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Alex McVeigh

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Man Dies in Fall From Heron House

Nabil Faltas of Chimney House Road fell from 10

Nabil Faltas, a resident of Chimney House Road in Reston was found dead Sunday, Aug. 18 outside of Heron House at Lake Anne Plaza.

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People’s Choice Winner

Herndon senior Josh Katz reflects on award-winning photograph.

When the Town of Herndon 2014 calendars are sent to all the residents late this year, the work of Josh Katz will adorn the main page. Katz, a rising senior at Herndon High School, took this year’s People’s Choice Award winning photograph.

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Herndon Council Approves Preliminary Subdivision Plan

Helgar Oaks would feature nine houses on Van Buren Street.

The Herndon Town Council unanimously approved an application for a preliminary subdivision plan on the 400 block of Van Buren Street. The lots at 417 and 419 Van Buren Street, located adjacent to Bruin Park, are currently empty and total about three acres.

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Great Falls Elementary Students Summer in Japan

Great Falls Elementary, Cooper Middle Students visit Japan.

Nineteen students from Great Falls Elementary School and Cooper Middle School spent their summer in a unique way. The students spent two weeks in Japan as a culmination of their Japanese Immersion study

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Women Leaders Gather at Great Falls Library

Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34) hosts Young Women’s Leadership Program.

Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34) welcomed author and political commentator Donna Brazile to her Young Women’s Leadership Program Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Great Falls Library. Twenty-three young women, mostly middle and high schoolers, listened to Brazile tell her story and give advice on chasing their dreams.

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Share Readies Students for School

Nonprofit gives out school supplies, backpacks, back-to-school haircuts.

Share of McLean helped its clients get into back-to-school mode Wednesday, Aug. 14, with their annual school supply drive. The nonprofit worked with local individuals and organizations to stock their shelves with the items returning students were sure to need.

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Walmart Comes to Tysons Corner

New store at Tysons West is first "urban style" location.

Walmart opened their first urban-style location in the country in Tysons Corner Wednesday, Aug. 14. The store, which is one of their "supercenters," will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and serves as the anchor of the JBG Rosenfeld Retail-owned Tysons West.

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Chinese Fiddlers Come to Reston

Shanghai Yangpu Youth Palace student troupe performs at Reston Town Center.

Ashley Syed was walking along Market Street in Reston Town Center Saturday, Aug. 10 when she heard music that she described as “something right out of a movie.” As she got closer to the town center’s pavilion, the music grew louder.

Isabel Robles Heads to Houston Ballet

Isabel Robles will spend school year with Houston Ballet.

After spending six weeks in a summer intensive program with the Houston Ballet, Isabel Robles decided that wasn’t enough, now she will spend the school year in the company’s year-round program.

Town of Herndon Hires Economic Development Manager

Dennis Holste will work on maintaining and growing town’s business base.

The Town of Herndon has hired its first ever economic development manager. Dennis Holste will hold the position as the town prepares to take advantage of development opportunities such as those presented by the Metrorail Silver Line.

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Dancers on Display At Great Falls Library

Artist Jill Banks hosts workshop at Great Falls Library.

The conference room at the Great Falls Library was transformed into a studio of sorts Saturday, Aug. 10. Artist Jill Banks hosted a painting demonstration featuring two local dancers, and welcomed visitors and other artists throughout the day.

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Great Falls Exxon Station Remediation Plan Nears Completion

Department of Environmental Quality prepares to receive report on remediation of gasoline contaminants.

A corrective action plan (CAP) addressing the remediation of gasoline constituents in the ground underneath the property of the former Great Falls Exxon station is in the final stages of preparation.

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Old Firehouse Teen Center Block Party Set for Aug. 24

McLean Teens Got Talent returns for third year, along with games, history exhibit.

The Old Firehouse Teen Center will host its annual Block Party Saturday, Aug. 24, welcoming teens and families to an afternoon of live performances, living history exhibits and other activities all through the center.

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County Hosts Hearing on Crescent Apartments Redevelopment

Crescent redevelopment proposal brings optimism, concern for some.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors hosted a public hearing to discuss an interim agreement to redevelop the Crescent Apartments at their Tuesday, July 30 meeting.

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Reston Interfaith Renamed Cornerstones

Nonprofit rolls out new name, logo, but “mission remains the same.”

Reston Interfaith hasReston Interfaith has been a force in the community for the past 43 years, advocating for those in need on a multitude of different levels. On Thursday, Aug. 1, they officially changed their name to Cornerstones. been a force in the community for the past 43 years, advocating for those in need on a multitude of different levels. On Thursday, Aug. 1, they officially changed their name to Cornerstones.

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Golf Tournament Benefits Arts Council

Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern hosts annual fundraiser.

Though the grounds were damp from the night before, and the skies threatened rain in the morning, that didn’t stop more than 100 golfers from taking to the Herndon Centennial Golf Course Thursday, Aug. 1.

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Hometown Concert on the Green

Atlas Road Crew, with Great Falls Native Patrick Drohan, performs in weekly concert series.

The weekly Concerts on the Green at the Great Falls Village Centre always feature a regional band, but the show Sunday, Aug. 4 was as close to home as it gets. The band, Atlas Road Crew, a rock quintet from South Carolina, featured Patrick Drohan, a Great Falls native, on drums.

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Tysons Interim Parking Agreement Approved

Located next to McLean Station, 711-space proposal is the first approved by county.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the first agreement for an interim commuter parking lot for Silver Line users in Tysons Corner Tuesday, July 30.

Sullivan Named to Fairfax County Park Board

Rip Sullivan named by Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) to represent Dranesville district.

McLean resident Richard "Rip" Sullivan has been named the Dranesville representative for the park authority board, replacing Kevin Fay, who stepped down in July.

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Hinds Feet Ministries Celebrates 15 Years of Service to Liberia

Local nonprofit performs outreach to Liberia.

Trypetus Cooper Padmore spent her formative years living around the world. A native of Liberia, she spent time in Great Britain and the United Stated during her school years. She left Liberia with her family after the military coup in 1980.

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Cindy’s Legacy to Host 2nd Annual Golf Clinic

Nonprofit supports families and patients affected by cancer.

Cindy’s Legacy, a nonprofit dedicated to providing services for families affected by cancer, will host its second annual golf clinic at the Herndon Centennial Golf Course Friday, Aug. 9.

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Herndon Town Calendar Photos Chosen

Local photographers recognized at ArtSpace.

The walls of ArtSpace Herndon are currently decorated with almost 60 photos of Herndon’s signature moments. From large events such as the Herndon festival, to the simple pleasure of two children holding hands on a brisk fall day, local photographers submitted their shots for inclusion in the town’s annual calendar.

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Rotary Club of Great Falls Launches Foundation

Foundation will allow for tax deductible donations.

In their first two years, the Rotary Club of Great Falls has experienced almost unprecedented growth, quickly becoming one of the fastest growing clubs in Rotary International. Now they have taken the next step to reach deeper into the community, founding a 501(c)3, the Rotary Club of Great Falls, Virginia Foundation.

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New Trail Sections Opened in McLean

Lewinsville Road trail, Ingleside Avenue-Churchill Road add sections.

The last few months have seen new trail connectivity in McLean, giving cyclists and pedestrians easier paths, without putting them in close proximity to cars.

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Bridge Replacement on Schedule

Beach Mill Road Bridge construction nearly halfway complete.

Replacement of the bridge on Beach Mill Road is one month into construction, and according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, it is proceeding according to schedule.

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Author Finds Mystery in Great Falls Park

John Dibble’s first novel, "Difficult Run," features murder and mystery in Great Falls Park.

John Dibble is used to finding solace in Great Falls Park. He often walks the paths of the park with his dog Noochie. His familiarity with the park made it the perfect setting for his first novel, the mystery thriller "Difficult Run," named for the stream that first inspired him.

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McLean Orchestra Hosts Fundraiser

Supporters of McLean Orchestra gather at McLean residence.

Supporters and friends of the McLean Orchestra came together Sunday, July 20 to re-affirm the commitment they’ve made to the organization, and to look forward to their upcoming "Season of Festivity," which will begin this fall. Ann Page, past president and board member, hosted several dozen supporters at her McLean home.

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Gallery 65 Hosts Performance Art

Artist Christine Walters paints two pictures to music during live art event.

A steady thump of electronic drums could be heard at the Langley Shopping Center Thursday, July 18. The sounds were aimed to draw people into the Color Wheel Gallery 65 to get a glimpse of live art being created.

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Obituary: Dr. Thomas Wilkins Dies at 83

For more than 40 years, Wilkins worked to better lives of those around Reston.

When Dr. Thomas Wilkins moved to Reston in 1969, he said he did so because it was “an island of equality in a sea of inequality.” Wilkins passed away Saturday, July 20 at the age of 83, having spent 44 years trying to make Reston a stronger community.

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Lake Anne Goes to the Dogs for Charity Dog Wash

Annual Dogtopia charity wash raises funds to train service dogs.

Trina Shaughnessy was with her dog Macro on their usual Sunday afternoon walk on North Shore Drive last weekend, when she heard an unmistakable sound coming from Lake Anne Plaza.

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Metro Silver Line Delayed

MWAA announces at least an eight-week delay in passenger service.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced an approximately eight-week delay in the completion of Phase One of the Silver Line.

Town Examines Herndon Parkway-Van Buren Street Intersection Improvements

Public comment open on three options for Herndon Parkway and Van Buren Street intersection.

The Town of Herndon hosted a public comment meeting Wednesday, July 17, to solicit suggestions on improvements for the intersection of Herndon Parkway and Van Buren Street.

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Mellow Mushroom Opens in Herndon

Pizza bakers offer wide selection of craft beer, pizzas, veggie and gluten free options.

Members of the Herndon Town Council and business community, not to mention those interested in a good pizza pie, were on hand for the opening of Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers on Elden Street Monday, July 22.

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm Turns 40

Longtime friends, volunteers celebrate 40 years of colonial-style farming.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm opened its doors on July 26, 1973, with the idea to show what life was like 200 years ago. Forty years later, it still provides a glimpse of daily life for farmers in 1771. The farm welcomed friends and longtime volunteers to celebrate the last 40 years and look to the next 40 years Thursday, July 11.

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Reston Nature House Hosts Energy Fair

Alternative energy on display at Reston fair.

Environmental enthusiasts from Reston and beyond gathered at the Walker Nature Education Center Sunday, July 14, for the first Reston Energy Fair.

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Ukulele Festival Comes to Lake Anne

Fourth annual Northern Virginia Ukulele Festival features variety of acts.

Lake Anne welcomed hundreds of ukulele enthusiasts Saturday, July 13 for the fourth annual Northern Virginia Ukulele Festival. For Heath Murphy of Reston, it was a chance to embrace his budding hobby.

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W&OD Trail Lighting Proposed for Town of Herndon

Project would light 3,800 feet of trail within town borders.

The Town of Herndon’s Department of Parks and Recreation will begin to seek public comment on a proposal to light a 3,800- foot section of the W&OD Trail.

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Great Falls Hosts Hometown Celebration on July 4

Annual 5K, parade, festival highlight holiday events.

One year ago, the annual Great Falls Fourth of July Hometown Celebration was a welcome respite from almost a week with no power for the Nelson family of Great Falls.

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Neighbors Foundation Hosts Annual Fireworks Show at Turner Farm

Turner Farm is site of festivities Saturday, July 6.

More than 2,500 people gathered at Turner Farm Saturday, July 6, for the annual fireworks show held by the Neighbors Foundation.

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Flower Baskets Return to Great Falls Village Centre

Seventy baskets placed around Great Falls.

For the second straight year, Great Falls businesses and individuals came together to place hanging flower baskets around the Great Falls Village Centre.

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Keeping Tysons Moving

Annual event highlights transportation changes.

Developers of transportation projects in and affecting Tysons Corner gathered at the annual Keep Tysons Moving event Thursday, June 27, an opportunity for local companies to hear the latest updates on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, Dulles Metrorail and more.

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NVTC Hosts Hot Ticket Awards

Annual awards recognize “hot” technology businesses.

Guests at the annual Northern Virginia Technology Council’s annual Hot Ticket Awards came dressed for a beach but weathered a brief summer storm Wednesday, June 26 in McLean.

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Great Falls Native Goes ‘72 Hours’

Davina Friedlander tries for $100,000 on reality competition.

When Great Falls native Davina Friedlander got a chance to spend three days in Hawaii, it wasn’t exactly how she envisioned it. Instead of relaxing on a beach, sipping a drink and soaking up some rays, she fought hard to make it across the desolate, uninhabited sections of Lanai.

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IPAR Unveils Latest Project at Reston Hyatt

Aluminum statue to be placed in front of Hyatt at Reston Town Center.

The Initiative for Public Art-Reston gave a preview of its latest project Wednesday, June 26, with a presentation of the sculpture that will soon be placed in the park across from the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston Town Center.

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Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual ACE Awards

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce swears in new board.

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new board and handed out their annual ACE Awards at the Sheraton Reston Thursday, June 27.

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Shelter House Presents Changing Lives Awards

Awards given to individuals and organizations, new board sworn in. jumphead

Shelter House, a Herndon-based nonprofit that serves those affected by homelessness and domestic abuse, held their annual awards ceremony and welcomed a new board Tuesday, June 25.

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Senator Tim Kaine Tours Downtown Herndon

Senator speaks to residents, officials, business owners.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D) took a tour of downtown Herndon Friday, June 28, visiting a variety of local businesses.

Herndon Hosts Second Battle of Bottles

Two neighborhoods compete to see who recycles more in July.

Herndon residents will battle it out for the second straight year in an attempt to be more environmentally friendly. The second annual Battle of the Bottles will challenge residents of Four Seasons and Hunters Creek to see who can recycle more.

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New Bicycle Signs Dedicated in Downtown McLean

Signs placed to aid cyclists and walkers through downtown McLean.

Fairfax County staff joined with bicycling advocates in downtown McLean Thursday, June 20, to celebrate the installation of several bicycle wayfinding signs. The signs give directions to bicyclists and pedestrians throughout downtown McLean to community landmarks such as the McLean Community Center, and W&OD Trail.

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GFCA Hosts Groundwater Contamination Discussion

Lawyer speaks on experiences with groundwater contamination.

The Great Falls Citizens Association hosted Matt Pawa, an attorney with experience dealing with groundwater contamination Thursday, June 20.