Stories for June 2021

Stories for June 2021


Wednesday, June 30

Opinion: Column: And the “Scancer” Is...

And the "Scancer" Is... ...stable, with a side of shrinkage, however modest.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Seen in TJ’s Freshman Class

In 2021, the U.S. News Best High Schools report ranked TJ the number one school nationwide for the second year running.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology admitted 550 students strong as its Class of 2025.

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Living with Adult Children

Creating livable spaces that balance the security of family with the need for independence

When June Joyce’s husband died two years ago, she was lonely living alone in the sprawling Alexandria family home where the couple raised their four children.

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Celebrate July 4 at Local Historical Sites

July 4th is a celebration of America’s founding.

Monday, June 28

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Welcome Back to Alexandria

Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair makes 2021 return.

Following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Volunteer Alexandria brought back the popular Old Town Arts and Crafts Fair held June 12 at Waterfront Park.

Alexandria Athletes of the Year

Sportsman’s Club awards $40,000 to high school seniors.

The Alexandria Sportsman’s Club has named its 2021 High School Athletes of the year, awarding $40,000 to 16 area high school student-athletes.

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Show Me the Money

Twig donates $150,000 to Inova Alexandria

The Twig, the Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital, presented a check for $150,000 to hospital president Dr. Rina Bansal and Inova Alexandria Hospital Foundation Board Chair Donald Simpson Jr. during the organization’s annual luncheon June 15 at the Potomac Riverfront home of philanthropist Joe Viar.

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Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Emerges From Hibernation

Cicadas share stage with orchestra debut

The blackened screen slowly fills with cicada sounds, and soon a red-eyed cicada crawls over the score of the “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.”

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Let’s Get Together in Alexandria

St. Martin de Porres Senior Center reopens; HomeAid Northern Virginia helps in rebuilding lives.

St. Martin de Porres Senior Center wasn’t quite open officially for regular activities, but it didn’t stop the regulars from showing up for the ribbon cutting to celebrate the recent renovation on May 25.

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Ministering to the ‘Least, Lost, Lonely and Left Out’ in Mount Vernon

Rev. Keary Kincannon to retire after 26 years

Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church is a three-story brick building, but Rising Hope is much more than a building, explains the pastor, Rev. Keary Kincannon.

Sunday, June 27

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Ourisman Celebrates 100 Years

100 years is a long time for any business to successfully keep their doors open for the public.

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Long Branch Project to Reduce Sediment Build-up and Stabilize Edges in Mid Fairfax County

The Long Branch Watershed is eight miles of streams over 3.71 miles in a heavily suburbanized area in mid Fairfax County.

‘Exceptional Teachers in the City of Fairfax’

Rotary Club honors 2020 and 2021 educators of the year

Each year, the Rotary Club of Fairfax recognizes two Fairfax City Schools Teachers of the Year.

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South Fairfax County Community Group Hears Rail Plans

Area to gain new rail bridges and tracks

The South County Federation, a coalition of area homeowners associations and individual residents, sponsored a virtual May 11 presentation on the status of area rail transportation projects, including those in Franconia/Springfield/Occoquan.

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Trail Improvement at Pohick Stream Valley

A fair weather crossing improvement appeared in the Pohick Stream Valley near the Pohick maintenance road last month, installed by contractors for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Saturday, June 26

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Journey to Freedom: Mount Vernon Commemorates Runaway Slave Ona Judge on Juneteenth Holiday

For years, the nation’s first couple, George and Martha Washington, pursued Ona Judge, a young woman who in 1796 escaped a life of slavery in the Washington household to live in freedom in New England.

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Centerpointe Church to Build in Centreville

BZA approves plans for place of worship, childcare center

A new church is coming to Centreville.

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‘We Fly Where Other Aircraft Are Restricted’ Over Fairfax County

Police share information about their helicopters and drones.

In his 29th year with the Fairfax County Police Department, Capt. Mike Shamblin has headed the Helicopter Division for a year.

“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington

Office of 55+ Programs

Office of 55+ Programs

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Spring Is Bursting Out All Over – All Year Long at Culpepper Garden

Marta Hill Gray, Executive Director of Culpepper Garden, stands with mud on her boots as she supervises the planting of perennials in their new community garden.

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Arlington Naturalists Unite in Common Cause

Japanese Knotweed crowds out native growth along the Potomac

It is 6:15 a.m. as Kit Britton heads for the Donaldson Run trailhead where he will have a 45-minute hike to the Potomac River.

Opinion: Commentary: Why I Care About Palestinians

In 1970, when I was 14, I volunteered at the American University hospital in Beirut.

Friday, June 25

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Marijuana Legalization Topic Comes to the Chamber

Questions answered, and others Arose at Lee-Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce meeting.


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ArPets: Meet Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Hollyleaf

After more than a year of offering only very limited access to the public, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) is now officially open for walk-in shelter visits.

NextStop Theatre Returns to Mainstage in Herndon

Presents live, indoor production ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’

It’s been a long time.

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Triple Homicide in Town of Herndon Home

Families grieve the loss of two young children and their mother; suicide in Reston connected to murders

The families of two young Town of Herndon children, a boy and girl, slain with their mother Saturday morning, June 19, are devastated by the triple homicide and the loss.

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Juneteenth Celebrated at Historic Fairfax County Site

Walking on grounds where slaves worshipped, and Confederates camped

The Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park sponsored its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration on June 19 at Frying Pan Spring Meeting House on Centreville Road.

Opinion: Commentary: Gun Violence Epidemic

Three people were shot to death in Herndon last week—a mother and her two children, in an incident the police termed “horrific.”

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Reston Gardens of Note Benefit Two Local Non-Profits

Event embraces the beauty of gardens, music, and fellowship

Ticket holders for Gardens of Note 2021 enjoyed the self-guided tour of five residential gardens in Reston plus pop-up musical performances by members and friends of The Reston Chorale, a Fairfax County choir.

Thursday, June 24

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Meeting Planned for Future Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit

Virtual meeting on June 30 to review preliminary design.

Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit

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‘Konjur’ Jams for Community, Brotherhood

Springfield band headlines benefit for Moe’s Peyton Place in July

Konjur does Moe's Peyton Place benefit in July

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Reston Hosts Pride 2021

Affirmations for greater support of transgender and gender diverse individuals

The freedom to celebrate one’s authentic self and raise the voices of LGBTQ+ individuals as part of its rainbow are only two segments of Reston Pride engagement.

High School Seniors Awarded Scholarships

Provided by Reston Hospital’s medical staff

Ten Fairfax County high school students in the Class of 2021 received scholarships from the medical staff of Reston Hospital Center in recognition of their academic excellence and plans to pursue careers in healthcare.

Opinion: Commentary: July 1: New Law Day

Next Thursday is July 1st, and here in Virginia that means that most of the laws passed during the 2021 legislative session will go into effect!

A Gift of Being a Father

Father’s Day 2021: Capturing dad moments

Being a father is a gift.

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Saying Thank You to Officers on Father’s Day in McLean

Local community celebrates Father’s Day with police officers at McLean Station.

While families across the county celebrated Father’s Day with hearty brunches and family get-togethers, 43 police officers from the Fairfax County Police Department McLean District Station were working on this special day to keep our community safe.

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Shillelagh Travel Club is Back

After more than a year of inactivity, Shillelagh opens its doors to trips again.

Founded in 1964, the Shillelagh Travel Club has moved around NOVA before settling in Vienna for the past 20 years.

Wednesday, June 23

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Wolf Trap to Celebrate ‘50 Years Together’

Northern Virginia’s artistic gem returns with live performing arts to celebrate its 50th anniversary

Celebrating its 50th year as a critical anchor to the Northern Virginia performing arts scene and after more than a year’s hiatus in response to the pandemic, Wolf Trap is ready to celebrate its glorious past “and ready for its next five decades,” said Lee Anne Myslewski, Vice President, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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Hero: A Poem

Elaine Zhang wrote a poem titled Hero in honor of local law enforcement.

Opinion: Column: Wait. What?

After each individual appointment with my oncologist, either virtual or in person, all my prescription needs and my next round of appointments are scheduled while I wait.

95 and Counting

Seniors who are 95 and older reflect on life and offer advice to younger people.

95-year-old Howard Eisenberg says he was carded recently and asked to provide proof of his age as he boarded a train on his way to visit his 80-year-old girlfriend.

2021 Fairfax County Redistricting Advisory Committee

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed the 2021 Redistricting Advisory Committee at its June 22 meeting.

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Juneteenth: Celebration and Service in Scotland of Potomac

The Potomac community of Scotland joined others across the county and the nation to celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday, June 19.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: West Montgomery’s Mistaken Assumption on Sewer Extension

I am writing this letter in response to the misinformation regularly put forth in the communications from the board of the WMCCA.

Tuesday, June 22

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Rescuing a Hiker Via Boats on the Potomac

On Sunday, with the “feels-like” temperature a roasting 96 degrees, a hiker on Billy Goat Trail A was injured in a fall.

President Nominates Local Carlos Del Toro for Secretary of the Navy

President Joe Biden has nominated Carlos Del Toro, Mount Vernon resident, retired Commander in the U.S. Navy and business leader, for Secretary of the Navy.

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New Owners Take over Hollin Hall Auto

They have “big shoes to fill.”

The walls inside Hollin Hall Auto are lined to the ceiling with plaques, certificates, resolutions, articles, photos and more memorializing the Harvey family’s 60 years of business success and their multiple contributions to the community.

Monday, June 21

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Local Voter Turnout: Is That What Faltered in Alexandria?

During the Pandemic, and long before, we have come to value reliable, informative and straightforward coverage provided by the Alexandria Gazette Packet reporting staff.

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Celebrating the Class of 2021 at T.C. Williams

Final commencement for T.C. Williams High School

It was a day of celebration as the T.C. Williams High School class of 2021 bid farewell to a year of quarantines, remote learning and canceled social and athletic events during the June 12 commencement ceremony at Chinquapin Park.

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The Other Alexandria: From West Virginia to Alexandria – Click Family of Bethel Cemetery

A town called War in McDowell County, West Virginia is surrounded by hilly mountains, and it also sits in the valley of the mountains with a population of less than 1,000 people.

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Study Highlights Pandemic’s Food Insecurity

The coronavirus pandemic exacerbated inequities, especially food insecurity, for many families along Fairfax County’s U.S. 1 corridor, concluded the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit based at Woodlawn Estate.

Sunday, June 20

‘Thank You Dad’: Celebrating Father’s Day June 20 in Alexandria

Following a year of quarantines, limited travel and social distancing, families are looking forward to celebrating in more traditional ways as Father’s Day approaches on June 20.

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South County High School Celebrates a ‘Class of Silver Lining’

On June 10, the South County High School class of 2021 became one of the many Fairfax County schools to graduate at Jiffy Lube Live.

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‘An Icon of Courage, Hope and Unlimited Potential’: Fairfax school renamed for NASA’s Katherine Johnson

No longer honoring a Confederate soldier, Fairfax City’s middle school is now named after famed NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson.

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A Class To Be Remembered and Cherished: Lake Braddock Secondary School

Bruins graduates 2021 earn a record amount of scholarships.

On the warm morning of June 10, Lake Braddock Secondary School seniors and their friends and families gathered at Jiffy Lube Live to celebrate their commencement—the first time they all gathered together since before the pandemic.

Viewpoints: What will you miss about high school and what are your plans for the future?

Viewpoints: What will you miss about high school and what are your plans for the future?

Saturday, June 19

Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News and Notes

Openings, closures and coming-soons – it’s a busy time in the Alexandria restaurant scene.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Alexandria City Council Primary Despair

You threw your hands up in despair when it came to presenting the Alexandria city council primary results.

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‘Driven by Fire and Determination’ to Graduate at Mountain View High

Celebrating Class of 2021

At the outset of Mountain View High’s graduation, last Wednesday, June 9, at Centreville High, Assistant Principal Catherine Stone noted that it was the school’s 50th graduation ceremony.

Friday, June 18

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Celebration of Juneteenth in Arlington

Juneteenth has always been important for African-Americans.

Jim Moore sat back at his barber chair on Lee Highway last week, the shop quiet on a midweek, midday visit, no longer the hub it was in pre-pandemic days.

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Marymount University Hosts Gov. Northam to Sign Bills for Financial Aid to Dreamers

This legislation will go into effect in August 2022, and makes Virginia students eligible for state financial aid if they are eligible for in-state tuition in the fall of 2022, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.

Bulletin Board: Arlington


“Flourishing After 55” in Arlington

Office of 55+ Programs

Office of 55+ Programs

Opinion: Commentary: The Lost Cause and the Big Lie

Events of the last several years have brought to the nation’s attention the corrosiveness to our society of the Lost Cause movement to justify the South’s position on the Civil War.

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No Hot Water Issue Returns for Some Lake Anne Plaza Condo Units

Supervisor Alcorn provides 3-point target plan, including revitalization

Ongoing lack of hot water is an issue again for nearly all condominium owners at the 27-unit, mixed-use Quayside building located at Lake Anne Village Center in Reston.

Vienna Police Investigating a Suspicious Shooting

On June 10, 2021, in the early morning hours, Vienna Police Officers were dispatched to an unknown situation in the 100 block of Patrick St. SE.

Vienna Teen Wins Bassists Competition

Joshua Thrush, 14, from Vienna, recently won first place in the Age 14 and Under division of the 2021 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition.

McLean High Musician & Composer Named Young Artist 2021

The City of Fairfax Band Association (CFBA) has selected composer and trumpeter Finn Marks, a McLean High School senior, as the association’s 2021 Young Artist.

Thursday, June 17

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Sounds of Summer Return to McLean Central Park

The McLean Community Center is hosting a Summer Sunday Concert program

On Sunday, June 13, Josh Lovelace, member of the Grammy-nominated band NEEDTOBREATHE, performed at the McLean Central Park Gazebo as part of the Summer Sunday Concert hosted by the McLean Community Center.

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Colonial Era House on Telegraph Road Is Going Up for Sale

It dates back to 1766, and has seen a slice of American history.

Historic house for sale.

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Special Permit Decision for Great Falls ‘Convent’ Deferred

Opponents claim build will exacerbate dangerous traffic conditions

On June 9, the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) held a public hearing on the application SP 2020-DR-105 by Stonecrest Home Arts, Inc.

Opinion: Commentary: Virginia Primary Election Results

Last Tuesday the Virginia Democratic party held its primary election, whose winners are now the Democratic nominees for the statewide offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.

Opinion: Column: Navigate This

(All these times are approximate – or they're not.

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Historical Society Presents Donation to Celebrate Great Falls, Tibbetts Award to Mike Kearney

On Tuesday, June 8, the Great Falls Historical Society presented Celebrate Great Falls Foundation with a donation of $23,000 to support continued efforts to promote the rich history of the Great Falls area within the community.

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This Summer Will Be a Balancing Act

Parents face a dilemma: give much needed mental break vs. boosting skills

As camps, swimming pools and simply spending time with friends were cancelled last summer and then followed by a tumultuous school year filled with uncertainty, parents are left to grapple with how to walk the fine line between catching up academically and tending to the overall well-being of their children.

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Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities Rise in the Fairfax County Area

Road design, speeds, lighting and negligence are factors.

This spring has seen several fatal pedestrian accidents, possibly signaling a warning to drivers, pedestrians and transportation engineers that more could be done to lessen these fatalities in Fairfax County.

Wednesday, June 16

Opinion: Commentary: Collective Bargaining: A Step to ‘One Fairfax’

At age 20, I took on a job as a grocery-bagger.

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WANTED Feedback Involving No-chase/Chase Fairfax County Police Department Vehicle Pursuits

Flurry of proposed revisions should discourage pursuits of suspects in non-violent felony incidents.

Police vehicle pursuits create the potential for officers, residents and suspects to be killed or seriously injured.

Juneteenth Celebration at Frying Pan Park

The Juneteenth celebration at Frying Pan Farm Park will offer families the chance to hear, see, sample, and create crafts based on the results of African American freedom.

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Serenity by the Potomac River

Serenity by the Potomac River

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Montgomery County’s 24th Juneteenth Celebration with Music, Artistic Performances, Educational Activities, African American Living Legend Awards and More

Montgomery County’s 24th Juneteenth Celebration will be held at the BlackRock Center for the Arts located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson Named ‘Legislator of the Year’

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce honored Montgomery County Councilmember Andrew Friedson as the Legislator of the Year at its 2021 Annual Awards Broadcast on June 10.

Tuesday, June 15

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2021

In May, 2021, 78 Potomac homes sold between $3,250,000-$439,000.

Potomac Home Sales: May, 2021

Saturday, June 12

Alexandria Police Chief Brown to Step Down June 25

Cites family commitments, pending move; hired in January of 2017

Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown announced he will be stepping down from his position effective June 25, leaving the department just over four years after his appointment as Chief of Police.

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Living Legends of Alexandria: There’s No Place Like Home

Donald Simpson Jr. carries on family legacy

For Donald Simpson Jr., Alexandria is the only place he has ever called home.

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Little Theatre of Alexandria Presents “Ripcord”

Now thru June 26, it’s the story of two women thrown together by a cosmic force with a wicked sense of humor.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) is presenting “Ripcord” from now through June 26. It’s the story of two women thrown together by a cosmic force with a wicked sense of humor.

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They’re Back! Alexandria Aces Open Season at Frank Mann Field

The Alexandria Aces took on the Gaithersburg Giants June 8 in the opening game at Frank Mann Field, losing to their Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League rivals 10-7.

Support for Survivors

Eagles donate $1,000 to sexual assault and domestic violence program

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 871 in Alexandria presented a check for $1,000 to Debbie Evans, Division Chief of the Alexandria Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Program, to help provide support to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

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Deaths of Vulnerable Road Users are Preventable

Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling statement on bicyclist killed by a driver in Alexandria section of Fairfax County

The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) extends its sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Fatima Del Carmen Alvarez Romero.

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Taste of Old Town North Alexandria

Summer pop-ups, farmers market in Montgomery Park

A pop-up farmers market was held June 6 in Montgomery Park as part of the Taste of Old Town North summer festival, which continues through June 21.

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Amazon Fresh in Springfield Brings Out the Curious

Amazon opened one of just a handful of its “Fresh” grocery stores on the East Coast in Franconia at 7 a.m. on May 27, to a line of Springfield customers curious about products on offer.

Friday, June 11

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Park Meadowland Restoration Underway in Lorton

Return to natural habitat is a multi-year process

The Natural Resources Branch of Fairfax County Park Authority began reseeding in May as the next step in restoring an area of Lorton’s Laurel Hill Park to a natural meadow.

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Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton Names New President and CEO

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton moved forward in the main office by hiring Leon Scioscia as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, bringing years of art center experience to the Workhouse.

Detectives Investigate Fatal Crash in Driveway of Fairfax Home

A 2-year-old boy died after being struck by a vehicle in the driveway of his home.

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Fairfax City Police Members are Honored

Fairfax City Police Lt. Michael Bartholme and Dispatcher Cynthia Tetterton were recently honored with the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Silver Patrick Henry Medal.

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Local Man is Honored in Fairfax for WWII Submarine Service

The Virginian, a senior-living community in Fairfax, recently hosted the U.S. Submarine Veterans Assn., Northern Virginia Base, as it honored Virginian resident Alvin “Al” Anceravage, 99, on the 75th anniversary of his submarine service in WWII.

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‘We Made Memories that We Will Cherish Forever’ at Fairfax High

Class of 2021 graduates

Because of the pandemic, the music was recorded, and the ceremony was held on the football field instead of inside the field house.

Driver Charged in Fatal Bicyclist Crash in Centreville

A 64-year-old cyclist has died following a crash that occurred May 21 just after 10 a.m. at the intersection of Hidden Canyon Road and Blueridge View Drive in Centreville.

‘Our Overall Concern is Protecting Western Fairfax’

Kathy Smith’s State of Sully meeting proves contentious

Supervisor Kathy Smith (D-Sully) gave her annual State of Sully message, May 26, to the Sully District Council (SDC).

Thursday, June 10

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Make Friends with a Chameleon in a Book...or in Person in Arlington

APAH hosts Parade of Animals book event

A colorful converted school bus emblazoned with R.E.A.D. sits by the First Presbyterian Church on N. Vermont Street Wednesday, June 2.

Living Donor Liver Transplant Saves a Life

Doug Post of Arlington donates 65 percent of liver to his uncle

Doug Post from Arlington flew to Seattle in early March and returned home with only 35 percent of his liver.

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Arlington Guitar Maker Launching First All-wood Modular Guitar

Kickstarter launch date of June 15 is fast approaching

Aaron Maisler visited the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park last year to check out the market for making a new kind of guitar.

Viewpoints: South Lakes High Graduates Reflect on Graduating in Pandemic Time and Their Next Challenges

Viewpoints: South Lakes High Graduates Reflect on Graduating in Pandemic Time and Their Next Challenges

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‘We Shine Like Stars’: South Lakes Class of 2021 Prevails Over Pandemic

South Lakes High School (SLHS) walked a reported 565 graduation candidates at its Commencement Ceremony, moderated by Senior Class Officers and held at W.T. Woodson High School on June 4.

Opinion: Commentary: Don’t Texas Virginia

This column is being written before the results of Tuesday’s Democratic primary elections are known.

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Saying Good-bye at Herndon High

Cheers loud and proud honor HHS grads.

Herndon High School held its "Class of Two Thousand Twenty-One Commencement" on June 2 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va.

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Holding Dear: 2,364 Local Souls Lost to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Northern Virginia Regional Commission holds Remembrance Ceremony

On March 21, 2020, the Fairfax County Health Department reported its first death of a resident due to COVID-19.

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1st Stage Returns to Live Theatre in Tysons with ‘A New Brain’

Performance at a special outdoor location: The Boro at Tysons

After more than a year of limits on live indoor entertainment with live audiences, the award-winning 1st Stage will return to live performance with a special concert edition of “A New Brain” by William Finn and James Lapine.

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Influencer Marketing is the Next Thing for Products and Businesses

The outfits, dinner recipes, jewelry and selfies on Instagram are part of the process.

Influencer marketing is a hit

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Bicycling Skills Track Opening in Springfield

Berms, ramps and jumps to train on in Brookfield Park

Bike Skills Track

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Novelties and Gifts Share Space with Fun

At Highs and Lows in Hybla Valley, behind the door with five knobs, local artists and Pac Man scream nostalgia.

Highs and Lows

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Democrats Choose Northern Virginia Ticket

Primary voters select candidates with gender and racial diversity but lacking in regional balance.

As election returns started rolling in from the Democratic primary Tuesday, Republicans started boasting about having the most diverse statewide ticket in Virginia history.

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Opposition Candidates Falter

Voters reject candidates who said City Hall lacks integrity.

Democratic primaries are usually about biography and personalities, focusing on professional resumes and personal connections.

Levine is One of Five Incumbents Defeated

Two-term House member tried to run double campaign, losing both

There's a reason why candidates have never tried running in two different Democratic primaries at the same time.

Viewpoints: Langley High Graduates Reflect on Graduating in Pandemic Time and the Next Chapter of Their Lives

As the Langley High School graduate candidates lined up for their Commencement Exercises at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, The Connection asked random groups of students three questions: How do you feel graduating in the pandemic time? Where do you go next? Where do you see yourself five years from now?

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Opinion: Commentary: Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Congratulations to all of the high school graduates and their families across the 44th district!

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A Roller Coaster Ride for the Langley High Grads

Saxons learn life lessons during the pandemic.

Langley High School held its Commencement Exercises on June 2 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va.

Wednesday, June 9

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‘Godspeed,’ McLean High Class of 2021

Highlanders honored at June 1 Commencement

Members of McLean High School's Senior Class of 2021 who processioned in their red caps and red gowns across the stage at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va, on June 1, left with more than their diplomas and academic learning.

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That Thing We Do in Great Falls: Hauling the Trash

Can you guess the oldest community tradition in Great Falls?

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Decision Time for Virginia Democrats

Democratic Party Primary Tuesday, June 8: Initial voter turnout low but enthusiasm high

Voters across Fairfax County headed to the polls Tuesday, June 8, to cast their votes in person at the Democratic Party Primary.

Opinion: Column: The Masks are Off...

...and I suppose life is back on, especially for those of us who have been vaccinated.

Poem in support of Abrar Omeish

Below is my spoken word poem in written format in support of Abrar Omeish.

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HomeLifeStyle: Style for the Great Outdoors

Designers see uptick in requests for porches and other outdoor spaces

A longing to spend more time outside after a year-and-a-half spent inside is driving a trend in home design, including an uptick in requests for projects like screened porches and patios.

Rockville Man Dies in Crash South of American Legion Bridge

At 11:56 p.m. on Friday, June 4, Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on northbound I-495 south of the American Legion Bridge.

Tuesday, June 8

Cleaning Up for Good in Montgomery County

Potomac’s Peggy Dennis adopts part of Falls Road for Common Cause

When Potomac resident Peggy Dennis goes for a walk, she also goes on a mission.

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Detectives Investigate Drowning in Potomac River

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division are investigating a drowning in the Potomac River that occurred on May 31.

Sunday, June 6

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Don’t Sell Us Down the River

The American Horticultural Society’s (AHS) decision to sell off its River Farm headquarters in Alexandria, Va., hardly seems in keeping with its mission to “blend education, social responsibility and environmental stewardship with the art and practice of horticulture.”

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Taxation without Representation

Our 2021 elections in Virginia are awash in money, coming from both sides of the aisle.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: On Council’s Action on School Resource Officers

The principal problem with the city council's 4-3 vote against continuing to provide the Alexandria City Public Schools with school resource officers is that it usurps the elected school board's primary responsibility for maintaining order and discipline in the schools.

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Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Local Republicans Are Running, But Not in a Primary

As we approach the Democrat primary on June 8, the local Republicans have already selected our party’s local nominees through alternative party nomination processes, which allowed for maximum party participation and saved the City the expense of an additional primary.

Local Alexandria Women Start Podcast to Interview City Council Candidates

Anyone in Alexandria who’s been reading the paper, walking around the neighborhood, or checking their mail has seen the huge wave of political activity leading up to the June 8 democrat primary.

Saturday, June 5

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’Tis the Season in Alexandria

City opens pools, interactive water fountain

The Potomac Yard Park interactive water fountain opened for the summer May 29 and will operate through Oct. 15.

Opinion: Commentary: Hopkins House Shares Public Policy Priorities and Candidates in Support

Earlier last month, Hopkins House invited candidates running for public office in the 2021 Democratic Party primary elections for the City of Alexandria to respond to a survey on early childhood and education issues.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Supporting Mark Levine for Lieutenant Governor

The rising sea levels on the shore continue to pose a real threat to our community.

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Home of the Brave in Alexandria

Remembering the fallen on Memorial Day

One by one, 68 names were read as Alexandria paid tribute to its local fallen and missing in action service members as part of the May 31 Memorial Day observance at the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Del Ray.

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West Springfield Spartans’ Class of 2021: Courage and Perseverance

At 9:30 a.m. on June 1, West Springfield High School graduates emerged from backstage at Jiffy Lube Live to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” – a familiar song at an atypical graduation ceremony.

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John Lewis High Graduates Take a Victory Lap

On the evening of June 1, the first class of the newly-renamed John R. Lewis High School graduated on their football field.

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Early Primary Voting

Registered voters have an opportunity to vote early now, in person or by mail, for the June 8 primary election of Democratic Party candidates.

Man Dies after Crash In Lorton

A man died Monday afternoon, May 31, following a crash that occurred at 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of Palmer Drive and Ox Road.

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‘Remembering What it Means to Be an American’ in Fairfax City

Memorial Day ceremony honors the fallen

At the outset of Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony on the grounds of American Legion Post 177 in Fairfax, the flag was raised at noon from half staff to full.

Friday, June 4

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Supporting Perryman

As a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, my job is to make sure that Fairfax County is a great place to live, work, and play for all of our residents.

Griffith is Honored as Sully District Officer of the Quarter

Officer Jared Griffith has been honored as the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2021.

‘We’re Looking Forward to Building Something Nice’ in Chantilly

New church, private school proposed

Our Lady of Lavang Parish wants to build a place of worship in Chantilly.

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Main Big Deal: Cantonese Dishes, and Much More in Chantilly

Restaurant Review: Taste @ Hong Kong

With the pandemic diminishing, Americans are hopping back on the road again, heading east, west, north, and south.

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing

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Arlington Parks Ranked Fourth in Nation

New measure assesses equity in park access

Some of the nation’s best parks are right down the block in Arlington.

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On Hallowed Ground: Biden, Harris Mark Memorial Day in Arlington

President Joe Biden honored the nation’s fallen military during a visit to Arlington National Cemetery May 31, marking Memorial Day by placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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More to Do to Clean Up the Potomac River

Stormwater runoff from urban and suburban areas is the major, fastest-growing culprit today polluting the Potomac River.

On April 9, Connor Lynch, an angler fishing on the Potomac River near Fletcher’s Cove, hooked and released a shortnose sturgeon, a fish not seen in the river since 2007.

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Remembering Travis Staats in Arlington National Cemetery

Since 2006, there has been an 86 percent increase in suicide rates among 18-34 year old male veterans.

“Travis didn’t want to lose his job and his means to support his family. He loved his job and wanted to continue in the service. So he didn’t get the help he needed. We should make sure you don’t get penalized for seeking help.” — Deanna Muir, sister

Opinion: Commentary: Ebbin: Bennett-Parker Is Best Choice for Delegate

Democratic primary voters in the 45th House of Delegates District (parts of Alexandria, south Arlington and Mount Vernon) will choose their nominee for Delegate on Tuesday, June 8.

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

Office of 55+ Programs

Office of 55+ Programs

Thursday, June 3

Paying It Forward

Immigrant's $20K a month awards create opportunities for individuals experiencing economic hardships

A Vietnamese refugee turned philanthropist who works in Reston knows first-hand the fear and challenges of poverty.

Opinion: Commentary: Principle Above Partisanship

Virginia lost two of its finest citizens last week: former United States Senator John Warner who died at age 94 and former member of the Virginia House of Delegates Dick Hobson who died at 89 years old.

Opinion: Independent Progressive: Reston Association--All Virtual?

Now that the country is emerging from the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic, most organizations seem to be returning to an actual, more normal way of operating.

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Falling in Love with ‘The Beautiful Game’

Local teen coaches young players with disabilities.

For more than a year, Aeshan Kapil, 16, of Herndon volunteered as a TOPSoccer coach for the Great Falls Reston Soccer Club, U.S. Youth Soccer.

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Rolling to Remember Convoys Out of Herndon

Iconic town tavern holds Memorial Day event

On May 30, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Historic Herndon held its annual Memorial Day Weekend event.

Vienna Police Highlights May 21, 2021 – May 28, 2021

Vienna Police Highlights May 21, 2021 – May 28, 2021

Detectives Determine Make, Model, Year from Recent Hit and Run Fatal Crash in Great Falls

Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit continue to investigate the fatal crash that occurred on the morning of May 16 near the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Redberry Court in Great Falls.

Man Dies After Single-Vehicle Crash in Great Falls

A man died Saturday night, May 29, following a crash that occurred at 10:53 p.m. near the intersection of Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Drive.

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Two Men Arrested After Husband and Wife Fatally Shot in Springfield

Workplace in Lorton played a role.

Shooting in Springfield

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Roy Rogers in Belle View is Officially Reopened

After the fire in 2019, a new, brighter space welcomes the old gang.

Belle View Roy Rogers

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The Good American is Also a Neighbor

Great Falls resident featured in new book

The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, a new book by well-known author Robert Kaplan, reads like a thriller.

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Memorial Day 2021 at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial

Citizens honor U.S. Armed Forces Members who died in battle or as a result of their wounds.

Local citizens gathered at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial at 11 o'clock the morning of Memorial Day 2021.

Wednesday, June 2

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Appetite: Dates to Circle in June

A tasting tour of Del Ray, a beer garden with all the fixings and – get ready – yoga with cats.

Opinion: Commentary: Observing Memorial Day

On Monday, Delegate Krizek gave the following address at the Hollin Hills Memorial Day Observation:

Opinion: Column: Nearly Nicked

Recently, I made the mistake of clicking on an email from an unfamiliar sender.

Opinion: Commentary: I Became a Better Mother When I Stopped Trying To Do It All Myself

Across the board, children have better outcomes when their parents have a shared parenting schedule, even in high-conflict cases.

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Fairfax Dems Clash with Supervisors

Demand firing of FCPD Chief Kevin Davis

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) called on the Board of Supervisors ("Board") on May 25 to terminate Kevin Davis's employment as Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department.

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Wellbeing: Faith Sustained Many During COVID-19 Crisis

How a belief in a higher power helped some people cope with pandemic

As she experienced the emotions and uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic, Bracha Goetz turned to the tenets of her faith.

Opinion: Commentary: Taking Exception: Fighting Both anti-Semitism and Oppression

On the May 13 Eid holiday, Abrar Omeish, at-large member of the Fairfax County School Board, Tweeted: "Hurts my heart to celebrate while Israel kills Palestinians & desecrates the Holy Land right now,” she wrote.

June is the Deadliest Month for Teen Drivers

Parental involvement urged to prevent underage drinking this summer

Citing the facts that June is the single deadliest month of the year when it comes to teen driving and that summer’s arrival also ushers in that contiguous period (May - August) when the greatest number of U.S. teen traffic deaths occur [i], a Washington-metropolitan area alcohol education group is urging parental involvement to combat both teen drinking and drunk driving this summer.

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Democrats Decide

Voters to determine direction of party in June 8 primary

The June 8 primary will determine the direction of the Democratic Party in Virginia at a critical time, when the commonwealth is emerging from the pandemic and trying to recast itself as something other than a party in opposition to former President Donald Trump.

A Look at Montgomery County’s $6 Billion FY 2022 Operating Budget and More

On May 27, 2021, the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to approve the County’s $6 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Operating Budget, the FY22 Capital Budget and the $4.316 billion Amended FY21-26 Capital Improvements Program (CIP).

Tuesday, June 1

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Montgomery County Climate Change Art Contest Winners

Montgomery County announced the 13 winners of its Climate Change Art Contest.