Stories for March 2021

Stories for March 2021


Wednesday, March 31

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Westfield Bulldogs Beat Oakton Cougars, Reach Season Finale

The Westfield Bulldogs and the Oakton Cougars played in a Concorde District game on March 26 in Chantilly: With the 56-12 win Westfield improved to (3-2) (2-1), and Oakton fell to (1-5) (0-4).

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Opinion: Commentary: Krizek Endorses Sen. Jennifer McClellan for Governor

Spring has finally sprung, and that means that the 2021 campaign season is now in full swing!

Green Summer

Alexandria delegation works with the governor to legalize marijuana on July 1.

Alexandria is about to become the capital of marijuana in Virginia. The city's legislative delegation is at the center of an effort poised to legalize weed this summer, years ahead of an agreement that was struck behind closed doors at the end of the General Assembly session in February.

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Greenheart Juice Shop Opens in Vienna

Healthy juices, foods and attitudes highlight the new place along the bike trail.

Greenheart Juice Shop

Tuesday, March 30

Opinion: Commentary: zMOD Approved at Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

What happened?

Sunday, March 28

Opinion: Column: Time Will Tell

Ordinarily, I'd be writing this column this weekend – after this week's events.

Saturday, March 27

Herrity Explains His ‘No’ Vote on zMOD in Fairfax County

Today (Tuesday, March 23) the Board of Supervisors passed a modification of its Zoning Ordinance (zMOD) by a vote of 7 to 3.

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Glenstone Museum to Reopen Its Gallery on April 8

International traveling exhibition Faith Ringgold will open with limited capacity.

Glenstone Museum will reopen its indoor spaces in phases, beginning on April 8 with its presentation in the Gallery of a major international traveling exhibition of the works of Faith Ringgold.

Getting the Numbers Right in Montgomery County

Potomac’s councilmember Andrew Friedson wanted to take politics out of estimating costs.

Thursday, March 25

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Go Ape Course at South Run Puts Adventure in the Treetops

Nationwide adventure course uses ropes and pulleys to challenge participants.

Go Ape

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Donated Football Practice Gear Gets Players Jumping at Hayfield

Parent turns a donation into a lesson on positivity for others.

football equipment

Wednesday, March 24

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Is Anti-SRO Movement Politically Driven?

I am very well acquainted with the SROs in the public schools of Montgomery County.

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Opinion: Commentary: Back on the Ballot!

It’s official — I am running for re-election as your Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly and will be back on the ballot!

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Ethicist on the Bench

Prosecutor of bad lawyers to take a seat on the Alexandria Circuit Court

Prosecuting unethical lawyers is not a great way to win friends and influence people. Yet somehow Kathleen Uston has been able to figure out a way to trade her job as assistant bar counsel at the Virginia State Bar for a seat on the Alexandria Circuit Court. She'll be installed on the court next week, the culmination of a career that has given Uston an inside look at some of the worst lawyering in Virginia while also giving her a special insight into the role ethics plays in the law. — Yvonne Weight Callahan

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Snow Falls Without Equity in Montgomery County

As cherry blossoms bloom, memories of winter linger for some, because snow storms, although occurring only a few times a year, cause frustrations, hardships, danger as plows push snow on top of sidewalks.

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Herndon’s Friday Night Live! May Not Live On

Chamber event threatened if Town axes in-kind donations

A 2021 kick-off date for the return of Friday Night Live!, billed as "DC-area's Best Free Outdoor Concert Series Every Friday, May through August on the Herndon Town Green," is threatened and may not happen.

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Restaurant Review: Virtual Visit to All Places Latino in Reston

On the Border

Looking for something to brighten your spirits and spark your appetite?

Opinion: Commentary: Waste Not, Want Not

As a child of frugal parents who grew up during the Great Depression, I was always taught as long as I did not waste food or material things that I would never be without.

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The Lure of Kids’ Trout Fishing Day in Reston

Finding trout and family

Reston Association moved forward with its ever-popular Kids’ Trout Fishing Day, Saturday, March 20.

Tuesday, March 23

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Express Services Open at Fairfax County Libraries

Patrons back to browsing the stacks

The Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) reopened for interior Express services Monday, March 22.

Opinion: Commentary: Protecting McLean Against Runaway Redevelopment

It has been widely reported that Fairfax County has revised its comprehensive plan to redevelop the McLean Community Business Center in response to public feedback, primarily delivered at a community meeting on Feb. 20 where county officials shared details of the plan.

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Cappies Review: Honest, Moving Stories of Our Time

Langley High’s ‘Long Division’ reflects on storming of Capitol, unity and division

"What separates us?" asked the opening line of Langley High School's "Long Division."

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Town of Vienna Police Arrests Burglary Suspect

On Monday, March 15, at approximately 10:30 p.m., the Vienna Police Department started receiving calls about a male pulling on doors, possibly trying to enter businesses in the area.

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Seven Displaced After Vienna House Fire

On Tuesday, March 16, at 6:04 p.m., units from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 9700 Meadowlark Road in Vienna.

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Possible Tower of Trouble Ahead for Wireless Developer in Vienna-Great Falls Area

Sides clash over Rt. 7 proposed telecommunications facility

How best for everyone concerned to correct cellular coverage holes in the Vienna-Great Falls Route 7 area is one issue.

Monday, March 22

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Opinion: Commentary: Joyfully Back in School in Mount Vernon

Jon Gates, Principal of Hollin Meadows Elementary, captured the mood of being back in school starting last week in an email to parents:

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The Passing of a Great Man – Colonel Marion “Barney” Barnwell

Colonel Marion “Barney” Barnwell, a longtime resident and community activist in the Mount Vernon District, passed suddenly last week and will be missed by the many people that he connected with and whose lives he touched.

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Welcome Back in Alexandria

T.C. students resume in-person classes.

One year after classes were abruptly suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, students at T.C. Williams High School returned for in-person studies March 16 with social distancing practices now the new normal at the King Street campus.

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Happy 90th Birthday, Charles Nelson

On March 11, it was official: Charles Nelson became a nonagenarian, celebrating his 90th birthday with family at his home in Alexandria.

Opinion: Commentary: State Legislature’s Recent Session Was Consequential

My legislation abolishing capital punishment was one of the most daunting and rewarding bills I have ever sponsored.

The 2021 General Assembly session has ended until we reconvene in April to consider any vetoes by Gov. Ralph Northam.

Opinion: Editorial: We Still Need Your Help

We all need community newspapers; community newspapers need your help.

You need local newspapers.

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Restaurant News and Notes

This week marks a year since Alexandria’s Covid-19 lockdown rules went into effect, sparking a year of pivoting, changing and adapting.

Opinion: Commentary: Getting My Covid Shot: Proud To Be an Alexandrian

The Republican in me was ready for everything to be screwed up.

Opinion: Commentary: Hard to Overstate Accomplishments

The General Assembly officially adjourned “sine die” on Monday, March 1, wrapping up a high-pressure session which caps one of the most progressive, accomplishment-filled two year legislative cycles in Virginia’s history.

The Other Alexandria: Passing The History On – Lois Diggs Davis

Many African American families in Alexandria have family ties back to the pre- and post-Civil War era. One of these families is the Diggs family.

Back in 2014, the City of Alexandria honored the descendants of the Freedmen’s Cemetery, located at Washington and Church Street.

Sunday, March 21

Opinion: Commentary: Beyer Highlights American Rescue Plan Benefits

Last week, Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) voted to pass the landmark American Rescue Plan and send it to President Biden’s desk for signature.

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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Transports 50 Cats

Rescue mission helps overwhelmed Texas shelters seeing a surge of surrendered pets

On Saturday, March 13, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) brought in 50 cats from eight individual animal shelters in Texas, still recovering from the devastating February snowstorms and subsequent power outages.

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Fairfax County Supervisors to Vote on zMOD

The record is open for written comments; pressure is on to get it right

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on March 23 at 4:30 p.m. on the new and modernized zoning ordinance (zMOD).

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Bill Cleveland For Anything

In the event that William "Bill" Cleveland announces his candidacy for any local office in Alexandria, I want to share this.

Trail Improvements at Random Hills Park

The trail in Random Hills Park will be improved, and the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is seeking public input on its design.

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‘A Reminder of Our Sense of Community’ in Fairfax City

Fairfax High School students’ murals adorn Boulevard VI construction site

Multi-use development Boulevard VI is replacing the former Paul VI High School along Fairfax Boulevard in Fairfax City.

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Murder Victim in Southern Fairfax County Never Identified

Body found in Giles Run creek remains a mystery since 1972 as does the exact location of his burial plot in a Mount Vernon graveyard.

Murder mystery

Saturday, March 20

Opinion: Commentary: Pandemic Shows Workers Need a Voice in Fairfax County

As county employees, we work tirelessly to provide essential services, often behind the scenes, to make sure our county continues to run and families get what they need during this difficult time.

Friday, March 19

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Virginia State Candidates Seek Your Signature

With completion of the 2021 General Assembly session, the odd-year political election cycle is upon us in Virginia.

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Sully Woodlands Stewardship Education Center Planned

State-of-the-art building slated for E.C. Lawrence Park

The Fairfax County Park Authority plans to construct a groundbreaking and innovative new building in Chantilly’s Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Students Shine in Art, Talent Show in Centreville

Students in the Upper School of Ad Fontes Academy in Centreville got to display their creative expertise during the school’s recent art and talent show.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Arlington

Step through the pub door and head for the bar in time for the Irish dancers at 2 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Center for Local History at the Arlington Public Library to Curate New Time Capsule

The Center for Local History at the Arlington Public Library will curate a time capsule, 2020 UnBoxed, which will contain objects and material representing the major events and themes of 2020 in Arlington.

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ArPets: Lady Grantham of Arlington

Downton Abbey's elder Lady Grantham wouldn't likely be found discussing underwear under any circumstances.

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Detectives Learn of New Information from 2016 Murder

Shopping trip before the murder may hold clues.


Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Mount Vernon

Motorcycle hits bus, bursts into flames.

Motorcycle Crash

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A Few More Efforts Made to Save River Farm

A letter, historic overlay implementation and a 6,000 signature petition are there to keep it the same.

River Farm

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A Lawsuit Challenges TJ Admission Changes

Parents sue to stop TJ’s admission policy changes, alleging anti-Asian race discrimination.

The Fairfax County School Board and Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand face a new lawsuit filed against them last week in United States District Court in Alexandria.

Opinion: Column: A Shot in the Arm

Literally and figuratively.

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County Highlights

Actions and words by Fairfax County leadership and citizens

In our new series,  County Highlights, the Connection spotlights actions and comments by Fairfax County officials, public servants, and local citizens who call the County's 406 square miles home.

Thursday, March 18

Opinion: Editorial: We Still Need Your Help

We all need community newspapers; community newspapers need your help.

A year later, Covid continues to be the most compelling, most local issue that we face.

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Creating Healthy Mother-Daughter Relationships

Local authors and therapists offer thoughts and guidance.

As a middle school student, Sofie Jacobs was at times mocked by other girls for her fastidious study habits and the good grades she received as a result.

Council Comments on the Montgomery County Budget

The Montgomery County Council issued the following statement after County Executive Marc Elrich transmitted his recommendations for the County’s $6 billion Fiscal Year 2022 Recommended Operating Budget to the Council: This past year has been unlike any other and the County Executive’s recommended operating budget provides a strong starting point for the Council’s work on the final County budget for fiscal year 2022.

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Bullis School Students Helping the Community

Bullis School Students Helping the Community

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Spring Break? Please Take a Break in Montgomery County

Back to school just in time — for Spring Break?

The school system opened just in time – for students to take Spring Break.

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Questions Surround the Coffer Family Cemetery

Local historian’s investigation delves into Coffer history in Burke Centre’s Woods Community.

Cemetery in Burke

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Student’s Art Contains A Global Message, and Wins a Scholarship

Global warming is just one of the many messages expressed in arts competition.

Art Scholarship

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More Students Head Back to School in Person in Montgomery County

From County Councilmember Will Jawando: “Normally the top news of the day would be a new budget, but this morning it's our girls, as they join thousands of other [Montgomery County Public School] students for the first day back to school after a year at home.

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Limited Engagement: DMV Connect Coming to Herndon

Service outreach program processes REAL IDs and other DMV transactions

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle's service outreach program called DMV Connect is coming to the Town of Herndon, thanks to the combined efforts of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the Town of Herndon and Herndon Town Councilmember Naila Alam.

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Frying Pan Park Manager Retires

Three decades of stories to tell

On Tuesday, March 2, and after more than 31 years of public service, Yvonne Johnson, Manager of Frying Pan Farm Park, had only a few hours left to tie up loose ends before retiring, and something was bothering her.

Opinion: Commentary: Celebrate International Women’s Month. And then Keep Going

If nothing else, the past few years have taught us this: It’s International Women’s Month 2021 — and we still have a lot of work to do to achieve equality for women in our country.

Opinion: Commentary: Law and Order and Justice

There is no more important function of government than ensuring public safety.

Wednesday, March 17

Man Fatally Shot in Reston Apartment Community

Detectives from the Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred March 11 in the 2200 block of Winterthur Court in Reston.

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Sharing Irish Heritage with Great Falls Community

Great Falls resident launches St. Patrick’s Day celebration

St. Patrick’s Day 2021 would be a special holiday for Great Falls resident Niamh DiOrio.

Virginia Journalist of the Year

Marina Qu of McLean High School wins top state honor

McLean High School senior Marina Qu has been named the 2021 Virginia Journalist of the Year by the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers and Advisers.

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Digital Arts Students Explain their Murals in Fairfax City

Digital Arts Students Explain their Murals in Fairfax City

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Opinion: Commentary: One Year Later: Covid and Vaccine Update

It’s been one year since the Commonwealth and the nation locked down with the first restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, and when we learned only that to do everything possible to save lives it was necessary to wear a mask and even better, to stay isolated from each other.

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Seeing Double

Alexandria delegate is one of four House members whose name will be on the ballot twice.

The ballot for the Democratic primary in June might cause you to do a double take. Del. Mark Levine (D-45) will be on the ballot twice, once running for reelection against primary challenger Elizabeth Bennett-Parker and then again against seven other candidates for lieutenant governor. Levine and three other House members will be doing double duty, asking voters to reject their primary opponents for seats they would vacate if they win stateside office.

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The Year That Was in Arlington

Feeding the multitudes during COVID — one can at a time

In March 2020, COVID suddenly brought about the closing of schools where children had regularly received free breakfast and lunches.

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2021

In February, 2021, 48 Potomac homes sold between $2,599,000-$305,000.

Potomac Home Sales: February, 2021

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She Keeps On Giving

Cynthia C. Polk is always on the move in fundraising and helping her communities in Sterling and Vienna.

This wife, mother, grandmother, entrepreneur and First Lady of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World, Inc. (IBPOEW) is always on the move in fundraising and helping her communities in Sterling and Vienna.

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James Madison High Alumna Publishes Award-winning Book

Normandy D. Piccolo is author of ‘Why is Kristyn A. Kutter?’

Normandy D. Piccolo, James Madison High alumna, published writer, book reviewer, advertising copywriter, and freelance journalist, is the author of a book selected for the 2021 In the Margins Book Award: School Library Journal Top 10 Fiction/Non-Fiction and the Fiction Recommendation List for 2021.

Tuesday, March 16

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Madison Warhawks Beat Westfield Bulldogs, Improve to 3-0

The Westfield Bulldogs traveled to Vienna for a conference football game with the Madison Warhawks on March 12.

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Heritage Lost Reclaimed in Chapter Book Series

Interview with author Terry Catasús Jennings of Reston

Terry Catasús Jennings of Reston is the author of the newly released children’s chapter book series, “Definitely Dominguita,” published by Simon & Schuster.

Calendar: Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

Calendar: Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

Monday, March 15

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Trickling Back Into the Classroom in Alexandria

Last week, certain young students arrived for their first day of school in Alexandria Public Schools.

Sheriff Lawhorne Announces Retirement

To end 43-year career in law enforcement

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, a life-long Alexandrian with 43 years in law enforcement, has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, when his current term expires.

Alexandria Police Foundation Scam Call Alert

Calls targeting residents on behalf of police youth camp

The Alexandria Police Foundation is asking residents to be aware of solicitation phone calls purported to be on behalf of the foundation’s youth camp.

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Victory Center in Alexandria Transformed for Vaccines

High-capacity Covid-19 vaccination site to open in Alexandria as the one-year mark in the pandemic passes

A large-scale vaccination center for Northern Virginia is slated to open by the end of March at the long-vacant Victory Center, with the ability to provide upwards of 6,000 doses per day of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Alexandria Police Department Investigates After Vehicle Was Briefly Stolen With A Child Inside

The Alexandria Police Department is conducting an investigation into a stolen auto and a firearm brandishing incident.

Alexandria Republicans Expect Candidates to Declare Soon

Local Republican efforts to recruit candidates to challenge Democrats in the November elections are proving successful, according to party Chairman Pete Benavage.

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Go Green, Go Native

Mow less, mow high, grow more, choose nature.

The manicured lawn may be an iconic symbol of the American suburbs, but lawns have ecological downsides, and there are alternatives, Tami Sheiffer told members of the Friends of Mason Neck at a March 7 Zoom meeting titled “Mow Less, Grow More.”

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: How Sad

How sad that River Farm could possibly be taken over by developers, without any concern for the impact it would have on our beloved community.

Alexandria Power Plant Redevelopment Includes Bike Improvements

The north end Small Area Plan does not leave bike trail users high and dry.

Bicyclists won’t be left out of the plans when the GenOn Energy plant is redeveloped as a major part of the Old Town North Small Area Plan, originally adopted by the city in 2017.

Sunday, March 14

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Mask Rules on the Mount Vernon Trail

Many wear masks on the trail regardless.

The rules about wearing masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 indicate that if you are outdoors and practicing social distancing, things are relatively safe.

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Judicial Drive Trail Connection Moves Ahead in Fairfax City

Complete trail construction anticipated in spring 2023

As things stand now, people wishing to walk or bike between Hallman Street and Judicial Drive in Fairfax City are unable to do so without having to leave the existing trail and get back on elsewhere.

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‘We Want this to be a Gateway when Finished’ in Fairfax City

Fairfax City residents updated on Old Lee Highway improvement plan

“Multimodal” means the variety of ways people travel in an area, such as by car, bus, bike, scooter or on foot.

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Fairfax City Police Members Are Honored

Fairfax City Police Lt. Michael Bartholme and Dispatcher Cynthia Tetterton were honored, last Tuesday, March 2, with the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) Silver Patrick Henry Medal.

Saturday, March 13

Adventure Awaits: Experience Magic with Arts in Fairfax City

Connect with deeper meaning and adventurous explorers at a special, yet temporary outdoor experience to be unveiled on March 21.

Friday, March 12

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‘He’s Devoted His Whole Life to Being a Pastor’ in Centreville

CPC members discuss Bromhead’s merits, their favorite memories.

Retiring after more than three decades as pastor of Centreville Presbyterian Church (CPC), Rob Bromhead’s final day there was last Sunday, Feb. 28.

‘Unwavering Motivation to Keep Residents, Neighborhoods Safe’ in Sully District

Viar is Sully District Station’s Officer of the Quarter.

PFC Henry Viar has been named the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Westfield Bulldogs Beat West Potomac Stallions 35-0

The Westfield Bulldogs defeated the visiting West Potomac Stallions 35-0 on March 5.

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Chantilly Chargers Win in a Low-scoring Game with Centreville Wildcats

In a low-scoring game in Clifton on March 5, Chantilly defeated Centreville 14-7.

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Daffodils are Bursting Out all Over in Arlington

Things may be different this year, but 28,000 daffodils are waiting to poke their tendrils above ground and burst into bloom at Culpepper Garden this spring.

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Plot Against Hunger Spring Garden Kickoff Begins March 13 in Arlington

Feeding our community, one garden at a time

What better way to celebrate the coming Spring season than joining the Plot Against Hunger’s Spring Garden Kickoff on March 13?

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‘Better Than I Deserve’: Roy Gravatte Dies at 84

For most people, the cursory greeting “How are you?” elicits a cursory “Fine, and you?” But for Roy Gravatte, it was a chance to show his gratitude in life with his signature response to anyone who asked: “Better than I deserve.”

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Gardens Come in All Kinds in Arlington

Woman’s Club sponsors bike garden

Instead of planting vegetable seeds, The Woman's Club of Arlington is planting good safety seeds on rules of the road.

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Intersection Improvements Needed in Crystal City

VDOT Multi Modal Study identifies places that need work to handle the new workforce

As part of the negotiations to bring Amazon to the area, the Commonwealth of Virginia agreed to make multimodal improvements to Route 1 in the Crystal City area that should improve safety, accessibility, and the pedestrian experience crossing Route 1.

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McAuliffe to Pick Up Support in Alexandria

Former governor to receive key endorsements from prominent city officials.

As the spring campaign season heats up, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is about to receive endorsements from prominent Alexandria elected officials in the hotly contested Democratic primary for governor.

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ArPets: ‘No One Came Looking for Me’

I got lost. And no one came looking for me.

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Johnson and Johnson Jab at Lubber Run – Arlington County at its Best

Some residents got emotional as they walked into the community center.

”Smoke got in my eyes” as I walked into the Lubber Run Community Center for my Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Honoring Women on Front Lines of Pandemic

The Fairfax County Commission For Women celebrates Women’s History Month 2021.

Thursday, March 11

Opinion: Column: “Cancerversary”

I realize I'm cancer-centric, especially in these columns, but for some reason that centricity didn't acknowledge my February 27th cancer anniversary.

Opinion: Commentary: What is ‘Fair’?

Equity costs - and paying that price will not be fair, but it will be just.

If Black people had a dollar for every individual, organization, and company that publicly professed a commitment to antiracism and racial equity while holding up progress in the name of “fairness,” we could have closed the racial wealth gap ten times over.

Fairfax County Planning Commission Recommends Denial of Flag Limitations

It's not a done deal.

The Fairfax County Planning Commission voted 11-0 to recommend denial to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to replace the current zoning ordinance establishing specific regulations for flags and flagpoles in the New and Modernized Zoning Ordinance (zMOD Updates) countywide.

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Opinion: Commentary: Step into Nature for Improved Health

New research into the health benefits of being in nature prompted the Wall Street Journal reporter Betsy Morris to do a story titled, "For Better Health During the Pandemic, Is Two hours Outdoors the New 10,000 Steps?"

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Conversation Started to Rename Lee District in Fairfax County

Supervisor Lusk opened the floor to constituents who had a few suggestions.

Seemingly, everyone in Lee District knows the district is named after Robert E. Lee, the head of the Confederacy in the Civil War that ultimately ended the practice of slavery when the southern states lost and the Union won the war.

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HomeLifeStyle: McLean Home

Sunny, free-flowing home created by removing walls and adding windows.

After relocating to McLean from the West Coast and purchasing a home, the family knew that major changes were needed to accommodate their family, which includes two children.

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Faith Ringgold Monographic Exhibition to Open at Glenstone in Potomac

Glenstone will be the only U.S. venue for Faith Ringgold, marking the museum’s first presentation of a touring exhibition.

Glenstone Museum in Potomac will be the only U.S. museum to host a major monographic exhibition of more than 70 works by American artist Faith Ringgold (b. 1930, Harlem, NY), including nine from the Glenstone collection, as part of a two-year international tour organized by the Serpentine in London.

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Who Is Getting Vaccinated in Montgomery County?

Communities hardest hit by the pandemic have been last to get the vaccine

Black people make up 19 percent of the County’s population, but account for only eight percent of people pre-registering for vaccinations to combat COVID; Latino people also make up one-fifth of the county’s population, but make up just nine percent of people pre-registering.

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State of Montgomery County Under Covid

County Executive Marc Elrich chose to give his annual state of the county address last Friday, March 5, exactly one year since the first cases of Covid were reported in Montgomery County.

Wednesday, March 10

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Students Request Mental Health, Not Police in Montgomery County

Multiple concurrent, conflicting and overlapping proposals concerning police in schools

With a new initiative introduced by Councilmember Nancy Navarro last week, four different proposals on the School Resource Officer program are being considered concurrently.

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Starting from a Clean Slate

Compromise on expungement: automatic for some misdemeanors, petition for some felonies.

Marijuana convictions will be automatically expunged under a bill now under consideration by Gov. Ralph Northam, although convictions for crack cocaine will require missing a day of work and probably hiring a lawyer to go to court and seal the record. The legislation is a compromise crafted late in the General Assembly session by House Majority Leader Charniele Herring of Alexandria and state Sen. Scott Surovell (D-36), who clashed repeatedly over the last year about how the process should work.

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Potomac Home Gets Family-Friendly Remodel

Six bedrooms, each with its own bathroom

Having relocated 18 times in 30 years, a local couple had enough design experience to have ideas in place when they moved into their Potomac, Maryland home.

Opinion: Commentary: And They Are Off!

Inevitably someone is going to refer to the nominating contests for candidates for the Virginia statewide offices and the House of Delegates as horse races—not because of the characteristics of any of the candidates but because of the crowded field of persons who are offering themselves for public office.

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This Town of Herndon Protects Its Homeowners

Staff person reviews contractor agreements for free

In the Town of Herndon, homeowners, regardless of income levels, have an ally on their side when dealing with contractors.

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Fairfax County Supervisors Foust and Alcorn on Years 1 and 2: COVID-19

Changing the pandemic's course through the lens of an equitable recovery

Year 1: Covid-19 comes to a close on March 10, 2021.

Vienna Police Highlights Feb. 26, 2021 – March 4, 2021

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna Police Department from Feb. 26, 2021 – March 4, 2021.

Tuesday, March 9

Vienna Theatre Company Brings Virtual ‘Dear Elizabeth’ to the Stage

Dramatic highs and lows of devoted lives lived through letters

A thirty-year love affair expressed through written and mailed letters will be brought to dramatic life by the Vienna Theater Company.

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Drive-in-person Special Election Held in Great Falls

Citizens Association members endorse two special questions.

Members of the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA), voting in the special drive-in-person election of the Executive Board and Officers held March 6, 2021, unanimously re-elected eight candidates and one new candidate.

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Open in the Winter in Great Falls

Shoppers make Great Falls Community Farmers Market a weekly event

Even though winter continues in the area, the Great Falls Community Farmers Market drew customers to its location at 778 Walker Road, Great Falls, on March 6.

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Two Giraffes Die in Reston Blaze

Two giraffes at Roer's Zoofari at 1228 Hunter Mill Road in Reston died in a barn fire Monday evening.

Saturday, March 6

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Vice President Harris Visits Fibre Space in Alexandria

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Fibre Space, a woman-owned small business in Alexandria on Wednesday, March 3, to talk about passing the American Rescue Plan, getting the pandemic under control, getting relief to those who need it, and supporting women in the workforce.

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Inside Guest House in Alexandria

Challenges posed by Covid add to tough road to recovery

Kari Galloway, Executive Director of Friends of Guest House in Alexandria, says “It’s hard. Our clients feel like they just got out of prison and then they come here and get quarantined for two weeks in their room.”

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Density: Source of Problems

Many people think that density is really good for Alexandria, but in my opinion, almost every major problem within our community can be traced to over-densification.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Overfunding Alexandria’s Stream Projects by Several Million

According to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the regulatory agency responsible for overseeing stream construction projects throughout the Commonwealth, DEQ no longer allows default calculations for phosphorus to be used in pollution reduction crediting.

Register Now for the Spring “Virtual” Senior Academy

Session Begins Wednesday, April 7

Spring is in the air and Senior Services of Alexandria is excited to be hosting its Spring Senior Academy virtually via Zoom starting in April.

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Celebrating Purim in Alexandria

Observance marks the saving of Jews from execution in Persia.

Students at Agudas Achim Congregation donned their best costumes on Feb. 26 to celebrate Purim, the holiday marking the saving from execution of the Jewish people in 5th century BC in Persia.

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They’re Back in Alexandria!

ACPS begins return to in-person classes

After nearly a year of virtual learning, Alexandria City Public Schools began the process of returning students to the classroom with a hybrid learning plan that began March 2.

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Appetite: Plant-Based Cottage Bakery Coming to Del Ray

Ah, the smell of pastries – there’s really nothing like it.

Opinion: Commentary: Marijuana Legalization Can Reduce School Inequity

Marijuana legalization, which was just passed by the General Assembly, presents a rare opportunity for society to right decades of wrongs.

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The Other Alexandria: His Name Lives On – Charles Hamilton Houston

Before 1965, Alexandria, Va. had separate schools for African Americans in the Alexandria school system.

Alexandria Police Arrest One for High-Speed Race on I-495

The Alexandria Police Department arrested one driver in connection with a high-speed vehicle race this weekend on I-495.

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Alexandria Republicans to Hold Candidate Information Session

Local Republican party Chairman Pete Benavage announced that the party is planning an information session on March 6 for local Republicans interested in running for office.

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The Value of Dead Wood

Tree snags are “a gourmet restaurant,” that is, from a bird’s perspective, Larry Cartwright told a group of Northern Virginia Audubon at Home ambassadors on Feb. 20 in a Zoom meeting.

‘Winter in Fairfax City’ Restaurant Blanket Campaign

The Winter in Fairfax City campaign launched Tuesday, March 2.

‘A Way for Us to Get Back on Track’ in Fairfax City

Fairfax City manager unveils proposed FY 22 budget

Fairfax City Manager Rob Stalzer unveiled his proposed City budget for FY 22 at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Fairfax City Restores Some FY 21 Budget Cuts

Concerned about a potential shortfall of nearly $18 million in its FY 21 budget, the Fairfax City Council took decisive action during its Jan. 5 quarterly budget review.

Congregation Adat Reyim Welcomes New Rabbi in Springfield

Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer helps congregation grow despite pandemic

Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer is a collaborator.

Cappies Review: ‘Jurassic Park’ at Robinson

Robinson Secondary School presents ‘Life Finds a Way.’

In a time where live theatre is just as rare as seeing a velociraptor roaming about, creativity and inspiration can be scarce, but not for Robinson Secondary School.

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Lofty Progress for Lorton Community Center

Steel beams now rise high in the sky dwarfing the former Lorton Library on Richmond Highway.

Friday, March 5

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‘I’m Excited about the Church’s Bright Future’ in Centreville

Centreville Presbyterian pastor retires after three decades there.

The Rev. Rob Bromhead has been a pastor for nearly 40 years – 31-1/2 of them at Centreville Presbyterian Church.

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Lake Braddock Bruins Beat Westfield Bulldogs in Season-opening Game

Lake Braddock 26, Westfield 7

The Westfield Bulldogs and the Lake Braddock Bruins battled it out in a cold rain in Burke on Feb. 26, in both teams’ first game of the season.

Multi-Kilogram Fentanyl Trafficker Sentenced

An Arlington man was sentenced Feb. 24 to 151 months in prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute over seven kilograms of fentanyl.

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Women push for earlier diagnosis and treatment.

Liz, an Arlington resident who had been abroad doing research, returned to Arlington in November 2019 for a conference, and while riding in the car with her mother, was doubled over in pain.

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It’s the First Day of School in Arlington — But It’s March

Load up your backpack, wash your hands, complete your daily online symptom screener, put on your mask, and head for the school bus.

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ArPets: Seven Good Samaritans Help Save Jake the Beagle

Beagle on the loose!

Opinion: Column: Back to Abnormal

Well, those last two weeks were kind of fun, (comparatively speaking) to the dozen or so previous weeks.

Thursday, March 4

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Fairfax County Readies for Public Employee Collective Bargaining

Holds collaborative meetings with union reps to write rules

Most Fairfax County public employees who provide vital services in education, safety, healthcare, and sanitation like others in counties, cities, and towns across the Commonwealth, will gain a new right on May 1, 2021.

Wellbeing: A Schedule Can Anchor Your Day

How creating a daily routine can ease anxiety during times of uncertainty

Her days were overwhelmingly stressful.

Opinion: Editorial: Brain Injury Awareness: A Personal Story

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.

In 2007, my kids and I were at a fireworks show in Vienna that was so grand we were in awe of each burst.

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Housing Values Increase and This Will Soon Be Felt in Tax Bills

The county juggles the tax rate, but higher tax bills are on the horizon.

Home Assessments Increase

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Obituary: Father John Van de Paer Leaves 100-Year Legacy

Father John Van de Paer died peacefully at the Capital Caring Health Halquist Hospice Center in Arlington on Feb. 9, 2021.

West Montgomery County Citizens Association

Next Meeting Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. via ZOOM

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Potomac Author Shares Glimpse of Afghan Life

Nadia Hashimi is a good storyteller.

Opinion: Commentary: Budget Passed

Enormous number of measures baked into budget to address critical needs in an unprecedented year

The 2021 session of the Virginia General Assembly came to a close on Monday, March 1st, which really concluded with a long twelve hours on the floor Saturday that included the final passage of the Budget bill, and tax conformity legislation that set a critical $100,000 threshold for PPP expense deductibility for 2020 for all businesses in the Commonwealth.

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Mount Vernon’s River Farm Offer Falls Short of Asking Price

NOVA Parks and partners made an offer but the farm remains on the market.

In an attempt to keep the property open to the public, the NOVA Parks, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, and their partners recently made an offer to buy River Farm in Mount Vernon, but the American Horticultural Society board of directors has voted to decline their offer, looking for their original asking price of $32,900,000 that they say they need to keep the society in operation.

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High Time for Legalization?

Advocates call on the governor to legalize marijuana as soon as possible.

The debate over legalizing marijuana is about to light up, putting Gov. Ralph Northam at the center of a budding controversy. At issue is a question of timing. Should he agree with lawmakers that legalization should wait until New Years Day 2024, giving the commonwealth enough time to stand up the new Cannabis Control Authority? Or should he amend the bill the General Assembly put on his desk to legalize weed now to prevent communities of color from being overpoliced in the interim?

Wednesday, March 3

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Potomac Crescendo Levels

Potomac River Levels at Great Falls will reach peak at just short of level, 10 feet, at 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Solar Permitted in Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, Carefully

Areas with the soils needed for growing food are protected.

Hans Riemer voted against his own bill to permit industrial solar in the Agricultural Reserve.

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Record-Setting Day at States for Herndon High School Boys Swim Team

Hornets place as two champions

Members of the Herndon High School Boys Swim Team won two champion places and ranked eighth overall, with only four swimmers, at the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Class 6 State Championship at the Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center in Stafford, Va., on Thursday, Feb. 25.

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Food Insecurity in Herndon is Not Going Away

Herndon Rotary holds food drives

The Rotary Club of Herndon’s Satellite Club was at it once again.

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The In-Person and At-Home Class is One Community in Reston

Lake Anne ES Welcomes Kindergarteners, Pre-K, and Special Ed Students in the Building.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Fairfax County Public Schools continued to welcome additional grade levels and groups to school buildings for in-person learning as part of its Return to School plan.

Opinion: Commentary: A Progressive State if We Can Keep It

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin who when asked at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia what kind of government had been formed replied, “a republic if we can keep it!”

Tuesday, March 2

Opinion: Independent Progressive: Reston Association Elections and Covid

Is it my imagination or is Covid 19 still playing an outsized role in my life, perhaps also in yours?

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Breathing Life into a Community of Faith in Great Falls

A Prayer Cross welcomes all.

Leaders at Great Falls United Methodist Church invite parishioners and visitors now through Easter Sunday, April 4, to share in their Community Lenten Prayer Cross at 10100 Georgetown Pike.

Vienna Police Department Honors Life-saving Officers

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, the Town of Vienna honored MPO Kenny Smith and Officer Dale “Chip” McElhattan for their life-saving effort during their encounter with a driver who had been in an accident.

Bulletin Board: Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

Bulletin Board: Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

Vienna Police Highlights: Feb. 19 – Feb. 25, 2021

The following summary contains various incidents of general interest as well as vehicular crashes handled by the Town of Vienna Police Department from Feb. 19 – Feb. 25, 2021.

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RockStar Among Therapeutic Riding Horses in Great Falls

’Rocky’ of Lift Me Up! named Therapy Horse of the Year

A therapeutic riding horse has a unique talent for taking care of their rider’s wellbeing while building their confidence, trust and independence.