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Hometown Girl Really Makes Good

Danielle Talamantes goes from Vienna to NYC’s Metropolitan Opera.

Danielle Talamantes’ life story sounds like a Hallmark made-for-TV movie. Local girl sings in community, takes her voice to next level in international competitions, is discovered by agent of New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

More Than Exercise in Potomac

Essays describe yoga’s healing truths

What if healing were as simple as moving? This is the question writer and yoga student Anne Samit asks in her debut book, “Unfold Your Mat, Unfold Yourself, Essays on Yoga’s Healing Truths and So Much More.”

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Kindergarten Student Spearheads Election Day Vote in Potomac

Owen Struzzerio, 5, a Kindergarten student at Geneva Day School in Potomac, wanted to know why his school does not have a mascot. Owen said that his “sister’s school has a mascot, the de Chantal Dukes (a dog) that they get to cheer for,” as do many other schools and sports teams.

Viewpoints in Arlington

What are you thankful for?

Three Arlingtonians express their thanks.

Opinion: Help! I’ve Lost Everything!

You may think McLean is a nice, quiet place to live, but you are wrong. In our living room at this very minute lurks an almost invisible menace. It is small and innocent looking but in reality it is the scourge of our lives.

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Honoring the Spirit of Community in Arlington

Arlington Community Foundation hosts annual luncheon.

More than 360 people, including government officials, business and nonprofit leaders, as well as civic activists, gathered at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel on Nov. 12 to participate in the Arlington Community Foundation’s annual Spirit of Community Award Luncheon, now in its 21st year.

Mount Vernon: Kroah Serving As Interim Pastor

Don Kroah, known to radio audiences throughout the Washington, D.C. area as host of WAVA Radio’s The Don Kroah Show, is serving as interim pastor at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church in the Mount Vernon area.

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Mount Vernon: Chamber Provides Spotlight on Area’s Needy

Nonprofits discuss their services.

What would it be like to live in south Fairfax County and be out of work, lose your house, and not have hope for the future?

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Herndon Rotary Club Opens Little Free Library

Rotary club holds dedication ceremony in downtown Herndon.

Despite cool weather, the Town of Herndon residents and members of the Herndon Rotary Club assembled at downtown Herndon for the dedication and unveiling of the Rotary Club of Herndon’s first Little Free Library on Saturday, Nov. 15. The Little Free Library is a neighbor-to-neighbor sharing of books, and was made possible with the support of local businesses and the Rotary Club of Herndon

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Springfield Town Center Opens in Time for Holidays

The sun-drenched and shiny new Springfield Town Center is now opened, just in time for the Holidays. In addition to anchor stores Macy's, Target, and JCPenney, there's a bunch of new boutique stores and restaurants like Maggiano's, and a new Nordstrom Rack coming.

Richard Linsday Receives Friends of the Fairfax Station Lifetime Membership Award

Friends of the Fairfax Station President, Jack Migliaccio, presented a Lifetime Membership award to Mow Cow Founder and President, Richard Linsday on Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum.

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Gift-Giving Made Easy at Judy Ryan of Fairfax

For fine apparel, home accents, and gift ideas that are already pre-mixed and matched for you, look no further than Judy Ryan of Fairfax in the Twinbrooke Shopping Center off Braddock Road. Located in the same Fairfax location for 26 years, Ryan makes 10 annual trips to New York City to find the hottest runway looks but tailors them to the tastes of Fairfax County women.

Obituary

Lisa Kay Gardner Brothers, 50, of Fairfax, Dies

Lisa Kay Gardner Brothers, age 50, of Fairfax, passed away on Nov. 5, 2014. Lisa was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on April 25, 1964 to Charles and Betty Gardner. Lisa attended Fairfax High School, where she went on to marry Christopher Brothers of Burke. Lisa was an artist at heart; sharing her love of crafting with others.

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Seniors Making a Difference

Retirement doesn’t mean slowing down, at least not for the women of the Little River Glen Senior Center: Knit and Crochet Club. The Club meets twice a week throughout the year, making scarves, hats and even some sweaters for themselves and their families, but also to benefit others.

'Not Guilty’ Pleas in Fairfax Crimes

Jesse Matthew slated for March 2015 trial.

On Oct. 20, a Fairfax County grand jury indicted Jesse L. Matthew Jr. in connection with a 2005 attack on a 26-year-old City of Fairfax woman. Last week, he officially entered his pleas in Circuit Court, and now the case against him is moving forward in the judicial system.