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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.

Chantilly: Witty Dialogue, Humor in Classic Whodunit

Comedic mystery, “The 39 Steps,” at Westfield High.

Featuring a cast and crew of 35, Westfield’s High’s upcoming play, “The 39 Steps,” is an adaptation of a classic, Alfred Hitchcock movie. And Director Susie Pike says it’s going to be something special.

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Alliance Theatre Offers Original Play

“Shutter” is written, directed by Leslie Anne Ross.

Tough, gritty, honest and absorbing — that’s The Alliance Theatre’s upcoming production of “Shutter.” An original work written and directed by Leslie Anne Ross, it’ll be performed Nov. 13-22 at Mountain View High.

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Taking a Stand against Hunger

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.

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Centreville: Vignettes of All Stages of Love

Centreville High presents “Almost, Maine.”

A series of distinct vignettes that together work as a whole — that’s Centreville High’s upcoming play, “Almost, Maine.”

Woodson Fire Follow-Up

Garza, school reveal what’s next.

In the aftermath of Friday’s chemical fire at Woodson High, both Superintendent Karen Garza and Principal Scott Poole sent messages Monday to the parents. Stressing that the “safety of students and staff is always the top priority in our schools,” Garza directed the following actions be taken.

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Fire in Woodson High Chemistry Class Injures Six

‘Keep Those Injured in your Prayers’

Five students and a teacher were all injured in a fire last week after a chemical demonstration inside a Woodson High classroom went awry.

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Fairfax's Lamb Center breaks ground for new building.

‘God Had a Plan for Us’

There is nothing like a fresh, new beginning to invigorate the spirit, and that is just what The Lamb Center is getting. On Oct. 20, it broke ground on its future, new home.

Tom Wilson: “It takes creativity and hard work.”

Candidates Compete for School Board Seat

Tom Wilson of Oakton believes he stands for the will of the people and is the best person to speak for them as Sully District’s representative on the Fairfax County School Board.

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Karen Keys-Gamarra: ‘I’ve been focusing on children’s needs.’

Candidates Compete for School Board Seat

Karen Keys-Gamarra believes she’s the best person to represent Sully District on the Fairfax County School Board. After all, she’s been looking out for children’s best interests for years.

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Local Student in Woodson Musical

Juliet Strom, 7, acts in “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

A slice of Americana and a glimpse at a kinder, gentler time – that’s the musical comedy, “Meet Me in St. Louis.”

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Fairfax: 22nd Annual Goblin Gallop is Oct. 25

Benefits families of children with cancer.

Halloween will soon be here, and that means it’s time for the 22nd annual Goblin Gallop. It’s set for Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center.

City of Fairfax Approves Future Pay Raises for Mayor, Council

‘It’s Simply a Matter of Equity’

Everyone likes getting a raise, but the City of Fairfax’s hard-working mayor and City Council members haven’t received one since 1982 – some 33 years ago. So on Sept. 29, they approved a pay hike for the governing body that will succeed them in the May 2016 election.

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It's Time to Sign Up For the Goblin Gallop

Benefits families of children with cancer.

Halloween will soon be here, and that means it’s time for the 22nd annual Goblin Gallop. It’s set for Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Fairfax Corner Shopping Center.

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John Guevara: “Grow the Economy Through Business.”

Candidates Pursue Sully District Supervisor Seat

When asked why he’s running for Sully District supervisor, Fair Oaks resident John Guevara says his entire life has been one of service.

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‘We Made a Difference’

Girls raise money for animal shelter.

Take two girls, add in compassion, determination and a love for animals, and the result is a successful fundraiser for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

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Helping People to Better their Lives

Lamb Center counts its blessings and celebrates.

Last week’s Lamb Center Celebration Banquet at the Waterford in Fair Oaks was aptly named. That is because this organization that ministers to the poor and the homeless has a great deal to celebrate.

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Chantilly High Presents ‘Annie, the Musical’

“The sun will come out tomorrow.”

Complete with Daddy Warbucks, Sandy the dog and a certain red-haired orphan, Chantilly High is presenting “Annie, the Musical.” The curtain rises Thursday-Friday, Oct. 22-23, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 24, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 via www.chantillyhsdrama.com.

Fairfax: Matthew Sentenced to Three Life Terms in Prison

‘Cruel and Savage Sexual Predator’

It took 10 years, but a former City of Fairfax resident got justice at last when the man who brutally assaulted and nearly killed her a decade ago finally received his punishment.

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Fairfax Reaches ‘A Significant Milestone in the Journey’ to Affordable Housing

City adopts an official affordable-housing policy.

The City of Fairfax welcomes developers wanting to build new homes here, but it also wants lower-income families to have places to live, too.

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Fairfax Fall Festival is This Saturday

Food, crafts, music, lumberjacks and fun.

Food, crafts, music, children’s activities, carnival rides and even a lumberjack show – they’re all part of the upcoming Fairfax Fall Festival. The 39th annual festivities are slated for this Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., (rain date, Oct. 11) in downtown City of Fairfax.

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Centreville Day: Swordsmen, Parade, Music and Tightrope Walker

Centreville Day is Saturday, Oct. 17.

The leaves are starting to change colors and the weather’s turning cooler. That means it’s time for the 23rd annual Centreville Day celebration.

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Fairfax Fall Festival on Oct. 10

Come one, come all to the 39th annual Fairfax Fall Festival. It’s set for Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., (rain date, Oct. 11) in downtown City of Fairfax and promises fun for everyone.

Marsh Leads Fair Oaks District Police Station

Keeping officers happy and the community safe.

The Fair Oaks District Police Station running smoothly, due to its officers as well as the man at the helm, Capt. Chris Marsh.

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‘We Made a Difference’

Girls raise money for animal shelter.

Take two girls, add in compassion, determination and a love for animals, and the result is a successful fundraiser for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

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Chantilly Snapshot: Officer of the Month

PFC Brian Rochefort (on left) receives the Officer of the Month certificate from 1st Lt. Matt Owens.

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Centreville/Chantilly: ‘I’ll See You in the Community’

Flanking Supervisor Frey are his staff members Kathy Buckley and Mike Coyle.

Overwhelmed after hearing the lavish praised bestowed on him by the community Friday night for his 24 years of service, Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) stepped to the podium to respond.

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Centreville/Chantilly: ‘The Epitome of a Leader’

Michael Frey honored as Sully’s longtime supervisor.

Heartfelt accolades, fond memories and good-natured ribbing marked Friday night’s Roast and Boast for Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully).

Fairfax: Keeping Officers Happy and the Community Safe

Capt. Chris Marsh leads Fair Oaks District Station.

The Fair Oaks District Police Station is humming along smoothly, due to its officers as well as the man at the helm, Capt. Chris Marsh. Altogether, he’s worked nearly 23 years in the Fairfax County Police Department.

Fairfax: Council Hears about Two Road Projects

Both are geared toward future development.

In 2014, Gov. McAuliffe signed House Bill 2 (HB2) into law. It requires the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to develop a prioritization process for making funding decisions for the statewide Six Year Improvement Program.

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Duck Donuts Opens in the City of Fairfax

At first glance, Duck Donuts seems like a funny name for a doughnut shop. But those familiar with the legendary doughnut store in Duck, N.C. – from which it gets its name – know it’s the real deal.

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Fairfax City Council Approves Project to Build 80 Condos

Although there were problems along the way, the Fairfax City Council last week gave the go-ahead for a residential development called The Enclave to be built at the Mantua Professional Center on Pickett Road.

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Mountain View High School: Helping Students Reach Their Goals

Gary Morris takes the reins at Mountain View High.

Gary Morris is Mountain View High School’s new principal. But before he became an educator, he was a professional football player.