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Herndon Rotary Club Opens Little Free Library

Rotary club holds dedication ceremony in downtown Herndon.

Despite cool weather, the Town of Herndon residents and members of the Herndon Rotary Club assembled at downtown Herndon for the dedication and unveiling of the Rotary Club of Herndon’s first Little Free Library on Saturday, Nov. 15. The Little Free Library is a neighbor-to-neighbor sharing of books, and was made possible with the support of local businesses and the Rotary Club of Herndon

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Herndon High Holds Fall Band Concert

Herndon band performs free concert at school before trip to Norfolk.

Herndon High School band welcomed the community to attend a free concert the evening of Nov. 12 at Herndon High School auditorium. The concert was held to thank the community for generous support during the annual Tag Day fundraiser.

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Springfield Town Center Opens in Time for Holidays

The sun-drenched and shiny new Springfield Town Center is now opened, just in time for the Holidays. In addition to anchor stores Macy's, Target, and JCPenney, there's a bunch of new boutique stores and restaurants like Maggiano's, and a new Nordstrom Rack coming.

Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Arts at the Workhouse

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton will open its galleries and studios for extended hours on Black Friday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., offering a free, fun and festive alternative to a day at the mall.

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For the Perfect Gift, Try Hydrangea of Clifton

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Look no further than Hydrangea of Clifton. Owned by Jennifer Heilmann, who ran the former Baskets & Boughs in the same location from 1996-2007, Hydrangea is her new gift and home boutique located on Chapel Road in Clifton.

Richard Linsday Receives Friends of the Fairfax Station Lifetime Membership Award

Friends of the Fairfax Station President, Jack Migliaccio, presented a Lifetime Membership award to Mow Cow Founder and President, Richard Linsday on Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum.

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Gift-Giving Made Easy at Judy Ryan of Fairfax

For fine apparel, home accents, and gift ideas that are already pre-mixed and matched for you, look no further than Judy Ryan of Fairfax in the Twinbrooke Shopping Center off Braddock Road. Located in the same Fairfax location for 26 years, Ryan makes 10 annual trips to New York City to find the hottest runway looks but tailors them to the tastes of Fairfax County women.

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Lisa Kay Gardner Brothers, 50, of Fairfax, Dies

Lisa Kay Gardner Brothers, age 50, of Fairfax, passed away on Nov. 5, 2014. Lisa was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on April 25, 1964 to Charles and Betty Gardner. Lisa attended Fairfax High School, where she went on to marry Christopher Brothers of Burke. Lisa was an artist at heart; sharing her love of crafting with others.

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Seniors Making a Difference

Retirement doesn’t mean slowing down, at least not for the women of the Little River Glen Senior Center: Knit and Crochet Club. The Club meets twice a week throughout the year, making scarves, hats and even some sweaters for themselves and their families, but also to benefit others.

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Fairfax County History Conference Focuses on the War of 1812

The 10th Annual Fairfax County History Conference was held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in the City of Fairfax. A record 120 participants were in attendance to enjoy the theme of “Fire, Flight & Fury” – The War of 1812 in Fairfax County – 200 Years Later.”

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Fairfax Academy Presents Alternate Version of the ‘Nutcracker’

Students in the Dance classes at Fairfax Academy will be performing their version of the Nutcracker, called Mixed Nut, in one public performance on Saturday, Nov. 22, at Lanier Middle School at 12:30 p.m. Fairfax Academy is one of six high school academies in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

City of Fairfax to Tackle Affordable Housing

Basically, the City of Fairfax’s affordable-housing policy is a work in progress. The City does have a policy but, as its leaders are finding out, it could use some tweaking. It has a flexible policy that between 5 and 12 percent of the total units built should be designated as affordable. But it makes a difference whether these homes are earmarked for those making 80 percent of the City’s median income of $107,000, or 60 percent.

'Not Guilty’ Pleas in Fairfax Crimes

Jesse Matthew slated for March 2015 trial.

On Oct. 20, a Fairfax County grand jury indicted Jesse L. Matthew Jr. in connection with a 2005 attack on a 26-year-old City of Fairfax woman. Last week, he officially entered his pleas in Circuit Court, and now the case against him is moving forward in the judicial system.

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Fairfax City Residents, Businesses Ask for More Affordable Housing

There was standing room only last week when residents and elected officials poured into Fairfax Baptist Church’s fellowship hall to discuss affordable housing in the City of Fairfax. And that church’s pastor, the Rev. Henry Brinton, got right to the point.

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Facets Hopes to Raise $80,000

Facets of Fairfax held its 15th Annual Taste of Fall fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Sherwood Recreation Center in Fairfax. Deputy Director Maura Williams said the event is expected to raise $80,000, which will go toward supporting its programs to end homelessness in Fairfax.

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