Stories for May 2016

Stories for May 2016


Tuesday, May 31

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DAR Presents Junior ROTC Medal

Janet Crowl, Regent of Providence Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), presented the DAR ROTC Bronze Award to Cadet Major Alicia E. Cho at the Air Force Junior ROTC Pass-in-Review ceremony on May 7.

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Snapshot: Silver Beaver Award

Randy Young (left) and Joe Swartz were recognized for their Scouting efforts to Scouting, to youth, and to the community by being presented with the Silver Beaver Award at the National Capital Area Council's Annual Court of Honor for the Boy Scouts of America.

Centreville: Cohen, Mangrum Engaged

Mr. Robert and Mrs. Donna Cohen of Lake Luzerne, N.Y., formerly of Centreville, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dr. Courtney A. Cohen, to Mr. James Mangrum, son of Mr. Bobby and Mrs. Amy Mangrum of Woolwine, Va.

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eCybermission Team Heads to Nationals

Students submit project on RSI awareness and hand stretching exercises.

Four sixth-graders from Greenbriar West Elementary School have been selected as national finalists for the eCybermission competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association.

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Trash Bins Remind People: ‘Drive 25’

Speeding in residential neighborhoods is a common problem throughout Fairfax County, and the local area is no exception.

Sully District: Tessema Named Officer of the Month

Police Officer Robel Tessema has been recognized as the Officer of the Month for March.

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Centreville: ‘I’m Doing OK; No One’s Hurt’

Two-alarm, Centreville house fire does $82,810 damage.

A two-alarm house fire in Centreville last week displaced a family of three and caused nearly $83,000 damage, according to fire officials.

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Centreville: Local Group Brings History to Life

Bull Run Civil War Round Table celebrates 25th anniversary.

The Bull Run Civil War Round Table invites the public to a special program to help celebrate its 25th anniversary on Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m., at the Centreville Regional Library.

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Potomac: Trunnell Holds Open House in Honor of 80th Anniversary

Dozens of well-wishers gathered on Tuesday, May 17, at Trunnell Electric’s 80th anniversary open house at its Rockville headquarters.

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Potomac: MPT Salutes Local Hero

... and all Vietnam War veterans.

Retired Navy Captain Michael Cronin graduated in 1963 from the Naval Academy from pilot training in Cecil Field, Fla. in 1965.

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Potomac: KEEN Sportsfestival Returns Sunday

Still time to volunteer.

On Sunday, June 5, the fields of Avenel’s Community Park will come alive with the squeals, grunts, cheers and high-fives of more than 500 athletes vying in tug-of-wars, kick-ball, volleyball and obstacle course challenges. The KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) Sportsfestival 2016 is an annual afternoon of activities and games for children and young adults with disabilities, their volunteer coaches, family members and supporters.

Arlington: Luke Sends Balloon to Heaven to Honor Dad

TAPS sponsors five-day event over Memorial Day.

Luke Carron sat at the edge of the astroturf waiting for the balloon release that will carry the note to his father in heaven.

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Rolling Thunder Rides Through Arlington

Thousands come out for annual motorcycle rally.

Thousands of bikers filled the Pentagon parking lots before roaring out of the north entrance, driving across the Arlington Memorial Bridge and around the National Mall, before their final stop in West Potomac Park.

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Arlington: Neighbors, Colleagues Honor Firefighters of Hall’s Hill

Reunion of firefighters, families, and neighbors was tribute to early firefighters.

“How did I keep up a positive attitude despite segregation? I believe most of us wanted to prove that we were as good or better than the other firefighters in the county,” said Hartman Reed.

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Arlington: Project Made Winter Warmer

Students organized gloves, hat and scarf drive.

The students in Mrs. Byron’s and Mrs. Kirsch’s TA [home room], at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, completed their IB community project by doing a gloves, hat, and scarf drive.

Arlington: ‘Family Is Family’ in 'La Cage Aux Folles'

Signature stages gender-bending musical comedy “La Cage Aux Folles.”

Signature Theatre in Arlington is staging "La Cage Aux Folles," a musical about family, identity and loving who you are, May 31 through July 10, 2016. The play is based on a book by Harvey Fierstein ("Newsies," "Kinky Boots") and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman ("Hello, Dolly!," "Mame").

Reston: South Lakes Softball Beats South County at Regionals

Seahawks advance to 6A North region semifinals.

The South Lakes softball team defeated South County 2-0 in eight innings on May 26.

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Chantilly Pitcher DiCesare Earns Nine-Inning Postseason Win

Chargers survive stellar effort from West Potomac’s Sara.

The Chantilly baseball team beat West Potomac on May 25.

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Honoring on Memorial Day in Great Falls

Community gathers at Great Falls Freedom Memorial to honor local fallen.

United States Air Force veteran Paul Quinn “didn’t intend to show this much emotion” during the Memorial Day Celebration Ceremony at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial.

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Arlington: Marymount Farmers Market Opens

The Marymount Farmers Market opened despite a steady rain on Saturday, May 21.

Monday, May 30

Reston: Surfing, Yoga, Films, Chalk, Blues and Ukes at Lake Anne

Lake Anne announces summer events schedule.

Lake Anne Plaza announced its line-up of new and popular summer events to take place on the Plaza.

Commentary: Legal Meaning of Sex Discrimination

Recently Attorney General Mark Herring issued an official opinion at my request and the requests of others as to the meaning of sex discrimination under Virginia law.

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Herndon: Wings of Magic

Help Herndon sign the Mayors for Monarchs pledge to increase monarch butterfly habitat and population.

Carol and Jay Hadlock take precise details to facilitate the birth of monarch butterflies in their Herndon home.

Herndon Garden Tour

Garden Tour approaches: Saturday, June 18, noon to 4 p.m.

Herndon enjoys cultivating community initiative. This year’s 2016 Herndon Garden Tour on Saturday, June 18 from noon to 4 p.m. is one budding example.

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Get Involved: Herndon’s Future Downtown

The Herndon Town Council wants the public’s feedback on two potential proposals for Town’s downtown.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Vienna Police report from May 20-26.

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Vienna: Some Are Hidden Gems, Others Star in Local Businesses

Throughout Vienna, small shops are loaded with a big fan-base.

From one end of Vienna to the other, there are small businesses loaded with a loyal customer-base who may not be famous – yet – in the community.

Letter: The Price of Littering

To the Editor

Did you know $11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean.

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McLean: Inspired for the ‘Best Issue Ahead’

McLean High student journalists win awards.

Two publications at McLean High School were recently recognized, due to outstanding student work, in this this year’s Virginia Association of Journalism Teacher and Advisers (VAJTA) competition and several other competitions.

Try Sweetbites of McLean

Owner-baker Sandra Panetta, from food truck to a fabulous bakery.

From a successful food truck to a fabulous bakery in McLean, owner and baker Sandra Panetta has taken sweet eats to a new and yummy level at Sweetbites.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly report from around Great Falls

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Great Falls: Sewage Hauled Elsewhere

Great Falls septic receiving site to close down on June 27; no alternative planned at this time.

Raw septic will no longer be hauled to Great Falls’ Colvin Run Septic Sewage Receiving Plant. The site will close down on June 27.

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Great Falls Library Celebrates 100th Anniversary of National Park System

Gail Péan, oil painter, invites the public to a reception on Friday, June 10, 4-6 p.m. to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System

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Promoting Tea Culture in Great Falls

Meet Laurie Bell, the owner of the Great Falls Tea Garden.

Tea-lovers may enjoy their morning brew, but maybe few know the history of the steaming cup that awakens the palate and starts their day. Historians quibble: was it the Indian prophet Prince Bodhi-Dharma in the early 500s AD?

Saturday, May 28

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'Carter One, Carter Two' Lead Centreville to Win Over Madison

Senior Bach homers, junior Egbers throws two-hit shutout.

The Centreville baseball team defeated Madison on Friday in the 6A North region quarterfinals.

Friday, May 27

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Alexandria Obituary: Captain Ryan Wojtanowski

Poet Laureate suffers massive heart attack.

Captain Ryan Wojtanowski, longtime head captain of the Dandy Dinner Boats in Alexandria, died suddenly May 26 after suffering a massive heart attack.

Thursday, May 26

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Clifton 5K a Success Despite Weather

Residents come together for night of running and fun despite poor weather.

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Fairfax: Promoting Native Plants

Volunteers plant 2,000 plants, 48 different species -- one-third grasses and two-thirds wild flowers.

Some 40 volunteers planted a pollinator meadow for two days last week on one acre of land adjacent to the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax.

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Fairfax: Mischief and Spies

Providence Players present comedy ‘Red Herring.’

Just in time to help divert an audience to escape from the real world comes “Red Herring” from the Providence Players.

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Meet Fairfax City Fire Chief John O’Neal.

Sporting nearly three decades of experience, John O’Neal became chief of the City of Fairfax Fire Department in January. But he wanted to be a firefighter ever since he was a boy, growing up in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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Burke and Springfield: History in Basements

Nathaniel Lee’s book inspires new look at railroads.

Nathaniel Lee was always inspired by the long history of trains and railroads. As a child he stumbled upon an abandoned train station while exploring the woods of Northern Virginia. “I grew up next to the railroad.

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Community Forum Series Focuses on Disability Services

For those unable to attend the Fairfax Area Disability Service Board’s monthly meetings, June will be an opportunity to voice concerns in person to board members regarding community disability services.

Burke: Area Girl Scouts Earn Highest Award

Maureen Sawyer of Burke is one of 11 Girl Scouts awarded a Gold Award Scholarship of $2,000 by the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital for her project titled Bridging the Gap: Increasing Awareness of Educational Poverty.

Commentary: Up Close and Personal with Marie, On Her Own Terms

Using an approach called Trauma-informed Care, Cornerstones helps clients create strategies and find solutions that offer them control, choice and hope.

Reston: Police Need Help in Identifying Reston Robbery Suspect

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division are investigating a commercial robbery that occurred in the 7-11 convenience store located at 2303 Soapstone Drive #C, on Friday, May 20.

Letter: Meals Tax, Where Will This End?

To the Editor

"Diversified revenue," Supervisor McKay hails the tax, as though it were some kind of blessing. Hunter Mill's Hudgins describes it as a "tool" -- a hammer?

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Reston: Splashes of Color with Rain

25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival showcased the work of 200 artists across the United States and Canada.

Talib Aleem of Reston brings his camera into waves big enough for him to get in. “If you want your images to be more, ‘Wow,’ you have to go where you can get more ‘Wow’ pictures,” said Aleem.

Commentary: Energy Sustainability and Resiliency in Virginia

Those who were concerned that the 2016 Energy, Sustainability and Resiliency conference sponsored by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation would be business as usual were in for a surprise.

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Herndon Hosts Second TEDxHerndon Event

Saturday, May 21, Herndon hosted its second TEDxHerndon event at Herndon Middle School. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences run by the private nonprofit Sapling Foundation.

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This Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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Herndon: Thanks for 40 Years, Miss Helen

Helen Guest has been the director at St. Timothy’s Pre-School more years than Carrie Manetto has been alive.

Herndon Festival Returns June 2-5

Event features free entertainment, fireworks and carnival

The 36th Annual Herndon Festival will be held June 2-5.

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Mount Vernon: Police Investigating Shooting Death of FCPS Employee

Tarreece John Sampson, 24, of Alexandria was found unresponsive around 2:20 a.m. the morning of May 20.

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Springfield: Suspects Arrested in May 21 Armed Robbery Case

Three days after an armed robbery and gunfight that broke out in Springfield’s Brookfield Plaza, Fairfax County Police announced Tuesday, May 24, that two men have been arrested in connection with the case.

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Rare Sun Blesses 44th Clifton Fairfax Homes Tour

Braun home breathes history and inviting warmth.

May 19 was far from the first time Richard and Jane Elizabeth Braun of Fairfax have opened up their home to numerous guests.

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Springfield Days Returns to the Sweet Spot

Market Expo, PetFest, Cardboard Regatta among community festivities.

Springfield resident Ron Hilbig’s small business Turtle Hill Originals was supposed to be a fun retirement job. Now in his second year of creating custom decorative mirrors, picture frames and treasures boxes, he still works full time as communications director at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield.

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Fairfax County shares plan for mitigating effects of Safe Track maintenance

Bracing for shutdown "surges" in face of Metro crisis

If you use Metrorail from Vienna or Reston or Tysons, be on notice: The Orange and Silver lines will be the first affected.

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Fairfax County: Supervisors Review Use of Force Guidelines

Public Safety Committee meets before June 21 vote: gun carry positions, release of information, body cameras discussed.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is standing by its Chief of Police and his department.

Fairfax County: Kaine Requests Funding for School Drinking Water Testing

FCPS developing testing plan; last test was 2004.

In response to the lead contamination of drinking water of Flint, Michigan, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined 24 other senators asking Congress for funding to have school drinking water tested for lead and other toxins.

Wednesday, May 25

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ViVa! Vienna! Returns Memorial Day Weekend

Rides, food, entertainment, kids’ activities and Memorial Day tribute celebrate community spirit.

What has 300-plus craft and merchandise vendors, dozens of carnival-food kiosks, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, more than 20 amusement rides for kids, and takes over the historic Church Street corridor for three days? The annual Memorial Day weekend festival, hosted by the Rotary Club of Vienna, ViVa! Vienna! does.

Week in McLean

Weekly news in McLean

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McLean: Nearing Consensus on Dead Run?

The beauty of Dead Run Stream Valley Park in McLean was on full display last Thursday, May 19.

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Revelers Brave the Rain for McLean Day

Despite pouring rain, McLean community celebrates 101st annual festival.

The 101st McLean Day, a family fun event, occurred on a rainy May 21 at Lewinsville Park.

Teen Character Honored at McLean Day

Outstanding Character Award for Teenagers presented at community festival.

The McLean Citizens Association presented the Outstanding Character Award for Teenagers at McLean Day on May 21 to recognize extraordinary community service.

Letter: ‘Meal Tax’ and Fiscal Responsibility

The never ending push for new revenue streams for Fairfax County with their tax and spend policies really knows no end.

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Golf Tournament to Benefit Great Falls Schools

On June 6, Celebrate Great Falls Foundation will hold the 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit three local elementary schools.

A Mindful Family

Family mindfulness meditation practices can bring calm to a hectic day.

Every evening after dinner and bath time, Elizabeth Rees, a Mount Vernon mother of three, instructs her children to lie on the floor keeping as still as possible. With soft tones, she recites a phrase, slowly and purposefully. These moments of serenity allow her family to release the chaos of the day.

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Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Graduation

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

After 10 weeks of education in the role of the Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy, 16 students graduated from the program.

Alexandria Resident Visited by Police After Redevelopment Criticism

After speaking out about Old Colony Inn, Marston visited by police.

Morrill “Bud” Marston is one of the residents who’d expressed dissatisfaction with the Old Colony Inn redevelopment, sometimes more vocally than his neighbors, but that’s never been uncommon at meetings surrounding new development in Old Town Alexandria.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac's Dillard Puts Away Conference 5 Champ Chantilly

Wolverines catcher Divine makes key pickoff throw in sixth inning.

The West Potomac softball team beat Chantilly in the regional tournament on Tuesday.

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Alexandria: Ethics Pledge Passes

Limited Code of Conduct and ethics reform.

For now, the Ethics Pledge battle is over. City Council received the Code of Conduct revisions and the proposed Ethics Pledge at its May 18 meeting, to be reviewed and to determine the next steps. But while Mayor Allison Silberberg had struggled for months to get reform pushed through opposition on the council, there was one last surprise: passing it.

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Alexandria: GospelFest Seeks To End Hunger with Song

Alexandria-gospelFEST brings people together.

Alexandria inaugurated a two-day gospel fest on May 20-21 at the Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center on Cameron Street. Alexandria-gospelFEST showcased Alexandria’s heritage of gospel music.

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Alexandria: Struggle and Survival at Beulah Baptist Church

Historic Highway Marker celebrates historic black Alexandria church.

Seven generations of pastors have passed through Beulah Baptist Church.

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Alexandria: TC Girls’ Soccer Beats Chantilly in 11-Round PK Shootout

Titans advance to face Patriot in 6A North region quarterfinals.

The T.C. Williams girls' soccer team beat Chantilly on Tuesday.

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Alexandria: Coldwell Banker Awards Top Associates

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced its top sales associates of 2015 at Blackwall Hitch in Old Town on Thursday, April 28.

Alexandria Snapshot: Volunteer Effort

More than 800 Rebuilding Together Alexandria volunteers spread out across the city on April 30 to provide free repairs and upgrades to more than 40 low-income homeowners during National Rebuilding Day, a national day of service with 10,000 volunteers nationwide focused on revitalizing communities.

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Alexandria: Saints Girls’ Lax Beats BI in State Championship

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes finishes season with 25-1 record.

The St. Stephen's & St. Agnes girls' lacrosse team won the state championship.

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McLean and Great Falls: Revisiting 1771 at Claude Moore Colonial Farm

Market Fair portrays 1771 Virginia farm life.

After driving past Tysons Corner, downtown McLean, and the CIA, visitors were transported back to 1771 Virginia by Claude Moore Colonial Farm’s Market Fair on May 22.

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Alexandria Snapshot: New Deputies

Seven new deputies with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office were sworn in on Thursday, May 19 at the Alexandria Courthouse.

Potomac: Churchill Boys’ Lax Falls to Severna Park in State Semifinals

Bulldogs end season with 16-2 record.

The Churchill boys' lacrosse team lost in the state semifinals.

Alexandria Snapshot: Recurring Extra Role

Five-year-old Alexandria City Public School student Reid Hershman, who is a kindergartener at Lyles-Crouch Elementary School in Old Town, has a recurring extra role on PBS’ Mercy Street season two.

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Alexandria: Hotel’s New Design and Restaurant

Kimpton Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria officially reopened its doors May 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception to show off a new design and restaurant.

Alexandria: Girl Scout Earns Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadette, Alessandra (“Ally") DelDonna, recently earned her Silver Award.

Alexandria: Free Cone Day Benefits CFNC

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day in Old Town — after 8,200 ice cream cones were scooped — raised $2,191.42 to support The Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC) on April 12.

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Burke: Bishop Pitches Bruins to Conference 7 Championship

Lake Braddock baseball wins second straight conference title.

The Lake Braddock baseball team won the Conference 7 championship.

Alexandria: Access National Bank Expanding into City

Access National Bank is expanding its branch network into Alexandria. The new office, located in the Carlyle District at 2050 Ballenger Ave. will open in late summer of 2016, pending customary approval by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Alexandria Letter: Unwise Move

Letter to the Editor

Several weeks ago, I mentioned some of the most pressing reasons why a new Metro Station should not be built in Potomac Yard.

Alexandria Letter: Diminishing Discourse

Letter to the Editor

Alexandria civic discourse is not well, and appears to be growing worse over time. Increasingly, people are comparing public meetings to an orchestra recital that consists of a cacophony of screeching tuning noises, followed by a brief minute of rehearsed music.

Alexandria Letter: In Memory, In Tribute

Letter to the Editor

As often as I have written of Memorial Day, I think of those who do not understand the importance of those who have stood in the line of duty for their country.

Alexandria Letter: Fundamental Problem

Letter to the Editor

Soon you will notice a large, uninspiring hotel sprout at the north entrance to the City of Alexandria.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Reminder

From cemeteries to front porches, American flags signal the commemoration of Memorial Day.

Editorial: Remembering on Memorial Day 2016

Observe a moment of silence.

On Memorial Day, we remember all of those who have died in military service, more than 400,000 in World War II, more than 30,000 in Korea, more than 50,000 in Vietnam.

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Alexandria: Business Leader Roger Machanic Dies at 83

Business leader, philanthropist helped shape city.

His name may not be familiar, but anyone walking the streets of Alexandria has seen the influence of Roger Machanic, the real estate developer behind The Montgomery Center in North Old Town and The Crilley Warehouse Executive Office Suites.

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Burke: Quashie’s OT Goal Gives Lake Braddock Conference 7 Title

Bruins beat T.C. Williams after surrendering pair of two-goal leads.

The Lake Braddock boys' soccer team won the Conference 7 championship.

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Alexandria: Faces of the Fallen

Vietnam Memorial seeking photos of 13 local veterans.

The name of Capt. Humbert Roque "Rocky" Versace is among the more than 58,000 soldiers memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

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Alexandria: Student Receives Peter Williams Memorial Scholarship

OTAC award honors its past president.

West Potomac High School senior Jarrod Denham was awarded $500 as the second annual recipient of the Peter Williams Memorial Scholarship during Old Town Alexandria Connections’ May 11 luncheon meeting at Belle Haven Country Club.

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Alexandria: C-SPAN Honors TC Student Documentary

Seniors explore for-profit prisons in America.

“Rubaiyat, Drew, and Jonathan? Worked with them for three years, and in those past three years I have seen them grow.”

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Burke: Robinson Boys' Lax Earns State Tournament Berth

Rams pull away from Yorktown in second quarter.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team beat Yorktown in the region quarterfinals.

Column: Packing for a Picnic in Alexandria

From The Old Town Boutique District

Yes, Virginia, there will be picnics in your life.

Alexandria Brief: UpCycle Now in Durant Arts Center

UpCycle Creative Reuse Center, a local Alexandria nonprofit, has moved to the Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. The new space has free parking, is handicap accessible and is located within a block of the King Street Metro.

Alexandria Brief: 30,000 Pounds of Paper Shredded

CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union members and residents from the Alexandria and Harrisonburg communities shredded more than 30,000 lbs. of paper at the credit union’s free, semi-annual community Shred Day event on April 16.

Alexandria Brief: Arrest in Belle Pre Way Homicide

Alexandria Police have charged a suspect with the homicide of Leon Williams, who died from injuries sustained during a shooting that occurred on Belle Pre Way on Oct. 7, 2015.

Alexandria Brief: Cava Grill’s Newest Location

Cava Grill recently opened its 16th restauraunt, located at 4513 Duke St., Alexandria.

Alexandria Brief: Burglar Sentenced to 10 Years Prison

Tonny Anthony Pitt, a 30-year-old resident of Washington, D.C., was sentenced on May 19 to serve 10 years in the penitentiary for statutory burglary while armed and 10 other counts. The case related to the burglary or vandalism of five different homes in Alexandria.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Snapshot: Black History Month Celebration

The Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria performed for the Black History Month Celebration by Music at NOVA at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria. Other entertainment included poetry, Martin Luther King, Jr. excerpt readings, NOVA Jazz Ensemble, NOVA Community Chorus and more.

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Burke: Robinson Girls’ Lax Comes Back to Beat Langley

Rams earn state playoff berth, advance to region semifinals.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team earned a state berth.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Girls on the Run To Help

For their community service impact project, the Girls on the Run (GOTR) Team at Belle View Elementary decided to provide school supplies and backpacks to benefit the Back to School program at United Community Ministries.

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ArtSpireVA: A Vision Realized

Gennifer DeFilippo had the same thought each year as she watched some of her dance students walk away from performing, from dancing, from the arts. The reasons varied.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Street Painting Festival

La Bella Strada, Del Ray’s first street painting festival, was held Saturday, May 14. The event was hosted by the parents of students who attend Del Ray Montessori School.

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Mount Vernon: Hands-on Approach to Helping the Community

Mount Vernon Physical Therapy provides community outreach.

Mount Vernon Physical Therapy is proud of providing healing and service to the community.

Alexandria Appetite: Lift a Glass at Vine on the Waterfront

Annual food and wine festival returns to Oronoco Bay Park in June.

Ahh, summertime: The perfect season for sipping wine and sampling food alongside the Potomac River, nestled within the confines of Old Town’s Oronoco Bay Park.

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Chantilly: Mustang Sally Brewing Company Holds Grand Opening

New Chantilly microbrewery fulfills owner’s dream.

Mustang Sally Brewing Company (MSB) located at 14140 Parke Long Ct. Chantilly, is holding its Grand Opening week with events from May 25 through May 29.

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Relay For Life to Help Find Cure for Cancer

Local Relay For Life event is June 11.

On the surface, walking around a track over and over may not seem too productive. But when done during the Relay for Life, it can make a world of difference to people battling cancer.

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Ninth Annual Reema Remembrance Cabaret Set for June 4

Providing entertainment and raising funds for students' in need.

Singing, dancing, comedy sketches, a silent auction, food and fun will take center stage when Westfield High and Angel Fund host a free event celebrating life and community through the arts. It’s slated for Saturday, June 4, in the Westfield auditorium, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

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Potomac: Churchill Junior Organizes CPR Workshop for Fellow Students

New law, cousin’s death inspires effort.

Churchill junior Noah Perales “a-ha” moment came as he was engaged in reading about Breanna’s Law in The Washington Post. He read that Maryland ninth-grade students will be required to learn CPR as a graduation requirement.

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Potomac: KEEN Athletes Enjoy Their First Prom

Event organized by Bullis KEEN Club members.

For the past two years, Bullis students Carly Morgan and Sabrina Epstein have changed the lives of numerous KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) athletes and their parents, as well as those of many Bullis students. Sabrina and Carly founded the Bullis KEEN Club, searching for students to volunteer their time every other Sunday to meet with KEEN participants with special needs.

Tuesday, May 24

Commentary: Mosquitos, Zika and a Healthy Summer

Zika virus spreads through the bite of infected Aedes mosquito, a type present in Virginia in summer.

As warm weather returns and the last days of school draw near, I’m sure that, like me, you’re looking forward to spending a lot of time outdoors this summer.

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Potomac Snapshot: Helping Victims

Six Rotary Clubs raised $6,000 to help six shooting victims (Montgomery Mall, Aspen Hill Giant and High Point High School) pay for burial, mortgage, and children's education.

Getting to a Healthy Lifestyle With Potomac Community Village

Bringing their combined education, expertise and experience in the fields of nutrition and exercise to Potomac residents, Jessica and David Murgueytio are the featured speakers at Potomac Community Village's (PCV) June 23 meeting.

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Potomac: Discovering Flora and Fauna at NPS Centennial

Event at Great Falls Tavern marked the Centennial of the National Park Service.

"For the Birds" took on a positive meaning this weekend as hundreds of scientists, students, teachers, and the general public explored and documented the birds and plants of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) National Historical Park at the Great Falls Tavern's Bird Blitz.

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Arlington Snapshot: Support Red Nose Day

Members of the Arlington Woman's Club showed off their Red Noses at their Shred Event last week in support of Red Nose Day, May 26, that helps underserved children with both school supplies and food, in the U.S. and overseas. Visit

Arlington Arts Center Selects New Executive Director

Holly Koons McCullough has been named the new executive director of the Arlington Arts Center (AAC). She brings more than 20 years of curatorial and administrative experience in the visual arts to AAC.

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Arlington: Foster Parents Celebrated at Gala Dinner

Foster parents were hesitant at first, now committed.

One of the attendees asked an honoree at the May 16 gala dinner for foster parents how long she and her husband had been foster parents.

Philippine Oriental Market: Food Lover’s Dream

A profile of Chef Evelyn Bunoan.

Most people drive by the Philippine Oriental Market on Lee Highway in Arlington and don’t recognize it as the go-to place for the local Filipino community. Why?

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Sixth-Inning Rally Lifts Chantilly Baseball to Conference 5 Championship

Chargers pitcher Wagner throws complete game against Centreville.

The Chantilly baseball team won the Conference 5 championship.

Monday, May 23

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Fairfax County: 15th Day Prom held for students with disabilities

Students’ bodies bounced, swayed and spun on the dance floor while the Black-Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” blared from towering speakers. In another room, glamorous girls and boutonniered boys waited in line to pose for a professional photographer. It was a prom.

Saturday, May 21

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Springfield: Robbery at Brookfield Plaza, 1 Person Shot

A person was shot during a robbery in Springfield on Saturday, May 21.

Friday, May 20

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 108 homes sold between $2,300,000-$212,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: April, 2016

Springfield Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 190 Springfield homes sold between $940,000-$165,900.

Springfield Home Sales: April, 2016

Reston Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 146 Reston homes sold between $1,600,000-$152,065.

Reston Home Sales: April, 2016

Potomac Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 58 Potomac homes sold between $3,020,000-$517,000.

Potomac Home Sales: April, 2016

Mount Vernon Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 138 homes sold between $1,450,000-$105,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: April, 2016

Week in Springfield

Weekly reports from the Springfield area.

McLean Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 97 homes sold between $4,150,000-$185,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: April, 2016

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 102 homes sold between $857,000-$159,600 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: April, 2016

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax

Great Falls Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 30 Great Falls homes sold between $2,853,307-$415,225.

Great Falls Home Sales: April, 2016

Fairfax Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 86 Fairfax homes sold between $1,248,000-$156,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: April, 2016

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Fashion in Motion Fashion Show in Fairfax

Fairfax Academy students showcase a year's worth of work at the Sherwood Center in Fairfax.

Chantilly Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 24 homes sold between $1,279,937-$204,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: April, 2016

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

In April, 2016, 97 homes sold between $1,850,000-$50,500 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 120 Centreville homes sold between $925,000-$92,500.

Centreville Home Sales: April, 2016

Burke Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 45 Burke homes sold between $742,500-$145,000.

Burke Home Sales: April, 2016

Arlington Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 264 Arlington homes sold between $2,391,430-$120,000.

Arlington Home Sales: April, 2016

Alexandria Home Sales: April, 2016

In April, 2016, 231 Alexandria homes sold between $2,500,000-$83,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: April, 2016

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Fairfax: ‘Honoring the Lives of Fallen Officers’

Chief Pardiny bicycles in Police Unity Tour.

Each May, law enforcement officers from around the country participate in the Police Unity Tour (PUT) bike ride in honor of their colleagues, nationwide, who’ve died in the line of duty.

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Fairfax: Earth Day Artists Shine

The annual Earth Day Art Show was held April 27 in the City Hall atrium.

Fairfax: Cappie Nominations are Announced

Fairfax High gets 18 and Paul VI, 4.

The 2915-2016 Cappie nominations for high school theater were released Monday, with Fairfax High receiving 18 nods and Paul VI High, 4.

Transportation Authority to Hold Hearing, Public Meetings

On June 9, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) will hold a Public Hearing on its Draft FY2017 Program.

Week in Burke

Weekly report from the Burke Area

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3 Food Trucks to Wish For in Alexandria

Now that City Council has permitted trucks in several places around town, here are three to keep an eye out for over the coming months.

With the Alexandria City Council’s decision last week to allow food trucks at designated areas on West Street, King Street, and Eisenhower Avenue, some new menus may be rolling into town over the coming weeks and months.

Thursday, May 19

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston

Letter: Here it Comes the ‘Tall Oaks Cluster’

The Tall Oaks developer held another community meeting with residents. The venue was the old grocery store space at Tall Oaks Village Center.

Commentary: Reston’s Disappearing Performing Arts Center

If you want to read a good book that will inform and entertain at the same time, get a copy of Kristina Alcorn’s “In His Own Words.”

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Reston: Dock Dogs Make a Big Splash at Lake Anne

It was a real dog day afternoon at Lake Anne in Reston, and yes, there literally was a lot of splashing going on!

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Herndon Police reports from May 2-8.

Herndon Elementary School Student Honored for Clean Air Initiative.

Jaeya Taxali, a sixth-grade student at Crossfield Elementary, gained her inspiration from the school bus ride home.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Vienna Police Reports from May 6-12.

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Fairfax County: Female Firefighters Share Experiences

Offering to bring balance into gender issue.

For five-year veteran firefighter-paramedic Alisha Reakoff, her “gender has been a non-issue” in her experience with the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department.

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Fairfax Station, Lorton, Springfield, Mount Vernon: Lawmakers Report on 2016 General Assembly

Diversifying the economy, expanding Medicaid and school funding discussed.

Del. Dave Albo (R-42) introduced himself as a rare breed, an elected official in Virginia who happens to also be a Republican.

Mount Vernon Letter: For All or None

Letter to the Editor

A Constitutional issue recently arose that is worthy of mention.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Help Odyssey of the Mind Team

Having succeeded at the Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on April 16 at Menchville High School in Newport News, Va., the West Potomac High School team advances to the World Final Odyssey of the Mind Competition from May 25-28 at Iowa State University.

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Mount Vernon: Krizek Tours DMV Lorton Center

Del. Paul Krizek (D-44) recently visited the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Lorton Customer Service Center to learn more about the agency’s operations and spend time with constituents.

Mount Vernon Letter: County Could Eliminate BZA

Letter to the Editor

I agree with Mr. Spiegel’s letter on “Evaluating Appointees” and do also have high hopes that Supervisor Storck does follow through with his stated commitment of appointing people to committees, boards, etc. that adhere to rules, regulations and codes.

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Cappies Review: A Vivid ‘Starlight Express’

“Starlight Express” was perfectly interpreted in West Potomac High School and vividly created the imaginary stories that happen among trains.

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Mount Vernon: Taking Ownership of Their Health and Fitness

Nine women buy Curves franchise.

Curves, an international health and fitness franchise, has been in Alexandria for more than a decade.

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Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Self Defense

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

The man arrives at the door. One second passes.

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Alexandria: Remembering Ronald Kirby

Alexandria honors slain transportation expert.

Originally, the Woodrow Wilson bridge was going to be a car only bridge, like the old drawbridge it replaced.

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Alexandria: Four Mile Run Restored

Natural habitats slowly return to Alexandria’s northern creek.

In the 1970s, Alexandria was desperate. Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, Four Mile Run along the city’s northern border with Arlington was flooding.

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Fairfax County School Board members respond to Obama transgender bathroom guidance

When a student in Fairfax County Public Schools identifies as transgender and they bring it to the attention of their school staff, the school brings in the student’s parents and together they work out a tailored bathroom plan: where to use single-stall facilities on campus that will make the student feel most comfortable.

Alexandria: Gearing Up for Bike to Work Day

Local cyclists share tips for new riders.

On May 20, expect to see more Alexandria commuters leaving the cars in the garage. The annual “Bike to Work” day encourages commuters to try out a car-free lifestyle, and some local experts are ready with tips for new riders.

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Inside AlexRenew

Early June eyed for AlexRenew field opening.

On the surface, the nearly completed park near the east end of Eisenhower Avenue looks like any soccer field.

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Alexandria Snapshot: ‘RED Day’

Each year on May 12, Keller Williams Associates devote their time and energy to helping a local charitable organization.

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Alexandria Snapshot: National Healthcare Decisions Day

Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare host its annual National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 29 to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Boat Club Flag-Raising Ceremony

The Old Dominion Boat Club, a waterfront institution in Alexandria since 1880, celebrated the start of the boating season with its annual flag raising on Sunday, May 15.

Alexandria Letter: Lower Speed Limit?

Letter to the Editor

I admit it ... I have speed limit envy.

Alexandria Letter: Addressing Airplane Noise

Letter to the Editor

The City of Alexandria shares the frustration expressed by Mr. Spar in his letter to the editor of April 29 regarding increased aircraft noise from flights out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). I hope the following facts will clarify the city’s role in dealing with aircraft noise.

Alexandria Letter: Value of Bike Lanes

Letter to the Editor

As someone who bikes between Old Town and Chinquapin several times a week, I like having the bike lanes on King Street, and hope that they can be extended further West on King Street (and the road re-surfaced for a smoother ride).

Alexandria Letter: Irregularities Affect Trust

Letter to the Editor

As residents of Canal Way and Pitt Street Station followed, in good faith, the city process for participating in the Old Colony renovation decision, a series of irregularities occurred.

Alexandria Letter: Focus on Safety Appreciated

Letter to the Editor

Patrick Henry Project decisions in April raised serious questions about the Alexandria City School Board’s decision-making priorities.

Alexandria Letter: Preventable Child Deaths

Letter to the Editor

On Mother’s Day this year, I was once again reminded how lucky I am to have a healthy daughter who was able to overcome a scary battle with pneumonia when she was only a few weeks old.

Alexandria Letter: Citizens’ Role In Ethics

Letter to the Editor

Since the Alexandria City Council chooses not to engage in discourse concerning a Citizen’s Ethics Commission, an inspector general, or an ombudsman, how is Alexandria planning to handle its ethics infractions? Other jurisdictions have faced up to this challenge, yet Alexandria remains mired in timidity and hesitation where the oversight of ethics is concerned.

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Alexandria: Fostering the Future Gala

New Orleans-themed evening raises $21,000.

The Fund for Alexandria’s Child held its annual Fostering the Future gala, raising more than $21,000 during an “Evening in the French Quarter” April 8 at the Hotel Monaco.

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Happy Birthday At Home in Alexandria

Author Judith Viorst joins Alexandria celebration.

Award-winning author Judith Viorst was on hand May 17 as At Home in Alexandria celebrated five years as the city’s only aging-in-place “village,” a network of services that allows older residents to remain in their homes.

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Alexandria: ACT Community BBQ Bash

3rd annual ‘No Speeches’ event celebrates local charities.

More than 260 people turned out May 16 for the third annual ACT for Alexandria Community BBQ Bash, an event to celebrate the philanthropic works of community organizations.

Alexandria: Honoring an Unsung Hero

APF donates K9 vest to French National Police.

The November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris left 137 dead and more than 368 injured. One of those victims was Diesel, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinos police dog for RAID, France’s anti-terrorist police unit.

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Alexandria Column: Giving Children Roots

Commentary–Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Despite the housing meltdown, homeownership remains an important investment tool for families and a source of long-term wealth.

Alexandria Mentor of the Month

Appreciating Milestones

Wright to Read provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and 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.

Alexandria Column: And So Much More

Commentary–Community Lodgings

Pop quiz!

Alexandria Brief: King-Beauregard Project to Begin

The City of Alexandria will soon begin the King-Beauregard Intersection Improvements Project which includes roadway and sidewalk improvements, as well as the construction of new medians and a 10-foot shared use path on portions of King Street.

Alexandria Brief: Two Indicted for Murder

On May 16, the Grand Jury for the City of Alexandria returned murder indictments against two men in the death of Eduardo Almandarez.

Alexandria Brief: Snapshot of Homelessness

The 2016 Annual Point-in-Time Count revealed 224 persons experiencing homelessness

Alexandria Brief: Fort Ward Park Improvements

The City of Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities in cooperation with the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, will be repaving the existing loop road and parking areas at Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Road.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Snapshot: Water Tables

Burgundy Farm Country Day School recently added a set of water tables to the Outdoor Classroom and Discovery Playground on campus.

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Robinson-Langley Postseason Matchup Arrives Earlier Than Expected

Undefeated Rams host one-loss Saxons tonight in 6A North quarterfinals.

The Robinson girls' lacrosse team will host Langley at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

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Robinson Boys' Lax to Host Yorktown with State Berth at Stake

Rams star Daniel still bothered by 2015 home loss to Patriots.

The Robinson boys' lacrosse team will host Yorktown at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the 6A North region quarterfinals.

Wednesday, May 18

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Mentoring Guides Foster Care Alum

“If God doesn’t have a plan for you, have a plan for yourself.” 

When foster children age out, that's when they need the most support. For Travis Parnell, he found a mentor in Keith Foxx, and he's hoping to pay it forward.

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Language Immersion for Young Children

Experts tout the benefits of an early start

When Martha Davis’ daughter Alice was ready for kindergarten, she decided to enroll her in a Spanish language immersion program.

Commentary: No Easy Answers to School Funding Challenge

After months of hard work and consideration of public feedback, the Board of Supervisors adopted its budget for 2017 late last month.

Commentary: Who is my neighbor?

You might be amazed to learn who around you was once homeless. It could be the person cleaning your teeth at the dentists’ office. Or the barista making your skinny latte.

Commentary: In Prom Season, Safety First

While we are all proud of our children for their accomplishments, especially those with graduation on the horizon, we must remember that safety is still the number one priority.

Editorial: In Search of Diversified Revenue

Fairfax County residents can expect to see meals tax question on November ballots.

The Meals Tax may be on Virginia ballots this November.

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Alexandria: TC Softball Earns First Region Berth in More Than 10 Years

Pitcher Stone leads Titans to victory over Mount Vernon.

The T.C. Williams softball team defeated Mount Vernon 2-1 on Monday.

Classified Advertising May 18 , 2016

Read the latest ads here!

Centreviile Brief: Body Found in Pond

Shortly after noon on Monday, May 16, Fairfax County Police officers were called to the 6200 block of Ridge Pond Road for the report of what appeared to be a body in a pond located behind an apartment building.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Advancing to National Competition

The Nysmith Science Bowl team — Vaibhav Sharma, Ajit Kadaveru, Anusha Allamsetty, Ishaan Kumar and Kaien Yang — won the Virginia Regional Science Bowl and advances to national competition. The team was awarded the winners trophy, individual medals and prize money in an over-sized check for $750.

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Cappies Review: More Than an Ordinary Dinner

Most dinner guests only stay for the evening, but in Chantilly High School's production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Sheridan Whiteside's unexpected stay brings chaos to the Stanley household. In this wacky tale of mischief and mayhem, the characters learn that good can come from the pandemonium of life.

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‘The Chance to Be Like Other Teens’

Students attend Day Prom at The Waterford in Fair Oaks.

At last week’s prom, the students attending ate pizza, visited with friends, danced and sang along with the music. But this wasn’t just any prom — it was the Day Prom for special-education students with intellectual disabilities.

Chantilly: Cappie Nominations

Westfield gets 11 and Chantilly, 6.

The 2015-2016 Cappie nominations for high-school theater were released Monday, with Chantilly and Westfield high schools receiving 17 nods between them. Chantilly performed the play, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” and Westfield put on the musical, “Footloose.” Centreville High didn’t enter this year’s competition.

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Potomac: Annual Strawberry Festival Returns Saturday

Potomac United Methodist Church hosts fundraiser event.

Spring has arrived and it is once again time for the Potomac United Methodist Church (PUMC) Strawberry Festival.

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Potomac: Students To Compete in Odyssey World Finals

Bells Mill students to compete in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Next week, the Rhino Team, composed of seven fifth-graders from Bells Mill Elementary School, will board a plane to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, determined to capture victory in the 2016 Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) World Finals competition.

Tuesday, May 17

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Potomac Snapshot: Open House

Bianca and Andrew Patton attended the recent open house at the Potomac Horse Center.

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Wind and Mud Compete at Potomac Hunt Races

Annual event attracts a crowd.

If you enjoy mud, incessant wind, scattered clouds and a 58-degree, May 15, temperature you would have loved the 64th annual running of the Potomac Hunt Races last Sunday at the Kiplinger’s “Bittersweet” field, Poolesvile.

Arlington: Building Better Businesses

County Board candidates talk commerce in local debate.

The core differences between the Democrats, and even the independent running for County Board, are slim. So when the three candidates met the evening of May 16 for a debate, the conversation centered around differing approaches to the same issues affecting the county.

Arlington: Gearing Up for Bike to Work Day

Local cyclists share tips for new riders.

On May 20, expect to see more Arlington commuters leaving the cars in the garage. Annual “Bike to Work” day encourages commuters to try out a car-free lifestyle, and some of the local experts are ready with tips for new riders.

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Arlington: Children's Chorus Performs 'El Sombrero Magico'

Little noticed in the bustling arts scene in the Washington area is a chorus of Arlington Spanish-speaking children who sing and cavort on stage.

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Arlington: Task Force Votes To Keep Fire Station 8 at Current Site

Questions continue about how to improve response times.

Attendees at the penultimate meeting on Fire Station 8 shook their heads.

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Potomac: Trunnell Electric Celebrates 80 Years

“Dad taught us that you can’t sit back in life and hope that somebody recognizes your raw talent. It doesn’t happen.”

Sitting in the living room of her Potomac home where she raised five sons, Jean Trunnell and her son Jack reflected on the family’s business, Trunnell Electric.

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Vienna: Madison Girls’ Lax Wins Sixth Straight Conference/District Championship

Warhawks knock off previously undefeated Langley in tournament final.

The Madison girls' lacrosse team beat Langley on Friday to win the Conference 6 title.

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Reston: South Lakes Boys’ Lax Wins First Conference Championship

Seahawks beat Yorktown in Conference 6 tournament final.

The South Lakes boys' lacrosse team beat Yorktown on Friday to win the Conference 6 title.

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Vienna: Teens Take Over Town Green with Song and Dance

Before the rain clouds opened up and strong winds agitated leafy trees in Vienna, there was music and dance on the Town Green, performed by teens for teens.

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Vienna Police Officers Honored

On May 6, Officer Ara Post and Brad Reedy were honored for their enforcement efforts against drunk and impaired driving.

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Meals Tax? Ballot Possibility

Board of Supervisors potentially set to approve meals tax ballot question on June 7.

A majority of The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voiced support last week for including a Meals Tax Referendum as part of the 2016 General Election.

Monday, May 16

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McLean, Langley High Students Unite to Fight Cancer

The night kicked off with the over 800 participants surrounding the track to cheer on cancer survivors doing a lap around the track.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police blotter from May 6-13.

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McLean Day: This Saturday

McLean Day is this Saturday.

Letter: GFCA Letter to Supervisor Foust - Opposing Brooks Farm Rezoning

To the Editor

I am writing on behalf of the Great Falls Citizens Association (“GFCA”) regarding the pending rezoning and cluster development application for the Brooks Farm property, submitted by Basheer/Edgemoore-Brooks LLC (RZ 2014-DR-022).

Letter: For the Benefit of All, Fairfax County Needs a Meal’s Tax

To the Editor

For the strongest education for our children and for economic prosperity, Fairfax Co. must pass a Meal’s Tax.

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Great Falls: Cutting Through Brooks Farm

GFCA raises new issue surrounding controversial redevelopment proposal; says community never had chance to respond.

Great Falls Citizens Association wants Supervisor John W. Foust to address concerns on Brooks Farm development.

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Alexandria: Kluge Bids Farewell

Maestro Kim Allen Kluge preferred to tell well-wishers “To be continued.”

He refused to say goodbye. Although it was his final concert as music director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Kim Allen Kluge preferred to tell well-wishers “To be continued.”

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Mount Vernon: Browne Academy Turns 75

One of Virginia’s first racially integrated schools celebrates with arts, picnic and assembly.

Independent school Browne Academy didn’t begin its daylong celebration of the institution’s 75th anniversary trumpeting the fact it was founded as one of the first racially integrated schools in Virginia.

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Fairfax Station: Children of Holocaust Survivors at Temple B’nai Shalom display family artifacts

Fairfax resident Frank Kohn’s family heirloom silver candlestick holders never should’ve made it out of Berlin.

Saturday, May 14

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Centreville Baseball Keeps Season Alive with Win Over Herndon

Wildcats pitcher Egbers strikes out 12 in six innings, gets no decision.

The Centreville baseball team defeated Herndon 5-4 in eight innings on Saturday.

Friday, May 13

Week in Springfield

Weekly happenings in Springfield

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Springfield: A Losing Season; a Winning Heart

With 0-15 record, Lee High Lancers baseball coach Matt MacDonald works on rebuilding season.

Lee High School's baseball coach Matt MacDonald, 34, of Old Town Alexandria has his heart in baseball.

Springfield Crime Reports

Notable criminal incidents in Springfield

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax

Fairfax: Greenfield Asking for Vote Recount

For 22 years, Jeff Greenfield has served as a Fairfax City councilman; but in the May 3 election, he was edged out by three votes.

Fairfax: Preparing for City’s Aging Population

The need for senior housing is becoming a consideration.

Like cities and towns everywhere, the City of Fairfax has a growing percentage of older residents.

Thursday, May 12

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Fairfax County: Hispanic Leadership Alliance awards scholarships to 14 seniors

West Springfield High School senior Fernanda Justiniano-Rivero fought back tears as she thanked her mother for everything. “She worked three jobs, barely raised me, would come home and be so tired,” Justiniano-Rivero said. “But she still would bring me gifts, ask me if I did my homework. I used to pretend we would travel the world and it be just us, I would live in a fairy tale.”

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Fairfax: Learning from Superchefs

Meet the chefs at 21 Great American Bistro.

When two talented and energetic friends plan a venture, success is the likely outcome.

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Burke and Springfield: Girls Explore STEM Careers

Girls Scouts present innovative projects at NOVA.

Girls Scouts ventured beyond camping and cookie sales Saturday, May 7, at the Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, where they explored fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Missiles and Guns in the Backyard and the School Parking Lot

Library series delve into the secrets of Fairfax County.

The first of three Forgotten Fairfax series debuted on Saturday, May 7 at the City of Fairfax Regional Library.

Mount Vernon Letter: Evaluating Appointees

Letter to the Editor

I understand Supervisor Dan Storck is in the process of drafting a "Statement of Commitment" for all Mount Vernon appointees to boards, authorities and commission to ensure appointees are more available and responsive to residents of Mount Vernon, including Supervisor Storck's guidance and standards for serving in such positions.

Mount Vernon Letter: Grateful for Performers

Letter to the Editor

I am a long time supporter of Alice's Kids, a local charity that provides targeted financial assistance to needy children in the hopes of enhancing their self-esteem.

Mount Vernon Column: Make Donations of Healthy Food


This week, I want to take a break from writing about policy and make a short important announcement regarding a dire need in the Mount Vernon-Lee area.

Alexandria Letter: Lack of Bike Lane Use

Letter to the Editor

On June 12, 1911 land in the Rosemont Neighborhood of Alexandria was deeded to the Rosemont Development Company.

Alexandria Letter: Disregarding Citizens?

Letter to the Editor

In addition to suffering through some ill-fated decisions by this City Council, we are now seeing end runs without any public discourse whatsoever.

Alexandria Letter: Hidden Agenda Behind Project?

Letter to the Editor

Meetings for the construction/remodeling of the Patrick Henry Recreation Center (PHRC) began around 2004, headed by the Patrick Henry Parent Advisory Board.

Alexandria Column: Staying Healthy, Staying Happy

Commentary–Senior Services of Alexandria

The President has declared May to be both Older Americans and Mental Health month, making it a perfect time to focus on promoting the mental health of older adults. It is estimated that 20 percent of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern.

Alexandria Column: Rooftop Drama


Brendan Barb knew that becoming an Animal Services officer for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) would be a challenge.

Mount Vernon: Hospital Back to Normal After Norovirus Case

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital was in an “isolation precaution” protocol after it was confirmed Tuesday, May 3 that a patient had norovirus.

Mount Vernon Brief: McKenna Administrative Investigation Ongoing

The administrative investigation of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s deputies involved with the Feb. 8, 2015 in-custody death of 37-year-old Natasha McKenna is still ongoing, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Steve Elbert said.

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Mount Vernon: Women’s Club Marks 80 Years

Honors 19 past presidents.

The Belle Haven Country Club was the setting on Thursday, May 5 for a Food and Wine Pairing in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Belle Haven Women's Club.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Eagle Scout Award

Boy Scout Colin Dickens earns his Eagle Scout award, becoming the first to do so from Alfred Street Baptist Church’s Troop 133.

Alexandria Brief: Food Truck Locations Approved

After a long battle at the Parking and Traffic Board, the proposed locations for Alexandria’s Food Trucks made it’s way to City Council on May 10 with the two locations in North Old Town removed.

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Alexandria: ‘Lemonaide Day’ To Be Held May 21

Youths from all over Alexandria will put up lemonade stands on Saturday, May 21, as part of a day-long effort to raise money to benefit nonprofits supporting at-risk children in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Snapshot: A Wild Visitor

A female Turkey hen stayed around most of the afternoon on May 5 on Skyhill Road enjoying some of the lush green grass. Deer, fox and coyotes have been seen in the Seminary Walk park too.

Alexandria: Two Cents Worth

Where the city’s tax increase is going.

When the city manager presented his proposed budget to the City Council, it came with a one cent tax increase.

Alexandria: Responding to Metro Delays and Closures

City leadership and ridership look at upcoming Metro changes.

It's frustrating but necessary.

Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Street to Cell

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

Whether it’s being pulled over for a traffic violation or being directed around the site of a crash, virtually every Alexandrian has had some interaction with the Alexandria Police Department’s Traffic Section.

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Alexandria: Stamp Out Hunger

Letter carriers food drive set for May 14.

The 2016 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service, will take place Saturday, May 14 throughout the City of Alexandria.The 2016 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service, will take place Saturday, May 14 throughout the City of Alexandria.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Aloha

As part of its worldwide voyage, the Hawaiian canoe Hōkūleʻa will make a two-day stop in Old Town Alexandria. Tours of the canoe and dockside outreach will be offered by crew members May 15 at Waterfront Park from 3 to 5 p.m. and May 16 at the City Marina from 1 to 5 p.m. The visit is part of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, which will cover 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports and 26 nations. For more information or to track the voyage, visit

Wednesday, May 11

Commentary: Stop County’s ‘One Size Fits All’ Zoning Proposal

In the next few months, the Board of Supervisors plans to approve a “one size fits all” zoning ordinance amendment that would guide redevelopment throughout the urbanizing areas of the county for decades.

Commentary: America’s Anti-Trafficking Efforts …

... Hollow victories for public accolade.

Each day there is more media on the human trafficking scourge in America with heart-wrenching stories about women, men, and children who are forced, defrauded, or coerced into exploitation.

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Local Designer Honored for Remodeling Reston Townhouse

Home transformation gives family of five more living space.

Mina Fies, CEO of Synergy Design and Construction, was recognized for remodeling a Reston townhouse that was built in 1968.

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Creating Space for Family Oasis or Outdoor Entertaining

Local designers unveil recent projects and offer tips.

Lured outside by rising temperatures and blue skies, homeowners are deciding that it’s time to spruce up patios, gardens and other outdoor living spaces. Local tastemakers are hard at work transforming winter-worn al fresco spaces into lively oases in time for a season of warm-weather entertaining.

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Police to Continue Improving Transparency

Public Safety Committee reviews recommendations for police use of force and communications; vote scheduled for June 21.

Fairfax County Supervisors and the Public Safety Committee met Tuesday May 10 to review police use of force and communications policy recommendations from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

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Great Falls: Langley Boys’ Lax Beats McLean in Conference 6 Tournament

Senior midfielder Duley leads Saxons with three goals.

The Langley boys' lacrosse team beat McLean in the first round of the Conference 6 tournament.

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Westfield Boys’ Lax Earns Region Tournament Berth

Bulldogs hold off Herndon in Conference 5 tournament.

The Westfield boys' lacrosse team beat Herndon 12-11 on Friday.

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Alexandria: TC Boys’ Lax Earns First Region Tournament Berth Since 2011

Titans beat West Potomac in first home playoff game since 2007.

The T.C. Williams boys' lacrosse team beat West Potomac 18-3 on Monday.

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West Springfield Ends Strain's No-Hit Bid, Beats Lake Braddock

Spartans secure top seed in Conference 7 tournament.

The West Springfield baseball team defeated Lake Braddock 3-1.

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Alexandria Appetite: New Farmer’s Market Takes Root in North Old Town

The small but mighty market is emerging from its preview weeks and ready for an all-year presence.

Tucked neatly into the small parking lot on the outskirts of Montgomery Park, a smattering of farm vendors have started selling their wares. For just a few hours last Thursday, the all-week rain took a little break as neighbors celebrated the launch of the North Old Town Farmer’s Market.

Tuesday, May 10

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston

Reston Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police blotter from May 2-7.

Letter: Families’ Contributions Appreciated

To the Editor

As we always tell our families there is no contribution too small that it would not warrant our gratitude and, in the case of this year's effort, mention on our train.

Letter: Merely a Thank You

To the Editor

A recent letter (“The Money Train,” Reston Connection, April 27-May 3, 2016) expressing concerns regarding Reston’s Lake Anne Nursery and Kindergarten’s (“LANK”) current annual giving campaign has deeply saddened me as a parent of the school and as a native Restonian.

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Reston: Hilarity Without Bounds

Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to CenterStage.

They are back. The Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) is returning for its regular appearance at Reston’s CenterStage.

Commentary: Racial Diversity in the Virginia Justice System

A group of attorneys, the Virginia Coalition for Racial Diversity in the Justice System, earlier this year brought to the attention of the community and the General Assembly that “there is a glaring, longstanding, and inexcusable lack of racial diversity amongst sitting judges, prosecutors, and public defenders in Virginia's criminal justice system.”

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Herndon: Police Investigate Series of Tire and Rim Thefts; Seek Public’s Assistance

Since February, there have been 10 incidents of tires and wheels stolen from 11 GMC or Chevrolet model vehicles in the Herndon, Chantilly, Fairfax and Vienna areas.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon

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Herndon: We the Students

Rachel Carson Middle School wins first place in Civic Education Competition.

Defying the stereotype of politically apathetic teenagers, Rachel Carson Middle School students won first place in the We the People National Invitational on May 2.

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Herndon Hosts Big Truck Days

Weather does not stop Town of Herndon’s Department of Public Works.

“It was a little wet this year, but this event has been a favorite for kids and parents alike for many years,” said Robert B. Boxer, Director of the Town of Herndon’s Public Works.

Herndon Rocks in May

Art, music events in downtown Herndon.

The month of May has several upcoming art and music related events in Herndon. These include the annual Friday Night Live hosted on the Town Green in downtown Herndon, as well as music events at ArtSpace Herndon. Friday Night Live is held outdoors in downtown Herndon, on Friday nights from May 6-Aug 26.

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents reported to the Herndon Police Department from April 25-May 1.

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Reston Farmers Market Opens

The Reston Farmers Market opened on Saturday, May 7 and Restonians showed up bright and early at the Lake Anne Village parking lot to buy vegetables, meats, dairy and to chat with vendors and neighbors.

Herndon: Fresh, Summer Nights: Entertainment at NextStop Theatre

Dulles Corridor audiences seeking summer evening attractions will not have far to drive. Herndon’s NextStop Theatre will be offering a lot of performances to whet the appetite.

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Chantilly: ‘Footloose’ Takes Off at Westfield High

Cappies Review

Westfield High School's production of “Footloose” [April 30] was full of standout performances both on the technical and performance scales. This fun-loving musical was a definite crowd pleaser, and had audience members clapping and getting into the music.

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Chantilly: ‘We’ll Never Forget Vicky and Mike’

New memorial dedicated to Armel and Garbarino.

May 8, 2006 is a date seared into the hearts and minds of everyone who remembers the tragic events that happened that day at the Sully District Police Station. It was when a heavily armed teen took the lives of two police officers — Det. Vicky Armel, 40, and MPO Mike Garbarino, 53.

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Chantilly: ‘A World of Pure Imagination’

Chantilly High presents “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Willy Wonka, Charlie Buckett and a fleet of Oompa-Loompas will all burst upon the stage during Chantilly High’s upcoming children’s play, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The curtain rises Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 21, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. in the school theater. Tickets are $5 at the door or via

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Pacelle Launches Latest Book in Potomac

“The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals”

"There's no shortcut to long-term reform," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and author of a New York Times’ best-selling novel, “The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers are Transforming the Lives of Animals.”

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Potomac Snapshot: Fawn

A fawn in Paul R. Hugo’s Potomac backyard

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Potomac Snapshot: Happy Mother’s Day

Heather Lawrence with daughters Olivia, 4, and Leighton, 1, on Easter Sunday having brunch at Avenel Golf Club.

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Potomac Snapshot: C&O Canal Pride Days

On April 23, the C&O Canal Trust, in partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park, held the 9th annual C&O Canal Pride Days.

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Potomac Gardening: The Asparagus Story

A visit to Tyler and Bess Abell’s garden.

Sometimes things are bound to grow on you. From an early age, Bess Abell (born Elizabeth Clements) knew that asparagus held an important place in the life of her family. Her mother was a great fan of the leggy vegetable, as was her father, Earle Clements, former Governor of Kentucky (1946-1950), who was an avid gardener and talented chef, too.

Potomac Brief: Stabbing Reported at Churchill

Montgomery County Police responded to a stabbing incident involving three male students at Churchill High School 12:11 p.m., Monday, May 9 during lunch.

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Arlington: Schools To Dip Into Reserves

School Board sacrifices future budgets to avoid cuts in 2017.

The good news is that the Arlington School Board approved a budget without cutting any of the proposed programs from the $582 million budget the School Board sent to the County Board.

Arlington: Responding to Metro Delays and Closures

Arlington leadership and ridership look at upcoming Metro changes.

From elected officials to Metro riders just passing through, this has been the response to the long-awaited plan to fix the Washington Metro.

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Arlington: Fashion Center Expands with Shake Shack

Rachad Alaour, general manager, cuts the wide green ribbon on Wednesday, May 4 for the opening of Shake Shack at Pentagon City. Laurie Van Dalen (left), general manager for Fashion Center, says they began the expansion of Fashion Center 20 months ago and Shake Shack is the first of five businesses to open in this new space. Megan Purtell, assistant general manager, is at far left.

Arlington: Career Coach Writes Book

Arlington career coach offers advice to career changers.

For many individuals, making a career change can feel like a being on a never-ending road trip.

Arlington Snapshot: Sartorial Splendor

Northern Virginia was well represented at the Virginia Gold Cup this year.

Arlington: Fire Station 8 Task Force Nears Decision

Task force will vote on options May 12.

The Fire Station 8 Task Force narrowed down its options during its meeting on April 26, and will now vote on May 12 to narrow the decision down to one proposal going forth to the County Board.

Monday, May 9

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

McLean Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police blotter from April 30-May 7.

Letter: McLean Cares About ‘Green Living’

To the Editor

Your recent article (“Saving Trees while Building Houses,” McLean Connection, April 27-May 3, 2016) highlighted an important issue in McLean.

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McLean: SUV Crashes into Silver Diner

Several injured in incident.

A 59-year-old suspect set himself on fire after driving his vehicle into McLean’s Silver Diner on Wednesday, May 4, according to Fairfax County police reports.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls

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First Friday Art Walk in Great Falls

27 artists in three group studios participate with galleries and restaurants at Village Centre.

The kick-off event for the First Friday Art Walk in the Village was held on Friday, May 6 in the Village Centre in Great Falls.

Letter: ZIKA Mosquito Farm on Your Property

To the Editor

Our neighborhood experience with a Fairfax County Stormwater Management project is nothing like the rosy picture painted by Mr. Eric Knudsen (“Stormwater Management Engages Community,” Great Falls Connection, April 20-26, 2016).

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Great Falls: Historical Allure, or Relic of the Past?

30 days for commitment to take control of the Grange for community use.

The legacy of past farmers of Great Falls awaits. And have awaited.

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Great Falls: Brooks Farm, Busy Week?

The Fairfax County Planning Commission is scheduled to reconvene on Wednesday, May 18, to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the development of Brooks Farm.

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Women Help Build New Homes

Northern Virginia women help Habitat for Humanity, NOVA build houses for two local families during National Women Build Week.

More than 50 women from across Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria donned hard hats, tool belts and work gloves and, with caulk guns and saws in hand, got to work on two single-family, three bedroom houses Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia is building for two local families in Fairfax.

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Women Help Build New Homes

Northern Virginia women help Habitat for Humanity, NOVA build houses for two local families during National Women Build Week.

More than 50 women from across Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria donned hard hats, tool belts and work gloves and, with caulk guns and saws in hand, got to work on two single-family, three bedroom houses Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia is building for two local families in Fairfax.

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Fairfax County: Training to Reverse an Overdose

In 30 to 45 seconds, a single dose of the drug Naloxone can be the difference in whether someone experiencing an opiate overdose lives or dies.

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Fairfax County: Shining a Light on Addiction and Overdose

Herrity’s Town Hall addresses heroin and prescription drug abuse in Fairfax County.

South Lakes High School and George Mason University graduate Ginny Lovitt lost her brother Chris to a heroin overdose. He was 21 and had been discharged from the Sagebrush Treatment Center of Northern Virginia just a week before, in January of 2013. His tolerance was down.

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Centreville Snapshot:Work of Young Artists on Display

Centreville High’s Pyramid Art Show was April 14.

Friday, May 6

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Mount Vernon: Fort Hunt Little League hosts first Challenger game

Children with mental and physical disabilities were able to take the field April 30 as the Fort Hunt Little League hosted its first “Challenger” baseball game at Hollin Hall fields.

Burke: Funeral Held for Lake Braddock Teenager

A funeral service for 16-year-old Brenda Soto of Burke was held Friday April 29 at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home. Soto was a student at Lake Braddock Secondary School, where she was found unresponsive in a bathroom just before 6 p.m. on April 20. The Office of the Medical Examiner hasn’t released the cause and manner of her death.

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Fairfax Station and Mason Neck: Police Ask Public for More Information in River Drive Homicide

While the investigation continues into the March 11, 2016 murder of Johan De Leede in the 6000 block of River Drive in the Mason Neck area, Fairfax County Police said Major Crimes Division detectives are still asking any individuals with additional information about the case to come forward.

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Burke and Herndon: ‘Swim Like Michelle’ Event Raises Money for Foundation Fighting Blindness

Adult swimmers paddled precariously up and down the lanes, their vision obscured by blacked-out goggles. Some were able to feel their way forward without much course-correcting, others bounced between the lane lines like pin-balls.

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Fairfax County Fire Chief Moves to Address Department Cyberbullying

After the suicide of Fairfax County firefighter-paramedic Nicole Mittendorff and suspected cyberbullying of the 31-year-old that came to light after her death, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue is cracking down on workplace harassment, bullying and discrimination.

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Fairfax County 2017-2018 School Year to Begin Before Labor Day

Fairfax County Public Schools delaying their start date until after Labor Day will be a thing of the past. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the School Board decided classes will begin one week before Labor Day, rather than immediately following it, as has been the tradition.

Thursday, May 5

Springfield: West Springfield Teacher Winner in Teacher of the Year Competition

Stephanie Shimp, who teaches social studies at West Springfield High School, is one of two teachers in Virginia named a state winner in the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year competition, sponsored by National History Day.

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Springfield: Lee High School Report

Happenings at Lee High School.

Area Crime Reports

Incidents around Fairfax Station, Clifton, Lorton and Springfield

Area Roundups

Happenings around Burke, Lorton, Clifton and Fairfax Station

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Burke and Springfield: Community Joins Together to Bid for a Cause

Nearly 100 people gathered to raise money for community-based children’s programs on April 29 at Assistance League of Northern Virginia’s “Annual Spring Event, Luncheon and Silent Auction.”

Fairfax: Providence Elementary Principal Wins Leadership Award

Leadership Fairfax, a nonprofit organization founded by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, awarded Providence Elementary School Principal Jesse Kraft with its 2015 Educational Leadership Award. “

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Fairfax City: Silverthorne Re-elected; Changes on Council

Stehle is in; Greenfield is out – maybe.

It was a night of high drama and raw emotion as Scott Silverthorne held off a challenger to win re-election to his third term as City of Fairfax mayor.

Fairfax: City Council Adopts FY 2017 Budget

Real estate tax rate rises just a penny.

When Fairfax City Manager Bob Sisson presented his proposed FY 2017 budget for the City, in February, he recommended raising the real estate tax by 2.7 cents, to $1.0815 per $100 assessed valuation.

Burke and Springfield: Robotic Team Excels, Needs Support

The West Springfield High School/Lake Braddock Secondary School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team (RTR Robotics Team 2421) won the first regional event of the 2016 FRC season March 4-6 at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Va

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Burke and Springfield: Local Students Do Well at National Japan Bowl

Thomas Jefferson High School and Lake Braddock Secondary Take Home Awards.

Language students put their knowledge to the test at this year’s 24th annual National Japan Bowl Competition. S

Burke and Springfield: Area Roundups

Area happenings in Burke and Springfield

Law Enforcement Classes for Teens

The Fairfax County Police Department will host two week-long programs this summer for high school students.

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Community Remembers Holocaust, Honors Victims and Survivors

More than 400 people remembered victims and survivors of the Holocaust on Sunday at an interfaith service in Fairfax at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.

Letter: Budget Reflects Commitment to Education

To the Editor

The April 21-27, 2016 edition included an article discussing the Supervisors’ approval of a 4-cent tax increase as part of an overall budget. T

Commentary: Goal - Involving Public in Police Use of Force Review

With the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors May 10 Public Safety Committee meeting just a few days away, it is important to remember what has been discussed so far, what is on the agenda for May 10, and what will be done in the future.

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Alexandria: TC Boys’ Soccer Secures No. 2 Seed in Conference 7

Bonilla Sosa’s 2 goals lead Titans past Woodson.

The T.C. Williams boys' soccer team defeated Woodson 2-1 on Monday.

Mount Vernon: West Potomac’s Floyd Excels on Mound, at Plate

Wolverines beat Mount Vernon 10-0 in 5 innings.

The West Potomac baseball team defeated Mount Vernon 10-0 in five innings.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Spring Plant Sale

The art deco greenhouse at Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church is full of garden plants, herbs, flowers, and open for its annual Spring Plant Sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May at 1909 Windmill Lane. A variety of old-fashioned annuals, perennials, herbs, and more than 30 varieties of tomatoes including many heirloom varieties are for sale. Above, ​Mary Barnett, greenhouse manager, displays cuttings from Mt. Vernon Estate that were grown in the greenhouse this year.

Mount Vernon Letter: Condolences

Letter to the Editor

I write to the editor of the Gazette occasionally and among those letters I sometimes express a different opinion to one expressed by H. Jay Spiegel.

Mount Vernon Letter: Focus on North Hill

Letter to the Editor

Last week, I attended a meeting scheduled to discuss the current status of efforts to develop the North Hill property. An accurate summary of the history of the property to that date appeared in the Oct. 11, 2012 edition of the Gazette.

Mount Vernon Letter: More Study Needed Before Funding FCPS

Letter to the Editor

I'm responding to a letter from a leader for more taxing and spending, Supervisor Dan Storck, published in April 28, 2016 Mount Vernon Gazette regarding the county budget that includes more taxes.

Mount Vernon Column: For Better Future, Understand the Past


Olga Rozenberg. Aron Rozenberg. Pinkhas Rozenberg. Llova Rozenberg, Klara Grinberg, Shulom Litvak.

Mount Vernon Snapshot: Benefit Concert

Nearly $2,500 was raised on Saturday, April 30, at a benefit concert at Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church on behalf of Alice’s Kids. Local teen musician Charlotte Costantino organized the event and also performed, along with her brother Eric Costantino. Other performers included Anna Katharine Bozard and local teen trumpet prodigy, Geoff Gallante. Ron Fitzsimmons (left), executive director, Alice’s Kids is with Geoff Gallante.

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Inside the Alexandria Police Department: Specialists in Action

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

In 1989, a hostage situation was unfolding at 316 Hopkins Court. A man trying to collect on a drug debt had taken hostages at gunpoint inside a house and the Special Operations Team (S.O.T.) was called out to the site in response.

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Alexandria: Opposition to Old Colony Inn Proposal Turns Personal

Has it gone too far?

After nearly a full year of back and forth through boards, commissions, and community engagement, the Old Colony Inn is one step away from redevelopment. Hot on the developer’s heels, however, were local neighbors objecting to the zone transition allowances by staff.

Alexandria: Design Supported as Patrick Henry Moves Forward

N. Latham Street controversy resolved; auditorium questions loom.

After a series of back and forths between the School Board, an advisory group, and project staff, Patrick Henry Elementary School is moving forward with a compromise that seems to have satisfied most parties. Questions and concerns remain about the site, including a looming discussion about the exclusion of an auditorium from the design, but at the April 27 meeting of the Patrick Henry Advisory Group, the group agreed to support the Option C.1 design.

Alexandria: Accomplice in Beverley Park Homicide Sentenced

Teen’s attorney details background of abuse.

On April 28, the family of Jose Luis Ferman Perez met the girl who was at least partially responsible for his death. The defendant, 16-year-old Leidi Granados Gutierrez, is one of three MS-13 affiliated suspects connected with last year’s Nov. 9 homicide of Jose Luis Ferman Perez.

Alexandria: Health Coach Writes ‘The Karma Sense Eating Plan’

Alexandrian Dave Hellman focuses on food and wellbeing.

In his new book, “The Karma Sense Eating Plan,” Dave Hellman, an Alexandria tech entrepreneur / health coach, shows readers how to cultivate mindful eating habits through combining food-related activities and performing good deeds.

Alexandria Letter: Preserving History, More than a Month

Letter to the Editor

May is Historic Preservation month, and I want to make it a meaningful month for Preservation in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Letter: Patrick Henry – Auditorium Matters

Letter to the Editor

Alexandria is about to make a multi-million dollar, much-needed investment in the West End to build the new Patrick Henry K-8 School and Recreation Center.

Alexandria Letter: Recipe for Disaster?

Letter to the Editor

It seems that incidents on the Metro System are on the rise, and most of them can be attributed to little to no dedicated maintenance and a poorly funded operation over the past 40 years.

Alexandria Letter: Food Trucks Not the Problem

Letter to the Editor

I am eager to see food trucks in Old Town and I think the concerns by the local businesses are two separate problems.

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Alexandria: The Father of Mother’s Day

Fraternal Order of the Eagles leader credited for national holiday.

In the late 1800s, Frank Hering was the University of Notre Dame’s star quarterback, coach and captain of the football team before becoming a history professor and the school’s first athletic director. But even if his name is not familiar, mothers everywhere will be celebrated this weekend with the holiday he championed more than 100 years ago.

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Alexandria: Kim Allen Kluge to Conduct Farewell ASO Performance

“It’s very gratifying to look back and see what the ASO has accomplished." — Maestro Kim Allen Kluge

For 28 years, Kim Allen Kluge has held the baton for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, his energy pulsing before signaling the opening downbeat for each performance. With his charismatic enthusiasm, he brought national acclaim to the fledgling community orchestra he transformed nearly three decades ago.

Alexandria: Speck Named to Top 400

Financial advisor among nation’s best.

David Speck, managing director of Investments for the Speck-Caudron Investment Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Alexandria, has been named one of the top 400 financial advisors in the country by the Financial Times. This is the second year that the former City Councilman and member of the Virginia House of Delegates has been recognized by the Financial Times.

Alexandria Column: May Is Older Americans Month

Commentary–Senior Services of Alexandria

May is a month of fresh beginnings with flowers in bloom, blazing a trail of color around the city. May is also when we celebrate Older Americans Month by acknowledging older adults as a growing and increasingly vital part of our country.

Column: Mother’s Day in Alexandria

From Old Town Boutique District

France, India, Ethiopia, Peru, the United States — Mother’s Day is universal.

Letter: Obstacles to Continued Learning

To the Editor

Why does George Mason University, place meaningless but annoying obstacles in the path of Senior Citizens who wish to engage in mentally challenging and potentially rewarding experiences?

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Burke Man Awarded President’s Volunteer Service Award

Wayne Chiles was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2015 to assist disaster survivors.

Alexandria Brief: Police Investigate Bank Robbery

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating the robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank located at 1711 Fern St. On Thursday, April 28, at 11:40 a.m., a man entered the bank and passed the teller a note. He demanded money, the teller complied and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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Burke: Civil Air Patrol Cadets Take to the Simulated Air

Civil Air Patrol Cadets Take to the Simulated Air

On Tuesday, April 12, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets from the Burke and Prince William Composite Squadrons enjoyed their first steps toward learning to fly.

Alexandria Brief: Business Settles Civil Fraud Allegations

Agape Health Management, Inc., which operates under the name Agape Adult Day Healthcare Center, in Alexandria, has agreed to pay $385,917 to settle federal and state civil fraud allegations that claimed Agape submitted false claims for reimbursement to the Virginia Medicaid Program.

Alexandria Letter: Rebuilding Patrick Henry

Letter to the Editor

I am a West End resident living near Patrick Henry School who strongly supports arts education in our schools because it has such a high value, both in terms of helping children enjoy school and because, as the research shows, arts education stimulates creativity, helps children learn new skills and improve their academic performance.

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston.

Reston Community Center Launches Online Learning

Reston Community Center (RCC) has announced the launch of UGotClass, an online learning program featuring more than one hundred non-credit courses and certificate programs that can be used for personal and professional development. B

Commentary: Restoring Rights

Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order recently restoring civil rights of voting, serving on a jury, running for office, or being a notary public for persons who had been convicted of any and all felonies in the past and who have completed the terms of incarceration and who have completed any period of supervised release of probation and parole.

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Reston: See You at the Market

The Reston Farmers Market opens 19th season on Saturday, May 7.

We always enjoy the coming of spring in Reston. The woods are greening, the birds are singing and the pathways are again filled with people.

Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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‘Big Truck Days’ Return to Herndon

The Town of Herndon’s Department of Public Works hosts its annual “Big Truck Days,” an opportunity for children – and their parents – to see the town’s big trucks and heavy equipment on display. Light refreshments will be served and souvenirs will be provided to children.

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Pride of Herndon Marches in the Cherry Blossom Parade

The Pride of Herndon played for the entire nation on April 16 in the 81st annual Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C.

Herndon Crime Reports

Noted incidents from the Herndon Police Reports from April 18-24

Herndon: Stage Magic Comes to NextStop Theatre

Musical ’City of Angels’ at Herndon stage.

Hollywood’s 1940s golden age of fearless private eyes and wise-cracking femme-fatales working as partners to solve crimes while testing the boundaries of love is next for Herndon’s NextStop Theatre. It is “City of Angels,” a multi-Tony Award winning musical.

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Herndon’s Cortona Academy Students Build Robot to Help Save the Coral Reef

Students from Cortona Academy in Herndon built an underwater robot to help save the coral reefs by removing an invasive species of starfish.

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Herndon NJROTC Hosts Freshmen Drill Meet

The cadets from the Navy Junior ROTC hosted a drill meet for area JROTC units to compete at Herndon High School in what turned out to be a successful event.

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McLean and Vienna: Charity 5k Race Winners Announced

The Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the results for the 3rd Annual Tysons Chamber Charity 5K that was held Sunday, April 24, at Tysons Corner Center.

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McLean and Vienna: Charity 5k Race Winners Announced

The Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the results for the 3rd Annual Tysons Chamber Charity 5K that was held Sunday, April 24, at Tysons Corner Center.

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

Free Cab Rides on Cinco de Mayo

Preparing to combat that time of year when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over one-third (33.8 percent) of all U.S. traffic deaths involve drunk drivers, free cab rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area this Thursday and on the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo, May 5.

Letter: Taking Care of Our Mother Earth

To the Editor

There are many of us, so many that our yards can no longer be dominated by grass and plants that do not feed us or our local population of insects.

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Fine Arts Festival Returns May 21-22

Festival at Reston Town Center features more than 200 national artists, dance performances, family art-making activities and more.

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents their 25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, offering authentic art and experiences for all tastes and ages on May 21 and 22 at Reston Town Center.

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Working to End the Longest Day

Event to raise awareness and funds for research programs of Alzheimer’s Association.

Emily Rusch says her mother died a slow and heartbreaking death from Alzheimer’s Disease. The experience felt continuous and excruciating.

Farmers Markets in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Farmers Markets opened in May. There are 11 locations of the county’s Park Authority’s Farmers Markets.

Wednesday, May 4

Commentary: Breaking the Cycle of Crime with Treatment Instead of Jail

Fairfax County Budget Invests $3.89 Million in “Diversion First”

One in five adults in the U.S. experience mental illness, and more than half did not receive treatment within the past year.

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Alexandria: MetroStage Presents ‘Black Pearl Sings!’

Play set in 1930s Depression-era features 19 American folk and spiritual songs.

MetroStage is presenting "Black Pearl Sings!" by playwright Frank Higgins now through May 29.

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Alexandria Appetite: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at These 3 Spots

Whether Mexican or Tex-Mex, these restaurants will hit the spot.

To be sure, Cinco de Mayo’s origins are often misunderstood in the United States. Often incorrectly referred to as Mexico’s independence day, the fifth of May is actually the anniversary of the Mexican army’s victory against France in 1862. (Mexico’s independence day is actually in September — a date not nearly as well-known in America.)

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Centreville: Celebrating International Diversity

Sixth-annual Centreville International Showcase draws several hundred.

Several hundred people attended the Sixth-Annual Centreville International Showcase on Saturday, April 30 at the Korean Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville.

Fairfax County Budget Approved

Supervisors approve budget and tax hike.

When the Board of Supervisors approved the budget on Tuesday, April 26, they increased taxes by about $300 for the average homeowner and increased funding for schools by 5 percent.

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Clifton: Annual Home Tour To Benefit Local Charities

Clifton Community Woman’s Club’s event set for May 19.

The 44th Annual CCWC Homes Tour, Silent Auction & Book Signing, hosted by the Clifton Community Woman’s Club, will be held Thursday, May 19. Tour hours are 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The silent auction and book signing with local authors is 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. the Clifton Presbyterian Church, with additional authors at Clifton’s Acacia Masonic Lodge.

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Stone Middle School: A Quarter Century Later

Current and former staff share their stories.

Just over 25 years ago, then-Fairfax County Public Schools Principal Susan DeCorpo was interviewing potential teachers for what would be the first staff of Ormond Stone Middle School.

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Chantilly: Advancing to World Finals

Nysmith Odyssey of the Mind Team wins state title.

The Nysmith School for the Gifted’s 6th Grade Odyssey of the Mind team (the Nysmith Brainy Bunch) triumphed in the Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind Competition in Newport News on April 16.

Centreville High Student Competes in Pageant

Next stop: College and another contest.

Selected as a finalist in the Miss Teen 2016 pageant, Centreville High senior Shaylan Ferguson participated in early April in Southern Virginia. And while she didn’t win, she enjoyed the experience, learned a few things along the way and plans to keep on competing.

Potomac: God and Broadway Unite at St. James.

Interaction of show tunes and religion at St. James.

Broadway songs emanated from St. James Episcopal Church on Monday, April 18, when members of the cast of the Jersey Boys National Tour and the St. James Chancel Choir came together to perform tunes from Broadway musicals.

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Potomac: Taking Pride in C&O Park

Volunteers complete clean-up.

On a rainy and cold Saturday, April 23, more than 100 volunteers braved the elements for Canal Pride Day at the C&O National Historical Park at Great Falls.

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Potomac: C&O Canal Gains New Bridge

Park staff and volunteers install replacement.

Walkers, bikers, hikers, birdwatchers — and all who love the C&O Canal Towpath — will appreciate the new bridge over the canal at Marsden Tract near the intersection of MacArthur and Brickyard roads.

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Potomac Snapshot: Flash Flood

Pete Piringer of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue reported a water Rescue in the 10550 block of Stable Lane in River Falls around 9:25 p.m. on Monday, May 2. "Several occupants have been removed from vehicles," he said. Other water rescues occurred at 10600 block Falls Road near Bullis School and at Bradley Boulevard and Seven Locks Road, as well as several other places in the county.

Potomac Column: It Often Is and Should Be Political


WMCCA was called out by Montgomery County Councilmembers during the April 18 meeting of the Planning, Housing and Economic Committee for somehow creating problems and causing sewer policy to be a “political” issue. Politics is defined by the Cambridge English Dictionary as “the activities of the government, members of law-making organizations, or people who try to influence the way a country is governed.”

Arlington: Garvey, Gutshall in Democratic Primary

Democratic Primary pits incumbent Libby Garvey against establishment-backed newcomer Erik Gutshall.

Two years ago, County Board member Libby Garvey refused to back the Columbia Pike Streetcar.

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Arlington Snapshot: Happy Mother’s Day

My three grandsons — Blaise, age 4; Zachary Replogle, age 2; and Isaac Replogle, age 5 — are bringing flowers home to Mom from the Mother’s Day brunch at the Knights of Columbus, 5115 Little Falls Road.

Arlington Letter: Mom’s Health Month

Letter to the Editor

Having a new baby … the happiest time of a woman’s life, right? Not always.

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Arlington: New Owner-Chef Leads La Côte d’Or

Attention to culinary detail.

La Côte d’Or, on the border of Falls Church and Arlington, has a new owner. The restaurant was purchased in February by Chef Jacques Imperato.

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Two Arlington Foster Parents Advise: ‘Just do it’

Recalling the challenges and joys.

Scott and Marcy Burka are Arlington's Foster Parents of the Year. In addition to their three birth children, they’ve provided five long-term placements, including two sibling groups of three. Scott Burka works in real estate and Marcy Burka is an accountant.

Arlington Brief: Honoring Original Fire Station 8 Firefighters

The John M. Langston Citizens’ Association of Hall’s Hill - Highview Park in Arlington will be commemorating “the heroism of the original 14 Negro firefighters who served in Fire Station 8.”

Arlington: Chef Introduces New Lineup of Nats-inspired Ice Creams

Arlington Chef Katie Gilman, owner of Taste - Inventive Food by Katie Gilman - a carry-out restaurant and catering business, has created a lineup of Nats-inspired ice creams as part of her concept of “perfect scoops” of ice cream.

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Arlington: Virginia Cancer Specialists Honored

VCS provides pro bono care for Arlington Free Clinic patients.

Maria, a middle-aged El Salvadoran woman, was upset. She had been referred to Arlington Free Clinic (AFC) after being seen in the emergency room for internal bleeding. Maria came to her appointment at AFC with a stack of bills from the hospital, which she could not sort out.

Tuesday, May 3

Classified Advertising May 4 , 2016

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Culinary Passion: A Taste of Hawaii

Profile: Mikala Brennan

When you think of the tropics and of Hawaii, your visions probably include palm trees, sandy beaches with crashing waves, and a whole lot of sunshine. But you probably don’t even know about Hawaiian food, which is both tropical and somewhat Mainlandish. To learn about the real deal, head to Arlington’s Hula Girl restaurant, owned and cooked for by a Hawaiian native, Mikala Brennan.

Monday, May 2

County Budget Approved

Bulova calls the budget a “booster shot.”

When the Board of Supervisors approved the budget on Tuesday, April 26, they increased taxes by about $300 for the average homeowner and increased funding for schools by 5 percent.

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

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Oakton High Stages "Phantom of the Opera"

75 students in cast and crew work for May 12-14 production.

Oakton High School is presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical, "Phantom of the Opera," May 12-14 at 7 p.m. at Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna. Tickets are $12 for presale and $15 at the door.

Vienna Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Town of Vienna Police Department from April 22-28.

Letter: Ten Tips for Culturally Aware Children

To the Editor

Many children start to show an interest in different cultures at a young age, whether through ethnic food, friends at school, unique clothes, or hearing a foreign language spoken for the first time.

Vienna Police Officer Graduates from Academy

On April 15, Officer Emmanuel W. Bulti graduated from the 66th Session of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy.

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McLean and Vienna: Marshall Graduate, Tennis Star Focusses on Business

A former tennis champ-turned-budding business leader has received the University of Virginia’s Sky Alland Scholarship.

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McLean: Spring Fling Fashion Show to Benefit Local Charities

Fundraising event held at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse in Tysons Corner.

The New Dominion Women’s Club (NDWC) held its Seventh Annual Spring Fling Fashion Show, Luncheon and Raffle on Sunday, May 1 at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse in the Courtyard Marriott at Tysons Corner to support four local charities. The event featured fashions from Bloomingdale’s.

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McLean: Potomac School French Teacher Recognized for ‘Exceptional Teaching’

Dr. Murutamanga Louis Kabahita, a seventh- and eighth-grade French teacher at The Potomac School, has won a prestigious award from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for his exceptional teaching.

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McLean: Northern Virginia Women Band Together in Support of LLS Mission

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) National Capital Area Chapter announced that Team LOL – a group of 140 women, and a few good men - raised $535,000 and counting for its mission through the Team in Training program this spring, bringing their grand total to $1 million since 2013.

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McLean: A Family Musical Starring Poultry

‘Chicken Dance’ comes to the Alden Theater, McLean Community Center.

Light-hearted musical silliness from colorful family fare will soon arrive at the McLean Community Center.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls

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Great Falls Studios at SpringFest

Great Falls SpringFest will be from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5.

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Great Falls Youth Club Not Resting This Summer

The Great Falls Interact Club will partner with Habitat for Humanity in Lynchburg, Va. this summer to help with the restoration of an energy efficient home for a local family.

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Great Falls: Making Connections with Words

Winners named in Writing Contest

Participation in a local writing contest is the confidence catalyst some sixth-graders needed to push their creativity and consider writing for their futures.

Summer Market Opens in Great Falls

The Great Falls Farmers Market’s Summer Market opened on Saturday, April 30, though it did not feel much like summer.

Summer STEM Camps at Three Area Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is partnering with SySTEMic Solutions, Northern Virginia Community College's regional K-16 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) outreach initiative, to host STEM camps at three schools this summer.

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Alexandria: Sail Away the Summer

Amy Zang says this year all of the Flying Scots were painted in the fall and are looking beautiful.

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Potomac: Broadening Horizons During the Summer

Local enrichment program keeps disadvantaged children on track when school is out.

A local school will join an effort to help prevent the “summer slide” for some of Montgomery County’s neediest students. Norwood School will partner with Horizons Greater Washington to offer a summer camp program aimed at halting the academic achievement decline that some students face when school is not in session.

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Arlington County Offers Summer Camps for Kids

Gulf Branch Nature Center features three different sessions.

Arlington County offers nine sessions of weekly summer camp beginning June 27 and running through the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 2. Times for the sessions vary. Some of the camp content is repeated at each location and different park locations so the camp brochure indicates campers should attend only one session.

Sunday, May 1

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Madison's Vannicola Out-Duels South Lakes' Rayle in 10 Innings

Warhawks hurler strikes out 21 in 2-1 victory over Seahawks.

The Madison softball team defeated South Lakes 2-1 in 10 innings on Friday.