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Top Issues to Follow in Burke

According to Supervisor John C. Cook (R-Braddock District).

Speeding in neighborhoods is a chronic issue; most offenders are local residents. Which is why John C. Cook (R-Braddock District) is launching a new anti-speeding initiative in neighborhoods that will include provocative signs with slogans such as “Slow Down, We Live Here”, as well as speed monitors on the side of the road that will be similar, yet much smaller than those used on larger roadways by the police.

Facing Challenges of Next Half Century

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) on Reston’s future.

It is shaping up to be another momentous year for Reston, and we have much to celebrate.

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What’s on the Horizon for Town of Vienna

On the horizon for local residents are a transportation project, a plan to help W&OD trail users and Church Street businesses, plus a major expansion and renovation of the Vienna Community Center.

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What’s on the Horizon for the City of Fairfax

On the horizon for local residents are some mixed-use projects, school-boundary changes, potential traffic shifts and the reopening of a historic and much-loved eating place.

Top Issues Facing McLean Community

As Tysons Corner booms and the new Silver Line stations become more successful, McLean will be undergoing changes over the next few years. The McLean Citizens Association and other community leaders will be working to ensure the new Metro stations are successful, Tysons becomes a community, traffic reduces on Route 7 and update Mclean itself.

Top Issues to Follow in the Area

According to Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield).

First up is getting a long-term fix to I-66 underway in 2017. “I66 congestion impacts Braddock Road,” said Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield), “and it impacts congestion on 29 as people look to avoid and get around 66.” Then there is a quarter improvement study on the Fairfax County Parkway “so we can get the interchanges and widening that we need.” A final major transportation issue is getting secondary roads paved, such as Rolling Road.

Friends & Neighbors to Host Kick-off Luncheon

Great Falls Friends & Neighbors [GFFN] is a women’s club designed to connect new with current residents of Great Falls and the surrounding communities. For all members young or old, it is a wonderful way to establish friendships and community contacts through the social, educational and cultural activities that GFFN provides. In addition, the club provides service, support, and donations to philanthropic and civic organizations, particularly in and close to the Great Falls community. GFFN is a nonprofit organization.

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Exhibit Of Konko Opens at ArtSpace Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon shares story of a Ghana village and a literacy program.

ArtSpace Herndon brings the story of the village of Konko with an exhibit that opens Aug. 26.

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Lorton Boy Finds 10,000-year-old Arrowhead

Noah Cordle and family were on vacation in Long Beach Island, N.J.

Lorton resident Andrea Cordle’s family has been vacationing around Long Beach Island, N.J. since her mother was a child -- but they’ve never come across something like this. While staying in Beach Haven, her 10-year-old son Noah was walking into the Atlantic when “it just hit my foot,” he said. “Several times. Because of the waves.”

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Vienna Stands Above the Rest

Year-round activities and events create small-town feel and sense of community.

Laurie DiRocco was voted in as Vienna’s new mayor this year. Months before her death, former Mayor M. Jane Seeman had previously announced she would not run for re-election in 2014. The Connection chatted with Mayor DiRocco about Vienna, what makes it special and what issues confront the town.

MCA Turns 100

McLean Citizens Association: Recent accomplishments and upcoming activities.

On behalf of the McLean Citizens Association (MCA), welcome! We’re delighted that you have chosen to live in the greater McLean area and hope that you will find it a welcoming “hometown.” This year, MCA celebrates its 100th anniversary as McLean’s “go-to” unofficial town council and voice on local, regional, and state issues that affect McLean’s quality of life.

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Reston Association Begins Meetings On Pony Barn Pavilion

Reston Association seeks community input regarding redevelopment.

Surrounded by a secluded wood at the intersection of Steeplechase and Triple Crown Road in Reston is the Pony Barn Picnic Pavilion, a 2006 square foot picnic pavilion near Glade Stream.

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Great Falls Schools Focus on Creative Thinking

Principals of Forestville, Great Falls and Colvin Run Elementary discuss priorities of the new school year.

As a brand new academic year approaches, teeming with students, parents and teachers, elementary schools in the Great Falls are gearing up for significant changes while managing to maintain platforms already in place.

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Lifelong Herndon Resident Honored for Community Service

Delegate Tom Rust presents resolution recognizing Elma Mankin.

“I was born here 90 years ago, I have been here all my life although I have traveled extensively,” said Elma M. Mankin. “When I was growing up Herndon was a small town.

A County of 186,785 Students

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year. The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for students, parents, and educators. Our dedicated staff has been working hard to prepare for another school year that builds on our tradition of excellence at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

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