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Herndon Receives First Application for ‘Metro’ Area Redevelopment

Stanley Martin Homes wants to build 64 new townhomes at 625 Herndon Parkway.

Stanley Martin Homes wants to build 64 new townhomes at 625 Herndon Parkway. This is the first redevelopment requested for the Herndon Transit-Oriented Core, roughly 38 acres of land immediately north of the new metrorail station that is being constructed in Herndon on the Silver line.

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Reston: Reston Association Board Members Divided; Pools on Chopping Block

Board Divided Over Budget

Reston Association’s 2017 proposed budget was hotly debated during a public hearing that left both residents and board directors in disagreement.

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A Violation of the Comprehensive Plan

Reston resident analyzes Saint John’s Wood redevelopment proposal.

A group of determined neighbors are holding steadfast in their opposition to the proposed redevelopment plans for the St. Johns Wood (SJW) apartment complex. John Mooney is a member of Reclaim Reston. He added his signature to those of more than 675 locals who signed Reston resident Susanne Andersson-Tosado’s on-line petition opposing the project.

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Herndon: Volunteering on Election Night

Election night volunteer Jennifer Kyle Herd of Herndon pulls a precinct chief's kit to the check-in table while Office of Elections information technology technician Alexander Russell logs poll pads into inventory around 10:15 p.m. Nov. 8 at the loading dock of the Fairfax County Government Center as another chief pulls up in a car to unload.

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Herndon Honors Veterans

Veterans Day Observance held at the ‘Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month” at Herndon’s Chestnut Grove Cemetery.

“It is the veteran, not the preacher, who gives us freedom of religion. It is the veteran, not the reporter, who gives us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair trial. It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the veteran who salutes that flag.” Pausing, he adds: “It is the veteran who serves under that flag” Barnum said.

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Herndon Has High Turnout; Mayor Wins Re-Election

Town Council Elections Held

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel won re-election last week from an engaged town of voters. “The election was a great experience,” says Merkel. “Seeing so many people out and excited to cast their ballots … the atmosphere was very positive and neighborly at each of the three precincts I visited.”

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McLean: Kirby Road Sidewalk in Three Years

Two preliminary designs for new sidewalk on Kirby Road connecting pedestrians to Chesterbrook Elementary School were presented to the community on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at a public meeting in the school’s cafeteria. The final design will be completed in 2017, land required for the projects will be acquired in 2018 and construction will start and finish in 2019.

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Council gives go-ahead to Rust Curve project.

Rust Curve Project Gets ‘Green Light’

The Rust Curve proposal is controversial, with residents on both sides of the issue. But, believing in the many benefits it’ll bring, the Fairfax City Council has given it a green light. The project entails building a continuous brick sidewalk on the west side of Route 123/Chain Bridge Road between Old Town Fairfax and Rust Hill Place. It also replaces the drainage ditch and deteriorating sidewalk along Chain Bridge Road with a new, at-grade curb, gutter and sidewalk.

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Despite Alexandria Voters, It’s President Trump

Democrats re-elect Beyer but lose the country.

If Alexandria had decided the election, Hillary Clinton would be President.

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Clinton and Kaine Carry Virginia, Trump Seizes Key Battlegrounds

Comstock, Connolly, Beyer re-elected; meals tax voted down; bonds voted up.

MEALS TAX referendum would have allowed Fairfax County supervisors to enact up to a four percent tax on prepared foods and beverages.

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Vienna: It's Election Day: Vienna, Oakton Vote

November 8, 2016

As long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you will be able to vote. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are planning to vote on your way home from work, give yourself plenty of travel time. Election officials want you to keep in mind that you need to be in line by 7 p.m at your poll location in order to cast your vote.

Board of Education Races

The Board of Education

Accepting the Outcome

Commentary

Even though I literally wore holes in the soles of my shoes campaigning door to door, covering the equivalent of five districts in a person-to-person campaign was impossible. I congratulated the winners and kept on working.

Three Reston Residents Appointed to RCC Board

Beverly Cosham, Michelle A. Moyer and Paul D. Thomas elected in Preference Poll.

At the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins requested and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved appointment of three Reston residents to the nine-member Reston Community Center Board of Governors.

Leadership vs Rhetoric

Letter to the Editor

Congresswoman Comstock worked across party lines to pass a 5-year transportation bill—the first of its kind in 10 years—which brings $6.2 billion to the Commonwealth. She also supported bipartisan bills to replace No Child Left Behind, provide resources to combat the heroin epidemic, and bolster our national security.

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