Stories for March 2015

Stories for March 2015


Tuesday, March 31

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Fairfax One: ‘Ambulance in the Air’

A close-up look at Fairfax County’s police helicopter.

Members of the Sully District Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) recently toured Fairfax County’s heliport, got to speak with a pilot and saw the Fairfax One helicopter up close. It’s a twin-engine, Bell 429 and does both police and medivac missions for the county. And one of its pilots, PFC Nick Taormina, is a paramedic as well as a police officer.

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Chantilly Boys’ Lax Bounces Back from First Loss

The Chantilly boys’ lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season on March 26, falling to Robinson, 7-4, in a matchup of state powerhouses.

News Briefs for the Week of April 1



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Potomac: ‘Girls’ Night Out’ Features Author Iris Krasnow

Women gather for a night of learning and laughter

“The Healing Power of Women’s Friendships” — a timely topic for a “Girls Night Out” evening — set the tone and spirit for an evening featuring the wisdom of journalist and New York Times best-selling author Iris Krasnow.

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Potomac Doctor Fixes Broken Hearts

“Heart healer” Craig Sable saves lives of Ugandan children.

“I am staring at a list of the names of over 100 Ugandan children with holes, blockages and leaks in their heart, knowing that for some, in a few short weeks, the dream that they and their families have been praying for will finally come true...."

Out & About: Spring (Finally) Finds Potomac

Out & About: Spring (Finally) Finds Potomac

Column: Emerging from the Polar Vortex

Spring is here; time to dig in and preserve the local environment.

It seems like such a short time ago that the words “polar” and “climate change” prompted only images of iconic polar bears searching for the last melting Arctic ice floes. Few of us had even heard of “polar vortexes” and their impacts on the Potomac Subregion, but we have all learned rapidly about this other, more local, effect of climate change. Now, finally, the daffodils are budding up and it appears the long winter is over.

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Move Me Festival Gets Arlington Moving

Bowen McCauley Dance returned to Kenmore Middle School last Saturday with the 6th annual Move Me Festival. Music, theatre and dance workshops and performances were held throughout the afternoon in the middle school.

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Participants serve Arlington Works! as part of their year-long service commitment.

AmeriCorps members pledge to get things done for America. When they embark upon their year of community service, they vow to unite fellow Americans and strengthen communities. The now eight-member Arlington Works! AmeriCorps team has been doing just this since the partnership started in 2011. This year’s Arlington Works! team is the fourth AmeriCorps team to work with two non-profits, the Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) and Edu-Futuro, a partner program of Arlington Public Schools that sets out to ensure opportunities for children of immigrant families.

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Fehr and Duncan Edwards Read ‘The Bulliest Dozer’ to Arlington Students

Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr and co-author Pamela Duncan Edwards participate in a Q&A session with nearly 50 Key Elementary School students following a reading of “The Bulliest Dozer.”

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Arlington: Nunez-­Led Washington-Lee Generals Not Surprising Anyone

W-­L boys’ soccer expects to face defensive-­minded opponents.

The Washington-Lee boys' soccer team is off to a 3-0-1 start.

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NoVa TEEN Book Festival Featured 21 Authors

NoVa TEEN Book Festival featured 21 authors in four main event panels and 16 smaller Q&A-driven breakout sessions; the event closed out with a keynote speech from New York Times bestselling author Matt de la Peña, whose latest release is “The Living.”

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Arlington: Nunez-Led Washington-Lee Generals Not Surprising Anyone

W-L boys’ soccer expects to face defensive-minded opponents.

Washington-Lee forward Maycol Nunez dominated opponents during a stellar sophomore season, scoring 37 goals while leading the Generals to the 2014 VHSL 6A state final.

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Arlington Courtroom Drama

Public Defenders protest pay inequality with Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

“You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”

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Vienna: Marshall Baseball Coach Tarr Pleased with Pitching Performances

Statesmen competitive against perennial powers Madison, PVI.

The Marshall baseball team received a pair of promising early-season pitching performances.

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Potomac: Churchill Senior Dubick Breaks Maryland Points Record

Attackman surpasses previous record of 380 points.

Churchill's Louis Dubick is approaching state records for career goals and assists.

Police Captain Graduates from FBI Academy

Captain Graham H. McGowan is the Fairfax County Police Department’s latest graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, which has just completed its 259th session.

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RA Members to Vote April 13- May 8 on Tetra Purchase

Reston Association members will vote on whether to purchase the 3.47 acre Tetra property located at 11450 Baron Cameron Ave. for $2.65 million.

Column: Return on Investment

Constituents contacted me recently about a Richmond Times Dispatch article headline they felt was misleading: “Ken Plum says Pre-K education leads to less crime and welfare.”

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Oakton and Marshall High School Teams Go to Nationals at Robotics Competition

This Friday and Saturday annual Greater DC Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition was held at the Patriot Center: 48 teams primarily from Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland created robots to compete in this year’s game “Recycle Rush.”

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in the town of Herndon

Oak Hill Resident Performs 10 Months of National Service

Rubina Ellis of Oak Hill is one of 96 men and women that pledged to perform 10 months of national service as part of the Atlantic Region’s 21st Class of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.

Photography Contest Winners Announced

The Vienna Parks and Recreation Department has announced the winners of its 2015 amateur photography contest, held March 21 and 22, at the Vienna Community Center. There were 227 entries by 66 photographers.

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Fox Mill Elementary Welcomes Musicians From Japan

School hosts a concert from Aun-J Classic Orchestra, and performs at the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

On a morning not too long ago, students at Fox Mill Elementary School experienced an exciting opportunity to meet the members of Aun-J Classic Orchestra from Japan.

Vienna Theatre Company Presents 'Other Desert Cities'

Rosemary Hartman, director of Vienna Theatre Company’s next production described “Other Desert Cities” as “a play with plenty of political overtones in a world of power and influence, but driven by a complex family situation and a big secret.”

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Vienna Children Learn about Micro and Macro Economies

Westbriar Elementary School children learn about financial literacy.

Students in Future Business Leaders of America spent the day teaching Westbriar Elementary School students in Vienna about financial literacy during “JA in a Day.”

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Girl Scouts Troop 3651 Raise Money for Honor Flights

Film and presentations explain the importance of getting veterans to Washington D.C. to see their monuments.

Girl Scout Troop 3651 organized a screening of the moving Honor Flight, and invited two World War II veterans, Howard Jester and George Hanna, to speak to the audience after the film.

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Inspiring Middle School Girls to Pursue STEM Careers

A capacity crowd of 500 middle school girls and parents filled the NOVA-Annandale Ernst Center auditorium on Saturday, March 21, to attend STEMtastics 2015.

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Robert H. Bork III Awarded Eagle Scout Medal

Robert H. Bork III, 17, of McLean, received the Boy Scouts¹ highest award of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted by Troop 869 at Trinity United Methodist Church.

McLean Theatre Company Presents ‘The Laramie Project’

The McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) presents the renowned docudrama “The Laramie Project,” April 9-12. Directed by Amy Poe, the award-winning company uses a series of interviews to piece together the facts and fabrications surrounding the tragic 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard.

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MPA Celebrates Youth Art Month

On March 25, McLean Project for the Arts welcomed hundreds of students and their families for the opening reception for Youth Art Month Part 2: Langley High School Pyramid.

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Video Art by David Carlson on Exhibit

Water Unspoken: Video by David Carlson will run April 16 through May 30 at McLean Project for the Arts (MPA).

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A Guest of Honor at Churchill Road

Churchill Road fifth graders in Sue Lackey and Rick Woler’s science classes had a special visitor on the day before spring break.

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Welcoming Spring at Churchill Road

Despite the wintry weather, Churchill Road first and second graders are preparing for spring.

Touring with Walt Whitman in Arlington

Tour guide Garrett Peck debuts “Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet.”

Arlington historian, author and tour guide Garrett Peck will showcase his latest book “Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War of America’s Great Poet” at One More Page Books.

"Flourishing After 55" for April 12-18

Office of Senior Adult Programs Department of Parks and Recreation 300 N. Park Dr., Arlington, VA 22203 703-228-4744

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Lift Me Up Celebrates its 40th Anniversary in Great Falls

Horses assisted Camron Saba's preparation for Langley High School's crew team. "I love horses, I just like riding," said Camron, 15, a sophomore.

Monday, March 30

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Fairfax County School Board Votes Down Veterans Day School Holiday

Fairfax Station resident Steven Hunt, retired U.S. Navy, put it bluntly: “Votes count, words don’t.” That was following a vote in which all but two members of the Fairfax County School Board voted against an amendment to the 2015-2016 calendar that would have made Veterans Day a school holiday.

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Children Celebrate Spring in Great Falls

Adeler Jewelers and Great Falls Optimist Club join forces for Easter Egg Hunt and fun.

Hundreds of children turned out for the 31st annual Children’s Spring Festival last Sunday, March 29, at the Village Centre in Great Falls. The event that included an Easter Egg Hunt and many inflatable rides and games was sponsored by Adeler Jewelers and the Great Falls Optimist Club.

Friday, March 27

Editorial: Good, Bad and Ugly

A look at recently ended session of the Virginia General Assembly.

The 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly came to an end last week, and some of the biggest news was about what it did not do.

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City of Fairfax Seeks Public Input to Improve Old Lee Highway

To the City of Fairfax, Old Lee Highway is a critically important road leading residents to homes, schools, businesses, shopping, the police station, Sherwood Community Center and Van Dyke Park. But believing it can be improved, the City applied for and received a grant for technical assistance to help determine what should be done there.

Springfield Holds Budget Meeting

Education, Superintendent salary, retirement dominate heated debate.

Fairfax County Executive Ed Long and Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) met with Springfield residents at the lobby of the West Springfield District Police Station on Wednesday, March 18 to discuss the county’s proposed budget. About 25 people gathered at the impromptu meeting place due to a scheduling conflict with another group for the meeting room.

Thursday, March 26

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - March 27-29, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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

Classified Advertising March 25, 2015

Read the latest ads here!

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Spring Fun in Alexandria & Mount Vernon

Spring Fun in Alexandria and Mt. Vernon

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Spring Fun in Potomac

Spring Fun in Potomac

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Spring Fun in Arlington

Spring Fun in Arlington

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Spring Fun in Centreville/Chantilly

Spring Fun in Centreville/Chantilly

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George Mason’s Dance Company Presents “2015 Dance Gala Concert”

Dance is a captivating art form. An exploration set to music. It is motion and stillness, turns and jumps done with personal style. It is “Shakespeare in the air,“ according to William Reeder, dean, George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts. He called dance at Mason “simply extraordinary, and world-class.”

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The Shepherd's Center of Fairfax-Burke Hosts Spring Fashion Show

The Shepherd's Center of Fairfax-Burke held its first fashion show for the fashion conscious women of Fairfax and Burke.

Del. Dave Albo to Seek Re-election

Del. Dave Albo (R-42) recently announced he had submitted paperwork on March 18 to run in the Republican primary and seek re-election for his seat.

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South County High School Closing in on Fundraising Goal for Artificial Turf

South County High School is looking for real green to transform into artificial green. The school plans to replace two natural grass fields -- the football stadium and track -- with artificial turf that can withstand increased foot traffic and play during rain or snow, and cost less to maintain.

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Mount Vernon: The Magic of Giving Back

Friends of UCM hosts annual Spring Gala for United Community Ministries.

United Community Ministries executive director Nichelle Mitchem wasted no time addressing the challenges she and the multi-faceted service organization are facing. Heavy on her mind is the Healthy Families program, aimed at preventing child abuse through intensive home visits to first-time parents, that’s slated to be eliminated in FY2016.

Planning Commission to Decide on Vulcan Quarry in Lorton

The Fairfax County Water Authority has proposed increasing the land area for the Griffith Water Treatment Plant and reconfiguring the Vulcan Materials quarry in Lorton to be used for water storage.

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West Springfield High School Hosts Job and Opportunity Fair

Robinson graduate Jackson Muse was looking for some professional direction. Currently a junior political science major at Shepherd University in West Virginia, he’s worked at Barnes & Noble but is potentially interested in counseling for the Fairfax County Park Authority, or helping open the new Wegmans at Hilltop Village Center.

Letter: Too Much Talk of Lawsuits

Letter to the Editor

Can you believe it? Mayor Euille has declared another legal war.

News Briefs for the Week of March 25

News Briefs

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Del. David Bulova's Safe Sleep for Infants Bill Signed Into Law

On March 17, Governor McAuliffe signed into law House Bill 1515 sponsored by Del. David Bulova (D-37) to require that hospitals and others providing maternity care give new parents information on safe sleep environments for newborns.

Del. Filler-Corn to Hold Office Hours in West Springfield

Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) will hold March office hours at Panera Bread, 6230 Rolling Rd, West Springfield, 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29. No appointment necessary.

Classes Canceled after Bomb Threat at Lake Braddock Secondary School

Lake Braddock Secondary School staff received a bomb threat via email, according to the school and Fairfax County Public schools representative John Torre.

Police Investigating Reported Assault of Two Mongolian Students in Burke

Two students from Mongolia were reportedly given alcohol and sexually assaulted in a Burke area house on March 8, according to Fairfax County Police.

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Mount Vernon: Remembering Hannah Graham

A remembrance at West Potomac Softball home opener.

Ruddy cheeks glistened with sweat and tears following a home opener for the West Potomac softball team.

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League of Women Voters Hosts Forum on Firearms, Domestic Violence and Suicide in Burke

Among intimate partner homicides in Fairfax County in 2009 and 2010, firearms were the fatal weapon 60 percent of the time, nearly double the next closest implement: knives. Fairfax County domestic violence coordinator Sandra Bromley shared this and further information at an information forum on gun use in domestic violence and suicide held at Pohick Library on March 22.

Obituary: Evelyn May Poole


Evelyn May Poole died in her home on March 19, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

Letter: Predictable MVCCA

Letter to the Editor

Reminiscent of the movie "Groundhog Day," if it is March, it is time for the MVCCA to enact a budget resolution in time to be considered by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) during its budget deliberations. Invariably, the resolution urges the BOS to raise every category of tax to the maximum amount possible in order to fund the grand designs of MVCCA leaders. This year is no exception.

Letter: Supervisors OK Raises

Letter to the Editor

Well, your taxes will be going higher again. Despite a revenue shortfall for the next Fairfax County budget year, on March 3, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) continued to disregard the taxpayer by approving a $20,000 raise (26.66 percent in pay that will total $95,000 annually for a part-time supervisor job and the chairman's salary was increased $25,000 (33 ⅓ percent) for a total of $100,000 annually.

Letter: Stand Up For Safety

Letter to the Editor

I am mother of two elementary school kids, a resident of Alexandria, and am deeply concerned about a bill pending in Congress that would force each state to recognize concealed carry permits from every other state.

Letter: Is a House of Worship Just Another House?

Letter to the Editor

Saturday night March 21, 2015, sometime during the night, person or persons unknown, broke into Messiah Lutheran Church. They broke in through a window and broke several doors looking for whatever monies they thought we might have. Nothing was vandalized, this time. Several years ago, a break in occurred. Then a stained glass window was broken and a cross was damaged.

Column: Why Little League Matters


As I write this, millions of boys and girls in countries around the world are beginning another season playing baseball and softball in more than 7,000 Little League programs. Little League is the world’s largest youth sports organization, run in large part by adult volunteers who give their time and energy to create the opportunity for children from age 4 to 18 to play baseball and softball on local neighborhood fields with their friends and classmates.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Softball Looking for Conference 7 Supremacy

Orleans’ pitching heroics help Wolverines beat Majors in opener.

West Potomac senior Jayne Orleans headed to the dugout to get warm after pitching five innings during the Wolverines’ season opener against Mount Vernon on March 18.

Leibig of Alexandria Teaches Digital Evidence in Jamaica

Local attorney to lecture in Wales and Canada later this year.

In the fifth in a series of lectures at foreign law schools, local attorney and former Alexandria public defender Chris Leibig traveled to Kingston, Jamaica to speak at the Norman Manley Law School about digital evidence.

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Column: Alexandria Recreation Center, Twist to St. Paddy’s Day


The City of Alexandria’s Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center rocked the green on St. Patrick’s Day. From little leprechauns in tutus, green eggs and nuggets, not ham, marshmallows dripped in green chocolate and green popcorn, participants from Youth Achieving Greatness put a twist into St. Paddy’s Day.

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Letter: Next Journey for Seaport Foundation

Letter to the Editor

Tucked away in Robinson Terminal Warehouse, where they have been building boats and changing lives, the Alexandria Seaport Foundation has been part of lower Duke Street’s landscape for over 10 years. Graham Holdings Company, landlord to ASF, has been helping the Foundation prepare financially for the move over the past year. ASF will relocate at the end of March to the James McIlhenny Seaport Center, its handcrafted timber frame perched along the Potomac River, adjacent to Founders Park.

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Letter: Still Much To Be Done

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of Virginia Fair Share, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the City Council of Alexandria.

Letter: Thanks from The Ballyshaners

Letter to the Editor

The Ballyshaners enjoyed hosting our 34th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria on March 7.

Letter: Is Safety A Priority?

Letter to the Editor

As most of us know, the three basic tenants of local government are the health, welfare and safety of its residents.

Column: Filling the Gap

Why should young people volunteer? Isn't that something only seniors do? Not at all. Young people who volunteer gain valuable insight into the inner workings of their communities and are able to obtain a wider perspective by supporting the diverse missions of nonprofit organizations. Volunteering is more than just a few hours of free labor; it's an opportunity for networking, skill building and individual growth.

Column: Senior Services of Alexandria Introduce New Program for Seniors: ‘Groceries to Go’

Senior Services of Alexandria has a new service for seniors as part of its Senior Nutrition Program called "Groceries to Go." This service is for seniors 60 and over who live in the City of Alexandria and have a difficult time grocery shopping on their own.

Column: Working Together for the Alexandria Community


On Wednesday, March 25, the Alexandria Council of Human Service Organizations (ACHSO) released its recently completed report “Meeting Needs Today: A Needs Assessment of the Alexandria Human Services System” — an update of the last needs assessment in 2008. This is the second in a series of studies commissioned by ACHSO following last year’s “Return on Investment: Alexandria Nonprofit Impact Report.” Both studies can be downloaded at:

Obituary: William Anderson Payne


William Anderson Payne, 93, a native Alexandrian, died Friday, March 13, 2015. He retired from Southern Railway after 42 years of service, was an active member of The Fraternal Order of Eagles and was a member of the Andrew Jackson Lodge #120, A.F.&A.M.

Obituary: Michael Graves


The architect and designer of the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, Michael Graves, died from natural causes on March 12, 2015.

Obituary: Gloria June Miles Hanback


On March 20, 2015, Alexandria lost one of its long-time residents.

Norfolk: Transloading Changes

By letter on March 19, Norfolk Southern Corporation advised the City of Alexandria that it plans to make changes to its ethanol transloading facility in the West End area of Alexandria.

News Brief: Arrest in 7-11 Robbery

The Alexandria Police Department arrested a 30-year-old Washington D.C. man on March 18 for a robbery that occurred at the 7-11 convenience store located in the 4600 block of Kenmore Avenue on Dec. 11, 2014. He is currently awaiting extradition from Washington D.C.

Brief: Quintanilla Sentenced To Serve 21 Years

On March 19, in the Alexandria Circuit Court, Jose M. Quintanilla, 44, was sentenced on one count of forcible sodomy, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of production of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

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Alexandria: Negotiation for Budget Funds

Schools and city clash over continued budget gap.

The deadline for proposing a tax rate increase for fiscal year 2016 passed on March 17 without any update from the city, meaning the funding in the current budget is all of the funding that will be available. For Alexandria police officers and city employees, that means a pay increase and additional career opportunities inside their departments. For Alexandria public schools, who were hoping a last minute decision to raise the tax rate might be enough to cover the $3 million gap between the school’s budget and the city manager’s proposed budget, the news means budget discussions between now and May are going to be tense.

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Mt. Vernon: NOVA's Scholarships Provide Security Net

In 2011, Mount Vernon resident Dr. Glenn B. Fatzinger and his daughter Jennifer created a pair of scholarships to memorialize their wife and mother Harriet H. Fatzinger. Harriet was an elder and chair of the Congregational Care Council at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, where she helped co-founded a regular Friday-night fellowship program called Agape Reservoir that continues to serve individuals with special needs in the Mount Vernon Area.

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Alexandria: Defending Champion T.C. Williams Titans Looking for Offense

T.C. Williams must find way to score without standout Williamson.

Late in Tuesday's match against Centreville, Sebastian Hendi thought back to last season, when the T.C. Williams boys’ soccer team would blast the ball ahead to Eryk Williamson and let the talented striker do what he does best: put the ball in the net and help the Titans win.

Wednesday, March 25

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Perennial Power Chantilly Boys’ Lax Teaches Lesson to Herndon

Hornets goalkeeper Mach plays well in defeat.

The Chantilly boys' lacrosse team beat Herndon 10-1 on Monday.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Softball Looking for Conference 7 Supremacy

Orleans’ pitching heroics help Wolverines beat Majors in opener.

West Potomac softball is off to a 4-0 start.

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Alexandria: Defending Champion Titans Looking for Offense

T.C. Williams boys' soccer must find way to score without standout Williamson.

The T.C. Williams boys' soccer team has a different look following its state championship run in 2014.

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Great Falls: Langley Boys’ Lax Bounces Back From Historic Loss

Saxons beat Yorktown in home opener.

The Langley boys' lacrosse team won a pair of games after opening the season with its first ever loss to McLean.

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Fairfax: Is Robinson Boys Lacrosse Team Confident or Cocky?

Defending state champion Rams have high expectations.

Robinson improved to 3-0 with win over Dominion.

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Virginia Bronze In Concert

Virginia Bronze performed to a crowd of more than 200 at the Masonic Auditorium on King Street on Sunday, March 17.

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Marking International Women’s Day in Alexandria

Ten Thousand VIllages sales benefit Alexandria’s domestic abuse program.

Thirteen-year-old Sage Boucher knew it was International Women’s Day on March 8. She alerted her family to the fact when she checked her social media in the morning: “Tumblr had it, and I always check Google graphics first thing because if something is going on, the graphic will hint at it.” They were going to get cupcakes to celebrate.

Column: Mentor of The Month


“I hate it. I don’t want to read it anymore.” That was Arianna’s first reaction to “Runny Babbit” by Shel Silverstein.

Elizabeth Kluegel and Lewis Freeman In Concert

Elizabeth Kluegel and Lewis Freeman sing Donizetti: Don Pasquale duet, at the Rock Spring Concert series on Feb. 8 entitled “What is This Thing Called Love?"

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Alexandria: Getting Ready for Best Bib & Tucker Ball

This year the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society is putting on Gadsby’s Best Bib & Tucker Ball - Black & White Masquerade on Saturday, April 11. The term Best Bib and Tucker refers to one’s best clothes and was first used in 1747 in the translation of the Marquis d'Argens' “New Memoirs Establishing a True Knowledge of Mankind:” "The Country-woman minds nothing on Sundays so much as her best Bib and Tucker."

Alexandria Delays, Costs In Severance Trial

Motions and delays continued in the ongoing pre-trial for Charles Severance, accused of three murders in Alexandria.

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Notes from the Producer: ‘The Island’ Returns to MetroStage.

I have wanted to bring “The Island” back to our stage since 1991 when it was first produced in our little storefront on Duke Street. Original cast member Doug Brown has returned to the role of Winston 24 years later. In the theatre, time really does fly.

Pennies for Patients: Alexandria's MacArthur students raise $8,443.17.

MacArthur students raise $8,443.17.

With the support of family, friends, and teachers, the students of Douglas MacArthur Elementary were able to raise $8,443.17 during their three-week Pennies for Patients campaign. MacArthur students collected pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to benefit the work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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People at Work: A Day of Cleaning Teeth

A Day of Cleaning Teeth — and bringing down blood pressure.

"Open wide." Sidney Siewert offers her patient sunglasses because the light is bright and “so that the minty grit doesn't get in her eyeballs.” Siewert is a dental hygienist for Dr. Daniel Cassidy on Duke Street. She begins with a periodontal exam. "I'm checking her gums. We do this every couple of years so we can keep track of patterns." Cassidy stops by for a short chat. "How are her gums?" So far, so good. Siewert proceeds to the scaling of Tiny Colby's teeth that she says takes most of the hour appointment. "This is to clean the tartar from the teeth," Siewert said.

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Alexandria: Fighting Fires Without Firefighters

Fire Station 210: No firefighters until 2016?

Fire Station 210 is one of the newest and nicest buildings around the Van Dorn Metro area. It is full three-story building with four operation bays and a training tower. Except it doesn’t have any firefighters. Currently the facility is staffed by emergency medical technicians. Acting City Manager Mark Jinks said that, while the original plan was to have the facility be fully staffed by the end of 2015, “that process could be pushed back to the end of 2016.”

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Alexandria: Fun with 18th Century Science

The Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge met on Sunday, March 22, at the Apothecary Shop in Alexandria. The society is led by science educator and living history instructor Dean Howarth and is comprised of students attending McLean High School. Each student studies the life and work of an 18th century thinker and reenacts that individual.

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Alexandria: Making 19,970 Packets — and Saving Lives

Temple Beth El hosts rehydration packet project.

“At my table this morning there was a massage therapist from Old Town; he came with a girl who had just been accepted to medical school,” said Dave Ingold, a volunteer from Emmanuel on the Hill Church who had been there all day.

Chantilly Police Commander: ‘Everyone Is Here to Help’

Lt. Todd Kinkead heads the station’s Criminal Investigations Section.

Basically, the officers of the Sully District Police Station are successful at what they do and things should only get better from here. That was the message presented during February’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting.

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Chantilly: ‘State of the Station’ Meeting Reviews Statistics

Residents receive statistics and information at “State of the Station” meeting.

Residents at a recent meeting of the Sully District Police Station and its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) learned about crime and policing efforts in the Sully District. They also received information about last year’s crime trends and the ways local police here are serving the community.

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Centreville: ‘A Way for Something Good'

Emotional beginning for Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

While several other members of the recently created Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission stated their general intent to listen and learn and help, Salvatore Culosi had a more specific request. “My son would still be alive today,” Culosi said, “but for 2006 Fairfax County policies to routinely use SWAT and aggressive procedures against citizens certified to be low risk.”

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Cartoon: Barges

“Ironically, it’s the first load of money needed to pay for the barges.”

Column: Health Matters More

I realize money doesn’t buy happiness, although I wouldn’t mind renting it.

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‘Homework Helpers’ Expands, Serving Four Schools

Parent-led program matches middle school tutors with elementary students.

For two years now, a group of seventh and eighth grade students at Rocky Run Middle School have been working with local elementary school students every Tuesday and Wednesday night to tackle different academic obstacles.

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Centreville/Chantilly: Housing Expo Draws Crowds

Home-ownership, rental opportunities and related services dominate event.

“Those most in need of these services and resources benefit the most when we can bring so many providers and organizations together in this one-stop shop format.” In that one sentence, Laura Nickle, owner of Communi-k, Inc. and the organizer – for the fourth time – of the Northern Virginia Housing Expo, summed up the event being held at Herndon High School on Saturday, March 21. “There is still a great need for affordable housing throughout our entire region,” she added, “and this is a great partnership of related services that can bring the information and assistance to the largest audience.”

Fairfax County Town Hall Budget Meeting Scheduled in Franconia

Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) and Fairfax County School Board chairman Tammy Derenak-Kaufax were scheduled host one of the last town hall meetings for the advertised FY2016 county budget on March 25 at the Franconia Governmental Center in Alexandria.

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At 10, YouTube as Marketing Tool Comes of Age

Web site serves variety of business needs.

Listing a pool table in a real estate ad is one way to market a property, but watching the cue ball break the rack, via a YouTube video “shows the excitement,” said local real estate agent Ann Duff, who incorporates video as a big part of her marketing plan. In its 10th year of existence, using YouTube is apparent throughout “new media” marketing plans in Northern Virginia.

Column: Investing in Families Strengthens Communities


The Fairfax County proposed $7.13 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 comes at devastating cost for the most vulnerable families in our community. Included in the budget is the complete elimination of Healthy Families, a nationally recognized, evidence-based child abuse and neglect prevention program that serves hundreds of at-risk families.

Letter: Persecution By Faith

Letter to the Editor

In Pakistan, twin bombings in the city of Lahore attacked two Christian churches during their Sunday service.

Centreville Students Shine at Science Fair

Projects included music, sports, energy, hearing and plant growth.

At Centreville High’s recent Science Fair, students displayed their projects in the school cafeteria for judging; below are details about a few of them.

Chantilly/Centreville: Fashion, Music and Silent Auction

Fairfax Salvation Army fundraiser set for the Waterford.

The 35th annual Fashion Show, Luncheon, and Silent Auction sponsored by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fairfax County Corps will be held on Friday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Waterford at Fair Oaks (across from Fair Oaks Mall). Fashions will be presented by Lord & Taylor.

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Chantilly Boys’ Lax to Face Robinson in Battle of State Powers

Chargers beat Herndon 10-1 Monday.

The Chantilly boys’ lacrosse team spent the first half of Monday’s game at Herndon playing like a group potentially looking ahead to Thursday’s matchup with defending state champion Robinson. The Chargers’ second-half performance assured any slip-ups would not result in defeat.

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Helping Special Olympics

Participants, friends and long-time supporters of Fairfax Adult Softball, Inc. united together in January for the 15th Annual Benefit Bowling Tournament to raise funds for Northern Virginia Special Olympics and Fairfax County Park Authority field improvements.

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Cappies Review: Centreville High School's ‘Beauty and the Beast’

On a dark and stormy night, a selfish prince denies an old woman refuge in his palace … and is left with a curse that can only be broken by true love. Thus begins Centreville High School’s spellbinding production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Out & About in Potomac

March: In Like a Lion, Up and Down Like a Gazelle

March: In Like a Lion, Up and Down Like a Gazelle

Tuesday, March 24

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Potomac: Collecting Shoes To Fight Against Poverty

Junior Girl Scout Troop 642 spearheads Soles4Souls shoe drive.

Everyone has a pair of shoes or two that aren’t as comfortable as they would like, don’t go with anything they have — or that they are just plain tired of. Residents should dig deep in their closets and bring their “gently used” shoes to the Potomac United Methodist Church (PUMC) at 9908 South Glen Road in Potomac on Sunday, March 29 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. By donating shoes, residents will be helping Soles4Souls, a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting the “devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty.”

Potomac Sports Briefs for the Week of March. 25, 2015

The Churchill boys’ lacrosse team opened the 2015 season with a 23-2 win over Kennedy at home on Monday.

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Potomac: Beer, Wine and Sake Added to En Bistro

Restaurant receives liquor license.

Since opening this past year, En Bistro and Sushi has impressed the Potomac community with its fresh sushi and sashimi, served in a manner that resembles a piece of fine art, instead of a dinner entrée. The small restaurant, located behind the Verizon store and next to Tally Ho in the Potomac Village Shopping Center is a Japanese bistro, complete with a kimono, once owned by a Japanese movie actor. The kimono was sent to owner Billy Ye by his mother many years ago — and he has been waiting to find the just right spot for hanging it.

News Brief: Fields Opening Delayed, Potomac

The opening of all Montgomery Parks’ park and elementary / middle school athletic fields (excluding synthetic turf fields) have been delayed from the original opening date of March 15 until April 1 at the earliest, due to this year’s harsh winter weather conditions.

Brief: Later School Start Times in Potomac

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted to change school starting and ending times for the public schools effective for the 2015-2016 school year — moving middle and high school start times 20 minutes later and elementary school start times 10 minutes later.

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Potomac: Winners of the Lego Challenge

The winners of the Toy Castle Lego Build Challenge 2015 are Colin and Leah Smith, Minche Lee and Alex Mandy.

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Potomac: ‘Guys Night Out and Seder Summit’

Beth Sholom hosts annual night of fine fare and camaraderie.

Kosher BBQ ribs, fried chicken, fries — and 13 Scotch companies pouring samples — nothing could make a gathering of 500-plus men any more content than devouring their favorite comfort foods while bonding and schmoozing with other men. In addition to fine fare and camaraderie, the men benefited from Rabbi Nissan Antine’s discussion concerning how to make their own family Passover Seder relevant and significant.

Arlington's Little Libraries: Take a Book, Return a Book

Front lawn libraries sprouting all over.

The “little free library” movement has arrived in Arlington. It explains those unusual structures beside the sidewalks that look like overgrown birdhouses. Soon, more will appear on county-owned property courtesy of Arlington Public Library.

Arlington: “Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for April 6-10.

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Arlington’s Uninsured

Lack of expansion taints Affordable Care Act anniversary.

National and Virginia leadership’s planned celebration of the five-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act quickly became a discussion of the program’s outreach failings and concerns following Virginia legislature’s decisions not to expand the program. Federal and state officials met at the Arlington Mills Community Center on Monday, March 23, for for a round table discussion led by Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8). Much of the panel’s conversation centered around

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Fun with Science in Arlington

The students at Fort Belvoir Elementary School in Fairfax County weren’t the only ones inspired by Thursday night’s STEAM/Science Fair. Marymount University’s Gianna Fogelbach was inspired as well.

Column: Family Matters, Prevent colon cancer for self and loved ones.


It may never feel like a “good time” to have a colonoscopy. You might have already used the excuse that the preparation day before a colonoscopy is unpleasant and cuts into your busy schedule — and then you put it off another year. But momentary discomfort or inconvenience is a small price to pay for saving your life.

Arlington Sports Briefs: 03/25/18

The Yorktown girls' lacrosse team defeated Edison 17-5 on Monday, improving its record to 2-1.

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Arlington Boy Gets to Skate with Braden Holtby

Capitals welcome Make-A-Wish child.

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby granted the wish of 13-year-old Caleb Graham on March 12 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

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Arlington: Yorktown Boys’ Lax Striving To Be Annual Regional Contender

Patriots return from deepest postseason run in program history.

The 2014 Yorktown boys’ lacrosse team experienced the best season in program history, reaching the 6A North region tournament semifinals.

Fun Abounds at Reston Town Center

Spring 2015 Calendar of fun events.

Spring 2015 Calendar of fun events.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Lake Anne Elementary

Lake Anne Elementary School's Musical Drama Club presented Beauty and the Beast, Jr. on March 19 and 20. This was their 2nd annual musical production.

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Rescue Reston Says ‘No’ to Golf Course Development

Forty-nine rescuers braved a windy morning on Sunday to gather in front of the Reston office of Northwestern Mutual to spell out the word NO.

Commetary: The Lady's Got Clout

Each year the Library of Virginia honors women who have distinguished themselves in many different ways in the state’s history

Commentary: Good Year for Fairfax County Boards, Selling Land to RA

The drought continues for County teachers, but not School Board overseers.

Bechtel to Expand in Reston

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Bechtel Corporation, one of the world’s largest engineering, construction and project management companies, will relocate 700 jobs to Fairfax County from its Frederick, Md., operation as a result of global restructuring. The company will invest $10 million in the Fairfax County location as a result of the move.

Fine Arts Festival returns May 16 & 17

The festival brings 200+ artists from around the nation to Reston.

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) has announced that more than two-hundred artists across the nation have been notified of acceptance for the 24th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival (NVFAF) on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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Dulles Chamber Casino Event Raises Thousands for Education

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual education fundraiser March 7 at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg, raising thousands of dollars to support students in Northern Virginia.

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Signature Events 2015 – Reston Town Center

Reston Signature Events

Letter: There's No 'Away'

Letter to the Editor

I am dismayed by what my neighbors' put out for "trash." Yes, we all know about Goodwill, Purple Heart, various organizations that collect clothing, kitchen gadgets and other items.

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Reston NoVa Mini Maker Faire a Success

Innovators and creators display their crafts in Reston.

The family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity returned to Reston on Sunday, March 15. Tech enthusiasts and innovators gathered in Reston for the second annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire at South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School.

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Springtime Events Popping Up in Vienna

From flowers to festival to family fun, there’s something for everyone.

The Egg Roll on the lawn of Freeman House typically marks the start of Vienna’s springtime events. That’s this weekend. April gets a bit more jam-packed with family fun and Memorial Day weekend flaunts one of Northern Virginia’s biggest events, the Rotary Club’s ViVa! Vienna! covering the three-day weekend.

Mrs. McLean Runs for Mrs. Virginia

Mary Carolyn Becker campaigns against texting while driving, promotes STEM.

Lifelong Mclean resident Mary Carolyn Becker wears many hats, and soon she hopes to add a crown. Becker, mother of six, University of Maryland Ph.D. candidate, current Mrs. McLean, and commercial space industry statistician, hopes to become the next Mrs. Virginia on March 28 during the 27th annual Mrs. Virginia beauty pageant.

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Herndon Potter’s Fire Helps Scholarship Program

Pottery business makes contribution for military scholarship program.

The Herndon based business Potter's Fire has donated $10,500 in handmade pottery to be auctioned off at Bootlegger Bash for the Fort Campbell Spouses Club on March 20.

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A Spring Fling in McLean

New Dominion Women's Club hosts fashion show, luncheon and raffle.

The New Dominion Women's Club held its sixth annual Spring Fling Fashion Show, Luncheon and Raffle, which featured colorful spring fashions from Bloomingdale's, on Sunday, March 22 at Assaggi Osteria Restaurant in McLean.

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Floris United Methodist Church Presents $40,000 to Support Cornerstones Rapid Re-Housing

Floris United Methodist Church (Floris UMC) in Herndon really knows how to keep the Christmas spirit going, long after the last of the decorations have been put away, the tinsel has disappeared from the carpet, and you’ve finally gotten “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” out of your head.

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Gala Attracts Record Attendance, Raises $72,000

Proceeds to benefit seniors, veterans and wounded warriors.

McLean and Vinson Hall Retirement Community residents joined together to celebrate Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation’s 21st Annual Gala and Silent Auction on March 14.

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Great Falls United Methodist Church Hosts Hypothermia Shelter

Throughout the winter in Fairfax County, many churches open their doors at night to house the overflow from the local homeless shelters.

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Children’s Spring Festival Returns to Great Falls

Annual event scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The Adeler Jewelers and Great Falls Optimist Club join forces with the Great Falls community to host the 31st annual Children’s Spring Festival on Sunday, March 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Village Centre.

Joe Cassella Foundation to Host 5K Run/Walk

The Joe Cassella Foundation will host the 2015 Joe Cassella 5K Run/Walk that will take place on Sunday, May 17, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Great Falls Village Center.

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Virginia Housing Expo Draws Crowds

Home-ownership, rental opportunities and related services dominate the event at Herndon High.

“Those most in need of these services and resources benefit the most when we can bring so many providers and organizations together in this one-stop shop format.”

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Fairfax County Students Win Science Awards

Students from across the county recognized at 60th Annual Fairfax County Regional Science And Engineering Fair.

High school students from Fairfax County schools attended the annual regional science fair held at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, March 20-22, to compete for prizes and recognition.

Letter: A Cornerstone in Danger

Letter to the Editor:

We are a community that values education. We’re known nationwide for our world-class education system. And for good reason: with outstanding teachers, motivated students, and active leadership, we have every right to take pride in the top-tier education that our community has asked for.

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Emotional Beginning for Fairfax County Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission

While several other members of the recently created Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission stated their general intent to listen and learn and help, Salvatore Culosi had a more specific request.

Sunday, March 22

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Marymount Celebrates Blessing of Chapel

Twenty-two custom-designed stained-glass windows were the inspiration for the first renovation to the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel in its 62-year history at the heart of the Marymount University campus.

Friday, March 20

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Harrison Apartments Hold Grand Opening

Visitors see new high rise in Reston.

Despite an overcast afternoon, spirits were high on Saturday, March 14 at the Harrison, located at 1800 Jonathan Way in Reston. The luxury apartment community held a weekend grand opening, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Attending were local dignitaries including member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) and Robert E. Simon, founder of Reston. Promising resort-style living and easy accessibility to Washington, D.C., the Harrison is already taking tenants.

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Hannah Graham remembered at West Potomac Softball home opener in Mount Vernon

Ruddy cheeks glistened with sweat and tears following a home opener for the West Potomac softball team.

Column: What Else Was Done?

Previous columns have focused on major legislation passed in the 2015 General Assembly session, but this column will describe other legislation that passed. Implications for these bills may be more limited in the number of persons affected, but you can be sure that for those persons these bills may be the most important.

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Herrity To Run Again for Springfield Supervisor

Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) chose to align himself with the luck of the Irish, using his annual St. Patrick’s Day get together at the Springfield Golf and Country Club to announce his bid to seek re-election to represent the Springfield District.

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Hunting for Talent in Springfield

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Fairfax County Chapter held it’s annual Talent Hunt at Robert E. Lee High School. Fifteen contestants from Northern Virginia and Maryland showcased their talents through song, dance, oratory and expressive arts for evaluation by four judges. The Talent Hunt program of Omega Psi Phi is one of several national programs designed to identify and support youth.

First Meeting Scheduled for Ad Hoc Police Commission

With endorsement, albeit non-unanimous, from the Board of Supervisors, the ad hoc commission organized by Board Chairman Sharon Bulova to review Fairfax County Police Department practices will hold its first meeting March 23.

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Springfield Hosts Empty Bowls Event

Described as a grassroots initiative to help end hunger, Empty Bowls brought together local artists, restaurants and individuals concerned about hunger, in Springfield’s first ever Empty Bowls event on March 12.

Special Enrollment Period for Affordable Care Act Open

NVFS and Healthworks are resources for area residents through April 30.

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) will be providing free enrollment assistance and educational material to Virginia families and individuals that qualify for the Affordable Care Act Special Enrollment Period from March 15-April 30.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County March 20-22, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

Alexandria/Mt Vernon Weekend Entertainment: 03/20/15

Thursday-Saturday/March 19-21

Commentary: Investing in Families Strengthens Communities

Letter to the Editor

The Fairfax County proposed $7.13 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 comes at devastating cost for the most vulnerable families in our community. Included in the budget is the complete elimination of Healthy Families, a nationally recognized, evidence-based child abuse and neglect prevention program that serves hundreds of at-risk families.

Potomac Weekend Entertainment: 03/20/15

Friday-Saturday/March 20-21

Arlington Weekend Entertainment: 03/20/15

Saturday/March 21

Thursday, March 19

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 67 homes sold between $2,234,220-$252,500 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2015

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 92 Springfield homes sold between $789,000-$164,900.

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2015

Reston Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 59 Reston homes sold between $900,000-$180,000.

Reston Home Sales: February, 2015

McLean Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 59 homes sold between $2,735,000-$185,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: February, 2015

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 55 homes sold between $1,120,000-$190,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: February, 2015

Great Falls Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 12 Great Falls homes sold between $2,325,000-$650,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: February, 2015

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Town of Herndon Hosts TEDx at NextStop Theatre

NextStop Theatre in the Town of Herndon hosted a TEDx event on Saturday, March 14. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private nonprofit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading."

Fairfax Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 50 Fairfax homes sold between $720,000-$135,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: February, 2015

Chantilly Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 9 homes sold between $512,000-$255,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: February, 2015

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

In February, 2015, 51 homes sold between $1,100,000-$125,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 54 Centreville homes sold between $1,154,990-$145,000.

Centreville Home Sales: February, 2015

Burke Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 31 Burke homes sold between $640,000-$255,000.

Burke Home Sales: February, 2015

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 71 homes sold between $845,000-$155,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2015

Arlington Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 151 Arlington homes sold between $2,028,406-$65,000.

Arlington Home Sales: February, 2015

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 138 Alexandria homes sold between $4,020,000-$119,900.

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2015

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2015

In February, 2015, 23 Potomac homes sold between $1,450,000-$480,000.

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2015

Classified Advertising March 18 , 2015

Read the latest ads here!

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People At Work: ‘Have To Choose To Believe’

McCoart and Brock minister at Emmanuel Episcopal.

The Rev. Charles C. McCoart Jr. (Chuck) tosses a dog treat to Brock, his 120-pound German shepherd, takes a final gulp of diet soda and slips the Lenten purple stoll over his white robe. This is the Second Sunday of Lent and the Family Service at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Russell Road where McCoart has been since June 2013. He has welcomed 55 new families into the church since then. He says today there will be a children's message where he will compare a climbing wall that has handholds and footholds to what it is like following God — ascending higher — sometimes it's scary, sometimes it's tiring or exciting but it's worth it in the end.

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Connolly's ‘Holiest Day of the Year’

For 20 years Gerry Connolly has hosted an annual St. Patrick’s Day event. What started in his home has now become one of the biggest fundraising events in Northern Virginia. As John Wittman from Fairfax Station said, “Throw in some great Irish fare and I’m there!”

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Alexandria: Aldersgate Stages "Pride and Prejudice"

Presents Jane Austen's tale of manners, love and misunderstanding in class-conscious England.

Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is putting on "Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen's classic tale of manners, love and misunderstanding in class-conscious England in the early 19th century. Directed by Mary Ayala-Bush, the show runs through March 29.

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Alexandria: Developing in the City

One hotel property opens, another remains stalled.

While developments at one Carr hotel property in Alexandria remains stalled due to an impending decision by Virginia’s Supreme Court, another Carr property opened across town.

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Insight Memory Care Center Celebrates New, Larger Building in Fairfax

It was raining outside, but warm and cheerful inside, when dignitaries gathered March 4 to cut the ribbon celebrating Insight Memory Care Center’s new home.

Alexandria Police Briefs: 03/19/15

A young man was found dead in the 2800 block of Park Center Drive. The 17-year-old male was found discovered at 7:45 a.m. on March 13 in a back corner of a local apartment complex.

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Students From Around Fairfax County Recognized for Promoting Peace

After a friend of South County High School senior Sakira Coleman was sexually assaulted while running on a local public path, Coleman decided to take action and started the “Fight for Your Right to Run at Night” program.

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Mount Vernon: BI Girls’ Lax Now 'The Hunted'

Defending Champion BI Girls’ Lax open seasons with win over Georgetown Visitation.

After a three-goal performance against Georgetown Visitation on Tuesday, including the game-winner with 5:44 remaining, Bishop Ireton senior Kelly Mathews tried to describe the difference between the Cardinals’ outlook in 2014, and how they approach things now after winning WCAC and state championships last season.

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Fairfax High Band Students Shine

Fairfax High band members made their school proud at the recent, All-District Band auditions, March 6, at West Springfield High. Fairfax had the most students selected of any high school in the district. Some 36 FHS band students were chosen and another nine were named alternates.

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Hawkins Steps Down From Alexandria EDP

Landrum named acting CEO.

Val Hawkins, credited with luring the National Science Foundation Headquarters away from its longtime home in Ballston, stepped down effective March 15 as president and CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership.

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Fairfax Man’s Relative Who Died in 1863 Is Reburied

James Davis died in 1863, but he was just buried last Monday in the Oakton Baptist Church Cemetery in Chantilly.

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There’s No Place Like Home, Alexandria

Carroll takes the helm at Inova Alexandria.

When Susan Turner Carroll, the recently named CEO of Inova Alexandria Hospital, says she is from Alexandria, she means it.

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Alexandria: IB to the Rescue?

Jefferson-Houston to expand International Baccalaureate program.

Alexandria’s unaccredited Jefferson-Houston elementary and middle school is expanding its International Baccalaureate (IB) program to the full school in hopes of reforming the school’s image. Jefferson-Houston will be the first and only school in the Alexandria school system to have a full International Baccalaureate program.

Alexandria: Waterfront Developer Muddies Public Relations

Residents, council members disparage company’s email.

A select group of Waterfront residents received an unexpected email from EYA, the developer currently set to redevelop the Robinson Terminal South site.

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Barging In On the Alexandria Waterfront

Contractor gives residents and developers assessment of haul route options.

Construction is a dirty business. During the redevelopment of the current Robinson Terminal South site, 15,000 cubic yards of dirt will have to be brought to the site to raise it above flood level, and then 55,000 cubic yards will have to be removed to facilitate construction of an underground parking garage.

West Potomac Cadet CSM Kelia Aardema Wins "Commander's Award"

West Potomac Cadet CSM Kelia Aardema

Column: Family Matters, Prevent Colon Cancer for Self and Loved Ones


It may never feel like a “good time” to have a colonoscopy. You might have already used the excuse that the preparation day before a colonoscopy is unpleasant and cuts into your busy schedule — and then you put it off another year. But momentary discomfort or inconvenience is a small price to pay for saving your life.

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Alexandria: 2015 Generation to Generation Gala

Senior Services of Alexandria hosted its annual Generation to Generation Gala on Feb. 28 at the Mark Hilton Hotel.

Obituary: Larry Myron Wheeler


Larry Myron Wheeler, Lt. Col USMC (Ret. Reserves), died March 5, 2015 at Hospice Savannah.

Column: The Buck Stops with Us


Earlier this month, I was one of a group of teachers who met with senators on the Hill to weigh-in on the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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Column: Young at Heart, Rebuilding Together Alexandria


We spend a lot of our time helping limited income elderly and disabled residents remain homeowners. By making repairs and upgrades to their homes, we are able to keep homes safer, healthier and more affordable for aging seniors so they can remain in them.

Obituary: Julia Anne Perry Pattie


Julia Anne Perry Pattie, age 103, of Alexandria, died March 11, 2015. She was born May 16, 1911 in Orange, Va., to Frank B. Perry and Lula Inez Perry.

Letter: Leadership Suggestion

Letter to the Editor

I am somewhat elated and thankful for the letter printed Feb. 5, "Don't Complain, Help Fix," responding to an earlier letter printed Jan. 29, "Vision for the City" regarding our acting city manager Mark Jinks.

Letter: Thank You, Mr. McLean

Letter to the Editor

The following letter is addressed to Alexandria resident Scott McLean.

Letter: TC Field Lights Still a Bad Idea

Letter to the Editor

Over the last year, the Alexandria School Board and concerned citizens have spent a great deal of time in trying to investigate and comment on this issue.

Letter: United We Win, Divided We Fail

Letter to the Editor

William Goff hit a homerun in my eyes when he pointed out in his letter that we are losing neighborhood battles one by one because we’re only seeing these issues through local eyes rather than being proud of and caring for all of Alexandria. Bill Euille ran on a “One Alexandria” mantra, but since then it’s been anything but one Alexandria.

Letter: We’re in Trouble

Letter to the Editor

Uh oh. We’re in trouble. All three Democratic contenders for mayor believe a new metro is necessary.

Column: The Top 20: A 2015 Legislative Summary – Part II


This is Part II of my column regarding the Top 20 legislative highlights from the 2015 General Assembly session. Last week, I discussed the top 7. Here are the rest.

Letter: Be Part of the Solution

Letter to the Editor

The schools in the Mount Vernon and Lee communities are scheduled to receive $150 million worth of renovations and facility improvements over the next five years.

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Nova nursing students awarded Harriet H. Fatzinger Memorial Scholarships at Fort Belvoir

In 2011, Mount Vernon resident Dr. Glenn B. Fatzinger and his daughter Jennifer created a pair of scholarships to memorialize their wife and mother Harriet H. Fatzinger.

No Evidence of Problems with Foxes and Coyotes in Springfield

Though it’s not uncommon to have additional sightings of wildlife such as foxes and coyotes in late winter and early spring, according to Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson Lucy Caldwell, Animal Control Services doesn’t have any anecdotal information pointing to problems with the two species.

Lake Braddock and Robinson Update Security

According to school releases, Lake Braddock and Robinson Secondary Schools have each updated security features on their campuses.

Homeowner Shoots Burglary Suspect in Mount Vernon area of Alexandria

Charges are pending an investigation for a 27-year-old northern Virginia man who was shot while allegedly attempting to enter a private residence on the 5700 block of Lenore Lane in Alexandria, according to Fairfax County Police.

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First Meeting Set for Fairfax County Police Commission

With endorsement, albeit non-unanimous, from the Board of Supervisors, the ad hoc commission organized by board chairman Sharon Bulova to review Fairfax County Police Department practices will hold its first meeting March 23.

Wednesday, March 18

Where are Fort Hunt Spanish Immersion graduates now?

Many graduates of the Fort Hunt Spanish immersion program have continued learning the language through middle and high school. Some have gone on to study abroad in Spanish language countries, while others found the language to be helpful in their careers.

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Mount Vernon: FHES Spanish Immersion Program Marks 25th Anniversary

From the Fort Hunt Elementary School PTA’s bi-weekly publication, El Zorro.

Over the past two-and-a-half decades, about 1,000 Fort Hunt students have moved on from their primary schooling years having learned more than just the three Rs. They also came away speaking Spanish.

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Surovell Kicks Off Senate Campaign

Mount Vernon residents Lyn Snodgrass, Alan Edelstein and Jim Seeley engaged Del. Scott Surovell (D-44) in a banquet room of The Landing restaurant in Woodbridge.

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Reston Teacher Mary Anne Rossbach Named Virginia Math Educator of the Year

The nominees come from all over the Commonwealth of Virginia, but it was Mary Anne Rossbach, a sixth grade teacher from Sunrise Valley Elementary School in Reston, who accepted the 2015 William C. Lowry Mathematics Educator of the Year award on Saturday, March 7 at a dinner ceremony in Virginia Beach.

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Mount Vernon: Residents Help Shape County Budget

Citizen ideas on budget and services sought.

Despite a damp dreary Saturday morning, several dozen people turned out at the South County Government Center for the first of two community dialogues on the proposed budgets for Fairfax County government and schools. The meeting along Route 1 began in the morning, followed by a similar event at the Fairfax County Government Center in the afternoon. Both were hosted by Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova.

South Lakes Swimmer Champions Cerebral Palsy in Honor of Cousin

Katie Grealish loves to swim and even though most of her family doesn't share her passion, she knows her cousin does.

Letter: Hold WMATA Board Accountable

Letter to the Editor

The Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA) which runs Metrorail and Metrobus recently called off its executive director search after three finalists withdrew and the board deadlocked over priorities in the face of continuing fare hikes, deteriorating service and deadly safety lapses.

Obituary: Laurel Schultz


Laurel Schultz, 67, died March 14, 2015. She was born in Barbourville, Ky., but lived in Alexandria most of her life. She was a popular hair stylist for many years, working at Twisters Salon the past 23 years.

Herndon's NextStop Theatre Produces 'The Secret Garden'

The beloved novel, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, has been transformed into a musical that will be gracing the stage at NextStop Theatre. It is “a joyful, entertaining story about the enduring power of love, through all obstacles and across all boundaries,” said Evan Hoffmann, director of the NextStop production.

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Chantilly: Westfield Suffers Gut-Wrenching Loss in State Final

Missed free throws in final minute cost Bulldogs against Colonial Forge.

After overcoming a 15-point first-half deficit, the Westfield Bulldogs had a state championship in their grasp Saturday night.

Herndon Election Changed for Good

Herndon's next town election will take place Nov. 8, 2016.

Arthur Nachman told Herndon's Town Council that their actions after Tuesday's council hearing would be just as important to the Town's future as their vote Tuesday night, March 10.

FCPS Students Win 17 First Place Awards at Virginia DECA Conference

A total of 385 students from 20 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) high schools and the Fair Oaks Classroom on the Mall were recognized at the Virginia DEC

FCPS Students Win Eight Top Prizes in Regional History Day Competition

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students won eight first place awards at the regional competition for National History Day held last weekend at Mount Vernon High School. The two best entries in each category and in each age division have qualified to compete in the Virginia History Day contest on Saturday, April 18, at Virginia State University in Petersburg.

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Vienna: Hot-Handed Bethel too Much for Oakton

Cougars fall in 6A girls' basketball state semifinals.

The Oakton girls' basketball team ended its season with a 27-2 record.

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Chantilly: ‘I’m Just Thrilled To Be Here’

Blakley takes helm at Sully District Police Station.

Right from the start, Bob Blakley planned to become a police officer. Born in Clearwater, Fla., he joined the Police Explorers in 10th grade. And when his family moved to Georgia the next year, he started an Explorer post there. “People say it’s a calling,” said Blakley. “I just knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

New Commander Stresses Community Relations

As the new commander of the Sully District Police Station, Capt. Bob Blakley has big plans.

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I-66 Inside the Beltway Plans

Officials present transformation plans for the eastbound section from I-495 to Route 29 in Rosslyn.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne headlined the “I-66 Inside the Beltway Transformation Project Kick-Off” briefing on Thursday, March 12 at the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Northern Virginia District office.

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Tour The County Animal Shelter

Making the most of its expanded facility.

Members of the Sully District Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) got to tour Fairfax County’s Animal Shelter last Tuesday, March 11. They were divided into four groups and each learned about the shelter from a guide.

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Vienna Police Officers Sheeran and Evans Graduate from the Leadership in Police Program

In 2014, Town of Vienna Police Department Master Patrol Officers (MPO) James Sheeran and Jarod Evans graduated from the Leadership in Police Organizations program.

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Alexandria: Bishop Ireton Girls’ Lax Now ‘The Hunted’

Cardinals open season with win over Georgetown Visitation.

The Bishop Ireton girls' lacrosse team defeated Georgetown Visitation 11-9 on Tuesday.

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National Youth Orchestra Includes Vienna Talent

Percussionist from Vienna receives chance to perform under conductor Charles Dutoit and with pianist Yundi Li.

Tyler Cunningham, 18-year-old senior and percussionist at Langley High School, will join 113 other young musicians from around the country selected to form the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA).

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Lax for a Cause Raises $20,000 at Centreville HS

Lacrosse marathon at Centreville High School supports Wounded Warrior Project.

Despite the pouring-down rain, the "Lax for a Cause: Purple vs. Red" lacrosse marathon on Saturday, March 14, raised $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. This was the second year in a row that the event raised $20,000 for the cause.

Letter: Desperate Measures

Letter to the Editor:

Letter to the Editor

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Vienna Eye Doctor Pens Bedtime Story About Getting Goodnight’s Sleep

Dr. Nisha Patel is used to telling people to open their eyes. But the Vienna ophthalmologist had trouble getting her then 3-year-old daughter, Avni, to close her eyes and go to bed.

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Great Falls: Labovitz’s Goals Push Langley Boys' Soccer Past Wakefield

Saxons have sights set on state championship.

The Langley boys' soccer team defeated Wakefield 3-0 on Monday.

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Centreville Dames attend State Conference

Four members of the Centreville-based John Witt Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames XVIIC, attended the Virginia State Conference in Fredericksburg in March.

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Vienna Teen Elected to School Board

Madison HS student focuses on students’ mental health and workload.

Ben Press, a junior at James Madison High School in Vienna, was elected as student representative to the Fairfax County School Board on Feb. 12. He will take over from Harris LaTeef from Langley High School on July 1.

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Marymount Students Uncover Local History

Dr. Patrick Mullins had been teaching history at Marymount University for three years when he heard there was an abandoned cemetery on the northeastern edge of the suburban campus in Arlington.

Centreville: Julie Simmons Wilgus and David Andrew Underwood

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wilgus of Centreville are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Julie Simmons Wilgus to David Andrew Underwood, son of Robert and Anna Underwood of Jacksonville, N.C.

Politics: Litzenberger Launches Bid for Supervisor

Sully Planning Commissioner John Litzenberger has announced his candidacy for the Sully District Supervisor position on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The position is being vacated by Sully Supervisor Michael Frey, who is retiring after 24 years of service.

Marshall High Wins Culinary Challenge

Edison and Chantilly culinary academies take part in contest.

The tables have been set and the contestants wait eagerly as the judging begins, each judge moving carefully between courses, sampling and chewing and making notes. There’s sweetness in the mix for the winner, a monetary prize and a chance to have their dish installed as a permanent fixture.

Centreville: County Board Supervisor Schoeneman Would Donate ‘Extra Pay’

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Candidate Brian Schoeneman said he would donate the additional $20,000 pay increase recently passed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to four Fairfax County community organizations, if elected.

Centreview Roundups: 03/18/15

Firefighters will resume their Safety In Our Community (SIOC) and Wellness In Our Community (WIOC) safety and wellness program Saturday afternoon, March 21, throughout Fairfax County.

Women’s Center Conference to Honor Women Leaders in McLean

Journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance -- What Women Should Know” (HarperCollins, 2014) will be among the awardees at The Women’s Center’s 29th Annual Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 11.

Column: Surrounded by History, Inspired by Legacy

Delegate reflects on freshman year in Richmond.

It has been scarcely two months since a snowy day in January when voters in McLean, Great Falls and Sterling chose me, in a special election, to represent them in the Virginia House of Delegates. Since then, everything has moved at warp speed!

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Centreville Pastor Serves as Guest Chaplin

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly, House Speaker John Boehner and House Chaplain Reverend Patrick J. Conroy welcome Pastor David Ryoo from the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville.

Letter: Another Honor


With reference to the recent article about the Langley girls’ basketball team (“Langley Girls’ Basketball Team Has Bright Future,” Connection, March 4-10, 2015).

Letter: Considering Women Leaders

Letter to the Editor

"Is your dress Valentino or Chanel?" This is the burning question for the potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as she embarks on a political campaign trail for the 2016 elections.

Letter: Amazing Compassion

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Recently, my 12-year-old grandson played in a year-ending basketball game in Chantilly. A boy with an intellectual disability was playing for the opposing team.

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Springy Saturday in McLean

McLean Community Center will hold Spring Fest, a spring-themed event for young children, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 4.

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Dance Company Pilobolus Performs in McLean April 17

Award-winning, internationally recognized Pilobolus Dance Company will perform innovative, energetic and gravity-defying works at The Alden in McLean in April.

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Churchill Road Elementary Prepares 5,000 Sandwiches for Martha’s Table

Churchill Road kindergarteners, first and sixth graders (and a few 8th grade CRS alums) helped make sandwiches for the homeless for Martha’s Table on Wednesday, March 11.

The Reston Chorale to Present ‘Choral Splendor: Music of France’

On Sunday, March 22, The Reston Chorale will present Choral Splendor: Music of France, featuring Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle in its rarely heard original form: With mixed chorus and two organs.

Letter: A Letter of Thanks

Letter to the Editor:

In the darkest hours, friends, family, and complete strangers can lift us up in love.

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Potomac: Performing Musical Numbers in ‘Opposition’

Winston Churchill hosts annual Blast from the Past.

“Opposition” — this year’s thematic thread that weaves through the 26th Annual Blast from the Past song and dance production — brings to light the concept of opposition within musical numbers.

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GF Hoops Awards Matthew Poyner Youth Leadership Scholarships

On Saturday, March 7, GF Hoops awarded the Matthew Poyner Youth Leadership Scholarship to four high school seniors from the Great Falls community.

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Cartoon: Sign of Spring

Sign of Spring

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Lifesaving Dogs Honored in Great Falls

Seneca Hill Animal Hospital, Resort and Spa welcomes dogs returning from Afghanistan.

On March 10, Seneca Hill Animal Hospital, Resort and Spa hosted an event at their facility in Great Falls to celebrate the retirement and repatriation of 21 life-saving Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) from Afghanistan.

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Great Falls Girls Win County League Tournament

The Great Falls fifth grade girls basketball team took home the first place trophy in the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League tournament defeating Chantilly by a score of 36-32. This represents back to back FCYBL tournament championships for these fifth grade girls who reside in Great Falls, Vienna and Herndon.

Column: Money Matters

It always does, and there always are; especially if you have to work for a living and cancer is a part of that living.

STEM-Maker Day at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac

Sunday's "build it" workshop brought cheers from the 16 curious students, in third through sixth grades, who brought their enthusiasm and their creativity to Connelly School of the Holy Child on a sunny afternoon.

Letter: Why Oppose Improving School Food?

Letter to the Editor

For a local take on a subject of national interest, the School Nutrition Association’s powerful influence is being felt in Annapolis. In response to proposed legislation to improve the quality of food in Maryland’s public schools, officers from the Maryland Chapter of the SNA came out to testify against these bills.

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Special Guests Highlight Great Falls Citizens Meeting

Local Boy Scouts meet State Sen. Favola, Del. Murphy.

The monthly Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) meeting offered several special guests on the agenda for the March program, both as speakers and as attendees. Nearly one side of the meeting hall was taken up by Great Falls Boy Scout Troop 673. Scout Master Glenn Prickett explained the scouts’ presence at the school night event.

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Dynamic Father-son Duo Contributes to Educating Families About Type I Diabetes

Michael Sevila shares the same field as Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Like Cutler, who also has Type I diabetes, Michael is the one in charge.

Potomac: Leggett Proposes $5.1 Billion County Budget

County Executive Ike Leggett this week released his Recommended FY16 Operating Budget of $5.1 billion for the year that begins on July 1, 2015.

News: School Board Discusses Unaccompanied Youth in Potomac

The Montgomery County Board of Education reviewed the increased enrollment of unaccompanied youth in the school system at its March 10 meeting.

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Potomac: Whitman Girls Fall To Roosevelt in State Semifinals

The Whitman girls’ basketball team’s undefeated season came to an end March 12, when the Vikings lost to Eleanor Roosevelt 48-30 in the 4A state semifinals at Towson University.

News Brief: Comment on Deer Management Plan

The comment period for the National Park Service’s White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal national historical parks ends March 20.

Ride On Pilot Project in Potomac Tests Turn Warning System

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Ride On bus system is testing a turn warning alert that notifies pedestrians of a turning vehicle.

Potomac: Time To Apply To Leadership Programs

Leadership Montgomery is now accepting applications for all five of its leadership programs.

Council Limits E-cigarette Use in Potomac

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved Bill 56-14 on March 3 to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in public places where traditional tobacco smoking is prohibited.

Potomac: Public Invited To Hear Martin Luther King, III

Martin Luther King, III, son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will speak about his late father’s legacy and his own personal efforts for human rights advocacy on Thursday March 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cabin John Middle School all purpose room.

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Change in Arlington Courthouse Skyline

County Board approves office complex despite concerns about vacancies.

A new 12-story office building at 2025 Clarendon Boulevard will change the face of Arlington’s Courthouse neighborhood. At its March 14 meeting, the County Board unanimously approved the redevelopment despite concerns about the design and use of the building.

Wave of Retirements Hits Arlington

Arlington County faced three major retirements over the past week. On Friday, March 13, Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan announced that she would be retiring, effective June 30.

“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for March 30 - April 3.

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Arlington: Wakefield Boys’ Soccer Faces Tough Early-Season Schedule

Warriors blanked by Langley in season opener.

The first two weeks of the season figure to test the mental and physical toughness of the Wakefield boys’ soccer team. For various reasons, multiple talented athletes that Wakefield coaches figured to have on the field are unable to play.

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Arlington: Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Cars line the street for blocks for free cake at the German bakery.

The large paddle cuts through the dough in the large aluminum bowl. “This is enough for about 100 carrot cakes,” said Wolfgang Büchler.

Tuesday, March 17

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McLean Officer Saves Life, Possibly Twice

Car engulfed in flames when officer leads man to safety.

Officer Sharif Issa "didn't run away from a fire, he ran into a fire," said Lucy Caldwell, public information officer with the Fairfax County Police Department.

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Leadership Fairfax Hosts Supervisors Breakfast

State of the County Address, supervisors’ questions and an award ceremony top the agenda.

The agenda and the speakers have to be of significant interest to get some 300 people to brave local traffic and attend a meeting that started at 7:30 a.m. Leadership Fairfax (LFI) apparently succeeded in offering both in the ballroom of the Fairview Park Marriott on Friday morning, March 13, hosting its 24th Annual Board of Supervisors Breakfast.

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The Right Fit: Choosing a Summer Camp

How parents can ensure positive summer experiences for their children.

Though the official start of spring is still days away and the frigidity of winter is still recent on the minds of many, Janelle Wright, a Potomac, Md., mother of two, has already mapped out the summer for her children.

Editorial: On Police Information and Secrecy

Time for change in public access to police information.

The first meeting of the Fairfax County Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission will take place next Monday, March 23, and it comes with hope for real change.

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Change in Arlington's Courthouse Skyline

County Board approves office complex despite concerns about vacancies.

A new 12-story office building at 2025 Clarendon Boulevard will change the face of Arlington’s Courthouse neighborhood. At its March 14 meeting, the County Board unanimously approved the redevelopment despite concerns about the design and use of the building.

Saturday, March 14

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Westfield Boys' Basketball Suffers Gut-Wrenching Loss in State Final

Missed free throws in final minute cost Bulldogs against Colonial Forge.

The Westfield boys' basketball team lost to Colonial Forge 47-46 in Saturday's 6A state championship game.

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Madison Girls' Basketball Team Suffers OT Loss to Cosby in State Semis

Warhawks senior Koshuta finishes with 32 points, 11 rebounds.

The Madison girls' basketball team lost to Cosby in overtime on Friday in the state semifinals.

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Woodson Boys' Basketball Falls in State Semis for Third Straight Season

Cavaliers can't get over hump against defending 6A champ Colonial Forge.

The Woodson boys' basketball team lost to Colonial Forge 59-51 Friday in the 6A state semifinals.

Friday, March 13

ROUNDUP: Woodson Boys Lose, Westfield Boys Win in 3OT

Madison girls lose in OT, Oakton girls fall to hot-handed Bethel.

Roundup of 6A state semifinal action.

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

PIctures from the 2015 Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria.

Students Discuss Experiments at Science Fair

Parents and students filled West Potomac High School's Auxiliary Gym for the annual Science Fair, held on Feb. 7.

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in January, 2015

In January 2015, 126 Alexandria homes sold between $2,700,000-$127,000.

Alexandria Real Estate: Top Sales in January, 2015

TC Trio Competes at State Gymnastics Meet

Three members of the T.C. Williams gymnastics team received the opportunity to compete in the VHSL individual state meet as alternates on March 8 at Patriot High School.

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Opens Friday

The curtain rises Friday evening for the first performance of Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre’s “Bye Bye Birdie."

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Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School Turns 50

Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday afternoon, March 4.

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Snow Day Fun

Area residents make the best of their snow day.

New York Bound

Negro Ensemble Company selects local playwright.

Alexandria resident and playwright McKenya Dilworth will be one step closer to realizing some of her biggest dreams on Sunday, March 29.

Tiny Dancers Summer Camp

There’s something afoot at Tiny Dancers in Fairfax City this summer, as they offer their award-winning program of themed, week-long camps.

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Keene Mill Elementary School Hosts Take Your Family to School Week

Keene Mill Elementary School hosted this year’s Take Your Family to School Week to support student success. National PTA's Take Your Family to School Week is a program encouraging strong family engagement and the importance of partnerships among parents, teachers and school administrators.

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Celebrating the Persian New Year

The Nowruz Festival will be held March 15 at John Carlyle Square Park in Alexandria.

Following 3,000 years of customs and traditions, the colorful Nowruz Festival — the Persian New Year celebration — will be held Sunday, March 15 at the John Carlyle Square Park near the King Street Metro in Alexandria.

Facts and Details on Kate’s Place

Kate’s Place is new, permanent housing owned by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. It’s on the campus of the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter and will serve county families who’ve experienced chronic or frequent homelessness and are in need of supportive services.

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Utility Player: Giving Her All

Herndon’s Rotary Club names Lisa Lombardozzi Citizen of the Year.

For the next three to four weeks, Lisa Lombardozzi will have one eye on spring training in Florida. Lombardozzi’s nephew, Stephen Paul Lombardozzi Jr., a former Washington National and former Baltimore Oriole, is fighting to earn a spot on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Arlington Real Estate: Top Sales in January, 2015

In January 2015, 146 Arlington homes sold between $2,300,000-$40,000.

Arlington Real Estate: Top Sales in January, 2015

Obituary: Mary Ellen Feeney

Mary Ellen Feeney, a fourth generation Alexandrian, passed away peacefully March 9, 2015, in her home of 64 years on Richmond Lane. She was 89.

Sports Briefs: Track 03/11/15

The T.C. Williams boys' indoor track team won the state championship on Monday and Tuesday at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton.

Column: Small Step on Long Road to Ethics Reform

Virginians deserve to know that their leaders are ethical and honest, both from their actions and the rules that govern those actions. For the second year in a row, the General Assembly has taken a small step in the right direction, but our Commonwealth needs real and substantive change.

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Back to the Future

Community celebrates the renovations of The Grange.

The 13 steps of The Grange blocked the historic community center from one of its original purposes “as a symbol of commitment to community involvement and progress.” On Saturday, March 7, about 75 members of the community gathered to celebrate the renovations to the 1929 building and grounds that now make it accessible to all of Great Falls.

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The New School of Northern Virginia Presents ‘The Laramie Project’

Students at The New School of Northern Virginia (NSNVA) are presenting a challenging, and controversial play this March:​ “The Laramie Project.” In 1998, a young college student named Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die in a brutal act of anti​­gay violence. ​

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Inside the Police Academy

Local police officers, deputy sheriffs gain perspective at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.

One of the doors in the regional law enforcement training academy opens to the view of a run-down apartment interior.

Column: The World Comes to Fairfax

World Police & Fire to be held in Fairfax County this summer.

From June 26 to July 5, Fairfax County will host the 16th World Police & Fire Games. This international event—one of the largest of its kind—will attract between 15,000 to 30,000 visitors from all over the world, and will feature over 12,000 police officers, firefighters, customs, and correction officers competing in over 65 different sporting events.

Congressman Beyer Visits T.C. Williams High School

T.C. Williams High School Student Peter Eckel quietly confided that when he wrote the email to his congressman’s office, it was originally as a joke.

Direct the Money

What's happening this week in Reston?

Class Sizes, McLean Day, Cookies and Noise

Look at McLean Citizens Association Board by the numbers.

The McLean Citizens Association Board passed a resolution on March 4 “addressing longstanding McLean community concerns about inequitable and large class sizes in elementary, middle and high schools located in the greater McLean and other similar areas,” according to Sally Horn, MCA president.

Mount Vernon Crime: 03/11/15

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

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A Heartbeat Through the Universe

Virginia Opera presents “La Traviata.”

Be smitten with Violetta, the brave woman who learns that “love can be inspired by a passing glance,” but happiness is not such an easy journey. This is the grand sweep of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” the world’s most performed opera, coming to the Center for the Arts, courtesy of Virginia Opera with music by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

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Chamber Hosts Legislative Breakfast

Officials discuss top state, local issues.

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce hosted members of City Council and the Virginia General Assembly at its annual Legislative Breakfast March 10 at the Hotel Monaco.

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My Pit’s The Pit

Freshman’s funny film about McLean High School Band featured in Bethesda Film Fest.

About 100 people submitted films, and Josh Leong, 14, of McLean, is $500 richer for earning one of five spots in an upcoming Film Festival for a comedy film sketch about his high school marching band.

Let It Snow: Mail Carrier

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night keeps Liz Garcia from the completion of her appointed rounds.

First Shots Fired in Mayoral Race

Democratic candidates define their issues.

With campaigns kicking off in late February and early March, the mayoral election season has begun in Alexandria.

Bishop Ireton Senior In All-Star Game

Senior Ice Hockey Captain, Ryan Scott, represented the Bishop Ireton Cardinals at the 2015 Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) All-Star Game on Feb. 18 at the Ashburn Ice House.

Fairfax City Manager Presents Proposed New Budget

Would raise tax rates, fund employee merit raises.

The thing to remember about the proposed City of Fairfax budget for FY 2016 is that it’s still a work in progress. City Manager Bob Sisson presented it last Tuesday, March 3, to the City Council, but there will be work sessions and public hearings before it’s finally adopted on April 29.

Hunting Potholes: If residents call, city will fix them.

How To Help: Call Click Connect hotline at 703-746-4357 to report potholes.

As many Alexandrians would likely attest, 2015’s February was the coldest the city has faced since 1979.

Letter: Business As Usual?

Letter to the Editor

So you want to be elected/re-elected to Alexandria Council and Mayor.

Letter: Taking Control

Letter to the Editor

Several months ago I wrote an article in this publication asking “Who are the constituents of our law making body, the City Council?”

Letter: Milestone for Folk Music

Letter to the Editor

Focus Alexandria is one of the many arts providers in Alexandria that fly under the radar screen.

Alexandria News Briefs: 03/11/15

City Council will hold a special public hearing to discuss the proposed $647.9 million operating budget and $815 million All Funds budget.

Salute to Women Awards

Eleven women will be recognized for their accomplishments in civic life at the Alexandria’s Commission for Women’s 35th Annual Salute to Women Awards.

News Brief: Matthew Trial Date Postponed

At a March 4 hearing in Albemarle County Circuit Court, Judge Cheryl Higgins granted the man charged with abducting and murdering Hannah Graham a continuance.

Storck Sets Meeting Hours

Fairfax County School Board Member Dan Storck will host Saturday Community Office Hours.

Accidental Townhouse Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire on Feb. 16, at approximately 1:55 a.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The townhouse is located at 5237 Pleasure Cove Court.

Accidental Apartment Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a garden apartment fire on Feb. 4, at approximately 11:25 p.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The apartment is located at 3143 Southgate Drive.

Mount Vernon Fire Reports

Smoking Materials Cause House Fire

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire on Feb. 18, at approximately 8:30 p.m., in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. The single-family home is located at 9005 Chickawane Court.

Peter Mayer Enthralls at St. Aidan’s

Also at Focus concert, Lea warms up the night.

The snow was still thick on the ground Saturday night, March 7, and temperatures were finally just beginning to warm, when the two folksingers Peter Mayer and Lea, like thawing springtime breezes, took their turns regaling the audience in the sanctuary at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.

Obituary: Maurice Bernard Silverman


Born June 17, 1923, at 1424 Crotona Park East, Bronx, N.Y., to Roumanian immigrants Meyer and Bessie Itzkowitz Silverman, Maurice Bernard Silverman died March 4, 2015.

Obituary: Claire Louise Gregory


Claire Gregory, a passionate defender of human rights, longtime Alexandria resident and ardent Cubs fan, died Jan. 21, 2015 at the age of 54.

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A Face-off in a Fast-paced Competition

Students from local middle schools compete in the National Science Bowl.

Students from five local middle schools traveled to Newport News to compete in the regional competition for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science’s National Science Bowl (NSB) at the Jefferson Nuclear Lab. The competition took place Saturday, March 7. Students from Longfellow Middle School will compete in the National Finals, held in Washington, D.C. from April 30 to May 4, for their first place win in Saturday’s competition.

Letter: It’s One Alexandria

Letter to the Editor

Frankly I am tired of reading the letters to the editors in the local newspapers each week dragging myself through all the “City Council does nothing right” screeds.

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Mount Vernon Author Pens ‘Presidents in Crisis’

Michael Bohn applies his first-hand experience in the White House.

The first time Mount Vernon author Michael K. Bohn put his pen to paper, it wasn’t to draft one of his six books.

Clifton to Host Meeting on Human Trafficking

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia are trying to raise awareness of the risk of human trafficking. On March 15 the organization plans to host a public meeting from 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Town Hall on the issue.

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Making Cards for Patients

This group of friends met in Crosspointe in February to create cards to donate to Send A Smile Today.

Letter: Keep No Stone Dust Pledge

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: My thanks go to the Connection Newspapers and Jay Spiegel for his letters to the Editor such as “Avoid Stone Dust Surface”, August 2014, for providing the information on the Off Leash Dog Area (OLDA) at the Westgrove Park.

Letter: For the Good Of All

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: In my opinion and regrettably, most politicians in Richmond or Washington, DC today — in either party — lack the leadership skills and the ability to work with others to solve problems. Most politicians today seem to prefer pointing fingers and assigning blame, instead of working cooperatively to get things done.

Letter: Record of Lowering Taxes

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: While the people in Dumfries already know about Mayor Foreman’s record, I am writing today to share it with a larger audience. That’s because the mayor recently announced that he is running for State Senate from the 36th District, which is now an open seat due to incumbent Sen. Toddy Puller’s retirement.

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Lynbrook wins Healthy School Award

Students are awarded with $1,000 and a show.

“Oorah!” shouted the students from Lynbrook Elementary as the banner displaying their Health School Award was raised to its display height on the gymnasium wall.

Column: Legislature Passes Veterans Employment Grant Program

The 2015 General Assembly session has come to a close and even with all the twists and turns I personally encountered this session it was still productive.

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Clifton Boy Scout Rescues Kayaker During Fishing Trip

A casual vacation trip turned serious when 12-year-old Daniel Hillenburg, from Clifton, had to nearly save a man’s life while him and his family were on a fishing trip near Talkeetna, Alaska last summer.

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‘Mary Poppins’ at Burke Presbyterian

More than 50 junior and senior high school youth from Burke Presbyterian Church (BPC) presented the musical “Mary Poppins” on March 6-8. The church, transformed by more than 26 hand-painted panels into early 20th century London, was packed for each of the four performances.

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Burke Freshman Team Wins Top Honors at Robotics Contest

“It’s a big deal,” said Doug Desrochers, coach of the Burke robotics team The Blockheads. He said, “The competition was fierce” at the First Tech Challenge Virginia Championship held in Richmond on Saturday, Feb. 28. But what gave freshmen Sam Bove, of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Roger Clanton, David Desrochers, Paul Han, and Amanda Nguyen, of Lake Braddock High School, an advantage was their use of 3D printing technology.

Column: A 2015 Legislative Summary: Part I

This is an overview of legislative highlights from the 2015 General Assembly session. Last week, I discussed the budget and some of my bills.

Mount Vernon Sports Briefs 3/11/15

Mount Vernon's Alliyah Stevens placed in three events at the 5A state indoor track meet on Monday andTuesday in Hampton. Stevens placed third in the triple jump (37-8 1/2), fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.5) and fifth in the long jump (17-7).

Burning the André Bluemel Meadow

Burn experts from the Virginia Department of Forestry arrived early Feb. 12 to conduct a burn of the Andre Bluemel Meadow at River Farm.

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United Community Ministries Names Officers

United Community Ministries (UCM) elected new officers and five new directors at its annual meeting in December. Officers elected for 2015 are: Christiane Gigi Hyland, Esq., board chair; Charles O’Connor, vice chair; Joseph Conti, treasurer; and Janet Heddesheimer, secretary. Joining the UCM board are: Abigail Arms, Diane Brooks, Suzy Coffey, Claudia Creo, and Kenneth Disselkoen. The new members joined the board as Charles King, 2014 vice chair, retired from service.

West Potomac Senior to Play in National Festival

Erika Larsen, a senior at West Potomac High School, will join other musicians from across the nation as part of Music for All’s 2015 Honor Orchestra of America.

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Matching Students with Tutors

Building Better Futures at TC.

The bell rings at 3:15 pm, reverberating off the hallways. School is out at T.C. Williams High School, and a few students start filtering into the library for tutoring assistance under the Building Better Futures (BBF) program supported since its inception in 2003 by the Campagna Center.

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Bringing a European Game to Potomac

Area coaches, players hope more young athletes will consider playing polo.

Gustavo Fraga and his son, Patricio Fraga-Errecart, share a love of horses that Fraga brought with him from his native Spain.

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Mission Possible: Cheering the Troops

Entertaining U.S. military personnel in Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Potomac resident and Washington Redskins cheerleader Christa Aiken took her talents to far away fields when she traveled out of the country on Jan. 21 with four fellow “First Ladies of Football” to participate in the 49th Armed Forces Entertainment Southwest Asia Redskins Tour.

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Whitman Girls’ Basketball Wins 4A West Region Championship

Junior guard Hatch scores 23 points, suffers season-ending injury.

After accepting the 4A West region championship plaque on the court at Paint Branch High School, members of the Whitman girls’ basketball team ran back to the bench to celebrate with their teammate who played a major role the Vikings’ victory.

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Interfaith Works To Spotlight Volunteers

Interfaith Works CEO Shane C. Rock will present “The State of the Safety Net” in Montgomery County at the organization’s 18th annual Companies Caring Breakfast on March 24 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference.

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The Leadership Montgomery Core Class Meets the Governor

The Leadership Montgomery Core class met with Gov. Larry Hogan at a recent program day in Annapolis last month.

Thursday, March 12

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Hail to the Champions

Chantilly High wins VHSL One-Act State Competition.

Long known for its outstanding theater program, Chantilly High just added another award to its collection. On Saturday, March 7, the theater students became state champions, winning the VHSL One-Act State Competition.


A Fairfax County woman was struck as she crossed Lee Highway at about 6:23 a.m., Wednesday, March 4.

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United at Last With Family

Man who died in 1863 is reburied in Chantilly cemetery.

James Davis died in 1863, but he was just buried Monday in the Oakton Baptist Church Cemetery in Chantilly.

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Having Fun on a Snowy Day

While plow-truck drivers did their best to clear the roads, children home from school, last Thursday, March 5, had fun in the snow in this Fair Oaks neighborhood.

Obituary: Kenyon William Davis

Kenyon William Davis, a veteran of World War II died at home on March 5, 2015 in Centreville at the age of 94.

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Democrats Hold Mardi Gras Straw Poll in Alexandria

Surovell, Sargeant lead.

As the saying goes: In Virginia, every year is an election year. And every election year is replete with straw polls. The first such event leading up to the June 9 Democratic primary was a Mardi Gras-themed dinner party held March 7 at Don Beyer Volvo in Alexandria.

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Home Improvements Earn Remodeling Awards

Four Sun Design remodeling projects named Washington-area “Contractor of the Year” winners.

It’s been a good year for Sun Design Remodeling. In January, the full-service design/build remodeler won four “Contractor of the Year” awards from the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Then, in February, an already locally-honored gourmet kitchen was named category best (“kitchen above $150k”) in the 10-state southeastern region.

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Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability Adds Leaders at Mount Vernon Meeting

Michelle Evans, the new public affairs director for the Virginia Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability, explained to group members how important it is to like and share and Tweet stories online, related to their goal of increased transparency and accountability.

Centreville Author Nominated For Literary Award

“South Pacific Cauldron” by Centreville resident Alan Rems has been nominated by the Library of Virginia as a finalist in the nonfiction category of the 18th annual Virginia Literary awards.

Letter: Citizen Group Justice for John Geer Reacts to Ad Hoc Commission

Letter to the Editor

Fairfax County needs a permanent, effective civilian oversight board that is independent of police influence, trusted by the public, supported by the board, and tasked with a broad review over all practices and policies relating to law enforcement activity.

Letter: Defend Voters

Letter to the Editor

The following is an open letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Dear Governor McAuliffe, When you visited our Pre-Session Round Table Luncheon in December 2013, we in the League of Women Voters were thrilled to hear you say, “I think we should do everything we can to make voting as easy as possible in Virginia.”

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WHS Boys’ Basketball Wins 6A North Region Title

Bulldogs defense puts clamps on defending champ Woodson.

Woodson point guard Eric Bowles, the 6A North region Player of the Year, entered Saturday’s championship game averaging 30.7 points in three region tournament contests.

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CHS Students Become Regional Forensics Champions

The Chantilly High School Forensics team won the championship at the regional forensics tournament on March 4, at Hayfield High School.

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Luxury Apartments Popping Up All Over Northern Virginia

Renters want resort-like amenities and access to transportation.

After a long, hard day at work, Jordan Coleman comes home to a large apartment with modern amenities, including a 24-hour concierge, ample living space, a state–of-the-art fitness center and a pool. The apartment features high-end appliances and finishes as well as an open, flowing layout and large walk-in closets. Coleman – a lawyer and Capitol Hill staffer – shares the pricey rent with a friend. The complex is owned by Avalon, which has properties in Arlington, Fairfax, Herndon, Falls Church, Tysons Corner and Vienna, Virginia, as well as Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington.

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CHS Student Wins Award for Essay

Libby Oswalt (center), a senior at Chantilly High School, recently won $500 toward her college education.

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Supporting Final Salute

A member of the board of directors of this organization, Colvin-Donald presented a program on the origins of Final Salute and the ways in which it provides homeless female Veterans safe and suitable housing.

Chantilly High School Wins National Press Freedom Award

Chantilly High School is one of seven high schools from across the United States — and the only school in Virginia — to be named a winner of the 2015 First Amendment Press Freedom Award by the Journalism Education Association (JEA).

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Historic Virginia in Gardens

This year’s tour includes a rare private look at special properties in Fairfax County, Old Town Alexandria and Leesburg.

The Virginia Historic Garden Tour is an 8-day event that stretches across the Commonwealth. Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks.

Centreville Clock Tower Thrift Shop Now Offering Consignment

Northern Virginia Family Service is now offering furniture consignment at its Clock Tower Thrift Shop in Centreville at 6301 Centreville Crest Lane, between Advance Auto Parts and Minnieland Academy.

Letter: Beyond Politics

Letter to the Editor

It should be obvious to Arlingtonians now, nearing the end of a very demanding winter, that a planned renovation of the water distribution system within the confines of the county is necessary.

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Kenmore Students Put Art on the Table in Arlington

Seventh Grade Art students create designer tables for gallery show and sale.

With power tools and the gift of color, Kenmore Middle school art students designed and constructed 39 coffee tables that went on display in the gallery space in Arlington’s Ballston Mall.

Week in Reston

News in the Reston area.

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Great Falls Community Celebrates the Renovations of The Grange

The 13 steps of The Grange blocked the historic community center from one of its original purposes “as a symbol of commitment to community involvement and progress.”

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Herndon’s Rotary Club Names Lisa Lombardozzi Citizen of the Year

For the next three to four weeks, Lisa Lombardozzi will have one eye on spring training in Florida.

Class Sizes, McLean Day, Cookies and Noise

Look at McLean Citizens Association Board by the numbers.

The McLean Citizens Association Board passed a resolution on March 4 “addressing longstanding McLean community concerns about inequitable and large class sizes in elementary, middle and high schools located in the greater McLean and other similar areas,” according to Sally Horn, MCA president.

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Death Knell for Arlington's Artisphere?

Where the Artisphere went wrong.

The County Manager Barbara Donnellan has finally made the recommendation to put the Artisphere down after five years of its limping through budget seasons. Tasked with finding a way of saving the financially hemorrhaging arts center, Donnellan warned the County Board in December that Artisphere’s future was in jeopardy, and followed through with listing the Artisphere as one of the optional cuts in the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 County Manager Budget, released Feb. 19.

Column: Small Step on Road to Ethics Reform in Arlington

Virginians deserve to know that their leaders are ethical and honest, both from their actions and the rules that govern those actions. For the second year in a row, the General Assembly has taken a small step in the right direction, but our Commonwealth needs real and substantive change.

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Lunches for Workers

The SEEC program, sponsored by Arlington County, was established in 2000 to connect day laborers with potential employers.

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McLean Student's Film Featured at Bethesda Film Fest

About 100 people submitted films, and Josh Leong, 14, of McLean, is $500 richer for earning one of five spots in an upcoming Film Festival for a comedy film sketch about his high school marching band. Well, no, not his marching band, said Leong. The percussion section of the McLean High School marching band.

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W-L Gymnast Hatcher Places Fifth at States in All-Around, Arlington

Yorktown sophomore Mitrovich earns all-state on bars, beam, jump. Hatcher Places Fifth

In 2012, Washington-Lee gymnast Sophie Hatcher was a freshman in awe of teammate Mary Lynn Clark, who won state championships that year on bars and vault.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, March 23-28.

Supporting TAPS

The Washington Capitals hosted more than 150 children and adults who are assisted by the program during a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24 to launch the 2014-15 Courage Caps campaign.

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Signature Theater in Arlington Presents ‘Soon’

World premiere musical explores possibility of life and love and deferred dreams.

Directed by Matthew Gardiner, Signature Theater is presenting the world premiere of the musical, "Soon" by Nick Blaemire through April 26. The action centers around the hottest summer in human history and, in a few months, all water on earth will evaporate.

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‘Children of Eden’ on Stage

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington hosts Chalice Theatre.

Chalice Theatre of Arlington is presenting the musical “Children of Eden” through March 15. Never on Broadway, but often performed in local theatre groups, this musical by Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote the better known musicals “Godspell” and “Pippin,” is about family.

Arlington Doctor Sentenced in Oxycodone Conspiracy

Derron McRae Simon, 45, of Arlington was sentenced March 6 to 180 months in prison, followed by six years of supervised release for his role in an oxycodone conspiracy.

Foundation Launched in Memory of Jennifer Lawson in Arlington

On the one-year anniversary of Jennifer Lawson’s death on Feb. 24, 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation officially was launched in her honor to ensure access quality prenatal and postnatal care for mothers and infants.

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Telegraph Road Widening Completed in Alexandria

Though the morning of the ribbon-cutting was damp and chilly, Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) said he was thankful the ceremony was scheduled for Wednesday rather than Thursday.

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West Springfield Grad’s Nonprofit Helps New Mothers

Rather than diving into the surf at a sunny southern beach, Springfield resident Sarah Musa spent the first day of her spring break delivering care packages to Howard University Hospital.

John Cook Announces Re-Election Bid for Braddock Supervisor

Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) was first elected to represent the Braddock district in a 2009 special election. He won his first full term in 2011 and on March 3 formally announced he would seek another term to sit on the Board of Supervisors.

Fairfax League of Women Voters to Hold Firearms Forum in Burke

What is Fairfax County doing to cut down on firearms-related suicide and domestic violence? The Fairfax-area League of Women Voters will host an informational public forum to discuss the topic at Pohick Regional Library in Burke on March 22.

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Westfield Boys’ Basketball Team Wins 6A North Region Title

Bulldogs defense puts clamps on defending champ Woodson.

Westfield beat Woodson 52-43 in the 6A North region final.

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Whitman Girls’ Basketball Wins 4A West Region Championship

Junior guard Hatch scores 23 points, suffers season-ending injury.

The Whitman girls' basketball team beat Wootton in the region championship game.

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Arlington: W-L Gymnast Hatcher Places Fifth at States in All-Around

Yorktown sophomore Mitrovich earns all-state on bars, beam.

Washington-Lee senior Sophie Hatcher and Yorktown sophomore Juliette Mitrovich each medaled at the VHSL individual state gymnastics meet on March 8.

Herndon Gymnast Bradley Competes at State Meet

Herndon sophomore Alexa Bradley competed at the VHSL individual state gymnastics meet on March 8.

McLean’s Brown-Kaiser, Green Earn All-State Honors

Seniors each place top eight in one event.

McLean's Lizzy Brown-Kaiser and Jacqueline Green competed at states on March 8.

Hayfield Gymnast Overstreet Medals at States

Hayfield gymnast Molly Overstreet medaled in two events at the state meet.

Wednesday, March 11

Alexandria Welcomes Zombie Apocalypse Survivors

The mayor welcomed Rick Grimes and others from the AMC show “The Walking Dead” to the city. Grimes entered the city on March 1 and has expressed an interest in joining local law enforcement. In the show, based on a comic series by Robert Kirkman, Alexandria is a safe-zone relatively protected from apocalyptic horrors.

Hunting Alexandria's Potholes

Over the winter, Alexandria received 18 inches of snow, higher than the 15 inch average, which has also left Alexandria with larger than average potholes.

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Congressman in the Alexandria Classroom

After student inquiry, Beyer visits T.C. Williams High School.

T.C. Williams High School Student Peter Eckel quietly confided that when he wrote the email to his congressman’s office, it was originally as a joke. He hadn’t expected a response, and certainly didn’t expect Representative Don Beyer to show up at his school on March 10 to give his class and other students a brief explanation of life in Congress and answer their questions.

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National Honor for Alexandria Educator

Ana Bonilla-Galdamez named National Social Worker of the Year

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has selected Alexandria Social Worker Bonilla-Galdamez at the recipient of its 2014 National Social Worker of the Year.

Classified Advertising March 11 , 2015

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Column: Cheaper and Cleaner

Under a bill passed by the General Assembly in the 2015 session and signed by the Governor, the cost of electricity in Virginia will go down next month, and the base rate of electricity will be frozen for the next five years. Critics of the “Dominion bill” seem to have not read the provisions of the legislation as it passed or do not understand it.

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Vienna Shop Vandalized, $100,000 Damage

Postnet suffered the loss of its equipment and infrastructure in store rampage.

When Postnet locked its doors on the evening of Feb. 5, none of the staff could have imagined the destruction its employees would bear witness to the next morning. A vandal, apparently holding a grudge against employees, trashed the printing shop during the night, wrecking all the shop’s equipment – from $44,000 digital presses to the coffee maker and microwave – to the tune of more than $100,000.

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Take It Outside

Playworks makes recess fun for all.

A reception for Playworks, a nonprofit organization that aims to change play in schools and recess, was held on Sunday, March 1 at the home of of Jim and Patrice Angle in McLean. Jim Angle is the former chief national correspondent for Fox News.

Women’s Center Conference to Honor Women Leaders

Journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance -- What Women Should Know” (HarperCollins, 2014) will be among the awardees at The Women’s Center’s 29th Annual Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 11. “The Confidence Code” is a follow-up to their New York Times best-selling book, “Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better.”

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New Art Exhibits to Open in Reston and Herndon

Local artwork to be on display.

Several nonprofits within the Reston and Herndon area, including ArtSpace Herndon located on Center Street and the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) have helped showcase local artwork, and as some exhibits close, new displays will soon open.

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Promoting STEM, Hands-on

Sen. Tim Kaine and Virginia Secretary of Education Holton headline K-12 STEM Symposium at the Nysmith School in Herndon.

With Fairfax County police officers directing the line of cars and the pedestrians crossing EDS Drive from the overflow parking lot, you would be forgiven if you thought all this activity was because of a sold out rock concert or championship sporting event. What was taking place, however, was much more important than any type of entertainment.

Column: RA Elections and Snow Gold

By the time you see this, you will have received your ballot by email or snail mail for the Reston Association Board Elections. It is really easy. All you have to do is check a maximum of three blocks once you decide who to vote for. The Association affects us all in many ways, and its leadership makes a difference.

Letter: There is No ‘Away’

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I am dismayed by what my neighbors' put out for "trash." Yes, we all know about Goodwill, Purple Heart, various organizations that collect clothing, kitchen gadgets and other items.

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A Play for All Times

Oakcrest School presents “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

What happens when two women are engaged to the same man? Naturally, one can assume that things get dramatic. But when mistaken identities, good friends, and true love are involved, pandemonium erupts as Oscar Wilde’s most beloved play, The Importance of Being Earnest, withstood the test of time and exuberantly came to life on the stage of Oakcrest High School.

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Herndon High Students Recognized in Art and Writing Competition

The following Herndon High School’s students had winning artwork in 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition Award.

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Herndon High School Robotics Team Earns High Marks

erndon High School’s sister robotics team, Epsilon Delta Too, was one of the top finishers at the FIRST Tech Challenge Virginia Championship held in Richmond on Saturday, Feb. 28. Coach Robert Simmons, who has been with the team for three years, said that junior Kenneth Lin, the team’s leader, wanted the team to be a model team in the area.

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Fairfax Gymnast Barborek Wins State All-Around Title

Senior takes advantage of second chance, wins as alternate.

Fairfax gymnast Rachel Barborek won the state all-around title.

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Discussing Budget Despite Bad Weather

Great Falls residents meet county representatives, point to community’s budget priorities.

Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville), School Board member Jane Strauss, Kristen Michael from Fairfax County Public Schools and Joe Mondoro from the Fairfax County budget office met with 16 residents of Great Falls to discuss the advertised FY 2016 budget on a rainy and foggy day night at the Great Falls Library on Wednesday, March 4.

Inova Announcement a Huge Win for Fairfax Economy

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the need to diversify the Fairfax County and Washington-area economies. Sequestration served as a wake-up call that the county and region must not be overly dependent on federal spending any more than Pittsburgh in the ‘70s was overly reliant on steel and Seattle on Boeing.

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GRACE Celebrates Youth Art Month

Greater Reston Arts Center is celebrating Youth Art Month, by presenting two exhibitions dedicated to the artistic achievements of the area’s youth. The GRACE Art exhibition features selected works from students from eight schools participating in the Center’s signature art education program, GRACE Art.

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Freeman Store Launches New American-Made Products in Vienna

2015 season kicked off on Feb. 28.

Freeman Store and Museum, on Historic Church Street, kicked off its 2015 season on Feb. 28, introducing vintage puzzles and toys, and antiques to its collection of Vienna-logo, made-in-Virginia and American-made nostalgic products. Known locally as Freeman House, the store and museum is owned by the Town of Vienna and operated by Historic Vienna, Inc.

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McLean High School Presents 'Big Fish'

Iris Murdoch once said, “We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.” This task rings especially true for one man, an optimistic dreamer. This is the man that will take you on a journey… a journey through McLean High School’s production of Big Fish.

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Harrison Opens at Reston Town Center

A new, upscale rental community is now open in Reston, the Harrison at Reston Town Center. Almost 20 percent of its 360 apartments have been pre-leased. One bedroom apartments start at $1,855, while two bedroom apartments range from $2,400 to over $5,000, and a three-bedroom, three-bath penthouse apartment is listed at $6,600 with more than 1,500 square feet of living space.

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Celebrate Great Falls, with Wine Tasting

Community comes together at River Bend Country Club.

A sellout crowd of 200 Great Falls residents and members of the local business community gathered at River Bend Country Club on Friday evening, March 6, to mix, mingle and raise money for the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation. It was the organization's second annual wine tasting event, held at River Bend Country Club on a very cold evening.

New Orleans On the Potomac

Analyzing how best to handle flooding along the waterfront.

How Best To Handle Flooding along the Waterfront?

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‘Dollars for Daniel’ Event Raises $3,000

Katie Grealish, a sophomore at South Lakes High School wanted to do something that raised awareness for Cerebral Palsy for her Middle Year’s Program (MYP). “My cousin Daniel is afflicted with the condition. Many people think it is a disease, however it is actually a condition typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.

Great Falls Scout Wins Pine Wood Derby

Ian Hoffman, of Forestville Elementary, has won the Powhatan Pine Wood Derby on Feb. 7. He's a Bear CubScout in Pack 55 and lives in Great Falls.

Letter: Another Honor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: With reference to the recent article about the Langley girlsn basketball team (“Langley Girls’ Basketball Team Has Bright Future,” Connection, March 4-10, 2015) I would like to point out that Lizzy Shamloo from Langley high school also received First team all region honors from the Northern Virginia Women’s basketball league.

Mary Boss Howard, 81, of Reston, Dies

Mary Howard was born April 18, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Mich. She became the 219th resident of Reston in 1965, living here until her death on Feb. 26, 2015. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Bob Howard, son Mark and daughter-in-law Lisa Lim, a daughter, stepson Jerry Howard, brother Bruce Boss, sister Pam Hietanen, and stepbrothers Paul and Dale Hietanen.

Column: How Lucky Am I

You’ll note there’s no question mark after the “I.”

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Paving the Way in Alexandria

Basketball pioneer Earl Lloyd dies at 86

When Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947, he did it under the glare of a national spotlight. Three years later, on a snowy evening in 1950, a similar but quieter revolution took place when a black man stepped onto a court in Rochester, N.Y., marking the first time an African American had played for an NBA team. That man was Earl Lloyd.

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Presenting 5th Season of the Hammond Hammerheads in Alexandria

The Hammond Hammerheads joined blues artist and musician Curtis Blues for a musical assembly and concert on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 25 at the middle school.

Tuesday, March 10

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From Veterinarian to Art Photographer

The Art Guild of Clifton hosted its first art show of 2015 by highlighting the photographs of Jamie Netschert.

Susan Allen, Chet Nagle to Address GOP Women of Clifton

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) have announced that Susan Allen, former First Lady of Virginia, and Chet Nagle, Naval Academy graduate, former CIA agent, and author of “Lazarus Man” will speak at its March meeting.

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Guilty or Innocent? What’s the Truth?

City of Fairfax Theatre Company presents ‘Doubt: A Parable.’

Uncertainty about whether a priest committed a crime is at the heart of “Doubt: A Parable,” the upcoming play by the City of Fairfax Theatre Company.

Police Investigate Spotlighting Incident

Police are investigating an incident involving spotlighting the agency’s helicopter, creating dangerous visibility issues for the pilot and crew.

Letter: An Inspiring Story

To the Editor

The article “Fairfax County Animal Shelter Gets Creative to Save Lives,” (Connection, February 26-March 4, 2015) inspired me by how dedicated the volunteers are to provide the best care for the animals they take in and find them a new home as soon as possible.

Monday, March 9

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Family Ties Face the Unexpected

Providence Players of Fairfax to present "Other Desert Cities."

Does a daughter have the right to write a family “tell-all” memoir that will upset her orderly, well-to-do family? The Providence Players of Fairfax County invite you to reflect on that question and more with its next production, “Other Desert Cities.”

‘Military and the Arts Initiative’ Comes to Workhouse

The Workhouse Arts Center is launching a “Military and the Arts Initiative.” It is a collaboration with Fort Belvoir, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC). The Initiative is focused on expanding opportunities and providing activities for veterans and military service members.

Sunday, March 8

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Dog as Lifeline to Vienna Boy with Mitochondrial Disease

Golden Retriever assistance dog connects Jack to schoolmates, community.

Jack DeLacy was not expected to see his second birthday. But by the time he turned 4, it was clear the DeLacys could start planning for a future they never expected to have.

Vienna: Connolly's Perimeter Shooting Propels Oakton to Region Championship

Cougars limit Madison standout, Virginia Tech signee Koshuta to 10 points.

The Oakton girls' basketball team beat Madison 50-42 Saturday in the 6A North region final.

Friday, March 6

Kamp Washington Triangle Redevelopment Approved for City of Fairfax

Residential/retail project will include 24 affordable units.

It is not a perfect project and not everyone got what they wanted. But it will be a vast improvement over what’s there now, and it includes some much-needed affordable housing.

Day of Celebration: Homeless No More in Fairfax

The first residents move into Kate’s Place.

Kate’s Place consists of six apartments for extremely low-income and formerly homeless families. And to the mothers and children who just moved in, the homes are more than a roof over their heads — they’re a lifeline.

Vienna: Koshuta Carries Madison Over Region Semifinal Hump

Senior forward scored 33 points, grabs 18 rebounds against Chantilly.

The Madison girls' basketball team will face Oakton in the region championship game on Saturday.

Spooky in Arlington

Annie Ruhe and Spook Ruhe kept each other company on her first Halloween.

Signature Stages ‘Kid Victory’ in Arlington

World premiere musical from composer John Kander and playwright Greg Pierce.

Signature Theater is staging "Kid Victory," the highly anticipated and chilling world premiere original musical from composer John Kander and playwright Greg Pierce from Feb. 17 through March 22.

The Parrot and the Microwave in Arlington

“Nimbu” is a bright green Alexandrine parrot who has demonstrated a certain amount of independence since coming to Arlington on Christmas morning 2013. Nimbu is a bigger, healthier version of the parrot we got in Crawford Market in Bombay in 1994, “Mitu,” who learned to imitate every squeaky thing in the house, particularly the microwave alarm.

Arlington's Scotti

Scottie loves playing soccer at the Madison Dog Park. — Phyllis Russo

Arlington: Archie’s Teachable Moments

Archibald Calvin Hamish MacBeth (aka Archie) is too smart. He is a three and a half year old Lakeland Terrier (think Airedale and shrink to the size of a breadbox), that we got six months after the death of our perfect Lakeland Murphy — who was named for Murphy Brown on the grounds that terriers are feisty.

Ayoub Shoots Woodson Boys' Basketabll into Third Consecutive Region Final

Cavaliers will face Westfield in 6A North region championship game Saturday.

Woodson defeated Battlefield 80-66 Wednesday.

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Growing Up with a Changing Arlington County

Conversations and haircuts.

A local resident gets up in the old leatherette chair on a Tuesday morning. As he starts to cut hair, Jim Moore says, “I’m sorry to hear your dad died. He always looked so young.”

Thursday, March 5

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Heaven and Earth in Arlington

The best of both for pets.

Many say faith and science are incompatible. But every so often, they appear together in unusual settings. One example is a local animal hospital.

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Tom Rust to Retire from General Assembly

Rust improved life for Herndon, and for Virginia, say many.

Right after she was elected mayor, Lisa Merkel invited Del. Tom Rust to lunch. “I said, ‘How do you get things done?’ He said, ‘You have a vision and you stick with it and you keep pressing ahead,’” Merkel said. “It was a great lunch.”

Rewind, Replay, or Redo?

November Town Election? Additional public hearing set for March 10.

The majority was not enough for Councilmember Steve Mitchell. Mitchell believes the change to move Herndon’s election to the fall needs to be decided by referendum not the Council. “Personally, I do not believe this decision should be made with the support of only four councilmembers,” Mitchell said during last week’s Town Council meeting Feb. 24. “I urge this Council to move this to referendum so we can have all of our citizens' voices heard.”

Public Commission To Review Police Policy

Over some objections, Bulova launches ad hoc commission in wake of police shooting and obfuscation.

Supervisor Michael Frey did not mince words when voicing opposition to Chairman Sharon Bulova’s establishment of an ad hoc police commission on Tuesday, March 3.

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Rising Hope Mission Church in Mount Vernon Hosts Nightly Shelters

At 7 p.m. doors to Rising Hope Mission Church open for guests to sign in. Promptly at 7:10, volunteers begin serving dinner. On a chilly, rainy, mid-December night, the volunteers from Aldersgate United Methodist Church prepare beef steak with gravy, beans and corn for about 20 homeless individuals.

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Fairfax County hosts first Inmate Resource Fair.

They’re hoping the third time will be a charm: 34-year-old Demeterius Spann of the Richmond Highway area of Alexandria and 29-year-old Nydale Sheppard of Reston have each been incarcerated three times.

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Swimmers From Around Fairfax County Raise $23,000 for Breast Cancer Research

In the last five years, young swimmers on the Shark Tank Racing Squad have seen one family lose a mother from breast cancer and another’s grandmother diagnosed.

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Burke Racquet & Swim Club Celebrates 30 Years with Fitness Fair

Lynnda Gendron of Burke has worked at the Burke Racquet & Swim Club for 27 of its 30 years of operation.

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2015 General Assembly Session Draws to a Close

The 45-day 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly came to a close last week, one which Del. Scott Surovell (D-44) described as “pretty calm, mainly because guys on either side have stayed away from divisive social issues they’ve pushed in the past,” and Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36) assessed, “For the most part, I think they did accomplish some good things.”

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New Packaging Brewing Company Opens in Lorton

With the capacity to churn out over 4,000 barrels annually, Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton can claim the title of Fairfax County’s largest packaging brewery.

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“Oliver!” To Open at Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke

Springfield resident Nancy Lavallee is an attorney by day, but has done theater all her life. And for the last three years, in her free time, she’s traded the courtroom for the director’s chair, leading the Good Shepherd Players in productions of “The Sound of Music” and “Godspell.”

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1965 Luther Jackson graduates from Springfield and Alexandria remember the county’s only African American high school.

Florence King was pretty impressed with her school bus driver. The Alexandria resident grew up on Old Telegraph Road and rode the bus to both Drew Smith Elementary School in Gum Springs and Luther Jackson High School, prior to desegregation. King graduated from Luther Jackson in 1965.

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Duncan Visits Patrick Henry Pre-K

Students in Patrick Henry Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten were building with their blocks and learning how to write letters when their Feb. 25 morning was interrupted by a room full of men and women in suits.

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Great Falls: Langley Girls’ Basketball Team Has Bright Future

Saxons win 21 games, reach region quarterfinals.

Langley ended its season with a loss to West Springfield in the region quarterfinals.

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Vienna Celebrates 125 Years of Incorporation

Community turns out for birthday party on Feb. 28.

The Town of Vienna, in partnership with Historic Vienna, Inc., celebrated the town’s 125th incorporation anniversary, calling it a “birthday” ceremony, on closed-down Church Street and the grounds of Freeman House on Saturday, Feb. 28.

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McLean Student’s Artwork Featured at the Smithsonian

High school senior would like to use art to help others.

Maya Chung, of McLean, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), is the youngest of 56 artists selected to have their art displayed in the “Artists at Work” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Ripley Center in Washington, D.C. Chung’s black ink drawing titled “Redbay (Persea borbonia)” was inspired by a botanical sample collected in the museum’s butterfly garden, and is in the style of a scientific drawing.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean.

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Discussing Future of Journalism

Longtime foreign correspondent Myron Belkind told an audience at Marymount University recently that immense opportunities remain in journalism.

Column: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die


The 2015 session of the General Assembly has officially adjourned. Bills I introduced that now await Governor McAuliffe's signature include legislation on issues from job placement and hospital patients' rights to tax refunds and ethics reform.

Special Screening of Honor

Film screening March 16 to help WWII veterans travel to their monument.

The Honor Flight Network transports aging veterans to visit memorials built in Washington D.C. in their honor.

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Hope Spreads through Education

Years after couple wanted to collect school supplies for their village in Uganda, Arlington Academy of Hope has built a school, clinic there.

When Joyce Wanda won a visa to move to the United States from Uganda 18 years ago, she and her husband packed up and left everything they'd ever known with the hope of some day doing something to help those who remained there.

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Cartoon: Sewer's Folly

"Sewer's Folly"

Column: Sole-Searching

There’s no denying the emotional fact that the CT Scan results I received and wrote about last week were a bit of a disappointment.

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Duncan Visits Alexandria's Patrick Henry Pre-K

Secretary of Education and others express support for Alexandria’s early childhood development.

In a crowded corner of the Patrick Henry Elementary School Library, Duncan heaped praise on Patrick Henry Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten education program while expressing his frustrations at a nationwide lack of similar programs.

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Festival Highlights Local African-American History

The Drew Community Center hosted the 23rd annual Arlington Black History Celebration on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28.

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Gymnasts Deal with Weather-Based State Meet Postponements

Hatcher’s hot streak interrupted, Mitrovich faces scheduling conflict.

Nine days after winning the all-around championship in the most competitive conference in the region, Washington-Lee gymnast Sophie Hatcher produced an even better score at the 6A North region meet on Feb. 11 and took home another title.

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Encore Stage & Studio Presents ‘Three Musketeers’

In 17th-century France, a poor young nobleman named D’Artagnan leaves home to join the famous Musketeers of the Guard – defenders of the King and masters of the rapier.

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Talking with Birds

One Arlington family discusses the joys of adopting several birds and a rabbit.

Thirteen-year-old Julia Adde delights in having her pet parrot, Boo Boo sit with her while she does her homework. Boo Boo, an eclectus parrot, was the fourth and most recent bird to join the Adde household.

Column: WMCCA on the C&O Canal and Artificial Turf

The Potomac community’s front yard.

The next meeting of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association will be held Wednesday, March 11, 7:15 p.m., at the Potomac Community Center.

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Recalling Marilyn Shockey

Countless fairy tales begin with “Once Upon a Time” and tell the story of princesses, pirates, dragons, knights, and wolves. The fables often finish with the words “The End.” This month, the area theater community is mourning the loss of long-time Potomac resident and local playwright, singer, songwriter and actress Marilyn Shockey.

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Alexandria Budget Winners and Losers

Acting city manager presents budget proposal to City Council

When Acting City Manager Mark Jinks presented Alexandria City Council with the $647.9 million proposed budget, the generally positive reception was tempered with the knowledge that many departments would not be receiving the funding they had requested.

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Tips on Growing Plants from Seed

Advice from Master Gardener Gary Cahn.

The Hoe ‘n Hope Garden Club welcomed Montgomery Country Master Gardener Gary Cahn into member Sarah Funt’s home on Tuesday, Feb. 3 to share his expertise on how to start vegetable and annual seeds indoors.

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Arlington Public Schools Plan for Cuts

Facing a budget gap, Arlington superintendent plans series of tiered reductions.

With a funding gap of $13.6 million, Arlington Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Patrick Murphy’s proposed budget comes with a few extra potential cuts.

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Volunteer Training on Wed., March 11

Potomac Community Village volunteers Tammy and Barry Meyer role-play at a Feb. 25 session as a service requester and the volunteer who has come to her home to assist her.

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Churchill’s Faerber Captures Trio of Diving Championships

Junior wins metros, regions and states.

Churchill diver Elaina Faerber prefers to spend half of each meet by herself. Maybe the junior will listen to some mellow country music, maybe she’ll pick Gavin DeGraw. She spends the other half laughing and dancing with friends, trying not to get caught up in the moment.

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These Moms Know How To Pack a Lunch

A solution to plastic sandwich bags launches a business.

It started with three Potomac moms sitting around a kitchen table in 2008, bemoaning the fact that children’s lunches these days consume a whole lot of plastic.

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Doggone Good Living in Arlington

Nothing puts a smile on a dog’s snout more than a trip to the dog park. Arlington County has eight dog parks ranging from grassy, tree-covered parks to synthetic turf with a solar-powered water feature for Fido to play in. These dog parks are the only public places in Arlington where dogs may be off leash.