Stories for June 2015

Stories for June 2015

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Tuesday, June 30

Vienna: The Artful Gift Shop Locks Its Door

Handcrafts shop closed on June 27.

Five Vienna businesses closed down in June – Extreme Pizza, Johnny’s Pizza, Lili the First, Out-of-Sight Wines, and The Artful Gift Shop.

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Tysons Corner Plaza Becomes a Friday Night Spot

The fresh concert series in Tysons attracts teens, adults and families.

Nick Fradiani and his band Beach Avenue walked on stage to whoops and applause from the watching crowd. Teenagers leaned forward over silver metal barriers waving mini American flags and cheering.

On Interns Past and Lessons Learned

Harlem, 1991. Pre-gentrification. It was an unlikely location for a book club. But every week, I hopped the subway and headed to the Children's Aid Society Center at 103rd and Columbus to lead a group of young teens in book discussions.

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Board of Supervisors Recognizes Jacqueline Cheshire

On June 23, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passed a unanimous resolution to recognize Great Falls resident Jacqueline Cheshire for her years of service work as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).

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McLean Residents Buy Fresh and Local

Every Friday vendors gather in McLean to sell homegrown products.

Cartons of berries, boxes of tomatoes and tables full of flowers attract local residents to the farmers market at Lewinsville Park in McLean. Every Friday from 8 a.m. – noon customers in search of fresh produce swarm the parking lot of the park to visit popular vendors such as the Westmoreland Berry Farm or Country Gardens.

Vienna to Host Rocking Independence Eve

An evening of entertainment and fireworks on Friday, July 3.

The Town of Vienna’s Independence Day festivities will take place on July 3 and 4.

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Langley High School in Nebraska

Langley High School’s Science Olympiad Team was honored by the Board of Supervisors and Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34) Tuesday, June 23.

Potomac Brief: Safety Advisory

U.S. Park Police were part of crew near Great Falls on Sunday, June 28, advising a few swimmers to get out and stay out of Potomac River.

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July 4th Safety

From swimming to fireworks, safety precautions for a festive Independence Day.

It was a near accident at camp last summer that sparked action by one parent. Elementary school-aged campers splashed in the pool. Everyone was having fun. Then tragedy almost struck.

Fairfax County: Deferring to Noise

New standards will wait until after the November election.

The Board of Supervisors wants to spend more time with noise. Last Tuesday, June 23, the Board deferred action on the proposed changes to the county’s noise ordinance until Nov. 17, 2015.

Editorial: Open Letter to Elected Officials and Candidates

Spend some of your campaign dollars in newspapers.

Here at the Connection, our email boxes are filling up with messages from people running for office. It’s not surprising, since in November, virtually every state and local office in the commonwealth is on the ballot.

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Potomac Mourns Two Wootton Graduates

Alexander Murk and Calvin Jia-Xing Li, who just graduated from Wootton, dead in Potomac crash.

Alexander Murk and Calvin Jia-Xing Li were both 18, rear-seat passengers who died in the single car accident on Thursday evening, June 25.

Arlington Brief: Greenbrier Learning Center To Move

Greenbrier Learning Center, an Arlington nonprofit that provides after school and summer tutoring and enrichment programs for local at-risk and low-income youth, will be moving to a new location at the recently renovated Arlington Mill Community and Senior Center.

Potomac: Call for Pet Almanac Photos

The Pet Almanac, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish on July 22, and photos and stories of residents’ pets should be submitted by July 15.

Arlington Brief: Parkway Repairs Underway

The National Park Service has begun repairs on the George Washington Memorial Parkway from I-395 to the Reagan National Airport in both north and south bound lanes. The work includes associated ramps to the 14th Street Bridge, off and onto the parkway. Lane closures are expected to cause traffic delays.

Arlington Brief: Coalition Honors 87 African and African-American Students

The Civic Coalition for Minority Affairs honored 87 African and African-American students in its 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony in April at the Career Center. The Civic Coalition for Minority Affairs is a council of representatives from civic, religious and social organizations of Northern Virginia. Committed to excellence in education, the group endeavors to foster high academic achievement through its annual awards ceremony honoring high achieving African and African-American students in 5th, 8th and 11th grades.

Potomac: Cat Rescued From 80 Feet Up

Who to call when a cat is 80 feet up a tree? Not even the fire department can reach that high.

While many people in Potomac woke up to Saturday morning's heavy rains worrying about their trees, Jody Irving was worried about her cat, Kahleesi, who had spent the night at least 80 feet up in a tree.

Arlington Brief: County Board Requests Redskins Name Change

The Arlington County Board May 19 adopted a resolution calling on the owners of the Redskins to change a team name that the board said is “objectionable to many Americans, Virginians and Arlingtonians,” saying that the team could have a brand new start as it is welcomed into the Commonwealth.

Potomac Brief: Two Begin New Terms on Planning Board

The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), reinstated Casey Anderson (D) as Planning Board Chair and Norman Dreyfuss (R) as a member of the Board.

Brief: Arlington Board Honors Outstanding Volunteers

The Arlington County Board honored six individuals and one team on May 19 for their outstanding volunteer service to our community.

Potomac Brief: Holiday Schedule for Independence Day

Montgomery County government will observe the following holiday schedule for Independence Day on Friday, July 3 (observed):

Arlington Brief: Capitals Beard-A-Thon Raises More Than $33,700

Capitals fans raised more than $33,700 for the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA) by participating in the team’s Beard-A-Thon initiative during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Potomac Brief: C&O Canal Handbook Re-released

The revised Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Official National Park Handbook has been re-released.

Perlis Elected President of Potomac Community Village

Barry Perlis, who was named Potomac Citizen of the Year in October by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, was elected president of local nonprofit Potomac Community Village (PCV) in June.

Centre View: Local Seniors Named Apple Scholars

Graduating seniors Stephanie Dugan of Chantilly High School and Jose Orellana Martinez of Mountain View High School were honored as Apple Scholars by the Apple Federal Credit Union.

Centre View: Police Inspection Targets Commercial Trucks

Motor Carrier Safety Officers recently conducted a commercial-truck inspection at E.C. Lawrence Park in Centreville.

Centre View: Angel Fund Receives $10,000

During the June 13 Remembrance Cabaret for Westfield High grad/Virginia Tech victim Reema Samaha, New York Life presented a $10,000 grant to Angel Fund.

Letter: Celebrating Marriage Equality

Today, we rejoice in the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the federal right of same sex partners to legal marriage in the cases of Obergefell v. Hodges, Tanco v. Haslam, DeBoer v. Snyder, Bourke v. Beshear.

Letter: 4th of July Safety

Letter to the Editor

As Fourth of July approaches, I wanted to share some important safety information.

Crafters And Re-enactors Visit Colvin Run Mill

Great Falls Parks prepare summer activities

On Sunday, June 7 Colvin Run Mill Historic Site was active with several events at the historic park. Colvin Run Mill was in action with grain grinding demonstrations, and visitors could see millers turn corn into meal and grits, or wheat into flour using the now restored, water-powered grist mill.

'State of Arlington' Addresses Transportation, Economic Challenges

County Board Chair Hynes addresses local transportation and economic developments challenges.

Like a shark, Arlington will need to keep moving forward if it wants to survive.

'Flourishing After 55' for the week of July 6-11

Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for July 6-11.

Continuum of Care: How Do They Do It?

How Arlingtonians can help.

The organizations taking care of Arlington County’s homeless problem aren’t flush with cash.

Obituary: John McLaughlin

John (Mac) McLaughlin (USMC RET.) of Arlington died June 22. He was retired as director of the Arlington Soccer Association.

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At Home in Arlington After 30 Years on the Street

Vietnam veteran finally home.

John Barrett enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1971 after dropping out of high school. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and worked on aircraft that flew missions over the jungle.

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Arlington: On the Frontlines Against Homelessness, Part One

A-Span is one of several organizations active in county.

At the offices of A-Span, on South Nelson Street, perched over the Arlington Food Assistance Cooperative (AFAC), Ayana Bellamy and David Ordonez talk about their passion: reaching out to the homeless and getting them into housing.

Monday, June 29

World Premiere at Hub Theatre

“Leto Legend” a heartfelt comedy about a supermom.

“I am intrigued by the modern day super-heroines. There has been a shift in superheroes that have gifts simply bestowed on them to ones who have to work and train really hard to become heroes, and these hard workers tend to be female,” said Helen Pafumi, artistic director, Hub Theatre.

Innovative Dance Event at Workhouse ArtWalk: “Mise en Dance”

The Workhouse’s monthly “2nd Saturday ArtWalk” has been showcasing the diverse work of visual artists. “It is a unique time to meet the artists and watch them create new pieces,” said Joseph Wallen, performing arts director.

Scouts Create New Trail at Riverbend Park

More than 60 volunteers cleared a new safety trail at Riverbend Park on Saturday, June 13.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Disability Awareness Awards

Mayor Bill Euille and Alexandria Chamber of Commerce chair Walter Clarke congratulate the 2015 Alexandria Commission of Persons with Disabilities award recipients: Donna Shaw of Senior Services of Alexandria, Dave Hammond of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Bishop Ireton graduate Iman Smallwood, Mary Lee Anderson of Senior Services of Alexandria and former ACPD chair Chuck Benaugh.

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Cartoon: Charleston

“Now, where th’devil y’spose that came from?”

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: "DAR Awards"

Fort Hunt Elementary School students Yasmine Bolden, left, and Katrina Kulinski were honored June 17 by the Kate Waller Barrett chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: "Thanking the Police"

During the Gum Springs Community Day Celebration on Saturday, June 20, the Gum Springs community paid special tribute to the Mount Vernon District Police force.

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Bidding Farewell to Mount Vernon High School

The year has not been without its challenges, but so many wonderful things happened for us this year, too, as we celebrated 75 years of excellence.

Arlington: Changing Genres from Thriller to Self-Help

Local author uses his novels’ characters to address life.

Years ago Charles Toftoy conceived of an idea for a thriller mystery novel in which four unlikely friends shared their talents to solve crimes.

Friday, June 26

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Health Curriculum To More Closely Align with State

School Board approves recommendations from advisers, with amendments.

Though it was the second packed house in as many months, it may be early yet to call crowded Fairfax County School Board meetings a trend.

World Police and Fire Games Coming to Fairfax County

The World Police and Fire Games are coming to Fairfax County June 26-July 5.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - June 26-28, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of fun things to do this weekend in Fairfax county.

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‘Always a Part of the Family’

Students graduate from Mountain View High.

Mountain View High graduations always tug at the heartstrings. That’s because the students have had to overcome so much to reach that finish line.

Behne, Brittingham Wed

USMC 1Lt Daniel Scott Behne married USMC 1Lt Jessica Brittingham on Saturday, June 20, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel. Scott is a Centreville High School 2007 "007" graduate and a 2011 U.S. Naval Academy graduate. Scott commissioned into the Marine Corp and is currently stationed at Cherry Point Marine Air Station in N.C.

Thursday, June 25

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Mt. Vernon: 500 West Potomac Seniors Graduate

Graduations have always made Margret Lingenfelter sad. “It really resonates with me and holds a weird place in my heart,” the West Potomac High School class of 2015 president said during her graduation remarks to fellow wolverines.

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Fairfax County: Police Release Use of Force Review

Review explained at latest Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission meeting.

Nearly a year ago, Fairfax County sought an outside opinion on its police department’s use of force. That July 2014 assignment went to the Washington, D.C.-based Police Executive Research Forum.

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Mount Vernon: End of School at Fort Hunt

Fort Hunt Elementary School students wave to Fort Hunt staff and faculty as they leave school on the last day before summer vacation.

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652 Students Graduate from Chantilly High

110 students had 4.0 GPAs or higher; receive $4.9 million in scholarships.

Despite a power outage and rain storm, Chantilly High's spirited graduation ceremony at GMU's Patriot Center carried on last Thursday, June 18 without a hitch.

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Chantilly: Remembering Reema in Song and Dance

8th Annual Remembrance Cabaret for Reema Samaha was June 13 at Westfield High.

In Jail: Don’t Confuse Mental Health Services with Treatment

14 mental health staff available to 1060 inmates.

A young man with ruffled hair and tired eyes peers out through the rectangular window of his single cell door.

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JMU Is Next For Taylor Enrique McHugh

Virginia Episcopal School graduated 52 students and offered a certificate to one English Speaking Union student during its 99th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 23. Headmaster Tommy Battle congratulates Taylor Enrique McHugh, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tomas McHugh of Centreville. He will be attending James Madison University in the fall.

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Mount Vernon: MVCCT Names 2015 Scholarship Winner

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre (MVCCT) named Andrew Schurr as its 2015 scholarship recipient.

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Springfield: West Springfield Holds 48th Commencement

First-year principal Michael Mukai commented that after his brief time with West Springfield’s graduating seniors, he wasn’t ready for them to go yet. “And your parents, after 18 years, aren’t ready for you to go yet either,” Mukai said, to a mix of applause and laughter from the audience at George Mason University’s Patriot Center.

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Springfield: Edison High School Graduation held June 22

Lofty eagle imagery permeated the Thomas A. Edison High School commencement exercises. Principal Pamela Brumfield challenged graduates “to lead and soar as an eagle.” Class vice president Sara Meyer explained “Eagle Pride” as the intangibles related to working your hardest.

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Arlington: Washington-Lee High Graduates Look to the Future

Washington-Lee High School’s 2015 graduation was held at D.A.R. Constitution Hall on June 18.

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Burke: Lake Braddock Secondary School Commencement held June 17

Purple robes flooded the floor of the George Mason University Patriot Center basketball arena as Lake Braddock Secondary School graduates processed to their seats.

Police Still Looking for Springfield Student

Fairfax County detectives in the Police Department unit that handle missing persons are continuing to search for missing Robert E. Lee High School student Cesar “Steven” Boquin Zambrano of Springfield.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: June 26-28

Events in the Alexandria/Mount Vernon areas this weekend.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: June 26-28

Events in Arlington for the upcoming weekend

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Potomac Weekend Fun: June 26-28

Events in the Potomac area for the upcoming weekend.

Fairfax Station: South County Graduate Completes Attendance Streak

Cara Yates has never missed a day of school. Ever. From kindergarten on, the South County High School 2015 graduate kept a perfect attendance record the whole way.

Lorton Area Roundups

A 2-year-old boy was pronounced dead at Inova Fairfax Hospital on June 18, Fairfax County Police announced Friday, June 19.

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Springfield: New Giant Opens at Kings Park

Kings Park-area residents have been waiting for the return of their neighborhood grocery store.

Burke: Police Investigating Sexual Assault of 17-Year-Old Female

A 17-year-old female was walking on the Roberts Parkway Bridge, near Premier Court, between 1 and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 when she was reportedly offered a ride by a man in a silver sedan, Fairfax County Police said.

Wednesday, June 24

Fairfax: Testifying ‘Took Courage, But it was Important’

Matthew’s victim explains how assault affected her.

On Sept. 24, 2005, Jesse L. Matthew Jr. viciously attacked a young, City of Fairfax woman, leaving her beaten and bloody on the ground. But in court last week – and during his June 8 trial – she needed only words, not fists, to respond to him at last.

Column: Gone But Always Remembered

As Father’s Day approaches, (written Thursday, June 18th) I am reminded of one of my father’s standard lines which characterize his positive attitude on life, for which I am eternally grateful – because I inherited it.

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Arlington: Wakefield High School Salutes Its 2015 Graduates

Wakefield High School held 2015 Commencement ceremonies at DAR Constitution Hall on June 18.

Letter: Irony of Park Petition

Letter to the Editor

Unfortunately some who volunteer to serve in the civic arena do so mainly to pursue their own personal agenda and impose it on the community at large.

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Mt. Vernon: Amphitheater Renamed for Retired Lee District RECenter Manager

Leon Plenty was general manager of the Lee District RECenter from 1982 until his retirement in December, 2014. At a ceremony on June 17, Plenty was recognized for his work with the renaming of Lee District’s amphitheater in his honor.

Mt. Vernon: Red-Hot Brownies Fight Fire

Fire station praises troop’s teamwork.

Preparing to conclude their first camping trip on Solomon’s Island, third graders Anna Foote and Logan Jackson of Brownie Troop 1157 decided to check the campground to see if they had left any items behind. What they found instead were crimson embers and budding flames in an unattended fire pit at the evacuated neighboring campsite.

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State Ultimate Frisbee Champions

Arlington boys’ and girls’ teams win

In a flurry of flying plastic disks, Virginia’s high school state Ultimate Frisbee tournament was held on two weekends in May, and when the discs settled, teams from Arlington had won both the boys’ and girls’ championships.

Letter: Not Easy Jobs

Letter to the Editor

A while ago, a city councilor expressed concern as to whether we could be the next jurisdiction to suffer a black riot over "an overzealous (white) cop." Two weeks ago, while walking three goldens and a yellow lab through Founders Park, I saw three (white) police officers, with two hovering over a (black) man on the ground. Apparently they were waiting for paramedics. I found myself wondering why there was no one video taping. From personal observation, if you're committing a crime in this city the police are going to come after you regardless of your skin color.

Letter: Council Punts on Clover-College Park

Letter to the Editor

As a resident of the Clover-College Park neighborhood I am dismayed and bemused by the latest contentious development issue before the City Council.

Alexandria: Cookie Sales Yield Toys Donation

Benson Leavitt, 8 years old, raised $260 and used the money to buy and donate toys to the Center for Alexandria’s Children.

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Alexandria: Airborne Motorcycle Misses Children

Students and teachers survive with only minor injuries.

A motorcycle and a car collided on Quaker Lane on Tuesday, June 16, sending the rider headlong into a tree and the bike crashing through the window of St. Clement Episcopal Day School.

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McLean: A Class That Became Community

McLean High Class of 2015 graduates at DAR Constitution Hall.

As the band on stage struck the first chord to Pomp and Circumstance, McLean’s class of 2015 marched down the spangled carpet of DAR Constitution Hall, eagerly awaiting the next stage of their lives. Dressed in robes of dark red and gold, the future graduates took their seats, cherishing their final moments of high school.

Alexandria: Goldilocks Approach

City Council reluctantly approves programming size for Patrick Henry Recreation Center.

A recommendation on the scale of the new Patrick Henry Recreation Center escalated into one City Council member calling on the city manager to fire the project staff.

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Reston Prepares For World Police and Fire Games

Volunteers sign up to assist in national sports event.

This week, staff affiliated with the Fairfax World Police and Fire Games have been greeting and authorizing the volunteers and participants in the upcoming events at 1800 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston.

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Herndon Hosts Korean American Sports Festival

18th Korean American Sports Festival hosted in Herndon.

From June 19 - 21, Herndon helped host the 18th Annual Korean American Sports Festival. The 18th Korean American National Sports Festival (KASF) is a semi-annual national event where Korean American's celebrate heritage through sports. Festival President Ahn Kyung-ho said Washington D.C., had been the host to eight successful events. “Korean-American’s are the only minority to have multi-sports events in the USA and I am very proud to host this year’s event in D.C.,” said Sam Chung, chair of the 2015 KASF Organization Committee.

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Shots Fired in Alexandria

Police continue investigating wave of gunfire reports from across city.

The first “shots fired” call of the summer came in on April 18. Since then, there have been 13 reports of “shots fired” across Alexandria.

Alexandria: City Council Brief for 6/26

Pepper Celebrates 30 Years on Council

At the close of the 2014-2015 City Council session, members of the council watched a presentation and recalled where each was 30 years ago. For most, they were memories of playing sports as a young adult or living with their families, Councilman John Chapman was still celebrating a single-digit birthday. But for Council member Del Pepper, 1985 was memorable for an entirely different reason: it was the year she joined City Council.

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Alexandria: Lodato Memorial Playground Now Open

The new accessible playground, named after Ruthanne Lodato, an Alexandria piano and music teacher who was an active supporter of Alexandria’s special needs community, is officially open.

Obituary: Alice June Atkinson Higgins

Obituary

Alice June Atkinson Higgins died on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Obituary: Olive Jean Osbourn Powell

Obituary

Olive Jean Osbourn Powell died on June 7, 2015 in Alexandria, after a brief illness.

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Alexandria: Celebrating Wright To Read

Wright to Read welcomed more than 50 Alexandria City Public Schools students with their families and their Wright to Read tutors for the Annual Celebration Picnic on Saturday, June 6. The sunny afternoon in the organization’s yard featured food; fun and games; giveaways of books, bookcases, and desks; and recognition of each child’s reading achievements.

Alexandria: Helping Veteran-Owned Businesses

The Bunker@DC opens at Capitol Post.

The Bunker@DC, an incubator program for early-stage, veteran-owned businesses and veteran entrepreneurs, is accepting applications through June 30 for its first cohort of companies. Operating out of the Capitol Post’s co-working office space in Old Town, The Bunker@DC will support veterans in launching and growing a business in a peer- to-peer setting.

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Alexandria: ‘The Shiloh Story’ Tells History of Local Church

Telling the church’s history.

With her halo of salt and pepper hair and a calm voice, Lillian Stanton Patterson has an air of someone who has seen it all. When it comes to Alexandria history, there’s some truth to that. Patterson is a lifelong resident of Alexandria with a family history in the city dating back to the 1800s. Patterson and co-author Sarah R. Robertson have recently completed their book, “The Shiloh Story, Journey to Jubilee: 150 Years.” The book chronicles the history of Shiloh Church, its Civil War beginnings, its clergy, church officers, community efforts and the many historical events Shiloh encountered over the years.

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Alexandria People at Work: The Hunt for the Culex Mosquito

Daniel Sherwood poked the long-handled dipper into the manhole. "Let's see if we can get any here." He peered into the stagnant water in the dipper. "Look at this; we have all four instars in here. These rafts are filled with eggs, and each raft can have 50-100 mosquitoes. See that little guy wiggling around in there," he said. "He is getting ready to pupate. We are really concerned about the pupa. When they get to the fourth instar stage, they stop eating and start laying eggs."

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Alexandria: The Longest Day Bridge Tournament Supports Alzheimer’s Research

Event at Beth El Hebrew Congregation raises $21,500.

Yuen De Anda bustled around the function room at the Beth El Hebrew Congregation on Seminary Road without pausing, greeting all participants by name and putting the final flourishes on the The Longest Day event she’s been planning for months. The Longest Day — held on June 21, the longest day of the year — was organized by Bridge Heroes United, a cooperative endeavor between The Northern Virginia Bridge Association, the Washington Bridge League, and the Richmond Bridge Association. The event’s goal was to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research.

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Arlington: A Farewell to Yorktown High School

Yorktown High School held 2015 graduation ceremonies at DAR Constitution Hall on June 18.

Tuesday, June 23

Call for Pet Connection Photos

The Pet Connection, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish on July 22, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by July 15. Our favorite pictures include both pets and humans. We welcome short stories about how you got your pet, a noteworthy talent or anecdote about your pet, tales of the bonds between your family and your pet, plus drawings, paintings or other artwork of your pet by children or adults Please tell us a little bit about your creature, identify everyone in the photo, give a brief description what is happening in the photo, and include address and phone number (we will not publish your address or phone number, just your town name).

Editorial: Safe Planning for Independence

Talking and planning about celebrating July 4, and throughout the summer months.

Independence Day is a national celebration, and for many, that celebration includes alcohol. The summer overall and July 4 in particular are times of greater risk for drinking and driving.

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Herndon: ‘World Is Counting on You’

Herndon High School’s Class of 2015: “To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”

“Hope is a feeling that everybody understands. It means the same thing in every language,” said Herndon High School senior Fatma Gdoura.

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Arlington Students Graduate from Convention

H-B Woodlawn hosts its annual unorthodox graduation.

During graduation, while other schools would have a sea of caps and gowns in rows of seating, the class of 2015 from H-B Woodlawn lounged around on the floor or on sofas in an array of Hawaiian shirts.

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Reston: ‘Blessed to Be a Part of It’

546 students graduated from South Lakes High School on Thursday, June 18.

English teacher Valerie Padgett sometimes consulted an urban dictionary to understand her South Lakes High School students. “You all made me laugh,” she said. “I have been blessed to be a part of it.” The senior class chose her to be the faculty member to give the commencement address at their once-in-a-lifetime commencement ceremony.

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Potomac: Autism Speaks 5K Celebrates Its 15th Year

New stroller derby added.

There is more to July 4 than just fireworks and barbecues. Come to Potomac early in the morning and race in the Autism Speaks 5K run/1 mile walk and Stroller Derby.

Letter: How to Pay for Medicaid Expansion?

To the Editor

State Delegate Ken Plum’s latest commentary on Medicaid expansion (“Political Prospects for Medicaid Expansion,” The Connection, June 4) is not the first time he has written on the subject, but he has yet to explain how Virginia would pay for this.

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James Madison High School Presents Class of 2015

Palpable energy emanated from James Madison High School’s 470 graduating seniors as they strode across Robinson Secondary’s field house stage on Wednesday, June 17, excited to receive their diplomas.

Letter: Sully District Council Takes Stand on I-66 Project

Supports Alternative 2A I-66 cross section option.

The Sully District Council would like to take this opportunity to offer its comments on the proposed alternative actions associated with the Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project.

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Potomac: Old Angler’s Inn Owners Seeks Approval To Add Pavilion

Neighbors invited to attend discussion meetings.

"My mother's dream was to build a romantic country inn in a natural setting on the land she owned behind Old Angler’s Inn (OAI)," said OAI owner Mark Reges. "However, she was never able to find the time to construct this charming French country inn to share with others as she envisioned it."

Letter: Praising Effort To Add Screening

Letter to the Editor

I would like to graciously thank everyone involved in making The Commonwealth of Virginia the 30th state to screen all newborns for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID), commonly known as the bubble boy disease.

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Stroke Comeback Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Community

Virginia House of Delegates recognizes mission of Center.

The Stroke Comeback of Vienna, focusing on communication challenges of stroke survivors, celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 16 with community on-hand, and, with a Commonwealth of Virginia House resolution lauding the Center’s mission and achievements.

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Potomac: Students Promote Bone Marrow Registry

Holy Child junior Kaylie Atwood got involved in There Goes My Hero after her friend’s dad was diagnosed with lymphoma and in need of a bone marrow transplant.

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Learning from Journalism at Chantilly High School

Chantilly High School journalism students earned the 2015 First Amendment Press Freedom Award from the Journalism Education Association.

Arlington: Flourishing After 55

“Flourishing After 55” events from the Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for June 29-July 3

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Oakton High School Presents the Class of 2015

“I wasn’t always this good looking. I also wasn’t always this humble. On the first day of high school, I got lost and almost started crying. I even wore my gym clothes and had to wait half the day to change out of them. Now, I’m tall, dark, and handsome.

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Marshall High School Celebrates Diversity

Class of 2015: student body represents 83 countries and 62 languages.

“Find your niche. Work hard. Have no regrets. Be nice.” These are the words that Marshall High School’s students live by.

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A Great Day in Langley Family

A 2011 graduate returns as a keynote speaker.

Filled to capacity, DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. accommodated the nearly 500 Langley High School graduates, their friends and family members on June 16 for the most-anticipated event of the school year: graduation.

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Contemporary Rock Musical Retelling

McLean Community Players to present “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

“A provocative musical story about issues surrounding who can we trust and believe,” said Anne Norland describing “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the McLean Community Players (MCP) summer production.

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Saturday Morning Special at Katie’s Coffee House

Early Saturday mornings for three hours, the Great Falls Village Town Centre transforms into spectacle of antique cars, new cars, custom cars, exotic cars and as of last Saturday, a never-before-seen in the Washington area car, as part of the weekly event Katie’s Cars & Coffee.

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This Hamburger Came to Arlington ...

An exchange student in Arlington leaves loving ice hockey and rock music.

Ask Simon Kroger what surprised him when he first got to America, he laughs and says: “When the guy kept refilling my glass with soda and it was free.”

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Arlington's ‘Manhattan on the Potomac’ Loses Its Central Park

Dramatic size reduction planned for Rosslyn Highlands Park.

Despite an impassioned plea from local residents to save Rosslyn Highlands Park, a redevelopment plan for Western Rosslyn has moved forward.

Arlington: Changing Genres from Thriller to Self-Help

Local author uses his novels’ characters to address life.

Years ago Charles Toftoy conceived of an idea for a thriller mystery novel in which four unlikely friends shared their talents to solve crimes.

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Alexandria Appetite: Good Restaurants Make Good Neighbors

Once bereft of eateries, Carlyle community now boasts embarrassment of riches.

For years, the Carlyle community has been more than a nine-to-five business district. While condos and apartments have been full for more than half a decade, the restaurant population has been slow to catch up. In a neighborhood that was once dominated primarily by sandwich shops and other lunchtime eateries, some more substantial dining spots have emerged, and they’re certainly worth a visit.

Monday, June 22

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Chantilly: Little Children, Big Vehicles

Third annual Touch A Truck was Saturday, June 13, outside the Chantilly Regional Library.

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Chantilly: Sully Police Honor Compher

Recently honored as the Officer of the Month by the Sully District Police Station and its Citizens Advisory Committee was MPO Wayne Compher.

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Centreville Snapshot: Restaurant Owner Honored

From left are Sal Speziale and 1st Lt. Matt Owens. Speziale, owner of Italian restaurant Ciao Osteria in Centreville’s Centrewood Plaza, was recently honored with a plaque from the Sully District Police Station.

Friday, June 19

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Potomac: Spring Horse Trials

Spring horse trials were Saturday, June 13, at Bittersweet Field in Poolesville.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 129 homes sold between $1,680,000-$209,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: May, 2015

Springfield Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 194 Springfield homes sold between $900,000-$165,000.

Springfield Home Sales: May, 2015

Reston Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 111 Reston homes sold between $1,225,000-$119,000.

Reston Home Sales: May, 2015

McLean Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 96 homes sold between $3,100,000-$145,100 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: May, 2015

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 109 homes sold between $1,315,000-$174,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: May, 2015

Great Falls Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 29 Great Falls homes sold between $2,700,000-$523,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: May, 2015

Fairfax Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 107 Fairfax homes sold between $1,456,000-$154,990.

Fairfax Home Sales: May, 2015

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - June 19-21, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of fun things to do this weekend in Fairfax county.

Thursday, June 18

Chantilly Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 26 homes sold between $772,000-$35,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: May, 2015

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

In May, 2015, 87 homes sold between $1,332,500-$170,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 120 Centreville homes sold between $1,625,100-$176,000.

Centreville Home Sales: May, 2015

Burke Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 68 Burke homes sold between $765,000-$217,500.

Burke Home Sales: May, 2015

Mount Vernon Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 148 homes sold between $1,800,000-$130,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: May, 2015

Arlington Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 288 Arlington homes sold between $2,482,000-$118,000.

Arlington Home Sales: May, 2015

Alexandria Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 276 Alexandria homes sold between $3,100,000-$95,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: May, 2015

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2015

In May, 2015, 59 Potomac homes sold between $1,925,000-$508,000.

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2015

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Springfield: 386 Graduate from Robert E. Lee High School

As one of two “senior marshalls,” Simran Batra was responsible for guiding Robert E. Lee High School seniors to and from their seats with a two-foot wooden mace, engraved lovingly with graduating class dates back to 1987.

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Fairfax: Retired Educators Award Scholarships to Aspiring Teachers

Rebecca Edmiston has had a number of inspiring music teachers in her life, including her mother Pat. They’re big reasons why Edmiston, a graduating senior from Lake Braddock Secondary School, is choosing to attend Liberty University and study to become a music teacher herself.

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Springfield: Dead Fairfax Woman Found in Huntsman Lake

Police are investigating a the death of Leslie P. Brassfield, 22, of Fairfax, whose dead body was found Sunday in Huntsman Lake in the Springfield area.

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Fairfax County: New Americans Take Oath

Since 2009, the Fairfax County Asian American History Project has sponsored a yearly naturalization ceremony for new Americans. At the ceremony Friday, June 12 at the Fairfax County Government Center, 100 new Americans hailing from 38 countries took an oath of allegiance.

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2015 Father's Day Galleries

Links to all galleries for Father's Day

Burke and Springfield: New Giant in Kings Park to Open June 19

Less than a week after the opening of a new Wegmans grocery store in Alexandria, the Landover, Maryland-based Giant Food is answering with an all-new store in the Kings Park Shopping Center, set to open at 6 a.m. on Friday, June 19.

Lorton: Two-Year-Old Boy Rescued from Pool Bottom

A 2-year-old boy is in life-threatening condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital after being found, unresponsive, at the bottom of a pool, Fairfax County Police said.

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Burke: Robinson Film Students Enter Local Competitions

Imagine a world where computerized conscience implants humans advice on right and wrong. That’s the premise of “Voice of the Goddess,” a science fiction concept film by Robinson Secondary School seniors Zaq Brinsfield and Isaiah King.

Lessons from Hearing ‘Voices’

Police officers undergo Crisis Intervention Training.

Fairfax County Police officers gathered Monday, June 8, at the Criminal Justice Academy, to listen to the voices in their heads.

Mount Vernon: Wegmans' 'Fill the Bus' June 21-July 4

From Sunday, June 21 through Saturday, July 4, Wegmans Food Market stores will hold a two-week “Fill the Bus” food drive to support local food banks’ increased summer needs.

Mount Vernon: UCM Receives $50,000 Gift

Jarrell S. Mitchell, Col. USAF (Ret), donated $50,000 to United Community Ministries (UCM) to establish The Patricia R. Mitchell Children’s Enrichment Opportunities (CEO) Initiative, as a tribute to his late wife Patricia R. Mitchell.

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Mount Vernon: Sharing about Alzheimer’s

Author discusses caregiving.

At the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, author Meryl Comer discussed her book, "Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's," a personal memoir, recounting her last 20 years as a caregiver, first for her husband and now for her mother, both with Alzheimer's disease. Following her June 9 presentation, she conducted a Town Hall-type meeting, answering questions and discussing issues and problems she encountered.

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Mount Vernon: Scholarships for Local Student Musicians

West Potomac Choir Boosters awarded an Ernest Johnson Choral Musician Scholarship to Jessica Niles for $1,000 and a Choral Citizen Scholarship Award to Bernard Kluskens, for $500.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: "On Duty"

Lt. j.g. Nicole Gailliot, from Mount Vernon, stands watch as officer of the deck on the bridge of USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) on June 2. Jason Dunham, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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Fairfax County: Questioning Family Life Curriculum

The Fairfax County School Board’s May 7 meeting drew a passionate and boisterous crowd that filled the Luther Jackson Middle School auditorium and spilled out into the main lobby. That night the board voted in favor of adding “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy for students, employees and applicants for employment.

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Mount Vernon and Lorton: New Gunston Hall Roof Completed

Approaching Gunston Hall in Mason Neck, the 18th-century plantation home of George Mason, its roof appears to gleam golden in the sunlight.

Ideas for Summer Learning

Experts offer suggestions for avoiding summer brain drain.

While summer is opportunity for fun, it can also be a breeding ground for stagnation.

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YouthQuest Runs ThinkLink

Experts say 3D printing can open a world of imagination and critical thinking.

Adonis Gonzales had always wanted to become a master electrician, but when he was asked to leave high school at 16 because of a poor attendance record, his prospects looked bleak.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Fun: June 19-21

Events in Alexandria for Father's Day weekend, June 19-21

Centreville/Chantilly Weekend Fun: June 19-21

Events near Centreville and Chantilly for Father's Day weekend, June 19-21.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: June 19-21

Events near Potomac for Father's Day weekend, June 19-21.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: June 19-21

Events in Arlington County for Father's Day weekend, June 19-21.

Wednesday, June 17

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Mount Vernon: New Wegmans Opens in Alexandria

Nearly 2,000 in line for June 14 opening morning.

At any other Wegmans grocery store in Virginia, Woodbridge resident Braden Cheney’s job wouldn’t exist. A 2000 graduate of W.T. Woodson High School, Cheney is manager of The Pub, a full-service restaurant and bar operating within the store.

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Alexandria: Patrick Henry Plan Advances

School Board addresses community criticisms of Patrick Henry development.

A divided School Board moved forward with plans to rebuild the Patrick Henry Elementary School. In a 6-3 vote, the School Board approved construction of a new Patrick Henry School and will begin the planning phase for the new building. Patrick Henry Elementary currently houses nearly 600 students in grades preK-5, but will expand to 800 students as a preK-8 school.

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O’Meara Awarded Communications Scholarship

West Potomac High School senior, Margaret O’Meara, received The Steve and Renie Guback Scholarship of $5,000, which is awarded annually to a student focusing on a major or minor in communications including, but not limited to, the fields of journalism, broadcasting, and public relations.

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Mount Vernon: ‘Not Too Far From Here’ Fund Aids Local People in Need

Church helps individuals and families with sudden medical and housing costs.

In 2014, the Not Too Far From Here (NTFFH) Fund provided about $92,000 to help 135 local people with emergencies or issues that fall between the cracks of larger agencies.

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Woodson Graduates Honored and Applauded

Class of 2015: 492 seniors graduate.

W.T. Woodson’s class of 2015 graduates entered to Pomp and Circumstance and the roar of proud witnesses on Tuesday, June 16 at Robinson Secondary. Seniors walked eagerly to take their seats and listen to the last ceremony of their high school careers.

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2nd Annual Lake Anne Chalk on the Water Festival

This past weekend Reston Lake Anne Plaza hosted its second annual Lake Anne Chalk on the Water Festival. There were three categories for persons to participate in, each with cash and other prizes awarded.

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Mount Vernon: New Gunston Hall Roof Completed

The heavy slate tiles that previously topped the building where Mason may well have drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights were recently replaced — not by gold, but Alaskan Red Cedar.

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Herndon Week By Numbers

Herndon’s 2035 Vision Strategic Plan is on the agenda for Town Council’s July meeting.

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Herndon: Gratitude Expressed Two Ways

Pablo E. Hollstein “brought something special to the Town,” said Lisa Gilleran, director of community development. Hollstein, who is scheduled to retire on July 1, 2015, has worked with the Department of Community Development since 2008 and started employment with Herndon with the Office of Neighborhood Resources in Oct. 23, 2000.

Herndon: ‘We the People’

Supervisors Michael R. Frey and Cathy Hudgins, issued a proclamation from the entire Board on Tuesday, June 2 to recognize students at Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon.

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‘Put the Lights on Flash’

Herndon Town Council honored Robert S. Wilson, of the Department of Public Works, Tuesday, June 9 at the Herndon Municipal Center. Wilson is the chief of the traffic maintenance crew and has worked for the town since Dec. 10, 2001.

Column: No Joke, But Funny Nonetheless

Not that I ever want to use my having cancer as an excuse, but you have to admit, it’s a doozy. And it’s probably the best thing about the diagnosis/prognosis. However, it’s not as if there are a number of other advantages to the disease.

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Mount Vernon: Moving on ‘Move Over’

Police crack down, educate about law protecting emergency roadside vehicles and drivers.

Police are trying to educate the public about the "Move Over" law, which is geared at protecting emergency roadside vehicles and drivers.

Mount Vernon: Crime Report for the Week of June 10

The following incidents were reported by the Mount Vernon District Police Station.

Letter: Passing The Baton

Letter to the Editor

Last week, Dan Storck won the Democratic nomination for Mount Vernon District supervisor.

Centreville Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Distribution

Joseph Gaskins, 25, of Centreville, pleaded guilty on June 11 to distribution of heroin, including a sale that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old Herndon man, according to Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh.

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Centre View: Sully District Awards Two Newest Eagle Scouts.

Sully District's two newest Eagle Scouts from Troop 893 are Tyler N. Lindskoog (left} and Charles M. Berninger (right).

Centreville Stake Honors Leaders for Commitment to Families

The focus was on families during the June 6 Family Value Award Ceremony in Centreville.

Obituary: Martha S. Feldkamp

Martha S. Feldkamp died on May 31, 2015, at her home in Alexandria, after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband Robert H. Feldkamp.

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Alexandria: The Lot That Wasn’t There

Subdivision on Vassar Road divides neighborhood and City Council.

Steve Hales currently owns the dwellings at 809 and 811 on Vassar Road, but Hales would rather own 809, 811, and a subdivided lot 626. In theory, lot 626 is comprised of the empty space between the houses on lots 809 and 811. The plan was passed by the Planning Commission in a 5-1 vote.

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Alexandria: City Workers Brighten Alexandria

People at Work

The 2x3 foot gray bucket slowly rises 17 feet toward the traffic light at Prince Street and Alfred in Old Town. Alvin Jefferson, a signal tech for the City of Alexandria, has strapped on his safety helmet, snapped on his red safety harness and hooked it onto the bucket. He is retrofitting Alexandria traffic signals with LED lights as part of the city's program to have all 250 signals completed by the end of the year. Matt Melkerson, division chief of traffic operations, says LED lights are more energy efficient and will save the city a lot of money on maintenance costs. Instead of changing bulbs every year and a half, the new LED bulbs are supposed to last at least five years and maybe longer. This frees the workers up to do other things. "In addition, it reduces the time when our workers are up in the air and exposed to traffic hazards."

Letter: Interesting Times Ahead

Letter to the Editor

During the campaign in the Democratic primary for mayor, candidate Allison Silberberg said: “If I’m lucky enough to be elected mayor

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Alexandria: Saint Stephen's & Saint Agnes School Graduation

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School celebrated the Commencement of the 105 members of the Class of 2015 on Saturday, June 6 on the grounds of Virginia Theological Seminary.

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Alexandria: Once a Titan ...

Parents and students from the Class of 2015 remember successes and struggles.

Much of the Robinson family pointed out every girl entering the floor of the Patriot Center, trying to determine at a distance which was McKayla Robinson. It wasn’t an easy task, and each one of the parents filling the 10,000 seat sports center at George Mason University was attempting to accomplish.

Letter: A New Beginning

Letter to the Editor

Alexandria citizens have made a most emphatic statement by electing Allison Silberberg as the Democratic mayoral primary last Tuesday.

Letter: Address Current Needs

Letter to the Editor

A new city manager, a new director of transportation and environmental service recently took office and yet I wonder what it is these people do. You all must live in Fairfax County, if not, you obviously drive and walk around the city limits with blinders on.

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Cartoon: Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

Alexandria: A Party Divided

Democratic unity in Alexandria uncertain as Euille weighs options.

One week after the Democratic primary, questions linger about whether or not incumbent William Euille will challenge Democratic candidate Allison Silberberg as a write-in. While on the surface local Democrats have rallied behind Silberberg’s nomination as Democratic candidate for mayor, Euille’s reluctance to yield the position casts doubts.

Letter: No Space for Mobile Vendors

Letter to the Editor

In response to the article “Food Truck Showdown” [June 11-17, Alexandria Gazette Packet], I first must state that I am a long-time, devoted resident of Alexandria.

Letter: Where Is Ray Morrogh?

Letter to the Editor

Natasha McKenna, a 37-year-old African-American mother of a young daughter, while a prisoner in the Fairfax County jail, was shot at least four times with taser stun guns by sheriff’s deputies. She rapidly lost consciousness and five days later died. At the time of the incident, it was reported she was shackled with a hood covering her head. The 5 foot 130-pound woman’s death raises questions. How much fight could have been in her to resist six sheriff’s deputies assigned to an elite squad specializing in dealing with a woman diagnosed with mental illness? Was it necessary use of force? Was there no other tactical option available?

Letter: Clarify Priorities

Letter to the Editor

Because our top city officials favor building a new metro station at Potomac Yard, claiming it will attract needed businesses and their tax revenues, although there is much long vacant commercial space at nearby stations (Eisenhower, Crystal City, Rosslyn and a glut of empty office space even near D.C. metro stations), I suspect the mayor and council are relying on city staff desperate to provide solutions to our revenue problems.

Letter: Term Limits

Letter to the Editor

Mayor Euille's petulant reaction to being defeated in the Democratic mayoral primary for a fifth term — by musing about a "write in" campaign — highlights the need for term limiting the offices of mayor and City Council.

Letter: Write-In Bill Euille for Mayor

Letter to the Editor

I have never met Bill Euille but for the last 20 years I have lived in the city that he has served for over 40 years. I've lived in Landmark, Old Town, and now in Rosemont. I came to Alexandria young and single and now I'm middle-aged, married, and have children. From these various perspectives I've seen Alexandria steadily getting better over the years.

Letter: Clear Enough Message

Letter to the Editor

On June 9, election day in Alexandria’s Democratic mayoralty primary, several messages were sent. The second runner-up, the former mayor, had proposed speeding up the pace of development. He got a message that many Alexandrians think the current pace not only is fast enough but probably too fast.

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Alexandria: ‘For God and Country’

American Legion installs new officers.

Vietnam veteran Jim Glassman was sworn in for his third term as commander of American Legion Post 24 in Alexandria during a June 10 ceremony to install the organization's 2015-2016 slate of officers and board members.

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Centreville: ‘It Keeps Him Alive for Us’

Family, friends raise cancer-research funds in Jimmy Breslin’s name.

A Fairfax County firefighter for 28 years, Jimmy Breslin died of cancer last year at age 55, but he’s never far from the thoughts of his friends and family.

Tuesday, June 16

Centreville: Ice Cream Race at Bull Run Park

5K Race includes 15 fun obstacles, nine different start times, and ice cream.

Get ready for summer fun as the second-annual, family-friendly 5K Ice Cream Race will take place on Saturday, June 27 at Bull Run Park in Centreville.

Letter: I-66 Quality of Life Issue

Letter to the Editor

I read with interest “Diverse Travel Choices?” as well as the letter to the editor by Jeffrey Parnes, transportation co-chair of the FCFCA — both published in the June 10 edition of Centre View. As a long-time user of I-66, what strikes me is the one-dimensionality of this debate and the considerations presented. This is not just about a “traffic problem” I would argue, but most importantly an issue of quality of life, affordability and fairness. I now regularly travel the new toll road on the Beltway towards the Cabin John bridge, and several things have become abundantly clear: it is expensive to do this on a daily basis and as a result many people stay on the non-toll part of I-495, while the exit from the toll road back onto the final non-toll segment towards the bridge has increased overall congestion, not reduced it …

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Centreville: Saxe and Beckman Honored in Springfield District

Named district’s Lord and Lady Fairfax.

Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity honored Kyra M. Beckman, a senior at West Springfield High School, as this year’s Lady Fairfax. “She has lived around the globe as part of a Navy family and settled in Fairfax County in 2010,” said Herrity.

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Great Falls: Langley Boys’ Soccer Wins First State Championship

Saxons head coach Amato earns 100th win at Langley.

The Langley boys' soccer team defeated Madison 2-0 in the state final.

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Burke: Robinson Girls’ Lacrosse Wins First VHSL State Title

Rams defeat Oakton in state final, finish with 21-1 record.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team beat Oakton 16-12 to win the 6A state championship on June 13.

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Reston: Bring On the Plazas

In Reston master plan, emphasis on plazas, mixed use, affordability, walkability and transportation that connects people.

Bob Simon, 101, reminded the Board of Supervisors of the excitement of Reston at the beginning. “The opening in 1965 of Reston to the public involved 227 townhouses and 60 high rise units and a smattering of retail. Not a big deal,” he said before the Board of Supervisors on June 2.

Commentary: Political Prospects for Medicaid Expansion

Virginia voters in areas with contested primaries went to the polls last week to select their candidates for the Nov. 3 general election when all seats in the General Assembly are up for election as are many local offices.

Letter: What Can We Learn from Europeans?

To the Editor

When people hear the word sustainability, they often shy away from it. To some, it is about creating resilient infrastructure and systems that will last for many future generations.

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Potomac: KEEN Celebrates 23 Years with Sports Festival

Benefitting athletes and volunteers.

Kids Enjoying Exercise Now (KEEN) holds a special place in the hearts of many young adults with disabilities, their volunteer coaches, family members and supporters. On Sunday, June 7, KEEN participants from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia made it around the bases, jumped for volleyballs, cheered as their teammates made it through the obstacle course and played on the playground at the KEEN Sports Festival at Avenel Park.

Potomac: Providing Friends for Those with Developmental Challenges

Friendship Circle hosts awards dinner.

Three children climbed onto the stage at the Friendship Circle Awards Dinner — and rocked the house, filling the room with joy and laughter as they told the crowd why they loved their "friends-at-home" buddies. Sarah said, "I love to play soccer with her."

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Potomac: Luncheon To Benefit First Tee

Program teaches golf and life skills.

Golf fans may one day see the name Brittany Campbell of Silver Spring on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour. The 13-year-old middle-school student shot the longest drive of all the female golfers in her competition last year. Golf has become her passion since she started in The First Tee program with free lessons at Sligo Creek Golf Course four years ago. “I’m trying to get into college on a scholarship,” she said. “But I still play to have fun … that’s my goal.”

Area Students Named Apple Scholars

The following graduating high school seniors from the Fairfax County communities were honored as Apple Scholars by the Apple Federal Credit Union

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Potomac: Muslim Foundation Honors Volunteers at Annual Cookout

Year-round effort helps families throughout county.

Many residents aren’t aware of the scope of the problem of hunger in Montgomery County. However, the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF) understands and confronts the challenge of the hunger of the less fortunate by its food collections of non-perishable goods for Manna.

Letter: Opposed to Proposed Bike Path

To the Editor

My message to VDOT : The proposed bike path along I-66 adds insult to injury for homeowners and communities who already stand to lose from the proposed widening of I-66 by robbing us of an additional 7-10 feet of property.

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Vienna Optimists Celebrate Anniversary with Free Food and Fun

The Optimists Club of Greater Vienna celebrated its 60th anniversary serving the youth of the community in-style, with a colorful and musical bash on the Town Green on the afternoon of June 14.

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An Independent Life

Laying the Foundation at Cooper Middle School.

Cooper Middle School teacher, Lucy Chaplin continually looks beyond the limitations placed upon her students because they also face developmental and cognitive challenges in dealing with their world today.

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Langley Choirs Present ‘A Disney Spectacular’

Spring Show closes out successful year.

The Langley High School choirs recently presented two performances of their spring show, “A Disney Spectacular.”

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‘Don’t Want to Be Disturbed’

Stream restoration efforts, including loss of trees, ruffle neighbors’ feathers.

Many McLean Central Park neighbors aren’t convinced. Why focus on McLean Central Park, asked one resident, “in this pleasant community where people don’t want to be disturbed?”

Letter: Concerts on the Green or ‘Meet and Greets’

To the Editor

On Sunday, May 31, I heard the Mike Terpak Blues Explosion at the Great Falls Centre Green.

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Arlington Photo: Garden Club Competition

A room packed with garden club members bedecked in bright spring-flowered dresses watched video clips of the 12 finalists for the Rock Spring Garden Club award on June 11 at Little Falls Presbyterian Church.

Great Falls Farmers Market Offers Father’s Day Ideas

Local Great Falls Dads are amazing: They work so hard at their careers, contributing good to the world - yet find the time to coach, counsel, guide, chauffeur, applaud and cheer their awesome kids.

Great Falls: Novel on ‘Becoming Lisette’

Great Falls author Rebecca Glenn recreates 18th-century France in historical fiction novel.

In local author Rebecca Glenn’s debut novel “Becoming Lisette,” a tale emerges of an independent French girl pursuing her dreams to overcome cultural and historical boundaries in the artistic world of late 18-century France.

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Arlington Snapshot: Disney Teacups

From left: Loretta Staley (1 year old), Bill Shapiro, and Harriet Shapiro (9 years old)

A Record Year for Great Falls Lacrosse

Six teams compete in championship games.

Six teams from Great Falls Lacrosse advanced to the Northern Virginia Youth Lacrosse League Championship games this past weekend, five winning their division championships.

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Arlington: Culpepper Garden Celebrates 40th anniversary.

Bill Harris shares memories with Sarah Anspach, the daughter of Charles Culpepper.

Arlington Snapshot: Flamingos

Sign of climate change along George Marshall Drive.

Timeline: Arlington Officer-Involved Shooting

Since Tuesday, May 19, Arlington County Police Department have been investigating an officer involved shooting at 4219 N. 2nd Road, resulting in the death of one man and one officer sustaining significant injuries.

Police Make Arrests in High Profile Burglaries

Police give suggestions for protecting homes and valuables.

Fairfax County Police have solved two separate strings of approximately eight high-end burglaries, a few in Great Falls, as well as Reston and McLean.

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Arlington Democrats: Rebound Or Retreat

Arlington Democrats express confidence and concern following County Board Democratic primary.

Arlington Democrats seemed to have emerged from the June 8 primary confident in their choice of leadership, but the push to keep two of Arlington’s County Board seats Democratic won’t be going unopposed with two independents running in November.

Arlington: “Flourishing After 55" for Week Of June 22-June 27

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for June 22-27.

Arlington: Grandpa Camp Bonds Generations

Sharing the love of singing with preschoolers.

"If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands."

Letter: Encouraging Solar Power

Letter to the Editor

The recent article on solar power and its efficiency, "Making Power While the Sun Shines," [Arlington Connection, June 10] proved incredibly provocative and should lead to further expansion of solar development across the state of Virginia.

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Arlington: Mixed Response to Housing Plan

County Board moves forward on Affordable Housing Master Plan despite citizen objections.

After nearly five hours of public comment and debate, a request to advertise the Affordable Housing Master Plan for public hearings throughout July was approved by the County Board in a 4 - 1 vote.

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Arlington: Preparing for Hawaiian Festival

Halau O 'Aulani, a Hawaiian cultural school, will present its first Ho'olaule'a — a Hawaiian cultural festival, on Saturday, June 20, at Gunston Theatre One.

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A Committment to Service

Herndon High cadets raise funds for the American Cancer Society and the Wounded Warrior Project

Herndon High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) places utmost importance on service to others. In addition to supporting many Herndon High and community ceremonies and events, cadets regularly reach out to those in need.

Monday, June 15

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Potomac: Farewell to Winston Churchill High School

Winston Churchill High School held Commencement Exercises at D.A.R. Constitution Hall on Tuesday, June 2.

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Burke: Injured Moore Helps Robinson Boys' Lacrosse Win State Title

Rams beat Chantilly in double overtime to repeat as 6A state champion.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team defeated Chantilly 10-9 in double overtime to win the 6A state title.

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Absorbing Examination of Human Nature

“The Good Counselor” presented at 1st Stage.

If you are seeking out magnetic theater that deals with unsettling, yet real-life, family issues and a search for the truth, make your way to 1st Stage. Under the confident, wise direction of Alex Levy, Kathryn Grant’s award winning “The Good Counselor” is an evening of riveting performances.

Thursday, June 11

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Springfield: Daventry Reassigned from Lee to West Springfield High School

Change scheduled to take effect for 2015-2016 school year.

Kelly Wevley’s daughter will be in middle school next year. As a Daventry subdivision resident, she will attend Washington Irving Middle School in Springfield. And under previous boundaries, she would eventually continue to ninth grade at Robert E. Lee High School while friends and classmates outside of Daventry would attend West Springfield High School.

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Fairfax Station: 200 Walk Burke Lake for Nepal Earthquake Victims

When the 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal in April this year, Madhu and Yashoda Bhandari of Lorton felt the shocks in their United States home. Both are originally from the Nuwakot district, one that was hit violently.

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Mount Vernon: At the Game

Tiger Cubs from Pack 1503 celebrate with the Mount Vernon High School Varsity soccer team.

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Centreville Snapshot: Support Appreciated

On Monday, June 8, Kevin Whalen (center), who lives in Centreville's Walney Glen community, presented a Police Unity Tour plaque to Centreville Glory Days manager Mark Huddleston and owner Jeff Newman, to recognize their support in raising more than $2,000 for the Police Unity Tour.

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Clifton Snapshot: ‘About the Middle East’

The Republican Women of Clifton welcomed Erick Stakelbeck, investigative journalist and Middle East authority, and Sgt. Joseph Bozik, wounded warrior, to its May business meeting.

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Mount Vernon: Victors Emerge from Democratic Primary

Krizek for 44th District, Levine for 45th, Dan Storck for supervisor. jump

After polls closed at 7 p.m. and results from precincts started to trickle in over cell phone

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Potomac: Walt Whitman High Graduates Look to the Future

Family and friends of the Walt Whitman Class of 2015 proceed into D.A.R. Constitution Hall as the doors open at 1:30 on Wednesday afternoon, June 3.

Mount Vernon: Party To Mark Park’s 40 Years

The Friends of Huntley Meadows Park organization is hosting a party to celebrate the park turning 40, as well as the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Friends organization and 25th anniversary of the Friends of Historic Huntley organization.

Alexandria: Unofficial Precinct-by-Precinct Results for Democratic Mayoral Primary

Unofficial results show Mayor Bill Euille (E) winning 11 precincts and closely splitting five precincts. Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg (S) won nine precincts and closely split three precincts with Euille (E/S); former Mayor Kerry Donley (D) won two precincts and closely split two precincts with Euille (E/D).

Mount Vernon: Whitman Teacher Honored

Eugenio Fischer Sanchez, who teaches Spanish at Whitman Middle School, is one of two teachers honored with the 2015 Victoria D. de Sanchez Northern Virginia Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award.

Letter: Someone Who ‘Walks the Walk’

Letter to the Editor

This year Mount Vernon is fortunate to have an accomplished candidate for supervisor who provides an attractive alternative to the “same-old, same-old” politics that has dominated our area for so long.

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Alexandria: New Marker For Cannon Monument Unveiled

A new engraved marker for the Braddock Cannon Monument was unveiled last month on the northwest corner of the Braddock and Russell Roads intersection.

Mount Vernon: Crime Report

The following incidents were reported by the Mount Vernon District Police Station.

ROBBERY, 8600 block of Village Square, June 8, 2:38 p.m. A pizza delivery driver was making a delivery and was approached by two men.

Alexandria: Addressing Men

Church’s conference offers encouragement.

With Bibles and notebooks in hand, men who were both members and visitors of Alfred Street Baptist Church filed into the building one early and recent Saturday morning, perhaps because they knew New York Knicks Coach Jim Cleamons would be there, or because they knew there would be a message from the pastor, or perhaps due to just the simple camaraderie that being at church on an early Saturday morning would bring.

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Mount Vernon Announcement: Whitney, Hutchens Engaged

Dr. and Mrs. Dwight Whitney of Warrenton, Va., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Callie Marie Whitney, to Samuel Christopher Hutchens of Boone, N.C.

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Mount Vernon: ‘Spandex in the Narthex’ Raises $30,000

Aldersgate event support Micheli family.

Spandex in the Narthex, a fundraising event held May 31, gave church and community members a way to show their support for Aldersgate Church's associate pastor Jason Micheli as he faces a rare blood cancer.

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Burke Triplets set to Graduate from Lake Braddock Secondary

Logan Shock is the athletic one, Madison Shock is the pretty one and Austin Shock is the smart one, they said, basically in unison. All their lives, none of them has ever entered school feeling alone.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: June 12-14

Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon for the weekend of June 12-14

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Lake Braddock Fastest Ever: ‘They Earned That Title’

The state championship rings won by Lake Braddock Secondary School’s boys cross country team are engraved with: “Fastest ever.”

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Arlington Weekend Fun: June 12-14

Events near Arlington, Va. for the weekend of June 12-14.

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Supervising Public Safety

First meeting since 2011 includes packed agenda, full house.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee, chaired by Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), met on Tuesday, June 9 for the first time since June 2011. Since then, there have been six officer-involved shootings in Fairfax County, including the August 2013 shooting death of John Geer. Police handling of the communications and investigation of that shooting led to the formation in March 2015 of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: June 12-14

Events near Potomac for the weekend of June 12-14.

Wednesday, June 10

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Spring Sports Banquet

West Potomac High School recently held its spring sports banquet.

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Mount Vernon: FCPS Women in Sports Awards

Each year, Fairfax County Public Schools honors female athletes and coaches of female sports. Each FCPS high school submits nominations and the winners were announced at the awards ceremony on May 31 at Oakton High School.

L'Hermione: On Its Way to Alexandria

L'Hermione arrived at Mount Vernon on Tuesday, June 9. L’Hermione is an exact replica of the ship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780.

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Alexandria: ‘Family Paint Night’

The Office of the Arts hosted a second “Family Paint Night” on Friday, June 5 at the Durant Arts Center

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Alexandria: A Red Nose Affair

Program participants from Youth Achieving Greatness and the Therapeutic Recreation Mainstream Program at the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center could not wait to put on their red noses to help support the Red Nose Day campaign on May 21.

Column: Philosophically Speaking

Recently I attended a “Celebration of Life” event, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, created to bring attention to, and educate the public on, cancer. As a long-time cancer survivor, nearly six and a half years now – and one treated by doctors at Kaiser, I was asked, along with a cervical cancer survivor, to sit on a “survivor panel”; to share our cancer experiences, and offer, along with two oncologists and a pulmonologist, our respective insights as “treater” and “treatee.”

Letter: Judgment Day

Letter to the Editor

Citizens of Alexandria — you have spoken loud and clear — your voice has been heard, the torch has been passed, a new agenda and a new leader has emerged.

Alexandria: Addressing Men

Church’s conference offers encouragement.

With Bibles and notebooks in hand, men who were both members and visitors of Alfred Street Baptist Church filed into the building one early and recent Saturday morning, perhaps because they knew New York Knicks Coach Jim Cleamons would be there, or because they knew there would be a message from the pastor, or perhaps due to just the simple camaraderie that being at church on an early Saturday morning would bring.

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FCPS Honors Women in Sports

Laubach, Centreville HS Alum and Olympian, gives keynote address.

The Fairfax County Women in Sports Awards ceremony was held at Oakton High School on Sunday, May 31.

Alexandria: TC Crew Wins Two Golds

Titan girls’ first varsity and varsity lightweight 8 dominate.

The T.C. Williams girls’ first varsity 8 and girls’ varsity lightweight 8 ended the season with two big wins: gold medals at the Canadian Nationals in Ontario, Canada. The girls’ freshman 8 boat also captured a silver medal, and TC sculler Kyra McClary powered down the course to a close fourth-place finish.

Academic Achievers Awarded

FACETS hosts dinner in celebration of A, B-earning K-12 youth.

Smiles flashed in between bites of dinner at the Sherwood Community Center, where over one hundred students in grades K-12 gathered with their families to receive certificates for A-B report cards Wednesday, June 3.

Walk for Well a Success

Charity walk at Burke Lake raises funds to build a well in Uganda.

June 6 dawned sunny and cloudless over shelter C at Burke Lake. A crowd of 50 people clad in bright turquoise shirts gathered to complete a two-mile walk to raise funds to build a well in a Ugandan village called Natihalo.

Letter: Creating A Legacy

Letter to the Editor

As I write this, I have no idea who will win the Democratic mayoral primary.

Letter: Judgement Day

Letter to the Editor

Citizens of Alexandria — you have spoken loud and clear — your voice has been heard, the torch has been passed, a new agenda and a new leader has emerged.

Alexandria: Volunteers Make Up the Backbone of a Community

Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Did you know that 29 percent of Virginia adults volunteered last year through an organization?

Alexandria: Mentor of The Month

Two Lives Changed

I have been with my tutor/mentor for six months. Each week, Berkley and I work on writing, reading, and vocabulary.

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Paul VI High Is Leaving Fairfax

School will move to a new, much larger site in Loudoun County.

It’s the end of an era and a done deal: Paul VI High School is leaving the City of Fairfax for a new campus in Loudoun County. And while it won’t happen until 2020, it’ll be a big change for both the school and the City – but one they both saw coming.

Letter: Historic Milestone

Letter to the Editor

The Virginia Declaration of Rights, a call for American independence from Britain, was drafted by George Mason Mason IV of Gunston Hall in May 1776 and amended by Thomas Ludwell Lee and the Virginia Convention.

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James Bond Is Coming to Workhouse

The one-man show is a lampoon and theater of the imagination of all things James Bond.

Dive into the world of that suave secret agent, James Bond, as he plants the British flag in a live theater production at the Workhouse. Bond won’t be alone either; the production will have a wealth of eccentric characters; good and evil, male and female, along with original music adding urbane flair to the action and antics.

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Alexandria, Column: Steam Engines and Parking Lots

Commentary

My dad loves steam trains. Maybe because his dad used to take him and his brother down to the Alexandria train station on King Street to watch the trains go by.

Making Community Better, One Project at a Time

Kylie Sullivan plans service hour assembly for the entire White Oaks Elementary sixth grade.

Kylie Sullivan’s life is anything but boring. From youth group to swim team, this White Oaks Elementary School sixth grader does it all.

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Forestville Elementary Presents Aladdin Jr.

Last Friday night Forestville Elementary students presented Disney’s Aladdin Jr. musical. Parents, family and friends enjoyed a performance put on by a cast of 50 students.

Letter: Correcting Misinformation

Letter to the Editor

As the property owner of 809 and 811 Vassar Road, the sub-dividable lots mentioned in several letters last week, I feel like it is important to correct the record.

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Cartoon: ”The Great Gall of China”

”The Great Gall of China”

Letter: Not a Difficult Solution

Letter to the Editor

Bravo to Townsend Van Fleet for his letter that appeared in the May 28 Gazette Packet.

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Historic Alexandria Foundation Distributes Funds, Plaques

Harriet and Tom Lankford opened up the gardens and pool house at their home “Clarens” for members and guests of the Historic Alexandria Foundation (HAF) on Sunday afternoon, June 7.

Alexandria: Poet Laureate Seeks to Expand Reach of Written Word

“Poetic Intersections” hopes to connect “pockets of poetry” in the city.

In the second year of her three-year term as the poet laureate of Alexandria, Tori Lane Kovarik is struck by the diversity of what she calls “pockets of poetry” in the city. From spoken word to homegrown punk, Kovarik hears people of all ages engaging in wordplay.

Alexandria: Startup Staffing Agency Earns Awards

Red Apple Consultants, LLC enjoys fruit of its labor.

Tysons-based staffing agency Red Apple Consultants is no stranger to accolades, despite being founded just last year.

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Alexandria: Food Truck Showdown

At Food Truck Rodeo, mobile vendors express frustration with city truck policy.

“Food Truck Rodeo” is a bit of a misnomer. The event outside Southern Towers on Seminary Road did have several food trucks, but there were also two clothing boutique trucks, a homemade jewelry store, and a mobile skateboard shop.

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Alexandria: How Chili Transformed Upper King Street

Fred Parker and Hard Times Café.

Frederic Goodfellow Parker is recognized for his pioneering spirit and the economic value it contributed to upper King Street and the entire City of Alexandria.

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The Joe Cassella Foundation Hosts 5K Run/Walk

The 2015 Annual Joe Cassella 5K Run/Walk took place on Sunday, May 17, in Great Falls. More than three hundred runners from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area attended the race, which began with a Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 5K Run/Walk at 8:45 a.m.

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In the Kitchen: Working Inside Alexandria Food Trucks

Specializing in what their customers want.

Mike Tokarz has pulled on his transparent plastic gloves and scoops out the second layer of the Pearl Special, a pint-size container layered with mac and cheese, baked beans and chopped pulled pork in the Rocklands Barbeque food truck kitchen.

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A Pilates and Painting Love Affair

Painting and Pilates are the two P’s of Great Falls artist Leslie Anthony’s life.

Letter: Time to Protect Waterways

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I grew up kayaking and swimming in the Potomac River. I am upset to learn that the Potomac as well as other nearby waterways are put at risk due to polluting industries.

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Alexandria: In Three-Way Race, Silberberg Triumphs

Levine wins 45th District Democratic nomination.

After a tense race with a last minute shift in the polls, current Vice-Mayor Allison Silberberg became the Democratic nominee for mayor.

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Love Your Body Yoga Festival Returns June 14

Yoga studios and wellness centers of Northern Virginia will offer classes, services, and share information at Love Your Body Yoga Festival (LYBYF) on Sunday, June 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Alexandria: Waterfront Walk

Alexandria Waterfront Commission tours key locations in the long-range redevelopment plan.

Alexandria Waterfront Commission meetings are usually held in a crowded room at City Hall. But at 9 a.m. on June 6, the commission took its meeting to the streets, visiting sites all along the waterfront, from Tide Lock Park in North Old Town to Windmill Hill Park near Jones Point Park in the south, amassing a following of city staff and local citizens along the way.

Ideaventions Academy to Open in Reston

Ideaventions Academy for Mathematics and Science, opening this fall, is a brand new school for gifted fourth – eighth grade students who have a special interest in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM).

Alexandria: The Cell Phone Debate

More than 350 students sign petition to permit cell phones at graduation.

After considering a student petition allowing cellphones at graduation, T.C. Williams High School Principal Suzanne Maxey reaffirmed the ban.

Reston-based Prospective, Inc. Recognized for Arts Support

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, announced that Prospective, Inc. has been named a BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America honoree for 2015.

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Lake Anne Elementary Earns Eco-Schools Honor

Lake Anne Elementary School was recognized by National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA program for exceptional achievement in ‘greening’ physical structure and grounds, conserving natural resources and integrating environmental education into curricula.

Mount Vernon: Wegmans' New Store Opens June 14

By the time Store Manager Mike Dempsey opens Wegmans’ newest 126,000 sq. ft. supermarket in Hilltop Village Center (corner of Telegraph and Beulah)

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Taste of Reston Returns June 19-21

The Taste of Reston, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, is the largest outdoor food festival in the area and was voted 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 “Northern Virginia’s Best Food Festival” by Virginia Living magazine.

Obituary: Samuel Parvez Mall, 74, Dies

Well known Washingtonian, Samuel Parvez Mall entered into eternal rest on May 22, 2015. Born Jan. 29, 1941 in Lahore, Pakistan, Mall was the son of an Anglican Priest and the youngest of four children.

Letter: Vandalism at Herndon High School

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Last weekend, vile hate speech and derogatory symbols were found defacing property at Herndon High School.

Alexandria: Never a Slow Day in the ER

People At Work

It is 11:10 a.m. and the emergency room is full with light blue curtains drawn across the patient rooms lining the long hallway.

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Herndon High Choir Holds Pops Concert

School year ends with choral shows.

Herndon High School Choir presented the Pops Concert on Thursday, June 4 at Herndon High auditorium. This was one of the final concert shows for the year for students.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - June 12-14, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of fun things to do this weekend in Fairfax county.

Column: Family-Friendly Voting

Commentary

According to the Virginia Family Foundation, I am not a very “family-friendly” legislator. On their recently issued scorecard for 2014-2015, I scored 11 of a possible 100 points—up from my score of zero on their previous scorecards.

Alexandria: A Cookbook of Comfort Food

For novice and experienced cooks.

Long-time Alexandria resident Brooke Ross has been preparing meals for her family and friends for over 20 years. Recently, she decided to share these creative and simple recipes with the rest of the world by creating her own cookbook.

Letter: Reston Tall Oaks Village Center Identity Crisis

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Robert Simon envisioned Reston as being a place where people could walk to work and shopping, walk to recreation and nature without using a car.

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Alexandria: Choosing Between High School and Club Soccer

What’s best for the players?

Every spring more than 100 boys crowd the soccer field at Parker-Gray stadium to try out for the reigning state champion T.C. Williams boys’ soccer team.

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Herndon: Breaking Ground for Innovation Center

Mixed-use development adjacent to Herndon’s Innovation Center Metro Station.

On Monday, June 15, members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and representatives from Nugget Joint Venture LC (Rocks Engineering) and guests will hold a ceremony to break ground for Innovation Center South, a new 1.6-million-square-foot, mixed-use development in Herndon.

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Vienna: Marshall Baseball Earns State Tournament Berth

Statesmen fall to Stone Bridge in 5A North region final.

The Marshall baseball team will face Hickory at 3 p.m. on Friday in the 5A state semifinals.

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Burke: Robinson Girls’ Lax Advances to State Championship Game

Rams beat Centreville 15-13 in overtime in state semifinals.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team defeated Centreville 15-13 in overtime in the 6A state semifinals on Tuesday.

Tuesday, June 9

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Trending in the Garden

Local landscape architects offer suggestions for updating.

As summer gets underway, so does time spent outside. The American Society of Landscape Architects recently released the results of its 2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Survey, a list of trends in outdoor design that yields a bounty of backyard design ideas. From adding a pond to planting a garden, local landscape gurus explain how these trends can be used to transform an outdoor space into a favorite escape.

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Repairs Trigger Remodel

Great Falls renovation evolves from basic, needed repairs to an extensive family-friendly remodel.

Sometimes a significant home improvement starts with small repair considerations. In fact, as Roger Lataille, senior design consultant at Sun Design Remodeling, recalls, his first discussion with Jeff and Sharon Roman of Great Falls concerned how to solve a water drainage problem.

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Alexandria: Blackwall Hitch Second Location Now Open

The Blackwall Hitch restaurants are named for a type of nautical knot used by immigrants that sailed out of London’s Blackwall Port in the 1860s. They would dock in Maryland and Virginia.

Letter: Honoring Fathers

Letters to the Editor

Soft-hearted, understanding, wise, and sacrificing are just a few out of many words to describe my father.

Letter: Mass Transit Must Be Part of I-66 Solution

Letters to the Editor

The State Legislature has established that one of the leading criteria for prioritizing VDOT projects is that the project reduces congestion. Widening I-66 outside the beltway without including a mass transit option will not make a significant long-term difference in the congestion problems of the corridor.

Letter: Use Public-Private Partnership for I-66

Letters to the Editor

As a longtime resident of western Fairfax County, I share the frustration of thousands of commuters who have sat in gridlock on I-66 for years. Improvements to this corridor are critical to the continued growth of our region — but they must be done right.

Centreville: Sports Briefs for Week of June 10, 2015

The Chantilly girls' soccer team will face Frank W. Cox in the 6A state semifinals.

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Aldrin Elementary Celebrates 20 Years

Buzz Aldrin himself attends elementary school celebration as a featured speaker.

Hundreds of students, ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade, flooded into the auditorium of Aldrin Elementary for a special assembly this past Monday, June 8.

Centreville: Roundups for Week of June 10, 2015

Each year, a cabaret is held in honor of Westfield High grad and Virginia Tech victim Reema Samaha. And the 8th Annual Remembrance Cabaret is this Saturday, June 13, in Westfield’s theater. It begins with a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by a variety show at 7 p.m.

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Comedy By Molière Comes to Herndon High

June production by Herndon theatre students.

On June 12 at 7:30 p.m. and June 13 at 2 p.m., Herndon High will host a production of Molière’s great comedy, “Tartuffe.”

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PetMAC Opens at Lake Anne with a Splash

Pet marketplace and adoption center comes to the Reston area.

Although Cindy Williams actually opened the doors to PetMAC, her pet supply and adoption center located in Reston’s Lake Anne, in January of this year, the official grand opening was only recently celebrated - and done so in style.

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Centreville: A Time for Celebration

CPMSAC honors high school students’ academic achievements.

It was a time to celebrate. And that’s just what happened at the Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee’s (CPMSAC) 30th Annual Youth Motivation and Academic Awards program.

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Rachel Carson Takes Odyssey of the Mind

Two teams from Rachel Carson Middle School compete in the World’s Competition of Odyssey of the Mind.

Between school, sports and activities, there is often little time for students to express themselves or to use their minds in innovative ways.

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Centreville: ‘Diverse Travel Choices?’

Residents hear I-66 improvement plans, give opinions.

VDOT plans to improve travel on the 25 miles of I-66 between Route 15 in Haymarket and the I-495/Capital Beltway. So it’s created three alternatives and will take the best elements from each — tempered by residents’ comments from several public hearings — and develop the final design.

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Putting Herndon’s Pieces Together

Mixed-use, vibrant downtown in the works.

Richard Downer has been waiting almost 30 years for a tangible vision of Herndon’s downtown to take shape.

Chantilly Baseball Falls to Madison

Chargers will face Western Branch on June 12 in state semifinals.

Matt Favero stood on the Madison High School baseball field following Friday’s 6A North region championship game and recalled the mellow mindset he possessed while returning to the mound for the top of the fourth inning.

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Nearly Half a Billion for Schools, Fire, Police

Reston, Merrifield fire stations would be renovated or replaced.

Voters will decide in November on nearly half a billion dollars in bond sales for schools and public safety projects.

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McLean: Volunteers Urge Residents to Do More

Do More 24 raises nearly $1.5 million in a day.

Donors, nonprofits and companies raised nearly $1.5 million during Do More 24 on Thursday, June 5.

Potomac: Market Introduces ‘Community First Day’

Effort seeks to help alleviate hunger.

Once a month, Yasmin Abadian, husband Jimmy McWhorter and their daughter Anna Irani arise at dawn, drive to 24th and G Street in D.C., don aprons, prepare and serve breakfast to the homeless who rely on Miriam’s Kitchen to provide them with a substantial breakfast and to counsel them on how to end their homelessness.

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Potomac: Possible Loss of Tennis Club Upsets Members

New assisted living facility is proposed.

Potomac Tennis and Fitness Club (PTC) and Potomac Pilates members are fearful, angry and disheartened that their favorite recreational facility may be demolished within a year or two.

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McLean: Taking a Stand for Future Generations

County boards, McLean High students tackle “civil rights issue of our era.”

Catherine Reed of Equality Virginia thanked McLean High School junior Darrell “DJ” Valdez for the effect he will have on the future, and on all civil rights.

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Potomac: Luxury Condominium Clubhouse Opens

Quarry Springs model grand opening set for June 28.

The developers of a new, luxury condominium complex unveiled the project’s clubhouse recently.

Potomac: Bethesda Big Train off to Undefeated Start

Manager Colangelo looking for stronger road starts.

Bethesda Big Train manager Sal Colangelo was pleased with the final result of Monday’s game against the Vienna River Dogs — an early-season matchup of undefeated teams in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. But it was the Big Train’s initial effort that had Colangelo voicing his displeasure.

Cappies Awards Honors High School Theater

The 16th Annual Cappies Gala honoring high school theater was held Sunday, June 7 at The Kennedy Center.

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Get Outdoors Day at Great Falls Park

Visitors flock to the parks to participate in summer activities, Get Outdoors Day next Saturday.

The advent of the summer months attracts large crowds to the parks of Great Falls located on the Virginia side of the upper Potomac River.

Community, VDOT Discuss Bridge Over Piney Run

Public information meeting held on bridge replacement project.

Last week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) held a public information meeting in Great Falls regarding the replacement of the Walker Road Bridge over Piney Run.

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Arlington: Gulf Branch Nature Center Gives Firefly Lessons

Gulf Branch Nature Center and Park gave firefly lessons on June 3.

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Making Power While the Sun Shines

153 homeowners qualify for program to add solar features to their homes within the next seven to nine months.

Residents of Arlington are showing an increasing interest in solar power. Eighty-one residents have already installed solar panels and solar water heating systems in an attempt to go green, while 153 others are in a new program considering installing these features to their homes or businesses.

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Setting Priorities for Arlington Police

Arlington’s new police chief talks national crisis and local challenges.

For the most part, nothing changed. Jay Farr was doing what he’d normally been doing as acting police chief since Chief Doug Scott retired in March. But since he was selected by County Manager Barbara Donnellan to permanently fill the position on May 14, Farr says there’s been a slight change in the atmosphere.

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Arlington: New Police Chief Stresses Community Outreach

Nauck Civic Association hosts discussion of local criminal justice system.

Jay Farr, addressing the Nauck Civic Association community meeting June 1, said he was there to " put a face to a position." He emphasized the importance of community outreach and input.

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Arlington: AFA Cycling Classic Kids Bike Race to Benefit Tay Sachs Research

On Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, hundreds of adults will be competing in the Air Force Association (AFA) Cycling Classic to benefit the AFA Wounded Airman Program. More than 300 children aged 9 and under are expected to race as well, but with another cause in mind. For the second year, the Kids Bike Race is dedicated to Ethan Klancnik.

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Arlington: Masonic Story Memorialized

African-American Lodge honored.

History finally caught up with Arlington Lodge #58 F&AM, Prince Hall on Saturday, June 6. Arlington County erected a marker commemorating the strong and beneficial presence of generations of mostly African-American men in the Nauck community.

Saturday, June 6

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Vienna: Favero's Arm, Bat Lead Madison Baseball to Region Championship

Warhawks beat Chantilly 9-0 in Friday's 6A North region tournament final.

The Madison baseball team beat Chantilly 9-0 on Friday in the 6A North region championship game.

Friday, June 5

Snapshot: Under the Rainbow

Mount Vernon High School varsity softball team warms up on the field after a game delay was called due to rain on May 28.

Alexandria 'Appetite': Hidden Gems in Plain Sight

Successful restaurants in unsuspecting places.

Location, location, location — that’s the first tenet of any successful restaurant. A cutthroat business on a good day, restaurants need every advantage they can get in order to thrive, and location is crucial.

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Potomac: Wootton’s Graduates March into the Future

“‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - June 5-7, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of fun things to do this weekend in Fairfax county.

Alexandria: On the Night Shift with City Police

Searching Alexandria’s nooks and crannies with the police.

Over his 10 years in Alexandria, Officer Mark Blackwell has come to know just about every dark corner of Alexandria. Before he turns his patrol car down an alleyway around midnight on May 28, he flicks off his headlights and the car creeps forward.

Thursday, June 4

Springfield 16 Year Old Missing

Cesar “Steven” Boquin Zambrano of Springfield was last seen Monday June 1 around 6:30 a.m. at Robert E Lee High School, according to Fairfax County Police.

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Vienna: Madison Boys' Soccer Secures First State Tournament Berth

Irwin's late goal propels Warhawks past Woodson in region semifinals

The Madison boys' soccer team beat Woodson 1-0 on Wednesday in the 6A North region semifinals.

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Arlington: Congressional Questions

Northern Virginia's four members of Congress — Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, Rob Wittman, and Barbara Comstock — met recently with Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne about their concerns over the proposal to expand and toll I-66. The meeting took place on Capitol Hill.

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PHOTOS: Hot Songs and Cool Jazz

Chantilly High’s 29th annual Jazz & Pizzazz was May 27-30.

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Potomac: New Traffic Light to Alleviate Backups

A new traffic light was installed over the past several weeks at Brickyard Road and MacArthur Boulevard.

Four Seek Democratic Nod for Mount Vernon Supervisor: Dan Storck

Budgets are statements of principles. I firmly believe that education is the cornerstone for continuing to move our communities forward.

Face-Off in 44th District Delegate Primary: Paul Krizek

I worked on the Hill for many years and participated in numerous bipartisan efforts to draft and pass legislation. Also, as a Housing Commissioner I was able to work with all of the Commissioners to work beyond partisanship on matters beneficial to the County.

Four Seek Democratic Nod for Mount Vernon Supervisor: Jack Dobbyn

It is easy to say that FCPS and/or the county must cut trim operating size, or learn to operate with less. Like most individuals around Fairfax County and in the Mt. Vernon District, I recognize that FCPS and the county both have needs, and that we need revenue diversification to ensure our high quality of life is maintained.

Four Seek Democratic Nod for Mount Vernon Supervisor: Tim Sargeant

As the next Mt. Vernon supervisor, I will establish a satellite office in the Mt. Vernon District Supervisor’s office for our next School Board member, so that we can work collaboratively to address the needs of all Mt. Vernon School children.

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Mount Vernon: Peter Williams Memorial Scholarship Awarded

Old Town Alexandria Connections presented its inaugural Peter Williams Memorial Scholarship to local high school graduate, Amy Holm, on April 22 at the Belle Haven Country Club.

Make a Call; Save a Life

Petersen’s “Good Samaritan Overdose Protection” law goes into effect July 1.

Accidental overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, exceeding even motor vehicle accidents among people ages 25 to 64, according to a recently released study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Last year, an estimated 210 heroin overdoses fatalities occurred in Virginia, with the highest number in Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Face-Off in 44th District Delegate Primary: Justin Brown

I’ve spent my career advocating for and working with a wide variety of individuals with different perspectives and objectives.

Four Seek Democratic Nod for Mount Vernon Supervisor: Candice Bennett

As a product of public schools and the daughter of educators, I understand and appreciate the importance of maintaining FCPS’ excellent reputation.

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Mount Vernon: Good Shepherd Church Turns 50

Bishop Paul S. Loverde visited Good Shepherd Catholic Church to take part in a Jubilee Mass in celebration of its 50th anniversary on May 30.

Week in Springfield

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said improperly discarded charcoal ashes caused a pair of fires in Springfield over the weekend.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: June 5-7

Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon for the weekend of June 4-6.

Mount Vernon: Raising Campaign Funds

Democratic candidates’ latest totals.

With just days remaining until the Democratic primary elections in Virginia, candidates have reported their latest campaign fundraising totals through the non-profit organization Virginia Public Access Project.

Fairfax County: Primary Voting

While November’s elections are still months away, voters have the opportunity to select Democratic representatives for several races in the party’s primary on June 9.

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Clifton: Wined Up Toys

Clifton Wine Festival returns for eighth year.

With 15 participating wineries, tasting some from each at the eighth annual Clifton Wine Festival sounds overwhelming. One of the festival organizers, Holly Turner of Burke, doesn’t think making the rounds will be a problem.

Fairfax County: Recognizing Enlisted High School Seniors

Our Community Salutes of Northern Virginia holds its fifth Annual Enlistee Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, June 11, at George Mason University’s Fairfax campus.

Lorton: Young Girl Drowns in Pool

Around 4 p.m. on Memorial Day, Fairfax County Police answered a report of an unresponsive child at a pool in the 9000 block of Lorton Station Boulevard.

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Centreville/Chantilly Weekend Fun: June 5-7

Events in the Centreville and Chantilly area of Fairfax County for the weekend of June 4-6.

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Fairfax County: Moving on ‘Move Over’

Police crackdown, educate about law protecting emergency roadside vehicles and drivers.

Fairfax County Master Police Officer Joe Moore’s front and rear-mounted radar machines whistle and beep with varying frequency as cars barrel past on Interstate 66 around the Fairfax County Parkway.

Mount Vernon: Primary Voting Information

While November’s elections are still months away, voters have the opportunity to select Democratic representatives for several races in the party’s primary on June 9.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: June 5-7

Events in the Arlington area for the weekend of June 4-6.

Letter: Impressed By Candidate

As someone who has lived in the Mount Vernon area all of my life, I came home from UVA this summer with a keen interest in Scott Surovell’s State Senate campaign.

Letter: Listen to Proposal's Neighbors

Last Thursday, I attended a meeting where developer CHPPENN I, LLC presented preliminary proposals for providing affordable housing dwellings on North Hill on Richmond Highway, numbering over 400 including apartments and townhouses. Under the current Zoning and Comprehensive Plan, 67 dwellings may be constructed by right.

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Burke: Robinson Students Compete in National History Tournament

Robinson eighth grader Megan Sullivan didn’t have a history final - she’s taking Civics - but spent a lot of time studying literary history in the last month.

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Fairfax: Northern Virginia Training Center Property Put on Market

Facility for people with disabilities scheduled for March 2016 closure.

According to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, 63 residents still live and receive treatment at the Northern Virginia Training Center, located in Fairfax alongside Braddock Road.

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Mount Vernon: SFDC Hosts Retail Summit

What can work along Route 1?

Three experts in retail development made presentations at the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation’s retail summit at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Tuesday, June 2. They offered case study examples of the evolution of thinking in planning, designing, and implementing retail developments which have applicability for the Route 1 corridor.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: June 5-7

Events in the Potomac area for the weekend of June 4-6.

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Primed for Primary

Democratic supervisor candidates make their cases at Gum Springs forum.

The four candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Mount Vernon District supervisor expressed their commitment and passion before approximately 60 attendees on Monday night’s forum at the Gum Springs Community Center. Primary election day is June 9.

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Alexandria People at Work: Three Generations of Haircuts

Helping clients with style decisions.

David Smith snuggles into his mother's lap with a big grin, clutching his white doggie in one arm and his light blue teddy in the other.

Mount Vernon: Encouraging a Dialogue about Alzheimer’s

Author to speak at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on June 9.

Meryl Comer will be giving a presentation and signing her book, “Slow Dancing with a Stranger,” her memoir recounting her last 20 years as a caregiver, first for her husband and now also for her mother, both of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s.

Wednesday, June 3

Obituary: Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) Hynson H. Marvel, Jr.

On May 8, 2015, Hynson H. Marvel, Jr. died at home with his wife Yvonne by his side. The couple had celebrated 42 years of marriage this past April. Born March 13, 1944, in Avondale, Pa., Hyns was the son of the late Hynson and Marguerite Marvel and the brother of Julianne Deturk.

Editorial: Overdose Deaths Are Preventable

New “safe reporting” law encourages people to seek help in time.

The death rate due to heroin overdose more than doubled between 2010 through 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), with an average increase of 37 percent per year in the United States.

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Fairfax's Countdown to Cappies: Directors’ Comments

Celebrating the best in high-school theater, the 16th annual Cappies Gala will be held this Sunday, June 7, at 7 p.m., at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Fairfax High is up for nine awards for “Big: The Musical,” and Paul VI High, six, for its play, “The Miracle Worker.”

A Bountiful Harvest in Springfield

Local area resident unearths unorthodox gardening method.

An unusual sight awaits those who venture into the front yard garden of Springfield resident Sandy Kester. Rather than viewing patches of soil, visitors can instead marvel at straw bale formations, each growing plants and vegetables from their tops.

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Clifton: Loving Horses and Design

Lisa Brockman wins Virginia Gold Cup hat competition four times.

The date is May 2, and clear, sunny skies smile down on the Virginia Gold Cup horse race.

MV Softball Ends Season in Regional Tournament

Freshman pitcher Anderson key piece of Majors’ future.

Stormy Zyzyk’s senior season of sacrifice came to a close on May 28, ending a high school career that included being selected first-team all-district/conference four times, and receiving first-team all-state honors as a junior.

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Alexandria: Hadeed Marks 60 Years

Alexandria-based company founded in Del Ray.

For Joe Hadeed, it’s the only job he has ever known.

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Alexandria: Wood To Run for City Council

Republican cites need for new ideas.

Alexandria native and retired Lt. Gen. John R. (Bob) Wood, filed paperwork June 3 to officially declare his candidacy for a seat on City Council.

Column: Weight For It; Wait

Given some post-chemotherapy eating challenges I’ve experienced during the past few months, and the subsequent weight loss which has occurred, my oncologist has prescribed Dronabinol, common brand name: Marinol.

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Alexandria: Final Mayoral Debate

Final Mayoral Debate ends on a civil note.

Attendees to the June 2 Democratic Primary Debate, one week before the primary, hoping to see sparks fly between the mayoral candidates may have left disappointed.

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Alexandria: T.C. Williams Baseball Competes at Regional Tournament

Junior pitcher Tovsky helped Titans hang around against Madison.

For three innings, the T.C. Williams baseball team played like a youthful group looking to pull off an upset.

Letter: Mixed Legacy

Bill Euille is a nice person, and he has often spoken kindly of my mother, former City Councilwoman Lois Walker, especially on issues of transportation.

Letter: Eyes Wide Shut or Open?

I applaud all who have written over the past weeks expressing concern for the governance of this city. There appears to be genuine enthusiasm for the June 9 primary which will select the next mayor.

Letter: Talented Progressive

I'm delighted to share a somewhat unique vantage point on one of the many qualified candidates for our House of Delegates 45th District seat.

Letter: Distinct Choices

To say that Bill Euille has been an effective mayor is not a valid statement, since the City of Alexandria is a half billion dollars in debt, with an annual debt service now of $80 million.

Letter: Setting Precedent For Subdivisions

The majority of you assume you will not be directly impacted by the water run off or restricted views which are the almost inevitable impact of the proposed subdivision and development on Vassar Road behind President Ford’s former house, a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in the beautiful historic neighborhood of Clover.

Letter: Balanced Growth

Decades of study refute commonly held beliefs about growth and progress.

Letter: Serial Disrespect

Recent letters and articles have endorsed Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille for reelection. I find Mayor Euille a true gentleman and wonderful spokesman for the city, but these endorsements are disingenuous at best, playing free with the facts about Mayor Euille’s blame (and Candidate Kerry Donley’s) for much of what has gone wrong in Alexandria planning over the last decade.

Letter: A Different Kind of BRAC

Every Alexandrian has had to have heard about BRAC, which stands for Base Realignment and Closure and is the Congressionally authorized process DOD uses to reorganize its base structure for efficiencies of budget and operational readiness. And, certainly, I don’t need to tell anyone where BRAC-133 is located.

Letter: Collaborative and Consensus-Building

We are writing to express our support for Mayor Bill Euille in the June 9 Democratic primary for mayor.

Letter: Developmental Disaster

With the primary election day less than one week away respectively, I think it prudent to evaluate the performance of our governing bodies, the school board, mayor and city council with respect to real estate development.

Letter: A Determined Leader

Many Alexandrians have an important choice on Tuesday, June 9: Our choice for delegate of the 45th District.

Letter: Facts on School Spending

I was surprised to receive a flyer from Kerry Donley last week alleging that his opponents for mayor have not been strong supporters of our public schools. Mr. Donley’s negative advertising of the kind we all abhor is based on half-truths and misrepresentations.

Letter: Addressing Transportation

I am writing to share my personal views in support of Kerry Donley for mayor on June 9. My main concern is transportation.

Letter: Details Are Important

The headline on Mayor Euille’s recent flier proclaims: Developers wanted to bring dump trucks into Old Town. Bill Euille knew there had to be a better way.

Similar To Sports

As Alexandria voters ponder their June 9 choice for mayor, they should evaluate the players as though it were a sporting event rather than a political contest.

Letter: Opposing Subdivision

I am a concerned citizen of the Clover neighborhood who lives directly behind one of recently subdivided lots. Clover is a beautiful, established neighborhood that is steeped in history. Such noted national figures as President Gerald Ford, Watergate Attorney Plato Cacheris, General Barry McCaffrey, and many others have owned homes in Clover. For over 60 years Clover has been a stable, lovely place to live.

Letter: Working Collaboratively

Wouldn't it be great to be able to cast a ballot for a candidate who is a dedicated, selfless member of the community rather than just another career politician?

Letter: Voice for Neighborhoods

As vice mayor of Alexandria, Allison Silberberg has demonstrated thoughtful leadership that represents the citizens rather than the latest development idea. It is time for a mayor who listens, asks questions, and considers all sides of the issue.

Letter: Thoughtful Leader

On Tuesday, June 9, in one of the most important local primaries of recent years, Alexandrians will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the candidate likely to be elected mayor.

Letter: Protect and Reclaim City

It was reported in local newspapers that the city government is considering a new policy of reducing the parking requirements for developers of new projects.

Letter: Committed To Helping People

Mark Levine is my choice to represent me and everyone who lives in the 45th district now that Rob Krupicka has chosen not to run for re-election.

Letter: So Much To Be Done

So Mayor Euille would have everyone believing he's not interested it selling or mortgaging City Hall. This coming from the man who is out to develop every piece of obsolete city property. A man who has constantly pushed through zoning changes to suit developers. Where the newly built building or housing is often triple or quadruple or greater than what was there before.

Letter: Fixing City’s Fiscal Health

The people listed below represent a collective 123 years in local and state elected office. It would be accurate to say that we have seen a wide range of personalities and abilities among those with whom we have served, but this year Alexandria is blessed to have three candidates for mayor who hold in common something very important — a passion for Alexandria.

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Commentary

Although heart disease is often perceived as a health condition affecting men, it is also the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Approximately one-quarter of all deaths in women are due to heart disease.

Letter: Respectful And Inclusive

Last evening I attended a reception for Allison Silberberg. I left more convinced than ever that she is the right person to lead our city as our next mayor.

Letter: Legislating Experience

In the Washington Post’s recent endorsement of a candidate for delegate in Virginia’s 45th district to the 2015 State Legislature (mostly in Alexandria), the editor failed to identify any of his four opponents, list any of the three debates about to occur, or to acknowledge that in objective terms, the only candidate with actual experience writing and crafting state and federal laws is Mark Levine.

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Lafayette in Alexandria: L’Hermione To Be in Port June 10-12

Commentary

Alexandria will soon welcome the French tall ship L’Hermione to its shore.

Letter: ‘Ssshhh’ on Bridgeyard

Ssshhhh … what’s that sound? It appears to be the verdict on “all the news that’s fit to print” about the formerly affordable/workforce housing complex formerly known as Hunting Towers, now the Bridgeyard – Old Town.

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‘Walk 4 Water’ Event at Burke Lake Park

Two-miler raises funds to help thirsty children in Uganda.

Ceci Stillwell and her daughter Kori hurried past mud huts in a dirty village in Uganda searching for an 8-year-old native girl named Topista; the pair was anxious to meet the child they had been sponsoring. Ceci Stillwell, of Woodbridge, Va., first saw Topista’s face in a photo at the New Hope Church in Lorton and immediately knew she needed to help her.

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Burke: Robinson Girls’ Lacrosse Beats Oakton for Region Championship

Schuler leads Rams with 5 goals, goalie Valenti tallies 10 saves.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team beat Oakton 15-6 on Tuesday to win the 6A North region title.

Letter: Stamp Out High-Crime Pockets

Letter to the Editor

Mount Vernon is home to 127,000 residents spread across two police districts. The Mount Vernon police district is the second-smallest in Fairfax County, at just 26 square miles, yet has the most calls for service in the County.

Mount Vernon Crime Report for the Week of May 13

Crime Report for the Week of May 13

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Titan Girls Light Weights Win National Bronze Medal

Two other T.C. Williams boats among fastest in nation.

Seven T.C. Williams crew team boats qualified to compete in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship Regatta on the Cooper River outside of Camden, N.J., this past weekend.

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Alexandria: LTA Stages ‘Dirty Blonde’

Highlights the story of silver screen bombshell Mae West and her climb to fame.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria is staging "Dirty Blonde" from June 6 to 27. A winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, the bawdy show highlights Mae West, one of America's pop culture icons, and her climb to fame.

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Mount Vernon Sports Briefs for the Week of May 6, 2015

Sports Briefs for the Week of May 6, 2015

Mount Vernon Crime Report for the Week of May 27

Mount Vernon Crime Report for the Week of May 27

TC Boys’ Soccer Falls to Langley

The defending state champion T.C. Williams boys’ soccer team ended its 2015 season with a 4-0 loss to Langley in the opening round of the 6A North region tournament on May 27.

Where To Vote

On June 9, Alexandria citizens can vote in the Democratic Primary for 45th District Virginia House of Delegates and Alexandria’s Mayoral Election. The 45th District covers all Alexandrians in Old Town, Carlyle, Del Ray, and residents of the West End north of King Street. To vote, citizens must have a photo identification card, which can include:

Financing a Campaign

Cash contributions do not include “in-kind” donations: contributions in the form of goods and services.

Chamber CEO Retires

Search to replace John Long begins.

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce released a statement June 1 announcing the retirement of President and CEO John Long. Long has been with the Alexandria chamber since March of 2012 and he retires after 25 years as an executive with chambers of commerce around the country.

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That’s Amore

Carluccio’s makes U.S. debut in Old Town.

It was love at first sight as more than 175 people turned out for the grand opening celebration of Carluccio’s, an Italian restaurant and market making its U.S. debut in Alexandria.

Tuesday, June 2

Centreville/Chantilly Roundups for Week of June 3rd

Man Arrested for Burglary

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Chantilly: Remembering, Honoring Reema

8th annual cabaret is Saturday, June 13.

Reema Samaha was one of the victims killed April 16, 2007 at Virginia Tech, but the Westfield High graduate will always be remembered by her friends and family. And each year, a cabaret is held in her honor.

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Young Players Shine in Postseason for Westfield Girls’ Lacrosse

Frosh McNamara, sophomore Markert combine for 9 goals in region semis.

The Westfield girls’ lacrosse program graduated eight seniors from its 2014 state championship team, including all-state athletes Molly O’Sullivan, Meghan Heick and Rachael Ulsh

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Centreville/Chantilly: Local Schools Countdown to Cappies

Directors react to high-school theater nominations.

Celebrating the best in high-school theater, the 16th annual Cappies Gala will be held this Sunday, June 7, at 7 p.m., at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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CVHS Choral Department To Present ‘Broadway Pops’

Summer concert set for this week.

Centreville High School’s Choral Department will present its annual summer concert, “Broadway Pops”, on Thursday and Friday, June 4 and 5, in the CVHS Skip A. Maiden theatre 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

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Centreville/Chantilly Sports Brief

Chantilly Boys’ Lacrosse Headed to States

The Chantilly boys’ lacrosse team qualified for the state tournament with a 9-7 win over Woodson on May 28 in the 6A North region quarterfinals.

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Centreville/Chantilly: ‘Long Time Coming, But Worth the Wait’

Celebrating Stringfellow Road’s reconstruction.

As a major conduit between Chantilly and Centreville, Stringfellow Road is heavily used by area residents. It’s also the gateway to four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school, a regional library, two parks, several athletic fields, churches, shopping centers and highly populated neighborhoods.

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Centreville Girls’ Lacrosse Falls to Oakton in Region Semis

Wildcats still headed to states after quarterfinal victory.

The Centreville girls’ lacrosse team is headed to the state tournament, but not in the fashion they wanted.

Letter: Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's Recent Endorsements

Letter to the Editor

What was the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce thinking with its recent round of endorsements for the November elections?

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Reston Hosts Sprint Triathlon

Community event benefits Cornerstones.

Sunday, May 31, was the date of the Ninth Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon. Proceeds from the event were donated to one of Reston's oldest, and Northern Virginia's most successful, nonprofit organizations, Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith).

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“Reston—A ‘New Town’ Dedicated

Robert E. Simon has a new place to sit in his “new town.”

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Kudzu: ‘The Vine That Ate the South’ Spreads in Potomac

Most people living in the Potomac area are used to a sight common along the beltway and area roadsides. That is, thick masses of coiling, dark green vines climbing all over other native trees and shrubs. This plant is known as kudzu. And like it or not, its reputation is spreading.

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Swinging Into Summer in Reston

Reston Concerts on the Town kicks off Summer with Big Joe and the Dynaflows.

After 25 years, the people of Reston are still dancing about summer. Such a scene was evident at the first Reston Concerts on the Town, hosted this past Saturday.

Letter to the Editor

Positive Movement

To the Editor: Thanks for the great article on Reevesland [“Arlington History for Sale,” May 27]. I lived in nearby Bluemont for nearly 25 years and am very pleased to see this useful old relic of yesteryear get its due consideration.

Potomac: Midyear Financial Checkup

Local financial experts offer advice for assessing financial health.

For those who set financial goals in January, perhaps as part of a New Year’s resolution, the beginning of summer provides an ideal opportunity to re-access those targets, say financial experts.

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Town Celebrates 35th Annual Herndon Festival

Thursday, May 28 was the first day of the 35th Annual Herndon Festival, a time-honored event for historic downtown Herndon.

Letter: Role of Potomac Community Village

Letter to the Editor

Thank you very much for your coverage in the May 27 issue of Potomac Community Village’s birthday party on May 21. However, your article said we had the pleasure of having Congressman John Delaney as our speaker that evening.

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Just Stopping By in Herndon

Marking business appreciation month in Herndon.

More than 1,300 businesses have made Herndon their home.

Sports Brief

Bethesda Big Train To Face T-Bolts In Home Opener

The Bethesda Big Train, a member of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, will face the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in its home opener at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3 at Shirley Povich Field.

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Potomac: New Townhouses Coming on Seven Locks Road

Winchester Homes will soon be constructing 23 townhouses on 5.24 acres along Seven Locks Road across from the Heights School in Potomac.

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Taking a Walk of 500 Miles

Area pastors Reverend Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt and his wife, the Reverend Judith Fulp-Eickstaedt start their 50-day journey in Spain.

The Fulp-Eickstaedt family of Falls Church readily concedes that walking 500 miles across Spain may not be everyone’s idea of a restful summer vacation. They started their 50-day journey May 25 on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail.

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Arlington: Parking Extension Deferred

Concerns over unknowns stall extension of parking meter hours.

Starting in September, Arlingtonians hoping for on-street parking should begin saving those extra quarters. In a unanimous vote at its May 16 meeting, the County Board approved a 25 cent-per-hour increase in metered parking rates. However, the board deferred a vote on the more controversial extension of operating hours until it receives a more detailed analysis of the extension’s effects.

Emergency Repairs for Bridge

Prior to morning rush hour on Friday, May 29, the National Park Service, at the recommendation of Federal Highway Administration, closed both curbside lanes and 4 feet of the adjoining sidewalks across the drawbridge span of Arlington Memorial Bridge and posted a 10-ton load limit across the entire length of the bridge.

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Afternoons on Church Street in Vienna Debuts May 31

Vienna Arts Society hosted kids’ activities, artworks.

Afternoons on Church Street kicked off its debut on a steamy-hot Sunday, May 31, from 1 to 5 p.m., with exhibits and children’s activities planned and hosted by the Vienna Arts Society [VAS].

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Vienna: Oakton Girls’ Lacrosse Beats Centreville in Region Semis

Cougars headed to state tournament after win over Madison.

The Oakton girls' lacrosse team defeated Centreville 17-16 in overtime Saturday.

News Briefs

Meeting on Transforming I-66

The Virginia Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, will host a public information meeting on June 17, 6:30-8:30 pm at Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St.,

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VDOT Adds New Alternative to I-66 Expansion

Residents call for rail solution at Vienna meeting.

Representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation presented Alternative 2C, in addition to Alternatives 2A and 2B, at Oakton High School in Vienna on Thursday, May 28.

NAMI-Arlington Honors Four

State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) leads the list of four Arlingtonians selected to receive NAMI-Arlington 2015 Recognition Awards for their efforts to improve services to those living with mental illness.

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Centreville Girls’ Lacrosse Falls to Oakton in Region Semis

Wildcats still headed to states after quarterfinal victory.

The Centreville girls' lacrosse team lost to Oakton in overtime on Saturday.

Yorktown Girls’ Soccer Loses in Region Quarterfinals

Sports Brief

Yorktown Girls’ Soccer Loses in Region Quarterfinals

Sierra Club Awards Lopez

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49) has earned a 100 percent rating from the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra for his voting record during the 2015 General Assembly Session.

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Concerts on the Green Return to Great Falls

Favorite Great Falls summer tradition spans over two decades.

The band Mike Terpak Blues Explosion performed Sunday evening at the Great Falls Village Centre Green to kickoff the annual summer series, “Concerts on the Green.”

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Chantilly: Young Players Shine in Postseason for Westfield Girls’ Lacrosse

Frosh McNamara, sophomore Markert combine for 9 goals in region semis.

The Westfield girls' lacrosse team earned a state tournament berth.

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Arlington: 34zero9 Micro-Gallery Now Open

Barbara Januszkiewicz wants people to have the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Holly Golightly experience at the new 34zero9 gallery in Arlington.

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ArtFest Brings Great Falls Community Together

Local organizations come together to create a weekend of art festivities.

When Great Falls Studios decided to add a spring show to supplement their annual October show a few years ago, they struggled to find a large enough building after trying multiple indoor venues.

Arlington Police Documented in Pictures

Retired officer writes history of county police department.

Some few years ago, Janet Rowe attended a law enforcement officer convention in Pittsburgh and was impressed with that city’s police museum. On another occasion, she came across a book telling the history of the Alexandria Police Department. Nothing comparable existed for Arlington’s police department. She bided her time and this year took a first step in remedying the situation. “Arlington County Police Department” is now on booksellers’ shelves.

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Arlington: Out of the Classroom and into the Garden

Adding life skills while growing plants.

Fallon Keplinger, or Ms K., as her middle school students and fellow teachers call her, has only been at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington since October of 2014, but she’s jumped in with both feet.

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Fairfax Inova Escapee Indicted

When Arlington resident Wossen Assaye, 43, escaped from private security guards and fled Inova Fairfax Hospital, he added to a litany of existing charges. The escape, subsequent manhunt and capture within several hours in Washington, D.C. took place Tuesday, March 31.

Arlington: 45th District Candidates Struggle To Out-Democrat Each Other

Democratic primary candidates find differences on education and environment.

If residents are having a difficult time differentiating between the platforms of the five Democratic candidates running for the 45th district delegate seat, they are not alone.

Monday, June 1

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Summer Fun, Summer Safety

Tips for averting summer danger.

It’s a familiar call. The sun beams down from mid-summer sky. Temperatures rise above 95 degrees Fahrenheit, but safety conditions start to plummet.