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Alexandria Delays, Costs In Severance Trial

Motions and delays continued in the ongoing pre-trial for Charles Severance, accused of three murders in Alexandria.

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Notes from the Producer: ‘The Island’ Returns to MetroStage.

I have wanted to bring “The Island” back to our stage since 1991 when it was first produced in our little storefront on Duke Street. Original cast member Doug Brown has returned to the role of Winston 24 years later. In the theatre, time really does fly.

Pennies for Patients: Alexandria's MacArthur students raise $8,443.17.

MacArthur students raise $8,443.17.

With the support of family, friends, and teachers, the students of Douglas MacArthur Elementary were able to raise $8,443.17 during their three-week Pennies for Patients campaign. MacArthur students collected pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to benefit the work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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People at Work: A Day of Cleaning Teeth

A Day of Cleaning Teeth — and bringing down blood pressure.

"Open wide." Sidney Siewert offers her patient sunglasses because the light is bright and “so that the minty grit doesn't get in her eyeballs.” Siewert is a dental hygienist for Dr. Daniel Cassidy on Duke Street. She begins with a periodontal exam. "I'm checking her gums. We do this every couple of years so we can keep track of patterns." Cassidy stops by for a short chat. "How are her gums?" So far, so good. Siewert proceeds to the scaling of Tiny Colby's teeth that she says takes most of the hour appointment. "This is to clean the tartar from the teeth," Siewert said.

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Alexandria: Fighting Fires Without Firefighters

Fire Station 210: No firefighters until 2016?

Fire Station 210 is one of the newest and nicest buildings around the Van Dorn Metro area. It is full three-story building with four operation bays and a training tower. Except it doesn’t have any firefighters. Currently the facility is staffed by emergency medical technicians. Acting City Manager Mark Jinks said that, while the original plan was to have the facility be fully staffed by the end of 2015, “that process could be pushed back to the end of 2016.”

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Alexandria: Fun with 18th Century Science

The Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge met on Sunday, March 22, at the Apothecary Shop in Alexandria. The society is led by science educator and living history instructor Dean Howarth and is comprised of students attending McLean High School. Each student studies the life and work of an 18th century thinker and reenacts that individual.

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Alexandria: Making 19,970 Packets — and Saving Lives

Temple Beth El hosts rehydration packet project.

“At my table this morning there was a massage therapist from Old Town; he came with a girl who had just been accepted to medical school,” said Dave Ingold, a volunteer from Emmanuel on the Hill Church who had been there all day.

Chantilly Police Commander: ‘Everyone Is Here to Help’

Lt. Todd Kinkead heads the station’s Criminal Investigations Section.

Basically, the officers of the Sully District Police Station are successful at what they do and things should only get better from here. That was the message presented during February’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting.

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Chantilly: ‘State of the Station’ Meeting Reviews Statistics

Residents receive statistics and information at “State of the Station” meeting.

Residents at a recent meeting of the Sully District Police Station and its Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) learned about crime and policing efforts in the Sully District. They also received information about last year’s crime trends and the ways local police here are serving the community.

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Centreville: ‘A Way for Something Good'

Emotional beginning for Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

While several other members of the recently created Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission stated their general intent to listen and learn and help, Salvatore Culosi had a more specific request. “My son would still be alive today,” Culosi said, “but for 2006 Fairfax County policies to routinely use SWAT and aggressive procedures against citizens certified to be low risk.”

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‘Homework Helpers’ Expands, Serving Four Schools

Parent-led program matches middle school tutors with elementary students.

For two years now, a group of seventh and eighth grade students at Rocky Run Middle School have been working with local elementary school students every Tuesday and Wednesday night to tackle different academic obstacles.

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Centreville/Chantilly: Housing Expo Draws Crowds

Home-ownership, rental opportunities and related services dominate event.

“Those most in need of these services and resources benefit the most when we can bring so many providers and organizations together in this one-stop shop format.” In that one sentence, Laura Nickle, owner of Communi-k, Inc. and the organizer – for the fourth time – of the Northern Virginia Housing Expo, summed up the event being held at Herndon High School on Saturday, March 21. “There is still a great need for affordable housing throughout our entire region,” she added, “and this is a great partnership of related services that can bring the information and assistance to the largest audience.”

Fairfax County Town Hall Budget Meeting Scheduled in Franconia

Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) and Fairfax County School Board chairman Tammy Derenak-Kaufax were scheduled host one of the last town hall meetings for the advertised FY2016 county budget on March 25 at the Franconia Governmental Center in Alexandria.

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At 10, YouTube as Marketing Tool Comes of Age

Web site serves variety of business needs.

Listing a pool table in a real estate ad is one way to market a property, but watching the cue ball break the rack, via a YouTube video “shows the excitement,” said local real estate agent Ann Duff, who incorporates video as a big part of her marketing plan. In its 10th year of existence, using YouTube is apparent throughout “new media” marketing plans in Northern Virginia.

Column: Investing in Families Strengthens Communities

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The Fairfax County proposed $7.13 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 comes at devastating cost for the most vulnerable families in our community. Included in the budget is the complete elimination of Healthy Families, a nationally recognized, evidence-based child abuse and neglect prevention program that serves hundreds of at-risk families.

Letter: Persecution By Faith

Letter to the Editor

In Pakistan, twin bombings in the city of Lahore attacked two Christian churches during their Sunday service.

Centreville Students Shine at Science Fair

Projects included music, sports, energy, hearing and plant growth.

At Centreville High’s recent Science Fair, students displayed their projects in the school cafeteria for judging; below are details about a few of them.

Chantilly/Centreville: Fashion, Music and Silent Auction

Fairfax Salvation Army fundraiser set for the Waterford.

The 35th annual Fashion Show, Luncheon, and Silent Auction sponsored by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fairfax County Corps will be held on Friday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Waterford at Fair Oaks (across from Fair Oaks Mall). Fashions will be presented by Lord & Taylor.

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Chantilly Boys’ Lax to Face Robinson in Battle of State Powers

Chargers beat Herndon 10-1 Monday.

The Chantilly boys’ lacrosse team spent the first half of Monday’s game at Herndon playing like a group potentially looking ahead to Thursday’s matchup with defending state champion Robinson. The Chargers’ second-half performance assured any slip-ups would not result in defeat.