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Fairfax, Mount Vernon, Springfield: Families host children from underserved New York City communities

At 11, Rickay Martin of Queens has already done Washington, D.C. With her host family, the Thompsons of Springfield, she’s visited The Spy Museum, The White House, George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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Fairfax: Community Weighs in on Shirley Gate Extension

Dianna and Wayne Pennington own property at the corner of Popes Head Road and the Fairfax County Parkway. With an extension of Shirley Gate Road having been on Fairfax County’s transportation plan since 1991, they say they can’t sell the land with the project up in the air.

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Burke, Fairfax: Braddock’s Best Honored

Local outstanding citizens, organizations and businesses were recognized by the Braddock District Council of Community Associations and Braddock District Supervisor program with the annual Best of Braddock Awards.

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: July 22-31

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Events in Alexandria and Mount Vernon, Va.

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Potomac Weekend Fun: July 22-31

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Events near Potomac, Md.

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Arlington Weekend Fun: July 22-31

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Events in Arlington Co., Va.

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Fairfax County: School Transgender Regulations in Limbo

Fairfax County Public Schools are holding off on implementing new regulations regarding transgender and gender nonconforming students.

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Fairfax County: Support for Police Auditor, Civilian Review Panel

Supervisors discuss independent oversight recommendations from Ad Hoc Commission.

Details of an independent auditor for Fairfax County police and a civilian panel to review cases of alleged FCPD abuse of authority or misconduct are still being hammered out. However there was general agreement among County Supervisors at the July 19 Public Safety Committee meeting that they are in favor of moving forward with the recommendations from the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission to create both entities for accountability.

Alexandria: The Band Plays On

Students, parents, and teachers reflect on music camp experience before Friday’s concert.

On Friday, the George Washington Middle will host a student orchestra and jazz concert. For attendees, the concert will be a free hour of live music. But for the performers, the concert is the culmination of a week of practice and learning at the Alexandria City Public Schools’ music camp.

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Alexandria: Market Affordable Homes in Freefall

Tax increases push rent increases; rent increases push out residents.

Alexandria has lost of 8,000 market affordable homes since 2010. Most weren’t lost to dramatic demolitions or fires. They were lost in moments like the one Clifford Wilkening is facing; where an increase in property taxes is forcing the owner of 31 buildings housing 200 city residents to consider his first rent increase in around eight years.

Alexandria People at Work: Walking through City’s History

“There is no real place called Mercy Street although it would have been right there on the 100th block of N. Fairfax Street," according to Meredith Barber, tour guide for DC Military Tours.

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Clifton Film Festival Returns Saturday

Roll out the red carpet once again! On Saturday, July 23, the Clifton Film Festival will return to the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center for its eighth annual appearance, as well as a departure from its original mission of showcasing the work of young, local filmmakers.

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Springfield: Koinonia Recognized for Emergency Relief

Del. Mark Sickles (D-43) recognized the more than five decades of Koinonia consistently providing emergency relief services in the Franconia and Kingstowne Communities.

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Fairfax City: Two Residents Honored with Mayor’s Awards

Fairfax City Mayor Scott Silverthorne honored two residents last week with special Mayor’s Awards.

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Fairfax City: Cops and Kids Having Fun

City of Fairfax police held their second annual Cops and Kids Day, on July 13. Children learned safety lessons, saw SWAT team, K-9 and motorcycle-riding demonstrations and enjoyed popcorn and ice cream.

Commentary: A Day a Year Health Care

In a few days I will be driving about six hours from my home in Reston to Wise County in Southwest Virginia to volunteer at the Remote Area Medical Health Clinic at the county fairgrounds.

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Herndon: Friday Night Live! Rocks in Herndon

The bands Six to Midnight and Crazy in Stereo performed for free at Friday Night Live! last Friday, July 15 at the Town Green in downtown Herndon.

Letter: Clarifying Constitutional and Legal Rights

To the Editor

I want to offer a few corrections to the Commentary by Jennifer Boysko (D-86) in the July 6-12, 2016 edition of the Oak Hill-Herndon Connection (“Time to Stand Up to Anti-women Regulations.”)

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Herndon’s beloved principal to leave July 30 after creating foundation of hope

Herndon High School principal Dr. William Bates is leaving, but the philosophy of hopeology he instilled in the Hornet community will remain.

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