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Behind the Counter with a Smile

Serving breakfast and lunch at Firehook Bakery.

"We know a lot of customers every day. We have a big smile ready and already know what they want. So we get their order going before they even get to the counter. Good morning Hosea," Suyapa Flores says as Hosea walks over to the order counter beside the window filled with small pecan pies, morning glory muffins and elephant ears. She explains Hosea always comes in around 11 a.m. and orders an apple scone or a whole-wheat bagel and an espresso.

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Award-winning Author Returns to Springfield

West Springfield graduate discusses his books, signs copies at Richard Byrd Library in Springfield.

On Saturday, Sept. 13, award-winning author, Louis Byrd, returned to Springfield just in time for “Fall for the Book,” an annual event that brings authors from across the nation and across the world to Fairfax County to share stories about their work and their experiences.

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Springfield Resident Visits Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Jennifer Basik of Springfield met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. as part of the Direct Selling Association’s second annual Direct Selling Day on Capitol Hill.

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Twilight Rock ‘n’ Run at South County

South County Band’s hosts fundraising 5K race.

The inaugural Twilight Rock ‘n’ Run drew a nice-sized crowd to South County High School on Sept. 13, a cool Saturday night. The 5K race was sponsored by the South County Band Boosters to raise money for the band and for Turf SoCo, an initiative to raise money for new football field turf.

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Democratic Women to Honor Foust

The reception will be held on Sept. 20 in Clifton.

The Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) will host a reception in honor of John Foust, the Democratic Candidate for the Virginia 10th Congressional District on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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Superheroes Meet Real Heroes

Marvel Universe Live! performers honor area firefighters.

Performers of Marvel Universe Live! honored firefighters outside the Patriot Center in Fairfax on Friday, Sept. 12.

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‘You Just Have to Believe’

Local girl competes in national solo ice dancing championship.

Just 15, Paul VI sophomore LaDan Nemati has a full plate. From November-February, she skates with a synchronized skating team in Delaware; and during the spring, summer and early fall, she does solo ice dancing.

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Music and Food Under the Stars at Fairfax Old Town

The City of Fairfax Old Town and Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department hosted an evening under the stars with music by the Legacy Brass Quintet on Friday Sept. 12.

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Search for Hannah Graham Continues

West Potomac Alumna, UVA second year student, last seen on Sept. 13

Hannah Graham, University of Virginia sophomore and alumna of West Potomac High School, has been missing since the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 13.

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‘[This] Will Change Our Lives’

Community, Paisano’s unite to purchase an accessible van.

Last Friday, Sept. 12, was a night when dreams came true. On Centreville High’s football field, the Wildcats trounced West Potomac, 54-0. And on the sidelines at halftime, Centreville senior Juwaan Espinal, 17, was presented with an accessible van.

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Dranesville Elementary Holds Back to School Night

Parents and teachers reconnect at school event.

Herndon Dranesville Elementary hosted its annual Back to School Night on Monday, Sept. 15 for parents to meet the teachers and individuals who support their children. The event was for parents and guardians only so families could understand the aspects of their child’s education.

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Senator Warner Visits Downtown Herndon

Herndon business owners speak with Senator Mark Warner.

United States Senator Mark Warner made a visit to downtown Herndon on Friday, Sept. 12. The purpose of the visit was to connect and chat with some local business owners and staff.

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Longfellow Principal Wins State Award

Carole Kihm named Outstanding Middle School Principal by VASSP.

Carole Kihm, principal at Longfellow Middle School, remembers her love for educating children and pre-teens when she was in high school. Her lifelong love for education paid off when she was named Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals earlier this year.

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Great Falls Honors 9/11 Victims

Candles lit, names read during memorial ceremony.

Still 13 years later, it is a date no American can forget. The annual Great Falls 9/11 Memorial Ceremony was held on Thursday at the Freedom Memorial to remember the six village citizens who died when a plane hit the Pentagon more than a decade ago.

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Dalya Luttwak Exhibits at GRACE

Sculpture exhibit on display in Reston until Nov. 1.

Since 2007, artist Dalya Luttwak has been working on a series of sculptures depicting the root systems of various plants. Some of these sculptures are on display at Reston GRACE located on the corner of Market St. and St. Francis in the Reston Town Center.