Stories for October 2021

Stories for October 2021


Friday, October 29

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2021

In September, 2021, 61 Potomac homes sold between $4,900,000-$357,500.

Potomac Home Sales: September, 2021

Thursday, October 28

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Herndon Police Department Promotes 20

Police promotions

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Mount Vernon Icons Gene and Addy Krizek Remembered

MV Icons

Letter: School Board Needs Willie Bailey

School Board

Last Chance to Vote!

Voting in Mount Vernon

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300+ Join Tour de Mount Vernon

The grand ride kicks off from Woodlawn’s Pope-Leighey house, showing off the sights of Mount Vernon.

Tour de Mount Vernon

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Two Independents, One Republican Face Six Democrats in Alexandria

Voters will have six votes for six seats.

Back in May 2009, an independent and a Republican were able to knock off two incumbent members of the Alexandria City Council in an extremely low turnout election where only 12 percent of voters showed up to the polls. A few weeks later, the lame duck council ditched the idea of having May elections in favor of moving the election to November, when turnout is much larger and Democrats tend to perform better.

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To the Rescue in Alexandria

3,000 coats to help kids in need.

Coat donations

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Wicked Awesome in Alexandria

Halloween Parade returns to Del Ray.

Halloween parade

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Road-E-O for Public Works

Heavy equipment drivers get a chance to strut their stuff.

Heavy equipment

Early In Person Voting Draws Lines at West Springfield

Why did they come out to vote early?

Voting early

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Lorton Apiary Increasing Pollinators


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Military in the Arts Initiative, Every Day of the Year

Workhouse Arts Center, honoring military veterans and their families

Workhouse arts

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Virginia at a Crossroads

Voters to determine direction of state government.

Two years ago, Democrats seized control of the General Assembly for the first time in a generation. Now Republicans are hoping this is their moment to "Take Back Virginia," the name of a recent rally in support of the GOP statewide ticket that featured a call-in appearance from former President Donald Trump, who used the opportunity to repeat baseless claims about widespread election fraud.

Wednesday, October 27

Alternatives to Police Intervention

Behavioral specialists deescalate mental health crisis calls without the need for arrest or hospitalization about half the time.

Behavioral health

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Against the Invasion in Vienna

Female scout from BSA Troop 1983 battles invasive plants for her Eagle project.

Invasive plants

McLean’s Mature Trees Threatened

Infill development can wreak havoc on the tree canopy.

Trees Threatened

“Blanche’s Beautiful Garden" Photo Exhibit

“Blanche’s Beautiful Garden" Photo Exhibit, Photos by Dee Leggett at the Great Falls Library, Small Conference Room, Great Falls, Through Nov. 15, 2021

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Cornerstones Combats Hunger

Federal funds support hot, nutritious meals and snacks at child care center and emergency shelter.

Cornerstones for Hunger

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Friends of Reston Inaugural 5K


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Hoofing It for Donations in Herndon

Angus Evee mooooves fastest for NASCOW’s Golden Grain.

Food Benefit

Arrest in Alleged Chantilly High Assault

Crime in Centreville

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‘Here to Protect Lives, Environment and Property’

Learning about Fairfax County’s Office of Emergency Management.

Emergency office

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2021 Walk to End Alzheimer's

Taking steps toward a cure and the first survivor.

Alzheimer's walk

Advancing Trust Between Police and Community

Police Civilian Review Panel seeks more authority, set to get an executive director.

Police and Community

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Thank You for Being a Friend

Women find comradery, support and fun though weekly art group.

Women comradery

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Fairfax Approves Collective Bargaining Ordinance

Forty-four years in the waiting.

Collective Bargaining

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Powerful Unknown

Musical tribute commemorating 100th Anniversary of founding of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with UrbanArias and Wolf Trap.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Anniversary

Help for Job Seekers in Potomac


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Potomac Day Was Back

Potomac Day

Tuesday, October 26

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

After 55

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Instagram Influencer Saving Cats

A globally influential ‘cat corner of the Internet.’

Saving Cats

Thursday, October 21

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Tysons: Virginia Chamber Orchestra 50th Season

Debut of Virginia Chamber Orchestra on the Capital One Hall mainstage with featured soloist Brian Ganz

Chamber orchestra

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Creepy Characters in Lorton

Abandoned, historic buildings and into the night-time woods at the Workhouse Arts Center.

Workhouse Haunt Encore Review

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Improving Travel for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Residents comment on Fairfax City’s multimodal plan for Old Lee Highway.

Old Lee Hwy

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Obituary: The Unofficial Mayor of Springfield Dies at 95.

Jerry Corbin wore many hats in his career including barber and pizza restaurateur.

Noted Springfield Resident Dies

Ghosts, Goons and a Bunnyman


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Employment Creates Dignity, Self-Worth, Hope for Future in Fairfax

City Jobs becomes international model against homelessness.

Jobs in Fairfax

Plea for Refugee Assistance in Alexandria

Donate to help refugees and their families who are still in Afghanistan.

Refugee Assistance

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Fairfax County Passes Plastic Bag Tax

Plastic bag tax

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Fence Removed in Mount Vernon, Opening Opportunities

Residents now have a shorter walk to stores and future county training facility.

Fence taken down

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Much More Than a Highway in Mount Vernon

George Washington Memorial Parkway is a national park.


Voters to Determine Direction of City

Republican Annetta Catchings challenges incumbent Democrat Justin Wilson for mayor.

The race for mayor comes down to a simple question: Are Alexandria voters happy with the direction of the city or not?

Letter: Friend Supports Darryl Nirenberg


Letter: Electing City Council Members by District


Meet the Candidates in Alexandria

15 vying in School Board election; only three incumbents seeking re-election.

School Board Election

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APPETITE in Alexandria

Off the Menu: Restaurant News and Notes


Wednesday, October 20

Vienna Police to Participate in Drug Take Back

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m.

Drug take back

Pedestrian Killed in Oakton

Pedestrian killed

They Caught More Than Fish

A glimpse into the record-setting gap year of two pandemic college students.


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Langley Golf Wins 6th Consecutive


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Great Falls Studio Art Tour 2021

Visiting artists in their workplaces.

Art Tour

Column: Which Way Virginia?


Leadership Fairfax Launches Equity Council


Improving Parent-Teen Relationships

Adolescence can be challenging, but living with constant discord is not the only option.


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Should the County Claim Proxy Voting Rights at Lake Anne in Reston?

And would that affect handling structural deficiencies? Different narratives, polar opinions.


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Herndon Hornets Fall Short In Homecoming Game:

High Score indicates upward trend for team.


Herndon Homecoming Parade 2021


Why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Centreville


Time to Comment on Redistricting Maps in Potomac


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Potomac Day Is Back Saturday, Oct. 23, 9a-3p

Potomac Day

No Charges In Fatal Maryland Shooting


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Indulge Your Fantasies at Cars and Coffee

Cars and Coffee

ACPD Creates New Latino Liaison Officer

Latino officer

Flourishing After 55 in Arlington

55+ Programs

After 55

Thursday, October 14

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It's 35 Years and Counting for Krop's Crops

Fall festivities underway.

Krop's Crops

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Preventing Light Pollution in Great Falls

Supervisors approve resolution toward Urban Night Sky Place at Observatory Park.

Light Pollution

Remembering Molly

Remembering Molly

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Why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s

“We must find a cure.”

Alzheimer's Cure

‘Our Natural Resources Are Too Important to Squander’ in Fairfax

Responding to residents, Fairfax City presses pause on proposed trail that would have removed 400 trees.


Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce

Candidate Forum Scheduled


Real Estate Prices Close the Door for Some, Others Get Creative

Homeowners adding on or taking advantage of county programs to stay put.

Pricey Real Estate

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Chamber Golf Classic Raises Money for Scholarships

Golf Raises Money

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ASC to Host Andre Collins

20th annual Football Night to be held Oct. 20.

Football speaker

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Female Stranger Remains a Mystery

Cryptic crypt continues to confound city.

Female Stranger

Forum for Mayoral Candidates

Alexandria Election

Letter: Darryl Nirenberg for City Council

City Council

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They’re Back …For Now in Alexandria

Fractured Council votes 4-3 to temporarily restore SROs.


ALIVE! Walkathon

ALIVE! Walkathon

Wednesday, October 13

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Socially Distanced Trunk-Or-Treat at Bull Run

Trick or Treat

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County Supervisor Seeks $5M Contribution to Herndon

Downtown development continues to be delayed.

Contribution wanted

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Ono Brewing’s Hawaiian Anniversary Celebration

Hawaiian Celebration

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There’s Fun for All Ages at Centreville Day

29th annual celebration is Saturday, Oct. 16.

Centreville Day

New Location for Some Behavioral Health Services in Potomac

Behavioral Health Services

Changes to Ride On Bus Schedules in Potomac

Bus Schedules

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Halloween Eye Spy Trains in Potomac

Spooky trains

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People at Work in Arlington

Dream Chasers Catch Their Dream

Coffee place

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‘The Madness of Poe’ in Arlington

Synetic makes spellbinding return.

Poe in Theater

In-Custody Death Investigation Ongoing in Arlington

In-Custody Death

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Road Paving is Underway in Arlington

Arlington maintains 376 miles of non-state roads.


Tuesday, October 12

Opinion: Supporting Key Values: Service, Peace, Sacrifice

60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps

Peace Corps

Opinion: Maintaining Our Democracy


Free Halloween Lyft Rides

Halloween rides

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Local Naturalists Tour Cole Pollution Control Plant

Pollution Plant

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Building a Better Bar

Local designers share home bar trends.

Better Bar

Thursday, October 7

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Fairfax Defers Decision on Collective Bargaining

FCPS employees are not part of the ordinance.

Collective Bargaining

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Fall for the Book Returns with Hybrid Format

Virtual and in-person events include lively Podcasts

Fall Book

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Fairfax Fall Festival: Food, Crafts, Music

45th annual celebration is this Saturday, Oct. 9.

Fairfax Fall Festival

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Violence Awareness

CAN the Bird 5K Nov. 25 in Kingstowne

Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot

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House Seat Shuffle

Former CIA branch chief J.D. Maddox to face Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker.

In Richmond, the 45th House District is known as a cursed seat because of its dizzying turnover. After the retirement of longtime Del. Marian Van Landingham (D-45) in 2006, the district has blazed through three delegates in rapid succession. Now the seat is open once again after the incumbent, former radio talk show host Mark Levine, lost the primary when his name appeared on the ballot twice because he was trying to simultaneously win reelection to the House while also snagging the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Senior Services of Alexandria Kicks Off its 2021-22 Speaker Series ‘Senior Living in Alexandria’

How Seniors Can Stay Fit and Safe at Home

Senior Services

And Chaos for Those Who Live on Lee Street

Lee Street

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‘We Need More Normalcy’

Fall events return in 2021.

Fall events

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The Great Pumpkin Patch

Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill sale benefits local charities.


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Making Apple Butter the Old-fashioned Way

Apple Butter

Sherwood Regional Library is Turning 50

Sherwood Regional Library is Turning 50

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Mount Vernon Awards Local as History Teacher of the Year

Sean Miller uses conversation and student creativity to hone his teachings.

Teacher award

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River Farm is Still Part of the Mount Vernon Family

The property is no longer for sale; will reopen to the public.

River Farm off market

Wednesday, October 6

‘It’s about Getting Seen and Knowing that You Matter’

Westfield High presents timely play, ‘Anon(ymous)’

Westfield High’s play, “Anon(ymous),” brings the immigrant experience home by focusing on what happens after a mother and daughter coming to the U.S. are separated when their boat capsizes at sea. Neither knows if the other survived, but they never lose hope.

Why I’m Walking to End Alzheimer’s

Walk to End Alzheimer's

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Gin Dance Offers ‘Perfect 10+’

Opens local dance season at Capital One Hall

Gin Dance

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Vienna Oktoberfest Returns in 2021

Gallery glimpses, moments that make a community.


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Potomac Day is Coming

Potomac Day Is Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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The Glen has long been considered the heart of Potomac.

West Montgomery County Citizens Association

The Glen in Potomac

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‘Musical of Musicals’ at CenterStage

Reston Community Players

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Herndon Town Council Narrowly Passes Gun Ban

Majority of residents commenting question the rationale and expense.

Gun vote

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‘Action-Packed, Funny and a Heartwarming Story’

Chantilly High presents dark comedy, ‘She Kills Monsters.’

Dark comedy

Centreville Day is Saturday, Oct. 16

Centreville Day

Early Voting Is Underway


Serve on the Community Oversight (of Police) Board

Arlington Oversight Board

Invest in Early Childhood Education

Early education

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Lords and Ladies Fairfax 2021

Twenty individuals honored.

Lords and Ladies

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Is It Safe To Trick-or-Treat This Year?

Some COVID-19 mandates have been lifted, some precautions are still urged.

Trick or treat safety

Saturday, October 2

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Teen Center Opens, Offering Options for Learning and Recreation

County saves historic structure and land from the development monster.

MVHS Teen Center