a home in the 11300 block of Aristotle Drive on Tuesday, April 30, shortly before 9 a.m., for a report of a break-in there.

Through the Looking Glass

Northern Virginia Players presents “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”

Beginning May 17, the Northern Virginia Players will perform Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland, Jr.” Join Alice's madcap adventures in Wonderland as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with the Tweedles, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game.

Letter to the Editor: Unintended Consequences

There is an old adage that says that you should never enact a law you don’t intend to enforce. Well that’s exactly what our august council has done with their approval of a pilot program disallowing all left hand turns at the Union and King street intersection.

Opinion: The Power of Tourism

From May 4 through 12, we celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week—a time when we applaud the impact our multi-faceted industry has on our community, the commonwealth and the nation.

Letter to the Editor: Unnecessary Legal Expense

Hooray for whistleblowers at City Hall! They point out how our taxpayer money can be protected/used more effectively.

Letter to the Editor: Home-Grown Candidates

I would like to make all Alexandrians aware of two dedicated, home-grown candidates running for constitutional offices in Alexandria — Dana Lawhorne for Sheriff and Bryan Porter for Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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Exploring Nursing

Springfield school provides everything a person needs to start a medical field career.

Offering a two-year Virginia State Board of Nursing accredited Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) course, The Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing provides everything a person needs to begin a career in the medical field.

Letter to the Editor: A City’s Priorities

A front-page story in a recent Gazette Packet recalled that T.C. Williams High School, the multi-million-dollar citadel of learning on upper King Street, has been described as a “persistently lower achieving school.”

Letter: Bookfair in Support of School

On Friday, May 17, the Barnes & Noble at Fair Lakes will host a book fair to raise funds for the Mountain View High School Scholarship Foundation. From 5-9 p.m., families can enjoy face painting, storytelling, bookmark making, musical performances and an art display while purchasing books for graduations, birthdays or personal enjoyment.

Another Vision for Landmark Mall

Public listens to latest revitalization effort.

The old adage, "The more things change, the more they stay the same," was on public display Wednesday night, May 1, at Landmark Mall when the latest iteration of a proposed revitalization was submitted to public scrutiny and comment. Even the public comments, written and spoken, echoed past sentiments.

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Lost Sheep, Looking for Bo Peep?

Fairfax County teachers are used to shepherding their students though many challenges during the school year, so perhaps it wasn’t too much of a stretch for Lees Corner fourth grade teacher Katie Talbot to come to the aid of some lost sheep in her Virginia Run neighborhood on April 13.

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Clifton Homeowners Welcome Visitors

It’s time for the 41st annual Spring Homes Tour.

An English garden, 18th-century furnishings and a pool with waterfalls are among the delights awaiting all those attending the 41st annual Clifton Spring Homes Tour. It’s slated for Thursday, May 16, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and the fun includes a marketplace and silent auction at the Paradise Springs Winery.

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Honoring Jeffrey; Helping Others

Angel Kisses 5K/2K is this Sunday.

Jeffrey Virostek was 2 when he was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). He went into remission after aggressive treatment and a bone-marrow transplant; and for nine months, he was able to just be a little boy again, playing with friends and enjoying his family.

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Discussing ‘Saturday Night in the Suburbs’

Lake Braddock seniors discuss sex, drugs and social media.

What really happens in the suburbs on Saturday nights? At an open forum at Lake Braddock Secondary School on Wednesday, May 1, community parents had the opportunity to have their fears and concerns over this question confirmed, assuaged, and in some cases, postponed. Special guests for the night were five high school seniors who had volunteered to discuss a range of topics—including illegal alcohol and marijuana use, depression and social media use—and field cross-examination from concerned parents.

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Burke Civil War Marker Unveiled

The sign commemorates the “Bog Wall Ambush,” an 1861 Civil War skirmish.

Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) and members of the Fairfax County History Commission gathered at the intersection of Dunleigh Drive and Braddock Road on Sunday, May 5, to dedicate a new historical marker commemorating the “Bog Wall Ambush,” an 1861 Civil War skirmish. The Fairfax County History Commission hosted the dedication ceremony, which was followed by a reception at historic Oak Hill.

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White Oaks Wins Science Olympiad Medals

With 22 different categories from engineering, chemistry and forensics to medical science, children from the fifth and sixth grades at White Oaks Elementary in Burke worked hard to make it all the way to the state level of the Science Olympiad tournament.

Week in Reston

The ninth Ultimate NOVA Business Expo is taking place on May 17, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at QINETQ Building, 11091 Sunset Hills, Suite No. 800 in Reston, with some 100 exhibitors and hundreds of additional guests. This is the perfect place for business owners and other professionals to promote and grow their businesses.

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Students, Teachers Exhibit Together

Art reception at Lake Anne Reston Community Center.

On Sunday, May 5, students and teachers in Reston Community Center’s visual arts program assembled in a reception to meet with friends and relatives. The work is on display now at the Jo Ann Rose Gallery at the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne.

Reston Girl Competes for Miss Virginia Title

Sara S. Gouda, the daughter of Sabri A. Gouda of Reston, is a state finalist in the National American Miss Virginia Pageant. She will compete with other pre-teen aged girls from across Virginia at the Reston Hyatt July 25-27 of this summer. Sara—who plays piano, games, soccer and volleyball—also likes reading, singing and spending time with her family.

Commentary: Forging a Future Path

Over the next couple of decades Virginia will have many more job openings for educated professionals and skilled technicians than there are persons in the pipeline to fill them, according to Northern Virginia Community College President Robert Templin speaking at “Blueprint Virginia,” an annual economic summit in Northern Virginia last week.

Reston Accessibility Committee—Award and Leadership

Last Tuesday, I went to the Fairfax County Government Center or “Taj Mahal,” as it is called by some, to watch the Board of Supervisors present citizen awards and issue grand proclamations. I was there to applaud presentation of the Community Partnership Award to an especially deserving Reston group, the Reston Accessibility Committee (RAC) of the Reston Citizens Association.

Natasha Parnian and Andrew Farms Engaged

Natasha Parnian, of Reston, and Andrew Farms, of Chantilly, are engaged and plan to wed Saturday, June 15.

Week in Herndon

The 129th edition of Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars is coming to Dulles Town Center. The classic, American-style circus, complete with elephants, tigers, aerialists and acrobats, mystifying magic and hilarious clowns, will appear for performances on Friday, May 10, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 11, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 12, at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

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Farmers Markets Open In Herndon

Thursdays are Herndon Fun Days from July 11 to Aug. 29.

Thursday, May 2, marked the opening of two farmers markets in Herndon, one in the Town of Herndon, and the other at Frying Pan Farm Park. Fairfax County has been a strong supporter of local farmers markets. As stated on their webpage, products sold at farmers markets are produced by vendors within 125 miles of Fairfax County.

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Friday Night Live in Herndon

Gonzo's Nose opens new concert season on the Town Green.

Friday, May 3, marked the first Friday Night Live concert of the season for the Town of Herndon. This popular concert series began with a performance by the band Gonzo’s Nose, a Virginia-based band that has been performing since 1996. This year is the 19th season of Friday Night Live. Like all previous shows, this performance was held on the Town Green between the Herndon Fortnightly Library and the Herndon Municipal Center. The annual series brings many cover bands to Herndon to perform with no tickets or reservations required.

Oak Hill Students “Plant It” With Dominion

On Arbor Day, April 26, the third-graders at Oak Hill Elementary School had a chance to get their hands dirty and plant some trees. It was all part of Dominion Virginia Power’s environmental program Project Plant It!, a fun and educational way to help the children learn about trees and the environment.  

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Personality Conflict on the Richmond Highway Corridor

Do residents want to be suburban, exurban or urban?

This summer, residents in Mount Vernon will welcome a new Costco to the Richmond Highway corridor — a big-box retailer with a huge parking lot that will exemplify the kind of suburban and exurban development that has dominated far-flung reaches of the metropolitan region.

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Alexandria City Council Approves Historic Tax Increase

After ousting two Republicans, all Democratic council hikes tax rate four cents.

Members of the Alexandria City Council unanimously supported a historic four-cent hike in the tax rate this week, raising the average residential property tax bill $314 to $4,888.

Business Matters

A quiet stretch of Eisenhower Avenue is about to get a new lease on life — nightlife, to be exact.

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School Board to Reconsider Middle School Reorganization

Members ask superintendent to evaluate four years of middle school data.

When students arrived at Hammond Middle School for the first day of classes in the fall of 2009, they were stepping into three different schools: Hammond 1, Hammond 2 and Hammond 3.

Wednesday, May 8

Classified Advertising May 8, 2013

Read the lastest ads here!

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Spring for Alexandria 2013

Serving the community.

For three days, thousands of Alexandrians came together for the 6th Annual Spring for Alexandria, a citywide weekend of events that focuses on giving and service throughout the community. Co-sponsored by ACT for Alexandria, Volunteer Alexandria, the Alexandria Jaycees and the City of Alexandria, the series of events kicked off May 2 with the ACT Generations of Giving Gala at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office.

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Sengel Honored

SAR presents Law Enforcement award.

The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution awarded the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal to Commonwealth's Attorney S. Randolph Sengel for his distinguished career enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Sengel was presented the award April 27 in a ceremony at Belle Haven Country Club. He has served as a prosecutor in Alexandria since 1979 and was first elected Commonwealth's Attorney in 1997.

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Safety and Bike Rodeo Teaches Healthy Habits

Child-centered activities held on Town Green on May 4.

Those children on Mill Street on Saturday, the ones in the parking lot across from the Town Green surrounded by Vienna police officers, were not being charged with a traffic violation. They were, instead, being guided around a training course by Vienna police in Vienna’s 2nd Annual W&OD Safety and Bike Rodeo sponsored by the Town of Vienna Bicycle Advisory Committee, Friends of the W&OD and local civic groups and businesses.

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Honoring Those Who Serve

Ceremony pays tribute to fallen officers.

Dozens of active duty and retired law enforcement personnel joined Chief of Police Earl Cook and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne as they placed a wreath at the Police Memorial in Waterfront Park May 6 to pay tribute to Alexandria police officers and sheriff's deputies who have died in the line of duty. Cook read each of the 16 names inscribed on the memorial, dating back to Constable Elijah Chenault, who was the first reported officer killed in the city in 1823, and ending with Corporal Charles W. Hill, who was slain in March of 1988.

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Vienna Farmers’ Market Opens in New Location

Spring produce and family activities marked opening day.

Opening day of the Vienna Farmers Market—in its new home on Center Street—looked as much like a spring fair as it did farmers’ market. May 4 was sunny and warm and shoppers turned out by the dozens and dozens to enjoy the initial rites of spring, from baseball at Waters Field to the food and fun at the farmers market. Operated and sponsored by the Optimists Club of Greater Vienna, the farmers market found a welcome on the grounds of Faith Baptist Church, across the street from Waters Field and caddy-corner from the firehouse.

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Langley Boat Takes State Championship

angley's novice men's eight-seat boat won the Virginia State High School Crew Championship for their category on Saturday. The Ted Phoenix regatta is the state championship for all novice rowers. The class the men rowed in was one of the most competitive, with the list of contenders including Washington-Lee, Yorktown, Madison, Langley, TC Williams, Woodbridge, Hylton, West Potomac, Mt. Vernon, Oakton, Woodson, Robinson, Lake Braddock, and Wakefield.

Changes Under Foot

Old Town Masterpieces closing after 35 years.

They grew up together in Iran, and in 1971, Ahmed Loghmanian and Hossien Garakyaraghi made the move to America to study at George Washington University. But it wasn't long before the pull of the family business back home beckoned them to open Old Town Masterpieces, a landmark Oriental rug store closing its doors after 35 years in business. “I think he met George Washington,” Loghmanian said in jest to Garakyaraghi, his lifelong friend and brother-in-law. “That's how long we've been here.”

Colored Gemstones Making a Splash on the Red Carpet

Red Carpet choices show non-traditional gemstones are making strides in high fashion. The Grammys 2013 included a “dress code” which propelled most attendees to bring their most glamorous fashions to the limelight. In the past this would mean diamonds, diamonds and more diamonds, but a surprising trend is evolving and Jorge Adeler, of Adeler Jewelers in Great Falls, is right on the mark.

Raising Healthy Children with Healthy Minds

Back in 2011 President Obama announced the creation of a National Prevention Strategy, a comprehensive country-wide plan to increase the number of Americans who are healthy, both mentally and physically at every step of their lives. In the wake of Newtown, a new discussion erupted over mental health and the need to improve services. That was wonderful news to advocates, families and those with mental illnesses themselves. But it soon became obvious that in many circles what political leaders were talking about was not more and better services that would guarantee good mental health for everyone, but putting people away without due process, in other words a return to those past practices that destroyed people’s minds and lives as well as their families.

Sophomore Transfer Obregon Adjusts to Help Ireton Girls’ Lax

Cardinals advance to WCAC semifinals.

The Bishop Ireton girls' lacrosse team entered the WCAC tournament as the No. 2 seed.

The Astonishing Motor 8

In less than two weeks, May 20 to be exact, the final segment in the brutal and senseless shooting of an Alexandria police officer gets under way in the city’s Franklin P. Backus Courthouse. Officer Peter Laboy was shot in the head on routine daytime duty, suffering a catastrophic brain injury, on Feb. 27. This story has resonated around the Commonwealth and throughout the nation and generated thousands of prayers on his behalf.

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Woman’s Club of Arlington Holds Art Show and Sale

Those braving the rain storm on the evening of April 19 to attend The Woman’s Club’s Art Show and Sale enjoyed some great art, delicious snacks and objects to bid on for the Silent Auction and “Boozy Cake” raffles.

Lake Braddock Girls’ Lax Advances to Patriot District Final

Bruins beat West Springfield in OT in semifinals.

The Lake Braddock girls' lacrosse team will face Woodson in Patriot District championship.

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Esten Concert Raises $22,000

A night of songs, jokes and nostalgia in Old Town benefits T.C. Williams grads.

The Durant Arts Center multipurpose room rarely gets as glamorous as it did on Friday night, May 3, when The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria ushered Charles “Chip” Esten onto its brightly lit stage. The “Nashville” star, who plays Deacon Claybourne on the hit series, informed the audience of Alexandrians that though he would be whoever they wanted him to be that night at autograph time — Deacon, Charles or Chip — he was the boy they knew. “It’s Chip not Charles. It’s Puskar,” said the star as he walked on.

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Woodson Girls' Lacrosse Returns to Patriot District Championship Game

Dunn, Lightfoot lead Cavaliers past Annandale in district semifinals.

The Woodson girls' lacrosse team will face Lake Braddock in the Patriot District tournament final for the second straight year.

Absentee Voting Starts Now for Democratic Primaries

Primaries held for lieutenant governor and attorney general.

The State Board of Elections reported Monday, May 6, that absentee voting began for the June 11, 2013 primary and all localities met the required 45-day deadline for mailing absentee ballots to voters.

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Helping Those Who ‘Can’t Catch a Break’

Community support for Northern Virginia Family Services grows during tough economic times.

“Most of us here lead privileged lives. You can and should make a difference in Northern Virginia.” —Earle Williams

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Women Mean Business

In the two months since the much-hyped and dreaded sequester took effect, the daily economic forecast has been almost as painful as the slow grinding of bureaucratic wheels. But here’s some good economic news, especially for aspiring female entrepreneurs: the numbers are in your favor.

Alexandria Bulletin Board May 8

Information on events taking place in Alexandria.

Potomac School Notes May 8

News and notes on students from Potomac.

Center To Host Cultural Night

Meet new director at dance and cuisine event.

The Potomac Community Center will be celebrating the multi-ethnicity of the community with an inaugural “Cultural Dance and Cuisine” night from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17. The public is invited to an evening of international dance performances representing China, Greece, Russia, India, Latin America and more.

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Annual Potomac Spring House Tour Returns

Event to support Congregation Har Shalom’s projects.

Love touring unique homes and looking for ideas of how to enhance your own home? Be certain to mark May 19 or 20 on the calendar for the Potomac Spring House Tour.

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‘Blooming’ Opens at The Art Gallery of Potomac

Three perspectives on flowers

The Art Gallery of Potomac is alive with spring flowers and garden landscapes. Its latest show, “Blooming,” features the artwork of three local artists who have chosen their most vibrant pieces for this show.

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Advice for Buying Jewelry for Mother’s Day

Experts offer suggestions for choosing the perfect piece for Mom.

Mike Grantham of North Potomac shuffled from one jewelry display case to another. His eyes surveyed each row of sparklers: yellow and white diamonds, deep blue sapphires and blood-red rubies.

Trying To Steal an ATM

At approximately 1:57 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 911 received a call from bank security personnel for an in-progress theft of an ATM at a Bank of America in Potomac Village, according to Montgomery County Police.

Many Happy Returns

Cicadas stage a comeback to Potomac area.

Maturing slowly underground for the past 17 years, the cicada is poised to reappear in Potomac beginning sometime this month. Part of a class of periodic cicadas called Magicicada Brood II, found only on the eastern seaboard, this particular species is unique in its long, prime-numbered life cycle and massive, timed emergence, not to mention its loud chorus, that can sometimes top 90 decibels in a swarm.

Potomac Bulletin Board May 8

Information on events in Potomac.

Register for Bike to Work Day

On Friday May 17, Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association will co-sponsor the region’s annual Bike to Work Day.

Potomac Entertainment Calendar May 8

Information on entertainment events in Potomac.

Arlington Entertainment Calendar May 8

Information on entertainment events in Arlington.

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‘Over the Edge’

Rappellers raise funds for Special Olympics Virginia.

On Friday, May 3, 50 people went “over the edge” and rappelled down the outside of the Crystal City Hilton to raise $50,000 for Special Olympics Virginia.

Tuesday, May 7

McLean Station Nears Completion

Work continues on systems beneath the canopy of the Silver Line's McLean Station.

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McLean Jazzercise Raises $12,525 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Over 100 dancers participated in Jazzercise of McLean and Tysons Corner’s Dance for a Cure fundraiser, which raised $12,525 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by staging a benefit dance-fitness marathon on Saturday, April 20, 2013. 

Week in Vienna

This week in Vienna features some new, exciting events like a new Police Chief and a concert!

McLean High Yearbook Wins Pacemaker Award

Other area high school publications recognized.

“The Clan,” the yearbook of McLean High School, was one of 25 high school yearbooks nationwide to be recognized with a Pacemaker Award by the Journalism Education Association-National Scholastic Press Association (JEA-NSPA) for 2013.

Week in McLean

Serial Burglaries in McLean Area

This week in McLean had some interesting events like a Church yard sale, a book sale, and even a few burglaries!

McLean’s Kitchen and Garden Tour a Success

A ribbon-cutting kicked off McLean’s first Kitchen and Garden Tour, on Wednesday, May 1.

Park, Ride and Relax

MCC asks residents to “Park, Ride and Relax” by using three convenient shuttle services on McLean Day 2013.

The McLean Community Center asks residents to help the environment, reduce traffic on Chain Bridge Road and eliminate personal stress by using free shuttle rides.

McLean Day 2013, Saturday, May 18: “Celebrating Our Hometown”

It’s the place to be with the people you want to be with: McLean Day has that hometown feel.

The McLean Community Center’s (MCC) annual community festival McLean Day 2013: “Celebrating Our Hometown” draws a large crowd of residents and local businesses and organizations together once a year to celebrate their “hometown.”

McLean Day Only Gets Better With Age

This year’s Saturday, May 18 celebration approaches centennial.

The McLean Community Center’s annual community festival is approaching its 100th anniversary.

Help Fully Restore Colvin Run Mill

Colvin Run Mill, the Park Authority site, is a finalist in a web-based contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express.

Letters: Mega-mansions and the Like

My friend and I decided to go for a drive around our Great Falls “village” and enjoy the sights. Alas, what I saw of our manmade structures was less than uplifting.

Letters: Pike As a Raceway

I have resided in Great Falls since 1986. For more than 25 years, I drove along Georgetown Pike, "a scenic byway," to the beltway before 6 a.m. on most business days.

Letter: Wooden Birds: Cute, Puzzling

Does any person or organization lay claim to the wooden birds that are being bolted to some traffic signs, poles and trees in the area?

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Governor McDonnell Endorses Springfield Site for FBI Headquarters

In letter to FBI director, McDonnell says Fairfax County site will advance “national security mission.”

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has publicly endorsed the Springfield warehouse site for the new FBI building headquarters. In an April 30 letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller and Dan Tangherlini, the acting administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, McDonnell said the federally owned warehouse is the best choice for a number of reasons.

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McLean Girls’ Soccer Can Clinch Liberty’s No. 2 Seed

Shine leads Highlanders past Madison.

The McLean girls' soccer team defeated Madison 1-0 on May 2.

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Reston Nature House Hosts Spring Festival

Event features live animals, nature demonstrations.

Darren Chambers, 7, of Reston says he’s scared of spiders, silverfish and ants, but there’s one thing he’s not scared of: snakes. He had a chance to look at snakes up close and personal Saturday, May 4, at the Walker Nature Education Center during their Spring Festival.

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Reston Farmers Market Opens Season

Weekly market open for business at Lake Anne.

The Reston Farmers Market opened its 2013 season Saturday morning, May 4, at Lake Anne Plaza. The market returns stronger than ever this year, with new additions including the county’s first seafood vendor at a farmers market.

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Town Holds Big Truck Days

Children invited to explore equipment at Public Works Maintenance Complex.

The Town of Herndon opened up its Public Works Maintenance Complex and its large vehicles May 2 and 3 for the annual Big Truck Days. The event gave families and children a chance to explore some of the town’s heavy maintenance equipment.

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Town Passes FY2014 Budget

Budget up 7.3 percent form last year, calls for no tax increases.

The Herndon Town Council passed the budget for Fiscal Year 2014, which will take effect on July 1 of this year. The $49,603,300 budget reflects an increase of 7.3 percent of the FY2013 budget.

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Great Falls Resident to Paddle the Potomac

Aryan Golzar will go on 400-mile journey to raise money for scholarship.

Growing up in Great Falls, Aryan Golzar always loved the Potomac River. The same 400-mile-long-plus waterway that led to settlements from the Chesapeake Bay to West Virginia drove his imagination during his formative years, and now it’s become something even more.

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Community Celebrates Great Falls Day

Celebration features live performances, history displays.

Members of Great Falls and the surrounding communities gathered at the Grange and the Forestville Schoolhouse Sunday, May 5, for Great Falls Day. In celebration of the two historic buildings, as well as other signature aspects of Great Falls, hundreds attended the event to enjoy a pleasant Sunday and learn more about history.

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Oakton Boys’ Soccer Finishes Regular Season Undefeated

Cougars beat Westfield on senior night.

The Oakton boys' soccer team finished the regular season with an 11-0-2 record.

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Haddad Celebrates 50 Years of Dance

Margaret Haddad Studio to present "Down Memory Lane."

After dancing and teaching ballet in four countries over the past five decades, Margaret Haddad’s Studio of Classical Ballet will look back on some of her favorite shows with "Down Memory Lane."

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Great Falls Exxon Environmental Meeting Set

GFCA to host meeting on former Exxon station contamination.

The Great Falls Citizens Association will host a public meeting Tuesday, May 14, to address the environmental impact of lingering effects on the site of the former Exxon station at the corner of Walker Road and Georgetown Pike.

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McLean Forum Highlights Sex Trafficking

Area officials host human trafficking forum.

Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34) and Del. Tim Hugo (R-40) joined Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) and others at the McLean Community Center Friday, May 3, to discuss the facts of human trafficking. The U.S. State Department estimated that human trafficking is the third largest source of profits for international organized crime, behind firearms and narcotics.

Saturday, May 4

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Geer, Williams Provide Power for South County Softball

Stallion duo hits back-to-back home runs against West Potomac.

The South County softball team improved to 15-1.

Friday, May 3

Help Fully Restore Colvin Run Mill

Colvin Run Mill, the Park Authority site, is a finalist in a web-based contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express.

Classified Advertising May 1, 2013

Read the latest ads here!

Thursday, May 2

Thomas M. Hughes Dies

Avid outdoorsman, devoted family man.

Tom Hughes wasn't going to let cancer rob him of his sense of humor.

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Obituary: Clydine M. Bridgeman

Clydine M. Bridgeman, 83, formerly of Alexandria, died of cancer on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Villas at Gulf Breeze, an assisted living facility in suburban Pensacola, Fla.

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Federal Officials Audit T.C. Williams to Follow $6 Million in Federal Funds

Three-year program dubbed school 'persistently lowest achieving.'

For two days this week, a team of federal officials from the U.S. Department of Education were in Alexandria to follow the money.

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A Firehouse Mystery: Who Vandalized Two Antique Dalmatian Statues?

Two separate statues damaged on opposite sides of Old Town in late-night crime.

Ever since they were donated to the two Old Town fire stations a few weeks ago, the antique Dalmatian statues have stood as silent witnesses to the life of Alexandria's firefighters.

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Horse Trading at City Hall as Council Members Approach Budget Deadline

Warwick Pool to remain open for the short term; holiday lights to stay dim during the summer.

The Warwick Pool is likely to stay open for another year, although what happens beyond that is a mystery. But the holiday lights along King Street will likely go dark during the summer months, despite one councilwoman's longtime quest to persuade her colleagues otherwise.

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Should Some Businesses Be Taxed at a Higher Rates Than Others?

Lee District Supervisor clashes with his own advisory group over BPOL taxes.

Why should consultants be taxed at a higher rate than contractors? Is it fair to hit up businesses that do research and development for twice as much as retail merchants?

Wednesday, May 1

SSSA Pitcher Sargent Reaches 1,000 Career Strikeouts

Saints hurler reaches milestone in fourth varsity season.

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes pitcher Alexis Sargent reached 1,000 career strikeouts during a no-hit performance against Holy Child on April 18.


Eat Chicken, Raise Money Fair Lakes resident BethAnn Telford is battling a brain tumor, herself, but that doesn’t stop her from raising as much money as she can for the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure. So on Thursday, May 2, from 5-7 p.m., she and her fundraising organization, Team BT, will be at the Chick-Fil-A at the Dulles Expo Center, 4412 Chantilly Place in Chantilly.

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Five Northern Region Athletes Compete at Capital Classic

Wakefield senior Moore leads Northern Region scorers with 12 points.

The District All-Stars defeated the Suburban All-Stars; the United States All-Stars beat the Capital All-Stars.

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Chantilly Comeback Falls Short Against Oakton

Chargers leave bases loaded in bottom of seventh inning.

The Oakton baseball team improved to 13-3 with Tuesday's victory over Chantilly.

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Cook Off Benefits Carpenter’s Shelter

More than 600 people crossed the threshold of the Birchmere to attend the 11th annual Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-Off fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, April 28.

Is Traffic Relief On the Way?

Residents examine designs to fix the I-66/Route 28 interchange.

As things are now, rush hour traffic on Route 28 in Centreville is more than the traffic signals at Braddock/Walney roads, the entrance to E.C. Lawrence Park and the ramp to I-66 East can handle. This situation results in traffic backups, delays and safety hazards.


Neil David Kelly

Neil Kelly, 31, a lifelong resident of the Fort Hunt area of Alexandria, died on April 22, 2013 at Mount Vernon Hospital. He was a 1999 graduate of West Potomac High School, and a 2007 graduate of George Mason University with a B.S. degree in finance. In high school Neil was a top player for the men’s tennis team. During Neil’s youth he played baseball and basketball in the Fort Hunt league. His love of basketball led to coaching which he enjoyed. He previously had also been a referee for the league.

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Warner Named Officer of Month

PFC Jared Warner is the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Month. He was honored at the April 10 meeting of the station’s Citizens Advisory committee.

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New Beginning at Cemetery

New Beginning at Cemetery

Anywhere else in the city, it would appear out-of-place in size and design. But being the lodge — or gatehouse, as many say — at the entrance to Alexandria National Cemetery, the building is a perfect fit. Montgomery C. Meigs, Quartermaster General of the Army, is remembered for ordering that Federal troops be buried all over the plantation estate of Robert E. Lee. Today, that place is Arlington National Cemetery.

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Centreville Student Art Sparkles

Centreville High’s Pyramid Art Show was held April 25.

Centre View School Notes May 1

School notes for Centreville and Chantilly natives.

Letter to the Editor: The Other Easter

Orthodox Christians in the U.S., Russia, Greece, Egypt, Ethiopia and throughout the Middle East, will be celebrating Easter on May 5. Why the difference? Why would Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter more than a month after Roman Catholics and Protestants?

Letter to the Editor: New Battle Of Manassas

I am opposed to the North/South corridor as I believe it is an ill-conceived transportation project.

Potomac Bulletin Board May 1

Information on events taking place in Potomac.

Flourishing After 55 May 1

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington’s Office of Senior Adult Programs for May 13-18.

Potomac Entertainment Calendar May 1

Information on entertainment events in Potomac.

‘Great Performances’ at Mason

Featured acts include the Joffrey Ballet, Sir James Galway, and four productions from the Virginia Opera.

Though not exactly suffering from a surplus, it’s clear from their new lineup that the staff behind the George Mason University Center for the Arts is driving forward, sequester or not.

Brickyard Educational Farm, Ongoing Plans

Brickyard Educational Farm piloted a successful farm to school field trip program in 2012 at no cost to the county, school system or tax payer.

Mark Shriver To Speak at Potomac Library on May 6

Son reflects on his father.

Mark Shriver commented that almost every day of his adult life, while at college and after college, his father, Sargent Shriver wrote a letter to him.

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‘Spring Fling’ Brings Crafts

Potomac Community Center’s annual event to include community shred.

The Potomac Community Center’s annual “Spring Fling” on May 4 will offer Potomac area residents an opportunity to find that special gift for Mother’s Day or to browse vendors for one-of-a-kind craft items, purses, clothing and jewelry.

Rocky Run Student Wins Writing Contest

Peter Hwang is only in the seventh grade at Rocky Run Middle School, but he recently won the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) writing contest. He wrote an essay answering the question, “What would you say to the Founding Fathers?”

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JCCGW Celebrates 100 Years Creating Community

Year-long celebration of center’s centennial.

Throughout this year, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCCGW) will be celebrating 100 years of “connecting people of the Jewish community with each other, Israel and the broader community.”

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Opening Doors for Neighbors in Need

FACETS marks 25 years of community service.

“A few years ago my life underwent two major changes that shook my world. … My husband and I separated and then I lost my job.” Lisa, a Fairfax mother, delivered that blunt statement during her speech to a crowd of more than 400 people during FACETS’ “Opening Doors” Benefit Breakfast on April 25.

Mount Vernon Bulletin Board May 1

Information on events taking place in Mount Vernon.

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Supporting Injured Officer

A community celebrates and supports Officer Long Dinh.

On Sunday, April 28, Officer Long Dinh arrived at the fundraiser hosted by the Fraternal Order of the Police (FOP) and was met with enthusiastic applause and praise.

Letter to the Editor: Everyone Voted Against Moving PES to Brickyard

An open letter to the Board of Education and the community: Recently, the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) decided to consider moving the Potomac Elementary School (PES) to the Brickyard site.

Letter to the Editor: What’s Next for the Brickyard Middle School Site?

Two weeks ago I attended a meeting of the Potomac Elementary School PTA and other concerned residents of Potomac. The topic of the meeting was the long-awaited modernization of Potomac Elementary School (PES).

Letter: TJ: Competition, Not Quotas

Your editorial, "Value-added Evaluation," [The Connection, April 18-24, 2013] seems to appear regularly—in slightly different forms and it remains misguided.

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County’s Black Eye

MCPS has no plans to allow organic farm to continue; judge denies legal fees but scolds county, school board.

Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Greenberg’s ruling went far beyond the bottom line. Greenberg denied the request by the Brickyard Coalition and organic farmer Nick Maravell to be reimbursed for legal fees spent in battling the county over the use of 20 acres of farmland on a future school site on Brickyard Road.

Springfield Man Arrested for Producing Child Pornography

Andrew Choi, 35, of Springfield, was arrested Friday, April 26, on charges of production and possession of child pornography.

Column: In Judge’s Own Words

Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Greenberg’s ruling, entered April 23, 2013 in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County:

Le-Ha Anderson Honored by Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Le-Ha Anderson, of Clifton, media/community relations manager at Dominion, was recently honored by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce for giving her time, talent and resources to help strengthen the chamber and the community at large.

Column: Tree Canopy — It’s Important

Several of this year’s WMCCA meetings directly or indirectly focused on our area’s tree canopy. There is good reason for this attention to tree canopy — everything from the quality of our streams to our enjoyment of the outdoors is dependent on trees. The need for trees to remove pollution from the air and water, reduce flooding and limit the heat-island effect cannot be overstated.

Take a Hike

Find Serenity in rural Maryland’s transcendent Peace Park.

Located just off of River Road in Poolesville, Kunzang Palyul Choling Temple’s 65-acre Peace Park offers a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday Potomac life.

Real Estate Fraud Leads to Prison

Lorton woman sentenced to two years behind bars.

A 35-year-old Lorton woman conspired with three other people in an illegal real estate scheme to yield them big bucks. They plotted to take over the titles of homes in Washington, D.C., without the real property owners’ knowledge.

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Lees Corner Sixth-Graders Help Stop Hunger Now

Children at Lees Corner Elementary are taking a bite out of world hunger. They raised money to purchase food and, last Wednesday, April 24, students in teacher Jeffrey Houser’s sixth-grade class packaged enough meals to feed 103,200 people.

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Making The ‘Junk Food Blues’ Music Video

To the tune of jazz, nine children from the Kidz MusiQ Club recorded a music video in Fairfax Sunday, April 14, to the song “Junk Food Blues.”

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Tell Your Story with ‘Better Said Than Done’

Storytellers in Northern Virginia troupe “Better Said Than Done” come from all over to tell their stories.

Started in 2011 by Jessica Piscitelli, “Better Said Than Done,” a professional storytelling troupe, has gone from strength to strength over the past two years with a pool of about 45 talented storytellers. But who knew people would be interested in coming out to listen to what they have to say?

Alexandria and Mount Vernon Calendar May 1

Entertainment events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon.

Fairfax Teenager Wins Writing Contest

Peter Hwang is only in the seventh grade, but he recently won the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) writing contest. He wrote an essay answering the question, “What would you say to the Founding Fathers?”

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Girl Scouts Enjoy Aquatic-Themed Party

Girl Scouts from the Pride of the Potomac Service Unit had a shell of a good time at the Under the Sea Girl Scout Birthday dance, March 16 at Charles Houston Recreation Center in Alexandria.

Fairfax Assault Victim Dies of Injuries

City of Fairfax police say a 63-year-old city resident, William Hays O’Brien, has succumbed to injuries sustained April 16 when he was assaulted in a shopping-center parking lot.

Arlington Entertainment Calendar May 1

Entertainment events taking place in Arlington.

Apple Federal Credit Union Offers Sequester Leniency

Apple Federal Credit Union is prepared to aid those member households that have been affected by the recent government sequestration through offering a limited-time sequester loan.

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Innovation Fair at Keene Mill

The 28 student teams brainstormed problems with current products they use on a regular basis and then researched and created solutions to those problems.

New Beginning at Cemetery

Lodge to be resurrected.

Anywhere else in the city, it would appear out-of-place in size and design. But being the lodge — or gatehouse, as many say — at the entrance to Alexandria National Cemetery, the building is a perfect fit.

Letter to the Editor: Closed Door Meeting

Just received an e-mail flyer promoting the next “What’s Next Alexandria” community dialogue on April 30 at the First Baptist Church Activity Center on King Street.

Letter to the Editor: Fiscal Voice Wanted

Re: "Loaded With Debt" Alex. Gazette Packet, April 25, 2013. I hope that all those who voted the Republicans off the City Council are satisfied — actually I hope they are scared for our city — we all should be.

Fairfax County Union Officials Say Board’s Budget Fails Staff, Residents

Supervisors maintain cuts necessary to eliminate projected $169 million shortfall.

On the day the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the FY2014 budget, the leaders of Fairfax County’s four public employee unions issued a joint statement saying the budget “failed” staff and county residents.

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AMEN Becomes Arlington Thrive

Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN) will now be known as Arlington Thrive.

Letter to the Editor: Steer Away From Option B

Soon the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station environmental impact statement (EIS) will be issued in draft form.

Arlington Bulletin Board May 1

Information on events taking place in Arlington.

Letter to the Editor: Need Places To Swim

I would like to second last week’s letter "Losing Pools" written by Bill Rivers. It is an unfortunate situation and even worse than he stated.

Letter to the Editor: Let Learning Live

Did you know: * Alexandria’s currently has around 146,000 residents, 30 percent of whom speak a language other than English at home.

Letter to the Editor: Sponsor A Child

Living under the sun all day, clothes covered with stains, overlaid with dust, water marked with dirt, empty pockets full of hope; this is daily life in Cambodia. When you see this image maybe you stop or flip the page, but perhaps there is something that you can do.

Letter to the Editor: Support Titan Expo

Twenty-six years ago, the T.C. Williams’ Student Council Association (SCA) and the school’s Parent/Teacher Association (PTSA) came up with the idea of combining a school spirit carnival and white elephant sale to raise money for scholarships for T.C. Williams students.

Letter to the Editor: Why Not Bus Rapid Transit?

How could being denied federal funding for the Columbia Pike streetcar somehow result in more federal funding for the streetcar?

Letter to the Editor: Anti-Consumer ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills

“Despicable, unconstitutional, ridiculous, immature, idiotic, and mendacious.” And that’s just how Tennessee newspapers characterized the state’s “ag-gag” bill now awaiting governor’s signature.

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4th Annual Move Me Festival Resonates at Kenmore

Bowen McCauley Dance hosted the 4th Annual Move Me Festival on Saturday afternoon, April 27, at the Kenmore Middle School.

Letter to the Editor: Successful Spring2ACTion

When was the last time when you invested in someone’s dream? Perhaps you are one of the 5,872 donors who contributed to Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, on April 17.

Letter to the Editor: Recommending Some Cuts

Regarding the article in this week’s Alexandria Gazette, “Loaded With Debt” (April 25, 2013) this will be City Manager Young’s first budget since he became Alexandria city manager in 2012.

Letter to the Editor: Democratic Role of Libraries

I am writing to express my deep concern at the City Council’s plan to cut funding for our local libraries in order to fund a Bikeshare program.

Letter to the Editor: Inept Regulation

Ellen Latane Tabb’s letter [“Focus on Needs, Not Wants,” April 25] criticizes city hall for subsidizing BikeShare, a private membership bicycle rental company.

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Letter to the Editor: Youthful Trumpeter

Saturday, April 27, was a sunny day for many musicians playing along the dock of Old Town Alexandria waterfront, but this day was a little different.

Economics of Student Success

Schools use Title I funds to target individual needs.

Eight Arlington elementary schools are undergoing improvement plans after failing to meet all of their federal annual measurable objectives (AMO) last year as required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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Charlie Named 2013 Tavern Dog

Charlie, a rescued dog and an American foxhound, took top honors at the annual Gadsby’s Tavern Dog competition Saturday afternoon, April 27, in Market Square.

Institute To Honor Area’s Emerging Black Leaders

Awards spotlight “Top 10 under 40.”

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

Area Students Win Virginia History Day Awards

Students from three Fairfax County public schools earned awards at the 2013 Virginia History Day competition, held in Williamsburg.

Got Food?

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set for May 11

The nation's largest single-day food drive will take place on Saturday, May 11, when postal workers in Alexandria will join others across the country in the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Column: About Long-Term Care

What everyone needs to know.

Long-term care is a hot topic for Baby Boomers and others who are caring for elderly parents or loved ones or thinking about their future and the possibility of needing long-term care.

Local Couple Writes ‘Love at First Flight’

Book captures their lives, from a pilot’s stories to courtship.

Three years after beginning the writing process, Alexandria residents Bud and Fran Orr saw the official release of their book “Love at First Flight” in bookstores and online book offerings. A true story surrounding their courtship and marriage during the Vietnam War, “Love at First Flight” hit and the shelves of Barnes and Noble in January.

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Two Hour Vendors: Arlington County Doubles Time Allowed for Food Trucks

One-hour restriction spiked; expanding vending zones is next on the menu.

Every hour, food-truck vendor Amir Mohammed would have to shut down his propane tank, and get behind the wheel of Baba's Big Bite food truck to find a new parking space.