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Rising Hope Mission Church in Mount Vernon Hosts Nightly Shelters

At 7 p.m. doors to Rising Hope Mission Church open for guests to sign in. Promptly at 7:10, volunteers begin serving dinner. On a chilly, rainy, mid-December night, the volunteers from Aldersgate United Methodist Church prepare beef steak with gravy, beans and corn for about 20 homeless individuals.

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Duncan Visits Alexandria's Patrick Henry Pre-K

Secretary of Education and others express support for Alexandria’s early childhood development.

In a crowded corner of the Patrick Henry Elementary School Library, Duncan heaped praise on Patrick Henry Elementary School’s pre-kindergarten education program while expressing his frustrations at a nationwide lack of similar programs.

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Alexandria Budget Winners and Losers

Acting city manager presents budget proposal to City Council

When Acting City Manager Mark Jinks presented Alexandria City Council with the $647.9 million proposed budget, the generally positive reception was tempered with the knowledge that many departments would not be receiving the funding they had requested.

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Arlington Public Schools Plan for Cuts

Facing a budget gap, Arlington superintendent plans series of tiered reductions.

With a funding gap of $13.6 million, Arlington Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Patrick Murphy’s proposed budget comes with a few extra potential cuts.

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Fairfax County Animal Shelter Gets Creative to Save Lives

Since 2013, Fairfax County has been the largest jurisdiction in the United States with a placement rate of animals above 90 percent. Last year alone, nearly 2,500 animals were adopted, which is nearly double the adoptions just two years earlier.

Finding Forever Families for Felines

Nonprofit helps Animal Shelters with overflow.

Jacquie Barker saw the problem with the normal animal rescue cycle. Ideally, animal rescue starts with the rescue, followed by a period of sheltering, and finally, adoption. But often rescue organizations’ efforts get stuck during the sheltering or fostering phase.

Arlington County Manager Avoids Tax Rate Increase

Homeowners to face rise in property taxes through higher assessments.

Beneath the surface of the County Budget there are several notable changes that could have a sizable impact on the lives of many Arlingtonians.

Collaboration Over Competition for Alexandria Nonprofits

Alexandria non-profit organizations unite for city budgeting.

As Alexandria’s nonprofits prepare for the March 3 release of the County Manager’s proposed budget, things are going a little differently this year.

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Mobile Pet Grooming Comes to You

Marzi Sharifi started HoPPooH in Fairfax, a mobile pet grooming service, in 2013. With her two vans and groomer, Sara, HoPPooH—which means little dog or dog in Persian—will come to the pet owner’s door to groom and style man’s best friend…or his cat.

Shelter Gets Creative To Save Lives

Volunteers, social media assist in pet adoptions.

Since 2013, Fairfax County has been the largest jurisdiction in the United States with a placement rate of animals above 90 percent. Last year alone, nearly 2,500 animals were adopted, which is nearly double the adoptions just two years earlier.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: January, 2015

In January, 2015, 61 homes sold between $2,391,677-$199,900 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: January, 2015

Springfield Home Sales: January, 2015

In January, 2015, 76 Springfield homes sold between $785,000-$157,000.

Springfield Home Sales: January, 2015

Reston Home Sales: January, 2015

In January, 2015, 50 Reston homes sold between $1,700,000-$120,000.

Reston Home Sales: January, 2015

McLean Home Sales: January, 2015

In January, 2015, 52 homes sold between $2,575,000-$210,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: January, 2015

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: January, 2015

In January, 2015, 40 homes sold between $985,000-$165,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: January, 2015