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Obituary: Willie L. Hudgins, Jr., of Reston, Dies

Willie L. Hudgins, Jr., beloved husband of Cathy Hudgins — Fairfax County Hunter Mill District supervisor — died Saturday, April 11, 2015. He was 72 years old. Willie was born March 5, 1943, in LaCrosse, Va. After attending both undergraduate and law school at Howard University, he and the Hudgins family moved to Reston. They have lived in Reston since 1969.

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New Train Debuts on Metro's Blue Line

7000-series train gets positive passenger reviews.

It is a project that has been five years in the making. On April 14, the Washington Metro’s new 7000-series train debuted, transporting passengers from the Franconia-Springfield Station on Tuesday morning. “Good morning, customers. Welcome aboard Metrorail’s new 7000-series train,” said the operator as the train pulled into the station.

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Earth Day Celebration: 2015 SpringFest Fairfax at the Workhouse Center

An Earth Day celebration wouldn’t be complete without ponies and food trucks. At least the combined Earth Day and Arbor Day event in Fairfax County, known as SpringFest Fairfax, wouldn’t.

Fairfax County Task Force to Recommend Sexual Assault Education Reforms

Fairfax County is examining how it prepares students to prevent and respond to sexual assault. In December, Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) brought forward a board matter concerning sexual assault culture. County staff responded in March with a report that assesses what Fairfax County Public Schools is doing in this area.

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Democrats Debate for District Supervisor

South County Federation hosts supervisor candidates’ forum.

Members of the South County Federation civic association welcomed the four Democratic candidates to replace Gerry Hyland as Mount Vernon District supervisor for a debate during their April 14 meeting in the South County High School Library.

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‘Blue Sky’ Projects: Build or Renovate?

Fairfax County Public Schools hosts Region 3 community meeting.

Mount Vernon residents Cathy Hosek and Shelly Good-Cook spent their Wednesday night in the Hayfield Secondary School cafeteria, engaging in discussion about how to improve their area schools and community.

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Little League Opening Day in Mount Vernon

It was a day to “play ball” and 1,200 boys and girls showed up in Mount Vernon to do just that. Saturday, April 11, was opening day for the Fort Hunt, Alexandria-Potomac and Woodlawn Little Leagues.

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Mount Vernon Woods Elementary Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Supervisors congratulate Mount Vernon Woods on 50-year milestone.

Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School students turned the Board of Supervisors auditorium into a concert hall Tuesday morning, April 7.

Mount Vernon Crime Report for the Week of April 15

The following incidents were reported by the Mount Vernon District Police Station.

Citizens Divided over Development’s Impact

While earlier meetings on the Robinson Terminal South Development tended to primarily pit local citizens against city staff and representatives from EYA, the developer, the proposal of four special use permits for the development drew a mix of reactions at the April 9 Planning Commission Special Public Hearing. After a presentation explaining the changes made to the site, the public responded with some in favor of the proposed buildings, some opposed, and many expressing opinions somewhere in between. Following the public discussion, the Planning Commission ultimately voted unanimously to approve the special use permits for the site.

Businesses Join Local Nonprofits for 24-Hour Charity Drive

Spring2ACTion emphasizes off-line community building.

Five years ago, ACT for Alexandria helped raise $100,000 for local charities at its first annual Spring2ACTion event. Last year, the organization raised over $1 million for 121 local nonprofits. At this year’s city-wide event on April 22, ACT for Alexandria’s Chief Program Officer Brandi Yee says the goal is to exceed 10,000 donors. Last year, the program had 7,516 total donors to the event, but this year Yee hopes a more public presence and greater involvement in the community can help bolster that number.

Alexandria: Eisenhower Ave. Field Fails as TC Stadium Alternative

Site on Eisenhower Avenue can’t match TC Stadium

Following suggestions expressed at public hearings that a new AlexRenew Field on Eisenhower Avenue be developed as a substitute for the lights and expansion at T.C. Williams’ High School’s Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium, Alexandria city staff analyzed the suggestion and reported back to City Council with a resounding no.

City Hall Briefs: April 15

In his State of the City address on April 14, Mayor William Euille reflected on recent Potomac Yard and waterfront development milestones.

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People at Work: Mind the Mat

Laugh, dance and sweat—yoga combines it all.

The door opens and a crowd streams out the door clutching mats as Pilates Boot Camp is over. Smiles line the lobby waiting to sign in for the next class. Katie walks to the desk and stops to say hello. Paige Lichens, yoga instructor at Mind the Mat in Del Rey says, "Her husband just started."

Honoring King through Service

Staff and students from two Alexandria City public schools gave up their time on Jan. 19 to give back to their communities in honor of Martin Luther King Day.