Stories for March 2017

Stories for March 2017


Friday, March 31

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Traveling Players Ensemble Finishes Winter Tour

Great Falls-based Traveling Players Ensemble put on two shows for its winter tour.

Thursday, March 30

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Trail Season in Alexandria

A guide to bike and pedestrian trails throughout Alexandria and beyond.

Alexandria Symphony Partners with Washington Choral Arts

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The New Boss of T.C. Williams

Peter Balas appointed TC principal.

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Tale of Three Alexandria Businesses

Three business owners look to future of local commerce.

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Wings for All

Travel rehearsal offered for individuals with disabilities.

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Police Stations Turn To Their ‘Nextdoor’ Neighbors

Cops tout community policing improvement.

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Backyard Adventure

Ideas for a spring break family staycation.

Diversion First in Wait-and-See Mode

Handcuffed by budget constraints in proposed budget, Diversion First may see some relief.

Editorial Opinion: Expand Medicaid Now

Virginia has missed out on $10 billion, 30,000 jobs and care for 400,000 citizens.

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Bacon and Bureaucracy in Alexandria

City and State legislators talk sewage, BIDs, and development over breakfast.

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Taxes, Fees and Alexandria City Spending

Budget session focuses on “Livable, Green and Prospering City.”

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Denouncing GOP Health Bill

And worrying about cost of losing coverage.

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Obituary: Al Grande Dies at 80

Founder of ASAP Printing helped transform Del Ray.

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Fairfax County: FCPS to Present FY2018 Budget to Supervisors April 4

School system facing nearly $50 million gap in funding.

Leading up to the Fairfax County Public School Board presenting its advertised FY2018 budget to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, April 4, several school board members and supervisors have been hosting community meetings on the subject.

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Obituary: Eric Michael Weight, 51

’83 TC grad dies in cycling accident.

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Fairfax County: Gillespie Wins GOP Straw Poll for Governor at Robinson

More than 300 voters attended a Fairfax County Republican Committee straw poll and candidate forum on March 25, according to FCRC executive director Eric Johnson. The event was held at Robinson Secondary School.

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Mason Neck Lions Cleanup Graffiti at Lorton Park & Ride

Graffiti isn’t art, it’s a crime. That’s the message the Mason Neck Lions Club is trying to remind people of as they’ve coordinated several graffiti removal projects in the Lorton and Mason Neck area over the past couple of years.

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Hunters share venison chili at Lorton Community Action Center

Bob Flanagan of Fairfax Station and Tom Dalton of Springfield serve up samples of two styles of chili, just like a vendor at a grocery store. Except their chili — each man is responsible for one pot, either sweet and spicy or mild and chunky — is made with local venison. And the grocery store is actually the Lorton Community Action Center food pantry.

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Fairfax County: Commission for Women honors trailblazers in business and labor

Constance “Connie” Cordovilla remembers signing up for college courses in the mid-’60s and being interested in taking electrical engineering. “Nice girls go into English,” her counselor told her. “What makes you think I’m a nice girl?” she said she responded.

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Fairfax County: Community and faith leaders, elected officials speak about hate speech, bias incidents and hate crimes

More than 100 people filled the Ernst Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus on Sunday, March 26, to hear more than a dozen elected and faith leaders, as well as representatives from local organizations speak about hate speech, bias incidents and hate crimes.

Wednesday, March 29

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Fairfax County Breaks Ground on Huntington Levee

$30 million project will protect community from flooding.

Commentary: Returning to Richmond for ‘Veto Session’

Heart Takes Us Further Than Talent — Fort Hunt Little League

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State Championship for Chantilly High Theater

Director’s original play takes top honors at VHSL competition.

Discussing Islam at South Lakes High School

Discussing Islam in Reston

Week in Reston

Week in Reston

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‘Another Way to Make a Difference’ in the Sully District

Sully District Police Station’s commander likes helping others.

Lawsuit Filed in Reston Town Center Parking Battle

A restaurant in Reston Town Center filed a lawsuit against Boston Properties.

Public Art Reston Marks 10th Anniversary

10th anniversary of public artworks in Reston.

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All That Jazz in Chantilly

CHS hosts annual Chantilly Invitational Jazz Festival.

3's Community

Three people show to community meeting on proposed transit area tax.

Three people attended a community meeting about the new tax with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.

Tuesday, March 28

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$22,000 from Lax 4 a Cause

SYA, CYA combine efforts to raise funds for nonprofit organization Special Love.

Next for Pipeline Playwrights: ‘Around the Snake Turn’

Play by Patricia Connelly about West African practice of trokosi, or sex slaves.

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Children Helping Children

Baptist churches raise money for Children’s Home.

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Signs of the Times: A Divided Welcome in Bethesda

Protesters, supporters gather for Hogan and DeVos at Carderock Elementary.

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‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ in Potomac

Potomac teen lands first professional acting role.

Making Something Good Together in Potomac

In the Sound of the Bells

Parents: More Psychiatric Beds Needed at VHC

Hearing on April 3 will address VHC request for property acquisition and additional beds.

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Couple Gives Back to Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Liza and John Marshall are committed to nonprofit’s mission.

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They’re Off!

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Incentivize Arlington

Inside the incentive network bringing new businesses to Arlington.

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Return of Thomas Jefferson ES

Planning Commission to consider new elementary school’s design.

Monday, March 27

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Comic Mystery at Lorton

“The 39 Steps” heads into Workhouse Arts Center.

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‘I Cannot Imagine Any Better Career’

Career and Volunteer Fire Department awards are presented.

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Editorial Cartoon

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, April 3-8.

Chairman Sharon Bulova Responds to Federal Budget Proposal

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Fairfax County Civilian Review Panel Sworn in

Inaugural meeting of the Civilian Review Panel

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Community Policing, Not Sanctuary, in Fairfax County

Resurgent gang activity also discussed at Public Safety Committee.

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ACCT Presents ‘Connecticut Yankee’ Play in Alexandria

Mark Twain farce about American who is transported back to 6th century England.

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Ease Yoga and Café Offers Senior Discount in Del Ray

Newest business to participate in Silver Service Card.

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Repairs Help People Stay in Their Homes in Alexandria

Thursday, March 23

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Framed by Snow

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Editorial Cartoon

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Chordially Yours in Alexandria

MetroStage hosts The Alexandria Singers cabaret.

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Halfway There with Alexandria Budget

Almost everything to know about the city budget so far.

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BIDing War in Alexandria

Proposed Business Improvement District divides King Street community.

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Living History in Alexandria

Eight Alexandrians selected as 2017’s Living Legends.

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Spring is ‘Springing’ in Vienna, Oakton Area

A look at some of area’s most-anticipated events.

Spring in Vienna 2017

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Leading Ladies in Alexandria

10 honored in Salute to Women Awards.

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Proposed Center Makes Progress in Alexandria

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Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Honors Five Town of Vienna Police Officers

On March 17, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce honored five Town of Vienna Police Officers at the 39th Annual Valor Awards Ceremony.

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McLean Orchestra’s Paul Frank dies at 76.

Paul Frank of McLean Orchestra Dies

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Cooper Middle School Celebrates International Night

On Thursday, March 16, Cooper Middle School hosted International Night.

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‘Painful’ Outlook Cast for County’s Budget

McLean Citizens Association discusses county’s $4.10 billion advertised budget.

Officials cast a dreary outlook for the ongoing budget negotiations for Fairfax County’s 2018 fiscal year.

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Aquila Theatre’s “Our Trojan Wars” at Alden Theatre.

Aquila Theatre brings “Our Trojan War” to the Alden.

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Visiting Our Mom Eugenia

New Greek restaurant in Great Falls attracts area diners.

Our Mom Eugenia, a Greek restaurant

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Italian Garden Concert to Benefit Amadeus

Italian Garden concert to benefit Amadeus

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Doris Carpenter Honored at the Tibbetts Award Banquet

Doris Carpenter wins Jean Tibbetts History Award

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Surprise Late-Winter Visitors at Riverbend Park

48 Tundra Swans grazing in the Potomac River.

Tundra Swans at Riverbend

Wednesday, March 22

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All-Star Team

Take a Hike in Chantilly

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Sully Police Discuss State of the Station

‘You Really Live in a Safe Community’

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‘A Thoroughly Entertaining Production’ at Liberty Middle School

Liberty Middle presents “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Maker Culture Meets in Reston

Maker Faire

Public Art Reston Presents Three Films by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

Filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi

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Dance to Provoke and Challenge

Erica Rebollar and Rebollar Dance are returning to CenterStage.

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Battle for Golf Course - Round 2

The Reston National Golf Course was listed for sale by investment advisory firm ARA Newmark on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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Ready for Some Spring Adventures?

Near and far, some suggestions to embrace spring.

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Dads Read to Children

100 Dads Read

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Introducing Moby Dick House of Kabob

New restaurant offering fast casual food opens in Potomac.

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Assistance League to Host Spring Fundraiser

Assistance League Fundraiser

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Herndon Honors Town Manager for Over 40 Years of Service

Herndon Town Manager Arthur Anselene retires

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Bullis School Students Launch Own Newspaper

The Little Bulldog encourages writing.

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Vinyl Records? - Right on!

Record store in Herndon

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KEEN on Staying Fit

Volunteers always welcome at recreational programs for young people with special needs.

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Irish Tunes in Potomac

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Snow Day in Potomac

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Spring Happenings in Potomac

Five things to do as winter and spring fight for seasonal rights.

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Don’t Miss The Best Game In Town – The Enclave


At over 50% sold out and under construction, with delivery slated for later this year, now is the best time to discover Fairfax’s best selling condominium community, The Enclave.

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Preparing for ‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

BRAVO Productions expands with adult cast.

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Tuesday, March 21

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Lions and Tigers and Bears

County constricts exotic animal regulations.

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Giving Parents an Educational Alternative in Arlington

The Sycamore School to open July 1.

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Encouraging Dialogue at Marymount

Discussing peace and justice at Marymount’s Founders Day.

Free Tax Assistance in Arlington

Get help preparing taxes at several Arlington locations this season

Monday, March 20

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Read Across America

Commentary: General Assembly Approves New Policies

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Preparing for Citizenship

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Woodson Defeats Hylton in State Championship

Silverthorne Jailed after Guilty Plea

Sentencing on drug charge set for June.

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‘An All-Around, Great Guy’

Supporters call Silverthorne a good person who made a mistake.

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Classic Literature Comes Alive

Providence Players present “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

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Puccini’s “Turandot” on Mason Stage

Virginia Opera comes to Center for the Arts March 25-26.

Week in Fairfax

Mantua House Fire Displaces Four

Great Falls Residents to Discuss Golf Tournament Impact

Great Falls Citizens Association to hold Town Hall meeting on the issue on March 20.

Week in Great Falls

Great Falls Senior Center to Host Luncheon

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Vienna Casino Night Gala Draws Hundreds of Party-goers

Vienna Rotary hosts gaming tables and foods of the world.

Week in McLean


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Oakton Loses in State Finals

Friday, March 17

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 63 homes sold between $2,575,003-$203,000 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: February, 2017

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 97 Springfield homes sold between $860,000-$145,000.

Springfield Home Sales: February, 2017

Reston Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 75 Reston homes sold between $990,000-$82,500.

Reston Home Sales: February, 2017

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 108 homes sold between $1,275,000-$90,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2017

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 50 homes sold between $2,460,000-$185,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill and Herndon Home Sales: February, 2017

Fairfax Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 61 Fairfax homes sold between $1,367,555-$132,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: February, 2017

Chantilly Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 16 homes sold between $701,000-$214,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: February, 2017

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

In February, 2017, 38 homes sold between $1,875,000-$288,000 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

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

Centreville Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 63 Centreville homes sold between $1,273,773-$196,000.

Centreville Home Sales: February, 2017

Burke Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 31 Burke homes sold between $612,500-$140,000.

Burke Home Sales: February, 2017

Arlington Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 173 Arlington homes sold between $2,100,000-$122,500.

Arlington Home Sales: February, 2017

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 145 Alexandria homes sold between $1,925,000-$110,000.

Alexandria Home Sales: February, 2017

Great Falls Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 13 Great Falls homes sold between $12,000,000-$485,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: February, 2017

McLean Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 89 homes sold between $2,900,000-$188,800 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: February, 2017

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 34 Potomac homes sold between $3,650,000-$360,000.

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2017

Thursday, March 16

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Oath of Office in Herndon

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Citizens Connect With Cops Over Coffee

Bodycams coming next month.

The Herndon Police Department invited the public to sit down and have a cup of coffee with officers at the Virginia Kitchen restaurant on Elden Street on Monday morning, March 13.

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Nysmith Teams Win, Advance in Academic Competitions

A diverse group of Nysmith School for the Gifted students and teams has recently recorded a number of academic accomplishments.

Commentary: Virginia’s Reputation as a Gun-Running State Returns

A headline in the New York Times in December, 1992 proclaimed that “Virginia Aims to Shed Image as a ‘Handgun Supermarket.’”

Letter to the Editor: Hunter Mill District Community Summit Explains Budget Process

Hunter Mill District (and other Fairfax County) residents missed a great opportunity to learn the facts about the County’s budget process and outlook if they didn’t attend March 4 Hunter Mill District Community Summit at the Frying Pan Park visitor’s center.

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Reston Welcomes Raul Midón to the CenterStage and Local Schools

Reston Community Center will present singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Raul Midón for a one-night performance on March 29 at the CenterStage.

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The Picklin’ Grannies of Providence Senior Center Excel at Pickle Ball

Picklin’ Grannies, at Providence Senior Center, laugh and smile a lot but when they play pickle ball, it’s all business.

Reston Hospital Center Performs the Region’s First Total Knee Replacement using Mako Technology

HCA Virginia’s Reston Hospital Center is the first hospital in the region to offer Mako‐Robotic‐Arm Assisted technology for total knee replacement surgery.

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Cranes and Construction: The Changing Landscape

The Reston Historic Trust is inviting the residents to join them Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. to discuss Reston's changing landscape at the two Metro stations and along Reston and Wiehle avenues.

Thief Picked The Wrong House

Retired Fairfax County Police Department Detective Bruce Wiley was awakened by a noise in his home in Reston just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8.

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‘Exemplary Service’ — PFC Culbertson is Sully’s Officer of the Year.

PFC Earl Culbertson is such an outstanding police officer that, not only was he named the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Month for October, he was also honored as its Officer of the Year.

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Prepare for Spring

With spring nearing, the Fairfax County Master Gardener Association (FCMGA) is spreading gardening news and fostering camaraderie amongst area gardeners.

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109 Cub Scouts Compete in Pinewood Derby

34 participate in Parent/Son Bakeoff Competition.

Cub Scouts from the Centreville/Chantilly/Clifton area gathered for the annual Sully District Pinewood Derby and Parent/Son Bake-off competitions on March 4 at Liberty Middle School in Clifton.

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Fashion Show To Benefit Salvation Army

March 24 fundraiser for Women's Auxiliary of the Fairfax Corps to support projects.

Around 200 people are expected to attend the 37th annual Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Fairfax Fashion Show scheduled for Friday, March 24 at the Waterford at Fair Oaks.

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65th Anniversary

Bishop Floyd and Marjorie Brown celebrated 65 years of marriage on March 8.

Now Open: Monster Mini Golf in Chantilly

Monster Mini Golf is now open in Chantilly, at 14130 Sullyfield Circle, Suite G.

Free St. Patrick’s Day Lyft Rides Offered in Area

Preparing to combat that time of year when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly one-third of all U.S. traffic deaths are caused by drunk drivers, free Lyft rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area next Friday, March 17, 2017 (St. Patrick’s Day).

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Fairfax Weathers Late Winter Snow

Weather Service announces snowfall totals, most saw 2-3 inches

Snowpocalypse 3.0 it wasn’t. Though Fairfax County was included in a winter storm warning Monday and Tuesday, March 13 and 14, the snow that fell only managed to close schools and cancel trash, recycling and yard waste pickup, but didn’t shut down local government.

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Area Social Justice Network Hosts Richmond Wrap-Up

Some successes, some defeats, and a partisan rallying call for 2017 elections.

The 2017 Legislative Session of the Virginia General Assembly was adjourned on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Leadership Fairfax Hosts Breakfast with Supervisors

On Friday, March 10, Leadership Fairfax (LFI) held its annual Breakfast with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the 26th time.

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Committed to Peacemaking

Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County reception honors activists and advocates.

Suraya Sadeed said hearing more than 20 stories of students promoting peace in and out of their schools made her believe “there is still hope for a brighter future.”

Wednesday, March 15

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Practice Makes Perfect

Local educators share strategies for getting children to practice music.

When Linda Gulyn’s son entered high school and asked to quit his clarinet lessons, the Arlington mother of four declined his request.

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Over 50 and Playing Basketball

Women's NOVA Fifty and Over Basketball League enjoy friendships and travel.

If you're over 50 and a woman, you're never too old to play basketball.

First Taste of Working World

Teen Job Fairs begin this weekend.

Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) said his first job working at a pool over the summer formed a lot of his work ethic.

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Optimistic About State of Hospitality

Panelists at Northern Virginia Chamber Forum discuss state of hospitality under the new administration.

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce gathered some heavy hitters to offer their thoughts and answer questions from a standing-room-only audience at the “State of Hospitality Under the New Administration” symposium on March 6.

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Letter to the Editor: Support Libraries

At a time when Alexandrians are eager to proclaim their city an open and welcoming one, let's keep in mind our wonderful libraries.

Letter to the Editor: Best Use of City Funds?

Many third world countries would be ashamed of the condition of paving in Alexandria.

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Commentary: Academic Success

It’s about science, not luck.

Did you know that kids who move more do better in school?

Letter to the Editor: What Are Costs Of Illegal Immigration?

Vic Glasberg’s “Resist Complicity” letter [Gazette Packet, Feb. 28] urges local officials and news editors to “resist complicity” in federal enforcement of our country’s immigration laws, which he considers “perverse, counterproductive, and discriminatory.”

GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidates To Debate in Arlington

The Republican Women of Northern Virginia will host a Republican Lieutenant Governor debate on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the Army Navy Country Club, in Arlington.

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Slover Inducted into Regional Football Hall of Fame

Mac Slover, regional program director of the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, was inducted into the Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame at the 27th Annual Awards Banquet held on March 5 at the McLean Hilton Hotel.

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Bonding in Alexandria

Unity Basketball Tournament brings police and return citizens together.

People of all walks of life ate together, prayed together and played together on March 11 at George Washington Middle School.

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All in the Family

SSA honors community service.

A record crowd gathered March 4 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center as Senior Services of Alexandria held its 2017 Generation to Generation Gala to recognize two Alexandria families for their long-term commitment to giving back to the Alexandria community.

The Music Man

ASO executive director Paul Frank dies at 76.

A conductor’s podium was as much an office for Paul Frank as was the traditional CEO corner suite.

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Charting His Course

ASF apprentice builds for the future.

For nine months, Jay Helinksi worked as an apprentice with the Alexandria Seaport Foundation.

The Mailman

One of city’s first African American mailmen, and longtime civic activist, dies.

Even for those who didn't know his name, Arthur Martin Nelson was the face of the community.

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Death or Resurrection?

Church’s offer on affordable housing needs additional city support.

The future of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection’s slated affordable housing project hangs in the air while City Council decides on the FY2018 budget.

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The Sound of Heaven Touching Earth

Mark 1:14-15 — Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

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Future Nurse Hopefuls Receive Fatzinger Scholarships

In memory of Harriet H. Fatzinger.

You don’t just become a nurse, it’s something you have in your heart.

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Her First Solo Exhibit

Mashayekhi presents “Extraordinary Ordinary, A Photography Medley.”

Artist Azita Mashayekhi is inviting the Alexandria community and beyond to her photography exhibit at the Montebello Condominiums Community Center/Café, through March 17, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber Hears Route 1 Update

Public information meeting scheduled for April 18

Widening of Route 1 over three miles between Jeff Todd Way and Napper Road is still in the preliminary design phase.

Recruiting for New West Potomac Principal Begins

West Potomac High School parents and community members can attend a March 20 meeting regarding the process for selecting a new principal, Region 3 assistant superintendent Terry Dade announced.

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Paint by Numbers

New study shows Torpedo Factory as top ranked city attraction.

The Torpedo Factory is the biggest attraction in Alexandria to people already in the Torpedo Factory — it’s getting people there that’s the trouble.

Above and Beyond

Council exceeds city manager’s recommended maximum tax rate.

In a year of new fees and a proposed real estate tax increase, the Alexandria City Council upped the ante by surpassing the recommended maximum tax rate to provide more funding to city schools.

Tuesday, March 14

Pipeline Playwrights' Next Reading

"The Men My Mother Loved" by Soo-Jin Lee at Alexandria's MetroStage on March 20.

Pipeline Playwrights will present its next reading of the world premiere play, "The Men My Mother Loved," by Soo-Jin Lee on Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. at MetroStage in Alexandria.

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Japanese Hibachi Experiences Blend Entertainment with Dinner.

This week’s cold snap may have shaken most of the cherry blossoms loose, but the month-long celebration of the United States’ friendship with Japan continues apace.

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Snapshot: After the Storm

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Hands-On Learning

Recently Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, B-Shift had the opportunity to get some hands-on training in a building that used to house the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police near the Huntington Metro Station.

Commentary: Congratulations, But What Does ACT Do Again?

As the new director of development at ACT for Alexandria, I was excited to begin sharing the news with my friends about my new job and this fantastic organization.

Commentary: What To Do with All That Energy

Well, something's happening and it's got people’s passion stirring!

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Mentor of The Month

Finding Joy in Reading

In late 2015, I began looking for volunteer opportunities as a way to give back to my community.

Commentary: A Day Without Whining

What do women really want? If you live in our area, the obvious answer is a day off from work.

Commentary: What Happens to Uninsured Virginians?

With the recent release of what is looking to be a detrimental and ill-planned Republican healthcare bill, and with major GOP candidates for Governor endorsing an irresponsible Medicaid block grant, Virginians are once again paying for the legislature’s ongoing failure to expand Medicaid.

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Dean’s Award

Maddie Kane, with arm around the Colgate University mascot, was born and raised in Potomac and is a graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, has been awarded the dean’s award at the university every year since her freshman year.

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Area Filmmakers at Bethesda Film Fest

Films include art of painting with wax, history of collard greens, and a doctor walking the line of his own morality.

The fifth annual Bethesda Film Fest will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, and will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers.

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Arlington's Signature Stages ‘Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing’

Story about a songstress whose off-key singing becomes a pop phenomenon in the 1960s.

Signature Theatre in Arlington is staging "Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing" from now through March 26.

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Recruiting for New Principal

Search begins for new Yorktown High School principal.

Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Murphy and Dr. Kristi Murphy, assistant superintendent of human resources for Arlington Public Schools, met with parents at Yorktown High School to review the selection process, on the evening of March 8.

Restoring Felons’ Rights

Gov. Terry McAuliffe addressed the Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) annual Second Chance breakfast on March 1.

GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidates to Debate in Arlington

The Republican Women of Northern Virginia will host a Republican Lieutenant Governor debate on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at the Army Navy Country Club, in Arlington.

County Moves to Restore Tobytown Cemetery

Restoring historic cemetery in Potomac

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Hope Connection Celebrates 10 Years

Potomac Volunteer Being Honored at Gala

Potomac Volunteer Honored

Schools Warn of Kidnapping Scam

Police, FBI Offer Advice

Phone scam alert

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World Language Day Showcases Student's Skills

World Language Day

Flourishing After 55

Flourishing After 55

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How to Package 20,000 Meals in Four Hours

Seventy-five volunteers have gathered at CUMC on Filmore Street on March 11 to package 20,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now.

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Local Filmmakers at Bethesda Film Fest

Films include art of painting with wax, history of collard greens, and a doctor walking the line of his own morality.

Filmmakers from Alexandria, Arlington

Monday, March 13

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‘Rising Above Fear’ at Burke Presbyterian Church

“Rising Above Fear” — that was the theme of Burke Presbyterian Church’s first Distinguished Speaker event, March 3-4.

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Chapel Road Closures March 6-17

Detour in place during pipe replacement.

Chapel Road (Route 641) between Water Street and Sangsters Court will be closed to through traffic Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day in order to replace and upgrade six failing pipe structures, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Letter to the Editor: Encouraging Response

I read the article “Prayer Vigil at ICE Office” written by Tim Peterson and was comforted by the contents.

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Musical at Burke Presbyterian Church

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ performances March 9-12.

What do the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Book of Mormon, and the West End/Broadway writing team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have in common?

Commentary: Eight Pieces of Legislation with Positive Impact

The 2017 General Assembly Session has officially adjourned Sine Die, concluding our legislative session.

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Rise to the Occasion

Great Harvest Bread Co. Burke and Lorton owners ready for new adventure.

At 4 a.m., while most people sleep soundly, Jeffrey Connelly is up baking bread in Burke.

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Leaders Gather in Opposition to Trump Immigration Policies

Condemning ICE activity at Rising Hope Church in search of criminals in the country illegally.

In response to executive orders from President Donald Trump that expand Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents’ criteria for detaining and deporting people in the United States illegally, elected officials are speaking out against the action, as well as condemning recent activity by ICE officials to round up known immigrant criminals.

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Springfield/Burke Robotics Team Excels in ‘Sport for the Mind’

The Springfield/Burke FIRST Robotics Competition Team #2421 RTR Team Robotics, came in 2nd place at their first regional event of the 2017 season this past weekend.

City Manager Unveils Proposed FY18 Budget

Recommends real-estate tax rate stay the same

There’s good news for homeowners in the City of Fairfax: City Manager Bob Sisson’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 is calling for no increase in the real-estate tax rate.

Week in Fairfax

City Provides Spring Cleanup Services

April is Spring Cleanup Month in Fairfax, and the city provides many services to assist residents with spring cleaning.

Area Roundups

Pohick Church to Host St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

The community is invited to a traditional St Patrick's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 in the Parish House Common Room at Historic Pohick Church.

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Up Where the Air is Rare

City’s fire-protection rating is among the nation’s highest.

When John O’Neal came to the City of Fairfax a year ago to become its new fire chief, one of his objectives was to improve the City’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) fire-protection rating.

Letter to the Editor: Hate Crimes Have No Place in Our Communities

In recent weeks there has been an alarming increase in acts of anti-Semitism at Jewish Community Centers, cemeteries, and schools, and at Muslim Community Centers and mosques.

Week in Springfield

Springfield Man Sentenced for Cocaine Distribution

Springfield resident Cristan Taylor, 48, has received a three-year prison sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Letter to the Editor: Privy to ‘Miracle Cures’

Thank you for your article about the Feb. 24 Town Hall that Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) skipped.

Week in Great Falls

Great Falls Senior Center to Host Laura M. Elliott

The Great Falls Senior Center will welcome Laura M. Elliott as the guest speaker for a March 21 event.

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A Delightful Journey: Cappies Review

Look deep into the mirror, and you may find a whole new world on the other side.

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McLean High Student Wins Statewide Award for Journalism

Melanie Pincus honored by the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers.

Melanie Pincus and her teacher and adviser, Lindsay Benedict sit in “The Highlander” newsmagazine room at McLean High School.

Letter to the Editor: Community in Peril

The malicious attack that occurred last November at Tysons Corner Mall in which a man used anti-Muslim slurs and then bit another man in the face is an appalling example of violent bigotry.

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McLean Project for the Arts Receives Dominion ArtStars Grant

The McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) recently received a Shining Star ArtStars Award of $10,000 from the Dominion Foundation.

McLean Citizens Urge More Changes to FCPS Pensions

McLean, Great Falls Citizens Associations discuss county teachers’ pension system.

A vocal McLean citizens group wants to see more changes to the pension system for Fairfax County Public School employees.

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Madison Madrigals to Perform in McLean

Not many high school choruses get to both write and commission a piece of music.

Week in McLean

Detectives Search for Human Remains

Fairfax County Police Department detectives have been searching for human remains in two areas in the county.

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Monte Carlo Vienna-style

Vienna Rotary hosts Casino Night and Taste of the World on March 11.

Are ya’ feeling lucky?

To the Editor: Supporting Stand for Justice

Supporting Stand for Justice

To the Editor: Freeze Is Hurting Community

The federal hiring freeze is hurting my family, my neighbors and my community.

Eileen Curtis, Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, to Retire after 23 Year Tenure

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce announces that Eileen Curtis will retire as President & CEO of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce in mid July 2017, after a successor is chosen.

Letter to the Editor: Power in Unity

With much excitement, I read Feb. 22 commentary titled “What Can I Do?” Author, Kenneth R. Plum, State Delegate (D-36) writes to inform the community about a chance to become involved and more active in civil service.

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Herndon’s Citizen of the Year

Herndon Rotary Club names Blake G. Rose Citizen of the Year at 51st Annual Recognition Banquet.

If you've ever had the opportunity to meet Blake G. Rose, the quiet guy behind the camera lens for Herndon Community Television camera, you'd probably never guess his level of dedication to volunteer service might be unsurpassed in the local community.

A Mixed Bag: General Assembly Session 2017


The best way I can describe the 2017 session of the General Assembly is to call it a mixed bag.

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First Metro Area Redevelopment Clears First Hurdle

Stanley Martin Homes hopes to build 64 new condominiums at 625 Herndon Parkway and it just cleared its first hurdle.



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Marching for ‘Park Free RTC’

Hundreds protest new Reston Town Center parking fees.

Hundreds of people opposed Reston Town Center’s new paid parking scheme on Saturday, March 4, by marching in a “Park Free RTC” protest march.

Saturday, March 11

RA Reviews Newly Published Lake House Report

Reston Lake House Report

Thursday, March 9

Letter to the Editor: Fairfax County Cannot Ignore Low Salaries of Police Force

As we have heard for many years now, Fairfax County is once again in a budget crunch.

Editorial: Independent, Civilian Oversight in Place

New auditor and panel will make an excellent police force better, more transparent and accountable.

In February, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors followed through in establishing two forms of independent oversight of law enforcement for the first time in county history.

Stop Bullying Federal Workers

Republicans hold control of all three branches of government, and therefore have a responsibility to lead the civil service that employs millions of Americans, and every American relies upon for myriad services.

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Madison Warhawks: Region Champions

The Madison Warhawks (22-6) and WT Woodson Cavaliers (23-5) battled for the Virginia 6A North Championship held at Robinson High School on Feb. 25.

Week in Vienna

Vienna Town Election Information

Vienna Town Election Information

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Hunter Mill District Community Summit Held

Budgets, education, economic climate, immigration and Metro all on the agenda.

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins held a community summit on Saturday, March 4 at the Frying Pan Park Visitors Center in Herndon.

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Fairfax County Team Receives National Award for Juvenile Justice Diversion Efforts

The Center for Juvenile Justice and Reform (CJJR) at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy awarded a Fairfax County team the 2016 Capstone of the Year Award for their efforts and success in redesigning and enhancing the youth diversion and restorative justice program.

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Langley Band Invited to National Festival

The Langley High School Wind Symphony Band has been honored by being invited to perform at the 2017 Music for All National Festival, a noted festival for school instrumental music ensemble.

Local SoberRide Program Partners with LYFT

SoberRide, Greater Washington’s popular free safe ride service to prevent drunk driving, will now be solely available via the Lyft mobile app ridesharing platform.

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Beating Langley, Cougars Go to State Finals

The Oakton Cougars secured a spot in the Virginia 6A basketball finals.

The Oakton Cougars secured a spot in the Virginia 6A basketball finals after defeating the Langley Saxons 52-40 in the semifinal on March 4.

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Winning Basketball Championship

McLean Basketball's eighth grade Division III team just took the The Fairfax County Youth Basketball League (FCYBL) championship trophy home in a close game that was won with a 3-pointer in the last seconds of the game.

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Oil Painting Raffle in Great Falls

TD Bank opened a branch in Great Falls on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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Puppy Murray to the Rescue

Puppy Murray in his yellow cape is becoming a familiar sight to Great Falls residents.

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Fairfax County Celebrates 275th Anniversary

“A Place Called Home: Fairfax County. A 275th Anniversary Event” is a day-long exploration of the sprawling geography and history of Fairfax County.

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Verizon Supports TJ High School STEM All Stars

On Friday, March 6, state Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-35), Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross (D-Mason District) and Fairfax County School Board Vice Chairman Jane Strauss, gathered to celebrate Verizon’s sustained commitment to STEM education in Northern Virginia.

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Celebrating the Persian New Year at Tysons Corner Center

The Nowruz Festival will be held Sunday, March 12

Following 3,000 years of customs and traditions, the colorful Nowruz Festival — the Persian New Year celebration — will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year's festival, with more than 75 booth vendors, is free and will be held in front of Bloomingdale's at Tysons Corner Center.

Arrests Follow Alexandria Cell Phone Robberies

The Alexandria Police Department has been investigating robberies of cell phones that occurred recently in Alexandria.

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Alexandria Faith Community Sees Underbelly of Housing Shortage

Another church adds testimony to City Council.

Another church has written to City Council about the human need stemming from the city’s lack of affordable housing.

Obituary: Bob Michel, Longtime Congressman

To many, Bob Michel will be remembered as the longtime Illinois congressman and skilled politician who served for 38 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Commentary: Virginia General Assembly Approves New Policies

Last week, I reported on my accomplishments in the recent session of the General Assembly. This week, I am highlighting a few other important policy changes coming to Virginia because of our action.

Workshop To Support Caregivers: Senior Services of Alexandria

Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) receives calls regularly from family members who are struggling to care for their loved ones.

Letter to the Editor: Budget in Alexandria City Council’s Hands

On Feb. 21, I presented City Council and the public with proposed city operating and capital budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and a proposed capital improvement program (CIP) for the next decade.

Letter to the Editor: Prioritize Minnie Howard

We write on behalf of the Capacity Committee of the T.C. Williams High School Instructional Leadership Team (ILT).

Letter to the Editor: Another ‘Special Tax Zone’

In a few weeks, the Alexandria City Council will be considering the formulation of a Business Improvement District (BID) in Old Town.

Living Legends Celebrates 10 Years

Donley, Euille among 2017 honorees.

Former Alexandria mayors Kerry Donley and Bill Euille are among the Class of 2017 Living Legends of Alexandria who will be honored at the organization’s 10th anniversary Meet the Legends reception March 16 at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

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NOVA Ice Dogs Win League Championship

Alexandria's Northern Virginia Ice Dogs Hockey Team won the U-16 Upper Patrick CBHL League Championship on Feb. 26 beating the #1 ranked Piedmont Predators in a game that went to a shoot-out.

Arrest Follows Car Break-ins in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon District Police officers were working several reports of vehicle tampering in the Belleview area on March 7 in and around the 6300 block of 10thStreet.

Portner's Brewhouse Reopening This Week

Portner Brewhouse Reopens

Grab a Seat at the Table

For Mount Vernon three-course beer pairing.

Beer in Mount Vernon

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Rise to the Occasion

Great Harvest Bread Co. Burke and Lorton owners ready for new adventure.

Harvest Bread in Burke

Wednesday, March 8

Obituary: Raymond T. Olsen

Raymond T. Olsen, 87, of Oak Park, Illinois passed away Feb. 27, 2017 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

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A Team of Winners

Gianmichel D'Allessandro, in the green cap, prepares to dive in for his school record-setting swim in the 50-yard freestyle.

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South Lakes Athletes Break Records, Win State Honors

South Lakes High School seniors Devyn Jones, Timiebi Ogobri and Peter Sepulveda closed out their four-year indoor track and field careers by earning All-State honors at the 6A State Championship February 24-25, 2017.

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Board of Supervisors Approves $2.2 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Associated Road Fund approved; Service District vote will be next month.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the $2.2 billion Reston Transportation Funding Plan and its associated road fund on Tuesday, Feb. 28, despite vocal opposition from community members.

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Herndon Artist Lisa Tureson Exhibits at Touchstone Gallery, D.C.

Oak Hill-Herndon-based artist Lisa Tureson celebrated the opening reception of her latest exhibit Scribbles: an Urban Art Series, on Friday March 3, 2017 at Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave., NW.

Gathering in Opposition to Trump Immigration Policies

Leaders condemn ICE activity outside Rising Hope Church.

Speaking out against Trump immigration policies

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Scouts Clean Out Trash from Hunting Creek

Boy Scouts clean trash

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

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

School's Out

City schools close after teachers take day off.

Women take the Day Off in Alexandria

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Animal Shelter Named after Michael Frey

Lifelong advocate for humane treatment.

If a dog is man’s best friend, then certainly Michael Frey is one of the best friends of dogs, cats and other animals.

Reflecting on Politics

A progressive Vermonter in Old Town

Progressive Chester Kasnowski comes to Old Town

People at Work

A plumbers work in Old Town, Alexandria

Adewusi Named Officer of the Month

Traffic Enforcement Officer Olukemi “Kemi” Adewusi has been selected as an Officer of the Month for the Sully District Police Station.

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

The Thriving Family Summit vision began with a drug overdose and death of a local teenager and a local church offering to host her memorial service.

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Luck of the Irish

Ballyshaners host 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

St. Patrick's Day parade in Old Town, Alexandria

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Clougherty: Player of the Year

Mary Clougherty, a senior on the varsity basketball team at Chantilly High School, was awarded Player of the Year by the Northern Virginia Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

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A Mile in Mayoral Shoes

A Day in the Life of Alison Silberberg

A day with Alexandria Mayor

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Gala Raises $117,000 Against Child Abuse

Raising funds to fight child abuse

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Body of Missing Woman Recovered

River Rescue team finds body in river.

The body of Becky M. McCleskey, 56, of Arlington, Va., was found in the Potomac River.

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Discussing Bald Eagles

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Pool Room in Time for Summer

Family turns unfinished basement space into pool-changing area.

When a Potomac family decided to transform part of their unfinished basement into a changing room which overlooks their new backyard pool, they enlisted the help of Hopkins & Porter Construction.

United Against Threats in Montgomery County

County and state leaders meet to support Jewish congregations.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett held a press conference Friday to reaffirm the county’s solidarity with the Jewish community in light of recent bomb threats.

Learning about Technology for Homes

Raising the IQ level of one’s home, ranging from the simple to the sophisticated, from replacing LED bulbs to fully integrated home automation systems, is the mission of Gary Flax, in his presentation, "Smart Technology For Our Homes," at Potomac Community Village’s monthly meeting on March 16.

West Montgomery County Citizens Association News

Next Meeting Paul Tukey, chief sustainability officer for the Glenstone Museum in Potomac and author of “The Organic Lawn Care Manual,” will give a presentation on organic grounds management at the March 8 meeting of the West Montgomery County Citizens Association at 7:15 p.m. in the Potomac Community Center.

Record Views of Heroin Epidemic Show

The first show of a new series on County Cable Montgomery (CCM), Montgomery County’s government cable station, this week surpassed 20,000 online views — making it the most-watched issue-based video in the history of the station.

Home Care Agency Awarded

Options for Senior America in Gaithersburg has been selected as one of the 2017 Best of In-Home Care Award winners on, a ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.

Public Notice- Arlington, Virginia 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va 22201

Public Notice- Arlington, Virginia, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Va 22201, NOTICE OF PROPOSED REAL PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, 3/20-25/17

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, 3/20-25/17

Educating Customers Is Key to Success

New manager joining Two Poor Teachers after 18 years in business.

It’s been 18 years since Ken Nies co-founded Two Poor Teachers, LLC, but the kitchen and bath remodelling company isn’t resting on its laurels.

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Tour Area Gardens

Garden Club of Virginia hosts 84th Annual Historic Garden Week.

During the last eight days of April every year nearly 26,000 visitors tour homes and gardens across Virginia.

Tuesday, March 7

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Sow Now, Reap this Spring

Getting a garden and yard ready for warm weather.

One of the most anticipated sights of spring is a garden in bloom.

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Butterfly Weed Wins Perennial of the Year


The designation Perennial Plant of the Year is awarded each year by the Perennial Plant Association to the perennial that outshines its competitors not only in appearance, but also in its noteworthy characteristics.

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Standing Together Against Hate

Lawmakers, faith leaders respond to Feb. 27 bomb threat at Gesher Jewish School.

Students at Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax started their week with a bomb threat.

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Chief Releases Name of Officer in Shooting Death

Officer used deadly force in two prior cases, both determined to be lawfully justified.

Fairfax County Chief of Police Edwin Roessler has named 16-year veteran Master Police Officer Lance Guckenberger as the officer who used deadly force, killing Mohammad Azim Doudzai at his home in Herndon, the scene of a double shooting and barricade incident on Jan. 16.

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Environmental Coalition Calls on County to Recommit

Faith communities coalition wants dedicated Energy Office

As Fairfax County prepares to update its formal Environmental Vision, the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) is calling on local elected officials to recommit to the environmental protection pledge they adopted under then-Chairman Gerry Connolly.

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Old Town Prepares for Historic Garden Week

Part of state-wide event.

Five Old Town Alexandria homes and gardens will open to the public on April 22 as part of the 84th Historic Garden Week.

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From Split-Level to Neoclassical

Conversion wins regional “Contractor of the Year” award.

Converting a circa 1960's split-level into a spacious neoclassical-style residence has won Sun Design Remodeling a regional “Contractor of the Year” award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

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Kitchen Design Trends to Expect in 2017

Local designers share popular design ideas.

Those looking for kitchen design ideas have a new source of inspiration: the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) list of trends for 2017.

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Cold Treat

Wes Oscar Sachar, Lucille Elizabeth Scogna, and Eva Grace Sachar didn’t think it was too cold for ice cream on Sunday, even though it was cold enough for parkas and hats outside Toby’s Ice Cream shop in Westover.

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Little Church on the Corner Broadens Its Vision

Plans move forward to transform CUMC property.

The road has been a long one for the Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) efforts to transform their property in Ballston into a new worship space.

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Arlington Diner to Close … Later in Spring

33 years of 364-day customer favorites.

An Arlington institution is disappearing.

County Manager Recommends Reeves Farmhouse Sale

Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz recommended Feb. 28 that the county move forward with the sale of the historic Reeves farmhouse, and that the county not be a financial partner in the farmhouse’s restoration and reuse.

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Rosslyn/Custis Trail Detours to Begin Next Week

Custis Trail users — in the vicinity of N. Lynn Street and Lee Highway — will begin experiencing detours next week.

WofA Meeting Draws Motivated Crowd

General Assembly election called first referendum on President Trump's policies.

There are 12 #Indivisible groups that have formed to date in Arlington, of which WofA is one of the largest with almost 1,000 members.

Man Sentenced to 17 Years

Martin Walker, 25, of Largo, Md. was sentenced on Friday, March 3, in the Arlington County Circuit Court to 17 years in prison for his role in a shooting on Columbia Pike in 2016.

Arrest Follows Williamsburg Homicide

The Arlington County Police Department has arrested and charged Monique Williams, 27, of Capital Heights, Md. with accessory after the fact for her role in a homicide in the Williamsburg neighborhood on Feb. 19, 2017.

25 Years for Arlington Sexual Assault

An Arlington man was sentenced on Friday, March 3, in the Arlington County Circuit Court for his role in a 2016 sexual assault. Anibal Rodriguez Castellanos, 37, was sentenced to 30 years, with five years suspended, for the charge of burglary while armed and 10 years for the charge of attempted rape.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for March 12-18.

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, for March 12-18.

Reassuring and Reaffirming in Arlington

Letter from The Superintendent

The following letter was addressed to Arlington Public Schools students, families, staff and community.

Letter to the Editor: Social Issue Not Political

It is no wonder the “Black Lives Matter” banner was taken down from the atrium of Yorktown High School on Feb. 8, due to expressed concerns about its implications.

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Presenting Opera to Arlington School Children

A cast of Opera NOVA singers and dancers held the rapt attention of hundreds of school children Feb. 28-March 4 with singing, dancing and bright costumes for the first-ever 45-minute performance of Scott Joplin’s opera “Treemonisha.”

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Fire in Merrifield Indoor Recycling Facility

On Sunday, Feb. 26, at approximately 1:01 a.m., units from Fire Station 30, Merrifield, responded for a report of a fire alarm sounding in a commercial building in the 2800 block of Dorr Avenue in the Merrifield section of Fairfax County.

Commentary: 2017 General Assembly Is in the Books

In the 2017 General Assembly session, which ended on Feb. 25, we were able to make some progress in spite of a $1.1 billion budget shortfall.

Monday, March 6

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Building Obstacles Fosters Learning

Daniels Run students make “American Ninja Warrior” creations.

Inspiration can come from many places and, for Daniels Run Elementary teacher Vicky Novak, it was spurred by a conversation between two of her first-grade students.

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Dan Drummond Rejoins Fairfax City Council

He’ll temporarily fill the seat vacated by David Meyer.

Although it’s lately seemed as if, every few months, there’s a new face on the Fairfax City Council dais, the new one appearing there Tuesday night belonged to someone familiar.

Consensus on Food Truck Pilot Program

Vending would be allowed on city-owned land.

Good news for food-truck aficionados: The Fairfax City Council has agreed to go forward with a pilot program that would allow their operation on city-owned property.

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Thanks to this winter’s unusually warm temperatures, these cherry trees along Main Street in the City of Fairfax are already in full bloom. This photo was taken Monday, Feb. 27.

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Wreath-Laying Ceremony

West Springfield Rotary Honors Sheriff’s Deputy, State Troopers

Members of the West Springfield Rotary Club honored three public servants with awards of recognition.

Police Seek Help to Identify Suspects in Jewelry Store Theft

Detectives from the Franconia Police District are investigating a case of theft from the Kay Jewelers located at 6809 Springfield Mall, on Jan. 22, around 2:14 p.m.

Swimmers Raise $27,000 for AVON Breast Cancer Walk

Seventh marathon brings lifetime total closer to $200,000.

For the seventh time, members of the Shark Tank Racing Squad swim team completed a marathon of laps to raise money for the AVON 39-Mile Walk for Breast Cancer.

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Warhawks Defeat Cavaliers in Conference Championship

The Madison Warhawks (22-6) and WT Woodson Cavaliers (23-5) battled for the Virginia 6A North Championship held at Robinson High School on Feb. 25.

Cooper Receives Coast Guard Award

Mary Kate Cooper, the 2017 Coast Guard Military Child of the Year Award recipient, is a 17-year-old junior at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax.

Obituary: Virginia ‘Bunny’ Jacob

Realtor, preservationist.

Virginia Lee Galloway Jacob, the longtime Alexandria Realtor, community activist and preservationist known as "Bunny," died Feb. 16 after an extended illness. She was 91.

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People At Work: Hart Behind the Scenes

Delivering new trash cans, solving problems

Excell Hart checks the orders that have come in since yesterday. He will head out in "my Cadillac" to issue out a new trash container on S. Royal Street and deliver one on N. Alfred where they have never had one.

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New Executive Chef at BRABO

BRABO hired French native Sebastien Rondier as executive chef to its kitchen on King St.

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In Music Competition

Lea Morris of Alexandria made the cut in the folk/acoustic, soul category and is now a finalist to perform in a live concert performed by the competition’s finalists on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Bethesda.

Hitting the Road: Looking back on the 2017 General Assembly Session


Just as the frenetic pace of Session seemed to ebb, the activity picked up in the final week with a hustle and bustle of a different sort.

Letter to the Editor: Looking from Both Sides

Kerry Carter’s commentary article “Love Tr---s Hate” really attracted my attention.

Letter to the Editor: Time for a Change

As a lifelong Democrat and progressive, I, and many of my neighbors, are pleased to see Del. Mark Levine challenged in his bid to represent us in the House of Delegates.

Letter to the Editor: Backyard Treasure

Where’s Waldo? Or maybe I should say where is Alexandria?

Letter to the Editor: Experience Beau Soir

For about the past decade and a half, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House has been hosting events called “Concerts with a Cause” several times a year.

Rising Hope Minister Invited to Joint Congressional Session

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner critical of ICE activity.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) invited the Rev. Dr. Keary Kincannon of Rising Hope Mission Church to be his guest for President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28.

West Potomac's Case Resigns, Assistant Lyttle Still on Leave

After announcing West Potomac High School principal Alex Case and assistant principal Michelle Lyttle were on administrative leave Feb. 13, Region 3 assistant superintendent Terry Dade sent a letter to the West Potomac community Feb. 24 informing them of Case’s resignation.

Help Repair Mount Vernon Trail

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

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Needlework Show Opens at Woodlawn Plantation

Needlework is no dying art, says Ellen Meyer of Alexandria, owner of the specialty needlepoint store “In Stitches” in Mount Vernon.

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Competing to ‘Take a Stand’

Seventeen seventh grade students from Walt Whitman Middle School will be moving on to the National History Day regional competition at Mount Vernon High School on Saturday, March 4.

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Preparing for State Contest

Seven members of the Carl Sandburg Middle School Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will join more than 700 other family and consumer sciences students to participate in Virginia FCCLA’s Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events Contest and State Leadership and Recognition Conference, April 6-9, in Virginia Beach.

Commentary: 2017 General Assembly Is in the Books

In the 2017 General Assembly session, which ended on Feb. 25, we were able to make some progress in spite of a $1.1 billion budget shortfall.

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Del Ray Chili Cook Off

The chili and the competition were hot at the Del Ray Citizens Association’s annual Chili Cook Off!

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Editorial Cartoon

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STAR Award

Del Ray Business Association President Bill Blackburn and DRBA Board Member Gayle Reuter present the business association's 2016 STAR Award in the public service category to Alexandria Police Deputy Chief Dianne Gittins.

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‘Mitten Tree’

The students of Grace Episcopal School in Alexandria give to the families of the New Neighbors English Language Learner (ELL) program by collecting cold weather gear for the “Mitten Tree.”

Commentary: Republicans and Democrats Working Together

The 2017 General Assembly session is complete, and I’m proud that we were able to accomplish our top priority for the year, addressing the $1.25 billion budget hole caused by a weaker than expected economy, in a bipartisan and collaborative manner, starting with the governor’s submitted budget.

Letter to the Editor: Why Bar Homeschoolers?

Virginia Code Section 22.1-254.1 permits parents to home-school their children.

Friday, March 3

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National English Honor Society Inductees

T.C. Williams High School held its annual induction ceremony of the school’s chapter of the National English Honor Society (NEHS) on Jan. 31.

Honoring Three Mentors

Tribute is part of Black History Month.

40 years of mentoring Alexandria’s youth through public service with an awards event honoring three African-American living legends: Lawrence “Lucky” Elliott, Traverse Gray and Jackie Mason.

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The United States Air Force Band's Chamber Players Series


The United States Air Force Band's Chamber Players Series FREE CONCERTS Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. March 7 – April 25.

Thursday, March 2

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Comstock Skips Constituent-Organized Town Hall

Representative uses tele-town halls to discuss issues with voters.

A microphone reserved for U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-10) remained silent during a town hall meeting on Friday, Feb. 24, where 150 of her constituents gathered to question her.

Rotary Club Bestows Meritorious Educator Awards

Lake Braddock Secondary teachers David Wickham and Jennifer Celko have each been honored by the Rotary Club of West Springfield with the organization’s Meritorious Educator Award.

Quick Remodel for Burke ABC Store

It will take less than a week for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to give its store at 5739 Burke Center Parkway in Burke a fresh look.

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Community Urged to Get Involved at NAACP Gathering in Burke

Fairfax chapter hosted meeting at Kings Park library.

Mohib Ullah and Saquib Raheem of Sterling didn’t bring their boys to Burke’s Kings Park Library on Saturday morning to check out books.

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McAuliffe Helps Open Veterans Services Office in Springfield

Gov. Terry McAuliffe was on hand to open the new Virginia Department of Veterans Services Benefits office in Springfield on Feb. 22.

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Lorton House Fire Leaves Child Dead

Fire declared accidental, started with a lighter in garage

A 5-year-old child is dead after a fire Feb. 21 in the 8100 block of Arcade Street in Lorton; the cause of the fire was the child playing with a lighter in the garage, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue said.

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Burke Centre VRE Connector Project Meeting Scheduled

The fourth phase of the Burke Centre VRE Connector project will link neighborhoods west of Oak Leather Drive to the Burke VRE station for pedestrians and bikers.

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In Mosaic District

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Trinity Christian School Senior Receives Appointments to Four Military Service Academies

Trinity Christian School senior Tim Park has received a prestigious honor: appointments to four major United States military service academies.

Crime Report: Sully District Police Station

Crime Report: Sully District Police Station

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A Centreville Church with Roots and Wings

Lead pastor reflects while looking ahead.

Like any place of worship, Centreville United Methodist Church is a blend of the old and new.

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‘This Church Is Family’ — Centreville United Methodist Church celebrates 25 years in current building.

For the members of Centreville United Methodist Church, their Sunday, Feb. 19, services and fellowship were particularly joyful.

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

Roundups: Centreville and Chantilly

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Remembering a Friend in Great Falls

On Saturday, Feb. 11, Mookies BBQ, was transformed by the high-energy sounds of “SilverLine," fronted by Great Falls residents Mike Novak and Jim Volpicelli, along with Mike Helget and Dan Lasik.

Crime Report: McLean District Police Station

Crime Report: McLean District Police Station

McLean Man Arrested for Hate Crime

Robin McGreer, 35, of McLean was arrested on Monday, Feb. 27, for a bias-related attack that he allegedly committed on Nov. 27, 2016, by biting his victim’s face.

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Solar Cooking

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Pure Pasty Competes in World Pasty Championship

Vienna “pasty” chefs take their specialties to competition to the place where pasties were born.

Vienna’s The Pure Pasty Co. is off to Cornwall, England, to compete in the World Pasty Championship on Saturday, March 4.

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‘Into the Woods’ at The Madeira School

Cappies Review

You never know what to expect when journeying into the woods.

Lessons from ‘The Children's Hour’ at McLean High

Cappies Review

Haunting xylophones ring and sharp shafts of light illuminate a schoolhouse.

Crime Report: Vienna Police Department from Feb. 17-23.

Crime Report: Vienna Police Department from Feb. 17-23.

Obituary: Richard Dell Rosenbaum

Richard Dell Rosenbaum, retired ABC News executive, respected journalist and beloved husband and father, died at Georgetown Hospital, Washington, D.C., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2017, from complications following surgery.

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Beatrice Kelly-Russo to Play for Lynchburg College

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

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Great Falls Town Hall Debates $57 Million Gap in School Budget

Where to cut?

The Fairfax County Public Schools projected a $57 million shortfall in its budget for next school year, which will impact the more than 188,000 students that are projected to be educated in the system next school year.

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Astronaut Tells Elementary Students To Reach For The Stars

“Find your dream.”

Former NASA Astronaut Sandy Magnus visited Chesterbrook Elementary School in McLean for National Engineers Week on Thursday, Feb. 23.

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Women on the Soccer Field

Local women are still in the game and on the field.

On Saturdays and weeknights in the spring and fall, women as young as 18 and as old as 78 can be found on the soccer fields across Fairfax County: nurses, lawyers, Army officers, software programmers, stay-at-home moms, lobbyists, graduate students, and grandmothers playing the game they love.

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Fairfax County Board Appoints Police Civilian Review Panel

Residents can submit complaints concerning allegations of abuse of authority or misconduct by Fairfax County police through the panel.

The ongoing goal of increased transparency and accountability for the Fairfax County Police Department now has nine fresh faces. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Board of Supervisors announced its appointees to the inaugural Civilian Review Panel, one of the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

Strategic Plan Part 3: Well-Managed Government

Plan calls for flexible funding and greater accessibility.

Alexandria strategic plan.

The Battle of Jones Point Park

Old Town Gets Medieval

Live-action fantasy role playing game

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From DEAL to Metal Coffins

Mike Vigil, author and former DEA agent.

Former DEA agent writes book

Rotary Club Donates Books to John Adams Students

Alexandria West Rotary Club donates books

Character and Courage

Tilelli honors service of Washington, first responders.

Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association

$1 Million in Assistance

Faith coalition straining to help make housing affordable.

Several institutions in Alexandria’s faith community are pushing City Council to increase spending on affordable housing in the FY2018 city budget.

Wednesday, March 1

Equestrian Athletes Need Opportunities, Too

One nay doesn’t stop a pasture of support for home riding lessons. Many in Oakton, Vienna and Great Falls testify.

Natalie Martinisko was the youngest speaker before the county’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Letter to the Editor: Concerned About Resolution Vote

On Feb. 22, the Virginia House of Delegates passed House Resolution No. 431 "Encouraging public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth to protect free speech."

Letter to the Editor: Development Fight Lost Early On

I could be wrong but I believe I detected an implied note of concern in the headline (“Evolving Land Use: Previous Classification”) for your report on the Jan. 24 vote by our Board of Supervisors to approve a zoning change for a proposed Gulick development in a forest next to Lexington Estates here in Great Falls.

Reston Girl Scout Pursues Badge Repairing Mount Vernon Trail

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

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Herndon Council Appoints Resident to Board of Zoning Appeals

Herndon Council Appoints Resident to Board of Zoning Appeals

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Hub Touted as Future Herndon Economic Driver

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, Feb. 22, for the opening of Innovation Avenue and the Innovation Avenue interchange, which will connect Route 28 and the future site of the Hub, a mixed-use development planned near the Innovation Center Metro station in Loudoun County.

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Dulles Metrorail Silver Line Updates

Dulles Metrorail Silver Line Updates

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

The following incidents were reported by the Reston District Police Station.

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Woman Killed While Walking Across Reston Parkway

Asress Gobena Lakew, 57, of Reston was killed when she was struck by a car while trying to cross Reston Parkway at the intersection of South Lakes Drive on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 23.

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Refugee Welcoming Cards

Brownies in Troop 3173 at Waples Mill Elementary School in Oakton and Hunters Woods Elementary School in Reston are making welcome cards for refugees that will be resettled in northern Virginia by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, one of the local agencies that resettles over 1,200 individuals annually.

Crime Report: The following incidents were reported by the Town of Herndon Police Department.

The following incidents were reported by the Town of Herndon Police Department.

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Indoor Track Champs at South Lakes

Rayle, Jones and Ogobri highlight South Lakes High School performances at 6A North Region Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Aly Rayle won the 500 meters and was part of the winning 4x400 meter relay team for South Lakes High School at the 6A North Region Indoor Track and Field Championships Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md.

Letter to the Editor: Filling in the Blanks

In her monthly newsletter for February, Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins wrote a two-page article stating, “there has been so much information – and misinformation – about who is paying for what regarding the Reston transportation (sic).” Of course, the missing word is “tax.”

Commentary: Time to Stand Up

The General Assembly has adjourned its annual session. In future columns I will write about bills that survived the Governor’s veto pen and those that did not.

Reston Association Elections: Time for Real Change?

Independent Progressive

Shortly after this column appears in your Reston Connection, you will be getting your very own ballots in the mail for the Reston Association Board of Directors election.

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Record-Breaking Season for South Lakes High School Swim & Dive

Strong performances and a number of record-breaking swims by South Lakes High School swimmers helped the Seahawks close out their season on a positive note at the VHSL State Championships, Feb. 16-17 at George Mason University.

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Herndon-Reston Indivisible Group Ready for Action

Movement started as a Google Doc has taken off.

The Indivisible movement. It started as a Google Doc guide.

Obituary: Dr. Timothy A. Cohn

Dr. Timothy A. Cohn, U.S. Geological Survey statistical hydrologist and expert on flood risks, water quality, and hydrologic trends, died at his home in Reston, surrounded by his loved ones, on Feb. 20, 2017, a few days short of his 60th birthday.

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Reston Soccer Field Proposal Gets Kicked Off the Table

Foul calls exchanged.

The Reston Association Board of Directors voted to kill a proposal by the Reston Soccer Association to fund the renovation of the Lake Newport Soccer Park on Reston Parkway.

Musical Good Times at CenterStage, Reston

“Rock of Ages” produced by Reston Community Players.

Return to the glorious days of 1980s’ rock.

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Art in Strokes, Notes and Words

When painters, poets and composers respond to each other’s works, a trilogy of magic happens.

The Poetry Society of Virginia (PSV) and Reston Art Gallery & Studio (RAGS) made Herndon the second stop on their regional tour of "Springtime in Winter: An Ekphrastic Study in Art, Poetry, and Music."

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Derek Jasper’s ‘Epiphany’ at NextStop in Herndon

An evening of mind reading and the unusual.

Local audience demand has been so robust that Evan Hoffmann, NextStop Theatre’s artistic director, said he “had to bring back Derek Jasper to the NextStop stage for a third time. It will be an evening of live entertainment like no other.”

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Sponsored: The GWU Graduate School of Education & Human Development


The GW-Fairfax Partnership Program is a cooperative, special education teacher preparation program between The George Washington University (GW) and Fairfax County Public Schools resulting in teacher licensure and a master’s degree in special education.

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Pioneering Change For Autism

University of Virginia seminar studies tension between “The Science & Lived Experience of Autism.”

Despite a recent surge in attention and research over the past decade about autism, controversy exists.