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Reston Town Center Filled with Light to Fund Blood Cancer Research and Cure

Chris Zavadowski’s father Rich was diagnosed with a “rare, aggressive blood disorder” called peripheral T-cell lymphoma, non-specified.

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Reston: Right at Home

South Lakes golf team surprises field with third place team finish at Liberty Conference golf tournament.

South Lakes boys’ and girls’ golf teams make Reston National Golf course their home.

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Reston: Open Space Classic

Proceeds from Rescue Reston’s First Golf Classic and Nature Walk to help in legal fight against development of Reston National.

Rescue Reston held a fundraising golf tournament and nature hike Monday, Oct. 5 at Reston National Golf Course, three weeks before Rescue Reston’s lawsuit is scheduled to be heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Favola Debates Alone, Forakis a No-Show

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31) will face Republican George V. Forakis on the November ballot, but she did not face him in last week’s debate because he did not attend.

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Candidates Face Off at the Grange in Great Falls

Jennifer Chronis knows how to pack a house.

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Foust, Chronis Debate in Great Falls

The community and Great Falls Citizens Association positions on the Brooks Farm rezoning continue to sharply differ from the owner developer request for 20 homes by a two-acre cluster rezoning.

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Reston: First Celebration of Founder

Hundreds turn out to express gratitude for Robert E. Simon.

Bob Simon’s wife Cheryl Terio-Simon wrote a letter that was read aloud at the candlelight vigil held Friday, Sept. 26 at Lake Anne Plaza in honor of Reston’s founder who died earlier in week.

Reston: Dedicated to Bob Simon

A year in planning, Simon will not be in front row for concert, but will be in hearts.

Robert E. Simon was a founding member of The Reston Chorale in 1967.

Commercial Buildings Shot: People Inside

Fairfax County police arrested a 29-year-old Herndon man Friday, Sept. 24 after a detailed investigation of incidents in which commercial buildings in the Town of Herndon, Fairfax County and Leesburg were struck by bullets, according to police reports.

Oakton: Best Friends Dog Park

Oakton sophomore builds outdoor dog park at Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

Benjamin Yusman has always adopted his “best friends” from animal shelters.

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Not Without Controversy: Route 7 Widening

Safety concerns regarding access still major concern to neighborhoods along Route 7 corridor in Great Falls.

The Virginia Department of Transportation hopes to begin construction on a $265 million project to widen Route 7 in 2021.

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United Methodist: 140 Years in the Community

Great Falls United Methodist bazaar raises funds for ministry and missions.

Great Falls United Methodist Church will celebrate its 140th anniversary this coming spring on May 15, 2016.

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Herndon: Teacher Honored

Beloved Herndon High School Latin teacher Christine Sleeper, who died Feb. 15, 2015 at 98, kept a Trojan Horse in her Herndon High School classroom and the Latin word “gaude” on her license plate.

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Robert E. Simon, 101, Reston Founder, Dies

Reston founder’s legacy remains immortal.

Paul Hartke invited Bob Simon on his pontoon boat on Lake Audubon when Simon was in his 90s. “He stood on the back of the pontoon boat and we revved the motor and he beamed, ‘This makes you feel like a kid.’ That’s what kept him going I think.'”

McLean: Helicopter, Hikers Needed for Rescue

Fire and Rescue personnel lifted an injured hiker from Scott’s Run Park Sunday morning.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Units rescued an adult woman who fell from the rocks in Scott's Run Park in McLean at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20.

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McLean Orchestra’s Splash of Emotion

Local orchestra begins its 45th season on Oct. 10 at Oakcrest School performance hall.

McLean Orchestra conductor and musical director Miriam Burns doesn’t hesitate from knowledge that she can change a life in one evening.

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Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Awards Scholarships

Supporting women in their quest for education, career.

Martina Atabong, 35, is the first member of her family to go to college. “I’m the only one,” she said.

Herndon: Remembering Christine Sleeper

Sunday, gathering in memory of Herndon Latin teacher.

Beloved Herndon High School Latin teacher Christine Sleeper, who died Feb. 15, 2015 at 98, kept a Trojan horse in her classroom and a Latin word on her license plate.

Reston: Shelter, Library, and an 11-page Plan

Move shelter into Cameron Glen and library into the shelter, RCA proposes.

Reston Citizens Association has an 11-page, seven-step plan for Reston Town Center North, its library and Embry Rucker Community Shelter.

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Herndon High Latin’s Certamen Team Wins National Championship

Eight Herndon High School Latin students won the National Certamen championship in the National Junior Classical League Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

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Herndon: Ribbon, Scissors and 100 Bowls of Soup

Mayor Lisa Merkel, vice mayor Jennifer Baker, Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and others celebrated the official ribbon cutting of 100 Bowls of Soup this past Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Great Falls: Always Remembered, Always Remember

Great Falls holds Memorial Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 at twilight.

Construction on the Pentagon began on Sept. 11, 1941. And at the candlelight vigil held in Great Falls precisely one year after 9/11, USMC Col. Pete Hilgartner and The Friends of the Great Falls Freedom Memorial were inspired to create the Great Falls Freedom Memorial.

McLean Citizens Association: By the Numbers

On the 28th of September from 7-8:30 p.m., MCA is scheduled to host a conversation with Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Garza at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Great Falls: Citizens Fall Primer

Key events coming up in next month.

Key events coming up in next month.

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Fairfax County: More Open Space

Survey about parks shows more households using the parks, lower satisfaction.

Fairfax County residents say preservation of open space is the most important service that the Park Authority can provide.

Bicyclist Fatality in Herndon

Bicycle Master Plan adopted in 2014 attempts to continue to increase safety of bicyclists on roadways.

A 38-year-old bicyclist died after being hit by a vehicle on Sunrise Valley Drive in Herndon on Monday, Aug. 31 just after 8 p.m. The bicyclist has been identified as Andrew Greff Gooden, 38, of St. James, Jamaica.

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Herndon Grows at Midnight Hour

Town’s western boundary adjustment made with cooperation of Loudoun County.

Herndon grew at the stroke of midnight on Aug. 31, 2015.

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Vienna Stars Shine

Players from Great Falls, Vienna, McLean and beyond come together to win under-10 national championship in fast-pitch softball.

Sarah Semko and The Vienna Stars ‘04 amassed what the Washington Nationals couldn’t this 2015 season: a 43-game winning streak.

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McLean: Larger Houses, Fewer Trees?

In-fill development a “hot issue” in McLean, Great Falls, as older homes and trees make way for much larger houses.

McLean and Great Falls communities are often named with roots to their natural surroundings: Langley Forest, Langley Oaks, Chesterbrook Woods, Franklin Forest, Chesterbrook Farm, McLean Hamlet, Amberwoods, Woodhaven, Woodside Estates, Summer Wood, Great Falls Glen, Bradley Oaks.

Great Falls: Citizens Fall Primer

Key events coming up in next month.

Key events coming up in next month.

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Tournament and Nature Walk for Reston National

Rescue Reston plans Oct. 5 events on the golf course to raise money and awareness.

Ed Hass knows where the foxes keep their dens along the Reston National Golf Course. He found an occupied den this spring, and when the kits were born he took more than 100 photos.

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Fairfax County: Historic Sites - Resident Curators?

In exchange for rehabilitating the property, the curator gains use of the property and pays no rent.

The Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation in January 2011 to ensure that local jurisdictions establish a Resident Curator Project.

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Herndon: Inside the Town and Fairfax County

Inside the Town of Herndon and Fairfax County

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Newcomers Guide: Who Runs McLean?

McLean Citizens Association continues to celebrate a century of citizen activism.

McLean Citizens Association continues to celebrate a century of citizen activism.

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Newcomers Guide: What's Coming in Great Falls?

Several times a year, the Connection will map coming land use issues; to let us know about projects we’ve missing, email

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Newcomers Guide: What's New in McLean

An occasional series on development and land use in McLean.

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Newcomers Guide: Sites and Developments to Look at in Herndon

Sites and developments to look at in Herndon area.

Newcomers Guide: Who Runs Reston?

Reston founder Robert E. Simon still in the center of Reston’s activism; Reston Association provides governance.

Reston founder Robert E. Simon still in the center of Reston’s activism; Reston Association provides governance.

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Newcomers Guide: Who Runs Great Falls?

Great Falls Citizens Association is one-stop shopping for citizen activism.

Great Falls Citizens Association is one-stop shopping for citizen activism.

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McLean Teacher Trained to Teach About the Holocaust

Cristian Manoatl doesn’t claim the most traditional approach to his own schooling when he was a McLean High School student.

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Great Falls: Groundwater Cleanup Continues

GFCA responds to latest figures from gas additive spill; eyesore continues to plague Great Falls.

In the last three months, about 27 pounds of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) have been removed from the groundwater as a result of the leak from the former Exxon Station at 9901 Georgetown Pike.

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Stream Team Convenes in McLean

Plans to restore Dead Run in McLean Central Park will involve removal of dozens of trees.

Supervisor John Foust’s Stream Team was scheduled to convene for its first meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18 at the McLean Community Center to discuss and potentially make decisions that will impact the McLean Central Park.

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Herndon: Kyle Mathers, 19, Dale Neibaur, 19, Holly Novak, 18

Grief counseling is available at Herndon High School.

Herndon High School alums Kyle Mathers, 19, Holly Novak, 18, and Dale Neibaur, 19, had no chance of surviving.

2015-16 Deer Archery Program

Two information meetings about the county’s Deer Management Archery Program are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon District Station, 2511 Parkers Lane in Alexandria, Community Room.

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Herndon: 100 Bowls of Soup

The kitchen relocates from Vienna to Sunset Business Park in Herndon.

Herndon is home to more than 100 restaurants and 1,300 businesses, according to Dennis Holste, economic development manager for the Town of Herndon.

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Great Falls National Park Hosts Many a Celebration

An August Sunday in the park.

Brandon Greiner, 3, took the lead. The three-year-old biked the trails from one overlook to the next while his twin sister Ainsley, mom Nicole and father Nathan Greiner walked immediately behind.

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Reston: Surrounded by Sound

The Reston Chorale to hold auditions on Aug. 11 and 24.

Ruth Overton has performed with the Reston Chorale since 1976. She’s almost never missed Tuesday night rehearsals, all 2,000 of them. “I had six children that had to hear, ‘Mommy will be gone on Tuesday nights.’ That’s me time,” said Overton, of Reston.

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Human Trafficking: ‘No One is Immune’

Teenager leaders warned, asked to educate themselves and peers against sex trafficking.

Detective Bill Woolf described how human traffickers use all tools possible, including social media, to lure victims anywhere and everywhere, including Tysons Corner, Great Falls and McLean.

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McLean: 'A Generation in Pain'

McLean High School senior wins national journalism award for combating depression.

McLean High School magazine journalist David Kagan didn’t know the power of depression when he started to research his article “A Generation in Pain” for McLean High School’s Highlander magazine.

Happy Birthday Silver Line, and Many More

Reactions to the $3 billion project up and down the line.

”Herndon is ready,” said Mayor Lisa Merkel, regarding Herndon’s future Silver Line stop. Merkel dubbed Herndon, “A Next Generation Small Town.”