Stories for January 2017

Stories for January 2017

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Tuesday, January 31

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Victims of Tribe-For-Rent Scam to Get $15 Million Payout in Settlement Agreement

15,000 Virginia victims get $6 million worth of predatory loans absolved, $9 million in cash awards.

The commercial features images of teepees and a tribal drumbeat. The company billed itself as having ties to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. But Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says that was nothing more than a fraud, a scheme he calls rent-a-tribe.

Arlington County Board Notes

Arlington County Board Notes

“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Feb. 6-10.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Feb. 6-10.

Suspect Arrested in Arlington Mill Homicide

Shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, Arlington County Police officers were dispatched to the 5100 block of 7th Road S. to investigate a death.

Submit Photos to Pet Connection

The Pet Connection, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish the last week of February, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by Feb. 15.

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Chief Withholding Name of Officer in Herndon Fatal Shooting

Officer files temporary restraining order for Roessler to not release name.

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. On Feb. 7, FCPD said the unnamed officer has filed a temporary restraining order to keep the name from being released.

In Session: Virginia Assembly Briefs

In Session: Virginia Assembly Briefs

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To Move Or Not To Move: Local family moves mother into newly opened Kensington Falls Church.

One of the most heart-wrenching decisions that Denise Schossler, her two siblings and her 95-year-old mother had to make was whether or not to move her into an assisted living facility, leaving the home where she’s lived since 1954.

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Getting to Know Winter Veggies at the Great Falls Farmers Market

The Great Falls Farmers Market has a campaign going to celebrate the winter harvest with a “Veggie Pack” and accompanying recipe – offered at a substantial discount to encourage local families to get to know the local winter crop offerings.

Letter to the Editor: Evil and Selfish

Re: "Protesting Vote Suppression", Letter to the Editor, Jan. 25-31. Congratulations to Nancy Blethen, for her accurate description, concerning the fallacies, of Gerrymandering.

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Letter to the Editor: Time to Speak Up

I am writing this letter to applaud area lawyers and to question why the elected representative of this area, Barbara Comstock, has chosen to stay silent in the face of grave threats to our nation.

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Gifts for the Heart in Vienna

Valentine’s Day gifts for every member of your family are found in Vienna shops.

Valentine’s Day … Some celebrate it as a special moment between beloveds … for others, it is a family celebration, with children as a central component.

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Reflections on Inauguration Day

Reflections on Inauguration Day

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So Much Happening, Don’t Blink

Demonstrations at Dulles in reaction to travel ban; fast moving General Assembly lacks transparency; other key issues.

As this date approaches, the General Assembly has a serious transparency issue, as it continues to kill most proposed legislation with unrecorded voice votes in subcommittee, with no accountability or record of how members voted.

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Arrest Made in Shooting at Police Car in Great Falls

Suspect first apprehended in Herndon for waiving a gun.

Just before midnight on Jan. 22, several shots were fired at a marked police cruiser from another vehicle in the Great Falls area, Fairfax County police said.

McLean Community Center to Host Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories Show

More than 30 carefully selected designers and artisans will offer a wide variety of women’s fashion, fine and artisan jewelry, and fashion accessories at the McLean Community Center’s Better Than Bling Jewelry & Fashion Accessories Show.

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Fairfax: Board Approves 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program

Five-year plan includes three new elementary schools and one new high school.

This year, Fairfax County Public Schools experienced one of the smallest annual enrollment increases in nearly a decade: 1,368 students, compared to the average of 2,400 since the 2008-09 school year, bringing the total to 187,202.

Cassaday & Company, Inc. Hits Major Milestone in Wealth Management

Cassaday & Company, Inc., has announced that the firm now has $2 billion in assets under management (AUM).

Comstock: Green Card Holders Are Legal Residents

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10) issued the following statement through her Twitter account on Jan. 29:

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Sculpture Now 2017 Exhibit Opens in McLean

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) and the Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) will open a new exhibition, Sculpture Now 2017, on Feb. 2, 2017 at MPA@ChainBridge (1446 Chain Bridge Road, McLean).

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Arts Night Out Held in McLean

Event co-hosted the New Dominion Women’s Club and MPA was a fundraiser for club's four charities.

More than 50 people attended the Arts Night Out on Thursday, Jan. 26, hosted by the New Dominion Women’s Club (NDWC) and the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) at the McLean Community Center on Ingleside Avenue.

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Anti-Immigration Ban Rallies Held at Dulles

Demonstrators, volunteer attorneys and elected officials welcome travelers, extend help detainees.

Demonstrations sprang up at airports around the United States over the weekend, following an Executive Order by President Donald Trump that blocks travelers from seven largely Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — in the interests of more significant vetting and preventing would-be terrorists from entering the country.

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Tex-Mex Coming Back To Great Falls Center

New Restaurant

Triny’s Tex-Mex Grill at Great Falls Center recently closed, but another will take its place. El Tio Tex-Mex Grill will open its fifth restaurant at the location.

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Great Falls: New Monthly Dinner Raises Money And Support For Police Officers

Community News

A group in Great Falls raised over $5,000 for the organization Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) that supports the families of officers who have been killed on the job.

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Chocolate Festival in McLean

A few thousand people attend the Rotary Club of McLean fundraiser.

A few thousand people attended the Sixth Annual Chocolate Festival on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of McLean at the McLean Community Center.

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Artists on the Green Display Art at the Great Falls Library

Art exhibit

The exhibit highlights landscape and still life oil paintings that are the artists’ favorites. An opening reception is planned for Feb. 2, 6 - 9 p.m.

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Family Tragedy Hits McLean

Langley High students pay tribute to slain classmate who sings no more.

The sudden death of sophomore James Wenjie Chen, 16, and his parents ripped through Langley High School and the McLean community on Friday, Jan. 27.

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Area Leaders Celebrate PenFed’s New Headquarters in Tysons

Several hundred local business, political, community and military leaders joined PenFed Credit Union Tuesday evening, Jan. 24 to inaugurate its new headquarters in Tysons Corner.

First Snow

First Snow

Wellbeing Notes

Wellbeing Notes

Monday, January 30

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Connector Construction Begins in Tysons

Construction of the $58 million Jones Branch Connector in Tysons began on Thursday, Jan. 26, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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Students Meet McLean Firefighters

On Thursday, Jan. 26, firefighters from Fire Station 1 in McLean showed high school students how they respond to car crashes where drivers are trapped.

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School Board Punts McLean Highlander Deal Down The Field

The McLean High School Athletic Boosters is leading an effort to approve a $250,000 deal that would pay for three new scoreboards for the high school’s football, baseball and softball fields.

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Citizens Debate Proposed Assisted Living Facility in McLean

Nearly 200 people crowded into three rooms of the McLean Community Center on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to voice their opposition or support for the proposed Sunrise Senior Living development on land at the northwest corner of Kirby Road and Westmoreland Street.

Falls Church's Longfellow Model UN Club Wins Best Middle School Award

Longfellow Middle’s Model United Nations (MUN) club earned the Best Middle School award at a regional conference hosted by Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge.

Letter to the Editor: Comstock Divided Loyalties Reappear

I read with interest the editorial concerning the federal hiring freeze (“Not Helping the Local Economy,” The Connection, January 25-31, 2017).

Week in McLean

Comstock Announces Young Women Leadership Program

Wireless Whac-a-Pole in McLean?

Dranesville Planning Commissioner John Ulfelder wanted Verizon Wireless to understand McLean’s efforts to eliminate utility poles in McLean’s Business District.

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Vienna's Madison High Students Support Girls Learn in Zambia

The Girls United and DECA clubs at Madison High School joined forces to host the Madison Give-Back-a-Thon.

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Connolly Fights ‘Illegal Order’

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11) and his office were able to get a Fairfax County green card resident, who was detained Saturday evening, released.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management Opens at Tysons Tower

BNY Mellon Wealth Management, the eighth largest U.S. wealth manager according to Barron’s, opened its first Northern Virginia location on Jan. 24 with a 4000-square-foot office in Tysons Tower.

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Learning How to Change the World

Civitan Conference teaches skills that will last a lifetime, sponsored by local clubs.

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”?

Friday, January 27

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Northside 10 Settles Into Alexandria Neighborhood

It’s true: Being the kid brother of an older, wiser sibling is difficult at times.

Alexandria Celebrates Washington’s Birthday

217 years ago our citizens celebrated the birth of the Father of Our Country with the first George Washington Birthday Parade through the streets of Alexandria.

The Man and The River: Washington’s Way

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Preparing for Women’s March

Women of Alexandria, with friends and family from out of town, gathered at Margaret Wohler's house to make signs for Saturday's Women's March.

Obituary: Nancy Pera

Nancy Pera, longtime resident of Alexandria, died in Greenville, S.C. on Jan. 20, 2017 at the Cascades residence where she lived in retirement.

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Mentor of The Month

“I’m really surprised at the impact that Jose and his family have had on me,” said Todd Peterson, a Casa Chirilagua mentor.

Correction

Letter to the Editor: Afraid of Change?

Long ago I was told “with age comes understanding.”

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Editorial Cartoon

Supporting Community-Engaged Policing

A safer Commonwealth, with laws that protect us and protect our basic dignity, is something for which lawmakers across the political spectrum strive.

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Springfield: Community Outlook 2017

Springfield Area Ongoing Developments

The Connection keeps a running list of land use projects being planned, under construction and nearing completion in the community. The list is updated quarterly.

Senior Services of Alexandria: Honoring Those Who Give Back to the Community

Senior Services hosts annual Generation-to-Generation Gala.

Senior Services of Alexandria will recognize two Alexandria families at its annual Generation-to-Generation Gala for their long-term commitment to giving back in the local community.

Column: Rebuilding Together Alexandria

2017 is bringing a lot of change to the world.

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Bills Moving Forward

Commentary Scott Surovell State Senator (D-36)

The General Assembly Session is in full gear and legislation has begun to move through the process as we start to take action on 3,000 bills.

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Lorton: Community Outlook 2017

Ongoing Area Developments

The Connection keeps a running list of land use projects being planned, under construction and nearing completion in the community. The list is updated quarterly.

Letter to the Editor: New School Meets Critical Need

Last week, ACPS began a conversation with the community around the new West End School.

Letter to the Editor: How Many People?

I attended the ACA rally on Jan. 15 at the Charles Houston Center, which you profiled on the front page of the Jan. 19 Gazette.

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Salisbury Helps Lead UA Army ROTC to Competition

South County graduate excels at the University of Alabama.

“My first year, I performed at a high level, physically; I could do more pushups and sit-ups than anyone, but tactically I was young and wasn’t up to par with them. When I heard I didn’t make the starting nine last year, it got to me. I went from being the alternate or 10th or 11th man to being one of the guys recognized for helping our team win the state competition this year.”

Letter to the Editor: Poorly Serving Constituents

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Don Beyer.

Dear Congressman Beyer: I read that you would not attend the swearing in of our 45th president because you did not want to be part of "legitimizing Trump."

Letter to the Editor: Outstanding Leadership

I was thrilled to learn that U.S. Rep. Don Beyer will be the next to join the growing ranks of climate advocates in the Climate Solutions Caucus.

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Lorton Area iBOT Brainiacs Go to World Festival

Sports

Lorton area First Lego League (FLL) team known as the iBOT Brainiacs, a team of students from Lorton Station Elementary and South County Middle Schools, coached by Carey Hancey-Shier, won top honors at the FLL Robotics State Tournament held at James Madison University.

Letter to the Editor: Organize and Begin the Fight

Last week, many of us attended U.S. Rep. Don Beyer’s Town Hall where we were heartened and encouraged to see so many of our neighbors from all walks of life engaged, informed and ready to fight for a progressive future for our community, our state, and our country.

Letter to the Editor: Doomed from The Start

Laws are like sausages: if you like them, it’s best not to watch them being made

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Week in Fairfax

Community News

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the public hearing to consider an ordinance to amend and readopt Chapter 109.1 of the Fairfax County Code on the prohibition of plastic bags for yard waste was deferred indefinitely. The Board of Supervisors also voted unanimously to approve Supervisor Herrity’s motion to immediately communicate to the citizens, trash haulers, and lawn service companies that there is currently no approved ban in Fairfax County.

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Providence Elementary Principal Issues ‘State of the School’ Report

Fairfax Education

In his first State of the School report, Principal Dan Phillips praised Providence Elementary School staff, students and parent community declaring, “Providence is a very, very special school.”

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Fairfax: Two Alarm House Fire Displaces Family of Five

At approximately 10:10 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, units responded to a reported house fire in the 5000 block of Huntwood Manor Drive in the Fairfax section of Fairfax County.

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Dramatic, Suspenseful, Colorful

“The Magic Marksman” from Virginia Opera at Fairfax’s Center for the Arts.

“It’s a suspenseful thriller, with passionate romance and the struggle between good and evil.” That is how Adam Turner, principal conductor, Virginia Opera, described “The Magic Marksman,” the Opera’s next offering at the Center for the Arts.

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‘Gray Ghost’ Revisited

The exploits of Col John Mosby are being recounted in a 3-week course.

Mosby’s “Rangers” struck isolated Union detachments without warning, and usually captured most of the men and their horses. Then the Rangers would seemingly vanish into the countryside, not to be found by pursuing Union forces.

Letter to the Editor: Foregone Conclusion in Alexandria?

The mayor of Alexandria was right on target when she charged the City Council of acting in an undemocratic and draconian fashion after they recently voted to alter the city’s long standing “open mike” policy.

Letter to the Editor: Rearrange Alexandria Priorities

The Virginia State Senate does not have a reputation for progressive legislation.

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University Drive Extension Project Advances Slightly

Council votes to bring it to 30-percent design.

The Fairfax City Council has not completely approved the controversial University Drive extension...But the project inched forward slightly Tuesday night when the members voted to advance it to the 30-percent design stage.

Hunger Free Alexandria Receives Bishop’s Award

Hunger Free Alexandria has been awarded the 2017 Bishop's Award for the establishment of the West End Pantry on Oct. 24, 2016 at Church of the Resurrection.

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Chocolate Lovers Unite in the City

Fairfax’s 25th annual festival is set for Feb. 4-5.

A quarter of a century is a long time; but there’s no expiration date on people’s love of chocolate. So it’s no surprise that the City of Fairfax is about to hold its 25th annual Chocolate Lovers Festival.

Commentary: Bills Moving Forward in Virginia General Assembly

News

The General Assembly Session is in full gear and legislation has begun to move through the process as we start to take action on 3,000 bills.

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Residents Go to Richmond

Virginia News

With the Virginia General Assembly underway, many individuals and groups are traveling to the capital of the Commonwealth to lobby lawmakers.

Register for Fort Hunt Little League

Baseball season is almost here and Fort Hunt Little League (FHLL) spring baseball registration is open.

Commentary: Life and Death of Bills

The legislature has already heard about half of the bills I patroned this session, and I have a few wins and defeats.

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Oakton Beats Westfield in Second Overtime

The Oakton Cougars traveled to take on conference opponent Westfield Bulldogs in Chantilly on Jan. 10.

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Inauguration Day

Local officers provide security for inaugural events.

More than 100 officers from the Fairfax County Police Department assisted in security during Inauguration Day activities Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. as Donald Trump was sworn in as 45th President of the United States.

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‘Brownie Mouse’ by Centreville author Debbie Joski Schmidt

Centreville author Debbie Joski Schmidt has released her first children’s book entitled, “The Adventures of Brownie Mouse, Story One: Brownie’s Brownie Shop.”

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Area Roundups

No Ban on a Plastic Yard Waste Bag in County

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the public hearing to consider an ordinance to amend and readopt Chapter 109.1 of the Fairfax County Code on the prohibition of plastic bags for yard waste was deferred indefinitely.

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Lake Braddock’s Atkins Selected Virginia Player of the Year

Atkins starts classes, football practice at University of Virginia.

Lake Braddock Secondary School’s former star football player, Lamont Atkins, was announced as the 2016-2017 Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year.

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Burke Community Outlook 2017

Developments Underway in Burke Area

The Connection keeps a running list of land use projects being planned, under construction and nearing completion in the community. The list is updated quarterly.

Thursday, January 26

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Sportsman’s Club to host Nats VP Jan. 26

Damon Jones, of the the Washington Nationals, will be the guest speaker at the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Jan. 26 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

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Tree Stewards Gather to Celebrate New Year

For a Tree Steward, having fun while protecting local trees is important.

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Celebrating George's 285th Birthday

George Washington birthday festivities.

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Code of Silence

Reluctant witnesses at center of murder trial.

The conviction of the man accused of murdering Shakkan Elliot-Tibb may come down to the testimony of five witnesses putting their lives on the line to testify.

School Board Votes To Ease Redistricting Pain

School boundaries.

Just the Beginning

Message of the Women’s March on Washington.

Uphold One's Oath

Oath of allegiance.

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Joining in the March

Members of the League of Women Voters - Fairfax Area participated in the Women's March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Kitchen Fire Damages Center

Fire damages Huntington Community Center.

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Burke, Fairfax Station, Springfield: Reducing Braddock Road congestion to be discussed Feb. 6

Is Wider Better?

Next month, residents will hear an update on the status of the Braddock Road Multimodal Study. The purpose of the study is to examine ways to relieve traffic congestion along the major corridor from Guinea Road to the Beltway. Those could include intersection improvements, lane additions, pedestrian improvements, “and the issue of whether or not to do a transit center,” said supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock).

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Burke: Friends of Sadie Blood Drive Returns Feb. 12

The eighth annual Friends of Sadie Blood Drive is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

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Reshaping the Region

Commercial, residential and historic projects are changing the landscape.

The Richmond Highway corridor is the sight of many upgrades.

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Residents Meet with Legislators in Richmond

With the Virginia General Assembly underway, many individuals and groups are traveling to the capital of the Commonwealth to lobby lawmakers.

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Chief Brown Sworn In

Citizens express support for new chief of police at swearing in ceremony.

Chief Michael Brown officially became Alexandria’s new chief of police on Jan 24.

Spicing Up the White House

Local celebrated as Trump’s press secretary

Newly minted White House press secretary Sean Spicer

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Thrill of Victory

Locals celebrate Trump inauguration.

The Alexandria Republican City Committee celebrated the inauguration of President Donald Trump with a gala held Jan. 20 at the Old Dominion Boat Club.

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Meet Labor Resource Center's Jasmine Blaine

New director hopes to improve workers’ lives.

Jasmine Blaine, the director of the Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) is helping connect day laborers with jobs.

Wednesday, January 25

Centreville Swim and Dive

Centreville Swim and Dive team, which is coached by Laura Benevento and Tea Leitch, started their season off strong with competitive swims against Chantilly, Oakton and Robinson.

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Combined Effort in Afghanistan from Chantilly

Combined Effort in Afghanistan from Chantilly

NOVEC Offers Scholarships

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives are accepting applications for higher-education scholarships from high school and home school seniors who receive electricity from electric cooperatives.

Crime — The following incidents were reported by the Sully District Police Station.

Crime — The following incidents were reported by the Sully District Police Station.

Crime — The following incidents were reported by the Fair Oaks District Police Station.

Crime — The following incidents were reported by the Fair Oaks District Police Station.

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

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Watching the Inaugural Parade

Watching the Inaugural Parade

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BASIS Independent McLean Elects Its New Mascot by Student-Designed Election Process

BASIS Independent McLean started its inaugural year this fall in McLean, Tysons Corner’s first k-12 school, and quickly went to work on the election process to vote in their first school mascot, the BASIS Independent McLean Bobcats.

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Knitting for a Cause in McLean

Churchill Road sixth graders learned a new skill and put it to good use.

Herndon Begins Debate Over Capital Improvement Projects

Community Outlook 2017

Herndon has begun discussing which projects should be included in the town’s $54 million Capital Improvement Program.

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Inauguration Day Duty

Local officers provide security for inaugural events.

More than 100 officers from Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria reported for duty during the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 20 to help provide security during Inauguration Day activities in Washington, D.C.

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Changes Ahead For Herndon’s Aslin Brewery

Fairfax County seeks to define business for breweries.

Northern Virginia experienced a beer explosion as microbreweries opened across Virginia and the nation.

2017 Brings in New Restaurants and Retail

Fourteen businesses sprouting up throughout the city.

As the new year rolls around, new businesses are springing up across Alexandria.

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An Ambassador and an Enforcer

Working in traffic enforcement.

Cheryl Fuller has been a traffic enforcement officer for the City of Alexandria for 20 years.

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League of Reston Artists Members Share ‘From the Heart’

Members of the League of Reston Artists display paintings, drawings, mixed media, photographs and two-dimensional works suitable for wall hanging from Feb. 2 through Feb. 27 at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston.

Diversity in the Virginia Legislature

Legislatures are about the serious work of governance even though they are often the brunt of jokes and criticism.

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‘Hard Work and Tireless Effort’

Police Det. Steven Kitzerow honored as Officer of the Month.

Det. Steven Kitzerow has been selected as the Sully District Station's Officer of the Month for December.

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Reston Community Outlook 2017

Revitalization Efforts In The Works

The Reston Association hired Garrett Skinner as director of its new Capital Improvement Planning and Projects Department this month.

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Restonians Join March on Washington

The mood was one of joyful camaraderie along with determination to stand up to what marchers saw as a terrible threat to their values and their country.

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South Lakes Seahawks Break School and Meet Records

Senior Devyn Jones and junior Olivia Beckner highlighted record-breaking performance for the South Lakes High School indoor track and field team at Day 1 of the VHSL 6A Conference 6 Championship Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md.

Nominations Sought for Scholar-Athlete Honors

The National Capital Region Chapter of the National Football Foundation is accepting nominations for their 2017 Scholar-Athlete banquet.

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Mental Illness Takes Center Stage in Richmond

Death of Fairfax County inmate among recent controversies prompting action.

The death of a woman who struggled with mental illness at the Fairfax County jail is among the many recent controversies in Virginia correctional facilities, a reform effort that spans from changing how deaths behind bars are investigated to how law-enforcement officers interact with suspects who suffer from mental illness.

In Session: Virginia Assembly Briefs

In Session: Virginia Assembly Briefs

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Police Car Takes Fire while in Pursuit in Great Falls

Suspect first apprehended in Herndon for waving a gun.

Just before midnight on Jan. 22, several shots were fired at a marked police cruiser from another vehicle in the Great Falls area, Fairfax County police said.

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Reston Area Residents Join March on Washington

Reston Area Residents Join March on Washington

Week in Reston

Week in Reston

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Road Fund and Service District Proposed For Reston and Herndon Property Owners Near Metrorail Stations

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is seeking permission from the Board of Supervisors to establish a 40-year road fund and a special service district to raise $350 million from people who own residential and commercial property near metrorail stations.

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Fairfax City Chocolate Lovers Festival February 4-5, 2017

Sponsored

The Chocolate Lovers Festival was developed in 1992 as a joint effort of the City of Fairfax, Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Fairfax Coalition, Downtown Fairfax Merchants Association and George Mason University.

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Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Potomac

A Chinese New Year celebration was held at the Potomac Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 21.

A Chinese New Year celebration was held at the Potomac Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 21.

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Joining in the March

Women's March in Washington

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Wildcats Claw Bulldogs

The Westfield Bulldogs and Centreville Wildcats faced off for a Conference 5 matchup in Clifton on Jan. 13.

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Chantilly Charges Over Westfield

The Chantilly Chargers travelled to face the Westfield Bulldogs in a Concorde District matchup on Jan. 19.

New and Old Land Use Causes Line Up

Hearings set at Planning Commission in March and April.

The Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote on the applications at its Board Hearing on Jan. 24, after this issue’s presstime. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the application in December.

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Hard Work and Tireless Effort

Det. Steven Kitzerow has been selected as the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Month for December.

Tuesday, January 24

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Party-Line Vote Protects Child Labor at Tobacco Farms in Virginia

Republican-led House panel kills effort to craft new protections for kids in unrecorded vote.

In an unrecorded party-line vote, House Republicans killed a bill that would have cracked down on child labor at tobacco farms in Virginia.

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Planning to Meet on Proposed Country Inn in Potomac

Civic groups voice opposition to proposed expansion of Old Angler’s Inn.

Several Potomac area civic and homeowners associations have joined together to express objections to a proposed country inn on the site of Old Angler’s Inn on MacArthur Blvd.

New Administration Could Impact Potomac Businesses

Locals enter a wait-and-see period.

A period of uncertainty is the way that some are characterizing the current business climate in Potomac.

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‘Joseph’ Returns to Har Shalom in Potomac

Musical set for this weekend.

The musical production “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” the tale of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the "coat of many colors" is returning to Har Shalom for a repeat performance.

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‘Standing Together’ Potomac women join thousands for the Women’s March on Washington, share strong feelings.

There were plenty of pink hats in Potomac Saturday morning as women, girls and men grabbed coffee and sandwiches before heading to Washington for the Women’s March.

Bomb Threats Extend Locally; Montgomery County Jewish Community Center among those targeted.

The Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville was among the Jewish centers across the nation to receive bomb threats in the last two weeks.

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Visiting a Global Village in Potomac

The Bullis school hosted a global village where students celebrated countries from around the world with booths showing the food, music and crafts from their countries.

Lessons from the Wilderness from St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac

New Year’s Day was bright and sunny, and my sons and I decided to start things off right with a hike along the C & O Canal.

Forming Friendships and Professional Connections: The Rotary Club Of Potomac

It started with the vision of one man — Paul P. Harris.

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Here’s what’s in store at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington this winter:

Here’s what’s in store at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington this winter.

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Part I: A three-part series focusing on prisoner reentry in Northern Virginia.

Employment and housing prove to be major hurdles.

In Virginia, 38,000 citizens were incarcerated in 2016. Almost 90 percent of those released return home.

Royal Intrigue and Sharp Wits in the 12th century from The Arlington Players

TAP presents "The Lion in Winter."

The Arlington Players (TAP) is presenting "The Lion in Winter" from Jan. 27 to Feb. 11.

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Arlingtonians Making History

Arlingtonians Making History

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Arlington Democrats Mobilize Under Slogan ‘One of Many’

The Arlington Democratic Committee enjoined Arlington residents to join fellow Virginians in a Weekend of Action coinciding with Inauguration Weekend and the Women's March.

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Bolstering Hope in Arlington

Yoga and Beer fundraiser scheduled to help local girl fighting rare genetic disease.

Ellie McGinn is horse crazy. Like many 8-year olds, she loves all animals, but horses are her favorite.

Commentary: What’s a Couple Thousand Bills, Anyway?

Jan. 11 marked the beginning of the 2017 General Assembly 46-day “short” session.

Letter to the Editor: Concerned Clergy in Arlington

An open letter to members of the state legislature.

We write to you this week to encourage your opposition to bills in both the House of Delegates and the Senate that, in denying full and equal rights and protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Virginians, violate the deeply held convictions of our various faith traditions.

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What’s New in Arlington?

A look at recent retail and restaurant additions to Rosslyn, Ballston and Crystal City.

Every month in Arlington, stores and restaurants close their doors for the last time while others down the street open for the first time.

LLS Fundraiser in Arlington

Caroline Sullivan is representing Bishop O'Connell High School as a candidate for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Student of the Year Campaign.

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for Jan. 29-Feb. 3.

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Prayer Service in Arlington

James West, Kevin Cramer, Alana Douglas and M. Jachuku Howard of Marymount University’s Black Student Alliance presented excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” at an interfaith prayer service at the Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Arlington’s Yorktown HS Swim and Dive Results

In a loud and spirited contest, the Yorktown Patriot boys' team outscored the Washington & Lee Generals in 9 of 12 events, winning 169-146, while the girls' team won 5 of 12 events, prevailing 164-151.

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Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria Gather To Celebrate New Year

For a Tree Steward, having fun while protecting local trees is important.

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Introducing Mixed-Income, Multifamily Union on Queen in Arlington

The Bozzuto Group and non-profit developer Wesley Housing Development Corporation have opened Union on Queen, a mixed-income, multifamily community in Arlington.

Monday, January 23

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Actor Brings Julia Child to Life for Seniors

Members of the Great Falls Senior Center were transported back in time to the ’60s to witness Julia Child rehearse for her infamous cooking show, “The French Chef.”

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New Residential Development Proposed in Great Falls

Developer worked with the community to get approval for nine homes.

Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and Benjamin Wiles, his staff aide who works on land-use issues, identified some of the developments within the Dranesville District that they will be focusing on over the next couple of months.

Week in Great Falls

Week in Great Falls

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Chris Stewart Wins The Langley School of McLean’s National Geographic Bee for Third Consecutive Year

On Jan.12, eighth-grader and Arlington resident Chris Stewart was named The Langley School’s National Geographic Bee champion for the third consecutive year.

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Joshua Lian Wins McLean’s Churchill Road Geography Bee, Again

Churchill Road Elementary School crowned a new Geography Bee champion.

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McLean Community Players present musical ‘Company’ at The Alden.

Funny and Bittersweet

Under the direction of Sharon Veselic (Herndon), the McLean Community Players (MCP) are bringing a fresh perspective to Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award winning musical “Company.”

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McLean Community Outlook 2017

Projects Under Scrutiny in McLean

Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and Benjamin Wiles, his staff aide who works on land-use issues, identified some of the developments within the Dranesville District - and specifically in McLean - that they will be focusing on over the next couple of months.

McLean Citizens Urge County to Address Its Multi-Billion-Dollar Problem

Two resolutions call attention to county’s pension system.

Citizens in McLean are worried about the county’s pension system and the county’s inability to pay for the obligations it owes its retirees.

Week in McLean

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The Keller Williams Realty Brokerage in McLean/Great Falls Sets a New Record

The Keller Williams Realty brokerage in McLean/Great Falls has set a new record for sharing its profits with agents.

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South Lakes Secures Narrow Win Over Langley for a Second Time

It was a close and exciting game between the South Lakes Seahawks and the Langley Saxons on Thursday night.

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Living the Life in the Dead of Winter

Winter fun guide explores opportunities for getting out of the house.

Yes, it’s cold ... and there remains the possibility of snowfall for another six weeks (remember last March?).

Vienna Police Highlights Jan. 13 – Jan. 18, 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. 13 – Jan. 18, 2017.

Week in Herndon

Man Shot Across Street From Herndon High School, Police Looking For 2 Suspects

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Fire Displaces Herndon Family

A family of six in the town of Herndon was displaced after a fire damaged their home on Friday, Jan. 20.

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New Silver Line Stations On Track In Herndon and Reston

New metrorail stations are slowly rising up in Reston and Herndon.

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Restonians Join March on Washington

Restonians Join March on Washington

Editorial: America in Black & White

Growing up in America in the 1950s and 1960s, many children watched television only in black and white. Some children believed that the world beyond where they could see was only black and white, devoid of color even though their homes, their neighborhoods, their schools, their crayon boxes were filled with colors.

Letter to the Editor: Protesting Vote Suppression

I am fed up with gerrymandering and other tactics politicians use to stack the votes in their favor!

Letter to the Editor: Stopping Gerrymandering in Virginia

As the new legislative year begins in Richmond, I hope more voters will join the effort to stop gerrymandering in Virginia.

Opinion: Counting on Our Reps in Congress

Sound the call to action; resist changes that are against the values and beliefs of most Virginia voters.

While most voters in the United States did not vote for Donald Trump for president, it was all the more so here in Northern Virginia.

Nominations Sought for Scholar-Athlete Honors

The National Capital Region Chapter of the National Football Foundation is accepting nominations for their 2017 Scholar-Athlete banquet.

Friday, January 20

Yuri Sklad of Fairfax Earns Play Therapy Credential

Yuri Sklad, LMFT, of Fairfax, earned the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential conferred by the Association for Play Therapy (APT), according to its CEO Kathryn Lebby.

Springfield and Braddock Community Meeting on Biking Improvements Set for Jan. 24

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will host a community meeting to discuss two proposed bicycle improvements in Springfield and Braddock Districts on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, 6:30 - 8 p.m., in the cafeteria of Irving Middle School, 8100 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield.

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Fairfax City Council Mulls Location of Community Center

Three or more sites are under consideration.

For more than a year, a committee has been researching potential sites for a community center in the City of Fairfax.

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Giving Back to the Community: Volunteers spruce up Fairfax group home on MLK Day.

On a day dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory, people throughout the country honored his legacy Monday by doing various projects to help others.

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Route 123 Road Closure, Detour Set to Begin Jan. 24

As part of the ongoing Northfax project, northbound Route 123/Chain Bridge Road is scheduled to be closed between Fairfax Boulevard (Route 29/50) and Eaton Place beginning Jan. 24.

Commentary: Initiatives Moving in the Legislature

Several of my bills are moving quickly in the General Assembly’s “short,” 45-day.

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Mentor of The Month in Alexandria

Reaching for Excellence

The Concerned Citizens Network of Alexandria (CCNA) created the "Reach and Rise for Excellence" (RARE) after-school mentoring and tutoring program for Hammond Middle School students.

Commentary: Growing the State's Economy

Last week, the 2017 Virginia General Assembly session began with a call from Governor McAuliffe for us to work across partisan divides in order to help nurture the New Virginia Economy and make the Commonwealth a place that we all want to live in.

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Editorial Cartoon

Letter to the Editor: Time Limits for All in Alexandria

Regarding City Council's recent vote to limit the number of speakers to 12 during the "open mic" comment period, (Gazette Packet, “Talking about Talking,” Jan. 12) with Mayor Silberberg voting "no," this major policy change deserves a public hearing and extending this matter to a broader group.

Letter to the Editor: T.C. Williams Lights Wouldn’t Disturb Neighbors

I believe that the fighting over the lighting over T.C Williams High School’s football field is ridiculous.

Letter to the Editor: Valuable Addition to Alexandria

The proposed Alexandria Veterans Commission will be a valuable means of coordinating the many contributions veterans are making to our city.

Letter to the Editor: Deplorable Decision by Rep. Don Beyer

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer’s rather deplorable decision to boycott the U.S. tradition of the peaceful transfer of power is disappointing.

Letter to the Editor: Mayoral Accomplishments in Alexandria

A year ago, my friend, Allison Silberberg, was sworn in as Alexandria’s new mayor. As I reflect on Allison’s first year as Mayor of Alexandria, it is remarkable what she has accomplished in 12 months.

Letter to the Editor: More Glass For Old Town Alexandria?

Several years ago, I advised the Alexandria City Council that the all-glass building at the Edmonson Plaza was totally out of place in the Old and Historic District, and that it served as a signal to use glass elsewhere in this district, specifically at the North and South Robinson Terminals.

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Green: Color for Sewers and Boots in Alexandria

Bill Jones climbs into his white city truck and heads for 5375 Duke St. to respond to an emergency ticket.

On the Front Line: Alexandria deputies to serve at inauguration.

When inaugurations come around, members of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office are always on the front line.

Agenda:Alexandria

Experts to discuss impact of local election changes.

When Democrats Justin Wilson and Tim Lovain lost their City Council seats to Republicans Frank Fannon and Alicia Hughes in 2009, they put forth the proposal to move local elections from May to November, an initiative that passed the majority Democratic council in June of that same year.

Alexandria Crime Report

The following incidents were reported by the Alexandria Police Department.

The following incidents were reported by the Alexandria Police Department.

Letter to the Editor: Encourage More Comment in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck has scheduled a meeting on Jan. 26 at Walt Whitman Middle School from 7-9 p.m. to provide an update on the proposal to re-develop 4.38 acres of the 11 acre Bock Farm at the corner of Parkers Lane and Hinson Farm Road.

Commentary: Initiatives in the Legislature

Several of my bills are moving quickly in the General Assembly’s “short,” 45-day.

Commentary: On Krizek’s Agenda

The 2017 General Assembly is underway. This year is a “short session” and runs only 45 days, from Jan. 11 to Feb. 25.

Planning Affirms Murraygate Village in Mount Vernon

Five more units to stay.

Fairfax County’s Redevelopment and Housing Authority requested five more units for planned Murraygate Village, garden style apartments immediately west of the Mount Vernon Crossroads shopping center in the Hybla Valley area near Richmond Highway.

Thursday, January 19

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Burke, Fairfax Station: ‘Carousel’ Coming to Lake Braddock

Musical Theatre department revives a Rodgers & Hammerstein classic.

After having done family-friendly and modern shows in recent years, Lake Braddock Secondary School musical theatre director Mary DeMarco of Clifton decided “it was time to do a classic.”

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Burke: Serving Others on MLK Day at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church

More than 50 volunteers spent time on Jan. 16 putting together 20 buckets of cleaning supplies for Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter residents who are transitioning to independent housing.

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Fairfax County: Public hearing on yard waste bags follows premature administrative change

North Springfield resident Asher Grady has his leaf collecting down to a science. And with the mature trees around his quarter-acre lot, he needs to. Each fall, he said, he goes through between 60 and 80 bags of leaves, spending between eight and 12 hours to rake and bag them.

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Fairfax Station: Cash Registers Stolen from Village Shops

Cash registers were stolen from the Crosspointe Market and Steak ’n Things businesses early Saturday morning, Jan. 14, Fairfax County Police said.

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Unseasonable in Arlington

Thomas and Melissa Cornils share a father-daughter moment in the sun outside Toby’s Ice Cream in Westover on Sunday, Jan. 15. Paul Miller at Toby’s said he was amazed at how many ice creams he had sold that morning: normally this time of year it’s all about hot coffee.

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Week in Vienna

Community News

What's going on in Vienna?

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Madison High Students Participate in Service Learning Project

Community News

As part of a Service Learning Project, the senior class at James Madison HS spent part of the school day supporting multiple local organizations.

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Vienna: Giving Voice to the Voiceless, Hope to the Helpless

Community volunteers share their work to support animal rescue efforts programs.

Most pet parents embrace their non-human family members as, well, as “family.” While the most common family pets are dogs and cats, there are people who count themselves as custodians of other creatures, from rabbits and snakes to rodents and birds.

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Mission: Inauguration

Officer with Vienna, Langley High roots leads inaugural military ceremonial activities.

Brigadier General George M. Degnon, U.S. Air Force, has come along way from his native Vienna and his school days at Langley High School in McLean, but his next mission will play out practically in his old home backyard.

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Week in McLean

Community News

What's going on in McLean?

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McLean Community Center Seeks Board Candidates

Board seats open

Months before a scheduled 18-month renovation is to begin on its main facility, the McLean Community Center (MCC) is seeking candidates to run for seats on its 2017-2018 Governing Board. The board provides oversight and guidance for MCC programs and facilities, which include the Robert Ames Alden Theatre (The Alden) and The Old Firehouse Center. An agency of Fairfax County Government, the center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 93 homes sold between $1,595,000-$175,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: December, 2016

Springfield Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 134 Springfield homes sold between $915,000-$150,000.

Springfield Home Sales: December, 2016

Reston Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 95 Reston homes sold between $1,135,000-$156,000.

Reston Home Sales: December, 2016

Mount Vernon Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 95 homes sold between $1,695,000-$115,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: December, 2016

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 59 homes sold between $1,070,000-$220,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: December, 2016

Fairfax Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 68 Fairfax homes sold between $1,364,565-$165,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: December, 2016

Chantilly Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 17 homes sold between $1,100,000-$280,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: December, 2016

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 47 homes sold between $1,246,219-$134,200 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: December, 2016

Centreville Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 78 Centreville homes sold between $1,075,945-$150,000.

Centreville Home Sales: December, 2016

Burke Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 53 Burke homes sold between $660,000-$89,000.

Burke Home Sales: December, 2016

Arlington Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 224 Arlington homes sold between $2,700,000-$128,000.

Arlington Home Sales: December, 2016

Alexandria Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 214 Alexandria homes sold between $3,100,000-$109,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: December, 2016

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Walt Whitman Principal Roger Vanderhye Dies

Previously spent 12 years as principal at Spring Hill Elementary in McLean.

Walt Whitman Middle School principal Roger Vanderhye, 60, died last week following complications from a recent surgery.

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Stepping Stone into the Future

Program provides work experience for veterans

Though the laboratory technicians at the Veterans Curation Program (VCP) work with archaeological collections of the past, the program is a stepping-stone into the future for each of them.

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Recalibrating Fight Against Hunger

Setting Priorities

The monthly meeting of Hunger Free Alexandria focused on the accomplishments since the release of the report “Toward an End to Hunger in Alexandria” which was released in 2014.

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Former California Highway Patrol commander named new chief of police.

Michael Brown has been selected as Alexandria’s new chief of police.

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Raiders of the Lost Art

Robert Luther introduces himself as a treasure hunter, and next Tuesday, will auction a piece of ‘50’s art legend Stan Galli.

Dairy Godmother Says Goodbye to Del Ray

Dairy Godmother frozen custard shop in Del Ray is closing their doors.

Hosting a President for Lunch

Fireflies’ owner looks back on the day President Obama paid her restaurant a visit.

On one summer day in 2014, President Obama found his way to Fireflies in Del Ray for lunch.

Wednesday, January 18

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Oakton and Robinson: The Rivalry Ends

The Oakton and Robinson rivalry in Conference 5 continued with the last week’s meet: The Oakton girls lost their one win streak with a 33 point deficit, only scoring 141 points to Robinson’s 174.

An Apology to LGBTQ Community

My community involvement began in 1989 with my opposition to Family Life Education (FLE).

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Oakton Women’s Club Makes Donation to The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna

Each year the Oakton Women’s Club hosts their fashion show in Oakton at their spring fashion show to raise money to support the local community.

Vienna's Louise Archer Elementary Teams Excel at WordMasters Challenge™

Several teams representing Louise Archer Elementary achieved highest honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™, a national vocabulary competition.

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‘Poema de Andalucía’ at The Alden in McLean on Saturday, Jan. 28

New York City’s Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of the nation’s premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, comes to The Alden at the McLean Community Center (MCC) for a single performance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

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‘Hungry Hearts Tour’ Comes to McLean

American Shakespeare Center’s “Hungry Hearts Tour” performing William Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “Romeo and Juliet” and Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” at the Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave, McLean.

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Share: Poverty is Not Seasonal

Donations received during the holidays enabled Share to help more people from Great Falls, McLean, Pimmit Hills and Vienna area than it has ever helped before.

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American Legion Herndon Post Receives Donation

The American Legion Wayne M. Kidwell Post 184 located in Herndon, received a $5,000 donation from Signature Flight Support and their parent company, BBA Aviation, as part of the company’s Charitable Giving and Supporting Local Communities Program.

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Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna Presents Certificate of Appreciation to Ortho Virginia in Reston

Jayne Young, Director of Operations/Events at the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV) stopped by the office of Ortho Virginia in Reston to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Mark Madden.

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A Close Encounter With History in Herndon

Students experience the birth of the nation.

It’s a good thing that Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry were hardy souls, given the myriad of activities and actions and travelling and time that they both gave to the formation of “these new United States of America,” as our illustrious third President described the union the original thirteen colonies formed in 1776.

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Herndon Townhouse Fire Displaces 6

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to a townhouse fire on the 2500 block of Chase Wellesley Drive in Herndon on Friday, Jan. 6.

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Public Silent During Public Hearing on Widening of East Elden Street

The Herndon Town Council held its final public hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 10, for the proposed $43.4 million project to widen East Elden Street from four to six lanes between Herndon Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway.

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All Traffic Solutions Opens New Herndon Headquarters

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel cuts the ribbon next to All Traffic Solutions CEO Jim Weaver on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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Herndon Village Network Elects Board

Herndon Village Network (HVN), a not-for-profit organization serving Herndon senior citizens, announces its 2017 Board of Directors.

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Communities Practice Disaster Recovery in Hunter Mill

Volunteer group forming to help area recover from potential disaster.

More than 185 people registered to learn about forming a Community Resiliency Group for the Hunter Mill District, which would be activated to aid in the local area’s recovery after a disaster.

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Close Encounters with History in Reston

Students meet founder of the nation

It’s a good thing that Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry were hardy souls, given the myriad of activities and actions and travelling and time that they both gave to the formation of “these new United States of America,” as our illustrious third President described the union the original thirteen colonies formed in 1776.

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Freezin’ For A Reason Set for Feb. 11 in Reston

Wonder Woman. Super Man. Batman & Robin. Just an example of some of the costumes folks adorn to jump into Lake Anne in frigid temperatures for the Annual Freezin’ for a Reason Virginia Polar Dip, set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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South Lakes Pulls Off Senior Night Victory Against McLean

Strong swims and a number of first-place finishes by South Lakes High School swimmers helped the Seahawks pull off a Senior Night victory against McLean High School at the Herndon Community Center Jan. 8.

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Olivia Beckner Sets Another South Lakes High Record

South Lakes High School’s Olivia Beckner capped off the regular season with a personal best and school record in the mile at the Virginia Showcase Invitational indoor track and field meet Jan. 13-14 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Letter to the Editor: Welcome Bikes to Town Center

With the furor over paid parking at RTC it would be nice for RTC to support retailers by providing free bike parking adjacent to retail outlets for people who bike.

Democrat Disunity

Alexandria Democrats unite to support ACA, but Warner draws fire for amendment vote.

As Republicans in Congress begin the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more than 100 citizens from throughout the region rallied on Jan. 15 at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in support of affordable healthcare.

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Chekhov’s Masterworks at CenterStage, Reston

Chekhov’s Masterworks at CenterStage, Reston

McLean Family Restaurant

McLean Family Restaurant

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at NextStop Theatre in Herndon

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at NextStop Theatre

Crawley: $9.6 Million Gap in Proposed Budget

Despite 2 percent departmental cuts.

Superintendent Alvin Crawley’s proposed budget leaves Alexandria Public Schools’ with $9.6 million funding gap, even with 2 percent funding cuts to every school department.

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Recognized for Excellence, Lopez Studios participates in Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Ga.

Students from the Lopez Studios, Inc. Performing Arts School in Reston competed in the 2017 iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival this weekend, Jan. 13-15, in Atlanta, Ga.

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West End School Revealed

Parents express support, but Beauregard future raises concerns from neighbors.

Office building will be retrofitted to become a school.

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Herndon Hostage Situation, House Fire, Suspect Killed

Hostage situation results in house fire and officer-involved shooting death of suspect.

The Fairfax County police shot and killed Mohammad Azim Doudzai, 32, just outside his home in Herndon on Monday afternoon after a domestic argument spiraled out of control.

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McLean: Renowned Hip-Hop Artist Challenges President-Elect’s Character

Chuck D speaks at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration at the McLean Community Center.

“It is not about Trump,” he said. “This is about a polarized nation … the whole planet is watching every second of what goes down [in Washington, D.C.]. Character is at stake … That’s what’s going on right now.”

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Bids for Renovation of McLean Community Center Came in Under Budget

Community News

Bids to renovate the McLean Community Center, which was built in 1975, have been submitted and are lower than anticipated. “The process is pretty straightforward,” says Teresa Lepe, spokesperson for the Building Design and Construction Division of the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.

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McLean’s ‘Meeting Place’

Gov. Terry McAuliffe praises McLean Family Restaurant for ‘the best food in all of America.’

A family-owned restaurant in the Salona Village Shopping Center on Chain Bridge Road has been serving McLean for the last 47 years and has become a meeting place for the area’s high-profile elected officials, including Virginia’s governor.

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Exploring Baseball History in Great Falls

A call to young historians: Join ‘The 1890s Baseball Team: "What History Reveals" project.

“The 1890s Baseball Team: What History Reveals,” has allowed me to share all of the skills I’ve acquired from my internship and from my classes in college with individuals who are interested in history too. On Jan. 11, 2017, I gave a presentation explaining how to find and use historical records to discover more about the lives of the players featured in an 1890 photograph of the local Forestville baseball team.

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Week in Great Falls

Secret of getting most for your home

Become A Savvy Seller! Will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, 1-4 p.m. at Keller Williams, 774-A Walker Rd., Great Falls. This free, no obligation seminar, is offered by Lyons McGuire Homes & Estates of Keller Williams Realty.

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Reston: MLK Keynote: ‘How Did We Get From Barack Obama to Donald Trump?’

Reston Community Center’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

“It was 10:45 p.m. when we heard in our little earpieces that the network was going to call the election for Obama at 11 o’clock.” Reality set in for him. “Looking around the table, I said, ‘Oh dear. When they call the election for Obama, they’re going to go to the black guy, and so I better think of something to say,’” he said, making the audience burst into laughter.

Tuesday, January 17

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Online Virginia Lottery Sales? Don't Bet On It

House panel rejects bill that would allow for sale of lottery tickets over the internet.

A coalition of convenience store owners and religious conservatives worked to till an effort from the Virginia Lottery to allow for online gambling, thwarting an effort aimed at increasing sales among millennial gamblers. The bill, introduced by Del. Roxann Robinson (R-27), was defeated with an overwhelming vote by a House General Laws subcommittee Tuesday afternoon.

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Chantilly High presents “Goldilocks on Trial”

A Children’s Show with Attitude

Picture Goldilocks and Baby Bear as a teenager and a preteen, respectively, and imagine Goldilocks being prosecuted for breaking into the three bears’ house. That’s the premise of Chantilly High’s upcoming children’s show, “Goldilocks on Trial.”

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Centreville High Guitarists, Performers Present 30th Gumbo Concert

‘They Rise to Another Level’

Take some talented guitarists, add other musicians and singers and stir well, and the result is a Centreville High tradition: The school’s annual Gumbo Concert.

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Cohen, Mangrum Wed

Dr. Courtney Cohen and Mr. James Mangrum were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at five o’clock in the afternoon at the Summer Moon house in Corolla, N.C.

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The Golden Spoon Award in Clifton

Students from Michelle Yang's third grade class at Union Mill Elementary School in Clifton received the "golden spoon" for exhibiting good behavior during lunch in the Union Mill cafeteria.

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All About Wellness in Chantilly

The Chantilly High School Leadership held a ZUMBA class on Friday, Jan. 13 as part of their Wellness Week.

Aircraft Noise Soars

Citizens seek answers for why and what can be done.

Increased noise from planes taking off from and landing at Reagan National Airport was the topic of discussion at the West Montgomery County Citizens Association Wednesday, Jan. 11.

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Author to speak at Potomac Library: Financial Guide for Moms

"Of all life's financial shocks, few compare to bringing home an infant. Just one tiny person costs $250,000 to raise — not including college," said Kimberly Palmer, author of “Smart Mom, Rich Mom.”

Area Businessman Suggests Tech Trends to Look for in 2017

Future closes in

As 2016 drew to a close and 2017 loomed in the future, Heinan Landa, CEO of Optimal Networks in Rockville, considered the changes in technology he thought would most affect businesses, and home computer users, in the near future.

Top 5 Technology Trends and Predictions for 2017

Commentary

Technology touches all parts of our lives — from accessing your desktop anywhere to ordering laundry detergent through Amazon Dash buttons.

Obituary: John David (Jack) Trunnell

John David (Jack) Trunnell of McLean, Va. died on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 after a brief fight with pancreatic cancer. He died peacefully, surrounded by his wife and five sons. He was 65.

Hosting a President for Dinner at Arlington's Liberty Tavern

General manager looks back on the day President Obama paid his restaurant a visit.

Eight years of the Obama administration come to a close this week. During their tenure in town, the president and his family were known to venture across the river for dinner on occasion, enjoying meals in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, and more.

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Concert in Arlington Pays Tribute to Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Voices in Unison

With song, speech and dance, the Arlington community celebrated the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the 48th consecutive year.

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Arlington Democrats Unite to Support ACA, but Warner Draws Fire for Amendment Vote.

Democratic Disunity

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the number of uninsured Virginians has fallen by 31 percent.

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Fabric Place Basement Alexandria Grand Opening

Sponsored

Fabric Place Basement Alexandria celebrates their Grand Opening Saturday, January 21.

Resistance, the Arlington Way: Logistics for the Women’s March on Washington

Resistance, the Arlington Way: Logistics for the Women’s March on Washington

Key Bridge Being Repaired

Work is underway on repairs to the Key Bridge connecting Rosslyn to Georgetown.

“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Jan. 22-28.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Jan. 22-28.

Preparing for End of Life in Arlington

After an advance directive, a POST form.

Hospice and palliative care doctors like Dr. Matt Kestenbaum of Arlington's Capital Caring Hospice have been engaging in discussions with their patients about their final wishes regarding medical treatment for as long as they've been practicing end-of-life care.

Doorways of Arlington Receives Dominion Grant

Doorways for Women & Families, a nonprofit organization that provides temporary shelter for homeless families in Arlington, was the recipient of a $10,000 grant awarded recently by the Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Resources.

The Arlington Community Foundation Awards Nearly $100,000 to Twenty-Six Nonprofit Organizations and Schools

The Arlington Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently approved grant awards totaling $97,794 to 26 nonprofit organizations and schools through its Homelessness Prevention – Looking toward Tomorrow, Fund for Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) and Arlington Education Fund grant programs.

Police Warn of Missed Jury Duty Phone Scam

The Arlington County Police Department and Sheriff’s Office are warning the public about a missed jury duty telephone scam targeting county residents.

Arlington Property Values Rise

Arlington County property values showed modest growth again for 2017, with property values growing 2.9 percent over 2016, according to county officials.

Let Horses Play Piano, Too

Horse Riding Lessons Allowed

Great Falls resident Kim Karanik navigated a three-and-a-half-year obstacle course to make riding activities and equestrian lessons more accessible and available to county children.

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Lockard Channels Garza, Proposes $2.8 Billion FCPS Budget

FY2018 focuses on employee compensation and classroom resources.

Fairfax County Public Schools interim superintendent Steve Lockard is asking for $130.4 million more for the school system’s FY2018 operating budget than the previous year, a 4.9 percent increase, to a total of $2.8 billion.

Bicycle Advocacy Workshop in Springfield Feb. 4

Are you interested in making Fairfax County more bike-friendly?

Brewery Changes on Tap

Planning drafts zoning amendment.

There is increasing interest in Fairfax County in opening breweries for craft beer that might also serve beer and food.

Monday, January 16

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Arlington's Poet Laureate Speaks at Writers Resist Event

Arlington Poet Laureate Katherine Young, along with Gregory Luce, Jacqueline Jules, Holly Karapetkova, Naomi Thiers, Francisco Aragón, Susan Mockler, and other Arlington poets read poems in support of democracy, free expression, and inclusion at One More Page Books, at 2200 North Westmoreland Street, Arlington, on Sunday, January 15th.

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CycleBar Columbia Pike Offers Sense of Community

Arlington has a new destination for a high-energy, calorie-torching workout.

Focusing on Public Safety

Commentary

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the 2017 Session of the General Assembly Session will gavel in for a 45-day “short” session.

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Burke Cadet at U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Burke native, Michigan State University senior and U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Austin Wolfe was on-site this year at the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl mentoring student athletes as they prepared for the 17th annual bowl game on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

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History Conference Honors Fairfax County’s Founding Fathers

The 12th Annual Fairfax County History Conference titled ‘Fairfax County’s Founding Fathers – Part II: The Masons are Coming! The Masons are Coming!

The seven hour long 12th Annual Fairfax County History Conference was held on Nov. 12, 2016.

Recognized for December Results

Mark Ackermann, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced that Youssef Zeroual and Kathleen Quintarelli from the Burke/Fairfax Station office were recognized for their exceptional industry success in December.

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Police Still Investigating Linked Homicides

Police are continuing to chase “all possible leads” in connection with a pair of murders in Burke and Springfield that took place just before Christmas.

Fairfax Resident Receives Award from Nova Southeastern University

Laura L. Downey, Ph.D. resident of Fairfax, was recently honored at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony held at NSU’s Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie, Fla.

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City of Fairfax Band to Perform in France at D-Day Ceremonies

The City of Fairfax Band (CFB) is headed to France June 1-8 to perform in Normandy and Paris.

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From City Council to Mayor: Candidates express their views on the issues facing Fairfax.

It was standing-room-only Monday night, Jan. 9, as some 140 residents packed a meeting room and spilled into the hall to hear the views of their candidates for Fairfax City mayor.

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Senate Panel Approves Crackdown on Internet Lenders in Virginia

Bill would subject unregulated loans to rules that apply to consumer-finance loans.

The Wild West of online lending is about to become a little tamer. That’s because a state Senate panel narrowly approved a bill that would subject internet loans to the same restrictions that currently exist for consumer finance loans, a move that would cramp the anything-goes culture of online loans in Virginia.

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Pohick Library Reopens

Pohick Regional Library celebrated its reopening Saturday, Jan. 7.

Correction to Fairfax Connection

Mantua Elementary Artwork

These two pieces of artwork from Mantua Elementary were printed under the same name in Fairfax Connection children’s edition December 29, 2016--January 4, 2017. They are reprinted here with proper artists’ names.

Vietnam Veterans Host Award-Winning Documentary in Fairfax

On Tuesday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227 will host the award-winning documentary film, “Thank You For Your Service,” at the Angelika Film Center, Mosaic District, in Fairfax.

Need Donations for Children’s Coats in City of Fairfax

The local Fire Department has partnered with City of Fairfax Schools Superintendent Peter Noonan and City of Fairfax Firefighters Local 2702 as ambassadors in Operation Warm, providing new winter coats for local children living in poverty.

Double Shooting on Okla Drive in Fairfax; Decedent Identified

As detectives continue their investigation into the Jan. 6 double shooting on Okla Drive, they have identified the deceased woman as 51-year-old Donna Pentek.

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Reston: Olivia Beckner Breaks South Lakes High Record in the 1,000 Meters Race

Track & Field

South Lakes High School had a successful showing at The Ocean Breeze Freedom Games indoor track meet Saturday, Jan. 7 in Staten Island, N.Y., which was highlighted by a record-setting performance by junior Olivia Beckner in the 1,000 meters.

Visitor’s Account: A Bad Day at Town Center

I'm writing about a recent experience with the newly installed pay parking system. I realize that the entire system is new and might have "kinks" to work out, but overall I feel the experience was a disaster and an embarrassment to the parking system.

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Mystery at Workhouse Arts Center

Jason Krage, featured in the mystery ‘Solitary Confinement’ at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton.

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Reston Town Center Retailers, Patrons Wrestle with New Parking Fees

Reston: Viewpoints: What do you think of the new parking fees?

“Oh, I didn’t know they started charging …. I’ll stick to weekends now I guess, since that’s free.”

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‘Murder on the Nile’ on GMU Stage

Aquila Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile” at George Mason University, Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax.

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Reston: Company Quits Negotiations with RA on Lake House Independent Review

The company selected by a special committee of the Reston Association to review the purchase and renovation of the deficit-plagued Lake House property backed out of negotiations.

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No Injuries after VRE Train Hits Car in Clifton

No one was injured after a Virginia Railway Express train struck a car that had become stuck on the tracks in Clifton on Jan. 5, according to Fairfax County Fire & Rescue.

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Fairfax Mayoral Candidates Tackle the Tough Questions

Forum held Monday night at City library.

Fairfax City Council members Michael DeMarco, David Meyer and Ellie Schmidt each hope to become the new mayor on Feb. 7.

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Connolly, Bulova Visit Humane Society of Fairfax

The Humane Society of Fairfax (www.hsfc.org) had two special visitors over the holiday come spend time with the animals.

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Reston: Chekhov’s Masterworks with American Flavor

Reston Community Players’ production of ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ coming to CenterStage on Jan. 20.

Ever inventive contemporary American playwright Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is the Reston Community Players’ upcoming production.

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Reston: Mission Accomplished

Commentary

The Dulles Corridor Rail Association (DCRA) Board of Directors voted last week to merge with the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (NVTA) with the Alliance going forward to represent transportation interests for the region.

Two Strangers, One Kidney, a New Documentary

Sixteen years ago, Springfield resident Gennet Belay got the phone call that saved her life. She was one of three candidates for a kidney transplant and a few days later, became the lucky recipient.

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Reston: Hats Off to Reston Family

The McKnight family volunteering in the Hat Project for the Women’s March on Washington.

The McKnight family of Reston may have slightly underestimated exactly what it meant to volunteer their home to serve as the area collection point for the hats being knitted for the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington.

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Week in Herndon

Community

The MOMS Club of Herndon will host monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19

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New Principals at Herndon High, Herndon Elementary

Community

Elizabeth Noto has been named principal of Herndon High School, effective Jan. 30.

Week in Springfield

Blankets for Homeless Needed

Blanket Drive will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 with drop off location at Outback Steakhouse, 6651 Backlick Rd/Springfield, from 11 a.m. to 5 pm.

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Herndon: Town Mayor and Councilmembers Sworn-In for 2017-18 Terms

Politics

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel and town council members were sworn into office for their 2017-18 terms on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Herndon Municipal Center.

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Vienna Police Highlights

January 6, 2017

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna, Virginia Police Department from Dec. 30, 2016 – Jan. 5, 2017.

Woodland Park Approved

Several urge planners to delay approval and encourage developer Tishman Speyer to cut ties with Clarion Project.

A well-regarded development plan by Herndon-Monroe Metro Station in the Hunter Mill Planning District did not achieve approval without controversy.

Rail in Reston, Great While It Worked

Independent Progressive

Remember that thrill in Reston in July 2014 when the Silver Line station at Wiehle Avenue finally opened?

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Vienna: Viewpoints

What Is Your New Year’s Resolution?

Vienna, what is your 2017 New Year's resolution?

Role Model for Leadership

Commentary

Former Senator Charles J. Colgan passed away earlier this month.

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Vienna: ’Dignity Act’ Goes to Richmond

Nonprofit BRAWS brings their case before General Assembly members.

Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters, a 501(c)3 non-profit - led by founder Holly Siebold of Vienna. Siebold and several supporters of BRAWS were there to encourage the state delegates and senators to get behind House Bill 1593, calling for the repeal of taxes on certain feminine hygiene products, as well as toilet paper and adult diapers.

Mediaworld Explains Reston's Lake House Decision

To our fellow Reston Association members: We are the Reston residents who came together under Mediaworld Ventures, LLC and were selected to conduct an independent review of Reston Association's acquisition of the Lake House, and subsequent renovation budget overrun.

Week in Reston

Community Meeting on Funding for Transportation Improvements

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will host a community meeting on the Reston Network funding plan, Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m., at the North County Governmental Center, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive.

Planning for Summer Camp

Local camp fairs help families navigate the maze of summer camp offerings.

In an effort to confront religious intolerance, a group of local middle school students will attend a camp aimed at bringing together children from different religions and giving them the chance to come together, make new friendships, visit houses of worship, learn about other traditions and practice dialogue to confront Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism.

Sunday, January 15

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Reston: On a Collision Course

Save the golf course?

Reston Association disagrees with County over planned road affecting the Hidden Creek Country Club’s golf course.

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Opioid Treatment Service Jan. 17

Addiction Help

As you are well aware, the heroin and opioid dependency problem is growing across the nation, the Commonwealth, and our community is not being spared. The CSB has adjusted resources to help meet this critical demand for people seeking treatment; a new program begins soon. We need your help spreading the word about it. The CSB is holding an open forum for anyone who is seeking help for a loved one or knows of someone who might need help.

Friday, January 13

Great Falls Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 20 Great Falls homes sold between $2,470,000-$520,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: December, 2016

McLean Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 91 homes sold between $4,066,233-$201,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: December, 2016

Potomac Home Sales: December, 2016

In December, 2016, 46 Potomac homes sold between $2,356,550-$300,000.

Potomac Home Sales: December, 2016

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‘Expressions 2017’ Wall Calendar

Akiko Lloyd, a resident of the Fountains at Washington House in western Alexandria, used her basket weaving skills to become part of the “Expressions 2017” wall calendar.

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Bishop Ireton's Model UN Team

Bishop Ireton’s 2015-16 Model UN Team won Best Small Delegation at the University of Virginia’s Model UN Conference.

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Bagels, Pickles Take Center Stage at Del Ray Pop-Up

Two farmer’s market favorites find a temporary indoor home.

Friday, Jan. 20, may be listed as Inauguration Day on the calendar, but within the heart of Del Ray there’s another inauguration on the horizon that will hit closer to home: The grand opening of Salt | Bagel, a pop-up blending two Alexandria favorites in one spot.

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‘Anything Goes’ at Little Theatre of Alexandria

Passengers sail on a cruise liner in Cole Porter's 1930s romantic comedy.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is staging Cole Porter's light-hearted, romantic comedy, "Anything Goes," from Jan. 14 to Feb. 4.

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Alexandria Students Participate in CYO Track Meet

In mid-November, middle school students from St. Rita Catholic School in Alexandria participated in the Catholic Youth Organization track meet in Prince William County. St. Rita's coach Lisa McNichols helped cheer on the over 50 participants from her group in this meet.

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‘Elf, Jr.:’ A Story of Transformation at Aldersgate Church Community Theater

Family-friendly children's story is based on a movie and a Broadway show.

With a cast of 42 children, the Aldersgate Church Community Theater (ACCT) is staging "Elf, Jr.," based on the New Line Cinema hit, from Jan. 13 to Jan. 22.

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Editorial Cartoon

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Helping Shape the Future — Alexandria Mentor of The Month

As a public servant for the City of Alexandria, I have always taken great pride in providing exemplary customer service to the local citizens of this city.

Letter to the Editor: Alexandria, Don't Break This Promise

A hot issue for the past several years has been centered on T.C. Williams High School — specifically, placing lights on the Parker Gray Stadium which the Seminary Civic Association vehemently opposes.

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New Life for Surrendered Pet in Alexandria

Emmanuel Lassiter loved his dog, Dino. An outgoing pit bull-Rottweiler mix who loved people, Dino was everything Lassiter could want in a dog. But he just couldn’t keep him.

Letter to the Editor: Alexandria Schools Need Accountability Audit

At a recent City Council hearing, we explained to Council the serious management and integrity issues of ACPS and the School Board specifically relating to budget matters, community relations, and compliance with legal requirements.

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Letter to the Editor: Alexandria's Road Priorities

My wife and I have resided on South Pitt Street in Old Town Alexandria for almost 20 years. Over the past decade, we have seen the condition of the street in front of our house deteriorate steadily.

How Tech Can Enhance Seniors' Lives — Senior Services of Alexandria

Technology is all around us — just walk down the street and people are on their cell phones or other devices.

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McLean: Preparing to Prosper in 2017

Q&A: Supervisor John Foust looks into year ahead.

Q & A with Supervisor John Foust: What are you looking forward to in 2017? Do you have any personal New Year's resolutions for yourself, or major milestones you anticipate reaching?

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McLean: Comstock Sworn-In To The 115th Congress

Politics

“We live in exciting times for our region, where the innovation economy is constantly evolving and growing. I look forward to working in the new Congress with my colleagues to forge pro-growth policies that will boost the innovation economy even further." – Barbara Comstock

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Making McLean Homes Tour, MarketPlace a Success

Community Support

The members of the Woman’s Club of McLean thank those who made their 50th Holiday Homes Tour and MarketPlace a success this year.

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McLean Project for the Arts to Open Three New Exhibitions

Emerson Gallery: Construction Work

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is opening three new exhibitions on Jan. 12, 2017 in the Emerson, Atrium, and Ramp Galleries, located at MPA@MCC (1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean). These exhibitions will remain on display from Jan. 12 through March 4, 2017.

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‘Hungry Hearts Tour’ Comes To McLean

American Shakespeare Center to present three pays at Alden Theater.

ASC’s “Hungry Hearts Tour” will be coming to the Alden for weekend of three different plays; Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” The Bard’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” and “Romeo and Juliet.” These plays “speak to everyone; the messages never get old as we focus on the language and its beauty,” said ASC tour manager Thomas Coppola.

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Great Falls Grange Revisited

Community groups coming together to take over operations of the historic building.

“Great Falls doesn’t have a gravity point,” says Jorge Adeler, owner of Adeler Jewelers in the Great Falls Village Centre. “It doesn’t have a place that unifies the community … Great Falls never has enjoyed a place that we can call ours.”

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Great Falls: Stormwater Management, Sewage Systems Discussed

Speakers Share Sewage Stats

Up to 167 homeowners in Great Falls are on the hook for following a Fairfax County Health Department regulation when it comes to monitoring their septic systems, but many are unaware.

Great Falls: Supper is Served in Support of SEALs

Service

This month’s MAM dinner on Monday, Jan. 8, was at the Old Brogue Irish Pub in the Great Falls Village Centre, where World War II Veteran Howard Jester, 90, was in attendance to support this month’s beneficiary organization: The Navy SEAL Foundation.

Thursday, January 12

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Senators to Alexandria: Clean Up Your Act by 2020 or Lose State Funding

Lawmakers poo poo city efforts to flush raw sewage.

Members of the Virginia state Senate say they’re tired of hearing excuses about sewage from city officials in Alexandria, and they’re pushing ahead with a plan that one senator calls “the nuclear option.” This afternoon, the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee approved a bill that sets a firm deadline for Alexandria to clean up its act — 2020. If city officials are unable to stop dumping more than 10 million gallons of raw sewage into the Potomac River every year, Alexandria would lose all state appropriations until the problem is fixed.

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Firefighters Connect with the Community

Helping community is bottom line for Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department deputy fire chief.

Corinne Piccardi, deputy fire chief at Cabin John Park Volunteer fire Department, follows her heart.

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Hoping to Improve Local Bicycling

FABB shares information, solicits community input.

The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) is an all-volunteer group that advocates for more bike lanes, bike trails and neighborhood connections.

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‘What If a Garden Could Teach, Inspire Children?’

Lees Corner Elementary celebrates its outdoor classroom.

Lees Corner Elementary’s outdoor classroom.

Accomplishments in Sully District in 2016

Supervisor Kathy Smith's report on important 2016 milestones in Sully District and Fairfax County at large.

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Bagels, Pickles Take Center Stage at Del Ray Pop-Up

Two farmer’s market favorites find a temporary indoor home.

The grand opening of Salt | Bagel, a pop-up blending two Alexandria favorites in one spot.

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'Anything Goes' at Little Theater in Alexandria

Passengers sail on a cruise liner in Cole Porter's 1930s romantic comedy.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is staging Cole Porter's light-hearted, romantic comedy, "Anything Goes," from Jan. 14 to Feb. 4.

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Predatory Lenders Work Behind the Scenes to Avoid Regulation and Evade the Law

Campaign contributions and political connections used to sidestep crackdown.

Predatory Loans in the Crossfire: Lawmakers conflicted about how to handle high-interest loans.

Wednesday, January 11

Letter to the Editor: Alexandria's Spending Priorities?

Several weeks ago, the Alexandria city manager was reminded during a Federation of Civic Associations meeting that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) was in a state of flux, and that Alexandria should stop or postpone any construction of the planned $268 million Metro Station in Potomac Yard. His reply was that Metro was beginning to turn around.

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Firefighters from Station 201 Read to Lyles-Crouch Elementary Students.

‘So, Who Has Ever Heard of a Turnip?’

The fire engine pulls up in front of Lyles-Crouch Elementary School on Friday morning and four firefighters jump out and head for the front door.

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Letter to the Editor: Appreciates Crossing Light

On behalf of residents, I would like to thank the city Department of Transportation for the crossing light at the intersection of Gibbon and South Columbus streets which was greatly needed.

Letter to the Editor: Join In Women’s March

The Women’s March on Washington will take place on Jan. 21.

Letter to the Editor: No Conciliation, then Litigation in Alexandria

Citizens of Alexandria make no mistake; your participation and community discussion with any and all projects related to our schools is truly a waste of time.

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Thomas Pollack advances to Eagle Scout

Twelve Years from Cub Scout to the Top

Thomas Pollack reached the end of a long journey on Saturday, Jan. 7 when he received his Eagle neckerchief in his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony at the Army-Navy Country Club.

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Landmark Mall: 1965 - 2017

While big plans move forward for Landmark Mall, small businesses prepare for the end.

After a long battle with vacancy, Alexandria’s Landmark Mall has died.

WMATA requests more funding from Alexandria.

Even with cuts to rail and bus service, the elimination of 500 more Metro employees, and fare increases, Metro is still asking Alexandria for $32.5 million more in FY2018 than they did in FY2017.

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In From the Cold in Alexandria

Winter Shelter provides refuge.

As temperatures have dropped, the City of Alexandria’s Winter Shelter has kept its doors open to those who need warmth, food, and shelter.

Talking about Talking in Alexandria

City Council approves change to public comment procedures.

At the City Council meeting on Jan. 10, the City Council spent an hour discussing whether or not the City Council takes too long discussing things.

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A New Start in Alexandria

Gary Sinise Foundation helps wounded veteran build smart home in Alexandria.

There are roughly 11,200 veterans living in Alexandria, according to the Military Times, and with the help of several national charities and actor Gary Sinise, this spring there will be one more.

Schedule of City of Alexandria Services for 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All City of Alexandria government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr., Day holiday. Virginia state offices will also be closed on Friday, Jan. 13, for Lee-Jackson Day.

A Son Recalls Frank Medico’s ‘Good Heart’

A Mount Vernon resident for more than 50 years, former representative to the Virginia House of Delegates Frank Medico died Dec. 30, 2016 at the age of 92.

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Cultural Exchange in Mount Vernon

The Mount Vernon Evening Lions Club was visited by Lion Lina Ngoma from the Lions Club of Emmasdale, Lusaka, Zambia.

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Remembering Frank Medico of Mount Vernon

Former delegate dies at 92.

Former GAO Auditor Frank Medico never ever forgot his original role in public service: guardian of the public treasury as a GAO auditor.

Letter to the Editor: Highlighting Mount Vernon Safety Issue

The speed limit on Parkers Lane going past Walt Whitman Middle School is 35 miles per hour except when school zone signs with flashing lights signify, by activation of those lights, that the speed limit is reduced to 25 miles per hour when the school is opening and closing.

Focusing on Public Safety in Mount Vernon

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the 2017 Session of the General Assembly Session will gavel in for a 45-day “short” session. I am looking forward to a very busy six weeks and would like to update you on my plans for session.

Driver Charged in Fatal Mount Vernon Pedestrian Crash

Crash Reconstruction detectives have placed charges in the Dec. 2 fatal crash that occurred in the area of Richmond Highway and Frye Road.

Mount Vernon Crime Report

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

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

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

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Partnering to Reduce Northern Virginia Congestion

Legislators tour past, present and future transportation projects.

The blessing of traffic, Martin Nohe said, is that “there’s lots of great transportation projects to choose from.”

In Session: Briefs

It doesn’t take much rain to trigger Alexandria’s 19th century sewage system to start dumping raw sewage into the Potomac River — about 0.03 inches, to be precise.

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Chantilly Wins Conference Opener Against Centreville

The Chantilly Chargers and Centreville Wildcats met up for each team’s Conference 5 opener on Jan. 9 in Chantilly.

Westfield Girls Outscore Potomac Falls, 60-41

The Westfield Lady Bulldogs faced Potomac Falls in their last non-conference game in Chantilly on Jan. 3.

Tuesday, January 10

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New Year, New Order: Organizing an unruly linen closet

If retrieving an item from the top shelf of one’s linen closet sets off an avalanche of mismatched sheets and tattered towels, it might be time for a linen closet reorganization.

Commentary: Republican Repeal Plan Promises Health Care Chaos

Over the course of a normal week, my office receives thousands of letters, emails, phone calls, and tweets from Northern Virginians.

Editorial: About the Connection

Happy New Year. We need your help in 2017.

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Cabin John Park Firefighters Connect with the Community

Corinne Piccardi, deputy fire chief at Cabin John Park Volunteer fire Department, follows her heart.

Letter to the Editor: Admiring Students' Works

Regarding the student talent edition: What a brilliant idea it was to showcase the art and writings of our community’s young students in the Dec. 28, 2016 edition of the Almanac.

Learning about Aging-in-Place in Potomac

The Potomac Community Village (PCV) will be hosting a Prospective Member Get-together on Sunday, Jan. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. inviting those interested in learning more about the non-profit group to attend and chat with Potomac neighbors over refreshments.

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Breakfast After the Bell in Arlington

Minor change to morning meal makes major difference in Arlington school.

Tina Oxendine wasn’t sure about the new breakfast program.

Fisette Elected Arlington Board Chair

For the fifth time in his 19 years on the County Board, Jay Fisette was unanimously elected County Board chair.

“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington

From Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Jan. 16-21.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Jan. 16-21.

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Arlington Entrepreneur Devoted to Service, Community

Displaying a spirit of curiosity and innovation.

Arlington resident and entrepreneur Garrett O’Shea is using his new startup to help local residents, nonprofits and businesses with their shipping needs.

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A Step Closer to Nauck Town Square in Arlington

The Arlington County Board approved on Jan. 3 the purchase of the last of three properties needed to build the planned Nauck Town Square, in the heart of the Nauck neighborhood.

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Arlingtonian on "Jeopardy!"

Blair Moorhead, a social worker from Arlington, got the final "Jeopardy!" question right on her appearance Monday, Jan. 9 and moved on to the next round of the TV game show.

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Arlington Delegation Gets Earful

Residents recommend issues to address in new legislative session.

State Del. Patrick Hope (D-47) told a crowd of roughly 70 Arlington residents on Jan. 5 that he and his colleagues took the comments and feedback from residents provided at meetings like this seriously, and would incorporate the comments into their work at the short session of the General Assembly which begins Wednesday.

Arlington Hotline Yields Leads, No Evidence of Fraud

In 2015, Arlington County’s Waste, Fraud and Abuse Hotline was opened to allow employees to confidentially report potential cases of financial malfeasance.

Arlington Board Approves Polling Changes

The Arlington County Board in December adopted changes to the ordinance on precincts and polling places to relocate several polling places and create two new precincts.

Arlington Woman Sentenced for Counterfeit Handbag Scheme

Praepitcha Smatsorabudh, 41, of Arlington, was sentenced Dec. 21, 2016 to 30 months in prison for running a multiyear scheme to defraud department stores across the country.

Netherlands Carillon to be Restored

The Netherlands and the National Park Service (NPS) have joined forces to restore and improve the Netherlands Carillon in Arlington.

Energy Masters Program in Arlington Receives State Awards

The Energy Masters program received awards for leadership in energy efficiency from the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference Awards and the state’s inaugural Virginia Energy Efficiency Awards, attended by Governor McAuliffe.

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Diocese of Arlington Car Ministry

On Thursday, Jan. 5, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington gave a donated car to 34-year-old Wade Sheriff, a mother of three girls in need of a car.

Arlingtonian is National Award Winner

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded one of the 2016 Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) professional development awards to Dr. Susan F. Branco, of Arlington.

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Arlington Free Clinic Receives $10,000 Grant

Vanessa Serrano, a social services case manager at Arlington Free Clinic, works with a patient to assess his needs and to navigate him to the most appropriate community resources.

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Marymount University Studying Lab Dogs

Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, an associate professor of psychology at Marymount University, is shown with Belle, a dog rescued by Beagle Freedom Project. Lopresti-Goodman has conducted a study of the psychological impact of laboratory experiments on dogs.

Monday, January 9

Commentary: Alexandria’s Four Seasons of Giving

Alexandria is an amazingly generous community, not just during the holiday season.

Art and Poetry Live in Alexandria

As we wind up 2016 and launch into a new year, I think of the poetry and art that many Alexandrians have shared with us.

Letter to the Editor: Progress at Jefferson-Houston

I am a parent of a kindergartner and first grader at Jefferson-Houston School.

Letter to the Editor: Let's Talk to Each Other

It is 2017 and time for new year’s resolutions, or to think about what we resolve to do in the next year.

Letter to the Editor: Focusing on Veterans in Alexandria

Alexandria is home to a large active duty military, retired, and veteran population along with their families.

Letter to the Editor: Consider Source of Taxes

Wealth creation, the font from which all tax revenue flows, was conspicuously missing from the script capably crafted by Kathleen Burns in the Dec. 15 edition of the Gazette-Packet.

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Alexandria Police Recruits Graduate

The Alexandria Police Department welcomed 26 recruit officers who graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy Basic Law Enforcement School on Dec. 21.

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New Alexandria Deputies

New Alexandria Deputies

Speck Appointed to MWAA Board

David Speck, former Alexandria City Councilman and member of the Virginia House of Delegates, has been appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve in the McAuliffe administration as a board member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Alexandria Police Captain Graduates from FBI Academy

Alexandria Police Captain Shirl Mammarella graduated from the FBI National Academy on Dec. 16, one of 225 graduates in the academy's 266th Session.

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Tysons Tower to Be Renovated

Construction

Love Funding announced the closing of a $19 million loan that will help preserve and refurbish an affordable senior housing community in Vienna. Love funding is recognized as an expert in market-rate multifamily and affordable housing, healthcare facilities, and hospitals.

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ALIVE! wins in Del Ray

ALIVE! wins in Del Ray

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Week in Vienna

Located 15 miles outside of Washington D.C., Vienna is a unique town praised for its close community and traditional values.

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St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in the News

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in the News

Eight Named as Living Legends of Alexandria

The Living Legends of Alexandria announced its 2017 recipients last month.

Alexandria Crime Report

The following incidents were reported by the Alexandria Police Department.

The following incidents were reported by the Alexandria Police Department.

Tips to Achieve New Year’s Resolutions in Alexandria

Advice on setting and reaching goals

Terry Garret wants to quit smoking. Timothy Noel Castle wants to get in shape. Larry Miller wants to stop procrastinating. And Pat Troy wants to do more for others.

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Letter to the Editor: Fairfax County Should Be Supporting Recycling

Does Fairfax County actually care about recycling?

Letter to the Editor: Fragile Habitat in Mount Vernon area

The National Park service has contracted with seven tree-cutting companies to remove trees along the Parkway from above Spout Run to Mount Vernon through March of 2017.

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Fairfax Lawmakers’ Last Call for Input

More than 80 speak at General Assembly public hearing.

“We’re not letting teachers do their jobs,” was the plea from Jo Neuber of Vienna, Co-chair of the organization Class Size Counts.

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Organizing a Home Office

Design ideas for workspace order.

Whether located in a basement, spare bedroom or kitchen corner, one of the keys to creating a functional home office is organization.

Saturday, January 7

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Rep. Comstock Co-Sponsors Resolution Condemning Anti-Israel UN Vote

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

“In an act of moral cowardice in the closing days of his administration, President Obama’s ‘reckless abstention’ [to use the words of former DNC Chair and current Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)] at the UN has demonstrated his legacy as the most anti-Israel President in modern history. President Obama took the longtime, bipartisan support for Israel that has been a hallmark of U.S. foreign policy for decades and scrapped it with this short-sighted action last month.

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Fairfax: Candidates Forum on Monday, January 9, 2017

Fairfax Fairfax Regional Library from 7 - 9:00 p.m.

The Candidates Forum on Monday will provide an important opportunity for residents to ask questions directly of the candidates about their concerns for the City of Fairfax. The public will also be able to meet individually with the candidates at the end of the question-and-answer session.

Friday, January 6

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Proposed Teen Center Taking Shape in Alexandria

Charles Houston Recreation Center would expand teen-specific activities.

Charles Houston Recreation Center would expand teen-specific activities.

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Happy New Year in Alexandria

First Night events draw thousands.

Revelers from around the world descended on Alexandria to ring in the new year as a midnight fireworks show ushered in 2017 and concluded the 22nd annual First Night Alexandria celebration.

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Herndon, Reston Residents Discuss Their Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions: Tradition to Use or Lose

It’s that time again, the start of the New Year.

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Herndon Tinkers with Trains

The railroad station in downtown Herndon was the center of the community in the 1800s. During the holidays, the trains become the center of attention once again.

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Battle of Wits at Herndon’s Stage

Shakespeare’s romantic-comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at NextStop Theatre

Shakespeare’s romantic-comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at NextStop Theatre.

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Reston: Weight Lifter Provides Tips To Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Fitness: "It is impossible to out-train a bad diet.”

“People are motivated and may go too hard, too fast,” Toombs says. “It’s more about starting and building so you don’t burn out and plateau.” Crunch gives new members a body assessment and two complimentary sessions with a personal trainer to make the gym a little less intimidating.

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New Roadway Plan Approved for Herndon Metro Area

A concept plan to extend Worldgate Drive from Van Buren Street to Herndon Parkway was approved by the Herndon Town Council during its last public hearing on Dec. 13.

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Springfield: Service Station with Community Care

Community

Virginia Tire and Auto went into its special exception hearing before the Board of Supervisors with support. “This property owner has overwhelming support for his operations from the adjacent community in the Springvale community. He has gone above and beyond to maintain and beautify the area,” said Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay.

Letter to the Editor

Christopher Matthey

I am a Boy Scout with troop 1145 and I believe we should leave trees up and not cut them down. We have enough stores and buildings in our area so it would be nice to leave the trees be.

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Lorton: Preparing for Inauguration

Clifton native Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Buchanan (Navy) has been busy in Washington, D.C. preparing for the Presidential Inauguration.

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Reston: Merry and Bright

Reston Town Center ice skating rink provides outdoor entertainment for family and friends.

The freshly-Zamboni’d ice reflects hundreds of twinkly white lights in the Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion as a crowd of locals and visitors stands just on the other side of the walls, waiting to enter.

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Lorton Station Team Wins FIRST Lego League Robotics State Tournament

Awards

A team of current and former Lorton Station Elementary students won top honors in the FIRST Lego League Robotics state tournament.

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Fairfax: What’s on the City’s Horizon

Multifamily homes and redevelopment

Planned are two, four-story buildings containing 80 condos. Sixteen of the units will be one-bedroom; 48, two-bedroom; and 16, three-bedroom. IDI-RJL Development LLC is building a residential development called The Enclave at the Mantua Professional Center on Pickett Road. The site’s zoned commercial planned development, so both office and condo uses may exist on it.

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Fairfax County: Tour de Mount Vernon

Supervisor Storck leads inaugural cross-district bike ride

“I wanted to get a ride in this year,” Storck told a group of 20 to 30 riders, himself bundled up in several layers and a neon green high-visibility jacket. The objective, Storck said, was to tour some of the trails and roadways running through Mount Vernon District, and along the way discuss some of the near to distant development plans for the area.

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Fairfax: Police Auditor and Civilian Review Panel to Become Reality in 2017

Body cameras, mental health part of public safety focus

This year will see two historic firsts for Fairfax County, its police department and citizens: the beginning work of an Office of Police Auditor and Civilian Review Panel. “It’s very important people picked deal with facts, demand facts and make decisions based on facts,” Sayles said, “and communicate those in a way that’s not divisive." said Randy Sayles of Oak Hill who was a member of the Use of Force subcommittee of the Ad Hoc Commission.

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Viewpoints

What is your New Year’s Fitness Resolution and How Will You Keep It?

What is your New Year’s Fitness Resolution and How Will You Keep It?

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Fairfax County: New Year, New Superintendent for County Schools

Budget shortfall, equity and nondiscrimination storylines for 2017

“What does equity really mean,” Corbett Sanders continued. “We’re going to have some healthful discussions about it. Everything from early education on.” The budget will once again be a major storyline for the school system, as Hynes said the board is currently looking at about a $90 million shortfall for FY 2018.

Alexandria’s Four Seasons of Giving

Alexandria is an amazingly generous community, not just during the holiday season.

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Fairfax: A Program That Changed My Life

My experience with High School Diplomats at Princeton.

I participated in a program that changed my life. This program is called High School Diplomats. It is a ten-day cross-cultural exchange between 40 American and 40 Japanese students at Princeton. It is completely financed by the Japanese insurance company AIU and the Freeman Foundation. The program gives these students the opportunity to immerse into another culture and establish long-lasting relationships with other students from another country.

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McLean Project for the Arts New Exhibitions Opening January 12

Local artists; showcase construction work, sculptures and monoprints

Baltimore artist Mary Walker will exhibit wall-hung constructions that combine imagery and concepts from natural science, mechanics and the landscape. Found objects such as cable, screws, nuts and bolts are combined with painting, referring to the process of building and constructing.

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Editorial Cartoon

Editorial Cartoon

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3 Ways To Bust New Year’s Resolutions

Diet got you down? Here are some places to break free.

Fess up — you’re not even a week into the New Year and already your diet has become bland and boring.

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McLean: Flagging Operation on Old Dominion Drive

Road work

A flagging operation will take place on Old Dominion Drive (Route 738) between Balls Hill Road and Van Ness Court Wednesday, Jan. 4 through Wednesday, Jan. 11 in order to replace several pipes and reshape a ditch, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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McLean & Great Falls Real Estate

2016: Best Year in Decade for McLean, Great Falls Market

Sellers in McLean and Great Falls experienced the “best of times” market conditions in 2016.

Del. Krizek Seeks Mandatory Seatbelt Law

Del. Paul Krizek (D-44) has introduced a bill to require all occupants of a motor vehicle to utilize safety restraints.

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Chocolate Festival Returns to McLean Community Center

Community Fun

The Rotary Club of McLean is hosting its sixth annual McLean Chocolate Festival at the McLean Community Center on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chocolate vendors include: Seasons 52, Dave's Candy Kitchen, Fair Trade Winds, Fluffy Thoughts, Sweetbites Café, and more.

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McLean: Man Killed in Crash on Lewinsville Road

Car Crash

Chad Cheatham, 33 of McLean, died in a single-car collision on Thursday, Dec. 29.

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McLean to Celebrate Dr. King’s Legacy

McLean Community Center Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Chuck D.

On Sunday Jan. 15 the McLean Community Center will celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by observing his birthday, a Federal and Commonwealth of Virginia public holiday.

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Tour de Mount Vernon

Supervisor Storck leads inaugural cross-district bike ride.

When Carlos Alfaro of the Woodlawn area of Mount Vernon showed up New Year’s Eve morning at the Belle Haven Marina parking lot with his road bike, he didn’t know what to expect.

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Local Dancers Celebrate the Holidays with Military, First Responders, and Their Families

Theater

“This year’s tribute performance for military, first responders, and their families was one of my favorite,” shared Cynthia Donavin, who founded Classical Ballet Theatre (CBT) of Northern Virginia over 25 years ago. "I greatly appreciate all patrons and volunteers who help CBT make the arts accessible to all.”

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Great Falls Garden Club Honors Reston Police Station

Community

The Great Falls Garden Club delivered 20 holiday tabletop greenery arrangements to show support and appreciation for the Fairfax County police officers at the Reston station.

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Week in Great Falls

History Alive at Great Falls Senior Center

The Great Falls Senior Center (GFSC) will have Mary Ann Jung, award-winning actress, Smithsonian scholar, writer and director recreate Julia Child, an American chef, author and television personality who brought French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, at the Jan. 17 event.

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Great Falls: Holiday Light Contest Results Are In

Holiday Decor

The three winners of the Celebrate Great Falls Foundation’s Holiday Decorating Contest have been selected. Each of the three winners received $200 rewards.

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Terrilynn Kelley of Weichert Realtors Great Falls Office Recognized for November

Real Estate

Kelley led her Weichert sales region, which comprises offices throughout Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Orange, Prince William and Warren counties, for new home dollar volume. Invite this talented neighborhood specialist in to learn about the real estate services that Weichert, Realtors has to offer.

Thursday, January 5

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Washington Nationals Mascot Delivers Meals on Wheels

Abe Lincoln, the Washington Nationals mascot helps out Meals on Wheels.

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In the Red

Schools, Metro, and infrastructure form trinity of 2017 city budget priorities.

Budget priorities

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A New Year in the Old City

New year

Police Release Video of Robbery Suspects

Robbery Video

For Schools: New Year, New Superintendent

New Year, New Superintendent for FCPS

New School Superintendent

Police Release Security Footage of Gomez Shooting

Law enforcement invites media to view and break-down sequence of events

Video Footage of Shooting

Police Auditor, Civilian Review Panel to Become Reality in 2017

Body cameras, mental health part of public safety focus.

Police Auditor, Civilian Review Panel to Become Reality in 2017

Suspect in Shooting Arrested

Suspect in Shooting Arrested

Wednesday, January 4

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Our Neighbor's Child Makes Deliveries for Christmas

Thanks to Our Neighbor’s Child, more than 800 local families in need received new toys and clothes for the holidays.

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Making Spirits Brighter at Hanley Shelter

The Katherine Hanley Family Shelter serves homeless mothers and their young children.

Top Players in Centreville Area Named

The Washington Post and Conference 5 coaches selected their top offensive and defensive players.

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Merry and Bright at Reston Town Center

Reston Town Center ice skating rink provides outdoor entertainment for family and friends.

“I think it brings the families together, getting outdoors,” said Blythe Shippie, who visits the ice rink several times each year with her two daughters. “It’s just a fun activity that gets us out of the house, away from gadgets and TV screens.”

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Eight Teams Compete in Bulldog Bash in Chantilly

The 15th annual Ourisman Chantilly Toyota 2016 Bulldog Bash was hosted by Westfield High School Dec. 27-29.

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2016: Best Year in Decade for McLean, Great Falls Market

Real Estate

The year 2016 is going to go down in the history books as the best real estate market for sales in McLean and Great Falls in a decade. The number of transactions was up 10 percent year over year, rising to 1,081.

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Students from Centreville attend State Department Conference

Students from Centreville attend State Department Conference

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Tysons: The Newest Ticket for Professional Theater

Performance

When you think of Tysons you may think of retail and shopping, but that’s not the only ticket in town. Tucked into the Spring Hill Business Center just north of Tysons Galleria and Tysons Corner Center is an award-winning, professional theater company: 1st Stage. “There was no professional theater in Fairfax County at all,” Levy said.

Women’s Legislative Roundtable Previews Upcoming 2017 Legislative Session

Women’s Legislative Roundtable Previews Upcoming 2017 Legislative Session

Legal Services of Northern Virginia Launches Initiative

Legal Services of Northern Virginia Launches Initiative

Keeping Resolutions

Realistic goals and specific plans among keys to success.

Keeping Resolutions

Legislators To Hold Public Hearing

Legislators To Hold Public Hearing

Letter to the Editor: Don't Let Attacks Divide

Letter to the Editor: Don't Let Attacks Divide

Letter to the Editor: Support Appreciated

The recent Presidential election has no doubt divided the American people, and with the outrageous remarks by Trump on various races and religions, there has been an increasing uproar for a replacement of a more tolerable president-elect.

Fire Engine in Crash in Fair Oaks

Fire Engine in Crash in Fair Oaks

Crime — The following incidents were reported by the Fair Oaks District Police Station.

Crime — The following incidents were reported by the Fair Oaks District Police Station.

Crime — The following incidents were reported by the Sully District Police Station.

Crime — The following incidents were reported by the Sully District Police Station.

Fatal Crash in Centreville Area

Crash Reconstruction detectives are investigating a fatal crash that occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Dec. 23.

NOVEC Will Recycle Christmas Greens

NOVEC Will Recycle Christmas Greens

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

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Bullis School To Add Kindergarten and First Grade

To begin in September

How far The Bullis School has come since it was launched in 1930 as a one-year preparatory boarding school for high school graduates.

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Sharing Perspectives on a New Year in Potomac

Examining goals and making resolutions.

Sharing Perspectives on a New Year in Potomac

Tuesday, January 3

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Bravo To Present ‘Annie Jr.’ and ‘Legally Blonde Jr.’ in Silver Spring

Celebrating her 20th year in the business of “show business” — providing school age children an opportunity to perform in musical theatre productions — Bravo Executive Producer Laurie Levy Issembert has chosen to present two shows this season.

Potomac’s Terrie Smith marks 15 years of volunteering with CASA

“There is nothing like a smile or a hug from my CASA children,” said volunteer Terrie Smith.

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$10 Million Expansion Planned for The Music Center at Strathmore

The Music Center at Strathmore is planning a $10 million expansion that will add 5,000 square feet for a new, 200-seat dining space.

Staff Sargent Douglas O’Connor, from Potomac, to participate in Presidential Inauguration

Staff Sargent Douglas O’Connor, from Potomac will be participating in the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20.

COG Honors Montgomery County's Roger Berliner

COG Honors Montgomery County's Roger Berliner

‘Raising Your Adult Children and Grandchildren’ in Potomac

‘Raising Your Adult Children and Grandchildren’ in Potomac

West Montgomery County Citizens Association News

West Montgomery County Citizens Association News

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Potomac's Holy Child Wins Bulldog Bash

The 15th annual Ourismann Chantilly (Va.) Toyota 2016 Bulldog Bash was hosted by Westfield High School Dec. 27-29.

Viewpoints: Arlingtonians' Resolutions for 2017

Viewpoints: Arlingtonians' Resolutions for 2017

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Arlington's Signature Theatre Stages ‘Titanic’

360-degree production depicts ship's fateful journey.

Signature Theatre in Arlington is staging the Tony Award-winning Best Musical "Titanic," a 360-degree production in the Max theater, from now through Jan. 29.

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‘Resolve to Run’ in Arlington

This winter Arlington Thrive will once again sponsor its running training program — "Resolve to Run" — to help runners prepare for the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 Mile or 5K race on April 23.

Letter to the Editor: Burdensome Requirement in Arlington

Kate Bates, president & CEO of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce released the following statement regarding the Arlington County Board's approval of an amendment that requires a second signature in order to remove vehicles that are illegally parked on private property:

Letter to the Editor: Who's at Fault in Arlington?

The Arlington County Board has spent considerable time and effort advocating for a "second signature" requirement and other measures to make it more difficult for property owners to tow illegally parked automobiles. This effort defies logic.

Arlington: An Inclusive Community

The Arlington County Board on Dec. 22 issued a letter, in Spanish and English, reaffirming the county’s commitment to welcoming immigrant populations, regardless of legal status.

Letter to the Editor: Growing Together in Arlington

This fall for my storytimes, I made a “Friendship Tree,” which serves as a fun reminder that while we are unique individuals with different needs, we also come together to enjoy stories in a cheerful, social environment and participate together as a united community.

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Deconstruct vs. Demolish in Arlington

An Aging-in-Place Home

They plan to grow old in the house, and made it not only green but “silver.”

Planning and Budget Season Starts for Arlington County

Parks and Recreation planning receives early 2017 focus, but school and Metro issues loom over spring budget discussions.

2017 will start off with some good news for Arlingtonians that use parks and community facilities.

Six To Be Inducted in Washington-Lee High School Hall of Fame

The Washington-Lee High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Class of 2017, will take place at a halftime presentation during the Jan. 13 boys basketball game vs. South Lakes.

Get Fit for the New Year in Arlington

MADabolic opens new gym in Clarendon.

Marked white, teal and black weighted balls slam into the ground. Heavy ropes snake up and down through the air. Running shoes sprint across the floor.

“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington Jan. 9-13

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Jan. 9-13.

Joined in Song in Arlington

Joined in Song in Arlington

Yorktown Chamber Choir Performs in Arlington

The Yorktown Chamber Choir was busy getting Arlingtonians into the festive spirit last month.

Arlington: Fly Fishing to Help Disabled Veterans

Fly Fishing to Help Disabled Veterans

Editorial: Unsung Heroes of Fairfax County Police Reform

Personal involvement of Culosi, Beltrante key to success of police commission.

The call for reform and transparency in Fairfax County Police began long before the shooting death of John Geer in August 2013.

Commentary: Comstock Addresses Top Priority Issues

Congresswoman’s report to the 10th district residents.