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Rochefort: Officer of the Year

Wrote third-highest number of traffic tickets in the county.

PFC Brian G. Rochefort has been named the Sully District Police Station’s 2015 Officer of the Year. And although he couldn’t be present to receive his award, he was honored during the Feb. 10 meeting of the station’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

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Fairfax: What to Do with the Paul VI Site?

Residents receive information, give comments during meeting.

Seeking a larger campus with room to expand, Paul VI High School will move from its longtime home in the City of Fairfax to a 68-acre site in Loudoun County in 2020.

Fairfax: Looking Out for Children’s Safety

Fairfax City Council adopts bike-helmet ordinance.

Bicycle-riding children in the City of Fairfax will now be a bit safer, thanks to a helmet ordinance just adopted by the Fairfax City Council.

Mountain View Grads Succeeding Despite Obstacles

Mountain View honors four students with special awards.

During Mountain View High’s winter graduation last week, four students were honored with special awards. They were Sara Mendez, Jada Jones, Reynaldo Gonzalez Martinez and Brenda Rivera.

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Mountain View Principal: ‘You Can Achieve Anything’

Success stories shared at Mountain View’s graduation.

Mountain View High’s motto is “Family, Love, Respect,” and it was on full display during the school’s winter graduation, last Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Centreville High.

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Centreville High Grad Wins Second Grammy

Michael League’s band has Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

A 2002 Centreville High grad, Michael League is a living example of the importance of fine arts in the school system. Besides being a four-year member of Centreville’s Theater Department, he played bass in the school’s orchestra, jazz band and choir back-up band.

Fairfax County Police: ‘We’re There to Help Them Out’

CAC learns about Police Department’s hostage negotiations team.

Each month, members of the Sully District Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) learn about a different section of the Fairfax County Police Department. Recently, they learned about hostage negotiations.

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ServiceSource Helps People with Disabilities

Nonprofit ServiceSource helps people with disabilities.

In one section of the ServiceSource Chantilly Center, music therapist Myra Goodrich leads a group of budding musicians playing a cheerful song.

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Fairfax: Chocolate Treats All Around

The Fairfax Chocolate Festival was Feb. 6-7.

Pictures from the Fairfax Chocolate Festival 2016.

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Fairfax: Bite Me Cancer Gets New Home

Nonprofit now headquartered in AFCEA building in Fair Lakes.

When Nikki Ferraro was just 17, she was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer. Since then, she’s fought it hard while also reaching out to help other teenagers battling the same disease.

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Centreville: Joining Together to Help, Support Others

Meet Centreville High’s Wildcats vs. Cancer club.

Centreville High sophomore Valerie Nguyen founded the Wildcats vs. Cancer club at her school to help others. But for her, the battle against this disease is also personal.

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Chantilly: ‘Seeing What’s Changed ... And what has not’ since “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Westfield presents ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’

A volatile courtroom drama in 1930s Alabama comes to life in Westfield High’s production of the Harper Lee classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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Bite Me Cancer Gets New Home

Nonprofit now headquartered in AFCEA building in Fair Lakes.

When Nikki Ferraro was just 17, she was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer. Since then, she’s fought it hard while also reaching out to help other teenagers battling the same disease.

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Chocolate Festival Returns Feb. 6-7 in Fairfax

When it comes to chocolate, the City of Fairfax does it up right.

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Centreville Resident: ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’

“American Idol” sends Westfield’s Sara Sturm to Hollywood.

It’s too early to know whether Centreville resident Sara Sturm will be the next American Idol; but at least, she has a chance. That’s because, after auditioning on the singing-competition show that aired Jan. 13 on national TV, she received a golden ticket to Hollywood.

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Fairfax: Improving a Major City Intersection

Work begins on the Kamp Washington project.

The City of Fairfax is making major improvements to the Kamp Washington intersection (Routes 236/Main Street, Route 29/Lee Highway and Route 50/Fairfax Boulevard) and its surroundings.

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Fairfax City Council Considers Future of Green Acres

Leaders also search for community center sites.

The Fairfax City Council is trying to figure out what to do with the Green Acres Center on Sideburn Road.

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Chantilly: Fairytales, Puppets and Laughter for Everyone

Chantilly High presents “Jack and Jill and the Beanstalk.”

Take two popular fairytales, add a couple gigantic puppets and mix well inside the mind of Chantilly High Theater Director Ed Monk, and the result is the school’s upcoming children’s play.

Fairfax: Full Speed Ahead for City Branding

Fairfax seeks the best way to promote itself.

During a work session last May, Fairfax City Council members discussed the creation of a City “brand” to better promote what Fairfax has to offer.

New Sully Supervisor Chooses Her Team

Board of Supervisors has final say on Kathy Smith’s nominees.

New Sully District Supervisor Kathy Smith (D) has been busy choosing her team to assist her in issues regarding Sully. At press time on Tuesday, Jan. 12, she planned to announce her nominees to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which has the final say on their approval.

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Fairfax: Looking into the Future

Several development projects are on the horizon in the City of Fairfax.

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Centreville/Chantilly: Looking into the Future

Homes, stores, restaurants and a roundabout.

With the downturn in the office market, developers are instead planning to build residential and commercial uses on vacant parcels of land in the Westfields area of Chantilly. Below are details about what’s on the horizon, including plans for a memory-care facility off of Route 50 west.

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Christmas Comes to Hanley Shelter

Christmas came early at the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter, courtesy of the third annual Gift of Giving event.

Chantilly: ‘In the Spirit of the Season’

Sully police collect, deliver holiday food to local families.

Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones lending a hand, this holiday season. The men and women of the Sully District Police Station are doing their share, too. They “adopted” 30 local families in need, collected 2,009 pounds of food and then delivered it to them.

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Chantilly/Centreville: ‘In the Spirit of the Season’

Sully police collect, deliver holiday food to local families.

Santa’s elves aren’t the only ones lending a hand, this holiday season. The men and women of the Sully District Police Station are doing their share, too. They “adopted” 30 local families in need, collected 2,009 pounds of food and then delivered it to them.

City Council Honors Armistice Turtora

Field at Van Dyck Park is named after her.

For nearly six decades, Armistice Turtora has been actively involved in the City of Fairfax, and whatever she has done has improved it for the better

Fairfax Starts Work on ’FY 17 Budget

Preliminary projections forecast a $2.3 million shortfall.

The City of Fairfax’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget is not scheduled for adoption until April 2016. Yet work is already well underway toward crafting that proposed budget.

Snapshot: ONC Brings Holiday Happiness

Our Neighbor’s Child just packaged and delivered Christmas gifts to nearly 800 local families in need.

Chantilly/Centreville: ‘We Are All God’s Children’

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community holds prayer vigil.

The motto of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is “Love for all, hatred for none.” Its members condemn violence, terrorism and Jihad and, instead, believe in morality, justice, peace and tolerance.

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University Drive in Fairfax Going on a Diet

It will have narrower travel lanes, center turn lane and bike lanes.

University Drive is going on a diet, but not the kind involving food. Instead, new markings will narrow the road’s travel lanes to make room for a center turning lane, plus a bike lane on each side.

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Centreville: Homes Will Rise Instead of Offices

Developer will build 355 apartments at the Trinity Centre.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently approved a developer’s plan for the Trinity Centre in Centreville. As a result, 355 apartments will be built there, amenities will be added around the lake and the county will receive financial contributions.

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Centreville Snapshot: Stone Students Help ONC

Posing with some of the gifts donated by the community to Our Neighbor’s Child during the Panther Drop-Off are members of Stone Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society.

Chantilly: Charlie Brown, the Grinch and More

Westfield High presents its “Ho-Ho Holiday Show.”

Each year, a holiday tradition at Westfield High is the “Ho-Ho Holiday show.”

Centreville: Voices Will Be Raised in Song

Centreville High presents winter choral concert.

Voices will be raised in song when Centreville High choral students present “Celebrate Peace; A Winter Choral Concert.” It’s set for Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the school theater. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

Lending a Hand To Help Others

Our Neighbor’s Child brightens Christmas for local families.

The volunteers of Our Neighbor’s Child are working as hard as Santa’s elves to bring holiday joy to local families in need. But with so many people in need, they can’t do it all without the community’s help.

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Encore Presents ‘Christmas in New York’

Encore Presents ‘Christmas in New York.’

If it is December, it is time for Encore Theatrical Arts Project’s annual holiday show. And this year’s Broadway-style, original musical – celebrating Encore’s 20th anniversary – is called “Christmas in New York.”

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Take a Journey of Imagination

Encore to present “Christmas in New York.”

If it’s December, it’s time for Encore Theatrical Arts Project’s annual holiday show. And this year’s Broadway-style, original musical — celebrating Encore’s 20th anniversary — is called “Christmas in New York.”

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Locals Honored for Attractive Yards

City presents 2015 Residential Appearance Awards.

Each year, the City of Fairfax’s Community Appearance Committee honors local homeowners who have particularly attractive yards.

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Relationships that are True-to-Life

Fairfax High presents the play, ‘Love/Sick.’

Fairfax High is the first high school to debut playwright John Cariani’s play, “Love-Sick.”

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Lunch with Santa, Caroling and Fun

City of Fairfax rings in the holiday season.

For festive fun for the whole family, the City of Fairfax is the place to be.

‘People Near Us Struggle to Eat’

Our Daily Bread needs community’s help for the holidays.

It is tough to be hungry anytime, but especially during the holidays. So Fairfax-based nonprofit Our Daily Bread (ODB) is seeking individuals, families, companies, churches and community groups to sponsor individuals or families for December holiday meals.

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Serving Those Who Served: Chantilly High Honors Veterans

Each year, Chantilly High and members of its National Honor Society (NHS) honor area veterans, and it’s something both the hosts and guests eagerly anticipate.

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Centreville: ONC Needs Clothes, Toys

And volunteers.

Each year at Christmastime, the nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, Our Neighbor’s Child, provides new clothes and toys for families in need in the local area. But the need is so great that ONC can’t do it without help from the local community.

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Police Honor Officer Alexander: ‘This Honor Is Well-Deserved'

PFC Michelle Alexander is Officer of the Month.

PFC Michelle L. Alexander was recently recognized for a job well done.

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Veterans Honored in Fairfax

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Honors America’s Veterans.

Veterans Day is more than a federal holiday. It is a time when people throughout the country remember and honor America’s military veterans and all they have done.

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Laughter, Chaos and Lots of Heart on Stage in Fairfax

CFTC presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.’

A hilarious comedy – with or without a meal – that’s the City of Fairfax Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

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Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne is Battling Cancer

‘This is Curable, so I’m staying positive’

City of Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne is no stranger to challenges. After all, he served 18 consecutive years on the City Council and is currently in his second, two-year term as mayor – including all the hard work and long hours that job entails.

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Ad Fontes: ‘A Blessing to Be In Our Own Building’

Ad Fontes Academy now united on one campus.

It’s been a long time coming, but Ad Fontes Academy can finally be described as a school united.

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Fairfax: Paul VI High Presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

It’s not your father’s Shakespeare; instead, it’s Paul VI High’s fresh, lively and modern take on the romantic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It’s the school’s Cappies play and will be performed Nov. 19-22.

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FoodRaiser at Fairfax High

Community helps fill Our Daily Bread’s food pantry.

The power of community was on full display Sunday afternoon as some 1,500 people came together on a Fairfax High athletic field to help Our Daily Bread (ODB) feed local families in need.