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Yes, Cats Can Be Trained Too

Reston cat trainer Lisa-Maria Padilla gives techniques to train feline friends to do tricks.

Lisa-Maria Padilla, 53, of Reston was recently in Del Mar, Calif., close to San Diego, for the largest cat show in the West coast, called the San Diego Cat Fancier's Show, which featured more than 400 cats. She took her cat named Racy Mooner, a blue Abyssinian ("Abys") who has a Facebook page, there to do cat tricks and introduce people to training techniques.

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McLean Loves its Pets

Pets connect owners to the wild world around them.

When it comes to pets, McLean is much like other communities. Our pets are pampered, doted on, and loved. And with good reason. According to these McLean pet owners, the unconditional love they give in return is immeasurable.

McLean High Crew Wins Top Honors

McLean High School rowers won a total of seven gold medals, two silver medals and four bronze medals at the 2015 MidAtlantic Erg Sprints, hosted by TC Williams High School on Jan. 31. Many of McLean High medalists are now headed to Boston to compete in the C.R.A.S.H -B Sprints on March 1st. (

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Fairfax County School Board Discusses New AAP Center at Poplar Tree

Board seeks more community feedback before taking action.

Greenbriar West Elementary School is far from the only Fairfax County Public School with an overcrowding problem.

Tiny Dancers Summer Camp

There’s something afoot at Tiny Dancers in Fairfax City this summer, as they offer their award-winning program of themed, week-long camps. Each session includes daily instruction in dance, a snack, fine motor exercise through a theme-related craft, and ballet camps include a favorite story with dress-up dance interpretation.

Team Members Teach Children with Autism

Besides participating in robotics competitions, team Robowiz also did community outreach via the START (Spreading Technology And Robotics Together) program. It partnered with the Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) to encourage children with autism to develop an interest in robotics.

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Another Bank to Open at Cardinal Forest Plaza

New TD Bank expected to open in June 2015.

Come Summer 2015, Cardinal Forest Plaza will be the home of a new TD Bank, making the new bank the sixth one to be located near the intersection of Old Keene Mill and Rolling Roads. Also not far from the intersection is a SunTrust Bank, making for a total of seven banks in the area.

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‘You Start with a Box of Metal’

Local robotics team heads to two state championships.

It’s a big deal when a team, academic or athletic, reaches the state championships. But it’s even more impressive when that team does it in two, different states. Meet team Robowiz – 10 local students who’ve reached that level in both Virginia and Maryland. The eight boys and two girls live in Centreville, Chantilly and Fairfax and are in grades eight through 10.

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Winner, Runner-up of Local Spelling Bee

Kaia Liese Lehenbauer won Local Scripps Spelling Bee for home schooled students held at Harvester Teaching Services in Springfield on Feb. 9 and will advance to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee to be held at Lanier Middle School on March 22.

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Just Pictures?

Randolph-Macon Professor presents on African-American Art at Workhouse.

How do we articulate the challenges of our experience in life? Randolph-Macon College art history professor Dr. Evie Terrono explores this question through the eyes of African-American artists, spanning from the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement to modern day.

Weichert, Realtors Recognizes Burke/Fairfax Station Office Associate

Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced Sales Associate Youssef Zeroual of the Burke/Fairfax Station office was individually recognized for his exceptional industry success during the month of January.

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School’s 10th Anniversary Includes Alumni Reunion

The Howard Gardner School hosted an Alumni Reunion on Jan. 9 as part of its 10th anniversary celebration. Founded in 2004, HGS is an independent school with graduating classes that average 12 students. One quarter of HGS alumni attended the event to see each other and their former teachers.

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Asian Grill Celebrates Chinese New Year

The Asian Grill restaurant on Rolling Road in Springfield is celebrating the Chinese New Year now through March 8 with fresh, traditional Chinese dishes in an updated menu that are sure to wow the crowd. Owned by Darrin Ho and his wife Jenny, the restaurant with a staff of seven in the West Springfield Shopping Center is offering a Chinese New Year feast for $65.95 per person.

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Inaugural Celebration of Gospel Event Held in Burke

Last Wednesday, Feb. 11, the Lake Braddock Secondary School (LBSS) welcomed the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University (HGC) to headline its first musical Celebration of Gospel. The concert was sponsored by the Minority Parents for Excellence in Education (MPEE), a parent-led organization that has been active at LBSS for almost 30 years.

Dead or Alive: Virginia General Assembly Lawmakers Pick Their Legislative Highlights at the Crossover

HB1872: Would have required the Board of Education to arrange a special training program for principals working with struggling schools.