Stories for October 2018

Stories for October 2018


Wednesday, October 31

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Churchill Returns to Region Final

Bulldogs beat Wootton in double overtime.

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Early Voting in Potomac

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Art Meets Nature and News in Potomac

As portrayed by local resident.

WMCCA: The Good, Bad, and Truly Dreadful


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Expressing Emotions with Different Styles of Dance in Arlington

Signature presents “Billy Elliot The Musical.”

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Double Double, Toil and Trouble in Arlington

15 years of Halloween outdoor decor.

Celebrating 100th Birthday

5 Things to Know for Election Day in Arlington

Arlington County has compiled information residents need to know before heading to the polls.

Opinion: Editorial: Most Important Election in Fairfax County, So Far?

Make a plan to to vote with friends and family.

Area Roundups

Opinion: Commentary: Valuing Community College

Tuesday, October 30

Opinion: Column: Stay Safe, Stay Independent

Opinion: Column: Opportunities and Challenges

Implementing Obamacare in Alexandria.

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West Potomac Field Hockey Wins Gunston District Title

Wolverines win first district championship since 1995.

People: Federal Perspective

Alexandria native oversees Eastern District of Virginia.

State Champions

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Helping at Buddy Walk

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Taste For Giving in Alexandria

Rotary Club raises $70k for local charities.

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‘One Step at a Time’

Curran laces up for Marine Corps Marathon.

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Best in Business Awards in Alexandria

Port City Brewery’s Butcher is Business Leader of the Year.

Alexandria School Board Race 2018

16 Candidates in Race for School Board

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In the Race For Alexandria School Board

16 candidates vie for 9 seats; 4 incumbents not running.

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Historical Perspective in Alexandria

Former City Council members reflect on local politics.

Campaign Finance Confusion in Alexandria?

A large School Board campaign contribution disclosed three years late.

Monday, October 29

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Detectives Asking for Public’s Help Identifying Suspect in Bank Fraud

Can you help us identify this suspect?

‘Tchaikovsky and Beethoven’ at George Mason Stage

Exciting Fairfax Symphony program with guest soloist Amit Peled at Center for the Arts.

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Serving Burke and Communities Beyond

Corazon Sandoval Foley established the Burke/West Springfield Senior Center without Walls, providing services for senior citizens in her district.

Opinion: Commentary: Helping Child Witnesses of Domestic Violence

Step Up 4 Kids seeks to break the cycle of abuse and address the needs of children.

Asian Pacific Americans Recognized by the Fairfax Museum

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Westfield Blanks Centreville

Bulldogs extend winning streak to 32 games.

Guilty Verdict in Centreville Parking Lot Killing

Jury recommends 10 years prison for Flores Cuchillas.

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Fun for All at Centreville Day

Centreville Day was Saturday, Oct. 20, in Historic Centreville Park.

Music in McLean from the Magical Age

Tysons McLean Orchestra to perform ‘Great Gatsby Night’ at Vinson Hall in McLean.

Twitter, Guns, Best Friends and #MeToo

Comstock, Wexton answer voters’ most-asked questions in The Connection’s Congressional Midterm Q&A.

Sunday, October 28

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Bestselling Novelist Comes to Langley High

Andrew Forsthoefel, author of Langley’s summer reading selection Walking to Listen, shared lessons encouraging personal connection.

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Langley High Orchestra to Perform Halloween Music

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More Heated Debate in McLean on Proposed Ramp Closure

VDOT holds second public meeting on proposal to close Georgetown Pike access to I-495.

Saturday, October 27

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Caleb Himes of McLean Receives Eagle Court of Honor

For Eagle Scout Project, he built a Monarch Waystation for butterflies at Kent Gardens Elementary.

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Raising Funds with Lots of Fun in Great Falls

Rotary Club of Great Falls holds third annual Oktoberfest.

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Great Falls Studios Host 2018 Art Tour

A tour of artistic discovery.

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Helping Neighbors Age in Place in Oakton and Vienna

Friday, October 26

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All Things Pumpkin Rule at the Reston Farm Market

Legendary site offers time-honored traditions and memory making.

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New Lake Anne House Approved for Reston

Plan ensures 240 affordable apartments for Reston seniors will be available there for the next 30 years.

Opinion: Commentary: Responding to Climate Change Warnings

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Chamber Hosts ‘Meet & Greet the Herndon Candidates’

Final countdown to Election Day 2018.

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Mount Vernon Communities Raise $100,000 for LLS

Michael Erlandson, 10, in Light the Night Walk; is now cancer-free.

‘I Feel Like I’m Family’ at the Lamb Center

Lamb Center guests share their stories.

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Lamb Center Has Reason for Joy

Announces jobs partnership with the City.

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Herndon Heritage Preservation Revisited

New district guidelines are long-awaited and much in need.

Thursday, October 25

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C&O Volunteers: Proud To Serve

As park visitors’ numbers grow, and federal park budget declines, volunteers make up the difference.

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Celebrating Potomac

Crowds attend 36th annual Potomac Day parade.

Opinion: Commentary: Get Out and Smell the Leaves

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Bike Connectivity Part of Discussion at FABB Meeting

County supervisors highlight bike efforts in Mount Vernon and Lee Districts.

Biking plans for area examined

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Rocky Horror at the Workhouse

Local talent, up and coming performers make the horror classic.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Workhouse in Lorton

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Rocky Horror at the Workhouse

Local talent, up and coming performers make the horror classic.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Workhouse in Lorton

Wednesday, October 24

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Beyond Lederhosen: Arlington and Aachen Connect

More volunteers needed to house exchange students.

Tuesday, October 23

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Twenty-Five Never Looked So Good

A well-rounded education for parents and children.

Helping Make People Aware of Thrombosis

Arlington resident is ambassador for World Thrombosis Day.

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Herring Calls for Criminal Justice Reform at Summit

Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement gather.

Opinion: Commentary: Voting as a Responsibility

Opinion: Commentary: Market Effects on Today’s Recycling

Residents asked to attend WasteSmart Open House.

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Hollin Hall Village Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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Inspiration Reigns for ArtSpire Dancers at CureFest

Honoring a girl with childhood cancer.

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‘We Are Here for the Community’ in Great Falls

Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department holds open house.

Monday, October 22

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Walking Aboard History in Alexandria

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The Heart of Alexandria

Volunteers honored for community service.

FitOne On the Move in Alexandria

New location open on Cameron Street.

How Healthy Is Alexandria?

A community survey assessing the healthiness of the Port City closes on Oct. 28.

‘Solving a Problem’ — Or ‘Punting’ in Alexandria?

City, public housing leaders continue grappling with Resolution 830 overhaul.

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‘Short-Term Pain’ in Alexandria

City begins planning for next summer’s citywide Metro station shutdown.

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Illuminating Case in Alexandria?

Controversy about lights illustrates dissatisfaction with public process.

Great Falls Home Sales: September, 2018

In September, 2018, 12 Great Falls homes sold between $1,860,000-$505,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: September, 2018

McLean Home Sales: September, 2018

In September, 2018, 71 homes sold between $4,602,948-$200,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: September, 2018

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2018

In September, 2018, 42 Potomac homes sold between $2,100,000-$515,000.

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2018

‘Highest and Best Uses’ in Alexandria

Council approves year-round uses at Cameron Run Park.

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Public Input Sought on Parkways in Fairfax County

County looks for public input on Fairfax and Franconia-Springfield parkways.

Sunday, October 21

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‘It’s Really Been a Great Ride’ in Fairfax

City of Fairfax honors longtime Councilman Jeff Greenfield.

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Season Opening with Mozart and Beethoven in Annandale

Virginia Chamber Orchestra features renowned soloist Brian Ganz.

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Helping with ‘Baby Blues’

Shelane’s Run raises funds and awareness for maternal mental health.

Saturday, October 20

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Westfield Bulldogs on Parade

Westfield High’s Homecoming Parade was Friday, Oct. 12, in Centreville.

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‘A Lively and Engaging Show’ in Chantilly

Chantilly High presents the musical, “Chicago.”

Friday, October 19

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McLean WinterFest Holiday Parade – 10 Years Old

Planning has begun for McLean’s WinterFest – community parade, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2.

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K-9 Krawl Held at Fairfax County Government Center

400 people and 200 dogs walk to bring attention to link between domestic violence and animal cruelty.

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‘Radium Girls’ Speak Out

Drama depicts poisoned female factory workers.

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LTA Embraces ‘Dracula'

A classic tale of gothic horror in time for Halloween.

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United in Support

After 19 swastikas spray-painted on building, community rallies behind Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.

Thursday, October 18

Opinion: Commentary: A Warning Too Dire to Ignore

Opinion Column: Independent Progressive: Nov. 6 — Pulling Our Country Back from the Brink

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Living in Reston — Reinvented

“Design Interventions” on display at 17th Annual Reston Home Tour.

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Motorcycle Rodeo Champion

Herndon's own Sgt. Bobby Galpin sweeps Mid-Atlantic Police Motorcycle Rodeo competition.

The Arts are ON in Herndon

Arts district, venues and events offer boundless opportunities.

Wednesday, October 17

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Giving Back to a Potomac Icon

Community cares for one of its own.

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Potomac Day 2018: Honoring Community Service

Annual Potomac Day Parade returns to Potomac Village on Oct. 20.

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Adept at International Challenges

Potomac resident named ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo.

Check Ballot Ahead of Time in Montgomery County

Election just three weeks away.

Opera NOVA: José Sacin: Opera Beyond the Stage

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West Springfield Spartans Raise Funds for Student Activities

West Springfield High School fundraiser.

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The Church Oktoberfest Preaches Inclusivity

Multi-ethnic event was a hit in a diverse community.

Oktoberfest at Church includes all

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Healing at ‘Empirical Grace’

West Springfield alumni opens acupuncture office in Springfield.

Acupuncture in Springfield

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Second Saturday Celebrates Creativity in Lorton

Art show spawns artists and creativity at the Workhouse Arts Center.

Lorton arts on Second Saturday

Tuesday, October 16

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Sharing Similar Visions in Arlington

Vihstadt and de Ferranti present views on development, Amazon HQ 2, and other issues.

Commentary: Focusing on the Whole Patient

Commentary: Cyber Security for Seniors

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

Wilson unopposed for mayor; nine others compete for remaining six seats.

Fugitive Caught

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People At Work: Whatever You Want — And It Tastes Good Too in Alexandria

TC initiates new healthy Café+Teria lunch line.

Opinion: Editorial: Yes, America, Religious Freedom Began in Fairfax County

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Alexandria's MetroStage Presents ‘Rooms: a Rock Romance’

A rock and roll love story and the quest for stardom in the 1970s.

Monday, October 15

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Carving Made Easy

A lesson in creating a front porch-worthy Halloween pumpkin.

ARTSFAIRFAX to Present Arts Awards

Event recognizes extraordinary contributions of artists and arts organization and those who support the arts.

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Wolf Trap Park Camp Out

Fifth and sixth graders learn camping skills and experience the great outdoors.

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Fairfax County Police Reform: More to Be Done

Five years after an officer shot and killed John Geer in Springfield, Implementation Group offers look at successful reforms, and recommends action in other areas.

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‘What Communities of Color Care About’ in Alexandria

School Board candidates on school safety, discipline, achievement gaps.

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Path to Health Careers

Governor celebrates T.C. Williams’ Health Sciences Academy.

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‘A Blueprint of Success’

The story of Olander Banks, Sr.

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Fairfax High’s Homecoming Parade

The parade was Friday, Oct. 5 in Fairfax.

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Woodson High Celebrates Homecoming

Homecoming Parade was Friday, Oct. 5.

Commentary: Fairfax County Advances Natural Landscaping Plan

‘You Must Respect and Honor Human Life’

Doctor and former firefighter share their stories.

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Final Development Phase Gets Underway at Former Prison in Lorton

Commuting distance and uniqueness attract residents

Phase II of development

Sunday, October 14

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Centreville Wildcats on Parade

Centreville High’s Homecoming Parade was Friday, Oct. 5 in Little Rocky Run.

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‘A Thrilling, Yet Hilarious, Mystery’ in Chantilly

Westfield High presents the play, “Baskerville.”

Saturday, October 13

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A Beautiful Day for a Beautiful Walk in Vienna

CROP Walk hits a significant milestone in its 14th year.

Week in Vienna

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Westfield Defeats Madison, 17-15

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Clifton Day Goes on Without a Hitch

Food, fun, music and kissing bulldogs made the festival.

Clifton Day 2018

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Oktoberfest Brings Scents of Fall to Vienna

Friday, October 12

Week in McLean

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MPA ArtFest in McLean Draws Crowds

McLean Central Park transformed into mini art galleries showcasing artwork from 40 artists.

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500 Runners Take Part in McLean 5K Run

About $15,000 in proceeds will benefit the McLean Community Foundation.

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Burke Couple Runs FeedAFamily

Nationwide online charity based in Burke helps provide food to families in need.

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Shutouts are Sweet for Lake Braddock Defense

Bruins blank Robinson, earn donuts for third straight week. Last 3 weeks, Bruins beat all, 139-0.

While the Lake Braddock defense has left a sour taste in opponents’ mouths in recent weeks, the Bruins’ palates have experienced a sweet sensation — and not just the taste of victory.

Thursday, October 11

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Fall Fun Abounds in Great Falls

Week in Reston

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Reston Celebrates ‘Flavors of Fall’

Family-friendly festival features craft beers, ciders and local cuisines.

Author Armistead Maupin Comes to Reston's CenterStage

Master storyteller and award-winning author to speak about his trailblazing life.

Commentary: Virginia’s Energy Future

Week in Herndon

Howard David ‘Uncle Dave’ Jay Dies

Career architect, 2014 recipient of the 'Charging Buffalo Award' and 'loved by thousands.'

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Mile 20 Celebrates Opening in Herndon

New craft beer and cider bar is a destination of distinction.

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Herndon Holds Bark Bash & Pooch Parade

It's enough to make you want to roll over and laugh.

Wednesday, October 10

Saving Churchill in Shootout

Bulldogs beat Wootton, remain undefeated.

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Get Ready for Potomac Day

Annual Potomac Day Parade returns to Potomac Village on Oct. 20.

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‘A Shayna Maidel’ Explores Family Separation in Potomac

Peace Mountain Theatre Company performs at Congregation Har Shalom.

Protecting the Reserve in Montgomery County

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A Walk On the Canal

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Embrace Two Flawed Human Beings in Arlington

Signature Theatre presents “Heisenberg.”

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What Could Be More Fun than Winning a Cake in Arlington?

St. Ann School celebrates fifth fall festival.

Opinion: Editorial: Check Voter Registration in Arlington

Confirm your voter registration before Oct. 15; vote early if you qualify.

Tuesday, October 9

Opinion: Editorial: Check Voter Registration in Fairfax County

Confirm your voter registration before Oct. 15; vote early if you qualify.

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Holiday-Ready Kitchen

Minor changes deliver big impact in time for holiday gatherings.

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Children, Cancer, and Art

Art therapy helps pediatric oncology patients — and their parents.

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Fairfax County Urges Public to ‘Make the Call’

“Stop domestic violence and sexual assault for your friend, your neighbor, yourself.”

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Communities Urged to ‘Step Up 4 Kids’

Domestic Violence Community annual meeting focuses on kids and making a difference where you are.

Commentary: Progress on Natural Landscaping

Commentary: Responding to Domestic Violence

Volunteer Alexandria: Breaks with Impact—Doing Good in the Neighborhood

All in the Family: Rebuilding Together DC • Alexandria

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Following Her Calling in Alexandria

Local pastor finds welcoming community.

Monday, October 8

Living Legends: Sherry Wilson Brown: Vision and Action for the Arts

Volunteer efforts reached across the city.

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Walk to Bust Cancer at Fort Hunt Park

Event to raise funds for women in need.

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Planning Approves T.C. Williams Lights

City Council hearing set for Oct. 13.

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25 Years of Selling Pumpkins in Alexandria from Navajo Reservation

Church donates proceeds to charities.

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‘Staying as a Teacher’ in Alexandria

Virginia Updates School Report Cards

Following accreditation results, more details about public school performance.

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Virginia Opera Presents ‘Street Scene’ in Fairfax

Performances Oct. 6 and 7 at Center for the Arts.

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‘Faces of Grieving Parents Seared into my Memory’

Epicure hosts Concert across America to End Gun Violence.

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Bull Riders Come to Town

U.S. Border Invitational held at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax.

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Kicking for a Cure

Robinson senior Jacob Haynie raises funds for pediatric cancer research.

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‘Fresh and Made-to-Order’ in Chantilly

Habit Burger Grill is open for business.

Saturday, October 6

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Chantilly High’s Homecoming Parade

The parade was Friday, Sept. 28 in Greenbriar.

Friday, October 5

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‘Runway to the Cure’ Held at Reston Town Center

Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Musical Blast of Fun at Reston's CenterStage

Reston Community Players to present “Hairspray.”

Commentary: Who Are You?

Column: Independent Progressive: It’s Starting to Look and Feel Like Fall

‘Other People Make Me a Senior’

Locals speak out on senior wellbeing in the community.

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A Walk for Suicide Awareness in Fairfax

11th Annual Fairfax Out of the Darkness Walk draws 1,200 participants.

Thursday, October 4

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Mile 20 to Open Oct. 6 in Herndon

A Craft Beer and Cider Bar Destination of Distinction features an extensive tap list and full meal options in one place.

Herndon Town Councilmember Faces Civil Suit

Grace Wolf Cunningham sued for Malicious Prosecution by three Herndon Town Council candidates; $150,000 sought in damages.

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Mind, Matter and Meditation

New Honest Soul Yoga opens in Springfield.

New Honest Soul Yoga opens in Springfield.

Wednesday, October 3

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A Reflection of Fairfax County's 50+ Community Action Plan

Provided by Donna Lopez, Assistant Director at the Herndon Senior Center, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services

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Run, Dixon, Run

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Traveling in the Golden Years

Getting in shape before a trip can help prevent travel-related injuries.

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Life After Retirement

Staying engaged, connected and active

Senate Election is Blast from the Past

Kaine and Stewart both played key roles in 2016; now they’re at the top of the ballot this year.

Elections rarely get do-overs. Winners make victory speeches, and losers slink away to become consultants. But this year’s election for U.S. Senate features two key players in the 2016 presidential election that upended American politics.

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Rockwood Manor to Host Upcycled Wedding Fair

Gently used wedding items on sale.

Edu-Futuro Celebrates 20 Years in Arlington

Fundraiser planned for Oct. 19.

WMCCA: Endless Challenges Facing Residents

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Lessons from a Sanctuary in Poolesville

21st annual open house and fundraiser benefits rescued animals.

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Offers Gothic Horror in Arlington

Synetic Theater presents play based on Washington Irving’s story.

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The Arlington Players (TAP) Presents ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’

Musical combines Victor Hugo’s novel with Stephen Schwartz’s lyrics and Alan Menken’s music.

Tuesday, October 2

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Editorial: Demand Increasing, But Not Resources

Suicide prevention efforts need more funds, volunteers.

Talking About Writing in Arlington

Authors to speak at One More Page.

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Arlington Optimist Club Honors Officers

Part of Respect for Law Week.

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Plastic-Free Challenge: Shopping in Arlington

What to do if everything is wrapped in plastic? Talk to the vendor.

Commentary: Serving as a ‘Medical Home’

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The Eyes Have It in Arlington

Young artist exhibits “Kiss the Dream and Smile.”

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Real Estate: Three Quarters Sales Softer Than Last Year

McLean and Great Falls real estate market first through third quarter comparison 2018 to 2017 to 2008.

Week in McLean

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Vision Plan Draft for Downtown McLean Unveiled

Plan reflects community input; next meeting on Nov. 8.

Monday, October 1

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Commentary: Saving People, Places and Property

The Time is Now.

Commentary: Upgrade to REAL ID

Meet the ‘Heart of Alexandria’

Volunteer Alexandria hosts annual volunteer recognition event.

Commentary: Seeing Diversity as a Gift

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Alexandria’s John A. Seaton — ‘A Giant of a Man’

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T.C. Williams Defense Forces Six Turnovers in Loss to Patriot High School

Titans hoping to solidify quarterback position heading into bye.

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Show Me the Money in Alexandria

Visitor spending hits record high of $826 million.

Honoring Women Who Mean Business in Alexandria

Landrum recognized for AEDP leadership.

Chertoff to Speak at Agudas Achim

Lecture series honors Rabbi Jack Moline.

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Full ASTEAM Ahead in Alexandria

Nonprofit aims to excite youths about career fields leading to economic self-sufficiency.

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Art Galore in Alexandria

Artists from across country participate in art festival.

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‘Without Systemic Changes…’ in Alexandria

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Improved Grades in Alexandria

Under new state rating system, more ACPS schools to receive accreditation this year.