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Herndon: Principal of the Year

Fairfax County Public Schools named Herndon Middle School Principal Justine Klena the 2016 Outstanding Principal.

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McLean: Maffitt Hall Saved

Plans to renovate McLean Community Center back on track.

Following intervention from the county attorney, everybody on the Capital Facilities Committee and the McLean Community Center Governing Board got to vote.

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McLean: Bomb Threat

Students sent home after reported bomb threat at McLean High School; nothing suspicious found.

Fairfax County Police’s first responders reported to McLean High School Monday, Feb. 29 for a “reported bomb threat,” according to police tweets. “School is closing, kids to be bussed home.”

Great Falls: Awaiting Brooks Farm Decision

Planning Commission scheduled to make recommendation to Board of Supervisors at this Thursday’s hearing.

Great Falls awaits the Planning Commission’s decision on the potential rezoning of Brooks Farm off Springvale Road.

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Lake Fairfax Neighbors Oppose Septage Proposal

Reston’s Richard Sheehe spent more than 90 minutes hearing engineers and county officials try to convince Reston residents why moving a Septage Receiving Site to a portion of Lake Fairfax Park would be ideal.

Herndon: Water Meters, Automated Splash

The Town of Herndon will replace existing residential water meters in the middle of March and upgrade to an automated meter reading (AMR) system.

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Construction Begins in Herndon

Mayor Lisa Merkel began to “seriously consider running” for Town Council in 2009, when a project to redevelop the Busch Motors property was voted against. On Monday, Feb. 22, Herndon’s downtown revitalization began at the corner of Elden and Monroe.

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McLean and Great Falls: Supreme Court Inspires Case Day at Langley

Justice Antonin Scalia remembered at Langley during Case Day, which he helped originate.

United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin “Nino” Scalia helped former Langley teacher James Catlette develop Case Day into an annual academic gift to each Langley graduating class.

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County Budget Presented, About $300 More per Household

County Executive: Revenue growth is insufficient to fund all priorities. Schools still $68 million short.

County Executive Ed Long recommended a four-cent increase to the real estate tax rate.

Reston Pleads for Governor’s Veto

Reston Association and Reston 20/20 weigh in on proffer controversy.

Reston Association and the Reston 20/20 Committee asked Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to veto a bill about proffers that passed the Virginia General Assembly.

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Great Falls: Could Bond Referendum Save Marmota Farm?

Price tag is clear and visible on old dairy farm; negotiations underway to turn property into 11-house subdivision.

Betty Nalls Swartz rolls the windows down when she drives along Old Georgetown Pike by the Grange, Old Schoolhouse and Lift Me Up therapeutic riding program. Marmota Farm, 22.78 acres and once a dairy farm, “still smells like a farm,” she said.

Herndon: Downtown, New Town Website and More

The Town of Herndon extended its deadline for proposals for the downtown development until Feb. 19.

Virginia Cigarette Tax Remains Lowest in Nation

Opportunity for increase in cigarette tax blows up in smoke.

Dale Stein and the McLean Citizens Association couldn’t even raise a match before legislators in Richmond extinguished a possible increase in the cigarette tax for Fairfax County.

Snowzilla Summit Ahead

Board names Fairfax County Animal Shelter for Michael Frey.

“What a difference a week makes,” said County Chairman Sharon Bulova (D), in case anybody had moved on from the 29.3 inches of measured snow at Dulles Airport during the recent blizzard.

Proffers in Danger?

Richmond caught the attention of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors this week specifically with House Bill 770 (Gilbert) and Senate B 549 (Obenshain), bills Sharon Bulova says will place “significant restrictions” on development, specifically citing “unreasonable proffers.”

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McLean’s Family Feud?

What could constitute conflict of interest where best interest of McLean community is at stake?

By suspending discussion and asking the county attorney to intervene, chair Dennis Findley and the McLean Community Center’s Capital Facilities Committee turned a possible happy ending about Center renovation into a family squabble.

Virginia Cigarette Tax Remains Lowest in Nation

Opportunity for increase in cigarette tax blows up in smoke.

Dale Stein and the McLean Citizens Association couldn’t even raise a match before legislators in Richmond extinguished a possible increase in the cigarette tax for Fairfax County.

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Fairfax: Connect or Not Connect?

Commission hears two hours of testimonies, mostly against 164-foot monopole in Fairfax neighborhood.

William Stefan asked the Fairfax County Planning Commission to pardon his nerves, evident in his voice as he talked about his Fairfax home of 23 years.

Snowzilla Summit Ahead

Board names Fairfax County Animal Shelter for Michael Frey.

“What a difference a week makes,” said County Chairman Sharon Bulova (D), in case anybody had moved on from the 29.3 inches of measured snow at Dulles Airport during last week’s blizzard.

Reston: South Lakes, Storm Water and Collaboration

RA approves funding for independent study of stormwater flows between Cedar Cove Cluster and Wakerobin Lane.

When the Board of Supervisors approved a 40,000 square foot addition to South Lakes in October 2015, Terry Maynard of Reston 20/20 emphasized a failing stormwater management plan for the adjoining neighborhoods of Wakerobin Lane and Cedar Cove.

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McLean: Saving the Community Hall; Preparing for Closure

McLean Community Center likely to be closed for renovations in 2017 from April through November.

The McLean Community Center’s Central Financing Committee transformed a week of public worry into a probable solution for the center’s beloved and well-used Maffitt Hall community room.

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Brooks Farm: Decision Awaits in Great Falls

Planning Commission scheduled to make recommendation on proposal for 20 homes this week.

Twenty one hours and 37 minutes after he started his day on Thursday, Jan. 21, Great Falls Citizens Association president Eric Knudsen told the county’s Planning Commission the importance of Great Falls to the entire county and to the Chesapeake Watershed.

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Reston: What's Coming?

Sites and developments to look at in Reston area.

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Oak Hill/Herndon: What's Coming?

Sites and developments to look at in Herndon area.

Sites and developments to look at in Herndon area.

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Great Falls: What's Coming?

In the pipeline for Great Falls ...

Several times a year, the Connection will map coming land use issues; to let us know about projects we’re missing, email kmoore@connectionnewspapers.com.

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Outlook: New in McLean

An occasional series on development and land use in McLean.

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Best of Reston Winners Announced

Honorees for silver anniversary event announced.

More than 750 people attended last year’s Best of Reston Awards for Community Service.

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McLean and Great Falls: Delegates, Senators Meet Constituents

McLean delegates and senators discuss guns, foster care, nursing, student debt, Judge Jane Roush and more.

Alexandra Reed Lajoux advocates for youth in foster care without a home, “sans domicile fix, as the French say.”

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McLean: Crashes Diminished

Dangerous McLean intersection at Old Dominion and Bellview fixed.

Numerous car accidents, including one fatality, prompted neighbors around the intersection of Bellview Road and Old Dominion Drive to action.

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Calls to Widen American Legion Bridge

Each weekday, nearly 300,000 vehicles cross the American Legion Bridge, and each day traffic backs up into McLean, Great Falls and beyond.

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Residents List Priorities for General Assembly

Residents tell legislators of priorities ahead of the 60-day session of the General Assembly.

Barbara Quesada, parent of a Franklin Sherman Elementary School student, reminded the General Assembly delegation from Fairfax that Nova Firearms opened its new store right next to the McLean elementary school.

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What’s Happening in Reston in 2016?

Reston National Golf is ready to play another round.

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What’s Happening in 2016 in Herndon?

Following the purchase of the Ashwell property which created a contiguous 4.675 acres of Town-owned land in Herndon’s downtown, the Town issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Nov. 2, 2015.

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What’s Happening in 2016 in McLean?

A preview of the issues, events that will mark the new year.

McLean Citizens Association has advocated for McLean and its people for 100 years.

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What’s Happening in 2016 in Great Falls?

A preview of the issues, events that will mark the new year.

Fairfax County Planning Commission staff published its report to recommend approval of the rezoning of Brooks Farm on New Year’s Eve.

Herndon 2015: Year in Review

Town elections spring to fall; Rust retires, Boysko elected, downtown vision takes shape and more.

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Reston: 2015 Year in Review

Death of the Founder; termination of Lake Anne redevelopment, defense of golf course and more.

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Great Falls 2015: Year in Review

Vision for the Grange, Foust and Murphy re-elected, Exxon cleanup and more.

Vision for the Grange, Foust and Murphy re-elected, Exxon cleanup and more.

McLean 2015: Year in Review

Noise, guns, elections and more.

McLean 2015: Year in Review

Lake Anne Redevelopment Project Dies

Next steps unknown.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Lake Anne Development Partners LLC are terminating their current contact to revitalize and redevelop Lake Anne.

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Herndon Hails Holiday Lights

Winners of Herndon’s “Dress Up for the Holidays” contest added more holiday cheer to the light displays already on their roofs, yards and trees with their responses.

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McLean/Great Falls: Our Military Kids, Responding to the Need

McLean based organization helps thousands across the country, especially at Christmas.

McLean’s Linda Davidson co-founded Our Military Kids with 11 grants in 2004. “When I started, it was a volunteer program offering to support families in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.,” she said.

Chesterbrook Woods, Not Meadows

McLean neighborhood petitions for stronger protection of trees from infill development.

More than 225 people in McLean’s Chesterbrook Woods have signed its citizens association’s Tree Canopy Petition, demanding that Fairfax County enforce the county’s Tree Ordinance.

Bless Brittany’s Tree in Great Falls

GFCA Legacy White Oak Tree planting project widens its canopy of interest.

Brittany Geserick-Beschen’s love for white oaks has deep roots.

County Limits Dog Tethering

“Man’s best friend deserves legal protection,” said Peggy Marshall, who adopted her best friend, Bianca.

Environmental Quality of Life

Advisory Council issues 512-page vision for county environmental policy.

Flooding will rise in concern in Fairfax County as a result of climate change, warned Stella Koch, chairperson of the county’s Environmental Quality Advisory Council.

Pedestrian Hurt in Reston

A 47-year-old Fairfax man was seriously injured while crossing Sunset Hills Road in Reston on Friday, Nov. 27, according to Fairfax County Police reports.

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Candlelight Emotion

Video captures emotion of vigil honoring Robert E. Simon days after his death.

With a little help from her friends, and social media, Kat Toussaint mobilized more than 500 people for the candlelight vigil that celebrated the life of Robert E. Simon.

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Truly Cultivating Community

Herndon couple receives good neighbor award along with a mountain of gratitude.

Eleven different neighbors nominated Mario and Andrea Weber to receive the Town’s Good Neighbor Award.

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Vienna/Reston: Five Decades: ‘What I Believe In’

Judith Beattie has impacted five decades of students who began their education at Vienna’s Hunter Mill Country Day School.