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Pounding the Pavement

First annual 5K raises awareness of teen driving safety.

Robin Wallin of Alexandria has been training for this day at Cameron Run Regional Park for three months. She and sister-in-law Carolyn Wiser of Baltimore used a seat-to-5K app on their smartphones to prepare for the Oct. 4 race, encouraging each other through Facebook messaging.

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Cabin John Kids Run

The Cabin John Kids Run was held Sunday, Sept. 28 at Cabin John Regional Park in Potomac.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Oct. 20-25.

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Reston Hosts Walk To End Alzheimer’s

More than a thousand attend fundraiser event at Reston Town Center.

On Sept. 28, more than a thousand persons gathered at Reston Town Center to participate in the 2014 Walk To End Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter coordinated the event.

Discussing Mental Health Issues

A series of free presentations addressing mental health issues will be offered Monday, Oct. 6, through Thursday, Oct. 9, in the large meeting room of the Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St.

Herrity Calls for Heroin Problem Update

“Heroin is here, it’s on our doorstep, it’s in our communities and it often goes unnoticed,” said supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield). Citing a 163 percent rise in heroin overdoses in Northern Virginia between 2011 and 2013, Herrity proposed a successful motion to the Board of Supervisors last week, asserting the County Executive report back to the board on just how bad the heroin problems in Fairfax County are and how they could be dealt with.

141 Pounds of Drugs Collected

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The Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office collected 141 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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New Dental Office Opens

Dr. Sam Jarwa, a graduate from University of Southern California, has opened Grace Dental of Virginia, specializing in general and cosmetic dentistry.

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First Glimpse at Centreville Day

Nominees sought for Centreville Day Citizen of the Year awards.

Centreville Day 2014 is just a few weeks away. The 22nd annual community celebration is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in Historic Centreville Park, 5714 Mount Gilead Road.

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Riding and Thriving

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program holds annual Polo Classic.

At 3 years old, Blythe Champion was diagnosed with herpes encephalitis, a rare and aggressive central nervous system infection. The infection put her into a coma; when she woke up, she was blind. Eventually Champion regained her central vision, but never peripheral.

“Flourishing After 55”

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, Oct. 6-11.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, Oct. 6-11.

Pass Medicaid Expansion Now

Our health care system is neither healthy nor accessible for many women, but Richmond lawmakers have an opportunity to make improvements. They need to stop playing politics with people’s lives and begin to start governing.

Post-Chemo Weak

For the past year, every three weeks I have been infused with a chemotherapy drug called Alimta, “the last miracle drug,” to quote my oncologist, and a drug with which I hadn’t previously been infused.

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Lake Anne Fellowship House Revitalization Halted

Fellowship Square Foundation Board claims county did not support plans.

After two years of stalled plans, Norvus Residences is indefinitely deferring the revitalization of Lake Anne Fellowship House. According to a letter sent from the Fellowship Square Foundation Board of Directors, it was because the proposal did not have county support.

More Mothers Choosing to Breastfeed at Inova

I love it when a plan comes together. Last year in this space, I told you about Inova Alexandria Hospital’s initiative to promote the best possible beginning for newborns and their mothers by encouraging exclusive breastfeeding.