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Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.

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Mount Vernon: Welcome Home

Newcomers & Community Guide

Welcome to Alexandria! On behalf of my colleagues on City Council, I’d like to extend a warm welcome and thank you for choosing this historic community as your new home.

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Mount Vernon: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, a Watery Wonderland

Newcomers & Community Guide

Thousands of drivers whiz through a Mount Vernon jewel every day, harried commuters and soccer parents zipping through a national park and a rare, freshwater, tidal, vanishing wetland.

Mount Vernon: Welcome to the Best District in Fairfax County

Commentary

My name is Gerry Hyland and I have served as the Mount Vernon District supervisor for 28 years. I welcome you to the Mount Vernon District which is the best district in all of Fairfax County because of the wonderful people and the resources we have here.

Potomac WMCCA: To Protect and Preserve

Newcomers & Community Guide

Wooded stream valley parks, wetlands, meadows, extensive tree canopy, rustic roads, rich biodiversity, including rare, threatened, and endangered species, and the crown jewels – the C &O Canal Historical Park and the Potomac River.

Why I Live in Potomac ...

Newcomers & Community Guide

It was love of a man that brought me to Potomac many years ago to live overlooking the Watts Branch stream in a log cabin moved in the 1940s from behind Great Falls Tavern.

Potomac Commentary: Where Local Issues Find State Support

Newcomers & Community Guide

As your state senator, one of the most rewarding pieces of legislation I sponsored during the 2015 Legislative Session created a Task Force to develop the framework and details for the establishment of Maryland’s Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program.

Commentary: Potomac Offers ‘A Sense of Place’

Newcomers & Community Guide

If you are a newcomer to Potomac, you are in for a real treat — as living there for 20-plus years showed me every day.

Poem: The Hills of Arlington

There was a house, there on the corner,

Letter: Prudent Investments

Letter to the Editor

I would like to add some thoughts to the ongoing discussions about the city’s debt.

Letter: Appreciates Progress

Letter to the Editor

I’ve lived in Alexandria for 20 years, and there has been wonderful progress during this time.

Column: 'Bulky Boy'

Although this title invokes the nickname of one of my three male cats – Andrew, to be specific – he is in fact not the point of th is column.

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I am writing with concerns about the intersection of Stringfellow Road and Chantilly High School. I transport my daughter to work at the Kindercare child care center daily and have seen and had near misses with high school kids as they try to cross the road not at the crosswalk or with the crossing guard.

Letter: Welcome from Police Chief Ed Roessler

Newcomers Guide

Dear Community Members: The Fairfax County Police Department was established on July 1, 1940 and today we have an authorized strength of 1,372 sworn law enforcement officers who protect and serve the communities of the County. On average, officers respond to over 400,000 calls for service each year.

Column: Accommodate or Exacerbate

As a diagnosed-as-“terminal” cancer patient (is that better, Rebecca?), I feel I am due some accommodations. However, when offered or given, I am hesitant to accept (not always, though; I’ll be honest).

Letter: A Test of Leadership

Letter to the Editor

Late last month, Fairfax County officials announced a $47 million surplus from the 2015 fiscal year, money gained from spending cuts and extra tax revenue that would likely go toward renovating county schools and other infrastructure repairs.

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