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Reston’s Beaver Gate

Reston Association seeks to address Reston’s busy beavers.

The Glade Stream Valley in Reston has been home to beavers for over 25 years. Reston Association’s environmental resource manager, Claudia Thompson-Deahl said beavers originally entered the stream system from the Twin Branches end, probably traveling up from the Potomac River via Difficult Run.

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Herndon, Reston Galleries Attract Art Lovers

Exhibits at ArtSpace Herndon and Reston GRACE on display through February.

In January, both the ArtSpace Herndon and Reston GRACE community art galleries opened new art exhibits at their locations. ArtSpace Herndon located at 750 Center Street in downtown Herndon opened the soloist exhibit “In Warm Observations: People and Places” by artist Jill Banks.

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Area’s Silver Lining

Reston, Herndon area residents mindful of transportation changes.

On July 26, 2014, Phase 1 of the Silver Line opened. Metro General Manager Richard Sarles introduced a list of speakers at the dedication ceremony in a tent at the new Wiehle-Reston East station in Reston.

Alexandria: T.C. Williams Gymnastics Has Sights Set on Regional Berth

Defending conference champs field 2nd complete team in 3 decades.

T.C. Williams gymnastics won a six-team meet at West Potomac on Jan. 22.

Fairfax’s Barborek Wins All-Around at W-L Invite

Conference 6 championship meet scheduled for Monday, Feb. 2.

Fairfax senior Rachel Barborek is the defending Conference 6 all-around gymnastics champion.

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School Holds Bullying Prevention Week

The week of Jan. 12, Churchill Road Elementary School students participated in Bullying Prevention Week. Organized by school counselors Jamie Meyers and Alex Mantel, peer mediators created thematic posters and fifth and sixth grade students filmed anti-bullying skits that were aired on the morning Bobcat News broadcast.

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Herndon Girls Win Conference Championship

Herndon swim and dive had senior night against Centreville on Jan. 23, with the Hornets’ boys’ and girls’ teams winning. All Herndon seniors will advance to the Conference meet Jan. 30-31.

A Challenge for Garza: Excessive Homework

To the Editor: Your article “How Does She Do It” - Karen Garza’s vision: the irresistible force moving immovable object of Fairfax County Public Schools (The Connection,December 24-10, 2014) showed FCPS Superintendent Dr. Garza as a force for change. In the Fairfax County school system, students demonstrate excellence by collaborating and achieving good grades with the assistance of teachers.

Letter to the Editor: Better Safe Than Sorry

To the Editor: This letter is in response to a recent letter to the editor in opposition to Fairfax County's Fall Cankerworm (FCW) spraying program.

A 700-year-old Legacy Comes to Vienna

Local entrepreneur bottling family’s Greek olive oil, putting it out to market.

A Vienna man has lassoed his dream, bringing to Vienna – and the U.S. – the legacy of 11 ancestral generations of Greek men and women --- olive oil extracted from Spartan olive trees 700 years old. Pericles “Perry” Konstas left a career as a CEO in 2014 to produce and export olive oil made from his family’s olive groves outside Sparta, Greece.

Letter: Sex Offender Serving in the House

To the Editor

To the Editor: Tracking the last eight months or so of Del. Ken Plums' Opinion columns in the Connection Newspapers, the bad topics are the Tea Party (Defender of a balanced budget, right to own a gun, and worshiping our Creator), and certain (but not all) ethics of political figures. According to Plum only some political positions are bad.

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Two Vienna Students Named Semifinalists in Science Competition

Referred to as the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition, the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS), a program of Society for Science and the Public, has granted prize money to some of today’s leading thinkers and scientists, and two Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) students from Vienna are among just 300 high school seniors selected to move on to the semifinalist stage of the competition.

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Nysmith School Students Tackle Cybersecurity in Nationwide Competition

The security of the internet is a hot topic in the news these days – think hacks into retail credit card data, student identification and information, personal correspondence a la Sony, and even more worrisome, infiltrations like the recent “CyberCaliphate” hacking into the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. Central Command. With

Letter: Colonel’s Modesty

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I learned in your obituary of Col. Pete Hilgartner, last week, that for service in Vietnam he earned the Silver Star - the third-highest military combat decoration, awarded for gallantry to a small fraction of a percent of Soldiers and Marines.

Its Time for a “Place”

The Great Falls Historical Society, founded in 1977, is a relatively young organization with memories of teams of volunteers working on substantial historical accomplishments together – memories often buried or lost, but that occasionally return to view.

Reinvigorating Virginia’s Economy

Virginia is well on its way to economic recovery for many families, but working families across the state are telling me and other legislators that they feel like the recession never ended. Even in Northern Virginia, home to some of the wealthiest localities in the country, too many families struggle to earn enough to pay for basic necessities despite having full-time jobs.

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Tysons Chamber, LearningRx Kick Off Job Shadow Program

Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Vienna and Reston is leading the kick-off of the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce (TRCC) job shadow program for 11th and 12th grade students of Oakton, Madison and Marshall high schools in Fairfax County, where students will shadow professionals in various industries in January and February.

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What do you like and dislike about the new Metro stations?

Tysons Corner Station riders share what they like and dislike about new service.

What do you like and dislike about the new Metro stations?

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McLean’s Silver Lining

New Metro stations bring benefits, some disadvantages to McLean.

For riders and users of the Silver Line, the impact of the new stations, which opened on June 23, are on accessibility and options. Michael Caplin, executive director of Tysons Partnership, an association of business, government and community leaders, said that the Silver Line “turbo-charged the community.”

Great Falls Grange to Reopen on March 7

National Grange president comes to Great Falls Grange on march 11.

The newly renovated, handicap-accessible Grange will be reopened on March 7 at 10 a.m., during the Great Falls Farmers Market. John Foust, and Fairfax County Park Authority officials will be present to welcome a new era of community activity and cut the ribbon on the newly renovated facility.