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High Schools to Start Later Next Year

School Board approves later start times.

Phyllis Payne has been fighting for more sleep for a decade. On Oct. 23, it all paid off. The co-founder of Start Later for Excellence in Education Proposal - or SLEEP - saw the Fairfax County Public School Board approve to move high school start times ahead by 30 minutes, 11-1.

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Bocce Court Construction to Continue

Reston Association motion to rescind courts failed.

Residents at Cabots Point lost the battle against bocce ball courts for now. Reston Association voted advancing on their plans to add the game court to the park at their Oct. 23 Board of Directors meeting.

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Arbors of Chantilly Gets a Thumbs-Up

Assisted-Living facility would focus on Alzheimer’s patients.

It’s on to the Board of Supervisors now for a proposed, elder-care facility in Chantilly. The Fairfax County Planning Commission gave it a thumbs-up last Wednesday, Oct. 22.

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Franklin Sherman Celebrates 100 Years

Centennial bash for school with historic roots in McLean.

Kim Todd remembers how she felt at home at Franklin Sherman Elementary School in the late 1970s. Nearly 40 years later, she is serving as the school’s Parent Teacher Association centennial coordinator and has seen three of her children enter the school as she had. The school celebrated its centennial year carnival style with the community on Sunday with a petting zoo, cotton candy and fair-style rides and games.

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Langley High Teacher Receives National Award

Leah Puhlick a recipient of the Yale Educator of the Year Award.

Katherine Tan may have graduated from Langley High School last year, but one teacher has made an impact on her to this day. The Yale University freshman nominated her former Advance Placement [AP] chemistry teacher, Leah Puhlick, for this year’s Yale Educator of the Year award - and she was one of this year’s recipients.

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Liberty Printing House

New business finds freedom in Herndon.

The freedom of the press means more to Samer Zaiber and Ahmed Al-Sammarraie than to most. As immigrants from Iraq who have been stalked and threatened for their work with American funded projects, the owners of Liberty Printing House brought their ideas of freedom to a country that takes pride in the word.

Fairfax County Calendar

Your guide to entertainment in Fairfax County.

For those looking to fill their calendar with some home-brewed, Fairfax County fun stuff (read: entertainment and diversion), The Connection's Fairfax County Entertainment Calendar has many options: weekend jaunts and larks; date night inspiration; winter-to-spring fun; day-long festivals and events; art-outings; family fun-and-learning fusions; plays and shows; beyond-Small Business Saturday local shopping and bazaars; markets of handcrafted wares; music; 1Ks to marathons... the list goes on. If you know of an event not listed in our entertainment calendar, email it to south@connectionnewspapers.com for happenings in south Fairfax County or north@connectionnewspapers.com for entertainment in the northern parts of the county.

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Moving Forward

Executive Steering Committee sends supervisors Route 1 multimodal alternatives plan.

The redevelopment of Route 1 is not unlike sitting in rush hour traffic on Route 1: slow, but moving gradually forward.

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Mourning Hannah

Candlelight gathering planned for Saturday.

More than a month of what Charlottesville chief of police Timothy Longo described as an “unprecedented” search is finally over.

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Poll Position

Local academics following the 11th Districts race say there’s really no substitute for the strength of incumbency.

Despite low public opinion of President Obama and a minimally productive Congress, representative Gerry Connolly has plenty going for him as the incumbent seeking re-election in Virginia’s largely democratic 11th district.

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Writing Their Verse

Fairfax Station couple’s ministry supports vulnerable children in South Africa.

When Alec Zacaroli and his wife Amy hosted a boyhood friend from South Africa, they didn’t expect their lives would change in one evening.

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Board Approves Bicycle Master Plan

The Fairfax County Government Center has several massive parking lots. Many hundreds of spaces. But Bruce Wright and members of the Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling only needed some rack real estate in front of the building. They rode into the afternoon session of the Board of Supervisors on two wheels apiece from Reston, taking the West Ox Road Side Path.

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Stage Presence

Cappies recognized among arts leaders at Arts Council awards.

After Bill Strauss first approached Judy Bowns about creating a student-driven arts awards and journalism organization 16 years ago, the ensuing creative partnership resembled a pair of cartoon characters.

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Batter, Up

Former Lake Braddock baseball player Nick Balenger recognized for injury recovery.

Nick Balenger’s promising athletic career all but disappeared in an instant. In 2012, the former Lake Braddock pitcher suffered a spinal cord injury while swimming in Hawaii.

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Addressing Domestic Violence

Cook and Silverthorne host domestic violence awareness fundraiser.

Joe Meyer, executive director of the Reston-based Shelter House organization that provides support for victims of domestic violence, began his remarks at the Coyote Grille in Fairfax with some sobering statistics.

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Christmas Comes to Potomac

Two local home decor stores to hold holiday open houses.

While many are making last minute preparations for Halloween, some local merchants are putting the final touches on their Christmas displays.

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Herndon Trinity Presbyterian Holds Fall Festival

Families attend fall festival outdoor event.

Herndon’s Trinity Presbyterian Church held a children’s fall festival the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 26. The fall festival activities included a cupcake walk, art and craft event, and trunk or treating.

Bonds on the Ballot

Arlington puts $200 million in bonds to a public vote.

This year, Arlington is putting the fate of $219 million in the hands of its citizens. On the Nov. 4 ballot, residents will have a chance to vote on four major bonds.

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Mount Vernon to Host Edison in Win-Or-Go-Home Game

Top-seeded Majors lose to TJ in Conference 13 semifinals.

The Mount Vernon field hockey team will face Edison on Friday for third place in the Conference 13 tournament.

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Herndon Middle Presents Play On History Of Herndon

Play presented at Hendon and Virginia Theatre Association conference.

Eighth grade students in the class of Herndon Middle School drama teacher Scott D. Pafumi performed a one act play on the history of Herndon on Oct. 23 at Herndon Middle School. The one act play covered the period from 1858 to the present.