Stories for July 2016

Stories for July 2016


Sunday, July 31

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Police Investigating Two Deaths in Fairfax Fire as Murder-Suicide

Fairfax County Police have now released the name of Roy Eugene Rumsey, 58, as one of the two dead bodies that were found during a house fire in Fairfax on July 27.

Friday, July 29

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 160 homes sold between $2,500,000-$225,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: June, 2016

Springfield Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 238 Springfield homes sold between $1,040,000-$163,500.

Springfield Home Sales: June, 2016

Reston Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 122 Reston homes sold between $1,265,000-$170,000.

Reston Home Sales: June, 2016

Potomac Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 96 Potomac homes sold between $4,275,000-$439,000.

Potomac Home Sales: June, 2016

Mount Vernon Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 155 homes sold between $1,650,000-$95,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: June, 2016

McLean Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 139 homes sold between $4,250,000-$183,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: June, 2016

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 136 homes sold between $1,280,000-$177,500 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: June, 2016

Great Falls Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 38 Great Falls homes sold between $2,520,000-$510,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: June, 2016

Fairfax Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 131 Fairfax homes sold between $1,280,000-$149,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: June, 2016

Chantilly Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 32 homes sold between $916,000-$194,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: June, 2016

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

In June, 2016, 133 homes sold between $1,110,000-$189,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 134 Centreville homes sold between $1,070,000-$183,000.

Centreville Home Sales: June, 2016

Burke Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 89 Burke homes sold between $999,000-$239,500.

Burke Home Sales: June, 2016

Arlington Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 342 Arlington homes sold between $3,343,085-$6,970.

Arlington Home Sales: June, 2016

Alexandria Home Sales: June, 2016

In June, 2016, 281 Alexandria homes sold between $1,795,000-$99,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: June, 2016

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Senior Dogs: Untold Stories

Like many geriatrics, senior dogs in our area are illness survivors and living with a range of conditions including arthritis, hip dysplasia and chronic back pain.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: July 29-Aug. 7


Events near Potomac, Md.

Thursday, July 28

Community Works Together To Alleviate Hunger

Food for Others assemble backpacks of non-perishable food.

Food for Others started its Power Pack Program -P3- in Fairfax County four years ago "after we noticed the need and heard from school counselors. We started with eight schools and are now up to 28," according to Jessica Cogen, director of development and outreach of Food for Others. Cogen also emphasized that "we are seeking to expand the number of schools served this year to help meet the need."

Fairfax Snapshot: Collecting Food for Others

The Cleaning Authority of Fairfax collected 224 bags of canned food totaling 994 pounds for the Food for Others food bank over the summer as part of a national initiative, The Cleaning Authority CARES.

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New Jeep, Trucks and Off-road Business Opens in Fairfax City

Quality Performance Group, QPG, an automotive aftermarket company focusing on Jeeps, pickup trucks and off-road vehicles, recently opened on Draper Drive in Fairfax City.

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Snapshot: Evenings on the Ellipse in Fairfax

Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra entertained the crowd on Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during an Evenings on the Ellipse concert on the grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center.

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Springfield Snapshot: Celebrating 100th Birthday

Beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, Maria Vicenta Ayala Amaya of Springfield celebrated 100 years of living.

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Springfield: Richard Byrd Library’s CoderDojo a Success

Program for children extended through October 2017.

More than three dozen children attended the second CoderDojo class held at the Richard Byrd Library in Springfield on Saturday, July 16.

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Lorton: Something Big Coming to the Workhouse

‘BrewFest’ and musical entertainment set for Aug. 13.

Stepping out to find new and unique “ways to enhance the Workhouse Art Center’s role as a key driver of economic and cultural momentum” in Northern Virginia is a major goal, said Ava Spece, Workhouse CEO/President in a recent interview.

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Fairfax Station: Homeward Trails Working to Clear The Shelter

Homeward Trails has 12-14 dogs adopted every weekend and 2,000 pets every year.

Last year Homeward Trails Adoption Center in Fairfax Station had 23 dogs adopted during the national “Clear The Shelters Initiative.” The nonprofit houses 50 dogs in their facility as well as a number of dogs and cats in their foster homes.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Remember to ‘Move Over’

On Tuesday, July 19, shortly after 8 p.m., a police officer from the Mount Vernon District made a traffic stop on southbound Interstate 95 near the exit for Route 1.

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Alexandria Column: Youth Education — Keeping Kids Motivated

Commentary-Community Lodgings

Summer is often anything but a vacation for low-income students, according to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA).

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Mount Vernon: Quander Road Stream Reconstruction Coming

Intention to stop massive sediment runoff flowing into Dyke Marsh

It’s safe to say Dyke Marsh should not be orange. Yet about two years ago, that’s what members of the group Friends of Dyke Marsh who lived in the River Tower condo building observed.

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Mount Vernon: Second Embark Richmond Highway Meeting Held

More than 200 attended the session at West Potomac High School

More than 200 community members came out to West Potomac High School Monday night, July 25, for the second Embark Richmond Highway informational meeting.

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Springfield Sharpshooter Bound for Rio

She’s not worried about hitting the bowl. Just striking the one-to-two-inch air rifle target from ten meters won’t win you a medal. It’s not even the middle ring, the size of a pencil eraser, that Springfield resident Ginny Thrasher is fixated on. It’s the dot in the center of that. Ten points.

Three Reported Shooting Incidents in Clifton, Fairfax Station

Detectives from the Sully District Fairfax County Police station continue to investigate three incidents of homes being fired on in Clifton and Fairfax Station. They don’t know yet whether the events are related, but don’t believe the acts of violence to be random either.

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Fairfax County: Non-profit Our Daily Bread Changes Name To Britepaths

Fairfax-based non-profit Our Daily Bread has changed its name to Britepaths.

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Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Springfield: Pokémon Go event hosted at Sully government center

With Fairfax County Police officers blocking traffic, dozens of community members crossed Stonecroft Boulevard in front of the Sully District government center in Chantilly.

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Fairfax County: School Board Work Session Draws Transgender Regulation Protesters

The Fairfax County School Board was scheduled to discuss new regulations for addressing daily life at school for students who identify as transgender or gender-nonconforming at July 21 work session held at the school system’s Gatehouse Road headquarters in Falls Church.

Wednesday, July 27

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Mount Vernon: Huntley Meadows Park Wins Award

The wetlands restoration project at Huntley Meadows Park will be among the honorees this weekend when the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) holds its summer meeting in Long Beach, Ca. It has been selected as a winner of a NACPRO Environmental/Conservation Award.

Mount Vernon: Board Approves Financing to Preserve Affordable Housing in Huntington Area

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) to make a loan of up to $5.65 million to Christian Relief Services of Virginia (CRSVA) for the acquisition of a 113-unit apartment complex, Huntington Gardens, in the Lee District.

Mount Vernon: Police Investigate Thefts of ATM Machines

Detectives are investigating a series of ATM thefts that have been occurring around the region, including Fairfax County.

A Mother’s Grief: Arrest in Hall Homicide

An arrest in Saquan Hall homicide brings cycle of revenge to a close, but no satisfaction.

In the days after Saquan Hall’s murder, his mother, Patrice Hall, learned details about the shooting. She learned how he was shot once, stumbled, fell, and how the man who killed her son came up and shot him again in the head. The details, Patrice Hall says, that no mother should ever have to learn about her son.

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New Heights for Alexandria

Impending 355 foot residential tower is just the start for Carlyle’s upward growth.

While arguments rage in Old Town over three- and four-story buildings, at the western end of Eisenhower Avenue the city is moving forward with plans for some of the tallest buildings in Northern Virginia.

Alexandria People at Work: Act, Sing and Dance Through Summer

Michael Page is the Director of summer camps at LTA.

"Everyone ready to go on stage? Awesome!" The Counselors In Training at The Little Theatre of Alexandria Summer Camp have just rolled up the comic strip backdrop of villains and heroes created by the 3-5 grade group. The actors have been practicing giving each other a punch because, “We are superheroes for goodness sake. But we need to be focused so people don't get hurt."

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Alexandria Snapshot: For 18th Century Ship

Old Town Civic Association President Yvonne Weight Callahan presents Alexandria City Archaeologist Dr. Fran Bromberg (center) a check for $4,000 on July 20 to help conserve the 18th century ship remains excavated at 220 South Union Street. Laboratory conservation should commence this year and will take several years. At left is Eleanor Green of Alexandria Archaeology.

Alexandria Letter: Change Name of Jefferson Davis Highway

Letter to the Editor

Over the last several months of testimony given before the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street names, many chose “history” as their primary community value for the preservation of the memorials and street signs just as they are.

Alexandria ‘Fights the Bite’

The Alexandria Health Department held a community meeting about Zika and mosquitoes on Wednesday, July 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Alexandria Beatley Library.

Three Reported Shooting Incidents in Clifton, Fairfax Station

Detectives from the Sully District Fairfax County Police station continue to investigate three incidents of homes being fired on in Clifton and Fairfax Station. They don’t know yet whether the events are related, but don’t believe the acts of violence to be random either.

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Fairfax: Students Win Silver Medals at Nationals

They participated in an FCCLA competition in California.

When local students Christian Heiche, Chloe Kim and Laura Stravach flew home from California recently, they did so with something new around their necks – silver medals.

Reston Chapter of The Links Awards Scholarships

The Reston Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a civic organization of women, awarded scholarships to 11 deserving students of Herndon and South Lakes High Schools, and prospective teacher education majors from Lake Braddock Secondary School and Hayfield High School.

Herndon: By Popular Demand

Herndon’s illusion artist Derek Jaspers returns to NextStop Theatre with encore performance.

With a sold-out performance when Herndon’s Derek Jaspers first appeared at NextStop Theatre just a few weeks ago with his deception and sleight of hand skills, audiences clamored for a return engagement.

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Herndon Team Wins Conrad Spirit Challenge

Students win first place for international business and innovation competition.

The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge began in August 2015 with more than 500 students from 16 countries creating concepts, products and services to help humanity. More than 90 teams advanced to the Finals of the Challenge, hosted at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Herndon’s Pet Celebrity

Godsey joined the Phipps family in 2002 and since has grown to be a central member of his neighborhood.

Godsey, three-fourth dachshund and one-fourth Jack Russell, joined the Phipps Family in 2002. He was born on Veteran’s Day on a family farm in Abingdon, Va. Now fourteen years old, Godsey has lost all his teeth causing his tongue to hang endearingly outside his mouth, and has lost hearing in both ears.

Herndon Letter: SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program Needs Help

Letter to the Editor

SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program would like to ask for your support by sharing our story in community and supporting our efforts to provide continuing service for families in need in our community. SPIRIT is a recognized non-profit dedicated to its mission. We are a transparent, professional organization, with International recognition, which serves all of Fairfax County. In order to provide continuing service to Fairfax County residents, we need to begin a public dialogue with any entities who can provide a sustainable solution for this situation.

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A Herndon Year

Arts Herndon announced the winners for the 6th Annual Herndon Town Calendar Photo Competition. The prize-winning art will be highlighted in the upcoming Herndon Calendar, which is mailed to every business and resident of the town in December.

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‘Big’ at Herndon High

Herndon Grand Musical Theatre Experience presents “Big The Musical.”

The Grand Musical Theatre Experience returned to Herndon High School with a production of “Big The Musical” by John Weidman, music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. Cast of the musical performed at a July Herndon Friday Night Live event on the Town Green. The show is directed by Morganne Davies with musical direction by Dana Van Slyke, and is based upon the 1988 motion picture "Big" written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.

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Herndon: An Appeal to Keep SPIRIT Alive

Horses used to bring a magic of healing and improving a quality of lives for centuries. Today, more than ever humans need healing and better life skills and experience. This is what we with horses at SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program, Inc. do to serve community.

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Reston: Not Your Average Summer Camp

SySTEMic Solutions Robotics Camp teaches children real-world skills for building, coding robots.

Having fun, making friends and building robots? For some Fairfax County children, it’s all in a day’s camp.

Reston: Kodi, Canine Good Citizen, Enjoys Evening at Dog Park

Kodi, short for Kodiak, is among the larger dogs at Baron Cameron Dog Park in Reston on Thursday, July 14. The rest of the dogs make up in spirit what they lack in size. Kodi is playful and kind to them all.

Reston Column: Coming Back Home

Independent Progressive

We returned just yesterday from travel to Vietnam and Cambodia, distant places where we were mostly beyond the reach of the internet for two weeks. I’ve been fascinated by changes which took place and disappointed by things I’d hoped would change but didn’t while we were so far away.

Reston Column: Don't Tread on Me


For a short time when I was in college I sold Fuller brushes and home cleaning products door to door to make money to pay my bills.

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Architectural Gem: Round Two

Board of Supervisors to decide history and future of the American Press Institute Tuesday, July 26.

The fate of a modern architectural gem in Reston could be decided this week when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors considers an application to construct more than 40 homes on the site of the American Press Institute.

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Reston: Failing Shopping Center or Village Center?

Planning Commission approves redevelopment of Tall Oaks; application to be heard by Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 26.

Developers want to redevelop Tall Oaks Village Center Shopping Center, “with a mix of residential and commercial and office uses.”

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Reston Lions Install New Officers

The Reston Lions Club new officers were officially installed by Past District Governor, Jim Ryan, at its regular meeting on July 20 held at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. Pictured from left are Jim Ryan, Secretary and Treasurer; Steve Reber, Director; Pat McCann, President; Chuck Griffith, Director and Andy Goodman, Director. The Reston Lions Club emphasizes the preservation of sight and hearing, providing information on diabetes and the collection of eyeglasses and hearing aids for recycling.

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Native Trees for McLean Neighborhoods

Homeowners can improve the environment and contribute to the health of their neighborhood by planting a native tree in their front yard this fall or next spring with the help of the McLean Trees Foundation (MTF).

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Vienna: Enjoying Summer on the Green

Stories, singing, dancing and sprinklers on the Vienna Town Green.

Children, parents, grandparents and nannies gathered beneath a large oak tree on Wednesday, July 20 to enjoy Vienna’s Summer Stories & Sprinklers. Held weekly on Vienna’s Town Green, it provides easy and relaxing entertainment. A story is read, followed by music to sing and dance to before the children don bathing suits to play in the sprinklers.

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Alexandria Appetite: 3 Cool Menus for Hot Days

Here are three restaurants to refresh you as the mercury soars.

There’s no denying it: The dog days of summer have arrived in full force. Local thermometers have flirted with the triple-digit mark all week long, and normally bustling King Street has found its sidewalks nearly empty as residents take shelter from the heat. When you’re looking for some cooler fare, try these restaurants on for size.

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Centreville Snapshot: Scouting

Twenty-eight scouts and nine adults from Boy Scout Troop 30 of Centreville, attended Camp Pipsico Scout Reservation in Spring Grove, Va., the week July 10-16.

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Snapshot: ‘Cancerversary’ Dinner

Nikki Ferraro, (holding microphone, center), the founder of Bite Me Cancer, is surrounded by fellow cancer survivors during the cake cutting at Bite Me Cancer’s “Cancerversary” Dinner, April 23, at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner.

A Tale of Drug-Dealing, Money and Murder

On March 15, 2001, Centreville High grad Danny Petrole, 21, was shot and killed outside his Bristow townhouse. The crime involved drug-dealing and money, and the shooter – Chantilly High grad Owen Barber IV, 21, who pleaded guilty in court – received 38 years in prison.

Wolfe Sentenced to 41 Years in Prison

Convicted of the March 2001 murder of Danny Petrole.

Except for the prosecutors, no one involved in Justin Wolfe’s murder sentencing last week left the courtroom happy. The victim’s family still grieves a son, Wolfe’s family continues to have a hole in it and Wolfe, himself, has decades more to serve in prison.

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WFCM Seeks Community’s Help Providing Backpacks

Hoping to furnish them for 2,000 local schoolchildren.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is once more collecting new backpacks for local students in need. It hopes to provide nearly 2,000 backpacks for qualified, low- income children attending 23 different schools in the Centreville, Chantilly and Westfield high school pyramids, plus Mountain View High.

Tuesday, July 26

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Senator Kaine Hosts Interfaith Forum

Senator Tim Kaine spends last day before VP pick showing why Virginia matters.

No one knew it at the time, but Sen. Timothy M. Kaine’s (D-Va.) public appearances moderating roundtables in Northern Virginia last Thursday, July 21 would be his last day of relative political anonymity before being catapulted to political prominence 24 hours later as Hillary Clinton’s pick for her Vice-Presidential running mate.

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Sasha Meets Biscuit in Great Falls

At Baron Cameron Dog Park, located in Reston, on Thursday July 14, Sasha makes his way to a group of excited children to get ear scratches and pets. Sasha is a regular at Baron Cameron even though he resides with his family in Great Falls.

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Great Falls: Troop 673 Promotes Six Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 673, sponsored by the Great Falls United Methodist Men, held a much larger Eagle ceremony than usual, when it celebrated the promotion of six graduating seniors as new Eagle Scouts on June 18.

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Great Falls: Time to Get Involved

Great Falls Citizens Association encourages members to get involved in its stormwater management task force, especially as it pertains to land use cases.

Dranesville Planning Commissioner John Ulfelder announced last Thursday that a decision on The Gulick’s Group application to develop 11 acres of undeveloped, forested land would be deferred until September.

McLean: Honoring Brave Companions

Paws of Honor provides veterinary care for retired K-9s.

Some of our nation’s security forces receive no benefits upon retirement-- K-9s. Twenty-eight retired K-9s are patients of McLean based 501c not for profit Paws of Honor, which pays 100 percent of its retired K-9s’ veterinary expenses. Paws of Honor opened six months ago, and according to the organization’s founder and president, Bod Youngblood, Paws of Honor expects to serve 60 to 80 dogs by the end of the year.

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Oakton Otter Divers Improve to 2-1-1

The Oakton Otter divers continued their winning streak, beating Donaldson Run on Tuesday, July 19, with a final score of 49 to 22.

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McLean: Right of Way to Education?

Decision regarding expansion of Falls Church City school that operates on county land expected this week.

Falls Church Mayor David Tarter crossed county and McLean borders to advocate for the expansion of Mount Daniel Elementary School, a school he called “a cornerstone of our small community.”

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McLean: Commission to Hear Sunrise in Fall

Assisted living facility application rescheduled to September.

The Planning Commission has deferred Sunrise’s proposed application to build an assisted living facility at the corner of Kirby and Westmoreland in McLean this September.

McLean: Best Golf Buddy

Local golf pro’s sidekick is man’s best friend.

Four years ago, local golf pro Kirk Lucas of McLean and his two young daughters strolled into Home Depot and walked out with a new pet. It just so happened that the SPCA , the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was holding an event at the hardware store. They had brought some pets to Home Depot hoping some shoppers might bring a pet home with them.

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McLean Woman’s Club Holds Wine-Tasting, Kicks Off 50th Homes Tour

The Woman’s Club of McLean held a festive wine-tasting at Chain Bridge Cellars, in McLean, on Wednesday, July 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. to preview its 50th annual Holiday Homes Tour in December.

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McLean: Tribute Bands Perform in Alden Concert Series

Alden Theatre sponsors free concerts at McLean Central Park each Sunday in July.

McLean Central Park held the penultimate installment of the Alden Theatre’s 2016 free summer concert series on Sunday. Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, played for nearly two hours as part of the “I Volunteer as Tribute” themed series.

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McLean: MAGIC! on the Tyson’s Corner Plaza

Fans of all ages enjoy free, laid-back concert by chart topping band, MAGIC!

This past Friday, as the sun went down, the Canadian reggae fusion band MAGIC! performed for free on the Tyson’s Corner Plaza. The band is most-famously known for their hit “Rude,” which charted at No.1 in several countries worldwide.

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Vienna: Foster Fur Life

If you want to hang out with a furry friend, but cannot commit yourself full-time, consider fostering a baby in need of a loving transition to their fur-ever home.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Vienna

Vienna Youth Players bring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical to life.

The Vienna Youth Players have interpreted Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash Broadway musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” with an era twist. Turning its back on the traditional biblical setting of the play, the VYP has set its upcoming production as a 1920s period-piece in a nod to the timelessness of the story’s essence of friendship, steadfastness, and betrayal.

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Potomac: ‘PetConnect and their Citi Dogs’

For the volunteers of PetConnect Rescue, a dog and cat rescue organization located in Potomac, the adoption event is the heart of their outreach effort.

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Potomac: Finding Families for Homeless Pets

MCASAC participated in a nationwide “Clear the Shelter” weekend.

Unfortunately, not all homes last forever, and this is just as true for our four-legged friends as it is for us.

Potomac Brief: Helping Residents with Tax Returns

The RSVP/AARP Tax-Aide Program housed at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center recognized its nearly 150 volunteers on May 18 at an appreciation brunch hosted by Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane. These volunteers helped prepare 4,959 tax returns for 6,050 low-to-moderate income taxpayers, totaling $4,280,408 in refunds. To volunteer: see

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Bringing ‘A Delicate Balance’ to Potomac

Peace Mountain Theatre Company will produce the Edward Albee play in November.

Until just two years ago, there was only one professional Jewish theatre company in the entire D.C.-metropolitan area — Theater J in Washington, D.C. However, when theater professional Laurie T. Freed and a group colleagues realized their dreams of building a Jewish theatre in Potomac, Peace Mountain Theater Company, Montgomery County got its own professional Jewish theatre company.

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New Homes for Arlingtonians in Need

“In terms of affordable housing, we had nothing but positive things to say about it.”

The long struggle against declining affordable housing in Arlington just received a boost. The expansion of the South Rhodes Street project near Columbia Pike will include 105 new committed affordable housing units. More than half of those units will be multi-bedroom apartments. At the July 20 County Board meeting, board members praised the new affordable housing and unanimously approved the project.

Arlington Snapshot: Spring Class

Leadership Center for Excellence celebrated the accomplishments of 23 up-and-coming leaders during the Young Professionals Program Spring Class of 2016 graduation ceremony at Marymount University on in May.

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Arlington Snapshot: Holistic Gym

TRUE Health and Wholeness studio, owned by Christian and Nina Elliot, moved in May to a new location just off Columbia Pike on South Walter Reed Drive in Arlington. See

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Arlington Snapshot: National EMS Weekend of Honor

About 100 cyclists with the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride arrived in Arlington on May 20, to kick off the 2016 National EMS Weekend of Honor. The riders started in Boston on May 14. Each rider carried a set of dog tags in memory of an EMS honoree and, upon arrival at the hotel, presented a dog tag to family members, friends or associates of the fallen.

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Arlington Snapshot: Standing Room Only

The Barcroft Community House was filled to capacity on Sunday, June 5 when Crescendo, the Arlington Philharmonic’s Youth Chamber Music Program, presented its final concert of the season.

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Arlington Snapshot: Groundbreaking

Turning the first shovels of dirt on Columbia Hill Apartments on June 8.

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Arlington Snapshot: Clearing the Shelter

An exciting day on all sides at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Pets were available with waived adoption fees at shelters participating in the nationwide Clear the Shelter event.

Arlington Brief: Some Pet Adoption Resources

Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue: Homeward Trails Animal Rescue: Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation: Petfinder:

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Arlington: Fire Station 8 Will Remain on Lee Highway Site

County Board votes 4-1 to keep station where it is, praising task force efforts.

Marguerite Reed Gooden could not conceal her delight at the comments of County Board Member Christian Dorsey during the County Board vote on 19 June. Dorsey said he was voting to keep the Fire Station 8 where it is, rebuilding on the site, rather than relocating the fire station further north.

Monday, July 25

Mount Vernon: Clerk of Circuit Court Discusses Job with Chamber

Frey is in his fourth eight-year term.

Addressing the July 14 Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast meeting, John T. Frey, Clerk of the Circuit Court, reviewed the duties and responsibilities of his office and answered questions.

Friday, July 22

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Fairfax, Mount Vernon, Springfield: Families host children from underserved New York City communities

At 11, Rickay Martin of Queens has already done Washington, D.C. With her host family, the Thompsons of Springfield, she’s visited The Spy Museum, The White House, George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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Fairfax: Community Weighs in on Shirley Gate Extension

Dianna and Wayne Pennington own property at the corner of Popes Head Road and the Fairfax County Parkway. With an extension of Shirley Gate Road having been on Fairfax County’s transportation plan since 1991, they say they can’t sell the land with the project up in the air.

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Burke, Fairfax: Braddock’s Best Honored

Local outstanding citizens, organizations and businesses were recognized by the Braddock District Council of Community Associations and Braddock District Supervisor program with the annual Best of Braddock Awards.

Thursday, July 21

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Fairfax County: School Transgender Regulations in Limbo

Fairfax County Public Schools are holding off on implementing new regulations regarding transgender and gender nonconforming students.

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Fairfax County: Support for Police Auditor, Civilian Review Panel

Supervisors discuss independent oversight recommendations from Ad Hoc Commission.

Details of an independent auditor for Fairfax County police and a civilian panel to review cases of alleged FCPD abuse of authority or misconduct are still being hammered out. However there was general agreement among County Supervisors at the July 19 Public Safety Committee meeting that they are in favor of moving forward with the recommendations from the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission to create both entities for accountability.

Alexandria: The Band Plays On

Students, parents, and teachers reflect on music camp experience before Friday’s concert.

On Friday, the George Washington Middle will host a student orchestra and jazz concert. For attendees, the concert will be a free hour of live music. But for the performers, the concert is the culmination of a week of practice and learning at the Alexandria City Public Schools’ music camp.

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Alexandria: Market Affordable Homes in Freefall

Tax increases push rent increases; rent increases push out residents.

Alexandria has lost of 8,000 market affordable homes since 2010. Most weren’t lost to dramatic demolitions or fires. They were lost in moments like the one Clifford Wilkening is facing; where an increase in property taxes is forcing the owner of 31 buildings housing 200 city residents to consider his first rent increase in around eight years.

Alexandria People at Work: Walking through City’s History

“There is no real place called Mercy Street although it would have been right there on the 100th block of N. Fairfax Street," according to Meredith Barber, tour guide for DC Military Tours.

Wednesday, July 20

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Clifton Film Festival Returns Saturday

Roll out the red carpet once again! On Saturday, July 23, the Clifton Film Festival will return to the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center for its eighth annual appearance, as well as a departure from its original mission of showcasing the work of young, local filmmakers.

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Springfield: Koinonia Recognized for Emergency Relief

Del. Mark Sickles (D-43) recognized the more than five decades of Koinonia consistently providing emergency relief services in the Franconia and Kingstowne Communities.

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Fairfax City: Two Residents Honored with Mayor’s Awards

Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne honored two residents last week with special Mayor’s Awards.

Area Roundups

Area happenings

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Fairfax City: Cops and Kids Having Fun

City of Fairfax police held their second annual Cops and Kids Day, on July 13. Children learned safety lessons, saw SWAT team, K-9 and motorcycle-riding demonstrations and enjoyed popcorn and ice cream.

Commentary: A Day a Year Health Care

In a few days I will be driving about six hours from my home in Reston to Wise County in Southwest Virginia to volunteer at the Remote Area Medical Health Clinic at the county fairgrounds.

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Herndon: Friday Night Live! Rocks in Herndon

The bands Six to Midnight and Crazy in Stereo performed for free at Friday Night Live! last Friday, July 15 at the Town Green in downtown Herndon.

Letter: Clarifying Constitutional and Legal Rights

To the Editor

I want to offer a few corrections to the Commentary by Jennifer Boysko (D-86) in the July 6-12, 2016 edition of the Oak Hill-Herndon Connection (“Time to Stand Up to Anti-women Regulations.”)

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Herndon’s beloved principal to leave July 30 after creating foundation of hope

Herndon High School principal Dr. William Bates is leaving, but the philosophy of hopeology he instilled in the Hornet community will remain.

Letter: Keeping Young Minds Engaged in Summer

To the Editor

Summer means warmer weather and time for vacations. But it’s also a time when the average student loses nearly two months of academic knowledge.

Letter: Taking the Lead on Climate Change

To the Editor

Senator Tim Kaine took the the floor of the United States Senate, and displayed the potential for being a climate champion.

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McLean: Fighting Invasives, One Volunteer at a Time

Learn how to identify invasives, to eradicate invasives, and to get involved.

Week in Great Falls and McLean

Weekly happenings in Great Falls and McLean

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Great Falls: Community Encouraged to Get Involved in Land Use Cases

Citizens association calls for members to give feedback to Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on three land use cases.

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Great Falls Weekend: Places to Go

Things to do in Great Falls

Letter: Taking Exception

To the Editor

The Last week’s Connection included a Letter to the Editor from Elizabeth Torpey Bradsher ("School Board Politics and Transgender Policy.") I

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Food Truck Full of Temptations: Ed Hardy

Ed Hardy’s truck has recently been parked in Reston at lunchtimes, but often travels around Fairfax County to feed the hungry.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Music Video Premiere

Participants in the Kids Empowering Kids program of the Dream Dog Foundation pose for a photo with Mayor Allison Silberberg June 21 at Samuel Tucker Elementary School’s Empowerment Assembly following the premier of the group’s music video “Cyberbullying – Don’t Do It!” Also celebrating the video screening is school principal C. Rene Paschal, left, and Lorraine Friedman, director of the experiential learning program.

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Alexandria: Takin’ It to the Streets

Del Ray Music Festival moves to The Avenue.

Changes are brewing for this year’s Del Ray Music Festival, including a new location and the debut of pop-up beer gardens, a first for an outdoor street festival in the City of Alexandria.

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Alexandria: Beauticians, Barbers and Books

Literacy initiative targets youths on summer break.

Local barber shops and beauty salons across the city have united to promote Beauticians, Barbers and Books, a new literacy initiative to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer.

Mount Vernon Obituary: Joceile Milligan Nordwall

Joceile Nordwall, a lifelong dancer, loving Navy wife, mother of three sons, and grandmother to seven died of brain cancer on May 24, 2016.

Mount Vernon Letter: Save Taxes, Re-think Systems

Letter to the Editor

Every year in Fairfax County, we hear from our Board of Supervisors (BOS) that programs must be cut and taxes must be raised to balance the budget. Perhaps a more appropriate approach would be to closely examine county operations and eliminate wasteful practices.

Mount Vernon Letter: Christian Courage

Letter to the Editor

The Rev. Dr. Keary Kincannon thoughtfully addressed the issues of racial inequality and how race may affect law enforcement encounters in his commentary, “Still Much To Do on Race Relations” [Mount Vernon Gazette, July 14].

Mount Vernon: A Musing

I have a favorite T-shirt that has the following printed across the front: “George Washington For President.”

Alexandria: Making Progress Against Childhood Hunger

Serving up ways to provide food.

“When you look at the big picture of childhood hunger in Alexandria, you almost don't want to tackle it," said Melanie Gray, director of Outreach and Mission at Historic Christ Church in Alexandria. "So we take it one piece at a time."

Alexandria: Cora Kelly Pre-Testing Irregularity Under State Review

Administration takes disciplinary action against principal.

A pre-Standards of Learning test irregularity at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science, and Technology resulted in disciplinary action against Principal Brandon Davis and an ongoing investigation by the Virginia Department of Education.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Light on Streets, Not in Trees

City resident Ronald Gochenour writes: I believe that the citizens of the City of Alexandria deserve the key benefits of streetlights — enhancing crime deterrence and enhancing vehicular and pedestrian traffic safety. I have worked very hard to help keep the city safe and the city staff have fought me tooth and nail not to cut trees blocking lights. Lighting is a top priority? That is a joke.

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Alexandria: Local Artist Presents First Solo Exhibition

Jerry Loughlin displayed his artwork on July 14, in his first solo exhibition at @Home Real Estate.

Alexandria Letter: Residents Deserve Better

Letter to the Editor

Alexandria is not on the worldwide map of historical significant places by happenstance.

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Alexandria Obituary: Charles Somerset Parran

Charles Somerset Parran, 73, of Alexandria and Hillsboro, N.H., died on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Hillsboro House Nursing Home. Born in Washington, D.C. at Columbia Hospital on July 29, 1942, Charles grew up in Prince Frederick, Md.

Alexandria Obituary: Evalyn Tripp Hutzel

Former Alexandria resident Evalyn Tripp Hutzel, 100, of Medford, Oregon, died July 11, 2016 with her family by her side.

Alexandria Letter: Compile Better Data

Letter to the Editor

When we were surprised by the Bike Share station on S. Royal Street and asked the city why proper outreach and permitting was not followed, it came to my attention what a poor job that some city staff does disseminating data and information to City Council, committees and commissions.

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Alexandria Column: America Let’s Do Lunch

Senior Services of Alexandria

More than 10 million (1 in 6) seniors in the U.S. face the threat of hunger and more than 15 million (1 in 4) are living in isolation.

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Alexandria Column: The Mailbox

Not unlike a man of like age, it leans slightly as dictated by their common enemy, age. Eight decades will do that.

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Finding Echo

From Sri Lanka to Alexandria

On the way to the Metro stop, by the narrow alley way you pass every morning on the way to work, or even from the comfort of your own home you’ve seen your fair share of cautious glowing eyes belonging to one of the area’s many stray animals.

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Alexandria: Dropping Off 320 Pounds of Drugs

“Drug Take Back” event collects 11 bags of prescription drugs.

In front of the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, residents dropped medication into large clear trash liners within cardboard bins from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

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Alexandria: Sharks and Jets Take over LTA Stage

“West Side Story” features a Romeo and Juliet story on the gang-ridden streets of 1950’s New York.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting "West Side Story" from July 23 to Aug. 13, 2016. The musical features a Romeo and Juliet story on the gang-ridden streets of 1950’s New York, dominated by the Sharks and the Jets. Two teens from the warring gangs meet and fall in love, causing tension between their respective friends. Can the two lovers survive when hate and ignorance are unwilling to yield?

Centreville/Chantilly Brief: State Police Charge Three in Incidents along I-66

Virginia State Police have charged three men on various charges in relation to two separate incidents at the same scene along Interstate 66 near Exit 52 in Fairfax County on June 29.

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Virginia Run Achieves Two Victories

The Virginia Run Riptide achieved two victories during the fourth week of the NVSL summer season with a win at Wednesday’s Divisional Relay Carnival and a hard-fought win of 232 to 188 over the Cottontail Cobias on Saturday.

Sports Brief: Softball Umpires Needed

The Northern Virginia Softball Umpires Association is seeking individuals interested in becoming certified umpires for high school and recreational fast pitch softball in the Northern Virginia area.

SSTs Have Six Relays Continuing to All-Stars

The week of July 10 was full of records for the Sully Station SSTs. It was a beautiful week with scattered storms, and relay carnival, which is a day for relays from every team in the division to try to get times to go to all-stars.

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Centreville: Pirates Complete Circle of Swim life

Chantilly Poplar Tree Pirates Swim Team completed the circle of swim life at a Monday night B meet on July 11.

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Piranhas at Relay Carnival

The Sully Station II Piranhas had an extraordinarily fun and busy week.

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Alexandria Appetite: Vola’s Dockside Grill to Bring Classic Fare to Waterfront

The restaurant and bar take the place of the former Waterfront Market near the Torpedo Factory.

Saunter toward the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria and you’re sure to spy progress afoot near the Torpedo Factory. The former Waterfront Market space at 101 N. Union St., closed since last year, is being transformed into Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge, with an aim at opening in August after months of construction.

Centreville Snapshot: Youth Tour

The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative took five high school students who live in NOVEC's service territory on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 12-16 during the 52nd Annual National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour.

Centreville Snapshot: Lineman’s Rodeo

Linemen from Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative were among those earning top honors at the 14th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo last month at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va.

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Centreville Snapshot: Funds from Walmart

Our Daily Bread Board of Directors Member Catherine Read (second from right) and Programs Director Christina Garris (center) receive a $30,000 grant check from Walmart Market Managers.

Centreville Letter: Financial Literacy – A Big Concept for Small Learners

Letter to the Editor

As parents, we often contemplate new ways to support if not catapult our children into exciting and memorable experiences both academically and socially, all in the name of making them "well-rounded."

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Park Discovery Trail Leads Children to Presidential History, Prizes

Which U.S. President made a daring escape from the enemy through Riverbend Park?

Chantilly Snapshot: ‘Drive to 100’

Latia Ferguson Reyes gets the keys to her new ride at Brown’s Chantilly Mazda at 4155 Auto Park Circle during the “Drive to 100” event hosted by Mazda and Vehicles for Change. The event in May awarded refurbished Mazdas to families along the East Coast.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Literacy Project

The Centreville High School National Honor Society participated in a literacy project to benefit the students at Brookfield Elementary School. They raised funds to purchase each student at Brookfield in kindergarten through 6th grade a new book for their summer reading.

Chantilly Brief: Felon Sentenced for Buying Firearms at Gun Show in Chantilly

Josiah John Weiss, 36, of Suitland, Md., was sentenced last month to 96 months in prison for possession of firearms as a convicted felon. Weiss was found guilty by a federal jury on March 9.

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Chantilly: Pirates and Mermaids and Parrots, Oh, My!

Chantilly High presents funny and swashbuckling children’s play.

An 8-year-old boy’s pirate adventures on the high seas will elicit laughter in Chantilly High’s children’s show, “Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard.”

Chantilly: Jason Deal Selected as Officer of Month

Each month, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Sully District Police Station honors one of the station’s officers for his or her outstanding service to the police and to the community. And Officer Jason Deal was selected as Officer of the Month for May.

‘76 Trombones Led the Big Parade’

Centreville resident has a leading role in “The Music Man.”

When fast-talking Harold Hill comes to River City, Iowa with a grand plan to create the finest band in America, the townspeople are thrilled. But straight-laced librarian Marian Paroo thinks it’s all just a scam.

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Potomac: Seeking Cleaner Water from Middle of River

Residents hear proposal for adding new offshore water intake.

Many don’t worry about where their water comes from, but as part of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), it’s Simon Baidoo’s job to worry. For the last decade Baidoo has been project manager over one proposal in particular: adding a new offshore intake to the Potomac Water Filtration Plant.

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Potomac: Swing into a Cool Summer Adventure

Expect a few shrieks at Go Ape.

Many have most-likely shrieked a howling Tarzan scream when leaping from a high rock, swinging wildly on a rope, or climbing as high as possible up a tree — and then jumping.

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Arlington: Parents Decry Speed of Site Decision

County Board approves Wilson School as a temporary fire station site.

Just two weeks after Arlington County announced that it was planning on placing a temporary fire station on the future Wilson School site, the County Board unanimously voted to move forward with an agreement that would allow the fire station to occupy nearly half of the field space at the Wilson site until at least 2020.

Arlington: WGCC Still Undefeated in Dual Meet Season

For the third year in a row, the WGCC Lightning remain undefeated in their dual meet season. This week, WGCC took on and beat both Kenwood Swimming and Diving and Edgemoor Country Club.

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Arlington Snapshot: Sunset Parade

The annual Marine Sunset Parade at Iwo Jima Memorial returns to Arlington this summer. Residents can enjoy weekly performances of "The Commandant's Own," the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon Tuesdays in July at 7 p.m. The Sunset Parades on Aug. 2, 9 and 16 begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Arlington Snapshot: LavaBarre in the Park

Local residents enjoy a free session hosted by LavaBarre Studio at Gateway Park in Rosslyn on July 12. The outdoor classes are available Tuesday evening 6-7 p.m. through July 26. Each exercise concentrates on concepts of ballet, Pilates and yoga. All are welcome to participate; bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes.

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Arlington: Residents Express Frustrations over Process

Public commentary voiced on Saturday, July 16, about the county’s plan to put a temporary Fire Station 10 on the Wilson School/HB Woodlawn playing fields reflected common themes heard around North Arlington last week.

Editorial: Voting, for Former Felons and Others

In a Democracy, we’re best served by more voter participation.

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear an expedited challenge to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) restoration of 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. The restoration of voting rights moves Virginia into the mainstream.

Tuesday, July 19

Arlington: Thunderbolts Fall to Gators

In its fourth meet of the NVSL Division II season, the Donaldson Run Thunderbolts fell on the road against the Mount Vernon Park Gators.

Friday, July 15

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Springfield: Three-Alarm Fire Draws 75 Firefighters to Brookfield Plaza

Investigators with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department are still looking into the origin and cause of a three-alarm fire that caused an estimated $600,000 in damage to a vacant restaurant in the Brookfield Plaza Shopping Center July 7.

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Burke, Fairfax Station, Oakton, Springfield: Four swimmers from Burke club compete at Olympic Trials in Omaha

1:01.19. For the last year, Oakton resident Jasmine Hellmer has gone to bed looking up at “1:01.19” written on a Post-It note stuck to her ceiling. That time represented the rising Flint Hill School junior’s greatest goal to date: the time standard to qualify for Olympic Trials in the 100 butterfly.

Burke Resident Charged with Supporting, Attempting to Join ISIS

Burke resident Haris Qamar, 25, was arrested Friday, July 8 and charged with attempting to aid the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in the form of providing material support and resources.

Thursday, July 14

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Springfield Veteran Celebrates 95th Birthday

Starts the day by leading an exercise class.

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Fairfax Station and Springfield: ‘Mary Poppins’ at Hayfield Stage

Hayfield Theatre premieres new summer program.

Commentary: Summer Is Here: Time to Visit State Parks

Eighty years ago this month, Virginia created the first state park system in the United States.

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Fairfax Station: Family Graduates from Silverbrook

Puhek family of Fairfax Station ends 25-year run at Silverbrook Elementary.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happening in Fairfax.

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Fairfax: Those Critters Around Us

“Possums get a bad rap,” said Fairfax County Wildlife Management Specialist Dr. Katherine Edwards during a presentation on “Those Critters Around Us” to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University (OLLI Mason) last week.

Fairfax City: Paul VI Theater Director Katherine Miller ‘graduates.’

After 13 years at Paul VI High, Theater Director Katherine Miller is retiring – but don’t tell her that. “I’m not retiring,” she said, “I’m graduating.”

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Fairfax City: Creating ‘Little Dresses for Africa’

Fairfax Academy’s Fashion Design class helps Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority provide dresses for African girls.

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Mount Vernon Sports: Juniors Team Advances to State Tournament

The Fort Hunt Little League Baseball Juniors Team defeated Woodbridge 12-0 in the District 9 championship Saturday, July 9 at Red Stevens Field.

Mount Vernon: Working Group Kickoff Thursday

Numerous Fairfax County departments and teams that will be participating in the total redevelopment of the Original Mount Vernon High School property are scheduled to hold an internal kickoff meeting at the Government Center July 14. Mount Vernon School Board representative Karen Corbett Sanders chaired the task force that submitted use recommendations to the county last December. The work group will also look at creating a Request for Proposals for a master planner, similar to the work done for the Liberty Crest at Laurel Hill redevelopment project in Lorton.

Mount Vernon: FCPS Transgender Regulations Head to Work Session

A public forum for Fairfax County Public Schools Board members to discuss how they should review new regulations concerning the treatment of transgender students has been canceled.

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Mount Vernon: Girl Scouts Support UCM Families

UCM’s Volunteer Coordinator Emily Griffin (at far right) welcomes members of Girl Scout Daisy Troop 3954, rising second graders at Waynewood Elementary School. The girls delivered a $200 cash donation to purchase fresh food for the UCM Food Pantry.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

At UCM making a delivery of a car load of food donated from the annual Mount Vernon “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Food Drive is West Potomac High School rising senior Will Shute, drive coordinator.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: WPHS To Host Musical

The Rambunctious Theatre Company is teaming up with Beyond the Page Theatre Company to present "The Last Five Years" starring David Jarzen from West Potomac High School and Robinson Secondary's Madyson Hanton.

Mount Vernon Letter: Greatest Threat to Americans

Letter to the Editor

I believe Ms. Benesh in her letter [“Uninspiring Romper Room”] published in the July 7 Mount Vernon Gazette really misses the point about gun violence. House Resolution 3892 merely states “Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the Muslim Brotherhood has met the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization, and (2) the Department of State should so designate it.”

Mount Vernon Letter: County Excluded Civic Association

Letter to the Editor

On June 18, Fairfax County held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to showcase its first outdoor gym that was installed at the Gum Springs Community Center.

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Mount Vernon: What To Do with Former School Building?

County studying original Mount Vernon High School’s 10.6 acre building site and 30 acres of athletic fields.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has begun exploring the revitalization of the Original Mount Vernon High School (OMVHS), a 10.6 acre building facility and its 30 acres of athletic fields.

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Fairfax County: Four Arrested at Natasha McKenna Protest

Racial justice group calls for Sheriff Kincaid to fire deputies.

Four demonstrators were arrested Monday morning at a protest outside the Fairfax Courthouse for the February 15 in-custody death of Natasha McKenna.

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Fairfax County: School Board Receives New Transgender Regulations

Discussion moves to a work session

Friday afternoon, July 1, Fairfax County School Board members each received an email containing new operating regulations regarding transgender and gender nonconforming students.

Wednesday, July 13

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Mount Vernon: Ethiopian ‘Political Football’ Lands at MVHS

Protesters attempt to disrupt Ethiopian-American football league game.

It was graduation day at Mount Vernon High School on June 16 and some parents were annoyed. A group of protesters had gathered outside the school. “It’s graduation day for our kids,” the parents complained to the protesters. “Can’t you go somewhere else?” The protesters responded that they were there because children in Ethiopia can’t always get to high school, or graduate, without dying of hunger, or being arrested or killed for their political beliefs.

Mount Vernon Column: Time to Visit State Parks


Eighty years ago this month, Virginia created the first state park system in the United States. With 35 miles of Potomac River frontage in the 36th Senate district, our community is lucky to have access to many natural resources, including our state parks.

Mount Vernon Column: Investing in Transportation


Governor McAuliffe just unveiled the new “Atlantic Gateway” transportation plan, the most comprehensive transit revitalization plan in Virginia history. The plan will total $1.4 billion, with $165 million in federal FASTLANE grant funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation, over $500 million in private funding from CSX and Transurban, and the rest funded through the state.

Mount Vernon Column: Still Much Work To Do on Race Relations

Commentary – Working on Race Relations

As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ I am supposed to bring my congregation Good News. But recently I have struggled to do so with all the bad news. Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas! “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations and subsequent arrests are taking place in cities all across America.

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Alexandria: 'Escape Room' Trend Continues to Grow

Darren Sonnier was traveling in Prague when he and his wife, Ginger Flesher, decided to do their first escape room together. After a few more, they were hooked.

Alexandria: Changes Coming to Victory Center

Planning approves three additions.

The Victory Center has sat empty and untouched for a decade, but after a controversy over the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) potential move to the site, developers are working to make the complex more appealing.

Alexandria: Transit Improvements Arriving

Governor announces road and rail projects.

The Atlantic Gateway is underway. Gov. Terry McAuliffe discussed the details of the $1.4 billion plan to reform regional road and rail projects at Alexandria’s Union Station on July 8. For Northern Virginia, the program means road expansions and more express lanes, but for Alexandria a big piece of the proposed improvements could be the rebuilding of the Long Bridge parallel to the 14th Street Bridge.

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Burke and Springfield: AARP Campaign Office Opens in Springfield

On Wednesday, July 6, delegates Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) and Dave Albo (R-42) helped kick off the opening of the American Association of Retired Persons’s “Take a Stand” Campaign Headquarters in Springfield.

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Alexandria: Residents React to Revenge Killing

Police chief says July 2 murder was “street justice.”

The July 2 murder of Saquan Hall in the 1000 block of First Street comes only weeks after the murder of Pierre Clark less than a block away. At a community meeting on July 6, local residents urged the audience to come together. But many said they couldn’t escape the sense that these same pleas and plans had been spoken again and again at these meetings but the violence keeps occurring.

Alexandria: Trying To Ease the Pains of Childhood Hunger

Massive need requires massive effort.

Childhood hunger in Alexandria is just beyond the doorstep. Some of the underlying causes include lack of knowledge about the existence of the problem or the resources available to alleviate it.

Letter: Congressman Champions Environmental Cause

To the Editor

As the headlines on the devastating impacts of climate change in our country and worldwide are hitting the media, we wonder whether our legislators are doing enough to address this issue.

Week in Burke

Weekly happenings in Burke

Alexandria Obituary: Deborah J. (Dougherty) White

Deborah J. (Dougherty) White died on July 3, 2016, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

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Alexandria: ‘Not a Box’ Now on Display

New installation exhibit at the Torpedo Factory.

“Not a Box” is the Art League Gallery’s first installation exhibit. All 13 pieces transform the gallery space using a range of materials and techniques.

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Burke Children Take Summer Reading Challenge

Burke Centre Library hosts kick-off event for Summer Reading Challenge.

Alexandria Letter: City Government Extravagance

Letter to the Editor

The Alexandria Bike Share program is a case of a good idea badly executed. No doubt it began when someone decided the public should be enticed to use bikes in lieu of using cars. So far, so good. But when it came time to convert concept into reality, instead of turning to the private sector, it went Venezuela. It became a government-owned venture.

Alexandria Letter: Statue: Not a Traffic Hazard

Letter to the Editor

Members of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names failed to ask important questions and gather necessary facts about several essential matters before voting on their recommendations to City Council.

Alexandria Letter: Selling Out The Parkway

Letter to the Editor

The intent and purpose of the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) was made clear in 1887 by Edward Fox, who, building on the idea that “every patriotic American who visits Washington makes a pious pilgrimage to the home and tomb of the Father of his Country,” suggested that “immediate steps should be taken to make a splendid drive from the Virginia terminus of the Aqueduct Bridge to Mount Vernon.”

Alexandria Letter: Here’s How Citizens Feel

Letter to the Editor

Our City Council hardly hesitates to backhandedly dismiss citizens’ thoughtful concerns about whatever deal-du-jour City Council fancies — Ramsey Homes, Woodbine, Colonial Inn, North Old Town Giant site, hardly used bicycle lanes on King Street Hill, La Bergerie, etc.

Alexandria Letter: Effects of Higher Property Taxes

Letter to the Editor

We have just paid 2016 property taxes on different apartment buildings and the tax increase alone over last year's taxes equates to about an extra $15 per month per apartment unit.

Alexandria Letter: Not Enforcing Zoning Code

Letter to the Editor

Every City Council in the history of zoning laws in this city has sought to preserve and protect the residential character of neighborhoods by implementing and enforcing a zoning code … but not the current City Council.

Alexandria: Opening Day Fire Engulfs Al’s Steakhouse

Fundraiser to be held at Holy Cow July 14.

Al’s Steakhouse, a favorite in the Del Ray community for decades, suffered extensive damage when a three-alarm fire swept through the restaurant July 6, the grand reopening day for new owners Emily Breeding and the Breeding family.

Making America Pokémon Trainers Again

Pokémon Go is a hit in Alexandria.

Across the street from Pop’s Ice Cream, on a path that runs through Oronoco Bay Park, even down the road from the VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative on Del Ray’s Mt. Vernon Avenue — these are all places that digital creatures, known as Pokémon, can appear in the new smartphone game “Pokémon Go.”

Alexandria Mentor of the Month

Lucy on her love for Courtney

My mentor-tutor Courtney McSwain has been with me for over six years. It has been such a wonderful thing. Her program commitment was only one year, but she chose to stay on this long with me anyway. What a precious angel Courtney has been to my life. She’s the best mentor-tutor anyone could ever have.

Alexandria Column: What Would Dr. King Say?


Our nation is tragically and inextricably gripped by violence, last month in Orlando, then Minnesota and Baton Rouge, and now Dallas. All of these incidents are unthinkable and heartbreaking in their own way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have suffered in all of these locations.

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Alexandria: Learning about Civil War from a ‘Drill Sergeant’

Nine children — eight boys and one girl — aged 9 to 12, participated in Fort Ward’s Civil War Kid’s Drill Day on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Four Arrested at McKenna Protest

Racial justice group calls for Sheriff Kincaid to fire deputies.

Four protesters were arrested Monday morning at a protest outside the Fairfax Courthouse over the February 2015 in-custody death of Alexandria resident Natasha McKenna.

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Looking Back at Two State Championships

Just days before the end of the 2015-16 school year, Westfield High School juniors Sean Eckert, Rehman Johnson and seniors Cole Huling, Hank Johnson and Tyler Scanlon gathered for a photo with basketball head coach Doug Ewell and football head coach Kyle Simmons.

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Riptide Passed by the Cruisers

On a hot, humid July morning, the Virginia Run Riptide traveled to Fairfax Station for their third NVSL Division 4 meet of the season.

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Piranhas Face Country Club Hills

The Sully Station II Piranhas battled Country Club Hills in the third meet of the season on July 9. Swimmers cheered on teammates throughout the morning and gave a valiant effort in the blazing sunshine before ultimately falling, 241-179.

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Faircrest Cyclones Swim into First Season

Area’s newest swim team embraces its community’s diversity.

The newest swim team in the area, the Faircrest Cyclones, located between Fairfax, Chantilly, Clifton and Centreville, is gathering a large following of parents and members in their first season.

Letter: Support WFCM In Its Move

Letter to the Editor

It is with great excitement that I am writing to announce that WFCM will be moving to our new location on Aug. 1. We have had a great three years at our current location on Metrotech Drive, but we are delighted to move to a bigger, more flexible space that will better serve our clients.

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Chantilly Snapshot: New Restaurant

Local franchise owner Michel Lusakueno has opened Chantilly’s newest stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant at 3454 Historic Sully Way on June 30, bringing 80 new jobs. Twenty-four hours before the grand opening, guests lined up to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals.

Chantilly Letter: Action on CO2 Emissions

Letter to the Editor

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s stand on current environment issues seems to have been getting tough criticism throughout his first two years as governor.

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Making History Come to Life

For Andrew Dilworth, Rocky Run’s “iWitness to History Day” came full circle. “I went to this program as a student here,” he said. “I’m a substitute teacher at Rocky Run this year and I was hired full-time as an eighth-grade civics teacher for the coming year.”

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Rocky Run Presents iWitness to History

Learning about the past from those who lived it.

Before Rocky Run Middle seventh-graders headed off for summer, they traveled back to the past via their school’s “World War II Oral History Day.” And this year’s event, the 15th annual, even had a new name, “iWitness to History Day.”

‘You’re the One that I Want’

Westfield Summer Stage presents the musical, “Grease.”

Break out the black leather jackets and poodle skirts — Westfield Summer Stage is presenting the musical, “Grease.” It features a cast and crew of more than 80 students from middle and high schools across the county, including Westfield, Centreville, Chantilly and Fairfax high schools.

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Celebrating Alexandria's 267th Birthday

Members of the Alexandria community gathered to celebrate the city’s 267th birthday at Oronoco Bay Park on Saturday, July 9. Spectators were able to enjoy an evening of live music along with birthday cupcakes and a variety of food vendors. The night concluded with a performance from the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display.

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Potomac: River Falls ‘Fourth of July’ Tradition Continues

Crowds still turn out for postponed event.

Nobody wants a rained-on parade, but the gloomy weather this Fourth of July did little to quench River Falls’ community spirit.

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Alexandria Appetite: 3 Restaurants To Help Pack Your Picnic

Running short on time but still want to dine al fresco?

By this point in the year, outdoor movies, jazz concerts, and wine festivals are in full swing. And with the Fourth of July in the rearview mirror, the summer picnic season is well under way.

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Potomac: Weinblatt Named One of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis

National honor for local rabbi.

In 1988, Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt and his wife Symcha founded Congregation B’Nai Tzedek (CBT) with a few friends, a lot of prayers and many common goals.

Tuesday, July 12

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Restaurant Developments in Reston and Herndon

MOD Pizza opens at Reston Plaza America.

MOD Pizza (MOD stands for Made On Demand) held a grand opening at Reston’s Plaza America on Friday, July 1.

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston

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Letter: Soldiers Receive Party-in-a-Box

To the Editor

On the Friday before Independence Day, nine large boxes from The Reston Chorale reached a platoon of American soldiers stationed halfway around the world.

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Reston: Cleaning Up the Tetra Mess?

This week’s update on Tetra property; interviews for public members of review board to be conducted July 18.

Reston 20/20 Identifies Key Issues for RA’s Investigation of the Lake House Purchase and Renovation

The Reston 20/20 Committee has sent to the RA Board of Directors a paper identifying eight key issues it believes must be investigated in the upcoming audit of the Lake House purchase and renovation.

Reston: GRACE Presents Artist Member Exhibition

Greater Reston Arts Center presents the Mary B. Howard Artist Member Exhibition, its second biennial exhibition highlighting the talents of regional artists who support GRACE’s mission of enriching community life through excellence in contemporary visual arts.

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Nesting Peregrine Falcons in Reston

In June 2015, there was a mystery in Reston.

Commentary: Unlocking Northern Virginia

Weekly during the General Assembly session and several times monthly during the remainder of the year I travel the Dulles Toll Road to the Beltway to I-95 South to Richmond.

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Reston: Making STEM Accessible

Restonian Jackie Trautman encourages girls to pursue science, technology, engineering and math through internship.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon

Herndon: Second Incident of Bullets Fired Into an Occupied Dwelling

Officers responded to the report of a bullet that had been fired into a home in the 2100 block of Monaghan Drive in Herndon on Friday, July 9, at around 10:48 p.m.

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Impact Herndon’s Look Forever

Herndon Town Council wants to hear from everybody in Town by the end of July.

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Herndon: Patriot Challenge, Annual Enthusiasm

From the Friday Night Live stage July 8, Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel announced winners of this year’s Patriot Challenge business decoration contest.

Herndon: Candidates Announced for Mayor, Town Council

Current Councilmember Jasbinder Singh announced at the end of June that he will run against Mayor Lisa Merkel for the Town’s Mayor position in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.

Letter: Misinterpretation and Misdirection

To the Editor

This is a response to Mr. Peter Storm’s specious letter, (“What Was the Founding Fathers’ Intent?” (Connection, July 6-12, 2016) and the broader leftist propensity toward historical misinterpretation and misdirection regarding the 2nd Amendment.

Letter: School Board Politics and Transgender Policy

To the Editor

The perception from many like me is that the Fairfax County School Board is hungry for national media attention as evidenced by their 2015 vote on the Gender Nonconforming and Transgender Student Policy

Editorial: Be Part of Our Annual Community Guide

Share tips in upcoming Newcomers and Community Guides.

The Connection’s annual Newcomers and Community Guides will publish Aug. 24 with a deadline of Aug. 17.

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Fairfax Symphony Celebrating 60th Season

Orchestra deepens community ties.

Sixty years and counting. Since 1956, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra has been a leading orchestra, while remaining committed to community involvement.

Experiential Learning Camp for High School Students

Junior Achievement of Greater Washington seeks participants in a three-day experiential learning camp on Aug. 8 to 10 at the JA Finance Park in Fairfax.

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White Kitchens Are a Trend with staying Power

The clean, crisp look of a white kitchen has staying power and versatility, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

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Park Discovery Trail Leads Children to Presidential History, Prizes

Which U.S. President made a daring escape from the enemy through Riverbend Park? What does the House at Hidden Pond Nature Center have in common with the White House? Which Commander-in-Chief saved Sully Historic Site from demolition? T

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Summer Activities in Vienna and Reston Abound.

When the children – or their parents – tire of the local swim clubs, parents look for alternative community attractions and events.

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Cirque du Soleil magical ‘Kurios’ Under the Big Top at Tysons II

The dazzling, fantastic world of Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities” will be under the famous blue-and-yellow Cirque du Soleil Big Top at Tysons II.

Letter: Supervisor Hudgins Shows Appreciation to Fairfax County Police Department

To the Editor

In response to the horrific events in Dallas, Texas, I felt it was important to show our community appreciation for the Fairfax County Police Department and their work in our community.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happening in Vienna

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Vienna: United for Racial Justice

Oakton church provides forum for discussion on policing and race.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

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McLean: Planning to Oppose Special Exceptions?

Assisted living facility and expansion of an elementary school to be heard by Planning Commission later this month.

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Obituary: Remembering Hunter Watson

Hunter Brooks Watson, 20, remembered for lighting up the room with his unforgettable smile and laugh.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls

Letter: Objections to Rezoning

To the Editor

I fully agree with Dudley Losselyong's letter (“Decision Driven by Tax Base, Great Falls Connection, July 6-12, 2016).

Letter: Contradictory and Costly

To the Editor

Nikki Cheshire’s informative article (“Preventing Zika: Doing Your Part,” Great Falls Connection, July 6-12, 2016) presents the contradictory and costly positions of the Fairfax County Health Department and the Public Works and Environmental Services Department.

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Great Falls: Benefits of Giving Back

On Friday, several dozen high school girls gathered at Great Falls Library to hear about how they could get involved in volunteer opportunities.

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Potomac: Enjoy Summer Sunflower Spectacular

The radiant, golden sunflowers, which the Maryland Department of Natural Resources plants in several large fields of the McKee-Beshers wildlife management area, along River Road, are currently in, or coming into, full bloom.

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Arlington: WGCC Lightning Swim Team Continues Winning Streak

The Washington Golf and Country Club (WGCC)’s Lightning Swim Team hosted the five teams of CCSDA's Division A for the Divisional Relay competition on July 7.

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Arlington: Lift Off for Potomac Gondola

A look at the initial feedback from citizens and advice from an existing gondola system.

The Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola baffles people. The proposed tram alongside the Key Bridge has drawn a mixture of interest and confusion.

Arlington: Readying for Long Bridge Project

The Atlantic Gateway is underway. Gov. Terry McAuliffe discussed the details of the $1.4 billion plan to reform regional road and rail projects at Alexandria’s Union Station on July 8.

Arlington Snapshot: Spray Ground

Children get a shower from above or below as they run through the fountains spurting up from the ground at Lyon Village Park on the weekend.

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Arlington Sports: Thunderbolts Stung by Stingrays

In its third meet of the NVSL Division II season, the Donaldson Run Thunderbolts fell on the road against the Little Rocky Run Stingrays. The final score was 260-160.

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Arlington: Track Work Affects Airport Metro Station

Due to Metrorail segment closures near Reagan National as a result of WMATA’s SafeTrack work, passengers should expect additional congestion on the airport’s roadways and in its parking facilities.

Arlington: What’s the Hurry? Where’s the Fire?

Questions raised by Task Force on Station 8 still need to be resolved.

Betsy Forinash, Richard Lolich, and Alexandra Bocian and other North Arlington residents believe Arlington County Deputy Manager Jim Schwartz must have some other agenda for pushing the relocation of Fire Station 8 from Hall’s Hill to Old Dominion and 26th Streets, because if he had read the report of the FS#8 Task Force, he’d know that doesn’t make sense. The tenor of citizens’ remarks rose last week when word leaked out that the county was leaning towards the Old Dominion site because it was said to be more cost effective.

Monday, July 11

Alexandria: Chamber Names '40 Under 40'

Chamber to honor city’s rising stars.

Forty of the city’s rising stars will be honored July 28 as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce celebrates its inaugural 40 Under 40 awards program.

Thursday, July 7

Weekend Events: July 7-10

Weekend events in your area.

Weekend Fun: July 8-10

Weekend fun in Vienna, Oakton, McLean and Great Falls.

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Orange Hunt Fourth of July Parade Rolls Despite Rain

Light rain began to fall shortly before the 1 p.m. start of the annual Fourth of July parade across Sydenstricker Road in Springfield.

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Lorton: Workhouse Gleams under Rockets’ Red Glare

Arts center in Lorton hosts thousands for fireworks display.

Thousands of visitors got their fill of fireworks July 2 at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, two nights before Independence Day.

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Springfield: Police Chief Releases Video of Deadly Collision

The crash investigation is still continuing into the April 2, 2016 fatal collision between a Fairfax County Police cruiser and 26-year-old Jeffrey Ponce Aguilar of Alexandria.

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Burke, Fairfax Station: Construction Beginning in August on Burke Lake Park Sewer Line

Construction is set to begin Aug. 8 on around 7,000 feet of sewer line running throughout Burke Lake Park.

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Fairfax County: School Board Renews Superintendent Garza’s Contract

Fairfax County Public Schools has secured four more years with Dr. Karen Garza at the helm as superintendent. The School Board members voted unanimously to extend her contract through June 30, 2020 at their June 30 meeting.

Wednesday, July 6

Week in Springfield

Weekly happenings in Springfield

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Interim Dean of Nursing at NVCC’s Medical Education Campus in Springfield

Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus in Springfield appointed Dr. Robert (Bob) Wade as interim dean of nursing for a one-year term.

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Springfield: Lee High School Report

The happenings at Lee High School.

Chandra Kumar Selected as the New Executive Director at Greenspring

Chandra Kumar has been selected as the new executive director at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield.

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Lorton: Express Lanes Award the Workhouse Arts Foundation a Community Grant

Transurban, the operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, announced that the Workhouse Arts Foundation will receive a grant this quarter through the 495 and 95 Express Lanes Community Grant Program for their Service member Community Art Partnership and Exchange (SCAPE) Scholarships.

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Fairfax: ‘Dark Times at Grimesville High’ Goes to Capitol Fringe Festival

A production created and produced by George Mason alumni makes its debut in July at the 2016 Capitol Fringe Festival.

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Fairfax: Our Daily Bread Receives a $30,000 Grant for Food Bridge Program

Fairfax-based nonprofit Our Daily Bread (ODB) received a grant in the amount of $30,000 from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program.

City of Fairfax Theatre Company Presents “The Music Man”

The City of Fairfax Theatre Company will present Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” July 22-30, 2016.

Girls on the Run of NOVA and Cigna Form Partnership

Girls on the Run of NOVA is partnering with Cigna Corporation.

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Fairfax City: Mayor Pledges Smart Growth, Greater Transparency

Mayor, City Council, School Board members sworn in.

Fairfax Author Launches First Solo Book

Fairfax resident Leslie Welch’s first solo book “The Goodbyes” will come out July 2016.

Area Roundups

Weekly happenings in the area.

Letter: Joining Climate Defenders

To the Editor

Since I was a young child, the environment has been an important part of my life.

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Mount Vernon: Update on North Hill Rezoning Plan

Proposal includes multifamily rental and town homes.

After decades of meetings and stalled redevelopment, the most recent plan for making over North Hill’s 33-acre vacant site at the intersection of Route 1 and Dart Drive has gone the furthest.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: District Champions

The Fort Hunt Intermediate Team went undefeated in District Play, advancing to represent District 9 in the Virginia State Tournament starting July 7.

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Mount Vernon Local Thrives in Women’s Professional Football

Brownson leads D.C. Divas back to Conference Championship.

Playing the game of football professionally is something not many people get the opportunity to do. However, one player in particular that’s making a push for women’s football, is Mount Vernon local Callie Brownson.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Grist Mill Park Performance

Saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr, along with his crew, entertained a Grist Mill Park crowd on Friday, July 1. The rain held up as many Mount Vernon residents chose to attend the performance by Sherrod Jr. and the band. A variety of tunes were played as the sun set Friday evening, allowing for a relaxing outing for the entire family.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Outdoor Classroom

Spearheaded by STEAM teacher Dr. Sofie Hussain, Woodley Hills Elementary School worked this year to win a couple of grants to put together a community garden and outdoor classroom at the school.

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Mount Vernon: SLES Students Recognized for Community Service

The sixth grade students of Stratford Landing Elementary joined their teachers and families at Sandburg Middle School on June 22 to celebrate the 2016 Promotion Ceremony. Featured at this year’s ceremony was the announcement of the first annual Stratford Landing Community Service Recognition Certificate.

Mount Vernon: Basdekis Named Outstanding First-Year Principal

Paul Basdekis, who was named principal at Riverside Elementary School in July 2015, has been named the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) 2016 Outstanding First-Year Principal.

Mount Vernon: Hollin Hall Automotive Supports 9/11 Heroes Run

Annual race to be held Sept. 10.

Tom Harvey, owner of Hollin Hall Automotive located at 7926 Fort Hunt Road, presented a check on June 20 to Jim O’Farrell, race director of the 2ndAnnual 9/11 Heroes Run.

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Mount Vernon: Local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Patrols River

Volunteer force promotes recreational boat safety.

Since 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has been supporting the Coast Guard in all its work — from conducting safety patrols to participating in search and rescue missions.

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Mount Vernon: During Ramadan, Bringing Community Together

Mosque opens doors to its Christian neighbors.

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) VA Islamic Center welcomed the surrounding community on June 24 to participate in its traditional iftar meal to celebrate the month of Ramadan.

Mount Vernon Letter: Uninspiring Romper Room6

Letter to the Editor

I would like to respond to U.S. Rep. Don Beyer's column titled "Help Reduce Gun Violence" in the June 30 issue of the Mount Vernon Gazette.

Alexandria Column: Calling All Seniors 60-Plus

Commentary–Senior Services of Alexandria

The Senior Academy is back for its second annual session starting on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at City Hall from 10 a.m. to noon and will continue every Wednesday through Sept. 28.

Alexandria: Levy Joins MercerTrigiani Law Firm

Douglas S. Levy recently joined MercerTrigiani as counsel to the law firm.

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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: Born 70 Years Ago

Founded out of concern for local animals.

Seventy years ago this June the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria was born, and it was one of the first humane organizations in metropolitan Washington.

Alexandria People at Work: One Pint Can Save Three Lives

Robbins manages Red Cross Blood Drive in Alexandria.

It was 12:20 p.m., and donors were starting to line up for the American Cross Blood Drive at Alexandria Chapter House.

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Alexandria: Governor Discusses Voting Rights Restoration

Ex-convicts meet with governor to discuss voting rights restoration.

The right to vote is one of the most fundamental American freedoms, and one denied to many Virginians released from prison on felony charges. On June 29, Gov. Terry McAuliffe met in Alexandria’s Northern Virginia Urban League with advocates for the restoration of ex-inmate’s rights.

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Portner Brewing Returns to Alexandria

Great, great granddaughters of Robert Portner plan to resurrect family legacy in the city.

Though separated by a century and a half, Robert Portner and his great, great granddaughters Catherine and Margaret Portner have a few things in common.

Alexandria: Bikeshare Installation Draws Local Ire

“I’m not happy when the city is acting as though they are above the law.”

The Capital Bikeshare’s journey into Old Town is off to a bumpy start. While city officials say the Capital Bikeshare has been a success so far, one particular station has incensed local residents who say the city isn’t following its own implementation rules. Residents say their objection to the South Royal Street Bikeshare station has nothing to do with the bikeshare or bikes in the city, but anger over the city installing a colorful sign without any type of approval or public outreach.

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Alexandria: Inmates Honored at Ceremony

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and his staff held a graduation ceremony on June 21 to honor several inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center for their recent educational achievements.

Alexandria Letter: Orphaned Intersection?

Letter to the Editor

If you have ever tried to move through the intersection of King and Union streets on a weekend or holiday, you most likely would comment: “It’s a zoo!”

Alexandria Letter: Re-think Decision

Letter to the Editor

The following open letter is addressed to Mayor Allison Silberberg and the City Council.

Alexandria Letter: Try ‘Quiet Fireworks’

Letter to the Editor

The New York Times recently published an article regarding the popularity of "Quiet Fireworks" in Europe.These are beautiful displays without the loud booms of traditional fireworks.

Alexandria Letter: History Matters

Letter to the Editor

Two articles caught my attention in last week’s Gazette, the first, a report on the council’s decision on the Ramsey redevelopment; the other a letter to the editor in support of maintaining the name Jefferson Highway.

Alexandria Letter: Why Concentrate Poverty?

Letter to the Editor

Your June 16 lead article, “No Vacancy,” is most disturbing. Homelessness is a problem and Bridges to Independence may be an excellent facility, but Carpenter’s Shelter is our primary concern. Your story references an expansion, a 90-100 unit expansion as guided by City Council.

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Reston: Aldrin Elementary Students 'Slime' Principal

Reading for the pleasure of "sliming the principal.

From The Old Town Boutique District: Opening a Business?

Here are a few tips.

When I decided to open a retail store in Old Town Alexandria, I was looking for an opportunity to do something that I loved, be my own boss and be able to walk to work everyday with my dog.

Alexandria Brief: Police Investigate Homicide

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a murder that occurred in the 1000 block of First Street on Saturday, July 2.

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ACCT Presents ‘The Dixie Swim Club’

It's a little "Steel Magnolias" meets "Same Time Next Year" meets "Golden Girls" and "On Golden Pond"

Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is presenting "The Dixie Swim Club" from July 8-24.

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Snapshot: UPC Presents Hardison Award

Oakton High School junior Matt Bocharnikov and Westfield High School junior Avaanti Sridhar were presented with the third annual Cliff Hardison Youth Leadership Award established in memory of the late West Potomac High School principal.

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Snapshot: Becoming Leaders

The Zeta Upsilon Lambda (ZUL) Chapter, Fairfax County, of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., through its Joyce Gillespie Harrington Educational and Charitable Foundation, Inc., sponsored two area high school students, DaSean Gallishaw of Westfield High School and Joseph Randiki of Laurel High School, to participate as Alpha Ambassadors in the 2016 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) program.

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Bite Me Cancer Presents Thyroid Cancer Research Grant

Bite Me Cancer, a national nonprofit based in Fairfax that supports teenagers with cancer and raises funds for thyroid cancer research, named Dr. Irene Min of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York as the recipient of the group’s third research grant.

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Reston: Two Perspectives, One Denial with Deadlock

Planning commission urges Board of Supervisors staff to study significance of Reston “architectural gem.”

Reston Hospital Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award

Reston Hospital Center has received the Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

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Pirates Vanquish Cottontail Cobia

The Pirates of Poplar Tree went fishing for Cottontail Cobia in their NVSL Division 4 season opener on June 25 and, after a several hours-long battle, successfully landed their catch and emerged victorious.

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Chantilly: Viewing Party for Chloe Hicks

Chloe Hicks, who is part of the Virginia Run Riptide swim team since she was 5, competed in the 200 Back Stroke at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. on Friday, July 1.

Obituary: John “Jack” Carroll Stinson

John “Jack” Carroll Stinson, former president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society, died on June 28, 2016; he was 85.

Brief: Title Changes, Role Expands

Effective July 1, Animal Control Officers have a new title: Animal Protection Police Officer. County officials, working in conjunction with state delegates, have authorized the title reclassification, which expands the officers’ current role to include full law enforcement scope and authority.

Chantilly Letter: Celebrating Being American

Letter to the Editor

As an American Muslim, I would not partake in Easter since it is a Christian holiday.

Chantilly Letter: Reading Begins at Home

Letter to the Editor

As a current teacher, I observe children who develop literacy skills at home achieve in school. Studies show home environment has an impact on children’s beginning reading skills.

A Safe Place To Buy and Sell

Sully District Police Station now has an Exchange Zone.

Purchases made online can sometimes be a dicey proposition. When it comes time to meet an unknown buyer or seller to exchange an item for money, it’s best to do so in a safe environment.

Helping People in Crisis

Police learn to de-escalate situations.

Mental illness is a bigger problem in the U.S. than most people realize, and police come in contact with many people suffering from some form of it.

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Summer Group Show at Reston Art Gallery and Studios

Artists’ Reception: Sunday, July 10, 2 – 4 p.m.; Exhibit: July 7 – Aug. 3.

Commentary: Court of Public Opinion

Last week the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously overturned the public corruption conviction of Virginia’s former governor, Robert F. McDonnell.

Herndon Resident Installed as Bishop

On May 15, 2016, Michael Hunsaker was installed as the Bishop of the Herndon Ward of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Herndon Crime Report

Notable police activities reported June 20-26.

Herndon: More Rain Than Shine, But Loads of Fun

Jenna and Fritz Tanis came to the fireworks in Herndon prepared, with a tent comfortable for four no matter how much rain fell.

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Herndon Business Owner Raises Funds for Fisher House Foundation

On Thursday, June 23, Sean Moran, franchise owner of Wireless Zone in Herndon and South Riding, Virginia, presented Fisher House Foundation a check for $758 as part of his continued support for the charity.

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Herndon Youth and Adults ‘Read for the Win’ this Summer

Herndon Fortnightly Library’s Summer Reading Challenge inspires all to read.

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Herndon High’s Sharpshooters Have Best Season in School’s History

After six months dedicated to practice, perfection, and intense competition, the Herndon High Navy JROTC Rifle Team celebrated their best season ever.

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Potomac Snapshot: Corporate Award

Representatives from the Manna Food Center, Ahold USA and Giant Food gather at Manna Food Center’s Heroes Against Hunger Awards dinner.

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Potomac: Top Honors at Flower Show

Three of Potomac Village Garden Club members took top honors in the late June Flower Show held at Strathmore Hall. Yankee Doodle Dandy was the theme for the standard flower show sponsored by the District IV garden clubs.

Potomac: Bass Joins Willco

Barry Bass has joined Willco as a managing director to lead its capital markets effort.

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Potomac Snapshot: Autism Speaks Run/Walk Raises Funds, Awareness

And they’re off. The Autism Speaks Run/Walk began at 8 a.m. in the Potomac Library parking lot. The annual event raises funds for Autism research. See

Potomac: Meeting Set on Proposed Submerged Channel Intake

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) to construct a proposed offshore submerged channel intake in the Potomac River for water supply at the Potomac Water Filtration Plant (WFP).

Potomac News Brief: Ride On to Hold Forum On Proposed New Route

The public will have a chance to comment on a proposed new Ride On bus service at a public forum, presented by Montgomery County, to be held on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m. The hearing will take place in the All-Purpose Room at Travilah Elementary School, 13801 Dufief Mill Road, North Potomac.

Potomac: Resources Online for Older Drivers

Montgomery County has launched “Explore Older Driver Resources,” a new webpage for older residents and their families.

Potomac: Shopping Center Hosts Free Yoga Classes

Cabin John Shopping Center and Mall is hosting free yoga classes each Saturday morning, 9-10 a.m.

Potomac News Brief: Lottery for Farmer’s Market Coupons

A limited number of free farmer’s market coupon books worth $30 will be distributed by lottery to low-income seniors in Montgomery County on Thursday, July 7 at 10 a.m. The coupon books are available to Montgomery County residents age 60 years and older whose income is less than $21,978 (family of one).

Potomac News Brief: Consumer Protection Relaunches Tip Line

Montgomery County residents can now file consumer complaints electronically.

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Arlington: Keaton and Chaplin Inspire Silent ‘Twelfth Night’

Synetic Theater presents Shakespeare production set in the 1920s.

Synetic Theater is presenting "Twelfth Night" from July 13 to Aug. 7. After garnering 11 Helen Hayes Award nominations, Synetic’s 2014 hit is back by popular demand.

Ex-convicts Discuss Voting Rights Restoration

Arlingtonian ex-convicts meet with governor to discuss voting rights restoration.

The right to vote is one of the most fundamental American freedoms, and one denied to many Virginians released from prison on felony charges. On June 29, Gov. Terry McAuliffe met in Alexandria’s Northern Virginia Urban League with advocates for the restoration of ex-inmate’s rights.

Back to Business in Ballston

Nine new projects to provide retail, office and residential.

As the Ballston Mall slowly begins to continue towards new life, all across Ballston new development plants are emerging.

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Arlington Snapshot: Lyon Village 4th of July Parade and Picnic

Antique cars led the way at the Lyon Village 4th of July Parade and Picnic on Monday at 11 a.m.

Arlington: WGCC Defeats Army-Navy Country Club

Washington Golf and Country Club (WGCC) continued its winning streak with a win over cross-town rival Army-Navy Country Club on Thursday, June 30 at Army-Navy.

Arlington: Thunderbolts Take on Sharks

In its second meet of the NVSL Division II season, the Donaldson Run Thunderbolts hosted the Hunter Mill Sharks.

Arlington and Springfield: NOVEC Lineman Saves Man in Cardiac Arrest

Arlington native was saved by CPR as a child.

A Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative lineman saved a man’s life on June 17 in Springfield by using cardiac pulmonary resuscitation skills he learned at NOVEC.

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Arlington: Young Named Poet Laureate

Katherine E. Young has been selected the first Poet Laureate of Arlington County. She will be installed at a brief ceremony during the County Board recessed meeting at 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 19, at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

Tuesday, July 5

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Arts Council Recognized for Innovative Public Art

The Arts Council of Fairfax County was recognized by Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program for its Imagine Art Here: Tysons Tiles temporary public art and engagement project with artist Julia Vogl.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from June 24-30.

Letter: What Was Founding Fathers’ Intent?

To the Editor

On this Independence Day (July 4, 2016) I am reading Paul Carlock’s letter (“Gross Misreading of the Second Amendment,” The Connection, June 29-July 5, 2016) setting forth his views on the meaning of the Second Amendment.

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A Tea in Vienna with a Taste of History

Clothed in the dress of her day – mid-1800s, Ms. Elizabeth Cady Stanton greeted her guests demurely at a “tea” on Sunday, July 3, in the parlor of Freeman Store and Museum.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

Letter: Focus on Wind and Solar Power

To the Editor

Virginia’s transition to clean energy is now underway. On Tuesday, June 28, Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order to create a workgroup that will spend the next year determining how to reduce Virginia’s carbon emissions.

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McLean: Dolley Madison Library Gears Up For a Busy Summer

Scores of children begin Summer Reading Challenge.

McLean: Planning to Oppose Special Exceptions?

Assisted living facility and expansion of an elementary school to be heard by Planning Commission later this month.

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McLean: Summer Strings Camp Mixes Monsters and Music

Campers keep orchestral skills fresh through sight reading, music history.

Great Falls: Preventing Zika: Doing Your Part

Open public meeting in Great Falls on how to prevent the disease from spreading.

In light of growing international concerns regarding the spread of the Zika virus, the Fairfax County Health Department is holding open public meetings to inform residents how to best prevent the disease from spreading.

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Parade, Fireworks Go On in Great Falls

Although the weather forecast threatened rain and thunderstorms for the majority of the day, it wasn’t enough to stop hundreds of people from gathering in Great Falls for the annual July 4 celebration.

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Great Falls Art Walk Promotes Artful Community

With three art studios now within walking distance of each other in Great Falls Village, it was only a matter of time before they started working together.

Letter: Decision Driven by Tax Base

To the Editor

Why would anyone in Great Falls be surprised at the recommendation by the planning commision (“Delays Pave Path for Approval,” Great Falls Connection, June 29--July 5, 2016)?

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Great Falls Library Creates Lifelong Readers

Children, parents take Summer Reading Challenge.

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Great Falls: Undisturbed Forest, Detailed Negotiation

Eric Knudsen, Great Falls Citizens Association, advocate for the protection of the environment.

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Great Falls: Troop 673 Promotes Six Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 673, sponsored by the Great Falls United Methodist Men, held a much larger Eagle ceremony than usual, when it celebrated the promotion of six graduating seniors as new Eagle Scouts on June 18.

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Dragon Boating

It’s been called the fastest growing water sport in the world – although it took more than 2,000 years to recently take aim at that title.

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Assistance League of Northern Virginia Installs New Board of Directors

Assistance League of Northern Virginia’s Installation of the 2016-17 Board of Directors was conducted on June 13 during the annual chapter meeting and luncheon.

Pushups For Charity Challenge Benefits Veterans

Local veteran opens gym, Rebel Fit USA.

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Healthy Summer Entertaining

Tips for serving bounty of tasty, fresh produce.

Strategies for Preventing Concussions This Summer

Local physician is pioneering traumatic brain injury treatment.

Summer has been dubbed “trauma season” by health care professionals.

Letter: Protect Homeowners, and School Budget

To the Editor

Regarding John Knight's letter ("Seniors Unfairly Tapped for School Budget") in the last week’s Connection: While the sentiment is nice and I would join anyone in complaining about the burden of taxes being put on all the homeowners; in my opinion businesses and developers get away with tax breaks.

Editorial: Hungry in Summer

There are hungry children in Northern Virginia, more so in summertime.

Summer for most children in Northern Virginia is a time of fun and activities, camp and vacation, trips to the pool and possibly to the library.