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A Herndon Year

Arts Herndon announced the winners for the 6th Annual Herndon Town Calendar Photo Competition. The prize-winning art will be highlighted in the upcoming Herndon Calendar, which is mailed to every business and resident of the town in December.

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‘Big’ at Herndon High

Herndon Grand Musical Theatre Experience presents “Big The Musical.”

The Grand Musical Theatre Experience returned to Herndon High School with a production of “Big The Musical” by John Weidman, music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. Cast of the musical performed at a July Herndon Friday Night Live event on the Town Green. The show is directed by Morganne Davies with musical direction by Dana Van Slyke, and is based upon the 1988 motion picture "Big" written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.

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Herndon: An Appeal to Keep SPIRIT Alive

Horses used to bring a magic of healing and improving a quality of lives for centuries. Today, more than ever humans need healing and better life skills and experience. This is what we with horses at SPIRIT Open Equestrian Program, Inc. do to serve community.

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Reston: Not Your Average Summer Camp

SySTEMic Solutions Robotics Camp teaches children real-world skills for building, coding robots.

Having fun, making friends and building robots? For some Fairfax County children, it’s all in a day’s camp.

Reston: Kodi, Canine Good Citizen, Enjoys Evening at Dog Park

Kodi, short for Kodiak, is among the larger dogs at Baron Cameron Dog Park in Reston on Thursday, July 14. The rest of the dogs make up in spirit what they lack in size. Kodi is playful and kind to them all.

Reston Column: Coming Back Home

Independent Progressive

We returned just yesterday from travel to Vietnam and Cambodia, distant places where we were mostly beyond the reach of the internet for two weeks. I’ve been fascinated by changes which took place and disappointed by things I’d hoped would change but didn’t while we were so far away.

Reston Column: Don't Tread on Me

Commentary

For a short time when I was in college I sold Fuller brushes and home cleaning products door to door to make money to pay my bills.

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Architectural Gem: Round Two

Board of Supervisors to decide history and future of the American Press Institute Tuesday, July 26.

The fate of a modern architectural gem in Reston could be decided this week when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors considers an application to construct more than 40 homes on the site of the American Press Institute.

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Reston: Failing Shopping Center or Village Center?

Planning Commission approves redevelopment of Tall Oaks; application to be heard by Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 26.

Developers want to redevelop Tall Oaks Village Center Shopping Center, “with a mix of residential and commercial and office uses.”

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Reston Lions Install New Officers

The Reston Lions Club new officers were officially installed by Past District Governor, Jim Ryan, at its regular meeting on July 20 held at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. Pictured from left are Jim Ryan, Secretary and Treasurer; Steve Reber, Director; Pat McCann, President; Chuck Griffith, Director and Andy Goodman, Director. The Reston Lions Club emphasizes the preservation of sight and hearing, providing information on diabetes and the collection of eyeglasses and hearing aids for recycling.

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Native Trees for McLean Neighborhoods

Homeowners can improve the environment and contribute to the health of their neighborhood by planting a native tree in their front yard this fall or next spring with the help of the McLean Trees Foundation (MTF).

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Vienna: Enjoying Summer on the Green

Stories, singing, dancing and sprinklers on the Vienna Town Green.

Children, parents, grandparents and nannies gathered beneath a large oak tree on Wednesday, July 20 to enjoy Vienna’s Summer Stories & Sprinklers. Held weekly on Vienna’s Town Green, it provides easy and relaxing entertainment. A story is read, followed by music to sing and dance to before the children don bathing suits to play in the sprinklers.

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Alexandria Appetite: 3 Cool Menus for Hot Days

Here are three restaurants to refresh you as the mercury soars.

There’s no denying it: The dog days of summer have arrived in full force. Local thermometers have flirted with the triple-digit mark all week long, and normally bustling King Street has found its sidewalks nearly empty as residents take shelter from the heat. When you’re looking for some cooler fare, try these restaurants on for size.

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Centreville Snapshot: Scouting

Twenty-eight scouts and nine adults from Boy Scout Troop 30 of Centreville, attended Camp Pipsico Scout Reservation in Spring Grove, Va., the week July 10-16.

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Snapshot: ‘Cancerversary’ Dinner

Nikki Ferraro, (holding microphone, center), the founder of Bite Me Cancer, is surrounded by fellow cancer survivors during the cake cutting at Bite Me Cancer’s “Cancerversary” Dinner, April 23, at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner.

A Tale of Drug-Dealing, Money and Murder

On March 15, 2001, Centreville High grad Danny Petrole, 21, was shot and killed outside his Bristow townhouse. The crime involved drug-dealing and money, and the shooter – Chantilly High grad Owen Barber IV, 21, who pleaded guilty in court – received 38 years in prison.

Wolfe Sentenced to 41 Years in Prison

Convicted of the March 2001 murder of Danny Petrole.

Except for the prosecutors, no one involved in Justin Wolfe’s murder sentencing last week left the courtroom happy. The victim’s family still grieves a son, Wolfe’s family continues to have a hole in it and Wolfe, himself, has decades more to serve in prison.

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WFCM Seeks Community’s Help Providing Backpacks

Hoping to furnish them for 2,000 local schoolchildren.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is once more collecting new backpacks for local students in need. It hopes to provide nearly 2,000 backpacks for qualified, low- income children attending 23 different schools in the Centreville, Chantilly and Westfield high school pyramids, plus Mountain View High.

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Senator Kaine Hosts Interfaith Forum

Senator Tim Kaine spends last day before VP pick showing why Virginia matters.

No one knew it at the time, but Sen. Timothy M. Kaine’s (D-Va.) public appearances moderating roundtables in Northern Virginia last Thursday, July 21 would be his last day of relative political anonymity before being catapulted to political prominence 24 hours later as Hillary Clinton’s pick for her Vice-Presidential running mate.

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Sasha Meets Biscuit in Great Falls

At Baron Cameron Dog Park, located in Reston, on Thursday July 14, Sasha makes his way to a group of excited children to get ear scratches and pets. Sasha is a regular at Baron Cameron even though he resides with his family in Great Falls.