Stories for March 2020

Stories for March 2020

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Tuesday, March 31

Fairfax County Public Schools’ Distance Learning Begins on April 14

Superintendent’s letter to families.

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It’s Demo Time in Reston

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station 25 comes down.

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Opinion: Commentary: The Biggest Lesson One May Ever Learn

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Opinion: Hunkering Down and Looking Ahead

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Plan C For Bride and Groom in Herndon

Life and love amid coronavirus.

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Helping as Many as They Can in Herndon

Food for Neighbors revamps to offer drive-thru and walk-up distribution.

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Viewpoints: Life in Great Falls in the Time of COVID-19

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Arts Herndon Calls for Rainbows of Hope During Pandemic

A sidewalk in the U.K. with a child's chalk drawing is the inspiration.

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Monday, March 30

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Forty Units Strong in Vienna

Cunningham Park Elementary Love Parade is a mobile greeting card of support.

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Spring2ACTion Set for April 15

COVID-19 outbreak prompts date change.

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Saturday, March 28

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The New Normal in Alexandria

City adjusts in wake of COVID-19 mandates.

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Protecting the Vulnerable in Alexandria

‘Social distancing’ for the sick, seniors.

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City of Alexandria, State Update Emergency Ordinances

Metro reduces service; city COVID-19 cases hit 13.

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Costco Makes Changes to Protect Customers

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Our Fairfax City Firefighters: An Elite Echelon of First Responders

Fairfax City Fire Department is internationally accredited.

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Friday, March 27

Opinion: Commentary: Keep Calm and Social Distance!

Ways you can help in COVID-19 time.

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‘Alternative 3 is the Worst of All the Plans’ in Centreville

Meeting about Braddock Road, Old Lee Road stirs controversy.

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Life Goes On, But Not as Usual in Arlington

Schools will remain closed through the end of the school year to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Thursday, March 26

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COVID-19 Puts Some Into a Time of Need

Area charity organizations are ready to lend a helping hand; donations needed.

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‘Big Ideas’ Sought for Occoquan Park

Additional land open for a park element that would attract tourism.

Occoquan Park

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Neon Green Creek Waters Alarm Mount Vernon Residents

Friends of Dyke Marsh were quick to respond.

Dyke Marsh

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Potomac Is Closed

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Riddles, Reviews, Readers in Potomac

Kids keep active and in touch with Corona Kids Newsletter.

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Wednesday, March 25

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Suspect Lay Bleeding on the Floor

Verbatim accounts. Which to believe?

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Coronavirus in Reston

Precautions against possible exposure taken at the U.S. Geological Survey JW Powell Building.

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Opinion: Commentary: More Work Left to be Done

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Viewpoints: Navigating COVID-19

From an elderly man to a state senator.

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Under the Shadow of COVID-19

Hospital, ministry, charity, and funeral home respond to the new reality.

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Global to Local: Coronavirus Defines Us

Week Two 03/15-03/21– feeding children is priority for FCPS.

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Are Hospitals in Northern Virginia Ready?

Projections show a critical lack of hospital beds and ICU beds.

Northern Virginia’s health care system could be overwhelmed by an influx of patients infected with the novel coronavirus, according to an assessment from the Harvard Global Health Institute. The projections show hospitals in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria could quickly fill their available beds with patients, forcing administrators to either expand capacity or make the kind of life-and-death decisions about care that Italy has been forced into by the crisis.

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Opinion: Commentary: Virginia Schools Closed for the Rest of Academic Year

Governor orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, bans all gatherings of more than 10 people.

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Opinion: Commentary: ‘Our Priority Is to Save Lives’

Governor Northam orders statewide closure of certain non-essential businesses: all public and private schools K-12 closed for the rest of the academic year.

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Opinion: Commentary: Virginia’s Responses to Coronavirus

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Small Acts of Kindness in Herndon: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Five individuals receive Town of Herndon Good Neighbor Award.

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Tuesday, March 24

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Designing, Building and Flying Rockets

Oakton High team to compete in the NASA Student Launch Initiative.

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Fairfax Naturalists Explore Riverbend Park

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Monday, March 23

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Coronavirus Impact on Northern Virginia Tourism Industry in the Billions

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Sips For Saints in Alexandria

Rotary Central holds fundraiser for local charities just before group restrictions.

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Saturday, March 21

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‘Unchartered Territory’ in Alexandria

Local businesses struggle amid COVID-19 pandemic.

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Opinion: Commentary: We Are Here For You

Pandemic is affecting our families, our houses of worship, charities and businesses, our communities — our very way of life.

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’The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ Comes to Lorton

Fun, immersive musical mystery arriving at the Workhouse Arts Center.

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‘Don’t Be Afraid of Walking through the Fire’

Fairfax woman shares her story to help and inspire others.

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Helping Women in the Local Community

Britepaths, BRAWS offer ‘shopping’ and makeup event.

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‘We Will Get Through this Crisis Together’ in City of Fairfax

City declares a local emergency.

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Help Local Families Weather this Crisis

Britepaths launches ‘Adjust, Give, Donate’ for those in need.

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Fairfax County Animal Shelters Adjust Programs for COVID-19

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Friday, March 20

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‘Ensuring That Our Community Is Taken Care Of’

Residents stuff the bus for WFCM food drive.

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‘Teamwork, Safety and Aggressive Criminal Patrol’ in Sully District

Pfeiffer is Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Year.

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First You Say You Will, Then You Say You Won’t

The Poet’s Girl: A Novel of Emily Hale and T. S. Eliot

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Thursday, March 19

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Heritage Festival in Arlington Reflects Community Values

Locals take advantage of the pre-Coronavirus gathering

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Coronavirus in Reston

Precautions against possible exposure taken at the U.S. Geological Survey JW Powell Building.

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Mount Vernon Restaurants are Adapting

Carry out and delivery continue.

Dining Restrictions

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Schools Open Doors for Breakfast and Lunch

During the extended closure due to the coronavirus, county schools offer meals.

School lunch during virus

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Arlington Thrive Gets $60K Grant from CareFirst

Thrive’s safety net will be crucial as the virus has an impact on hourly workers

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Wednesday, March 18

Bulletin Board: Alexandria

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Bulletin Board: Mount Vernon

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Bulletin Board: Potomac

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Why You Need To Keep Your Marketing During A Crisis

Sponsored Content

You may have heard it before: In times of crisis, the marketing budget is the first thing businesses cut. And why not? It’s one of the easiest ways to free up some cash. You don’t always have control over more sales, but you do have control over your costs - and here’s where many businesses make a critical error, by choosing costs instead of sales.

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Fairfax County Supervisors Approve Issuance of Declaration of Emergency

Resolution empowers County Executive to make decisions.

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Global to Local: This Is Not a Test

Week one: 03/09-03/15: COVID-19 pandemic hits the area.

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Tuesday, March 17

Fairfax County Updates on COVID-19

Releases & Alerts as of March 16, 2020.

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Electricity Blamed for Many House Fires in Fairfax County

Safety precautions can be taken before tragedy strikes.

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Virginia House Passes Bike, Pedestrian and Driver Bills Aimed at Safety

New Assembly makeup allows for more safety legislation.

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Opinion: Commentary: Unprecedented Virus Crisis

Cash reserves will help buffer the coming recession in Virginia.

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Talking to Children about Coronavirus

Sharing developmentally appropriate information can ease fears.

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Churchill High School BLAST Delayed

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Opinion: Commentary: A Time to Look Through Others’ Eyes in Reston and Herndon

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Reston Updates – Releases & Alerts

Lucky Leprechaun 5k postponed to June 14.

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Potomac Home Sales: February, 2020

In February, 2020, 43 Potomac homes sold between $2,550,000-$650,000.

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2020

Opinion: Commentary: Virginia General Assembly Session Wrap-Up 2020

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Bulletin Board: Arlington

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Monday, March 16

Calling all Poetry Lovers to Great Falls!

Open Community Forum Invites you to participate in Poetry Reading.

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Springfield TAGS Circulator Bus Might be on Budget Chopping Block

Local commuter icon possibly going away.

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VDOT Crew Protects Barrel Bridge in Lorton

Historic bridge only one of its kind in Virginia.

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Sunday, March 15

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Police Kill Potomac 21-Year-Old

Shooting during “high-risk” search warrant, or murder? Investigation pending.

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Monumental Theatre Presents “Head Over Heels” in Alexandria

Show features music by The Go-Go’s and the drama of a 16th-century romance with a queer twist.

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Opinion: Commentary: Extra Innings

New Democratic majority has worked toward creating a more equitable and forward-thinking Commonwealth.

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Fairfax Couple Presumed Positive for COVID-19

County, state, health professionals provide answers, advice.

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‘I No Longer Feel Like I Can Trust Anyone’

Judge, victim’s family, unhappy about suspended sentence.

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Dining: Ethiopian Temptations in Centreville

Restaurant Review: Manna Bistro

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Spring Has Sprung in Arlington

Garden plots grow vegetables and trust.

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Saturday, March 14

Scam Alert in Arlington

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Reston Hospital Center Designated Level II Trauma Center

Crashes to gunshot wounds: Trained staff and equipment have you covered 24/7.

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Shape, Line, Color and Texture Come Together in Reston

Reston jeweler and artist Sandra Dovberg.

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Opinion: Commentary: Institutional History Made in Richmond

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Opinion: Independent Progressive: March – The Lion Is Here, RA Elections Too!

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2020 Hunter Mill District Paving and Restriping

Pedestrians, cyclists, drivers voice concern over road conditions.

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Saying Goodbye to Herndon High Gym

Hornets’ Sports Boosters held a Goodbye Gym Party Saturday, March 7.

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Thursday, March 12

Coronavirus Could Hit Families’ Finances: Seeking Paid Sick Leave for All

Don Beyer advocates for paid sick leave legislation and then self-quarantines after friend tests positive.

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Local Resident Moonlights as a Floating Trash Picker

Cleaning up the Potomac got Joe Wright international recognition.

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Doctor, Lawyer, Vet, Chocolatier in Potomac

Potomac Elementary students explore future career possibilities.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month 2020 in Fairfax County

Fairfax County Commission for Women honors “Valiant Women of the Vote.”

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Wednesday, March 11

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Local Designers Donate Talent for a Cause (Event Rescheduled)

A home in McLean gets a makeover to benefit cancer support community.

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Generational Divide

Senior conservative Democratic senators from Fairfax undermine labor agenda.

When Democrats won both chambers of the General Assembly in November, hopes were high that the new majorities in the House and Senate would move forward with a progressive agenda that had been rejected when Republicans were in power. Labor groups were particularly excited about the prospect of passing a $15 minimum wage, collective bargaining for public employees and a requirement that all employers offer five paid sick days. But the General Assembly session ended this week without fully accomplishing these goals.

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“Invest in Fairfax,” Says Grassroots Coalition

Reaction to County Executive’s FY21 Advertised Budget

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Virginia Lawmakers Reflect on Historic General Assembly Session

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Coronavirus Could Hit Families’ Finances

Millions of workers lack the sick leave that coronavirus could demand.

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Opinion: Commentary: 2020 Virginia General Assembly: 39 Surovell Bills Passed

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Tuesday, March 10

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Farmland Catapults to Economic Engine of Fairfax County

Tysons Partnership celebrates the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan for Tysons.

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New Entertainment Theatre Venue Opens in The Boro

Tysons Showplace ICON Theatres feature 14 screens and premier amenities.

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Improved Access and Travel Connections in Tysons

Jones Branch Connector provides four travel lanes, two bicycle lanes and two sidewalks from Jones Branch Drive to Route 123.

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Proactive Response to Opioid Abuse in Fairfax County

It could be your son or daughter, dad or mom, your spouse. It could be the secret you.

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Monday, March 9

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Memory Lane in Alexandria

Goodwin House holds ‘Lasting Love’ expo.

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‘Champions for Children’ in Alexandria

CAC Gala raises $65,000.

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The Other Alexandria: The Way It Was: Calvin D. Terrell

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Springfield Citizens Vote on Super Tuesday

Why they voted for their selected candidates.

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‘A Passion for Video Production and Film’ at Fairfax Academy

Student wins national award.

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Cappies Review: A Heart-wrenching Tale in Burke

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Sunday, March 8

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Construction on New Fire Station has Begun

New facility will be modern and energy efficient.

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Saturday, March 7

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Little Theatre of Alexandria Stages ‘Moonlight and Magnolias’

A comic behind-the-scenes look at the making of ‘Gone With the Wind.’

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Fairfax County Plans at Little Hunting Creek Upset New Homeowner

Plans weren’t disclosed at the time of purchase, he said.

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Opinion: Commentary: Last Week of Session

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Fairfax City Manager Unveils Proposed FY 21 Budget

Includes real-estate tax increase and money for capital projects.

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Friday, March 6

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‘Take a Moment Today and Count Your Blessings’

North Korean refugees speak to Chantilly High students.

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TLC for Trees at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington

Parishioners and Tree Stewards pair up to save tall, handsome neighbors.

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Thursday, March 5

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Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County Presented

Senior and junior high school students honored.

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Warming Up for Super Tuesday in Springfield

Bernie Sanders rallies with thousands at The St. James.

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Biden Wins Virginia

Virginia Presidential Primary 2020 Results

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Wednesday, March 4

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House Versus Senate

Conservative upper chamber undermines progressive House of Delegates.

Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly like to see themselves as adversaries. The real enemy, they like to say, is down the hall.

Inflicting Pain to Gain Relief

Self-Injury Awareness Month is a time to learn about the condition and erase the stigma.

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Yorktown Grads at UVA Develop Coronavirus Tracker

Former Yorktown High School classmates, now at Stanford and Virginia Tech, join in the massive undertaking.

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Tuesday, March 3

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Herndon Depot Museum Opens New Exhibits

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Preserving and Improving Reston’s Hunters Woods Fellowship House

Long-term investment provides affordable housing.

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Opinion: Commentary: Work Is Not Yet Done

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Marshall Statesmen Beat Madison Warhawks, Win Regional Championship

Both teams qualify for State Tournament.

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Vienna and Hunter Mill Priorities Discussed

Supervisor Alcorn holds his first Vienna Town Hall meeting.

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Plant a Native Tree in Your Front Yard

McLean Trees Foundation to mark 50th anniversary.

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Monday, March 2

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Opioids and Drug Abuse Escalate Locally

Part one of a two-part series: Three NOVA communities, six organizations host Public Forum – Operation Drug Prevention in Great Falls.

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Great Falls Author to Discuss His New Book

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People at Work in Alexandria: Animals are Hungry, Too

AniMeals’ monthly deliveries provide food for needy animals.

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Pets: Whiskers

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‘A Legacy for Generations’ in Alexandria

Al Cox retires after 28 years guiding Historic Preservation.

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Reflections of the Irish Rover Dog Walker

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‘A Legend in Selfless Service to Northern Virginia’

Art Little honored by both the City of Fairfax and NOVA Parks.

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Vizsla ‘Love’ Letters

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Pets: A Perfect Friend

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