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Reston Lions Install New Officers

The Reston Lions Club new officers were officially installed by Past District Governor, Jim Ryan, at its regular meeting on July 20 held at the Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston. Pictured from left are Jim Ryan, Secretary and Treasurer; Steve Reber, Director; Pat McCann, President; Chuck Griffith, Director and Andy Goodman, Director. The Reston Lions Club emphasizes the preservation of sight and hearing, providing information on diabetes and the collection of eyeglasses and hearing aids for recycling.

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Native Trees for McLean Neighborhoods

Homeowners can improve the environment and contribute to the health of their neighborhood by planting a native tree in their front yard this fall or next spring with the help of the McLean Trees Foundation (MTF).

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Vienna: Enjoying Summer on the Green

Stories, singing, dancing and sprinklers on the Vienna Town Green.

Children, parents, grandparents and nannies gathered beneath a large oak tree on Wednesday, July 20 to enjoy Vienna’s Summer Stories & Sprinklers. Held weekly on Vienna’s Town Green, it provides easy and relaxing entertainment. A story is read, followed by music to sing and dance to before the children don bathing suits to play in the sprinklers.

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Alexandria Appetite: 3 Cool Menus for Hot Days

Here are three restaurants to refresh you as the mercury soars.

There’s no denying it: The dog days of summer have arrived in full force. Local thermometers have flirted with the triple-digit mark all week long, and normally bustling King Street has found its sidewalks nearly empty as residents take shelter from the heat. When you’re looking for some cooler fare, try these restaurants on for size.

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Centreville Snapshot: Scouting

Twenty-eight scouts and nine adults from Boy Scout Troop 30 of Centreville, attended Camp Pipsico Scout Reservation in Spring Grove, Va., the week July 10-16.

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Snapshot: ‘Cancerversary’ Dinner

Nikki Ferraro, (holding microphone, center), the founder of Bite Me Cancer, is surrounded by fellow cancer survivors during the cake cutting at Bite Me Cancer’s “Cancerversary” Dinner, April 23, at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner.

A Tale of Drug-Dealing, Money and Murder

On March 15, 2001, Centreville High grad Danny Petrole, 21, was shot and killed outside his Bristow townhouse. The crime involved drug-dealing and money, and the shooter – Chantilly High grad Owen Barber IV, 21, who pleaded guilty in court – received 38 years in prison.

Wolfe Sentenced to 41 Years in Prison

Convicted of the March 2001 murder of Danny Petrole.

Except for the prosecutors, no one involved in Justin Wolfe’s murder sentencing last week left the courtroom happy. The victim’s family still grieves a son, Wolfe’s family continues to have a hole in it and Wolfe, himself, has decades more to serve in prison.

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WFCM Seeks Community’s Help Providing Backpacks

Hoping to furnish them for 2,000 local schoolchildren.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) is once more collecting new backpacks for local students in need. It hopes to provide nearly 2,000 backpacks for qualified, low- income children attending 23 different schools in the Centreville, Chantilly and Westfield high school pyramids, plus Mountain View High.

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Senator Kaine Hosts Interfaith Forum

Senator Tim Kaine spends last day before VP pick showing why Virginia matters.

No one knew it at the time, but Sen. Timothy M. Kaine’s (D-Va.) public appearances moderating roundtables in Northern Virginia last Thursday, July 21 would be his last day of relative political anonymity before being catapulted to political prominence 24 hours later as Hillary Clinton’s pick for her Vice-Presidential running mate.

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Sasha Meets Biscuit in Great Falls

At Baron Cameron Dog Park, located in Reston, on Thursday July 14, Sasha makes his way to a group of excited children to get ear scratches and pets. Sasha is a regular at Baron Cameron even though he resides with his family in Great Falls.

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Great Falls: Troop 673 Promotes Six Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 673, sponsored by the Great Falls United Methodist Men, held a much larger Eagle ceremony than usual, when it celebrated the promotion of six graduating seniors as new Eagle Scouts on June 18.

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Great Falls: Time to Get Involved

Great Falls Citizens Association encourages members to get involved in its stormwater management task force, especially as it pertains to land use cases.

Dranesville Planning Commissioner John Ulfelder announced last Thursday that a decision on The Gulick’s Group application to develop 11 acres of undeveloped, forested land would be deferred until September.

McLean: Honoring Brave Companions

Paws of Honor provides veterinary care for retired K-9s.

Some of our nation’s security forces receive no benefits upon retirement-- K-9s. Twenty-eight retired K-9s are patients of McLean based 501c not for profit Paws of Honor, which pays 100 percent of its retired K-9s’ veterinary expenses. Paws of Honor opened six months ago, and according to the organization’s founder and president, Bod Youngblood, Paws of Honor expects to serve 60 to 80 dogs by the end of the year.

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Oakton Otter Divers Improve to 2-1-1

The Oakton Otter divers continued their winning streak, beating Donaldson Run on Tuesday, July 19, with a final score of 49 to 22.

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McLean: Right of Way to Education?

Decision regarding expansion of Falls Church City school that operates on county land expected this week.

Falls Church Mayor David Tarter crossed county and McLean borders to advocate for the expansion of Mount Daniel Elementary School, a school he called “a cornerstone of our small community.”

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McLean: Commission to Hear Sunrise in Fall

Assisted living facility application rescheduled to September.

The Planning Commission has deferred Sunrise’s proposed application to build an assisted living facility at the corner of Kirby and Westmoreland in McLean this September.

McLean: Best Golf Buddy

Local golf pro’s sidekick is man’s best friend.

Four years ago, local golf pro Kirk Lucas of McLean and his two young daughters strolled into Home Depot and walked out with a new pet. It just so happened that the SPCA , the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was holding an event at the hardware store. They had brought some pets to Home Depot hoping some shoppers might bring a pet home with them.

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McLean Woman’s Club Holds Wine-Tasting, Kicks Off 50th Homes Tour

The Woman’s Club of McLean held a festive wine-tasting at Chain Bridge Cellars, in McLean, on Wednesday, July 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. to preview its 50th annual Holiday Homes Tour in December.

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McLean: Tribute Bands Perform in Alden Concert Series

Alden Theatre sponsors free concerts at McLean Central Park each Sunday in July.

McLean Central Park held the penultimate installment of the Alden Theatre’s 2016 free summer concert series on Sunday. Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, played for nearly two hours as part of the “I Volunteer as Tribute” themed series.