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NOVEC Joins Operation Round Up

The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and the Virginia Department of Social Services are offering programs that will help low-income Virginians stay warm this winter.

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Centreville Day 2014

Despite the rain, festivities go as planned in the Centreville's Historic District.

The 22nd annual Centreville Day 2014 was held on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Centreville's Historic District.

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Clifton Holds 47th Festival

The town of Clifton held its 47th Annual Festival on Oct. 12 with hundreds of vendors, musicians, artisans and visitors.

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21st Annual Goblin Gallop is Oct. 26

Benefits families of children with cancer.

When the leaves turn colors and the weather becomes crisp, Halloween soon follows. And that means it’s time for the Goblin Gallop. This year’s event, the 21st annual, is slated for Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center.

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Visitors Explore Cherry Blossom at its Open House

Local riverboat complements city’s history.

The Cherry Blossom was commissioned at least 100 years after a paddlewheel riverboat would have been considered a financially viable investment. The boat remains docked along the waterfront for most of the year, used almost exclusively for private events. It doesn’t happen often, but on Monday, Oct. 13, the Cherry Blossom opened its doors to the public for an open house.

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Dig Pink Returns Home for 10th Anniversary

West Springfield HS volleyball raises breast cancer awareness.

The West Springfield High School Spartans’ usual orange and blue were replaced by a sea of pink during the girls’ volleyball game against Centreville on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at West Springfield High School.

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Friends of Pohick Library Raises $20,000 Selling Books

The Friends of the Pohick Regional Library handed the Fairfax Library Foundation a check for $20,000 last July. Getting to that amount came about by humble means — dollars and cents from having a book sale.

Humor to Hold One's Own As 50 Approaches

A singular performer is coming to the area. Annabelle Gurwitch, who co-hosted TV's "Dinner and a Movie," has been seen on a wide variety of television shows including "Seinfeld" and is the author of "I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50" will be at the JCC of Northern Virginia. She will be doing her signature comedic riffs on marriage, parenting and insights into turning middle-aged.

All Aboard the Trolley

It was a cool October morning. The trolley door opened with a swish. “Good morning, watch your step," Marlene Stevens, the bus operator for the Alexandria trolley was beginning her first trip of the day.

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Getting Children Excited for Halloween

Local experts offer advice for keeping trick-or-treating fun, not scary, for small children.

For many children, Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. From Power Rangers and athletes to princesses and pirates, dressing up in their spookiest or most imaginative attire and trolling the streets in search of treats is a major part of the fun for school-age children. For younger children, however, the ghosts and goblins who are meant to entertain can cause too much of a fright.

Letter to the Editor: Meddling with Free Market

To the Editor: Justin Wilson’s latest cockamamie proclamation, which he made during a recent City Council meeting, is a demand that city government tell property owners the rents they may assess their tenants. And if the city doesn’t have the authority now to do so, then at least shame those landlords whom he believes are charging excessive rents.

Letter to the Editor: This Council’s Legacy

To the Editor: Each Alexandria City Council leaves its indelible mark on our community — which ultimately becomes its legacy. This particular council will leave Alexandria with more than a half-billion dollars of debt, with a $64 million a year in debt service. This should in itself be enough to replace most of the Alexandria City Council members, along with the city manager.

At Firehouse Open House

Mekhai Goodwin gets a feel for the weight of the fire hose that the firefighters carry into burning houses and buildings. Hundreds of residents toured the nine Alexandria Fire Stations during the annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 11.

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The Private School Admissions Process

Local educators offer insider tips on how to select and get a child admitted to the perfect school.

While this school year might still feel new, some parents are already thinking next fall. Or if they’re not, they should be. For parents who are considering sending their children to one of the area’s private schools for the 2015-2016 school year, the application process should be underway.

Not in the Mood

Sometimes, believe it or not, I’m not in the mood to be a terminal cancer patient (duh). Not that the effect is particularly tangible, but the weight of it, as well as the associated waits I’ve occasionally written about, can get awfully heavy. Moreover, in spite of my best psychological efforts, generally speaking, there seems little I can do to diminish its effect. More often than not, it’s merely time; simply time passing and/or time spent trying to talk myself out-of how I feel and in-to how I haven’t failed.

Editorial: Coming - Children’s Connection

During the last week of each year, The Connection devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children. The results are always remarkable. It is a keepsake edition for many families.

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ASC to Host Mike Nelms

Annual Redskins Night set for Oct. 21.

Mike Nelms, a three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion defensive back and kick returner with the Washington Redskins, will be the featured speaker at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club annual Redskins Night Oct. 21 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

Letters to the Editor

Weighing ‘Greater Good’s’ Impact

To the Editor: TC lights: This is just another example of the city's total disregard for its residents. How many of the School Board members live in the impacted residential area? How many of our council members?

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Oktoberfest Held At Reston Town Center

Visitors attend weekend-long festival in Reston.

Despite overcast weather, the 2014 Oktoberfest was held again at Reston Town Center with Alpine Dancers, exhibitors, Oktoberfest fare, beer and carnival rides.

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Reston Association Hosts Home and Garden Expo

Guests learn about home care and Reston Association services.

Reston Association hosted a home and garden expo at Reston Association headquarters. “We look forward to hosting this event annually as we see it as a service to the community,” said Cate Fulkerson, Reston Association CEO.