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City of Fairfax Seeks Public Input to Improve Old Lee Highway

To the City of Fairfax, Old Lee Highway is a critically important road leading residents to homes, schools, businesses, shopping, the police station, Sherwood Community Center and Van Dyke Park. But believing it can be improved, the City applied for and received a grant for technical assistance to help determine what should be done there.

Springfield Holds Budget Meeting

Education, Superintendent salary, retirement dominate heated debate.

Fairfax County Executive Ed Long and Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) met with Springfield residents at the lobby of the West Springfield District Police Station on Wednesday, March 18 to discuss the county’s proposed budget. About 25 people gathered at the impromptu meeting place due to a scheduling conflict with another group for the meeting room.

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Mount Vernon: The Magic of Giving Back

Friends of UCM hosts annual Spring Gala for United Community Ministries.

United Community Ministries executive director Nichelle Mitchem wasted no time addressing the challenges she and the multi-faceted service organization are facing. Heavy on her mind is the Healthy Families program, aimed at preventing child abuse through intensive home visits to first-time parents, that’s slated to be eliminated in FY2016.

Letter: Too Much Talk of Lawsuits

Letter to the Editor

Can you believe it? Mayor Euille has declared another legal war.

News Briefs for the Week of March 25

News Briefs

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Mount Vernon: Remembering Hannah Graham

A remembrance at West Potomac Softball home opener.

Ruddy cheeks glistened with sweat and tears following a home opener for the West Potomac softball team.

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League of Women Voters Hosts Forum on Firearms, Domestic Violence and Suicide in Burke

Among intimate partner homicides in Fairfax County in 2009 and 2010, firearms were the fatal weapon 60 percent of the time, nearly double the next closest implement: knives. Fairfax County domestic violence coordinator Sandra Bromley shared this and further information at an information forum on gun use in domestic violence and suicide held at Pohick Library on March 22.

Leibig of Alexandria Teaches Digital Evidence in Jamaica

Local attorney to lecture in Wales and Canada later this year.

In the fifth in a series of lectures at foreign law schools, local attorney and former Alexandria public defender Chris Leibig traveled to Kingston, Jamaica to speak at the Norman Manley Law School about digital evidence.

Norfolk: Transloading Changes

By letter on March 19, Norfolk Southern Corporation advised the City of Alexandria that it plans to make changes to its ethanol transloading facility in the West End area of Alexandria.

News Brief: Arrest in 7-11 Robbery

The Alexandria Police Department arrested a 30-year-old Washington D.C. man on March 18 for a robbery that occurred at the 7-11 convenience store located in the 4600 block of Kenmore Avenue on Dec. 11, 2014. He is currently awaiting extradition from Washington D.C.

Brief: Quintanilla Sentenced To Serve 21 Years

On March 19, in the Alexandria Circuit Court, Jose M. Quintanilla, 44, was sentenced on one count of forcible sodomy, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of production of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

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Alexandria: Negotiation for Budget Funds

Schools and city clash over continued budget gap.

The deadline for proposing a tax rate increase for fiscal year 2016 passed on March 17 without any update from the city, meaning the funding in the current budget is all of the funding that will be available. For Alexandria police officers and city employees, that means a pay increase and additional career opportunities inside their departments. For Alexandria public schools, who were hoping a last minute decision to raise the tax rate might be enough to cover the $3 million gap between the school’s budget and the city manager’s proposed budget, the news means budget discussions between now and May are going to be tense.

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Marking International Women’s Day in Alexandria

Ten Thousand VIllages sales benefit Alexandria’s domestic abuse program.

Thirteen-year-old Sage Boucher knew it was International Women’s Day on March 8. She alerted her family to the fact when she checked her social media in the morning: “Tumblr had it, and I always check Google graphics first thing because if something is going on, the graphic will hint at it.” They were going to get cupcakes to celebrate.

Elizabeth Kluegel and Lewis Freeman In Concert

Elizabeth Kluegel and Lewis Freeman sing Donizetti: Don Pasquale duet, at the Rock Spring Concert series on Feb. 8 entitled “What is This Thing Called Love?"

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Alexandria: Getting Ready for Best Bib & Tucker Ball

This year the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society is putting on Gadsby’s Best Bib & Tucker Ball - Black & White Masquerade on Saturday, April 11. The term Best Bib and Tucker refers to one’s best clothes and was first used in 1747 in the translation of the Marquis d'Argens' “New Memoirs Establishing a True Knowledge of Mankind:” "The Country-woman minds nothing on Sundays so much as her best Bib and Tucker."

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