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Weichert, Realtors’ Burke Office Launches Toy Drive

With the season of giving upon us, Nick Brown, branch manager of Weichert, Realtors’ Burke office, has announced the start of their annual holiday toy drive to benefit children associated with “Kristi’s Christmas” – a nonprofit program that is supported by the West Springfield Rotary Foundation, which is devoted to helping disadvantaged children in Fairfax County that may be overlooked by other county, state, and federal programs.

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Mount Vernon: Local Film Maker Shines at International Film Festival

Story focuses on life after high school.

After growing up in Tennessee, and a three-year stay in Greece when he was 14 through 17, Chris Kiros came to Alexandria. He now lives in Belle View with his wife, Christina, and seven-year-old son, Lucas.

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Reston Lake Anne Hosts Holiday Event

Weather does not hinder traditional Reston event.

Umbrellas and rain gear were all the fashion on Saturday, Dec. 6. Despite wet weather, parents and children still waited by Lake Anne Plaza in Reston for the visit by Santa Claus.

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Lake Anne Business to Relocate

Board of Supervisors approves Lake Anne Redevelopment LLC proposal.

A proposal passed by the Board of Supervisors could temporarily displace Just Cats Clinic. The board unanimously passed a proposal at the Dec. 2 meeting to amend the county’s comprehensive plan calls for the demolition of the Millennium Bank building, among other requests, to provide a better view of Lake Anne Plaza once revitalized.

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County Superintendent Listens to Reston

Dr. Karen Garza’s listening tour stops at Hunters Woods Elementary.

She’s listening. At the last stop of 2014 for her listening tour, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza listened to parents, students, teachers and residents about their concerns about the school system, ranging from cyberbullying to teacher pay on Saturday morning at Hunters Woods Elementary.

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Holiday Season Begins at Mesmeralda’s in McLean

One of McLean's oldest shops is getting in the holiday spirit. Brimming with candles, cards decor and a host of holiday and hostess gifts, Mesmeralda’s is a store where a visitor can pick up something for everyone on their list.

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Garza on School Matters

School system superintendent addresses citizens’ concerns.

Dressed in a black skirt suit and a maroon blouse, Dr. Karen Garza was ready to take on questions and comments from concerned area residents. At the last event of McLean Citizens Association, the Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent was invited to talk to residents about pressing education matters like overcrowded classrooms and budget concerns at the McLean Community Center on Dec. 1.

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Senior Safety Summit Held at the Herndon Harbor House.

Area senior citizens got a lesson on safety from the professionals. The first of two Senior Safety Summits was held on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Herndon Harbor House to show the area’s oldest residents how to remain safe for the holidays and beyond.

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Community Behind Potential Garden Plots in Herndon

Community gardens in Herndon are a step closer to becoming a reality.

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Herndon Florist Ready for the Holidays

The shop boasts red, green and white arrangements and decor.

As a shop that has been a local institution for nearly 40 years, Herndon Florist has experienced the holiday season many times. The shop is stocked with its usual items that have grown to be popular for holiday shoppers as the temperatures drop.

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Saddling Up to the Holidays in Great Falls

The Saddlery has gifts for all, equestrian or not.

Tucked inside of a Walker Road shopping center is a local equestrian’s holiday secret. The Saddlery, a shop that specializes in equestrian gear and clothing for women, is brimming with hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and presents for nearly all women.

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Residents Speak Out Against Cluster Development

Basheer and Edgemoore representatives meet with residents for discussion.

More than 150 residents showed up on a Wednesday night to speak against cluster development proposal seeking rezoning. The Citizens for the Heart of Great Falls, among other area residents, left unsatisfied with Basheer and Edgemoore’s answers on Dec. 3 at Forestville Elementary about their development proposal, many stating they would prefer to have the zoning kept to 5 acre lots rather than splitting them.

Arlington: FBI Offers $15,000 Reward

Chief Doug Scott, Arlington County Police Department, represents one of nine law enforcement agencies combining efforts to identify and locate a suspect responsible for multiple robberies spanning multiple jurisdictions.

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Mount Vernon Taco Bell wins Mary Thonen Award

When she first heard Taco Bell had won, Yolanda Frye was shocked. “It means a lot to our Taco Bell,” said the regional general manager for the chain.

PenFed Realty Joins Forces With Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Both companies have demonstrated the ability to achieve impressive growth goals.

It wouldn’t be stretching the truth to describe this partnership as a potential match made in heaven. On Dec. 4 the press releases went out, announcing that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, was officially welcoming regional powerhouse Prudential PenFed Realty into the fold, where it will now operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty.