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Mount Vernon: Inova Hospital Staying Here and Growing

New Inova Emergency Department to open late 2016.

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital isn’t going anywhere. That was the message hospital Chief Executive Officer Deborah Addo had for local business leaders at the Dec. 10 breakfast sponsored by the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce at Belle Haven Country Club.

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Fairfax Station Woman Survives Lung Cancer Scare

Early detection and new screening technology caught nodule in early stage.

It was not Fairfax Station resident Jackie Marino’s first time visiting the Burke Allergy and Asthma Center with a resurgent sinus infection. The elementary school Spanish teacher had cycled through treatment several times, complaining of a sinus infection, receiving antibiotics, seeing some resolution and then returning when the infection came back.

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Mount Vernon: Fox Trot Tradition Continues at Fort Hunt

A record-breaking 430-plus participated in the 14th annual Fort Hunt Elementary School Fox Trot run on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Youssef Zeroual of Weichert, Realtors’ Burke/Fairfax Station Office Recognized for Success in October

Bruce Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that sales associate Youssef Zeroual of the Burke/Fairfax Station office was individually recognized for his exceptional industry success during the month of October.

Area Roundups for Burke, Fairfax, Lorton and Springfield

The inaugural Turkey Trot for Parkinson’s is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 26 at Burke Lake Park. Events including a five-kilometer run/walk and one-mile “Gobble Wobble” walk are set to begin at 9 a.m.

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250 Brave Cold in 23rd Burke CROP Hunger Walk

Jennifer Weiner’s wristband read 11,188 steps. That’s how many it took the Springfield resident to complete the 3.7-mile Burke CROP Hunger Walk on Nov. 22. Weiner is Rabbi Educator for Congregation Adat Reyim, which sent more than a dozen volunteers to the fundraiser for the 14th straight year.

Burke, Springfield: Drug awareness meeting at Lake Braddock highlights rise in youth heroin use

Youth Heroin Use Described As ‘a big problem’

Heroin use is here in Fairfax. “It’s definitely here,” said 19-year veteran officer employed by both the Fairfax County Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration as a Task Officer who spoke at a drug awareness meeting sponsored by the Lake Braddock Secondary School Parent Teacher Student Association.

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Alexandria: Soul Providers

SSA volunteers honored.

Senior Services of Alexandria held its Volunteer Appreciation luncheon Nov. 12 at the Durant Center, recognizing volunteers from across the city and honoring individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the well-being of seniors through SSA programs.

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Arlington Snapshot: Thanksgiving Meal

Table number 4 is called, the first in line to go through the Thanksgiving lunch line at Lee Senior Center in Arlington on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

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Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne is Battling Cancer

‘This is Curable, so I’m staying positive’

City of Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne is no stranger to challenges. After all, he served 18 consecutive years on the City Council and is currently in his second, two-year term as mayor – including all the hard work and long hours that job entails.

In Great Falls, the Little Things You Do for Yourself Count

With the holidays approaching, residents of Great Falls will have twice as many more items on their plates, which all have to get done.

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Alexandria/Arlington: Neighborhood Health Offers Health Care Safety Net

Community health center provides comprehensive primary care, dental care, and behavioral health services.

Dr. Basim Khan walks toward the door of the Casey Clinic of Neighborhood Health in Alexandria’s West End, stopping to greet two of his patients by name: “Hey, how is your foot?”

Column: Finding Your Passion

And leaving your legacy.

I think everyone strives to find their passion — whether in their professional work life or an outside interest.

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Springfield: Capital Area Food Bank raises awareness of local hunger with Empty Bowls events

Kady Wohlfarth of Alexandria spent two months of her off days from the Alexandria Wegmans prepared food section to create 100 clay bowls. Hers accounted for one-third of the bowls at the “Empty Bowls” fundraiser and awareness-raising event for the Capital Area Food Bank.

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Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia host panel on domestic violence.

Domestic Violence: Focus on Prevention

Last month, in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) hosted a panel of experts to discuss trends, causes, treatment and prevention of domestic violence in Northern Virginia.