Stories for February 2017

Stories for February 2017


Tuesday, February 28

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Winners Named in 8th Annual Fine Art Photography Competition

First Place Winner had never entered a photography competition.

Professional and amateur photographers as well as art enthusiasts gathered Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Post Gallery, ArtSpace Herndon located in the Historic Downtown District to celebrate the 8th Annual Fine Art Photography Competition and Exhibit.

Renewing an Old Promise

In the Sound of the Bells

A few weeks after I moved to Potomac, one of my parishioners, Ellie Cain, presented me with a Potomac flag.

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Civil War-era Dance

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Book Talk To Commemorate Women’s History Month

Author Rosemary Reed Miller to discuss "The Threads Of Time, The Fabric Of History."

Author Rosemary Reed Miller, 77, of Washington, D.C., will be speaking at the Potomac Library on Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m., about her book, "The Threads Of Time, The Fabric Of History: Profiles Of African American Dressmakers And Designers From 1850 To The Present."

Lunch and Learn About Cuba

A first-hand account of growing up in Castro's Cuba, emigrating alone to the United States as a teenager, and making a life first in Chicago, then New York and finally Maryland is what Potomac Community Village (PCV) members and guests will hear from speaker Simon Babil at a free brown bag luncheon presentation open to all in the community.

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Where's the Snow?

Potomac residents filled the courtyard in the village on Friday, Feb. 24, savoring each moment of a week of springtime in February.

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Homeowners Oppose Proposed Transit Area Tax

Lack of notification also criticized.

Homeowners voiced concern about paying a proposed service district tax that is being proposed in Reston and outside the Town of Herndon.

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Keep It Simple in Arlington

County manager proposes two cent tax rate increase.

One cent for Metro. One cent for Arlington Public Schools.

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Snapshot in Arlington

Letter to the Editor: Much to Do

A new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association paints a troubling picture of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure.

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The 25th annual Feel the Heritage Festival

The 25th annual Feel the Heritage Festival

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Celebrating Heritage at Drew Community Center

Exhbits include little known accomplishments in Black history.

Who was Charles Drew?

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Raising a Service Dog

Canine Companions for Independence puppies will assist people with disabilities.

Even for those who consider themselves “dog people” through and through, like Arlington resident Jeanna Sullivan, the process of raising a puppy for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) can be unexpectedly fulfilling and life-changing.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for March 5-11

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for March 5-11.

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Kenmore Middle School Unified Team

More than 700 athletes with and without disabilities from across Northern Virginia took to the hardcourts in Arlington and Fairfax counties on Saturday, Feb. 12, for Special Olympics Virginia’s Potomac Region Basketball Tournament.

Fisette Will Not Seek Re-Election

Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette has decided not to run for re-election to the board this year.

Pierce To Leave Arlington Community Foundation

Arlington Community Foundation Executive Director Wanda L. Pierce will step down as executive director in March after more than 8 years of leading the foundation.

Ready for Lutheran Schools Week

Students at Our Savior Lutheran School will join thousands of their peers across the country to celebrate Lutheran Schools Week beginning on Sunday, March 5 and continuing through Friday, March 10.

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Beware Early Allergy Season

Experts offer suggestions for preventing and treating allergy symptoms.

Those experiencing Itchy, watery eyes and seemingly endless sneezing know that spring allergy season is getting an early start this year thanks to this season’s mild winter weather.

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Prayer Vigil at ICE Office

Rising Hope pastor speaks about arrests outside church.

On the morning of Feb. 8, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers showed up across the street from Rising Hope Mission Church on Russell Road in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria.

Fairfax County Solicits Public Input on Environmental Vision

Online survey open through March 6.

Fairfax County is preparing to update the Environmental Excellence 20-Year Vision Plan (Environmental Vision) and the public is urged to weigh in via an online survey.

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Chief to Release Name of Officer in Herndon Shooting

Risk assessment is complete.

The risk assessment of the officer involved in the fatal Jan. 16 shooting of Mohammad Azim Doudzai is now finished, according to a Feb. 24 release from Fairfax County Police.

U.S. Marshals Warn Public of Jury Duty Phone Scams

The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public of a nationwide telephone scam involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers or law enforcement officials seeking to collect a fine in lieu of arrest for failing to report for jury duty.

Editorial: Good, Bad and Missed Opportunities

Results of the 2017 session of the General Assembly.

GOOD THINGS Progress in funding mental health and addressing the opioid epidemic on multiple levels were among the successes of the 2017 General Assembly session.

Monday, February 27

Letter to the Editor: Educate And Advocate

Regarding the Centreville Immigration Forum/Centreville Labor Resource Center (CIF/CLRC) response to recent immigration orders from the new administration, these orders are far-reaching and have potential effects that will be devastating for the community.

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Annual Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance in Centreville

The girls from Centreville Elementary School danced the night away on Friday, Feb. 17 at a Hawaiian Luau with their fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and in one case, an older brother.

Death Under Investigation in Centreville

Officers from the Sully Police District responded on Feb. 18 around 1 p.m. to the 6200 block of Prince Way for an unresponsive man and car that struck a townhouse.

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LTA Stages ‘Key for Two’

British farce with situational and physical humor.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is staging "Key for Two" from Feb. 25 to March 18.

Commentary: Get Involved in Politics

As the regular 2017 Virginia legislative session comes to a close I have to admit that this session has been one of the most interesting that I have experienced.

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Getting Ready for National Rebuilding Day

Rebuilding Together Alexandria

As National Rebuilding Day 2017 approaches, on Saturday, April 29, Rebuilding Together Alexandria staff is busily prepping 40 teams for a city-wide day of volunteerism, a day in which thousands of volunteers across the country partake.

Commentary: Progress on Mental Health Reforms

A robust legislative agenda seeking to improve Virginia’s approach to mental health crises emerged this year from the Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services.

Letter to the Editor: Pedestrians, Be Alert

I read with great interest your excellent article about pedestrian safety. I hope your readers will take the time to read this letter as it conveys some very important additional points.

Letter to the Editor: Resist Complicity

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued two official memos, dated Feb. 20, 2017, implementing the president’s Executive Orders on internal enforcement and “border security.”

Letter to the Editor: Preserve History

The annual Presidents Day Parade marches right by my home on the 300 block Queen Street, near North Royal Street, in the heart of Old Town. I invite you to come by our block and take a look, where a modern day revolutionary battle is raging.

Letter to the Editor: City’s Failure to Control Traffic

Why can’t we solve the problem of cars blocking traffic at some of our key intersections during the peak traffic hours in the morning and evenings?

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Editorial Cartoon

Letter to the Editor: The Value of Espionage

John A. Nagy’s recent book “George Washington’s Secret Spy War” claims that the general’s skill as a spymaster acquired during the French and Indian War won the War for Independence.

Letter to the Editor: A Woman Who Makes A Difference

Throughout the history of the U.S., communities continually change and evolve.

Letter to the Editor: Can’t Anyone Say ‘No’?

When it comes to governments, especially our city government, there are always more needs than money to address them.

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Grendel and Angel

A year ago (Valentine’s Day weekend 2016) our kids arrived back home from a sleepover to find a large cardboard box. "We got you some treats,” we said, “they’re very tasty.”

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In April 2017, Esne, "son" of Alexandria residents Max Rotermund and Susan Dawson, will turn 20 years old.

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Mirabelle, a dressage-trained Thoroughbred mare, keeps an eye on things out in Accokeek, Md., where her owner, Michel Gauthier, stables her so he can make the quick trip across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge for a ride or to give lessons.

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Groucho and Gordy

We recently adopted best friends, Groucho and Gordy, from the barn where I keep my horse. They are now warm and happy Alexandria residents.

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Elvis, The King, reigns at Starbucks.

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Timmy Boy

Timmy Boy, headed out to a job interview as a squirrel exterminator.

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Guiness and Cannoli

Our 12-year-old lab mix Guinness relaxing with "her" own pet, our 6-year-old cat Cannoli; they are best of friends.

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Seagulls in January

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This is Guinness, son of Scott and Henni Collins of Alexandria.

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A Dog’s Best Friend: The Doggie Sports Club

Morgan jumps over the 12" hurdle and sniffs Tayler Hudson's hand, looking for his dog treat.

Local Author Produces Sequel

Jerzy Shore returns in “Saving Leo Kleinman.”

George Vercessi, a longtime Alexandria resident, published a sequel to his cold case mystery “NCIS Agent Jerzy Shore,” continuing the adventures of NCIS agent Jerzy Shore.

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By George!

George Washington Birthday parade returns after two-year absence.

Wearing t-shirts and shorts, a crowd of thousands turned out for the City of Alexandria’s George Washington Birthday Parade, which made its return after a two-year absence due to extreme weather conditions.

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Leaders of the Pack

SSA gala to honor family community service.

The proverb “charity begins at home” describes the family of 100-year-old William Charity and the decades of community service inspired by the patriarch’s example of service to others.

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A Little More For the City?

Proposed city budget includes tax, fees, and debt increases.

Check between the cushions on your sofa for loose change, because the city could use some help.

Obituary: Ann Oneida Jones Dempsey

Obituary: Ann Oneida Jones Dempsey

Commentary: ‘Stand Up When the Time Comes’

The following is an open letter to Alexandria District Clergy.

Letter to the Editor: Teaching Values to Scouts

I read with great interest the Feb. 16 letter to the editor entitled "Inappropriate Topic?"

Commentary: Coal Ash Bill Passes

We have one week to go in session and negotiations are rapidly reaching conclusion as we push to finish out work so we can get back to our families and our jobs.

Commentary: All-In for Nonpartisan Redistricting

These last weeks are a flurry of activity as we rush to complete our legislative business by our Constitutionally mandated deadline of Feb. 25.

Letter to the Editor: Ensure School Children’s Safety

Two months ago, I noticed that the school zone speed limit sign on Parkers Lane is south of the intersection with Hinson Farm Road and that there is no other such sign north of that intersection.

Obituary: Colonel Richard Bonner Trumbo

Colonel Richard Bonner Trumbo, Ph.D., U.S. Air Force (retired), died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, from complications of dementia.

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Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Principal of Waynewood Elementary School, Jamie Meier, and volunteer student crossing guard assistants presented Barbara Taylor with a bouquet of flowers on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Saturday, February 25

Browne Names New Administrator

Bryan Jackson will become the new Head of Lower School at Browne Academy, effective July 2017.

Friday, February 24

Help Repair Mount Vernon Trail

Sathiya Kannan, a Girl Scout from Reston, will be repairing one of the bridges on the Mount Vernon Trail in Alexandria on Saturday, March 25, as a Silver Award Project for scouting.

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George Washington's Birthday Parade

Celebrating at the 285th George Washington's Birthday Parade are Ron Rigby, Henry Dorton of the American Legion Post 24, former Mayor Bill Euille and Council member Willie Bailey.

Area Roundups

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West Springfield Senior Honored

West Springfield High School senior Catherine Kiser was honored by the Thomas Lee chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Fairfax as its 2016-17 Good Citizens Awardee at an awards luncheon Saturday, Feb. 11 at Cedar Knoll in Alexandria.

A Very Special First Birthday at Fire Station 13, Dunn Loring

Over the weekend, firefighters from Fire Station 13, Dunn Loring, went to a very special birthday party.

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Fairview Elementary Student Artists Visit Richmond

Fairview Elementary Student Artists Visit Richmond

A Glimpse at Some Fairfax City CIP Requests

Department heads present their wish lists.

Next Tuesday, Feb. 28, City Manager Bob Sisson will present his proposed FY ’18 budget for the City of Fairfax. Among other things, it will include funds for some of the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) requested by various City entities.

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To GMU, from Giant

Members of the Fairfax community joined local officials and the University Mall’s Giant management team to officially open the renovated Fairfax store on Feb. 9.

11th Congressional District Democratic Honorees Announced

More than 100 attendees and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly packed into Esposito's Restaurant in Fairfax to honor four area activists for their efforts for the Democratic Party at the 17th Annual John Sturdivant Awards this month.

Area Roundups

House Fire Leads to Death Investigation in Lorton

Cherry Juice

Official Fairfax City Seal Plus a New Logo

Council approves where each identifier will be used.

Now that Fairfax has decided to go forward with two logos for the City, it has also determined when to use the official seal and when the new, more modern logo will be applied.

Five Suspects Charged with Gang-Related Murder

Roessler calls killing “savage and brutal.”

Fifteen-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas’ death was caused by multiple forms of trauma to the upper body, the medical examiner reports.

Coal Ash Bill Passes

We have one week to go in session and negotiations are rapidly reaching conclusion as we push to finish our work so we can get back to our families and our jobs.

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Introducing Pugsley and Lola

Keeping Roads Safe with ‘Trooper Bowl’

From Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, through Monday morning, Feb. 6, more than 2,500 traffic stops took place across the state.

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Overseeing Editorial Work

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GMU Lobby Day

Del. Tim Hugo (R-40) takes a break during “Crossover,” the halfway point of the 2017 General Assembly session, to gather with a group of George Mason University students and staff on GMU Lobby Day.

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Koinonia Donates iPads to Key Center

At the Key Center school for students with severe intellectual disabilities, Apple iPads are a game-changer.

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Hugo’s Opioid Prescription Limit Bill Passes

Deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled since 1999.

Rob Anderson was prescribed 30 days-worth of hydrocodone for pain, after he had four wisdom teeth removed in 10th grade.

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Filler-Corn’s HB 2404 Passes with Amendments

Bill would create PANDAS advisory council.

Overnight, Alexandria resident Carol Quick’s 9-year-old son developed an eating disorder — an obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety.

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Thursday, February 23

Wreath at President's Tomb

Wreath laying at Washington's tomb

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Prayer Vigil at ICE Office

Rising Hope pastor speaks about arrests outside church.

Rising Hope Mission Church holds vigil at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Officers Rescue Bald Eagle

Bald eagle is rescued

County Names Police Auditor

New Fairfax County police auditor

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'A Very Present Presence'

MetroStage hosts Pipeline Playwrights' first reading.

The new Pipeline Playwrights group in Alexandria is kicking off its 2017 inaugural series with "A Very Present Presence"

Meggrolls Moves from Food Truck to King Street Home

Meggrolls Food Truck

A Family Divided

Uncle against Nephew in the center of 2015 Murder Case

Murder in Old Town in 2015

Hats off to CAC

Gala to honor ACT, Sengel.

ACT, the city’s primary resource for the prevention, investigation and treatment of child abuse.

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'Dispensing Mercy'

Civil War nursing subject of Agenda:Alexandria.

Civil War nursing

Witness Protection

Spate of witness intimidations and a murder could result in new Witness Protection Program.

Officials looking into possible witness protection program

Wednesday, February 22

Commentary: What Can I Do?

In a previous column I addressed in part the question I get from more and more constituents about what they can do to be more active in public service.

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Restonians Organize Against Paid Parking At Town Center

Protest March Set for Saturday, March 4

Restonians are revolting against paid parking at Reston Town Center.

Sunrise Senior Living Hires New Director of Sales in Reston

Sunrise Senior Living at Reston Town Center hired Kevin Rios as its new director of sales.

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Angus the Scottie: At Home at Lake Anne

After we lost our first Scottie, we searched high and low for a young one to fill the void in our family.

Wildcats Defeat Chargers

Take Conference 5 championship.

Centreville wins basketball conference game

Letter to the Editor: Reston Family Displaced by Fire, Needs Temporary Home

As some of you may have heard, members of our community recently suffered a massive fire and their home will not be habitable for a year.

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People & Pets of Reston

First in State for 200 Free Relay

Centreville swimming

Centreville Woman Seeks Her Missing Daughter, 16

She left home Feb. 3

Missing girl, Carla Hope

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Protesting ICE Action

Protest against raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Reston Girl Scout Pursues Badge Repairing Mount Vernon Trail

Sathiya Kannan, a Girl Scout from Reston, will be repairing one of the bridges on the Mount Vernon Trail in Alexandria on Saturday, March 25, as a Silver Award Project for scouting.

Looking Towards the Future

Mountain View High holds winter graduation.

Mountain View High is a school of second chances, and its students make the most of them.

Letter to the Editor: Ordeal with Reston ‘Pay for Parking’

RTC management folks, the way you ran this "pay for parking" scheme was like a bunch of rookies.

'Well Earned and Well Deserved'

Mountain View High presents special awards

Preview for New Arlington Fees and Tax Rates

Fee increases for fire department inspections and substance abuse treatment while County Board considers pay raise.

A homeowner in Arlington in need of a fire department inspection for his business and seeking treatment for substance abuse will be the most impacted by the new fiscal year 2018 fees.

Black Lives Matter Banner Removed at Yorktown

School Board and administrators refer to “safety first” as rationale for removing banner.

Yorktown High School administrators asked African-American students who had put up a #Black Lives Matter (BLM) banner to take it down on Thursday, Feb. 8, according to William Lomax, assistant principal at Yorktown High School.

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Caring For Trees

Tree stewards

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A Night to Remember in Arlington

School Board promises action as they hear some students do not feel safe.

They walked to the podium: black, white, Latino, student, teacher, parent. They talked about two signs: one saying “Black Lives Matter,” the other saying, “Patriots know: science is real, facts are not political, women’s rights are human rights, we are all immigrants, diversity strengthens us, justice is for all, kindness is everything.”

Road Work Ahead

New transportation projects under construction over the next six months.

Arlington transportation improvements

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Feel the Heritage in Arlington

Annual free festival at Charles Drew Community Center.

This coming weekend, Arlington County will honor Black History Month with its 25th annual Feel the Heritage Festival.

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Pet Sitting for 30 Years and Still Loves It

Fun, food and games.

Sasha hears familiar footsteps and sits at the top of the stairs waiting for his food and fun to begin.

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Arlington’s One and Only Bombay Masala Hound

“Lady” was a Bombay Masala Hound. Don’t go looking for that in any dog breed book.

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Ghost, an American Eskimo Dog, loves his belly rubs (with Andrew Griffin and Amilia Tola).

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As I wandered past the cages of older cats, disappointed to see no kittens, one scruffy but fluffy grey fellow looked me straight in the eye and said, "Mmrraow."

“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for Feb. 26-March 4.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for Feb. 26-March 4.

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Learning in Arlington about 18th Century Life

Seventy-two students from Our Good Savior Lutheran School attended the Woman's Club of Arlington’s Black History Month program, “Sewers, Spinners and Weavers,” on Monday, Feb. 6.

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The Northside Social in Arlington Recently a Movie Set

The Northside Social in Arlington was recently a movie set for JAVA, the first short film produced in the Mason Film Lab, a new initiative by the Film and Video Studies program at George Mason University.

Commentary: Progress on Mental Health

A robust legislative agenda seeking to improve Virginia’s approach to mental health crises emerged this year from the Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services.

Puppies and Pretty Prints

Rescued dogs find forever homes through PetConnect.

If pretty florals caught the eye at the Lilly Pulitzer store at Westfield Montgomery, it was was the puppies scattered throughout the prints that stole the show.

Tuesday, February 21

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Another Valentine's Day Love Story

Gay and Tony Barclay live in an old farmhouse built in the 1860s.

Gay, 67, and Tony Barclay, 71, of Potomac have been married for 40 years; they live on River Road in an old farmhouse built in the 1860s.

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Lessons in Caring and Sharing

Kindergartners at Carderock Springs Elementary School held a Valentine’s Day party on Feb. 14.

News Brief: Learn about Asian Vegetables

Author Wendy Kiang-Spray will address the Metropolitan Washington Garden Club on Wednesday, March 1, 8 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, Bethesda United Church of Christ, 10010 Fernwood Road, Bethesda.

Getting Motivated to Exercise in Potomac

Potomac Community Village is partnering with the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life program, in a pilot workshop set for Friday, March 24, 1-2:20 p.m. at Potomac United Methodist Church.

Free Tax Help Available in Montgomery County

Low income taxpayers in Montgomery County have a variety of opportunities to get free income tax preparation and tax counseling before the Tuesday, April 18 tax deadline.

Olde Towne Pet Resort Adds Rockville Location

Expansion brings $9 million pet care facility to Montgomery County.

Olde Towne Pet Resort, a pet care and boarding facility, is launching its third location in Rockville this month.

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Matching Pets to Their Owners

Animal shelters’ counselors help families find the right fit when seeking a pet adoption.

Natasha had been abandoned and was wandering the streets of Arlington under the blaze of a hot summer sun when she was rescued and taken to a local shelter.

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Lawmaker Work Group to Examine Virginia Predatory Lending

Panel to investigate internet loans, car-title loans and open-end lines of credit.

The growing chorus of criticism about predatory lending in Virginia may not have prompted lawmakers to start passing laws to crack down on the industry. But it has accomplished one thing, formation of a work group.

In Session: Virginia Assembly Briefs

Robert Johnson of Woodbridge understands the mental health crisis from a personal perspective.

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A Record Year for Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association of the National Capital Region honors its supporters.

Megan Newman told her story at the Alzheimer’s Association “Wall of Hope” reception at Tysons Corner on Feb. 9. She was only 18, a senior in high school, when her mother started to ask the same question more than once.

Opinion: Budget Season in Fairfax County

Attend a town hall meeting and express your priorities.

Alexandria and Arlington each have a meals tax, both enacted without a referendum because as urban forms of government in Virginia, their local elected bodies were authorized to enact the tax legislatively.

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TD Bank Great Falls Branch Now Open

A grand opening celebration was held for the new TD Bank branch in the Great Falls Village Centre on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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Our Quiet Cat, Pippin

My family has been blessed these past two years to have Pippin in our lives.

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Beatrice Kelly-Russo to Play for Lynchburg College

Local high school senior Beatrice Kelly-Russo has accepted a bid by Lynchburg College to play on its championship woman’s soccer team.

Week in Vienna

Women’s History, Personal Take

The Vienna Area Branch of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host a free event on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 7-9 p.m., at the Patrick Henry Library Meeting Room, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna.

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Meet Bruce and Sambuca

We have two rescue dogs who we love dearly — they are truly part of the family!

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Finding Chippewa

I walked into the Potomac Yard PetsMart in Alexandria with my partner on a Saturday morning in 2012 expecting to quickly go in to grab some cat litter and get out.

Week in McLean

‘Trevor’ Extends 1st Stage Production

1st Stage, Tysons Corner’s award-winning professional theater, announces the extension of their production of “Trevor” by Nick Jones, directed by 1st Stage Artistic Director, Alex Levy until March 5.

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Helping with FINNesse

Finn, a Norwegian Fjord, is my favorite horse at LiftMeUp! in Great Falls.

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People & Pets of Great Falls

People & Pets of Great Falls

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People & Pets in McLean

Morning Walk

My pets and the young man who walks them every morning: He ties their leashes together in a knot and lets them walk themselves with him along side.

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Longstanding Thompson Farm Demolished

The 6.89-acre Thompson Farm at 964 Walker Road has been demolished.

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Forestville Elementary School Students Bring History to Life in Great Falls

Fourth-grade students at Forestville Elementary School were up to something that had their parents flocking to their classrooms last Friday morning, Feb. 17.

Monday, February 20

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Tasting Wine for Great Falls Community Causes

The Celebrate Great Falls Foundation will host its annual Winter Wine Tasting on Saturday, March 4, from 7-10 p.m. at the River Bend Golf & Country Club on Walker Road.

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Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Presents Donation to Artemis House Shelter

Great Falls Friends & Neighbors (GFFN) has announced that their annual White House Ornament sales for the 2016 holiday season raised $6,600 for Artemis House, Fairfax County’s only 24-hour domestic violence shelter.

Wandering Dogs of Great Falls

Despite invisible and physical fences, Great Falls dogs seem to be very successful in their search for adventure beyond their yards.

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McLean Mansion Engulfed by Fire

A fire destroyed a mansion at 818 Turkey Run Road on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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Dance Instructor Arrested

Chase Clark Peklo, 19, of Sterling was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 16, for carnal knowledge of children between 13 and 15 years of age and five counts of possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation and facilitation of child pornography, according to police.

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A Bundle of Love

Shadow is a 9-month-old Lab mix, rescued from Homeward Trails in May.

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Sisterhood of the Salaam Shalom Brings Communities Together

Local unity vigil draws a crowd from all over the Metro area.

America the Beautiful greeted all who entered the Sisterhood of the Salaam Shalom Unity Vigil on Feb. 16, 2017, at Temple Rodef Shalom in McLean.

Fairfax County NAACP Hosting Community Gathering

The NAACP of Fairfax County is hosting a community and Black History Month commemoration on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Springfield: Bodily Remains Discovered Near Industrial Park, Death Ruled Homicide

Fairfax County Police Major Crimes detectives were assisting another jurisdiction in looking for a missing teenage girl when they discovered human remains on Feb. 11 in the 7100 block of Wimsatt Road in Springfield.

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Lorton: Fire Extinguished at Waste Facility

Covanta spokesperson James Regan said one Fairfax County Fire engine remained at the Covanta Fairfax Waste to Energy Facility on Furnace Road in Lorton to assist with the process of removing waste from the refuse pit and tipping floor, to ensure all the hot spots are doused. A two-alarm blaze began there Thursday evening, Feb. 2.

Letter to the Editor: Riding/Boarding Stable Definition Changes: Citizen Vigilance Now Necessary

On Feb. 14, the Board of Supervisors voted to change the definition of riding/boarding stables and to add teaching horseback riding to the list of allowable Home Occupations not needing a Special Permit.

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Having a Great Time with Cali

Joey Collins and Stephanie Gaibler of Great Falls with their dog Cali.

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Wildfire’s Chef Enjoys Creativity Part of His Job at Tysons Galleria

Meet Wildfire’s new sous chef Jeffrey Katz.

Seriously ready to tackle just about any cooking challenge or recipe calamity, Wildfire’s new sous chef Jeffrey Katz comes to this Tysons Galleria hot destination, Wildfire.

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Vienna's Stuart Mill Road Closures Feb. 22-24

Stuart Mill Road (Route 669) between Colt Run Road and Bridge Hill Lane will be closed to through traffic Wednesday, Feb. 22 through Friday, Feb. 24, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. each day for stormwater pipe replacement, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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Fairfax County Names First Independent Police Auditor

Richard G. Schott, a 27-year veteran of the FBI, was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to be Fairfax County’s first-ever independent police auditor.

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Church as a Family in Vienna

The First Baptist Church of Vienna celebrates 150th birthday this year.

If you’ve ever heard a powerful sermon, it would be inside a sleepy church on the corner of Nutley and Orchard St. NW neighborhood in Vienna.

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Giving Back at Madison High

As part of their year-long “Warhawks Give Back” campaign, Madison High School hosted a Snow Ball in February to raise money for the Children’s National Health System.

Hunter Mill Community Summit to Be Held March 4

On Saturday, March 4, the Hunter Mill District Community Summit will take place at the Frying Pan Farm Park Visitor Center, 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon.

Streetscape Project to Beautify Great Falls

Celebrate Great Falls (CGF) has launched its Streetscape Project in coordination with the Great Falls Garden Club.

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‘Main Street’ Idea Revitalized for Downtown McLean

Property owners of the Old Dominion Shopping Center and the Chain Bridge Corner Shopping Center are working to redevelop the spaces into one combined mixed-use development.

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The Connection HomeLifeStyle Real Estate and Remodeling Focus


This special focus will use the award-winning Connection Newspapers’ resources to illustrate the benefits of buying and listing homes for sale this summer.

Friday, February 17

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‘China In My Eyes’ Opens on NOVA Campus

Just in time for the Chinese New Year, the Alexandria Campus Library in partnership with the Confucius Institute at George Mason University opened a photography exhibit titled “China in My Eyes” on Feb. 1.

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Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints Returns to T.C. Williams

Records set in premier rowing competition.

Athletes from Alexandria Community Rowing were among those setting records at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints held Feb. 4 at T.C. Williams High School.

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Yoga for 50-Plus in Alexandria

Learning to improve strength and balance.

Yoga in Alexandria is plentiful and evolving. There’s something for everyone.

Alexandria Sportsman’s Club to Host Dan Steinberg

Washington Post sports columnist Dan Steinberg will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 21 meeting of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club.

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Cherries, George Washington, and Today's Alexandria

This is the fourth in a series of articles about the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee's February events.

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Editorial Cartoon

Commentary: No Sunlight on Fracking

In addition to jobs and the economy, Virginia’s future is predicated on how we meet our energy needs.

Obituary: Mary Frances Cheatham Seeger

Mary Frances Cheatham Seeger, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 in Alexandria.

Commentary: Elections Matter

As a member of the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee, I support fair, open and efficient elections, which are fundamental to the maintenance of bedrock democratic principles.

Commentary: Love Tr---s Hate

Last Fall the Alexandria City Council officially declared that, in response to the election of Donald Trump, our burg rejects all forms of hate and will henceforth be known as a “hate free zone.”

To the Editor: Costs Keep Adding Up

The debacle of Patrick Henry Elementary School continues — just when you think this project cannot get any worse — the School Board transfers $5.7 million from another project (Polk) to pay for cost overruns at Patrick Henry.

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Dealing Up ‘The Gin Game’ in Alexandria

MetroStage presents 1978 Pulitzer-prize winning classic.

MetroStage in Alexandria is staging the 1978 Pulitzer prize-winning classic, "The Gin Game," which has an all-black cast, now through March 12.

Letter to the Editor: Appreciative Leaders

It was an honor having a chance to meet our U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on a evening of a little shopping at a nearby CVS.

Letter to the Editor: Support Alexandria Police in Budget

On Feb. 21, the city manager will present the 2018 city budget to the City Council. In the next four months, a number of budget alterations and adjustments will occur prior to July 1, when the budget goes into effect.

Letter to the Editor: Teaching Where to Cross

I would like to jump in on the crossing guard story [“Hands Held High,” Gazette Packet, Feb. 9].

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 63 homes sold between $3,167,500-$230,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: January, 2017

Springfield Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 108 Springfield homes sold between $775,000-$155,000.

Springfield Home Sales: January, 2017

Obituary: Robert J. Bixler

Robert (Bobby) J. Bixler, III, 66, died unexpectedly Tuesday Feb. 7, 2017 in Alexandria.

Reston Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 60 Reston homes sold between $1,700,000-$160,000.

Reston Home Sales: January, 2017

Mount Vernon Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 96 homes sold between $1,615,000-$110,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: January, 2017

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 54 homes sold between $1,159,000-$180,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: January, 2017

Crime Report: The following incidents were reported by the Mount Vernon District Police Station.

Crime Report: The following incidents were reported by the Mount Vernon District Police Station.

Letter to the Editor: Permanence of Electoral College

John B. Allen of Alexandria responded to my letter published in the Jan. 26 Gazette. In my letter, I quoted the oath of office for members of the House of Representatives and criticized Congressmen Beyer and Connolly for boycotting the inauguration ceremony for now President Donald J. Trump.

Fairfax Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 49 Fairfax homes sold between $805,000-$150,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: January, 2017

Chantilly Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 8 homes sold between $725,000-$255,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: January, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Inappropriate Topic?

My wife and I are avid readers of the Mount Vernon Gazette for many years and appreciate the local reporting we receive every week.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 46 homes sold between $2,000,000-$137,800 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: January, 2017

Centreville Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 50 Centreville homes sold between $979,900-$174,900.

Centreville Home Sales: January, 2017

Commentary: From ICE Sweep to State Budget

Crossover week of the 2017 Session came to a close as we finished initial action on over 3,000 bills. Twenty-two of my bills were passed by the Senate and moved on to the House of Delegates.

Burke Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 28 Burke homes sold between $1,052,000-$244,900.

Burke Home Sales: January, 2017

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A Declaration of Conscience in Mount Vernon

Church members protest “looming threats.”

Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church (MVUC) members unanimously passed a Declaration of Conscience at a formal meeting Sunday, Feb. 12 that reads in part: “In the face of looming threats to immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and the LGBTQ community and the rise of hate speech, harassment and hate crimes, we affirm our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”

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Puller Institute

Six West Potomac High students participated in the Puller Institute in Richmond to learn how government works.

Arlington Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 159 Arlington homes sold between $2,387,500-$95,000.

Arlington Home Sales: January, 2017

Alexandria Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 131 Alexandria homes sold between $2,725,000-$110,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: January, 2017

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Evening Of Jazz

On Saturday night, Feb. 11, the West Potomac Jazz Band performed at a cocktail party in the atrium of the newly-opened National Museum of African American History & Culture.

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National Competition

The West Potomac High School Varsity Dance Team attended the Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Championship at Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 3-5.

Thursday, February 16

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TC Inducts Five into its Athletic Hall of Fame

Alexandria City Public Schools inducted five outstanding athletes into the Athletic Hall of Fame

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Feeling ICE's Chill

The tone in Alexandria regarding immigration is one of apprehension and fear of harassment and deportation.

A Million More

Delays result in another $1 million loan request for Ramsey Homes redevelopment.

More money requested for the Ramsey Homes redevelopment.

Great Falls Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 11 Great Falls homes sold between $1,350,000-$465,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: January, 2017

McLean Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 67 homes sold between $3,500,000-$175,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: January, 2017

Potomac Home Sales: January, 2017

In January, 2017, 19 Potomac homes sold between $1,385,000-$473,000.

Potomac Home Sales: January, 2017

Take Advantage of these Restaurant Week Deals

Restaurant Week in Alexandria

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Pipeline Playwrights Hosts Inaugural Series

A new Pipeline Playwrights group in Alexandria has launched its 2017 inaugural series with four new plays by four women writers.

New Acting Principal at West Potomac High School

West Potomac High School principal Alex Case and assistant principal Michelle Lyttle are both on administrative leave.

Storck Holds Back Bock Farm Decision

Supervisor Dan Storck (D-Mount Vernon) has asked to again postpone Board of Supervisors action on development for the Bock, or Hinson, Farm property in Mount Vernon.

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Fear Follows ICE Enforcement

Men said to be detained after leaving Mount Vernon shelter.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Mount Vernon.

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Era of the Iron Fist: How Did Democrats Rule the House of Delegates?

Democrats complain about Republican heavy-handedness, but were they any better?

Democrats complain that Republicans are sidelining their bills without much consideration. But were Democrats any better when they had control of the House of Delegates?

Wednesday, February 15

Give that Couch a New Life

ALIVE! assists low-income families with furniture program.

Each week people contact ALIVE! to donate furniture and others contact them with furniture requests.

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Prisoner Resource Fair Offers a Head Start

Easing the transition from jail to the community.

This is the first prisoner Resource Fair held by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office for prisoners who are scheduled to be released within several months.

The New Normal

Stagnant assessment values

Locally assessed real property assessments increased 2.07 percent in Alexandria.

Impact of an Accident

Vehicle crashes in Alexandria.

False Prophets

Dr. Larry Sabato assesses where polling and analytics went wrong in 2016 election.

Dr. Larry Sabato and the election.

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Stabilizing the City's Affordable Housing Crisis

At its Jan 28 public hearing, the City Council adopted the FY2017 through 2022 Strategic Plan.

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Making Valentines in Mount Vernon

Spring Hills Mount Vernon Assisted Living resident Myra Starr embraces Valentine’s Day as Girl Scouts Torry Lowe (middle), 7 years old, and Silvanna Sctelo (right), 11 years old, offer her some cookies.

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Sharing His Story

Sam Massa, a former student at Rocky Run Middle School, returned to speak with current students on “Appreciating Learning Differences and Going After Your Dreams.”

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Civilization Day in Clifton

Third grade Students at Union Mill Elementary School in Clifton celebrate Civilization Day by making colorful fans.

Learning Self Defense

The National Charity League Bluebell Chapter recently participated in a self-defense seminar developed specifically for young women.

Sully Site Receives Grant

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a Mastenbrook Matching Fund Grant request from The Sully Foundation, Ltd. (TSF) at its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Editorial: Ending Gerrymandering Important to Region

Efforts appear dead for this session, but elections later this year provide new opportunities.

While three bills that could have reined in the runaway gerrymandering in Virginia made it through the Virginia Senate to crossover, they died on Tuesday morning in a House subcommittee, despite some vocal Republican support.

Job Fairs Match Fairfax County Teens, Employers

Supervisor Pat Herrity’s (R-Springfield) office, along with a variety of business and community organizations, hosted two teen job fairs and resume building workshops last year.

In Session: Virginia General Assembly Briefs

Ghost of Carter Glass

Meet state Sen. Carter Glass of Lynchburg.

FCPS Adopts $2.8 Billion Budget for FY2018

5.1 percent increase from 2017 prioritizes compensation and classroom resources.

The Fairfax County School Board formally adopted interim Superintendent Steve Lockard’s proposed $2.8 billion operating budget at its Feb. 9 meeting, following several work sessions and public hearings on the matter.

Chief Still Withholding Officer’s Name in Fatal Herndon Shooting

Temporary restraining order to not release name vacated by judge.

Fairfax County chief of police Edwin Roessler has yet to release the name of the 16-year veteran officer who fatally shot Mohammad Azim Doudzai, 32, at his Herndon-area home on Jan. 16 this year.

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A Reunion Decades in the Making

Local Man Finally Finds his Family

Born in Vietnam to an American father serving in the Navy and a Vietnamese mother, Joe Nguyen was raised by his mom.

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Hornets Sting Bulldogs

Herndon Hornets beat Westfield Bulldogs

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'I Felt 'At Least I'm Somebody"

Centreville woman meets birth father after 45 years.

Tina Diep Carmichael and Joe Nguyen reunited.

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Improve Driver Laws, Reduce Road Deaths

Virginia’s highway safety report card.

Clifton resident Debbie Sausville represented Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) at a recent Capitol Hill news conference where Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) issued “report cards” rating all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their progress toward adopting 15 optimal laws that scientific studies, data analysis and real world experience show are effective at preventing death and injury on roadways.

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Sully District Scouts Compete in Klondike Derby

The National Capitol Area Council (NCAC) Sully District annual Klondike Derby.

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Fairfax County Executive Proposes $4.10 Billion Budget

Calls for no increase in real estate taxes; falls $61 million short of schools’ request.

An exercise in “triage and trade-offs” was how Mount Vernon District Supervisor Daniel Storck described the FY 2018 budget as proposed by County Executive Ed Long to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Educators say these lessons are urgently needed in current racial climate.

Even though Elavie Ndura knows that it is a daunting challenge to help children grasp the entirety of the African American experience in the shortest month of the year, each February she and other educators give it their best effort.

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Facing Challenges of a ‘Dream Job’ at Herndon Elementary

New principal is ready to face new and familiar hurdles.

Herndon Elementary School Principal Teresa Fennessy wants her school to be the place that everybody wants to send their children.

Police Apprehend Suspects In Herndon House Shooting

The Fairfax County Police Department apprehended four suspects who shot at a home on Poener Place in the Herndon area on Sunday, Feb. 12, around 10 p.m.

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ArtSpace Herndon Kicks Off 2017 Concert Series

Magic created as rock guitar music fuses with classical violin music at Valentine’s Day Concert.

Fans of the 1970s-80s symphonic rock band Electric Light Orchestra gathered with violin aficionados at ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St., located within Herndon's arts district, on Saturday, Feb.11 for a sold-out Valentine's Day Concert.

Tuesday, February 14

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Kennedy Center Coming to Herndon High

The Kennedy Center brings the world premiere of “From the Mouths of Monsters” to Herndon High School.

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St. Patrick's Day Comes Early in Herndon

The Folk Club of Reston/Herndon presents Seamus Kennedy on Feb. 21 during its third Tuesday Spring Concert Series.

Get ready to get your green on a bit early for St. Patrick's Day as Seamus Kennedy, Irish songwriter, guitarist and comedian, makes a concert stop in Herndon during his East Coast tour.

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Reston's Olivia Beckner Finishes Second in New York Race

Olivia Beckner, a junior on the South Lakes High School track and field team, finished second in the girls mile at the 110th New York Millrose Games here on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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Cornerstones of Our Community — Best of Reston Finalists Announced

On Feb. 9, Leidos hosted a Sneak-Peek Reception where 22 finalists were announced as candidates for the Cornerstones of Our Community — 2017 Best of Reston Awards.

Investigation of Reston Association and the Tetra Deal — Finally

Independent Progressive

After months of delay and obstruction, Reston Association finally signed a contract to review the RA internal decision to acquire the Tetra property; the community referendum and acquisition of it; and, management and accounting for its renovation and operation.

Commentary: Balancing the Budget

Although the “short sessions” of the General Assembly held on the odd-numbered years are about two weeks less in length than the regular session in the even-numbered years because they do not consider a biennium budget, the fact is that the budget is adjusted at every session of the General Assembly.

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Reston Lions Announce Music Competition Winners

Fourteen students participated in the James A. Bland Music Competition, co-sponsored by the Reston Lions Club and the Reston Community Center, held at the Hunters Woods Center, on Feb. 7.

Letter to the Editor: Turned Away by New Parking System in Reston

Below is an email I sent to Reston Town Center after using the new parking system today for the first time.

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Freezin' for a Reason in Reston

Virginia Polar Dip attracts 200 participants; raises $80,000 for Camp Sunshine.

With water temperature at 38 degrees, more than 200 participants took the plunge in the 10th Annual Freezin' for a Reason (Virginia Polar Dip) on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Lake Anne Plaza's waterfront in Reston.

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Heated Debate About Reston's Lake House Review

Members of the Reston community vented their frustrations and concerns about an independent review of the Reston Association that is underway during a community input session at RA headquarters on Thursday, Feb. 9.

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Bethesda Love Stories for Valentine's Day

Plastic surgeon and dog groomer recall falling in love.

Becky Pugh, 57, and Dean Jabs, 63, of Bethesda (on the cusp of Potomac) were married 15 years ago in their cul-de-sac on Eagle Ridge Court with a tent in the back yard.

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Potomac Love Stories for Valentine's Day

Sheila and Barry Taylor of Potomac have been married 58 years.

Sheila and Barry Taylor of Country Place in Potomac have been married for 58 years.

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Fighting Installation of Cell Tower in Potomac

Public hearing date yet to be scheduled.

They came to demonstrate their opinions, express their views and, hopefully, block the approval of a cell tower near their homes.

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Bethesda Designer Sample Sale

Collection curated by interior designer.

Those looking to snag some of the trendiest home furnishings and accessories will have an opportunity to do so later this month when Bethesda-based designer Kelley Proxmire hosts a sample sale.

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Police Seek Help in Missing Person Case

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 1st District Investigative Section are asking for the public’s help to locate a missing Potomac area man.

Ensuring Food Security in Montgomery County

Resulting from legislation passed by the Montgomery County Council, the county has launched a plan to address the nearly 78,000 county residents who are unsure where they will get their next meal.

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Arlington Public Schools: Outstanding Crossing Guard

Ashlawn Elementary School crossing guard Ana Hernandez was recognized by the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program as Virginia’s Most Outstanding Crossing Guard.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Sought

The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a bank robbery suspect captured on surveillance footage.

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Grant Thornton Opens in Rosslyn

Grant Thornton, an audit, advisory and tax firm, opened a new office in Rosslyn on Feb. 9.

Redesign Coming to Clarendon Circle

Clarendon Circle is being redesigned to make it more accessible and safe for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists traveling through the intersection of Wilson and Clarendon boulevards and Washington Boulevard.

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Last Call: Carpool in Ballston winds down towards an April closing.

For many of the bar’s patrons, Carpool is the last bastion of the Ballston that was.

Letter to the Editor: An Arlington Woman Who Makes a Difference

Throughout the history of the U.S., communities continually change and evolve.

Gains and Losses in Crossover Week: Legislative Update

There are only two weeks left in session, but I am still hard at work in Richmond fighting for our values.

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National Champions

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Blustery Weather in Arlington

Garbage cans blown over by gusts of strong winds line Old Dominion Drive on Monday morning, Feb. 13.

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Meeting Neighbors at Great Falls Farmers Market

TD Bank supports the Great Falls Farmers Market.

TD Bank reached out to the farmers’ market to see if they could have a booth to present information about their bank.

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TD Bank Embraces Historic Roots of Great Falls

When you enter the new TD Bank for the first time this coming Saturday, Feb. 18, their opening day celebration, you will immediately connect with another opening day from long ago — the opening day of the Great Falls Grange, No. 738, on May 4, 1929 — the first Grange Hall built in Virginia — which is now a huge mural on one wall of the bank.

Monday, February 13

Evolving Land Use in Great Falls: Previous Classification

Board approves plan for nine homes on 11 wooded acres in Great Falls.

Sandra Cappiello made one last attempt to prevent the felling of 11 acres of trees near her property on land that used to be the Hill Nursery.

Richard J. Hesse, Colonel, US Army (Ret.) and a Long-time Great Falls Resident, Dies at 95

Richard J. “Doc” Hesse, 95, died January 22, 2017, in Northern Virginia.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Coming to Great Falls

Washington Post editor David Hoffman to visit Writer’s Group Feb. 23.

David Hoffman, contributing editor to the Washington Post and New York Times best-selling author, will visit the Great Falls Writer’s Group on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Great Falls Library.

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Search for Missing Woman in Great Falls National Park Called Off

The park police spent three days searching the 800-acre Great Falls National Park by land and helicopter.

The United States Park Police stopped searching for Becky M. McCleskey, 56, who was reported missing on Monday, Feb. 6.

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Snapshot in McLean

Sunday, Feb. 12, approximately 9:30 a.m. on Westwind Way, McLean.

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Music Connection Brings Young Music to Elderly Ears in McLean

McLean High band members perform at Lewinsville Retirement Residences.

Caroline Brunner, a junior at McLean High School, looked on approvingly as a fellow band member performed a piece from Chopin on the piano.

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McLean High School Parents Dive Into ‘Eye-opening Data’

Results from the Fairfax County Youth Survey presented on Thursday, Feb. 2, at the McLean High Auditorium.

More McLean students reported taking drugs and drinking alcohol last school year than the overall percentage of the county’s public school system, according to Fairfax County Public Schools.

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‘The Children’s Hour’ at McLean High School: More Than a Play

In connection with their upcoming production, TheatreMcLean is hosting Mental Health Week.

In connection with TheatreMclean’s upcoming production of Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour,” TheatreMcLean is hosting Mental Health Week with McLean High School's Sources of Strength team and other local nonprofits working in the fields of suicide prevention, mental health, and anti-bullying.

Week in McLean

Fundraiser Supporting Timber Lane PTA

Week in McLean — Fundraiser Supporting Timber Lane PTA

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Nysmith School Students Excel in Competitions

The most recent accomplishments of individual students and student teams from The Nysmith School for the Gifted continue a string of competitive achievements.

Three Thieves Escape after Theft in Tysons

The Fairfax County Police Department is searching for suspects who evaded capture on Thursday, Feb. 9, after a dangerous pursuit by car and foot.

Planning 20 Parks: Inside Tysons or Out?

Vienna and McLean affected by 30-year vision for Tysons; more debate Feb. 23.

When creating a new city, county planners target a precise number of parks.

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Madison Ice Hockey Team Wins Division Championship

The Warhawk Varsity Ice Hockey team is headed to the playoffs as division champions with their 4-3 win over McLean Feb. 3.

An Open Letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell

Dear Senator McConnell, While we may disagree on many issues, I respect the office you hold.

Heritage Financial Consultants Opens Vienna Office

Heritage Financial Consultants Opens Vienna Office

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Great Falls Eye Doctor Taps Out At ‘Top Of Game’

Doctor Manfred von Fricken has traded in his white coat for a pair of blue jeans.

A Great Falls doctor has traded in his white coat for a pair of blue jeans.

African-American Composer’s Opera Comes to Life in Arlington During Black History Month.

A local opera company will perform a long-ignored opera by an African-American to give children a message of education and forgiveness for all ages and races.

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Synetic Theater in Crystal City Tackles ‘Taming of the Shrew’

Synetic Theater in Crystal City is staging the Shakespeare comedy, "Taming of the Shrew," from Feb. 15 to March 19.

Friday, February 10

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Help FInd a Missing Teen and Her Baby

Detectives have been searching for a missing 16-year-old girl and her 5-month-old baby boy.

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Suicide Prevention Bill Passes the House

Del. Filler-Corn bill requires a review of Virginia’s suicide prevention policy.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, HB 2258, introduced by Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-41) passed the Virginia House of Delegates.

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Lake Braddock Gym Named After Robert Carson

Gym rededication ceremony held during halftime of basketball game.

In a basketball halftime ceremony that included family and School Board member Ilryong Moon, the Lake Braddock Secondary School gym was rededicated in honor of Robert Carson, age 83, of Springfield who was the school's first Director of Student Activities from 1973 to 1988.

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Mmm, Mmm, Chocolate … and Then Some in Fairfax

The 25th annual Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival was Feb. 4-5.

The 25th annual Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival was Feb. 4-5.

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Experience Arts from Around the World at George Mason University

India’s ‘Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue’ at the Center for the Arts.

Contemporary performing arts from India is heading to the Center for the Arts.

Fairfax Area Roundups

Bulova, Petersen to Host Town Hall Feb. 11

Del. David Bulova (D-37) and Sen. Chap Petersen (D-34) are planning to host a legislative Town Hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the City of Fairfax City Hall.

How to Support Refugees in Our Community

Clifton’s greatest strength is our ability to come together to support those in need, and some of our residents are doing inspiring work to support refugees both here at home and abroad.

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Marching to Valentine’s Day

Bloom Fresh Flowers at 625 S. Washington St. is putting a fresh spin on the Million Women's March on D.C. to celebrate Valentine's Day.

A ‘Big Weekend’ Celebrating Washington’s Birthday

This is the third in a series of articles about the George Washington Birthday Celebration. For more information, please visit

Commentary: Choosing One’s Future

Nearly two weeks ago just across the Potomac, the United States inaugurated its 45th president – Donald J. Trump. It took only seven days for his Administration to put forth and sign an executive order that barred Syrian refugees indefinitely and blocked entry into the U.S. for citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

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Editorial Cartoon

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David Meyer is Elected Mayor

The voting is over, the ballots have been tallied and David Meyer is the new mayor of the City of Fairfax.

Commentary: Plank in the Progressive Eye

Donald Trump has a lot of people worrying about “alternative facts.” Rightfully so. But I also worry about progressives who seem to think their facts don’t come from a world of alternatives.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day Feb. 8

If you have lived in Fairfax County for any amount of time, you are surely familiar with the traffic situation here.

Commentary: First Amendment Is Alive and Well

“Congress shall make no law … abridging … the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Commentary: Bill Would Hinder Municipal Broadband Program

Our future, at least part of it, exists on the internet.

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Mini-Moves to Fight Winter Blues

Did you know even a short burst of exercise can not only boost your mood, but it helps activate your brain, too?

Commentary: What Do We Do with a Problem Like Alexandria?

Re-imagining the city.

There’s that guy at the intersection of South Washington and Prince Streets in Old Town who is causing problems for a lot of people.

Letter to the Editor: Another Hotel?

A group of investors have recently held meetings in the Durant Center with some home owners as well as absentee house owners on Harvard Street attending.

Letter to the Editor: Alexandria as a ‘Sanctuary City’

Looking around the U.S. the concept of “sanctuary city” has a range of definitions.

Letter to the Editor: Washington and the Poet

When George Washington was appointed by the Continental Congress in 1775 to take command of the fledgling American military forces, a young lady in Providence felt compelled to compose a patriotic poem and send it to him at his headquarters in Cambridge across the Charles River from Boston, then occupied by the British.

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Mentor of The Week: A Cross-Cultural Connection

Rebecca and Elodie met through the SOHO program back in 2014.

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Signing Day at T.C. Williams

12 T.C. students sign on to play football at colleges.

After a year of hard work and last minute victories, T.C. Williams High School Football Team made it to the playoffs for the second time in the last 26 years.

Letter to the Editor: Move Forward on Option 1 in Mount Vernon

I’ve written to the Gazette previously about Bock Farm, and, like H. Jay Spiegel, I attended the information session on Jan. 26. It was a good meeting, but what was clear, and what has been clear all along is that a minority in the adjacent neighborhood has been given too much power by Supervisor Storck.

Commentary: Victory on Water Quality

The last week of January was especially busy as the General Assembly approached Feb. 7 – Crossover – the day we are required to complete all work on bills originating in our chamber.

Commentary: Addressing Opioid Addiction

As this week is Crossover, the midpoint of our Legislative session, I wanted to share with you some good news.

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Qualifying Scores for Mount Vernon Junior Marksman

Grayson Wheeler competed among the nation’s top high school marksmen in the 2017 U.S. Army National Junior Air Rifle Championship held in Ft. Benning, Georgia on Jan. 28-29.

Register for Fort Hunt Softball

Registration for Spring Softball is now open for the following divisons

Obituary: W. Jeff Knicely

Obituary: W. Jeff Knicely

Thursday, February 9

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Lorton: Trash Burned at Covanta Waste Facility

Fire lasted through the weekend.

A fire started within the Covanta Fairfax Waste to Energy Facility in the 9800 block of Furnace Road in Lorton Thursday evening Feb. 2 and smoldered through the weekend.

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Burke, Fairfax, Springfield: Bicycle Improvements Proposed for Braddock and Springfield Districts

Howard Albers of Springfield was encouraged by what he saw at the community meeting discussing proposed road striping changes in Braddock and Springfield Districts on Jan. 24.

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Lorton: Detectives Ask Again for Public’s Help in 2016 Mason Neck Murder Investigation

Johan De Leede, 83, was shot inside his home in the 6000 block of River Drive in the Mason Neck area. Shots were fired from outside the residence before dawn on March 11, 2016, police reported.

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Lee District Leaders Hold Legislative Town Hall

Elected officials Del. Mark Sickles (D-43), Sen. George Barker (D-39) and Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) hosted a Lee District town meeting Jan. 28 at Island Creek Elementary School near the Kingstowne area of Alexandria.

Commemorating Brotherhood

Universal Lodge #1 celebrates 172 years in Alexandria.

Freemasons in Alexandria.

Setting Goals via the Five-Year Plan

Alexandria’s Five Year Plan starts at foot of King Street.

The city's five-year plan.

EatsPlace Café Aims to Join Works of Art

The DC-based restaurant “pop-uppery” has set up shop at the Torpedo Factory.

EatsPlace Cafe in the Torpedo Factory.

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Mount Vernon Town Meeting Features 3D Flying Tour

Bulova and Storck dismiss creating Muslim registry.

The 30th annual Mount Vernon town meeting on Feb. 4.

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Tilelli to Keynote Friendship Firehouse Breakfast

Event Kicks off the George Washington Celebration

Gen. John H. Tilelli (ret.) will be the keynote speaker at the Feb. 20 Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association annual breakfast.

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Striking a Chord

Guitar Center opens in Alexandria.

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The Full Monte

Wedding Showcase to feature “Say Yes to the Dress” host Durham.

Monte Durham, co-host and fashion director of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” will be the featured guest at the first annual Alexandria Wedding Showcase Feb. 19 at The Westin Alexandria.

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Meet the Chef Homero Escobar

Homero Escobar the chef at RT's Restaurant.

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Hands Held High for 44 Years

Cora Reed has been a school crossing guard for the Alexandria Public Schools for nearly 44 years.

Wednesday, February 8

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Dads Take Daughters to Dance in Herndon

More than 60 father-daughter pairings made their way to the gymnasium at the Herndon Community Center for the town’s annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday night, Feb. 4.

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Standing Together at ADAMS

Peace rally draws hundreds against immigration ban.

The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) campus has one foot in Fairfax County and the rest of the property in Loudoun. On Friday, it drew hundreds of people from all around the Northern Virginia region to show their support for the members of one of the largest mosques in the country at an event that featured appearances by Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.

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Know Your Rights – ADAMS Hosts Travel Ban Legal Forum

In the wake of President Trump’s executive orders cancelling or suspending visas and banning – at least temporarily - entry into United States by travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations, leaders at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) quickly organized a legal forum to inform people of their rights under the new regulations.

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Faith Communities Come Together to Feed and Protect Homeless From Hypothermia

The county’s Hypothermia Prevention Program is now offering homeless individuals refuge from the winter cold.

Commentary: How a Bill Does Not Become a Law in Virginia

Most people can remember the flowchart from high school civics class that graphically showed how a bill becomes a law.

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Marvin Gaye’s Soulful Music Takes Reston's CenterStage

Fans of Marvin Gaye’s passionate songs and rich voice will have the opportunity to see his masterworks brought to life through dance and movement at Reston’s CenterStage.

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Reston Chorale Takes To CenterStage

Camerata, The Reston Chorale's 30-voice chamber ensemble, is presenting a concert on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Reston Community Center's CenterStage.

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Governor Visits Reston to Announce Commitment to Hiring More Veterans

Gov. Terry McAuliffe visited Reston on Wednesday, Feb. 1, to announce a new goal of hiring 25,000 veterans in the state of Virginia through the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program by 2018.

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Saffoori Honored as Officer of the Month

PFC Ramsy Saffoori has been selected as an Officer of the Month for the Sully District Police Station.

Reaching the Finals in Reston

Luke Brindley of Reston made the cut in the Folk/Acoustic category and is now a finalist to perform in a live concert performed by the competition’s finalists on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda.

Letter to the Editor: Voting Rights Under Attack

Unsatisfied with the existing identification requirements to vote in Virginia, on Feb. 1 Republicans in Virginia’s House of Delegates voted to make it even harder to vote in state elections.

Synergy Design & Construction Celebrates Grand Opening of New Reston Showroom

Mark and Mina Fies, owners of Synergy Design & Construction, a design-build firm located in Reston, celebrated the Grand Opening of their new showroom on Jan. 24 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Signing Day for Westfield High School Football

Westfield High School Football, which groomed NFL players like Eddie Royal, Mike Glennon and Evan Royster, is getting ready to send its largest group of players ever on to the next level.

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Right to the End

Coming into their game with Centreville, many looking at Westfield’s record of (3-13) would not realize how close many of their losses were.

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A Chantilly Loss in Second Overtime

The Chantilly Chargers Boys Varsity basketball team traveled to Oakton to take on the Oakton Cougars on Feb. 3.

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Valentine Special: Pet Adoptions in Fair Lakes

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue holds weekly pet adoptions in Fair Lakes and the Northern Virginia area.

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Reston Hospital Offers Most Advanced Spinal Surgery Options

Health Care

Reston Hospital Center is the first in the region to add the Mazor surgical assurance platform to its award‐winning regional spinal surgery program. The Mazor X system combines unprecedented pre‐operative planning tools and analytics with unparalleled intra‐operative guidance, giving Reston Hospital Center patients the most advanced spinal surgery options available.

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Chinese Culture at the Potomac Library

The Lion Dance at the Potomac Library was one of several performances on Saturday, Feb. 4.

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"Broadway Night" at South Lakes High

More than 200 students in South Lakes Pyramid perform 20 Broadway shows.

More than 200 students from South Lakes High Pyramid schools performed in "Broadway Night" last Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, 2017, at the school.

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Potomac Resident on "Jeopardy!" College Championship

Alex Bourzutschky of Potomac, a junior at the California Institute of Technology, will compete in the Jeopardy! College Championship, a two-week event which begins Monday, Feb. 13.

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Maryland Figures in Black History

For each day of Black History Month, the office of U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney (D-6) is posting to his FaceBook page a profile of a different African-American leader from Maryland.

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This Spring, Move Into Your Brand New Herndon Townhome at Junction Square


This spring, move into your brand new Herndon townhome at Junction Square.

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The Journey to the Other Side of the Street in Arlington: Part III

Concluding a three-part series focusing on prisoner reentry in Northern Virginia.

Lavonne Williams and Michael Diffley sit sharing an afternoon cup of coffee, remembering their journey.

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Arlington, Alexandria Construct Bigger and Better ‘Bridges’

Local safety net organization helped 500 people last year.

Like any other Alexandria mother, Amina Amir was bursting with pride that her daughter would be graduating from high school this spring, with plans to go to college, and that her son is in the U.S. Navy in California.

Tuesday, February 7

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Potomac: Journey to ‘Wheel’ Yields First Book

Potomac man publishes book following his quest to compete on “Wheel of Fortune.”

It started years ago when Mark Anthony Linton was a young boy sitting with his grandmother watching her favorite game show, “Wheel of Fortune.”

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Devastating Past, Uncertain Future in Arlington

Arlington’s Syrian refugees shocked and dismayed by recent executive order.

Ekbal Al Zoubi and his family escaped death. In a war that has killed at least 400,000 people, Al Zoubi and his family are a few of the 15,479 Syrian refugees to make it into the United States in 2016.

Obituary: Mary Kay Spink

Obituary: Mary Kay Spink

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Empty Bowls in Arlington

Raising funds to help feed those in need.

For the fifth year, area ceramic studios and restaurants joined forces with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) for its annual Empty Bowls fundraising event.

“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for Feb. 12-17.

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Superhero Training Day

Superhero Training Day

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Pruning Class on Daingerfield Island

Casey Trees held its annual Pruning 101 class on Feb. 4.

Virginia General Assembly Chugs Along through Crossover

On Tuesday, the General Assembly passed “Crossover,” the session halfway point by which each chamber must complete work on its own bills and begin considering legislation passed by the other body.

Bulova Calls for Land Use Engagement

Board of Supervisors chairman to host Community Council on Land Use Engagement.

At the Jan. 24 meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS), Chairman Sharon Bulova handed the gavel to Vice Chairman Penelope Gross (D-Mason District), and proceeded to utilize a “Chairman’s Initiative” to introduce a “Board Matter” of her own.

MATHCOUNTS Winners Announced

Top area teams, students advance to Virginia state competition.

The Northern Virginia Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition was held on Saturday, Feb. 4, at George Mason University.

Volunteer Events & Opportunities

Volunteer Events & Opportunities

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Honoring the Past and Present

A home with both a rich history and modern conveniences is on the market in Fairfax.

When Betsy Rutkowski purchased her Fairfax home, she was drawn to its rich history and the childhood memories which it evoked.

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City House, Country House

Home offers sunny interior and bucolic surroundings.

European craftsmanship, a free-flowing floor plan and light-filled rooms characterize a home that was designed according to the vision of a local jurist.

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Fireplace as Focal Point

A hearth is in demand for cold weather.

“Fireplaces have never fallen out of favor,” said David Foster, president of Foster Remodeling Solutions.

In Session: Virginia Assembly Briefs

The backlog of untested rape kits has received a lot of media attention in recent years, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been working to find ways to process all that evidence. But that’s not the only problem with rape kits. Many of them are them are simply thrown away.

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Cracking Down on On-the-Road Screen Time

Texting while driving is already illegal, but what about all the other screen time?

Lawmakers in Richmond are a bunch of angry birds, frustrated at existing law they believe does not solve the problem of drivers devoting their attention to their handheld screen instead of the road.

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Rocky Road Ahead

Governor, business leaders and analysts offer insights on regional economy.

The road signs along the highway to the region’s economic future are a bit difficult to read, sometimes pointing positively one way, and at other times seeming to indicate slow downs and hazards ahead, according to speakers and panelists at last week’s regional economic conference.

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A Look Inside Fairfax County Police Diversity Training

Commanders hear speeches on openness, forgiveness, professionalism.

West Springfield District Police Commander Cpt. Gervais T. Reed said when police officers leave the profession, some are in good shape, others are bitter.

Doris Carpenter Wins Great Falls Historical Society's Tibbetts History Award

The Great Falls Historical Society is pleased to award the 2017 Jean Tibbetts History Award to longtime GFHS officer, member, and local resident, Doris Carpenter.

Week in Great Falls

Improving Storm Water Management in Great Falls

On Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Falls Library, the senior conservation specialist of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, Willie Wood, will meet with the Storm Water Management Subcommittee of the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) to begin an effort to develop and implement voluntary best practice guidelines for homeowners, HOAs and turf management companies to better manage stormwater runoff.

Letter to the Editor: The Human Cost of Repealing ACA

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10) recently voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act as well as make cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

McLeanCVA Senior Source Expands Service

Two new locations open in McLean.

To meet the growing interest of McLean residents, a group of volunteers has been working to create a village to meet the unique needs of the community.

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Oakton Girls Defeat Chantilly

The Chantilly and Oakton girls’ varsity basketball teams battled each other for first place in the conference on Feb. 3 with Oakton triumphant 53-51.

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Robert Gilbert’s Oil Painting Exhibit at Katie’s in Great Falls March 1-31

A mix of woodsy landscapes and impactful still lifes await the visitor to Katie’s Coffee House in the Great Falls Village Center.

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State Agriculture Bill’s Defeat Felt In Great Falls

Sarah Wehri of Great Falls cannot sell her goat cheese or goat milk directly to commercial consumers and her hopes of doing so died in Richmond last week.

Monday, February 6

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Board of Supervisors to Consider Sunrise McLean Application

The MCA Board of Directors urges the Board of Supervisors to deny the application.

The McLean Citizens Association voted to remain opposed to Sunrise Senior Living’s proposed assisted living facility on land at the northwest corner of Kirby Road and Westmoreland Street.

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Great Falls' Tyler Bowman Debuts at Arena Stage

Forestville Elementary Student Tyler Bowman, 11, just made his acting debut at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C.

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Maple Syrup Boil Down at Colvin Run Mill

Demonstration on how sap from maple trees is boiled down into sweet syrup.

Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls hosted a Maple Syrup Boil Down on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

McLean Wireless Facility Approved, For Now

If a proposed 52-foot telephone pole was three-feet shorter and 18 inches narrower in diameter, McLean advocates wouldn’t have had the opportunity to testify against a communications antenna topping it.

Letter to the Editor: McLean Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence

This past weekend our quiet McLean community received the awful news of the murder-suicide of the Chen-Zhou family.

McLean's Oakcrest School Holds Veritas Awards Reception

Award consist of $5,000 tuition remission for two recipients who are student leaders.

Oakcrest School, an all-girl liberal arts school in McLean, held its Veritas Award Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at the school.

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TheatreMcLean Presents The Children’s Hour

In 1934, playwright Lillian Hellman did the unthinkable — she revealed the bitter truth.

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McLean, Tysons Traffic Solutions Discussed

County director of transportation addresses McLean Citizens Association.

The McLean Citizens Association (MCA) membership meeting of Jan. 26 featured Tom Biesiadny, Fairfax County Director of Transportation, who addressed a list of issues that had been presented to him by the MCA’s Transportation Committee, and he also took questions from the audience.

Week in McLean

Help Senior Citizens Get to Their Appointments

The Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church needs volunteers who can help area senior citizens get the transportation they need to get to their medical and therapy appointments.

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Edgy, Unconventional Dark Comedy — 1st Stage at Tysons presents ‘Trevor.’

A rewarding tale about miscommunications in a family generating plenty of laughs before a heart-wrenching turn of events makes “Trevor” at 1st Stage a moving exploration of one family’s unusual bonds.

Vienna's Red Galanga Serves ‘Modern Asian’ Cuisine

Restaurant owners get three cheers.

A restaurant bombshell has struck the decorous town of Vienna, and its name is Red Galanga.

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Building Industry Association Honors Rob Fisher

Rob Fisher of Fisher Custom Homes accepts the 2016 Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) Custom Builder Award at NVBIA's President's Ball on Jan. 28, 2017.

Vienna Church Plans First “Drive-Thru Ashes” for Ash Wednesday

Commuters and area residents are invited to take part in the first “Drive-Thru Ashes” event on Ash Wednesday, March 1 at The Church of the Good Shepherd (United Methodist) in Vienna.

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Vienna's Madison Warhawks Ice Hockey Playoff Bound

The Madison High varsity ice hockey team is playoff bound with their 3-1 win over division rivals the Yorktown Patriots.

Vienna Police Highlights — February 3, 2017

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna Police Department from Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2017.

Week in Vienna

Caffe Amouri, BRAWS Supporting Homeless Women, Girls

BRAWS is partnering with Caffe Amouri on Valentine’s Day to spread "love" to women and girls in the community.

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Vienna DaddyDaughter Dance Honors Young Girls and Their Special Date

Vienna Woman’s Club fundraiser benefits local students.

Vienna-area girls from preschool through sixth grade celebrated Valentine’s Day at a DaddyDaughter Dance hosted by the Vienna Woman’s Club on Feb. 3.

Friday, February 3

A Closer Look at Islam at Burke Presbyterian Church

Burke Presbyterian Church, located at 5690 Oak Leather Drive, Burke, (1/4 mile east of the intersection of Ox Road/Rt. 123 and Burke Centre Parkway) is hosting a special installment of Distinguished Speakers Series on March 3-4, 2017.

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Burke & Herbert Bank’s Lights, Camera, Save! Burke Winner Selected as National Finalist

Burke & Herbert Bank’s Lights, Camera, Save! local winner, Dylan J. Fox, of Lake Braddock Secondary School, has been named a national finalist by the American Bankers Association Foundation.

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Not Representative of Who We Are — Richmond Report

Like so many of you and so many Americans, I was appalled when I learned of President Trump's Executive Order barring those from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States, even if they have valid American visas of any kind.

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When the World Turns Upside Down: Lorton resident shares personal impact of Trump Executive Order on travel.

When Anahid Ali of Lorton first heard of President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking travelers and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries including her native Iraq, it turned her world upside down.

Community Meeting on the Braddock Road Multimodal Study Set for Feb. 6

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) and Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook will host a community meeting to discuss the Braddock Road Multimodal Study, which encompasses areas in Annandale, Springfield, Burke and Fairfax, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke.

Fairfax City Mayoral Candidates in Their Own Words

Special election for City mayor is Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Fairfax City Council members Michael DeMarco, David Meyer and Ellie Schmidt all hope to become the City’s next mayor.

Fairfax City Special Election: Michael DeMarco

Imagine living in a city where we have easy access to restaurants, shops, public transportation and work.

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A Weekend Full of Chocolate Fun in Fairfax City

City’s tastiest festival is Feb. 4-5.

The Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival is a dream-come-true for chocolate aficionados, and the 2017 extravaganza is this Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 5, from noon-4 p.m.

Fairfax City Special Election: David Meyer

The City of Fairfax needs a strong, effective mayor to lead the Council in completing its 2035 Comprehensive Plan, getting the two approved redevelopment projects started at Fairfax Circle and Kamp Washington, and protecting existing neighborhoods from increased density and traffic congestion.

Fairfax City Special Election: Ellie Schmidt

You have a choice in the special election on Feb 7.

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Fairfax High Holds Hall of Fame Inductions

The Fairfax High School Athletic Hall of Fame inducted seven new members on January 17, 2017.

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‘The Magic Marksman’ at George Mason University Stage

Virginia Opera presents “The Magic Marksman” at George Mason University, Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax.

Week in Fairfax

Meet with Bulova, Petersen

Del. David Bulova (D-37) and state Sen. Chap Petersen (D-34) will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9-11 a.m., at Fairfax City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St. in Fairfax.

Brewery Tapped for Fairfax County Board Approval

Planning Commission calls the craft brewery production and tasting industry worthwhile for the county.

Fairfax County’s Planning Commission recommended approval of a zoning ordinance that will uncork the county’s ability to open breweries for craft beer brewing and tasting.

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Supporting Military Survivors

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in the Armed Forces.

Passenger Killed in Car Crash on Clifton Road

Estrada Izaguirre, 21, of Springfield was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-vehicle crash in the 7600 block of Clifton Road in Fairfax Station on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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Honoring Dr. King with a Day of Service at Mason Neck State Park

Honoring Dr. King with a Day of Service at Mason Neck State Park

Nicecream to Add Some Factory Flair to King Street in Alexandria

Amid the blocks of bustling King Street, a new factory is preparing to open. But it doesn’t need an industrial permit to hawk its wares.

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All In for ‘The Gin Game’ at Alexandria's MetroStage

Notes from The Producer

The next production at MetroStage is “The Gin Game,” a Pulitzer Prize winning classic play by D. L. Coburn, opening Feb. 2 and running through March 12.

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Editorial Cartoon

Alexandria Council Briefs

Council Approves Strategic Plan

The year is 2022, and Alexandria is a city with a thriving waterfront and plenty of affordable housing for everybody in need.

Crime Reports: The following incidents were reported by the Alexandria Police Department.

The following incidents were reported by the Alexandria Police Department.

See Washington's Alexandria

Washington's Birthday

This is the second in a series of articles about the George Washington Birthday Celebration.

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A Farewell to Landmark Mall

Hailed as the largest shopping center in northern Virginia when it opened in 1965, Landmark Mall was set to close on Jan. 31 long after most chain stores fled.

Letter to the Editor: Same Old, Same Old

I expected better. Instead of demanding the removal of impediments, large and small, that hobble the creation of wealth, the Democratic Party faithful who gathered recently in Alexandria clamored to keep the Federal trough full.

Letter to the Editor: Disappointed by Coverage

I've been a weekly reader of the Alexandria Gazette for many years. I was shocked when I saw the headline, and then read the story, titled, "Democratic Disunity", in your Jan. 19, issue.

Letter to the Editor: Losing Sight of City's History?

In reading the letter from Mr. Van Fleet, I could not help but think there will now be three projects all in the same few blocks, all large, and all at the same time.

Letter to the Editor: The Fight Begins

As we enter the first week of the new administration, Congress has made their number one priority diminishing access to health care.

Letter to the Editor: A Man of Integrity in Alexandria

I congratulate Congressman Beyer for his decision not to attend the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.

Exploring Senior Housing — Senior Services of Alexandria

Most older adults say they plan to “age in place” in their community, but very few have seriously considered whether this is a realistic option.

Commentary: Nonpartisan Redistricting Needed

At the core of our Democracy we find a central figure … the vote.

Letter to the Editor: Voting Matters

I had to laugh when I read Jay Spiegel’s letter suggesting that Gerry Connolly and Don Beyer violated their oaths of office by boycotting President Trump’s inauguration.

Letter to the Editor: Praise for Mount Vernon Meeting Openness

In my letter to the Editor published in the Jan. 19 Gazette, I reported that in the meeting notice issued by Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck, for the Jan. 26 meeting concerning proposed development of a portion of the Bock Farm, Supervisor Storck stated that there would be no audience participation.

Cycling Safety and Tuition Transparency in Mount Vernon


Week three saw our General Assembly in full swing and movement on many bills.

#ConnectMVD at the 30th Annual Town Meeting


It has been a privilege and honor representing the Mount Vernon District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors these past 12 months.

Thursday, February 2

ASO Presents All-Mozart Concert

All-Mozart Concert

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Prisoner Reentry: Some Solutions

Local programs, services help ex-offenders.

Ex-offenders may face stigma, lack of family support, inadequate life skills suitable for making it on "the outside" and difficulty getting and retaining employment.

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Fairfax County: Body-Worn Cameras for Police Coming Closer

Policy addressing privacy, mental health, metrics needed before pilot begins.

Fairfax County Police could have a body-worn camera program for officers up and running as early as the fall. That’s what Police Chief Edwin Roessler and the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee discussed at the committee’s first meeting of 2017 on Jan. 31.

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Fairfax County: Deadline Reached for Civilian Review Panel Nominations

Supervisors to review applications before Feb. 14 meeting.

Jan. 31 was the final day for applications and nominations for Fairfax County’s first Civilian Review Panel, one of two new forms of independent oversight for the police department.

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Three Options Presented for Bock Farm Development

Reduced condo height and unit number for seniors; townhomes with no age restriction.

Three Options Presented for Bock Farm Development

First For Richmond Highway

Mount Vernon telecommunication facilities

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Peterson: High Expectations for Student Achievement

New Principal Leads Bucknell

New principal leads Bucknell Elementary.

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McCrary Creates the Score, Directs 'The Prodigal Son'

John McCrary, director of Music and Liturgy at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on W. Braddock Road, gears up for the Feb. 24 concert.

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New Lines, Old Problems

School Board approves redistricting plan 9a.

For the first time since 1999, the Alexandria Elementary School boundaries are shifting.

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Of Lives Lost

Maximum sentence in murder case ignites brawl in courthouse.

Rashad Lonzell “Snap” Adkins found guilty of second degree murder of Shakkan Elliot-Tibbs in 2015 and a related weapons charge, so the jury gave him the maximum penalty of 43 years in prison with no chance of parole.

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Belmont to lead DRBA

Dennis Belmont, a resident and small business owner in the Del Ray community, was elected president of the Del Ray Business Association at the organization’s Jan. 16 meeting.

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Kaine Among Boys and Girls Club Gala Honorees

Benefit to be held February 10

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine will be among those honored Feb. 10 at this year’s Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club annual fundraiser.

Affordable Housing: 'Still Ground Zero'

Mixed progress since 2013 Housing Master Plan.

While the city has implemented some measures from its plan to expand affordable housing, other measures remain undone.

Wednesday, February 1

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Angry Birds on the Road: Lawmakers Want to Crack Down on Screen Time

Texting while driving is already illegal, but what about Facebook and Twitter?

Lawmakers in Richmond are a bunch of angry birds, frustrated at existing law they believe does not solve the problem of drivers devoting their attention to their handheld screen instead of the road.

Angry Birds on the Road: Lawmakers to Crack Down on On-the-Road Screen Time

Texting while driving is already illegal, but what about all the other screen time?

Lawmakers in Richmond are a bunch of angry birds, frustrated at existing law they believe does not solve the problem of drivers devoting their attention to their handheld screen instead of the road.

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Mount Vernon Unitarian Church Members Lobby for Gun Violence Prevention

More than 20 members and friends of the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church travelled to Richmond on Monday, Jan. 16, to join hundreds of others lobbying for stronger state gun laws.

First for Richmond Highway

Mount Vernon has already accepted 72 telecommunication facilities for wireless service, said Planning Commissioner Earl Flanagan.

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Mount Vernon's Natalie Lorca Rowing for University of Minnesota

Natalie Lorca, a 2017 West Potomac High School graduate, recently committed to row for the University of Minnesota crew team next year.

Commentary: Stand with Us in Challenging Times

The mission of the Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) is to build community acceptance and economic opportunity for new immigrants in Centreville.

Letter to the Editor: A Plea to Listen

“Disgusted and disappointed” are probably an understatement to how I feel.

Richmond Report: Votes Show Bipartisanship

The pace of work in the General Assembly has accelerated this week.

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Old Centreville Road Bridge Under Repair

Old Centreville Road Bridge Under Repair

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

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Swearing-in Ceremony for Herndon's Acting Town Manager

Swearing-in Ceremony for Herndon's Acting Town Manager

West Montgomery County Citizens Association News

West Montgomery County Citizens Association News

‘Beyond the Pale’ Montgomery County leaders speak out on immigration ban

Residents reassured of commitment to inclusive community

In a joint statement issued Tuesday, Jan. 30, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and members of the County Council reassured residents that the county is “committed to building and maintaining a safe and inclusive community….”

Working to Protect Parks

Parklands have become increasingly popular with Montgomery County residents.

Potomac Community Village Offering Advice on Cybersecurity

Potomac Community Village will bring information about today's wired world to members and guests at a Feb, 16, 7 p.m. presentation entitled, "Staying Safe in the Cyber World,” featuring Tracy D. Rezvani, administrator, Office of Consumer Protection, Montgomery County.

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In Musical Competition

On Feb. 11, Olivia Johann, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology and resident of Centreville, will compete on the oboe.

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Westfield Girls Varsity Falls to Oakton 54-44

The Westfield Bulldogs girls varsity basketball team traveled to Oakton to take on #11 Oakton on Jan. 27.

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C&O Canal Drains Water

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) began draining the watered canal section from Lock 20 (Towpath Mile 14) to Lock 23 (Towpath Mile 22) last week.

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Centreville Defeats Chantilly 44-41

The Centreville girls varsity basketball team won a conference game against the Chantilly Chargers in Chantilly on Jan. 24.

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'Its Sadly Still Very Relevant'

Westfield High presents “The Laramie Project.”

In October 1998 in a prairie outside Laramie, Wy., college student Matthew Shepard, 21, was tied to a fence and beaten because he was gay.

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Repairs to Olmsted Bridge To Begin

Construction project will close Olmsted Island Trail until June.

As part of National Park Service's rehabilitation and repair program, the Olmsted Bridge project will be closed in mid-February.

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Peanuts Characters Come to Life

CVHS presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Centreville High’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” will resonate with children and adults alike.

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Prisoner Reentry: Some Solutions

Part II in a three-part series focusing on prisoner reentry in Northern Virginia

Thirty-eight thousand prisoners are incarcerated in Virginia with 12,000 adults and 500 juveniles projected to be released each year.

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The Blüm Study - Autism Phase 3 Clinical Trial


The Blüm Study - Autism Phase 3 Clinical Trial

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BABA Brings Alive Grandmother Memories

Here’s to fun dining.

Everyone can find their grandmother at BABA's according to Ivan Iricanin, the owner of the new restaurant on Wilson Boulevard scheduled to open Feb. 1.

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88 and Ready to March Again

Boarding the bus for the Jan. 21 Women’s March, Ivy South says she is 88 years old and “this is my first march.”

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Learning To Make a Difference

High school juniors attend Civitan conference.

Ever wondered about the blue sign on North Quincy Street near the Washington-Lee High School in Arlington which says “I-66 Civitan Garage Sale”?

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Hidden Valley: Long neglected Four Mile Run reimagined and redeveloped.

S Four Mile Run Drive is not the prettiest view in Arlington.

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Winter Concert for Opera Fans in Arlington

Opera NOVA presented a winter concert on Jan. 26 at Our Savior Lutheran Church on S. Taylor Street.

Letter to the Editor: A Neighborhood Swing Set

We had built a house when my son was a few months old (he is 29 now), and my daughter a little over two.

Letter to the Editor: Economic Oppoortunities

When Bob McDonnell was Governor, he named his Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling “Chief Jobs Creation Officer.”

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Senate Proposes Alexandria Sewer Overflow Deadline

The Virginia Senate has advanced legislation to establish an extremely aggressive timeline for the City of Alexandria to address concerns over its Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO).

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South Lakes Girls, Boys Win Liberty Conference Championship

Junior Olivia Beckner won both the 1,000 meters (2:55.67) and 1,600 meters (5:04.44) in meet record times while seniors Timiebi Ogobri and Don’ta Whitely had outstanding performances to lead the South Lakes High School track teams to the Liberty Conference Championships.

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It’s Just the Beginning

Letter to the Editor

On Jan. 21, a chilly and misty day in our nation’s capital, one of the largest peaceful protests in U.S. history took place. I was there and I was overwhelmed by the inspirational power of the hundreds of thousands of people who overcame disabilities, fear, financial constraints, and a myriad of other barriers, to attend this rally known as the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches worldwide.

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Freezin’ For A Reason Set for Feb. 11


The 10th Annual Freezin’ for a Reason (Virginia Polar Dip) will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Lake Anne Plaza (Waterfront) - 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, 12– 3 p.m.

Reston: Lake House Review Gets More Expensive

Price tag for independent review goes from $1 to up to $45K.

The Reston Association Board of Directors hired StoneTurn Group, LLC to independently review the processes it used to purchase and renovate the Lake House property. The decision was made in executive session during the board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26.

RA Divided On Lake Anne Dock Revitalization

Lake Anne Dock Revitalization Debated

The Reston Association needs to replace its aging dock at Lake Anne Village Center, but its Board of Directors were divided on how to move forward with the work during its last meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26.

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At the Half 2017


The 2017 session of the General Assembly that got underway on Jan. 11 is barreling ahead towards its midpoint of Feb. 7. At that midpoint, referred to as “crossover.”

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Fear, Anger Make National Politics Local

Independent Progressive

The aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election sent shockwaves around the nation and through our community. The ferment from turmoil around the White House seems especially strong in Reston.

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Oh, The #Adulting You’ll Do

Reston resident writes for children and adults.

Alissa Buoni knows a thing or two about how to talk to kids. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master’s in School Counseling from The George Washington University. She uses all of that experience - personal and educational - in her debut children’s book “Oh, The #Adulting You’ll Do.”

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Week in Herndon

Nysmith Team Wins Highest Honors in WordMasters Challenge

A father daughter dance, the semi-formal dance for girls ages 3-12, will be held at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon on Saturday, Feb. 4, 6:30-9 p.m.

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Herndon: Looking for Groundhog at Frying Pan Farm Park

Community News

The groundhog that lives on the grounds of Frying Pan Farm Park did not come out of its den for visitors on Sunday, Jan. 29. The next day, all Fairfax County public schools had a two-hour delay due to inclement weather.

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Neighbors Rehash Shooting Death

Herndon neighborhood recovers from shooting incident.

“No purse, no phone, no nothing,” she says. “I could not contact my daughter to come and pick me up. I could not call my son … It was very scary,” she says. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

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Neighbors Rehash Shooting Death

Herndon neighborhood recovers from shooting incident.

“No purse, no phone, no nothing,” she says. “I could not contact my daughter to come and pick me up. I could not call my son … It was very scary,” she says. “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”