Stories for August 2018

Stories for August 2018


Friday, August 31

Commentary: ‘To Protect All Young People’

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Not Just a Tree; A Precedent in Arlington

Failure to save the dawn redwood: Lack of power or lack of political will?

Arlington Author Christina June at One More Page

Discussing her writing process.

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‘The Alcove’ Pops-Up in Rosslyn

An escape from the 9-5 grind.

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Alexandria’s MetroStage Presents ‘The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek’

Athol Fugard’s take on apartheid in the 1980s and its impact on South Africa.

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Burke Centre Festival is Sept. 8-9

Attractions include 150 booth exhibitors, 80 arts and crafters, and five live bands.

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Sisters in Crime Come to Lorton

A group publishes 10th anthology of stories, ”Fur, Feathers and Felonies.”

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Eagle Scout Repairs Centreville Greenhouse

At Centreville High, Connor Whalen also fixes panels and door, builds flower bed and benches.

Deliee Leads Centre Ridge Elementary

Will oversee diverse population of 800 students, 90 staff.

Thursday, August 30

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Alexandria: A City of Faith

A bird’s eye view of the city’s religious congregations.

A Mayoral Welcome to Alexandria

An abiding sense of community.

A Welcome to All New ACPS Families

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Alexandria Symphony Orchestra: A World-class Treasure in your Backyard

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Alexandria: Home, Sweet Home

From the waterfront to the West End.

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Getting Down to Business in Alexandria

Navigating the ABCs

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Making Cents for Charity in Alexandria

Dining out or volunteering, opportunities abound to help community.

Wednesday, August 29

Stop The Bleed

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Join in by Giving Back in Alexandria

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Welcome to the Mount Vernon District

Time to Visit Local Museums

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Celebrating Fifth Anniversary in Mount Vernon

Couple manages River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar.

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Arriving for First Day of School at Waynewood

Construction and humidity are no match for the first day excitement.

First day at Waynewood Elementary School in Mount Vernon

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Transformative Changes for Richmond Highway Corridor

Living Legends: Responding to, and Learning from, Crises

Marion Moon gives back to the community.

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Faith: Pursuing Holiness through Education in Alexandria

Exploring a religious high school’s role.

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Doors Open at West Springfield on First Day of School

Some trailers are gone but construction continues.

First day at West Springfield High School

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Springfield’s Bridge Walk is One of a Kind

Community event sports pageantry, patriotism.

Springfield’s Bridge Walk is One of a Kind

Help Plan Future of Public Housing in Alexandria

ARHA seeks public comment.

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Irish Festival To Honor Pat Troy in Alexandria

Memorabilia sale to include Ireland’s Own Reagan table.

Tuesday, August 28

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No Longer a Luxury in Alexandria

Dominion Energy donates air conditioning units to public housing.

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Hermitage Hosts Kaine

Residents use community meeting to question senator.

Senior Services of Alexandria: ‘Young at Art’ Exhibition Returns

32nd Annual Juried Art Show for artists 55-plus.

Viewpoints: What is your favorite part of living in Mount Vernon?

Teen Sex Trafficking Hits Close to Home

How vulnerable teens are targeted.

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Braddock Basics for Newcomers

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What’s on Fairfax City’s Horizon

Multifamily homes, retail and redevelopment planned.

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Amish Cover Band Rocks the House in Vienna

Nottoway Park’s natural stage setting doubled as a dance floor for the Amish Outlaws.

Amish Outlaws rock the park.

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What’s on Horizon for Lorton Community

District supervisor discusses developments underway.

Opinion: Commentary: America Needs Unions

Monday, August 27

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Springfield Postcards

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Clifton Postcards

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Mount Vernon District: One of the Best Places to Live

Supervisor Storck Welcomes You

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Best of Lee District

Supervisor Jeffrey C. McKay welcomes newcomers.

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Upcoming Year in Lee District

There are some big changes coming to Lee District, which will make this an even more amazing place to live!

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Clifton ‘Great place to Visit; Better Place to Live’

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Fairfax Station: A Sanctuary

A welcoming place for weary souls and rescued animals.

Viewpoints: What is the best part about living in Burke and Springfield?

Interviews conducted at Pohick Regional Library in Burke.

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What’s in the Works for Centreville and Chantilly

Homes, shops and restaurants are planned.

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Greetings from the Sully District

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So Much to Do in the Hunter Mill District

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Get Involved with Volunteer Reston

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The Reston Farmers Market — Gem at Lake Anne

Friday, August 24

Viewpoints About Reston Experience: Places, Events, Concerns

New and longtime residents in Reston share their viewpoints about places, events and happenings.

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There’s Always Something to Discover in Herndon

Difference between the Town of Herndon and unincorporated Herndon.

Bright Live Musical Fun in Herndon

‘The Wedding Singer’ coming to NextStop Theatre.

Commentary: Stop Isolating the Children

Local Historian, Educator and Advocate Dies at 92

Margaret C. Peck helped save the Sully Historic Site

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Reston Hospital Center Honored

Center receives the Healthgrades 2018 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award

Reston Hospital Center at 1850 Town Center Parkway in Reston is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award for superior care of women during and after childbirth.

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August Getaway to Oregon

The impetus for the trip came from my two surviving younger sisters, one of whom made our reservations at Crater Lake National Park over a year ago. The spectacularly beautiful wonder of nature was to be the centerpiece of a 12-day trip which also included touring part of the Oregon Pacific coast and stays at Gold Beach, Ashland, Steamboat and Eugene.

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Herndon Man Wins Virginia Lottery’s Ford Expedition Plus $100K Game.

The Herndon man scratched to win the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Ford Expedition Plus $100K game.

Thursday, August 23

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Shop with The Sheriff Adventure

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office partners with children living in area family shelters for back-to-school shopping.

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Run, Throw or Dive and Use Your Brain in NVSO

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics returns Sept. 15.

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Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement in Fairfax County

Office of the Independent Police Auditor, Civilian Review Panel now reviewing cases.

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Voting in Fairfax County

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Voting in Arlington

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Community Embraces DRP Pizzeria in Belle Haven

Second DRP in Alexandria offers Northern Italian cuisine specialties.

DRP Pizzeria

Wednesday, August 22

Obituary: Samira M. Hadeed

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Middle Eastern Food Festival Returns Sept. 1 to McLean

Commentary: Celebrating Women’s Equality

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A River, a Canal, and a Vision

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Unusual Election Year in Montgomery County

Term limits, public campaign finance lead to major changes.

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Chrome and Comradery Follow the Local HOG Chapter

Kids love the Harley Davidsons at Pohick Library.

Motorcycle show at Library.

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Inside Potomac Area Neighbors Club

Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department Still Making History

Potomac Chamber Promotes Businesses, Community

Out and About: Some local recommendations for places to visit in Arlington

Help Close ‘Meal Gap’

Volunteer with Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Tuesday, August 21

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Noting Progress on ‘Women’s Issues’

Rape crisis hotline, rape kit reforms, and mental health services highlighted at summit.

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Birchwood on the Block in Arlington

Arlington’s second oldest house for sale.

‘Full Honors’ on Display in Pentagon

Artist hopes to display paintings again in conjunction with local veterans.

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From Written Word to Visual Art in Arlington

At FOHTA Gallery: From One Hand To Another

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Great Falls Farmers Market: Triumph of Purpose

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Postcards from Great Falls

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Must-See Places in Great Falls

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The Year Ahead in the Dranesville District

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Places I Would Take a Newcomer in Dranesville District

Viewpoints in McLean

What is the best part about living in McLean?

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Highlights of Vienna

What makes the Town feel like home?

Monday, August 20

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Getting Somewhere with the Potomac Interceptor Rehab Project

Great Falls residents meet with a team from DC Water to spur progress on pipeline improvements.

Week in McLean

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An Unexpected History in Vienna

Family history surprises descendants of early Vienna settler.

SSA: My Summer Experience: Making a difference in the lives of Alexandria’s seniors.

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AWLA: ‘Playgroups’ in Alexandria Part of Holistic Approach to Understanding Dogs

Commentary: Improving Fire Marshal Inspections

Commentary: Heartbreaking to Heart Warming

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In Memoriam: Remembering Gene Ives

Artist, pilot, quilter, and mother.

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People At Work: Painting Lines in the Dark in Alexandria

(And they are straight.)

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A Vigil To Bid Farewell in Alexandria

Richard Spencer leaves Old Town.

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Quicker, Less Costly in Alexandria

Refurbished office building becomes newest school.

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Partnership Gives Landmark Mall New Purpose

ACT for Alexandria helps donors visit local nonprofits this summer.

Sunday, August 19

Friday, August 17

Thursday, August 16

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Define High School

ACPS launches community engagement process for revamping programming, accommodating enrollment.

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Restoration of Dyke Marsh Begins

1,500-foot breakwater being constructed.

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A Dream Job

Mark Smith of Springfield umpires the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

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Last Impression, Stay in Springfield

Board approves hotel on Backlick Road that had been long-time environmental and visual challenge.

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NNO to Crime in Springfield

Bren Mar becomes an outdoor living room for National Night Out 2018

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First Glimpse at New Fairfax City Firehouse

The replacement for Station 33 should be operational in 2021.

‘Thanking Those Who Sacrifice So Much’ in Fairfax

Councilman Yi donates salary to organizations serving others.

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Back-to-School Brigade in Springfield

Operation Homefront gives backpacks and school supplies to military families.

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Business Outweighs Neighbors Concerns in Franconia

Community objections over last two years can’t change that the zoning is right for a carwash in Festival at Manchester Lakes.

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Building Trust, Rapport and Understanding in Chantilly

Local residents, first responders celebrate National Night Out.

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‘It Brings the Community Together’ in Centreville

Local residents, first responders celebrate National Night Out.

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Construction Over Accotink Creek Slows Traffic

Lanes narrow and shift but work will only last into this fall.

Work on bridge over Accotink Creek.

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Save the Elephants from Mount Vernon

Pachyderm activism and Elephant Cupcakes

World Elephant Day

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Vandals Hit the Marshall Cemetery in Burke

Remains of Burke residents lie in the historic cemetery that is now marred with spray paint.

Burke cemetery hit by vandals.

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Playing on a Home Turf

Clifton musician headlines the Park Entertainment Series at Burke

Clifton musician plays at Burke Lake

Wednesday, August 15

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Communities Gather Against Crime in Reston

National Night Out brings Reston neighborhoods together.

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Crazy Fun at the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

Proceeds benefit the Reston Historic Trust & Museum.

Commentary: Back to School

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Herndon Celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Farmers Markets benefit economy, communities and environment.

Great Falls Home Sales: July, 2018

In July, 2018, 29 Great Falls homes sold between $2,050,000-$460,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: July, 2018

McLean Home Sales: July, 2018

In July, 2018, 125 homes sold between $19,900,000-$220,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: July, 2018

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2018

In July, 2018, 69 Potomac homes sold between $3,200,000-$465,000.

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2018

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Reston Splash & Dash Will Make Children Feel Like Superheroes

Locally Acclaimed Musician Ted Graber to produce & entertain at the event.

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Love Comes in All Sizes on National Night Out in Herndon

Town of Herndon residents host fourteen neighborhood block parties to thank the town's police force.

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Lunches That Make the Grade

Ideas for packing healthy foods that children won’t want to trade.

$182 Million Sought for Public Safety in Fairfax County

Voters to decide bond referendum to fund improvements to fire stations, criminal justice academy, and courthouse.

Opinion: Editorial: Freedom of the Press, Friend of Democracy

Under attack, abroad and now at home.

Tuesday, August 14

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Business: Making Downsizing a Breeze

Curiosity Consignment serves variety of clearing-out needs.

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Finding New Homes for Books at Potomac Library

Friends host monthly book sale.

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MCPS Releases Results of Tests for Lead in Water

Less than 2 percent of fixtures fail.

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Motivated by Son’s Health

Couple earns Marymount Accelerated Nursing Degrees.

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ReloRides Banking on This Transient Area

Start-up launches in Arlington for transporting cars.

Chef Riddle Wears Two Hats in Arlington

Patriot Tour to stop at Culpepper Garden

Arlington Chief Reviews Restructure of Police Department

Plan reallocates and prioritizes resources.

Nonprofits Initiate 5k Home Run for the Homeless in Arlington

Combined effort to raise funds.

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Viet Fest 2018 at Tysons

Monday, August 13

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A Party With a Purpose in McLean

McLean neighborhoods celebrate 2018 National Night Out.

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Great Theater Brought Into the Great Outdoors in McLean

Traveling Players Ensemble performs Three Classical Comedies.

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Old Firehouse Center Holds 28th Block Party in McLean

Event includes Wheels to Africa bike collection and Bands for Bikes.

Commentary: Before Changes to Roads, Committed to Communication

Asking questions about safety, mobility on Seminary Road is the right thing to do.

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Commentary: Repairing Homes and Rebuilding Lives One Step at a Time

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Commentary: Gains from the Global Economy

Saturday, August 11

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Happy 80th Birthday

Friday, August 10

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Fun at National Night Out in Alexandria

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Alexandria Celebrates 244 Years of Firefighting

Friendship Firehouse Festival

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‘Return Streets To Citizens’

Alexandria’s Transportation Master Plan after 10 years.

Launching #WeAreAlexandria

McEnearney Associates marks 38th anniversary.

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Balancing Environment and Economics in Mount Vernon

Townhouse project seeks plan amendment for eight-acre site on Richmond Highway.

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House Fire Displaces Two

People: Philanthropy with a Laser Focus

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Brewfest Held at Workhouse Arts Center

Event features 35 craft distilleries and artisan breweries; draws 2,000 visitors.

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Celebrating Farmers Markets

National Farmers Market Week highlights benefits of supporting local farmers.

Eight-year-old Jelp Shinholster spun a “quiz wheel” Sunday at the Lorton farmers market and watched in anticipation as it determined which category of question or riddle he would have to answer. Shinholster was one of many kids who earned prizes for correctly answering questions in an educational challenge as part of National Farmers Market Week.

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Middleridge Celebrates ‘Night Out’

The Middleridge Civic Association puts on the largest National Night Out party in Fairfax County.

The smell of grilled burger and smoking coals mixed in the air with live music Tuesday night in Middleridge Park during the community’s National Night Out. Hundreds of Middleridge locals came to celebrate their community at the Middleridge Civic Association’s annual picnic and festival.

Thursday, August 9

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Family, Friends Mourn Fairfax’s Dee Schmidt

She leaves a legacy of decades of community service.

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Burke Neighborhoods Join National Night Out

Burke Cove and Woodwalk Condos hold joint community celebration.

Commentary: Back to School Safety Tips

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Youth-led Protest at NRA Draws Hundreds

Expertise plus traction equals movement for change.

Crime: Fair Oaks District

‘He Just Wanted to Kill Someone’

Man convicted of felony murder in pedestrian’s death.

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WFCM Thanks Community for its Generosity

Stock Our Shelves drive gathers 5,005 pounds of food.

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Saving Elephants Connects Locally

Elephant awareness is the message at wine store in Belle View.

Save the Elephants event

Wednesday, August 8

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Reston Kid's Triathlon Attracts 200 Youth Athletes

Reston Association and Reston YMCA co-sponsor the event.

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Big Rigs Make Big Fun in Reston

RA's 19th Annual "Totally Trucks" Event: Who loves it better, the children or the parents?

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&pizza® Opens in Reston Town Center

"Work hard, live fast, order quick. Take the Culture – &pizza – to go" – &pizza's Brand Ethos

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Major Redevelopments in Reston Approved

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approves redevelopments North and South of Reston Town Center.

Commentary: Old Dogs and New Tricks

Commentary: Independent Progressive: Community-Fairfax County Summit Making Progress

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GreenFare Organic Cafe of Herndon Wins Platinum

The Cafe becomes first Platinum REAL Certified Restaurant in Virginia.

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Preparing for New School Year

Home organizing saves space and time.

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Legalizing Short-Term Rentals in Fairfax County

New regulations will permit homeowners to rent out homes up to 60 days a year.

From Seattle to Virginia by Bike

Mount Vernon Trail was part of this cyclist’s journey.

Mount Vernon Trail was part of this cyclist’s journey from Seattle.

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Enjoying National Night Out in Mount Vernon

Annual event brings police, neighbors together.

National Night Out in Hollin Hall

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Reptiles from Near and Far Star in the Pohick Library Event

Snakes, lizards and turtles dominated the afternoon.

Reptile show at library in Springfield

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National Night Out Breaks Down Barriers

This year’s event wrestles with thunder and lightning.

National Night Out in Springfield

Before Changes to Roads, Committed to Communication

Asking questions about safety, mobility on Seminary Road is the right thing to do.

As part of Alexandria’s Vision Zero commitment to eliminating traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2028, the city uses the opportunity of routine maintenance to consider changes to our roads.

Tuesday, August 7

Opinion: Editorial: An Open Letter to Readers and More

Buy an ad in our annual Newcomers and Community Guide, please.

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Rescue Follows Flooding of Bradley Boulevard

Danger of flash floods.

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Artificial Turf’s Next Home?

Complaints follow removal of Richard Montgomery High School field material.

Maryland Tax-Free Week Begins This Sunday

Scholarship contest offered.

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Lemonade for a Good Cause in Arlington

Organized by Bridges to Independence.

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One-Stop Shopping in Arlington: From Beans to Maybe Millions

An immigrant-owned business.

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Foundation Supports VHC Outpatient Clinic

Helping low income and uninsured pregnant women.

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Can Pigs Fly in Arlington?

Arlington County Fair offers entertainment for all ages.

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Restaurant Space Now Houses Arlington Art Alliance

Converting the eatery was an inside job as spouses brought their toolboxes and skills.

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A Friendship 20 Years in the Making

Vienna Youth Players directors retire.

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McLean Ramp Closure Proves Hot Topic

Hundreds of area residents turn out for Aug. 2 public meeting on closing access to I-495.

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Protecting Monarch Butterflies in McLean

Caleb Himes completes Eagle Scout Project: Builds monarch waystation for butterflies at Kent Gardens Elementary.

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Raising a Roof, Building a Home

Great Falls Rotary Interact Club teens take part in third annual Habitat for Humanity service project.

Vienna Police Highlights

Monday, August 6

Alexandria Symphony Orchestra: 75 Years and Counting

Happy 104th Birthday

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40 Under 40 in Alexandria

Chamber honors young city leaders.

Alexandria Public Housing Redevelopment Falls Through

Robertson Convicted

Manslaughter verdict for 2017 killing.

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Budget Surplus to Bolster Virginia’s Creditworthiness

Local delegate breaks down allocations.

Saturday, August 4

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On the Street in Alexandria

Old Town complex to seek removal of parking restrictions.

Friday, August 3

Merging Alexandria BARs?

City considers combining boards.

Alexandria Business Leader of the Year

Chamber selects founder of Port City Brewing Company.

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Senior Services of Alexandria: Register for Senior Academy

Fall session begins on September 5.

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What Can Be Done for Affordable Housing?

Local forum highlights opportunities and challenges.

Opinion: Commentary: Academic Feast in the Commonwealth

Opinion: Commentary: Setting an Example for Continuum-of-Care

Blood Donations Needed

‘I Never Expected Uriel to Shoot Him’

Details revealed about local student’s murder.

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Giving Back in Fairfax to Find a Cure

Rita’s Italian Ice raises money for childhood cancer research.

Opinion: Editorial: When a Good Plan Must be Better

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Jersey Mike’s to Open in Lorton

Store franchise is establishing a special business partnership with Lorton Community Action Center.

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NVSL Divisionals Lead to All Stars

Thursday, August 2

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Music, Lights, Games, Food and Fun in Chantilly

The Field at Commonwealth unveils community amenities.

Teacher Charged with Attempted Indecent Liberties

Formerly taught at Westfield and Chantilly high schools

‘I Never Expected Uriel to Shoot Him’

Details revealed about local student’s murder.

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USCGC Nathan Bruckenthal

Coast Guard Cutter named for Herndon High graduate.

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Herndon Civil War Author Launches Next Book

‘We Once Met by Chance: Four Life Stories during the American Civil War’

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Coming Soon to Herndon: Meows Corner, Cat Café

Hang out with friends, coffee, tea and cats to cuddle or adopt.

Wednesday, August 1

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The Nonspeaking CommUnity Holds Conference

The two-day event stresses change with access and communication choices for nonspeaking individuals.

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Where Have All the Honeybees Gone?

Virginia General Assembly establishes the Beehive Distribution Program, after the shocking number of total winter colony losses.

Commentary: In-Service Training

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For Reston Nonprofit, Kids R First

School supply program reaches 23,500 Northern Virginia students.

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What's Next for the Herndon Downtown?

Mayor, Town Council, Comstock and even citizens who filed appeals want the downtown redeveloped, but appeals delay the project.

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Required Vaccinations for School

Local clinics offer free immunizations.

Fewer Lanes and More Slowdowns on George Washington Memorial Parkway

New traffic pattern for bridge construction until fall

Police Briefs

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Shared Management in Montgomery County

Agreement gives operational responsibility of Glen Echo Park to county.

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Preparing for 35th Annual Mediterranean Festival in Potomac

“Sharing our culture with the community.”

Maryland Working on Proposals for Beltway Traffic Relief

Multi-step process underway to deal with I-495 and I-270 congestion.

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White Oaks Renovation Is One of Several Underway

Price tag for renovations is over $17 million.

White Oaks Renovation Is One of Several Underway

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Giving Back with A Simple Gesture

Reston charity collects non-perishable donations.

The Shouse Village swim team closet houses all kinds of items, from folded-up bed sheets with spray-painted team slogans to large canopies that provide shade for the swimmers.

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Talking and Knitting Go Far at The Yarn Barn

Problems solved, pizzas eaten and socks made in Burke shop.

Yarn Barn in Burke