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Pioneering Change For Autism

University of Virginia seminar studies tension between “The Science & Lived Experience of Autism.”

Despite a recent surge in attention and research over the past decade about autism, controversy exists.

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Offering Gifts from the HeART

Local artists and Reston Community Center come together for a good cause.

The Reston Community Center at Lake Anne hosted Gifts from the HeART on Saturday, Dec. 8. Gifts from the HeART featured works from 20 local artists as well as more than 85 pieces of artwork on the walls of the Jo Ann Rose Gallery and pieces in the 3-D case displays.

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Social Programs Adapt To Fulfill Immigrant Needs

Fellowship House, Interfaith help immigrants on their way to self-sufficiency.

A visitor to Hunter’s Woods Fellowship House in Hunter’s Woods Square in Reston could hear 21 different languages.

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Unleashed by Petco Opens in Reston

New pet store offers greater options for pet owners.

Pet owners now have a new pet store option in Reston. Unleashed by Petco had its grand opening at Hunter’s Woods Plaza over the weekend.

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Reston Chamber Celebrates 30 Years of Success

Anniversary gala brings community together.

It was a veritable who’s who of Reston Saturday night, Dec. 1, as the Reston Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Sheraton.

Viewpoints in Reston: "What are you thankful for?"

Residents of Reston answer the question, "What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving Day?"

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Viewpoints: Immigrants’ Experiences on Becoming Americans

On Sept. 22 at the Multicultural Festival on Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, 25 people participated in a naturalization ceremony that made them American citizens.

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Voter Turnout High in Reston

Despite long lines crowds remain positive.

Voter turnout around Reston was high Tuesday morning with voters reporting waits ranging between 35 minutes and one hour.

'Amazing Talent' Featured at Lake Anne

Jazz Festival coordinators disappointed by sparse turn out.

“Something about Lake Anne and music go together,” said Reston resident and Lake Anne Jazz Festival co-coordinator Eve Thompson. Saturday was the Sixth Annual Lake Anne Jazz Festival. Thompson along with Mykle Lyons, a Reston resident and founder of the Mykle Lyons Trio, started the festival out of love for music and for Lake Anne Plaza, said Thompson.

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Walking to End Alzheimer’s

More than 1,200 sign up for Reston walk.

As participants gathered at the pavilion at Reston Town Center Sunday in preparation for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, dark clouds began to roll in and many of those present looked skyward.

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Herndon High Hosts Band Competition

Fairfax High places first, McLean High second in Class VI.

The stadium at Herndon High was packed Saturday with friends and family attending the 16th Annual Virginia’s Showcase of Bands. Twenty-six high school marching bands from across northern Virginia and Maryland competed throughout the day Saturday, with the larger bands performing Saturday evening.

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McLean High Places Second in Band Competition

Herndon High hosts 16th Annual Virginia’s Showcase of Bands.

The stadium at Herndon High was packed Saturday with friends and family attending the 16th Annual Virginia’s Showcase of Bands.

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Following Tragedy, Susco 8K Race Provides Hope

Family, community come together to honor Tim Susco.

Many of the 650 participants in the Brain Aneurysm Race for Awareness, held in honor of Tim Susco, a 1999 South Lakes graduate who died suddenly in 2007 at the age of 25 from a brain aneurysm, participated in the event in memory of someone who had passed away following a brain aneurysm.

Chalking for Peace

Armstrong Elementary participates in Chalk 4 Peace.

Students at Armstrong Elementary participated in Chalk 4 Peace on Thursday and Friday. Armstrong Elementary art teacher, Jordon Citron, said this was his first year organizing Chalk 4 Peace at Armstrong, but that the school participated in the activity last year. “The kids love it,” said Citron.

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Tornado-Like Storm Strikes Lake Anne Area

It felt like déjà vu on South Shore Drive near Lake Anne in Reston. A powerful wind and rain storm hit the area around 3:30 Saturday afternoon. The majority of the storm damage was concentrated, almost in a straight line, from North Shore Drive near Fairway Apartments to Weihle Avenue.

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An Excited, Nervous Start at Lake Anne Elementary

Five-year-old "excited, but shy," mom "happy and scared" on first day of school.

"I think this school year will be great. We have a great school community." --Blake Kohn, President, Lake Anne PTA

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Practicing Economy at Oak Hill

Summer camp teaches elementary school students challenges of real-life economy.

What says summertime like lazy days by the pool, barbecues and the law of supply and demand?

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Alarm at Lake Anne

As water level drops, RA encourages Hidden Creek to be a good neighbor.

Residents around Lake Anne have been watching the lake shrink over the past few weeks. With precipitation levels for the month of July below normal, the hot, dry weather is partly to blame. Evaporation is not the sole cause of diminishing lake levels, however.

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Assuring Safe Passage

Crossing guard Gaela Hime receives Best of Braddock Award for 27 Years of Safe Passage.

When Gaela Hime started out as a crossing guard, 27 years ago, or "back in the day," crossing guards had to wear skirts and high heels.

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Honoring Best of Braddock

Eight honored for volunteer service at Annual Best of Braddock Awards Ceremony.

Braddock District Council of Community Associations and Braddock District Supervisor John Cook presented the Best of Braddock Awards Wednesday night, July 11.

Golf Marathon for a Cause

Hidden Creek Golf pro to play a Marathon Golf Session in support of wounded veterans.

Hidden Creek golf pro, Josh Marr, plans to play 15 hours of golf Monday, July 23 for a good cause. Marr will start at Hole 1 on the Hidden Creek course around 5 a.m. and will play the course all day until dark. In 15 hours, Marr thinks he can play 125 holes of golf.

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Annual Butterfly Count Breaks Record

28 species of butterflies recorded.

Do you know the difference between a swallowtail and a monarch? How about a painted lady? Would you recognize these types of butterflies?

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Young Herndon Pianist Embarks on a Musical Journey

The walls of the piano studio where 10-year-old Anton Nelson of Oak Hill practices for four hours per day are lined with black and white portraits of the greats of the musical world: Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Chopin.

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Freak Storm Hits Reston

Strong winds knock out power and phone service, causing tree damage.

On Friday night a line of powerful storms moved through the D.C. area. The storms hit the Reston area around 10:30 p.m., taking many residents by surprise. The storms knocked out power and phone reception throughout Reston and caused significant tree damage.

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Local Interfaith Group Raises $200,000 for Full-Time Dentist

VOICE, a local interfaith group, has raised $200,000 to fund a full-time dentist at the western Fairfax County branch of the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, low-income dental clinic.

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‘Ride is Over’ at South Lakes

The school graduates 460.

On Thursday’s South Lakes’ Class of 2012 Graduation Ceremony, student speaker, William Cochrane evoked memories of the senior class’ Homecoming pep rally cheer.

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‘Coppélia,’ ‘Giselle’ at Center Stage

Ravel Dance Studio to hold year-end dance recital.

Ravel Dance Studio will hold its annual year-end dance recital Friday and Saturday at Center Stage at Reston Community Center at Hunter’s Woods.

Seeking the Positive from the Tragic

5K Run/Walk supports youth mental wellness.

Nearly 150 runners and walkers came out Saturday to participate in the Youth Mental Wellness 5K Walk and Run at Lake Accotink in Springfield.

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Challenging the World

Two Reston teams advance to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Your problem, should you choose to accept it, is this: Use a word or words to make a first and last name. You must relate this name to an occupation. You will have one minute to think and three minutes to respond. You must be creative. Boring responses will not earn you a point. Examples of creative responses are: Minnie Ster is a pastor, Clara Net is a musician or Ali Gator is a marine biologist.

South Lakes Principal Retiring in June

After 31 years as teacher and administrator, Butler is stepping down.

After 31 years as teacher and administrator, South Lakes Principal Bruce Butler is retiring. Butler’s last day will be June 29.

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The Silly and the Serious Mix at Bicycling Charity Event

Redskins’ linebacker Alexander hosts third annual Ride to Provide.

Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander along with teammate Kedric Golson and several other current and former Redskins traded in their shoulder pads and football helmets for biking shorts and biking helmets for the third annual Ride to Provide, a charity bike ride, Saturday April 21.

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Love, in Black and White

South Lakes senior places ad in The Connection to ask girlfriend to prom.

Before the dress, the corsage, the dinner, way before the last dance, there is the question. And the question is how to ask that someone special to go to prom with you. South Lake senior Jeff Church of Reston wanted to ask his girlfriend, South Lakes junior Erin Flattery of Herndon, in a different way.

Creating a Downtown

Revitalization of Downtown Herndon key for Town Council candidate.

Eric Boll may be knocking on your door one day soon. Boll is one of the nine candidates in the running for the six seats on the Herndon Town Council.

Heroes of Mount St. Helens

Reston resident writes about role of gophers.

Among the smallest of the animals that live on Mount St. Helens, the northern pocket gopher has been credited with aiding in the restoration of Mount St. Helens. "Gopher to the Rescue," a newly released book written by Reston resident Terry Jennings, examines the role of gophers in eco-system recovery following a volcanic eruption.

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Following Birds to Nicaragua

Lake Anne teacher’s trip to Nicaragua makes learning "real."

Iconic birds, such as the ruby throated hummingbird, birds that bear the names of our cities, like the Baltimore oriole, and birds that are thought of as uniquely North American birds, such as numerous wrens and warblers, plus more than 150 other varieties of birds travel hundreds of miles every year to spend the winter on an island in Lake Nicaragua. From September to March these birds make their home in the tropical forests of Ometepe Island. In the spring they return to eastern United States to find mates and raise their young.

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Real World Comes to South Lakes

More than 55 careers represented at Career Expo.

More than 55 careers were represented Monday, March 19 at South Lakes High’s Second Annual 10th Grade Career Expo. The careers represented ranged from electricians to Internet technology, said Elizabeth Vandenburg, South Lake’s PTSA community outreach representative.

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Honored at the Pentagon

A private tour for seventh-grader who wants to become a U.S. Army Ranger.

"What do you want to do when you grow up?" This question, posed so often to young adults, typically results in ambiguous, pie-in-the-sky answers. Lake Braddock seventh grader and Springfield resident Travis Catina had a very specific response to that question, one that when published in the Dec. 30 Children’s Issue of The Connection caught the attention of U.S. Army officers at the Pentagon and earned him and his family a private tour.

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Youth Art Celebrated at RCC Lake Anne

Students’ art attracts a large crowd.

Sunny, spring-like weather brought out a large crowd Sunday, March 11 to attend a reception in celebration of Youth Art Month at Reston Community Center Lake Anne.

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Reston, Herndon Girls Explore Math and Science

More than 200 Reston and Herndon fifth and sixth grade students participate in GEMS Conference.

Teen Talk Barbie, who said “math class is tough,” did not last long on store shelves when she was issued by Mattel in 1997, but her message has endured. Studies show that the number of girls pursing degrees or careers in math and science fields continues to lag behind their male peers due in large part to stereotypes about appropriate male and female professions.

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Romney, Paul Team Up in Reston

NVCC politics students stage mock GOP convention.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney triumphantly entered the convention area. He was preceded by his running mate, Ron Paul. This convention was not in Tampa, but rather in a Northern Virginia Community College classroom in Reston.

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Reston Marine Comes Home

Community support eases burden of local marine family.

The Rhodes family of Reston received the best Valentine’s gift. Lt. Col. Lewis Rhodes returned home safely from seven months’ deployment in Afghanistan on Monday, Feb. 13.

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On Nepal, With Love

Recent Nepalese immigrant uses Public Access TV Show to bring about positive change.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, there are more than 9,400 Nepalese living in the U.S. Krishna Sharma of Springfield, founder and CEO of Vision for Nepal, hopes to reach many of these immigrants and others sympathetic to Nepal through his TV program, "American Conversations," which airs on Fairfax Public Access Channel 30 on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m.

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Reston Residents Nominated for Western Web Series

Husband and wife, Paul Awad and Kathryn O’Sullivan, in competition for Best Web Series.

Awards for drama, directing and acting tend to bring to mind the Oscars and Emmys, Hollywood and Broadway, not the Internet and Reston. Nonetheless, the web series, "Thurston," created by Reston residents, husband and wife, Paul Awad and Kathryn O’Sullivan, has been nominated for the 3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards for Best Web Series in the drama category.