Stories for May 2021

Stories for May 2021


Monday, May 31

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Animals From Across the Country Find Homes in Alexandria

Life wasn’t full of hope for an eight-year-old shepherd mix known as Henry.

Opinion: Commentary: Mental Health: A Home for Healing

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month — a time when we work to remove stigmas around discussing mental illness.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Voting for City Council: Some Advice

When Alexandria voters go to the polls on June 8, they must vote for members of the City Council who have contributed favorably to our overall welfare.

Alexandria Council Approves 2022 Budget

SROs removed against ACPS recommendation

The Alexandria City Council formally approved City Manager Mark Jinks’ proposed $770.7 million operating budget for 2022, which eliminates funding for School Resource Officers in Alexandria City Public Schools.

First Master Gardener to Receive Alexandria Environmental Award

Joyce Hylton received the City of Alexandria Ellen Pickering Environmental Service Award Tuesday, May 11 at the virtual City Council Legislative meeting.

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Appetite: 4 Alexandria Restaurants to Supply Your Memorial Day Cookout

Let’s face it: It’s been a year of cooking at home.

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Play Ball! in Alexandria

Aces return as Fannon takes ownership

Summer baseball is back as the Alexandria Aces return for their 13th season as part of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.

Sunday, May 30

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Remembering Rose Berler

Longtime civic activist dies at 95

Gardening was a passion for Rose Berler, who won numerous awards for the Lincolnia Hills garden she first began tending in 1958.

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Obituary: Steve Gresham

Noted architect, community leader dies at 70

Steve Gresham was known for many things: his intellect, his wit, his love of classic rock and the vast collection of his trademark bow ties.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Supporting New Kennedy Shelter on Beacon Hill Alongside the Penn Daw Fire Department

Dear Supervisor Storck, This is a letter of support for placing the new Kennedy Shelter on Beacon Hill at the old Hybla Valley Nursery site alongside the Penn Daw Fire Department.

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Buttigieg Visits National Airport to Discuss Immigration

On the heels of the Biden administration’s decision to redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and Mary Kay Henry, International President of the two million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) held an immigration roundtable discussion on Tuesday with 32BJ SEIU’s airport workers at National Airport (DCA).

John Warner, Former Secretary of the Navy, United States Senator from Virginia, Dies

Sharing official statements on the life of John Warner.

Sharing official statements on the life of John Warner.

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South County Police Station & Animal Shelter Breaks Ground

Fairfax County officials, police, and community members joined in officially breaking ground for the new South County police station and animal services shelter on May 22 at its future site on Lorton Road, between Hooes and Workhouse Roads.

Saturday, May 29

Passey Honored as a ‘Woman of Influence’

Fairfax resident Jennifer Passey was recently honored as the winner of the 2021 Woman of Influence award presented by Fairfax City’s Commission for Women.

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Yummy in the Tummy at Burke Farmers Market

The direct farm-to-table approach is fresher and more nutritious.

The Burke Farmers Market, operated by Fairfax County Park Authority in the VRE parking Lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway, was the first to open in the County program for the 2021 season.

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‘To Be Proud of Him Is Kind of an Understatement’

Lake Braddock School star baseball player Nick Balenger earns law degree, opens new chapter in life

Almost nine years ago in 2012, Lake Braddock Secondary School star baseball player Nick Balenger was vacationing in Maui, Hawaii with his family when he suffered a spinal cord injury that paralyzed him from the neck down.

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Chantilly Man Honored for “Distinguished Public Service’

Marshall Dantzler inducted into NASS Hall of Fame

Marshall Dantzler, a Chantilly resident and longtime member of the Centreville-Chantilly Rotary Club, was honored April 21 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Centreville Man Killed in Bicycle Crash

A Centreville man died last week, following a collision between the bicycle he was riding and a car.

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Big Changes Proposed for Braddock Park

Being considered: Dog park, pickleball courts, dining pavilions, etc.

The draft Master Plan for Braddock Park is rapidly taking shape, thanks to the hard work of Fairfax County Park Authority staff, plus community input.

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Burdette Goal: A Microgreen in Every Fridge

Paula Burdette won’t stop talking about microgreens “until they are in everyone’s fridge in the Washington metropolitan area” because of their nutritional value.

Spring Brings Fresh Produce to Arlington Needy

Spring vegetables most needed right now include beets, lettuce, spinach, collards, kale, carrots and radishes.

Gardeners gear up for another season of donating produce to support local food pantries.

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Summer Food: Summer’s Bounty at Farmers Markets in Arlington

Customers may choose their own produce this year, instead of prepackaged items.

Come hungry to the Lubber Run Farmer’s Market at 4401 N. Henderson.

Preview: Columbia Pike Blues Weekend, June 18-20

Columbia Pike Blues Weekend combines three days of blues, with both streamed and in-person performances, on June 18-20.

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Brood X Cicadas Arrive in Arlington

Red-eyed cicadas perch on a row of hydrangea plants alongside some exoskeletons that have already been shedded and left behind.

Mimi’s Handmade Ice Cream to Open in Late Summer in Arlington

Pentagon Row Becomes Westpost

Mimi’s Handmade Ice Cream will open in late summer at Westpost at National Landing (formerly Pentagon Row) in Arlington.

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Wakefield High School Produces Comedic Murder Mystery Set on a Train in London

In a first-class train car traveling through England, how long will it take an eclectic group of passengers to find the mysterious murderer of Brutaldeath?

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ArPets: Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Awarded Grant to Make More Space for Animals in Need

In a world crawling with millions (and millions) of homeless animals, the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) is on a vital mission: to spare as many possible dogs and cats from suffering and unnecessary euthanasia.

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Kalypso’s and Montmartre Host Candidates’ Forum in Reston

With Lake Anne and its sparkling fountain as a backdrop, candidates for Va. Lt. Governor took questions from a panel of Reston civic leaders and residents on the patio of Kalypso’s Sports Tavern.

Friday, May 28

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The River Farm Deal, Moving Closer to Reality?

River Farm moves forward

Thursday, May 27

Detectives Investigate Domestic-Related Homicide in Reston

A man is in custody following a domestic-related homicide that occurred Saturday morning, May 22, in a Reston condominium community.

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Black Lives Matter Banner in Reston Stolen – Again

The Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston (UUCR) discovered on Thursday, May 20, that the Black Lives Matter banner that they fly at the entrance of their property on a major street in Reston, had been stolen – for the third time in the past year.

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Bike to Work Day Returns for 2021

20th Anniversary subdued, but carries double the fun in Herndon

May is National Bike to Work Week, and this year, Bike to Work Day celebrated its 20th Anniversary.

Opinion: Commentary: Keep History from Repeating Itself

So traumatizing were the colonists’ experiences with King George as a strong executive that the Declaration of Independence is filled with grievances against him, and the writers of the first state constitution in Virginia limited the governor’s term to one year with a maximum of three terms.

Herndon High Prepares for a ‘Real Graduation’

Principal Liz Noto looks back on a crazy year, and forward towards brighter days.

With summer upon us and COVID-19 cases on an encouraging decline, many of us are starting to relax for the first time in what feels like forever.

Candidates in the 2021 Democratic Primary for HD34

Meet Jennifer Adeli and Kathleen J. Murphy (Incumbent).

Voting has begun for the 2021 Democratic Primary on June 8.

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Langley High School Orchestral Greetings and Farewells

Orchestra returns to the big stage

For many Langley High School Orchestra students, adjusting to a year of online rehearsals and virtual concerts has been difficult.

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Cappies Review: McLean High Presents ‘Vocal Work’

Picture this: you're driving down a long road with the wind in your hair.

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Friends of Riverbend Park Receives Donation

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Philanthropy Group supports charitable organization.

Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Philanthropy Group presented a donation check on Friday, May 21, 2021, for $3,000 to the Friends of Riverbend Park (FORP).

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‘Maxine’s Garden’ Photography Exhibit by Dee Leggett at the TD Bank, Great Falls

“Maxine’s Garden” is a photography exhibit honoring Maxine Turner, 98-year-old gardener in Great Falls, portraying a wide variety of beautiful flowers in her garden.

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Local Bridge Repair Signals Need for Infrastructure Investments

In the bigger picture, roads and bridges need help on a larger scale.

Infrastructure needs attention

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The Weather, Tee Shirts and Fresh Air Made Bike To Work Day a Success

Nearly 10,000 riders reaped the benefits negotiating area bike paths.

Bike to Work Day is a success

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Developers and the Fairfax County EDA Focus on the Richmond Highway Corridor

Recent county program praised for positive financial impacts.

Richmond Highway development

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Mount Vernon Lee Chamber Awards $20,000 in Scholarships

Ten scholarships were awarded to local high school students by the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce to recognize outstanding achievement of 2021 graduating seniors planning to continue their study in a business-related field.

Wednesday, May 26

Great Falls Rotary Announces Music Winners

Rotary District 7610, which serves the top half of Virginia, made a daring decision during this year of the pandemic: it decided to start a music contest for high school students.

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Following the Money

City Council candidates raise money from friends and supporters.

Running a campaign for the Alexandria City Council isn't cheap. Former Mayor Bill Euille says he often advises potential candidates they'll need to raise $20,000 to $30,000 just to get through the primary and then twice that for the general election.

Opinion: Commentary: Supporting Hala Ayala for Lieutenant Governor

June begins next week, which means that the Democratic primary elections are right around the corner.

Opinion: Column: Philosophically Meandering

As I discussed a few weeks back, having all this time off/apart from cancer-related activities is unsettling in a peculiar way.

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Senior Living: Just Can’t Wait to Get Back on the Road Again

Vaccinated Seniors plan vacations, trips to reunite with family

Sifting through photos of rafting trips through Labyrinth Canyon on the tranquil waters of the Green River and hiking in the Needles district of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, Arlene Richter recalls her past travels as she begins planning for new adventures.

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Fairfax County School Board Member’s Post Fosters Heated Reactions

Amid division, voices seek to be heard.

With Ramadan's ending on May 13 and on May 14, Fairfax County School Board Member Abrar Omeish posted what some considered controversial statements on her Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Montgomery County Asks WMATA to Rename White Flint Metro Station to ‘North Bethesda Metro Station’

Last week, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich submitted a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) requesting the renaming of the White Flint Metro Station to the “North Bethesda Metro Station.”

Montgomery County to Move Forward with Full Reopening on May 28

On Monday, May 17, Dr. Travis Gayles notified Montgomery County Council that 60 percent of residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, which automatically started phase two of reopening.

Last Minute Concert in Bethesda to Celebrate Lifting of Covid Restrictions

A last-minute live concert in celebration of the lifting of restrictions in Montgomery County in accordance with the CDC guidelines will feature members of the Pressenda Chamber Players, Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington Conservatory of Music.

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Safety Net Foster Program at Montgomery County Office of Animal Services Aims to Keep Families Together

The Montgomery County Office of Animal Services has launched their Safety Net Foster program to help pet owners here.

More Accountability for Montgomery County Police Through Body Cameras

Council President Tom Hucker introduced legislation that would amend the existing internal affairs procedures and reporting requirements of the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD).

Montgomery County ‘Keeping It Safe Coalition’ Announces Student Video Contest Winners; Churchill Students Win Second and Third Place

Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services and the Montgomery County Police Department announced the high school and middle school winners of the 2020-21 “Keeping it Safe Coalition” (KIS) student video contest.

Montgomery County Council Reaches Preliminary Agreement on FY22 Operating Budget and FY21-26 Capital Improvements Program Focusing on Recovery

Working Families Income Supplement doubles the state’s tax refund to provide direct support to the County’s working families, funding expanded for nonprofits and enhanced services for residents and keeps the County's effective property tax rate flat with $692 property tax credit for homeowners.

Saturday, May 22

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Rebuilding Trust in Our Elected Leaders in Alexandria? Who Didn’t Sign?

In the past three years, [some] City of Alexandria residents have experienced a trust deficit with the City’s bureaucratic staff, and with its elected City Council members.

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Knock Your Stalks Off in Alexandria

Community gardens grow in popularity.

With warmer temperatures settling in across the region, gardeners have taken to the outdoors, with community gardens growing in popularity across the city.

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Undaunted Valor: Story of Rocky Versace Unveiled on Armed Forces Day

With less than two weeks remaining in his second tour of duty, Rocky Versace was looking forward to returning home to Alexandria.

Mount Vernon at Home Turns 15

Virtual Gala to be held May 27

Fifteen years ago, as she contemplated retirement, Mary Carroll Potter envisioned her future.

The Other Alexandria: The Other History of Fishtown – Dogan Family

The weather in May of 1861 was cooler than usual and that affected many of the outside businesses in Alexandria; this was especially true with the Fish Wharf.

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Bob & Edith’s Family-Run Diner to Open in Old Town Alexandria, Their 6th Location

Bob & Edith’s Diner today announced the coming of a sixth location of the family-run diner in Old Town Alexandria.

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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Assists Dozens of Families at First Community Wellness Event

On Saturday, May 15, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) hosted its first, physically distant Pets & People Community Wellness Event at the Ruby Tucker Family Center.

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‘Timeless Story of Friendship, Love and Growing Up’

Fairfax High Presents ‘Little Women, the Musical’

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, “Little Women” describes the lives of the author and her sisters, growing up during Civil War America.

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Showcasing Fairfax City’s Diverse Dining Scene

Restaurant Week is May 24 through May 31

More than 30 restaurants are participating in Fairfax City’s fourth annual Restaurant Week, which runs Monday, May 24, through Monday, May 31.

Graduating in Pandemic Time in Burke and Springfield

Area high schools’ graduates look forward to graduation ceremonies, all-night parties

After another school year impacted by COVID-19, John Lewis High School, West Springfield High School and Lake Braddock Secondary School are finding creative ways to celebrate their graduates, from dances to All-Night Grad Parties and graduation ceremonies.

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‘Do the Right Things for the Right Reasons’ in Sully District

Meet Capt. Jason Allegra: Sully District police commander

Attending Old Dominion University, Jason Allegra followed in his brother’s footsteps by majoring in criminal justice.

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Drive Through Ceremony in Arlington Celebrates College-Bound

Thirty-one high school students sporting the T-shirt of their chosen college were cheered on, cowbells ringing, by family and friends on Friday, May 14 in a drive through signing ceremony by the Rinker Community Center.

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‘Thank You for Your Service’

Celebrating Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Spouses of active duty servicemembers gathered May 7 at the Starbucks Military Family Store at Penrose Square-Columbia Pike to be celebrated on Military Spouse Appreciation Day as part of Military Appreciation Month.

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

Office of 55+ Programs

Opinion: Commentary: Arlington Coalition of Black Clergy Responds to the Verdict in Trial of Derek Chauvin

The Arlington Coalition of Black Clergy breathed a collective sigh of relief at the guilty on all counts verdict returned by the jury in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

Friday, May 21

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A Perfect Day for the Pedal-Happy in Hunter Mill District

Two-wheeling ‘Unity in our Community’ at the Inaugural Tour de Hunter Mill

Cyclists of all abilities gathered early Saturday morning, May 15, at Reston Community Center for the inaugural Tour de Hunter Mill.

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Southgate Community Center in Reston May Be Renamed

Board Matter unanimously approved by County Supervisors on naming the community center after Catherine M. Hudgins

Southgate Community Center in Reston may be getting a new name soon.

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Reston Singer-songwriter Releases Single

‘Pattern’ doubles down on the blame game when 'being ghosted.'

Emerging singer-songwriter Amanda Cunningham of Reston shares her struggle with personal accountability, power when forming close friendships, and self-esteem in her newest single, "Pattern" (2021).

Potomac Home Sales: April, 2021

In April, 2021, 67 Potomac homes sold between $3,550,000-$409,900.

Potomac Home Sales: April, 2021

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Cappies Review: ‘Waiting on Trains’ at Madison High

New Year's Eve, 1999.

Perseverance & Hope for Oakton, Madison Graduates

A trying school year ends with familiar brightness on the horizon

As the school year wanes and a long-awaited summer approaches, the graduating seniors of Oakton and James Madison prepare for much more.

Detectives Seek Witnesses After Pedestrian Dies in Great Falls Hit and Run Crash

A 43-year-old man has died following a hit and run crash that occurred Sunday morning, May 16, near the intersection of Leesburg Pike and Redberry Court in Great Falls.

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Cappies Review: Langley High Presents ‘Real Talk’

During moments of contention, people must choose their path.

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McLean Farmers Market Opens

Flavorful, nutrient-dense fruits, veggies, produce, and more

The McLean Farmers Market at Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road, opened for the second day of its weekly spring to late fall season on Friday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Eric Knudsen Receives Glen Sjoblom Award

The award recognizes service contributions to the development of the Great Falls community.

The Executive Board of the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) recognized Eric Knudsen on Saturday, May 15, as the recipient of its 2021 Glen Sjoblom Award for his “long-time, extensive and meritorious service to the community of Great Falls.” Local, regional, and state leaders attended the special program held at the Great Falls Village Centre Green. GFCA honored Knudsen, who tirelessly devoted himself for several decades to enhancing Great Falls through his work on local transportation, land use, and environmental matters. GFCA established the Glen Sjoblom Award to recognize its members who excel in serving their community. It is the organization’s only award for outstanding service. Current GFCA President Bill Canis said that without this kind of civic involvement and activism, the community Great Falls citizens and others know today would have withered away. “We are gathered to celebrate the people who are dedicated to that philosophy,” said Canis. Eric Knudsen is one of those people. Glen Sjoblom is the 2019 Award recipient. He put the award in the context of the long commitment of GFCA’s pioneering board members, those who served the community since the organization’s founding in 1968. According to the honoring resolution, Knudsen served on the GFCA board with a distinguished record for more than 15 years, including three years as president, three years as vice-president, and additional terms as chair of the Transportation and Land Use & Zoning Committee. AS PRESIDENT, Knudsen improved the efficiency and management of GFCA board proceedings, collaborating with past presidents to create GFCA’s first Policy & Procedures Manual that guides the organization. His prioritization of on-site visits to personally evaluate land use and transportation issues provided accurate perspectives and insights. The documented visits became a hallmark of GFCA’s work, validating issues the organization brings forward to the staff at Fairfax County and Commonwealth and developers. Knudsen launched ongoing investigative and mitigation efforts in the community to control stormwater runoff. He participated in a GFCA committee tasked with overseeing the cleanup of chemical spills in the center of Great Falls that threatened residents’ well water. It culminated in a program managed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Leading land use negotiations with the County and developers led to the rezoning of Brooks Farm and plans for a SunTrust Bank. According to the resolution, Knudsen became a “driving force for the establishment of the Great Falls Grange Foundation, serving as the GFCA representative in establishing that organization to preserve one of our community’s most important historical assets.” Knudsen also co-chaired the Transportation Committee. In collaboration with co-chair Joan Barnes, they worked to have the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revise its proposed plans for the intersection of Route 7 and Georgetown Pike, reducing congestion and ensuring greater safety. Knudsen initiated and managed negotiations with engineers and county staff to narrow Walker Road, facilitating pedestrian crossings in the commercial center. Knudsen’s interest in citizen input in the widening project of Route 7 between Reston Avenue and Tysons led to the Route 7 Working Group. This eight-year commitment advised VDOT and included participation by the McLean and Reston citizens associations. SPEAKERS at the May 15 award presentation praised Knudsen for his record of service. Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola (D-31) commended Knudsen for giving residents a voice by reaching out to them for verified consensus. She called these characteristics the hallmark of strong nonprofit organizations. GFCA Board member Gary Pan worked with Knudsen to establish the Great Falls Grange Foundation. He commended him for helping to breathe new life into the historic building and providing a new level of community involvement. “I have worked closely with Eric Knudsen on numerous transportation and land use projects over the years,” said Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville). “His leadership has improved life for residents of the Great Falls community. In 2011, I selected him to represent Dranesville as Lord Fairfax. He is a worthy recipient of the Glen Sjoblom Award for community service,” Foust said.

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Knockouts on the Menu in Great Falls

Restaurant Review: Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls

As locals applaud the reopening of restaurants in the DMV, folks craving the ideal summer grub—barbecue—should head over to Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls.

Thursday, May 20

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Bikeway Will Link Newington to the Metro Station

The wooded trail is being linked and extended for commuters and hikers.

Cinder Bed Bikeway

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Metrobus Route 11 Sees Changes in Mount Vernon

A new schedule starting June 6 has the 11C partially replacing the 11Y.

Metrobus Route 11

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Penn Daw Apartments Rising from the Parking Lot

The Belhaven by Fairfield finds a home close to traffic on this busy part of Richmond Highway.

Belhaven by Fairfield

Opinion: Commentary: Relief Is on the Way!

Relief seems to be on the way for some of the drastic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with the discovery and manufacturing of several vaccines and the incredible rate at which the vaccines are being administered.

Opinion: Commentary: Environmental Working Groups

These groups are critical to identifying issue, gathering stakeholders to help reach consensus on the best approach to creating future legislation

Now that the legislative session has finished up for the year and we are headed into the summer months, my colleagues and I in the General Assembly are as busy as ever with the many boards and commissions we are appointed to, as well as legislative working groups created by legislation we passed in the past session.

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Where to Put Affordable Housing in Alexandria?

City Council candidates disagree about co-locating with schools, accessory dwelling units

When Alexandria housing officials first considered the idea of putting affordable housing over a new fire station in Potomac Yard, Housing Director Helen McIlvaine joked that her office would eventually become known throughout the region for putting “stuff on top of stuff.”

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Convention Done, Primary Ahead

Republicans get a head start in the general election; Democrats still fighting each other

The way Democrats talk about Donald Trump, you'd think he was on the ballot in 2021. And in many ways, he is. The former president may be out of the White House and kicked off of social media, but he's still eager to see himself as a kingmaker.

Wednesday, May 19

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Obituary: Nicholas (Nick) M. Horrock, 84

Nicholas M. Horrock, a distinguished journalist for many of the nation’s great newspapers, died of heart failure on Sunday, April 18 at his home in Alexandria, Va.

Opinion: Column: A True Sense of Insecurity

From the moment you hear the word cancer spoken in your direction – from your new best friend, an oncologist with whom you've had zero previous interaction, you are transported to a new reality.

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Memorial to Suffragist Women Dedicated in Lorton

To educate, inspire, empower present and future generations

For more than seven decades, millions of American women sought the right to vote.

How to Keep Children, Teens Safe Online

With children and teens spending so much time online, parents and caregivers need to know how to help them be safe from predators.

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Celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Importance emphasized in context of recent discrimination and hate crimes.

Educational videos and online trivia questions, organized by the school's Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Committee, are giving Montgomery College students an opportunity for reflection, while food, music and film offer students at Marymount University in Arlington a glimpse of a different culture.

Opinion: Commentary: Nominate Mark Herring for Re-Election on June 8

The June 8 Democratic primary is an opportunity to vote for fairness and justice for everyone by supporting Attorney General Mark Herring.

Tuesday, May 18

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New Memorial in Lorton Tells a Story Largely Untold

The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial

“Herstory” was made on May 16 when around 100 Northern Virginians applauded the ribbon cutting officially opening the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial in Lorton, a project 13 years in the making.

Monday, May 17

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Snakes — Misunderstood and Mistreated All Too Often

Working diligently in her home office recently, Anita Drummond was jolted from her project when she spotted an eastern rat snake slithering down a nearby tree and through the leaf litter in her Tauxemont backyard.

Sunday, May 16

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People at Work: Small Business Flourishes in Alexandria Despite Pandemic

Everyone loves a good success story, especially during the pandemic.

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Women’s Clinic Opens in West End of Alexandria

Inova expands women’s health, sexual assault and trafficking services.

Elected officials from throughout the region gathered in Alexandria’s West End May 8 to celebrate the opening of two new Inova Health System community health clinics that will focus on women’s health and medical evaluations for sexual assault and human trafficking survivors.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: For Added Road Fat

Even if I don't agree, I can at least respect candidates who defend the Seminary Road "diet."

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Endorsing for Mayor

Dear Alexandria Voters in the Democratic Primary, We have all been active participants and very engaged observers in the governing of this city.

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Muslims Mark the End of Ramadan

Fasting, prayers and charity observed

Muslims around the world began marking the end of Ramadan last week with the arrival of the festival of Eid al-Fitr, a tradition that dates back more than 1,400 years.

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Remembering the Fallen in Alexandria

Law enforcement honored as part of National Police Week

A somber crowd gathered at Alexandria Police Headquarters May 10 for a wreath laying ceremony to remember the fallen officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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The Way of the Sword Demonstrated in Lorton

Workhouse Observes Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Lorton’s Community Market took a choreographed step into the times of ancient Japanese martial arts last weekend, recognizing May’s Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

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‘We Want to Help our City Businesses Thrive’ in Fairfax

City approves drive-through windows for McDonald’s.

The Fairfax City Council has given the go-ahead for the McDonald’s at 3195 Old Lee Highway to get a whole new look.

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‘These Investments Will Pay Off in the Future’ in Fairfax City

Fairfax City adopts its FY 22 budget

Fairfax City last week adopted its FY 22 budget.

Saturday, May 15

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Appetite: Off the Menu: Alexandria Restaurant News and Notes

Closures and openings – sometimes with one restaurant over the course of several days! – is the theme of the moment in the Alexandria food scene.

Obituary: Stephen Arthur Richardson, 66

Stephen Arthur Richardson died peacefully at home on May 8, 2021.

Man Fatally Shot in Chantilly Parking Lot

Detectives from Major Crimes Bureau continue to investigate the fatal shooting that occurred Friday morning, May 7, in the 4300 block of Chantilly Shopping Center Drive.

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Exploring the Connections Between Human Beings at Westfield High

Westfield High presents musical, “The Theory of Relativity”

Examining how people are linked through life’s shared experiences, Westfield High presents the musical, “The Theory of Relativity.”

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New Dates for Chantilly High’s Children’s Show

Offering both virtual and in-person shows, Chantilly High is presenting the children’s show, “Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt.”

Suspected Rabid Fox Reported Near Lacey Woods Park in Arlington

A fox exhibiting signs of rabies has been reported near Lacey Woods Park.

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Hope of Sunrise Inspires Sculpture in Arlington

Woojung Lee screamed.

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

Office of 55+ Programs

Arlington Honors Fallen Police Officers

Acting Arlington County Police Chief Charles Penn stands in front of a plaque “In Valor There Is Hope” in the plaza outside police headquarters reading the names of the seven fallen ACPD officers on Monday, May, 10.

Friday, May 14

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Foster Parents of the Year Encourage Fostering Teens

Teens need guidance, are fun — mostly — and the impact is huge.

Jump ahead: May is Foster Care Month

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Ramadan Warms a Chilly May in McLean and Arlington

A Ramadan primer: different traditions, but a unifying month

According to what country you are from, Ramadan traditions vary, and sometimes, it’s just family preference.

Opinion: Commentary: Unemployment in a Time of Crisis

The number of unemployed Virginians increased from 145,294 in March 2020 to 482,111 in April 2020 causing unemployment insurance claims to increase ten-fold within a month!

Opinion: Independent Progressive: Challenge for Supervisors AND a New Police Chief

Here we go again!

Pomp & Odd Circumstance

Area high schools innovate to plan pandemic-time graduations.

The COVID-19 pandemic might have kept area students out of school for a time, but it hasn’t stopped high schoolers from graduating and leaving for good.

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It's a No to Fire Station #42 Monopole in Vienna

County and Milestone had not reached a lease agreement

The proposal to construct a telecommunication facility, with a 114-foot monopole tower at County-owned Wolf Trap Fire Station #42 in Vienna, died on May 4 after Supervisor John W. Foust (D-Dranesville District) presented a Board Matter concerning Milestone Communications/ Special Exception to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors during its regular meeting.

Langley High Junior Elected Student Representative to School Board

Pranav Choudhary to serve a one-year term beginning July 1

Pranav Choudhary, a junior at Langley High School, has been elected by the countywide Student Advisory Council (SAC) to serve a one-year term as student representative to the Fairfax County School Board, beginning July 1.

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Mother's Day 2021, With Love

Motherhood is a messy, complex state of being.

Motherhood comes in all shapes and sizes, not designated by birth or raising another human.

Thursday, May 13

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NPS Shares Road Diet Plan for GW Parkway

Virtual meeting on May 10 gives road users a voice; more than 700 people have commented.

GW Parkway

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Dedication to Community Recognized by Local Rotary Club

Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club member makes a difference.

Mount Vernon Kiwanis

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River Farm Preservation Efforts Gather Momentum

NOVA Parks and Northern Virginia Conservation Trust hope to purchase River Farm to keep it open to the public.

River Farm

Opinion: Column: A False Sense of Security

As previously referred to in a recent column, even though I am hardly cancer-free, nonetheless I am cancer interruptus for the next four weeks.

Opinion: Commentary: Respecting the Feelings of 'Other’

When I was in elementary school back in the ’80s, I came to school after celebrating Eid and closed my sweaty hands into fists.

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Biking and Trail Use Continues to Grow in Northern Virginia

Pit Stop gathering is out, but Bike to Work Day is still on for May 21.

It’s been 20 years since Bike to Work Day began, and it grows each year, showing that there is another side to commuting that uses no gas, has health benefits and is fun, even if it’s only one day a year for many.

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Ceremonial Swearing-in of Fairfax County Police Chief Davis

On Monday, May 10, the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) tweeted, "This morning, Chief Davis was surrounded by family, senior staff, and members of the Board of Supervisors for his ceremonial swearing-in as Chief of Police."

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HomeLifeStyle: Elevating the Bathroom

Ideas for budget and luxury bathrooms

Sometimes regarded as a strictly functional space, bathrooms might bring to mind brushing and flossing rather than style and comfort.

New Charitable Event Kicked Off Mental Health Awareness Month

Kicking off Mental Health Awareness Month, a new golf tournament hosted by Alliance Executive Search and CBRE on May 3 raised more than $26,000 to benefit PRS, a leading behavioral health nonprofit serving Northern Virginia.

Treasury Launches State and Local Covid Relief Funds

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded the Treasury Department’s launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Gutter Politics

City Council candidates campaign on fixing Alexandria's flooding problem.

None of the candidates for Alexandria City Council are for flooding, which has swamped the city's aging infrastructure in recent years as a series of major storm events have repeatedly submerged parts of Alexandria.

Wednesday, May 12

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Muse Condominiums Grand Opening This Month


The most anticipated condominium community in Old Town North is opening its doors for an official Grand Opening this month. Discover artful living in an elegant environment at Muse Condominiums, where sophisticated residences and luxurious amenities make Muse an unmatched destination for homebuyers.

Knife-Wielding Man in Assault at Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque

Man is charged with hate crime after lunging at guard

Shortly before Monday’s afternoon prayer at the Dar al Hirjah Islamic Center near Seven Corners in Fairfax County, a man who was not part of the Muslim community began harassing those outside the entrance of the mosque waiting to pray.

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Fairfax County Community Presses New Police Chief and Chairman for Answers

Citizens call for starting over on police chief, not being part of Davis' “redemptive” career journey.

On day four in his new position as Chief of Police Fairfax County, the ghosts of Kevin Davis' law enforcement past clung heavily in the County's public arena of the May 6 virtual Community Input Session hosted by Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay (D-At-large), Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Supervisor Rodney Lusk (D-Lee).

Montgomery County Announces Plans to Reopen Senior Centers and Libraries

Six library branches will reopen on Tuesday, June 1 and the Holiday Park and Damascus Senior Centers will reopen on Monday, June 14.

Play Ball: Week in Numbers in Montgomery County

Play Ball: Week in Numbers in Montgomery County

Survey: Fewer Families with Children Were Experiencing Homelessness

The number of families with children experiencing homelessness decreased by 52 percent between 2020 and 2021, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Point-in-Time survey.

Federal Help for Restaurants and Shuttered Venues

Two new federal funding sources are now available to help local businesses.

Sunday, May 9

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The Other Alexandria: If These Walls Could Talk – Roberts Chapel Methodist Church

If you were a Black Methodist in Alexandria, Virginia in 1830, you probably would be a member of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church.

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Celebrate Small Business Week by Supporting Local Businesses

This week, May 3-9, is Small Business Week and Mount Vernon Lee Chamber would like to recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs and small businesses in our community.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Noisy Planes and Silent Local Leaders

One audible indicator that the pandemic recovery may be underway is increased air traffic from Reagan-National.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Allison Silberberg Is the One

I am writing to express my concern about the future of Alexandria.

Opinion: Commentary: City Council Candidates: Do Your Homework on Affordable Housing

As a homeowner and city resident, I support our aspiration to be a just and inclusive community by ensuring that we have affordable housing opportunities for residents of all income levels.

Opinion: Commentary: What President Biden's American Jobs Plan Means to Virginia

The Biden administration recently released its American Jobs Plan which includes 2.25 billion dollars of national investment in infrastructure and services.

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‘Using Our Community to Tell Real Stories’

Woodson High presents the musical, ‘Working.’

As everyone learned during the pandemic, America’s workers play vital roles in keeping the country running.

Saturday, May 8

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Celebrating Mother’s Day in Alexandria

Spreading the joy of celebrating our mothers

Anna Jarvis was a well-known social activist and community organizer in Northern Virginia during the Civil War.

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Fun in the Sun in Chantilly at Casey’s Car Show & Spring Fest

Casey Automotive’s Fourth Annual Car Show & Spring Fest was Sunday, May 2, in Chantilly.

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe Visits Vaccine Clinic in Chantilly

Bumping elbows and happily chatting with staff and patients alike, Gov Terry McAuliffe visited a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Chantilly, last Saturday, May 1.

Chantilly High Senior Wins Music Contest

Chantilly High senior Ethan Luvisia has won first place in the Rotary District Youth Music Contest.

Opinion: Commentary: Beyer Submits Community Project Funding Requests

To support Northern Virginia infrastructure, police reform, health care

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) submitted requests for federal funds for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.

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Mother’s Day Reflection: Our Mothers Had Few Rights, Much Courage

Reflecting on mothers from a different era

All my friends were losing their mothers, and this year, it was my turn.

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

Office of 55+ Programs

Office of 55+ Programs

Friday, May 7

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Moms are Always There, Until They Aren’t…Or Are They?

Reflecting on mothers from a different era

Moms are always there.

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It’s Mom’s Turn: Try Breakfast in Bed

It’s her special day.

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ArPets: Wendy’s Birthday Celebration

Sixteen years ago, Arlington resident George Hobart walked into the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s animal shelter and, right away, a five-year-old Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier mix named Wednesday caught his eye.

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Cappies Review: Circle of Life Goes On

Herndon High presents Cowboy’s #2

Life can be so short, but when you're a cowboy it can feel like forever.

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It’s Freshest and Tastiest at Herndon and Reston Farmers Markets

Local Fairfax County Park Authority Markets open.

The 2021 Fairfax County Park Authority Reston Farmers Market and Herndon Farmers Market recently opened under COVID-19 guidelines.

Opinion: Commentary: Facial Recognition as a Legislative Issue

One of the side-effects of the global pandemic and the resulting quarantine has been the difficulty of recognizing others after months of not seeing each other in person.

Police Investigating Reston Man’s Death at Adult Detention Center

Detectives from Major Crimes Bureau are investigating the in-custody death of 30-year-old inmate Christopher Fojt, of Reston.

Thursday, May 6

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Mount Vernon Bike Trail Resurfacing Work Temporarily Closes Trail

Missing segments of this trail will be part of a bigger project.

Mount Vernon Bike Trail

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Workhouse Arts Center is Opening to Commercial Entities as Attractions

A restaurant and brewery were among the desired occupants they are seeking.

Workhouse additions

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June Graduation Concludes the Year of Uncertainty

School system has all the graduation ceremonies lined up for early June.

Spring graduations

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Ten-Year-Old Advocates for Sidewalks Along Georgetown Pike

Creates and releases an online community petition

Ponteha Aryavand, 10, of Great Falls introduced an online community petition in mid-April for a continuous yet undetermined length of sidewalk along Georgetown Pike in Great Falls.

Opinion: Commentary: Citizens Protect, Define Community

In a May 2021 issue of the Great Falls Citizens Association Newsletter, GFCA president, Bill Canis writes:

Opinion: Column: Cats in the Belfry

Have I mentioned in print lately that we, resident owners of "Belly Acres" in Burtonsville, are back to being a five-indoor-cat household?

Opinion: Commentary: Fairfax County School Board Protects Immigrant Families

Today, the Fairfax County School Board voted unanimously to develop a School Trust Policy aligning the school division with Fairfax County’s Trust Policy.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Rescind Chief of Police Appointment of Kevin Davis

A letter to Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey McKay.

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Wellbeing: Meeting Increased Mental Health Needs

Affordable treatment options highlighted during National Mental Health Month

Resulting from the tumultuous and emotionally charged past year, there's been an uptick in reported mental health conditions.

Opinion: Commentary: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors: Davis ‘Has Our Trust’

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors released the following statement Tuesday, May 4, in support of Police Chief Kevin Davis:

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City Election: Yo Yo Road Diet

Four Democrats support four lanes on Seminary Road.

The lingering resentment over Seminary Road bike lanes comes with a price tag, somewhere between $300,000 and $700,000 — a cost four City Council candidates say they’re willing to pay for returning four lanes of traffic to the street.

Opinion: Commentary: Taking Out the Trash

In April, 82 volunteers picked up 126 bags of trash, 8 tires, and nearly 2,000 pounds of bulk trash along Little Hunting Creek at ten different sites.

One of the rites of spring in Mount Vernon is our annual creek and community clean-ups.

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‘Long May It Turn’ in Great Falls

Colvin Run Mill reopens with a new flume and waterwheel debut.

Colvin Run Mill opened in a grand celebration for its first grind of the season on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

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Fairfax County Police Chief Begins Job with Trust Deficit

Faith leaders question 'flawed' selection process and Supervisors' values during prayer vigil.

Approximately thirty interfaith leaders from across Fairfax County gathered in the "First Amendment" area outside the Fairfax County Government Center at noon, Tuesday, May 4.

Wednesday, May 5

Opinion: Commentary: Calling for New Fairfax County Police Chief Search

ACLU People Power Fairfax joins the Fairfax County NAACP in calling for a new search to fill the Fairfax County Police Chief position, this time with community involvement in the vetting process.

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Davis Promises ‘Blue Waters Ahead’ for Fairfax County Police

Advocate ACLU People Power Fairfax joins the Fairfax County NAACP and others calling for new search

County To Hold “Community Meeting with Chief” Thursday, May 6.

West Montgomery County Citizens Association

May Newsletter

West Montgomery County Citizens Association May Newsletter

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Fault! in Montgomery County

Wind gusts toppled two white pines on top of two cars at River Falls tennis courts last Friday, April 30, a sight common around Potomac and the county on Friday after winds reached 60 miles per hour.

Week in Numbers in Montgomery County

881 miles of connected multi-use trails are planned for the DMV region as part of the Capitol Trails Network.

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100th Anniversary of Glen Echo’s Carousel

The Almanac’s calendar of events portends to bloom with lifting of restrictions as more county residents get vaccinated.

Monday, May 3

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Trashing Mother Earth

Not only is trash polluting and unsightly, it is harmful, even lethal, to wildlife.

On April 10, 82 volunteers hauled 126 bags of trash out of Little Hunting Creek and 46 volunteers collected 55 bags of trash in Dyke Marsh and along the Potomac River just south of Alexandria.

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Dissenting American Horticultural Society Board Members Told to Be Silent

Nova Parks offers a second proposal to purchase River Farm from AHS.

Five members of the American Horticultural Society’s board of directors – half of the voting members of the board, they say – voiced public opposition to the proposed sale of River Farm.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Allison Silberberg: Mayor of the People

This is a critical election in Alexandria’s history with very important decisions at stake.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Silberberg is Leader to Bring Authenticity to the Alexandria Mayor’s Office

Upon moving to the region 37 years ago, I made the careful decision to locate in the City of Alexandria.

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Alexandria City Council Approves Police Review Board

Civilian oversight group to begin July 1

At its public hearing on April 17, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance establishing a Community Policing Review Board, which will go into effect July 1.

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‘A Long-Awaited Journey’ in Alexandria

Demolition begins at MacArthur Elementary.

After years of planning, demolition began April 26 at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in preparation for a new school to open sometime in 2023.

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Fairfax Supervisors Didn’t Know About Davis History

Community organizations call for Chairman McKay to rescind Davis' appointment.

Police Chief

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‘Hanged by a Mob’

City remembers 1897 lynching victim Joseph McCoy

It was April 23, 1897, and the front page of newspapers across the region carried the news of the latest lynching in the area – the slaying of 18-year-old Joseph McCoy, who had been accused of assaulting the 9-year-old daughter of his employer.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Alexandria City Council Takes Right Step Toward Serving Our Communities of Color

As a longtime resident of Alexandria City and the lead organizer at Tenants and Workers United, I write to commend the Alexandria City Council for their move to allocate funding for the creation of a Community Police Review Board.

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Got Drugs?

City holds Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Alexandria held its National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 24 with members of the Alexandria Police Department and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office staffing special collection sites across the city.

Sunday, May 2

Opinion: Commentary: Community Discussion Regarding New Penn Daw Fire Station, Emergency, Supportive & Affordable Housing

Thank you to the hundreds of residents who attended our first two virtual community meetings about the proposed new Penn Daw Fire Station, Emergency, Supportive and Affordable Housing project at Beacon Hill Road and Richmond Highway.

Appetite: Get Some Fresh Air: 3 Spots for Al Fresco Dining in Alexandria

Outdoor dining has been a necessity for restaurant-goers over the past year, but now that the weather is warming up (hello, surprise 85-degree April days!), it’s becoming a luxury, as well.

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High School Dedicated to ‘Becoming John R. Lewis’

School renaming seeks to Honor – Educate – Empower equality for all

Students and staff, of the now named John R. Lewis High School, celebrated the school renaming and dedicated themselves to aspiring to the life model of “becoming John R. Lewis” during the April 23 rededication ceremony held in the Springfield school’s auditorium.

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Park Volunteer at Work in Pohick Stream Valley

Ken Peterson, Engineer, Springfield, worked about two hours on this trail improvement in the Pohick Stream Valley.

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John R. Lewis High School Student Poem Honors Civil Rights Icon

Charles Childers, a senior, took a creative writing class this year and was inspired to create a tribute for John R. Lewis by inauguration poet, Amanda Gorman.

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‘Housing is Central to the City’s Future Development’ in Fairfax

City looks at the types of homes it offers

In order to better plan for Fairfax City’s future, City Council recently received a detailed update on the housing picture.

Nonprofits Help People ‘Begin the Journey to Healing’

Fairfax City Councilman Sang Yi donates salary to two groups

Because of his job and seniority level in the federal government, Fairfax City Councilmember Sang Yi is professionally prohibited from taking a salary for his Council services.

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Cappies Review: Virtual Theatre Reaches Audiences Far and Wide

Robinson Secondary School presents ‘Epiphany’ podcast

Intricacies within our everyday human experiences are many times lost in time – but Robinson Secondary School's "Epiphany" podcast made sure that these stories are shared with audiences far and wide.

Saturday, May 1

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Cappies Review: More Connected than We Think

Westfield High School's production of ‘4 A.M.’ represented the unspoken stories realized in the midst of the night.

Things seem different at 4 A.M., don't they?

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‘Audiences Will Come Along With Us on the Adventure’

Chantilly High’s new children’s show is ‘Judy Moody & Stink.’

Offering both virtual and in-person shows, Chantilly High presents the children’s show, “Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt.”

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‘Creative, Funny Show Flips Disney on its Head’

Centreville High presents musical, ‘Disenchanted’

If the Disney princesses could tell people what they really thought about their lives, what would they say?

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

Office of 55+ Programs

Office of 55+ Programs

Second Chances Benefit the Whole Community

Toby Pendergrass opens the 13th Second Chance virtual fundraising breakfast on Thursday, April 22.

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Arlington’s Tree Canopy in Need of Another Study?

Tree canopy planning is integral to county environmental issues.

Arlington’s Civic Federation, also known as CIVFED or the ACCF, wants the County Board to fund a new tree canopy study.

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The Cicadas Are Coming! The Cicadas Are Coming!

Hold off planting young trees or watch them carefully.

There’s a buzz going around in the tree-loving circles, pun intended, that the emergence of cicadas could be an issue for trees, especially recently planted young saplings.