Stories for October 2016

Stories for October 2016

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Monday, October 31

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Clean-Up Honors Jeff Todd

Chamber project dedicated to his civic spirit.

Walking along Jeff Todd Way in the Mount Vernon area, picking up litter didn’t seem like an exciting way to spend a Saturday morning, but Hannah Todd didn’t seem to mind.

First Friday

More than 90 people attended the Office of the Arts Oct. 7, First Friday: Family Art Night

Rock 'n' Run

Stratford Landing Elementary School students raised funds during their annual Rock ‘n’ Run on Friday, Oct. 21.

A Toast to Art

Two friends and young entrepreneurs, Rachel Bell and Camille Herrera, opened a brick and mortar franchise on Oct. 22 called Wine & Design

Meals Tax: Myths and Misconceptions

Commentary

As the Nov. 8 General election draws near, we would like to take the opportunity to set the record straight and do some myth busting regarding the meals tax.

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Vienna Halloween Parade Draws Thousands of Spectators

70th annual parade focused on the 1940s in 75-minute most-loved event.

By early morning on Oct. 26, Maple Avenue was lined with blankets, chairs, even tenting, to mark spectator-places along the halloween parade route between Branch Road and Center Street.

Focusing on Domestic Abuse

Commentary

Since 1989, October has been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Vote ‘Yes’ for FCPS Teachers' Salaries

Commentary

When you vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, Fairfax County voters can vote for our schools by voting to allow a four percent tax on prepared restaurant meals.

Meals Tax Should Be Rejected

To the Editor:

Whichever Presidential and Congressional candidates Mount Vernon voters select on Nov. 8, they should vote against the proposed Fairfax County meals tax.

Foundation’s Historic Roots

Its mission is to help needy students with learning disabilities.

“The Gunston Hall School” foundation that donates money to financially needy students with learning disabilities, has origins going back to 1892

Friday, October 28

Wigging Out at Union Mill

Teachers, staff wear colorful hair in support of Melissa Kees.

Sure, teachers at Union Mill Elementary wear candy-colored wigs on Fridays. But that doesn’t mean they’re not serious about educating their students — it shows they’re standing by a colleague.

From Home-Based to Storefront Business

It began with a cheesecake contest at Greenbriar West Elementary School.

Longtime Fairfax resident Kimberly McDonald is proof that there is more than one way to forge a path toward success.

Roundups

Roundups

Donating Care Bags

Donating Care Bags

New SCA Officers

Poplar Tree Elementary School inducted SCA officers and representatives on Oct. 20.

Local Writers Honor Students

The Writers of Chantilly, a not-for-profit organization of local professional and aspiring writers in Chantilly, honored the winners of the 4th Annual Student Writing Contest.

Police Respond To Fatal Crash

Fair Oaks Police District officers responded to the report of a crash on Sully Road (Route 28) near Lee Jackson Memorial Highway (Route 50), Friday, Oct. 21.

Training Service Dogs

Family opens its home and heart to future assistance dogs.

The Deely family of six, longtime Centreville residents, have been puppy raisers with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) since 2008.

Meals Tax: Outrageous

Letter to the Editor

A much better way to find funds for the school system is to cut expenditures by cutting the number of board supervisors by 50 percent and all bureaucrats working for the county by 50 percent also.

Four Cents Make Sense for the Future of Fairfax

Letter to the Editor

Voting no on the meals tax is a no vote to Fairfax getting funds from anywhere but the state and property taxes. I don’t know about you, but if someone else’s lunch tab, or just four pennies on the dollar can lessen the blow to my October tax bill and help our schools, why would I say no to that?

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Springfield Dance Student Trains at School of Nashville Ballet’s Summer Program

Emily Glaccum who studies at the Ballet Nova Center of Dance was admitted to the School of Nashville Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program. There Emily spent part of the summer developing her ballet technique and performance skills.

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Washington Irving Pyramid Challenge Has Record Turnout

This year’s Washington Irving Pyramid Challenge had the largest turnout in its 11-year history: 864 children from the six elementary schools that feed into Washington Irving Middle School gathered on the school’s grounds for the race.

Having Adventures, Finding a Family

Alliance Theatre presents “James and the Giant Peach Jr.”

To Go Show times are: Nov. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 2 p.m., and Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., at Mountain View High School, 5775 Spindle Lane (off Braddock Road) in Centreville. For ticket prices and other information, go to www.thealliancetheatre.org.

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Small Plates Choreography Festival Returning to Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse facility “supports the idea of short, small dance works presented together. It’s an intimate environment, conducive to a personal feedback experience with the audience,” said Beth Elliott of Northern Virginia Community College. Continuing its role as a locally-based incubator venue for Northern Virginia, the Workhouse Arts Center will be presenting the “Small Plates Choreography Festival.”

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Patriotic Musical Salutes to America’s Veterans

Veterans Day weekend at Center for the Arts.

“Many young adults now do not grow up with the music of Duke Ellington so it is incredibly gratifying to watch them develop, both musically and emotionally, when they make a connection with ‘Jazz’ and its significance within American history,” said Darden Purcell, Director of Jazz Studies, George Mason University.

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Red Cross Seeks Blood Donors

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help stock the shelves before the busy holiday season.

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Mount Vernon:Clean-Up Honors Jeff Todd

Chamber project dedicated to his civic spirit.

Volunteers clean up along Jeff Todd Way in the Mount Vernon area, in honor of his dedication to the Mount Vernon-Lee community.

Wu: Honorary Councilmember

Electing Members of the Board of Education

Letter

When it comes to voting for members of the Board of Education there usually is a low vote count.

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Attracting New Businesses, Improving the Economy

City of Fairfax establishes Technology Zone

The City Council has now established a citywide Technology Zone. Board Co-Chair Fred Cornett said, “Most cities of our size in Northern Virginia have Technology Zones – there are 40 total in the commonwealth. So to level the playing field, it would be beneficial to us to have a Technology Zone Ordinance to at least have what everybody else has in their tool kit.”

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Fairfax Rotary Club Celebrates 85 Years

Serves people at home and abroad

“It’s about the Rotary motto, ‘Service above Self,’” explained Tuininga. “We also donate financially to the Boys and Girls Scouts programs and to the Fairfax Police Youth scholarship.” The Rotary Club of Fairfax had just 16 members when it was chartered in 1931 by local businessmen and community leaders. Today, it’s 75 members strong, has a long history of service to the City and just celebrated its 85th anniversary.

Strengthen Light in Maryland

Commentary

Maryland’s citizens have the right to know how government transacts business on their behalf.

Trunnell Electric Helps Transform Digital Infuzion

Trunnell Electric played a pivotal role in the recently completed remodeling of the corporate headquarters for Gaithersburg-based Digital Infuzion

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Having Adventures, Finding Family

Fairfax students are in ‘James and the Giant Peach Jr.’

When 10-year-old James loses his parents, he has to live with his two mean aunts. But things get better when he discovers a magic potion that grows a gigantic peach. Alliance Theatre’s upcoming musical, “James and the Giant Peach Jr.,” is about courage and self-discovery.

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Mount Vernon: Friends and Family Reflect on Michael M. Skinner

Memorial service set for Saturday at MVHS.

Pat Hynes remembers Michael M. Skinner as an administrator was one of those people who “the kids all love, and sort of fear a little.”

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Mount Vernon: Firehouse Subs Donates $80,000 to First Responders

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation presented a check on Oct. 13 for $79,895 to Virginia first responders and public safety organizations including the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, City of Manassas Park Fire and Rescue, Manassas City Police Department, Loudoun County Police Department, and U.S. Park Police.

Springfield: New FBI Headquarters Decision Now Coming March 2017

The three sites in competition to be the next home of FBI headquarters -- Greenbelt and Landover, Maryland, and the General Services Administration warehouse off Loisdale Road in Springfield -- will see their race come to an end early next year.

Serial Armed Robber from Burke Convicted

Burke resident Larry Pyos, Jr was convicted Thursday, Oct. 20 on charges linked to several armed robberies that took place around Fairfax County, a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

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Fairfax Challenger Little League Celebrates Trunk-r-Treat

On Oct. 23, Frankenstein’s monster stepped up to the plate in Fairfax. Around 125 players, siblings and player buddies in costume participated in two baseball games as part of the Fairfax Challenger League’s Trunk-r-Treat event at Chilcot Field in Fairfax.

Thursday, October 27

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Burke: Firefighters Extinguish Burning Tractor Trailer

Firefighters from Battalions 7, 5 and 4 helped extinguish a burning tractor trailer in the 8900 block of Burke Lake Road on Saturday, Oct. 22, a release from Fairfax County Fire & Rescue said.

Fairfax County: Breaking Down the Bonds

County seeks authorization to finance transportation and parks projects, and human services and community development facilities

Fairfax County will try to make the most of voters’ time on election day Nov. 8, having them weigh in not only on the Presidential and Congressional elections, but also proposed Constitutional amendments, a referendum and bond questions.

Fairfax County: Garza FCPS Departure Impacts Stuart Name Change Working Group

Responding to a student-led group petitioning to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, the Fairfax County Public Schools board voted over the summer to create a working group that would consider the community concerns and look into the logistics of a potential name change.

Potomac Day 2016

A Dog Day Afternoon

It was a dog day afternoon for the pooches on Potomac Day.

Potomac Day 2016

Food, rides and music fill the day.

Lost Treasure Returned

By FCPD Public Affairs Bureau

McCarthy could not believe his ring had resurfaced after all that time. What are the odds that one Property Technician, who went above and beyond his regular duties, would be a part of a reunification of a ring and its rightful owner?

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Lake Braddock’s Atkins to Play in All-American Bowl

Lake Braddock’s running back committed to University of Virginia

Lake Braddock’s star running back, Lamont Atkins, has been invited to play in the 2017 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. on Jan. 14, 2017.

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Volunteer Events & Opportunities

Service

30th Annual Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium Caregivers Conference, Friday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The conference "Gems: A Treasure Chest of Ideas" will have speakers and resources on topics important to caregivers. The $30 fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, materials, and certificate of attendance.

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Bradley Farm Haunted House Presents ‘Spirits of the Past – One Final Year’

Looking for some spine tingling fun this Halloween? Right here in Herndon, the Bradley Farm Haunted House promises everyone a ghoulishly fun time for just $5 a walk-thru.

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Herndon Village Network Celebrates Volunteers

Volunteers make a difference by providing the elderly much-needed transportation

Herndon Village Network (HVN), a not-for-profit organization serving Herndon senior citizens, celebrated its dedicated volunteers with a tea held on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Four Seasons clubhouse. These volunteers make a difference by providing the elderly much-needed transportation for appointments, errands, and social gatherings.

Week in Reston

Nominations Needed for ‘Free Roof for the Holidays’

- Nominations Needed for ‘Free Roof for the Holidays’ -

Week in McLean

Shepherd’s Center Needs Volunteers to Help Area Seniors

Shepherd’s Center Needs Volunteers to Help Area Seniors

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Week in Reston

Family Fun Day

- Reston Hospital Center to Host Family Fun Day -

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Reston P&Z Committee Meeting - From Informational to Inflamed

Planning Procedures Under Scrutiny

Things got a bit heated at the October meeting of the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee on Monday, Oct. 17. “We urge the applicant to inform the public and get input from the very beginning of the process,” said Regina Coyle.

Accepting the Outcome

Commentary

Even though I literally wore holes in the soles of my shoes campaigning door to door, covering the equivalent of five districts in a person-to-person campaign was impossible. I congratulated the winners and kept on working.

Three Reston Residents Appointed to RCC Board

Beverly Cosham, Michelle A. Moyer and Paul D. Thomas elected in Preference Poll.

At the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins requested and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved appointment of three Reston residents to the nine-member Reston Community Center Board of Governors.

Dacek Honored With Center

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, County Council members and other officials joined residents on Oct. 22 to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the new Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center.

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Washington West Film Festival A Success

Film festival brings together filmmakers and film lovers.

A red carpet was laid out at Reston Town Center’s Bow Tie Cinema for the 6th annual Washington West Film Festival. The 6th annual Washington West Film Festival (WWFF) showcased fifty-nine films from around the world, including world premieres and D.C. premieres. ”We're getting terrific feedback about our Washington West 2016 lineup of films,” said Brad Russell, founder and president of WWFF.

Wednesday, October 26

Things That Go Bump in the County

Center for Local History explores local folklore and hauntings.

Deep in the Arlington Center for Local History are a set of files.

Football, Friends, French: Getting Immersed in Arlington

Sharing in each other’s cultural perspectives.

There were three French girls at the Yorktown Homecoming game. The only problem was, they had no idea what was happening on the field

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Great Falls Cycle Studio and Dylan Kurtz Pedal for Paws

Today he has problems with his mobility and pain that at one time consumed him. It wasn’t until he joined his wife, Donna, in her volunteer work with paws4people, that he realized how assistance dogs were changing lives.

Rotary Brings 206-Year Oktoberfest Tradition to Great Falls

Did you know that the original Oktoberfest in 1810 was a wedding party? That’s right! Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig organized the first Oktoberfest to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

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Searching for Man or Woman of the Year

Katie Simmons Hickey of Great Falls is looking for candidates to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Katie Simmons Hickey is Women of the Year in Great Falls.

Leadership vs Rhetoric

Letter to the Editor

Congresswoman Comstock worked across party lines to pass a 5-year transportation bill—the first of its kind in 10 years—which brings $6.2 billion to the Commonwealth. She also supported bipartisan bills to replace No Child Left Behind, provide resources to combat the heroin epidemic, and bolster our national security.

Enhancing Learning for All Students

Letter to the Editor

Crucially, average 2016 FCPS scores flatline, edging up 1 point to 1668. Virginia public schools scores far lower average SATs than all other Virginia students. We should ask how to ensure accountably improved education for all students.

Experience to Get Things Done

Letter to the Editor

If not for Comstock and her allies in Congress, we would have lost the $150 million federal share of Metro funding. Federal employees would have been targeted for pay freezes, attrition, and unjust terminations.

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Making Sandwiches for Martha’s Table

Churchill Road Elementary School continued its long-standing community service tradition by making sandwiches for Martha’s Table, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. that serves sandwiches to those in need.

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Exchange with French Lycee Dispels Stereotypes

Broadening their education

When they had a reception/picnic at the Iwo Jima Memorial, the parents, teachers, and youths taking part in the exchange between Lycée Marc Chagall in Reims, France and the four Arlington high schools were at ease with each other.

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New Principal of Orange Hunt

A native New Yorker, Karen Tuttle, age 44, was named new principal of Orange Hunt Elementary School in Springfield, on Sept. 14, 2016. Waples Mill School Counselor Kate Crane said "When I think of Karen, I think of a warm smile, constant encouragement, a positive attitude, creative problem solving and a drive to work tirelessly to do what’s best for kids. Karen makes it a priority to build meaningful and genuine relationships with all members of the school community. "

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Turkey Trot Kicks Off

Arlingtonians came out on the evening of Oct. 19 to register for the Arlington Turkey Trot.

Arlington Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Two Alexandria Banks

On October 20, 2016, Budder Khan, a 26-year-old resident of Arlington, pleaded guilty to two counts of Bank Robbery.

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Ghost Stories of Alexandria

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

With 267 years of history, Alexandria is a city fraught with supernatural hauntings.

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Supervisors to Vote on Civilian Review Panel Dec. 6.

Draft item discussed at Oct. 25 Public Safety Committee.

By its Dec. 6 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors should have the opportunity to vote on creating a Civilian Review Panel for police oversight, a first in Fairfax. The independent panel was one of the more controversial of the 142 recommendations from the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission created by board chairman Sharon Bulova in 2015. The civilian review panel would “review completed police internal administrative investigations of civilian complaints concerning allegations of abuse of authority and serious misconduct,” according to the draft action item.

Tuesday, October 25

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McLean High Named Crown Award Finalist

School receives one of the highest national honors in scholastic journalism.

McLean High School's "The Highlander" was named a national Crown Award finalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) -- one of the highest honors in scholastic journalism across the country for overall excellence. "My students don’t put as much effort as they do into the newsmagazine just for the awards they might win—they do it because they genuinely care about creating a high quality publication that will inform and entertain their readers, said Benedict.

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Library Jubilee Fundraiser in McLean

200 guests attend Dolley Madison Library's 'Squeeze'-themed party.

"We raise money to enhance the library beyond the taxpayer funded budget, which includes the library," said Brian Engler, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fairfax Library Foundation.

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Race Tightens in Heated 10th District

Comstock, Bennett crisscross Northern Virginia in all-out effort to reach key voters.

In the final, frantic days of the one of the most unpredictable and unprecedented elections in modern history, both candidates spent the blustery fall weekend crisscrossing the sprawling, diverse 10th district - meeting residents, rallying volunteers and campaigning hard for voters’ support.

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Gary Ambrose Receives Hero's Award from Virginia Association of Community Service Boards

The Virginia Association of Community Service Boards (CSB) presented Fairfax County’s Gary Ambrose, chairman of the Fairfax-Falls Church CSB's Board of Directors, with the 2016 Gartlan Award. The VACSB award honors "heroes who give of their time and energy to steward long-reaching and timeless improvements in the public system and who share the leadership qualities exemplified by Senator Joseph Gartlan." Joseph V. Gartlan, Jr. (1925-2008), served in the Virginia Senate for 28 years.

Reject the Meals Tax

“A closer look at school spending shows the intentions of the School Board are to delve into more political correctness and social engineering.”

A “no” vote will send a message to the county Board of Supervisors that higher taxes should not be routine, and that county leaders must focus on better management, and more importantly, the School Board, more efficiency, and greater respect for taxpayers.

Bulova: Vote Yes

A legally binding commitment 70 percent would go to Fairfax County Public Schools.

I was elected chairman in 2009, just as the Great Recession settled over this country like a stubborn storm cloud. The market value of property in Fairfax County plummeted, resulting in historic reductions in both residential and commercial tax revenues. At the same time, more people than ever turned to the county for assistance. Former County Executive Tony Griffin’s prediction, in the throes of the Recession years, that “this will be our new normal” has proven prescient.

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Vienna Partnership to Save Pets

Vienna Vintner and Wolf Trap Animal Rescue raising funds to build a rescue shelter and animal hospital in Merrifield.

A FUNdraiser was held on behalf of Wolf Trap Animal Rescue, a local vet-and-volunteer-run animal rescue team. Organized and coordinated by Jordan Rice, daughter of JDA custom home builder Dennis Rice, the fundraiser included appetizers donated by local restaurants and a diversity of high-quality wines donated by Vienna Vintner.

Tireless Advocate for the Community

Letter to the Editor

Small business is the backbone of the American economy, employing 55 percent of Americans. However, I’ve watched it become increasingly more difficult to survive under the onslaught of federal regulations and taxes thrown on small businesses.

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Madison High Musicians Perform at Thoreau Middle

Sixteen different musical selections were performed ranging from “African Adventure" by Robert Sheldon, to selections from “Fiddler on the Roof.” The Madison High performers played a live show at Thoreau Middle School.

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Sergeant Michael Reeves Retires from Vienna Police Department

Michael Reeves retired on Oct. 1, after more than 29 years of dedicated service with the Town of Vienna Police Department. Sergeant Reeves started his career with the Town of Vienna Police Department in March of 1987.

Six Area Students Named Regional Finalists in Siemens Competition

Six students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have been named regional finalists in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. The Siemens Competition is the nation’s premier research competition for high school students and is administered by Discovery Education.

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Making STEM Fun for Children

Event offered opportunity to learn about STEM subjects.

A local educator used carrots and broccoli to teach girls about science and technology.

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Inbound Traffic

Looming noise mitigation and traffic overflow concerns haunt I-395 project.

The I-395 extension is here. As the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gets closer to the project’s start in spring, 2017, outreach has started to the affected communities near the road and to the County Board.

Monday, October 24

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The Arc of Northern Virginia Stages Motown Experience Gala

250 guests wine and dine to Motown hits while supporting people with disabilities.

About 250 guests attended the Arc of Northern Virginia's Motown Experience Gala on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the McLean Hilton in Tysons Corner. With the goal of raising between $115,000 to $200,000, the event included a silent auction, live auction and special outreach appeal.

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The Arc of Northern Virginia Stages Motown Experience Gala

250 guests wine and dine to Motown hits while supporting people with disabilities.

About 250 guests attended the Arc of Northern Virginia's Motown Experience Gala on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at the McLean Hilton in Tysons Corner. With the goal of raising between $115,000 to $200,000, the event included a silent auction, live auction and special outreach appeal.

Friday, October 21

Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness Supports Meals Tax

After careful consideration, the Fairfax – Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has decided to fully support the proposed 4 percent Fairfax County Meals Tax.

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American Elections: French Perspective

I am a French student who chose to come to study close to Washington DC for what I thought would be one of the most interesting elections in the history of Uncle Sam’s country.

Column: No to the Meals Tax

A food tax is not a silver bullet.

I have been opposed to the meals tax from the start, but what has concerned me most over the last several months has been the tactics used to try to convince our residents to vote for it and the county’s failure to deal with its spending problems. I would like to offer some clarity on these points and why I am against the meals tax.

Vote Yes: Immigrant Families Rely on Schools for More Than Education

Fairfax County Public Schools are more than just a place to learn. Growing up in Burke, I saw firsthand how our schools created a sense of community and neighborhood camaraderie. Schools are where we could go to borrow a book, where we could watch and play sports, and where we could perform a play or listen to a concert.

Column: Yes to the Meals Tax

Reduces dependence on property tax.

As a businessman here in Fairfax and a former member of the Fairfax County School Board, I write on behalf of a coalition of thousands of homeowners, parents, teachers, firefighters, police, friends and users of our libraries and our parks and recreation facilities, and those who belong to churches and non-profit organizations working to ensure that Fairfax County also protects those in need [www.yesmealstax.org].

Letter: Supporting Meals Tax

Letter to the Editor

I’m writing to encourage Fairfax County voters to support the county meals tax referendum on the ballot in November.

Letter: Meals Tax: A Better Option

Letter to the Editor

After reviewing Fairfax County’s proposed 4-percent meals tax, the Class Size Counts (CSC) board voted to support the Nov. 8 referendum because it decided that it would be better to raise money for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) through a tax on prepared foods rather than through additional increases to County property taxes.

Letter: ‘It’s About the Issues’

Letter to the Editor

Much has been made about the personalities of the two Presidential candidates. All we really have to do is take a close look at the issues.

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Advice from the Pros

Local private school admissions directors share wisdom they’d offer to their own children.

From interviews to essays to standardized tests to open houses, the season for submitting independent school applications is underway. For families vying for a spot at the area’s most elite schools, the process can be fraught with anxiety, stress and confusion as parents and students wade through the myriad academic options in the Washington, D.C., region.

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Discussing the Election with Children

Local educators offer suggestions for navigating a complicated political climate.

While Colleen K. Vesely has watched televised debates and political events with her children throughout this election season, an event during which the American Civil Rights movement was discussed stands out. It was a concept her 3-year-old daughter didn’t grasp, of course. But Vesely used the moment as opportunity to start guiding her children through this year’s election season.

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Shining A Light on the Arts of Herndon

An “Arts Crawl” around historic downtown was a perfect mid-point for Herndon Arts Week, an annual celebration that started its 2016 run with “Kids Day” at Frying Pan Park and ended appropriately with a performance by child prodigy pianist Jose Andre Montano at ArtSpace in the town.

Herndon: A Dreamy Tale of Love and Loss

Mystical drama ‘Eurydice’ coming to NextStop Theatre.

The Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has fascinated audiences for centuries. But NextStop Theatre is producing a modern retelling told from the perspective of Eurydice. That gives it a different outlook. The play titled “Eurydice” is written by Sarah Ruhl.

Herndon Letter: A Leader on Veterans Issues

Letter to the Editor

All too often our veterans have been forgotten and not given the honors they deserve when they return home from their tours of duty. As a veteran myself, I have long been bothered by the fact that many of our veterans who served in the Korean War have not received the recognition they are owed.

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Navy’s Birthday Celebrated at Herndon High

Herndon High School Navy JROTC Cadets celebrated the Navy’s 241st Birthday with cake and camaraderie, but they also had a special surprise: Captain Fred Blakeman, the original Senior Naval Science Instructor, joined them for this special day. Captain Blakeman started the unit in 1983 and remained at Herndon for 17 years making the unit one of the best in Fairfax County.

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Herndon: Rising Eagle Scout Demonstrates Talent, Leadership and Philanthropic Spirit

More than 200 members of the community attended Xander Day’s Make A Difference Day Benefit Concert and Children’s Book Drive on Oct. 9 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Herndon.

Herndon/Reston: Innovate Conference Explores Prospects of ‘Individualized Medicine’

The 5th annual Innovate Conference presents “Intersections: Healthcare, Informatics and Personalized medicine” and introduces audiences to a nationally recognized cast of experts. Keith Crandall, PhD, the founding Director of the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University, sets the stage and introduces opening keynoters Congresswoman Barbara Comstock and Governor Terry McAuliffe (invited), providing a look at Federal and state intersections with research in healthcare and informatics.

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Restonians ‘Embrace Change’

Annual Reston Home Tour features six diverse private homes, and a roam through BLVD, Reston’s newest luxury apartments.

A mild, sunny autumn day made wandering from one end of Reston to the other a decided pleasure, both for the ticket holders for the annual Reston Home Tour, and for the homeowners who generously put their digs on display. “Really,” said one gentleman volunteer at the stop at the five-story Beacon Heights Derrick/Lashlee townhouse along Lake Audubon.

Column: Fall Comes to Reston—The Good, Bad and Ugly

Independent Progressive

I love the fall! If it were up to me, we would have fall weather for eleven months of the year. This fall, however, is having real ups and downs.

Reston Column: My Election Picks

Commentary

Voters in the 36th legislative district which I represent will receive my annual voting guide in their mailboxes this week. I hope you will find it useful. You can also view the guide online at www.kenplum.com.

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Reston: ‘Voices of Muslim Identity’ Take CenterStage

Reston Community Center presents “Beyond Sacred.”

Reston’s CenterStage is bringing a singular theater work called “Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity” to local audiences. The production will explore the diversity of experiences in America.

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Reston Nova Labs Inspires Entrepreneurs

Reston maker space encourages new product.

Mike Hogarty, owner of Hotrods 2 Hybrids joined with Callye Keen from Red Blue Collective to create Alpha, a new fidget toy.

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Burke: Creating Art Full of Wonder

Christopher Falck of Burke sees his pictures as ‘sculpture disguised as a photograph.’

Burke resident Christopher Falck grew up with parents who enjoyed collecting art. They exposed him to books about magic and art where he discovered the world created by artist M.C. Escher and the beauty captured by photographer Ansel Adams. His father enjoyed cameras and let Falck play with his 35mm Chinon as a child. It was easy for Falck to imagine a career in the arts.

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Burke: Shenandoah Run in Concert at Accotink

Local band Shenandoah Run, playing “folk music with a kick,” will be in concert Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Accotink UU Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke.

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Burke Firefighters Dedicate New Fire Engine

Burke Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department dedicated its new fire engine during its open house on Saturday, Oct. 15. Pictured are volunteer and career staff at Station 414. Joining in the dedication were Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11), Fairfax County Chairman Sharon Bulova, Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Chief Richard Bowers.

Amanda Nelson of Burke Named Summer Research Scholar

Denison University student Amanda Nelson from Burke, graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, was chosen as a 2016 summer research scholar in a program funded by the Laurie Bukovac Hodgson and David Hodgson Endowed Fund.

Northern Virginia Players Present ‘Annie Jr.’

Northern Virginia Players will present their Fall 2016 musical, “Annie Jr.” Based on the popular comic strip, “Annie” tells of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.

Making Our Vote Count

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” Although more than a century has passed since then-President Abraham Lincoln famously uttered these words, they still hold true in today’s world. By simply checking a box or clicking a button, a single vote can do something instantly that would take any amount of ammunition years to accomplish—defending and upholding the blessings of liberty.

Thursday, October 20

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Fairfax: Four People Share Their Own Stories

They tell how the Lamb Center changed their lives.

During the Lamb Center’s banquet last week, the center’s assistant director, Patti Brown, said the guests inspire her every day. Four of them then shared their stories with those attending the event.

Fairfax: ‘A Place Where Hope Is Restored’

Community celebrates the Lamb Center’s blessings.

Each year, the Lamb Center in Fairfax holds a celebration banquet to acknowledge and appreciate its many blessings. This year, more than ever, it has a great deal to celebrate, and it did so last Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Waterford in Fair Oaks.

Fairfax: Less Known Part of Poet’s Life

Robert Frost’s granddaughter shares the story with Fairfax audience.

The granddaughter of Robert Frost, probably the favorite American poet of the twentieth century, believes that most biographies ignore an important part of his life, and in her new book, “You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost,” Dr. Lesley Lee Francis tries to fill this gap with information about the enormous influence several women had on his work and success.

Fairfax: Revolutionizing Education

Local company, scientists address the demand for more computer-science education across K-12 and universities.

The Washington Business Journal recognized Scriyb, LCC as the Best Innovation of 2016; a great stepping stone for a local company with a lot of promise.

Lorton Letter: Voting Her Conscience

Letter to the Editor

As a career federal workforce member for over 30 years, I have grown increasingly frustrated by the incessant attacks against our nation’s civil servants.

Lorton Letter: Following Wolf’s Example

Letter to the Editor

Many Fairfax County homeowners, like me, live in neighborhoods with community associations. We pay fees and assessments to the associations in addition to our county real estate taxes.

Lorton Letter: Fighting for Veterans

Letter to the Editor

As a Vietnam veteran and as President of Asian Pacific American Veterans Association, I am appalled at the mismanagement of the Veterans Affairs Administration. Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has been a leader in the effort to address the unacceptable problems at the VA.

Lorton Letter: Advocating for Women and Children

Letter to the Editor

Congresswoman Comstock is a proven leader and has a record of advocating on behalf of women and children. Having three children graduate from Fairfax County Public Schools, and a fourth following in their footsteps, I have seen firsthand the progress Congresswoman Comstock has made on behalf of education.

Lorton Letter: Dedicated, Hardworking Public Servant

Letter to the Editor

The election is coming up in just days now, and I am urging your support for Barbara Comstock, since we are very fortunate to have such a strong and capable Congresswoman representing our district.

Lorton Letter: Millennial’s Perspective

Letter to the Editor

Millennials now make up the largest voting bloc in our country, and we have the unique opportunity to shape the outcome of the 2016 election. I encourage my fellow millennials in the 10th Congressional District to vote for Barbara Comstock for Congress.

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Buddy Bench at West Springfield Elementary

The Buddy Bench project at West Springfield Elementary came up at the end of last school year during a meeting between Dr. Kelly Sheers, Principal and Sara Fairchild, Counselor.

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Buddy Bench at West Springfield Elementary

The Buddy Bench project at West Springfield Elementary came up at the end of last school year during a meeting between Dr. Kelly Sheers, Principal and Sara Fairchild, Counselor.

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Mount Vernon: Inside Cedar Knoll

Historic restaurant approaching one year after re-opening.

After being shuttered since November 2014, the restaurant at Cedar Knoll along the George Washington Memorial Parkway will have been re-opened for a year this December.

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Mount Vernon: Quander Stream Outfall Project on Track

Construction began Aug. 8 on a restoration project for the stream running through Mount Vernon Park, beginning behind the intersection of Dartmouth Drive and Swarthmore Drive in Alexandria.

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Mount Vernon: Michael M. Skinner Dies

Mount Vernon High School’s “institution.”

Michael M. Skinner of Mount Vernon died Oct. 17 at the age of 91. Skinner was as well-known fixture at Mount Vernon High School between 1955 and 1983, where he taught history, coached basketball and was served as subschool principal.

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Springfield: 50 Years of Spartan Star Athletes

West Springfield names inaugural Sports Hall of Fame class.

West Springfield High School continued to celebrate its 50th anniversary by inducting 21 individuals into its inaugural Sports Hall of Fame.

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Remembering the Fallen

Ivy Hill ceremony honors fire and EMS personnel.

Alexandria’s fallen firefighters and EMS personnel were remembered by members of the city’s first responder and law enforcement agencies at a memorial service and wreath-laying ceremony Oct. 14 at Ivy Hill Cemetery as part of the annual National Fire Prevention Week ceremonies.

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Clifton: At-Risk Youth Teach Sheriff’s Deputies Horsemanship Skills

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program partners with Alternative House and Sheriff’s Office for pilot program.

Fairfax County Sheriff’s deputies tread carefully as local youth led them around an obstacle course they’d designed, blindfolded. Others were taught horse safety by their young coaches.

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Lorton: Fair Winds Launches ‘Buy a Vet a Beer’ Campaign

Some simply say “Thank you for your service.” Others are more personal, listing a name, service branch and years served, or names of loved ones who were killed in the line of duty. Regardless of the content, each note for active duty or retired veterans on the wall at Fair Winds Brewing Company in Lorton comes with the same thing: a free beer and a hearty thanks.

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Burke Farmers Market runs until Dec. 17

While many of the 11 farmers markets around Fairfax County will be closing in the next month, the market in Burke is one of the last two to shut down for the winter.

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Fairfax County: Room to Improve for Fairfax County Public Schools on SAT

Scores above Virginia, national Levels, but achievement gap remains

On average, Fairfax County Public High Schools performed better on the SAT college placement exam in 2016 than the Commonwealth of Virginia overall average.

Wednesday, October 19

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Brightview Great Falls, Madeira School Partner for Off-Campus Internships

Brightview Great Falls, a popular senior living community in Great Falls, is partnering with The Madeira School, an all-girls day and boarding school in McLean. Volunteers from the tenth grade will experience a variety of roles and job responsibilities at the community during the fall and spring semesters in what is known at Madeira as Sophomore Co-Curriculum.

Great Falls Letter: Time to Make Hard Choices

Letter to the Editor

I grew up in Los Angeles, lived in Chicago and also New York. In each of these cities, there were always a myriad of new taxes and fees proposed with the promise of the resultant funds going to good causes - mostly schools.

Great Falls Letter: Taking Us for Granted

Letter to the Editor

Now that Barbara Comstock has belatedly Dumped Trump it is time to move on to another important issue. In reading her most recent newsletter, I noted that Comstock did not seem to have an office in Fairfax County.

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Great Falls: Horses Need No Cajoling to Stay on Land

About 58 acres of scenic vista just north of the Great Falls Village Center will be preserved for the next eight years at 9809 Arnon Chapel Road. “It represents one of the last large intact portions of former farmland that once characterized the area and is home to a well-loved horse boarding and riding facility, Stone Ridge Farm,” said Dranesville District Planning Commissioner John Ulfelder.

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Great Falls: Christmas Trees Cut Only for Taxes

Dranesville Planning Commissioner John Ulfelder described the enjoyment a 22.13-acre contiguous parcel of land at 910 Utterback Store Road gives Great Falls.

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Supervisors Debate Meal Tax in Great Falls

Foust, Herrity present pro & cons of the proposed tax; Great Falls residents join debate.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Great Falls Citizens Association hosted debates on two major ballot issues: the proposed Virginia Constitutional Amendment on “Right to Work” and the Fairfax County Meals Tax, a referendum which will be on the November 8 election ballot. The Meals Tax is a tax imposed on the purchase of all prepared or ready-to-eat foods and beverages. It would require all restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, movie theater concessions, and any other food service businesses selling prepared food to collect the tax, at a proposed 4 percent rate of the amount charged for the food.

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Great Falls: Seminar for Aspiring Eagle Scouts

On Saturday, Oct. 8, the Powhatan Scout District held its Fall "Life to Eagle" Seminar for aspiring Eagle scouts. The two-hour briefing detailed the requirements for mounting an Eagle Scout service project and for the application that scouts must file afterwards to reach Eagle rank. Pictured: Eagle Scout Greg Gersony, Troop 673 (Great Falls) fields a question on his 2015 Eagle project, a safety and recreation trail in Riverbend Park, together with Herndon Eagle Scouts Michael George (Troop 1570) and Matthew Lawley (Troop 157).

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Great Falls Studios Welcome Community

Some 59 artists open their homes and studios to 500 visitors over weekend.

About 500 visitors and 59 artists took part in the 13th annual Great Falls Studios 2016 Art Tour last weekend, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 14-16, in Great Falls.

BASIS Independent McLean Hosts Seminar - Demystifying Global Education Rankings

The seminar will feature a conversation on the role of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in global benchmarking and their influence on educational excellence across the world. RSVP is required.

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McLean: BASIS Independent Opens Tysons Corner’s First Prek-12 School

More than 40 teachers and nearly 300 DC-area students were welcomed by Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, who opened the doors to Tysons Corner’s first prek-12 school.

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McLean: New Officers Inducted at Churchill Road

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Churchill Road Elementary School held the induction ceremony for its newly elected Student Council Association (SCA) officers for 2016-2017: President – Kayla Moore; Vice President – Lauren Kim; Secretary – Jordan Rupli; Historian – Olivia Zhang; Treasurer – Logan Jones; and Sergeant At Arms – Joe Hoeymans. Caroline Brugge, a Langley High School senior, and Student Government Association Vice President, spoke to the Churchill Road student body, encouraging students not to be afraid to keep trying things until they found their passion. The students enjoyed Brugge’s engaging speech.

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McLean: Golden Gala Raises $106,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Potomac School juniors Amelia Mazloom and Parker Gioia together with other committee members of the Inaugural St. Jude Parent/Teen Golden Gala from high schools across the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, raised $106,000 to benefit the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The amount raised more than doubled committee’s goal of $50,000. The Gala took place at the French Embassy on Sept.17 with a crowd of more than 250 parents and teens.

McLean Hotel Executive Honored by National Kidney Foundation

At the 67th annual Board of Directors meeting held in St. Louis, Mo. the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) bestowed its highest honor to long-standing volunteer, W. Edward Walter of McLean, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Host Hotels & Resorts. Walter received the Martin Wagner Award from the foundation for his many years of service both as a local and national board member.

McLean Letter: A Leader and a Doer

Letter to the Editor

I know I am not alone in my frustration with Congress’ seeming inability to get things done. We have to do our part to make sure this paralysis doesn’t continue.

McLean Letter: Leadership on Transportation

Letter to the Editor

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has been working tirelessly to focus on one of region's biggest priorities: transportation. Her five years of experience in the Virginia House of Delegates allowed her to hit the ground running on her first day in Congress. And since being elected to Congress, she has helped secure additional funding for our roads and infrastructure.

McLean Letter: Focus on Economy and National Security

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to express my support, and that of my family, for Congresswoman Barbara Comstock.

McLean Letter: Comstock’s Record of Accomplishments

Letter to the Editor

Other than sending a massive amount of attack mailers, I haven’t heard anything from LuAnn Bennett about her accomplishments or what she might do or why she’s even running for the 10th Congressional seat against our proven incumbent, Barbara Comstock.

McLean Letter: Committed to Keeping Us Safe

Letter to the Editor

As a long time Northern Virginia resident, and parent, I am very concerned about national and community safety and security.

McLean Letter: Committed to Religious Freedom

Letter to the Editor

For the last 30 years of my activism, I have worked to promote political engagement among Arab Americans in the Greater Washington D.C. area. I am working to unite all communities and political participation is a key part of that.

McLean Letter: ‘Gov. McAuliffe, Tear Down This Wall!’

Letter to the Editor

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has built a wall - a virtual wall - between citizens and the voter registration records they are permitted to inspect. Under federal law, the public has a right to inspect records relating to "ensuring the accuracy and currency of official lists of eligible voters.”

McLean Community Center Renovation to Begin Begin in April 2017

In April 2017, work to renovate the McLean Community Center’s (MCC) Ingleside Avenue facility is scheduled to begin. To ensure the Center’s programs and services will continue uninterrupted, MCC Executive Director George Sachs has worked with Fairfax County’s Facilities Management Department to find and secure rental properties for a 22-month period, beginning as early as March 2017.

Planning Ahead: Expansion of Langley Fork

In April, the Board of Supervisors authorized planning staff to research the Mackall-Hall house and Turkey HIll Road for a possible expansion of the Langley Fork Historic Overlay District.

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McLean Snapshot: Crepe Myrtles and Recyling Efforts Bloom at Spring Hill Elementary

Over the summer months, Spring Hill Elementary School and grounds saw a transformation.

‘Under the Gun’ Documentary Screening, Panel Discussion in McLean

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) will sponsor an "Under the Gun" Screening and Expert Panel on Thursday, Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m. in the large theatre inside McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.

McLean: Marshall Academy, GMU to Host Cybersecurity Youth Conference

In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Marshall Academy—a Governor’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Academy—and George Mason University (GMU) will host the first Cybersecurity Youth Conference on Saturday, Oct. 29, at GMU’s Fairfax campus.

McLean, Great Falls Letter: Korean American Community Supports Comstock

Letter to the Editor

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock continues to earn the support of Northern Virginia’s Korean American community by consistently championing issues important to us.

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Langley Marching Saxons Win US Bands Marine Corps Invitational

Langley Marching Saxons won first place at the US Bands Marine Corps Invitational in Annapolis, Md. on Oct. 1. The band had a great performance in its only ​third competition in the history of the Langley High marching band.

Capital Bikeshare to Launch in Tysons, Reston

On Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, Fairfax County elected officials, community partners and county staff will host a two-part ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of Capital Bikeshare in Fairfax County.

Vienna Volunteer Fire Department Hosts Open House

Annual event promotes home fire safety with fun events for children.

The open house hosted by the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in recognition of fire prevention week is, traditionally, a popular community event that draws hundreds of children and their parents throughout the day. On Oct. 15, VVFD held another of its annual fire prevention fairs to bring attention to fire safety in the home, and to show the community a fun time.

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Vienna: Kathrine Switzer Joins Girls on the Run of NOVA

Kathrine Switzer, an iconic athlete, sports and social advocate, author, and Emmy award-winning television commentator -- the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon -- joined a Girls on the Run of NOVA team practice at Waples Mill Elementary in Vienna. She participated in the practice and spoke with the girls about her experiences as a woman gaining leadership skills and strength of character through running and sport.

Vienna Letter: Clear Choice in 10th District

Letter to the Editor

I’m writing to urge my 10th District neighbors to vote for Barbara Comstock, our incumbent congresswoman. Barbara is an outstanding professional—but she is also one of us, with the same personal concerns and experiences. She and her husband moved to McLean in 1981 and have been active in the community ever since. She understands our issues through the lens of a mother, grandmother, a daughter and a small business owner.

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Vienna Snapshot: The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna Hosts Appreciation Breakfast

The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) recently hosted an appreciation breakfast for their volunteers who provide services as SCOV’s Friendly Visitors; Friendly Callers and Handy Helpers. More than 125 of SCOV’s volunteers are engaged in providing Friendly Visitors; Friendly Callers and Handy Helpers services for seniors. Pictured, from left, first row: (l-r) Hyacinth Rodrigues; Shirley Lucas; Lenore Holm and Florence Andrews, SCOV Friendly Caller/Visitor Coordinator. Second row: Jerry O’Shaunessy; Shiva Tavana, SCOV Volunteer Coordinator; Ed Lowry; Jean Jennings; Bob Brennan and Mei Chou Donovan. To volunteer, donate or learn more about how you can help, visit www.scov.org or contact the SCOV office at 703-281-0538.

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Alexandria: WWII Cadet Receives CAP Congressional Gold Medal

Haynes joined Civil Air Patrol in 1942.

It’s not everyday someone can say they’ve earned a pilot’s license before their driver’s license, or went on to join the U.S. Air Force and then attend MIT at their own expense. Such is the case of longtime Alexandria resident, mother of four, Elizabeth “Libby” Daggit Haynes, 89, a World War II Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Field Trip at Huntley Meadows Park

Brittany Hopkins's third grade class from Sangster Elementary School in Springfield visited Huntley Meadows Park on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Mount Vernon Letter: Question 1’s Clarity

Letter to the Editor

Besides considering candidates for election, on Nov. 8, 2016 (or earlier if you vote early), voters will decide several issues including two issues in which it is proposed to amend the Constitution of Virginia. One of these, identified as "Question 1" reads as follows:

Mount Vernon Column: Yes for Widows, No for ‘Right to Work’

Commentary

On Nov. 8, you can vote on two state constitutional amendments that require voter approval, in addition to voting for President and U.S. Congress. There are also local measures on the ballot in some counties.

Mount Vernon Column: Enshrining ‘Free Riding’

Commentary

This year on Election Day, the first question you will see on the ballot is a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit a worker’s participation in a union as a condition for employment in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Alexandria: The Unlikely Republican

Hernick

Republican candidate Charles Hernick meets at Commonwealth Joe’s, a coffee shop in Pentagon City so new it hasn’t even had its official opening. It’s populated almost exclusively by millennials, and Hernick fits right in. When asked about the political issues that matter to them, the students and baristas at Commonwealth Joe’s all answer that climate change and combating student debt are their key voting issues. It’s a liberal atmosphere, but that doesn’t stop Hernick from trying to win them over.

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Alexandria: Money Talks

Citizens unite over city budget priorities.

Above all else, Alexandrians want a healthier and more transit accessible city, and they’re willing to pay for it. At a meeting on Oct. 13 at Patrick Henry Elementary School, the city’s FY2018 budget process kicked off with an opportunity for the 50 citizens present to voice their thoughts on what parts of the budget merited further investment.

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Alexandria: In 8th District, Hernick Challenges Beyer

The Steadfast Democrat

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer meets at The Royal Restaurant, a diner serving Old Town Alexandria since 1908. Its walls are adorned with pictures of famous visitors.

Alexandria Appetite: Food and Drink Events Abound

Some snippets from the Alexandria restaurant scene over the coming month.

Autumn is in full swing, and with the season comes a passel of activities in the food and beverage scene across the city (and beyond). Here are some items to put on your docket in the coming weeks.

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Alexandria People at Work: Neighborhood Pharmacy Cares for Its Community

Over 1,000 look-alike white bottles line the shelves, cram the nooks and crannies and sit in the refrigerator at Neighborhood Pharmacy on Mt. Vernon Street in Del Ray. Stacey Swartz, pharmacist and co-owner, has operated the independent pharmacy for eight years since she bought the space from Show of Hands. "Monday is the busiest day of the week," she says, "with all of the things piled up from the weekend."

Alexandria Letter: Statue’s Stewards

Letter to the Editor

An open letter to the public regarding the Appomattox Statue from the Mary Custis Lee-17th Virginia Regiment Chapter #7 United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Alexandria Letter: Thank You to Trader Joe's

Letter to the Editor

T.C. Williams High School takes this opportunity to thank Trader Joe's in Old Town for its donation of 400 handled bags to help us with one of our start-of-school classroom distribution projects. This is just another example of the wonderful community that we call Alexandria City.

Alexandria Letter: Lacking Accountability

Letter to the Editor

I am sure you are aware of the discord related to the development at the Patrick Henry School and Rec Center. The ACPS and School Board chose Option A1 over the advisory committee's recommendation of C1 claiming it was cheaper.

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Alexandria: Helping Hands

Donley, volunteers to be honored Oct. 26.

Former Mayor Kerry Donley will be among those honored for their service to the community at the 22nd annual Volunteers are the Heart of Alexandria awards ceremony Oct. 26 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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Alexandria: Frank Fannon III Dies

Fourth generation Alexandrian dies at 82.

Since 1846, the Fannon name has been virtually synonymous with Alexandria and no one was prouder of that than Frank Fannon III.

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Vienna, Herndon, Springfield: Baking a Robot

‘Lego Girls’ from Fairfax-Herndon-Vienna area raise funds for competition.

“Bake Sale! Support an all-girls robotics team!” our team yelled in front of Giant, our local grocery store, located on Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.

Centreville Letter: Heartfelt Thanks

Letter to the Editor

Given such glorious weather, it was impossible for Centreville Day to be anything other than successful. Centreville Day may not be a huge event, but it has a big heart.

Centreville Letter: Applauds HOME Act

Letter to the Editor

Many Fairfax County homeowners, like me, live in neighborhoods with community associations. We pay fees and assessments to the associations in addition to our county real estate taxes. I’m happy to do this, because the association ensures our community is maintained and property values are protected. It also provides services the county government doesn’t.

Centreville Letter: Support Meals Tax

Letter to the Editor

After careful consideration, the Fairfax – Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness has decided to fully support the proposed 4 percent Fairfax County Meals Tax.

Centreville Letter: Supporting Veterans

Letter to the Editor

The problems with veterans’ health care are well documented.

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Chantilly Snapshot: ‘Best Open House’ Award

As part of Saturday’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. The award is given to a fire station in each of the seven battalions that best highlights this year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme along with being creative and making sure all visitors had a good time. For Battalion Three, Fire Station 15 in Chantilly won the award.

Chantilly Letter: Encouraging Trend

Letter to the Editor

Muslim athlete Rahaf Khatib has just made history by being the first woman in hijab to grace the cover of a U.S. fitness magazine.

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Chantilly: That ‘It’ Moment

Mighty Marching Chargers compete at regional competition.

The 170-student strong Mighty Marching Chargers, Chantilly High School’s marching band, competed in the Bands of America Regional Championship at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Twenty-seven marching bands from nine states participated in the competition. The Mighty Marching Chargers placed fourth in their class and tenth in the finals round. They earned the highest score the band has ever earned in 15 years of competing in Band of America events.

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Seeing the Childhood of an Iconic Character

Chantilly High presents “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

Most people are familiar with the story of “Peter Pan,” but don’t know how he became the boy who never grew up. So Chantilly High is telling his prequel in its upcoming play, “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

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Gathering Against Hunger

They measure, weigh and package food for Stop Hunger Now.

Besides feeding the soul, churches can also feed the body — literally. And on Sunday, Sept. 25, members of Centreville United Methodist Church (CUMC) did just that.

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ONC, Kim Recognized at Centreville Day

Each year, the Centreville Day Planning Committee recognizes individuals or organizations making a difference in Centreville. This year’s awards, presented by Supervisor Kathy Smith (D-Sully) on Saturday, Oct. 15, went to Yom Chu Kim, Citizen of the Year, and Our Neighbor’s Child (ONC), Nonprofit Citizen of the Year.

Centreville Snapshot: Pirates, Parade, Scouts and Fun

Centreville Day was Saturday, Oct. 15.

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Potomac Family Recognized as ‘Angels in Adoption’

Haiti boy finds home with Freishstat family.

Five-year-old Luke Freishstat is exuberant — about his two older brothers and mom and dad, his classes at Georgetown Hill Elementary, his new friends, his new home in Potomac — but particularly about his chocolate Lab.

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Potomac Day This Saturday

Chamber names its three honorees.

What better way to celebrate Potomac's honorees for the Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year and Business Leader of the Year than riding at the head of the Potomac Parade — and recognition at Potomac Day 2016?

Potomac Snapshot: Eagle Scout

Bennett William Lunceford, Troop 773, out of the Potomac United Methodist Church, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at the troop Court of Honor on Sept. 27.

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Potomac: Countdown to Halloween

There’s still time to for spooky design.

Grown up Halloween preparations aren’t just about ghosts and smoke machines anymore. They include home décor with a twist, perhaps glittered or velvet pumpkins, or spooky fine china.

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Potomac Snapshot: Joining Club Friday

Youths from grades 3-6 participated in games, crafts, movies, sports and more at Club Friday at the Potomac Community Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 17. See www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec.

Potomac: Join Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm

The Potomac Friends of the Library is celebrating its 25th year. Residents of all ages are invited to join story book character Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm in the Potomac Day Parade on Saturday, Oct. 22. Come dressed in costume or regular clothes. Each marcher will be given a sign to carry with the number "25" to acknowledge the Friends’ 25th anniversary celebration. To participate or for more information, e-mail karincurrie@aol.com or Edie Wingate atwingw@aol.com

Tuesday, October 18

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Arlington: The Unconventional Race

8th District election pits Beyer against Hernick.

While the nation chooses between two Presidential candidates of extreme political and temperamental differences, voters in Virginia’s 8th District face a different kind of decision. As Democratic U.S. Rep. Don Beyer runs for reelection, he faces opposition from an un-Trump-like Republican candidate. Republican candidate Charles Hernick meets at Commonwealth Joe’s, a coffee shop in Pentagon City so new it hasn’t even had its official opening. It’s populated almost exclusively by millennials, and Hernick fits right in. When asked about the political issues that matter to them, the students and baristas at Commonwealth Joe’s all answer that climate change and combating student debt are their key voting issues. It’s a liberal atmosphere, but that doesn’t stop Hernick from trying to win them over.

Arlington: Generations of the Bean

Arlington entrepreneurs quit their day jobs to launch coffee shop.

For many people, coffee is a utility. It's a necessary pick-me-up to get through the long work day. That's how Chase Damiano saw coffee until he met Robbie Peck. For Peck, coffee was something more. It was an art. More than just a stimulant, for Peck, every cup of coffee is a blend of carefully selected scents and tastes. When their coffee shop, Commonwealth Joe Coffee Roasters, has its grand opening Saturday, Oct. 22, Peck and Damiano hope to change how Arlington County sees coffee.

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Arlington: Lessons in Housecleaning

Learning to be green.

The five-week Green Housecleaning class for immigrant women began in 2013 as the vision of Andres Tobar, director of the Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC), who said, "We have SEEC that was established in 2000 to help find connect immigrant daylaborers with temporary employment, but these are almost always men. There was nothing for the women. This Green Housecleaning class gets to women with the toughest challenges."

Arlington Snapshot: Helping the Homeless

Kathleen Sibert, president and CEO of Arlington Street People's Network (A-SPAN), presents Lora Rinker with a special award on the first year anniversary of the grand opening of the new Homeless Services Center (HSC) last October.

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Arlington: Multi-Faith Group Pursues Social Justice

Campaign involves housing affordability, public education investment, immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, and gun safety.

Before 1,100 faith community leaders at Oakton High School on Oct. 16, Attorney General Mark R. Herring added his name to those of more than 105 other state and elected officials around the country who are calling on gun manufacturers to step up gun safety efforts.

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Arlington: Generations of the Bean

Arlington entrepreneurs quit their day jobs to launch coffee shop.

For many people, coffee is a utility. It's a necessary pick-me-up to get through the long work day. That's how Chase Damiano saw coffee until he met Robbie Peck.

Saturday, October 15

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Arlington: What a Dump

Arlington recycling event makes junk work for charities.

This E-Care recycling event, which takes place twice a year in Arlington, provides the opportunity to get rid of hazardous household material, trash or junk that cannot be put in the garbage, but also accepts things like eyeglasses, shoes, bikes, and other items which would work in another country.

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‘We Are All Arlington!’

Arlington celebrates its diverse history of 40 years of immigration.

The program was part of “Welcoming Week,” an annual series of events in communities across the U.S. that bring together immigrants and U.S. born residents in a spirit of unity.

Friday, October 14

Free Halloween Car Rides Offered in Area

As a means of making the Washington-metropolitan area’s roadways a little less frightening this Halloween, free cab rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 29.

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Oak Hill Remodeled Home Tour Set for Nov. 5

Gourmet kitchen, spa master bath among spotlight features in makeover.

A circa 1980's center hall Colonial enhanced by a gourmet kitchen, a spacious spa bath and a lower-level guest suite will be featured in a “Remodeled Home Tour” sponsored by Sun Design Remodeling on Saturday, Nov. 5.

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Showcase Home Offers Design Inspiration

DC Design House was transformed by local designers to raise money for charity.

Those in search of interior design ideas now have a source of new inspirations, at least temporarily. The 2016 DC Design House is now open to the public and runs through Oct. 30.

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Home Improvements for the Holidays

Local contractors say there is time to spruce up your house and yard.

Changing temperatures and falling leaves are a signal the holidays are near. From Thanksgiving through the New Year, homes are filled with guests and schedules are stacked with parties. Getting one’s home guest ready by the holidays may be daunting, but it’s doable with proper planning and realistic expectations, say local contractors.

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Oktoberfest Celebrated at Reston Town Center

Not to be deterred by the weather, a steady flow of revellers matched the steady drizzle that couldn’t put a damper on Oktoberfest Reston 2016 on Saturday, Oct. 8.

Reston: Eileen Anatra Recognized as ‘Administrator of the Year 2016’

Eileen Anatra, recently named to be Executive Director of Tall Oaks Assisted Living, Coordinated Services Management senior community in Reston, was named “Administrator of the Year” for 2016 by the D.C., Maryland and Delaware Chapter of the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals at their fall meeting in Ocean City, Maryland, Monday, October 3, 2016. The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) is the nation’s leading organization of professionals involved in the management of nutrition and food service.

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Reston: Iconic Musical for Season Opening

Reston Community Players 50th season opens with ‘Gipsy’ on Oct. 21.

That great American musical classic “Gypsy” will be opening the Reston Community Players (RCP) 50th season. “We selected ‘Gypsy’ to start off our 50th season because it is an iconic and classic musical, and we really wanted something recognizable to kick off our 50th,” said Jolene Vettese, President, Reston Community Players and Assistant Director of “Gypsy.”

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Reston Home Tour on Saturday, Oct. 15

This year's Reston Home Tour (in it's 15th year) will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and benefits the Reston Historic Trust and the Reston Museum. This year’s theme, Embracing Change, celebrates lives that have changed and homes that reflect their owners.

Reston Letter: Connolly: Competent, Caring, Accessible

Letter to the Editor

As the headlines on the devastating impacts of climate change in our country and worldwide are hitting the media, we wonder whether our legislators are doing enough to address this issue. It is comforting to know that we have such a champion in our Congressman Gerald Connolly. Here are some of Gerry's environmental activities:

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Great Falls: Collecting ‘Bikes for the World’

On October 1, more than 20 Boy Scouts, adult leaders, and family members from Great Falls’ Troop 55, chartered by St. Francis Episcopal Church, worked with non-profit organization “Bikes for The World” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect and prepare 51 used bicycles for Central America.

Great Falls Letter: Standing with the Victims of Terrorism

Letter to the Editor

In a rare moment of broad bipartisan cooperation, Congress came together to pass the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

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Great Falls: Global Change Maker

Mireya Mayor of Great Falls receives Fulbright’s Global Changemaker Award.

Deep within the luscious, natural green abyss of Guyana’s rainforests stood a young explorer, eating rice and beans with a small group of locals.

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Great Falls Studios 2016 Art Tour, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16

The Great Falls Studios 2016 Art Tour, a self-guided driving tour to the creative spaces of artists working in Great Falls, “happens” on Friday, Oct. 14, Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct 16. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day: 58 artists are participating in 20 home-based or group studios and galleries. Step inside their creative spaces.

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McLean Woman’s Club Donates $4,500 to Local Nonprofits

At its meeting on Oct. 4, the Woman’s Club of McLean donated $2,000 to Share Inc., $1,000 to Alternative House and $1,500 to Claude Moore Colonial Farm, three nonprofits in McLean. The club’s active fundraising programs have made possible the support of these and other local organizations as well as of scholarships and education. The club’s annual Holiday Homes Tour, in December, provides a major source of such funding.

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McLean Woman’s Club Gearing Up for 50th Annual Holiday Homes Tour

With the final selection of the tour homes and the printing of the tour tickets, the Woman’s Club of McLean is almost ready for its 50th annual Holiday Homes Tour in December.

McLean Letter: What’s for Dinner?

Letter to the Editor

I keep hearing about how unemployment numbers are down, but I also hear that, inexplicably, local, state and federal budgets are dismal.

McLean Letter: Tysons Needs Schools Too

Letter to the Editor

As it is widely known, Spring Hill Elementary is bursting at the seams, and is officially over capacity. We currently have around 1,000 students.

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The Trump Question? Asked and Answered

Comstock and Bennett trade jabs during first debate in race for 10th Congressional seat.

At the first of two 10th Congressional District debates on Thursday, Oct. 6, Democratic challenger LuAnn Bennett was not shy about hanging the Trump albatross around the neck of freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock.

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McLean, Vienna: Marshall High to Present ‘The Sea Cook: A Story for Girls’

What happens when you put together a female cast of pirates, an innovative set design, and the creative writing of a talented former student? You get “The Sea Cook: A Story for Girls,” a feminist revision of the classic story “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Town of Vienna Names Public Works Director

Michael Gallagher is the Town of Vienna’s new public works director, but he is not a new face to the Town or its residents. Gallagher has worked in Vienna’s public works department for six years, most recently, since May, as acting director. He was named public works director on Sept. 21.

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Burke Area CROP Hunger Walkers Help Save Lives

Looking to make a real difference? On Sunday, Nov. 20, hundreds of area residents will be joining together in the 24th annual Burke Area CROP Hunger Walk, and you can be part of it.

Helping Prevent Domestic Violence

With the help of the community, domestic violence is no longer the leading cause of homicide in Fairfax County.

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Inova’s Knox Singleton Receives Community Leadership Award

J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System, was recognized by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for his history of leadership and stewardship, providing world-class healthcare to all members of the diverse Northern Virginia community, regardless of ability to pay with the 2016 Community Leadership Award. The longest standing community based recognition award in Northern Virginia, it was presented at the Community Foundation’s annual Raise the Region Gala on Oct. 7, 2016 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

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Fairfax: ‘It’s a Place that Feels Like Home’

Cobbdale Assisted Living opens in Fairfax.

Cobbdale Assisted Living opened Sept. 1 in the City of Fairfax. But instead of being in an industrial-looking facility, it’s in a renovated home in a quiet, established, residential neighborhood.

Fairfax Station, Lorton: 1880 Farmhouse Adorned with Floral Preserves

The Hampshires have preserved 25 acres of their land at 6925 Newman Road in Fairfax for the last 24 years.

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Lorton Snapshot: Boy Scouts Clean Up Silverbrook Road

Boy Scout Troop 688, sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church in Fairfax Station, conducted its bi-annual Silverbrook Road Clean-up Saturday, Oct. 8 in a light rain. There were 29 Boy Scouts and adults picking up trash and debris along the route from Hooes Road to Rt. 123 on Silverbrook Road. The Troop performs this community service twice a year to support their neighborhoods. For more information contact Sandy Latta slatta@fourthwave.com or 703-485-6801.

Lorton Letter: Energy and Passion

Letter to the Editor

No one likes filing their taxes, but thanks to Congresswoman Barbara Comstock and 152 of her colleagues in Congress on both sides of the aisle, things might get a little easier for us: the hardworking taxpayers. Barbara Comstock is an original co-sponsor of the Free File Act of 2016. If this legislation is signed into law, millions of eligible Americans will have access to a free and simple e-filing system that saves both time and money.

Springfield Letter: Leadership for Today’s World

Letter to the Editor

As a retired U.S. Army Colonel who spent two-thirds of a 30-year career serving in Europe, I am deeply concerned about the state of world affairs.

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Paws4People Night at Mookie’s BBQ

Mookie's BBQ owner Brian Varani was influenced by 12-year-old Dylan Kurtz to host a Paws4People day. Mr. Varani's wife Megan said, "Dylan’s spirit of giving was contagious and a great reminder that no matter how busy and hectic life might get, you should always make time to give back."

Great Falls Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 18 Great Falls homes sold between $2,065,000-$475,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: September, 2016

McLean Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 89 homes sold between $3,200,000-$185,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: September, 2016

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 36 Potomac homes sold between $1,999,996-$490,000.

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2016

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Mount Vernon: Celebrating Joshua Owusu’s Life

Stratford Landing student loses brain cancer battle.

Joshua Owusu’s bell-like soprano voice floated through the reception hall, carrying the words “Maybe we found love right where we are,” from singer Ed Sheeran’s hit “Thinking Out Loud.” A video projected on one side of the hall showed Owusu, a sixth grader at Stratford Landing Elementary School, performing confidently and innocently onstage, sharply dressed with suspenders and a clip-on bow tie.

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Burke and Springfield: Veterinary technician switched careers to heal and pursue her passion.

Part way through her career, Elizabeth Exline of Burke decided she needed to change her life completely. She had attended art school and was working in a restaurant, being trained for management, when her beloved dog died.

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Clifton Primitive Baptist Church Re-Opens on Clifton Day

Oldest African American church in Fairfax County had been closed a decade.

Chuck Rusnak of Clifton stood in the middle of the Clifton Primitive Baptist Church, on all-original wooden floors laid in 1871 for an All-African American Church built on land donated by an emancipated slave.

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Walk to School Day in Burke

Students around Fairfax County participated in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5.

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Fairfax County: Lockard Named Interim Superintendent

Dr. Steven Lockard will take over for Dr. Karen Garza as Fairfax County Schools superintendent for the interim period while the School Board searches for her replacement.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 95 homes sold between $2,303,442-$263,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: September, 2016

Springfield Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 163 Springfield homes sold between $820,178-$127,500.

Springfield Home Sales: September, 2016

Reston Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 88 Reston homes sold between $1,200,000-$169,834.

Reston Home Sales: September, 2016

Mount Vernon Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 120 homes sold between $1,525,000-$80,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: September, 2016

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 86 homes sold between $1,399,000-$176,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: September, 2016

Fairfax Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 95 Fairfax homes sold between $1,245,000-$156,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: September, 2016

Chantilly Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 19 homes sold between $700,000-$241,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: September, 2016

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

In September, 2016, 68 homes sold between $2,350,000-$130,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 93 Centreville homes sold between $975,000-$212,000.

Centreville Home Sales: September, 2016

Burke Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 58 Burke homes sold between $1,025,000-$269,909.

Burke Home Sales: September, 2016

Arlington Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 220 Arlington homes sold between $2,375,000-$104,500.

Arlington Home Sales: September, 2016

Alexandria Home Sales: September, 2016

In September, 2016, 196 Alexandria homes sold between $4,685,000-$102,990.

Alexandria Home Sales: September, 2016

Mount Vernon: Support Volleyball Dig Pink

West Potomac Volleyball is hosting its annual Dig Pink Rally at its regularly scheduled match (5, 6 and 7:15 p.m.) against rival Mount Vernon High School on Thursday, Oct. 13.

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Alexandria: ODBC Men Win Occoquan Challenge

Stiff breezes from the remnants of Hurricane Matthew did not deter the men from the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) first 8 crew team as they swept a field of 12 upper class boats to win the 2016 Occoquan Challenge Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Mount Vernon: Lockard Named Interim Superintendent

Garza leaves Dec. 19.

Dr. Steven Lockard will take over for Dr. Karen Garza as Fairfax County Schools superintendent for the interim period while the School Board searches for her replacement.

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Mount Vernon: Bryant Focuses on Enhancing Student Success

Seeks to ensure students have plans for their future.

Bryant Principal Tanganika (Tangy) Millard isn’t basking in last year’s graduation success. Millard is working to ensure her students receive individualized and real-time attention required to succeed as adults.

Mount Vernon: MVHS Teacher Studies at Estate

Kenneth Trotman, a history and social studies teacher at Mount Vernon High School, was one of 160 educators from across the nation selected to participate in the George Washington Teacher’s Institute, a four-day residential professional development program, at the Mount Vernon Estate this summer. Institute participants included K-12 teachers, librarians, and media specialists in a competitive application process.

Mount Vernon: Annual Swing Pink Charity Event Returns

The Mount Vernon Athletic Club (MTVAC), a fitness and tennis club, will hold its 11th Annual “Swing for Pink” tennis charity event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 28 from 6:30-11 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Mount Vernon: Graves Places First Runner Up

In Ms. Senior Virginia America Pageant.

Betty Ann Crews Graves, 78, of the Mount Vernon/Gum Springs area placed First Runner Up in the Ms. Senior Virginia America Pageant on July 14 in Falls Church.

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Mount Vernon: Habitat NOVA Celebrates Completion of Two New Homes

Two families are joined by 90 volunteers.

Two families achieved their dream of building and owning their own home, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA). On Sept. 18 the Mansaye and Omar families were joined by more than 90 volunteers, Habitat NOVA board members and staff, project partners, and guests in celebration of their newly completed homes.

Mount Vernon Letter: New Taxes Should Be Last Option

Letter to the Editor

All governments need tax revenue to administer essential programs and services. Therefore, they should be very frugal in their decisions to spend the taxes collected from hardworking taxpayers. They also should ensure that all programs and services are essential and run efficiently and effectively before raising or asking for new taxes.

Mount Vernon Letter: Establish Ground Rules

Letter to the Editor

Clarification on one issue might help people decide how to vote on the meal tax referendum.

Mount Vernon Column: Students May Apply to Amundson Institute

Commentary

This coming Legislative Session I will host the seventh annual Amundson Institute, continuing the tradition of Sen. Scott Surovell and his predecessor, former delegate, Kris Amundson. The program, sponsored by Cox Communications, is an outstanding opportunity for young leaders to learn about legislative and public service careers.

Mount Vernon Brief: Join Walk to Bust Cancer

The National Breast Center Foundation will hold its first Walk to Bust Cancer at Fort Hunt Park on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 8 a.m.

Alexandria: Carson, Napoli Wed

Carl E. “Forthe” Carson IV and Megan Marjan Napoli were married at St. Michael’s Catholic Church by Father Tom Donaldson on Sept. 16, 2016 in Chicago, Ill. A wedding reception and dinner followed at the History Museum of Chicago.

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Alexandria: School Redistricting Forums Begin

Reading between the lines.

After 17 years of static school lines, Alexandria City Public Schools is making motions to begin the process of redistricting. By the start of the 2018 school year, new school lines that incorporate two new schools and other expansion projects will cause shifts in school populations across the city.

Alexandria: Domestic Homicide on Duke Street

In the middle of October, as police were attending events to commemorate and raise awareness for domestic violence month, Alexandria experienced its first domestic homicide of 2016.

Alexandria: National Award for Police Officer

After tragedy, Evans works to transform his community.

Alexandria Police Officer Bennie Evans was one of 12 police officers from across the country to receive the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Services in Community Policing. Evans, a regular at any event where the community interacts with the city or police, was noted for his voluntary participation in police and local non-profit projects and for his successful de-escalation of numerous calls about violence and attempted suicide.

Alexandria People at Work: Shaping Her Life, Her Art

Renee Altman wedges off a large chunk of high-fired stoneware clay and puts it on the workbench. "It's like kneading dough. I usually do this 100 times." Altman owns The Clay Queen Pottery on Mt. Vernon Avenue.

Alexandria Snapshot: Pink Badges For Awareness

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne has authorized deputies to wear pink badges to show their support in the fight against breast cancer.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Innovation Award

Port City Brewing Company founder Bill Butcher, center, accepts the Brewer Partner Marketing Innovation Award from National Beer and Wine Association president and CEO Craig Purser and NBWA Chairman of the Board Travis Markstein Sept. 27 at the NBWA convention in Chicago. Butcher founded Port City Brewing in 2011. The company employs 45 people and has grown to produce 15,000 barrels of beer annually. www.portcitybrewing.com

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Alexandria Snapshot: Ethiopian New Year

Grammy-nominated, Ethiopian-born singer and songwriter Wayna served as mistress of ceremonies.

Alexandria Obituary: Service Scheduled for Charles Parran

The funeral service for Charles Somerset Parran will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Prince Frederick, Md. Interment to follow.

Alexandria Letter: New Names For Highway

Letter to the Editor

The decision has been taken to rename the Jefferson Davis Highway.

Alexandria Letter: Lose More Parking?

Letter to the Editor

Over the past several years the City of Alexandria and the Washington Area Metro system have been planning to alter the current configuration of the “bus loop” at the King Street Metro Station.

Alexandria Letter: Celebrate Yorktown Victory

Letter to the Editor

Gen. Charles Cornwallis’ surrender to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Va., Oct. 19, 1781, ended serious fighting during the American Revolution and paved the way for the Treaty of Paris which recognized American independence. It was signed on Sept. 3, 1783 by representatives of King George III and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and David Hartley.

Alexandria Letter: Inspiring Experience

Letter to the Editor

I had the enormous honor to serve in the (first) Clinton Administration in 1993-2001.

Alexandria Letter: Man-made Traffic Disaster

Letter to the Editor

In the spring the Transportation Planning Division in the city disregarded widespread public opposition and decided to suppress one lane in each direction of King Street between the T.C. Williams High School and Janney's Lane in favor of creating bike lanes.

Alexandria Poem: "Mixture of Colors"

Black, White and Indian that I am ... Crab in a barrel that I'm not ...

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Alexandria Appetite: Mystery and History Mix in Port City-Gadsby’s Event

Port City Brewing, Gadsby’s Tavern, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church commemorate 200 years since Female Stranger’s death.

Long before Alexandria’s current heyday, when the Port City was in the middle of becoming a port city, a mystery woman came to Gadsby’s Tavern with her gentleman caller, became ill, and died, her final resting place the St. Paul’s Cemetery. “To the memory of a Female Stranger,” the gravestone reads in part, launching two centuries’ worth of lore and theory about her identity, her companion, and her presence in Alexandria in the first place.

Thursday, October 13

Alexandria Letter: Architectural Possibilities

Letter to the Editor

Now that the northern waterfront location and the old Mirant coal plant site are now open for discussion, I feel the need to reiterate this sentiment:

Alexandria Letter: Misbegotten Gambit

Letter to the Editor

Once again, City Council has overruled its own appointed committee of task force.

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Alexandria Snapshot: It’s Official

Led by Mayor Allison Silberberg, dignitaries gathered Sept. 7 for the official ribbon-cutting at Vola’s Dockside Grill and Hi-Tide Lounge, located at the Alexandria waterfront. From left are Scott Shaw of Alexandria Restaurant Partners, Councilman Tim Lovain, McArthur Myers, Mayor Silberberg, Peter Lawson, Janet Barnett, Michele Evans, Councilwoman Del Pepper, Jim Moran and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne.

Alexandria: Burke Named Business Leader of the Year

Chamber to honor local organizations Oct. 19.

When E. Hunt Burke walks the streets of Old Town, he commands attention sporting the same iconic mustache that was the trademark of his father, the late Taylor Burke Jr. As chairman and CEO of Burke and Herbert Bank, Burke has spent his career in the family business and on Oct. 19 will again follow in his father’s footsteps when he is honored as the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Supporting MDA

The Fraternal Order of Eagles ALVA Auxiliary 871 of Alexandria presented a $3,000 grant to Tiffany Tillotsos on Sept. 28 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greater Washington summer camp program. Above are Tillotsos, Auxiliary President Bonnie Rathbone and Auxiliary Secretary Jean Oliver. See www.FOE871.com

Alexandria: Bragg To Highlight Redskins Night

Sportsman’s Club to honor Athletes of the Month Oct. 18.

Former Washington Redskins punter Mike Bragg will be the featured speaker at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club annual Redskins Night Oct. 18 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

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Alexandria: Art on the Avenue 2016

Rainy skies did not deter tens of thousands from flocking to Mount Vernon Avenue Oct. 1 for the 21st annual Art on the Avenue festival in Del Ray.

Alexandria Column: Building a System for Early Education

Commentary

This past month marked a return to school for elementary and secondary students. At the same time, more than 700 of our city’s youngest students started the school year in publicly supported early childhood classrooms.

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Alexandria Column: Bike Patrols Take Shelter’s Officers Closer to Animals

Commentary-AWLA

That bicyclist riding in front of you on the bike trail in Alexandria might be an Animal Services Officer on duty.

Recital to Support Art Scholarship Fund

Art Guild of Clifton will hold a vocal recital and art exhibit Oct 15 at 3 p.m., at Clifton Presbyterian Church, 12748 Richards Lane, Clifton. Free will donations will benefit the Mary Lee Peterson Art Scholarship fund and are tax deductible. Students are not expected to give donations.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Celebrating 30 Years

Lees Corner Elementary celebrated its 30th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 30. Counselors Jenny Anderson and Rachel DiBartolo, music teachers Emily Messier and Leah Kmetz join Principal Bob D'Amato, Assistant Principal VaRonica Sloan and Dr. Frances Ivey, assistant superintendent, Region 5, with Lees Corner elementary students.

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Centreville: ‘A Great Resource in our Community’

CIF event celebrates diversity, honors achievement.

The Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) is dedicated to helping local immigrants find work and better their lives. So it was fitting that the theme for its second annual dinner was “Celebrating Our Global Community.”

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Come One, Come All to Centreville Day

Fun-filled, community celebration is this Saturday.

A fusion of community camaraderie, history and fun for all ages, the 24th annual Centreville Day celebration is this Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in Historic Centreville Park, 5714 Mount Gilead Road (off Braddock Road, across Route 29 from the IHOP).

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Potomac: Churchill Team Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

The Churchill Girls Field Hockey team rose to the challenge Friday night on two fronts — they maintained their undefeated record, shutting out Richard Montgomery 3 - 0, and they raised over $5,000 for Make-A-Wish MidAtlantic.

Potomac Column: Responding to Excessive Aircraft Noise

Commentary

Montgomery County Council Vice President Roger Berliner, who chairs the council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, made the following statement regarding the recent increase in significant aircraft noise from planes departing from and arriving to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport that is impacting residents of the county.

Potomac Poem: Ghost Pumpkin

There was a little pumpkin that lived in a patch, It was round and big and I knew it was the one I wanted to snatch.

Potomac Snapshot: Blessing of the Animals Service

Pastor James Isaacs performs the blessing of the animals ceremony at St. James’ Episcopal Church on Saturday, Oct. 8, with Andrew Iype holding his stuffed animal toy. The Blessing of the Animals Service commemorates the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals, the environment, and religious cooperation.

Wednesday, October 12

Classified Advertising October 12, 2016

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Tuesday, October 11

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Potomac Day Nears

Annual parade, classic car show, music and rides returns Oct. 22.

What’s more fun than a parade, clowns and candy? Scurrying up a climbing wall? Sliding down inflatable slides? Riding a pony, petting an alpaca, or cuddling a pig? Listening to music and nibbling Potomac Pizza’s pizza on a beautiful fall day? Checking out an exquisite 1957 T-Bird or a snazzy Impala from the 1960s? Oct. 22 is Potomac Day 2016 — and Potomac residents are already anticipating the excitement of the annual family day.

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Potomac: 100 Women Who Care

Raising funds locally for local needs.

See a problem – solve a problem. That’s how the “100 Women Who Care” movement started.

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Potomac: A Taste of Serbian Culture

SerbFest DC offered food, music and dance.

Hundreds had a chance to experience Serbian culture and heritage through food, music and dance at SerbFest DC recently.

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Arlington: Ambar Combines Balkan Countryside with Urban Feel

New restaurant on Wilson Boulevard.

Favorite Balkan dishes with a modern twist have arrived in Arlington with the opening of Ivan Iricanin's new Ambar restaurant on Wilson Boulevard. Iricanin sits at a table refurbished from the previous restaurant and looks around the new space designed by his wife, Nya Gill. "Final touches," he said as the fresh plants are arranged in the overhead room-length rectangular planter, "and opening only two days late."

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Arlington Snapshot: Family Weekend

A jazz brunch, a street fair, comedy night and talent show are a few of the highlights of Marymount University’s annual Family Weekend, “Fleur Power: Peace, Love & Family."

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Arlington Snapshot: Fall Heritage Festival

The Walker Log House at Gulf Branch Nature Center will host a Fall Heritage Festival on Saturday, Oct. 15, 1-5 p.m. To step back in history and try old-time games and crafts, make a corn husk doll, try on a coonskin cap, or work the cider press. Cost is $5.

Arlington Brief: Police Arrest Driver In Pedestrian Collision

The Arlington County Police Department has taken into custody Shahed Quayum, 49, of Arlington, following the Oct. 4 pedestrian collision in the 3100 block of Clarendon Boulevard. Quayum has been arrested and charged with DUI maiming.

Connolly: Competent, Caring, Accessible

With all the headlines on the devastating impacts of climate change in our country and worldwide, it is comforting to know we have a champion for these problems in our Congressman Gerald Connolly.

Brief: Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna Hosts a Minister’s Breakfast

This summer the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) hosted a Minister’s Breakfast. With over forty clergy and families attending, the event was sponsored by The Crossings at Chantilly and held in the Vienna Baptist Church fellowship hall.

Friday, October 7

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Snapshot: Senior Olympics Swimming

See more Senior Olympics Swimming photos on Facebook.

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From the Beginning to the End

982 participants signed up for 2016 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.

The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) opened Sept. 10 and ran through Sept. 21 with another record registration of 918 participants.

Park Authority Offers 50+ Web Portal

The Fairfax County Park Authority has launched a website specifically for residents age 50 or older.

Seminars on Downsizing

The Retiree Real Estate Education Association announces free public service seminars for October on Decluttering, Aging in Place, and Downsizing, given at McLean, Falls Church, and Marshall High schools. These are part of a series of eight free seminars on real estate issues unique to retirees.

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Arlington: Where Learning and Camaraderie Doesn’t End

Inside Langston-Brown Senior Center.

The Langston-Brown Senior Center at 2121 N. Culpepper St., one of six senior centers in Arlington, offers field trips, classes focusing on health, consumer education, cooking and languages as well as dancing lessons, sports and yoga. Most classes are free with a Senior 55+ pass at a cost of $20.

Arlington: Learn about Healthy Aging

The Virginia Hospital Center Senior Health Program offers healthy aging lecture series at its South Arlington campus, 601 S. Carlin Springs Road. Sessions are 11 a.m.-noon. RSVP for each event at 703-558-6859.

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Debating Pro & Con on Meals Tax

League of Women Voters hosts forum on Meals Tax issue.

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area sponsored a debate-style panel discussion on the Meals Tax issue which will go before county voters in the Nov. 8 General Election.

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Fall Driving: Be Alert for Deer

Autumn is approaching and white-tailed deer will be on the move. Fall is the breeding season for deer.

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Bike Sharing Stations Open up Transportation Options

Capital Bikeshare expands to Reston, Tysons area.

Near the corner of Union Street and Prince Street in Old Town, Alexandria, there is a row of red Capital Bikeshare bikes for commuters, tourists and locals to rent, to offer biking as a transportation option without the hassle of congestion or parking that plagues the area.

Interfaith Partners for Justice Address Needs of Returning Citizens

Interfaith Partners for Justice (IPJ), a cooperative effort of members of ten Northern Virginia faith communities, invites returning citizens (ex-offenders), people of faith and justice advocates to come together for a come-when-you-can afternoon of opportunities for voter registration and photo IDs, as well as a series of workshops, advocacy tables and conversations on the needs of returning citizens (often less hopefully and permanently called “ex-offenders”) on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, 2 to 5 p.m. at Lake Anne Community Center, 1609 A Washington Plaza in Reston.

Reston Column: Cyber Security

Commentary

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month as designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Reston Column: Budget, Spending Out of Control at RA?

Commentary – Independent Progressive

We have known for months now that the Tetra/Lake House debacle was certain to put upward pressure on the Reston Association budget. Assessments would surely rise if there wasn’t belt tightening at RA.

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The Reston Chorale Kicks Off Its 50th Season

The Reston Chorale kicks off its 50th Season on Oct. 15 with Memories: Through the Years—a pops concert featuring a bit of Broadway, a touch of jazz and some good ol’ rock ‘n roll.

Herndon, Reston: White House Ornaments on Sale

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors have announced that the White House Ornaments are available for sale to benefit Artemis House, Fairfax County shelter for women and children.

Herndon, Reston Obituary: John David Farrell, Sr. MD, 79, Dies

On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, Dr. John David Farrell entered into peaceful rest after a long illness at home with his family at his bedside. He was born March 24, 1937, at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Herndon to Celebrate Arts Week

The event’s theme: Shining Lights on the Arts in Herndon.

Downtown Herndon businesses open their doors to the public for the 6th Annual Arts Crawl, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5:30 - 8 p.m. The Arts Crawl is one of many free activities scheduled during Herndon Arts Week.

Thursday, October 6

Editorial: Voting Never Mattered More

Consider voting absentee in person since more than 500,000 other voters are likely to turnout on Election Day.

With more than 655,000 active voters in Fairfax County, and as many as 500,000 voters turning out on Election Day, it’s a good time to consider voting early, and preparing for a longer-than-usual process if voting on Election Day.

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Mount Vernon: Friends of Dyke Marsh Celebrate 40th Anniversary

“It could be our Everglades.”

More than 100 members of the Friends of Dyke Marsh group, supporters and elected officials spent the afternoon at River Farm in Alexandria on Sunday Oct. 2, celebrating the Friends group’s 40th anniversary.

Mount Vernon: 400 Evacuated from River Towers

Fairfax County firefighters evacuated 400 residents from one of three River Towers condo buildings Sunday afternoon Oct. 2 following reports there was structural damage and residents felt the building shake.

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Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke helps seniors age in place with free rides program

It was the first time Fairfax residents Marilyn Hanick and her husband Robert ever asked for any help. She can drive herself to doctor’s appointments at her Fair Oaks area hospital, but for the couple to get Robert to Tysons Corner for appointments for eye injections, his back and hearing problems make it much more difficult.

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Fairfax County: Meals Tax Statement Debated During Joint Budget Meeting

Text prepared by Board of Supervisors and FCPS board chairs.

There continues to be division, at least among several members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board, on whether voters should approve a referendum allowing the government to levy up to a four percent additional tax on prepared foods and beverages at restaurants, as well as ready-to-eat foods from grocery and convenience stores.

Fairfax County Public Schools Beat Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate

The Virginia Department of Education has released graduation rates for school systems around the Commonwealth. Fairfax County Public Schools had 92.3 percent of its 2016 class graduate on time, compared with the state average 91.3 percent.

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Senior Living: Planning for Multigenerational Living

Making room for older family members.

Planning for multigenerational living has been on the rise in recent years. With life expectancies increasing and early baby boomers entering their golden years, this trend is expected to continue. As with any remodeling project, there are a number of factors to consider when planning a renovation for a growing household.

Herndon: Senior Tea Sweetened with Art

Every month seniors are invited to visit the ArtSpace Herndon gallery to view the current exhibit and enjoy a cup of tea on the second Friday of the month, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. All teas are free and open to the public. The next Senior Tea will be held on Friday Oct. 10.

Senior Living: Regaining Mobility

Local orthopedic surgeons offer keys for successful joint replacement surgery.

Tired of the limited mobility and pain that have thwarted her love of foreign travel and fall hiking, Lynda S. Johnson, 72, scheduled a knee replacement surgery for later this month. She chose a doctor, found a pet sitter to watch her Cairn terrier, and enlisted her sister to live with her while she recovers. “I had been debating for months about whether to have it,” she said. “I was in so much pain, though, that I don’t really think I have anything to lose.”

Medicare Open Enrollment Nears

Tips to help Medicare beneficiaries get ready.

Medicare beneficiaries preparing for open enrollment this month may want to consider their current health needs and the many preventive services covered by Medicare.

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Senior Living: Life at Vinson Hall — Living the Difference

Mary DeMaris is headed down on the elevator at Vinson Hall with her black case of art supplies, an artist headed to a still life class out of the building. “There is a club here for everything — poetry, art, choral group, photography, book, gardening,” she said.

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Fairfax: Three Properties Are Recognized

Homeowners receive Residential Appearance Awards.

When it comes to homes, looks count – and three properties in the City of Fairfax were recently honored with Residential Appearance Awards. They were presented during the Sept. 13 City Council meeting by Kirk Holley, chairman of the Community Appearance Committee.

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Fairfax Fall Festival is Saturday, Oct. 8

Promises entertainment and fun for all ages.

The City of Fairfax is the place to be this Saturday, Oct. 8, for the 40th annual Fairfax Fall Festival. (Rain date, Oct. 9). Admission is free and the live music will continue after dark. Vendors will be there from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the carnival runs until 8 p.m. and musicians will jam in Old Town Square until 8:30 p.m.

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City of Fairfax Honors Skeins

Names basketball court in Ratcliffe Park in his memory.

Harold Skeins was 78, but he was a fixture at Ratcliffe Park, happy to play basketball there as often as he could. His three-point shot was legendary, and he could hold his own with players young enough to be his grandchildren.

City of Fairfax Police Target Distracted Driving In October

“Avoid Distraction! Keep Your Eyes On The Action” is advise the City of Fairfax Police Department is giving to motorists in preparation for a directed enforcement campaign targeting distracted driving offenses during the month of October 2016.

Fairfax Letter: Mason Student Senate Opposes Meals Tax

Letter to the Editor

Earlier this month, the 37th Student Senate of George Mason University voted to stand with members of the Fairfax community in opposition to the meals tax referendum, which will appear on the November ballot.

Fairfax: Dedicated Parking Spaces for Purple Heart Recipients

Peterson Companies has partnered with Wounded Warriors Family Support, a national non-profit veterans’ organization headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and are implementing the organization’s national parking program (Combat Wounded) at several of their shopping centers throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Wounded Warriors Family Support (not affiliated with Wounded Warriors) was founded by Col. John Folsom, USMCR who spent 29 years in commissioned service including his deployment to Iraq.

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Fairfax High Holds Homecoming Parade

Fairfax High's Homecoming Parade was held Friday, Sept. 30.

See more Fairfax High homecoming parade photos on Facebook.

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Lorton: Playing it Forward

Clifton resident recognized at American Kidney Fund event.

Since Clifton resident Marcus Garcia planned the first American Kidney Classic youth lacrosse tournament a year ago, he lost his older brother Matthew Moody.

Lorton Letter: Supporting Comstock

Letter to the Editor

In November, my family and I will proudly vote for Barbara Comstock.

Lorton Letter: Re-electing Comstock

Letter to the Editor

LuAnn Bennett’s false attacks against Barbara Comstock are shameful. Instead of running a real race focused on the issues, she’s trying to tie our Congresswoman to votes that took place before Comstock was even in Congress. If the best Bennett has on Comstock are things other people said, then that probably says a lot more about Comstock’s record.

Wednesday, October 5

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Lorton Snapshot: Union Mill Elementary Marks 30th Anniversary

After a spirited morning assembly, students and staff at Union Mill Elementary commemorate the school’s 30th Anniversary by wearing red and forming the number thirty on the black top.

Springfield: Ava Kennedy Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

RE/MAX 100 Real Estate Agent Ava Kennedy earned the RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award in August 2016 for her commitment to her career and dedication to the RE/MAX Network.

Mount Vernon Column: Needs of Aging Population

Commentary

By 2030, one-in-four Virginians will be over 60 years old. That’s over half a million more people than today, and that number will include me too. This is a tremendous demographic change, and it will present the Commonwealth with many new challenges to allow Virginians to age with dignity and respect.

Mount Vernon Obituary: Laura Josephine Combs Davis

Laura Josephine Combs Davis died Sept. 19, 2016, at Georgetown University Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Warning

A sign set up Sept. 29 on Fort Hunt Road at Belle View Shopping Center warned residents of heavy rains expected.

Mount Vernon Letter: No Tax Relief With Meals Tax

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to oppose the Meals Tax Referendum. I attended a meeting last week in which the referendum was debated. Attendees included Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck and Springfield Supervisor Pat Herrity.

Mount Vernon Letter: Property Taxes Shouldn’t Pay All

Letter to the Editor

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the meals tax referendum Fairfax County voters will face this November.

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Mount Vernon: Back to the Future

Original Mount Vernon High School reopens for teens after 30 years.

The Original Mount Vernon High School Gym is once again going to be used by teens, only this time as a part of the existing Teen Center at the South County Government Center. The gym is located across the road from the South County Government Center and completes the current Teen Center with a full-size gym and basketball courts.

Mount Vernon Musing: Heavy Metal George

There is a myth that George Washington's false teeth were made of wood. In this case, a myth is not as good as a mile. Woodn't you like to know the truth? Fact is, President Washington had several sets of teeth, made of various materials including ivory, gold and lead. And what does this tell us about George? First, he could clearly take a big bite out of the most difficult tasks. Second, he was clearly a man of very strong mettle, maybe even heavy metal (Do I hear Aerosmith playing in the background?). Plus, he had "endentured" servants.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Fall Festival — Unleashed

Westgrove Pack, the community sponsors of the Westgrove Off Leash Dog Park, will celebrate the success of the park with a festival and fundraising launch on Nov. 5, 1-4 p.m., to which all dog enthusiasts — and those few who still need convincing — are invited.

Mount Vernon: Service To Celebrate Joshua Owusu’s Life

Joshua Owusu, a sixth grade student at Stratford Landing Elementary School lost his battle with brain cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 26. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m., at Aldersgate Church, 1301 Collingwood Drive. A reception will immediately follow in Wesley Hall. Burial will be in Mount Comfort Cemetery, 6600 S. Kings Highway at 2:30 p.m.

Mount Vernon: Dig Pink Rally

A Dig Pink Rally, supporting breast cancer research, is being sponsored by West Potomac High School Volleyball, 6500 Quander Road, at its Oct. 13 games against Mount Vernon: 5 p.m. (Freshman), 6 p.m. (JV), and 7:15 p.m. (Varsity). The rally will include a Memory/Honor Wall, bake sale, and a Ft. Hunt volleyball players serving contest. The volleyball teams welcome everyone to cheer on the local high school players and wear pink.

Alexandria: Who Should Steer Torpedo Factory?

Artists Association proposes new management structure.

Starting in October, the City of Alexandria has taken over management of the Torpedo Factory. But even as the city starts its temporary control, the Torpedo Factory Artists Association (TFAA) has presented some different ideas for how the property should be run in the future.

Alexandria Lawyer Saves Innocent Man from Death Row

“It took a team of people hundreds of hours to save one life. If we hadn’t taken this case, he’d be dead.”

Alfred Dewayne Brown loves the Alexandria Waterfront. He enjoys visiting the shops and restaurants in Old Town and meeting the family of his Alexandrian lawyer, Brian Stolarz. Brown is closer with Stolarz than most clients are with their attorneys. The two are good friends and even have matching tattoos: scales of justice. Brown has the number “154” written above his, because Brown is the 154th inmate on death row to be exonerated. If it weren’t for Stolarz, Brown would be dead.

Alexandria People At Work: New Boutique Opens in City

Elizabeth Todd picks up the phone. "Hey, we just got in this great Veronica Beard classic jacket with a zip-in dickey — just your style. Do you want me to hold it for you?" Todd says she has a loyal client base and she calls to let them know what has just arrived. "I get to know who needs comfortable shoes to walk in on the Hill." Todd has just opened the Hive, described as a luxury lifestyle and clothing boutique, at 301 Cameron St.

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Alexandria: Historic Christ Church Welcomes New Rector

From Atlanta to Alexandria.

Alexandria welcomed the Rev. Noelle York-Simmons, the 28th rector of the 243-year-old Christ Church, in September. She’s the first female rector, and among the youngest at 40 or under, in the church’s history of attending to the spiritual needs of U.S. presidents to the very poor and everyone in between.

Alexandria Letter: Time to Stop Talking about Talking

Letter to the Editor

“Well, it was a lot of talking about talking,” was T.C. Williams junior Sam Wingfield’s reaction after attending a town hall meeting on the overcrowding at TC’s King Street and Minnie Howard campuses with Vice Mayor Justin Wilson on a beautiful Sunday, Sept. 25. More than 100 Alexandrians, including TC students and teachers, and members of City Council and School Board, came to Beatley Library to discuss what to do about our crowded high school.

Alexandria Letter: Historical Fabric

Letter to the Editor

The Alexandria Archealogical Commission (AAC) strongly opposes the recent vote by City Council to seek authorization from the Virginia legislature to move the Appomattox statue from its current location at the center of Washington and Prince streets. Both the statue and its placement at the site Alexandrians left for war, a context with which it is intertwined as a piece of art, are important elements of Alexandria’s history — and our nation’s. We view moving the statue as destruction of our vanishing local historical fabric, and in effect obscuring important truths about our city and community.

Alexandria Living Legends: Making a Difference One Child at a Time

Steve Nearman began his volunteering at Child & Family Network Centers.

Many read news stories or hear about young people doing something dangerous or illegal and then wonder why in the world they did that. Then they move on. Steve Nearman did the same thing until 20 years ago when he decided he couldn’t change things for every young person, but he might make a difference for one child; help them see a different option and take the better fork in the road.

Alexandria Living Legends: Their Leadership Preserved Gadsby’s Tavern

Foley and McNamara ensured Post 24’s historic gift to the city.

In the early 20th century, Gadsby’s Tavern and the adjoining City Hotel were in such a dilapidated condition that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City made an offer to purchase some of the woodwork, including the ballroom, to preserve its history because the destruction of these buildings seemed imminent. The buildings were prominent in the 18th century as a meeting place for patriots of the revolution, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Each of the first five presidents of the United States was entertained there.

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Alexandria: Remembering H. Stewart Dunn, Jr.

Civil liberties advocate dies at 87.

Stew Dunn was known for many things, primarily his commitment to civil liberties and a passion for the City of Alexandria. But not long ago he made a revelation that took even his son Chris by surprise.

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Alexandria: Raise the Roof

$50,000 raised for low-income residents.

More than 160 people turned out Sept. 22 for Rebuilding Together Alexandria’s Raise the Roof fundraiser at Port City Brewery, raising more than $50,000 to help low-income residents in the city.

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Alexandria: Fire Department Celebrates 150 Years

Gala to raise funds for antique equipment restoration.

In 1774, the Friendship Fire Company was established as the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. George Washington was a member of the company and purchased the city its first fire engine in 1775. But it wasn’t until 1866 when Joseph Young, at a rate of $70 per month, became the city’s first paid firefighter thus marking the birth of the Alexandria Fire Department.

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Alexandria: Free Health Fair for Uninsured Returns Nov. 5

Number of partners joining the Health Fair effort soars.

This year, with many more sponsors, Arlene Hewitt, Richard Merritt, Dan Hawkins, Bill Euille, Mary Anne Weber, Dr. John Klousia, Canek Aguirre, Eduardo Mantilla-Torres, and Jamie Conrad have cobbled together another free health fair for the uninsured. Some of them are part of the Alliance for Alexandria’s Uninsured, a lead partner and staffer of the Planning Committee for the fair. They see a difference between last year’s fair and this year’s: last year, there were five or six sponsors: this year there are 54 ... and counting.

Alexandria Column: Blancato to Keynote Senior Law Day Event

Commentary–Senior Services of Alexandria

As the trees on the Potomac once again start to change color and the end of the year approaches, most people take stock of things they meant to do this year, but never started. We often postpone tackling situations that we feel are unpleasant or out of our control.

Vienna, McLean, Great Falls: Electric Bike Expo at Tysons Corner Center Offers Safety Presentation

The national traveling experiential demo tour for electric pedal assist Bikes is coming to the Tysons Corner Center next weekend and will offer attendees an opportunity to test ride more than 100 different electric bikes models from a dozen leading brands.

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Vienna Oktoberfest Celebrates the Season

As the drizzle and dark clouds moved out of Vienna on Saturday, Vienna Oktoberfest guests moved into the celebration grounds.

Former Vienna Resident Patrick Anthony DeStefani, 51, Dies

Patrick Anthony DeStefani, 51, of Harrisonburg, lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at his home. Mr. DeStefani was born in Arlington, Va., on Sept. 13, 1965, and was the son of James and Evaline DeStefani.

Vienna: Optimists Host Family Fun Day on Town Green

Club’s annual fundraising campaign on behalf of Growing Hope netted about $32,000.

The Optimist Club of Greater Vienna – once again – raised more than $32,00 from its annual “Growing Hope” fundraising campaign on behalf of families facing childhood cancer .

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Vienna: Capitol Steps to Perform at Oakton High

A Benefit for the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna to be held on Sunday Oct. 23.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. and enjoy an outrageously funny afternoon of political humor and laugh-out-loud fun with Capitol Steps.

Vienna: Oktoberfest-Vienna Features German Auto Show

Oktoberfest-Vienna 2016 expanded its program to include a German Auto Show section. This German Auto Show included BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volkswagen which were staffed with highly qualified experts on the product.

McLean, Great Falls Real Estate: Enjoy ‘Best of Times’ in Decade

The McLean and Great Falls real estate market has experienced a robust number of sales in the 1st three quarters of 2016. The number of transactions is up 9 percent over 2015 same time frame.

McLean, Great Falls Letter: Voting for National Security

Letter to the Editor

As a West Point graduate, I learned long ago that strength is a key deterrent to any potential enemy. Given McLean's proximity to Washington and remembering very well the chaos of 9/11, national security is something that is always in the forefront of my mind. Terrorists and radical regimes seemingly want nothing more than to destroy our way of life, and Washington is a prime target for terrorists and state actors alike.

McLean, Great Falls Letter: Standing Up for Seniors

Letter to the Editor

Barbara Comstock has a proven record of fighting for the 10th District’s senior citizens and deserves the opportunity to keep working for us in Congress. Like she does on all issues, Barbara has set aside partisanship in favor of producing results. Her record speaks for itself.

McLean, Great Falls: Leading Voice Against Human Trafficking

Letter to the Editor

The horrors of human trafficking are an unfortunate reality for our community. Fortunately, we have a Congresswoman who is leading on this important issue. Barbara Comstock has fought against human trafficking since her time in the state legislature and will continue to do so as our representative in Congress.

McLean, Great Falls Letter: Championing Student Debt Relief

Letter to the Editor

Barbara Comstock has made student debt relief a major priority during her first term in Congress, and that’s why she’s earned my vote for re-election in November.

McLean: Workshop on ‘Aging in Place’

Aging in Place: Modifying Your Home to Fit Your Changing Lifestyle workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. McLean. As your lifestyle changes in your later years, living in your own home, with accustomed comforts, supports your emotional well-being. Home modifications, even small ones, can enhance your comfort and safety to make a big difference. Attend this workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome and can flourish. Advance registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: Free. Call AARP at 1-877-926-8300 or http://states.aarp.org/novaevents.

AAUW McLean Area Branch Holds STEM Awards Ceremony

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) McLean Area Branch recognized six local high school girls with STEM awards at its 2016-2107 kick-off event held on Sept. 25 at the McLean Community Center.

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McLean: Book Launch Party at Star Nut Gourmet

McLean's Karen Briscoe celebrates new book, Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day.

Karen Briscoe, 57, a Realtor with the Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group (HBC) with Keller Williams on Elm Street in McLean, celebrated her book launch party on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Star Nut Gourmet in McLean. Her book called Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day - Secrets of a Top Agent Revealed is a daily reader with business or life principles told in a story format.

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McLean: MPAartfest Draws 51 Artists, 4,000 Visitors

Event held Sunday, Oct. 2 at McLean Central Park in McLean.

Some 51 artists displayed their artwork at the 10th annual MPAartfest held Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at the McLean Central Park. After a little rain in the morning, the sun came out and so did a crowd of around 4,000 people.

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McLean: Used Books Sale – Best Ever

McLean Association of University Women (AAUW) wishes to thank all those who have supported the 47th Used Book Sale as well as the staff at McLean Community Center, the site of the sale and the staff of Sun Trust Bank East in Vienna where the collections are held every summer.

Potomac School Welcomes New Assistant Head of School, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Timothy Jaeger has joined The Potomac School as assistant head of school. He is also serving as interim head of Potomac’s Upper School for the 2016-17 school year.

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Great Falls Rallies Behind David Kim

Community responds to owner of Kim's Tailoring who had quadruple bypass surgery.

David Deuk Kim, 59, of Kim's Tailoring started to get chest pains on Aug. 23, 2016. He had been very healthy up to that point, having medical checkups every two years that came up fine. Longevity had run in his family -- his father lived to be 92; two uncles lived to be 94 and 93 -- so he didn't think there was a problem. The only warning was that his cholesterol was 140.

Great Falls Letter: Cutting Costs Instead of Raising Taxes

Letter to the Editor

I am writing in response to the MCA’s recent decision to support the Meal’s Tax referendum and similar measures across Fairfax County.

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Dreams Come True in Great Falls

Havana Vintage celebrates 5 years in business.

While the weather was gloomy and dim this past Saturday, the doors to Havana Vintage Boutique were wide open and inside was anything but gloom. Cheerfully colored walls, luminous chandeliers, and the friendly faces of owner Nolkis Roman and her family greeted customers as they walked into the high-end consignment store to celebrate their five years in business.

Dee Leggett Exhibits at Great Falls Library

“Shapes and Colors of our Southwest National Parks" is an exhibit of photography capturing shapes and colors of the National Parks and Monuments in Arizona and Utah taken during Great Falls photographer and author Dee Leggett’s tour to the area with her husband in May.

Chantilly: Boy Scout Golf Classic

Chantilly National Golf and Country Club hosted the 19th annual Sully District Boy Scout Golf Classic on Sept. 19.

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Snapshot: Centreville Wildcats on Parade

Centreville High’s Homecoming Parade was Sept. 30 in Little Rocky Run.

See more Centreville High Homecoming Parade photos on Facebook.

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Centreville Day: Parade, Pets, Music, Children’s Games

24th annual Centreville Day is Saturday, Oct. 15.

It’s time for sweaters, autumn leaves, pumpkin-spice lattes — and Centreville Day. This year’s event, the 24th annual, will be Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in Historic Centreville Park, 5714 Mount Gilead Road (off Braddock Road, across Route 29 from the IHOP).

Centreville Day Sponsors

Almost all Centreville Day activities are free, thanks to the support of several vendors and sponsors, including the Korean Central Presbyterian Church, Apple Federal Union Bank, CPA Bryan Hunt, Historic Centreville Society, Centreville-Chantilly Rotary, American Disposal Services, Signarama of Centreville, Alpha Delta Kappa, Post 1995 of the American Legion, the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Friends of Historic Centreville.

Centreville Day: Who Is Mrs. Spindle, Anyway?

And why are pirates roaming around at Centreville Day?

Mrs. Spindle has become something of a Centreville Day mascot, but the Friends of Historic Centreville, who organize the event, have no idea who she really is. Her photograph was taken in March of 1862, days after the Confederate Army had left Centreville. The Union Army claimed the town. Travelling with them was photographer George Barnard who worked in Mathew Brady’s studio.

Potomac: RTR Pilates Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Formerly known as Potomac Pilates.

Ten years ago, Reina Offut Pratt launched the first Potomac Pilates studio in a tiny space next to Big Wheel Bikes in the back of the Potomac Village Shopping Center. She was the first in the area to feature Pilates on a reformer.

Column: Concerned? Get Involved

Commentary–WMCCA

Well, what I can say? I’ve got big shoes to fill as WMCCA President Susanne Lee finishes her term this month, but thank goodness Susanne will remain a wise and trusted member of the WMCCA board of directors as immediate past president and chairperson of the Committee on Planning and Zoning. Picking up from Susanne’s last president’s letter, I’d like to reiterate that while WMCCA is not a political body, we are most definitely committed to protecting the quality of our waterways and streams, and preserving the character of our neighborhoods by making sure that our locally elected representatives, developers, citizens, and county agency officials abide by the Potomac Subregion Master Plan and do not embark on actions that hurt our neighborhoods.

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Potomac: Local Residents Support ‘Living Classrooms’

“Night at the Yards” to benefit foundation.

“This past year, ‘Living Classrooms’ touched the lives of 35,000 children and young adults who are struggling to succeed against terrible odds,” said Potomac native Thara Taylor, vice president of development for the Living Classrooms Foundation.

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‘Taste in Potomac’ Raises Funds for Adoptions Together

Sharing lessons on the value of family.

“I always wanted to be a Dad and my son is the most important person in my life. He is the one who convinced me to speak before you and tell you the impact that Adoptions Together has made on our lives.” said Marc Blumenstein. He recounted the story of the adoption of his son Zachery — now a college student studying in Europe — as photos were displayed before the sell-out crowd at the “Taste in Potomac” Saturday evening.

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Potomac: Serbian Festival this Weekend

A taste of Serbian culture is coming to Potomac this later this week. SerbFest  DC’s Fall 2016 festival kicks off Friday, Oct. 7, bringing authentic Serbian food, culture, crafts and entertainment.

Arlington: Clement Challenges Garvey

Garvey faces longshot opposition from Clement.

The odds are not good for Audrey Clement. In November, Clement is the sole opposition to Libby Garvey, the incumbent County Board chair.

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Alexandria Appetite: BurgerFi Sets Up Shop in Old Town

With its opening last week, local co-owners celebrate a homecoming.

Peer down the 100 block of North Pitt Street and it’s easy to spot a new neighbor. The erstwhile Pat Troy’s Ireland’s Own, shuttered for several years, now has new life in the form of the city’s first BurgerFi. Open since Sept. 26, the locally owned franchise has begun to generate quite a bit of foot traffic — and prelaunch interest, too, with would-be customers peeking in the front door in anticipation. But you haven’t missed a grand opening event, franchise co-owner David Landry says.

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Arlington: Buddy Walk for Awareness

The 12th Annual Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia Buddy Walk took place Sunday, Oct. 2, around the Mason Pond at George Mason University. The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

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Arlington: Day Laborer Program Praised

The Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC) celebrated its 16th anniversary on Sept. 29 at the home of Eisenberg-Davis on S. Irving Street.

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Arlington Snapshot: Early Fall

Four Mile Run on late Monday afternoon, Oct. 3, as it meanders between George Mason Drive and Walter Reed Drive in south Arlington.

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Arlington Snapshot: Tom & Deniz Hair Studio Now Open

Tom & Deniz Hair Studio at 3510 Lee Highway celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tom Cakirca brings over 30 years of salon experience in Istanbul, Manhattan, Beverly Hills, and Washington D.C. to his salon. Cakirca, a color specialist, is assisted by his wife, Deniz a make-up artist and hair stylist for Turkish television.

Arlington: Brunch Preview of Joplin’s ‘Treemonisha’

In a matter of days, joyful singing will burst from the confines of Washington Golf and Country Club, courtesy of Opera NOVA.

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Arlington: An Oasis for Uninsured Working People

Annual gala is main source of funding for non-profit Arlington Free Clinic.

The last person you expect to see at the Arlington Free Clinic is your own family doctor. But he’s there, volunteering his time to work with Arlington’s uninsured. It is one of the main tenets of the Arlington Free Clinic (AFC): This isn’t just health care for the people who can’t afford doctors, or free health care that is “good enough” — It’s premium medical care. The doctor knows you by name, or knew you when you had your first child and is now coaching you through breast cancer.

Tuesday, October 4

Arlington: 1000 Degrees Pizza Adds New Location

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual American spin on authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, arrives on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 3400 Columbia Pike, Suite 200.

Arlington: New LEGO Store Arrives

The new LEGO store at Pentagon City has opened, offering hundreds of LEGO construction sets and products

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Arlington: Signature Theatre Stages ‘The Gulf’

Comedy about two women fishing on the Alabama Delta and their tumultuous relationship.

Signature Theatre's ARK theater in Arlington is staging "The Gulf" by Audrey Cefaly from now through Nov. 6. The world premiere comedy is about Betty and Kendra who waste away a summer day fishing on the Alabama Delta. Suddenly, their lazy afternoon turns to chaos when the motor breaks, stranding the two, and their tumultuous relationship, in the Gulf.

Saturday, October 1

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Walk to End Alzheimer's in Reston

1,000 walkers raise $177,061 in one- and two-mile walk around Reston Town Center.

More than 1,000 walkers took part in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's in Northern Virginia at Reston Town Center on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.

Maya Callahan Wins Award in Lonely Planet Kids Poetry Competition

Maya Callahan, 11, a home schooled Reston resident, was selected by Lonely Planet’s Kids Poetry Competition for a runner-up award for her poem “Camping.” The poem was written after a camping trip with her Girl Scout troop last year.

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Herndon’s NextStop Theatre Receives ‘Applause Award’

For the second consecutive year, Herndon’s NextStop Theatre has been honored with the “Applause Award” by the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP). This major award recognizes theatres that produced 50 percent or more women playwrights in their 2015/16 season of shows. ICWP defines 50/50 by the number of performances in a theatre’s season.

Herndon: Rising Eagle Scout to Hold Benefit Concert

A local rising Eagle Scout with a passion for music and reading has reached out to a local nonprofit organization to lend his talent to help children who may not have a book to call their own.

Food for Kids Drive Continues in Herndon

Assistance League of Northern Virginia held its 2016-17 Weekend Food for Kids Kickoff event on Sept. 15 at Dominion Resources, 3072 Centreville Road, in Herndon.

Reston: RA Board Opposes St. John’s Wood Project

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, during a special meeting of the Reston Association Board to discuss land use and zoning matters in the community, the directors voted unanimously to oppose the application for the redevelopment of the St. John’s Wood Apartments.

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Reston Multicultural Festival Draws Thousands

People turn out to celebrate their diversity at Lake Anne Plaza.

Thousands of people celebrated their diversity at the annual Reston Multicultural Festival held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston.

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Reston Multicultural Festival Draws Thousands

People turn out to celebrate their diversity at Lake Anne Plaza.

Thousands of people celebrated their diversity at the annual Reston Multicultural Festival held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston.