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Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Celebrates Academic Achievements of their Team Members

Formal ceremonies were nixed by the pandemic, but that didn’t hide the smiles.

On Monday, Aug. 3, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital celebrated the academic achievements of team members who were unable to ‘walk’ this year due to COVID-19.

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Looking for Parkway Improvements

Public is asked for suggestions for the Fairfax County Parkway and the Franconia-Springfield Parkway.

Parkway improvements

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Lake Braddock Seventh Grader Makes a Giant Step for Mankind

Alexander Mather wins the contest to name Mars rover and witnesses the lift off.

Mars Rover Named

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Ponds are Popular in Backyards Around the Area

Sometimes a water garden provides the natural setting for fish, frogs, butterflies and birds.

Backyard Ponds

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Redevelopment Plans Under Microscope for Belle View Shopping Center

Mount Vernon Task Force delays decision on recommendation.

Belle View Shopping Center

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Groundbreaking Scheduled for North Hill

Affordable housing project expected to be in tune with the housing needs and EMBARK Richmond Highway project.

North Hill

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Combat Reporting Lands Local Resident Marine Corps Award

Jefferson Manor resident was embedded with Marines in Afghanistan.

Local resident gets USMC award

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Terraced Garden Becomes a Natural Escape

Springfield backyard brings batches of beans, cucumbers and science lessons.

Garden Classroom

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Area Targeted for Improvements to Include Janna Lee Avenue

Rec center and tech incubator could be the start of more opportunity.

Stabbing on Janna Lee

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Discarded PPE Litters Neighborhoods

Disposal of this essential equipment has not found its way into the trash cans in some cases.

PPE litter

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Plans for Old Mount Vernon High School

Virtual meeting puts educational uses on the forefront for the 1939 building.

Old Mount Vernon High School plans.

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The Work of Bees, Birds and Butterflies Officially Recognized

National Pollinator Week notes the importance of pollination to the food chain.

Pollinator week

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USDA Coronavirus Program Feeds Many in Springfield

Supervisor Rodney Lusk and Journey Church make it happen.

Food distribution in Springfield

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Warner Visits to Tout Bill for NPS Parks

National Park maintenance bill Includes million for GW Memorial Parkway and related parks.

Park bill

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Locals Embark on Paranormal Television Series

”The Witching Hour” was awarded for their non-fiction series.

Paranormal Show

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Four Road Projects Move Forward in Transportation Approval Chain in Fairfax County

Road projects are spread throughout County.

Transportation in Fairfax County got a boost lately when the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority moved forward on four projects in the county that are designed to help traffic congestion.

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A Call to Save North Fork of Accotink Creek

Local Audubon Naturalist Society does not like development slated for privately owned land.

Development in Fairfax

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Hundreds Come Out to Fight Racism and Police Brutality

Mount Vernon was ground zero for the latest incident involving Fairfax County Police.

Protest march

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In Fairfax County, Adopt-A-Road is a Hit

County has highest participation in Virginia.

With everyone concentrating on social distancing these days, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway is a possible option to clean the roadsides, get some sun, and practice social distancing while doing a good deed.

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Springfield Town Center Reopens

The center is using all precautions in the midst of the pandemic.

Springfield Town Center

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Outdoor Concert On a Mount Vernon Community Street

Barclay Brass ensemble hammers out tunes for the neighborhood.

outdoor concert

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Park Goers Take Advantage of Openings on Memorial Day Weekend

At parks along the Parkway, many enjoyed the sunshine as relief from the quarantine days.

Parks open in Mount Vernon

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Park Goers Return to Burke Lake Park

Locals dotted the spaces on Memorial Day weekend as relief from the quarantine days.

Park opens Memorial Day

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Orange Line Stations Closing All Summer

Metro’s platform project continues; riders urged to seek other routes.

Last summer it was the blue line’s turn; this summer it’s the orange line stations closing, part of WMATA’s Platform Improvement Project. The Vienna, Dunn Loring, and both East and West Falls Church Metro Stations, as well as all Silver Line service, will be closed from May 23 through Sept. 7, WMATA said. West Falls Church Metro Station will remain open as both Silver and Orange Line trains can pass through the closed stations but will not stop at them.

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New Mayor to Work for #OneVienna

Linda Jane Colbert grew up in Vienna and looks at her new position as an opportunity for all.

In a local election last week, Vienna now has a new mayor, Linda Colbert, who has deep roots in the town and a few goals in mind that surround her campaign slogan of “#OneVienna.”

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Burke Community on Parade for Veteran’s 100th Birthday

Lots of honks, waves and social distancing.

100 Birthday

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Stay-at-Home Order Allows More Time for Road Construction in Virginia

When traffic is down, the crews extend time with lane closures, resulting in project progress.

The quarantine that seems to have no end is having some positive impacts. With most businesses closed and most people staying home most of the time, rush hours have been minimal, gas use is down, local streets are becoming the roads less traveled. For road crews, this is time to pick up the pace.

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Front Line Medical Staff Get New Tennis Shoes

Local athletic shoe companies donate special shoes to medical staff Impacted by COVID-19.

New shoes for medical workers.

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Litter Trap Installed on Little Hunting Creek

Pilot program conducted on an area creek suffering from trash infestation.

Litter Trap

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Living Legends of 2020

Frank Fannon IV

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Mount Vernon Farmers Market To Open in May

It could pave the way for more as the county could gradually reopen.

Some Farmers Markets to open in May

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Creek Plan in Hollin Hills Generates Push Back

Some residents say County plan is unnecessary and expensive.

Hollin Hills creeks

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Parade for Mac McConnell’s 99th Birthday

Social distancing in place, but the smiles prevailed.

birthday

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Reston, Mount Vernon and Burke Farmers Markets to Open in May

It could pave the way for more as county gradually reopens.

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Catfish Fry Feeds Many in Gum Springs

The lot at the Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church is busy on Sundays.

Catfish meal in Mount Vernon.

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Chick-fil-A Coming to Kingstowne, Sooner or Later

Spot is picked but public meetings and COVID-19 are obstacles.

Kingstowne Chick-fil-A

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Keeping an Eye on Accotink Creek

‘Transform 66,’ construction stirring the silt pot in Fairfax.

Accotink Creek

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Chef Andres’ World Central Kitchen Feeding Hundreds in Mount Vernon

In the pandemic, need for food is great around Rising Hope United Methodist Church

Chef Andres

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A Former Lake Braddock Bruin Now on Hollywood’s Red Carpets

Emily Peachey, class of 2009, is making movies and a name as an actress.

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Time Warp Along Telegraph Goes from Revolutionary Sites to Civil War

Part three of the Telegraph Road series goes to the edge of Alexandria.

Telegraph Road, part 3

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Keeping the Chamber Boat Afloat in Northern Virginia

Various Chambers of Commerce are helping members to get through the pandemic.

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A Burning Barn was Part of Hayfield Farm’s Past

The second of three articles exploring historic Telegraph Road in southern Fairfax County.

Hayfield Farm

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Kaiser Permanente is Expanding in Springfield

Nearby transportation options make the town center location accessible.

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Mount Air Estate Housed Yankees, Rebels and Railroad Builders

The first of three articles exploring historic Telegraph Road in southern Fairfax County.

Telegraph Road

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Auto Train Still Chugging Along in Lorton

Amtrak’s service is the only of its kind in the nation.

Amtrak’s auto train

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