Stories for March 2022

Stories for March 2022


Thursday, March 31

Changes Coming for Franconia Government Center

Request for Proposals put out to add affordable housing

Lee Dist Government Center

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Writing With Passion in Mount Vernon

MVHS students win Letter to the Editor contest.


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Ides of Bark Brings Out the Dogs in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon pets ruled at this fourth annual event.

Dog event

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Gum Springs Resident Celebrates 102

Car parade had well-wishers, neighbors and Mount Vernon officers.

Resident turns 102

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‘She Loves Me’

Signature Theatre’s Rom-Com of musicals.

Rom-com musical

Wednesday, March 30

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‘I Am a Survivor’ in Alexandria

American Legion honors POW, Vietnam veterans.

Vietnam Vets



2022 Shape of the Region Conference

‘Finding our way back to mental health.’

Mental health

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Privacy Advocates Urge Veto

Opponents of facial recognition technology call on governor to reject social-media dragnet.

Police departments across Virginia may soon have the ability to use billions of images scraped from social-media sites like Facebook and Instagram to track down suspects, a development that is concerning to critics who say the technology is invasive and a violation of privacy. The governor is now considering the bill, and critics are urging him to veto it or amend it to require a warrant.

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Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

Column: Gun Violence Still With Us

Gun Violence

Women Providing Healing – Promoting Hope

Women Providing Healing – Promoting Hope

Thursday, March 24

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Tradition Comes in the Steak and Cheese Sub at Mama Mia’s

After 39 years, the husband-and-wife team are hanging up their spatulas.

Mama Mia's closing

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Greenery of Spring Celebrated at River Farm in Mount Vernon

Plant extravaganza set for the second weekend in April.

Plant fair

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It’s Nest-Building Season

Nest building

Column: Overtime in the General Assembly


Wednesday, March 23

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Local Quilters Use Craft to Support and Bring Cheer to Northern Virginia

McLean Quilters Unlimited gifts quilts to Mary Marshall Assisted Living and other organizations.


Tuesday, March 22

Column: Foregone Conclusion

Column by Plum


Student Peace Awards of Fairfax County

Peace awards

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County Art Contest Focuses on Water Conservation

High school artists called on to explore “One Water” theme.

Art contest

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Helping to Feed Hungry Families

Stuff the Bus event brings in much needed food donations.

Stuff bus

Is Your Car Worth More Than Last Year?

Probably, and the car tax owed is probably also going up.

Car value

Thursday, March 17

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New Golf Game Opens in Old Golf Venue in Kingstowne

In an area slated for houses, Rudy’s golf provides options for golfers.

Golf place opens.


Hayfield Hawks complete their season undefeated at 32-0 after a 67-47 win over Battlefield for the schools first state championship in basketball

Basketball champs

Column: Property Values Are on the Rise and I Hear You

Property value

The Heart of the Highway in Mount Vernon

Tribute to Anne Andrews 1931 - 2021

Anne Andrews

Wednesday, March 16

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Mount Vernon Trail and Parkway Improvements are Underway

Efforts from Rep. Don Beyer and National Park Service are proceeding near Waynewood Boulevard.

Parkway and trail improvements

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Mount Vernon Artists Shine at Gallery Opening

Nepenthe Gallery borrowed a Greek term for “a place of no sorrow.”

Art Gallery

A Government Divided

Lawmakers end session with little to show and no budget.

Budget talks

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New FABB Official Provides a Look From Across the Pond

Biking experience in Denmark provides a different angle for local biking.

New FABB member

Tuesday, March 15

New Deputy County Executive for Safety and Security Named

Board of Supervisors appoints former Fire and Rescue Department's assistant chief.


Real Estate Tax Rate ‘Ceiling’

Lower tax rate expected, but homeowners will still pay more.

Real Estate Tax

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Against New Virginia Policies

Teachers, students, and parents in Fairfax and Arlington protest the new governor’s campaign to control content in schools.

School content

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Local Students React to Crisis in Ukraine

Raising awareness and praying for peace are among the ways they’re showing support.


Thursday, March 10

Sheriff Ends Pre-Release Notice to ICE

Incremental steps matter.


Column: Last Week of Session?

Government in session

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Bald Eagles Are Thriving but Face Challenges

Bald eagles

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Spies, Sputnik and Other Secrets in Huntley Meadows Park

Huntley Meadows

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Original Mount Vernon High School Picked for Food Preparation Incubator

This developing business accelerator aims to be a plus to the area.

Food incubator

Wednesday, March 9

Last Marijuana Reform Bill of Virginia’s Legislative Session Dies in Committee

SB 745 would have ensured automatic resentencing hearings for current felony marijuana convicts

Marijuana convictions

Free St. Patrick’s Day Lyft Rides Offered

St Patrick's Rides

Column: Inherently Divisive Concepts


Friday, March 4

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Documentary Film: "Family Cemeteries: Is there room in Fairfax County?"

Documentary film on local cemeteries.

New Deputy County Executive for Safety and Security Named

Board of Supervisors appoints former Fire and Rescue Department's assistant chief.

Executive named for county

Column: Don’t California Virginia’s Budding New Market

Marijuana column

Thursday, March 3

Column: Budgets Express Values; I Voted No


Executive Director, Police Civilian Review Panel

New county position

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Group Opposes Cinder Bed Road Bikeway

Forest cover and a rare magnolia bog could be damaged by path to Franconia-Springfield Metro.

Cinderbed Bikeway

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Before Cell Phones, Texting and the Web, CB Radio Ruled

The Citizen Band culture even had their own colorful lingo.

"Blast from the Past" with CB Radios

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Musicians and Artists Ease the Cancer Experience

Soothing sounds echo through the lobbies at the Inova cancer centers around Northern Virginia.

Inova treatment

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Honduran School Restored After Hurricane

The Alexandria South Rotary Club was there to help

Hurricane damage

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‘One’ BRT Line Will Roll Down Route One in Mount Vernon

The unveiling highlighted advantages and a new look.

New BRT unveiled

General Assembly Punts Cannabis Reform

Cannabis Reform

Wednesday, March 2

New TJ Policy Invalidated in Fairfax County

Policy is discriminatory, writes judge in win for plaintiff, Coalition for TJ and Pacific Legal Foundation.

TJ School

Managing Anxiety Triggered by News from Ukraine

Music and meditation among the ways to cope.


Column: Environmental Issues Take Back Seat