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Mount Vernon Neighborhood Outlook: Commercial, Residential Projects Reshape Area

“Embark Richmond Highway” to meet Sept. 21.

Baywood Hotels is planning to break ground this fall on a 92-room hotel in the Woodlawn area.

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Chantilly: A Glimpse of the Horizon

Homes, shops, restaurants and a Wegmans are proposed.

With the downturn in the office market, developers are looking at vacant parcels of land in the Westfields area of Chantilly as a place for residential and other uses, instead.

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Centreville/Chantilly: Moving Forward with Local Road Projects

What’s planned for I-66, Routes 28 and 29, Stone, Walney, etc.

Several local road projects are either underway, in the pipeline or nearing completion.

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Arlington Neighborhood Outlook: Areas Undergoing ‘Reinvention and Transition’

Despite the colorful banners and lively street life, Crystal City’s a shell of its former economic powerhouse. While Arlington overall faces a high office vacancy of 20 percent, at 28.7 percent, Crystal City is hit the worst.

Arlington Brief: Inmate Dies in County Jail

A 48-year-old man with a history of medical issues died in the early hours of Aug. 22 after being found unconscious in a medical unit cell of the Arlington County Detention Facility, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Arlington: Help Police Identify Suspect

The Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect involved in an attempted sexual assault and abduction of a female victim which occurred on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail on July 31.

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Fairfax County: Meet the Candidates for County Board

All politics is local, in Fairfax County, too: Who runs for Board of Supervisors in November?

You may be surprised – or dismayed – to learn that the 10 men and women who occupy Fairfax County Board of Supervisors wield enormous power and influence over your everyday lives.

Volunteer Literacy Tutors Still Needed

For 89 Alexandria kindergarteners and first graders.

Think about your favorite book as a child. Go ahead, close your eyes, and remember all of the feelings and memories that it evokes. Do you feel proud because it was the first book you read on your own? Was it the first time that you felt connected to someone? Did it make you laugh or giggle? My favorite book as a child was ”Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon. It was the first time I felt transported to another world, and ever since then, I've been hooked.

In the Kitchen

Jones Makes Biscuits with Own Personalities

Two women stood with noses pressed to the window at Stomping Ground on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. "Oh, no," one of them said. "I didn't know it was closed on Monday. I've eaten here three times since they opened in May. I love their salads; they are so fresh." Disappointed, they head down the street looking for a second choice.

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Alexandria People At Work: It’s All About the Milk

It was dark on the farm as Kinsley Coulter got up at 2 a.m. to load his truck and drive the 150 miles from Juniata County, Pa. to the Alexandria Farmer's market on Saturday.

Alexandria Snapshot: Back-to-School Supply Drive

The local chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) participates yearly with Alexandria City Public Schools in collecting items for an annual back-to-school supply drive. James Hunt is the president of the Alexandria Metro Chapter of NFBPA.

Mount Vernon Briefs: House Fires

Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department Units responded to a house fire Thursday, Aug. 20, at approximately 5:30 a.m., at 5205 Pole Road.

Mount Vernon Brief: Providing Back-to-School Haircuts

Firefighters will sponsor back-to-school children’s haircuts on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road.

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Alexandria Seeks Cycling Spokespersons

Transportation Master Plan could shift gears in favor of cycling community.

Do cyclists in Alexandria ride in the road or on the sidewalk? How do cyclists riding the Mount Vernon trail pass through Alexandria?

Alexandria Snapshots: Early Start

Alexandria City Public Schools kicked off its week-long Kindergarten Prep (K-Prep) program and two-day Middle School Prep programs last week with the aim of having every child acclimated to their new environment and routines and ready for learning on the first day of school.

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