Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.


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Down to Earth

Robinson students chat live with interstellar alumnus.

Robinson Secondary School principal Matthew Eline knew the event would be special when he received a package from NASA.

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South County High Hosts 5K Rock-n-Run Race in Lorton

87 participants completed their race and supported the band this year.

On Oct. 3, even in the drizzling, windy, cold evening, runners and walkers in neon yellow t-shirts did not give up: It was the 2nd Annual “Twilight Rock-n-Run 5K” hosted by the South County High School Band, where this year, 87 individuals participated. Participants either ran or walked under three different categories - Kids Fun Run, 5K Run or 1 Mile Glow Walk.

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Learning About Burke History

Burke Historical Society discusses jazz scene, marks Burke History Day on Oct. 10.

How many people know that Burke is named after the 19th-century farmer, merchant and local politician, Silas Burke?

Letter: Poison Pill of Democracy

Letter to the Editor

Waterfront Commission member Dennis Auld’s letter [“Two Are Too Old Town-Centric,” Oct. 1-7] was yet another partisan attack all to common since Alexandria became a one-party city in 2012.

Letter: Trusted To Lead

Letter to the Editor

We are current and retired teachers, principals and School Board members who care deeply about Alexandria’s public schools.

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Chantilly High’s Homecoming Court

This is Chantilly High’s Homecoming week, with various activities planned for each day. Monday, Oct. 5, when these Homecoming Court photos were taken, was Mismatched Clothes Day.

McLean Community Center Helps Residents with Retirement

This fall, McLean Community Center (MCC) has put together a five-part series called “Are You Ready for the Rest of Your Life?”

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St. Mark Catholic School Receives Blue Ribbon Award

St. Mark Catholic School, in Vienna, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to receive the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award.

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Monarch Madness at Churchill Road

It’s Monarch Madness at Churchill Road. Churchill Road second graders have been making exciting discoveries the first week of school.

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Hats for Ellie

Local organization collects hats for children with cancer.

When the school year began in 2013, Jay Coakley, a physical education teacher at Woodburn Elementary School in Falls Church noticed that one of his kindergarten students had an affinity for brightly colored hats.

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Centreville Snapshot: New Greenhouse Classroom

The Centreville High School PTSA Executive Board, along with Principal Dave Jagels, faculty, staff and students welcome Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza to the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new greenhouse classroom sponsored and cared for by the special education students and the Best Buddies Program.

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Mount Vernon: Expanding Fort Belvoir Elementary

When Fort Belvoir Elementary School opens in 2016, an expanded campus will provide a base institution for all school-aged children of Fort Belvoir families. The expansion includes 20 general education classrooms, bringing the population capacity to 1,594 students, according to a release from Fairfax County Public Schools.

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146 Fairfax County Schools Energy Star-Certified

New Auditor General also appointed at Sept. 24 meeting

In the last year and a half, Fairfax County Public Schools have been able to reduce the energy consumption in their buildings by 15 percent. That cut down resulted in savings of $4.5 million, according to a release Sept. 25 by the school system.

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Arlington: Kenmore Incorporates Arts and Technology into Learning

“Connect and engage. Expect and empower."

Kenmore Middle School at 200 S. Glen Carlyn Springs Road is celebrating 20 years of integrating Arts and Communications Technology into the curriculum.

Arlington: Marymount Students Blessed by Pope Francis

Seeing Pope Francis for 10 seconds outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was worth the commitment of an entire day for Jimmy Carroll, a Marymount University junior from Alexandria.