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Springfield: Metro School of the Arts Welcomes Students to New Kingstowne Academy

Students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Alexandria will see a lot of new changes at the newly, expanded MSA Academy headquarters in Kingstowne.

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Sworn Officer Liaison Integral to Community Policing in North Springfield

Civic Association to hold community meeting on break-ins Oct. 5.

For North Springfield resident Jeff Schaefer, having a safe community starts with neighbors looking out for each other.

Mount Vernon: Strip Mall Transformation

Approval recommended for 375 residential units and 7,500 square feet of retail on 5 acres in place of aging strip.

Novus Property Holdings has been seeking to redevelop a 5.2 acre property in the Penn Daw Community at the intersection of Richmond HIghway and Fairview Drive for the past four years, said Sara Mariska, who represents the developer.

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Fairfax County: Call for Civility in Schools’ LGBTQ Discussion

School board Board also receives Opening of Schools report, votes on challenged materials review committee.

Robert Rigby stood before the Fairfax County School Board on Sept. 22 wearing a red polo shirt, typically a sign of unity at board meetings among parents and community members who have opposed recent policy updates in the school system surrounding students who identify as transgender.

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Mount Vernon: Hospital Praised as Community Anchor

Celebrating Community Day and 40th anniversary of Mount Vernon Hospital.

Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital partnered to co-sponsor Community Day and the hospital’s 40th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24. This is the fourth year the chamber sponsored a Community Day to recognize and celebrate local businesses, non-profits and Mount Vernon and Lee residents. Since Mount Vernon Hospital was planning to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the chamber decided to join celebrating Community Day simultaneously with Mount Vernon hospital.

Alexandria: Huchler Named Acting Chief

Head of Investigations appointed temporary chief of police.

Deputy Chief David Huchler was named acting chief of police for the City of Alexandria, effective Oct. 2. Huchler succeeds Chief Earl Cook, who is retiring.

Alexandria: John Warner Chooses Clinton

With Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine joining him at Charles Houston Recreation Center on Wednesday, Sept. 28, Republican former U.S. Sen. John Warner, former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former Secretary of the U.S. Navy, endorsed Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton, citing his experience working with her in the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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What to Know about Affordable Housing in Alexandria

Problems and opportunities.

A second grade teacher in Alexandria public schools makes roughly $22 per hour. A first-rank police officer in the city earns $23 per hour.

Alexandria: Go West

The Campagna Center leadership considers move out of Old Town.

The Campagna Center leadership is investigating the possibility of selling its property at 418 S. Washington St. and relocating to a new location in the West End to better suit its mission. The Alexandria-based non-profit focuses on providing educational and social development programs for the city’s underserved populations.

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Alexandria: All Eyes on Braddock

Two major housing redevelopments coming to Braddock neighborhood.

Two of the city’s biggest upcoming affordable housing redevelopment projects are located two blocks apart.

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Alexandria: Homes Tour Diamond Jubilee

Benefit raises funds for Inova Alexandria hospital.

More than 225 people turned out Sept. 23 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Historic Alexandria Homes Tour at the Diamond Jubilee Party held at Jack Taylor’s Toyota.

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Alexandria: Seaport Day 2016

Waterfront event showcases maritime history.

Handmade wooden boats, and an “anything that floats” race on the Potomac River and a 12-foot white skiff that served as a blank canvas for children were all part of the festivities as the Alexandria Seaport Foundation hosted its annual Seaport Day Sept. 17 at Waterfront Park.

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Alexandria: Season for Getting Involved in Variety of Activities

Breast cancer walk among things to do this fall.

While Sept. 22 signaled the first official day of autumn, it is the month of October when sweater weather moves in and a canvas of colorful leaves begins to blanket the city.

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Great Falls Park Offers Fall Attractions

Foliage, kayaking, hiking -- and much more.

As Phil Kirk held the climbing rope tight, fellow climber Mary Pat McMillan searched for crevices with her hand and feet to inch her way along the rock face off the path at Great Falls National Park. The park has a variety of attractions, and in the fall, the foliage, higher water levels and cooler temperatures keep this popular park busy year round.

Great Falls: St. Francis Country Fair Returns Oct. 1

The St. Francis Country Fair has been an annual tradition for over 30 years in the Great Falls community, celebrated on the first Saturday of October.