Monday, May 31
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.
Sunday, May 30
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.
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.
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.
Friday, May 28
The River Farm Deal, Moving Closer to Reality?
River Farm moves forward
Thursday, May 27
Local Bridge Repair Signals Need for Infrastructure Investments
In the bigger picture, roads and bridges need help on a larger scale.
Infrastructure needs attention
Developers and the Fairfax County EDA Focus on the Richmond Highway Corridor
Recent county program praised for positive financial impacts.
Richmond Highway development
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
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 22
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.
Thursday, May 20
Bikeway Will Link Newington to the Metro Station
The wooded trail is being linked and extended for commuters and hikers.
Cinder Bed Bikeway
Metrobus Route 11 Sees Changes in Mount Vernon
A new schedule starting June 6 has the 11C partially replacing the 11Y.
Metrobus Route 11
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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Thursday, May 13
NPS Shares Road Diet Plan for GW Parkway
Virtual meeting on May 10 gives road users a voice; more than 700 people have commented.
Dedication to Community Recognized by Local Rotary Club
Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club member makes a difference.
Mount Vernon Kiwanis
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Wednesday, May 12
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.
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).
Sunday, May 9
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.
Thursday, May 6
Workhouse Arts Center is Opening to Commercial Entities as Attractions
A restaurant and brewery were among the desired occupants they are seeking.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Monday, May 3
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.
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.
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.