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Commentary: Scrap Toll Plan

This letter [dated July 21] is to respectfully request that you terminate plans to place a toll on I-66 inside the Beltway to fund the walking trails, bike paths and other multi-modal projects inside the Beltway described in your March 12, 2015 public presentation on this subject.

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Centre View: Troop 1548: Through All Kinds of Weather

Troop 1548, led by Scoutmaster Phil Quinn, is known as the All Weather Troop.

Centre View: Christopher D. Brown Attending Virginia Tech

Christopher D. Brown will be attending Virginia Tech as a member of the Corps of Cadets/Air Force ROTC and majoring in meteorology starting this fall.

Centre View: Mentored by Wynton Marsalis

Westfield student participates in Summer Jazz Academy.

Dylan Cooper, a jazz pianist from Centreville, will perform with the Summer Jazz Academy, directed by Wynton Marsalis, at the Castleton Festival this weekend.

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Chantilly: A Group Gathers to Break into Guinness Book of World Records

Crime Prevention Officer Michelle Alexander and School Resource Officers Joe Woloszyn and Josh Kennon helped break a world record on Thursday, July 23 at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum.

Letter: ‘Is Nothing Sacred?’

The massacre of nine African-Americans in Charleston, S.C., by a suspected domestic terrorist has left the entire nation shell-shocked and horrified.

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Centreville: Homes Instead of Offices at Trinity Centre

Developer wants to build 355 apartments at the Trinity Centre.

As the area office market continues to stall, more and more land-use applications are proposing to replace planned office uses with residential communities. One of the latest proposals is at the Trinity Centre, off Route 29, in Centreville.

Centreville/Chantilly Roundups for the Week of July 29

Certified technicians from the Sully District Police Station will perform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, July 30, from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.

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Chantilly: Getting a Look At Officer Training

Residents tour county’s Criminal Justice Academy.

About 30 local residents recently got a behind-the-scenes look at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. They learned what recruits go through to become police officers and participated in a training scenario.

Column: Reforming Liquor Control in Montgomery County

Commentary

Today [July 28] the County Council unanimously passed a resolution that asks our state delegation to reform a significant part of the county’s antiquated liquor control system.

Potomac: Focusing on Accessible Taxicab Services

The County Council approved bills Tuesday, July 28, to provide opportunities to have more taxicabs available and address working conditions for some drivers.

Potomac: Senior Connection Seeks Volunteers

Equipped with RideScheduler, a web-based system for scheduling transportation to seniors in Montgomery County, Senior Connection’s 136 volunteer drivers have given 5,636 rides at no charge to 387 clients since last August.

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Vienna: Riverdogs Advance to Cal Ripken League Semifinals

Vienna to face three-time defending champion Baltimore Redbirds.

The Vienna Riverdogs will face the Baltimore Redbirts in the CRCBL semifinals.

Letter: Lift U.S. Ban On Oil Exports

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Forty years ago, at the height of the 1970s energy crisis, Congress passed a law banning exports of oil from the lower 48 states. The law was intended to limit America’s dependence on imported oil by keeping domestic oil from leaving the country. It was not successful – oil imports continued to climb for decades. But the law stayed on the books.

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Riverbend Park’s Summer Attraction: Kayaking

Riverbend Park is a popular outdoor destination as its fishing and hiking trails exhibit the diverse wildlife in Great Falls, yet kayaking is the biggest hit during the summer months.

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Seeing Red: After Four Years In Limbo Arlington Will Have New Retail Plan

Arlington County approves new retail plan.

After nearly four years, Arlington’s new retail plan passed through the County Board on a 4-1 vote. But despite its “flexible new approach,” many in the county took issue with the plan’s restrictive “Red Streets.”

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River Bend Swimmers Excel at All-Star Meet

Sunday, July 26 at Westwood Country Club was not a usual swim meet. It was the All-Star meet, where the best of the best competed in a total of 48 individual events.

Summer Reading Made Fun at Dolley Madison Library

Children break free of their parent’s hand and saunter into the library, chin up and grinning from ear to ear, and trade their Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) summer reading logs for a coupon booklet.

Arlington: “Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Aug. 3-7.

A View from Wiehle-Reston: D.C. Gets Closer

Taking a train from Reston: Commuters express satisfaction and some criticism.

These are some of the mixed emotions coming to light in conversations with commuters reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the new Silver Line Metro operation.