Stories for November 2013

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Saturday, November 30

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Obituary: Grace Jarman Dawson, 93

During the 1960s as a volunteer 4-H club leader, Grace Dawson played a key role in the acquisition and early development of Frying Pan Park.

On Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013, Grace Jarman Dawson, 93, died peacefully at home in Purcellville, Va. She was born on June 3, 1920 in Crozet, Va. to Mattie and George Jarman, one of seven children.

Wednesday, November 27

Wakefield Returns Three Starters from State Playoff Team

Warriors must overcome loss of leaders Moore, Nega.

The Wakefield boys' basketball team opens the season on Dec. 7 against T.C. Williams.

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Inexperienced Titans Looking To Get Program Back on Track

Coach King wants group effort until standout players emerge.

The T.C. Williams boys' basketball team opens its season at Wakefield on Dec. 7.

Editorial: Holidays Are About Giving in Potomac

So many needs, so many great organizations, give locally where your heart leads you.

The holidays are about giving. They are about children. The holidays are about sharing, about joy, about alleviating suffering for others. The holidays are about being thankful and about faith and appreciation.

Editorial: Holidays Are About Giving in Alexandria

So many needs, so many great organizations, give locally where your heart leads you.

The holidays are about giving. They are about children. The holidays are about sharing, about joy, about alleviating suffering for others. The holidays are about being thankful and about faith and appreciation.

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Majors Motivated by Pain of Season-Ending Loss

Shannon, Porter are Mount Vernon’s top returning athletes.

The Mount Vernon girls' basketball team will open its season at Centreville on Dec. 3.

Editorial: Holidays Are About Giving in Arlington

So many needs, so many great organizations, give locally where your heart leads you.

The holidays are about giving. They are about children. The holidays are about sharing, about joy, about alleviating suffering for others. The holidays are about being thankful and about faith and appreciation.

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Actively Caring Comes to CVHS

Part of Bullying Awareness Week, AC4P recognizes acts of kindness.

Not bullying means more than just not taunting or hitting someone; it also means being kind and considerate. So it was fitting that members of Virginia Tech’s program, Actively Caring for People (AC4P), shared their message Monday, Nov. 18, during the first day of Cluster VII’s Bullying Awareness Week.

Classified Advertising November 27, 2013

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Usury Explosion: Northern Virginia Becomes Hotbed for Car-Title Lending Industry

Route 1 corridor currently has eight locations; soon to get ninth.

In the last three years, dozens of new car-title lending businesses have popped up in neighborhoods across Northern Virginia — the result of recent regulations opening the door to a business that charges as much as 264 percent a year on loans.

Tuesday, November 26

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Alexandria to Hand Count All Paper Ballots in Recount For Attorney General

Limitations of election machines prevent electronic scanners from being programmed for recount.

Alexandria election officials will be going back to the future in the next few weeks, pouring over thousands of paper ballots by hand as part of a recount effort in the hotly contested race for attorney general.

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Planting New Seeds

Area church helps open new church.

It was just after 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, and West City Fellowship’s third official service was about to begin at Wakefield High School.

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Greenspring Donates Turkeys to Area Families this Thanksgiving

On Friday, Nov. 22, residents and staff at Greenspring participated in the retirement community’s 11th Annual Turkey Trot, raising money to provide Thanksgiving turkeys to area families in need.

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A Personal Journey

Where the past meets the present: Springfield resident returns to Vietnam, writes a book.

As Robert (Bob) L. Bob Tecklenberg got off the plane the familiar tropical heat and landscape triggered memories of long ago when he was just 19-years-old, and in Vietnam. He, like many other veterans, wanted to know what happened to the country and its people. Tecklenberg began his personal journey by going back to Vietnam twice, once in 2003 and then again in 2004.

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Board of Supervisors Recognizes Greenspring for 15th Anniversary

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Greenspring was recognized by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for 15 successful years in Fairfax County. Greenspring celebrated the community’s 15th anniversary on Nov. 17 and is now home to nearly 2000 residents and the workplace of nearly 1000 staff members.

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Springfield Estates Girls Run Club Holds 5K Race

About forty-five fifth and sixth grade girls from Springfield Estates Elementary School participated in the Fall Girls Run Club 5K Race on Thursday, Nov. 21.

A New Year’s Eve Gala in Springfield

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will host A New Year’s Eve State of Mind Benefit Gala on Tues., Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Waterford at Springfield at 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield.

Area Roundups

News occurring in the Fairfax County area.

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Fairfax Station Railroad Museum to Host Holiday Model Train Show

The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum will hold its 24th annual Holiday Train Show on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

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GOP Women Support Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) donated $500 to TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), which has been caring for the families of America's fallen heroes since 1994. Pictured from left are: Alice Butler-Short, RWC President, Kathy Stephens, Case Worker Advocate, Survivor Ronni Bennett, and Survivor Rebecca Morrison. The Republican Women of Clifton have adopted TAPS as their charity for 2014 and look forward to raising funds for this very worthy cause.

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It’s Time to Celebrate Christmas in Clifton

Parade, homes tour to be held on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Twinkling lights, the sound of caroling, a parade on horseback and beautifully decorated houses in a storybook setting – all that and more means Christmas in Clifton. And the public’s invited to join in the fun on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Weichert Realtors Recognizes Fair Oaks Office and Top Associate

Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced the Fair Oaks office was recognized for outstanding performance in October.

Animal Shelter’s Black Fur-Day

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is holding its own version of Black Friday, on Nov. 29, called Black Fur-Day. The shelter will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and fees will be waived that day on adoptions of all black and mostly-black dogs and cats. Black and darker-colored animals take longer to be adopted, so this special promotion is to bring them extra attention.

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Firehouse Subs Gives Gift

City of Fairfax Fire Station 403 receives forcible entry equipment.

Firehouse Subs on Main Street in Fair City Mall donated fire equipment to the City of Fairfax Fire Station 403 on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Finding Childcare Providers

Fairfax-based Infant Toddler Family Day Care turns 30.

The Infant Toddler Family Day Care Program of Fairfax helps parents find the best possible childcare provider in the area. It currently serves 360 children, and celebrated its 30th Anniversary on Oct. 13, with a dinner at the Fairfax Marriott.

Michael McCarty Elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration

Michael McCarty, director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Fairfax, has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. He was inducted in October at the Academy’s Annual Meeting during the National Recreation and Park Association Congress in Houston.

Jackie Hoffman’s A Chanukah Charol Comes to Fairfax Dec. 7 & 8

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia continues its 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series with a visit from Broadway, television star and kvetching comedienne Jackie Hoffman.

Congressman Connolly Named Tech Champion of the Year

Congressman Gerry Connolly was named "Tech Champion of the Year" Thursday night at an awards ceremony featuring leaders from the federal and private sector information technology community.

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Small Business Saturday in Fairfax City

The City of Fairfax and the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce encourage shoppers to support local small businesses this holiday season by shopping at such stores on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. The city is full of small businesses that offer unique services and products. One such business is Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates on Fairfax Boulevard.

Weichert, Realtors’ Burke/Fairfax Station Office Recognizes Top Associate

Sales Associate Youssef Zeroual of the Burke/Fairfax Station office was individually recognized for his exceptional industry success during the month of October, as announced by Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors.

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Giving Presents to Homeless Animals

The holidays will be a little brighter for shelter pets, thanks to the efforts of Felicia Norman, owner of Walking The Dogs (www.walkingdogsva.com), a local dog walking and pet sitting company. Norman's daughter, Maggie, is pictured above with Delilah, who is looking for her forever home, at the Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) in Aldie, Va. Walking The Dogs joined forces with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters for the third annual "Presents 4 Pets" campaign. Norman raised more than $4,000 in donations and products for the benefit of FOHA during National Animal Shelter Appreciation week, Nov. 3-9.

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Pathway Homes Sponsors Walk To End Homelessness

Roger Brown, a Navy veteran, ended up homeless when he lost his job. After sleeping on cots at shelters, "couch surfing," and often spending the night on the street, Brown found his way to Pathway Homes, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support services to over 400 adults with mental illness throughout Fairfax County.

Column: "Scanticipation"

When I get CT-Scanned on Wednesday, November 27th, it will be nearly four months since my last diagnostic scan. That occurred during my hospital "staycation" during the first week of August, when I was admitted due to the extremely abnormal fluid buildup in my left lung.

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Navigating Local Holiday Craft Shows

Supporting local artisans and getting one-of-a-kind gifts

Madeline Marzilli plans to start making her Christmas list right after her Thanksgiving house guests leave this weekend. On her list will be one-of-a-kind items for family and friends that she hopes to pick up at some of the local holiday craft shows.

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Opportunities to Serve Others on Thanksgiving

Local charities in need of help from the community.

Rahsan Baatin bikes to his Arlington, Va., office on most days. He runs every day. His wife Victoria swims each morning. The two are gearing up to spend Thanksgiving morning running The Trot for Hunger, a 5k race to raise more for the local charity SOME (So Others Might Eat).

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Keeping the "Thanks" in Thanksgiving

Focusing on gratitude on a day reserved for feasting.

"Pilgrims," said James, 5, as his mother helped him fasten his helmet for a hockey lesson at the Cabin John Ice Rink near Potomac. "Turkey and pie," said his 6-year-old classmate Aiden. Both boys were responding to a question about the meaning of Thanksgiving.

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Creating a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

Local designers offer suggestions for laying the perfect tablescape.

While food preparation can be all-consuming on Thanksgiving Day, the table décor also plays a major role in a Turkey Day feast. Whether your style is subdued and casual or chic and sophisticated, local designers offer ideas and inspiration for table settings that are as delectable as the meal itself.

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Library’s Beta Plan: Dead on Arrival

Supervisors endorse Library Board’s recommendations to increase funding, discard beta plan.

"You can assume that the BETA Plan is dead. I will make that motion tomorrow." In her email to a concerned library patron the night before the Board of Supervisors Nov. 19 meeting, Chairman Sharon Bulova (D-at-large) put to rest speculation that the board would resuscitate the controversial beta plan aimed at streamlining the county’s library system.

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South Lakes Seniors Attend STEM Diversity Symposium

Three South Lakes High School seniors—Mahrukh Chowdan, Marli Saunders and Olivia Vita were chosen by the GEMS Club Initiative to attend the first-ever STEM Diversity Symposium on Capitol Hill to discuss the accomplishments women and minorities have made in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as the importance of encouraging more women and minorities to pursue STEM studies and careers. The event took place on Nov. 13.

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‘Les Miserables’ Storms the Barricades at the Reston Holiday Parade

The cast and crew of the Reston Players production of "Les Miserables" are excited to announce their participation in this year’s Reston Holiday Parade on Friday, Nov. 29.

Column: Beyond Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your family! In previous columns on this date I have presented the historic evidence clearly establishing that the first Thanksgiving celebration took place at Berkeley Plantation in Virginia on Dec. 4, 1619—several years before the Pilgrims ever left England to come to Plymouth Colony.

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Community Creates Season of Giving

Organizations and individuals step to transform ‘The Holiday Season’ into ‘The Season of Giving.’

Thursday, Thanksgiving, traditionally marks the beginning of "The Holiday Season." The Christmas Shopping Derby will kick off at midnight for many of the big retailers, and the frantic rush of decorating, card sending, gift buying, wrapping, parties, baking, cooking, preparing for visitors or preparing to travel shifts into high gear.

Herndon’s Annual 5K Turkey Trot Brings Out Crowds

November race brings together community.

"Way to go! You are doing great!" cheered Wolf Gottschalk as participants in the 2013 Herndon Turkey Trot ran by Ferndale Avenue near the Herndon Community Center.

Three Birds Seeks Energy Education

Foundation seeks to assist schools with alternative energy solutions.

When Rachel Carson Middle School installed 11 solar panels several years ago, Joseph Plummer was inspired. After all, the students worked to raise more than $40,000 for the installation, which gave them a hands-on chance to learn about alternative energy sources.

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Holiday Homes Tour Set for Dec. 7

Annual tour features five homes, will be walkable for the first time.

The Town of Herndon will host its annual Holiday Homes Tour Saturday, Dec. 7, giving visitors a chance to explore five residences and the visions of their owners.

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Author Writes Children’s Sleep Book

Pat Britz hosts signing at Katie’s Coffee Shop.

During her years working for the National Sleep Foundation, author Pat Britz heard it all from parents. Calls about children that wouldn’t go to bed, that couldn’t sleep and more.

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Inventor Sets Sights on Sprinkler Savings

Michael Lehmann develops device, algorithm to detect rainfall.

Rain brings with it a lot of headaches, but for Michael Lehmann, rowing coach at Langley High School, one thing bothers him most of all: driving through the rain and seeing automatic lawn sprinklers going all out, watering an already saturated lawn.

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Bestselling Author Speaks at Alden

Safe Community Coalition welcomes Dr. Madeline Levine to discuss parenting tips, student stress.

The Safe Community Coalition welcomed bestselling author Dr. Madeline Levine to the Alden Theatre Tuesday, Nov. 19, to speak on successful parenting techniques.

Monday, November 25

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Dranesville Elementary Holds Fun Run

Fun Run attended by all grades called a success.

Dranesville Elementary School in Herndon had a fun run fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 15, with students from third grade through sixth grade gathering at 9:15 a.m.

Herndon Drama Proves ‘Anything’s Possible’

Imagine a tiny world, smaller than the eye can see. Imagine it hurtling through space with no direction. Imagine this little planet, and know that it is possible. By just thinking, anything is possible. Herndon High School masterfully illustrated this power of imagination in their rendering of "Seussical the Musical."

Long & Foster’s Tysons Office Designated as a Toys for Tots Collection Site

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., announced that its Tysons Corner office launched its annual toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign on Nov. 13. Toys may be dropped off seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Long & Foster’s Tysons Corner office, located at 8227 Old Courthouse Rd., Vienna. All donations must be made before Dec. 18.

Vienna Photographer’s Exhibit Shows Wildlife of Africa

Photo exhibit on display in Reston until Nov. 30.

On Nov. 14 there was an evening reception at the Reston Center 1 for photographer Patricia Deege’s exhibit "Africa The Living Wild."

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What I Did Last Summer

High School Diplomats program for rising juniors and seniors is a cultural exchange experience

Every September, as long as I can remember, I have written the age old paper titled "What I did last summer." I have always dreaded this assignment to the point that I would ask my parents in May about our plans for the summer, hoping there might be something special to report in September.

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Vienna Arts Society Hosts Treasury of Art Show and Sale

More than 150 original pieces of art were juried by art specialist Jack Rasmussen for the Vienna Arts Society 44th Annual Treasury of Art Show and Sale that took place Nov. 22 through Nov. 24 at the Vienna Community Center.

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CROP Hunger Walk raises $25,000

More than 150 individuals from churches, schools, organization and the Vienna community participated in the 9th annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk on Nov. 10.

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Vienna Youth Soccer’s ‘Give Cancer the Boot’ Campaign Raises Awareness and Builds Community

Vienna Youth Soccer’s (VYS) fields were a sea of pink in October as players and their families participated in the second annual "Give Cancer The Boot" campaign by wearing pink during games and practices.

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Air Force Strolling Strings Perform at Vienna Elementary

On Nov. 19, the Air Force Strolling Strings performed at Vienna Elementary for students.

Mclean Boys Victorious in Herndon U-10 Soccer Tournament

McLean Youth Soccer’s U-10 Boys Allstar Team emerged victorious in the Herndon Youth Soccer’s Allstar Tournament held at Baron Cameron Park among seventeen regional teams on Nov. 16-17.

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A Time to Share

McLean’s community service group meets needs during the busiest time of year, and year round.

This time of year it is not uncommon to worry about meals, entertaining visiting relatives, or finding the time to shop and decorate. But for some members of the community, the worries are more basic.

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HBC Community Charity Champions Help McLean Youth Lacrosse

The dinner at Pulcinella the Italian Host in support of McLean Youth Lacrosse raised $1,645 for area youth lacrosse players.

Ten Year Old Creates Tomorrow’s Lemonade Stand

LaunchPad encourages entrepreneurial spirit

Inspirations for big, booming businesses can come from anywhere, just as the entrepreneurial spirit can grow in all types of people.

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Great Falls U11 Gunners Win Capital Cup in Richmond

Great Falls U11 Gunners won the Capital Cup in Richmond on Nov. 9, in convincing fashion.

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Local Sixth and Seventh Graders Win Regional First Lego League Robotics Competition

First Lego League (FLL) Team Positive Aftermath from Great Falls took home the 1st Place Grand Champion Award at the Regional First Lego League (FLL) Competition for Division 2 at Thoreau Middle School held on Nov. 10.

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NOVA 94 Girls Team Wins Boys Championship

The NOVA 94 Basketball 4th Grade Girls Team won the 4th Grade Boys Championship title in the Little Legends Basketball Fall Season on Nov. 12.

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Great Falls Elementary Students Exhibit at Starbucks

Kickback with a warm beverage and enjoy the show. Great Falls Studios (GFS) sponsors a continuing schedule of exhibits in the conference room at Starbucks Great Falls Center, 9863 Georgetown Pike.

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Editorial: Holidays Are About Giving

So many needs, so many great organizations, give locally where your heart leads you.

The holidays are about giving. They are about children. The holidays are about sharing, about joy, about alleviating suffering for others. The holidays are about being thankful and about faith and appreciation.

Saturday, November 23

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Thrasher-Walker Leads Westfield to Playoff Victory over Robinson

Bulldogs receiver Burns thrives in wildcat role.

Westfield will face Lake Braddock in the 6A North semifinals.

Thursday, November 21

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Fairfax County Holiday Calendar

Your guide to holiday events in the Northern Virginia area.

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Titans Hope Playoff Berth a Program-Changer

T.C. snaps 22-year playoff drought, loses to South County.

The T.C. Williams football team lost to South County in the opening round of the 6A North region playoffs.

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West Potomac Harrier Genuario Earns All-State

Senior places 11th in 6A girls’ race at VHSL state meet.

Genuario improves 12 places from last season.

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W-L Girls’ XC Finishes Second at State Meet

Angell is Generals’ top finisher in fourth place.

The Washington-Lee girls' cross country team made its first trip to states a memorable one.

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Oakton’s Stoney, Girls’ Team Win State XC Titles

Three Oakton girls’ harriers earn all-state

Stoney is Oakton's first individual boys' cross country state champion since the 1970s.

West Springfield’s Alcorta Wins State XC Title

Lake Braddock boys finish second, girls third.

West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta set a meet record with a time of 17:13.

Classified Advertising November 20, 2013

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Seahawks Ready to ‘Cut Nets’

South Lakes girls’ basketball returns nine from state-playoff team.

The South Lakes girls' basketball team opens the season on Dec. 3 at Stone Bridge.

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Auxiliary Hosts Holiday Bazaar

Tables laden with holiday gifts filled the hallways of the atrium at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital on Friday, Nov. 15, for a holiday bazaar.

Letter:Better Choice For Arlington

The BRT study presented by Michael Pope (Nov. 6, 2013 edition) has serious and obvious flaws that make it useless to determine the right transit choices for Crystal City and Columbia Pike.

Letter: Value Private Property Rights

I am a member of the Old Dominion Boat Club. I am speaking as a boater and as a riverfront enthusiast. I’m aware that The City of Alexandria is considering taking The Old Dominion Boat Club’s parking lot and boat storage facilities by the process of eminent domain. I would like to register my strong objections to the taking of private waterfront property by the city.

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Dancing into the Sunset

After 35 years, Kathy Harty Gray and her dance company are taking a bow.

Kathy Harty Gray's career may have started as a student at Julliard, but she and her students will celebrate her legacy in Alexandria.

Commentary: Notes from the Past — November 22, 1963

It is now a few minutes before midnight on the day John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. I feel that I must record my feelings on this occasion because I believe that this most tragic act is a horrible example of a most disturbing attitude which has been growing in this Republic.

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Decline in Sales Tax Threatens Ability of Local Governments to Balance Books

Sequester looms large over revenues across Northern Virginia.

Sales tax revenues are down across Northern Virginia, leading to concerns that balancing the books for the coming fiscal year could be even more of a challenge for budget officials and elected officials in the coming months.

Wednesday, November 20

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Alexandria City Council Issues 90-Day Eminent Domain Ultimatum to Boat Club

Six-to-one vote sets deadline for city officials and boat club to compromise or else.

In the clearest threat yet that members of the Alexandria City Council are willing to use the power of eminent domain to take land owned by the Old Dominion Boat Club,

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Herndon Elementary Holds Family Science Night

Science Night coincides with Fall Book Fair.

Herndon Elementary School opened the evening of Nov. 18, for students and families to participate in the Family Science Night. Special guests that evening were the Children’s Science Center, which set up 12 hands--on stations or a mobile lab in the gymnasium for kids to witness and view science related matter. “This is our first time inviting the Children’s Science Center to Herndon Elementary,” said Elizabeth Gibson, teacher of Advanced Academic Resources.

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Nature Center Hosts Evening Hike

On Nov. 13, Reston Association hosted an evening hike at the Walker Nature Center on 11450 Glade Drive. The hike was led by naturalist Ken Rosenthal, who led a similar group with a target audience of grandparents and grandchildren the previous year.

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A Place for Youth in Need

The Alternative House has been providing support, since 1972, to at risk youth and their families.

Driving on Gallows Road near the Dunn Loring Fire Department, you will pass a well maintained split-level home with purple doors with a sign in front titled “Alternative House.” Located at 2100 Gallows Road, the Alternative House has been providing support, since 1972, to at risk youth and their families. Christine Bartell, resource manager, said, “It is the only organization in the area offering emergency shelter to young people,” and added “that estimates have shown that there are 7,000 homeless kids in Northern Virginia.” In the predominantly affluent Fairfax County, the number of at risk youth is not visible to many, making it an even greater challenge for Bartell and other staff when conducting community outreach efforts. The Alternative House views their Open Door Information Sessions and their Ambassador program as key efforts to obtaining community engagement and support. Bartell manages resources, such as property and donations that support their initiatives. The Alternative House is supported by a dedicated staff of 40 employees and 1,350 volunteers.

Supporting Wounded Warriors and Their Families

Yellow Ribbon Fund arranges and pays for variety of services.

Honoring Wounded Warriors As the executive director of the Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF), Vienna’s Mark Robbins spearheads projects that make the lives of Wounded Warriors and their families better. With his staff of 11 and 1300-plus volunteers, he leads the YRF in planning and hosting 100 events a year.

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SafeSpot Fall Show Brings New Trends

Over 250 guests enjoyed SafeSpot's Fall Fashion Show at Bloomingdale's on Sunday, Oct. 6. Professional models were elegant in the latest trends and the young models were local children who delighted the audience. The proceeds from the show will help open a safe, child-friendly center for abused children in Fairfax County called SafeSpot, since the county does not currently have a center to help its traumatized children. The center will provide direct services to child victims of sexual and physical abuse in Fairfax County and the SafeSpot center is designed to reduce the trauma experienced by child abuse victims as they navigate the legal, investigative and social service systems following an allegation of abuse.

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Trimming the Trees for Safety

Bartlett Tree Experts, Area Wide Protective and VDOT partner with McLean Trees Foundation.

Bartlett Tree Experts, Area Wide Protective (AWP) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) together donated services to the McLean Trees Foundation (MTF) for removal of dead or dying Bradford pear trees on the Dolley Madison Boulevard median, between Elm Street and Beverly Road. Bartlett Tree Experts is a family-owned, international company that provides scientific tree and shrub care services locally out of their office in Springfield. Area Wide Protective is America’s traffic control leader, providing safe, reliable and cost-effective solutions to utilities and contractors throughout the Eastern United States.

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Council for the Arts of Herndon Holds Creative Connection Event

Local artists network at Classical Ballet Theater.

Saturday, Nov.16, the Council for the Arts of Herndon held a networking event at the Classical Ballet Theater, in the Reston-Herndon Office Park. Wine and light refreshments were served, and the event was open to the public. “We had always planned to hold the event at different venues to highlight the arts venues in Herndon,” said Council for the Arts of Herndon (CAH) Director Signe Friedrichs. “The first of these events was held at ArtSpace Herndon.”

Holiday Shopping the ‘Small-town’ Way

Local businesses offer personalized service, distinctive and unique gifts

So, you ask, what makes shopping at Vienna’s small businesses a pleasant, rewarding experience. For starters, merchandise and services are likely to be unique and distinctive, and customer service is typically personal and enthusiastic. You can go to the mall and find the same brands, harried employees and temporary staffing at one store or another. Or … you can shop locally where the merchants are your neighbors, your fellow club or church members, and community supporters. From one-of-a-kind hand-knit hats to wood birdhouses and bat condominiums, Vienna-logo gifts, and pumpkin pie liqueur, there’s something for everyone in Vienna’s hometown shops.

Cooper Middle Hosts Super Cooper Looper

Students take part in a mile-long fun run for health and fitness.

On a crisp and sunny November day, Cooper Middle School students took even breaths and careful strides as they leapt towards the finish line in the Super Cooper Looper. The Nov. 13 event featured both seventh and eighth grade student participants in two separate mile-long fun runs. In conjunction with the actual run, students were asked to donate shoes and coats upon signing up for the fun run. The Super Cooper Looper provides students with an opportunity to give back while also engaging in a fitness activity designed to be fun and educational. The students, both running club and non-running club members ran on a track behind the school, designed by faculty organizers. As they ran, they were cheered on by fellow students, faculty organizers, spectators, and Langley High School Cross Country team members.

Week in Springfield

What's new in Springfield.

Finding Balance Through Exercise

Centeredbeing studio in Lorton aims to make community healthy and balanced.

Centeredbeing studio in Lorton is more than just a place for yoga and pilates. According to Suzie Carmack of Lorton, who founded Centeredbeing in 2008, the studio is about trying to get people to live more centered and balanced lives and to take the time to move and be mindful.

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Shopping for a Good Cause

Lorton’s Attic provides revenue and services for programs and clients of the Lorton Community Action Center.

At Lorton’s Attic, the thrift store owned and operated by the Lorton Community Action Center, holiday shoppers can buy new gifts for everyone on their list, while at the same time donating to a local charity.

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Encouraging People to ‘Live Like Nick Did’

Memorial blood drive, Nov. 30, will honor Nick Franca.

If he’d lived, Nick Franca would be celebrating his 24th birthday on Dec. 4. But the Town of Clifton native and 2009 Centreville High grad died of a form of cancer called neuroblastoma, in May 2011, at age 21.

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Housing Trends Continue, With Exceptions

Realtors optimistic with increasing prices and low rates, despite uncertainty among buyers and sellers.

In the spring of 2012, one of the greatest fears and biggest question marks for Realtors in Northern Virginia was the potential effects of Sequestration on the market.

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Holocaust Survivors Honored at Mason

Jewish Student Association hosts ‘Expressions of the Holocaust: a Dinner Honoring Survivors.’

On Nov. 13, George Mason University’s Jewish student association, Mason Hillel, organized and hosted “Expressions of the Holocaust: a Dinner Honoring Survivors.” The date for the event was chosen with care – just days after the 75th anniversary of the Nov. 9 -10 Kristallnacht – “Night of Broken Glass.”

Lynn Goldstein Wins Best-in-Show Award

Fairfax Station artist, Lynn Goldstein was selected to receive the Best-in-Show award for her painting, "Facing West-On Stage," at the national exhibition, "Shades of Pastel," in Frederick, Md.

Week in Fairfax

News in Fairfax.

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Great Theater for a Great Cause

Providence Players present 'A Christmas Carol.'

It is that most wonderful time of the year; Christmas is coming. And the Providence Players have "a new fresh approach to that Holiday icon, 'A Christmas Carol'," said Brian O'Connor. “The Players have found a new adaptation by Janet Allard and Michael Bigelow Dixon that will give families great enjoyment along with being a new take."

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Facing the Life Challenges

W.T. Woodson High School’s production of ‘Into the Woods’

“Careful the things you say. Children will listen.” While we all want to tell our children to live happily ever after, such dreams are not always that simple. In W.T. Woodson High School’s production of “Into the Woods,” what started out as an innocent amalgamation of fairy tale characters became a powerful story of resilience, responsibility, and letting go of the people we love.

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Helping Families Enjoy Holidays

ECHO continues its holiday food program to serve members of the Springfield community.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) has been serving members of the Springfield and Burke community for over 40 years. The all-volunteer organization provides assistance to those suffering from poverty and emergency situations year-round.

Connolly to Hold Health Plan Workshop

Federal employees, retirees, and annuitants are invited to attend Congressman Gerry Connolly’s annual Open Season Workshop this Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Lake Fairfax Still Open As End of the Year Approaches

Although Reston’s Lake Fairfax park’s outdoor Water Mine Swimmin’ Hole is closed until May 2014, the park remains open to visitors and patrons.

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Reston Exhibit Shows Wildlife of Africa

Photo exhibit on display until Nov. 30.

On Nov. 14, there was an evening reception at the Reston Center for photographer Patricia Deege’s exhibit "Africa The Living Wild."

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Herndon Council Okays Town Gateway Signs

Members of the Herndon Town Council voted on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to approve the design of gateway signs that will be set up around the entrances to the town of Herndon.

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NextStop Theatre to Present Two Holiday Shows

Herndon's NextStop Theatre is giving audiences two new Holiday theater treats. The two shows "have a tremendous amount of heart and can appeal to anyone who loves the holiday season.

Classical Ballet Theatre Presents Nutcracker

Annual production will run Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The Classical Ballet Theatre will present their annual production of “The Nutcracker” starting Nov. 30 at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale campus.

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Thrift Shop Gift Ideas in Herndon

The Closet, Bargain Loft, offer gift ideas that support local charities.

While there’s no shortage of standard brick-and-mortar and online places to shop for this holiday season, several thrift shops in Herndon offer special gift opportunities, as well as a chance to help the less fortunate while doing so.

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Herndon Cadets Visit Boot Camp

Naval JROTC cadets train at Parris Island, S.C.

Members of the Herndon High School Naval Junior ROTC got a chance to train in the same place as members of the Marine Corps for 48 hours, experiencing life at boot camp firsthand.

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Holiday Gift Ideas in Reston

Reston Used Book Shop, Reston Museum offer local gift ideas.

When hunting for presents this holiday season, the Reston Used Book Store offers hard-to-find reads alongside bestsellers at one of the area’s most popular gift destinations.

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Unfunded Northern Virginia Transportation Projects Discussed

County seeks feedback on unfunded projects.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation hosted their latest Countywide Conversation on Transportation Meeting in Reston Wednesday, Nov. 13, to solicit opinions on unfunded transportation projects.

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Gift Shopping in Great Falls

Havana Vintage, Salud Healthy Pantry offer gift ideas.

Shopping malls are almost guaranteed to be among the most crowded stores around as the holiday season approaches, but great gifts can be had a long way from Tysons Corner in Great Falls, just at the corner of Walker Road and Colvin Run Road.

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Haddad Ballet Presents Annual Nutcracker

Production will be at Madeira School Nov. 30, Dec. 1.

For the 22nd year, the Margaret Haddad Studio of Classical Ballet will present their performance of “The Nutcracker.”

GFCA Raises Contamination Questions

Initial corrective action plan missing pieces, public comment period to come.

Members of the Great Falls Citizens Association Special Committee on Groundwater Contamination presented an update Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Tuesday, November 19

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Brooksfield School Celebrates 25 Years

School brings Montessori education with emphasis on ‘mindfulness.’

More than 25 years ago, Mary Anne Duffus was almost at the end of her rope. She was chasing her dream of opening her own Montessori school, but after searching at multiple local churches for space, she couldn’t find one that would work.

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Artisans Offers Artistic Gift Ideas

Jewelry, housewares, local art among items featured at The Artisans.

When it comes to buying local, The Artisans in McLean practices what they preach. The eclectic gift shop is filled with handmade jewelry, pottery, clothing, accessories and much more.

A Lesson on Thankfulness

Chanukah and Thanksgiving are deeply connected.

For the first time since 1888, and not for at least another 77,798 years, the festivals of Chanukah and Thanksgiving converge. It is a rarity that invites us to take a closer look at the underlying message of both, the common theme they both share.

Column: Invest in the Young

There is no program or service for which public dollars can be invested that will have a greater return than those invested in the care and education of young children. People who work in early childhood and day care programs have known intuitively and anecdotally for a long time that children in their programs were much more likely to be successful by a number of different measures than were children who did not have access to their programs.

Column: Election Day 2013

Some friends who work on election issues for the Democratic Party have pestered me to stand up and serve as an election officer. The last couple of elections Republican election officers substantially outnumbered Democrats working the polls—not a healthy situation. So, I bit the bullet and signed up.

Letter: Bad Plan for County Libraries

I find it very disturbing that after many hours of public meetings, hundreds of speakers, and thousands of emails and petition signatures about the proposed "strategic redirection" of Fairfax libraries you can still believe that absolutely dreadful plan contains many ideas "of value" which "should continue to be explored."

Letter: Response to Sharon Bulova

Perhaps I am mistaken, but your recent article ("Library Reorganization Deserves More Work," The Connection, Nov. 13-19, 2013) sounds to me like a repudiation of the hard-fought community efforts over the last several months to maintain strong library services. It also appears to be a pre-emptive strike against the Library Board of Trustees presentation to be made on Nov. 19.

Treasury of Art Show and Sale

Vienna Arts Society exhibition runs from Nov. 22 through Nov. 24 at the Vienna Community Center.

You can see art treasures in museums and art shows around the world, but, to see a treasury of art, one must visit Vienna the weekend of Nov. 22.

Nova Knights Award SHARE, Inc.

The Northern Virginia Knights of the Round Table (NOVA) presented the 2013 Excalibur Service Award of $750 to SHARE, Inc., of McLean.

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McLean Homes Tour to Cover Four Centuries

The McLean Woman’s Club Holiday Homes Tour on Thursday, Dec. 5 , from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature four houses each representing a separate century.

The Loss of a Father Magnified

As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, it is still difficult to fathom the idea of a young charismatic president with a beautiful family having his life taken away in an instant by a senseless act of violence.

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‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’

Great Falls resident Lynn Kemmerer has already been shopping locally this holiday season. "I just recently shopped at Adeler’s," Kemmerer said.

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Honoring President Kennedy, 50 Years Later

Friday morning, Nov. 15, John F. Kennedy's own United States Air Force Pipe Band stopped off at the Great Falls Village Centre before heading in to Arlington National Cemetery for the Saturday, Nov. 16 special ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the funeral of President John F. Kennedy.

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Getting Ready for Guests at Thanksgiving and Beyond

Ideas for prepping your home so that visitors feel welcome.

When Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season next week, it will mean an onslaught of house guests for some. Local style gurus offer simple ideas for getting your home ready for visits from friends and family.

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Learning to Create an Organized Holiday Season

Local pros offer tips for staying on track from Thanksgiving and beyond.

"If you’re organized, you’ll definitely experience less stress this holiday season," said professional organizer Susan Unger, of ClutterSOS in Vienna. "If you figure out what your goal is and map out everything in advance, you won’t find yourself staying up late wrapping presents and other chores and you’ll have more time to spend with family and friends."

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Teaching Children to Make Holiday Gifts

Local art experts offer crafty gift ideas.

Gifting your child’s teacher, grandparents or other family members with holiday cheer doesn’t have to add another line item to your budget. Homemade gifts from children are among the most cherished, say experts, and creating them can be as memorable for the child as the recipient.

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Tips for Holiday Card Photos

Local photographers offer suggestions for taking great family photos.

Amber Wilson has spent the last week scouring her computer files in search of the perfect pictures for her holiday card. One image missing from her collection is a shot of her entire family.

Column: Cost of Living

As the person primarily responsible for stocking the house with supplies and maintaining miscellaneous inventory, I am frequently in stores (supermarket, drugstore, pet store, etc.) buying the staples (not an office supply reference) our family needs to maintain our lifestyle, such as it is.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving Like a Chef

Local chefs and culinary experts share family stories and recipes.

As a teen, Chef Guiseppe Ricciardi’s Thanksgiving dinners were anything but traditional. Ricciardi , the proprietor of Dolce Vita and Dolce Veloce in Fairfax, moved to New York from Italy with his family when he was 14. His family celebrated Thanksgiving in their new country, but they put an Italian twist on the holiday.

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Holiday Cooking with Children

Local culinary instructors offer suggestions for bonding in the kitchen.

Maria Kopsidas recalls childhood holidays filled with turkey, sweets and merriment. Because she grew up in a family of professional chefs, cookbook authors and culinary enthusiasts, the stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas always brings fond food recollections.

Editorial: Shop Locally, Shop in McLean

Small business Saturday isn’t enough; don’t wait until then, and don’t stop after that.

An effort to support locally owned businesses has resulted in the recognition of Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year that is Nov. 30. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is known as a dedicated day of national zeal for shopping. Presumably the next day shoppers can focus on local shopping.

Sunday, November 17

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‘Sassy, Modern Twist’ on a Classic Play

Westfield High presents Shakespeare’s comedy, ‘Twelfth Night.’

A love triangle, comedy, colorful costumes, plot twists and swordfighting — it’s all there in Westfield’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

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Local Students Offer Mark Twain Classic

Rocky Run Middle presents ‘Tom Sawyer.’

Featuring a cast and crew of 60, Rocky Run Middle will perform Mark Twain’s classic story of “Tom Sawyer.”

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Hersey Honored as Officer of the Month

Praised for dedication and professionalism.

MPO Julie L. Hersey was honored recently as the Sully District Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee’s Officer of the Month for October. Nominating her for this award was her direct supervisor, 2nd Lt. Michael Reser.

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Church, School Provide Food for Students

Not everyone in Fairfax County has enough food to eat. And many students receiving free and reduced-price lunches in school go hungry over the weekend.

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Scouts, Volunteers Make Food Drive Successful

The Boy Scouts’ annual Scouting for Food drive was Saturday, Nov. 9.

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Schools Take Action Against Bullying

Chantilly, Centreville, Fairfax pyramids join forces in initiative.

Children of all ages get bullied and bully others, themselves. It’s not true of all children, but it’s true of enough of them that Fairfax County Public Schools wants to do something about it.

Saturday, November 16

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Stallions Trample Titans' Postseason Excitement

South County outscores T.C. Williams 37-6 in final two-plus quarters.

South County defeated T.C. Williams 51-27 in the first round of the 6A North region football playoffs on Friday.

Friday, November 15

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 82 homes sold between $1,629,807-$185,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: October, 2013

Springfield Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 114 Springfield homes sold between $1,025,000-$210,000.

Springfield Home Sales: October, 2013

Reston Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 75 Reston homes sold between $1,350,000-$154,000.

Reston Home Sales: October, 2013

Potomac Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 45 Potomac homes sold between $2,800,000-$479,000.

Potomac Home Sales: October, 2013

Mount Vernon Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 124 homes sold between $1,375,000-$87,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: October, 2013

McLean Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 82 homes sold between $9,500,000-$205,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: October, 2013

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 78 homes sold between $925,000-$177,000 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: October, 2013

Great Falls Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 10 Great Falls homes sold between $2,400,000-$640,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: October, 2013

Fairfax Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 84 Fairfax homes sold between $1,299,000-$135,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: October, 2013

Centreville Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 73 Centreville homes sold between $1,250,000-$158,500.

Centreville Home Sales: October, 2013

Chantilly Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 19 homes sold between $641,100-$72,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: October, 2013

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

In October 2013, 69 homes sold between $1,150,000-$127,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Burke Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 43 Burke homes sold between $1,175,000-$128,000.

Burke Home Sales: October, 2013

Arlington Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 264 Arlington homes sold between $2,500,000-$87,000.

Arlington Home Sales: October, 2013

Alexandria Home Sales: October, 2013

In October 2013, 204 Alexandria homes sold between $1,350,000-$115,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: October, 2013

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Thursday, November 14

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TC Football Ends 22-Year Playoff Drought

Titans will travel to face South County in opening round of regionals.

The T.C. Williams football team will face South County on Friday in the first round of the 6A North regional playoffs.

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Oakton Wins Individual, Team Region Cross Country Titles

Stoney wins boys’ title, Oakton girls win team championship.

Oakton boys', girls' cross country teams qualify for states.

Running on Her Own

West Springfield’s Alcorta posts 3rd-best time in Burke Lake history.

West Springfield senior Caroline Alcorta produced the third-best time in Burke Lake Park course history.

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Potomac Real Estate: September 2013 Top Sales

In September 2013, 35 Potomac homes sold between $3,100,000-$610,000.

Potomac Real Estate: September 2013 Top Sales

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South County Theatre Presents ‘The Miracle Worker’

Most people know of Helen Keller, but not everyone knows how her inspiring story came to be.

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The Devereux Family Comes to Life

Lynn Garvey-Hodge brings historic family to life at the Clifton Community Women’s Club.

Lynn Garvey-Hodge took members and guests at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Clifton Community Women’s Club back in time to the 19th century during her latest historical re-enactment, "Railroads: Rough and Regal Times- Meet Mrs. John Henry Devereux."

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Taj Mahal at Mason

World Blues Concert at George Mason features blues legend Taj Mahal, daughter Deva Mahal with Fredericks Brown, and Vusi Mahlasela.

McKinley Morganfield, a.k.a Muddy Waters, famously sang, "The blues had a baby, and they named it rock and roll."

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Washington Symphonic Brass Presents Bach and Classic Rock

Performance at George Mason to feature world-class players, black T-shirts.

Surely, neither Johann Sebastian Bach nor John Lennon ever expected their music to be performed by a 17-member ensemble of brass and percussion only -- much less on the same program.

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Attraction and Desire Meet in ‘Café Variations’

Seductive romance is in store as "Cafe Variations" explores how longing for love, finding love, and even losing love makes us visible to ourselves in unexpected ways.

Musical with a Message

Journey ‘Into the Woods’ with Woodson High.

Fairytale characters come to life, but in different and unexpected ways in Woodson High’s upcoming musical, "Into the Woods."

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Come, Make a Visit to ‘Almost, Maine’

Fairfax High presents a romantic, slice-of-life comedy.

Featuring a cast and crew of nearly 40, Fairfax High presents the romantic comedy, "Almost, Maine."

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‘It’s a Slapstick Comedy – It’s Going to be Hilarious’

Paul VI performs ‘Christmas Carol: Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts.’

Sure, Paul VI is performing "A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts."

Two School Employees Charged

After a joint investigation by Financial Crimes Unit detectives and Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) human resources, two school employees were each charged with embezzlement and money laundering.

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Saxophone Concerto at Mason

Soloist Carrie Koffman brings ‘melting tone and touching sensitivity.’

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) and music director Christopher Zimmerman will perform a concert of both familiar and new works on Saturday, Nov.16, 8 p.m., at the George Mason University – Centre for the Arts Concert Hall.

See You on the Train

Proposed VRE System Plan is good news for commuters.

Fairfax County’s vibrant economy keeps unemployment and taxes low, while allowing us to provide world class services for our residents.

Wednesday, November 13

Commentary: Library Reorganization Deserves More Work

In September, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors called for the suspension of a major reorganization proposed to our Fairfax County Public Library system. The suspension was requested in order to provide more opportunity for outreach to concerned library employees and patrons so that proposed changes could be explained, evaluated and vetted among stakeholders.

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‘Seussical’ Musical To Show At Herndon High

Since September, students of Herndon High School have been practicing and perfecting their presentation of “Seussical,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the books of Dr. Seuss that debuted on Broadway in 2000. “This is the debut production of ‘Seussical’ at Herndon High School,” Zoë Dillard, Herndon High School Theatre Director said.

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St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church Hosts Annual Chili Cook-off

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Herndon held their annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Nov. 9. The event was well attended, with 17 different chilies in the competition. The previous year, there were 12 chilies in the competition.

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Country Current Comes to Herndon

United States Navy Band plays for United Methodist Congregation.

On Nov. 9, members of the United States Navy Band Country Current preformed before an audience at Herndon United Methodist Congregation. “It was a nice concert, very well attended,” Burke resident Sarah Hooke said. Hooke has been the church organist for 19 years.

Week in Herndon

Parenting Strategies for Toddler Tantrums

The MOMS Club of Herndon is hosting guest speaker, Karla Fife, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst), who will present a Parenting Strategies talk on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. – Noon at Trinity Presbyterian Church (615 Dranesville Rd, Herndon, VA 20170). Fife will discuss tactics for handling toddler tantrums and other basic strategies for dealing with the trials and tribulations of toddlerhood.

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Herndon Scout Achieves Eagle Rank

Herndon resident Aidan Toole was honored at St. Joseph Church parish hall on Sunday, Nov. 3, for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 913. Toole, 16, has been a scout since 2003 when he joined Cub Scout Pack 913 in the first grade as a Tiger Scout.

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Nearly Naked Mile Held at Reston Town Center

Fundraiser for Medstar Washington Hospital Center draws crowds.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, Reston Town Center was filled with visitors who came to participate in the Nearly Naked Mile. Kelly Kavanaugh, a head coach at Potomac River Running, was emceeing the race.

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Reston Holiday Parade Returns Nov. 29

Reston Town Center presents the 23rd annual Reston Holiday Parade on Friday, Nov. 29 at 11a.m. to launch the festive season with Macy’s-style balloons, musicians, dancers, antique cars, and more. This one-of-a-kind, one-hour parade along Market Street will also welcome the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage.

Jewelry Trunk Show at Reston Town Center

Appalachian Spring, Reston Town Center, presents an Ed Levin Jewelry Trunk Show, Nov. 16, which will feature the entire Ed Levin 2013 jewelry collection of over 200 different designs.

Column: The Nature of Virginia

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe hit the ground running when the day after his election he announced his transition team and a webpage at which he solicits ideas and suggestions and invites resumes from those who want to work in his administration: http://action.terrymcauliffe.com/page/s/transition.

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Halloween Candy Used for a Good Cause

Dr. Tisseront's 8th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back event benefiting Children's National Medical Center and Troops overseas was held on Monday Nov. 4.

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Clay Café Continues Art Outreach

Hutchison Elementary students ‘experience the art first hand.’

On Nov. 6, third grade students at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon had the opportunity to paint pre-fired ceramic plates in the school’s theatre room.

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Parris Island Orientation Provides Inspiration

>"Ready! Pain! Move! Discipline!" are just some of the many command and response calls that Herndon High’s Navy Junior Reserve Office Training Corps (NJROTC) learned during their November orientation visit to the most rigorous military training camp in the world – Parris Island.

Connolly in Herndon, to Honor Veterans

On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-11) joined veterans on the Herndon Town Green to honor the service of those who defended our nation in war. Connolly addressed veterans at an 11 a.m. ceremony sponsored by the American Legion, Wayne M. Kidwell, Post 184 in Herndon.

Up on the Rooftop

A Free Roof for the Holidays program continues.

As the holiday season approaches, many children dream of hearing hoofs clicking on their rooftops. But as the economy continues to stutter, we continue to hear of families struggling to pay bills and put food on the table. For these families, keeping a roof over their heads—even if it leaks—is their immediate dream.

Vienna Boy Receives Champion of Character Award

Wolfi Gottschalk, a 9-year-old football player for the Vienna Youth Inc. Buccaneers, received the 2013 Fairfax County Champions of Character award for the Providence district male athlete.

Holiday Bazaar Returns to Vienna

80 vendors display their wares at Vienna Community Center.

The Vienna Woman’s Club held its 53rd annual Holiday and Harvest Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Vienna Community Center.

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Most Successful Event Ever

Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna’s fundraiser nets $32,000.

The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna’s event wowed the crowd at their annual benefit.

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Winter Walk of Lights to Open at Meadowlark

The light show runs Nov. 15 - Jan. 5.

On Nov. 1, the Meadowlark Gardens offered a sneak peak at their Winter Walk of Lights lightshow. In the lightshow, a total of about 500,000 LED lights will be on display for about six miles of trail at Meadowlark Gardens Park in Vienna.

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Vienna 3A Braves Win Fall Ball Classic Championship

The Vienna 3A Braves captured the Vienna Little League Fall Ball Classic Championship on Oct. 29.

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Archer Fifth Graders Win Robotics Tournament

On Nov. 2, Tidal Force 6--a group of fifth graders from Louise Archer Elementary School-- captured the 1st-Place Champions Award at the 2013-14 VA-DC First Lego League (FLL) Regional Robotics Tournament held at Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn.

McLean’s WinterFest 2013 Scheduled for Dec. 1

WinterFest 2013 - McLean’s holiday parade – will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1. To register online to be an entry in the parade, go to the WinterFest website at www.mcleanwinterfest.org.

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Intersection Improvements, Walkway Installed at Westmoreland Street and Haycock Road in McLean

On Nov. 5, Supervisor John Foust (D- Dranesville), Haycock Elementary School Principal, Dr. Kelly Sheers, and Fairfax County Departments of Transportation and Capital Facilities personnel met at the intersection of Westmoreland Street and Haycock Road to celebrate the completion of a pedestrian walkway, signal crossing and right turn lane recently installed by Fairfax County.

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McLean High Theatre to Present ‘Annie’

Show Starts Thanksgiving Friday.

The McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) kicks off the holiday season with "Annie," opening the Friday after Thanksgiving. Artistic Director Amy Poe leads this award-winning company in bringing this family-friendly favorite to McLean and the greater DC community.

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McLean Antiques Show a Success

1,200 visitors attend 37th annual show at Alden Theater in McLean.

About 1,200 visitors attended the 37th McLean Antiques Show where 50 dealers from up and down the East coast sold their wares at the Alden Theater in McLean on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10.

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The Langley School Presents ‘James and the Giant Peach’

Middle School students at The Langley School will present Roald Dahl’s fantasy adventure, "James and the Giant Peach," in three evening performances Nov. 21-23 in the school’s Sherman Arts Center.

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Woman’s Club To Hold MarketPlace Fundraiser

On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Woman’s Club of McLean will hold a fundraising fair featuring numerous vendors, a lunch and dessert concession, a silent auction, a bakery and a raffle. Dubbed the MarketPlace, it will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., in central McLean. Admission will be free.

Letter: MPA Thanks Community

On behalf of the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA), I would like to thank the McLean community for another year of enthusiastic support of MPAartfest. On Sunday, Oct. 6, McLean Central Park came alive with 49 juried artists, live musical performances, Open Studio, children’s art and art education and delicious food and drink as nearly 6,000 local residents gathered to celebrate the 7th annual MPAartfest.

Letter: Low-Income Micro-Units Could Come to Your Neighborhood

Thanks to a recent meeting arranged by the McLean Community Association, some of us became aware of the Fairfax County Planning and Zoning Department’s (DPZ’s) proposal to amend the county Zoning Ordinance so that low-income efficiency apartments of less than 500 square feet can be built in virtually every residential, commercial, and industrial zoning district, including in low-density residential neighborhoods zoned for single family homes.

13th Annual Enchanted Forest Holiday Extravaganza

The Junior League of Northern Virginia’s (JLNV) annual fundraiser, The Enchanted Forest, will take place on Nov. 23-24, at the Westin Tysons Corner.

School Promotes Healthy Meals

In conjunction with Fairfax County Public School’s wellness initiatives, Churchill Road School is encouraging students to include more fruits and vegetables into their meal choices.

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A Breakout Year for Great Falls Rugby

For 2014 season, Eagles look for more new players and coaches.

This past summer, there was a new group marching in the Fourth of July parade – 40 or so kids and parents affiliated with Great Falls Rugby. The Eagles even brought along a candy-tossing mascot. Reaction to the new organization varied. "I didn’t know Great Falls had a rugby club;" "I want to sponsor you next year;" and "Do those little kids tackle?" were all overheard. The answer to the later question is, "not the little ones."

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Potters Return to Colvin Run Mill

Local potters returned to Colvin Run Mill the first weekend of November for their holiday sale. Many of the potters are juried members of the Torpedo Factory Art Center's Scope Gallery located in Alexandria.

Giving Teens Strength To Keep On Living

Thursday, Nov. 14, Great Falls Tavern hosts Josh Anderson Foundation second annual Fall Fundraiser.

November 11 through Nov. 15 is Wellness Week at Annandale High School. The Josh Anderson Foundation ("JAF") is contributing thousands of "Laugh More" pins to help everyone get into the wellness spirit, as well as providing after-school yoga lessons for stress relief.

Editorial: Proof Every Vote Matters

Elections have consequences, including very close races.

Tuesday morning, a full week after an Election Day that included races that were more suspenseful than anticipated (and also many races that were foregone conclusions), we are probably more than a month away from certifying the winner of the Virginia Attorney General race.

It Wasn’t Fun While It Lasted

But it was only a week, and I was able to leave under my own power, assisted by a wheelchair, which is of course standard procedure when leaving a hospital after an admission, so it wasn’t a total loss. It was three months ago today, Friday, August 2nd that I was "ambulanced " to Holy Cross Hospital where I spent the beginning of my seven, first-ever nights in a hospital; pretty fortunate track record for someone my age.

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Creating a Feast for the Eye

Local designers share ideas for a striking Thanksgiving table.

While a menu of turkey and gravy will satisfy the belly this Thanksgiving, a well-designed centerpiece that reflects the warm hues of fall will be a feast for the eyes.

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Choosing Art

Local designers offer tips on how to banish blank walls.

When Anne McCloud and her fiance, Mark Graham, moved into their Herndon home two years ago, with the exception of a large, deep red Chesterfield sofa, a present from Anne’s parents, the furniture they had was left over from graduate school: a tattered antique chair in need of reupholstering and two side tables.

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Home for the Holidays

Amateur chef Dave Mulligan gets the kitchen of his dreams ... just in time for Thanksgiving.

As Dave Mulligan tells it, he owes the long-coveted "blue eyes" granite countertops now in his kitchen to events that started with a leaking shower one floor above.

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Sweet Gathering in the Sunshine

Mentors, foster children and other youth learn about bees; county needs more foster families, mentors.

On a beautiful day in late summer, a group of young people of varied backgrounds, including some youth in foster care, gathered with their adult mentors under the ongoing auspices of Fairfax Families4Kids on a field trip into the countryside.

Tuesday, November 12

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Planning Commission Makes Recommendations

Review process leads to Comprehensive Plan Amendments.

The Town of Herndon Planning Commission unanimously approved several changes to the town’s Comprehensive Plan Tuesday, Nov. 5. The current plan was approved in August 2008, and Code of Virginia specifies that local comprehensive plans shall be reviewed by the local planning commission.

Race For 86th District Still Undecided

Del. Tom Rust (R-86) leads Jennifer Boysko by 57 votes, provisional ballots and recount likely to come.

According to the results of the Tuesday, Nov. 5 election, Del. Tom Rust (R-86) leads challenger Jennifer Boysko 10,386 to 10,329, a margin of only 57 votes.

RCA Gives ‘D’ To Reston Master Plan Draft

Citizens Association cites numerous failures with master plan.

As Reston prepares for its future, the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force recently voted to send their work onto the Fairfax County Planning Commission for consideration.

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Veterans Day Celebrated at Freedom Memorial

Former Navy SEAL John “Sandy” Pidgeon speaks during annual ceremony.

More than 100 citizens gathered at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Monday to pay tribute to Americas’ veterans.

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Route 7 Widening Plans Updated

Intersection improvements, increased pedestrian and bicycle facilities highlight $300 million project.

The Virginia Department of Transportation held an update meeting regarding the Route 7 Widening project Wednesday, Nov. 6. The estimated $300 million project will widen Route 7 from four lanes to six for 6.9 miles from Jarrett Valley Drive to Reston Avenue.

SCC Takes Aim at Student Stress

Dr. Madeline Levine to speak at Alden Nov. 19.

The Safe Community Coalition, an advocacy group serving the Langley and McLean High School pyramids, as well as Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, is taking on the challenge of student stress head on.

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Langley High School Presents ‘Little Women’

Students put on musical version of Louisa May Alcott novel.

When it came to playing sisters, Langley High School students Madeleine Chalk, Jamie Goodson, Kathryn Bailey and Camila Maric were more than up to the task. The four play the March sisters in Langley’s upcoming production of “Little Women.”

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Learning to Live Life

Motivational speakers and authors address local women.

When it comes to happiness, Joda Coolidge, Mindy Mitchell and Alison Nancye have seen both sides of the coin. Like everyone, their lives have seen ups and downs, but the trio have used their experiences to get to where they want in life.

Longtime Arlington County Board Memer Chris Zimmerman To Step Down

January departure to open the way for special election in April.

After 18 years on the Arlington County Board, Chris Zimmerman announced last week that he is stepping down to take a position as vice president for economic development of Smart Growth America, a Washington-based advocacy group that promotes walkable neighborhoods near public transit.

Sunday, November 10

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Stone’s Honor Students Walk for Homeless

They donate money and food to WFCM.

Sometimes, it takes a child to lead the way. And that’s true when it comes to the students in Stone Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS).

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‘People Will Have Fun Laughing’

Centreville High presents ‘Lend Me a Tenor.’

Get ready to laugh — Centreville High’s upcoming play, “Lend Me a Tenor,” is a zany comedy filled with mistaken identities and a rollicking good time for the actors and audience alike.

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‘Politics Is Nasty Stuff — It’s All Messed Up’

Teens’ impressions of the current election.

Students at Rocky Run Middle School aren’t old enough to vote, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have opinions about Virginia’s election. And the eighth-graders even participated last Thursday-Friday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, in a mock election at their school.

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‘Legend of the Bunnyman’

Music from rock musical being performed locally.

The Bunnyman has been a mysterious figure in local lore for more than 40 years, and now Clifton’s Jim Waters has written a rock musical about him called “Legend of the Bunnyman.”

Saturday, November 9

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W-L Football Wins First District Title Since 1975

Generals shut out Yorktown at Greenbrier Stadium.

For the second time in four seasons, the Washington-Lee football team earned a historic victory on Yorktown's home field.

Thursday, November 7

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History for Sojourners

Centreville’s Newgate Tavern receives interpretive signs.

The Newgate Tavern played an important role in Centreville’s history, but the average resident knows little about it. Now, though, thanks to three interpretive signs just placed at its former site in the Historic District, people may visit and learn about what happened there.

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Alliance Theatre To Present Children’s Show

‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ takes the stage in November.

Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, Sebastian the Crab and all the other characters from the popular story and movie are in The Alliance Theatre’s production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

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Centreville Day Citizen of Year

Harsh honored for work with Brain Foundation.

A Centreville resident since 1973 and someone who’s made a difference in the lives of others, Trudy Harsh was honored Saturday as the 2013 Centreville Day Citizen of the Year.

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‘Give them Strength, Fortitude and Compassion’

Criminal Justice Academy graduates 43 officers.

The graduates of the 60th session of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy included the police department’s first Asian female, a former fire department deputy chief and a Bulgarian immigrant whose family tended vineyards.

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Bridge on Route 29 Set for Replacement

Little Rocky Run span is 81 years old.

Work will begin in a few weeks to replace the Route 29 bridge over the Little Rocky Run stream in Centreville. Besides improving the bridge, itself, the project will also result in a new sidewalk and shared-use path.

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Chantilly’s Gabe Luebbe Receives National Honor

Senior named to Army All-American Marching Band.

Not only is Gabe Luebbe a talented and accomplished musician, but he’s now been named a member of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

Police Shoot Homeless Man

Incident is under investigation.

James Bryant, 28, of no fixed address was shot and killed by Fairfax County Police during a fight at the Lorton Homeless Shelter on Oct. 30.

Obituary: Allie Johnson-King, 108, Dies

Allie Johnson-King was born on Christmas day, 1904, in Alabama. She had been a resident of Fairfax County since moving from Ohio in 2002.

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Miracle Makeover at Lynbrook

Microsoft volunteers join the school community effort.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, more than 150 volunteers from Microsoft joined the non-profit Monkee See-Monkee Do (MSMD) at Lynbrook Elementary as the Lynbrook Leprechauns became the beneficiaries of a miracle school makeover.

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‘Avenue Q: School Edition’ Opens Thursday at West Potomac

Beyond the Page Theatre Company of West Potomac High School takes the stage Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. for the first of five performances of “Avenue Q: School Edition.”

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Delegates Share at Synagogue Forum

Congregants of both Agudas Achim Synagogue, 2908 Valley Drive, and the Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road, gathered at Beth El Hebrew for brunch and a political forum Sunday, Oct. 13.

Letter: Getting Facts Right

Steve Daly writes about his concerns with the federal deficit ["Frightened by Runaway Government," Connection, Oct. 31-Nov.6, 2013].

Clifton Democratic Women Collecting for the Needy

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) will meet Sunday, Nov. 17, from 3-5 p.m., in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall to launch the holiday season with projects benefiting area residents and children.

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Veteran Election Staff Ensures Efficient Processing

Chief Election Officer at Silverbrook Elementary Krystyna Kolesar said turnout exceeded expectations.

By 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, the veteran team of election officials at Silverbrook Elementary School in Fairfax Station had successfully processed 1,000 of its 3,000 registered voters.

Week in Fairfax

A look at what's happening in Fairfax this week.

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Pathway Homes Sponsors Walk To End Homelessness

Roger Brown, a Navy veteran, ended up homeless when he lost his job. After sleeping on cots at shelters, "couch surfing," and often spending the night on the street, Brown found his way to Pathway Homes, a non-profit organization that provides housing and support services to over 400 adults with mental illness throughout Fairfax County.

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Beauty Found After a Catastrophic Event

Hub Theatre presents ‘Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave’

Finding new plays for local area audiences is something Helen Pafumi, Hub Theatre, artistic director relishes. She seeks out plays that will fascinate, rivet and enthrall.

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Cuccinelli Visits Old Stomping Grounds

Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli came home to the Centreville/Clifton area Tuesday morning, Nov. 5, visiting some local precincts on Election Day.

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‘Legend of the Bunnyman’

Music from rock musical being performed locally.

The Bunnyman has been a mysterious figure in local lore for more than 40 years, and now Clifton’s Jim Waters has written a rock musical about him called "Legend of the Bunnyman."

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The Art of Storytelling

For Thanksgiving weekend, and their last show of 2013, Better Said Than Done storytellers will perform "Legendary: tall tales, bigger than life people and family legends."

Area Roundups

A look at what's happening in the area.

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Burke Ballet’s 20th ‘Nutcracker’

Cast of 200 draws heavily from Buffa’s Dance Studio, welcomes professionals from Cincinnati, Colorado and Manassas companies.

Just as Clara Stahlbaum’s dream of a being whisked away by a living nutcracker prince grows increasingly fantastic over the course of the night, director Buffa Hargett’s vision of a perfect performance of "The Nutcracker" ballet has evolved dramatically from mere scenes performed at local shopping malls to a staggering 200-person full production celebrating its 20th anniversary onstage.

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For Whom The [School] Bell Tolls

School district works toward later start times for high schools.

Would you send your teenagers to school or put them behind the wheel after allowing them to down two or three alcoholic beverages?

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‘Smooth’ Voting at Robinson Secondary

Processing enhancements helped precinct team to stay efficient.

By 4:15 p.m., the precinct voting station at Robinson Secondary School had already processed 1,432 voters out of those 4,458 registered. Only a few hours from the polls closing, they were well on their way to finishing with 1600-1800, according to Assistant Chief Election Officer and Fairfax resident Teri Ayers.

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City of Fairfax Main Street Band Welcomes WWII Vets

Honor Flight Tours help veterans around the country visit memorials.

Jenny Ebert was born in Belgium in 1930, and experienced the German army invading her homeland as a teenager.

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‘It’s a Really Fun Horror Story’

Robinson presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors.’

Horror, romance, music – and a hungry, man-eating plant – they’re all in Robinson Secondary’s production of "Little Shop of Horrors."

Where Have All Of Tyson’s Forests Gone?

It is happening over and over again. Piece by piece, our natural landscape is being taken away from our families. Whose neighborhood will be affected next?

Week in Vienna

A look at what's happening in Vienna this week.

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Vienna Fire Station Holds Grand Opening

The Wolftrap station made more than 60 calls during its first two weeks of operation.

On Nov. 2, the newest Fairfax County fire and rescue station No. 42, Wolftrap had a grand opening open to the public.

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Vienna Election Day

A ‘steady flow of people’ reported.

Weather has not been a hindrance for voters in the Vienna area.

Officers Gain Training in Criminal Justice

On Oct. 19, Officer Bradley "Brad" A. Reedy and Officer Marcos F. Herrera graduated from the 60th Session of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy.

Letter: Connolly Is Best at Humor, Not Details

In his letter ["The Damage Is Already Done," Connection, Oct. 23-29, 2013], Rep. [Gerry] Connolly (D-11) asserts a number of cases of individuals hurt by or concerned about the 13-day shutdown of the federal government.

Letter: Storm Recovery and Resilience in Northern Virginia

As terrible as this may sound, when I think back on my experiences with Hurricane Sandy I seem to most vividly recall the five-day weekend.

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Mountain Kim Builds Character and Strength

Martial arts school teaches focus, respect and discipline.

When Tae Kwon Do Grand Master Mountain Kim opened his martial arts school in Vienna about 35 years ago, it was the second of the eponymous Mountain Kim Tae Kwon Do schools in Northern Virginia.

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Alexandria City Hall Loses Wales Alley Case to Old Dominion Boat Club

Virginia Supreme Court rejects argument from City Attorney James Banks

Justices of the Virginia Supreme Court have rejected the argument City Attorney James Banks outlined during oral arguments back in September that the city has the ability to lease a public alley to a private business.

Wednesday, November 6

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Amphora Kicks Off Change 4 Change! Campaign

Amphora Restaurant recently kicked off its Change 4 Change! campaign at is Vienna location, benefiting Meant 2 Live Foundation’s OZ Project that serves more than 200 orphans with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable children in Zambia by providing schooling and other services.

‘McLean Village Exchange’ Launched

Dranesville Supervisor John Foust hosted a gathering of community leaders and residents to launch the McLean Village Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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McLean Theatre Company Wins Nine Awards

The McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) earned nine awards and recognitions at the Virginia Theatre Association’s (VTA) 2013 Conference awards ceremony Oct. 27, in Reston. MTC’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s "The Last Five Years," performed as a special 45-minute format, garnered five awards led by a special Judges Award for Best Musical Presentation and overall Honorable Mention for the production.

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A World of Antiques All Under One Roof

The 37th Annual McLean Antique Show will be held at the McLean Community Center on Nov. 9-10. The 37th Annual McLean Antique Show will be held at the McLean Community Center on Nov. 9-10.

McLean Community Center Governing Board Adopts Annual Plan

The McLean Community Center Governing Board has developed and approved an annual plan for the 2013-2014 year that will streamline and give additional focus to the Board and staff’s many activities and initiatives.

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Project Knitwell Fundraiser a Success

Project Knitwell held a fun, festive, and successful fundraiser on Monday, Oct. 28 at Mylo’s Grill in McLean.

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Chesterbrook Woods Celebrates Oktoberfest

Approximately 300 neighbors attended Chesterbrook Woods Citizen's Association's (CWCA) Oktoberfest Block party on Oct. 27.

Making Sandwiches for Martha’s Table

On Oct. 9, Churchill Road first and sixth graders, along with members of Girl Scout Troop 1588, banded together for the first official community service activity of the school year.

Week in Great Falls

What's happening in Great Falls this week.

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Forestville Elementary School Honors WWII Veterans

Last May a flame was lit for a very special undertaking when the students at Forestville Elementary attended a showing of "Honor Flight," a documentary based on the lives of four WWII Wisconsin veterans and their trip to see the memorial built in their honor.

Great Falls Senior Center to Host Holiday Potluck

The Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC) is hoping to repeat the success of last year when it holds its second holiday potluck celebration for area seniors.

Letter: A Deceptive Look at Background Checks

The technology in my DVR insulates me from most advertisements. That insulation is especially appreciated during what seems to be the never-ending political season during which ad after ad simply attacks one candidate or another.

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Learning in the Way of the Future

iSchool for the Future practices STEM and SEL learning.

Students at Forestville Elementary School were the first to experience the rewards of a new hands-on science program currently being implemented by iSchool for the Future, a nonprofit organization based in Great Falls.

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The Great Falls-to-Kashmir Exchange

Princess Aliyah and Langley High popularize the desirable shawl.

Princess Aliyah, owner of Kashmir Rose shawls and the woman behind Great Falls-based wildlife conservation program Wolf Spirit Radio, brought a display of hand embroidered Kashmir shawls to the Great Falls Library to start the month.

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GMU Rector Visits Penn State

Athletic program explored.

As the Pennsylvania State University community geared up for a busy home football weekend, a visitor from Fairfax was present in the stands: CDaniel Clemente, Rector of George Mason University’s Board of Visitors.

Yoga Community Lauds New Smithsonian Exhibit

Sackler exhibit is first of its kind.

Yoga instructor Luann Fulbright of McLean moved her practice from the mat to a gallery recently when she joined diplomats, philanthropists, artists and fellow yogis at a gala to celebrate the opening of "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. It is the world’s first exhibition on the art of yoga.

Column: This Spud’s For You

There’s more talk now than ever before, about the possibility of the Washington, D.C. professional football team changing its name.

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Fairfax County Wants You

County launches "Transportation Dialogues" to get feedback on public’s priorities.

Not since 1987 — when today’s 40-something motorists were newly-minted drivers — has Fairfax County seen any new revenue stream for its traffic-choked roadways or relief for the region’s chronic gridlock.

Stacey Kincaid Elected County’s First Female Sheriff

Kincaid, a Vienna resident, pledges commitment to diversity, department’s employees and community outreach programs.

Democrat Stacey Kincaid, a 26-year-veteran of the sheriff’s department, made local history Tuesday by becoming Fairfax County’s first female sheriff.

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Paying Attention to the Pros

High School coaches, players share opinions on Redskins’ Meriweather.

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has received penalties, fines and a suspension for illegal hits.

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Battleground? Not Exactly

Competitive state races gave voters more choices, but they stick with incumbents over challengers.

Every two years, Virginia holds all of its statewide elections.

Editorial: Be Part of Children’s Connection

Call for student artwork and writing; deadline Dec. 6.

During the last week of each year, The Connection devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children.

Jane Wallace New Long & Foster Manager

Jane Wallace, a real estate professional with nearly 10 years of residential and commercial real estate experience, has been named manager of the Reston office of Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States and the No. 1 seller of luxury homes in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Reston United Blue Goes to States

The Reston United Blue (u12) competed in the National President's Cup Tournament Saturday, Oct. 26, led by coach Kamal Ismail.

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South Lakes Flag, Support in Afghanistan

The Hunter Mill District Office is rallying the Reston community to contribute to their Support Our Troops project. The office is teaming with South Lakes High School, along with help from Reston Youth Association, and Reston Soccer Association, to bring a taste of home to a unit of 78 soldiers and sailors serving in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

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Generation Next Event Held At GRACE

On Oct. 30, Greater Reston Art Center [GRACE] held a happy hour event to inspire and involve the next generation of GRACE members and community patrons.

Letter: In Rust, I Trust

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, I plan to vote for the one person whose demonstrated experience and leadership makes him the only real choice to represent us in the Virginia House of Delegates. That person is Delegate Tom Rust.

Reston Hospital Receives Awards for Patient Care

Reston Hospital Center has announced the recognition of several departmental awards for their patient care. Over the past several months, Reston Hospital Center has received five awards celebrating these significant achievements.

Jungmin Park and Ajay Leister at GRACE

Opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 21.

Two area artists, Jungmin Park and Ajay Leister, have work on exhibit at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) from Monday, Nov. 18 through the New Year.

Reston Thanksgiving Food Drive Kicks Off

Community comes together to support those in need.

Reston Community Center (RCC) announced this year’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, in partnership with the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith).

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‘Rite of Spring’ Celebrated at Reston's CenterStage

The legendary Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" caused protests when first performed 100 years ago coupled with the provocative dancing of Njinsky.

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Hanging Out With Dad

Dads, grandpas, uncles and male role models all came to school with their sons and daughters Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Lake Anne Elementary School.

Now What?

Results of the election are not known to me as I write this column, but polling suggests that there will be a shift towards the middle of the political spectrum in the Old Dominion this year.

Lake Anne—Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Besides being a charming place to live, Lake Anne Village is Reston’s historic heart, the place where it all began in 1964.

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Voters ‘Slow and Steady’ at Reston Polls

At Dogwood Elementary: baked goods, coffee, and left over Halloween candy was on offer to reward the good citizenship.

"No big rush. Just a strong, steady stream." That’s how Craig Dubois described the scene at Armstrong Elementary on Lake Newport Road in Reston as he offered sample ballots – with a Democratic twist - to arriving voters.

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Reston Rink Ready for Skaters, Fundraiser for Character Counts Coalition

Mother Nature did not cooperate with the planned Reston Town Center Skating Rink season opener this weekend.

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Running Marathon to Honor Brother

Oak Hill resident Ginny Atwood ran the Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds for the Chris Atwood Foundation.

The road to recovery has its ups and downs, and it’s not a sprint - it’s a marathon.

Herndon High Graduate Publishes 'Fabulous Beast'

Herndon High School graduate Sarah Kain Gutowski has published her first chapbook of poetry, "Fabulous Beast: The Sow," a cycle of 19 poems in the form of a fable.

Artists of Montorno Opens at ArtSpace Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon will be opening a brand new exhibit this week titled "Artists of Montorno." Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5 the exhibit will provide a glimpse into the Montorno Studio in Seravezza, Italy.

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Northwest Federal Credit Union and its Foundation Go Pink

October 25 marked a "heartfelt hope for a cure" day at Northwest Federal Credit Union and its charitable arm, Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation in Herndon.

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Herndon Hits the Polls

Chilly temperatures didn’t stop Nikki Malabressi from walking about a half mile to her polling place at Herndon High School (HHS).

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Ghosts, Ghouls Come to Great Falls

Annual Spooktacular features haunted house, trick or treating.

Brayleigh Miller, 5, grasped her father’s hand as she stepped into the ominous structure on the Great Falls Village Green. As they walked into a dimly lit makeshift hallway, she heard scraping sounds and started to pull back toward the entrance, but her dad held her hand firm and kept moving forward.

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Author Explores ‘Undead Chaos’

Joshua Roots released debut urban fantasy novel.

For the past 10 years, Joshua Roots has wanted to write a book. While an active duty Marine, he says he played around with the idea.

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Bicycle Access Coming to Wiehle Station

Bicycle racks, lockers, equipment part of alternative access options.

While the Wiehle Avenue Metrorail Station is the only Silver Line Phase One station to have a parking garage directly adjacent to it, room has been made for other modes of transportation.

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Simon’s Likeness to Benefit Cornerstones

Bronze bust of Robert Simon to be auctioned off to assist with affordable housing.

As Reston approaches its 50th year, and its founder approaches his 100th year, Robert Simon’s vision for his community is still very much intact. Part of his vision included people of all income levels living side by side.

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Getting Children to Give Back

Touching Heart aims to train next generation of compassionate leaders.

As her birthday approached several years ago, Taylor Yi of Herndon realized she wasn’t that excited about another year of presents from her friends.

Great Falls Voter Viewpoints

Who did you vote for, and what is the most important issue to you in this election?

Who did you vote for, and what is the most important issue to you in this election?

Great Falls Voters Speak

Great Falls Voters: Who Did You Vote for and Why?

Great Falls Voters: Who Did You Vote for and Why?

Tuesday, November 5

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Great Falls Goes to the Polls

Off-year election decides governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, delegate, sheriff.

Great Falls residents exercised their right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5, heading to the polls to decide on a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state delegate, sheriff and on a school bond.

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Bicyclers Take Aim At Tysons

Cycling summit examines Tysons Corner accessibility.

Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling hosted their annual Bike Summit Saturday, Nov. 2. Cycling and accessibility advocates examined the ways that people will be able to access the four Metrorail stations in Tysons Corner, stations that currently do not have onsite parking.

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McLean Hits Meals Milestone

One millionth meal packed at Stop Hunger Now event Nov. 3.

Several years ago, Bob Hahne was attending a Rotary Club district conference when he learned about an organization called Stop Hunger Now. The nonprofit hosts community meal-packing events that provide nonperishable, nutritious meals to hungry people around the world.

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Citizens Oppose Residential Studios Proposal

Amendment would allow for low-income residential studios in many residential districts.

The McLean Citizens Association hosted a public forum to address the county’s proposed Residential Studios Zoning Ordinance Amendment Wednesday, Oct. 30.

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McLean Casts its Vote

Residents will choose new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, delegate, sheriff.

On the first Tuesday of November last year, the halls of Langley High School were filled with lines of people waiting to cast their vote for president. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the lines weren’t quite as long, but voters throughout McLean went to their respective precincts throughout the day.

Friday, November 1

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