Week in Herndon

Herndon Town Council Holds Budget Hearings A $48,827,100 budget was presented to residents to discuss at the April 8 Herndon Town Council meeting. The meeting provided residents the opportunity to gather information about the 2014-15 budget. A second hearing will be held April 22, at 7 p.m. at 765 Lynn Street. “In this climate, my proposed FY 2015 budget takes a conservative approach to allocation of town resources while continuing our focus on redevelopment of the downtown, planning for transit-oriented development near Metrorail's Herndon station and maintenance of the quality of our public facilities and infrastructure," stated Herndon Town Manager Arthur Anselene in a press release.

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Eggs-ellent Pre-Easter Swim

Herndon Community Center hosts third annual Aqua Egg Hunt.

Energetic children splashed about in a pool, frantically grabbing colorful plastic eggs bobbing in the water before time ran out. Herndon Community Center’s Third Annual Aqua Egg Hunt attracted about 80 swimsuit-clad children on Saturday. “I think it’s an opportunity for both the child and parent to do something together,” said Aquatic Services Manager Kerstin Severin.

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Snap Fitness Holds Grand Opening

24/7 fitness center looks forwards to serving community.

After more than three years of successful operation of a fitness location on Franklin Farm Road, in Herndon, business owner Sean Boyd decided to open a new Snap Fitness location at the Herndon Kmart Shopping Center on Elden Street. Several martial arts studios are located in the area, but there has been no fitness center serving the neighborhood since Gold’s Gym closed its location in 2008.

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Mind Heart Vision Exhibit Opens at ArtSpace

Senior students display work at community art gallery.

Every spring art teachers at Herndon High School invite senior artists to participate in a juried art show at ArtSpace Herndon, the community art gallery created and supported by art lovers in the greater Herndon area. The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, drawings, and sculpture. “The show is a chance for our art students to show their talents, and they are talented,” said Herndon High art teacher Alexa Mamatas, a 2008 graduate of Herndon High. Students show paintings, photographs, drawings, and digital art. This show was juried by professional local artist and teacher Melanie Stanley, Jeanette Burkle Galie of Galie photography, and Richard Suib of Richard Suib Images. “I think it is a great opportunity for other people to see our art,” said Herndon senior Saif Siraj, who has a computer-generated image on display in the exhibit. “The picture took about a week to make,” said Siraj.

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ArtSpace Herndon Hosts Americas Ensemble Concert

Audience learns about rhythm and musicians’ life journeys.

“This is a perfect example of how the arts in Herndon has both an educational and entertaining mission to bridge cultures in our local community,” said Scott Mayhugh. Mayhugh was attending the Saturday evening music performance hosted at ArtSpace Herndon featuring artists of a group named Americas Ensemble.

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Lutheran Mission Team Feeds the Hungry

Members of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church missions team, Helping Hands, reached out to the Selma community once again, donating $7,000 of food to the local food pantry. Concordia students helped shop, deliver and unload the hundreds of pounds of canned food to Christian Outreach Alliance, an organization that gives hundreds of food bags to the hungry each month. Good Shepherd, based in Herndon has sent several mission teams to Concordia College over the years. Also on the mission trip was Matthew Dickert. The team also painted buildings on campus during their time in Selma.

Herndon High in National Business Plan Competition

The Business Management Virtual Enterprise class at Herndon High recently placed first in best sales presentation, first in website design, second in company business card, and fifth in human resource case study during a trade show at Virginia Wesleyan College. The students created the company V-LO Chip, Inc. Their chip is the size of a stamp and can be placed on any item which would allow one to locate a lost, stolen, or misplaced object using a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. It can also be used for medical purposes to locate disoriented loved ones suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. Team members include Paria Ahmadi, Daniel Cozza, Eduardo Delgado, Bobby Emmons, Bailey Hubble, Anthony Lieu, Stephanie Paendong, Nathan Petrelli, and Sam Sepassi. Team officers also played a part in the success of the competition but did not attend; they traveled to New York City on March 31, to represent Virginia in the National Business Plan competition. Officers are Steven Barbaro, Andrew Ipinza, Robert Koss, Travis Langtry, Andrew Maccini, Sara Pena, and Han Phan.

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Herndon High Students Perform with All-State Band

Herndon High School All State Band Students pictured while participating in the performance on April 5 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. -- Lewis Morgan (senior), trombone first chair; Dasha Bradfield, (senior), clarinet; Jacob Reeves (sophomore), percussion; Trevor Little, (senior) trumpet, and Aimee Toner, (sophomore) flute.

Week in Great Falls

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Great Falls Library Holocaust survivor Henry Greenbaum will talk about his experience as a Polish Jew who was liberated from Auschwitz concentration camp and eventually made his way to the United States. His presentation -- Out of the Darkness, Into the Light: Surviving the Holocaust – will be held on Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. Greenbaum now serves as a volunteer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Seating is limited. Please register for this event at or phone the Library at 703-757-8560.

Troop 673 Promotes Two New Eagle Scouts

Ian Toloczko and Owen Dankworth, of Eagle Scouts from Troop 673 in Great Falls –- sponsored by the Great Falls United Methodist Men – are the most recent among more than one hundred Eagle Scouts developed by the Troop for over 50 years of activity.

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‘Fountain of Youth’ in Great Falls Plaza

Fontaine de Jeunesse Medical & Dental Aesthetics Spa opened since June 2013.

In an unassuming Georgetown Pike plaza is a spa-like experience promising to tighten clients up without a nip and tuck. Fontaine de Jeunesse Medical & Dental Aesthetics Spa, a self-proclaimed fountain of youth in the heart of Great Falls, has been noninvasively treating men and women since last summer. The owner, Dr. Jeanette Coutin, started the business as a way to help other women age gracefully through menopause without being self-conscious. “I found out that diet and exercise alone was not taking care of losing the weight,” she said.

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‘Deer Management’ Options Explored

The deer population has boomed, experts tell Great Falls Citizens Association Town Hall meeting.

Hundreds of deer are eating tree limbs in the national parks and decorative hastas in gardens, and short of introducing wolves to the area, residents want to get rid of them. Great Falls Citizens Association had three local deer management experts discuss what the residents’ options were April 8 at a town hall meeting at The Grange. All three said there is no way of knowing how many deer are in the area. However, because there is no natural predator, the deer population has boomed.

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Great Falls Celebrates Spring

Community enjoys 30th Annual Spring Festival.

“When the weather is nice we always have a nice turnout,” said Wendy Adeler Hall, daughter of the Great Falls jeweler Jorge Adeler. On Sunday, April 13, families from the Great Falls community and Northern Virginia gathered at the Village Green for the annual Spring Festival. The Spring Festival and Egg Hunt was hosted by the Great Falls Optimist Club and Adeler Jewelers, a family business which has served northern Virginia for more than 20 years.

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Doreen Montis Exhibits at Great Falls Library

Doreen Montis presents a collection of abstract and contemporary photography at the Great Falls Library. The photographs in the exhibit are images that were captured as seen thru the camera. They were not digitally manipulated or created in Photoshop. It is interesting to see how ordinary images, such as oil and water, lights, and glass can become works of art by changing the focus point or lighting conditions. Stop by and test your skills at identifying the objects in the photographs. The Great Falls Library is located at 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The collection will be on display from April-June, 10 percent of all sales will go to the Friends of the Library. Montis’ images have received top honors at several exhibitions and contests. They have appeared magazines and are in personal collections nationwide. To see more of Montis’ images, visit her website at

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Great Falls Volunteers Take Part in Watershed Clean Up

Northern Virginia residents participated in the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup on Saturday, April 5, sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Last year, this Potomac watershed cleanup through the region collected over 300 tons of trash. The Great Falls Citizens Association organized over a dozen volunteers this year to clean up along Difficult Run stream and worked for over three hours to pull out debris along the trails and woods along the stream, which flows into the Potomac River. Many of the volunteers were high school students.