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Herndon High Pumps up SAT Average

Most improved among county schools.

Herndon High School did it. The school made the biggest gains in their Scholastic Assessment Test - more commonly known as SAT - scores among all other high schools in the county.

Schoettler To Perform ‘The Hello Girls’

One-woman show at the Athenaeum.

Chevy Chase storyteller Ellouise Schoettler will present her second one-woman show, “The Hello Girls: A Surprising WWI Story,” at the Athenaeum Theatre in Alexandria at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4.

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Trick or Treat, Great Falls!

Spooktacular promises to be frightfully fun.

Halloween is going to be a scream at the Village Centre Green and Great Falls Shopping Center. Spooktacular, the village’s annual children’s trick or treat event, will line up local businesses armed with candy and decked out in costumes on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

18-24-Year-Olds Needed for Survey

To meet its grant requirement for a Virginia Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant, the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) needs to gather at least 300 surveys in a 30-day time fra.m.e that ends Nov. 15.

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Texting While Driving Examined at Langley

Langley High School students learn safety through simulator.

Hanna Hunt was behind the wheel, phone in hand. When a text popped up, she had a choice. Would she answer it? Hunt, a senior at Langley High School, was playing a simulated driving game during lunch, so when she “crashed” her car earlier that day, she walked away with zero consequences. The simulator was a part of the school’s theme of the year - road safety - in partnership with AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign to give students a reality check on Oct. 16 for how texting on their phone affects their driving.

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Homecoming Parade for Westfield

Westfield High’s Homecoming Parade was Friday, Oct. 17, in Centreville.

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An Open Door, an Open Heart

At Carpenter Shelter

It was 7:30 a.m. and Sharon Addison, the Davis Place Monitor, opened the door to Carpenter Shelter on Henry Street in Alexandria.

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Transportation Issues Dissected

Citizens association hosts update on roadways and sidewalks.

Traffic congestion. Roadway construction. Lack of sidewalks. All these and more were among the concerns McLean residents had for the Fairfax Department of Transportation director Oct. 14 during McLean Citizen’s Association’s transportation update.

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Lake Anne Plan Approved

Planners envision energy efficient, pedestrian friendly plaza.

Lake Anne Plaza will become the village center of founder Robert Simon’s dreams in a decade. That’s what Reston officials and Lake Anne Development Partners LLC believe. Reston Planning and Zoning Committee approved LADP’s Lake Anne Master Plan on Monday for a four phase green efficient plan for the town’s original plaza.

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Celebrating Arts in Great Falls

Great Falls artists showcase their masterpieces.

For most days, Lochini Rumburg’s home is her sanctuary, a place where she can unwind from her work day in front of her easel. Last weekend, however, was a chance for her and about 25 other artists to show off their art or craft in their space during Great Falls Studios’ annual studio tour.

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Herndon Frying Pan Park Holds Farm Harvest Days

Families from around the area visit Herndon farm park.

Hundreds of families took the advantage of mild fall weekend weather to attend the Frying Pan Farm Park’s Farm Harvest Days held Oct. 18 -19 in Herndon.

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Beachcomber To Be Rebuilt for Boat Club

The Beachcomber Restaurant, an abandoned building on the Alexandria Waterfront, will soon be restored as the new home for the Old Dominion Boat Club.

Not the Victim’s Fault

City officials draw attention to domestic abuse.

Every year, there are around 400 cases of domestic violence in Alexandria where the police can make an arrest. The city’s hotline for reporting domestic abuse or sexual assault receives nearly 2,000 calls.

Little Development for Low Income Housing

Six years after the Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations (ACHSO) compiled a list of needs in the community, the group has met with local leaders to see what progress has been made. In regards to housing and affordable development in Alexandria, the answer is not much.

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Fractured Shaft Stops Colvin Run Mill

Tours and interpretations of the Great Falls historic site continue.

Grinding with the main stones at Colvin Run Mill Historic Site has come to a stop for the next few months. Miller Mason Maddox found a crack in the main axle of the site’s water wheel, which catches the water flowing through the millrace and powers the mill.

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McLean Hotspur Green Wins New Jersey Tournament

McLean MYS Hotspur Green U14 Boys CCL won the EDP Cup in the Platinum bracket.

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Recommendations For Route 1

Bus Rapid Transit by 2026, Yellow Line Extension by 2040.

Extending the Yellow Line to the Route 1 corridor isn’t exactly building another Rome. But it may take that long.

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LTA Stages “The Rocky Horror Show”

Campy rock and roll musical to play from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15.

It’s time to do the time warp! Just in time for Halloween, the Little Theatre of Alexandria is staging the campy musical, “The Rocky Horror Show,” from Oct. 25 through Nov. 15, 2014.

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Carter, Zanellato Keep Madison Volleyball Undefeated

Warhawks beat defending state champion Langley.

The Madison volleyball team remained undefeated.

‘This, Sadly, Is Now a Death Investigation’

Human remains found during Hannah Graham search.

Some time before noon on Oct. 18, a search team from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s department discovered human remains on an abandoned property along Old Lynchburg Road in southern Albemarle County.