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Centreville: Parents’ Love Story Inspires Novel

Centreville resident Naila Q. Parveen pens first novel.

Longtime Centreville resident Naila Q. Parveen released her first novel “Under the Magnolia Tree” this month. Although Parveen has been writing and illustrating stories since she was a child, she still describes becoming an author as something that “miraculously happened” to her.

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Centreville Snapshot: Exploring Nature

Students at Chesterbrook Academy preschool in Centreville explored a bug’s life in celebration of Earth Day in April as they released more than 4,500 ladybugs throughout the schoolyard and back into the environment on plants, flowers and trees.

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Potomac Snapshot: It’s Official

WashingtonFirst Bank celebrated its grand opening of its 19th branch at 9812 Falls Road, Suite 125, Potomac on June 7.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Cruisers and Backhoes and Trucks, Oh, My

Touch-A-Truck was June 18 outside the Chantilly Regional Library.

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Mount Vernon: Celebrating Gum Springs Community Day

Gum Springs residents celebrated a day of community events held at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Saturday, June 18.

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Alexandria: Class of 2016 Bids Farewell to T.C. Williams

Class of 2016 Graduation marks the school’s 50th anniversary and the end of Principal Dingle’s first year.

According to Principal Dr. Jesse Dingle, life at T.C. Williams High School is a kaleidoscope. It’s constantly moving and shifting, full of every imaginable form of diversity.

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Mount Vernon High School Holds Commencement Exercises June 17

Though he’s only been with them for three months, new Mount Vernon High School Principal Dr. Anthony Terrell said he quickly came to admire the senior class of 2016.

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Springfield: West Springfield Graduation Held June 17

On their graduation day, West Springfield High School teacher Mike Mukai spoke to the Class of 2016 about wishes.

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Fairfax Station, Lorton: More than 500 graduate from South County High School on June 21

South County High School senior class president Taylor Berry lamented in her commencement address that little did she and her classmates know their secondary education would go by so quickly.

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Burke, Fairfax Station: Robinson Holds Graduation June 15

The students may have been graduating, but their principal assigned one more book for them to read. Robinson Secondary’s Matt Eline sent each 2016 graduate on their way with a copy of Brian Tracy’s “Achieve Any Goal.” He made goals the theme of his address to the young adults on June 15 at George Mason’s Eagle Bank Arena.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: For Food Bridge Program

Our Daily Bread (ODB) Board of Directors member Catherine Read (second from right) and Programs Director Christina Garris (center) receive a grant check from Walmart market managers (from left) George Joyner, Leigh Belcher and Rodney Morrison at an award ceremony on May 26 at the Walmart Fredericksburg.

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Mount Vernon: FHYAA Names Scholarship Winners

The winners of the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association’s 2016 Jackson Casey Memorial Scholarships are Jessica Dorn and Henry Chastain.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: New Store, New Design

2nd Avenue Value Stores has opened a new store at 8750 Richmond Highway. The store’s design, a prototype for future 2nd Avenue stores, organizes and segments each department.

Fairfax: Integrating Computer Science and Biology

Prathik Naidu, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, organized the first Youth Bioinformatics Symposium at George Mason University in collaboration with the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

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Alexandria: Cutting Out City Council?

Backlash follows proposed changes to city’s charter.

In the span of one docket item, City Council voted to yield more approval powers to city staff, but were more wary of a proposal that would give final approval powers to the Planning Commission.

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