Drawn from the 15 community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.


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Community Mourns Girl, 16

Missing since Sunday, she was found dead in park.

Just a month before her 17th birthday, friends, family members and classmates from Chantilly, Centreville and Fairfax are mourning the loss of a local girl.

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‘15,000 Hot Dogs To Break Even’

Permit costs spur gas station’s request to sell alcohol, too.

Raj Gupta just wanted an OK to add hot dogs to his convenience store’s offerings at the Centre Ridge Exxon station.

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.

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No One Injured in Burke Nursery Fire

Smoldering burlap ignited decorative dried corn stalks.

In nearly 40 years, there’s never been a fire at the family-owned Burke Nursery and Garden Centre. That is, until last Monday, Sept. 22. Owner Hope Schmid said they received a delivery of dried corn stalks about 11 a.m. that morning. By 3 p.m., the stalks had lit up, along with the large wooden lean in which they were being stored.

Great Falls Sharks Beautify Softball Field

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Great Falls Sharks travel softball organization held it's first annual "Nike Field Clean Up Day."

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Great Falls Studios Art Tour Set for Oct. 17-19

Now in its 11th year, the weekend trek brings art enthusiasts nose to nose with practicing artists.

One of the simple pleasures of the Great Falls Studios art tour is its easy accessibility.

St. Francis Episcopal Church to Host ‘Homecoming Weekend’

St. Francis Episcopal Church of Great Falls will continue celebration of its 50th anniversary with a special “Homecoming Weekend” on Oct. 4-5.

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Great Falls Writers Launch Speaker’s Series

Great Falls Park inspires Pamela Palmer’s Feral Warrior novels.

More than 30 people attended the first Great Falls Speaker’s Series at Great Falls Library on Tuesday, Sept. 23 to hear author and Herndon resident Pamela Palmer read from the latest book in her Feral Warrior series — “Wulfe Untamed” — and to learn about her storytelling process in a question-and-answer discussion.

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Neighbors Celebrate Completion of Sidewalk on Dead Run Drive

Dranesville Supervisor John Foust, neighborhood residents, and staff from Fairfax County Departments of Transportation and Capital Facilities met on Dead Run Drive in McLean on Sept. 16 to celebrate the recent completion of a long-awaited pedestrian walkway.

New Voter Identification Requirements

There are new requirements for voter identification that voters must bring with them to the polling place.

Chamber Supports Bond Referendum

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce's board of directors on Sept. 25 voted to support the transportation/Metro and school bonds on the Arlington ballot in November.

Reconstruction of Boulevard Interchanges Complete

The Virginia Department of Transportation and Arlington County have completed reconstruction of two 1950s-era interchanges along Route 50 at 10th Street and Courthouse Road.

53 Join Leadership Arlington’s Class of 2015

The members of Leadership Arlington’s Signature Program Class of 2015 met for the first time at the opening retreat held on Sept. 1819 at the Deloitte Arlington Office.

County Board Approves Neighborhood Conservation Funding

The Arlington County Board unanimously approved more than $2.5 million in funding for four Neighborhood Conservation projects on Sept. 20.

Crime Report

The following incidents were reported by the Arlington Police Department.