Tim Peterson | Staff

Tim Peterson

Staff Reporter

Tim began his print journalism career writing for his high school newspaper — the Hayfield Orange Peal. A few years later, he picked up in the Netherlands as a copy editor and writer for Time Out Amsterdam magazine. He moved back to the United States in 2012 and began reporting for The Connection in January 2013 as a freelancer. Now on the staff, Tim covers Burke, Fairfax Station, Lorton, Clifton, Springfield and Mount Vernon. He has a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in political science and cultural-linguistic anthropology, and recently attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME.

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Bumped, Bruised, Better

Springfield man recovers from mid-race Ironman accident.

Bill Vitaletti of Springfield had fractured his jaw in three places, broken a bone in his eye socket, chipped a tooth and cracked two other teeth that would eventually have to be pulled. But he didn’t know any of that at the time. What he knew was he still had at least 20 miles left to bike and 26.2 miles to run before completing his first Ironman triathlon.

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Springfield's Ironman

Springfield man recovers from mid-triathlon biking accident.

Bill Vitaletti of Springfield had fractured his jaw in three places, broken a bone in his eye socket, chipped a tooth and cracked two other teeth that would eventually have to be pulled.

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Lorton: Holiday Homes Tour ‘Warm Hospitality’

Clifton residents welcome visitors for Holiday Homes Tour.

The Currans had the old house demolished and a new one built in its place. One that would fit the character of the historic neighborhood.

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Fairfax Station: Thirtieth Joint Thanksgiving Eve Service Held at Temple B’Nai Shalom

Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax Station and Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence in Burke held a 30th consecutive joint Thanksgiving Eve service Nov. 23 at the Jewish congregation’s synagogue.

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Celebrating Diversity in Burke

33rd Interfaith Thanksgiving service at Burke Presbyterian Church celebrates differences.

“You can lament about the hate in the country right now,” she said, “but there’s a great sense of readiness to act in a different way, that we’re capable of being different and being together.” Co-pastors at Burke Presbyterian Church Rev. Meg Peery McLaughlin and her husband Rev. Jarrett insist the interfaith Thanksgiving service held in their worship hall on Nov. 22 was not in response to any perceived disunity in the country following the Presidential election.

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‘Clawing Away For Information’ in Mount Vernon

Parents of Annie McCann pursue human trafficking as possible factor in her 2008 death.

For Mary Jane and Dan McCann, losing their 16-year-old daughter Annie was a personal catastrophe.

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Fairfax: Robinson Square Root

Educational program part of FACETS plan to prevent homelessness.

“If you don’t do homework, you get bad grades,” Dowling asserted. The boys are receiving after school homework assistance at the Robinson Square community center, owned by Fairfax County and operated by Fairfax-based non-profit FACETS.

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Fairfax Station: Donated Thanksgiving Food Baskets Ready for 525 Households

Five-hundred twenty-five households in southeastern Fairfax County were served a Thanksgiving food basket from Lorton Community Action Center, thanks to donations from the community and volunteers to organize the packing.

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Mount Vernon: Commission Delays Vote on Farm Alcohol Zoning Amendment

Comments may be sent prior to planning’s Nov. 30 meeting

The Fairfax County Planning Commission has deferred action on a zoning ordinance amendment that would affect the establishment and expansion of farm breweries, distilleries and wineries in the county.

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Springfield: Key Center Teacher Publishes Counting Book

If Barney, the big purple dinosaur, motivates one of his students to learn to count, Ka’ala Rapoza won’t stand in the way. But Rapoza, 37, also recognizes the need to balance age-appropriate teaching tools with the skill being learned.

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