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‘Don’t Be Afraid to be Different’

Alliance Summer Stars presents “Shrek the Musical.”

A big green ogre, a princess, a wise-cracking donkey and a love-struck dragon – they’ll all be onstage when The Alliance Theatre’s Summer Stars program presents “Shrek the Musical.”

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Springfield Pet Store Shares Importance of Good Nutrition

Felix & Oscar provide natural pet food.

Nikki Logan and Matt O’Leary, employees of Felix & Oscar, a natural pet food store in Springfield, admit that their pets probably eat better than they do sometimes. “With all of the processed and artificial stuff that’s in fast food, I would definitely say yes,” Logan said.

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Caring for Aging Pets

Jason Overman of Springfield Animal Hospital shares some best practices.

Even for those pet lovers who pay close attention to the health and well-being of their pets, it’s not uncommon for owners to be unaware of when their pet is reaching the point of becoming a senior. Because the lifespan of pets can vary, it’s important to do extensive research, and to take pets to the vet at least once a year.

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‘Thanks for Exemplary Community Service’

Ted and Tami Troscianecki receive McDonnell Award.

Each year, the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) presents the James D. McDonnell Award to honor a local resident’s outstanding service to the community. Monday night, July 21, it was given jointly, for the first time.

‘You’re Fortunate You Didn’t Kill Anyone’

Centreville man is sentenced for committing arson.

Convicted of arson, a 25-year-old Centreville man could well have been sentenced to many years in prison. Instead, Giancarlo Deleon received a suspended sentence and will receive the mental-health treatment he needs.

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The Safeway Four: Armed Robbers Sentenced

Three defendants sentenced to 35 years each; another sentenced to 12 years.

It was a crime that shocked Old Town, an armed robbery that rattled a neighborhood where most of the illicit activity is limited to petty theft from unlocked vehicles.

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Across Northern Virginia, Men Pull Larger Paychecks than Women

Trend is more prominent in wealthier areas.

When Lola Arce de Quintela first moved to Oakton 20 years ago, she noticed something about the way men and women arranged their professional careers around their family lives in Northern Virginia. Men took high-powered jobs with large paychecks, while women often dropped out of the workforce to take care of growing families. If women had full-time jobs, she says, they would often select positions that were not as demanding so they could focus their time and attention on their children while husbands and fathers pulled in six-figure salaries.

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Meet Ms. Parrot

I raised her since she was a nymph.

Not The Typical Guard Dog

Buffy, a Lhasa Apso and Miniature Poodle mixed dog, has been a McLean resident for over 13 years.

In many cases, dogs are supposed to be great companions for their owners, which occasionally means holding down the fort when master is away, or being a guard dog.

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The Snake of Kings

The King Family of six houses Zed, a Royal Python of nearly three feet in length.

Pythons have reputations of being gigantic, ferocious, monstrous snakes with large appetites.

One of the Cutest Pets in McLean

Anisa Ardeishar, 11, is the proud owner of an all-black Netherland Dwarf bunny.

When it comes to fluffy, friendly, and obedient pets that would be perfect for children, there is nothing better than a bunny rabbit.

It’s All in the Genes

Marlene and Alex Bocast are the happy masters of Ivy, a dog with a story.

Have you ever encountered a dog that was one-quarter Landseer Newfoundland, one-quarter Chinese Shar Pei, and 50 percent undetermined?

Meet Best Friends of Vienna Area

Stories of people and their pets in the Vienna area.

Everybody knows the old saying “a dog is man’s best friend” but over time it seems that dogs have become everyone’s best friend.

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Meet Best Friends of Herndon

People and pets: stories from neighborhood.

Lily and Lauren Runz, 5 year old twins, have a pug named Puma.

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Riches from RAGS Exhibit to Open at ArtSpace Herndon

Fine art by the 11 artists of Reston Art Gallery & Studios (RAGS) will be featured in a special exhibit, Riches from RAGS, at ArtSpace Herndon from Tuesday, July 29 until Sunday, Aug. 24.

Column: Billion-Dollar Give-Away!

By the time you are reading this column Virginia will have reached the milestone by having refused to accept a billion dollars of monies paid by Virginia taxpayers to close the coverage gap for 400,000 working poor Virginians who cannot afford health insurance!

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Wiehle-Reston East Opens for Metro Riders

Fairfax County holds open house at Reston garage.

Fairfax County held an open house at the Wiehle-Reston East Garage on July 19 to show potential Metro riders access and parking options.

A New Approach to Adoptions at AWLA

New Approach to Adoptions

People seeking to adopt animals from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria may notice some changes in the shelter's approach to adoptions. By partnering with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to evaluate its adoption process, AWLA discovered that some of its previous policies and procedures were likely screening out people who could have been great adopters.

Week in Alexandria: 7/23/14

Highlights of the week in Alexandria.

Boat Club, City Strike Deal

Land-swap concludes decades of feuding between the two organizations.

The feud between the Boat Club and the city dates back for decades, a conflict that involved the city threatening the use of eminent domain and the Boat Club winning a case against the city at the Virginia Supreme Court.