Stories for December 2021

Stories for December 2021


Thursday, December 23

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Lidl Groundbreaking at Liberty

Lidl Groundbreaking

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Encore Creativity Resumes In-Person Song

Those over 55 with a passion for music can now practice and perform in person, with precautions.


Take a Hike (On New Year's Day)

Hiking on New Year's Day

Inspiration for Holiday Décor

Ideas for understated designs in non-traditional colors


Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers

Thoughtful and original presents for educators

Gift for Teachers

Tuesday, December 21

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‘Bigger Demand Than Usual’ in Mount Vernon

Firefighters continue annual toy drive.

Toy Drive

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Tenants Press for Repairs by Next Owner of Harmony Place Mobile Home Park

Mobile home park

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Shopping Cart Killer Suspect Is in Custody

Four murder cases of spanned Richmond Highway to Harrisonburg, where other bodies found.

Murders in Mount Vernon, Harrisonburg

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Huntley Meadows Wildlife Is Focus of Photo Contest

Toad, bird and a praying mantis top the list of winners this year.

Photo Contest

Fatal Pedestrian Crash in Mount Vernon


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To the Rescue in Alexandria

West End toy drive serves 350 families.

Toy Drive

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Christmas in Camp in Alexandria

Fort Ward reenacts Civil War Christmas.

Fort Ward Christmas

Carpenter’s Shelter donation

Carpenter’s Shelter donation

Covid Rising in Alexandria


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Children's & Teens' Connection 2021 Swanson Middle School

Swanson Middle School

Shot Fired in Buckingham Neighborhood

Shots fired

2022 Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Forecast

Single-family homes in Arlington are still the hottest real estate ticket in town.

Realtors Forecast

Marymount University To Require Booster Shot

Booster in Arlington

Friday, December 17

A Cruise to Die For in Potomac


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Decorating the Great Falls Tavern in Potomac

Great Falls Tavern

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Herndon Winter Market 2021 Celebrates Holiday Season

Arts & crafts, local beer, Glühwein, food and live music attract 11,000 to the one-day event.

Herndon Winter Market

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

Flourishing After 55

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Obituary: James T. Moore Senior Remembered in Arlington

Barber, a leader in the Hall’s Hill community, now a legend

James T. Moore

Thursday, December 16

Children's & Teens' Connection 2021 Riverside Elementary in Mount Vernon

Riverside Elementary in Mount Vernon

Children's & Teens' Connection 2021 Alexandria

Still life pictures from GW Middle School

Still life pictures

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Children's & Teens' Connection 2021 Browne Academy

Browne Academy

Fairfax’s Storefront Window Decorating Contest

Humane Society’s Fairfax Thrift Store Re-Opens

Fairfax events

Obituary: Elizabeth DeBruyn Weight

Environmental specialist dies at 55.

Weight obituary

Dyke Marsh Cleanup in Mount Vernon

Dyke Marsh

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Fairchild Park: Supervisors Approve a New Park near U.S. 1

Park approval

Column: Shelter at Beacon Hill in Mount Vernon


Letter: Save the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria

Torpedo Factory

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Claus for Celebration

Santa Stampede to benefit ALIVE!

Santa Stampede

2021 Children’s and Teens’ Gazette in Alexandria

Childrens Gazette

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Enjoying Lunch with Santa in Fairfax City

Lunch with Santa

Herndon Town Council Approves Resolution

Accepts $5 million grant; the Dig is ON in Herndon.

Herndon dig

Wednesday, December 15

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Dranesville Elementary for Children-Teens Edition 2021

Dranesville Elementary for Children-Teens Edition 2021

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Chantilly High School art

Children and Teens edition 2021

Chantilly HS

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Bull Run Elementary School artwork

Bull Run Elementary School art

Pictures for the Children's & Teens' Connection 2021

Say it in pictures

Tuesday, December 14

Aldrin Elementary School pictures and more!

Poems and Art

Waiting for snow on christmas

Poem by Abhinav Anish Chandran

Aldrin Elementary School

Aaron Booker Poem "Ring"

Aldrin Elementary School

Centreview Childrens Edition

CV Children's Edition

Arlington Children's Photos

Childrens Edition

Field of Grass

Yorktown HS

Column: Not-So-Affordable Housing In Virginia

Affordable Housing

Free Sober Rides Offered for the Holidays

WRAP SoberRide

2021 Children’s and Teens’ Connection

2021 Children's Edition

Thursday, December 9

‘Joy On the Avenue’ in Alexandria

Holiday pop-up replaces The Sushi Bar in Del Ray

Joy on the Avenue

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Chap Petersen Named Legislator of the Year by Virginia Chamber

Legislator of the Year

Cole Looking and Listening in First 80 Days

New Park Authority director takes the measure of her 420 parks.

New Park Authority director

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Earp’s Ordinary Pops Up in Time for Holidays

Fairfax City restaurant and live-music venue opens at Zandra’s Taqueria site.

Earp's Ordinary

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Burke Teen Models for Louis Vuitton on the Runway in Miami

First show chipped away at the shyness shell for Ibrahim Sesay.

Teen model

Love on the Docks in Alexandria

Holiday boat parade lights up the waterfront.

Boats boats boats

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No Online Shopping This Year? No Worries, the Shelves Are Stocked.

Mount Vernon Gift Guide Part II

Mount Vernon Gift Guide 2

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Over 50 Years of Iconic Music Venue in Alexandria

Birchmere tell-all book by local writers published in November.

Book Review

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Del Ray tree lighting

Tree lighting

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Red Flags, Confiscated Guns

Police across Virginia use new law to disarm people courts determine to be dangerous.

Since Virginia's new red-flag law was signed by the Gov. Ralph Northam last year, according to data from the Virginia State Police, law enforcement officials across Virginia have issued 170 emergency substantial risk orders to temporarily confiscate firearms from people courts have determined could be dangerous. That includes 32 in Fairfax County, six in Arlington and five in Alexandria. Police officers and sheriffs deputies have also used the law in so-called "Second Amendment sanctuaries," including 13 risk orders in Virginia Beach and seven in Hanover County.

Wednesday, December 8

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So Close to Lake Anne Plaza's Beautification

LARCA must state its intentions as 2nd deadline looms.

Lake Anne Plaza

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Holiday Tree Lighting & Sing-Along in Herndon

Santa appears a no-show.

Tree Lighting in Herndon

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Jingle on the Lake Returns to Reston

Santa arrives by pontoon boat.

Reston Lake Festivities

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Two People Critically Injured in Herndon Fire

44 displaced when electrical event sparks fire; no working smoke detectors in apartment.

House Fire

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Westfield Grad Jade Jones Getting National Acclaim

She stars in unusual production of ‘Beauty and the Beast.’

Beauty and the Beast

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Share Inc. of McLean Request the Community's Help

Gift cards and more needed for clients this holiday season.

Share Inc

Optimist Club of Greater Vienna Announces Winners of the 2021 Carol Waite Brennan Youth Appreciation Award

Six remarkable, local high school seniors recognized as role models in school and the community.

Vienna optimist club

Obituary: Victor Kimm, 87 of McLean

Victor Kimm

Remembering Vic Kimm in McLean

Vic Kimm

Tuesday, December 7

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31st Annual Tree Lighting at the Village Field

The Great Falls Celebration of Lights returns.

Tree lighting

Tree Stewards Tackle Degraded Paths in Brandymore Castle

Local landscaping company El Quetzal provides volunteer crew for the effort

Tree stewards

St. George’s Music Program is an Arlington Gem

Concert at St. George’s in Arlington showcases teens’ hard work

Music by St George's

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Arlington YMCA Hosts Pickleball Clinic

The Y starts a program for the popular sport.


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A Little Bit of Peru in the Middle of Arlington

Inca Social scheduled to open Dec. 21

Peru cuisine

What to Put in That Christmas Stocking

Christmas stocking

Column: The Most Important Thing We Do


Challenged Books, Ballooning Waitlists for Mental Health, ADA Playgrounds

What you might have missed at the Dec. 2 School Board meeting.

School Board

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Inside the Home of an Interior Designer

Local tastemakers offer a glimpse of their personal style

Interior design

Thursday, December 2

Improving Brain Health in Alexandria

Goodwin House hosts Stronger Memory program.

Memory health

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Catching Up with the Lunar Eclipse in Springfield

Lunar Eclipse

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Fraser Firs in Short Supply this Season

High school boosters are hit hard.

tree shortage

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Festive, Holiday Events in the City of Fairfax

Live music, crafts, food and Christmas-tree lighting.

Holiday Events

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Water Quality of Pohick Stream Monitored by State

Water monitoring

‘It’ll Put the Audience in the Holiday Spirit’ in Fairfax

Encore presents ‘Christmas is Just Around the Corner’

Christmas play

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Festival of Lights in Alexandria

Lighting the menorah

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Speed Limit Study About to get Underway

Traffic engineers looking at a speed limit change on Richmond Highway

Speed Study

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LA Musician Got Her Start in Mount Vernon

Fort Hunt alumni Julie Gigante started playing the violin at age 5 and now is featured on an 11,000-square-foot mural in Los Angeles.

LA Musician from Mount Vernon

Texas Official Appointed to Lead Alexandria

City Council hires James Parajon as city manager.

New City Manager

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Commitment to a Cure in Alexandria

Golubin honored for work with Arthritis Foundation and veterans.

Arthritis Foundation

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‘Night and Day’ in Alexandria

Station 203 project completed.

New Fire Station

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Some of the Best-Loved Pets Have ‘Hospice’ Status

Just Ask Smokey and Sadie


Aladdin, Now 14, Is Back

Camel in the spotlight

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Teen Film Makes It to the Alexandria Film Festival

A story about friendship, schoolwork and assumptions was shot in Old Town.

Teen Film in Festival

Wednesday, December 1

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Herndon WinterMarkt 2021

Authentic European experiences for the whole family on Dec. 11

Herndon reintroduces its European-styled Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 11 with big festive changes. The Town of Herndon has a very special charm as a small historic farming community –

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Christ the King Lutheran Church Celebrates in Vienna

Pastor Hank and the congregation celebrate 40th anniversary of their charter.

Lutheran Church

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Pets Can Provide Joy and Purpose for Seniors in Arlington

Combating loneliness and transforming lives through pet ownership.

Pets Provide Joy

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Twenty-nine Years, the Reston Holiday Parade

One of the best holiday parades ushers in the season at Reston Town Center.

Reston Parade

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Herndon Model Train Show Coming

train show

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Centreville Elementary Students Honor Ruby Bridges

Honoring Ruby Bridges

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‘It’ll Put the Audience in the Holiday Spirit’

Encore presents ‘Christmas Is Just Around the Corner’

Christmas play by Encore

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Safe and Conflict-free Holiday Cheer

Celebrating the holidays with both vaccinated and unvaccinated friends and family.