Stories for November 2021

Stories for November 2021


Tuesday, November 30

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Linus Had His Blanket, Now 1,300 Locals Have Theirs

A weft of comfort and warp of love bind the woven flannel.


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Timeless and Enduring

“The Nutcracker” returns to Center for the Arts: live and with new glories.


Column: Budget Surplus in a Time of Need


Children's & Teens' Connection 2021

Deadline extended, please send all submissions via email by Friday, Dec. 10, but earlier is better.

Children's & Teens' Connection 2021

Wednesday, November 24

Giving Thanks in Alexandria

Residents share their reasons to be grateful.

Giving Thanks

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Let There Be Light

Santa lights 40-foot holiday tree.

Holiday Tree

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Fairfax Welcomes MARA Mode on Main Market

New boutique offers fashions, gifts and home décor.

MARA in Fairfax

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Community Plants Trees, Saves Money in Lorton

Planting trees

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‘The Core of our Neighborhoods and Communities’ in Fairfax

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 27.

Small Business Saturday

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‘Almost, Maine’: Genuine and Laced with Magic in Burke

Cappies Review

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Northern Virginians Aid Afghan Evacuee Family

Support Crosses Three Continents

Afghan Evacuee Family

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Project Give Back Donates 400 Thanksgiving Boxes

Thanksgiving donations

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Mount Vernon Area’s Big Trees


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Sip, Sip, Hooray!

Total Wine opens in Potomac Yard.

Total Wine Opens

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Operation Warm

New coats help children in need.

Coat donations

City Retains Top Bond Ratings

City bond ratings

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Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Local Gifts

Alexandria Woman Dies in Head-on Crash

Fatal Crash

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A Tale of Two Claras in the Nutcracker

Juggling the roles makes for a whirlwind weekend at Metropolitan Arts School.

Nutcracker at Metropolitan

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Street Racers Strike in Kingstowne

Tire marks remain long after the motorists fled.

Street Racers

Tuesday, November 23

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Returning a Local Grange to its Community

An experiment poised to breathe vibrancy to a historic complex.


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Irresistible Charm of ‘A Child’s Christmas Wales’

One of the first performances to grace The Vault at Capital One Hall

Christmas in Wales

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‘Secret Things' Touches the Heart at 1st Stage

Asking “Who am I?” and “Will you help me?”

Secret Things

Correction - Great Falls Connection


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Construction to Start for I-495 Express Lanes Northern Extension

VDOT responds to concerns.

Express Lanes

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Memorable Holidays for Families in Need

Thanks to Cornerstones and their supporters.


Herndon HS Class of 1970 Celebrates ‘50 + 1’ Reunion

COVID postpones 2020 event.

50th Reunion

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‘Working Together, We Make our Community a Better Place’

Jeff Parnes honored for decades of volunteer work.

Community Work

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‘Bringing Holiday Magic to the Community’

Fairfax Ballet Co. presents the ‘Nutcracker.’

Fairfax Ballet Co. presents the ‘Nutcracker.’

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‘Enchanted Bookshop’ in Arlington

‘Enchanted Bookshop’

Give Locally in Arlington

Arlington Nonprofits Deserve Your Help

Give Locally in Arlington this holiday season

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

After 55

Monday, November 22

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Happy Thanksgiving! We’re Grateful

It’s been a two-year wait but it’s Thanksgiving again


Fairfax County Residents Are Employed Yet Struggle with the Cost of Living

Cost of living

Strauss and Moon Honored

Strauss and Moon Honored

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Next Steps for Confederate Names Task Force

Residents react to proposal to change names of Lee and Lee-Jackson Memorial highways

Name change task force

History Revisited

Local African-Americans in their 80s and 90s say Rittenhouse verdict shows that Jim Crow is still alive and well.

History revisited

Where to Give for Local impact

Give locally

Column: Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Happy Thanksgiving

Children's & Teens' Connection 2021

Please send all submissions via email by Friday, Dec. 3. This edition publishes Dec 15.

Children's Edition

Seven Tips for Holiday Mental Health

Holiday Health

Thursday, November 18

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After Thanksgiving Day Treat

Better Said Than Done presents ‘Thanksgiving: Stories of Gratitude, Grace, and Gravy’

Thanksgiving play

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Local Teen To Spend Thanksgiving Differently This Year

Miss Springfield advances

Local teen

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‘Bringing Holiday Magic to the Community’

Fairfax Ballet Co. presents the ‘Nutcracker.’


Fairfax Man Dies after Car Crash

Car crash

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South County Water Now Treated by UV Lights

UV physical disinfection system is good for the environment.

UV Lights

35 years fighting family violence in Mount Vernon

Family violence

Cleaning Up Microplastics Before They Get Into Waterways

Cleaning Up Microplastics Before They Get Into Waterways

Cleaning Up

Puller Institute, Applications Open

Puller Institute

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Managing the City

Alexandria created the job of city manager 100 years ago in the midst of a crisis.

City Manager

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Home of the Brave in Alexandria

Ceremony honors veterans, Gold Star families.

Veterans Day

‘Family First’ in Alexandria

Focus Data Solutions celebrates 20 years.

Focus Data Celebrates 20 Years

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Best in Business in Alexandria

Chamber celebrates 2021 honorees.

Business recognitions

APPETITE: 4 Restaurants To Be Thankful For on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving restaurants

Wednesday, November 17

Spotlight on the 15th Annual Alexandria Film Festival

Film Festival

Column: Redistricting Process Should Involve the Public in Mount Vernon

Redistricting process

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Army Museum Marks One Year with Veterans Day Events

Army museum anniversary

I-495 and I-270 P-3 Toll Lanes Project

Letters Requesting Extension of Comment Time

Toll lanes

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Artist Reimagines Smell and Taste Lost to COVID in Reston

“Good Juju,” a sense-sational exhibition.

Artist imagines

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McLean Art Society Showcases Local Art in Arlington

Mclean art in Arlington

Rush Hour Concert in Arlington


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Tree Stewards Volunteer Time and Expertise to Arlington Schools

Tree Stewards training class starts early next year.

Tree stewards

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Arlington’s Trash Can Debate: Innie or Outie?

Handles out is the preference of workers and makes things go faster.


Arlington Residents Get Out Rakes....

...and Caterpillar bulldozers… to do battle with falling leaves

Raking leaves

5 Safe Ways to Include Your Dog in Thanksgiving

Pets Thanksgiving

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Fairfax County’s History Shapes Us Today

Fairfax History

Column: Reform Not Revenge

It appears that in the House of Delegates the Republicans will have a 53 to 47 majority.


Children's & Teens' Connection 2021

Please send all submissions via email by Friday, Dec. 3. This edition publishes Dec 15.

Children's Connection

Tuesday, November 16

Potomac Home Sales: October, 2021

In October, 2021, 58 Potomac homes sold between $4,200,000-$530,000.

Potomac Home Sales: October, 2021

Thursday, November 11

‘We Welcome Anybody – the Broken, the Wounded’ in Fairfax

The Lamb Center honors its guests, looks to the future.

Lamb Center

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Springfield Church Feeds Hungry Year Round in Springfield

Volunteers at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church help feed hungry people week after week.

Feeding the hungry

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‘Families Working Hard But Struggling to Make Ends Meet'

Britepaths needs donations to feed hungry residents.

Feeding hungry residents

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Controlled Burn Cuts Path for Reforestation

Section of Laurel Hill Park was previously overgrown with Kudzu, Tree of Heaven, and other non-native invasive plants.

Torching up the kudzu

Be Dazzled: Family entertainment for Thanksgiving Weekend

Lightwire Theater presents ‘A Very Electric Holiday’

Theater production

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Fairfax County Park Authority Recognizes Youth Volunteers

Two Springfield parks benefitted from the teens’ skills and efforts.

Park awards

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Olympian Miller to speak Nov. 17 in Alexandria

Sportsman’s Club to host champion rower.

Olympic rower

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Tacos Top the Menus in Mount Vernon

This Mexican favorite started off with “street tacos,” and it’s still a favorite.

Street tacos

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Upgrades at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Mount Vernon

Playground in Gum Springs gets upgrades that may be used on more county parks.

Gum Springs Park Updated

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Heroes Among Us in Alexandria

Veterans Day

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Rising Tides in Alexandria

Flooding third worst in city history.


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Letter: Republican Sweep No Surprise

Voters focus on issues close to home.


Athletes of the month in Alexandria

Athletes of the month

Alexandria Holiday Calendar

Alexandria Holiday Calendar

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15th Annual Alexandria Film Festival Is Now

Alexandria Film Festival

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Alexandria REDS Win Northern Virginia Tournament

12U Reds Win Northern Virginia Travel Baseball League Title

Alexandria Reds win

Wednesday, November 10

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Great Falls Garden Club Celebrates 80 Years of Service

Members celebrate with a garden revitalization project.

Great Falls Garden Club

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Comes to Town

Kicking off the national COVID-19 pediatric vaccine distribution at Franklin Sherman Elementary, where vaccines have a history.

First Lady Comes to Town

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CenterStage with the Warmth of Winter

Akua Allrich and The Tribe returns with a celebration of the winter season.

Reston Community Theater

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Supervisors Voice No Opposition to Town's $5M Request

Chill the Bubbly, groundbreaking for Herndon's Downtown Redevelopment Project could be in 2021.

Herndon project

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‘A Holiday Classic with a Heartwarming Message’ in Centreville

Centreville High presents musical version of ‘A Christmas Carol.’


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Little Farms Garden Club of Potomac Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Garden Club Anniversary

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Stunning Fall Day Along the C&O Canal

Fall Foliage

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Spring Is in the Air at 45 Degrees

Spring dafadoils

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Thousands of Neonatal Kittens Graduate from Kitten College

Kitten College

Letter: Website Broken in Arlington

Website problems

Tuesday, November 9

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Creating a Holiday-Ready Kitchen

Local designers offer tips for a quick spruce-up.


Column: Redistricting Moves to the Supreme Court of Virginia


Column: The People Have Spoken


Opinion: Schools Lost on Nov. 2

Opinion on schools

Thursday, November 4

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Winter Lights Festival in Potomac

Winter lights

Rustic Roads Meeting in Potomac

Rustic Roads

Thanksgiving Parade in Potomac


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Shared Streets Extended in Potomac

Shared streets

Indoor Masks Required as of Nov. 3 in Potomac

Mask wearing in Potomac

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Republican Sweep

Democrats lose statewide for the first time since 2009.

Virginia has a long tradition of offering a counterpoint to presidential elections starting after the election of Democrat Jimmy Carter for president in 1976.

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Customers Make Fairfax Funky Flea a Success

Funky Flea

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Reduced Metrorail Service through Nov. 15

Riders on the Blue and Yellow Line will feel the pinch

Metro cutbacks

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Tree Ceremony Adds Native Seedlings in Lorton

tree planting

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‘An Emotional Core that’ll Resonate with People’ in Fairfax

Fairfax High presents Harry Potter-themed play, ‘Puffs.’

Puffs play

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Parkway Plan Kicked Off in Early October in Mount Vernon

A road diet is based on a 2019 safety study by the National Park Service.

Parkway plan

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Leave the Leaves in Mount Vernon

Leaves in the fall

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Flooding Inundates Parts of Mount Vernon

Flooding in Mount Vernon

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Head of the Class in Alexandria

New members to join three incumbents on ACPS School Board.

Halloween Parade

APPETITE: 3 Dates to Circle in November


Column: Racial Injustice Is Violence

Develop evidence-based actions to protect dignity and humanity of Black and brown lives.

Racial justice

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Pets and People Line Up for Free Vaccinations

CDC’s ‘One Health’ model uses the interconnection among people, animals and the environment to better serve the community.


Wednesday, November 3

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The Great Falls 2021 Spooktacular Halloween

Presented by Celebrate Great Falls

Great Falls Halloween Parade

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2021 Vienna Halloween Parade

Annual tradition returns for 75th Annual celebration.

Halloween Parade

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Great Falls Loses Its Historic 169-Year-Old Schoolhouse

Salvaged materials support training for underprivileged youth.


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Reston-based Tephra ICA Presents “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats”

Artwork projects local climate change disasters.

Rising boats

Carter Honored as Officer of Quarter in Centreville

Officer of Quarter

Arlington is Hot to Trot ….in Person

Arlington’s Turkey Trot attracts more interest every year

Turkey trot

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Election Day in Arlington

Election day

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Fill the Cruiser Toy Drive

Toy drive

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Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Birds, Reptiles

Getting to know the exotic animals of Arlington.

Exotic Animals

Tuesday, November 2

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Scouting for Food on Nov. 13, 2021


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NVTA Looks at Post-Pandemic Transportation

Survey results tabulated as part of ‘TransAction,’ plan, with biking and walking in the forefront.


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Snapshot of Election Day Morning, 2021 in Herndon

Insight from voting and volunteering neighbors.

Election snapshots

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Snapshot of Election Day Morning, 2021 in Reston

Insight from voting and volunteering neighbors.

Election Snapshots

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The Grim Reality of the High Maternal Death Rate among Black Women

Racism and access to medical care are among the causes.

Medical care

Needed: Tasers and De-escalation in Fairfax County

Needed: Tasers and De-escalation

Chief Puts Brakes on Pursuits in Fairfax

Police pursued 580 vehicles from 2017-2020; 451 were for traffic offenses.

Police persuits

Monday, November 1

Arlington Rallies with Biden for McAuliffe

Family event ignored Youngkin supporters, vulgar hecklers.

The story of the Get Out the Vote rally on Tuesday night on South Hayes Street in Arlington was not the speeches of the warm up speakers before President Joe Biden and candidate Terry McAuliffe arrived. You would have expected those. They were like preaching to the choir.