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Alexandria: Playground Volunteer Day Spotlights Park Revitalization

RunningBrooke spearheads park cleanup.

The wheels were set in motion back in April, when Brooke Curran solicited 400 donors to participate in Spring2Action to help fund the revitalization of Taney Avenue Park.

Alexandria Snapshot: Protest

Ray Deakins protests Sept. 21 the decision of Alexandria City Council to petition the Virginia General Assembly for permission to remove the Appomattox Statue from the intersection of Prince and Washington streets.

Column: Homemade Stew

Commentary – Rebuilding Together Alexandria

When you walk in the front door there is the familiar smell of a special stew, made with honey, warming on the stove. Sixty-eight-year-old Stan has lived in his home near the Braddock Metro neighborhood his entire life; he was actually born in it.

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Column: Alexandria’s Poetry Fence

Poetry Conversations

Some fences enclose, some simply stand without evident function. Some fences provide protection, privacy, or announce a boundary. Renee Adams shows us that indeed good fences make good neighbors.

Patriotic Spending: Investing in Community

Commentary – ACT for Alexandria

We often align spending based on our personal interests and well-being, without necessarily thinking about impacting our community. That’s where patriotic spending come into play. Patriotic spending is the utilization of personal assets to benefit our community, cities, and inevitably our country. What it means to spend patriotically is to focus expendable income in a way that directly influences and benefits our country.

Classified Advertising September 21, 2016

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Walking to End Alzheimer's

Northern Virginia walk set for Sept. 25

When Paula Dierkes was growing up in Arlington, she would often hear family stories of a grandfather who sat on his front porch screaming at his neighbors and asking for his shotgun. She recalls a grandmother who shut out her family, literally, by closing doors and windows when they came to visit.

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Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Garza Resigns

Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Karen Garza has announced her resignation, just months after the FCPS board renewed her contract through June 30, 2020.

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Great Falls Historic Marker Rededication

Great Falls residents, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation, will rededicate on Saturday, Sept. 24 a historical marker commemorating the 1861 Battle of Dranesville. At the community's request, VDOT has moved the marker onto Georgetown Pike and the site of this Civil War battle.

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Paint Great Falls Competition Winners Announced

The Arts of Great Falls’ annual Plein Air Competition brought out 18 artists from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia to paint the scenery in Great Falls.

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Great Falls: Planning One More Deferral

Planning Commission will give Lexington Estates and Great Falls another month to get involved.

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Fairfax County: Supervisors Approve Independent Police Auditor

Unanimous vote follows Ad Hoc Commission recommendations for more transparency and oversight of Fairfax County police.

With a unanimous vote on Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the creation of an independent police auditor office, following recommendations from the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

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Great Falls: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

12 year old Great Falls youth goes to prison — to pursue charity and community service.

This summer, at the age of 12, I went to prison.

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Great Falls Artists Welcome Community

Great Falls Studios invite the community to the 13th Annual Tour promoting creativity.

One of the oldest and most distinguished art events in Northern Virginia, the Great Falls Studios 2016 Art Tour, will take place on Friday, Oct. 14; Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.

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McLean: Mount Daniel Elementary Expansion Approved

Fairfax County Planning Commission wants to be good neighbors and so does Falls Church City County Public Schools.

McLean Woman’s Club Donates Piano to American Legion Post

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Woman’s Club of McLean donated a piano to American Legion Command Post 270, in McLean.

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Pickleball Comes to McLean

McLean Central Park behind the Dolley Madison Library now has two lighted pickleball/tennis courts where pickleball fans can play. Bring your own paddles and balls.

Letter: LuAnn Bennett: Result-oriented

Letter to the Editor

Let me introduce LuAnn Bennett, Democrat running against Barbara Comstock to represent us in the 10th District.

Letter: Comstock’s Record of Accomplishments

Letter to the Editor

Now that the campaign season has kicked off and both candidates in the 10th District have ads running on TV – it’s very helpful to compare the stark differences.

Letter: LuAnn Bennett on the Issues

Letter to the Editor

Padraic Buckley's letter in the September 14-20 edition of the McLean Connection ("Why Comstock?") repeated, almost word for word, the attack on LuAnn Bennett appearing in his Sept. 15 letter in the Sun Gazette newspaper. Leaving aside Mr. Buckley's unseemly personal remarks about Bennett (which should have no place in an election campaign), I take issue with two statements he made in his letters.