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Chantilly Crime Report for the Week of 8/26

The following incidents were reported by the Fair Oaks Police Station.

Bite Me Cancer Marks 5th Anniversary

Fundraising underway for research.

Bite Me Cancer celebrates its 5-year anniversary this month with its founder, Nikki Ferraro, who graduated from James Madison University this past May. Ferraro started Bite Me Cancer at 17 years old after being diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer during the spring semester of her junior year of high school.

SYA Annual Board Meeting Rescheduled

The Southwestern Youth Association annual Executive Board of Directors Election Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Preparing for the Start of School in the Fall

Putting all of the puzzle pieces together.

Boxes filled with Swanson Middle School assignment books and textbooks are stacked high in the Main Office while the roar of the waxing machine is heard down the hall.

Centreville and Chantilly Crime Report for the Week of 8/26

The following incidents were reported by the Sully District Police Station.

Strand To Lead Unified Prevention Coalition

Whitney Strand has been appointed as the new executive director of the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC). Strand has served as program director of the countywide coalition that works to prevent substance abuse and keep Fairfax County youth and young adults safe and drug free.

Reston: Five Candidates for Three Vacancies

A Candidates Forum - for Reston Community Center Board of Governors - to be held Sept. 17.

The Reston Community Center (RCC) Board of Governors has announced five candidates for its 2015 Preference Poll.

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Great Falls: Groundwater Cleanup Continues

GFCA responds to latest figures from gas additive spill; eyesore continues to plague Great Falls.

In the last three months, about 27 pounds of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) have been removed from the groundwater as a result of the leak from the former Exxon Station at 9901 Georgetown Pike.

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From Foster Care to Founding Nonprofit ‘Acts of Random Kindness’

Fundraiser to benefit iCan program.

It’s unusual today for a 22-year-old to have a Master’s degree and to have founded a non-profit. It’s downright amazing if that young person spent much of her childhood homeless and hungry before spending her high school years in foster care in the city of Alexandria.

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Fairfax County: Policy Changes Recommended on Mental Health and Crisis Intervention

About half of the inmates in the Fairfax County Jail have a mental health illness or substance abuse disorders. The Mental Health and Crisis Intervention Team subcommittee of the Fairfax County Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission included this information from County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid in the introduction to its list of policy change recommendations to the full commission on Aug. 17.

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Fairfax County: Former Police Officer Charged with John Geer Murder

Adam Torres indicted by special grand jury.

Adam Torres has been charged with murdering John Geer. Though Torres shot the unarmed man once in the chest nearly two years ago, the then-Fairfax County Police officer remained on the department’s payroll until being terminated July 31, 2015.

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Oak Hill: Sharing Stories and Emotions in Quilts

The Sacred Threads quilts exhibition comes every two years to Oak Hill’s Floris United Methodist Church. Within each work, the artists tell stories of love, loss, joy, hope, healing and inspiration. The display ran July 10-26.

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Chantilly: A Summer of Cybersecurity

Chantilly High School partners up with Northrop Grumman to educate students about the field of cybersecurity.

Some students walked into the Chantilly High School cafeteria thinking the camp would be easy. Others walked in because their parents made them. The room slowly grew in size as both groups of youths converged. Every day for one week, these students, grades 7-12, were given the opportunity to learn about computer vulnerabilities, internet ethics, and types of software. Welcome to the world of cybersecurity.

Chantilly Brief: SYA Schedules Annual Board Meeting

The Southwestern Youth Association will hold its annual Executive Board of Directors Election Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3. The meeting will be held at the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

City of Fairfax Fire Chief Dave Rohr Retires

When Dave Rohr says he and his brothers were “always interested in public safety,” it’s definitely an understatement. All three have had long careers with the Fairfax County Fire Department, and now Rohr, 55, just retired as the City of Fairfax’s fire chief.