Stories for May 2015

Stories for May 2015


Sunday, May 31

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Schipper, Wieland Home Runs Lift Hayfield Softball to Upset Win over Lake Braddock

Hawks freshman pitcher Neuhart allows one run during eight-inning victory.

The Hayfield softball team defeated Lake Braddock 2-1 in eight innings during the opening round of the 6A North region tournament on Saturday.

Saturday, May 30

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Lorton: Yates' Walk-Off Single Sends South County Softball to Region Quarterfinals

Stallions pitcher Bates allows one unearned run in seven innings.

The South County softball team defeated South Lakes 2-1 on Friday.

Friday, May 29

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Summer Fun: Fairfax County Fairs & Festivals 2015

Your guide to this summer's festivals and more.

Fairs and festivals in the Northern Virginia area.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - May 29-31, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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

Thursday, May 28

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Fairfax County Police and Fire Join for New Training

Generally, if 2nd Lt. Karen Maslona was handling a live crime scene, a “warm zone” with a potentially active shooter, medical personnel wouldn’t be allowed in the area until the situation is completely neutralized.

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Fairfax Station: Landscaping Business Uses Goats

Their names are Alvin, Beau, Cyrano de Bergerac, Ivy, Chuck, Tippy and Valentino. Five of Oakton resident Charlotte Del Duca’s seven “children” are 15 months old. The other two are almost a year. And they weigh between 100 and 130 pounds.

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Alexandria: Campagna Center Goes Platinum

The Campagna Center celebrated 70 years of service and positive change within the Alexandria community May 9.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: May 29-31

Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon this weekend.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: May 29-31

Events in the Arlington area this weekend.

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Alexandria History Lesson: Tides of Revolution

A public history learning experience.

On May 31 at 1 p.m. the City of Alexandria continues to celebrate the Marquis de Lafayette and the critical role he played in the American Revolution, as the replica of the frigate L’Hermione approaches.

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Cartoon: Parking/Public Housing

“Alert the council…we’ve managed to solve the parking problem and the public housing issue in one fell swoop.”

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Child & Family Network Center's Annual Multicultural Celebration

The Child & Family Network Centers hosted its 12th Annual Multicultural Celebration in the parking lot at the Birchmere on May 26.

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Mount Vernon Market Opens for the Season

The Mount Vernon farmer's market is open on Wednesday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon.

Looking Out for Senior Citizens in Mount Vernon

Barbara Sullivan leads organization that helps residents age in place.

Founded in 2007, Mount Vernon at Home now has almost 200 dues-paying members.

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Alexandria: Memorial Day at Rocky Versace Plaza

The sounds of trumpets and flutes rose in the air as the musical prelude to the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the Captain Rocky Versace Place began on Monday morning, May 25.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: May 29-31

Events in the Potomac area this weekend.

Fairfax: Panel Discussion to Follow Film on College Rape Crime

“The Hunting Ground” tells the story of a number of college students who survived sexual assault. After a free screening on the campus of George Mason University, sponsored by Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41), there will be a panel discussion by several experts on the subject matter.

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Memorial Day Ceremony Held at Burke Centre Conservancy

U.S. Navy Capt. Matthew Kosnar of Burke was the guest speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony held at the Burke Centre Conservancy.

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Fairfax County School Board Passes $2.6 Billion Budget for 2016

Employees receive step pay increase but lose portion of planned market scale adjustment.

$7.6 million: That’s how much Fairfax County Public Schools said the School Board needed to cut to meet the goals set out in its Fiscal Year 2016 Advertised Budget.

Addo Approaches Year as Inova Mount Vernon CEO

Improving patient experience, acute care among top priorities.

Washington, D.C. native Deborah Addo took the reins of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in June 2014. In November, just a few months into her tenure, the new Mark and Brenda Moore Patient Tower was opened.

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Alexandria People at Work: Nails Can be Artwork

"Pick your color dear." Tracy Jefferson's fingers roam over the bottles of polish and land on "I can't find my Czech book", a vibrant blue for her pedicure at Sugar House Day Spa and Salon on N. Alfred Street.

Mount Vernon: Dougherty Connects Chamber with Community

Focusing on small business and economic development.

Prior to becoming the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce executive director, Dougherty worked for U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Later, she served in several senior positions during the Reagan Administration. This included assignments at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Energy.

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Mount Vernon: Goats Enlisted in War against Invasive Plants

The Hollin Meadows Swim and Tennis Club welcomed 60 goats to its property to graze on invasive plants and vegetation on May 11.

Wednesday, May 27

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Springfield Days, May 30-31

Springfield Days is a community-wide weekend-long celebration featuring free activities for a variety of interests May 30 – 31, including PetFest, a car show and, new this year, the Springfield Days Stride and the Springfield Market Expo.

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Mount Vernon: Annual Gala Supports MVAH

On the banks of the Potomac River just off the Mount Vernon Parkway, the Mount Vernon at Home non-profit senior citizen service organization once again celebrated its annual gala fundraiser at the American Horticulture Society's site, River Farm on May 20.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Girls’ Lacrosse Earns Rare Home Regional Game

Wolverines end season with 18-10 loss to McLean.

The West Potomac girls' lacrosse team lost to McLean 18-10 on Tuesday.

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CVHS Girls’ Lacrosse Falls to Robinson in Conference 5 Final

Newell, Wakefield each score four goals in defeat.

The Robinson girls’ lacrosse team entered Friday’s rematch with Centreville in search of not only a conference championship, but proof the Rams’ regular-season victory over the Wildcats was about more than just yellow cards.

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Chantilly Beats Oakton for Conference 5 Championship

DiCesare drives in winning run, earns victory on mound.

After driving in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning, Chantilly’s Jared DiCesare stepped on the mound and ensured there would be no three-peat for the Oakton baseball team.

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Celebrate Fairfax! Returns June 5-7

Festival at Fairfax County Government Center features headline bands: KONGOS, 3 Doors Down, The Amish Outlaws -- and much more.

Northern Virginia’s largest community-wide event, the 34th annual Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, is set to take place June 5, 6, and 7 on the grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. The Celebrate Fairfax! Festival features 25 acres of family programs, green living, thrilling carnival rides, nightly fireworks, and amazing concerts with more than 130 performances on eight stages.

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Fast-Paced ‘Pajama Game’ at Westfield High

Cappies Review

Westfield's production of "The Pajama Game" allowed everyone in the audience to have a "Once-a-Year Day" as they watched with wonder and delight. The bright costumes and 1960's style gave the musical an upbeat tone and a fast pace, leaving the audience wanting more.

Column: Technology for Seniors

Knowing what’s available and how it can be helpful.

Technology is a necessity in today’s world whether you are 7 or 70. It can enhance your life, keep you connected with loved ones no matter where they are and make you feel relevant.

Column: Mad Man

Really, Matthew Weiner; on the penultimate episode of “Mad Men,” Betty Draper/Francis had to be diagnosed with lung cancer with her life expectancy said to be “nine months,” with nothing more than “palliative care” available?

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Alexandria: 2015 Memorial Day in Old Town

Memorial Day ceremonies honor the fallen.

Alexandrians gathered from across the city May 25 to honor the sacrifice of America’s fallen service members in Memorial Day ceremonies held at Alexandria National Cemetery in Old Town.

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Chantilly Baseball Beats Oakton for Conference 5 Championship

DiCesare drives in winning run, earns victory on mound.

The Chantilly baseball team defeated Oakton 2-1 on May 22 to win the Conference 5 championship.

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Business Philanthropy Summit Honors Local Leaders

Nonprofits, businesses recognized for local initiatives.

Community leaders from across the city gathered May 6 for the 17th annual Business Philanthropy Summit to honor the 2015 nonprofit and business philanthropists of the year.

Koehl's Career-Best 10 Goals Propel McLean Girls' Lax Past West Potomac

Highlanders make first regional tournament appearance in at least 10 years.

The McLean girls' lacrosse team defeated West Potomac 18-10 on Tuesday.

Letter: Turning Vision Into Action

Letter to the Editor

Mount Vernon is at a crossroads. We are confronted with a unique set of challenges that require a broad set of skills and experience to get things done.

Letter: Identifying Problems

Letter to the Editor

We, a group of concerned Patrick Henry neighbors, are writing to provide our feedback regarding the Patrick Henry project. Our concerns and suggestions are detailed below.

Letter: Measuring Impact

Letter to the Editor

Kerry Donley has made the Carlyle district, where I live, a centerpiece of his campaign for mayor of Alexandria. He touts the Patent Office as a boon to the the city. But he greatly overstates his case. Yes, the Patent Office contributes to the city's tax rolls, but no, it doesn't stimulate economic activity in the surrounding area.

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Alexandria: Alfred Street Baptist Church hosts Annual Christian Walk

For the past several years, members of Alfred Street Baptist Church have hosted an annual Christian Walk for members.

Letter: Vision and Leadership

Letter to the Editor

The Tuesday June 9th Election is very important to Alexandrians where historically the primary election decides who will be mayor. And historically, there is a lower turnout for primary elections.

Letter: Deforestation: Earth Skinned Alive

Letter to the Editor

Have you ever imagined losing your home because someone wanted to build their house there? What about waking up one day to see that your entire world has been destroyed? Maybe one of your loved ones is missing? That is what deforestation is to animals all over the world.

Naomi Project Founder Honored

Peggy Ferguson receives Volunteer Fairfax's 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fairfax-based nonprofit Our Daily Bread has announced that Naomi Project Founder Peggy Ferguson was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards.

Letter: Ability To Get Things Done

Letter to the Editor

When I first met Justin Brown I was thinking the same thing many of you were: “who is this kid, he looks so young.” Well the truth is, he is young. When he came to work with me at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2010 he was 28 years old.

Edison High Student Named 2015 Ron Brown Scholar

Bruke Kifle, a senior at Edison High School, is one of 28 students nationwide named a Ron Brown Scholar, a program for African-American youth, and will receive a $40,000 scholarship to attend college.

Alexandria: Former AEDP Chief Joins Foundation Board

Hawkins to focus on support for veterans.

Just weeks into his retirement from serving as president and CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Val Hawkins has joined the Military Family Initiative board of directors of the Military Officers Association of America.

Sports Briefs for the week of May 27

The Bishop O’Connell softball team won the VISAA state championship with a 5-2 victory over Paul VI on May 15 at Dinwiddie Sports Complex in Sutherland.

Letter: Quality Of Life

Letter to the Editor

I am a volunteer for Allison Silberberg's campaign and have known her dedication to Alexandria for a number of years. I am writing as a long time citizen of Alexandria with a vested interest to see that this city grows and becomes better for all who live here, and to make this city a more vibrant place to live … not just wall-to-wall commercial buildings and high rises.

Letter: Need New Engineer

Letter to the Editor

As the date for the June 9 Democratic mayoralty primary draws nearer, voters will have an opportunity to decide what kind of Alexandria we want to live in. Do we want a city where our unique historic heritage will be respected and preserved? Where the integrity of neighborhoods and quality of life is nurtured and advanced? Or a place where the developers have the last word about what gets built and where?

Inova Center for Personalized Health’s Cancer Program Receives $50 Million Gift

Inova has received a $50 million gift from developer and philanthropist Dwight Schar launching the Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer Institute.

Letter: Right Choice In 45th District

Letter to the Editor

We are writing in strong support of Clarence Tong's candidacy for state delegate in the 45th District. Clarence is by far the most qualified candidate for this position based on his education, experience and community involvement.

Bulova, Garza Commit to Working ‘As a Team’ on Budget Challenges

Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Sharon Bulova and Superintendent of the Fairfax County Public Schools Karen Garza have issued the following joint statement on May 26.

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Down the Drain: Understanding Alexandria's Sewer Crisis

Environmental Services proposes solutions to sewage crisis.

Alexandria experiences between 30 to 40 sewer overflows every year.

Letter: With Residential Taxpayers in Mind

Letter to the Editor

Mayor Bill Euille has been presiding over a flood of high-density development, despite the certainty of increased traffic, decreased parking-per-capita, and certain damage to the ambience of the historic district, the much-to-be pitied goose of golden egg fame.

Fairfax's Rock the Block Concert Series

#TGIFairfax - Rock the Block Concert Series will be held on fourth Fridays of the month, from May to September, 6-9 p.m. at the Old Town Square, 3999 University Drive in Fairfax.

Letter: Is It Time For Change?

Letter to the Editor

Alexandria is now going through some major changes as it relates to planning/development and traffic and transportation issues.

Micron Foundation Sponsors Tinker Shop at Children’s Science Center Lab

The Micron Foundation presented a $75,000 sponsorship for the Tinker Shop at the Children’s Science Center Lab located in the Fair Oaks Mall.

Cappies Review: Meeting the Challenge - Brilliantly

A breathtaking tale of revolution, romance, and redemption, South County High School's production of “Les Miserables” made the audience wish to see it “one day more."

Letter: City’s Role In Development

Letter to the Editor

I’m still scratching my head in disbelief about a remark made by Mayor Euille at a recent debate leading up to the June 9 primary election.

Alexandria: Clear Frontrunner in Mayoral Fundraising Race

While the race for the Democratic primary in Alexandria’s mayoral election remains hotly contested, incumbent William Euille remains the clear winner in terms of fundraising.

Letter: Choose The Future

Letter to the Editor

Six years ago, my friend and vice mayor of Alexandria, Allison Silberberg, published a thought-provoking book, “Visionaries in Our Midst: Ordinary People who are Changing Our World.”

Letter: Solve Tour Bus Problem

Letter to the Editor

The City of Alexandria needs to solve the current tour bus crisis. Since the city's waterfront plan is being implemented, now is a good time to fix the traffic problem in the Old and Historic District, part of which means getting the tour buses off our old and narrow streets.

‘These Were Not Just Names, but People’

City of Fairfax honors local, fallen veterans on Memorial Day.

Sure, Memorial Day is a holiday from work and school – a time when friends and family gather for fun-filled picnics, barbecues and pool parties. But the celebration is made possible by something much more serious – America’s many, selfless veterans. And Monday morning, May 25, some 60 people gathered in the Veterans Amphitheater outside Fairfax City Hall to pay them tribute.

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Alexandria: What’s Next For Patrick Henry?

Schools and Parks Department proposals each stalled by the other.

Alexandria Public Schools’ plans to rebuild Patrick Henry Elementary School around the location of the current site have hit a snag.

Cappies Review:Fairfax High Presents “Real Thing.”

"You're never too old to be a kid" was the message of Fairfax High School's production of “Big: the Musical.” Based off the popular 1988 Tom Hanks' movie, Big: The Musical was adapted for the stage in 1996.

Cappies Review: A World of Passion and Darkness

Robinson’s production of “Neverwhere.”

What if there existed a world, at the end of the alleys, in the sewers, in every shadow, and every lost or gotton place. Neverwhere based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.

Letter: Experience Matters

Letter to the Editor

In 34 years of service in the Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, I worked with five different mayors. Hands down, Kerry Donley was the most effective, and the city would be fortunate to have him at the helm once again.

Letter: Why Run for Springfield Supervisor?

Letter to the Editor

On May 13, 2015, the press reported that “Corazon Foley announced her bid for Springfield Supervisor” and that I am running as an Independent with no fundraising.

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Ride of the Patriots in Fairfax

Thousands take part in Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride at Patriot Harley-Davidson in Fairfax.

The 17th Annual Ride of the Patriots attracted as many as 4,000 motorcyclists and local dignitaries over Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 24 at Patriot Harley-Davidson in Fairfax.

Fairfax County Police Honor Volunteers

Men and women gave 53,630 hours of volunteer time to police force.

The Fairfax County Police Department held its Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 15, at the Fairfax County Government Center, honoring men and women who gave a total of 53,630 hours of volunteer time to the county.

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Looking at the Alternatives

Information presented on I-66/Route 28 interchange improvement.

One day, in the not-too-distant future, the I-66/Route 28 interchange in Centreville will be improved to reduce congestion and make life easier for every driver using it. But first, VDOT and area residents are deciding how best to proceed.

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Rules on Noise Set To Change

Board of Supervisors scheduled to resume discussion and vote on proposed Noise Ordinance on June 23.

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust asked to defer a proposal to adopt a new chapter of the county’s noise ordinance to September so the board could have more time to weigh testimony of more than 30 speakers at the public hearing, May 12.

Editorial: Voting, June 9

No, not for Hillary or Jeb or Carly. Locally, June 9, 2015 is an Election Day that counts.

To listen to the national news, one would think that the next Presidential election is in November. But no. That’s November 2016.

Letter: Proven Problem-solver

Letter to the Editor

The current primary race for Mayor of Alexandria does indeed offer us a choice, as many have pointed out in these opinion pages. Our choice is Kerry Donley.

Letter: More Than a Color

Letter to the Editor

What’s in a sign? Everybody recognizes Del. Rob Krupicka’s orange campaign signs and sees in Rob’s service the warmth and self-control that color psychologically signifies.

Letter: Qualities of Leadership

Letter to the Editor

I attended the Mayoral debate at George Washington Middle School on May 18 hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Drew Hansen. It was a good turnout, and the sponsor and moderator did a great job.

Letter: Expand Tax Base

Letter to the Editor

When I was on City Council in the ‘90s, I served with Kerry Donley and then under him when he first became mayor. I came to have the highest respect for his ability to lead the council and get things done.

Letter: Effect on Neighborhoods

Letter to the Editor

The most recent city debate defines the fact that both Bill Euille and Kerry Donley have no allegiance to neighborhoods. When the candidates were asked if they would place lights at T.C. stadium both Euille and Donley answered affirmative for lights while Allison Silberberg said no. Euille's answer was expected and on the record however Donley's answer highlights the fact that he too is insensitive to the plight of the Woods community and their history and has no regard for neighborhood agreements made with the city.

Letter: Deliberative Leadership

Letter to the Editor

In recent months, I have become involved as a volunteer in the Alexandria election process for the first time and have been most pleased to have come to know Allison Silberberg. Allison is a person of integrity. I am confident of her enthusiastic ability to serve all the citizens of Alexandria.

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Fairfax County Looking at the Alternatives for I-66

Information presented on I-66/Route 28 interchange improvement.

One day, in the not-too-distant future, the I-66/Route 28 interchange in Centreville will be improved to reduce congestion and make life easier for every driver using it. But first, VDOT and area residents are deciding how best to proceed.

Letter: Top Ten Mayoral Issues

Letter to the Editor

David Letterman has retired but his Top Ten classic survives. The locals Top Ten mayoral issues are:

Letter: Education As a Priority

Letter to the Editor

In a few weeks Alexandrians will have the opportunity in an open primary election for mayor, to voice their perspectives on where the city is headed, our priorities, our values, and our hopes for the future. we’ve been reflecting on what each of our substantive candidates would bring to that future for some time. Over time, one issue and one issue alone has come to define our highest priority for Alexandria: our investment in high quality early childhood education programs.

Tuesday, May 26

Centreville/Chantilly Roundups for the Week of May 27

Fairfax County Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing adult. Fifty-six-year-old In Hong Won walked away from his home in Centreville on May 20.

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Relay for Life: ‘These People Inspire You’

Chantilly Relay for Life is June 6.

The annual Relay for Life raises money for the American Cancer Society. And for Erin Hamm, of Centreville’s Manorgate community, it’s personal.

Centreville: Running for Cancer Research

Centreville women tackle Boston Marathon.

The 119th Boston Marathon may have been a month ago, but the glory has lasted and the endorphins are still pumping for two Centreville women who ran the 26.2-mile course. As part of the 26th Annual Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC), Lisa Kelly and Sarah Veley ran to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Research Center of Boston, Mass.

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SYA Cheer Teams Garner First Place in U.S. Finals

SYA Extreme's two competition cheer teams competed in U.S. Finals in Virginia Beach over Mother's Day weekend and both were awarded first place.

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Chantilly: Woman Wins Ted Britt Auto Group Giveaway

The Ted Britt Auto Group awarded $1,000 to Thelma Petraglia, the first winner of its monthly $1000 Test Drive Giveaway.

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Potomac: Foxes Make a New Home

A mother fox recently moved under our backyard deck to have her babies.

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Potomac: Working Together To Battle Homelessness

Three honored at coalition’s 25th anniversary gala.

The recent fundraising gala for Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless surpassed the organization’s goal.

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Potomac: Local Stage Comes Alive with ‘The Sound of Music’

Bravo Productions to present Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Bravo Productions, Theatre for Young Artists, will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “The Sound of Music” on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

'Flourishing After 55' for the Week of June 1-6

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for June 1-6.

Celebrating Potomac Community Village

The nonprofit Potomac Community Village celebrated its birthday at a party on Thursday, May 21, with U.S. Rep. John Delaney as featured speaker.

Arlington: Goldstein Wins Nomination

While the rest of Arlington’s Democrats get ready for the June 9 Democratic primary, the race for the Democratic endorsement for school board drew to a close on May 16 when the Arlington County Democratic Committee endorsed Reid Goldstein.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington Walk for the Animals

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington held its 20th Annual Walk for the Animals and Pet Fest at Bluemont Park on May 9.

Letter: Putting an End to Slaughter of Horses

To the Editor

Whether in recreation, work, or war, horses have been a part of America’s culture for hundreds of years. After horses’ loyal service, sending them to slaughter is a betrayal to them and a dishonor to us.

Potomac: Jeff Goldberg Talks on the Power in Giving

Jeff Goldberg grew up in Potomac and is in charge of the Northern Virginia Bureau for ABC7/WJLA news and News Channel 8.

Letter: Protecting Our Waterways

To the Editor

Last Tuesday, a bill was passed that blocks the EPA’s Clean Water Rule. This leaves 2 million Virginians’ drinking water affected.

Letter: Displeased with the Headline

To the Editor

I was deeply displeased to read that your newspaper decided to use "The Importance of Including Everyone" as your headline for Tim Peterson's article about the Fairfax County School Board's vote on including gender identity to their nondiscrimination policy.

Arlington Photo: Summer Fun

A push of a silver button shoots streams of water high in the air, and a summer tradition began Memorial Day weekend at Lyon Village Park.

Commentary: Transit Means Business!

A couple of weeks ago I dropped off my Prius for service at a dealership near the Spring Hill Station on the Silver Line and caught the Metro for a one-stop trip to the Greensboro Station.

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Marymount Graduation: ‘Become Servant Leaders’

During Marymount University’s commencement exercises, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture Tony P. Hall encouraged Marymount University undergraduate degree candidates to “take the opportunity that is always around” to serve by “doing the thing that is in front of you,” as Mother Teresa advised him when he visited her in Calcutta. Todd Stottlemyer urged graduate degree recipients to “seek success with significance” as a servant leader, as his company chose to do when its employees were faced with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Arlington: Gail Arnall To Leave OAR

Gail Arnall will resign as executive director of Offender Aid and Restoration, effective June 30.

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Arlington: ‘Oakgrove’ or ‘Oak Grove’

A small neighborhood park is rededicated.

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet” So it is with Arlington County’s park at North Quincy and 17th Streets.

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Lord and Lady Fairfax Crowned

In Hunter Mill: Adelle Jones and Kenneth R. Fredgren.

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. announced the 2015 Lords and Ladies Fairfax at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Police: Attempted Robbery Results in Death

Herndon man, 24, killed in Reston; two charged in robbery.

Rashad Kejuan Daye, 24, of the Herndon area, was killed Sunday, May 17 during a robbery attempt, according to Fairfax County Police.

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Herndon Remembers Fallen

American Legion holds observance at Herndon cemetery.

Herndon residents came together on Monday, May 25 at Herndon Chestnut Grove Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day.

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A Memorial Honoring Civilians

Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Comfort Women Memorial Peace Garden.

Thursday, May 21, just a day shy of Memorial Day weekend, marked the one-year anniversary of the Comfort Women Memorial Peace Garden (CWMPG) located at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Enjoy Vienna Summer

Activities and events abound from June through September.

Activities and events abound from June through September.

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Culinary Kids Compete in Cook-off in Vienna

Culinaria Cooking School debuts competition for young cooking champion.

Calling all culinary kids in Vienna ---- Culinaria Cooking School premieres its first-ever kids’ cook-off competition on June 28.

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Cardinal Bank Celebrates New Branch

Cardinal Bank recently marked the opening of its new banking office in Arlington with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

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History of McLean Day

McLean Day: Creating a Community

Part two of the two-part series.

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Together in Music

German exchange students and the McLean High philharmonic orchestra play a joint concert honoring retiring conductor Udö Monks.

After 21 years of collaboration, Mclean High School and the Detmold Youth German Orchestra came together to celebrate their cultural exchange program Thursday, May 21.

Arlington: Four Mile Run Restoration Project Begins

Cooperative effort cited at groundbreaking.

Arlington County and the City of Alexandria have been working with a citizen task force for several years to plan the Four Mile Run Restoration Project.

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Arlington: New Hotel To Be Completed Summer 2016

The Schupp Companies commenced work on a new eight-story 161-room Hyatt Place hotel in the Courthouse area of Arlington in January. Scheduled for completion in summer of 2016, project includes space for an independent restaurant and underground parking for 80 cars.

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Great Falls: 309 Houses or Scott's Nature Preserve?

Great Falls Historical Society thanks John J. Adams for “tireless,” impactful preservation efforts.

Without John J. Adams and Betty Cooke, Scott's Run Nature Preserve could have been developed into 309 houses.

PTSD Treatment: Symptoms or Souls?

After the showing of “American Sniper,” the audience around me at our local theater — perhaps like yours — remained silent. It lasted long minutes before people quietly rose and shuffled out. I think we were sharing heartbreak.

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Great Falls Honors Fallen

Memorial Day ceremony held at the Great Falls Freedom Plaza.

A record number of people attended this year’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Great Falls Freedom Plaza.

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Great Falls: ‘Damage Done,’ Now What?

Construction of trail from Turner Farm to Seneca Road to proceed in phases; residents hope to save as many trees as possible.

At The Old Brogue, the Great Falls Historical Society awarded John J. Adams the Jean Tibbetts History Award, partly for his decades of work to preserve the historic integrity of the 12-mile beloved roadway. But at precisely the same time, across the street at the Great Falls Library, the Great Falls Trail Blazers were discussing the clearing of mature trees along the Pike, a road they hope to make more enjoyable and accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians and others.

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Arlington: Tupelo Honey Cafe Opens June 1

“Independently-spirited” food is Tupelo Honey Cafe’s specialty, says the restaurant’s Founder and CEO Steve Frabitore.

NVFS To Hold Job Fair in Oakton on May 30

Positions supporting Shelter Operations and Rapid Rehousing available.

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) is expanding its shelter operations in locations throughout Northern Virginia, and will be holding a job fair at the end of May for interested human service professionals. All new positions are scheduled to begin mid-June 2015.

Editorial: Voting, June 9

No, not for Hillary or Jeb or Carly. Locally, June 9, 2015 is an Election Day that counts.

To listen to the national news, one would think that the next Presidential election is in November. But no. That’s November 2016.

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Arlington History for Sale

Community reacts to County Board’s vote to allow Reevesland Farmhouse to be sold.

In a way, Joan Horwitt, head of the Reevesland Learning Center, is getting what she hoped for. Fourteen years after purchasing the Reevesland property and allowing it to fall into disrepair, the County Board is taking action. But instead of dedicating $2.5 million in necessary renovations to the farmhouse to turn it into a public space, Horwitt was surprised on May 18. The County Board would be voting to sell the property.

TC Crew Wins Three Gold Medals at ‘States’

Girls’ first 8, boys’ first 4, girls’ light weight 8 win Virginia titles

The T.C. Williams crew team put in a powerful performance at the May 9 “states” competition, capturing three state titles, as well as two silver and one bronze medal. The Virginia Scholastic Rowing Association (VASRA) designated the T.C. team as the top girls’ team in the regatta for the second straight year.

Sunday, May 24

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Burke: Robinson Girls' Lax Beats Centreville for Conference 5 Championship

Four different Rams score four goals during conference final.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team beat Centreville 19-13 on Friday.

Friday, May 22

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - May 22-24, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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

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Vienna: Marshall Boys' Lacrosse Wins First Conference Championship

Statesmen defeat Mount Vernon in Conference 13 tournament final.

The Marshall boys' lacrosse team beat Mount Vernon 17-10 on Thursday

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Springfield: St. Mark’s Program Supports Lynbrook Elementary

Several Lynbrook Elementary School students spent the first few weeks of May making “Hug Pillows” as part of a weekly after-school program run by members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Springfield.

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Clifton Caboose Twilight Runners Race Despite Rain

Late spring showers went from light to heavy as runners lined up to begin the annual Clifton Caboose Twilight Run on Saturday, May 16. Undeterred by the rain, competitors in the one-mile run-walk race took off around 6 p.m., followed shortly thereafter by five-kilometer runners.

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Ride of the Patriots Rolls Back Through Fairfax

For the 17th year, the Fairfax Harley Owners Group and Patriot Harley-Davidson are sponsoring a Memorial Day weekend group motorcycle ride to honor service men and women, veterans, prisoners of war and those missing in action from all wars.

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Fragile X Walk at Burke Lake Draws Over 200

Like many parents and children, one of Burke Centre resident Monica Peña’s biggest challenges with her son Nicolas is communication. Unlike most children, “Nico” was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome at birth.

Thursday, May 21

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McAuliffe Signs Bill to Get Food Trucks Rolling in Virginia

Food trucks, those compact mobile restaurants that have become wildly popular on the streets of Washington, D.C., are getting closer to expanding their tread-print in Virginia.

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Fairfax: Del. David Bulova Announces Re-Election Campaign

Del. David Bulova (D-37) announced his campaign to seek re-election to the Virginia General Assembly at a May 17 event held at Brion’s Grille in Fairfax.

Letter: Take a Moment to Remember Fallen Troops

Letter to the Editor

I hope that Americans will take a moment from whatever they are doing this Memorial Day to remember our fallen troops.

T.C. Williams Boys' Soccer Falls in Conference Semis

Benzina scores lone goal in 2-1 loss to Woodson.

The T.C. Williams boys’ soccer team was the aggressor early in Tuesday’s Conference 7 tournament semifinal match against Woodson, but had nothing to show for it at halftime.

Column: Up and Down and All Around


No. That’s not my stomach talking.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Memorial Day Weekend Fun: May 22-25

Events near Alexandria and Mount Vernon for Memorial Day weekend.

Alexandria: 'Faces Never Forgotten'

Search continues for photos of Alexandria Vietnam veterans.

The name Humbert R. Versace is inscribed on Panel 01E, Row 033 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. But in his hometown, “Rocky” Versace’s sacrifice and that of 66 other Alexandrians is memorialized in a statue on Commonwealth Avenue in Del Ray.

T.C. Girls’ Varsity Light Weight 8 Captures Bronze Medal

Four other Titan boats advance to the finals at Stotesbury

The T.C. Williams crew team proved this weekend that it can compete with the best boats in the country.

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Fairfax County: Police Commission Holds Public Forum

Deborah Moronese of Vienna said a disagreement with her son over his use of Wi-Fi in their home prompted him to call Fairfax County Police.

Meeting on North Hill Set for May 28

In 1981, the Fairfax County Redevelopment Housing Authority purchased a parcel of land off Richmond Highway, north of Dart Drive in the Mount Vernon District. A Federal Community Development Block Grant funded the purchase. Though a portion of the land was developed, 33 acres, called the North Hill property, have sat unimproved through the years.

Meeting on North Hill Set for May 28

In 1981, the Fairfax County Redevelopment Housing Authority purchased a parcel of land off Richmond Highway, north of Dart Drive in the Mount Vernon District. A Federal Community Development Block Grant funded the purchase. Though a portion of the land was developed, 33 acres, called the North Hill property, have sat unimproved through the years.

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Arlington Memorial Day Weekend Fun: May 22-25

Events near Arlington for the weekend of May 22-25.

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Potomac Memorial Day Weekend Fun: May 22-25

Events in and near Potomac for the weekend of May 22-25.

Wednesday, May 20

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Alexandria: Artfully Chocolate is Closing

Artfully Chocolate to close its doors May 27.

When Eric Nelson turned 50 in the summer of 2006, he “jumped off the cliff.”

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Students with Special Needs Attend Day Prom

For more than 10 years, hundreds of students with special needs — those with physical, intellectual or mental disabilities — have been able to enjoy a prom of their own. The event takes place during the day and, this year, was held at the Waterford near Fair Oaks Mall.

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Mount Vernon: Packing Food for Others

Public school students receiving free or reduced meals may face food insecurity challenges on the weekend as well.

Mount Vernon: New Wegmans Dedicated on Armed Forces Day

Members of the Hayfield Secondary School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps not only faced the pressure of raising the flag for the first time at the soon to be open Alexandria Wegmans. They also had to figure out the pole’s hidden crank mechanism located behind a locked door.

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Mount Vernon: Group Welcomes People 'As They Are'

Church fellowship group caters to people with mental health conditions

Pam McLaughlin of Mount Vernon displays a white paper mask she’s painted with a blend of various shades of blues and purples. Dark lines streak from the sides of the nose out to the ears like whiskers.

Mount Vernon: Suspects Charged for Murder

Detectives charged Gregory Brown, 23, of Washington D.C., and Niziah Williams, of Clinton, Md. with the murder of Santos Zelaya that took place March 26.

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Pantherlon 5K Set for June 6

This year the Carl Sandburg Middle School Pancake Pantherlon 5K run will partner with the Carl Sandburg Health Fair to provide a family friendly morning of “good for you” fun.

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History Lesson: Spring Bank During the Civil War

In the pedestrian area next to Richmond Highway between the Pizza Hut restaurant and the Kings Crossing Shopping Center is a Virginia Historical marker for the Union army defensive forts once in this area of Mount Vernon. All are gone except for Fort Willard, a Fairfax County park in the Belle Haven community. The largest was Fort Lyon located where the Huntington Metro Station is today.

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Reston: Three for One, and One For All?

Board of Supervisors, Rescue Reston and Reston Association all filed legal appeals of the Board of Zoning Appeals April ruling regarding Reston National Golf Course.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Rescue Reston and Reston Association last week filed legal appeals of the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

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Mount Vernon High School Turns 75

The Michael M. Skinner Field House at Mount Vernon High School was transformed into a ballroom on Saturday evening, May 16, for the school’s 75th anniversary dinner and gala.

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Mount Vernon: Candidates Seek Primary Victory

At forums, four candidates seek to differentiate themselves.

Mount Vernon residents have not experienced such intense political competition to choose a Democratic nominee for an elected local office in a generation.

Column: Major Paving Operations Set to Start this Summer in 44th District


As the weather warms and we approach the summer, it also means that we are approaching the road mowing and paving season in Northern Virginia, and good news is coming for the 44th District.

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Last Piece of the Downtown Puzzle for Herndon?

Council schedules public hearing on potential purchase of Ashwell property for Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m.

The Herndon Town Council will consider purchasing approximately 1.67 acres of land in Herndon’s historic downtown.

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Obituary: Mary Ann Ormes, Founding Director of Senior Services of Alexandria

When Mary Ann Ormes followed her childhood sweetheart to Alexandria in 1954, the young bride didn’t waste any time getting involved in her community.

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Volunteers Gather to Pay Tribute to Fallen Soldiers

Dozens of volunteers gathered in Ivy Hill Cemetery on Sunday, May 17, to decorate the 661 identified graves of veterans for Memorial Day.

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Lord and Lady Fairfax Crowned

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. announced the 2015 Lords and Ladies Fairfax at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Alexandria: Exploring Old Town’s Military History

Retired military couple lead local tours.

In 1859, Augustine Washington deposited $200,000 in an Alexandria bank for safe keeping. The funds were planned to go towards restoration of Mount Vernon, but when the Union Army began seizing bank funds, the manager’s wife hid the funds among the clothes in her closet.

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Alexandria: Candidates Debate City Economy

Incumbent Mayor William Euille defended his record of revitalizing Alexandria neighborhoods with new businesses.

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Cappies Review

Illuminating ‘Radium Girls’ at Chantilly High

Eerily stoic faces emerge from the darkness, hauntingly illuminated by a sickening green glow. Ghostly, detached eyes stare blankly ahead, sitting passively in front of a backdrop of shocking news headlines, outlining the sensationalized scandal of the decade.

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Alexandria: Citizens Irate Over Tax District

In the May 15 public hearing prior to the City Council’s major Potomac Yard Metro decision, residents of the local special tax district spoke out against what they saw as being unfairly targeted.

Alexandria: Council Honors Lowe, Dunning

Parks in Del Ray named in tribute.

As the City Council voted to name two parks in Del Ray after influential citizens from the neighborhood, members of City Council and the community took a moment to reflect on the lives of Judy Lowe and Nancy Dunning.

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Grand Opening with Chris Cooley

TW Perry, a building materials dealer with locations in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. held a grand opening of their new location in Springfield.

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New Playground at White Oaks Elementary

White Oaks Elementary School has a brand new playground for all the community to enjoy.

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Alexandria: Bishop Ireton Girls’ Lacrosse Team Achieves Redemption

Cardinals defeat Saints in second consecutive VISAA state final.

The Bishop Ireton girls' lacrosse team defeated St. Stephen's & St. Agnes 12-10 in the VISAA Division I state championship game on May 16 at Randolph-Macon College.

15 Cappie Nominations For Local Schools

The 2014-15 Cappie nominations for high-school theater were announced Monday night, with two local schools garnering a total of 15 nominations. Fairfax High received nine nods for “Big: The Musical,” and Paul VI got six for its play, “The Miracle Worker.”

Alexandria: Remembering Those Who Serve

Wreath-laying ceremony to be held at Alexandria National Cemetery.

It was first known simply as “Soldiers’ Cemetery.” Established in 1862 as one of the original 14 national cemeteries, Alexandria National Cemetery features a historic superintendent’s lodge designed by U.S. Quartermaster Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs and is the final resting place of the four civilians who died in pursuit of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

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Tennessee Williams With a Humorous Attitude

Providence Players to Present “The Glass Mendacity.”

“The Glass Mendacity,” the name alone draws quizzical smiles with its off-kilter, double-take title. It is a parody play created by mixing and mingling Tennessee Williams’ iconic dramatic characters and situations into a lighthearted comic production.

Column: In Contrast


Even though my previous CT Scan “looked good,” nonetheless I am already, two months out, thinking about my next scan, scheduled for July 15. I am not nervous or anxious about it yet. But I am something.

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Alexandria: Honored and Rewarded

Hispanic Leadership Alliance awards scholarships to exceptional students.

The Hispanic Leadership Alliance (HLA) presented scholarships to 14 graduating high school seniors, selected based on academic merit, letters of recommendation and personal essays. Each student is the first in his or her family to attend college, and received awards in the amount of $1,000 each.

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Fairfax: Stynchula Sisters Lead Woodson Girls' Soccer to Victory

Cavaliers will face South County for Conference 7 championship.

The Woodson girls' soccer team defeated Lake Braddock 2-1 on Tuesday.

City of Fairfax Doubles Money Allocated for FRHC

Organization provides no-interest, home-improvement loans.

Business is booming for the City of Fairfax Renaissance Housing Corp. (FRHC). So to help it carry out its mission, the Fairfax City Council doubled the amount of money it had allocated for the organization in its FY 2016 budget.

Senior Travel: A Variety of Options

Senior Services of Alexandria

Everyday at Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) the DOT Paratransit Team answers calls from disabled individuals, many of them seniors, who need transportation to get around town. When driving is no longer an option, many seniors struggle to stay independent while “aging in place” without a reliable form of transportation.

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Potomac Hunt Race-Goers Broil in Sun and Fun

At the Kiplinger family’s “Bittersweet Field.”

It was hot. Brutally hot, at the 63rd running of the Potomac Hunt Races on Sunday, May 17. The weatherman repeatedly called for cloudy, stormy weather. Wrong. By 1 p.m. when the first race at the Kiplinger family’s “Bittersweet Field,” Poolesville, and a couple thousand tailgate picnics were already in full swing, more than just horses had broken out in a full sweat.

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Cappies Review: Meeting a Hefty Challenge

Edison High production of ”Annie Get Your Gun.”

Shouts of "pull!" and rounds of rifle shots permeate the air. With a personable, pioneering feminist, competitions galore, and shooting champions running up and down the aisles of Thomas Edison High School's auditorium, the school's rendition of ”Annie Get Your Gun” hit the stage with all the right notes.

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Fresh and Delicious Date Night at Workhouse Arts Center

It was Date Night at the Chef’s table in Lorton on Saturday, May 16. Three couples registered for a class and learned how to cook a four-course gourmet meal.

Volunteering for Volunteers

Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Last month, we joined Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country for National Rebuilding Day when 10,000 volunteers nationwide provided free home repairs and upgrades to homes and communities. In Alexandria, more than 800 volunteers stepped up on this national day of service to help low-income homeowners with repairs. This giant effort was an important way to show the power of volunteerism in revitalizing a community and changing lives.

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Fairfax: Woodson Boys’ Soccer Secures Berth in Conference 7 Final

Cavaliers beat defending state champion T.C. Williams in semifinals.

The Woodson boys' soccer team beat T.C. Williams 2-1 on Tuesday.

Mentorship Built on Friendship

Mentor of The Month

Kat started mentoring Angie through Casa Chirilagua in the spring of 2014 during Angie’s 1st grade.

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Potomac: Churchill Boys’ Lax Wins Third Region Title in Four Years

Bulldogs beat Dulaney in state semis, advance to first state final.

The Churchill boys' lacrosse team will play in its first state championship game.

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Walpole Outdoors Relocates to Potomac Village

From pergolas to playhouses, and more.

Potomac is white fence country — and now it has a company to build the fences that grace the countryside in and around the Village. Walpole Outdoors is now open in the Village to meet those outdoor needs.

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Nysmith ‘Know Brainers’ Keep on Competing

Eighth graders take “You Be the Chemist” and Odyssey of the Mind challenges.

The school year is coming to a close – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for the students at the Nysmith School in Herndon to squeeze in a few more competitions and maybe a trophy or two before that last bell rings.

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More Area Residents Bike To Work

Reston and Herndon host pit stop for cyclists on Bike to Work Day.

On Friday, May 15, commuters swapped gas pedals for bike pedals in the metropolitan Washington region to participate in the annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) event.

Herndon Holds Technology and the Arts Reception

Award ceremony for winners of countywide art competition.

On May 13, the Council for the Arts of Herndon announced the winners of the 2015 Tech Arts Competition at a special reception, held in honor of student artists.

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Herndon Town Council to Consider Downtown Land Purchase

Opportunities to encourage economic development.

Herndon officials announced the Town Council will consider on May 26 the purchase of 1.67 acres of land in Herndon’s historic downtown. Combined with about three acres already owned by the town, the purchase will clear the way for a comprehensive development project, in accordance with a master plan adopted by the Town Council in 2011, according to a statement from the town government.

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Thought-provoking Classic

“A Man for All Season” arriving at NextStop Theatre.

“The show may be set in 16th Century England, but the issues raised have little changed over the centuries”, noted Todd Huse, who plays the central role of Thomas More in the upcoming production of “A Man for All Seasons” at NextStop Theatre.

The Price No Longer Matters?

One third of eligible Reston Association voters casted ballots, with 53 percent of those voters in favor of authorization for RA Board of Directors to borrow $2.65 million to purchase the Tetra property, formerly known as the Reston Visitors Center.

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Cappies Review: A Warm Welcome to the ‘60s

South Lakes High School's production of “Hairspray” showed that "You can't stop the beat" of these performers.

Column: Lull before the Storm

If the Virginia political scene seems to you to be quiet at the moment, stick around for we may just be experiencing a lull before the storm. There are elections every year in Virginia, and at this point in the voting cycle there are numerous state and local offices on the ballot this fall.

Column: Looking Ahead to the 2015 Elections in Fairfax County

When we go to the polls in November, the ballot will include not only our state legislators, but also the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (Chairman and 9 district supervisors) and School Board (12 reps-9 district members and 3 at-large).

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Silver Anniversary Coming to Arts Festival

Bob Simon’s silhouette, sculpture, painting, jewelry, birds’ nests, marimbas, stained glass windows and more attracts 40,000 to Reston this weekend.

Dozens stopped to watch Adam Crowell play his art Sunday at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. “Teachers said it over and over when I pounded on desks, lockers and books. ‘That’s not a drum,’” he said.

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Nanobrewery To Open At Reston Lake Anne

Craft beer site to open in Reston.

Reston residents Melissa and Jason Romano purchased a retail space at 11424 Washington Plaza, where they will open Lake Anne Brew House, a nanobrewery. Thirst for local beer and new regulatory attitudes towards brewing have encouraged entrepreneurs to begin craft beer operations across the country.

Two McLean Students Named Presidential Scholars

Thomas Jefferson High School seniors Joe Broom and Anna Venetianer receive honors.

Each year, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recognizes 170 students selected from around the Country for their accomplishments in academics and in the arts.

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Alexandria People at Work: Martha Teaches Tea Etiquette

"Oh my goodness, I can see your elbows," Martha Washington said to Mary "Peggy" White who attended the Sunday afternoon tea at Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town.

Letter: Enough for Status Quo

Letter to the Editor

After receiving the second phone call from the Euille campaign wanting to know if I have any concerns that the mayor needs to know about, I have to wonder what took him so long to ask.

Letter: Acclaimed New Field

Letter to the Editor

On my way home from church early Sunday afternoon, I noticed a soccer game in progress on the newly constructed Jefferson-Houston playing field, so I went across the street to watch Cal-Berkeley play Yale.

Letter: Complicating Factors

Letter to the Editor

The City of Alexandria is leveraging its full faith and credit to issue about $200 million in debt to pay for construction of the Potomac Metro station.

Letter: Need Money To Fix Streets

Letter to the Editor

Alexandria’s streets have suffered through two harsh winters that have caused a rash of potholes throughout our city. Even with a hasty campaign of spring patching, things remain rocky.

Poetry: Postmarks

from Akron Cleveland Chicago

Letter: Change Strategy

Letter to the Editor

I am surprised to learn that Kerry Donley, who has been involved in our city for many years both as a banker and as an elected official, still does not understand that elected officials cannot control the pace of development.

Letter: Leadership? Management?

Letter to the Editor

For years Kerry Donelly has vainly attempted to balance out the city budget by touting commercial growth.

Letter: Frustrated Taxpayer

Letter to the Editor

I am frustrated. I have not felt represented by the majority of the actions taken by city hall over the past 25 years. Is anyone else with me?

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Alexandria: MetroStage Presents ‘The Letters’

Two-person psychological, cat-and-mouse drama takes place in 1930’s Soviet Union.

MetroStage in Alexandria is presenting the psychological drama, “The Letters,” directed by John Vreeke, May 15 to June 14.

Letter: In Memory, In Tribute

Letter to the Editor

What does Memorial Day really mean to those who wait for their loved ones to return from serving their country in war?

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Column: The Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington


Excerpted from “A Son and his Adoptive Father: The Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington” 2006 exhibition at Mount Vernon.

Sports Briefs

The Centreville boys’ lacrosse team honored its senior players at its last regular season home game on May 11,

Tuesday, May 19

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Chantilly High Presents 29th Jazz & Pizzazz

Annual extravaganza of singing and dancing.

Bright lights, colorful costumes and spectacular singing and dancing – that’s Chantilly High’s Jazz & Pizzazz. And this year’ extravaganza, the 29th annual, is slated for Wednesday-Saturday, May 27-30, at 7 p.m. each night.

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‘Showing the Soul of a Community’

County, private sector unite to build workforce housing.

With an eye toward providing workforce housing in the local area, Fairfax County recently broke ground on a 270-unit apartment complex in Fair Oaks.

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Chantilly Takes Virginia Economic Championship

Third state victory in a row and sixth altogether.

For the third year in a row, a team from Chantilly High has won the state championship in economics. The four students took first place in the Adam Smith Division (advanced economics) of the 2015 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance.

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Boy Scout Merit Awards

Sully District Boy Scouts of America held its annual awards banquet and has presented the District Award of Merit to Michael Sorah (left) and David Weisz for their extraordinary service to the District in supporting the Boy Scout program. This award is presented annually to only two adults per year.

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Lord and Lady Fairfax at Large

Bulova names Kate Hanley and Lt. Col. John P. McAnaw as Lady and Lord Fairfax at large.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova named Katherine K. Hanley, former board chairman, as this year’s At-Large Lady Fairfax.

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Sully’s Lord and Lady Fairfax

Jerrold L. Foltz and Bonnie L. Hobbs are Lord and Lady Fairfax from Sully District.

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. announced the 2015 Lords and Ladies Fairfax at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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ViVa! Vienna! Returns for Three-Day Memorial Day Weekend

Rotary Club and Town of Vienna partner to offer family fun, food, and live entertainment.

Vienna’s most family-friendly, fun-filled festival returns for Memorial Day weekend. ViVa! Vienna!, a celebration of food, live entertainment, amusement rides, and more than 300 merchandise and service vendors, kicks off on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. with food vendors, amusement rides, and live entertainment. Vendors open their booths on Sunday, when Church Street closes down to vehicular traffic. The Historic Church Street corridor turns into a rollicking community-centric party.

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Crowds Flock to Chantilly Day

Featured live music, children's activities, food and even a NASA Astronaut.

The fourth-annual Chantilly Day brought out a large crowd on Saturday, May 16 at the Sully Place Shopping Center parking lot, off Route 50, in Chantilly.

20 Cappie Nominations for Local Schools

The 2014-15 Cappie nominations for high-school theater were announced Monday night, May 18, with the three local schools garnering a total of 20 nominations.

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Great Falls Citizens Association Votes No on Brooks Farm

Developer says call for 5-acre lots is not financially viable.

Planners and the land owner keep tweaking, even eliminating three houses from 23 in their cluster development proposal, but Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) wanted more than tweaks. Citizens wanted an overhaul, a different zoning category and redesign. And Great Falls Citizens Association stood firm to its resolve despite words of warning from a county official and advocate of trees.

Centreville/Chantilly Roundups for the Week of May 20

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, May 21, from 5-8:30 p.m, at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly. No appointment is necessary.

Parents’ Role in Educating about Alcohol and Drugs

Suggestions for talking to teens about staying safe.

Graduation, prom and the summer before heading off to college are some of the highlights of a teen’s high school experience. While the season brings landmark events, it can be marred by the consequences of engaging in harmful activities.

Editorial: Remembering on Memorial Day 2015

On Memorial Day, take at least one minute to reflect on those who have died.

On Memorial Day, we remember all of those who have died in military service, more than 400,000 in World War II, more than 30,000 in Korea, more than 50,000 in Vietnam. As many as 620,000 soldiers died in the line of duty in the Civil War, stunningly about 2 percent of the population at that time. To compare, while more than 2.5 million soldiers have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, that number is still less than one percent of the U.S. population.

Letter: Coalition Opposes Country Inn Proposal

Letter to the Editor

The following open letter was addressed to Casey Anderson, chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board.

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Arlington: Pre-schoolers Learn from Garden Therapy

The door swings open and 12 pre-schoolers skip to the corner and sit themselves in a circle. It is the monthly half-hour garden therapy session at Glebe Elementary in Arlington.

The Fight for the 45th

Democratic primary candidates vying to replace Delegate Krupicka lay out campaign priorities.

As with most candidates in a primary, the Democrats campaigning to replace Robert Krupicka as delegate for Virginia’s 45th District which includes parts of Alexandria, Arlington and Mount Vernon, don’t vary greatly in their positions on political issues. Where these candidates do vary is their experience and priorities.

South Lakes Pitcher Wojciechowski Baffles Washington-Lee

Herbert homer produces Generals’ lone run in defeat.

In 2014, the South Lakes baseball team entered the Conference 6 tournament as the No. 2 seed and in prime position to end the program’s lengthy regional tournament drought, which reached all the way back to 2003.

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Chang Chooses Arlington

Restaurateur designed Arlington restaurant to showcase “real” Chinese food.

Last month within a hundred yard radius in Arlington, Mother’s Macaroons closed. Baskin Robbins closed. And then Peter Chang opened.

“Flourishing After 55” for the week of May 18-23

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for May 18-23.

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Enjoying the 28th Annual Taste of Arlington

More than 50 Arlington restaurants served up sample tastings at the 28th annual Taste of Arlington on Sunday, May 17, in Ballston.

Sports Briefs for the week of May 20

Yorktown Boys’ Lax Edges South Lakes, Yorktown Girls’ Lax Secures Region Berth, W-L Boys’ Soccer Upset by McLean

Letter: Legislative Focus On Alzheimer’s

Letter to the Editor

Freshman U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8) is demonstrating he values his constituents’ opinions.

Column: Bishops’ Statement on Death Penalty Debate

To build a culture of life we must respect the sanctity of even “unlovable” lives.

This year, through the advocacy of the Virginia Catholic Conference, our Church spent considerable time opposing legislation related to the death penalty.

Monday, May 18

Editorial: Public Comment at Police Commission

Come out to testify before the commission on Monday, May 18.

John Geer was shot dead by Fairfax County Police Officer Adam Torres on Aug. 29, 2013, and the outrage over the quality and timing of the release of information about the shooting led to the formation of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission, which will hold a public forum next Monday, May 18.

Editorial: Call for Father’s Day Photos

This week and next, we print Mother’s Day photos, and we call for photos for Father’s Day. Father's Day is Sunday, June 21, 2015 and once again the Connection will publish a gallery of Father's Day photos.

Saturday, May 16

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Reston: South Lakes Baseball Ends Lengthy Regional Tournament Drought

Wojciechowski throws four-hitter, strikes out 11 against W-L

The South Lakes baseball team defeated Washington-Lee 3-1 on Friday in the Conference 6 tournament quarterfinals.

Friday, May 15

Springfield Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 178 Springfield homes sold between $950,000-$158,000.

Springfield Home Sales: April, 2015

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 104 homes sold between $1,888,000-$215,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: April, 2015

Reston Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 105 Reston homes sold between $1,600,000-$79,900.

Reston Home Sales: April, 2015

McLean Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 102 homes sold between $2,811,000-$180,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: April, 2015

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 88 homes sold between $1,100,000-$167,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: April, 2015

Great Falls Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 18 Great Falls homes sold between $2,800,000-$649,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: April, 2015

Fairfax Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 109 Fairfax homes sold between $1,330,000-$162,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: April, 2015

Chantilly Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 20 homes sold between $405,000-$460,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: April, 2015

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

In April, 2015, 78 homes sold between $1,400,000-$176,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 80 Centreville homes sold between $739,900-$157,700.

Centreville Home Sales: April, 2015

Burke Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 57 Burke homes sold between $811,100-$118,000.

Burke Home Sales: April, 2015

Mount Vernon Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 125 homes sold between $1,261,700-$115,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: April, 2015

Arlington Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 244 Arlington homes sold between $3,047,500-$99,000.

Arlington Home Sales: April, 2015

Alexandria Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 224 Alexandria homes sold between $2,325,000-$97,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: April, 2015

Potomac Home Sales: April, 2015

In April, 2015, 51 Potomac homes sold between $2,350,000-$420,000.

Potomac Home Sales: April, 2015

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - May 15-17, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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

Thursday, May 14

SFA Warns of Financial Offers

Some T.C. Williams High School students have been receiving letters from private companies offering to help determine college admission and financial aid eligibility.

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Teaching Technology Gallery Walk Benefits Students, Teachers

Gallery Walk highlights innovations in classroom technology.

“You have died of dysentery.”

Cyber Security Bills Signed in Arlington

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law two cyber security bills (SB1307 and SB919) patroned by Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Loudoun) on May 6 in Arlington. McAuliffe and Wexton were joined by Sen. George Barker, Del. Tom Rust and members of the recently formed Virginia Cyber Commission.

25-Year ACPD Veteran Named Police Chief

Murray “Jay” Farr was appointed chief of police of the Arlington County Police Department on May 14. Farr has served as the acting chief of police since the retirement of M. Douglas Scott on March 20.

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Springfield: Rolling Road Widening Project In Early Stages, Again

Officials hope to finally move forward with county and state funding.

For drivers frustrated with traffic on the two-lane stretch of Rolling Road between the Fairfax County Parkway and Old Keene Mill Road, relief could be in sight, again.

Fairfax Station and Lorton: Area Roundup

New Chick fil-A, deadly motorcycle accident

Jonathan Wesley Wright, a 25-year-old man from Dumfries, died May 11, several hours after crashing his 2013 Ducati motorcycle into the rear of a box truck.

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Lorton: Hope & Health Festival Returns for Third Year

Linda Patterson, executive director of the Lorton Community Action Center, said about a fifth of the local population their organization serves is suffering from chronic health-related issues.

Fairfax Judge Dismisses Four Cases of Driving While Intoxicated

Police officer failed to follow general order for recording.

Fairfax-based attorney Eric Clingan thought it was odd the Fairfax County Police officer who asked his client to perform a field sobriety test didn’t have his body microphone on. Nor did the test take place in view of his patrol car’s dashboard-mounted camera.

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Corazon Foley Announces Bid for Springfield Supervisor

Burke resident Corazon Foley has taken her mission to establish a permanent activity center for seniors in Burke and West Springfield to the next level.

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New Girls Golf Program Begins at Burke Lake Golf Course

Erin Herbig of Clifton admits signing her daughters up for golf lessons was a decision to benefit the whole family, not just the girls Summer and Kolby.

Wednesday, May 13

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun May 15-17

Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon for the weekend of May 15-17

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Potomac Weekend Fun: May 15-17

Events near Potomac for the weekend of May 15-17

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Arlington Weekend Fun: May 15-17

Events near Arlington, Va. for the weekend of May 15-17.

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Transportation Forum Discusses Options and Obstacles

High Level forum discusses regional transit options and obstacles.

Local, state and federal elected and appointed officials, business leaders, researchers and directors and staff from transportation and economic development agencies gathered on Friday morning, May 8, at the Greensboro Conference Center in he heart of Tysons.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Kingstowne Center for Active Adults in Alexandria needs an instructor to teach a class in Mosaic Art or Jewelry Making. For these and other volunteer opportunities, call 703-324-5406, TTY 711 or visit click on Volunteer Solutions.

Healthcare Events

Fairfax County is offering a free six-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Program workshop Series. Learn and share positive strategies to better manage overall health, increase self-confidence and improve the skills you need to take control of your health and happiness! Tuesday, June 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 450 Orchard Street, NW. Vienna. For more information, call 703-324-5489, TTY 711, or email

Treating All Students and Staff with Dignity and Respect

“The decision by the School Board to add “gender identity” to our nondiscrimination policy is to provide an environment which promotes equality where every student and employee is treated with dignity and respect. This tells our students and staff that school and the FCPS workplace are places where they can be safe from harassment and discrimination."

Obituary: Dorothy Riley Owen


Dorothy Riley Owen, 94, of Alexandria, died on April 30, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late Jack S. Owen for 66 years.

Obituary: David L. Nelson


David L. Nelson was born on May 8, 1930 in Omaha, Neb. and died peacefully at home in Alexandria, on April 26, 2015. He was married for 62 years to his high school sweetheart, Jacqueline Jo (Zerbe) Nelson, also from Omaha, Neb.

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A Pastoral May Day at the School for Swans in Alexandria

The ballet and tap students at the School for Swans in Alexandria are busy in rehearsal this week for their spring recital on Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m. in the lower auditorium at the First Baptist Church of Alexandria on King Street.

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Obituary: Remembering Civil Rights Activist, Architect Melvin Miller

Architect of affordable housing dies at 83.

For nearly 60 years, Melvin Miller was a fixture in Alexandria, known as a civil rights activist and the architect of affordable housing across the city.

Letter: Appreciate Police Officers

Letter to the Editor

This week is National Police Week and we say thank you to those community police and liaison officers who have served our neighborhood so well. Some have retired, all have demonstrated extraordinary dedication.

Column: Why Fi?


“That’s the dream; to have Wi-Fi in the car.” So says one of the focus group participants (“real people, not actors”) in a recent television commercial from Chevrolet. The answer is to a question asked of five adults to identify which car brand: Mercedes, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, or Toyota, includes “Built-in Wi-Fi” in their product line.

Alexandria: 2015 Athletes of the Year

Angus King to keynote Alexandria Sportsman’s Club banquet.

Alexandria native Angus King, a former governor and current senator representing the state of Maine, will be on hand as the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club honors the city’s top high school athletes at its annual awards banquet May 19 at the Westin Hotel.

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West Potomac Team to Compete at World Competition

A West Potomac High School Odyssey of the Mind team has once again earned a spot to compete at the World Competition on May 20 - 23 at Michigan State University.

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Video Released of 2009 Officer-Involved Shooting

Dashboard camera recorded audio, not video of the shots fired.

Barrie Masters’ son David died Nov. 13, 2009. A Fairfax County Police officer shot and killed him while he sat, unarmed, and behind the wheel of his car. Last week, more than five years later, Fairfax County Police released the dashboard video from the cruiser of the officer who shot David Masters.

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The Standard Barbershop Opens in Fairfax City

The Standard vintage barbershop recently opened in the heart of Fairfax City. The Standard offers a wide selection of services that include haircuts, straight-razor shaves, beard trims and head shaves.

Letter: Service Trumps Party Label

Letter to the Editor

We write to express our staunch, and perhaps unexpected, support for Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg in the upcoming mayoral race.

Letter: The Choice Is Clear

Letter to the Editor

In less than four weeks residents will be able to take the first step in taking back control of their city. There is absolutely no doubt that this off-year primary election is destined to direct the future course of Alexandria for many years to come.

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Setting Example of ‘Giving Back’

Rohil Bhinge of Fairfax receives another recognition.

Rohil Bhinge of Fairfax, sixth grader at Nysmith School in Herndon is the youngest recipient of the 2015 Carson Scholar award of $1,000. Dr. Ben Carson is an American author and retired neurosurgeon.

Letter: Reject Option B

Letter to the Editor

The George Washington Memorial Parkway is one of finest federal parks in the Unites States that uniquely incorporates the beauty of D.C. with the marvels of nature.

Crash on Richmond Highway Kills Pedestrian

Fifty-eight-year-old Sonia Granados was attempting to cross Route 1 just before Anderson Lane when she was struck in the roadway by a 2008 Mitsubishi Eclipse heading southbound. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. Monday, May 11.

Letter: Steady Leadership

Letter to the Editor

In the upcoming Democratic Primary for mayor it is imperative that Silberberg not be elected.

Letter: Unnecessary, Unaffordable

Letter to the Editor

When a Metro site was envisioned 40 years ago for the Potomac Yard, there were no Metros stations in Alexandria. Now we have a passel. And near each today, there are vacancies aplenty. These vacancies exist despite lower property tax rates than planned for the Potomac Yard Metro.

Letter: West End Traffic

Letter to the Editor

The April 30 - May 6 edition of the Gazette Packet ignored the "development" that's been underway in Alexandria for over a year regarding Eisenhower West End Small Area Planning. See

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Connolly Announces Arts Competition Winners

Five high school students from Fairfax County and Prince William County took top honors in U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly’s seventh annual Congressional Arts Competition.

Letter: Appoint Ombudsman

Letter to the Editor

The mayor’s Ad-Hoc Monitoring Group for Waterfront Construction continues to identify the many adverse things that might happen to property near one of the six future construction sites on the waterfront. Ironically, they are doing all this without the assistance or advice of the City Attorney’s Office, which refuses to assist committees not appointed by the City Council. In other words, they refuse to speak to the very citizens who pay their salaries .... a sad commentary, at best.

Letter: Protect Parkway

Letter to the Editor

The City of Alexandria is about to choose their preferred alternative for a new Metro stop.

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Merrily ‘Rolling Along’

Cappies Review

When we're young, we're naïve. We're innocent. We're dreamers, and lovers, and most importantly friends. The world is at our feet, and we think nothing will ever get in the way of our relationships or our dreams.

Letter: A Call For Justice

Letter to the Editor

I am Barrie Masters, a retired Army Colonel and father of David Alan Masters who was killed by a Fairfax County police officer on a rainy afternoon, Nov. 13, 2009, while sitting in his Chevrolet Blazer stopped at a traffic light on Route 1 and Fort Hunt Road in Fairfax County.

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Alexandria: T.C. Williams, West Potomac Enter Postseason with Confidence

Titans, Wolverines end regular season with 1-1 draw.

The T.C. Williams and West Potomac boys' soccer teams played to a 1-1 draw Tuesday.

Letter: Offers New Solutions

Letter to the Editor

I’m voting for Jack Dobbyn for Mount Vernon District supervisor because thus far Mr. Dobbyn has been the only candidate offering ideals and ideas.

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Saturday T-Ball Anyone?

Hotrods play the Grasshoppers in Little League Baseball as part of ANSLL.

It was the perfect spring day for a game of T-Ball between the Hotrods and the Grasshoppers at Howery Field # 2 in Annandale last Saturday morning in a match hosted by the Annandale-North Springfield Little League (ANSLL).

Letter: A Fresh Voice

Letter to the Editor

As a resident and parent of Lorton, I have closely followed the candidates campaigning for Mt. Vernon County supervisor. I must admit, I have not been satisfied with the candidates with the exception of Candice Bennett.

Column: Celebrating Older Americans

“Get in the Act” at the Annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair.

Each May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living celebrates “Older Americans Month” to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation.

Column: It’s Virginia Hospital Week


As a cornerstone of the Alexandria community for more than 140 years, Inova Alexandria Hospital is a beloved and trusted institution to our region and its residents.

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First Year Teachers Honored

Award ceremony and fashion show at the Springfield Golf and Country Club.

At the Springfield Country Club, the Beta Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society (DKG) International honored four novice teachers for excellence in their first year of teaching, presenting each of them with $300 grants.

Column: Trying Out Alexandria’s Bus


After 23 years of living in Alexandria, I had never taken the bus. Until now.

Inventors Inducted Into Hall of Fame

The National Inventor’s Hall of Fame inducted 14 new members.

Alexandria: Mayor Makes Amends for Metro Mistakes

Mayor William Euille, who sits on the board of directors for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, apologized to riders of the Metro in Alexandria and throughout Washington D.C. for the what was trending on social media as the “Metro Meltdown” on May 11.

Letter: Disappointing Vote

Letter to the Editor

On May 7 the Fairfax County School Board added “gender identity” to their nondiscrimination policy. The vote was 11 to 1 with Ms. Elizabeth Schultz being the only vote against this motion.

City of Fairfax Seeks a Brand

It would identify the City’s unique qualities.

It’s been 15 or 16 years since the City of Fairfax has given serious thought to possibly adopting a brand-marketing campaign. So, to learn how the City could better promote itself, City Manager Bob Sisson arranged for an expert in that field to address the City Council.

Letter: Rush to Misjudgment

Letter to the Editor

Since being elected Sheriff of Fairfax County, Stacey A. Kincaid has been actively working to transform her Office into one of positive pro-active engagement throughout the county.

Burke Student Receives ‘Yes I Can’ Award

Burke resident Jake Sizemore was diagnosed with low-functioning autism at the age of 2-and-a-half. Now, 11 years later at age 13, he plays in a band at a music school called “School of Rock” with other students who are his age.

Column: Learning from My Own Education

My high school alma mater, Shenandoah High School, is no longer a high school. The building with an addition is now Shenandoah Elementary School. Children who would have attended the high school now attend the consolidated Page County High School.

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How McLean Day Made McLean

History of McLean Day: First in a series

On Oct. 19, 1914, Martha Kadel watched as her older brother and sister walked to the new Franklin Sherman School. One of the few families in the new community, the Kadels had watched the construction of the two-story, six-room brick building behind their home for the last year.

Getting To Know T.C. Williams High School’s New Principal

Dingle’s background in diversity education and a faculty standoff.

When students at T.C. Williams High School get called into the principal’s office next school year, they will find a new face on the other side of the desk.

Alexandria Neighborhoods: Taylor Run Underground Rescue

The story in the Post about the people trapped in the Metro reminded me about what happened to a group of us working on a Tom Hanks movie about a man with one red shoe.

Alexandria: City Council Passes Budget

After two months of City Council work sessions and public hearings, the council voted to approve the budget with little of the debate that had defined previous meetings.

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Alexandria: Arsenal of Democracy

The first planes were spotted coming over Rosslyn at 12:10 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

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Opinion: Stream Clean-Up at McLean High Park

For the weekend of Earth Day, on Saturday, April 25, local residents and students met at McLean High Park to stage a clean-up.

Cal Jadacki of McLean Named Atlantic 10 Baseball Co-player of the Week

Saint Joseph University sophomore Cal Jadacki, a Langley High School graduate, was named the Atlantic 10 Baseball Co-Player of the Week by the league office on Monday afternoon.

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More Than 100 Join Great Falls Rugby

Great Falls rugby had more than 100 children playing over the course of the day on Saturday, May 2.

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Cartoon: Geller

"Yes, Mz. Geller...we even support YOUR freedom of expression."

Alexandria Library Awarded

The Virginia Public Library Directors Association (VPLDA) has awarded the Alexandria Library the “Outstanding Public Relations Award” for the 75th Anniversary of the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In public awareness campaign.

Encouraging, Inspiring and Rewarding Young Writers

The Great Falls Writer’s Group names winners of Its first Youth Writing Contest at the first Great Falls Book Fest.

At Saturday’s first Great Falls Book Festival, winners were named in the first-ever Youth Writing Contest at the Great Falls Library. First-place winners are Tyler Southworth and Caroline Wenks.

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Alexandria: Roberdeau House on the Market

Historic property in Old Town up for sale for the first time in 40 years.

An expansive historic home is on the market in Old Town Alexandria for the first time in 40 years. Listed in the Historic American Building Survey, the four-story Roberdeau house has eight fireplaces, six bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms and a basement.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Stamping Out Hunger

The 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive took place throughout the community on Saturday, May 9, to stock local food pantries for the summer months.

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Centreville Boys’ Lax Outlasts Conference Foe

On May 5, the Centreville and Herndon boys’ lacrosse teams battled in a game that was tight until the closing minutes.

Chantilly Day: Donate Food To WFCM

Chantilly Day also includes a food drive for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM).

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Easter in Chantilly

Preschoolers, Danny Zuleta, Evelyn Mikes, and Gina Kim, from Elizabeth Byrns’ Saint Timothy Catholic Preschool class in Chantilly pause during their Easter celebration to pose for a picture.

Shaving Heads in Solidarity

Tara Sankner is a 10-year-old Fairfax girl who’s fighting Astrocytoma Grade 2 brain cancer.

Centreville Girls’ Lax Suffers First Loss in Regular-Season Finale

Wildcats issued six yellow cards in 25-20 loss to Robinson.

The hype surrounding Monday night’s matchup between the Robinson and Centreville girls’ lacrosse teams built throughout the day with comments on social media. Things got even more intense when focus shifted to the field. In a battle for the top seed in the Conference 5 tournament, the Rams and Wildcats engaged in physical play, and combined for 45 goals and eight yellow cards. There was even a brief sideline dispute between head coaches.

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Work Starts on Roundabout in Centreville

Work starts on controversial roundabout in Centreville.

Despite the objections of many local residents, work is now beginning on the roundabout at the Braddock /Pleasant Valley roads intersection beside Cox Farms in Centreville.

Roundups for the Week of May 13, 2015

Shirley Contracting began a final phase of the Route 50 project on Monday, May 11, that will have an impact on evening traffic on Route 50 for about a month.

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Chantilly Pyramid Art Show

Chantilly High’s Pyramid Art Show was April 23.

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Born to Run 5K Set for June 6

Fundraiser honors deceased middle-school teacher.

Nothing can bring back Jannine Parisi. A well-respected Franklin Middle School teacher, she died in November 2013 at age 47 as a result of domestic violence.

Letter: Shared Values

Letter to the Editor

The American public is still reeling from the aftershocks of the shooting in Garland, Texas last week.

Letter: Many To Thank

Letter to the Editor

On Saturday, April 25, the 5th annual Centreville International Showcase was held at the Centreville United Methodist Church to celebrate the diversity and share the many cultures that make up of our unique community.

Tuesday, May 12

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Reston’s ‘Tropical Resort’

Young swimmers enjoy a tropical environment at Goldfish Swim School.

The story behind the Goldfish Swim School in Reston might sound like a bit of a fish tale, but there’s plenty of evidence to prove otherwise.

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Changes To Parks And Pools In Reston

New outdoor racquetball and courts open at Reston Stratton Woods Park.

Fairfax County Park Authority will dedicate new outdoor racquetball and courts at Reston’s Stratton Woods Park on Saturday, May 16.

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Neyla Restaurant To Open in Reston

Mediterranean restaurant to open at Reston Town Center.

Neyla, the new Mediterranean restaurant in the former Paolo’s space at Reston Town Center, plans to open this week, said restaurant management.

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Potomac: Working Together Across Faiths

Capital Area Interfaith Friends sponsors Service Day for youths of all faiths.

Four years ago, Dominique and Mike Rychlik and their three children were included in a dinner and movie night on Eid al-Fitr, which celebrates the end of the Ramadan fast.

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Burke: Cool-Headed Robinson Girls' Lax Hands Centreville First Loss

Obregon leads Rams with eight goals; Wildcats receive six yellow cards.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team defeated Centreville 25-20 on Monday.

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Potomac: Local Builder Receives National Honor

Anthony Wilder Design/Build received a national Contractor of the Year award.

A minimalist yet elegant design that includes a wall of glass with dramatic views of a woodsy landscape received top honors recently. Anthony Wilder Design/Build, in Cabin John, received a national Contractor of the Year (CotY) award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for transforming a bland bathroom into a serene spa retreat.

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Opening Day at Potomac Village Farmers Market

In addition to locally grown produce, the Potomac Farmers Market offers a variety of food, including pizza, freshly baked breads and sweet treats from Simply Delicious, a seafood truck and more.In addition to locally grown produce, the Potomac Farmers Market offers a variety of food, including pizza, freshly baked breads and sweet treats from Simply Delicious, a seafood truck and more.

Letter: Remembering WW II Planes

Letter to the Editor

Many of us who are "of a certain age" were indulged in some nostalgic reminiscences on May 8, shortly after noon, by the fly-by of 20 or more types of airplanes of World War II vintage over the Potomac River and the National Mall.

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McLean Senior Calpin Launches Memorable Home Run

Highlander frosh Longo edges Madison’s Vannicola in pitcher’s duel.

The McLean softball team beat Madison 1-0 on Friday.

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Potomac: Church’s Strawberry Festival Marks 25 Years

Coordinating annual event proves to be a family affair.

Hungry for Judith Dubowy’s delectable strawberry shortcake, Becky Queen’s famous chocolate-covered strawberries, home-made baked goods or grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and pulled pork?

Potomac Sports Briefs for the Week of May 13, 2015

The Churchill boys’ lacrosse team survived a semifinal scare from Whitman.

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Arlington: Neighborhood Day at Chestnut Hills

The newly renovated pre-school playground in Chestnut Hills was officially reopened Saturday morning, May 9.

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Arlington Pitched to Investors

Students, ages 12-18,representing seven businesses and social movements from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) Arlington had six minutes to pitch their business plans to local members of the business community, during the program's inaugural YEA! Investor Panel Event on Thursday, May 7.

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An Arlington Kitchen Transformation

An Arlington kitchen is gutted to create a crisp, but elegant space.

When an Arlington couple decided to update their kitchen, they wanted the clean look of white cabinets and countertops without sacrificing warmth and durability.

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Arlington: Yorktown Coding Team Takes First Place

Yorktown High School Coding Club members Brandon Peck, Ji Seok Lee, and Evan Cater won first place in the World Citizenship category at the Microsoft Imagine Cup US National Finals in San Francisco last month.

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Fairlington Farmers Market Opens in Arlington

Fourteen vendors offer local produce, baked goods, plants, cheeses at the newly opened Fairlington Farmers Market in South Arlington.

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Filling Reston with Art of the Nation

Nationally ranked, this weekend’s juried show attracts serious collectors as well as local art lovers.

More than 200 artists from around the nation will display their original art across six Reston blocks during the 24th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.

Column: Beyer, Ebbin Address Nauck Civic Meeting


U.S. Rep. Don Beyer and state Sen. Adam Ebbin attended the Nauck Civic Association monthly meeting at Drew Model School in Arlington on Monday, May 4.

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Wheeling Their Way to School

Lake Anne Elementary students join International Bike to School Day.

Melissa Romano, mother of two students at Lake Anne Elementary School in Reston and one at Forest Edge, has been coordinating a monthly “bike to school” for about two years, but even she admitted that she had to up her game to organize Lake Anne’s participation in this year’s International Bike To School Day.

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‘Hamlet’ Comes to Lake Anne Park

Local theater company presents its debut production on May 16-17.

“To be or not to be. That is the question.” Thanks for that, Shakespeare, but in this case the question has already been answered. The young co-founders of Any Stage Theater Company declared that “Hamlet,” the debut production from their new theatrical outfit, will take place at Lake Anne Park, 11301 North Shore Drive, in Reston, rain or shine.

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Operation VetsHaven Car Show Held in Herndon

Car show hosted at Volkswagen Group headquarters.

Despite overcast weather, Operation VetsHaven and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. hosted a second annual Operation VetsHaven Car Show Benefit in Herndon on Saturday, May 9.

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Nanobrewery To Open at Herndon’s Sunset Park

Craft beer location to open in Herndon.

A pair of brothers-in-law plan to open a nanobrewery in Herndon’s Sunset Park complex: Andrew Kelley and Kai Leszkowicz have signed a lease for 257 Sunset Park.

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Herndon’s Farmers Market, Every Thursday Morning

Julie Frederickson, of Herndon, will bring home the tomato plant that she bought from Hutt Produce at the Herndon Farmers Market. She'll plant it "for Mother's Day," she said.

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Natalie York and Raye Zaragoza Come to Jammin’ Java

Two NYC-based singer-songwriters, Natalie York and Raye Zaragoza, will perform Monday, May 18 at Jammin’ Java in Vienna before heading off on tour and music-making in 12 states.

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Wolftrap Elementary Hosts 5K and Fun Run

The Wolftrap Elementary School PTA in Vienna hosted its 9th annual 5k and Fun Run on Sunday, April 12.

Vienna Native Nate Millington's Studies in Brazil

University of Kentucky doctoral student Nate Millington recently received the U.S. Department of Education's Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and will travel to São Paulo, Brazil, this June to study flooding and its effects on the city's urban design and its people. Millington will study at the University of São Paulo (USP) and will return March 2016.

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Camping Out at Wolf Trap

First-time campers from local 5th & 6th grade elementary schools enjoyed the camp out sponsored by Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts during the April 17-18 Fairfax County school holiday.

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Artists' Atelier Opens at Village Centre

Ten Great Falls artists opened their new art studios, gallery and school on the Green at Great Falls Village Centre with a grand opening reception on May 8.

“Flourishing After 55” for the Week of May 18-23

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for May 18-23.

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Girl Scouts Hold Diabetes Awareness Walk

Great Falls Girl Scout Troop 778 held a Diabetes Awareness Walk on April 11 as part of their Silver Award project.

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Bike Rodeo Tests Skills, Offers Fun and Safety Tips

The annual Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation rodeo is different from most community events. The police department worked with the children participating as they navigated the obstacle course.

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Recognizing Helping Hands

Vienna Optimists honor sixth-grade students with Helping Hands Awards.

It is not often that elementary school students are recognized for outstanding contributions to school and community at an evening banquet in their honor.

Letter: Taking a Look at Scientology

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

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Musicians, Safety Patrols Receive Awards

Woman’s Club honors middle- and elementary-school students.

The musicianship of four students from Cooper and Longfellow middle schools was recognized by the Woman’s Club of McLean at a ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, where the students also performed on their instruments.

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Historic Display Over the Falls

Images from the World War II Flyover at Great Falls: In my Own Words

In addition to my photographic work of the Great Falls area, I also volunteer as a docent at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum both downtown and at the Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport. A few months ago when I learned that there was going to be a flyover of World War II aircraft to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day,I immediately tried to think about where I might position myself to capture photographs of the event.

Arlington: School Board Passes $557 Million Budget

Budget includes cuts towards retirement benefits and elimination of office staff.

While the Arlington School Board passed its budget without any debate or disagreement, funding cuts could have a substantial impact on local schools. The May 7 School Board meeting resolved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, it also opened up a discussion of other issues facing Arlington Public Schools (APS) in 2016.

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Synetic Theater Presents ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

This Charles Dickens's classic includes a drag queen and a crying baby.

Synetic Theater in Crystal City presents "A Tale of Two Cities" starring company member Alex Mills from May 13 to June 21. Directed by Serge Seiden, the show with dialogue tells what happens when you put together an aspiring drag queen and a crying baby.

Arlington: Signature Theatre Stages "Cabaret"

For 25th Anniversary Season, company recreates iconic musical masterpiece.

Willkommen to the Kit Kat Club, the hottest nightclub in seedy, prewar Berlin, where life is beautiful. To highlight its 25th Anniversary Season, Signature Theatre is staging "Cabaret" May 12 to June 28 at its Shirlington venue.

Monday, May 11

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U.N. Representative Speaks at Marymount Founders Day Celebration

Sister Veronica Brand told an audience at Marymount University’s annual Founders Day celebration on Feb. 25 that in her role as a Non-Governmental Organization Representative to the United Nations she speaks for those who may not otherwise be heard.

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Victory Day Fly-in

Disappointed visitors searched the sky at Dulles on Saturday, May 9, hoping for a break in the weather.

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

A bank robbery suspect was taken into custody by the Arlington County Police Department, with assistance from the FBI Washington Field Office and Alexandria Police Department, at his residence in the 1400 block of N. Scott Street. A 30-year-old Arlington man was arrested during the evening of April 8 and charged with bank robbery. He is being held without bail.

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Fairfax County School Board Adds "Gender Identity" to Nondiscrimination Policy

Discrimination is bad, and everyone should have a safe environment in which to learn. These sentiments were common to the Fairfax County School Board members and the hundreds of parents who packed the auditorium and front lobby of Luther Jackson Middle School for the board’s May 7 meeting.

Thursday, May 7

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Alexandria: Mary Barnett Says Dark Tomatoes are Selling Best This Year

Mary Barnett (above with a heritage tomato plant) has run the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church greenhouse at 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, for many years with a team of volunteers, specializes in local native flowers, heritage tomatoes, and herbs.

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Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale

The bi-annual Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale took place last weekend at 1701 N. Quaker Lane in Alexandria.

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Salvation Army’s First Sustainable Garden

Construction has begun on the Salvation Army’s first urban garden in the metro area.

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Alexandria: Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-Off Raises Over $82,000

More than 500 people crossed the threshold of the Birchmere to attend the annual Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-Off on April 26. Twenty-three local restaurants participated in this year’s fundraiser that raised over $82,000 for the shelter’s programs and services for homeless men, women and children.

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T.C. Williams Freshman Boys Win State Title

Titan rowers bring home three silver medals, bronze.

On May 2, the T.C. Williams boys’ freshman 8 captured a gold medal, winning the Virginia Championship Regatta for Lower Boats and claiming the Ted Phoenix trophy that is presented annually to the Commonwealth’s fastest freshman boys’ boat. Four other Titan boats also medaled, with three silvers and a bronze. The state competition took place at Sandy Run Park on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax.

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T.C. Williams Boys’, Girls’ Track Teams Win at Home Meet

The T.C. Williams boys’ and girls’ track teams each took first place at the T.C. Williams Invitational on May 2.

The T.C. Williams boys’ and girls’ track teams each took first place at the T.C. Williams Invitational on May 2.

Column: Thanking Our Teachers Today … and Everyday


Throughout Alexandria City Public Schools, there are heroes who welcome children everyday into their classrooms and make sure that each student’s unique academic, emotional and social needs are met. These heroes don’t let their students give up, no matter how hard the work becomes.

Landrum To Lead Alexandria Economic Development Partnership

The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) named Stephanie Landrum as president and CEO of the organization on Thursday, April 30. Landrum had been serving as acting president and CEO since former President and CEO Val Hawkins stepped down in March. Landrum has worked at AEDP for 10 years and previously served as the organization’s vice president.

Letter: One-Party Rule

Letter to the Editor

It is hard to fathom the differences between the candidates in the Gazette's account of the recent debate between mayoral candidates William Euille, Kerry Donley and Allison Silberberg (Gazette Packet, April 30, 2015, p. 1).

Letter: Importance of Development

Letter to the Editor

Bill Euille has been an excellent mayor. I have not agreed with him on all issues, especially his vote approving the move of the Bergerie Restaurant into my residential neighborhood.

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Alexandria: Chamber Honors Public Safety Personnel

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce honored 16 public safety personnel for exceptional performance in the line of duty at the 29th annual Valor Awards.

Letter: Potential Cost Overrun

Letter to the Editor

At the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA or Metro) hearing on the proposed Potomac Yard Metro Station, there was no public consensus around city hall’s preferred Option B.

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Burke: Robinson Boys’ Lax Spreads Offensive Wealth

Seven different Rams score multiple goals in win over SoCo.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team beat South County 16-9 on Saturday.

Letter: Heart Sisters

Letter to the Editor

As a board member of WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, we are issuing a call to action to improve awareness, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the number one killer of women, heart disease.

Column: Helping Police Help Community


It all started with the dogs.

Column: Marking National Drinking Water Week


About 51 weeks out of the year people tend to forget the value and convenience of having access to clean, safe drinking water at the simple turn of the tap.

Alexandria: Police Activity Briefs

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a "shots fired" call in the 700 block of N. Fayette Street in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 5. No one was injured.

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Special Visitor at Children’s National Health System

Patients at Children’s National Health System were surprised by a special guest on April 29.

Alexandria: Construction at Lee Center Court

The city’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is renovating the existing basketball court located at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.

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Cartoon: Show and Tell

Show and Tell

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In the Kitchen: Evan Buchholz Heats Up Alexandria's Rustico

Making 130 pies a day is a labor of love for this pizza-maker.

Evan Buchholz pulls a wad of dough out of a large bucket onto Rustico’s kitchen counter.

Alexandria: Budget Winners … and Losers

Schools and fire station win, affordable housing and rec center lose.

The last work session for additions and deletions to the city budget saw Alexandria City Public Schools and Fire Station 210 take the lion’s share of the funding while a recreation center’s Sunday programming and an affordable housing program were left unfunded. The May 4 work session is the last step of the budget process before the City Council votes on the budget later this week.

Alexandria: Feedback on Potomac Yard Metro

WMATA hosts public forum near proposed Metro station.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) took the Potomac Yard Metro Station discussion outside of City Hall and into the affected neighborhood for the April 30 public hearing at the Corra Kelly Recreation Center. The project had as many detractors in the crowd of local citizens as it did supporters.

Letter: Bike Share Evolves

Letter to the Editor

The extraordinary success of Bike Share is a testament to the foresight of the Department of Transportation, which seeded the program by offering cities funding for both capital expenses (bikes and stations) as well as operating costs (maintenance, software, trucking etc). This full coverage funding was gradually cut back to include only capital expenses and balanced up by increasing funds for bike lanes. Wise and effective.

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Springfield: Lee Seniors Present at National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Robert E. Lee High School senior Peter Block studied two decades of violent crime in Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax Counties. His classmate Brian D’Amore looked into the need for additional Tesla electric car supercharger locations in Loudoun County.

Letter: Concerns over Site Plans

Letter to the Editor

The following open letter was addressed to the Alexandria City Council, School Board, and the Patrick Henry Team.

Obituary: Glenda B. Harrison

Glenda B. Harrison died peacefully surrounded by her loving family at Manor Care on April 17, 2015, in Alexandria. She was born Nov. 15, 1934, in Lincoln, Nebraska to Lanice Long and Ernest Beauchamp.

Alexandria: Play Partners Join Forces to Create Playground

The children at Princess Square in Alexandria came home from school on Thursday, April 30, to find a new playground installed in the courtyard.

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Clifton and Fairfax Station Homes Tour Returns for 43rd Year

Clifton residents Mark and Sharon Gottlieb are expecting hundreds of house guests. Gottlieb’s mother Lois, an apprentice of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, designed their 10,000-square-foot home overlooking the Occoquan River and oversaw its construction between 1994 and 1996. And the couple is happy to share it, for a day.

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Alexandria People At Work: Specialty Beers All Different

Music blasts out at Port City Brewing Company on Wheeler Avenue.

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

The Mount Vernon boys’ soccer team lost to undefeated Washington-Lee 6-1 on May 4.

Clifton: Farm Brewery Plans Halted

Plans for a farm-slash-brewery in the Clifton area have been shelved, according to the offices of Del. Tim Hugo (R-40) and supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield).

West Springfield Bassoonist to Perform with City of Fairfax Band

Hunter Lorelli will take up his bassoon with the City of Fairfax Band as the winner of the group’s Young Artist Competition.

Column: Why I Am Running for the 36th District Senate Seat


We need a senator in Richmond who will work with both parties to solve problems.

Nomadic Jazz Opens Season with Concert

Nomadic Jazz, a new, “pop‐up” jazz club, held its first event on Saturday evening, May 2, at the Durant Center.

Column: Help #saveFCPS

Superintendent says FCPS faces deficit of more than $100 million; FCPS excellence at risk.

Statement from Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen K. Garza following the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passage of the Fairfax County Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget:

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Burke: Celebrations honor the late Father Richard Martin

Church of the Nativity parishioner Jill Chastain and her family donated to Operation Starfish’s developmental work in Haiti for 15 years before she finally went on a work trip with Father Richard Martin.

Burke and Springfield: Independent Carey Campbell Enters Braddock Supervisor Race

Carey Campbell announced he has entered the race for Braddock District supervisor as an Independent, joining incumbent Republican John Cook and Democrat challenger Janet Oleszek.

Column: Rebuttal on School Funding


On April 28 the Board of Supervisors adopted the FY2016 Budget. Our board approved a total transfer to the schools of $2.01 billion, an increase of $66.7 million (an increase of 3.43 percent) over FY2015 and nearly two-thirds of all new revenue associated with increased property values. The total School Budget, which is comprised of the county transfer, plus state and some federal funding, totals $2.6 billion.

Letter: Leaders’ Accountability

Letter to the Editor

In the past few days, we have seen some movement on the John Geer case.

Letter: ‘Best and Brightest’

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I read the article on Thomas Jefferson High School [“Best and Brightest,” The Gazette, April 23].

Mount Vernon: JROTC Cadets Honored

Three JROTC cadets were honored by the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution during a ceremony held April 30 at Mount Vernon High School.

Letter: Higher Pay, More Taxes

Letter to the Editor

Well my prediction about higher county taxes has happened, unfortunately.

Letter: Estate’s Effect On Traffic

Letter to the Editor

How can George Washington be a better neighbor? Over the last few years, the number of attractions and the number of visitors to Mount Vernon Estate has really increased.

Letter: Morrogh Must Be Held Accountable

Letter to the Editor

The Commonwealth Attorney of Fairfax County, Raymond F. Morrogh, has lately adopted the role of schoolyard bully who disguises his insecurities by picking on those he perceives as weak.

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Republican Jane Gandee Enters Mount Vernon Supervisor Race

Focuses on ensuring pro-business climate.

A hundred supporters were on hand April 23 as Mason Neck resident Jane Gandee announced her campaign to replace Gerry Hyland (D) as Mount Vernon representative to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The event took place at the Mount Vernon Government Center.

Capital Murder Added To Matthew Charges

Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford announced Tuesday, May 5, that Jesse Matthew will face a capital murder charge in addition to abduction and first degree murder charges for the 2014 death of West Potomac alumna Hannah Graham.

Alexandria: New Principal for TC Williams

When students are called into the Principal’s Office at T.C. Williams High School next year, they will be facing Dr. Jesse Dingle.

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Embrace the Past: Hundreds of Mount Vernon Grads Set to Return for 75th Anniversary

Montebello resident Mike Skinner was a history teacher, basketball coach and sub school principal at Mount Vernon High School between 1955 and 1983. His name now adorns the school’s Michael M. Skinner Field House.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: May 8-10

Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon for the weekend of May 8-10.

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Centreville/Chantilly Weekend Fun: May 8-10

Events in Clifton, Centreville, and Chantilly for the weekend of May 8-10

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Potomac Weekend Fun: May 8-10

Events near Potomac for the weekend

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Arlington Weekend Fun: May 8-10

Events in the Arlington area for the weekend of May 8-10.

Wednesday, May 6

Opinion: Opposing Views on Education Funding

There is a considerable amount of misinformation about the County’s commitment to education and I would like to give you some of the facts.

Column: Farmers Markets Revisited

Enjoying the beautiful Northern Virginia weather isn’t the only perk of our post-winter weather thaw. From May until November, we also have an opportunity to enjoy the area’s agriculture and support our local farmers by attending Fairfax County’s farmers markets. In doing so, we can also support the local economy and the environment.

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Fairfax County Hosting the 2015 World Police & Fire Games

A huge event on a scale Fairfax County has never before seen — that’s the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. It’ll run June 26-July 5 and promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for area residents. “We expect over 12,000 first responders from more than 70 countries,” said county police Maj. Rich Perez, who’s heading up security. “There’ll be 61 sporting events spanning 10 days, and with more athletes than the summer Olympic Games.”

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Healthy Relationships for Life

Researchers say meaningful friendships help preserve health.

Bill and Betty Kenealy, of Springfield, make it a point to socialize regularly with their long-time friends, many of whom are other couples they met through work and through the activities of their five children. They’ve watched their children become adults, worked, retired and even survived cancer. Now they’re living together in a retirement community in Springfield. Bill is 85 and Betty is 81.

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FACETS Hosts ‘Opening Doors’ Benefit Breakfast

Three programs to support those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

FACETS held its largest annual fundraiser this past weekend at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church. Attendees had a chance to hear from those whose lives were touched by homelessness at the “Opening Doors” Benefit Breakfast.

Obituary: Robert Paul “Bob” Warhurst, 76, Dies

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Robert Paul “Bob” Warhurst, 76, passed away at his home in Fairfax after a long battle with cancer. On the last full day of his life, Bob was surrounded by family and friends before he passed peacefully early the next morning under the care of Hospice.

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Lake Braddock, Hayfield Students Invited to the White House

On April 28, students in the Japanese language program at Lake Braddock Secondary and at Hayfield Secondary visited the White House for the official ceremony welcoming Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States. Such an invitation was a first in each school’s history, and produced much excitement among the students and teachers.

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Motherhood: A New Story

Jennifer Jones empowers women to tell their stories worldwide.

Jack wiggles on Jennifer's lap in front of the computer while she tries to research a grant application. A Zimbabwean tapestry with muted background spotted with an elephant and a giraffe hangs behind her desk. Jennifer Jones and her husband, James Kaelin, adopted Jack from China in January when he was 22 months old.

Fairfax City Council Adopts FY 2016 Budget

Real-estate tax rate will rise slightly.

Last week’s City Council meeting often seemed more like a work session, with members still haggling about the real-estate tax rate. But after much discussion, some failed motions and several votes, they finally came to a consensus.

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Introducing the City of Fairfax's First, 24-Hour Park

Old Town Square open for business and fun.

It wasn’t just Saturday morning’s ribbon-cutting that signaled the official opening of the City of Fairfax’s Old Town Square. It was all the people who gathered there, the children playing in the splash pad and the friends and neighbors enjoying themselves afterward at the Derby-Q festival.

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GMU Announces ‘Great Performances’

New season to feature crowd favorites and debuts of new performers.

There was a buzz of energy in the jam-packed foyer of the Center for the Arts at George Mason University. Northern Virginia performing arts lovers were ready to learn of the 25th anniversary season of “Great Performances at Mason!”

Column: “CT Looked Good”


Cryptic? Hardly. Words I can live with the for the next three months until my next CT Scan? Absolutely.

61 Sports Events over 10 Days

Fairfax County hosting the 2015 World Police & Fire Games.

A huge event on a scale Fairfax County has never before seen — that’s the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. It’ll run June 26-July 5 and promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for area residents.

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Alexandria: Long-Term Budget Plan Lacks Numbers

Long Range Educational Facilities Plan faces scrutiny for budget omissions.

The Long Range Educational Facilities Plan includes extensive information on new enrollment projections for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and a list of proposed changes, additions, and new schools to fight current and projected overcrowding in the school system. What current drafts of the Long Range Educational Facilities Plan don’t include is the price tag.

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Family Fun Color Run at Virginia Run Elementary

The Virginia Run Elementary School PTA hosted its first Family Fun Color Run on Friday, April 24.

Oh, The Impact They Make

Dr. Seuss-themed 23rd Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards held in Springfield.

Wesley Pan of Great Falls-based Boy Scouts of America Troop 55 was humble about receiving the Youth Volunteer Group award. “We’re just happy to help the community and make a difference,” he said.

Honoring Veterans

The Lane’s Mill Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), held a Welcome Home Celebration of Honor event for Vietnam veterans at the Sully Government Center on April 25.

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Poplar Tree Elementary School Win Math Honors

The third grade Advanced Academics Level IV and III students from Poplar Tree Elementary School competed in the Continental Math League Contest this year.

Centreville Boys’ Lacrosse Team Bounces Back

The Centreville boys’ lacrosse team had another roller-coaster week, enduring a 12-3 home loss to Westfield on April 28, but responding the next night with an 18-5 victory at JEB Stuart.

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Food, Fun, Music and an Astronaut at Chantilly Day

Fourth annual Chantilly Day celebration is May 16.

A festival filled with fun and entertainment — that’s what’s in store at the fourth annual Chantilly Day celebration. It’s set for Saturday, May 16, at the Sully Place Shopping Center, off Route 50 West in Chantilly.

Solar Lights For Learning

Meghan Pollard of Clifton wants to purchase solar lights for students in Tanzania.

Meghan Pollard, 18, of Balmoral in Clifton is taking a service gap year between graduating from Centreville High School and attending Georgia Tech. So last Fall, she set off for Tanzania in Eastern Africa, a nine-hour car ride from the government capital of Dar Es Salaam. There, she worked for six weeks at the Pomerini Secondary School, teaching English and tutoring in geography, chemistry, physics and English. She also worked in the village health clinic on AIDS projects.

Column: A Personal Connection to the Holocaust


This past winter, I was fortunate enough to go on a trip to Israel with Taglit-Birthright Israel.

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Potomac: Fashion Show To Benefit Stroke Rehabilitation

Event to raise awareness of symptoms and treatment.

Sara and Mark Reges, proprietors of the historic Old Anglers Inn, are once again pleased to be hosting the annual Spring Fashion Show to Honor American Stroke Month. Sara Reges is an RN at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (NRH) as well as a brain injury nurse navigator.

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Potomac: China Gourmet Bistro Offers Traditional Dishes

Located in Cabin John Shopping Center.

In the mood for traditional Chinese cuisine, Japanese noodles, Vietnamese dishes, sushi, red or green curry, Mongolian lamb or Asian vegetarian dishes?

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Potomac: County Council Honors Local Small Businesses

Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner recognized small businesses in Montgomery County earlier this week.

Potomac Sports Briefs for the Week of May 6, 2015

The Churchill girls’ track team finished third on May 2 at the T.C. Williams Invitational in Alexandria, Va.

Mother's Day in Potomac

We asked mothers and their families to send pictures to celebrate Mother's Day.

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Photos: Potomac Chamber of Commerce Hosts Networking Event

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce hosted a networking event at Normandie Farms on Wednesday, April 29.

Column: Two New Development Proposals


Old Angler’s Inn on MacArthur Boulevard and the Potomac Tennis Club on Falls Road are the subjects of two new substantial development proposals. The Old Angler’s Inn proposal, in particular, presents potential enormous problems.

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Arlington: Celebrating 48 Years, Encore Looks Ahead

Encore Stage & Studio celebrated 48 years of “Theatre by Kids, Theatre for Kids” at its fifth annual Sunny Side Up Benefit Breakfast on April 22.

Tuesday, May 5

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Chantilly Baseball Aiming for Return to State Final

Senior pitcher Hogle tosses complete game in win over Herndon.

The Chantilly baseball team defeated Herndon 7-1 on May 1.

Letter: Helping New Mothers

Letter to the Editor

Having a new baby … the happiest time of a woman’s life, right? Not always.

Arlington Sports Briefs: 05/06/15

Bishop O'Connell won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys’ tennis championship at Olney Manor Recreational Park on Sunday, May 3.

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Arlington: Protest Spotlights Chronic Lyme Disease

Advocacy group rallies in Arlington against medical guidelines on chronic Lyme disease.

Ozlem Jones has had Lyme disease for 11 years, but was only diagnosed two years ago when she began suffering from extreme bouts of fatigue and various problems with her nervous system. In that time, Jones says she passed it onto all three of her children.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - May 8-10, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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

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Arlington: Landis-Santos Honored by SCAN

For work in child abuse prevention.

SCAN of Northern Virginia honored five heroes on March 25 from across the region as “Allies in Prevention” for their work to prevent child abuse and neglect and support the growth of strong, nurturing families in our community.

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Arlington: AAUW Awards

Sara Anderson, (center right) president of the Arlington branch of the American Association of University Women, presented the organization’s Elizabeth Campbell Awards for contributions to performing arts.

“Flourishing After 55" for the Week of May 11-16

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for May 11-16.

Photos: Mother's Day in Arlington

Happy Mother's Day!

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A-SPAN is a Washington Post Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management Finalist

“You are always serving food; tonight I’m feeding you.” Anna Kaminski, volunteer specialist and VISTA volunteer at A-SPAN, offers cheese puffs at Willow Restaurant to Gene and Jean Cross at the A-SPAN quarterly event to thank the volunteers for their support and enthusiasm in reaching out to the street homeless and newly housed.

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Dr. Seuss-themed 23rd Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards

Wesley Pan of Great Falls-based Boy Scouts of America Troop 55 was humble about receiving the Youth Volunteer Group award. “We’re just happy to help the community and make a difference,” he said.

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Arlington: W-L Boys' Soccer Pushes Forward Without Injured Star Nunez

Belfiroud’s hat trick propels Generals past Mount Vernon, 6-1.

The Washington-Lee boys' soccer team defeated Mount Vernon 6-1 on Monday.

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Best of Reston

750 attend gala to celebrate the Best, raise $540,000 for Cornerstones.

Casey Veatch roused 750 people to a standing ovation near the end of the Best of Reston Awards for Community Service ceremony Thursday Night at the Reston Hyatt.

Letter: Mother’s Day and Islam

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Real Estate: Interest Rates, Employment Drive the Market

Reston experiences strong home sales.

This is a brief look at the Reston real estate market. Sales are up in Reston; mortgage interest rates still way down.

Letter: What Is the Cost of Not Buying the TETRA Property?

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Column: American Tourists in Normandy

We now know for certain that spring is here and summer is not far behind. How so? Because the Reston Farmers Market opened for its 18th season on Saturday.

Column: We the People

In Virginia as in states throughout the South and the Midwest, there is a continuing stream of legislation that attempts to place the power of the states over that of the federal government.

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Herndon Hosts Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live music returns to Herndon.

The evening of Friday, May 1, downtown Herndon hosted the year’s first Friday Night Live with the band Go Go Gadjet. Sponsored by organizations including Volkswagen Group of America and the Worldgate Center, Friday Night Live (FNL!) is one the most popular outdoor concert series in the D.C. area.

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Duck Donuts Opens in Herndon

Donut store now open at BB&T Center in Herndon.

The Duck Donuts store on Elden Street near Herndon Parkway had crowds of clients this weekend, the first days of their opening.

Noise Ordinance to be Addressed by Board of Supervisors on May 12

Neighbors of McLean High School and the school's athletic director have calibrated a solution. If music from loudspeakers gets amped up after or before a softball or football game, the athletic director knows precisely where the volume control should be set.

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Ignatian Volunteer Corps Honors John and Mariann Horejsi of Vienna

Pope Francis, who became the Catholic Church’s newest leader in 2013, has been universally praised for emphasizing the plight of the very poor and calling for compassion for those less fortunate and marginalized by society.

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Oakton High Presents ‘Mary Poppins’

In the most delightful way, Oakton High School in Vienna presents a spring production of “Mary Poppins” the musical from May 7-9.

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Great Falls Student Greets Japanese Prime Minister at Andrews Air Force Base

Great Falls Elementary School second grader Glenn Koji vanValkenburgh greeted Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Mrs. Akie Abe, as they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base on April 27 for their U.S. visit. "It was a really exciting week," said Glenn.

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Therapeutic Sessions to Resume at Lift Me Up After Week of Turmoil

To honor his grandson Patrick, Stan Corey donated the lift that the Great Falls therapeutic riding program, Lift Me Up, will use to lift wounded warriors and heavier riders with disabilities safely onto horses.

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Budding Bards at Great Falls Elementary

Ladies’ club awards poetry winners, throws luncheon.

The Great Falls Friends and Neighbors (GFFN) threw its 33rd Annual Poetry Luncheon at the River Bend Golf and Country Club in Great Falls on Wednesday, April 29, culminating National Poetry Month.

Great Falls Woman Wins Governor’s Volunteerism Award

Jacqueline Cheshire helps people gain independence.

Jacqueline Cheshire and her new puppy, Agent, are almost never apart, until 18 months later when she gives the puppy up so it can receive further training as an assistance dog for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).

Arlington School Board Candidates Seek Democratic Endorsement

School overcrowding is the primary focus for both candidates.

While School Board candidates don’t run as Democrats or Republicans, earning the endorsement of a political party has created an unspoken primary. Two candidates, Reid Goldstein and Sharon Dorsey, have begun campaigning for for the Democratic endorsement. Both candidates have focused their campaigns on overcrowding in the schools, though the proposed solutions vary.

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Sun Shines on Opening Day of Reston Farmers Market

Benjamin Stoessel, 15 months, loves his fresh vegetables, said his mother Laura Stoessel. "Zucchini all day," said his father Tim Stoessel.

Commentary: Law Enforcement, the Mentally Ill and the Pursuit of Justice

Across the nation, people are having serious discussions about how to alter the dynamic that too often exists between some law enforcement officers and individuals. Out of each case, we learn something that will help us go forward. So, as justice pursues its course in Fairfax County with regard to the tragic death of Natasha McKenna, let’s not lose sight of the real underlying problem: the systemic mishandling of mentally ill patients who have few or no resources, and law enforcement’s struggle to deal with untreated or undertreated individuals.

Letter: Garza Calls Community to Help #saveFCPS

Superintendent says FCPS faces deficit of more than $100 million; FCPS excellence at risk.

Statement from Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen K. Garza following the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors passage of the Fairfax County Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget:

Editorial: Hunger Is Widespread

Saturday, May 9, is the postal carriers food drive; put a sturdy bag with food donation next to your mailbox that morning.

There are families dealing with hunger in every county in the United States, including here in Northern Virginia.

Monday, May 4

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Turning Spring Break into a Global Classroom

It’s one thing to read about East Asian politics in a textbook. Discussing the topic with citizens of the Republic of Korea takes the subject to a new level, as a group of Marymount University students learned over spring break.

Friday, May 1

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Moroccan Days in Alexandria

Moroccan artisans have been displaying and demonstrating their arts and crafts this week in Market Square.

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Farmers Markets 2015

Buy fresh fruits and veggies from local vendors this summer.

Your guide to all the farmers markets in the Northern Virginia area.

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Morris’ 4 Goals Lift McLean Boys’ Lax Over Madison

Highlanders snap two-­game losing skid, Warhawks fall to 5-­2.

The McLean boys' lacrosse team bounced back from consecutive losses.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - May 1-3, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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

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What's Coming in Springfield?

Sites and developments

GSA Warehouse 6808 Loisdale Road, Building A. The large warehouse off Loisdale Road in Springfield is in the running to become the new headquarters of the FBI. The building, owned by the General Services Administration (GSA) is competing with sites in Greenbelt and Landover.