Stories for April 2016

Stories for April 2016


Thursday, April 28

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Burke: April 2016 Neighborhood Development Outlook Update

Burke Junction: Guinea Road and Zion Drive area. The site plan for a development of 17 single-family homes has been approved and the developer expects to start clear land at the end of April.

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Fairfax Station, Lorton, Clifton: April 2016 Neighborhood Development Outlook Update

Ox Road Estates around Adare Drive: An infill project of ten single-family homes is under construction.

Springfield: April Neighborhood Development Outlook Update

The Bonefish Grille parking lot area has been approved by the Lee District land use committee and Fairfax County planning commission for construction of several new mixed use structures: Ground level would be retail with residential above.

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Mount Vernon: Projects Reshaping the Area

Include commercial, residential and historic.

The Huntington Club Condominium Association is reviewing developer bids for a new mixed-use project that would include 1,200 to 1,800 housing units, 600,000 to 1 million square-feet of office space and 127,000 square-feet of retail space.

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Springfield: Meeting ‘Bomb Squad’ at St. Bernadette

On Friday, April 22, a group of second- and seventh-grade students gathered in the gym at St. Bernadette School in Springfield to hear from guest speakers Christopher Bonneau and Chris Pares, who are explosive ordinance disposal technicians at Joint Base Andrews.

GOP Women of Clifton to Hosts Author Peter Pollak

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) welcomes Peter G. Pollak, author of five thrillers, to present at its May meeting. The event will take place Wednesday, May 18, at Fairview Elementary School, 5815 Ox Road, Fairfax Station.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax.

Fairfax: Jewish Community Center to Host Holocaust Remembrance Program

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington will be leading community-wide Holocaust Observances for suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia on Sunday, May 1.

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Mount Vernon: Burgundy School Celebrates 70th Anniversary on Earth Day

Sickles and Burgundy alum Krizek read proclamation.

Clumps of students, from kindergarteners to eighth-graders, gradually emerged from the woods to fill up a scenic outdoor amphitheater that serves as the Burgundy Farm Country Day School’s assembly hall. They gathered on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and the school’s 70th anniversary.

Mount Vernon: Woman Charged with Murder

Fairfax County Police have charged Jessica R. Deneal-Whalen, 27, of Alexandria with second-degree murder of 51-year-old Raymond A. White, of no fixed address.

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Burke and Fairfax: Young Artist with Autism Shows Work at Our Daily Bread’s “Artful Living”

“HERE MY WORK IS YELLING AT THE STONE INSIDE THAT REFUSES TO LEAVE MY SOUL AND BODY IN PEACE.” Those are 16-year-old Fairfax resident Ben Breaux’s words that accompanied his mixed-media painting “The Kidney Stone” at the April 23 juried art contest and Our Daily Bread fundraiser “Artful Living.”

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Burke: Old Burke Post Office Being Relocated to Silas Burke House Property

The old Burke Post Office will be joining fellow historic landmark the Silas Burke House on the top of the hill on Burke Lake Road. The first phase of the move took place Saturday morning, April 23, when the old structure was mounted on a flatbed truck and relocated to a site across from the Burke Centre Library for temporary storage.

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Lorton: No Suspects Named in Ongoing River Drive Homicide Investigation

Over six weeks since Johan De Leede, 83, was shot to death in his home on the 6000 block of River Drive in the Mason Neck area, Fairfax County Police have yet to name any suspects in the homicide.

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Fairfax Station: Fourth annual Fragile X walk raises $55,000 for molecular bank for research

Jimi Grande of Fairfax Station may never get to teach his ten-year-old son Jimmo to throw a baseball. Jimmo was born with effects from an inherited genetic mutation called Fragile X that can cause moderate to severe mental impairment and learning disabilities, and is linked to autism spectrum disorder.

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Fairfax High Principal Sees ‘Glory Days’

Fairfax High School Principal Dave Goldfarb told the City of Fairfax School Board on April 4 that Fairfax High School (FHS) is in a “period of glory days.”

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‘Great Performances’ Continue at Mason

Center for the Arts announces next season’s ‘Great Performances.’

Once again, George Mason University Center for the Arts will dazzle audiences with a wide array of celebrated artists from around the world with its upcoming 2016-17 “Great Performances” series.

Fairfax High Presents ‘The Wedding Singer.’

Songs, dances, humor and a love story

Featuring a cast and crew of 63, Fairfax High presents the romantic comedy, “The Wedding Singer,” in the school theater. Based on the movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, it’s about wedding singer Robbie Hart, whose bride left him at the altar, and his new love, Julia, who’s engaged to someone else.

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Derby-Q is May 7 in the City of Fairfax

Barbecue, blues music, bourbon and beer – it’s all part of the City of Fairfax’s annual Derby-Q festival. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, from 2-7 p.m. in Old Town Square, at the corner of University Drive and North Street in downtown Fairfax.

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Fairfax Civil War Day Is this Saturday

A significant chapter in American history will come to life this Saturday, April 30, during the 16th annual Fairfax Civil War Day. It is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax.

Fairfax Academy to Host 10th Annual MCT Fest

This year marks the 10th anniversary of MCT Fest at Fairfax Academy for Communication and the Arts, a showcase of original work by academy students.

Letter: Bulova Leads Progress Toward Springfield Senior Center

On April 13, 2016, Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova chaired a working group meeting that laid the foundation for concrete progress toward building a permanent facility for a senior center in Springfield District, the only district without a permanent senior center in Fairfax County.

Burke and Springfield: Area Roundups

Area happenings in Burke and Springfield

Burke and Fairfax Station: Mother’s Day Marketplace in Fairfax Station

The event is sponsored by the new ridesharing company for women, SafeHer - Driving women towards safety.

Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 20

Fairfax county invites residents, employers to participate in bike to work day.

Burke Author Releases a New Novel

Agatha Award nominee, Sherry Harris has released “All Murders Final!” -- the third book in her Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series.

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Burke: White Oaks Elementary Fourth-Graders Head Odyssey of the Mind Finals

Minah Sisco, Emma Hrabak, Katelyn Sullivan, Virginia Fife, Kasey Petrie, and Reira Erickson, fourth-graders at White Oaks Elementary in Burke, are headed to the World Finals for Odyssey of the Mind in Ames, Iowa on May 25.

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Burke: Robinson Drama Presents ‘Into the Woods’

Rambunctious cast breaks a witch’s spell in dark musical.

At first glance, it seems “Be careful what you wish for” is a lesson taught by local high school students as they take their audience “Into the Woods” for two consecutive weekends May 6-14 at the Russell Theater in Robinson Secondary School.

Reston: Volunteers Needed for Fine Arts Festival

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities for the 25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

Call for Candidates for RCA Board

Reston Citizens Association (RCA) announced elections between May 20 and June 20 for four district seats on its board of directors.

Letter: The Money Train

To the Editor

This year, however, LANK is displaying the names of its families making these cash donations on a large sign outside the preschool.

Letter: Clean Energy Creates New Opportunities

To the Editor

This Earth Day, April 22, the United States signed the Paris Agreement, which required unprecedented international cooperation to address climate change by reducing carbon pollution. Even before the agreement is formally signed, countries have been taking action by investing in clean, renewable energy - a necessary step to meet commitments of carbon reduction.

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Reston Outlook: Open Space Forever

Rescue Reston and all involved Restonians honored Sunday for fighting to preserve Reston National Golf Course.

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly told the Speaker of the House about Rescue Reston, Reston citizens and Robert E. Simon Jr. and his vision.

Commentary: Reconvened Session—2016

The Library of Virginia has an informative new exhibit “First Freedom” that includes documents on the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom penned by Thomas Jefferson and passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 1786.

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Reston: Easing Prom Pressure

Prom dress giveaway takes pressure off teens’, parents’ wallets.

It’s a night filled with anticipation. But it can cost almost one month’s rent. It’s prom night.

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Herndon: History Revisited at Frying Pan Park

Herndon park hosts Civil War Presentation, Spring Farm Day.

More than 80 persons traveled to Herndon’s Frying Pan Farm Park to attend a presentation related to the history of the American Civil War.

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Herndon: Nysmith School Sixth Graders Win Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind

Sixth-graders from the Nysmith School for the Gifted in Herndon won the Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind Division II, Technical Problem on Saturday, April 16 in Newport News, Va.

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Herndon: Studying Culture and Foreign Language at Fox Mill Elementary

Fox Mill Elementary School fifth-grader and Japanese Immersion (J.I.) student Rylee Gustafson began studying the language when she was very young.

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Herndon Outlook: What Comes Next?

Land development and construction in Herndon.

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Spring Abounds in Vienna

Spring in Vienna

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

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Vienna Celebrates Arbor Day, Plants Trees

The oldest tree in the Town of Vienna is believed to be a 350-year-old white oak on Marjorie Lane.

Vienna: American Legion Honors Officer Tremont

On Wednesday, April 6, the American Legion Post 180 in Vienna held its annual ceremony and banquet dinner to honor the 2015 Town of Vienna Police Officer of the Year.

Letter: Call to Protect Grizzly Bears

To the Editor

Recently, several bears have been sighted in the Vienna/Oakton area. In Virginia we’re fortunate to share our wild back yards with our wild neighbors.

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It All Started in Vienna

Sam Ludwig making it big on professional stage.

Sam Ludwig is an award winning professional actor who has not forgotten his Vienna, Va. roots.

Vienna Arts Society Hosts Debut ‘Planet Art for Kids’ Workshop

Participants will create mobiles from repurposed natural and manmade materials

The Vienna Arts Society (VAS) has scheduled its first, “Planet Art for Kids” event in celebration of Earth Day, Saturday, April 30 at the VAS center on Pleasant Street, Vienna.

Vienna: Sgt. Farhan Receives M. Jane Seeman ‘Service Above Self’ Award

On April 13, 2016 Sergeant Tu Farhan received the 2015 Rotary Club of Vienna, Rotarian M. Jane Seeman “Service Above Self” Award.

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McLean: Culinary Cultures Explored

Profile: Bertrand Chemel, executive chef, 2941 and Pizzeria Orso in Falls Church.

Whether you crave a whole Neapolitan pizza from Pizzeria Orso or an upscale dish with house-made fresh potato gnocchi from 2941, you must thank the mastermind—and master chef—behind these very diverse Falls Church restaurants.

McLean: Walkway Completed on Traffic Island at Spring Hill and Lewinsville Roads

On April 21, Supervisor John Foust, County Park Authority staff, and representatives from Dominion Virginia Power and the Lewinsville Coalition, celebrated the recent completion of a walkway across the traffic island located at the intersection of Spring Hill Road and Lewinsville Road.

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McLean Trees Foundation Celebrates Arbor Day with Plantings of New Trees In McLean

In recognition of Arbor Day and the numerous benefits that trees give to the community, the McLean Trees Foundation (MTF) donated and planted three Redbud trees in Lewinsville Park and two White Oak trees in Churchill Road Park with the help of ten volunteers.

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McLean’s Bensten Schone Receives Victory Award from MedStar

A little more than a year ago a devastating sledding accident put McLean native Bensten Schone in a coma—the result of a serious traumatic brain injury.

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McLean Outlook: Saving Trees While Building Houses

Developers at the third annual McLean Tree Forum surprised some audience members with their appreciation for trees.

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McLean Resident Inducted in U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame officially inducted the Class of 2015 in Aspen, Colorado on Saturday, April 9.

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McLean: They Serve, Too – Gala Benefits Children of Military Personnel

When a military parent is deployed, things change for the family left to wait. Sometimes it’s financial, especially for the families of National Guard and Reserve service members.

Wednesday, April 27

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Great Falls Girl Wins Miss Teen Virginia

Elisabetta Cantatore, 19, beats out 700 applicants; will compete in nationals.

Elisabetta Cantatore, 19, of Great Falls was named Miss Teen Virginia on Sunday, April 3 in Richmond, beating out 700 teen applicants from across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and 122 girls at the pageant itself.

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Great Falls: Spring Fashion Show for Scholarships

Event is fundraiser for Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Club.

More than 200 people attended the 2016 Spring Fashion Show on Sunday, April 24 at Bloomingdale's Tysons Corner Center in McLean as a fundraiser for the Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund.

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Great Falls Boy Scout Troop 55 Leader Recognized as a Rising Star

Jeff Ye, community service coordinator for Boy Scout Troop 55, was selected and recognized as the “Rising Star” at the Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards on April 8.

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Photo Exhibit Celebrates National Parks, Great Falls

“So Many Parks – So Little Time - Celebrating our National Parks’ Centennial” an exhibit of photography capturing iconic as well as unusual scenes from our National Parks throughout the U.S.

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Great Falls: What's Coming?

In the pipeline for Great Falls …

Several times a year, the Connection will map coming land use issues; to let us know about projects we’re missing, email

Great Falls: Farmers Market Returns Saturday

Great Falls Farmers Market to celebrate 10th anniversary with “farmers market basket.”

The years have passed in quiet footsteps of vendors and local neighbors coming and going, loving and appreciating, doing finest work and choosing only the finest for our loving families’ nourishment and refinement.

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Great Falls: Betty Nalls Swartz Honored at Tibbetts Award Banquet

Former award winners, Great Falls Historical Society (GFHS) board and members and many friends of Betty Swartz gathered last Thursday to participate in celebrating Betty's many contributions.

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Bear-ing Witness on What Makes Great Falls Great

Lions and tigers, maybe not. But bears we got.

Yes, Virginia, there are bears in Great Falls.

Pen & Palette Illustrates Artistic Community Collaboration

On Thursday, May 5, the Great Falls Writers Group ​(GFWG), along with artists from the Great Falls Studios, combine creative energy to host a public event at the Great Falls Library to recognize the community’s volume of artistic talent.

Celebrating Spring with Arts in Great Falls

Art Walk in the Village: First Fridays will kick off on Friday, May 6, 2016 in the Village Center in Great Falls.

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State of the County Presented Over Breakfast

Leadership Fairfax hosts 25th Annual Board of Supervisors State of the County Breakfast and presents Hanley Award to Bill Bouie for Public Service.

With the number and types of commitments made on their daily schedules, it takes a special occasion to gather the entire roster of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in one place at one time outside the walls of their meeting chambers.

Preparing for Summer Camp Away

Many emotions arise when a child leaves for camp.

A child’s first residential summer camp experience can be fraught with emotions that run the gamut from excitement to terror.

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Academic Camps Combine Education and Fun

Local camps help students maintain school skills in a relaxed environment.

One summer Ana Lado created a summer camp activity for students at her neighborhood pool. The Marymount professor set up a picnic area, and included activities and books. Her plan was to engage the students and give them the opportunity to read and build reading skills while still enjoying fun activities traditionally associated with summer.

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From Colonial History to Future Entrepreneurs

Campers can explore diverse interests in specialty summer camps.

This summer dozens of elementary school-aged children will travel back in time to the Colonial Era where, among other things, they’ll learn to spin cotton into cloth for garments.

Editorial: More Voters Might Not Mean Much More Voting

Governor’s action brings Virginia in line with 39 other states.

Last week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) restored the voting and civil rights of more than 200,000 Virginians who were convicted of felonies, served their time and completed any supervised release, parole or probation requirements.

Mount Vernon Letter: Farewell To Mia

Letter to the Editor

This week, I want to take a step back from discussions of civic issues to remember my dog Mia who passed away on April 18, 2016. Mia graced the front page of the July 23, 2015 Pet Gazette, perhaps given that honor because she was the oldest dog whose photo was submitted.

Mount Vernon Letter: A Necessary Inconvenience

Letter to the Editor

As another resident of Stratford Landing who is being temporarily inconvenienced by the current repaving operation, I wish to enter my approval for the operation.

Mount Vernon Letter: Morrogh Must Explain

Letter to the Editor

On Aug. 29, 2013, then Fairfax County police officer Adam D. Torres, without justification or provocation, shot and killed unarmed John B. Geer.

Mount Vernon Letter: Repave Before Severe Damage

Letter to the Editor

In the April 21 Gazette, Mr. Spiegel asserted his position being unconvinced that the repaving of his street was essential.

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Alexandria Column: Supporting Verizon Strikers


Sunday, May 1 is May Day, where we recognize the accomplishments of organized labor. On this day the precursor to the AFL-CIO proclaimed, “Eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”

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Notes From The Producer: Origin of a Song

As a producer of plays I find the playwright’s inspiration for a play to be fascinating.

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Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Crisis

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course hosted by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to offer citizens a better understanding of how the department works. Throughout the course, participants sit in on emergency calls and ride along with police officers on patrol. In the sixth week of the course, citizens learned more about how the Alexandria Police react to crisis situations, including hostage situations and riot control.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Gala

At the 30th Anniversary Spring Gala of the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria were seven scholarship winners, all students of the International Academy at T. C. Williams High School, from left, Daniel Villarroel, Jesusina Abankwa, Isha Rashida Sankoh, Eyosias Agonafer, Subinuer Aikebaier, Nada Elhawary and Melak Alradhi.

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Alexandria Snapshot: ‘Live Big’

With a musical session and a baseball game, the Miracle League Program and several Alexandria institutions came together to celebrate the unveiling of a mural encouraging Alexandrians to “Live Big.”

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Alexandria: Food Trucks Cook Up Trouble in Old Town North

Parking and Transportation Board approves food trucks at Metro sites, but not in Old Town.

Food trucks took three steps into Alexandria following a City Council meeting on April 16, but an April 25 Parking and Transportation Board hearing may have set them two steps back.

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Snapshot: Second Chances

Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the State of Virginia, outlines the state’s recent legislation addressing the problems and challenges of prisoners.

Alexandria Snapshot: Official Sock Burning

The Commodore of the Old Dominion Boat Club, Bill Gard, presents a pink sock to Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg, to toss into a fire pit. The sock burning is the celebration of the beginning of the boating season.

Alexandria Letter: Rational Spending

Letter to the Editor

I want to thank Mayor Allison Silberberg for her April 21 reflection [“Decision Time on City Budget Deliberations”] on the city's upcoming budget decisions. She continues to live up to her reputation as "A Voice of Reason" as her campaign claimed.

Alexandria Letter: Airport Noise – City Approved?

Letter to the Editor

My wife and I just returned after four months in Arizona. We live in Old Town just two blocks from the river.

Alexandria Letter: Rental Rates Cheat Taxpayers

Letter to the Editor

The article in the Gazette Packet last week [“Battle at Torpedo Factory”] fails to highlight the problem that the City of Alexandria has been giving the Art League an extraordinary deal on the rent of the building over the past 40 years.

Alexandria Letter: Correct History

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to comment on the article about the latest meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names (“Civil War Still Reverberates,” April 14). There were some misinterpretations of history in the article that need to be corrected.

Alexandria Letter: Making Mockery of Historic Easement

Letter to the Editor

I have fond memories of growing up in an historic home with a lovely garden on South Lee Street. My mother loved the large garden with its beautiful magnolia tree and the birds that frequented her feeders.

Alexandria Letter: What’s the Plan For Torpedo Factory?

Letter to the Editor

Are we seeing only the tip of the iceberg in news accounts about the long-festering friction over the Torpedo Factory’s future? Does behind what we see lurk some ulterior agenda, albeit disguised in consultants’ reports and other smoke screens? The Torpedo Factory controversy is not just about artists versus accountants, but really about Alexandria’s soul.

Alexandria: Champions of Change

Community leaders to be honored at Philanthropy Summit

When Bill Butcher opened Port City Brewery in 2011, not only was he committed to producing a quality craft beer, he also made it a goal to use his time and resources to improve the lives of others in his hometown. On May 3, Butcher will be among those honored for his philanthropic contributions to the community at the 18th annual Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit.

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Alexandria: Rowing Across the Atlantic

Couple bids farewell to Alexandria.

Alexandria residents James Caple and Cindy Way gathered with family and friends April 16 at the Old Dominion Boat Club to christen a specially designed boat that the couple plans to row across the Atlantic Ocean later next month.

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GW Parkway Classic: ‘Moving’ Experience

Runners came from near and far to support causes and each other.

They came from as far away as Cali, Colombia and Bristol, England.

Alexandria Column: Taking Steps To End Gun Violence


On April 7, I was pleased to be back in Alexandria, the city I love, to stand with Governor McAuliffe at City Hall as he vetoed three bills that will prevent gun violence and protect victims and survivors of domestic violence in the Commonwealth.

Alexandria History: Ceremony Honors Firefighters

Who died in pursuit of John Wilkes Booth.

A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, April 24, honoring the soldiers and firefighters who perished the night of April 23, 1865 during the collision of the steamship Massachusetts and the canal barge Black Diamond.

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Alexandria: SSSAS Girls’ Lax Eager for Rematch with Bishop Ireton

Successful Saints lost to BI in last two VISAA state finals.

The St. Stephen's & St. Agnes girls' lacrosse team is 15-1.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Bats Come Alive in Win Over Woodson

Wolverines pound nine extra-base hits against Cavaliers.

The West Potomac baseball team defeated Woodson 7-2 on Tuesday.

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3 Alexandria Farmer’s Market Finds for Spring

Alexandria has plethora of market options throughout the year.

The dawn of spring brings lots of vendors back to Alexandria’s farmer’s markets. Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, the short-but-sweet ramp season — it’s always a feast for the senses this time of year. Here are three area vendors to pay particular attention to.

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Responding to Teen Sex Trafficking

Comprehensive approach seeks to educate teens.

In 2012 Fairfax County Detective William Woolf discovered a 16-year-old girl being prostituted by the M-16 gang. At the time there was little recognition that the problem existed locally. The girl was recovered and since then Woolf has interviewed 300 recovered victims, some as young as 12-years old. After the initial shock, Northern Virginia businesses, faith communities and educational groups sought to understand the extent of the problem.

WFCWC Hosts Human Trafficking Discussion


The Western Fairfax County Women’s Club (WFCWC) hosted a meeting April 18 on “Human Trafficking in Northern Virginia.” Deepa Patel, executive director of Trauma and Hope in Springfield, is a licensed clinical social worker certifiably specialized as a sex offender treatment provider.

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Centreville Robotics Seeks Support

Centreville Robotics has an opportunity to compete at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo. at the end of April.

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Centreville: National Recognition For Deepwood Vet Clinic

Deepwood Veterinary Clinic owner Dr. Wanda Pool and technician Pamela Meade, were awarded two Macbook Pro laptops on April 14 for their winning entry into the “Saluting the Frontlines” program sponsored by Merial Pharmaceutical Company.

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Centreville Snapshot: Pinewood Derby Winners

Sully District Boy Scouts of America held its annual Cub Scout Pinewood Derby at Liberty Middle School. More than 130 Cub Scouts participated in the event, with more than 300 spectators. Above are John Ferguson, the Pinewood Derby chairman and Cubmaster of Pack 2011; Webelos I Cub Scout Zachary Poole - 2nd Place; Tiger Cub Scout Grant Zodrozny - 4th Place; Bear Cub Scout Max Warren - 3rd Place; Webelos II Cub Scout Jake Witte - 5th Place; and Wolf Cub Scout AJ Sexton - Sully District Champion.

Centreville: Death Ruled as Homicide

On Sunday, April 24, at approximately 4:24 p.m., patrol officers from the Sully District Station were called to a residence in the 5600 block of Gresham Lane for a report of an unresponsive adult male.

Fatal Crash in Centreville

Next of kin has been notified and the driver killed in an April 21 fatal crash has been identified as Herson Alexis Molina of Manassas Park.

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Centreville High: Action, Swordfights and Tech Surprises

Centreville High presents “The Three Musketeers.”

Featuring a cast of 34 and a crew of 12, Centreville High’s dramedy, “The Three Musketeers,” is all set to burst upon the stage.

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Potential Development of Dulles Suburban Center

A study to determine this land’s future is currently underway.

It’s been 23 years since the Dulles Suburban Center had a thorough review. But all that’s about to change, as a study has just began to document what’s there now and review recommendations for potential land-use changes and development in the future.

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Chantilly: ‘Comedy with a Lot of Heart’

Chantilly High presents “The Man Who Came to Dinner.”

There’ll be laughs galore when Chantilly High presents the comedy, “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” It’s the school’s Cappies show and contains a cast and crew of 52.

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Potomac: ‘Sam’s Backyard Carnival’ Benefits Colon Cancer Alliance

Joining in a mom’s battle.

Seventh-grader Sam Benaim didn’t know a lot about colon cancer until his mom, Michelle was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Life as the family had previously known it totally changed to focus on supporting Michelle Benaim in her fight.

Potomac Village Deli Opens in the Kentlands

Authentic Jewish-style deli returns but in new site.

“We’re back,” said Potomac Village Deli owner Adam Greenberg.

Potomac Neighborhood Outlook: High Rent Limits Business Choices

A recent reopening of a Potomac restaurant in a location outside of Potomac Village is a sign of the local business climate, says real estate expert David D. Freishtat. Potomac Village Deli is now operating in Kentlands Market Square. The move comes with a lower rent and enables the deli to serve the same clientele.

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Potomac Snapshot: Primary Elections

Signs line the way to the polls for the Republican and Democratic primary elections at the River Falls Clubhouse.

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Potomac: Community Gathers to Dedicate Potomac Adaptive Sports Court

The transformation was officially recognized on Sunday, April 24. A former unused roller hockey rink at the Potomac Community Center has become the Potomac Adaptive Sports Court.

Tuesday, April 26

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Arlington Neighborhood Outlook: Along the Corridor

New retail and commercial spaces fill Rosslyn and Ballston.

Indoor-outdoor dining is the new trend, according to Rosslyn BID President Mary-Claire Burick.

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Arlington County Board Passes Budget Mostly as Proposed

Affordable Housing Investment Fund gets boost from 2016 leftovers.

Between the County Manager Mark Schwartz’s budget proposal in February and the final adoption on April 19, little had changed.

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Arlington: Panel Discusses Reinstatement of Virginia Parole

U.S. tops world incarceration rates.

Al Schuman says "three strikes and you're out," instituted in 1995, was one of the biggest mistakes of the country. Twenty years ago, the Commonwealth adopted legislation to abolish discretionary parole and adopted the Truth-in-Sentencing (TIS), which required offenders to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences.

Arlington: County Honors Master Gardener

Judy Funderburk, a volunteer who has logged more than 6,000 hours of service to the community, much of it nurturing the Glencarlyn Library Community Garden, is Arlington County’s 2015 Bill Thomas Outstanding Park Service Volunteer Award winner.

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Arlington: Resolve to Run Raises $11,500 for Emergency Needs

George Washington Parkway Classic effort proves successful.

Arlington Thrive was one of the many local safety net groups represented at the George Washington Parkway Classic race on Sunday April 24.

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Arlington Snapshot: Fiesta-Val Music Festival

Yorktown Chamber Choir Wins Superior First Place at the Fiesta-Val Music Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. on April 22.

Arlington Column: Veto Session Keeps Virginia in Mainstream

Every April, the General Assembly returns to Richmond for a one-day “veto session.” This is when we vote on Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to bills — and his vetoes of bills — that passed during our regular winter session. We accept or reject the amendments, and sustain or override the vetoes; then, as citizen legislators, we return to our communities. For the rest of the year, much of our

Arlington: Founder of Women’s Group Awed by Growth of Her ‘Squad’

Ever-growing network of friends.

When Arlington resident Jessica Lehman first moved to the D.C.-metropolitan area from New Orleans last fall, she never expected that making friends would be a challenge. Having spent nearly 10 years in the perhaps friendlier state of Louisiana, Lehman said she never had trouble finding female peers to bond with. Where college, law school and even rigorous law firm life didn’t pose challenges to amassing friends, her move last year to Arlington surprisingly did.

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Centreville Girls' Lax: New Coach, New Stars, Same Results

Murphy scores 7 goals in win over Chantilly on Monday.

Centreville defeated Chantilly 15-5 on Monday.

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Potomac: Churchill Boys’ Lax Passes Test Against Rival

Bulldogs remain undefeated, focused on winning state title.

The Churchill boys' lacrosse team is off to a 10-0 start.

Monday, April 25

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Fairfax County: Chief Investigating Cyberbullying of Dead Female Firefighter

Search for Nicole Mittendorff called off after police “preliminarily identify” female remains, find suicide note found in her abandoned vehicle.

The search for Nicole Mittendorff, a paramedic-firefighter based at Fire Station 32 in Fairfax Station, has been suspended, a release from Virginia State Police said on Thursday, April 21.

Saturday, April 23

Burke: Lake Braddock Student Dies after Being Found Unresponsive in Bathroom

Sixteen-year-old Brenda Carina Soto of Burke was found unresponsive in a bathroom at Lake Braddock Secondary School on Wednesday, April 20, just before 6 p.m.

Friday, April 22

Herndon and Reston Weekend

Weekend fun.

Weekend Fun

Weekend fun.

Mount Vernon: Embark Richmond Highway Community Meeting Set for May 9

“Embark Richmond Highway” is the long-term project for expanding and diversifying transportation and development along the Richmond Highway Corridor. It resulted from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) study of Route 1 transportation needs, the recommendations from which Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed 11 months ago.

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A Look Inside the Transformation of Lorton Reformatory into Liberty Crest

Imagine living in a former prison cell, or kitchen, or administration building. Doing laundry where others once did time. The wait is down to about a year, when The Alexander Company out of Madison, Wis. and McLean-based Elm Street plan to deliver 165 new apartments as part of Phase I of Liberty Crest, a mixed-use redevelopment of the Lorton Reformatory.

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Fairfax Station: Fourth Fragile X Walk Scheduled for April 24

Since their first fundraising walk, the Northern Virginia Fragile X Family group has raised more than $130,000 for research into Fragile X, an inherited genetic mutation that can cause mental impairment ranging from moderate to severe learning disabilities and linked to Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Clifton and Fairfax Station: Garden Club Member Receives Award of Honor

At a recent award ceremony at George Washington’s River Farm in Alexandria, Dominion Valley Garden Club member Millicent “Millie” Rever of Fairfax Station received the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Award of Honor.

Thursday, April 21

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Alexandria: Cancer Survivor Hosts Karaoke Fundraising Event

Lisa Gray of the Hayfield Farms area of Alexandria, a 16-year cancer survivor, hosted her second “Karaoke for the Cure” fundraising event at Lucky’s Sports Theatre & Grill on April 12.

Removing a Barrier to Pomp and Circumstance

Gowns for Grads program at George Mason provides regalia for needy graduates.

When Muntaha Choudhary walks across the stage during George Mason University’s graduation ceremony this May she will celebrate not only her bachelor’s degree, which has been eight years in the making, but also the fact that she is the first person in her family to graduate from college.

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Fairfax County: Supervisors Approve 4-Cent Tax Rate Increase

The gap between the Fairfax County School Board and total county budgets is a formality away from being the smallest since before Jan. 7 when FCPS Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza announced she wouldn’t be making any additional cuts in her $2.67 billion Fiscal Year 2017 budget.

Burke & Fairfax: 5K Fundraiser to Honor Robinson Grad RJ Hess

First Lt. Robert Joseph “R.J.” Hess of Fairfax graduated from Robinson Secondary School in 2005 and Old Dominion University and the University of Virginia’s Army ROTC program in 2010. He was killed in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan on April 23, 2013.

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Springfield: Rising Stars in Teaching

DKG honors novice teachers.

The Beta Delta Chapter of DKG Society International awarded scholarships to novice teachers in Fairfax County and Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 17 in Springfield.

Fairfax: Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax

Fairfax Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking a 15-Year-Old Girl

Derek Leon Mantilla, 21, formerly of Fairfax, pleaded guilty yesterday to sex trafficking of minor.

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Fairfax: Fighting Poverty, One Story at a Time

When Leroy became homeless because of his addiction, he slept in cars and old buildings.

Fairfax: Artful Living Event to Benefit Families in Need

Fairfax-based nonprofit Our Daily Bread (ODB) invites the public to attend a special evening of art, wine and strengthening community in association with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival to benefit the families it serves in the Fairfax County area who are working toward financial self-sufficiency.

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Mount Vernon: Marking Placement of Final Beam

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital CEO Deborah Addo joined other guests, donors, hospital employees and community members April 19 to sign the final steel beam going into the new Veatch Family Emergency Department.

Mount Vernon Letter: Unconvinced On Re-paving

Letter to the Editor

In the April 7 Gazette, my letter was published in which I disagreed with the re-paving of the streets in my neighborhood, stating that it did not appear to be essential at this time and that the money could be better spent on other transportation infrastructure.

Mount Vernon Column: Celebrating Earth Day


This Friday, April 22, is Earth Day. It is a day to inspire and motivate ourselves to action to do our part to protect the environment. It is a time to provide an act of service to the planet. It is a day to celebrate nature.

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Fairfax: Search and Rescue Team Comes to OLLI

On Friday, April 15, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at George Mason University was visited by a team from the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue team. Lt. Scott Schermerhorn led this informative session, but OLLI members were more enchanted by K-9 team member Angus, a black lab.

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Cappies Review: ‘Solid, Time-Tested Piece of Theatre’

Two gamblers, a night club performer with a perpetual cold, and a Christian mission leader longing for the perfect love walk into a … no this isn't the setup for a bad joke. While the plot of Frank Loesser's “Guys and Dolls” may seem a little bizarre at first, the show has remained a treasure of the American theatre since it first opened in 1950. Mount Vernon High School sought to remind us all why this show is so loved, and they were quite successful.

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Alexandria: City Council OKs Improvements

In an update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, the City Council approved on April 16 some major extensions and renovations to four miles of new sidewalks and 88 miles of bicycle improvements.

PVI's Scott Allen named Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

Scott Allen, the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, has been selected as the 2015-16 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

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Alexandria: Management Misfiring at Torpedo Factory?

Torpedo Factory hangs in balance between artistic enclave and commercial asset.

Everyone seems to be in agreement: the Torpedo Factory is one of the star attractions of Old Town Alexandria.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Higher Power

Power outage along Duke Street on Tuesday, April 19 interrupted Shiloh Baptist Church’s service, so Pastor Taft Quincey Heatley organized his congregation and the visiting worshippers from Arlington’s Macedonia Baptist Church to take the service into the adjacent parking lot. “We came to worship, so that’s what we’re going to do,” said Heatley. “The church is not the building, it’s the people.”

Mayor Scott Silverthorne Running for Re-election.

‘My Experience Qualifies Me as the Best Candidate’

Having served 18 consecutive years on the Fairfax City Council and now completing his fourth year as mayor, Scott Silverthorne definitely has a handle on the city and its issues.

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Inside Alexandria Police Department: On the Job

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course hosted by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to offer citizens a better understanding of how the department works. Throughout the course, participants sit in on emergency calls and ride along with police officers on patrol.

Fairfax: The Two Mayoral Candidates Spar

Silverthorne answers Ammazzalorso’s questions about land purchase.

Although the City of Fairfax’s sale of land to Loudoun County is long over, City mayoral candidate Tom Ammazzalorso is dredging it up as one of his campaign issues.

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Alexandria Brief: Honoring Ronald Kirby

A plaque honoring Ronald F. Kirby, director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Alexandrian resident, will be installed at the entrance to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge he helped design.

Alexandria Snapshot: Spring Fun

Reithoffer Carnival at Landmark Mall extends stay until April 24.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Food4thought

Agents and staff of the Long & Foster Old Town office gathered on Friday, April 8 to put together 120 food packs for students at Woodley Hills Elementary School in Fairfax County as part of Food4thought, a program sponsored by Our Daily Bread. Food4thought, run by volunteers, compiles food packs to be sent home with children each Friday. For $28 a month, anyone can provide one child a food pack to sustain them throughout the weekend for a month. See

Fairfax: Meet the Candidates for City Council in May 3 Election

Meet the Candidates for City Council in May 3 Election.

Alexandria Letter: Where Does Name Changing End?

Letter to the Editor

I am aghast.

Alexandria Letter: No Ethics Commission?

Letter to the Editor

On April 14, the Ad Hoc Code of Conduct Review Committee presented its Code of Conduct and Ethics Pledge recommendations to the Alexandria City Council.

Alexandria Letter: Financial Aid And No Fee

Letter to the Editor

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

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Alexandria: ‘Show Me the Money’

SFA sets $1 million goal for TC students.

Move over Jerry Maguire. The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria is turning 30 and is looking to celebrate big, with a goal of raising $1 million for T.C. Williams students at its annual Spring Gala and Silent Auction April 23.

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Alexandria: Ireton’s Ryan Fannon is the Voice of Villanova

For years, he has known the agony of defeat. But when Kris Jenkins’ 3-pointer slipped through the net as the final buzzer sounded, play-by-play announcer Ryan Fannon finally experienced first-hand the thrill of a Villanova Wildcats NCAA championship victory.

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Alexandria: Raising $37,800 for Homeless

The Motown sound of The Intruders brought down the house while raising funds for Community Lodgings at the 11th annual Spring Forward Fundraiser April 10 at Union Street Public House restaurant.

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Alexandria Column: Heroes at Home

Commentary–Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Heroes are people we hold in high regard. Those who serve and protect our nation are among these heroes. At Rebuilding Together, we have the privilege of helping people maintain and repair their homes — many of whom are veterans.

Alexandria Column: Good Childcare Has High Economic Returns


I want to go on record favoring a property tax increase to pay for upgrading Alexandria public schools in line with the School Board’s 10-year $291 million request — with two conditions.

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Alexandria Column: A Wake-Up Call for Alexandrians

Protect children from sexual abuse.

When you hear about child sexual abuse, many thoughts might go through your mind: “They should go to jail.”

Alexandria Column: Decision Time on City Budget Deliberations


The vote for our city’s budget is around the corner. This is the biggest vote of the year. Our decision will have a sizable impact on the quality of our lives as well as the pocketbook of each household in our beloved city.

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Tom Ammazzalorso is the Challenger for Mayor

'Not afraid to go against the grain’

Tom Ammazzalorso has lived in the City of Fairfax for almost 20 years and was the past chairman of the City’s Republican Committee.

Summer STEM Academy at NOVA

High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for a weeklong summer STEM academy at Northern Virginia Community College. Selected students will unravel a forensics mystery by conducting various STEM experiments in a college setting.

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Gov. McAuliffe Signs Del. Filler-Corn's Legislation Into Law

On Thursday, April 14, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed several bills into law relating to sexual assault.

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Lanier Middle Teams Earn Two First Place Awards at Environmental Action Showcase

Students from Lanier Middle School won two first place awards at the fifth annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) held at George Mason University.

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’Godspell’ at Sovereign Grace

Community theatre group presents a musical based upon the gospel according to St. Matthew.

Fairfax community’s newest theatre group, Popes Head Players, presents “Godspell” on April 22-24 and April 28-30.

Wednesday, April 20

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston

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Reston Association Honors Volunteers

Reston Association honored individuals, groups and community partners for their exemplary service at the 2015 Volunteer Service Awards.

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Reston: Student Leaders Conference Held at South Lakes

More than 720 of the best and the brightest high school students from across the Commonwealth gathered together at South Lakes High School in Reston on Saturday, April 16.

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Reston: Holy Septic! Plans Change

Reston’s Richard Sheehe asked on Feb. 18 if Reston residents could be assured that the county would suspend work on preliminary designs to move the county’s Septage Receiving Site from Colvin Run in Great Falls to a maintenance portion of Lake Fairfax Park in Reston.

Commentary: Two Civil Rights Heroes

About a week ago there was a memorial service for Reston’s founder and namesake, Robert E. Simon, Jr., who passed away on Sept. 21, 2015.

Commentary: Spring in Reston—At Last!

I think we can say almost for sure that we’ve seen the last of snow and ice in Reston until next winter.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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Herndon High Drama Presents “Legally Blonde” Musical

Students engaged in arts productions.

Herndon High School continues its tradition of having a student body engaged in the performing arts.

Herndon: How to Spend $55 Million

Herndon Town Council will hold a public meeting on budget on April 26.

Town Manager Arthur A. Anselene presented the Proposed FY 2017 Herndon Budget to the Town Council Tuesday night, April 12.

Student Teacher Returns to Herndon, Arrested

Former Coates Elementary teacher arrested after attempting to have sexual activity with a 13-year-old boy.

Kathleen Antonina Capitano, 24, arrived at a hotel in Herndon Saturday, April 16, to have sex with a 13-year-old boy she met while student teaching last year at Coates Elementary School, according to Fairfax County Police.

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Herndon Middle Schoolers Attend Leadership Conference

Herndon Middle School chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) participated in a weekend leadership training conference held April 8–10 in Virginia Beach, Va.

Letter: Selfishness, Not Altruism, Behind Tax Increases

To the Editor

The Board of Supervisors and School Board should give the approximately 12,000 classroom teachers salary increases, but give no raises to other school and county employees.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna.

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Oakton Cougar Robotics Advances to World Competition

After battling it out in regional competitions and the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship this past week at Maryland’s Xfinity center, the Cougar Robotics team has earned a spot in the FIRST World Championship and will travel to St Louis, Mo. to compete on April 27-30.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Vienna Police Department from April 8-14.

Vienna: Westbriar Elementary Celebrates 50th Anniversary

From 350 students in 1965 to 750 students today, Westbriar boasts outstanding academic programs and recognition.

In the early years of Westbriar Elementary School’s 50-year-run, there were but 350 students from the neighborhoods along Old Courthouse Road on down to Browns Mill.

Comstock Accepting Young Women Leadership Program Applications

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10) announced that her office is accepting applications for the summer 2016 session of the 10th Congressional District Young Women Leadership Program.

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McLean: Fashion Show to Support Local Charities

The New Dominion Women’s Club (NDWC) has announced that “The 7th Annual Spring Fling Fashion Show, Luncheon and Raffle” will be held on Sunday, May 1, at noon to support local charities.

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McLean: Congressman Lewis Comes to Potomac School

Iconic civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) visited The Potomac School on April 12, to share a message of unity, peace, and nonviolence.

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police Blotter from April 12-15.

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McLean: Share Honors Volunteers

Share of McLean was established in 1969 by coalition of faith communities to help meet emergency needs of those in need.

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McLean: Zingers and Slammed Doors Galore

McLean Community Players present “Unnecessary Farce.”

A happily buoyant McLean Community Players (MCP) cast and crew described what audiences can expect at the uproarious production of the award-winning “Unnecessary Farce.”

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Burke: Undefeated Lake Braddock Softball Blanks T.C. Williams

Bruins record seventh shutout of the season.

The Lake Braddock softball team defeated T.C. Williams 10-0 on Tuesday.

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Alexandria: TC Boys’ Lax Comes Back to Beat Mount Vernon

Titans outscore Majors 4-0 during final 5:29.

The T.C. Williams boys' lacrosse team defeated Mount Vernon 8-5 on Tuesday.

Editorial: On the Guilty Plea of Adam Torres

Geer’s death exposed “obfuscation … and a lack of public accountability.”

Adam Torres, charged with murder in the death of Springfield resident John Geer, was the first Fairfax County Police officer in the history of the department to be charged in such a death.

Tuesday, April 19

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Sixth Annual Centreville International Showcase is Set for April 30

Find music, dancing, food, and more.

Everything from Korean drumming to Irish dancing, Guatemalan music and food from around the globe — it’ll all be part of the 6th annual Centreville International Showcase. The evening of fun is set for Saturday, April 30, from 5:30-9 p.m.

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Westfield High To Present the Musical, ‘Footloose’

“What a great way to end a beautiful year,” said director Susie Pike.

The music, story and costumes will transport audiences back to the ’80s when Westfield High presents the musical, “Footloose,” in the school theater. It’s Westfield’s Cappies show and features a cast and crew of 55.

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Centreville: The Alliance Theatre Presents “The Addams Family”

Takes the audience on a joyride.

Gomez, Morticia, Lurch and the rest of the gang from the classic TV show, “The Addams Family,” will come to life onstage when The Alliance Theatre presents the musical comedy of the same name. The show runs three weekends, April 29-May 15, at Mountain View High, 5775 Spindle Court in Centreville.

Potomac: Gathering for ‘End of an Era’ Party

Current and former members of Potomac Tennis Club share memories.

Since 1977, Potomac Tennis Club (PTC) has been teeming with enthusiastic tennis players from 6 in the morning until 10 at night — seven days a week throughout the year. Thirty-seven years of close friendships, serious competitions and meaningful memories were celebrated by more than 160 current and former members on Friday evening, April 15.

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Potomac Snapshot: Guarding the Potomac River in 1861

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park hosted a Civil War living history weekend with the 7th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry on April 16-17.

Potomac Column: Legislative Session Concludes


The 2016 Session of the Maryland General Assembly concluded at midnight on April 11 and the following is a summary of several important topics and initiatives that may interest you. If you have any questions or comments about these or any other issues, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Potomac Brief: Walt Whitman Raises $51,566

For the fourth straight year, Walt Whitman High School received top honors in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Series High School Challenge program (Pennies For Patients) — bringing in a total of $51,566.29. In recognition of its achievements, Walt Whitman High School will be linked to an LLS research portfolio.

Potomac Brief: School Year Extended to June 20

Montgomery County Public Schools will extend the 2015–2016 school year by one day and end the year on Monday, June 20. The MCPS request for a one-day waiver of the 180-day school year requirement was approved Monday, April 18 by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Potomac Brief: Schools Seek Ethics Panel Member

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking to fill one vacancy on its five-member Ethics Panel. The vacancy is for a three-year term beginning on July 1.

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Transitway Comes to Arlington

Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the launch of joint Arlington-Alexandria bus service.

“This is Arlington,” said Sandra Borden from the Crystal City Civic Association as she points across Glebe Road, “and over there, that’s Alexandria.”

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Arlington: Streetscape Improvements for Rosslyn

With a series of new furnishings, the streetscapes of Rosslyn might start to look a little more vibrant. Within this year, Lucia deCorde, president and urban design director of the Rosslyn BID, said that Rosslyn residents and visitors will begin to see wayfinding posts, informational stalls, new benches and vegetation along the sidewalks.

Arlington Snapshot: Gulf Branch Blacksmith

Meyer Kachel is stretching out the hot metal to the size of his pinkie and will pound it “really thin and curl it into a key fob.”

Arlington Letter: Hardly Non-Partisan

Letter to the Editor

I am writing in response to the article [April 13-19 edition] entitled, “More than Tolerance,” about the Muslim Town Hall Meeting held April 9 at the Arlington Library.

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Arlington Snapshot: Resolve to Run Final Week

Participants have raised $3,200 out of $16,000 goal.

On Saturday, April 9, runners gathered for a brunch buffet at the Army Navy Country Club to celebrate the end of their 3-month training period. Reece Preisser and Chevy Gallegos came out to run the final training run/walk and join their mothers for the carb-loading breakfast. The youngest registered runner in the Arlington Thrive fundraising run is 12: the oldest is 71. The race will take place Sunday, April 24. So far, the runners have raised $3,200 in funds for Thrive. Residents who want to support the effort can do so on the website or send a check to Arlington Thrive, PO Box 7429 Arlington, VA 22207 with the name of the runner they support on the memo line.

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Arlington County Acknowledges Fire Station Could Remain on Hall’s Hill Site

Other changes will have to occur for county response time to improve.

“After two years of saying the current site was not adequate for a bigger fire station on the Station 8 site, the county reversed its position and provided site drawings last week indicating the current site was feasible,” said Nancy Williams of the Old Dominion Civic Association. “It would be interesting to know why that took so long,” she said, “but the most important thing is that local citizens were able to get the county to go back review the facts, with a different result.”

April 18, 2016 Statement by the Daughters of John Geer

This statement was provided by attorneys for the Geer family.

Justice is rarely a simple matter, and it would be easy to vent our anger, our outrage, our sorrow, and voice opposition to the plea bargain struck between Adam Torres and the Commonwealth.

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Fairfax County: Torres Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter of John Geer

Former Police officer faced murder charges for 2013 shooting

It was over before it began. Neither prosecution nor defense gave opening statements in former Fairfax County Police Officer Adam Torres’ trial for the August 2013 murder of Springfield resident John Geer. Instead on Monday, April 18, Torres pleaded guilty to felony involuntary manslaughter for the August 2013 incident.

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Don Taco: New Take on Longtime Favorite

Newcomer to King Street offers diners a wealth of innovative options.

Walk the length of King Street from Route 1 to the river, and you’ll see a brand-new restaurant on your stroll. Nestled between Alfred and Columbus streets on the southern side of King, Don Taco Tequila Bar beckons to passersby, inviting the neighbors in for a taco or three and a frosty margarita.

Arlington: Signature Theatre Presents ‘The Mystery of Love & Sex’

Signature Theatre stages unexpected love story of evolving friendship, finding one’s own path, and the value of family.

Signature Theatre in Shirlington is staging "The Mystery of Love & Sex" now through May 8. The story revolves around Charlotte and Jonny, complete opposites who have been best friends since they were children.

Monday, April 18

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Great Falls: Stormwater Task Force Holds Town Hall Meeting

On April 12, the Great Falls Citizens Association’s (GFCA) newly formed Stormwater Task Force (SWTF) sponsored a Town Hall meeting at the Great Falls Library, which attracted 60 residents and ran from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Great Falls Native Earns His Wings

U.S. Navy Ensign Trevor James Shafran, a 2014 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, recently earned his “Naval Aviator Wings” after successfully completing two years of primary flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola and specialized helicopter flight training at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, Fla.

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Great Falls: Students Honored at Poetry Luncheon

GFFN recognizes Great Falls Elementary students in 34th annual contest.

The 2016 Poetry Luncheon honoring the winners of the 34th annual Great Falls Elementary School Poetry Contest was held Thursday, April 14 at River Bend Golf and Country Club in Great Falls.

Letter: Stormwater Management Engages Community

To the Editor

The Great Falls Citizens Association would like to thank all those that came to the to the Stormwater Management meeting held on April 12 at the library.

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Great Falls: Women Juggle Work, Families, Education

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors committed to assisting working women pursuing higher education.

George Mason’s Libby Dissauer understands students who juggle raising a family while pursuing an education, who have to decide whether to pay rent, buy food, get gas or pay tuition.

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Great Falls: Eyesore Improves, Bank Coming

Construction on TD Bank scheduled for Fall; opening of two-lane drive-thru bank anticipated for February.

The community called the site of the old Exxon Station, with environmental cleanup underway, an “eyesore.”

Great Falls Methodist Church to Host Yard Sale

Looking for a great place to shop for bargains? Need a place to sell your treasures? Get ready for the Great Falls Methodist Church Annual Yard Sale.

Great Falls Studios Presents ‘Small Gems’

There is a new show in town: Great Falls Studios presents “Small Gems” at Arts of Great Falls School and Gallery, Village Green Center, 756 Walker Road, Great Falls.

Love for Cooking Brought to Great Falls

Profile: Mookie’s BBQ new on restaurant scene.

When Mookie’s BBQ opened in Great Falls recently, barbecue fans must have gone wild. Really wild, for Northern Virginia does not boast many smoky, barbecue restaurants.

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Arlington: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

The Arlington Players present prohibition-era musical with music by Gershwin.

The Arlington Players (TAP) is staging "Nice Work If You Can Get It" now through April 23 at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre in Arlington.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Opening Day Ceremony

Fort Hunt Little League President Barry Meuse welcomed everyone to the Opening Day Ceremony. The Carl Sandburg gymnasium was filled with 630 players and their families, ready to begin the new season.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: ‘Dance Around the World’

Fort Hunt Elementary School's annual "Dance Around the World" offered a chance to celebrate and learn about the 65 nations represented by the school’s students. Principal Thomas Fitzpatrick, led the Parade of Nations through the gymnasium and school hall.

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce to Present 2016 Valor Awards

It was Halloween night when Alexandria police officers Matthew Barnickle and Richard Vergara were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle crash. When they arrived, they found a car on fire with reports of a passenger trapped inside.

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In the Kitchen: Meet Chef Pawel Podbielski of Le Refuge

The Making of Filet de boeuf Wellington

Chef Pawel Podbielski sprinkles flour on the counter so the pastry won't stick. He is making Filet de boeuf Wellington, a customer favorite, at Le Refuge on Washington Street. "Last Saturday night I made 12 of these and they all sold out," he says. "I'm getting this pan nice and hot and then I'll add Kaola gold oil because it's no trans fat and has a buttery taste."

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In the Kitchen: Meet Chef Pawel Podbielski of Le Refuge

The Making of Filet de boeuf Wellington

Chef Pawel Podbielski sprinkles flour on the counter so the pastry won't stick. He is making Filet de boeuf Wellington, a customer favorite, at Le Refuge on Washington Street. "Last Saturday night I made 12 of these and they all sold out," he says. "I'm getting this pan nice and hot and then I'll add Kaola gold oil because it's no trans fat and has a buttery taste."

Friday, April 15

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Historic Garden Week in Virginia

Elegant homes and gardens in Old Town, Arlington and Falls Church will be open to the public.

Some of the most spectacular gardens will be in bloom and on display during the 83rd annual Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

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Modular Homes Come of Age

What's behind the growing popularity of modular homes? Recent research shows that a house comprised of architecturally-specific, pre-constructed modules can be assembled on a homeowner’s lot for 10-15 percent less than of the cost of a comparably-sized “stick-built” house.

Area Roundups

Mary Lipsey, a docent for the American History Museum of the Smithsonian and for the National Archives and former President of the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association, will present the Forum, "Honoring Those Who Served During the Civil War" at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

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Lorton: Writing Days at South County

The South County High School English Department held its first Stallion Writing Days on April 7-8 in the school auditorium where students, teachers and professional writers gave presentations and discussed their writing prose.

Fairfax: Chipotle Fundraiser for Lanier FCCLA

Three members of Lanier Middle School’s FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) will soon be heading to a national competition.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax.

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Fairfax: Holocaust Survivor Speaks at Woodson High

World War II is the focus of 10th-graders across the board in history and English classes at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax.

Fairfax: Help End Childhood Hunger in Fairfax

Area residents are invited to join the community effort to end childhood hunger in the City of Fairfax by participating in Fairfax Cares.

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Fairfax: Power and Romance

Virginia Opera’s “The Flying Dutchman” coming to the Center for the Arts.

Its rumbling, intense music, shiver-inducing dark forces and ultimate story of redemption by love have enthralled audiences since its premiere nearly 175 years ago. Its title and ghostly matters are immediately recognized.

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Fairfax: Delving Inside Two Marriages

CFTC presents ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

The 1963 Tony Award-winner for Best Play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” established Edward Albee as the most important playwright of his generation.

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Fairfax: Sixty Years of Service, Memories and Fun

Woman’s Club of Fairfax celebrates diamond anniversary.

It takes effort, care and dedication to reach a 60th anniversary – and that’s exactly what the Woman’s Club of Fairfax has done.

Fairfax: Nominate Residential Properties for Awards

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time for City of Fairfax residents to start thinking about the 2016 Residential Appearance Awards.

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Fairfax: Lanier Middle Cleans Up at Environmental Action Showcase

There were more than five hundred students representing schools from Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County and Prince William County at the 2016 School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS), co-hosted by NoVA Outside and George Mason University and making its fifth appearance on GMU’s Fairfax campus, in the Center for the Arts building.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 82 homes sold between $1,917,074-$256,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: March, 2016

Springfield Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 137 Springfield homes sold between $830,000-$172,500.

Springfield Home Sales: March, 2016

Reston Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 88 Reston homes sold between $1,265,000-$173,600.

Reston Home Sales: March, 2016

Potomac Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 41 Potomac homes sold between $2,275,000-$360,000.

Potomac Home Sales: March, 2016

Mount Vernon Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 123 homes sold between $1,800,000-$96,600 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: March, 2016

McLean Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 74 homes sold between $4,230,000-$178,500 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: March, 2016

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 68 homes sold between $1,235,000-$168,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: March, 2016

Great Falls Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 17 Great Falls homes sold between $3,050,000-$529,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: March, 2016

Fairfax Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 64 Fairfax homes sold between $1,341,336-$145,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: March, 2016

Chantilly Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 13 homes sold between $760,000-$70,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: March, 2016

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 72 homes sold between $1,189,000-$185,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: March, 2016

Centreville Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 85 Centreville homes sold between $760,000-$165,000.

Centreville Home Sales: March, 2016

Burke Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 42 Burke homes sold between $885,000-$137,500.

Burke Home Sales: March, 2016

Arlington Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 219 Arlington homes sold between $2,005,000-$133,650.

Home Sales in March, 2016

Alexandria Home Sales: March, 2016

In March, 2016, 208 Alexandria homes sold between $1,552,000-$100,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: March, 2016

Mount Vernon Gala: Neighborhood Gala To Benefit Hollin Meadows STEM

With the sizeable rift between the Fairfax County Public Schools adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and the advertised transfer from the Board of Supervisors still looming, parents and community supporters of Hollin Meadows Elementary hope to protect their school’s highly valued STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and outdoor garden programs.

Mount Vernon Letter: Vital Upkeep

Letter to the Editor

I disagree with Mr. Spiegel's expressed concerns [Letter, “Decision on Re-Paving,” April 7] about road resurfacing in the Ft. Hunt area. There's no need to "speculate" about how the decision was made — Scott Surovell outlined the reasons why this resurfacing is long overdue in his comments in May 2015 which was widely distributed throughout the district.

Mount Vernon Column: Beware of Scams


Recently, I attended a presentation at the Hollin Hall Senior Center by our Fairfax County Police on the growing threat of scams targeting seniors, sponsored by Mount Vernon at Home.

Alexandria: Dodson, Sparks to Wed


Lisa Houston Dodson and Jerry Wayne Dodson, of Holly Springs, Miss., announce the marriage of their daughter, Emily Gray, to Grant Adair Sparks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lee Sparks of Alexandria.

Alexandria Obituary: Dr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette

Dr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette, known for her ground-breaking work in treating Sickle Cell Anemia, died in Alexandria on the afternoon of March 28, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones. She was weeks from her 90th birthday.

Alexandria Letter: Let Bygones Be Bygones

Letter to the Editor

Perhaps the biggest argument for changing a street name would be the one named after Jefferson Davis. As the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis had a major impact on history from believing in the superiority of the white race (also Abraham Lincoln’s stance) to leading the horrific war against the North.

Alexandria Letter: Remembering History, not Hate

Letter to the Editor

I would like to add something to a letter by Ellen Latane Tabb, “Unnecessary Expense” [Gazette Packet, April 7].

Alexandria Letter: Help a Princess Be a Princess

Letter to the Editor

The Princess For a Night (PFAN) project is collecting dry-cleaned tuxedos, dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, unused make-up (for example, sample cosmetics), and "nice" shopping bags through April 28. Donations can be dropped off at the T.C. Williams Main Office, 3330 King St., Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Mount Vernon: Neighborhood Gala To Benefit Hollin Meadows STEM

With the sizeable rift between the Fairfax County Public Schools adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and the advertised transfer from the Board of Supervisors still looming, parents and community supporters of Hollin Meadows Elementary hope to protect their school’s highly valued STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and outdoor garden programs.

Springfield: Summer STEM Academy at NOVA

High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for a weeklong summer STEM academy at Northern Virginia Community College. Selected students will unravel a forensics mystery by conducting various STEM experiments in a college setting.

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Mount Vernon Grad, Mclean Resident Opens Tropical Fruit Smoothie Café in Dunn Loring

McLean resident Trung Tang has worked in food service since starting as a busboy for East Wind in Alexandria at age 14. The 1996 Mount Vernon High School graduate made a career out of serving in and managing restaurants.

Fairfax County Police Hold Assessment Public Hearing

As part of an on-site assessment by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., Fairfax County Police held a public forum on April 11 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Lorton’s Fair Winds Named Best Local Brewery

On a glimmering spring Sunday afternoon, the occasion might call for a light, effervescent beverage: a saison or farmhouse ale, a session IPA. But at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton, customers lined up on April 10 to taste of something much darker, the second “Brewer’s Reserve” limited release beer: a barrel-aged imperial stout called “Ghost of the Mariner.”

Police Cruiser Collides with Loaded School Bus in Springfield

A Fairfax County Police patrol cruiser struck the side of a Fairfax County Public Schools bus carrying around 40 students and five adults around 12:44 p.m. on April 7, a police release said.

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Police find Springfield Man Dead after Responding to Domestic Violence Call

A 67-year-old Springfield man is dead after Fairfax County Police spent two hours outside a residence in the 7000 block of Leewood Forest Drive trying to make contact with him.

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Alexandria: McAuliffe Visits City Hall for Veto

Mayor and Domestic Violence specialists back Governor’s stance.

On paper, giving domestic violence victims under protective orders access to concealed weapons without permits or training may have appeared sound, but with his veto of a series of bills out of the Virginia legislature, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and others argued that adding more guns would only put more lives at risk.

Inside Alexandria Police Department: Use of Force

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course hosted by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to offer citizens a better understanding of how the department works. Throughout the course, participants sit in on emergency calls and ride along with police officers on patrol.

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Alexandria People at Work: Learning to Eat Healthy

Two women arrive 15 minutes early and are sitting at the table chatting about menus. They are waiting for the third class on April 6 in the six-week series on Eating Healthy, Be Active sponsored by the County Extension Service. Van Do, Family and Consumer Sciences SNAP-Ed Agent, for Virginia Cooperative Extension says, "Today's program focuses on eating healthy on a budget. “

Alexandria: Council Hears Ethics Recommendation

A pledge for city’s elected and appointed officials.

The ethics pledge makes no changes to the law, increases no reporting qualifications, and includes no complaint process, but after months of City Council fights over its necessity and implications, the draft presented by the Code of Conduct Review Committee at the April 12 City Council meeting was received with relatively little fanfare.

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Alexandria: Civil War Still Reverberates

Indecision and conflict continues over Confederate street names and statues.

After four tumultuous meetings, the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names has not managed to settle the 150-year-old conflict over the legacy of the Confederacy in Alexandria.

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Fairfax County: 24th annual Service Awards recognizes community champions, hundreds of volunteers

Kathy Hertz, a longtime volunteer in Clifton, spent more than a week in Lesvos, Greece just after Christmas with her cousin. The two of them volunteered in and around a refugee camp for individuals being funnelled to Athens and hopefully back to Germany or other European havens.

Thursday, April 14

Alexandria Letter: Debacle at Patrick Henry

Letter to the Editor

After years of negligence in school maintenance, the city is now faced with the daunting task of renovating and rebuilding 12 of our schools at a staggering cost of $1.5-plus billion.

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Alexandria: Ireton Girls’ Lax Falls Short Against Elite Competition

Nationally-ranked Cardinals suffer first losses of season.

The Bishop Ireton girls' lacrosse team lost to Good Counsel and McDonogh.

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West Springfield's Djonkam Earns Fairfax South MVP at Nova Challenge

Senior produces double-double in all-star game.

Lewis Djonkam had 19 points and 13 rebounds during the Nova Challenge.

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Arlington: Wakefield Teammates Compete in Nova Challenge

Nhial scores 16 points for Fairfax South All-Stars

Deng Nhial, Eric Martin and Jonathan Adams were members of the Fairfax South All-Stars on Sunday.

Alexandria: Jones, James Combine for 30 Points at Nova Challenge

T.C. Williams guards compete for Fairfax South All-Stars.

T.C. Williams teammates Jordan Jones and Tavaris James thrive with Fairfax South All-Stars.

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Westfield's Francis, Centreville's Unterkofler Shine at Nova Challenge

Westfield guard named MVP, Centreville senior wins dunk contest.

Westfield's Blake Francis and Centreville's William Unterkofler perform well at the Nova Challenge.

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Reston: South Lakes Boys’ Soccer Earns First Victory

Seahawks beat defending state runner-up Madison.

The South Lakes boys' soccer team beat Madison 1-0.

Alexandria Letter: Reconsider Pre-K Center

Letter to the Editor

As part of its proposed remedy to address classroom overcrowding, the Alexandria City Public Schools has requested funding from City Council to create a “Pre-K Center” with the intention of relocating its 4-year-old preschoolers from neighborhood school buildings into a single building.

Great Falls: Langley’s Shafer Excels at Nova Challenge

Madison’s Ungerleider, Walker compete for Fairfax North.

Langley's Nate Shafter finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks during the Nova Challenge.

Alexandria Letter: Between All or None

Letter to the Editor

This is in reference to the Letter to the Editor (April 6, 2016) entitled "Unnecessary Expense." We seem to be at the crossroads of history between "all or none."

Alexandria Letter: Calling Their Bluff

Letter to the Editor

Many years ago, an extended family member was killed in the course of a hotel robbery while she was on vacation in Florida. So, I am in the universe of people who want to see fewer guns available for criminals to access. Unfortunately, the National Rifle Association (a.k.a. NRA) doesn’t agree.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Save Our Ship Tours

Alexandria city crew raise timbers from a water tank where the remains of the hull of a 50-foot vessel are being stored.

Alexandria Brief: Lawsuit Filed Against General Registrar of Voters

Anna Leider, the general registrar of voters in the City of Alexandria, is now faced with a lawsuit that alleges she failed to maintain proper voter rolls and refused to permit the plaintiffs to inspect list maintenance records as required by federal laws.

Alexandria Brief: Duke Street Ramp Closing

During overnight hours on Thursday, April 14,the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the ramp from Duke Street (Route 236) to I-395 North to remove construction barriers. Motorists should expect delays.

Alexandria Brief: Man Charged with Murder

Alexandria Police have charged a suspect in connection with the homicide of Melaku Abraha, who died on April 1, from injuries sustained during a robbery that occurred in the 200 block of South Alfred Street on March 28.

Alexandria Brief: Man Indicted in Park Murder

On April 11, the Grand Jury for the City of Alexandria handed down a two-count indictment against Reinaldo Mauricio Portillo Membrano, alleging that Portillo Membrano murdered Jose Luis Perez Ferman in Beverly Park on or about Nov. 8, 2015.

Wednesday, April 13

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Best of Reston, Best of Inspiration

Bob Simon’s Reston honored at Silver Anniversary of Cornerstones partnership with the Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Olivia Wolfe, Hannah Becker and Kacey Hirschfeld ensured that their childhood friend Amy Boyle was honored with them Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency Reston ballroom.

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Reston Community Players Salute Iconic Beauty

Our Town” at CenterStage.

A masterpiece of American theater, “Our Town” is the enduring tale of small town life.

Commentary: Name Makes a Difference

Almost a year ago the Washington Business Journal carried a headline, “George Mason University sells Patriot Center naming rights.”

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Reston Celebrates Its Founder

This is the first Founder’s Day since the passing of Robert E. Simon, Jr.

They remembered his joyfulness and playfulness. But most of all, officials, speakers and friends remembered Robert E. Simon, Jr.’s enduring vision during the opening remarks of the 13th Founder’s Day on Saturday, April 9.

Commentary: On Bread and Matzah

The eight‑day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon

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Herndon Volunteer Appreciation Event Held

32nd annual Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night a success.

Herndon helped volunteers feel the appreciation at the 32nd annual Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Herndon Community Center on April 10.

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Empty Bowls Event in Herndon

Giving Circle of HOPE draws attention to food insecurity in Northern Virginia.

Friday evening, April 8, the ninth annual Empty Bowls event was hosted by the Giving Circle of HOPE at Floris United Methodist Church on Frying Pan Road in Herndon.

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents from March 28 to April 3.

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1st Stage’s Presents “Proof

A disarming production

In a satisfying character driven play about the fragility of the mind, rich with intriguing dialogue about genius and fears of mental illness, 1st Stage has created a disarming production of “Proof.”

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Town of Vienna Police Reports from April 1-7.

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Vienna Business Association Hosts Debut Awards Gala

Honors outstanding volunteers with festive program

The Vienna Business Association (VBA) honored its most outstanding 2016 volunteers at the business chamber’s first awards gala held on April 9 at DeSales Hall of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

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Becoming Aware of Child Sex Trafficking

The problem extends throughout northern Virginia.

She stands on the sidewalk outside the mall with her backpack full of 7th grade science and math books. An older man pulls up and she gets in the backseat of his car.

Classified Advertising April 13, 2016

Read the latest ads here!

Letter: Firearms at the Convention?

A Petition caught national attention recently because it sought to openly carry firearms at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Mary Anne Hampton Named McLean Community Center’s Outstanding Volunteer for 2015

Mary Anne Hampton was recognized for her volunteer service to the McLean Community Center on Sunday, April 3, when she received the 2015 H. Gordon Randall Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. T

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McLean: Fashion Show to Support Local Charities

McLean community leaders as models.

The New Dominion Women’s club (NDWC) has announced its “7th Annual Spring Fling Fashion Show, Luncheon and Raffle” will be held on Sunday, May 1, to support local charities.

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McLean Little League Parade Draws Big Crowds

More than 1,300 people on 108 teams attended.

More than 1,300 people on 108 teams attended the 61st annual McLean Little League Parade and Opening Day Ceremonies on Saturday, April 9 in McLean.

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police blotter from April 6-10.

McLean: Bringing Medical Aid to Guatemalan Children

At the McLean Woman’s Club meeting on April 5, member Linda Wheeler described, with visual aids, her continuing work as an onsite volunteer in eastern Guatemala, providing medical aid to infants and children in remote mountain areas.

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McLean Citizens Association Calls for Tax Increase with Restraint.

Three Cents This Year: But ‘Enough is Enough’

Nine board members of the McLean Citizens Association wanted the civic association to tell the Board of Supervisors it wants no real estate tax increase.

McLean: Tasting Pleasures of the härth

Profile: Meet Luc Dendievel, the executive chef at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner härth restaurant.

When you first enter Hilton McLean Tysons Corner restaurant, härth, you are greeted by cordial staff and an upscale casual setting, marked off by a glass wine cellar, a tapas bar and a large dining area skirted by an outdoor patio.

McLean Student Volunteers for Robotics Teams, Featured on TV

Rohit Narayanan of McLean, a soon-to-be ninth grader at the new BASIS Independent McLean school, loves robotics, and recently shared his passion on WTTG-FOX 5 DC, where he talked about April’s National Volunteer Month and giving back.

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Great Falls Teen Crowned Miss Teen Virginia

On Sunday April 3, girls from all over the state made their way to Richmond to represent their communities in this year's Miss Teen Virginia pageant.

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Great Falls: Chez Francois Celebrates 40 Years

Celebrity Chef Jacques Haeringer deepens restaurant's roots.

One of Jacques biggest changes is the creation of two huge gardens on the back part of the property. At the height of the summer, the gardens can supply the restaurant with all the produce it needs.

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Colorful Spring Birds at Great Falls

How to get out and enjoy spring beauties.

The wooded areas in both of the two national parks at the Great Falls of the Potomac provide ample and often easy opportunities to see and enjoy the colorful plumage and exuberant songs of the returning Spring migrant birds.

Tuesday, April 12

Great Falls: Celebrating Reading, Writing and Winning

Award-winning author/illustrator Henry Cole to be guest speaker at Youth Writers Gala.

Reading is imperative for becoming a good writer, so community groups are collaborating to celebrate reading, writing and winners.

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Great Falls: Bluebells at the Bend Festival

Bluebells are in bloom.

Inaugural Living Well Summit Piques Interest of County Seniors

Summit helps county residents improve with age.

Local residents can learn how to age gracefully Saturday, April 16, at the Living Well, Aging Well Summit in the Fairfax County Government Center.

Help Wanted: Mature Workforce at Employment Expo in Tysons

Older adults in search of work can discuss job opportunities with various industry representatives Monday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the “50+ Employment Expo” in the Sheraton Tysons Hotel.

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Progress Made, Challenges Remain on Ending Homelessness

HomeAid NoVA hosts ‘Keep the Homeless Housed’ Forum.

In 2008, Fairfax County partnered with the City of Falls Church to adopt an ambitious strategic plan to address the issue of homelessness in the region.

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Finding Fun in Science

Area youth turn out for Project BEST Science and Technology Fun.

What could possibly have lured some 100 and more middle school youngsters back to a school building on a Saturday, especially if that school isn’t theirs and they had to get up extra early just to get there?

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Chantilly Snapshot: Bringing ‘Peter Pan’ to Stage

The Saint Timothy Catholic School Drama Club presented the off-Broadway musical "Peter Pan" to a standing-room-only crowd on Saturday, April 9. Peter Pan was played by Anna Moritz (6th grade), and Wendy was played Madison Perry (8th grade). The play was directed by teachers Jessica Kurtis, Jane Venafro, and Sarah Bielaski.

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Olga Hernandez Named 2015 Fairfax County Citizen of Year

Olga Hernandez was honored at the 2016 Fairfax County Federation of Citizens' annual awards banquet with the 2015 Fairfax County Citizen of the Year recognizing her for her volunteer efforts, including making Fairfax and Virginia residents informed voters. Citations of Merit honorees were Douglas Sanderson, Jim Hart, Phil Rosenthal, and Shirley Ginwright. Sally Sibley received a Special Gratitude Award.

Centreville Snapshot: ‘LifeChanger of the Year’

Lee Kaiser (left), a counselor at Centreville Elementary School, has been selected as a 2015-2016 award winner for National Life Group’s “LifeChanger of the Year” program.

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Hart Honored for 15 Years of Civic Service

James R. Hart was honored at the 2016 Fairfax County Federation of Citizens' annual awards banquet with a 2015 Fairfax County Citation of Merit recognizing him for his volunteer efforts benefiting Fairfax and Virginia residents in the areas of zoning and planning.

Centreville Letter: Terrorist Attack on Brussels

Letter to the Editor

For people in Brussels, Belgium Tuesday was like any other day. People were doing what they normally do, going to work,stopping by the coffee shops, filling gas in their cars etc. Two loud noises which turned out to be bombs, exploded at the Zaventem airport and one exploded at the metro station. These explosions claimed the lives of 30 innocent people and injuring over 200- people like you and me. Not soon after ISIS took credit for the horrific events. ISIS, as we all know, claims to be doing such things in the name of Islam.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Dozens of Dead Birds

Animal Control officers responded to a report of approximately two dozen dead birds in the area of Avion Parkway and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway on Friday, April 8 around10 a.m.

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Planning Commission, Community Honors Litzenberger

“He’s someone who’s willing to invest the time and make people understand the land-use process.” — Michael Frey, former Sully District Supervisor

After Michael Frey retired as Sully District supervisor, Kathy Smith succeeded him and made her own appointments to various Fairfax County boards and commissions. So after serving eight years as Sully’s planning commissioner, John Litzenberger was replaced by Karen Keys-Gamarra.

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Clifton: Comedy, Dancing and Gershwin Songs

Liberty Middle presents hit musical, “Crazy for You.”

A high-energy comedy filled with mistaken identity, plot twists and song-and-dance numbers “Crazy for You” is Liberty Middle School’s upcoming musical, Show times are Thursday-Saturday, April 21, 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door and during school lunches. The triple Tony Award-winner garnered top honors in 1992 for Best Musical, Choreography and Costumes. It tells how love blossoms between a big-city playboy who longs to be a dancer and the small-town theater owner who captures his heart. Liberty’s young performers’ edition features a cast and crew of 66 who’ve been rehearsing since November.

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From Potomac to the Frozen Four

Sam Anas named to AHCA/CCM Hockey Men's Division I All-American First Team.

As the top-seed in this year’s Division I college hockey’s Frozen Four being held in Tampa, Quinnipiac University is using the home team Lightning’s expansive locker room. It made quite an impression on Potomac native Sam Anas.

Potomac: ‘Tiger Trot’ Leaps into Action

6th annual 5K run/walk returns April 17.

Potomac will come alive on Sunday, April 17 as more than 400 runners and walkers await the starting gun and then leap forward to sprint or stroll in the 6th Annual “Tiger Trot.” The 5K run/walk, sponsored by the Connelly School of the Holy Child, benefits the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department as well as the wellness and fitness programs at the school.

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Potomac: Local Artist To Participate in Sugarloaf Art Festival

Sasha Berman to display fused glass.

“Glass is interesting because it moves between liquid and solid stage and can be manipulated into beautiful pieces of art,” said Potomac’s Sasha Berman. Three years ago, she attended a class at Seattle’s Chihuly Museum in glass-blowing and became fascinated with the unique properties and malleability of glass. She spent a year experimenting with an array of methods for working with glass, choosing fused glass as the medium for her bowls and plates. Berman will exhibit her pieces this coming weekend — April 15, 16 and 17 — at the Sugarloaf Craft Festival in Gaithersburg.

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Potomac: A House Expanded

A cramped, dated home is transformed into a spacious, modern abode.

When the owners of a Bethesda home realized that they’d outgrown their one-story, mid- 20th century abode, they decided to remodel and expand rather than relocate. A family-friendly neighborhood and high-performing schools were two of the reasons they wanted to stay.

Potomac: ‘I Love my Library Because …’

To mark Library Lover’s Month, Montgomery County patrons were asked to complete a sentence that starts “I love my library because …” The postcards were then sent to county officials.

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Potomac Snapshot: Festival of Colors

Crowds participate in the Holi DC Festival of Colors at the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple at 10310 Oaklyn Drive, Potomac, on Sunday, April 10.

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Potomac To Gain New Irish Tavern

Lahinch to open April 20.

Potomac residents will soon find a pot of dining gold at the end of the rainbow with the opening of the new Irish tavern, Lahinch.

Potomac Brief: Early Voting For Primary Elections

Early voting begins this week in the Republican and Democratic primary elections to choose each party’s candidates who will appear on the ballot in April. Voters who are not affiliated with one of the major political parties may only cast a ballot in some nonpartisan contests.

Potomac Brief: Chat with County Executive Ike Leggett

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will hold a “virtual” town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. County residents may submit questions to the County Executive before and during the chat at Questions and answers will be posted both during and after the chat.

Potomac News Brief: Potomac Community Village to Host Get-Together

Potomac Community Village (PCV), with a mission of empowering older Potomac residents to age in place in their existing homes, strengthen existing social connections and build new ones, is hosting a New and Prospective Member Get-Together on Monday, May 9, at 3 p.m., at a private home on Chapel Road, Potomac.

Editorial: Award-Winning Connection Newspapers

Still striving to be the Connection to your community.

Connection Newspapers won dozens of awards from the Virginia Press Association for work done in 2015.

Arlington Snapshot: Yorktown Theatre To Present One-Person Shows

Yorktown High School’s One-Person Shows are the culmination of four years of the Yorktown Theatre Program. Each Theatre IV student chooses a literary, fictional or historical character and then writes, choreographs, directs, and acts in a 30-minute show about that character. Shows take place in the Yorktown Black Box on: April 21, 7 – 9 p.m; April 22, 5 – 10 p.m.; April 23, 11:15 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and April 28, 7 – 7:40 p.m. For a schedule of individual show topics and times, go to:

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Arlington: Community Leaders and Muslims Discuss Islamophobia

Promoting more than just tolerance.

Nader Hasan remembers riding bikes through Shirlington with his cousin. The two of them grew up in the area and watched fireworks together from one of the nearby hills. But the two boys from Arlington grew up into very different men. When Major Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people in Fort Hood in 2009 as part of an attempt to spread fear and hate, it forced his cousin Nader Hasan to confront extremism on both sides of his community and his country.

Arlington: Haley Receives Training Grant

Wakefield High School French teacher, Susan Haley, was awarded a training grant from the French government to study for two weeks in Vichy, France.

Arlington: Station 8 Task Force Close to Consensus

Arlington to get subgroup results April 14.

There is optimism that consensus on the relocation or renovation of Fire Station 8 in High View Park is near, according to Alisa Cowen, one of the Task Force 8 members. Cowen said Task Force members had raised so many significant issues during their subgroup meetings that the issue, once fairly simple, became a complex “Pandora’s Box” of intersecting problems. That’s good news, according to Cowen, who thinks the outcome will be much more holistic for the community.

Monday, April 11

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Mount Vernon: Las Vegas-themed Friends of UCM Spring Gala raises $185,000.

The sparkling red sequins and crown of spindly feathers moved gracefully with the long-limbed Vegas showgirl around supporters of the Mount Vernon area social services organization United Community Ministries as they play-gambled and silently bid on auction items at the casino-themed Friends of UCM 2016 Spring Gala.

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Fairfax County Police Conduct Neighborhood Canvass for Data on Mason Neck Homicide

For two evenings, Fairfax County Police canvassed the Mason Neck Community where John De Leede, 83, was murdered on March 11.

Alexandria Man Dies after Collision with Fairfax County Police Cruiser

Jeffrey Ponce Aguilar of Alexandria, 26, was struck by a Fairfax County Police Department marked cruiser around 11 p.m. Saturday night, April 2.

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New Fairfax Location of Hooters Opens on Lee Highway.

A collection of multicolored lights dangling casually above the hostess station is an homage to one of few interior similarities between the old Christmas light-laden Hooters at 10334 Lee Highway and the gleaming new location down the road at 10060, which opened March 21.

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Alexandria: March for Meals Champions – Spreading the Word about Senior Hunger

Senior Services of Alexandria along with elected city officials, city employees, school and community volunteers delivered Meals on Wheels in March to celebrate March for Meals, raising awareness around senior hunger. Mayor Allison Silberberg proclaimed March as “March for Meals” month in Alexandria.

Sunday, April 10

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Many Good Choices for Arlington Seniors

Need a ride to the doctor? Your computer break down? Want to join a group trip to a Nats game?

Montgomery Council Introduces Bill That Could Help Seniors Stay in Their Homes

Legislation that could enable many seniors 65 and older to defer increases on property taxes was presented in Montgomery County Council this week.

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Arlington: German Conversation for Fun

Seniors gather weekly in Arlington to engage in German

Last week the theme was "hats." Some people wore hats, and one person brought a computer printout of hats with names and historical dates associated. The weekly German conversation at the Langston-Brown Community and Senior Center is about to begin.

Arlington: Threading Your Way Through the Maze

Help for dementia patients and their families in Arlington; excellent services but many people don’t know what they are.

Laura “Fayse” Howard lives in the house her husband Allen built in South Arlington. The side entrance looks out on bird feeders hanging from a tree he planted. There is a bench big enough for two in the garden. The kitchen is the way kitchens used to be: cozy, galley size. In the living room, there are pictures of family, an antique organ, crocheted blankets, and a rescued dog named Diva who is keeping an eye on things from “her” armchair.

Friday, April 8

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Alexandria Appetite: 3 Spots to Dine Al Fresco This Spring

With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to grab a menu and eat outside.

Despite Mother Nature’s detour over the weekend, signs of spring are popping up everywhere. Cherry blossoms and Easter bunnies are sure signals of renewal, but when it comes to eating out, there’s only one way to tell spring is here: The patio furniture is dusted off, set out, and poised to welcome diners once more. Here are three restaurants that are ready to greet the season.

Speaker Series

Senior Services of Alexandria will present Aging Well, Working Together for a Livable Community for all Ages, next in a speaker series, on Wednesday, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria.

Luxury Condos are a Growth Market for Seniors

Active retirees seek options for independent living, including condos in Alexandria, Arlington, Tysons, Reston, McLean, Bethesda and Chevy Chase, among others.

When Joyce and Don Lipman decided to move out of their Potomac, Md. home, they opted for a high-end townhouse instead of a retirement community.

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Taking the Long View

Budgeted, incremental improvements are the key to effective planning, aging in place.

When they decided not to move-on after retirement, seniors Mike and Sandy Nusbaum slowly began enlarging their long-term residence with several goals in mind.

Golden Notes

Living well at any age.

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‘Shark Tank’ for Seniors

High school students design and present tech products to improve lives of older adults.

Chantilly High School freshman Aru Rajpurohit remembers seeing her great-grandfather struggle to drink his morning tea and other beverages, his hands shaking from Parkinson’s disease.

Week in Springfield

Weekly happenings in Springfield

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Springfield Sailor Trains ‘Air Wolves’

A 2001 Robert E. Lee High School graduate and Springfield native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically-advanced helicopter.

Springfield: Irving Middle School Students Win Essay Contest

Three Irving Middle School students won the West Springfield Rotary Club’s annual 4-Way Test essay contest.

Commentary: Government IDs for All Virginia Residents

In August of 2014, I organized a Hispanic Town Hall Meeting in Hybla Valley. I spent the first hour going over issues with constituents.

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Tour of Local Civil War Sites

The Friends of Fairfax Railroad Station Museum held a tour of Civil War sites on Saturday, April 2. Under rainy skies starting at 8:30 a.m., 18 people rode around Fairfax Station, Clifton and Centreville for seven hours in five cars, and stopped at local Civil War sites, while tour guides John McAnaw and Blake Myers shared their history expertise.

Fairfax: ‘Virginia Woolf’ at Old Town Hall

City of Fairfax Theatre Company presents Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.’

The City of Fairfax Theatre Company will present Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” from April 22 to May 8. Performances will take place in the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax.

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Fairfax: Farewell Party at Baskin Robbins

Owner searches for a new location.

Built in 1962, Baskin Robbins off of Fairfax Boulevard has served the final scoops in its historic location. Current owner Syed Ahmed is being forced to close the store because of eminent domain.

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Fairfax: Regional Regatta Held at Occoquan

The Regional Park Regatta on April 2 started out cold and rainy but by afternoon was a lovely day to be on the water at Sandy Run along the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station.

Obituary: Robert A. Valentine, 89, Dies

Robert A. Valentine died peacefully on Valentine's Day, Sunday February 14, 2016. He was 89 years old.

Letter: Sweet Memories

Since 1962 the Fairfax Baskin Robbins has been a place of happiness and great delight as the go to location for families to enjoy a sweet treat or the spot where many began their first job.

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Fairfax: Bite Me Cancer Unveils New Logo

Bite Me Cancer, a national nonprofit that supports teenagers who have all types of cancer and funds thyroid cancer research, unveiled its new logo during its Investors Breakfast held at its headquarters in the Fair Lakes Area of Fairfax.

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Fairfax: Providence Elementary STEM Lab Wins Excellence Award

Providence Elementary School’s STEM Lab was recognized as one of 24 programs worldwide as a program of excellence from the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association (ITEEA).

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Film Festival Returns to Fairfax, Bigger and Bolder

Northern Virginia International Film Festival to be held at Angelika Film Center April 21-30.

Returning for its second year, the Northern Virginia International Film Festival will continue to “create a slice of Hollywood in Northern Virginia; this year is even bigger and bolder” than its inaugural season at the Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District, said Fernando Mico, founder and director.

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Fairfax: Lanier Students Head to State Competition

They also must raise money to go to nationals.

More than two dozen students from Lanier Middle School, plus some Fairfax High School freshmen, are vying this Saturday in a statewide competition. On Thursday, April 7, they head to the Virginia Beach Conference Center for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference.

Area Roundups

Area happenings.

Thursday, April 7

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Letter: Help Prevent Child Abuse

If you see a blue pinwheel dotting the landscape in April, we hope you will pause and think about what it represents--National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Letter: Limiting Health Care Choices

To the Editor

Recently it was announced that Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna are planning to merge, which would severely limit the choices residents of the Commonwealth have when picking their healthcare provider.

Sanderson Honored for 25 Years of Civic Service in the Arts

Douglas J. Sanderson, a principal in the law firm of McCandlish & Lillard, P.C., was honored at the 2016 Fairfax County Federation of Citizens' annual awards banquet with a Citation of Merit recognizing his 25 years of “pro-bono legal service

Reston Volunteer Opportunities

Reston Association is looking for volunteers to participate in Habitat Heroes events on the fourth Saturday of each month (March-November).

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Reston: National Park Photographs Sought

The Reston Photographic Society, a special interest group of the League of Reston Artists, invites photographers to enter images of national parks in the RPS at Lake Anne show by May 10.

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Reston: Celebrating Bob Simon’s Legacy

Week-long events culminate with Founder’s Day celebration Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10.

Week-long events celebrating legacy of Reston Founder Bob Simon. who died in September, at the age of 101, will culminate with the Founder’s day celebrations on Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10.

Commentary: Citizens’ Ability to Know

A concern in Virginia over who was financing campaigns in the Commonwealth led the state’s largest newspapers in 1997 to create the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP).

Commentary: Is The Silver Line Bad Luck?

More seriously bad news about Metro fills our press reports again.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon

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Herndon: Speaking Japanese at Fox Mill Elementary

The school showcases Japanese Immersion Program.

Two hundred forty-six first through sixth graders at the Herndon school are enrolled in the Japanese Immersion program at Fox Mill Elementary. That 246 represents an impressive 40 percent of the entire student population.

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Herndon: The Taste of Mom’s Soup

Profile: Katharine Mardirosian of 100 Bowls of Soup.

When you first enter Herndon’s iconic store, 100 Bowls of Soup, herbal fragrances surround you and they may even transform your ideas of soup.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

Vienna: Up and Running!

Runners of all ages brave gusty winds and freezing temps to support James Madison High School’s Track & Field 5K Fun Run.

The popular slogan for James Madison High School in Vienna was particularly fitting Sunday morning, as hundreds of Mad Men - and women - braved raucous winds and bone-chilling cold to run, walk and jog in the 11th annual 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Track and Field program.

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Climate Solutions Summit Held in Oakton

Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, a Northern Virginia nonprofit that helps faith communities respond to climate change, hosted a summit in Oakton to bring faith leaders and local officials together.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Town of Vienna Police Department from March 25-31.

Vienna: MyEyeDr. Named Finalist in 10th Annual Helios Apollo Awards

MyEyeDr. has been named a finalist of the 10th Annual Helios Apollo Awards.

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Oakton’s Nest of Eagles

One Eagle Scout in the family is impressive enough, but the Hadinger family of Oakton has five.

Vienna Hosts Two Book Sales

Historic Vienna, Inc. and Friends of Patrick Henry Library offered more than 30,000 used books over April’s first weekend.

It was a big weekend over April 2 and 3 for Vienna-area book fairs. Both Historic Vienna, Inc. and Friends of Patrick Henry Library opened their doors to hundreds of residents and book dealers and offered thousands of inexpensive used books.

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Woman Robbed and Sexually Assaulted on Morning Walk in Springfield

Just after 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, a 40-year-old woman was robbed and sexually assaulted as she was walking alone around 6 a.m. behind the shopping center on the 7000 block of Commerce Street in Springfield.

Burke and Fairfax: New Bike Lanes Proposed for 7 Braddock District Roadways

New bicycle lanes are being proposed for Ravensworth Road, Coffer Woods Road, Burke Road, Patriot Drive, Guinea Road, Queensberry Avenue and Heritage Drive in Braddock District. The improvements would come as part of the Virginia Department of Transportation 2016 summer road repaving program.

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McLean and Great Falls: Langley to Present ‘Chicago’

McLean’s Jamie Goodson has performed on a lot of stages.

McLean and Great Falls: Cooper Middle Students Learn Coding

As the use of technology rises across the globe, so does the use for computer programming. However, as evidenced by the lack of young programmers, this fundamental skill is not being taught to the people who need it the most: students.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

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McLean: Three Potomac School Seniors Honored for Science Research

Spencer Perkins, Madeline Dubelier and Matt Spencer, seniors in The Potomac School's Science and Engineering Research Center program, were awarded first, third and fourth place respectively at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium regional finals, held at Georgetown University in March.

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Holly Hill Garden Club Says Goodbye to McLean, McLean Trees Foundation Receives Donation

After 52 years of volunteer service to the McLean community, the Holly Hill Garden Club announced that it will no longer operate due to retiring members.

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The Alden in McLean Awards Scholarships to Six Young Performing Artists

The Alden in McLean awarded scholarships to six local high school students for successfully competing in the 2016 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarship Competition.

Week in Great Falls

Farmers' Market starts outside

Great Falls Sailor Assumes Command of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75 "Wolf Pack" held its change of command ceremony March 18, at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego in front of distinguished guests and family members.

Letter: Required Reading

To the Editor

Tom Grubisich's account of the origins of Reston (“How You get from Carnegie Hall to Reston,” Connection, March 30-April 5, 2016) was a wonderfully written, lively piece of work that should be required reading for anyone hoping to enter journalism.

Letter: Inappropriate Use of FEMA Relief Funds

To the Editor

Your recent article "Fairfax County Schools to Apply for FEMA Relief Funds" is another example of attempting to exploit the American taxpayers.

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Great Falls: Local Children Meet Dairy Farming Past

Betty Nalls Swartz explains cow-milking to Forestville first graders.

Betty Swartz and Greg Haymans visited the Forestville Elementary School’s kindergarten last Wednesday, and first grade last Thursday to share how Great Falls used to be the most productive dairy farming community in Fairfax County.

Mount Vernon Brief: Community Champion Named

Storck honors Fitzsimmons of Alice’s Kids.

District Supervisor Dan Storck (D-Mount Vernon) named Alice’s Kids Executive Director and founder Ron Fitzsimmons his 2016 Community Champion, an honor typically bestowed at the Fairfax County Volunteer Service Awards. Fitzsimmons couldn’t attend this year’s awards so Storck recognized him in a ceremony at the Mount Vernon District Government Center on April 4.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Military Appreciation Night

YN2 Raymond Attaway (center) directs the Silent Drill Team of the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard, while Hayfield varsity lacrosse players look on, at last year’s Military Appreciation Night.

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Mount Vernon Letter: Decision on Re-paving

Letter to the Editor

As members of the community well know and as their daily commutes to and from work remind them, one of the most pressing needs in Northern Virginia is enhancement of transportation infrastructure.

Mount Vernon Column: IDs for All


In August of 2014, I organized a Hispanic Town Hall Meeting in Hybla Valley. I spent the first hour going over issues with constituents.

Mount Vernon Column: Celebrating Donor Awareness Day


This upcoming Monday is Donor Awareness Day, created by the Virginia State Legislature in 1997 to celebrate the contributions of organ and tissue donors.

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Alexandria Business: Teaism Goes Cold

By the end of April, healthy food restaurant Teaism will close.

After four years as part of the first wave of the North Old Town renaissance, the Teaism Restaurant on on N St. Asaph Street will close on April 24.

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Alexandria: Uniting for Clean Energy

Rally spotlights climate change’s effects on people.

A rally to support clean power, held in Market Square on April 2, was interrupted by a heckler denouncing climate change as a fraud. For attendees of the rally, it was an unexpected disturbance, but the legislators hosting the event say it’s par for the course.

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Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Evidence

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course hosted by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to offer citizens a better understanding of how the department works. Throughout the course, participants sit in on emergency calls and ride along with police officers on patrol.

Alexandria: Robbery Ends in Murder

Local grandfather remembered as pillar of community.

Melaku Abraha loved walking. It was his favorite way to explore Alexandria, and family and neighbors in particular remember his frequent walks near his home on South Alfred Street. On March 28, at around 9:33 p.m., he was found conscious but badly injured just a block from his home. A robbery and assault left Abraha with serious head injuries. He was hospitalized, but his condition continued to deteriorate and four days later he died.

Alexandria Snapshot: MacArthur Shining Stars

Douglas MacArthur Elementary School students raised $9,359.33 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student Series program.

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Alexandria: Obamas Celebrate Easter

... at Alfred Street Baptist Church.

For the second year in a row, the White House’s First Family celebrated Easter on Sunday morning with members and visitors of Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) in Alexandria.

Alexandria Letter: Selective Taxing

Letter to the Editor

This past Friday, the Governance Subcommittee of the Waterfront Commission met at the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership’s (AEDP) headquarters in a work session led by Charlotte Hall, who is the Waterfront Commission chairwoman.

Alexandria Letter: Constructing History

Letter to the Editor

History books – and instructors – are not infallible. For example, although our Massachusetts President John F. Kennedy’s Thanksgiving Proclamations issued more than 50 years ago acknowledged Virginia’s Berkeley Hundred Thanksgiving celebration on Dec. 4, 1619, American history texts and teachers still credit the Pilgrims’ 1621 event as the first on these shores by the English. Why do the texts mostly written and edited in Boston and N.Y. not credit Virginia’s preeminence? Why should we care?

Alexandria Letter: Funding Pre-K Centers

Letter to the Editor

Last year, a joint effort by the Alexandria City Public Schools and the City of Alexandria resulted in the creation of a Long Range Educational Facilities Plan (LREFP).

Alexandria Letter: Unnecessary Expense

Letter to the Editor

The City Council’s proposal to remove a statue memorializing our city’s common soldiers who died to protect their state, homes and loved ones from invaders should be unthinkable. And erase all Confederate street names? Must we be defined by such misguided and ignominious acts? George Washington’s, George Mason’s and Robert E. Lee’s hometown must set a better example — not destroy our American heritage.

Alexandria Letter: Volunteers are Champions

Letter to the Editor

April 10-16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week. It is a time to reflect on the civic traditions that make American communities great, and one of the best times to recognize and thank volunteers for their incredible efforts and inspiring actions.

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Alexandria: Two Brothers are Going for the Gold

TC track stars raising funds to reach Rio.

Noah and Josephus Lyles, along with their 4x100 meter relay team from T.C. Williams High School, are headed to the Arcadia Invitational in California this weekend as they continue their quest to reach the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Alexandria Snapshot: A Tasty Thank You

Owner Rob Krupicka sent Sugar Shack donuts to the nurses at Georgetown University Hospital as a thank you for their care of Alexandria resident Mary Wadland, fourth from left, who underwent an emergency liver transplant Feb. 25 following an excessive dose of acetaminophen. Wadland remains in the hospital but is expected to return to her Del Ray home soon. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with expenses while she recuperates. See

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Alexandria Snapshot: Welcome

Mayor Allison Silberberg, center, and members of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce were on hand March 31 as Long and Foster welcomed Victoria KilCullen and Christie’s Real Estate to their firm. Kilcullen will launch the Christie’s line, a division of Long and Foster Luxury brand, in Alexandria and cover the Northern Virginia region. Shown at the March 31 reception at Principle Gallery are: Former Gov. Jim Gilmore, Christie’s International senior vice president Kathleen Coumou, Chamber of Commerce CEO Joe Haggerty, Silberberg, Long and Foster President Boomer Foster, Kilcullen, Councilwoman Del Pepper and Chamber of Commerce Vice President Shari Simmans.

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Alexandria Column: Strut with Your Mutt for a Good Cause


Alexandria’s Walk for Animals on May 1 will be a first for a 6-year-old toy fox terrier called Gorgeous. A former show dog champion, Gorgeous has walked the 1.5-mile course around Old Town before, but this will be her first time attempting the Walk without vision. Gorgeous lost her eyesight in December to acute glaucoma.

Alexandria Column: A Proposal for Interim Fitzgerald Square Plan


I propose an interim plan for Fitzgerald Square that differs significantly from the two “schemes” city staff has proposed. Specifically, this plan will (1) maximize the use of the existing facilities at the Fitzgerald Square location, (2) meet pressing parking needs in the immediate waterfront area, and (3) cost much less than the schemes staff has proposed.

Wednesday, April 6

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Earns First Win Over TC Since 2009

Somuah’s two goals lead Wolverines past Titans.

The West Potomac boys' soccer team defeated T.C. Williams 3-1 on Monday.

Send in Mother's Day Photos to the Connection

Mother’s Day is May 8 this year and as usual every year at this time, this newspaper calls for submissions to our Mother’s Day photo gallery.

Editorial: Move Forward with Independent Oversight

While FCPD has embraced many critical changes, supervisors need to move forward with oversight.

Last week, the Fairfax County Police Department posted a list and progress report of 202 recommendations made by the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission, each currently labeled as one of: implemented, in progress or under review.

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First Responders Honored at 38th Annual Valor Awards

‘Ready for All Emergencies’

Technician Ryland Chapman and Lieutenant Lawrence Mullin with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department were preparing to return home from a deployment with Virginia Task Force 1 to earthquake-rocked Kathmandu, Nepal when another quake sent them back out for duty.

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Burke: Robinson Girls’ Lax Dominating Opponents

Rams beat Lake Braddock, 19-1.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team defeated Lake Braddock 19-1 on Tuesday.

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Alexandria Appetite: From Sauces to Spices, She Peppers Packs a Punch

Two-woman team of pepper purveyors is expanding its farmer’s market reach — and gaining shelf space in stores.

Many of Alexandria’s gardeners are just beginning to put their spring vegetables in the ground, last-minute frost be darned. But for Stephanie Freeman and Vickie Lucas, the business of peppers is a year-round affair. Instead of waiting until April to till the soil, they’ve been awaiting the beginning of farmer’s market season — and the expansion of their sauce-and-spice business, She Peppers.

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Lawmakers Wrap-up Richmond Legislative Session

Unspent TANF grant money, prisoner rights among social issues discussed.

On average, low income families in Virginia who are eligible and sign up for funds from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant receive $269 monthly and are cut off after five years. But lawmakers say there’s a lot more unexpended money available in the federal grant that, if it remains unused, could one day be taken back.

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‘Share Your Hair’ at Westfield High School

Allie Bush, an 11th grader at Westfield High School, working with other Class of 2017 officers, will be holding a hair-cutting opportunity at school so that classmates and teachers can donate hair for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths Program.

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Clifton Snapshot: Autism Awareness

Students at Union Mill Elementary School participate in the Autism Awareness Program. The program includes six stations in the gym that are designed to create awareness of some challenges children with autism may experience.

Oak Hill Letter: Outrageous Budget Requests

Letter to the Editor

The following statement was addressed to the Board of Supervisors and the Board of Education.

Centreville Letter: Countering Terrorism With Interfaith Prayer

Letter to the Editor

We often see Muslims in the media creating terrorism, but the Muslims of the Ahmadiyya Community are fighting against it.

After 15 Years, Wolfe Admits Guilt

Writes confession saying he killed Danny Petrole.

After 15 years of denying that he ordered the killing of Danny Petrole, Justin Wolfe reversed himself last week in a handwritten confession. In it, he admitted giving the go-ahead to the man who carried out the hit.

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Centreville: ‘He and Erin Are Together’

Grafton Peterson, Virginia Tech victim’s father, dies at 57.

Like most people, Grafton Peterson experienced both great joy and great sadness in his life. He had a long and happy marriage and two children he adored. But he outlived both his daughters and, on March 18, succumbed to a heart attack at age 57.

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Potomac Snapshot: St. Francis Thrift Sale

At the April 2 St. Francis Thrift Sale were (from left) Matilda Koroma, Helen Stupar, Mardy O'Neil, Chuck Byrd, Mary Ashworth, Barbara Cantey, Carol Jarvis, Andy Jordan, and Lynne Astrich.

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Potomac Health & Fitness: Launching Springtime Routine

10 tips for exercising after a winter’s delay.

The minute the weather edges up over the 60s and sunshine abounds, streets and sidewalks are crammed with bikers, joggers, walkers, strollers — everyone thinking about fitness and squeezing into spring clothes and swimsuits after a winter of sitting on the couch. However, to launch a springtime exercise routine, one needs to consider a number of factors.

Local Author To Discuss His Novel at Potomac Library

Neil Currie crafts “The Stanstead Incident.”

“I hated to see my words just disappear into thin air.” Neil Currie, longtime news anchor for the Voice of America, Congressional correspondent for Westinghouse Broadcasting and writer for ABC News spent his career writing for media presentations – and listening to the words he had written evaporate as soon as they were spoken.

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Potomac Snapshot: Holi Festival of Colors

Holi DC offers participants the chance to douse friends, family and strangers alike with powdered rainbow colors — and to feast on vegetarian food, dance to the music of kirtan, and welcome the arrival of spring. It will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ISKCON Temple at 10310 Oaklyn Drive, Potomac. Admission is free and open to the public.

Potomac Obituary: L. Manning Muntzing

L. Manning Muntzing, 81, of Potomac, died Monday, March 28, 2016, while in Hospice Care, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Potomac Letter: Industry View Of Recycled Rubber

Letter to the Editor

It’s certainly positive news that three federal agencies have announced they will work together to conduct a study on fields with infill made of recycled rubber.

Potomac Column: Master Plan’s Wild Rollercoaster Ride


Montgomery County took the Potomac Subregion Master Plan out for a spin this past month. Unfortunately, it was a very rough ride. But the events did underscore how critical the Master Plan is in managing growth in our neighborhoods.

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Clarendon Farmer’s Market Season Opens

Encouraging healthier eating.

The Clarendon Farmer’s Market at Courthouse slipped into its summer season amidst the raindrops on Saturday, April 2. Chester Beahm has driven 60 miles from Rivington, Va. to open his cheese stand at 8 a.m. Fields of Grace Farm offers four aged cheeses, four flavored cheese curds, two flavors of mozzarella, feta and more.

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Arlington: The Undocumented American Story

Dinner with Beyer highlights difficulties facing undocumented immigrants in Northern Virginia.

The Pintos are an all-American family. Jerry Pinto, a 50-year-old man with a thick moustache, works in construction. He says he doesn't speak English and he lets his daughter do most of the translating.

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Arlington: Business Panel Judges Young Entrepreneurs

Student entrepreneurs took the stage on March 31 in the Reinsch Library Auditorium at Marymount University to present their business plans before a panel of local business leaders and a public audience.

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Arlington Snapshot: United Way Presents Grants

United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) awarded $100,000 in Community Impact grants to seven nonprofit partners serving in Arlington.

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Arlington Snapshot: The Bartlett

Vornado introduces its newest apartment community, The Bartlett, 699 apartment homes atop a new Whole Foods Market with views of the Washington skyline.

Arlington Letter: National Issue in the Neighborhood

Letter to the Editor

It is no secret that firearms regulations are a “hot-button” political issue in this particularly contentious election year. And sadly, a series of attempts to strategically place gun stores near educational institutions, and the densely populated residential neighborhoods around them, have turned Arlington County communities into microcosms of this national debate.

Arlington Letter: Argentinean National Day Celebration

Letter to the Editor

It is interesting to share the wonderful and challenging moments in the history of the Argentinean National Day Festival Celebration. The committee pioneered the idea of sharing with the Argentine, Hispanic and international community’s some of the food, arts, and culture of Argentina. It has always been a pleasure to showcase events in Arlington and to present young artists and famous performers at the acclaimed "Festival Argentino."

Tuesday, April 5

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Arlington: W-L Boys’ Soccer Has State Title Aspirations

Nunez scores two goals in win over Wakefield.

The Washington-Lee boys' soccer team defeated Wakefield 4-1 on Monday.

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Vienna: Defense Leads Oakton Girls’ Lax to Win Over Madison

Palmucci scores two goals for Cougars.

The Oakton girls' lacrosse team beat Madison 10-8 on Saturday.

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McLean Pitcher Clines Strikes Out 10 in Win Over Langley

Grammes drives in winning run with walk-off single.

The McLean baseball team beat Langley on Friday.

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Herndon Pitcher Menendez No-Hits Rival South Lakes

Hornets beat Seahawks 2-0, improve to 5-1.

Herndon pitcher Antonio Menendez threw a no-hitter against South Lakes

Monday, April 4

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Meet the Living Legends of Alexandria

14 honored for community contributions.

The 2016 Living Legends of Alexandria were honored March 15 at the Meet the Legends reception, where more than 200 people turned out to celebrate the accomplishments of 14 individuals who have made a significant impact on the city.

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Arlington Snapshot: Easter Egg Hunt

Siblings with matching buckets, brightly-colored baskets and decorated sacks line up for the starting shout from Potomac Overlook Regional Park manager Roy Geiger on March 22. This is the first annual Easter Egg hunt, and 75 had signed up on-line by the 11 a.m. starting time.

Friday, April 1

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: April 1-10


Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: April 1-10


Events near Potomac, Md.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: April 1-10


Events in Arlington Co., Va.