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Fairfax: Board Approves 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program

Five-year plan includes three new elementary schools and one new high school.

This year, Fairfax County Public Schools experienced one of the smallest annual enrollment increases in nearly a decade: 1,368 students, compared to the average of 2,400 since the 2008-09 school year, bringing the total to 187,202.

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Springfield: Community Outlook 2017

Springfield Area Ongoing Developments

The Connection keeps a running list of land use projects being planned, under construction and nearing completion in the community. The list is updated quarterly.

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Bills Moving Forward

Commentary Scott Surovell State Senator (D-36)

The General Assembly Session is in full gear and legislation has begun to move through the process as we start to take action on 3,000 bills.

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Lorton: Community Outlook 2017

Ongoing Area Developments

The Connection keeps a running list of land use projects being planned, under construction and nearing completion in the community. The list is updated quarterly.

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University Drive Extension Project Advances Slightly

Council votes to bring it to 30-percent design.

The Fairfax City Council has not completely approved the controversial University Drive extension...But the project inched forward slightly Tuesday night when the members voted to advance it to the 30-percent design stage.

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Inauguration Day

Local officers provide security for inaugural events.

More than 100 officers from the Fairfax County Police Department assisted in security during Inauguration Day activities Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. as Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States.

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Burke Community Outlook 2017

Developments Underway in Burke Area

The Connection keeps a running list of land use projects being planned, under construction and nearing completion in the community. The list is updated quarterly.

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Reshaping the Region

Commercial, residential and historic projects are changing the landscape.

The Richmond Highway corridor is the sight of many upgrades.

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Reston Town Center Retailers, Patrons Wrestle with New Parking Fees

Reston: Viewpoints: What do you think of the new parking fees?

“Oh, I didn’t know they started charging …. I’ll stick to weekends now I guess, since that’s free.”

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Reston: Company Quits Negotiations with RA on Lake House Independent Review

The company selected by a special committee of the Reston Association to review the purchase and renovation of the deficit-plagued Lake House property backed out of negotiations.

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Burke, Fairfax Station, Springfield: Great Dads Turns 20

Nonprofit celebrates two decades training fathers to be better parents.

“I remember leaving the conference and driving past the exit for my office,” Stafford said, “looking back and seeing my briefcase, thinking about all the things I needed to get done, or thought I did.” But Stafford passed the exit, drove home and surprised his wife. He announced the family would be going to the zoo, “a nice little daycation.”

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Herndon: SPIRIT Equestrian Program Gets a Christmas Miracle

Horseback Riding

“We received the notice to vacate the property exactly one week before Thanksgiving and they wanted us moved out by Dec. 31,” Dada said. “We really need a Christmas miracle to go through this transition and survive it.”

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Fairfax: Holidays Come to City Concerts, Plays, Santa and S’mores

City of Fairfax ushers in the holiday season.

Christmas in the City of Fairfax is always special. And a full slate of activities from Dec. 3-19 is sure to make holiday spirits bright.

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Herndon: Tough Underground Work Underway on Silver Line Phase 2

Hand mining used to dig tunnels through granite.

"Imagine crawling under your desk and digging through solid rock in that tight space on your knees for eight or more hours every day," Kearney said. Further, it's a job the public cannot see and therefore cannot appreciate.

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Meet young chef Ryan Spicknell.

McLean: Fabulous Offers at Earls Kitchen + Bar

Spicknell had dinner at the Vancouver location of the Earls group, and learned that management was looking for summer help. So he jumped at the chance, and from dishwasher to kitchen help, the youngster, perhaps unintentionally, launched his culinary career.

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