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Fairfax County: Tour de Mount Vernon

Supervisor Storck leads inaugural cross-district bike ride

“I wanted to get a ride in this year,” Storck told a group of 20 to 30 riders, himself bundled up in several layers and a neon green high-visibility jacket. The objective, Storck said, was to tour some of the trails and roadways running through Mount Vernon District, and along the way discuss some of the near to distant development plans for the area.

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Fairfax: Police Auditor and Civilian Review Panel to Become Reality in 2017

Body cameras, mental health part of public safety focus

This year will see two historic firsts for Fairfax County, its police department and citizens: the beginning work of an Office of Police Auditor and Civilian Review Panel. “It’s very important people picked deal with facts, demand facts and make decisions based on facts,” Sayles said, “and communicate those in a way that’s not divisive." said Randy Sayles of Oak Hill who was a member of the Use of Force subcommittee of the Ad Hoc Commission.

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Fairfax County: New Year, New Superintendent for County Schools

Budget shortfall, equity and nondiscrimination storylines for 2017

“What does equity really mean,” Corbett Sanders continued. “We’re going to have some healthful discussions about it. Everything from early education on.” The budget will once again be a major storyline for the school system, as Hynes said the board is currently looking at about a $90 million shortfall for FY 2018.

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Fairfax: A Program That Changed My Life

My experience with High School Diplomats at Princeton.

I participated in a program that changed my life. This program is called High School Diplomats. It is a ten-day cross-cultural exchange between 40 American and 40 Japanese students at Princeton. It is completely financed by the Japanese insurance company AIU and the Freeman Foundation. The program gives these students the opportunity to immerse into another culture and establish long-lasting relationships with other students from another country.

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McLean: Flagging Operation on Old Dominion Drive

Road work

A flagging operation will take place on Old Dominion Drive (Route 738) between Balls Hill Road and Van Ness Court Wednesday, Jan. 4 through Wednesday, Jan. 11 in order to replace several pipes and reshape a ditch, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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McLean & Great Falls Real Estate

2016: Best Year in Decade for McLean, Great Falls Market

Sellers in McLean and Great Falls experienced the “best of times” market conditions in 2016.

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McLean: Man Killed in Crash on Lewinsville Road

Car Crash

Chad Cheatham, 33 of McLean, died in a single-car collision on Thursday, Dec. 29.

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McLean to Celebrate Dr. King’s Legacy

McLean Community Center Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Chuck D.

On Sunday Jan. 15 the McLean Community Center will celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by observing his birthday, a Federal and Commonwealth of Virginia public holiday.

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Great Falls Garden Club Honors Reston Police Station

Community

The Great Falls Garden Club delivered 20 holiday tabletop greenery arrangements to show support and appreciation for the Fairfax County police officers at the Reston station.

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Merry and Bright at Reston Town Center

Reston Town Center ice skating rink provides outdoor entertainment for family and friends.

“I think it brings the families together, getting outdoors,” said Blythe Shippie, who visits the ice rink several times each year with her two daughters. “It’s just a fun activity that gets us out of the house, away from gadgets and TV screens.”

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2016: Best Year in Decade for McLean, Great Falls Market

Real Estate

The year 2016 is going to go down in the history books as the best real estate market for sales in McLean and Great Falls in a decade. The number of transactions was up 10 percent year over year, rising to 1,081.

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Lorton: Swim Teams Make Toys for Tots Splash

West Springfield High School varsity Swim & Dive teams

The South County and West Springfield High School varsity Swim & Dive teams donated gifts for the South Run RECenter Toys for Tots campaign prior to their meet against each other on Dec. 10.

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Lorton: Exploring Pluto’s Secrets

Could Pluto once again be considered a planet?

Clifton scientist Dr. Michael Summers, also a professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy at George Mason University, said he still considers Pluto one of the nine major planets in the solar system. One of the foremost experts on Pluto, Summers is part of the New Horizon mission team, which has spent the last decade designing, preparing and maneuvering a space probe for the first ever close-up observation of Pluto.

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Fairfax: ‘Just Pause and Don’t Do It’

Residents debate University Drive extension

The City’s proposal to extend University Drive has sparked strong feelings in Fairfax residents. They spoke both for and against it at the Nov. 1 community outreach meeting and before the Nov. 8 City Council meeting. But most of the speakers during Tuesday night’s public hearing were firmly opposed.

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Fairfax: University Drive Decision Postponed

Council to mull community’s comments, get more information.

After 29 residents – the vast majority in opposition – spoke about it, the Council decided it needed more time to consider the community’s comments, see if a grid network in Northfax is really needed and obtain more information about its options.