Drawn from the 15 community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.


‘People Near Us Struggle to Eat’

Our Daily Bread needs community’s help for the holidays.

It is tough to be hungry anytime, but especially during the holidays. So Fairfax-based nonprofit Our Daily Bread (ODB) is seeking individuals, families, companies, churches and community groups to sponsor individuals or families for December holiday meals.

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Herndon All Heart for Season of Giving

Where to give, how to help in Herndon area?

Last year in this special “season of giving section” we introduced you to “Arleta,” a Herndon mother of 8-year-old twins who had lost her husband to cancer earlier in the year.

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CyberPatriots Meet FireEye Experts

Most school field trips take in a museum, maybe a visit to a historic house or possibly a kid-centric performance of some kind.

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Transportation Strategy Update Launched

NVTA launches work on a six-year TransAction program.

Members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) chose an appropriate location to announce the launch of the organization’s TransAction update efforts last week.

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Creating Great Families Through Adoption

More than 800 children in foster care in Virginia are ready and waiting to be adopted.

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. With that in mind, meet two families expanded through adoption; two families whose kids describe their family as "awesome."

860 Virginia Children Need Homes

“Parental rights terminated.” “Available for adoption.” “Floundering in an imperfect system.” These words describe many children who are currently living in foster care in Virginia.

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Mount Vernon: State Group Honors Hyland

The Virginia Association of Counties presented its highest award to former VACo President and current Fairfax County Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland on Nov. 8 during VACo’s 81st Annual Conference in Bath County.

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Alexandria: TSA Move’s Insecurity

In the middle of a year of ups, the latest down came as a bit of a shock to the Eisenhower Partnership.

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Alexandria: The Gospel of the Berg

Neighborhood gathers in prayer for victims of violence.

The courtyards of the Berg neighborhood were busy late on Nov. 20 with chants of “Victory is Mine.” More than 50 residents and visitors came together to honor the local victims of violence, with more filtering in as the night went on.

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Alexandria: Legacy of Euille

A celebration of accomplishments.

Over the last 12 years in office, Mayor William Euille has won a fair share of friends, and they nearly all showed up to the Mayor’s Legacy Reception at the Carlyle Club on Nov. 23.

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Alexandria: IMParting Hope For Veterans

Art therapy helps veterans recover from PTSD.

“I was messed up,” said Tor Peery. “I still am. I have some bad days, but this helped me to use another medium to express myself without having to use words. It’s amazing what art can do.”

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Alexandria People at Work: Owens Found His Passion

It was the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Justin Owens, butcher and one of the managers at Society Fair, said, "Today starts the crazy four days. People woke up this morning and realized Thursday is Thanksgiving and we have been getting panicked phone calls asking if it is too late to order their Thanksgiving dinners."

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Alexandria Snapshot: Turkeys

Turkeys on King Street at Janney Lane last winter.

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Alexandria: ‘La Dolce Vita’

AHA honors senior advocate Sultane.

Senior advocate Amber Nightingale Sultane, state associate director for AARP Virginia, was presented with the Community Spirit award by At Home in Alexandria at the organization’s fourth annual benefit Nov. 8 at Laporta’s Restaurant.

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Thanksgiving in Alexandria

Please pass the Jollof Rice, injera, shiro,and turkey.

Kadijatu “Katie” Sesay has been in the U.S. for 12 years. She is a nursing student at Chamberlain College of Nursing in Arlington and lives in Alexandria.