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How to Vote in Alexandria

The Alexandria ballot will include President and Vice President of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives (Eighth Congressional District), and two proposed amendments to the Virginia Constitution.

‘Insider’s Tip’ to New Businesses

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority helps in starting or expanding business in the county.

If you are new to Fairfax County, welcome to one of the world’s most interesting places to live and work. If you are new to the county and are interested in being part of our dynamic business community, here is an “insider’s tip” that you will want to know: The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), works with everyone who wants to start or expand a business in the county.

County Schools: Teaching for 21st Century

What’s new at Fairfax County Public Schools.

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year in Fairfax County Public Schools. With each new school year, we have the wonderful opportunity to build upon our previous successes and continue to improve our work with our students.

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Comstock Faces Challenge from Bennett in Congressional Race

Voter turnout, presidential politics and “Trump Effect” considered key factors in once solidly red district.

In Virginia's 10th Congressional District, freshman lawmaker Barbara Comstock remains confident that she will win her first re-election bid.

Sharon Bulova: 'Welcome to Fairfax County'

Welcome to Fairfax County, one of the greatest places in the nation to live, work, play and raise a family.

About the Connection

As your local, weekly newspaper, the Connection’s mission is to deliver the local news you need, to try to make sense of what is happening in your community, to gather information about the best things in and around your community, to advocate for community good, to provide a forum for dialogue on local concerns, and to celebrate and record achievements, milestones and events in the community and people’s lives.

How to Vote in Fairfax County

Every year is election year in Virginia; mechanics and details of voting require attention to detail.

Every year is election year in Virginia; mechanics and details of voting require attention to detail.

Never Too Old To Compete

800 expected to compete in Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.

Herb Levitan adjusts his goggles, pulls on his swimming cap and lowers himself into the pool. Levitan had been up at 7 a.m. to run three miles and had biked from home to the Ocean Dunes Water Park as he trains for the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.

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Alexandria: Local Rowing Team Makes a Splash

As the world watched the U.S. Women’s coxed 8 dominate in Rio this summer, the local women of Alexandria Community Rowing (ACR) club’s competitive sweep team have steadily earned their own gold in local, regional, and national regattas.

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Sailing: So Near to the City but So Far Away

Lessons on the water.

Joan Darrach walks down the wooden pier to the Flying Scot. "Hold on to the mast while you step on the boat," she says to Sarah White, a summer employee who is out for a refresher. Darrach is a senior sail instructor at the Mariner Sailing School at Belle Haven Marina.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill

The fully functioning gristmill and distillery, located down the street from George Washington’s estate, has become a popular attraction for both tourists and residents of the area.

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Mount Vernon: West Potomac Dance Team Earns Nationals Bid

The West Potomac High School Varsity and JV Dance Teams engaged in a three-day, nine-hour-per-day audition with the Universal Dance Association (UDA) that culminated on Aug. 10 with the Varsity team being awarded an invitation to attend UDA’s Nationals Competition at Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. in February 2017.

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Mount Vernon: Working To Reduce Erosion, Silting, and Flooding

Mount Vernon Country Club project includes using a hybrid Bermuda grass.

Members of Mount Vernon Country Club have been seeing more bulldozers than birdies during the past three months.

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Mount Vernon: Estate Hosts Picnic for Friends

Promoting a sense of community.

Mount Vernon's Neighborhood Friends Picnic attracted hundreds of neighborhood friends and contributing members who live within the original five-farm estate of President George Washington.

Mount Vernon Brief: Join in Annual 9/11 Heroes Run

The Travis Manion Foundation will host the Alexandria 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race and 1 Mile Fun/Run Walk at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 10 at Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria, and the Annapolis 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race and 1 Mile Fun/Run Walk at 2 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

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Alexandria: What’s Shaking Old Town?

Neighbors rattled by Robinson Terminal South demolition.

Robinson Terminal South is going through demolition, and neighbors say they can feel it. While developer EYA proved that the vibrations from construction work falls within the standard set by City Council, local residents argued that a stricter standard be put in place.

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Expanding Scope of Alexandria’s Public Art Projects

“We’re looking at things like traffic boxes, but do we want to do more or look at other projects?”

Traffic Control boxes are metal containers. They help make sure the traffic lights run smoothly, but they’ve never been accused of being beautiful.

Upcoming Trials in Alexandria

Commonwealth Attorney's Office braces for a flurry of murder trials.

Fall 2016 and early 2017 are scheduled to be a busy time for the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

Alexandria Column: Neglected Dog Left to Die

Animal Welfare League offering reward for information.

On Sunday, Aug. 14, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) was contacted by a couple who had discovered a dog abandoned in a crate under a bush on Patrick Street in Old Town Alexandria. The crate was dirty, containing feces and urine.

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Alexandria: Old Dominion Boat Club Hosts Sailing Regatta

The Old Dominion Boat Club, drawing on its 135-year history, held its first ODBC Cup Invitational Regatta on Saturday, Aug. 20. The highlight of the races was the international division featuring crews from Great Britain, Australia, Canada and the United States. The USA sailboat won the four-race series on the Potomac.