Stories for September 2014

Stories for September 2014


Tuesday, September 30

New Voter Identification Requirements

There are new requirements for voter identification that voters must bring with them to the polling place.

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Junior Committee: Work Horses

Young local equestriennes anchor Washington International Horse Show.

Mary Elizabeth Cordia of Alexandria Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is the leading metropolitan indoor horse show in the U.S. This six-day event is held annually in October at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

Saturday, September 27

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High-Powered Hayfield Football Beats Washington-Lee

After three losses against tough opponents, QB Isaac leads Hawks to win.

The Hayfield football team defeated Washington-Lee 49-20 on Friday night.

Friday, September 26

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Fairfax County Reviews Bus Service

Fairfax County Department of Transportation begins project to reshape bus network.

Fairfax County Department of Transportation changed or canceled the services and routes of buses with the opening of the Silver Line metro. Now the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has begun its Comprehensive Transit Plan (CTP), a 10-year aspirational plan for Fairfax Connector and Metrobus service.

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Dulles International Airport Holds Plane Pull

Seventy teams participate in fundraising event for Special Olympics Virginia.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Dulles Airport held its annual plane pull. The Dulles Day plane pull, which began in 1993, featured 70 teams of 25 people competing to pull an 82-ton 757 FedEx Cargo Jet 12 feet in the shortest amount of time. Now in its 22nd year, Dulles Day is a festival that includes live music, airplane displays, tours of the runways, kids play areas, a dunk tank and more.

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Herndon’s H.K. Lee Recognized

Martial arts instructor receives award at ceremony.

Herndon’s H.K. Lee Academy of TaeKwonDo Grandmaster H. K. Lee received a special Presidential Commendation from the President of the Republic of Korea, Geun-Hye Park. Grandmaster Lee was the first distinguished recipient to receive the Korean President’s Commendation at the opening ceremony of The World TaeKwonDo Won in Muju, Republic of Korea on International TaeKwonDo Day, Sept. 4.

Family Runs the Race for Every Child

Noah Coffman, 14, ninth grader at Edison High School, with parents Lisa and Greg Coffman of Alexandria, participated in the second annual Race for Every Child to benefit Children's National Health System.

AARP Joins Our Daily Bread in September Food Drive

This month AARP reached out with Our Daily Bread to help Fairfax county residents with food assistance for needy families.

Group Hands Candidate A Sweet Surprise

Democratic Women of Clifton and NoVa host fundraiser for Foust.

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) hosted a fundraiser for John Foust, the Democratic Candidate for the Virginia 10th Congressional District, on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Life Changing Experience

Haicheng Charles Zhao of Fairfax Station, a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, was selected to participate in a seven-week international leadership camp, Camp Rising Sun, this past summer.

Week in Fairfax

What's happening this week in Fairfax.

Letter: Hitting the Ground Running

Letter to the Editor

Barbara Comstock, a candidate for Congress in the 10th District, has a proven record of getting results.

The Lamb Center Celebration Banquet

Fairfax City day shelter for the homeless hosts biggest fundraiser of the year on Oct. 7.

The Lamb Center is hosting their annual Celebration Banquet on Oct. 7, at The Waterford at Fair Oaks. Each fall, members of the community are invited to attend this event designed to celebrate the ongoing mission of The Lamb Center and learn more about the ways in which The Lamb Center is serving poor and homeless individuals in Fairfax County.

KidsFest Offers Two Days of Fun

Fall for Fairfax KidsFest returns to the Fairfax County Government Center on Oct. 4-5.

Enjoy the best that fall has to offer at the 22nd annual Fall for Fairfax KidsFest, Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

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A Classic Message Play

Providence Players of Fairfax present “Of Mice and Men.”

One of Nobel Prize recipient John Steinbeck’s most acclaimed works, "Of Mice and Men," is coming to the James Lee Community Center Theatre.

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Crafts, Festivals and Dancing

A sampling of local, fun events this fall.

Below is a partial listing of some fun and exciting autumn events happening in the local area:

It’s Almost Time for Fairfax Fall Festival

Crafts, food, music, children’s rides and lumberjacks.

There’s something for everyone at the Fairfax Fall Festival. This year’s event is slated for Saturday, Oct. 11 (rain date, Oct. 12), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and offers everything from crafts to food, music, children’s activities, rides, four stages of entertainment and lumberjacks.

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Help Feed Local People

Complete the Circle FoodRaiser is Nov. 9 at Fairfax High.

September is Hunger Action Month, and Our Daily Bread (ODB) and Food for Others are trying to help. They’re seeking community members to form teams, gather food items and come to the Complete the Circle FoodRaiser on Sunday, Nov. 9, from 1-2:30 p.m., on Fairfax High’s practice field.

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Burke Family Runs Race for Every Child

The Smith family of Burke – parents Matt and Karen with their children: Avery, 1, Noah, 5, and Carter, 7 - participated in the second annual Race for Every Child to benefit Children's National Health System.

Thursday, September 25

Letter: Poor Site for Recycling Plant

Your article headlined, "Sound Argument," shows the sound reasons this junkyard must be rejected by the City Council. This dispute is not about recycling.

Letter: Action-oriented Leaders

Ed Gillespie's campaign continues to lack substance. I hope that Virginia can see through the empty words and instead vote for the candidate who provides real action and real results – Mark Warner.

War of 1812 – Who Won?

After the British left Washington and Alexandria, their good luck changed. On Sept. 12-14, 1814, the Americans defeated them at Baltimore and on Jan. 8, 1815, defeated them again at New Orleans. Even before the Battle of New Orleans, the British had had enough of the war. In Ghent, Belgium on Dec. 24, 1814, they and American negotiators signed a treaty to end it. The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty, and President Madison signed it on Feb. 16, 1815. The War of 1812 finally was over.

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Seniors and Their Pets

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and Senior Services of Alexandria recently partnered for an event, “Senior and Their Pets,” at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter.

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It’s All Relative

“Three Sistahs” returns to MetroStage.

It’s the third funeral in as many years for Olive, Marsha and Irene, sisters brought together by tragedy in “Three Sistahs,” a poignant tale of family relationships now playing at MetroStage Theatre.

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The Power of One

Volunteers making a difference.

It only takes one volunteer to make a difference in someone’s life. This was the inspirational message shared at Senior Services of Alexandria’s recent annual Volunteer Luncheon, hosted by the Fountains at Washington House.

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Maestro’s Musings

‘Dare to…’ Opening Night

I am very excited about the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra's opening night concert on Saturday, September 27th at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center.

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Alternatives to Institutional Care Needed for Seniors

Forum highlights long term care issues.

A community forum, hosted by Mount Vernon At Home and the Association of Retired Persons, focused on the challenge of a fast-growing aging population of 55 and over

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Search for Hannah Graham Expands

UVA second year Hannah Graham last seen on Sept. 13.

Hannah Graham, University of Virginia sophomore and alumna of West Potomac High School, has been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Speaking Out for Taxpayers

At 90, Frank Medico cherishes role as watchdog.

Longtime Mount Vernon community leader and former state Del.Frank Medico is recovering from a fall that caused multiple fractures to his back, collarbone and sternum.

Police Arrest Six for DWI

Alexandria police conducted a DWI enforcement effort to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers from 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, to 5:30a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.

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18th Century Market Returns to Mount Vernon

White tents dotted the landscape of the west field at the Mount Vernon Estate last weekend for the annual 18th century market.

The Glass Half Full

Tom* is just that kind of person — the odds may seem stacked against him but he still sees the good and positive in the world around him. As a retired Navy electrical engineer, Tom hails from a family of service members. His oldest brother is in the Air Force, the next is another Navy veteran, his younger brother is a Marine veteran, and his father was an Army photographer in the Korean War.

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Coping with Loss of a Pet

For many who are pet owners, grieving the loss of a companion animal can be more of a challenge than any human loss people have faced. One of the main reasons for this is that your animal was such a major part of your life, daily routine, and existence.

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Art as Mindfulness

Learning to be present and aware.

Art plays a central role in Lisa Richard’s family.

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New Dental Office Opens

Dr. Sam Jarwa, a graduate from University of Southern California, has opened Grace Dental of Virginia, specializing in general and cosmetic dentistry.

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‘I’m Going To Miss Everything’ Grimm To Leave CVHS

Centreville High’s principal leaving to helm Hayfield Secondary.

Martin Grimm never intended to leave Centreville High after serving just two years as its principal. But then the principal of Hayfield Secondary School died, and that changed everything.

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Crafts, Festivals and Dancing

A sampling of local, fun events this fall.

A highlight of every autumn is the fall festival at Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Road, just off Pleasant Valley Road, in Centreville. It runs daily from Sept. 27-Nov. 4, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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73rd Annual TWIG Historic Homes Tour

Six historic Alexandria homes are featured on the 73rd annual TWIG Home Tour on Saturday, Sept. 27. The tour includes a recently restored home on the National Register of Historic Places that was home of George Lewis Seaton.

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Lake Anne to Host Multicultural Festival on Sept. 27

Reston residents will be able to travel the globe in their own backyard this weekend. The 14th annual Reston Multicultural Festival will bring the community’s founding principle - to be open to all - to Lake Anne Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a celebration of culture.

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GRACE, Macintyres to Receive County Art Awards

Arts Council of Fairfax County presenting annual Art Awards in October.

Two Reston art organizations will be recognized by the Arts Council of Fairfax County next month. The council will present their annual Art Awards to Patricia and Steve Macintyre - owners of Reston Art Gallery and Studios - and Greater Reston Arts Center on Oct. 24 for their work with the community.

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Beer, Bourbon and BBQ in Tysons

New festival gathers a crowd in Lerner Town Square.

A traveling festival new to Tysons Corner brought people into the urban center from all over the region. The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival broke new records for Tysons’ festivals this year, attracting more than 4,000 visitors to the new Lerner Town Center on Saturday.

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Langley Student Has Voice on School Board

Harris LaTeef ready to represent students on big issues.

Harris LaTeef isn’t used to wearing a suit, but he’s getting good use from the ones he owns this year. The School Board’s student representative, a senior at Langley High School, will provide the board with a unique perspective that represents 187,000 people in the county for important issues this year.

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First Glimpse at Centreville Day

Nominees sought for Centreville Day Citizen of the Year awards.

Centreville Day 2014 is just a few weeks away. The 22nd annual community celebration is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in Historic Centreville Park, 5714 Mount Gilead Road.

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Former Delegate Vince Callahan Dies at 82

Represented McLean, Great Falls in House of Delegates for 40 years.

Former delegate Vincent Callahan Jr., who spent 40 years representing McLean, Great Falls and Tysons Corner in Virginia House of Delegates, died on Sept. 20.

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Preparing for the Worst

MCA holds ‘Emergency Preparedness’ panel

McLean residents learned how to prepare themselves for future catastrophes at McLean Citizens Association’s first fall event. MCA held an Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery panel with several county emergency officials on Sept. 17, teaching residents how to be proactive in an emergency.

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Local Aikido Studio Reduces PTSD Effects

As a soldier fighting in Iraq, Brian Ericksen thought the idea of martial arts in a war zone was ridiculous. Then, one day, it clicked for him. The owner of Heaven and Earth Aikido used the calming form of martial arts while in the service to center himself in some of the most dangerous places in the world and now wants to help former veterans and sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder to do the same.

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Residents Have Their Say

Assisted-Living facility could pose traffic, drainage, noise problems.

As the number of senior citizens in Fairfax County continues to grow, so does the need for an assisted-living facility for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Local Group Gives Scholarships to Women

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors gave out $10,000 in scholarships to college women to kick off the start of the school year. Six women from George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, ranging in ages and opportunities, were presented scholarships during a luncheon at Riverbend Country Club on Friday, Sept 19.

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ASC Huddles with High School Football Coaches

Ireton’s Smith named Athlete of the Month.

With the new school year under way, the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club kicked off the fall sports season Sept. 16 at the ASC High School Football Coaches Night.

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Students, Parents and Teachers Plea for Later Start Times

Students, parents and advocacy groups flooded the School Board’s public comment period with pleas to approve later start times for students next year during Sept. 19 meeting.

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CVHS Teacher Debuts Young Adult Novel

English teacher Bethany Masone Harar has book signing this Saturday.

Centreville High School English teacher Bethany Masone Harar will be signing copies of her debut young adult novel “Voices of the Sea” on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Fair Lakes Barnes and Noble at 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr, Fairfax, from 1-4 p.m.

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Blood and Guts 5K Race

5,000 expected for apocalyptic zombie race at Bull Run Regional Park on Oct. 25.

The third-annual Blood and Guts 5K Run will take place Saturday, Oct. 25 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

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Portrait of a Graduate Approved

The Portrait of a Graduate has been drawn. This “portrait” - a part of the plans for the proposed strategic plan - was passed unanimously at Thursday’s Fairfax County School Board meeting after the board discussed it for more than an hour.

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Cox Farms Ready To Host Visitors

Fall Festival for families, Fields of Fear for teens.

Whether area residents are in the mood for giant slides, rope swings, hayrides, baby animals, apple-cider doughnuts or a pumpkin slingshot, they’ll find all these things and more at Cox Farms.

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Miracle League Opens Fall Season

Brayden Kemp was all smiles as he stepped up to the plate at the Kelley Cares Miracle Field Friday night. Wearing the colors of his newly adopted hometown Washington Nationals, the 8-year-old was taking his first at-bat as a participant in the Miracle League of Alexandria.

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Board of Supervisors Approves 50+ Community Action Plan

Vote is “the beginning, not the end” for Herrity.

Supervisor Pat Herrity’s so-called “Silver Tsunami” population in Fairfax County isn’t getting any younger. The data haven’t changed: the amount of people over 50 should increase by 40 percent between 2005 and 2030, and those 70 and older should shoot up 80 percent in the same period.

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Patching City’s Potholes

A matter of teamwork.

Earplugs in, yellow vests zipped up and protective eyewear in place. A large white knob on the back of the protective helmet adjusts it to an individual’s head size. The 65 -pound jackhammer blasts into the 6 x6 foot square of asphalt at the High and Orchard intersection in Alexandria.

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Supervisors Break Ground on New Public Safety Headquarters

The Fairfax County Police and Fire Departments are getting a new home. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Supervisor John Cook broke ground on what will be a $142 million, eight-story headquarters.

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Thou Hast it Now: Robinson Speech and Drama

New teacher replaces 33-year veteran.

Megan Thrift’s classroom has over 30 doors to lock at the end of the day. There are dressing rooms, a black box theater, main stage entrances and a vault full of stockpiled stage pieces and props from decades of shows. Perhaps there’s one for each year her predecessor Chip Rome served as theater director at Robinson Secondary School.

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Riding and Thriving

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program holds annual Polo Classic.

At 3 years old, Blythe Champion was diagnosed with herpes encephalitis, a rare and aggressive central nervous system infection. The infection put her into a coma; when she woke up, she was blind. Eventually Champion regained her central vision, but never peripheral.

Council Notebook

Should Prince Street and Cameron Street have bike lanes? That's a question that city officials will be asking city residents starting Sept. 30. That's the date of the first community meeting on a proposal that would add bike lanes to the two major Old Town corridors, one eastbound and the other westbound.

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Ring Cycle

Lee graduate features in boxing documentary.

Christian Vick was a standout basketball player for Robert E. Lee High School, but boxing was really his first sport. A family sport. His father James worked in boxing promotion for Washington, D.C. boxers Maurice Blocker and Simon Brown, and his great uncle Louie Vick was a heavyweight fighter. And Vick grew up spending every Saturday with his father and brother Zachary, watching bouts of Sugar Ray Leonard and Hector Camacho on the family room floor.

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Parents Support Fired Coach

Background check yields three-year suspension from USA Swimming team meets.

Young swim team members and their parents staged a sit-in protest at the YMCA on Wednesday, Sept. 17, when they arrived for the first training session of the season to find their head coach had failed a police background check and been fired.

Wednesday, September 24

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, Oct. 6-11.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, Oct. 6-11.

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New Law Protects Pets in Abusive Households

AWLA’s Safekeeping program provides temporary shelter.

Due to a new law, as of July 1, a judge can make decisions regarding a pet’s care and custody when they have been in abusive households.

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Nauck Community Celebrates 170th Birthday

Residents and friends gathered at the Drew Model School and Community Center on Saturday, Sept. 20, to celebrate the Nauck community’s 170th birthday with a day of civic and community pride.

Fall Fun 2014

Upcoming family-friendly events in the area.

Upcoming family-friendly events in the area.

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Fall Family Fun Abounds in Vienna

Myriad of events make the crisp season festive.

When the air turns crisp and the leaves burst into color, it’s fall in Northern Virginia.

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Getting Ready for Potomac Day

Annual parade brings community together.

Oct. 25 is Potomac Day — and residents are already anticipating the excitement. Many are looking forward to the Grand Parade where children – and moms and dads too — can catch candy tossed from cars and trucks, spot a dentist dressed like the tooth fairy, cheer for their favorite businesses, political candidates and musical groups and applaud local Potomac leaders.

Naz Akbar Exhibits at Katie's

A Great Falls artist Naz Akbar will be exhibiting at Katie's Coffee from Oct. 3 to the Oct. 31 in an art exhibit "Moments to Remember."

Pass Medicaid Expansion Now

Our health care system is neither healthy nor accessible for many women, but Richmond lawmakers have an opportunity to make improvements. They need to stop playing politics with people’s lives and begin to start governing.

Post-Chemo Weak

For the past year, every three weeks I have been infused with a chemotherapy drug called Alimta, “the last miracle drug,” to quote my oncologist, and a drug with which I hadn’t previously been infused.

Housing Market Differs by Price Category

Overall, buyers looking for move-in properties.

Houses in D.C., Chevy Chase and Bethesda are snapped up days after they come on the market. However, many Potomac homes — particularly those selling for more than a million dollars — are remaining on the market for months without so much as an offer — or maybe even a buyer gracing their doors.

Week in Reston

What's happening this week in Reston.

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Cartoon: ISIL


Week in Herndon

What's happening this week in Herndon.

Support Group Helps Parents

Where else can one get advice for $1? Perhaps only Lucy from The Peanuts comic strip can offer a better deal with her 5-cent bill. Each week the group Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) meets to discuss the problem behaviors of their children.

Week in Vienna

What's happening this week in Vienna.

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Irish Food, Drink and Hospitality Come to Tysons

Paddy Barry’s Irish Pub and Restaurant hosts kin and friends at grand opening celebration.

For all the Irish and the not-so-Irish in the Vienna-Tysons area who have wished for an authentic Irish pub in the community, your wish has come true.

Pancakes and Bacon and Syrup, Oh My

More than 100 people attended the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department’s (VVFD) pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 19.

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Community Center Dollars and Cents

Rising construction, renovation costs create $2 million deficit.

When the Vienna Community Center greets the public in April 2016, it’ll be larger and more modern than the current facility and will boast a new, regulation-sized gym. But getting from here to there takes money.

Reston Town Center: Upcoming Events

Upcoming events happening at Reston Town Center.

Obituary: Kate Ellison Anderson, 86, Dies

Kate Ellison Anderson died on Aug. 6, 2014, in Fairfax at the age of 86. She was born in Ogden, Utah and grew up in Layton, Utah.

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Teatro De La Luna Comes to Lake Anne

Performance group Teatro De La Luna performed at Lake Anne Elementary School in both English and Spanish.

Column: What Is It About Virginia?

By Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum, state Delegate (D-36)

There really are not many native Virginians living in Northern Virginia. The growth of the region has come primarily from people moving here from other states or countries.

Column: A Special Shout-Out

By Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum, state delegate (D-36)

I know my constituents join me in a special thank-you shout-out to Barbara Shearer who has been my legislative assistant for over twenty years and who is retiring at the end of this month. Although a state legislative office is technically part-time, Barbara’s attention to details of constituent request and dependable follow-through gained for my office a reputation for having the best constituent services of any office of an elected official with many having full-time staff members.

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Studying Butterflies at Churchill Road

Churchill Road second graders are about to begin their study of monarch butterflies. Students in Cheryl Bamdad’s class welcomed some very tiny monarch caterpillars.

Letter: Inspirational Experience

Letter to the Editor

As a participant in Delegate Barbara Comstock’s Young Women in Leadership Program, I wish to comment on how much I appreciated this unique experience.


EWA Names Sarah Beerbower Director, Sales and Service.

Sarah Stewart Beerbower joins Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA) in the newly created position of Director, Sales and Service.

New Pediatric Dental Office Opens at Worldgate Centre in Herndon

Dr. Charlie Coulter brings his nine years of Pediatric Dental Experience to Herndon, by opening a new pediatric dental practice, Dentistry for Children of Northern Virginia ( at Worldgate Centre on Oct. 1.

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Dulles Chamber Banking Luncheon Offers Industry Insight, Presents Lifetime Achievement Award

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual Banking Luncheon on Sept. 5 at the Hyatt Dulles hotel in Herndon, where nearly 200 area bankers and financial leaders gathered for this premier industry event.

Week in Great Falls

Richard & Mary Kelly are opening their home to the community and sharing their private art collection of American Illustration for a fundraiser on Sept. 27, 7—9 p.m.

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Great Falls Community Plants White Oak Trees

Great Falls residents' contributions to the GFCA Legacy Oak Tree Program resulted in the first planting of large white oaks around the village area in early September.

Foust Bridging Political Divide

Democrats hope Foust’s reputation as a “bridge-builder” connects with voters.

Straightening his tie, John Foust is preparing for yet another “meet-and-greet” event at the Clifton home of Democratic supporters Terry Matlaga and Kevin Bell.

Editorial: Deadly Medicaid Debacle

Literally killing poor people who could have health care, while refusing to give Virginia’s economy a boost.

The poor people of Virginia are so seriously harmed by the actions of the Virginia General Assembly in refusing to expand Medicaid at little additional cost to the Commonwealth that those harmed should have some legal recourse.

Friday, September 19

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Behind the Counter with a Smile

Serving breakfast and lunch at Firehook Bakery.

"We know a lot of customers every day. We have a big smile ready and already know what they want. So we get their order going before they even get to the counter. Good morning Hosea," Suyapa Flores says as Hosea walks over to the order counter beside the window filled with small pecan pies, morning glory muffins and elephant ears. She explains Hosea always comes in around 11 a.m. and orders an apple scone or a whole-wheat bagel and an espresso.

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Award-winning Author Returns to Springfield

West Springfield graduate discusses his books, signs copies at Richard Byrd Library in Springfield.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, award-winning author, Louis Byrd, returned to Springfield just in time for “Fall for the Book,” an annual event that brings authors from across the nation and across the world to Fairfax County to share stories about their work and their experiences.

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Springfield Resident Visits Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Jennifer Basik of Springfield met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. as part of the Direct Selling Association’s second annual Direct Selling Day on Capitol Hill.

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Construction Nearly Done on the 95 Express Lanes

The construction on the 95 Express Lanes is 90 percent complete and on schedule to open in early January 2015.

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Twilight Rock ‘n’ Run at South County

South County's Band hosts fundraising 5K race.

The inaugural Twilight Rock ‘n’ Run drew a nice-sized crowd to South County High School on Sept. 13, a cool Saturday night. The 5K race was sponsored by the South County Band Boosters to raise money for the band and for Turf SoCo, an initiative to raise money for new football field turf.

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Democratic Women to Honor Foust

The reception will be held on Sept. 20 in Clifton.

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) will host a reception in honor of John Foust, the Democratic Candidate for the Virginia 10th Congressional District on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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Superheroes Meet Real Heroes

Marvel Universe Live! performers honor area firefighters.

Performers of Marvel Universe Live! honored firefighters outside the Patriot Center in Fairfax on Friday, Sept. 12.

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Sound Argument

Proposed recycling facility faces public backlash.

Tucked away behind the Alexandria Police Department, an empty lot along Wheeler Avenue has become the focal point in a skirmish between local residents and the developers of a proposed recycling facility.

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‘You Just Have to Believe’

Local girl competes in national solo ice dancing championship.

Just 15, Paul VI sophomore LaDan Nemati has a full plate. From November-February, she skates with a synchronized skating team in Delaware; and during the spring, summer and early fall, she does solo ice dancing.

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Music and Food Under the Stars at Fairfax Old Town

The City of Fairfax Old Town and Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department hosted an evening under the stars with music by the Legacy Brass Quintet on Friday Sept. 12.

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Alexandria’s Oldest Boxing Club on the Ropes

City seeks to recoup its recreation costs.

The fate of Alexandria’s oldest free boxing club hangs in the balance this week after the city hammered out a conciliatory deal to begin withdrawing its financial support. For the first time in its 30-year history the boxing club will no longer be completely free. Members over 18 and all non-Alexandria city residents will now have to pay. The club will also have to pay rent to the city.

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Search for Hannah Graham Continues

West Potomac Alumna, UVA second year student, last seen on Sept. 13

Hannah Graham, University of Virginia sophomore and alumna of West Potomac High School, has been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 13.

Thursday, September 18

Classified Advertising September 17, 2014

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Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 116 homes sold between $2,198,430-$219,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: August, 2014

Springfield Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 168 Springfield homes sold between $1,100,000-$179,000.

Springfield Home Sales: August, 2014

Reston Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 96 Reston homes sold between $1,325,000-$180,000.

Reston Home Sales: August, 2014

McLean Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 88 homes sold between $4,200,000-$130,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: August, 2014

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 99 homes sold between $1,080,000-$167,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: August, 2014

Great Falls Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 18 Great Falls homes sold between $6,188,600-$464,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: August, 2014

Fairfax Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 79 Fairfax homes sold between $1,345,000-$170,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: August, 2014

Chantilly Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 20 homes sold between $767,000-$36,250 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: August, 2014

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‘[This] Will Change Our Lives’

Community, Paisano’s unite to purchase an accessible van.

Last Friday, Sept. 12, was a night when dreams came true. On Centreville High’s football field, the Wildcats trounced West Potomac, 54-0. And on the sidelines at halftime, Centreville senior Juwaan Espinal, 17, was presented with an accessible van.

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

In August 2014, 67 homes sold between $1,380,000-$171,500 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

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Herndon Celebrates Lighting Of W&OD Trail

Herndon is first municipality to light a section of the W&OD trail.

Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel and the Herndon town council celebrated the completion of installation of lights along the W&OD trail with a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The ceremony was held on the W&OD Trail near the intersection with Lynn Street in downtown Herndon, near the caboose.

Centreville Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 90 Centreville homes sold between $1,165,000-$159,000.

Centreville Home Sales: August, 2014

Burke Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 63 Burke homes sold between $1,050,000-$220,000.

Burke Home Sales: August, 2014

Mount Vernon Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 132 homes sold between $1,599,000-$116,500 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: August, 2014

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 234 Arlington homes sold between $1,820,000-$107,000.

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2014

Alexandria Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 213 Alexandria homes sold between $3,195,000-$120,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: August, 2014

Potomac Home Sales: August, 2014

In August 2014, 63 Potomac homes sold between $3,725,000-$250,000.

Potomac Home Sales: August, 2014

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Dranesville Elementary Holds Back to School Night

Parents and teachers reconnect at school event.

Herndon Dranesville Elementary hosted its annual Back to School Night on Monday, Sept. 15 for parents to meet the teachers and individuals who support their children. The event was for parents and guardians only so families could understand the aspects of their child’s education.

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Senator Warner Visits Downtown Herndon

Herndon business owners speak with Senator Mark Warner.

United States Senator Mark Warner made a visit to downtown Herndon on Friday, Sept. 12. The purpose of the visit was to connect and chat with some local business owners and staff.

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Lake Anne Fellowship House Revitalization Halted

Fellowship Square Foundation Board claims county did not support plans.

After two years of stalled plans, Norvus Residences is indefinitely deferring the revitalization of Lake Anne Fellowship House. According to a letter sent from the Fellowship Square Foundation Board of Directors, it was because the proposal did not have county support.

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Longfellow Principal Wins State Award

Carole Kihm named Outstanding Middle School Principal by VASSP.

Carole Kihm, principal at Longfellow Middle School, remembers her love for educating children and pre-teens when she was in high school. Her lifelong love for education paid off when she was named Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals earlier this year.

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Great Falls Honors 9/11 Victims

Candles lit, names read during memorial ceremony.

Still 13 years later, it is a date no American can forget. The annual Great Falls 9/11 Memorial Ceremony was held on Thursday at the Freedom Memorial to remember the six village citizens who died when a plane hit the Pentagon more than a decade ago.

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Reston Master Plan Debated

Residents discuss neighborhoods and convenience centers.

Reston residents met with Fairfax County officials Saturday morning to discuss the future of their neighborhoods.

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Dalya Luttwak Exhibits at GRACE

Sculpture exhibit on display in Reston until Nov. 1.

Since 2007, artist Dalya Luttwak has been working on a series of sculptures depicting the root systems of various plants. Some of these sculptures are on display at Reston GRACE located on the corner of Market St. and St. Francis in the Reston Town Center.

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Town Council Promotes Bike and Pedestrian Safety

100 cyclists and pedestrians killed on the roads in Virginia every year.

Herndon is promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety this month. The Town Council passed a proclamation recognizing Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month to make drivers aware of their less protected counterparts on the road.

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Silver Line Music and Food Truck Fest

A little rain didn’t deter hundreds of locals from trekking out to Tysons for a new festival last weekend. The Silver Line Music and Food Truck Fest became more crowded when the downpour turned into a drizzle.

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Attending Classes in Korea

Fairfax Academy student will spend school year there.

Normally, Serena Gregory would have just begun her last year at Chantilly High, caught up in the excitement of new classes, old friends and the thrill of being a senior. She’d also be playing volleyball, basketball and lacrosse for the Chargers. Instead, the former Korean-language student at the Fairfax Academy is now in another part of the world, spending the school year in Korea.

Police Warn of Motorcycle Thefts on the West End

The Alexandria Police Department has noticed a rise in thefts of motorcycles in Alexandria, specifically at the west end of the City of Alexandria.

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Remembering America’s Fallen Heroes

Each year, the firefighters of West Centreville Station 38 honor the firefighters who died in the 9/11 tragedy in New York by placing flags outside their station.

Beautification Summer Youth Employment

The summer for ARHA (Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority) was more eventful than usual because of the increase of the number of youth workers assigned to the agency by the City of Alexandria Joblink program.

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Nearing Completion

Construction nearly done on 95 Express Lanes.

The construction on the 95 Express Lanes is 90 per cent complete and on schedule to open in early January 2015.

School Board Ready to Tackle Fiscal Challenges

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the chairman of Fairfax County School Board for the 2014-15 school year.

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In Solemn Remembrance

Local bugler plays ‘Taps’ in honor of the Sept. 11 victims.

Throughout Virginia and the U.S., people commemorated last Thursday’s 13th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Locally, Theodore Smith, an 83-year old volunteer with Bugles Across America, did it in his own, special way.

More Mothers Choosing to Breastfeed at Inova

I love it when a plan comes together. Last year in this space, I told you about Inova Alexandria Hospital’s initiative to promote the best possible beginning for newborns and their mothers by encouraging exclusive breastfeeding.

Raising Awareness about Interstitial Cystitis

Potomac woman launches petition for increased research funds.

Twenty-year-old Justine Stayman, a computer science major attending the University of Maryland’s Honors Program, was thrilled to be selected for the highly-competitive Hinman CEO program – the nation’s first living-learning entrepreneurship program. She was looking forward to living on the UM campus with other students who had a passion for launching their own businesses.

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Alice in Nevermore

Local theater company explores imagination at Workhouse.

For the next month, Barbara Lawson is leading a triple life. A freshly minted West Springfield senior, 17-year-old Lawson plays the title character in the Pandemonium Theatrical Productions setting of “Alice In Wonderland,” as well as Virginia in the same company’s “Nevermore,” a dark musical exploring the demons of Edgar Allen Poe.

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Lorton Community Action Center Wine-Tasting Raises $6,000

In fiscal year 2014, the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) served meals to 3,550 individual guests. On Saturday, Sept. 13, they served wine to 110 more fortunate individuals who gathered for LCAC’s second annual “Raise a Glass of Hope” wine-tasting fundraiser.

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Potomac Activist Pens New Book

Novel began as a scrap of paper in her wallet.

No one is going to accuse Sharon Allen Gilder of being in a rush to get something done. In fact, she took her time deciding what to do about a project she started 20 years ago. She does admit, however, that she gave considerable thought to the job she had in mind by “carrying a scrap of paper in my wallet.”

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New Analysis of Accotink Creek Underway

Department of Environmental Quality resumes project after EPA lawsuit.

When Meghan Walker paddles a canoe upstream from Lake Accotink looking for garbage, not much surprises her anymore. “The sky’s the limit for odd trash,” she said. “A big find last time was a wheel and tire -- still attached. That’s impressive.”

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Deer Archery Program Enters Sixth Season

Continued overabundance brings bow-hunters back to parks.

Even at 72, the animated Disney classic “Bambi” can still soften the hardest hearts when it comes to appreciating the innocence and natural beauty of deer. But the reality in Fairfax County is that an unnaturally high density of Bambis and mothers of Bambi is an ongoing threat to biodiversity and road safety.

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‘Bring Hannah Home’

There will be a prayer vigil for Hannah Elizabeth Graham, Thursday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m. at Aldersgate UMC, 1301 Collingwood Road. All in the community are invited to participate.

Wednesday, September 17

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The Beacon Welcomes First Tenants

Donohoe Construction turned over the first phase of occupancy at the new Beacon at Clarendon West after receiving the Certificate of Occupancy from Arlington County in August

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DogFest Spotlights Service Dogs at Pentagon Row

Event benefits Canine Companions for Independence.

The first annual DogFest Walk ‘N Roll in the area kicked off early Saturday morning, Sept. 13, as close to 30 teams queued up on Pentagon Row to support Canine Companions for Independence.

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Riding To Fight Cancer

Local patients and supporters bike through the National Capital Region to support cancer research.

In July of 2013, Seth Edlavitch of Potomac says he received the shock of his life. After experiencing headaches for several months, he visited his doctor and after a series of tests and finally brain surgery, doctors discovered that Edlavitch had a non-Hodgkin's, blood-based lymphoma form of brain cancer.

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Remembering 9-11

More than 100 people gathered on the edges of the plaza outside the Arlington County building on Thursday morning, Sept. 11, to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Mount Vernon Field Hockey Surpasses 2013 Win Total

Majors GK Moore makes 3 saves in shootout win over Marshall.

The Mount Vernon field hockey team improved to 6-1-2 with a win over Marshall on Monday.

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VCU Commit McNamara Leads Defending State Champ Westfield

Senior has 15 goals, 10 assists in nine games.

The Westfield field hockey team defeated West Springfield 7-0 on Tuesday.

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Conference Celebrates Local Businesswomen

Power Conference offers advice, networking opportunities.

Nancy Regelin, a Potomac-based attorney, decided to give women-owned businesses a boost, so she coordinated an event at the Convention Center in North Bethesda. Now in its fifth year, the Power Conference: Women Doing Business is a women’s business development conference.

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Honeybees Welcome

Residents of Clifton and Fairfax Station held a block party to celebrate their new Bee Safe Neighborhood earlier this month.

Foundation Awards Scholarship

At its recent meeting, the trustees of the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation voted to award a scholarship for the 2014 - 2015 academic year to Nicole Marie Vinson of Centreville. Nicole will attend the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, in the fall.

What Students Are Reading

An interview with new librarian Rachel Grover of Rocky Run Middle School.

At Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, new librarian Rachel Grover, 28, of Gainesville, says, “Reading is cool and students read like crazy.”

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Cartoon: Potomac Water

Potomac Water

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Sept. 29-Oct. 4.

Norwood Students Experience History

Field trips allow students to see and touch at memorials.

History books came to life for about 55 eighth grade students who spent a day at the Holocaust Museum, FDR Memorial and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The trip was part of Bethesday-based Norwood School’s seventh and eighth grade “World History Through an American Lens” curriculum.

Column: Medicaid Expansion Lite

Virginia’s first governor, Patrick Henry, was elected to four one-year terms. Henry’s reputation as a leader was well established before he became governor with his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech made in St. John’s Church in Richmond before the Revolution.

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A Different Path to a 4-year Degree

NOVA’s Guaranteed Admissions Program gives students opportunities to attend their dream schools.

Noor Naveed immigrated to the United States from Pakistan with her family shortly after the 9/11 attacks. The family settled in Northern Virginia and, years later, Naveed graduated from Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria. She dreams of becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college.

Column: Almost Fall —The Silly Season is Underway

Did anyone see any salutes to working people on the first Monday in September this year? Sadly, the meaning of this holiday honoring working people has become barely an afterthought it seems.

Letter: Supporting Comstock

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I recently attended the VA 10th District Town Hall that was hosted by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Only one candidate embodied the forward thinking, bipartisan leadership that we need to get the job done in Congress and that’s Delegate Barbara Comstock.

Later High School Start Times for 2015?

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza will propose later high school start times at the Fairfax County School Board’s business meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, for the Board’s formal consideration at its business meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Letter: Thank You Letter to the McLean Community

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On the afternoon of Aug. 24, McLean & Great Falls Celebrate Virginia presented An Afternoon with the Madisons at the McLean Community Center.

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

In Fairfax County alone last year, there were over 150 suicides.

The numbers are staggering. In the United States, one person dies by suicide every 18 minutes.

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Children, Adults Enjoy Model Railroad Display

The Northern Virginia Model Railroaders held an open house Saturday afternoon, Sept. 13, at the historic Vienna Train Station.

Rosh Hashanah – More Than Just a New Year

Throughout the year, the Jewish calendar is filled with Holidays commemorating key historic spiritual and physical milestones in Jewish history. Passover recalls our Exodus from Egypt, Shavuot receiving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, Purim the saving of the Jewish nation from Haman and King Xerxes of Persia. As Rosh Hashanah approaches, one may wonder, what’s happening, what key event in Jewish history do the Days of Awe commemorate?

Letter: Springfield Seniors Deserve Better

Letter to the Editor

On Sept. 13, 2014, I received The Herrity Report with the remarkable absence of any report on the Lorton Workhouse that he had earlier denounced as a wasteful bailout of a mismanaged operation. Supervisor Herrity failed to report that on Sept. 9, 2014, the Board spent another $3 million for an events center that could lose more of our taxpayer money.

Letter: Local Foundation Hosts DaVinci Challenge

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: True innovation begins when dreamers finally decide to give substance to their ideas. Leonardo da Vinci once said, “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

Scared, Hopefully Not to Death

One of my greatest fears (or regrets, if I am in fact the cause of my own decline) is that my own stubbornness, stupidity, “male blockheadedness” and/or refusal to believe/pay attention to signs, symptoms, indications and instructions/health advisories from my oncologist about my health will lead to my premature death.

Letter: Ebola: Panic in All the Wrong Places

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Ebola is spreading to epidemic proportions in West Africa. There are no uncontrolled cases of Ebola in the U.S. In spite of this, it is the people of Africa who need to worry more, and Americans who need to worry less. However, the virus is not taken nearly seriously enough by the people of West Africa.

Commentary: Protecting Those Threatened by Domestic Violence

September marks 20th Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) – landmark legislation in which our nation committed new prevention and response resources so that our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends would no longer have to suffer in silence through domestic abuse.

Herndon Mom Chronicles Her Preemie Blessing

Michelle Stevens shares her family’s experiences in blog, book.

“We went to the NICU [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit] early that morning to learn how to mix Emily's high-calorie formula and administer her vitamins.

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Vienna Pauses During ‘A Day to Remember’

American Legion Post 180 and Town of Vienna pay tribute to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, the sky was bright blue, the air warm and crisp, the sun beamed. Much like the morning was in the D.C. area on Sept. 11, 2001.

Herndon High Band Thanks the Community

On Saturday, Sept. 6, 150 Herndon High School Band students fanned out across Herndon for their annual Tag Day event, their biggest fundraiser of the year. The students worked together in teams and braved the intense heat and humidity, dressed in full marching band uniforms, courageously knocking on door after door, cheerfully repeating the phrase “Hi, I’m from the Herndon Band” to all who would listen.

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Old Dominion Celebrates 23rd Debutante Ball

On July 19, 2014, the Old Dominion Cotillion (“ODC”) held its Twenty-Third Annual Debutante Ball at Westfields Marriott in Chantilly.

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‘In Charge of Your Own Little World’

Featuring 45 tables of trains and train accessories, a “train doctor” who repaired broken trains and an operating layout built by three boys, the Train Collectors Sale and Show was held Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Vienna Firehouse.

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Vienna Church Honors Area Nonprofits

Emmanuel Lutheran Church hosted a “Serving the Servants” luncheon Sunday, Sept. 7, to honor staff from Fairfax County nonprofits who work to meet the needs of some of the county’s poorest residents.

Residents Still Upset about Follin Lane

Want Town Council to become more involved before project starts.

The Town of Vienna plans to widen Follin Lane from two to three lanes, level the grade of the road at the Hine Street intersection and remove the brush.

Bright Horizons to Host Grand Opening

Bright Horizons opened its newest early education and preschool center on July 14, 2014 in Vienna.

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Baseball and Life Drama at 1st Stage

"Take Me Out": A drama leavened with brilliant comic touches.

Stepping out into its new season, 1st Stage in Tysons brings audiences a satisfying production of "Take Me Out," winner of a Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Weichert, Realtors Recognizes McLean/Dolley Madison Office, Top Associates

McLean/Dolley Madison office was recognized for outstanding performance in August - Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced.

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Rocket Launch at Churchill Road

During the second week of school, groups of Churchill Road sixth graders conducted a scientific experiment using the rockets they built in science class.

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Area Premiere of Whodunit Farce

McLean Community Players present ‘The Game's Afoot.’

Be the first in Northern Virginia to see the prolific D.C. area playwright and Helen Hayes Award recipient Ken Ludwig's farcical whodunit, "The Game's Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays." It is receiving its area premiere from the McLean Community Players.

McLean Kids Series Opens at Alden

Grey Seal Puppets of Charlotte, N.C. will open The Alden in McLean’s 2014-2015 McLean Kids Performance Series with “The Emperor’s New Clothes” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

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Not Going Away

Citizens for gun legislation hold monthly vigil at NRA headquarters.

The Reston-Herndon Alliance to End Gun Violence met outside the National Rifle Association’s headquarters in Fairfax on Sunday, Sept. 14. The group has met there on the fourteenth of every month since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, 2012.

Elizabeth Wiley wins the Great Falls Farmers Market Basket Raffle

Last Saturday, Sept. 13, was the Great Falls Farmers Market annual "Getting to Know You" Market. Vendors wore name tags.

Butterfly Window Display At Great Falls Library

Reston Anthropologie donates display to Great Falls Garden Club for use in new exhibit.

The Reston store of fashion-forward clothing retailer Anthropologie has donated its window display of more than 10,000 hand cut and hand painted paper Monarch butterflies to the Great Falls Garden Club for use in the club’s new exhibit on the wildflower and native grass meadow at the Great Falls Library.

Tuesday, September 16

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Herndon Field Hockey Remains Undefeated

Senior captains Stone, Palacios provide 1-2 punch.

The Herndon field hockey team is 10-0.

Saturday, September 13

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Robinson Football Improves to 3-0 with Win Over Rival Lake Braddock

Rams build 19-0 lead, hold on to beat 'contender.'

Lake Braddock improved to 3-0 with a 19-17 win over Lake Braddock on Friday.

Friday, September 12

Local Real Estate: July, 2014 Top Sales in Great Falls and McLean

In July 2014, 16 Great Falls homes sold between $2,200,000-$512,500, and 116 homes sold between $3,022,000-$188,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

Local Real Estate: July, 2014 Top Sales in Great Falls and McLean

Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2014

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

Potomac Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2014

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2014

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

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2014

Arlington Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2014

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

Arlington Real Estate: Top Sales in July 2014

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Gas Station Runs Backpack Drive

You may have noticed the sign “You Pump We Donate: Back to School Backpack Drive for Area Kids,” in front of the Cardinal Plaza Shell gas station on Old Keene Mill Road.

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U.S. Army Chorus to Perform at Springfield Church

In celebration of the Westwood Baptist Church's 50th Anniversary in 2014, The U.S. Army Chorus presents a fun evening of music from its varied repertoire featuring tunes from the last five decades at Westwood Baptist Church, 8200 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. The concert is free, and everyone is invited.

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First Friday in Clifton Pairs Wine and Arts

The Clifton Wine Shop held its monthly First Friday Wine and Art Sept. 5 by pairing the art of D.C. Artist Tina Palmer with the wines of Spain.

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Laurel Hill Holds Member Championship Tournament

Laurel Hill Golf Course held it's 8th Annual Member Championship Tournament Sept. 6 and 7. This two-day golf challenge was attended by 20 Laurel Hill members who were divided into three levels of play based on individual handicaps.

‘Nevermore’ at Workhouse Arts Center

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Nevermore" at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre, 9601 Ox Rosd, Lorton.

Fire Department Expands Service and Equipment for Animal Rescue, Care

The City of Fairfax Fire Department has expanded the range of emergency medical services to include four-legged patients. Responding to a growing need, the department recently acquired specialized equipment and training to care for pets rescued from fires and other emergencies.

Tiny Dancers Named ‘Best Dance Studio’

Tiny Dancers, located near Fairfax City, has been voted Best Dance Studio in the recent annual poll of readers of Washington Family Magazine.

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A New Face at Laurel Ridge

Tonya Cox takes the helm as principal.

Born in Norfolk and raised in the Alexandria part of Fairfax County, Tonya Cox figured she’d either go into education like her mother or ministry like her father. Then, while in college, she substituted for her mother, during spring and summers, and was hooked.

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Hunger for Awareness

Amos Desjardins runs 500 miles for hunger awareness.

Runner Amos Desjardins, of Alexandria, is running 500 miles in Virginia to raise awareness for hunger and food insecurity. Del. David Bulova (D-37) said that he feels fortunate to be able to join him for part of his run through the 37th district.

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Area Schools Celebrate New Beginning

What’s new at Irving Middle, Lake Braddock Secondary and Sangster Elementary?

Rising seventh grade students at Washington Irving Middle School are not the only ones preparing for changes this upcoming school year. “This is the first year that we’re going to teach the Civics and Economic class to all eighth grade students at the honors level,” said Assistant Principal Rick Mondloch in an interview on Aug. 18.

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Full Day Monday Challenges Discussed

The implementation of “full day Mondays” has been anything but easy for area elementary schools. The challenges that Fairfax County Public Schools faced to bring more hours to elementary students’ school year was addressed by Superintendent Karen Garza and several board members during a school board meeting on Sept. 4 at Jackson Middle School.

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Neighbors Feeding Neighbors 5k

Approximately 5 percent of the people who live within Northern Virginia’s boundaries, 90,000 people, struggle with poverty. This is according to local nonprofit Food for Others. Food for Others is creating a 5K to bring Tysons together as a community and raise money through the Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Tysons 5k Race held Oct. 19.

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Sustainability Fair Saturday

Children and parents alike can learn how to keep the planet healthy on Saturday. The second annual Northern Virginia Sustainability Fair, an event to get children excited about the Earth’s future, will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Frying Pan Park.

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Portrait of a Graduate Discussed

The heart of the school system’s new strategic plan is closer to being approved. The Fairfax County School Board discussed the five component Portrait of a Graduate - with some asking for a component emphasizing a caring quality - at Monday’s work session.

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Teen Center Preps for Fall

The McLean Teen Center held their Back-to-School Night on Friday to gear students up for fall - and a host of fall activities.

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Reston Triathlon Attracts Hundreds

Despite having spent the morning swimming, biking and running, Neil Medoff wasn’t impressed with himself. The Reston resident is one of two triathletes who has competed in the Reston Triathlon all 31 years it has been an event, but he said Sunday’s race was not a personal best.

Thursday, September 11

Classified Advertising September 10, 2014

Read the latest ads here!

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"Change the World Day" At Messiah United Methodist Church

More than 350 members of Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield took church to the community Sunday, Sept. 7, performing 30 mission projects including repairing a boardwalk maintenance at Hidden Pond Nature Center; serving meals at Rising Hope UMC (Route 1 corridor) , Capitol Hill UMC (DC) and Fisher House (military veterans); sorting donations at area charity thrift stores and building fences at picnic tables at Camp High Road, a United Methodist camp in Manassas.

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End-of-Season Swim

The River Falls Doggy Swim attracted four-legged swimmers on Sunday, Sept. 7.

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Knights of Columbus Hosts Car Show

Fifty-four cars and trucks were displayed on the front lawns of the Arlington Council on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 6.

Obituary: Frances Perry Jernigan

Frances Perry Jernigan, longtime resident of Alexandria, died at age 90 on Aug. 5, 2014. Her final months were peaceful, spent in the home built by her husband and son in 1977. From her kitchen window, she had a ringside seat for viewing the bird feeders and wildlife in her beloved patch of suburban woodland.

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Outdoor Education at C&O Canal

The first students to experience the new curriculum-based canal boat ride climbed aboard the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction packet boat, on Sept. 3.

W-L Girls’ XC Produces Best Finish at Monroe Parker

Generals place fourth with four girls in top 25.

The Washington-Lee girls’ cross country team continued its run of strong performances with a fourth-place finish at the Monroe Parker Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Burke Lake Park.

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Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award

Katie Hamelburg, daughter of Jamie and Mark Hamelburg of Potomac, received the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award recently for a project inspiring fellow teen members of the United Synagogue Youth to perform 18,000 hours of volunteer service in one year.

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Bonefish Grill Opens Its Doors

Now open for brunch, lunch and dinner in Pentagon Row.

Located next to the outdoor ice rink in Pentagon Row, Bonefish Grill opened at the end of last month to the public. Cutting the ribbon on opening day were Arlington Chamber President Kate Roche, Arlington County Board member Walter Tejada, Bonefish Grill Managing Partner Jason Steenrod, Bonefish Grill Joint Venture Partner Debra Peterson and Bonefish Grill team members.

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TC’s Athleticism Leads to Victory over Dunbar ins Season Opener

Senior kicker Smith becomes first female to score for Titans.

The T.C. Williams football team opened the 2014 season with a win over Dunbar.

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Chantilly’s McGorty Wins Boys’ Race at Monroe Parker

Chantilly senior Hawvermale places second in girls’ race.

The Chantilly cross country teams had strong individual performances at the Monroe Parker Invitational.

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Transit-Oriented Apartments Open

The Shelby promotes multimodal travel, community, art.

Though named for the innovative automotive designer and racer Carroll Shelby, the team behind the recently opened Shelby apartment building on North Kings Highway has made alternate forms of transportation a priority.

Lake Braddock XC Delivers Strong Showing at Monroe Parker Invite

Motivated boys’ team seeks state title after finishing 2nd in 2013.

Lake Braddock boys' XC placed first at the M

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Bluesy ‘Seven Guitars’ at Signature Theatre

Michele Shay tackles August Wilson drama she helped originate on Broadway.

No Rules Theatre Co. opens their new season with “Seven Guitars” written by August Wilson and directed by Tony Award nominated actress Michele Shay, Sept. 10-28, at Signature Theatre.

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Board of Supervisors Approves 2014 Budget Carryover Package

FCPS full-day Mondays at discussion forefront.

When students at the 142 public elementary schools around Fairfax County stayed there the full day on Monday -- the first time in about four decades -- they likely weren’t worried about the cost. That’s between the school board and board of supervisors. Grown-up stuff.

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‘Recession Ripple Persists’ at Realtors’ Summit

Private sector job growth key to strengthening regional economy, housing demand.

“There’s no question the primary economic driver of this region has always been Uncle Sam,” said David Versal, senior research associate at the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis. “That said, we’re not Detroit.”

New Principal Starts at West Springfield

Michael Mukai brings “champion” philosophy from Robinson.

Earlier this summer, West Springfield High School needed a principal... and a head custodian. Michael Mukai, who started on the first day of school as permanent relief for interim Principal Becky Brandt, said the two positions are more similar than different.

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House Tour For Charity

Potomac Country House Tour & Festival set for Oct. 3-5.

Four of the area’s homes will open their doors to visitors next month in the name of charity. Officials for the 58th annual Potomac Country House Tour & Festival announced which four of the area’s homes will be part of the October tour.

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Board of Supervisors Approves 2015 Revised Budget Plan

FCPS full-day Mondays at discussion forefront.

When students at the 142 public elementary schools around Fairfax County stayed there the full day on Monday -- the first time in about four decades -- they likely weren’t worried about the cost. That’s between the school board and board of supervisors. Grown-up stuff.

Board of Elections Seeks Workers

Montgomery County’s Board of Elections is seeking registered voters to manage polling places and provide customer service as an Election Judge on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Heat and Storms Reduce Turnout at Burke Centre Festival

Signature event celebrates 37th year.

Organizers of the Burke Centre Festival canceled the Wine Garden at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, when thunderstorms rolled in. “We got the announcement from OEM and we lasted till about 7:30,” said Jeannie Winslow, Burke Centre Festival Coordinator. The Wine Garden event was supposed to go until 10 p.m.

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‘ARTS by George!’ to Kick Off New Season

A great evening of arts and entertainment for a great cause at Mason.

Kick-off the local arts and entertainment season celebrating the arts and benefiting student scholarships at this year's George Mason University "ARTS by George!" gala.

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Gaelic Football Comes to Fairfax

The sport combines elements of soccer, rugby, basketball, volleyball and American football.

“What sport are they playing? It’s not soccer,” said a park visitor, watching people use their hands to throw and bounce a soccer ball on an open field, on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Providence Park in Fairfax.

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Attending Classes in a Foreign Country

Fairfax Academy student will spend school year in Korea.

Normally, Serena Gregory would have just begun her last year at Chantilly High, caught up in the excitement of new classes, old friends and the thrill of being a senior.

Wednesday, September 10

Get Ready for Clifton Day

47th Annual Festival Scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 12

Come enjoy great food, live music, a train ride and other family-friendly activities when the town of Clifton puts on Clifton Day, an annual, festival held in one of Northern Virginia’s most beautiful and historic areas. This year’s event is on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Accidental Clifton House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Sunday, Sept. 7, at approximately 11:55 p.m., in the Clifton area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 12413 Old Yates Ford Road.

Obituary: Hayes Roosevelt Woods, 77, Dies

Hayes Roosevelt Woods, 77, of Sanford, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at Duke Hospital, in Durham, N.C. Hayes went to Lee County Training School and New Hope School. His last job was in the city of Fairfax.

Letter: Focusing on Suicide Prevention

Letter to the Editor

To kick off National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8-12), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is announcing its goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025.

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‘Heroes Walk To Fly’

Group provides airline tickets to military families visiting injured loved one.

A family receives the devastating call that their son, serving in the Afghanistan, had life-threatening injuries from an IED and was being air-lifted to Walter Reed National Medical Military Center. They were told to start driving to the nearest airport. The hospital staff would do what they could to keep their son alive until they got there, even though it was a five-hour flight.

End-of-Season Swim

End-of-Season Swim

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Reston Town Center Hosts ChalkFest

IPAR ChalkFest brings hundreds of spectators and artists to Reston.

Amazing art lined the streets of Reston Town Center during the Reston ChalkFest event. Adults, teens and children had an opportunity to color the bricks of Reston’s Market Street between Library Street and Presidents Street.

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‘Parked Outside the Door’ Opens at ArtSpace Herndon

Photo exhibit examines relationships with vehicles and buildings.

Photographer John Petro’s exhibit “Parked Outside the Door” has opened at art gallery ArtSpace Herndon. In the exhibit, Petro explores two fundamental constructs of ingenuity, vehicles and buildings. While traveling America, Petro captured scenes of mobility and permanence.

Obituary: Euphemia Fay Sardone, 83, of Reston, Dies

Euphemia Fay Sardone, 83, of Reston lost her 14 year battle against Alzheimer disease on Aug. 25. Fay was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to the U.S. at age 19 in New York City, and pursued a modeling career. She later married, and settled in Fairfax County. In 1970 she became one of Northern Virginia’s first women Realtors, real estate broker, and co-owner and founder of Jerry Sardone Realty.

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Businesses Change Hands at Reston Lake Anne Plaza

Some businesses move on despite redevelopment plans.

Located between Baron Cameron and Sunset Hills Road, Lake Anne Plaza and the adjacent neighborhood are the nucleus of the original Reston development. An important part of Reston’s development is its five village centers and town center.

A Plum Good Time!

Democrats gathered to support Dranesville Supervisor John Foust at Del. Ken Plum’s annual Family Picnic.

The powerful thunderstorms that drenched Northern Virginia Saturday night had the good sense to wait until the crowd of similarly powerful forces of nature – aka political VIPs - rallied, stumped and socialized at Del. Ken Plum's (D-36) Annual Summer Picnic and Pre-Election Rally.

Editorial: Change Is Coming, Right?

Legislators on changing the culture of cash and gifts in Virginia: Crickets.

With former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen facing what could be decades in prison after their convictions for corruption, a reasonable person might reasonably expect that members of the General Assembly would be gearing up to make some big changes.

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Cartoon: McDonnell


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The Langley School Opens New Middle School Facility

The Langley School officially opened the doors of its new Middle School building during a special student assembly and ribbon-cutting on the first day of school, Wednesday, Sept. 3.

A Concert for Gloria

In celebration of her 90th birthday, there will be a concert in honor of Gloria Sussman at the Reston Community Center.

Not only is Gloria Sussman a long-time Reston resident, she is a Reston celebrity. So many people use the word “Restonian” to describe Reston’s community-oriented environment and local camaraderie and it is people like Gloria Sussman who make this possible.

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McLean Woman’s Club Donates $5,500 to Local Nonprofits

At its monthly meeting on Sept. 2, the Woman’s Club of McLean donated a total of $5,500 to four local nonprofits:

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Meet Great Falls Artist Heidi Mraz

Every October for the past 10 years, Great Falls Studios has invited the public to wander the back roads of Great Falls in search of the innovative, the lovely, the bizarre, the useful, the whimsical and the unusual creations on display in the studios of local working artists.

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Plane Pull Returns to Dulles

Power of teamwork on exhibit at the 22nd Annual Plane Pull Sept. 20.

Looking for a great way to unite friends, family and coworkers in a common cause?

Time Sensitive

As much as I don’t want to be cognizant of date, time and place, relative to February 27, 2009 when Team Lourie first received the stage IV, non-small cell lung cancer diagnosis on yours truly, I am (a terminal diagnosis will do that to you). Moreover, as often as I write about the need to live forward, rather than die backward (if you know what I mean), I still struggle with the application.

AAUW Used Book Sale Sept. 19-21

The McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold its 45th Annual Used Book Sale at the McLean Community Center (MCC) on Friday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and, Sunday, Sept. 21 from noon to 4 p.m.

Letter: The Donors (Money) Behind Comstock, Foust

Letter to the Editor

Please find below some interesting facts about our 10th district candidates. I retrieved this information from, a nonprofit website dedicated to adding transparency to the money behind our candidates.

Letter: Comstock Masters Business Issues

Letter to the Editor

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the candidates for the 10th Congressional District had their first debate before the Fairfax and Prince William Chambers and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. The contrast couldn’t have been more stark.

Letter: Programs To Be Proud Of

Letter to the Editor

In her letter in the (“Opposing Medicaid Expansion,” Connection, August 20 – 26, 2014) Elinor Bartlett made it clear that she strongly opposes Medicaid expansion in Virginia. Fine, but while I strongly support her right to hold and express such a view, I cannot accept her use of irrelevant, unsupported, and factually wrong statements about Social Security and Medicare in support of her position.

Letter: ‘The Wizard’ 114 Years Old

Letter to the Editor

I enjoyed the article on the Claude Moore Farm bookshop very much (“The Bookshop Worth Exploring,” McLean Connection, September 3-9, 2014).

Column: The Legacy of Bob McDonnell

I had no idea what to expect when the jury announced it had reached its verdicts on the charges against former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, but when the verdicts were announced I was stunned.

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Residents Speak Out on Maple Avenue

Second public hearing on proposed, new zoning district.

One thing about Vienna residents – when they care about something, they’re not shy about making their feelings known. And that’s exactly what they did during an Aug. 18 public hearing on the proposed Maple Avenue Corridor (MAC) zoning district. A standing-room-only crowd of some 150 people packed the Town Council meeting room, while still more watched the proceedings on a TV in the hallway. And at the outset, Mayor Laurie DiRocco explained the MAC’s goals.

Obituary: Jean Stuart Clymer

Jean Stuart Clymer, 90, of Reston, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

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Extreme Politics

Foust, Comstock stake out opposing positions during first debate in hyper-partisan 10th district Congressional race.

Forget first-debate politeness. Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust — the candidates vying to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf in Virginia’s 10th Congressional district — sustained the hyper-partisan tenor of their campaigns during a debate-style forum hosted by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce in Herndon last week.

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Glass, Space and Natural Light

Vienna Community Center renovation plans are moving ahead.

Even while Vienna residents are enjoying their current Community Center, plans are moving forward on its renovation and enlargement, plus construction of a 9,115-square-foot gym to the west side of the existing building.

Two Model Railroading Events in Vienna

Two model railroading events are coming to Vienna this Saturday, Sept. 13. They are the Train Collectors Sale and Show and the Northern Virginia Model Railroad Club Open House.

Tuesday, September 9

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Wootton Field Hockey Destroying Early-Season Competition

Patriots have high hopes for 2014 campaign.

The Wootton field hockey is off to a 2-0 start.

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Langley Volleyball Coach Shifflett Reaches 300 Wins

Andrejev’s 17 kills lead Saxons over South Lakes.

The Langley volleyball team defeated South Lakes on Monday night, giving head coach Susan Shifflett her 300th career victory.

Monday, September 8

Freshmen Orientation

Chantilly High School welcomed the Class of 2018 on Thursday, Aug. 27, at the annual freshmen orientation. More than 600 freshmen and newly transferred upper class attended.

'To Take Down the ‘Walls’ That Separate Us’

New senior Unitarian minister to deliver first sermon Sunday.

On Sunday, Sept. 7, the new senior minister, the Rev. Aaron B. McEmry, will deliver his first sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington located at 4444 Arlington Blvd. Services are at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Looking Back at Watergate

Journalist speaks about her coverage of Richard Nixon and Watergate.

As the nation marked the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation as president of the U.S. on Aug. 9, a fully packed auditorium at the Central Library gathered on Aug. 12 to see Elizabeth Drew, a journalist who covered the months leading up to Nixon’s resignation for The New Yorker, and to hear about the recent edition of her book on the Watergate scandal, “Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall.”

Harris: A Two-Way Threat for Washington-Lee

Q&A: RB/DB plans to play football in college.

Senior running back/defensive back Daquay Harris enters his third year as a member of the Washington-Lee varsity football team. As a sophomore, Harris received second-team All-National District honors as a cornerback.

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Our community knows as well as any that suicide takes an enormous toll on families, friends, co-workers, schools and the fabric of our society.

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The Broad-winged Hawks Are Coming

Every Autumn, in addition to literally billions of songbirds, a million or more avian raptors (hawks, eagles, and falcons) migrate from their nesting and breeding areas all over North America to their winter homes, mostly in Central and South America. Raptor enthusiasts and hawk counters often head for mountain ridges and other concentration points in hopes of seeing some of the birds fly by.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Sept. 13-20.

Thursday, September 4

Classified Advertising September 3, 2014

Read the latest ads here!

Arlington Sports Briefs

The Bishop O'Connell football team opened its 2014 season with a 56-14 victory over rival Paul VI on Aug. 29 in Fairfax. The Knights' home opener is at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 against Bishop Ireton (1-0).

Park After Dark To Honor Chief Justice Douglas

Event to commemorate 60th anniversary of Douglas’ 1954 walk to save the canal.

Potomac residents owe a huge debt to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas for almost singlehandedly saving the C&O Canal. Douglas spearheaded a movement against a bill in Congress to destroy the C&O Canal to build a super-highway.

Potomac Sports Briefs

The Churchill football team will open its 2014 season at home against Bethesda-Chevy Chase at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5. The Bulldogs finished 1-9 last season. The field hockey team will travel to take on Quince Orchard at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5.

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Deadly Potomac

Drownings near Great falls Park are visitors, say experts.

Every year, a handful of people fall victim to the surging, powerful waters of the Potomac Gorge. According to experts, most accidents on the white waters near Great Falls Park are from visitors rather than experts kayaking or rafting the rapids.

Taking On the ‘Silver Tsunami’

Herrity to present 50+ Plan to Board of Supervisors next week.

“It’s here,” said Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield). “We’re already living in it.” Between 2005 and 2030, the number of individuals 50 and older is projected to grow by 40 percent in Fairfax County and the number 70 and older is projected to grow by 80 percent. Herrity attributes the changes to both the aging of Baby Boomers, and the general increase in life expectancy.

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Herndon Holds Labor Day Festival

Never-ending wine. Dramatic cooking demonstrations. Endless food vendors. Herndon’s Labor Day Festival attracted people from all over the region Monday, Sept. 1, to the town square for a food and libation-centric hoorah for the unofficial end of summer.

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BrightView Opening Soon

A new assisted living community will be opening soon in Great Falls. When BrightView Assisted Living opens this month, it will already be half full with residents.

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New Year, Same Challenges

Local school leaders address obstacles.

The first day of school may represent a fresh start for students, parents and teachers, but there are a number of ongoing challenges facing schools in Mount Vernon. For School Board member Dan Storck, the new school year is a reminder that these haven’t gone away.

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Tysons to Host Silver Line Music and Food Truck Festival

Next week, Tysons Partnership will ring in another inaugural festival with music and D.C.’s tastiest food trucks. The first Silver Line Music and Food Truck Fest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Lerner Town Square, bringing people together with a day of bands and more than 20 food trucks from the area.

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Lake Anne Hosts Jazz and Blues Festival

New Orleans came to Reston on Saturday. The 8th annual Lake Anne Jazz and Blues festival raked in some of the biggest crowds it’s seen yet on Saturday, Aug. 30, as people came in from all over the D.C. metropolitan region for a taste of the area’s best music.

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Making change: Some DTR Lanes Converting to E-ZPass

Nineteen exact change lanes on the Dulles Toll Road are going to be converted to E-ZPass lanes over the next year.

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The Ball Kid Experience

Local tennis kids were ball kids for the major players at CitiOpen.

Ever wonder what it takes to be a ball kid at one of the major tennis tournaments?

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Runfest 2014 Set for Sept. 14

Lace up your shoes! It’s time to get ready for the Paul VI Catholic High School (PVI) Runfest 2014.

Concerts from Kirkwood to Kick off New Season

Concerts from Kirkwood, the series of free concerts presented by Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, begins its 2014 – 2015 season on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. as organ virtuoso Aram Basmadjian takes the console to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the installation of Kirkwood’s Allen organ.

Gala Event with Col. Allen West

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) will host their gala event on Sept. 28 featuring Col. Allen West as the keynote speaker. The event will take place at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, City of Fairfax, and will begin at 6 p.m.

Twilight Rock-n-Run 5K Race at South County High

The South County High School Band has announced the Inaugural Twilight Rock-n-Run 5K Race that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

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Explore Art Classes at the Workhouse Education Open House

Are you interested in trying out an art class, but not sure which one is right for you? Then don’t miss the annual Workhouse Education Open House on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 12-3 p.m.

Railroad Technology Exhibit at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum will have a special weekend exhibit on railroad technology Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. each day.

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Seniors Exhibit Original Artwork at Greenspring

On Thursday, Aug. 21, Greenspring retirement community celebrated American Artist Appreciation Month by hosting an art show for the many resident artists and artisans at the community to showcase their work. More than 35 residents exhibited at the show, which ranged in style from watercolors and oil painting to pottery and photography.

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Ashley C. Ramdeen, Antonio (Tony) Hemingway Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ramdeen have announced the engagement of their daughter, Ashley C. Ramdeen of Fairfax Station to Antonio (Tony) Hemingway of Hampton, Va. Their wedding is planned for Oct. 10, 2015.

Senior Centers in Fairfax County

A list of senior centers in Fairfax County.

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Quilting Studio Adds to Dream Home

At 72, Wanda Rogers engages in an early American craft she first learned from her grandmother.

Quilting takes patience; ditto the steps entailed in setting up a quilting studio all of one's own. Such are the reflections of Wanda Rogers, 72, who is now tapering off a 51-year professional career, and increasing precious hours spent in the pursuit of a mountain-state handicraft she learned from her mother and grandmother.

After The Fall

McLean couple works together on husband’s road to recovery after brain injury.

It started off like any other February day with our usual trip to the fitness club for morning exercises. What made this day different was that Bill, my 93-year-old husband, slipped and fell on some ice on our driveway, striking the back of his head. He said it didn’t hurt.

The Village Movement Comes to Arlington

Arlington Neighborhood Villages (ANV) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling Arlington seniors to continue living in their homes as they age. ANV combines elements of a senior cooperative, a social club and a concierge service. ANV opens in Arlington County in April. County residents 55 years of age and older are eligible for membership. They will pay an annual fee based on the level of services desired.

Taste of Potomac To Benefit Adoptions Together

Seventh annual event scheduled for Sept. 13.

“Today, there are five thousand children in the D.C. metropolitan area who are living in temporary care, waiting to be adopted. We need to make their dreams come true.” These are the words of Janice Goldwater whose vision and determination have helped to conquer the challenge of finding permanent homes for children regardless of their age, race or health issues.

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Time to Downsize?

Suggestions for seniors looking for homes to fit the next phase of their lives.

When Beverly Quinn’s fourth child, a daughter, got married, she decided it was time to downsize. The 69-year-old widow moved out of the 4,000-square-foot home in Vienna, Va., where she and her husband raised their children and into a 1,300-square-foot townhouse in North Potomac, Md., which meets her new needs perfectly.

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New Yorker Discussion Group

Members enjoy intellectual stimulation, camaraderie over long term.

There was a time when 83-year-old Bob Kanchuger spent most Friday mornings on a 30-mile bike ride with friends.

Hiker Dies from Fall while Rock Climbing

Lightning storm delays rescue effort.

On Sunday afternoon, Aug. 31, Rian Avarham Khalder, 25 of Silver Spring, was hiking with his 14-year-old brother along the Potomac River. As Khalder was climbing on rocks on a part of the river just south of Old Angler’s Inn, the rocks broke lose.

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Newcomers Guide: Year-round Festivals 2014-2015

A list of annual community events in the area.

A list of annual community events in the area.


In “Enjoying the End of Summer” (Potomac Almanac, Aug. 27), the wrong caption accompanied the photo of the seamstress, Rose, who has worked for the Fashion Craft Cleaners for 20 years and lives in Gaithersburg.

Authentic Potomac

Potomac Community Village hosts session on Potomac history.

Most of the close to 70 people gathered for a Potomac Community Village meeting on Thursday, Aug. 28, have lived in Potomac for more than 25 years. Some have lived here for more than 40 years. But that wasn't long ago enough to match the recollections of Elie Cain, who told those assembled what Potomac was like when she arrived with her family in 1938.

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Cook Kicks off Anti-Speeding Campaign

Police demonstration introduces “Slow Down: You live here. We live here.”

The speed limit sign in your neighborhood may be smarter than you think. To kick off Supervisor John C Cook’s anti-speeding campaign on Thursday, Aug. 28, Fairfax County police officers flexed the muscles of eight new radar signs they’ve purchased for the county.

School Sights

First day at Lake Braddock Secondary School.

“I’m excited to see friends. And to have Mr. Waiss as a teacher. He’s supposed to be like me, so I’m excited to meet him. We’re waiting for friends, and tired.”

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American Muscle

15th annual Labor Day Clifton Car Show raises money for local charities.

The Labor Day Car show in Clifton had humble beginnings. Fifteen years ago, it was only founder and organizer Jim Chesley, and 24 other car enthusiasts. They raised $100 to donate to charity. Each year they brought it back, it grew, and so did the donations. By the fourth year they cracked $1,000. The event has now raised over $245,000 -- not including this year’s efforts.

Wednesday, September 3

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Face Paint, Pony Show at Burke Centre Festival This Weekend

Festival enters its 37th year.

Burke Centre Festival coordinator Jeannie Winslow is downright calm when estimating attendance this year. “Police guestimate we had 10,000 over the whole weekend last year,” she said. “Maybe we’ll get a few thousand more.”

I Scream

…for ice cream; from Brigham’s in Boston, the local New England establishment of my youth where I spent dollars – although it was likely cents back in those days – many afternoons, evenings and weekends.

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Speaker’s Series to Be Held in Great Falls

The series will kickoff on Sept. 23 at the Great Falls Library.

The Great Falls Speaker’s Series, a dynamic, new series that will feature a wide array of literary artists from diverse creative backgrounds, will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The evening events, to be held monthly at the Great Falls Library, will be free and open to the public.

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$12 Million Suit Against Fairfax County Police

2013 shooting victim’s family seeks damages in wrongful death case.

The year-long silence surrounding the police shooting of John Geer has been broken — but not by Fairfax County Police or the U.S. Department of Justice. John Geer was shot to death by Fairfax County Police on Aug. 29, 2013.

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Planning for Holiday Homes Tour Underway

McLean Woman’s Club holds annual Kickoff Tea.

The Woman’s Club of McLean held its annual “Wintertime in August” kickoff tea on Thursday, Aug. 21, to preview its 48th annual Holiday Homes Tour, which will take place in early December. This year’s tour will feature four large houses in close-in Langley Farms, a historic McLean neighborhood just off Dolley Madison Boulevard. (Route 123).

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Register Now for MPA’s Fall Art Classes

McLean Project for the Arts offers a variety of professionally taught art classes for adults, teens and children including Family Art Workshops, artist talks and workshops, and tours to area museums and galleries.

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Homeowners Encouraged to Plant Trees

McLean Neighborhood Tree Program receives support from the McLean Community Foundation.

Homeowners who enjoy trees can now plant a tree in their front yard this fall or next spring with the help of the McLean Trees Foundation (MTF).

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Special Love Hosts Camp Fantastic

Ninety-nine campers (ages 7-17) with cancer just had an amazing week at Special Love’s Camp Fantastic. Children and teens with cancer from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including D.C.

IPAR ChalkFest To Be Held at Reston Town Center

The Initiative for Public Art-Reston (IPAR) and Reston Town Center are jointly offering special chance to express your own inner artist on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6, at Town Center’s very first ChalkFest.

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Quick Wit and Fast Comedy

Reduced Shakespeare Company Extravaganza at CenterStage.

A singular delight is soon arriving at Reston's CenterStage. An extravaganza of theatrical comedy covering over a week of different performances as the beloved Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) lays anchor.

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New Works by Ronni Jolles at Reston Art Gallery & Studios

New works by Ronni Jolles will be featured in her September show, “Painting with Paper,” at Reston Art Gallery & Studios (RAGS), 11400 Washington Plaza, Reston, on the waterfront of Lake Anne Plaza.

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Vienna Students Head Back to School

Fairfax County Public Schools students started the 2014-2015 school year on Sept. 2.

Following in Her Father’s Footsteps

Lt. Barbara Colberg, of Burke, helps bring Navy’s newest aircraft carrier into service.

A Burke native and 2003 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology graduate, is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a hand-picked crew charged with bringing the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier into service.

Bishop Ireton’s Sofield to Play Lacrosse at North Carolina

Q&A: Cardinal co-captain named 2014 WCAC Player of the Year.

Charlotte Sofield led the Bishop Ireton girls' lacrosse team to the 2014 WCAC championship and the VISAA state title.

Lake Braddock Student Shines

Lake Braddock Secondary School’s Nathan Bender was selected to represent his school at an all expenses paid Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va.

New Principal At St. Mark

Darcie Girmus appointed principal of St. Mark Catholic School.

St. Mark Catholic School has announced the appointment of Darcie Girmus as principal for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Girmus, one of the original founding faculty members of St. Mark Catholic School, has served the School community since its opening in August 2003.

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Towlston Bridge Re-opens in Time for School Year

The Virginia Department of Transportation re-opened two bridges in Fairfax County on Sunday, Aug. 31, after crews worked quickly to replace the crossings in just two months and restore traffic for school bus routes.

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South Lakes’ Greatorex Eyeing Chance to Play College Lax

Q&A: Senior earned all-district/conference in field hockey, lax.

Megan Greatorex is a two-sport athlete at South Lakes High School.

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Great Falls Artists Exhibit in Reston

‘Breakthrough event’ at U.S. Geological Survey extends reach of arts group.

“A Sea of Sticks and Stones,” a juried exhibition of artworks by 34 members of Great Falls Studios, opens Sept. 3 at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center, taking the creative energy of Great Falls artists to neighboring Reston and awarding them $1,000 in prizes in the process.

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Eagle Scout Project to Benefit Herndon High Band

Ryan Jasmann, with Boy Scout Troop 157, based out of Herndon United Methodist Church, dedicated his Eagle Scout project to benefit the Herndon High School Band program.

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Herndon High Marching Band Holds Summer Camp

The Herndon High School Marching Band has been preparing and practicing their show, the Final Frontier, since the first week of August. The first two days of camp consisted of 33-member leadership team learning how to be effective leaders of this 147-member band.

Nominations Sought for Business and Community Awards

If you know a business, an organization or individual that has gone above and beyond for the Greater McLean community and/or its residents, please let Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce know about them and their accomplishments. With your nomination, include the category for which you are submitting the nomination and a brief write-up (150 words or less) describing why you are nominating this person/organization.

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Cartoon: Uzi


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Marshall Senior Blackstone Commits to Cornell University

Q&A: Catcher named 2014 VHSCA 5A state baseball Player of the Year

Marshall catcher Mitch Blackstone plans to play Division I baseball.

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Lake Braddock’s Edwards Makes First Start at QB

Bruins defeat West Potomac in season opener.

Lake Braddock defeated West Potomac 30-6 on Friday.

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Riverbend Park Hosts Virginia Indian Festival

Park prepares for 17th annual Virginia Indian Festival.

Riverbend Park in Great Falls will be hosting its 17th annual Virginia Indian Festival on Saturday, Sept. 6. Members of eight tribes will gather on the banks of the Potomac River from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Herndon Elementary Holds Open House

Parents, teachers and students meet before school begins.

Herndon Elementary School (HES) held an open house on Aug. 29 as an opportunity for teachers, parents and students to meet and connect. Fairfax County Public Schools opened Sept. 2, so students could visit their classrooms and get oriented.

Arlington: Sparring over Issues on Streetcar Proposal

Democrat Alan Howze issued a harsh attack against incumbent County Board member John Vihstadt last week, accusing him of using opposition to the proposed $333 million streetcar proposal on Columbia Pike as a "wedge issue" to score "political points" in a way that is "dividing our community." All of these attacks came before Howze outlined a five-point plan to improve the controversial project.

Column: The Sad Saga of the McDonnells

Please tell me that I won’t have to see any more photos of the grim, or confidently smiling, faces of Bob McDonnell, Maureen, and their phalanx of lawyers either walking into or from the courtroom daily.

Column: Back to School

Although it has been many years since I was a teacher in the classroom, I still get a nervous stomach around Labor Day each year in anticipation of the beginning of a new school year. Teaching is the hardest work I have ever done in my life including being a legislator.

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Reston Founder at Farmers Market

In his morning walk around Lake Anne, Reston Founder Robert Simon stopped at the Reston Farmers Market seafood stand on Saturday, Aug. 30, sampling the fresh (raw) clams. In the first photo, Karen Arnest of Arnest Seafood offers Reston Founder a fresh clam she just popped open; the second is the Founder enjoying the rest. Simon is seated in his new Swedish Walker, which accompanies him on walks around Lake Anne most mornings.

Letter: Worried About Follin Lane

Letter to the Editor

I am a sixth grade student at Vienna Elementary School. I live at the corner of Branch Rd. and Echols St. I think that they should not redo the road on Follin Lane because it will push more cars on our street making it more hectic than it already is.

Letter: The "Land of the Freebies and Home of the Knaves"

Letter to the Editor

I came from a family of Democrats. My grandfather's tavern in upstate New York was a frequent meeting place for Democrats including the late Congressman Sam Stratton who used to speak there regularly. But the Democrat party has lately come to represent “the Land of the Freebies and Home of the Knaves” instead of “the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.”

Opinion: Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

On Friday, Aug. 29, was one year since a still unidentified Fairfax County police officer shot and killed an innocent, non-violent, unarmed John Geer as he stood in the doorway of his Springfield home.

Letter: Opposing Medicaid Expansion

Letter to the Editor

For those who have vocally criticized Republican misgivings about Governor McAuliffe’s desires to expand Medicaid in Virginia -- including the Connection Newspapers -- one need look no further than the past couple weeks of state news to understand the fiscal irresponsibility that would have befallen Virginia had the expansion taken place.

Opinion: School Jitters

Most children in our region experienced their first day of school this week. Back to school is an exciting time for students as they shop for new clothes and supplies, learn their schedules, play sports, and meet new teachers. It can also be a stressful time since a new school year means change.

Letter: Foust for Congress

Letter to the Editor

Judging from the billboard-sized signs in Great Falls, you’d think Comstock had voters there locked up. But duck beneath the signs, knock on some doors, and you hear a different story.

Tuesday, September 2

Letter: ‘Real Jobs’ and ‘Real Taxes’

To the Editor

In Leesburg on August 21, Supervisor John Foust, in discussing his opponent Delegate Barbara Comstock, said "I don't think [Comstock's] even had a real job."

Letter: Facing Homelessness

To the Editor

In his opinion piece (“Homelessness: Source of Trauma for Children,” Connection, August 13-19, 2014), Dean Klein, the Director of Fairfax County’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, clearly enumerated the reality for hundreds of homeless families and their children in the County.

New at Marshall, Oakton High

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! As the 10th largest school system in the nation, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to evolve and focus. We reorganized, created a Portrait of a Graduate (, began to develop a strategic plan and multi-year budget.

Letter: Opposing Corporatism

To the Editor

I've lived here less than a week and I am already disappointed. Being politically active, I try to research my local representative's take on the issues.

Letter: Worried About Follin Lane

To the Editor

I am a sixth grade student at Vienna Elementary School. I live at the corner of Branch Rd. and Echols St. I think that they should not redo the road on Follin Lane