Stories for September 2016

Stories for September 2016


Thursday, September 29

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Potomac: Sunday on the Farm with Friends

A day at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary.

For supporters of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary’s annual Open House fundraiser in Poolesville the day broke warm and sunny and stayed that way, and reflected the caring that brought visitors to this Eden-like farm dedicated to helping abandoned and abused farm animals.

Reston: Oktoberfest Returns to Reston on Oct. 8

The beer and wine will be flowing at Oktoberfest Reston produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Oktoberfest Reston is one of the largest fall festivals in Northern Virginia, drawing crowds up to 35,000. This event features the best in fall and German brews with traditional Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants.

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Reston: Washington Plaza Baptist Church to Install New Pastor

Reverend Michelle L. Nickens will be formally installed as the fifth pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church (WPBC) on Sunday, Oct. 9, during a special 4 p.m. service. A reception will follow in the Plaza Room on the lower level.

Complete the Circle FOODRaiser to Be Held Nov. 6

Proceeds will benefit Britepaths and LCAC’s efforts to assist struggling residents of the Fairfax County area.

Community members of all ages are preparing to gather to take a stand against hunger and need in the Fairfax County area at Britepaths’ (formerly Our Daily Bread) and Lorton Community Action Center’s (LCAC) Complete the Circle FOODRaiser, to be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at South County Middle School (8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton).

Volunteer Fairfax to Host VolunteerFest

The community is invited to a family-friendly volunteer event: VolunteerFest, presented by Volunteer Fairfax, is the local celebration of National Make A Difference Day.

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Fairfax: Inmates Explore Ways Back to Community

Inmate Resource Fair at Fairfax Adult Detention Center helps inmates overcome hurdles upon release.

Toccara Puller moves table to table at the Inmate Resource Fair at the Fairfax Adult Detention Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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Fairfax: Music, Food, Crafts, Carnival and Fun

Fairfax Fall Festival is Saturday, Oct. 8.

Autumn is on its way and so is the 40th annual Fairfax Fall Festival. It’s set for Saturday, Oct. 8, in downtown Fairfax and admission is free. Vendors will be there from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with the carnival running until 8 p.m. and musicians performing in Old Town Square until 8:30 p.m. (Rain date, Oct. 9).

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A Bit of Ireland in Fairfax

The 21st annual CCÉ Irish Folk Festival was Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Sherwood Center.

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Disney on Ice Returns to Fairfax Oct. 19-23

Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory to the ice for the first time in this live production produced by Feld Entertainment.

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Fairfax: Opening Season with Double Delight

irginia Opera brings ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ and ‘Pagliacci’ to the Center for the Arts.

Virginia Opera opens its 25th season at the Center for the Arts with a fascinating double bill not previously seen in Northern Virginia.

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Mount Vernon: Quander Road School provides flexible, family-like special education experience

Within the first week of the 2016-2017 school year, teachers at the Quander Road School in Mount Vernon had already finished their jobs for five students. For that select group, they were ready to return to their base high school and transition back to a less restrictive educational experience.

Fairfax Letter: Facing an Urgent Threat

Letter to the Editor

On Sept. 27, 2016, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments on the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the most significant step our country has ever taken to address climate change.

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Fairfax: Local Contractors Construct Parking Lot, Sidewalks for PHILLIPS Programs for Children

Twenty-eight local contractors working with the Heavy Construction Contractors Association donated 800 hours plus materials to rebuild a parking lot and sidewalks for nonprofit PHILLIPS Programs for Children and Families’ School in Annandale, which serves youth with emotional, behavioral and academic challenges.

Fairfax: Eight More Beds Needed

Arden Courts -- Fair Oaks of Fairfax requested approval of an additional eight beds, 2,648 square feet, to its existing 56-bed facility at 12469 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Freshman Verbally Commits to Auburn Softball

On a recent unofficial visit to Auburn University, West Potomac High School freshman Claire Davidson committed verbally to play softball at the college. At the end of the 2016 season, Auburn was the SEC conference champion and finished second in the NCAA national championship.

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Clifton: Whitehall Farms Opens Second Fall Fun Days

Pumpkin. Slingshot. The imposing medieval-esque wooden structure Whitehall Farms business owner Jeff Waters built by hand stands ready to launch seasonal gourds 250 to 300 feet past a grazing area of chickens into a vast grassy expanse. Next year, Waters said, there will be a proper trebuchet.

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Fairfax Station, Lorton, Vienna: Old Dominion Cotillion Marks 25th Anniversary

The Old Dominion Cotillion marked its 25th Anniversary in July celebrating the debut of five young women in the community. Since its inception, the Old Dominion Cotillion has focused on preparing young ladies for adulthood with grace, poise and a sense of social responsibility. The year-long program culminates with a ball held at Westfields Marriott in Chantilly.

‘Rocky Horror Show’ Comes to Lorton

Workhouse Arts Center theater opens new season.

After over a year’s hiatus, the Workhouse Arts Center will be producing in-house productions of live theater once again. The productions will add to the already many offerings at the Workhouse. “We are very excited to return to in-house production starting with ‘The Rocky Horror Show,’” said Joseph Wallen, director of performing arts, Workhouse Arts Center.

Lorton Letter: Keeping Us Safe

Letter to the Editor

We were reminded two weeks ago that the terrorist threat against our country is still very real. The attacks committed in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota make me focus on what is being done by our elected leaders to keep us safe.

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Art, craft and food festival Clifton Day returns Oct. 9

In 2005, Frank Burdell of Fairfax started blowing glass. He was driving back from Niagara Falls with his family when they stopped randomly in Corning, New York and decided to take a few short classes in blowing, fused glass and etching.

Lorton Letter: Understanding Cyber Security Challenge

Letter to the Editor

As our dependence on technology increases, so too does our vulnerability to cyber attacks and having our personal information used against us.

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Springfield: Metro School of the Arts Welcomes Students to New Kingstowne Academy

Students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Alexandria will see a lot of new changes at the newly, expanded MSA Academy headquarters in Kingstowne.

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Sworn Officer Liaison Integral to Community Policing in North Springfield

Civic Association to hold community meeting on break-ins Oct. 5.

For North Springfield resident Jeff Schaefer, having a safe community starts with neighbors looking out for each other.

Mount Vernon Letter: Pay To Fix Meals Tax Brochure

Letter to the Editor

In my letter to the Gazette two weeks ago, I discussed a brochure sent to Fairfax County residents at the behest of the Board of Supervisors (BOS) discussing the Meals Tax Referendum and pointing out that the brochure only set forth reasons to support the Referendum and no reasons to oppose it.

Alexandria Letter: Memorials’ Purpose

Letter to the Editor

My grandmother and her lady friends used to carry buckets of water and soap to scrub city grime off the pedestal of the Appomattox Statue, a statue now deemed offensive by the politically correct neighbors with whom we dwell in this city.

Mount Vernon Letter: Meals Tax Or Slush Fund?

Letter to the Editor

Recent discussions of the proposed meals tax can be stated as three large problems.

Mount Vernon Letter: Costs of Capital Projects

Letter to the Editor

There are two capital projects in the Mount Vernon District being proposed for the upcoming Bond Referendum.

Mount Vernon Letter: Food for Thought

Letter to the Editor

The meals tax has come forward at this time as a possible way of providing much-needed income to the schools. Broadly speaking, the schools have cut budget for 10 years and held teacher salaries flat through most of that period. (I believe 2016 is the one exception to that trend thanks to the leadership of Karen Garza.) Now Fairfax County schools have larger class sizes and lower paid teachers than surrounding systems.

Alexandria Letter: Re-ignite Civil War?

Letter to the Editor

My family settled in New Kent County, Va., in 1656. More than 100 of my extended family served as Confederate soldiers during the War Between the States; and many of them died in the war — including my own

Alexandria Letter: Much To Learn From the Past

Letter to the Editor

The Alexandria Gazette-Packet coverage of the Appomattox Statue controversy, Sept. 22, 2016, quotes an eloquent statement by Councilman Chapman that the statue where it stands is a "terrific teaching point that we are not all equal yet."

Alexandria Letter: All Deserve Remembrance

Letter to the Editor

I find the City Council’s ill-advised unanimous vote to move the Appomattox statue and the remarks by some councilmembers at the time offensive.

Alexandria Letter: Putting History In Context

Letter to the Editor

Unless people have been living under a rock, it must be clear to our citizens that there is a movement in today’s culture to erase Confederate symbols and history.

Mount Vernon: Strip Mall Transformation

Approval recommended for 375 residential units and 7,500 square feet of retail on 5 acres in place of aging strip.

Novus Property Holdings has been seeking to redevelop a 5.2 acre property in the Penn Daw Community at the intersection of Richmond HIghway and Fairview Drive for the past four years, said Sara Mariska, who represents the developer.

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Fairfax County: Call for Civility in Schools’ LGBTQ Discussion

School board Board also receives Opening of Schools report, votes on challenged materials review committee.

Robert Rigby stood before the Fairfax County School Board on Sept. 22 wearing a red polo shirt, typically a sign of unity at board meetings among parents and community members who have opposed recent policy updates in the school system surrounding students who identify as transgender.

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Mount Vernon: Hospital Praised as Community Anchor

Celebrating Community Day and 40th anniversary of Mount Vernon Hospital.

Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital partnered to co-sponsor Community Day and the hospital’s 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24. This is the fourth year the chamber sponsored a Community Day to recognize and celebrate local businesses, non-profits and Mount Vernon and Lee residents. Since Mount Vernon Hospital was planning to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the chamber decided to join celebrating Community Day simultaneously with Mount Vernon hospital.

Alexandria: Huchler Named Acting Chief

Head of Investigations appointed temporary chief of police.

Deputy Chief David Huchler was named acting chief of police for the City of Alexandria, effective Oct. 2. Huchler succeeds Chief Earl Cook, who is retiring.

Alexandria: John Warner Chooses Clinton

With Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine joining him at Charles Houston Recreation Center on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Republican former U.S. Sen. John Warner, former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former Secretary of the U.S. Navy, endorsed Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton, citing his experience working with her in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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What to Know about Affordable Housing in Alexandria

Problems and opportunities.

A second grade teacher in Alexandria public schools makes roughly $22 per hour. A first-rank police officer in the city earns $23 per hour.

Alexandria: Go West

The Campagna Center leadership considers move out of Old Town.

The Campagna Center leadership is investigating the possibility of selling its property at 418 S. Washington St. and relocating to a new location in the West End to better suit its mission. The Alexandria-based non-profit focuses on providing educational and social development programs for the city’s underserved populations.

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Alexandria: All Eyes on Braddock

Two major housing redevelopments coming to Braddock neighborhood.

Two of the city’s biggest upcoming affordable housing redevelopment projects are located two blocks apart.

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Alexandria People at Work: Chef Couple Cooking through 26 Years at Tempo

Sharing cooking duties.

"First I give the lobster a shower." Serge Albert puts the 1.5 pound Maine lobster under running water to get off "whatever is on there." Today he is making Linguine alla Aragosta, one of the customer favorites at Tempo on Duke Street. "We have one customer who comes in twice a week and orders it,” he said.

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Alexandria: Homes Tour Diamond Jubilee

Benefit raises funds for Inova Alexandria hospital.

More than 225 people turned out Sept. 23 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Historic Alexandria Homes Tour at the Diamond Jubilee Party held at Jack Taylor’s Toyota.

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Alexandria: Seaport Day 2016

Waterfront event showcases maritime history.

Handmade wooden boats, and an “anything that floats” race on the Potomac River and a 12-foot white skiff that served as a blank canvas for children were all part of the festivities as the Alexandria Seaport Foundation hosted its annual Seaport Day Sept. 17 at Waterfront Park.

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Alexandria: Season for Getting Involved in Variety of Activities

Breast cancer walk among things to do this fall.

While Sept. 22 signaled the first official day of autumn, it is the month of October when sweater weather moves in and a canvas of colorful leaves begins to blanket the city.

Wednesday, September 28

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Great Falls Park Offers Fall Attractions

Foliage, kayaking, hiking -- and much more.

As Phil Kirk held the climbing rope tight, fellow climber Mary Pat McMillan searched for crevices with her hand and feet to inch her way along the rock face off the path at Great Falls National Park. The park has a variety of attractions, and in the fall, the foliage, higher water levels and cooler temperatures keep this popular park busy year round.

Editorial: Independent Police Auditor Marks History

Kudos to Board of Supervisors for unanimous approval of independent police auditor; now on to the Civilian Review Panel.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to create the position and office of independent police auditor on Tuesday, Sept. 20, creating the first civilian, independent oversight of law enforcement in Fairfax County. The unanimous vote demonstrated the board’s commitment to the ongoing process that began early in 2015 when Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova established the 32-member Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

Great Falls: St. Francis Country Fair Returns Oct. 1

The St. Francis Country Fair has been an annual tradition for over 30 years in the Great Falls community, celebrated on the first Saturday of October.

Great Falls Artists Exhibit at Reston Church

Great Falls artists Layla Gray and Gail Péan celebrated the oil paintings of their students, children and adults, Saturday Sept. 24. Friends, church members and family gathered for the art reception to view and discuss their oil paintings. The month long exhibit includes a detailed "Duomo" painting by Cassie Dallas painted over one year. “2 Teachers and 8 Students” is on view until Oct. 3 at the Unitarian Universalist Church n Reston - 1625 Wiehle Avenue, Reston -

Great Falls: 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.

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Great Falls: Battle of Dranesville Marker Rededicated

Local history recognized, commemorated in Great Falls.

A ceremony for the rededication of the Civil War marker at Georgetown Pike was held on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Dranesville Church of the Brethren to commemorate the 1861 Battle of Dranesville.

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Great Falls: Adult Summer Reading Success

Ray Miller wins the grand prize gift basket.

“I’m thrilled! I’ve never won anything my entire life!” That’s what Ray Miller of Great Falls had to say when he was told that he was the lucky winner of the library’s Adult Summer Reading Challenge (ASRC) grand prize gift basket.

McLean: MPAartfest Returns to Central Park on Oct. 2

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is celebrating their 10th Anniversary of MPAartfest, a community-wide arts festival on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in McLean Central Park. This free event will feature 52 local and regional visual artists, Children's Art Walk, hands-on art studio, music, food vendors, and more!

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Okee Dokee Brothers Return to The Alden in McLean

Three-time Parents’ Choice Award winners, The Okee Dokee Brothers, who performed to a sold-out house at The Alden last spring, have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters.” The dynamic duo will return to The Alden on Sunday, Nov. 6, for two performances. Show times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and tickets are $15, $10 for McLean tax district residents. The theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.

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McLean: Androids Arrive at Alden Theatre

McLean Community Players present ‘Comic Potential.’

How timely in this day-and-age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that the McLean Community Players present the area premiere of the romantic comedy “Comic Potential.” The comedy centers on an android that seems to have human potential. Written by Alan Ayckbourne, the play was first produced in 1998 long before artificial intelligence was anywhere near what it is today.

McLean: The Claude Moore Colonial Farm to Host 18th Century Autumn Market Fair

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, will host the 18th Century Autumn Market Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 & 16; 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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McLean: Donating 200 Pints of Blood

McLean resident reaches milestone, will keep giving.

Carolyn Offutt, a resident of the McLean area of 35 years, just donated her 200th pint of blood on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Red Cross Center on Prosperity Avenue.

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McLean, Great Falls: Langley Football Looks for Turnaround

After a 0-4 start, Saxons play at Fairfax High Friday.

The Langley Varsity Football team took on Madison High at a home game Friday night, Sept. 23, and the stands were not lacking in spirit.

McLean Letter: The Right Choice

Letter to the Editor

I recently read that Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has been endorsed by the Virginia Police Benevolent Association, as well as the local chapter of the Fairfax County Firefighters and Paramedics. This is a significant development because in 2012 the VAPBA endorsed Frank Wolf’s Democratic opponent. I’m thrilled that our local emergency responders recognize that, even though she’s only been a Congresswoman for two years, Barbara has made a real impact in our community and she deserves their endorsement.

Herndon Letter: Positive Leadership

Letter to the Editor

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has been serving our area well for 7 years now – first in the House of Delegates for 5 years, and now as our Congresswoman for the past two years.

Fairfax Letter: Keeping the Nation Safe

Letter to the Editor

As we pass the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, our nation takes time to reflect upon that tragic day. This solemn anniversary hits close to home to many in our area who lost loved ones or close personal friends. On this day we are also reminded that the dangers of terrorism are all too real.

Herndon Letter: Vision and Direction

Letter to the Editor

On a Christmas night, as I stood before a toy store holding my mom’s hand, I pointed my thumbs through my woolly mittens in a sharp rivalry of choice.

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McLean, Great Falls, Reston: Wannabe Beekeepers Wanted

Beekeeping is a trending hobby, but many stung by the idea don’t know where to begin. On Sunday, Oct. 8, from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Reston Association Headquarters Conference Center, master beekeeper Todd Harding teaches wannabe backyard beekeepers the basics of procuring, maintaining, and feeding bees. The class is held in Reston at the home-owners association, but is open to everyone, regardless of address.

Share of McLean Needs Donations

Share of McLean has issued the following appeal for donations: On Wednesday at Share, we had many clients coming in looking for things like rice, pasta, beans, shampoo, flour, sugar, oil, etc. and sadly we had to turn them away without these much needed items.

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Vienna: Unity of Fairfax to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Unity of Fairfax will celebrate its 60th anniversary, known as the “Diamond Jubilee,” during the weekend of Oct. 7-9 at 2854 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton. The church will host a gala dinner dance on Friday, Oct. 7, followed by the annual Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 9. All previous ministers have been invited to attend the gala and also to give remarks during Sunday services. Among them are Rev. Donna Johnson who is now serving as president and CEO of Unity Worldwide Ministries in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

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Vienna: Cops and Kids Draws Community Together

Fun-filled day featured activities, prizes, music, pizza – and a helicopter.

Clear sunny skies and mild temperatures have a way of bringing out the families to community events. The Vienna Police Department could not have ordered a more perfect Sunday afternoon for the launch of a new Vienna tradition, Cops and Kids Fun Run --- and fun day.

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Vienna: Falling into Fall with Fairs and Fun

From Oktoberfest celebration to a wintry block party, there’s a fun event for any age.

Fall marks the start of the festive season, the fair season, from holiday-themed events to traditional seasonal events.

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Vienna: Green Hedges School Celebrates 75th Anniversary

On Monday, Sept. 26, Green Hedges School, a co-ed independent school in Vienna, held their 75th Anniversary Celebration, joined by the community, alumni and parents.

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Vienna Theatre Company to Present Eclectic Essentials II

Vienna Theatre Company maintains its presence through the second year of the Vienna Community Center renovation with an entertaining fall production of one act plays presented at the Vienna Baptist Church for four performances only.

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Vienna, Reston: The Path Toward Tomorrow

Giving Circle of Hope hosts County needs assessment reporting.

According to Michelle Gregory, Division Director from the Countywide Service Integration and Planning Management department, it’s probably been more than a decade since Fairfax County conducted a human services needs assessment for the residents of the region. In the summer of 2015, the County decided it was more than time to take a detailed look at how things have changed since the last official recording and to see who most needed what in our area.

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Snapshot: Chantilly Homecoming Court

Members of the Chantilly Homecoming Court gather at the Chantilly-Herndon football game on Friday, Sept. 23: (From left) Lindsay Barnes, Siobhan Reardon, Jill Cymerman, Alexis Weeren, Caroline Barnes, TJ Walter, Zach Cummins, Karim Shoorbajee, and Ken Roberts.

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Centreville’s Jesse Kraft Leads Coates Elementary

With 21 years in education, former Providence Elementary principal moves into new role.

With 21 years in education, Jesse Kraft, age 42, of Centreville was named the new principal of Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary School on River Birch Road in Herndon, on July 7. He is replacing former principal Toni Rose who moved into administration with Fairfax County Public Schools. He will be overseeing 740 students with a staff of about 95, including five full-time ESOL teachers. Coates is a part of the Westfield Pyramid.

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Centreville Snapshot: Talk on Addiction

On Saturday, the Chris Atwood Foundation conducted an educational program at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13421 Twin Lakes Drive, Centreville about substance misuse and Addiction.

Forum To Chew on Meals Tax

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) will sponsor a Meals Tax Forum at the auditorium of Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The forum will feature panelists on both sides of the issue. The panel will also take written questions from the audience. Questions may also be submitted in advance by writing to

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State of the Race: 10th Congressional District

National political and media attention focus on race for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

As LuAnn Bennett, the Democratic challenger for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District seat, spoke to supporters at a political “house party” in Herndon, a New York Times reporter stood to one side, taking notes.

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Centreville/Chantilly: Fall Festival for All

90-acre autumn wonderland at Cox Farms.

The 90-acre autumn wonderland that is Cox Farms is holding its 44th annual Fall Festival. The festival is open daily through Oct. 31 and Nov. 4-8 at 15621 Braddock Road, off Pleasant Valley Road in Centreville.

Chantilly Snapshot: Combat Wounded

Peterson Companies has partnered with Wounded Warriors Family Support, a national non-profit veterans’ organization, and are implementing the organization’s national parking program (Combat Wounded signs) at several of their shopping centers including Fairfax Corner, East Market, and Fair Lakes Center.

Chantilly Letter: Importance of Veterans ID Card

Letter to the Editor

Our veterans have sacrificed much to protect us. It is only fitting that we help protect them as best we can on the home front.

Chantilly Brief: Field Hockey To Host ‘Pink Out’

Last year with a matching donation the teams raised $1,000 to help women in the community battling breast cancer.

Chantilly Brief: Flu Shot Express Clinic Offered

MinuteClinic will hold a Flu Shot Express Clinic inside the CVS Pharmacy at 24795 Pinebrook Road in Chantilly on Friday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. During the clinics, additional providers will be on hand to administer flu shots and to expedite the patient vaccination process.

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Got a Hankering for Craft Beer?

Chantilly’s first annual BrewFest will quench that thirst.

Take six breweries, four bands, four food trucks, add a large dash of fun and the result is Fairfax County’s first-ever Craft BrewFest.

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Potomac Snapshot: Then & Wow

Then & Wow 2016, Glen Echo Park's annual celebration of the park's past and present, offered magicians, carousel rides, arcade games, face painting, mini golf, exhibits, and tours on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Potomac Brief: Deadline for Voter Registration

Montgomery County citizens who wish to vote in the 2016 Presidential General Election need to complete and submit their voter registration application no later than Tuesday, Oct. 18, by 9 p.m.

Potomac Brief: Council To Listen to Students

The County Council, which for the past several years has held Town Hall Meetings throughout the county in its efforts to find out what issues most concern residents, will learn what is on the minds of younger residents when it hosts its sixth annual Town Hall Meeting for Students on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Council Office Building in Rockville.

Potomac: Earned Sick Leave To Take Effect

Montgomery County’s new Earned Sick and Safe Law goes into effect on Oct. 1. It will require most employers in the county to provide earned sick and safe leave to employees for work performed in the county.

Potomac: For DUI, Mandated In-car Breathalyzer

Effective Oct. 1, all persons convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in the state will be mandated to equip their vehicle with an in-car breathalyzer otherwise known as an ignition interlock device.

Potomac Day

Potomac Day returns Saturday, Oct. 22 with arts and entertainment for all ages, ranging from rides for children to an antique show and business fair.

Arlington: McEntee Honored

Arlington resident Christine (Chris) McEntee, executive director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union, has been honored by CEO Update as the 2016 Professional Society CEO of the Year.

Arlington: Board Adds 68 Units of Affordable Housing

The Arlington County Board solved two problems with one $10 million loan.

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Arlington: Fire Station 10 Finds Its Temporary Home

After a summer of study, County Board stands by Wilson site selection.

The Arlington County Board launched into its 2016-2017 year with one of the most contentious issues in the county: the selection of a location for Fire Station 10. While the permanent fire station is under construction as part of the West Rosslyn Area Plan, a temporary fire station will have to be located on a nearby parcel. At the Sept. 24 County Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to place the temporary Fire Station 10 on the recreation field for a nearby school.

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Arlington: Help Identify Grand Larceny Suspects Caught on Camera

The Arlington County Police Department’s Auto Theft Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects involved in the theft of tires and rims from three vehicles during September.

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Arlington Snapshot: Serving Others

First-year students at Marymount University assembled 2,000 care packages for teenagers transitioning from foster care to life on their own.

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Arlington: Modifying Toy Cars for Children with Special Needs

Marymount University’s Department of Physical Therapy launched its Go Baby Go! Garage on Saturday, Sept. 17, an event that drew more than 200 people to the school’s Fairfax Drive facility and provided 12 special needs children with modified toy cars that will make them more mobile.

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Arlington Snapshot: Supporting Linden Resources

Bill Buck, chairman of Buck & Associates, a full-service, family-owned real estate brokerage, presents a check to Linda Chandler, CEO of Linden Resources and some of its clients. Linden Resources provides employment and development opportunities to people with developmental and physical disabilities and wounded veterans.

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Arlington: Committed to Community Engagement

Leadership Center for Excellence welcomed its newest class of the Young Professionals Program as it gathered for the first time at a day-long retreat on Sept. 14.

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Arlington: Running for Fun and for Neighbors

Arlington Turkey Trot kick-off party will start the season.

What’s more fun than running the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day? Going to the kick-off party for the Turkey Trot at the Crystal City Sports Pub on Oct. 19, according to Turkey Trot Director Mark Riley.

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Arlington Snapshot: Thriving on ‘Boots, Bingo, and Barbecue’

Arlington Thrive's first “Boots, Bingo, and Barbecue” took place on Saturday, Sept. 24, and families enjoyed the event, playing Bingo, eating barbecue, and dancing. National Honor Society members from Wakefield, Washington and Lee, and Yorktown high schools helped out at the event.

Monday, September 26

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Arlington: Synetic Theater Stages ‘Dante's Inferno’

Wordless story follows lost traveler through nine circles of hell.

Synetic Theater in Crystal City is staging "Dante's Inferno" from Sept. 28 through Oct. 30. The wordless story follows a lost traveler who must navigate a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell in search of spiritual redemption and his lost love. Producer and creator Paata Tsikurishvili said they've adapted this story before, but it was several years ago. "I wanted to try it again using the skills we've honed and the performance style we've developed since, and apply it to this massive, epic tale," he said.

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Alexandria Theater: A Curse Leaves Inhabitants Hopelessly Stupid

ACCT stages Neil Simon's "Fools"

Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is presenting Neil Simon's comic fable, "Fools," from Sept. 30 through Oct. 16.

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Alexandria Appetite: It’s a Family Affair at Thanida Thai

Newcomer in space formerly owned by Thailand Royal Street has brought a taste of Thailand to North Old Town.

Walk past the location of the most recent restaurant addition at 835 N. Royal St., and it’s easy to miss the facelift from years past. What was long the venerable Thailand Royal Street, and then the erstwhile Casa Felipe, has once again taken up the Thai mantle — only under new leadership, with a new name, and with big plans for the future.

Saturday, September 24

Walk to Prevent Suicide

Walk supports survivors of suicide loss and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The Out of the Darkness Walks are American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s largest fundraiser, producing millions for suicide prevention programs, and works to unite those who have been affected by suicide, and create communities that are “smart about mental health.”

Homework Overload

Some educators say less can be more, stress balance when it comes to homework.

Paula DeMarco dreads one time of day the most: weekday evenings at 5:30. It’s the time she has set aside for her children begin their homework. That means no screen time, music or other distractions.

‘Sextortion’ Victims Are Mostly Men

Photos, video used to demand money from victims.

Detectives of the Major Crimes Division of Fairfax County Police report a trend in an unsavory type of financial scam. Sexual extortion scams, commonly referred to as “sextortion,” involve meeting someone the victim believes is a real person online who coaxes him or her into feeling a sense of connection and intimacy, and then sending risque photos or video.

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First Lady Comes to GMU, Campaigns for Clinton

Speaks on Hillary Clintons 'lifelong record of public service.'

Excitement filled the air when First Lady Michelle Obama addressed an enthusiastic crowd, last Friday, Sept. 16, at GMU’s Johnson Center. Speaking on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she urged everyone to vote and called Clinton the only qualified candidate in the race.

Friday, September 23

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Police Investigating Two Related Burke Break-ins

Victims assaulted with a machete

Fairfax County Police believe the same four men are responsible for assaulting and robbing two Burke residents at different locations, around 2 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23.

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Floris UMC Celebrates 125 Years in the Herndon Community

Floris United Methodist Church celebrated its 125th anniversary Sunday with more than 300 people attending a celebratory picnic at Frying Pan Park.

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Transition At Herndon High

Diversity and change at Herndon HS.

The school year at Herndon High School began with change, as Dan Meier has taken the position of Interim Principal. Former principal Dr. William Bates left Herndon HS in July for a position with the Baltimore County Public Schools. “We are in a transition phase, but we anticipate a new principal in about a month,” said Meier.

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Herndon: Granieri is Crossfield's New Principal

Former Assistant Principal at Crossfield has 23 years in education.

With 23 years in education, Mark Granieri, age 43, of Ashburn was named new principal on Aug. 2 of Crossfield Elementary School on Fox Mill Road, Herndon, replacing former principal R.B. Yoshida, who moved to Virginia Beach.

Column: Chesapeake Bay – Barometer of the Environment


When Captain John Smith and other Englishmen made their way to the new found land of Virginia in 1607 they found a richness of natural beauty and resources unmatched in anyplace else they had been.

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Reston: South Lakes High Cross Country Teams Off to a Strong Start

Led by its freshmen girls’ team, South Lakes High School cross country teams placed in every invitational meet they competed in thus far this season.

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Reston Multicultural Festival Returns Sept. 24

Reston Multicultural Festival -- billed as “a celebration of music, entertainment, dress, food and cultural treasures from all over the world” - will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.--6 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza.

Reston Letter: Limiting Powers of ‘Independent Police Auditor’

Letter to the Editor

I am a member and participant with the UU Church in Reston’s Social Justice Committee who has been closely watching the activities of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors as it adopts provisions for the establishment of an “Independent Police Auditor”.

Reston: Fortune 100 Company’s Jewel Box in Woods

For its new headquarters, General Dynamics Corporation executives wanted a “jewel box in the woods,” said attorney Mark Looney.

Reston: 54 Townhouses Approved on 3.45 Acres

Where can pizza delivers or other delivery drivers park their cars or trucks? That was part of Planning Commission deliberations on July 28, 2016 regarding a hearing on RP 11720, LLC’s application to permit construction of 54 single family attached dwelling units on 3.45 acres at the northwest quadrant of Sunrise Valley Drive and Roland Clarke Place.

Burke, Fairfax: Police Investigating Graffiti at Robinson

On Friday, Sept. 16, Robinson Secondary School staff reported graffiti on the side of a trailer to Fairfax County Police.

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Fairfax: Work Starting Now on Northfax Project

Will add lane to Route 123, improve intersections and drainage.

After 20 years of planning, analysis and public hearings, the Northfax project is now getting underway in Fairfax. The goal is to increase pedestrian and driver safety and mobility, plus improve drainage, at the intersection of Chain Bridge Road (Route 123) and Fairfax Boulevard (Routes 50/29).

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Fairfax: For Season Opening, ‘Amadeus’

Providence Players to perform the multi-Tony award winning play.

“Amadeus,” the multi-Tony award winning psychological mystery story about legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is the Providence Players (PPF) opening production for its new season. “Amadeus is filled will great drama, tremendous humor, a touch of mystery and wonderful music. It is a perfect play to kick off the season and reconnect us with our audiences.” said Jayne Victor, Providence Players Board President.

Fairfax Letter: Veterans ID Card: Long Overdue

Letter to the Editor

Our veterans have sacrificed much to protect us. It is only fitting that we help protect them as best we can on the home front. That is why I write today about a bill that was signed into law and was co-sponsored in the House by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock: the Veterans ID Card Act. This legislation allows for a universal ID card that proves military service, allowing veterans easier access to the services and resources they need after leaving the military. We owe them that much.

Fairfax Letter: Meals Tax: Vote ‘No’

Letter to the Editor

I write today to ask for support for working families in Fairfax County by recommending against the proposed increase in the Meal Tax.

Fairfax Letter: Deceptive Question

Letter to the Editor

I decided to study the Fairfax County Meals Tax Referendum and was shocked to see how biased the question is worded.

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Fairfax: Muse Paintbar Uncorks Mosaic Location

Combining painting instruction with a wine bar and restaurant, Muse PaintBar has opened its 20th location in Fairfax's vibrant Mosaic district in early September.

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Lorton: ‘Magnetic’ and ‘Toxic’ Band Holds Benefit Concert

Young rock stars raise money for the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC).

A group of young rock stars, The Magnetic Toxins, performed on Saturday, Sept., 17 at The Laurel Hill Community Pool in an effort to raise money for the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC).

Lorton: Giles Overlook Developing

75 percent of land to remain open space.

Lorton Valley III calls its development Giles Overlook: 52 singles family detached dwellings on 38.37 acres on Sanger Street in Mount Vernon.

Lorton, Springfield: Celebrating National Public Lands Day at Meadowood

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Eastern States invites volunteers to help construct a fence to protect the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area wetland area, Sept. 24, as part of the National Public Lands Day (NPLD) annual celebration.

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Springfield Boy Scout Builds Trail on Quantico Base

Springfield Boy Scout Aeris Taylor, a 17-year-old senior at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. built a new walking/running trail on Marine Corps Base Quantico, which was named the "Semper Progredi" (translating to "Always Forward").

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Springfield's Zeponic Farms to Receive National Recognition for Outstanding Green Business

Zeponic Farms has been chosen as a recipient for national recognition from The SCORE Foundation.

Springfield: Last Day at Franconia Station

Sunday, Sept. 18, was Master Technician Mike Macario's last day with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue after more than 39 years serving the residents of Fairfax County.

‘Concert Across America to End Gun Violence’ at Tysons Biergarten

A coalition of gun violence prevention organizations in the DC/ Northern Virginia area have announced participation in the national “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence” on Sunday, Sept. 25.

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Alexandria: Summa Cum Laude Sponsor Award

At the 2016 National Junior Classical League Convention held at Indiana University in July, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes Upper School Latin Teacher Ian Hochberg was awarded the Summa Cum Laude Sponsor Award for his service at the local, state, and national levels of the Junior Classical League (JCL).

Mount Vernon Letter: Shameful Propaganda

Letter to the Editor

In last week's Gazette, my letter was published in which I explained that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS) had mailed to residents the previous week a brochure discussing the Meals Tax Referendum that is on the November ballot (which if approved would create a new 4 percent tax on meals prepared by food establishments).

Mount Vernon: Tax Would Hurt Working Families

Letter to the Editor

I am a resident of the Alexandria area of Fairfax County and a single working mother with two children in Fairfax County public schools.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Service Dogs Take a Plunge

Canine Partners for Life, based out of Cochranville, Pa., is a nationally growing organization.

Alexandria Letter: Enforce All Traffic Rules

Letter to the Editor

Believe it or not (and contrary to popular opinion) the Virginia Department of Transportation says that motorists and bicyclists are governed by the same laws regarding traffic regulations. In fact, no distinction is made for automobiles, trucks, tractor-trailers, motorcycles or bicycles, which are all treated equally.

Alexandria Letter: Scapegoating Confederate Heritage

Letter to the Editor

At the Sept. 17 public hearing on the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names, I asked City Council to pass a resolution expressing Alexandrians’ shock and dismay at the murder of nine people in Charleston, S.C., in June 2015, conveying our sympathy for their loss, and sending our condolences.

Alexandria Letter: Disruption For Two Years

Letter to the Editor

With upcoming plans to reconfigure the bus and parking area of the King Street Metrorail lot, this end of Olde Towne will be very difficult to enter into our city.

Alexandria Letter: History’s Lessons

Letter to the Editor

Your council voted unanimously to approve changing the name of Jefferson Davis Highway. Do you, your council or anyone who testified know anything about Jefferson Davis?

Thursday, September 22

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Burke, Fairfax, Lorton, Springfield: Volunteers pack 10,000 meals at Burke Presbyterian Church

As Nancy Rosene of Fairfax screeched clear packing tape across the top of a cardboard box filled with dozens of meals worth of dried and dehydrated food, she was highly conscious of where she was and what she was doing.

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Springfield: Keene Mill Elementary Students Raise $32,000 with Boosterthon

More than 760 Keene Mill Elementary School students in Springfield ran in the Boosterthon Fun Run on Sept. 16, capping a nine-day fundraising program and learning experience with the theme “Backyard Box Office.”

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Fairfax County: Students learn IT and job skills, earn tech internships.

On a scorching week day in late summer, rising Fairfax County seniors Kenneth Smith, Amy Wong and Tasmia Dia were taking cumulative review tests in their summer course. This wasn’t exactly summer school, though.

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Fairfax County: Changes in Voting from 2012

Electoral board highlights key dates and procedure updates.

Clinton or Trump? Meals Tax or no Meals Tax? These are just a two of the weighty decisions on the ballot for this fall’s election. To help people prepare for this cycle, leaders of the Fairfax County electoral board held a meeting with media to highlight some changes from the 2012 Presidential election.

Alexandria Letter: Who’s Watching School Board?

Letter to the Editor

The ACPS School Board, except for the newly elected members, are incapable of managing its budget of almost $300 million.

Alexandria Letter: Of Times Past

Letter to the Editor

In August 2016 a friend of mine Joy Peeler of Longwood, Fla. was visiting my husband and I in Hendersonville, N.C. Joy elected to accompany me to Rochelle, Va. to attend my Aunt Elizabeth Fisher’s 95th birthday on her farm.

Mount Vernon: Giles Overlook Developing

75 percent of land to remain open space.

Lorton Valley III calls its development Giles Overlook: 52 singles family detached dwellings on 38.37 acres on Sanger Street in Mount Vernon. Fairfax County Planning Commission voted Wednesday, Sept. 14, to recommend approval of plans that will permit development less than 200 feet from the required distance between residential buildings and I-95 and to allow for increased height of a noise barrier to be located 15 feet from I-95 right-of-way.

Mount Vernon Column: Plan for Upgrading Utilities on Richmond Highway Now


Richmond Highway revitalization is a hot topic in Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Cybersecurity: Critical Industry


The Internet is a tremendous catalyst for economic growth and provides for easy access to information. It is already an essential tool that we would find impossible to live without. As we become more dependent upon this interconnectivity, we are increasingly more vulnerable. Virginia’s leaders on both sides of the aisle recognize the critical importance of a strong cybersecurity policy.

Mount Vernon: Forum To Chew on Meals Tax Referendum

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) will sponsor a Meals Tax Forum at the auditorium of Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Alexandria People at Work: Stetanova’s Secret – Plenty of Coffee

Kremena Stetanova opens the Caboose Cafe and Bakery on Mt. Vernon in Del Ray Monday and Thursday and leaves at 2:30 p.m. Other days are regular hours. "Well first I turn on the lights and make sure there is plenty of coffee. That's the biggest thing, then put out the muffins."

Alexandria Snapshot: Learn To Be Energy Smart

A new retail showroom and lab — The Energy House and Solutions Center — opened Sept. 10 at 4603A Eisenhower Ave. It showcases state-of-the-art products for weatherization, insulation, solar, HVAC and more. The center also offers plans to save money and simple steps to become energy efficient. See solutions-center.

Alexandria: The Battle Without End

20 feet of space and 127 years of controversy.

One hundred and twenty-seven years ago, the Rev. G.H. Norton thought the Appomattox Confederate statue would help close the wounds of the Civil War.

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Alexandria: Swann-Daingerfield Hosts Nursing School’s 40th Reunion

The elegant Federal style mansion on the corner of Prince and S. Columbus streets has also been called stylistically “Italianate,” “Second Empire,” “Greek Revival” and “almost Spanish Baroque.”

Alexandria Snapshot: Adding a Swamp Chestnut Oak

Mayor Allison Silberberg and Dr. Richard T. Olsen, director of the National Arboretum which donated the Swamp Chestnut Oak to the city, plant it in Oronoco Bay Park on Monday, Sept. 19.

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Alexandria Obituary: Barbara Fox Mason

The founder and former executive director of The Child and Family Network Centers (CFNC), Barbara Fox Mason, died on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. For 26 years, Mason worked to create programs beyond preschool services for poor and underserved communities in Alexandria and Arlington.

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Alexandria: Preserving the Preserve

Jodie Smolik leads Winkler Botanical Preserve.

By her own account Jodie Smolik is a very fortunate woman.

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Alexandria: Paving the Way for Stormwater Fee

New fee for residential and commercial properties to be based on permeability.

It might be time to plant some more trees and green up the home. A new stormwater service fee proposed by city staff could be directly tied to the permeability of residential and commercial properties. The fee is the proposed solution to an unfunded mandate by the state requiring one quarter of the city retrofitted for stormwater treatment by 2028.

Alexandria: Last Stop

Sandy Modell retires from DASH.

Thirty-two years after she started driving buses part time in Harrisonburg in college, Sandy Modell is retiring from her position as CEO and general manager of DASH, the Alexandria transit company. For 28 years, Modell led DASH through massive expansions. Since Modell started, the company has grown from one million passengers on 17 buses to four million passengers across 85 buses.

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Alexandria: ‘A Labor of Love’

Historic Homes Tour celebrates 75 years.

The Dr. William Brown House, considered one of Old Town’s most prominent and historic homes, will be one of six homes featured Sept. 24 in the 75th annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour benefitting the Twig Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital.

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Alexandria: Playground Volunteer Day Spotlights Park Revitalization

RunningBrooke spearheads park cleanup.

The wheels were set in motion back in April, when Brooke Curran solicited 400 donors to participate in Spring2Action to help fund the revitalization of Taney Avenue Park.

Alexandria Snapshot: Protest

Ray Deakins protests Sept. 21 the decision of Alexandria City Council to petition the Virginia General Assembly for permission to remove the Appomattox Statue from the intersection of Prince and Washington streets.

Column: Homemade Stew

Commentary – Rebuilding Together Alexandria

When you walk in the front door there is the familiar smell of a special stew, made with honey, warming on the stove. Sixty-eight-year-old Stan has lived in his home near the Braddock Metro neighborhood his entire life; he was actually born in it.

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Column: Alexandria’s Poetry Fence

Poetry Conversations

Some fences enclose, some simply stand without evident function. Some fences provide protection, privacy, or announce a boundary. Renee Adams shows us that indeed good fences make good neighbors.

Patriotic Spending: Investing in Community

Commentary – ACT for Alexandria

We often align spending based on our personal interests and well-being, without necessarily thinking about impacting our community. That’s where patriotic spending come into play. Patriotic spending is the utilization of personal assets to benefit our community, cities, and inevitably our country. What it means to spend patriotically is to focus expendable income in a way that directly influences and benefits our country.

Wednesday, September 21

Classified Advertising September 21, 2016

Read the latest ads here!

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Walking to End Alzheimer's

Northern Virginia walk set for Sept. 25

When Paula Dierkes was growing up in Arlington, she would often hear family stories of a grandfather who sat on his front porch screaming at his neighbors and asking for his shotgun. She recalls a grandmother who shut out her family, literally, by closing doors and windows when they came to visit.

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Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Garza Resigns

Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Karen Garza has announced her resignation, just months after the FCPS board renewed her contract through June 30, 2020.

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Great Falls Historic Marker Rededication

Great Falls residents, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation, will rededicate on Saturday, Sept. 24 a historical marker commemorating the 1861 Battle of Dranesville. At the community's request, VDOT has moved the marker onto Georgetown Pike and the site of this Civil War battle.

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Paint Great Falls Competition Winners Announced

The Arts of Great Falls’ annual Plein Air Competition brought out 18 artists from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia to paint the scenery in Great Falls.

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Great Falls: Planning One More Deferral

Planning Commission will give Lexington Estates and Great Falls another month to get involved.

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Fairfax County: Supervisors Approve Independent Police Auditor

Unanimous vote follows Ad Hoc Commission recommendations for more transparency and oversight of Fairfax County police.

With a unanimous vote on Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the creation of an independent police auditor office, following recommendations from the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

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Great Falls: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

12 year old Great Falls youth goes to prison — to pursue charity and community service.

This summer, at the age of 12, I went to prison.

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Great Falls Artists Welcome Community

Great Falls Studios invite the community to the 13th Annual Tour promoting creativity.

One of the oldest and most distinguished art events in Northern Virginia, the Great Falls Studios 2016 Art Tour, will take place on Friday, Oct. 14; Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.

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McLean: Mount Daniel Elementary Expansion Approved

Fairfax County Planning Commission wants to be good neighbors and so does Falls Church City County Public Schools.

McLean Woman’s Club Donates Piano to American Legion Post

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Woman’s Club of McLean donated a piano to American Legion Command Post 270, in McLean.

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Pickleball Comes to McLean

McLean Central Park behind the Dolley Madison Library now has two lighted pickleball/tennis courts where pickleball fans can play. Bring your own paddles and balls.

Letter: LuAnn Bennett: Result-oriented

Letter to the Editor

Let me introduce LuAnn Bennett, Democrat running against Barbara Comstock to represent us in the 10th District.

Letter: Comstock’s Record of Accomplishments

Letter to the Editor

Now that the campaign season has kicked off and both candidates in the 10th District have ads running on TV – it’s very helpful to compare the stark differences.

Letter: LuAnn Bennett on the Issues

Letter to the Editor

Padraic Buckley's letter in the September 14-20 edition of the McLean Connection ("Why Comstock?") repeated, almost word for word, the attack on LuAnn Bennett appearing in his Sept. 15 letter in the Sun Gazette newspaper. Leaving aside Mr. Buckley's unseemly personal remarks about Bennett (which should have no place in an election campaign), I take issue with two statements he made in his letters.

Letter: Reasons to Vote For LuAnn Bennett

Letter to the Editor

Padraic Buckley’s letter asks “Why Comstock? ” (Connection, September 14-20, 2016). Yet the letter fails to make the case. There are many reasons to vote for Comstock’s opponent in the 10th District.

Vienna: Chillin’ on Church Draws Hundreds to Block Party

Second seasonal party on Church Street to become Vienna tradition.

The second seasonal Chillin’ on Church block party drew in hundreds more guests than the debut party in June. Church Street lit up with music, games, food, and neighbors meeting neighbors.

Column: Way to Go, Vienna!


Once again Vienna has achieved positive national recognition. On Aug, 24, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) certified Vienna as a community wildlife habitat, While the process usually takes 2-5 years, Vienna met – in fact, exceeded – certification requirements in less than 10 months.

Vienna Snapshot: Elite Piano Academy Relocates, Holds Open House

To celebrate the relocation of its studio, Elite Piano Academy held an Open House at its new location in Tysons. The new location at Tysons Corners is easily accessible by car (Free parking available), or public transit.

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Vienna: Searching for Common Ground on Guns

Reverse Town Hall to End Gun Violence held at Unitarian Universalist in Oakton.

About 150 people attended "Finding Common Ground" -- A Reverse Town Hall to End Gun Violence on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton.

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Vienna, McLean: Charity Foot Race Raises $30,000 Benefiting Food for Others

Five hundred runners and dozens of sponsors rallied at sunrise on Sept. 10 to celebrate their commitment to neighbors in need. The 5K raised more than $30,000 for Food for Others, and invigorated community spirit in Tysons.

Vienna, McLean, Great Falls: Cooking with Passion

Meet the executive chef at McLean’s Saint Germain Catering.

How many Northern Virginia foodies know that executive chef Jeff Witte, formerly at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, has become the executive chef at McLean’s Saint Germain Catering?

Vienna, McLean, Great Falls: Knox Singleton to Receive Community Leadership Award

J. Knox Singleton, CEO of Inova Health System, will be 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.

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Vienna, Reston, Herndon: Improving the Road, Maintaining Its Character

County holds Hunter Mill Road Study Community Meeting.

On Sept. 15, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) held Community Meeting #5 to bring the public up to date and continue soliciting feedback on its studies to improve traffic flow along Hunter Mill Road, primarily north of Route 267.

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Alexandria Appetite: 2 Restaurants Hidden in Plain Sight

Finding these gems requires a bit of searching, but the result is worth it.

Tucked away amid retail shops, barbershops, and numerous other storefronts, some of the city’s restaurant gems are a bit tricky to uncover. But the result is worth the search. Here are two of Alexandria’s best strip-mall selections.

Forum To Chew on Meals Tax

The League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) will sponsor a Meals Tax Forum at the auditorium of Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church, on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The forum will feature panelists on both sides of the issue. The panel will also take written questions from the audience. Questions may also be submitted in advance by writing to

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Homecoming at Chantilly

Chantilly Homecoming Court: (Back row, from left) Zach Cummins, TJ Walter, Ken Roberts, Karim Shoorbajee, (middle row, from left) Caroline Barnes, Siobhan Reardon, Jill Cymerman, Alexis Weeren, (front row, from left) Colton Anderson, Lindsay Barnes, Claire Jones, Pierre Johnson, and Kate Wozniak.

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Chantilly: Running on the Runway

Dulles Day began with a “Run on the Runway” at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. About 2,500 runners gathered behind the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. The course took runners onto Dulles Runway 1-Right and past a widebody United Airlines aircraft.

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Chantilly: One, Two, Three … Pull

The Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull at Washington Dulles International Airport attracted thousands of visitors for the airport’s annual free open house on Saturday, Sept. 17. This year’s event featured nearly 100 teams pulling two jet aircraft in a competition to support Special Olympics Virginia that originated at Dulles more than 20 years ago.

Centreville: Planning OKs More Pumps

MACS Retail LLC wants three more service pumps and a 3,520-square-foot quick service food store added to the Sully Shopping Center gas station at 5135 Westfields Boulevard in Centreville.

Potomac: Coalition Supports Domestic Abuse Victims

Fundraiser to benefit Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse.

Have a friend or family member who cancels and changes plans often, has unexplained injuries, apologizes and makes excuses for her or his partner’s behavior, is excessive in calling and texting their partner or has sudden changes in mood or personality? Perhaps the friend is overly anxious, guilty, defensive, depressed and feeling helpless and hopeless. Perhaps she or he is intentionally seeking isolation from friends, family or activities.

Potomac: Local Office, Associate Leads Sales Region

The Potomac office of Weichert, Realtors was recognized for exceptional industry success in August.

Potomac Brief: New Ride On Service for Tobytown Drive

On Oct. 2, Ride On will implement new service between Tobytown Drive in Potomac and Rockville Metro Station via Shady Grove Hospital. Major roads served will include Travilah Road, Wootton Parkway, Falls Road and Great Falls Road. The new route is called Route 301.

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Potomac: Creating a Conservation Garden

Backyard tour offers suggestions.

Linda Rieger of River Falls Drive gave a tour of her conservation garden on Monday, Sept. 12. Run-off difficulties were solved with terracing, rocks, grasses, ground cover and ferns.

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Potomac: Preparing for 33rd Annual Middle Eastern Bazaar

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church members gather to bake.

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is holding its 33rd annual Middle Eastern Bazaar Sept. 23-25. Hours are Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 12-7 p.m. Traditional music and dance will be performed Friday and Saturday night. There is free parking and admission.

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Arlington: Life in America ... Heaven and a Half

Personal trainer analyzes people’s behavior.

It is mid-morning, and Mustafa Nazary sits on his living room couch. He had started the day at 6 a.m. with his first appointment at Ultimate Results, his fitness center in Georgetown, where he is a personal trainer. His 5-year-old son Idris, joins him on the couch. “He is hip-to-hip with me.”

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Arlington Snapshot: Bike Rodeo

The Woman's Club of Arlington held a Bike Rodeo Aug. 20 after a 30-plus year break in what used to be an annual event sponsored by the club. Bike Arlington and Phoenix Bikes, provided the cone courses and, the expertise. The four youngsters, ages 3 -5 1/2 years had fun following the Bike Arlington volunteer.

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Arlington Snapshot: Mass of the Holy Spirit

Citing lessons from World Youth Day, the Summer Olympics and the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy, the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, celebrated Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7 at the school’s Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel. With him is Marymount University President Matthew D. Shank.

Arlington Snapshot: ‘Little Library’

High School student Markarius Nealis makes a book selection on his first visit to the Woman's Club of Arlington's new "Little Library" at 700 S. Buchanan St.

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Arlington: Speaker Discusses Pornography’s Reach

Matt Fradd, author and founder of “The Porn Effect,” discussed “Porn: 7 Myths Exposed” to teens and parents at the Bishop O’Connell High School on Sept. 9.

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Arlington: Laid Bare, Laid Low

Historic house demolished.

Last week an old house on Minor’s Hill was felled for new development.

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Arlington: A Heroine’s Final Touches

For her grave, to her life.

It is hard to close the book on a hero, and even harder in the case of a celebrated heroine.

Arlington Letter: Investment in Children

Letter to the Editor

Our children are our future and as they head back to school this fall, we should reflect on the future of our Commonwealth.

Arlington Public Schools Advisory Councils Tackle Gaps, Changes

From minority student performance to high school boundaries.

Dr. Patrick Murphy, superintendent of Arlington Public Schools, and Nancy Van Doren, School Board chair, addressed a meeting of 25 members of Arlington’s Advisory Councils on Instruction (ACI) at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13.

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Basics of Arlington Affordable Housing

A look Arlington County’s efforts to preserve its affordable housing.

Since 2000, Arlington County has lost more market-rate affordable housing than it currently has.

Tuesday, September 20

Fairfax Raises $521,509 for MDA

Letter to the Editor

For over 30 years, during Labor Day Weekend, the men and women of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, in conjunction with the Fairfax County Professional FireFighters and Paramedics - IAFF Local 2068 and the personnel in the Department of Public Safety Communications, have collected for the Greater Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during the Fill the Boot Campaign.

Monday, September 19

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Alexandria: Musical Enhances Historical Romantic Mystery

MetroStage stages "Blackberry Daze."

MetroStage in Alexandria is staging the world premiere musical of "Blackberry Daze" now through Oct. 9.

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Alexandria: An Ode to ‘Steel Magnolias’

LTA’s play centers on Louisiana women who bond and gossip at local beauty shop.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is staging "Steel Magnolias" now to Oct. 1. The play features a group of Louisiana women as they bond and gossip at a local beauty shop while following the marriage and motherhood of one of the customer's daughters.

Friday, September 16

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 106 homes sold between $1,272,500-$177,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: August, 2016

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 152 homes sold between $1,950,000-$175,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: August, 2016

Springfield Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 201 Springfield homes sold between $1,030,000-$162,000.

Springfield Home Sales: August, 2016

Reston Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 105 Reston homes sold between $909,000-$149,900.

Reston Home Sales: August, 2016

Mount Vernon Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 152 homes sold between $2,900,000-$86,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: August, 2016

Fairfax Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 107 Fairfax homes sold between $1,410,000-$167,500.

Fairfax Home Sales: August, 2016

Burke Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 58 Burke homes sold between $1,075,000-$250,000.

Burke Home Sales: August, 2016

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 277 Arlington homes sold between $2,410,000-$85,000.

Arlington Home Sales: August, 2016

Alexandria Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 217 Alexandria homes sold between $1,710,000-$120,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: August, 2016

Chantilly Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 33 homes sold between $950,000-$74,900 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: August, 2016

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

In August, 2016, 87 homes sold between $1,325,000-$163,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 104 Centreville homes sold between $1,008,980-$149,000.

Centreville Home Sales: August, 2016

Great Falls Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 33 Great Falls homes sold between $3,000,000-$533,600.

Great Falls Home Sales: August, 2016

McLean Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 115 homes sold between $3,125,000-$140,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: August, 2016

Potomac Home Sales: August, 2016

In August, 2016, 78 Potomac homes sold between $6,050,000-$475,000.

Potomac Home Sales: August, 2016

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Fairfax: Roadside Protest for McKenna and Martinez Deaths

The Northern Virginia chapter of the group Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) organized a demonstration at 4 p.m. on Sep. 14 along Lee Highway in Fairfax, calling for justice for Natasha McKenna and Giovanny, or Jovany, Martinez.

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Herndon Student to Compete on JEOPARDY!

Siddharth Hariharan, a student from Herndon, will compete on America’s Favorite Quiz Show® -- JEOPARDY! -- on Thursday, Sept. 15 on WJLA-TV. To watch the show, check your local listing for WJLA-TV (ABC) or visit or visit

Reston Library Friends Announce Huge Fall Book Sale, Sept 21-25

30 Days Hath September, here's the book sale to remember!

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Creating Art at Reston Town Center

Joyce Ann Drayton of the Children's Craft Shop in Centerville creates a work of art during the Reston Town Center Chalkfest.

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Swim, Bike, Run: Reston’s 33rd Annual Triathlon

More than 500 compete in area event.

During the preceding week, Kelly Edwards of Waterford, Va., had been experiencing a strange feeling: butterflies in her stomach, but not the usual kind. They were “happy butterflies.”

Reston: Award-winning Silver Line Sculptor Kicks off IPAR Artist Talks Sept. 21

Award-winning sculptor Barbara Grygutis, who has created more than 75 large-scale public artworks across the United States and Canada, including the Silver Line’s Spring Hill metro station, will kick off the Initiative for Public Art-Reston’s (IPAR) Artist Talk Series on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

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Burke, Fairfax: Del. Filler-Corn and the Beck Family Participate in NASCAR Event

When Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) goes to Richmond, it’s usually for the General Assembly Session or various meetings of commissions or committees that she serves on throughout the year.

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Burke, Fairfax, Springfield: Local Authors Create a Space in Burke to Sell, Sign Their Books

Eric Gardner of Springfield and John B. Wren of Fairfax set a tent at Burke Centre Festival.

Springfield author Eric Gardner has learned writing his book is easy. So is getting it published.

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Burke, Lorton, Springfield: Lake Braddock Running Back Signs for University of Virginia

On Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, Lake Braddock Senior running back Lamont Atkins, of Burke, signed his grant-in-aid scholarship package to play football for the University of Virginia. The grant-in-aid signature guarantees the future Cavalier a full-cost athletic scholarship at the university.

Fairfax: Federal Funds Coming to Fire Department

Money is earmarked for training and staffing.

Two, good-sized chunks of money are coming to the City of Fairfax and its Fire Department, courtesy of the federal government. The funds are to be used for staffing and training.

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Cool Jazz on a Hot Day

An overflow crowd of more than 250 people commemorated the 15th anniversary of September 11 by attending an outdoor concert, Sunday afternoon, in the City of Fairfax’s Old Town Square. Performing was the U.S. Navy’s acclaimed jazz band, “The Commodores.” Residents, visitors and even several members of the City’s fire department enjoyed hearing cool jazz on a hot, summer’s day. The musicians played popular jazz songs, patriotic tunes and the anthems of each branch of the U.S. military.

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Paul VI Site Challenge: Striking Right Balance

One plan preserves part of school; other creates a replica.

Since Paul VI High School will leave the City of Fairfax in 2020, plans are underway to redevelop its 18.5-acre site along Fairfax Boulevard. And last Tuesday, Sept. 6, developer IDI Group Cos. presented two possible design concepts to a joint work session of the Fairfax City Council and Planning Commission.

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Mount Vernon: Tag Day Yields More than $29,500

School Notes

Hundreds of West Po performing arts students hit the streets for last Saturday’s annual Tag Day.

Mount Vernon Obituary: Jerry S. Lucas

Jerry S. Lucas, 68, of Pooler, Ga., died on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 in his home.

Mount Vernon Obituary: Margie Harris

Margie “Marge” Diane Lukoskie Harris, died on Dec. 12, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Quincy, Fla., after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Mount Vernon Letter: Meals Tax Effects

Letter to the Editor

Last week, I received in the mail a brochure signed by all members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors that concerns the referendum to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot asking taxpayers and voters whether or not they approve adding a meals tax to the list of taxes we already pay.

Mount Vernon Letter: Meals Tax: Missing Items on This Menu

Letter to the Editor

It’s good to be the King, especially when you can manipulate the message and censor opposing points of view to an entire county on a major referendum issue.

Mount Vernon Letter: My Three Angels

Letter to the Editor

Fifteen years ago today I was lying in the street dying — cardiac arrest.

MOunt Vernon Column: Need To Raise Minimum Wage


Over the last several weeks, our area college students have returned to school to resume their studies for the fall semester. I know that their parents are very proud of them as are we all.

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Alexandria: Remembering POWs and MIAs

“Rocky” Versace among six Vietnam veterans still considered MIA.

The strains of “God Bless America” were the last words anyone would hear from Capt. Humbert “Rocky” Versace before he was executed Sept. 26, 1963, while a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Versace, whose remains have never been found, is one of six Alexandrians listed as Missing in Action from the Vietnam War.

Alexandria Letter: Laws Against Public Karaoke

Letter to the Editor

As a resident of Old Town for over 20 years, and a musician, I love live music. And Krista Clouse has a beautiful voice. So why does she, or anyone, need recorded music blaring on the street?

Alexandria Letter: Wilson Pledge Appreciated

Letter to the Editor

Kudos and thanks to Councilman Wilson for his Sept. 2016 Council Connection newsletter pledge (Confederate History): “… a modern Alexandria should focus not just on what should be removed or renamed, but how to portray a more accurate and fair telling of our history.”

Alexandria Letter: Uninsured Get Pushed Out

Letter to the Editor

Councilmember Tim Lovain’s “We Must Help Alexandria’s Uninsured with Healthcare Costs” brings to mind Lord Woodhouselee’s dictum, “Democracy will last ‘til the people realize they can vote themselves benefits from the public treasury.”

Alexandria Letter: Issues Not Attacks

Letter to the Editor

My wife and I were slow in deciding our votes in the upcoming presidential election.

Alexandria: Meet the Coaches

Longerbeam, Barger to talk about upcoming season.

As T.C. Williams’ head football coach, Jimmy Longerbeam is the new kid in town and will talk about the upcoming season at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club annual High School Football Coaches Night Sept. 20 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

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Alexandria: Last Minute Donation Saves Dog

Arrielle is one lucky puppy.

By all accounts, Arielle should be dead. The black-haired, big-eared German Shepherd suffered from dens aplasia, a condition in which the first vertebrae of the neck does not form properly and the instability creates damage along the spinal cord.

Alexandria Snapshot: Grand Opening

Mayor Allison Silberberg joints the Sifakis family for the grand opening of The Italian Place at 621 Wythe St. The market, owned by Adrianna Penachio Sifakis, opened in North Old Town on Sept. 8. The Italian Place is a gourmet Italian market serving sub sandwiches, pastas, Italian wines, gift baskets and other Italian themed foods and gifts.

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Alexandria People At Work: Listening to Her Patrons

Talking Books librarian provides concierge-style service.

The green caterpillar inches along a tree branch toward a juicy looking leaf.

Thursday, September 15

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Mount Vernon: Heroes Run at Sandburg

Community members came out for a five-kilometer run-walk on a much sunnier day than the first year of the Alexandria 9/11 Heroes Run at Sandburg Middle School in the Fort Hunt area of Alexandria.

Welcoming Fall at Burke Centre Festival

Temperature dips between massive two-day event.

With more than just a few degrees Fahrenheit separating Sept. 10 and 11, the two days of the annual Burke Centre Festival, the massive community event once again signaled the end of summer and beginning of fall in more ways than one.

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Mount Vernon, Springfield: School Performance, Meals Tax Discussed with Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber

Three FCPS board members speak to business leaders.

“I learned about empathy and coding,” was the response from one young Fairfax County Public Schools student who participated in this summer’s Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics lab program.

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Clifton: Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program to hold tenth Polo Classic fundraiser

Once a week for the last seven years, César Dulanto of Lake Ridge, Va. has come to Clifton to trade his wheelchair for a saddle. Dulanto, 13, has been been wheelchair-bound since the age of two with cerebral palsy. He used to have difficulty just sitting up in a chair. And, he said, “I used to be so shy.”

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Amazon ‘Lockers’ Come to Springfield Town Center

Springfield Town Center is one of 15 mall locations across the east coast now offering Amazon’s “Locker” service as a quicker alternative to home delivery of items.

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Alexandria: 37 Years Later, Chief Cook Retires

Chief of Police Cook reflects on his service to his city.

For as long as he can remember, Chief of Police Earl Cook wanted to be a police officer. At the end of September, Cook will retire and go back to being a civilian for the first time in 37 years.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Constitution Week

Mayor Allison Silberberg celebrated Constitution Week on Monday, Sept. 12, with students from Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, Samuel W. Tucker, Mt. Vernon Community School and Jefferson-Houston.

Council Notebook

While the City Council officially received the report from the Ad Hoc Committee on Confederate Street names at the Sept. 13 City Council meeting, the unanimous decision of the council was to save discussion for Saturday, Sept. 17 public hearing.

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2007 West Springfield Grad Competed in Olympic Rowing

As a freshman at West Springfield High School, Matt Miller passed the eye test for the rowing team.

Alexandria Police Body Camera Timeline Slips

More police officers is budget priority.

Police in Arlington started wearing body cameras on Aug. 29, and in June the Fairfax County Board voted to approve an 18-month research period for concerns about privacy with regards to body cameras. In D.C. police have been using body cameras for a year. But while Alexandria’s neighbors move forward with body camera usage and related policies, the city has pushed the body camera pilot program back until the fiscal year 2018-19.

Alexandria Column: The Need To Plan

Commentary – Senior Services of Alexandria

“I’ll get around to it.” Nearly everyone says it, and with good intentions at that. Planning for the future can be tedious or even unpleasant to some but it is a key, first step towards taking control of your destiny. What legal and financial considerations should I address? What documents do I need? Why is this important, and what happens if I do nothing?

Alexandria Column: A Fashionable Fall

What’s on trend this season.

The change in seasons is quickly approaching. School doors are opening and all the swimming pools will soon be drained.

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Alexandria Column: There, Their, and They’re

A Mentoring Story

Wright to Read provides volunteer-based one-on-one sustained literacy tutoring and mentoring relationships to City of Alexandria elementary school children in need, and collaborates with families, schools and community partners to create a support network that guides each child to success.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon: Golf Classic Benefits Veterans

Belle Haven tournament raises funds.

The third annual Patriots Day Golf Classic was held Sept. 9 at Belle Haven Country Club, raising funds for local veterans organizations in remembrance of those who perished in the 9-11 terrorist attacks as well as to honor those serving their country and working as first responders and emergency rescue personnel.

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Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Award Scholarships

Eight local young women are getting some much appreciated assistance toward achieving their educational goals, thanks to the efforts of the Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund, Inc. “Actually, it’s more than just a boost for their educational endeavours,” said Ricki Harvey, past president of the fund, who now serves as the Publicity Director for GFFNSF.

Great Falls: Winning Silver in South Africa

Omeed Mossadeghi of Great Falls, a Langley High student, comes home with Silver in World Championship.

Omeed Mossadeghi of Great Falls, a Langley High student, Mossadeghi, has recently returned from third Annual International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) Tournament in Cape Town, South Africa 2016.

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Great Falls Remembers 9-11

9-11 Memorial Ceremony held at Great Falls Freedom Memorial.

On the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the annual 9-11 Memorial Ceremony was held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial behind the Great Falls Library on Georgetown Pike on Sunday, Sept. 11.

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McLean: Tough Ethical Choices

1st Stage brings “Lobby Hero” to full life.

Convincing performances including a torrent of words award audiences with a shifting tale of humor, subtlety and rough edges in 1st Stage’s top-notch take on “Lobby Hero,” a rarely performed play by Kenneth Lonergan. It is a complicated, brash world that Longeran created; a world of people living on quicksand, where false moves are easy to make, especially when not well thought through.

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McLean: Groundbreaking Held for Lewinsville Community Campus

When completed, the Lewinsville Center Campus will include 82 affordable independent living residences.

County and State local officials, County staff and developer representatives broke ground on Sept. 8 for the Lewinsville Community Campus, located at 1609 Great Falls Street in McLean.

McLean Teen Wins Reston Triathlon

Claire Wolff, 17, of McLean, won last Sunday’s Reston Triathlon - in her first appearance -- with a time of 2:25:28.

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Vienna Holds Sept. 11 Ceremony

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, the Town of Vienna held A Day to Remember -- Patriot Day Community Commemoration on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Freeman House Lawn on Church Street in Vienna.

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Vienna Arts Society Paints the Town

In an art show that featured 69 pieces in acrylics, oils, water colors, photography and mixed media, the Vienna Arts Society held its "Paint the Town" reception on Saturday, Sept. 10 on Pleasant Street in Vienna.

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Fairfax County: Supervisors to Vote on Independent Auditor Office

Board item reviewed by public safety committee

At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will vote on the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission to create an office of independent police auditor.

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Fairfax County School Board Postpones Decision on New Sponsorship Policy

Fairfax County Public Schools are far from becoming a David Foster Wallace novel.

Fairfax Namesake School District in California Celebrated

While there can only be one Fairfax County Public Schools system, members of the FCPS board and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors congratulated the namesake Fairfax School District in Bakersfield, Calif. on its 125th anniversary.

Wednesday, September 14

Suicide Prevention: Everyone’s Business

Letter to the Editor

On behalf of the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia (SPAN), I thank you for the Connection’s compassionate and informative editorial printed in observance of Suicide Prevention Week, titled Take One Action to Prevent Suicide.

What’s Permissible When Planning a Home Renovation?

Complete due diligence upfront to research any ordinances or restrictions that may affect the project.

Unfortunately, homeowners and contractors often forget important steps during this project feasibility phase, which sometimes leads to wasted time and money or abandoned projects. To ensure you sidestep those mistakes, start with this checklist to look into to help minimize setbacks while planning and executing your next renovation.

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Vienna Sunroom Brings Light, Awards

Family entertainment suite, larger breakfast area, private second level decking among stand-out custom features

To Sanjay and Deepika Sardana, who have occupied a Colonial style-home in Vienna for 14 years, the great achievement of their new sunroom addition is how well it meets their requirements regarding views, available light and interior design.

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Comfort Zone

Local furniture maker combines style and comfort

John W. Smith treks through a maze of sleek chairs and stately sofas in a large, sunlit showroom tucked in an industrial warehouse center in Fairfax. He pauses at a dining chair, upholstered in beige linen and framed with espresso hardwood.

McLean Letter: Why Comstock?

Letter to the Editor

The one note campaign of LuAnn Bennett, heard all around the town of McLean and the 10th congressional district seems to be that - she doesn’t like Donald Trump.

McLean Letter: Vote ‘Yes’ on Meals Tax

Letter to the Editor

I am writing to encourage a “Yes” vote on the Fairfax County Meals Tax.

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Food Trucks Come to Tysons

Another sign that this business area takes on an urban feel.

Thanks to a Fairfax County ordinance in Tysons Corner, areas known to the food truck world as “food deserts,” are getting relief, not in the form of rain like happens in the desert world, but in the form of a new lunch option in certain Tysons Corner zones where food trucks were previously banned.

Classified Advertising September 14, 2016

Read the latest ads here!

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Snapshot: Always Remember

Each year on Sept. 11, the front lawn of West Centreville Fire Station 38 is adorned with multitudes of small, American flags.

Brief: Authority Seeks Ideas on Center

The Fairfax County Park Authority is holding a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15, in an effort to find partners interested in shaping a vision for a Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center.

Centreville Letter: Shared Stories of Sacrifice

Letter to the Editor

On Sept. 12, Muslims around the world celebrated Eid-ul-Adha, the Islamic holiday which commemorates the spirit of sacrifice of Prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael.

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Snapshot: Together

Union Mill Elementary School fourth grade teacher Melissa Kees receives support from her teammates as they don wigs to show their support in her battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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Chantilly: Fast-Food Restaurant Proposed

Chantilly Place Shopping Center needs county’s OK for drive-through window.

A new, fast-food restaurant is planned for the Chantilly Place Shopping Center on Willard Road, east of Route 28. It just needs Fairfax County’s approval for a drive-through use associated with it.

Potomac Letter: Appreciates Guide’s Cover

Letter to the Editor

I was very happy to see this year's Newcomers & Community Guide's cover photo of the trail riders and their beautiful mounts on the C & O Canal towpath.

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Potomac Letter: Praising ‘Above and Beyond’ Service

Letter to the Editor

My son, Stephen and his beautiful fiancée, Elinor, became husband and wife on a hot, gorgeous, unforgettable July day in Potomac.

Potomac: A Gatsby Weekend

From jazz to storytelling.

Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and the glorious, decadent Roaring Twenties described in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” will come alive on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Potomac Library. The event, beginning at 4 p.m. will include jazz music from the Gatsby era, storytelling, readings from the book and a viewing of the movie.

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Potomac: Dogs Rule — the Pool

The dog days of summer hopefully ended last week with hot steamy days touching the 100 degree mark.

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Potomac: Making Biking Easier in the Park

Since its launch in the Spring of 2013, the C&O Canal Bike Loaner Program, located at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center in Potomac, has loaned upwards of 15,000 bicycles at no cost to visitors.

Arlington: Responding to Hepatitis A Outbreak

Exposures have ended, but symptoms may still manifest.

Anyone who dined at a Tropical Smoothie Cafe around Aug. 9 may still be at risk for Hepatitis A. According to the Virginia Department of Health, a Hepatitis A outbreak has been traced to imported strawberries served at Tropical Smoothie Cafes. As of Sept. 2, there have been 37 cases in Northern Virginia, but experts say that number could still rise.

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McLean, Great Falls: Area Teens Finding their Cause

Celebrate St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this weekend at the French Embassy.

In true red-carpet-event style, Parker Gioia, a high school junior from McLean’s Potomac School, will be interviewing guests as they enter Saturday’s Parent/Teen Golden Gala to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Arlington: Senior Olympics Opens with a Splash

The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) opened Sept. 10 with an afternoon splash at Yorktown Aquatic Center.

Car Show Benefits Honor Flight Network

For the past five years, antique car owners show up for the Knights of Columbus car show.

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Arlington: A Case of History Passing

Lustron: The forgotten experiment.

A special sadness arises when noticing a family consists only of aging members without child or grandchild or niece or nephew, their string of genealogy reaching its end. Some people, often called “preservationists,” suffer the same sense of sadness seeing a special structure threatened. Very soon, the few remaining Lustron houses in Northern Virginia will suffer losses. They, too, are approaching their end.

Arlington Thrive Offers Fun to Raise Funds

Barbecue needs locals to attend fall fundraiser.

Denise Hlavaty had gone to school or worked her entire adult life. She worked for 9 years at a social services job in Minnesota. She moved to Arlington after her boyfriend was killed serving in the U.S. military in Iraq: she had to grieve, and it would be easier to visit his grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Policing with Compassion

Building trust between residents and police.

Most residents aren’t even aware that Fairfax County has a Communities of Trust (COT) Committee. But it held a Town Hall Meeting last Saturday, Sept. 10, at Centreville Baptist Church with the theme, “Communities Working Together: Justice, Unity and Peace.”

Friday, September 9

Lorton 17-year-old Dies after Sep. 7 Shooting

Maurice Anderson Berger, 17, of Lorton was found suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body on the sidewalk on the 9700 block of Hagel Circle the night of Sep. 7.

Reston Association Struggles

Independent Progressive

Although I don’t pay as much attention to the daily intrigues and workings of our Reston Association as I used to back when I was on their Board, there are times when RA actions spark my interest or concern. Recent tensions on the Board got my attention. A trend toward secrecy in decision-making and a weak ethics regimen are a greater cause for concern.

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Reston: Jazzin’ It Up at Lake Anne

10th Annual Lake Anne Jazz Festival hits all the right notes.

After a full Jazz Week at Reston’s Lake Anne Plaza that featured live music in several of the local restaurants, merchant activities and even special film showings like “Lady Sings the Blues,” the 10th annual event finished off on Saturday, Sept. 3, with a Jazz Festival with an impressive lineup of talent on the outdoor stage.

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Herndon Artist Displays Art In Town And D.C. Embassy

Using art to share ideas of hope and eternity.

Herndon resident Vida Khadem is an artist, painter, writer, filmmaker and believer in the power of art. Born in Afghanistan, she and her family left for the United States where she was raised in Virginia. Khadem resides in the Town of Herndon, not far from Herndon Middle School. On her online biography, Khadem says she has been painting since age four. "This is what moved me, I love the arts," said Khadem.

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Herndon Celebrates

Herndon Labor Day Festival: Great weather, great event.

The sponsors, vendors, performers and the army of volunteers who produced the 2016 Herndon Labor Day Festival no doubt worked up a sweat during the 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. event, but for the festival goers it wasn’t hard work to have a lot of fun.

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Herndon: Building a Family for 25 Years

Herndon Children’s Center celebrates 25th anniversary.

The Herndon Children’s Center (HCC), caring for and educating area kids from 3 months to pre-school, has been “building a family” for 25 years in the same location off of Spring St. in Herndon.

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Alexandria: ‘We Will Never Forget’

City to mark 15th anniversary of 9-11 attacks.

It was an unimaginable act of terrorism that took the lives of 13 Alexandria residents on Sept. 11, 2001. On Saturday, Sept. 10, the City of Alexandria will hold a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of what remains the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.

Thursday, September 8

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Mount Vernon: New MVHS principal brings new mission and vision.

It might surprise some people, Mount Vernon High School Principal Dr. Anthony Terrell said, but 90 percent of students at his school — with a 54 percent poverty rate — are consistently on time to class.

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Burke: Students return, principals stress inter-student encouragement.

South County High School senior Dominique Butler remembers skipping class as a freshman. But when she saw how it was affecting her chances at going to college, she turned things around. When she saw freshmen from her neighborhood on the first day of school, she made sure they wouldn’t make the same mistakes she did.

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Springfield: Students return, principals stress inter-student encouragement

South County High School senior Dominique Butler remembers skipping class as a freshman. But when she saw how it was affecting her chances at going to college, she turned things around. When she saw freshmen from her neighborhood on the first day of school, she made sure they wouldn’t make the same mistakes she did.

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Fairfax Station, Lorton: Students return, principals stress inter-student encouragement

South County High School senior Dominique Butler remembers skipping class as a freshman. But when she saw how it was affecting her chances at going to college, she turned things around. When she saw freshmen from her neighborhood on the first day of school, she made sure they wouldn’t make the same mistakes she did.

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Fairfax: Dead Man’s, Deputy’s Name Released in Inova Shooting

Police, sheriff investigations continue.

Jovany Martinez is the 29-year-old Hispanic man who died after being shot by a Fairfax County Sheriff’s deputy Monday night Aug. 15 outside Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Wednesday, September 7

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: West Potomac’s Tag Day This Saturday

Two hundred performing arts students — from band, chorus, guitar, orchestra and theater from West Potomac High School — will be knocking on doors for their annual Tag Day.

Mount Vernon Letter: An Immigrant’s Story

Letter to the Editor

July 4, 1962: I left the Philippines and arrived in Rochester, Minn. all on the same date, even though 24 hours have passed because of the different time zones. I was 23 years old, a registered nurse, college graduate and two years of work experience.

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Mount Vernon: SFDC Hosts Session On Government Contracting

Anna Urman, a consulting advisor to small businesses, discussed "Government Contracting for Small Business" at the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation’s (SFDC) Business Roundtable Session on Sept. 1 at the Holiday Inn Express on Richmond Highway.

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Mount Vernon: Church Holds 8th Annual Back-to-School Festival

Harvest Assembly Baptist Church encourages school success.

Hundreds of children participated in Harvest Assembly Baptist Church’s 8th annual Back to School Festival on Sept. 3.

Mount Vernon Column: Virginia Faces Another Shortfall


Last month, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that state revenues were lower than assumed in our state budget passed earlier in the year. This creates a series of difficult choices.

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La Bienvenida a Alexandria

McAuliffe visits Alexandria’s International Academy on first day of school.

The students arrived at T.C. Williams High School by school bus or by car. Gov.r Terry McAuliffe arrived via helicopter parked on the lawn.

Alexandria: Police Investigate Rape over Labor Day Weekend

According to Alexandria Police, a 24-year-old woman said she was raped by a man with a gun at the pool she worked at in the 200 block of South Pickett Street. The incident happened on Sept. 3 and was reported to police around 2 p.m. The woman is a lifeguard at the pool. No other people were present during the incident.

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Alexandria: New Chapter for Port City Brewing Company

The mayor, the governor, and the CEO of a brewing company walk into a bar …

Port City Brewing Company, an Alexandria-based brewery, is making a major step to increase its manufacturing capacity with the help of state and city funds.

Alexandria: Responding to Hepatitis Outbreak

Exposures have ended, but symptoms may still manifest.

Anyone who dined at Tropical Smoothie Cafe around Aug. 9 may still be at risk for Hepatitis A. According to the Virginia Department of Health, a Hepatitis A outbreak has been traced to imported strawberries served at Tropical Smoothie Cafe. As of Sept. 2, there have been 37 cases in Northern Virginia, but experts say that number could still rise.

Alexandria: Arrest Amplifies Questions about City’s Noise Ordinances

Old Town opera singer arrested.

Busking is the act of performing in public, typically singing or playing music, in exchange for a gratuity. Anyone visiting Old Town Alexandria late at night has likely seen buskers along King Street, whether they’re playing folk songs on guitar or hymnals on a glass harp. While buskers are a staple of Old Town for many, Alexandria has a history of struggling with their presence in the developing city.

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Alexandria Snapshot: New Deputies Sworn In

Clerk of the Circuit Court Edward Semonian administered the oath of office on Monday, Aug. 29, to the Alexandria Sheriff's Office’s new recruits in a courtroom ceremony.

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Alexandria People at Work: Gonzalez Creates Art as a Team

"O.K. everyone, out on the field." Arms grab trumpets, clarinets, with a shoulder harness for the drum. Band members head out the door, down the steps and onto the end of the football field at T. C. Williams High School on a hot first school day of the year.

Alexandria: Faces of Hunger

Stories from a church’s “pop-up” grocery.

Third in a series on childhood hunger in Alexandria.

Alexandria Letter: Forgotten Pedestrians

Letter to the Editor

Just recently, the Redfin Corporation ranked Arlington as the third in a list of the 10 most walkable communities in the country.

Alexandria Letter: Must Our Elections Be This Way?

Letter to the Editor

Well this is another election year and it seems like it never fails to be everywhere. In print, on the screen and airwaves, both in the USA and other places, but even now it is worse with the internet. Being so difficult to avoid makes it sickening.

Alexandria Letter: Democrats’ Focus

Letter to the Editor

Local politicians have been given their talking points in the presidential contest, but none more risible than Vice President Biden’s former economic advisor who parrots the liberal line about Democrats’ economic policies helping the poor and middle class.

Alexandria Letter: Unusual Enforcement?

Letter to the Editor

Krista Monique Clouse, a talented and award-winning opera singer, has been singing on the streets of Old Town Alexandria for the past six years.

Alexandria Column: Help for Alexandria’s Uninsured


There is a widespread misimpression that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) basically guaranteed health insurance for all Americans. Sadly, that is not the case, especially here in Virginia.

Alexandria Column: Changing Lives, One Mentor at a Time

Commentary – Changing Lives, One Mentor at a Time

This week, students across Alexandria – and across our country – are “back to school,” a phrase which undoubtedly conjures up a wide range of emotions, images, and memories. Think: first day jitters, school lunches, and homework. For me, though, “back to school” invokes the image a unique type of person: a mentor.

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Alexandria Column: Providing Affordable Housing

Making a difference to 44 Alexandrians.

"I'm sorry. We have nothing available right now." I hear this end of a phone conversation from our property manager, Erika Orozco, several times a day. When other staff members answer the phone they often find themselves listening to a caller plead with them to find an apartment. Sometimes the caller is single, and sometimes they are part of a family of six or more. Always, the desperation in their voice is unmistakable.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon: Revolutionary New Race

Join in George Washington Patriot Run this Sunday.

Thanks to Lockheed Martin’s sponsorship, runners will have the opportunity to participate in the first-ever USA Track & Field-certified road race to enter the historic property at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Column: Who Are Our Patriots?


For many months, a group of Alexandria citizens have been working with officials at Mount Vernon Estate to create a run that celebrates patriotism at the George Washington Patriot Run (10/5k).

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Leibig: Crime Novelist and Legal Defender

Christopher Leibig is well versed in the business of law. He is listed as one of the top 20 criminal attorneys in the country and practices his profession in Alexandria and other jurisdictions hereabout.

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Alexandria: Neighborhood Health Receives $10,000

Dan Haskins and Richard Merritt, co-chairs of the Alliance for Alexandria's Uninsured, presented a check for $10,000.

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Great Falls: Finding His Comfort Zone

Steven Kurtz, 14, of Great Falls becomes an accomplished baker.

very so often a youngster finds his passion in life, long before adulthood captures his time and energy. That is the case with 14-year-old Steven Kurtz, who has garnered a reputation as an accomplished baker in the Great Falls community.

Great Falls: Saying Goodbye to Agent

The Cheshire family of Great Falls trains assistance dog to help a Norfolk woman.

Canine Companions for Independence – a national non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities – has announced that Norfolk resident Patricia Coale has recently received an assistance dog from Canine Companions for Independence.

Snapshot: Robert Gilbert Exhibits at Great Falls Library

Robert Gilbert, a long time member of the Great Falls Studios, is exhibiting at the Great Falls Library throughout the month of September. This solo exhibit features 30 oil paintings - four of Washington, D.C., 16 of New York and the rest are still life. “I think this is my best solo exhibit and I’ve had many,” the artist said. This picture is titled ‘Capitol in the Fall.’

Great Falls Player Joins Soccer Academy

Adrien Cushing, 15, of Great Falls -- who attended Forestville ES, Cooper MS, and is 10th grader at Langley HS -- started playing recreational soccer for Great Falls and then travel soccer for them.

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Great Falls Teen Wins Track Championship

Thirteen-year-old Daniel Silvestri achieves track championship in the Bandolero Series.

Thirteen-year-old Daniel Silvestri from Great Falls won Southside Speedway’s track championship in the Bandolero series.

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Great Falls Writers Group Adds Evening Meetings

Daytime meetings will also continue.

“It’s time to write.”

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McLean: Alden’s New Season Opens With Martha Graham Dance Company

True to its moniker, “small stage, big talent,” McLean’s Alden Theatre new 2016-2017 professional performances season takes off with the world renowned Martha Graham Dance Company.

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Harvest Happenings Return to McLean Community Center

Harvest Happenings, McLean Community Center’s annual fall festival for children ages 3-8, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 24. General admission is $5 at the door; however, infants to 36-month-old children can attend for free. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

McLean Letter: Experience That Matters

Letter to the Editor

We are fortunate in our Congressional District to have a Congresswoman who comes from a family of educators and knows our pre-K, K-12 and university system very well.

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McLean High Hosts Celebrate McLean

Community festival includes food trucks, fair games.

On the cloudy afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 1, McLean High School’s football field and an adjacent parking lot filled with food trucks and tables, some offering concessions and others information about school activities.

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The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Publication Shows Philanthropy is ‘Good Business’

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has released its fourth issue of GOOD BUSINESS, a bi-annual publication that features stories of local businesses, big and small, that play a key role in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism.

‘Concert Across America to End Gun Violence’ at Tysons Biergarten

A coalition of gun violence prevention organizations in the DC/ Northern Virginia area have announced participation in the national “Concert Across America to End Gun Violence” on Sunday, Sept. 25.

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Celebrating Women's Equality

Architect unveils the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial design at Occoquan Regional Park.

To celebrate the 96th anniversary of Women's Equality Day on Friday, Aug. 26, which recognizes the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote, the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area held a Women's Equality Day Lecture at Gunston Hall in Lorton.

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Suicide Loss ‘Club’


When I was 15 years old, I received my first “membership card” to suicide loss. I got the platinum membership card because not only was my loss to suicide, but it was also a parent.

Tuesday, September 6

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Centreville/Chantilly: Targeting Deer

The Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program begins on Saturday, Sept. 10 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Overseen by the Fairfax County Police Department and in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority and NOVA Parks, the archery program is conducted in parks and other locations throughout Fairfax County.

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Chantilly: Cycling 192 Miles for Cancer Research

To honor a friend who died last fall.

Over the weekend of Aug. 6-7, Chantilly resident Paul Meng cycled 192 miles across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as part of the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), to benefit cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

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Potomac: Highlighting Changes Inside Local Schools

From 20th anniversary of Chinese Immersion to enrichment programs.

Potomac schools, rated among the best in Montgomery County and in the United States, have welcomed students back for another challenging year of education.

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Potomac: Joining in Fight Against Childhood Obesity

My Gym and Zumba offer “Free Family and Fit Party.”

One in three American children and teens is overweight or obese, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Potomac: Affecting Aging-in-Place Policies

Potomac Community Village to host national expert.

The power of making an individual’s voice heard will be brought home to Potomac Community Village members and guests by Louis Tenenbaum, a national expert on Aging in Place issues, in a presentation entitled, "A Grass Roots Role in Aging In Place Policy," Sept. 22 at Potomac's Bolger Center.

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Potomac Snapshot: Its 96th Season

The carousel at Glen Echo Park was installed in 1921. From 1983 through 2003, the carousel was fully restored. The carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Potomac Brief: Police Investigate Fatal Collision

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal collision involving a pedestrian that occurred on Aug. 31.

Potomac Brief: Canal Trust Names Honorees

The C&O Canal Trust announced the honorees who will be recognized for their service to the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP) during the Sixth Annual Park After Dark fundraiser on Saturday, Sep. 17.

Potomac: Offering Naturopathic Medicine

Long-time Potomac resident to open area office.

In an age where Americans are increasingly aware of chemicals in their food and toxins in the air, naturopathic medicine has become a health route that many people are willing to explore. Naturopathic medicine, according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), “offers safe, effective natural therapies as a vital part of the health-care systems of North America in the 21st century.”

Arlington: Kol Ami to Install Rabbi

Kol Ami will install Rabbi Gilah Langner as its rabbi at a special gathering on Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA) at 4444 Arlington Boulevard, where Kol Ami meets.

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Arlington Snapshot: Early Start

The Washington-Lee Generals Junior Varsity field hockey team played Annandale the week before school started in their third game of the season. They defeated Annandale 4-0 with two goals by Nicole Charles and one each by Sarah Superata and Seneca Randolph.

Arlington: Police Begin Body Camera Pilot Program

Testing camera models, assessing issues, determining costs.

Arlington has become one of the first jurisdictions in Northern Virginia to put cameras on patrol officers.

Friday, September 2

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Shopping With the Sheriff

Children shop with the Sheriff in preparation for return to school.

The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department teamed up with 39 children during the Shop with the Sheriff event on Thursday, Aug. 25. The school-aged children are currently residing in emergency shelters around the county which makes the culmination of the event, back-to-school clothes shopping at the Target in Burke, specially helpful for the children and their families.

Thursday, September 1

Burke, Fairfax: Honored for Excellence in Teaching Math and Science

Kelle Lyn Scott, who taught math at Robinson Secondary School for the past seven years, is one of 213 teachers nationwide to be recognized with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Blood Donations Needed

During National Preparedness Month in September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a readily available blood supply for emergencies.

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DMV Expands Range of Services

TSA Pre✓® and Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) available at DMV’s Tysons Corner office.

Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) joined Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb and Virginia legislators at a ribbon cutting for a groundbreaking customer service initiative.

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TJHSST and NOVA Pediatrics: A Partnership in Art

NOVA Pediatrics and Young Adult Medicine has recently celebrated its 55th Anniversary and teamed up with Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) to support arts in education to commemorate the milestone. NOVA Pediatrics invited art students from the school to create a mural for their recently repainted Springfield office.

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Fairfax: Captivating Story-telling with Audience Direction

Better Said Than Done presents ‘You Choose the Adventure’ in Fairfax.

Drawing upon their own real life adventures, snags and snares, storytellers from Northern Virginia’s Better Said Than Done enthralled an audience at a recent Saturday evening at Fairfax’s Auld Shebeen. With adroit storytelling based upon unexpected real events, seven skilled storytellers enchanted patrons with theatrical accounts full of charm and wonder. The evening was called “You Choose the Adventure.”

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‘ReelAbilities’ Film Festival Arriving

Extraordinary stories of people differently abled.

A unique film festival dedicated to representing the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with disabilities is opening soon in Northern Virginia. It is the annual “ReelAbilities.” National in scope, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV is) partnering with local Northern Virginia organizations to produce the week-long event.

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Popular Car Show Comes to Fairfax

Will be held on Labor Day on University Drive.

Labor Day in the City of Fairfax will be anything but ordinary. That’s because, for the first time ever, the hugely popular Clifton Lions Club Labor Day Car Show has moved to the City.

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Springfield BridgeWalk Highlights Community Spirit

Neighbors, Military come together in an annual event that’s ‘getting better every year.’

As the group of Springfield residents, Fort Belvoir troops, cheerleaders and dogs on leashes crested the rise on the Springfield Veteran’s Bridge, the annual BridgeWalk event was all about community, just as it has for the 15 years the walk has taken place.