Stories for February 2021

Stories for February 2021


Sunday, February 28

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Flying Squirrels, Our Nocturnal Neighbors

Around dusk or dawn, high up in the tree canopy, keen observers might spot a scurry.

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Little Theatre of Alexandria Presents ‘The Revolutionists’

Show runs in-person from Feb. 27 to March 20, 2021

The Little Theatre of Alexandria is presenting a live, in-person showing of “The Revolutionists,” written by Lauren Gunderson, from Feb. 27 to March 20, 2021.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Taylor Run and Vietnam Analogies

To while away the hours hibernating during Covid-19, my wife and I have watched Ken Burns’ award winning documentary “Vietnam.”

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Missing: Conservative Voice in Black Community

As a black female the question I am often asked is, “When did you know you were a Republican”?

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Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Remembers Seniors on Valentine’s Day

The Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Senior Services of Alexandria to deliver special Valentine’s Day goodie bags to those receiving Meals on Wheels.

Two Dead Bald Eagles Found in Mount Vernon

Several Mount Vernon area residents happened upon two dead bald eagles in the grass near a utility pole in the 7600 block of Elba Road on Feb. 17.

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Cats Pliny and Humboldt

Pliny and Humboldt perch in their cat condo in Alexandria while keeping a close eye on the Roomba making its way across the room. (No exceptions to building height limits were required for this condo.)

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People Will Look Like Their Pets in Alexandria

People will look like their pets.

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Departmental Progressive Club Food Drive

Donations collected for Alive!, ARHA

Members of the Departmental Progressive Club held a food and gift card drive Feb. 20 to collect non-perishable items for local families.

Alexandria Police Department K-9 Czekaj Dies; Served from 2012-2019

Retired Alexandria Police Department K-9 Czekaj has died.

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Alexandria Council Approves the Heritage Project

Vote is unanimous on Old Town development.

The controversial Heritage at Old Town development project will move forward following unanimous approval by the Alexandria City Council at its Feb. 20 public hearing.

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‘Fear Free’ Approach Helps Reduce Shelter Animals’ Stress in Alexandria

Toffee, a six-year-old tricolored Chihuahua/rat terrier mix, cowered in the very back of a crate in her kennel at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA).

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Pawsitive Partners in Arlandria

Volunteers care for feral cat colony

Ever since Devon Cain was a young girl, she has loved cats.

Ivan Raiklin Speaks to Local Republican Women

The Commonwealth Republican Women’s Club (CRWC) hosted Ivan Raiklin as its guest speaker in February.

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‘This Gives Me the Opportunity to Follow My Dreams’

ITServe Alliance donates new laptops to Britepaths.

Valentine’s Day was Feb. 14, but a sweet treat came a few days earlier for Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths.

Saturday, February 27

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Appetite: 4 Black-Owned Alexandria Eateries to Add to Your Feast

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: There are many, many more Black-owned restaurants, cafes and eateries in and around Alexandria than this humble column can contain.

Fairfax Teen Is Killed; Death Ruled a Homicide

Fairfax County police are investigating last week’s murder of a local teen.

New Series Highlighting Fairfax City Businesses

Fairfax City’s Economic Development Office last week launched a photo and interview series, “Faces of Fairfax City,” to spotlight the City’s business community.

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Pet Connection: A Story About Toby & Molly

We moved to the USA from Europe in 2017 at which point dad promised me a dog once we got settled in our new home in the USA.

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Centreville Wildcats Win State Championship

One year after being named co-champions with South County High School, the Centreville Wildcats took the Virginia Class 6 Boys State Championship at Centreville High School on Feb. 20.

Friday, February 26

Construction Begins Soon on Route 28 Widening

Fairfax County’s Department of Transportation will soon begin construction to widen Route 28 in Centreville.

‘Tireless Devotion to Traffic Safety and the Community’ in Sully District

Whisenhunt is Sully District Station’s Officer of the Year.

Police Officer First Class (PFC) Richard “Rick” Whisenhunt has been selected as the Sully District Police Station’s 2020 Officer of the Year.

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ArPets Update: The Prince and his Pee (Pad)

Staying with my in-laws has not been without its, well, puddles.

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ArPets Update: Brisket Has Been Adopted!

Remember that very smart dog, Brisket?

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Don’t Forget to Feed Your Backyard Pets in Arlington

If you want to buy birdseed, you have to be persistent.

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Blunders That Changed History

“From the Eyes of Coldcase Killers” to self-help books to great blunders of history.

Opinion: Commentary: Inland Flooding

Facing storm intensities far beyond what our infrastructure was designed to handle

With one week remaining in the 2021 legislative session, Senators and Delegates are putting the finishing touches on legislation, and preparing to head home to the districts they represent in Richmond and throughout the year.

Thursday, February 25

Opinion: Column: Not That I Don’t Understand, But...

...So this is what the process is like trying to schedule a Covid-19 vaccination.

Virginia Is for Pet Lovers, Too

Cosmetics testing, research dogs/cats, dangerous dogs, pet store employees come under scrutiny

The 2021 Virginia General Assembly had only six companion animal-related bills before it this session; a small number compared to the roughly two dozen during the 2020 session, and a dozen in 2019.

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The Value of Intergenerational Relationships

The lives of both youth and seniors are enhanced by meaningful connections.

Bringing seniors and youth together for meaningful relationships can be mutually beneficial.

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Fairfax County’s FY 2022 Budget Plan

Focuses resources in targeted areas

“What a difference a year makes” said Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill.

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Rotary Club of Alexandria Awards $10,000 Grant to Alexandria ACT Now COVID-19 Response Fund


The Rotary Club of Alexandria is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2021 Grant Program. The Rotary Club of Alexandria Grant Program provides financial support to nonprofit organizations that advance literacy for children and adults and/or improve the lives of children, youth, seniors, and others with special needs within the city limits of Alexandria.

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Pet Almanac

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This Week Ahead in Montgomery County

Tuesday, Feb. 23

SOLAR IN THE AG RESERVE Montgomery County Council is expected to finalize rules pursuing solar panels in the Agricultural Reserve.

Opinion: Commentary: Bringing Virginia into the Light

Abolishing the death penalty, steps to end Jim-Crow era ban on felony voting and more recent ban on gay marriage

The last week of the 2021 General Assembly Session has arrived and it will prove to be an exciting time with many big issues on the agenda.

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Opinion: Commentary: “My Journey to Becoming a Law”

Today’s the day!

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Controlling Gun Violence

After assault weapons stumble, lawmakers limit guns at polling places and government buildings.

Fulfilling their campaign promises to take action against gun violence, Democrats in the General Assembly are sending Gov. Ralph Northam several gun-violence prevention bills.

Wednesday, February 24

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Burke Has a Presence on Mars

Mars rover has a name from Lake Braddock student.

Mars landing

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Burglaries Put Mount Vernon Business Owners on Alert

Smash and grab at three Hollin Hall places yields little for thieves.


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TSA Is Filling Up in Southern Springfield

Access improvements are still to come for this Federal facility.

TSA in Springfield

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At Dog Parks, the Clean-Up Bag is a Must

Walks are important for the family dog, but so is scooping the poop.

Scooping the Poop

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Evictions Imperil Thousands of Families in Montgomery County

Economic devastation of the pandemic has 14,000 eviction cases waiting to be heard for failure to pay rent, mostly held in check by a moratorium

A “tsunami of evictions is on the horizon,” said Gabe Albornoz, at-large councilmember, at a session on Covid Rental Relief and Eviction Prevention on Feb. 11, 2021.

Trust and Transparency Enhance Public Safety in Reston

Supervisor Alcorn hosts Hunter Mill Town Hall With FCPD

Leadership at the Fairfax County Police Department, Reston District Station are "very proud" of their work but acknowledge there is more work to come.

Opinion: Commentary: Celebrating Black History

There are ample reasons to be celebrating Black history in Virginia this month and throughout the year.

One of the meaningful traditions that has evolved in the Virginia House of Delegates over the last couple of decades has been the celebration of Black History Month by having a speech each day on the House floor about famous Black persons and their struggles and accomplishments in the Commonwealth.

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Nothing But the Best for Family: Pets of Reston and Herndon

For us lucky ones, pets are part of our lives.

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Herndon Mayor Asks for Integrity and Respect

Councilmembers' purported harsh rhetoric impacts morale and governing.

Jolted by an escalating trend of interruptions and statements by Town of Herndon Councilmembers, most recently at the Council Discussion of Strategic Initiatives on February 9, Mayor Sheila Olem intervened.

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Senator Boysko’s ‘Literary Kitties’

Virginia State Sen. Jennifer Boysko’s rescue cat, Jane Eyre, stands ready (well actually, lays) to have the Senator’s back (well actually, shoulder) and give input on all manner of important bills.

Vienna Police Highlights: Feb. 12 – Feb. 18, 2021

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna Police Department from Feb. 12 – Feb. 18, 2021.

Tuesday, February 23

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New Bridge Opens in Oakton

The Park Authority will host a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-March to mark the installation and opening of a new bridge in Gabrielson Gardens at Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton.

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Cappies Review: Langley High Play Explores Impact of Isolation

‘Hey Stranger’ tackles the question everyone struggles with during pandemic

In a time where the pandemic has isolated humanity, how does one find solace?

Detectives Investigating Fatal Crash in Driveway of Falls Church Home

A 73-year-old woman died after being struck by a vehicle in the driveway of her home.

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Nothing But the Best for Family: Pets of Great Falls

For us lucky ones, pets are part of our lives.

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Great Falls Citizens Association Opposes Flag Restrictions

Long-time Great Falls resident and Great Falls Citizens Association Board member Ruth Carver says she finds it "highly offensive" that Fairfax County advertisement of the Zoning Ordinance Modernization (zMOD) program is equating the American flag to a commercial banner.

Sunday, February 21

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Damp the Stormwater Fees

The Alexandria City Council is rushing to double the annual stormwater fees on Feb. 20 to $280 for the typical single-family homeowner by 2022, and then nearly double that to $540 by 2031.

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Queen Bee’s Priebe Victim of Car Theft in Alexandria

Police investigate incident during gas stop in Old Town

It was Super Bowl Sunday and Allison Priebe had her hands full with things to do.

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Heart of Del Ray

Dolce & Bean presented with 2021 award

The Del Ray Business Association presented Dolce & Bean with the 2021 "Heart of Del Award" on Feb. 12.

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Thinking Small in Alexandria

Bill Reagan helps local businesses flourish.

Bill Reagan is not a very good salesman.

Senior Services of Alexandria’s Virtual ‘Stay-at-Home’ Gala

March 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

“Celebrating SSA’s Work for Alexandria’s Older Adults”

Nominations Open to Celebrate Women in Alexandria

2021 awards to honor women on front lines of pandemic

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Alexandria Celebrates Women Awards.

Opinion: Commentary: Finding Solutions in the General Assembly

Both the Senate of Virginia and the House of Delegates have released proposed budgets and we will vote on the budget soon.

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Alexandrians Have Heart

Food and clothing drive supports local charities

More than 50 people braved the ice and freezing temperatures Feb. 13 to participate in the 13th annual Alexandrians Have Heart clothing and food drive sponsored by former City Councilman Frank Fannon.

Saturday, February 20

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Obituary: Charlotte Ross

Beloved crossing guard dies at 95

For 50 years, Charlotte Ross was a fixture at the intersection of Polk Avenue and North Pegram Street, shepherding generations of students to safety as a crossing guard at James K. Polk Elementary School.

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Sweet Home Alexandria

Alive! collects housewares for those in need.

Alive! collected dozens of boxes of new and gently used housewares during a drive-by donation day Feb. 6 at Fairlington United Methodist Church.

Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News and Notes

New eateries, renovated restaurants, decade-old breweries and wine with felines: It’s just another month in Alexandria’s food and drink scene.

The Other Alexandria: A Special Valentine – Karen Hubbard Suggs

Every Valentine’s Day, Karen Hubbard Suggs and her sister, Faye A. Hubbard, would take a moment to remember their parents’ wedding day.

More Performance Dates for City of Fairfax Theatre Co.’s Magic Show, ‘Spellbound’

Due to popular demand, the City of Fairfax Theatre Co. (CFTC) has added extra performance dates to its production of “Spellbound,” magician Lars Klores’s one-man show celebrating the art of magic.

Is it ‘A Solution Looking for a Problem’ in Fairfax City?

City enacts new firearms ordinance

Virginia recently adopted legislation allowing localities to enact ordinances prohibiting firearms and ammunition in and on certain public properties or at permitted public events.

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Fairfax Academy Students to Hear from the Pros

The Fairfax Academy’s 3rd annual Career Experience Expo is next Monday, Feb. 22.

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Virginia Study of Plant Invaders Set

Del. Bulova’s resolution on control of invasive plant species unanimously passes both House and Senate by voice vote

Ecologists advise that invasive plant species grow at the expense of our ecosystem and our pocketbooks.

A Landmark Achievement in Sully District Scouting

First female Eagle Scouts in the Sully District

Four local teens have completed all the requirements to become Eagle Scouts.

Friday, February 19

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One More Tree Due for Destruction in Arlington

Neighbors along with Arlington Tree Action Group (ATAG) volunteers gathered Feb. 8 to protest “the unnecessary destruction of a Willow Oak in the corner of a lot at 2437 N. Utah Street.”

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Preview: Opera NOVA Continues Concert Series

Opera NOVA will hold its third 30-minute virtual concert on Feb. 25.

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Do Flamingos Drink Bourbon in Arlington?

...or is it just my imagination?

Scott Sklar, wearing his cowboy hat, sits on the curb amid the flamingos in his front yard.

Arlington Rotary Club Launches Drive for Thrive

Give to the Rotary Club by Feb. 28 to double your impact.

If there was ever a time Arlington Thrive was crucial in the lives of Arlington residents, it is now, in the 12th month of the Covid-19 crisis.

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ArPets: “Is He Peeing?”

"Is he peeing?"

Opinion: Commentary: Virginia’s Budget Focuses on Recovery

Last year was my first on the influential Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, where I was glad to gain direct experience in the allocation of funds and the tweaking of expenses which together create our state budget.

Thursday, February 18

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Once and Future White’s Ferry?

Operating since 1786, the ferry could begin running again soon.

White’s Ferry has operated since 1786, recently as an $8 cable ferry service that carried vehicles across the Potomac River from Poolesville to Loudoun County.

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Expanded Beltway and Bridge: ‘Extremely Disappointed’

Plan would damage parks, increase greenhouse gas emissions and leave transit unfunded, according to Park and Planning

Even though the final environmental impact statement is far from finished, Maryland announced Jan. 27 that it has chosen to add four toll lanes to the American Legion Bridge and up I-270 to mitigate traffic congestion.

Editorial: Send in Pet Photos for Pet Almanac

The Pet Almanac, a twice-yearly special, will publish the last week of February, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

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The Strange Career of Felon Disenfranchisement

Amendment targets Jacksonian-era restriction weaponized during Jim Crow.

Felons have been prohibited from voting in Virginia since 1830, when the "right to suffrage" was denied "to any person convicted of any infamous offense." But it was during the era of Jim Crow that felon disenfranchisement became weaponized to prevent Black voters from influencing elections.

Opinion: Commentary: Moving the Needle on Justice

59 racial justice priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session

As we know, Covid-19 did not create the systematic failings and inequities of our civil justice system and social safety net.

New Visions for Public Schools in Montgomery County

Restorative justice practices offer hope to reduce racial disparities in school discipline.

“It’s not easy to do what my colleagues did today,” said Craig Rice, chair of the Montgomery County Council’s education committee, “which is to open themselves up.”

Opinion: Commentary: General Assembly at Crossover

This last year has been called “historic” and “unprecedented".

Opinion: Column: If Michael Corleone Had Lung Cancer

"Just when I thought I was out ... they pull me back in."

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Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Wins Eight Awards

The Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control wastewater treatment plant was recently recognized for their “Tertiary Filters Rehabilitation Project,” and “Rehabilitation of Three Equalization Basin and Ancillary Facilities,” by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) in its annual Mid-Atlantic Region awards.

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Inspiring Young People in Creative Learning Activities

Fairfax Symphony named a Dominion ArtStar

With more than five decades as an honored symphony, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) adds 2021 Dominion Energy ArtStar to its accolades.

Wednesday, February 17

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Leveling the Playing Field in School

Advocating for children with special needs or learning disabilities

When Lisa Lightner's son Kevin was two years old, she discovered that he would need special learning support in school.

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The Madness of Trust and Betrayal in Reston

Months of no hot water for mixed-use Reston condo

It's a losing game in the long run for any condo association to postpone needed maintenance on their buildings or make band-aid fixes.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Three Months Without Hot Water at Lake Anne

The Lake Anne of Reston issue is a microcosm of our national politics.

Reston Homicide Suspect Arrested in Newport News

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after he fled the Northern Virginia area following Wednesday’s deadly shooting of Samuel Onyeuka in Reston.

Opinion: Commentary: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

I have never known a politician who has not promised better schools, quality of life and safety.

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Keeping Hunter Mill Residents Warm This Winter

No one needs to go without a coat.

The Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet that Cornerstones ran in partnership with the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s office continues to be a much-needed resource for the community.

Tuesday, February 16

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Valentines for Covid Heroes in Oakton

Volunteers in a Science Technology Art Music Philanthropy (STAMP) program at Waples Mill Elementary School in Oakton, along with Girl Scouts from the Oakton/Fairfax area, made more than 1,800 valentines in this year's Valentine Challenge with Volunteer Fairfax.

Vienna Police Highlights Feb. 5 – Feb. 11, 2021

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna, Virginia Police Department from Feb. 5 – Feb. 11, 2021.

Great Falls Doctor Pleads Guilty to Not Paying Employment Taxes

Arshad Pervez Cheema, formerly of Great Falls, did not pay more than $2 million in employment and corporate taxes.

A doctor, formerly of Great Falls, pleaded guilty on Feb. 12 to willful failure to pay employment taxes, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting United States Attorney Raj Parekh for the Eastern District of Virginia.

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Controversial Solutions at Play for Springvale Road Bridge in Great Falls

Great Falls Citizens Association invites VDOT to Feb. 25 Town Hall.

Policies passed down to state levels encouraging single-lane deteriorating bridges to be replaced with two-lane bridges because of purported safety concerns are once again at the forefront for discussion between the Great Falls Citizens Association, community members, Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville District), and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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Downtown McLean Re-Imagined

Open House scheduled to review McLean re-planning effort

A virtual community open house is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 20, 9-11 a.m., regarding the re-planning effort for downtown McLean.

Monday, February 15

Potomac Home Sales: January, 2021

In January, 2021, 45 Potomac homes sold between $4,250,000-$386,000.

Potomac Home Sales: January, 2021

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New Police Station and Animal Shelter Planned for Lorton

As the South County area grows, facilities are needed to meet the demand.

New Police Station

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Roof is Raised on Jean and Ric Edelman Indoor Riding Arena

The indoor facility will expand the success for the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program.

Riding Arena

Saturday, February 13

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From Mount Vernon High School to the NFL

ASC to host David Knight Feb. 17.

David Knight, a 1969 graduate of Mount Vernon High School who went on to play wide receiver for the New York Jets in the National Football League, will be the featured speaker via Zoom at the Feb. 17 meeting of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club.

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Romance and Reproduction Are Underway

Our area is awash in bald eagles preparing for offspring.

In the grip of mid-winter’s cold and Covid isolation, romance may be but a fleeting fantasy for humans, but among area bald eagles, romance and reproduction are well underway.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Find Blocks Adjacent to Historic District to Add in Alexandria

“Let’s call these concessions what they are — bribes,” remonstrated a resident opposed to the Heritage megaproject.

All You Need is Love in Alexandria

Couples share the secret of working together.

It takes a brave soul to go into business with your other half.

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CVS to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine

Limited locations to begin Feb. 11

Beginning Feb. 11, Virginians will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at select CVS locations across the state.

Obituary: Charles R. Hooff III

Real Estate developer dies at 80

Alexandria native and real estate magnate Charles Hooff III, principal broker of the firm that bears his name, died Feb. 1 at the age of 80.

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Appetite: Three Alexandria Restaurants You’ll Love This Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air – and what better way to show your adoration than with a special restaurant menu for Valentine’s Day?

Best of the Best in Alexandria

Two TC seniors win full scholarships to attend college

When T.C. Williams High School senior Natnael Asegdew was 6 years old, he moved to the United States from Ethiopia and his parents had one purpose in mind: to ensure their two children received a quality education.

Editorial: Send Pet Photos

The Pet Gazette, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish the last week of February, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by Friday, Feb. 19.

West Springfield Rotary Club Recognizes Outstanding Teachers

At its virtual meeting Jan. 27, the West Springfield Rotary Club honored three outstanding teachers: Jen Shaddrix from Orange Hunt Elementary School, Lauren Ryan from Keene Mill Elementary School and Joanne Lewenhaupt from Nativity Elementary School.

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Gas Explosion Rocks Springfield

A loud explosion broke the quiet in Springfield about noon on Feb. 3, when a gas line exploded on the 8500 block of Hooes Road near the historic Sydenstricker Schoolhouse and the Sydenstricker Methodist Church.

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Mount Vernon’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting Hits All Levels

Pandemic in the area was looked at, along with other issues

The common thread for all the speakers at Supervisor Dan Storck’s (D-Mount Vernon) town hall meeting was the need to defeat the coronavirus, and rebuild the economy as the virus impact is lessened in Virginia.

‘This Is an Opportunity for Connections’ in Fairfax City

Council extends City’s e-scooter pilot program

Fairfax City has extended its pilot program for e-scooters in the City through the end of this year.

Friday, February 12

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Fairfax Mayor, Council Discuss Capital Projects

City Police Station, Property Yard both need improvements

Besides working on the upcoming FY 22 budget, Fairfax City Manager Rob Stalzer and his staff have also been preparing the City’s draft FY 22-26 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

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Burke’s Brightest Seasonal Corner

Drivers traveling on Lee Chapel Road in Burke are reminded that Valentine’s Day is upon us, thanks to Larry Gould’s eye-catching red heart garden ornamentation.

‘The Victims Don’t Choose that Lifestyle’

Local police detectives discuss human trafficking

When it comes to human trafficking, no part of the U.S. is immune to it – even Fairfax County.

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ArPets: Meet Caia

Here’s what can happen when a dog is considered “less adoptable”.

When she met Goldie, she was struck by the label the dog had been given.

394 Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and Counting in Arlington

This is seven-year-old Erin Parks’ first year selling Girl Scout cookies, but she has sold 394 boxes so far.

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Neighborhood Parade Celebrates 104th Birthday in Arlington

Her secret? Blueberries daily.

The snowflakes stopped and the sun came out Sunday, Feb. 7 in Green Valley just in time for Mary Lockett’s surprise 104th birthday car parade.

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Ambar Clarendon Brings It with Balkan Street Food

One of the cultural challenges of living in the Washington, D.C. metro area is sampling every possible international cuisine.

Black History and Regional Parks

In many ways, the history of Northern Virginia is the history of America.

Thursday, February 11

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New Community with Park-Like Environment in McLean

Park Grove neighborhood inspired by former National Parks Director George Hartzog

A former public servant’s creative vision and dedication to preserving parklands was the inspiration behind a new residential area in Northern Virginia.

Editorial: Send in Pet Photos for Pet Almanac

The Pet Almanac, a twice-yearly special, will publish the last week of February, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

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Simultaneously: Different Directions in Montgomery County

Council introduces another bill to keep and reimagine SROs before the public responds to bills that prohibit SROs

Two days before the public hearing on council member Will Jawando’s bill to remove School Resource Officers in public high schools because of the disproportionate impact it has on Black and brown students, councilmember Craig Rice introduced a bill to build positive law enforcement relationships within schools.

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SRO Program: ‘Fundamentally Mismatched for Schools’ in Montgomery County

Kyson Taylor told Montgomery County Council that every school day before the pandemic he would dread the walk to portable classrooms at Richard Montgomery High School.

Editorial: Send in Pet Photos for Pet Connection

The Pet Connection, a twice-yearly special edition, will publish the last week of February, and photos and stories of your pets with you and your family should be submitted by Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

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See Reston’s Historic Sites

Online map recalls ‘Yes, in my backyard.’

Reston Historic Trust & Museum recently released its online interactive Reston History Map that highlights critical historical sites throughout the community.

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Heightened Needs Demand One-Stop Mobilizations in Reston

Drive-through supports three resources.

“It was quite a day,” said Roberta Gosling of Reston, co-founder of South Lakes High School PTSA  Food Pantry.

Opinion: Commentary: Electrification of Virginia Transportation

In 1998 I chaired a task force of business and community leaders to collectively document what Northern Virginia needed to do to be an “EV Ready Community.”

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A Bike for Bamilak

Good things happen when groups partner.

Herndon-based personal injury attorney Doug Landau of Abrams Landau Law Firm recently met Bamilak Robi, 11, of Reston after he and his family were involved in an automobile crash.

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Westfield Bulldogs Beat Madison Warhawks, 48-40

The Westfield Bulldogs hosted the Madison Warhawks on Jan. 30 in Chantilly.

Vienna Police Highlights Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2021

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna Police Department from Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2021.

Opinion: Commentary: Budget Recommendations on Transportation and Public Safety

Report By Delegate Paul Krizek, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Safety, to the Full Appropriations Committee, that will be given on Wednesday, Feb. 10, with the introduction of the House Budget:

Opinion: Commentary: Progress on Many Fronts at Crossover

The Fifth Week of the General Assembly Session brought Crossover and the conclusion of some of our most contentious bills.

Opinion: Commentary: 296 Bills Passed in the Senate Now Move to the House

Last Friday, Feb. 5, the General Assembly reached “Crossover” the point where all bills must have passed their house of origin to continue on their legislative journey.

Virginia Assembly Pledges Millions for River Farm

Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Delegate Paul Krizek (D-Mount Vernon) today announced that both the Virginia Senate Finance and Appropriations and House Appropriations Committees have agreed to their request to contribute towards the public purchase and preservation of historic River Farm.

Opinion: Independent Progressive: Coup at the Capitol, Our Capitol!

January 6, 2021 is a date that will go down in history right along with September 11, 2001.

Wednesday, February 10

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Absentee Minded

Lawmakers consider bill to assign absentee ballots to precincts where voters live.

On election night, Democrats were shocked by how well Donald Trump was performing in Alexandria. As returns were posted online, concerns were rising among supporters of Joe Biden as the incumbent was outperforming expectations at precinct after precinct.

Meet Langley High’s Teacher of the Year

Recipient learns Publishers Clearing House-style

Langley High School announced its Teacher of the Year 20-21 during a virtual staff meeting.

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High School Football and Other School Sports Start Soon, Masks and All

Winter tryouts and practices in snow are not the only change this year.

Football Starts Soon

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Mount Vernon’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting Hits All Levels

Pandemic in the area was looked at, along with other issues.

Town Hall

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School Board Approves McLean High Boundary Adjustment

Monitoring continues as population explodes in Tysons

The Fairfax County School Board heard the final words on the McLean/Langley High School Boundary Study during a hybrid regular meeting of the Board held on Feb. 4, 2021.

Obituary: Ken Johnson, 1930-2021

A former resident of the Seneca Hunt neighborhood in Great Falls, Ken Johnson, age 90, passed away at home at Ashby Ponds in Ashburn on Jan. 27, 2021 with Shonnie, his loving wife of 70 years, their daughter, Jill and her husband, Randy Banks, and caregiver, Joy Thompson at his side.

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The Impact of zMOD

Discussing the Zoning Ordinance Modernization: How to protect the character of Great Falls?

Testimony by 46 County citizens about the Zoning Ordinance Modernization (zMOD) project, started in 2017 and nearing the end of its process, elicited more than five hours of testimony at the Fairfax County Planning Commission Meeting held Jan. 28.

Saturday, February 6

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The Other Alexandria: Dress for Success – Businessman William “Sonny” Duke

On Dec. 22, 2020 at the Inova Hospital in Leesburg, Va., one of Alexandria’s successful African American businessmen succumbed to Covid-19.

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CVS to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine

Limited locations to begin Feb. 11

Beginning Feb. 11, Virginians will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at select CVS locations across the state.

Black History Month in Alexandria

Black History Month includes virtual and physically distanced events celebrating Alexandria African American history throughout the month of February.

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Appetite: St. Elmo’s Comes to Old Town Alexandria (with Cocktails)

Just in time for a January cold snap, Old Town North has gotten a little bit warmer.

Opinion: Commentary: Preventing Illegal Evictions and Security in State Buildings

If one tuned into the Senate floor stream for the first time last week, they might think much of the Senate’s work is solely focused on dealing with the actions of just one member -- Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield).

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Alexandria Planning Commission Approves Heritage of Old Town

Redevelopment plan goes to Council Feb. 20

By unanimous 7-0 vote, the Planning Commission approved The Heritage of Old Town project, a 750-unit development in the Southwest quadrant of the Historic District of Old Town.

Alexandria City Parking Officer Bonds Dies from COVID-19

PEO was 21-year veteran

The Alexandria Police Department announced the loss of Parking Enforcement Officer Edward Bonds, who died Jan. 28 from complications of Covid-19.

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License to Chill in Alexandria

Residents enjoy first snow of the season

It wasn’t Snowmageddon, but when snow fell on the area Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, it was the most snow the region has seen since 2018.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Save the Trees

During her mayoralty, Allison Silberberg made improving the city's tree canopy a priority.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Stop the Clearcutting of Taylor Run

We must stop the clearcutting of Taylor Run.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Idea for Old Inova Alexandria Hospital

This letter is in response to a previous letter with the title "The Flaws of Landmark."

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Moral and Professional Failures

An environmentally destructive and unnecessarily costly plan trumped up primarily by two city officials in the city Transportation & Environmental Services (TES) department fails on moral and professional grounds.

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Volunteering for Lorton-Area Parks

As many citizens take a renewed interest in community service as an energy outlet and to help others during the challenges of the pandemic, we note the on-going efforts of 2018 Ellie Doyle Park Service Award honoree Michael Applegate.

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Stuffing the Bus for Food for Others

Standing inside the CUE bus filled with food that residents brought to contribute to nonprofit Food for Others is volunteer Adam Taylor.

GMU Homecoming and Valentine’s Day Fun

To support George Mason University’s annual Brave and Bold Homecoming celebration, Fairfax City is again partnering with GMU to showcase its Patriot Pride with the program “Patriots in the City.”

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Fairfax City Charges into the New Year

Electric-vehicle charging stations are now available.

As more and more automakers transition to electric vehicles – and their popularity rises with consumers – the City of Fairfax is joining the charge.

Fairfax City Manager: ‘We’re Slightly, Cautiously Optimistic’

Stalzer gives quarterly review of FY 21 budget.

In just a few weeks, Fairfax City Manager Rob Stalzer will present his proposed FY 22 budget.

‘A Much-Needed Project’ to Relieve Traffic in Centreville

Plans for Route 28 widening are moving along.

Eventually, the pandemic will subside, and rush-hour traffic – with all its headaches and frustration – will resume on Route 28 in Centreville.

Friday, February 5

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‘The County’s in Dire Need of these Kinds of Facilities’

Affordable senior apartments proposed for Centreville

There’s good news on the horizon for local senior citizens looking for affordable housing.

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Desire for Vaccines Outpaces Supply in Arlington

How do you divide 2,750 vaccines among 50,000 residents?

Arlingtonians are angry, frustrated and frightened about Covid.

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Preview: Join Arlington Food Assistance Center’s Empty Bowls Virtual Event

Grab a chef’s recipe and make your own soup this year at Arlington Food Assistance Center’s (AFAC) virtual Empty Bowls Event on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m.

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ArPets UPDATE: Sage has found her forever home!

Have you ever heard of a situation where the family dog conveyed with a home sale?

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‘Going Pro in Life’

Former Churchill athlete publishes book on life after sports.

Andy Dinkin, who grew up in Potomac and found his life in athletics, recently launched “Going Pro in Life,” a book and seminar designed to help student athletes create a strategy for landing a job after college.

Thursday, February 4

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MDOT Prefers 4 Toll Lane Option

‘Surprise announcement’ raises concerns of rushing forward with a PPP.

Hundreds of people testified against Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposed public-private partnership to build toll lanes – nearly 83 percent of responders voiced disapproval – but the Maryland Department of Transportation chose the option to add four toll lanes to the American Legion Bridge and up I-270 as the best choice to mitigate traffic congestion.

Fraudster Sentenced for $400,000 Motorized Surfboard Scam

A Palm Bay, Florida man was sentenced last week to six years in prison for an investment fraud scheme involving the supposed production and sale of motorized surfboards.

Opinion: Commentary: Legislature Is Moving Bills, Addressing Problems

As the General Assembly begins its fourth week in session this year, vaccine deployment for Covid-19 has started to accelerate and we are discussing how to jump-start in-person schooling.

Opinion: Commentary: Vaccine Roll Out Improving

Disappointingly, Virginia hit the bottom of the national rankings in Covid-19 vaccine distribution in recent weeks, uniting both political parties here in the Commonwealth in constructive and bipartisan criticism of the Northam administration over transparency of location of doses, methods of distribution and equality in where the vaccines were going.

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Grocery Store at Liberty Market is Another Asset for Laurel Hill

Must-have amenity enhances community appeal.

Lidl in Lorton

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National Coach of the Year

South County Coach Gerry Pannoni recognized for undefeated season in 2019-2020.

South County Coach

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Final Tweaks Protect the Reserve in Montgomery County

Solar will be permitted but restricted in the Agricultural Reserve.

Soil is important enough that the Office of Agriculture rates it by levels based on how fruitful it is for farming.

2021 Virtual Fairfax County Teen Job and Opportunity Fairs: Signup Begins Feb. 1

For the past few years, Supervisor Pat Herrity’s office, Fairfax County Public Schools and Connection Newspapers, along with Supervisors’ offices, businesses, and community organizations, including our local chambers, have hosted very successful teen job fairs and career-building workshops.

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Wellbeing: When a Loved One Is Hospitalized with Covid-19

Coping with separation and uncertainty

For years, being able to talk with his mother, Carole Isaacs, nearly every day was a gift that Marc Stern treasured, so when he was unable to reach her for several days, he became concerned.

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Fairfax County Severs Cooperation with ICE

Board adopts Trust Policy barring voluntarily sharing residents' immigrant status

Fairfax County's Board of Supervisors approved in a vote of 9-to1, the Public Trust and Confidentiality Policy (Trust Policy) introduced as a Board Matter on Jan. 26 by Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay and co-sponsored by Supervisors Dalia A. Palchik (D-Providence) and John W. Foust (D-Dranesville).

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Fairfax County School Board Votes for In-Person Learning

Students who opt-in would be due back by March 16.

Fairfax County Public School students, whose parents or guardians opt for in-person learning for their children, are headed back to the classroom at least two days a week by March 16.

Wednesday, February 3

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Sealing the Record

House and Senate Democrats disagree on how old convictions should be expunged.

For people haunted by a conviction for felony drug possession or misdemeanor disorderly conduct, a debate now happening in the Virginia General Assembly is one that could have dramatic consequences for finding a place to live or landing a job. Lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow those people to seal their criminal record, expunging old convictions and helping them wipe the slate clean. But Democrats are bitterly divided over how to accomplish that goal.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Abolish the Death Penalty

On behalf of the Virginia Justice and Witness Action Network (of the Central Atlantic Conference, United Church of Christ), we write to urge support for legislation to abolish the death penalty in Virginia.

Opinion: Column: Progress, I Guess?

I received in the mail today what, in the sales/marketing world, we'd call a "pre-approach" letter.

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Delivery Vehicles Are Everywhere

The quick-stop lifestyle could be here to stay.

Delivery trucks are not a new thing to area neighborhoods, but with the pandemic and the stay-at-home lifestyle many have adopted over the last 10 years, everyone delivers these days.

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Fighting Hunger in Reston Neighborhoods

Fairfax County’s Stuff the Bus rolls into action.

“The Wheels on the Bus” is a classic children's song that tells the story of a little bus going "All 'round the town."

Herndon Town Council Fills Vacancies

On Jan. 26, the Town Council of the Town of Herndon approved in a vote of 7-to-0 four items on the consent agenda.

Opinion: Commentary: Putting Just Into Justice

Under current Virginia law a person who steals something of value less than $1,000 can be punished by up to 12 months in jail with fines up to $2,500 along with any restitution that might be owed.

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McLean High Boundary Change Down to the Wire

After the last public hearing, the School Board votes on Feb. 4.

The McLean/Langley High School Boundary Study is at the end of its multi-year process for the School Board to take action by vote and provide capacity relief, or not.

Tuesday, February 2

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Great Falls, McLean, Vienna Help Fight Hunger

Stuff the Bus rolls into action.

The Wheels on the Bus is a classic children's song that tells the story of a little bus going "All 'round the town."

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Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Supports Artemis House

Donation of $5,500 to help victims of domestic and sexual violence

Members of Great Falls Friends and Neighbors (GFFN) Philanthropy Committee presented a donation check for $5,500 on Jan. 26 to Joe Meyer, Executive Director & CEO of Shelter House, and Nurjan Ahmedova, Director of Development, to support the organization's 24-hour emergency shelter, Artemis House for domestic and sexual violence victims, stalking, and human trafficking.