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Fairfax City’s Elf Hunt for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is this coming Saturday, Nov. 28 – and the City of Fairfax is showcasing its small businesses with a citywide Elf Hunt.

Help Britepaths Bring Families Holiday Cheer

For people struggling to pay for food and rent, it’s tough to think about the holidays without a sense of sadness.

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‘Residents Won’t Just Hear the Noise – They’ll Feel It’ in Chantilly

Supervisors approve new homes under Dulles flightpath

The writing was already on the wall in July when the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors refused to adopt the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s (MWAA) 2019 noise contours for Chantilly’s Land Unit J.

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Sully District Police Collect Toys for Children

For more than three decades, the Sully District Police Station’s Motor Squad has been collecting Christmas presents donated by the community.

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‘That’s When You Realize this Work Means Something’ in Fairfax City

City Jobs celebrates two-year anniversary

Patrick Scholzen was used to working, and did so for 35 years, until falling onto hard times.

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Starting Braddock Park’s Master Plan Revision

Park Authority holds public-information meeting

The Fairfax County Park Authority is updating its master plan for Braddock Park at 13451 Braddock Road, bordering both Centreville High and Twin Lakes Golf Course.

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Free Flu Shots, Food for People in Need in Chantilly

Continuing to serve the community in every way it can, Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) recently held a free food-distribution and flu-vaccination clinic at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly.

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Interactive Mural at Scout on the Circle in Fairfax City

On Oct. 31, artist Amanda Lutz painted an interactive mural featuring Virginia’s state flower, the dogwood, at Fairfax City’s Scout on the Circle development.

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High-Flying Peace Bird in Fairfax City’s Van Dyck Park

Sky and clouds are reflected in Peace Bird, the 6-foot-tall, brushed-aluminum sculpture flying high in Fairfax City’s Van Dyck Park.

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‘A Signature Place Where People Want to Be’ in Fairfax City

City Council updated on George Snyder Trail

Work is progressing on the George T. Snyder Trail project; and on Oct. 13, residents got to comment on it during a Fairfax City Council public hearing.

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‘System Is Broken When Bad Plans Get So Far’ in Chantilly

Supervisors OK home construction under airport flight path

Determined to place homes underneath Dulles International Airport’s flight paths, Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors recently approved developer K. Hovnanian’s plan to build 442 residential units there.

Help Sherwood Center Giving Tree Program

Fairfax City’s Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the City’s public schools to help City families in need this holiday season.

‘Eagles Can Soar Beyond These Skies’

Lanier Middle renamed for NASA figure, Katherine Johnson

The City of Fairfax School Board voted unanimously Monday night to change the name of Lanier Middle School to Katherine Johnson Middle School.

Apparent Murder-Suicide in Centreville

Fairfax County police detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau are investigating a possible murder-suicide in Centreville.

Fairfax County Leaders ‘Strategically Eliminated Citizens’ Voices’

Residents vent to Helmer, Marsden about Braddock, Old Lee Roads

Upset that neither Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors, nor VDOT, seem to care about residents’ objections to proposed “fixes” for Braddock and Old Lee Roads, Kathleen Leggette hosted her own, town-hall meeting.

Controversy over Road Plan in Centreville

Fairfax County’s current Comprehensive Plan calls for realigning Braddock and Old Lee Roads in Centreville to cut through Rock Hill District Park, with Braddock ending in a T at Old Lee.

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Fairfax Little League Wraps ‘Amazing Season’

When the Fairfax Little League had to cancel its 2020 spring season due to COVID-19, all those associated with the league were naturally disappointed.

New I-66, Routes 28 and 29 Traffic Changes

The ramp from I-66 West to Route 28 North has just been replaced by a new ramp about 150 feet east of (prior to) the old exit ramp as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project.

‘No Way to Mitigate Roar of Jet Engines Overhead’ in Sully District

Divided Planning Commissioners OK Stonebrook proposal

Imagine living directly beneath an arrivals path at Dulles International Airport, where jumbo jet aircraft zoom just 950 feet above the homes, 24 hours a day.

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Carved Pumpkin Creations for Halloween in Centreville

Noel Dickover has been designing and carving Halloween pumpkins for 22 years.

Dog Perishes in Fair Oaks Townhouse Fire

An early-evening fire in a Fair Oaks townhouse displaced one person and took the life of a dog.

Chantilly Man Charged with Killing Father

Believing he stabbed his estranged father to death, Fairfax County police have charged Alexander Bellini, 28, of Chantilly, with murder.

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‘We’re Sort of God’s Emergency Room’ in Fairfax City

The Lamb Center: Providing hope and a future

This year’s fundraiser for The Lamb Center (TLC) was called “Hope and a Future,” and it was aptly named because that’s exactly what this Fairfax City nonprofit provides for its guests.

‘A Diagnosis of Cancer Changes Everything’

Nonprofit Bite Me Cancer Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Led by Chantilly High grad Nikki Ferraro, Bite Me Cancer just celebrated its 10-year anniversary.

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‘Though Things Were Hard, He Persevered’: Memorial Brick Installed to Honor Juwaan Espinal

Juwaan Espinal’s life was cut short at age 22, but he left a lasting impact upon all who knew and loved him.

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Fairfax’s Middleridge Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Middleridge subdivision off Ox Road in Fairfax celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sept. 27.

‘Families Are in Jeopardy of Losing their Homes’

Hugs, handshakes, traveling, and gathering with friends at large events are just some of the things the current pandemic has stopped.

Safety Kits Help Fairfax City Businesses

To protect the business community and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Fairfax City’s Economic Development Office and Economic Development Authority (EDA), will provide City businesses with Fairfax City ReConnected Safety Kits.

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‘High-Quality Care and Education for Children’ in Fairfax City

Main Street Child Development Center helps both students and parents.

Main Street Child Development Center provides affordable childcare for low-income families in Fairfax City and Fairfax County.

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‘Good Way to Bring the Community Together’: Centreville, Chantilly Celebrate National Night Out

Because of the pandemic, this year’s annual National Night Out celebration was shifted from the first Tuesday in August to the first Tuesday in October.

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Centreville Day Celebration Begins Oct. 17

Variety of events will be both virtual and in-person.

The 28th annual Centreville Day will be different this year, due to COVID-19, but the community may still participate and enjoy some fun activities.

Fairfax City Helps Restaurants Ready for Winter

Fairfax City is launching a Winter Preparedness Initiative Micro-Grant, this Friday, Oct. 9, as part of the Fairfax City ReConnected Outdoors Program.

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‘Stuff You Can’t Find Anywhere Else’ in Fairfax City

99 Ranch Market opens

When 99 Ranch Market, a leading Asian grocery store, recently opened its new store in Fairfax City, the pandemic meant just 50 people were allowed inside at a time.

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Bull Run Post Office Road: ‘That Road Is Narrow and Very Dangerous’

Supervisors OK large-truck ban

Bull Run Old Post Office Road is a winding, two-lane, country road, not intended to carry the heavy traffic an arterial road, such as Route 29, does.

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Honoring Heroes Virtual 5K Challenge Planned

Event to raise money for Wreaths Across America.

Despite the current pandemic, two local Scouting troops will remember the sacrifices of America’s fallen soldiers by raising money to lay wreaths on their graves.

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Centreville and Chantilly Look Toward the Future

Homes and transportation projects are on the horizon.

With an eye toward the future, several land-use and transportation projects are in the works in Centreville and Chantilly.

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‘I’m So Happy, Now That This Is Here’ in Fairfax City

Peachwave Frozen Yogurt opens.

Happily eating his cotton-candy-flavored frozen yogurt topped with blueberries, strawberries and Gummy Bears, Harry Ihnat, 3, was too busy to speak.

‘We Believe We’ll Have a Voice, But We Don’t’ in Centreville

Residents furious about Braddock, Old Lee funding decision.

When VDOT held a Feb. 13 information meeting about safety and operational changes proposed for the Braddock/Old Lee roads intersection in Centreville, five alternatives were presented.

Help Feed Local Families in Need

Britepaths is a well-known, Fairfax-based nonprofit that helps area residents, all year ’round, in a variety of ways.

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‘Old Town Just Feels Like Home’ in Fairfax City

Brooke’s Bridal & Ball opens

Brooke Ramos initially wanted to be a wedding planner.

Erin Peterson Fund Golf Tourney is Sept. 24 in Clifton

Westfield High grad Erin Peterson was an18-year-old honor student, with her whole life ahead of her, when she and 31 others died in the April 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech.

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19 Years Later, Lest We Forget in Centreville

Each Sept. 11, the front lawn of West Centreville Fire Station 38 is adorned with multitudes of small American flags.

‘An Inspiring Leader and Tireless Advocate’ in Sully District

Karen Campblin named Sully District Community Champion.

Fair Oaks resident Karen Campblin has a passion for helping others and improving her community.

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Travel the World in Fairfax City

Upcoming Restaurant Week features global offerings.

While it may look and feel a bit different than usual, Fairfax City’s 3rd annual Restaurant Week still promises to provide fun experiences and delicious food.

From Parking Lot to Activity Space in Fairfax City

City to hold Park(ing) Day outside the mall.

Turning an ordinary parking lot into a space for outdoor fun and activities, Fairfax City will hold its second annual Park(ing) Day, next Friday, Sept. 18.

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‘We Hear Things We Never Want to Hear’ in Sully District

What it’s like being a Fairfax County dispatcher.

In times of crisis, dispatchers are a lifeline between callers needing help and the first responders who can provide it.

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Scout on the Circle Welcomes First Residents in Fairfax City

The new, mixed-use development, Scout on the Circle, has transformed its section of Fairfax Boulevard in Fairfax City.

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‘Every Department’s Designed with the Shopper in Mind’ in Fairfax City

New Giant opens at Scout on the Circle

Giant is already a food store familiar to Fairfax City residents; but now they have one to enjoy at 9400 Fairfax Blvd. in the new Scout on the Circle development. It opened Friday, Aug. 21, much to the delight of the shoppers there.

‘Our Families Need Internet Access Now’

Britepaths helping schoolchildren connect to online classes.

The ongoing pandemic is causing most students in the local area to attend school virtually this fall.

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‘Music-Driven Classes in Fun, Team Environment’ in Fair Lakes

Row House fitness studio opening soon

People looking for a different – and safe – form of exercise may well find it in Row House, a boutique, indoor, rowing fitness studio in Fair Lakes.