Child Pornography Yields 16-Year Prison Sentence

Patrick Joseph Friedel, 29, of Arlington was sentenced Friday, April 24, to 192 months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release for the production and possession of child pornography.

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Class of 2015: Arlington Has New Tree Stewards

Tree Stewards volunteer to keep communities green.

Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria graduated a class of 20 new Tree Stewards on April 14.

Fairfax Old Town Square Debuting in Style on May 2

Ribbon-cutting and Derby-Q event.

The City of Fairfax’s brand-new Old Town Square will make its debut Saturday, May 2, with two special events. First, at 9 a.m., will be the official ribbon-cutting on the City’s new gathering place that features decorative fountains.

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Not Enough Progress Made on Affordable Housing in Alexandria

Alexandria Needs Assessment finds affordable housing severely lacking.

The 2010 City Council Strategic Plan laid out seven main goals for the city’s long-term development. Goal number one was to “achieve a net increase in the number of dedicated affordable rental and ownership units in the city by 2015.”

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Fairfax County and Springfield Communities Celebrate the Life of Karen Brown

Springfield resident Sam Martin remembers Karen Brown as the exemplary neighbor. “She was a wonderful friend who wouldn’t drive by the house without stopping,” he said. “She was always welcoming you in, and a fantastic cook.”

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“Can You See Me?” Campaign Shines Spotlight on the Homeless

Volunteers and representative from Fairfax County’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness (OPEH) assembled mannequins representing homeless men, women, children, families and veterans on Friday, April 17 at the Fairfax Government Center.

2015 Best of Reston Community Service Awards Gala on April 30

The 24th Annual Best of Reston Community Service Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, April 30, at Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street, 6-10 p.m.

Community Rallies Behind Fire Victims

After a Mount Vernon High School student and family lost their home in a fire on April 14, principal Nardos King sent an email the following Friday morning to school staff and the Mount Vernon “Keep In Touch” contact list asking for donations to help the family start over.

Obituary: Sam Hinson


Samuel Laing Hinson, Jr., Colonel, USAF (ret), died April 11, 2015. Born Sept. 1, 1919, he was raised in Albany, Ga., the youngest of seven children.

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Expanding Circle of HOPE

Empty Bowl event at Herndon Floris United Methodist Church raises $36,025.68.

On April 10, the 8th annual Empty Bowls event was hosted by the Giving Circle of HOPE at Floris United Methodist Church on Frying Pan Road in Herndon. Proceeds went directly to Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food to needy people in Northern Virginia.

Citizen Kaufman, Attorney Yeatts

Herndon's 20 year town attorney to retire in June.

Lesa J. Yeatts will replace Richard B. Kaufman as Herndon's Town Attorney in June.

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Alexandria: Plaque Recalls Education Before Desegregation

Alumni of Parker-Gray High School gather.

Alumni and city officials gathered on April 16 for the unveiling of a plaque outside the Alexandria City Public Schools’ Central Office commemorating Parker-Gray High School.

Obituary: Peter Smolka


Peter Henry Smolka, of Alexandria, was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1919.

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Lyles Crouch Students Remember Abraham Lincoln

On the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the students in the Lyles-Crouch After School Theater program presented an original play “Abraham Lincoln: And Now He Belongs to the Ages.”

Obituary: Thomas Richard Downs


Commander Tom R. Downs, USN, Ret., 91, a 57-year resident of Alexandria, who was the first Trustee Emeritus of the Alexandria Symphony, dating from the early 1990s, died on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. A burial service with full military honors will be held Friday, May 8, 9 a.m. at Old Post Chapel, Fort Myers.