Stories for October 2013

Stories for October 2013

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Thursday, October 31

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Trinity Presbyterian Holds Annual Fall Festival

Herndon’s Trinity Presbyterian Church held their annual children’s fall festival from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27. This free event included several activities including a cupcake walk, art and craft event, and trunk or treating. Trinity’s youth group sponsored the event.

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St. Joseph’s Parish Holds Annual Craft Fair

The St. Joseph’s Ladies Society held its annual craft fair on the last Saturday of October. The fair was held at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, a large, well-lighted space with ample on-site parking available. “This is our ninth year and our biggest year ever,” said Lisa Kimpflen.

Walking for a Burning Reason

Flicker of Hope fundraiser benefits burn survivors.

When David Borowski was 6 weeks old, his mother witnessed his bassinet suddenly burst into flames—with her newborn in it. She grabbed her infant to her chest, trying to smother the fire engulfing his little form. The telephone was enveloped by the fire, and David’s mom ran to the street.

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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McLean Community Center to Host Children’s Flea Market

The McLean Community Center’s Children’s Flea Market will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the center. The sale allows young vendors, ages 3-15, to learn how to run a small business venture while reducing the toys, clothes and other treasures they no longer use at home. Adm

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Westfield’s Sister Trio Helps Team Chemistry

Bulldogs win sixth consecutive district/conference title.

Westfield beat Chantilly 3-0 in the Conference 5 championship game.

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Langley Girls Shine in Golf State Qualifier

The Langley HS girls golf team had an excellent performance at the State Qualifier on Oct. 22, where nine of the 13 girls on the team performed. Sophomore Maria McQuade and senior Rachel Zmuda advanced to the state tournament. Bob Hayne coaches the team.

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Lake Braddock QB Wins Battle of Future UNC Teammates

Henderson’s Bruins Beat Titans, lineman Clarke, linebacker Carney.

Lake Braddock defeated T.C. Williams, 44-0.

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Langley High Orchestra Thrills Audience

In a night full of spooky music, costumes and theatre, the Langley High School Orchestra presented a thrilling concert to a full house on Thursday, Oct. 24. The Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras opened the concert with film scores from “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” boosted by several band members in Superman and Batman costumes.

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Facing an Uphill Climb

Wakefield alum Hogwood is trying to improve school’s football program.

The Wakefield football team hasn't had a winning season since 1983.

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Vienna Halloween Parade Attracts Thousands

Costumed children, bands, floats and vehicles anchor 90-minute parade.

As chilly—and drizzly—as it was, the weather did not deter thousands of local families to line Maple Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to celebrate the 67th annual Vienna Halloween Parade. Hosted for the first time ever as a partnership between the Town of Vienna and the year-old Vienna Business Association [VBA], the parade featured Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman as its Grand Marshal in 2013. New this year was a concert presented on the Town Green by the School of Rock as an early evening prelude to the parade.

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Community Debates Library’s Future

Public meeting in Great Falls raises concerns about the foundation of education in Fairfax County.

The Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees committee on The Future of the Library, officially the “Evaluation and Communications” committee, held a public meeting in Great Falls on Monday, Oct. 21. The committee was appointed by the library board last month after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on the initiative of Dranesville Supervisor John Foust, asked the library board to obtain input from the public and library staff before making any new, comprehensive changes to the library’s current operational structure and staffing. Library Director Sam Clay was in attendance and addressed the meeting. Director Clay and the board will be making a presentation to the Board of Supervisors on Nov. 19.

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Clinton, McAuliffe Come to Herndon

Former President Bill Clinton and gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe came to Herndon Middle School for an Oct. 28 election event. Clinton is spending several days in Virginia campaigning with McAuliffe.

Letter: Strongly Opposed to Cutting Food Aid

Last week, Elizabeth Berry wrote a letter expressing concern over a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would cut food aid for nearly 3.8 million people, and asked that I oppose this legislation. I strongly oppose it. The cuts recommended by the House would eliminate free school meals for 280,000 children and aggravate an already difficult situation for many families in Virginia struggling to put food on the table. We must protect nutrition assistance programs because it’s our responsibility to ensure the neediest among us have access to food when times are hardest.

Letter: Cuccinelli: Real Solutions to Real Problems

Two of my main concerns with the welfare of Virginia citizens are well addressed in Cuccinelli's plans for the future: education and mental health care. Education is a hot topic with many people especially in educationally rich Fairfax County. We've made many strides in education for the future, but more can still be done. Cuccinelli aptly outlines areas where we're weak, statewide. Planning for future needs and student welfare in a digital age is also crucial.

Editorial: Vote Nov. 5 or Before

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

For voters in Virginia, it is hard to overstate how important it is to go out and vote next week. All Virginia voters will see statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, plus one delegate race. In addition, there are a few local races in Alexandria and Arlington, a bond question in Fairfax County and a referendum question about the housing authority in Arlington.

Column: Excuse Me, Pardon Me, Excuse Me…

If it wasn’t a coincidence, it was the next thing to being one. What it was, was the hiccups; occurring after chemotherapy infusion number one and again after chemotherapy number two. The first episode lasted only a few days and annoyed my wife, Dina, way more than it annoyed me. The first hiccuping episode was fairly constant; however it was not exhausting – and I wasn’t having any trouble sleeping because of them. Nor was I making any disturbing sounds or having any difficulty breathing – when caught in mid-hiccup, and/or eating because of the herky-jerky movements/spasms of my diaphragm. In general, it was a fairly benign effect. In the big picture, it didn’t seem particularly important that it was the hiccups I was having, so I never called my oncologist. It was the hiccups after all. It might as well have been a skinned knee. Jeez. And sure enough, within a couple of days, I was “hiccuped out.”

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Sheriff’s Race Heats Up

Kincaid, Wolfe trade barbs over guns, vandalism.

Like many of her neighbors, Vienna resident Jane Li said she didn’t know Fairfax County had a sheriff’s department until a few weeks ago.

Voters to Decide on $250 Million Bond

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Fairfax County voters will be asked to approve a $250 million school bond. If approved, the schools plan to use the money to:

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Making Voters Feel Welcome, No Matter Their Language

County election officials have stepped up outreach efforts and volunteer recruitment efforts.

“I was touched with the Korean community’s efforts to help us translate materials and provide volunteers. … And so we're trying to encourage other pockets. My next target is Vietnamese. We’ve also printed recruitment brochures in Farsi, Arabic, Chinese Korean, French, and Spanish.” — Cameron Quinn, Fairfax County’s chief elections officer

Week in Springfield

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle that struck a pedestrian. Officers responded to the area of Gambrill Road near Vogels Way on Sunday, Oct. 27, shortly after 7:30 p.m. A 21-year-old girl was walking along the southbound side of Gambrill Road when she was struck from behind by an unidentified vehicle. The striking vehicle fled the scene and did not stop to render aide. The victim was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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The Fierst Family’s ‘Twist’ on Halloween

Interstate Haunted House Maze in Springfield helps ECHO.

As you twist and turn your way through the Interstate Haunted House Maze, you never know what scary creature will be lurking around the next corner. It’s dark and misty, the tall walls giving you a feeling of being hemmed in, with no easy escape route other than to finish the maze. The strange noises add to your cautious approach around the next corner, uncertain of what will pop up next. The spooky trail seems to go on with no sign of an exit, and meanwhile your heart pounds not knowing what to expect … ghosts, goblins, skeletons, zombies or maybe a hand on your shoulder.

Obituary: William John Hafer, 91, Dies

William John (Bill) Hafer of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Springfield, died on Tuesday, Oct. 22 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Hafer was preceded in death by his parents, William F. Hafer and Ann Schneider Hafer. He is survived by his loving wife, Marion Imfeld Hafer, of 68 years.

Letter: Government Shutdown Politics

Lost in the talk of the leverage that 40 or so Tea Party Republicans have in the House of Representatives is the fact that their success depends on their being part of a larger majority (at least 218) of Republicans in the 435-member House. So, the ultimate political influence question is not whether those 40 Tea Party members come from safe seats that guarantee their re-election. The real point is that those 40 can only be an effective force if at least another 178 more-moderate Republicans (218 minus 40) are re-elected in 2014.

Letter: Vote Yes on Referendum

As a former Fairfax County teacher, I know that many families move to our area in part for the excellent reputation of our school system. It attracts families and businesses alike because an excellent school system is an investment in the economy and the community. I encourage all county residents to vote “Yes” on the School Bond Referendum on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to continue Fairfax County’s trend of excellence in education.

First Virginia Community Bank Names Branch Manager for Springfield

First Virginia Community Bank (FVCbank), named one of the 50 fastest-growing businesses in Virginia, welcomes Pati M. Gambino as vice president and branch manager of the soon-to-be opened Springfield Branch. Gambino is a 45-year veteran of the area banking industry. In her most recent position, she served as branch manager, vice president and consumer lender at Union First Market Bank, formerly Prosperity Bank and Trust. Gambino’s first banking job was as a proof operator. She also has served as manager and assistant vice president for former Continental Bank. Throughout her banking career, Gambino spent 35 years serving the Springfield community. FVCbank is slated to open its central Springfield branch, which will be located in the 6500 block of Backlick Road, in mid-November 2013.

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Delegate for the 42nd District

Ed R. Deitsch is challenging Republican incumbent David Albo in the 42nd district.

The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a 2-year term and are eligible for re-election. The salary is $17,640 per year. A delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.

Fairfax Station Area Roundups

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle that struck a pedestrian. Officers responded to the area of Gambrill Road near Vogels Way on Sunday, Oct. 27, shortly after 7:30 p.m. A 21-year-old girl was walking along the southbound side of Gambrill Road when she was struck from behind by an unidentified vehicle. The striking vehicle fled the scene and did not stop to render aide. The victim was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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Take a Stroll to Help Neighbors in Need

LCAC to hold its first Service Stroll on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Join with your neighbors, friends and colleagues to make a difference for low-income families, senior citizens and children living in southeast Fairfax County by participating in the first LCAC Service Stroll on Saturday, Nov. 16. For years the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), a local human services nonprofit organization, participated in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walk both as a way to generate significant funds ($56,000 last year) and to also build community.

Letter: Frightened by Runaway Government

Kudos to the staff member in Congressman Gerry Connolly’s office who gussied up Democratic National Committee talking points in the congressman’s recently published editorial [“The Damage Is Already Done, Connection, Oct. 24-30, 2013].

Letter: Blame on Both Sides

In Mr. Connolly's editorial [“The Damage Is Already Done,” Connection, Oct. 24-30, 2013] he comes off as victim in this game called politics, when really all that comes from the Congress is lies, deceit and corruption, from both sides. I remind you that all of Congress’ (not just the Republicans) approval ratings have reached depths never before seen in our nation’s history.

Two Speakers to Address Republican Women of Clifton

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) November meeting will feature Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, and Nancy Schulze, founder of the Republican Congressional Wives Speakers in Washington, D.C. The event will be on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Fairview Elementary School, 5815 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, and the social hour will begin at 7 p.m. when refreshments will be served. President Alice Butler-Short will open the business meeting at 7:30 p.m., after which Fitton and Schulze will speak and answer questions.

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Potomac Marlins 'Swim Pink'

Volunteers and swimmers from the Potomac Marlins gathered at the Lee District Recreation Center in their “Swim Pink” attire for their fundraiser meet, the PVS October Open Saturday, Oct. 19. The Potomac Marlins conduct this annual fundraiser to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, a nonprofit working to put an end to breast cancer.

Week in Fairfax

Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m. So before bedtime Saturday night, set back the time on all those clocks, watches and electronic devices one hour.

Letter: Vote ‘Yes’ on the School Bond

I am writing to help inspire your readers to vote “yes” on the 2013-2014 Fairfax County School bond referendum on Nov. 5th. If you vote yes you are supporting prudent reinvestment of money back into our world class school system that helps attract new businesses to Fairfax County, one of the best places to live and work in the U.S. Delaying capital improvements will result in a lower quality education to a growing student population. Our children deserve to have excellent facilities, resources and a highly educated and talented staff so they can be successful through college and in their working years.

Letter: Taking Exception

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” That sage advice from four-term Democrat Sen. Moynihan trumps the quote from Santayana with which Rep. Gerry Connolly opened his tendentious Oct. 24 piece in the Connection. “The Damage Is Already Done,” your headline for Connolly’s bile-filled essay better describes his tenure on our county’s Board of Supervisors and in Congress.

Letter: School Bond Referendum—a Critical Yes

I am writing to encourage all Fairfax County residents to vote “yes” on the school bond referendum appearing on the Nov. 5 ballot. These critical bonds are the primary funding source for the construction and renovation of our schools as well as an essential investment in the heart of our community.

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Local Mom Wins $2,529 for Twins’ Education

A local mother of 16-year-old twins has won $2,529 for her children’s college education from the Virginia529 College Savings Plan (Virginia529). Diane Alejandro of Fairfax received the prize for entering Virginia529’s “Turning Dreams into Reality” contest that was part of September’s College Savings Month celebrations.

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Teen Safe Driving Program Visits Inova

Representatives from the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program managed by the Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford’s philanthropic arm, stopped by Inova Children's Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 2 to highlight with leadership and staff some of the main causes of car crashes involving teenagers, including inexperience and distracted driving. Those in attendance also got to hear personal stories from those that work in the trauma unit who regularly witness the outcomes of these types of crashes.

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Donating From the Heart

Redskin, pizza-chain owner team up to help local girl.

“Somebody helped me, so I’m happy to have the opportunity to help someone else and continue the cycle.” —Washington Redskin Pierre Garçon

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Halloween Fun at Goblin Gallop

The 20th annual Goblin Gallop was Sunday, Oct. 27, at Fairfax Corner.

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Andrew Gause’s Martial Arts Donates $1000 to Kings Park PTA

Andrew Gause’s Martial Arts has teamed up with Kings Park Elementary School to help raise funds for various projects. Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, Master Gause goes to Kings Park Elementary once a week for five weeks and teaches basic martial arts skills to Kings Park students with all of the proceeds from the program going to the PTA.

Two Challenge Filler-Corn in 41st District

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn challenged by Republican Fredy A. Burgos, Independent Christopher F. DeCarlo in the 41st district.

The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a 2-year term and are eligible for re-election. The salary is $17,640 per year. A delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.

Delegate—37th District

Republican Patrice Winter is challenging Democratic incumbent David Bulova in the 37th district.

As a health care provider, I have seen how Affordable Care Act has affected patients and even how companies are doing business. Seeing Virginians have access to high-quality and affordable health care is a top priority.

Letter: Delegate Focused on Real Issues

The recent turmoil created by the gridlock in the federal government may tempt many of us to ignore politics all together. However, Virginians shouldn’t allow the circus in Washington to cause us to lose sight of the importance of our state’s gubernatorial and house elections on Nov. 5. Personally I will be heading to the polls first thing that morning to show my support for Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, who works across party lines and stays focused on the real issues that affect us as Virginian citizens.

Robinson Student Stars in Children’s Show

The Alliance Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

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.” And a Robinson Secondary student has one of the starring roles. Performances are Nov. 9-24 (see box for details) at Mountain View High School, 5775 Spindle Court (behind Glory Days Grill) in Centreville. The musical features 10 adults and 35 students in grades three through 12, and Director Maggie Swan says they’re all really talented.

Area Roundups

Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m. So before bedtime Saturday night, set back the time on all those clocks, watches and electronic devices one hour.

Letter: The Damage Has Only Just Begun

Congressman Connolly’s recent op-ed [“The Damage Is Already Done,” Connection, Oct. 24] is a diversion from the Democratic-engineered train wreck known as Obamacare and officially referred to as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the damage from the shutdown was particularly painful for Virginians, it pales in comparison to the damage being inflicted on millions of hard working middleclass Americans across the country courtesy of the Democrats’ Obamacare.

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Democrats Lead in Polls as Voters Head to the Polls for Election Day

Hotly contested race for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

Democrats have the wind at their backs heading into Election Day next week, as Republican gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli struggles to overcome a deficit in the polls.

Wednesday, October 30

Hollywood comes to Alexandria

Bringing a little taste of Hollywood to Old Town, the seventh annual Alexandria Film Festival kicks off Nov. 7.

It might be Patti North's favorite time of year, but it's certainly one of the most stressful. As chair of the Alexandria Film Festival, North has spent moths preparing for this year's event, pulling together movies ranging from a few minutes to an hour or more in length from around the world and helping to line up Q&A sessions with as many filmmakers as possible during the festivals' four-day run.

Brief: Police Launch @ArlingtonVaPD

The Arlington County Police Department has expanded its social media presence by joining Twitter. @ArlingtonVaPD will be a permanent tool for the department to share breaking news, stories, photos, crime tips and events.

Week in Reston

Ice Skating Season Begins

The Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion officially opens for the 2013-2014 season with its annual fundraiser for the local non-profit organization, Reston Character Counts Coalition. On opening weekend, Nov. 2 and 3, the charity will receive 50 percent of skating rink proceeds. (Rain date: Nov. 9 and 10.) This benefit will help fund development programs offered by Reston Character Counts! Coalition, including the annual Essay and Poster Contest and sponsorship of Ethics Day at South Lakes High School. Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion weekend hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Adult admission is $10, and for children under 12 and adults over 55, admission is $8. Skate rental is $5. The Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion is located at 1800 Discovery Street, Reston, and will be open every day, including all holidays, until March. Schedules, fees, and more information are available on the skating hotline, 703-709-6300, and online at www.restontowncenter.com/skating.

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Potomac Youth of the Year, 2013

Marissa Michaels of Holton Arms and Matthew Schick of Landon named Potomac’s Youth of the Year.

Marissa Michaels of Holton Arms and Matthew Schick of Landon named Potomac’s Youth of the Year.

Brief: Board Promotes Public Safety Communications in Construction

The County Board unanimously adopted a resolution on Oct. 22 to advance new public safety technology in construction within Arlington County. In recent years, new construction materials have degraded the ability of public safety personnel to communicate with radios within buildings.

Reston Ice Skater Wins Regional Championships

Local figure skater Christina Cleveland topped the competition in the recent 2014 Regional Figure Skating Championships. A junior lady, Christie won both the short and the long programs in the championships, held in Louisville, Ky. The top four skaters in each division progress to the Sectional Championships, which will be held in East Lansing, Mich. in November. From there, the top four earn a spot in the 2014 US National Championships in Boston, Mass. This year, the national competition will also be the United States Olympic Trials for the Sochi Olympics in mid-winter. Christie is a junior at Herndon High School and skates under Rashid Kadyrkaev at the Ashburn Ice House. Her team of coaches helps her to succeed. She does stretching, cardio, ballet, strength training and trampoline, as well as her on-ice regimen, as her daily fitness activities.

Time to Pay Attention to the Master Plan

The 4-year planning process for a new Reston is reaching its conclusion and the news is not good for those who value Reston traditions and values. Now is the time to pay attention to this slow-moving effort. Although there are positive elements in the new plan, particularly its stress on mixed residential and commercial redevelopment, it promises to bring in 40,000 new residents and 60,000 new office employees to the already congested areas around the new Metro stations. Reston Association and the Reston Community Association have each made pleas to Fairfax County that the plan provide for sensible re-development. Unfortunately, some of their points made have been dismissed and most ignored by a county apparently bent on getting more tax money from the property owners.

The Issues Are Power and Politics

To the Editor: In response to my friend John Lovaas’ opinion piece "Draft Plan Jeopardizes Urban Reston" [Reston Connection, Oct. 23-29, 2013], the real issues are power and politics. The community groups have no real approval power and the Fairfax County Board can completely ignore any and all concerns. This lack of power is directly related to politics because that is the only way to exert any power over the master plans and the serious concerns John expresses, and I agree with (except for his use of the word "urban" since I did not move to Reston 42 years ago to be in an urban setting.) So, unless and until we are all ready to make these issues our only concern when voting for all of local elected officials- Hudgins, Plum, and Howell—we will have no power. We should disregard social, budget and other issues and become single-issue voters. Otherwise we are talking into the wind. Bruce Kirschenbaum Reston

Attorney General Needs to Uphold Justice

To The Editor: As Delegate Ken Plum knows, The chief law enforcement officer of Virginia is the governor. The attorney general serves as the action officer to carry out the governor's duties ["Science Goes on Trial in Virginia,” Reston Connection, Oct. 16-22]. The attorney general is obligated to enforce the laws of the commonwealth. However, all commonwealth attorneys do have discretionary powers on which possible violations of the law to prosecute; e.g., whether or not to prosecute a Class Four felony. Attorney generals also have a duty to bring justice and prove innocence when there is evidence of a miscarriage of justice. Del. Plum cites the case of a University of Virginia professor who appears to have violated a Commonwealth Law. The situation demanded an investigation into the possible use of proven, faulty research on climate change of which there are substantial reams of examples. Judges, not necessarily expert in science, decided that state taxpayer funds could be expended on research without oversight. Climate change has been politicized; rational discussion has been forced to take a back seat. Extreme, radical solutions have been proposed by the EPA; e.g., the War on Coal without consideration for the moral, economic and cultural values.

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Going Green, All Year Long

As part of the second annual Green Apple Day of Service, Dianne Rose and her Hunters Woods Preschool students created the class's first recycling bin to be used for the entire school year.

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Reston Rotary Gives 3rd Graders Dictionaries

Sonia Castillo-Smith from the Rotary Club of Reston visits Aldrin Elementary. She presented dictionaries to all Aldrin third grade students on behalf of Rotary.

Commentary

Our Special Community

Recently I was asked to participate in a workshop for a group of leaders who were planning a future for their organization. Specifically I was asked to discuss the characteristics of our community of Reston. While I try to stay on top of trends and am out in the community on a daily basis, I learned a lot preparing for the presentation at the workshop.

Week in Herndon

Leaf Collection Begins in Herndon

Annual collection of leaves has begun in Herndon. Residents should rake leaves as close to the curb as possible without blocking storm drains, sidewalks or mailboxes and without impeding vehicular traffic. During leaf collection, grass clippings, shrub clippings and weeds must be placed in 30-gallon kraft, recyclable bags and should continue to be placed out only on your regular trash day. Following the scheduled fall collection, leaves must be placed in 30-gallon kraft recyclable bags and will be picked up on regular trash/yard waste collection days.

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John Burkarth Wins Special Olympics Gold Medal

John Burkarth of Herndon won his first national tournament and became the Virginia gold medallist in the Special Olympics 2013 held in Galloway, N.J., Oct. 18-20. Burkarth was tested in six different shot-making skills and scored 64-86-59 for a total score of 209, first place in the top division of the individual skills competition. Burkarth celebrated with medals, smiles and high fives at the end of the three-day Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway. A field of 176 golfers from 23 programs representing the United States and Canada competed in one of five levels of competition—individual skills (Level I), 9- and 18-hole alternate shot team play (Levels II & III), and 9- and 18-hole individual stroke play (Levels IV & V).

A Candidate With No Baggage

To the Editor: Tom Rust has enthusiastically endorsed the entire Rupublican slate. He has done so because he is a Republican. It doesn't surprise me that he endorsed Cuccinelli, but I find it very difficult to accept that, in his heart, he could endorse the candidate for lieutenant governor, Rev. Jackson. Jackson's comments about gays and those who aren't strong Christians and other comments he has made, are of the kind that Rust would not, normally, accept.

Supporting Boysko

To the Editor: It is time to take back Virginia from the Republican extremists in the House of Delegates. One way we can do that is to vote for Jennifer Boysko for House of Delegates in the 86th District.

Boysko for 86th

To the Editor: Jennifer Boysko is a Democrat with a long record of experience and integrity that will serve us well in the Virginia House of Delegates for the 86th district. In our district she has worked tirelessly—most recently as Supervisors Foust’s aide—deeply involved in constituent services and spending several years at the table with elected officials, community representatives, business leaders and inner jurisdictional staff, identifying and planning the best land use and transportation solutions in and around our Herndon/Sterling area. She has worked on tasks large and small, working with the local PTSAs to identify educational solutions, working with county staff to help coordinate the planning of Herndon’s new fire station, and coordinating all the players involved in bringing synthetic turf to the Herndon High School athletic fields.

Two Herndon Students in Children’s Show

The Alliance Theatre presents “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

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.” And two Herndon students are among the featured actors.

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Burke History Day Revisited

Burke Historical Society President Jon Vrana hopes to make it an annual event once again.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, grey skies and light rain didn’t put a damper on the first Burke History Day since the 1990s. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a steady stream of visitors ventured into the large hall of the Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department facility as costumed members of the Burke Historical Society revived a former community event—albeit with a few modifications.

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Above and Beyond

Four honored for volunteer service.

Volunteer Alexandria presented the 19th annual Evening in the Heart of Alexandria Awards Oct. 25 in a tribute honoring the exceptional volunteer service of four individuals.

Oakton Women’s Club Supports Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna

Each year the Oakton Women’s Club hosts their fashion show in Oakton to raise money to support the local community. The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) was the recipient of the net proceeds for the 2013 fashion show and received a generous $1,000 donation. Pictured (from left) Jayne Young, office administrator of SCOV, and Linda Byrne, president of the Board Oakton Women’s Club. Centered is a photo of Jeanne Robertson, the headliner for SCOV’s annual fundraiser. Their event is already sold out with 1,000 attendees expected at the Oct. 27 event in Vienna. Founded in 1997, SCOV is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for adults (50-plus) to seek rewarding lives and to live independently in their homes for as long as possible. In 2012 SCOV provided services and programs to more than 3,000 older adults in the Oakton, Vienna, Dunn Loring, Merrifield and portions of Reston and Fairfax areas. In 2012 it was voted the Best Nonprofit of the Year (2012) by the Vienna Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce. In September, 2013 SCOV was selected the Charity of the Month by WTOP 103.5FM Radio.

Stunned by the ‘War’ Theme

To the Editor: The false slogan of “war on women”—trumpeted throughout the 2012 election—is being dusted off to slander a candidate who, unlike his opponents, has spent a verifiable lifetime of helping Virginia’s women.

Girl Scout Earns the Gold Award

Girl Scouts, known for selling cookies, do more than that. The Girl Scout Award is the highest honor earned annually by fewer than 3,000 Girl Scouts in the entire U.S. who have demonstrated superior leadership, organization and a higher commitment to community service. Gold Award projects cover a range of issues from anti-bullying campaigns to tutoring to promoting healthy behaviors.

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Vienna Girls Recognized for Community Service

Girl Scouts Alison (Aly) Luckett and Taylor Lane of Vienna have earned their respective Silver Trefoil Awards. That award, which is unique to the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, recognizes commendable community service. Specifically, Aly and Taylor each completed over 100 hours of service in a variety of categories, including Girl Scout community service hours, national service hours (including volunteering with federal, state and local government entities) and global service hours.

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Farmers Market Closes With a ‘Thank You’

Bulbs planted at Faith Baptist Church in appreciation of the church’s support.

The Vienna Farmers Market closed its 2013 season with assistance from the Ayr Hill Garden Club and children visiting the market on Saturday, Oct. 26. To thank Faith Baptist Church for its partnership and use of church grounds, market master Sarah Jane Brady teamed up with the garden club to plant spring bulbs in a little garden out back.

Letter: Misleading Implications

I write in my personal capacity only. I was surprised and disappointed by the Gazette Packet's front-page story [“Conflict of Interest,” Oct. 24] concerning the city's internal and external legal counsel. It was replete with inaccuracies.

Week in McLean

Knights of the Round Table Support SHARE The Northern Virginia Knights of the Round Table (NOVA) presented the 2013 Excalibur Service Award of $750 to SHARE, Inc., McLean. SHARE, a local nonprofit community group also recently received a total of $1,600 from NOVA to assist them in providing food and emergency assistance to community residents in need. The NOVA Round Table is a non-political and non-sectarian community service group celebrating 60 years of service this year. They have partnered with a number of service groups working with persons with disabilities and other needy persons. It is a chapter of The Loyal Knights of the Round Table International. Community minded citizens are welcome to attend weekly luncheons sponsored by the group in Falls Church. Those interested in their activities and speakers program can contact: John Theon, President at 703-356-1435 or jtheon@starpower.net

Comstock Wants Accountability

Delegate Comstock laid out a clear plan for ethics reforms at the McLean Citizen’s Association debate. Delegate Comstock pointed out that currently there are no substantial punishments or penalties for breaking an ethics law. In order to change the behavior of certain politicians, on both sides of the aisle, laws need to be in place to hold candidates that misuse campaign money accountable with financial or personal penalties.

Elections Matter if We Mean Business

As campaigns across Virginia make their final push to engage voters, disaffection about the election is capturing headlines and salting conversations from kitchen tables to online chats. According to news reports, many voters, especially younger voters, have tuned out or turned off the whole statewide campaign scene claiming fatigue from 2012, disgust with the negative advertising or cynicism about whether any of it really matters to them. Considering that state decisions affect so many aspects of our lives, the reaction is alarming.

Colors of Democracy

Something seems different. Actually, 59,629 things seem unusual. Why such a specific number? It is the almost exact number of registered voters in Virginia’s 34th House of Delegates district (the same district that Great Falls is a part of). And what is so precisely different about these voters? Their shifting political tendencies.

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Cooper Journalists Meet Sports Columnist

On Friday, Oct. 18, Cooper journalists met with award-winning USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan. She talked to the journalists about the path that lead her to becoming a ground-breaking female sports writer. She shared her thoughts on various sports scandals, her opinion on Washington’s football team name, and her anticipations for the upcoming Winter Olympics, which she will be covering.

Two Art Talks Scheduled at Great Falls Library in November

The public is cordially invited to attend two special evenings at the Great Falls Library on Thursdays, Nov. 7 and Nov. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

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Great Falls Azzurri Blue U-10 Wins Columbus Day Tournament

The Great Falls U-10 Azzurri soccer club won their division at the Richmond Strikers annual Columbus Day Tournament in Richmond Monday, Oct. 14. The Great Falls Azzurri Blue won the top "Nina" division and finals by amassing 27 goals over a four game stretch and beating a tough St. Marys Maryland-based team 5-1 in the tournament finals. Members of the Azzurri Blue are: Ethan Addington, Kian Ambrose, Dorian Cushing, Ryan Duenkel, JackEllinger, Annabeth Holsinger, Spencer Paulsen, Evan Preta, Jeffrey Stark and Jake Sachtleben.

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. The center is wrapping up its program year with this social occasion. Once again, the theme is “Celebrating and Sharing This Wonderful Season.”

Prudent Governance

Over the past year a majority of the current City Council has, through public conversation and legislative action, given the distinct impression that contributions to affordable housing preservation and creation are the highest priority of this local government. The Alexandria City Council has effectively placed affordable housing above schools, public safety, human services, transportation, sewer infrastructure, and the myriad of essential services of our city.

A Test of Leadership

I attended a debate On Tuesday, Oct. 22, between Barbara Comstock and Kathleen Murphy, candidates for State Delegate for the 34th District. After all the nasty flyers I've been receiving, it was good to hear the candidates respond to each other face to face and debunk some false claims. But more striking than the answers was the conduct of the audience. Most of the hundreds of attendees were polite and respectful. But five or six Murphy supporters were scattered throughout the audience hissing, jeering and laughing every time Ms. Comstock spoke. Although Kathleen Murphy refused to ask her own supporters to behave, Ms. Comstock, the moderator, the host and the ushers eventually were able to silence them.

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Langley Wins ‘Cosby Cheer for the Cure’

The Langley cheerleading junior varsity team won first place at the “Cosby Cheer for the Cure” invitational in Richmond, held Saturday, Sept. 28 to benefit breast cancer. The team was also led to place second out of 10 teams by coaches Greg O'Brien and Nina Palazzolo at the 6th annual Spirit Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Stone Bridge High School.

Letter: Elections Have Consequences

Elections Have Consequences

I write in reaction to an article published in the Alexandria Gazette October 24 edition title “Conflict of Interest?” by writer Michael Lee Pope. The article discusses the hiring of the McGuire Woods law firm by the City of Alexandria to provide legal services in connection with the waterfront development.

Letter: Beyond Conflict Of Interest

Beyond Conflict Of Interest

When the Virginia journalism awards come out, I hope Michael Pope’s exposé of city hall using the same law firm as the waterfront developers gets an award for investigative reporting. Michael’s feature [“Conflict of Interest,” Oct. 24] is on par for the local level with what major dailies do on a national scale.

Letter: Focus on Economy

Virginia's abortion laws are unlikely to be any different four years after the new governor's inauguration from what they are on the day of his inauguration, no matter who is elected. The Democratic Senate would not allow any additional restrictions, and the Republican House would not go along with the relaxation of current law.

Letter: Move Forward, Not Slide Back

I am a woman with daughters and a granddaughter. The very idea that they could have their lives, and decisions about their health care, restricted by a governor and an attorney general who, because of their personal beliefs, would effectively punish women of many backgrounds, situations and beliefs, makes me very afraid.

Letter: Governance Takes Work

In the Gazette’s Oct. 24 issue, U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly stated some meaningful truths. Congressman Connolly described the recent scene on Capitol Hill as “shameful and dangerous, but sadly, not unprecedented.”

Commentary: Dollars and Sense—Stewardship of FCPS

As many have become aware, the Fairfax County School Board’s budget discussions for the 2015 fiscal year have begun early. It is unfortunate that it has taken a combination of a $140 million deficit and demonstrable efforts by FCPS’ new Superintendent Karen Garza to bring full attention of the stakeholders, including the School Board, to education policy and funding.

Tuesday, October 29

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Comstock, Murphy Face off in 34th

Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock goes against Democrat Kathleen Murphy Nov. 5.

Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock will face off against Democratic challenger Kathleen Murphy for the 34th delegate seat on Tuesday Nov. 5.

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Fundraiser for the Homeless at McLean Project for the Arts

Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia raises $45,000 during event.

The McLean Project for the Arts welcomed Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia for a fundraiser at the art venue Thursday, Oct. 24.

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Colvin Run Opens New Playground

Addition features reading garden, new blacktop, reading benches.

Students, parents, teachers and administrators at Colvin Run Elementary School celebrated the opening of their new playground Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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State Gardens Open for Business in Great Falls

Garden center features local art, firewood, plants, cider, with more to come.

For Ian McKeown, it was all about the Christmas trees. As someone who spent most of his life working at garden centers and farmers market, when the Vienna native was looking for a path, he decided to follow the Christmas trees.

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RA Board to Decide on Lake Anne Land Swap

Swap would assist in redevelopment efforts, vote to be held Nov. 21.

The Reston Association Board of Directors will vote on a land swap involving two parcels of land near Lake Anne at their Thursday, Nov. 21 meeting.

New Superintendent Hosts Q&A

Karen Garza speaks at Sunrise Valley Elementary School.

New Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza visited with parents and teachers at Sunrise Valley Elementary School Monday, Oct. 28, as part of her listening tour around the county.

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Rust, Boysko Duel for 86th District Seat

Incumbent Tom Rust faces challenger Jennifer Boysko on Nov. 5.

Del. Tom Rust (R-86) seeks re-election to a seventh term on Tuesday, Nov. 5, with Democratic challenger Jennifer Boysko hoping to unseat him.

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Washington West Film Festival Comes to Reston

Proceeds from festival will go to fight homelessness locally.

Bow Tie Cinemas in Reston Town Center hosted filmmakers and moviegoers alike as part of the Washington West Film Festival last weekend, concluding with a red carpet event and showing of the Peabody award winning “My Neighbourhood” by local filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi Saturday, Oct. 26.

Sunday, October 27

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Creating a Fantasy in Pumpkins

Halloween display ranges from zombies to cartoon characters.

Halloween is next Thursday, Oct. 31, and that means more than 1,000 people will flock to Noel Dickover’s home in Centreville to see the latest fantasy pumpkins he and his crew have created.

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‘As Long As I’m Able to Run …’

Telford preps for Marine Corps Marathon and ‘Over the Edge.’

BethAnn Telford has a brain tumor, but it doesn’t have her. Through the pain, the medication, the bad days and the setbacks, she not only keeps on going, she rises above it all and shines.

Thursday, October 24

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Morrissette Haunted Maze Benefits Echo

On the grounds of Morrissette, off in a spooky warehouse owned by Interstate Moving, Relocation and Logistics, is a maze of Halloween fun to benefit Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO) this coming Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, at 8601 Morrissette Drive, Springfield.

Area Roundups

Clifton Haunted Trail Saturday

Vampires, witches, goblins and ghouls will be lying in wait for their victims along the Clifton Haunted Trail, this Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7-10 p.m.

Clifton Moped Crash Kills Local Woman

A Centreville woman died last Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, following a motorcycle crash in Clifton. The victim was identified as Yumei Wang Barber, 37.

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Haunted Cabaret Comes to the Workhouse

The show to spotlight the music of local talent.

"We are always looking to bring audiences quality entertainment. For Halloween we are delighted to present something very special, a haunted cabaret," said Joseph Wallen, director, Workhouse performing arts. What better place to celebrate a holiday known for its teasingly frightful outlook, than the now readapted Workhouse prison built 100 years ago.

Focusing on Quality of Life Issues

Hugo runs for seventh term in Virginia House.

When asked why he’s running for reelection to the General Assembly, Del. Tim Hugo (R-40th) has a ready reply. “It’s an honor to serve,” he said. “We have an opportunity to help people improve their day-to-day lives and fix the problems in their neighborhoods and on their streets.”

Foltz vs. Hugo in 40th District

Jerry Foltz believes his views better represent the community’s.

Jerry Foltz may be a first-time political candidate, but he has a lifetime of experience working with diverse groups of people on serious issues. And now, he’s running as the Democratic candidate for the 40th House District.

Week in Fairfax

Candle Causes House Fire

A house fire early Sunday morning in the Fairfax Center area displaced three people and caused an estimated $250,000 damage. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a single-family townhouse at 1181 Laurel Lake Square, on Oct. 20, around 3:20 a.m.

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City of Fairfax Band to Present ‘Tell Me a Story’

Oct. 26 concert aims to engage more of the community.

To kick off the holiday season for the City of Fairfax Band, director Robert Pouliot chose an exciting program of pieces that all “tell a story” for the ensemble’s Saturday, Oct. 26, concert at Fairfax High School.

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The Lamb Center—A Welcoming Oasis

The Lamb Center holds a memorial service celebrating three lives.

Like so many of us who have similar stories, Walter Joback graduated from college, became an engineer, married and raised a family. However, things changed in 2001 when he became unemployed and health issues defined who he became. Friends said he was a kind and gentle man with a passion for what he believed in. He passed away on Oct. 3 from a stroke and was found in the woods in Fairfax City where he had been sleeping nights. Walter had been a guest at the Lamb Center since 2002. Like Walter, Jeanne O’Neill Pearson, a wife and mother, and Johnny “Noodles” Rossettos also had life-altering events and were guests of the Lamb Center, where they became part of their family. They also passed away recently.

Teen Safe Driving Program Visits Inova

Representatives from the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program managed by the Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford’s philanthropic arm, stopped by Inova Children's Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 2 to highlight with leadership and staff some of the main causes of car crashes involving teenagers, including inexperience and distracted driving. Those in attendance also got to hear personal stories from those that work in the trauma unit who regularly witness the outcomes of these types of crashes.

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‘As Long As I’m Able to Run … ’

Telford preps for Marine Corps Marathon and “Over the Edge.”

BethAnn Telford has a brain tumor, but it doesn’t have her. Through the pain, the medication, the bad days and the setbacks, she not only keeps on going, she rises above it all and shines.

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Fairfax Marching Rebels Win Band Competitions

The school year has barely started and already Fairfax High’s Marching Rebels band is winning top honors for its musicianship and showmanship in competitions against other schools.

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Fastest Growing Virginia Station

Higher “connectivity” and reliability are key factors in Burke Centre station’s ridership growth.

Though the commuter train station at Burke Centre has offered a Virginia Railway Express (VRE) link between Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. since 1992, only in 2009 did Amtrak add Burke as a stop on its new Amtrak Virginia partnership service.

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Burke Presbyterian Church Hires Husband and Wife Pastors

Reverends Jarrett and Meg Peery McLaughlin are first new pastors in almost three decades.

When Rev. Dr. Beth Braxton decided to leave Burke Presbyterian Church two years ago, after 27 years of service, replacing her was no easy task. The church Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) convened for 15 months, considered roughly 150 applications and worked with two different interim pastors.

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All Smiles at Burke Lake

Kids Sending Smiles organizes 5K run to fight breast cancer.

Kids Sending Smiles (KSS), the 501c3 non-profit established and run by a group of elementary school girls from the Springfield and Alexandria areas, successfully completed their most ambitious charitable event to date on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Burke Lake Park.

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Pumpkin Playground at Burke Nursery

Since 1994, Burke Nursery has celebrated the harvest season with their Fall Festival and Pumpkin Playground to the delight of children of all ages. The month-long event draws pumpkin seekers from all over Northern Virginia. The many available activities are designed to be fun and educational for all.

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History Recreated

Giving history new life through historical simulations at Robinson Secondary.

Students experienced a blast to the past when they took part in historical simulations of factory work in the 1900s. On Monday, Oct. 21, seventh graders at Robinson Secondary School engaged in an activity created by their history and social studies teachers reflecting their studies of the Industrial Revolution. “The idea of any simulation is to give the students an emotional experience on which we can then connect the content knowledge to develop true understanding of historic events,” says Susan Reade, history and social studies teacher at Robinson Secondary. “For this specific event … we attempt to focus student attention on low pay, long hours doing a repetitive task, and dehumanizing treatment of the employees.”

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Taking Steps for a Cure

On Sunday, Oct. 20, 180 people gathered at Temporary Road Picnic Pavilion in Reston to walk to find cures for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Crohn’s Disease and UC are inflammatory bowel diseases that can be debilitating to patients: 1.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease or UC.

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Herndon Police Promote Public Safety

Crime prevention agencies present their work, tools.

Herndon Public Safety Day took place on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the 700 block of Lynn Street in downtown Herndon, with some activities held in the parking lot of the Municipal Building near the Herndon Fortnightly Library.

Editorial: Halloween Party Safety Net

Make plans for a safe celebration; SoberRide safety net for those over 21.

Halloween is now a major holiday for adults, especially young adults, and also one of the major holidays each year that involve partying with alcohol and the risks of drinking and driving.

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Forum Highlights Domestic Violence

Cook holds gathering to “Stop the Silence—End the Violence.”

Oct. 17. The back patio at Kilroy’s Restaurant and Sports Bar on Port Royal Road in Springfield was the scene of a gathering described by host Fairfax County Supervisor John C. Cook (R- Braddock), as “part of an effort to shine the light on the oft-hidden and denied blight on our families … of domestic violence.” Cook was appointed by the Board of Supervisors in February to be their liaison to the Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy and Coordinating Council. “The name may be a mouthful,” admitted Cook in an interview during the event, “but the people you need to get things done are all right in the room,” he said. “This group gets things done.”

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One Law Firm On Both Sides of Controversy Over Alexandria Waterfront

McGuireWoods defends city in zoning change as well as developers who seek to benefit from it.

Lawyers at McGuireWoods are on both sides of the controversy over the waterfront, defending Alexandria taxpayers in court while seeking approval from city officials on behalf of three separate developers at the same time.

Wednesday, October 23

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Guidry Delivers Hat Trick as Saints Beat Episcopal

Senior has 23 goals this season, 48 for career.

The St. Stephen's & St. Agnes boys' soccer team is one win from finishing first in the IAC.

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Lake Braddock QB Henderson Receives All-American Jersey

Henderson will attend the University of North Carolina.

Half a Loaf, Sort of

City waives $1 million affordable housing contribution; council to consider restoring half next year.

Hidden in the margins of the incentive package Alexandria leaders offered to lure the National Science Foundation from Arlington was a million-dollar motivation. Officials at City Hall said they were willing to waive the $1 million contribution to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. City Council members later said they didn't know the incentive was part of the package until it was too late. Removing it might jeopardize the deal, putting City Council members in a difficult spot. "It was my oversight," said Deputy City Manager Mark Jinks. "I take full responsibility." Fixing the problem was difficult and divisive for council members. Some were willing to let the affordable-housing contribution go the way of floppy disk. Others wanted to see the full contribution. Councilman John Taylor Chapman offered a compromise motion to direct budget officials to earmark $500,000 worth of tax revenue from the property to affordable housing during the next budget cycle. Although he initially circulated a memorandum outlining a $1 million contribution, he ended up cutting it in half to make sure he had the necessary support. "To be honest, I didn't think I would the votes to pass it," explained Chapman of the million-dollar proposal. "Some folks were not behind that idea."

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Bob Hanson, 89, Potomac’s Citizen of the Year

“Did you run out of candidates?”

Bouncing around in a John Deere “Gator,” Bob Hanson in the driver’s seat, we were overlooking fields of Timothy hay and pasture land. Black Angus cattle were munching and chewing their cuds. Water glistened on an acre farm pond designed in the 1940s by the U.S. Soil Conservation Board. All this, plus circumventing 70 acres of woodland on a 200 acre farm is what one would call really “Getting Around.” Robert M. Hanson, 89, has been named 2013 Potomac Citizen of the Year. “When they called me my first response was, ‘Did you run out of candidates?,’” he jokingly asked. In retrospect, learning about his many accomplishments and interests, one wonders what in the heck took them so long? First and foremost it is very apparent his love of the land and the animals are his true dedication. What he accomplished since his boarding school days at The Landon School, Bethesda, where he kept his horse and rode home every weekend; a BS degree in agriculture from the University of Maryland; a stint in the U.S. Air Force (2nd Lt.) during the Korean War; dozens of civic activities; plus his professional life, would take most people two life times.

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‘Who’s Your Hubby?’

Local author and Potomac resident Monica Schaeffer knows the answer.

Their mothers told them: “You can’t live with them, and you can’t live without them.” Their mothers were referring to husbands — and while most women don’t want to live without them, many a wife may need some strategies for making her marriage better. For this answer, Potomac resident Monica Schaeffer and her long time friend, Beth Rabinowitz, turned to one-another for the solution. Together, they figured out how to create successful marriages and gain fulfillment and happiness with their husbands. This prompted them to coauthor “Who’s Your Hubby? Tips for Living Happily with 10 Hubby Types.”

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Reflecting on Success

During Women’s Small Business Month, local entrepreneurs offer advice.

After a career in television and radio, Potomac mother and entrepreneur Cari Shane carved out a freelance writing career for herself, penning articles for publications ranging from the Washington Post and its Sunday Magazine to Cooking Light Magazine. Fellow Potomac mother and marketing executive Julie Schumacher pitched Shane a story idea. Shane was intrigued, wrote the article, and the two women stayed in touch. Schumacher later came to Shane with another idea: The two women should create a company that would transform traditional public relations strategies for small and mid-sized businesses, also incorporating social media. Shane put her freelance writing career on hold and the two women formed a small business called sasse (pronounced “sassy”) agency. “Building a business with a platform for differentiation appealed to me,” said Shane. “Julie and I built sasse to help small- and medium-sized business get what they deserve, the chance to shout out about themselves the way big businesses do.”

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Library To Host Author

Miller to discuss “The Year of the Gadfly.”

On Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., the Potomac Public Library will host a talk with "The Year of the Gadfly" and "Inheriting the Holy Land" author Jennifer Miller. As with many authors, Miller has utilized the world of social media to give her writing more exposure and to interact with her audience. "Social media is really helpful in publicizing and expanding my reach. Anytime I write an article or blog post, I'm able to tweet it out and network with people I may have never met," she said. During a recent book tour, she met many people who knew her through her Twitter account. Miller also uses social media to "build an audience" with other writers and others in the literary world. She also started a Tumblr page called "People Wearing My Book" where she posted pictures of people at bookstores across New York posing behind the book cover of "The Year of the Gadfly" which has a young woman's silhouette with a plaid background.

Week in Reston

Teen Dies, Man Charged in Reston Shooting

Story: Link Italics Bold Bulleted list Numbered list Block quote Heading Create inline: A 17-year-old Reston boy who sustained a gunshot wound on Friday, Oct. 18 was pronounced dead early Sunday, Oct. 20. Police identified the deceased as Juan Carlos Godoy of Cameron Crescent Drive, Reston.

RCC Announces 2013 Preference Poll Results

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the request of Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed three Reston residents to the nine-member Reston Community Center Board of Governors: returning Board member Beverly Cosham, and new board members John Mendonça and Michelle Moyer.

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Honoring Connor

Parents honor son through pediatric cancer foundation.

Connor Robert White was only six months old when he passed away from a rare form of childhood cancer. Connor was born on July 6, 2012. “He was the easiest child. He was the happiest child…” said Beth White, Connor’s mom. “But that’s how we knew something was wrong initially. He was all the sudden fussy crying.”

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Reston Rotary Gives 3rd Graders Dictionaries

Reston Rotary Gives 3rd Graders Dictionaries

Commentary

Endorsements

About 70 percent of Virginians voted in the last two presidential elections when President Barack Obama carried the state as the first Democrat to do so since Lyndon Johnson won the Old Dominion. In the gubernatorial election in 2009 voter turnout was half that number with the expectation that voter participation in the election on Nov. 5 will also be light. While the presidential elections get a lot of attention and high participation, statewide elections do not attract as many voters. In many ways, voters who stay home are pushing off their responsibility in voting to a group of people unknown to them who do bother to vote. Such a situation can lead to a small group of highly motivated voters swinging the outcome of an election. Please encourage your family, co-workers and neighbors to participate as the consequences of the election are critically important to the future of the commonwealth, and we each need to take part in the decision.

Independent Progressive

Draft Plan Jeopardizes Urban Reston

An overflow crowd at the Joint Community Forum last Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Reston Association learned the outlines of the draft Reston Master Plan for the Dulles Rail Corridor. The sobering assessment by community representatives on the Master Plan Task Force which began its work four years ago left the audience with many unanswered questions and concerns about the quality of planned growth for 40,000 more people and 60,000 more jobs in the corridor.

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Halloween Fun Helps Those in Need

Tysons restaurant to host pumpkin carving event to raise money for local food bank.

Few things say Halloween like a carved pumpkin. Whether they’re smiling orbs on a front porch or eerie candlelit gourds in windowsills, jack-o-lanterns are an iconic symbol of Halloween. This weekend, however, the rib-skinned fall squash will also symbolize charity. A group of children get a lesson in pumpkin carving from local Executive Chef Eddie Ishaq of Wildfire, at Tysons Galleria, with all of the proceeds going to a local food bank. “I enjoy seeing all the smiles on the kids’ faces as they carve their pumpkins, and [I like] the fact all the money goes to a great cause,” said Ishaq. “I [also enjoy] passing along all of my carving skills.” Proceeds from the event will help support Food for Others, a Northern Virginia food bank. During the class, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3-4 p.m. at Wildfire at Tysons Galleria, parents and children will get a hands-on pumpkin carving lesson led by Ishaq. At the end of the class, the children will take home their creations.

Week in Herndon

Nominations Sought for Good Neighbor Award

The person next door who is always ready to help with neighborhood fix-it projects. The neighbor down the street who can be counted on to look after pets or keep watch on homes when owners are on vacation. The friend across the way who never fails to offer a smile, a wave, a hello—and a helping hand.

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Oak Hill Wakeboarder Places 3rd in Nation

Andy Ceh of Oak Hill is a senior at Chantilly High School who spends all summer wakeboarding at Kerr Lake on the southern border of Virginia. But hobby isn't the right word for what Ceh does. Proof of his intensity is his performance in Bakersfield, Calif., the week of Oct. 8-12, where he placed third in the expert division of the INT National Competition and brought a trophy home. This was the second time he has ranked nationally in the sport; in 2010 he placed third in the junior novice division.

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Denim Do-gooders Help Put Zip on Homelessness

Deltek hosts “challenge breakfast” to turn $5 into $25,000.

Casual Friday got a twist on Friday, Oct. 18, as thousands of employees throughout Fairfax County became denim do-gooders by throwing on a pair of jeans to help prevent and end homelessness. Deltek, Inc., the Herndon-based global software and information solutions company, kicked off the third annual Jeans Day in Fairfax County by hosting a fundraising breakfast. The company, founded in 1983 by Don deLaski and his son Kenneth, hosted one of the first Jeans Day events in Fairfax County. “We were excited to see Deltek host this challenge breakfast that welcomed businesses, nonprofits and other community leaders interested in helping to make jeans day a huge success this year,” said Dean Klein, director of Fairfax County’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH). “Even though we continue to have great support from longtime supporters, we also saw so much energy and enthusiasm from new partners.”

Reston Ice Skater Wins Regional Championships

Local figure skater Christina Cleveland topped the competition in the recent 2014 Regional Figure Skating Championships. A junior lady, Christie won both the short and the long programs in the championships, held in Louisville, Ky. The top four skaters in each division progress to the Sectional Championships, which will be held in East Lansing, Mich. in November. From there, the top four earn a spot in the 2014 US National Championships in Boston, Mass. This year, the national competition will also be the United States Olympic Trials for the Sochi Olympics in mid-winter. Christie is a junior at Herndon High School and skates under Rashid Kadyrkaev at the Ashburn Ice House. Her team of coaches helps her to succeed. She does stretching, cardio, ballet, strength training and trampoline, as well as her on-ice regimen, as her daily fitness activities.

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Frying Pan Farm Park Hosts Farm Harvest Days

The evening Halloween wagon rides on Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3.

Fall brought busy days to Herndon’s Frying Pan Park in October. Carnival rides through Cole Amusement Company, Inc. were at the park from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20. “It is through patrons support of our carnival that allowed us to have free activities on the weekend,” said Yvonne Johnson, park manager. “It is great to be able to offer so many free activities to our visitors.”

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Difficult Choices for Schools

New superintendent says School Board needs to brace for $100 million worth of cuts.

Should class sizes be increased? Should school employees be laid off? Should students have to pay to take Advanced Placement and International Baccalauresate tests? These are some of the difficult choices before members of the Fairfax County School Board for fiscal year 2015. This week, Superintendent Karen Garza laid out about 50 potential spending items that could be on the chopping block. School officials need to close a $140 million shortfall. That means even if the Board of Supervisors and the General Assembly kick in more money, School Board members are going to need to make significant cuts. "I think it's still yet to be determined what that number is, although we know it's going to be extraordinarily high," Garza told School Board members during a work session Monday. "I think it's going to be at least $100 million." Garza, who joined the school system over the summer, was quick to point out that she was not making any recommendations. She described the list as "menu items" that School Board members could order to balance the books.

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Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Local experts offer their best tips for creating your jack-o-lantern.

Whether your goal is to carve and decorate the best pumpkin on the block or simply use this fall gourd for Halloween inspiration, local culinary experts offer pumpkin ideas that will keep the season festive. Before embarking on a pumpkin carving project, take a look at the condition of your knives. “Generally speaking, a dull knife is a dangerous knife,” said Christine Wisnewski, a culinary instructor at Culinaria Cooking School in Vienna. “And a pumpkin, because of its size and shape, can be a challenge, even if you have good knife skills. If you use a knife, make sure it is sharp and work slowly.” Wisnewski generally advises eschewing chef’s knives for a pumpkin carving kit, usually found in supermarkets and craft stores. “The cutting tools may look less impressive than your best kitchen knife, but they do work well,” she said. “The small blades are deeply serrated and make quick work getting through dense pumpkin flesh.” Pumpkin carving kits are also a solution to the safety issue. “If the kids do want to carve, no one’s fingers are at risk with these little carving tools,” she said. “Our family has managed to get many years of use out of the tools that came with our first kits.”

Vote Boysko for Delegate

To the Editor: It is time to take back Virginia from the Republican extremists in the House of Delegates. One way we can do that is to vote for Jennifer Boysko for House of Delegates in the 86th District.

Week in Vienna

The Town of Vienna has earned “Silver Certification” in the Virginia Municipal League’s 2013 Green Government Challenge, a friendly competition among local governments to encourage reduction of carbon emissions. Awards were presented Oct. 14, at the annual VML conference in Arlington.

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Marymount Gears Up for 19th Annual Halloweenfest

University offers safe and festive Halloween celebration for disadvantaged children.

Local college students are working to ensure that some underserved area school children have a festive Halloween this year. Students at Marymount University, in Arlington, are turning their resident halls into themed wonderlands that run the gamut from Disney princesses to superheroes. The celebration is part of Marymount’s 19th annual Halloweenfest, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25, 3:30-7 p.m. “Each year, Marymount University opens its doors to disadvantaged children in the area to provide a safe and fun place to celebrate Halloween,” said Ashley Wells, community outreach coordinator at the school’s Office of Campus Ministry. During Halloweenfest, children receive free Halloween costumes and take tours through the resident halls where they trick or treat for candy donated by students, faculty, staff and community members. After trick or treating, they spend time participating in activities on the basketball court of the university’s Rose Benté Lee Center. “The gym is completely decorated and children have a blast as they visit over 35 tables with different activities … like face painting, crafts and games,” said Wells. “A dinner … is provided for each guest.”

Oakton Women’s Club Supports Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna

Each year the Oakton Women’s Club hosts their fashion show in Oakton to raise money to support the local community. The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) was the recipient of the net proceeds for the 2013 fashion show and received a generous $1,000 donation. Pictured (from left) Jayne Young, office administrator of SCOV, and Linda Byrne, president of the Board Oakton Women’s Club. Centered is a photo of Jeanne Robertson, the headliner for SCOV’s annual fundraiser. Their event is already sold out with 1,000 attendees expected at the Oct. 27 event in Vienna. Founded in 1997, SCOV is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for adults (50-plus) to seek rewarding lives and to live independently in their homes for as long as possible.

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Officers in Pink Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

Residents and motorists in Fairfax County may notice hot pink collars peeking out of the top of the official uniform as officers respond to calls for service for the next two weeks. For the first time, officers are sanctioned to wear the T-shirts that read “Arrest Breast Cancer; Unlock the Cure” between Oct. 18-31. Hundreds of Police Department employees purchased the shirts at $15 each, with proceeds being donated to local cancer charities. The pink T-shirt campaign is being supported by the Fairfax County Police Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77 and donations from Tysons Corner Center and Blue Line Motors of Warrenton.

Something's Missing

To the Editor: Here we were in election season again, but something seemed to be missing. Then it occurred to me: Where were all the campaign signs that usually pollute the median strips of our busy streets, distracting drivers and inconveniencing the crews charged with mowing and maintaining these areas? In past years, candidates often became engaged in arms races that resulted in hundreds of signs being plastered on every open space available. I inquired with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and learned that the county has new authority to enforce the laws against temporary signage on state highway rights-of-way, complete with the ability to levy fines against violators. Hallelujah!

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Sheltering Animals & Families Together

Initiative promotes domestic violence shelters that accept pets.

Did you know that approximately 2.3 million people, primarily women, are victims of partner violence? Did you know that over 62 percent of the American households have, at least, one pet? Approximately 48 percent of abused women do not leave an abusive situation because they will not leave their pets behind. Pets are likely to be victimized by the household abuser. The abuser’s animal cruelty is used to force compliance from the victims. “What I do to the dog is what I can do to you” is the message the abuser sends, according to Allie Phillips, founder of Sheltering Animals & Families Together [SAF-T]. “As a prosecutor in Michigan, I saw women who stayed with their abusers to protect their pets,” said Phillips. “If they leave, the abuser will turn his anger on the pet. The pet usually is the primary target used to control the victim. “I created the safety program to help get these women out of their abusive homes.”

On County Libraries: We Should Know Better

To the Editor: I am the assistant branch manager at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna. I also worked at Reston Regional Library for four

Both Sides of Humility

To the Editor: Frank Wolf has been a decent congressman, but his column in last week's Connection shows how easy it is for politicians to (unintentionally?) speak with a forked tongue [It’s Going to Take Humility, Connection, Oct. 16-22, 2013]. At first he tells us, almost lectures us, about the value of humility. I agree, he's on target here. The swelled heads of congressmen leads to hardened opinions and an unmerited sense of self-importance on both sides of the aisle.

Preserving the Lifeline

To the Editor: As a long-time resident of Fairfax County, I am concerned about congressional initiatives that would kick 1.7 million Americans off the Food Stamp Program (SNAP). The program has been a lifeline for millions of Virginians suffering the effects of the economic downturn.

Our Military Kids and Stop Solider Suicide Supported by Fundraiser at Trump National Golf Club

Our Military Kids and Stop Solider Suicide are being supported by the 4th Keller Williams Charity Golf Tournament in October. The tournament will be held Monday, Oct. 28, at Trump National Golf Club Washington in Potomac Falls, Va., with 36 holes on two courses and waterfront vistas of the Potomac River.

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Halloween Parade Steps Off on Oct. 23

Pre-parade entertainment on Town Green new in 2013.

Vienna’s longest-running and most-anticipated annual event—the 67th Vienna Halloween parade—steps off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. One hundred-plus groups, clubs, bands and floats take over Maple Avenue between Berry and Center streets.

Saving Public Libraries

To the Editor: A significant number of planners expect the nation to be illiterate by 2050, so books will not be needed. Instead of planning for my grandchildren’s needs today, the county has decided to prepare for their grandchildren’s needs in an imaginary future where people no longer read, where electronic devices enable them to communicate without written language, where books no longer exist. (From a study on architect Grimm & Parker’s website.)

Stark Contrast in 34th District

I do not often write letters to the editor, but felt compelled to now. I have been active in this community for over 35 years as the Dranesville School Board member, Dranesville supervisor, chairman of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, and many other business, school and philanthropic activities. I have known many people who worked hard to make this community better. I have personally known almost all of the people who have run for local and state office from our community over the last 30 years, no matter the party. The contrast in this year's election for delegate in the 34th District could not be more stark.

Homecoming at Langley

Langley students enjoyed a homecoming dinner at Westwood Country Club in Vienna Saturday, Oct. 12.

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Home Tour Celebrates Simon’s Vision

Annual tour gives glimpse of variety of Reston homes.

Danielle Harrison has lived in Reston for 10 years. She has attended a few events at the Reston Museum, is excited for Reston founder Robert Simon’s 100th birthday next April and considers herself very knowledgeable when it comes to Reston history.

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Planning Around Reston’s Metro Stations

Master Plan Special Study Task Force update presented at forum.

The Reston Association, Reston Citizens Association and the Alliance for Reston Clusters and Homeowners hosted a joint community forum Thursday, Oct. 17 to discuss Phase One of the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force.

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Reston Hospital Provides Construction Update

Physicians expected in new medical office building after Thanksgiving.

Reston Hospital Center is currently in the process of adding more than 150,000 square feet of new office space and facilities.

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Screamin’ for a Reason at Bradley Farm

Bradley Farm Haunted House returns to benefit Herndon-Reston FISH.

The annual Bradley Farm Haunted House will be resurrected this year on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. The annual haunted house, which raises money for Herndon-Reston FISH, is themed “Panic Attack: Confront Your Fears and Phobias.”

Tuesday, October 22

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Hanna Rose Hunt Named Outstanding Teen

Langley junior plans to speak at local schools about teen depression and anxiety.

Hanna Rose Hunt had never been in a pageant before this year’s Virginia State Fair. So far, she is undefeated, as she was named Miss State Fair of Virginia’s Outstanding Teen.

Week in McLean

United Bank Robbed

Officers were called to 7787 Leesburg Pike on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. for a robbery. A man entered the bank and demanded money from the teller. The suspect fled with cash. There were no injuries.

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2014 Strauss Artist Awards Opportunity

The application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

The Arts Council of Fairfax County plans to award its seventh annual set of Strauss Artist Awards next year, with three $5,000 grants to recognize professional working artists’ achievements and their demonstrated history of accomplishments, while promoting the continued pursuit of creative work.

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McLean Little League Majors Softball All-Stars Recognized

On Oct. 8, the McLean Little League Majors Softball All-Stars and their coaches, team manager and parents were recognized by Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for winning the State Championship, the Southeast Regional tournament and for advancing to the finals of the World Series held in Portland, Ore. last month.

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'Waltzing to Vienna’ With McLean Orchestra

McLean Orchestra announces “Waltzing to Vienna” gala plans.

The halls came alive with the sound of music—just a slight variation on the famous Von Trapp family story theme—when soprano Melissa Mino sang that song for the sponsors, patrons and friends of the McLean Orchestra on Sunday afternoon. The event, hosted by Nicholas Kalis and his fiancé Nina Goodarzian at their home in McLean, was appropriately titled “Waltzing to Vienna” since the orchestra’s annual gala fundraiser will be held at the Embassy of Austria on April 26, 2014. Emcee, Past President and Advisor to the President of the Board Dr. Wayne Sharp made the formal announcement as guests enjoyed Austrian wines and snacks made by Chef Rachel Brosh of Petite! Catering.

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Studying Science of Sleep

MCA hosts discussion on later high school start times.

For almost everyone, the sound of their alarm telling them to wake up is one of the toughest parts of the day. Students are especially used to still trying to shake off the last of the night’s sleep while in homeroom or first period.

Langley Fork Draft Plan Released

Plan must be approved by National Park Service before possible land swap.

The Fairfax County Park Authority presented the latest draft master plan for Langley Fork Park at Franklin Sherman Elementary School Thursday, Oct. 17. The process has been going on since October 2011.

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Shiloh Baptist Church 140th Anniversary Recognized by Board of Supervisors

Supervisor John Foust and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors honored Rev. Dr. Robert Cheeks, Jr. and members of the Shiloh Baptist Church of McLean on their 140th anniversary at the board's Tuesday, Oct. 8 meeting.
Shiloh Baptist is one of the oldest African-American churches in Fairfax County. Its history dates back to Cyrus Carter, a prominent member of the Northern Virginia African-American community.

Halloween Schooling Show at Turner Farm

The Turner Farm in Great Falls hosted a Halloween Schooling Show last Sunday, Oct. 20, sponsored by Turner Farm Events.

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Benefit for the Great Falls Optimist Youth Fund and Student Scholarship Award

The Great Falls Optimist Club held a Wild West Dance Fest hosted at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8241 in McLean, on 1051 Spring Hill Road. The event had a live band, "Bennie Potter and Western Electric" and barbecued ribs and chicken from Famous Dave’s on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 11 p.m. This was a ticketed event to raise funds for the Great Falls Optimist Youth Fund and Student Scholarship Award.

Week in Great Falls

Meet Great Falls Photographers Oct. 28

Great Falls Studios (GFS) invites the community to an evening with GFS Photographers, Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. at the Great Falls Library, Large Meeting Room, 9830 Georgetown Pike,Great Falls.

Opinion:Flying Saucers

Think outside the dull holiday dinner get-togethers. Think “Sibling Applesauce”!

Ok, now that I have your attention, I must confess that this piece is not about aliens, at least not the kind that NASA is looking for. Rather it is about creating traditions that may help keep members of your extended family from becoming aliens to you and your immediate family.

Letter: Trying to Hijack the Debate

The Great Falls Citizens Association’s planned debate on Oct. 8 with Delegate Barbara Comstock and Kathleen Murphy had to be cancelled this week when four gun control groups threatened to demonstrate “before and during” the debate and said they would “demand” answers to particular gun issues. This debate had been designed to answer questions that Great Falls citizens had submitted beforehand. The GFCA debate team made clear that there would have been a gun question, but that wasn’t good enough for these single issue groups who wanted to hijack our debate and make it all about their issue.

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St. Francis Welcomes Music Directors Jeanne and Larry Vote.

St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls has welcomed Jeanne and Larry Vote as new directors of music for the church. Both Jeanne and Larry have extensive backgrounds in music, as performers, conductors, musical directors and educators.

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Chipping in to End Domestic Violence

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors women participated in the Chipping in to End Domestic Violence charity golf tournament, hosted by Cooper Ginsberg Gray since the inaugural tee-off in 1999.

A Book Challenging Business Leaders

Great Falls resident Dave Ramos recently published “Decide One Thing”—a book challenging leaders who want to escape mediocrity and build high performance organizations.

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Artists on Display

Great Falls Studios hosts 10th annual tour.

Hundreds of local art aficionados found out firsthand that Great Falls is an arts destination last weekend during the 10th annual Great Falls Studios Tour. More than 60 artists opened up their home or personal studios over the weekend to give a glimpse of the artist in their home element.

Stone Sisters Lead Herndon Field Hockey to Region Berth

Hornets beat Robinson in first round of Conference 5 tournament.

The Herndon field hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak with a win against Robinson.

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W-L Volleyball Earns ‘Statement’ Win Over Madison

Generals come from behind to win five-set thriller.

Washington-Lee extended its winning streak to nine matches.

Creating a Spooky Halloween Dinner

Local culinary experts offer ideas for turning an ordinary meal into a ghoulish adventure.

Halloween dinner in Christine Wisnewski’s Vienna home is often a balancing act between healthy and sugary. On the sweetest holiday of the year, for example, the mother and culinary instructor at Culinaria Cooking School, also in Vienna, prepares a wholesome dinner for her eager trick-or-treaters, managing candy-induced sugar highs and inevitable post-confection lows.

Monday, October 21

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Halloween Parade Steps Off on Oct. 23

Pre-parade entertainment on Town Green new in 2013.

Vienna’s longest-running and most-anticipated annual event—the 67th Vienna Halloween parade—steps off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. One hundred-plus groups, clubs, bands and floats take over Maple Avenue between Berry and Center streets. With a theme of “Celebrating Music and Theatre Through the Decades,” the parade is led by Grand Marshal Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman. The parade was originally founded to give Vienna children an opportunity to dress in costume and march through the town. The tradition holds fast today.

Friday, October 18

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What’s in a Name?

Virginia legislators work with Korean American groups to push for “East Sea” in textbooks.

Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D) may be light years apart on most issues, but on one issue they’ve reached a consensus.

Don’t Miss History at Centreville Day

Adults enjoy visiting the vendors and shopping at Centreville Day. And children enjoy the many activities and rides that can be found in the marketplace, including trick or treating on the Trick or Treat Trail. Far fewer people discover the more hidden treats of the historical activities and sites that are open and available on Centreville Day.

Honor Students Walk for Homeless

Students in Stone Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society will participate in a Help the Homeless Walk, next Thursday, Oct. 24, to raise money for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM).

Residents Learn about Police Honor Guard

Group’s supervisor speaks at CAC meeting.

The Fairfax County Police Honor Guard was established in 1980, and Sgt. Dave Kuhar has been part of it for the past 18 years. He’s now the Honor Guard’s supervisor and recently explained the group’s duties during a meeting of the Sully District Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

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Beware of Spooky Forest

Chills and thrills await on the Clifton Haunted Trail.

Surely, the vampires, witches, goblins and ghouls lying in wait for their victims along the Clifton Haunted Trail aren’t real — or are they? One thing’s for sure — they’re deadly serious about scaring people.

The Other Side of the Story

The case for those favoring the roundabout.

In an Oct. 15 message to their constituents, Loudoun Del. David Ramadan (R-87) and Dulles District Supervisor Matt Letourneau explained why they’re fighting so hard to build a roundabout in Centreville.

Centreville Day Is Saturday, Oct. 19

Children’s games, music, parade, food and crafts.

Centreville’s Historic District is the place to be this Saturday, Oct. 19. That’s when residents will be treated to a parade, a 5K race, children’s activities, food, crafts vendors and live entertainment during the 21st annual Centreville Day celebration.

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Hot on the Trail

The newest members of the Fairfax County Police Department don’t wear badges or carry guns. But they’re officers, just the same — and they’re awfully cute.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 106 homes sold between $2,140,584-$199,900 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: September, 2013

Springfield Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 132 Springfield homes sold between $750,000-$180,000.

Springfield Home Sales: September, 2013

Reston Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 81 Reston homes sold between $1,165,000-$169,300.

Reston Home Sales: September, 2013

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2013

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

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2013

Mount Vernon Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 90 homes sold between $3,000,000-$77,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: September, 2013

McLean Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 82 homes sold between $5,570,000-$170,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: September, 2013

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 81 homes sold between $1,365,000-$147,000 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: September, 2013

Great Falls Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 19 Great Falls homes sold between $7,400,000-$770,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: September, 2013

Fairfax Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 83 Fairfax homes sold between $1,393,860-$169,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: September, 2013

Centreville Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 88 Centreville homes sold between $740,888-$180,000.

Centreville Home Sales: September, 2013

Chantilly Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 11 homes sold between $837,500-$75,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: September, 2013

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

In September 2013, 60 homes sold between $1,555,000-$146,250 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Burke Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 53 Burke homes sold between $783,000-$130,000.

Burke Home Sales: September, 2013

Arlington Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 207 Arlington homes sold between $2,965,000-$80,000.

Arlington Home Sales: September, 2013

Alexandria Home Sales: September, 2013

In September 2013, 181 Alexandria homes sold between $2,000,000-$84,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: September, 2013

Thursday, October 17

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Lois L. Walker Dies at 73

Memorial service is planned for Oct. 26.

There was never any doubt that Lois Walker cared about the City of Alexandria, a place she called home for over 40 years. On Sunday, Oct. 13, the former City Council woman died in Kayseri, Turkey after contracting pneumonia while on vacation. She was 73.

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Crowd Enjoys Clifton Day 2013

Crowds flocked to the 46th annual Clifton Day, Sunday, Oct. 13.

Crowds flocked to the 46th annual Clifton Day, Sunday, Oct. 13.

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20th Annual Goblin Gallop Is Oct. 27

Benefits families of children with cancer.

Jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie and colorful leaves signal that Halloween will soon be here. And that means it’s time for the Goblin Gallop. This year’s event is the 20th annual and it’s set for Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center.

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Visiting the Local Fire Station

Local residents visited Fair Oaks Fire Station 21 during its open house, Saturday, Oct. 12.

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City of Fairfax Welcomes Fall

37th annual Fall Festival Celebration held on Sunday.

With a forecast of rain and showers, the event planning team for the City of Fairfax Park and Recreation Department postponed the annual Fall Festival Celebration—originally planned for Saturday—and held it on Sunday, Oct. 13.

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Lake Anne Walks to School, PTA Plans to Make it Habit

The Lake Anne PTA sponsored a rally for Walk to School Day, last Wednesday, Oct. 9, at a local park before school. The international day dedicated to walking to school inspired the PTA to host a walk to school the first Friday of every month. Students received charms with a chain to put on their backpacks to commemorate the initiative. Parents, staff and students crossed streets with the help of guards and even Assistant Principal Melissa Goddin, to get everyone safely to school.

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Childhood Happiness Remembered

Pat Hazell in "The Wonder Bread Years" at the Alden.

Finding your childhood sense of wonder again is what the "The Wonder Bread Years" is all about. It is a one-man performance combining stand-up comedy and theater. It was written by and stars one of the original writers of the “Seinfeld” show, Pat Hazell.

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Charity Champions Raise $2,800 for Chesterbrook PTA

HBC Community Charity Champions hosted a record setting fundraiser, raising $2,800 for Chesterbrook PTA last Tuesday night. "What a great night! We are so grateful to HBC Community Charity Champions and Pulcinella for hosting this wonderful event and thank everyone who came out for making the evening such a record breaking success.

Great Falls Boy Wins Essay Contest

Sidharth Muralidhar, 13, writes “For Love of Country—What Patriotism Means to Me.”

Sidharth (Sid) Muralidhar, 13, of Great Falls is being honored Oct. 17 for winning first place (gold) for his essay, “For Love of Country—What Patriotism Means to Me,” a contest sponsored by the Fairfax County Public Library System. He will receive $100 and a certificate at a reception at Robinson Secondary School.

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Wiehle-Reston East Station Nears Completion

The station is approximately 98 percent complete.

While the precise opening date for Phase 1 of the Silver Line has not been set, Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project crews are putting the finishing touches on the systems and structures at the future Wiehle-Reston East station.

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Herndon Homecoming Parade Beats Drizzle

The theme of the 2013 parade was “Sea Swept.”

Despite overcast weather and a continued drizzle, Herndon High School held the annual homecoming parade in downtown Herndon on Saturday, Oct. 12. Parade participants began staging on Sterling Road, where the parade kicked off at 9:30 a.m. The parade then turned left onto Elden Street and headed into downtown.

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Fire Stations Host Open Houses

Vienna fire department wins best open house for 2nd Battalion for third straight year.

Fairfax County fire stations capped off National Fire Prevention Week with station “open houses” throughout the County on Oct. 12. In Vienna zipcodes 22180 through 22182, there are two fire and rescue departments, Station 2 in the heart of Vienna, and the newly-launched Wolftrap station, number 42. The Wolftrap station celebrated its grand opening with the ceremonial “push-in” of its engine. Fairfax County fire stations capped off National Fire Prevention Week with station “open houses” throughout the County on Oct. 12. In Vienna zipcodes 22180 through 22182, there are two fire and rescue departments, Station 2 in the heart of Vienna, and the newly-launched Wolftrap station, number 42.

Editorial: Don’t Let Negatives Keep You From Voting

Choices are stark; think about what principles should guide governance in Virginia for the next four years.

Every Virginia voter will have the option to cast a ballot for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and their member of the Virginia House of Delegates. While much of the coverage and advertising at the top of the ticket has been negative in the extreme, it will still matter who is governor. Don’t turn up your nose, hold your nose if necessary, and go vote. You can vote on Nov. 5; most likely you can vote before that.

Classified Advertising October 16, 2013

Read the latest ads here!

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Council Approves Preliminary Boundary Agreement

Agreement would help settle western town border issue with Loudoun County.

The Herndon Town Council voted unanimously a resolution that would begin the process of settling a dispute over the town’s western border Tuesday, Oct. 8. The approval sets in motion a process by which the town and Loudoun County could come to an agreem

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Town Center Hosts Oktoberfest Reston

Annual festival features German food, dance.

Thomas Redding had one thing on his mind during last week’s succession of rainy days, and it could only be found Saturday morning at Reston Town Center.

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Mixing Arts and Coffee

Celebrate Great Falls hosts latest coffee social at Artists’ Atelier.

The Artists’ Atelier in Great Falls hosted Celebrate Great Falls for one of their regular coffees Thursday, Oct. 10. The Atelier, located on Walker Road, is home to 16 members of Great Falls Studios who use the space as a studio.

GFCA Candidate’s Forum Postponed

Rescheduled for Nov. 1.

The Great Falls Citizens Association postponed its scheduled candidate’s forum Tuesday, Oct. 8, citing fears that outside groups were planning on disrupting the program.

Great Falls Man Dies in Silver Spring

Mark Edward Waugh dies, friend Rahul Gupta charged.

Great Falls resident Mark Edward Waugh, 23, was found dead in an apparent homicide in Silver Spring Sunday, Oct. 13. According to Montgomery County Police, they responded to an apartment at 1220 East-West Highway at approximately 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning.

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New $1.6 Million Advertising Blitz Seeks to Rebrand Alexandria

First it was Fun Side. Then it was Charmville. Now Alexandria is extraordinary.

First Alexandria was the Fun Side of the Potomac. Then it was Charmville. Now Alexandria is being sold as "extraordinary" in a new $1.6 million destination advertising campaign that hopes to generate overnight stays by targeting people within a five-hour drive radius.

Wednesday, October 16

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Federal Shutdown Hurts Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Despite being privately funded and operated, farm closed for eight days because of shutdown.

On Monday, Sept. 30, volunteers and staff at Claude Moore Colonial Farm were preparing for their busiest month of the year, with thoughts of a looming federal government shutdown far from their minds. After all, in 1995 and 1996 the property was unaffected by similar shutdowns.

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Walk to School Wednesdays at Spring Hill

More than 300 students participate in National Walk to School Day.

Many Spring Hill Elementary Students are used to walking to school every day, but on Wednesday Oct. 9, there was a rush hour of sorts on the paths and sidewalks as more than 300 students participated in National Walk to School Day.

Week in Fairfax

Recycle During Electric Sunday Residents may recycle old TVs, computers, peripheral electronic devices such as keyboards, speakers, printers and scanners, as well as household hazardous wastes, including fluorescent light bulbs and tubes, for free during Fairfax County’s “Electric Sunday” events. The next one is slated for Sunday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the I-66 Transfer Station, 4618 West Ox Road in Fairfax. For more information, call 703-324-5052.

Requejo Pleads Guilty to Two Felonies

A Fairfax man charged with sexually molesting a child pleaded guilty last week in Fairfax County Circuit Court. He is Eduardo Requejo, 23, of Warwick Avenue, and he’ll be sentenced in February.

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Beware of Creatures in the Spooky Forest

Chills and thrills await on the Clifton Haunted Trail.

Surely, the vampires, witches, goblins and ghouls lying in wait for their victims along the Clifton Haunted Trail aren’t real—or are they? One thing’s for sure—they’re deadly serious about scaring people.

Letter: The Choice Is Clear

Within one month, Virginians will head to the polls to elect another governor. The choice is clear. One candidate has no experience in public office and is a partisan operative, while Ken Cuccinelli has dedicated his life to public service by serving as a delegate and as the commonwealth’s highest legal authority, attorney general. Ken worked to improve K-12 public education, took a personal interest in releasing an innocent man from serving 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and protected women on Virginia’s college campuses.

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Kids Sending Smiles Around the World

Youth non-profit to hold 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer at Burke Lake Park.

The Court of the 2013 Lee District Lady Fairfax was in session, but there were no royal activities underway. Instead, 11-year-old Samantha Underwood and her friends were busy reminiscing about past events and planning future ones for Kids Sending Smiles (KSS)—the charitable organization they established when a friend of Philippine ancestry told Samantha about the conditions and the poverty, especially among young girls, in the native country of her family.

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Westminster at Lake Ridge Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The 20th anniversary of the founding of Westminster at Lake Ridge, a continuing care non-profit community, was held on Saturday, Oct. 5 near historic Occoquan.

Springfield Teacher Honored in Richmond

Governor McDonnell congratulates Melissa Porfirio, 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year.

Governor Bob McDonnell congratulated Fairfax County teacher Melissa A. Porfirio for her selection as Virginia’s 2014 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Porfirio teaches first grade at Crestwood Elementary School in Springfield. Her selection was announced Friday evening, Oct. 11, in Richmond.

Week in Springfield

Week in Springfield

Fairfax County Police are investigating a fatal crash that took place on Franconia Road near the on-ramp for I395/I95 just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Preliminary investigation reveals that an adult woman was crossing Franconia Road, not in a crosswalk, when a 2002 Ford pickup truck struck and killed the pedestrian.

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Pierson-El Leads West Potomac Past West Springfield

Wolverines quarterback throws 3 TDs, runs for 3.

West Potomac improved to 2-4.

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Battleground Northern Virginia

What role will the region play in the election?

For many years, Northern Virginia has been written off by both parties as a Democratic stronghold — a place where Republicans simply try to cut their losses while they focus on the rest of the commonwealth. But this election cycle may be different. All three of the gubernatorial candidates are from Fairfax County. And recent statewide candidates have not been able to win without picking off selected jurisdictions in Northern Virginia. "As you look at Northern Virginia that's further from Washington, you see a more Republican area — Prince William, western Fairfax, Fauquier," said Stephen Farnsworth, professor at University of Mary Washington. "That's where the real action is in Northern Virginia politics." As Election Day draws closer and television becomes a virtual battlefield for attention, a real battle is brewing on the ground here in Northern Virginia. Candidates and their advisors are looking at the path to victory back in 2009 for Republican Bob McDonnell, who won Prince William County, Fairfax County and Fauquier County. Although this race is likely to be closer than 2009, the importance of Northern Virginia is looming larger than ever.

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Local Producer’s ‘No Evidence Of Disease’ To Screen in Bethesda

Doctors in rock band honor their patients.

N.E.D. or “No Evidence of Disease” — the words every patient hopes to hear — is the name of a rock band created by six GYN cancer surgeons who deliver a message and hope with each song they play. Bethesda’s Karen Simon has joined with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, director Andrea Kalin of Washington D.C.’s Spark Media to produce a documentary that chronicles the lives of the doctors as well as the courage and experiences of their patients. The movie descriptor explains: “As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life, surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, and their patients and loved ones jump on the bandwagon, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope and Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The doctors, irate because gynecological cancers do not receive the publicity that other cancers receive — or the funding — choose to take on the “Below the Belt” cancers. Their songs are original and they play not only for their own satisfaction, but to honor the courage of their female patients and their devoted families and friends, who join in the fight to make others aware of this “silent killer.”

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Join Donna E. Driscoll Walk for Dystonia

Event to raise funds for research.

Donna Driscoll is the voice of courage as she discusses dystonia, the disease she has lived with for nine years. “It’s frustrating and debilitating — but I never give up pushing. I feel better when I am trying.” Driscoll’s life was totally altered by this neurological movement disorder that she now battles on a daily basis. She had always been an active person who played competitive USTA team tennis, taught first grade at Garrett Park Elementary and traveled often to visit grandchildren. Because of dystonia, the Potomac resident has been forced to give up tennis, retire from her teaching position and quit walking her dog. She could not accompany her children and grandchildren to Disney World without a wheelchair and she had difficulty with daily tasks such as grocery shopping and walking up and down stairs. Yearly she vows to beat dystonia by raising funds for research and by increasing the public’s awareness. “Researchers have made strides in the treatment of dystonia, and I am determined to raise enough money to solve the mysteries of this disease and find a cure. Researchers have found new procedures and medicines that improve the lives of those with Parkinson’s — a disorder closely related to dystonia. I always say, ‘Parkinson’s has Michael J. Fox, dystonia has me.” Driscoll continues to increase the knowledge about her debilitating disease by trying to mobilize government officials to grant more funds to dystonia research.

Week in Vienna

Vienna Halloween Parade Oct. 23

The 67th annual Vienna Halloween Parade will step off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, on Maple Avenue from Berry Street to Center Street. This year’s parade theme is “Celebrating Music and Theatre through the Decades” with Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman serving as Grand Marshal. Once again, the parade will feature the Washington Redskins Marching Band as a special guest.

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Helping Pets With Disabilities

Mutts 'n' Munchkins raises $ 2,800 for Pets With Disabilities.

At a Mutts n Munchkins' event on Sunday Sept. 29, 48 pre-registered crafty and volunteering children from Falls Church and surrounding areas were given the platform to set up their own tables and sell their own animal-related products, baked goods, crafts or games which were then purchased by the public for low donation prices.

Flint Hill School Presents Two Nights of An Evening of Laughter

Flint Hill School announces “An Evening of Laughter,” a production of four one-act plays to be held on Nov. 1 and 2. Six upper school students will perform roles in each of four one-act plays. "I love the one-act and short play format for many reasons,” says director and upper school drama teacher Carlo Grossman. “Besides the variety of different pieces the audience gets to enjoy, the actors have an opportunity to stretch their acting skills with roles different plays. In this case, the theme is comedy and the fun is infectious."

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Everyone's Got a Story To Tell

Third annual festival brings together storytellers to share films and inspire change.

It's a very simple premise: there's something powerful, almost magic, about stories. Whether it's the friendship formed between a pilot of antique planes and an Indiana farm family, or the struggle for respect for African American soldiers following World War II; an unlikely meeting of a man with nothing left to live for and one struggling to continue; or a family's fight to stay in their home, stories are the common way in which humans relate to and learn from each other. Starting next Wednesday, the Washington West Film Festival strives to not only share tales from around the world, but to create new ones. Brad Russell, president of the festival, said the inspiration for the festival was the surprising lack of one in this area. "I saw a need or opportunity for a great, prestigious film festival," he said.

Picasso and Einstein Meet in Vienna

Vienna Theatre Company presents “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” a Steve Martin comedy.

If you smile at Steve Martin’s humor and appreciate high-quality community theatre, you can find both at the Vienna Theatre Company upcoming production of Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile.” Characterized as a comedy, the 90-minute one-act play incorporates thought-provoking perspectives infused with episodes of levity. In other words, it embodies the essence of Steve Martin’s humor interpretation.

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Family Science Night at Spring Hill Elementary

Spring Hill Elementary School recently held its 10th Annual Family Science Night, called “Scientists in Our Midst.” Professional scientists from the school’s own families and neighborhoods included a racecar engineer, a renewable energy inventor, a wildlife expert, a real live rocket scientist and more. Pictured: Assistant Principal Mike Casey (far right) with students clambering about in his raft (in which he has logged thousands of white water miles). They learned basic principles of physics, kinetic energy and balance.

McLean PetFest Comes to Central Park

The McLean Community Center has developed a new event for pets and the families that love them. McLean PetFest will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at McLean Central Park, located at 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd. Admission is free.

‘Johnny Appleseed’ Comes to The Alden on Oct. 20

Theatre IV’s production of “Johnny Appleseed” will be presented as part of the McLean Kids Performance Series at The Alden in McLean at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. Tickets are $15, $10 for McLean tax district residents. The theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue, inside the McLean Community Center.

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Metro Improvements Six Years in the Making

$50 million project was delayed by global financial crisis.

The high-speed elevators and new mezzanine at the Rosslyn Metro station were six years in the planning, a process that was delayed when developer JBG Properties was unable to move forward with a development that was supposed to be constructed concurrently. But when the global financial crisis dried up funding for the development, Arlington leaders decided to press forward anyway. Now commuters at one of Virginia's highest ridership stations in the system have three new high-speed, high-capacity elevators, a new fare mezzanine, a separate set of gates, a separate manned kiosk and a new emergency stairwell. "This project has a huge life-safety benefit, not only for the 36,000 people who use the station today everyone on the Orange Line and Blue Line and future Silver Line in that it enables us to get emergency response teams down into the station," said Dennis Leach, deputy director of Transportation and Development. "It also allows for an orderly evacuation in the event of an emergency either in the station itself or in the tunnel under the river."

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MCC Wins Recreation and Park Society Award

The McLean Community Center (MCC) won a Virginia Recreation and Park Society Award at the organization’s annual conference, which was held Sept. 7-10, in James City County, Va. The Center won Best Promotional Effort Award — Traditional for its Endless Summer Camp Guide.

Letter: Risk to Public Health

Just before the government shutdown, the EPA announced proposed limits on carbon pollution from newly built power plants — a major breakthrough for our public health, the fight against global warming, and a clean energy future. However, the ongoing impasse in Congress has severely hampered progress on the issue, leaving Americans more vulnerable to the devastating effects of global warming and unmonitored pollution from dirty power plants.

The Issue of the Hour

Climate change is the issue of the hour and climbing. Not many people may find this connection, but as we have been discussing in my environmental security course, climate change and the associated environmental degradation problems are a risk to national security.

Unanswered Questions

To the Editor: The debate between the candidates for the 34th District House of Delegates was canceled Tuesday night, Oct. 8. I have seen the various explanations provided by the host, Great Falls Citizens Association, as well as comments that have been posted online which contain statements that clearly are not true. I am a volunteer with the Concerned Citizens Against Gun Violence and was there on Tuesday.

Avoiding Questions on Gun Violence

Regardless of whatever official reason the Republican Party provides for the last-minute cancellation of the Comstock-Murphy debate in the 34th District on Oct. 8, it appeared that Comstock panicked at the sight of a handful of protestors—my McLean friends and neighbors—holding signs that questioned Delegate Comstock’s voting record on gun violence. It sure looked like she wanted to avoid explaining why she voted against universal background checks and voted to allow guns in bars.

Yorktown High To Present ‘The Widow Ranter’

Performances begin Thursday.

The curtain rises this Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Yorktown High School auditorium for the first of two community performances of “The Widow Ranter.” Written in 1675 by Aphra Behn, one of the world's earliest professional female playwrights and among the least-known writers of Restoration comedy, “The Widow Ranter” is set in the New World, a contemporary account of the real-life Jamestown uprising known as “Bacon's Rebellion.” While this historical-fictional adventure includes many invented subplots (romantic and comedic), it is also a document of Jamestown's true character, with its outlaws, American Indians, opportunists and individualists.

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New Officers Inducted at Churchill Road

On Friday, Oct. 11th, the Churchill Road SCA held its induction ceremony for its newly elected officers for 2013-2014: President—Izzy Schone; Vice President—Sean Mullery; Secretary—Matthew Strong; Historian—Will Wheat; Treasurer—Michael Hoeymans; and Sergeant At Arms—Arielle Moore. Parents, teachers and students observed the ceremony. CRS Assistant Principal Sharon Jones introduced the inductees. Senior Jason Cui, president of Langley High School SGA, addressed the audience, urging the new SCA officers to “not be afraid to ask for help; to learn to work well with others, and to believe in yourself.” After reciting the SCA pledge, newly elected SGA president Izzy Schone spoke, asking students to share any ideas they have about school programs and improvements in the suggestion boxes which will soon be placed in the school.

Spookfest Concert at Langley High

Halloween is coming one week early to Langley High School as the LHS Orchestra presents Spookfest on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Symphonic Orchestra players will join with members of the band to present film scores from “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” Theater students will present chilling poetry by Edgar Allan Poe as the freshman orchestra performs “The Evil Eye” and “The Hideous Heart” and “Two Scenes from the Hallow.” The sophomore orchestra will present “Ghosts of Brandenburg” after sophomore pianists play the duet from “The Corpse Bride.” Finally, the Philharmonic orchestra will dazzle listeners with incantations and a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” This concert is free to the public and designed for children of all ages. Appropriate costumes are encouraged for performers and audience alike. Come out if you dare and enjoy the show.

Local Band To Perform

Calder & Pugh at Four Courts on Saturday.

Enjoy a night out in Arlington and a trip down memory lane at Ireland’s Four Courts as the local band Calder & Pugh headlines the stage on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 9 p.m. with a set of songs ranging from ‘90s hits to some of today’s hits to some of their own original music. “[It’s a] young crowd,” said Matt McIntyre, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist. “The kind of music we play is geared towards that crowd because they grew up with that music.”

Week in Reston

Community Forum to Review Master Plan

With the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force work nearing completion, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., to review the draft language for the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. The plan will guide development around the three transit station areas in Reston through 2030. The meeting will be held at South Lakes High School, Lecture Hall, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston.

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Celebrating First Year in Business

Trade Roots offers handmade, fair trade goods from around the world.

When Lisa Ostroff's children were big enough that they didn't need her home full-time anymore, she decided to focus on a way to implement her college degree in international relations. However, she had a rather unusual idea in mind: Opening the first and only store in Arlington to offer fair trade goods, many from women in small villages. Now, her store, Trade Roots, is celebrating its one-year anniversary, and Ostroff is content. "I love the products, but it's more than that," she said from a tiny desk in the store, each nook and cranny filled with colorful earrings, scarves, house wares and stories. "I love the concept." She purchases all the items she sells in her store through the Fair Trade Federation, a network of wholesalers and retailers that purchase hand- and artisan-made goods from around the world in an effort to help small, typically women-owned, businesses earn a fair price for their work.

RCC Announces 2013 Preference Poll Results

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the request of Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed three Reston residents to the nine-member Reston Community Center Board of Governors: returning Board member Beverly Cosham, and new board members John Mendonça and Michelle Moyer.

Abject Failure

"The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land," Delegate Plum intones ("The Battle to Insure Everyone," Reston Connection, Oct. 9), omitting to mention that it has already been so distorted by the president with his waivers, exemptions and postponements that it is itself looking a tad sickly. He is studiously silent also on the attendant rise in private insurance premiums, often astronomical, the abject failure of the initial "rollout" of the insurance marketplace (a "hacker's dream")—perhaps several years of preparation were insufficient—doctors refusing to accept Medicare recipients, job losses, and the outrageous Capitol Hill exemptions—all the benefits of redistributed wealth.

Bad Legislation

The local progressives, liberals, socialists, Democrats or whatever the dynamic duo calls themselves now-a-days are at it once more: The Reston Connection, Oct. 9-16, 2013 “The Battle to Insure Everyone,” by Kenneth Plum, and “Republican Shutdown—Shouldn’t We All Get a Turn,” by John Lovaas, Page 6.

Saving Public Libraries

To the Editor: A significant number of planners expect the nation to be illiterate by 2050, so books will not be needed. Instead of planning for my grandchildren’s needs today, the county has decided to prepare for their grandchildren’s needs in an imaginary future where people no longer read, where electronic devices enable them to communicate without written language, where books no longer exist. (From a study on architect Grimm & Parker’s website.)

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Lake Anne Says ‘Gracias and Thank You’ to Rotary

Friday, Oct. 11 the Reston Rotary visited Lake Anne ES and donated dictionaries to all of the third grade students. Because Lake Anne is a Spanish immersion school they were kind enough to donate both bi-lingual (Spanish/English) and English dictionaries.

Commentary

Science Goes on Trial in Virginia

Not since the Scopes trial in Tennessee in 1925 has science been on trial as it has been in Virginia over the last few years. The Scopes trial was of course about Darwin’s theory of evolution. That trial concluded more than 85 years ago, but the debate goes on with fundamentalists who prefer the teaching of creationism over evolution in public schools. No amount of scientific evidence will convince those who read the Bible literally as to how humankind came to be on this earth. Likewise, in Virginia today there are those who deny that human behavior is jeopardizing God’s creation through climate change.

Week in Herndon

Local Centers Host Free Trick-or-treating

The merchants of Franklin Farm Village Center in Herndon, Colonnade at Union Mill in Clifton and Centrewood Plaza in Centreville are hosting free trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 26, rain or shine. All children dressed in their Halloween costumes will receive candy and other goodies from participating businesses from noon to 2 p.m. at Franklin Farm Village Center, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Colonnade at Union Mill and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Centrewood Plaza. Entertainment will include a balloon artist and magician at each center.

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What’s in a Name?

Virginia legislators work with Korean American groups to push for “East Sea” in textbooks.

Virginia’s gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Terry McAuliffe (D) may be light years apart on most issues, but on one issue they’ve reached a consensus. Last month, they both pledged support to Virginia’s growing population of Korean Americans to use the dual names of “East Sea” and “Sea of Japan” to denote the body of water between Korea and Japan in Virginia’s textbooks. Koreans view the “Sea of Japan” designation as a legacy of Japanese colonial rule. Currently, more than 2.5 million Korean-Americans reside in the U.S. and nearly 150,000 of them live in Virginia. “As governor, going forward, I will wholeheartedly support the effort … to have our textbooks and other teaching materials reflect the concurrent names as we pursue education excellence in Virginia,” Cuccinelli wrote in a Sept. 16 letter to the Korean Community of Virginia. “As governor, I will ensure that as new texts are purchased or downloaded, they reflect this important historical truth …,” McAuliffe wrote to the Korean Community of Virginia on Sept. 25. For the past year, state Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37) has been leading Virginia’s legislative efforts to add the “East Sea” in public school textbooks.

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Pack 913 Wins First for Civic Organization

Cub Scouts from Pack 913 won first prize in the civic organization category at the Saturday, Oct. 12 Herndon Homecoming Parade.

Classical Ballet Theatre Presents Master Classes

As part of its monthly Master Class series, Classical Ballet Theatre will present two Master Classes with former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancers Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, two of the country’s most highly acclaimed dancers.

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Reading About Halloween

Local literature experts recommend their favorite Halloween books for children.

Mark Burch, who lives in Oak Hill, recently browsed through the children’s Halloween book section at a library near his Washington, D.C., office. He had his three children in tow and an armload of books with covers that included carved pumpkins, willowy ghosts and witches in black hats. “We’ve got about 15 books,” he said. “I think the limit of books you can check out is 50 and we might reach it.” Children’s literary experts say the month of October is a perfect time for children to explore their imagination, address their fears and have fun reading with their parents. In addition to traditional Halloween favorites, local booksellers say this season brings forth new offerings in children’s Halloween literature.

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Choosing a Private School

Local educators offer advice on selecting the right independent school for your child.

Marta Soltes was sitting in an Arlington coffee shop recently pouring through catalogs and application packets from some of the area’s most elite independent schools. Her stack of brochures was almost as high as her extra-large latte.

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Find Spooky Inspiration Everywhere

Local artists suggest Halloween crafts to make with your kids.

Local artists say one of the best things about the month of October is the opportunity to find inspiration in nature and create spooky crafts that stretch from now through Halloween and beyond. Samantha Marques-Mordkofsky, of the Arlington Art Center, suggests finding inspiration in nature, such as the abundance of falling leaves in vibrant colors like red, orange and yellow. “We’re collecting leaves and other natural materials. You can take paper plates [and] decorate them with leaves and feathers, which is a cheap and easy thing to make,” she said. Kathryn Horn Coneway, of Art at the Center in Mount Vernon, believes in getting out into nature while temperatures are still mild. “Fall is a great time for taking art outside,” she said. “Let kids paint outside. If you use washable paint, it doesn’t take a lot of parental supervision.”

Madeira School Interns ‘Furloughed’ Due to Government Shutdown

Local students turn lost internship into a learning experience.

Katie Barack, an 11th grade student at The Madeira School, in McLean, was looking forward to spending the fall semester working in a congressional office, walking the halls of U.S. Capitol and getting a first-hand view of the legislative process. Instead, she’s strolling along the National Mall engaging in conversations with those whose lives have been affected by the government shutdown.

Column: In and Of Itself

Even though I’ve been riding this non-small cell lung cancer roller coaster going on 56 months now, post-diagnosis; I still can’t separate cancer effects (physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually, etc.) from normal age-related effects, and by normal I mean reasonably expected at this middle age: gray hair as an example. Certainly I don’t want the effects (symptoms if you must) to indicate cancer on the move and/or the stage IV tumors in my lungs doing something to complicate an already precarious set of terminal circumstances. However, as life goes on, I’m likely to experience this sort of fact (cancer) from some kinds of fiction (not cancer). No one ever said living with cancer would be easy, quite the opposite in fact. Nevertheless, living is preferred, so complications be damned.

Tuesday, October 15

Encouraging ‘Greatness’

Forestville principal takes holistic approach to learning.

On a typical morning, Forestville Elementary’s new principal, Todd Franklin, can be seen greeting children as they exit the bus. “Be great today,” he says, as they begin their morning. To Franklin, this is not just cheer but part of an overall philosophy.

Barbara Ellen Narins of Great Falls Dies

Barbara Ellen Narins, a Great Falls resident of 13 years and a nurse, lecturer, and wife and mother died Wednesday, Sept. 25. Born in Forest Hills, N.Y. to Anastasia and Robert Heidt on Dec. 24, 1939 she earned her degree as a registered nurse from Flower-Fifth Avenue Hospital in 1960 and one year later married Dr. Robert Narins, then a medical student. Over their next 51 years together Barbara raised their two boys, Brigham and David and supported Robert's career in academic medicine, which carried them to Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit and finally to Great Falls.

Letter: Campaign Based on Divisive Issues

As I look at the staged demonstrations that were organized before the now cancelled debate in Great Falls was clear that first, they were closely coordinated by Kathleen Murphy’s team; (one of the key organizers held Ms. Murphy’s kickoff), and second, that they were organized because Murphy does not want to debate all of the issues we have before our communities—she just wants to discuss her divisive social issues she’s based her whole campaign upon.

Letter: Disruptive and Disrespectful

Democratic candidate Kathleen Murphy and the gun control groups she is working with were so disrespectful to the Great Falls Citizens Association debate that instead of trusting our citizens to ask questions about this issue, they “demanded” that all of their questions be answered and organized a disruptive demonstration before and during the debate in order to bully and threaten GFCA and attendees if their questions weren’t answered. As a result the debate between Delegate Comstock and Murphy had to be rescheduled.

Letter: The Right Decision

It is unfortunate that the Great Falls Citizens Association was forced to postpone the scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 8 debate between incumbent Delegate Barbara Comstock and challenger Kathleen Murphy. But, it was the appropriate call in keeping with the civilized debate process the GFCA has always followed.

Letter: Trying to Hijack the Debate

The Great Falls Citizens Association’s planned debate on Oct. 8 with Delegate Barbara Comstock and Kathleen Murphy had to be cancelled this week when four gun control groups threatened to demonstrate “before and during” the debate and said they would “demand” answers to particular gun issues. This debate had been designed to answer questions that Great Falls citizens had submitted beforehand. The GFCA debate team made clear that there would have been a gun question, but that wasn’t good enough for these single issue groups who wanted to hijack our debate and make it all about their issue.

Honored by the National Kidney Foundation

Thomas P. McDonough, of Great Falls, received the National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Martin Wagner Memorial Award at the recent meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors. Named for one of the NKF’s founders, this award is the highest honor the foundation bestows on lay volunteers.

Great Falls Man Dies in Silver Spring

Mark Edward Waugh dies, friend Rahul Gupta charged.

Great Falls resident Mark Edward Waugh, 23, was found dead in an apparent homicide in Silver Spring Sunday, Oct. 13. According to Montgomery County Police, they responded to an apartment at 1220 East-West Highway at approximately 3:25 a.m. Sunday morning.

Candidate’s Forum Postponed

Recheduled for Nov. 1

The Great Falls Citizens Association postponed its scheduled candidate’s forum Tuesday, Oct. 8, citing fears that outside groups were planning on disrupting the program.

Mixing Arts and Coffee

Celebrate Great Falls hosts latest coffee social at Artists’ Atelier.

The Artists’ Atelier in Great Falls hosted Celebrate Great Falls for one of their regular coffees Thursday, Oct. 10. The Atelier, located on Walker Road, is home to 16 members of Great Falls Studios who use the space as a studio.

Sunday, October 13

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'Undisciplined' South County Holds on to Beat T.C. Williams

Stallions improve to 5-1 with 44-37 victory

South County QB Symmes throws two touchdown passes to Quigley.

Friday, October 11

Gailliot Appointed Chamber Chairman

Michael Gailliot, a realtor with Century 21 New Millennium, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce. Gailliot will complete the term of Barbara Doyle who is re-locating to the Boston area.

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Pumpkin Patch Returns

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 8009 Fort Hunt Road once again celebrates the fall with a Pumpkin Patch program hoping to sell 3,000 pumpkins purchased from a Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico.

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Local Group Brings Classic Car-Lovers Together

Alexandria Cars & Coffee meets at the Hollin Hall Shopping Center first Sunday of each month.

Looking for a place to show off your classic car? Want to relive the good ol’ days of the past, or just want to hang out with other classic car owners to talk shop, and show off your ride? Well, there is a place to do that.

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Rising Hope Gala Raises $45,000

Churches gather to support one of their own.

“Godtastic!” declared Rennie Chen when he learned Rising Hope Mission’s 2013 Gala Oct. 5 at The Waterford in Springfield netted a $45,000 profit.

NOVEC Warns Of Energy Vampires

Electricity courses through wires in homes, schools, and businesses just as blood courses through living creatures’ veins. While fictitious vampires materialize on Halloween and in “Twilight” movies, energy vampires are real. They can suck enough electricity to account for about 10 percent of a consumer’s electric bill. The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative says consumers don’t need garlic or wooden stakes to stop energy vampires — they need power strips.

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Family Celebrates 50th Foster Puppy

What does the Fairfax County Animal Shelter do when it takes in an extremely young animal, one too young to adopt out? It finds a foster family willing to take on the responsibility of nurturing the sometimes days-old animal until it is old enough to be adopted permanently.

Editorial: Get a Flu Shot, Register to Vote

Getting a flu shot has never been easier.

Annual K-9 Krawl Is Oct. 19

The seventh annual K-9 Krawl is set for Saturday, Oct. 19, in parking lot C of the Fairfax County Government Center. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m., police K-9 demonstration, 8:45 a.m.; and walk at 9 a.m. Register at: K-9 Krawl 5K Registration - Fairfax County, Virginia.

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Music, Dancing, Exercise Help Local Community

Zumbathon in Chantilly to raise money for WFCM.

Chantilly’s Kelly Joedicke-Lawrence is a certified Zumba instructor and, for the past few years, she’s held a Zumbathon fundraiser for breast-cancer research. But this year, her Zumba group voted to instead help a local charity.

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‘Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina’

Chantilly High presents the musical, ‘Evita.’

Featuring a cast and crew of 70, Chantilly High presents the musical, “Evita,” about the life of Argentine political leader Eva Peron. The curtain rises Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 16-19, at 7 p.m.

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Clifton Wine Shop Expands

“America Reworked” store and showcase moves in as wine moves upstairs.

If the only thing better than one bottle of wine is two bottles, Clifton resident and owner of Clifton Wine Shop & Tasting Room Lucinda Lawson has not only taken the message to heart, she’s expanded on it. On Friday, Oct. 4, she and a multitude of customers and friends celebrated the grand opening of the shop’s new location that boasts more than twice the interior space of the previous shop.

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Railroad Museum Becomes Wildlife Habitat

With the help of the Clifton Community Woman’s Club (CCWC), The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum has been certified as one of the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitats. The NWF is encouraging everyone to pursue turning their backyards into habitats. This is the 40th year for the program and over 150,000 habitats have been certified.

Clifton Community Woman's Club Honors Sherry Slawski

The Clifton Community Woman's Club (CCWC) awarded Sherry Slawski with the 2013 Gold Medallion Award for outstanding service to their club and community at their September meeting. Slawski is a long-time volunteer on the board of directors for the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. The CCWC has been holding their monthly meetings at the museum for many years.

Week in Fairfax

All Fairfax County fire stations will hold Fire Prevention Open Houses this Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and the public is welcome. It’s part of national Fire Prevention Week and is aimed at preventing home fires—especially those that begin in the kitchen.

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Complete the Circle Oct. 27

Our Daily Bread hosting food and toiletries collections, community event.

Our Daily Bread in Fairfax is hosting its third-annual “Complete the Circle” food-collection campaign and community event on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Fairfax High School practice field.

BB&T 5K Run/Walk Is Sunday, Oct. 13

The First BB&T 5K will be held this Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Fairfax Corner shopping center. The 1K Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. The 5K course is USATF-certified.

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United States Air Force Hits the Mark at Paul VI

Not all assemblies are the same, and Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax recently hosted one for the record books. By 11 a.m. on Sept. 25, Air Force trucks and vans had converged to the school’s back parking lot, and AF personnel were busy moving equipment in bags and anvil cases into the school. Meanwhile, PVI’s Music Boosters set out a reception for the 75 arriving Air Force personnel. In the Student Activity Center, mats were laid out, chairs and stands placed, sound system checked and rechecked, and soon it was time. At 1:15, the Air Force Band from Bolling Air Force Base D.C. began an awe-inspiring concert for participating teachers and classes

Fairfax Diver Sets Goal for 2016 Olympics

Rider University graduate Amanda Burke, Class of 2010, is one of the top divers in the United States. In February of 2013 Burke was selected to the Olympic Performance Squad for 2013.

Annual K-9 Krawl Is Saturday, Oct. 19

The seventh annual K-9 Krawl is set for Saturday, Oct. 19, in parking lot C of the Fairfax County Government Center. Check-in is at 8:30 a.m., police K-9 demonstration, 8:45 a.m.; and walk at 9 a.m.

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Fairfax Author Helps Turning Things Around

The 101 secrets of “Climbing Out of a Rut.”

“I don’t know what to do. I’m stuck in a rut and there’s no way out. It’s hopeless.” This is the complaint that Dr. Laura Hills hears frequently from her coaching clients, workshop participants and readers. According to Hills, who is a personal and professional development author, speaker, and coach for career professionals based in Fairfax, feeling helpless before setbacks “is a problem of epidemic proportions and we rarely talk about it. Too many people feel that their work is dull and unrewarding. The big aspirations and enthusiasm of childhood have long vanished, leaving behind a terrible feeling of loss and emptiness.” Unfortunately, feeling stuck in a job or career that is unfulfilling is often the beginning of a host of other problems, Hills warns, including depression, addiction, divorce, job loss, financial problems and illness.

Teen Safe Driving Program Visits Inova

Representatives from the Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program managed by the Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford’s philanthropic arm, stopped by Inova Children's Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 2 to highlight with leadership and staff some of the main causes of car crashes involving teenagers, including inexperience and distracted driving. Those in attendance also got to hear personal stories from those that work in the trauma unit who regularly witness the outcomes of these types of crashes.

65 New Jobs, $30,000 in Free Sandwiches

New Fairfax Chick-Fil-A awarded 100 guests with free meals for a year.

Fairfax's new Chick-fil-A brought 65 new jobs and a year of free Chick-fil-A meals for 100 adults on Thursday, Sept. 19. The grand opening of the 4516 Fair Knoll Drive off Fair Lakes Parkway restaurant saw 200 people arrive before 6 a.m., hoping to win their year of free meals. There was plenty of free food for the families and guests camping in the grass in front of the building, playing games, resting, reading and dancing. A DJ even arrived to play some music the night prior to the opening.

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Understanding Disabilities

Wayside’s ‘SNAP’ Week teaches challenges of special needs.

Potomac’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Gym was over-flowing with students, parents and friends cheering the Wayside staff team on as they held their own against the acclaimed wheelchair basketball team The Maryland Ravens.

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Before the Lights Went Out

Event celebrates 75th anniversary of first installment on C&O Canal National Historical Park.

About 50 hours before the entire 185-mile length of the C&O Canal National Historical closed because of the shutdown of the federal government, more than 300 people gathered at Great Falls Tavern to celebrate its beginnings 75 years earlier.

Thursday, October 10

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The Flu Vaccine; Its Time To give It a Shot

On the Job with Potomac's Rite Aid Pharmacy Staff

More than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for complications stemming from influenza (“the flu”).

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Centreville Day 2013: Parade, Children’s Activities, Crafts, Music and Food

Get ready — the 21st annual Centreville Day celebration is almost here. Slated for Saturday, Oct. 19, in Centreville’s Historic District, it features a parade, music, a 5K, live entertainment, crafts, children’s games and rides, food — who’s up for fried Oreos? — and fun for all ages.

Brickyard Coalition Gives Awards

Brickyard Coalition to Honor those helping to save brickyard property.

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A Fiery Exercise

A full-scale emergency-preparedness exercise brought organized chaos to Reagan National Airport on Saturday, Sept. 21. The FAA mandates that a full-scale exercise be held every three years. Nearly 150 people volunteered to role play victims for the event. They were made up to simulate injuries that might be sustained in a plane crash. More than 50 emergency vehicles participated in the exercise.

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Holiday Gift Show to Benefit Area Charities

Shopping takes on a new meaning.

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Honoring AWLA

State Sen. Barbra Favola (D-31) presented Neil Trent, president and CEO, Animal Welfare League of Arlington and Patricia Ragan, chairman of AWLA board of directors, with a resolution on Sept. 3 on behalf of the Virginia Assembly.

Classified Advertising October 9, 2013

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Goodwill Fashion Show at Artisphere

Designer Tu-Anh Nguyen selects used clothing from Goodwill stores.

Arlington’s Artisphere featured the Fashion of Goodwill Runway Show and Gala on Tuesday, Sept. 24, which raised about $155,000 for the cause. With the theme “The Art of Fashion,” Vietnamese designer Tu-Anh Nguyen of Fairfax created the show from hand-selected items found at Goodwill of Greater Washington’s 15 retail stores.

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Get Ready for Potomac Day

Games and fun await this fall at Potomac Day.

Mapping County’s GIS Bureau

Location is everything.

A small staff in the county office building knows where to find everything in Arlington, down to the square foot.

A Bike Trip Through History

The Center Hiking Club hosts this season’s final historic marker bicycle tour.

Now that last weekend's heat wave is over and things are back to feeling fall-like, it's time for the last historic marker bicycle tour of the season, led by Bernie Bern of the Center Hiking Club.

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Circle of Stars

USO honors top corporate donors.

The USO of Metropolitan Washington honored its top corporate sponsors Oct. 4 at the 10th Annual Stars and Stripes Night gala, naming 37 corporate donors to its 2013 Circle of the Stars.

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Joining Harvest for Hope

Fundraiser to benefit programs for people with disabilities.

Volunteers of America (VOA) Chesapeake will hold its 4th annual Harvest for Hope Benefit Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 10 at The Sheraton Pentagon City from 8-9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 9

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United States Air Force Hits the Mark at Paul VI

Not all assemblies are the same, and Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax recently hosted one for the record books. By 11 a.m. on Sept. 25, Air Force trucks and vans had converged to the school’s back parking lot, and AF personnel were busy moving equipment in bags and anvil cases into the school. Meanwhile, PVI’s Music Boosters set out a reception for the 75 arriving Air Force personnel. In the Student Activity Center, mats were laid out, chairs and stands placed, sound system checked and rechecked, and soon it was time. At 1:15, the Air Force Band from Bolling Air Force Base D.C. began an awe-inspiring concert for participating teachers and classes.

Woodson Cavaliers March Along

Woodson High’s homecoming parade was Friday, Oct. 4.

Reston Runner Named Foxcroft Athlete of the Week

Foxcroft School senior Amy Edgemond has mastered the art of competitive running in a short time, winning races routinely since joining Foxcroft’s cross country team only a year ago. This year she may well be the best runner in the Delaney Athletic Conference.

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Vienna Oktoberfest Showcases Vienna Hospitality Bavarian-style

Food and drink, entertainment, vendors and children’s activities draw crowds throughout the day.

As hot as it was on Oct. 5—in the upper-80s—it was still picture-perfect weather for the Vienna Oktoberfest, a full day of family fun, food, live entertainment and beer and wine.

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Josh Delgado Wins McLean Idol Competition

Sophomore Josh Delgado took top honors in the third annual McLean Idol competition. The award winning McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) conducted the competition in cooperation with the McLean Choral Department, Oct. 3-5 in the Burks Auditorium. Junior Abby Huston claimed the second position with third place going to freshman Renee Zhang. With commentary provided by local theater celebrities, the audience selected the winners by popular vote.

Influential Great Falls Artist Passes Away

Mother of "Renoir in a box" finder influenced local arts.

Long time Great Falls resident and artist, Marcia M. Fuqua, 85, died Sept. 9. Fuqua is remembered fondly in the home town as an artist and leader in the Great Falls arts community. In the last year, however, Fuqua has become more widely known as the mother of the woman who found the “Renoir in a box” and the controversy surrounding the ownership of the painting.

West Springfield Volleyball Sweeps T.C. Williams

Nagel leads Spartans with 10 kills.

Spartans edge Titans in sets one and two, run away with set three.

Eye Level Opens in Jermantown Square

Eye Level has opened a new learning center in the Jermantown Square Shopping Plaza at the intersection of Jermantown Road and Lee Highway in Fairfax.

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Sophomores Lead South Lakes Volleyball Past Herndon

Caloyannides finishes with 18 kills for Seahawks.

South Lakes won its second best-of-five match of the season.

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Fairfax Rebels on Parade

Fairfax High’s homecoming parade was Friday, Oct. 4.

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Fairfax Marching Rebels Win Band Competitions

The school year has barely started and already Fairfax High’s Marching Rebels band is winning top honors for its musicianship and showmanship in competitions against other schools. On Sept. 16 at the Bands of America event in Monroe, Pa., the Rebels came in first in their class and third overall, out of 13 bands.

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Runnymede Hosts NatureFest

Annual festival explores flora and fauna at local park.

The Friends of Runnymede Park and the Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department hosted the annual NatureFest Sunday, Oct. 6. The festival gave nature enthusiasts of all ages a chance to explore the diverse habitats within the park.

Reston Native David Bendernagel Releases Novel 'The End of the City'

“The End of the City” features South Lakes student protagonist.

Growing up in Reston, David Bendernagel said he always thought writing was cool. His interests ranged from the fantastical to the realistic, and with his first novel, “The End of the City,” he has found a way to explore both of those themes in an unorthodox, but interesting way.

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Walking to Feed the Hungry

n mutual cooperation, the administrations of three states, including Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. all signed proclamations officially declaring the period of Sept. 15-29, 2013 as The Day to Serve and as a time to initiate activities that would assist the poor in our area and combat hunger. One of the more successful activities held was a 3K walk (1.8 miles) on Saturday, Sept. 28, starting from Robinson Secondary School in the Burke area of Fairfax County through the shaded streets and past the manicured yards of the local neighborhood. Food donations from the participants were distributed to the local food banks.

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Lighting the Night at Reston Town Center

Annual walk funds blood cancer research, family support.

“Ava B” will turn 5 years old early next year, and spent more than half of her young life dealing with leukemia. She was diagnosed with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2011 at age 2. Since then, she has undergone more than 20 months of chemotherapy, and seen her family and friends rally around her.

Raising Awareness, Money To Stop Domestic Violence

A woman battered and bruised by her abusive husband leaves one night to escape. Unable to find a safe place to stay, she is forced to go back, time and time again. Across town another woman flees with her children. Not knowing where to go, they sleep in the woods despite freezing temperatures. In a third house, a child pulls the blankets over her head, trying to drown out the sound of yelling and punching down the hall. It’s a sad American truth that one in three women murdered are killed by an intimate partner. In Fairfax County 57 percent.

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South County Football off to 4-1 Start

Stallions dismantle West Springfield, 54-3.

South County scored more than 50 points in each of its four victories this season.

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Community Concert Assists Local Food Banks

On Sunday, Sept. 29 at Fairfax High School, Grammy nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and the Mormon Choir of Washington, D.C. held a concert as part of the annual “Day to Serve” initiative to feed the hungry. A crowd of 800 people came out and donated approximately 1,600 pounds of nonperishable goods. This food will be put to good use by local area food banks that are responding to unprecedented demand from those in need.

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Digging into the Future

Construction moves forward at The Exchange at Potomac Yard.

Mayor Bill Euille and U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) joined City of Alexandria officials as the JBG Companies and MidAtlantic Realty Partners held a ceremonial groundbreaking Oct. 9 to officially launch The Exchange at Potomac Yard, a mixed-use development along the Route 1 corridor in Alexandria and Arlington. “Unlike the folks on Capitol Hill, we are moving ahead and keeping people working,” said JGB managing partner Matt Kelly, referring to the federal government shutdown. The first phase of the 19-acre development will include two multi-family communities with a combined 65,000 square feet of retail and nearly 400,000 square feet of office space. The Alric, with 323 residential units, broke ground last February with occupancy expected in September of 2014. “This project is about a future generation of Alexandrians and Northern Virginians,” said Moran, who also made a reference to the lack of productivity on Capitol Hill. “This will be part of a new community where residents can live, work and shop without having to deal with extended traffic interruptions.”

Cleary, Realtor, Philanthropist Dies

Carol Leann Cleary, a well-known Realtor, local philanthropist and longtime resident of Alexandria, died Oct. 6 after a seven-week battle with pancreatic cancer. “Carol Cleary modeled a quiet dedication to children, family and community that inspired all of us who had the good fortune to know and interact with her,” said Sonia Qunionez, executive director of SCAN, a nationally-recognized nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of child abuse founded by Carol Cleary's husband David in the couple's basement 25 years ago. “She has been a force of generosity and compassion in this community for decades and believed in the power of individuals to make a difference in our community.”

'Del-Ray-Geous'

DRA artists express spirit of Del Ray.

The Del Ray Artisans held an opening night reception Oct. 4 for its latest exhibit, “Del-Ray-Geous,” a members-only show of works that expresses each artist's impressions of the spirit of the Del Ray community. “I tried to capture the unique architecture and feel of the Del Ray community,” said artist Durell Hope, whose colored pencil drawing on display featured the Del Ray Café restaurant. “There is so much vibrancy to this community. It's a very special place and I hope my work reflects that.”

Column: Senior Law Day Teaches How To Avoid Scams

Senior Services of Alexandria

Last June, Senior Services of Alexandria ended our second annual Speaker Series with a discussion about local scams targeting seniors. Ever since, I seem to hear more and more stories from friends and neighbors about someone who has been the victim to this type of predatory behavior. So I guess it shouldn't have come as a surprise when we received one of those "too good to be true" calls at home last Saturday. The recorded message promised that the Affordable Health Care Act entitled anyone over 60 to receive a $3,000 cash food benefit and a free life alert system. All I had to do was "press 1" to get started! Fortunately, I remembered learning that just pressing "1" would send me into a maze of scam artists, waiting for someone to identify themselves as a senior willing to listen to their latest scheme.

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Library Opens at Mount Vernon Estate

$106.4 million building dedicated.

The $106.4 million Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington opened in Mount Vernon last Friday, Sept. 27, with much fanfare. Fred W. Smith, chairman of The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the largest donor, gave $70 million, including a $38 million lead gift, which was the largest single donation in Mount Vernon’s history. It was seed money to create the museum, foundation and education center. Funds were also collected by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which came from 7,000 individuals, foundations and corporations from across America — not from any federal, state or local governments. “This is a place where scholars and leaders can visit from all over the world,” said Gov. Bob McDonnell, who referred to George Washington as only having a sixth-grade education — a man of “quiet faith, humility, and civility.” And one of the best whiskey makers in America.

Commentary: Help Fight Breast Cancer

Pam Baker’s attention to detail saves lives. As a nurse and quality consultant here at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Pam diligently ensures our staff follow evidence-based guidelines and practices that promote the best outcomes for our patients. She also practices what she preaches: Pam follows guidelines from the American Cancer Society, which recommend that women over 40 get a mammogram every year. Eight years ago, her annual mammogram detected a lump in one of her breasts. “I wasn’t worried about dying of breast cancer. [The lump] was small. Because of my yearly exams, I knew it wasn’t there the year before,” Baker said. Fortunately, her mammogram flagged her breast cancer at an early stage. Baker underwent a mastectomy and hormone treatment at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Today, she’s a survivor.

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Costumed Dolls Aid MetroArts

From ballerinas to Barbies.

Alexandria resident Virginia Britton has come up with a creative way to raise funds for the Metropolitan Arts Collaborate (MetroArts), a non-profit organization that she started in June 2012. The mission of MetroArts, which is currently in the process of becoming a 5019(C)(3), is to provide affordable fine arts education to local students. By taking classic Barbies and selling them as transformed, artfully-costumed custom dolls, Britton is using her own fine arts skills to raise money for the budding foundation. Currently, she sells her dolls at the gift store, A Show of Hands. She also takes requests. She will also be selling the dolls at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair at the Masonic Temple on Dec. 7 and 8. As a ballet director, she has designed her fair share of ballet costumes, so she had plenty of doll-sized costumes for different themes.

The Arlington Players Presents ‘A Chorus Line’

Talented cast of 24 actors reveal their souls through song and dance.

Under the direction of Susan Devine, 56, of Fairfax, The Arlington Players is staging the iconic dance-musical “A Chorus Line,” through Oct. 12 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center off Glebe Road in Arlington. The complex show features a cast of 24 actors, singers and dancers on a bare stage with only a wall-length mirror during their audition for a musical. The director Zach, played by formidable real-life director and actor Blakeman Brophy, moves freely through the audience, while running the auditions and putting actors through their paces. As the play progresses, Zach gets them to reveal their souls through song (“What I Did for Love,” and “I Can Do That”) and dance. Devine wanted to convey the feeling of Zach directing from an empty auditorium — even though he was moving around the audience. She said, “I wanted to make this feel like this was as real an audition as possible.”

Week in Vienna

Town of Vienna Offices to Observe Columbus Day Town of Vienna offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. The Vienna Community Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; no classes or drop-in programs will be held. Refuse collection will operate as normal on Monday, Oct. 14. Public safety services will not be impacted.

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Offering Special Needs Training

Christ Presbyterian Church holds autism workshops for lay people on Oct. 18-19.

Christ Presbyterian Church is offering a free Special Needs Ministry Training Workshop Oct. 18-19, for Sunday School teachers, lay people, and volunteers who minister to children and youth with autism and other conditions. It features presentations from local ministry leaders, DVDs by experts, and training in classroom management. The workshops are at 12410 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax. “The goal is to bring awareness to the unique opportunity people have in ministering to families of special needs,” said Pastor Geoff McLean, 40. “We’re looking to build a cadre of folks to support each other in this kind of ministry.” McLean said a lot of people come to church and they find it an unwelcoming place if they have special needs. And because most folks are going through their own individual struggles, he wants to bring them together to be resources for each other. “So if they have an issue, they can talk to others and find ways to connect,” he said.

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Mutts 'n' Munchkins Raises $2,800 for Pets With Disabilities

At a Mutts n Munchkins' event on Sunday Sept. 29, 48 pre-registered crafty and volunteering children from Falls Church and surrounding areas were given the platform to set up their own tables and sell their own animal-related products, baked goods, crafts or games which were then purchased by the public for low donation prices.

Focus on Food Crisis

Marshall HS sponsors My First Model UN Training Conference.

Next week 250 middle and high school students will gather at Marshall High School for the 10th annual My First Model United Nations Training Conference. The conference will run all day on Oct. 19, and will feature morning training sessions, afternoon model United Nations conference sessions, and lunch. For students who hold any interest in international relations, it is not to be missed, according to Marshall High School senior Samuel Carpenter. Carpenter is a member of Marshall’s Model UN Team, and is helping to organize the event.

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McLean Racing for Wounded Warriors

More than 900 take part in the McLean 5K Run With The Warriors.

Arriving before sunrise on Saturday, Oct. 5, runners and supporters of McLean 5K Run With The Warriors met at McLean Square, 6629 Old Dominion Drive. Participants included students from Chesterbrook Elementary School and their parents, led by the school’s mascot, Chester the Chipmunk; wrestlers from McLean High School; first responders from McLean Fire Department, and employees and representatives from Vinson Hall and Century 21 New Millennium. Century 21 and the Navy Marine Coast Residence Foundation were hosts of the event. Overall there were over 900 participants in the race.

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Carlyle House Hosts Historic Fashion Show

15 models highlight styles from Colonial and Federal periods, 1753 to 1760s.

Living historians modeled 18th-century clothing at an Historic Fashion Show at the Carlyle House on Saturday, Sept. 21 — clothing that would have been worn by society maverick John Carlyle and his family in Old Town Alexandria. This year’s show focused on the Colonial, Federal and Civil War-era (1753 to 1860s), as well as the mid-19th century. “Our goal was to share the history of fashion that the Carlyle family would have been wearing and encountering among their peers,” said Helen Wirka, curator and site specialist at Carlyle House. The Carlyle’s home was the center of Alexandria’s wealth and politics from 1741 to 1780, according to Wirka. John Carlyle was a town founder, surveyor, justice of the peace, and building contractor. He hosted the Bread and Butter Ball, and entertained the likes of George and Martha Washington, Gen. Edward Braddock and five governors at his mansion. He married Sara Fairfax in 1747, and the couple had seven children. After Sara died, he married Sybil West in 1761; and they had three children.

Why Churchill Road II

To the Editor: After reading Gina Manning’s letter to the editor in the Sept. 25 edition [“Why Churchill Road?”], I am prompted to express my appreciation for the Connection’s coverage of Churchill Road Elementary School and other area schools. In an era when newspapers are working with reduced staffs and resources, we are fortunate to receive a weekly newspaper that features local news including updates of our area schools.

The Issue of the Hour

Climate change is the issue of the hour and climbing. Not many people may find this connection, but as we have been discussing in my environmental security course, climate change and the associated environmental degradation problems are a risk to national security.

Intimidation at the McLean Farmers Market

To the Editor: An ugly scene disrupted the usual tranquility of the McLean Farmers Market last Friday. As market-goers know, the Republican and Democrat parties have tables where people can pick up campaign literature, bumper stickers, yard signs and information about voting and registration. Or, they can just stop and talk, if they want.

Real Estate in McLean and Great Falls: Strong for First Three Quarters 2013

In almost every market segment of McLean and Great Falls the number of residential transactions are up in the first three quarters of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012. The total number of sales increased 6 percent, which is very strong given that it represents only the first three quarters of the year.

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Help the Homeless Walk at Churchill Road

On Sept. 30, Churchill Road Elementary School held its 8th annual Help the Homeless Mini Walk for the benefit of Pathway Homes, a Northern Virginia non-profit that provides services to homeless families in Fairfax County and surrounding areas. With more than 50 registered walkers, the school raised more than $1,500 toward this effort. CRS Physical Education teacher Jason Mastaler spearheaded the event, and along with co-teacher Nicholas Corsi, led the group on a half-mile walk through the school grounds and surrounding neighborhood.

Presentation on Contemporary Women's Health Issues

On Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., Dr. Marie Kodadek, professor in the College of Nursing and Health Science at George Mason University, will speak about "Contemporary Women's Health Issues," including how emerging technologies are being used in diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Kodadek's background is in maternity and community health nursing. Her current research focuses on parenting, women's health and end of life decision making. She serves on the educational committee of the Association for Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Northern Virginia Chapter. Dr. Kodadek received her BSN in 1974 from the College of Saint Teresa, Winoa, Minn., her MSN in 1976 from the University of Colorado and her Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin. The event will be held at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Drive, McLean. Need a ride to attend? Phone Barbara Sipe, 703-356-2385 or 571-439-6145, and someone will pick you up and take you home. Be sure to bring your questions. Friends and the public are welcome.

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Decorating for Fall

Local designers offer suggestions for bringing the harvest into your home.

The colors of autumn are all around as pumpkins and squash fill produce stands and leaves change from green to orange, red and yellow before falling from their branches. Local designers and tastemakers are unveiling home accents that bring the warm hues of the season into the home. Whether using pillows, throws or flowers, adding the colors and textures of fall requires less effort than one might expect. “Emerald green, orange and turquoise are three of the biggest color trends we’re seeing,” said Marcus Browning of European Country Living in Old Town Alexandria. “Throws and pillows are a given, but you can also tie in traditional and modern accessories with rugs, stained glass lamps with modern or intricate designs.” Small trays provide a canvas for highlighting color and adding functionality to a room, says Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors in Bethesda, Md. “Color and pattern are in right now,” she said. “I just purchased the C. Wonder (http://www.cwonder.com) navy and white chevron tray for my home. It adds a punch of color and freshness to a room. Preppy is back in a big way, too, offering lots of patterns.”

Week in Great Falls

Great Falls Memory Café Meets on Oct. 17

The Great Falls Memory Cafe will meet Thursday, Oct. 17, from 2-4 p.m. at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church in Vienna. The memory cafe is a casual social meeting venue for those with progressive memory or cognitive impairment and their caregivers. Call Carol Blackwell 571-236-6933 for more details.

Claims vs. Facts

To the Editor: At a recent elementary school’s Back to School Night, a friend was handed materials from supporters of Barbara Comstock, the Delegate for the 34th Virginia House District. I expect that a candidate would paint him or herself in the most favorable light, and that campaign materials should be read with a certain degree of skepticism. However, a little research in the public record shows a tremendous discrepancy between the way Ms. Comstock portrays herself and the reality of how she has voted. *Claim: Comstock claims to support education and takes credit for helping to restore $120 million in cuts to Virginia schools. Fact: in 2010, Comstock voted in favor of a House Budget Bill (HB30) that cut education by $620 million.

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‘Nature’s Shapes and Colors’ Photo Exhibit

“Nature’s Shapes and Colors,” an exhibit of photography capturing the variety of shapes and colors in nature by Great Falls photographer and author Dee Leggett, will be on display through Nov. 30, 2013 at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital, Resort and Spa in Great Falls. Photos display local butterflies, shapes and colors from East Coast beaches to reflections in the Yukon. The exhibit will be on display during business hours at 11415 Georgetown Pike. Leggett is a member of Great Falls Studios and has been exhibiting her photography for more than 10 years. Visit DeeLeggettPhotography.vpweb.com, email her at DeeLeggett@aol.com or call 703-430-8680.

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Style Meets Function

A local designer creates a stylish and functional master bathroom in an Alexandria home.

Once a modest room reserved for bathing, the bathroom has become a showcase for cutting-edge design and luxurious materials. One Alexandria family discovered this when they decided to remodel the long, narrow master bathroom in their colonial home. “Our old fixtures were wearing out,” said homeowner Pat Smith. “Also the bathroom layout was choppy and dark. There was plenty of square feet, but [the space] was inefficient.” The family hired Arlington designer Allie Mann of Case Design/Remodeling Inc. to transform the disjointed, utilitarian space into an oasis with a larger shower and additional areas for storage. “The client’s request for the bathroom remodel was a more open, connected plan,” said Mann. “Before the vanity space didn’t feel connected to the rest of the bathroom … and the [entire] space felt disconnected. The client wanted dual vanities … and a more modern feel.”

Week in Reston

Community Forum to Review Master Plan

With the Reston Master Plan Special Study Task Force work nearing completion, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., to review the draft language for the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan. The plan will guide development around the three transit station areas in Reston through 2030. The meeting will be held at South Lakes High School, Lecture Hall, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston.

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‘Rally for a Cause’ Tennis Tourney in Reston

Early morning clouds dispersed and the rain held off Sept. 21 and 22 for Reston’s “Rally for a Cause,” the second annual tennis tournament. Sixty five players, nearly double the number of players from the previous year, gathered at the Lake Newport tennis facility for men’s and women’s 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 singles and doubles draws. They brought their racquets, their wallets and their friends to combine the sport of tennis with charitable giving. The tournament sponsored three causes: USTA Serves/Wounded Warrior Curriculum, HEART (Have Everyone Access Tennis) and Cornerstones, which respectively support rehabilitation through tennis for injured or ill veterans, tennis scholarships for children and interfaith family services.

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Oktoberfest Returns to Reston Town Center

Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor fall festival is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13.

The beer and wine will be flowing at Oktoberfest Reston produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, www.OktoberfestReston.com, the largest fall festival in Northern Virginia drawing crowds of up to 85,000 over three days. This event features the best in fall brews with traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants.

Memorial Service Set for William Jarvie Nicoson

A memorial service for William Jarvie Nicoson, lawyer and first director of the New Community Assistance Program, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 1700 Wainwright Drive, Reston.

Negative Campaign

Candidates appear at minority business forum, attacking each other.

Local and statewide candidates for office appeared at an unprecedented forum in Northern Virginia last weekend, a collaboration of minority business groups of blacks, Hispanics and Asians. But as candidates arrived at the Annandale campus of the Northern Virginia Community College for a Sunday afternoon forum, voters realized that the tone of the campaign would remain unrelentingly negative. "All three of the Republican candidates are Tea Party right wing extremists," said Del. Ken Plum (D-36), who is running unopposed. "Look at their records and their stands on the issues." Plum attacked Cuccinelli's lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act as well as his investigation into a University of Virginia professor studying climate change. The longtime delegate also said the Republican attorney general candidate Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-25) has a similar record, including a bill that would have required women to report abortions to police. Together with the candidate for lieutenant governor, Plum said, the ticket is Tea Party from top to bottom.

Commentary: The Battle to Insure Everyone

Last week saw the beginning of a federal government shut-down—at least a partial shut-down. Even the most ardent of the angry fringe element that subverted the Congressional legislative process to cause the partial shut-down seemed willing to admit that there were some “essential” services of government that needed to continue. To be able to use the words “essential” and “government” in the same sentence is a step forward for some people who severely criticize government for whatever it does or does not do and for whatever happens or does not happen. There is still a wide chasm to bridge between what is considered necessary for the government to do and what should be left to individuals. Health care is at that juncture. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law of the land that has been passed by the Congress, signed by the president, reviewed and approved as constitutional by the Supreme Court, and was a key issue in a campaign in which the president was re-elected by more than five million votes. While some would argue with the details of the Affordable Care Act, it is clear that as a country we have taken a stand that each individual is entitled access to health insurance regardless of whether their employer provides it. A small but vocal minority in the Republican Party disagrees and has decided to block the ability of the federal government to pay its bills as they try to get their way on stopping a law they have been unable to overturn in 40 attempts.

Independent Progressive

Republican Shutdown—Shouldn’t We All Get a Turn?

As we walked our dog around the lake this morning, we encountered three Restonians in furlough mode—one with NASA, one a DoD contractor and one with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, all solid citizens doing work that is needed and broadly beneficial to us all.

Week in Herndon

Fatal Crash in Franklin Farm Area

Around 3:50 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, a 19-year-old driver of a 2012 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on McLearen Road, near Cobra Drive. For reasons unknown, the Honda drove off the road and then reentered the roadway heading west in the eastbound lanes of McLearen Road and struck a 2000 Honda Civic head-on, which was driven by 64-year-old Chris Reams of Sterling. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital where Mr. Reams died.

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Running, Walking to Help Haitians

VIP 5K run/walk to be held Saturday, Oct. 12 at Lake Fairfax Park.

The Vanessa Pean Foundation is sponsoring the second annual VIP 5K run/walk in memory of Great Falls resident Vanessa Pean who died tragically in a car accident on Beach Mill Road Oct. 30, 2005 at age 16. Since 2005, the Vanessa Péan Foundation has been shaping the future of Haiti by providing scholarships to underprivileged children as well as critically needed basic services such as clean water. This 501c3 is dedicated to creating a better future for all Haitians through education and by addressing basic human needs. Over 322 scholarships have been provided and a clean spring water well now provides potable water for a town the size of Great Falls.

Great Falls Studios Explore Art’s Natural Habitat

Great Falls Studios releases book to celebrate 10th anniversary.

Great Falls Studios was founded 10 years ago by several artists who wanted to network. Now, it features more than 90 artists who work in almost every conceivable medium, and they work hard to promote arts events around the community.

Promoting Jewish Medical Awareness in Northern Virginia

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will present a program on ethics, “Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas,” as part of the institute’s new six-session Fall 2013 course that will begin during the week of Oct. 27.

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Potter’s Fire Opens in Herndon

A grand opening ceremony to be held on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Mike Faul’s business Potter’s Fire will be holding its grand opening this week in Herndon at 797-B Center Street. Previously, Faul had operated a marketing agency at this location. “My first exposure to ceramics was in junior high school, about 41 years ago,” said Faul.

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Country Fair Comes to St. Francis

Annual event features games, quilt show.

As temperatures rose to near 90 degrees Saturday, Oct. 5 at the annual St. Francis Country Fair in Great Falls, many of the fair’s traditions were turned upside down.

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Portrait Exhibit Opens at ArtSpace Herndon

Arts Council holds weeklong art celebration.

Art related activity in downtown Herndon is on a high as the Council for the Arts of Herndon has set up special activities and events to celebrate local artists and artwork. Events are being held at ArtSpace Herndon on 750 Center Street as well as local restaurants to highlight the opportunities to enjoy art in the town.

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Boy Scouts Collect Bikes for the World

Herndon Boy Scout Troop 159 held a successful bike drive for Bikes for the World on Saturday, Sept. 28, collecting 87 used bikes, as well as accessories such as helmets. Bikes for the World is an Arlington-based charity that sends used bikes around the world to help children and adults needing reliable transportation to school, work and health care. Troop 159 collected the bikes on Sept. 28 at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Herndon. The drive was conducted as the Eagle Scout service project for troop member Conor Mears, 16, of Reston. The scouts processed the bikes for shipping, provided donors with receipts, and loaded the bikes onto the trailer. The bikes will most likely be shipped to Barbados in a few weeks.

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Great Falls Foundation for the Arts Presents Arts Center Plans

Equestrians, Turner Farm advocates question proposed center.

The Great Falls Foundation for the Arts presented their proposal for an arts center at Turner Farm Monday, Sept. 30 to the local equestrian community, neighbors and residents involved in the “Save the Farm” campaign.

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ArtFest Comes to Central Park

Annual event features live art, juried show.

As a first time visitor to the annual MPAartfest, it didn’t take long for Andrea Dorsey and her sister Beverly to be impressed.

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St. Thomas Pumpkin Patch Back in Business

St. Thomas Episcopal Church opens annual fall fundraiser.

The green lawn in front of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in McLean had some orange added to it Saturday, Oct. 5, courtesy of a truckload of pumpkins and hundreds of student volunteers.

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Suits and Sneakers Goes On

Annual awards relocated to McLean Community Center due to shutdown.

In the early afternoon hours of Tuesday, Oct. 1, Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce staff was busy setting up for the annual Suits and Sneakers event, to be held that evening at Claude Moore Colonial Farm.

Monday, October 7

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Advocates for Affordable Housing In Arlington Battle Over WIsdom of Ballot Initiative

Green Party advocates take issue with opposition from Democrats.

Arlington County is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis, a sweeping demographic change that has wiped away more than half of affordable housing units for the poorest residents in the last decade according to a recent report.

Friday, October 4

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Healthy Advice — Free

Alfred Street Baptist Church’s community fair offers screenings, immunizations and seminars.

More than 300 people turned out Sept. 28 for the 2013 Alfred Street Baptist Church Community Health Fair, where free health screenings, immunizations and seminars were offered as part of an effort to increase and promote health awareness.

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Building International Bridges

Ukrainian Group spent 10 days here learning about business development, cultural opportunities.

They arrived as strangers but left filled with optimism and ideas for how to improve their own home, half a world away.

Crash Kills Man and Causes Baby’s Death

A car crash early Sunday morning on the Fairfax County Parkway killed a Manassas man and caused a pregnant woman to deliver her baby early. Authorities say the newborn did not survive. The incident happened Sept. 29, at 1:40 a.m., just north of Braddock Road.

VTV Family Outreach Given Grant Money

Funds will be used to make schools safer.

After the April, 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, the families and survivors joined together and created a nonprofit foundation dedicated to making America’s schools safer and assisting victims of mass tragedies.

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Tribute to Mount Vernon-area Police and Firefighters

Officers, EMTs, and firefighters were honored in the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce 2013 Tribute at the Belle Haven Country Club on Sept. 27, 2013.

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Candidates Have Their Say

Hugo, Foltz, LeMunyon and Nguyen discuss the issues.

With the general election just a month away, a Candidates Night was held last Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Chantilly. Presented by the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations and the League of Woman Voters of the Fairfax Area, it let residents meet local incumbents and challengers and hear their positions on various issues.

Boy Named ‘Honored Hero’

Billind Salhi, 8, will participate in Light The Night Walk.

Each year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) holds Light The Night Walks to raise money for research and patient services. Locally, a walk will be held this Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Reston Town Center — and an 8-year-old Centreville boy will be one of the event’s Honored Heroes.

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Light the Night Walk on Oct. 5

Fundraiser for 4-year-old girl named 'Ava B,' a leukemia survivor.

“Ava B” of Fairfax Corner was a typical 2-year-old when she fell ill with leukemia on Dec. 9, 2011. After having a fever for four days, her mom “Jeannie B” took to a doctor and ran a few tests. A hematologist then confirmed that she had Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (The family asked that their last name not be used.)

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Teaching English By Eye

Volunteers sought to work with videos.

A Mount Vernon woman has found a way to teach the English language simultaneously to deaf and hearing students.

Commentary: Reacting to Shutdown

With the first shutdown of the federal government in 16 years in effect, Virginians are bracing for a rough week. As Congressman Jim Moran pointed out, “it would worsen the VA disabilities claims backlog … halt new business loans through the SBA, stop food assistance, including school lunches for 13 million children .…”

St. James’ Episcopal Church Held 2013 Arts and Crafts Fair

St. James’ Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon held its 6th annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, with 72 vendors offering hand-crafted items like musical instruments, jewelry, and paintings.

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Creating ‘Vibrant Streets’

SFDC hosts Route 1 development forum.

The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation financed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, jump-started its fall season by inviting a panel of three business leaders who conducted what amounted to a workshop on how to turn underutilized commercial and mixed use property in the Richmond Highway corridor into viable self-sustaining community and government supported projects.

Classified Advertising Oct. 2, 2013

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Something To Bark About

Park Authority approves Master Plan for Westgrove Park.

The Park Authority approved the Master Plan for Westgrove Park on a permanent basis Sept. 25, ending several years of community debate between environmental advocates who wanted Westgrove Park to remain as a natural resources Park, and dog owners who wanted an Off Leash Dog Park (OLDA) added to the Park.

Thursday, October 3

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St. Raphael Bake Sale

St. Raphael bake sale.

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Getting Around: Turtzi the Turtle — A 13-Year Saga

It’s a Painted Turtle, notice the caps. It’s not a drawing, not something covered in latex, and certainly not a thing of beauty, except for maybe in the eyes of the beholders.

St. James Episcopal Turns 50

Potomac Church on Seven Locks Road travels the “Via Media” or Middle Way.

It’s been a busy time at St. James Episcopal Church in Potomac; the Fall Rummage Sale takes place Friday-Saturday, Oct. 4-5, 2013, the Blessing of the Animals is on Oct. 6, 2013, at 5 p.m., and the church just celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sept. 21 and 22 with a family dinner and concert by Jason Gray.

Planting a Suburban Meadow Garden

Sustainable gardening at home.

These days, many of us are searching for alternatives to conventional lawn and garden care, a task that has become increasingly dependent on time and maintenance, as well as pesticides and other poisons. The suburban meadow offers a solution to this problem.

Guest Editorial: Virginia’s Easy Access to Guns

A parent asks why background checks aren’t better.

How do you respond to a 7 year old when she comes home from school and says “we did our bad man drill today Mommy, but don’t worry it was just for practice, no one really came into our school to shoot us”?

Senior Volunteers Stay Active

Fifty percent of Mount Vernon RECenter’s volunteers are senior citizens.

The Mount Vernon RECenter is known for its ice skating rink, massive indoor swimming pool and fitness center with spa and sauna. It has 46 volunteers who help greet guests, clean up the fitness room, landscape the grounds and assist people with adapted swimming and ice-skating. Exactly half of them are retired senior citizens over 50 who want to stay active while giving back to the community.

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Choosing a Home for the Golden Years

Many options for retirement communities in the region.

Jim Harkin, 81, and his wife, Phyllis, 80, have little free time these days. Jim spends his days protecting and photographing wildlife on the 60-acre campus at The Fairfax, a Sunrise Senior Living Community, in Fort Belvoir. He helped build, refurbish and maintain more than 20 birdhouses on the grounds, including homes for tree swallows and purple martins.

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Active Seniors Compete for Glory

fter 11 days of more than 50 events held Sept. 7-19, the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics finished with a golf event at Forest Greens Golf Course in Triangle, Va. Other events ranged from cycling, swimming and pickle ball to Mexican train dominos and Scrabble.

Column: Supporting Incorporated Brickyard Coalition

For the last two years, WMCCA has been deeply committed to saving the Brickyard School site from becoming a commercial sports enterprise on public land.

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Diverse Needs, Desires Drive Mobility Solutions

Seniors increasingly seek innovative plans that embrace both the present and the future.

Russ Glickman was a traditional full-service remodeler until the late 1990s when he abruptly added a host of accessibility certifications to a long list of building industry credentials. The service extension was less about opportunity than a personal call to apply what he’d learned from personal experience in helping his son, Michael, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Documentary Highlights Wounded Warriors Program

Documentary Highlights Wounded Warriors Program

Wounded Warrior J.D. Hartley credits a horse for changing his life. “I was scared at first, but I haven’t had a nightmare since I met Peanut, my horse.

Help Cure Ocular Melanoma on Sunday

This is a personal fight for Harvey Levine of Potomac, coordinator of the concert. His sister Sheila is fighting ocular melanoma – and he is doing everything in his power to raise funds for research.

Column: “Mor-Tality” or Less

Meaning, in my head anyway, the future and what there is left of it. More specifically, I mean life expectancy. When you’re given a “13-month to two-year” prognosis—at age 54 and a half, by a cancer doctor, your cancer doctor—the timeline between where you are and where you thought you’d be when becomes as clear as mud.

Residential Studios Put on Hold

Supervisors establish committee, plan additional public outreach.

At the recommendation of Chairman Sharon Bulova (D-At-Large) and Supervisor Michael Frey (R-Sully), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday deferred its Nov. 20 public hearing on a proposed residential studios (RSUs) amendment to conduct additional community outreach.

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Shutdown: Towpath, Glen Echo Closed

Federal shutdown closes area National Parks.

The federal government’s shutdown has closed C&O Canal National Historical Park, Glen Echo Park, as well as use of the towpath from Washington D.C. through Potomac and to Cumberland.

Now What?

Fairfax County braces for “domino effect” of federal government shutdown.

“We live in a ‘company town’ and the company is the federal government, so most of us have family and friends who are federal employees or contractors impacted by this shutdown,” Long said in a memo emailed to county employees Tuesday. Long said his biggest concern was the “domino effect” the shutdown will have on the local economy, and “the short-term uncertainty that will impact business decisions.”

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Social Justice Matters

SALT forum gives candidates a chance to tell voters where they stand on social justice issues.

But one group also thinks voters should know where candidates stand on social justice issues when they go to the polls Nov. 5. “Our elected officials have a great deal of influence on the common good, so it’s reasonable that we find out where candidates stand on these issues,” said John Horejsi, founder of SALT (Social Action Linking Together), a non-partisan, faith-based advocacy group started in 1983.

Leadership Fairfax Honors Community Leaders Who Make a Difference

Leadership Fairfax (LFI) has chosen the 2013 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards (NVLA) recipients via a panel of community and business leaders evaluating nominations submitted by Leadership Fairfax alumni and the general public. The award recipients will be honored at the Northern Virginia Leadership Awards luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Westwood Country Club in Vienna.

Minority Chambers of Commerce to Host Candidates’ Forum

The recently formed alliance of Northern Virginia Minority Chambers of Commerce will give members of the fast growing minority business community the opportunity to meet with the commonwealth’s gubernatorial and statewide candidates at the first-ever joint Candidates’ Forum, Sunday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus.

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Ready to Fight: Intersection Controversy Intensifies

Design public hearing on roundabout is Oct. 9 at Stone Middle.

In the long-distant past, Civil War soldiers from the North and South fought in the Centreville area. And although the newest battle brewing on the horizon doesn’t involve weapons, it’s a bitter fight, nonetheless. In it, Fairfax County is pitted against Loudoun County. The issue is the roundabout proposed for the intersection of Braddock and Pleasant Valley roads — and an upcoming meeting about it promises to be anything but civil.

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On the Job and Hot on the Trail

Finding people is fun for new, police bloodhound pups.

“We’ll get them out here and acclimate them to the noises — gunfire, [vehicle] brakes and birds,” said Masood. They’ll also be exposed to airplanes, wind, rain, heat, car horns honking, plus obstacles such as fences. And they’ll learn how it feels on their paws to walk in the woods, through brush, on cement, carpet, tile floors, etc. That way, said Clarke, “When they get out on the street, when they’re almost a year old, they’ll be ready.”

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It’s Almost Time for Clifton Day

46th annual festival is Sunday, Oct. 13.

Featuring everything from a strolling bagpiper to a woman on a unicycle—plus handmade crafts, pony rides, Civil War re-enactors, live bands and food galore—the 46th annual Clifton Day is set for Sunday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Rain date, Oct. 20).

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Paul VI Freshman Takes Silver at National Skating Competition

Clifton ninth-grader LaDan Nemati earned the silver medal at the Solo Ice Dance National Championships at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo. last weekend. The 14-year-old Nemati bested most of the field of 25 skaters from across the country who qualified to compete at the bronze level with an elegant performance of the "Willow Waltz."

Week in Fairfax

Richard Walker, 32, of Fair Oaks, was killed last week after his car crashed into a tree on Popes Head Read. The tragedy occurred last Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1:52 p.m., near the Fairfax County Parkway. According to Fairfax County police, preliminary investigation indicates that he was driving a 2012 Mercedes sedan westbound on Popes Head Road “at an excessive speed” as he approached a curve. He was unable to negotiate the curve, ran off the road to the right and struck a tree.

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Fairfax Library’s Book Sale a Success

The City of Fairfax Regional Library’s book sale was a huge success last Friday through Sunday. Its Children’s Book Sale the previous weekend was the best in the last three sales. On Friday, 1,600 people attended.

Charming, Smart, Comedic

Cabaret duo “Marcy and Zina” arriving in Fairfax.

"Neurotically optimistic songs about love and life" are coming to Northern Virginia audiences as the award-winning Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich pull into the Northern Virginia Jewish Community Center (JCCNV). You may not know their names right off hand, but Kristin Chenowith, Audry McDonald and Michael Feinstein regularly sing their compositions.

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National Park Service Shutters Mount Vernon Trail Amid Budget Crisis

Parts of trail are barricaded;; parking lots closed/ Park Service Police issue parking tickets.

Woody Guthrie observed "This Land is Your Land." But that apparently does not apply to federal land during a government shutdown.

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Board of Architectural Review Has Harsh Words for Waterfront Hotel Concept

Chairman calls the project 'too much, too big.'

Last year, the Board of Architectural Review sent Carr Hospitality back to the drawing board on its proposal to build a 121-room hotel on the waterfront.

Wednesday, October 2

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Helping a Friend in Need

Children from the Barrington neighborhood in Fairfax Station presented their neighbors, the Chandler family, with over $1000 on Saturday, Sept. 21, raised over two days selling lemonade in the neighborhood. The Chandlers recently lost their home in a fire. Also present were Robert Kalland and Cos DiMaggio, who assisted the first responders the day of the fire. State Delegate Dave Albo was on hand to present all with certificates recognizing their efforts.

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Two Cultures Unite at Newington Forest

Japanese and American storytellers perform for Newington Forest Elementary.

The students of Newington Forest Elementary school gathered around in their school library early Friday morning Sept. 27 in anticipation to see two cultures collide: American storyteller Gary Lloyd, and Japanese trained storyteller, Katsura Sunshine. The two were welcomed to the school to put on their own one-man story telling performance for the students and teachers.

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South County Band Mentors Middle-schoolers

High-school and middle-school musicians perform pep tunes together.

South County High School Marching Band has a great mentoring program. During home football games, 72 musicians perform pep tunes along with 25 eighth-graders—tunes like “The Hey Song,” “Iron Man,” and “Living on a Prayer.” “Being in the band is hard work, but it’s fun,” said Marching Band Coordinator Gina Bartel, whose two sons, Kody, 16, (trumpet) and Ethan, 13, (chimes) are musicians in the band. Her husband is Randy Bartel of the Crosspointe community.

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The City of Fairfax to Host Fall Festival

Crafts, arts, carnival, four stages of music and entertainment, lumberjack competition.

Crafts, children’s activities, rides, music and food will fill the downtown Fairfax streets during the Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 (Rain date: Oct. 13). Entry is free, fees are charged for various rides and children activities.

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Car Wash at Mark Twain Middle

About 70 seventh- and eighth-graders took part in a car wash at Mark Twain Middle School along Franconia Road in a fund-raiser for the school band on Saturday, Sept. 21. The funds will be used to buy instruments and uniforms for the school.

Crash Kills Man, Causes Baby’s Death

A car crash early Sunday morning on the Fairfax County Parkway killed a Manassas man and caused a pregnant woman to deliver her baby early. Authorities say the newborn did not survive. The incident happened Sept. 29, at 1:40 a.m., just north of Braddock Road.

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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. The ceremony was Sept. 20 in GMU’s Harris Theatre, and Circuit Court Clerk John Frey swore in 43 new officers. There were 26 county police officers, 13 sheriff’s deputies, two Town of Vienna police officers, one Town of Herndon police officer and one county fire investigator.

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Track Star Mentors Amputee Athletes at Prosthetic Center

Paralympic track and field champion Heinrich Popow visited Fairfax Friday, Sept. 27, to provide demonstrations and instruction to area above-knee amputees interested in returning to running and becoming more active since the loss of their legs. The training session involved local amputees trying out a first of its kind sports prosthesis developed specifically to help make that goal a reality.

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Greenspring Hosts Charity Gala

More than 200 residents and guests attend 14th annual event.

On Friday, Sept. 27, 225 guests and residents attended the 14th annual Benevolent Care Fund Gala at Greenspring retirement community—a sold out event for the fourth consecutive year.

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Sharing the Love of Dance

West Springfield graduate wins recognition, scholarships.

Emma Bradley, a recent West Springfield High School graduate, alum of Buffa's Dance Studio in Burke, and a former NRG Prodigy for the NRG Dance Project during her senior year of high school, received four dance scholarships for college. Past performance experience/work includes Capezio 125th Anniversary Gala at City Center in New York City, Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles where she worked with Mandy Moore and Nick Lazzarini; Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala at Skirball Center in New York City, choreographed by Andy Pellick; and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 360 Installation 2013, directed by Alexandra Damiani.

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Willkommen! Guten Tag!

Bulova puts “fun” in fundraiser at Lorton Workhouse Arts Center.

Oktoberfest arrived early as more than 300 friends, family and high-profile Democrats gathered at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center Sept. 22 for the 27th annual German-themed political fundraiser hosted by Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Guests enjoyed German beer, a traditional German oompah band and a smorgasbord of Bavarian food, including bratwurst, sauerkraut and German wines, during the afternoon event.

Letter: Pills or Jobs?

To the Editor: These days I had the opportunity to support my candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli. Dozens of women showed up to rally for the general at the entrance of the building where the debate with Terry McAuliffe was being held. There were also dozens of younger people in blue t-shirts, pink t-shirts and purple t-shirts. Strangely, most were males. Most appeared to be college-aged.

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Burke Library Book Sale a Success

Patrons donated about 8,000 books, including vintage books and bestsellers, to the Burke Centre Library’s book sale last Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 25-58.

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Walking to End Alzheimer’s

Reston Town Center Walk draws 1,200-plus participants.

Reston Town Center looked like it was being wrapped in a rainbow as the 1,200-plus participants in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s wound their way through the streets, dressed in a variety of colorful team t-shirts and carrying whirly-wind paper flowers with the names of afflicted loved ones written on the petals. Some 600 communities across the country have joined in the national effort to raise funds and awareness of this devastating disease, and the Alzheimer’s Association’s local National Capital Area Chapter President Susan Kudla Finn reported that more than 112 walks were held just this weekend alone, in addition to the Reston walk Sunday, Sept. 29.

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Elden Street Players Reach NextStop

Herndon theatre goes professional, opens its first show.

NextStop Theater Company in Herndon began its production of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” on Sept. 26. Adapted by Patrick Barlow, this comedic adaptation of a 1930s Alfred Hitchcock film is NextStop Theatre’s first professional production. Formerly known as Elden Street Players, the all-volunteer amateur theater group has gone professional, hiring Producing Artistic Director Evan Hoffman in January. Hoffman is the director for this production.

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Herndon Hosts Fall Carnival

The first ever Herndon Fall Carnival was hosted at the Station Street parking lot in downtown Herndon Thursday, Sept. 26 to Saturday, Sept. 29. This location is adjacent to the ArtSpace Herndon at 750 Center Street and the Town Green. The Herndon Rotary Club partnered with the Town of Herndon and carnival company Jolly Shows to host this event.

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West Springfield Field Hockey Beats West Potomac in Overtime

Spartans extend winning streak to five games.

Spartans lost four straight prior to five-game winning streak.

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South Lakes Field Hockey Edges Marshall

Seahawks score in opening minute of second half.

The South Lakes field hockey team improved to 8-3-1.

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A Grand Musical Night

Reston Community Players’ “Tribute to the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.”

Reston Community Players present "A Tribute to the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber" at CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Hunters Woods, Reston. Performances: Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 & 27. Tickets: $23. Call 703-476-3500 or visit www.restonplayers.org.

Light the Night at Reston Town Center

Friends, families and co-workers will gather over three Saturday nights in October to raise funds and awareness for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The 2013 Light The Night Walks will take place on Oct. 5 at the Reston Town Center, Oct. 12 in Rockville, Md. at the Rockville Town Square, and Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. at Freedom Plaza.

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Rattanaphone’s 3 Interceptions Lead TC Football Past Woodson

Titans improve to 3-1, Cavaliers drop to 0-4

The T.C. Williams football team is 3-1 for the first time since 2005.

RCC Elections Are Now

To the Editor: The Oct. 5 deadline is approaching for the Reston Community Center (RCC) Board election, or Preference Poll. Six candidates are vying for three places. Many voters do not realize that three of the candidates are running in opposition to the Recreation Center as proposed by the current RCC administration. They are Sridhar Ganesan, John Mendonca and Tammi Petrine. When you vote, please keep this issue in mind. Marion Stillson Reston

Commentary

Affordable Care Act

Another phase of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became effective this week. Although controversial among some politicians who refer to the act as “Obamacare,” it is proving extremely beneficial for those who have had limited or no access to health care. As the benefits of the program become more obvious, these same politicians may regret associating the president’s name with a program that is on its way to making huge improvements in health care for Americans.

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Lake Anne Childcare Chalks for Peace

Several children drew a “Say No to Bullying” chalk drawing at Lake Anne Elementary’s School Aged Child Care program, Chalk for Peace, held Monday, Sept. 23. Students were told to draw something happy and peaceful, such as sunshine, happy faces and flowers.

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Local Scout Trains Eagle Eye on Community Pocket Park

Ethan McKnight of Reston needed a project to graduate to Eagle Scout in Troop 1577. His neighborhood pocket park needed some additional work to go along with the renovation-in-progress by the Fairfax County Park Authority. It seemed like a good fit to seventh-grader Ethan, so he got to work. First he had to get the sign-off from his troop leaders. Then came the more intimidating moment—contact with the Park Authority to explain his proposed project and get the necessary approvals. “It went really good,” said the young McKnight. “Mr. Brissey has been really amazing and helpful to work with,” he added, referring to Wayne Brissey, manager, Area 6 with the Park Operation Division. Once the project was outlined and approvals were secured, Ethan took to the streets around the park, soliciting donations of time, as well as money to make the plan come to life. He must have been pretty persuasive, because not only did he come up with the funds, but on Implementation Day he had gathered a small army of locals and a few other troop members to get the work done. Even Brissey was on hand to provide some supplies and assistance. “This is such a great win-win event,” said Brissey. “With our budget down 25 percent, we were able to put in the needed new equipment, do drainage improvements and work on the trees around the tot lot, but there just isn’t the money to work on the surrounding area.” So Evan’s crew got to digging, hauling, raking and mulching the outdoor exercise area. They even built handicap-accessible picnic tables from materials provided by the county. The workers stayed busy from 9 in the morning to late in the afternoon, but were kept refreshed by beverages and snacks provided by the McKnight family. The crew deemed themselves well satisfied with their efforts and with Ethan for getting the community ball rolling. —Andrea Worker

Learning About Polluted Runoff

To the Editor: My name is Benji Prickett, I attend Kilmer Middle School. Lately we have been learning about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the dangers of runoff. Runoff can carry sediments, rocks, pollutants and also fertilizers and pesticides. Fertilizers and pesticides especially can be very dangerous; they can kill the wildlife in the bay and can also stop recreational activities like fishing, boating and swimming, just to name a few. I hope that we can cut back on using spray pesticides on our lawns. My family has been doing this for many years and our lawns look fine. Currently our bay is very polluted, but if we where to cut back on pesticides our bay would be so much better for everyone and every thing.

Vote Early

This year's Virginia elections are critical, with candidates representing starkly different policies and approaches. The results will have long-lasting ramifications for all Virginians. It's therefore critical that everyone get out and vote. One easy way to do this is to take advantage of In-Person Absentee Voting, which means that citizens can vote early, ahead of Nov. 5. In this way, one doesn't have to worry about unexpected illness, traffic and/or work concerns, difficult weather, or longer Election Day lines. In order to vote in-person absentee, a voter must state that he or she satisfies one of 15 requirements. Most voters will find that they do, in fact, satisfy one of these reasons for voting early.

Volunteer Opportunities

*Fairfax County’s Meals on Wheels urgently needs drivers in the Annandale, Franconia/Kingstowne, Reston, Mount Vernon and McLean areas. Call 703-324-5406, TTY 711. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/olderadults and link to Volunteer Solutions or email at VolunteerSolutions@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Poetry Corner

The Waves of the World

Light begins to flash pointing at me with such force causing me to black out unable to see unable to fight with the feeling of the current pulling me in every which way fighting my way out finding no release My chest begins to concave From the weight of the world Pressing on it Trying to use the voice I know I have But it vanishes Just like the appearance I have On the world Conforming to the current finding out who I am Or more like trying to find out As there is still no way out Using my last breath I fade into abyss I become … nothing

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Marshall High Innovates Lunchtime

Statesmen Station launches pilot lunch, whole, fresh food bar, at ribbon cutting.

Tasting food, listening to a student-led, food-themed rap performance and celebrating healthy food was the agenda at school Thursday, Sept. 12 at Marshall High. Principal Jay Pearson and the Real Food For Kids group launched "the Statesmen Station," a pilot lunch program featuring fresh foods, in the form of a soup, salad and sandwich bar. With a ribbon cutting, volunteer-parent organization Food For Kids, which advocates for more fresh food in Fairfax County Public Schools, started the new lunchtime innovation.

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Community Comes to Town Green

Optimists’ event welcomes local children, cancer survivors.

Overcast skies and cool-ish temperature might have kept some people away from the Optimists’ fundraiser Family Fun Day and Walk for Growing Hope, but for those who came to jump in the bouncehouse, dunk Del. Mark Keam and Caffe Amouri owner Michael Amouri, and to bid on raffle and auction prizes, the time was well-spent and rewarding.

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Vienna Oktoberfest Brings Fun, Food and Gemütlichkeit on Oct. 5

Town Green and Church Street become a festival ground from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vienna Oktoberfest, sponsored by the Vienna Business Association in cooperation with the Town of Vienna, runs Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the historic Church Street corridor. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with Rocknoceros on the Children’s Stage on the Town Green, and the School of Rock on the main stage in the Beer and Wine Garden. The Beer and Wine Garden will be open for entertainment and food at 11 a.m. and for beverage purchase at noon. The beer garden is cash only and an ATM will be available there.

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The Beauty of Fall

This week at McLean Children's Academy, students, parent volunteers and teachers had a great time planting fall flowers. MCA is located at the corner of Elm Street and Rt 123 in McLean. The director, Sarah Bowlen, said "We always try to have the front of the school look nice so the neighborhood can enjoy it. Pansies stay beautiful even through the winter." This gardening adventure was part of a science lesson for the children.

Week in McLean

Fundraiser Supporting Chesterbrook PTA

A fundraiser for Chesterbrook PTA has been announced by HBC Realty Group’s (Keller Williams Realty) Community Charity Champions. Come to dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Pulcinella Italian Host in McLean to support Chesterbrook PTA. Enjoy dinner and know that approximately 70 percent of the proceeds from food and drink will go to the charity, as long as the diner brings the flyer for the event. Contact HBC Realty Group at 703-734-0192 or visit www.HBCRealtyGroup.com to receive a flyer.

Bicycling From Colorado to McLean

Merritt and her mother Libbie Feldner welcome Libbie's Uncle Bill Lester, who spent the last month bicycling 1,700 miles from Evergreen, Colo. to McLean. Lester started the journey on Sept. 2 and traveled the whole journey by himself, riding approximately 60 miles each day. He made this long journey because he wanted to see if he could make the trip east for his 50th high school reunion in Summit, N.J. And, he did. “Uncle Bill” has been an avid cyclist for years and has ridden through Europe.

Weichert Realtors Recognizes McLean Office, Top Associates

Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced the McLean/Dolley Madison office was recognized for outstanding performance in August. The office led the region, which comprises offices throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier and Delaware counties, for new home dollar volume, resale listings, resales, resale revenue units and resale dollar volume.

PRS to Celebrate 50 Years of Hope & Recovery

PRS will hold its 50th anniversary celebration, “Shaping the Future—A Celebration of Hope & Recovery,” on Saturday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m., at the Gannett/USA Today Atrium in McLean. This evening will honor the past, present and future of PRS, Inc., an award-winning, community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves adults in Northern Virginia and DC who are living with mental illness, substance use disorders, mild intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, or any combination of these. For tickets or more information, visit www.prsinc.org or call 703-531-6321.

McLean Idol to Be Held Oct. 3-5

The award-winning McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) and McLean Choral Department present the third annual McLean Idol with semi-final rounds over the course of two evenings, Thursday and Friday Oct. 3-4. Twenty-two McLean High School students perform current hits, karaoke style. Each of the first two nights, the audience will vote for the top five contestants who will advance to the final round. These 10 young men and women will compete in the final round on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Each evening’s competition takes place in the McLean High School Auditorium, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean. $5 tickets are available at the door.

Week in Great Falls

Great Falls Floors, Inc. Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Sha Chitsaz, general manager of Great Falls Floors, Inc., has announced their 15th anniversary of serving clients in Great Falls, McLean and Reston.

A Tireless Advocate

It is nearing that time again, to choose our elected representative for delegate to the Virginia House of Delegates, and I want to tell you why I think we should continue to support our current delegate, Barbara Comstock.

Learning About Polluted Runoff

To the Editor: My name is Benji Prickett, I attend Kilmer Middle School. Lately we have been learning about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the dangers of runoff. Runoff can carry sediments, rocks, pollutants and also fertilizers and pesticides. Fertilizers and pesticides especially can be very dangerous; they can kill the wildlife in the bay and can also stop recreational activities like fishing, boating and swimming, just to name a few. I hope that we can cut back on using spray pesticides on our lawns. My family has been doing this for many years and our lawns look fine. Currently our bay is very polluted, but if we where to cut back on pesticides our bay would be so much better for everyone and every thing. Benji Prickett Great Falls

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Great Falls Waves Good-bye to Santa Representative

Dr. Christopher Earl “Doc” Kennemer remembered for his service to the Great Falls community.

Dr. Christopher Earl “Doc” Kennemer, Great Falls resident, volunteer firefighter and local representative of Santa Claus, made sure that Santa got off to a good start for 30-plus holiday seasons during the annual Great Falls Village Centre Christmas Tree Lighting event. In return, on Saturday, Sept. 28, personnel from the Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department joined with Kennemer family and friends to give Kennemer a fitting send-off at a standing-room-only memorial service held at Great Falls United Methodist Church where he had taught Sunday school and been an active member for more than 35 years. Always on call, all fire department personnel were seated with easy access to exits or stationed outside the service so they could respond if needed elsewhere.

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Walt Lawrence Exhibits at Katie’s Coffee

Great Falls photographer Walt Lawrence stages a new exhibit at Katie’s Coffee featuring images from his “On the Potomac at Riverbend” collection. The exhibit opened on Oct. 1 and will run through the end of the month. Over the past 15 months Lawrence has been shooting waterscapes and wildlife from a boat in the Potomac off of Riverbend Park.

The Taste of Fall

Local chefs and nutritionists offer healthy recipes for tasty fall dishes using seasonal ingredients.

When the temperature starts to drop and leaves begin to turn red and orange, you can often find chef Susan Limb meandering through local farmers markets, sorting through rough-textured, knotty sweet potatoes; tough, waxy butternut squash; and dusty, rose-colored apples.

Town Releases Annual Report

Manager reports “exceptional period.”

Herndon Town Manager Art Anselene presented the annual report for Fiscal Year 2013 to the Town Council Tuesday, Sept. 24.

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Multicultural Festival Comes to Reston

Annual multicultural festival held at Lake Anne.

Nearly 50 years ago, Robert Simon founded Reston with several goals, and one of them was diversity. For the past 12 years, the Lake Anne of Reston Condominium Association, Reston Community Center and Reston Association have hosted a tribute to that goal, the Reston Multicultural Festival.

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Reston Sport & Health Renovates

Location kicks off new features after $1.5 million renovation.

Sport & Health Clubs celebrated a $1.5 million renovation to their Reston location with a ribbon cutting and casino night Thursday, Sept. 26. The renovation of the club, located at Isaac Newton Sqaure, stretched to almost every aspect of the facility.

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Historic Cornwell Farm Hits Market

Cornwell Farm for sale.

Cornwell Farm, a 13.1-acre historic property located within a mile of the Great Falls Village Centre, has been listed for sale by the HBC Realty Group (Keller Williams) of McLean.

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Officials Discuss Derecho Aftermath

Puclic safety staff address changes, effects of storm.

Around 10 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012, the Northern Virginia area was hit by a derecho. A term unknown to many at the time, including local emergency personnel, the fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms hit the area and left three dead, trees down, houses damaged, widespread power outages and the failure of the 911 Emergency system.

McLean Central Park Plan Changes Unveiled

Amphitheater, outdoor games part of master plan revision.

The Fairfax County Park Authority presented updates to the McLean Central Park Master Plan Monday, Sept. 23 at the McLean Community Center.

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Justice Scalia Speaks to Technology Council

Supreme Court justice discusses new book, current legal issues.

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia spoke to members of the Northern Virginia Technology Council Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner.

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SPARC Hosts Music Workshop

Local musicians perform, jam with club members.

Members of the Specially Adapted Resource Club (SPARC), which serves adults with life-long disabilities, have been meeting at the Old Firehouse Teen Center in McLean for almost two years.