Stories for June 2016

Stories for June 2016


Thursday, June 30

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Alexandria and Mount Vernon: Hundreds Pack Airplane Noise Meeting

Flight changes have caused deafening conditions at homes

At a meeting convened for community members to discuss airplane noise complaints, the irony of some struggling to hear over the sound of planes taxiing just outside the packed lounge at Reagan Washington National Airport’s historic Terminal A wasn’t lost on the audience of more than 300.

Mount Vernon Column: New Virginia Laws Go into Effect July 1


Hundreds of new Virginia laws will go into effect on July, 1 that passed during the 2016 legislative session.

Mount Vernon: Advisory Group Shaping Transportation Plan for Route 1

Next meeting set for July 25.

Embark Richmond Highway is a multiyear transportation design effort managed by Fairfax County involving land use and transportation planning, design, and construction activities that will result in a bus rapid transit (BRT) system from Huntington to Fort Belvoir along Richmond Highway.

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Burke Resident Unearths Trash, Artifacts at Silas Burke House Construction Site

Twelve inches to Brian Kabat can be worth 150 years, or more. That’s the depth up to which his metal-detector can accurately spot a target down to the size of a small coin.

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On the Trail: Earning My Mountain Laurels

Mount Vernon resident hikes part of the Appalachian Trail.

"If we find you collapsed beside the trail, George, we will pray over you."

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Springfield: Supervisors Approve Plan for Transforming Kingstowne

Shopping center to be re-imagined as mixed use community with up to 800 apartments and condos.

Developer Halle Cos. has decided to change its plans for Kingstowne Towne center. Rather than updating the retail center with 1.2 million square feet of office space, as was the objective approved in 2008, instead they aim to develop 886,000 square feet in four buildings for up to 800 new apartments and condos.

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Lorton: No Suspects Named as Police Investigate River Drive Homicide

In a June 20 update release, Fairfax County Police said detectives are continuing to investigate the March 11, 2016 murder of Johan De Leede.

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Mount Vernon: Julie Houghton of The Dance Studio Retires After 21 Years

Julie Houghton, the owner and director of The Dance Studio at Hollin Hall on Fort Hunt Road in Alexandria, began to close the doors of her studio on June 18, at the studio’s 21st annual dance recital in preparation for her retirement this coming August.

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Lorton: Fireworks Set to Explode over Workhouse Arts Center Again July 2

A fireworks display will once again be the highlight of a Fourth of July weekend evening program at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton.

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Burke Resident to Open New Exhibition at Torpedo Factory in Alexandria

Kathleen Best Gillmann of Burke is set to open an exhibition of her paintings depicting coastal landscapes titled “Vision at Water’s Edge” beginning July 6 at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.

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Fairfax County: Former Police Officer Torres sentenced to 12 months for killing John Geer

Torres released five days following sentencing due to time already served

For the first time in its three-quarters of a century in existence, a Fairfax County Police officer has been convicted and sentenced after an officer-involved shooting death.

Wednesday, June 29

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Alexandria: Titan Red Wins 6th Annual Alumni Baseball Game

The team rosters brought together alumni players from as far back as 1968.

The T.C. Williams Baseball Boosters played host to the 6th annual T.C. Williams Alumni Baseball Game June 17 when players from Alexandria public high schools gathered at Simpson Field for the match-up between teams Titan Blue and Titan Red.

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Alexandria: ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ of Ramsey Redevelopment

Council weighs options for Ramsey redevelopment.

Three of Alexandria’s top priorities are historic preservation, open space, and affordable housing. At the June 28 City Council meeting, a decision over the future of Ramsey Homes found these interests, and the council, pitted against each other.

Alexandria: Two Guilty Pleas in MS-13 Homicides

Love triangle and gangland hit go to court.

The two murders were unrelated, happening a month apart, but they share similarities.

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Alexandria: Disability Awareness Awards Honor Companies, Residents

Commission, Chamber praise recipients.

The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities met with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce at City Hall to recognize two local companies who have worked to improve the lives of those with disabilities, and two Alexandria residents for their experiences with disabilities and disabled students. Members of the City Council were in attendance as Mayor Allison Silberberg spoke to honor the recipients.

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Alexandria: Civil Air Patrol Trains Future Leaders

The hour is 1900 on Wednesday, June 24, at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center. Nearly 20 cadets, ages 12 to 17, step in opening formation.

Week in Springfield

Weekly happenings in Springfield

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Springfield: Richard Byrd Library Promotes Reading and Exploration

Children of all ages and their parents visited Springfield’s Richard Byrd Library Saturday, June 25 to join the Fairfax County Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge.

Springfield: Hayfield Graduation 2016

Ali Alsayed wins faculty award, praised as an inspiration to Hayfield.

Greater Springfield Chamber Honors First Responders

A Sheriff’s deputy who flies terminally ill patients to treatment facilities and a firefighter who builds boards that teach autistic children to type were two of the four first responders honored by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce at its fourth Annual Above & Beyond Luncheon on Monday.

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Lorton and Springfield: Metropolitan School of Arts Honors First Graduating Class

Metropolitan School of Arts Honors First Graduating Class

“We’re overjoyed to see these successful graduates go on to some of the most elite college programs, as well as achieving academic scholarships,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts of Alexandria.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax

Fairfax: Children’s Science Center Celebrates One Year Since Opening

The Children’s Science Center has announced a summer-long celebration of the first year of operations at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall.

Obituary: Carol J. Cofey, Formerly of Fairfax, Dies at 94

Carol J. Cofey (nee Johnson), 94, of Arlington,Virginia, formerly of Fairfax, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016, peacefully at her residence at Brookdale Arlington.

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Fairfax: Teaching Children Financial Literacy Basics

On June 17, approximately 80 volunteers from PwC worked with 1,024 children from grades K-6 at Mosby Woods Elementary School. This is PwC’s fourth year at Mosby Woods, one of their “adopted” schools.

Alexandria: Convergence Hosts Naku Penda Fundraiser


Last Saturday, many Alexandrians, and visitors to the area showed up for the girls of Alexandria in need. In one evening, we raised enough money to ensure that 10 girls in need would be able to participate in STEAM activities this summer.

Letter: Reading Begins At Home

To the Editor

As a current teacher, I observe children who develop literacy skills at home achieve in school.

Fairfax: Sanitary Sewer Lines, Manholes Inspection to Start This Week

In order to proactively address aging infrastructure and improve sanitary sewer service, the City of Fairfax will be performing a condition inspection of sanitary sewer lines and the associated manholes in the community.

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Alexandria: SSA Bids Farewell to Retiring Board Members

At its annual luncheon.

Senior Services of Alexandria held its 2016 Annual Meeting at Goodwin House Alexandria June 22, recognizing past and current board members and welcoming new ones to the organization.

Three Generations of Fairfax High School Grads

When Claire Higginbotham graduated June 15 from Fairfax High, she became the third generation in her family to graduate from that school.

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Alexandria: Police Chief Earl Cook To Retire in October

Earl Cook to step down Oct. 1.

After a 37-year career in law enforcement, Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook has announced his retirement from the force effective Oct. 1.

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Alexandria: Brunch Raises Funds For Surgical Services

The Board of Lady Managers held its annual Spring brunch June 12 at the Union Street Public House Restaurant.

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Alexandria Snapshot: New Bus Line Planned to National Harbor

Starting in October, a new bus route could make it easier for Alexandrians to get to and from National Harbor and the new MGM Casino.

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Fairfax: Giving Thanks for One More Miracle

Anonymous couple pays off the Lamb Center’s mortgage.

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The Lamb Center Celebrates Its New Fairfax Home

It took hard work, hope, planning, fundraising, faith and dedication; but at long last, the Lamb Center is in its new home.

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Fairfax City: Celebrating Half a Century of July 4 Festivities

Fairfax Fourth of July features parade, music, superheroes and fireworks.

Area Roundups

Area happenings

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Burke Presbyterian Hosts Ramadan Dinner

Burke Presbyterian Church hosted members of the Ezher Bloom Mosque for a Ramadan fast-breaking meal at sundown on Thursday, June 23.

Fairfax County Public Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

The Fairfax County Public Library began its Summer Reading Challenge on June 23, with this year’s theme being “Read for the Win.”

Fairfax County: Torres Walks Free

Former police officer released five days after sentencing for killing John Geer

Former Fairfax County Police Officer Adam Torres walked free Wednesday morning, June 29.

Alexandria Letter: Another View Of Davis

Letter to the Editor

At its June 13 meeting, two members of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names made mistaken statements about Jefferson Davis.

Alexandria Letter: Saint Jane?

Letter to the Editor

I hereby nominate Dr. Jane Grayson for sainthood. All those in favor, say “Aye!”… I was picking up records at Alexandria Hospital and, stopped by the Cancer Center to leave a note for Dr. Grayson just to say, “Hi!” and that I’m doing well.

Pool Preparedness: Tips to Get Pool Ready

From The Old Town Boutique District

As of last week, school is officially out. If I may borrow a line from Harold Hill … that means summer break with a capital B, that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool. Unlike the pool in “The Music Man,” the only trouble with the swimming pool is knowing what to bring. Here is the ideal packing list for a swell summer.

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Alexandria: Festive Times at Oronoco Bay Park

An estimated 10,000 people were expected to attend the fifth annual Vine on the Waterfront, formerly known as the Alexandria Food and Wine festival, at Oronoco Bay Park in Alexandria on Saturday, June 25.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Column: Help Reduce Gun Violence

Commentary– Join effort in Congress.

I was moved and inspired last week by my colleagues — starting with the great civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis — who had the tenacity and creativity to launch a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand a vote on solutions to gun violence.

Centreville Sports: Girls Lacrosse Players Awarded First Team All State Honors

Centreville High School senior and recent graduate Madison Duncan and junior Elizabeth Murphy have been named to the Virginia High School League all state team. Madison and Elizabeth were named to the first team at the lacrosse state meeting last week. Centreville Girls Lacrosse advanced to the state semi-finals for the second consecutive year.

Arlington Sports: WGCC Lightning Defeats Congressional

Ryan Baker sets new team record.

Arlington Sports: Donaldson Run Thunderbolts Fall

In its opening meet of the NVSL Division II season, the Donaldson Run Thunderbolts fell to McLean’s Hamlet Green Feet with a final score of 271.5 - 148.5.

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Junction: A Crossroads of New Food and Old Favorites

The new bakery and bistro aims to open shortly after Independence Day.

On the corner of Monroe and Mount Vernon avenues, a landmark building has been given new life.

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Westfield Graduates: Ready for the Future

Learning to persevere.

Westfield High School’s commencement speaker, Ishwarya Sivakumar, selected in a school audition process, gave her 655 graduating classmates “one last ecology lesson” on Tuesday, June 21, in the EagleBank Arena at George Mason University.

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Mountain View Honors Students

Three seniors recognized during graduation ceremony.

During Mountain View’s spring commencement last week, three graduating seniors were honored with special awards from the faculty.

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Mountain View: ‘Struggle Develops Your Strength’

Mountain View grads share stories of perseverance.

Mountain View High is a school full of heart, and it’s openly on display at every graduation.

Tuesday, June 28

Weekend Fun: June 30 to July 4

Weekend fun in Reston and Herndon

Weekend Events: June 30 to July 4

Weekend events

Week in Reston

Free Webinar on Intrusion Detection

Weekly happenings in Reston.

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Uke Tunes Return to Lake Anne

Seventh annual Ukulele Festival set for Saturday, July 9.

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Restonian Takes 72-Hour Tennis Marathon Challenge

From the kayakers to the trail runners at her Lake Anne residence, tennis marathon challenger Bonnie Vona sees workout opportunities abounding.

Commentary: Police Push-back on Commission Recommendations

The Fairfax County Commission on Police Practices submitted its unanimous report to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) over eight months ago.

Commentary: The Right to Bear Arms

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is one sentence long: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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Reston: Chamber Recognizes Excellence

Awards for chamber excellence winners announced, greater reston chamber of commerce board of directors installed.

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Reston: Program Encourages Children to ‘Read for the Win!'

Reston Regional Library’s annual summer reading program keeps minds fresh during the summer months.

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Weighing In: Downtown Herndon Reaction

See two proposals for Herndon’s future downtown at (search for Downtown Redevelopment).

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Town of Herndon’s police department from June 13-19.

Sean Aiken Heads BASIS Independent McLean

Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, is blazing the trail for Tysons Corner’s first preK to 12th school.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Town of Vienna’s Police department from June 16-23.

Obituary: Bill Russo, of Great Falls, Dies

On Friday, June 24, 2016, William (Bill) F. Russo died suddenly at his home in Great Falls following a valiant fight with a brain tumor.

Letter: Gross Misreading of the Second Amendment

To the Editor

This is in response to U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly's opinion piece titled "Stem Gun Violence Epidemic" (The Connection, June 22-28).

Pet Connection and Connection Families

The Pet Connection, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish on July 27, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by July 17.

Connection Families and Pet Connection

The Pet Connection, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish on July 27, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by July 17.

Connection Families, Pet Connection

The Pet Connection, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish on July 27, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by July 17.

Editorial: Getting Home Safely on Independence Day

Independence Day is a national celebration, and for many, that celebration includes alcohol. The summer overall and July 4 in particular are times of greater risk for drinking and driving.

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Farewell to Chantilly High

Graduates look toward their future.

Six hundred and thirty Chantilly High School seniors celebrated as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas at EagleBank Area located on George Mason University’s campus on June 20.

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Hope in the Fight Against Drug Dependency

Meeting highlights battles in every neighborhood.

Fairfax County experiences heroin overdoses every day, according to county officials. To help raise awareness, a second county-wide Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Town Hall was held June 14 at Centreville High School.

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Local Scouts Receive National Honor Medal

Last summer, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Sully District Troop 577 sent several Scouts and adult leaders on a high adventure trip to Northern Tier, just outside Ely, Minn. During the trip, the Scouts were divided into patrols which would trek and canoe through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (USA), Moose Lake, and the Quetico Provincial Park (Canada) with the help of a guide from the Charles L. Sommers Canoe Base Camp.

Potomac: Charlotte Semmes Weds Sean McAlindin

Charlotte Semmes, daughter of Guy and Dana Semmes of Potomac, married Sean McAlindin, son of Scott and Pat McAlindin of Canton, Conn., on June 18 in Shelburne, Vt.

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Potomac: Mural Honors C&O Canal Partnership with School

Seven Locks Elementary School students pay tribute to 100th anniversary of U.S. National Parks.

Each class at Seven Locks Elementary School looks forward to field trips to the C&O Canal. They study the ecosystem, gain an understanding of the history and the economics, experience the fun of dressing up in the clothing worn by the lock keepers and families who lived on the canal boats, meet the mules and take a ride on the General Jubal T. Early canal boat. They learn to love and appreciate the nearby C&O Canal through their school’s collaborative educational partnership with the National Park Service (NPS).

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Potomac Snapshot: At the C&O

Park Ranger Kate Marks talks to a group about the Captain John Smith Cheapeake National Historic Trail on Saturday, June 25, at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center.

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Potomac Snapshot: Inside Swains Lockhouse

From left are Ladda Cole, Chris Stubbs, Chief of Resource Management for the C&O Canal National Park, and Sheila and Don Moldover at the open house last weekend.

Potomac Brief: Effort Seeks To Ban Temporary Signs in Rights-of-Way

A Zoning Text Amendment that would prohibit all non-permanent signs in public rights-of-way in Montgomery County was introduced last week before the Montgomery County Council.

Potomac Brief: New Center Named In Honor of Nancy H. Dacek

The new community recreation center and senior center located at 13850 Travilah Road, Rockville has been officially named the Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center.

Potomac Brief: Libraries Offer Opportunity For Accredited High School Diploma

Montgomery County Public Libraries is offering qualified community members the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and a credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning.

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Potomac: Library To Host Workshop on Motorized Fun

“Ready, Set, GoBots!” arrives Thursday.

There are a couple things one expects to see in the Potomac Library. Books, readers, librarians, and … robots?

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Arlington: Triumph Over Loss at Yorktown Graduation

Parents and students celebrate perseverance.

The Green Household is going to be a little quieter after graduation. On June 23, Viktor Green was one of the 440 graduates from Yorktown to walk across the stage at Constitution Hall in D.C. Viktor Green lives one block away from Yorktown High School, and so throughout the sports seasons the teams would come over to their house for lunches and snacks.

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Wakefield High School: Hard Work and Proud Parents

Doug Johnson struggled to explain what it feels like to be a father watching his daughter graduate.

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Arlington: The More Things Change at H-B Woodlawn ...

A new principal at H-B embraces an old school tradition.

H-B Woodlawn is a little different.

Arlington Snapshot: ‘Breaking the Box’

Del. Patrick Hope (D-47) answers questions about Virginia’s solitary confinement of prisoners after the film “Breaking the Box” at Rock Spring UCC on June 23.

Arlington Snapshot: Police Chief-for-the-Day

“Do you Nathnael Abrahams, solemnly swear?” Nathnael was being sworn in as 2016 Police Chief-for-the-Day at the Arlington County Justice Center Plaza on June 21 by Deputy Chief Andy Penn.

Arlington: Washington-Lee Graduates Say They’re Ready for the Future

Appreciative of what they learned.

Despite humidity and the looming chance of thunderstorms, members of Washington-Lee’s graduating class received their diplomas at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on the morning of June 23.

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Clarendon Brewery To Host Opera Performer

Danielle Talamantes will mix classical opera with jazz at Sehkraft Brewing.

An unlikely combination of classical opera, jazz and beer is coming to Clarendon on Thursday when Danielle Talamantes, an opera singer who has performed at the Met, takes the stage for a free performance at Sehkraft Brewing.

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Herndon’s Gary Hall Resigns as Boys’ Basketball Head Coach

Former players’ remember Hornet legend.

For those around the Herndon Hornet’s athletic department, in the next few weeks and months they might feel like something’s missing.

Arlington: Shenkman Wins Cappie Award

The 17th Annual Cappies Gala honoring high school theater was held Sunday, June 12 at The Kennedy Center.

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Arlington: Two Named Hispanic Teachers of the Year

Claudia Delgadillo, a first grade teacher at Claremont Immersion School, and Lilliana Maldonado-Mendez, a Spanish teacher at Washington-Lee High School, were honored with the Victoria D. de Sanchez Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award from the Hispanic Youth Foundation of Northern Virginia.

Arlington Letter: Hurdles to Clean Energy

Letter to the Editor

Bella Jones [Letter, “Benefits of Clean Energy,” June 22] is right that “a strong, growing clean energy sector could provide an abundance of high-paying jobs” in the Commonwealth (“Benefits of Clean Energy,” June 21), and she is also right that “Virginia could be a leader in clean energy.”

Column: Continuing Together as One Arlington


The following is a statement issued last week from the Arlington County Board concerning immigration.

Arlington Column: Join in Effort To Reduce Gun Violence


I was moved and inspired last week by my colleagues — starting with the great civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis — who had the tenacity and creativity to launch a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand a vote on solutions to gun violence.

Monday, June 27

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Oakton: A Joyful Occasion Despite Heavy Storms

Members of Oakton graduating class of 2016 celebrate at the EagleBank Arena.

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Vienna Hawks Finish a Perfect Season

Fifth and sixth graders smothered competition throughout lacrosse season.

Fox 5 Zip Trip Comes to Vienna

Morning program broadcast live from Town Green and Church Street.

McLean and Vienna: Marshall High Bids Farewell To Class of 2016

Spencer Gilbert and Megan Kenny receive the Statesman Award.

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McLean: Cleaning Up History of Hickory Hill

McLean historian Carole Herrick hits the bookshelves again with biography of Hickory Hill and its famous inhabitants.

McLean: Hunter Watson, 20, Dies in a Car Crash

Family, friends to celebrate Watson’s life and memory on July 9.

Family, friends to celebrate Watson’s life and memory on July 9.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls.

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Celebrate Great Falls Foundation Supports Local Schools

After efforts from parents, teachers, students and community sponsors, the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation was able to present a check donation of $28,000 to be distributed between Great Falls Elementary, Colvin Run Elementary and Forestville Elementary.

Letter: Celebrating July Fourth in Great Falls

To the Editor

Great Falls residents are lucky to have lots of home-grown things to do on Independence Day.

Great Falls Library Launches Adult Summer Reading Program

“Why let kids have all the fun?” said James Cullen, assistant branch manager of the Great Falls Library.

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Great Falls: Delays Pave Path for Approval

After months of revisions, tweaks, negotiations, proffer and planning changes, commission approves 19 houses on Brooks Farm.

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Cooling Off at Great Falls Creamery

Family-owned and family-run shop features 22 different ice cream flavors.

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Online Classes Offer Flexible Options for Earning Credentials Outside the Classroom

Interested in learning to landscape your yard using sustainable practices?

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Tips for Memorable Family Vacations

As summer gets underway, vacation-bound families are packing their bags and heading out of town. Vacations often fly by — months of planning and anticipating can be over in the blink of an eye. With a little advanced planning and forethought, however, even a quick weekend trip or a visit to relatives can become meaningful and memorable.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac High School Holds Commencement June 20

“La decisión están en tus manos,” West Potomac High School graduating senior Alexandra Susano-Jarjuri said, sharing advice her father has given her over the years. “There will be repercussions, you can’t blame others,” she translated.

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Mount Vernon: Bryant Sends Off More than 60 Seniors

More than 60 students walked down the aisle with cap, gown and golden tassel during the June 16 commencement ceremony at Bryant Alternative High School.

Centreville: Parents’ Love Story Inspires Novel

Centreville resident Naila Q. Parveen pens first novel.

Longtime Centreville resident Naila Q. Parveen released her first novel “Under the Magnolia Tree” this month. Although Parveen has been writing and illustrating stories since she was a child, she still describes becoming an author as something that “miraculously happened” to her.

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Centreville Snapshot: Exploring Nature

Students at Chesterbrook Academy preschool in Centreville explored a bug’s life in celebration of Earth Day in April as they released more than 4,500 ladybugs throughout the schoolyard and back into the environment on plants, flowers and trees.

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Potomac Snapshot: It’s Official

WashingtonFirst Bank celebrated its grand opening of its 19th branch at 9812 Falls Road, Suite 125, Potomac on June 7.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Cruisers and Backhoes and Trucks, Oh, My

Touch-A-Truck was June 18 outside the Chantilly Regional Library.

Friday, June 24

Weekend Fun in the Area: June 24-26

Weekend fun in the area.

Reston and Herndon Weekend Fun: June 24-26

Weekend fun in the area.

Weekend Fun: June 24-26

Weekend fun in the area.

Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook Announces Retirement

City’s first African American Chief to step down Oct. 1.

After a 37-year career in law enforcement, Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook has announced his retirement from the force effective Oct. 1.

Thursday, June 23

Alexandria Commentary: A Father/Daughter Bond

From the Old Town Boutique District

Many adults find choosing a great Father’s Day present for their dads perplexing.

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Mount Vernon: Celebrating Gum Springs Community Day

Gum Springs residents celebrated a day of community events held at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Saturday, June 18.

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Alexandria: Class of 2016 Bids Farewell to T.C. Williams

Class of 2016 Graduation marks the school’s 50th anniversary and the end of Principal Dingle’s first year.

According to Principal Dr. Jesse Dingle, life at T.C. Williams High School is a kaleidoscope. It’s constantly moving and shifting, full of every imaginable form of diversity.

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Alexandria: SSSAS Graduates Look to Future

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School celebrated the Commencement of the 115 members of the Class of 2016 on Saturday, June 11 on the grounds of Virginia Theological Seminary.

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Mount Vernon High School Holds Commencement Exercises June 17

Though he’s only been with them for three months, new Mount Vernon High School Principal Dr. Anthony Terrell said he quickly came to admire the senior class of 2016.

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Springfield: West Springfield Graduation Held June 17

On their graduation day, West Springfield High School teacher Mike Mukai spoke to the Class of 2016 about wishes.

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Fairfax Station, Lorton: More than 500 graduate from South County High School on June 21

South County High School senior class president Taylor Berry lamented in her commencement address that little did she and her classmates know their secondary education would go by so quickly.

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Burke, Fairfax Station: Robinson Holds Graduation June 15

The students may have been graduating, but their principal assigned one more book for them to read. Robinson Secondary’s Matt Eline sent each 2016 graduate on their way with a copy of Brian Tracy’s “Achieve Any Goal.” He made goals the theme of his address to the young adults on June 15 at George Mason’s Eagle Bank Arena.

Wednesday, June 22

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Herndon and Reston: Celebrating the Fourth of July 2016

Celebrating Independence Day

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Celebrating Independence Day 2016

Fourth of July celebrations in the area

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Celebrating the Fourth of July

Fourth of July celebrations in the area

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: For Food Bridge Program

Our Daily Bread (ODB) Board of Directors member Catherine Read (second from right) and Programs Director Christina Garris (center) receive a grant check from Walmart market managers (from left) George Joyner, Leigh Belcher and Rodney Morrison at an award ceremony on May 26 at the Walmart Fredericksburg.

Springfield: Being True Eagles

More than 400 Edison High School Class of 2016 members receive diplomas.

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Mount Vernon: FHYAA Names Scholarship Winners

The winners of the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association’s 2016 Jackson Casey Memorial Scholarships are Jessica Dorn and Henry Chastain.

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Springfield: Having Each Other’s Back

Robert E. Lee High School Class of 2016 celebrates graduation.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: New Store, New Design

2nd Avenue Value Stores has opened a new store at 8750 Richmond Highway. The store’s design, a prototype for future 2nd Avenue stores, organizes and segments each department.

Mount Vernon Letter: County’s Gain Would be Others’ Loss

Letter to the Editor

The June 16 edition of the Gazette had two letters related to the Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors proposed action for a "meals tax."

Alexandria Column: Gig Economy Hits Home


You may hear a lot about the “gig economy,” which is a term for the growing number of people who use web-based companies like Uber, Lyft, or AirBnB just to name a few to make extra income.

Fairfax: Integrating Computer Science and Biology

Prathik Naidu, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, organized the first Youth Bioinformatics Symposium at George Mason University in collaboration with the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

Alexandria: Puppy Boat

Animal Welfare League celebrates 70 years.

It was all paws on deck Sunday, June 12, as staff and supporters of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria were joined by dogs and a kitten for a trip up the Potomac on the Potomac Riverboat Company’s “Cherry Blossom.”

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Fairfax: A Wily Look at Relationships

“Redder Blood” at Hub Theatre.

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Alexandria: Cutting Out City Council?

Backlash follows proposed changes to city’s charter.

In the span of one docket item, City Council voted to yield more approval powers to city staff, but were more wary of a proposal that would give final approval powers to the Planning Commission.

Fairfax: Uniting for a Good Cause

Community comes together to pack meals for hungry, local children.

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Alexandria: King Street-Beauregard Street Improvement Begins

Project seeks to increase pedestrian safety and reduce commute time.

The Alexandria City Council met at the intersection of King Street and North Beauregard Street to hold a groundbreaking ceremony, signaling the start of improvements to be made at the crossroads.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Bike Safety

Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee held a bike rodeo on Friday, June 10, at Polk Elementary School in conjunction with the school’s ice cream social.

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Fairfax: ‘Find Your Own Meaning’

More than 600 students graduate from Fairfax High.

Alexandria Letter: City Fails Its Citizens

Letter to the Editor

Over the years, I have corresponded with almost all departments within the City of Alexandria’s government.

Alexandria Letter: Thoughtful Decision-Making?

Letter to the Editor

Now you see it, now you don't. Our School Board has the ability to make decisions disappear almost overnight. Their recent magic was visible on our very first school tear down, Patrick Henry, when in fact all but the vote was necessary to pass option C1 — an option which was structurally compatible with the neighborhood, contained adequate green space and most importantly was neighborhood friendly with no bus privileges on Latham Street.

Alexandria Letter: Who Pays For Free Rides?

Letter to the Editor

Why is our city planning to provide free and expanded bus transportation to some commuters during the July surges when some Metro lines will be shut down?

Alexandria Letter: Another Reason Supporting Pool

Letter to the Editor

Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics mentioned several compelling reasons for spending a lot of city money for a 50 meter swimming pool at the Chinquapin Recreation Center adjacent to T.C. Williams’ High School, but missed the most compelling, even if slightly troubling one.

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Fairfax: Encouraged to ‘Make the World Smile’

W.T. Woodson High School Class of 2016 celebrates graduation.

Alexandria Letter: Looking at Local Taxes

Letter to the Editor

As I paid my first half property taxes this week, I was shocked to realize they have gone up 36 percent since 2010.

Alexandria: Supporting Life With Cancer Center

Fraternal Order of the Eagles ALVA #871 secretary Jean Oliver, left, presents a check in the amount of $5,000 to Amy Richards, development director of the Life With Cancer Center.

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Alexandria: Market Square Hosts Vigil for Orlando

Community calls for action.

Moms Demand Action of Northern Virginia in collaboration with Northern Virginia Pride gathered a little over a hundred supporters in Market Square in Old Town Alexandria on June 15 to raise tea lights and remember the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

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Burke and Springfield: McAuliffe Signs High School Curriculum Bill Into Law

On Monday, June 13, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn’s (D-41) bill, HB 659 in the State Capitol in Richmond. HB 659 will require high-school family-life curricula to include awareness, understanding and prevention of dating violence, domestic abuse, sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Commentary: Finding Shortcuts in Richmond

Solving problems through state agencies instead of the legislature can save time and money.

Senior Experience with Senior Services of Alexandria

During the last three weeks of our high school career, we had the opportunity as T.C. Williams seniors to do an unpaid internship of our choosing.

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Burke: Four Tips for Bruins Graduates

Lake Braddock Secondary School 2016 graduates ‘made a name for themselves.’

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Alexandria Mentor of the Month

Making an Impact on Childhood Literacy

Of all the ways to spend a Sunday afternoon, teaching someone else’s children to read will not, on the surface, top most people’s list of priorities.

Alexandria Column: Local Maker Spotlight

From the Old Town Boutique District

The movement to shop small and support locally-owned businesses is alive and well in the DMV area, and that includes supporting the makers themselves.

Alexandria Column: Offering Translation Services for Adults in Need

Commentary-Community Lodgings

This is the second in a five-part series about Community Lodgings’ programs and services to the Alexandria community.

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Alexandria Column: Volunteering at Animal Shelter Still Rewarding

Dog lover Ellen Flynn sets record at 45 years.

If the thousands of dogs who have passed through the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter over the last four decades could talk, many would recall the calm voice and gentle hand of volunteer Ellen Flynn.

Alexandria Brief: Award To Honor Nicole Mittendorff

A new award has been established to honor former Fairfax firefighter and distance runner Nicole Mittendorff who died two months ago.

Alexandria Brief: Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

The Alexandria Police Department has made an arrest in a robbery that occurred at the SunTrust Bank located at 2809 Mount Vernon Ave.

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Supervisors Endorse Police ‘Re-engineering’

Action items approved include use of force and communications recommendations from Ad Hoc commission.

The possibility of body cameras being worn by Fairfax County Police officers and the release of officers’ names involved with critical use of force incidents dominated discussion during two action items in the Board of Supervisors June 21 meeting.

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Alexandria Appetite: 3 Cocktails Perfect for Summer Happy Hour

Hot temperatures outside mean it’s time for a cool, refreshing beverage.

The mercury’s rising outside, and summer picnic season is well under way. So too are weekend happy hours, offering up a number of cool, refreshing concoctions to wet your whistle. Here are three cocktails to try the next time you’re out and about.

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Chantilly: Christ Presbyterian Expands Its Preschool

Flexible schedule to meet needs of families.

Christ Presbyterian Church is expanding its preschool ministry to include extended day and full day programs for children ages 2 to 5 years old to better meet the needs of the surrounding community.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Health Gathering

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Auxiliary hosted the Virginia Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries and Volunteers (VAHAV) Northern District Spring Meeting on May 16. More than 90 volunteers attended from 12 of the 14 hospitals who are in the Northern District. The meeting was held at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, a new, freestanding cancer center on the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital campus. Founded in 1949, VAHAV serves health care auxiliaries and volunteer organizations. See

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Chantilly Snapshot: Park-and-Ride Expansion

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 15 at the Stringfellow Road Park-and-Ride to celebrate the completion of the expansion of the park-and-ride facility with 300 additional parking spaces. The project was implemented by Fairfax County Department of Transportation and Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Chantilly: Love for All, Hatred for None

Letter to the Editor

Hate has no religion. No gender. No race.

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Centreville High: Farewell to Class of 2016

Centreville High School graduates celebrate their milestone.

Surrounded by both friends and family, more than 500 Centreville High School graduates walked across Eagle Bank Arena stage at George Mason University on Wednesday, June 15 as they received their diploma from Principal Dave Jagels.

Chantilly: Pastry Chef Arnaud Herdot Sells from a Food Truck

To be his own boss.

When a fancy French pastry chef takes to selling his baked goods from a food truck, you know that American food shopping habits have changed. Especially startling is that this pastry chef, Arnaud Herodet of Chantilly, worked as the pastry chef at the French Embassy in Washington for 18 years.

Drinkwater, Pelegrin Honored

Sully names Officers of Month.

The Sully District Police Station and its Citizens Advisory Committee have recognized two Officers of the Month for April. They are Sgt. Justin Drinkwater and Auxiliary Officer Antonio Pelegrin.

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Helping Students onto a Better Path in Life

Mountain View celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Mountain View is a small high school, but the impact it’s had upon its students’ lives has been huge. And last Friday, June 17, it marked two decades of existence and achievement.

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Potomac Nature: A Family Affair

Nesting Baltimore orioles at C&O Canal National Historical Park at Great Falls.

Every five or 10 minutes, one or the other of the adult Baltimore Orioles returned to their pendulous, hanging, nest, with a beak full of food for their recently hatched chicks.

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Potomac: Kennedy Creates Chemical-Free Skin Care Products

Business began in effort to help her mother.

“If you asked me 10 years ago what I'd be doing today, I don't think making natural skincare products would have been on my short-list, or even on my long-list for that matter,” said Potomac’s Renan Kennedy.

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Potomac: Brothers Light Up Their Own Candle-Making Business

Filipino Fire offers homemade scented candles.

Inspired by a candle-making segment on the TV show “The Chew;” three local brothers decided to go into business together. Zach, Nico and Anthony De Leon started their small business to have fun and to earn some extra money. Their slogan is “Homemade scented candles by Hand of Brothers.”

Arlington: Garvey Prevails

Incumbent County Board Chair defeats primary challenger.

After a split from the Arlington Democratic establishment following her opposition to the streetcar project and her support of independent John Vihstadt, County Board Chair Libby Garvey faced a primary.

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Arlington: ‘A Lot of Project in a Little Space’

New condominium approved despite neighborhood concerns about density.

As Arlington County’s population continues to climb, projects are getting more densely packed together.

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Arlington Snapshot: Easing the ‘Ouch’

Arlington Woman's Club members recently donated 60 small pillows to the new Inova Children's Hospital Wing.

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Arlington: Safe Routes Program Receives Grant

Arlington Public Schools Safe Routes to School will receive a $5,000 grant this quarter through the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program for an elementary bicycle education program, according to Transurban, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s partner on the 395 Express Lanes project.

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Rebuilding Together Assists Homeowners

Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church provided repairs on June 16 to the home of a senior couple living on 5th St. South in Arlington, allowing them to age in place.

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Arlington: Have Planetarium, Will Travel

Thanks to a portable planetarium, Marymount University has been taking space to elementary and middle school students.

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Arlington Snapshot: In Performance

“A Night at the Opera” featured Jennifer McGinnis (left), Arianna Rodriguez and others at Carderock Falls Manor in McLean on May 26.

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Lafayette Federal Credit Union Opens Branch in Crystal City

Lafayette Federal Credit Union opened a new full-service branch in Crystal City at 2231 Crystal City Drive on June 16.

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78 Students Receive Scholarships from Arlington Community Foundation

The Arlington Community Foundation (ACF) awarded college scholarships valued at a total of $473,500 to 78 students to attend college next year.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Obituary: Cindee Jackson Cornelison

Cindee Jackson Cornelison, age 69, was born in Milwaukee, Wis. As the daughter of an Air Force officer, she grew up in Nebraska, Texas, Mississippi, Nevada and Alabama.

Mount Vernon Snapshot: West Point Graduate

Cadet Eugene James Coleman, III, son of Eugene and Martha Coleman of Alexandria, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on May 21.

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Alexandria: A “View From Within” at Gallery Underground

Alexandria artist and retired pediatric occupational therapist Anna Schalk, 74, presented “View From Within,” her solo show in June at Gallery Underground in Crystal City.

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Mount Vernon: Storck Reflects on His First Six Months in Office

...and commitment to constituents.

Daniel Storck was elected Mount Vernon supervisor last November, replacing 28-year veteran Gerald Hyland, who retired rather than run for an 8th term.

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Chantilly: For Some, a Hobby, for Others, a Lifestyle

Car enthusiasts flock to Sully Antique Car Show.

Families and car enthusiasts gathered at the Sully Historic Site for the 43rd annual car show, which coincides with Father's Day.

Tuesday, June 21

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Taste of Reston Draws Big Crowds

Food festival in Reston

Letter: Harmful House Bill

To the Editor

Last week, the US House decided that keep our air safe is not important and passed a bill to restrict implementation of the new standards for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and lead.

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Reston Hospital Center Medical Staff Awards Scholarships

The Medical Staff of Reston Hospital Center awarded scholarships to 19 Fairfax and Loudoun County High School seniors in recognition of their academic excellence and excitement for pursuing a career in healthcare.

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Reston: Go Big, Class of 2016

“Think of this as the morning announcements for the rest of your life,” said senior Meaghan Elizabeth Nally, now a graduate of South Lakes High School Class of 2016.

Reston: South Lakes Student Wins Film Festival Awards

Carlos Lenz Wins Best Documentary and Best Commercial-Public Service Announcement at the Virginia High School League Film Festival.

Commentary: Being Among the Happiest

Technologists have applied their big data and computer-crunching to determine where in the world and where in the United States are the happiest places to live.

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Reston District Police Station Hosts Community Open House

Residents toured exhibits and the new station.

Reston: North County Governmental Center Opens to Public

The new center nearly doubles the available space for offices, public meetings.

Letter: Leaving the Judging to God

To the Editor

“Whoever kills a is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.” (Qur’an, 5:32)

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Herndon High Says Farewell to 2016 Graduates

Graduation ceremony took place on Thursday, June 16.

Fatal Crash in Vienna

Officers responded to the 8700 block of Park Street on Friday, June 17, at around 7:36 a.m. for a report of a traffic crash involving a single-vehicle.

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Vienna: Saying Farewell at Madison High

Graduation Ceremony took place on Wednesday, June 15.

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Vienna: Pet Adoption Expo Finds Forever-Homes for Homeless Animals

Organized and sponsored by the Vienna Arts Society, adoption event pulled together adoptables and families looking for a furry family member.

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Vienna: Chillin’ on Church Block Party Draws Crowds

Debut block party on Church Street and Town Green sponsored by Town of Vienna Parks and Rec offers live music, food, fun.

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McLean and Great Falls: Thank You, 2016 Graduates

Langley High School seniors matriculate at DAR Constitution Hall on Monday, June 20.

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McLean: ’We Made It’

History teacher Dylan Wedan was ready with a “High Five” for all students as they rose en route to receiving their McLean High School diplomas.

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Senior Safety Summit Held in McLean

McLean Citizens Association hosts Senior Safety Summit.

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McLean: ‘Footloose’ coming to Alden Stage

McLean Community Players present musical July 8-24.

School is out for the summer with vacations coming, but the McLean Community Players (MCP) take on the musical “Footloose” will give local audiences a reason to have a “staycation.”

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Neil Mehta and Riddhima Gandhi Celebrate Wedding in India, Great Falls

Raksha and Dinesh Mehta of Great Falls have announced the marriage of their son, Neil Mehta, to Riddhima Gandhi, the daughter of Shabnam and Gaurang Gandhi of Mumbai, India.

Great Falls: Shepard Smith Named as Next Director of Coast Survey

President Barack Obama has approved the promotion of Shepard Smith, from captain to rear admiral (lower half), a prerequisite for Smith to become director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, after his selection by Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. S

Obituary: Prolific Author, Robert F. Dorr, Dies

A source of energy, inspiration and courage to the Great Falls creative community.

When author Robert F. Dorr took his last breath on Sunday, June 12, 2016, not only the writing world but the entire, larger community whispered a final farewell and breathed a sigh of sadness right along with him.

Commentary: Congress Must Act to Stem Gun Violence Epidemic

Last week, America woke to what has become an all-too-common nightmare. A man driven by hate and armed with assault weapons carried out our nation’s worst mass shooting.

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George Washington's Great Falls: A Tour of Local Historic Sites

The Great Falls Historical Society conducted its very first bus tour around sites that George Washington frequented during his lifetime in Great Falls

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Alexandria is Hemorrhaging Affordable Housing

Alexandria continues to lose affordable housing.

Living in Alexandria isn’t cheap and for many locals who need affordable housing, it seems to be getting more expensive by the day.

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Alexandria: WWII Veteran Dies at 95

Bill McNamara survived Normandy invasion.

At 15 years old, Bill McNamara was determined to join the U.S. Cavalry. But when he walked into the local armory one Friday night, he was told he was too young. Not to be dissuaded, he walked around the block, stepped back inside and this time gave his age as 18 to the recruiter. The year was 1936 and McNamara had joined what would become America’s Greatest Generation, one of thousands who left for battlefields half a world away never knowing if they would ever see home again.

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Alexandria: Minnie Howard Campus Reopens Emma’s Garden.

"The students are totally invested in this project, … they want to see it succeed and continue to grow … .”

T.C. Williams’ Minnie Howard Campus’ renovated courtyard, Emma’s Garden, officially reopened on June 9. The courtyard was renamed in 2010 and dedicated to late teacher Emma Cabrera, who died in an accident that school year. Biology teacher Benjamin Matthews along with local master gardener Susan Helper helped outline the project and received a $500 grant from the PTSA to aid in completing the renovation.

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Arlington: From Opera Nova to Los Angeles

Milena Gligic, accompanist for Arlington-based Opera NOVA, has been selected to be pianist for the Los Angeles Opera Company.

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Chantilly: ‘Caring, Creative, Fun, Kind and Inspiring’

Monk’s students explain his impact upon them.

Chantilly High’s Ed Monk is one of the most popular and effective theater teachers/directors around. And some of his seniors recently shared their thoughts about him.

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End of an Era at Chantilly High

Theater Director Ed Monk is retiring.

It’s the end of an era; Chantilly High Theater Director Ed Monk is retiring. He’s bringing down the curtain on his career here after 31 years with Fairfax County Public Schools — 26 of them at Chantilly.

Snapshot: Fun at Fido Fest

Westfield High freshman Zach Muse brought Luna, his 1-year-old pit bull mix, to the City of Fairfax’s first-ever Fido Fest. It was held June 4 outside the Sherwood Community Center and featured a dog agility course, pet photo booth, small wading pools, a pop-up dog park and free, frozen dog treats.

Potomac: Hatten Celebrates 40 Years at BCC

Opted for tennis over law.

Frank Hatten began his career in tennis in 1976 at Bethesda Country Club (BCC) with five outdoor asphalt tennis courts, an 800-square foot tennis shack and a pay phone.

Potomac Letter: Another Tragedy

Letter to the Editor

Our hearts go out to the friends and families of the victims of Sunday’s tragic shooting in Orlando.

Potomac Letter: In Mourning

Letter to the Editor

The chairman, the board of directors and ordinary members of the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation strongly condemn the barbaric attack on innocent civilians in Orlando by an individual that claims to belong to our faith.

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Arlington’s Loss with Death of ‘Mr. Reilly’

A Remembrance

Dr. Reilly Lewis passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest in his home in Arlington on June 9.

Arlington Letter: Benefits of Clean Energy

Letter to the Editor

In recent days, Governor McAuliffe has been receiving a lot of pressure to back down from his commitments to our climate and environment.

Arlington Brief: Nauck Town Square Design Meeting

The public is invited to attend the Nauck Town Square Design Meeting at 7-8:30 p.m., June 23, at the Charles Drew Community Center, 3500 23rd St. S.

Arlington: Projects To Restore Stream; Upgrade Storm Sewer

The Arlington County Board approved contracts on June 18 for two projects, one to restore the lower section of the Four Mile Run stream and another to upgrade the storm sewer and install new water mains and four facilities to filter stormwater runoff in north Arlington.

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Arlington Photos: Happy 50th Birthday

Happy 50th Birthday

It was quite a day. Artifacts of American Indians were displayed beside children making butterflies of paper and clothespins.

Arlington Letter: We Are One Community, One Nation

Letter to the Editor

Deeply disturbed by the Orlando massacre, I wanted to help the wounded, help those families, help that community, but I was feeling at a loss.

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Arlington: The State of Affordable Housing

Arlington continues to struggle with loss of affordable housing.

With each year, Arlington becomes less and less affordable. According to David Cristeal, housing director for Arlington County, between 2000 and 2013, Arlington has lost 13,000 units of affordable housing.

Free Independence Day Cab Rides Offered

Preparing to combat that U.S. holiday when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 41 percent of all U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers, free cab rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington Metropolitan area on Independence Day, July 4.

Friday, June 17

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 125 homes sold between $1,840,457-$230,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: May, 2016

Springfield Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 211 Springfield homes sold between $1,110,000-$154,500.

Springfield Home Sales: May, 2016

Reston Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 138 Reston homes sold between $1,347,500-$125,000.

Reston Home Sales: May, 2016

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 76 Potomac homes sold between $2,350,000-$510,000.

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2016

Mount Vernon Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 149 homes sold between $1,365,000-$105,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: May, 2016

McLean Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 122 homes sold between $2,650,000-$180,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: May, 2016

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 118 homes sold between $1,285,000-$200,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: May, 2016

Great Falls Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 23 Great Falls homes sold between $1,900,000-$495,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: May, 2016

Fairfax Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 99 Fairfax homes sold between $1,384,845-$168,575.

Fairfax Home Sales: May, 2016

Chantilly Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 28 homes sold between $1,200,000-$47,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: May, 2016

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

In May, 2016, 87 homes sold between $1,217,500-$132,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 137 Centreville homes sold between $985,000-$153,500.

Centreville Home Sales: May, 2016

Burke Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 79 Burke homes sold between $849,500-$200,000.

Burke Home Sales: May, 2016

Arlington Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 299 Arlington homes sold between $2,300,000-$90,000.

Arlington Home Sales: May, 2016

Alexandria Home Sales: May, 2016

In May, 2016, 287 Alexandria homes sold between $2,325,000-$136,100.

Alexandria Home Sales: May, 2016

Thursday, June 16

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Alexandria: Police Investigate Murder of Pierre Clark

A father reforming his life was killed less than one month after jail release.

The idea was to live big and double the stakes.

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Mount Vernon: One Dead after Shuttle Bus Flips

17 injured in collision on the George Washington Parkway.

One person is dead and 17 are injured after a shuttle bus collided with another vehicle on the George Washington Parkway around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14.

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Natasha McKenna’s Mother Files $15 Million Wrongful Death Suit

Woman with mental illness died after being tased while in Sheriff’s custody.

Natasha McKenna’s mother is seeking more than $15 million in a wrongful death and gross negligence suit filed against Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid and five deputies.

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Fairfax County Retired Educators award scholarships to aspiring teachers

Springfield resident Paul Naanou is determined to be in front of a classroom. The rising senior at the College of William and Mary and 2013 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology has been a math and science instructor for Fairfax Collegiate over the last two summers.

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Ten U.S. Air Force Band Conductors Assemble for 75th Anniversary Reunion Concert in Fairfax

The U.S. Air Force Band celebrated its 75th anniversary with a reunion concert on June 11 at the George Mason Center for the Arts.

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Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Added to Fairfax County Student Handbook

School Board members debate whether students should be held accountable.

Students in Fairfax County Public Schools started the 2015-2016 school year without the words “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” as part of the nondiscrimination guide within their student handbook.

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Area Residents Celebrate Fairfax!

A three-day event draws more than 70,000 visitors.

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Fairfax City: Van Dyck Park’s field is named in honor of Armistice Turtora.

‘What a Remarkable Record of Service’

Fairfax City: Greenfield Declared Winner in Historic Vote Recount

City Council race is finally decided.

Apartment Fire Kills Beloved Fairfax Resident

Community mourns Bill Patton, 74.

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Fairfax Academy’s Annual Awards: A Showcase of Accomplishment

Area residents and alumni of Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts gathered for its annual awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 8, at Fairfax High School.

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Burke and Springfield: Saving ABLE Savings Accounts

Governor McAuliffe signs Del. Eileen Filler-Corn’s Bill exempting ABLE Savings Accounts from means testing.

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Parkwood Baptist Church Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Parkwood Baptist Church in Annandale celebrated their 50th anniversary with a memorial picnic and outdoor service on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12.

Area Roundups

Weekly happenings in your area.

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Burke: Robinson Girls' Lax Repeats as State Champion

Rams finish undefeated season with victory over Woodson.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team finished an undefeated season with a state championship.

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Burke: Robinson Boys' Lax Wins Third Straight State Championship

Rams beat James River in 6A state final.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team beat James River in the 6A state championship game.

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Alexandria: TC Girls’ Soccer Falls to Cox in State Semifinals

Titans out-shoot Falcons 28-5 but fail to score.

The T.C. Williams girls' soccer team lost to Cox in the state semifinals.

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Mount Vernon: Padres Select West Potomac’s Sara in 12th Round of MLB Draft

Sara facing choice between turning pro, attending William & Mary.

The San Diego Padres selected West Potomac pitcher Jamie Sara in the 12th round of the MLB Draft.

Wednesday, June 15

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Taste of Reston Returns Friday and Saturday, June 16-17

Taste of Reston is expected to draw record crowds to Reston Town Center Friday and Saturday, June 16-17.

Reston: Neil Kothari, 15, Leads Odyssey of the Mind Team to World Finals

Kothari has coached a sixth grade team of Hunters Woods students for 8 months leading up to the World Finals.

Commentary: Selective Accounting

The Commonwealth of Virginia prepares its budget on a biennial schedule. The budget proposed this year by the Governor and adopted by the General Assembly will become effective July 1, 2016, and extend to June 30, 2018.

Commentary: TetraGate Review or Audit

There is a bit of a frenzy going on at the Reston Association.

Arno’s Pastries Come to Reston

Meet pastry chef Arnaud Herodet.

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Reston: Yoga at the Pavilion

The Love Your Body Yoga Festival gives back and urges community to love their bodies.

The Pavilion at Reston Town Center filled with yogis on Sunday, June 12 for the eighth Love Your Body Yoga Festival.

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Mount Vernon: Chamber Honors McAllorum

As Life Chamber Member.

Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber honored John McAllorum as a Life Chamber Member at its June 9 breakfast meeting at the Belle Haven Country Club. McAllorum has been a member of the chamber since 1981.

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Alexandria People at Work: A Second Family at Sunrise

Every Alzheimer’s story is unique.

A yellow balloon zooms across the room. An arm reaches up from a wheelchair and bats it back across the room. The balloon flies faster and faster. "Go Hunter, you throw harder than anyone." Some of the residents are down the hall taking naps.

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Local Art on Exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon

A reception was held on June 11 at ArtSpace Herndon for new exhibit, Truths in False Positives.

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Hotel on Elden or High Quality Apartments?

Stout and Teague envision a hotel on the corner of Center Street and Elden Street to go along with new residential condos in downtown Herndon.

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Herndon High Graduate Jimmy McLaughlin Dies from Fatal Fall

While stationed in South Korea, McLaughlin dies in elevator accident at age 28.

Jimmy McLaughlin, 2006 Herndon High School graduate, died after falling more than 120 feet down an elevator shaft at a South Korean hotel.

Alexandria: A Peace Plan

Confederate Memorials and Street Names Advisory Group completes recommendations.

The Civil War is over. The bitter, year-long argument over what to do about the Confederacy’s legacy in Alexandria seems to have ended with a report from the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names.

Herndon: Theater to Inspire Conversation

‘Guerrilla Theatre Works: At What Cost?’ at NextStop in Herndon.

Opening NextStop Theatre’s summer 2016 series of one-night only performances is a show about a very contemporary social issue; the search for home in an unsafe, complex world.

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Reston: Development of a Solution?

Can the former American Press Institute building, architectural gem, still be saved?

The vacant American Press Institute Building at 11690 Sunrise Valley Drive drew international attention this week, days before a scheduled rezoning hearing at the Fairfax County Planning Commission this Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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Mount Vernon: 24 Graduate from Browne

Browne Academy held its graduation ceremony on Friday, June 10, in the school’s Center for Athletics and Performing Arts.

Mount Vernon Letter: Richmond Owes Northern Virginia

Letter to the Editor

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' recent vote to place a meals tax referendum on the November ballot is just the latest affront to the taxpayers of Fairfax County.

Mount Vernon Letter: Fairness and Taxes

Letter to the Editor

In the June 2 edition of the Gazette, a letter entitled “Seniors Unfairly Tapped for School Budget” argued that senior citizens in Fairfax County should be given a tax rebate funded by a surtax on school-age families because those seniors “have not had children in the school system for years and years.”

Mount Vernon Column: ‘To Do Nothing Is Also a Policy Choice’


These tragedies occur faster than I can publish columns.

Alexandria Letter: Dealing With Crime

Letter to the Editor

Last week the murder of Pierre Clark, in broad daylight a block from the new Belle Pre building, marked the third homicide in less than 12 months to occur within a narrow radius, just steps from Braddock Road Metro.

Alexandria Letter: Benefits of New Pool

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor from last week’s edition of the Alexandria Gazette Packet [“Government Over-reach”], Jimm Roberts is critical about several things in Alexandria.

Alexandria Letter: Design Change Unsettling

Letter to the Editor

A lack of transparency and violations of trust are poisonous to community life.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Playing Catch

Blue plays Frisbee with Abby Desjardins at the dog park by the Windmill Hill Park area.

Alexandria Column: Making Lemonade

Commentary–Rebuilding Together Alexandria

With a homemade lemonade stand adorning the front yard and the basement playroom walls painted with green rolling hills and blue skies, it is evident that Ariel wants her three young children to grow up having a memorable and safe childhood. Ariel purchased the home she grew up in from her parents in 2014, when her parents moved only half a block away.

Arlington: Room for a Human or a Horse?

Film focuses on solitary confinement.

Step into your room. It is 80 square feet, smaller than most horse stables. It has a bed, sink and toilet. This is your solitary confinement cell for weeks, months or years. Your only contact is with prison guards and your food is delivered through a slot in the door.

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Arlington Snapshot: Cycling through Crystal City

Nearly 2,000 participants gathered Sunday, June 11, to compete in the second day of competition during the annual Air Force Association Cycling Classic. Day two of events consisted of the race for the Crystal Cup along with a challenge ride for amateur cyclists and a children’s race for the younger competitors.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: State Excellence Award for Waynewood

The Waynewood Elementary Staff was presented with the Virginia Board of Education Excellence Award on Thursday, June 9.

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Chantilly: Celebrating Three Decades of Music

Chantilly High’s 30th annual Jazz & Pizzazz was June 8-11.

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Potomac: Ready To Move On

Seniors say farewell to Walt Whitman High School.

About 450 seniors from Walt Whitman High School participated in graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, June 8 in the DAR Constitution Hall.

Editorial: Support for Police in Reforms

Police commission recommendations come to Board of Supervisors for approval, implementation.

In some ways, the Fairfax County Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission, brainchild of Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, was a bit of a miracle.

Tuesday, June 14

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Leadership Fairfax Honors 2016 Graduates

The Pavilion at Reston Town Center was a most fitting venue for the graduation ceremony of the 2016 classes of the non-profit Leadership Fairfax Institute (LFI).

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Considering Private School?

Small steps this summer can minimize stress of application process.

The school year has just come to an end … which means it’s the ideal time to prepare to apply to leading independent schools.

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The Gap Year Trend

The pros and cons of taking a break in academic studies before college.

2016 Lord and Lady Fairfax Honorees Selected

Celebrate Fairfax, Inc. named the 2016 Lords and Ladies Fairfax at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, June 7 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Town of Vienna’s Police Department from June 3-9.

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Vienna Bike Rodeo Kicks Off ‘Bike/Walk to School Week’

Annual kids’ obstacle course embraces safe biking.

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2016 Vienna Idol Voted by Community on Town Green

Brian Bui pulled the most cash-votes to take the title.

It took 45 auditions, months of preparation and community outreach, and dozens of sponsors and volunteers to come down to this moment: Vienna Idol 2016 finals.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean.

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McLean: Crisis Link, Text and Turning Point

McLean-based nonprofit provides services and engagement during crises.

Caryline Kelly, 27, will earn her graduate degree in mental health counseling this summer. Kelly is a recovery support specialist with Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, headquartered in McLean.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls

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Great Falls: Summer Concerts Return to Village Green

Great Falls singer-songwriter Mary Ann Redmond kicks off 2016 series.

Families, neighbors, and groups of friends gathered on the Village Green, and as the hot summer day drifted into a cooler evening last Sunday, it really began to feel like summer in Great Falls.

Great Falls Teen to Compete in Miss Teen America

Skye Jannery-Barney, a Great Falls resident and rising junior at The Madeira School, will compete for the title of Miss Teen America 2016 this July.

Stretching from Great Falls to La Jolla

Delivering yoga class close to home on Great Falls Green.

Victoria Weseley’s mother lives in La Jolla, California.

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Chantilly Baseball Comes Back to Win State Championship

Chargers score three runs in bottom of seventh to beat Battlefield.

The Chantilly baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Battlefield in the 6A state championship game on Saturday.

Monday, June 13

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Arlington: Nunez Leads W-L Boys’ Soccer to First State Championship

Senior scores two goals in state final win over First Colonial.

The Washington-Lee boys' soccer team won its first state championship on Saturday.

Saturday, June 11

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State Tournament Roundup

W-L boys' soccer, Robinson girls', boys' lax among teams competing for titles.

The 6A state championships are being held today at Robinson and Lake Braddock.

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Vienna: Vannicola's No-Hitter Sends Madison Softball to State Final

Warhawks beat Grassfield in 6A state semifinals, face Osbourn Park today.

Madison pitcher Katie Vannicola threw her first high school no-hitter on the state tournament stage.

Thursday, June 9

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Mount Vernon: Quander Road School graduates took different paths, reached the same goal

Quander Road School Principal Joe Thompson is actually fond of the iPhone intelligence Siri chirping “re-routing” during route guidance. In his remarks to the 12 graduating seniors at the school for students with mental health and behavioral challenges, Thompson used Siri to congratulate them on reaching their goal.

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Mount Vernon, Springfield: McAuliffe Announces Site for New Puller Veterans Care Center

120-bed facility to be built in Fauquier County.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said he’s working on making Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in America. Though the Commonwealth, he said, is the first and only one to have “functionally ended veteran homelessness,” it still has one of the lowest ratios of available care centers to number of veterans in the country.

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Springfield Days' Petfest 2016 at South Run RECenter in Fairfax Station

Diane Roadcap of Springfield wants people to understand that animals are spiritual beings. Ever since she was a girl of five and felt drawn to a box at the local dump in Luray that contained a dog duct-taped to the inside, doomed to be incinerated, she says she’s had the gift of being able to translate for animals.

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Burke: Shocked by Kidney Disease

Family searching, waiting in line for living donor.

Burke resident Hayden Shock graduated from Gallaudet University May 13 on the dean’s list with a marketing degree. That was expected. Fewer than two months before, he was diagnosed with acute kidney failure. For a healthy college senior -- Shock threw javelin and competed for Gallaudet track and field -- the diagnosis was totally unexpected.

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Herndon Police Officers Train with Fairfax Fire & Rescue

Two menacing Dodge Charger sedans come to a stop, a dark silver one in front of the other, all black with gold lettering that reads Herndon Police. Officers from the cruiser get out, and begin barking commands at the driver of the suspicious car in front.

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Springfield: Books for a Bargain

Friends of Richard Byrd Library host Summer Book Sale.

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Third Lane Opens at Fairfax Boulevard

The City of Fairfax announces the opening of a third westbound lane along Route 50 (Fairfax Boulevard) from Bevan Drive to Jermantown Road.

Fairfax City Council Race Ends up in Court

Judges order a recount to determine winners.

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Relay for Life Brings Community Together

Participants walked laps at Workhouse Arts Center in support of a cure for cancer.

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Burke Centre Library Book Fair Fuels Passion for Reading

The public library held a book fair Thursday to Sunday offering great deals on great books.

Wednesday, June 8

Area Crime and Police Reports

Area Crime Reports

Area Crime Reports

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Week in Fairfax

Area crime reports

Fairfax’s First Fido Fest

City of Fairfax celebrates man's best friend

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston

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Yogis to Fill Reston with Gratitude

Thousands to join Reston’s Beloved Yoga at 8th annual yoga festival this Sunday at Reston Town Center.

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Street-painting Festival at Lake Anne Plaza

Lake Anne Plaza is hosting its Third Annual Chalk on the Water Festival taking place the weekend of June 11-12.

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‘Concerts on the Town’ Return to Reston Town Center

David Akers and the Soul Shakers kick off the summer series running from June 4 to Aug. 27 at the Reston Town Center Pavilion.

Commentary: Lifelong Learning, Endless Possibilities

In 1956 the then appointed Fairfax County School Board appropriated fifty dollars per month to be paid as a supplement to a school administrator to start an adult education program.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon

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Lady Luck Shines on Herndon

Festivities went on without a hitch at Herndon Festival 2016

Lady Luck – if not the sun – shone down on the 36th annual Herndon Festival.

Metro SafeTrack Surge Begins on Orange and Silver Lines

Metro's first SafeTrack work on the Orange and Silver line trains began on Sunday, June 4 and will last until June 16.

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Theater with Punch

1st Stage’s “Floyd Collins”; Original, stunning musical.

A daring musical awaits patrons at 1st Stage Theater. It is the award-winning, rarely produced, “Floyd Collins.”

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

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Alexandria: TC Girls’ Soccer to Face Cox Friday in State Semifinals

Titans lose to Battlefield in region championship game.

The T.C. Williams girls' soccer team will face Cox in the state semifinals on Friday.

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Inaugural TEDxTysons Event Draws Sell-Out Crowd

TEDx, a nonprofit program that presents local speakers devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” made its Tysons debut on Friday, with a lineup featuring nine different speakers and two performers.

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‘Pops’ Delivers: Chantilly Baseball Wins Region Title

DiCesare’s 3 RBI, Wagner’s complete game fuel Chargers.

The Chantilly baseball team won the region title.

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McLean: Langley Choir on Broadway

The halls were alive with the sound of music this past week at Langley High School as the choir performed classic Broadway hits during their annual concert.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

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McLean Farmers Market In Full Swing

The Farmers Market at Lewinsville Park, Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.

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MCA: Year Ahead

McLean Citizens Association launches new website, continues its century-long advocacy for McLean.

Week in Great Falls

Week in Great Falls

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Great Falls Art Fest on the Green

About 20 artists in booths under tents join three indoor artist's studios to show their wares.

Letter: Costly Alternatives

To the Editor

I was disappointed to read that the Colvin Run Septic Sewage Receiving Plant will be "temporarily" closing on June 27 due to the "Difficult Run Pump Station Project" (“Sewage Hauled Elsewhere,” Great Falls Connection, June 1-7, 2016).

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Great Falls: Final Chance for Brooks Farm?

Planning Commission defers Brooks Farm decision one more time; Supervisor Foust expects no more delays.

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Great Falls: Barn Dance Goes Out with a Bang and Optimism

Annual event benefited the Optimist Club youth fund.

The seven horses that live on Linda Thompson’s White Pines Farm property on Walker Road have shared their barn with the Great Falls Optimist Club for about once a year for the past 10 years.

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Octagonal Dream Home on the Market

Home's shape and large windows make it a sun-drenched space.

It was during a trip to California almost 20 years that McLean resident Susan Jordano first laid eyes on her dream home.

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Burke: Frosh Connolly Helps Robinson Boys’ Lax Reach State Final

Rams beat Colonial Forge, will try for third straight state title.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team defeated Colonial Forge on Friday in the state semifinals.

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Burke: Defense Key as Robinson Girls’ Lax Clinches Trip to State Final

Skrzypczak, Kluegel lead Rams back to state title game.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team is headed back to the state final.

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Alexandria: Scholar-Athletes Honored

ASC awards $16,000 to high school seniors.

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club presented $16,000 in scholarships to eight high school seniors at the 61st annual Athletes of the Year banquet May 25 at the Westin Hotel.

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Potomac Yard Metro Project Moves Forward

Lingering doubts around parking surround Potomac Yard approval.

After years of planning, Potomac Yard Metro is starting to come together. But for many local residents, the arrival of the new Metro station comes with some remaining hurdles.

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Alexandria: Boat Club Hosts Luncheon for Children with Special Needs

The Old Dominion Boat Club held its annual spring cruise and luncheon for children with special needs in the city’s public schools.

Alexandria Letter: One-Party Rule Thrives

Letter to the Editor

Despite the fact that Alexandria is one of the most diverse cities in the entire country, we are totally absent leadership that embraces anything close to diversity in opinion.

Alexandria Letter: Government Over-reach

Letter to the Editor

It is very disheartening to discover the men and women elected to high office in Washington, D.C. have decided to set prices for hourly labor employed by privately owned businesses.

Alexandria Letter: Shopping Cart’s Return

Letter to the Editor

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I noticed an abandoned shopping cart behind Jefferson-Houston School, so after a few days I dragged it home and called the city’s service line.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Memorial Day Jazz Festival

The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities held a Memorial Day Jazz Festival at the Lee Center in Alexandria. Local bands such as the Nitehawks and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores performed a variety of music and food trucks catered to audiences outside the venue. Visit for a calendar of upcoming events.

Alexandria Commentary: Summer Living In Old Town

Trends and tips to keep cool.

Summer living is easy except when it’s not. Trying to beat the heat of a Virginia summer sometimes feels like an effort in futility. This year it doesn’t have to be. The latest trends are guaranteed to make your summer as cool — literally and figuratively — as possible. Summer living is easy except when it’s not. Trying to beat the heat of a Virginia summer sometimes feels like an effort in futility. This year it doesn’t have to be. The latest trends are guaranteed to make your summer as cool — literally and figuratively — as possible.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Hometown Hero

Miller, who has lived in Del Ray for over 30 years, is often described as the “unofficial mayor of Del Ray.”

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City Takes Control of Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory

Temporary measure met with cautious optimism by artists.

On the surface of Alexandria’s arts community, but in the depths of city bureaucracy, major changes are underway at the Torpedo Factory, the arts facility right at the heart of Alexandria’s waterfront.

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Alexandria: Saluting Veterans

Market Square D-Day Commemoration

In remembrance of D-Day’s 72nd Anniversary, a commemoration ceremony was held at Market Square in Alexandria on Saturday, June 4.

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Alexandria Commentary: Returning Citizen or Just Plain Citizen

Returning After Incarceration

Securing a job, renting an apartment, voting in an election: things people without a felony conviction do with relative ease.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Dog Days of Summer

Hard Times' Memorial Day Chili Dogs

Hard Times Cafe continued its nearly 25-year tradition of kicking off the Memorial Day holiday.

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Alexandria: Reach and Rise for Excellence

At Hammond Middle School.

The sky is truly the limit for the student participants of the Reach and Rise for Excellence (RARE) Program at Francis Hammond Middle School

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Alexandria: Teacher Retires After 40 Years

Cecelia Snyder leaves Old Town Montessori School.

After 20 years of teaching 3-6-year-olds at the Old Town Montessori School on S. Columbus Street and serving as its administrative director, Snyder is retiring.

Tuesday, June 7

Chantilly Snapshot: Scout Leaders Honored

At the Annual Sully District Boy Scouts of America Awards Banquet three Sully District Boy Scout Leaders were honored. The highest award that Sully District can bestow is the District Award of Merit. This year’s honorees were Chris Miller (left), Kevin Morley (center), and Tee R. Hadley (right). Sully District is comprised of over 1600 youth and 400 registered adults.

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Centreville/Chantilly Snapshot: Dancers

Fairfax Ballet Company dancers pose for a picture during rehearsals for the Fairfax Ballet Company's "Coronation of the Fairy Princess," last month at Centreville High School.

Partnership Broadens Reach of Tutoring Company

Low-income students assisted.

Northern Virginia’s Turbo Tutoring launched a partnership with Kravitz Orthodontics in South Riding earlier this year to provide free SAT and ACT preparation programming to low-income students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the classes to prepare them for college entrance exams.

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Centreville: 5K Ice Cream Race at Bull Run is June 25

The third annual 5K obstacle Ice Cream Race will be held Saturday, June 25 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville.

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Centreville Snapshot: Recognition

In May, Centreville based Lane's Mill Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) member Van Lee received recognition for her 50 years of membership in the organization. With Lee are her daughters Evangeline Barr and Susan Lee as well as her sister Virginia Poffenberger, all of whom are also members of DAR.

Centreville Snapshot: Congratulations

USMC Captain Scott Behne (CVHS 2007, USNA 2011) hands younger brother, Ensign Mark Behne (CVHS 2012, USCGA 2016), his diploma and commission and welcomes him into the fellowship of public service at the May 18 Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony.

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Scouts Pull Invasive Plant Garlic Mustard

Scouts and their families from Cub Scout Packs 913, 1170, 1530, and 1540 and Boy Scout Troops 55, 1530, and 1983 filled 15 large garbage bags with garlic mustard, an invasive plant, from Cub Run Stream Valley Park in collaboration with Fairfax County Park Authority's Invasive Management Area program.

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32nd Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Awards

High school and middle school students honored for academic achievements and accomplishments.

For the 32nd year, the Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee held its Youth Motivation and Academic Achievement Awards on Saturday, June 4 at Chantilly High School.

Chantilly High is Ready to Take the Stage

Chantilly High’s 30th annual Jazz & Pizzazz is this week.

Every year, Chantilly High’s springtime extravaganza, Jazz & Pizzazz, is a special event filled with singing, dancing and music. And the 2016 show promises to be another one to remember because it’s the school’s 30th annual.

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Broadway Tunes Comes to Centreville’s Stage

Annual, summer choral concert this week.

Come one, come all to the Centreville High Choral Department’s annual “Broadway Pops” concert. It’s this Thursday-Friday, June 9-10, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s Skip A. Maiden Theatre. Admission is free.

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Potomac Snapshot: Wootton Grads Look to the Future

Wootton High School graduates at the Tuesday, May 31 graduation ceremonies at DAR Constitution Hall.

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Potomac Family Heading to Spain for Unusual Outing

Working in a vacation spot.

This summer, one lucky Potomac family will have the opportunity to travel to northern Spain to hike, and explore, practice their Spanish, enjoy the mountains and assimilate into the culture. However, it’s not all about pleasure ….

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Potomac: Bravo To Present ‘Seussical Jr.’

This weekend at Randolph Road Theater.

“I'll just have to save him because after all, a person’s a person, no matter how small," says Horton, the Elephant in “Seussical, Jr.” It’s a key message to every young person who sees this show — as well as to the young actresses and actors who are presenting this show to their audience.

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Potomac: Join 16th Annual ‘Autism Speaks’ 5K/Walk

Seeking to raise $250,000 for research.

Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring the 13 American colonies a new nation.

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Potomac Snapshot: Sports Festival

KEEN athletes and volunteers participate in a tug of war during the KEEN Greater DC Sports Festival on Sunday, June 5 at Avenel Park. It was an afternoon of activities and games for 400 children and young adults with disabilities, their volunteer coaches, family members and supporters.

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Potomac: Theater Returns to Hoover

New stars take middle school’s stage.

After a year in uncertain woods, theater returns to the stage of Herbert Hoover Middle School. Under the direction of Patricia Grossier, a Hoover parent with previous theatrical experience, 49 students last weekend presented “Into the Woods Jr.,” an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

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Arlington: Kick Off Relay for Summer Reading

Ten-year-old Charley Hicks carries the summer reading Olympic torch on the first leg of the Summer Reading Relay on Saturday, June 4.

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Arlington Snapshot: From Church to Affordable Housing

Members and guests of Arlington Presbyterian Church held their final worship service on Sunday, June 5 in their church home of 86 years.

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Arlington: Belated Recognition for a Spy

Alexandria resident honored at her funeral at Arlington National Cemetery.

Many are the unseen heroes and heroines living among us, most masked by their own modesty. One died early this year: Stephanie Czech Rader.

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Arlington Letter: County, Schools Working Together

Letter to the Editor

Kudos to the School Board and County Board for taking time to consider the complex access and safety issues at the historic Stratford School site.

Arlington Brief: Democratic Primary

The polls are open 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. on June 14 for the Democratic Primary for County Board. The candidates are Erik Gutshall and incumbent Libby T. Garvey. For the candidates’ campaign information see and

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Arlington: Revisiting Selma and Bloody Sunday

Arlington native and his nephew return to Selma to explore how the struggle for voting rights has changed, but continues, 50 years later.

John Witeck was like many Americans, watching in heartbreak and disbelief as the nation learned of the beatings and violence in Selma, Ala., on what’s become known as “Bloody Sunday.”

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Arlington: W-L Boys’ Soccer Wins First Region Title Since 1972

Generals defeat rival Yorktown 3-0 in 6A North final.

The Washington-Lee boys' soccer team beat Yorktown 3-0 on Monday to win the 6A North region title.

Monday, June 6

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Alexandria: Irreverent Update of Anton Chekhov's ‘The Seagull’

Port City Playhouse presents "Stupid F#@*ing Bird."

The Port City Playhouse is presenting "Stupid F#@*ing Bird" by Aaron Posner June 10-25 in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Appetite: Port City’s Derecho Storms Back Into Town

Brewery is hosting annual release party on Friday and Saturday.

The origins of one of Port City Brewing’s most popular beers came from a rather unfortunate situation.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: House Fire

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to the 4300 block of Rock Creek Road for reports of a house fire on Monday, May 30 at 4:16 p.m.

Mount Vernon Snapshot: Science That Serves

Christina Devine, West Potomac High School Class of 2010, and a graduate student member of the Virginia Tech Flint Water Study Team that uncovered lead in the tap water of Flint, Mich.

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Mount Vernon: Combatting Islamophobia

Church and mosque partner in mission.

Nearly 100 members of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) and the northern Virginia chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA VA) came together in friendship and cooperation to address the growing issue of Islamophobia in American society at a meeting on Saturday, May 21, at the church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria.

Friday, June 3

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Alexandria: TC Girls' Soccer to Face Battlefield for 6A North Championship

Freshman Bates' 2 goals lead Titans past Oakton in region semifinals.

The T.C. Williams girls' soccer team will face two-time defending state champion Battlefield tonight.

Thursday, June 2

Theft in Springfield Town Center Investigated

Officers from the Franconia District station are investigating a grand larceny that occurred on Wednesday, May 5, at around 3:45 p.m.

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Honoring Fallen in Springfield

Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Filler-Corn participated in several Memorial Day events over Memorial Day Weekend.

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Fairfax: 4,500 Motorcycles in Ride of the Patriots

Group assembles for Rolling Thunder at Patriot Harley-Davidson on Route 29 in Fairfax.

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Fairfax City: In Gratitude and Remembrance

Memorial Day ceremony at Fairfax City Hall honors America’s veterans.

Fairfax: Looking Forward to the Cappies Gala

Fairfax, Paul VI theater directors are proud of their students.

Volunteers Needed for Reston Sprint Triathlon

Volunteers needed

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Reston: Science Night at Dogwood Elementary

The schools hosts Science Night with Children’s Science Center.

Commentary: TetraGate—A Million Here, A Million There

Tetra is back. Remember the big brouhaha in Reston last year when the Reston Association acquired the modest office building on the corner of the dam holding Lake Newport’s water?

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Herndon Remembers on Memorial Day

Memorial Day Observance held at Herndon Cemetery.

Police Apply Crisis Intervention Training with Distressed Lifeguard

On Memorial Day, Fairfax County Police used Crisis Intervention Training techniques to try communicating with a distressed 20-year-old lifeguard at the Riverside Park Swimming Pool.

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Fairfax County: High School Senior Addresses School Board on LGBT Issues

Board conducting community review of Family Life Education curriculum recommendations.

Bennett Shoop remembers first being bullied in second grade. He liked to dress all in black, wear weird shirts, be alternative in his outward expression.

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Fairfax and Fairfax Station: VFW 8469 and American Legion 177 hold Memorial Day ceremony

Aaron Coffin of Fairfax is proud to say “Happy Memorial Day.” Some people say the national holiday to honor fallen soldiers should be sullen, reflective affair. But the ten-year Army veteran said he wouldn’t want it that way. Nor would anyone he’s served with.

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Fairfax Station: Saint Mary of Sorrows Honors Dead American and Irish Veterans

Perched on a hill, the stately white St. Mary’s church overlooks Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Highlighting the cemetery’s 400 or so graves, some dating back to the time of the Roman Catholic church’s first mass in 1860, are American and Irish national flags placed on Memorial Day.

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Springfield: Police Continue to Investigate Brookfield Plaza Robbery

Fairfax County Police haven’t announced any further arrests in connection with the May 21 armed robbery that took place at the Dubai Jewelers Store in the 7000 block of Brookfield Plaza in Springfield.

Fairfax: Fire Chief Bowers Involved in Crash

Fairfax County Police and Deputy County Executive for Public Safety David Rohrer are investigating a collision between Fire and Rescue Department Chief Richard Bowers’ county vehicle and another car.

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Memorial Day 2016 Observed at Burke Centre Conservancy

Piper Matthew Kuldell led the color guard -- members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5412 and Boy Scout Troop 1345 -- into the area of the Burke Centre Conservancy on May 31 to begin the observance of Memorial Day.

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Fairfax County: School Board Adopts $2.7 Billion Budget

FY 2017 budget aims to raise teacher salaries, lower class sizes.

The Fairfax County School Board has made good on Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza’s promise when she introduced a FY 2017 budget for the school system.

Wednesday, June 1

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Vienna: Joel’s Story

After foster care experience: Architecting his own path.

Joel was taken into foster care when he was a high school junior, after reporting to a coach what was going on at home. Schools are “mandatory reporters,” and, as such, they are legally compelled to call social services in a case like Joel’s.

Tysons’ 1st Stage Wins Major Theater Honor

Lolita Marie received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play.

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ViVa! Vienna! Kicks off Summer Fun

Festival offers rides, live entertainment, games and food to bring the community together and celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.

Mount Vernon: Keeping Eye on Police Reforms

Beltrante fears for oversight board’s future.

The Police Practices Review Commission’s recommendation to create a Citizens Police Oversight Board may be in trouble, according to Nick Beltrante, executive director of the Citizens Coalition for Police Accountability (CCPA).

Mount Vernon Letter: Support Meals Tax

Letter to the Editor

I have a family of 5, and boy, do we eat! We eat at restaurants in Old Town and restaurants in Arlington. We make special trips to eat in D.C. And every time we do, we help those school districts have all the resources they need to attract the best teachers and provide services and programming all children need in order to be successful later in life.

Mount Vernon Letter: Dead Zone For Innovation

Letter to the Editor

I am writing in response to the article "Fairfax Area Becomes a 'No Drone Zone'" on Thursday Jan. 14.

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Alexandria: Remembering D-Day

Caen Sister Cities committee to commemorate 72nd anniversary.

It was 80 years ago when Bill McNamara joined the National Guard in 1936. He was just 15 years old then and by the time he was 23, he was the youngest major in Europe, working for the Stars and Stripes newspaper and leading a six-man detachment across Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944.

Alexandria: Trial of City Council Underway

City faces allegations of corruption in rezoning case.

329 N. Washington St. is a quintessential Old Town mansion. It’s a historic, four-story home facing the George Washington Parkway on one side and the the cobblestone Princess Street on the other. Unlike most Old Town homes, however, the property is currently at the heart of a lawsuit against the City Council with allegations of corruption within City Hall.

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Alexandria Veterans Honor Fallen Comrades and Retiring Commander

Lost but not forgotten.

There’s some laughter and chatting around the American Legion headquarters under Gatsby’s Tavern, but a heavy mood still weighs over the room.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Addressing Election Issues

Center, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signs HB1030, sponsored by Del. Mark Sickles (D-43), and HB1223, sponsored by Del. Vivian Watts (D-39), into law on May 24 at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Alexandria Column: This Memorial Day, Let's Build a WWI Memorial


As many Americans around the country take a moment to relax with friends and family this Memorial Day, I hope they take a moment to pause over their grills and swimming pools to ponder what the holiday really represents.

Chantilly Baseball Punches Ticket to States

Chargers’ Norwood drives in two Runs to advance to region final.

The Chantilly baseball team defeated Patriot 2-1 on Tuesday.

Mount Vernon Letter: More Action Needed Against Litter

Letter to the Editor

Thanks to all of the volunteers who participated in this year’s Little Hunting Creek cleanup, and to the workers of Fairfax County's Solid Waste Management Division, who every year promptly pick up and haul away the trash we collect.

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Mount Vernon: Dave and Catherine Voorhees Leave MVCCA

Almost a decade of service.

The Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Associations formally thanked the volunteer efforts of two committee chairs, David and Catherine Voorhees, who announced recently that they intend to move to Delaware in June.

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Vienna: Oakton Girls’ Soccer Advances to Region Semifinals

Marquis’ goal leads Cougars to win over Madison.

The Oakton girls' soccer team will host T.C. Williams tonight.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Grand Opening

About a hundred well-wishers attended the ribbon-cutting at the new Holiday Inn at Carlyle on April 28. Also on-hand was the leadership from both the hotel’s owners, Wright Investment Properties, Inc. (WIP) and the capital investment firm AEW who financed the commencement project. From left are Mark Coltharp of WIP, Frank Cole of Eisenhower Partnership, Larry Wright Jr. of WIP, Mayor Allison Silberberg, Jonathan Martin of AEW, and David Martin of WIP.

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Arlington: Unbeaten No More: W­L Boys’ Soccer Tops Oakton

Generals advance to region semifinals with win over Cougars.

Washington-Lee will host Langley tonight.

Alexandria Obituary: Robert Martin Schwaner

Robert Martin Schwaner, born March 16, 1925, died at Goodwin House, Bailey’s Crossroads, on May 30, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to George and Mabel Schwaner, he served in the Marines in World War II and the Korean War.

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Alexandria: Tribute to Memorial Day

Lyles-Crouch concert salutes veterans.

With a flag-draped City Hall as their backdrop, fifth-grade students from Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy presented A Tribute to Memorial Day concert May 27 in Market Square.

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Alexandria: Tony “Da Beast” Suggs Writes Autobiography

He's still the champ.

Rows of people sat in plastic chairs in a gym. Each person wore the same dark green jumpsuit, some more faded with age than others, waiting for the guest speaker to arrive.

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Burke: Robinson Boys’ Lax Wins Region Championship

Rams come from behind twice to beat Woodson.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team defeated Woodson 15-14 in overtime on Tuesday to win the 6A North region title.

Alexandria Column: Be a Hometown Tourist

Commentary–Senior Services of Alexandria

Do you wait until you have visitors to check out the local sites? Most of us do — whether it is going into Washington, D.C. to visit the monuments and museums, or staying in Alexandria to walk around Old Town and Mt. Vernon.

Alexandria Column: Sheltered vs Unsheltered

Homeless In Alexandria

The Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in the City of Alexandria is a coalition of nonprofit service providers, affordable housing developers, faith communities and government agencies who collaborate daily to serve those who are homeless in our city.

Alexandria Letter: Rubber Stamping

Letter to the Editor

The Planning Commission should make a grand statement and resign en masse.

Alexandria Letter: Debate Ethics

Letter to the Editor

For the second time since the recent local election, Vice Mayor Justin Wilson abetted by his five council mates and the city attorney, have all together hijacked the mayor’s ethics program, thus essentially destroying totally any real meaningful progress toward making Alexandria an ethical model.

Alexandria Letter: Paving Over Green Space

Letter to the Editor

I found out May 11 that the City of Alexandria intends to place a 52-foot-long-by-6-foot-wide Capital Bikeshare Station holding 19 bike slots, a pay center and a large sign at the corner of Powhatan and Second streets, cementing over hundreds of square feet that is currently green space.

Alexandria Letter: Pending Betrayal

Letter to the Editor

Alexandria City Public Schools’ (ACPS) pending betrayal of its students and parents: ACPS is planning on redistricting to deal with the ACPS and the City Council's poor management of the schools and failure to get developers to contribute fairly to building new schools for building their new housing units.

Alexandria Letter: Totalitarian Response

Letter to the Editor

The interaction between the city government and citizens who choose to participate in public debate has never been more debased than it has become since our last local election.

Alexandria Letter: Scorched Earth Foreseen

Letter to the Editor

Ah, the sun and warmth did burst into Alexandria today, and gave fresh illumination to the disastrous clearing of trees on the riverfront below Windmill Hill Park.

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Dan, Katie Checkosky Make Best of Awkward Situation

Robinson girls’ lax beats Woodson to win region title.

Woodson Director of Student Activities supported the Cavaliers and his daughter --- Robinson junior Katie Checkosky --- on Tuesday.

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Alexandria: Kiosk Enhances Four-Mile Run

Eagle Scout-organized effort completes project.

It was 92 degrees and Thomas Pollack stood on the spot where the new Four Mile Run Wetlands Trail and Bike Trail meet in Four Mile Run Park.

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Alexandria People at Work: Singing Is Breathing

Voice coach Elizabeth Kluegel-Niblock starts with basics.

"So let's warm up." Elizabeth Kluegel-Niblock says, "we always start with a neutral vowel."

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Alexandria: Remembering the Fallen

Memorial Day ceremony honors local veterans.

Arlisa Smith was 13 years old when her older brother Johnny died while serving his country in Vietnam. On Monday, Smith returned to the Del Ray neighborhood they grew up in to see for the first time the memorial where his name is chiseled in stone beneath a gold star.

Alexandria: Board Decides Last Minute Reversal for Patrick Henry

School Board rejects advisory group’s recommendation and approves controversial design.

A few weeks ago, it seemed almost certain that the controversy over Patrick Henry Elementary School had been settled.

Staying Safe This Summer

Tips and precautions for avoiding warm-weather hazards.

The start of summer means pools and backyard grilling. It also means an increased risk of accidents and injuries.

Talk to Your Teens


So much at stake as teens approach graduation and summer.

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Meet The Chef: London Curry's Naina Mohammed

Cameron Station restaurant offers regional specialties.

Naina Mohammed stirs a large pot of tomatoes, purple onions, fresh ginger, garlic bits and marsala — 15 different spices: "I use everything."

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Alexandria Appetite: Majestic Reopens With New Chef, Menu

After a facelift, the Majestic reopens with executive chef Gaby Hakman at the helm.

Walk past the exterior of the Majestic on King Street and at first glance, it seems nothing much has changed over the past several months.

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Arlington: 1st Street Car-tastrophe?

County inaction prompts local social media campaign.

Around August last year, a car went speeding down 1st Street in the wrong direction.