Stories for June 2018

Stories for June 2018


Saturday, June 30

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Working and Exhibiting at Workhouse in Lorton

Fairfax fiber artist looks to quilts for artistic expression.

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A Night to Help End Human Trafficking

Just Ask Prevention Project and Airline Ambassadors host reception at Springfield Hilton.

Friday, June 29

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‘Plan Is Too Dense, Condos Too High’ in Fairfax City

Neighbors closest to site decry proposal for PVI property.

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Burke Community’s ‘Living Room’ Relocating in July

The 20-year-old Hopsfrog Grille plans to expand its service by moving to a larger location.

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Ten Years of Community and Learning at Burke Centre Library

Library’s 10th anniversary event features a variety of entertainment.

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Pedestrian Bridges Could Cross Braddock Road

Why does a millennial cross the road? To get to transit, perhaps.

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Fairfax City Celebrates Kitty Pozer Day

Former home is a museum; garden is dedicated.

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Hidden Pond Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Playground in Springfield

Completed nature-themed play equipment to replace previous wooden playground.

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Fly High with the Children’s Science Center at Fair Oaks Mall

Highlighting bird-related activities this summer.

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Recalling a Life of ‘Honor and Dignity’

Family, friends remember Michael Bohn.

Michael K. “Mike” Bohn knew how to do just about everything. And according to one testimony after another at his memorial service last week, what he didn’t know, he figured out.

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‘This Little Church on the Corner’

Third Baptist Church celebrates historical marker unveiling.

On Saturday, June 23, a new generation of congregants came together on the same corner to celebrate the legacy of those forebearers with the installation of an official state historical marker.

No Funds For Potomac Yard South

At the June 26 City Council meeting, staff announced the city is hoping to gain $60 million in funds for the West End Transitway Corridor, and another $10 million for transit improvements around Landmark Mall.

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Mother of Light

Homeless assistance center faces unwelcome reception.

The social services with ties to a religious community in Falls Church was opening a center in Del Ray aimed at providing basic necessities for homeless Alexandrians. But the new center came into conflict with its Del Ray neighbors over a variety of issues, some of which were practical concerns shared by members of the City Council.

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Obituary: Lois Kelso Hunt

Arts, civic leader dies at 91.

On May 20, the longtime Alexandrian died at Inova Alexandria Hospital from complications of pneumonia. She was 91.

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Gun Violence Hits Too Close to Home

Chantilly mom talks about neighborhood shooting incident.

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Expressions in Art at Chantilly

Chantilly High’s Pyramid Art Show in April.

Thursday, June 28

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InterFaith Bridge Builders Honored in McLean

Three people recognized for selfless work at the event held at Saint Luke Catholic Church.

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Respect for Law Awards Presented in Vienna

PFC Jason Mizer and MPO Tim Seitz win Optimist Club of Greater Vienna annual award for outstanding police officers.

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Stories, Songs, and Sprinklers on the Green in Vienna

Children and parents enjoy the first of this weekly summer event.

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Vienna Wireless Society Holds Field Day

About 50 people take part in the 24-hour national amateur radio event at Burke Lake Park.

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Logan Festival Returns to 1st Stage in McLean

Festival showcases some of the nation’s notable solo performing artists.

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Young Vienna Pianist Earns Paderewski Medal

Madison High School graduate Jonathan Schwartz wins prestigious piano award.

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‘Going Everywhere’ in Local Libraries

Public libraries offer a variety of summer programs.

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End of an Era

Slover retires after 30-year RPCA career.

A 30-year era has come to an end as Mac Slover, director of sports for the city’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, celebrated his retirement June 15 at the Kelley Cares Miracle Field at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center.

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Protesting Outside DHS Secretary's Old Town Home

Anger over family separations following border arrests.

At around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 22, over two dozen protestors chanted “Shame!” and “No justice, no sleep!” outside the Old Town home of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — the latest Trump Administration official to be harassed in public life.

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Taking Reins on Metro Costs

General manager briefs Council of Governments on Metro’s future.

Metro plans to address deferred maintenance with its upcoming capital infusion, but will continue to face operating and labor challenges.

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A Gym and Community in One

Local gym members support one of their own.

Seeing blue shirts with “Team Granimal” on the front, Trish Gibson knows she has support from her community — the CrossFit community.

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Trust in God

A local church and a former slave house celebrate Juneteenth together.

The Juneteenth celebration at the church on Tuesday June 19, closed out several days of commemoration for Juneteenth.

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Being Black in Northern Virginia

A group of black business owners and lawmakers discuss issues facing blacks living in Northern Virginia.

On a quiet Thursday evening, residents from as far as Manassas came to hear about the issues facing blacks living in Northern Virginia.

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From Classroom to Hospital

Students in surgical program have jobs as soon as they graduate.

Ever since Lesly Alvarenga was little she always felt like having a career in the medical field was her calling — and she has not looked back since.

Week in Great Falls

Wednesday, June 27

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Arts Crawl Series Opens in Herndon

Free evening event features family-friendly activities.

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Demolition Approved in Herndon

Herndon's Heritage Preservation Review Board approves demolition of old and construction of new buildings.

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Diners and Employees Escape Fire at Pollo Inka Restaurant in Herndon

Firefighters aggressively put out the flames.

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Light Festival Illuminates a Summer Night in Herndon

Event draws 300 people from around the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Awards Scholarships

Sheriff Stacey Kincaid presents scholarships to local law enforcement and criminal justice majors.

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Reston Community Center Holds Annual Public Meeting

Aquatics renovation and financials top agenda.

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Promoting Joy of Reading at Reston Library

Reston Regional Library offers varied summer programs.

Opinion: Commentary: Keep Families Together

Me & My Dad: Alexandria

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Balducci's in Reston Town Center Grand Opening

Gourmet market offers "the finest, the freshest, the most flavorful foods in the world."

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Reston Hospital Center Awards Scholarships

Students recognized for their academic excellence and passion for careers in healthcare.

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Alexandria Highway Renamed

Jefferson Davis loses Alexandria again.

At the City Council meeting on June 23, the long discussed renaming of Route 1 in Alexandria was finally passed. Today, the street is called Jefferson Davis Highway where it isn’t split up into Patrick and Henry streets through Old Town.

Opinion: Letter To the Editor: What To Do Next Time?

Woodrow Wilson Bridge closing brings hours of gridlock.

I know many of you who live, work and/or play in northern Mount Vernon were very frustrated by the Woodrow Wilson Bridge closure last week. I, myself, spent more than three hours getting home as a result of all the roadway issues.

Opinion: Letter To the Editor: Missing Greyhound

A stone greyhound statue is missing from the 100 block of Prince Street.

Opinion: Letter To the Editor: Worst of Government

Legally and ethically, the Preferred Alternative is also a "violation of the Greens Scenic Area Easement."

Opinion: Letter To the Editor: Unorthodox At Best

Citizens have the right to expect that our local government will make decisions on their behalf only after holding a public hearing and listening to their informed opinions. The great failure of the Potomac Yard Metro decision process is for this hearing, the procedure normally followed was discarded.

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Mentor of The Month: Sophia Fuentes

From Picture Books to Chapter Books

Mentor Sophia Fuentes and Student Melani write to each other about their experience as a part of Wright to Read.

Tuesday, June 26

Opinion: Commentary: When the Dangerous Unknown Is Preferable

We must recommit ourselves to being steadfast in our compassion for and dedication to assisting those fleeing violence, terror, and oppression.

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Potomac Businesses Support Autism Speaks 5K

Annual event takes place July 4.

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Dripping Trees Leave Sticky Mess

Solving a sooty mold mystery.

Potomac Chamber Accepting Award Nominations

Annual recognition of people involved in the community.

Spreading God’s Love in Potomac

New pastor at Potomac Presbyterian Church.

Potomac Library Updating to ADA Standards

Fair Housing in Arlington?

50 years of progress and setbacks.

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Neighborhood Spot in Arlington Loses Lease After 21 Years

Linda's Cafe to close at end of July.

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Spicy Tuna Rolls for a Good Cause in Arlington

Sushi Zen completes goal of 20 fundraisers in a year.

With an Auditor’s Eye in Arlington

County seeks efficiency gains.

Alburqueque Directs Opera NOVA’s ‘La Cenerentola’

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‘Losing the Dark’ in Arlington

Stars Tonight program will be held July 2.

Opinion: Commentary: Partnering for a Cleaner Potomac

Opinion: Commentary: High Expectations for Potomac Yard Metro

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Celebrating Gum Springs’ 185th Anniversary

Ada Singletary serves as Grand Marshal of the parade.

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Volunteers Restore Habitat in Dyke Marsh

Planting trees and plants.

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Red, White and BBQ in Alexandria

Giant Food, Myron Mixon raise funds for USO.

Monday, June 25

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Anderson and Blackburn Opening Another Restaurant in Alexandria?

…and their burger joint Holy Cow just raised $100,000 for local charities.

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Alexandria Waterfront Walk

A first-hand look at how the Waterfront Plan is coming together.

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Obituary: William Charity Dies

Family, friends recall life of 102-year-old Alexandrian.

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New Economic Development Tool for Alexandria?

Risks and rewards of new federally tax-incentivized “opportunity zones” yet to be seen.

A Swing and a Miss in Alexandria

NVTA cuts West End Transitway funding request.

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Holly’s Hands: Treating Animals in Developing Countries

Fundraiser this Sunday at the Lyceum.

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Sexual Assault Reported in Fort Hunt Park

Suspect flees.

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Jazzy Sundays in Alexandria

Local church has been bringing local musicians to the city.

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Summertime Activities in the Burke, Springfield and Fairfax Station Area

Summer is here, and with the warm weather come outdoor activities, as well as other fun and neighborhood events that can’t be missed.

Saturday, June 23

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Burke Road Plans Debated

Flood control, parking lot expansion and sidewalks are part of realignment discussion.

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Hearing Residents’ Concerns, Fairfax Council Defers PVI Decision

After 2-1/2 years, redevelopment discussion continues.

Friday, June 22

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Fairfax Church Choir Performs at Carnegie Hall

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Operation Homefront Hosts Star-Spangled Babies Shower in Springfield

50 military moms get free baby gifts, learn baby CPR and other child-care tips.

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Gun Violence Hits Too Close to Home

Chantilly mom plays small part to help Democrats win big Nov. 6.

Thursday, June 21

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From Comedy to Musicals, Drama

Chaz Alexander Coffin builds his theatrical résumé.

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‘Nothing about What Happened Is OK’ in Arlington

Westfield grad Chaz Coffin is in “The Scottsboro Boys.”

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Bright Future for Mountain View High Graduate

Brito earns two scholarships.

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Troop 40 of Oakton Takes a Trip to Virginia Beach

Kim Greer is New Langley High Principal

Former AP at Marshall High has 25 years as an educator.

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When the Great Falls Community Comes Together

On July 4, Great Falls celebrates hometown.

Wednesday, June 20

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Dining: Charming, Chic and Inviting in Herndon

Restaurant Review: Nunu’s Thai Dishes

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Putting a Lid on Every Kid in Herndon

Herndon attorney Doug Landau promotes head injury prevention in area schools.

Candidate List for Herndon Mayor and Town Council Released

Possible shake-up in Town Council members.

Commentary: Virginia is for Loving

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Taste of Reston 'Savors the Flavor of Reston'

Tens of thousands turn out for the food, vendors, family fun and carnival.

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Reston Child Actress on National Stage

Sissy Sheridan of Reston has her Own Nickelodeon Web series and co-stars in upcoming Netflix Show.

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Bike to Market Week Highlights Biking Ease and Safety

FCDOT and Fairfax County Farmers Markets encourage people to Bike.

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Herndon to Arlington to Honduras

The Virginia Hospital Center Medical Brigade seeks donations.

Commentary: Independent Progressive: Confusion Reigns at June 12 Primary

Tuesday, June 19

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Talking to Children about Suicide

Creating safe environment is key to opening a discussion.

Opinion: Commentary: The Art of a Deal with the Devil

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One Last Goodbye to Potomac Elementary School

Faculty visit school’s temporary home.

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Raging Potomac River

Don’t Forget To Vote in Maryland

Primary Election on June 26.

Benz Retires from Winston Churchill High School

Looking forward to travel.

Potomac Community Overturns Plans for Medical Cannabis Dispensary

Potomac Oak Shopping Center cancels lease agreement.

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Painting the Town Red

Caps, fans celebrate Stanley Cup win.

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Rebuilding Together Alexandria: A Summer of Continued Service

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People At Work: Helping Child Care Providers in Alexandria

Partnership provides professional development.

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Words of the Prophets: Written on Tenement Halls in Alexandria

Working group recommends fortifying, possibly expanding public housing resolution.

Monday, June 18

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Failure to Communicate in Alexandria

City backtracks on confidentiality claims.

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Pick up the PACE in Alexandria

Could city’s environment, economy benefit from new financing?

Fully Funded in Alexandria?

School Board approves final budget.

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Bright Futures in Alexandria

Campagna Center raises close to $300,000.

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Carpenter's Shelter Moves to Landmark Mall

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Alexandria Votes for Change

Wilson wins mayoral nomination; newcomers Bennett-Parker, Aguirre, Seifeldein, Jackson make history.

Opinion: Commentary: Much Still To Be Done

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Cappies: The Next Theatrical Generation Takes the Stage

19th Annual 2018 Cappies Award Gala honors area high school talent.

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Stop Hunger Now at Wesley Church

About 70 church members at Wesley United Methodist package food for the needy.

Sunday, June 17

Commentary: Richmond Highlights: 94-1 for Metro Reform

General Assembly session wrap-up.

‘I Am Coming; Be Prepared’

Student pleads guilty to threatening harm at Fairfax High.

Saturday, June 16

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Young Artists Shine at Centreville Art Show

Pyramid Art Show was in April.

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‘Stay Focused on Your Academics’

CPMSAC honors students at awards ceremony.

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Returning with Cappie Awards

19th Annual 2018 Cappies Award Gala honors area high school talent.

Friday, June 15

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Fourth Graders Campaign to Save Claude Moore Colonial Farm

A hands-on experience in civic activism at Forestville Elementary.

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Great Falls and Reston Soccer Merge

Coach Radovan Pletka talks about his experience, vision.

Why Let Kids Have All the Fun?

Adult Summer Reading Bingo at Dolley Madison Library.

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‘Great Performances’ Continue at George Mason University

New season announced with returning favorites and new performers.

Great Falls Home Sales: May, 2018

In May, 2018, 31 Great Falls homes sold between $2,250,000-$499,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: May, 2018

McLean Home Sales: May, 2018

In May, 2018, 144 homes sold between $7,000,000-$175,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: May, 2018

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2018

In May, 2018, 88 Potomac homes sold between $2,150,000-$274,000.

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2018

Thursday, June 14

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Concrete Cornices Crash Into a Popular Dining Area in Herndon

3,000-5,000 pound decorative cornices fall off a 3-story commercial building; no one was in the dining area at the time.

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Herndon Festival Bids Goodbye to the Historic Downtown District

Have no fear; a plan's in gear continuing the same traditions.

Commentary: Taking the Summer Off

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Banding Peregrine Falcons’ Chicks in Reston

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Chalk on the Water Brings Artists, Art Lovers to Reston’s Lake Anne

Open air setting allows spectators to naturally engage with ‘artists in action’ and see how works of art evolve.

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Reston Concerts on the Town Draw Large Crowds

The free concert series is a hit with locals and out-of-towners.

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Second Pedestrian Hit and Killed in Reston

FCPD Reston District station continues newly implemented pedestrian safety campaign and steps up enforcement.

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Virginia Voters Choose Firebrand

Corey Stewart to lead Republican ticket this fall.

Conservative firebrand Corey Stewart was denied an opportunity to be the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2013. And then he came within striking distance of being the party’s standard-bearer in the gubernatorial campaign last year. Now, finally, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors has secured a spot at the top of the ticket, bringing his brand of anti-immigrant, pro-Confederate Trumpism to the race against incumbent U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine.

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Wexton to Take on Comstock

Moderate state senator did not get pulled to the left in primary.

State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-33) made a name for herself in Northern Virginia as a tough-as-nails prosecutor, including one case that grabbed national headlines involving a woman who persuaded her boyfriend to kill her father with a samurai sword. During her campaign for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, she never lost that sense of law-and-order grit, refusing to be pulled to the left as other candidates were calling for President Trump to be impeached.

Wednesday, June 13

Cappies: The Next Theatrical Generation Takes the Stage

The 19th Annual 2018 Cappies Award Gala honors area high school talent.

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Preparing Home for Summer

From finding spaces for wet swimsuits and school papers to adding new throw pillows, small touches can add a warm-weather feel.

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Me & My Dad: Potomac

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Farewell at Churchill High School

Churchill graduates say goodbye to high school years.

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Bittersweet Moments Fill Whitman Graduation

Guest speaker Dana Milbank tells graduates: “We are all counting on you.”

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Making Education Top Priority in Maryland

Local team of Strong Schools Maryland works to create better schools.

Running in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District

Raskin seeking reelection.

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Containment in Arlington

Neighbors concerned about growth at Virginia Hospital Center.

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Arlington Celebrating its History

In Cherrydale: From lunch counter sit-in to 9/11.

Cappies: Next Generation Takes the Stage

19th Annual 2018 Cappies Award Gala honors area high school talent.

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Battle over Dawn Redwood in Arlington

Neighbors’ petition seeks to save tree.

Tuesday, June 12

Commentary: Historic Budget Supports Health Care and More

Commentary: Virginia Finally Did the Right Thing

Now, what’s next?

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T.C. Williams Crew Closes Season at Canadian Nationals

Women’s First 8 brings home Silver Medal.

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T.C. Williams Girls’ Soccer Falls to Woodson in Region Semifinals

Standouts Constant, Ponzi play final game for Titans.

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Showdown in Alexandria

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12 Shades of Blue in Alexandria

City Council debate factionalizes Democratic primary.

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Vigil Follows Killing

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Cutting Back in Alexandria

School Board considers reducing numbers and staggering elections.

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Eclectic Collective in Alexandria

Madison Collective to bring tacos, tattoos to Parker Gray.

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Wear Orange Weekend in Alexandria

Monday, June 11

Column: Senior Services of Alexandria: ‘Getting Ready for Summer’

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‘Barn to Bay Paddle’ Funds Alzheimer’s Research

Mount Vernon Resident takes on Canoeing Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s

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Silkowitz, Woodson Girls’ Soccer Head to State Semis

Cavaliers shut out T.C. Williams in region semifinals.

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Lake Braddock Softball Falls in State Quarterfinals

Bruins win first region championship since 2002.

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Lanier Middle School Given National Honor

Named Green Ribbon School by U.S. Department of Education.

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Fairfax Referee Rewards Schools for Sportsmanship

Attorney and youth referee Ben Glass awards $500 to the West Springfield Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team.

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Covanta Up and Running

Residents of the South County area tour the Covanta waste-to-energy facility after a fire that occurred in February last year.

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Better Young Than Never at South County High School

Virginia State Police come to South County High to show the effects of impaired driving with an obstacle course setting.

Commentary: Historic Budget Supports Health Care and More

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Ribbon Cutting Delayed, Trail Open to Public at Lee District Recreation Area

Rainy weather postpones ceremony to June 16; area residents enjoy the trail.

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Honest Soul Hosts Yogathon for Veterans

The 24-hour yoga extravaganza on Memorial Day weekend raises $10,000.

Aimee Holleb Named Principal of Key Middle

Was serving as acting principal since September.

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‘Burke Airport’ Story Revisited

Retired teacher Mary Lipsey of Ravensworth tells of the community’s years-long fight to save their land from development.

Sunday, June 10

Week in Springfield

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Warm Welcome for Wegmans in Chantilly

New grocery boasts Burger Bar, tacos, pizza, salads.

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Great Falls Authors Meet Neighbors, Each Other

Great Falls Library sets up the “Great Falls Local Authors Collection,” a section entirely dedicated to local authors.

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Four Local Teams Compete on Global Stage

Great Falls, McLean students compete in Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Saturday, June 9

Week in Great Falls

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McLean High Band Receives Sudler Flag of Honor

School Band Program, students and faculty honored by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

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McLean Graduate to Teach in Thailand

Mary Grace Sheers of McLean awarded Fulbright Scholarship.

Friday, June 8

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Having a Good Time on the Green in Vienna

Navy Band opens Summer Series with Country Concert on the Green.

Thursday, June 7

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Vienna Graduate to Teach in Spain

Lilian Roth of Vienna awarded Fulbright Scholarship.

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Behind the Scenes at Herndon Festival

There are streams of teams that make every Festival, even a rained-out one, a success.

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Beauty for All the Senses in Reston

Reston Chorale showcases five gardens of distinction in four local neighborhoods.

Wednesday, June 6

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Reston Sprint Triathlon Attracts 1,050 Participants

John Chambers, 41, wins First Place with a time of 55:23; Zoe Van Winckel 16, wins First Place as a female with a time of 1:00:42.

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Rainbows Everywhere in Reston

The first ever Reston Pride celebrates the vibrant local LGBTQ community.

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Reston BioBlitz 2018 Goes Down in History

BioBlitz documents as many plant and animal species as possible and finds threatened conservation species in Reston.

Independent Progressive: Human Cost of Party ® Politics in Richmond

Commentary: Building on Success

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Kate's Cause Donates $25,000 for Childhood Cancer Research

Contribution to help study in Cellular Pathways to Enhance Treatment in Ph-like Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Children.

Column: Creature Comforts

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Families Meditating Together

Family mindfulness practices can boost overall wellbeing.

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Commentary: Filling the Summer Gap

Commentary: Green for Medicaid

The most important vote I have ever taken.

Opinion: Editorial: Medicaid Expansion Will Save Lives

Almost too many benefits to count that will help all Virginians, including economic stimulus.

Commentary: Potential for Progress on Pension Reform

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Wootton Grads Say Farewell

Olympic Gold Medalist offers advice.

Candidates Running for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District

Democrats, Republicans hold their primaries on June 26.

Tuesday, June 5

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Find a Clue and Catch a Criminal

Arlington Women in Public Safety lead community event.

Commentary: Trying To Reduce Aircraft Noise

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Sea of Orange in Arlington

Gun control rally draws a crowd.

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Knock Down/Build Up for Affordable Housing in Arlington

Berkeley redevelopment to create 217 affordable housing units.

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Arlingtonian Joining in Trans America Bike Race

Ride to raise research funds.

CIP and Residents in Arlington

Public engagement opens up for Capital Improvement Plan.

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The Little School That Could in Alexandria

Jefferson-Houston on track for accreditation.

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Reach and Rise in Alexandria

After-school program at Hammond Middle School celebrates graduates.

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Alexandria Public Housing Tenants Organize

Tenant association hosts its first City Council candidate forum.

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More Transit Development Delays in Alexandria?

NVTA staff recommends slashing funding for planned West End bus rapid transit.

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Next: State Quarterfinals for West Potomac

West Potomac girls’ lax to face Langley at States.

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Sullivan Leaves ‘Home’

Mount Vernon at Home gains new executive director.

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Annual Little Hunting Creek Cleanup Nets 123 Bags of Trash

Surovell and Friends of Little Hunting Creek also remove shopping carts.

Monday, June 4

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Rising Hope Refills Food Pantry Shelves

Stamp Out Hunger yields supplies.

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City of Alexandria Elections 2018: In the Race for Mayor and City Council

Democrats face off for June 12 primary; Republicans and Independent look to November.

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T.C. Williams: Silver and Bronze at Nationals

Women’s First 8 secures Bronze, Frosh 8s win Silver.

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‘The Nance’ Takes Center Stage at LTA

Set in the 1930s, show presents backstage story of performers in world of burlesque.

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Burke Honors the Fallen

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony held on the grounds of the Burke Centre Conservancy.

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Woodson Girls’ Lax Wins Region Championship

Senior attacker Logan Dougherty scores nine goals in victory.

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‘It’s Not the Project That We Approved’ in Fairfax

New developer revises former Novus mixed-use.

Fairfax High Student Headed to Japan

Jacob Major wins FCCLA/Kikkoman Scholarship.

Saturday, June 2

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Obituary: Larry from Flowers ‘n’ Ferns Dies

Was long-time fixture of Burke Town Plaza Shopping Center.

Friday, June 1

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