Newcomers & Community Guide 2013-2014

Newcomers & Community Guide 2013-2014

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Mount Vernon: Welcome Home

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Welcome to Alexandria! On behalf of my colleagues on City Council, I’d like to extend a warm welcome and thank you for choosing this historic community as your new home.

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Mount Vernon: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, a Watery Wonderland

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Thousands of drivers whiz through a Mount Vernon jewel every day, harried commuters and soccer parents zipping through a national park and a rare, freshwater, tidal, vanishing wetland.

Mount Vernon: Welcome to the Best District in Fairfax County

Commentary

My name is Gerry Hyland and I have served as the Mount Vernon District supervisor for 28 years. I welcome you to the Mount Vernon District which is the best district in all of Fairfax County because of the wonderful people and the resources we have here.

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Mount Vernon Neighborhood Outlook: Commercial, Residential Projects Reshape Area

“Embark Richmond Highway” to meet Sept. 21.

Baywood Hotels is planning to break ground this fall on a 92-room hotel in the Woodlawn area.

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Chantilly: A Glimpse of the Horizon

Homes, shops, restaurants and a Wegmans are proposed.

With the downturn in the office market, developers are looking at vacant parcels of land in the Westfields area of Chantilly as a place for residential and other uses, instead.

Chantilly: Step into History

Sully Plantation, restored in 1975, is celebrating its 40 years.

For a walk through 19th century plantation life in Northern Virginia, area residents can visit Chantilly’s Sully Historic Site for guided tours and other programming.

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Centreville: Much To Enjoy About Living Here

Things to do, places to go and a sense of community.

Residents have a number of notable places and activities at their fingertips.

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Centreville/Chantilly: Moving Forward with Local Road Projects

What’s planned for I-66, Routes 28 and 29, Stone, Walney, etc.

Several local road projects are either underway, in the pipeline or nearing completion.

Potomac WMCCA: To Protect and Preserve

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Wooded stream valley parks, wetlands, meadows, extensive tree canopy, rustic roads, rich biodiversity, including rare, threatened, and endangered species, and the crown jewels – the C &O Canal Historical Park and the Potomac River.

Why I Live in Potomac ...

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It was love of a man that brought me to Potomac many years ago to live overlooking the Watts Branch stream in a log cabin moved in the 1940s from behind Great Falls Tavern.

Potomac Commentary: Where Local Issues Find State Support

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As your state senator, one of the most rewarding pieces of legislation I sponsored during the 2015 Legislative Session created a Task Force to develop the framework and details for the establishment of Maryland’s Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program.

Commentary: Potomac Offers ‘A Sense of Place’

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If you are a newcomer to Potomac, you are in for a real treat — as living there for 20-plus years showed me every day.

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Neighborly Advice for Newcomers: Arlington Favorites

From bicycles to barbecue: great places to try here.

You're new to Arlington and you have no idea where to go or what is good in town? Relax. Ten Arlingtonians were asked to share their “go to” list of favorites.

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Arlington Neighborhood Outlook: Areas Undergoing ‘Reinvention and Transition’

Despite the colorful banners and lively street life, Crystal City’s a shell of its former economic powerhouse. While Arlington overall faces a high office vacancy of 20 percent, at 28.7 percent, Crystal City is hit the worst.

Editorial: What’s Special about Alexandria?

Share tips in upcoming Newcomers and Community Guide.

The Gazette Packet’s annual Newcomers and Community Guide will publish Aug. 26. A bevy of interns, plus staff writers and editors, are preparing this year’s editions, but we need help from our readers.

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