Stories for January 2021

Stories for January 2021


Saturday, January 30

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Abolishing the Death Penalty: Liberal Legislative Twist?

Why am I always the one who has to write letters like this challenging the latest liberal legislative twist?

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In the Kitchen: Anything You Want During Alexandria Restaurant Week

It’s a cold Monday morning Jan. 25, but Frank and Nancy Camm are on their lunch excursion to pick up their favorite pizza at Mia’s on King Street during Alexandria’s Restaurant Week.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: The Flaws of Landmark

Citizens of Alexandria, the Inova Hospital has decided to pull up stakes and move the hospital to the Landmark area of Alexandria to build a twin tower state of the art hospital of 230 beds, complete with a trauma center, a medical office building as well as 2,500 residential units including some retail.

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Short-term Animal Guests Bring Joy to Those Who Foster Them

Picture this: You’re sitting comfortably on the couch, working on your laptop computer from home, as five tiny kittens purr and cuddle on your lap, vying for your attention.

Current Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Student More Than 20 Years Ago

A Fairfax County Public Schools teacher is in custody, arrested for sexually assaulting a student more than twenty years ago.

Opinion: Commentary: A Community Conversation about Engleside/Ray’s Mobile Homes

Housing security is a critical element of my work in the Mount Vernon District.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Grateful for Vaccination

Having received our first Moderna COVID 19 vaccination on Jan. 14 as part of the "over 75" Phase1 group and just three days after we submitted our application, Valerie and I were extremely impressed with the professionalism of the process coupled with the personal and friendly attitude of the Fairfax County Department of Health Staff who are administering the vaccinations.

‘We Are Still Here’

Nonprofits adapt during pandemic with virtual events and services, PPP loans, and ingenuity.

In the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, nonprofits have provided a lifeline to Alexandrians across the city.

Regional Travel Survey Shows Benefits of Walkable, Transit-Oriented Places

Coalition for Smarter Grown shares Council of Government’s report highlights on walkable, transit-oriented places like Alexandria and Arlington.

Biking and Walking: “Among the key findings of the survey has been the growth in biking and walking in the core jurisdictions of DC, Arlington, and Alexandria. It has also indicated that activity centers with a focused mix of jobs and housing also have higher rates of walking and biking,” said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth.

Opinion: Commentary: In Virginia: Vaccines & COVID Recovery

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH), health care professionals, and Virginia’s Medical Reserve Corps continue to work overtime to care for those afflicted with COVID-19.

Friday, January 29

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Obituary: Julian Wilson Everly Sr.

Funeral home scion dies at 89

The Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home is one of the oldest businesses in Alexandria, dating back to 1849, when Benjamin Wheatley opened for business on the waterfront.

Workhouse Arts Center Hosts Mardi Gras Celebration

Family-friendly in-person and virtual events including drive-thru parade and decoration contest

No need to make a trip to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras this year.

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Cappies Review: A Heart-melting Love Story

Fairfax High School presents ‘Good Afternoon, Angel.’

Living life virtually has been hard to grasp, as has been adapting to the struggles of quarantine.

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‘Small-Batch Roasts with Consistent Flavor’ in Fairfax City

Foundation Coffee Roasters finds success.

Foundation Coffee Roasters may not be the easiest place to find, but customers say it’s definitely worth the effort.

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Providing Hope to Neighbors Facing Eviction, Homelessness

Centreville Presbyterian Church raises rent-relief funds for WFCM.

It’s tough being poor – and it’s even worse if you’re cold and homeless.

Back to Basics: Help Make Recycling Work in Arlington

Arlington trash cans this week were decorated with “Recycling Made Simple” pamphlets outlining the four categories of materials that are acceptable in the blue recycling bin.

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Arlington Vaccine Update: Frustrating, Scary

On Saturday, the County Board received a lengthy and detailed update on Covid-19 vaccine distribution in Arlington.

Thursday, January 28

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Tightening Criteria for Entering into Gang Database

Gang Task Force use of DataWalk under scrutiny

On Oct. 2, 2018, Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force selected DataWalk as their analytical platform to support its fight against gangs according to a headline on BUSINESS WIRE.

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ArPets: Local News to the Rescue

Yup, Brisket is one smart pup.

It was the last day of 2020 and he was hungry.

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Fully Baked

Alexandria senator leads effort to legalize marijuana in Virginia.

The so-called "war on drugs" was a failure, locking up generations of Black men and tearing Black families apart. Now lawmakers in Richmond are finally coming around to realizing the damage that the prohibition against marijuana caused in minority communities. Last year members of the General Assembly approved legislation decriminalizing marijuana. This year, they may be on the verge of legalizing recreational use of marijuana — ending the failed war on drugs and adopting new equity measures to address some of the damage it caused.

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Shots into Arms Going Slowly, Montgomery County Is Slower

When Maryland opened eligibility for Covid-19 vaccine to those in Category 1B, Montgomery County did not.

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Will Police Remain a Force in Montgomery County Schools?

Registration already full for public hearing on School Resource Officers program Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Let’s repeat the known facts: Black and Hispanic students are suspended twice as often as their white peers in elementary, middle and high schools.

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Elie McConihe Cain Dies at 83

’Mayor of Potomac’ dead of complications of Covid-19

Eleanor (Elie) McConihe Cain, known to many long-time residents as the mayor of Potomac, died on Tuesday, Jan. 19 of complications relating to Covid-19.

Wednesday, January 27

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Ribbon Cut on Stream ‘Restoration’ at Little Hunting Creek and Fairchild

Project fights stream erosion and regulates pollution in area waterways.

Stream project

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West Springfield Moms Moving Forward to Grad Party

Optimism flows despite the dark cloud of covid.

WSHS Grad Party Fundraiser

Opinion: Column: Reoriented

Or to quote my high school baseball coach: "Reorientated."

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Sorority Sisters Celebrate Vice President Kamala Harris

Joy, tears and hope about this historic moment in history

Wearing their sorority’s signature strand of pearls and clothing in shades of pink and green, Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority members Martha Coleman and Shirley Dickerson Taylor were filled with awe and jubilation as they watched their sorority sister and fellow Historically Black College and University (HBCU) alum Kamala Harris, sworn in as Vice President of the United States.

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Questioning Racially-Biased Gang Database

Activists: Residents can be entered into GangNet merely for living in neighborhoods where gang activity takes place.

With no recourse for review, a nebulous definition of gang membership led an activist, an immigration advocate, and a Virginia legislator to fight for change.

Opinion: Editorial: We Still Need Your Help

Thank you to hundreds who have supported us financially, and with warm words of encouragement

In 2009, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after a year-long journey of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, I have been fine.

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‘Morale Boosters’ for the Local Herndon Community

Three new initiatives in the planning stages

During the early days of the pandemic, K Scarry set up Herndon, of First Baptist Church of Herndon.

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The First Shots to Knock Out COVID-19 in Reston

Fellowship Square’s seniors inoculated

Lake Anne Fellowship House residents Steve McAvoy, 71, and Jin Liu, 84, of Reston were among the first of seven hundred anxious older adults at one of the three senior affordable housing communities operated by Fellowship House in Reston and Woodbridge who were inoculated last week against COVID-19.

Tuesday, January 26

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A Year Like No Other in Reston

Reston real estate market comparison: 2020 to 2019 to 2010

The first year of the decade has been a year like none other, and the Reston real estate market annual review is no exception.

Opinion: Commentary: Changing Images of Virginia

On the east side of Capitol Square near the Executive Mansion in Richmond is the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial featuring 16-year-old Barbara Johns who led the student walkout that resulted in a civil rights case before the Supreme Court as part of Brown v. Board of Education that found racially-segregated schools to be unconstitutional.

Friends of Reston Introduce New Executive Director

Kia Cole-Hines of Reston has been tapped as the new Executive Director of Friends of Reston (FOR), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization for Reston Association (RA).

Obituary: Floyd Gaibler, 70, of Great Falls

Floyd Gaibler of Great Falls passed away on Jan. 21, 2021 after complications from heart surgery.

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Celebrating the Passion of Music Making in Great Falls

Virtuoso pianist, sought-after worldwide, finds a home at Great Falls United Methodist Church.

There were particular moments in Thomas Pandolfi's earliest days of his existence, he said, when hearing music, particularly piano music, whether it was part of an orchestra, choral music, or opera, set him on a course of "tremendous work."

McLean, Langley High Boundaries to Change

Next public hearing on Jan. 28, School Board vote on Feb. 4

The Fairfax County School Board held a hybrid regular meeting on Jan. 21.

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Promoting Tysons: ‘America’s Next Great City’

Tysons rental market grows with pandemic: Large apartments, pricing popular in suburban location

The Tysons Corner area has been recognized recently for their apartment availability, signaling another area where the rapidly growing suburb is becoming the place to live for the professionals in Northern Virginia.

Sunday, January 24

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Salt Enhances Safety; Can Harm Environment

Salt season is upon us.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: The Plus of a Progressive Prosecutor

I wish to address concerns raised by a previous letter to the editor concerning inadequacies of Progressive Prosecutors due to their lack of experiencing previous decades where crime was higher.

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‘We Are Devastated’ in Alexandria

Atlantis Family Restaurant closing after 38 years

Long before celebrity chefs invaded the local culinary scene, there were Bill and Jim Patrianakos, who opened an unassuming restaurant in 1983 in an effort to provide quality food at reasonable prices.

Saturday, January 23

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Many of Taylor Run Trees Slated for Euthanasia Are 100+ Years Old

If you use relevant soils data to calculate phosphorus savings from the City’s planned $10 million “restorations” of Taylor Run, Strawberry Run, and Lucky Run, rather than using the strange assumptions that the City does, these projects would achieve less than a fourth of the environmental benefit that the City claims.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: What Makes You Feel Safe at Home

It's a solid 16 miles to the Capitol up the parkway, and we all know how long that drive can take with rush hour traffic.

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Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Vote for Sarah Brady Elementary School

Why not recognize our teachers and rename the Maury Elementary School for a former Alexandria Elementary Public School teacher who gained national prominence promoting public safety for all Americans?

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Remembering T.C. Williams

In the aftermath of the controversial decision of the Alexandria School Board in late November to change the name of T.C. Williams High School, I think it is important to remember why the school was named after him.

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“I Commend Them All”

Alexandria Sheriff’s Office spearheads 14th Street Bridge closing during inauguration.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne led a contingent of local deputies from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office in handling the traffic closures at the 14th Street Bridge in support of security efforts for the Presidential Inauguration in coordination with the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police.

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Honoring the Legacy in Alexandria

Churches distribute food for MLK Day.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) joined volunteers at Shiloh Baptist Church in Old Town for a free food distribution as part of the annual MLK Day of Service Jan. 18.

The Identity Project in Alexandria

Poll to Select New Names for T.C. and Maury Opens

The first poll to canvas opinion on a selection of potential new names for T.C. Williams High School and Matthew Maury Elementary School opens to the public today.

Alexandria Police Investigate Serious Motor Vehicle Crash

The Alexandria Police Department continues to investigate a serious motor vehicle crash that occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at approximately 2:30 p.m., in a parking lot in the 200 block of S. Van Dorn Street.

Friday, January 22

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Appetite: Get Ready for Alexandria Winter Restaurant Week – To Go

After last summer’s Alexandria Restaurant Week, you know the drill by now: Instead of simply offering dine-in deals, restaurants are offering up takeout or curbside options as well.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Acute Inadequacies of Stormwater System

With the acute inadequacies in the City’s stormwater system coming sharply into focus in the last two years, it has become apparent that when the City introduced the Storm Water Use Fee in 2018 it cynically and quietly moved personnel costs from the general fund to this new income stream.

Motorcyclist Killed on Beltway

At 12:51 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, Virginia State Police responded to a crash on the southbound side of Interstate 495 near the 54.8 mile marker.

Upcoming Actions on Enhanced Gun Safety Legislation in Virginia

Del. Patrick Hope (D-47), who chairs the House Public Safety Committee, said after gun safety bills passed subcommittee today, that on Friday the full committee will be taking up legislation to continue to prevent gun violence.

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Archangels and Underworld Kings Make the Story for New Author

Former Mount Vernon resident delves into storytelling, acting, radio and business.

They say a writer uses their own persona to create the characters in their books, and in “Summerlands,” Susan Butler Colwell injects some of her own traits for “Sera Parker,” the protagonist in this recently released book.

Obituary: Kenneth Wood, 43, of Springfield

Ken Wood, Vice President of Home Instead Senior Care and long time Chamber member, passed away peacefully on Jan. 8, at the age of 43, in his home surrounded by his family.

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Small Projects Improve Local Parks

County, contractor, and volunteer work efforts at several south county locations in the past week made small improvements to provide better experiences for park users.

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Sunrise Senior Living Proposes Fairfax Facility

City Council hears plans for 90 assisted-living units

Sunrise Senior Living is considering building a facility in the City of Fairfax, and the Fairfax City Council heard about the proposal during a pre-application discussion, last Monday, Jan. 5.

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‘Reality-Bending Acts of Magic and Mindreading’

City of Fairfax Theatre Co. presents ‘Spellbound’

​The City of Fairfax Theatre Co. (CFTC) is kicking off its 2021 season with a magical production called “Spellbound.”

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Bates Is Named Sully District’s Officer of the Quarter

His “Experience, dedication and hard work” paid off on patrol.

MPO Scott Bates has been named the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2020.

Vaccine Shortage Limits Arlington’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Arlington County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti said today that the County’s ability to inoculate those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is limited by the availability of vaccine supply.

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Opera NOVA Reaches Out to Seniors

Put away your jigsaw puzzles, turn off the TV and tune in to an Opera NOVA performance targeted to seniors which will launch on Jan 28.

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ArPets: Arlington Apartment Buildings That Cater to Your Canine

A dog park on the roof?

Thursday, January 21

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Maryland Moves to COVID Vaccine Phase 1B

In Montgomery County, 1,190 deaths and 54,525 cases; 1,437 cases in Potomac 20854

Montgomery County residents 75 and over may now pre-register for an appointment to receive the Covid-19 vaccination when supplies allow.

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Potomac Author To Discuss First Novel

Mark E. Klein, a Potomac doctor and author, will share the adventures of Franklin Rock from his book of the same name during a virtual talk Thursday, Jan. 21, sponsored by the Potomac Library.

Pet Food and People Food Needed for Pantries

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC) and its nonprofit partner MCPAW are collecting pet food for county residents who need help.

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent to Retire

Smith will move to Maine to join his wife, helping care for young grandson who had heart surgery.

Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack R. Smith announced last week that he will retire effective June 1.

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Three Down to Two Stories in Potomac

Consensus reached when Spectrum Retirement Communities revised plans for a 100-unit building at Behnke’s property on River Road

Instead of arguing, debating or even objecting, land use attorney David Brown told hearing examiners with the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings, “I’ll be sitting back and listening.”

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Montgomery County Board of Education Pushes Back Date for In-person Learning

On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Montgomery County Board of Education voted to delay the start of returning small groups of students for in-person instruction.

Wednesday, January 20

Opinion: Column: Cancer and Covid...

…don't exactly go together like milk and cookies.

Blood Donations Needed

Since 1970, blood donors have been recognized in the month of January during National Blood Donor Month.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Headaches in Fairfax County

IT and supply problems worry residents.

“I want to assure you that everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be,” said Jeffrey McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Helping Children Navigate Anxiety

Sharing feelings, listening without judgement during current political turmoil

As communities cope with the shock of daunting images of the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol, the mental health toll on children and teens can be significant but go unnoticed, say local therapists.

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Killing the Death Penalty

Lawmakers consider bill to abolish capital punishment in Virginia

Virginia has executed people longer than any other state, a tradition that stretches back into colonial days when Captain George Kendall was executed for treason. Over the years, the commonwealth has executed more than 1,300 people. Now, Virginia may be about to join 22 other states that have abolished the death penalty.

Opinion: Commentary: Virginia's Economy and Amending Northam's Budget

The General Assembly of Virginia already is in its second week.

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Reston Celebrates Dr. King’s Day

In cooperation with supporters, Reston Community Center (RCC) pivoted amidst the coronavirus pandemic to present, for the 36th year, the Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration.

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Archangels and Underworld Kings Make the Story for New Author

Former Mount Vernon resident delves into storytelling, acting, radio and business.


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CORE Foundation Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Nonprofit recognizes community partners, volunteers

CORE Foundation in Reston, "Helping Others Be the Change for 15 Years," held its MASKerade and Community Hero Awards Saturday evening, Jan. 16.

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Police and Coast Guard Monitor Prior to the Inauguration

Fairfax County officials advised people to stay home and quarantined for the ceremony.

Inauguration Preparations

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Stairway to Heaven, the Song Everyone Loves to Hate

50th Anniversary of the Song is Upon Us.

Stairway to Heaven turns 50

Opinion: Commentary: An Inauguration to Remember

Like most people, I will not be attending any inaugural events this year because of the pandemic restrictions and threats of civil disturbances.

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Food for Neighbors Kicks Off the Year with a New Record

Food For Neighbors received more than 18,000 pounds of food during its Jan. 9 Red Bag Program food collection event.

Herndon Council Hosts Housing Panel

State senators and legal counsel weigh in

Herndon Town Council hosted a Panel Discussion on Housing Tues., Jan. 5 to build proficiency and understanding in matters related to housing policy development.

Tuesday, January 19

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Herndon Dancer Wins Irish Dance Competition

Five dancers from the McGrath Morgan Academy of Irish Dance brought home first place trophies from the Irish Dance Teachers Association of North America (IDTANA) Southern Region Oireachtas, held in Orlando the first week of December.

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Volunteer Fire And Rescue Departments Hosting Blood Drives

It’s National Blood Donor Month! Several Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Volunteer Fire Departments are partnering with Inova Blood Donor Services to hold blood drives in their fire station parking lots.

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Pandemic Layoff Spurs Artist to Paint Window Mural in Vienna

After the pandemic forced Pet Valu to close in Alexandria this month, the employees looked elsewhere for a job, but the Pet Valu manager was hired by Loyal Companion pet supply store in Vienna.

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McLean Couple Honored for Leadership in Adoption

Alexandria-based nonprofit recognizes a lifetime of service to children, birth parents, and adoptive families

The National Council for Adoption (NCFA) in Alexandria, a leading voice among national adoption and child welfare organizations, announced Dr. Wayne Winston Sharp, Ph.D. of McLean and his wife Linda Whitbeck Sharp the recipients of NCFA's The Ruby Lee Piester Adoption Award.

McLean Community Center Seeks Candidates for Governing Board

The McLean Community Center (MCC), an agency of Fairfax County Government, is seeking residents of Small District 1A-Dranesville to run for seats on its 11-member volunteer board.

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Great Falls Citizens Voice Environmental Concerns

GFCA submits documents to County's Environmental Quality Advisory Council 2021

Members of Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) believe development pressure and environmental concerns are no longer balanced, shifting away from recognizing the importance of environmental protection.

Saturday, January 16

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Old Enough To Know Better?

Many of these Progressive Prosecutors for Justice are younger, several swept into office over more moderate Democrats, so may not recall how crime tripled in a decade in the late 60s and 70s.

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All in Vein, Shots into Alexandria Arms

Gov. Northam on hand as city enters Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccinations

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was on hand as vaccinations began Jan. 12 for Alexandria City Public School employees with ACPS Superintendent Gregory Hutchings among the first to receive the initial dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

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Vote to Boost Alexandria Black History Museum Project

Museum’s Moss Kendrix collection one of Top 10 Endangered Artifacts

Moss Kendrix was known as the father of Black Public Relations, a prominent figure who founded the Moss H. Kendrix Organization in Washington, D.C. in 1948 to promote diversity in advertising.

Opinion: Commentary: NPV Compact: Affront To Virginians, Danger To Our Nation

Alexandria’s State Sen. Adam Ebbin and Del. Mark Levine swore to uphold the US and Virginia Constitutions.

Opinion: Commentary: Don’t Go to D.C. for Inauguration

The chief executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia held a joint call to discuss planning for the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Unlisted and Out of Touch

Recently a burglary occurred in the Fort Hunt area, and the Fairfax County Police activated their Incident Alert System which delivered pre-recorded phone calls advising residents to lock their doors and shelter in place.

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Master Bath Gets Minor Overhaul with Major Impact

Simple changes add storage and light.

When the owners of a condominium in a high-rise building in Alexandria decided to give their master bathroom an update, they knew that the basic footprint of the space could not be altered.

The Other Alexandria: Highlighting 2020

The Other Alexandria’s column has covered many heartwarming articles during this most difficult year and the end of another decade.

Appetite: Stomping Ground Owner to Launch New Eatery with Mae’s Market and Café in Alexandria

Sometimes, the time is right even when it doesn’t seem like the time is right at all.

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Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go Adds Takeout Dinner Deal for Single Diners

60+ restaurants to participate Jan. 22 – Feb. 7, 2021

For an extended two-week period, more than 60 restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia, will offer a $49 takeout, delivery or curbside pick-up dinner for two during Alexandria Restaurant Week To-Go, Jan. 22 – Feb. 7, 2021.

West Springfield Rotary Club Hosts Discussion on U.S. – China Relations

“The U.S. needs to stop thinking of China as a source of cheap goods and realize that China in fact is a threat to our economy and to our values,” according to Clyde Prestowitz, a noted expert on Asia.

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Suffragist Memorial Construction Makes Progress

Those visiting Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton, can see progress toward completion of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial.

Friday, January 15

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‘Using 21st-Century Technology on a 19th-Century House’ in Fairfax City

Uncovering Civil War graffiti at Fairfax’s Historic Blenheim

At Fairfax City’s Historic Blenheim, technology is meeting history, and Mike Toth is the modern-day archaeologist making it happen.

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‘No Accountability, No Guts, No Leadership’ in Centreville

Residents decry Fairfax County’s lack of action on Route 28 Bypass project.

Imagine your neighbor decided to build a second garage and use your side yard for its driveway.

Snowflake Trail Scavenger Hunt Extended

The Fairfax County Park Authority has extended its free scavenger hunt, the Snowflake Trail, through Jan. 31.

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Some Vaccines Are Available, But What to Do?

You know you are 75 years old.

Democrats Laud Bickford’s Service on Arlington Electoral Board

The Arlington County Democratic Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 6, approved a resolution commending Charlene Bickford, Chair of the Arlington County Electoral Board, who is retiring from the Board after 23 years of service with distinction.

Opinion: Commentary: Arlington Prepares for Presidential Inauguration

Don’t Go To D.C. for the Inauguration

Arlington County is taking all necessary steps to ensure public safety in the run-up to the Jan. 20, 2021 Presidential Inauguration, County Board Chair Matt de Ferranti said today.

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HomeLifeStyle: Arlington Home Gets a Facelift

New design includes additional space for growing family

When the owners of a cozy and laid-back home in Arlington decided to enlarge their 1,600-square-foot abode to better accommodate their growing family, they sought help from architect Michael Winn.

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ArPets: Tashi's Love of Ballston

"If the door opens and a dog is there I wasn’t expecting, I sometimes have to bark aggressively to let them know who’s boss."

Potomac Home Sales: December, 2020

In December, 2020, 78 Potomac homes sold between $4,200,000-$425,000.

Potomac Home Sales: December, 2020

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Getting Shots into Arms in Montgomery County

A glimpse at County’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

County residents looking for when and where they can get COVID-19 vaccines can only wait and wonder.

Thursday, January 14

Activities, Entertainment Available with Zoom

Three local groups have joined together to offer Zoom lecture and videos to residents during this time of quarantine and social distancing.

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HomeLifeStyle: Sunroom with an Abundance of Light

Large windows make the space bright and airy.

When the owners of a colonial, built in 1963 in Potomac, Md. decided to renovate their home, they wanted to make sure the traditional charm was maintained in an updated aesthetic that allows for streams of natural light.

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Artistic Endeavors for January: Montgomery County and the C&O Canal Trust

Two contests open

Montgomery County and the C&O Canal Trust have each announced art contests, open to all, to promote ongoing programs.

Happy Birthday Falls Road Golf Course: Share Your Memories and More

The 60th anniversary of Falls Road Golf Course is coming up in 2021.

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Maryland Moves Forward on Preliminaries for Toll Lanes

$11 billion project still faces many unanswered questions on environment, community impact and need.

Last Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, the State Highway Administration released names of three bidders to do preliminary work necessary before building $11-billion toll lanes.

Virtual Public Forum on Proposed Bus Service Changes, Jan. 28, Route 36 In Bethesda and Potomac

Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Transit Services, would like to receive comments on Route 36.

Opinion: Column: In Effect, a Trade

Incurable but treatable non small cell lung cancer, stage IV for incurable but treatable papillary thyroid cancer stage IV.

Superintendent Brabrand Presents Fairfax County Public Schools Budget for FY 2022

The presentation of the FY 2022 Proposed Budget is the starting point of the budget process, which ends in May with the School Board’s adoption of the Approved Budget.

Fairfax County Residents List Assembly Expectations

County General Assembly Delegation holds pre-2021 Session Public Hearing

The Fairfax County General Assembly Delegation held a Pre-2021 Session Public Hearing on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Alexandria Sportsman’s Club to Host Nats’ Mark Scialabba

Assistant GM to preview upcoming season

Mark Scialabba, Assistant General Manager, Player Development for the Washington Nationals, will be the featured speaker during a webinar presentation for the Jan. 20 Alexandria Sportsman’s Club meeting.

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Teacher Vaccinations Begin in Fairfax County

In accordance with State and local Health department groupings, teachers and school staff in Phase 1b began receiving vaccinations on Monday, Jan. 11.

Opinion: Commentary: Virginia Virtual Session Begins!

Here’s how to see more of what’s happening in the General Assembly

This week on Wednesday, Jan. 13, we embark on yet another historic legislative session, our first regular session in 402 years that will be totally virtual (using our computers to go on-line).

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Privatized Incarceration

Alexandria senator leads fight against profiting from prisoners

Housing inmates in Virginia prisons costs the state about $70 a day for each inmate. But the private sector can do it a lot cheaper, about $50 a day. Lawmakers are about to debate whether that's a savings they can afford.

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HomeLifeStyle: Creating a Calm Interior

Soothing spaces offer serenity during difficult times.

In the current times of turbulence and uncertainty, many are looking for a haven for serenity and calm.

Wednesday, January 13

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Northam: ‘Time to Legalize Marijuana’

Virginia looking to be the first state in the South with legalized marijuana.

Marijuana Legalization is a Goal of the Governor

Virginia House Democrats Release Agenda for Upcoming Session

The House legislative agenda will focus on three key areas for the upcoming legislative session: Protecting Families; Keeping Virginia Healthy; Rebuilding Our Economy Stronger

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Dunn Loring Center to Become School

Capacity relief coming for Shrevewood ES and Tysons Periphery

A new school project to help bring sustainable capacity relief for Shrevewood Elementary School and the Dunn Loring, Tysons, and Falls Church communities is on the way.

Keller Williams McLean/Great Falls Posts Record $1.1B in Home Sales

The Covid pandemic in 2020 didn’t hold back the Keller Williams Realty office in McLean/Great Falls from setting a new record in northern Virginia for the highest sales volume by a single brokerage.

McLean Community Center Executive Director Announces His Retirement

McLean Community Center (MCC) Executive Director George Sachs is announcing his retirement effective Friday, May 7, 2021.

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Ponchos of Sunshine to 'Frequent Flier' Hospital Children

Cape Ivy aims to provide warmth, comfort and support to children who have chronic or critical illnesses.

In honor of her son, Gavin Grey Smith of Great Falls, who lost his 12-year battle to a rare form of CVID (Common Variable Immune Deficiency), his mother, Meg Elliot Smith, threw herself into providing fleece poncho capes to ''frequent flier'' children in hospitals.

Tuesday, January 12

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Local College Student Launches Tutoring Company

Education is his passion.

In the wake of the coronavirus and its impact on students' learning in Fairfax County Public Schools, a 2019 alumnus of South Lakes High School in Reston and second-year engineering student at Georgia Institute of Engineering recently founded S4S Tutoring.

Opinion: Commentary: Insurrection

Last Thursday’s one-word headline in the Richmond Times Dispatch was in such a large font that it extended across the entire width of the newspaper: INSURRECTION.

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Cesar del Aguila Named Vice Mayor of the Town of Herndon

At its first work session of 2021, the Town Council of the Town of Herndon approved a resolution in a vote of 6-0 to elect second term Councilmember Cesar del Aguila the Vice Mayor for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Optimal Physical Therapy Joins OrthoVirginia in Arlington

OrthoVirginia has acquired Optimal Physical Therapy in Arlington.

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English Ivy: Aggressive Invader

Elite colleges and universities may prize the English ivy climbing up musty old walls, but in the environment, English ivy is a destructive invader.

“Caregiving at a Glance – Tips, Hints, and Aha Moments”

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced all of us to face the possibility that caregiving and crisis can strike at any moment.

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AHC Inc. of Arlington Receives Excellence in Housing Affordability Award By Urban Land Institute Washington

AHC Inc., an Arlington developer of low-income housing, was recently honored with the 2020 Excellence in Housing Affordability Award from Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington, a district council of the national nonprofit.

Supervisor Dan Storck 2nd Saturday Office Hours

Supervisor Storck is available for phone and video calls, as well as in-person meetings with proper social distancing, during his regular 2nd Saturday office hours.

Monday, January 11

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Alexandria Hometown Heroes

Local residents win cars for community work

Two Alexandria women were presented with a Mazda MX-5 Miata 100th Anniversary Special Edition sportscar Dec. 15, 2020, as part of the Mazda Heroes: Honoring the Human Spirit program.

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Run, Walk & Roll Challenge in Alexandria

American Legion to host virtual 24-mile challenge

With the city’s annual George Washington Birthday Parade on hold for this year, Alexandria’s American Legion Post 24 is hosting a commemorative virtual event to honor the nation’s first commander-in-chief.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Are You Concerned About Pedestrian Safety?

Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization.

Make It or Break It: What is Your New Year’s Resolution, Alexandria?

A New Year's resolution is a tradition in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life at the start of the New Year.

Sunday, January 10

Obituary: Ray Cobean

Longtime ODBC, ASC member dies at 90

Ray Bell Cobean, a longtime member of the Old Dominion Boat Club and the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club, died Dec. 18, 2020, at the age of 90.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News and Notes

Permanent restaurant closures, temporary shutdowns for renovations AND a winter showcase of local restaurants (and their takeout fare): It’s been a busy week since the new year began.

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Area Witnesses Christmas Star

Area Witnesses Christmas Star

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Fairfax City Homes All Decked Out for Christmas

Colorful lights and whimsical inflatables fill Fairfax City’s Mosby Woods neighborhood with holiday cheer.

Saturday, January 9

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Burke, Springfield, Herndon, Cabin John Irish Dancers Win Championship

Eight-year-old Ciara Foley, Burke, and nine-year-old Gabby Brown, Springfield, were among five dancers from McGrath Morgan Academy of Irish Dance to bring home a championship title from the annual Oireachtas.

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Kids and Pets: More Time for Best Friends

Families throughout the area adopted pets in record numbers during 2020 as a reaction to Covid-19 restrictions.

Man Dies After Lorton Industrial Worksite Accident

A man was fatally injured Dec. 29 morning following an accident at an industrial workplace located in the 9900 block of Richmond Highway in Lorton.

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Snowflake Trail Fun by Cub Run RECenter

The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering a free scavenger hunt with video clues in the Cub Run Stream Valley.

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Reflecting on 2020, Looking to the Future in Centreville

Centreville Immigration Forum still has more work to do.

Despite the pandemic, the nonprofit Centreville Immigration Forum (CIF) and its Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) are pressing on, as best they can.

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Star Light, Star Light But No Star Tonight in Arlington

Your car lines up to join the search for the winter star that used to light up the sky, “giving a glorious aura and making you feel complete.

Arlington Police Announce Charges in Package Theft Series

The Arlington County Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit arrested a suspect in a package theft series.

Friday, January 8

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ArPets: Meet King

The "giant teddy bear" who just wants to be loved

I remember it was gloomy that day.

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Celebrity Bird in Potomac

A male Painted Bunting, sporting colors that must be seen to be believed, has been hanging around in Potomac, just south of the Great Falls Tavern, causing quite a stir.

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This Year in Montgomery County, Keep Your Eye On….

Will the Agricultural Reserve be preserved in perpetuity, as intended, or will County Council press forward in 2021 to permit industrial solar power on agricultural land in its effort to combat climate change?

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West Montgomery County Citizens Association January 2021 Newsletter

Join us for a discussion on septic systems, wells, and their stewardship.

Thursday, January 7

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When Will Those Montgomery County School Bells Ring?

Now that we have rung in the new year and the COVID-19 vaccine is becoming available, will Montgomery County Public Schools return to in-class instruction soon?

Opinion: Column: New Year, Old Problem: Cancer

As I sit and write here, with too much time on my hands, I can't help but consider my lot in life.

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Reston to Honor Dr. King’s Legacy

Reston Community Center’s events to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. vision

With extra health and safety vigilance in response to COVID-19, there will be three days of virtual and live events to celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fairfax County General Assembly Delegation to Hold Public Hearing

The Fairfax County delegation to the General Assembly will hold a public hearing on the 2021 session on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Gentle and Subtle Resolutions for 2021

Try small, simple and achievable goals

For 2021, local mental health professionals advise being gentle with yourself when creating the daily schedules and resolutions that often come with the beginning of the New Year.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Virginia Progressive Prosecutors Call for Criminal Justice Reforms

Reforms advocated for by the group include expungement of criminal records, an end to mandatory minimum sentences, an end to cash bail, abolition of the death penalty, and an end to “three strikes” felony enhancement for larceny offenses.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Heroes of Our Time

In 1940, when the British Royal Air Force (RAF) was fighting the air war in the skies over England, Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister at the time made the following statement referring to the RAF pilots:

Wednesday, January 6

Opinion: Independent Progressive: Lunasa Performance—a Holiday Success at RCC

Finally! 2020 is gone, barely visible in my rearview mirror.

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Local Hospitals Roll Out First COVID-19 Vaccines

Communities keep lights up for healthcare heroes

December 2020 held the darkest days yet during the pandemic but also lights of hope.

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Essential Leave

Advocates for paid sick days try to build support among Virginia Senate Democrats

Before the pandemic hit, Senate Democrats stopped a proposal requiring businesses to offer paid sick days. During the pandemic, they rejected it again during a special session. Now as lawmakers prepare for the upcoming General Assembly session, advocates are hoping they've finally got a strategy to persuade reluctant Senate Democrats to approve a new law increasing the number of workers in Virginia who have access to paid sick days.

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Opinion: Commentary: COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Here is wishing you a happy New Year and hoping that 2021 brings an end to this terrible pandemic.

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County’s Incident Alert System Helps Nab a Robbery Suspect

Phone calls and social media enable Fort Hunt residents to help in this case.

Incident alert

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Local Breakfast Oats Company Catapulted by Reality Show

Shark Tank Success pays off for GoOats in Burke.


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South County Scenes from 2020

With the pandemic dominating headlines, the community strived for normalcy.

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Opinion: Commentary: A Push in the Right Direction

I can remember every word of the conversation as if it took place yesterday, but it happened in 1959.

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Herndon Wreaths Across America Site Remembers, Honors, Teaches

Veterans did not give up and neither did Herndon Woman's Club: 863 remembrance wreaths remain in place

Herndon Woman's Club (VA0143P) found a different way to carry out and join Wreaths Across America on National Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 19, 2020.

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Opinion: Commentary: Oh, What A Night! in McLean Neighborhood

Saturday evening, Dec, 19, Chesterbrook Woods was set ablaze with lights, music and happiness.

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Dining: Tysons Bakery Offers Tempting Choices

Review: Classic Bakery

This tiny, classy destination, Classic Bakery, is a hidden treasure among the numerous store-front businesses and big-box stores that make Tysons Corner a popular destination.

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Holiday Meals Bring Cheer for Lonely Seniors

While this time of year may be festive for many, during these difficult days of COVID restrictions, the Shepherd's Center Serving Oakton-Vienna-Reston-Herndon (SC) wanted to reach out to their often lonely and isolated senior clients.

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Real Estate: Home Sales Up in McLean, Great Falls

The ball has dropped on 2020 and the calendar has flipped over to the new year of 2021.

Obituary: Michael Lassiter, 26, Dies

Michael (Mike) was born in Washington, D.C. to Oliver W. Whitehead and Marilyn Lassiter on Dec. 16, 1994.

Tuesday, January 5

Vienna Police Highlights Dec. 17, 2020 – Dec. 22, 2020

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna Police Department from Dec. 17, 2020 – Dec. 22, 2020.

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Church Fundraiser in Support of the Community

Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna raised more than $2,600 in donations during its Drive-Thru LIVE Nativity on Dec. 19.

McLean Honors Dr. King

MCC’s 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration goes virtual with three events

With three distinct programs to celebrate the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and with an abundance of health and safety precautions, the McLean Community Center (MCC) has developed original, inter-active, virtual programs.

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Vivid Chill Opens in Great Falls

Shopping handcrafted, ethically produced, nontoxic products

It all started with the local artisan's handbags, the love of little boutique shops that featured brands with morals and values, and telling her mom that more than anything else, she wanted to open a store in the Great Falls Village Centre with a showroom for those bags and other ethically and sustainably produced items.