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Behind the Counter with a Smile

Serving breakfast and lunch at Firehook Bakery.

"We know a lot of customers every day. We have a big smile ready and already know what they want. So we get their order going before they even get to the counter. Good morning Hosea," Suyapa Flores says as Hosea walks over to the order counter beside the window filled with small pecan pies, morning glory muffins and elephant ears. She explains Hosea always comes in around 11 a.m. and orders an apple scone or a whole-wheat bagel and an espresso.

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Award-winning Author Returns to Springfield

West Springfield graduate discusses his books, signs copies at Richard Byrd Library in Springfield.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, award-winning author, Louis Byrd, returned to Springfield just in time for “Fall for the Book,” an annual event that brings authors from across the nation and across the world to Fairfax County to share stories about their work and their experiences.

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Springfield Resident Visits Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Jennifer Basik of Springfield met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. as part of the Direct Selling Association’s second annual Direct Selling Day on Capitol Hill.

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Construction Nearly Done on the 95 Express Lanes

The construction on the 95 Express Lanes is 90 percent complete and on schedule to open in early January 2015.

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Democratic Women to Honor Foust

The reception will be held on Sept. 20 in Clifton.

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) will host a reception in honor of John Foust, the Democratic Candidate for the Virginia 10th Congressional District on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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Sound Argument

Proposed recycling facility faces public backlash.

Tucked away behind the Alexandria Police Department, an empty lot along Wheeler Avenue has become the focal point in a skirmish between local residents and the developers of a proposed recycling facility.

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‘You Just Have to Believe’

Local girl competes in national solo ice dancing championship.

Just 15, Paul VI sophomore LaDan Nemati has a full plate. From November-February, she skates with a synchronized skating team in Delaware; and during the spring, summer and early fall, she does solo ice dancing.

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Alexandria’s Oldest Boxing Club on the Ropes

City seeks to recoup its recreation costs.

The fate of Alexandria’s oldest free boxing club hangs in the balance this week after the city hammered out a conciliatory deal to begin withdrawing its financial support. For the first time in its 30-year history the boxing club will no longer be completely free. Members over 18 and all non-Alexandria city residents will now have to pay. The club will also have to pay rent to the city.

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Search for Hannah Graham Continues

West Potomac Alumna, UVA second year student, last seen on Sept. 13

Hannah Graham, University of Virginia sophomore and alumna of West Potomac High School, has been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Herndon Celebrates Lighting Of W&OD Trail

Herndon is first municipality to light a section of the W&OD trail.

Town of Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel and the Herndon town council celebrated the completion of installation of lights along the W&OD trail with a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The ceremony was held on the W&OD Trail near the intersection with Lynn Street in downtown Herndon, near the caboose.

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Lake Anne Fellowship House Revitalization Halted

Fellowship Square Foundation Board claims county did not support plans.

After two years of stalled plans, Norvus Residences is indefinitely deferring the revitalization of Lake Anne Fellowship House. According to a letter sent from the Fellowship Square Foundation Board of Directors, it was because the proposal did not have county support.

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Longfellow Principal Wins State Award

Carole Kihm named Outstanding Middle School Principal by VASSP.

Carole Kihm, principal at Longfellow Middle School, remembers her love for educating children and pre-teens when she was in high school. Her lifelong love for education paid off when she was named Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals earlier this year.

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Great Falls Honors 9/11 Victims

Candles lit, names read during memorial ceremony.

Still 13 years later, it is a date no American can forget. The annual Great Falls 9/11 Memorial Ceremony was held on Thursday at the Freedom Memorial to remember the six village citizens who died when a plane hit the Pentagon more than a decade ago.

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Reston Master Plan Debated

Residents discuss neighborhoods and convenience centers.

Reston residents met with Fairfax County officials Saturday morning to discuss the future of their neighborhoods.

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Town Council Promotes Bike and Pedestrian Safety

100 cyclists and pedestrians killed on the roads in Virginia every year.

Herndon is promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety this month. The Town Council passed a proclamation recognizing Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month to make drivers aware of their less protected counterparts on the road.

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