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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.

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.