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A Violinist with ‘a Special Gift’

Masato Chang of McLean advances in the Music Teachers National Association Competition.

Thirteen-year-old Masato Chang from McLean recently won the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition for his category on the violin, in Virginia. This makes him one of the highest-scoring string players for his category.

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Springfield: Special Bible Exhibit at First Church of Christ, Scientist

How did the King James Version of the Bible come to be? In a one-day exhibition celebrating International Bible Day on Nov. 23, Springfield resident and historian Bruce Slawter showcased several ancient Bible pages and explained some of the book’s origin story.

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Mount Vernon: Arcadia Farms Offers Veterans More Purpose in Life

Beads of sweat on Laron Murrell’s forehead glisten under his grey wool beanie as he digs his hoe into the live earth. On one side, the Woodlawn Plantation mansion stands, a relic from 1800. The plantation overlooks Fort Belvoir, situated across Route 1 bustling on a gleaming Monday morning in November.

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McLean High Seniors Face, Discuss Real-life Ethical Issues

Summing up the experiences of Ethics Day.

A swarm of students in blazers, slacks and dress shoes funneled into McLean High School’s auditorium on Nov. 18 as the senior class congregated for the annual Ethics Day.

Great Falls Author Paints a Powerful Portrait

Laura Elliott launches her newest novel, ‘DaVinci’s Tiger.’

It began about twenty years ago with a single question. Award-winning author Laura Elliott says the idea for her newest novel was first ignited when her daughter Megan, then a small girl, walked into the room one morning and asked her mother, “Did you know that the only Leonardo in all of the Americas is right here in Washington, D.C.?”

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Camper’s Trophies and Awards Recognized

Long-time Fairfax business receives inaugural Small Business Award.

Long-time Fairfax business Camper’s Trophies and Awards is the recipient of the inaugural Small Business of the Year Award, bestowed by the City of Fairfax’s Economic Development Office.

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Remodelers, Suppliers Join Forces to Help Clifton Woman

Sun Design Remodeling and partners donate services to upgrade deck and wheelchair ramp for local woman with spina bifida.

A coalition of local remodelers and home improvement suppliers are set to repair the deck and wheelchair ramp surrounding the home of Dixie Dawson, a long term Clifton resident with spina bifida.

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Mount Vernon Snapshot: Scholarship

Dr. Douthard R. Butler, chairman, Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, officially recognized and presented on Oct. 15 a scholarship check in the amount of $2,000 to Gabrielle Lozama who graduated from South Lakes High School in Reston and is now a first year student at Virginia Tech with a double major — multi-media journalism and fashion merchandise and design. The Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce ( based in Gum Springs

Mount Vernon Snapshot: Food Collection

To mark Oct. 25 as World Pasta Day, Gold’s Gym Alexandria on Richmond Highway issued a “World Pasta Day Challenge” to its members during October, encouraging them to donate boxes of pasta to help stock the Food Pantry at United Community Ministries.

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Alexandria: The Gospel of the Berg

Neighborhood gathers in prayer for victims of violence.

The courtyards of the Berg neighborhood were busy late on Nov. 20 with chants of “Victory is Mine.” More than 50 residents and visitors came together to honor the local victims of violence, with more filtering in as the night went on.

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Alexandria: Legacy of Euille

A celebration of accomplishments.

Over the last 12 years in office, Mayor William Euille has won a fair share of friends, and they nearly all showed up to the Mayor’s Legacy Reception at the Carlyle Club on Nov. 23.

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Alexandria: IMParting Hope For Veterans

Art therapy helps veterans recover from PTSD.

“I was messed up,” said Tor Peery. “I still am. I have some bad days, but this helped me to use another medium to express myself without having to use words. It’s amazing what art can do.”

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Alexandria People at Work: Owens Found His Passion

It was the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Justin Owens, butcher and one of the managers at Society Fair, said, "Today starts the crazy four days. People woke up this morning and realized Thursday is Thanksgiving and we have been getting panicked phone calls asking if it is too late to order their Thanksgiving dinners."

Alexandria: Annual Holiday Door Decorating Judging

An Old Town tradition will get underway the week of Dec. 6, when residents of the Old and Historic District of Alexandria will display their holiday spirit on their doors and a team of judges from the Old Town Walled Garden Club will select the winners of the 48th Annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest.

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Alexandria: Soul Providers

SSA volunteers honored.

Senior Services of Alexandria held its Volunteer Appreciation luncheon Nov. 12 at the Durant Center, recognizing volunteers from across the city and honoring individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the well-being of seniors through SSA programs.