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Workshop Promotes Science Education

On Tuesday, July 15, the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), in conjunction with the George Mason University College of Education and Human Development, held a day-long program that focused on advancing science education in Fairfax County schools.

Lizzie and Yola, the Life Saving Labs

About eight years ago, a very special dog came into our lives – and the lives of many others. We signed up with Guiding Eyes for the Blind to be Puppy Raisers.

Letter: Time to Make a Change

To the Editor

The current Congressman from Virginia’s 11th Congressional District (Gerry Connolly) prides himself in being the first to defend the Obama Administration. He has defended the Attorney General, the handling of Benghazi, the NSA, the VA, the Border Patrol, the EPA, and most importantly and most frequently the IRS.

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Pet Connection July 2014

Our readers submitted photos of their adorable pets.

Frodo and Sam have become best friends – sort of. My husband and I adopted Frodo from Home Alone Cat Rescue several years ago. He is part Maine Coon and part American Bobtail, with a funny short tail. He may have been mistreated by a previous owner because he is afraid of everything, especially ceiling fans. He quickly became comfortable in our home as an “only cat.”

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Swimming for a Cause at South Run Pool

On Sunday, July 13, the South Run Community Pool held their annual Swim-a-Thon charity event to raise funds and awareness for cancer, a cause that runs deep through this close-knit neighborhood community.

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Robinson Grad Never Far from Roots

Hometown entrepreneur set to open business in Fairfax.

Baher Elgibali, 31, of Kingstowne, is no stranger to stress, having worked in real estate and construction for almost 10 years. A former real estate specialist at Debbie Dogrul Associates - a Fairfax real estate company - Elgibali learned about the extreme sides of stress and found that massage was a way to relieve it.

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Letter: Example of City Hall Disdain

To The Editor: The May 21 article about your reporter asking to copy the table of contents of the city regulations and the city manager’s staff response was truly appalling. It was rude, condescending and arrogant, a thesaurus worth of negative words.

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Remodeling with Pets in Mind

Keep pets safe during construction projects created for man’s best friend.

While the end result of a remodel is often a new, updated or enlarged living space, the road to that improvement is often filled with dust, debris and inconvenience — which can be upsetting and even dangerous to dogs and cats.

Rising Senior Tham Is Wakefield’s Force in the Paint

The oldest of eight children, Tham enjoys Meek Mill, NBA 2K.

Dominique Tham has been a force in the paint for head coach Tony Bentley’s Wakefield boys’ basketball program which has reached the state tournament each of the last two seasons.

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How Has the Library Affected You?

Friends of Richard Byrd Library encourage visitors to share library stories.

Springfield resident Eleanor Lamb loves the library. The West Springfield High School graduate visited consistently while growing up in the area, and is now giving back through her internship with the Friends of Richard Byrd Library. Lamb, a rising junior at William and Mary, has spent the summer gathering the opinions and viewpoints of people who used the library, taking their picture and making posters with the responses as part of the “Library Stories” project.

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Serving up a Summer Treat

Springfield residents make homemade ice cream at area farmers markets.

Even with flavors that contain vegetables like beets and rhubarbs, children and adults alike are crazy for Craig and June McMullen’s homemade, fresh and natural ice cream. “It’s a great way to get kids to eat vegetables,” June said.

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Express Lanes, Rapid-Bus Transit Planned for I-66

Improvements will be made from Capital Beltway to Haymarket.

Express lanes and rapid-bus transit could be coming to Interstate 66, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on July 17.

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Behind the Scenes at ‘Shrek the Musical.’

When audiences enjoy The Alliance Theatre’s Summer Stars show, “Shrek the Musical,” it won’t just be because of the acting and storyline, but also because of all the work that goes on behind the scenes.

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Give Blood, Give Back to Community

Paul VI student hosting blood drive in Clifton.

When Mitch Kiefer was 6, his 3-year-old brother Brent was diagnosed with leukemia. Brent recovered, but Kiefer remains committed to helping others suffering from similar illnesses. Now, Kiefer, a student at Paul VI Catholic School in Fairfax, is planning a second blood drive in Clifton in honor of his brother.