Stories for August 2014

Stories for August 2014


Friday, August 29

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A Photo Tour of Springfield Landmarks

Local history in words and pictures.

There is history in our own backyard. While Washington, D.C. is only a few metro stops away, the Franconia Museum in Springfield, though small, offers a taste of local history that visitors are sure to remember.

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Lee High Welcomes New Principal, West Springfield Holds ‘Spartan Spree’

Springfield high schools get ready for a new school year.

Many believe that it is the job of the student to challenge and push themselves in the classroom, but for incoming Robert E. Lee High School Principal, Deirdre Lavery, success begins with the teachers.

Top Issues to Follow in Burke

According to Supervisor John C. Cook (R-Braddock District).

Speeding in neighborhoods is a chronic issue; most offenders are local residents. Which is why John C. Cook (R-Braddock District) is launching a new anti-speeding initiative in neighborhoods that will include provocative signs with slogans such as “Slow Down, We Live Here”, as well as speed monitors on the side of the road that will be similar, yet much smaller than those used on larger roadways by the police.

Facing Challenges of Next Half Century

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) on Reston’s future.

It is shaping up to be another momentous year for Reston, and we have much to celebrate.

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What’s on the Horizon for Town of Vienna

On the horizon for local residents are a transportation project, a plan to help W&OD trail users and Church Street businesses, plus a major expansion and renovation of the Vienna Community Center.

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Marshall High Welcomes New Principal

The school looks forward to “utilizing new building to its full potential.”

This year, Marshall High School welcomes its new principal, Jeff Litz, along with new additions constructed in the school’s $55 million renovation.

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Bob Simon’s Favorite Events, Places in Reston

Reston’s founder, Bob Simon, in last year’s Connection’s Newcomers Guide shared his list of top ten favorite events and places in Reston:

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Yarn Store Tangles Knitters for 37 Years

Knitting and crocheting creates community in Burke.

Knitting is as popular today as it has been since, well, maybe World War II. The resurgence of knitting and other fiber arts has seen the opening of yarn stores, such as Fibre Space in Alexandria and Looped in Washington, D.C.

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What’s on the Horizon for the City of Fairfax

On the horizon for local residents are some mixed-use projects, school-boundary changes, potential traffic shifts and the reopening of a historic and much-loved eating place.

Top Issues Facing McLean Community

As Tysons Corner booms and the new Silver Line stations become more successful, McLean will be undergoing changes over the next few years. The McLean Citizens Association and other community leaders will be working to ensure the new Metro stations are successful, Tysons becomes a community, traffic reduces on Route 7 and update Mclean itself.

Top Issues to Follow in the Area

According to Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield).

First up is getting a long-term fix to I-66 underway in 2017. “I66 congestion impacts Braddock Road,” said Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield), “and it impacts congestion on 29 as people look to avoid and get around 66.” Then there is a quarter improvement study on the Fairfax County Parkway “so we can get the interchanges and widening that we need.” A final major transportation issue is getting secondary roads paved, such as Rolling Road.

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Samantha Bird Wins Gold in Ulman Cancer Fund Triathlon

Iron Girl all-female race took place in Ellicott City, Md.

Finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of her closest competitor, Burke resident Samantha Bird was the overall champion at the Iron Girl all-female sprint triathlon held in Ellicott City, Md. on Aug. 17.

Great Falls Optimists’ Planned Activities

Planned activities for the Great Falls Optimist Club that provide opportunity for all ages to learn, serve, lead and to help youth who influence the future.

Kamara Carries Edison to Victory in Season Opener

Junior running back torches Mount Vernon for career-high 166 yards, two touchdowns.

Edison defeated Mount Vernon 26-6 on Thursday night.

Friends & Neighbors to Host Kick-off Luncheon

Great Falls Friends & Neighbors [GFFN] is a women’s club designed to connect new with current residents of Great Falls and the surrounding communities. For all members young or old, it is a wonderful way to establish friendships and community contacts through the social, educational and cultural activities that GFFN provides. In addition, the club provides service, support, and donations to philanthropic and civic organizations, particularly in and close to the Great Falls community. GFFN is a nonprofit organization.

Letter: Janet's Bad Timing

Letter to the Editor

Last Thursday, an economic study of the Northern Virginia Economy (which includes Senator Janet Howell's 32nd Senate District) reported a projected anemic 2 percent Economic Growth Rate.

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Exhibit Of Konko Opens at ArtSpace Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon shares story of a Ghana village and a literacy program.

ArtSpace Herndon brings the story of the village of Konko with an exhibit that opens Aug. 26.

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Local Player on World Stage

South County senior plays in World Cup Quarterfinal with U.S. Women’s U-20 Soccer.

Kaleigh Riehl has been “playing up” her whole life. When the lifelong Fairfax Station resident first joined the Braddock Road Youth Club (BRYC) soccer team at age 7, she played with 8-year-olds and had to wait until she reached that age to compete. “

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Everybody Goes to Spartans

Family-owned restaurant bustles with local patrons.

“Have you been to Spartans? Everybody goes there,” said Diane Thompson, a former teacher at Terra Centre Elementary School. She lives in Springfield now but likes to hang around Burke because it has a “more small town feel.”

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Lorton Boy Finds 10,000-year-old Arrowhead

Noah Cordle and family were on vacation in Long Beach Island, N.J.

Lorton resident Andrea Cordle’s family has been vacationing around Long Beach Island, N.J. since her mother was a child -- but they’ve never come across something like this. While staying in Beach Haven, her 10-year-old son Noah was walking into the Atlantic when “it just hit my foot,” he said. “Several times. Because of the waves.”

Former Delegate Gladys Keating Remembered by Colleagues, Friends

Keating served 22 years and raised five children.

On Aug. 19, former delegate from the 43rd House District of Fairfax County Gladys Keating died of congestive heart failure. She passed peacefully, with family, at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.

Candidates Forum To Be Held Sept. 8

The Reston Community Center (RCC) Board of Governors announced four candidates for its 2014 Preference Poll. This year's candidates are William Keefe, William Penniman, Linda A. Singer and Vicky Wingert. Candidacy statements for each candidate can be found online.

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Rock the Block! Celebrates Summer’s Last Hurrah

Residents enjoy concert in downtown Fairfax.

The City of Fairfax held another Rock the Block! on Friday, Aug. 22. This is the second installment of the inaugural event, which started this year on July 25. The free outdoor concert series took place on University Drive between North and Main streets.

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Middle, High Schools Celebrate New Beginning

Cooper Middle stresses creative thinking; Marshall High welcomes new principal; Highlanders take Ice Bucket Challenge.

While no one likes summer ending, teens and teachers of the McLean community have been buzzing with excitement over the start of the upcoming school year. With several county-wide changes made by the Fairfax County School Board, McLean middle and high schools are looking forward to welcoming their students and staff to start a new year.

High Schools Aiming High

Recent news from Herndon, Langley and McLean High.

Herndon, Langley and McLean High Schools offer a rich program of courses, extracurricular activities and events.

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Vienna Stands Above the Rest

Year-round activities and events create small-town feel and sense of community.

Laurie DiRocco was voted in as Vienna’s new mayor this year. Months before her death, former Mayor M. Jane Seeman had previously announced she would not run for re-election in 2014. The Connection chatted with Mayor DiRocco about Vienna, what makes it special and what issues confront the town.

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Running in the Area

Routes and trails in our neighborhood.

Runners in Burke have quick access to Burke Lake Park and Lake Accotink Park, as well as the Gerry Connolly Cross Country Trail after a short drive.

MCA Turns 100

McLean Citizens Association: Recent accomplishments and upcoming activities.

On behalf of the McLean Citizens Association (MCA), welcome! We’re delighted that you have chosen to live in the greater McLean area and hope that you will find it a welcoming “hometown.” This year, MCA celebrates its 100th anniversary as McLean’s “go-to” unofficial town council and voice on local, regional, and state issues that affect McLean’s quality of life.

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The BookShop Worth Exploring

The BookShop at Claude Moore Colonial Farm is home to 80 categories of books.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run is known for its authentic, interactive and educational programs that showcase the everyday life of Virginians during the 18th century. Although the farm is part of the National Park System, a nonprofit organization, “Friends of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, Inc.,” runs it.

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Reston Association Begins Meetings On Pony Barn Pavilion

Reston Association seeks community input regarding redevelopment.

Surrounded by a secluded wood at the intersection of Steeplechase and Triple Crown Road in Reston is the Pony Barn Picnic Pavilion, a 2006 square foot picnic pavilion near Glade Stream.

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Great Falls Schools Focus on Creative Thinking

Principals of Forestville, Great Falls and Colvin Run Elementary discuss priorities of the new school year.

As a brand new academic year approaches, teeming with students, parents and teachers, elementary schools in the Great Falls are gearing up for significant changes while managing to maintain platforms already in place.

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JamBrew Indie Concerts Return to Herndon

While Herndon Friday Night Live concludes music does not yet stop.

Friday Night Live, the Herndon outdoor concert series concluded on Aug. 22 with performances by bands Almost Journey and The Fuzz. “We have had a great year so far for Friday Night Live,” said founder Doug Downer.

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Lifelong Herndon Resident Honored for Community Service

Delegate Tom Rust presents resolution recognizing Elma Mankin.

“I was born here 90 years ago, I have been here all my life although I have traveled extensively,” said Elma M. Mankin. “When I was growing up Herndon was a small town.

Obituary: Thomas A. Weaver, 55, of Reston, Dies

Thomas A. Weaver died suddenly on Aug. 20, 2014, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida. Born May 27, 1959, in Lutcher, La., the son of Simone (Pomainville) Barbara and the stepson of John F. Barbara Jr. He was a graduate of Destrehan High School and Delgado Culinary School.

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Backpacks Donated At Herndon Hutchison Elementary

Community reaches out to families of young students.

Thousands of students in the Virginia and D.C. Metro area will be returning to schools this fall. In Fairfax County, public schools open Sept. 2.

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Great Falls, Virginia: Landmarks of Local Aspirations

Capturing and preserving the ever-evolving story of our the village.

There are certain old-timers in Great Falls whose families are filled with memories that span generations and even centuries in this area, connecting them deeply with the local story.

Representing Herndon in State Assembly

Delegate Tom Rust (R-86) serves the residents of Herndon, and parts of Oak Hill, Chantilly, and Sterling in the Virginia General Assembly. He has resided in the Town of Herndon all his adult life and remembers when Dulles Airport was nothing but forest; now he is looking forward to seeing the Silver Line constructed to Herndon.

Help Students Prepare for a Healthy School Year

As the summer draws to a close and parents look ahead to the school year, the change in daily routine offers an opportunity to change our routine meals. Setting our students and families up for success can come in many forms. Eating better meals and more frequently as families are just two ways we as parents can help our students excel.

A County of 186,785 Students

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year. The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for students, parents, and educators. Our dedicated staff has been working hard to prepare for another school year that builds on our tradition of excellence at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Obituary: Robert Knight, of Reston, Dies

Aug. 29, 1940 - Aug. 16, 2014.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, Robert Knight, of Hamilton, Va., passed away. He was husband to Andrea Knight, father of Kim Knight (Brad) Jones and Kyle (Kolynn) Knight, grandfather of Andrew Jones and Knox Knight.

Thursday, August 28

Classified Advertising August 27, 2014

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100 Books of Summer

To say Alina Bujnowski loves to read is an understatement. With more than 130 books under her belt in the past three months, the 5-year-old super reader has out-read every other child during Great Falls Library’s summer reading program.

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The Closet Turns 40

Aaron Sawyer tours around the back of a small Herndon thrift store, pointing out the volunteers who have dedicated years upon years to sifting through piles of trash-turned-treasures to sell or give away to other communities. The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area manager said the nonprofit, which started as a way for five local congregations to combine their clothing closets, is now town institution.

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Hometown Hero

Lesley Pappalardo, a slender brunette, stopped her car in front of a home with smoke billowing out of its windows in late June. Worried that someone was still inside, she opened the door to find an elderly man lying on the ground of the burning building and his dogs waiting for help.

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Afternoon with the Madisons

Interactive play “An Afternoon with the Madisons” was shown exactly 200 years from the date that British soldiers set Washington D.C. ablaze to give locals a history lesson at the free event at McLean Community Center’s Alden Theater Sunday.

Why I Live in Potomac

It was love of a man that brought me to Potomac many years ago to live overlooking the Watts Branch stream in a log cabin that was moved in the 1940s from behind Great Falls Tavern. My husband George grew up here in the ‘50's and ‘60's in a childhood many of us only dream about with open space to ramble and a small village where he had his first job in the pharmacy as a teenager.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 121 homes sold between $1,656,725-$202,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: July, 2014

Springfield Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 193 Springfield homes sold between $1,070,000-$191,000.

Springfield Home Sales: July, 2014

Reston Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 113 Reston homes sold between $1,265,000-$176,000.

Reston Home Sales: July, 2014

McLean Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 116 homes sold between $3,022,000-$188,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: July, 2014

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 103 homes sold between $1,315,000-$159,500 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: July, 2014

Great Falls Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 16 Great Falls homes sold between $2,200,000-$512,500.

Great Falls Home Sales: July, 2014

Fairfax Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 82 Fairfax homes sold between $1,000,000-$162,500.

Fairfax Home Sales: July, 2014

Chantilly Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 23 homes sold between $1,050,000-$66,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: July, 2014

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 82 homes sold between $1,190,000-$140,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: July, 2014

Centreville Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 95 Centreville homes sold between $859,000-$184,500.

Centreville Home Sales: July, 2014

Burke Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 59 Burke homes sold between $680,500-$199,000.

Burke Home Sales: July, 2014

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 63 Potomac homes sold between $2,580,000-$284,900.

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2014

Mount Vernon Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 115 homes sold between $2,970,000-$105,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: July, 2014

Arlington Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 281 Arlington homes sold between $2,000,000-$125,000.

Arlington Home Sales: July, 2014

Alexandria Home Sales: July, 2014

In July 2014, 233 Alexandria homes sold between $2,575,000-$85,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: July, 2014

Tips for Helping Young Children Transition to School

For young children who have spent most of their lives at home with a parent or caretaker, the first few days of a new school, or even a new school year, can be an anxious and stressful time. To help your child make an easier transition, use the time over the summer and just before school starts to prepare for this big step.

Croner Inducted into URISA’s GIS Hall of Fame

Potomac geographer receives national honor.

Potomac's Charles M. Croner, Ph.D. is a geographer and survey statistician extraordinaire — a U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leader who will be inducted into the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association's (URISA) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Hall of Fame in New Orleans this September for significant and original contributions to his profession.

Brief: Back-to-School Means Bus Awareness

Now that Montgomery County Public Schools are back in session, the Police Department reminds residents that on Jan. 2 the county began using an automated school bus camera enforcement program. Every driver should know that when approaching a stopped school bus with activated stop sign and flashing red lights, Maryland law requires that all traffic from both directions must stop and remain stopped until the stop sign and lights are de-activated.

Wednesday, August 27

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Celebrate Great Falls searching for volunteers

In an effort to drum up volunteers, Celebrate Great Falls is making some changes soon. A more membership driven service and a new event under its wing - the Turner Farm Independence Day fireworks - it hopes to drive the number of people willing to donate their time to make CGF’s events happen.

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Hot Issues Facing Great Falls

Great Falls, a unique village just outside of D.C., will be undergoing major changes in the next five years and beyond. Great Falls Citizens Association and Fairfax County will be working on range of issues like deer management, land use, historical preservation and water purification, among others to create a better quality of life for citizens.

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Town Council Tackling Herndon Hot Issues

Herndon will be undergoing changes in the next five years to stay on top of the progression around it. As a town that will have a working metro station running through in the next four years, business growth, community cultural and diversity awareness and increasing the walkability and bikeability of the town will become focus for the Herndon Town Council to tackle.

Top Issues Facing McLean Community

As Tysons Corner booms and the new Silver Line stations become more successful, McLean will be undergoing changes over the next few years. The McLean Citizens Association and other community leaders will be working to ensure the new Metro stations are successful, Tysons becomes a community, traffic reduces on Route 7 and update Mclean itself.

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Community Leaders Tackle Reston’s Hot Issues

In the next five years, community leaders hope to ensure the Wiehle-Reston East Station is successful, build and endorse a system of trails to get people there, build the Soapstone Connector, update the community - including the plazas - and work on keeping housing affordable in the rising economic market.

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A Summer Snow Day at Town Center

Hundreds of happy pups got to frolic in the snow last weekend at Reston Town Center. Petco hauled 20 tons of snow to the town center plaza to give local pets and pet owners a Summer Snow Day to give back to the community and raise awareness for local animal shelters.

What’s on the Ballot; How to Vote

Election Day is Nov. 4, 2014, but you can vote as early as Sept. 19.

Every year is Election Year in Virginia. This year, every Virginia voter will choose one member of the U.S. Senate and their member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Welcome to Fairfax County

Welcome to Fairfax County, the best place in the country to live, work and play. Fairfax County is home to a fantastic public school system, top tier business and shopping opportunities, compassionate human services, and some of the best parks and open spaces in the D.C. Metropolitan region.

About the Connection

As your local, weekly newspaper, the Connection’s mission is to deliver the local news you need, to try to make sense of what is happening in your community, to gather information about the best things in and near your community, to advocate for community good, to provide a forum for dialogue on local concerns, and to celebrate and record achievements, milestones and events in the community and people’s lives.

Fall for the Book in September

Local book festival with something for everyone.

Your opportunity to be part of a literary celebration is about to arrive. The annual Fall for the Book Festival begins on Sept. 11. It is a week-long, multi-venue affair with free events at locations throughout Fairfax County, and beyond.

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Accotink Church Reverend Prepared to Perform Same-Sex Marriage

Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael was part of statewide effort.

“I would expect most people wouldn’t want to get married on the spot by a minister they don’t even know,” said Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, minister of Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke. Sammler-Michael, himself from Fairfax, was one of 30 clergymen around Northern Virginia and 60 across the state that had been organized and planned to be present at local courthouses on Thursday, Aug. 21.

The Great Falls Farmers Market - Where Saturdays are Local

Please know that you have a standing invitation to join us every Saturday morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at the parking lot next to the Wells Fargo Bank for a spirited community event, the Great Falls Farmers Market – immediately following Cars & Coffee.

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West Springfield Teacher Honored

Josh Masley, 13-year veteran, inspires students through technology and engineering.

It wasn’t enough just to use the classroom’s 3D printer to fabricate Spartan helmets out of plastic. Then students of West Springfield High School Technology and Engineering teacher Josh Masley presented the helmets to teachers and faculty as gifts. “He’s teaching his kids to appreciate other people in the building,” said Johnny Pope, an assistant principal at the school. “They have some intrinsic motivation about what they're doing.”

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Century Bike Tour Held At Reston Pavilion

Over a thousand from D.C. metro area attend bike event.

On Aug. 24, Reston Bicycle Club held its 32nd annual century bike tour. The event began and ended at Reston Town Center. “We had approximately 1,165 riders,” said Ed Robichaud, a resident of Reston and member of the RBC bike club. The Reston Bicycle Club (RBC) was formed in 1982 to promote cycling in the Reston and surrounding areas. RBC is a volunteer, nonprofit club, with over 700 members.

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Herndon Planning Committee Holds Parking Conference

Committee receives input from Herndon residents.

The Town of Hendon Planning Commission met Aug. 21 to solicit comments on whether parking requirements in the downtown should be reduced or remain as currently required.

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Springfield Celebrates 13th Annual BridgeWalk

Local leaders renew Army Community Covenant.

On a minimally muggy, late night on Aug. 22, hundreds of Springfield community members walked south across Veterans Bridge and over Old Keene Mill Road.

And Another Thing I’m “Righting” On

Not only did last week’s CT Scan indicate shrinkage, where necessary – and stability, where hoped for – it also accomplished these hoped-for goals after only two months of chemotherapy (still infused every three weeks) rather than the normal three months of chemotherapy. So depending on how the calendar/treatment schedule actually fell, I probably received two fewer infusions than usual, yet all the radiological indications – and interpretations – continue to be encouraging; after five and a half years, no less. I think I’m entitled to use the word amazing – and lucky, too.

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Middle Eastern Food Festival Returns for 22nd Year

Festival hosted by Holy TransfiguratiMelkite Greek-Catholic Church features, food and sweets, family activities and traditional culture.

Food and festival-lovers alert! The annual Labor Day weekend Middle Eastern Food Festival is upon the McLean/Vienna area once again. And if you’ve wondered how a Northern Virginia foodfest can go through 200 pounds of lamb, 400 pounds of beef, 450 pounds of chicken, 180 pounds of butter and 12,000 pieces of sweets, this is your opportunity to find out.

Fairfax County’s Success Story

Economic success: 50 years in the making.

If you are a newcomer to Fairfax County, allow me to welcome you to one of the most dynamic communities anywhere in the world to live and work. It was the vision of many people to create this kind of community, so please allow me to offer a quick history lesson.

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Oakton Field Hockey Bounces Back

Cougars overcome early deficit to beat Osbourn Park.

Oakton will face Madison on Sept. 3.

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South Lakes Field Hockey Splits a Pair on UTL First Day

Seahawks lose to Robinson, beat Stuart.

South Lakes faces rival Herndon on Sept. 3.

A Prime Location

Popular businesses drive customers to gift shop.

Is it at the town center or the shopping center? Burke residents know. The Picket Fence is at the Burke Town Center, next to a newly-opened Sweet Frog, a Giant grocery store, a BB&T bank, a dry cleaner and a Starbucks. Owner Billie Thomas believes that The Picket Fence is situated in a prime location.

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Centreville Field Hockey Falls to Robinson

Centreville will face Annandale on Aug. 29.

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Mount Vernon Field Hockey Looking for Improvement in 2014

Majors finish runner-up in Pool C at UTL tournament.

The Majors finished 2-0-2 at the UTL tournament at Lee High School, Aug. 25-26.

Great Falls Chambers and Business Resources

A list of Great Falls chambers.

McLean Chambers and Business Resources

Many organizations in McLean are here to serve your business and help connect you with the resources you need to make your business successful and to help it grow. Below are a list of business associations and chambers, in no particular order. Find a comprehensive online listing of county business resources at

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For the Birds

Burke store helps bring nature closer to home.

Is it true that when one holds a bird in one’s hand, the bird gets so nervous it dies? No, said Steve Pyne, owner of the Wild Bird Center in Burke. This is the type of expertise and more that customer Kathy Morris can rely on when she comes in the store.

Vienna Chambers and Business Resources

Many organizations in Vienna are here to serve your business and help connect you with the resources you need to make your business successful and to help it grow. Below are a list of business associations and chambers, in no particular order. Find a comprehensive online listing of county business resources at

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T.C. Williams Field Hockey Wins Pool C Championship at UTL Tourney

Titans finish 3-0-1, outscore opponents 10-0.

T.C. Williams will face Falls Church on Aug. 29

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West Springfield Field Hockey Posts Winning Record at UTL

Spartans finish 2-1-1.

West Springfield will travel to face Herndon on Aug. 29.

Newcomers Guide: Burke Demographics

Burke demographics.

Newcomers Guide: Fairfax Demographics

Fairfax demographics.

Column: The Climate is Changing

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” according to a report, Climate Change Impacts in the United States, that was released this year and that includes the findings of 300 experts affiliated with the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (

Newcomers Guide: Fairfax Station Demographics

Fairfax Station demographics.

Newcomers Guide: Springfield Demographics

Springfield demographics.

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Lee Field Hockey Finishes Runner-Up in Pool A at UTL Tournament

Lancers finish 3-1, outscore opponents 17-2.

Lee surpassed its goal total from the entire 2013 season during the two-day Under the Lights tournament on Monday, Tuesday.

Letter: Running for ‘Real Job’

Letter to the Editor

Fairfax County Supervisor John W. Foust, Democratic congressional candidate from Northern Virginia, seems to have discovered one of those worse-than cures to treat political foot-in-mouth disease: suggest you do not consider elective office to be a real job, then list your opponent's superior qualifications and experience to serve in the post you seek for yourself.

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Robinson Field Hockey Wins Pool B at UTL Tournament

Rams finish 4-0 at two-day event.

Robinson field hockey is off to a 4-0 start.

Election Day Nov. 4

Every state and local office that represents Potomac is on the ballot Nov. 4.

If you want some choice in who will represent you on County Council, as County Executive, in the Maryland General Assembly, now is the time to engage. If you think it doesn’t matter much, these are the people who make land use decisions, decide what to do with county property, who set tax rates, who decide how much money will go to schools, who control services that affect traffic and many other things that affect quality of life more than anything that happens at a national level.

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Blair Looks to Instill Winning Culture at McLean

Highlanders trying for first playoff berth since 2011.

The McLean football team will open the 2014 season at Washington-Lee on Sept. 5.

Wootton Sports

Golf team repeated as state champion.

School: Thomas S. Wootton High School. Mascot: Patriots.

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Woodson Football Trying to Get ‘Back on the Map’

New head coach Dougherty brings up-tempo spread offense.

Woodson football opens the 2014 season on Aug. 29 at Oakton.

Whitman Sports

The Whitman girls’ soccer team won the 2013 state championship.

School: Walt Whitman High School. Mascot: Vikings.

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Wakefield Field Hockey Receives Confidence Boost

Warriors beat Woodbridge on first day of Under the Lights tournament.

The Wakefield field hockey team split its four games at the Under the Lights tournament.

Bullis Sports

Football team won final nine games of 2013 season.

School: The Bullis School. Mascot: Bulldogs.

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Cartoon: Tank


Editorial: Back to School - Good Steps, Good Intentions

The first day of school in Fairfax County is Tuesday, Sept. 2, but Monday, Sept. 8 is the beginning of something important. For the first time in decades, elementary school students will have a full day of school on Mondays instead of being sent home hours early. This action makes so much sense in for families with children in elementary school. The ability of Superintendent Karen Garza to facilitate this change to go into effect right away is remarkable, and we hope a promise for more changes ahead.

Churchill Sports

Golf team finished state runner-up.

School: Winston Churchill High School Mascot: Bulldogs.

Serving Up Innovative Cuisine

Executive Chef Chris Mayo transforms Bethesda Country Club’s menus.

June 29, 2012: The derecho hits Potomac and Bethesda, causing devastation and cancellations. Trees are down, high temperatures with even higher humidity prevail, and there is no power for a week resulting in refrigeration issues and camp-outs in basements.

Get Involved

West Montgomery County Citizens Association: Potomac’s umbrella citizens association.

In 1964, the Montgomery County Council adopted the General Plan "On Wedges and Corridors." This plan established land use guidelines for the County and set the standard for local and area master plans.


What do you like about living in Potomac?

What do you like about living in Potomac?

Serving Animals

Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center is the only open admission shelter in Montgomery County now, according to adoption center representative Katherine Zenzano. That means the shelter accepts any type of animal that gets dropped off at the shelter or that animal control officers get called out to pick up.

Helping the Community

Manna Food Center, the main food bank in Montgomery County, strives to eliminate hunger through food distribution, education and advocacy. Manna has distributed more than 43 million pounds of food to more than 2.7 million individuals.


Above, Your Dog's Friend’s Puppy 2nd grade graduation. Your Dog's Friend, a nonprofit based in Potomac, seeks to keep dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their humans.

Get To Know Elected Officials

County Council

Potomac residents live in County Council District 1, and are represented by Councilmember Roger Berliner (D-1) as well as the four at-large councilmembers, Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, George Leventhal and Hans Riemer. All nine members of the current Montgomery County Council are Democrats.

Potomac Demographics

Zip code: 20854 Population: 49,611

Citizens Advisory Board

The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, which serves all of Potomac, offers advice on local issues and needs to the County Executive and the County Council. Members are nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council.

Chamber of Commerce

Community oriented Potomac businessmen formed the Potomac Chamber of Commerce.

Much To Do at Potomac Community Center

This is Montgomery County’s busiest community center, providing a variety of recreation activities for all ages such as open gym, arts and crafts, exercise/leisure classes, group support meetings and socials, senior adult activities through the Potomac neighborhood, senior program, area and county-wide sports programs, summer camps, programs for individuals with special needs, children and adult holiday parties, volunteer opportunities and more.

Holy Child Appoints New Head of School

Shannon M. Gomez, Ed.D., was unanimously selected.

When students at Potomac’s Connelly School of the Holy Child returned to school this week, there was a new leader at the helm to oversee the new year. School officials announced that Shannon M. Gomez, Ed.D., is the 10th head of the all-girls Catholic school.

Newcomers Guide: Area Nonprofits

A list of nonprofits in the community.

A list of nonprofits in the community.

Letter to the Editor

Enforcement Supported

Congratulations on the great ticketing job! We were "right chuffed" (English expression) to see the windshields bearing the evidence of the campaign to stamp out illegal parking on shared use shoulders along MacArthur Boulevard.

Column: A Sense of History and Community

There are so many reasons why people from around the country move to Montgomery County – for our schools, our vibrant economy, our extraordinary quality of life … and the list goes on and on. However, there are other less tangible aspects of life here, including a rich history that lends our communities a strong character and sense of belonging.

Friday, August 22

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Elementary Schools Prepare for New School Year

As the beginning of the school year approaches and teachers return to their classrooms, principals and administrators are busy organizing and planning to ensure a successful start of the year.

Cycle Fest Set for Sept. 14

The community is invited to the 5th Annual Northern Virginia Cycle Fest ride on Sunday, Sept. 14. Cycle Fest benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA).

Greenspring Packs 250 Bags for Back-to-School Event

During the week of Aug. 11, the Human Resources department at Greenspring retirement community hosted a “Back-to-School” event.

Foster Parents Needed

For more than 114 years, United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) has empowered children, their families, and the community.

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A Successful Season for the Tritons

The Laurel Hill Tritons capped off another successful season by winning their 4th NVSL Division Championship in nine years with a record of 4-1 and securing a three way tie for first place.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax.

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Brian Wilk Wins FoodRaiser Art Contest

Fairfax-based charities Our Daily Bread (ODB) and Food for Others (FFO) have announced the winner of its third annual Complete the Circle Art Contest. Fairfax City resident and James Madison University student Brian Wilk’s design was chosen from a host of images submitted by community members as the design that hundreds of participants will turn into a “living picture,” photographed from high above by Art for the Sky’s Daniel Dancer on the practice field at Fairfax High School, on the afternoon of Nov. 9, 2014.

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Kindergartners Explore Providence Elementary

Providence Elementary held an orientation on Aug. 14 for incoming kindergartners.

Area Teachers, Programs Honored

Three Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers and the Technology and Engineering Education program at Fairfax High School have been recognized for excellence by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA).

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Around the World in One Day

Greenspring focuses on culture and heritage with Diversity Expo.

On Thursday, July 31, Greenspring hosted the 4th Annual Diversity Expo at the Springfield retirement community. The event, spearheaded by the community’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, provided for an eclectic cultural experience with international foods, clothing, food, music and dance.

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Wake Up Call

Dressed in green and gold and bursting with energy, George Mason University alumna and Washington, D.C. television news reporter Angie Goff woke up the City of Fairfax starting at 4:30 on Aug. 14 with live broadcasts near George Mason's main campus that aired on the NBC affiliate News4.

Recognized for ‘Exceptional Success’

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

Thursday, August 21

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Town Council Considers Zoning Amendment

It may be easier for businesses to open their dream office space in the future near Herndon’s impending Silver Line Metro station. The Herndon Town Council unanimously approved to consider an amendment to the Landmark Business Overlay District to change the requirements and regulations at the Aug. 12 meeting.

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Freezing for a Good Cause

Cold water or cash? That was the question about 20 residents were forced to make Saturday for a charity challenge making its rounds through the nation.

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Lake Anne Jazz Festival on Aug. 30

Lake Anne’s Jazz and Blues festival has grown a lot since it started eight years ago. The free festival, which features D.C. - area world class musicians, local wine and beer as well as temporary public art, will take place Aug. 30 from 2 to 8 p.m.

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Super H 5K Funds Paraplegic Rehabilitation

Harry Freedman wear his baseball cap low over his eyes. He speaks quietly, recounting the accident that made him start a 5K eleven years ago. It was just another day of work for him at Auto Recyclers of Leesburg until an 18 ton front loader backed up onto him, crushing his leg.

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Curator Program Study Being Finalized

Historic homes that have been abandoned - and perhaps lost their original charm - could have a second chance to return to their former glory. Fairfax County Parks Authority is currently finalizing a resident Curator Program Implementation Study that would allow anyone with the time, money and expertise, to live in a historic place in order to fix it up.

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FCPS Inducts 1,200 New Teachers

“Great Beginnings” program at South County High School prepares new and transferring teachers for their first week.

As summer vacation in Fairfax County winds down, the hallways and classrooms at South County High school are already buzzing. Beginning Aug. 18, roughly 1,200 new and returning teachers — as well as those new to the school system — took part in a week-long induction program called “Great Beginnings: The Next Generation.”

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‘It’s Nice to Shop Outdoors’

Farmers Market at Government Center is a hit with the customers.

Whether customers are looking for juicy peaches, ripe tomatoes, coconut cupcakes or homemade ice cream, they’ll find all those things and more at the farmers market at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Getting Drenched to Help Others

The Ice Bucket Challenge has a simple premise, but it’s doing a great deal of good. To raise money to fight ALS, people all over the country have been making videos of themselves getting buckets of ice water dumped on their heads.

Wednesday, August 20

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Running Back Adusei-Poku to Lead Mount Vernon Offense

Linebackers strength of Majors defense.

Mount Vernon will open the season against Edison on Aug. 28.

T.C. Williams Football Looking to Build on 2013 Playoff Berth

Coach Randolph: Titans lacking senior leadership.

The T.C. Williams football team will open the season against Dunbar on Sept. 6.

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Whitman Football to Expand Passing Game

RB Morton’s graduation means more balanced offense.

Whitman will open the 2014 season on Sept. 5 against Blake.

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Wakefield’s Wilson Working Toward Playing College Football

Q&A: Senior quarterback entering second season with Warriors.

Wakefield quarterback Riley Wilson has a strong desire to play college football.

Letter: Test of Time In Design

Letter to the Editor

Is Mayor Euille serious when he stated he was "not opposed to glass and steel" when discussing new buildings to replace the Robinson Terminal ? ("Identity Crisis," front page, July 31)

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Robinson’s Obregon to Play Lax at Maryland

Q&A: Senior is attending her third different high school.

Robinson senior Isabel Obregon is committed to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland

Letter: Is New Building Enough?

Letter to the Editor

As the new Jefferson-Houston school building gets rave reviews and is about to open its doors to students this fall, I watch with anticipation to see over the next year (or years) whether a new building is enough to attract families, diversify the student body, and change the tide of the past 10 to 11 years of failing to meet testing benchmarks. The School Board would counter that it is not just the new building.

Letter: Animal Waste Fouls Water

Letter to the Editor

Recently the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

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Langley Lax Standout Duenkel Committed to JMU

Q&A: Junior an all-conference field hockey player, enjoys cooking.

Langley junior Halle Duenkel is committed to play lacrosse at James Madison University.

Letter: A Matter Of Trust

Letter to the Editor

This month’s troubling events in Ferguson, Mo., give our entire nation pause. As the mayor of a broad and diverse city, I am proud of Alexandria’s accomplishments as a community and our tradition of passionate but peaceful approaches to difficult issues.

Letter: Ways To Improve Pedestrian Safety

Letter to the Editor

While reading of Mr. Farooq's tale in the Gazette's "Safety at a Crossroads" article, I could not help but nod my head in assent every few lines.

Letter: Avoid Stone Dust Surface

Letter to the Editor

Since 2009, a group of Mount Vernon residents has worked together expending thousands of hours of volunteer time and many thousands of dollars in an effort to create an off-leash dog area (OLDA) at Westgrove Park. The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) allowed the OLDA to initially be established on an interim basis upon approval by the Planning Commission and payment of $3,000 as a contribution toward installation of a peripheral fence.

Area Teachers, Programs Honored

Three Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers and the Technology and Engineering Education program at Fairfax High School have been recognized for excellence by the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA).

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‘Beach Party’ in Great Falls

The piano students of Artstars Studio were excited about learning and practicing music for their "Beach Party" recital held recently. Selections included "Palm Tree Serenade" by Lynn Olson, "Sandcastles" by Martha Mier, and "Moonlit Tides" by Randall Hartsell.

Local Elementary School Artists Exhibit at Starbucks Great Falls

Grab a cup (iced, of course) and enjoy with an erupting volcano, snowcapped peaks, joyful portraits, complicated landscapes and tiny prints.

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McLean Fall Community Flea Market to Be Held Sept. 13

Bargain hunters can find precious treasures and save on a variety of household items at the McLean Fall Community Flea Market. Sponsored by the McLean Community Center, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the parking garage at 1420 Beverly Road (behind the Giant Shopping Center). Admission to the sale is free.

Mt. Vernon: Children’s Issues Dominate Hispanic Town Hall

On Saturday, Aug. 16, I held my third town hall meeting of the year and my first ever Hispanic Community Town Hall. I was also joined by the first Democratic elected Latino State Delegate — Alfonso Lopez — who represents South Arlington and Bailey's Crossroads.

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Franklin Sherman Elementary Turns 100

McLean schools get ready for new school year.

With summer dwindling to an end and back-to-school commercials overriding television screens, the staff and students of McLean elementary schools are preparing for the start of this upcoming school year.

Alexandria: Titans 6th Grade Boys Team Takes National Title

Team brings home National Travel Basketball Association 2014 Championship title.

During the week of July 20 through July 28, the Alexandria Titans 6th and 9th grade teams traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to participate in the National Travel Basketball Association Nationals Championship Tournament.

Alexandria: On the Road Again

Longtime director heads back to sunny Florida.

When Rich Baier came to Alexandria in 2000, the city had few bike lanes and no BikeShare. Monroe Avenue Bridge was a twisted jag that created gridlock on Jefferson Davis Highway. The idea of dedicated lanes for transit would have seemed alien. Now the longtime director of the Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services is stepping down to take a position as director of public works for Sumpter County, Fla.

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Alexandria: Will Carluccio's Beat Site’s Jinx?

Long-shuttered landmark at 100 King has storied past.

The jinx of 100 King St. dates back to the Corn Exchange, the ill-fated original purpose of the building. When grain merchants failed, the soaring 25-foot ceilings were used as retail space to sell groceries and feedstuffs. Ground-floor retail space was reserved for Diamond tires in the 1920s. Since that time, the building has business after business open and close. More recent years have seen the landmark building boarded up and seemingly abandoned. Now London-based Carluccio's is hoping to break the curse of 100 King, opening its first American location here in Old Town.

Alexandria: Letters

Test of Time In Design

Is Mayor Euille serious when he stated he was "not opposed to glass and steel" when discussing new buildings to replace the Robinson Terminal ? ("Identity Crisis," front page, July 31)

Alexandria: Generation-to-Generation Volunteering

Senior Services of Alexandria's volunteers — both young and old — have been delivering Meals on Wheels seven days a week throughout the summer months.

Battle of Bladensburg – August 1814

This is the seventh of a series of articles telling how Alexandrians were affected 200 years ago by the War of 1812. For earlier articles in this series, go to

On Aug. 18, 1814, authorities in Washington learned that British warships were sailing up the Patuxent River in considerable force. Was Washington their target? Taking no chances, the authorities immediately ordered the District of Columbia militiamen, including the Alexandria Brigade under General Robert Young, to report for duty.

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Alexandria: Inspiring Minds

Inventor of digital camera visits Camp Invention.

Steve Sasson was just 25 years old and beginning to work his way up at the Eastman Kodak Company when he got an assignment from his supervisor: build an electronic camera using a charge coupled device. The result — U.S. patent number 4,131,919 — earned Sasson induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for what is known today as the digital camera.

Editorial: Accountability for Police in Northern Virginia

There is more transparency in the police shooting in Ferguson last week than in police shootings in Northern Virginia.

This is not Ferguson, and tanks do not roll down the streets of Northern Virginia driven by police officers pointing sniper rifles at residents.

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Mural Dedication Held in Herndon

Art mural by Keith Naquin on view at Station Street in Herndon.

Associates and friends of the Council for the Arts of Herndon (CAH) assembled to celebrate the dedication of a mural at the Dominion Animal Hospital at 795 Station Street in Herndon. The mural, painted by former Herndon High School art teacher Keith Naquin, is a 95-foot long piece of art, and was commissioned by the CAH. Almost 100 persons attended the outdoor dedication ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 17.

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Getting Drenched to Help Others

The Ice Bucket Challenge has a simple premise, but it’s doing a great deal of good. To raise money to fight ALS, people all over the country have been making videos of themselves getting buckets of ice water dumped on their heads.

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Learning and Having Fun with LEGOs

Camp teaches children engineering principles.

Sure, LEGOs are great to play with, just for fun. But they can also be used to teach children real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture.

Allen Hudson Receives Top 40 Brokers Under 40 Award

Sahouri Insurance & Financial has announced that one of its executives, Allen Hudson, has been chosen for the Business Insurance 2014 edition of the Top 40 Brokers Under 40 Award on Aug. 6.

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Parked Outside the Door at ArtSpace Herndon

In Parked Outside the Door, photographer John Petro explores two fundamental constructs of ingenuity that long ago separated homo sapiens from brutes: vehicles and buildings.

A Summer with Suzanne Farrell

Lily Campbell dances at Kennedy Center’s three-week exclusive dance training program.

Ever since she could remember, Lily Campbell has been a dancer. Now 15 and a rising sophomore at James Madison High School, Lily just finished the three week 22nd Annual exclusive training program with Suzanne Farrell at The Kennedy Center.

Obituary: Richard L. Andrews, 80, of Great Falls, Dies

Richard L. Andrews, born Oct. 6, 1933, in New York City, died on Aug. 1, 2014, in Alexandria, after a valiant seven-year battle against melanoma, leukemia, mesothelioma, and, finally, liver cancer.

Obituary: Stanley I. Richards, 78, of Reston, Dies

Stanley I. Richards, age 78, of Reston, died at INOVA Fairfax Hospital on Tuesday, July 29 after a brief illness. Mr. Richards was born on May 29, 1936 in Washington D.C.

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Removing Barriers to College

Local services help students complete college paperwork, remove barriers.

LaQuita King relocated across the state from Chesapeake, Va., to Alexandria in the summer of 2013, moving into an apartment with her aunt and three cousins. King had just graduated from high school and was looking forward to taking classes at Northern Virginia Community College. So far, that hasn’t happened.

Vienna Police Department to Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

In conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) and state and local law enforcement agencies, the Vienna Police Department will again participate in a one-day initiative to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from area homes.

Letter: Opposing Medicaid Expansion

Letter to the Editor

Four years ago, a practical doctor said something like this: “So let me get this straight. We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that didn’t read it (but exempted themselves from it), supported by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all financed by a country that’s broke. So what the “blank" could possibly go wrong?”

Letter: Well Deserved Endorsements

Letter to the Editor

The recent endorsement of Barbara Comstock by both the National Association Realtors and the Virginia Association of Realtors is not only well deserved, but speaks volumes as to the impact that both Barbara and Congressman Frank Wolf have played in helping further both our local economy and that of the country. As a Virginia resident for nearly 30 years and a Realtor for nine years, I know firsthand what Barbara has meant to our community.

Letter: Good Old Times

Letter to the Editor

I really enjoyed Marilyn Campbell's article about "Keeping School Clutter Under Control" [Connection, Aug. 13-19, 2014], which contains great advice about maintaining a tidy environment in the home relating to school activities and assignments.

All Write For Now

And so it goes, every three months or so; a CT Scan, a week or so of waiting, and then a face-to-face appointment with my oncologist to learn/discuss the results. Thankfully, the results continue to be amazing. My doctor has told me that I’m his third miracle; stage IV, non-small cell lung cancer patients generally don’t live beyond two years. I’m in year six.

Column: Lessons for Fairfax County from Ferguson, Mo.?

At first blush, it is hard to imagine much positive coming out of last week’s tragic news from Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed 18-year-old man was shot six times by a police officer. Fairfax County is no stranger to such events. Police killings of unarmed people also occur in Fairfax County.

Column: Conservation as a Way of Life

For those whose parents lived through the Great Depression, you can skip the next few sentences since you know what I am about to say. For my younger readers, let me explain that life during the Great Depression (1935 to the mid-1940s) was so difficult that it made an indelible mark on the way that people thought and lived.

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Officer Kiley Receives Charles A. Robinson Respect for Law Award

On June 18, the Vienna Optimist Club held their annual banquet to honor the 2013 Charles A. Robinson Respect for Law Enforcement Award recipients at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna. Officer Patrick “Pat” Kiley was chosen as the Town of Vienna Police Department’s Optimist Club award winner.

Inspiring Success

Nysmith School challenges students at the level they are ready for.

To those families whose K-8 children are now or previously were enrolled at The Nysmith School for the Gifted in Herndon, the school combines exceptional academics with “serious fun” to create an environment in which the children are motivated to stretch to their limits and maximize their potential.

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A Thought-provoking Play

Herndon’s NextStop Theatre to present “Gidion's Knot.”

NextStop Theatre will be presenting audiences with an absorbing, provocative theater piece sure to raise disquieting issues to chew on. With the school year about to begin the dramatic work "Gidion's Knot" takes what could be a current school bullying and aftermath incident and places it on stage for all to take in.

Classified Advertising August 20, 2014

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Thursday, August 14

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Springfield Schools Prepare for an ‘Exciting Year’

Full-day Mondays the biggest change in a new school year.

With the first day of school, Sept. 2, approaching --elementary schools are hard at work preparing for the new school year.

Springfield Girl Scouts Volunteer in Costa Rica and Panama

Springfield teens Meghan Holub and Danielle Triebwasser were two of 23 girls selected from across the nation to participate in a Girl Scouts Destinations program in Costa Rica and Panama where they assisted community projects in remote indigenous villages and contributed to conservation efforts protecting endangered sea turtles along the Caribbean Coast.

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What Is New in Area Schools

Q and A on upcoming school year with local elementary schools.

This upcoming 2014-2015 school year, local elementary schools have much in store for students, especially with the full Monday schedules. The Connection takes a look at three elementary schools as to what parents and students can expect come September.

Fairfax Station Artist Selected for Caravan Exhibition

Lynn Goldstein to participate in an art exhibition designed to bridge the divide between East and West.

Fairfax Station artist, Lynn Goldstein, has just completed work for the humanitarian and multi-national exhibition, “Amen-A Prayer for the World,” to take place at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. (Aug. 31 – Oct. 6) and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City (Oct. 12 – Nov. 6).

Winston’s Unveils New Heating and Air Conditioning Company

Winston’s, an award-winning service provider in NOVA since 1978, has announced the opening of its newest company, Winston's Heating and Air Conditioning. With 77 years of experience between them, Winston's licensed technicians, Tom Lucas and Jim Hall, know their heating and cooling.

Rose Marie Worcester, 85, Dies

Rose Marie (Crismond, Wood) Worcester passed on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at home in Jacksonville, Fla., with her family by her bedside.

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One-Way or Two-Way?

City Council mulls traffic changes.

When the City of Fairfax reconfigured Main and North Streets from one-way to two-way streets in 2006, it did so in hopes that the change would benefit the downtown area. Now, though, the City Council is revisiting that decision.

Man Guilty of Creating Phony Postage Stamps

Fairfax resident defrauded U.S. of $76,000 revenue.

A local man pleaded guilty last week in federal court to defrauding the U.S. Postal Service. He is Brian Kim, 38, of Fairfax.

City to Participate in Charrette

Will discuss plans for downtown development.

In collaboration with the Northern Virginia regional Commission (NVRC), the Fairfax City Council will hold a planning workshop, or charrette, about the downtown area in early November.

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University Mall Theatres Launch ‘Save our Butts’ Campaign

Movie theater uses Kickstarter to fund overdue improvements.

University Mall Theatres, in Fairfax, needs $100,000 to replace its second-hand seats. Nearly each seat in the 23-year old theater has been repaired with duct tape to cover up tears and exposed foam.

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Playing to Win

Serious local tennis competitors share their approach to the game.

As the U.S. Open approaches, several local tennis students are competing in their own United States Tennis Association (USTA) local competitions. There are several levels of tournaments to choose from as well as age groups whether they're entry-level, intermediate, or advanced. “Central to tennis is competition. They learn to win and how to lose,” according to Coach Wayne Bryan.

Letter: Why Join the Climate Change Debate?

To the Editor

The author of “Global Warming is Impacting Us Now” (Connection, Aug. 7-13, 2014) is right: we’re already seeing impacts of climate change in our communities.

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Washington-Lee Football Poised to Defend District Title

Generals return running back Harris, strong offensive line.

The W-L football team won its first district title since 1975 last season.

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Ross Enters First Season as West Potomac Head Coach

Wolverine athletes eager to prove themselves.

First-year West Potomac head coach Jeremiah Ross was a three-year starter at right tackle for Fresno State.

Oakton’s Rizzo Committed to South Carolina

Q&A: Infielder led Cougars in batting average as freshman.

Oakton's Joe Rizzo is committed to the University of South Carolina.

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Taylor to Use Up-Tempo Offense at South Lakes

First-year Seahawks coach spent last season at South County.

First-year South Lakes head coach Trey Taylor praised the Seahawks' athleticism.

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Trey Taylor to Use Up-Tempo Offense at South Lakes

First-year Seahawks coach spent last season at South County.

First-year South Lakes head coach Trey Taylor praised the Seahawks' athleticism.

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Vossler Latest to Lead Robinson Football Program

29-year-old is Rams’ fourth head coach in five years.

Robinson will open the season on the road against Lee.

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Potential Rivals Circling Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille in Advance of Democratic Primary

Kerry Donely and Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg consider primary challenges.

Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille's poor performance in the congressional primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) is calling into question his ability to lead the city, opening the door to talk about former Mayor Kerry Donley challenging Euille in next year's Democratic primary. That possibility has encouraged talk about Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg possibly entering the race as a candidate who would oppose the kind of large-scale development that Euille and Donley both support.

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Safety at a Crossroads in Poor Communities Across Northern Virginia

Less affluent neighborhoods in Northern Virginia suffer from higher pedestrian fatalities.

A national database of pedestrian crashes compiled by Governing Magazine shows 95 pedestrian fatalities in Northern Virginia between 2008 and 2012. While 26 of the pedestrian fatalities occurred in wealthy neighborhoods, where the per capita income is more than $53,000, a much larger number happened in poor communities like this stretch of Route 1 in Mount Vernon.

Wednesday, August 13

Take Precautions against Rabies

Animal Shelter offers advice to reduce the risk.

Rabies is a deadly virus that infects animals and may be a risk to humans, as well. The most commonly reported rabid animals in Fairfax County include foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. But even pets aren’t automatically immune to this disease and must be vaccinated against it.

Golf Tournament To Benefit Casey Cares

Potomac family and friends host annual charitable fundraiser.

The friends and family of Potomac’s Vince and Linda Crivella had been holding a casual, friendly golf tournament for nine years. After a few years, they decided to raise money for charity. The money they raised was donated to a different organization each year.

Obit: Patricia N. Howard

Patricia N. Howard, 83, of Wakefield, R.I., died on Aug. 3, 2014. She was the wife of the late Jeb Howard.

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Heads Up Football Flourishing in Fairfax County

Program reduces concussion risk by teaching players to take the “head” out of tackling.

It wasn’t that long ago when youth football coaches believed a player’s toughness was measured by his ability to play through the pain. Concussions and other serious injuries were just “part of the game.”

Organized for School Year

Local organizers offer suggestions on dealing with the summer mess.

When summer comes to a grinding halt in a few weeks, a new school year will begin. From alarm clocks and school bells to piles of homework assignments and sports schedules, maintaining a coordinated household can be difficult, however. Local organizers are offering simple suggestions to help make the transition from summer to the start of the school year seamless.

Write Now, I Just Don’t Know

The biggest writing problem that I have, other than the ones you regular readers generally know about, is writing a current column on the weekend immediately preceding the next Wednesday’s publication date, when I am still waiting on results from my most recent CT Scan. This isn’t like putting the cart before the horse, this is more like putting the horse in the cart and pulling it.

Homelessness: Source of Trauma for Children

Nearly 700 children live in emergency homeless shelters in Fairfax County at some point during the year.

Summer vacation is wrapping up; kids everywhere are gearing up for the return to school. Stores are filled with school supplies; back-to-school advertising fills our TVs, radio and mailboxes. Many families are hustling from store to store getting supplies, backpacks, clothes and haircuts. As children, while we hated to see summer end, we fondly remember the yearly ritual and the excitement and anticipation of getting all those new things.

Alexandria: Poetry

Selfless Dedication

Like red blood cells, women’s equality flows through Alice Paul’s veins, her pulse beat a women’s right to vote, her fervor, women’s equality

Obituary: Holly Victoria Burnett

Holly Victoria Burnett, a diabetic who struggled for many years to battle the irregularities of her blood glucose readings, died in her Arlington home on July 19, 2014. She was 49 years old.

U.S. Rep Wolf (R-10) Announces Service Academy Appointments

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10) announced the 10th District’s Class of 2018 appointments to the nation’s service academies, as well as those selected for Academy prep schools.

MS Is BS Blues Fest

The 2nd annual MS Is BS Blues Fest got underway Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9, in South Arlington.

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Summertime Works Ongoing in Vienna

Summertime doesn’t mean break time for the Town of Vienna.

Week in Vienna

Suspect in credit card theft, volunteers needed, town council meeting and farmers markets.

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The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna Launches New Website

The Board of Directors of the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) has announced the launch of their newly designed website at

Letter: Back to School With Asthma

Back to school season is upon us! For many families, there’s more to do than sign up for activities and shop for supplies: 2,277 kids in Alexandria, 3,155 in Arlington, 417 in Fairfax City, and 23,441 in Fairfax County have asthma.

Prison, Restitution for Vienna Man

Sentenced for defrauding the IRS.

Nobody likes paying taxes. But most people don’t go to the lengths Michael F. O’Connor went to in cheating the IRS.

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Homes Evacuated after Gas-Line Rupture

Event closes Chain Bridge Road in both directions.

A rupture of a 2-inch, natural gas line last week forced several homes in Oakton to be evacuated and brought afternoon traffic on heavily traveled Chain Bridge Road to a standstill.

Flourishing After 55 (8/13/2014)

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for Aug. 24-30.

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Charity Event to Help Fight Brain Cancer

The Northern Virginia Wiffle Ball World Series raises $40,000.

The charity event was sponsored by the 2 Young Foundation [2YF], an organization dedicated to raising money for the fight against brain cancer, and Van Metre Homes.

Innovation Installation

The Ballston Business Improvement District unveiled “Beachfront Potential” and “Missed Connections,” on Thursday, Aug. 7.

‘Happy’ Books Come to Neighborhood

Terraset Elementary school book mobile gives out free books.

Several times this summer, a blue Mazda brimming with books has circled Reston’s neighborhoods.

Totally Trucks Event Held In Reston

Event shows vehicles used by Reston Association.

Trucks on display included a dump truck, trash truck, back hoe, Bobcat and a moving tractor. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Fairfax County Police, and USPS also had vehicles at the event.

Room for All

Local builders redesign a home with a wheelchair-bound boy in mind.

When the owners of an Arlington home approached Russ Glickman, founder of Glickman Design Build, for a home renovation, they had one primary goal in mind: making the home accessible for their elementary school-aged son, who is confined to a wheelchair, while ensuring the renovations were consistent with the home’s existing aesthetic.

Column: Two Ladies Named Alice

I am blessed to have known both of them!

Week in McLean

An Afternoon with the Madisons in McLean.

In His Uncle’s Memory

Arlington resident joins in Johns Hopkins Ride to Conquer Cancer.

As part of the Capital Region’s first ever Ride to Conquer Cancer, Guckenberg will be cycling 150 miles throughout the D.C. metropolitan area’s countryside Sept. 13-14.

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Spring Hill Recreation Center to Expand

Center will close on Sept. 18 for major renovations.

Spring Hill’s Recreation Center will be undergoing a $10 million facelift.

Boeing Backpack Drive Returns

The back lobby at Boeing in Rosslyn was humming with activity as employees filled 875 elementary school backpacks on Friday morning, Aug. 8.

McLean Community Center Announces Fall Classes

More than 100 offerings, from art and cooking to safety and writing.

Fall is just around the corner and the McLean Community Center (MCC) has developed a bounty of classes and activities to greet the new season.

McLean Community Center to Hold Meetings, Hearing on Budget

The Governing Board of the McLean Community Center (MCC) will hold two open finance meetings on its Proposed FY 2016 budget.

McLean’s Giant Manager Retires

Rick Makely is retiring after 39 years of service to Giant Food.

Week in Herndon

Service academy appointments and Herndon MOMS club.

Raising Hens in Herndon

More homeowners embracing hens as pets.

The Herndon resident is a member of Hens for Herndon, an advocacy group supporting suburban agriculture in the town.

National Night Out Held In Herndon

Neighborhoods In Town of Herndon get acquainted with police force.

Neighborhood block parties were held throughout the town of Herndon on Aug. 5 in celebration of National Night Out. In 1984, National Night Out started as a way to promote crime prevention through neighborhood camaraderie.

Great Turnout For Herndon’s Tavern Golf Tournament

Golf event raises money for The Council for the Arts of Herndon.

"This year's tourney was easily one of the best ever,” said Jimmy Cirrito, owner of Jimmy's Old Town Tavern.

Letter: Fit Academics Into the Fun

Finding ways to fit academics into the fun is imperative to making sure children are prepared for the coming school year which begins in just a few short weeks.

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Georgetown Pike Repaving Underway

Most work will be done at night.

The $3.2 million project, a late summer effort to smooth roads before winter hits again, may not have a significant traffic pattern impact on the already congested historic road.

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Experiencing Adventure

Great Falls Troop 55 Boy Scouts discover wilderness, wildlife in New Mexico.

Ten teenage Scouts and two adult leaders from Troop 55 in Great Falls went on a life-changing trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (part of the Rocky Mountains) at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., this summer.

W-L Football Poised To Defend District Title

Generals return RB Harris, strong offensive line.

Shortly after the Washington-Lee football team defeated Yorktown in the 2013 regular-season finale, securing the Generals’ first district title in nearly four decades, head coach Josh Shapiro said members of the W-L program weren’t the only ones enjoying the accomplishment.

Week in Great Falls

Service academy nominations and blood drive.

Liana Martine Freedy and John Andrew Taylor Engaged

A November wedding is planned.

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Teen Drone Expert

Teen’s love for technology turns into drone expertise.

The teen, a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology [TJHSST], has become a local drone expert since his interest was sparked about a year ago.

Arlington Teasers: 8/13/2014

Teasers from this week's issue.

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Troop 673 Promotes Three New Eagle Scouts

Daniel Cunningham, Will Tennille, and John Waugh, of Eagle Scouts from Troop 673 in Great Falls — sponsored by the Great Falls United Methodist Men — are the most recent among more than 100 Eagle Scouts developed by the Troop for over 50 years of activity.

Banishing the Beige

Local interior designer adds color and turns a Potomac house into a home.

They decided to send out an SOS and were rescued by interior designer Kerra Michele Huerta.

Need Help with Repairs?

Trust and pride are two reasons that people — especially seniors — don’t always reach out to us to help them with home repairs. But it’s for those very reasons that people should. Rebuilding Together Alexandria is a nonprofit that focuses on neighbors helping neighbors.

Helping Children To Get Ready for School

At Inova Alexandria Hospital, our staff is collecting school supplies to help area children arrive at school in September prepared to hit the books. We’ve teamed up with Alexandria City Public Schools’ (ACPS) Family and Community Engagement Center and the non-profit Community Partners for Children for the 23rd annual ACPS School Supply Drive.

Helping Seniors and Their Pets

Two of Alexandria’s service organizations, Senior Services of Alexandria and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA), have developed a unique partnership to help the area’s senior citizens.

Big Train Finish Runner-Up

The Bethesda Big Train finished runner-up in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League playoffs, losing to the Baltimore Redbirds 7-0 in the championship game on Aug. 2.

New Board To Lead Volunteer Alexandria

Volunteer Alexandria has added new members to its board of directors which will be led by President Frank Fannon and Vice President David Chamowitz.

Police Warn of ‘Spoofing’ Fraud

The Alexandria Police Department is warning citizens that one or more suspects have been fraudulently “spoofing” the City of Alexandria Non-Emergency Line phone number to demand money and threaten arrest if payment is not made.

Classified Advertising August 13, 2014

Read the latest ads here!

Friday, August 8

Culling the Safety Zone

Council permits archery hunting within 100 yards of homes, down from 150 yards, in an effort to reduce the number of deer.

George Leventhal testified last year about his Beltway drive home from work on Nov. 5, 2007.

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Carving Up Tomorrow’s Meal

It was early afternoon, and Matt Ruble was putting out the third tray of freshly-cut applewood bacon for the day.


Youth sports teams come to a close for the season.

Thursday, August 7

Keene Mill Elementary Learn New Ways to Teach Science

Next fall, students in Springfield will join a growing movement of innovative science achievement and learning in Virginia. Teachers from Keene Mill Elementary were selected to join a year-long, free professional development project designed to change the way science is taught in schools across the state.

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Night Out in ‘Pleasantville’

Neighborhoods, police, firefighters promote safe community in annual National Night Out.

The Fairfax County Police and Fire Department visited over 193 residential areas on Tuesday night, Aug. 5, to celebrate the annual National Night Out.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax.

Willow Springs Elementary Teachers Learn New Ways to Teach Science

Next fall, students in Fairfax will join a growing movement of innovative science achievement and learning in Virginia. Teachers from Willow Springs Elementary were selected to join a year-long, free professional development project designed to change the way science is taught in schools across the state.

Letter: Partnership for Children

To the Editor

Novus/Cafritz has been a supporter of Fairfax CASA for several years as a sponsor of our Run for the Children, which is held each May at the Fairfax County Courthouse. This past fall, we met with Novus and they offered to provide free office space in their new development when it is built!

Nonprofits Launch Housing Challenge

FACETS, five other nonprofits announce effort to get more vulnerable people housed.

FACETS, a nonprofit that opens doors by helping parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax County—along with five other Fairfax nonprofits—is challenging itself throughout the next year to find homes for even more precariously housed and homeless people. Every quarter the group of six will set new, high goals as part of this Fairfax Housing Challenge (#ffxhousingchallenge) in an effort to end homelessness.

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Chinese Get Glimpse of American Schools

Group visits Lanier Middle and Fairfax High.

In mid-July, an envoy from China visited the United States – but the trip had nothing to do with politics. Instead, a group of teenage students, plus some parents and teachers, visited Lanier Middle School and Fairfax High to see firsthand what schools are like in the U.S. They were here via a program sponsored by the City of Fairfax and the American Assn. of School Administrators (AASA).

City Council Mulls Traffic Changes

When the City of Fairfax reconfigured Main and North Streets from one-way to two-way streets in 2006, it did so in hopes that the change would benefit the downtown area. Now, though, the City Council is revisiting that decision.

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‘It Was Definitely Humbling’

Chinese and Fairfax High students share impressions of each other.

The teenagers played soccer, ate ice cream, joked with their friends and walked with their heads down, eyes on their Smart phones and tablets. In short, they looked just like their American counterparts – except these students live in China.

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Residents Honored for Their Homes’ Yards

The City of Fairfax’s Community Appearance Committee has honored three homes with Residential Appearance Awards. Committee Chairman Kirk Holley presented them to the winning homeowners at the July 22 City Council meeting.

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Serving Alzheimer’s Patients for 30 Years

Insight Memory Care Center offers respite care, support groups and education classes.

The Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax has come a long way in the past three decades. Thirty years ago last month, the day program for Alzheimer’s patients was launched in the basement of a local church.

Death Investigation

Police Department Conducts Death Investigation The Alexandria Police Department is conducting a death investigation.

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Honored by Supervisors

Norma Heck, who has been an owner of a home in North Springfield since 1956, was recognized last week by the Board of Supervisors for her service and dedication to the community.

Letter: Neighborhoods

Taylor Run


Letter: Lifesaving Community

To the Editor

I wanted to write and publicly thank everyone who helped with my blood drive on Aug. 1. So many people helped, from St. Andrew's Catholic Church who hosted us, Joyce Krolicki from Paul VI and Brenda Tingen from Inova who supported and guided us, my friends

Letter: Global Warming Is Impacting Us Now

To the Editor

On Wednesday, July 30, I joined hundreds in Washington, D.C. to show my support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan by testifying at the public hearing.

Environmental Leader Joins NOVA Parks Board

The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks) has welcomed Laura Grape to its Board. Grape will replace Jean Packard, who recently retired from the Board after 24 years of service.

Elizabeth Taylor Dunn Hooff

Elizabeth Taylor Dunn Hooff, 97, died at The Goodwin House, Bailey’s Crossroads, in Falls Church on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

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Rowers End Summer Season by Taking on Coaches

After an intense competition that saw the lead change several times, the Alexandria crew coaches pulled off a last-minute, one second defeat of their students at the Aug. 2 Blue Plains Sprints in front of the Dee Campbell boathouse. This competition was the final race of the Sprints, a series of rowing competitions on the Potomac Waterfront that mark the end of summer crew season in Alexandria.

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Waltz Dance at Glen Echo

Waltz Dance at Glen Echo

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A Successful Life through Serving Others

Tricia Rodgers, a public health advocate among many roles.

Community service is a core value of Tricia Rodgers. Her family and her high school instilled in Rodgers the importance of volunteering and civic engagement.

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Neighbors, Police, Firefighters Promote Safe Neighborhoods

Supervisor John C. Cook visits neighborhoods on National Night Out.

Neighborhoods throughout Fairfax County held National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime” events on Tuesday, Aug. 5. These events are designed to promote crime prevention activities, partnerships between law enforcement and the community, and neighbors getting to know each other.


The following information was provided by the Mount Vernon District Police Station

Letter: Loss of Trees

To the Editor

Letter: Inferior Replacement

To the Editor

Letter: Brightening Outlook for End of Summer

Local pleasures to offset discouraging news

The news here has been a bit discouraging, and that’s without considering the human tragedy and disaster of several different international situations... So here are a few end-of-summer activities that can serve as antidote.

Letter: Encouraging Some Sacrifice

To the Editor

Letter: Benefit Math Misses a Factor

To the Editor

Letter: Contempt For Citizens?

To the Editor

Letter: Lacks Sense Of Place

To the Editor

Letter: Congratulations On OLDA Success

To the Editor

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Hollin Meadows Staff Volunteer To Bring Writing Nights

“W is for Writing Nights” will be the title of a student-authored alphabet book created by Hollin Meadows rising Kindergarten through Grade 3 students during eight weekly Monday night writing lessons at Sherwood Regional Library, June 30-Aug. 18.

Reading and Writing and Dogs — Oh My!

“Reading with the dog was fun […] she put her head down looking at the book! It was funny.” — Penny Ruth, rising 1st grader.

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George Mason Athletes Inspire

Student athletes from George Mason University discussed their experience facing challenges in school and sports to students in the Summer Extending Learning Time (SELT) Program at Robinson Secondary School cafeteria in Fairfax on July 31.

Week in Burke

Weekly happenings in Burke.

Letter: Ineffective Opposition

To the Editor

Opinion: Brightening Outlook for End of Summer

Local pleasures to offset discouraging news.

The news here has been a bit discouraging, and that’s without considering the human tragedy and disaster of several different international situations.

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A Cheerful Haven for Children

Boy Scout creates a playroom in a police station.

A police station can be a scary place for a child. But thanks to a local teen and his Eagle Scout project, the Sully District Station just got a whole lot friendlier for children.

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‘The Future’s Bright’ For Worker Center

CIF celebrates its independent nonprofit status.

American Independence Day is July 4; but as far as the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) is concerned, Independence Day was last Friday, Aug. 1. That’s when it became a full-fledged nonprofit, no longer under the auspices of Virginia Organizing.

From the Streets to Safety and Success

Before the CLRC opened in the Centreville Square Shopping Center, day laborers stood on the nearby street corners and outside the Centreville Regional Library and employers hired them from there. But many didn’t get work and, often, some who did were cheated out of their wages by employers refusing to pay them after the job was done.

UCM’s Expanded Back Porch Thrift Store Opens

United Community Ministries celebrated the opening of its newly designed and relocated Back Porch Thrift Store with a ribbon-cutting celebration on Friday, July 25

Celebrate Arlington

From Aug. 6-10, the Arlington County Fair will be in full gear featuring live performances, competitions, carnival rides and more. The free event, which has been going on for more than 35 years, has a mission to “showcase the best of Arlington.”

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WGCC Lightning Swimmers Win League Championship

The WGCC Lightning swimmers have just completed one of the most successful seasons in the team's history.

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Biking for a Cause

Phoenix Bikes on the rise

“Years from now, you will be able to say ‘I rode in the very first event.’ Your contribution to this wonderful organization is something to remember, always.”

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Open House at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre held its annual open house on Saturday, Aug. 2.

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Renewal & Remembrance

Hundreds of lawn care and landscape professionals donated time and services on Monday July 28, to care for the grounds and trees of the historic Arlington Cemetery.

Flourishing After 55

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, Aug. 17-22.

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A Dream That Came True

Free health care clinic founded by Potomac residents.

Fourteen years ago, Mercy Health Clinic was established in Gaithersburg with the mission to provide “quality health care from the heart for those in need.”

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Principals Visit Island in Chesapeake Bay

Environmental lessons will be incorporated in classroom teaching.

From July 30 to Aug. 1, 24 principals from elementary and middle schools in Fairfax County embarked on a journey to Port Isobel, located near the island of Tangier Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Traffic Changes on I-95

Left-turn Lanes to Close at Franconia-Springfield Parkway Interchange

On Aug. 8, or shortly around this date, all left turns from Franconia-Springfield Parkway and left turns to and from I-95 north and south will close to allow for widening of the ramps connecting the I-95 HOV Lanes and Franconia-Springfield Parkway.

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Greenspring Recognized for Awarding 32 Scholarships

Students receive $10,000 each for college or trade school.

Greenspring Village recently awarded 32 student dining services employees scholarships of $10,000 each, and was recognized for this achievement at a recent Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Fairfax Considering Changes to Rules on Food Trucks

Planning Commission continues food truck discussion.

Fairfax County is considering a change to the zoning rules concerning the operation of food trucks within the county. Under new rules, vendors would pay under $200 for licensing and would require permission from property owners.

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Honored by Supervisors

Resolution honors Braddock Resident Norma Heck for years of community service.

Norma Heck, who has been an owner of a home in North Springfield since 1956, was recognized last week by the Board of Supervisors for her service and dedication to the community.

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School Board Funds Full Day Mondays

School system has over $38 million surplus.

The Fairfax County School Board voted at its last meeting to approve funding for full day Mondays for elementary-school students. The board voted back in June to approve ending half-day Mondays, but voted to fund the move, which will cost $7,639,300 at its July 24 meeting.

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Planning Commission Tables Residential Studio Amendment

Discussion on affordable housing likely to continue.

Although more than 15 public meetings and seven committee sessions have been held since Oct. 13, the Fairfax County Planning Commission voted unanimously last week to table the proposed Residential Studio Amendment, which would have provided apartments to residents working low-income jobs.

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Income Growth in Fairfax and Alexandria Lags Behind State and National Averages

Loudoun is the one bright spot in the region.

Paycheck growth in Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria are lagging behind the state and the nation, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Wednesday, August 6

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Crime Solvers Hold 5K, Raise Money

In the second year, the race has gained momentum, more runners, and two vendors.

Early Saturday morning, runners and walkers alike descended onto Fairfax Government Center for the second annual Crime Solvers 5K and helped raise money for Fairfax Crime Solvers. “[We’re] just a partnership to keep our community safe,” Fairfax County Crime Solvers President and Chairman, Jody Donaldson said.

Police Conduct Training Exercise

Landmark Mall was the site of a joint Alexandria and Arlington Police training exercise on Wednesday morning, July 30.

Stride Right

Not that I’ve felt that my attitude toward being diagnosed with stage IV (“terminal”) non-small cell lung cancer at age 54-and-one-half was ever to be considered as model behavior, but I do believe, after the initial shock wore off, eventually I assimilated its effects into my routine reasonably well. Not without a million bumps and bruises along the way, however, both physically and emotionally; nevertheless, though time has not healed all that has preceded this column, I’ve managed to find and maintain an extremely delicate balance between “joie de vivre” and “c’est la vie.”

Preventing Sports Injuries

How to keep kids safe while they’re having fun.

As students prepare to return to school, one activity many look forward to is sports. While the benefits of athletic activities are numerous, however, so are injuries.

Week in Reston

Artwork and candidates sought.

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Walk 'N Roll Comes to Virginia

McLean resident heading the efforts to bring DogFest to the area.

As summer winds down and comes to a close, one organization’s local chapter is turning the tail end of summer into a tail-wagging event.

Marking 240th Anniversary Of Friendship Firehouse

The 100 block of N. Alfred Street was closed off early on Saturday morning, Aug. 2, for the annual Friendship Firehouse anniversary festival.

Letter: Residents Support White Oaks Planting

The Connection coverage last month of the Great Falls legacy white oak planting program was very thorough.

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Anna Margaret Butler Marries Ryan Joseph Brunswick

Anna Margaret Butler and Ryan Joseph Brunswick were married on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Oak Hill.

Column: Thank You, DCRA

The opening of the Silver Line brought an overflow crowd of dignitaries and well-wishers to cut the ribbon and ride the first train.

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Tysons West Meets Expanding Community Needs

The JBG Companies and JBGR Retail have closed on the sale of the current phase of its Tysons West mixed-use development.

Pick Reston’s Official Bird!

Residents can choose between five birds by Sept. 30.

Residents will have until the end of September to choose Reston’s official bird.

PRS, Inc. and CrisisLink Announce Merger

Expanded nonprofit poised to better address mental health needs of NoVa and D.C. community.

PRS, Inc. and CrisisLink—leading local nonprofits serving those with serious mental health issues—are merging to transform the delivery of mental health services in response to the community’s growing needs and the changing mental health landscape.

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Governor Proclaims Teen Cancer Awareness Week

Cancer support group witnesses signing of proclamation in Herndon.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe in the company of cancer survivors and friends signed a proclamation in the town of Herndon proclaiming the third week of January as Teen Cancer Awareness week in Virginia.

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New RA Board Member Chosen

Dannielle LaRosa is temp North Point director.

A longtime Reston resident was chosen to be the temporary North Point director at Reston Association’s last board meeting.

Column: Why Can’t Everyone Be Cool?—Part 2

Lake Anne homeowners still bound by covenant to the aging Reston Lake Anne Air Conditioning (RELAC) chilled water system have petitioned Reston Association to hold a referendum on eliminating the covenant.

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Vienna Community Center to Be LEED Silver

Town Council approves fee to seek certification.

If all goes well, the new and improved Vienna Community Center will make its debut on its 50th anniversary in April 2016.

From Great Falls to South Africa

On Sept. 18, Julia and Arthur will carry with them to South Africa donations of school supplies for disadvantaged South African children.

Great Falls Community Farmers Market - Where Local Families Gather

Now in its seventh summer season, the Great Falls Farmers Market bursts of music, song, and summer harvest.

Touring Artists Series Returns to Reston’s CenterStage

Tickets go on sale for general public, Reston residents on Aug. 8.

Reston Community Center (RCC) announced the 2014-2015 Professional Touring Artist Series at the CenterStage.

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Forest Edge Elementary Teachers Learn New Ways to Teach Science

Next fall, students in Reston will join a growing movement of innovative science achievement and learning in Virginia.

Week in Vienna

Missing man, farmers markets, bike lanes, town council meeting and police.

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Vienna is Where Softball Holds High Court

Pure Performance Softball Training Center coaches girls and young women on softball techniques and strategy.

Tucked away in a concrete industrial park on Mill Street is a unique training facility for women and girls.

Editorial: Brightening Outlook for End of Summer

Local pleasures to offset discouraging news.

The news here has been a bit discouraging, and that’s without considering the human tragedy and disaster of several different international situations.

Letter: Global Warming Is Impacting Us Now

With increasingly powerful storms bringing down trees and flooding our roads, global warming isn’t a distant threat for Virginia. It’s impacting us now.

Staff Gets Go-Ahead to Negotiate Pact

Town and Park Authority will formalize trail-realignment agreement.

Relocation of a portion of the W&OD Trail is just one part of the Vienna Community Center expansion and renovation project – but it’s an important part.

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Great Falls Enjoys Sundays on the Green

Summer concerts series draws crowds to the Village Centre.

The band Atlas Road Crew graced the crowd in the Village Centre for the weekly Concert on the Green event.

Week in McLean

Celebrate McLean and Great Falls meeting.

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Sigholtz Family Honored

Center in Italy dedicated to gold star army family.

The namesake service members of the new center, Col. Robert Sigholtz Sr. and Capt. Robert Sigholtz Jr. of the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, were the husband and son of Roberta 'Cis’ Sigholtz, a McLean resident.

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Hutchison Elementary Teachers Learn New Ways to teach Science

Next fall, students in Herndon will join a growing movement of innovative science achievement and learning in Virginia.

Week in Great Falls

Drama camp and blood drive.

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Summer Camp, Cabaret at NextStop Theatre

NextStop Theatre’s first summer of theatre classes.

Opening on Aug. 28 at NextStop’s Industrial Strength Theatre will be “Gidion’s Knot” by Johnna Adams.

The British and the Slaves – July 1814

This is the fifth of a series of articles telling how Alexandrians were affected 200 years ago by the War of 1812. For earlier articles in this series, go to

Two Views on Mentoring at Community Lodgings

In 2011, Community Lodgings decided to set up two mentor groups for the teens participating in the After-School program.

The ‘Divine’ Miss M’s’

Each of the personages I’m recalling deserves individual stories. Their services to Alexandria have meant a great deal to not only the government structure but to each and every citizen.

Foster Care for Animals

Danielle Cook can’t remember the last time she slept uninterrupted through the night. She has lots of mouths to feed — newborn kittens and puppies, depending on her for survival.

Obit: Holly Victoria Burnett

Holly Victoria Burnett, a diabetic who struggled for many years to battle the irregularities of her blood glucose readings, died in her Arlington home on July 19, 2014. She was 49 years old.

Arlington Celebrates Public Art

Residents gathered with county officials and staff for the aligning of the shadows at Dark Star Park in Rosslyn on Friday morning, Aug. 1.

Brightening Outlook for End of Summer

Local pleasures to offset discouraging news.

The news here has been a bit discouraging, and that’s without considering the human tragedy and disaster of several different international situations.

Friday, August 1

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Speedboat of a Production

“Legally Blonde: The Musical” comes to the Workhouse.

Youthful, unstoppable energy with sharp wit will be filling the Workhouse stage as "Legally Blonde: The Musical" arrives. "We are delighted to have the Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre company bring its production of the musical ‘Legally Blonde’ to the Workhouse stage," said John Mason, CEO/President, Workhouse Arts Center.

Area Roundups

Weekly happenings in the area.

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Chess Phenomenon Combines Talent and Hard Work

Greenbriar West Elementary student places second in international chess tournament.

Aasa Dommalapati, 10, of Centreville, a rising fifth grade student at Greenbriar West Elementary School in Fairfax, won the silver medal in the Girls Under 10 category at the 2014 Pan-American Youth Chess Festival held in Mexico.

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‘Don’t Be Afraid to be Different’

Robinson grad performs in “Shrek the Musical.”

A big green ogre, a princess, a wisecracking donkey and a love-struck dragon – they’ll all be onstage when The Alliance Theatre’s Summer Stars program presents “Shrek the Musical.” And right there with them will be Robinson Secondary graduate Spencer Boyd.

Jewish Community Center Announces Fall 2014 Course Schedule

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) has announced the Fall 2014 course schedule for the Adult Learning Institute (ALI).

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Rare Birds in Burke

There are some quite unusual birds nesting in Burke this year. A pair of Mississippi Kites have built a nest and are currently feeding two young chicks in a large tree on some private land near Jackson Street in Burke, attracting birders from around the area.

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The End of an Era

After 33 years, Robinson’s Chip Rome retires.

It’s the end of an era at Robinson Secondary: Legendary Theater Director Chip Rome has retired. In 1981, he became the fourth drama teacher the school hired that year, and he more than provided stability. He spent all 33 years of his FCPS career there.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax.

Commentary: Fairfax County Takes Steps To Improve Senior Services

Fairfax County is actively working to improve services to seniors and make the County friendlier to those growing older in our communities. One of the most prominent advancements has been the 50 + Action Plan developed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, in partnership with the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging and the Fairfax Area Agency on Aging.

The Cellular Connection to Host Backpack Giveaway

Residents in Springfield are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign. The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless Retailer in the U.S., in a joint effort with its customers, will be donating 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

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A Night at the Aquarium for Fairfax Youth

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington members take a private overnight tour of Baltimore's National Aquarium.

Ten students from the Fairfax branch (Murraygate chapter) of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington got a sneak peak of Shark Week by spending the night among them at the Baltimore Aquarium at the seaport in Baltimore. They spent a “night at the museum” as part of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program sponsored by COX Communications last Friday, July 25.