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Reston Golf: Mulligan or Bogey?

Reston homes and golf course still up in the air.

Some Reston homeowners are left lamenting at the 19th hole, RN Golf Management is left deciding if it has the stamina to play an extra round, and the Board of Zoning and Appeals gave both sides a mulligan. Whether either side wanted one or not.

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Renovating the Historic House

Expert Murray Bonnitt says be prepared for extra and unexpected delays and expenses when renovating a historic property.

Renovating a historic home is a labor of love and can be a test of real patience. Do you think renovating your own modern home is a challenge? Try one from the 19th century. With so many homes in the region from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century, a significant commitment to maintaining them comes with a desire to make them compatible for our time.

Transformation: from Swamp to Gorgeous Design

"In 1995 when I first started working on this yard, it was basically a swamp with dense trees growing straight up because they had nowhere to go."

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50 Shades of Gray in Home Decorating

Creating interior design through simplicity.

"Gray is a new hot color, the neutral color in today's mainstream. It is the new beige," said to Gayle Yoxtheimer, interior design specialist. She said another trend is less of everything: "You remember the ‘80s when people had a lot of tassels and bows and large florals?"

Edible Plants Provide Double Benefit: Unique Niche and Food

"Estoy listo para cortar este rama." Eduardo Santos calls down the 60- foot maple tree in an Arlington backyard to Tom Hayes who is waiting on the ground. Santos has tied himself off with a white safety rope. He is ready to begin sawing the big limbs and Hayes will grab the large branches as they are cut and lowered.

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Staged to Sell

Real estate agents give the lowdown on getting your home ready for the market.

When a Burke family hired E. Diane Neustrand to sell their home, she did her standard walk-through of the house to assess it, but when she reached the dining room, she stopped cold.

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Historic Home on the Market

18th-Century Shreve House for sale.

After stepping through the handmade, mahogany front door of a home nestled in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, visitors might feel as though they’d been transported back to the late 1700s, the period during which this Virginia home was built.

Alexandria Real Estate Agent Gets Top Honor

Allison Goodhart selected as one of REALTOR Magazine’s ‘30 under 30’ for 2015.

A local, young professional has joined ranks of the real estate elite. Allison Goodhart of The Goodhart Group at McEnearney Associates, Inc. in Alexandria was selected as one of REALTOR Magazine’s “30 under 30” for 2015. Chosen from a pool of close to 400 nominees from around the country, the finalists were judged on community service, work ethic and commitment to their clients.

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On Tour: Aging in Place Renovation

A Vienna whole house remodel that incorporates an Aging-In-Place solution will be featured in the Parade of Homes/ Remodeled Home Tour April 25-April 26.

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Autumn Wood Wraps Up, New Opportunities at Fallsgate

Autumn Wood, a community of 18 homes off Georgetown Pike, is a bright spot for new homes in Great Falls over the past several years. Most homes sold between $2 million and $2.5 million, and during several of the last few years sales of Gulick have made up nearly half of the sales in that price range in Great Falls.

Outlook Optimistic for Local 2015 Real Estate Market

After what seemed to be an endless winter, spring has finally come calling, signaling the start of the year’s first real estate high season. Homes trade hands all year long, but spring is often for buyers, seller, agents, brokers and lenders like those weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas; buyers at full speed searching out the best bargains and sellers looking to move their wares without having to resort to price-slashing sales tactics.

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Editorial: Connection Papers Win Awards

Variety of coverage honored at annual Virginia Press Association conference.

On Saturday, April 18, a group of journalists from the Connection Newspapers traveled to Roanoke for the annual Virginia Press Association event to collect awards for business reporting, government writing, writing about health, science and the environment, feature writing, sports writing, column writing, obituaries, cartoons, entertainment pages and writing, public safety writing, editorial pages and writing, page design, informational graphics and more.

Centreville/Chantilly Weekend Fun April 24-26

Events near Centreville and Chantilly for April 24-26

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Potomac Weekend Fun: April 24-26


Weekend entertainment in the Potomac area: April 24-26

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Arlington Weekend Fun: April 24-26

Events in Arlington for the Weekend April 24-26

Column: Veto Session on Ethics, Voter ID, Government Surveillance


Last week, we returned to Richmond for the annual Reconvened or Veto Session where we considered about 20 vetoes and 60 Governor's amendments to various bills. First, Governor McAuliffe signed the state budget we passed so there were no budget amendments to consider for the first time in my six sessions. However, that did not speed things up.

2015 Best of Reston Community Service Awards Gala on April 30

The 24th Annual Best of Reston Community Service Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, April 30, at Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street, 6-10 p.m.

Community Rallies Behind Fire Victims

After a Mount Vernon High School student and family lost their home in a fire on April 14, principal Nardos King sent an email the following Friday morning to school staff and the Mount Vernon “Keep In Touch” contact list asking for donations to help the family start over.

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T.C. Williams Crew Excels at Smokey Jacobs Regatta

Titans finish first in six races, capture second place in four others.

The T.C. Williams boys’ and girls’ crew teams reunited in Occoquan on April 18 to take on tough competitors in the Smokey Jacobs Regatta.

Obituary: Sam Hinson


Samuel Laing Hinson, Jr., Colonel, USAF (ret), died April 11, 2015. Born Sept. 1, 1919, he was raised in Albany, Ga., the youngest of seven children.