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Metro’s South End Stations Scheduled for a Six-Week Closure

Two-part project will tie in a new station and fix tunnel headaches.

Metro closure

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Gas Prices Still Steep; Does It Pay to Shop Around?

Prices down from a few weeks ago.

Gas prices

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Local Artist Takes on A Three-Story Mural

Wall of designs and bubbles adds to the portfolio of Marisela Rumberg.

Artist does Mural

Bridge Rehabilitation Will Mean Five Weeks of Detours

Alban Road in south Springfield will be closed at Accotink Creek bridge.

Bridge project

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Mount Vernon Deals with July’s Heat Wave

Hot temps bring out the frozen treats and creativity.

Heat Wave

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Local Artist Pens Virginia Urban Posters

Posters, paintings and quirkiness run in the family at Urban Redeux in Hollin Hall.

Urban Redeux

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Rocking Local

Local rock band is highlighted by Led Zeppelin covers, original songs and George Castanza.

Summer of George

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Paralyzed Cyclist Gains Freedom for Near Normal Life

After a broken neck sustained in a mountain bike crash, Mark Gottlieb uses an electronic device and therapy to walk again.

Bike Accident Victim

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Neighborhood Parade Steeped in Tradition

Bikes shared the route with cars, patriots and smiles in Kings Park.

July 4 parade in Springfield

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Rising Baseball Star Threw His First Pitch in Springfield

The former WSHS star will be tuned into the MLB draft in mid-July.

Local Baseball star

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Pot Dispensary Getting Ready to Open in Mount Vernon

Beyond Hello Cannabis Dispensary almost ready for grand opening.

Marijuana

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Frontier Drive Extension Inches Closer to Transportation Option in Springfield

Metro wants public input on this future transportation improvement.

Metro is looking into traffic flow challenges as the Frontier Drive extension project moves closer to implementation in the next few years...

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Naturalists Highlight Wildlife in Path of Trail Construction

Can Cinder Bed Bikeway be in harmony with ecosystem? Bike group supports the new trail.

Nature walk to Bikeway

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Raising Money for a Shot at the Gold

Local track team looks to the Junior Olympics

Car wash fundraiser

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Gum Springs Community Day Doubles as Juneteenth Celebration

Residents come together to celebrate their sense of community.

Gum Springs Day

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Belle Haven Flood Wall: Solution for Coastal Flooding?

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study brings out residents, scientists and naysayers.

Flood Walls

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Summer’s Here and Possibly Time to Stay Put

Fairfax County has plenty of options for a “stay-cation” this summer.

Summer Stay-Cation

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River Renew Project Focuses on Clean Water

City project is in response to a 2017 directive.

Sewer project

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Shaved Ice, Burritos and Food Trucks are a Hit at Taste of Springfield

Burke Author at the Taste Event with Historic Novel

Taste of Springfield

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Memorial Day Salute in Hollin Hills

Second-annual gathering brings neighbors together.

Memorial Day Salute

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Local Shark Tanker’s Go Before the Board

Creativity to cope with aging brings out local entrepreneurs.

Local shark tank

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Bike To Work Day, Month of May Tradition

An upbeat activity for an upbeat month heading into summer.

BTW 2022

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Plans Continue to Progress for Original Mount Vernon High

Adaptive reuse are the buzz words for the county’s historic school campus.

Original MVHS plans

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Beach Vibes Surround Exhibit at the Nepenthe Gallery

Exhibit kicks off Thursday evening, May 26.

Art Show

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Officials Examine Southern Beltway Section for Express Lanes

Plan calls for express lanes to cross Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

Southern Express Lanes

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Language Skills Valuable for Two Franconia Police Officers

Quick thinking earned them title as “Officers of the Month” for April.

FCPD Employee of the Month

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Project Launched to Address Overflow at Lake Accotink

After rainy days, hikers face a watery crossing when walking around the lake.

Accotink improvements

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Community Center Opens in the Buckman Road Area

It’s more than just basketball courts and shuffleboard though.

WISH center

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Pho Soup has Plenty of Noodles and Broth

Vietnamese pho could ease the common cold or late night partying, but it's different from ramen.

Pho Soup

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Mount Vernon Student Got a Lesson in Politics

Senate page program pays off for eighth grader.

Senate page

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United Community Honors Reverend Dr. Keary Kincannon

Hyland Humanitarian Award is the top award and goes to those who make positive impacts.

Reverend Kincannon Awarded

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Everyone’s Feeling the Cold Temps in April in Springfield

Those in the plant industry are taking steps to protect the crop.

Cold April

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Mural Project Spreads Positive Vibes in Mount Vernon

One of several planned for the Richmond Highway corridor.

Mural

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Bamboo Is in County’s Crosshairs in Burke

Plant might offer privacy along property lines but quickly gets out of control; choosing native plants and trees is safer.

Bamboo

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Fixing Intersection Is First Step in the Penn Daw Area of Mount Vernon

Revitalization, BRT and upscale apartments are part of the picture.

Revitalization

Economic Outlook for Mount Vernon Emerges from Covid Dip

Job market stronger, housing is still pricey; graphs dip for the pandemic.

Chamber mtg.

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Trees or Bikes in Mount Vernon?

Along Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, trees get the short end of the stick.

Clearing for trail

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Blast from the Past: Time Capsules

These historical preservation tidbits are popping up everywhere.

Time Capsules

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Virginia Room is Fairfax Library System’s Research Lab

Many family historical mysteries are uncovered here.

Virginia Room

Changes Coming for Franconia Government Center

Request for Proposals put out to add affordable housing

Lee Dist Government Center

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Ides of Bark Brings Out the Dogs in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon pets ruled at this fourth annual event.

Dog event

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Gum Springs Resident Celebrates 102

Car parade had well-wishers, neighbors and Mount Vernon officers.

Resident turns 102

Banks and Eateries Play Musical Chairs in Vienna

Some here are switching places while other bank branches are closing across the country.

Banks closing

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Tradition Comes in the Steak and Cheese Sub at Mama Mia’s

After 39 years, the husband-and-wife team are hanging up their spatulas.

Mama Mia's closing

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Greenery of Spring Celebrated at River Farm in Mount Vernon

Plant extravaganza set for the second weekend in April.

Plant fair

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County Art Contest Focuses on Water Conservation

High school artists called on to explore “One Water” theme.

Art contest

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New Franconia Car Wash Will Offer More Options

Mini neon light show is part of the experience, and an attraction for the kids.

Car Wash