Saturday, January 30
Why am I always the one who has to write letters like this challenging the latest liberal legislative twist?
It’s a cold Monday morning Jan. 25, but Frank and Nancy Camm are on their lunch excursion to pick up their favorite pizza at Mia’s on King Street during Alexandria’s Restaurant Week.
Citizens of Alexandria, the Inova Hospital has decided to pull up stakes and move the hospital to the Landmark area of Alexandria to build a twin tower state of the art hospital of 230 beds, complete with a trauma center, a medical office building as well as 2,500 residential units including some retail.
Picture this: You’re sitting comfortably on the couch, working on your laptop computer from home, as five tiny kittens purr and cuddle on your lap, vying for your attention.
A Fairfax County Public Schools teacher is in custody, arrested for sexually assaulting a student more than twenty years ago.
Housing security is a critical element of my work in the Mount Vernon District.
Having received our first Moderna COVID 19 vaccination on Jan. 14 as part of the "over 75" Phase1 group and just three days after we submitted our application, Valerie and I were extremely impressed with the professionalism of the process coupled with the personal and friendly attitude of the Fairfax County Department of Health Staff who are administering the vaccinations.
Nonprofits adapt during pandemic with virtual events and services, PPP loans, and ingenuity.
In the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, nonprofits have provided a lifeline to Alexandrians across the city.
Coalition for Smarter Grown shares Council of Government’s report highlights on walkable, transit-oriented places like Alexandria and Arlington.
Biking and Walking: “Among the key findings of the survey has been the growth in biking and walking in the core jurisdictions of DC, Arlington, and Alexandria. It has also indicated that activity centers with a focused mix of jobs and housing also have higher rates of walking and biking,” said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), health care professionals, and Virginia’s Medical Reserve Corps continue to work overtime to care for those afflicted with COVID-19.
Friday, January 29
Funeral home scion dies at 89
The Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home is one of the oldest businesses in Alexandria, dating back to 1849, when Benjamin Wheatley opened for business on the waterfront.
Family-friendly in-person and virtual events including drive-thru parade and decoration contest
No need to make a trip to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras this year.
Fairfax High School presents ‘Good Afternoon, Angel.’
Living life virtually has been hard to grasp, as has been adapting to the struggles of quarantine.
Foundation Coffee Roasters finds success.
Foundation Coffee Roasters may not be the easiest place to find, but customers say it’s definitely worth the effort.
Centreville Presbyterian Church raises rent-relief funds for WFCM.
It’s tough being poor – and it’s even worse if you’re cold and homeless.
Arlington trash cans this week were decorated with “Recycling Made Simple” pamphlets outlining the four categories of materials that are acceptable in the blue recycling bin.
On Saturday, the County Board received a lengthy and detailed update on Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Arlington.
Thursday, January 28
Gang Task Force use of DataWalk under scrutiny
On Oct. 2, 2018, Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force selected DataWalk as their analytical platform to support its fight against gangs according to a headline on BUSINESS WIRE.
Yup, Brisket is one smart pup.
It was the last day of 2020 and he was hungry.
Alexandria senator leads effort to legalize marijuana in Virginia.
The so-called "war on drugs" was a failure, locking up generations of Black men and tearing Black families apart. Now lawmakers in Richmond are finally coming around to realizing the damage that the prohibition against marijuana caused in minority communities. Last year members of the General Assembly approved legislation decriminalizing marijuana. This year, they may be on the verge of legalizing recreational use of marijuana — ending the failed war on drugs and adopting new equity measures to address some of the damage it caused.
When Maryland opened eligibility for Covid-19 vaccine to those in Category 1B, Montgomery County did not.
Registration already full for public hearing on School Resource Officers program Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Let’s repeat the known facts: Black and Hispanic students are suspended twice as often as their white peers in elementary, middle and high schools.
’Mayor of Potomac’ dead of complications of Covid-19
Eleanor (Elie) McConihe Cain, known to many long-time residents as the mayor of Potomac, died on Tuesday, Jan. 19 of complications relating to Covid-19.
Wednesday, January 27
Project fights stream erosion and regulates pollution in area waterways.
Optimism flows despite the dark cloud of covid.
WSHS Grad Party Fundraiser
Or to quote my high school baseball coach: "Reorientated."
Joy, tears and hope about this historic moment in history
Wearing their sorority’s signature strand of pearls and clothing in shades of pink and green, Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority members Martha Coleman and Shirley Dickerson Taylor were filled with awe and jubilation as they watched their sorority sister and fellow Historically Black College and University (HBCU) alum Kamala Harris, sworn in as Vice President of the United States.
Activists: Residents can be entered into GangNet merely for living in neighborhoods where gang activity takes place.
With no recourse for review, a nebulous definition of gang membership led an activist, an immigration advocate, and a Virginia legislator to fight for change.
Thank you to hundreds who have supported us financially, and with warm words of encouragement
In 2009, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after a year-long journey of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, I have been fine.
Three new initiatives in the planning stages
During the early days of the pandemic, K Scarry set up Herndon Cares.org, of First Baptist Church of Herndon.
Fellowship Square’s seniors inoculated
Lake Anne Fellowship House residents Steve McAvoy, 71, and Jin Liu, 84, of Reston were among the first of seven hundred anxious older adults at one of the three senior affordable housing communities operated by Fellowship House in Reston and Woodbridge who were inoculated last week against COVID-19.
Tuesday, January 26
Reston real estate market comparison: 2020 to 2019 to 2010
The first year of the decade has been a year like none other, and the Reston real estate market annual review is no exception.
On the east side of Capitol Square near the Executive Mansion in Richmond is the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial featuring 16-year-old Barbara Johns who led the student walkout that resulted in a civil rights case before the Supreme Court as part of Brown v. Board of Education that found racially-segregated schools to be unconstitutional.
Kia Cole-Hines of Reston has been tapped as the new Executive Director of Friends of Reston (FOR), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization for Reston Association (RA).
Floyd Gaibler of Great Falls passed away on Jan. 21, 2021 after complications from heart surgery.
Virtuoso pianist, sought-after worldwide, finds a home at Great Falls United Methodist Church.
There were particular moments in Thomas Pandolfi's earliest days of his existence, he said, when hearing music, particularly piano music, whether it was part of an orchestra, choral music, or opera, set him on a course of "tremendous work."
Next public hearing on Jan. 28, School Board vote on Feb. 4
The Fairfax County School Board held a hybrid regular meeting on Jan. 21.
Tysons rental market grows with pandemic: Large apartments, pricing popular in suburban location
The Tysons Corner area has been recognized recently for their apartment availability, signaling another area where the rapidly growing suburb is becoming the place to live for the professionals in Northern Virginia.
Sunday, January 24
Salt season is upon us.
I wish to address concerns raised by a previous letter to the editor concerning inadequacies of Progressive Prosecutors due to their lack of experiencing previous decades where crime was higher.
Atlantis Family Restaurant closing after 38 years
Long before celebrity chefs invaded the local culinary scene, there were Bill and Jim Patrianakos, who opened an unassuming restaurant in 1983 in an effort to provide quality food at reasonable prices.
Saturday, January 23
If you use relevant soils data to calculate phosphorus savings from the City’s planned $10 million “restorations” of Taylor Run, Strawberry Run, and Lucky Run, rather than using the strange assumptions that the City does, these projects would achieve less than a fourth of the environmental benefit that the City claims.
It's a solid 16 miles to the Capitol up the parkway, and we all know how long that drive can take with rush hour traffic.
Why not recognize our teachers and rename the Maury Elementary School for a former Alexandria Elementary Public School teacher who gained national prominence promoting public safety for all Americans?
In the aftermath of the controversial decision of the Alexandria School Board in late November to change the name of T.C. Williams High School, I think it is important to remember why the school was named after him.
Alexandria Sheriff’s Office spearheads 14th Street Bridge closing during inauguration.
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne led a contingent of local deputies from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office in handling the traffic closures at the 14th Street Bridge in support of security efforts for the Presidential Inauguration in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police.
Churches distribute food for MLK Day.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) joined volunteers at Shiloh Baptist Church in Old Town for a free food distribution as part of the annual MLK Day of Service Jan. 18.
Poll to Select New Names for T.C. and Maury Opens
The first poll to canvas opinion on a selection of potential new names for T.C. Williams High School and Matthew Maury Elementary School opens to the public today.
The Alexandria Police Department continues to investigate a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at approximately 2:30 p.m., in a parking lot in the 200 block of S. Van Dorn Street.
Friday, January 22
After last summer’s Alexandria Restaurant Week, you know the drill by now: Instead of simply offering dine-in deals, restaurants are offering up takeout or curbside options as well.
With the acute inadequacies in the City’s stormwater system coming sharply into focus in the last two years, it has become apparent that when the City introduced the Storm Water Use Fee in 2018 it cynically and quietly moved personnel costs from the general fund to this new income stream.
At 12:51 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, Virginia State Police responded to a crash on the southbound side of Interstate 495 near the 54.8 mile marker.
Del. Patrick Hope (D-47), who chairs the House Public Safety Committee, said after gun safety bills passed subcommittee today, that on Friday the full committee will be taking up legislation to continue to prevent gun violence.
Former Mount Vernon resident delves into storytelling, acting, radio and business.
They say a writer uses their own persona to create the characters in their books, and in “Summerlands,” Susan Butler Colwell injects some of her own traits for “Sera Parker,” the protagonist in this recently released book.
Ken Wood, Vice President of Home Instead Senior Care and long time Chamber member, passed away peacefully on Jan. 8, at the age of 43, in his home surrounded by his family.
County, contractor, and volunteer work efforts at several south county locations in the past week made small improvements to provide better experiences for park users.
City Council hears plans for 90 assisted-living units
Sunrise Senior Living is considering building a facility in the City of Fairfax, and the Fairfax City Council heard about the proposal during a pre-application discussion, last Monday, Jan. 5.
City of Fairfax Theatre Co. presents ‘Spellbound’
The City of Fairfax Theatre Co. (CFTC) is kicking off its 2021 season with a magical production called “Spellbound.”
His “Experience, dedication and hard work” paid off on patrol.
MPO Scott Bates has been named the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2020.
Arlington County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti said today that the County’s ability to inoculate those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is limited by the availability of vaccine supply.
Put away your jigsaw puzzles, turn off the TV and tune in to an Opera NOVA performance targeted to seniors which will launch on Jan 28.
A dog park on the roof?
Thursday, January 21
In Montgomery County, 1,190 deaths and 54,525 cases; 1,437 cases in Potomac 20854
Montgomery County residents 75 and over may now pre-register for an appointment to receive the Covid-19 vaccination when supplies allow.
Mark E. Klein, a Potomac doctor and author, will share the adventures of Franklin Rock from his book of the same name during a virtual talk Thursday, Jan. 21, sponsored by the Potomac Library.
The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) and its nonprofit partner MCPAW are collecting pet food for county residents who need help.
Smith will move to Maine to join his wife, helping care for young grandson who had heart surgery.
Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack R. Smith announced last week that he will retire effective June 1.
Consensus reached when Spectrum Retirement Communities revised plans for a 100-unit building at Behnke’s property on River Road
Instead of arguing, debating or even objecting, land use attorney David Brown told hearing examiners with the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, “I’ll be sitting back and listening.”
On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to delay the start of returning small groups of students for in-person instruction.
Wednesday, January 20
…don't exactly go together like milk and cookies.
Since 1970, blood donors have been recognized in the month of January during National Blood Donor Month.
IT and supply problems worry residents.
“I want to assure you that everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be,” said Jeffrey McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Sharing feelings, listening without judgement during current political turmoil
As communities cope with the shock of daunting images of the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol, the mental health toll on children and teens can be significant but go unnoticed, say local therapists.
Lawmakers consider bill to abolish capital punishment in Virginia
Virginia has executed people longer than any other state, a tradition that stretches back into colonial days when Captain George Kendall was executed for treason. Over the years, the commonwealth has executed more than 1,300 people. Now, Virginia may be about to join 22 other states that have abolished the death penalty.
The General Assembly of Virginia already is in its second week.
In cooperation with supporters, Reston Community Center (RCC) pivoted amidst the coronavirus pandemic to present, for the 36th year, the Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration.
Former Mount Vernon resident delves into storytelling, acting, radio and business.
Nonprofit recognizes community partners, volunteers
CORE Foundation in Reston, "Helping Others Be the Change for 15 Years," held its MASKerade and Community Hero Awards Saturday evening, Jan. 16.
Fairfax County officials advised people to stay home and quarantined for the ceremony.
50th Anniversary of the Song is Upon Us.
Stairway to Heaven turns 50
Like most people, I will not be attending any inaugural events this year because of the pandemic restrictions and threats of civil disturbances.
Food For Neighbors received more than 18,000 pounds of food during its Jan. 9 Red Bag Program food collection event.
State senators and legal counsel weigh in
Herndon Town Council hosted a Panel Discussion on Housing Tues., Jan. 5 to build proficiency and understanding in matters related to housing policy development.
Tuesday, January 19
Five dancers from the McGrath Morgan Academy of Irish Dance brought home first place trophies from the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) Southern Region Oireachtas, held in Orlando the first week of December.
It’s National Blood Donor Month! Several Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Departments are partnering with Inova Blood Donor Services to hold blood drives in their fire station parking lots.
After the pandemic forced Pet Valu to close in Alexandria this month, the employees looked elsewhere for a job, but the Pet Valu manager was hired by Loyal Companion pet supply store in Vienna.
Alexandria-based nonprofit recognizes a lifetime of service to children, birth parents, and adoptive families
The National Council for Adoption (NCFA) in Alexandria, a leading voice among national adoption and child welfare organizations, announced Dr. Wayne Winston Sharp, Ph.D. of McLean and his wife Linda Whitbeck Sharp the recipients of NCFA's The Ruby Lee Piester Adoption Award.
The McLean Community Center (MCC), an agency of Fairfax County Government, is seeking residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville to run for seats on its 11-member volunteer board.
GFCA submits documents to County's Environmental Quality Advisory Council 2021
Members of Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) believe development pressure and environmental concerns are no longer balanced, shifting away from recognizing the importance of environmental protection.
Saturday, January 16
Many of these Progressive Prosecutors for Justice are younger, several swept into office over more moderate Democrats, so may not recall how crime tripled in a decade in the late 60s and 70s.
Gov. Northam on hand as city enters Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was on hand as vaccinations began Jan. 12 for Alexandria City Public School employees with ACPS Superintendent Gregory Hutchings among the first to receive the initial dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Museum’s Moss Kendrix collection one of Top 10 Endangered Artifacts
Moss Kendrix was known as the father of Black Public Relations, a prominent figure who founded the Moss H. Kendrix Organization in Washington, D.C. in 1948 to promote diversity in advertising.
Alexandria’s State Sen. Adam Ebbin and Del. Mark Levine swore to uphold the US and Virginia Constitutions.
The chief executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia held a joint call to discuss planning for the 59th Presidential Inauguration.
Recently a burglary occurred in the Fort Hunt area, and the Fairfax County Police activated their Incident Alert System which delivered pre-recorded phone calls advising residents to lock their doors and shelter in place.
Simple changes add storage and light.
When the owners of a condominium in a high-rise building in Alexandria decided to give their master bathroom an update, they knew that the basic footprint of the space could not be altered.
The Other Alexandria’s column has covered many heartwarming articles during this most difficult year and the end of another decade.
Sometimes, the time is right even when it doesn’t seem like the time is right at all.
60+ restaurants to participate Jan. 22 – Feb. 7, 2021
For an extended two-week period, more than 60 restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia, will offer a $49 takeout, delivery or curbside pick-up dinner for two during Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go, Jan. 22 – Feb. 7, 2021.
“The U.S. needs to stop thinking of China as a source of cheap goods and realize that China in fact is a threat to our economy and to our values,” according to Clyde Prestowitz, a noted expert on Asia.
Those visiting Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton, can see progress toward completion of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.
Friday, January 15
Uncovering Civil War graffiti at Fairfax’s Historic Blenheim
At Fairfax City’s Historic Blenheim, technology is meeting history, and Mike Toth is the modern-day archaeologist making it happen.
Residents decry Fairfax County’s lack of action on Route 28 Bypass project.
Imagine your neighbor decided to build a second garage and use your side yard for its driveway.
The Fairfax County Park Authority has extended its free scavenger hunt, the Snowflake Trail, through Jan. 31.
You know you are 75 years old.
The Arlington County Democratic Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 6, approved a resolution commending Charlene Bickford, Chair of the Arlington County Electoral Board, who is retiring from the Board after 23 years of service with distinction.
Don’t Go To D.C. for the Inauguration
Arlington County is taking all necessary steps to ensure public safety in the run-up to the Jan. 20, 2021 Presidential Inauguration, County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti said today.
New design includes additional space for growing family
When the owners of a cozy and laid-back home in Arlington decided to enlarge their 1,600-square-foot abode to better accommodate their growing family, they sought help from architect Michael Winn.
"If the door opens and a dog is there I wasn’t expecting, I sometimes have to bark aggressively to let them know who’s boss."
In December, 2020, 78 Potomac homes sold between $4,200,000-$425,000.
Potomac Home Sales: December, 2020
A glimpse at County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan
County residents looking for when and where they can get COVID-19 vaccines can only wait and wonder.
Thursday, January 14
Three local groups have joined together to offer Zoom lecture and videos to residents during this time of quarantine and social distancing.
Large windows make the space bright and airy.
When the owners of a colonial, built in 1963 in Potomac, Md. decided to renovate their home, they wanted to make sure the traditional charm was maintained in an updated aesthetic that allows for streams of natural light.
Two contests open
Montgomery County and the C&O Canal Trust have each announced art contests, open to all, to promote ongoing programs.
The 60th anniversary of Falls Road Golf Course is coming up in 2021.
$11 billion project still faces many unanswered questions on environment, community impact and need.
Last Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, the State Highway Administration released names of three bidders to do preliminary work necessary before building $11-billion toll lanes.
Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Transit Services, would like to receive comments on Route 36.
Incurable but treatable non small cell lung cancer, stage IV for incurable but treatable papillary thyroid cancer stage IV.
The presentation of the FY 2022 Proposed Budget is the starting point of the budget process, which ends in May with the School Board’s adoption of the Approved Budget.
County General Assembly Delegation holds pre-2021 Session Public Hearing
The Fairfax County General Assembly Delegation held a Pre-2021 Session Public Hearing on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Assistant GM to preview upcoming season
Mark Scialabba, Assistant General Manager, Player Development for the Washington Nationals, will be the featured speaker during a webinar presentation for the Jan. 20 Alexandria Sportsman’s Club meeting.
In accordance with State and local Health department groupings, teachers and school staff in Phase 1b began receiving vaccinations on Monday, Jan. 11.
Here’s how to see more of what’s happening in the General Assembly
This week on Wednesday, Jan. 13, we embark on yet another historic legislative session, our first regular session in 402 years that will be totally virtual (using our computers to go on-line).
Alexandria senator leads fight against profiting from prisoners
Housing inmates in Virginia prisons costs the state about $70 a day for each inmate. But the private sector can do it a lot cheaper, about $50 a day. Lawmakers are about to debate whether that's a savings they can afford.
Soothing spaces offer serenity during difficult times.
In the current times of turbulence and uncertainty, many are looking for a haven for serenity and calm.
Wednesday, January 13
Virginia looking to be the first state in the South with legalized marijuana.
Marijuana Legalization is a Goal of the Governor
The House legislative agenda will focus on three key areas for the upcoming legislative session: Protecting Families; Keeping Virginia Healthy; Rebuilding Our Economy Stronger
Capacity relief coming for Shrevewood ES and Tysons Periphery
A new school project to help bring sustainable capacity relief for Shrevewood Elementary School and the Dunn Loring, Tysons, and Falls Church communities is on the way.
The Covid pandemic in 2020 didn’t hold back the Keller Williams Realty office in McLean/Great Falls from setting a new record in northern Virginia for the highest sales volume by a single brokerage.
McLean Community Center (MCC) Executive Director George Sachs is announcing his retirement effective Friday, May 7, 2021.
Cape Ivy aims to provide warmth, comfort and support to children who have chronic or critical illnesses.
In honor of her son, Gavin Grey Smith of Great Falls, who lost his 12-year battle to a rare form of CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency), his mother, Meg Elliot Smith, threw herself into providing fleece poncho capes to ''frequent flier'' children in hospitals.
Tuesday, January 12
Education is his passion.
In the wake of the coronavirus and its impact on students' learning in Fairfax County Public Schools, a 2019 alumnus of South Lakes High School in Reston and second-year engineering student at Georgia Institute of Engineering recently founded S4S Tutoring.
Last Thursday’s one-word headline in the Richmond Times Dispatch was in such a large font that it extended across the entire width of the newspaper: INSURRECTION.
At its first work session of 2021, the Town Council of the Town of Herndon approved a resolution in a vote of 6-0 to elect second term Councilmember Cesar del Aguila the Vice Mayor for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2021.
OrthoVirginia has acquired Optimal Physical Therapy in Arlington.
Elite colleges and universities may prize the English ivy climbing up musty old walls, but in the environment, English ivy is a destructive invader.
The COVID-19 outbreak has forced all of us to face the possibility that caregiving and crisis can strike at any moment.
AHC Inc. of Arlington Receives Excellence in Housing Affordability Award By Urban Land Institute Washington
AHC Inc., an Arlington developer of low-income housing, was recently honored with the 2020 Excellence in Housing Affordability Award from Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington, a district council of the national nonprofit.
Supervisor Storck is available for phone and video calls, as well as in-person meetings with proper social distancing, during his regular 2nd Saturday office hours.
Monday, January 11
Local residents win cars for community work
Two Alexandria women were presented with a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition sportscar Dec. 15, 2020, as part of the Mazda Heroes: Honoring the Human Spirit program.
American Legion to host virtual 24-mile challenge
With the city’s annual George Washington Birthday Parade on hold for this year, Alexandria’s American Legion Post 24 is hosting a commemorative virtual event to honor the nation’s first commander-in-chief.
Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization.
A New Year's resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life at the start of the New Year.
Sunday, January 10
Longtime ODBC, ASC member dies at 90
Ray Bell Cobean, a longtime member of the Old Dominion Boat Club and the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club, died Dec. 18, 2020, at the age of 90.
Permanent restaurant closures, temporary shutdowns for renovations AND a winter showcase of local restaurants (and their takeout fare): It’s been a busy week since the new year began.
Area Witnesses Christmas Star
Colorful lights and whimsical inflatables fill Fairfax City’s Mosby Woods neighborhood with holiday cheer.
Saturday, January 9
Eight-year-old Ciara Foley, Burke, and nine-year-old Gabby Brown, Springfield, were among five dancers from McGrath Morgan Academy of Irish Dance to bring home a championship title from the annual Oireachtas.
Families throughout the area adopted pets in record numbers during 2020 as a reaction to Covid-19 restrictions.
A man was fatally injured Dec. 29 morning following an accident at an industrial workplace located in the 9900 block of Richmond Highway in Lorton.
The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering a free scavenger hunt with video clues in the Cub Run Stream Valley.
Centreville Immigration Forum still has more work to do.
Despite the pandemic, the nonprofit Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) and its Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) are pressing on, as best they can.
Your car lines up to join the search for the winter star that used to light up the sky, “giving a glorious aura and making you feel complete.
The Arlington County Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit arrested a suspect in a package theft series.
Friday, January 8
The "giant teddy bear" who just wants to be loved
I remember it was gloomy that day.
A male Painted Bunting, sporting colors that must be seen to be believed, has been hanging around in Potomac, just south of the Great Falls Tavern, causing quite a stir.
Will the Agricultural Reserve be preserved in perpetuity, as intended, or will County Council press forward in 2021 to permit industrial solar power on agricultural land in its effort to combat climate change?
Join us for a discussion on septic systems, wells, and their stewardship.
Thursday, January 7
Now that we have rung in the new year and the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming available, will Montgomery County Public Schools return to in-class instruction soon?
As I sit and write here, with too much time on my hands, I can't help but consider my lot in life.
Reston Community Center’s events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. vision
With extra health and safety vigilance in response to COVID-19, there will be three days of virtual and live events to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Fairfax County delegation to the General Assembly will hold a public hearing on the 2021 session on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Try small, simple and achievable goals
For 2021, local mental health professionals advise being gentle with yourself when creating the daily schedules and resolutions that often come with the beginning of the New Year.
Reforms advocated for by the group include expungement of criminal records, an end to mandatory minimum sentences, an end to cash bail, abolition of the death penalty, and an end to “three strikes” felony enhancement for larceny offenses.
In 1940, when the British Royal Air Force (RAF) was fighting the air war in the skies over England, Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister at the time made the following statement referring to the RAF pilots:
Wednesday, January 6
Finally! 2020 is gone, barely visible in my rearview mirror.
Communities keep lights up for healthcare heroes
December 2020 held the darkest days yet during the pandemic but also lights of hope.
Advocates for paid sick days try to build support among Virginia Senate Democrats
Before the pandemic hit, Senate Democrats stopped a proposal requiring businesses to offer paid sick days. During the pandemic, they rejected it again during a special session. Now as lawmakers prepare for the upcoming General Assembly session, advocates are hoping they've finally got a strategy to persuade reluctant Senate Democrats to approve a new law increasing the number of workers in Virginia who have access to paid sick days.
Here is wishing you a happy New Year and hoping that 2021 brings an end to this terrible pandemic.
Phone calls and social media enable Fort Hunt residents to help in this case.
Shark Tank Success pays off for GoOats in Burke.
With the pandemic dominating headlines, the community strived for normalcy.
Scenes from 2020
I can remember every word of the conversation as if it took place yesterday, but it happened in 1959.
Veterans did not give up and neither did Herndon Woman's Club: 863 remembrance wreaths remain in place
Herndon Woman's Club (VA0143P) found a different way to carry out and join Wreaths Across America on National Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 19, 2020.
Saturday evening, Dec, 19, Chesterbrook Woods was set ablaze with lights, music and happiness.
Review: Classic Bakery
This tiny, classy destination, Classic Bakery, is a hidden treasure among the numerous store-front businesses and big-box stores that make Tysons Corner a popular destination.
While this time of year may be festive for many, during these difficult days of COVID restrictions, the Shepherd's Center Serving Oakton-Vienna-Reston-Herndon (SC) wanted to reach out to their often lonely and isolated senior clients.
The ball has dropped on 2020 and the calendar has flipped over to the new year of 2021.
Michael (Mike) was born in Washington, D.C. to Oliver W. Whitehead and Marilyn Lassiter on Dec. 16, 1994.
Tuesday, January 5
The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna Police Department from Dec. 17, 2020 – Dec. 22, 2020.
Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna raised more than $2,600 in donations during its Drive-Thru LIVE Nativity on Dec. 19.
MCC’s 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration goes virtual with three events
With three distinct programs to celebrate the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and with an abundance of health and safety precautions, the McLean Community Center (MCC) has developed original, inter-active, virtual programs.
Shopping handcrafted, ethically produced, nontoxic products
It all started with the local artisan's handbags, the love of little boutique shops that featured brands with morals and values, and telling her mom that more than anything else, she wanted to open a store in the Great Falls Village Centre with a showroom for those bags and other ethically and sustainably produced items.