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Hotel on Elden or High Quality Apartments?

Stout and Teague envision a hotel on the corner of Center Street and Elden Street to go along with new residential condos in downtown Herndon.

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Reston: Development of a Solution?

Can the former American Press Institute building, architectural gem, still be saved?

The vacant American Press Institute Building at 11690 Sunrise Valley Drive drew international attention this week, days before a scheduled rezoning hearing at the Fairfax County Planning Commission this Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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McLean: Crisis Link, Text and Turning Point

McLean-based nonprofit provides services and engagement during crises.

Caryline Kelly, 27, will earn her graduate degree in mental health counseling this summer. Kelly is a recovery support specialist with Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, headquartered in McLean.

Stretching from Great Falls to La Jolla

Delivering yoga class close to home on Great Falls Green.

Victoria Weseley’s mother lives in La Jolla, California.

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Yogis to Fill Reston with Gratitude

Thousands to join Reston’s Beloved Yoga at 8th annual yoga festival this Sunday at Reston Town Center.

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MCA: Year Ahead

McLean Citizens Association launches new website, continues its century-long advocacy for McLean.

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Great Falls: Final Chance for Brooks Farm?

Planning Commission defers Brooks Farm decision one more time; Supervisor Foust expects no more delays.

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Great Falls: Barn Dance Goes Out with a Bang and Optimism

Annual event benefited the Optimist Club youth fund.

The seven horses that live on Linda Thompson’s White Pines Farm property on Walker Road have shared their barn with the Great Falls Optimist Club for about once a year for the past 10 years.

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Honoring on Memorial Day in Great Falls

Community gathers at Great Falls Freedom Memorial to honor local fallen.

United States Air Force veteran Paul Quinn “didn’t intend to show this much emotion” during the Memorial Day Celebration Ceremony at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial.

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Herndon: Wings of Magic

Help Herndon sign the Mayors for Monarchs pledge to increase monarch butterfly habitat and population.

Carol and Jay Hadlock take precise details to facilitate the birth of monarch butterflies in their Herndon home.

Herndon Garden Tour

Garden Tour approaches: Saturday, June 18, noon to 4 p.m.

Herndon enjoys cultivating community initiative. This year’s 2016 Herndon Garden Tour on Saturday, June 18 from noon to 4 p.m. is one budding example.

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Get Involved: Herndon’s Future Downtown

The Herndon Town Council wants the public’s feedback on two potential proposals for Town’s downtown.

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Great Falls: Sewage Hauled Elsewhere

Great Falls septic receiving site to close down on June 27; no alternative planned at this time.

Raw septic will no longer be hauled to Great Falls’ Colvin Run Septic Sewage Receiving Plant. The site will close down on June 27.

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Reston: Splashes of Color with Rain

25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival showcased the work of 200 artists across the United States and Canada.

Talib Aleem of Reston brings his camera into waves big enough for him to get in. “If you want your images to be more, ‘Wow,’ you have to go where you can get more ‘Wow’ pictures,” said Aleem.

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This Week in Herndon

Weekly happenings in Herndon.

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Herndon: Thanks for 40 Years, Miss Helen

Helen Guest has been the director at St. Timothy’s Pre-School more years than Carrie Manetto has been alive.

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McLean: Nearing Consensus on Dead Run?

The beauty of Dead Run Stream Valley Park in McLean was on full display last Thursday, May 19.

Herndon Elementary School Student Honored for Clean Air Initiative.

Jaeya Taxali, a sixth-grade student at Crossfield Elementary, gained her inspiration from the school bus ride home.

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Meals Tax? Ballot Possibility

Board of Supervisors potentially set to approve meals tax ballot question on June 7.

A majority of The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voiced support last week for including a Meals Tax Referendum as part of the 2016 General Election.

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Great Falls: Cutting Through Brooks Farm

GFCA raises new issue surrounding controversial redevelopment proposal; says community never had chance to respond.

Great Falls Citizens Association wants Supervisor John W. Foust to address concerns on Brooks Farm development.

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Great Falls: Historical Allure, or Relic of the Past?

30 days for commitment to take control of the Grange for community use.

The legacy of past farmers of Great Falls awaits. And have awaited.

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Great Falls: Brooks Farm, Busy Week?

The Fairfax County Planning Commission is scheduled to reconvene on Wednesday, May 18, to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the development of Brooks Farm.

Fairfax County Budget Approved

Supervisors approve budget and tax hike.

When the Board of Supervisors approved the budget on Tuesday, April 26, they increased taxes by about $300 for the average homeowner and increased funding for schools by 5 percent.

County Budget Approved

Bulova calls the budget a “booster shot.”

When the Board of Supervisors approved the budget on Tuesday, April 26, they increased taxes by about $300 for the average homeowner and increased funding for schools by 5 percent.

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Reston Outlook: Open Space Forever

Rescue Reston and all involved Restonians honored Sunday for fighting to preserve Reston National Golf Course.

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly told the Speaker of the House about Rescue Reston, Reston citizens and Robert E. Simon Jr. and his vision.

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Herndon Outlook: What Comes Next?

Land development and construction in Herndon.

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McLean Outlook: Saving Trees While Building Houses

Developers at the third annual McLean Tree Forum surprised some audience members with their appreciation for trees.

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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

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Reston: Holy Septic! Plans Change

Reston’s Richard Sheehe asked on Feb. 18 if Reston residents could be assured that the county would suspend work on preliminary designs to move the county’s Septage Receiving Site from Colvin Run in Great Falls to a maintenance portion of Lake Fairfax Park in Reston.

Herndon: How to Spend $55 Million

Herndon Town Council will hold a public meeting on budget on April 26.

Town Manager Arthur A. Anselene presented the Proposed FY 2017 Herndon Budget to the Town Council Tuesday night, April 12.

Student Teacher Returns to Herndon, Arrested

Former Coates Elementary teacher arrested after attempting to have sexual activity with a 13-year-old boy.

Kathleen Antonina Capitano, 24, arrived at a hotel in Herndon Saturday, April 16, to have sex with a 13-year-old boy she met while student teaching last year at Coates Elementary School, according to Fairfax County Police.

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McLean: Share Honors Volunteers

Share of McLean was established in 1969 by coalition of faith communities to help meet emergency needs of those in need.

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Great Falls: Women Juggle Work, Families, Education

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors committed to assisting working women pursuing higher education.

George Mason’s Libby Dissauer understands students who juggle raising a family while pursuing an education, who have to decide whether to pay rent, buy food, get gas or pay tuition.

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Great Falls: Eyesore Improves, Bank Coming

Construction on TD Bank scheduled for Fall; opening of two-lane drive-thru bank anticipated for February.

The community called the site of the old Exxon Station, with environmental cleanup underway, an “eyesore.”

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Best of Reston, Best of Inspiration

Bob Simon’s Reston honored at Silver Anniversary of Cornerstones partnership with the Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Olivia Wolfe, Hannah Becker and Kacey Hirschfeld ensured that their childhood friend Amy Boyle was honored with them Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency Reston ballroom.

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McLean Citizens Association Calls for Tax Increase with Restraint.

Three Cents This Year: But ‘Enough is Enough’

Nine board members of the McLean Citizens Association wanted the civic association to tell the Board of Supervisors it wants no real estate tax increase.

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Two Herndon Teen Heroes Honored

Herndon teenager honored for saving more than 30 families during the blizzard on Jan. 24.

Herndon Town Council and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue honored Herndon teenager Roberto Morales Castillo for heroism that saved the lives his family and up to 30 other families the day of the blizzard on Jan. 24, 2016.

Herndon’s Downtown: Get Involved

See proposals at the Town’s new website at; click on the “Latest News” tab.

Herndon residents have a chance to get involved in the future of their town’s downtown.

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Great Falls and McLean: Challenge of Infill Development

McLean, Great Falls may face new hurdles with passage of law restricting proffers.

Great Falls was called Forestville until 1953, said Bill Canis, vice president of the Great Falls Citizens Association.

Reston: RN Golf Changes Course

Rescue Reston remains cautious after RN Golf lays approach shot short of Supreme Court.

Rescue Reston remains cautious, despite notification from Reston National Golf Course attorneys that it won’t continue its appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

Herndon’s Downtown: ‘Game-Changing Project’

See proposals at the Town’s new website at; click on the “Latest News” tab.

Two companies, The Stout & Teague Company and Comstock Development, responded to the Town of Herndon’s Request for Proposals to redevelop 4.675 acres of land in historic downtown into “an attractive, mixed-use downtown.”

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Four-Cent Tax Rate Increase, with Side of Vitriol

Reconsideration hours later gives same result; board will consider putting meals tax to referendum in November.

Tuesday morning, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted for a four-cent tax rate increase, advertising a tax rate of $1.13 per $100 of assessed value.

Reston: Fighting for Founder’s Village Center

Jefferson Apartment Group’s proposal for Tall Oaks to occur after market and economic viability study in April.

Reston Association Board member Eve Thompson has been so surprised by the Jefferson Apartment Group’s response to community input on Tall Oaks Village Center that she coined a new land use term.

Reston: Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

Reston Association to hear Longwood Grove community’s problems with barking dogs.

Moira Callaghan and more than 80 people from Longwood Grove wrote Reston Association to ask for help with “nuisance barking” coming from Baron Cameron Dog Park.

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.