Stories for December 2015

Stories for December 2015

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Wednesday, December 30

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Friday, December 25

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Honoring the Legend

Greensprings celebrates Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday.

Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 years young on Dec. 12, 2015.

Letter: Giving Thanks to the Teachers Who Made Me One

To the Editor

I’ve known what I wanted to be when I grew up since I was in first grade. That year, I performed in my first musical as Cute Chick #3 in our class production of “Ee‐I‐Ee‐I‐Oops.”

Irish Dancing Champions in Springfield

Dancers from the McGrath Academy of Irish Dance won three first place awards – girls under age 8, boys under age 10 and ceili team under age 10 – at the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) Southern Region Oireachtas in Dallas, Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6.

Chamber Names Christine Peterson Citizen of the Year

New president sworn in.

Christine Peterson, president of the Friends of Richard Byrd Library, received this year’s Herb Hunter Citizen of the Year.

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Paul VI Lacrosse Signings

Paul VI students sign to play lacrosse.

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Fairfax: Paul VI Signings

Paul VI students sign to play in college.

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Civil Air Patrol Change of Command and Awards at Burke Squadron

Two long-time members of the Burke Composite Squadron were honored on Dec. 17 in a Change of Command at Irving Middle School in Springfield.

A Year in Review, Highlights of 2015

A year in Burke, Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton and Springfield.

Letter: Why Drug Problems Remain in 2016?

To the Editor

As published in your paper, the Fairfax County police described heroin to be a “big problem now” which is “definitely here” amongst certain high school age students as presented to the Lake Braddock Secondary School PTA (“Youth Heroin Use Described As ‘a Big Problem’, Connection, Dec. 10-16, 2015).

Del. Filler-Corn Receives the Jobs for America’s Graduates’ National Network Leadership Award

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) was honored by Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) with their National Network Leadership Award in Washington, D.C.

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Debating All Things Metro

Northern Virginia Transportation Commission facilitates public forum with new Metro chief.

When then Falls Church City Council member Dave Snyder was assigned to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) in 1994 as part of his duties, he says he never suspected that his “luck” would lead him to a topic and to work that is as vital to and as challenging for the region today as it was when he entered that arena more than twenty years ago.

Burke Rotary Club President Receives Recognition at UN

Each year, Rotary Day at the United Nations invites more than 1,300 Rotarians including many Rotary International Directors, Foundation Trustees, past Senior Leaders, and guests to come together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Coastal Riverine Squadron Welcomes New Commanding Officer

Cmdr. Mark Harris of Burke takes command.

In a traditional change of command ceremony, Cmdr. Mark Harris of Burke relieved Cmdr. Nathan York as commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron Four (CRS) 4 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Dec. 11.

Editorial: Merry Christmas

The pages of the Connection have been full of holiday spirit for more than a month. Menorah lightings, group and individual efforts to help the needy, stories of giving, secular celebrations, religious celebrations.

Wednesday, December 23

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Mount Vernon: UCM Adjusting How To Elevate People Out of Poverty

Nichelle Mitchem has always been interested in poverty issues. “In the high school yearbook, other people’s future interests were roller-skating and disco dancing,” she said. “Mine said ‘poverty lawyer.’”

Mount Vernon: Man Shot in Brockham Drive Home

Fairfax County Police are investigating the relationship between a 49-year-old man who was shot in a residence in the 8300 block of Brockham Drive and a possible suspect.

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Alexandria: SAR Honors Lopez, Reyes

Deputy Chief to retire Dec. 31.

The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented Law Enforcement Commendation Medals to Alexandria police officer Jonattan Lopez and Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes Dec. 7 at Alexandria Police Headquarters.

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Wrap it Up: Last Minute Gift Ideas

The trend is opting for an “experience."

If you are still doing your holiday shopping on Christmas Eve, you are not alone. According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 90 percent of holiday shoppers still have lists to wrap up with many opting for an “experience” rather than a more traditional gift.

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Jingle Bell Rock Raises Arthritis Awareness

It is the leading cause of disability in the United States, with more than 53 million Americans being affected by some form of arthritis. Still in his 20s, Garrett Golubin became one of those statistics when he was diagnosed with spondyloarthritis earlier this year.

Column: AARP, Senior Services Offer Caregiver Workshop

Learn what resources and support are available to caregivers.

Caregiving for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles you’ll play. It may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or going to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking more time off from work, preparing meals or handling bills.

Tuesday, December 22

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Fairfax, Vienna: Fourth Thai By Thai Opens in Dunn Loring

Chief Chef Eed Banchanurat Landon loves to listen to and accommodate her customers. When those at the Sterling location of her Thai By Thai restaurants started requesting other dishes than were on the menu -- things they remembered eating back in Thailand -- she was happy to oblige.

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Burke, Fairfax Station and Springfield: Lake Braddock Student Dies in Crash

Friends, family and members of the Lake Braddock Secondary School Community gathered Sunday night Dec. 21 to mourn the loss of Laween A. Akrawi, 18, a Lake Braddock Bruin who died at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Dec. 18. They laid candles and flowers by an easel holding his senior picture.

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Lorton Community Action Center Distributes Food and Toys to Hundreds

On Friday, Lorton Community Action Center executive director Linda Patterson realized they were going to be short on gift cards for clients as part of the nonprofit’s holiday package distribution.

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Springfield: Shopping at Koinonia’s Christmas Wishes

Franconia and Kingstowne residents who receive financial and domestic services and assistance from the Franconia-based Koinonia Foundation got the opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts at the nonprofit’s annual Christmas Wishes Program on Dec. 10.

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Fairfax County School Board Opens the Door for School Name Changes

No decisions made to affect current school names.

The Fairfax County School Board did not change any names of schools at its Dec. 17 regular business meeting.

Monday, December 21

Herndon 2015: Year in Review

Town elections spring to fall; Rust retires, Boysko elected, downtown vision takes shape and more.

Year in Review

Letter

Letter to the Editor

I am a 16-year sophomore at Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia. However, I was born in Reston, Oct. 12, 1999. Up until 2 years ago I spent the first 14 years of my life either living in Reston or in a city bordering Reston.

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Reston: A Taste of Home in a Cup of Joe

SOSi employees donated thousands of cups of coffee to service members stationed overseas this holiday season.

Reston: A Year in Review

Highlights of 2015

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Reston: Metro’s New Manager Meets the Public

Farewell paper tickets, welcome General Manager Wiedefeld.

In 1965, federal legislation allowed for the creation of a mass transit system for Washington, D.C.

Letter: Careless Driving

Letter to the Editor

My wife and I are in Reston every six weeks or so. We may notice the traffic more than folks who are here all the time. But we are always amazed at the careless driving.

Letter: Intended Hospitality?

Letter to the Editor

Parking in Old Town Alexandria Dec. 18 reminded me of attorney William Kunstler's questioning of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley during the 1968 Chicago Seven trial following the Democratic National Convention, during which Chicago police clubbed demonstrators. Kunstler asked Daley if that was the traditional hospitality shown visitors.

Letter: Discouraging Public Hearing

Letter to the Editor

If what we witnessed at the Alexandria City Council’s public hearing recently is an indicator of what we can expect in the next three years, we have reason to be greatly concerned.

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Reston: Global Village at Lake Anne

On Friday, Dec. 11, Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten (LANK) held its third annual Global Village event, which celebrated family, peace, and diversity.

Alexandria Brief: Twig Offers New Cookbook

Learn how to make Buzz Bakeshop’s red velvet cupcakes, Clyde’s jumbo lump crab cakes, the Landini Brothers’ carbonara or recipes from 41 Alexandria restaurants in The Twig’s new cookbook, “Alexandria - Favorite Restaurants - Best Recipes.”

Alexandria Brief: Tree Work at Fort Ward Park

The City of Alexandria will begin the seasonal tree maintenance in Fort Ward Park and Museum Area beginning the week of Dec. 26, and will continue through January 2016 subject to the weather conditions.

Alexandria Brief: Defendant Sentenced to Life

Omar Hernandez Lopez, 25, of Alexandria, was sentenced on a three count indictment relating to four years of his ongoing sexual abuse of a child, starting when the child was 5 years old.

Alexandria Brief: Affordable Apartments Available

Jackson Crossing, a new affordable mid-rise apartment community located at 120 East Reed Ave., is scheduled to open this winter.

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Reston: 2015 Year in Review

Death of the Founder; termination of Lake Anne redevelopment, defense of golf course and more.

Year in Review

Reston: South Lakes Boys Win, Girls Place Third at Liberty Elite Invitational

Seniors Anas Fain, Eric Kirlew and Skander Ballard led 13 South Lakes High School athletes, who met conference, regional and/or state qualifying standards at the Liberty Elite Invitational indoor track and field meet, Saturday, Dec. 12 at Liberty University.

Reston Hospital Center Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

HCA Virginia’s Reston Hospital Center received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) with Resuscitation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on Nov. 11.

RN Golf Delay Request Denied

Restonians continue to protect Reston National Golf Course.

Circuit Court Judge Michael F. Devine denied the request of RN Golf, the owner of Reston National Golf Course, to delay issuance of the Court’s order finding that the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) lacked jurisdiction when it acted on RN Golf’s appeal of a County zoning letter earlier this year.

Reston: Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

The editorial in the September 21, 1897 New York Sun, responding to a letter from eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon who had inquired about whether there was a Santa Claus, has become the most reprinted newspaper editorial, according to the Newseum.

Top Reston/Herndon Sports Moments from 2015

South Lakes baseball, football win in playoffs.

The year 2015 included the end of a playoff drought, a program turnaround and a few individual titles for Reston/Herndon high school sports.

Herndon Running Back Achieves Success Before Injury Setback

Josh Schow, of Herndon, recently completed the 2015 football season at Guilford College.

Herndon High Robotics Goes to State Finals

The Herndon Robotics FTC Team 519 bagged the highest award at the recent FIRST Robotics Northern Virginia Qualifier held at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va.

Herndon: ArtSpace Herndon to Host New Year’s Eve Celebrations

ArtSpace Herndon is inviting the public to the New Year’s Eve celebrations for children and adults on Dec. 31.

Herndon: Only LIGHT Can Do That!

A living history musical celebrating the greatness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ArtSpace Herndon presents Only LIGHT Can Do That! on Jan. 16, 4-5 p.m. at Floris United Methodist Church.

Alexandria Brief: Swearing-In Ceremony

The public is invited to attend the formal City Council installation ceremony on Monday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. in the T.C. Williams High School Auditorium, 3330 King St.

Alexandria Brief: Library Receives Curiosity Grant

Alexandria Library received a $7,500 “Curiosity Creates” grant from the American Library Association’s Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and Disney.

Letter: A Big Thank You

Letter to the Editor

Letter

Vienna: A Year in Review

Highlights of 2015

Highlights of 2015

Success with a Little Help

Northern Virginia Family Service is changing families and changing futures.

Crystal Farrington isn’t afraid to work. In fact, she worked at a dry cleaning company for seven years and increased her salary by 50 percent in that time.

Local Student Honored for Scientific Research

Daniel Chae and his teammates won a $30,000 scholarship in Siemens Competition.

A high school senior from Oakton received a national honor recently for a scientific research project on 3-D tissue printing. Daniel Chae, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, was named a national finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

Independence Days

For many area seniors, aging-in-place is a strike for self-reliance.

Irene Coyne, 77, fills her days with activities, from crafting jewelry and knitting to volunteer work at a multitude of nonprofit organizations, such as Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

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2015 in Vienna, The Year That Was

Community center renovation was community’s biggest newsworthy story.

Not much in the way of earth-shattering events happens in Vienna and not much changes there every year …

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Madison Aker of Vienna signs to George Mason Softball

Madison Aker of Vienna recently signed to play softball at George Mason University. Aker is a senior at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax.

Great Falls 2015: Year in Review

Vision for the Grange, Foust and Murphy re-elected, Exxon cleanup and more.

Vision for the Grange, Foust and Murphy re-elected, Exxon cleanup and more.

McLean 2015: Year in Review

Noise, guns, elections and more.

McLean 2015: Year in Review

McLean/Great Falls: A Year in Review

Highlights of 2015

Highlights of 2015

Top McLean/Great Falls Sports Moments from 2015

Langley, McLean win multiple championships.

The year 2015 included championship glory for multiple McLean/Great Falls high school sports teams, and one team just missed taking home a state title.

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McLean/Great Falls: Cooper Middle Students Attend Kindergartners’ Holiday Party

On Thursday, Dec. 17 Cooper Middle school students visited Pine Spring Elementary for their annual holiday party.

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Centreville Snapshot: Holidays Lights

The Bull Run Festival of Lights is open 7 days a week through Jan. 3, from 5:30-10 p.m. See http://www.bullrunfestivaloflights.com/.

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Centreville Snapshot: Welcoming Santa

Homes in Centreville are decorated for the holidays.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Christmas Lights Shining Bright

Homes in Greenbriar and Chantilly’s Eagle Chase neighborhood are decorated for Christmas.

Saturday, December 19

Alexandria: Mamo's 32 Points, Williams' Layup Lift TC Over West Potomac

Titans even Conference 7 record with win over Wolverines.

The T.C. Williams boys' basketball team defeated West Potomac 56-55 on Friday.

Chantilly: Help Identify Trespassing Suspect

The School Resource Officer of Westfield High School is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who was trespassing on school grounds.

Chantilly: ‘In the Spirit of the Season’

Sully police collect, deliver holiday food to local families.

Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones lending a hand, this holiday season. The men and women of the Sully District Police Station are doing their share, too. They “adopted” 30 local families in need, collected 2,009 pounds of food and then delivered it to them.

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Chantilly/Centreville: ‘In the Spirit of the Season’

Sully police collect, deliver holiday food to local families.

Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones lending a hand, this holiday season. The men and women of the Sully District Police Station are doing their share, too. They “adopted” 30 local families in need, collected 2,009 pounds of food and then delivered it to them.

Friday, December 18

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Potomac: Santa and His Elves Ride into Potomac

Collecting toys for The Children’s Inn at NIH.

Santa came roaring into Potomac Village on Wednesday, Dec. 16 — not on a sleigh pulled by tiny reindeer — but on a Harley surrounded by elves and a bevy of police officers on motorcycles.

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Potomac: Diener Students and Bullis Buddies Give Back

Project helps the homeless.

“It’s nice helping homeless people and it really gives me something to smile about,” said Bullis 5th grade student Dillon Malkani. He and his fellow classmates have served as “Bullis Buddies” since the beginning of the school year to students at The Diener School — a school which serves children with learning challenges.

Potomac Brief: Weichert Honors King

Sales associate Helen King of the Potomac office of Weichert, Realtors, was individually recognized for her industry success during the month of November.

Letter: Welcoming Refugees from Syria

Letter to the Editor

We are writing to you today to affirm Montgomery County, Maryland’s policy to be a welcoming community to refugees from around the world, including those from Syria. We are disheartened that many governors have expressed opposition to having Syrian refugees make new homes in their states.

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Potomac Snapshot: Horse Show

Nina Dufour, Karen O'Connor, Christine Cadigan-Benonis and Brittany Klein at the NCAEL Horse Show.

Potomac Brief: Park Service OKs Removing Trees

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) will move forward with hazardous tree maintenance at three locations in Montgomery County that include Swains Lock Hiker-Biker Campground, Rileys Lockhouse Day Use Area and Marsden Tract Group Campground. The work will begin as soon as park contractors can be scheduled.

Potomac Brief: Bowers Recommends $2.4 Billion Budget

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Interim Superintendent Larry A. Bowers presented his recommended $2.4 billion Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget to the Board of Education on Dec. 8. The budget calls for a 4.5 percent increase in new spending.

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Jefferson Site: From Rejection to Approval

County decision ends year-long fight over traffic congestion and park space.

At its first 2015 meeting in January, the Arlington County Board voted not to approve Arlington Public Schools’ (APS) plan to build a new elementary school adjacent to the Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Arlington Snapshot: Christmas Wishes

It is 75 degrees in Arlington on Sunday afternoon but Santa has kept his scheduled stop at Potomac Overlook Regional Park to get Christmas lists from children counting down the days until Christmas.

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Arlington Snapshot: Supporting Culpepper Garden

Billy Buck, CEO, and Delk Hamaker, COO, of Buck & Associates, Inc. presented a $5,000 donation to Culpepper Garden’s Executive Director Linda Kelleher at Buck’s office in Clarendon. Culpepper Garden is an award-winning, affordable, nonprofit residential community in Arlington with 340 apartments for seniors aged 62 and older.

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Arlington: Students Blanket Crisis Center with Love

Madelyn Kellen was hoping the third year would be the charm and that at least 100 volunteers would show up at Bernie’s Café on the Marymount University campus to help make fleece-tie blankets for a local crisis pregnancy center.

Arlington Business: Concannon Joins NVAR Board

Genevieve Concannon, director of Custom Home Division for Arlington-based real estate development firm Smith | Schnider, has been appointed to serve on Northern Virginia Association of Realtors’ (NVAR) board of directors.

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Arlington Snapshot: Christmas Carols

Arlington House, the Lee-Custis residence General Robert E. Lee left behind when he agreed to lead the Confederate Army, once again resonated with the sounds of Christmas, with handbell ringing on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Yorktown’s Chamber Choir on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m.

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Arlington: Foster Families Celebrate Christmas Together

Foster parent describes county’s fostering program as “awesome.”

They came in the door of Carlin Springs Elementary School holding hands.

Arlington Brief: New County Board Auditor Appointed

The Arlington County Board has appointed Jessica A. Tucker as its first County Board Auditor.

Arlington Brief: Board Appoints Fire Station #8 Task Force

The County Board has appointed Noah Simon as chair of its Fire Station No. 8 Task Force.

Arlington Brief: Police Conclude Inmate Death Investigation

The investigation of the in-custody death of 53-year-old Edward Straughn on Oct. 10, by the Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit has concluded.

Arlington Brief: Holiday Closings

Arlington County Government offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday.

Arlington Brief: County to Renovate Tuckahoe Park Fields

The County Board on Dec. 15 approved a contract for nearly $1 million to renovate two diamond sports fields and supporting facilities at Tuckahoe Park.

Arlington Brief: Transitway to Open in Spring 2016

Arlington’s Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway, which will complete the area’s first dedicated transit lanes, is now expected to be completed in spring 2016, according to county officials.

Thursday, December 17

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Mount Vernon: Inova Hospital Staying Here and Growing

New Inova Emergency Department to open late 2016.

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital isn’t going anywhere. That was the message hospital Chief Executive Officer Deborah Addo had for local business leaders at the Dec. 10 breakfast sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce at Belle Haven Country Club.

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Alexandria: City Officially Launches Fire Station 210

After the long and troubled saga of Fire Station 210’s origins, the station officially had its ribbon cutting ceremony early on Dec. 12. Officially, the fire station had been open since April, but had suffered from understaffing issues.

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Fairfax County: McAuliffe Proposing More for Education

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D, left) unveiled his budget proposal for $1 billion in public and higher education investment at Mark Twain Middle School in Alexandria on Dec. 16, as part of the total state budget he plans to roll out on Thursday, Dec. 17.

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Alexandria Murders: Police Chief Addresses Residents

Citizens express appreciation for increased police community engagement.

Chief Earl Cook’s meeting with residents from the area near Four Mile Run, the site of Alexandria’s most recent of four unsolved murders, had a different tone from Cook’s presentation on the same topic to City Council last week.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Wreaths Across America

Volunteers gathered at the Alexandria National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 12, to place wreaths upon 1962 headstones. Scouts from the American Heritage Girls of St. Rita’s Troop VA 1381 obtained sponsorship for 1,168 of the wreaths. This is the fourth year that the Scouts have participated in soliciting sponsorships of the wreaths.

Mount Vernon: Police Change Charge to Murder

Fairfax County Police detectives have increased the charge for Andre Curtis Wilkins from malicious wounding to murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Marquel Davis.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Holiday Sweets

In the kitchen at Bittersweet bakery on King Street, a special order of mixed cupcakes is being loaded for a corporation with the company logo on the top and an “asap” on the order.

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Fairfax Station Woman Survives Lung Cancer Scare

Early detection and new screening technology caught nodule in early stage.

It was not Fairfax Station resident Jackie Marino’s first time visiting the Burke Allergy and Asthma Center with a resurgent sinus infection. The elementary school Spanish teacher had cycled through treatment several times, complaining of a sinus infection, receiving antibiotics, seeing some resolution and then returning when the infection came back.

Alexandria: Door Decorating Contest Winners

Members of the Old Town Walled Garden Club completed the judging for the annual door decorating contest last week.

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Fairfax: Menorah Bringing Light to Mosaic

Children shrieked and chased each other through the passageway beneath the Mosaic District towering Christmas tree, while a trio of cantors from Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church led a small crowd in festive Hanukkah songs such as “I Am a Latke.”

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Burke: Taste of Braddock Showcases Local Cuisines

More than a dozen local restaurants, grocery stores and other food businesses showcased their cuisines for the community on Dec. 9 at the 2015 Taste of Braddock.

Fairfax Station: Sentence in Drug Possession, Distribution Case

12-year sentence handed to Fairfax Station man for possessing and distributing heroin and oxycodone.

Thirty-two-year-old Michael Ryan Martin of Fairfax Station was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison for possessing and conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone, according to a Dec. 11 release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Lorton, Fairfax Station & Springfield: Swim Teams Bring in Toys for Tots

Before their head-to-head meet on Dec. 12, members of the South County and West Springfield High School swim and dive teams dropped off dozens of new toys for the South Run RECenter’s Toys for Tots donation drive.

Alexandria: My Grandmother's House to Host Collection Event

If you’re Katherine Keith and it’s not past Dec. 30, stop reading. This is supposed to be a surprise party.

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Racing in Sahara

South Lakes HS graduate participates in Morocco Motorcar Rally.

Paul R. Misencik Jr., a South Lakes High School graduate of 1986, competed in the grueling six-day Maroc Challenge, a motorcar rally across some of the most inhospitable, Sahara Desert terrain in Morocco.

Reston Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Dec. 5-11.

Notable incidents from Dec. 5-11.

County: Deeply Disappointed

Fairfax County has recently been advised by the Lake Anne revitalization project’s primary developer, Lake Anne Development Partners LLC (LADP), that their deal with the County may no longer be feasible.

Lake Anne Redevelopment Project Dies

Next steps unknown.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Lake Anne Development Partners LLC are terminating their current contact to revitalize and redevelop Lake Anne.

Commentary: Lake Anne Plan Abandoned

Instead of the anticipated December groundbreaking for the ambitious revitalization of Lake Anne, the community was shocked by the news that Republic Land/Lake Anne Development Partners was dropping out of this public-private venture after months of effort failed to attract financing for the project.

Sports Roundups

Herndon sports teams.

Wednesday, December 16

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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Herndon HCTV Recognized By Town Council

Volunteers of Herndon station celebrate 25th anniversary.

In December, volunteers and staff at Herndon Community Television or HCTV were recognized by the Town of Herndon Councilmembers. Attending were Blake Rose and his wife Nancy Rose. President of Herndon HCTV, Blake Rose thanked the council for the recognition and the 25 years of keeping the community connected.

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Herndon Hails Holiday Lights

Winners of Herndon’s “Dress Up for the Holidays” contest added more holiday cheer to the light displays already on their roofs, yards and trees with their responses.

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Pets and Children Visit Santa at Lake Accotink Park

Santa cut a lonely figure waiting for visits from pets at the pavilion in Lake Accotink Park in Springfield on Saturday, Dec. 12. But, it has only been half an hour.

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Balmy Weather for a Hayride Together with You

High temperatures match high spirits at Lake Accotink Park’s holiday events.

”We promised a campfire and they’re gonna get a campfire,” said Lake Accotink Park’s Julie Tahan.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax.

Jewish Community Center to Host J Fest

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J) is hosting its annual J Fest and Movie Screening on Friday, Dec. 25 at 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax.

City Council Honors Armistice Turtora

Field at Van Dyck Park is named after her.

For nearly six decades, Armistice Turtora has been actively involved in the City of Fairfax, and whatever she has done has improved it for the better

Fairfax Starts Work on ’FY 17 Budget

Preliminary projections forecast a $2.3 million shortfall.

The City of Fairfax’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget is not scheduled for adoption until April 2016. Yet work is already well underway toward crafting that proposed budget.

Area Roundups

Area happenings.

Classified Advertising December 16, 2015

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All Aboard the Ho Ho Ho Train

At Burke Centre Station, Santa trains educate young riders about rail safety.

It was a typical scene at Burke Centre Station, a line of people waiting for the train

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Lake Braddock Girls Beat Robinson

The Lake Braddock girls’ basketball team defeated rival Robinson 42-34 on Dec. 11.

Saint Nick Comes to Burke Presbyterian Church

Saint Nicholas visits Burke Presbyterian Church.

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Herndon: ArtSpace Herndon Opens Korean Pop Art Exhibit

Herndon Art Gallery prepares for January events.

Saturday, Dec. 12 there was a reception at ArtSpace Herndon for the Korean Pop Art in America exhibit. The exhibit is at ArtSpace Herndon from Dec. 8 until Jan. 10, 2016.

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6.

Hit and Run Accident With Injury, Dec. 4, 1200 Block Elden Street. A 43-year-old Herndon man was crossing the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle which then left the area without stopping.

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Herndon: Classical Ballet Theatre Reaches Out During the Holidays

Classical Ballet Theatre kicked off the 2015 holiday season with its annual classic production of “The Nutcracker,” held before sold-out houses at the 520-seat Ernst Theater at Northern Virginia Community College.

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Alexandria City Council Upholds BAR Approval

Council upholds approval of Robinson Terminal South buildings.

The most recent bout of developer EYA and a group of Waterfront residents went in the developer’s favor, but it wasn’t a knockout, and the citizens showed they weren’t going down without a fight.

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People at Work: Lawton ‘Plays the Kettle’

Emily Lawton pushes down the three piston valves in different combinations on her alto horn, pitched in E-flat and used in British style bands. She is "playing the kettle" as the glass doors automatically swing open but customers stop for a minute to listen before grocery shopping.

Alexandria Snapshot: Holiday Entertaining

“Santa” Steve Czechansky walks up and down the sidewalk at Centre Plaza on Quaker Lane, popping into the small stores on the strip to play Christmas songs on his accordion.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Springtime for Christmas

Cherry blossoms bloom at the corner of Duke and Holland Lane, across from the Whole Foods.

Obituary: Helen J. Evans

Helen J. Evans, 88 of Alexandria, died at her home on Dec. 10, 2015. She was born June 13, 1927 to the late William and Margaret Peevely of Speedwell, Tenn.

Column:Let It Snow

Snow Buddies help during winter months.

Are you ready to be jolly? Would you like to help seniors and low-income families during this winter season? If so, consider becoming a Snow Buddy. Volunteer Alexandria, in collaboration with the City of Alexandria, implements Snow Buddies, a program in which volunteers register to help others by shoveling snow when winter decides to throw on its white coat. Last year, 30 Snow Buddy volunteers helped more than 35 families who needed snow removal assistance during the snow season. "Snow Buddies has been great!” said volunteer Eric Dillon. “The best part is the seniors. All of them offer me something warm to drink or say ‘thanks’ in person and it truly shows their gratitude.” If interested in volunteering as a Snow Buddy, register at www.VolunteerAlexandria.org and search Snow Buddies. Once registered, you will be matched with a senior or family that needs assistance. “Snow days for my peers are like holidays where everyone stays warm and drinks wine, but I know these days are anything but little vacations for my seniors,” Dillon added. “These events adversely affect their lives. Hopefully, I'm being a part of the solution for them."

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Herndon: Fresh, Healthy Food in Season at GreenFare

The restaurant is bringing plant-based food to the masses.

There’s one green sign that stands out amid a sea of red in the K-Mart shopping center these days. “GREENFARE,” it reads, the storefront nestled in a corner of the plaza.

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Alexandria: TC’s Mamo Scores Career-High 28 in Loss to Lake Braddock

Titans drop Conference 7 opener to Bruins, fall to 1-3.

T.C. Williams lost to Lake Braddock on Tuesday night.

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Alexandria: Carson, Napoli Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Eugene Carson III and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paul Napoli announce the engagement of Carl E. “Forthe” Carson IV of Alexandria, to Megan Marjan Napoli of Wilmette, Ill.

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In Fairfax, A Dance for All

Fairfax ballerinas redefine traditional images of grace and beauty.

Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” is literally a child’s dream, with visions of toys coming to life, anthropomorphic creatures and the supernatural manifesting in vivid detail on stage.

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Burke: Lake Braddock's Butler Scores 46 in Victory Over T.C. Williams

Bruins senior scores 18 points in fourth quarter.

The Lake Braddock boys' basketball team improved to 5-0.

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Arlington: Yorktown Gymnastics Has Talent, High Hopes

Patriots win five-team meet at Langley Monday.

The Yorktown gymnastics team won a five-team meet at Langley High School on Monday.

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McLean/Vienna: Tysons Ice Rink is Open for the Season

The new 6,000 square foot Tysons Corner Ice Rink has officially opened this season on Friday, Nov. 13, and will run through March 6, 2016.

Vienna: Area Students Honored

Oakton High senior Allan Phillips receives two awards.

Two Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students are among 21 students in the Washington, D.C., region who have been recognized by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by the White House in 1987.

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Resilient Westfield Football Wins State Championship

Bulldogs defeat Oscar Smith 49-42 in triple overtime.

The Westfield football team defeated Oscar Smith on Dec. 12 to win the 6A state championship.

Vienna: Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Dec. 4-10.

Suspicious Event - 400 Block Plum St., SW. Between Aug. 1, 2012 at 9 a.m. and Dec. 7, 2015 at 3:13 p.m. A resident reported she had been having issues with a former co-worker since 2012.

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McLean/Great Falls: Our Military Kids, Responding to the Need

McLean based organization helps thousands across the country, especially at Christmas.

McLean’s Linda Davidson co-founded Our Military Kids with 11 grants in 2004. “When I started, it was a volunteer program offering to support families in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.,” she said.

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Alexandria: Firefighters Provide Toys For Local Children

Christmas arrived early for more than 250 children from local Head Start programs as they picked out toys and visited with Santa and Superhero Flash Max during the annual Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue toy drive distribution day Dec. 15 at Penn Daw Fire Station 11.

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Column: Sharing the Love

Commentary–Senior Services of Alexandria

In celebration of the eighth annual Subaru “Share the Love” Campaign, management and employees from Beyer Subaru delivered Meals on Wheels to Alexandria seniors, and also brought special gifts to help start the holiday season. Beyer Subaru has selected Senior Services of Alexandria as its Community Partner for this year’s “Share the Love” event.

Letter: Thanking Public Safety Staff

Letter to the Editor

I continue to hear disturbing reports of police brutality throughout our country, I cannot help but think of the men and women of our own police, sheriff and fire departments.

Letter: In Appreciation Of George Mason

Letter to the Editor

The Bill of Rights, one of the most important bulwarks of our freedoms, was the product of the wisdom and determination of George Mason IV of Gunston Hall, a proud native Alexandrian.

Letter: Define Compromise

Letter to the Editor

I am as disappointed with your reporting [“BAR Fight,” Dec. 10] of the recent BAR meeting on the Old Colony site as I am with the BAR and the developers.

Letter: Trump Hate With Love

Letter to the Editor

I ran for City Council in 2003 as a Republican, and since that time, I have rarely voiced my opinion in public. Recent events, however, compel me to again cast my views into public life, if only for a particular purpose, explained below.

Letter: Ethical Lapses

Letter to the Editor

Regarding the Alexandria City Council's claim of transparency in its dealings with the citizens, I submit two examples of recent major ethical lapses on their part...

Letter: Council’s Shortcomings

Letter to the Editor

An election comes and goes. The mayor gets voted out (yea), but all the council members get re-elected. Why?

Letter: Silberberg Needs Support

Letter to the Editor

Those of us who, for the past six years, have harped on the lame-duck City Council in 2009 for moving city elections to November might well take an object lesson from last month’s results.

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Alexandria Column: All I Want for Christmas …

Commentary–Rebuilding Together Alexandria

In case you are trying to find me, I wanted to let you know that I’m living in a new apartment this year.

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Dec. 7-11.

Notable incidents from Dec. 7-11.

Register for a Class or Activity at the McLean Community Center

Winter-Spring session registration is underway at the McLean Community Center (MCC).

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Participating in Hour of Code Lessons

Churchill Road librarian Sari Warren and technology specialist Jordan Craig Kuhn spent Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13), helping students participate in the worldwide Hour of Code lessons.

McLean High School Student Wins Student-Athlete Achievement Award

McLean High School senior Autumn Brenner is one of four students in Virginia awarded the Student-Athlete of the Year award by the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Alexandria Appetite: Three Restaurants for Takeout Today

Short on time during the holiday season?

It’s the middle of the holiday season, and free time is short. Often, spare time is downright nonexistent, in fact, and the thought of sitting down to a home-cooked meal is but a dream. Here are three remedies that are sure to lend a hand during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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All Are Welcome Aboard the STEAM Train

New ways to promote STEM disciplines at Colvin Run Elementary School.

“Learning for Learning’s Sake.” That is the gift that Susan Blackwell, the Science Resource teacher who runs the STEAM Lab at Colvin Run Elementary School (CRES), gives to every student at CRES every week.

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Colvin Run Receives Playground Shade Structure

Colvin Run Elementary had the Ribbon Cutting ceremony to commemorate the installation of FCPS’ first playground shade structure.

Week in Great Falls

Senior Center to Host Trivia Game Luncheon

The Great Falls Senior Center will host a Trivia Game for Seniors - and lunch - on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. upstairs at The Great Falls Grange, 9818 Georgetown Pike.

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Sully District Scouters Honored for Service

Daniel Kurtenbach was recognized for his exceptional service to the National Capitol Area Council’s Goshen Scout Reservation with the presentation of the Elgin Deering Visionary Award in a ceremony at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on Dec. 3.

Great Falls Farmers Market Applauds Local Talent

Saturday, Dec. 12, was our first day this winter inside the Grange and we were excited to have two young culinary talents join us: Annie Santos of Annie's Goodies, and Steven Kurtz of Whippourwill.

Police Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers

Starting Dec. 16, officers of the Fairfax County Police Department will begin a countywide targeted DWI enforcement effort. Along with state and local partners, the goal is to crack down on drunk drivers and keep the roads safer this holiday season.

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‘Messages of Light’ from the Faith Traditions of Great Falls Residents

The Great Falls Historical Society holds holiday gathering.

At our annual holiday celebrations over the last few years, we have noted the increasingly diverse community that Great Falls has become, as families from cultures around the world have journeyed by plane to Great Falls - as compared with travel by foot or horse-and-carriage more than 100 years ago – to live and work nearby.

Recycle Christmas Greens at NOVEC Office

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative will accept evergreen Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland at its technical center at 5399 Wellington Branch Road, Gainesville, near I-66 from Dec. 28 through Jan. 10. Customers may leave greenery in the front parking lot in the area designated by orange safety cones. Greens must be free of all decorations, metal ornament hooks, and light strings.

Centreville: MinuteClinic Opens inside Local CVS/Pharmacy Store

MinuteClinic, a provider of retail-based medical clinics, has opened a new walk-in clinic inside the CVS/pharmacy store in Centreville at 5652 Pickwick Road. It is the 11th MinuteClinic location in Fairfax County.

Snapshot: ONC Brings Holiday Happiness

Our Neighbor’s Child just packaged and delivered Christmas gifts to nearly 800 local families in need.

Public Asked To Identify Suspects for Fairfax Wegmans Theft

Detectives from the Fair Oaks Police district need the public’s help to identify two men suspected of stealing champagne and wine from the Wegmans at 11620 Monument Drive last month.

Chantilly Snapshot: National Competitor

A Poplar Tree Elementary School fourth grade student, Siddhant Nair, placed 10th in the United States Chess Federation Grade Level National Chess Tournament in Orlando, Fla., last week. He competed against 185 fourth graders from throughout the United States.

Wawa Opens New Store in Chantilly

Wawa, Inc. is hosting a grand opening of its new Chantilly store, located at 4350 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly.

Chantilly/Centreville: ‘We Are All God’s Children’

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community holds prayer vigil.

The motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is “Love for all, hatred for none.” Its members condemn violence, terrorism and Jihad and, instead, believe in morality, justice, peace and tolerance.

Tuesday, December 15

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Partnership Launches ‘Build a Village’ Campaign

Goal to end homelessness in Fairfax County by 2018 looms; more than 400 children are among the homeless here.

Dozens of business leaders, elected officials and advocates for ending homelessness gathered Monday, Dec. 14 in the offices of Piedmont Fund Services in Herndon to launch the “Build a Village” campaign.

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Lessons in Charitable Giving

Conversations, modeling behavior and hands-on actions can help teach children about benevolence and compassion.

Matthew Mamalian’s holiday shopping list included some items that might seem atypical for a 12-year-old middle school student: shampoo, socks, soap and a few snacks.

Potomac: ‘Junior’ Proctor Dies at Home

Leonard Charles Proctor Jr. died Dec. 9, 2015 at his home in Derwood, Md.

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Potomac: Celebrating the Life of Austin H. Kiplinger

“A life devoted to the people and passions he held most dear.”

There were very few empty seats left in the Kennedy Center’s spacious Concert Hall on Dec. 11, where nearly a thousand family members and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Austin Huntington “Kip” Kiplinger who died Nov. 20 following a brief bout with brain cancer.

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Chloupek Retires from Potomac Community Center Friends Board

Recognizing more than two decades of commitment.

Twenty-five years ago, when Larry Chloupek joined the Friends of the Potomac Community Center (PCC) Board, basketball and baseball programs were popular among Potomac youngsters.

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Potomac: Hunger Project Reaches 500,000 Milestone

One hundred volunteers came together at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac to pack the 500,000th Washington Hebrew Congregation Hunger Project meal on Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Potomac: Collecting Books for Stepping Stones Shelter

The Geneva Day School kindergarten class recently held a book drive with the goal of collecting 100 new children’s books for Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville.

Potomac Snapshot: Collecting Toys

As part of Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department’s 35-year tradition, Santa Claus rode through the Cabin John, West Bethesda and Potomac communities. He and his firefighter elves are collecting toys for the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, the USMC Toys for Tots Program and the Children’s National Medical Center. See www.cipwfd.org.

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Murders, Slavery and Family Feuds in Early Potomac

Potomac Community Village presents local historian Ralph Buglass.

A direct descendant of the Offutt family, whose acreage originally known as Offutt’s Crossing at the meeting of River and Falls Roads became Potomac Village in 1880, brings to life his colorful family history at the Potomac Community Village Potluck Dinner and Program on Dec. 17, 6 p.m., at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road.

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Arlington Snapshot: ‘Wreaths Across America’

“Wreaths Across America” delivered wreaths for each grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 12. See www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Arlington: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Suzanne McGrath pairs with Taste By Katie.

For anyone wondering where The Curious Grape went after closing its Shirlington restaurant this past March, Suzanne McGrath is still very much engaged in the local wine and food community, just without the restaurant.

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Arlington: Bill Neikirk Launches Novel, ‘The Copperhead Club’

Spinning a tale of “sex, money, intrigue, and Washington politics.”

William (“Bill”) Neikirk says he has always wanted to write a novel, ever since he was an 8-year-old.

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Arlington County Board Approves 173-Unit Affordable Housing Complex

Some residents question socio-economic segregation.

For the Arlington County Board, 2015 ended on a high note. With construction scheduled to begin in 2017, the current Arlington Presbyterian Church will soon be transformed into Gilliam Place, a home for 173 families at various levels of affordable housing needs.

Arlington Snapshot: What Month Is This?

Temperatures seemed more like June on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 13, at Potomac Regional Overlook Park. Parents sat on picnic benches chatting as their children climbed the playground pegs, played hide and seek and ran around the park, some in their summer shorts and T-shirts.

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Arlington Snapshot: Lighting of the Menorah

"Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay." Children balanced on their ice skates sing traditional Jewish songs at Chanukah on Ice held at the Pentagon Row Ice Skating rink in Arlington on Dec. 8.

Saturday, December 12

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Burke: Freshman James Provides Spark for Undefeated Lake Braddock

Guard scores 12 points, Bruins beat Robinson to improve to 4-0.

The Lake Braddock boys' basketball team beat Robinson 66-54 on Friday.

Friday, December 11

Potomac: Whitman Girls’ Talented Roster Returns

Vikings have won two of last three region titles.

The Whitman girls' basketball team opened the season with a loss to Neumann-Goretti.

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Chantilly: Westfield Beats South County for Region Championship

Bulldogs take home title after losing in four straight region finals.

The Westfield football game will face Oscar Smith on Saturday in the 6A state championship game.

Great Falls: Newman Enters Third Season as Langley Boys’ Coach

The Langley boys' basketball team lost its first two games of the season.

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Alexandria: TC Boys Drop Fourth Straight to Wakefield

Titans motivated by 2015 season-ending loss.

The T.C. Williams boys' basketball team started 1-1.

Thursday, December 10

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Mount Vernon: Alice’s Kids Donates Items to Enhance Student Self-Esteem

As a seventh grader growing up in Long Island, current Mount Vernon resident Ron Fitzsimmons missed 60 days of school because he was too embarrassed to go. After his father abandoned them, Fitzsimmons’ family survived on welfare, but only just.

Mount Vernon: Police Make Arrest In November Shooting

Fairfax County Police arrested Andre Curtis Wilkins, 21, of Waldorf, Md. on Dec. 4 and charged him with malicious wounding related to the Nov. 18 shooting death of Marquel L. Davis, 21, of Audubon Avenue.

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Lorton: Breaking Ground on Mixed-Use Laurel Hill “Village”

The last prisoner at Lorton Reformatory was transferred away in 2001. In 16 months, the aged red brick walls that once housed criminals in the hopes of rehabilitating them through various work projects could be housing people on the other side of the penal system.

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Springfield Businesses Help Bundle Up

The back of the house at Springfield’s Ecumenical Community Helping Others resembles the staging area for Santa’s all-nighter. Aisles upon aisles of assorted clothing, toys, kitchen equipment and other home goods wait in orderly fashion to be stocked in the nonprofit’s shopping area serving clients with low or no income.

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Burke: Marsden Speaks on Future of Local Transportation

State Sen. Dave Marsden (D-37) reminded the audience at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke that even though their lifestyle and relationships with gasoline, cars and roads may be different than people in more rural parts of Virginia, most counties in the state must play by the same rules in terms of paying taxes and seeing transit maintenance and development come back from Richmond.

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2015 Alexandria/Mount Vernon Holiday Entertainment Guide

Holiday Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va.

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Weekend Fun in Reston and Herndon

Things to do in the neighborhood.

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2015 Arlington Holiday Entertainment Guide

Holiday events near Arlington, Va.

Weekend in Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

Weekend happenings in your neighborhood

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West Springfield Spartan Theatre to Perform Live Radio Broadcast of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

Using just microphones and their voices -- and a few audio tricks -- members of West Springfield High School Spartan Theatre are bringing the 1946 classic movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” to life as a live radio broadcast on Friday, Dec. 18.

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Mount Vernon Brief: Unboxing Potential

Grants provide Bucknell with computers.

As Bucknell Elementary "boxes up" for school renovations, they have been unboxing new growth in technology literacy.

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Thomas Enters First Season as Mount Vernon Head Coach

Majors beat Friendly in season opener.

The Mount Vernon girls' basketball team defeated Friendly 49-24 on Tuesday.

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Mount Vernon: Beacon at Groveton Wins Highway Beautification Award

The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation recognized local businesses doing exceptional work to enhance their streetview image with the annual holiday open house and Mary Thonen Highway Beautification Awards.

Letter: How To Fix Recycling?

Letter to the Editor

As a Fairfax County resident who considers herself a dedicated recycler, I was shocked and extremely disappointed to learn that Fairfax County does not, in fact, recycle the glass it collects.

Letter: Inattentive Drivers

Letter to the Editor

As I was leaving the CVS on S. Washington Street (ironically, I wa getting a prescription filled to keep me healthy), I was nearly hit by a car.

Letter: War on Chanukah?

Letter to the Editor

Every year about this time someone rails about the war on Christmas.

Alexandria New Briefs: Week of Dec. 9

The Dec. 8 City Council meeting marked the last with Mayor William Euille, Alexandria’s mayor for 17 years and the first African-American to hold the position.

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Alexandria: Gang Violence Returns to City

Police suspect gang activity in Alexandria’s fourth unsolved murder in 2015.

It took a fourth murder in Four Mile Run Park on Dec. 4, but the Alexandria Police have finally opened the public to a hint of insight into the ongoing investigations. Police Chief Earl Cook spoke to the City Council on Dec. 8, and while he would not give details on any ongoing investigations, it’s clear police suspect the murder may be gang-related.

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Alexandria: No Space for Compromise in BAR Fight

Old Colony Inn design approved over citizen furor.

Often, the city and a group of citizens disagree on something development related. In theory, the city coordinates an effort to have the developers and citizens talk to each other, and all involved parties reach some type of compromise. That’s almost exactly what didn’t happen at the Board of Architectural (BAR) Review on Dec. 2.

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Alexandria Appetite: Yule Logs, Cookies, and Breads Decorate Firehook’s Holiday Table

The buche de Noel, sugar cookies, and sourdough bread won’t disappoint at next holiday dinner party.

Think about the holidays for a moment. What comes to mind first? Maybe a Christmas carol, or maybe the Fraser fir that sits stately in the living room.

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Alexandria People at Work: Mixing Up Traditional with New

... in historical house.

Victoria Sanchez opens the door at 310 S Asaph. It is her first visit to consult with the owner, Cheryl Jaeger.

Mutty Takes Helm at Alexandria Seaport Foundation

Seaport Foundation announces new executive director.

Stephen D. Mutty, a leader in the commercial real estate industry and longtime supporter of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, has been named by the organization as its new executive director.

Wednesday, December 9

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Vienna: Ungerleider Leads Undersized Madison

Warhawks win two games at ‘Readers are Leaders Tip Off.’

Senior guard Ungerleider buries five 3-pointers in win over Robinson.

Editorial: Safety Net for Holiday Celebrations

It’s an opportunity to talk about responsibility, alcohol and planning ahead.

The holiday party season is here, and we will almost all be celebrating in some way. Some ways will involve celebrations that include alcohol.

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Ideas for Decking the Halls

Local designers create opulent holiday designs.

From traditional to glamorous, fresh to faux and high-end to old school, local tastemakers tell how they create dazzling holiday design extravaganzas.

Reston: Family Tradition, Another Aghayere Takes Charge

South Lakes boys' basketball is young and talented.

The South Lakes boys' basketball team defeated Archbishop Carroll 74-60 on Dec. 4.

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Citizen Speakers Turn Out for J.E.B. Stuart High Name Change

School Board to take action Dec. 17

J.E.B. Stuart High School senior Whitten Rutledge is proud of his school, mostly.

Arlington: Wakefield Transfers Trying to Jell with Captains Nhial, Treakle

Warriors remain undefeated with wins over T.C. Williams, Eastern.

The Wakefield boys' basketball team is off to a 4-0 start despite several new faces.

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Greenspring’s Holiday Pet Parade Features Nearly 40 Dogs

Nearly 40 dogs “paw”ticipated in this year’s Holiday Pet Parade at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield.

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Tree Lighting Ceremony in Clifton

About 100 people attended the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Ayre Square Park in the Town of Clifton.

Community Menorah Lighting at Mosaic

Returning to Mosaic District in Fairfax, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and community partners present Light Up the Night! Community Menorah Lighting at Mosaic on Sunday, Dec. 13, 4–5 p.m.

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Holiday Dance Thrills at Center for the Arts

Captivating tap with Savion Glover.

Bursting with holiday cheer the Tony Award winning Savion Glover returns to the Center for the Arts with a memorable evening of miraculous tap footwork and plenty of charm and wit called “Savion Glover with “DANCE HOLIDAY SPeCTaCULaR.”

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Fairfax Area Fifth-Grader Designs Prize-Winning Poster

Elise Davidson, a fifth-grader from Colin Powell Elementary School, won first prize in the Saris Bicycle Poster contest for the entire state of Virginia.

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University Drive in Fairfax Going on a Diet

It will have narrower travel lanes, center turn lane and bike lanes.

University Drive is going on a diet, but not the kind involving food. Instead, new markings will narrow the road’s travel lanes to make room for a center turning lane, plus a bike lane on each side.

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Fairfax Residents Assail Plans for Shirley Gate, Popes Head Roads

Residents question necessity of interchange, extension.

Almost nobody who attended the meeting, with the exception of Fairfax County Department of Transportation representatives and Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield), thought that the extension project for Shirley Gate Road was necessary.

Letter: Dispelling Confusion

To the Editor

I so much appreciated Tim Peterson's article, "Special Bible Exhibit at First Church of Christ, Scientist" (Christian Science church in Springfield), published in the Nov. 26 issue of The Connection.

Soulful singer Melinda Doolittle at Reston's CenterStage.

Fresh, entrancing musical evening

She wowed judges and audiences alike performing on season six of “American Idol.”

Commentary: The Passing of an Era

Last week I made a journey to Norfolk, Va., to say a final goodbye to a former colleague in the House of Delegates, Thomas W. Moss, Jr., who passed away.

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RCC Executive Director Recognized by Leadership Fairfax

Leila Gordon Receives Leadership Award

Leadership Fairfax, Inc. (LFI) honored Leila Gordon, Executive Director of Reston Community Center as the recipient of the 2015 Northern Virginia Regional Leadership Award. Th

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon

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Alexandria Snapshot: 45th Annual Scottish Walk Weekend

Tens of thousands of visitors crowded the streets of Old Town Dec. 5 for the Campagna Center’s 45th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade.

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Herndon Dresses Up for Holidays

As 2015 concludes, fun for the family in Herndon.

Deck the halls, hang the wreaths and string the lights for the annual "Dress Up Herndon for the Holidays" contest at the Town of Herndon.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Let There Be Light

Festively decorated boats illuminated the Alexandria waterfront Dec. 5 as part of the 16th annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.

Herndon Police Reports

Notable incidents from Nov. 23-29.

Notable incidents from Nov. 23-29.

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Column: Founding Father for St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Cemetery

Honoring Washington and his soldiers.

The Graves Registration Committee of the George Washington Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, has just completed a years-long project that culminated in a ceremony and the placement of a plaque identifying the known patriots buried there at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery.

Faith Community Helps Epiphany Episcopal Church with Hypothermia Shelter in Herndon

Hypothermia shelter will require more volunteers than total members at Epiphany Episcopal Church.

Leaders at Herndon’s Epiphany Episcopal Church knew they would need help: they had committed to hosting a hypothermia shelter for the area’s homeless population Christmas week, but the number of people required to operate it outnumbered their entire congregation.

Tysons Gets New Name, Post Office

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11), working with Tysons Partnership and the U.S. Postal Service, secured the formal rebranding of the U.S. Post Office building on Spring Hill Road in Tysons.

Fairfax County Companies Designated as Best Workplaces for Commuters

Ten companies in Fairfax County were honored as Best Workplaces for Commuters.

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Potomac: Garden Club Decorates Great Falls Tavern

Local club keeps 38-year tradition.

The Christmas Spirit descended on the Great Falls Tavern in the C&O Canal Park on Monday, Nov. 30 with 40 members of the Little Farms Garden Club volunteering their time and talents. Fresh live greens, red bows, Christmas wreaths, and holiday garlands provided the joy of the season to the historic Tavern.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

Potomac Snapshot: Ready for Christmas

Stephanie Saas her son Grayson buy their tree at the Cabin John Fire Station Christmas Tree Sale last weekend. Volunteers Joel Levitt and Laila El-Hifnawi helped package the tree.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Nov. 27-Dec. 3.

Notable incidents from Nov. 27-Dec. 3.

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Potomac Snapshot: Students Triumph

Our Lady of Mercy School’s eighth grade students challenged the faculty and administration in the annual Turkey Bowl on Nov. 25. The students won 30-23.

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Potomac Snapshot: Holiday Shopping

All kinds of crafts were for sale at the Clara Barton Holiday Craft Show on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Clara Barton Community Recreation Center. More than 50 local artists participated.

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December Events in Vienna Add Sparkle to the Holidays

From music to ice skating, area makes most of the colder months.

Most holiday fairs have passed by early December but special events and activities remain.

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Potomac: ‘Jolly Fat Man’ Supports Veterans

Fundraising event marks 20th anniversary.

Yank yourself out of that warm bed, jump into your running gear — and head to Bethesda’s Capital Crescent Trail on Dec. 12 to run or walk with the “Jolly Fat Man.”

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Where to Find Last-minute Gift Ideas in the Vienna Area

From memorial contributions to over-the-top “wow,” The Connection looks at unique gifts for the holidays

What makes a gift one-of-a-kind? When it is customized to the recipient’s interests and joys. Here are a few last-minute gift ideas, from the noble to the sublime …

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Centreville: Homes Will Rise Instead of Offices

Developer will build 355 apartments at the Trinity Centre.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved a developer’s plan for the Trinity Centre in Centreville. As a result, 355 apartments will be built there, amenities will be added around the lake and the county will receive financial contributions.

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Centreville Snapshot: Stone Students Help ONC

Posing with some of the gifts donated by the community to Our Neighbor’s Child during the Panther Drop-Off are members of Stone Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society.

Chantilly: Charlie Brown, the Grinch and More

Westfield High presents its “Ho-Ho Holiday Show.”

Each year, a holiday tradition at Westfield High is the “Ho-Ho Holiday show.”

Centreville: Voices Will Be Raised in Song

Centreville High presents winter choral concert.

Voices will be raised in song when Centreville High choral students present “Celebrate Peace; A Winter Choral Concert.” It’s set for Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the school theater. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

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Langley Orchestra Kicks Off the Season

Langley High School’s Orchestra kicked off the year on Dec. 1 at South Lakes High School.

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McLean Woman’s Club Kicks Off 49th Annual Holiday Homes Tour

A ribbon-cutting ceremony kicked off the McLean Woman’s Club’s 49th annual Holiday Homes Tour on Dec. 3 at historic Pleasant Grove Church in McLean

Chesterbrook Woods, Not Meadows

McLean neighborhood petitions for stronger protection of trees from infill development.

More than 225 people in McLean’s Chesterbrook Woods have signed its citizens association’s Tree Canopy Petition, demanding that Fairfax County enforce the county’s Tree Ordinance.

Classified Advertising December 9, 2015

Read the latest ads here!

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Santa Comes to Town for McLean’s WinterFest Parade

There were many drivers perplexed this Sunday afternoon when they realized Old Chain Bridge road was blocked off by police…that is, until they saw the sea of green and red that pooled into the heart of town for McLean’s seventh annual WinterFest parade.

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Redeemer Lutheran Church in McLean to Host Annual Living Nativity and Christmas Concert

All are welcome and invited to enjoy the sounds of the season and the joy of the manger on Friday, Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls.

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STEM Night at Great Falls' Forestville

Forestville Elementary School held “Creative STEM” on Friday, Nov. 6.

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Celebration of Lights in Great Falls

Hundreds of people attended the 25th Annual Celebration of Lights and Great Falls Holiday Fest on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Great Falls Village Center in Great Falls.

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Unique Gift Ideas Found in Great Falls

For finding the perfect holiday gift for that special someone, Adeler Jewelers offers custom-designed jewelry for every occasion.

Great Falls Group Sells White House Ornaments Sale to Help Artemis House

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors continue the tradition of selling the White House Ornaments -- available in the retail stores in Great Falls -- that help their efforts each year to raise funds for the local Artemis House Shelter.

Letter: Climate Scientists Warnings Go Unheeded in Congress

To the Editor

In this vituperative political age of partisanship, it is no wonder that 86 percent of voters disapprove of Congress, a body in which the national good seems to be trumped by political ideology, grandstanding, name-calling, pandering, and distortion of the truth—all of which gets in the way of common-sense governance.

Bless Brittany’s Tree in Great Falls

GFCA Legacy White Oak Tree planting project widens its canopy of interest.

Brittany Geserick-Beschen’s love for white oaks has deep roots.

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Conservatory Ballet’s The Nutcracker Spreading Holiday Cheer

More than 85 area students make holiday magic come to life performing in Conservatory Ballet’s 43rd annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Tuesday, December 8

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Arlington: Thrive’s 40th Anniversary Gala Raises Over $140,000

Thrive Arlington community depends on its volunteers and neighbors.

At that point in the George Washington Parkway Ten Miler where you aren’t sure you are going to make it to the end, Kim Kenney and Mary Bohan were amazed to see Thrive Executive Director Gerry Shannon cheering them on from the sidelines, shouting out their names with encouragement.

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Arlington: Turkey Bowl in Hall’s Hill

The over-30 crowd beats the under-30 crowd in football.

Arlington has a way of unfolding its secrets slowly, a magician with successive rabbits coming out of its hat.

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Arlington: Interfaith Community Marches Against Islamophia

“We’re here to share the love with people thousands of miles from us and right next door."

The last month hasn’t been easy for the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church.

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On the Air in Arlington

Arlington Independent Media Launches 96.7 WERA

Heff Munson can create fire with just a plastic bag. He can make creaky stairs from rubber bands and a winch. Using a bag of rice, he can make it rain. Munson replicates the sounds as best he can, but when his program plays on Arlington’s new 96.7 WERA, it sounds real.

Thursday, December 3

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Notes from the Producer: A Holiday Tradition Returns to MetroStage for 6th Season

Six years ago MetroStage decided that we needed to establish a holiday tradition.

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Little Theater of Alexandria Stages ‘A Christmas Carol’

Charles Dickens’ classic story to play from Dec. 4-19.

The Little Theater of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” from Dec. 4-19. The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly Victorian humbug, who travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present, and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols, and Tiny Tim, "A Christmas Carol" is a must for the family.

Letter: Stand Up Against Ignorance

Letter to the Editor

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church stands with all Unitarian Universalists in full support of our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the world and here in the United States. We condemn the horrific statements aimed at any form of persecution or rejection of people based on their faith.

Letter: Stable’s Loss Not Forgotten

Letter to the Editor

As I read the Nov. 26 Mount Vernon Gazette article about Arcadia Farms and Woodlawn Plantation, I was sorry that was no mention of Woodlawn Stables.

Column: Possible Tool in Battling Fraud against Seniors

Fraud and identity theft is an increasing criminal sector and will likely continue to grow. On Nov. 13, an off-duty police officer noticed a fraud device known as a “skimmer” on an ATM at a Huntington 7-11.

Letter: Need Ethics Commission

Letter to the Editor

I would like to comment on Justin Wilson’s recent remarks about newly elected Mayor Silberberg’s proposal to establish an ethics commission to improve the city government’s transparency.

Letter: Gluten-Free Awareness

Letter to the Editor

After living away from Alexandria for three years, I recently returned and rented a home in Old Town while my nearby home was renovated.

Letter: City’s Students In Good Hands

Letter to the Editor

My heartfelt thanks to all who participated in the Nov. 3 ACPS school board elections.

Column: Laying the Foundation for the Future

Commentary–ACPS 2020 State-of-the-Schools

Autumn is traditionally a time for reflection. As the leaves drift to the ground, we look back at what we have achieved over the course of the year.

Column: Raising Children Who Are Resilient and Readers

Vision: Every child in Alexandria can read and succeed.

Resilience allows children to develop in spite of adversity, which every child faces in some form.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Supporting UCM

United Community Ministries (UCM) was a beneficiary of Aldersgate United Methodist Women’s 2015 Luncheon and Fashion Show. Pictured presenting a $2,035 check to UCM Executive Director Nichelle A. Mitchem (far right) in September is Aldersgate UMW President Laura Derby (far left) with Vice President Cindy Harrington. Next year’s 2016 Fashion Show Luncheon is scheduled for April 16, 2016.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Official Opening

Gerson Andrade, store manager, and Fernando Enriquez, district manager, cut the ribbon to open the new Advance Auto Parts store with George Ksenice, Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce president.

Historic Discovery Made at Hotel Indigo Construction Site

18th Century warehouse unearths more questions than answers.

Once thought lost to demolition and fire, pieces of a mid-18th century warehouse on Alexandria’s waterfront have been reclaimed.

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Alexandria: Plans for Old Town North Take Shape

Motherhood, apple pie, and “enriching community living” in Old Town North.

After a week-long community engagement process, Alexandria city staff was happy to report that people like good things. At the Planning Commission meeting on Dec. 1, city staff started with a review of the three-day charrette, held between Nov. 16 and 20.

Alexandria: ‘Onerous Regulations’ Cripple Food Trucks Pilot

After two years, and with only a week before City Council is set to make a decision, it’s difficult to say the results of the Food Truck Pilot Program are decisive.

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MGM Addresses New Casino’s Impact on Alexandria

Across the Potomac, the MGM Casino is beginning to take shape. By the end of next year, Alexandria will be a short drive across the Potomac from a casino larger than any in Las Vegas.

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Alexandria Snapshot: ‘A Bountiful Tom Turkey’

Grace Episcopal School repeated its successful collaboration to collect food items to benefit those who are in need.

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Weekend in Herndon and Reston

Weekend events in your neighborhood

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Alexandria Snapshot: An Intimate Concert

Paul Reisler brought his storytelling, songwriting and musical talents to the Atheneum on Nov. 19. With more than 3,500 recorded songs to his credit, Reisler together with vocalist Lea Morris and Marshall Keys on saxophone, performed 15 original works that ran the gamut from ballads to the instrumental Marsyangdi inspired by his journey through Nepal, an antiwar protest, homelessness, and a few songs from his national award-winning Kid Pan Alley Children's Songwriting project.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Holiday Gifts Set in Stone

Those looking for holiday gifts that make a bold statement might be in luck this weekend. Ivy Lane Living in Old Town Alexandria will host a trunk show featuring Northern Virginia-based jewelry and home accessories line Addison Weeks.

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Alexandria: Capturing the City through its People and Places

Nina Tisara’s commitment to art.

Although she and Living Legends of Alexandria are sometimes seen as one and the same, artist-photographer Nina Tisara had a life before she founded Living Legends and is living the life she planned after her retirement from its management.

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Alexandria Turkey Trot Turns 40

Arga, Sullivan set course records.

Course records were set in both the male and female divisions as more than 5,700 runners took to the streets of Del Ray in the 40th running of the Alexandria Turkey Trot.

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Alexandria Snapshot: From Passion to Patent

Finalists in the 2015 Collegiate Inventors Competition gather Nov. 17 for a photo outside the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum.

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Visit Alexandria Builds Business with Bikes

Visit Alexandria joined forces with Volunteer Alexandria in the fourth annual Bows, Baskets and Bikes charity event to build bikes for families in need as part of its Alexandria Cares team-building program for community service projects.

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Weekend Events in Vienna, McLean and Great Falls

Weekend events in your neighborhood

Alexandria Brief: Holiday Market Supports Programs

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women will sponsor its 18th annual Holiday Market at the Charles Houston Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria from 1- 5 p.m.

Merry and Fit

Support groups help members maintain fitness during season of indulgence.

Just after 7:30 on a recent Sunday morning, the steady beat of Cold Play’s "Viva la Vida" pulsed through the warm, sleepy air.

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Alexandria: Resiliency Required in Child Abuse Cases

Luncheon honors those working with victims.

The Center for Alexandria’s Children organized an appreciation luncheon last month to honor the work of its Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), which is comprised of 55 representatives of both Alexandria city agencies and certain state agencies.

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Voter Services Chair Recognized by Supervisors

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors presented the Barbara Varon Award to Sidney Johnson, Voter Services chair of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA), on Nov. 17.

County Limits Dog Tethering

“Man’s best friend deserves legal protection,” said Peggy Marshall, who adopted her best friend, Bianca.

Letter: Board Promotes Right to Vote

Letter to the Editor

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) commends the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for its 2016 Legislative Program that includes specific requests in support of qualified Virginians’ right to vote.

Environmental Quality of Life

Advisory Council issues 512-page vision for county environmental policy.

Flooding will rise in concern in Fairfax County as a result of climate change, warned Stella Koch, chairperson of the county’s Environmental Quality Advisory Council.

Brief: Business Goes Tobacco Free

Virginia Tire & Auto (www.vatire.com), the Fairfax-based full-service automotive maintenance provider, became smoke-free at its 12 Northern Virginia locations on Nov. 19.

Centreville Brief: ‘Lion King Jr.’ at Stone Middle

The Stone Players of Ormond Stone Middle School will be taking on a Disney classic and Broadway production this year in the annual school musical.

Brief: Carfax To Expand

Carfax will invest $5 million to expand its headquarters in Centreville, creating 120 new jobs.

Cappies Review: A Comedic Masterpiece

West Springfield High School’s production of ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona.’

A doo-wop serenade, an adorable bromance, and a biker gang are almost as far as you can get from traditional Shakespeare.

Brief: Lane Closures This Saturday in Fairfax County

Drivers can expect lane closures at Braddock Road and Pleasant Valley Road from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Crews will be doing pipe work and grading.

Cappies Review: A Character Audience Loves to Hate

Hayfield Secondary’s production of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

The magic of love that stems from generosity, kindness, and friendship engulfs the story of “Beauty and the Beast” and Hayfield Secondary School's transformative production of the popular Disney musical.

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Chantilly Elementary School: ‘Recycling Is the Power’

Team AMP promotes recycling.

The First Lego League (FLL) Team AMP of Poplar Tree Elementary School is a group of eight students full of ideas about recycling. The name AMP is derived from the first letters of their first names.

Week in Fairfax

Civil War Photo Exhibit at Historic Blenheim

Dozens of photographs taken during the American Civil War are on display now through Dec. 31 at the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway.

Cappies Review: A Vibrant Interpretation of a Well-Loved Tale

Paul VI's production of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream.’

Two tangled couples are better than one and fairy mischief produces hilarious results - two truths that were proved at Paul VI Catholic High School in their production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.”

PVI Student-Athletes Sign to College Teams

Seventeen student-athletes from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax recently signed letters of intent to play collegiate sports.

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Mount Vernon: Wreath and Christmas Tree Sale at St. Aidan's

Now in sixth year raising money for outreach and operating expenses, the church has brought in 540 freshly cut evergreens from a small North Carolina vendor.

George Mason Student Wins National Pageant Title

>At 20 years old, Kira Omans is the youngest contestant and the first Chinese adoptee to win the Pacific Miss Asian American pageant.

Kira Emily Omans is the first adoptee to win the national title of Pacific Miss Asian American.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Now Open

The Joint Chiropractic is now open in Fairfax at the Greenbriar Town Center, 13037B Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.

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Tender Comedy About Substance Over Mere Beauty

Providence Players presents ‘Snow White and the Family Dwarf.’

There are cheeky dialogue, comic turns and magical moments intended to treat everyone with the utmost respect and love in the Providence Players upcoming production of “Snow White and the Family Dwarf.”

Lending a Hand To Help Others

Our Neighbor’s Child brightens Christmas for local families.

The volunteers of Our Neighbor’s Child are working as hard as Santa’s elves to bring holiday joy to local families in need. But with so many people in need, they can’t do it all without the community’s help.

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Mount Vernon: Fox Trot Tradition Continues at Fort Hunt

A record-breaking 430-plus participated in the 14th annual Fort Hunt Elementary School Fox Trot run on Saturday, Nov. 21.

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Encore Presents ‘Christmas in New York’

Encore Presents ‘Christmas in New York.’

If it is December, it is time for Encore Theatrical Arts Project’s annual holiday show. And this year’s Broadway-style, original musical – celebrating Encore’s 20th anniversary – is called “Christmas in New York.”

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Take a Journey of Imagination

Encore to present “Christmas in New York.”

If it’s December, it’s time for Encore Theatrical Arts Project’s annual holiday show. And this year’s Broadway-style, original musical — celebrating Encore’s 20th anniversary — is called “Christmas in New York.”

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Locals Honored for Attractive Yards

City presents 2015 Residential Appearance Awards.

Each year, the City of Fairfax’s Community Appearance Committee honors local homeowners who have particularly attractive yards.

Youssef Zeroual of the Weichert, Realtors Burke/Fairfax Station Office Recognized

Bruce Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that sales associate Youssef Zeroual of the Burke/Fairfax Station office was individually recognized for his exceptional industry success during the month of October.

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Centreville Snapshot: Coat Drive

On Saturday, Dec. 5, Carter Egbers will be collecting new or gently-used blankets and coats to send to Syrian Refugee camps.

Lake Braddock Football Falls in Region Semifinals

Bruins lose to Westfield for third straight season.

The Westfield football team traveled to Burke on Nov. 28 and defeated Lake Braddock 31-7 in the 6A North region semifinals.

Centreville: ‘Webelos-in-the-Woods’

Lots of hands on learning took place recently when Boy Scouts of Troop 30 in Centreville held its 12th annual “Webelos-in-the-Woods” event on Saturday, Nov. 14, on the wooded property of Centreville Presbyterian Church.

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Springfield Bakers Turn Culinary Passions into Home-based Companies

Tanya Logan had all the intentions of being in the corporate world forever. She was a successful accountant for a Fortune 500 company, someone who counseled coworkers on figuring out whether that career path was for them.

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Burke Turkey Trot Raises $5,500 for Parkinson's Disease

About 500 people participated in the Turkey Trot 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run for Parkinson's Disease on Thanksgiving Day at Burke Lake Park, raising $5,500 for the cause.

Commentary: Carrying Out the Life-saving Mission

Fairfax County’s Hypothermia Prevention Program is dedicated to keeping our most vulnerable community members safe during the long, harsh winter months.

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Cappies Review: An Excellent Performance Regarding a Terrible Play

Sardines fell from above and squelched underfoot. The set rocked as actors fell down stairs and broke through windows.

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Abiding Presence Lutheran Church and Temple B’nai Shalom hold 29th joint Thanksgiving eve service.

When he applied for Minister of Music position at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Burke, David Chavez said he was told there’s just one non-negotiable date on the calendar: Thanksgiving eve.

Performance of Ellington’s Jazz “Nutcracker Suite” Benefits Burke Charity

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Burke will host a live performance of Duke Ellington’s jazz interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” from 1960.

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Burke Centre Swim Teams Present Donation to Burke CARES

Continuing an annual tradition dating back to the early 2000s, representatives from the Burke Centre Penguins and Stingers summer swim teams presented Burke CARES a check for $2,668.50 on Nov. 12.

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Adam Torres trial for murder of John Geer postponed until April 2016

Former Fairfax County police officer Adam Torres was charged with second-degree murder in August this year for shooting Springfield resident John Geer in August 2013. The trial was scheduled to begin on Dec. 14, but a continuance was recently granted to the defense, pushing it back until April 18, 2016.

Pedestrian Hurt in Reston

A 47-year-old Fairfax man was seriously injured while crossing Sunset Hills Road in Reston on Friday, Nov. 27, according to Fairfax County Police reports.

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Urban Pop at Reston Station

Small business try retail at Reston Wiehle Avenue.

Visitors to Reston Station may have noticed glass jewel housing on the north side of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station.

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Parade Returns to Reston Town Center

‘Home Sweet Home’ at 25th annual Reston Holiday Parade.

Friday, Nov. 27, Reston Town Center hosted its 25th annual Holiday Parade.

Reston Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Nov. 21-25.

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Candlelight Emotion

Video captures emotion of vigil honoring Robert E. Simon days after his death.

With a little help from her friends, and social media, Kat Toussaint mobilized more than 500 people for the candlelight vigil that celebrated the life of Robert E. Simon.

Reston Hospital Center Now Offering Newest Robotic Technology

HCA Virginia’s Reston Hospital Center is the first in Northern Virginia – and only the second in Virginia – to successfully perform surgery using the new da Vinci Xi robot, a surgical platform designed to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach.

Commentary: Helping the Working Poor

In the season of giving when thoughts turn to what can be done to help friends and neighbors in the community who do not make enough to make ends meet, there are many efforts to help them with a basket of food at the holidays, a food and clothes closet and other well-meaning and important giving programs.

Commentary: We Can Still Reach Out and Help in Reston

Independent Progressive

Although the calendar says we are in the season for sharing and giving, the mood in the United States seems conducive to neither.

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Fun For All At Reston Town Center Skating Rink

A little drizzle didn’t stop those ready to round out the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend with some exercise on the ice at the Pavilion at Reston Town Center.

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‘Aldrin READS’ Helps Achieve Literacy Goals

Aldrin Elementary staff gathered Saturday, Nov. 14, to kick off the first “Aldrin READS!”

Aldrin Elementary and HoneyBaked Ham of Reston Announce Partnership

Aldrin Elementary has announced a partnership with HoneyBaked Ham of Reston by kicking off a holiday PTA fundraiser and by donating cases of soup, pasta, and vegetables to the Aldrin Backpack program.

Weichert Offices Host Toy Drive

Members of the community are invited to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the Weichert Company sales offices through Dec. 11.

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Reston and Herndon Basketball Briefs

Reston and Herndon sports briefs.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon

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Herndon High To Present ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’

New drama teacher brings Narnia to Herndon.

Since September, students at Herndon High School Theatre have been preparing an action-packed presentation of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Nov. 16-22.

Notable incidents from Nov. 16-22.

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ArtSpace Herndon to Host New Year’s Eve Celebrations

ArtSpace Herndon is inviting the public to the New Year’s Eve celebrations for children and adults on Dec. 31.

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Truly Cultivating Community

Herndon couple receives good neighbor award along with a mountain of gratitude.

Eleven different neighbors nominated Mario and Andrea Weber to receive the Town’s Good Neighbor Award.

Wednesday, December 2

Fairfax Chamber to Become the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (Fairfax Chamber) Board of Directors approved the rebranding and restructuring of the Fairfax Chamber to the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

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Church Street Holiday Stroll Still Sparkles in the Rain

Hundreds of families enjoy the outdoor and indoor festivities.

A cold drizzle may have dampened the attendance numbers at the annual Church Street Holiday Stroll but it did not dampen the spirits of the guests and strollers who braved the weather conditions on Nov. 30.

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Cappies Review: Vibrant, Energetic, Exciting

Oakton High School’s production of ‘Treasure Island.’

It's the 1700s, pirates are sailing the high seas, and there's treasure to be found! With lively main actors, an energetic ensemble, and carefully choreographed scenes Oakton High School's "Treasure Island" captures the swashbuckling adventures of the time.

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Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna Holds Benefit

The audience was rolling in the aisles when world class comedian, Mack Dryden, appeared at the 2015 benefit performance for the Shepherd's Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV).

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Langley Senior Duenkel Signs with JMU

Langley High School’s Halle Duenkel on Nov. 13 signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at James Madison University.

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Tasting Whiskey for a Cause

The New Dominion Women’s Club hosted the “Second Annual Whiskey Tasting” to support local charity organizations.

Timeless Yuletide Classic

Alden Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol,” a musical from Virginia’s Theater IV.

“We wanted to present a quality holiday program with fun music for families with younger children to enjoy”, said Kathleen Herr, director of youth programs, McLean Community Center.

Week in Great Falls

Land use and zoning issues to be discussed

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Great Falls Rugby Hosts Annual Benefit Tournament

Sunday, Nov. 22, was a beautiful, chilly and unusually busy day in Great Falls, as Great Falls Rugby hosted its second annual tournament to benefit MedStar National Rehabilitation Center's spinal cord injury programs

Area Roundups

Happenings in Great Falls

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Great Falls Azzurri Blue Capture Second Straight NCSL Divisional Championship

The GFSC Azzurri Blue, a U12 travel soccer team based in Great Falls, recently capped off a fall 2015 season by winning the U12 National Capital Soccer League Division III title.

Mount Vernon: West Potomac Boys’ Basketball Opens with Win

Williams Diggins leads Wolverines with 23 points.

The West Potomac boys' basketball team beat Hayfield 69-49 on Tuesday.

Letter: Addressing School Overcrowding — Together

Letter to the Editor

In light of the capacity challenges Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has faced in recent years, we were encouraged to see that the school system’s proposed new capital budget not only requests increased funding but also includes a set of supplemental recommendations to address overcrowding.

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Letter: Brickyard Industrial Solar Array: A Bad Idea

The Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) staff have proposed the construction of an industrial solar array on the Brickyard school site and two other school sites.

Column: It’s Not Easy Being Green

Or deciding what is the best “green.”

Solar – what’s not to love – but wait – a private utility-scale solar facility with over 7,000 panels on the Brickyard Road school site? Those of us who attended the MCPS public information session on Nov. 17 came away shaking our heads in disbelief.

Potomac: Coat Drive for Those in Need

Potomac community asked to donate gently used coats through Dec. 15.

Some members of the community are working to help local families stay warm this winter. The owners of RE/MAX Success in Potomac Village are organizing a coat drive that will run through Dec. 15.

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Clara Barton Center To Host Holiday Craft Show

More than 50 local artisans to exhibit their work.

The 9th annual Clara Barton Center Holiday Craft Show is an opportunity to shop for imaginative holiday gifts.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Day Fox Hunt at Montevideo

And recalling “Kip” Kiplinger.

“I opened my front door this morning and there was a fox on my front porch,” Irvin “Skip” Crawford said.

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Parable of the Good Arlingtonians

Planning Commission gives its blessing to Gilliam Place.

When the County Board’s meeting room is even a little crowded, it’s generally a sign that there’s a fight impending.

Classified Advertising December 2 , 2015

Read the latest ads here!

Letter: ‘Leafing’ Truth Behind

Letter to the Editor

As a longtime resident of Arlington, I am generally satisfied with the services provided by the county.

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Arlington: Stein Crafts Themed Jewelry

Suzanne Stein uses beads and charms.

Originally from Westchester County, N.Y., Suzanne Stein, 52, relocated to Virginia in 1991 with her husband, Dr. Lawrence Stein, when he had a job opportunity to work as a physician in Northern Virginia.

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Arlington Snapshot: It’s a pARTy

CinCin Fang greets guests in her studio at the Columbia Pike Artists Studios pARTy on Nov. 14 where artists showcased their work.

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Arlington Snapshot: EcoPOP

Guests at the EcoPOP exhibit on Nov. 14 look at the many pieces of art along the displays held in the lobby/1st floor of 3400PIKE which was transformed into a gallery for the evening. The event was cosponsored by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and Yuck Old Paint.

Arlington Brief: County Warns of False Tax Letters

Some Arlington County homeowners have received correspondence, from Express Homebuyers, falsely claiming that these owners owe real estate taxes and that the county may take their homes away from them due to delinquent taxes, Arlington County Treasurer Carla de la Pava said.

Arlington Brief: Schools Seek Input On Next Budget

Arlington Public Schools are hosting community meetings to solicit community feedback for the development of the FY 2017 Budget.

Arlington Brief: Lopez to Serve as House Minority Whip

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) has been named the new Minority Whip of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus.

Arlington Brief: New Name for Learning Center

Greenbrier Learning Center has officially changed its name to Aspire! Afterschool Learning.

Tuesday, December 1

Vienna: Madison Moves Forward Without Graduated Koshuta

Warhawks turn focus to talented guards, up-tempo style.

The Madison girls' basketball program must adapt to no longer having 6-foot-2 standout Kelly Koshuta.

Great Falls: Langley Girls’ Basketball in Search of Championships

Saxons graduated one starter from team that won 21 games.

The Langley girls' basketball team is in search of its first conference/district title since 1988.

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Arlington: Wakefield Boys’ Basketball Enters L.A.D.

Nhial, Treakle return for Warriors.

The Wakefield boys' basketball program will have to adapt to life without Dominique Tham.

McLean: Claude Moore Colonial Farm Needs Help Replacing Roof

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, a privately operated living history museum and National Park, is seeking donations from the community to replace the roof on its colonial Farmhouse.

McLean: Celebrating Where We Live

Historic Pleasant Grove Church, 8671 Lewinsville Road, McLean, est. 1895.

The local Virginia scenic byways are a great way to enjoy nature’s spectacular display of fall colors. There are a number of long, winding roads in McLean to cruise down and take in the vibrant foliage.

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McLean Band Wins National Excellence Award

The National Band Association selected the McLean High School band program for a National Program of Excellence Award, and winner of the Southern Division Excellence Award.

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Nov. 21-25

Notable incidents from Nov. 21-25

McLean: McLean/Dolley Madison Office, Top Associates Recognized for October Sales

Bruce Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that the McLean/Dolley Madison office was recognized for exceptional performance in October.

Week in McLean

Week in McLean

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MxLean/Great Falls: Langley High Choral Department Presents Renaissance Feaste

The Langley High School Choral Department will present its annual Renaissance Feaste on Friday, Dec, 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at Capital Church, 10233 Leesburg Pike, Vienna.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Nov. 20-26.

Notable incidents from Nov. 20-26.

Week in Vienna

Things to do in Vienna in early December.

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Vienna/Reston: Five Decades: ‘What I Believe In’

Judith Beattie has impacted five decades of students who began their education at Vienna’s Hunter Mill Country Day School.

Great Falls: Weekend Events

Great Falls to Host Holiday Fest

The Great Falls Holiday Fest, will be on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6. There will be shopping, art, food, lights and Saint Nicholas, too!