Stories for September 2013

Stories for September 2013

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Saturday, September 28

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West, Casso Lead Langley Football Past Chantilly

Saxons outscore Chargers 28-0 in second half.

The Langley football team improves to 2-2.

Friday, September 27

Flourishing After 55

Senior Activities

People Announcements

To have engagements, weddings, obituaries, or other significant personal events listed in The Arlington Connection, e-mail arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is noon the Thursday before publication. Photos are welcome.

Military Notes

Email announcements to gazette@connectionnewspapers.com. Photos are welcome.

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Cycling for Charity in Coast-to-Coast Journey

Son and father ride 3,700 miles.

Alexandria Students reflect on their charitable summer bike rides.

Commentary: In Search of Affordable Housing

Challenges for Residential Studio Units and the need to address them.

Fairfax County’s Planning Commission will hold two workshops on Wednesday, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 to expand the discussion about the proposed residential studio unit (RSU) amendment to the Zoning Ordinance. There will be a staff presentation on Sept. 25, and questions submitted online by citizens to the Planning Department will be answered in the second workshop on Oct 2. The plan is for both workshops to be televised on the county’s cable station.

Business Notes

Email announcements to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Thursday at noon. Photos welcomed.

People Notes

Arlington County Board member Mary Hynes was elected vice president of the Virginia Transit Association for a two-year term.

Support Energy Efficiency Building Codes

improvement in energy efficiency can have a major impact on our daily lives. The benefits of energy efficiency are sometimes hard to see, but they are easy to measure.

Crafting First Novel From West Point Experience

Arlington Writer Launches a Series

Terron Sims II of Arlington published his first novel on Sept. 10 in a four-part series.

Thursday, September 26

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Celebrating Citizenship at Oakton High

Oakton High School's auditorium was filled to capacity Saturday morning as family and friends watched 432 of their loved ones take the oath to become American citizens.

Editorial: Vote

It will matter who is elected governor.

To vote on Election Day, you must be registered at your current address no later than Oct. 15, 2013. You can check your registration status online by visiting the State Board of Elections website at www.sbe.virginia.gov. There you can also download a voter registration form and mail or fax it to your elections office address.

Column: A Study in Contrasts

The decision for yours truly to participate in a Phase 1 Study at N.I.H. or Johns Hopkins (depending upon availability and qualifications) discussed in last week’s column has been put on hold, temporarily. It seems that my oncologist was thinking about me over the holiday weekend and called me on Wednesday following Labor Day to say he had a diagnostic idea concerning me: a 24-hour urine collection (a “Creatinine Clearance Study”) which would provide a more accurate reading (than the regular lab work I have; from blood) of my kidney function.

Column: A Peculiar Existence

I’m not exactly pretending that I don’t have stage IV lung cancer (non-small cell, to be specific), but ever since my hospital admission on August 2nd, I have been treatment-free; no I.V. chemotherapy, no oral medication, no targeted treatment, no nothing. And during this sabbatical (I use that term loosely; being off chemotherapy has been as much about recovering from surgery and recuperating from my hospital “stay-cation” as it was anything necessarily intended), I have progressed from feeling crappy and being short of breath—while being infused previously, to where I have become relatively asymptomatic, breathing normally and for the nearly eight week treatment-free interval mentioned, have felt mostly OK.

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Late Goals Propel Woodson Field Hockey to Victory

West Potomac goalkeeper Hauptle plays well in defeat.

Cavaliers score three times in the final 2:35 against West Potomac.

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, Sept. 24 deferred its Nov. 20 public hearing on a proposed residential studios (RSUs) amendment to conduct additional community outreach. The board also established a Planning Commission Residential Studios Committee.

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Yorktown Volleyball Continues Winning with New Coach

Carpenter takes over for Behar, who won four district titles.

The Yorktown volleyball team has won six consecutive matches.

Northern Virginia Supports Day to Serve

The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), a coalition of 14 counties, cities and towns that work together on regional issues, passed a unanimous resolution endorsing Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell’s call to participate in the 2013 Day to Serve.

New Nosy Recruits ‘Bolt & Silas’ Prepare for Duty

Although they are just a few months old and still in their bonding and training phases, two new bloodhound pups are preparing for the rigors of police work in Fairfax County. Bolt and Silas are the police department’s newest additions to their bloodhound team. The agency purchased the pups in August when they were just 6 weeks old. They join Shnoz and Cody, sisters from the hills of Northern Alabama who joined the agency in 2008 at 19 months old.

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McAuliffe, Cuccinelli Highlight Small Business Summit

Gubernatorial candidates speak at the Mason Inn & Conference Center.

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli were the keynote speakers at the fourth annual Virginia Small Business Partnership (VASBP) Summit, hosted by Miller/Wenhold Capitol Strategies LLC at The Mason Inn in Fairfax on Friday, Sept. 20. “We are thrilled to have them join us,” said Paul A. Miller, chairman of the VASBP.

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SSSAS Field Hockey Coach Celebrates Win No. 500

Marsha Way is in her 35th season as Saints head coach.

Saints off to an 8-0 start in 2013.

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Wear Jeans to Work, Help End Homelessness

Register now to participate in Jeans Day Fairfax on Oct. 18.

Just by wearing jeans to work, you can actively help nearly 3,000 men, women and children in Fairfax County who face homelessness and hunger every day. On Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed Friday, Oct. 18 “Jeans Day Fairfax,” the third annual Jeans Day event in Fairfax County.

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Week in Springfield

upervisor Pat S. Herrity (R-Springfield) signed a proclamation designating Sept. 17 as United States Constitution Day in the Springfield District. The proclamation reminds citizens of the great heritage of the Constitution, which safeguards our liberties and freedoms. Constitution Week is observed annually Sept. 17-23. The photo shows Supervisor Herrity presenting the proclamation to Sue Kennedy, regent of Anna Maria Fitzhugh Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Springfield’s Renaissance Man

Leonard Kalkwarf publishes book and wins five gold medals from the Senior Olympics.

Leonard Kalkwarf can best be described as a true Renaissance man; an avid history buff, the 85-year-old resident of Greenspring retirement community in Springfield is also an accomplished athlete, an ordained minister, and a published author. His advice to other seniors is simple: keep active and stay positive.

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Art of Movement Thrives at Workhouse

Lesley Spalding runs 15 exercise classes for 250 people a week.

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton offers Art of Movement classes in vibrant formats that are “off the beaten path.” The fall season started Sept. 16 with 19 certified instructors teaching everything from Pilates to yoga to hula to zumba to jazzercise to “strong graceful body.” About 250 people of all ages can sign up for eight-week classes, six days a week, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The next session starts Nov. 11. “We’re always seeking and reaching out to make sure we’re on top of our game with the latest information,” said Program Director Lesley Spalding, 51, of Rolling Valley in Springfield. “We’re all certified in every aspect.”

Run Around Lake for Wounded Warriors

The 7th Annual Run Around the Lake—Run for Wounded Warriors will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6. Check-in begins at 7 a.m., run starts at 8 a.m. at the Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station.

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Crafts, Plays, Dance: Fun Events for Fall

Below is a partial listing of some autumn events happening in the local area: Oct. 12—The Fairfax Fall Festival, held throughout the streets of downtown Fairfax, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There’ll be crafts galore, plus food, music and fun for children. Oct. 12—Encore Theatrical Arts Project will be among 12 dance companies performing in the fourth annual Fairfax County Dance Coalition Gala Showcase. “A Celebration of Dance” is slated for Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the theater of NOVA’s Annandale campus.

Dr. Gregory Sibley to Lead Virginia Cancer Specialists Radiation Oncology Center

Gregory S. Sibley, M.D., experienced Washington, D.C. area radiation oncologist, has been selected to head the Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS) Radiation Oncology Center in Fairfax. VCS is Northern Virginia’s premier cancer care center, providing 40 years of service to patients battling cancer and blood diseases and affiliated with The US Oncology Network.

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A Show That ‘Rocks’

Providence Players of Fairfax open 16th season with musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.”

With fresh faces, the Providence Players open the theater season with only the second musical the company has done in its 16 years. It is the brash, bright, delightfully dark musical comedy, "Little Shop of Horrors."

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Alexandria School Board Members Approve Deal to Double Rent for Central Administration

School system to have a new lease on a larger central administration office.

Right now, the Alexandria City Public School system pays about $1 million in rent every year at three locations across the city — one central administration headquarters on Beauregard Street and two of satellite locations across the city.

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Half of Fairfax Schools Accredited with Warning are in Mount Vernon Area

Students up and down the Route 1 corridor struggle to meet minimum standards in science.

Poor and Latino students clustered along the Route 1 corridor are struggling to keep up with standardized test scores, according to a report issued last week by the Virginia Department of Education.

Wednesday, September 25

Recalling Defining Moments at Fairfax High School

Former teacher there returns for class’s 50-year reunion.

In the foreword to her book, “One Moment,” Joan Williamson Higgs writes, “The moments that define us are almost never predictable or expected. We go through life thinking we are immune to its inevitable tragedies and its heartbreaking surprises.”

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Long-distance Cycling for Campus Safety

Gran Fondo to raise money, awareness for VTV Family Outreach Foundation.

Gran Fondos are long-distance, group cycling rides that originated in Italy. And on Saturday, Oct. 5, the new Mosaic District in Fairfax will host the third annual VTV Gran Fondo for Campus Safety.

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Up to Speed Tutors Puts Focus on Special Education

Lake Braddock graduate Brian Katkin started the company last spring.

When JS Tutoring folded in 2012, one of Arlington resident Brian Katkin’s students with a learning disability wanted to keep having sessions with him. They worked out an arrangement to continue working together, and soon Katkin decided to take on other students as well. Then on the first day of Spring Break the same year, he launched the company Up to Speed Tutors, with himself as the sole instructor.

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A Loving Neighbor Remembered

Friends, family remember Navy Yard victim Martin Bodrog as “humble” and devoted to God, family and his beloved Boston Bruins.

Isabel Bodrog recalled an awkward moment in high school when her friends started complaining about their fathers. When it was her turn to talk about her father, Martin Bodrog, she searched for something to say.

Police Concerned about ‘Molly’/Ecstasy Use

Fairfax County Police Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit (OCN) detectives have seen approximately 168 cases involving MDMA – also known as ecstasy or “Molly” – an average of eight per month between January 2012 and August 2013.

Opinion: Vote

It will matter who is elected governor.

Absentee voting has already begun; Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. If you’ve read this far, you care enough that voting is absolutely essential.

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Area Divers Make National Team

Madison’s Campbell, Robinson’s Flory to represent the U.S. at Junior Pan American Championships.

Grayson Campbell, a sophomore at Madison High School, and Max Flory, a seventh-grader at Robinson Secondary School, will represent the United States at the Junior Pan American Diving Championships from Sept. 26-29 in Tucson, Ariz. More than 100 divers from nine countries will participate.

Area Roundups

Clifton Town Council Meets Oct. 1

he next meeting of the Clifton Town Council will be Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall. It’s at 12641 Chapel Road in Clifton. Run Around Lake for Wounded Warriors The 7th Annual Run Around the Lake—Run for Wounded Warriors will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6. Check-in begins at 7 a.m., run starts at 8 a.m. at the Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Event is sponsored by J. M. Waller Associates, Inc., a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business specializing in environmental, facilities and logistics consulting and management services to federal, state, municipal and commercial clients and Halfaker & Associates, an 8(a), Small Disadvantaged Business, Service Disabled Veteran Owned, Woman Owned Small Business providing a comprehensive suite of services across the areas of homeland security and defense, physical security, program management and information technology.

Week in Fairfax

Del. Bulova to Hold Saturday Morning Coffee

This Saturday, Sept. 28, Del. David Bulova (D-37) will continue a tradition started in 2006 by holding the first in a series of informal office hours to take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Constituents are invited to talk about issues of interest and to ask questions about legislation affecting their community. The format is casual and no appointment is needed.

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Alex Whitworth to Lead Paul VI Girls Lacrosse

Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax has announced Alexandra Whitworth as their new head coach for girls' lacrosse. A graduate of Paul VI Class of 2003, Coach Whitworth comes to PVI after serving the past four years as the head coach at McLean High School. She is also a successful coach with the SuperNova Select Lacrosse Club and previously spent one season as the JV head coach at WT Woodson High School.

Helen White Wins Medals in National Games

Senior Olympian is from Arlington

Fairfax High Student Honored for Writing

A Fairfax High sophomore was among those honored Sunday for their entries in a Grandparents Day writing contest. She is Maeve Costello and she received an honorable mention for a story she wrote called, “Meeting Charlie.”

Del. Bulova to Hold Saturday Morning Coffee

Del. David Bulova (D-37) will continue a tradition started in 2006 by holding the first in a series of informal office hours to take place from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 28. Constituents are invited to talk about issues of interest and to ask questions about legislation affecting their community. The format is casual and no appointment is needed.

‘Horrible and Senseless’ Tragedy

Four area residents killed in Navy Yard rampage.

Decorated U.S. Navy Commander Martin Bodrog’s life was cut short when 34-year-old Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, Sept. 16, killing Bodrog and 11 others. He was remembered in a moving Celebration of Life service at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield on Saturday, Sept. 21 attended by more than 1,300 friends and family.

Medicare, Caregiving Seminars

Fairfax County is offering Medicare 101—a two-three hour program on Medicare basics. Find more information and register at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/olderadultservices/vicap.htm or call the numbers below.

Crafts, Plays, Dance: Fun Events for Fall

Below is a partial listing of some autumn events happening in the local area: Oct. 12—The Fairfax Fall Festival, held throughout the streets of downtown Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There’ll be crafts galore, plus food, music and fun for children.

Burke to Celebrate History Day

Modern-day Burke has quite the colorful past; from surviving the Civil War to becoming the weekend getaway for the residents of the nation’s capital. Complete with hotels and horse racing, Burke provided a popular destination for those living in the Washington D.C. area at the turn of the 20th century. And, in the not too distant past, citizens of Burke fought back—and won—after Burke was selected as the site for the second Washington Area jet airport, forcing the United States government instead to relocate to the current site now known as Dulles International Airport. To celebrate the oft-changing Burke, the community’s own historical society holds Burke History Day Saturday, Oct. 12, in Downtown Burke, featuring exhibits, children’s activities and presentations about the people, places and events throughout the years that the place as we know it today.

Bulldozing Tactics

To the Editor: Things didn't go the way she wanted. The "wrong" candidate was endorsed. Hell to pay. A petulant state senator stamps her foot, threatening retribution.

Facts About Rec Center Still Needed

To the Editor: I am writing in response to Bob Simon's letter ["Facts About the Rec Center," July 24-30, 2013] regarding the Rec Center planned for Reston by the Reston Community Center (RCC). While I understand Bob thinks that there has been misinformation about the Rec Center, I feel there has not been enough information available about the center, primarily around the finances. The current proposal commits Reston taxpayers to paying the full capital and operating expenses of this $33 million center, while other centers are supported in full by the county

Commentary

Where Is the Outrage?

Aaron Alexis exercised his constitutional right to bear arms when he carried his shotgun and pistols to work with him at the Washington Navy Yard where he proceeded to shoot 12 other people before the police shot him in what the Washington Post termed a “rampage.” The pattern is becoming all too familiar: You get ticked off at someone or something; you get yourself a really big gun that a lot of people are spending a lot of money and time to ensure you can purchase as easily as possible; you vent your anger by shooting a lot of people; and you get put out of your misery when the police shoot you. If it sounds like a familiar story line, it’s because you’ve heard it many times—Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, Newtown, and now the Washington Navy Yard to name just a few of the sprees in recent years.

Farmers Market Takes Festival Holiday and Lake Anne Down

Independent Progressive

What a marvelous season 2013 has been at the Reston Farmers Market at Lake Anne! And there is much more to come after a one-day break for Multicultural Festival day this Saturday, Sept. 28.

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Celebrating Arts in Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon hosts 5th annual Paint Herndon.

“Over 325 people attended the ArtSpace Herndon annual Paint Herndon,” said Robin Carroll. A former director of ArtSpace Herndon, Carroll helped organize this year’s Paint Herndon event, an annual birthday of the ArtSpace Herndon. Held this year on Saturday, Sept. 21, all scheduled activities went on as planned as rain held off until the reception and award ceremony. The cornerstone of the event is the painting competition, which is designed in the spirit of a “day painting” competition and challenges artists to create works of art in a short period of time. “The art was amazing,” said Emmanuelle Marie Carnogursky. A resident of Herndon, Carnogursky also participated in the painting competition, submitting three finished oil paintings. “I have been painting with oil since the age of 14 … I got right to painting as soon as I had my canvas stamped, it was a lot of fun.” Two other big activities at the ArtSpace Herndon event were the VW “Doodle Bug” and the animals available for adoption from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. The Doodle Bug, a Volkswagen Beetle wrapped in white vinyl to enable a dry-erase canvas, was on display at ArtSpace Herndon for guests to demonstrate their artistic talent on the car. Volkswagen of America has an office in Herndon, and staff from their office drove the vehicle to ArtSpace Herndon.

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Becoming a High School Diplomat

"How to Apply" The HSD application is now available at highschooldiplomats.com, and all parts must be postmarked and sent by January 8th, 2014. The program runs from July 29 to August 9, 2014. Questions can be directed to Celine Zapolski, the American HSD director, at celinezepolski@highschooldiplomats.com.

R. Dennis McArver, Chairman of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Dies

The Arts Council of Fairfax County is mourning the passing of its chairman, R. Dennis McArver. McArver, a Vienna resident, legal professional and civic arts activist, died Sept. 14. He was born in 1936. "We have lost a dear friend and a strong leader," said Linda S. Sullivan, president and CEO of the Arts Council. "Dennis embraced his role as chairman of the Board with such enthusiasm and vigor and was a tireless advocate for the council and all the arts in Fairfax County," Sullivan continued.

Cycling for Campus Safety

Gran Fondo to raise funds for VTV Family Outreach Foundation.

Bicyclists ride to promote campus safety

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Area Divers to Represent the U.S. at Junior Pan American Championships

Grayson Campbell, a sophomore at Madison High School, and Max Flory, a seventh-grader at Robinson Secondary School, will represent the United States at the Junior Pan American Diving Championships from Sept. 26-29 in Tucson, Ariz. More than 100 divers from nine countries will participate.

Week in Vienna

Candidates Meet & Greet Forum in Vienna

Social Action Linking Together (SALT) and four co-sponsor groups will host “Fairfax County (NOVA) Candidate Meet & Greet Forum” on Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 to 11 a.m. in Patriot Hall at The Vienna American Legion Post 180. The address is: 330 Center St. N., Vienna. The phone number is 703-938-9535. Representatives of the sponsoring groups will moderate the forum. The public is invited.

Honor Flight Network Brings 90 Veterans to WWII Memorial

On Saturday, Sept. 20, mostly on the spur of the moment, I drove out to Dulles Airport to join my daughter and 4 of her children to greet WWII and Korean War veterans flown to Washington by the Honor Flight Network. My daughter had received an email earlier in the week from a home-schooling friend to invite her to the event.

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Fall Fun Abounds in Vienna

Festive events, the arts, and family activities keep the season busy.

The Vienna-Oakton Connection offers a snapshot of fall fun around the area. Look for our holiday fun guide in November, with details of the Church Street Holiday Stroll, breakfast or lunch with Santa, holiday bazaars, and the Wolf Trap Sing-a-long. In the meantime, grab a sweater, swish your shoes in falling leaves and enjoy the crisp, sunny air. And don’t forget school fall festivals and book sales, as well as The Barns of Wolf Trap, which presents performances almost daily. Over at Waters Field, there are VYI football games all day and under the lights … and the football fun is free. The Vienna Farmers’ Market, in the church parking lot across the street from Waters Field, is open through the end of October.

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Supporting Growing Hope

Optimist Club of Greater Vienna hosts eighth annual Walk & Family Fun Day for Growing Hope.

Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Vienna Town Green, 144 Maple Avenue East. Activities: *3-mile fundraising walk on W&OD trail, musical entertainment by Donaldsons’ Run, games, moonbounce, facepainting, balloon artistry. Dunk tank featuring teachers, government officials and Optimists volunteers, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. *Food and refreshments available for sale; proceeds to Growing Hope.

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Tour Houses to Represent Four Centuries

Ticket sales for Holiday Homes Tour to start in early October.

Ticket sales for the McLean Woman’s Club annual Holiday Homes Tour will begin on Oct. 1 at three retail stores in McLean, Vienna and Great Falls and will continue through Thursday, Dec. 5, the day of the tour. The stores are Mesmeralda’s Gifts of McLean (1339 Chain Bridge Road), Karin’s Florist (527 Maple Ave., E., Vienna) and Great Dogs of Great Falls (9859 Georgetown Pike). Tickets will also be sold on Dec. 5 at the tour houses and at a free “MarketPlace” at Trinity United Methodist Church, in McLean (1205 Dolley Madison Blvd.). The latter event will start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m., concurrent with the tour. Tickets for the tour will cost $25 before Dec. 5th and $30 on that date.

McLean Theatre Company Launches New Season

The 2013-14 season opens with the exclusive concert performance of “The Last Five Years.”

he award winning McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) introduces 2013-14 season—beginning with an exclusive concert performance of Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years,” Sept. 28, the family-favorite, “Annie,” the hilarious satire “Bald Soprano” as the Virginia High School League (VHSL) competition entry, the modern American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Performances appear in the Burks Auditorium or Black Box Theater and are led by Artistic Director Amy Poe. Advance tickets are available at www.mcleandrama.com or directly at www.brownpapertickets.org.

McLean Orchestra Begins ‘A Season of Festivity’

The McLean Orchestra has announced its 42nd season, A Season of Festivity. Embarking on Maestra Miriam Burns' second season as music director and conductor, the McLean Orchestra will offer five classical concerts with an illustrious array of soloists, including pianists, jazz vocalists, bagpipers, organists, dancers and more.

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Small Church, Rich History

McLean’s Shiloh Baptist Church celebrates 140th anniversary.

Late in the 19th-century, three figures converged in Northern Virginia, leading to the creation of one of McLean’s first African American churches. Cyrus Carter was a local pastor whose goal was to establish four black churches in Northern Virginia. The plan was to organize churches in Chesterbrook, Vienna, Arlington and in west McLean where Shiloh Baptist Church now stands. In 1873, Carter was able to broker a deal with local landowner, Charles Elgin, and Shiloh Baptist Church was born. “At the time, there were no black churches. Although this is where the majority of African Americans were living in those days, who were free,” said Pastor Robert Cheeks. “They migrated to this area as D.C. was beginning to grow. This was a predominantly African American community,” he said. Carter recognized the need for the community to have a place to worship. And after securing the necessary property, which still stands at the intersection of Lewinsville and Spring Hill Roads, Carter and the new congregation needed a place to worship while they raised money to start building a church. “It was difficult in that time, right after slavery, for people to save their money,” said long-time member Archie Borgus. But they were able to raise the capital, and the cornerstone was laid in 1887.

Elinor Scully Becomes New Head of The Langley School

The Langley School is kicking off the 2013-2014 school year under the leadership of a new head of school. Dr. Elinor Scully assumed her role as Langley’s next leader on July 1, following the retirement of Doris Cottam who served as head of school for 13 years.

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‘Science Is Fun’ at Churchill Road

‘Science Is Fun’ at Churchill Road

Laura Brown’s third grade class at Churchill Road Elementary learned scientific principles via hands-on experiments conducted by optical physicist (and parent) Dr. Jinendra Ranka. Dr. Ranka wanted to show the students that “science is fun and everyone can do science at home” (with proper supervision of course). The students enjoyed creating ooblek, a non-newtonian fluid, which has properties of both a liquid and a solid. They also demonstrated centrifugal acceleration by balancing a penny on a coat hanger. Dr. Ranka also demonstrated a laser beam and the chemical reaction created by mixing soda and Mentos candy. The grand finale of experiments was a rocket launch on the school’s back field, capturing not only the interest of Mrs. Brown’s class, but all the fifth grade classes who were out at recess.

Vote 2013

Election day is coming- Express your opinion, exercise your right to vote!

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The Ultimate Guide to MPAartfest

Q&A on MPAartfest, to be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the McLean Central Park.

What and Where What: McLean Project for the Arts presents the 7th annual MPAartfest Where: McLean Central Park at the corner of Rt 123 and Old Dominion Drive When: Sunday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine Info: www.mpaart.org/artfest.php

Chimney Installed at Runnymede

Structure will serve as local habitat for bird species.

Visitors to Runnymede Park over the past few weeks might have noticed a new feature in the median of the parking lot, a freestanding chimney.

NatureFest Returns to Runnymede

Annual festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 6.

The Town of Herndon Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Runnymede Park will team up to host this year’s NatureFest Sunday, Oct. 6. The annual event gives local residents a chance to explore the plants and animals that live in the 58-acre park.

Fully Accredited (Almost): One School Fails to Meet Minimum Standards

School officials were ready to celebrate victory until state included Arlington Mill High School.

The news couldn't have been better for Arlington Public Schools. Preliminary reports indicated that the Virginia Department of Education was on the verge of releasing standardized test data that would show all 31 public schools in Arlington would be fully accredited. Then the bottom fell out.

Tuesday, September 24

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Fall Comes to Reston

Multicultural Festival, Reston Home Tour highlight fall events.

This fall, several new features will come to two of Reston’s signature events. The Reston Multicultural Festival, which will take place at Lake Anne Saturday, Sept. 28, will begin with the annual naturalization ceremony.

Six Run for RCC Board

Six candidates seek three openings on Reston Community Center Governing Board.

Six candidates are currently running for three seats on the Reston Community Center’s Governing Board. A preference poll is currently being conducted through the first week in October.

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Running, Walking for a Cause at Susco 8K

Annual Tim Susco 8K run, 2K walk comes to South Lakes.

Tim Susco, a 1999 graduate of South Lakes High School, was living his dream in the summer of 2007. He was working as a location scout for the NBC show “Heroes” when he suffered a brain aneurysm and passed away at the age of 25.

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Running, Cycling, Wheeling 5K

Tysons Corner hosts 10th annual Super H 5K.

After losing his leg in an accident in 2004, McLean resident Harry Freedman was, in his words, “in terrible shape.” An avid cyclist, he found himself questioning whether he’d ever be able to ride a bike again.

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Pumpkin Patch, Artfest Come to McLean

Annual fall events are on the way.

Few things are as synonymous with fall as the pumpkin, which adorns porches, sidewalks and stoops throughout the season. This year, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in McLean will have thousands of pumpkins for sale, starting Saturday, Oct. 5. The pumpkins are brought in from a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. The church shares the profits from sold pumpkins with the Navajos, and the remaining ones are donated to an animal refuge site to be used as feed.

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MCC Prepares FY2015 Budget

Draft budget would increase tax rate to 2.3 cents per $100 of assessed real estate value.

The McLean Community Center Governing Board will vote on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget Wednesday, Sept. 25. The board’s financial committee has recommended an increase in tax rate from 2.2 cents to 2.3 cents per $100 of assessed real estate value.

Great Falls Studios Join Amadeus Orchestra in Season Debut

Continuing a strong history of collaboration among community groups, Great Falls Studios (GFS) artists will be exhibiting their art at the Amadeus Orchestra’s season debut on Sunday, Sept. 29 at St. Luke Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean.

Great Falls Resident Angie Officer Is Volunteer of the Year

Angie (Donnell) Officer, a ’88 Rochester Institute of Technology graduate who majored in graphic design, has always kept busy in her personal and professional life. She worked as an art director and handled public relations before joining Sprint Corp. in 1992 as an account manager for relay services in New Hampshire, Connecticut and Virginia. Today, she’s a senior implementation program manager for Sprint Relay, overseeing relay service in 32 states, as well as serving as chairperson of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Obituary: Phyllis Cochran Paul, 91, Dies in Great Falls

Phyllis Paul, 91, died on Tuesday morning, Sept. 17, under hospice care. Phyllis, a native of Philadelphia, went to business school in the 1930s and worked as an executive secretary throughout her long life living in eight different states. She had been married to Remsen O. Paul, Sr. for over 52 years until his death in 2004.

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Civil War Revisited

The reenactment of John S. Mosby: Making connections, taking the long view.

As the Great Falls Historical Society continues its annual reflection on the Civil War (1861-1865) over its five-year-long 150th year anniversary, Rick and Debbie Turner, residents of Great Falls, reenacted John S. Mosby and his wife, Pauline at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Rick took detailed, factual research about John Mosby’s life, battles and achievements and dramatized the tale in the first person.

Christian Morrow of Great Falls in 'Miss Firecracker'

Christian Morrow of Great Falls has been selected to play Mac Sam for the University of Mary Washington production of “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” Morrow is the son of Hugh and Anne Morrow of Great Falls and is a 2011 graduate of Langley High School.

The Artist's Atelier Announces New Website

The Artists’ Atelier has a new website showcasing the artwork of its resident artists. The new site, at http://gfatelier.fineartstudioonline.com, shows visitors images of available art, biographies and contact information for each artist, a calendar of upcoming events, and a short history lesson on how the Atelier came to be.

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Colvin Run Hosts Outdoor Movie

“Hotel Transylvania” shown at annual back-to-school event.

Though their weekend had officially begun several hours earlier, hundreds of Colvin Run Elementary School students and their families made their way back to the school at dusk Friday, Sept. 20 for the school’s annual outdoor movie night.

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Grange Receives Funds for ADA Compliance

Board of Supervisors approves funds for new restroom, internal and external lift.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved more than $500,000 in funding to make the Grange in Great Falls compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Grange is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

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Country Fair, Spooktacular Return

Annual festivals highlight fall fun in Great Falls.

Fall brings several annual traditions to Great Falls, events that help local residents to celebrate the season in style. On Saturday, Oct. 5, St. Francis Episcopal Church will host their annual country fair.

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Author Explores Consequences of Mental Illness

B.W. DeCaro released first novel, “Grown Men Don’t Cry.”

When it came to writing his first novel, Great Falls resident B.W. DeCaro knew he wanted to delve into some serious topics. With his first novel, “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” he’s done exactly that, creating a story in which two men must deal with mental illness in themselves and the ones they love.

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Full Disclosure? Forms Plagued By Lack of Information, Absence of Oversight

Fairfax County goes so far as to redact disclosure documents.

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is in hot water for taking gifts without disclosing them, and legislators are talking about increasing disclosure requirements for family members. But here in Northern Virginia, personal financial disclosure forms are often incomplete and inconsistent.

Saturday, September 21

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McLean Field Hockey Beats Madison

Eckrod's second-half goal lifts Highlanders to victory.

The McLean field hockey team improved to 6-2 with a victory over Madison

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Henderson Leads Lake Braddock to Comeback Win Over Westfield

Bruins tight end Antonellis has big pass-catching performance.

Lake Braddock improves to 3-0.

Friday, September 20

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Review: ‘Come Blow Your Horn’

The American Century Theater dazzles with Neil Simon classic.

It’s been more than half a century since Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn” made its Broadway debut, launching one of the most successful playwriting careers in the history of the American stage. Filled with what would become Simon’s trademark wisecracking repartee, the autobiographical portrait of a young man leaving home to experience the swinging single lifestyle of the ’60s is performed to perfection by The American Century Theater at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two in Arlington.

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Review: A Stitch in Time

Powerful “Gee’s Bend” debuts at MetroStage.

It’s officially known as Boykin, Ala., with a population of 275. But the former slave plantation on the banks of the Alabama River gained prominence as Gee’s Bend, an isolated African American community known for the role its folk art quilts played in the struggle for Civil Rights.

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Review: Mean Girls

"The Children’s Hour” at Port City Playhouse.

In 1809, a girls’ boarding school opened in Edinburgh, Scotland, closing a few months later amid rumors involving two of its teachers. The decades-long lawsuit that followed was the inspiration for playwright Lillian Hellman, who more than a century later penned the critically acclaimed “The Children’s Hour,” now playing at Port City Playhouse.

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One Step at a Time

TC grad makes 3,600-mile run for veterans.

When Brendan O'Toole was in high school, he and his friends repeatedly watched “Forrest Gump,” with O'Toole joking that one day he was going to recreate the film character's run across the country. For most young men, the conversation would end there but for O'Toole, a 2007 graduate of T.C. Williams, it was just the beginning.

Thursday, September 19

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 134 homes sold between $1,770,000-$199,900 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: August, 2013

Springfield Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 197 Springfield homes sold between $1,075,000-$135,000.

Springfield Home Sales: August, 2013

Reston Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 104 Reston homes sold between $1,100,000-$140,000.

Reston Home Sales: August, 2013

Potomac Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 65 Potomac homes sold between $4,900,000-$440,000.

Potomac Home Sales: August, 2013

Mount Vernon Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 140 homes sold between $1,195,000-$76,125 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: August, 2013

McLean Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 98 homes sold between $2,300,000-$198,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: August, 2013

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 93 homes sold between $1,399,990-$170,000 in the Herndon and Oak Hill area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: August, 2013

Great Falls Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 21 Great Falls homes sold between $2,000,000-$436,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: August, 2013

Fairfax Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 121 Fairfax homes sold between $1,145,000-$142,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: August, 2013

Centreville Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 116 Centreville homes sold between $1,020,295-$127,000.

Centreville Home Sales: August, 2013

Chantilly Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 27 homes sold between $790,000-$63,750 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: August, 2013

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

In August 2013, 87 homes sold between $1,425,000-$175,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Burke Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 75 Burke homes sold between $945,000-$129,000.

Burke Home Sales: August, 2013

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 295 Arlington homes sold between $3,008,000-$125,000.

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2013

Alexandria Home Sales: August, 2013

In August 2013, 215 Alexandria homes sold between $2,006,250-$96,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: August, 2013

Editorial: Addressing Virginia’s Economy

Ending gridlock in Congress and supporting health care reform would be huge steps in supporting economic recovery in Virginia.

The strength of Virginia’s economy, especially Northern Virginia’s economy, comes significantly from federal spending. So while the governor and other elected officials claim that Virginia’s success is because Virginia is a low-tax state with fewer regulations, it’s worth considering that the sequester and continuing gridlock in Congress threaten Virginia’s most important resource, federal spending.

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Navy Yard Shootings Hit Close to Home

Four Fairfax County victims killed in Washington Navy Yard rampage.

“Marty was a kind and caring man. He had such a sweet spirit and was in every way a man that lived his life to honor Christ.” —Pastor Steve Holley of Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield

Springfield Area Roundups

Key Center is introducing two new classes during the 2013-14 school year to help students expand knowledge of their surroundings. Passport to Adventure will offer students the opportunity to become educated travelers. In an effort to learn about different countries, students will research specific travel destinations, including history, culture, famous people and events, and current events in each country. Classes will learn about famous and historical landmarks and experience aspects of each country’s music, food, and art. Also new is My Class, a course designed to strengthen students’ social skills while enhancing peer relations; encouraging self-management; and increasing academic, compliance, and assertion skills.

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Lee High Graduate Helps Make Coast Guard Rescue

Former Springfield resident Lt. Brian Ward piloted a helicopter as part of a “textbook” response.

On Friday afternoon, Sept. 6, a garbled mayday call from a commercial fishing vessel roughly 40 miles off Cape Mendocino, Calif., meant Coast Guard Lt. Brian Ward would get a rare chance at a major rescue. The excitement for his four-man helicopter team was palpable. These cases only come along about once a month. But with extensive training on his side, Ward, a 2000 Robert E. Lee High School graduate, kept a cool head and executed a textbook, successful rescue mission as aircraft commander.

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Car Show at Edison High

Junior class holds fundraiser with games, booths, bagpiper.

Edison High School’s junior class held a car show and community sale last Saturday, Sept. 14, as a fundraiser. The event brought out the community for games, booth vendors selling books and jewelry, inflatables and even a bagpiper.

Miller Resigns from Churchill

Boys’ basketball coach led Bulldogs to first region final appearance in 33 years.

Miller will be an assistant coach at Shepherd University.

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Local Business Leaders Spotlight Opportunities for UK Companies

Fairfax County EDA organizes Sept. 26 seminar in London.

Fairfax County’s Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 17, that local executives will speak at a London seminar to spotlight opportunities for British companies interested in homeland security business opportunities in the United States.

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Westfield Field Hockey Beats Fairfax

Johnson, Winesett score goals for Bulldogs.

Westfield field hockey improves to 6-2.

Robberies in Area May Be Linked; Suspects Sought

Police are investigating a series of robberies that have taken place over recent weeks. The most recent robbery took place on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at around 1 p.m. Two men entered the convenience store at 6550 Edsall Road, approached the clerk with items as if to pay, assaulted the cashier, took money and fled.

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North Springfield Volunteers, Dignitaries at Tree Planting

Vivian Watts, Sharon Bulova, and John Cook & BSA T-990. Also attending are VDOT representatives at the tree and shrub planting along the Beltway Wall on Leesville Blvd. and Joplin Street in north Springfield. Norma Heck, president of NSCA, is on Sharon Bulova's left, and in front of John Cook. Vivian Watts is to the right of Sharon Bulova.

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Robinson Volleyball Sweeps Lake Braddock

Balanced Rams share offensive load.

Three Rams finished with at least nine kills.

Obituary: Arthur Woodrow Beveridge, 70, Springfield Musician, Dies

Art Beveridge, a popular musician from Springfield, died Aug. 7, at the age of 70. He died at Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, where three weeks earlier doctors had performed a 6X bypass operation in a heroic effort to revive his failing heart. His wife, son, brother and several close friends were present when he passed.

Letter: Alarming Case

On Thursday, Aug. 29, Fairfax County Police in Springfield responded to a domestic call in which the caller said her boyfriend had thrown out her clothing and that the boyfriend has a gun. If that is the extent of her call, the response of a single police unit would be hard to justify. But according to news reporting, a helicopter and the SWAT team were also on site!

Area Roundups

The Fairfax County Office of Elections needs approximately 2,200 election officers—particularly bilingual ones—for the Nov. 5 general election, and it’s seeking the public’s help. Election officers must be registered voters in Virginia and must complete required training and forms. Applicants may choose to accept the $175 payment for a full day’s work or volunteer their time.

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Lorton Scout Receives National Recognition

The Boy Scouts of America presented the National Certificate of Merit to Lorton resident James "Ike" Hughes, 9. Ike, who attends Halley Elementary school as a fourth grader, was instrumental in saving his father’s life this past summer. He quickly recognized what turned out to be early symptoms of a heart attack, and was able to use his Cub Scout training gained over the three previous years of scouting. Ike remained calm, assessed the situation and got help. The presentation was given at the monthly Pack 2000 meeting held at Halley Elementary school on Sept. 5, by Jim Stewart, Boy Scouts district commissioner for the Old Dominion District. Accompanying the presentation was the area's Unit Commissioner Byron Ing.

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Rocktoberfest Comes to Lorton

Metropolitan School of the Arts rocks out with Robbie Shaefer of Eddie from Ohio, Oct. 27.

Rocktoberfest, a family-fun, musical festival, features a headlining performance from Robbie Schaefer, singer of Eddie from Ohio and singer Kira Willey, a children’s music artist, as well as performances from other local artists at the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Lorton on Sun., Oct. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center at 9601 Ox Road. Cost is $10 per person, which benefits the non-profits, Metropolitan School of the Arts and One Voice, an organization that provides for needy children in East Africa, India and the United States.

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Clifton Firefighters Take Chili-cooking Honors

The firefighters of the Town of Clifton’s Station 16 won the annual, Richard King Fireman’s Chili Challenge during the Sept. 2 car show in Clifton.

Full Disclosure?

Forms plagued by a lack of information, absence of oversight; redacted documents.

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is in hot water for taking gifts without disclosing them, and legislators are talking about increasing disclosure requirements for family members. But here in Northern Virginia, personal financial disclosure forms are often incomplete and inconsistent. Some elected officials choose to disclose a great deal of information while others disclose very little. Fairfax County officials have decided to redact information that's supposed to be part of the public record. And nobody is reviewing the forms to make sure they are accurate.

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‘Beltway 1’ Goes to Georgia

Youth golfers of Springfield, Fairfax win PGA Jr. Golf League Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship.

Ten boys ages 7 to 13 representing four Northern Virginia area golf clubs (Army Navy Country Club, Springfield Country Club, Country Club of Fairfax, and Mount Vernon Country Club) defeated similar all-star teams from Chattanooga, Tenn., Louisville, Ky., and Chesapeake, Va. to win the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship of the PGA Jr. Golf League. The team comprises TJ Repczynski, Kyle Cardenas, David Stanford, Michael Stanford and Graham Kalan representing Army Navy Country Club; Logan Schwartz and Mason Jones representing Springfield Country Club; Wesley Duffy and Josh Dizinno representing Mount Vernon Country Club; and Noah Blocher representing the Country Club of Fairfax. “Beltway 1,” as the team is known, now moves on to the National Championships to be held at TPC Sugarloaf in Georgia where they will compete against regional winners from Chicago, New England, Texas, California and the Southeast.

Week in Fairfax

City of Fairfax police are investigating a robbery that happened last Tuesday, Sept. 10, around 10:45 p.m., at a home in the 3900 block of Bradwater Street in the Comstock community. The occupants reported that two males forced their way into the townhouse, implied they had weapons, took several items of property and physically assaulted several of the occupants, who sustained minor injuries.

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Art Matters for All Ages

Local experts say art classes help children develop new skills.

If you walk into Art at the Center in Mount Vernon on a Tuesday morning, you might find a group of preschool students and their parents or caretakers squishing potting clay with their fingers. In the same room, several other tots could be brushing an array of paint colors across art paper, making a mess but having fun. The children are part of the Center’s Art Explorers class, designed for children ranging from 18 months to 5 years old.

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Viva Vets! 5K Comes to Area

Event funds scholarships for military veterans.

A 5K race that helps America’s military veterans further their education is coming to the local area. It’s the Viva Vets! 5K Run/Walk, and it is slated for Sunday, Sept. 29, at 8:30 a.m. at Fairfax Corner.

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Motor Squad Wins Team Competition in Wisconsin

Eight members of the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad recently traveled to Milwaukee, Wis. for a two-day motorcycle riding safety and skills competition. The event was held at the headquarters of the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company and marked its 110th anniversary.

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Fairfax Library Foundation Awards Continuing Education Scholarships

Fairfax Library Foundation has awarded three Fairfax County Public Library employees and volunteers with Continuing Education scholarships to foster the professional development of the Fairfax County Public Library team.

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Wednesday, September 18

Dr. Esi Joins Dental Associates of Northern Virginia

Dental Associates of Northern Virginia, with six convenient locations in Northern Virginia, welcomes Ejiro Esi, D.D.S., a board-certified orthodontist, to its Fair Oaks practice, located at 12011 Lee Jackson Highway, Suite 105, Fairfax.

Robinson Graduate Completes Air Force Basic Training

AB Alexander Marris, son of Randy and Maria Marris of Fairfax, has graduated from Air Force Basic Training. Marris enlisted in the Air Force April 29. He graduated Basic Training in June in the top 10 percent of his graduating class of 600 and received the distinction of Honor Graduate.

Letter: Celebrating Constitution, Citizenship

To the Editor: On Tuesday, Sept. 17, our country celebrated Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. During Constitution Week, from Sept. 16 to Sept. 23, more than 18,000 people will become citizens during approximately 180 naturalization ceremonies across the country and overseas.

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Short Film Fest Comes to Fairfax

DC Shorts Film Festival to be held at Angelika Film Center.

With its motto, "keeping it short, keeping it reel," the DC Shorts Film Festival returns for its second year at the Angelika Film Center. The multi-day festival gives Fairfax County residents a nearby, easy-to-reach opportunity to sample and enjoy new works right in their own backyard. The Angelika will present short films from Monday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 29.

Dedicated Fans to Win Year of Free Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A will open its newest metro-DC stand-alone restaurant in Fairfax on Sept. 19, giving away free Chick-fil-A for a year to the first 100 adults in line at the new restaurant at 4516 Fair Knoll Drive. It is the first in the region built by the chain to meet the standards of the U.S Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.

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‘Finished on Time, Within Budget’

End of the road for parkway interchange project.

It’s been a long time coming, but the Fair Lakes interchange is just about done. And last Thursday, Sept. 12, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell joined local officials here to cut the ribbon on a project improving travel for drivers on the Fair Lakes and Fairfax County parkways, plus Monument Drive. “It’s great to celebrate these achievements,” he said. “The Fairfax County Parkway has been a lifeline of this county for so long. This was a marvelous story of VDOT and our private-sector construction teams working together, and it will benefit this county for a long time.”

Letter: Taking Exception

To the Editor: Representative Jim Moran's commentary on Syria ["Fear of Action Opens Way for Diplomacy," Connection, Sept. 12-18, 2013] deserves a response.

Fundraiser to Help Stop Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Supervisor John C. Cook (R- Braddock District) invites area residents to join him to raise awareness of domestic violence and help two local charities, Shelter House and Fairfax CASA.

Area Roundups

Election Officers Are Needed

The Fairfax County Office of Elections needs approximately 2,200 election officers—particularly bilingual ones—for the Nov. 5 general election, and it’s seeking the public’s help. Election officers must be registered voters in Virginia and must complete required training and forms.

Week in Reston

Metro Launches Silver Line Website

Metro Launches Silver Line Website Metro has launched a website—www.silverlinemetro.com—for information on the Silver Line. The site will be updated frequently with new service details, destinations and partner information. If you have additions to suggest or links you would like Metro to include, email your comments to externalrelations@wmata.com.

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Agility Cats Perform at National Cat Show

Reston woman’s Abyssinian cats are famous for athletic prowess.

Cat trainer and breeder Lisa-Maria Padilla, 52, of Reston, appeared with her blue Abyssinian cats at the National Capital Cat Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly over the weekend, Sept. 7-8.

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Life Time Athletic Opens in Reston

New gym brings jobs, promotes fitness in Reston

Life Time Athletic Reston held an official opening ceremony on the evening of Sept. 12. The grand opening ceremony was open to the public, and several local dignitaries attended, including Robert "Bob" Simon, Jr., founder of Reston. Life Time Athletics staff from the Reston store and other locations including Centreville were also on site to attend to the large number of visitors.

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Reston Teen Serves Up Recipes the Italian Way

Ben Gaiarin, a 16-year-old Reston native and student at South Lakes High School, explores Italian cuisine.

Imagine yourself savoring all the flavors of Europe; the cheeses and breads of Switzerland, the bratwurst and schnitzel of Germany, the pastries of France, the pastas and pizzas of Italy and the classic dishes of countries like England, Spain, Austria and Hungary.

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Lake Anne Interim Agreement Approved

Board of Supervisors hopes project will serve as revitalization catalyst.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved an interim agreement for the redevelopment of the Crescent Apartments, which are located in the Lake Anne Commercial Revitalization District. The 16.5-acre site contains 181 affordable housing units.

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Sport and Health Hosts Concussion Forum

Former NFL players, doctors discuss diagnosis and care for athletes.

Worldgate Sport&Health Clubs hosted a forum for local parents and coaches Tuesday, Sept. 10 to discuss proper diagnosis and care for athletes with suspected concussions.

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Festival on the Square Returns Oct. 27

The 5th annual Festival on the Square is Sunday, Oct. 27 from noon until 4 p.m. at Reston Heights, 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. In addition to hosting the Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) Help the Homeless Community Walk, Festival on the Square offers a full afternoon of free family fun including live entertainment, a petting zoo, a hay maze, trackless train rides, face painting, moon bounce, giant slide, children’s activities, trick-or-treating, plus the Z Car Club’s Judging and People’s Choice Award.

Commentary: Voter Suppression

As fundamental as the right to vote is to a democratic republic, free and open access to voting continues to be a contentious issue. From the earliest days of our nation’s history when only white male landowners could vote to recent history when the Voting Rights Act was intended to ensure that voter registration processes were open and fair, there have been expansions of the suffrage followed by efforts at retrenchment. While the Emancipation Proclamation may have freed the slaves, African Americans and other minorities have seen a steady stream of legislation and intimidation to keep them from voting.

Week in Herndon

Woodland Park Crossing to Host HarvestFest

Woodland Park Crossing presents the third annual HarvestFest, a fun fall-themed family event on Saturday, Sept. 28 from noon until 4 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy free entertainment, including a giant walking scarecrow, a juggling unicyclist, DJ music, and free activities such as face painting, glitter tattoos, pumpkin painting, fitness demos, prizes and more. Participating Woodland Park Crossing merchants and restaurants will offer giveaways and samplings at their booths, and Finnegan’s is hosting tastings of food and fall brews on their patio. Fitness demos will be presented by LA Boxing and Down Dog Yoga. Select HarvestFest proceeds will benefit local charities.

Seniors Spell in Bee, Expert Youth Speller Moderates

Herndon Senior Center hosted 200-plus senior attendees from 15 senior communities and 22 contestants on Sept. 11 in a spelling bee to remember. Lori Anne Madison, 7, the youngest ever participant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee from 2012, gave a presentation and assisted in word calling. The overall winner was Ruth Siegerson of Falcon's Landing.

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A Playful Homage to Hitchcock

“The 39 Steps” opens at NextStop Theatre, Fairfax's newest professional theater.

"Hitchcock meets hilarity" is the way cast member Nick Rose describes "The 39 Steps," the first production of Fairfax County's newest professional theater company, NextStop Theatre in Herndon.

Record Crowds, Record Fundraising in Dulles Day Plane Pull

More than $226,000 raised for Special Olympics Virginia.

A record-breaking crowd—more than 16,000—turned out for the Sept. 14 Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull at Dulles International Airport. In its 21st year, the event is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Virginia, pitting teams of 25 against one another to see who can pull an 82-ton, 164,000-pound airplane the fastest. Seventy teams registered to participate in the event, raising over $226,000—a record amount for the event. A new addition to the festivities this year was an early morning 5K on the Dulles runway, in which 2,000 runners participated. A highlight of the afternoon was the arrival of an FA2 fighter attack sea harrier jet, which demonstrated its vertical take off and landing capabilities to a rapt crowd.

Herndon Parks and Recreation Wins Awards for Marketing

Approximately 450 delegates from Virginia gathered in early September for the 59th annual conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, which was held in Williamsburg. The conference is a learning exchange and provides an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to collaborate and ultimately improve the delivery of parks and recreation services. A highlight of each conference is a presentation of awards. This year Herndon Parks and Recreation had two items, which were selected in the 25,000 and less population category:

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Artistic Talents Unlocked

Stimulating “The Pitmen Painters” at 1st stage.

"When and Where" 1st Stage presents "The Pitmen Painters" at 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. Performances: Now thru Oct. 13: Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: General admission: $27. Seniors $22. Students and Military $15. Visit: www.1ststagetysons.org or 703-854-1856. Note: Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Note: Want to know: http://www.ashingtongroup.co.uk/home.html.

Week in Vienna

Arrest Made in Homicide in the Vienna Area

Police are investigating an overnight homicide that occurred outside the Residence Inn, located at 8616 Westwood Center Drive. Officers were called to the location around 2 a.m. on Sept. 15 for the report of a person who was shot. They located the victim on the sidewalk and began efforts to resuscitate him; however, he was pronounced dead at the scene with injuries to the upper body.

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Rauner Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award

Sharon Stakes, Executive Vice President of The Business Bank, announced that Harold C. Rauner, President/CEO of The Business Bank was honored with Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Sept. 6, 2013 at the Westin Washington Dulles Hotel and Resort in Herndon. Harry Rauner is a graduate of George Mason University, where he received both Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Business Administration with a major in Finance and Real Estate. He began his banking career at the McLean Bank in 1974, where he held various positions to include Senior Vice President of Loan Administration and Commercial Loan Officer. He left McLean Bank in early 1987 to organize the Heritage Bank of Northern Virginia where he served as President, CEO and Director. Rauner left Heritage Bank to join The Business Bank in late 1994 where he assumed his current positions.

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Environmental Peace Makers to Visit Unity of Fairfax in Oakton

Few bodies of water in the world are as revered, as fought over, or as polluted as the lower Jordan River, whose vital waters are shared by Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians. Yet this river of historic conflict has become a symbol of peaceful cooperation, largely through the efforts of Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME), a unique, award-winning, tri-national organization that unites Jordanians, Palestinians, and Israelis around one very simple idea: the peaceful stewardship of the Earth. On Monday, Sept. 30, these gentlemen, who were named Heroes of the Environment by Time magazine, will be making a rare visit to the U.S., stopping in Oakton to speak to faith communities to raise awareness, build political momentum, and share their reasons for hope with Americans possessing strong spiritual ties to the Holy Land. They will be appearing at churches, mosques, synagogues and houses of worship in the Washington area from Sept. 27 to Oct. 5, followed by events in Chicago and New York.

When Food Is the Enemy

Pair of moms work to raise money for research into their sons' rare disorder.

For a small but growing number of parents, having a child who's a finicky eater would be a dream come true.

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Vienna Commemorates ‘A Day to Remember’

Town, American Legion Post 180, pay tribute to lives lost on September 11, 2001.

On a hot and humid September 11, 2013, people in Vienna—as they did in towns and cities across America—reflected on the horrific terrorist attack that altered the lives of Americans from that date forward 12 years ago. More than 3,000 innocent human beings lost their lives when jetliners slammed into the World Trade Center twin towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Patriot Day pays tribute to lives lost, lives impacted and to the living who put themselves in harm's way to protect the nation.

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Vienna Youth Football Season Kicks Off

There’s pro football, college football, high school football … and then, there’s VYI football. On a crisp fall day, it’s a long-time Vienna Saturday tradition. And now, Fairfax County’s youth football season is in full swing.

Historic Church Gets New Roof

The historic Antioch Christian Church is getting a new roof. The structure getting the new roof was built 1902-1903. Antioch Christian church is located at 1860 Beulah Road in Vienna. The church services include: Starting Point Contemporary worship - 9:30 a.m.; Classic/Traditional worship - 11 a.m.; Sunday School Bible Study- 9:30 a..m. and 11 a.m.

World Food Crisis Is Focus of Marshall High's Model UN Training Conference

Marshall High School’s 10th annual My First Model United Nations (Model UN) training conference will provide high school and middle school students with the opportunity to debate solutions to the world food crisis. The conference is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Marshall High School is a Fairfax County public school.

Commentary: Combatting Human Trafficking in Our Own Communities

“You’re pretty. You could make some money.” That was the headline of a recent Washingtonian Magazine article about young girls in our region who are lured through social media into the terrifying world of human trafficking.

Week in McLean

On Monday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., the Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public meeting to present changes to the McLean Central Park Master Plan, made in response to comments from the June 2013 public meeting and afterward. The event will be held at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.

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Supporting SHARE

HBC Community Charity Champions hosted a fundraiser for SHARE last week at Pulcinella Italian Host in McLean. Share, Inc. Food Bank Director Therese Dyer-Caplan said, "Share is so grateful for the community support. We are delighted to be chosen as a recipient of the HBC Community Charity Champions fundraiser on Sept. 10. It was the best turn out ever and raised a record $1,610 for Share, Inc. Thanks to HBC Realty Group-Keller Williams, Pulcinellas, all the other sponsors of the event and the more than 60 Share supporters who came out to enjoy delicious Italian food and have a good time."

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‘One Laptop Per Student’ at Churchill Road

Churchill Road Elementary School is piloting its “One Laptop per Student” initiative. Chrissy Frantz’s sixth graders were excited to be assigned a full-time laptop when they arrived in the classroom on their first day of school. One of their first tasks was to complete their log-in procedures.

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Getting Used to School Cafeteria

The first week of school was especially exciting for Churchill Road’s 100 new kindergarten students. One of the first-time experiences was eating lunch in the school cafeteria. The students learned how to make healthy food choices, pay for their meals through their lunch accounts, and compost and recycle procedures.

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Launching Rockets at Churchill Road

On Friday, Sept. 13, Churchill Road sixth graders conducted a scientific experiment using the rockets they built in science class. The cardboard rockets were fueled with a mixture of Alka-Seltzer and water in their boosters (film canisters). Science teachers Chrissy Frantz and David Ericson assisted the groups of students with the rocket “fuel.” After the launch, the students measured the height each rocket traveled; then looked at the correlation between rocket weight and launch height. The students discovered that the lighter rockets gained the most height. The top rocket went more than 14 feet.

Week in Great Falls

The new season of the Great Falls Historical Society begins Sept. 18 with a re-enactment of Confederate guerilla fighter John S. Mosby. Great Falls resident and Civil War enthusiast Rick Turner will speak in the first person about Mosby's legendary military career and Mosby's role in shepherding the Confederate Cavalry through Great Falls en route to Gettysburg 150 years ago. Turner will also discuss Mosby's life before and after the war, and the political and economic issues of the war.

Tuesday, September 17

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Spring Hill RECenter Set For Renovation

New fitness center, basketball court, renovated facilities part of $7.1 million project.

The Spring Hill RECenter in McLean will be renovated and expanded by 36,000 square feet over the next year and a half. The project, which was funded through the 2012 Park Bond, will commence with a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday, Sept. 21.

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Planning Area’s Future Transit

Transportation officials discuss transportation funding, projects.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance hosted their annual "What You Need to Know About Transportation" seminar Thursday, Sept. 12 at the Gannett building in McLean.

Troop 673 Promotes Two New Eagle Scouts

Troop 673 of Great Falls recently promoted two new Eagle Scouts. Ryan Scott Anger, son of Scott and Mary Anger of Great Falls, joined Troop 673 in 2006. Since joining the troop, Ryan has served as quartermaster and patrol leader twice. Ryan has attended summer camp five of the past six years and has participated in the Sea Base High Adventure trip.

Great Falls Teen Represents Virginia in Miss Junior Teen Competition

Skye Jannery-Barney of Great Falls represented the state of Virginia in the National Miss Junior Teen America 2013 competition this summer in Orlando, Fla. She is the current Miss Junior Teen Virginia 2013. Skye is an eighth grader in the Academic Advanced Program (AAP) at Kilmer Middle School. Skye won the overall National Academic Achievement Award at the Miss Junior Teen America pageant competition.

Letter: Supporting Comstock

To the Editor: Recently Kathleen Murphy, who is running against our current delegate, Barbara Comstock, called me to ask for my support. She said her friend, former Delegate Margi Vanderhye, told her I was open minded, liked to support the best candidate regardless of party and that she should talk with me. 

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Great Falls Writer’s Group Exceeding Expectations

Local writers share experiences, dilemmas, resources.

The first meeting of the Great Falls Writer’s Group was held in August and group facilitator, local author Kristin Clark Taylor, reported via e-mail that, “because folks in the community are so thirsty to not only write, but to share their feelings about the writing process itself, we had to move the meeting to the large conference room—we had more than 30 attendees!” Taylor feels that it is “vital and extremely important” to hear a personal introduction from each person in order to maintain “an intimate, comfortable collective feel no matter how large our group becomes ... turns out we have doctors, lawyers, housewives, former and current NSA-types, teachers, retired teachers, published authors, men and women, young and old, and most important, everybody just wants to write!” Participant Nancy Hannan of Great Falls agrees that the group is “diversified … and willing to share,” and she looks forward to connecting with the group: “I write and find the energy from like-minded people a great asset. It helps the writing flow.” Great Falls resident Raymond Rollins says that the writer’s group is, “very much what I was hoping for,” and that like Hannan, Rollins is “energized by discovering how many similar souls there are in this community.”

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Great Falls Nails and Spa Re-opens

Salon has new name, second floor with spa facilities.

Great Falls Nails and Spa officially re-opened under their new name with a party Saturday, Sept. 14. Formerly known as Glamour Nails and Spa, the owners decided to change the name to reflect their commitment to the community.

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Friends and Neighbors Award Scholarships

Four local women receive total of $7,500 in scholarship money.

The Great Falls Friends and Neighbors awarded $7,500 in scholarships to four local students at their annual meeting Friday, Sept. 13.

Donner Finds Inspiration

Great Falls resident releases Bible study for Gospel of Luke.

For almost 20 years, Great Falls resident Leesa Donner has been studying the Bible. During her career as a broadcast journalist and while raising her two sons, the Bible has always been a source of inspiration.

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South Lakes Football Overcomes Fourth-Quarter Deficit

Denny scores two touchdowns in win against W-L.

Seahawks score game-winner in final two minutes.

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First Responder Tells 9/11 Story

Deputy Fire Chief Robert Zoldus speaks at annual remembrance.

The Friends of the Great Falls Freedom Memorial hosted their annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 11. More than 40 people gathered at the memorial to reflect on the 12th anniversary of the attacks, and to pay tribute to the six Great Falls residents who died that day.

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Great Falls Native Celebrates 100th Birthday

Evelyn Woods, who was raised on Seneca Road, celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 28. Woods celebrated with her sisters, her great-grand niece and childhood friend Beanie Lambert.

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A New Beginning for Fairfax County Public Libraries?

Library trustees vote to discard beta plan in favor of more public outreach sessions.

On Wall Street, a “beta” test refers to assessing the risk, volatility and expected return of a particular portfolio. If Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) officials had a crystal ball to assess the volatility of its planned beta tests this fall, it’s likely they may have steered clear of the project that became a quagmire of epic proportions.

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

County suspends discarding of library books.

Just when Sam Clay, Fairfax County’s Public Library director, thought FCPL’s public image couldn’t get any worse, Supervisor Linda Smyth (D-Providence) released photos of bins filled to the brim with discarded library books.

Letter: Joining Forces to Prevent Homelessness

You can prevent homelessness, you can end chronic homelessness, you can move people rapidly out of homelessness. What you cannot do is stand aside and let people fall. This simple belief—that together we can change the rate and severity of people losing their homes—brings together nonprofits, for-profits, civic leaders and government staff. We each play a special role, depending on our location and mission. For United Community Ministries (UCM), prevention is the key.

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Beckford Carries Episcopal Football Past Flint Hill

Senior running back runs for 312 yards, 5 touchdowns.

Episcopal offense looks strong in season opener.

People

Nuptials, Elections, Conventions, and other milestones in the Arlington Community

Monday, September 16

Two Local Students Feted for Their Writings

Two local girls were among those honored Sunday for their entries in a Grandparents Day writing contest. They are Chantilly High freshman Saru Kalva, who won first place, and Chantilly resident Rashel Bajaj, a Thomas Jefferson High freshman who came in third. The Writers of Chantilly, a local group of professional and aspiring writers, sponsored the competition, which was held over the summer. Students wrote about their grandparents, and the winners were recognized and read their works during a Sept. 8 ceremony at the Chantilly Regional Library. For their efforts, Kalva and Bajaj received certificates and a prize package including a Barnes & Noble gift card. They’ll also have their entries published in an upcoming Writers of Chantilly (WOC) anthology.

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‘You Can See the Joy of Learning’

Centreville Elementary’s unconventional summer school.

In one room, students learned about measurement and density by making parfaits. Others were busy reading, some were doing science experiments and others were creating crystals. And in the hallway, a group of children were making roller coasters on the walls. What was happening, July 15-Aug. 2, four hours/day, at Centreville Elementary in no way resembled boring, summer-school programs of the past. These students were having fun while learning things they’d need to succeed in school and in life.

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Sunoco Plan Heads To Planning Panel

Alcoholic beverages sales still a concern.

It’s on to the Fairfax County Planning Commission now for Sunoco’s proposed changes to its gas station near the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly. And along the way, two local land-use groups have opposed its intention to sell alcoholic beverages in its associated convenience store. Located at 4475 Daly Drive, by Willard Road, the existing Sunoco station — initially a Mobil station — has been at that site since 1989. But after Sunoco acquired more land, it decided to completely revamp the facility and its offerings.

Eat Pizza To Help Local Girl

Paisano’s holding fundraiser for Tara Sankner.

A fundraiser being held by a local pizza chain won’t cure Tara Sankner’s cancer — but it’ll certainly help her parents pay for her medical bills. Called “Let’s Take Care of Tara,” it began Sept. 3 and will run through Sept. 30 at all Paisano’s and Bella Pizza locations. This is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and Paisano’s owner and founder, Fouad Qreitem — who has children, himself — wants to do all he can to help this local family. “I would love to see Tara get into remission,” he said. “I met Tara and her mother, Tammy, and they didn’t ask for anything. But I could tell they were a family struggling and in need.” Tara, 8, is now a third-grader at Lees Corner Elementary. Her dad Craig is a letter carrier with the U.S. Post Office in Oak Hill and her mom is a medical biller at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. And in February, their only child was diagnosed with an astrocytoma, a treatable but inoperable form of brain cancer. “It would be a parent’s worst nightmare,” said Qreitem. “I have two daughters, 8 and 12, and cannot imagine my family being faced with this situation. So I want to help Tara and her family.”

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Gros To Lead Glasgow Middle School

Doctoral candidate to mentor most ethnically diverse school in Alexandria.

On July 1, Penny Gros, 43, of Burke was named the new principal of Glasgow Middle School, an ethnically diverse school in Alexandria. It’s the best fit for the Spanish-speaking doctoral candidate in her 19th year in education. “This school is a perfect fit for my background, experience and passions,” she said. As a true melting pot, Glasgow Middle has 1551 students enrolled who were born in 65 different countries and speak 57 languages — Urdu, Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, among others. The school demographics are: 46 percent Hispanic, 24 percent White, 15 percent Asian, 11 percent Black, 31 percent ESOL. There are 16 percent of students in the Level 4/Advanced Academics program and 10 percent in the AVID program. And 75 percent of the students are on the free/reduced lunch program. In terms of student counts, Glasgow has 579 in sixth grade, 480 in seventh grade and 492 in eighth grade.

Aldersgate Prepares Annual Fundraising Golf Outing

Event to benefit variety of charities.

Elizabeth King, 12, is setting her sights high for her first-ever golf tournament. “I’ve never done this before. My one hope is that I get a hole in one,” she said. Elizabeth and her family are among those who have signed up for the Aldersgate United Methodist Men’s 5th Annual Golf Outing. The event will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Joint Base Andrews’ West Course. “She’s been wanting to go out and play and this is a great way to do it,” said her father, Bob King. King has been playing in the tournament since it first began. When his son David, 15, became old enough, he joined his dad on the course. Now, Elizabeth will do the same. All three are planning to head out for a day together on the golf course. The family said the event is a great way to spend time together, playing a sport they enjoy in a noncompetitive environment.

Column: An Aside

My wife and I live just a few blocks from George Washington's Mount Vernon home, on land that was once part of his estate. Most mornings, we go out onto the back porch, overlooking beautiful woods, and read the daily newspaper.

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Get Ready for Fort Hunt Park Community Day

Event will celebrate — and clean up — local park.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, the first-ever Fort Hunt Park Community Day will take place at the Fort Hunt Community Park, a 197-acre historical park located off the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Alexandria. The non-profit organization, the Friends of Fort Hunt Park, Incorporated, is co-sponsoring the event with the National Park Service and the National Parks Conservation Association to both celebrate the park and for an official clean up. “We want to celebrate Fort Hunt Park as a vital part of the community and to enhance its recreational resources and its rich history,” FFHPI president Dorothy Canter said.

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School’s Picnic Brings Family Fun

London Towne welcomes students and parents.

Students at London Towne Elementary eased back into the school year with a back-to-school picnic. The family-friendly event was held the evening of Aug. 29 on the school playground. Among those attending were Emily Horning and sons William and Dimitri, in third and fourth grades, respectively. “We met William’s teacher and she was really nice,” said Horning. “London Towne is family-oriented, always coming up with new activities for the families to do. I’m amazed at how hard the teachers work. Even at this picnic, they were grilling hot dogs.”

‘Gee’s Bend’ at MetroStage

The beauty of regional theatre is that each theatre has its own personality, its own character, both on and off the stage. So when seasons are announced there is usually a common theme, thread, tone that connects the choices made by the Artistic Director, reflecting individual interests, passions and personalities. As scripts cross our desks, actors and directors discover scripts that may be of interest. Media coverage of playwrights and plays are perused and a season slowly takes shape. What may appear as a random series of plays and musicals will ultimately reflect the aesthetic and intent of the theatre company.

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Life in the Farce Lane

Cooney’s “Caught in the Net” opens at LTA.

Few will ever compare Ray Cooney to Shakespeare. The king of British bawdiness doesn’t pretend to be the Bard of high-brow literature, but as Britain’s recognized “master of farce,” Cooney’s comic genius is unmatched and on display in “Caught in the Net,” now playing at The Little Theatre of Alexandria. Written as a sequel to “Run for Your Wife,” “Caught in the Net” is a fast-paced farce that finds taxi driver John Smith juggling two families in different parts of London. When his teenaged children discover each other on the internet and decide to meet, John’s already complicated life descends even further into disarray.

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Robinson’s Lambert Named Business Teacher of the Year

Chantilly resident founded programming and FBLA clubs.

Earlier this summer, Robinson Secondary School teacher Cara Lambert received a pre-back-to-school surprise. The Virginia Business Education Association had named her the 2013 Al Roane Middle School Business Teacher of the Year. “It was exciting,” said Lambert. “This wasn’t my chosen career to begin with, but it’s a career that I love, so it’s nice to be recognized. Anyone would enjoy winning an award.”

Agility Cats Perform at National Cat Show

Reston woman’s Abyssinian cats are famous for athletic prowess.

Cat trainer and breeder Lisa-Maria Padilla, 52, of Reston, appeared with her blue Abyssinian cats at the National Capital Cat Show at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly over the weekend, Sept. 7-8. The show featured 450 cats from 40 pedigreed breeds from around the world — Sphynx to Burmese to Maine Coons to Persians — plus hybrids, crossbreeds and mutations. There were six all-breed categories, two specialty rings, household pets in eight rings, plus a display of feline agility. In addition to the cat judging, vendors sold feline products, jewelry, food, and artwork. Cats were also available for adoptions.

Friday, September 13

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Fit Club, Not 'Fight Club'

Some call it back-to-school stress. Others call it a seasonal rush. Either way, early fall is filling up Springfield gyms like TITLE Boxing Club with moms and children ready to punch one of the 58 heavy bags the center houses. Opened in October of last year, TITLE Boxing Club Springfield is attracting members who strive to participate in a challenging, high impact and motivational workout. (No sparring, says co-owner Kate Carski: "It's a fit club, not a fight club.")

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Chili Cook-off Winners Announced

Greenspring recently hosted its first Chili Cook-off. The top resident recipe winners were announced and culinary team recipes from around the community were judged. Greenspring resident Clint Lambert and Chef Eric Phipps took home the “Best in Show” titles. Both recipes will be entered into the 2014 DC101 Chili Cook-Off. As a special surprise, Angie Goff from NBC Washington helped Greenspring announce the winners. Now a weekend anchor for News4Today, Goff worked as a production intern at Greenspring in 2001.

Letter: Appreciates Extra Pool Time

I wrote a letter in June bemoaning the closing of Chinquapin Recreation Center and the lack of aquatic facilities in Alexandria. I also mentioned it was too hot to swim laps outside in bath tub temperature water. Now that the summer is over, I want to say that due to cooler temperatures than our usual sizzling summers, it has been possible to swim outdoors most days. The hours were lengthened at The Cameron Street Pool. Thanks to the hard working staff, the facility was kept cleaner than it has been in past summers.

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Fairfax Station Flutist Participates in Sir James Galway Festival

Called a “rising star” by world renowned flutist Sir James Galway, local Fairfax Station flutist Emma Resmini has just returned from a summer to remember. Emma may only be 13 years old, but she has already reached significant milestones as a musician.

Michael & Son Fun Zone Comes to Fair Oaks Mall

Michael & Son Services, the leading home improvement service in the mid-Atlantic region, will sponsor the new Michael & Son Fun Zone play area at Fair Oaks Mall through 2018. The Michael & Son Fun Zone, now under construction as part of Fair Oaks’ multi-million dollar renovation, is scheduled to open in November of this year.

Letter: Sherman’s Efforts Appreciated

As former and current PTA presidents in Alexandria, we would like to recognize and thank Dr. Morton Sherman for his five years of dedicated service to our school system. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Sherman was a passionate and tireless advocate for our children. On a personal level, he maintained an admirable open door policy for us and was always willing to listen to our concerns, show up at our meetings and respond to our emails, sometimes at 3 a.m.

Eating Pizza Can Help Local Girl

Paisano’s holding fundraiser for Tara Sankner.

A fundraiser being held by a local pizza chain won’t cure Tara Sankner’s cancer—but it’ll certainly help her parents pay for her medical bills. Called “Let’s Take Care of Tara,” it began Sept. 3 and will run through Sept. 30 at all Paisano’s locations.

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Letter: Resolving Parking Lot

My name is Miles Holtzman and I am the president of the Old Dominion Boat Club. We have been an Alexandria institution since 1880 and support many charitable activities within the city including underwriting the Fall Rowing Program for the T.C. Williams Crew Boosters and fundraising activities for those in need. Among others, our efforts have benefitted the Lombardi Cancer Center, APD Officer Peter LaBoy and children with special needs from the Alexandria Public Schools through parties and things of a like nature. We have been in our current facility since 1923 and acquired our parking lot in 1935.

Letter: Streetlight Outages

Dominion Virginia Power has a convenient way to report streetlight outages and track the progress of repair: just call Dominion customer service center at 1-866-366-4357, wait 10 minutes or more for a person. You will need the street address of the nearest house or building and the streetlight's 9-digit utility pole number found on a metal plate on the pole.

County News & Notes

Putting Brakes on Neighborhood Speeding

In an effort to get drivers to slow down in residential neighborhoods, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved $350,000 to fund a public awareness campaign and “traffic calming” measures in the county Tuesday, Sept. 10. Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) initiated the measure last year, soliciting constituent support through an online petition, which resulted in more than 250 signatures and hundreds of emails from supporters.

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For Fallen Heroes

Post 24 hosts newest Medal of Honor recipient.

The Medal of Honor is the U.S.’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. On Aug. 26, Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter became one of only 79 living recipients of the award during a whirlwind day that began at the White House and ended at American Legion Post 24 in Alexandria. “It’s an honor and privilege to have a Medal of Honor recipient at our Post,” said Commander Jim Glassman at a private dinner welcoming Carter, his family and members of his unit to the historic Old Town American Legion building. “We not only welcome Sgt. Carter but also his fellow soldiers whose bravery during the Battle of Kamdesh kept the outpost from being overtaken.”

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Celebrating Women’s Equality

Women’s Equality Day celebrated at Workhouse Arts Center.

Did you know that the Commonwealth of Virginia did not ratify the 19th Amendment—giving women the right to vote—until Feb. 21, 1952? Or that American suffragists were the first people to ever picket in front of the White House? Are the names of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as familiar as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony?

What to See, When to See It

The playwright Tom Stoppard’s existential spinoff from “Hamlet” runs for one night in March 2014. Two relatively minor roles from the bard’s play tirelessly and cleverly weigh their significance in the historic royal plot. The production of the tragic comedy benefits from direction by Tony Award-winner John Rando.

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All in the Family

Trio rocks Hard Times Café.

After a 20-year absence in Alexandria, the female trio of Huxtable, Christensen and Hood took to the stage Sept. 8, performing to a capacity crowd at Hard Times Café in Old Town. Cheering on the group were Hard Times founders and brothers Jim and Fred Parker, husband of vocalist Carol Christensen, along with their sons Ned and Jonathan Parker. “I think I'm the only Parker without any musical talent,” laughed Ned Parker, whose brother Jonathan is a professional jazz saxophonist. “I guess that's why I'm taking the tickets at the door.”

Patterson Still Jailed, Murder Trial Set for Dec. 9

Arlington's Deputy Sheriff Craig Patterson lost another bid to be released this week. His murder trial will start Dec. 9 in Alexandria Circuit Court. The 17-year sworn officer with an unblemished record, according to the Arlington Sheriff’s Office, is charged in the May shooting death of Alexandrian Julian Dawkins.

HOV Lanes Closing on Weekends

Closures begin on Friday night, Sept. 13 and continue each weekend until late October.

To advance the fast track towards completion, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be closing the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes every weekend starting on Friday nights and keeping them closed until Sunday afternoons in September and Monday mornings in October for 95 Express Lanes construction. These closures are scheduled to begin on Friday night, Sept. 13 and continue each weekend until late October. The lanes will be closed from just north of I-495 to Dumfries.

Column: Timing Is Everything

If the hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m., Judge William D. Hamblen is enrobed and on the bench. Prosecutors, defense lawyers, the defendant, security and visitors are in their respective places. All quiet. Hamblen is the retired chief judge of the 31st judicial district of the Commonwealth, Prince William County. He is well-respected and expects nothing but the best in courtroom manner, this includes the attire for brothers and sisters at the bar, defendants and anyone just watching.

Column: Now This is What

Do nothing (no more treatment) and live life to the fullest (for as long as I’m able, and right now, I’m extremely able); start another chemotherapy protocol – with an I.V. chemotherapy drug which, according to my oncologist, has not been proven in any clinical setting to be better than the patient doing nothing; or, try to get into a Study (Phase 1, 2 or 3) at either N.I.H. (National Institutes of Health) or Johns Hopkins (in Baltimore) and let the treatment chips fall wherever experimental/research medicine takes them. This is what my oncologist discussed with Team Lourie at my most recent appointment, my first appointment with him since my hospitalization and subsequent release.

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An Artistic Evening Like No Other

“ARTS by George!” returns to George Mason stage.

With an open invitation to the community, the George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) is holding its eighth annual "ARTS by George!" event. It has quickly become one of the premiere arts events in Northern Virginia. The mission of "ARTS by George!" is to showcase and support Mason students in a wide range of artistic fields including arts, dance, music, theater, computer game design, film and video studies and arts management. The gala raises funds to provide for student scholarships. It is capped off this year by the headliner performance of Tony Award winner Laura Benanti.

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NVAR Summit at GMU’s Mason Inn

Complex shortage of homes for sale likely to persist; boomers not planning to retire, not planning to move, experts say. Rising mortgage rates should inspire renters to buy soon.

Nationally syndicated columnist and moderator Kenneth R. Harney introduced the expert panel for the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) 17th annual Economic Summit Thursday morning, Sept. 5. Dr. David Crowe, chief economist and senior vice president of the National Association of Home Builders, joined economic experts David E. Versel, a senior research associate at the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, and Dr. Lawrence Yun, senior economist for the National Association of Realtors.

Condo Renovations

As sales of condominiums grow, so does demand for luxury renovations.

More people are moving from leafy, sprawling suburbs to more urban areas, neighborhoods both in the city and in Northern Virginia that offer close proximity to restaurants, jobs, cultural activities and Metro.

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Big Ideas for Small Spaces

Local designers offer ideas for decorating small rooms.

Whether one is sprucing up a small powder room or decorating a studio apartment, space limitations often pose a design challenge. However, local designers say that no matter how a small space’s square footage or how awkward the layout, there are plenty of decorative cures for small spaces. Whether one is sprucing up a small powder room or decorating a studio apartment, space limitations often pose a design challenge. However, local designers say that no matter how a small space’s square footage or how awkward the layout, there are plenty of decorative cures for small spaces.

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Top-to-Bottom Makeover Embraces Longterm Horizons

The Hollis family wanted a house that would work better today — and long into the future.

Sometimes it’s not limited square footage that makes a house feel inadequate — it’s how that square footage is configured.

Lambert Named Teacher of the Year

Earlier this summer, Robinson Secondary School teacher Cara Lambert received a pre-back-to-school surprise. The Virginia Business Education Association (VBEA) had named her the 2013 Al Roane Middle School Business Teacher of the Year. “It was exciting,” said Lambert. “This wasn’t my chosen career to begin with, but it’s a career that I love, so it’s nice to be recognized. Anyone would enjoy winning an award.”

Jubilee! to Help Libraries

A Library Jubilee! to raise funds for Library programs.

Fairfax Library Foundation will be hosting its fifth annual Library Jubilee, with this year’s theme, “Let Loose in the Library!” Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m. at the Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Thanks to many sponsors, especially Signature Guardian Sponsor, the Friends of Burke Centre Library, the Jubilee is the foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year, and all proceeds will help enhance programs and services offered by Fairfax County Public Library including: Changing Lives Through Literature, Early Literacy Outreach, programs and presentations, scholarships, and books and materials. Last year’s Jubilee raised a record amount of $130,000.

Week in Burke

Police are investigating an incident that occurred Friday evening, Aug. 23. Around 6:50 p.m., a 37-year-old woman answered a knock on her door in the 10200 block of Scarborough Commons Court. A man standing at the door spoke briefly with the victim and then attempted to push his way inside the residence. The suspect also struck the victim in the upper body. The victim was able to slam the door shut and the suspect fled on foot. The victim sustained minor injuries and did not require transport to a hospital.

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Like Magic

New plan in built-out 1940s colonial gains vital square footage as young family looks ahead.

In the end, a skillful spatial reconfiguration is like a deft magician's trick — you've seen it with your own eyes, but you still can't figure out how they did it. “Really, I don't know how this plan created so much more usable space,” Alexandria resident Alice Goulet said, discussing a recent reconfiguration to several rooms in the family's 1,800-square-foot center-hall Colonial.

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Tiny Dancers Voted 'Best Ballet'

Tiny Dancers, located on Main Street in Fairfax, has been voted “Best Ballet or Dance Studio” by readers of Washington Family Magazine. This is the fourth year in a row that the company received the honor. In addition, Tiny Dancers was previously named among the Best in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine and Best of NoVa by Northern Virginia Magazine. Commenting on the surveys, studio manager Beth Melton said, "Naturally, we're very excited. We work hard to provide the best learning environment possible for young dancers, and it's great to know that the effort is having an impact on our students."

Gros to Lead Glasgow Middle

Doctoral candidate to mentor most ethnically diverse school in Alexandria.

On July 1, Penny Gros, 43, of Burke was named the new principal of Glasgow Middle School, an ethnically diverse school in Alexandria. It’s the best fit for the Spanish-speaking doctoral candidate in her 19th year in education. “This school is a perfect fit for my background, experience and passions,” she said.

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Thousands Attend Burke Centre Festival

Free event provides entertainment, a wine garden and children’s activities.

Thousands attended the Burke Centre Festival last Saturday and Sunday at the Burke Centre Conservancy festival grounds. The free event off Burke Centre Parkway included live entertainment, bands, dancers, puppet shows, interactive wildlife shows, a wine garden, amusement rides, arts and crafts show, a blood drive, children’s activities and special appearances by the Angry Birds, SpongeBob and Elmo.

Letter: Good Cause, Bad Practice

[Reference to “Hitting the Streets to Fill the Boot,” front page photo and story on page 7, Burke Connection, Sept. 5-11, 2013]: I applaud the efforts of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue staff in their support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The annual "Fill the Boot" drive raises a lot of money each year; it's a good cause.

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Northern Virginia Designers Awarded Rooms in Showhouse Event

Northern Virginia/metro area interior designers Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design and Wayne Breeden of E. Wayne Breeden Design are among 17 designers awarded rooms at the benefit Winchester Showhouse & Gardens, open to the public through Sept. 29.

Sun Design Named One of U.S.’s Fastest Growing Private Companies

Sun Design Remodeling Specialists, Inc., of Fairfax, was named by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies. This is the fourth time the magazine has included Sun Design on its annual Inc. 5000 list.

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Home Tour Raises Funds for Easter Seals Veteran Staffing Network

Easter Seals presents the Home of Distinction by Sidd Kashyap Custom Home Builder. This home will showcase the latest in building products and design trends during the public tour, which will raise funds for the Veteran Staffing Network.

Week in Reston

Police responded to the area of Virginia Center Boulevard and Baronhurst Drive on Monday, Sept. 9 shortly after 3:30 p.m. for the report of a crash involving a motorcycle. Initial responding officers summoned Crash Reconstruction Detectives to the scene.

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Reston Strikes Blue Win First Tournament

The Great Falls and Reston U11 girls of the Reston Strikers Blue team played and won their first tournament of the season. They got a new coach (Georgiou Apostolos) this year as well as a couple of new players to round out the team. This tournament was the first time they stepped on the field together as a team.  To note—Coach Apostolos also coaches his daughter's U14 Team (they are currently ranked No. 1 in WAGS—Washington Area Girls Soccer). They also won in this same tournament.  The tournament was the OBGC Capital Cup Labor Day Tournament, which is one of the top rated Labor Day tournaments in the region. 

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Reston Strikers Win at OBGC Capital Cup

The Reston Strikers stepped onto the field in their first tournament Saturday, Aug. 31 to play in one of the top rated Labor Day tournaments in the region, the OBGC Capital Cup. The tournament included top teams from mostly Virginia and Maryland, ages U9-U19. The debut game for the Strikers ended in a 3-3 tie, awarding them one point in the bracket rankings. In their second game, the Strikers confidence grew with an easy 8-0 win. The Strikers had to beat the first place team in order to make it into the championship game. A tie would mean it was over. The Strikers won 2-1, and then faced off with the winners of bracket B on Monday, Sept. 2nd. The Reston Strikers won in a 2-0 victory.

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Reston Association Holds Biannual Yard Sale

The Reston Association held a biannual yard sale at the parking lot near the organization’s office at 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive on Sept. 7. Shoppers and vendors mingled from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., enjoying the nice weather. The event organizer, Ashley Soloff, developed the idea of a community yard sale sponsored by the Reston Association. The idea was well received, as some neighborhoods in Reston do not permit individual yard sales.

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Lockheed Employees Show Generous Spirit to Lake Anne ES

Employees of Lockheed Martin who work for the HRAccess Program (Human Resources for TSA) donated supplies to Lake Anne Elementary School; the "Recruiting and Hiring Team" as well as the "Personnel, Payroll and Benefits Team" contributed to the cause.  These employees pooled their own money and one individual took the money and went school supply shopping specifically for the Lake Anne school. Her name is Renee McPherson and she is pictured above at Lake Anne Elementary School with school Administrative Assistant Michelle Claude.

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Reston Native Unearths the Past in Spain

South Lakes High 2011 graduate explores ancient sites, archeology.

A former baseball player for South Lakes High School in Reston, Ben Raymond is used to spending time playing in the dirt. But this summer, his time in the dirt took on a whole new meaning.

Thursday, September 12

Bulletin Board

Upcoming goings-on in Arlington

Commentary: Lessons to Be Learned From Others

For many years I used North Carolina as a state that I thought Virginia should emulate. As another southern state, North Carolina was showing Virginia up in its commitment to improving the quality of life of its residents through investments, particularly in education. North Carolina’s appropriation for its university system was at least quadruple the amount per student as Virginia’s. Its preschool program was a model for the country. The state recognized early the importance of the high technology industries and was very successful in attracting new businesses to the Research Triangle.

Column: Another Questionable Use of Lethal Force

On Aug. 29, another civilian was shot to death in a situation that, on the face of it, did not justify the use of lethal force. Mr. John Geer was shot to death standing in the doorway of his home with no visible weapon according to reports from his father and neighbors.

South Lakes Student Honored for Writing

A South Lakes High freshman was among those honored Sunday, Sept. 8, for their entries in a Grandparents Day writing contest. She is Anusha Rahman and she received an honorable mention for “The Journey to My Grandparents.”

Week in Herndon

Bolger said he has worked for 30 years fixing problems in our community, protecting families' homes from aggressive creditors, bringing residents together to improve street safety and schools. Now, Bolger says, he is running for Congress to bring these same problem solving values to Washington.

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Herndon Resident Takes State Title in Clays Shootout

Herndon resident James McGowan emerged as top gun in the NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) Virginia State Championship at Primland, taking the top prize of $1,000. He scored 187 out of 200 targets. The runner-up was Barry Moore Jr., of Pulaski, who shot a 185 and took home $500. Third place went to David Collins, Jr. of Ruther Glen. Only three targets separated first through third place.

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Herndon Scouts Collect Bikes for the World

On Sept. 28, Boy Scout Troop 159 will have a bike drive for Bikes for the World.

Did you just buy a new bike and find someone to adopt your old bike which is not in a perfect condition? Do you have a child’s bike at home that's not fit for your son or daughter? Do you have a bike with missing parts? Put your old bike to good use by donating it to Bikes for the World.

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ArtSpace Herndon Hosts Cinema and Brew Series

Gallery also opens a new art exhibit, “Menagerie.”

On Friday, Sept. 6 ArtSpace Herndon hosted its first Art House Cinema and Brew. The movie selected to kick off the new series was the cinema classic “Metropolis.” Directed by Fritz Lang, Metropolis was the first feature length movie of the science fiction movies genre. Giorgio Moroder, a music producer, released a version with a soundtrack by rock artists such as Freddie Mercury and Adam Ant in 1984. Ann Rust, wife of Delegate Tom Rust, and a board member for the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts, welcomed everyone to the event.

Helping Herndon Girl Scouts Help Students in Need

Recognizing the importance of starting off the school year prepared to learn, local Girl Scout Troop 3419 recently partnered with Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation (NWFCU Foundation) to provide backpacks and school supplies to Dranesville Elementary School students.

Letter: Knowledge Is Power

It’s that time of year, when Labor Day passes and school traffic schedules take effect. In the midst of the post-summer hassle and bustle, September also begs our nation to reflect on a memory that still seems surreal. Coverage of the crumbling Twin Towers, debris, chaos, terror—seemed like a scene from an action movie and not something I should have been watching on the local news channel. Changed forever by this modern era Pearl Harbor, I have struggled to understand why and how.

Editorial: Small Steps to Fight Homelessness

Efficiency apartments would serve 20-somethings, service workers, retirees and more.

One way to prevent homelessness is to think small. It doesn’t take much space to house one person. Sure, many houses in our area have 1,000 square feet and sometimes two or three times that much per person, but that’s really not necessary.

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Celebrating Diversity Through Music

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) will be presenting bilingual master classes and outreach presentations at various Fairfax County venues.

With grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) will be presenting bi-lingual master classes and outreach presentations at various Fairfax County venues in the coming weeks.

Week in Vienna

Historic Vienna, Inc. is sponsoring a lecture by USAF veteran, retired diplomat and author Robert F. Dorr. On Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 in the Council Chamber of Vienna’s Town Hall, Dorr will discuss his latest book, “Mission To Tokyo,” the story of the American airmen, ground crews and escorts who flew long-range bombing missions during the final months of World War II. Dorr’s presentation is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

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A Family Affair

Generations of neighbors gather to celebrate the 51st annual Dunn-Loring Woods block party.

“We try to come back every year. This was a great place to grow up and just be a kid. It still is.” —Michael O’Roarke, who brought his wife Joan and son Lan to Saturday’s 51st annual Dunn-Loring Woods block party.

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Whole Foods Supports the Oakton-Vienna Shepherd’s Center

Several times a year, the Whole Foods Market stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5 percent days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit. The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) in partnership with Our Daily Bread were the recipients of a recently held Whole Foods “5 percent Day” at the Vienna store where $4,338 was raised.

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Koi Bring a Bit of Japan to Vienna

ZNA Potomac Koi Club hosts weekend competition at Meadowlark Gardens.

If Meadowlark Botanical Gardens and glistening other-worldly koi seem to be a perfect fit, that’s because they were harmoniously wed on Sept. 7 and 8, as the ZNA Potomac Koi Club presented its annual koi show and competition. The competition, bringing in nishikigoi [koi] hobbyists from Connecticut to South Carolina, was open and free to the public. Two hundred and sixty two nishikigoi, “living jewels,” entered the competition this year, breaking the Potomac chapter’s record for the show.

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Regional Flavors of India Come to Vienna

Curry Mantra 3 offers traditional and signature dishes.

Curry Mantra 3 turned upside-down the adage, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” on Sept. 8. Not only did the new restaurant at Cedar Park Shopping Center serve free lunch to celebrate its grand opening, it served free dinner, as well. Vienna guests and loyal customers from Curry Mantra 1 and 2 lined up at the door in support of Vienna’s newest entry into the town’s burgeoning restaurant scene. A hostess manning the door let people in as guests left—that’s how busy it was.

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Inspired to Give

Local teens positively impact youth on a global scale.

Picture this: An impoverished young teenager sits in a hospital bed in rural India, suffering from a life-threatening cancer, opens up a tablet device filled with educational tools and apps to distract them from their daily struggles. You would probably expect the tablet to have been shipped there by a large, national non-profit run by paid staff members. Not so. It was delivered to this teen by other teens, all working toward the same goal: to connect with pediatric cancer patients around the world in order to provide them with encouragement, support and education.

Week in McLean

The Governing Board of the McLean Community Center (MCC) will hold two meetings on its Proposed FY 2015 budget in September. A finance committee meeting of the Whole and a Public Hearing will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept 16, at the center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

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Garage Sale of the Season

Area treasure hunters visit McLean Community Center’s semi-annual flea market.

Longtime friends Nancy McCormick, Jeanne Nelsen and Liz Rothrock, who jokingly call themselves “poker widows,” have always looked for ways to have fun while their husbands played poker. Recently, the friends of 26 years have discovered that they love to sell their wares at the MCC semi-annual flea market. “This is our fourth time here,” said Nelsen. “We’ve gotten the same booth several times. We have an absolute blast.” Not only do they have fun, they typically make up to $300 in a four-hour day.

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Love Story Set Against a Wartime Backdrop

McLean Community Players present “Time Stands Still.”

"When I look through that little rectangle... time stops... all the noise around me... everything cuts out. And all I see... is the picture." But what happens when a wounded wartime photographer comes home? What's next in a life and a relationship based upon the passion and excitement that wartime can bring? Can a normal family life be enough? According to veteran director Jessie Roberts, "the playwright, Donald Margulies, explores love and friendship against a backdrop of the moral dilemma of journalists and photo-journalists who record wars, famines and genocide without intervening to affect the outcome of what they are reporting.

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Used Book Sale Returns Sept. 20-22

The 44th annual AAUW event to be held at the McLean Community Center.

The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold the 44th AAUW Annual Used Book Sale at the McLean Community Center, Friday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and, Sunday, Sept. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. The AAUW Book Sale is well stocked with tens of thousands of books plus hundreds of musical CDs as well as DVDs of television series and movies. Recent editions of histories, including many military histories, biographies, political analyses, as well as gardening, health, general literature and business and economics books are abundant. All travel books have been published between 2009 and 2013.

Starshine Theater to Host “How to Audition” Event

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m. the Starshine Theater will host a free event: "How to audition for a show—TV ‘Talent’ or ‘Live Stage,’” for ages 3 through adults. Those younger than 18 should attend with a parent. Duets, groups welcome.

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Riverbend Park Hosts Virginia Indian Festival

At Riverbend Park in Great Falls thousands of visitors stopped by to attend the annual Virginia Indian Festival. Mixing with the crowds and greeting visitors was Park Manager Marty Smith. “I have been working at Riverbend Park for 20 years, and manager for 10 years,” said Smith. It was Smith who organized and developed the concept of an educational event about the indigenous people of Northern Virginia for the general public.

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Weaving Community and Lifelong Learning

Great Falls Library brings threads together.

Concerns about the strength and condition of “the fabric of our society” abound, but how is that fabric woven in the first instance, and how is it used and enjoyed and rewoven into the modern tapestry of community? Spend just one day (or two) with the librarians, volunteers and patrons of the Fairfax County Public Library in Great Falls and you will see. The library opens its doors on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Pat Neuman Exhibits at Great Falls Library

Pat Neuman’s “Annuals and Perennials,” pastel on paper exhibit is on display in the Small Conference Room at the Great Falls Community Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls.

Classified Advertising September 11, 2013

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Incendiary Remarks in West End Fire Investigation

No arrests yet, but fire chief says investigation puts one individual in the hot seat.

Alexandria Fire Chief Adam Thiel stopped short of calling it "arson." But the chief was clear that city officials believe that the person of interest identified by the investigation into last week's six-alarm fire on the West End started the fire on purpose.

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Uneasy Easement: 1789 Deed at Issue as City Hall Takes on Boat Club

Virginia Supreme Court justices say city is putting one private interest ahead of another.

John Adams was president of the United States when two land owners on Wales Alley secured a deed that gave them private use to a 30-foot easement in the alley.

Wednesday, September 11

Book Depicts Her Parents’ Early Relationship

Local author pens memoir "Love Crazy."

One day while helping her parents move their belongings into a retirement community, Potomac resident Selby McPhee stumbled upon a box of letters with the words “Personal letters of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fleming, Jr — to be destroyed unopened" written on the lid in 1983. "I couldn't resist reading them," she said.

New Athletic Field

Washington Episcopal School students cheer as head of School Kirk Duncan and Board Chair Britt Snider ’88 cut ribbon on new athletic field, as Washington Nationals baseball team “racing president” George Washington looks on.

Letter: Focus on Use Of Pesticides

The following open letter was addressed to the members of the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment (T&E) Committee.

Americans have been led to believe they need poisons to keep their yard pretty and pest-free. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we use 67 million tons of chemicals on our lawns each year, dropping over $700 million for the privilege of contaminating our surroundings and ourselves.

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Cycling Fuels Wounded Veterans’ Rehabilitation

Local physical therapist works with Ride2Recovery.

Cycling Potomac's River Road is not for the weak. Hills on River Road can drop the equivalent of 10 stories in a mile, only to lead cyclists to the next steep climb of equal height. On Labor Day, one group of cyclists was reaching speeds of 50 miles per hour on the descents and then attacking the next hill. Some members of the group had no legs.

You Matter

Hoops tournament and fun day held in memory of Evan Rosenstock to raise awareness of teenage depression.

Churchill and Bullis have joined together to host a basketball tournament and fun day this Sunday, Sept. 15 in honor and memory of Churchill varsity athlete Evan Rosenstock.

Week in Numbers, Wednesday/Sept. 11

4 People have died in the Potomac River since June 26. On Thursday, Sept. 5, rescuers discovered the body of Mark Moore, 22 of Odenton, at 5:45 p.m., three days after river rescue teams were first dispatched to the river on Labor Day, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.

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Annual Ride Raises Funds for Lymphoma Research

Alexandrian patient among the participants.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, the Lymphoma Research Foundation will hold its seventh annual Lymphoma Research Ride. Hundreds of present and former lymphoma patients, as well as families, friends and supporters, will embark on a fundraising bike ride

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Making a Joyful Noise for Her Alma Matter

Holy Child alumna Stephanie Falcone will perform a benefit concert for Holy Child school this Friday.

She didn't grow up in the bayou or surrounded by fields, but Stephanie Falcone's heart is in the country — country music, at least.

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Remembering Those Who Serve

First Lady marks Patriot Day at Fort Belvoir.

First Lady Michelle Obama marked the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon with a visit to the new USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir.

Area Roundups

The Democratic Women of Clifton is now called the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV). It’ll hold its next meeting Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3-5 p.m. Guest speaker is Eleanor Clift, a contributor to Newsweek and The Daily Beast, an author and a member of “The McLaughlin Group,” a weekly public-affairs program. The group’s October meeting will focus on the statewide election in November. All Democratic women in Northern Virginia are invited to become members.

Week in Fairfax

A Fairfax man charged with sexually molesting a child has been indicted by a Fairfax County grand jury. He is Eduardo Requejo, 23, of Warwick Avenue.

Letter: County Needs Housing Authority

The recent article on the fate of a housing authority in Arlington indicates that County Board members believe the county's policy requiring apartment developers to set aside a modest number of units more than meets the needs of the community and obviates the need for more aggressive action.

Letter: Phone Call Can Change a Life

We do it every day: call a parent, friend, or loved one. This is so simple and routine that we forget the importance of what one phone call can make to an individual.

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Providing Programs for Those with Developmental Disabilities

PCR works with other groups to launch similar programs.

In 1994, Joan and Jim Sullivan of Potomac proposed an idea to Father John Enzler and the parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church — an idea that changed and improved services for teens and adults with developmental disabilities in Montgomery County.

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Author Turns Words Into Film

Suzi Weinert’s first novel becomes Hallmark Channel original movie.

Four years ago, McLean resident Suzi Weinert wasn’t sure she was capable of finishing her first book. Now she’s preparing to watch that very same book premiere as a Hallmark Channel original movie and has released its sequel.

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Reston Hosts 30th Triathlon

Event features two men who have done all 30 races.

Thirty years ago, many of Reston’s swimmers, runners and cyclists came together to host the first Reston Triathlon.

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Herndon Hosts Classic Car Show

Automobiles, live music, swing dancing come to downtown.

Downtown Herndon went back in time by more than a half century Sunday, Sept. 8, for the 12th annual AARP Dulles Classic Car Show.

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Tide Turns for Arlington Mill

Community center almost fell victim to recession; now ready to formally open.

Four years ago, the fate of the Arlington Mill Community Center looked moribund.

Friday, September 6

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Austin Nicholls of Fairfax Troop 1530 Achieves Eagle Rank

Austin David Nicholls, an Oak Hill resident and rising junior at South Lakes High School, earned scouting’s highest rank of Eagle on June 18. Austin is a member of Troop 1530, sponsored by Pender United Methodist Church in Fairfax, and it was at Pender's ReGift Thrift Store in Chantilly that he decided to do his Eagle Scout project.

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Saluting Soldiers

12th annual Springfield BridgeWalk celebrates and affirms community support of Fort Belvoir’s soldiers.

For just a few minutes every year, the hum of constant traffic halts on Veteran’s Bridge in downtown Springfield as the Ft. Belvoir Fife and Drum Corps leads a contingent of soldiers, civic leaders and community participants across the bridge during the annual Springfield Bridge Walk.

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Cool Cars, Hot Day in Clifton

Crowds braved 90-degree heat to attend the 14th annual Labor Day Car Show, Monday, Sept. 2, in Clifton.

Chess Champ Wins by Strategy

At the age of 9, Fair Lakes Crossing resident is ranked 4th nationally.

At the age of 9, Aasa Dommalapati, a fourth-grader at Greenbriar West Elementary, competed against the top chess players in Brazil and Canada during the summer months. She is currently ranked fourth nationally in the girls U-9 category.

A Candidate Who Takes Notes

Thanks to your newspaper I learned that Patrice Winter is running for delegate in the 37th District. On Aug. 31, I walked to her first listening session with voters. As a successful small business owner, Patrice knows it’s important to help others get started, so she chose the new American Bistro in downtown Fairfax. Thanks to Winter I now know it’s open.

Woodson’s Jacob Nelson Is Starring in Musical

Student has lead role in “High School Musical 2 Jr.”

Woodson High junior Jacob Nelson has the lead role of Troy Bolton in CentreStage Community Theatre’s production of “High School Musical 2 Jr.” Show times are Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 12, 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m., at Centreville Presbyterian Church, 15450 Lee Highway in Centreville.

Area Roundups

Now that school is back in session, Fairfax County police urge motorists to be even more vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists. Commuters should expect increased congestion throughout the week and build extra travel time into their schedules. Residents may also notice police officers posted in school zones and near bus stops to help ensure pedestrian safety, plus safe loading and unloading of students. Drivers are reminded that, when bus lights and stop signs are activated, vehicles must stop in both directions, unless they’re separated from the bus by a median.

Miss Israel Comes to Fairfax

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia hosts meet and greet with Yityish Aynaw.

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia will host an evening with Miss Israel, Yityish Aynaw, the first Ethiopian-born woman to win the Israeli beauty pageant, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the JCCNV, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

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Firefighters Hit the Streets to Fill-the-boot

Connolly praised Fairfax County fire department as “one of the best in the nation.”

Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Local 2068 kicked off its annual Fill-the-Boot drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Fire Station 14 in Burke.

Commentary: The Children Fairfax Shouldn’t Leave Behind

It’s the beginning of a new school year, and we in Fairfax are justifiably proud of our schools, which we proclaim are “among the best in the nation.” But what we don’t discuss enough is whether they are the best for all of our children. When we measure FCPS’s success, we often talk about the number of AP classes taken, high SAT scores and admissions to the best colleges and universities. These “US News and World Report” statistics measure how high our best students can go, but what about the rest? We have a minority student achievement gap. It’s narrowing but is still significant.

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Angry Birds Rumored to Appear at Burke Centre Festival

... but not in the wine tent, please.

The word around the neighborhood is that Angry Birds are preening to make an appearance at the Burke Centre Festival, with sidekicks Spongebob and Elmo, too. They’ll be at home in the whimsy and sport that is the Burke Centre Festival, at 6060 Burke Centre Parkway, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. They might not be at the wine garden though (5-10 p.m. Saturday only). But everywhere else? Fair game. 

Thursday, September 5

Update on Tree Lighting Fund

Letter to the Editor

Gold company asures readers that Alexandria's spring tree lights will be on this coming season.

Going Beyond A-F in Virginia

One reader urges for as much needed time as possible to be taken when constructing a new school evaluation scale.

Sherman: A Vision to Close the Achievement Gap

What Sherman Did Accomplish

Yvonne Folkerts Discusses Mort Sherman's Educational Legacy

Jim Savarese Memorial Golf Tournament

Knights’ Golf Outing Fights Pancreatic Cancer

Local Knights of Columbus Push Back at Cancer

Sherman Resigns — Finally

It's good that Mort Sherman Resigned from Alexandria County Public Schools, says a reader, but that doesn't mean that the school board itself will improve over night.

‘Iron’ Versus ‘Golden Age’

A Letter to the Editor

An Alexandria citizen says citizens aren't being heard in issues involving development.

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Women’s Movement Got Him Involved in Politics

Lonnie Rich: Governance and Public Service.

Lonnie Rich is celebrated for his time in office, and discusses how he helped to change Alexandria.

Opinion: Dangers of Failure To Act

Our current and future standing in the international community is on the line.

President Obama has sought Congressional approval to carry out limited surgical strikes in Syria against the regime of Bashar al Assad in response to his use of chemical weapons to attack Syrian civilians, which killed 1,429 people, including 426 children.

Editorial: Later Start Times for High School

It’s past time to act; let this year be the year.

Tuesday morning, Sept. 3, the first day of school in Fairfax County, Dr. Karen Garza began her official day at 6:30 a.m. at Chantilly High School. While Garza was making herself available for interviews before the first class started at 7:20 a.m., many students were already on the school bus.

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Wellbeing: How To Set Realistic Goals

Local experts say the key to success is setting achievable goals.

Laura Wheeler Poms, of Fairfax, set out to earn a doctorate degree and make a career change. As a wife, mother and working professional, the goal, she said, often felt lofty. “Writing my dissertation at times felt overwhelming, especially if I looked at it as one huge project,” said Poms, who now holds a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology and is an assistant professor of global and community health at George Mason University in Fairfax. “I set goals like writing one page or doing one analysis each day and I was able to get it done. I also gave myself little rewards along the way.”

Covert Matters

Supermarkets on the Corner

Harry Covert relives his first job

Column: Indeterminate Sentence

And no, that’s not another made-up phrase by yours truly describing my occasionally cluttered/run-on prose with which many of you extremely patient regular readers are all too familiar. No, it has to do with how I perceive my future now that I’m post-hospital and sleeping in my own bed. Instead of nurses, respiratory therapists, X-ray technicians, doctors and miscellaneous other hospital staff too numerous to list, I have one wife and five cats to do my bidding. And though they’re not nearly as attentive as the hospital staff, I know that they all have my best interests at heart.

Saving Jobs in Hard Times

Virginia lawmakers will push work sharing legislation this session.

“Having been through the recession and recent slight increases in Virginia unemployment rates as federal sequestration takes effect, it is important that we give Virginia businesses all the tools we can to help them and their employees get through challenging times. This bill does that.” —State Sen. George Barker (D-39)

‘Shared Work:’ A Win-Win-Win Solution

Preventing layoffs, maintaining the well-being of employees and their communities and keeping businesses competitive.

How do we mitigate the devastating effects of layoffs on employees, employers and their communities? Is there a "win-win-win" solution?

Week in Reston

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Reston and Herndon will feature Delegates Ken Plum and Tom Rust at its monthly meeting at the Reston Regional Library on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Come and hear these delegates to the Virginia General Assembly bring us up to date on the 2013 legislative session and outlook for the coming year on issues of interest to women in particular and Virginians in general. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to briefly meet your delegate and to ask questions.

REACT to Hold Annual Meeting Oct. 2

Reston Environmental Action (REACT) is a non-profit organization of residents working within their neighborhood or building to increase green habits.

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Jazz, Blues Time at Lake Anne

Seventh annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival held in Reston.

The seventh annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival was held on Saturday, Aug. 31. Visitors and guests enjoyed an afternoon and evening of "Jazz on the Lake." Reston Community Center was a major sponsor of this annual event presented by the Friends of Lake Anne and the Lake Anne Merchants and hosted by Lake Anne Plaza. The event was free and open to the public.

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GRACE to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

Celebration from Sept. 12 through Nov. 2.

A retrospective exhibition marking GRACE’s 40th anniversary, 40 for 40 celebrates the organization’s continuous engagement with contemporary art in the metro D.C. area since its founding in 1974. The show will feature a selection of 40 artists who have exhibited at GRACE, or have been closely involved with the organization, over the course of the past four decades.

Correction

The story “Public Libraries Version 2.0?” (Reston Connection, August 14-20, 2013) incorrectly attributed a quote to Jennifer McCullough.

Mosaic Harmony to Perform for Global Camps Africa

Global Camps Africa invites the community to join them for an evening of music and a chance to meet some of the people of Camp Sizanani, GCA’s residential camp for HIV/AIDS affected children in South Africa on Thursday, Sept. 5. The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a concert by Mosaic Harmony, a multicultural, interfaith community choir of the metropolitan Washington area that draws on the rich heritage of African-American inspirational music to demonstrate and encourage unity in the midst of diversity.

Commentary: Marching With a Purpose

I was in college in 1963 in Norfolk, Va. when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech. While I agreed fully with the purpose of the March on Washington, I did not have the money nor was I resourceful enough to make my way to Washington, D.C. to participate. I did not have any sense of the importance the march would have or the eloquence of one of the many speakers that day that would resonate through history. Last week I took part in both the “National Action to Realize the Dream March” on Aug. 24, and in the “50th Anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” last Wednesday, Aug. 28.

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The Pet Elf Celebrates 15 Years in Business

The Pet Elf is now officially in its 15th year of caring for Reston and Herndon’s pets. Kim Waite-Williams is the owner of The Pet Elf, one of Pet Sitters International’s nearly 7,000 members. Sept. 8, they’ll be marking the occasion with an outdoor picnic to honor their many clients and their pets at North Hills Pavilion, N. Village Road at Hollow Timber Court, Reston, from noon to 4 p.m.

Week in Herndon

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Reston and Herndon will feature Delegates Ken Plum and Tom Rust at its monthly meeting at the Reston Regional Library on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Come and hear these delegates to the Virginia General Assembly bring AAUW up to date on the 2013 legislative session and outlook for the coming year on issues of interest to women in particular and Virginians in general. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to briefly meet your delegate and to ask questions.

Patterson, Meador Wed

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Meador of Clifton are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Holly, to Brett Patterson, son of Mac and Theresa Patterson of Herndon. The wedding was held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine in Florida with the reception at the St. Francis Officers Club, June 8. The couple honeymooned in the Turks and Cacaos and now reside in Herndon. Holly is a graduate of Paul VI High School, Virginia Tech and is employed at Il Pioppo. Brett graduated from Westfield High School, George Mason University and works at Dunn & Phelps.

New Accessible Community Playground Opens at Southview Community Church

Southview Community Church invites all to the grand opening of a new accessible community playground on Sunday, Sept. 8. Southview Community Church recently completed its goal of raising funds to renovate and expand its playground, making it into an accessible playground where all children can come and have fun. “Many people in the Herndon and Reston community come and enjoy the playground all throughout the week,” said Pastor William Attaway. “We want to provide a safe and fun environment where parents, grandparents and caregivers can come and bring kids. We believe every person matters to God, and they matter to us too. Part of being a community church is showing love to our community, and this playground is one small way we can do that.” 

Herndon Temple Prepares for High Holidays Activity

New Rabbi Michelle L. Goldsmith enjoys friendly community, neighborhood.

Rabbi Michelle L. Goldsmith joined Congregation Beth Emeth as rabbi beginning July 1, taking the pulpit as Beth Emeth’s third full-time rabbi in the synagogue’s 34-year history. Rabbi "Mina" Goldsmith takes over for Rabbi Steven Glazer, who retired after 18 years at Beth Emeth.

Del Ray United Methodist To Celebrate 120 Years

Building on a sense of community.

An Alexandria Church celebrates its past and present, and also bridges the gap between new and old members alike.

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Herndon Celebrates Labor Day

25th Herndon Labor Day Festival attracts area residents.

The Town of Herndon held its 25th Herndon Labor Day Festival, on Monday, Sept. 2 from on the Town Green at 777 Lynn Street next to the Municipal Building. For $20, attendees received admission to hear the music, a tasting glass and unlimited wine tastings, plus four beer tastings with the option to purchase more. For $10, a person could enter to hear the music.

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Amazon Comes to Herndon

Amazon Web Services hosts opening of Herndon Public Sector Headquarters.

Amazon Web Services held a grand opening at their public sector headquarters on Worldgate Drive in Herndon on Monday, Aug. 26. Local dignitaries and guest speakers attended the event. The opening of Amazon Web Services at the Town of Herndon location brings an economic boost to the area and strengthens this region’s status as the Silicon Valley of the East.

Believing in Miracles

Over the past several months my daughter and I have been reading Kenneth B. Lourie's article about his cancer. We have been praying for him and encouraged by his strength. So many people struggle and never are able to put into words what they are dealing with each day.

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Herndon to Celebrate Anniversary

Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Herndon will continue its 147th anniversary celebration season at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, with guest speaker Dr. Lance Watson of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Richmond. He is host of the telecast “Positive Power” on TV ONE Network and authored “Being Healthy From Now On,” “Maximize Your Edge: Navigating Life’s Challenges,” “Meet Me in the Morning” and the soon to be released, “That Was Then, This is NOW.” Saint Paul’s congregation of over 15,000 has been noted as one of the fastest growing churches in the nation by Outreach Magazine.

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Joe Gittinger of Dunn Loring Wins Fishing Tournament

Joe Gittinger of Dunn Loring places first in historical first known fishing tournament in the country to offer a designated cash purse for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He collected $250 with the 1st place prize of the Travis Smith Special Angler Award. The designated cash purse was added to this year’s Lancaster County Little League Spanish Mackerel tournament on Saturday, Aug. 24th. The tournament is based in Kilmarnock, Va., located in Virginia’s Northern Neck, with 56 vessels competing in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Patriarch of Architects

Fredrick E. Sheridan retires.

Veteran and Architect Retires After Forty Years

Weichert, Realtors Recognizes Patricia Stack

Sales Associate Patricia Stack of the Vienna office was individually recognized for her exceptional industry success during the month of July. A top producer, Stack led the region, which comprises offices throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier and Delaware counties, in resale dollar volume. Invite this top neighborhood specialist in to learn about the real estate services that Weichert, Realtors has to offer. She can be reached in Weichert’s Vienna office at 156 East Maple Avenue or by phone at 703-938-6070.

Vienna Among Top-earning Towns, Best for Families

In addition to being one of the top three “Best Places to Live,” Money Magazine has named Vienna on its list of “Top-Earning Towns.” Vienna is ranked 24 in a list of 25 towns across the country that have above national average household income and home prices. Vienna is joined on the list by Falls Church, at number 18 on the “Top-Earning Town” list.

Two FCPS Students Elected Key Club International Officers

Two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students have been elected to the 2013-14 Key Club International Board of Trustees. Raeford Penny, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), was elected international president of the organization, and Eric Yoon of Oakton High School was elected as an international trustee.

School Announcements

School Notes

Scholarships, Awards, Acceptances, and Graduations

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Creative Framing Hosts Artist Shari MacFarlane

Bob Cramer, owner of Creative Framing on Maple Avenue West in downtown Vienna, invites members of the community to come in and enjoy original works by water and mixed media artist Shari MacFarlane.

Viewpoints: What are you looking forward to the most this school year?

“I’m looking forward to sports, football, basketball … looking forward to that. Also the challenge of new classes this year because junior year is typically the most difficult. I’m starting to look at colleges this year.”

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Excited to Go Back to School

Fairfax County Public Schools began school year on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

If any of the children waiting at a Westbriar Elementary School bus stop had first-day-of-school jitters, no one showed them. The kids intuitively lined up as the bus approached the stop as parents waved good-bye. The children were excited; parents marked another passage in their children’s lives.

Letter to the Editor

McDonnell Deserves Thanks, Not Scorn

Governor Deserves Some Credit

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Leader Of The Pack

Firefighters distribute 2,400 backpacks to children in need.

Children receive backpacks from local firefighters

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Capturing Vienna’s History

Historic Vienna, Inc. project recorded and filmed residents’ recollections of earlier Vienna.

There was a time when there was no Rt. 66 ramp in Vienna … mainly because there was a time when there was no Rt. 66 anywhere nearby. Nor was there a Capital Beltway. There was, however, a time when a train from Alexandria stopped in Vienna going west. There was a time when there were maple trees on Maple Avenue and churches along Church Street. Before Louise Archer Elementary School was named after the principal who ran the school for many pivotal years, it was a “colored” school.

Town Launches Shop Vienna Initiative

In July of this year, the Town of Vienna launched the Shop Vienna initiative, an online directory listing all in-town businesses. The directory is organized by category and individuals who “claim” their business will have their own micro-site on the town’s website.

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YMM Art Space Opens in Vienna

YMM Art Space is a children’s art education company that started eight years ago in Shenzhen, China, by Yang Hongmei, with the mission to provide children with the highest quality art programs and to stimulate children’s innate creativity through art education. Mrs. Yang started out as a private art teacher offering lessons from her home and eventually expanding her vision, YMM Art Space, into a global arts education center with locations in Hong-Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing, China as well as Toronto, Canada. Currently, there are over 30,000 students enrolled in YMM Art Space globally, and their age ranges from 2-18 years old.

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McLean Woman’s Club Holds Annual Kickoff Tea

Planning for Holiday Homes Tour underway.

The Woman’s Club of McLean held its annual “Christmas in August” Kickoff Tea on Thursday, Aug. 22, to preview its 47th annual Holiday Homes Tour in early December. This year’s tour will have the theme of “four centuries in McLean,” with each of the four tour homes representing a different century.

Weichert, Realtors Recognizes McLean Office, Sales Associate

Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced the McLean/Dolley Madison office was recognized for outstanding performance in July. The office led the entire company for dollar volume, as well as the region, which comprises offices throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Fauquier and Delaware counties, for resale dollar volume. Green also announced that Sales Associate Sari Zuhar Dajani of the McLean/Old Dominion office was individually recognized for his exceptional industry success during the month of July. Top producer, Dajani led the entire company for new home sales, as well as the region.

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It’s Back to Churchill Road in McLean

First day for girst graders, other students at Churchill Road Elementary.

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, parents, students and faculty came together at Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean for the first day of school. Danielle M. Mazurowski, a music teacher for nine years at Churchill Road was at one of the doors greeting people as they entered into the cafeteria.

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Three New Exhibitions Open at MPA

McLean Project for the Arts will open three new exhibitions with a reception and gallery talk from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. The opening is free and open to the public.

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Riding with the Potomac Riverkeepers.

Keeping it Clean on the Potomac

'Riverkeepers' safeguard Arlington's drinking water.

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McLean Community Center to Host Flea Market

McLean Fall Community Flea Market will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7.

As the season changes and students prepare to go back to school, the McLean Community Center offers local residents an opportunity to change their “trash into cash” by selling their gently used items. The center’s McLean Fall Community Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, in the parking garage located at 1420 Beverly Road (behind the Giant Shopping Center). Admission to the sale is free.

Celebrating the Change of Season

Children can welcome the change of season at MCC's Harvest Happenings.

Young children ages 3-8 can experience the fun and excitement of the changing of the seasons as they participate in a variety of activities at the McLean Community Center’s Harvest Happenings. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the center, located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. General admission is $5 at the door; admission is free for children up to 36 months old.

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Chesterbrook Swimclub Raises More Than $3,000 in its First Charity Swim-a-Thon

hesterbook Swim and Tennis in McLean hosted a Charity Swim-a-Thon on Saturday, Aug. 31 to benefit two charities with close ties to the membership. The first charity, Nadar por Vida, works to break the cycle of drowning and minority obesity in traditionally non-swimming populations. For several years, Chesterbrook teens have volunteered coaching for NPV. The second charity, Environment Virginia - Research and Policy Center, is an educational organization dedicated to protecting air, water and open spaces.

McLean High 1979 Graduate Wins Best Book Award

Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi of Boston College, a 1979 graduate of McLean High School, has won the 2012 Best Book Award from the World History Association for his book "Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not—Global Economic Divergence, 1600 to 1850."

Great Falls to Celebrate Arts in October

Great Falls Studios celebrates 10th anniversary, hosts annual art tour.

Great Falls Studios (GFS) will celebrate a decade of art on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Great Falls Community Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. This is an opportunity to meet GFS artists, view some of their original work, enjoy hands-on activities and learn the stories of their studios. A 10th Anniversary book is scheduled to be released that day—a community occasion to celebrate creativity.

Hillwood Estate to Host Great Falls Senior Center’s October Event

Great Falls Senior Center is embarking on its second bus trip—this time to the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C. Hillwood is the legendary home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune.

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Challenged to ‘Build & Fly’

Kashmir-Robotics CEO Princess Aliyah of Great Falls issues "Build & Fly" conservation challenge.

During the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference, Aug. 12-15 at the DC Convention Center, Princes Aliyah represented the Great Falls community as the CEO of Kashmir-Robotics to announced the first ever Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge.

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Letter: Birds Mystery Goes On

The mystery of the birds goes on! No one responded to your full-page coverage you published on May 22, and when I asked the District Supervisor if he knew who was butting up the birds, he responded by trying to have them removed.

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New Beach Mill Road Bridge Opens to Traffic

Bridge construction schedule, design meet neighborhood’s expectations.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) staff, Great Falls residents, elected officials, Fairfax County Department of Transportation staff and others celebrated the opening of the newly completed Beach Mill Road Bridge over Nichols Branch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 29. The bridge’s one-lane, rustic design and slip resistant wood decking and railing was a collaborative effort between VDOT, Dranesville Supervisor John Foust, the Great Falls Citizens Association, the neighboring community and others. The bridge opened to traffic on Aug. 28.

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Day One at Forestville

Forestville Elementary’s welcome back to school worthy of a gold star.

Miss Genevieve Roberson is obviously ready to start her academic career as a first grader at Forestville Elementary School in Great Falls. No tears today from this young lady on the first day of the new school year. “She actually cried when we left the open house last Thursday,” said mom Maria Roberson. “She thought it was great. She wanted to stay at school then.”

Week in Alexandria

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is weighing into the debate about school takeover with a surprising move this week, announcing that his office will not be defending the Opportunity Educational Institution.

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Morton Sherman Era Draws to Dramatic Close at Alexandria City Public Schools

Controversial superintendent oversaw school system during tumultuous five-year term.

As members of the Alexandria School Board were behind closed doors in a one-hour executive session last week, Glenn Hopkins was thumbing through a draft report he was preparing to the release from the Student Achievement Advisory Committee.

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City Leaders Consider Eminent Domain if Boat Club Rejects Final Compromise

Eight years of negotiation coming to a dramatic conclusion on the waterfront.

City officials and elected leaders are considering using the power of eminent domain to accomplish its goals on the waterfront if members of the Old Dominion Boat Club reject their latest compromise.

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Battle for Transparency at State Corporation Commission Moves Online

Agency makes official request to remove information from Wikipedia page.

The battle lines in the war over transparency at the Virginia State Corporation Commission have shifted from the committee room to the Internet.

Wednesday, September 4

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Centreville Football Throttles West Potomac in Opener

Quarterback Walter throws three touchdown passes against Wolverines.

Centreville rushes for 300 yards against West Potomac.

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Cause of Massive Blaze at West End Warehouse Yet to be Determined

Charred bits of foam litter the scene as officials begin investigation.

Firefighters from across the region battled a massive six-alarm fire Monday on the West End, a fight that enlisted help from across the region and gave four firefighters minor injuries.

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What a Difference a Year Makes

Langley field hockey wins Herndon Invitational.

Langley outscores tournament opponents 15-0 during tournament.

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Woodson’s Fisher Totals Career-high 31 Kills

Cavaliers beat Robinson in five sets.

Woodson won district championships in 2011, 2012.

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Ballot Question: Authorizing an Authority in Arlington

Arlington County voters to determine fate of housing and redevelopment authority.

Should Arlington County have a housing authority?

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O’Connell Football Blanks Rival Paul VI in Hope Opener

Quarterback Galvan throws 3 TD passes, runs for 2.

O'Connell improves to 1-1.

Nebraska Commit Pierson-El to Play QB for West Potomac

Wolverines open season with 51-7 loss to Centreville.

West Potomac will travel to face Fairfax on Friday.

School Notes

Daughters of the American Revolution award recipients

Citizens Can Be Trained For Emergencies

Emergency preparedness classes are available to the public.

Best Buddies Fundraiser this Saturday, Sept. 7

Annual Best Buddies event promotes friendships with and jobs for people with intellectual disabilities.

Obituary: Margot Mamor- Moskowitz

Past Alexandria Resident Celebrated and Mourned

Back To School Nights

Date and times for local back-to-school nights.

Cost to Taxpayers

Letter to the Editor

Resident brings to attention the money that former school superintendent has cost.

Recreation Notes

Upcoming Recreational Happenings Around Arlington.

Pups and Pilsners Beer Festival To Return

Pups and Pilsners Is Coming Back!

Miller, Pittman To Compete In Senior Olympics

Decorated Virginia senior olympian women compete again in 2013.

Classified Advertising Sept. 4, 2013

Read the latest ads here!

“Flourishing After 55”

Trips, classes, and sport for Arlington's senior community.

Tuesday, September 3

McLean’s Geisler Ties School Single-Game Goal-Scoring Record

Senior scores five goals in win over Yorktown.

McLean's Erika Eckrod scored two goals against Yorktown.

Monday, September 2

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Massive Fire Burns Warehouse on South Pickett Street

Blaze sends heavy black smoke into the air.

Firefighters from across Northern Virginia and Maryland are battling a massive, five-alarm fire at 801 South Picket Street, a warehouse building tax records say was originally constructed in 1965.

Insiders’ Tips: What are the best things about living in Burke?

Interviews conducted by Steve Hibbard at the Pohick Regional Library on Saturday, Aug. 17 in Burke.

“There is the Burke Lake Park where I go to play volleyball with friends. There’s Kingstowne for shopping and the movie theater.”

Insiders’ Tips: Things to Know About Lee District

Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee District) offered the following Insiders’ Tips on his district.

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Insiders’ Tips: What are the best things about living in Springfield?

“We came for the schools initially. The commute to the Pentagon is very convenient. I like the art guilds in Alexandria and Springfield. The swim club was nice. Folks are decent out here. There hasn’t been a radical change. It’s very stable.”

Top Five Issues in the Springfield District

Traffic congestion, especially on I-66 and the Fairfax County Parkway: I-66 is one of the major reasons the D.C. area was recently ranked first in worst places to commute by Texas A&M University. I have been working with other local and state leaders to move forward solutions including an Express Lanes-like solution that we can accomplish quickly and provide relief as well as transit choices. The Fairfax County Parkway is one of the county’s “main streets” and will see interstate level traffic by 2030. We have been successful with some short-term solutions, converting it to a primary road and last month at my request, the board asked VDOT to commission a “Corridor Improvement Study” to assess solutions to the road’s growing congestion problems. In addition, as we develop throughout the county we need to make sure we focus developers’ contributions into transportation.

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Insiders’ Tips: What are the best things about living in Clifton?

“Fairfax Station is close by to a lot: Shopping is important—and there’s Fair Oaks and Tysons. Since we’re near the capital, there are a lot of concerts; WMZQ Fest and Ke$ha at Jiffy Lube Live are some of my favorites recently. But it’s not in the city so we don’t have as much traffic to deal with. As a kid, I really liked the fact that the [Lorton] prison was out here. It was creepy. It felt like the middle of nowhere at the time. I also liked being near Occoquan with the parks. My family would take a boat out, or play baseball. I go to Clifton a lot and get ice cream at Peterson’s. It’s really cute.”

Fairfax Station Students Attend Summer Science Program in Israel

Local student and budding scientist Pierce Eggan was one of only 19 American students chosen to attend the summer science program at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, one of the world’s foremost centers of scientific research and graduate study.

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Molly Elizabeth and Scott Dana Rumberger Engaged

Mark H. and Bobbi Dickerson of Lorton announced the engagement of their daughter, Mollly Elizabeth, to Scott Dana Rumberger, son of Dale S. and Claudia Rumberger, also of Lorton. Molly and Scott are graduates of South County, and Virginia Tech, 2011 and 2012, respectively. A fall 2015 wedding is planned.

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Fall Classes Begin at School of the Arts

Classes include: ballet, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, break dancing, tumbling, Irish dance, hula, contemporary, combination classes of tap/ballet or jazz/tap, musical theater, acting, as well as piano, violin, percussion, guitar and voice lessons.

Shelter Needs Baby Items

The Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter is asking the local community for donations of laundry detergent powder, baby wipes and umbrella strollers. It currently has 23 families residing there and most of them have babies and toddlers. To donate any of these items, call 571-522-6800.

Where to Find ‘Mayor Scott’ Burgers

City of Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne gives “insider tips” to newcomers.

Q: Being mayor of the City of Fairfax has to be the ultimate “insider” position. What tips do you have for someone new to the city? A: Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! The best way to get to know your new community, and to get connected and engaged is to volunteer. There are so many boards, festivals and community associations in the city. I would suggest someone new to town check out our new website, which lists a number of great ways for newcomers to get involved.

Insiders’ Tips: What are some of the best things about living here?

Interviews conducted on Friday, Aug. 16 at The Virginian senior living community along Route 50 in Fairfax.

“Since I lived by Wolf Trap, years ago, they used to have fireworks on July 4th. Living here in the Virginian, it’s convenient to stores and shopping centers. There are many activities at The Virginian—it’s your choice. Every day there’s something going on—exercise, Bingo, Bridge, card games and entertainment at night.”

Mayor's Welcome to the City of Fairfax

On behalf of the members of the Fairfax City Council, I want to welcome you. Less than 20 miles outside our nation’s capital, the City of Fairfax has played an important role throughout the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia and our nation. The city’s size of 6.3 square miles and 23,000 residents gives our community the feel of a small town, while providing all the amenities of living in a large metropolitan area.

The Non-profits of South Fairfax County

An aid and mission travel organization that aims to implement sustainability projects, such as clean energy, safe water and sanitation in developing nations. Locally, volunteer opportunities include helping design graphics, social media management and fundraiser writing, in addition to being part of a travel team.

State Senator Marsden Shares ‘Insider Tips’ With Newcomers

Where to find Del. David Bulova bartending (maybe), and feel free to call Senator Marsden.

The possibilities for getting involved in a new community are endless. Throw yourself a “welcome to the neighborhood party” by having your new neighbors over. Join a civic club, Lions, rotary, etc. Join a church, the PTA, or the political party committee of your choice. Just don’t sit there … get started today!

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Be a Braddock Insider

What every newcomer should know about living, working and playing in the Braddock District.

Braddock is very much a district of neighborhoods, a rarity in busy and booming Fairfax. Stretching from Annandale to the far edge of Fairfax by the Fairfax County Government Center, we are located in the center of Fairfax County. Braddock District contains key roads for the county such as Route 50, Route 29, Little River Turnpike, Braddock Road, the Fairfax County Parkway, Old Keene Mill, Rolling Road and 495. We are proud to have two institutes of higher learning, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, which attract students from all over the world. Here’s a short list of some must-do, must-see places, events and opportunities for newcomers (and old-timers) alike.

Top Neighborhood Issues in the Braddock District

“As new residents to our district, I hope you will join your neighbors in pledging to drive slowly and safely, especially in residential areas.” —Supervisor John Cook (R- Braddock)

Attempted Burglary and Assault in Burke Area

Police are investigating an incident that occurred Friday evening, Aug. 23. Around 6:50 p.m., a 37-year-old woman answered a knock on her door in the 10200 block of Scarborough Commons Court. A man standing at the door spoke briefly with the victim and then attempted to push his way inside the residence. The suspect also struck the victim in the upper body. The victim was able to slam the door shut and the suspect fled on foot. The victim sustained minor injuries and did not require transport to a hospital.

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Sightseeing in the Area

See the sights in south Fairfax County.

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Burke Bakery Offers Made-to-order Sandwiches, Specialty Coffee

Burke Great Harvest Bread Co. now has the addition of made-to-order sandwiches and specialty coffee drinks on their menu, which include breads, sweets and coffee.

Letter: ‘Works Sunday 2013’ Thanks the Community

In short, it was you, our neighbors, who made “Works Sunday” a joyful, caring and compassionate event celebrating the common humanity and vibrant diversity of our communities. And so, we of the committee wish to publicly thank all those who gave so freely of their time, talent and treasure to make this year’s “Works Sunday” the major success that it was.

Week in Reston

Fairfax County Police are investigating a fatal crash that took place on Sunrise Valley Drive near Commerce Park Drive. An 82-year-old woman was driving a 2000 Subaru Legacy when she struck the rear of a Fairfax Connector bus while she attempted to change lanes at around 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

Reston Founder Welcomes Newcomers

“I believe you will find you have moved to a friendly place. Your neighbors will want to get to know you no matter how old or young you are and regardless of the color of your skin or the size of your bank balance. The 50 miles of paved pathways within Reston make it possible for you to get around on foot or on a bicycle. You can meet people and make friends on the pathways and you can enjoy the natural open spaces that wind through as they connect to the five Village Centers.

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Rescue Reston Protects Golf Course

Rescue Reston is a grass-roots organization comprising community volunteers who oppose redevelopment of Reston National Golf Course into residential housing or any site development other than a golf course or comparable open space.

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Check Your Local Community Center

Reston Community Center enhances quality of life of those living in Reston.

New to the area? Whether you recently moved to the Reston area or are one of the thousands of employees that commute here every day for work, there’s a hidden gem in the neighborhood that you cannot afford to miss—Reston Community Center.

Obituary: Robert Irving Gould Dies

Robert Irving Gould, born Nov. 5, 1937 died Saturday, Aug. 17 from lung disease. He is survived by his wife Sandra Gould and family Patricia and Gabriel Chavez and children Victoria, Corinne and Nathan; Robert Gould and Jennifer Chung; Kevin and Cindy Gould and children Kyle and Mason; Sean Gould; and Sandra’s family Peter and Joyce Repole and children Laci and Brenden and Stephanie Repole and son Alexander. He also has a brother and two sisters, Thomas Gould, Mary Louise Hobbs and Joanne Dorrett and their spouses and families.

Get to Know Reston Non-profits

Sweet Virginia Foundation is Northern Virginia's charitable beekeeping cooperative whose mission is to promote urban/suburban beekeeping and provide educational and volunteer opportunities for adults and children. Sweet Virginia uses the fine honey it produces from local honeybee colonies to raise funds for local charities dedicated to serving the needs of those most vulnerable in our local community. Supported organizations include Homestretch, Fairfax CASA, The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, Fairfax Families4Kids and several more small scale, DC area non-profits focused on serving the most vulnerable among us.

Residents Agree: Reston Rocks

Restonians on what is so great about living in Reston.

“My family loves living in Reston. The first thing that motivated us to look for a house here were the summer concerts at the Reston Town Center. During our house-hunting trip my husband and I had dinner there, and the music and the people really appealed to us.