Stories for March 2017

Stories for March 2017


Thursday, March 30

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Trail Season in Alexandria

A guide to bike and pedestrian trails throughout Alexandria and beyond.

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Wings for All

Travel rehearsal offered for individuals with disabilities.

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Police Stations Turn To Their ‘Nextdoor’ Neighbors

Cops tout community policing improvement.

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Backyard Adventure

Ideas for a spring break family staycation.

Diversion First in Wait-and-See Mode

Handcuffed by budget constraints in proposed budget, Diversion First may see some relief.

Editorial Opinion: Expand Medicaid Now

Virginia has missed out on $10 billion, 30,000 jobs and care for 400,000 citizens.

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Fairfax County: FCPS to Present FY2018 Budget to Supervisors April 4

School system facing nearly $50 million gap in funding.

Leading up to the Fairfax County Public School Board presenting its advertised FY2018 budget to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, April 4, several school board members and supervisors have been hosting community meetings on the subject.

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Fairfax County: Gillespie Wins GOP Straw Poll for Governor at Robinson

More than 300 voters attended a Fairfax County Republican Committee straw poll and candidate forum on March 25, according to FCRC executive director Eric Johnson. The event was held at Robinson Secondary School.

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Fairfax County: Community and faith leaders, elected officials speak about hate speech, bias incidents and hate crimes

More than 100 people filled the Ernst Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus on Sunday, March 26, to hear more than a dozen elected and faith leaders, as well as representatives from local organizations speak about hate speech, bias incidents and hate crimes.

Wednesday, March 29

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Fairfax County Breaks Ground on Huntington Levee

$30 million project will protect community from flooding.

Commentary: Returning to Richmond for ‘Veto Session’

Heart Takes Us Further Than Talent — Fort Hunt Little League

Tuesday, March 28

Next for Pipeline Playwrights: ‘Around the Snake Turn’

Play by Patricia Connelly about West African practice of trokosi, or sex slaves.

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Children Helping Children

Baptist churches raise money for Children’s Home.

Monday, March 27

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Editorial Cartoon

Chairman Sharon Bulova Responds to Federal Budget Proposal

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Fairfax County Civilian Review Panel Sworn in

Inaugural meeting of the Civilian Review Panel

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Community Policing, Not Sanctuary, in Fairfax County

Resurgent gang activity also discussed at Public Safety Committee.

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ACCT Presents ‘Connecticut Yankee’ Play in Alexandria

Mark Twain farce about American who is transported back to 6th century England.

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Ease Yoga and Café Offers Senior Discount in Del Ray

Newest business to participate in Silver Service Card.

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Repairs Help People Stay in Their Homes in Alexandria

Thursday, March 23

Wednesday, March 22

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All-Star Team

Friday, March 17

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2017

In February, 2017, 108 homes sold between $1,275,000-$90,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: February, 2017

Thursday, March 16

Free St. Patrick’s Day Lyft Rides Offered in Area

Preparing to combat that time of year when, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly one-third of all U.S. traffic deaths are caused by drunk drivers, free Lyft rides will be offered to would-be drunk drivers throughout the Washington-metropolitan area next Friday, March 17, 2017 (St. Patrick’s Day).

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Fairfax Weathers Late Winter Snow

Weather Service announces snowfall totals, most saw 2-3 inches

Snowpocalypse 3.0 it wasn’t. Though Fairfax County was included in a winter storm warning Monday and Tuesday, March 13 and 14, the snow that fell only managed to close schools and cancel trash, recycling and yard waste pickup, but didn’t shut down local government.

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Area Social Justice Network Hosts Richmond Wrap-Up

Some successes, some defeats, and a partisan rallying call for 2017 elections.

The 2017 Legislative Session of the Virginia General Assembly was adjourned on Saturday, Feb. 15.

Leadership Fairfax Hosts Breakfast with Supervisors

On Friday, March 10, Leadership Fairfax (LFI) held its annual Breakfast with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for the 26th time.

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Committed to Peacemaking

Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County reception honors activists and advocates.

Suraya Sadeed said hearing more than 20 stories of students promoting peace in and out of their schools made her believe “there is still hope for a brighter future.”

Wednesday, March 15

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Practice Makes Perfect

Local educators share strategies for getting children to practice music.

When Linda Gulyn’s son entered high school and asked to quit his clarinet lessons, the Arlington mother of four declined his request.

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Over 50 and Playing Basketball

Women's NOVA Fifty and Over Basketball League enjoy friendships and travel.

If you're over 50 and a woman, you're never too old to play basketball.

First Taste of Working World

Teen Job Fairs begin this weekend.

Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) said his first job working at a pool over the summer formed a lot of his work ethic.

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Optimistic About State of Hospitality

Panelists at Northern Virginia Chamber Forum discuss state of hospitality under the new administration.

The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce gathered some heavy hitters to offer their thoughts and answer questions from a standing-room-only audience at the “State of Hospitality Under the New Administration” symposium on March 6.

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The Sound of Heaven Touching Earth

Mark 1:14-15 — Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

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Future Nurse Hopefuls Receive Fatzinger Scholarships

In memory of Harriet H. Fatzinger.

You don’t just become a nurse, it’s something you have in your heart.

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Her First Solo Exhibit

Mashayekhi presents “Extraordinary Ordinary, A Photography Medley.”

Artist Azita Mashayekhi is inviting the Alexandria community and beyond to her photography exhibit at the Montebello Condominiums Community Center/Café, through March 17, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber Hears Route 1 Update

Public information meeting scheduled for April 18

Widening of Route 1 over three miles between Jeff Todd Way and Napper Road is still in the preliminary design phase.

Recruiting for New West Potomac Principal Begins

West Potomac High School parents and community members can attend a March 20 meeting regarding the process for selecting a new principal, Region 3 assistant superintendent Terry Dade announced.

Tuesday, March 14

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Hands-On Learning

Recently Fire Station 11, Penn Daw, B-Shift had the opportunity to get some hands-on training in a building that used to house the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police near the Huntington Metro Station.

Commentary: What Happens to Uninsured Virginians?

With the recent release of what is looking to be a detrimental and ill-planned Republican healthcare bill, and with major GOP candidates for Governor endorsing an irresponsible Medicaid block grant, Virginians are once again paying for the legislature’s ongoing failure to expand Medicaid.

County Moves to Restore Tobytown Cemetery

Restoring historic cemetery in Potomac

Monday, March 13



Thursday, March 9

Letter to the Editor: Fairfax County Cannot Ignore Low Salaries of Police Force

As we have heard for many years now, Fairfax County is once again in a budget crunch.

Editorial: Independent, Civilian Oversight in Place

New auditor and panel will make an excellent police force better, more transparent and accountable.

In February, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors followed through in establishing two forms of independent oversight of law enforcement for the first time in county history.

Stop Bullying Federal Workers

Republicans hold control of all three branches of government, and therefore have a responsibility to lead the civil service that employs millions of Americans, and every American relies upon for myriad services.

Obituary: Bob Michel, Longtime Congressman

To many, Bob Michel will be remembered as the longtime Illinois congressman and skilled politician who served for 38 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Commentary: Virginia General Assembly Approves New Policies

Last week, I reported on my accomplishments in the recent session of the General Assembly. This week, I am highlighting a few other important policy changes coming to Virginia because of our action.

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NOVA Ice Dogs Win League Championship

Alexandria's Northern Virginia Ice Dogs Hockey Team won the U-16 Upper Patrick CBHL League Championship on Feb. 26 beating the #1 ranked Piedmont Predators in a game that went to a shoot-out.

Arrest Follows Car Break-ins in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon District Police officers were working several reports of vehicle tampering in the Belleview area on March 7 in and around the 6300 block of 10thStreet.

Grab a Seat at the Table

For Mount Vernon three-course beer pairing.

Beer in Mount Vernon

Wednesday, March 8

Gathering in Opposition to Trump Immigration Policies

Leaders condemn ICE activity outside Rising Hope Church.

Speaking out against Trump immigration policies

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Scouts Clean Out Trash from Hunting Creek

Boy Scouts clean trash

Crime Report: The following incidents were reported by the Mount Vernon District Police Station.

Crime Report: The following incidents were reported by the Mount Vernon District Police Station.

People at Work

A plumbers work in Old Town, Alexandria

Educating Customers Is Key to Success

New manager joining Two Poor Teachers after 18 years in business.

It’s been 18 years since Ken Nies co-founded Two Poor Teachers, LLC, but the kitchen and bath remodelling company isn’t resting on its laurels.

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Tour Area Gardens

Garden Club of Virginia hosts 84th Annual Historic Garden Week.

During the last eight days of April every year nearly 26,000 visitors tour homes and gardens across Virginia.

Tuesday, March 7

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Sow Now, Reap this Spring

Getting a garden and yard ready for warm weather.

One of the most anticipated sights of spring is a garden in bloom.

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Butterfly Weed Wins Perennial of the Year


The designation Perennial Plant of the Year is awarded each year by the Perennial Plant Association to the perennial that outshines its competitors not only in appearance, but also in its noteworthy characteristics.

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Chief Releases Name of Officer in Shooting Death

Officer used deadly force in two prior cases, both determined to be lawfully justified.

Fairfax County Chief of Police Edwin Roessler has named 16-year veteran Master Police Officer Lance Guckenberger as the officer who used deadly force, killing Mohammad Azim Doudzai at his home in Herndon, the scene of a double shooting and barricade incident on Jan. 16.

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Environmental Coalition Calls on County to Recommit

Faith communities coalition wants dedicated Energy Office

As Fairfax County prepares to update its formal Environmental Vision, the Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS) is calling on local elected officials to recommit to the environmental protection pledge they adopted under then-Chairman Gerry Connolly.

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Old Town Prepares for Historic Garden Week

Part of state-wide event.

Five Old Town Alexandria homes and gardens will open to the public on April 22 as part of the 84th Historic Garden Week.

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From Split-Level to Neoclassical

Conversion wins regional “Contractor of the Year” award.

Converting a circa 1960's split-level into a spacious neoclassical-style residence has won Sun Design Remodeling a regional “Contractor of the Year” award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

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Kitchen Design Trends to Expect in 2017

Local designers share popular design ideas.

Those looking for kitchen design ideas have a new source of inspiration: the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) list of trends for 2017.

Monday, March 6

Hitting the Road: Looking back on the 2017 General Assembly Session


Just as the frenetic pace of Session seemed to ebb, the activity picked up in the final week with a hustle and bustle of a different sort.

Rising Hope Minister Invited to Joint Congressional Session

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner critical of ICE activity.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) invited the Rev. Dr. Keary Kincannon of Rising Hope Mission Church to be his guest for President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28.

West Potomac's Case Resigns, Assistant Lyttle Still on Leave

After announcing West Potomac High School principal Alex Case and assistant principal Michelle Lyttle were on administrative leave Feb. 13, Region 3 assistant superintendent Terry Dade sent a letter to the West Potomac community Feb. 24 informing them of Case’s resignation.

Help Repair Mount Vernon Trail

Sathiya Kannan, a Girl Scout from Reston, will be repairing one of the bridges on the Mount Vernon Trail on Saturday, March 25, as a Silver Award Project for scouting.

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Needlework Show Opens at Woodlawn Plantation

Needlework is no dying art, says Ellen Meyer of Alexandria, owner of the specialty needlepoint store “In Stitches” in Mount Vernon.

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Competing to ‘Take a Stand’

Seventeen seventh grade students from Walt Whitman Middle School will be moving on to the National History Day regional competition at Mount Vernon High School on Saturday, March 4.

Commentary: 2017 General Assembly Is in the Books

In the 2017 General Assembly session, which ended on Feb. 25, we were able to make some progress in spite of a $1.1 billion budget shortfall.

Commentary: Republicans and Democrats Working Together

The 2017 General Assembly session is complete, and I’m proud that we were able to accomplish our top priority for the year, addressing the $1.25 billion budget hole caused by a weaker than expected economy, in a bipartisan and collaborative manner, starting with the governor’s submitted budget.

Letter to the Editor: Why Bar Homeschoolers?

Virginia Code Section 22.1-254.1 permits parents to home-school their children.

Friday, March 3

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The United States Air Force Band's Chamber Players Series


The United States Air Force Band's Chamber Players Series FREE CONCERTS Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. March 7 – April 25.

Thursday, March 2

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Lorton House Fire Leaves Child Dead

Fire declared accidental, started with a lighter in garage

A 5-year-old child is dead after a fire Feb. 21 in the 8100 block of Arcade Street in Lorton; the cause of the fire was the child playing with a lighter in the garage, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue said.

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Women on the Soccer Field

Local women are still in the game and on the field.

On Saturdays and weeknights in the spring and fall, women as young as 18 and as old as 78 can be found on the soccer fields across Fairfax County: nurses, lawyers, Army officers, software programmers, stay-at-home moms, lobbyists, graduate students, and grandmothers playing the game they love.

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Fairfax County Board Appoints Police Civilian Review Panel

Residents can submit complaints concerning allegations of abuse of authority or misconduct by Fairfax County police through the panel.

The ongoing goal of increased transparency and accountability for the Fairfax County Police Department now has nine fresh faces. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Board of Supervisors announced its appointees to the inaugural Civilian Review Panel, one of the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

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From DEAL to Metal Coffins

Mike Vigil, author and former DEA agent.

Former DEA agent writes book