Stories for November 2015

Stories for November 2015


Sunday, November 29

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South County Defense Excels in 6A North Semifinal Victory

Stallions will host Westfield in region championship game Dec. 5.

The South County football team defeated Robinson 20-15 in the 6A North semifinals on Saturday.

Friday, November 27

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Weekend in Vienna, McLean and Great Falls

Weekend fun in your neighborhood

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Weekend in Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton, Springfield

Weekend in Reston and Herndon

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Weekend in Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton, Springfield

Weekend fun in Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton and Springfield.

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Cappies Review: Beauty in Friendship and Love

Robert E. Lee High School’s production of ‘Steel Magnolias.’

"There is no such thing as natural beauty," said the sign on the back wall of Truvy's Beauty Salon.

Cappies Review: Creationism vs. Evolution on High School Stage

Thomas A. Edison High's production of “Inherit the Wind.”

Every day we ask ourselves the basic question of right versus wrong, whether it be through our thoughts or our actions.

Business Notes

Business briefs

Thursday, November 26

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Associate Artists at the Workhouse: People's Choice Award Winners

The Associate Artists at the Workhouse announced the winners of the November 2015 People's Choice Award for the current exhibition during the monthly Second Saturday Art Walk on Saturday, Nov. 14.

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Paul VI Boys Soccer Captures the State Championship

On a chilly night in Richmond, the #7 seeded Panthers faced off against their arch rival and #1 seed Bishop O’Connell Knights.

Holiday Musical with Universal Appeal

Hub Theatre premiers ’Wish List.’

Fairfax’s professional Hub Theatre has developed its own welcoming way to celebrate the holiday season.

Celebrating Chanukah in Fairfax

The community is invited to celebrate Chanukah at a Chanukah Lights and Legos Party on Sunday, Dec. 6, 3–5 p.m. at Gesher Jewish Day School, 4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax. S

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Relationships that are True-to-Life

Fairfax High presents the play, ‘Love/Sick.’

Fairfax High is the first high school to debut playwright John Cariani’s play, “Love-Sick.”

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Lunch with Santa, Caroling and Fun

City of Fairfax rings in the holiday season.

For festive fun for the whole family, the City of Fairfax is the place to be.

Letter: Chairman Bulova Supportive of Springfield Senior Center

To the Editor

On Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova pledged to more than forty senior demonstrators that she would work on getting permanent facility(ies) for the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center Without Walls (BWSSCWoW), particularly with the possibility of an addition to the Pohick Regional Library renovation.

Fizzy Rockets and Lost on the Moon at Irving Middle

The subject of aerospace isn’t usually associated with 11 to 14 year-olds laughing and chasing rubber band powered foam “rockets.”

Youssef Zeroual of Weichert, Realtors’ Burke/Fairfax Station Office Recognized for Success in October

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

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Children's Classic Comes to Life, and the Story Behind the Madness is Revealed ...

Have you ever had a dream so whimsical that it swept you away to another world?

Obituary: Peggy Jane Magtutu, 77, Dies

Peggy Jane Magtutu (a.k.a. Tu Tu), 77, of Cross Junction, Va., passed away on Monday, Nov. 16 in Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center.

Woodson Student Named Photography Finalist in YoungArts Foundation Competition

Rebeca Posadas-Nava, a student at Woodson High School, has been named a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation finalist in photography.

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“Fairfax County’s Founding Fathers” Revisited at History Conference

The 11th annual Fairfax County History Conference was held Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax, titled “Fairfax County’s Founding Fathers - Part I.”

Reston Crime Reports

Notable Incidents from Nov. 17-20

Notable incidents from Nov. 17-20

Commentary: More on Session Agenda

Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum/State Delegate (D-36)

The General Assembly will convene for its regular session on Jan. 13.

Opinion: Finding Oil

In a world darkened by violence and despair, candles will soon light up the night.

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable Incidents from Nov. 9-15

Notable Incidents from Nov. 9-15

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Teaching Empathy at Floris

Floris students complete 8-week young philanthropists workshop.

At 8:15 a.m. on a drizzly Thursday morning, fifteen youngsters from the fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Floris Elementary School in Herndon gathered in the school’s “Little Theater” to receive certificates for the successful completion of their 8-week Touching Heart (TH) young philanthropists workshop.

Week in Vienna

Local happenings in Vienna.

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Church Street Stroll to Kick-Off Holiday Season

Before the holiday season gets too hectic with items to buy, wrap, send, make, bake, and return, you can enjoy a traditional, relaxed, and charming kick-off to the holiday season at Vienna’s Church Street Holiday Stroll from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30.

Letter: An Inspiring Message

To the Editor

I am fortunate to consider Craig Parisot a friend. I know that Craig is deeply humbled to have had the support of so many in our community.

Vienna Crime Reports

Incidents from Nov. 13-19.

Notable incidents from Nov. 13-19.

Langley High Orchestra to Perform British Classics, Hold Silent Auction

The Langley High School Orchestra presents a concert of British Classics on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

Letter: Entering Into the Arena

To the Editor

Theodore Roosevelt once said that the credit belongs to those who are in the arena. Craig Parisot should be commended for stepping into the arena in what he knew would be a tough fight.

Week in McLean

McLean new briefs

Tysons Partnership Expands Programs and Reach

Tysons Partnership announced the formation of three teams to build engagement, share best practices and turbo-charge a vibrant community:

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Potomac School Senior to Play Lacrosse at Boston College

Sheila Rietano, a senior at The Potomac School, has signed her national letter of intent to play Division I lacrosse for Boston College.

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from Nov. 17-20

Notable incidents from Nov. 17-20

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Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce to Host Regional Women's Leadership Forum

On Dec. 2, the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Women's Leadership Forum. The theme of this year's summit is "Intentional Success in 2016--It's Your Time!"

Ryan Laughrey Becomes Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 673, sponsored by the Great Falls United Methodist Men, recently promoted a new Eagle Scout, Ryan Laughrey, on Nov. 12.

Letter: Women Inspiring Women in Sports

To the Editor

After seeing the article, "Area Coaches to be Honored for Work Empowering Girls," I could not help but think how great it is to see women inspiring women in sports.

Award-winning Author Comes Home to Celebrate New Novel

On Thursday evening, Dec. 17, Great Falls resident Laura Elliott will discuss her newest book, “DaVinci’s Tiger,” and describe the intricate process of researching and writing the book.

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Deer Return to Great Falls Backyards

Deer management education event held Nov. 21 at the Great Falls Farmers Market

Deer bucks are out, antlers and all, marking the launch of mating season.

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Great Falls Cheetahs Capture Third Straight ODSL Championship

The GFSC ‘00 Cheetahs, a U15 girls travel soccer team based in Great Falls, recently capped off an unbeaten season by winning the U16 Old Dominion Soccer League championship, their third consecutive ODSL title.

Classified Advertising November 25, 2015

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Wednesday, November 25

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Burke: Robinson to Face Undefeated South County in 6A North Semifinals

Rams RB Foncha rushes for 157 yards, 3 TDs in win over Chantilly.

The Robinson football team will travel to face South County at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the 6A North region semifinals.

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Lorton: South County to Host Robinson in 6A North Semifinals

Q&A: RB Ramsey enjoys father’s gumbo on Thanksgiving.

South County will host Robinson at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the 6A North region semifinals.

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Burke: Lake Braddock Football to Host Westfield

Q&A: Burins RB Atkins commits to Vanderbilt.

Lake Braddock running back Lamont Atkins committed to Vanderbilt on Sunday.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Football Suffers Playoff Loss to South County

Q&A: Lineman Opoku, RB Annan discuss semifinals, other teams and next season.

The West Potomac football team finished 8-4 in 2015, losing to South County in the 6A North region quarterfinals.

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Alexandria: Bishop Ireton Football Loses in State Championship Game

Cardinals fall to Benedictine in second straight state final.

The Bishop Ireton football team lost to Benedictine 35-6 on Saturday.

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Charming “Harvey” from 1st Stage

Screwball comedy with terrific performances.

With impeccable comic mastery, 1st Stage has produced a priceless, crisp “Harvey,” the 1945 Pulitzer Prize winning play written by Mary Chase.

Area Roundups for Burke, Fairfax, Lorton and Springfield

The inaugural Turkey Trot for Parkinson’s is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 26 at Burke Lake Park. Events including a five-kilometer run/walk and one-mile “Gobble Wobble” walk are set to begin at 9 a.m.

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250 Brave Cold in 23rd Burke CROP Hunger Walk

Jennifer Weiner’s wristband read 11,188 steps. That’s how many it took the Springfield resident to complete the 3.7-mile Burke CROP Hunger Walk on Nov. 22. Weiner is Rabbi Educator for Congregation Adat Reyim, which sent more than a dozen volunteers to the fundraiser for the 14th straight year.

Burke, Springfield: Drug awareness meeting at Lake Braddock highlights rise in youth heroin use

Youth Heroin Use Described As ‘a big problem’

Heroin use is here in Fairfax. “It’s definitely here,” said 19-year veteran officer employed by both the Fairfax County Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration as a Task Officer who spoke at a drug awareness meeting sponsored by the Lake Braddock Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Association.

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A Violinist with ‘a Special Gift’

Masato Chang of McLean advances in the Music Teachers National Association Competition.

Thirteen-year-old Masato Chang from McLean recently won the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition for his category on the violin, in Virginia. This makes him one of the highest-scoring string players for his category.

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Springfield: Special Bible Exhibit at First Church of Christ, Scientist

How did the King James Version of the Bible come to be? In a one-day exhibition celebrating International Bible Day on Nov. 23, Springfield resident and historian Bruce Slawter showcased several ancient Bible pages and explained some of the book’s origin story.

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Mount Vernon: Arcadia Farms Offers Veterans More Purpose in Life

Beads of sweat on Laron Murrell’s forehead glisten under his grey wool beanie as he digs his hoe into the live earth. On one side, the Woodlawn Plantation mansion stands, a relic from 1800. The plantation overlooks Fort Belvoir, situated across Route 1 bustling on a gleaming Monday morning in November.

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McLean High Seniors Face, Discuss Real-life Ethical Issues

Summing up the experiences of Ethics Day.

A swarm of students in blazers, slacks and dress shoes funneled into McLean High School’s auditorium on Nov. 18 as the senior class congregated for the annual Ethics Day.

Great Falls Author Paints a Powerful Portrait

Laura Elliott launches her newest novel, ‘DaVinci’s Tiger.’

It began about twenty years ago with a single question. Award-winning author Laura Elliott says the idea for her newest novel was first ignited when her daughter Megan, then a small girl, walked into the room one morning and asked her mother, “Did you know that the only Leonardo in all of the Americas is right here in Washington, D.C.?”

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Camper’s Trophies and Awards Recognized

Long-time Fairfax business receives inaugural Small Business Award.

Long-time Fairfax business Camper’s Trophies and Awards is the recipient of the inaugural Small Business of the Year Award, bestowed by the City of Fairfax’s Economic Development Office.

‘People Near Us Struggle to Eat’

Our Daily Bread needs community’s help for the holidays.

It is tough to be hungry anytime, but especially during the holidays. So Fairfax-based nonprofit Our Daily Bread (ODB) is seeking individuals, families, companies, churches and community groups to sponsor individuals or families for December holiday meals.

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Remodelers, Suppliers Join Forces to Help Clifton Woman

Sun Design Remodeling and partners donate services to upgrade deck and wheelchair ramp for local woman with spina bifida.

A coalition of local remodelers and home improvement suppliers are set to repair the deck and wheelchair ramp surrounding the home of Dixie Dawson, a long term Clifton resident with spina bifida.

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Reston Ready for Season of Giving

Where to give, how to help in Reston area.

“I do everything early,” says Phyllis K. of Reston. Phyllis prefers to remain anonymous because “it’s not about blowing your own horn. It’s about helping others.”

Tuesday, November 24

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Herndon All Heart for Season of Giving

Where to give, how to help in Herndon area?

Last year in this special “season of giving section” we introduced you to “Arleta,” a Herndon mother of 8-year-old twins who had lost her husband to cancer earlier in the year.

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CyberPatriots Meet FireEye Experts

Most school field trips take in a museum, maybe a visit to a historic house or possibly a kid-centric performance of some kind.

Editorial: Celebrate, Shop, Dine Locally

Every day can be “small business day.”

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced

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Transportation Strategy Update Launched

NVTA launches work on a six-year TransAction program.

Members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) chose an appropriate location to announce the launch of the organization’s TransAction update efforts last week.

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Creating Great Families Through Adoption

More than 800 children in foster care in Virginia are ready and waiting to be adopted.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. With that in mind, meet two families expanded through adoption; two families whose kids describe their family as "awesome."

860 Virginia Children Need Homes

“Parental rights terminated.” “Available for adoption.” “Floundering in an imperfect system.” These words describe many children who are currently living in foster care in Virginia.

Letter: More Trails, Please

Letter to the Editor

Among the many benefits of living in the Mount Vernon area, my family and I count the Mount Vernon Estate as among the top.

Letter: Dumfries Honors Toddy Puller

Letter to the Editor

Town of Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman presented state Senator Linda “Toddy” Puller a Town Resolution at her home in Alexandria, honoring her years of service as a delegate and senator for the State of Virginia.

Letter: Herrity is Silent

Letter to the Editor

One of the most pressing issues facing the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is our proposed appointment of a Citizen Review Panel that would accept and investigate citizen allegations to the Chief of Police and/or the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Column: Importance of Virginia’s Port


Last week, I joined the Virginia Senate's Finance Committee in Portsmouth for briefings on Virginia’s economy, revenue projections and other important issues facing the state legislature.

Cappies Review: Finding Treasure on ‘Treasure Island’

It's the 1700s, pirates are sailing the high seas, and there's treasure to be found.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Scholarship

Dr. Douthard R. Butler, chairman, Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, officially recognized and presented on Oct. 15 a scholarship check in the amount of $2,000 to Gabrielle Lozama who graduated from South Lakes High School in Reston and is now a first year student at Virginia Tech with a double major — multi-media journalism and fashion merchandise and design. The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce ( based in Gum Springs

Mount Vernon Snapshot: Food Collection

To mark Oct. 25 as World Pasta Day, Gold’s Gym Alexandria on Richmond Highway issued a “World Pasta Day Challenge” to its members during October, encouraging them to donate boxes of pasta to help stock the Food Pantry at United Community Ministries.

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Mount Vernon: State Group Honors Hyland

The Virginia Association of Counties presented its highest award to former VACo President and current Fairfax County Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland on Nov. 8 during VACo’s 81st Annual Conference in Bath County.

Mount Vernon Brief: One Dead, Two Injured in Hybla Valley Shooting

Police identified Marquel Davis, 22, of Audubon Avenue in Alexandria, as the man who died in a Hybla Valley shooting on Nov. 18. His cause and manner of death have yet to be determined by the medical examiner.

Alexandria: Del Ray Celebrates 40th Turkey Trot

Defending champions Michael Wardian and Susanna Sullivan will return to Del Ray Nov. 26 in an attempt to defend their titles in the 40th anniversary of the Alexandria Turkey Trot.

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Alexandria: TSA Move’s Insecurity

In the middle of a year of ups, the latest down came as a bit of a shock to the Eisenhower Partnership.

Alexandria Brief: Redistricting Pushed Back

The redistricting of Alexandria’s Public Schools, originally slated to go into effect for the 2016-2017 school year, may be delayed until the 2017-2018 school year.

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Alexandria: The Gospel of the Berg

Neighborhood gathers in prayer for victims of violence.

The courtyards of the Berg neighborhood were busy late on Nov. 20 with chants of “Victory is Mine.” More than 50 residents and visitors came together to honor the local victims of violence, with more filtering in as the night went on.

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Alexandria: Legacy of Euille

A celebration of accomplishments.

Over the last 12 years in office, Mayor William Euille has won a fair share of friends, and they nearly all showed up to the Mayor’s Legacy Reception at the Carlyle Club on Nov. 23.

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Alexandria People at Work: Owens Found His Passion

It was the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Justin Owens, butcher and one of the managers at Society Fair, said, "Today starts the crazy four days. People woke up this morning and realized Thursday is Thanksgiving and we have been getting panicked phone calls asking if it is too late to order their Thanksgiving dinners."

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Alexandria Snapshot: Turkeys

Turkeys on King Street at Janney Lane last winter.

Letter: Easing Congestion

Letter to the Editor

Every afternoon, Route 1 traffic is generally backed up at Henry Street, which is a one way road going south.

Letter: Thanksgiving in Virginia

Letter to the Editor

Virginians can rightly claim our forebears first celebrated and established the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving on these shores.

Letter: Tour Bus Issue

Letter to the Editor

I recently was a houseguest on the 200 block of S. Lee Street in Alexandria.

Letter: Correct Totals

Letter to the Editor

I appreciate your running my letter making sense of the statistics and I know how hard it is to transcribe from my handwritten letters.

Letter: Major Events Need Parking

Letter to the Editor

Today I am writing in reference to our newest school building. The building that was built to hold more than 700 students.

Alexandria: Annual Holiday Door Decorating Judging

An Old Town tradition will get underway the week of Dec. 6, when residents of the Old and Historic District of Alexandria will display their holiday spirit on their doors and a team of judges from the Old Town Walled Garden Club will select the winners of the 48th Annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest.

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Alexandria: Soul Providers

SSA volunteers honored.

Senior Services of Alexandria held its Volunteer Appreciation luncheon Nov. 12 at the Durant Center, recognizing volunteers from across the city and honoring individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the well-being of seniors through SSA programs.

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Alexandria: ‘La Dolce Vita’

AHA honors senior advocate Sultane.

Senior advocate Amber Nightingale Sultane, state associate director for AARP Virginia, was presented with the Community Spirit award by At Home in Alexandria at the organization’s fourth annual benefit Nov. 8 at Laporta’s Restaurant.

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Thanksgiving in Alexandria

Please pass the Jollof Rice, injera, shiro,and turkey.

Kadijatu “Katie” Sesay has been in the U.S. for 12 years. She is a nursing student at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Arlington and lives in Alexandria.

Column: Morning Mindfulness and Gratitude


Mindfulness is a serious discipline for me. It’s hard work and I can only manage it for a little while at a time. I try to be aware of the many, many technologies in my life, some small, others big, things I could not begin to replicate on my own.

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Share of McLean Continues to Meet Challenges by Those in Need in McLean and Great Falls and Pimmit Hills

Share of McLean raises $50,000 this holiday season to give clothing, toys and gift cards to approximately 250 families in need in McLean, Great Falls and Pimmit Hills. Families are invited to a holiday celebration in December.

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For Alexandria's Buzz Bakeshop, Fresh New Season

Maggie Austin takes helm as culinary director of newly renovated Buzz Bakeshop.

There’s a new buzz at Buzz these days.

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Artists on the Green to Host Open House

The twelve artists of Artists on the Green have been busy creating beautiful and collectible pieces of art for the upcoming Great Falls Holiday Fest, Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6.

Quiet Riot: ‘C’mon Feel the Noise’

County passes new noise ordinance, will revisit effectiveness in 18 months.

The Board of Supervisors is at peace with the county’s new Noise Ordinance.

Letter: Learning and Empathy

Letter to the Editor

After reading a letter to the editor by Shumaila Ahmad, “Hatred and Ignorance,” I was inspired to add my support and thoughts.

Letter: Need Is Great

Letter to the Editor

In response to the article regarding the WFCM Holiday Food Program, I would like to take time emphasizing the importance of not only this specific program, but also others like it.

News Brief: NOVEC Collecting Toys for Tots

The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative's non-profit volunteer organization, NOVEC HELPS, is collecting new, unwrapped toys through Thursday, Dec. 10, for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

News Brief: Humidifier Causes Fire

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse fire Wednesday, Nov. 18, at approximately 5:50 p.m., at 13605 Lavender Mist Lane.

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Serving Those Who Served: Chantilly High Honors Veterans

Each year, Chantilly High and members of its National Honor Society (NHS) honor area veterans, and it’s something both the hosts and guests eagerly anticipate.

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Centreville: ONC Needs Clothes, Toys

And volunteers.

Each year at Christmastime, the nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, Our Neighbor’s Child, provides new clothes and toys for families in need in the local area. But the need is so great that ONC can’t do it without help from the local community.

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Police Honor Officer Alexander: ‘This Honor Is Well-Deserved'

PFC Michelle Alexander is Officer of the Month.

PFC Michelle L. Alexander was recently recognized for a job well done.

Monday, November 23

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Great Falls: Langley Volleyball Falls to Madison in Five-Set State Final

Sophomore Shklyar totals 16 kills, 18 assists in defeat.

The Langley volleyball team finished state runner-up.

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Equilibrium Activewear Debuts in Potomac

Holstein adds clothing line.

Potomac’s Stacy Holstein is a fitness guru — a personal trainer, nutritionist, fitness class instructor, and a weight loss consultant.

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Potomac: Muslim Foundation Helps the Needy

Annual event highlights charitable work.

Every November, the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation (MCMF) makes Thanksgiving dinner a reality for many families who cannot afford to purchase the many items needed for a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner.

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Potomac: Scouts Receive Their Eagle Medals

Five new Eagle Scouts were awarded their Eagle medals by Troop 706 of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, on Sunday, Oct. 18.

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Potomac: Solar Panels Proposed for Brickyard Site

Brickyard Coalition and neighbors brace for latest proposal on Brickyard Road School site: an industrial solar array.

More than 100 people turned out at Seven Locks Elementary School in Potomac on Tuesday, Nov. 17, to hear about Montgomery County Public School’s latest proposal for a 20-acre “future school site” on Brickyard Road.

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Arlington: Remembering Jennifer

5K race raises over $95,000 for prenatal care raised in Jennifer Bush-Lawson’s name.

Neil Lawson was on the last segment of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation’s Memorial 5k Run, but this part was the hardest.

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Transportation Strategy Update Launched

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority launches work on a six-year TransAction program.

Members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) chose an appropriate location to announce the launch of the organization’s TransAction update efforts last week.

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Arlington: Being Thankful

Thanksgiving gives all ages to pause and consider: “What are you thankful for?”

Seniors at Culpepper Garden and the Lee Senior Center Thanksgiving lunch plus pre-schoolers at a park on Harrison Street answer the question “what are you thankful for at Thanksgiving.”

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Arlington Snapshot: Thanksgiving Meal

Table number 4 is called, the first in line to go through the Thanksgiving lunch line at Lee Senior Center in Arlington on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Letter: ‘Gifts That Give Hope’

Letter to the Editor

Thank you for your timely opinion piece reminding readers of community needs and listing alternatives to buying material gifts.

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Opera for Arlington Children

Nonprofit exposes students to opera.

From the children’s reaction, you’d think it was a cartoon show. Or a puppet show. Maybe a circus? But no, it was … an opera.

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Campeau To Lead Arlington Philharmonic

Arlington resident Betsy Campeau has been named executive director of the Arlington Philharmonic, effective immediately. This comes as Arlington’s professional non-profit symphony orchestra celebrates its 10th anniversary season.

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Arlington Community Foundation Honors Moran

A group of 300 community members, government officials, education leaders, and nonprofit trailblazers gathered to honor Mary Ann Moran, this year’s recipient of the William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award at the Arlington Community Foundation’s annual Spirit of Community luncheon on Nov. 12.

Arlington Brief: Arc Honors Marymount University

Marymount University received the 2015 Jessica Burmester Volunteer Award recently from The Arc of Northern Virginia for the school’s support of a series of workshops that help students with intellectual and developmental disabilities transition from high school.

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Joanna Cameron Can Be So ... Hypnotizing

Local hypnotist has seen her skill help addiction, ADHD, PTSD, and golf scores.

Brock Harris says Joanna Cameron saved his life. When he lived in Arlington 10 years ago his neighbors were heavy smokers, as he was.

Arlington Brief: Planning To Divert Waste

The Arlington County Board resolved to explore developing a Zero Waste Goal on Nov. 19 that if implemented could divert 90 percent of the community’s waste away from landfills or waste to energy facilities by 2038.

Arlington Brief: Sullivan Introduces Redistricting Bill

Del. Rip Sullivan introduced a bill (HB 26) last week which would prohibit the General Assembly from using partisan political data in the redistricting process.

Arlington Brief: Board Splits over I-66 Project

In a 3-2 vote, the County Board on Nov. 19 endorsed in concept the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) I-66 Multimodal Improvement Project: Inside the Beltway. The goals of the Commonwealth’s Transform66: Inside the Beltway project are to move more people; enhance transportation connectivity; improve transit service; reduce congestion; and increase transportation options.

Arlington Brief: Dealing with Projected Budget Gap

The County Board directed the county manager on Nov. 19 to develop a balanced proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 that assumes no tax rate increase and includes options for county budget reductions, excluding the schools.

Friday, November 20

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Vienna: Madison Volleyball Captures State Championship

Warhawks beat Conference 6 rival Langley in five sets.

The Madison volleyball team defeated Langley in five sets in Friday's 6A state final on Nov. 20.

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Mount Vernon High School U.S. Marine Corps JROTC hosts Veterans Day program

Mount Vernon High School senior Elisa Solomon is a Cadet Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at her school. She’s also a poet. The young officer stood at the podium in the center of the school’s Michael M. Skinner Field House on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 and read her original work “The Superheroes.”

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Fairfax County Updates Teacher Safety Training In Wake of Woodson Fire

Science teachers across Fairfax County Public Schools have begun mandatory updated safety training in the wake of an Oct. 30 fire at Woodson High School that injured five students and a teacher, and caused $7,500 in damage.

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Fairfax Station: Temple B’Nai Shalom recognizes veterans with special Shabbat dinner and service

Lt. Col. Jacob Kramer was concerned after finding a Star of David in a moving box. The Springfield resident was previously stationed in Morocco by the U.S. Army.

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Springfield: Sangster Elementary School honors veterans with annual musical program

Springfield resident Tim Swicord’s parents met at West Point, the United States Military Academy, and then both served in the U.S. Army.

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Lorton: Volunteers Clean Segment of Pohick Creek

Community members Helen Fransell, Don Fransell and Joe Chudzik of Mason Neck volunteered in a clean up of a section of Pohick Creek in Lorton, organized by the Mason Neck Lions Club.

Clifton and Chantilly: Athletic Fields Named for Local Sports Icons

Clifton resident Jeff Stein was among three local sports icons recognized Nov. 7 with athletic fields being named after them. Stein’s name now marks Soccer Field #3 at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly.

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Springfield: Veterans Receive Donated Vehicles

When Alexandria resident Dani Figueroa left the U.S. Marine Corps after being injured during a tour in Afghanistan, she said, “I knew I was different, I had changed.”

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2015 Potomac Holiday Entertainment Guide

Holiday events near Potomac, Md.

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Saluting Veterans at Greenspring

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, more than 200 residents and family members attended a Veterans Day program at Greenspring retirement community.

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Alexandria Teenager Awarded Scholarship for Sonar Research.

Local student receives national science honor.

When Michael You was 3 years old, he would flip through the pages of science picture books. He was particularly drawn to those with illustrations or photographs of ocean animals.

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Partners with Virginia Energy Sense

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce partnered with Virginia Energy Sense (VES) in an effort to help reduce electricity consumption in the Greater Springfield area and across Northern Virginia.

Man Shot in Lorton Home

Police responded to a report of a person shot at a home in the 9200 block of Forest Greens Drive in Lorton shortly before 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Letter: Del. Hugo’s Thank-you

To the Editor

Thank you so much to the many volunteers, family, constituents, and friends who worked on our campaign. We won with over 65 percent of the vote.

Lorton Author Releases Memoir

Westbow Press has released Tracey Casciano’s new book, “Out of the Darkness, Into the Light: A Story of Faith and Forgiveness After Child Abuse.”

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Vienna: Finding Himself Onstage

A Vienna native hosts, produces and performs in a variety of stand-up comedy shows.

Allan Sidley, who recalls growing up “on the mean streets of Vienna, Virginia” has always had a knack for making people laugh.

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Vienna: Discussing the ‘Worst Freeway in America’

Residents talk I-66 with VDOT reps At Vienna Mayor’s Meeting.

Since the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s last large-scale public presentation of its plans to improve the I-66 corridor from Gainesville to the Beltway, that major commuter artery has won the dubious distinction of first place on the “Worst Damn Freeways in America” list.

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Fairfax Man Battles Rare Disease

Lacrosse tournament in Springfield brings attention to Goodpasture Syndrome and kidney diseases.

Proceeds raised by the tournament will go towards the American Kidney Fund. But Lane and her husband, who have children playing in the tournament, are happy that the event is raising awareness for kidney diseases.

Vienna Police Reports

Incidents from Nov. 6-12

Incidents Lost Property - 400 Block Druid Hill Road, NE. Between Oc.t 9 at 9 a.m. and Nov. 9 at 1:46 p.m. A resident reported she lost her Virginia Driver’s License.

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Soccer Champs

The SYA Cardinals ’01 Red Boys Travel Soccer Team competed in the CASL Boys Jr. Showcase in Raleigh, N.C. the weekend of Nov. 14-15.

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At Fair Trade Winds in Fairfax, They Sell International Handmade Products

The Gift of Fair Trade

At Fair Trade Winds, which features international products at 10420 North Street in the City of Fairfax, the store is basically 100 percent fair trade.

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At Fair Trade Winds in Fairfax, They Sell International Handmade Products

The Gift of Fair Trade

At Fair Trade Winds, which features international products at 10420 North Street in the City of Fairfax, the store is basically 100 percent fair trade.

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Vienna: Festive Fun Guide for the Holiday Season

From caring and sharing to Santa and shopping, Vienna-Oakton celebrates.

From food drives and coat drives to festive holiday events and activities, there is something for every age group living in the Vienna-Oakton area. Keep this calendar close by …

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Paul VI Wins Special Olympics State Championship

Student-athletes from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax won the 2015 Virginia State Special Olympic Soccer Championship held in Virginia Beach, Nov. 7-8.

Letter: Worrying School Budget Cuts

To the Editor

I am writing in response to an article published in the last week’s Connection (“Garza Presents Budget Task Force Report to School Board.”

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“A Fairfax Nutcracker” Presented by Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Ballet Company

Two venerable Fairfax County performing arts institutions are joining forces for a singular holiday season experience for the whole family.

Obituary: Jim Riddel, 1935-2015, of Vienna, Dies

Jim Riddel of Vienna was a man's man and a great friend. He died last week.

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W. T. Woodson High School's ‘Meet Me in St. Louis.’

A Heartwarming production

At first thought, it may seem that 1904 was a simpler time: no iPhones, no AP classes, no traffic to get stuck in.

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Vienna: Sheriff’s Office Receives $1,500 for Project Lifesaver

The Auxiliary to the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department donated $1,500 to the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office for its Project Lifesaver program. The program serves the needs of children on the autism spectrum and adults with cognitive impairments who may wander away from their caregivers.

Thursday, November 19

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America's Veterans Honored in Fairfax

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Honors America’s Veterans.

Veterans Day is more than a federal holiday. It is a time when people throughout the country remember and honor America’s military veterans and all they have done.

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Laughter, Chaos and Lots of Heart on Stage in Fairfax

CFTC presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.’

A hilarious comedy – with or without a meal – that’s the City of Fairfax Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

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Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne is Battling Cancer

‘This is Curable, so I’m staying positive’

City of Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne is no stranger to challenges. After all, he served 18 consecutive years on the City Council and is currently in his second, two-year term as mayor – including all the hard work and long hours that job entails.

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RunFit Kidz Promotes ‘Healthy, Active Lifestyle’

Celebration 5K race on Nov. 22 at Burke Lake Park.

Backyard track at Sangster Elementary School was still filled with energy after school despite the chilly weather.

Football Roundups

Six of the top eight seeds advanced to the 6A North region football quarterfinals, while No. 4 Madison and No. 8 West Springfield had their seasons come to an end.

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Lake Braddock Wins Girls’, Boys’ XC State Titles

The Lake Braddock girls’ and boys’ cross country teams won state championships on Nov.13 at Great Meadow.

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Vienna’s Caboose Brewing Readies For First Winter

Caboose Brewing Company creates an enjoyable pub atmosphere.

In the town of Vienna near Mile Marker 12 on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (W&OD) past the red caboose and headed west is the Caboose Brewing Company. Located at an industrial park near the bike trail, Caboose combines varieties of beer with a farm-to-table food menu from chef Brandon McDermott.

Area Roundups

This Thursday, Nov. 19, Fairfax County Police will be joining other state and local law enforcement officers to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws.

Fairfax County Arts Council Awards Grants to Arts Organizations

The Arts Council of Fairfax County has awarded $379,125 in operating support grants to 44 nonprofit arts organizations in Fairfax County.

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Robinson Theater Presents “Noises Off”

The Rambunctious Theater Company – in partnership with the Robinson Secondary Drama Department – presents Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” on Nov. 19-21 at Robinson's Russell Theater.

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White Oaks Hosts “Bring Your Veteran to Breakfast”

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) spoke to students, parents and veterans at White Oaks Elementary for their sixth annual “Bring Your Veteran to Breakfast” event.

Classified Advertising November 18, 2015

Read the latest ads here!

Obituary: Mary Londergan Lovaas, 96, All Irish Mom and Community Volunteer, Dies

Mary Londergan Lovaas died early Sunday, Nov. 15 at age 96.

Letter: Contribute to the Rescue Reston Legal Defense Fund

To the Editor

Many thanks to our supporters - and we still need your help! Please make a difference with a donation to ensure we can maintain legal strength and backing to preserve designated open space at Reston National Golf Course, a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Golf Course.

Letter: Appreciating Mayor Euille

Letter to the Editor

Now that the vitriolic Democratic mayoral campaign is over and the leader baton is soon to pass to another, it behooves us all to recognize the extraordinary contribution that Bill Euille has made to the City of Alexandria.

Letter: Superb Prosecution

Letter to the Editor

In support of family and friends, I sat through the Severance trial and came away with impressions that go beyond what has been reported.

Letter: New Mayor, Same Council

Letter to the Editor

It is amazing to me that the residents of Alexandria ousted Mayor Euille only to reelect the same City Council representatives.

Letter: From Vision To Reality

Letter to the Editor

Typically a school system must solely focus on dealing with the latest crisis or simply keeping everything running relatively smoothly.

Reston Crime Reports

Incidents from Nov. 7-16

Letter: Looking at Election Results

Letter to the Editor

On Friday, Nov. 6, the election results were certified and published by Wednesday, Nov. 11. A close look at the election details yields some interesting insights.

Letter: Expect More Cars

Letter to the Editor

The proponents of Potomac Yard are correct that a rapid transit hub is essential to attracting many Class A office tenants and helping to ensure a vibrant mix of uses at Potomac Yard.

Letter: Busing Inconsistency

Letter to the Editor

I am the grandmother and daycare of two children, enrolled at James K. Polk.

Alexandria Brief: Local Teams To Join in 5K

On Sunday, Nov. 22, more than 100 local students from 8 Alexandria schools will complete the Girls on the Run 5K presented by Innovation Health. The event is the culmination of a 10-week youth development program designed to help pre-adolescent girls gain important life skills.

Commentary: Medicaid in Perspective

A recent newspaper headline proclaimed that “Audit finds waste, inefficiencies in Virginia’s Medicaid program.” As often is the case, the real story is beyond the headline.

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Alexandria People at Work: Knowing Customers and Beers

Will Bruder opens a tap at Rustico on Slater Lane. Beer slides down the side of the Pilsner glass. "This is very much a neighborhood beer bar," Bruder said. Eight bar stools are full at 4 p.m. on a Tuesday.

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Alexandria: Eisenhower’s Latest Battle

Transportation, development, and questions of authority precede approval of Eisenhower West Small Area Plan.

Eisenhower East is a experiencing a bit of a renaissance. The AMC Hoffman is one of the city’s most popular theaters and hosted the premier of “Mercy Street.”

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Lewis: Civil Rights Fight Not Over

Civil Rights icon addresses students for TC’s 50th anniversary.

In the middle of Civil Rights movement, young Americans turned towards civil rights leaders like John Lewis for leadership and advice.

Alexandria: New Faces on School Board Face Old Problems

Newcomers brace for coming budget and redistricting battles.

While incumbents held onto the City Council, the 2015 Alexandria election is bringing some new faces to the Alexandria School Board.

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Alexandria: St. Joseph Catholic Church Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

The Rev. Michael Thompson had a problem. Sunday, Nov. 15, was the 100-year anniversary of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria.

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Reston Author Shares New Book

“Dawn kisses the grasslands of the savanna. A lion roars. Long vocal cords vibrate in his throat – back and forth, back and forth.

Mount Vernon Brief: ATM Skimmer Uncovered

An off-duty police officer called Fairfax County Police Department when he noticed a fraud device (skimmer) on an ATM in the Huntington area on Friday, Nov. 13.

Mount Vernon Brief: Join Fox Trot Fundraiser

The Fort Hunt PTA is hosting its 14th Annual 1-Mile Fox Trot Fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Fort Hunt Park. Warm-up begins at 7:45 a.m.

Mount Vernon Brief: Lamp Causes Condo Fire

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department units responded to a townhouse condominium fire Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 8642 Village Square Drive.

Mount Vernon Brief: Seeking Donations for Victims

The Fairfax County Police Department Victim Services Section is kicking off its Second Annual Holiday Gift Card Drive in an effort to provide holiday help for children of domestic and sexual violence.

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Reston-centric Gifts Found at Lake Anne

Special gifts for the special people and pets in your life.

Imagine small shops where shopkeepers know everyone by name, catching a glimpse of neighbors enjoying a leisurely hot drink through the window of the local cafe, locals enjoying the view of the water at the plaza.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Civil Rights Icon

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, an icon in the Civil Rights movement, visited with the fourth graders at Ft. Hunt Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 16. He met with the students for almost an hour, talking about working with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., Bloody Sunday and the Selma March, and the March on Washington.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Annual Tree Sale

West Potomac High School Booster Club continues its Christmas Tree Sale tradition for 30th year at Carl Sandburg Middle School.

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Mount Vernon: Grant to Promote Tourism in Peru

The Running Strong for American Indian Youth board of directors approved a $16,000 grant request to promote cultural tourism and economic development in a remote area of Peru. Running Strong for American Indian Youth is located at 8301 Richmond Highway, Suite 200.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Veterans Day at Waynewood Elementary

Macy Lindbloom, SCA president, leads the Pledge of Allegiance with Principal James Meier at her side during Waynewood Elementary School’s celebration of Veterans Day.

Mount Vernon Brief: 17-year-old Charged in August Murder

On Oct. 29, police announced a 17-year-old from the Huntington area was charged with the murder of Khalid Aboumalik, 42.

Mount Vernon Brief: 17-year-old Charged in August Murder

On Oct. 29, police announced a 17-year-old from the Huntington area was charged with the murder of Khalid Aboumalik, 42.

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Centreville Snapshot: National Merit Breakfast

Twenty-two seniors were awarded National Merit Scholar certificates on Friday, Oct. 23 at Centreville High School. Two of the recipients are also National Merit Semifinalists. The National Merit Semifinalists are Emily Angelotti and Grace Chu. The commended students are (in alphabetical order) Brent Bailey, David Bennett, Elizabeth Earls, Christian Gehman, William Holincheck, Christopher Hurt, Michael Kastanowski, Jedrick Kim, Joseph Kim, Yevin Kim, Seung Joo Lee, Michelle Nguyen, Rafael Olivas, Patrick Pankratz, Jarod Raedels, Katherine Ryan, Elizabeth Vanyan, Adam Waldmiller, Rebecca Yoo, and Daniel Zhang.

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Centreville Snapshot: Foundation Supports CVHS Best Buddies Club

Tom Healy of the Elizabeth Ann Healy Foundation presents a $2,500 check to Centreville High School’s Best Buddies club at the end of half time during the Nov. 6, football game against Robinson Secondary School.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Honoring Veterans

Poplar Tree Elementary School hosted its annual Veterans’ Day assembly, presenting each veteran with a book that will be added to the library and dedicated to that veteran. Each person autographed their book with a message to the students.

Chantilly Brief: Help CYA Deliver Holiday Cheer

For the third straight year, Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) is looking for would-be Elves and Santa’s Helpers-in-training to help make the season brighter for children fighting cancer and their families.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 81 homes sold between $1,920,750-$223,500 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: October, 2015

Springfield Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 124 Springfield homes sold between $725,000-$159,500.

Springfield Home Sales: October, 2015

Reston Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 97 Reston homes sold between $1,325,000-$85,000.

Reston Home Sales: October, 2015

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Ad Fontes: ‘A Blessing to Be In Our Own Building’

Ad Fontes Academy now united on one campus.

It’s been a long time coming, but Ad Fontes Academy can finally be described as a school united.

McLean Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 92 homes sold between $4,100,000-$135,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: October, 2015

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 73 homes sold between $1,325,000-$138,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: October, 2015

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Potomac Resident Biking to Raise Funds for Leukemia Research

Potomac’s David Zamkow pursues 3,000-mile journey.

From Potomac to the University of Louisville, to the Peace Corps in West Africa, to a 3,000-mile solo bike trip across the USA — even though, “I have never been a cyclist,” David Zamkow, son of Eileen Zamkow of Potomac, is an adventurer at heart, a young man driven by his passions to experience and explore the world around him.

Great Falls Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 19 Great Falls homes sold between $3,425,000-$520,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: October, 2015

Fairfax Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 95 Fairfax homes sold between $1,400,000-$150,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: October, 2015

Letter: Tobytown Public Transit Route

Letter to the Editor

The following letter from County Executive Ike Leggett is in response to residents’ concerns about public transit service to Tobytown and the surrounding community.

Chantilly Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 20 homes sold between $850,000-$79,900 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: October, 2015

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

In October, 2015, 76 homes sold between $1,295,000-$206,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 78 Centreville homes sold between $1,360,000-$137,000.

Centreville Home Sales: October, 2015

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Potomac: Students Receive Art Honors

The Potomac Elementary PTA honored 35 Potomac Elementary students on Nov. 10 for their achievement in the arts in the annual national PTA Reflections art contest.

Burke Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 41 Burke homes sold between $625,000-$185,000.

Burke Home Sales: October, 2015

Mount Vernon Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 98 homes sold between $1,400,000-$111,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: October, 2015

Arlington Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 208 Arlington homes sold between $2,000,000-$126,000.

Arlington Home Sales: October, 2015

Alexandria Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 171 Alexandria homes sold between $2,100,000-$95,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: October, 2015

Potomac Home Sales: October, 2015

In October, 2015, 31 Potomac homes sold between $1,725,000-$489,900.

Potomac Home Sales: October, 2015

Editorial: Holidays Are About Giving

The holidays are about giving, and giving thanks. The holidays are about children and family. The holidays are about sharing, about joy.

Herndon MOMS Club on The Art of Babywearing

The MOMS Club of Herndon will host a monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov.19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Trinity Presbyterian Church (651 Dranesville Rd, Herndon). A

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Veteran’s Day Ceremony Held at Herndon Town Green

American Legion Post 184 honored veterans with an observance on the Herndon Town Green on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

DHL Opens New Service Center in Herndon

DHL, an express services provider, opened a new service center in Herndon that will serve the area of northern Virginia known as the Dulles Corridor.

Herndon Crime Reports

Incidents from Nov. 2-8.

Incidents from Nov. 2-8.

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Herndon Cadets Learn from Active Duty Military Personnel

The Herndon High Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) departed Herndon on Friday, Oct. 30 for a three-day and night orientation field trip to Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

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Holiday Happenings in Herndon

What to do, where to shop in Herndon this holiday season?

Next-door neighbors Carmen Rodriguez, 9, and Alyson Peralta, 8, are ready for the holidays. Carmen is excited that her cousins from Texas will be joining the Herndon branch of the family for Thanksgiving and best of all they will be here in time for one of Carmen’s favorite holiday events – the annual 5k Turkey Trot, on Saturday, Nov. 21, starting at 4 p.m.

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Langley Senior Aims to Engage Young Voters

Swetha Ramesh invited to present nonprofit at Harvard.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, Langley High School senior Swetha Ramesh traveled to Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. where she was invited to present her 501(c)(3) nonprofit SILVER (Students for Increased Legislation on Voter Engagement through Registration) as part of a panel discussion on millennial political engagement.

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‘You’ll Be Laughing, You’ll Be Crying’ in Langley High School's 'Almost Maine'

Langley High School students perform at The Langley School.

Playwright John Cariani convinced Richie Follin and Peter Ongman to stare into each other’s eyes for 25 seconds. On stage.

Week in McLean

Vienna Author Launches ‘Christopher’s Kite’

McLean-based Chelonian Press, Inc. announces its new children’s picture book, “Christopher’s Kite,” by Vienna author, Mark James. Christopher’s Kite is a story about a little kite who yearns to fly and with the help of his young owner, Christopher, realizes his dream on a beautiful day meant for flying.

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Area Pastors Return to Their Pulpits After Walk Across Spain

“It really is sort of an otherworldly experience.” That’s how the Reverend Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt described his family’s 50-day, 500-mile walk across Spain on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail.

Peace Corps Director to Speak at Rotary Meeting

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of the Peace Corps, will address the McLean Rotary Club at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

McLean High Athletes to Play at Colleges

Scholar athletes accepted at colleges.

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The Gift of Quality Cigars

McLean Cigars PG Boutique offers cigars, fine pens, lighters and leather goods.

For holiday gift-giving for the man who has already everything, McLean Cigars PG Boutique, located at 1429 Center Street in McLean, offers top-of-the-line cigars, fine pens, lighters and leather goods.

McLean’s Youngest Rookie Officer

Wearing blinking blue tennis shoes shaped like cruisers to match a deep blue police uniform, Sam told his parents he wanted to “meet the helpers” on Halloween.

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McLean Rotary Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Tuesday, Nov. 10 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Rotary Club of McLean.

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McLean to Welcome Holidays with WinterFest Parade

Parade set for Dec. 6 at downtown McLean.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, McLean residents will welcome in the holidays as more than 50 entries proceed down Old Chain Bridge Road for the seventh annual WinterFest parade.

McLean Band Wins National Excellence Award

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

A Grand Green Flag

Elementary school students awarded for environmental efforts.

Franklin Sherman Elementary sixth-grader Alex Verina enjoys the outdoor classroom the school recently built.

John Eaton Sings Holiday Favorites at The Alden

Washington, D.C.’s beloved musicologist, humorist and jazz pianist extraordinaire, John Eaton, will share the history and harmonies of some favorite seasonal songs from the American Songbook at a special “Holiday Spectacular” at The Alden in McLean.

McLean Crime Reports

Incidents from Nov. 7-16

Incidents from Nov. 7-16

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Trick and Treating for Less Fortunate

The entire fifth grade at Churchill Road Elementary decided that they wanted to help other who are less fortunate by trick or treating for UNICEF on Halloween.

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Bridge to Altruism

Karen Magley teaches bridge three days a week at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Great Falls. “Chicken soup for the brain,” said Magley, a Great Falls resident.

Pet Gifts at Great Dogs of Great Falls

Store sells large assortment of holistic foods, treats, bones, toys, collars, leashes.

Great Dogs of Great Falls is gearing up for the holidays with Christmas-themed gifts for dogs and cats.

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Great Falls to Host Holiday Fest and Other Events

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

In Great Falls, the Little Things You Do for Yourself Count

With the holidays approaching, residents of Great Falls will have twice as many more items on their plates, which all have to get done.

Wednesday, November 18

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Great Falls: Langley Volleyball Beats First Colonial in 6A State Semifinals

Saxons will face Conference 6 rival Madison in state championship match.

The Langley volleyball team swept First Colonial on Tuesday in the 6A state semifinals.

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Potomac Snapshot: Medieval Festival

Michelle Roche's fourth-grade class at St. Raphael School celebrated its Medieval Festival this month.

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Potomac: Crowd Celebrates Chamber Award Honorees

Annual event pays tribute to community efforts.

There was quite a crowd gathered at Normandie Farm Restaurant last Thursday evening for the Annual Potomac Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner.

Potomac Brief: Woods Academy Honors Longtime Staff

On Oct. 23, The Woods Academy in Bethesda held a cocktail reception honoring 14 faculty and staff members who have given 20 or more years of service to the school.

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Arlington: Black Lives Matter Banner Vandalized

A conversation extends beyond the pulpit.

Tuesday night after a church meeting the Rev. Kathryn Dwyer, senior pastor of Rock Spring Congregational UCC, walked her dog Micah right past the “Black Lives Matter” banner on the corner of the church lawn.

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Arlington: VCO Orthodontics Awards Soccer Scholarships

Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) player Douglas Murcia was honored on Nov. 4 for receiving an $800 scholarship from VCO Orthodontics.

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Arlington Snapshot: Carnival Launches Indiegogo Campaign

On Saturday, Nov. 14, 150 adults and children gathered at the future home of TRUE Health and Wholeness personal training and wellness center at 1058 S Walter Reed Drive. Owners, Christian and Nina Elliot say target date for opening is Spring 2016. Currently they are raising build-out funds for their fitness and holistic health center on the crowdfunding website, Indiegogo ( ).

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Arlington Snapshot: New Podcast for Middle School Readers

The newest episode of the Book Club for Kids podcast features the daughters of the Mother-Daughter Book Club that’s been meeting monthly at One More Page Books, a local independent bookstore in Arlington.

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Arlington: Marymount Honors Veterans at Luncheon

Robin Kelleher, president and CEO of Hope For The Warriors, was the guest speaker at Marymount University’s annual Veterans Day Luncheon in Gerard Dining Hall, held to honor and thank faculty, staff and student veterans.

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Arlington Snapshot: Health Care Director Honored

David A. Oot, of Arlington, received the Dr. James E. Douthat Outstanding Achievement award from the Lycoming College Alumni Association at an awards ceremony on Oct. 24 on the college campus.

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Arlington Snapshot: New Little Free Library

Arlington’s newest Little Free Library opened on Oct. 27 at 1723 North Veitch Street. The new mini library, which offers free books to share from a free-standing wooden box, is the result of a collaboration between Lynn Borton, the library’s steward and founder, and the local nonprofit affordable housing organization, AHC Inc.

Opinion Editorial: Making One’s Mark

Simon was a smart little mixed breed, black with a white patch on his chest. He loved to be walked.

Letter: When Darkness Falls and Dreams Die

Letter to the Editor

Arlington has 28 movie screens. Imagine living in a town with only one screen. Now visualize that screen going dark forever.

Arlington: Local Teams To Join In Girls on the Run 5K

On Sunday, Nov. 22, more than 340 local students from 14 Arlington schools will complete the Girls on the Run 5K presented by Innovation Health.

Arlington Brief: Public Hearing on Taxicab Fares

The Arlington County Board will hold a public hearing on Dec. 12 to consider amending fares and fees for taxicabs.

Arlington Brief: Koch Elected State Medical Society President

On Oct. 24, Edward Koch, M.D., FACOG was inaugurated as president of the Medical Society of Virginia during the organization’s annual meeting at the Westfield Marriott in Chantilly.

Arlington Brief: ‘Click It or Ticket’ Begins

The Arlington County Police Department will be joining other state and local law enforcement agencies this week to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seat belt enforcement campaign Click It or Ticket.

Arlington Brief: Nonprofit Raises $160,000

Health and human services nonprofit Volunteers of America Chesapeake announced the total tally of $160,000 from its annual Harvest for Hope breakfast.

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Arlington: I-66 Plans Take Toll on County Board

County Board remains unclear on potential project benefits.

Arlington County hasn’t quite decided what to do about I-66.

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Arlington: Working on Office Vacancy Rate

Arlington economic leaders discuss residential and commercial development — and millennials.

Things may be starting to look up for Arlington. Last quarter, office vacancy declined by 1.5 percent, the first time it has declined in four years.

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Duck Donuts Now Open in Arlington

The long-awaited Duck Donuts opened in the Lee Harrison Shopping Center on Nov. 17.

Tuesday, November 17

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Letter: Misinformation and Fear

To the Editor

Thanks to The Connection for printing homage to the last heritage oak tree in Great Falls.

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Great Falls: Langley Volleyball Wins 6A North Region Championship

Saxons to host First Colonial tonight in 6A state semifinals.

The Langley volleyball team will host First Colonial at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

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House for Sale in Great Falls, Complete Loss

A Great Falls house on River Park Lane that was listed for sale is a “complete loss” after a fire Monday morning, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Saturday, November 14

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Ground Game Dominant in Playoff Victory

Sophomore Cleveland rushes for 291 yards, 4 touchdowns against West Springfield.

No. 9 West Potomac defeated No. 8 West Springfield 40-19 on Friday in the opening round of the 6A North football playoffs.

Friday, November 13

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Nov. 13-22

Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: Nov. 13-22

Events near Potomac, Md.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: Nov. 13-Nov. 22

Events in Arlington Co., Va.

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Alexandria/Arlington: Neighborhood Health Offers Health Care Safety Net

Community health center provides comprehensive primary care, dental care, and behavioral health services.

Dr. Basim Khan walks toward the door of the Casey Clinic of Neighborhood Health in Alexandria’s West End, stopping to greet two of his patients by name: “Hey, how is your foot?”

Vienna: Madison Volleyball Earns Return Trip to State Tournament

Warhawks will face Langley in 6A North region championship match.

The Madison volleyball team defeated West Springfield 3-2 Thursday in the region semifinals.

Thursday, November 12

Weekend in Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton, Springfield

Fun events in your neighborhood.

Weekend in Reston and Herndon

Fun and entertainment in your neighborhood.

Weekend in Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

Fun things to do in your neighborhood.

Dave and Buster’s at Springfield Town Center Now Hiring

Dave and Buster’s is opening its brand new location this December in Springfield Town Center, and is looking to hire enthusiastic individuals to join the team.

Letter: Opposing Rolling Road Expansion

To the Editor

(An Open Letter To: Virginia Department of Transportation, Rep. Dave Albo, Supervisor Patrick Herrity, Virginia Taxpayers)

Gen. McInerney to Address GOP Women of Clifton

Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, USAF (Ret.) is the keynote speaker for the Wednesday, Nov. 18 meeting of the Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) at Fairview Elementary School, 5815 Ox Road, Fairfax Station.

Democratic Women of Clifton Participate in Holiday Gift Drive

Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) will participate in two holiday projects:

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“The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at West Springfield

West Springfield High School drama director Bernie DeLeo knew Shakespeare might be a hard sell with his students and for attracting community members. “I wanted to pick something really fun and relatable to modern-day students and settled on ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona,’” he said.

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Springfield and Alexandria: New Hayfield theater director pulls from 7th through 12th grades for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"

Taegan Chirinos is living every little girl’s dream: to become a princess. In just her second musical, the freshman from Lorton won the role of “Belle” in the Hayfield Secondary School production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Deer Management Group Donates Venison to Lorton Food Pantry

Abena Kodua of Lorton likes her chili spicier. But she had no problem polishing off a bowl, homemade by Fairfax Station resident and hunter Robert Flanagan with ground venison, rather than beef, chicken or turkey.

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Suspect Sought in Trio of Burke Grocery Store Robberies

Fairfax County Police are searching for a suspect in connection with two recent robberies and one attempted robbery at Burke area grocery stores.

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Fairfax County: Garza Presents Budget Task Force Report to School Board

Transparency and methodology of budget review questioned.

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza is attempting to scale a towering projected budget shortfall for Fiscal Year 2017. On Nov. 9, she presented School Board members the report of budget cuts recommended by a 36-member task force she summoned earlier this year.

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Fairfax: Alexandria Architectural Firm Wins Design Awards for Renovated Animal Shelter

Since its renovation and expansion in Spring 2014, Cole and Denny Architect’s design for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FCAS) at 4500 West Ox Road has received four honor awards for design excellence.

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Fairfax: Paul VI High Presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

It’s not your father’s Shakespeare; instead, it’s Paul VI High’s fresh, lively and modern take on the romantic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It’s the school’s Cappies play and will be performed Nov. 19-22.

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FoodRaiser at Fairfax High

Community helps fill Our Daily Bread’s food pantry.

The power of community was on full display Sunday afternoon as some 1,500 people came together on a Fairfax High athletic field to help Our Daily Bread (ODB) feed local families in need.

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Meet the Chef: Alexandria's Evening Star Cafe

Menu accesses all flavors in user friendly experience.

"Smell the nutty aroma of the brown butter." Foam quickly bubbles up the sides of the saucepan as Keith Cabot, executive chef at Evening Star Cafe on Mount Vernon, adds the cold liquid to the caramelized hot butter cooked on high heat.

FACETS Hosts ‘A Taste of Fall’

FACETS is hosting its 16th Annual Taste of Fall with FACETS, an evening filled with food, fun, entertainment, and a live and silent auction to raise funds to help families and individuals in Fairfax County who are suffering the effects of poverty including homelessness.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunity.

Artist Teacher Exhibition Opens at Workhouse Arts Center

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Fine Arts Office, in collaboration with the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, presents the Artist Teacher Exhibition, an art exhibition recognizing the creative endeavors of FCPS artist-teachers, beginning Saturday, Nov. 14.

Area Roundups

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce (Fairfax Chamber) announced that the application period for the 2016 Greater Washington Innovation Awards is now open through Jan. 22, 2016.

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Arts Awards Presented

Public-private partnerships, innovation, and collaboration emerge as strong themes during 2015 Arts Awards ceremony.

On Friday, Oct. 30, the Arts Council of Fairfax County presented its fourth annual Arts Awards to a full house.

Obituary: Alex J. Johnson

On Oct. 19, 2015, Col. Alex J. Johnson, U.S. Army, passed away at the age of 82 in Winter Garden, Fla. from complications of Alzheimer’s.

Wednesday, November 11

Demonstrating for Springfield Senior Center

To the Editor

I am writing to invite our community to join Springfield senior taxpayers and families in a demonstration on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m.–noon at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

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Reston: South Lakes Football to Host Oakton in 6A North Playoffs

Seahawks beat Fairfax, finish regular season with 8-2 record.

No. 6 South Lakes will host No. 11 Oakton.

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Vienna: Madison Football Wins Conference 6 Championship

Warhawks to host Chantilly in 6A North playoffs.

Madison will host Chantilly in the 6A North football playoffs Friday.

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Arlington: Wakefield To Host Potomac Falls in 5A North Playoffs

Warriors win first conference championship in program history.

Wakefield will host Potomac Falls in the 5A North playoffs on Friday.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Annual Quilt Raffle

For about 54 years, the Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church Quilters have produced a showpiece quilt for auction at the annual at the annual Holiday Shop.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac to Face West Springfield in Playoffs

Wolverines lost to Spartans 28-9 during regular season.

West Potomac will travel to face West Springfield in the opening round of the 6A North region playoffs on Friday.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Volunteers Clean up Jeff Todd Way

Volunteers from the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce board, Mount Vernon Paint Co., Mount Vernon High School football team, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and friends and family of Jeff Todd came together on Nov. 7 to clean up trash on Jeff Todd Way.

Mount Vernon Brief: Arcadia Program Seeks Applicants

The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit organization based on Woodlawn Estate operating a farm, mobile market, food hub and farm-to-school programs.

Letter: Supporting This New Day

Letter to the Editor

Although I will not be one of the Alexandria City Council Members during this next term, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to the many voters who cast their ballots for me, and who supported me in so many other ways.

Letter: Need Ethics Commission

Letter to the Editor

The single most important lesson to be taken from the Nov. 3 election, it seems to me, is that Allison Silberberg’s message of good governance, transparency and ethical conduct resonated with a lot of people of all political stripes.

Letter: Parsing Democracy

Letter to the Editor

Unless Alexandria drops the at-large voting format for City Council elections, then we must confront the sad phenomenon that our local Democratic Party is frustrating representational democracy.

Letter: Still One-Party Political Machine

Letter to the Editor

Tuesday’s Alexandria elections’ results featured the winning mayoral candidate.

Letter: Prohibit Signs On Public Property

Letter to the Editor

Once again our beautiful City of Alexandria has been defaced by thousands of signs promoting candidates for mayor, City Council, State Senate and state House of Delegates.

Letter: Political Littering

Letter to the Editor

Now that it has been three days since the polls closed for this year’s elctions, it should be extremely embarrassing for all the local candidates that promised to make Alexandria a nicer place to live to see the streets still littered with their campaign signs

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Alexandria: T.C. Williams Field Hockey Headed to State Tournament

Titans to face Frank W. Cox in semifinals Friday.

The T.C. Williams field hockey team will play Frank W. Cox in the state semifinals on Friday.

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Letter: With Faith, Love and Hope

Letter to the Editor

As often as I have written of Veterans Day, I think of those who not know the reason or understand the meaning of our country honoring veterans on this day.

Classified Advertising November 11, 2015

Read the latest ads here!

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Fairfax: Woodson Football Earns First Playoff Berth Since 2009

No. 15-seed Cavaliers to face No. 2. Lake Braddock on Friday.

The Woodson football team closed the regular season with a 38-14 victory over T.C. Williams on Nov. 7.

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston

Reston Real Estate

Silver Line Metro Area Experiences a Banner Year

Every homeowner in Reston is asking the same question. Is the Wiehle Avenue metro station creating more demand for home ownership?

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Reston Sports Briefs

Reston sports briefs.

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Court Rules in Reston Golf Course Dispute

Connie Hartke, of Rescue Reston, sat in Fairfax Circuit Courthouse courtroom 4E for more than two hours Friday, Nov. 6 just as she did at the Board of Zoning Appeals in April.

Reston Crime Reports

Incidents from Nov. 1-6

Incidents from Nov. 1-6

Commentary: Bumper Sticker Politics

Experts on communications in political campaigns advise that a message needs to be expressed in a matter of seconds—not minutes—if it is to be effective.

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New Businesses to Open In Herndon, Reston

Comstock Partners has prepared a lease with Farmers Restaurant Group to bring the restaurant to Reston Station at Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. Additional business developments with the Herndon and Reston area.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Story Time Night

Nov. 5 marked the third annual Story Time Night at Stratford Landing Elementary. This free, literacy building event put on by the PTA draws local celebrities as story tellers.

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Alexandria Brief: Gateway to Affordable Housing

Currently a strip mall, the 5.3 acre site at the corner of Beauregard and King streets could soon become part of Alexandria’s push to regain affordable housing units.

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Alexandria: Residents Oppose Plans To Truck Contaminated Soil

Plans to truck contaminated soil face pushback from citizens.

There is no Alexandria gas manufacturing facility at the corner of N. Lee and Oronoco Street anymore.

Alexandria Brief: Third Murder Reported

Jose Luis Ferman Perez, 24, of Alexandria, was found murdered in Beverly Park on Nov. 9.

In Memoriam: Peggy Ward Barber

Departed her Earthly life 19 years ago on November 9, 1996.

Nominations Sought for DryHome’s ‘Free Roof for the Holidays’

DryHome Roofing and Siding, a Sterling-based roofing company, is accepting nominations for its 13th annual Free Roof for the Holidays program for a deserving Northern Virginia-based individual, family or nonprofit in need of a free roof.

Alexandria People at Work: Schildge Receives Sammie Award

Adam Schildge straps on his helmet, hops on his bicycle and heads the 7.2 miles from his house in Del Rey to his office at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) down by the Navy Yard in D.C.

Meredith Klein and Drew Dudzik Married

Meredith Klein and Drew Dudzik were married on June 20, 2015 at St. John Neumann in Reston. The bride is a 2007 graduate of Chantilly High School and a 2011 undergraduate of James Madison University.

Alexandria CPA John Renner Receives State Award

John Renner, CPA, of Alexandria has been named Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants’ (VSCPA) 2015 Outstanding Member of the Year.

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Alexandria: Students Receive Van Fleet Scholarships

The winners of the Van Fleet Government Scholarship competition received their awards on Sunday, Oct. 25, in a ceremony at O’Connell’s restaurant in Old Town.

Essay: Lessons from a Campaign Volunteer

While volunteering with the Van Fleet campaign for Alexandria City Council, I gained valuable insight into the political campaign process. Collaborating directly with Van Fleet also gave me the opportunity to learn about him as an individual and get to know the issues he was most vehement about.

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Alexandria Brief: Supporting TC Graduates

At the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria’s Annual Breakfast, Jack Taylor of Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota/Scion surprised the crowd with the announcement of a gift of $50,000 in honor of T.C. Williams High School’s 50th anniversary.

Alexandria Snapshot: Band Receives Fun Stuff Award

The Del Ray-based Rainbow Rock Band was selected as a winner of a Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award.

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Alexandria Snapshot: They Came, They Saw, They Conquered

A group of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School classics students bonded with their peers and won awards at the 62nd Annual National Junior Classical League Convention held at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas last summer.

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Alexandria: Family Legends Takes Part in Festival

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, writer/artist/educator Sushmita Mazumdar led a six-session Family Legend Bookmaking Workshop for children participating in "Book Club" at the Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Ave.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Halloween in Del Ray

More than 8000 residents participated in the 18th annual Del Ray Halloween Parade on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25. This year set a record for stroller and best pet costume entries.

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Alexandria Snapshot: World War II Veterans

Tom Hook, right, and Col. Kim Ching, center, pose for a photo with Maj. John Bordner, USAF (ret.) at the Veterans Day luncheon of the Rotary Club of Alexandria Nov. 10 at Belle Haven Country Club. Bordner, a 1986 graduate of the Air Force Academy with more than 3,800 military flight hours, was the club’s featured speaker on the 60th anniversary of the U-2 spy plane.

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Alexandria: Capitol Post Celebrates Veterans Day at Port City Brewery

More than 100 people turned out Nov. 10 for the Veterans Day Eve celebration hosted by The Capitol Post at Port City Brewery,

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Alexandria: Remembering the Fallen

Friends of Rocky Versace host 14th annual Veterans Day ceremony.

The Friends of Rocky Versace hosted the 14th annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center.

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Alexandria: ‘Visionary Veterans’ Opens at USPTO

USPTO exhibit showcases veteran inventors.

More than 16 million Americans served their country in uniform during World War II. Some fresh out of high school, they left behind the farms and factories of their cities and small towns to sacrifice for the nation.

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Column: Wise Beyond Her Years

Rebuilding Together Alexandria

In addition to dispensing wise advice, Eileen keeps busy by going to the senior center every day.

Column: Mentor of The Month–Mentoring to Friendship

Wright to Read provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children in need, and collaborates with families, schools and community partners to create a comprehensive support network that guides each child to success.

Column: Importance of Community Engagement


Last Friday, ACPS had a community event to launch the 5-year strategic plan called ACPS 2020.

Adult Continuing Education: It’s Not Just a Class


Have you, as an adult, taken a class or workshop since completing your formal education?

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Snapshot: Time Pressure

Brigid Schulte visited Burgundy Farm Country Day School for the 2015 Lois and Eric Sevareid Forum Nov. 3 to discuss time pressure on parents and the research she did in this area for her bestselling book “Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time.”

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Alexandria: ‘Mercy Street’

Film Festival debuts PBS series.

Actresses and producers from the Alexandria-based PBS series “Mercy Street” walked the red carpet prior to a screening of the Civil War-era drama to kick off the Alexandria Film Festival Nov. 5 at the AMC Hoffman Theaters.

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Reston Orthodontist Collects 1,110 Pounds of Candy

Dr. Stephan Tisseront, a Reston orthodontist, held his 10th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Event on Monday, Nov. 2, benefiting Children’s National in D.C. and our troops overseas.

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Herndon HS NJROTC Competes in Field Meet, Raises Awareness for Cancer

Herndon High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets hosted and competed in the George Washington University Field Meet on Saturday, Oct. 17.

DHL Opens New Service Center in Herndon

DHL, an express services provider, opened a new service center in Herndon that will serve the area of northern Virginia known as the Dulles Corridor.

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Support WFCM Holiday Food Program

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ (WFCM) Holiday Food Program helps those in need in Western Fairfax County with food for the holidays.

Chantilly: Witty Dialogue, Humor in Classic Whodunit

Comedic mystery, “The 39 Steps,” at Westfield High.

Featuring a cast and crew of 35, Westfield’s High’s upcoming play, “The 39 Steps,” is an adaptation of a classic, Alfred Hitchcock movie. And Director Susie Pike says it’s going to be something special.

Letter: Recognize ‘LifeChanger’

Letter to the Editor

Support your LifeChanger of the Year nominee.

Chantilly: Klein and Dudzik Wed

Meredith Klein and Drew Dudzik were married on June 20, 2015 at St. John Neumann in Reston.

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Alliance Theatre Offers Original Play

“Shutter” is written, directed by Leslie Anne Ross.

Tough, gritty, honest and absorbing — that’s The Alliance Theatre’s upcoming production of “Shutter.” An original work written and directed by Leslie Anne Ross, it’ll be performed Nov. 13-22 at Mountain View High.

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Taking a Stand against Hunger

Community helps fill Our Daily Bread’s food pantry.

The power of community was on full display Sunday afternoon as some 1,500 people came together on a Fairfax High athletic field to help Our Daily Bread (ODB) feed local families in need.

Herndon Crime Reports

Incidents From Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Incidents From Oct. 26-Nov. 1

CIT in Herndon Announces New Members to Board

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced the newly appointed members of the CIT Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of its parent authority, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority (IEIA).

Jennifer Boysko: Her Own Words

Comments from Jennifer Boysko, a few days after she was elected to serve District-86 in Virginia’s House of Delegates:

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Centreville: Vignettes of All Stages of Love

Centreville High presents “Almost, Maine.”

A series of distinct vignettes that together work as a whole — that’s Centreville High’s upcoming play, “Almost, Maine.”

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Potomac: Annual WHC Boutique Returns Sunday

Eighteen years ago, Lisa Sandler Spaeth asked her mom, Froma Sandler, to make a bow for her daughter's hair that would stay there without falling out.

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Potomac: About That Sewer Extension ...

More than 100 people turned out for the West Montgomery County Citizens Association meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to discuss questions about the Glen HIlls sewer extension. WMCCA President Susanne Lee and attendees listen to Alan Soukup of the Montgomery County Department of the Environment.

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Potomac Snapshot: Learning About Nature

The Potomac Village Garden Club welcomed four Girl Scout troops to an Oct. 31 event in the award-winning garden which the club has landscaped at the Potomac Village Library for more than the last 10 years.

Letter: Questions on NPS Tree Removal ­

Letter to the Editor

The C&O Canal NHP contains some County, State and National Champion trees.

Letter: Schools Project Threatens Brickyard Farmland

Letter to the Editor

We are sending you an important update on the Brickyard Farmland, and a call to action.

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Potomac Snapshot: Fall Frolic

Vanessa, Taman and Lincoln Morris at the Fall Frolic, held Oct. 31 at Glen Echo Park. The free event included pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, and a costume parade around the park.

Potomac Brief: Churchill To Present Musical Comedy

"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," is coming to Winston Churchill High School on Nov. 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Letter: Criminal Justice Process at Work

Letter to the Editor

The Arlington community is obviously relieved to learn that an arrest has been made in the case of Bonnie Black — the victim who was murdered in her home.

Arlington Brief: From Arlington to the White House

A march for immigrant families and an end to deportations will leave from 2100 Clarendon Blvd. on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. to arrive at the White House by 11:30 a.m.

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Arlington Snapshot: Low Voter Turnout

It was a beautiful, sunny day in Arlington for Election Day, but election officials are expecting low-voter turnout.

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Arlington: Effort Boosts Voter Turnout

Clergy and lay leaders celebrated the success of a three-day non-partisan, interfaith voter turnout drive that generated an increase in turnout in two particularly low-voting precincts here, as well as more than 1,300 individual conversations with voters about the power of civic engagement.

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Potomac: Dismay over Tree Clearing along Canal

More than 40 turn out in the rain at Swain’s Lock meeting on NPS plans to clear trees.

More than 40 people turned out for a community meeting with the National Park Service about planned removal of “defective” trees along the C&O Canal in Potomac.

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Arlington Snapshot: Bringing Opera into Public Schools

Virginia Opera has launched an initiative to provide free in-school opera performances for elementary school students.

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Arlington Snapshot: Supporting Those in Need

UnitedHealthcare representatives attending the 2015 National Association of Medicaid Directors Conference in Arlington on Tuesday, Nov. 3, assembled and donated 1,000 backpack care kits to D.C.-area organizations helping the homeless and those in need, including Goodwill of Greater Washington, Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Unity Health Care.

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Arlington: 20 Students Participate in Young Entrepreneurs Program

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2015-2016 academic year of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) on Wednesday, Oct. 28 with a parent and student orientation.

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Arlington: Retail Trends Keep Shifting

“Big Box” chains, restaurants and online shopping re-shape streetscapes.

Collectible Treasures and Wits End were long-time residents of Old Keene Mill Center in Springfield until about 10 years ago when these local mom and pop gift shops closed, and were replaced by a chain bike shop and a Thai restaurant.

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Arlington: A Business-as-Usual Election

Lack of competitors for offices changes nothing.

“Surprising” is the way Betty Adelman described the absence of representatives from other than the Democratic Party.

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Arlington: Artist To Exhibit ‘Birth of the Mother’

Local painter Sue Grace presents 20 years of paintings.

Along a quiet, tree-lined street in the Ashton Heights neighborhood, the house is already a reflection of the painter inside.

Tuesday, November 10

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Area Coaches to be Honored for Work Empowering Girls

One strong woman builds many strong girls.

Doreen Peters will receive the Crystal Coach Award on Saturday, Nov. 21 in a pre-race ceremony that kicks off the Girls on the Run 5K, presented by Innovation Health in Woodbridge.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna.

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Vienna Girls Soccer Team Wins Virginia State Cup

The Vienna Youth Soccer U16 Girls Phoenix ’99 won the Virginia State Cup on Sunday, Nov. 1, defeating Beach FC Elite ’99 Red, 1-0, in the final.

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Vienna 6 R US Team Captures Robotics Champions Trophy

Team advances to the state tournament.

A Vienna team of five seventh graders and one sixth grader, self-named "6 R US," captured the first-place Robotics Champions Trophy for overall excellence and the first-place Robot Performance Award at the recent First LEGO League Robotics Regional Qualifying Tournament held in Ashburn.

Vienna Teen Named Officer of the Month at Fishburne Military School

Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va. announced Cadet Second Lieutenant Chase Dixon from Vienna as Officer of the Month for October.

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Vienna Music Teacher Brightens Day of Underserved Children

Taffy brings performing arts to children in need locally

There are scores of kids you do not read about in the newspapers; they’re not award-winning students or scholarship-bound athletes.

Vienna Crime Reports

Incidents from Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Incidents from Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Vienna Pianist to Perform at Carnegie

Hyun-Mi Chung, a classically trained concert pianist, owner and instructor of Elite Piano Academy in Vienna, is scheduled to perform a piano recital on Nov. 22 at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, 154 West 57th Street in New York.

Vienna Resident Publishes ‘Two Tales of the Moon’

“Two Tales of the Moon” is Jennifer Sun’s debut novel. It’s 2009, and America's economic interest in China is increasing at a rapid pace, along with China's ambition to become a superpower.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean.

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Gun Debate Continues in McLean

Seeks solution for all parties.

The past 10 months, on average, six people have sat in the audience of McLean Citizen Association meetings at the McLean Community Center.

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McLean Community Foundation Announces Grants Awarded

The McLean Community Foundation (MCF) has announced the following grants awarded recently to the organizations who benefit the citizens of McLean

McLean Crime Reports

Incidents from Nov. 1-6

Incidents from Nov. 1-6

Meet Bestselling Author David Baldacci at Tysons Corner

David Baldacci will be at the Barnes and Noble in Tysons Corner, 7851 L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, for the release of his newest book “The Guilty” on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

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Democrats Win Closely Watched Races in McLean, Great Falls and Herndon

History promised Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34) that her reelection bid to Virginia’s House of Delegates would be close; no matter how much money Republicans pumped into Craig Parisot’s campaign in the final days.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls

Woodpecker Has to Find a New Home

To the Editor

The last corner tree came down in Great Falls today.

Letter: Goodbye Tree in Great Falls

To the Editor

This week, the Virginia Department of Transportation is poised to complete their demolition of the original canopy of white oak trees over downtown Great Falls.

Letter: Disappointed

To the Editor

I just wanted to write to you to let you know how disappointed I was to see the recent Great Falls Connection cover.

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Reckless Driving in Great Falls

Jail-time possible for teenager charged with reckless driving.

A 17-year-old driver was charged with reckless driving after he lost control of the car he was driving on Arnon Chapel Road, rolled once and landed nearby, according to police reports.

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Great Falls Says Goodbye, Old Friend

This week, the Virginia Department of Transportation chopped down the oak on Georgetown Pike and Walker Road that Great Falls Citizens Association and residents had been rooting for.

Great Falls Churches – 1850s through the 1940s

Legacy of Faith

On Wednesday evening, Nov. 4, The Great Falls Historical Society program provided a panoramic view of the founding and early beginnings of historic churches throughout an area currently known as Great Falls.

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Adopt-A-Tree and Notable Tree Programs Prove ‘Poplar’

Deadline for Notable Tree Program is No. 15.

Arlington County’s Natural Resources Division’s annual program provides a variety of native tree species free to Arlington residents. On Oct. 24 at the nursery on Four Mile Run behind Barcroft Recreation Center, hundreds of Arlingtonians took advantage of the program.

Monday, November 9

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Fairfax To End Veteran Homelessness

Every veteran has a story, and a path to housing.

Jameel Mubaarik of Reston is a 63-year-old Army veteran and mechanical engineer, a former Reston homeowner.

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Families' Memories Emerge After Verdict in Alexandria Murders

Charles Severance found guilty on all counts.

The jury had been dismissed over the weekend, but it barely took an hour of discussion on Nov. 2 to come back with a verdict in the case of Charles Severance, accused of three murders in Alexandria: guilty on all 10 counts.

Sunday, November 8

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Alexandria: Church Members Offer Random Acts of Kindness

Yates Carwash and Detail Center patrons receive random acts of kindness.

North Henry Street’s Yates Carwash and Detail Center got a special visit from members of Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC), who arrived early Saturday morning to deliver an unexpected surprise to patrons and employees.

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Alexandria: Veterans McNamara, Foley to be Honored for Service

World War II veterans William McNamara and Warden Foley will be honored with the Distinguished Patriots Award at the Chamber of Commerce Salute to Veterans breakfast Nov. 12 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.

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Alexandria People At Work: 32 Years of Cooking and Singing

It is 8:30 on Friday night and the customers look expectedly toward the kitchen.

Saturday, November 7

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South County Overcomes 20-Point Deficit to Capture Conference 7 Championship

Undefeated Stallions beat Lake Braddock in OT, secure region's No. 1 seed.

The South County football team remained undefeated with a 33-30 overtime victory over Lake Braddock on Friday.

Friday, November 6

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Karl's Overtime Goal Gives Westfield Field Hockey Team Region Championship

Bulldogs will face loser of today's 6A South final in state semis Nov. 13.

The Westfield field hockey team defeated T.C. Williams 1-0 in overtime Thursday to win the 6A North region championship.

Alexandria Film Festival: Full Schedule

The Alexandria Film Festival will present 62 featured films for the 9th annual festival, to be held Nov. 5-8 at AMC Hoffman 22 Theatre and Beatley Central Library in Alexandria.

Column: Finding Your Passion

And leaving your legacy.

I think everyone strives to find their passion — whether in their professional work life or an outside interest.

Column: Honor and Remember Veterans


While we set aside Nov. 11 as a special day to honor and remember our veterans, we should continuously endeavor to serve our veterans as well as they have served their nation.

Alexandria Brief: Increased Traffic Safety Enforcement

In conjunction with the Fall 2015 “Street Smart” campaign, the Alexandria Police Department is conducting increased enforcement of traffic safety laws.

Alexandria: Port City Chili Brawl This Sunday

The 2015 Port City Chili Brawl will take place this weekend, with Chef Eric Reid of the Reserve and Chad Sparrow from Mason Social warring for bragging rights for the cold weather staple and brew-lovers companion.

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Springfield: Capital Area Food Bank raises awareness of local hunger with Empty Bowls events

Kady Wohlfarth of Alexandria spent two months of her off days from the Alexandria Wegmans prepared food section to create 100 clay bowls. Hers accounted for one-third of the bowls at the “Empty Bowls” fundraiser and awareness-raising event for the Capital Area Food Bank.

Thursday, November 5

Coming: Children’s Connection 2015

Get ready to send your submissions soon.

During the last week of each year, The Connection devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children.

Weekend in Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton, Springfield

Weekend events in your neighborhood.

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Weekend in Reston and Herndon

Things to do in your neighborhood.

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Weekend in Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

Things to do this weekend.

Things to do in your neighborhood.

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Springfield: ‘Steady’ Voting

Allyn Hammel of Burke began working as an election officer over ten years ago and then was promoted to chief election officer for the 2008 presidential election. She described the voter traffic at West Springfield High School as “steady.”

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Fairfax Station: ‘Steady’ Voting on Election Day

While most voters were likely fast asleep, chief election officer Sing Lee of Kingstowne was at Silverbrook Elementary School in Fairfax Station setting up voting stations at 4:30 a.m. An event in the school’s gymnasium the night before election day kept his team out until the morning. But it was critical to get the precinct open by 6 a.m. on Nov. 3.

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Lorton: Albo Urges for Grant Funding to Remove Abandoned Ship

The 50-foot, steel-hulled landing craft resting in shallow water about 110 feet offshore in Belmont Bay once hauled materials for construction of the nearby Fairfax Yacht Club in the 1980s. When the job was completed, the WWII-type landing craft was abandoned. Over the years, the name of the company responsible for the barge was lost.

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Casual Apparel Boutique Opens in Bethesda Row

Morley’s “best of coastal living.”

Champagne and hors d’oeuvres flowed on the evening of Oct. 9 at the grand opening of Morley — a new shopping destination in Bethesda Row.

Burke: Area Roundup

Daniel O’Neal, a junior at Robinson Secondary School, died the morning of Oct. 28, according to a letter to school parents and students from principal Matthew Eline. “Daniel will be truly missed and lovingly remembered by the Robinson Secondary School family,” Eline said in the letter.

Mount Vernon Viewpoints: Why was it important to you to come out and vote today?

“These guys decide how resources are shared, apportioned. School resources is an important issue for me. Your no or yes makes a big difference.”

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It’s Official: The Start of the Fox Hunting Season

The Potomac Hunt Club hosted its annual Opening Meet on Oct. 31 — the formal start of the fox hunting season.

Potomac Brief: Fire Strikes Home Under Renovation

A house under full renovation on Horseshoe Lane in Potomac was engulfed in fire just before dawn on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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Potomac: Study Correlates Happiness and Good Grades

St. Andrew’s students participate in pioneering study.

Some local school children are helping adjust the way educators view school environments. In fact, they received national recognition for their efforts.

Column: In Search of Sound Science and Transparency


Now more than ever, the application of sound science is critical to decisions impacting our Potomac Subregion.

Potomac Brief: Kansas Church To Protest at Churchill

Westboro Baptist Church members from Topeka, Kansas, will be picketing outside Churchill High School during dismissal on Tuesday, Nov. 10, according to Montgomery County Public Schools.

Lorton, Springfield Area Roundups

What's going on in your neighborhood?

Six Area Students Compete in Siemens National Finals

Six students in the Northern Virginia area are competing in the 2015 Siemens Foundation STEM Competition. These regional finalists recently advanced through the semifinal round, and now have a chance to compete at the National Finals taking place on Dec. 4-8 in Washington, D.C., where grand prize winners walk away with $100,000 scholarships.

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Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia host panel on domestic violence.

Domestic Violence: Focus on Prevention

Last month, in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) hosted a panel of experts to discuss trends, causes, treatment and prevention of domestic violence in Northern Virginia.

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Alexandria Appetite: Three Spots for a Cozy Sunday Brunch

As autumn takes hold and the air gets chillier, warm up with these hearty brunch options.

By now, it’s no secret: Alexandrians love a good Sunday brunch. Whether it’s eggs Benedict, French toast, a hearty sandwich, or a good mimosa, a quick look around proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that brunch is a popular activity citywide.

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‘Jabberwock’ at South County High

South County High School Theatre department prepares to bring the community more comic relief at the start of this festive season, with the presentation of its fall production of “Jabberwock” at Dale S. Rumberger Auditorium, Nov. 12-14.

Fairfax Station Teen Named Cadet NCO of the Month

Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va. announced that Cadet Sergeant Timothy Arndt, of Fairfax Station, was officially named Fishburne Military School’s Cadet Non-Commissioned Officer of the Month for October.

Area Writer Celebrates With a Book Launch

‘Boundaries of the Wind’ becomes local author’s most recent work.

Urmilla Khanna was never a writer; her friends and family knew her as a doctor. Growing up in India, she knew what she wanted to do at an early age, and began her pre-med studies at the age of 15.

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GMU Student Debt Zombies Join Bernie Sanders’ National Student Town Hall

In a pre-Halloween event to raise awareness on the student debt crisis, members of the Virginia Student Power Network (VSPN) dressed up as ‘Walking-Debt’ zombies during the Bernie Sanders National Student Town Hall at George Mason University on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Woodson Fire Follow-Up

Garza, school reveal what’s next.

In the aftermath of Friday’s chemical fire at Woodson High, both Superintendent Karen Garza and Principal Scott Poole sent messages Monday to the parents. Stressing that the “safety of students and staff is always the top priority in our schools,” Garza directed the following actions be taken.

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Fire in Woodson High Chemistry Class Injures Six

‘Keep Those Injured in your Prayers’

Five students and a teacher were all injured in a fire last week after a chemical demonstration inside a Woodson High classroom went awry.

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Fairfax's Lamb Center breaks ground for new building.

‘God Had a Plan for Us’

There is nothing like a fresh, new beginning to invigorate the spirit, and that is just what The Lamb Center is getting. On Oct. 20, it broke ground on its future, new home.

GMU Alumnus Graduates from Basic Training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Alexander J. Bianco graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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Timeless Masterpiece of Broken Hearts

Virginia Opera’s “La Boheme” at Center for the Arts.

Soon, Northern Virginia audiences will be able to be transfixed by Puccini’s mesmerizing masterwork “La Boheme.”

Mount Vernon: Surovell Victorious In 36th

Del. Scott Surovell (D-44) will be switching to the Senate side of the capitol building in Richmond, after he defeated Republican challenger Jerry Foreman for the 36th District senator job. Foreman finished with 3,684 votes, over 31 percent, to Surovell’s 7,934 votes, over 68 percent.

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Mount Vernon: Storck Elected District Supervisor

With almost 57 percent of the vote Mount Vernon School Board member Dan Storck defeated businesswoman and Republican Jane Gandee.

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Mount Vernon: Voting ‘Slow But Steady’ at West Potomac

Doris McBryde of Mount Vernon had a simple goal as chief election officer at the West Potomac High School polling center: “Get people to vote, as expeditiously as possible.”

Mount Vernon: Geotechnical Drilling at Dyke Marsh

In preparation for restoring up to 100 acres of Dyke Marsh, the The National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began a short drilling project in the last week of October.

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston.

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Capital Bikeshare To Connect Fairfax, Starting With Reston

Transportation alternatives coming to Reston.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) hosted a community meeting on the Reston Bike Share Project Thursday, Oct. 29, at Dogwood Elementary School, in Reston. It was an opportunity to meet Adam Lind, the county’s new Bicycle program manager.

Reston Police Highlights

Incidents from Oct. 24-30.

Incidents from Oct. 24-30.

Athena Petersen Named Manager of Long and Foster’s Reston Office

Long and Foster Real Estate has named Athena Petersen as the new managing broker of its Reston office, located at 1831 Wiehle Avenue.

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Obituary: George A. Burke, 64, Connolly’s Communications Director, Dies

George Burke, longtime Communications Director and trusted confidant of U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11), passed away Saturday at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 64.

Boston Properties Appoints Kenyetta Price as Senior Property Manager

Boston Properties has announced their appointment of Kenyetta Price as senior property manager for Phase I and Phase II of Reston Town Center.

Letter: Inaccurate Commentary

To the Editor

We appreciate the coverage Reston Connection provided the hearing on the South Lakes High School addition, particularly the continuing sub-standard stormwater management by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). The article accurately reports the dialogue on the matter at the hearing.

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No One Leaves Alive in Reston's Haunted House

Former beloved Lake Anne Elementary School teacher continues Halloween tradition.

Human skeletal remains were found around dusk Saturday night, Oct. 31, on Stirrup Road in Reston.

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Harrison at Reston Town Center Wins Two Industry Awards

Harrison at Reston Town Center, a 360-unit luxury apartment community developed by Renaissance Centro in Reston, has won two top industry awards recognizing the project’s excellence in architecture and design.

Commentary: The Chicken and the Egg

A chicken or egg kind of debate has been going on in Virginia recently as a result of a report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC).

Commentary: The Reston Farmers Market and More in Reston

Reston is at its peak of fall finery.

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In Reston, Neighbors in Need Offered Assistance

Resurrection Baptist Church of Reston hosts community outreach event to help homeless.

While others might have been gearing up to take the kids out trick or treating, preparing for the costumed hordes to descend on their homes, or even putting finishing touches on their own disguises, dozens of volunteers were spending their Halloween afternoon at the Reston Community Center (RCC) Hunters Woods, manning the “Stand Up for Our Homeless Community” event, hosted by Resurrection Baptist Church (RBC) of Reston’s Missionary Department.

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Election Day in Herndon and Reston

Polls opened in Virginia from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 for the election, where voters will choose state and county lawmakers.

Wednesday, November 4

Classical Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker

Experience the magic of Classical Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker.”

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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Herndon Boy Scout Troops Gain Eagle Scouts

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Life Scout Charles Gilbertson,16, of Boy Scout Troop 913 in Herndon completed his Eagle Scout service project at the LINK Food Pantry on Bennett Street in Herndon.

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Ethereal and Natural Reactions at ArtSpace Herndon

New exhibit opens at the community art gallery.

Herndon community art gallery ArtSpace Herndon opened a new exhibit on Nov. 3,. Ethereal and Natural Reactions, a dual exhibition highlighting creativity in the form of abstract contemporary paintings by artist Anne Cherubim.

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Sacrificial Limb in Herndon?

’Chaotic intersection’ at Center and Elden finally to be improved.

Town Councilmember Sheila Olem goes out of her way to avoid the intersection at Center and Elden streets.

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Houzz Celebrates Fifth Anniversary in D.C. Area

Open Houzz DC at Dulles Electric Supply celebrated the fifth year anniversary of Houzz coming to the D.C. metro area on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Herndon Company Calls for Solicitation for Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund

$3.4 million in funding opportunities available for Virginia’s research community.

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) in Herndon announced Friday, Oct. 30, the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF) Request for Proposals (RFP) for FY2016.

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Herndon Native Has Shot at Rio Games

Herndon native and track and field paralympian Josh George has officially been named to BMW’s elite Performance Team roster for the Rio Games.

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Burke and Fairfax: ‘Steady’ Stream of Voting at Robinson Secondary

Teri Ayres of Fairfax is in her fourth year as chief election officer at the Robinson Secondary School voting location.

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Vienna Holds Halloween Parade

After being rescheduled due to the rain, the Town of Vienna held its 69th Annual Halloween Parade down Maple Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Annual Holiday Homes Tour Moves to West McLean

The annual Holiday Homes Tour of the McLean Woman’s Club moves to west McLean this year, with tour houses in three choice neighborhoods: McLean Hundred, Woodside Estates and Millwood.

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Alexandria: T.C. Williams Field Hockey Secures State Berth

Titans will face Westfield in region championship game.

The T.C. Williams field hockey team beat Fairfax 1-0 on Tuesday in the 6A North region semifinals.

Letter: Springfield Senior Center Petition Moves Forward

To the Editor

On Election Day, Nov. 3, 2015, the petition for permanent facility(ies) by the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center (BWSSCWoW) received strong support with 4,226 votes or 18.7 percent of total votes cast by Springfield District voters.

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Fairfax County: Republicans Celebrate the Victorious

And honor the defeated

Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) said he much preferred this night to the one when he was elected to his first term. A close race with his opponent meant waiting around until late into the evening. This year, Cook defeated Democrat Janet Oleszek by a more handy margin of about six percent of the vote.

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It’s Mayor Silberberg in Alexandria

A “new day” for Silberberg marks end of era for Mayor Euille.

In the mayoral race, Vice Mayor and Democratic candidate Allison Silberberg unseated incumbent Mayor William “Bill” Euille, who after his loss in the Democratic primary, waged a write-in campaign.

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Fairfax County: Palchik Upsets Incumbent Reed for Providence School Board Seat

With 58.22 percent of the vote in unofficial election results, Dalia Palchik of Annandale defeated the incumbent Providence District Fairfax County School Board representative Patty Reed, who garnered 41.31 percent.

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Fairfax County: Hough Edges Incumbent Velkoff for Third At-Large School Board Seat

Fairfax resident Jeanette Hough said her race for the Fairfax County School Board started with a phone call to Springfield District representative to the board Elizabeth Schultz. “What are we going to do about the school board?” Hough remembers asking. “We’re being ignored as parents and taxpayers.”

Voting for Better Schools in Vienna

Talking with voters at Vienna Elementary.

Vienna residents cast their ballots at Vienna Elementary School on Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Election Morning in Dranesville

Photos from Dranesville polling stations

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Arlington: Exhibit Captures Life After Breast Cancer

Surgeon hosts exhibit depicting patients resuming their daily lives.

The effects of breast cancer on survivors far outlast a mastectomy, the last round of chemotherapy or the final radiation treatment. Part of survival is planning for life after cancer is no longer in one’s bloodstream.

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Democrats Claim Victories in Local Elections

But General Assembly stays in the red column.

“We didn’t win the war tonight, but we did come out ahead in some of the important local battles, and that’s a good start.”

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Arlington: Chiefs Face off Against Chefs at Fundraiser

Competition benefits Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Steam rises from the pots. Chefs on stage sharpen their knives.

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Arlington: At the Polls, Voters Fulfill Their Responsibility

26-27 percent turnout anticipated.

Election day dawns cool and crisp.

Letter: Scouting for Food

My name is Aidan McGowan and I am a Boy Scout in Troop 111 in Arlington. I would like to bring to your attention an upcoming annual food drive for the needy, “Scouting for Food.”

Arlington Brief: All County Schools Fully Accredited

The Virginia Department of Education announced last week that all Arlington schools are fully accredited for the 2015-16 school year based on last year’s Standards of Learning (SOL) test results.

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Arlington: TLPA Honors Nichols

Neal C. Nichols, owner of Red Top Cab of Arlington, was honored Oct 29 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) at the trade group’s 97th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas.

Arlington: Project Christmas Angel Sets Goal of 400 Gifts

OAR collects gifts for children of incarcerated.

Offender’s Aid and Restoration (OAR) is sponsoring Project Christmas Angel, a toy drive to collect Christmas presents for the children of incarcerated prisoners in Arlington County Detention Facility as well as those who have been recently released and/or are OAR clients.

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Arlington: Marking ‘Lights On Afterschool’

Arlington’s Out of School Time providers celebrated after school programs and their role in the lives of children, families and communities on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Carver Community Center.

Arlington Brief: Join Lee Highway Visioning Workshop

Those residents interested in the future of the Lee Highway corridor are invited to join a consulting team led by Dover Kohl and Partners, and county planning staff for a hands-on workshop to help determine the county’s next steps for planning along Lee Highway.

Arlington Brief: Police Arrest Murder Suspect

The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit and Tactical Unit have taken David Black, 46, of Arlington, into custody last week pursuant to an indictment issued by a special investigative grand jury.

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Arlington: Working To Boost Voter Turnout

Interfaith community organizing group knock on 2,000 doors in two precincts.

More than 40 volunteers in bright yellow shirts saying “Your Voice is Your Vote” flooded two particularly low-voting precincts on Sunday, Nov. 1 to encourage voters to turnout on Election Day.

Tuesday, November 3

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Fairfax Field Hockey Beats Herndon

Rebels to face T.C. Williams tonight in region semifinals.

The Fairfax field hockey team will face T.C. Williams tonight.

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Reston: South Lakes Defense Limits Hayfield RB Ross in Victory

Seahawks would share Conference 6 title with win, help.

The South Lakes football team beat Hayfield 35-14 on Friday.

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Sophomore McArthur Leads McLean Volleyball to Regional Berth

Highlanders looking for first conference/district title since 2001.

The McLean volleyball team swept Washington-Lee on Monday.

Monday, November 2

Volunteer Events and Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities in Vienna, McLean and Great Falls.

Opinion: Real Solutions for Real Problems

The truth behind I-66 inside the Beltway

Virginians deserve a healthy public discussion about how best to improve our transportation system.

National Men’s Chorus to Present ‘Songs of the Spirit’ in McLean

Concert to take place Nov. 8 at Saint Luke Catholic Church.

National Men’s Chorus will open its 17th season with “Songs of the Spirit,” a program spanning five centuries of European and American sacred music.

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Fairfax Library Foundation Raises $197,000 at A Library Jubilee

The Fairfax Library Foundation hosted A Library Jubilee! Soiree in the Stacks on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Woodrow Wilson Library in Falls Church.

Weichert, Realtors’ Vienna Office, Top Associate Recognized For Regional Awards

Bruce Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that the Vienna office was recognized for exceptional performance in September.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

Vienna Police Highlights

Incidents from Oct. 23-29.

Incidents from Oct. 23-29.

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Vienna Young Athletes and Parent Chosen for 2015 Champions of Character

Fairfax Athletic Council awards Champions of Character.

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Beloved Vienna Crossing Guard Retires After 39 Years

At the age of 75 Peggy Maines passes the crossing guard torch.

After 39 loving, friendly years as a Fairfax County crossing guard, Peggy Maines of Vienna is to retire.

Trains Bring the Young and the Young-at-Heart to Vienna

Vendors and demos delight toy train enthusiasts.

That is how it all started for a lot of people at the Vienna Train Show, sponsored by the WB and A Chapter of Train Collector’s Association, held, for the third year at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Weichert, Realtors’ McLean Office, Top Associate Recognized For Regional Awards

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

McLean Police Highlights

Incidents from Oct. 24-30.

Incidents from Oct. 24-30.

McLean: Spring Hill Musicians Delight the Neighbors

Every year, the music teachers at Spring Hill Elementary demonstrate what is offered in their programs.

Letter: False Claims on Firearms Store

To the Editor

Your coverage of the debate remarks made by candidates running for the 31st District Senate seat and the 34th District House of Delegates seat at the forum held at the McLean Community Center on Oct. 18 was well-written and informative for those unable to attend.

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McLean Students Make Sandwiches for Martha’s Table

Churchill Road Elementary School continued its long-standing community service tradition by making sandwiches for Martha’s Table.

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U.S. Rep. Comstock Visits BASIS Independent in McLean

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10) toured BASIS Independent McLean, the twenty-fourth school in the BASIS.ed network of charter, independent and international schools.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls.

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Great Falls Native Wins Top Prize in Synthetic Biology

An interdisciplinary team of William and Mary students have brought home one of the biggest prizes in synthetic biology, an honor that has been called the World Cup of Science.

Halloween Pet Parade in Great Falls

A Pet Parade was held on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Great Falls Village Centre Green and sponsored by Great Dogs of Great Falls.

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Halloween Spooktacular in Great Falls

Hundreds of people came out for the Halloween Spooktacular held on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Great Falls Village Centre Green in Great Falls.

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Steven Kurtz Wins Great Falls Farmers Market's Healthy Snack Contest

Halloween fell on Saturday this year, and the farmers market was filled with vendors in costume with treats for everyone.

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Doreen Montis Exhibits at Katie’s Coffee House in Great Falls

From Fields to Shores, a collection of fine art photography by Doreen Montis, will be on display at Katie’s Coffee House in Great Falls, during the month of November.

Letter: Foust/Obama, You Didn't Build That!

To the Editor

Your Newcomers and Community Guide published an excellent multi-paged article with color photographs titled, "The Best of Dranesville."