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Arlington Strong

Wardian leads local runners in 39th Marine Corps Marathon.

It’s been a busy month for Michael Wardian. The 40-year-old Arlington resident took to the starting line of the 39th Marine Corps Marathon to run his third marathon in 21 days with a 50-mile race added to the mix.

A Horse Named Maurice Gets Last Laugh

Comfortably ensconced in a folding chair while keeping watch over the gathering area for horses involved in the Potomac Day Parade last Saturday, Ted Cain basked under a warm sun, on a gorgeous fall morning.

Vienna Teen Conducts Free Self-Defense Workshop for Peers

Charlotte Heffelmire teaches safety strategies and tactics in November.

Charlotte Heffelmire is a Black Belt from Vienna, a McLean High School senior who is a classical musician and a philanthropist. She hopes to attend a military academy and study to become a doctor. This past summer, she completed a training program at the F.B.I. - "Future Agents in Training" - at F.B.I. facilities in D.C. and Quantico.

Vienna Man Guilty of Wire Fraud

Bilked investment clients out of more than $1 million.

A Vienna man is facing possible decades in prison after pleading guilty last week in federal court to defrauding clients that he advised about financial investments. He is Ismail Elmas, 49.

Sarah Connolly named Parent Liaison of the Month

Each month a school-based parent liaison will be recognized for his or her service to the staff and families of FCPS. The November recipient of this recognition is Sarah Connolly, parent liaison at Aldrin Elementary School.

Reston Lions Host District Conference

District Governor James Ryan, a member of the Reston Lions Club, leads representatives attending the Fall Conference for Virginia Lions of District 24-A held at the Sheraton Reston Hotel on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18. Over 200 attended.

Witches, Goblins and Pumpkins, Oh, My!

Vienna’s annual Family Halloween Party was Saturday, Oct. 18, outside the community center.

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Cooper Journalists Meet CNN Anchor

One hundred Cooper Middle School journalists had the opportunity to Skype with the news anchor Carl Azuz.

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Mounted police lead the Potomac Day parade on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Mounted police lead the Potomac Day parade on Saturday, Oct. 25.

The Tastes of Autumn

John Conway, Master Chef, The Old Brogue visits the Farmers Market.

There are ways we eat and tastes we know that have been with us since birth. Many of our ingrained ways of eating are not as tied to the seasons as they could be. Eating more healthy involves making changes that connect us with more seasonal specialties in tasteful ways.

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Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt

William Mullen, 15, of Great Falls interviews Sen. Mark Warner.

On Sept. 21 Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia), who is running for re-election on Nov. 4, was interviewed by William Mullen, 15, a sophomore at St. Albans School in Washington D.C. who lives in Great Falls. Here is a short excerpt from the interview:

Art and Thanksgiving at Katie’s Coffee

Oil painter Begoña Morton returns to Katie’s Coffee in Great Falls during the month of November with her new collection of “Daily Paintings.”

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Nurturing Happy Memories

For some, memories of just a few happy moments provide arsenal for enduring.

“It’s my few happy memories that keep me going,” a young woman who had grown up in foster care told me a few months ago. To be honest, today I’m a little foggy on exactly what her happy memories even were. They weren’t monumental experiences or achievements. They were simply moments in time when she felt happy.

Gail Péan Wins ‘Viewers Choice’ Award

Oil painter Gail Péan is the winner of the "Viewers Choice" Award in "A Sea of Sticks and Stones" a juried exhibit in the Art Hall of U.S. Geological Survey headquarters in Reston.

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Local Foundation Promotes Campus Safety

The VTV Family Outreach Foundation, a Centreville-based national non-profit campus safety advocacy organization, held their 2014 annual meeting last weekend at the Sheraton Reston Hotel. VTV was formed by the families of victims and survivors of the April 16, 2007 mass shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech.