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House Passes Keam’s Bill on Food Allergies

The Virginia House of Delegates passed legislation this week to require restaurants in Virginia to train their employees to be aware of customers with food allergy and safety issues. Del. Mark Keam’s House Bill 2090 and its companion Senate Bill 1260 introduced by Senator Creigh Deeds passed both chambers of the Virginia Legislature with overwhelming support. Both bills are now headed to the Governor’s desk.

Letter: Question To Ask About Library

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: In January, 2015 the Library Board of Trustees was given a document from the Department of Public Works that indicates Reston Regional Library will be rebuilt at its current location. At the September, 2014 Library Board meeting Library Director Sam Clay stated that a task force had been appointed to oversee planning of the new library, and he had been appointed to that task force. We would encourage Supervisor Cathy Hudgins to inform the community about the composition of the task force and to let us know how many Restonians are on it.

Letter: Monkey Business Is Deadly Business

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Maybe I missed hearing about it the last time a monkey attacked its owner. But I sure remember each time an estranged husband or boyfriend blows away his wife or girlfriend and her innocent children. I feel the pain and disgust in my gut.

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About Riley’s Life

Riley was a good puppy. He was trained to walk on a leash. He had lots of friends, played with them and had lots of bones and chew toys. Then he grew up to be a big dog he got very happy and then he got cancer and got sick.

Letter: Oversight Needed in Police Shooting Cases

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Kudos and thanks for your recent editorials voicing the concern of many Fairfax County citizens in connection with the investigation of police shootings.

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Herndon Village Network Hosts Wine Tasting

Herndon Village Network (HVN), a nonprofit organization in Herndon that will help to improve the lives of the 55+ seniors living in the community, hosted a Wine Tasting Fundraiser - an evening of wine, food, music and art on Feb. 15 at ArtSpace Herndon.

Competing in Agility Contests

Great Falls resident Sophie Young, 15 and her 3-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Lexi, participated in the AKC Junior Agility Competition on December 12, 2014 in Orlando, Fla., where they received a “Clean Run” and “Second Place” in the 8” Jumpers Category. Sophie and Lexi were among 86 Junior handlers (18 years old and under) from all over the United States.

‘Sweetest’ Pets of Vienna

Vienna pet-parents talk about the special bonds they share with family pets – living or in-memory.

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Preschoolers Celebrate Valentine’s Day

The St. Francis Creche preschool in Great Falls recently celebrated Valentine’s Day with several class activities.

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Special Screening of Honor

Film screening March 16 to help WWII veterans travel to their monument.

The Honor Flight Network transports aging veterans to visit memorials built in Washington D.C. in their honor. Caroline Healy and 11 of her peers in Girl Scout Troop 3651 based in Great Falls are hosting a screening of "Honor Flight" at AMC Worldgate 9 Theaters in Herndon on March 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Providing Ride to Those Who Can’t Drive

Reston Community Center seeks volunteer drivers.

Reston Community Center (RCC) has announced the launch of NV Rides Reston, a transportation program that offers reliable, personalized transportation to Reston adults 55 years and older who cannot drive. This program provides door-to-door rides to help get older adults to important engagements, ranging from social and enrichment activities to medical appointments.

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Reston’s Pet Gallery

Reston's pet gallery.

Microchip Reunites Pet With Owner

On the night of Wednesday, Jan. 28, a cat invited itself into the home of a McLean resident, bringing with it a mystery spanning several months and almost a hundred miles. An ODAHC client watched with awe as a friendly black cat with a white chest, or "Tuxedo" cat, walked in through her garage and made itself at home. When she saw that her visitor was sneezing, had an infection in both of its eyes, and was suffering from a recent puncture wound through its ear, the kind-hearted client knew she had to take action: she called and made an appointment.

Budget Town Hall Meetings

Budget town hall meetings.

Aldrin to Celebrate Read Across America Week

Aldrin Elementary School will be celebrating Read Across America Week with a weeklong series of events. Students will dress in themes for each day of the week including: Red and White Day, Foxiest Socks Day, Wear Your Clothes Inside Out Day, Pajama Day, and Cat in the Hat Day.

Virginia Secretary of Trade and Commerce to Keynote Chamber Gala

The Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce announced that Maurice A. Jones, Virginia Secretary of Trade and Commerce, will keynote its Winter Gala and Board Installation on March 12, 2015 at the Gannett Conference Center (7959 Jones Branch Drive, McLean).

Herndon's November Election in Jeopardy

It is well known and scarcely debated that more voters participate in November elections than in those held in other months. This is certainly true in our town. I believe that we are best governed when everyone has a chance to participate in our democracy. I believe that elected officials should make elections as accessible and convenient as possible for all voters. To that end, the Herndon Town Council voted in December to move our elections from May to the more traditional month of November, starting in 2016.

Making It to Top 10

The Wise Investor Group at Robert W. Baird & Co., a team of experienced financial professionals offering financial planning, portfolio management, investment analysis and account services, announced that Director and Financial Advisor Nancy Osmond Popovich has been named in “On Wall Street” magazine’s Top Regional Advisors Under 40 List for 2015.

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Lake Anne Revitalization Poised for Approval

County Board to vote March 3 on plan that includes 1,000 new residences and 193,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Ana Carranza, a single mother of two daughters, told Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Feb. 17 what the Crescent Apartments has meant to her family and to her neighbors. One of Carranza’s neighbors earns $32,000 a year and still manages to pay for her son’s college tuition, some semesters with a credit card, she said.

Knueven Voices ‘Concern of Great Importance’

The Planning Commission’s Public Hearing for the Reston Comprehensive Amendment has been set for April 22, 2015. Ken Knueven, president of the Reston Association, voiced a recent concern. “A concern of great importance has recently arisen,” Knueven wrote to the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning on Feb. 11.