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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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Vienna: Madison High Students Collect Food for Others

Food Drive

Madison High School is running its annual canned food drive from Oct. 31 to Nov. 22.

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McLean WinterFest – Registration now open.

Holiday parade on Sunday, December 4

Mark your calendars for McLean WinterFest parade Sunday, December 4th. To register to be in the parade, go to the WinterFest site at www.mcleanwinterfest.org. It’s fun to relive last year’s parade with the slideshow of entries while planning for WinterFest 2016, McLean’s only community parade.

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Volunteer Events & Opportunities

Service

30th Annual Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium Caregivers Conference, Friday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The conference "Gems: A Treasure Chest of Ideas" will have speakers and resources on topics important to caregivers. The $30 fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, materials, and certificate of attendance.

Week in Reston

Nominations Needed for ‘Free Roof for the Holidays’

- Nominations Needed for ‘Free Roof for the Holidays’ -

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Reston P&Z Committee Meeting - From Informational to Inflamed

Planning Procedures Under Scrutiny

Things got a bit heated at the October meeting of the Reston Planning and Zoning Committee on Monday, Oct. 17. “We urge the applicant to inform the public and get input from the very beginning of the process,” said Regina Coyle.

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Washington West Film Festival A Success

Film festival brings together filmmakers and film lovers.

A red carpet was laid out at Reston Town Center’s Bow Tie Cinema for the 6th annual Washington West Film Festival. The 6th annual Washington West Film Festival (WWFF) showcased fifty-nine films from around the world, including world premieres and D.C. premieres. ”We're getting terrific feedback about our Washington West 2016 lineup of films,” said Brad Russell, founder and president of WWFF.

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New Principal of Orange Hunt

A native New Yorker, Karen Tuttle, age 44, was named new principal of Orange Hunt Elementary School in Springfield, on Sept. 14, 2016. Waples Mill School Counselor Kate Crane said "When I think of Karen, I think of a warm smile, constant encouragement, a positive attitude, creative problem solving and a drive to work tirelessly to do what’s best for kids. Karen makes it a priority to build meaningful and genuine relationships with all members of the school community. "

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Supervisors to Vote on Civilian Review Panel Dec. 6.

Draft item discussed at Oct. 25 Public Safety Committee.

By its Dec. 6 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors should have the opportunity to vote on creating a Civilian Review Panel for police oversight, a first in Fairfax. The independent panel was one of the more controversial of the 142 recommendations from the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission created by board chairman Sharon Bulova in 2015. The civilian review panel would “review completed police internal administrative investigations of civilian complaints concerning allegations of abuse of authority and serious misconduct,” according to the draft action item.

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Fairfax: Inmates Explore Ways Back to Community

Inmate Resource Fair at Fairfax Adult Detention Center helps inmates overcome hurdles upon release.

Toccara Puller moves table to table at the Inmate Resource Fair at the Fairfax Adult Detention Center on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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Alexandria People at Work: Gonzalez Creates Art as a Team

"O.K. everyone, out on the field." Arms grab trumpets, clarinets, with a shoulder harness for the drum. Band members head out the door, down the steps and onto the end of the football field at T. C. Williams High School on a hot first school day of the year.

Herndon Area Nonprofits: Making Community Work

GrandInvolve is recruiting older adults as volunteers who would like to become mentors, reading and math helpers, and classroom helpers.

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Reston/Herndon: Vibrant City Living, Small Town Life

Living in the Reston-Herndon area means you don’t have to pick just one!

Despite the fierce Herndon-South Lakes high schools rivalry, Herndonites and Restonians have more in common than they do differences. Not the least of which, residents from both towns share a lively and vibrant social scene.

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Reston/Herndon: Everyone Counts in Hunter Mill

Every good community stems from those who work hard to make the community the best version of itself.