Stories for March 2016

Stories for March 2016


Thursday, March 31

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Compassionate

“What would you do with $100?” When asked this question at his Belle View Elementary School, 7-year-old Steve Guch of Alexandria said he would “give all of the money to charity." His father was so impressed by his answer that he gave his son $100 and offered to match the donation. Steve decided to give the money to United Community Ministries (UCM) for families and children in need. Dropping off their donations at UCM on March 4 are (from left) Ian Guch with son Steve, and Herb Lea, UCM director of Business Operations.

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Mount Vernon Athletic Club Presents Check to Inova

Mount Vernon Athletic Club (MTVAC), Alexandria area fitness and tennis club, donated the money that was raised during its 10th Annual “Swing for Pink” tennis charity event held every October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since 2006, the club has been hosting this event and has raised over $124,000 for the cause.

Mount Vernon Snapshot: Clearing English Ivy

Thirteen volunteers, including five teenagers, cut English ivy from the large oak trees in McCutcheon Park on March 19.

Mount Vernon: Good Shepherd Housing To Honor Jackson

Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services will honor Alphonso Jackson, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with its inaugural Public Service Award at the annual Transforming Lives Gala on Saturday, April 9. The award honors public officials for outstanding and impactful public service actions that have furthered the mission of Good Shepherd Housing in combating homelessness and improving the lives of people in need.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Glean Easter Sunday

The Glean girls on Easter Sunday: Lydia, 12; Elizabeth, (10; Sarah Jane, 7; and Hannah Marie, 4.

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Mount Vernon: Students Participate in Bank Day

Virginia high school seniors from eight schools across the area spent March 16 at Burke & Herbert Bank as part of Bank Day, a statewide effort sponsored by the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) Education Foundation and the Virginia Bankers Association Leadership Division.

Mount Vernon Column: Proffer and Firearms Reforms


In the past two weeks, I reviewed action on my legislation and the state budget. This column covers some of the major bills to pass the state legislature.

Mount Vernon Column: The Veto Update


Rejoice! The season of Governor’s vetoes are upon us. With the Democrats picking up enough seats to sustain Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes, we are finally able to prevent some poorly-considered legislation from becoming law.

Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Criminal Investigations

“I’d be lying if I said it’s not cool.” — Sgt. John East from APD Vice

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

Week in Springfield

Weekly happenings in Springfield

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Alexandria: Addressing Business Woes

City Council and state legislators examine Alexandria’s business woes.

Over oatmeal, Alexandria’s City Council and state legislators did their best to reassure local businesses, distressed by a recent spate of closures in Old Town.

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Springfield: ‘STEAM’ Boat Olympic Event Held at Orange Hunt Elementary

“STEAM” Boat Express to Rio! was the theme of a community event held at Orange Hunt Elementary in Springfield on March 15.

Springfield: County Budget Discussed

Supervisor Herrity hosts annual Budget Town Hall Meeting.

On March 23, Springfield Supervisor Pat Herrity’s annual budget town hall meeting took place at the West Springfield Government Center.

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Alexandria: Transitway Plan Branches Out

Council approves West End Transitway after argument over tree canopy.

If all goes as planned, implementation is still four years away, but the West End Transitway took a step forward at the March 29 meeting with the City Council unanimously voting in support of guidance for the planning of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route between the Van Dorn Metro Station and the Pentagon.

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Alexandria People at Work: Emily Henry of Hooray for Books Makes Transition

Emily Henry makes transition from story hour to the guitar.

It is 10:29 a.m. and the floor is crowded with chairs all filled for the Friday morning story hour at Hooray for Books on King Street.

Alexandria Column: Public Policy and Locating Affordable Housing


“Planning is both art — politics and leadership — and science — demographics and economics,” Bill Klein, director of Research for the American Planning Association explained in 2009. In Alexandria’s Braddock neighborhood many residents equate planning with a backward notion of racial politics.

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Honoring Col. Bidgood

Comstock comes to Huntsman Square Starbucks in Springfield to present honor to veteran’s widow.

Remembered for his wit, sense of humor and service to country, the late Colonel Fred Bidgood's family accepted a Congressional Record from U.S Rep Barbara Comstock (R-10) on Mar. 24.

Commentary: Proffer and Firearms Reforms; the Electric Chair Returns

In the past two weeks, I reviewed action on my legislation and the state budget. This column covers some of the major bills to pass the state legislature.

State Sen. Jill Vogel to Address GOP Women of Clifton

The Republican Women of Clifton (RWC) welcomes State Sen. Jill Vogel (R-27) to present at its 2016 Annual Membership Tea.

Fairfax Station Artist Part of "After the Holocaust" Exhibit

Fairfax Station artist, Lynn Goldstein, was selected to participate in the exhibition, “After the Holocaust,” which will be on view at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) April 5 until May 19.

Donate Used Skating Equipment to Support Kids on Ice

Don’t know what to do with your used old ice skates? Hockey skates and equipment?

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Fairfax Teen to Hold Stress Management Workshop

Stress management workshop to be held Saturday, April 2, in the Fairfax United Methodist Church.

It doesn’t matter what Molly McCracken’s personal issues were last year.

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Fairfax: Songs, Dances and Fun for Everyone

Paul VI presents ‘Emma, a Pop Musical.’

With Director Katherine Miller likening it to a “Disney-Channel movie,” Paul VI High will present “Emma, a Pop Musical,” April 8-10.

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In Fairfax, Eggstravaganza Brings Community Together

The grounds of the Fairfax County Government Center was filled with bouncing children, hopping Easter bunnies and rolling eggs on Saturday, March 26 for Jubilee Christian Center’s Eggstravaganza.

Mount Vernon and Springfield: Detectives Investigate Possible Stabbing Homicide

William G. Martines-Palma, 29, of Alexandria died after sustaining what Fairfax County Police said appeared to be a stabbing wound to his leg.

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New decision-making training meant to alter how Fairfax County police officers approach use of force

Making decisions can be instinctual, from the gut. It can also be practical and informed, coming to the best judgement considering all variables. For police officers responding to calls where there might be a threat of violence to civilians and or themselves, their decision whether to use force and which type to neutralize the situation quickly must be a hybrid.

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Suspicious Noises Reported in Area of March 11 Mason Neck Homicide

The Department of Public Safety and Communications received several calls of “suspicious noises” around the 6000 block of River Drive in Mason Neck, early in the morning on March 20, a Fairfax County Police release said.

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Students at William Halley and Newington Forest Elementary schools raise thousands during sports-based Boosterthon program.

Earlier in March, students at William Halley Elementary School in Lorton and Newington Forest Elementary School in Springfield participated in the nationwide fundraising program Boosterthon Fun Run by raising money and learning life skills through physical activity.

Two Injured in Accidental Shooting on Tralee Woods Court

Two men were injured Wednesday night, March 23, when the gun a third man was showing them went off unintentionally inside a residence on the 7500 block of Tralee Woods Court in Springfield.

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Fairview Teachers Get New Lounge

Over spring break, volunteers from Home Depot’s Fairfax Store (#4601), Kohl’s in Burke, and a handful of volunteers from Fairview Elementary School came together and made big changes to the Teacher’s Lounge at the school.

Area Roundups

Area happenings in Burke and Fairfax.

Alexandria Snapshot: Memorial Table

Members of the Alexandria Police Foundation presented Chief Earl Cook with a table made from a sample piece of the glass from the Alexandria Police Fallen Officers Memorial.

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Easter Egg Hunt in City of Fairfax

Thousands come out in search of Easter eggs at Van Dyke Park.

More than 4,500 people attended the eighth-annual City of Fairfax Easter Egg Hunt at Van Dyke Park and the Sherwood Community Center on Saturday, March 26.

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Spontaneous Combustion Ravages Oakton House

Oil-soaked rags was cause of fire said investigators.

A fire caused approximately $652,500 in damages to a house on Windsong Drive in Oakton on Tuesday, March 30 at 1:45 p.m.

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Alexandria Snapshot: On the Hill

Hammond Middle School students who participated in the RARE (Reach and Raise for Excellence) Program of the Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria (CCNA) attended the Fifth Annual BWR (Black Women's Roundtable) Women of Power Summit at the Capitol last week.

Alexandria Letter: Problem? Just Raise Taxes

Letter to the Editor

During the most recent election process Bob Wood and I predicted there would be a large real estate tax increase this year if the incumbents were reelected.

Alexandria Letter: Revolutionary Thought

Letter to the Editor

After the Revolutionary War was over, was there discussion in Alexandria about changing the names of streets such as King, Prince, Duke, Queen, Princess, Fairfax, and Royal? Since the names were not changed, what was the reason?

Alexandria Letter: Safety First

Letter to the Editor

In his recent letter [“25 MPH Please,” March 24], Jim Durham writes, "Will 25 mph speed limits ‘push’ traffic to nearby streets, such as W Taylor Run? Not really."

Alexandria Letter: Less Than a Minute

Letter to the Editor

As a Seminary Road resident, I want to thank motorists on Seminary Road who have been driving at 25 mph since last Friday. The difference has been amazing.

Alexandria Letter: A Solution That Isn’t

Letter to the Editor

Growing up, I had two pre-k teachers: Mrs. Cook, who was kind and theone you could tell anything to, and Miss Lurton, the focused, learneddisciplinarian. If you were lucky to go to preschool, I bet you remember your teachers too. They were often the first adults outside your family you grew to depend on and trust.

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Alexandria: Former Deputy Fire Chief Dies

Michael Conner dies at 68.

Each October during National Fire Prevention Week, a solemn ceremony takes place at Ivy Hill Cemetery where a Roll Call of the Fallen is taken to honor firefighters who have given their lives protecting the citizens of Alexandria. This year’s ceremony will take on new meaning when the toll of a bell rings out for Michael Conner, the former deputy fire chief whose recruit class first dedicated Ivy Hill’s Circle of Honor in 1970.

Alexandria Column: Aging Well in Alexandria

Commentary–Senior Services of Alexandria

Many of us love Alexandria and want to stay as we grow older. When considering their needs and hopes as they age, many Alexandrians may think about the health services offered in their community or nearby. In fact, to be able to remain independent for as long as possible, older residents must rely on many other community features.

Alexandria Column: Budget Seeks To Improve Preschool

Commentary–School Board

Preschool is the critical piece to serving Alexandria City’s student population. For our English Language Learners, it can provide a setting that they start to learn to speak, read and write in English. For our Special Education community, it can provide an opportunity for identification and early services. For our Free and Reduced Lunch populations, it can provide the resources for growth and health of our most in need population. For our typical learners, it provides a diverse environment that familiarizes them with the school setting.

Wednesday, March 30

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Burke: Robinson Boys’ Lax Avenges Loss to Yorktown

Rams win with strong defense, Daniel’s 5 goals.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team defeated Yorktown earlier this season.

Alexandria: Bishop Ireton Girls’ Lax Improves to 6-0

The Bishop Ireton girls' lacrosse team is off to a 6-0 start.

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Alexandria: TC Boys’ Lacrosse Beats West Potomac

The T.C. Williams boys' lacrosse team beat West Potomac on Tuesday.

Week in Reston

Science Youth Conference at Langston Hughes Middle School

Founding Reston: From Blueprint to Reality

In the fall of 1961, New York City real estate developer Bob Simon had $2 million that was burning a hole in his pocket.

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Rescue Reston to Be Honored

Reston Citizens Association to name the supporters of Rescue Reston 2015 Citizen of the Year.

The annual Reston Citizen of the Year Award traditionally honors an individual who has contributed to the quality of life in Reston, helped others in need and acted with the goals of Reston in mind, without thought of personal benefit or recognition.

Reston Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police blotter from March 23-25.

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Reston: Why This Matters, Silver Anniversary

Best of Reston honors the best in the community.

Reston: Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition Sustaining a Welcoming Neighborhood

The Hunters Woods Neighborhood Coalition (HWNC) is a group of businesses, organizations and residents in and around the Hunters Woods Village Center that has had numerous successes since its inception.

Commentary: Words of Wisdom

Folks back home where I grew up in Page County, Virginia were not known to have a lot to say about events.

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Herndon Police Department from March 14-20.

Notable incidents from the Herndon Police Department from March 14-20.

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Two Herndon Teen Heroes Honored

Herndon teenager honored for saving more than 30 families during the blizzard on Jan. 24.

Herndon Town Council and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue honored Herndon teenager Roberto Morales Castillo for heroism that saved the lives his family and up to 30 other families the day of the blizzard on Jan. 24, 2016.

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Fairfax: Woodson Girls’ Lax Dominates Lake Braddock in Second Half

Sophomore Dougherty leads Cavaliers with six goals.

The Woodson girls' lacrosse team beat Lake Braddock 18-4 on Tuesday.

Herndon’s Downtown: Get Involved

See proposals at the Town’s new website at; click on the “Latest News” tab.

Herndon residents have a chance to get involved in the future of their town’s downtown.

Editorial: Money to Treat Addiction, Mental Health Issues

Affordable Care Act could pay for help, better health for 100,000 uninsured people in Virginia with mental illness or addiction issues.

Poor people without health insurance in Virginia are being unnecessarily tortured, in some cases to death, by a General Assembly that refuses to expand Medicaid.

Commentary: Congress Must Act on the Growing Opioid Epidemic

Our nation is in the midst of an exploding opioid epidemic.

Commentary: Progress on Ad Hoc Commission Recommendations

Thoughtfulness and deliberation should not be construed as resistance or foot dragging.

A tremendous amount of progress has already taken place to implement many of these recommendations.

Fairfax Connector Considering Service Changes, Seeks Public Input

Fairfax Connector is proposing service changes for implementation in June 2016.

Sex Trafficking Young Victims in Northern Virginia

Federal funds for gang task force expire April 1.

The first article in an occasional series on human sexual trafficking in Northern Virginia.

Centreville Letter: Work in Harmony

Letter to the Editor

The Centreville Immigration Forum Board of Directors mourns the loss of life through violent acts in cities and towns around the world, and we particularly condemn violence aimed at religious and ethnic groups. The CIF mission calls us to "build strong community" and to "build community recognition of the strength in our diversity."

Centreville Letter: A Gift to Acknowledge Veterans

Letter to the Editor

I remember him walking through the front door with his dark blue uniform, adorned with medals and his perfectly formed hat, an imposing figure to a 6 year old. My father was part of the greatest generation of WWII vets that served their country with honor and with unyielding patriotism inherent in them from a very early age. I have that patriotism, too, because of him.

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Clifton: Region's Best Kitchen Design Over $150k

Tops-in-category “COTY” winner in Clifton opens for tour April 9.

An expansive Clifton kitchen recently named the Washington area's “Best for over $150,000” will be opened to the public Saturday April 9 from 12-4 p.m.

Profile: Jean Janssen, Force Behind Area’s Smart Markets

Food shoppers should take their collective hats off to Jean Janssen. She is the motivating spirit behind the area’s Smart Markets, a collection of farmers’ markets that showcase locally grown and raised produce and meats, plus a few temptations, such as hand-made sausages, popcorn, and baked goods (as in divine French pastries).

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Chantilly Snapshot: Living Stations of the Cross

It has been a long-held tradition during Lent at Saint Timothy Catholic School, in Chantilly, that the 8th graders in the National Junior Honor Society (above) create and perform the Living Stations of the Cross: Jesus' final steps before he was crucified on Good Friday. This performance for the entire school reminds each person how much Christ loved them to the point of dying a public and painful death on the cross for them. Jesus was played by Zach Janus. Approximately 1,500 people came to watch this performance.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Spelling Bee Winner

Nimal Muthukumar, winner of Brookfield Elementary’s Spelling Bee, is with (from left) Reading Teacher Jenna Campbell, Principal Mary Miller, and Reading Teacher Jamie Stratford. Nimal, a third grader, spelled “nationalism” to win the 15 round Bee and best 41 other third to sixth grade contestants.

Chantilly Snapshot: Visiting Engineer

Shon Isenhour, an engineer with GPAllied, spoke to students at Chantilly High School about the growing field of reliability engineering as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty program that brings top scientists to local schools to inspire students about STEM in advance of the April 16-17 USA Science & Engineering Festival in D.C.

Chantilly Letter: Against Terrorism

Letter to the Editor

On Feb. 22, two coordinated attacks in Belgium's capital took the lives of nearly 30 individuals.

Chantilly Brief: Success at State Chess Tourney

Students from four Fairfax County public schools won team championships in all four K-12 divisions at the Virginia Scholastic Chess Championships held recently in Ashburn. Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) student Siddhant Nair also won the individual championship in the K-5 division.

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Lidl Grocery for Chantilly?

Potential traffic problems have to be ironed out.

If all goes well, a little bit of Europe may someday come to Chantilly. It would do so in the form of a Lidl grocery store in the Chantilly Crossing Shopping Center.

Supporting Fairfax Salvation Army

Fundraiser for Fairfax Salvation Army set for the Waterford.

The hot looks for spring, live entertainment, a luncheon and a silent auction are all in store for attendees of the 36th annual fashion show benefiting the Fairfax Salvation Army. It will be held Friday, April 15, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Waterford in Fair Oaks (off the ring road across from Fair Oaks Mall).

Potomac Snapshot: Aging in Place

Eric Stewart, a real estate broker will share his strategies at the April 14 Potomac Community Village meeting for keeping one's home easy to manage, and a place of comfort, familiarity and safety.

Potomac: Troop Honors New Eagle Scout Ian B. Granthon

Ian B. Granthon from Troop 944 recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the troop’s 126th Eagle Scout since the troop’s founding in 1968. Troop 944 is sponsored by St. Raphael Catholic Church in Rockville.

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Potomac: Meet Maryland's Invasive Plant Species

This spring, you may have noticed many beautiful white flowering trees dotting the Maryland landscape. Rising up from the banks of the highway or clustered in large masses on the fringes of forests, they appear to be the essence of springtime. These are no friendly trees, however. These are non-native species that have become invasive. And, they are steadily contributing to the demise of many of our local flora and fauna.

Potomac Brief: Early Voting

Early voting starts April 14. For those registered to vote, the Montgomery County Board of Elections is mailing a personalized sample ballot, along with all of the information needed to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election, depending on which political party one is registered with and where one lives.

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Arlington Snapshot: Art Show Open to the Public

IB art students at Washington-Lee High School will present their IB Studio Art Exhibition on April 5 after school (reception begins at 3 p.m.) and April 6, all day until 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Mrs. Arlington Puts Spotlight on Child Sexual Abuse

In an effort to combat child sexual abuse, Jen “Elizabeth” Peace is using her title as Mrs. Arlington to teach educators, parents and those with access to children how to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse.

Arlington: CorePower Yoga To Open Studio

CorePower Yoga is opening a new studio in Pentagon City at 560 12th Street South. Studio manager DeDee Cai will officially open doors to the brand’s fifth Washington D.C. location later this month.

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Arlington Snapshot: Celebrating Her 98th Birthday

Eleanor W. Bune, of Arlington,, celebrated her 98th birthday on March 14, with her daughter, Karen L. Bune, and friends. Her daughter arranged a small dinner party that was held at a local restaurant.

Arlington Snapshot: Teaching Award

Karen L. Bune, an adjunct professor at Marymount University in the Department of Forensic and Legal Psychology, received the outstanding adjunct teaching award on March 17. Bune has been teaching at Marymount for 14 years. Bune is an Arlington resident, and is e

Runners Create Donation Pages to Benefit Arlington Thrive

It’s been a few months since the Resolve to Run group signed up on a snowy night in January to run the 5K or Ten Miler to benefit Thrive Arlington.

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Arlington: 22 Stories in Pentagon City

Developers ask for height exceptions for Metro Park 6.

Pentagon City is transforming. Tucked away between the Pentagon City Metro Station and Crystal City, the Metropolitan Park area is nearing the end of a complete rebuilding that began in 2004.

Tuesday, March 29

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Arlington: W-L Sophomore Edelstein Earns Win Against West Potomac

Generals win third straight with 5-4 victory over Wolverines.

Washington-Lee won its third straight game on Monday.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Vienna Police Department from March 18-24.

Letter: Barbara Comstock Is With Us

To the Editor

As I stood at the back of a packed community hall watching the Congresswoman launch her re-election bid, I realized just why she pulls support from so many diverse northern Virginians.

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Vienna: Kilmer Middle School Librarian is Region’s Librarian of the Year

Gretchen Hazlin, head librarian at Kilmer Middle, has been named the 2016 Potomac Region Librarian of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL).

Vintage Radio Plays Come to Life in Vienna

Vienna Theatre Company reproduces two mysteries with humor and hard-boiled crime-solving.

The 18-month closure of the Vienna Community Center – renovation time – precipitated some scurrying around by groups that regularly used the center for programming and special events.

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Great Falls and McLean: Challenge of Infill Development

McLean, Great Falls may face new hurdles with passage of law restricting proffers.

Great Falls was called Forestville until 1953, said Bill Canis, vice president of the Great Falls Citizens Association.

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police blotter from March 23-25.

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McLean: Carnival Ride of Entertainment

New York Neo Futurists at the Alden

Headlined by Mike Puckett, a 2008 Centreville High School graduate, the New York Neo Futurists return to the Alden by audience demand.

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Great Falls: Volunteers Needed for Annual Stream Clean Up

The annual clean up of Difficult Run stream valley will be held on April 9 from 9 a.m. until noon. Sponsored by the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA)

Eating Smart

Profile: Jean Janssen, force behind area’s Smart Markets.

Food shoppers should take their collective hats off to Jean Janssen. She is the motivating spirit behind the area’s Smart Markets

Letter: Where is Civilian review Panel?

To the Editor

Last October, the 40 strong Ad Hoc Commission to Review Police Procedures, set up by Chairman Bulova and her Board of Supervisors (BOS), unanimously adopted a large number of recommendations, which they submitted to the BOS.

Monday, March 28

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ICYMI: Multiple Bear Sightings in Vienna/Oakton

Bears sighted on March 20, 23 and 24 in Vienna/Oakton.

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House Fire in Vienna

House fire in Vienna.

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Centreville Snapshot: Southwestern Youth Association Honors Volunteers

On March 5, 2016, the Southwestern Youth Association (SYA) held its annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Casino Night at the Chantilly National Golf and Country Club. The Executive Board of Directors presented the awards.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Generation to Generation Gala

Senior Services of Alexandria hosted its annual Generation to Generation Gala March 12 at the Hilton Mark Center Alexandria. The 2016 honorees included Sue Goodhart and Allison Goodhart DuShuttle, and Kitty, Mike, Kirby and Keely Porterfield. H. Arthur Sauer was awarded with SSA’s first Special Service Award. For more information about SSA’s programs and services go to

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Alexandria: Wiggle Toes Plié Through the Morning

People at Work

The warm up music begins from the corner. "Are you ready?" Jessica Petchenick, instructor at Tiny Dancers on S. Washington Street, asks, "Can you dance with your eyes?" Moms and leotard-bedecked children blink at each other. "Can you dance with your nose?" Noses wiggle including five mothers and one father who has accompanied his daughter to today's Wiggle Toes class for 2-3 year olds. After wiggling ears and patting tummies, at last the answer is "You dance with your feet."

Friday, March 25

Celebrating Easter and Spring

Lenten and Spring events.

Celebrating Easter and Spring

Lenten and Spring activities in Vienna, McLean and Great Falls.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: March 25-April 3


Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: March 25-April 3


Events near Potomac, Md.

Thursday, March 24

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Meehan’s OT Goal Lifts Chantilly Boys’ Lax Over Woodson

Chargers come from behind late to avoid 0-2 start.

The Chantilly boys' lacrosse team overcame a three-goal deficit against Woodson.

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Alexandria: Abed Takes Over as TC Head Boys’ Soccer Coach

Titans improve to 2-0 with victory over Gar-Field.

The T.C. Williams boys' soccer team is off to a 2-0 start.

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Mount Vernon Baseball Team Shows Resiliency

Majors surrender four-run lead, get it right back.

The Mount Vernon baseball team defeated Thomas Jefferson 10-6.

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Springfield: Paving Schedule for Lee District Discussed

Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43) and Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) met with representatives from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to discuss the 2016 spring paving schedule for Lee District.

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Mega Sports, Fitness and Wellness Complex Approved for Springfield

435,000 square foot Sports/Fitness Complex to feature many sports under one roof.

The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a new 435,000 square-foot sports, fitness and wellness complex in Springfield on Wednesday called the St. James Sport and Wellness Center.

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Daycare for Pets Opens in Springfield

Reserved Barking’s second location finds home on Fullerton Road.

Doggy daycare Reserved Barking opened its second location in Springfield on Saturday, March 19. But for owners Ahsan Saeed and Bilal Malik it is more than that.

Area Roundups

Weekly happenings in the area.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax.

Principal Shares ‘Lanier Lessons’

Erin Lenart presents her first State of the School report.

Erin Lenart, principal of Lanier Middle School (LMS) presented her first State of the Schools to the City of Fairfax School Board on March 7.

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Fairfax: Magical, Fictional ‘Almost, Maine’

Providence Players present a romantic-comedy aimed directly at the heart.

Love can be so utterly complex, yet so invigorating as the unexpected comes into view. But then what?

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Silver Award Project Benefits UCM

United Community Ministries (UCM) welcomed Girl Scout Cadette Maryclaire O'Brien (above) from Troop 3520 for a recent visit to complete her Girl Scout Silver Award project at the agency’s main Fordson Road location.

Alexandria Snapshot: Fighting Fire

Flames were visible Sunday night at 5845 Monticello Road near Huntington Station in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. The fire was held fast on neighborhood fences by firemen of the Pen Daw Fire Station led by Captain Pitman.

Mount Vernon Column: The State Budget – More for Schools, the Disabled, State Troopers


Last week, I covered the good news in the state budget for the 36th Senate District. This week, I am detailing some of the important features of the state budget that help the entire state.

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Fairfax: Award-Winning ‘in a word’ Receiving Area Premiere

A dark comedy at Fairfax’s Hub Theater.

Fans of new plays have an opportunity to take in a “beautiful and funny play” about regular people trying to make sense of a family mystery, said Helen Pafumi, artistic director, Fairfax’s Hub Theatre.

Mount Vernon Brief: Forum Explores Effects of Drugs on the Adolescent Brain

The effects of drugs on the adolescent brain and new Fairfax county and public school initiatives for students with mental health and substance abuse issues will be the topics of the 2016 NEXUS forum for families and professionals Thursday, March 31, at the Fairfax Public Schools Virginia Hills Center, 6500 Diana Lane, Alexandria. The afternoon session is from 1-6 p.m. and the evening session is 6–9 p.m. The public is invited.

Mount Vernon Brief: Park Board Approves Mastenbrook Grant for Little League

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook grant at its meeting on March 9, that will help support Little League in Northern Virginia.

Alexandria Brief: King Street Park Revitalized

Beverley Park isn’t the only Alexandria Park looking at major redevelopment. The park at the end of King Street, appropriately named “King Street Park,” could be seeing a temporary boost before Waterfront redevelopment transforms the area. Currently the site hosts a small anchor monument and a bench, but expansion into two nearby sites could turn the park into the missing link between the northern and southern parts of the Alexandria waterfront.

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Fairfax: Students Collect Socks for Homeless Families

Doing a good deed for others has led to state recognition for three Lanier Middle School students.

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Alexandria: Old Town North Development Approved

The empty lot in North Old Town, formerly home to Giant, will soon be home for 232-units of residential development. Local citizens protested the traffic and parking impact of the new building, and while City Council did tighten the on-street parking requirement, City Council approved the development at the March 12 public hearing.

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Alexandria: Hidden Consequences to Lighting the Landscape

Lights may not be an ideal crime-deterrent.

Beverley Park is a fairly inconspicuous park at the heart of one of Alexandria’s northern residential neighborhoods, but locally it has a somewhat more ominous name: the Pit.

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Fairfax: 'We’ll Create a Vibrant, Mixed-Use Community’

Second meeting on fate of Paul VI building and property.

Street connectivity and what to do about the existing building remained top priorities of residents attending the second meeting about the fate of Paul VI High’s current site.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Celebrating 100 Years

Friends and family gathered to celebrate William Charity’s 100th birthday. The party was held on Saturday, March 12, at the Elks lodge at 227 N. Henry St.

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Alexandria: Local Breweries Bring in Kitchens on Wheels

Working together to serve customers.

At Port City Brewing in western Alexandria, the “pearl,” a layered dish of macaroni and cheese, baked beans and barbecue meat, is downed with a micro beer so it’s known to bring on a “food coma,” of sorts. Port City is one of the many microbreweries that serve no food but rely on independent food trucks that pull up outside for their food source.

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Fairfax: Residents Have Their Say to Consultants

Discuss Paul VI site’s history, connections, drainage and traffic.

The firm that will redevelop the current site of Paul VI High School continues to seek the opinions of the surrounding residents.

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Alexandria: Local Church Members Travel to Flint

The water crisis affecting residents in Flint, Mich., captured local attention at Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria. Through a partnership made possible with Lott Carey, a missions-based convention, Alfred Street Baptist Church is sending teams to Flint to help distribute water to residents in need and to serve as eye-witnesses to the tragedy. “I wasn’t anticipating the complexity of the problem in Flint,” said Aaron Watson, a church member and volunteer on one of the teams.

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Fairfax: Ammazzalorso Announces His Candidacy for Mayor

Says two candidates are needed to debate the issues.

Schoolteacher Tom Ammazzalorso is challenging incumbent Scott Silverthorne to be the mayor of the City of Fairfax.

Area Roundups

Weekly happenings in the area

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High School Seniors Tour Local Bank, Compete for Scholarships

On March 16, Virginia high school seniors from eight schools across the area spent the day at Burke & Herbert Bank as part of Bank Day, a statewide effort sponsored by the Virginia Bankers Association (VBA) Education Foundation and the Virginia Bankers Association Leadership Division.

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Great Finds at the Burke Book Sale

The Burke Centre Library book sale had a steady trickle of customers despite the steady trickle of rain on Saturday, March 19.

Commentary: A Day in the Life at the Virginia General Assembly

Last week, Delegate Plum provided an excellent recap of the legislative session we just completed.

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Reston: Student Art on Display at GRACE

Reception held at Greater Reston Arts Center for high school students’ art show.

A reception was held the evening of March 18 for the Emerging Visions program, on display at the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) at Reston Town Center.

Reston Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police blotter from March 16-21.

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Reston: ‘The Little Mermaid Jr.’ at Lake Anne Elementary

On March 17 and 18, Lake Anne Elementary School's Musical Drama Club performed Disney's “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

Founder’s Day to Honor Simon, Celebrate Community

Founder’s Day for 2016 has evolved into Founder’s Week.

Reston Historic Trust and Museum (RHT) invites the community to celebrate Robert E. Simon, Jr. and the community.

Reston: Celebrating Pinter, Poetry Month

Reston’s CenterStage celebrates Harold Pinter and National Poetry Month with actor Julian Sands.

Be smitten by the works of Nobel recipient Harold Pinter who wrote romantic verses to his wife such as this; "You are my life, And so I live."

Alexandria Letter: 25 MPH Please

Letter to the Editor

I recently met a neighbor who required physical therapy for 18 months as a result of being rear-ended by a high-speed vehicle while she turned into her driveway.

Alexandria Letter: Make Our Streets Safe

Letter to the Editor

On March 25, speed limits on Seminary Road and N. Quaker Lane are planned to change from 35 mph to 25 mph to help Make Our Streets Safe. As a Seminary Road resident, I ask for others in Alexandria to support this change; please drive no more than 25 mph in our neighborhoods. In June, 2015, a group of residents, primarily fr

Commentary: Redesigning Our Schools

My first experience in Fairfax County came as a result of being placed as an intern teacher by the University of Virginia in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Alexandria Letter: Re-engage After Master Plan Changes

Letter to the Editor

Like former Mayor Euille’s remark about the campaign contributions he takes from folks with business before the City Council not affecting how he decides, Councilman Chapman’s insistence that unilaterally upending the carefully crafted compromises in the Braddock East master plan, arrived at via a community engagement process, “is not unethical by any means” strains credulity.

Alexandria Letter: Donate Blood, It Could Save a New Mother’s Life

Letter to the Editor

April is Accreta and Cesarean Awareness Month and I’m grateful to be alive to celebrate my survival story and host two blood drive events to help save the lives of more mothers.

Commentary: Fairfax Supervisors’ Inaction on Police Commission Report

Reston Association election ballots must be returned for counting by COB Monday, April 4.

Alexandria Letter: Do The Right Thing

Letter to the Editor

When I first moved to Alexandria, I would often run and walk around the water in Old Town.

Alexandria Column: My Mentor, My Friend–Alex and Allisson

Mentor of The Week

Wright to Read provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring & mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children in need, and collaborates with families, schools and community partners to create a comprehensive support network that guides each child to success. Wright to Read is a member of the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership (AMP). AMP was created in 2006 to ensure that quality mentors and mentor programs are available for Alexandria's youth and young adults in need. To learn more about Wright to Read, visit or to learn more about AMP, visit:

Reston: Inspired by Cooking Shows, Grandma’s Baking

Profile: Adam Stein, executive chef at Reston’s Red’s Table.

Husky, tattooed, and obviously driven, Adam Stein, executive chef at Reston’s newish Red’s Table, is all about food and cooking.

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Alexandria Resident Pens: ‘Drinking Adventurously’

Book spotlights 52 beverages.

Alexandria resident Jeff Cioletti had more than a decade of writing professionally about a full spectrum of beverages — from Chinese spirits to bottled iced teas to the best sparkling wines in America. As the current editor-at-large of Beverage World, where he’s held editorial roles for more than 13 years, he decided a few years ago to chronicle his adventures with these beverages in a 335-page book, “The Year of Drinking Adventurously: 52 Ways to Get out of Your Comfort Zone.”

Wednesday, March 23

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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Herndon: Boyle School of Irish Dance Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Dancers visit locations throughout Herndon and Fairfax County.

Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated throughout Herndon and Reston. At Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in downtown Herndon

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Art and Music at ArtSpace Herndon

Annual Mind Heart Vision exhibit presented in Herndon.

ArtSpace Herndon presented its sixth annual Mind Heart Vision Exhibit, with a reception on March 16.

Herndon Police Reports

Notable incidents from the Herndon Police Department from March 7-13.

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Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards $380,000 in Local Grants

Five of 36 grant awardees speak at “Cocktails & Conversation” event.

When Lorton residents Marcy Mager and husband David Lunter’s daughter Michell Merhige was killed in 2009, they wanted to establish a scholarship in her honor but knew handling the financial logistics would be tricky.

Editorial: Purple State

Nonpartisan redistricting could support the best interests of the population, not the politicians.

Letter: Misleading Headline

To the Editor

The March 16-22 edition of The Connection carried an “Education=Learning=Fun” column headlined “Do You Keep a Gun In Your Home?” I thought the topic a bit unusual for that column.

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Connolly Announces Re-Election Campaign

More than 1,000 attend annual St. Patrick's Day event.

On Thursday night, in front of more than 1,000 supporters who packed the Kena Shriners' Temple for his 22nd Annual St. Patrick's Day event, Gerry Connolly officially announced his re-election campaign for Congress in Virginia's 11th Congressional District.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

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Vienna Teen Wins National Gold Medal in Art

Also receives $10,000 Scholarship at Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Razan Elbaba, 17, a senior at Oakton High School in Vienna, won the Gold Medal Portfolio and a $10,000 scholarship in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers in New York.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from March 11-17 from the Vienna Police Department.

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Spring Fun Has Sprung in Vienna

From food festivals to ViVa! Vienna! and things in between, warm weather events blossom in the Vienna area.

Some days, more than others, it appears that spring has finally sprung. Fortunately, events are planned and announced long before the last snowflake has fallen, giving the community things to look forward to …

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BASIS.ed Alumni Reunite at Tysons Sheraton Premiere

School registration is underway for Tysons Corner’s new school, BASIS Independent McLean. The school will be located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean.

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police blotter from March 16-21.

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McLean Special Needs Artist Featured in Old Town Exhibit

Like most children growing up, Yasmine Iskander liked to color with crayons. And like most mothers, Silvia Sagari was proud of everything her daughter created.

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Great Falls: St. Patrick's Day Bash at the Old Brogue

For the 35th year, it was a festive wearing of the green where 1,200 customers celebrated a St. Patrick's Day Bash at the Old Brogue Irish Pub in Great Falls, last Thursday, March 17.

Week in Great Falls

Great Falls Elementary will hold a kindergarten orientation on Tuesday, April 12 from 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

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Great Falls: Betty Nalls Swartz Wins The Jean Tibbetts History Award

Our committee reviewed seven nominations and unanimously selected Betty Nalls Swartz as this year’s winner.

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Great Falls Library Showcases the Work of Local Artist

Area residents and visitors can find more than books at the local library when painter/sculptor Jan Heginbotham’s work is exhibited at Great Falls Library from April through June.

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Great Falls: Utilizing Arts to Age Well

Presentation to focus on the link between creativity and aging.

On Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m. at Great Falls Community Library, Large Meeting Room, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls Studios will welcome Caroline Edasis, manager of Art Therapy for Mather LifeWays, an Evanston, Illinois based nonprofit that serves more than 37,000 older adults each year.

Classified Advertising March 23, 2016

Read the latest ads here!

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‘Small Candle of Hope in a Troubled World’

Ahmadiyya Muslim Women hold interfaith peace dialogue.

Sometimes it takes a woman to lead the way — or, at least, to plant the seeds of a good idea. And that’s what happened when the Women’s Association of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hosted an interfaith dialogue on peace.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Annual Sixth Grade Basketball Game

The girls and boys from Oak Hill and Lees Corner Elementary Schools competed in the annual sixth grade basketball game at Chantilly High School on Friday, March 11. The Lees Corner Polar Bears scored first, but the Oak Hill Wolves tied it at the end of the first period. The Polar Bears regained the lead and managed to hold it through the remaining periods to end the game with a 68 to 52 victory over Oak Hill.

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Stewart Honored as Officer of Month

Nabbed two people suspected of auto thefts.

Each month, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Sully District Police Station honors one of the station’s officers for his or her outstanding service to the police and to the community.

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Potomac: Tiny Horse Challenge for Tiny House Nation

Filming for the TV series Tiny House Nation came to Potomac this week in search of tiny horses.

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Potomac Snapshot: FIRST LEGO State Champions

"Organized Kaos," a team of nine students, aged 10 to 13, won the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Maryland State Championships held at the UMBC campus on March 5.

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Potomac: In the Kitchen with Terri

Local cooking school offers classes in preparing elegant and seasonal meals.

Creamy gruyere cheese flows through a box grater followed by long shards of russet potatoes. Both are piled on a platter. The potatoes gain a deep crunch after sizzling in hot oil, the cheese melts on top of the potato crust and the concoction is topped with grassy, deeply green asparagus. Such is the beginning of an asparagus frittata at Terri's Table.

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Arlington: Better Buses

Arlington County applies for funding to improve its public transit.

From better bus stops to shorter waiting times, if a series of grant applications from the regional and state authorities go through, Arlington’s public transit could see some new improvements.

Arlington Snapshot: First Day of Spring?

Despite threatened rain, an Arlington woman and her dog celebrate the first day of spring with a walk in Gulf Branch Park. The dog was unwinding after 23 houseguests had just left and he finally got to sniff some leaves and chase a few squirrels.

Arlington Snapshot: Spring Planting

James Corbett stops by the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) table where Rosemary Jann, a volunteer, gives away bean seeds as well as a variety of herb seeds including thyme, tarragon, basil and cumin. Other seeds are offered to grow a plot for AFAC to feed the families served by the organization. Corbett has a table at the AFAC “Plot Against Hunger” summer season kick-off that demonstrates beekeeping. In two more weeks he will have his colonies in. He sells honey and raises bees as a pollination service for orchards.

Arlington Letter: Continue Fighting World Poverty

Letter to the Editor

Last week, I joined 200 volunteers from all 50 states on Capitol Hill to advocate for global health funding on behalf of the ONE Campaign, a nonpartisan advocacy group that pushes for effective government programs to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease in the developing world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Arlington All In Conference Addresses the Dangerous Years

“It’s your job to explain to me the consequences of my actions,” teen tells mom.

Mother and son sat on the stage of the George Mason Founder’s Hall auditorium last Saturday, and talked as though they were in their kitchen at home. Kate McCauley and David Balick were discussing those dangerous years between 6th and 12th grade, when teens may exercise poor judgement and parents may overreact, or not react enough.

Monday, March 21

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Arlington Weekend Fun: March 25-April 3


Events in Arlington Va.

Friday, March 18

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Arlington: Yorktown Boys' Lax Team Beats Pair of Perennial Powers

Patriots follow win over Chantilly with double-OT victory against Langley.

The Yorktown boys' lacrosse team beat Langley in double overtime on Thursday.

Thursday, March 17

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Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Springfield: Brain Injury Services honors volunteers and community partners

Maya Simbulan of Fairfax is thankful for being normal. The Lake Braddock Secondary School freshman would like to pursue work with computer graphics and plays electric wheelchair soccer.

Burke: Alcohol and Speed Suggested Factors in Fatal Crash

Crash reconstruction detectives are investigating a fatal car crash that occurred March 14 around 12:23 a.m. near Burke Commons Road and Roberts Common Lane.

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Burke, Bairfax Station, Springfield: Shark Tank Racing Squad sets new record in sixth year of swimming marathon fundraiser

For the sixth year, swimmers piled on miles of laps in the pool, raising money to support their coach and the Avon Walk to End Breast Cancer.

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Fairfax County Public Schools to Seek FEMA Relief Funds

Winter Storm Jonas, Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse 2.0 — no matter what it’s called, the county-crippling January 2016 blizzard cost Fairfax County Public Schools $7.2 million to pay for employee overtime compensation, additional contractors and equipment rental.

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Mount Vernon: Mamma’s Kitchen Expands with EVOO at Mamma’s Market

Staying rooted in Mount Vernon.

Marianna Johnnides was raised here in the Mount Vernon area, educated here — from Waynewood Elementary School through West Potomac High School — and for the last seven years, has owned and run Mamma’s Kitchen restaurant here on Fordson Road.

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Aspiring nurses receive scholarships in honor of Harriet H. Fatzinger

Amina Amisi of Falls Church and Ashley French of Great Falls are second-year nursing students at Northern Virginia Community College, each expecting to graduate with completed Associate’s degrees in May this year.

Mount Vernon: Fort Hunt Little League to Begin Challengers Division for Children with Disabilities

As Opening Day for baseball approaches, Fort Hunt Little League is preparing to offer an opportunity for young aspiring baseball players with disabilities the chance to participate in America’s pastime.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 63 homes sold between $1,525,000-$180,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2016

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 109 Springfield homes sold between $955,000-$190,000.

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2016

Reston Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 71 Reston homes sold between $1,275,000-$130,000.

Reston Home Sales: February, 2016

McLean Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 72 homes sold between $7,150,000-$190,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: February, 2016

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 49 homes sold between $925,000-$152,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: February, 2016

Great Falls Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 11 Great Falls homes sold between $2,132,543-$455,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: February, 2016

Fairfax Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 57 Fairfax homes sold between $970,000-$145,299.

Fairfax Home Sales: February, 2016

Chantilly Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 12 homes sold between $925,000-$135,810 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: February, 2016

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

In February, 2016, 45 homes sold between $1,225,000-$215,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 57 Centreville homes sold between $1,400,000-$189,000.

Centreville Home Sales: February, 2016

Burke Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 25 Burke homes sold between $680,000-$195,000.

Burke Home Sales: February, 2016

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 27 Potomac homes sold between $3,000,000-$432,000.

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2016

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 85 homes sold between $1,495,000-$120,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2016

Arlington Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 137 Arlington homes sold between $2,550,000-$30,000.

Arlington Home Sales: February, 2016

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2016

In February, 2016, 120 Alexandria homes sold between $3,700,000-$102,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2016

Week in Springfield

Weekly happenings in Springfield

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Springfield: Lake Accotink Park ‘Loved to Death’

The master plan revision for the park will take around 18 months, community involvement sought.

Fairfax County Park Authority began the master plan revision process for local park, Lake Accotink

Letter: Seniors Volunteering in Schools

To the Editor

I am writing in regard to the great article highlighting the Greenspring volunteers at Crestwood Elementary School (“Reading Dr. Seuss at Crestwood Elementary,” Springfield Connection, March 10-16, 2016).

Commentary: Over $210 Million in New Funds Coming to the 36th District

The last week of the 2016 General Assembly session brought a flurry of activity on some of our most difficult bills, along with approval of a state budget. In this column, I will detail highlights in the final budget affecting our area.

Area Roundups

Weekly happenings in the area.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax.

Letter: Promoting Economic Vitality of Fairfax City

To the Editor

As the local Fairfax City election approaches on May 3, 2016, now is the time to say “yes” to a forward-looking vision for Fairfax City’s future.

Fairfax: City Sets Advertised Real-Estate Tax Rate

But the actual number may change in coming weeks.

In February, Fairfax City Manager Bob Sisson presented his proposed FY 2017 budget for the City.

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Fairfax: Silverthorne, ‘I’m Up to the Task’

City of Fairfax Mayor kicks off re-election campaign.

Before an enthusiastic crowd of some 150 people, City of Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne officially kicked off his reelection campaign, Sunday afternoon, at Red, Hot & Blue.

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Food Trucks are the Kitchen at Local Breweries

Food trucks serving microbrewery customers across the area.

At Port City Brewing in the western Alexandria, the “pearl,” a layered dish of macaroni and cheese, baked beans and barbecue meat, is downed with a micro beer so it’s known to bring on a “food coma” of sorts.

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Del. Filler-Corn Champions New Laws Preventing, Combating Sexual Assault

On Friday, March 11, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41), flanked by leading voices in the fight against campus and domestic sexual assault participated in a press conference in Richmond on the last day of the 2016 General Assembly session announcing the passage of several bills addressing this issue.

Celebrating the Spring Holidays

Spring is here.

Letter: Gerrymandering Promotes Partisanship and Polarization

To the Editor

Everywhere we turn today, the media is bombarding us with antics of the current presidential campaign.

Letter: Time to Speak Out for Quality of Life in Fairfax County

To the Editor

Fairfax County is a composite of many things that make the quality of life rich for people living here.


Workshops and seminars for seniors and caregivers.

Herndon Girls' Basketball Falls in State Semifinals

Hornets fall to eventual champion Cosby.

The Herndon girls' basketball team reached the state semifinals.

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Centreville: Westfield Boys’ Basketball Wins State Championship

Bulldogs first Fairfax County team to win states since 1981.

The Westfield boys' basketball team won the state championship.

Wednesday, March 16

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Arlington: Wakefield Boys’ Basketball Loses in State Semifinals

Sophomore Cooper shows promise in playoff defeat.

The Wakefield boys' basketball team lost to L.C. Bird in the state semifinals.

Vienna: Oakton Girls’ Basketball Upset by Langley in State Semis

Cougars fall short at VCU for second straight season.

The Oakton girls' basketball team finished the season with a 29-1 record.

Mount Vernon Obituary: Mary Helen Graham

Mary Helen Graham, 88, of Alexandria, died March 7, 2016 at the Envoy Nursing Facility.

Column: New Funds for the 36th


The last week of the 2016 General Assembly session brought a flurry of activity on some of our most difficult bills, along with approval of a state budget. In this column, I will detail highlights in the final budget affecting our area. Next week, I will report on other important budget items. In the near future, I will cover some of the more important legislation that we considered and the fight over the state Supreme Court. I will also let you know about my eight bills the Governor has signed or are awaiting his signature.

Column: Some Final Thoughts on the Budget


The General Assembly has adjourned sine die, from the Latin “without day,” meaning without assigning a next day for this session. However, we will meet again on April 20 for the reconvene session where we will spend a day voting on whether or not to sustain the Governor’s vetoes. We can expect at least 20 vetoes, which is a good thing since some of the bills we passed deserve no less.

Mount Vernon Brief: Scholarships Offered

United Community Ministries (UCM), in partnership with global research and development organization Battelle, has announced the Battelle-UCM Scholarship program for 2016.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Thanking United Way

The City Council recognizes a $100,000 grant from United Way of the National Capital Area to local nonprofits: Family Matters, New Hope Housing, the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys & Girls Clubs, Alive!, Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County, Senior Services of Alexandria, Carpenter’s Shelter, Bethany House of Northern Virginia, and the Ethiopian Community Development Council.

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Alexandria: Ramsey Resolved

Despite approvals, Ramsey Homes redevelopment pushed back until 2017.

The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority has agreed to a work plan with the city. One of the core tenets of this plan, number 3 on the list, is “no surprises.”

Alexandria: Euille Meets with Inmates

Former mayor discusses need for jobs to curb recidivism.

“Before we start, I want you to know that I can’t do anything to get you out sooner,” said former Mayor William Euille to inmates at the Alexandria Detention Center on March 10. Euille spoke about his own experiences with successes and defeats throughout his life, including his recent loss to Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg.

Alexandria: Make Eisenhower Great Again

City Manager Mark Jinks lays out plans for Eisenhower area.

While the city makes adjustments to local transit and fosters more cultural activities in the Carlyle and Eisenhower area, there’s been no word yet on the biggest issue affecting the Eisenhower Valley: whether or not the Transportation Safety Administration will move into the long-vacant Victory Center. At the March 10 meeting of the Eisenhower Partnership, City Manager Mark Jinks said that the city’s been hearing that they’ll find out whether or not Alexandria will be the new TSA home “any day now” since a judge voided the contract in November 2015.

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Great Falls: Langley Girls’ Basketball Finishes State Runner-Up

Saxons fall to Cosby in 6A championship game.

The Langley girls' basketball team finished state runner-up.

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Alexandria People At Work: Back to Kindergarten

Ponytails and polka dots bounce through the door at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School a few minutes before 8 a.m. The noise gradually levels off, and the daily kindergarten routine begins.

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Alexandria: Church Offers Grants to Nonprofits

For the fifth year in a row, Westminster Presbyterian Church opened its call for local grant applications as part of its local mission program. The grant program seeks to award $25,000 to local non-profits in 2016 who aid children, hunger, education, shelter or self-sufficiency for Northern Virginia residents. To date, the Westminster Community Grant Program has awarded 23 grants totaling more than $85,000 to local community programs.

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Alexandria Snapshot: ‘March for Meals’ Month

At a recent City Council meeting, the month of March was proclaimed as “March for Meals” to bring awareness around the topic of senior isolation and hunger. Councilwoman Del Pepper read the proclamation signed by Mayor Allison Silberberg that establishes the March for Meals Campaign and recognizes the importance of the Older American Act Nutrition Programs.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Read Across America

To celebrate Read Across America, Cora Kelly School invited Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Deputy Valarie Wright and other guest readers from the community to read books to their students. The Read Across America campaign is held annually during the anniversary of the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as children’s author Dr. Seuss. Lawhorne and Wright visited Cora Kelly on March 2 and read to students in a classroom and in the library. Lawhorne wore a “Cat in the Hat” hat as he read “Miss Nelson is Missing” and Wright, wearing a big green and white hat, read “The Lady with the Alligator Purse” to the students.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Grant to SCAN

SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) of Northern Virginia has received a $5,000 grant from The Rite Aid Foundation, thanks to local supporters who enrolled in Rite Aid’s wellness+ program in January and designated SCAN as their nonprofit of choice.

Alexandria: Davis Named to State Board

Audrey P. Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, has been appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. The board serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning and related projects developed and carried out by the state, and promotes an understanding of the role and value of historical records.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Top Employers Institute

Gov. Terry McAuliffe welcomes Top Employers Institute to Alexandria at a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 8. Top Employers Institute, which certifies companies around the globe for excellence in their HR policies and practices and the workplace environment they create to support the development of their employees, has chosen Alexandria for its first U.S. office. Above: Jennifer Ives, Top Employers Institute (left of the governor); McAuliffe; and David Plink, CEO, Top Employers Institute (to the right of the governor) are joined by Top Employers Institute and strategic partner HR Certification Institute board members and employees.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Honored for Crisis Intervention Work

The Alexandria Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) honored five CIT members at its annual awards luncheon at police headquarters on Tuesday, March 15.

Alexandria Letter: A Too Tall Proposal

Letter to the Editor

On Wednesday, March 9, a neighborhood association meeting was held at the Durant Center for the purpose of listening to representatives from MHF Properties V LLC an affiliate of Magna Hospitality. A representative from planning and zoning also attended. There were approximately 22 members of our neighborhood also in attendance.

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Potomac: Whitman Girls' Basketball Team Wins State Championship

Vikings beat Western in 4A state final.

The Whitman girls' basketball team won the 4A state title.

Alexandria Letter: Correcting The Record

Letter to the Editor

Ellen Tabb’s coverage [Letter, “Careful about History,” page 14] of the Feb. 8 hearing of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names was indeed right on.

Alexandria Letter: A Tale of Three Tickets

Letter to the Editor

My recent experience with the city’s parking bureaucracy has confirmed that city government has failed to make the most basic review of its system and rushed gluttonously into proposing to raise taxes and spend $1.1 million on parking enforcement.

Alexandria Letter: Doesn’t Fit Neighborhood

Letter to the Editor

Today I am writing to you with a major concern for our neighborhood.

Alexandria Brief: Salute to Women Nominees

The following individuals have been nominated for the Salute to Women Awards.

Alexandria Brief: K9s to Receive Body Armor

Alexandria Police Department K9’s Chance, Gage, XigXag, Trajan, and Zara will each receive a ballistic and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Alexandria Brief: Convicted of Child Sexual Abuse, Man Faces 6 Years in Prison

Oscar Antonio Rodriguez Granados, 33, of Alexandria, was convicted by a jury on March 9 of three counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor over whom he maintained a custodial or supervisory relationship.

Alexandria Brief: Four-Vehicle Crash on I-395

Virginia State Police responded to a four-vehicle, chain reaction crash in the northbound lanes of I-395, just south of Seminary Road, at 11:01 p.m. Saturday, March 12.

Alexandria Brief: SSA Receives $1,500 Grant

Senior Services of Alexandria has received a $1,500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in Subaru of America’s eighth annual Share the Love Event. During the event held Nov. 22, 2015 through Jan. 2, 2016, Subaru of America, Inc. donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charities, including Meals on Wheels America, of which SSA is a Member.

Alexandria Brief: ‘Spring Spruce Up’ With Local Designers

Members of the American Society of Interior Designers, including Alexandria’s Sydnye Pettengill, will take part in the The ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s 20th Annual Spring Spruce Up.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Snapshot: Top State Honors

The Alexandria-based George Washington Chapter of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) was recognized as the Best Very Large Chapter in Virginia for 2014-2015 during the 126th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Society, SAR (VASSAR), held in Richmond on Feb. 19-21.

Column: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

... of the 2016 General Assembly session.

The Virginia General Assembly finished its work for the 2016 legislative session a day early and adjourned a “long” 60-day session where we made progress on many issues but fought bitterly on several others. Because the improving economy has led to increased revenue collections, we were able to invest in critical areas and make a sizable deposit to our Rainy Day Fund without increasing taxes.

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Burke: Robinson Boys’ Lax Beats Broad Run in Season Opener

Two-time defending state champs have new leaders.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team defeated Broad Run on Tuesday.

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Alexandria: Ireton Girls’ Lax Focused on Remaining Championship Contender

Nationally-ranked Cardinals defeat Georgetown Visitation.

The Bishop Ireton girls' lacrosse team defeated Georgetown Visitation 16-8.

Reston Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police Blotter from March 7 to 14.

Reston: Founder’s Day Becomes Founder’s Week

Community groups come together to honor legacy of Bob Simon.

Robert E. Simon, Jr. passed away on Sept. 21, 2015 at his home on Lake Anne Plaza.

Commentary: A Circus Show

The purpose of the legislative session is serious business and not entertainment like the circus. There are times, however, that it may be difficult to tell the difference.

Ironically Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus moved into the Richmond Coliseum for its annual stand at the same time last week that a few blocks away the General Assembly concluded its annual meeting and members packed up and went home.

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Herndon, Reston Business Update

Joe Grooming, which had a retail space at Reston Town Center is now PR Barbers. The business will be operated by Reg Laws, an owner of PR at Partners Salons.

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Reston and Herndon: Celebrating Easter

Spring holiday fun

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon

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Herndon Citizens Honored

Herndon Town Council recognizes volunteers.

”They did a really good job of alerting the authorities. These two kids did that and I hope it sets an example. I couldn’t be more thankful,” said Herndon’s Chief of Police Maggie A. DeBoard.

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Town of Herndon Police Department from Feb. 29 to March 6.

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Herndon High School Navy Junior ROTC Pay Tribute to Nation's Heroes

Herndon NJROTC Cadets traveled to Arlington Cemetery to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and other historic sites

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Herndon’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’

Virginia Attorney General highlights the event at Amphora.

No doubt the safest place you could have been anywhere near Herndon on Friday morning was in the private dining room at Amphora’s Diner Deluxe on Elden Street.

Celebrating Spring in Vienna, McLean and Great Falls

From Easter to St. Patrick's Day to the first blossoms, get ready for spring.

UVA Students to Tackle Global Health Issues

Area students among 52 scholarship recipients.

From studying honey as a wound-healing additive in Rwanda to assessing the effect of mobile banking on women in rural India, 52 University of Virginia students will use Center for Global Health scholarships this summer to address public health problems in the far-flung corners of the globe.

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Oakcrest Awards Scholarships

Oakcrest School in McLean awarded scholarships to Maria Luisa Bertolini, current Oakcrest eighth grade student, and Angela Diaz-Bonilla, a homeschooled student, as the recipients of the Class of 2020 Veritas Award.

Serving Creative Wine Dinners

Profiles: Edwin Amaya and Moreno Espinoza of Wildfire.

Sometimes in life, two heads are better than one.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Town of Vienna Police Department from March 4-10.

Vienna: Presidential Must-Read

If praise from a former U.S. president, and a Foreword by another is any evidence, local author David Priess has hit the target with his first book.

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Vienna: History Revisited at Thoreau Middle

At school’s Speakeasy Day students showcase projects of their choice and immerse themselves in Roaring Twenties culture.

Standing in the corner of the school’s library, Nathaniel Kurtis, a seventh-grade student at Thoreau Middle School, stood behind his poster and lego model of a truck and plane that he would soon present to his teachers and peers.

Tuesday, March 15

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Vienna: Fun Things To Do in the Area on Spring Break

You don’t have to fly to have fun.

Not everyone wants to get on an aircraft during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year. Fortunately, if you live in the Vienna area, there are lots of fun things to do that other Americans pay to do (hint: no hotels, no flights).

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Basheer & Edgemoore Introduces New Neighborhood at Maymont

Basheer & Edgemoore has announced their final encore at the National Community of the Year, Maymont, near Tysons.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

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McLean: Inspiring Girls to Pursue STEM Careers

Keynote speaker Swetha Prabakaran, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, spoke to a capacity crowd of 500 middle school girls.

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McLean: Making Sandwiches for Martha’s Table

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

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Vanessa Barlow of McLean High Receives Award for Aspirations in Computing

McLean High School junior, Vanessa Barlow, received the 2016 National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

Centreville Letter: Everyone’s Job

Letter to the Editor

I am a Boy Scout from unit 1826 and I am writing to express my opinion on an article I have recently read [“State of the Station,” March 2]. You wrote that the Sully district is a safe place to live.

Column: End of Session Report


The 2016 General Assembly session concluded in Richmond on Friday evening. We will reconvene for a single day session on April 20 to consider any vetoes or amendments proposed by Governor McAuliffe.

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McLean: From Paperboy to Author, Military Career in Between

Langley High alum comes home for a reunion of sorts.

McBride’s first job was at The Connection Newspapers, as a paperboy when he was in the seventh grade.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls.

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Snapshot: In Performance

First grade students in Robin Hottle’s class at Union Mill Elementary School perform the “3 Piggy Opera.”

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Snapshot: Tournament Raises $6,000

The Dunkin’ for Dollars Charity basketball tournament, organized by Nathan Reed, Spencer Schwartz and Zachary Levine — three seventh graders at Franklin Middle School — raised $6,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Peace Players International/Middle East program. The event was held on Sunday, March 13 at Worldgate Sport & Health and was sponsored by Orthodontics By Crutchfield.

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Real Food for Kids' Culinary Challenge

11 teams of middle and high school students compete in school food competition.

Eleven teams of middle and high school students competed in the fourth annual Real Food for Kids' Culinary Challenge on Saturday, March 12 at Robinson Secondary School.

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Wish Comes True

Centreville’s Liam Bruen gets a companion dog.

Like most little boys, Liam Bruen loves superheroes and playing with his dog and his friends — he just does it from a wheelchair. Born with muscular dystrophy, he was officially diagnosed one-and-a-half years ago.

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Snapshot: First Signs of Spring

Trees are covered with pink blossoms while yellow daffodils push through the ground outside the Fairfax Towne Center, off West Ox Road.

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Mission: Promoting Peace

22 students or student groups receive the Student Peace Award, for their efforts to promote peace.

With causes ranging from anti-bullying efforts to human trafficking awareness to interfaith dialogue, students in Fairfax County were recognized for their peacemaking efforts at the 11th Annual Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County on March 13.

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Potomac: County Chamber Presents Valor Awards

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce brought nearly 1,300 business, government, and public safety leaders together at the 42nd Annual MCCC Public Safety Awards Luncheon on March 11 to thank the men and women who protect the community.

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Encouraging STEM-curious Youth

Third Annual STEM Symposium draws a crowd at the Nysmith School.

“We need people in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields today, tomorrow and as far as we can envision.”

Potomac Snapshot: Art To Benefit Potomac Conservancy

Outside Ventures and Firefly Design, Inc. have partnered to create a vintage art series highlighting places along the Potomac River in and near Washington. Reminiscent of the National Park Service posters created in the late 1930s and early ’40s, these prints feature Great Falls, the C&O Canal Towpath, Key Bridge and Rock Creek Park. A portion of the proceeds from every purchase will benefit the Potomac Conservancy, supporting their mission to safeguard the lands and waters of the Potomac and its tributaries. See

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No E-Z Answers on I-66

VDOT’s Transform I-66 Inside the Beltway meeting leaves public waiting for answers.

There were also questions and comments of a financial nature.

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Potomac Artist’s Work on Display in Alexandria

Cowles work selected for City Hall.

Potomac artist Tory Cowles is one of three artists to have her work selected to be exhibited in the office of newly-elected City of Alexandria (Va.) Mayor Allison Silberberg.

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And the Winner Is...

Wakefield Forest Elementary School student to compete at Scripps’ National Spelling Bee.

After 11 rounds of competitive play, fourth grade student Eric Kim, from Wakefield Forest Elementary School, was declared the champion for correctly spelling every word thrown at him.

Private Schools: When Leaving Unexpectedly

Spring is time to commit to one’s school of choice.

When Ashley and Clark Leonard enrolled their son in a local independent school, they were excited about the prospect of him thriving in a new, smaller academic environment.

Arlington Letter: Support Clean Power

Letter to the Editor

In Sen. Adam Ebbin's recent commentary on the General Assembly session (“Governor’s First Vetoes and Ongoing Supreme Court Battle,” March 9), he concluded that Governor McAuliffe was right to veto legislation (SB21) that attacked the state's implementation of the Clean Power Plan.

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Arlington Snapshot: Donating 500 Books

The women of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women partnered with The Reading Connection and the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing to host a celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and present The Reading Connection with 500 books donated from Pi Beta Phi. On Feb. 29, the children at the Columbia Grove apartments enjoyed being read to by members of Pi Beta Phi as well as receiving temporary tattoos, stickers, and a certificate of participation. At the end of the party, a cake was served to all who attended and each child went home with a new book for their own home library. The Reading Connection will distribute the remaining books donated from Pi Beta Phi at other literacy events they hold regularly at 13 read aloud sites throughout the metro D.C. area.

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Arlington: Concert at Culpepper Garden

The Arlington Philharmonic’s Youth Chamber Music program, Crescendo, arrived on March 6 to play a concert of Tango, Pop and Jazz music in the Culpepper Garden Senior Center.

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Arlington: Volunteers Assist REEP’s Mission To Educate

Organization helps immigrants to assimilate.

Arlington County’s English language program for immigrants and refugees will mark its 40th anniversary on April 29 with an all-American celebration — complete with cotton candy, balloon animals and a cake walk.

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Arlington: Wakefield High School Welcomes French Lycée Teacher

Parlez-vous ... Arlington?

Encouraging Language Study When Katy Wheelock began teaching at Wakefield, there were seven sections of French. By the time she received the Exemplary French Program award, there were nine. Wakefield also began offering two additional higher level classes, French 5 (a pre-AP class) and Advanced Studies of French (a post-AP class which APS is hoping to offer as a dually-enrolled class in the future). Under her leadership, Wakefield: * had an active chapter of the French Honor Society the “SHF”, or Societe’ Honoraire de Francais, and took part in the Grand Concours. * had two candidates who were wait-listed for Virginia’s Summer Governor’s Academy program, * students entered the Creative Writing Contest sponsored by SHF and wrote original poetry, in French, which they read aloud for World Languages Week at a countywide public event. * has gotten involved with Sister City Arlington-Reims committee for exchange opportunities (outbound to Reims 2013, inbound 2012, 2014); * had numerous guest speakers: David Biette, director, Canada Institute, Wilson Center (Jan 2015) and Idriss Fall, reporter, Voice of America (focus on Senegal, Africa) (Feb 2015) * established pen-pals for individuals; * Skyped with a Peace Corps volunteer about her life, usage of French etc. * welcomed five French high school students into their homes; * has set up a French Club; * students travelled to Reims for Spring Break 2014; * held a Declamation Contest, a juried contest in front of nearly 600 students. Miss Virginia International, Kristyn Admire, a linguist herself, came to encourage students to continue their foreign language studies in the future. * took part in a contest sponsored by the French Embassy in Washington D.C. called “Dis-moi dix mots qui te racontent” * allowed Wheelock to go on a French Embassy sponsored “Stage Pédagogique de Courte Durée” (short term teaching course) where she was one of 10 U.S. teachers in the country selected for an teacher immersion at CAVILAM in Vichy, France. Wheelock said she hopes to be able to visit middle school French teachers and students in level 1, at least once per year, to encourage more students to continue to level 2. She would like to see more students go on to language in high school and would like to see world languages become a core subject, as it is all throughout Europe. Wheelock also hopes to establish a stronger “college link” to show students the college opportunities for language study, how successful completion of advanced classes can earn college credits, how language can lead to studying abroad, internships, and and eventually, job opportunities.

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Rosslyn Overhaul

Largest redevelopment on-record approved for Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood.

With five phases of development spread across 25 years, the newly approved Rosslyn Plaza will be the single largest redevelopment in the Rosslyn neighborhood. At the March 12 County Board meeting, the board unanimously approved five new buildings along the Rosslyn waterfront. The new project, proposed by Vornado/Charles E. Smith and Gould Property Company, will include 2.5 million square feet in office, residential, retail, and hotel space. However, while the County Board approved the project, some local residents were not as enthusiastic.

Editorial: Homelessness on Its Way Out in Fairfax

Homelessness should be rare, brief and non-recurring; 776 fewer homeless individuals in 2016 than in 2008.

Homelessness is down in Fairfax County in every major category, a fact confirmed on Jan. 28, 2016, the annual Point in Time Count.

Legislative Wrap-Up Forum

Learn what your area legislator did during the Virginia General Assembly.

FCPL to Hold Community Forum

Fairfax County Public Libraries will hold community forums to see public opinion on what is needed in the community.

‘Do You Keep a Gun in Your Home?’

Starting conversations about gun safety can help prevent play date tragedies.

Starting the conversation felt awkward. After all, she didn’t want to offend another parent.

Arlington Column: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

... of the 2016 General Assembly session.

The Virginia General Assembly finished its work for the 2016 legislative session a day early and adjourned a “long” 60-day session where we made progress on many issues but fought bitterly on several others. Because the improving economy has led to increased revenue collections, we were able to invest in critical areas and make a sizable deposit to our Rainy Day Fund without increasing taxes.

Monday, March 14

It Takes a Village

Campaign designed to end homelessness in Fairfax County.

When speaking with Kathy Albarado, one might not guess that she’d experienced periods of homelessness as an adolescent.

Saturday, March 12

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Lorton: No Suspects Yet in Mason Neck Homicide

Police seeking help from community members.

Johan de Leede, 83, was shot several times in a home on the 6000 block of River Drive in Lorton, Fairfax County Police said in a release Friday afternoon on March 11. He died after being taken to an area hospital for his injuries.

Friday, March 11

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Fairfax: Beauty of the American Songbook

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Spring is arriving with its jaunty cherry blossoms and daffodils.

Column: General Assembly Agrees on Budget


The past week has been a busy one in the General Assembly as the House of Delegates passed the 2016-2018 biennial state budget. The Senate also passed a similar budget. During the next two weeks, differences between these two budgets, which are relatively minor, will be negotiated to form a consensus budget that will be forwarded to the governor. The new budget will take effect July 1.

Chantilly Letter: Program on True Islam

Letter to the Editor

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will be holding a program to introduce the True Islam and the Extremists campaign in the Virginia area on Friday, March 11, at 6:30-8 p.m. at the Mubarak Mosque, 4555 Ahmadiyya Drive, Chantilly.

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Centreville: Stone Middle Students To Visit United Kingdom

Exchange program began in 2003.

With Spring Break around the corner for Fairfax County Public Schools, 19 students from Centreville’s Ormond Stone Middle School are gearing up for the trip of a lifetime: an eight-day adventure in the United Kingdom.

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Heading to Eastern Super Regionals

FTC team 6700, the X-BOTS, a Robotics team of high-school and middle-school students from Northern Virginia, is heading to the FTC Eastern Super-Regional championships in Scranton, Pa., following a successful performance at Virginia State Championship on Feb 13 where they were awarded Inspire Award (3rd place), Won Kamen Division, were Championship finalists, and Nikhil Chintada won Dean’s List finalist award to represent Virginia at World Championships.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Taking Their Show on the Road

Rocky Run Show Choir performs at the Sunrise senior living facility in a special Sunday performance.

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Chantilly: Meet Westfield Principal Anthony Copeland

Decades of leadership prepared him for the job.

Westfield High Principal Anthony Copeland has a wealth of experience as a leader, both in schools and in the military. Before taking over the reins at Westfield in September 2015, he was an assistant principal at Lake Braddock Secondary and North Stafford High and an Army field artillery officer who served 20 years in the military.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Police Honor Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A’s Peter Kim (left) receives a plaque from police 1st Lt. Matt Owens. The restaurant was honored during the Feb. 10 meeting of the Sully District Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee. Owens, the assistant station commander, said Chick-Fil-A donated food to the police officers working on New Year’s Eve and has partnered with the station on various community projects. The plaque recognized Chick-Fil-A for its “continued, outstanding support and dedication to the men and women of the Sully District Police Station.”

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Mount Vernon: 56 Graduate from Bryant alternative school at winter term ceremony.

Fifty-six students walked out of the William Cullen Bryant Auditorium on Feb. 17 as high school graduates. Bryant Alternative High School in Alexandria held its winter graduation exercises beginning at 4 p.m. that day.

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Burke Historical Society begins new research education series.

When Col. Blake Meyers’ (U.S. Army, ret.) mother and grandmother died, he inherited boxes of family records that no one had ever taken the time to archive, much less even go through and organize.

Thursday, March 10

Fairfax County: Commonwealth's Attorney Finds No Criminality in Paul Guida In-Custody Death

After a determination from the medical examiner that Falls Church resident Paul Guida, 68, died of natural causes while in the Sheriff’s custody at the Fairfax County Detention Center, Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh concluded there was no evidence of criminality associated with involved law enforcement or staff at the jail.

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Fairfax and Mount Vernon: Matthew Takes on Four More Life Sentences with Guilty Plea for Murders

Jesse L. Matthew, Jr., now 34, will never leave prison. Matthew was already beginning to serve three consecutive life sentences after he entered an Alford Plea for charges of abduction, sexual assault and attempted murder in Fairfax in 2005.

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Health Department Confirms Raccoon in Clifton Incident Had Rabies

Fairfax County Police investigated three separate incidents of wild animal bites at the end of last week, including a report of a Clifton man being awakened around 11 a.m. on March 3 by a raccoon in his home. The next day, police said the Health Department confirmed the raccoon tested positive for the rabies virus.

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Burtons allergy-friendly Grill & Bar opens at Hilltop Village Center in Alexandria

The Big 8: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. These represent the vast majority of all food allergies in the United States.

Alexandria Man Charged with Assault after Police Barricade Incident in Franconia

Alexandria resident Sayed Robbie Javid was charged with assaulting a police officer and falsely summoning police after an incident at his home on Larkspur Drive escalated into a barricade situation.

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Boutique fitness studio WheelHouse Clifton caters to mind and body, men, women and children

Michele Achterberg is a winner. When the Clifton resident was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in 2015 despite having no family history with it, she underwent 20 weeks of chemotherapy and won. She went through a double mastectomy in June 2015, and won.

Business Scholarship Calls for Applicants

Applications are now available for the 2016 Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce Education Partnership Scholarships.

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Springfield: Meeting the Challenge of Our Time

Greenspring resident and colleague receive U.S. Patent for process aimed at combating global warming.

Greenspring retirement community resident, 98-year-old Charlie Bliss, and his 78-year-old colleague Charley Moseley, are doing their part to suggest options for combating global warming.

Commentary: Bills Becoming Law as Session Ends

The eighth week of the General Assembly session brought a few vetoes and heated debates as the most contentious bills of the session moved toward final passage. Eight of my bills have either been signed into law, passed by both houses or are on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s desk awaiting signature.

Baldassari Is Named Officer of Month

Acknowledged for his expertise, enthusiasm and professional demeanor, PFC Kevin Baldassari is the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Month for January. He was honored during the Feb. 10 meeting of the station’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

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Mount Vernon: National History Day

More than 160 seventh grade students from Walt Whitman Middle School shared presentations in the 13th annual National History Day on Feb. 11 and 12.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Puller Institute Students

On Feb. 14, six students — Ryan Huck, Audrey Wilson, David Williamson, Margarita Aleixo, Thomas Wetzel, and Krista Worthington — from West Potomac High School and Mountain View High School in Stafford County travelled to Richmond for the first annual Puller Institute and met with Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The Puller Institute, named in honor of retired state Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller, is designed to give students the opportunity to experience state government on a first hand basis, develop interest in public policy and leadership in their community.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Day of Dental Service

The dentists and supporting staff at Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry devoted a day of work on Saturday, Feb. 20 to provide emergency dental services at their office for clients of United Community Ministries (UCM). Services valued at more than $10,000 were donated that day to alleviate the pain of 19 clients suffering with serious dental problems and who lack health insurance. From left are Richard Dobber, UCM Director of Social Services, with Dr. Zeyad Mady who also serves as a UCM board member, Dr. James Geren, Dr. Haley Hausser, and Dr. Jason Marrazzo.

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Mount Vernon: Local Residents See Cuba Up-Close and Personal

Witnessing the resourcefulness of the “Cuban Spirit.”

Elected American officials have been making news recently on trips to Cuba, with Gov. Terry McAuliffe and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser leading the way in January and February. And President Barack Obama will gain more attention with his two-day visit, March 21-22.

Mount Vernon Letter: Mainstream or Extreme?

Letter to the Editor

In the Feb. 25, 2016 Gazette, my letter was published concerning Senator Surovell's opposition to a Senate Bill that if enacted into law would allow all State judges whether active or retired to carry a concealed handgun without requiring them to obtain a permit. In the State Senate, only six senators opposed the Bill.

Mount Vernon Letter: Choose Site C for Outdoor Gym

Letter to the Editor

Gum Springs is poised to receive equipment for an outdoor exercise gym/fitness station, that is welcomed and supported by the community. The eight pieces of equipment were obtained through a grant similar to the grant the National Park Authority obtained for the outdoor exercise gym/fitness station in Anacostia Park.

Mount Vernon Letter: Storck Should Identify Wasteful Spending

Letter to the Editor

The newly elected Mount Vernon Supervisor Storck demonstrated at the Board of Supervisor’s (BOS) hearing on March 3 regarding the County Executive’s proposed advertised tax rate of four cents that he is a high tax politician.

Mount Vernon Letter: Not for Virginia

Not for Virginia

As recently as this past week (in South Carolina), Hillary Clinton reasserted her belief that taxpayer dollars should not be used to finance college for “Donald Trump’s daughter.”

Mount Vernon Letter: Advocate For Students

Letter to the Editor

I am a parent of three children and a resident of the Mount Vernon District. I am writing to applaud Supervisor Dan Storck, along with Supervisors Kathy Smith and John Foust, for voting on March 1 to support a robust community dialogue about school funding.

Mount Vernon Letter: Cell Phone Dead Zone

Letter to the Editor

Trivial though this might seem in comparison to the ugly ongoing slugfest over who will next occupy the White House, I’d like to point out that, a full decade and a half into the 21st century, my wife and I are still living in a cell phone dead zone.

Mount Vernon Column: Bills Becoming Law as Session Ends


The eighth week of the General Assembly session brought a few vetoes and heated debates as the most contentious bills of the session moved toward final passage.

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How Nancy Reagan Put Clifton on the Map

First Lady’s visits to Heart in Hand restaurant still remembered.

A quaint village in Western Fairfax County enjoyed anonymity until the day former first lady Nancy Reagan came to town.

Mount Vernon Column: Pedaling Toward Finish Line


I had the opportunity to support two bills both in committee and on the floor that will make traveling around Mount Vernon a little safer for bicyclists. Senate Bill 117 imposes a penalty for “dooring” bikers, including creating a cause of action for lawsuits and the ability to file an insurance claim.

Mount Vernon: Raising an Assistance Dog Only To Say Goodbye

Volunteers play key role in Canine Companions for Independence.

For 40 years, the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) has been raising and training service dogs for people with a broad spectrum of disabilities. CCI enlists both volunteers and professionals to raise dogs so that they can improve lives all over America — from wounded veterans to people affected by other physical setbacks, the only exception being blindness. And, when all is said and done, CCI ensures that these prepared, caring dogs go to their new owners at no cost.

Alexandria Letter: What Makes ARHA Special?

Letter to the Editor

At last Wednesday’s ARHA-Council work session on Ramsey Homes, disturbing points emerged that should cause Alexandrians concern.

Alexandria Letter: Careful About History

Letter to the Editor

At the Feb. 8 public hearing of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names, a speaker said that George Mason IV of Gunston Hall had decapitated four slaves and put their heads on display upon the chimneys of City Hall.

Alexandria Letter: Ramsey Homes Deserve Better

Letter to the Editor

I am a neighbor of Ramsey Homes, and am one of the signers of the protest petition. Over 75 properties nearby to Ramsey were represented in the petition; this is not an example of a few individuals protesting a redevelopment proposal. I am writing to articulate the concerns of many of the neighbors of Ramsey, and to make clear our objections to the current proposal.

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax.

Alexandria Letter: Parking While Black?

Letter to the Editor

I am a first year student at the University of Virginia. I have lived in Alexandria's West End since I was 2 years old and am a proud graduate of T.C.Williams High School. I've followed the rules, did well in school, I was active in my community and my school. Nothing prepared for what was to happen when I returned from college for Thanksgiving and Christmas break.

Alexandria Letter: Renaming Streets

Letter to the Editor

I was dismayed to learn [“War of Passive Aggression” Feb. 11] that of the eight white residents who addressed the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names at the Feb. 8 meeting, every one of them spoke against renaming the streets and moving the memorial.

Alexandria Letter: Insightful Article

Letter to the Editor

This article ["Reynes Shares Something Sweet," March 3, Gazette Packet] provides wonderful insight on the beauty of passion, hard work, and interdependence in one’s own community.

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Fairfax: Oak Valley Center Joins PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families

PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families, a local nonprofit helping youth with a variety of challenges and qualities succeed, will assume operations of Fairfax-based Oak Valley Center.

Alexandria Letter: Stick to Braddock Plans

Letter to the Editor

How curious! Twenty-two of the existing affordable housing units adjacent to the Alfred Street Baptist Church will be demolished so the church can expand its sanctuary. In another forum Councilman John Taylor Chapman demanded the city violate two of its plans rather than forgo loss.

Column: Focus on Family, Starting at Home

Commentary–Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Family is a central focus for Tamir, who lives with his wife and two teenage children in Alexandria. He was laid off in the fall and started working as an Uber driver to make ends meet while he seeks a new job. Making matters worse, his refrigerator broke the week before Thanksgiving. With money tight, he did not know how he was going to replace it.

Column: Countdown to Gadsby’s Ball

Commentary–Gadsby's Tavern Museum Society Board

The top 10 things about Gadsby’s Tavern that you may not know and why you should go to its Best Bib & Tucker Ball:

Column: True Grit–Two Stories of the Value of AmeriCorps Experience

Commentary-Community Lodgings

Cristina O'Brien, 25, grew up in Long Island, N.Y., and knew that one day she would work with Spanish-speaking immigrants. She heard about AmeriCorps, a national service program that offers a stipend and college tuition reimbursement, while majoring in Spanish at American University. She searched for a position that would allow her to work with Spanish-speaking and immigrant children, and when she was placed at Community Lodgings in 2013, it was the perfect fit.

Column: Governor’s First Vetoes and Ongoing Supreme Court Battle


The 2016 General Assembly will be wrapping up its work this week, and of the more than 3,200 bills and resolutions that were introduced, over 1,350 pieces of legislation have passed both chambers.

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Meet the Chef: Frantz of Majestic

Chef Frantz discovers her sweet spot in the kitchen.

Wedges of lemon, squares of unsalted butter, curly green onion slivers, low country gravy and blackened shrimp sit mise en place in the prep kitchen at The Majestic on King Street. Lisa Marie Frantz, executive chef at The Majestic, is preparing shrimp and grits made to order for each customer.

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Alexandria People at Work: Getting Back on Track

Something's always happening at FireFlies on Mount Vernon. It might be Pick a Pasta Night on Tuesday, Build Your Own Omelet or Quiche Brunch on Sunday, live comedy on Monday Burger Night, local musicians on the weekend or children dancing on the stage when it's not otherwise occupied. Marylisa Lichens, owner with her husband Dan, says, "We wanted it to be a place where families could bring their children and have dinner a couple of times a week. We wanted it to become an extension of the neighborhood."

Letter: Hug Your Dog

To the Editor

Dogs have always been a huge part of my life. My first dog, Leroy, was here before I was, and would follow me around the house to keep me out of trouble.

Musings from the Maestro: ‘Lushness & Lyrical’

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will present “Lushness & Lyrical” on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3.

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Alexandria Appetite: Hank’s Pasta Bar Brings Little Italy to Old Town

Newcomer to the neighborhood has already gained solid following.

North Old Town has a new hotspot in the neighborhood. Hank’s Pasta Bar, the kid sister to the venerable Hank’s Oyster Bar on King Street, has taken the area by storm since opening about five weeks ago. And the newness hasn’t worn off yet. From the two fully booked soft openings to a recent Monday night that found the dining room out of space for the evening by 7 p.m., it’s clear that residents have a hankering for pasta. And Hank’s stands at the ready to accommodate.

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Alexandria: Ramsey Reconsidered

Rebuilding the strained “special relationship.”

Rezoning a piece of property without having an approved plan — for what will replace it — is highly unusual, but it doesn’t mean the City Council won’t do it.

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Alexandria: ‘Boots & Bling’ Supports Children

The Center for Alexandria’s Children hosted “Boots & Bling: A Western Fling” on Feb. 25 at Blackwall Hitch to benefit its programs for child abuse victims and vulnerable families in Alexandria.

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Fairfax: Gifted Dancers, Thrilling Artistry

George Mason University School of Dance presents Dance Gala.

“These are exciting times for the Mason School of Dance; we want to share our excitement with all of Northern Virginia,” said Susan Shields, director School of Dance, George Mason University.

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What City Can Do To Help Businesses Succeed

Small business owners offer suggestions.

It might not sound like much for the average Alexandrian, but a zoning community meeting could be the first step towards making Alexandria a better home for small businesses. On March 19, the city will host a Small Business Zoning Community Meeting, starting at 10 a.m. in the Sister Cities room at City Hall.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Grand Opening

From left: Lily Damtew, Mayor Allison Silberberg, and Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile Selassie, who is president of The Crown Council of Ethiopia, at the official opening of the The Abyssinia Mart, located at 720 Jefferson in South Old Town.

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Fairfax: Pancakes for a Cause

Breakfast event raises funds for Ellie’s Hats.

Some 200 people enjoyed a pancake breakfast, Saturday morning, at American Legion Post 177 in the City of Fairfax.

Fairfax: Asking the Needed Questions

City Council and staff discuss City housing policy.

The City’s housing policy was one of the items discussed during the Fairfax City Council’s recent mini-retreat at the Blenheim Interpretive Center.

Sports Roundups

Sports happenings

Area Roundups

Area happenings

Letter: How Come Cat ‘Beats’ State Champions?

To the Editor

Your Feb. 25-March 2 cover story was about a cat and buried on page 12 was the article on both Robinson Boys and Girls swim teams winning State Titles!

Commentary: A Step Backwards for Virginia

Virginia New American leaders respond to the nomination of Ken Cuccinelli for the State Supreme Court.

From immigration to contraception to climate change denial to LGBT rights, Ken Cuccinelli has built a career on extreme conservative positions that are out of step with Virginia today.

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Fairfax: Jara Honored as Officer of Year

Feted at City Police Department’s awards ceremony.

Officer Alex Jara is just 26, yet he’s already served with the military overseas and with the City of Fairfax Police Department for three-and-a-half years.

Reston: RN Golf Changes Course

Rescue Reston remains cautious after RN Golf lays approach shot short of Supreme Court.

Rescue Reston remains cautious, despite notification from Reston National Golf Course attorneys that it won’t continue its appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston

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Media Alive in Reston

Sharing messages from Fairfax County to the nation.

Reston based MetroStar Systems was named a finalist of the 10th Annual Helios Apollo Awards for the communication and culture categories.

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Local Beer Served in Reston

Thirsty for local beer in Northern Virginia? Try Reston.

Reston Town Center’s World of Beer hosted interviews Wednesday, March 2 for its new program “Drink It Interns,” where interns will use social media and writing skills to share beer stories they gather during their travels.

Reston Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police Blotter from Feb. 29 to March 4.

Wednesday, March 9

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Alexandria: Her Artwork Captures Vibrancy of Life

Del Ray Artisans exhibit features artist with special needs.

Like most children, Yasmine Iskander liked to color with crayons. And like most mothers, Silvia Sagari was proud of everything her daughter created. But four years ago, when someone suggested to Sagari that Yasmine genuinely had talent, she took notice. Because Yasmine is not like most children.

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Alexandria Obituary: Remembering Dorothy Evans Turner

Public housing, Civil Rights activist dies at 87.

To her friends, she was affectionately known as “Peaches.” But the tender moniker belied the fierce, unyielding spirit of Dorothy Turner, a descendant of one of Alexandria’s oldest African American families, when she was fighting for equal rights for public housing tenants.

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Alexandria: A Salute to Service

Senior Services of Alexandria gala set for March 12.

It was Thomas Jefferson who said that “every human being feels pleasure in doing good to another,” and the willingness of Alexandrians to serve others is often cited as what sets the community apart from others. On March 12, Senior Services of Alexandria will hold its annual Generation to Generation Gala to honor individuals who have been creating change for their neighbors and community through service.

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Alexandria: Micklem, Dorrance Engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Mark C. Micklem of Alexandria announce the marriage of their daughter, Karie Elizabeth, to William Lloyd Dorrance, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Dorrance of Hershey, Pa. Karie and William, both 26, live in New York City.

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Alexandria: ‘Cherry Challenge’ Winners

The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee announced the winners of the eighth annual “Cherry Challenge.” The Cherry Challenge took place between Jan. 28 and Feb. 11 in 53 Alexandria restaurants. It featured cherry-inspired dishes, appetizers, drinks, and desserts created by the restaurant chefs. Some of the restaurants have competed in the past, but there were many restaurants new to the competition this year.

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Great Falls: Langley Girls' Basketball Upsets Oakton in State Semifinals

Saxons hold previously unbeaten Cougars to 18 points through three quarters.

The Langley girls' basketball team will face Cosby in tonight's state championship game.

Centreville: Scanlon's Game-Winner Sends Westfield Back to State Final

Senior scores 26 points in semifinal victory over Woodside.

The Westfield boys' basketball team defeats Woodside in the state semifinals.

Commentary: Balancing the Budget

One of the responsibilities of the Governor of Virginia dictated by the State Constitution is to propose a budget for a biennium.

Commentary: RA Elections More Civilized than Presidential Election

Independent Progressive

I watch the debates of both parties’ presidential candidates and am fascinated, baffled and horrified.

Commentary: RA Elections More Civilized than Presidential Election

Independent Progressive

I watch the debates of both parties’ presidential candidates and am fascinated, baffled and horrified.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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Herndon: Restaurant on a Mission

GreenFare, and a coffee bar on wheels servicing Herndon.

Monday, March 7, members of the Herndon Town Council including Mayor Lisa Merkel and Vice Mayor Jennifer Baker and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova joined in the official ribbon cutting for a new business at the Herndon K-Mart Shopping Center.

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents reported Feb. 22 through Feb. 29 from the Herndon Police Department.

Herndon’s Downtown: ‘Game-Changing Project’

See proposals at the Town’s new website at; click on the “Latest News” tab.

Two companies, The Stout & Teague Company and Comstock Development, responded to the Town of Herndon’s Request for Proposals to redevelop 4.675 acres of land in historic downtown into “an attractive, mixed-use downtown.”

Herndon: Classical Ballet Theatre Presents Master Classes

Classical Ballet Theatre is offering a master class experience with the acclaimed Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, former Principal Dancers with American Ballet Theatre.

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Potomac: Local DAR Chapter Provides Patriotic Service

Hungerford’s Tavern chapter encourages new members.

On June 7, 1974, the Hungerford’s Tavern Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was founded in Potomac. Ever since the organization was begun, they have provided patriotic service to the nation, the state and community. Their motto, “God, Home and Country” serves to define their mission: dedication to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.

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Potomac: Churchill To Present ‘Blast from the Past 27’

Musical performances to revolve around “elements” theme.

Earth, wind, fire, water — these elements have influenced culture throughout history as well as music since society’s early beginnings. “Blast From the Past 27 – Elements” will present a testimony to their power through vocals and dance performances of songs such as “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, “Rain” by the Beatles, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis and “I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King.

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Potomac: Police Rescue Injured American Bald Eagle

An injured American bald eagle was recovered in the area of River Road and Riverwood Drive on March 3 at approximately 8:45 a.m. According to Montgomery County Police, Animals Services Division Officer Jennifer Gill responded to the area and was met with a resident who had observed the eagle walk into the woods.

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Arlington County Board To Consider Rosslyn Redevelopment Plan

Rezoning and phased development to be reviewed.

The aging Rosslyn Plaza Park could be undergoing a massive overhaul after the upcoming March 12 County Board meeting.

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Arlington: High-Occupancy Discussion

Arlingtonians share concerns about upcoming I-66 expansion.

After a year of meetings and hearings, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is beginning to move into the final phase of outreach for the I-66 transformation projects. At a regional level, most of the criticism was centered around the new tolling and extended High Occupancy Vehicle restrictions. For Arlington, the concerns are a little different.

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Arlington Freedom Rider Remembers the Struggle

“If you’re going to die, make it worthwhile.”

Joan Mulholland says she was born in the South but she began to recognize in the 1950s about the divide between the races and wonder how she could change things.

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Arlington Snapshot: At Gala

Five singers set the stage for Opera Nova’s production of “Treemonisha” in the fall with a gala fund-raising brunch on March 5 at the Washington Golf & Country Club in Arlington. The abbreviated Scott Joplin opera will be performed for as many as 3,500 school children in the fall at Thomas Jefferson Community Theater.

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Arlington Snapshot: Protecting Personal Security and the Environment

Arlington’s Solid Waste Bureau offers “free paper document shredding” every month. Watch old medical records, credit card receipts, tax returns, and the like being turned into harmless confetti. It is enough to make an identity thief cry. Scraps are recycled, so some trees are also saved. The shredding takes place on the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the county yard, 4300 29th Street, South (near Shirlington, off South Arlington Mill Road). Next event is April 2.

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Arlington Snapshot: ‘The True Adventures of Pinocchio’ To Open Thursday

“The True Adventures of Pinocchio,” the Yorktown spring production, will be staged March 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m., with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on March 12. Tickets are $10 at the door and are available at Premium tickets with reserved seating are $50 each, and there is a 6 p.m. pre-show dinner cafe for $10. On Saturday, March 12, there will be an ice cream social with the cast immediately following the matinee, at a cost of $3.

Arlington Thrive Board Appoints Schneider as Executive Director

Arlington resident grew up here steeped in a tradition of community involvement.

Andrew Schneider said he grew up in a home in Arlington which was already very community oriented. His mother worked for Habitat for Humanity.

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Novel’s Authors To Sign ‘High Hand’ in Clarendon

Three writers create a political thriller.

It’s not often that an award-winning journalist, a world-renowned scientist and a retired senior government official come together to write a spy thriller.

Tuesday, March 8

Commentary: Supervisor Hudgins on Proposed County Budget

“I remain committed to all our county residents and to our school system and would like to share the following information.

Volunteer Events and Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities in Fairfax County.

Letter: Lifting Stigma from Drug Users

To the Editor

I believe that your in-depth look at Northern Virginia’s heroin subculture (“Police Arrest 20 for Heroin Use in One Day,” Connection, March 2-8, 2016) ) was a step in the right direction towards helping to lift the stigma from drug users.

Letter: Questioning (Some) Rules

To the Editor

I have two children in the Fairfax County School System.

Laptop Donations in Fairfax County

Help homeless youth in Fairfax County by donating laptops and tablets. Donate a working laptop or tablet through Friday, March 11.

Washington International Horse Show Seeks Junior Committee Members

Washington International Horse Show seeks applications for the 2016 WIHS Youth Ambassador and Junior Committee programs. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 1.

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Vienna and McLean: Celebrating the Persian New Year

The Nowruz Festival will be held Sunday, March 13 at Tysons Corner Center.

Following 3,000 years of customs and traditions, the colorful Nowruz Festival -- the Persian New Year celebration -- will be held on Sunday, March 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Town of Vienna Police Department from Feb. 26 to March 3.

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Vienna: Umbria Olive Oil on Area Tables

From the rolling countryside of Umbria to the neighborhoods of Vienna, local oral surgeon brings the best of the best to local tables.

What do you call Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon” living out his alter-ego dream in a parallel universe --- overseeing production of 100 percent pure Italian olive oil and importing the finished product to the U.S?

Vienna: Capitol Steps to Perform at Madison High

Capitol Steps – the renowned political comedy troupe -- will perform at James Madison High School auditorium on Sunday, March 13, at 4 p.m.

Vienna: Elegant Temptations

Sweet secrets of Silva’s Patisserie in Vienna.

Probably the most delightful gift comes wrapped in sugar, or chocolate or a sweet glaze.

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Reston Chorale to Perform in McLean

Choral Splendor II: Music of France on Sunday, March 13, at Saint Luke Catholic Church.

The Reston Chorale will present Choral Splendor II: Music of France, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, at Saint Luke Catholic Church (7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean).

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean.

McLean: Maddy Clark of McLean Wins Young Songwriters Award

The second annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards, produced by the Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District, concluded on Friday night with a live concert performed by the competition’s finalists and an announcement of the winning songwriters.

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police Blotter from Feb. 29 to March 4.

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McLean: Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

Churchill Road students celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 112th birthday.

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McLean: 100 Days Smarter

Churchill Road kindergarteners celebrated the 100th day of school by writing about why they are 100 days smarter, counting to 100 and creating art projects with 100 items.

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McLean: Finding Love, Friendship and Family, A Cappies Review

Oakcrest School's production of “Anne of Green Gables: The Musical.”

A precocious and spunky orphan with red hair, a wild imagination, and a name that begins with "A"?

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls.

Fashion Show to Support Scholarships for Women

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors continues to support women’s education.

The Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund (GFFNSF) is raising money to provide scholarships to women, continuing its long-standing tradition of giving back to the community.

Letter: Protecting Arts Programs in Schools

To the Editor

After reading the article, “Fairfax County: Parents, Community Supporters Rally to ‘Invest in Kids’ by Tim Peterson (Connection, February 18-24), spending on public education is clearly becoming a huge concern.

GFHoops Wraps Up the Season, Donates to Haiti Children

Great Falls Basketball wrapped up their season this past weekend with a double elimination tournament, All-Star games, scholarship awards and by giving the gift of health to Haitian school children.

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Great Falls: Jill Banks Exhibits at Katie's Coffee

"Witness: Close Encounters of the Painting Kind," award-winning oil painter Jill Banks' solo exhibit.

Great Falls: Battling Pain with Courage

Former Langley phenom deals with painful and potentially life threatening effects of UV rays.

JT von Seggern knows how to deal with pain and adversity. He has lived with it every day by just walking outside into the sunshine.

Editorial: Making Good Choices on Saint Patrick’s Day

Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), will offer the 2016 St. Patty’s Day SoberRide program, providing free cab rides to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area next Thursday, March 17.

Editorial: Bringing Back the Electric Chair

In a world: Barbaric.

No doubt Virginia and Texas will be the last two states to continue with the death penalty until, inevitably, evolving standards of decency lead the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

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Nanny Suites Add Value

High-end live-in quarters attract au pairs and can increase property values.

When Peggy Delinois Hamilton relocated to the Washington, D.C. area and began working full-time after spending eight years as an at-home mother of two children, childcare was one of her top concerns.

Remodeled Home Tour Set for March 12

Home evolves from center hall colonial to open plan with boldly original finishes.

To satisfy a couple's evolving lifestyle requirements, Sun Design Remodeling dramatically reconfigured the home's first level, introducing a “kitchen-centric” plan that better supports everyday uses and entertainment needs.

Potomac Letter: Warning Signs For Artificial Turf

Letter to the Editor

The following open letter was addressed State Del. Aruna Miller.

Potomac Letter: Address Intersection

Letter to the Editor

We are writing to you concerning the recent fatal crash at the intersection of River Road (MD 190) and Pyle Road/Braeburn Parkway in Bethesda that took the lives of three members of our community. As representatives of the area at the state and county levels, we believe that traffic and pedestrian safety issues at this intersection must be more comprehensively addressed.

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Buying or Selling?

A primer for doing either and avoiding pitfalls.

Here we are, once again right on the heels of the spring/summer real estate season when it seems like “For Sale” signs become the most common lawn ornament or condo window decoration.

Arlington Letter: Taking Care of All Students

Letter to the Editor

The following letter was sent to Arlington Public Schools’ families and staff.

Arlington Letter: Primary Contrast

Letter to the Editor

Virginia Democrats have now had their say and we congratulate Hillary Clinton on her victory in [Virginia’s March 1] primary. And we thank Bernie Sanders as well for continuing to run a strong, issue-focused campaign.

Column: Governor’s First Vetoes and Ongoing Supreme Court Battle


The 2016 General Assembly will be wrapping up its work this week, and of the more than 3,200 bills and resolutions that were introduced, over 1,350 pieces of legislation have passed both chambers. Those bills are now on their way to Governor McAuliffe’s desk, who has 7 or 30 days to act on them depending on how close to the end of session they passed. The Governor has approved many of these measures but he has also issued vetoes for a handful of bills that he believes are unnecessary or unconstitutional.

Arlington Column: State Budget Takes Shape


This past Sunday, the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees unveiled their $109 billion budget proposals for the upcoming biennium.

Teen Trafficking Awareness Event in Springfield

West Springfield High School and Just Ask Prevention Project will hold an awareness night to address the issue of sex trafficking in the region on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield.

FCPS Students Named to 2016 Virginia Honors Choir

High school and middle school students named to honors choir.

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Potomac: Whitman Boys’ Basketball Wins Region Championship

Diboti-Lobe scores 29 in overtime win over Clarksburg.

The Whitman boys' basketball team won the 4A West region championship.

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Arlington: Parks Helps Wakefield Earn State Quarterfinal Victory

Warriors advance to state final four, will face L.C. Bird.

The Wakefield boys' basketball team defeated Deep Run on Saturday.

Herndon Girls’ Basketball Wins Program’s First State Tournament Game

Hornets to face Cosby today in state semifinals at VCU.

The Herndon girls' basketball team upset 6A South region champion Woodside in the state quarterfinals on Friday.

Great Falls: Galiani’s Clutch Shot Sends Langley to State Semis

Saxons to face Oakton today at VCU.

The Langley girls' basketball team beat Landstown in the state quarterfinals on Saturday.

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Vienna: Hot Start Propels Oakton to State Semifinals

Cougars open with 20-2 run against Woodbridge.

The Oakton girls' basketball team beat Woodbridge in the 6A state quarterfinals.

Monday, March 7

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Burke and Fairfax: Super Tuesday 2016 Viewpoints

Who did you vote for, and what are some of the most important issues for you in this election?

John Kasich. He’s the more moderate option. I really don’t want Trump to win and I want a more moderate fiscal budget, with more equitable wealth distribution.

Clifton: Super Tuesday 2016 Viewpoints

Who did you vote for and what are some of the most important issues to you in this election?

It’s important that populist leaders make logical choices, instead of emotional choices. We need someone who will lead our country, make sound decisions, have an actual plan.

Springfield: Super Tuesday Viewpoints

Who did you vote for, and what are some of the most important issues to you in this election?

Marco Rubio. I like what he stands for, the way he’s handled himself so far.

Potomac Snapshot: Sharing Stories

On Saturday, Feb. 27, the Potomac Library closed out its activities for Library Lover’s Month with a visit by story-book character Llama Llama. Above are Holy Gebremariam, Llama Llama, and Maria Velez.

Saturday, March 5

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Mount Vernon: ACCT Stages ‘Little Women’

Classic tale traces lives and loves of four sisters during the Civil War.

Aldersgate Church Community Theatre (ACCT) is putting on "Little Women" from March 4-20. Written by Louisa May Alcott, the story traces the lives and loves of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. During the Civil War, their father is away serving in the army, leaving his "little women" in the care of their mother. The family, headed by Marmee, must struggle to make ends meet with the help of their wealthy neighbor, Mr. Lawrence, and his high-spirited grandson, Laurie.

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Alexandria: A Fast-Paced Romp through the Bard's 37 Plays

LTA presents “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).”

The Little Theater of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting the "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" from Feb. 27 to March 19. The show where the cast plays themselves is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's 37 plays in 97 minutes. It was also London's longest-running comedy, having clocked nine years in London's West End.

Mount Vernon Letter: A ‘Free-for-All’ of Guns

Letter to the Editor

Once more, H. Jay Spiegel [Letter, “Wrong Side of the Issues,” Feb. 25] has made it clear that he doesn’t agree with state Sen. Scott Surovell, notwithstanding the voters of his district repeatedly re-electing him as delegate and electing him as senator.

Mount Vernon Letter: Ospreys Up Close

Letter to the Editor

In 2013, I installed a camera in the osprey nest behind my home and established a web page where those interested in these birds could view their activities.

Mount Vernon Letter: Mainstream Representation

Letter to the Editor

I thought the letter [“Wrong Side of the Issues,” Feb. 25] from Jay Spiegel criticizing state Sen. Scott Surovell was markedly offbase.

Mount Vernon Column: The Senate Budget Emerges


This week, the seventh of this session of the Virginia General Assembly, both the Senate and House of Delegates are considering the state’s two-year budget. After each house passes a budget, a joint conference committee resolves the differences. The Senate budget has good news and bad news.

Mount Vernon Column: Accelerating into the Future


This past Saturday, I had the privilege of conducting the annual Mount Vernon Town Meeting for the first time.

Mount Vernon Column: Ups and Downs of the House Budget


This past Thursday, the House of Delegates passed the 2016-2018 state budget in a bipartisan 98 to 2 vote. This new budget addresses important needs in the Commonwealth, such as an additional $1 billion in education spending.

Alexandria Obituary: Alan Neal Rudd

Alan Neal Rudd, formerly of Alexandria, died Feb. 6, 2016. His family, friends, and professional colleagues remember him as a man of great kindness, sincerity, and integrity.

Alexandria Letter: Over 80 and Volunteering?

Commentary–Volunteer Alexandria

A poet/songwriter said, “Oh, how I hate to get up in the morning … Oh, how I hate to get out of bed. But the hardest blow of all is to hear the bugler call, ‘You’ve got get up, you’ve got to get up, you’ve got to get up! It’s morning …’” That’s my midnight serenade every Wednesday evening as I drift off to sleep.

Alexandria Letter: Council in Disarray

Letter to the Editor

For those who saw the City Council’s Public Hearing on Feb. 20, followed by a second meeting on the 23rd, they witnessed a group in total disarray.

Alexandria Letter: Improve Notification

Letter to the Editor

Monticello Park is renowned for its great diversity of migrating warblers and is possibly the best place to see them and other neo-tropical migrant songbirds in the entire metropolitan area.

Alexandria Letter: Maintain Healthy Hearts

Letter to the Editor

Take this time every year to take care of your heart. Each year heart disease affects more than 6.5 million American women and is responsible for one in four deaths.

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Alexandria Letter: Keep Tree Lights On

Letter to the Editor

I know there are very important projects happening around and in the city but I have an observation I would like to offer.

Alexandria Letter: Breaking Trust

Letter to the Editor

My home is two blocks from Ramsay Homes project. My neighbors and I had no problem with Ramsey Homes.

Alexandria Letter: Renaming City Streets

Letter to the Editor

In the late1950s the city’s Civil War Centennial Committee was tasked with a way to “commemorate” the approaching event. The committee proposed the restoration of Fort Ward — one of the Union forts that had surrounded the city from 1861-1865.

Alexandria Letter: Twinkling Lights Continue to Cheer

Letter to the Editor

I want to thank all my Old Town neighbors for keeping their Christmas lights on through the weary winter.

Alexandria Letter: In Playground Sandbox?

Letter to the Editor

I am appalled at the actions of some members of our City Council who appear to believe that incivility is the way to show that you are smart or clever.

Alexandria Letter: Battling Invasive Plants

Letter to the Editor

With regards to invasive plant management in Monticello Park, it is a mystery to me as to how some people can self identify as “avid birders” and have no awareness of the importance of a healthy eco-system made up of diverse native plants.

Alexandria Column: Exploring How To Live an Active and Rewarding Life

Senior Services of Alexandria teams up with AARP.

Everyone wants to live an active and rewarding life, and older adults are no exception. Retirement gives seniors the opportunity to step back, evaluate their priorities, and choose where we want to focus our time and energy.

Alexandria Column: What To Do To Create Lifelong Readers

Commentary–Reading Connection

March is National Reading Awareness Month, which makes it a good time to review what we can do to best assure that our kids will become lifelong readers.

Alexandria Column: Duty, Honor, Country

American Legion celebrates 97 years.

As we celebrate the American Legion's 97th birthday on March 15, duty, honor and country are the three words that capture the story of the American Legion over its more than nine decades in existence. The duty that we have as Legionnaires is spelled out in the Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion. It’s our duty to “uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."

Mount Vernon Obituary: Claudia E. Gordon

Claudia J. Edwards Gordon, aged 58, died after a long disease, lupus and allied challenges and finally cancer, at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, with doctors and nurses and her husband, John W. Gordon, by her side. She was a fourth-generation Georgia lawyer whose cause in life was to represent those who needed help.

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Alexandria Snapshot: ‘The Beauty and the Beast’

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School will present "Beauty & the Beast: The Musical," March 4, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m.; March 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 See or call 703- 212-2950. Performers include (from left) Christian Corpening '18 as Lumiere, Darnell Clement '17 as the Beast, Sarah Wilton '16 as Cogsworth, Katie Connor '16 as Chip, Stephany Guadalupe '17 as Mrs. Potts, and Kyla Carney '17 as Belle.

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Alexandria: Renner Named St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal

John J. Renner, II was installed as the 2016 Alexandria St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal on Friday, Feb. 26.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: $18,000 Raised

The 2016 Wolverine Athletic Booster Club/PTSA/Fort Hunt Sportsmen's Valentine’s Dinner Dance Fundraiser attracted 180 West Potomac High School supporters who enjoyed dinner and dancing at the Mt. Vernon Country Club on Feb. 13.

Alexandria Votes Moderate

City residents favor Clinton, Rubio, and Kasich.

The ballots are hidden, but when he went to the polls at Lyles-Crouch Elementary School early on Super Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner made no secret of whom he was supporting.

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Mount Vernon: Arrest Follows Public’s Help in Identifying Suspect

Police credit community involvement.

Community members in Mount Vernon saw something and said something, working with patrol officers and detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department.

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Mount Vernon: Honored in Bankers Video Contest

West Potomac Academy student receives $2,500.

West Potomac Academy student Jackson Harvey placed second in a national video contest sponsored by the American Bankers Association Foundation.

Needlework Exhibition Now at Woodlawn

The 53rd annual Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition at Woodlawn Plantation began March 2 and runs until March 31.

Mount Vernon Brief: Jazzercise Aids Women in Need

Mt. Vernon Jazzercise recently raised $500 for Gifts of Hope, an alternative gift-giving program that serves as an intermediary between donors and organizations serving individuals and families in need in the D.C. metro area and internationally.

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Centreville: Westfield Boys' Basketball Returns to Winning Ways

Bulldogs beat C.D. Hylton in 6A state quarterfinals.

Westfield defeated C.D. Hylton in the state quarterfinals on Friday.

Friday, March 4

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Mount Vernon: County Picks Clinton and Rubio

But Trump joins Clinton in taking Virginia

Katie Hugo, daughter of Del. Tim Hugo (R-4?), turned 18 at the beginning of February and insisted she cast her first official vote with dad, who she said is the reason she’s involved and interested in politics.

Thursday, March 3

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Burke, Clifton, Fairfax Station and Springfield: Clinton and Trump Take Virginia on Super Tuesday

Rubio controls Fairfax County, Sanders supporters nearly doubled by Clinton voters.

Katie Hugo, daughter of Del. Tim Hugo (R-40), turned 18 at the beginning of February and insisted she cast her first official vote with dad, who she said is the reason she’s involved and interested in politics.

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Fairfax County: Commission Recognizes Outstanding Women in Government Work

Edwyna Wingo of the Chantilly area began her career with Fairfax County as a nurse in the Health Department on Sep. 1, 1965 and worked her last full day Oct. 1, 2011.

Three Florida Men Arrested in Springfield, Charged with Credit Card Fraud

Jermaine Butler, 29, Markeem Ho-Sang, 25, and Roderick Norman, 25, all residents of Miami Gardens, Fla., were arrested Thursday, Feb. 25 and charged with multiple counts of credit card fraud and possessing devices to forge credit cards.

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Police Arrest 20 for Heroin Use in One Day

Operation Save-a-Life offered low-level offenders the chance at recovery treatment rather than jail time.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, Fairfax County Police served 20 arrest warrants, all for possession and or distribution of heroin.

Small Lifestyle Changes Can Have Big Impact

Researchers found that moderate weight loss improves health.

Dropping as little as five percent of one’s body weight can lead to significant health improvements, according to a new study published in the Cell Metabolism journal.

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Managing Medication Can Be Challenging

“Let’s Talk about RxSM” helps seniors avoid prescription drug mishaps.

It was around 2 a.m. on a frigid winter night when Janet Russell was awakened from her sleep by the sound of woman calling for help.

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Four-Cent Tax Rate Increase, with Side of Vitriol

Reconsideration hours later gives same result; board will consider putting meals tax to referendum in November.

Tuesday morning, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted for a four-cent tax rate increase, advertising a tax rate of $1.13 per $100 of assessed value.

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Alexandria: Building on Giant’s Bones

Despite traffic concerns, Planning Commission green lights North Old Town development.

Currently, the city block between in North Old Town that formerly housed the Giant grocery store sits empty except for a lone ABC store.

Alexandria Brief: City Establishes 12-Person North Potomac Yard Advisory Group

At the Feb. 23 City Council meeting, the council voted to establish an Ad Hoc North Potomac Yard Advisory Group.

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Lorton: ‘Warrior Art’ on Display

Workhouse creating arts opportunities for active and retired Service members.

A year ago, the Workhouse Arts Center launched a “Military and the Arts Initiative.” It was initially a collaboration with Fort Belvoir, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC).

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Opportunities for Alexandrians

City job fair centers around entry level positions.

If you host it, they will come. While 3.4 percent unemployment in Alexandria is slightly below the 3.9 percent average for Northern Virginia, it still leaves 3,381 Alexandrians unemployed.

Alexandria: Reynes Shares Something Sweet

People at Work

Julie Reynes walks down the ramp and pushes the buzzer at the side door of Harris Teeter on N. Saint Asaph Street. She checks in with Ashley Bigelow, the store's receiver, who verifies that the quantity of dates matches the invoice. Reynes pushes through a door that brings her out in the back side of the long glass deli case.

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Alexandria: SOLA Bids Farewell to Kluge

“There is no question my heart is here in Alexandria.”— ASO maestro Kim Allen Kluge

The Symphony League of Alexandria held its 29th annual Symphony Ball and Auction Feb. 27, celebrating Maestro Kim Allen Kluge’s 28th and final year at the helm of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

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Lorton: A Gathering of Eagles

As many as 100 bald eagles feasting on fish in Pohick Bay; go see them now.

A large gathering of bald eagles has congregated around Pohick Bay in southeastern Fairfax County recently.

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Presentation on Putin at George Mason University

Distinguished Russian scholar and lecturer, Dr. William E. Pomeranz, addressed members of the George Mason community last week on the current political climate created by President Vladimir Putin in light of recent Russian actions in Syria and Ukraine.

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Alexandria Snapshot: In Honor of Washington's 284th birthday

At the George Washington's birthday celebration on Feb. 22 at the Duncan Branch, Alexandria Library, are (from left) Thomas Darcy (portrayed by Terry Zerwick); a man in service to John Dalton, close friend of George Washington (Danny Smith); John Carlyle (Chuck Aldridge); and Adam Stephen, one of Washington's lieutenants in the French and Indian War (Philip Smucker).

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Alexandria: Talking with Mrs. Washington

Martha pays a visit to Lloyd House.

America’s first First Lady made a visit to Alexandria Feb. 27, holding court at Lloyd House as part of the Talking With Washington series and celebration of George Washington’s birthday.

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Inner Peace Through Dance and Movement

Richmond Ballet II and Pulitzer Prize winner Sarah Kaufman at the JCCNV

Movement and dance are beautiful to behold.

Alexandria: Mother Keeps Positive, Trusting Baby’s Medical Team

“It was so hard for me to not think of the worst case scenario.” –Loren DePina

Before Loren DePina of Alexandria gave birth to her preemie son Cameron last year, who arrived a terrifying and alarming 10 weeks early, she assumed that her experience potty-training her oldest son would go down as one of the most challenging times in her personal parenting history. Today, DePina laughs at how much stress she felt during the toilet training process.

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Fairfax: Sisson Presents Proposed FY 2017 City Budget

Recommends 2.7-cent real estate tax rate hike.

Think it’s tough balancing a household budget? Try dealing with one that is more than $166 million.

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Alexandria Snapshot: 'Tis the Season

Members of Girl Scout Troop 2825 from Belle View Elementary School sell cookies in Old Town Feb. 27 as the organization’s cookie drive gets underway across the nation.

Burke Area Roundups

Weekly happenings in Burke

Wednesday, March 2

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FTC Robotics Team Heads to East Super-Regional Championship

The rookie “Techie Titans”, a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team from Nova Labs Robotics of Reston advanced to state championships in both Virginia and Maryland with multiple awards from regional tournaments.

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Welcoming Spring in Reston

Family events and activities to look for.

As spring approaches, Reston will host a variety of events in early March.

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Reston GRACE Celebrates Youth Art Month

Art exhibits at Reston gallery dedicated to the area’s youth.

The GRACE Art gallery at Reston Town Center has an exhibit featuring works from students from schools participating in the Center’s signature art education program, GRACE Art.

Letter: Importance of Voting for RA Board

To the Editor

It is time for that annual RA ritual: The election of members to the RA Board of Directors.

Reston: Fighting for Founder’s Village Center

Jefferson Apartment Group’s proposal for Tall Oaks to occur after market and economic viability study in April.

Reston Association Board member Eve Thompson has been so surprised by the Jefferson Apartment Group’s response to community input on Tall Oaks Village Center that she coined a new land use term.

Reston: Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

Reston Association to hear Longwood Grove community’s problems with barking dogs.

Moira Callaghan and more than 80 people from Longwood Grove wrote Reston Association to ask for help with “nuisance barking” coming from Baron Cameron Dog Park.

Commentary: Bills and More Bills

When change is needed we need to be willing to make that change.

If past history provides any indication, the 2016 session of the General Assembly will have considered nearly 3,000 bills and resolutions before its 60-day session adjourns in early March.

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Reston, Herndon Polls See Steady Stream of Voters on Super Tuesday

“I believe this really is one of the most important elections in our lives.

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March Fun and Science in Herndon

Family friendly events and activities to look for.

As spring approaches, Herndon has several upcoming family friendly March events.

Letter: Arguing for Childfree Restaurants

To the Editor

Childfree restaurants need to exist in today’s society.

Classified Advertising March 2, 2016

Read the latest ads here!

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac To Face 6A South Champ Woodside

Wolverines suffer back-to-back losses at region tournament.

The West Potomac boys' basketball team is the No. 4 seed from the 6A North region.

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West Springfield Boys' Basketball Focused on ‘Big Prize’

Spartans to face Oscar Smith in state quarterfinals.

The West Springfield boys' basketball team is the 6A North region's No. 3 seed in the state tournament.

Herndon: Principal of the Year

Fairfax County Public Schools named Herndon Middle School Principal Justine Klena the 2016 Outstanding Principal.

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Three Potomac School Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized Potomac School seniors Ryan Kelly, Kevin O'Leary and Gianmarco Terrones as National Merit finalists.

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police Blotter from Feb. 23-26.

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McLean: Maffitt Hall Saved

Plans to renovate McLean Community Center back on track.

Following intervention from the county attorney, everybody on the Capital Facilities Committee and the McLean Community Center Governing Board got to vote.

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Snapshot: Centreville Garden Club

The new officers for the Centreville Garden Club are, from left, Sue Glover, vice president; Jennifer Thorpe, secretary; Georgie Evans, treasurer; Donna Heid, president. names in the paper. New members are welcome to learn the art of gardening and support civic projects. Visit

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Chantilly: Science Fair Project Creates Electricity from Wastewater

What if energy could be generated during the treatment of wastewater so that clean, renewable energy could be captured and used to dramatically reduce costs? This is the basic idea behind a winning science fair project that has earned a pair of Chantilly High School students a trip to the Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

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Centreville/Chantilly: State of the Station

A look at local crime, traffic and community engagement.

Basically, the Sully District is a safe place to live, and the men and women of the Sully District Police Station are doing everything they can to keep it that way. That was the overall message presented by Capt. Bob Blakley, the station commander, and others during the annual State of the Station report to the community.

Rochefort: Officer of the Year

Wrote third-highest number of traffic tickets in the county.

PFC Brian G. Rochefort has been named the Sully District Police Station’s 2015 Officer of the Year. And although he couldn’t be present to receive his award, he was honored during the Feb. 10 meeting of the station’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

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Chantilly: Hong Named Officer of Month

Someone who’s hit the ground running and quickly made an impression on his supervisors, Sully District Police Officer John J. Hong was recently recognized as the Officer of the Month. He was honored at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Sully District Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

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Potomac: Thousands Seek Traffic Light Following Fatal Collision

Police investigating accident.

Following the fatal collision at River Road and Pyle Road on Saturday night , Feb. 27, an online petition attracting more than 3,000 signatures is calling for a traffic light at that intersection.

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Legally Blonde: Legally Fun

Bullis students take show on the road.

Bullis’ Theatre Department gave residents at Manor Care Potomac a surprise performance of songs for “Legally Blonde: the Musical,” on Feb. 10 at Manor Care on Potomac Tennis Lane.

Potomac Brief: Law To Combat Human Trafficking Now in Effect

A bill to combat human trafficking by implementing civil fines for buyers of sex became law in Montgomery County this week. Bill 39-15 was introduced by Montgomery County Councilmembers Tom Hucker and Craig Rice and was unanimously approved by the council.

Potomac Brief: High School Juniors/Seniors Sought as Election Judges

The Montgomery County Board of Elections “Future Vote” Program is seeking high school juniors/seniors to serve as paid election judges at polling places for the Presidential Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, April 26.

Potomac Brief: Report Addresses School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Montgomery County Council received the Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) report on “The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Montgomery County” on March 1.

Arlington: County Board Clashes Over Playground Construction

If there’s one place in Arlington where you're likely to see more arguments than at a playground, it's the County Board. An argument between neighborhood residents against their civic association and the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee escalated to a disagreement between members of the County Board, but one that ended with unanimous approval.

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Arlington: Minding the Budget Gap

Quick look at the Arlington County Schools budget.

Arlington County has a revenue sharing agreement with the school system, where the schools automatically receive 46.5 percent of the local taxes revenue.

Arlington: Draft Childcare Regulations Withdrawn

Controversy forces County Board to reconsider regulations.

The Arlington County Board on Feb. 23 pulled draft revisions of Chapter 52 child care regulations from the public comment website after voluminous comments, "some quite pointed," had been received criticizing a number of the draft provisions.

Tuesday, March 1

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Reston: Northern Virginia Restaurant Week

56 Restaurants in Northern Virginia Restaurant Week

From March 7 to 14, the third Northern Virginia Restaurant Week (NOVA Restaurant Week) will showcase many local eating establishments. Some 56 restaurants are expected to participate.

Centreville: Westfield in Need of ‘Soul Searching’ After Loss

Bulldogs to face Hylton in state quarterfinals Friday at Robinson.

The Westfield boys' basketball team finished region runner-up.

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Vienna: Oakton Girls’ Basketball Repeats as Region Champion

Cougars will face Woodbridge in state quarterfinals.

The Oakton girls' basketball team won its second straight region title.

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McLean: Bomb Threat

Students sent home after reported bomb threat at McLean High School; nothing suspicious found.

Fairfax County Police’s first responders reported to McLean High School Monday, Feb. 29 for a “reported bomb threat,” according to police tweets. “School is closing, kids to be bussed home.”

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McLean: Truly ‘Wunderbar’, A Cappies Review

Madeira School presents “Kiss Me Kate.”

Taking the themes of Shakespeare and putting them into an upbeat, lively show, the Madeira School's performance of “Kiss Me Kate” was truly "Wunderbar!"

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Great Falls: Langley to Face Landstown in State Quarterfinals

Saxons beat Herndon in region third-place game.

The Langley girls' basketball team placed third in the 6A North region.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls

Irish Countryside in Great Falls

The Old Brogue celebrates 35th anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day with painting of Irish countryside by Great Falls artist.

Mike Kearney opened The Old Brogue in Great Falls on St. Patrick’s Day in 1981.

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Potomac: Whitman’s Oppenheim Beats Buzzer, B-CC

Vikings will host Blair Wednesday in section final.

The Whitman boys' basketball team beat B-CC 48-47 on Monday.

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Arlington: Changes Proposed for ART Local Bus Routes

Public input sought.

Arlington has developed draft recommendations to improve bus service in the county. The 10-year transit development plan for ART and Metrobus routes contains proposals for 36 routes to enhance or restructure their services. One of these proposals would be a headway-based route that would connect Skyline, Pentagon City and Crystal City.

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Arlington Snapshot: Blood Drive Results

More than 80 people participated in a Feb. 21 blood drive hosted by the Boy Scouts from Troop 111 at St. Agnes Parish Center. Seventy-three 73 pints of blood were collected.

Arlington Obituary: Estela Cristina (Vila) Gibbon

Estela Cristina Gibbon, age 103, of Arlington, died on Jan. 15, 2016, with her family at her side in the Falls Church Sunrise. Estela was born in Santiago, Dominica Republic on May 15, 1912.

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Arlington Resident Revels in ‘Car-lessness’

Being car-free is the new normal for younger generation.

In a world with too many cares, having no car means one less headache. Katy Lang is an example of the trend among “under 30s” Arlington residents: they don’t have a car. Lang became “carless” over five years ago. Lang is an organization development consultant for the American Chemical Society, downtown.

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Report: Striking Increase in Arlington Residents Seeking Assistance

Arlington safety-net report draws crowd.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 17,000 Arlington residents are living at or below the Federal poverty level of $24,250 for a household of four.