Stories for November 2016

Stories for November 2016

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Wednesday, November 30

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‘It’s the Little Things’ in Alexandria

SBA’s Contreras-Sweet visits Old Town on Small Business Saturday.

Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, spent Nov. 26 in Alexandria as part of the nationwide Small Business Saturday promotion to support local businesses.

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A Commission For Veterans in Alexandria?

Proposal to create a veterans’ commission moves forward.

The last two audience members at the Nov. 29 City Council meeting weren’t waiting on a docket item.

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Church Plan Ascending in Alexandria

Board approves Alfred Street Baptist Church expansion.

Alfred Street Baptist Church, one of the oldest faith communities in Alexandria, just passed the first major hurdle for ongoing plans for an expansion.

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‘Clawing Away For Information’ in Mount Vernon

Parents of Annie McCann pursue human trafficking as possible factor in her 2008 death.

For Mary Jane and Dan McCann, losing their 16-year-old daughter Annie was a personal catastrophe.

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Visionary Veterans Exhibit in Alexandria

New exhibit honors Navy inventors.

On the surface, they have little in common. Lewis Latimer was the child of escaped slaves while Maxime Faget dreamed of life beyond the stars nearly a century later.

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10,000th Kilowatt of Solar in Arlington

Potomac Solar Co-op members worked with VA SUN and the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) to learn about solar energy.

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What’s New in Ballston?

Parks, Robberies, and Lingering Specter of Ballston’s Founding Father Haunt Civic Association Meeting.

Nearly 50 people crammed into a room at The Jefferson Hotel in Virginia Square designed to fit no more than 30.

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Out and About in Potomac

The Camaraderie of Hunters, Horses and Hounds at Thanksgiving Day Potomac Hunt

It was a time for teasing at the annual Thanksgiving Day Potomac Hunt meet at the Kiplinger’s historic “Montevideo” on River Road.

Classified Advertising November 30, 2016

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Offering U-Haul in Alexandria

Computer & Cellular at 2790 Beacon Hill Road now offers U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes.

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Student Credited with Saving Neighbor’s Home in Alexandria

T.C. Williams High School senior Addison Guynn was presented with a Certificate of Heroism by Alexandria Fire Department earlier this month for his bravery and quick action in preventing a major fire at his neighbor’s home.

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‘Bountiful Tom Turkey’ in Alexandria

Students of Grace Episcopal School in Alexandria created an oversized, canned and boxed-food “Bountiful Tom Turkey” on Nov. 16.

Column: Expand Early Voting Now in NOVA

The success of early voting in the 2016 Presidential Election reaffirms my conclusion from visiting 12,000 homes last year — Virginia should expand early voting.

Settlement Prompts Reforms in Arlington

In addition to a $250,000 settlement to the victim, the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office will be forced to implement $300,000 worth of new equipment and policy changes after failing to provide adequate communication services to Abreham Zemedagegehu, a deaf Ethiopian man.

Tuesday, November 29

Viewpoints in Shirlington

Asked on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27.

‘What Is the Best Gift You Have Ever Given or Received?’

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Getting into the Holiday Spirit in Annandale

Just the thing to put people into the holiday spirit is “Christmas Undercover.”

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

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How To Help Our Neighbor’s Child in Centreville

Now in its 25th year, the nonprofit Our Neighbor’s Child (ONC) provides financially struggling, local families with new toys and clothes for the holidays.

Murphy Is Officer of the Month in Sully District

PFC Brendan Murphy has been selected as an Officer of the Month for the Sully District Police Station.

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Chantilly's Westfield Advances to Regional Final

On Saturday, Nov. 26 the Westfield Bulldogs (10-2) traveled to Norman F. Bradford Stadium to face the Madison Warhawks (11-1) in the quarterfinals of the 6A North playoffs.

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Girls on the Run 5k in Chantilly

Girls from three Chantilly schools completed the Girls on the Run 5k presented by Cigna on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Crime Reports from Sully District

The following incidents were reported by the Sully District Police Station.

The following incidents were reported by the Sully District Police Station.

“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for Dec. 5-10.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for Dec. 5-10.

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Arlington’s Jake McGuire’s ‘Little Book That Could’

Local photographer is marketing his book during transition year.

Jake McGuire, wearing Irish tweed, a colorfully striped tie, and pocket handkerchief, is a self-confessed opportunist; he is a man who sees possibilities everywhere.

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Missing Person Alert in Arlington

Arlington County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing adult.

Facing Addiction, Tools in Fairfax County

The following information was provided by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

The Surgeon General released the first-ever report on Facing Addiction in America on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Coat Drive for the Needy in Montgomery County

Share the gift of warmth this holiday season.

A local charity is joining forces with an area music center to help ensure that Montgomery County’s neediest residents are warm this winter.

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WHC Sisterhood Holiday Boutique Celebrates 30 Years in Potomac

Since 1986, the WHC Sisterhood Holiday Boutique has provided area residents with the opportunity to discover “one-of-a-kind” gifts or personal treasures, to meet and greet old friends, to have lunch or dinner at the Café (or better yet, to take home brisket and kugel) or bid on Silent Auction items.

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Craft Show Offers Gift Possibilities in Cabin John

The Clara Barton Holiday Craft Show, on Sunday, Dec. 4, will display pottery, woodwork, glass, things to eat, things to wear, and things to read — all sold by the local artists, artisans, and authors who made them.

Norwood to Add Pre-K Class in Bethesda

Norwood School, an independent, coeducational school in Bethesda, will add its first pre-kindergarten class beginning in September of 2017.

Association Honors Dimas Chavez of Potomac

Dimas Chavez of Potomac was honored as one of three Eastern New Mexico University Foundation and Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni last month.

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Gift Ideas in Arlington

What Arlington residents want to give…or get...for the holidays.

It was a cold, windy day at the Farmer’s Market near Courthouse.

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A Story Behind Every Gift at Courthouse Market, Arlington

Buy locally, think globally.

It was small business Saturday in Arlington, and nowhere was the urge to create a business — and have it thrive — more apparent than at the Arlington Farmer’s and Flea Markets.

Police Investigate Shooting in Arlington

Arlington County Police responded to a report of a shooting on Nov. 25 at approximately 11:07 p.m., in the 4300 block of 4th Street N.

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Lynch Earns State Award in Arlington

The Virginia State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America selected William Lynch of Chapter 227, the Dean K. Phillips Memorial Chapter of Northern Virginia based In Arlington, as the 2016 State Member of the Year.

Monday, November 28

Alexandria Tree Lighting 2016

Alexandria Tree Lighting 2016

Sunday, November 27

Column: One of Fairfax County’s Greatest Assets Is Our Diversity

We welcome and celebrate one another’s differences and cultural backgrounds.

One of Fairfax County’s greatest assets is our diversity.

Editorial: Every day can be “small business day” in Burke

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Editorial: Every day can be “small business day” in Fairfax

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Editorial: Every day can be “small business day” in Centreville

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Editorial: Every day can be “small business day” in Herndon

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Editorial: Every day can be “small business day” in Reston

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Editorial: Every day can be “small business day” in Great Falls

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Editorial: Every day can be “small business day” in McLean

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Editorial: Every day can be “small business day” in Vienna

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Saturday, November 26

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Fairfax: Robinson Square Root

Educational program part of FACETS plan to prevent homelessness.

“If you don’t do homework, you get bad grades,” Dowling asserted. The boys are receiving after school homework assistance at the Robinson Square community center, owned by Fairfax County and operated by Fairfax-based non-profit FACETS.

Friday, November 25

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McLean: Cocktails for a Crowd

New Dominion Women's Club hosts fundraiser pairing drinks with hors d'oeuvres.

The New Dominion Women's Club of McLean held its annual Cocktails for a Crowd fundraising event on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at the Party Room in the McLean House in McLean to help kick off the holiday season.

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Springfield: Opening Show of School of Rock Enjoyable for Actors and Audience

“It’s fun to express your feelings and have a chance to entertain people,” explained Christian Pineda.

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Fairfax: Finding the True Spirit of Christmas

Providence Players present ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever.’

"We selected “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” because when we first mounted the show in 2012 it was such a resounding audience favorite,” said Jayne Victor, PPF Board President. “It is a delightfully funny show and has such a strong positive message for the Holiday season."

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Love and Sacrifice with Music

The Hub Theatre premieres ‘The Magi.’

Fairfax’s Hub Theatre is presenting the world premiere of “The Magi.” It is a riff from O. Henry’s famous short story about sacrifices people make for those they love. After all, to be and stay in love can mean making compromises.

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‘God, Watch Over the U.S. Veterans’

City of Fairfax holds Nov. 11 ceremony.

With flags, dignitaries and heartfelt speeches, the City of Fairfax celebrated Veterans Day. The ceremony was held Friday morning, Nov. 11, in front of City Hall. A color guard comprising local veterans started things off, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation by Chaplain Don Northcutt, coordinator of the Fairfax Veterans Treatment Docket in Fairfax County General District Court.

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Fairfax: Good Battles Evil in Magical World

CFTC presents ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’

It’s WWII in England when four siblings make their way to a world called Narnia through a magic wardrobe. There, they have all kinds of adventures, including defeating the White Witch, the self-proclaimed ruler of Narnia. That’s the premise of the City of Fairfax Theatre Co.’s upcoming production, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” It’ll be presented Dec. 1-4 at Truro Anglican Church, 10520 Main St. in Fairfax.

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Fairfax: ‘More about Giving, than Receiving’

Britepaths seeks community’s holiday help for neighbors in need.

“We anticipate serving about 2,000 families, as opposed to 1,500 last year,” said Britepaths Executive Director Lisa Whetzel. “Normally, we share them with our other nonprofit partners. But what is concerning is that, this year, our partners are scaling back – so we’re in desperate need for people who want to become sponsors.”

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Fairfax Station: Donated Thanksgiving Food Baskets Ready for 525 Households

Five-hundred twenty-five households in southeastern Fairfax County were served a Thanksgiving food basket from Lorton Community Action Center, thanks to donations from the community and volunteers to organize the packing.

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Reston: ‘Wild’ Chinese Lantern Festival Illuminates NoVa

Over 800 hand-made lanterns have been shipped from southern China to northern Virginia for the Chinese Lantern Festival at Roer’s Zoofari, the old Reston Zoo, in Vienna. All the lanterns in the festival are life-sized or oversized animals that stand at heights as tall as 55 feet, says George Zhao, spokesperson for the festival.

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Reston: Seahawks Advance to Region Semifinals

South Lakes (11-1) to face Lake Braddock (11-1), the top-ranked team in the state.

With less than two minutes to play, it appeared the Seahawks had made an improbable comeback to advance to the region semifinals. After falling behind 14-0, they had scored three unanswered touchdowns. But the Wildcats pulled off a miraculous 75-yard flea-flicker bomb for a score with 1:25 remaining, stunning South Lakes and pulling Centreville to within 22-20.

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Reston: Paying Traffic Tickets with Canned Food Donations?

Reston-based company StandUnited is petitioning the Fairfax County Police Department to allow people to pay their parking tickets with canned food donations for one week during the holidays.

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The Nutcracker Ballet in Herndon

The Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon presents its condensed Children's Series Nutcracker.

The Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon presented its Children's Series Nutcracker, a condensed version of the popular holiday classic. The ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffman's story, "The Nutcracker and the House King." Next weekend, the Classical Ballet Theatre will perform Saturday, Nov. 26 and Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at the NVCC Annandale Campus, located at 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

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Herndon: Viewpoints A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues Strong at Herndon Elementary

What are you thankful for?

“The police are very supportive of the school and community as a whole,” says Nancy Cassidy, an office assistant in the main office of the elementary school. “I think they’re very good at community outreach.” She says police officers come every Friday to help pack bags for the school’s Weekend Backpack Program, a program that provides children in need with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food at times when school resources are unavailable, such as weekends and during school vacations. “The kids love seeing them,” Cassidy says.

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Herndon Turkey Trot Race a Success

Some 858 runners participate in pre-Thanksgiving tradition at Herndon Community Center.

The first-place male winner was James Luehrs, 23, of Reston, who finished with a time of 16:16. He is Herndon High School's cross country and distance track coach. Some 858 runners participated in The Turkey Trot 5K Race sponsored by the Herndon Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Herndon Community Center. The race wound around the Herndon Centennial Golf Course.

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Herndon Receives First Application for ‘Metro’ Area Redevelopment

Stanley Martin Homes wants to build 64 new townhomes at 625 Herndon Parkway.

Stanley Martin Homes wants to build 64 new townhomes at 625 Herndon Parkway. This is the first redevelopment requested for the Herndon Transit-Oriented Core, roughly 38 acres of land immediately north of the new metrorail station that is being constructed in Herndon on the Silver line.

Wednesday, November 23

Editorial: Every day can be “small business day” in Alexandria and Mount Vernon

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

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Editorial Cartoon

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Vienna: Thanksgiving Viewpoints

What Are You Most Thankful For?

“Thankful for eight years with the Obama Family as our First Family. What a kind, loving, moral family. They will be truly missed. Thankful for my husband of a blessed 46 years together. Thankful for a wonderful daughter and her family and especially my grandchildren. Thankful for nature around me. Thankful for my dear friends. Thankful for art and music that takes away pain. Thankful for the Vienna Community.”

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Vienna: Stronger Together in Vienna

Community rallies in support of inclusion and kindness

A young mother living in a bombed-out German town in early 1942 fled with her children to a less-dangerous home in Germany, seeking safety and refuge. Eventually, in 1952, they made their way to the United States.

Del Ray: A Pie for All Seasons

Need a pie for the holidays? Del Ray’s Happy Tart has you covered.

The holidays conjure many mental images — a large turkey on the table, for instance, or your grandmother’s beloved sweet-potato casserole.

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McLean: ‘Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas’ Arriving to Alden

New Holiday musical entertainment for children and families is on its way to the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center. It is an energetic, colorful production with original music based upon the NY Times best-selling book “Fancy Nancy’s Splendiferous Christmas” by award-winning author Jane O’Connor with illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser.

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McLean: Tree-Lighting Celebrated at Tysons Corner Center

A Tree-Lighting Ceremony featuring "American Idol's" Kris Allen and WASH-FM's Loo Katz and Chilli Amar was held on Friday, Nov. 18 at Tysons Corner Center's Plaza area near the ice skating rink.

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McLean Holiday Homes on Display

McLean Woman’s Club 50th Holiday Homes Tour set for Dec. 1

This year’s 50th annual Holiday Homes Tour, on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will focus on five homes, from a historic Colonial four large, unique houses on the north side of McLean.

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Alexandria: There’s No Place Like Home

Score local gifts on Small Business Saturday.

You’ve made your list and checked it twice.

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Alexandria: Warming Souls and Homes as Winter Weather Sets In

Rebuilding Together Alexandria

As the days get shorter and the nights cooler, you probably will turn on your heating system or add an extra blanket to your bed to stay warm.

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New Dining Option in Alexandria

BurgerFi opens restaurant in Old Town.

There’s a new dining option in Old Town.

Alexandria: A ‘Hate-Free Zone’

The members of the Alexandria City Council have issued the following statement on Nov. 18

Alexandria School Board: Promoting Principles Of Inclusiveness

The Alexandria City School Board issued the following statement to ACPS staff and families

Armed Robberies Across Alexandria

Four armed robberies occurred across Alexandria over the weekend.

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Head of the Class: UK university honors Alexandria resident.

When Sir Stuart Matthews graduated from Hatfield Technical College in the United Kingdom 60 years ago, he never dreamed he would one day return to see a building named in his honor.

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Alexandria: People At Work

Store combines exotic plants and comics since 1974.

The front window of Exotic Planterium and Card and Comic Book Collectorama on Mount Vernon Avenue is crowded with plants of all varieties.

Letter to the Editor: A Money-Losing Program in Alexandria

The Gazette Packet article about Alexandria’s money-losing bike share program is emblematic of our anti-entrepreneurial, tax-and-spend City Council.

Letter to the Editor: Alexandria Ignoring Own Advisory Groups?

A great number of Alexandria’s citizens have already voiced their concerns as to the City Council’s decision to move the Appomattox statue from its current position at the intersection at Washington and Prince to a little grass patch fronting the Lyceum.

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Mount Vernon: Commission Delays Vote on Farm Alcohol Zoning Amendment

Comments may be sent prior to planning’s Nov. 30 meeting

The Fairfax County Planning Commission has deferred action on a zoning ordinance amendment that would affect the establishment and expansion of farm breweries, distilleries and wineries in the county.

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Alexandria: Sites of Conscience

New exhibit comes to Alexandria Black History Museum.

Robert Sanabria had over 650 paintings, mainly of concentration camps, slave quarters and insane asylums, and no idea what to do with them.

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Alexandria: Jingle Bell Rock 5K to raise arthritis awareness.

It is the leading cause of disability in the United States, with more than 53 million Americans being affected by some form of arthritis.

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McLean: Marshall High Presents ‘Little Women’

After you’ve polished off the last of the turkey this Thanksgiving and before you head into the holiday rush, bring the family to experience Marshall High School’s rendition of a beloved classic, “Little Women, the Musical” which opens on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

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Great Falls Classical Ballet Performs Revamped Nutcracker This Weekend

Fifty-five dancers will be performing in the show on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at McLean High School.

The Margaret Haddad Studio of Classical Ballet in Great Falls has performed the Nutcracker ballet for decades. Though the studio’s founder –Margaret Haddad— retired last year, her 50-year legacy of teaching classical ballet in the community will continue through one of her students: Casey Jones. Jones started dancing under Margaret Haddad’s instruction in 1994. By 2001, Haddad inducted her into the studio’s teacher training program.

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Great Falls: Playing Baseball in the 1890s Great Falls

Bringing a local player to life through history.

Take a look at the local 1890 Baseball Team, for example. The team was lined up in front of a fence that may have held their horses while they played. Four guys had bats, one or two guys had gloves, most seemed to be wearing riding boots. At least five were wearing the same type of baseball cap, apparently to show they were on the same team. (1890s Baseball Team, The N.F. Bradford, Sr. Collection, copyright Great Falls Historical Society).

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Great Falls: House Fire Early Sunday Morning Completely Destroys Home

While driving down Route 7 in the early hours of Sunday morning, a passerby noticed flames billowing out from a two-story house at 1065 Northfalls Court in Great Falls. This person called 9-1-1 and rushed to knock on the door of the house across the street to warn neighbors.

Great Falls: Route 7 Under Construction For 6 Years

The main challenge of the project: Maintaining the traffic while VDOT widens the road.

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to spend $234 million on improvements to nearly seven miles of Route 7, which include widening it from four to six lanes between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive. The project will be awarded to a contractor by January 2018 with construction starting by March 2019 and finishing in late 2025—a total of six years.

Goodwin House of Alexandria Residents Share Memories of Thanksgiving

Residents at Goodwin House on Fillmore Street in Alexandria shared memories of Thanksgiving traditions.

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Herndon: Citizen Committee Rejects Cellphone Tower Next to Crossfield Elementary

Committee Denies Cell Tower Application

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Hunter Mill District Land Use Committee voted 3-2 to deny an application to build a cellphone tower on Crossfield Elementary School property on Fox Mill Road in Herndon. "This is about money, not anything else,” says Griffin, who is a father of a fourth grader who attends the elementary school.Milestone Communications towers on county school properties has generated more than $13 million of income over the last 20 years for the school system, says Forkas. The proposed tower would generate approximately $40,000 of revenue a year for the school system once at least three carriers agree to use the tower, he says.

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Springfield: Key Center Teacher Publishes Counting Book

If Barney, the big purple dinosaur, motivates one of his students to learn to count, Ka’ala Rapoza won’t stand in the way. But Rapoza, 37, also recognizes the need to balance age-appropriate teaching tools with the skill being learned.

Fairfax County: Commonwealth’s Attorney Begins Review of FCPD Report on Deputy-Involved INOVA Shooting

Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh said he has received the completed criminal investigation from Fairfax County Police into the Aug. 15 fatal shooting of Yovani Amaya Gomez, 29, by Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy MDS Patrick McPartlin outside Inova Fairfax Hospital.

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Fairfax County: Planning Commission Delays Vote on Farm Alcohol Zoning Amendment

The Fairfax County Planning Commission has deferred action on a zoning ordinance amendment that would affect the establishment and expansion of farm breweries, distilleries and wineries in the county.

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Fairfax: Educational program part of FACETS plan to prevent homelessness

On a weekday afternoon, young Fairfax resident Demetrius Dowling works independently on an extra math word problem. A few rows behind him, George Mason University senior and volunteer Rebecca Curtis spends time on a division problem with Yasir Abuelhassan, also from Dowling’s neighborhood.

Fairfax County: FCPS Testing Water Quality in Schools

Drinking water at 40 public schools in Fairfax County has been tested for safety, a release from FCPS said.

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Fairfax County: School Board Formalizes Search for New Superintendent

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) has been contracted by Fairfax County Public Schools to search for a new school system superintendent. Dr. Karen Garza announced on Sept. 19 she would be leaving that role to become president and CEO of the Columbus-based education organization Battelle for Kids.

Tuesday, November 22

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Sponsored: Fusion Academy in Alexandria to host Open House on Dec 8th

Fusion Academy Alexandria is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential.

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Serving the Poor a Thanksgiving Meal in Alexandria

While many people will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family, others have no one to spend it with – much less a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings.

Preparing Thanksgiving Baskets in Alexandria

Preparing Thanksgiving Baskets in Alexandria

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Alexandria: Cider City

Sipping cider’s history.

From hand-cranked wooden presses to the tab at an Old Town pub, hard cider has a long history in Alexandria.

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Alexandria: North Ridge Annual Community Tree Sale

The North Ridge Citizens Association has teamed up for more than 25 years with Almost Heavenly Christmas Trees to bring fresh trees for the community’s Annual Community Christmas Tree Sale.

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Community Tribute for Mount Vernon Police, Fire, and EMTs

Honoring Mount Vernon, Franconia and Fort Belvoir public safety personnel.

Officers from the Mount Vernon and Franconia Police Stations — along with first responders from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department and their counterparts on Fort Belvoir — were recognized at the 9th Annual Police & Fire Fighters Tribute on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Hilton Springfield Hotel.

Suspect in Mount Vernon Arson Sought

As the investigation into the arson and malicious wounding from Saturday, Nov. 19 continues, detectives are still looking for the suspect, Lewis Edward Reeder.

Mount Vernon Crime Report

The following incidents were reported by the Mount Vernon District Police Station.

Pedestrian Dies in Collision in Mount Vernon

Officers responded to the report of a pedestrian that was struck near the intersection of Richmond Highway and Belfield Road on Saturday, Nov. 12, shortly after 7:30 p.m.

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Capitol Steps Benefit for UCM of Mount Vernon Raises Over $75,000

The Capitol Steps Benefit for UCM raised more than $75,000 on Nov. 13 in the Madison Auditorium at the US Patent & Trademark Office.

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Honoring Veterans in Mount Vernon

More than 750 students at Waynewood Elementary School gathered in front of the school to honor veterans as part of a Veterans Day celebration.

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West Potomac Wolverines Fall Short in Playoffs

The West Potomac football team traveled to Madison on Friday, Nov. 18, to take on the second ranked Warhawks in a second round playoff game.

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Capturing Complexity in Paint in Mount Vernon

The Montebello condominium community on Route 1 is hosting an art show that opened Nov. 19 and runs through Jan. 5.

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TPC Potomac Executive Chef Back to Guam

For the third year in a row, TPC Potomac Executive Chef David Trevelino is heading to Guam to prepare holiday feasts for soldiers aboard the USS Chicago submarine.

Commentary: Happy Indigenous People's Day

Last year, I proposed legislation that designated the day before Thanksgiving as Indigenous People’s Day.

Mount Vernon Schools News

Search for New Superintendent Begins

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) has been contracted by Fairfax County Public Schools to search for a new school system superintendent.

Letter to the Editor: Thankful To Comment in Mount Vernon

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I wish to express my appreciation for the Mount Vernon Gazette providing a forum in which local residents can express their views in letters to the editor and thus help educate the public on issues of importance.

One of Mount Vernon’s Greatest Assets Is Its Diversity

The county welcomes and celebrates one another’s differences and cultural backgrounds.

One of Fairfax County’s greatest assets is our diversity.

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‘Open Doors to Independence’ in Alexandria

Community Lodgings hosts second annual breakfast.

Community Lodgings hosted its second annual "Open Doors to Independence" Breakfast at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Old Town on Oct. 20.

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‘Read Across Alexandria’

The Alexandria Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the Alexandria City Public Schools and Alexandria Fire Department for “Read Across Alexandria,” a new initiative to bring guest readers into classrooms to read to elementary school students.

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Training Wheels in Mount Vernon

Program provides bikes, helmets and safety skills.

A collaboration between Alexandria City Public Schools and the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) gave third, fourth, and fifth grade students a chance to turn Mount Vernon Community School students into the city’s youngest cyclists.

Corrections to Alexandria Gazette Packet

Corrections to Alexandria Gazette Packet

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Ivy Hill Thanksgiving in Alexandria

A timely “thanks” to "Grandma" at Ivy Hill Cemetery.

Off-Roading in Alexandria

Outdated parking policies lead to selective on-street bans for new properties.

When it comes to parking, not all residents of Alexandria are equal.

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Calming Does Work in Alexandria

I read with dismay, but not surprise, your Nov. 3 article about increased vehicular traffic on King Street between T.C. Williams High School and the Masonic Temple (“Outrage over Traffic Calming”).

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Turkey-craft in Arlington

”Put the glue on the foil because sometimes you squeeze too much.”

Monday, November 21

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Centreville UMC Mission Work Helps the Community

Provides food, household items, diapers, English classes.

Most churches are involved in various missions, and Centreville United Methodist Church (CUMC) is no exception. Describing the church’s congregation as “generous and mission-driven,” its mission director, Michelle Formica, recently discussed several of the church’s missions.

How to Help Our Neighbor's Child Help Others in Centreville

“Anyone in the community who’d like to contribute can do it here,” said ONC founder Kelly Lavin. “And it’s great for the students to see their community’s generosity.”

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Helping Centreville Families During Holidays

Our Neighbor’s Child provides toys and clothing.

When Centreville’s Kelly Lavin and some friends got together in 1991 to provide Christmas gifts for some families in need in their community, they did so for 15 children. Fast forward to now, and that number has grown to 1,876 children.

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Editorial: Celebrate, Shop, Dine Locally in Chantilly and Centreville

Every day can be “small business day.”

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

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Bulldogs Break Stallions in Chantilly

The Westfield Bulldogs and South County Stallions collided for the second time this season and fourth time in two seasons for a second round playoff game in Chantilly on Friday evening, Nov. 18.

NOVEC Collecting For Toys for Tots

The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative's group of employee volunteers, NOVEC HELPS, is collecting new unwrapped toys, gift bags, and wrapping paper for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots project through Dec. 9.

Chantilly Teacher’s Research on World War II Hero Published

Research completed by Rocky Run Middle School teacher Jamie Sawatzky on World War II hero Major John N. Apperson was published on ABMCeducation.org on Veterans Day.

Help Chantilly Youth Association Deliver Holiday Cheer to Children with Cancer

For the fourth straight year, Chantilly Youth Association (CYA) is looking for would-be Elves and Santa’s Helpers-in-training to help make the season brighter for children fighting cancer and their families.

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Potomac Chamber of Commerce Honors Three

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to three honorees at its awards dinner at Normandie Farm on Nov. 17.

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce paid tribute to three honorees at its awards dinner at Normandie Farm on Nov. 17.

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Getting To Know Potomac Artists

Artomatic 2016 continues through Dec. 9 at Park Potomac.

Last weekend, more than 1,600 art enthusiasts, music aficionados, curiosity seekers and D.C.-area residents visited Artomatic 2016 to discover new art, mingle with the creative community and enjoy performances and interactive activities.

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Potomac Area Neighbor’s Club Celebrates 50 Years

Through all the changes, friendships remain.

"Plant the seeds of friendship, then watch the blessings grow!" is the motto of the Potomac Area Neighbor’s Club (PANC) — formerly the Potomac Area Newcomer’s Club.

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Working Together to Feed 289 Arlington Families

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church or Our Lady Queen of Pies?

The door to the Ministry Building at Our Lady Queen of Peace opens and 6-year-old Maggie Rinzel struggles in with her father, Dan, to deliver a Thanksgiving turkey.

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The Extra Mile in Arlington

The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation hosts second Memorial 5k Run

At last year’s race, Neal Lawson said he was so caught up in the event that he never had a moment to let the day’s events soak in.

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Refugees Gather in Arlington to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Ethiopian Community Development Council hosts “Refugees’ First Thanksgiving.”

Arabic. Amharic. Burmese. Spanish. There were dozens of languages spoken from the nearly 200 people at the “Refugees’ First Thanksgiving” dinner.

Editorial: Every day in Potomac can be “small business day.”

Celebrate, Shop, Dine Locally

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

‘Flourishing After 55’ in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for Nov. 27- Dec. 3.

Simone Biles Visits Arlington Aerials

Olympian Simone Biles came to Barcroft Sports & Fitness Center for an info session, Q&A and autographs with the Arlington Aerials, a competitive gymnastic team sponsored by Arlington County Parks and Recreation.

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Thinking Beyond Serving Meals

Experts advise finding age-appropriate ways for children to give back.

During this season of giving thanks, opportunities for expressions of gratitude can seem ubiquitous.

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Arlington Victory at CASL Girls Jr. Showcase

The Arlington Travel Soccer 2004 Girls Red team won the Elite Black bracket at the CASL Girls Jr. Showcase on Nov. 5-6 in Raleigh, N.C.

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Arlington author: "Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's Capital."

John Richardson writes book on Gov. Alexander "Boss" Shepherd who built D.C.'s physical infrastructure.

North Arlington resident John Richardson, 78, the former president of the Arlington Historical Society, has written a new book — the biography of Gov. Alexander "Boss" Shepherd (1835-1902), "Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's Capital."

Editorial: Celebrate, Shop, Dine Locally in Arlington

Every day can be “small business day.”

There is a joy to participating in community traditions and celebrations during the holidays, from walking along a sidewalk with the streets decked out for the holidays, to shopping in local stores, to being greeted by someone likely to be the owner of the store, to finding gifts that are not mass-produced.

Letter to the Editor: Listen to Arlington Students about Country’s Future

Last Wednesday morning, every 10 year old in the United States woke up to the reality of President-elect Donald Trump.

Easing Election Fears

Local therapists say acknowledging, reassuring are keys to easing anxiety.

On the morning after what was possibly the most adversarial election in recent history, psychologist Carolyn Lorente, Ph.D. felt an urge to send a text message to her two teenaged children.


Friday, November 18

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Spanish Galleon visits Alexandria

El Galeon docks along the Alexandria waterfront Nov. 13 under a night sky illuminated by a Super Moon that won’t be seen again until 2034.

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Alexandria Station 206 Firefighter Wins Best Chef Contest

Cooking with an eye to sudden interruptions.

Ever wonder what firefighters on 24-hour duty eat for dinner?

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Alexandria: Salute to Veterans

Chamber honors veterans in business.

Charlie Euripides, a Korean War veteran and longtime owner of the Royal Restaurant, received a standing ovation as he was presented with the 2016 Distinguished Patriot Award at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Salute to Veterans reception Nov. 10 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.

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Completing Circle of Giving

Volunteers compile more than 7,500 pounds in donated food for Lorton Community Action Center and Britepaths.

“It helped save my son from the streets,” Jeter said. Rather than continuing to run with a dangerous crowd, he got involved with an LCAC job training program called Job Corps and later enlisted in the U.S. Army.

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Scouting for Food in Mount Vernon

Cub Scout Pack 1503 participated in the annual Scouting for Food Drive the last two weekends and had a banner year.

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Alexandria: Shining Stars of SSA

Senior Services of Alexandria honors program volunteers

Senior Services of Alexandria honored individuals who have made a significant contribution to various SSA programs at its annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon Nov. 3 at the Durant Arts Center.

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Gracias, Dhonnobad, Shukran, Amesegenalehu: Alexandria’s uninsured express thanks for the free health fair.

The expressions of gratitude for the free health fair, organized by the Alliance for Alexandria’s Uninsured, moved many of those who volunteered at the fair.

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Springfield: Discovering the Value of Intelligence

Thomas Edison High School production explores deep themes of "Flowers for Algernon."

“Flowers for Algernon” is a play based off of a science fiction novel of the same title, written by Daniel Keyes. The novel was first released as a short story in 1958 and due to its popularity, was released as a full book in 1966. David Rogers then adapted the novel into a play in 1969.

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Springfield: New Principal at Irving Middle

Cindy Conley will oversee a school with 1,057 students and about 125 staff members.

With 16 years in education, Cindy Conley, age 40, of Woodbridge was named the new principal of Irving Middle School in Springfield on Aug. 17, 2016, replacing Danny Little, who retired. She will oversee a school with 1,057 students and about 125 staff members in the West Springfield Pyramid.

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Lorton: Curator Sought for Historic Stempson House

Deadline for submitting applications for Stempson House is Feb. 17, 2017.

Stempson House applications are being sought for resident curator program. The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is accepting applications for the rehabilitation and long-term maintenance of the historic Stempson House, located on Furnace Road in Lorton. The curator leases are without charge in exchange for a financial commitment and approved rehabilitation of the Park Authority’s underutilized historic properties. The deadline for submitting applications for Stempson House is Feb. 17, 2017.

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Alexandria: Port of Call

Ships sail in and out of Alexandria’s marina every day, but over the weekend a special visitor dominated the harbor view.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ Comes to Lorton

A one actor performance on Dec. 3 at Workhouse Arts Center

Nationally known John Hardy will be performing his one-actor adaption of Charles Dickens’ iconic “A Christmas Carol” at the Workhouse Arts Center. “Even though it is the same story as the book, the experience of actually watching an actor move through the events of a play is vastly different than simply hearing the story or reading the book. I get entirely caught up in the story as I am doing the play, and the audience goes right along with me,” said Hardy.

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Delightful Comic Opera Comes to Fairfax

Virginia Opera to perform “The Barber of Seville” at Center for the Arts.

A universally appealing comic opera, Rosinni’s “The Barber of Seville” contains instantly recognizable tunes that have made their way into pop culture. It "is truly one of the gateway operas, full of infectious tunes and hilarity that's remarkably easy to follow,” said Adam Turner, principal conductor and artistic advisor, Virginia Opera.

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Fairfax: City Council Honors Armistice Turtora

Most people don’t receive special proclamations on their birthdays – but then, there’s only one Armistice Turtora. And after serving tirelessly for six decades to better her community, she celebrated her 90th birthday last Friday, Nov. 11.

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Fairfax: Remembering America’s Veterans

OLLI holds annual event in their honor.

Drafted in 1944, Pelzner was trained as a diesel mechanic and assigned to the USS Alchiba supply ship. “We took supplies from the U.S. to the Mariana, Marshall and Caroline Islands and to the Philippines,” he said.

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H-Mart Opens in Burke

On Nov. 9, Burke Village Center officially welcomed a new tenant, H-Mart, an international grocery store specializing in Asian food. "Having H-Mart here in Burke, further exposes our community to different cultures, food and traditions," said Del. Filler-Corn.

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Sangster Hosts Veterans Day Assembly

Viewpoints: Burke Students on Meaning of Veterans Day

Of the 970 students and 665 families at Sangster, which serves parts of Burke, Fairfax Station and Springfield, Principal Lisa Reddel said 175 families are associated with the school’s Military Spouses Group that welcomes newcomers and supports new to the area military families getting settled.

FCPS Get2Green Program Receives Climate and Energy Leadership Award

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is recognized with a 2016 Climate and Energy Leadership Award in the Educational Institution category for its Get2Green program. FCPS is the 10th largest school district in the nation with over 220 facilities comprising 197 schools, 11 centers, and other support buildings.

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Alexandria: Deepening Boundaries

Community expresses concerns about lack of diversity in proposed redistricting.

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) need to redistrict.

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Fairfax: Taste of Fall Nets $80,000 for FACETS

Some 300 people participated in the 17th annual “A Taste of Fall with FACETS,” Nov. 5, at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax. And by evening’s end, they’d contributed more than $80,000.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 86 homes sold between $1,700,000-$199,900 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: October, 2016

Springfield Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 146 Springfield homes sold between $810,000-$160,000.

Springfield Home Sales: October, 2016

Reston Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 93 Reston homes sold between $1,259,000-$152,000.

Reston Home Sales: October, 2016

Mount Vernon Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 95 homes sold between $1,330,000-$95,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: October, 2016

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 65 homes sold between $1,035,000-$185,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: October, 2016

Fairfax Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 81 Fairfax homes sold between $1,150,000-$169,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: October, 2016

Chantilly Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 17 homes sold between $750,000-$50,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: October, 2016

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

In October, 2016, 59 homes sold between $1,325,000-$130,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 81 Centreville homes sold between $995,000-$155,000.

Centreville Home Sales: October, 2016

Burke Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 42 Burke homes sold between $802,500-$236,000.

Burke Home Sales: October, 2016

Arlington Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 239 Arlington homes sold between $2,057,000-$60,000.

Arlington Home Sales: October, 2016

Alexandria Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 160 Alexandria homes sold between $1,956,900-$110,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: October, 2016

Thursday, November 17

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Roberta Thole Presents ‘Then and Now’ at Reston Art Gallery & Studios

Roberta Thole's contemporary and abstract works visually contain times past and present, with imagery and ideas of Greco-Roman antiquity. Known for her use of copper and fresco, her canvases are richly textured with geometric and architectural elements resembling ancient walls and ruins, resulting in a range of timeless, complex works. “Then and Now” is on exhibit now through Dec. 1. All are welcome to visit the working studio to see the display during weekend gallery hours, or by appointment, or by chance at Reston Art Gallery & Studios, 11400 Washington Plaza, Reston.

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Reston: Lily Siegel Appointed Executive Director and Curator of the GRACE

“Lily has already achieved a great deal in her young career, which speaks to her special talents,” said Robert Goudie, GRACE Board Chair. “She brings outstanding academic achievement, a passion for contemporary art, a demonstrated ability to raise money for and manage significant projects, and a national perspective, relationships, and experiences.

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Reston: Region Races For ‘Team Red, White & Blue’

More than 600 people from all over the greater Washington area braved 30-degree weather on Sunday morning to salute veterans and members of the military by running in Dominion Consulting’s Third Annual Veterans Day 5K. “Just by getting vets out who have issues [post-traumatic stress disorder] gets them involved and gives them two hours or so to not think about those things,” says Lynch, who is a veteran of the Air Force.

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Reston: Reston Association Board Members Divided; Pools on Chopping Block

Board Divided Over Budget

Reston Association’s 2017 proposed budget was hotly debated during a public hearing that left both residents and board directors in disagreement.

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A Violation of the Comprehensive Plan

Reston resident analyzes Saint John’s Wood redevelopment proposal.

A group of determined neighbors are holding steadfast in their opposition to the proposed redevelopment plans for the St. Johns Wood (SJW) apartment complex. John Mooney is a member of Reclaim Reston. He added his signature to those of more than 675 locals who signed Reston resident Susanne Andersson-Tosado’s on-line petition opposing the project.

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Herndon: Classical Ballet Theatre to Present Classic Nutcracker

Classical Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker. Performed at the 520-seat Ernst Theater, this holiday classic includes all of the stunning costumes, dancing, and enchantment necessary to bring Clara’s dream to life. Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at Ernst Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale.

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Herndon: Volunteering on Election Night

Election night volunteer Jennifer Kyle Herd of Herndon pulls a precinct chief's kit to the check-in table while Office of Elections information technology technician Alexander Russell logs poll pads into inventory around 10:15 p.m. Nov. 8 at the loading dock of the Fairfax County Government Center as another chief pulls up in a car to unload.

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Herndon Honors Veterans

Veterans Day Observance held at the ‘Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month” at Herndon’s Chestnut Grove Cemetery.

“It is the veteran, not the preacher, who gives us freedom of religion. It is the veteran, not the reporter, who gives us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair trial. It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the veteran who salutes that flag.” Pausing, he adds: “It is the veteran who serves under that flag” Barnum said.

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Herndon Has High Turnout; Mayor Wins Re-Election

Town Council Elections Held

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel won re-election last week from an engaged town of voters. “The election was a great experience,” says Merkel. “Seeing so many people out and excited to cast their ballots … the atmosphere was very positive and neighborly at each of the three precincts I visited.”

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Herndon: LINK Accepts Donations to Annual Coat Drive

New and gently used winter coats will be distributed to those in need on Nov. 19.

Those wishing to donate can deliver coats to the Sterling United Methodist Church at 304 E. Church Road from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Friday, Nov. 18. “When my kids started elementary school, I started noticing,” Thomas says. “It broke my heart to see kids who couldn’t help themselves, and had no winter clothing.”

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Herndon: Chimney Fire Displaces 4

A chimney fire last weekend displaced four Herndon residents from their home on the 13400 block of Lake Shore Drive in Herndon last weekend.

Great Falls Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 20 Great Falls homes sold between $3,767,500-$639,900.

Great Falls Home Sales: October, 2016

McLean Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 87 homes sold between $5,000,000-$182,500 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: October, 2016

Potomac Home Sales: October, 2016

In October, 2016, 37 Potomac homes sold between $3,775,000-$410,000.

Potomac Home Sales: October, 2016

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Deepening Boundaries in Alexandria

Community expresses concerns about lack of diversity in proposed redistricting.

Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) need to redistrict. But among parents, teachers, and students there are deep concerns that the redistricting hadn’t done enough to balance the diversity of the schools.

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Vienna: A True Adventure

James Madison High School’s production of ‘Deadwood Dick’ engages the audience.

Hop on your horses and gallop on over to James Madison High School, because a night of cowboys, card games, true love, and lively fun awaits at their production of “Deadwood Dick.” Based on a popular series of nineteenth century dime novels by Edward L. Wheeler, “Deadwood Dick” follows the tradition of old Western melodrama, filled with mustached villains, dashing heroes, and lovely, woe-ridden heroines.

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Vienna: Sergeant Patrick Kiley and Dispatcher II Amy Milliman Receive Service Recognition Award

Sgt. Patrick Kiley and Dispatcher II Amy Milliman received a Service Recognition Award for their outstanding effort in organizing the 2016 Cops and Kids Fun Run. Sgt. Kiley and Dispatcher Milliman were responsible for every detail of the Fun Run, which our department hosted for the first time in several years.

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Vienna: Steven Gellman to Release Holiday Album at Jammin Java

Singer/songwriter Steven Gellman celebrates the holiday season at Jammin Java on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. with the “Hearth & Home” album release concert. Jammin Java, named one of the best music venues in the country by Paste Magazine, is located at 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna.

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Vienna: New Town of Vienna Police Officer Graduates from Academy

Officer Rachel E. Rohr graduated from the 67th Session of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. The Academy curriculum includes, but is not limited to, 320 hours of academic studies including crisis intervention, assisting individuals with mental illness, de-escalation techniques and first aid training; 94 hours of firearms training; 84 hours of emergency vehicle operation; 110 hours of physical training and 130 hours of defensive tactics training.

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McLean: ‘Enchanted Forest’ Returns to Tysons

Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV) will host the 16th annual “The Enchanted Forest,” a weekend-long holiday festival featuring a variety of affordable events for the entire family on Nov. 19 and 20 at the Westin in Tysons Corner, located at 7801 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.

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TheatreMcLean Presents ‘Don’t Drink the Water’

McLean High School's award-winning theatre company, TheatreMcLean, presents Woody Allen’s hilarious slapstick comedy “Don’t Drink the Water.” Playing for one weekend only, Nov. 18-20, at McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean.

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McLean: Potomac School’s Nardini to Play Tennis at University of Richmond

Joe Nardini, a senior at The Potomac School, has signed his national letter of intent to play Division I tennis for the University of Richmond.

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McLean: Potomac School Debate Coaches Receive National Honor

The Potomac School’s current debate coach and a former coach were recognized for their work during the Holy Cross School (New Orleans) Invitational Tournament, which ran from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. Potomac Speech and Debate Coach Harry Strong received the Brother Melchior Polowy, C.S.C. Excellence in Coaching Award.

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McLean Holiday Parade Set for Dec. 4

On Sunday, Dec. 4, McLean residents will welcome in the holidays as fun and fancy entries proceed down Old Chain Bridge Road for the eighth annual WinterFest parade. The stage will be set in the Langley Shopping Center, with Peggy Fox from WUSA Channel 9, again calling the parade.

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McLean: Kirby Road Sidewalk in Three Years

Two preliminary designs for new sidewalk on Kirby Road connecting pedestrians to Chesterbrook Elementary School were presented to the community on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at a public meeting in the school’s cafeteria. The final design will be completed in 2017, land required for the projects will be acquired in 2018 and construction will start and finish in 2019.

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Santa HQ Opens at Tysons

Santa Claus makes special stop for service members

“What better way to say thank you to those who have served and our military families than to bring them Santa Claus?” says Becca Willcox, spokeswoman for Tysons Corner Center. “We’re lucky to have him here so early.”

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Burke, Fairfax Station and Lorton: Sangster Elementary hosts annual Veterans Day assembly

For about a third of the families at Sangster Elementary School in Burke, military and mobility is a way of life.

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McLean: Joy, Tears and Laughter

“Broadway Bound” from Neil Simon at 1st Stage.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, “Broadway Bound” is a treasure from the fertile mind of Tony Award winning playwright Neil Simon. Under the fine, perceptive direction of Shirley Serotsky, “Broadway Bound” is a remarkable production full of family love and pain with plenty of humor.

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McLean: Scouts, Alumni Help Clean Up School Grounds

Members of Cub Scout Pack 665 turned out in force to support an environmental stewardship service project at Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean. The Scouts helped Don Hutzel, Churchill Road Principal, tackle some grounds keeping tasks and fall clean up on the school grounds.

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McLean: ‘John Eaton’s Holiday Songbook’ Comes to The Alden Dec. 17

‘John Eaton’s Holiday Songbook’ Comes to The Alden Dec. 17. Considered one of the foremost interpreters of American music, Eaton offers a combination of ultra-tasteful jazz, fascinating observations and humorous commentary. In a typical concert, he performs music from the vast treasure trove of American popular song and jazz. Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen are just a few of the great American composers he highlights.

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Tysons: Warby Parker to Open First Virginia Eyeglasses Store

Warby Parker, a popular online eyeglasses retailer, is opening its first brick-and-mortar location in Virginia on Nov. 19 at Tysons Corner Center mall.

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Week in Great Falls

Starshine Theater to Hold Auditions

Starshine Theater will present “Singin’ Our Lives !” ~ Your Story is Your Song ~ and will be holding auditions for ages 6 through 18 for actors, singers, dancers and musicians.

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Fairfax County: Volunteers compile more than 7,500 pounds in donated food for Lorton Community Action Center and Britepaths.

Wanda Jeter of Lorton has been a volunteer with the Lorton Community Action Center for 20 years. As single mother who’s struggled to provide for herself and four children, she’s also been a client.

Great Falls: Let Students Observe Veterans Day

Letter to the Editor

I did notice that Feb. 6, 2017 is a student holiday though. Is Feb. 6, 2017 a Student Holiday because the Super Bowl is the day before on Feb. 5, 2017?? Coincidental? I hope so. If not, that is shameful and disrespectful to the Veterans of this great Republic. Let’s get our priorities straight and allow the children of Fairfax County to acknowledge, observe, and learn about our veteran’s service by observing this day as a National Holiday.

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Great Falls Remembers Its Veterans

The Freedom Memorial

“It’s easy to recognize active duty military, but most veterans blend into our communities,” said Maj. Gen. Julie Bentz, vice director of the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, who was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

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Holiday Events at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Great Falls

Great Falls Church Announces Children’s Christmas Program

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10550 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, announces a free event on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m., open to the community, featuring the Christmas story told through narration, scripture and Christmas carols. The cast of children bring the Nativity scene to life with Mary, Joseph, animals, angels and shepherds.

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Great Falls U13 Blue Win Virginia President’s Cup

The GFSC U13 Blue capped off a fall 2016 season by winning the U13 Virginia Cup title with a 5-0 win over Virginia Beach.

Wednesday, November 16

Appetite: Three Beverages for a Wintertime Brunch

Amid the Thanksgiving prep work and holiday shopping sprees, sometimes it’s best to stop for brunch and order a beverage to treat yourself. Here are three great spots to visit.

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Scourge or Salvation?

BID moves forward with mixed reception from local business owners.

Depending on whom you ask, by early 2017, Alexandria’s businesses along King Street could see the beginning of a revitalization of Old Town retail or the burden of another unnecessary tax.

Correction

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Vision for the Future

National Industries for the Blind breaks ground in Potomac Yard.

The Alexandria-based National Industries for the Blind held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 28 to formally begin construction on a new 100,000-square foot headquarters building at The Exchange at Potomac Yard.

Homicide in Nursing Home

An assault in a nursing home resulted in the death of 82-year-old Hunter Alexander, a resident of Sunrise of Alexandria.

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Anniversary and Grand Re-opening

Gold Works, at 1400 King St., is celebrating its 27th anniversary and grand re-opening.

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The Ultimate Barber Opens at Potomac Yards

The man behind the shears is John Hall, 42; he has just opened The Ultimate Barber at 2712 Jefferson Davis Highway.

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At Regional Playoff

TC finished the season 5-6 and made the playoffs for only the second time since 1990 under first-year coach James Longerbeam.

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It’s a Wrap at 10th Annual Alexandria Film Festival

After hosting more than 40 films and as many filmmakers over a four-day weekend, in three locations, the Alexandria Film Festival closed out its 10th year on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Commentary: Tackling Sewage Issue Together

I write as a lifelong environmentalist and as the Mayor of Alexandria. All of us have a deep and abiding obligation to our land, water, and air. It is not a burden, but rather an honor.

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Mount Vernon: Day of Service at Huntington Gardens

Owner Christian Relief Services partners with Accenture and Operation Renewed Hope Foundation.

“Some people work two jobs, 80 hours a week, and still can’t afford to pay rent on a place. This gives them a hand up, not a hand out.” — Gay Shane, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation

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Paying Tribute On Veterans Day

Active duty and retired military parents accompanied Waynewood Elementary School students in raising the flag and planting American flags in the front lawn of the school on Veterans Day.

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Walk to Bust Cancer

Approximately 500 people participated in Walk to Bust Cancer’s inaugural event on Oct. 16 at Fort Hunt Park to benefit the National Breast Center Foundation.

Gang Member Convicted in ‘Cold Case’ Murder

In 2013, detectives from the Major Crimes Division, Cold Case Squad, reviewed the murder case of 19-year-old Cristian Aranzana Vasquez from 2004 and were able to develop new evidence against a suspect, 23-year-old Cory Wilkins, of Woodbridge.

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Wolverines Avenge Regular Season Loss to TC

West Potomac set the tone early in last week’s game against T.C, Williams as they took the opening kickoff and drove down field for a touchdown catch and run by Zack Monson to put the home team up 7-0.

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Park Volunteer Wins State Award

Catherine Ledec, president of the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park (FOHMP) in Alexandria, has received this year’s Distinguished Volunteer Service Award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS).

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Compare Bikeshare to Mass Transit

In last week’s edition of this newspaper there was an article featuring Capital Bikeshare and it’s expansion issues. As part of this examination a lengthy comparison was made to public transportation and its financial dynamics, especially the role of public subsidies.

Suspect Sought in Robbery

Suspect Sought in Robbery

Classified Advertising November 16, 2016

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Crime Report

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Letter to the Editor: Fulfill CIP Proposal

Our Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Alvin Crawley, should be commended and supported for his FY 2018-2027 Proposed Capital Improvement Program Budget (CIP) which proposes solutions to the continuing capacity crisis at all grades in our public schools.

Armed Commercial Robbery on North Kings Highway

Fairfax County Police responded to a report of a commercial armed robbery in the 5900 block of North Kings Highway on Monday, Nov. 14.

Arlington Editorial: Holidays Are for Giving

Give thanks and share locally.

The holidays are about giving, and giving thanks.

Potomac Editorial: Holidays Are for Giving

Give thanks and share locally; tens of thousands of families around us are in need.

The holidays are about giving, and giving thanks.

Alexandria Editorial: Holidays Are for Giving

Give thanks and share locally; tens of thousands of families around us are in need.

The holidays are about giving, and giving thanks.

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Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Cartoon

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The Community Helps Out

The Boy Scout food drive to restock Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ (WFCM) food pantry was Saturday, Nov. 12

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‘A Blessing for All Involved’

WFCM provides families with food for the holidays.

Christmas dinner is always a highlight of the holiday season. But for people who are hungry and have little or no food in their kitchen, it can be devastating.

Tuesday, November 15

Fairfax County Editorial: Holidays Are for Giving

Give thanks and share locally; tens of thousands of families in Fairfax County are in need.

The holidays are about giving, and giving thanks.

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Businesses Navigate County Planning

German grocery looks to Chantilly.

The German Lidl grocery chain offered to proffer $250,000 for athletic fields and recreational facilities in Chantilly.

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Perspective: High School Diplomats — An unforgettable experience.

Over the past summer, I participated in a program called High School Diplomats (HSD), which is a cultural exchange program between Japan and the United States held at Princeton University.

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Westfield Defeats Woodson in Playoff Game

The Westfield Bulldogs and W.T. Woodson Cavaliers matched up for a first round playoff game on Friday night, Nov. 11, in Chantilly.

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Honoring Veterans

Poplar Tree Elementary School students honored veterans on Thursday, Nov. 10 with patriotic songs, speeches, a special slide show, and a parade.

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At Meeting in Richmond

Four members of the Centreville-based John Witt Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century (NSCDXVIIC), attended the Virginia Society Board of Management meeting in Richmond in October.

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Celebrating 30 Years

Celebrating 30 Years at Union Mill Elementary

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Learning about Homelessness

Learning about Homelessness

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Comstock Wins 10th District Race

Hotly-contested seat targeted as a “flip” for Democrats.

From the outset, the race for Virginia’s 10th Congressional seat attracted national attention as a possible “flip” for Democrats in their bid to gain the 30 seats they needed to win back control of the House.

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Receiving Good Scout Award

Tyler Schroder, an 8th grader at Rocky Run Middle School, a member of Boy Scout Troop 577 in Clifton and a member of the Order of the Arrow; and Dan Kurtenbach, a committee member of Sully District, Boy Scouts of America, received the honor of being recognized as this year's youth and adult Northern Virginia Good Scout for Sully District.

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Success at National Championships

Centreville’s Matt Datta and Kevin Egilmez placed second with their tennis team at the United States Tennis Association USTA League 9.0 National Championships

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Residents Organize Against Proposed Cell Tower

An application seeking to construct an 80-foot monopole in the front parking lot at the Gainsborough Road entrance to the East Gate Swim and Tennis Club has drawn opposition from some residents of the four East Gate communities

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All Things Raptor

A day for aficionados of birds of prey.

The Owl Moon Raptor Center Festival was held Sunday, Nov. 13 at Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds.

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Artomatic Arts Spectacular

Artomatic Arts Spectacular is being held at 12435 Park Potomac Ave., Floors 5 and 6, Thursdays, noon-10 p.m.; Fridays: noon-midnight; Saturdays, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon - 6 p.m.

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Gift Ideas from Saturday Farmer’s and Flea Markets

Flea market is starting to look a little like Paris.

The Arlington flea market, outside the Courthouse cinema, near the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, has grown up.

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Ringing in the Season with ‘Silver Belles’

Signature Theatre stages world premiere musical just in time for the holidays.

Signature Theatre's Ark theater in Arlington is staging the world premiere musical, "Silver Belles," just in time for the holiday season — from Nov. 22 to Dec. 24.

Girls on the Run in Rosslyn

Local students prepare for 3.1-mile run.

On Nov. 20, Girls on the Run of NOVA will host nearly 2,000 runners with girls from 121 Northern Virginia schools completing the 3.1-mile run alongside family, friends, and the general public.

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Collecting Food Donations

Charlie Gaylord from Boy Scout Troop 106 is nearing the end of his 167-house route on Williamsburg Boulevard at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Nov. 21-24.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Nov. 21-24.

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Despite County’s Voters, It’s President Trump

Democrats re-elect Beyer but lose the country.

Unofficial Election Results As of Monday, Nov. 14

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‘We Owe You Our Freedom’

Thousands gather in salute to veterans.

Veterans organizations from across the nation joined President Barack Obama for the Presidential Armed Forces wreath-laying ceremony and Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Day Observance Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Aging in Arlington

Residents share struggles of the elderly in region.

The Legislative Forum on Aging was themed as a fireside chat with the elected representatives, something Carol Downs, chair of the Northern Virginia Aging Network (NVAN), joked she could remember.

County Board Briefs

Culpepper Garden Apartments Renovation Approved

The County Board approved a $9.9 million loan at its Nov. 9 meeting to the Affordable Housing Investment Fund to renovate Culpepper Garden Apartments.

Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive

Help make the holidays bright for Arlington County children in need by donating to the second annual Fill the Cruiser Holiday Toy Drive.

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Rotary Club Provides Winter Coats

More than 75 children enrolled at Homestretch were all smiles last week as members of the Arlington Rotary Club distributed new winter coats in the perfect size, color, or that featured their favorite character.

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Arlington: Views from Voters

Local political activists stand for hours at polling stations to greet voters.

They can’t vote yet, but when they can, there are three young Arlington residents who are going to know what their candidates stand for and fill in their ballots accordingly.

Monday, November 14

Gifts from the Heart

From ‘things’ to to experiences, gifts come in all kinds of packaging.

The Vienna-Oakton Connection offers its readers “part 1” of gift ideas, from small community businesses with personalized service to gifts that benefit the spirit of the heart.

Blood Donation Drive at Madison High

On Oct. 31, Madison HS held its semi-annual blood drive in conjunction with INOVA.

Week in Vienna

Week in Vienna

Deer Feeding Ban Is In Effect

Many residents enjoy seeing white-tailed deer up close and may feel they are contributing to the animal’s welfare by providing supplemental food.

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Holiday Season Kicks Off

Events in Vienna-Oakton serve children and adults, welcome the spirit of giving.

The festive season, of sparkling lights and aromatic baked sweets, of craft bazaars and seasonal holiday music, of good-will and selfless spirit, is upon us.

Column: Opportunity Neighborhood Launches in Reston

Event signifies community commitment to making opportunity a reality for children, youth and families.

A motivated audience of Reston-area residents, nonprofits, schools, county programs, businesses, faith organizations and elected officials gathered at South Lakes High School to launch the Reston Opportunity Neighborhood (“RestON”) movement.

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Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day

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David Clark Recognized As a Member of the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour visited South Lakes High School to recognize David Clark as a member of the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

An Open Letter to County Officials: Deny John’s Wood Redevelopment

I urgently request that you deny the current Saint John’s Wood Apartments redevelopment proposal because of its serious non-conformities with the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan.

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Setting a holiday table

Local tastemakers offer suggestions for creating festive tablescape.


As Thanksgiving draws near, thoughts of table settings and holiday décor abound.

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Guest-Ready Home for the Holidays

From organizing to decorating, a guide for getting a house ready for visitors.


Ready or not, the holidays are coming.

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Council gives go-ahead to Rust Curve project.

Rust Curve Project Gets ‘Green Light’

The Rust Curve proposal is controversial, with residents on both sides of the issue. But, believing in the many benefits it’ll bring, the Fairfax City Council has given it a green light. The project entails building a continuous brick sidewalk on the west side of Route 123/Chain Bridge Road between Old Town Fairfax and Rust Hill Place. It also replaces the drainage ditch and deteriorating sidewalk along Chain Bridge Road with a new, at-grade curb, gutter and sidewalk.

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Fairfax: Paul VI Presents ‘Don’t Go Near the Water’

In an American embassy somewhere behind the Iron Curtain. The ambassador’s son, a bumbler, is running the embassy when three American tourists – parents and their 23-year-old daughter – run inside. They’re being chased by secret police who accuse them of spying and picture-taking. So they seek asylum and make plans to escape. Featuring a cast and crew of 50, Paul VI High presents the rollicking comedy, “Don’t Go Near the Water.” It takes the stage Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 17-20, in the school theater.

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Burke: Making History Personal at Burke History Day 2016

The next meeting of the Burke Historical Society is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the fellowship hall at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 6304 Lee Chapel Road in Burke. Author Paul N. Herbert will discuss his latest book “Treason in the Rockies.”

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Burke: Beautifying New Pohick Library

Perry Spring, a “Life” scout in Boy Scout Troop 1100, at Nativity Church in Burke completed his Eagle Scout Service Project by leading his Troop in rebuilding the entranceway planter boxes at the newly renovated Pohick Library on Sydenstricker Road. More than thirty scouts from Troop 1100 worked throughout the day to complete this project.

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Great Falls: ‘Breathtaking Navajo Lands and Beyond’ Photography Exhibit by Dee Leggett at the Great Falls Library

“Breathtaking Navajo Lands and Beyond" is an exhibit of photography capturing the beauty of the natural formations and historical sites on the Navajo lands in Arizona as well as some of the State Parks in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada taken during Great Falls photographer and author Dee Leggett’s tour to the area in May.

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Bringing New Trees to Great Falls

ReLeaf and GFCA volunteers disperse some of many native species that will enhance the community for many years, including white and red oak, elderberry, dogwood and loblolly pine. ReLeaf is a private non-profit organization of volunteers formed in 1992 to plant and protect trees in and around Fairfax County, preserve native habitat and educate the public about the benefits of trees.

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Vienna: Madison High School Student honored by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Justin Hu, a freshman at James Madison High School, was honored as one of the brightest students from around the world at an international awards ceremony by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). This year, more than 27,000 students participated in CTY’s Talent Search, representing all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

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Vienna: OLGS Wimbledon Tennis Team Ends Winning Season

OLGC – Wimbledon I, ended the regular season with a 12-0 record and had match record score of 72-3 in total games played.

Editorial: Holidays Are for Giving

Give thanks and share locally; tens of thousands of families in Fairfax County are in need.

The holidays are about giving, and giving thanks.

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Decking the Halls, Stuffing Bellies

Local cooking schools offer crash courses in holiday dishes.

Ever since Bernadette Lott can remember, she’s had a sweet tooth as big as a sugar cane field.

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Additional Factors Impede Efforts To Quit Smoking

Public encouraged to learn about challenges faced by smokers with mental illness who want to quit.

Despite her mental health challenges, Deneice Valentine quit smoking in part by learning to meditate.

Unofficial Election Results as of Monday, Nov. 14

Source: http://results.elections.virginia.gov/

Unofficial Election Results as of Monday, Nov. 14

Friday, November 11

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Alexandria Film Festival: A Banquet of 40 Films

Alexandria Film Festival celebrates 10 years.

There are more independent film festivals in the Washington, D.C. metro area now than any other time in the area’s history, and that’s great for cinephiles.

Alexandria Restaurants to Warm Up When Weather Turns Cold

Here are three restaurants that are sure to get the chill out.

Alexandria City Council and La Bergerie Win Court Case

Judge upholds city’s arguments.

La Bergerie faced opposition from neighbors when it was announced that the inn and restaurant would be moving into a historic location at 329 North Washington St., but after a legal battle, the Court has ruled in favor of La Bergerie and the City Council.

Mount Vernon: Crime Report

The following incidents were reported by the Mount Vernon District Police Station.

Alexandria: T.C. Williams High School News Briefs

One week before tryouts, less than a month before their first game, T.C. Williams High School has suddenly lost its basketball coach.

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Alexandria Rowers Finishing Season with a Flourish

ODBC rowers took 17 boats to the water in two separate regattas to finish the fall rowing season on Nov. 5-6, capturing 6 medals and strong performances by a number of boats.

Alexandria: Peluso Leads Linden Resources

Ralph Peluso of Alexandria was elected chair of Linden Resources, Inc.’s board of directors at its annual meeting in September.

Alexandria: Join Race to End to Homelessness at USPTO

Fundraiser supports Carpenter’s Shelter.

The Carpenter’s Shelter is organizing RunForShelter, its 6th annual 5K and 10K race.

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Opinion: Editorial Cartoon

Cartoon by Steven G. Artley

Letter to the Editor: Enforcement Visibly Needed

The Alexandria city manager’s response to my letter of Oct. 27 regarding “traffic lawlessness” in Alexandria is with all due respect, beyond the pale.

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Vienna: Madison High Students Collect Food for Others

Food Drive

Madison High School is running its annual canned food drive from Oct. 31 to Nov. 22.

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Alexandria: Trinity United Methodist Church Receives Historic Marker

The Jamestown Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames 17th Century presented Trinity United Methodist Church in Alexandria with a historical plaque commemorating its continuous service to the Alexandria community since 1774 on Sept. 11, 2016.

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Alexandria: Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 888, sponsored by Heritage Presbyterian Church, recognized 10 of its members on Sunday, Oct. 23, as having earned the rank of Eagle Scout during the 12 months from fall 2015 to fall 2016.

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McLean: Historic District to Include Mackall-Hall House

Expansion of Langley Fork

“Doug Mackall was born in the bedroom on the second floor on top of the stairs. I don’t know if Henry Mackall was born there or not, I don’t think he was in the house,” said Ulfelder. “Two prominent folks who have a lot to do with the preservation of history of McLean and have been involved in the overall Fairfax County community as well.”

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Mark Zetts Honored for ‘Selfless Devotion’ to Community

McLean Citizens Association presents resolution recognizing years of Zett’s leadership on planning and zoning issues.

The McLean Citizens Association voted unanimously to approve a resolution expressing its “deep gratitude and appreciation” for his “exceptional dedication and selfless devotion” to MCA and the McLean community. Mark Zetts was a member of the MCA’s Board of Directors since 2002, he spent more than nine years as chair or co-chair of the association’s Planning and Zoning Committee.

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A Design Solution as Big as a Barn Door

Master bath renovation explores themes from Great Falls' bucolic past.

With its metal roof, stucco siding and silo, the 5,800-sq-ft., five-bedroom Great Falls residence exuded nostalgic references to the community's bucolic past. Getting the house to owner requirements, however, entailed a commitment.

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Eagle Scouts Honor Troops for Veterans Day

As his Eagle project, he along with friends constructed wooden boxes to collect hundreds of books ranging from preschool level to high school for the children of wounded warriors, active duty and veterans being served at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Pediatrics Department.

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Northern Virginia: Bumpy road ahead for Capital Bikeshare expansion in Northern Virginia.

It takes a little over two hours to bike from downtown Washington D.C. to Reston. For the Capital Bikeshare, it’s a trip that’s taken six years.

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Commentary: Day To Honor Veterans

This Friday we take time to honor our veterans and their families.

Fairfax County: Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Taxes

The voters have spoken and the Meals Tax Referendum was defeated 54 percent to 46 percent.

Mount Vernon: Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Bock Farm

Those who have driven on Parker Lane toward Sherwood Hall Lane recently probably noticed the yellow hand-painted signs on various front lawns, urging Supervisor Dan Storck to vote against the rezoning of the Bock farm, which sits on the corner of Parker Lane and Hinson Farm Road.

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Fairfax County: Fire Station ‘Best Open House’ Award

As part of last month’s open house at all Fairfax County Fire and Rescue fire stations, there was a competition among all the fire stations to win the "Best Open House" award.

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Mount Vernon: Centenarians

On Oct. 25, The Fairfax at Fort Belvoir hosted an event to recognize 15 centenarians in the Northern Virginia region.

Mount Vernon vs West Potomac

West Potomac defeated Mount Vernon 45-14 on Friday, Nov. 4.

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Alexandria: Correction: A Wolverine Win

Correction

Correction: In last week’s Gazette, the wrong photo was printed for the West Potomac-South County football game.

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Alexandria: Behind the Glass Wall

Alexandria history at one’s fingertips.

“What's Behind the Glass Wall?” The sign sits outside the Local History and Special Branch of the Alexandria Library on Queen Street.

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Mount Vernon: ‘Search and Rescue’ at Camporee

During the weekend of Oct. 14-16, Boy Scouts of the Colonial District of the National Capital Area Council attended their fall camporee at the Patuxent River 4-H Center in Upper Marlboro, Md.

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Burke, Fairfax Station and Springfield: ‘Crazy’ Lines on Election Day Morning

Ipads, communication keep things moving quickly.

At 5:45 a.m., Colleen Dewing was queued up for a lifetime first: voting. The West Springfield High School senior needed to fulfill her civic duty early in order to take a shift right away at the senior class’ annual bake sale outside the school.

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Fairfax County: Sayles Receives Environmental Excellence Award

Sayles is a retired Denver police officer, DEA agent, Ad Hoc Police Commission contributor and long-time county resident

A 12-year-old African American boy watched as a city of Denver patrol car with two white police officers drove slowly by his house, where he reported people attempting to break in.

Thursday, November 10

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Mount Vernon: Accident Victim’s Friends Plan Memorial Service

Amari Newton, 18, of Alexandria was killed in a car crash in Brunswick County, Virginia on Nov. 5, Virginia State Police said. Newton was a 2016 Mount Vernon High School graduate.

Wednesday, November 9

Alexandria: Letter to the Editor: City Should Talk to Businesses

I agree with Jody Manor’s thoughtful and accurate Letter to the Editor in last week’s paper regarding the sudden impetus to regulate the use of A-frame signs on Old Town streets.

Alexandria: Letter to the Editor: What Does It Mean To Honor Veterans?

Show respect for all veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

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Alexandria: Union Street Marks a Milestone

Restaurant to celebrate 30 years.

With the Hotel Indigo and a new residential development slated to open in the coming year, change is in the air for much of South Union Street.

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Alexandria: Bridging Sacred and Secular

Mayor’s clergy council focuses on community issues and service.

In contrast to widespread contention about religion in the public square, Alexandria’s mayor and faith leaders seek a mutually constructive way forward.

Mount Vernon, Alexandria: Coming: Children’s Gazette 2016

Get creative and send art, poetry and more.

During the last week of each year, The Gazette devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children.

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Mount Vernon: Pohick Church

During the Colonial period, Pohick Church was the congregation of many of our country's most prominent families, including the Washingtons, Masons and Fairfaxes.

Alexandria: Historic Sites

Some Historic Sites in Alexandria

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Mount Vernon: Heavy Turnout Early

Chief election officer Doris McBryde said there were around 70 voters already in line at 6 a.m. when the polls opened at West Potomac High School.

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Fairfax County: No to Trump And Meals Tax

Beyer, Connolly re-elected.

With final numbers still coming in from around the country, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump carried a strong lead early Wednesday morning over Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton.

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Alexandria: Despite City’s Voters, It’s President Trump

Democrats re-elect Beyer but lose the country.

If Alexandria had decided the election, Hillary Clinton would be President.

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Alexandria, Mount Vernon: Health Fair Serves Hundreds

After screenings, referrals for affordable treatment.

One volunteer dentist at the end of the Health Fair for the Uninsured on Saturday, Nov. 5 examined a young woman and discovered she had a growth on the side of her tongue. The doctor explained the significance, and referred her for a biopsy — right away. He may have saved her life.

Mount Vernon, Alexandria: A Time to Remember

Ceremony to honor local veterans.

The Friends of Rocky Versace will host the city’s 15th Annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center.

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Alexandria, Mount Vernon: Shifting Gears

Bumpy road ahead for Capital Bikeshare expansion in Northern Virginia.

It takes a little over two hours to bike from downtown Washington D.C. to Reston. For the Capital Bikeshare, it’s a trip that’s taken six years.

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Learning about Government

Webelos of Pack 602, all residents of Alexandria and in the Scouts’ Colonial District, National Capital Area Council, met Thursday, Nov. 3 with Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg in City Hall.

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Spanish Galleon Visits

The center span of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge opens to allow the tall ship El Galeon to pass en route to the Alexandria City Marina during the evening hours of Nov. 8.

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Supporting Wounded Warriors

American Legion and Old Dominion Boat Club lead  fundraiser.

The Sons of the American Legion of Alexandria and Leesburg sponsored a fundraiser at the Old Dominion Boat Club on Nov. 6.

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Sheriff’s Office Salutes Volunteers at Luncheon

More than 200 volunteers help the Sheriff’s Office deliver services to inmates and to the public, and the Sheriff's Office recently honored those volunteers with an appreciation luncheon.

Living Legends: The Project

Living Legends of Alexandria is an ongoing 501(c)(3) photo-documentary project to identify, honor and chronicle the people making current history in Alexandria.

Letter to the Editor: Rightful Heritage

Our Virginia forebears were the first English-speaking people who celebrated and established the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving annually on these shores.

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Despite Alexandria Voters, It’s President Trump

Democrats re-elect Beyer but lose the country.

If Alexandria had decided the election, Hillary Clinton would be President.

Coming: Children’s Centre View 2016

Get creative and send art, poetry and more.

During the last week of each year, Centre View devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children.

Coming: Children’s Connection 2016

Get creative and send art, poetry and more.

During the last week of each year, The Connection devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children.

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Scouting for Food for WFCM Pantry

Volunteers still needed for this Saturday.

Many people in Fairfax County are surprised to learn that there are hungry families right in their midst.

Grocery Gift Cards, Sponsors Sought

WFCM to provide holiday food for families in need.

It’ll soon be time for the holidays, and many local families in need will receive Thanksgiving or Christmas food as recipients of Western Fairfax Christian Ministries’ (WFCM) Holiday Food Program.

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Fairies, Magical Spells and Swamp Monsters

Westfield High presents “The Tempest.”

Filled with fantasy, romance and adventure, “The Tempest” is Westfield High’s upcoming play. With a cast and crew of nearly 40, this Shakespeare comedy takes the stage Nov. 18-20.

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Westfield Progresses To Playoffs

Westfield and Chantilly collided for a Conference 5 game on Friday night, Oct. 28.

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Election Patch

Del. Timothy Hugo (R-40) met with Brownie Troop 797 in Clifton on Oct. 16 to discuss his work and answer questions from the scouts.

Publishing Milestone

Douglas H. Mahn, D.D.S., a periodontist and resident of Little Rocky Run, has had his 40th article published in a peer-reviewed dental journal.

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Clinton and Kaine Carry Virginia, Trump Seizes Key Battlegrounds

Comstock, Connolly, Beyer re-elected; meals tax voted down; bonds voted up.

MEALS TAX referendum would have allowed Fairfax County supervisors to enact up to a four percent tax on prepared foods and beverages.

Tuesday, November 8

Michelle Li Named Division Finalist

Michelle Li, a Centreville native, will travel to the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. in January to compete as a Division Finalist in the Senior String Competition.

Voters Make Their Wishes Known

Local turnout is steady and heavy.

At Greenbriar East Elementary, as at many polling places throughout the country, voters flocked to the polls in droves Tuesday to vote on national, state and local issues.

GOTV Campaign Focuses on Immigrants

Encouraging neighborhoods of naturalized citizens to vote.

Their front doors are decorated with jack-o’-lanterns and spooky ghosts, and sometimes with oil lamps or Rangoli designs from the recent Hindu Festival of Lights.

It's Election Day: Vienna, Oakton Vote

It's Election Day: Vienna, Oakton Vote

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Thousands Cast Ballots at Great Falls Library

Fairfax County expected thousands of voters to cast their ballot at the Great Falls Library off Georgetown Pike yesterday.

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Tuesday at Langley High: School is Out and Voting is In

Election 2016

Fairfax County Public Schools were closed for Election Day, but people woke up early to vote at Langley High School off of Georgetown Pike yesterday.

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Herndon Votes 2016: Election Day ‘Block Party’

"… everyone has been pretty upbeat and friendly. Too bad the whole election wasn’t more like this.” — Keith Magnusson

Mayor Lisa Merkel was on hand to welcome the first wave of voters at the Herndon Community Center, although she was not the first one to show up at the front doors.

Coming: Children’s Almanac 2016

Get creative and send art, poetry and more.

During the last week of each year, The Almanac devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children.

Letter to the Editor: Intake Project Could Meet Other Needs

The following open letter was addressed to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

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Friends of Library Celebrates 25 Years

$2,500 donated to refurbish library meeting room.

Twenty-five years ago, Karin Currie had the foresight to launch the first Friends of the Library Chapter in Montgomery County at the Potomac Library.

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‘Dolphin Daydream’

Wayside students create “Art For the Sky.”

Every Wayside Elementary School student functioned as a critical piece in a massive work of art on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 3.

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Vienna: It's Election Day: Vienna, Oakton Vote

November 8, 2016

As long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you will be able to vote. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are planning to vote on your way home from work, give yourself plenty of travel time. Election officials want you to keep in mind that you need to be in line by 7 p.m at your poll location in order to cast your vote.

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Built-ins as Works of Art

Transforming the ordinary.

If there's a juncture where craftsmanship enters home remodeling, it's the “built-in.”

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Halloween Magic

Halloween Magic

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Living a Life in ‘A Delicate Balance’

Albee play at Congregation Har Shalom.

“A Delicate Balance” by Edward Albee is, as Director Laurie T. Freed says, a story of multiple themes: “man’s fear of taking risks in life; man’s inability to honestly communicate with family and friends; the loss of passion in one’s life; the fear of aging; the fear of the unknown.

County Notebook

Board Loosens Signage Restrictions; Hearings on Ballston Graveyard

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McLean: Election Viewpoints 2016

Who did you vote for and why?

By 7 a.m., 361 people had submitted a ballot. The high school was the polling location for both the Chain Bridge and Langley precincts in McLean and the county’s Office of Elections expected nearly 6,000 voters to pass through its doors by the time it closed at 7 p.m.

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Shifting Gears

Bumpy road ahead for Capital Bikeshare expansion in Northern Virginia.

It takes a little over two hours to bike from downtown Washington D.C. to the Reston. For the Capital Bikeshare, it’s a trip that’s taken six years.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Nov. 13-18.

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Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You ...

Some voters doubt whether they will gain by voting.

Jim Moore says the election this year has caused dissent and divisiveness, even in his barber shop.

Coming: Children’s Connection 2016

Get creative and send art, poetry and more.

During the last week of each year, The Connection devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children.

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From Homeless to New A-SPAN Home

Veteran counts his blessings.

Walk through the front door of Dennis Clark's new apartment on N. Thomas Street.

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Helen Leverone’s Acrylic Paintings Featured

Helen Leverone’s acrylic paintings were featured as number 6 on the first annual Westover Studio Tour Oct. 29 and 30 where artists open their workspaces to the public for a weekend.

Early Voting in Arlington

Early Voting in Arlington

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Celebrating Second Annual PumpkinFest in Discovery Elementary style.

PumpkinFest at Arlington’s Discovery Elementary School is no ordinary fest.

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Runner Discovers Ups and Downs in Arlington

Phillippe Remen sponsored by Arlington-Reims Sister City program.

For Philippe Remen, of Reims, France, if he was going to run a first marathon in the U.S. he would have a better support network here than for example in New York City, which is normally the preferred “first U.S. marathon” for foreigners.

Monday, November 7

Springfield Martial Arts Instructor Arrested on Charges of Sexual Battery of a Child

Renzo Martin Garcia Davila, 29, of Springfield was arrested at home Sunday, Oct. 30 by Fairfax County Police Major Crimes Division, Child Abuse Section detectives.

Fairfax County: Autopsy Report Yet to Come for Deputy-Involved Shooting

Administrative investigation to follow.

Law enforcement officials are still waiting to receive the final autopsy report for Yovani Amaya Gomez, 29, who was shot dead by Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy MDS Patrick McPartlin outside Inova Fairfax Hospital on Aug. 15 of this year.

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H Mart Grocery Store Opens in Burke Nov. 9

The building formerly occupied by the Giant Food supermarket in Burke Village Center will re-open Nov. 9 as Asian-inspired grocery store H Mart.

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Awards and Reminiscences

Kirby looks back while preparing for the future.

During Pete Kirby’s retirement celebration Saturday night, a video highlighting his career was shown. He then received several awards.

Murder Charge Goes to Grand Jury

Caterer stabbed after E.C. Lawrence Park wedding.

On the surface, an argument over folding chairs after an Aug. 6 wedding at Cabell’s Mill in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park led a woman’s fatal stabbing and a man charged with murder.

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Getting into Holiday Spirit

Lord of Life Lutheran Church presents “White Christmas.”

With their former, WWII Army commander in danger of losing his country inn in Vermont, song-and-dance team Bob Wallace and Phil Davis come to the rescue.

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Leading Bull Run Elementary

Pensler oversees ethnically diverse school with 832 students, 100-plus staff.

With 17 years in education, Jason Pensler, age 42, was named the new principal of Bull Run Elementary School in Centreville on Aug. 1, replacing Patti Brown, who retired.

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For ‘Mail Call’

Elizabeth Cramp’s third grade students from Union Mill Elementary School display the letters and cards they wrote for WWII veterans as part of the Capital Region Honor Flight Program.

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Centreville Defeats Chantilly

When Chantilly and Centreville met on Friday night, Oct. 28, playoff implications were at stake.

Letter to the Editor

To Serve Not Attack

With the election a week away, I want to highlight few Islamic teachings related the elections.

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Cappies Review

On Stage: Exploring a Child’s Fantasy

It's a simple question, really — what do you want?

Roundups

Roundups

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The Italian Place Brings Taste of Europe to Old Town

New shop has been labor of love for owner Adriana Penachio-Sifakis.

When it comes to international cuisine, Old Town is no slouch.

A Half Hour in the Life of a Vet — and a Dog

People At Work

"Gracie?" Dr. Sophia Chiang walks out into the waiting room at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital on Duke Street looking for a black lab.

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Trick and Treating along Lee Street

Trick and Treating along Lee Street

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ODBC Rowers Post Improved Performances

The ODBC Crew team took 11 boats to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta (HOSR) on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia early in the morning on Oct. 30, and brought medals and improved performances back to Alexandria at the end of the day.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshals Named

Bill and Karen Butcher, founders of Port City Brewing Company, will be the Grand Marshals of the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade, according to the Ballyshaners, organizer of the parade.

Outrage Over Traffic Calming

Using congestion to slow traffic

Traffic is slower on King Street. That was part of the city’s Complete Streets goal; to slow vehicular speeds on the stretch of road between T.C. Williams High School and the Masonic Temple.

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Hail to the Chief

Cook honored at retirement luncheon

Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook was honored at a luncheon Sept. 30 as hundreds crowded the Westin Alexandria Hotel ballroom to celebrate Cook’s final day of service to the department.

Voter Fraud Charged

Vafalay Massaquoi was arraigned on Oct. 28 in Alexandria General District Court on four felony charges related to allegations of voter registration fraud.

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20th Halloween Parade in Del Ray

Del Ray held its 20th Annual Halloween parade and post-parade party on Oct. 30.

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And the Winner Is …

Chamber honors best of local business.

It was the Academy Awards for local businesses as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Business Awards Oct. 19, with Burke and Herbert Chairman and CEO E. Hunt Burke honored as the 2016 Business Leader of the Year.

Friday, November 4

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Salute to Veterans

Euripides to receive Distinguished Patriot Award Nov. 10.

Charlie Euripides, a Korean War Veteran and longtime owner of the Royal Restaurant, will be presented with the Distinguished Patriot Award.

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Supporting Health Fair

Supporting Health Fair

Opinion: Column

Putting the "civil" back in American civic life

Putting the "civil" back in American civic life

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Keeping Children Warm

Coats, books distributed to local families.

Families from across the city came to Charles Houston Recreation Center Oct. 29 to pick out new coats and books.

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Fall Fund Drive

Fall Fund Drive — T.C. Williams high School Principal Dr. Jesse Dingle volunteered Monday evening to work the phone lines.

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‘Howl-O-Ween’

Quander Named Grand Marshal

Will lead Scottish Christmas Walk

Nellie Brooks Quander will be the Grand Marshal of the Campagna Center’s 46th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m.

School Board Notes

Neighbors Push Back

T.C. Williams Advisory Committee has been meeting in its current form since 2007 to resolve issues between the local neighborhoods and the high school.

Practitioners Discuss Alternative Health Therapies

Senior Services of Alexandria

Do you ever take a moment to listen to your body?

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Opinion: Cartoon

Opinion: Letter to the Editor

Business Friendly?

Opinion: Letter to the Editor

City Invests In Public Safety

Opinion: Letter to the Editor

Strengthening Social Security

Opinion: Column

Support County Bonds

Opinion: Letter to the Editor

An Appetite For Spending

Opinion: Letter to the Editor

Silence Over Plane Noise

Opinion: Letter to the Editor

No Guarantee On New Spending

Obituary

David Dougherty

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Keeping Children Warm

Firefighters distribute coats, books to local charities.

“We believe a new winter coat gives children the freedom and confidence to play more, learn more and do more.” — Firefighters and Friends founder Capt. Will Bailey

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A Wolverine Win

A Wolverine Win

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Aldersgate Church Marks 60 Years

Choir performs specially commissioned piece.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church marked its 60th anniversary Oct. 23.

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Gala Honors Rising Hope Church

Nearly 200 supporters of Rising Hope attended the annual Hope Grows Gala at the Waterford of Springfield on Oct. 14.

Storck Defers Farm Vote

"We don’t have much time to lose.” — Supervisor Dan Storck (D-Mount Vernon)

Once again, Supervisor Dan Storck (D-Mount Vernon) recommended the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors defer taking action regarding the development of more than four acres of the land close to the Inova Mount Vernon medical office suites on Hinson, or Bock, Farm.

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The Few. The Proud.

The 41st Marine Corps Marathon.

For Brooke Sydnor Curran, running the 41st Marine Corps Marathon was a milestone: her 100th marathon for charity since founding the nonprofit RunningBrooke Fund. For Grace Episcopal kindergarten teacher Cara Donley, the Oct. 30 race represented a different milestone.

Vote No Later than Tuesday, Nov. 8

Vote early (“absentee in person”) through Saturday, Nov. 5.

Who knows what will happen on Election Day?

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Reston Network Analysis Community Meeting Set for Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will host a community meeting on the Reston Network Analysis and associated Funding Plan on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, 7 p.m., in the lecture hall at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Va. , to discuss the project status and next steps.

Wednesday, November 2

Opinion: Candidate for Board of Education (At Large)

Candidate for Board of Education (At Large)

Opinion: Candidate for Board of Education (At Large)

Candidate for Board of Education (At Large)

Opinion: In the 8th: ‘Why I Am Running for Congress’

In the 8th: ‘Why I Am Running for Congress’

Opinion: In the 8th: ‘Why I Am Running for Congress’

In the 8th: ‘Why I Am Running for Congress’

Opinion: In the 8th: ‘Why I Am Running for Congress’

In the 8th: ‘Why I Am Running for Congress’

Preliminary Plan for Farm Property

Letter to the Editor

A letter addressed to the neighbors of Mt. Prospect Farm

New Addition to Middleburg Real Estate/Atoka Properties

Sponsored

Middleburg Real Estate/Atoka Properties proudly announces the addition of Moose Valliere, Top Producer, who for 12 years has proudly served home buyers and sellers in Northern Virginia.

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Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Plan for More Cell Towers

Well over 250 people packed a Town Hall meeting on Oct. 26 to hear what Montgomery County Council members had to say about plans to install more than 700 cell phone towers.

Tips for Election Day

Montgomery County’s Election Director Margaret Jurgensen encourages all registered voters to cast a ballot and offers the following recommendations:

Board of Education Races

The Board of Education

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The Potomac Hunt Opening Meet

Photos by Karen Kandra Wenzel

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McLean WinterFest – Registration now open.

Holiday parade on Sunday, December 4

Mark your calendars for McLean WinterFest parade Sunday, December 4th. To register to be in the parade, go to the WinterFest site at www.mcleanwinterfest.org. It’s fun to relive last year’s parade with the slideshow of entries while planning for WinterFest 2016, McLean’s only community parade.

Sugar Shack, New District Team Up for Tasting

Brewery is pairing doughnuts with beer for Saturday event.

Beer. Doughnuts. Either selection is a treat in itself.

Flourishing After 55

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for Nov. 6-12.

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Church and Preservationists Clash over Graveyard

Preserving cemetery would affect expansion plans.

A controversy has erupted between the Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) in Ballston and Arlington County historic preservationists over a proposal to transform the church property into a new worship space.

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And Then There Was One

Arlington resident last MCM “Groundpounder.”

“I’ve been very, very fortunate to never have a serious injury.” — Arlington’s Al Richmond on completing his 41st Marine Corps Marathon

Carnival of Barkers

Local businesses came together to give Shirlington dogs a special day and to help out dogs across the region.

‘Trick or Treat’

Batgirl, Robin, witch, and princess plus mom from 39th Street in Arlington crowd up to a door in their neighborhood, yelling “trick or treat.”

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Getting Out the Vote Among Women

Inconsistent voting or, in some cases, inability to register addressed by local activists.

Tron has been in the U.S. for 10 years. She has never voted.

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Firefighters Brave ‘Blaze’  

Recruit Class 73 practices in Country Club Hills.

Smoke was billowing out of the front door as the firefighters rushed in with hoses.

Wakefield Defeats TJ

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

APAH To Open New Low Income Housing

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing will announce the grand opening of The Spring Apartments on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Tuesday, November 1

Quenching ‘Fires,’ Saving ‘Kittens’

Children enjoy Oct. 15 open house at Fire Station 17 in Centreville.

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‘A Party to Murder’

LTA presents fast-paced, who-done-it farce in the mold of Agatha Christie.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is staging the farce, "A Party to Murder" now through Nov. 12.

2-Point Conversion Clinches Game

Photos by Richard Maple

It was a come-from-behind 22-21 victory for T.C. Williams High School on Friday, Oct. 21.

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ODBC First 8 Rowers Fight Winds in Boston

In weather better suited for sailing than rowing, the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) women’s and men’s crew teams competed with some of the world’s fastest boats on Oct. 22-23 at the 52nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) in Boston

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Marathon Milestone

RunningBrooke hits $1 million mark for local charities.

“I look at myself then — a naïve runner who knew nothing about what she was about to encounter.”

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Young At Art

Senior art show celebrates 30 years.

Young At Art, a juried art exhibit featuring the works of artists 55 years and older, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a reception and awards ceremony Oct. 19 at the Durant Arts Center in Old Town.

Alexandria Issues Seeking Statewide Solutions

City reviews 2017 legislative package.

From the ongoing debate over Confederate statues to the cutting edge of body-camera technology, Alexandria’s City Council considered a series of local and statewide topics to be addressed in the upcoming state legislative session.

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People at Work

Sharing Food and Conversation

The telephone is ringing; customers line up at the counter for large white carry-out plastic bags of scrambled eggs and pancakes; the cash register clinks.

Police Investigate Industrial Accident

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating an industrial accident in the 700 block of Wythe Street.

Mable B. Wood

Obituary

George Butt

Obituary

West End Pantry Tackles Food Desert

An ecumenical project.

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Ghost Stories of Old Town

Mysteries, phantoms, and Devil-Bats lurk through city streets.

Many Old Town Alexandrians are protective of their city. For some, that defensiveness continues beyond the grave.

Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Two Alexandria Banks

Budder Khan, a 26-year-old resident of Arlington, pleaded guilty on Oct. 20 to two counts of bank robbery.

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Sponsored: The Enclave Groundbreaking Celebration

Sponsored

A deserving celebration for the condominium you deserve. Join the Enclave for their groundbreaking celebration Saturday, November 12, 2016, from Noon until 3pm.

John Porter Shares Whimsical Poetry

Poetry Conversations

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Editorial Cartoon

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A Safe Place To Play

Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Mentor of The Month

Beyond Books

Lawless Streets

Traffic Calming?

Sunrise, Oct. 21.

Memorial Service