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Fairfax, Mount Vernon, Springfield: Families host children from underserved New York City communities

At 11, Rickay Martin of Queens has already done Washington, D.C. With her host family, the Thompsons of Springfield, she’s visited The Spy Museum, The White House, George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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Fairfax County: School Transgender Regulations in Limbo

Fairfax County Public Schools are holding off on implementing new regulations regarding transgender and gender nonconforming students.

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Fairfax County: Support for Police Auditor, Civilian Review Panel

Supervisors discuss independent oversight recommendations from Ad Hoc Commission.

Details of an independent auditor for Fairfax County police and a civilian panel to review cases of alleged FCPD abuse of authority or misconduct are still being hammered out. However there was general agreement among County Supervisors at the July 19 Public Safety Committee meeting that they are in favor of moving forward with the recommendations from the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission to create both entities for accountability.

Alexandria: The Band Plays On

Students, parents, and teachers reflect on music camp experience before Friday’s concert.

On Friday, the George Washington Middle will host a student orchestra and jazz concert. For attendees, the concert will be a free hour of live music. But for the performers, the concert is the culmination of a week of practice and learning at the Alexandria City Public Schools’ music camp.

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Alexandria: Market Affordable Homes in Freefall

Tax increases push rent increases; rent increases push out residents.

Alexandria has lost of 8,000 market affordable homes since 2010. Most weren’t lost to dramatic demolitions or fires. They were lost in moments like the one Clifford Wilkening is facing; where an increase in property taxes is forcing the owner of 31 buildings housing 200 city residents to consider his first rent increase in around eight years.

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Springfield: Koinonia Recognized for Emergency Relief

Del. Mark Sickles (D-43) recognized the more than five decades of Koinonia consistently providing emergency relief services in the Franconia and Kingstowne Communities.

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McLean: Fighting Invasives, One Volunteer at a Time

Learn how to identify invasives, to eradicate invasives, and to get involved.

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Great Falls: Community Encouraged to Get Involved in Land Use Cases

Citizens association calls for members to give feedback to Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on three land use cases.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Music Video Premiere

Participants in the Kids Empowering Kids program of the Dream Dog Foundation pose for a photo with Mayor Allison Silberberg June 21 at Samuel Tucker Elementary School’s Empowerment Assembly following the premier of the group’s music video “Cyberbullying – Don’t Do It!” Also celebrating the video screening is school principal C. Rene Paschal, left, and Lorraine Friedman, director of the experiential learning program.

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Alexandria: Takin’ It to the Streets

Del Ray Music Festival moves to The Avenue.

Changes are brewing for this year’s Del Ray Music Festival, including a new location and the debut of pop-up beer gardens, a first for an outdoor street festival in the City of Alexandria.

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Alexandria: Beauticians, Barbers and Books

Literacy initiative targets youths on summer break.

Local barber shops and beauty salons across the city have united to promote Beauticians, Barbers and Books, a new literacy initiative to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer.

Alexandria: Making Progress Against Childhood Hunger

Serving up ways to provide food.

“When you look at the big picture of childhood hunger in Alexandria, you almost don't want to tackle it," said Melanie Gray, director of Outreach and Mission at Historic Christ Church in Alexandria. "So we take it one piece at a time."

Alexandria: Cora Kelly Pre-Testing Irregularity Under State Review

Administration takes disciplinary action against principal.

A pre-Standards of Learning test irregularity at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science, and Technology resulted in disciplinary action against Principal Brandon Davis and an ongoing investigation by the Virginia Department of Education.

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Alexandria Snapshot: Light on Streets, Not in Trees

City resident Ronald Gochenour writes: I believe that the citizens of the City of Alexandria deserve the key benefits of streetlights — enhancing crime deterrence and enhancing vehicular and pedestrian traffic safety. I have worked very hard to help keep the city safe and the city staff have fought me tooth and nail not to cut trees blocking lights. Lighting is a top priority? That is a joke.

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Alexandria Column: The Mailbox

Not unlike a man of like age, it leans slightly as dictated by their common enemy, age. Eight decades will do that.

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