Stories for September 2015

Stories for September 2015


Wednesday, September 30

Editorial: Changing Perspective on Death Penalty

Evolving standards will eclipse the death penalty entirely at some point in the future.

It’s sad to see senseless death as a response to senseless death. Alfred R. Prieto is not a sympathetic figure, a serial killer who was on death row in California when DNA connected him to murders and rapes in Reston and Arlington that took place in 1988. He is scheduled for execution this week, at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1.

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Synetic Theater Presents ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Arlington theater does Gothic version of Lewis Carroll classic fairy tale with dialogue.

Alice’s story by Lewis Carroll takes a sharp turn as she falls down the rabbit hole into the dark and mysterious Wonderland. Artistic directors Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili combine their signature cinematic-style with a script by recent Helen Hayes Award nominee Lloyd Rose, that promises to be a fresh take on this fairy tale of the absurd.

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I-66: Toll Road

VDOT plans to break I-66 gridlock with new tolls and HOV requirements.

It’s not news that I-66 is a congested mess. It wasn’t a surprise to Deputy Secretary of Transportation Nick Donohue when Gov. Terry McAuliffe said it needed to be fixed, and the Arlington County Board wasn’t shocked to hear changes are underway to try to reduce the gridlock during peak hours.

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Arlington: Kenmore Incorporates Arts and Technology into Learning

“Connect and engage. Expect and empower."

Kenmore Middle School at 200 S. Glen Carlyn Springs Road is celebrating 20 years of integrating Arts and Communications Technology into the curriculum.

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Arlington Snapshots: Clarendon Day

The street was lined with pizza stacked high, chili tasting booths for the International Chili Cookoff Tournament, one-hour free yoga giveaways, craft beer and a sangria booth, five bands playing all day, balloons and face painting for Clarendon Day on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Arlington: Marymount Students Blessed by Pope Francis

Seeing Pope Francis for 10 seconds outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was worth the commitment of an entire day for Jimmy Carroll, a Marymount University junior from Alexandria.

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Arlington Snapshot: Talking about Investing

Kaley Burlingame, of Arlington, a Virginia Tech senior majoring in accounting and finance in the Pamplin College of Business, made her national television debut last month on CNBC, a cable channel focused on business news.

Arlington: Get Paid To Talk

Voice-over work continues to grow.

Voice Coaches in conjunction with the Arlington County Public Schools will be giving a presentation, "Getting Paid to Talk," on Oct. 7 at Washington Lee High School from 6:30-9 p.m.

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Arlington: New Homeless Services Center Unveiled

”A bridge, not an end game.”

It was just a week before the new Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) Homeless Services Center was scheduled to open in Arlington.

Arlington: Operation Firesafe

Firefighters walk door-to-door to check smoke detectors.

Deputy Fire Marshal Shawn Pendo jumps into his fire marshal truck at Fire Station #4 on Hudson Street Saturday morning, Sept. 26, to join three firefighters on Operation Firesafe.

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Arlington Snapshot: Economics and Women

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8) announced a “Men for Women” House Caucus to promote economic growth through women’s empowerment on Monday, Sept. 28.

Tuesday, September 29

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Reston: First Celebration of Founder

Hundreds turn out to express gratitude for Robert E. Simon.

Bob Simon’s wife Cheryl Terio-Simon wrote a letter that was read aloud at the candlelight vigil held Friday, Sept. 26 at Lake Anne Plaza in honor of Reston’s founder who died earlier in week.

Reston: Dedicated to Bob Simon

A year in planning, Simon will not be in front row for concert, but will be in hearts.

Robert E. Simon was a founding member of The Reston Chorale in 1967.

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The Marcy & Zina Show Arriving at Reston’s CenterStage

Get ready for a winning musical evening with songs ranging from humorous tales of an unforeseen crush at a local Starbucks, to whom not to date, along with numbers about profound pangs of caring and affecting love ballads.

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Herndon Police Helps with Pope’s Security

Latest from the Herndon Police Department.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, as part of National Drug Take-Back Day, 186 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription drugs were dropped off at the Herndon Police Department station on Herndon Parkway.

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The Pride of Herndon Marches On

Kathleen Jacoby, Herndon High School's band director, had her work cut out for her when marching band camp began on Aug. 10.

Commercial Buildings Shot: People Inside

Fairfax County police arrested a 29-year-old Herndon man Friday, Sept. 24 after a detailed investigation of incidents in which commercial buildings in the Town of Herndon, Fairfax County and Leesburg were struck by bullets, according to police reports.

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1st Stage Presents 'Now Comes the Night'

Crackling dialogue, powerful ideas and well-crafted artistry describe “Now Comes the Night” written by award-winning E.M. Lewis now playing at 1st Stage.

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Madison Volleyball Developing Leadership

Warhawks winning while senior captains grow into new roles.

Several familiar faces remain from last season’s Madison volleyball team that finished state runner-up, falling in a heartbreaking five-set match against First Colonial.

Chantilly Holds Off Langley in Five Sets

Saxons’ Donaldson tallies 15 kills, Shklyar has 13.

With the Chargers having gone 10 days without a match, Chantilly volleyball coach Charles Ezigbo had limited expectations entering Monday’s meeting with Langley.

Oakton: Best Friends Dog Park

Oakton sophomore builds outdoor dog park at Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

Benjamin Yusman has always adopted his “best friends” from animal shelters.

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Vienna: Family Fall Fun

From Oktoberfest to the much-anticipated annual halloween parade, Vienna offers a diversity of entertainment.

When the air turns crisp, colorful leaves fall, pumpkins and a halloween parade take over, it’s fall in Vienna.

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Not Without Controversy: Route 7 Widening

Safety concerns regarding access still major concern to neighborhoods along Route 7 corridor in Great Falls.

The Virginia Department of Transportation hopes to begin construction on a $265 million project to widen Route 7 in 2021.

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Chantilly Volleyball Holds Off Langley in Five Sets

Saxons’ Donaldson tallies 15 kills, Shklyar has 13.

With the Chargers having gone 10 days without a match, Chantilly volleyball coach Charles Ezigbo had limited expectations entering Monday’s meeting with Langley.

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Hundreds Protest as Gun Shop Opens Next to McLean Elementary School

Hundreds of people protested in McLean outside the gun shop NOVA Firearms on its opening day, Saturday, Sept. 26. Protesters were upset because the gun shop is on property that borders Franklin Sherman Elementary School.

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McLean’s Color Wheel Celebrates 50 Years

Family business knows how to make a house a home.

Charlie Boswell says “To make a long story short,” several times when he told the story of his family’s store, Color Wheel. But 50 years of being in business makes it difficult to compress the history of the McLean institution located in the Langley Shopping Center.

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United Methodist: 140 Years in the Community

Great Falls United Methodist bazaar raises funds for ministry and missions.

Great Falls United Methodist Church will celebrate its 140th anniversary this coming spring on May 15, 2016.

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BrightView Great Falls Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

“When you live in a retirement or assisted living community, every birthday is a reason to celebrate – so why not give three cheers to the place itself!” quipped one resident (who decided to remain nameless) of the BrightView Senior Living community in Great Falls, speaking at the facility’s one year anniversary bash

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Chantilly Volleyball Holds Off Langley in Five Sets

Chargers’ Molina totals 19 kills, Recto has 14.

The Chantilly volleyball team beat Langley on Monday.

Monday, September 28

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Vienna: Madison Volleyball Developing Leadership

Warhawks winning while senior captains grow into new roles.

The Madison volleyball team defeated South County on Sept. 24.

Saturday, September 26

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Burke: Lake Braddock Defense Holds Off West Potomac

Bruins QB Edwards scores go-ahead touchdown on fourth-down run.

The Lake Braddock football team defeated West Potomac 24-21 Friday.

Friday, September 25

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Sept. 25-Oct. 4

Events in Alexandria City and Mount Vernon, Va.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - Sept. 25-Oct. 4, 2015

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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Alexandria Appetite: Prost! Oktoberfest Brings Out the Best in Beer

For Port City Brewing Co., Oktoberfest is only beginning of busy season.

You can set your watch by it year after year, September after September.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Crossing Prince Street

4:50 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18: Crossing Prince Street in Old town Alexandria.

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Column: Revitalization Includes Small Neighborhood Parks

A mom pushing a stroller with a toddler skipping beside her is an image that stays with me following our day in the park.

Column: Join in Robust Walkathon

Calling all seniors to lace up your sneakers for the annual Fall Robust Walkathon.

Column: Volunteer as Literacy Tutor

32 Alexandria kindergarteners and first graders still in need of tutors.

In just a few short weeks in October, 93 eager Alexandria City Public School kindergarten and first grade students will meet their one-on-one literacy tutor for the year.

Letter: Do Not Erase History

Letter to the Editor

I wrote a letter to the editor in July advocating the removal of Appomattox, the bronze statue of a Confederate soldier, from its position of prominence at South Washington and Prince Streets to a spot that does not imply city or Commonwealth sympathy to the Confederate cause.

Letter: Address Disrespect

Letter to the Editor

City Council did not crown itself with glory at its Sept. 12 meeting.

Letter: Time for a Change

Letter to the Editor

I would like to offer my comments regarding Mayor Euille’s decision to run a write-in candidacy for Mayor.

Letter: Maintain Progress

Letter to the Editor

There is a great quote from the West Wing TV show that goes, "If they're shooting at you, you must be doing something right."

Letter: Success, Not Stagnation

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to voice my concerns for The Alexandria Democratic Committee.

Letter: Predictable Obsession

Letter to the Editor

Alexandria “Mayor and Developer for Life” Euille’s write-in campaign for the upcoming November elections has brought out revealing comments from former mayor Kerry Donley and others in their corner.

Letter: Consider School Board

Letter to the Editor

The school year has started and as many Alexandrians are getting to know the student’s teachers and principals, they should also be getting to know their School Board members as well.

Letter: Reason for Leaving Democratic Committee

Letter to the Editor

Earlier this year when I decided to run in the primary for delegate, I did so as the next step in my decades-long commitment to our city and to ensuring every member of our community can participate fully in our economy and society.

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Alexandria: Celebrating Constitution Week

DAR, students celebrate Constitution Week.

Students from across Alexandria gathered at City Hall Sept. 21 to participate in the signing of a proclamation to kick off Constitution Week, a week designated to promote the study and appreciation of the document sometimes referred to as “America’s birth certificate.”

Alexandria: Michael Routhouska New Principal at Ramsay Elementary

For some of us there are defining moments in our lives that forever color who we will be.

Thursday, September 24

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Alexandria People at Work: It’s All About the Pan

Mauviel copper saucepans and fry pans hang on pegs across the wall in back of the counter at La Cuisine on Cameron Street.

Alexandria: Cross-Training Plan Ignites Controversy

Medics and chief clash over Dual-Role plan.

Councilman Justin Wilson is choking on a fruit chew.

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Alexandria: City Council Candidates Go West

Candidates debate future of the West End.

Landmark Mall. BRAC 133. Overcrowded schools. Crumbling infrastructure.

Mount Vernon Brief: Garden Club To Host Annual Fashion Show

The Yacht Haven Garden Club is presenting its 32nd annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, “Rendezvous in Paris”, on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club in Alexandria.

Commentary: Importance of Ad Hoc Commission’s Role

Letter to the Editor

Mr. Chairman and distinguished members of the commission, Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce is honored to provide testimony on the practices and policies of the Fairfax County Police Department to facilitate the discussion of this commission.

Letter: What Changes Have Been Made?

Letter to the Editor

The Black Lives Matter folks were rude and disruptive at the police review commission hearing last week, but they spoke the truth and I hope county officials heard them.

Letter: Praising League For Forum

Letter to the Editor

I attended the "meet and greet" last Wednesday held by the League of Women Voters at the Sherwood Hall Library.

Obittuary: Virgil Franklin Jenkins

Virgil Franklin Jenkins, Jr., 63, of Alexandria, died, Sept. 18, 2015 at Mt. Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.

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Obituary: Hugh A. McDermott

Hugh Arthur McDermott, born May 5, 1936 in Moore County, N.C., died Sept. 19, 2015. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1959.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Gala Honors Hyland

The American Horticultural Society’s 22nd annual gala, “Reflections of River Farm — A Step Back in Time,” included honoring Gerald W. Hyland, retiring Mount Vernon District supervisor (second from left). With him at the Sept. 19 event are Shirley Robson, Helen Walutes and John I. Morton.

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Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church at 60

“What’s interesting about Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church is that it was not established from the top down, but rather by a group of Hollin Hills and Tauxemont families who wanted a liberal religious education for their children,” said the Rev. Kate Walker at the celebration of the church’s 60th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Mount Vernon: Candidates on ‘Inside Scoop’

The non-partisan Meet and Greet Candidates Forum for certified candidates competing for Clerk of the Court, Commonwealth Attorney, Sheriff, and Director of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District will be broadcast on Inside Scoop from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 on Channel 10.

Mount Vernon: Local Author Pens Second Novel

Stephen D. Hayes writes “Missing Letters.”

Longtime Belle Haven resident Stephen D. Hayes’ latest novel “Missing Letters” involves dealing with loss.

Letter: What Happened To One Alexandria?

Letter to the Editor

If Bill Euille is trying to repeat what Republican Frank Mann did in the early ‘70s, and win a write-in campaign for mayor, he has a big challenge ahead of him as Frank Mann only needed 4,122 to win a May Election.

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Gasoline Leak in Centreville

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department units responded to a strong odor of gasoline near the 6300 block of Multiplex Drive, at approximately 12:05 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21.

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Chantilly Brief: Seven Trucks Found Unsafe

Officers from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Motor Carrier Safety Unit conducted a commercial vehicle safety inspection in the parking lot of the Greenbriar Shopping Center.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Family Hearing Services Opens

Family Hearing Services held its grand opening on Wednesday, Sept. 16, and is now open for business.

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Centreville/Chantilly: ‘I’ll See You in the Community’

Flanking Supervisor Frey are his staff members Kathy Buckley and Mike Coyle.

Overwhelmed after hearing the lavish praised bestowed on him by the community Friday night for his 24 years of service, Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) stepped to the podium to respond.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: Sept. 25-Oct. 4

Events near Potomac, Md.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: Sept. 25-Oct. 4

Events near Arlington, Va.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 107 homes sold between $1,925,000-$192,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: August, 2015

Springfield Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 179 Springfield homes sold between $1,075,000-$172,000.

Springfield Home Sales: August, 2015

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Fairfax Station and Clifton: Whitehall Farms Begins Fall Festival

In July, Jeff Waters’ three-acre corn maze was just a figment of his imagination. The stubby stalks were behind schedule but he never lost hope they would make it in time. When Whitehall Farms, LLC -- over 200 acres bordering on the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Fairfax areas -- opened its first annual Fall Fun Days festival on Sept. 19, the corn was plenty high to get lost in.

Reston Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 108 Reston homes sold between $1,500,000-$110,000.

Reston Home Sales: August, 2015

McLean Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 114 homes sold between $5,200,000-$188,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: August, 2015

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 92 homes sold between $1,070,000-$162,500 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: August, 2015

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Burke: Law Enforcement Raising Awareness of Train Track Safety

Adil Gour has been crossing the Virginia Railway Express tracks in Burke for three years. “It’s convenient for me, instead of going all the way around,” Gour said. All the way around in this case means taking Guinea Road to Roberts Road and south.

Great Falls Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 21 Great Falls homes sold between $2,400,000-$700,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: August, 2015

Fairfax Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 94 Fairfax homes sold between $1,095,000-$175,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: August, 2015

Chantilly Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 28 homes sold between $1,285,000-$48,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: August, 2015

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

In August, 2015, 81 homes sold between $2,195,000-$135,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 90 Centreville homes sold between $819,000-$169,800.

Centreville Home Sales: August, 2015

Burke Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 63 Burke homes sold between $920,000-$123,000.

Burke Home Sales: August, 2015

Mount Vernon Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 112 homes sold between $2,075,000-$129,900 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: August, 2015

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 257 Arlington homes sold between $2,550,000-$110,500.

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2015

Alexandria Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 235 Alexandria homes sold between $3,875,000-$109,900.

Alexandria Home Sales: August, 2015

Potomac Home Sales: August, 2015

In August, 2015, 57 Potomac homes sold between $6,150,000-$451,000.

Potomac Home Sales: August, 2015

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Lorton: South County High Dedicates New Artificial Turf Fields

South County High School is the latest among county schools to have completed switching competition and practice fields from real grass to artificial turf.

Principal Nardos King Leaves Mount Vernon High School

On her last day, Mount Vernon High School principal Nardos King went into school trying to act like it wasn’t anything different. But as she walked through the halls, she couldn’t help but reminisce over the 20 years of different jobs and professional growth she experienced in the building.

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Mount Vernon: Crowd Fills Candidate Forum

Without an incumbent running for Mount Vernon District supervisor, the candidates meet and greet event at the Sherwood Regional Library was understandably crowded. Republican Jane Gandee is running against Democratic primary winner Dan Storck to replace longtime supervisor Gerry Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), who announced he would not seek re-election last year.

Mount Vernon: Local Man Charged in Shooting Death

Freddy A. Bonilla Rodriguez of Alexandria was charged with second-degree murder in a Hybla Valley shooting that occurred Sept. 21.

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Fairfax County NAACP hosts 70th Freedom Fund Awards

‘Your Vote, Your Power’

J.E.B. Stuart High School seniors Anna Rowan, Cassie Marcotty, Marley Finley, Abby Conde and Lidia Amanuel were bothered by the Confederate legacy of their school. Inspired by a history class with teacher Keith Bropst on the Massive Resistance anti-segregation policy, the girls set out to change Stuart’s name, mascot and colors.

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Fairfax NAACP To Host Rally Seeking ‘Justice for Natasha McKenna’

Fairfax County NCAAP president Shirley Ginwright announced a rally will be held Sept. 27 to demand justice for Natasha McKenna, a 37-year-old woman with mental illness who died in February after she had been held in the Adult Detention Center.

Wednesday, September 23

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McKenna Family Attorney Said Death Premeditated

Supporters outraged over lack of charges.

The Fairfax County NAACP held a rally for Natasha McKenna in front of the Fairfax County Courthouse on Sunday, Sept. 27.

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Alexandria: Mount Vernon Football To Host T.C. Williams in Conference 7 Matchup

Majors 2-1 after beating TJ, Titans 1-2 after loss to Westfield.

The T.C. Williams football team will travel to face Mount Vernon on Friday, Sept. 25.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac To Face Early-Season Challenge Against Lake Braddock

Wolverines, Bruins both 3-0 entering Friday's matchup.

West Potomac and Lake Braddock are both 3-0 and will face one another Friday.

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Chantilly: Westfield Defense Delivers Victory Against T.C. Williams

Short-handed Bulldogs win eight days after losing to South County.

The Westfield football team defeated T.C. Williams 21-6 on Sept. 19.

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Centreville/Chantilly: ‘The Epitome of a Leader’

Michael Frey honored as Sully’s longtime supervisor.

Heartfelt accolades, fond memories and good-natured ribbing marked Friday night’s Roast and Boast for Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully).

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Potomac Snapshots: Inside Clara Barton House

Park Ranger David Dyre leads a tour of the Clara Barton House on Saturday, Sept. 19. The house will be closing Oct. 1 for a two-year renovation project.

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Vienna: Oakton Volleyball Beats Flint Hill

Oakton's Yang finishes with 21 kills, Heier totals 20.

The Oakton volleyball team improved to 13-2 with a win over Flint Hill on Monday.

Letter: Closer Look Needed for Artificial Turf

Letter to the Editor

I am 20-plus year resident of Potomac living within a few miles of Bullis, and I have long admired your campus.

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Potomac Snapshot: Geneva Day School Celebrates 50TH Anniversary

Geneva Day School recently held a 50th birthday celebration in conjunction with its annual Welcome Back Social, which is traditionally held on the first Friday of September after Labor Day.

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Taste in Potomac To Celebrate Adoptions Together

Nonprofit reaches 25th anniversary.

Twenty-five years ago, Janice Goldwater had a vision. As a social worker in Montgomery County, Goldwater saw the need for an organization to find adoptive families for hard-to-place children.

Obituary: Terrance James Miller

Terrance James Miller, age 28, died Aug. 18, 2015 at Virginia Hospital Center of natural causes. He was born Sept. 6, 1986.

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Arlington Snapshot: DogFest Walk ‘n Roll Tops $62,000

Man’s Best Friend took center stage Saturday, Sept. 12, at the annual Canine Companions for Independence DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at Pentagon Row in Arlington.

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Arlington Thrive: Raising Funds and Awareness

A group of 50 young professionals gathered for a happy hour on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill to to test their luck at Bingo and learn about Arlington Thrive, a local nonprofit which provides emergency assistance to Arlington residents who are facing a short-term crisis and cannot pay for their basic needs, such as rent and utilities.

Letter: School Board’s Responsibility

Letter to the Editor

The Arlington County School Board's first priority must be ensuring that it provides a first class education to every enrolled student.

TJHSST Junior Named National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador

Youth Service America and the Festival of Children Foundation recently named Fairfax City resident, Christopher Cao, a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador.

Fairfax: Keeping Officers Happy and the Community Safe

Capt. Chris Marsh leads Fair Oaks District Station.

The Fair Oaks District Police Station is humming along smoothly, due to its officers as well as the man at the helm, Capt. Chris Marsh. Altogether, he’s worked nearly 23 years in the Fairfax County Police Department.

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'Orpheus in the Underworld' Plays at GMU's Center for the Arts

Have no fears of flying off into Offenbach’s delicious musical parody of the legend of Orpheus pursuing his wife Eurydice into the Underworld.

Fairfax: Council Hears about Two Road Projects

Both are geared toward future development.

In 2014, Gov. McAuliffe signed House Bill 2 (HB2) into law. It requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to develop a prioritization process for making funding decisions for the statewide Six Year Improvement Program.

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Arlington: Thomas Jefferson Students Learn Global Perspective

Thomas Jefferson Middle School is an International Baccalaureate school.

Multi-colored flags from around the world line the hallways, and a map of the world covers one wall in the main office at Thomas Jefferson International Baccalaureate World School at 125 South Glebe Road.

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Arlington County Board Commits to More Affordable Housing

Local Hispanic community urges approval of affordable housing plan.

The Arlington County Board chambers were filled beyond capacity, to the point of having to open a second room with live-streaming of the meeting, largely with local residents wearing black and yellow shirts with the Spanish for “My Voice Counts” emblazoned across the front.

Arlington Brief: Reevesland, County Board Divided

On the bright side: the entire Reevesland property is classified as a historic district. But for local residents who fought for the preservation of the farmhouse as county property, the Sept. 19 decision to divide the farmhouse and the surrounding property as two separate parcels was still a loss.

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Arlington: Hausler Honored as Visionary

The Arts Council of Fairfax County presents 2015 Arts Awards.

On Friday, Oct. 30, from noon to 2 p.m., the Arts Council of Fairfax County will present the annual Arts Awards at the Fairview Park Marriott, located at 3111 Fairview Park Drive, in Falls Church.

Tuesday, September 22

Herndon: Family Fun Day at Woody's Golf Range

Community honors three 2014 Herndon High bandmates who died in car accident.

About 100 people attended a Family Fun Day at Woody's Golf Range in Herndon on Saturday, Sept. 19.

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Herndon: Teacher Honored

Beloved Herndon High School Latin teacher Christine Sleeper, who died Feb. 15, 2015 at 98, kept a Trojan Horse in her Herndon High School classroom and the Latin word “gaude” on her license plate.

Obituary: Mary Tindal Rainey, of Reston, Dies

Mary Tindal Rainey - geophysicist, nature lover, sports enthusiast and artist – passed away on Aug. 17, 2015 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Robert E. Simon, 101, Reston Founder, Dies

Reston founder’s legacy remains immortal.

Paul Hartke invited Bob Simon on his pontoon boat on Lake Audubon when Simon was in his 90s. “He stood on the back of the pontoon boat and we revved the motor and he beamed, ‘This makes you feel like a kid.’ That’s what kept him going I think.'”

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Runners, Walkers, Wheelers Cross Finish Line in McLean

5K Raises funds for Adaptive Sports Program.

Whether they wheeled, biked, walked, or ran to the finish line, participants of the Super H 5K all agreed on one thing--that last hill was hell.

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Providence Players Open the Season with 'Calendar Girls'

Opening its 18th season, the Providence Players are in a heartfelt, uplifting comic mood presenting “Calendar Girls.”

Family Fun Day at Vienna Town Green

Optimists of Greater Vienna host fundraiser on behalf of Growing Hope.

On the morning of Sept. 19, the Vienna Town Green was filled with live music, laughter and children running around “dunking” local familiar-faces in a dunk tank, jumping in a bounce house, getting faces painted or fingers finger-printed, getting a balloon animal, or nibbling on free refreshments while listening to Donaldson’s Run perform classic rock and pop … all courtesy of the Optimists of Greater Vienna and its fundraising campaign on behalf of Growing Hope and childhood cancer research.

McLean: Helicopter, Hikers Needed for Rescue

Fire and Rescue personnel lifted an injured hiker from Scott’s Run Park Sunday morning.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Units rescued an adult woman who fell from the rocks in Scott's Run Park in McLean at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.

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McLean Orchestra’s Splash of Emotion

Local orchestra begins its 45th season on Oct. 10 at Oakcrest School performance hall.

McLean Orchestra conductor and musical director Miriam Burns doesn’t hesitate from knowledge that she can change a life in one evening.

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Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Awards Scholarships

Supporting women in their quest for education, career.

Martina Atabong, 35, is the first member of her family to go to college. “I’m the only one,” she said.

Monday, September 21

Column: Treatment Denied Syndrome

Natasha McKenna’s blood is on all of our hands.

Natasha McKenna did not die from excited delirium. She died from Treatment Denied Syndrome.*

Saturday, September 19

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Burke: Lake Braddock Football Holds Off Robinson Rally

Bruins build 21-0 halftime lead, improve to 3-0.

The Lake Braddock football team defeated Robinson 21-14 on Friday.

Friday, September 18

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Herndon Field Hockey Extends Win Streak to Seven Games

Mainor produces hat trick in 7-0 win over South Lakes.

The Herndon field hockey team is off to an 8-2 start.

Ending Bullying

Back to School: Local educators offer advice for parents on how to deal with bullying as school resumes.

When Carol Baker cried, no one heard her. She and a classmate were alone in the girls locker room, and as Baker, then an eighth grade student, tried to leave, her classmate grabbed her gym shirt and pushed her into a locker. They weren’t fighting over anything in particular and Baker didn’t sustain any physical injuries.

Help for Long-Term Caregivers

AARP Virginia and the Organization of Chinese American Women will sponsor event next week.

Those embarking on a long-term caregiving journey will have an opportunity to receive support and learn about the services available to them in Northern Virginia. AARP Virginia and the Organization of Chinese American Women will sponsor an event called, “Caregiving Wisdom from an Ancient Sage,” on Sept. 22, 7 p.m., at the Shirlington Library in Arlington and again on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7.p.m., at the George Mason Regional Library in Annandale.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - Sept. 18-27

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

Herndon: Remembering Christine Sleeper

Sunday, gathering in memory of Herndon Latin teacher.

Beloved Herndon High School Latin teacher Christine Sleeper, who died Feb. 15, 2015 at 98, kept a Trojan horse in her classroom and a Latin word on her license plate.

Thursday, September 17

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League of Women Voters Hosts Springfield Candidates

Dozens of Springfield district constituents came out to the West Springfield Government Center to hear from candidates running for supervisor and school board positions. The Sept. 9 event was the first in a series of meet-and-greets for the different Fairfax County magisterial districts, hosted by the League of Women Voters.

Burke: Used Book Sale to Benefit Cambodian Students

Teenager Melissa Toler, of Burke, is trying to give new life to old books and new hope to young students in Cambodia. Toler, a freshman at Robinson Secondary School, has organized a book sale to satisfy requirements for the Girl Scouts Silver Award, but the greater goal of the event is helping aspiring Cambodian scholars who are still struggling in the wake of the country’s mid-1970s genocide.

Investigation Continues for Dead Body in Fairfax Station

Early on Sept. 9, Fairfax County Police announced through Twitter that officers had responded to the report of a dead body on the 9500 block of Crosspointe Drive.

Burke-Based Author and Professor Launches First Book

When Burke resident and George Mason University English professor Art Taylor set out to enter The Washington Post short story cover contest, he never expected it would lead to his first book.

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Fairfax Station: Brothers Launch Handcrafted Greeting Card Company

Patrick Hulse, together with his brother Shane, has cracked the code: turning what he loves into a business. Patrick is a junior at the Rhode Island School of Design pursuing a degree in illustration. Shane is a freshman at New York University studying business. Last year, the South County High School graduates (Patrick 2013, Shane 2014) launched “Little Wishes,” a handcrafted greeting card company.

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Fairfax County: ‘Reports and Tears Are Not Enough’

Protesters demonstrate for Natasha McKenna, social justice and improved mental health services at ad hoc police review commission public hearing.

Cayce Utley of Centreville said Natasha McKenna, the 37-year-old African American woman with mental illness who died in the Sheriff’s Office custody in February, must be “more than just a mistake, more than an accident. Black women aren’t your ‘Oops,’ they aren’t your teachable moments.”

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Fairfax County School Board Reflects on First Day of Later Start Times

James Madison High School senior Ben Press provided firsthand testimony for the positive effect of new later start times for Fairfax County high school students. “Your investment in our health paid off, as can be seen in the better-rested faces of thousands of high school students across the county,” said Press, addressing the Fairfax County School Board in his new role as student representative at their Sept. 10 meeting.

Wednesday, September 16

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Mount Vernon: One of the Last of Its Kind

Variety Store sells more than 12,000 items.

“Experience the Nostalgia of an Old Five and Dime Store.” This statement is inscribed on the Variety Store business card, and reflects its commitment to the old school approach to retail store customer service. T

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Chantilly: Business Owner Seeks To Share Life-Changing Fitness

Anytime Fitness to open in Chantilly.

Finding the time to exercise is a struggle for many, but it is about to get easier for area residents thanks to Dino Garcia, a Herndon resident, who is in the process of launching an Anytime Fitness gym in Chantilly. Garcia’s goal for the grand opening is late fall.

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Elected Officials Discuss Ways to Support Fairfax County’s Residents in Need

“We can’t do enough to spread the word that in the midst of affluent Fairfax County there is another, ‘hidden Fairfax’ that needs our urgent attention.” T

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Huge Turnout at Burke Centre Festival

Because of the heavy rains on Saturday, the 38th Annual Burke Centre Festival had a huge turnout on Sunday, Sept. 13.

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Burke Church Hosts Oktoberfest

About 50 people took part in the sixth-annual Oktoberfest Volksmarch despite the pouring rain on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke.

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Duck Donuts Opens in the City of Fairfax

At first glance, Duck Donuts seems like a funny name for a doughnut shop. But those familiar with the legendary doughnut store in Duck, N.C. – from which it gets its name – know it’s the real deal.

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Fairfax City Council Approves Project to Build 80 Condos

Although there were problems along the way, the Fairfax City Council last week gave the go-ahead for a residential development called The Enclave to be built at the Mantua Professional Center on Pickett Road.

Taking the Helm at Workhouse

Ava Spece named president and CEO of Workhouse Arts Center.

“The selection of Ava Spece to lead the Workhouse was due to her vast, deep appreciation and passion for the Arts as well as her strength, poise and character to help us achieve the dreams envisioned by the Workhouse,” said Tim Rizer, chair, Workhouse Arts Foundation Board.

Column: Helping Create Safe School Environment

Back to school month is a great time to talk with children about important issues that develop during a typical school year.

Column: Tradition of Keeping Voters Informed

Virginians can access state government programs and services through a single internet portal, that is nationally recognized as one of the best among the states.

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DockDogs Demonstration Highlights Lake Anne Pet Event

PetMAC Marketplace and Adoption Center in Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, hosted another Pet Event on Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Courage Wall At Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station

Public has opportunity to participate in art project.

From Sept. 2 to Sept. 26, visitors at the Reston Silver Line Station are able to see an interactive art project, a chalkboard called the Courage Wall.

Reston: Shelter, Library, and an 11-page Plan

Move shelter into Cameron Glen and library into the shelter, RCA proposes.

Reston Citizens Association has an 11-page, seven-step plan for Reston Town Center North, its library and Embry Rucker Community Shelter.

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First Round in the Fight for Alexandria's City Council

The long table at the front of the Departmental Progressive Club in Old Town was packed with candidates...

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Tear Downs in Alexandria

Council approves demolition of 226 The Strand, overturns decision to preserve Ramsey Homes.

Despite two different and controversial discussions in City Council: Ramsey Homes and 226 The Strand are coming down.

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Herndon’s First Craft Beer Brewery Opens Sept. 19

Herndon’s first nanobrewery Aslin Beer opens in September.

On Sept. 19, Aslin Beer will open at 257 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, and will be Herndon’s first small-batch brewery or nanobrewery.

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Herndon High Latin’s Certamen Team Wins National Championship

Eight Herndon High School Latin students won the National Certamen championship in the National Junior Classical League Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

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Herndon: Ribbon, Scissors and 100 Bowls of Soup

Mayor Lisa Merkel, vice mayor Jennifer Baker, Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and others celebrated the official ribbon cutting of 100 Bowls of Soup this past Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Great Falls: Always Remembered, Always Remember

Great Falls holds Memorial Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at twilight.

Construction on the Pentagon began on Sept. 11, 1941. And at the candlelight vigil held in Great Falls precisely one year after 9/11, USMC Col. Pete Hilgartner and The Friends of the Great Falls Freedom Memorial were inspired to create the Great Falls Freedom Memorial.

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Vienna Commemorates 9/11

American Legion Post 180 of Vienna hosts annual “A Day to Remember” program.

On a morning much like that of Sept. 11, 2001, the Vienna community commemorated the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States.

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Vienna: Family Fun Day for ‘Growing Hope’

Optimists’ annual event comes to the Town Green on Sept. 19.

The Optimist Club of Greater Vienna hosts its 10th annual Family Fun Day on behalf of “Growing Hope,” in support of children diagnosed with cancer and their families, on Saturday, Sept. 19 on the Vienna Town Green.

McLean Citizens Association: By the Numbers

On the 28th of September from 7-8:30 p.m., MCA is scheduled to host a conversation with Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Great Falls: Elite Fitness Concepts Knows Each Member by Name

Situated at Colvin Run and Walker Road, Elite Fitness Concepts has applied personalized training approaches to its members since the doors first opened in 1998. The gym prides itself on knowing each member by name and coaching entire families in living healthy lifestyles.

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Locating the Historic Water-Powered Mills of Fairfax County

Debbie Robison’s presentation to the Great Falls Historical Society.

There was a time in the mid- to late-1700s to mid-1800s when mills dotted the landscape along stream valleys throughout Fairfax County.

Great Falls: Citizens Fall Primer

Key events coming up in next month.

Key events coming up in next month.

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Fairfax County: More Open Space

Survey about parks shows more households using the parks, lower satisfaction.

Fairfax County residents say preservation of open space is the most important service that the Park Authority can provide.

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Alexandria Appetite: 4 Scenes From Alexandria’s Restaurant Week

Annual summertime deal allows diners to taste eateries’ menus at a fraction of the price.

Every year near the end of summer, Alexandria’s Restaurant Week offers diners a prix fixe menu at some of the city’s best restaurants for a great price — generally, $35 per person or per couple depending on the establishment.

Tuesday, September 15

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Mountain View High School: Helping Students Reach Their Goals

Gary Morris takes the reins at Mountain View High.

Gary Morris is Mountain View High School’s new principal. But before he became an educator, he was a professional football player.

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Chantilly's Sully Historical Site: Where History Is ‘Touchable’

Celebrating 40th anniversary of Sully Historic Site’s restoration.

The Sully Historic Site in Chantilly provides a window into late 18th-century life in Northern Virginia. And on Sunday, Sept. 6, volunteers, visitors and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its restoration.

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Potomac: Where, Oh Where, Is Rusty Rooster?

7-foot piece of folk art missing.

Rusty Rooster was a well-known landmark along Falls Road. He stood tall and proud, welcoming guests to the 1890’s farmhouse where Joy and Jon Siegel live. One can just imagine him announcing their presence or awakening the neighborhood with his screeching “Cock-a-doodle-do!” Whenever someone asked Joy Siegel where they lived along Falls Road, she would say, “Do you know the driveway with the rusty rooster? “Of course” was always the answer.

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Potomac: ‘Park After Dark’ To Benefit C&O Canal Park

Fundraiser includes dinner, auctions, and awards.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, candleliers will sparkle as they lead the way to the Historic Great Falls Tavern, the bonfire will flicker in the night, the River Run Band will play dancing music — and bar-b-que and libations will satisfy the appetites of the many who love the Canal and have come out to support it by partying into the night. The evening is sponsored by the C&O Canal Trust to benefit the C&O Canal National Historic Park (NHP) and will feature “Tenacious” Topper Shutt, chief meteorologist for WUSA9 as the emcee.

NOVA’s New President Celebrates First Week in New Role

Dr. Scott Ralls officially took the helm, on Sept. 8, as the fifth president of Northern Virginia Community College. Ralls joins one of the largest community colleges in the nation after seven years as president of the 58-campus North Carolina Community College System.

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Keeping the Best and Adding the Vision in One Arlington Middle School

New principal leads Williamsburg Middle.

It was the third day of school and Gordon Laurie, new principal at Williamsburg Middle School, began his day when a father dropping off his son explained to Laurie that his son couldn't work the combination on his locker. Laurie told him he would take care of it.

New Crop of Concerns at Arlington’s Reevesland

Planning Commission approves possible single-family residence at Reevesland.

Most of the Reevesland property will still belong to the county as an open park. The 2.5 acres of county historical district around Arlington’s last working farm will remain as a city park, including the gardens and the hill for children to sled on. But there’s one important piece missing from the idyllic scene: Reevesland itself.

Arlington Taking Care of the Whole Child

School Board details its priorities.

If a school system is only taking care of a student between when a student arrives on a bus and when they leave, they are failing that child. At least, that’s the logic behind the 2015-16 Arlington School Board’s priorities.

Saturday, September 12

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Vienna: Oakton Defense Smothers T.C. Williams

Cougars force four turnovers in shutout of Titans.

The Oakton football team defeated T.C. Williams 24-0 on Friday.

Friday, September 11

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - Sept. 11-20

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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Chantilly's Recto Tallies 21 Kills in Victory over Lake Braddock

Chargers improve to 4-0 with win over Bruins.

The Chantilly volleyball team defeated Lake Braddock 3-1 on Thursday.

Thursday, September 10

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Sept. 11-20

Events in Alexandria City and the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County, Va.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: Sept. 11-20

Events in Potomac, Md.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: Sept 11-20

Events in Arlington, Va.

Obituary: Nancy K. Beavers

Nancy K. Beavers, 63, of Alexandria, died at INOVA Alexandria Hospital on Aug. 30, 2015.

Letter: Two Different Sets of Rules?

Letter to the Editor

We write in full support of the Parker Gray Board of Architectural Review’s denial of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) request to demolish Ramsey Homes and urge City Council to deny ARHA’s appeal.

Letter: Enormous Challenges

Letter to the Editor

Since high school at T.C. Williams, Bob Wood has demonstrated the many qualities of leadership, high moral character, positive interactions with people and competency in all endeavors.

Column: Importance of Senior Planning


Families change. People get married. Some people stay married and some people do not.

Column: SOL Success at TC and Patrick Henry


The school year has started and the staff is ready for a new year. But more good news is rolling in from last school year. T.C. Williams High School and Patrick Henry Elementary School will both be Fully Accredited in 2015-16. While ACPS will not have confirmation about the accreditation status of other schools until the end of October, the news also looks to be better all round for them too.

Column: The Power of Collective Impact


As Alexandria welcomes in the start of a new school year, this new beginning also provides an opportunity to remind us that a child’s success in school and life is inextricably linked to what happens inside and outside of the school building.

Letter: Importance of Heritage

Letter to the Editor

I have lived in Alexandria for 26 years.

Letter: Equal Treatment

Letter to the Editor

Public entities like the Alexandria Redevelopment Housing Authority (ARHA) must be held to the same, if not to a higher standard, than the general public.

Column: Covert Matters

Mr. Write-in Bolts His Party

Not since 1961 has a write-in Alexandria City Council candidate managed a victory. That person was a beloved community, political and business leader Frank Mann. He died at 86 in 2007.

Letter: Time for No Tax Pledge

Letter to the Editor

A supervisor candidate campaign article “Seeking to Steer Fairfax County” published in the Mt. Vernon Gazette on Sept. 3-9, 2015 issue, describes what the Board of Supervisors (BOS) do in carrying out their responsibilities such as taxing and setting priorities for services to the public.

Letter: Lock Up Guns

Letter to the Editor

If you knew someone who was contemplating suicide and you could keep them from doing it, would you? Of course you would.

Column: Civic Involvement

Secret weapon for veteran reintegration.

I’m proud to say that my life is centered around helping veterans reconnect to their community. When I retired from the Army just 18 months ago, I had no understanding of civilian life or how my family and I would reintegrate into a civilian community or connect to our chosen home of Alexandria.

Mount Vernon: Public Invited to Next Police Commission Forum

In an effort to open more opportunities for people around the county to participate and share their views, the Fairfax County Ad Hoc Commision on Police Policies and Practices will hold its next public forum in the Mount Vernon area on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Snapshot of Summer

Some local girls relax after an evening swim at Belle Haven Marina (from left): Reade Lambeth, Catherine Smeallie, and Ella Turner, all age 13.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Tag Day This Saturday

West Potomac performing arts students are hoping members of the community will open their doors — and their wallets — when they knock on Tag Day, Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Mount Vernon: Quilters Unlimited Help UCM

Members of the Mount Vernon chapter of Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia spent their summer crafting blankets and quilts to donate to families and children at United Community Ministries (UCM). On Sept. 2, the chapter delivered more than 40 one-of-a-kind handmade items to UCM.

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Burke and Fairfax: Robinson Students Welcomed Back

New and returning students at Robinson Secondary School were welcomed on the first day with a corridor of cheerleaders, blaring music and an inflated ram tunnel leading to the front doors. And the smiling face of their principal, Matthew Eline, who joined the cheerleaders and held a sign saying “May I help you?”

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Fairfax County: Garza Tours on the First Day of School

Though she visited several schools on the first day of the new year, Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent only received one welcome banner. That was from the articulate student leaders at Mantua Elementary School, who told her “sense of community” and “great teachers who encourage creativity” were among their favorite things about the school.

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Springfield: West Springfield Welcomes Spartans

Unsuspecting underclassmen may have heard rumors of a nonexistent “third floor” at West Springfield High School. Soon enough, principal Michael Mukai pointed out, there will actually be one.

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Lorton, Fairfax Station, Clifton: South County Welcomes Stallions

South County High School principal Matt Ragone has been having “a blast” since he got to the school in the middle of last year.

Mount Vernon: No Criminal Charges In McKenna Death

Tasers did not directly cause Natasha McKenna’s death, nor are any of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office deputies involved with the case being charged with a crime. Those are the positions announced Tuesday, Sept. 8 by Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh.

Wednesday, September 9

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Mount Vernon Engagement: Pitts, Soult Wed

Dr. Alexa Elise Pitts and Dr. Michael Clarkston Soult II were united in marriage on Saturday Sept. 5, 2015 at Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk.

Mount Vernon Brief: MVHS To Host School Budget Information Meeting

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is encouraging the public to help in the development of the FY 2017 budget. Because projected costs for items such as enrollment growth, state mandated retirement, health insurance costs, and employee salary increases are outpacing projected revenues, FCPS anticipates a significant budget shortfall for school year 2016-17 (FY 2017). To balance the budget, FCPS may have to cut, reduce, or redesign current programs.

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Fairfax: Helping Abused and Neglected Children

Fairfax CASA seeks volunteers who are willing to work with children and families.

Since 1989, Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers have advocated for over 6,500 abused and neglected children in Fairfax County. Known as Fairfax CASA, the nonprofit organization has been working hard to accomplish their ultimate goal: ensuring that each individual child’s needs are identified and addressed with the goal of living in a “safe and permanent home.”

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Team Effort

Members of West Potomac High School Cross-Country volunteered to organize donated school supplies at United Community Ministries on Aug. 17.

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Fairfax: 'ARTS by George!' Gala Features Broadway Superstar Bernadette Peters

“There is nothing like it anywhere else in the region,” said Rick Davis, dean, George Mason University, College of Visual and Performing Arts describing the upcoming ARTS by George! Gala evening.

Mount Vernon Brief: Esther Manns Named Interim Principal at MVHS

Esther Manns, who has served as an assistant principal at Mount Vernon High School since 2004, has agreed to serve as the interim principal for Mount Vernon High School.

Mount Vernon Brief: Help Identify Suspect In Attempted Abduction

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man believed to be responsible for an attempted abduction that occurred on Thursday, Aug. 27.

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Clifton Labor Day Car Show a Huge Success

The 16th annual Clifton Labor Day Car Show was a huge success on Monday, Sept. 7, featuring some 310 registered cars and earning approximately $30,000 for two charities: Life with Cancer and the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program.

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Burke: Technology Welcomes Back Students

Nativity Catholic School focuses on advanced technology and innovation.

Located just off Old Keene Mill Road, Nativity Catholic School has been recognized as the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence since 2008.

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Alexandria: City’s Democrats Face Civil War

Euille officially announces write-in campaign.

When Mayor William Euille officially announced his pursuit of a write-in campaign for reelection at a Sept. 7 rally, he referred to the Dylan Thomas poem about a man who believes his work is unfulfilled.

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Fairfax: Enjoying Music, Relaxation and Fun

Customers create like crazy at Paint Your Own Pottery.

Sporting the slogan, “Create Like Crazy,” Paint Your Own Pottery is proving to be popular with both individuals and groups as a destination for fun. And it’s right in downtown Fairfax.

Fairfax: ‘Privileged to Join the Lanier Family’

Lenart takes reins at middle school.

Erin Lenart, Lanier Middle School’s new principal, always pictured herself as an educator. Raised in Tennessee, her first dream was to become a teacher.

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Alexandria: Giant Opens in Potomac Yard

New store replaces Monroe Avenue location, which is now closed.

The location is new but be prepared to see many familiar faces at the Potomac Yard Giant grocery store, which opened for business Sept. 4.

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Reston: Wicket Club Aims to Make Cricket the New Baseball

Popularity of cricket soaring in Northern Virginia.

Wicket Club in Sterling is a magnet for young cricket players from Northern Virginia. It’s one of the few indoor cricket facilities on the east coast and immediately found an audience with the Southeast Asian cricket community when it opened in 2012.

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Reston: Lake Anne Jazz Festival a Hit with the Crowd

The first-ever Lake Anne Jazz Week was held the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5 at Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) in Reston.

Column: Police Reform Now A Distinct Possibility

The Fairfax County Ad Hoc Commission to Review Police Practices is completing its final recommendations to reforms of Fairfax County law enforcement.

Column: Redistricting Reform Needed

A federal court found Virginia’s congressional redistricting to be unconstitutional because it diluted the strength of minorities in elections.

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Herndon Celebrates Labor Day Festival

Formerly known as the Wine and Jazz Festival, the Herndon Labor Day Festival on Monday, Sept. 7 featured fine wines and craft beers from several wineries and breweries, including Cardamon Family Vineyards, Chateau O’Brien, Mattaponi Winery, Rebec Vineyards, Brothers Craft Brewing, Forge Brew Works and Mad Fox Brewery.

Bicyclist Fatality in Herndon

Bicycle Master Plan adopted in 2014 attempts to continue to increase safety of bicyclists on roadways.

A 38-year-old bicyclist died after being hit by a vehicle on Sunrise Valley Drive in Herndon on Monday, Aug. 31 just after 8 p.m. The bicyclist has been identified as Andrew Greff Gooden, 38, of St. James, Jamaica.

Herdon Town Blunder: Town Correction

Herndon Town Manager issues apology to Town citizens with Sept. 3, 2015 letter.

Dear Town Citizens: As many of you are aware, the vehicle decal bills sent via U.S. mail to citizens last week were incorrect, with many of you receiving bills containing information about vehicles you do not own. These incorrect bills should be disregarded.

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Herndon Grows at Midnight Hour

Town’s western boundary adjustment made with cooperation of Loudoun County.

Herndon grew at the stroke of midnight on Aug. 31, 2015.

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Alexandria: Calhoun Hams Celebrating 35 Years At Farmers’ Market

Tom Calhoun first opened his Calhoun Hams/Meat Market in 1980 at the Alexandria Farmers’ Market at Market Square in Old Town. It continues as a mainstay of the Saturday market today.

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Herndon: Comic and Heartfelt

One woman’s journey to motherhood at NextStop Theatre.

With plenty of wide-eyed sparkle based upon her own journey to motherhood, Ginna Hoben will be featured in the world premiere of “No Spring Chicken.”

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Alexandria People at Work: Helping Customers Be Successful

A spurt of water cascades over pots of lenten roses as Scott Sutherland walks down the rows of plants at Greenstreet Gardens on King Street.

Alexandria Gets Inked

Final approval rests with council.

Twenty years ago, James Marlowe said it wouldn’t be possible, but by the end of the year Old Town may have its first tattoo parlor.

Alexandria: The South Won't Rise Again

Council votes for further restrictions on Confederate flags.

There are at least 33 streets in Alexandria clearly named after Confederate military leaders, but potentially twice that many that may be related but without a clear historical record.

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Alexandria: Hauling is Causing Trouble in Old Town

Carr Hospitality faces criticism over trucks in Old Town.

The jackhammers are loud, but Old Town residents can yell even louder. After years of fighting against the development of Carr Hospitality’s Indigo Hotel by residents of Alexandria’s Waterfront, there was little reason to think the opposition would suddenly quiet with construction underway.

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Vienna Stars Shine

Players from Great Falls, Vienna, McLean and beyond come together to win under-10 national championship in fast-pitch softball.

Sarah Semko and The Vienna Stars ‘04 amassed what the Washington Nationals couldn’t this 2015 season: a 43-game winning streak.

Centreville Snapshots: First Day of School

Kindergartner Gavin Reeder reacts to his first day of Kindergarten at Bull Run Elementary.

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Centreville: Troop Completes Wilderness Hike

Ten Troop 30 Scouts of Centreville completed a back-country wilderness hike at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Clifton Brief: Addressing Amendments Convention

C. Mitchell Shaw will be the keynote speaker for the Republican Women of Clifton’s September meeting. The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Fairview Elementary School, 5815 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. The social half-hour will begin at 7 p.m., presentation to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Centreville Brief: Dryer Causes House Fire

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Friday, Sept. 4, at approximately 6:20 p.m., at 15213 Dumas Court in Centreville.

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McLean: Larger Houses, Fewer Trees?

In-fill development a “hot issue” in McLean, Great Falls, as older homes and trees make way for much larger houses.

McLean and Great Falls communities are often named with roots to their natural surroundings: Langley Forest, Langley Oaks, Chesterbrook Woods, Franklin Forest, Chesterbrook Farm, McLean Hamlet, Amberwoods, Woodhaven, Woodside Estates, Summer Wood, Great Falls Glen, Bradley Oaks.

Centreville/Chantilly: The Sweet Sounds of Summer

Franklin Middle holds annual band and orchestra camp.

Each summer, students flock to Franklin Middle School’s Band & Orchestra Camp to fine-tune their musical skills and learn new ones. And Camp Director Lawrence Walker bases one of his philosophies for it on a simple proverb.

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McLean: Nutrition’s the Mission

McLean High senior takes on a Girl Scout Gold Award project which spreads awareness about running nutrition.

Varsity track is notorious for being one of the most competitive sports in high school; not only are athletes constantly trying to beat their own records, but also the records of their competitors and even teammates.

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McLean: Middle Eastern Food Festival Draws Hundreds

Annual Labor Day weekend event features Arabic food and sweets.

It was only a matter of minutes before the parking lot of Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church on Lewinsville Road filled to overflow on Sept. 5.

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Centreville/Chantilly: Students Improve Music Skills, Make New Friends at Orchestra Camp

Learning’s fun at band and orchestra camp.

Whatever their reasons were for attending Franklin Middle School’s Band & Orchestra Camp, the results for the students were the same — knowledge, improvement and fun. Rocky Run Middle seventh-grader Alexander Alvarez and his sister Christina, a Poplar Tree Elementary sixth-grader, attended for the first time. Both play clarinet and had a great time there.

Great Falls: Citizens Fall Primer

Key events coming up in next month.

Key events coming up in next month.

‘Remodeled Home Tour’

A 3,700-square-foot, four-bedroom center hall Colonial renovated in phases over nearly two decades will be featured in a “Remodeled Home Tour” sponsored by Sun Design Remodeling.

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Thinking of Downsizing?

Free seminar will focus on moving to a smaller place without sacrificing style.

Homeowners considering a move from a large home to a smaller dwelling will have an opportunity to receive expert advice on their transition later this month.

Editorial: Focusing on Suicide Prevention

Help is a phone call away.

This week is Suicide Prevention Week. Preventing suicide means paying attention to mental health and treating depression, and there is no better time to focus on that than the first week of school.

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Potomac Artist Exhibits Work at OASIS Art Gallery

Imagine seeing Hurricane Sandy hitting Havana, Cuba, a colorful local train in Santiago, Chile, the tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a column of Spain’s Alhambra, South Beach, Tangier Island, the C&O Canal all in a single day.

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Potomac: Join ‘Out of Darkness’ Community Walk

Annual event supports suicide prevention.

Almost everyone has in some way been touched by suicide. Anyone who has experienced such a loss is left with painful feelings of “Why?” “How could I have helped?” “Why didn’t they tell me?” “Why did they tell me and why didn’t I do more to help them?”

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Potomac: Students Join ‘Walk with Pope Francis’

Students at Our Lady of Mercy School take pledge.

On Aug. 31, the first day of school, students at Our Lady of Mercy School in Potomac made a promise that will remain in their hearts and memories.

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Potomac: Scotland A.M.E. Zion Church To Celebrate 110 Years

“Honoring Our Past, Treasuring Our Future”

It’s the year 1905, and residents of Scotland, just off Seven Locks Road in Potomac have recently purchased property and completed the building of a small white church — the Scotland A.M.E. Zion Church.

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Potomac Snapshot: Timeless Design Ideas

Hopkins & Porter's designers will host a home tour at 11628 Glen Road on Saturday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-4p.m.

Tuesday, September 8

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Potomac Mansions on Tour

Event will benefit local charities.

Four Potomac mansions will open their doors to the public next month for the 59th Potomac Country House Tour.

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Seniors: Just Say No to Scams

Seniors are targeted for scams "because sometimes they just want to talk to people," Bill Ross began the class on Senior Scams at the Langston-Brown Senior Community Center Aug. 26. "Seniors are more vulnerable. They believe the pitches they hear; they have lived a long time and they trust people."

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Smith | Schnider Real Estate Firm Opens in Arlington

Office located in Liberty Center.

A new real estate firm specializing in urban development and custom single-family homes has opened in Arlington.

Arlington Snapshot: Bird and Butterfly Friendly

"If you are a bird or a butterfly, what are the three things you need?" Thomas Condenzio asked the 11 attendees at Lee Senior Community Center's class Aug. 26 on “Making Gardens Bird and Butterfly Friendly.”

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Arlington: Much To Discover at Discovery Elementary

Meeting construction deadlines, new school welcomes students this week.

A new school often is thought of as “added to” the neighborhood. Dr. Erin Russo, founding principal of Discovery Elementary School located beside Williamsburg Middle School, disagrees. She says the new school is, and will remain, “of” the community it serves. Russo underscores the point by describing citizen involvement over the years between concept and completion.

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Swanson Middle School Keeps The Whole Child in Mind

At Swanson, a variety of opportunities.

"Middle school kids are rising to new challenges — travel soccer teams, taking courses in middle school for high school credits, taking risks and challenging to stretch themselves," according to Bridget Loft, principal of Swanson Middle School at 5800 N. Washington Blvd. "But," she added, "There is a real rise in anxiety, too, with schools and parents struggling to find a balance. You have to keep the whole child in mind."

Arlington: ‘Good News’ Examines Gospel Music

Anne Smith of Arlington writes book for music lovers and students.

Music teacher and Arlington native Anne Smith struggled to find a way to relate the academic study of classical and Harlem Renaissance musicians to her students at Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria.

Arlington: Freedmans Village Bridge To Be Dedicated

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will dedicate the new Freedmans Village Bridge on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Saturday, September 5

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Muskett Leads West Springfield to Season-Opening Win Over Robinson

Junior quarterback throws four touchdown passes, rushes for one.

West Springfield defeated Robinson 35-28 on Friday.

Friday, September 4

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West Potomac Football Beats Langley in Season Opener

Wolverines amass 543 yards of offense, five different players reach end zone.

The West Potomac football team defeated Langley 41-28 Thursday.

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Weekend Fun in Fairfax County - Sept. 4-13

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

A roundup of entertaining things to do this weekend.

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Mount Vernon: Teaming Up for ‘Books on Bases’

Sheila Stevens, deputy director of Programming for Blue Star Families, welcomes the families to the Books on Bases event on Aug. 23 at Fort Belvoir. Behind her are former Redskins player Roger McIntosh and Yellow Ribbons United co-founder Derrick Dockery. More than 100 families gathered to participate in the program offered by the partnership of Blue Star Families and Yellow Ribbons United.

Thursday, September 3

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Cartoon: Gun on IV

“Hang in there, little buddy!”

Summer Camp: One-on-One with Alexandria Shelter Animals


Some Alexandria youths headed off to day camp this summer didn't learn anything about baseball or boating. They spent their hours getting to know the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter on Eisenhower Avenue and learning a little more about animals.

Column: Now Hiring

The importance of employment for Alexandria’s homeless population.

Imagine having to choose between paying rent and feeding your family tonight.

Alexandria Brief: Backpacks for Brighter Futures

The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC), a nonprofit provider of free preschool and wraparound services to the children of the working poor, hosted its first annual Backpacks for Brighter Futures event on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015.

Alexandria Brief: Free Cleanings, Exams for Military

On Thursday, Sept. 10, Kathleen Mullaney DDS at 700 North Fairfax St., Suite 230, will join businesses across the country in observing Freedom Day USA, a national Thank You Movement for members of the military and their families, along with veterans.

Alexandria Resident Writes Children's Book

“Polly Peacock and the Pink Flamingos” explores self-acceptance.

Alexandria resident and account executive Emilie Bair’s new children’s book “Polly Peacock and the Pink Flamingos,” teaching children about self-acceptance, was released nationwide in August.

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Alexandria: Learn How To Dance in the Rain

Joyce Rawlings teaches to persevere.

If it has to do with families in Alexandria, Joyce Rawlings was (and is) there! Her volunteer and professional work has led to myriad parent, school and community initiatives and to her selection as a 2015 Living Legend of Alexandria.

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Little Theater of Alexandria Stages ‘Laughing Stock’

This play-within-a-play comedy promises tons of chuckles.

The Little Theater of Alexandria (LTA) is staging "Laughing Stock," a play-within-a-play, from Sept. 5-26.

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Alexandria People at Work: Artist Clarke Says The Painting Takes Over

Lesley Clarke brushes an amber brown across the large canvas in Studio 341 in the Alexandria Torpedo Factory.

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Close Call with West Nile for Alexandria

Observant citizens prompt removal of mosquito breeding ground

With construction for the Indigo Hotel occurring in the area, it might have been easy to dismiss the pit of standing water at the corner of Duke and The Strand.

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Alexandria: Redistricting Starts for Public Schools

ACPS chooses J.R. Reingold & Associates Inc. as its redistricting partner.

With a whimper rather than a bang, redistricting has started for Alexandria Public Schools. On Aug. 24, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) selected J.R. Reingold & Associates Inc. as a partner for its redistricting process.

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Alexandria: New Defibrillators around City

Area incident inspires expansion.

In January, Judge Thomas J. Kelly Jr. in Arlington saved a man’s life.

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Alexandria: Skirmishes over Business Proposals in Del Ray

Planning Commission navigates through conflicts.

Within an hour of returning to session: businesses, the public, and the Planning Commission were at odds. After a two-month summer break, it was business as usual in the Sept. 1 Alexandria Planning Commission meeting, where some big changes for small businesses were proposed in Del Ray. All three of the proposals centered around the growth of businesses and a school in Del Ray.

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Alexandria: 'Young At Art' Senior Exhibit Celebrates 29 Years

When artist Wilda Gadzik finally got around to taking a formal art class as a resident of Goodwin House, it wasn’t her familiar paintbrush she was told to reach for. Instead, the 87-year-old was handed a pencil.

Alexandria Brief: Cafe To Support Nonprofits

Founders David Clapp and Dave Nicholas of Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) have entered into a partnership with ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation that serves to increase charitable investment in Alexandria.

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Alexandria: ‘Building Better Futures’

Campagna Center receives $25,000 SunTrust grant.

Dan O’Neill, president and CEO of SunTrust Greater Washington/Maryland Division, presented a check for $25,000 on behalf of the SunTrust Foundation to The Campagna Center’s Building Better Futures program for at-risk teens. “Our partnership with The Campagna Center goes back ma

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Alexandria: Hume Springs Park Playground Getting Makeover

In partnership between RunningBrooke and the City of Alexandria Parks and Recreation Department, the Hume Springs Park playground, located at 100 Dale St. in Arlandria, will be transformed.

Mount Vernon: Vanderhye, New Principal at Whitman Middle

With international experience, Vanderhye brings 38 years of education to the job.

With 38 years in education, Roger Vanderhye, 59, of McLean was named new principal July 1 of Whitman Middle School, at 2500 Parkers Lane in Alexandria, replacing former principal Jean Bell.

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Mount Vernon: New Hope Housing Receives ‘Housing First’ Award

New Hope Housing Executive Director Pamela L. Michell accepted the “Housing First” award on Aug. 26 from the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH) on behalf of New Hope Housing at the “Housing Virginia’s Most Vulnerable” conference in Richmond.

Letter: Focus on Governance

Letter to the Editor

It’s time for some Alexandria residents and local politicians to admit we don’t live in a Banana Republic.

Letter: Time to Tack Against the Wind

Letter to the Editor

It is rare to receive a letter complimenting a letter, but that’s what just happened, when I received an email from someone who has lived in Alexandria for 30 years and who understands politics and political consequences better than I.

Letter: Determined Republicans

Letter to the Editor

On the front page of your last issue you describe Republican candidate for Council Van Fleet as the “leading spokesperson for residents of Old Town.”

Letter: Council and Confederacy

Letter to the Editor

As part of Alexandria’s Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, in June, Kim Holien gave a compelling talk about Civil War officers, six Union and six Confederate, for whom some of our west end streets were named; it noted that both sides included thorough rascals.

Letter: Common Sense Gun Measures

Letter to the Editor

Our thoughts and prayers are with state of Virginia and the families, friends, and colleagues of Alison Parker and Adam Ward killed on live television.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Helping Prepare for School

More than 850 Mount Vernon area students from low-income families received new backpacks and school supplies this past week thanks to United Community Ministries’ annual summer Back to School campaign.

Column: Warming to Solar Power


Last week, the State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved an innovative solar program proposed by Dominion Resources, a project that will enhance consumer choices and facilitate clean, renewable energy production for many Virginians.

Alexandria Brief: Portraits To Be Added to The Lyceum

The board of directors of Living Legends of Alexandria is providing a gift of Living Legend portraits to the Office of Historic Alexandria which will be part of its permanent collection.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Body Recovered

A search for a 16-year-old swimmer in the waters of Little Hunting Creek, that began shortly after 8:30 p.m. Aug 26, ended in the recovery of his body shortly after 1 p.m., Aug. 27.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Sept. 4-13

Events near Alexandria, Va.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: Sept. 4-13

Events in Arlington, Va.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: Sept. 4-13

Events near Potomac, Md.

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Centreville Field Hockey Goes 4-0 at Blast ALS Tourney

Wildcats outscore opponents 7-0 at Lake Braddock SS.

The Centreville field hockey team went 4-0 at the Blast ALS tournament.

Mount Vernon Field Hockey Faces Early-Season Challenge

Michelle Diminuco scores twice in win over Stuart.

Moments after the Mount Vernon field hockey team earned its first win of the season, beating Stuart 2-0 on Tuesday, head coach Jessica Edwards shifted focus to four lopsided losses the Majors suffered the previous week.

Alexandria: TC Williams Volleyball Led by First­Year Coach DeSain

Titans reached Conference 7 final last season.

AJ DeSain is in his first season as T.C. Williams volleyball head coach.

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Potomac: Wootton Field Hockey Eyes Another Deep Playoff Run

Patriots have reached region final or beyond three straight years.

The Wootton field hockey team has advanced to the region championship game or beyond in each of the last three seasons. This year, if the Patriots are going to make another deep playoff run, they will have to do so without graduated goal-scoring threat Julia Lee.

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Inexperienced Fairfax Looks to Maintain Postseason Success

Defending region champ has won six straight conference titles.

The Fairfax field hockey team has won six consecutive Conference 6/Liberty District titles.

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West Springfield Winning with Team-Oriented Approach

Spartans beat Robinson at Blast ALS tournament.

After a rough start to the second day of the Blast ALS field hockey tournament at Lake Braddock Secondary School, West Springfield increased its defensive effort and showed what can happen when the Spartans are on the same page.

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Burke: Robinson Finds Early Success Despite Inexperienced Defense

Rams go 2-1-1 during Lake Braddock tournament.

The Robinson field hockey team went 2-1-1 during the Blast ALS tournament.

Lake Braddock Finishes Strong at Blast ALS Tournament

The Lake Braddock field hockey team is off to a 2-3-1 start.

McLean Volleyball Finishes Runner-Up at NVVA Invitational

McLean reached the championship match of the NVVA Invitational.

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Vienna: Oakton Field Hockey Competitive at Lake Braddock Tourney

The Oakton field hockey team finished 1-3 at the Blast ALS tournament.

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Vienna: Oakton Volleyball Wins NVVA Invitational

Cougars sweep five opponents in Sterling tournament.

Oakton went undefeated while winning the NVVA Invitational.

Wednesday, September 2

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Workplace Fitness

Employer-based health and wellness programs are good for business.

It’s Wednesday afternoon and a cohort of George Mason University staff, students and faculty hit the pavement. Clad in attire ranging from running shorts and brightly colored sneakers to neutral walking shoes and business suits, the group takes part in “Who’s Walking Wednesdays,” part of an initiative to get moving for health and wellness.

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Suffragist Memorial in Lorton Will be a ‘Site of Conscience’

Film brings to light torture, abuse suffragists suffered at Occoquan Workhouse.

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association held a viewing of the 2004 film “Iron Jawed Angels” directed by Katja von Garnier on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Gunston Hall in Lorton. The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified on this day 95 years ago in 1920. The date is designated as Women’s Equality Day.

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Community and Military March Over Veterans Bridge in Springfield

Bridge symbolizes partnership between community and military, families.

Central Springfield bustled, not from the usual parade of rush hour traffic forced to stop at each light dotting that sliver of Backlick Road, but from residents, local politicians and military personnel who gathered together in front of the FedEx on Bland Street, across from the new Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Springfield Plaza, for the 14th Annual BridgeWalk across Veterans Bridge on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

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Fairfax: 'Fall for the Book Festival' Returns Sept. 27-Oct. 3.

Book-lovers rejoice; the local treasure “Fall for the Book” is arriving for a week-long stay. This year’s celebration will feature over 150 authors representing a wide-gamut of genres.

Alexandria Brief: Sally Richards Joins SCAN

Sally Richards has accepted the position of SCAN’s director of development and will begin on Sept. 8.

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Burke: Bruin Blast, Kick-off Picnic and More

Lake Braddock Secondary School is ready for the new beginning.

Administrative staff, faculty and students at Lake Braddock Secondary School – home for the Bruins - started returning, as the first day of school is right around the corner.

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Lorton: Capital Area Food Bank Hosts Inaugural Northern Virginia Hunger Action Expo

The numbers tell the story. Over 217,000 people across Northern Virginia are at risk of hunger, including 62,000 children under the age of 18, according to the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB).

Letter: Benefits of Redevelopment

Letter to the Editor

Vernon Miles of the Alexandria Gazette Packet wrote a significant article about redevelopment in Old Town.

Letter: Time for ‘New Blood’

Letter to the Editor

This will reply to the letter in your Aug. 20 edition asking “[w]hat is it about Euille’s candidacy that so concerns the vice mayor’s supporters?”

Letter: Not All Are Opposed

Letter to the Editor

I need to respond to your front page article in the Aug. 27, 2015 Alexandria Gazette Packet "Redeveloping and Reshaping Old Town."

Letter: Voices of Reason

Letter to the Editor

In 1998, I established my residence in Old Town, Alexandria, and have grown to love this charming city, although recently the City Council’s political bickering has challenged my enthusiasm.

Letter: Protect Historic Public Housing

Letter to the Editor

Do Alexandria’s historic districts mean anything? That is the question that City Council will answer Sept. 12 when it decides whether to uphold or overturn the Parker Gray Board of Architectural Review’s unanimous decision to reject the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (ARHA) request to demolish Ramsey Homes on 600 block of North Patrick Street.

Letter: Demand Action For Gun Sense

Letter to the Editor

Virginia is now known as the state where murder is broadcast on live TV. A disgruntled former station employee shot and killed reporter Alison Parker, 24, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, in Moneta.

Letter: Ensure Vibrant Diverse City

Letter to the Editor

Housing affordability is a crisis.

Alexandria Brief: Become 5 Millionth Trolley Rider

The Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) anticipates reaching its milestone of carrying 5 million King Street Trolley riders since the service started in 2008.

Obituary: Ora Lee Mudd Mason

Ora Lee Mudd Mason, 90, of Lorton, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at her home.

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Column: Mystery of a Hitchhiker

Helping a defeated figure in a pretty beach dress and flip-flops.

My mother told me never to pick up hitchhikers. Or maybe she told me never to hitchhike. Probably both. But I did hitchhike twice in a single day, I was desperate, alone and needed help. I was 20 years old.

Centreville/Chantilly: How To Vote; It Matters

Election Day is Nov. 3, and on that day, virtually every state and local office is on the ballot. In-person absentee voting begins Sept. 18, barely two weeks from now.

Chantilly Brief: Woman Dies From Car Crash

A 85-year-old woman who was injured in an Aug. 12 crash died on Sunday, Aug. 16. She has been identified as Nancy Schade, of the Fairfax area.

Letter: Join the Other America

Letter to the Editor

This summer, we have seen a groundswell movement to disrupt the course of our history of racism in America.

Letter: A Path Toward Peace

Letter to the Editor

On June 2012 in a speech at Capitol Hill, the Khalifa of Islam Mirza Masroor Ahmad, worldwide spiritual leader of millions of Ahmadi Muslims stated, “The United States, as the world’s largest power, should play its role in acting with true justice and with such good intentions, as I have described. If it does so then the world will always remember with great admiration your great efforts.”

Money: How Much Have County Board Supervisor Candidates Raised?

The most recent financial filings for candidates in the 2015 race for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors were filed on July 15 for the period from Jan. 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

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Centreville: ‘He Fought with Honor, Dignity’

Sully Police Sgt. Ryan Lindenbaum loses battle with cancer.

Friends, family and the Fairfax County Police Department said goodbye to one of their own this week when Sgt. Ryan Matthew Lindenbaum was laid to rest.

Potomac Brief: Public Hearing Set on Selection of Early Voting Centers

The Montgomery County Board of Elections has scheduled a public hearing to receive testimony from the public about the list of Early Voting Centers for the upcoming presidential election.

Top 10 Reasons to Love Living in Potomac


For the new resident of Potomac, Washington D.C. might seem like a giant maze of numbers and letters, a traffic gridlock defined only by the outer loop and the inner loop and a land of workaholics where 9-5 is unheard of – a day of work begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 8 or 9 p.m.

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Potomac Event Brought in Supplies for the New School Year

More than 1,000 Montgomery County school children began the school year with new backpacks and school supplies thanks to the generosity of some Potomac residents.

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Potomac: Animals Can Help Patients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Animals can help patients with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders heal.

Wearing her long dark hair in pigtails and a backwards baseball cap, Leah Schuman peered curiously over a low fence into a pen of miniature llamas.

Tuesday, September 1

Editorial: How to Vote; It Matters

Voting begins in two weeks, Sept. 18.

Election Day is Nov. 3, and on that day, virtually every state and local office is on the ballot. In-person absentee voting begins Sept. 18, barely two weeks from now.

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Potomac: First Day of School

Montgomery County Public Schools welcomed more than 156,000 students for the first day of the 2015–2016 school year on Monday, Aug. 31, the largest enrollment in the district’s history.

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Potomac Snapshot: Bus Collision on First Day

Two school buses with students from Churchill High School collided at Glen Road and Falls Road, at 7:58 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31. The students were released to parents or placed on another bus to continue to school. No student needed to be taken to the hospital, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services.

Arlington: How to Vote; It Matters

Voting begins in two weeks, Sept. 18.

Election Day is Nov. 3, and on that day, virtually every state and local office is on the ballot.

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Arlington Independent Media Expanding to Radio

After decades of offering locally based and created television content, Arlington Independent Media is extending its reach to radio.

Paul LaValley is astonished and happy to be wrong in his assumption.

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Arlington: Trooper Jacqueline Vernon Remembered

I-395 Bridge named in memory of her.

To those driving on Interstate 395 over South Glebe Road, “Trooper Jacqueline Vernon Memorial Bridge” might seem like just another name.

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Arlington: Students at Gunston Middle Learn Life Skills

Elective wheel exposes students to variety of courses.

Handbooks are ready, supplies have been ordered and teachers have been getting acquainted with their new classrooms.

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Tournament and Nature Walk for Reston National

Rescue Reston plans Oct. 5 events on the golf course to raise money and awareness.

Ed Hass knows where the foxes keep their dens along the Reston National Golf Course. He found an occupied den this spring, and when the kits were born he took more than 100 photos.

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Reston Restaurants Rearrange

Several Reston restaurants undergo renovations, new businesses come to town.

With summer ending, business will be back to usual once schools return to session. There will be some changes to the dining selection, including the anticipated arrival of the restaurant Red’s Table.

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Metro Needs an Overhaul

Problems shake confidence of WMATA Metro.

Traffic is almost always hectic in Northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C. suburbs. It may have been no surprise according to a nationwide traffic study, Washington, D.C., obtained the honor of worst rush hour congestion in the country.

Reston: South Lakes Volleyball Finishes Fourth at NVVA Invitational

The South Lakes volleyball team has two star hitters, a new head coach and some lofty goals. On Saturday, that combination earned fourth place at the NVVA Invitational.

Citing Student Mental Health as a Priority

New student representative on School Board shares focus of his predecessor.

Dressed in a suit and tie to a casual meeting at Ted’s Bulletin, it’s not hard to tell that Ben Press, a rising senior at James Madison High School, is no ordinary teenager.

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McLean: Middle Eastern Food Festival Returns for Labor Day Weekend

Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek Catholic Church in McLean hosts food and fun for families.

Labor Day weekend marks the “unofficial” end of summer and launches the football season.

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McLean: Inspiring Students to Speak Up

McLean High students work with the Longfellow Middle School’s debate team and D.C.’s Stanton Elementary to improve students’ public speaking skills.

Public speaking: these two words strike fear in almost anyone, whether 6 years old or 60. McLean High School senior Michelle Ma tackles this fear one child at a time through “The Speak Up Initiative.”

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Appreciating Customers in Great Falls

Jenni Rokni has been to all of the nail salons in Great Falls and claims that Great Falls Nails and Spa on Walker Road is her favorite.

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Fairfax County: Historic Sites - Resident Curators?

In exchange for rehabilitating the property, the curator gains use of the property and pays no rent.

The Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation in January 2011 to ensure that local jurisdictions establish a Resident Curator Project.