Stories for August 2015

Stories for August 2015


Monday, August 31

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Mount Vernon: Helping Celebrate ADA’s Anniversary

Boy Scouts from Troops 601, 1183, and 1519 provided an integrated color guard for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) at the U.S. Department of Education hosted by Secretary Arne Duncan.

Letter: Long Delay Inexcusable

Letter to the Editor

On Aug. 29, 2013, John Geer was shot and killed by Officer Adam D. Torres of the Fairfax County Police Department as he stood unarmed in the doorway of his home in Springfield.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Eagle Project

Troop 1509 Scouts participated in Andres Warren's Eagle project on Saturday, Aug. 22. The project included relocating bike racks and creating a new and expanded bike area at Fort Hunt Elementary School. The Scouts (from left) include: Scott Lucier, Wrigley Smith, Antonio Warren, Noah Ventura, Max Loker, Timothy Florenzo, Matthew Verich, Colin Wong, Mike Auld, Taj Armstrong, and Andres Warren.

Mount Vernon Snapshot: Rescued

A Great Blue Heron was rescued by an animal control officer after it was injured in Huntley Meadows Park recently.

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Cartoon: City Council Castle


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Mount Vernon Snapshot: New Signs for Fire Station

Fairfax County Fire Station 9/Mount Vernon gained new signs thanks to Scout Zachary Cooper of Troop 301.

Mount Vernon: Coleman Honored At West Point

Eugene J. Coleman, III, of Alexandria, was named First Captain/Brigade Commander at the U.S. Military Academy on July 30.

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Alexandria: ‘Our Promise — That Every Student Succeeds’

Alexandria City Public Schools is quite literally on the move! Our students are showing clear growth based on our latest Standards of Learning (SOL) test data. The largest increases were seen in English and math, which were targeted focus areas during the past year.

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Alexandria Newcomers & Community Guide: Connect and Contribute

Business, service and civic groups lead community engagement.

It was Martin Luther King Jr. who said “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.”

Honoring Living Legends of Alexandria

Since its founding in 1749, Alexandria has been home to Living Legends the likes of George Washington and his compatriots, war heroes, community leaders, good neighbors and the “Now Generation.”

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Alexandria: Road Projects in Region To Keep Traffic Moving

In Northern Virginia, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is working to keep up with growth in the area with transportation projects at both ends of the spectrum. Whether it’s a new highway overpass, intersection improvement, or high occupancy toll lanes, the goal at VDOT is to keep the traffic moving.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Carlyle House Historic Park

Brogan with owners David and Sarah Janette are seated at the corner of the Carlyle House. On the National Register of Historic Places, the building is the only stone 18th-century mansion in Alexandria. Daily tours of the house, exhibits and lectures reveal the life and times of John Carlyle in pre-Revolutionary Alexandria.

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Alexandria: There's No Place Like Home

Alexandria: From the waterfront to the West End.

Most visitors to Alexandria know the city as the hometown of such notables as George Washington and Robert E. Lee. With cobblestone streets and a lively waterfront, the city attracts more than three million visitors every year.

Friday, August 28

Fairfax Station: Neighborhood Development Outlook Update

Fairfax Station: Neighborhood Development Outlook Update

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Burke: Neighborhood Development Outlook Update

Neighborhood Development Outlook Update

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Springfield: Neighborhood Development Outlook Update

Neighborhood Development Outlook Update

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Who Runs Burke?

Newcomers Guide: Who Runs Springfield?

Who Runs Springfield?

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Herndon: Inside the Town and Fairfax County

Inside the Town of Herndon and Fairfax County

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Newcomers Guide: Who Runs McLean?

McLean Citizens Association continues to celebrate a century of citizen activism.

McLean Citizens Association continues to celebrate a century of citizen activism.

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Newcomers Guide: What's Coming in Great Falls?

Several times a year, the Connection will map coming land use issues; to let us know about projects we’ve missing, email

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Newcomers Guide: What's New in McLean

An occasional series on development and land use in McLean.

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Newcomers Guide: Sites and Developments to Look at in Herndon

Sites and developments to look at in Herndon area.

Newcomers Guide: Who Runs Reston?

Reston founder Robert E. Simon still in the center of Reston’s activism; Reston Association provides governance.

Reston founder Robert E. Simon still in the center of Reston’s activism; Reston Association provides governance.

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Newcomers Guide: Who Runs Great Falls?

Great Falls Citizens Association is one-stop shopping for citizen activism.

Great Falls Citizens Association is one-stop shopping for citizen activism.

Mount Vernon: Welcome Home

Newcomers & Community Guide

Welcome to Alexandria! On behalf of my colleagues on City Council, I’d like to extend a warm welcome and thank you for choosing this historic community as your new home.

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Mount Vernon: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, a Watery Wonderland

Newcomers & Community Guide

Thousands of drivers whiz through a Mount Vernon jewel every day, harried commuters and soccer parents zipping through a national park and a rare, freshwater, tidal, vanishing wetland.

Mount Vernon: Welcome to the Best District in Fairfax County


My name is Gerry Hyland and I have served as the Mount Vernon District supervisor for 28 years. I welcome you to the Mount Vernon District which is the best district in all of Fairfax County because of the wonderful people and the resources we have here.

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Mount Vernon Neighborhood Outlook: Commercial, Residential Projects Reshape Area

“Embark Richmond Highway” to meet Sept. 21.

Baywood Hotels is planning to break ground this fall on a 92-room hotel in the Woodlawn area.

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Chantilly: A Glimpse of the Horizon

Homes, shops, restaurants and a Wegmans are proposed.

With the downturn in the office market, developers are looking at vacant parcels of land in the Westfields area of Chantilly as a place for residential and other uses, instead.

Chantilly: Step into History

Sully Plantation, restored in 1975, is celebrating its 40 years.

For a walk through 19th century plantation life in Northern Virginia, area residents can visit Chantilly’s Sully Historic Site for guided tours and other programming.

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Centreville: Much To Enjoy About Living Here

Things to do, places to go and a sense of community.

Residents have a number of notable places and activities at their fingertips.

Springfield Supervisor’s Top Five Places

Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) recommends top places to visit in his district.

There are so many quality places to visit in the Springfield District, it is hard to pick five. Here is my attempt:

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Supervisor Welcomes You to Lee District

Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) reflects on must-visit places in his district.

Dear Lee District Newcomer: Welcome to Fairfax County and Lee District. I am very pleased to meet you and I’m sure you won’t be a newcomer for long. Lee District is a friendly place, filled with a mix of longtime residents and those who’ve come here from somewhere else.

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Centreville/Chantilly: Moving Forward with Local Road Projects

What’s planned for I-66, Routes 28 and 29, Stone, Walney, etc.

Several local road projects are either underway, in the pipeline or nearing completion.

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The Best of Dranesville

Supervisor Foust recommends places to see in his district.

Dranesville residents love their parks. We are fortunate to have many wonderful parks, as well as historical sites and community events to enjoy. The following are some of my favorites.

Potomac WMCCA: To Protect and Preserve

Newcomers & Community Guide

Wooded stream valley parks, wetlands, meadows, extensive tree canopy, rustic roads, rich biodiversity, including rare, threatened, and endangered species, and the crown jewels – the C &O Canal Historical Park and the Potomac River.

Why I Live in Potomac ...

Newcomers & Community Guide

It was love of a man that brought me to Potomac many years ago to live overlooking the Watts Branch stream in a log cabin moved in the 1940s from behind Great Falls Tavern.

Potomac Commentary: Where Local Issues Find State Support

Newcomers & Community Guide

As your state senator, one of the most rewarding pieces of legislation I sponsored during the 2015 Legislative Session created a Task Force to develop the framework and details for the establishment of Maryland’s Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program.

Commentary: Potomac Offers ‘A Sense of Place’

Newcomers & Community Guide

If you are a newcomer to Potomac, you are in for a real treat — as living there for 20-plus years showed me every day.

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Neighborly Advice for Newcomers: Arlington Favorites

From bicycles to barbecue: great places to try here.

You're new to Arlington and you have no idea where to go or what is good in town? Relax. Ten Arlingtonians were asked to share their “go to” list of favorites.

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Arlington Neighborhood Outlook: Areas Undergoing ‘Reinvention and Transition’

Despite the colorful banners and lively street life, Crystal City’s a shell of its former economic powerhouse. While Arlington overall faces a high office vacancy of 20 percent, at 28.7 percent, Crystal City is hit the worst.

Poem: The Hills of Arlington

There was a house, there on the corner,

Arlington Brief: Inmate Dies in County Jail

A 48-year-old man with a history of medical issues died in the early hours of Aug. 22 after being found unconscious in a medical unit cell of the Arlington County Detention Facility, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Arlington: Help Police Identify Suspect

The Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect involved in an attempted sexual assault and abduction of a female victim which occurred on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail on July 31.

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Fairfax County: Meet the Candidates for County Board

All politics is local, in Fairfax County, too: Who runs for Board of Supervisors in November?

You may be surprised – or dismayed – to learn that the 10 men and women who occupy Fairfax County Board of Supervisors wield enormous power and influence over your everyday lives.

Volunteer Literacy Tutors Still Needed

For 89 Alexandria kindergarteners and first graders.

Think about your favorite book as a child. Go ahead, close your eyes, and remember all of the feelings and memories that it evokes. Do you feel proud because it was the first book you read on your own? Was it the first time that you felt connected to someone? Did it make you laugh or giggle? My favorite book as a child was ”Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon. It was the first time I felt transported to another world, and ever since then, I've been hooked.

In the Kitchen

Jones Makes Biscuits with Own Personalities

Two women stood with noses pressed to the window at Stomping Ground on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. "Oh, no," one of them said. "I didn't know it was closed on Monday. I've eaten here three times since they opened in May. I love their salads; they are so fresh." Disappointed, they head down the street looking for a second choice.

The Best of Braddock District

Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) recommends places to see in his district.

Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) recommends places to see in his district.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - Aug. 28-Sept. 7, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

Thursday, August 27

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Alexandria People At Work: It’s All About the Milk

It was dark on the farm as Kinsley Coulter got up at 2 a.m. to load his truck and drive the 150 miles from Juniata County, Pa. to the Alexandria Farmer's market on Saturday.

Alexandria Snapshot: Back-to-School Supply Drive

The local chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) participates yearly with Alexandria City Public Schools in collecting items for an annual back-to-school supply drive. James Hunt is the president of the Alexandria Metro Chapter of NFBPA.

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Alexandria Appetite: 5 Top Spots to Watch College, NFL Football

No matter where you are in Alexandria, you’ll find a prime viewing location nearby.

The days are getting slightly shorter, the air has a familiar crispness to it, and the dog days of summer have a little less bite. All of this can mean only one thing: The college and NFL football seasons are on the way. From beers to burgers, from wings to Greek delicacies, here are some great places to watch the game all over town.

Mount Vernon Jazzercise Supports UCM

Mt. Vernon Jazzercise raised $350 for United Community Ministries (UCM) by issuing a Plank Challenge during all of its classes during the week of June 15.

Mount Vernon Brief: Inova Mount Vernon Commended

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital has been ranked the No. 6 Best Hospital in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report. The 2015 ranking is up from No. 13 in 2014. The hospital also ranked No. 15 in Virginia (up fromNo. 20 in 2014) and earned high performing recognition in Orthopedics again this year.

Mount Vernon Briefs: House Fires

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department Units responded to a house fire Thursday, Aug. 20, at approximately 5:30 a.m., at 5205 Pole Road.

Mount Vernon Brief: Providing Back-to-School Haircuts

Firefighters will sponsor back-to-school children’s haircuts on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road.

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Alexandria Seeks Cycling Spokespersons

Transportation Master Plan could shift gears in favor of cycling community.

Do cyclists in Alexandria ride in the road or on the sidewalk? How do cyclists riding the Mount Vernon trail pass through Alexandria?

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 151 homes sold between $2,000,000-$190,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: July, 2015

Alexandria Snapshots: Early Start

Alexandria City Public Schools kicked off its week-long Kindergarten Prep (K-Prep) program and two-day Middle School Prep programs last week with the aim of having every child acclimated to their new environment and routines and ready for learning on the first day of school.

Springfield Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 217 Springfield homes sold between $1,119,000-$174,900.

Springfield Home Sales: July, 2015

Reston Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 136 Reston homes sold between $1,650,000-$85,000.

Reston Home Sales: July, 2015

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Alexandria People: Celebrating Their Golden Anniversary

Deborah Dodge, then 17, wedded James W. Blackburn, Jr., then 18, on Aug. 27, 50 years ago at Christ Church in Rockville, Md., officiated by the Rev. Raymond P. Black.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 154 homes sold between $1,210,000-$108,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: July, 2015

McLean Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 104 homes sold between $2,800,000-$134,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: July, 2015

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 112 homes sold between $1,551,861-$170,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: July, 2015

Letter: Prudent Investments

Letter to the Editor

I would like to add some thoughts to the ongoing discussions about the city’s debt.

Great Falls Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 26 Great Falls homes sold between $3,900,000-$439,500.

Great Falls Home Sales: July, 2015

Fairfax Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 128 Fairfax homes sold between $1,250,000-$165,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: July, 2015

Letter: Appreciates Progress

Letter to the Editor

I’ve lived in Alexandria for 20 years, and there has been wonderful progress during this time.

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'The Eagles': Alexandria F.O.E. 871 Continues to Soar

The sign outside simply reads “F.O.E.” It is easy to miss when traveling along Cameron Street in the middle of Old Town. But for 110 years, members of Aerie 871 of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles have gathered here in friendship, fellowship and to reach out to those in need in the community.

Chantilly Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 31 homes sold between $1,180,000-$54,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: July, 2015

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 98 homes sold between $1,090,000-$174,900 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: July, 2015

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Mount Vernon: Picnic with the President

Mount Vernon Neighborhood Friends raising money to upgrade fire suppression.

Lorne Campbell was told the historic property he bought on Robertson Boulevard was once part of an area where George Washington liked to have his pigs graze.

Centreville Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 124 Centreville homes sold between $990,000-$157,000.

Centreville Home Sales: July, 2015

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Back to School Campaign

Thanks to many organizations hosting collection drives for United Community Ministries’s (UCM) annual Back to School Campaign, more than 800 students from low-income families in the Mount Vernon area will get to choose new backpacks and school supplies.

Burke Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 74 Burke homes sold between $925,000-$127,000.

Burke Home Sales: July, 2015

Arlington Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 323 Arlington homes sold between $2,070,000-$115,000.

Arlington Home Sales: July, 2015

Alexandria Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 236 Alexandria homes sold between $2,495,000-$120,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: July, 2015

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Fairfax Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate Beethoven

Season opening performance on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Plenty of reasons to celebrate the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) about to begin its 59th season as Fairfax County’s flagship orchestra. This year, under the baton of music director Christopher Zimmerman, the FSO will celebrate the genius of Beethoven’s masterpieces while featuring the coming generation of virtuoso classical pianists.

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Fairfax: The Path to Eagle

Boy Scouts team up with Friends group to improve public trails.

On the morning of his service project, Carter Murray of Fairfax realized he’d forgotten a small but vital detail: Food.

Potomac: ‘Never Forget, Patriots Rule’

In Memoriam of Dr. Michael Doran

Our beloved leader, Dr. Michael Doran, died today [Aug. 19]. The Wootton community is reeling.

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Volunteers Clean Up Old Colchester Road

Ten volunteers offered up their Saturday morning to clean up Old Colchester Road in Lorton. The team, which included members of the Mason Neck Lions Club and Civic Association, Del. Dave Albo (R-42) and his son, collected 14 bags of litter, a tire and other assorted trash, according to environmentalist Joe Chudzik of Mason Neck.

Fairfax Police Helicopter Crew Live-Tweets

Fairfax County Police helicopters are neither birds nor planes, but their crew got slightly more avian as they “live-tweeted” experiences from inside the hangar and helicopter through Twitter on Aug. 26.

Obituary: William King Schumacher

William "Bill" Schumacher of Annapolis died on July 27, 2015 from complications suffered after a fall.

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Torres Trial Date Set for December

Bond denied for former police officer charged with murdering John Geer.

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Aug. 19, former Fairfax County Police officer Adam Torres entered the circuit courtroom for his arraignment, dressed in a baggy, blue-green prison jumpsuit. Torres was indicted the previous Monday by a special grand jury for killing Springfield resident John Geer in August, 2013.

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2015

In July, 2015, 77 Potomac homes sold between $2,300,000-$455,000.

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2015

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Aug. 28-Sept. 6

Events in Mount Vernon and Alexandria Va. this weekend.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: Aug. 28-Sept. 6

Events near Arlington County, Va.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: Aug. 28-Sept. 6

Events in and near Potomac, Md.

Alexandria Neighborhood Outlook: Redeveloping and Reshaping Old Town

Some residents continue to harbor resentment.

As Alexandria moves forward with development plans that will reshape the waterfront, the last year in Old Town has been defined largely by a deep conflict between many residents of the historic district and local government.

Shifting Boundaries

Navy Annex land exchange includes straightening Columbia Pike.

A land exchange between Arlington County and Arlington National Cemetery could lead to a new historic memorial in Arlington.

Wednesday, August 26

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Potomac: Inexperienced Churchill Field Hockey Focused on Present

Bulldogs have reached region semis or beyond four straight years.

The Churchill field hockey program has lost in the region semifinals the last three years.

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Alexandria: TC Field Hockey Dominates at Under the Lights Tournament

Titans motivated by 2014 season-ending loss to Woodson.

The T.C. Williams field hockey team went 4-0 during the Under the Lights tournament.

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Mount Vernon’s Miller Commits to Old Dominion

Jessica Miller is committed to play field hockey at ODU.

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Vienna: Madison Volleyball Returns Key Players

Warhawks finished state runner-up in 2014.

The Madison volleyball team reached the 2014 6A state championship match.

Column: 'Bulky Boy'

Although this title invokes the nickname of one of my three male cats – Andrew, to be specific – he is in fact not the point of th is column.

Chantilly Crime Report for the Week of 8/26

The following incidents were reported by the Fair Oaks Police Station.

Chantilly Still Learning to Play Without its All-Star

Chargers finished 6A North region runner-up in 2014.

As Kyler Zampiello (class of 2015) prepares to play in her first field hockey game at James Madison University, the Chantilly Chargers are preparing to play their first game without her. A first-team all-region selection in 2013 and 2014, Zampiello led the Chargers from the goal.

Bite Me Cancer Marks 5th Anniversary

Fundraising underway for research.

Bite Me Cancer celebrates its 5-year anniversary this month with its founder, Nikki Ferraro, who graduated from James Madison University this past May. Ferraro started Bite Me Cancer at 17 years old after being diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer during the spring semester of her junior year of high school.

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Burke: Robinson Football to Lean on Physical Running Back Trio

Vossler returns for second season as Rams head coach.

The Robinson football team started 6-0 last season but finished 6-5.

SYA Annual Board Meeting Rescheduled

The Southwestern Youth Association annual Executive Board of Directors Election Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2.

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Great Falls: Defensive-Minded Langley Field Hockey Searching for Offense

Coach Robb: injured goal-scorer Duenkel ‘unlikely’ to play.

The Langley field hockey team enters the 2015 season with a strong defense.

Preparing for the Start of School in the Fall

Putting all of the puzzle pieces together.

Boxes filled with Swanson Middle School assignment books and textbooks are stacked high in the Main Office while the roar of the waxing machine is heard down the hall.

Centreville and Chantilly Crime Report for the Week of 8/26

The following incidents were reported by the Sully District Police Station.

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Reston: South Lakes’ Davis Produces Hat Trick in Opener

Seahawks beat Lee at Under the Lights tournament.

South Lakes sophomore Ani Davis scored a career-best three goals against Lee on Monday.

Strand To Lead Unified Prevention Coalition

Whitney Strand has been appointed as the new executive director of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC). Strand has served as program director of the countywide coalition that works to prevent substance abuse and keep Fairfax County youth and young adults safe and drug free.

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Arlington: Wakefield Wins with New Style of Field Hockey

Warriors produce two mercy-rule wins at Lee tournament.

Wakefield finishes 3-1 at the Under the Lights tournament at Lee High School.

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I am writing with concerns about the intersection of Stringfellow Road and Chantilly High School. I transport my daughter to work at the Kindercare child care center daily and have seen and had near misses with high school kids as they try to cross the road not at the crosswalk or with the crossing guard.

Letter: Welcome from Police Chief Ed Roessler

Newcomers Guide

Dear Community Members: The Fairfax County Police Department was established on July 1, 1940 and today we have an authorized strength of 1,372 sworn law enforcement officers who protect and serve the communities of the County. On average, officers respond to over 400,000 calls for service each year.

Tuesday, August 25

Reston: Five Candidates for Three Vacancies

A Candidates Forum - for Reston Community Center Board of Governors - to be held Sept. 17.

The Reston Community Center (RCC) Board of Governors has announced five candidates for its 2015 Preference Poll.

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‘Tango Along the Silk Road’ at Reston CenterStage

Just the name “Silk Road” conjures up travel to exotic locales and remarkable cultures. Reston’s CenterStage (RCC) will be providing an opportunity to travel the Silk Road with Northern Virginia’s own QuinTango as the group brings a remarkable performance to audience’s ears and eyes.

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New Principal at Rachel Carson Middle

School to hold first Panther Palooza, back-to-school nights.

The 2015-16 school year is almost here, and Rachel Carson Middle School has a big change for its students this year – a new principal.

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Friends of the W&OD 10K Continues Tradition as Area’s ‘Green Race’

On Saturday evening, Aug. 1, Safety And Health Foundation and ACE Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Institute presented the 9th annual Friends of the W&OD 10K race in Vienna, Virginia.

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McLean Teacher Trained to Teach About the Holocaust

Cristian Manoatl doesn’t claim the most traditional approach to his own schooling when he was a McLean High School student.

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McLean: ‘Calendar Girls’ on Alden Stage

“We are a show about a sisterhood of women in a bonded group; thinking and doing what others didn’t expect,” said Diane Sams, co-producer and a featured actor in the upcoming McLean Community Players production of Tim Firth’s “Calendar Girls.”

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Teen Center Hosts Block Party in McLean

Old Firehouse Teen Center’s annual event features Bands for Bikes.

This past Saturday, Langley High School students Jack Lichtenstein and Morgan Poirier hosted the second annual Bands for Bikes benefit at the Old Firehouse Teen Center’s Annual Block Party from 4-8 p.m.

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Great Falls: Groundwater Cleanup Continues

GFCA responds to latest figures from gas additive spill; eyesore continues to plague Great Falls.

In the last three months, about 27 pounds of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) have been removed from the groundwater as a result of the leak from the former Exxon Station at 9901 Georgetown Pike.

Monday, August 24

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From Foster Care to Founding Nonprofit ‘Acts of Random Kindness’

Fundraiser to benefit iCan program.

It’s unusual today for a 22-year-old to have a Master’s degree and to have founded a non-profit. It’s downright amazing if that young person spent much of her childhood homeless and hungry before spending her high school years in foster care in the city of Alexandria.

Thursday, August 20

Classified Advertising August 19, 2015

Read the latest ads here!

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Aug. 21-30

Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: Aug. 21-30

Events in Arlington County, Va.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - Aug. 21-30, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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Burke: Shopping with the Sheriff

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office continued an annual tradition of collaborating with Target Department Store to provide back-to-school shopping opportunities for children in homeless families.

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Lorton: Warning Letter Sent to AAAACO Auto Parts

Twenty days. That’s how long AAAACO Auto Parts in Lorton has to respond to a letter sent by the Department of Environmental Quality stating they may be in violation of solid waste management regulations.

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Fairfax County: Policy Changes Recommended on Mental Health and Crisis Intervention

About half of the inmates in the Fairfax County Jail have a mental health illness or substance abuse disorders. The Mental Health and Crisis Intervention Team subcommittee of the Fairfax County Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission included this information from County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid in the introduction to its list of policy change recommendations to the full commission on Aug. 17.

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Fairfax County: Former Police Officer Charged with John Geer Murder

Adam Torres indicted by special grand jury.

Adam Torres has been charged with murdering John Geer. Though Torres shot the unarmed man once in the chest nearly two years ago, the then-Fairfax County Police officer remained on the department’s payroll until being terminated July 31, 2015.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: Aug. 21-30

Events near Potomac, Md.

Wednesday, August 19

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Vienna: Madison Football Focused on Beating Rival Oakton

Warhawks look to snap seven-year losing streak to Cougars.

The Madison football team looks to beat Oakton for the first time since 2007.

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Mount Vernon: Nixon Takes Over as West Potomac Volleyball Coach

Wolverines looking for first winning season since 2007.

The West Potomac volleyball program is in search of its first winning season since 2007.

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Arlington: Washington-Lee Football Facing Preseason Adversity

Generals have questions at quarterback, running back.

Washington-Lee opens the season at home against Westfield on Sept. 3.

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Centreville Wildcats ‘Aren’t Done Yet’

State runners-up face challenge of filling starting positions.

The Centreville football program graduated a lot of talented players after back-to-back state final appearances.

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Herndon Field Hockey Graduates Tons of Talent

Sammy Stone returns for defending Conference 5 champ.

The Herndon field hockey team finished one victory shy of qualifying for the state tournament in 2014.

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Great Falls: Langley’s Donaldson Returns from ACL Tear

Six-foot senior outside hitter is leader of talented Saxons.

Rising senior outside hitter Jessica Donaldson returns to the court for the Langley volleyball team after missing most of her junior year with a knee injury.

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Lorton: South County Football Thrives with Speed, Aggression

Rising senior quarterback DeAndre Clayton leads Stallion offense.

The South County football team's practices are based on speed.

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Alexandria: State Final Appearance Gives Ireton Football ‘Sense of Purpose’

Cardinals return eight defensive starters, six offensive.

Bishop Ireton reached the VISAA Division 1 state championship game last season.

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Oak Hill: Sharing Stories and Emotions in Quilts

The Sacred Threads quilts exhibition comes every two years to Oak Hill’s Floris United Methodist Church. Within each work, the artists tell stories of love, loss, joy, hope, healing and inspiration. The display ran July 10-26.

Column: Accommodate or Exacerbate

As a diagnosed-as-“terminal” cancer patient (is that better, Rebecca?), I feel I am due some accommodations. However, when offered or given, I am hesitant to accept (not always, though; I’ll be honest).

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Chantilly: A Summer of Cybersecurity

Chantilly High School partners up with Northrop Grumman to educate students about the field of cybersecurity.

Some students walked into the Chantilly High School cafeteria thinking the camp would be easy. Others walked in because their parents made them. The room slowly grew in size as both groups of youths converged. Every day for one week, these students, grades 7-12, were given the opportunity to learn about computer vulnerabilities, internet ethics, and types of software. Welcome to the world of cybersecurity.

Chantilly Brief: SYA Schedules Annual Board Meeting

The Southwestern Youth Association will hold its annual Executive Board of Directors Election Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3. The meeting will be held at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Letter: A Test of Leadership

Letter to the Editor

Late last month, Fairfax County officials announced a $47 million surplus from the 2015 fiscal year, money gained from spending cuts and extra tax revenue that would likely go toward renovating county schools and other infrastructure repairs.

City of Fairfax Fire Chief Dave Rohr Retires

When Dave Rohr says he and his brothers were “always interested in public safety,” it’s definitely an understatement. All three have had long careers with the Fairfax County Fire Department, and now Rohr, 55, just retired as the City of Fairfax’s fire chief.

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Alexandria Obituary: Friends Remember John K. Severson

Owner of Al’s Steakhouse dies at 73.

His name wasn’t Al. But he would answer to it and even sign autographs with the name so many assumed was his. He was Johnny Severson, and for more than 50 years he was the man behind the legendary cheesesteak sandwiches at Al’s Steakhouse in Del Ray.

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Fairfax: Social Painting Can Be an Art

City of Fairfax resident mixes food, drink, art lessons and fun.

When Luc Atangana came to the U.S. from his native Cameroon, Africa, little did he expect to someday make his living as an artist. But that’s exactly what the City of Fairfax resident is doing.

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Meeting Prince Boo Boo at Fairfax Library

Young readers reap the pawsitive effects of a judgment-free listener.

Children played games, ate treats and made cards for their favorite canine reading buddy, Prince Boo Boo, on Saturday, Aug. 15 at the City of Fairfax Regional Library.

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Alexandria: Small Budget Threatens Arts' Commission Plans

Commission for the Arts Copes with Budget Squeeze

Massive budget cuts to the Alexandria Commission for the Arts has put a damper on some of the group’s hopes for 2016. According to Allison Nance, a member of the Commission for the Arts, last year Alexandria's Arts Commission received $200,000 from the city for public arts projects and other art projects around the city. However, in 2016, Nance says that funding dropped to zero.

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Back-to-School Shopping in Fairfax

FACETS and partners provide brand new school supplies.

“I wanna get school supplies so I can get smart,” said Sabrina Mohammed, 5, of Fairfax, as she excitedly entered the recreation center at Ragan Oaks Court apartments in Fairfax, which has been filled with school supplies provided by Facets.

Mount Vernon Brief: Suspect Arrested For Homicide

Fairfax County police have arrested 19-year-old Michael Norman Powell of Alexandria and charged him with second-degree murder in the death of Khalid Aboumalik, 42.

Mount Vernon Brief: Neighborhood Resource Fair Returns Sept. 12

From animal control and code compliance to stormwater management and community revitalization, Lee District community members will have a chance to get a variety of county service questions answered — all in one place.

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Mount Vernon: Questions Pursued after Encounter with Police

Iraq war veteran calls Internal Affairs commander’s statements “victim blaming.”

Alex Horton waited patiently for his chance to speak. Meanwhile the Use of Force subcommittee of the Fairfax County ad hoc commission to review police policies and procedures waded through the results of a survey to determine the content and language of policy change recommendations it will eventually bring to the full commission.

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Mount Vernon: Use of Force Subcommittee To Pilot Case Review Process

The Aug. 12 Use of Force subcommittee meeting began with a discussion of the Fairfax County Chief of Police Edwin Roessler’s public release of brief summaries of every officer-involved shooting going back to 2005.

Mount Vernon Snapshot: Little Free Library

Mount Vernon-area resident Liz Schroeder erected a “lending library” on the corner of her property, named “Wheat’s Corner” in honor of her late uncle Len Wheat. The Little Free Library is free for anyone to use and includes a sign encouraging users to take or leave books, and write friendly messages in the books they return.

Mount Vernon: Bennett Joins Former Opponent Storck’s Supervisor Campaign

She didn’t beat him and now she’s joining him.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon: Carucci Joins National Breast Center Foundation

Martha Carucci of Alexandria has been named program manager of National Breast Center Foundation.

Alexandria Brief: Living Legends Elects New Board Members

Several new members have been elected to the Living Legends of Alexandria’s board of directors. The new members add experience in nonprofit management, event management, nonprofit legal consulting, grant writing, fundraising and marketing.

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Column: Gumball Memories

Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Alexandria holds a lifetime of memories for Bernadette*. She is the last of three generations to call the city home.

Column: Sharing Lives through Friendly Visitor Program

Sharing Lives through Friendly Visitor Program

Our wonderful journey with the Friendly Visitor Program at Senior Services Alexandria began around two years ago.

Letter: Wrong Emphasis

Letter to the Editor

take exception to part of the tone on the article [“Mount Vernon Football Looking for First Win Since 2013,” The Gazette, Aug. 6] about the upcoming season for the Mount Vernon football team.

Letter: Policy Change Warranted

Letter to the Editor

I was disappointed to read the [“Ignoring Will of the People,” The Gazette, July 16] letter regarding Dan Storck’s position on the changes to the non-discrimination policy and the family life (FLE) curriculum regarding gender identity.

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Alexandria People at Work: The Art of Making Bread

The oven is warming to 450 degrees. Lisa Parkinson has lined up the unbleached flour, yeast and milk beside the freshly chopped rosemary, basil and thyme.

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Alexandria: Living Legend Marga Fripp Strives To Empower Women

Living Legends of Alexandria is an ongoing 501(c)(3) photo-documentary project to identify, honor and chronicle the people making current history in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Future Legends

Families of students in the ACPS 3-5 Grade Summer Enrichment Program joined their children recently at an end-of-class celebration.

Letter: Importance Of History

Letter to the Editor

Can we blame all of America’s racism problems on any street appearance of the Confederate flag and other symbols? And purge them by removing any reminders?

Letter: Examine School Spending

Letter to the Editor

I am the owner and operator of Potomac River, Realtors, located near the King Street Metro Station.

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Cartoon: Old Marxistleninstein

Old Marxistleninstein

Obituary: Frances Dowdle Abbott "Smokie" Lyon

Frances Dowdle Abbott "Smokie" Lyon, 91, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., died on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015.

Letter: Why Not Run?

Letter to the Editor

I have been amazed at the number of conversations suggesting that Mayor Euille should simply “fall in line” and “endorse the primary winner.”

Letter: Parking Issue Not Insurmountable

Letter to the Editor

If one looks at Old Town streets, late at night on a weeknight, one will see plenty of street parking spaces available, thus there is plenty of spaces for resident street parking.

Letter: Neighbors And Parking

Letter to the Editor

Current council member Justin Wilson’s quest for obscure regulations found another one to redress.

Letter: It’s Five

Letter to the Editor

I would like to thank a recent letter to editor entitled “Overlooked” for correctly pointing out that I omitted Monique Miles when I endorsed Allison Silberberg, Townsend Van Fleet, Bob Wood and Fernando Torrez to reinstate Alexandria’s beauty.

Tuesday, August 18

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Centre View: Community To Honor Frey

Supervisor Frey to retire.

Armando Trull will be the featured speaker on Sept. 18 when Centreville Immigration Forum sponsors a dinner to honor retiring Supervisor Michael R. Frey.

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Centre View: Shopping with the Sheriff

Program benefits school-age children temporarily living at the Katherine K. Hanley shelter in Fairfax.

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office continued an annual tradition of collaborating with Target Department Store to provide back-to-school shopping opportunities for children in homeless families.

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Checking the Back-to-School Healthcare Blocks

Local governments, clinics offer free immunizations for all and physical exams for the uninsured.

As the lazy days of summer wind down, beach trips, lemonade stands and lax bedtimes give way to alarm clocks, textbooks and backpacks. Public health officials say that a back-to-school list should include more than pencils and paper. For many, the first order of business is a well-child physical, a dental exam and required immunizations.

Editorial: Sea Changes in Policing?

Report offers blueprint for transforming aspects of policing, jail and services for people with mental illness.

Yesterday, for the first time in the history of Fairfax County Police Department, a Fairfax County Police officer was charged in a shooting death.

Centre View: Roundups

Centre View Roundups.

Brief: Candidates Face Off on ‘Inside Scoop’

Forum will broadcast live on Aug. 31.

For the first time, the non-partisan Meet and Greet Candidates Forum for certified candidates, both for the State Senate and the House of Delegates, will be broadcast live on a special extended edition of Inside Scoop on Aug. 31, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Centre View: Wegmans Grocery Store Proposed

Residents are pleased, but worry about traffic troubles.

The Wegmans grocery store in Fair Oaks has proved to be a hit with local residents. And now plans are afoot to bring a Wegmans to Chantilly, too.

Commentary: Public Trust above Party

Shifting from a relaxing vacation back to work is always challenging, but my return this past week from the mountains, streams and lakes of Glacier National Park to a special session of the General Assembly has been a particularly stark contrast.

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Mt. Vernon: McCool To Be Inducted in VHSL Hall of Fame

Former Mount Vernon coach led Majors to state championship.

At a well-attended birthday celebration for Don McCool in Fairfax this year, the talk amongst the crowd of family, friends, assistant coaches and former players to McCool was, “Why is Don not in the Hall of Fame?”

Brief: Church To Mark 110th Anniversary

The Scotland African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church family will celebrate its anniversary on Sept. 13.

The Scotland African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church family will celebrate its 110th anniversary on Sept. 13. The theme is “Honoring our Past, Treasuring Our Future” based on Jeremiah 29:11.

Brief: Deceptive Mail Solicitation Stopped

The combined efforts of the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection, the Better Business Bureau serving Greater Maryland, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service-Washington Division have stopped a company from continuing to mail deceptive letters soliciting Maryland homeowners to pay a fee to petition a review of their property taxes.

Brief: Pilot Archery Deer Hunting Program Begins Sept. 11

A pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program has been approved by Montgomery Parks.

A pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program has been approved by Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, for the Great Seneca Stream Valley Park, Unit 1 in Germantown and the Watts Branch Stream Valley Units 1 & 2 in Potomac.

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Herndon: NextStop Opens New Season with ‘Kiss Me Kate’

No need to brush up on your Shakespeare to relish NextStop Theatre’s season opening production, “Kiss Me Kate.” With music and lyrics by the legendary Cole Porter, the show is a Tony Award-winning sophisticated, comic twist based upon Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes, “Taming of the Shrew.”

Brief: Friends of the Library Seeks Trustees

Friends of the Library is accepting applications for Board of Trustees.

Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, the not-for-profit organization that supports Montgomery County Public Libraries by raising funds and awareness for the system, is accepting applications for its Board of Trustees.

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Dranesville Focus: Green Schools and Kids at Hope

School to hold open house on Sept. 3.

September 8 is fast approaching for Fairfax County Public Schools, and Dranesville Elementary School is ready for the new school year.

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Potomac: Leadership Maryland Seeks Applicants for Class of 2016

Program delves into topics ranging from education to criminal justice, agriculture to economic development.

“I have attended many leadership programs,” said Potomac native John Kuo, “and Leadership Maryland is the best."

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Potomac: Protect Watershed, Help in River Cleanup

Potomac Conservancy seeks volunteers.

This Saturday Aug, 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Potomac Conservancy invites volunteers to join them at the River Center in Cabin John to participate in a cleanup of the C&O Canal National Park.

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Music Attracts Residents to Vienna Town Green

Classic and Contemporary Folk Band Shenandoah Run performed on Sunday.

A nine-piece American folk band occupied the Vienna Town Green this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Families with picnic materials, couples with lawn chairs and even local bikers hopped off nearby trails to gather on the green to enjoy the concert at the shady town park.

Cybersecurity Week at Marshall High

Marshall’s Cybersecurity Camp opens for the fourth summer.

An advanced group of 20 high school students learned about sequel injections and cryptography as their white computer screens illuminated the classroom. T

Arlington: Re-Launch Project

Carmen Lopez, who founded the designer consignment business in 2007, is moving into a new space in Clarendon.

Current Boutique owner Carmen Lopez, who founded the designer consignment business in 2007, is moving into a new space in Clarendon that is close to triple the size of the old store in D.C.

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Vietnamese Heritage Festival Held on Tysons Plaza

Yellow ribboned Vietnamese style leaf hats specked the crowded Tysons Corner Center Plaza at the fifth annual VietFest, a celebration of Vietnamese culture featuring live performances, traditional and modern Vietnamese music, pageants, pho and much more.

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Stream Team Convenes in McLean

Plans to restore Dead Run in McLean Central Park will involve removal of dozens of trees.

Supervisor John Foust’s Stream Team was scheduled to convene for its first meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the McLean Community Center to discuss and potentially make decisions that will impact the McLean Central Park.

Arlington: Hiking Through Rainforest of Costa Rica

Girls Scouts hike seven days through rainforest.

Julianne Meany, a 16-year-old Girl Scout from Arlington and member of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Council, completed Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Rainforest, River, and Reef Destination.

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Colvin Run Elementary to Focus on Caring Culture

PTO sets goals for a new year: fundraising for new laptops.

As summer comes to a close, elementary schools in the Great Falls area are hard at work preparing to welcome students to a new school year.

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Arlington: Joint Effort Distributes 900 Backpacks

The Reading Connection (TRC) and local employees of The Boeing Company recently stuff more than 900 backpacks full of supplies and books for local at-risk children.

The Reading Connection (TRC) and local employees of The Boeing Company recently stuffed more than 900 backpacks full of supplies and books for local at-risk children.

Arlington: “Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Aug. 23-29.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Aug. 23-29.

Brief: NVSO at National Senior Games

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics committee compete in 2015 National Seniors Games held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Members of the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics committee were among the thousands of seniors who competed in the 2015 National Seniors Games held recently in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Brief: New Deputy County Manager

Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz will take a new position of deputy county manager.

Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz will take a new position of deputy county manager.

Brief: Celebrating Startup Day

Officials meet with small business and tech leaders to highlight federal resources available to the business community.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt S. Erskine visited 1776 Aug. 13 for a roundtable and walkthrough at the incubator and venture fund’s recently opened Crystal City location as part of Start-Up Day Across America.

Letter: Bipartisan Support

Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor published on Aug. 12 under the headline "Diversity And Politics" includes several errors of fact regarding the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) that beg for correction.

Alexandria: TSA Transports out of Arlington

Arlington’s loss of the Transportation Security Administration headquarters is Alexandria’s gain.

While Alexandria celebrates the recent Transportation Security Administration’s decision to move to West Eisenhower, Arlington struggles to recover from another blow to the county’s office vacancies. The 3,800-person headquarters will leave its Arlington location in 2018 to settle into the Victory Center.

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Alexandria/Arlington: Testing the Waters

Alexandria and Arlington begin discussions on potential shared pool.

Despite Alexandria swiping the TSA headquarters away from Arlington, the relationship remains cordial enough that the two have begun discussions around a shared Aquatic Center.

Friday, August 14

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Mount Vernon: 2nd Anniversary Sale at Evolution Home

Evolution Home, owned by Susan Driscoll Blount and Lee Blount, is marking its second anniversary with a celebratory sale on Saturday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Vintage, antique, modern and consignment home furnishings are offered at Evolution Home, 6239 Shields Ave., including items from more than 25 dealers.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - Aug. 14-23, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Aug. 14-23

Events near Alexandria and Mount Vernon Va.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: Aug 14-23

Events in Arlington Co., Va.

Thursday, August 13

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Alexandria: In Between Patrick and Henry, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Await

Killer ESP stays true to its roots while growing into its own.

Walk down the block on the southern side of King Street, between the “Routes 1” – that is, the block between Patrick and Henry streets – and before long you’ll come upon a sandwich board offering up a plethora of interesting options.

Mount Vernon: ‘If You Believe’

Broadway concert to benefit cancer research.

Move over Julius Erving. There’s another “Dr. J” in town: international recording artist Negleatha Johnson, who hopes to slam dunk a benefit concert Aug. 16 following her sister’s diagnosis of a rare and aggressive cancer.

Alexandria: 30 Years for Armed Robbery

Brien Keith Hughes, 32, formerly of Alexandria, was sentenced Aug. 7 to 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release for convictions related to his role in two violent robberies where firearms were used.

Alexandria: Opportunities for ‘Creative Placemaking’

Looking at the future of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Ask any local Alexandrian and they would agree, the Waterfront is one of the most vibrant and active neighborhoods in the city. This wasn’t always the case.

Alexandria: Police Investigate Robbery

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating the robbery of sweetFrog, a frozen yogurt shop located in the 500 block of S. Van Dorn Street.

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Alexandria: Backpacks, School Supplies and More

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ ministry hosts annual event.

The Alfred Street Baptist Church frequently steps in to meet community needs that can go unnoticed, and the thousands of youth returning to school without the supplies they need is no exception. In two weeks’ time, volunteers at the church filled more than a thousand backpacks for elementary, middle and high school students attending Alexandria City Public Schools.

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Burke: Supervisors to Hear Proposal for More Regulation of Donation Bins

Burke resident Nicole Hudak didn’t think much of it when she would see extraneous items left in front of Goodwill and Better World Recycling clothing donation bins near the corner of Old Keene Mill and Lee Chapel Roads.

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Mount Vernon: Helping Veterans in Business

SFDC hosts business roundtable.

Assisting veterans, women, and minorities in starting, growing, and sustaining a small business was the focus the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation’s (SFDC) 5th Business Roundtable Speaker Series on Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Springhill Suites Hotel on Richmond Highway.

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Springfield Native Competes on “America’s Next Top Model”

Justin Kim never planned to be a model. The 23-year-old Springfield native’s parents encouraged him to pursue law or medicine. While studying law and society at George Mason University, Kim thought he might find a career with an agency like the FBI or criminal courts.

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Lorton: Community Members Call for More Giles Run Clean-up

Bill Niedringhaus was just scouting new hiking trails along Giles Run creek in the Lorton area. But in his November 2014 exercise, he discovered thousands of used tires and other discarded automotive parts in the area.

Mount Vernon: Police Identify Homicide Victim

One day after Fairfax County Police reported finding the victim of an apparent homicide in Huntington Park, they identified the dead middle-aged man as Khalid Aboumalik, 42, with no permanent address in Fairfax County.

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Fairfax County Schools Seek Public Input

Focusing on $100 million shortfall.

With Fairfax County Public Schools facing a projected Fiscal Year 2017 budget shortfall of $100 million, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Garza established a task force to look at programs or services that may be eliminated to reduce some of that deficit.

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Fairfax County: Geer Shooter Leaves Police

Adam Torres, the Fairfax County Police officer who fired the shot that killed Springfield resident John Geer in August 2013, is no longer with the department, police said Aug. 7.

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Fairfax County Chief Releases Information on Decade of Officer-Involved Shootings

Citizens can now explore summaries of Fairfax County police officer-involved shootings that occurred over the last 10 years.

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Centre View: ‘It’s Like a Giant Family’

Fair Oaks, Sully districts celebrate National Night Out.

Take some firefighters, law-enforcement personnel and local residents; add in food, fun, handshakes and conversation in a relaxed, neighborhood atmosphere. Mix well, and the result is National Night Out.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: Aug 14-23

Events in Potomac, Silver Spring, Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Md.

Centre View Area Roundups

Week of Aug. 12

Week of Aug. 12.

Chantilly: Exploring with ‘Dozi the Alligator’

CHS grad pens his first children’s book.

Everyone craves a little adventure sometimes. Chantilly High School alumnae Daniel Boris’ first children’s book. “Dozi the Alligator Finds a Family.” explores this topic through rhyme and illustrations.

Centre View: 18,000 Pounds Of Food Collected

The Minnieland Academy — with two schools in Centreville — has concluded its six-month “Kids Feeding Kids” food drive.

Centre View: Study: Customer Satisfaction at NOVEC

The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative ranks second highest in customer satisfaction among midsize electric utilities in the United States South region and second highest among the 140 largest electric utilities in the nation according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2015 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study released last month.

Chantilly: Dickenson Earns Rank of Eagle Scout

Troop 30 of Centreville honored John Dickenson who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony on Aug. 2.

Column: Time to Encourage Reading

For many of us summer vacation provides a time for our families to enjoy time off from the school year grind, and allows children to participate in fun outdoor activities. However, during summer break, some children fall behind in their academic achievements, which can lead to steps backward in a child’s education. This is especially true when it comes to reading.

Wednesday, August 12

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Arlington: Yorktown Football Struggles Early with Lack of Depth

Patriots determined to continue winning tradition.

Yorktown lost in the opening round of the playoffs last season.

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Vienna: Oakton Football Returns Most of Starting Lineup

Cougars hope to improve from 2014 record of 5-5.

Oakton reached the playoffs in 2014.

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McLean Football Hopes Improved Chemistry Leads to Wins

Highlanders finished 5-5 in 2014.

Entering his second year with McLean, head coach Shaun Blair expects his team’s improved chemistry and strength will help produce wins on the field.

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Davis Enters Second Season as Herndon Football Coach

Senior receiver Blanding is potential breakout athlete.

The Herndon football team opens the season at Fairfax on Sept. 3.

Mount Vernon: West Potomac Looking To Improve Under 2nd-Year Coach Ross

Quarterback Ellis, receiver Burch lead Wolverine offense.

West Potomac is hoping familiarity will lead to an increase in victories.

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Alexandria: Former Centreville Assistant Matthie Takes Over at T.C. Williams

Titans will run hybrid wing-T offense.

T.C. Williams opens the season at Thomas Jefferson on Sept. 4.

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Great Falls: Massive O-Line Key to Langley Football Team’s Success

Saxons lost program’s all-time leading rusher to graduation.

The average size of Langley's four returning offensive line starters is 6 feet 3, 284 pounds.

Burke: Lake Braddock Football Returns Plenty of Playmakers

Bruins were blown out by Westfield in 2014 region semis.

Kyle Edwards enters his second season as Lake Braddock's starting quarterback.

Column: B.D. Versus A.D.

If my experiences as a cancer patient/ “terminal” “diagnosee” are at all typical, then the following generalization might in fact be true: certain situations and/or feelings that were once tolerated before diagnosis are nearly impossible to tolerate after diagnosis: traffic, waiting in lines, rudeness, compromise, sacrifice, delayed/deferred gratification, to list just a few. Life becomes so much more precious, that wasting some of it – or the perception of wasting some of it – on unpleasant, unrewarding, aggravating, stressful, menial tasks, obligations, duties, etc. becomes almost too much to bear; on a consistent basis, anyway.

Mount Vernon: Shop Marks 5th Anniversary

Customer service key for Richard Carroll.

Carol and Richard Lowy, co-owners of the retail gallery, Richard Carroll, are celebrating the fifth anniversary of managing their business at 1600 Belle View Boulevard in the Belle View Shopping Center.

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Cartoon: Windmill

From here I can't tell if it's friend,

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Alexandria: Luck O’ the Irish

Thousands attend Waterfront Park festival.

Thousands of attendees descended on Waterfront Park Aug. 8 for the annual Ballyshaners Irish Festival in Alexandria.

Alexandria Snapshot: One Love Festival

Harold and Sherman Harris, brothers of community activist Lenny Harris, attended the One Love Festival

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Alexandria: SOL Scores Improving

Gains at Jefferson-Houston; mixed results at TC.

The forecast calls for sunshine, but make no mistake it’s raining test scores these days, and improved numbers for schools are sprouting over town. The Virginia Department of Education has just released preliminary SOL test results for the 2014-2015 school year, and Alexandria City Public Schools show pass rates up across English, math, history and science.

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Mount Vernon: Rights Restored

Secretary of the Commonwealth visits Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Fifteen years ago, a local man made a mistake. He was working in the automotive industry and accepted a gift of socks, ties, suits and gloves. The merchandise turned out to be stolen and valued at over $200, the minimum for a felony charge in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Alexandria: All Lives Matter

(Of course)

All lives matter is the righteous reactionary retort to the now often shouted mantra of Black Lives Matter. This tit-for-tat, back-and-forth battle is the reason we cannot have meaningful discussions about race in America.

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Alexandria: Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming To Open

Woof Gang Bakery will welcome people and their pets for a grand opening event on Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Alexandria: A Hopeful Afternoon

Spreading awareness of ovarian cancer.

The survival rate of ovarian cancer is a grim 44 percent, and symptoms are described as obscure at best. But, early detection of the disease yields a survival rate of over 90 percent.

Letter: Problem Solver

Letter to the Editor

Now in my mid-70s, I have never voted for a Republican but I intend to vote for Bob Wood, a smart and personable candidate for City Council

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Fairfax City Council Greenlights Old Lee Highway Survey

Questions about project’s scope still remain.

The results are in and City of Fairfax residents have now given their opinions on how best to improve Old Lee Highway. So the Fairfax City Council has authorized a survey of the entire corridor to obtain more information before going further with the project.

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Letter: A Life = Future and One’s Future = Vision

Letter to the Editor

Law enforcement and the judicial system is based on the belief that all people are to be treated equally.

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Lorton: Introducing Shakespeare to Children

Workhouse Arts Center debut for Pocket Change Theatre’s “Midsummer on a Playground.”

Continuing to bring Fairfax County fresh, youthful performing arts talent to audiences, the Workhouse Arts Center has a special family-friendly treat in store.

Alexandria Snapshot: The Time of Their Lives

Chadwick’s owner Trae Lamond and his wife Carolyn channel Dirty Dancing stars Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as they get into the spirit of ‘80s night Aug. 8.

Fairfax City Intends to Rewrite its Comprehensive Plan

The City of Fairfax’s Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for future development.

Letter: Price of Borrowing

Letter to the Editor

Whether these letter writers realize it or not, when they proudly point to Alexandria’s municipal bond rating, they haven’t read the fine print or connected the dots.

Dickenson Earns Rank of Eagle Scout

Troop 30 of Centreville honored John Dickenson who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony on Aug. 2.

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Obituary: Charles Thomas Cleary

Charles Thomas Cleary (a.k.a. “brothercharles”) of Oak Hill and Chantilly died on July 31, 2015, at the Capital Caring Halquist Memorial Intake Center hospice in Arlington, surrounded by loving friends and family.

Centreville: 18,000 Pounds Of Food Collected

The Minnieland Academy — with two schools in Centreville — has concluded its six-month “Kids Feeding Kids” food drive. The company delivered more than 18,000 pounds of food and replenished the shelves at area shelters and food banks.

Letter: What’s Meant By ‘Farm?’

Letter to the Editor

These comments are in response to the article on Whitehall Farms. While it’s easy to love chickens, corn mazes and veggies, the reality of “farms” is quite different. Wineries, breweries and liquor distilleries are all considered “farms” too.

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Westfield Football Eyeing State Championship

Four-time region runners-up return strong defense.

For years, Westfield football has been recognized as one of the strongest teams in the state of Virginia, reaching the region championship game in each of the last four years, losing thrice to 2014 6A state runner-up Centreville, who also competes in Conference 5.

Tuesday, August 11

Potomac: Applicants Sought For Boards, Commissions

The following boards and commissions currently have openings: Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee; Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board; and White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee.

Potomac: County Introduces Online Pet Licensing

Montgomery County government is now offering online pet licensing services to county residents.

Potomac: Northern Snakehead Fish Found Above Great Falls

The C&O Canal National Historical Park, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have recently discovered the non-native northern snakehead fish within the park’s canal system above Great Falls.

Column: Keeping Up to Date

My experience is that the annual summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) provides the best continuing education I can get as a legislator.

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Reston Triathlete Goes National

Emily Landeryou, 15, a rising junior at South Lakes High, competes at national level.

Imagine competing in a 750 meter open water swim, then a 12-mile bike and lastly a three-mile run. Exhausted yet? Emily Landeryou, a 15-year-old rising junior at South Lakes High School and elite triathlete can compete in such a race with ease.

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Herndon: Kyle Mathers, 19, Dale Neibaur, 19, Holly Novak, 18

Grief counseling is available at Herndon High School.

Herndon High School alums Kyle Mathers, 19, Holly Novak, 18, and Dale Neibaur, 19, had no chance of surviving.

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Herndon Celebrates National Night Out

Neither intermittent downpours, nor recent confrontations that have sparked tensions and even violence between communities and law enforcement nationwide seemed to dampen the positive spirits of the hundreds of diverse Herndon residents who participated in the town’s August 5 National Night Out events

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Herndon Holds a Vigil for Teenagers

Herndon was struck by a tragedy Friday morning, Aug. 7, when three recent Herndon High School graduates were killed in a car accident in Texas. Kyle Mathers, 19, Dale Neibaur, 19, and Holly Novak, 18, were beloved members of the Herndon community, which gathered together at the church to hold a vigil for the teenagers.

2015-16 Deer Archery Program

Two information meetings about the county’s Deer Management Archery Program are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon District Station, 2511 Parkers Lane in Alexandria, Community Room.

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Herndon: 100 Bowls of Soup

The kitchen relocates from Vienna to Sunset Business Park in Herndon.

Herndon is home to more than 100 restaurants and 1,300 businesses, according to Dennis Holste, economic development manager for the Town of Herndon.

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Potomac: Through the Lens of Youth

Photoworks showcases young photographers.

Through Aug. 30, Glen Echo Park’s Photoworks is showcasing the 2015 Juried Youth Photography Exhibition.

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Great Falls National Park Hosts Many a Celebration

An August Sunday in the park.

Brandon Greiner, 3, took the lead. The three-year-old biked the trails from one overlook to the next while his twin sister Ainsley, mom Nicole and father Nathan Greiner walked immediately behind.

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Potomac: Local Mansion Opening to Public for House Tour

Tour will raise money for local charities.

A French provincial home, often used for elegant entertaining, will be open to the public for a few days this fall.

Potomac: Backpack Drive To Benefit Needy Children

Couple hosts ice cream social to get all children ready to start school.

When Margo Fonoroff worked as a teacher, media specialist and principal in Montgomery County Public Schools, she recalls the first days of school as being filled with excited children clad in new clothes and shoes and carrying new backpacks. They had pencils and notebooks and calculators and were ready to begin a new school year. For some students however, the start of the school year brought shame.

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Great Falls: Artstars Presents ‘Pets On Parade’

Great Falls Artstars Studios holds piano recitals.

The students of Artstars Studios LLC of Great Falls recently held piano recitals. The theme of the recitals was "Pets On Parade."

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Arlington: This Year's County Fair Features Parade For First Time

Something new at the County Fair: A Parade.

Short but sweet, is a good description of the Arlington County Fair’s Opening Day Parade.

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Arlington: Five Days of Fun, Fun, Fun

Crowds flock to annual Arlington County Fair.

Grace Dennis held on tight as she dropped from five stories in the air. The ride is the Super Shot, and like fair itself, it’s a fair staple, but it never gets old.

New Cycle Studio Brings Fitness and Fun to Great Falls

“A Party on a Bike” comes to Great Falls.

Grab a bike and a bottle of water. Fitness is about to get fun.

Letter: Diversity And Politics

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: My father, an African American pastor of over 40 years, and local legend in Northern Jersey, reputed for many firsts including being the first African American State Chaplain for the New Jersey National Guard, but also the man who brought Bishop Fulton Sheen to address a meeting of the American Baptists Churches, used to often rephrase the words found in Romans, stating, “The good that I would, I don’t.”

Letter: An Angel In Disguise

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On July 13, 2015, I was driving to Reagan National Airport to pick up my son when I noticed the low fuel light was flashing.

Letter: Looking for Information

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Alice Elizabeth Langley Hsieh was a relative of mine. Her father was Ernest and mother Edna Jockers, a sister Edna Langley. Alice died in 1979. Has anyone knowledge of her or her family?

Arlington: “Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, Aug. 16-22.

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Function Meets Beauty

Wheelchair accessible bathroom doesn’t have to be utilitarian.

After Curtis Brand was diagnosed with amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS) and he could no longer climb stairs, he and his wife, Judith, had to make the difficult decision to sell their home in northwest Washington, D.C. They then purchased a two-bedroom, two-bathroom property on the 18th floor of Turnberry Tower in Arlington.

Home’s Makeover Enhances Family Life

With time constraints, Sun Design converts large, dated house into residence that satisfies everyone’s agenda.

Meet Roger Lataille, senior design consultant at Sun Design Remodeling and — more importantly — a remodeling resource homeowners turn to, and return to, whenever they need expert advice, hands-on support and commitment.

Editorial: 'Our Community Deserves Better'

Strongly worded recommendations for police on transparency and public trust; FCPD has miles to go.

Outrage over the shooting death of John Geer of Springfield on Aug. 29, 2013, by a Fairfax County Police officer led the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to form of the Ad Hoc Police Practice Review Commission, which began meeting in March 2015. The Communications Subcommittee was the first to give recommendations to the full commission, and the report pulled no punches.

Friday, August 7

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Mount Vernon: Homicide Investigation In Huntington Park

Police are investigating an apparent homicide involving a middle-aged man whose body was found in Huntington Park on Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Mount Vernon: Park Award Honors Ann Smith

Her donation was given in memory of her late husband, Lt. Colonel Gary F. Smith.

The Fairfax County Park Foundation, a charitable organization which supports the Fairfax County Park Authority, is honoring Ann Smith with a 2015 Eakin Philanthropy Award. In memory of her late husband, Lt. Colonel Gary F. Smith, Ann Smith worked with the Park Authority and Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerald Hyland to identify Grist Mill Soccer Field #5 for renovation into a state-of-the-art synthetic turf soccer field and renamed the field as the Lt. Colonel Gary F. Smith Memorial Field.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Supporting Good Shepherd

The Mansion House Swim Team raised funds for Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services (GSH) during its annual “Piranha-thon.”

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: National Night Out

From left, a Police Explorer, Sheriff’s Office Recruit Kimberly Coleman, Sheriff Stacey Kincaid, Reserve Deputy Bettina Lawton and McGruff the Crime Dog attend a National Night Out event at the Gum Springs Community Center on Aug. 4. The Sheriff attended events in both Mount Vernon and Springfield over the course of the night.

Alexandria Snapshot: Friendship Firehouse Birthday

Alexandria Fire Chief Robert Dubè cut the ceremonial first piece of cake for the Friendship Fire Company's 241st birthday — established in 1774.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - Aug. 7-16, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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Clifton, Fairfax Station and Springfield Communities Join Public Safety Agencies for National Night Out

A well-known tunnel-bridge on Colchester Road connects an area of Fairfax Station with the rest of the county, both geographically and mythically. Its link to historic reports of a vandal in a bunny costume has gotten it plenty of attention, including actual acts of vandalism on and around the structure.

Thursday, August 6

Springfield: No Foul Play Suspected in Huntsman Lake Death

The dead body of Leslie P. Brassfield, 22, of Fairfax, was found Sunday, June 14 in Huntsman Lake in the Springfield area.

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Burke: Saturday Mornings at Farmers Market

Colorfulness and people’s interaction make the Burke Farmers Market a place to be.

Located in the outdoor parking lot just in front of the Burke Centre Station, Burke Farmers Market is one of the 11 farmers markets in Fairfax County that are home to a variety of fresh, local products.

Burke: Pohick Library Scheduled to Close for Renovation

The Pohick Regional Library, opened in 1987, is due for change. The building is scheduled to close for an expected 18 months of renovation on Sept. 5, according to a Fairfax County release.

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Lorton and Mount Vernon: Bennett Joins Former Opponent Storck’s Supervisor Campaign

She didn’t beat him and now she’s joining him. Nearly two months since Dan Storck won the Democratic primary election for Mount Vernon District supervisor, his campaign announced former opposing candidate Candice Bennett has joined up as the Storck team’s director of communications.

Pedestrian Dies after Being Struck in Lorton Road

Farman Batalia, 70, of Lorton, died early in the morning on July 30 after being struck by a vehicle while crossing Lorton Road near the intersection with Armistead Road.

Springfield-Franconia: Moped Rider Dies After Colliding with Camry

Peter Matthew Kester, 56, died at the scene where his moped collided with a Toyota Camry sedan in the 6400 block of Franconia Road. Fairfax County Police received a call about the incident around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, according to the police release.

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Fairfax County Seeks Partner to Develop Training Center Property

Deadline for offers on the surplus land is Sept. 1.

Potential buyers have until September to make their offers to purchase the roughly 80 acres of property along Braddock Road where the Northern Virginia Training Center currently sits.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Aug. 7-16

Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon this weekend.

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Police Connect with Citizens at National Night Out

A murder, a non-fatal shooting, and mysterious “shots fired” calls around the Braddock Metro Area dampen National Night Out celebrations.

It's been a mixed week for law enforcement in the Braddock neighborhood.

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Now Showing: Sensory-Friendly Films

Dancing, shouting, singing welcome at special screenings for children, families affected by autism.

July is the hottest month for Hollywood’s cavalcade of blockbuster films, as studios compete for audience dollars and crash into each other to be the first to release their tent pole films, such as “Avengers,” “Jurassic World,” “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation,” and “Fantastic Four.”

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Potomac: Home Tour Raises Funds for Tourette Association

All ticket proceeds to benefit group’s services and programs.

A home tour in Potomac will support the Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater Washington, D.C. Halco Homes is presenting the Home of Distinction at 8601 Nutmeg Court, Potomac. Now through Aug. 9, the public is invited to tour this $3.9 million home.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: Aug. 7-16

Events in Arlington County, Va.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: Aug. 7-16

Events in Potomac, Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Rockville.

Wednesday, August 5

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Clifton Resident Jacoby Commits to Naval Academy

Rising sophomore attackman/midfielder plays for Episcopal.

Episcopal rising sophomore Connor Jacoby is committed to play lacrosse at the Naval Academy.

Young Swimmers Make Splash at Annual NVSL All-Star Meet

Watts, Cruz set NVSL records.

The NVSL recently held its annual All-Star meet.

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SYA Greater Fairfax Senior Babe Ruth Team Advances to World Series

Oregon tournament will be last time many team members play together.

The SYA Greater Fairfax Senior Babe Ruth team advanced to the World Series.

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Mount Vernon Football Looking for First Victory Since 2013

Majors move up to 6A North, Conference 7.

The Mount Vernon football program is looking to bounce back from last year's winless season.

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Reston: Seahawks Hoping Improved Strength Leads to Wins

Taylor enters second season as South Lakes football coach.

The South Lakes football team is coming off a 2-8 season in 2014.

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Fairfax: Coach Dougherty Instilling Toughness in Cavaliers

Woodson football team hosts “midnight madness” practice.

Woodson is looking to improve on its 2014 record of 2-8.

Column: Back on Track

Having reread last week’s column a time or two now, I’ve realized that I neglected to update you regular readers – especially those of you who read my most recent pre- and post-scan columns: “Abyssful” Ignorance and Scant Know For Sure Anymore – on the previous week’s scan results. Once again, I have defied the odds – maybe statistics would be a better word?

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Arlington: Wakefield Football Enters 2015 as ‘The Hunted’

Warriors hosted first playoff game last season.

The Wakefield football program won eight games last season, including a playoff victory.

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation — Built Rockets, Apps

TJHSST offers STEM courses to middle schoolers.

Inside W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Jacob Parker is watching a cartoon on the computer, while his teacher Dan Trau walks around the room, answering questions from students.

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Helping Aging Parents

Event will highlight resources available for long-term care planning.

Antonio M. Taguba says his life changed forever during a family reunion in 2006, starting with an announcement from his mother.

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Teams in Training

Getting in shape while raising money for charity.

Rain poured from a gray March sky. Drenched racers wound their way through Washington, D.C. before spilling across the finish line at R.F.K. Stadium, their running shoes heavy and soaking wet.

Letter: Much To Be Done

Letter to the Editor

I am asking Mr. Morrogh, again: Why has it taken your office 18 months to finally convene a grand jury to look into the John Geer shooting?

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Herndon Summer Theatre Presents ‘Anything Goes!’

The Grand Musical Theatre Experience returned to Herndon High School with a production of the musical “Anything Goes!” Previous productions have included “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Hello Dolly.”

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Alexandria: A Sweet Surprise

Bacon Brothers’ pop-up performance supports charities.

Through Kevin Bacon’s non-profit organization Six Degrees, he and other celebrities are making continual efforts to give back to the community through charitable and social opportunities to connect on a more personal level with the people and fans.

Alexandria: School Supplies Drive Underway

Alexandria City Public Schools’ Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center and Community Partners for Children (CPC), an Alexandria nonprofit organization, kicked off their annual Back-to-School Drive for school supplies for students.

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Herndon: Aging Shopping Center Needs a Facelift

Since the popular restaurant the Tortilla Factory closed in February 2012, the space has remained vacant at Herndon Pines Shopping Center.

Lette: Adaptive Reuse of Ramsey Homes

Letter to the Editor

Next month, City Council will consider the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority appeal of the Parker Gray Board of Architectural Review’s unanimous denial of its request to demolish the 15-unit scattered-site public housing complex in the Parker Gray historic district, known as Ramsey Homes.

Letter: Thoughts on Confederacy

Letter to the Editor

On the question of how Alexandria can deal constructively with the remnants of the Confederacy:

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Alexandria: Shared Vision

Chairs of boards and commissions express unity in need for more affordable housing.

City Council may be gone for the summer, but the inner workings of the city government are just getting started.

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Alexandria: Luck Be a Lady(burg)

Ladyburg bath and body apothecary opens in Old Town.

For Crystal and Fred Wellman, there was never any doubt that Alexandria is where they were meant to be.

Alexandria: News Briefs

Police Investigate Shooting

he Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of First Street on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Alexandria: Schedule Changes at DASH

Schedule Changes at DASH

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Alexandria: Help Sought in Missing Person

The Alexandria Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Reyam Abed.

The Alexandria Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Reyam Abed. She was last seen in the 5300 block of Essex Court around 3 p.m. on Aug. 3.

Alexandria: Newest National Landmark

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria was named by the National Park Service as one of four newly designated national historic landmarks on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

“The George Washington Masonic National Memorial stands among the most architecturally significant projects to honor George Washington and one of the boldest private efforts to memorialize him.

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Alexandria: Water Taxi Must Go On

Rain or shine.

Blast, blast … BLAST! Captain Alex Skubel is backing out the first water taxi of the day from the Port of Alexandria. "How many on board?"

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STEM-Based Private School to Open in Reston

Ideaventions Academy plans to open Reston school.

Two Thomas Jefferson High School alums, Oakton residents Juliana and Ryan Heitz, opened a teaching science center in 2010 for young learners after an unsuccessful search to find a science enrichment class for their son.

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Column: A Junior View of Senior Services


When I began my internship at the Senior Services of Alexandria, I only really knew about the Meals on Wheels program, which I had volunteered at with my mom when I was much younger.

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Reston: Surrounded by Sound

The Reston Chorale to hold auditions on Aug. 11 and 24.

Ruth Overton has performed with the Reston Chorale since 1976. She’s almost never missed Tuesday night rehearsals, all 2,000 of them. “I had six children that had to hear, ‘Mommy will be gone on Tuesday nights.’ That’s me time,” said Overton, of Reston.

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Alexandria: Summer Crew Season Ends with Racing in Old Town

Rowing competition brings hundreds to the waterfront.

The Old Town waterfront came alive with hard-fought competition on Saturday morning, Aug. 1, as the Alexandria summer rowers competed in the Blue Plains Sprints, the annual end-of-season competition.

Alexandria: Episcopal’s Jacoby Commits to Navy Men’s Lacrosse

Rising sophomore plays attack/midfield.

After taking a visit to the Naval Academy, Clifton resident and Episcopal rising sophomore lacrosse player Connor Jacoby realized he didn’t want to take a “regular college route.”

Column: Lessons To Be Learned


“We shall never have a science of history until we have in our colleges those who regard the truth as more important than the defense of the white race,” W.E.B. Dubois wrote in 1935.

Tuesday, August 4

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Potomac: Beat the Heat with Library Activities

And, when they’re open, rec centers.

August: Heat, humidity, restless children, and squirrelly adults. Longing looks at the calendar. Parents and caregivers have run through their exhaustive list of summer activities. What’s left to do?

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New Heights for Arlington Skyline

Approved Rosslyn Sector Plan comes with new density and building height regulations.

Controversy and discussion surrounding plans for Rosslyn was so intense, the meetings had to be divided into two five-hour sessions.

Arlington: Sewage Pipe Repaired

Donaldson Run affected for two weeks.

Arlington County has lifted the advisory it issued on Saturday, July 11, to avoid the water in Donaldson Run near Military Road after the discovery of a broken sewage pipe and sewage release.

Arlington: Police Seek Assistance in Identifying Attempted Rape Suspect

The Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect involved in the attempted rape and abduction of a female victim which occurred in the early morning hours of July 25.

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Great Falls Celebrates Summer on the Green

Sunday evening concerts bring community together.

Sunday’s Concerts on the Green at the Great Falls Village Center are a weekly tradition that continues to unite the community.

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Human Trafficking: ‘No One is Immune’

Teenager leaders warned, asked to educate themselves and peers against sex trafficking.

Detective Bill Woolf described how human traffickers use all tools possible, including social media, to lure victims anywhere and everywhere, including Tysons Corner, Great Falls and McLean.

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McLean: Taking Up the Next Challenge

McLean 12U Intermediate USTA Junior tennis team wins second place in state, advances to Sectionals.

Mclean’s 12U Intermediate USTA Junior Team battled against eight other competitive tennis teams in Virginia on July 23, including “The Terminetters” of Virginia Beach, Westwood Club of Richmond and a familiar foe to the team, Herndon’s Worldgate Rascals

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Sunset Party at Tysons Plaza

Little children raced to get first-choice seats on the lawn for Andy Grammer, whose hit single “Honey, I’m Good” peaked at no. 9 on Billboard Hot 100 this summer.

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McLean: 'A Generation in Pain'

McLean High School senior wins national journalism award for combating depression.

McLean High School magazine journalist David Kagan didn’t know the power of depression when he started to research his article “A Generation in Pain” for McLean High School’s Highlander magazine.

Now Showing: Sensory-Friendly Films at AMC Theatres

Dancing, shouting, singing welcome at special screenings for children, families affected by autism.

July is the hottest month for Hollywood’s cavalcade of blockbuster films, as studios compete for audience dollars and crash into each other to be the first to release their tent pole films, such as Avengers, Jurassic World, Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation, and Fantastic Four.

'Fiddler on the Roof' Comes to Vienna

Vienna Youth Players brings beloved musical to life.

The musical is an extravaganza of haunting song and spirited dance, focusing on preservation and loss of “traditions” and changing times, and is a departure from the more contemporary pieces the Vienna Youth Players has done.

Arlington: Taste By Katie Wins Neighborhood Support

Ice cream is back on the menu of small business.

Taste by Katie, the home-cooked meal shop located in Dominion Hills run by a Yorktown High School graduate, succeeded in crowd-funding for its new freezer, raising $7,800 in donations from customers and family.