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Lorton: More than a Game

In Lorton, Monopoly tournament tests skills against chance.

Almost 100 players gathered at the Woodbridge Moose Lodge 583 in Lorton on Saturday, Feb. 6 for the ninth year to play a friendly but serious game of Monopoly.

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Alexandria: Making of a Megachurch

Alfred Street Baptist Church prepares for 181,151-square-foot expansion.

On Sundays, Alfred Street Baptist Church, one of the city’s oldest black churches, is one of the most popular spots in Alexandria’s Historic District. According to Deacon James Garrett, the church has added more than 3,000 new members over the last eight years. If all goes according to plan, it’s going to get a little more spacious inside Alexandria’s historic Alfred Street Baptist Church, but some residents are concerned it comes at the cost of crowding their neighbors.

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Alexandria: War of Passive Aggression

South rises again in Alexandria to fight renaming streets and moving memorial.

Speakers at a city meeting compared the potential plans to de-Confederate Alexandria to everything from the backlash against soldiers returning home to Vietnam to ISIS and the Taliban. At the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names, a public comment section sparked tensions and highlighted a deep divide in how Alexandrians still view a war over 150 years ended.

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Alexandria: Rotary Club Accepting Grant Applications

Deadline is Feb. 26.

The Rotary Club of Alexandria is accepting applications for its annual Grants Program which provides financial support to nonprofit organizations that advance literacy for children and adults or improves the lives of children, youth, seniors and others with special needs in the Alexandria community.

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‘Mercy Street’ Shines Light on Alexandria

PBS series draws attention to Alexandria’s landmarks.

The Office of Historic Alexandria has joined Extraordinary Alexandria to celebrate the spotlight on its heritage and present new visitor experiences for fans of the PBS miniseries, “Mercy Street.”

Alexandria: City Health Department Offers Guidance on Zika Virus

Case of Zika virus in Virginia was imported from outside the U.S.

As of Feb. 8, there is one known case of Zika virus in Virginia, according to Alexandria Health Department Director Stephen Haering.

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Alexandria: Stowe Honored as Officer of the Year

American Legion presents inaugural award.

Alexandria Police officer Carl Stowe Jr. was presented with the 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award Jan. 13 by American Legion Post 24 in Old Town.

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston

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Reston: Virginia Polar Dip at Lake Anne

Event draws 204 jumpers and raises $95,000 for Camp Sunshine charity.

With air temperatures at 48 degrees, and water temperature at 36 degrees, some 204 jumpers took part in the ninth annual Virginia Polar Dip on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, raising $95,000 for the Camp Sunshine charity.

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Reston Robotics Proves Resistance is Futile

On a crackling crisp morning Miranda and JohnAngelo stand waiting for a door minder to let them into Nova Labs in Reston.

Reston Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Fairfax County Police blotter from Feb. 1-4.

Herndon Crime Reports

Notable incidents from the Herndon Police reports from Jan. 25-31.

Herndon: Downtown, New Town Website and More

The Town of Herndon extended its deadline for proposals for the downtown development until Feb. 19.

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Potomac: Running To Benefit Children with Special Needs

Friendship Circle brings youths together.

Seventeen-year-old, Reuben Winston ran the Miami Half-Marathon on Jan. 24, placing 90th out of nearly 15,000 runners.

Virginia Cigarette Tax Remains Lowest in Nation

Opportunity for increase in cigarette tax blows up in smoke.

Dale Stein and the McLean Citizens Association couldn’t even raise a match before legislators in Richmond extinguished a possible increase in the cigarette tax for Fairfax County.

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