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Great Falls: Eyesore Improves, Bank Coming

Construction on TD Bank scheduled for Fall; opening of two-lane drive-thru bank anticipated for February.

The community called the site of the old Exxon Station, with environmental cleanup underway, an “eyesore.”

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Fairfax: Holocaust Survivor Speaks at Woodson High

World War II is the focus of 10th-graders across the board in history and English classes at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax.

Fairfax: Help End Childhood Hunger in Fairfax

Area residents are invited to join the community effort to end childhood hunger in the City of Fairfax by participating in Fairfax Cares.

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Fairfax: Sixty Years of Service, Memories and Fun

Woman’s Club of Fairfax celebrates diamond anniversary.

It takes effort, care and dedication to reach a 60th anniversary – and that’s exactly what the Woman’s Club of Fairfax has done.

Mount Vernon Gala: Neighborhood Gala To Benefit Hollin Meadows STEM

With the sizeable rift between the Fairfax County Public Schools adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2017 and the advertised transfer from the Board of Supervisors still looming, parents and community supporters of Hollin Meadows Elementary hope to protect their school’s highly valued STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and outdoor garden programs.

Inside Alexandria Police Department: Use of Force

An occasional series, drawn from the Alexandria Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Alexandria Citizens’ Police Academy is a 10-week course hosted by the Alexandria Police Department (APD) to offer citizens a better understanding of how the department works. Throughout the course, participants sit in on emergency calls and ride along with police officers on patrol.

Alexandria: Council Hears Ethics Recommendation

A pledge for city’s elected and appointed officials.

The ethics pledge makes no changes to the law, increases no reporting qualifications, and includes no complaint process, but after months of City Council fights over its necessity and implications, the draft presented by the Code of Conduct Review Committee at the April 12 City Council meeting was received with relatively little fanfare.

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Alexandria: Civil War Still Reverberates

Indecision and conflict continues over Confederate street names and statues.

After four tumultuous meetings, the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names has not managed to settle the 150-year-old conflict over the legacy of the Confederacy in Alexandria.

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Fairfax County: 24th annual Service Awards recognizes community champions, hundreds of volunteers

Kathy Hertz, a longtime volunteer in Clifton, spent more than a week in Lesvos, Greece just after Christmas with her cousin. The two of them volunteered in and around a refugee camp for individuals being funnelled to Athens and hopefully back to Germany or other European havens.

Alexandria Brief: Duke Street Ramp Closing

During overnight hours on Thursday, April 14,the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the ramp from Duke Street (Route 236) to I-395 North to remove construction barriers. Motorists should expect delays.

Alexandria Brief: Man Charged with Murder

Alexandria Police have charged a suspect in connection with the homicide of Melaku Abraha, who died on April 1, from injuries sustained during a robbery that occurred in the 200 block of South Alfred Street on March 28.

Alexandria Brief: Man Indicted in Park Murder

On April 11, the Grand Jury for the City of Alexandria handed down a two-count indictment against Reinaldo Mauricio Portillo Membrano, alleging that Portillo Membrano murdered Jose Luis Perez Ferman in Beverly Park on or about Nov. 8, 2015.

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Best of Reston, Best of Inspiration

Bob Simon’s Reston honored at Silver Anniversary of Cornerstones partnership with the Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Olivia Wolfe, Hannah Becker and Kacey Hirschfeld ensured that their childhood friend Amy Boyle was honored with them Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency Reston ballroom.

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Reston Celebrates Its Founder

This is the first Founder’s Day since the passing of Robert E. Simon, Jr.

They remembered his joyfulness and playfulness. But most of all, officials, speakers and friends remembered Robert E. Simon, Jr.’s enduring vision during the opening remarks of the 13th Founder’s Day on Saturday, April 9.

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Herndon Volunteer Appreciation Event Held

32nd annual Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night a success.

Herndon helped volunteers feel the appreciation at the 32nd annual Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Herndon Community Center on April 10.