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He Pulled the Suspect from the Burning Vehicle

PFC Joseph Castilon honored as Sully’s Officer of the Quarter.

PFC Joseph Castilon honored as Sully’s Officer of the Quarter.

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Bench and Accolades for Avid Gardener

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

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‘This Is Such a Great Tribute; We All Love Her Dearly’

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Man Charged with Assaulting Special Needs Student

Man Charged with Assaulting Special Needs Student

Fairfax City Teen Missing Since 1975 Is Identified

Modern DNA technology aids police in unraveling a mystery.

Missing teen

Man Charged with Assaulting Special Needs Student

Man Charged with Assaulting Special Needs Student

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‘This Is Such a Great Tribute; We All Love Her Dearly’

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Garden club dedicates park bench to Dolores Rooney.

Teen Missing Since 1975 Is Identified

Modern DNA technology aids police in unraveling a mystery.

Modern DNA technology aids police in unraveling a mystery.

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Sully Community Center Opens in Chantilly/Oak Hill

A place for fitness, senior activities, sports, classes and healthcare.

A place for fitness, senior activities, sports, classes and healthcare.

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What’s on the Travel Horizon for Centreville, Chantilly

Several transportation projects are planned for the area.

Several transportation projects are planned for the area.

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Plastic Recycling Earns Bench for Neighborhood

Elise Forrester rises to the NexTrex Challenge.

Elise Forrester rises to the NexTrex Challenge.

Erin Peterson Fund Golf Tourney, Sept. 22

Erin Peterson Fund Golf Tourney, Sept. 22

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Macbeth ‘Will Grip the Audience’

Chantilly High grads are in outdoor production of ‘Macbeth.’

Chantilly High grads are in outdoor production of ‘Macbeth.’

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Route 29 Bridge Northbound over Cub Run Under Repair

‘We need to work without the traffic in the way’

Route 29 Bridge Northbound over Cub Run Under Repair

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‘Does This Really Benefit the Community or McDonald’s?’

Residents, land-use group oppose new McDonald’s in Centreville.

Residents, land-use group oppose new McDonald’s in Centreville.

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Fair Oaks Fire Causes $175,000 Damage

Fair Oaks Fire Causes $175,000 Damage

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Compton Road Shared-use Path Update

‘This project is on the county’s priority plan.’

‘This project is on the county’s priority plan.’

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Appreciated!

Local neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out.

Local neighborhoods celebrate National Night Out.

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Are Supervisors Out of Touch with Residents?

Residents furious board OKed funding of Braddock/Old Lee jughandle.

Residents furious board OKed funding of Braddock/Old Lee jughandle.

FCPS Laptops Stolen; Local Man Charged

FCPS Laptops Stolen; Local Man Charged

Fairfax Man Charged: Juvenile Sexual Assault

Fairfax Man Charged: Juvenile Sexual Assault

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‘When Trust Is Broken’

Greenbriar East Elementary health aide charged with stealing students’ medication.

Greenbriar East Elementary health aide charged with stealing students’ medication.

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‘It’s Like a Great, Big, Community Family’

Centreville’s Cox Farms celebrates 50th anniversary.

Centreville’s Cox Farms celebrates 50th anniversary.

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‘We’re Down about 140-plus Officers’

Police chief addresses Sully police station’s CAC.

Police chief addresses Sully police station’s CAC.

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Roundups

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‘We Cook with Love and Everything’s Homemade’

Roaming Rooster opens in Chantilly Crossing.

Roaming Rooster opens in Chantilly Crossing.

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Puppets, Petting Zoo, Music, Food Trucks in Chantilly

Springfest comes to Sully Historic Site

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First Lady Comes to GMU, Campaigns for Clinton

Speaks on Hillary Clintons 'lifelong record of public service.'

Excitement filled the air when First Lady Michelle Obama addressed an enthusiastic crowd, last Friday, Sept. 16, at GMU’s Johnson Center. Speaking on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she urged everyone to vote and called Clinton the only qualified candidate in the race.

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ServiceSource Helps People with Disabilities

Nonprofit ServiceSource helps people with disabilities.

In one section of the ServiceSource Chantilly Center, music therapist Myra Goodrich leads a group of budding musicians playing a cheerful song.

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Fairfax County Hosting the 2015 World Police & Fire Games

A huge event on a scale Fairfax County has never before seen — that’s the 2015 World Police & Fire Games. It’ll run June 26-July 5 and promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for area residents. “We expect over 12,000 first responders from more than 70 countries,” said county police Maj. Rich Perez, who’s heading up security. “There’ll be 61 sporting events spanning 10 days, and with more athletes than the summer Olympic Games.”

Day of Celebration: Homeless No More in Fairfax

The first residents move into Kate’s Place.

Kate’s Place consists of six apartments for extremely low-income and formerly homeless families. And to the mothers and children who just moved in, the homes are more than a roof over their heads — they’re a lifeline.

A Classic Comes to Life in Centreville

Centreville High presents Disney musical, “Beauty and the Beast.”

A beloved children’s story comes to life when Centreville High presents the Disney musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” It’s also the school’s Cappies production, and Director Mike Hudson says it’s going to be special.

Take Precautions against Rabies

Animal Shelter offers advice to reduce the risk.

Rabies is a deadly virus that infects animals and may be a risk to humans, as well. The most commonly reported rabid animals in Fairfax County include foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. But even pets aren’t automatically immune to this disease and must be vaccinated against it.

Once Cramped, Outdated; Now Modern, Efficient

When the Fairfax County Animal Shelter was built in the early 1970s, it was intended to be a dog pound to handle stray and homeless dogs. Renovated in the mid-1980s, it increased the number of kennels from 48 to 72 to better care for dogs in isolation and quarantine.

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‘Victims’ Rights Are a Necessity’

Honoring crime victims with walk, words and candlelight vigil.

Siobhan Russell was just 19 when her ex-boyfriend killed her. Ron Kirby, a noted regional transportation planner, was murdered in his Alexandria home in November by an unknown assailant.

‘Goal Is To Spot Kids in Crisis’

Police, others take suicide prevention training.

Although there have been four recent incidents of teen suicides in Fairfax County, the Police Department has planned to offer Suicide Awareness and Intervention Training for its officers since October 2013.

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‘We Will Not Tolerate Unsafe Driving’

Police want motorists to get the message from their new cruiser.

There’s a new weapon in the Fairfax County Police Department’s arsenal, but this one has four tires and an engine. It’s a new cruiser covered with messages warning people not to drive impaired or distracted. It was unveiled on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Sully District Station, and the station’s commander, Capt. Ed O’Carroll, explained its significance.

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How to Fix I-66?

More lanes, bus rapid transit, rail, spot improvements proposed.

It’s said that nothing’s certain but death and taxes – but most of the time, traffic congestion on I-66 can be added to that list. So VDOT’s seeking input from the public on how best to alleviate it.

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On the Job and Hot on the Trail

Finding people is fun for new, police bloodhound pups.

“We’ll get them out here and acclimate them to the noises — gunfire, [vehicle] brakes and birds,” said Masood. They’ll also be exposed to airplanes, wind, rain, heat, car horns honking, plus obstacles such as fences. And they’ll learn how it feels on their paws to walk in the woods, through brush, on cement, carpet, tile floors, etc. That way, said Clarke, “When they get out on the street, when they’re almost a year old, they’ll be ready.”

New County Police Chief Named

Supervisors appoint Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr.

Effective Tuesday morning Aug. 6, a Centreville resident, Lt. Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr., became Fairfax County’s new chief of police. He was appointed July 30 by the county Board of Supervisors.

Steiding Named Officer of Month

PFC Adrian Steiding is the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Month for May. He was honored during his evening roll call. Lt. Rich Morvillo, assistant station commander, presented an example of Steiding’s work illustrating why he was selected.

WPHS Wins Two Cappies Awards

Acting garners recogntion

Area schools brought home a variety of awards from the 14th annual Cappies Gala, Sunday night, June 9, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. West Potomac high School won two Cappies

Realizing a Dream

Garrett begins job of deputy fire chief.

Since he was a boy, William Garrett knew he’d grow up to be a firefighter. Although he and his family have lived in Centreville six-and-a-half years, he was born and raised in Alexandria’s Gum Springs community — and that’s where the spark was ignited.

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President Comes to the Area

Obama rallies his supporters during the campaign stop at Centreville High.

Before President Barack Obama addressed the huge crowd inside Centreville High, Saturday afternoon, Jerry Foltz of Wellspring United Church of Christ gave the invocation.

Herrity, Hugo Respond to Obama’s Visit

Both Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) and Del. Tim Hugo (R-40) held a joint press conference Saturday afternoon, speaking to local Romney supporters prior to President Obama’s campaign rally at Centreville High. Said Herrity: "It was nice to see so many people from Little Rocky Run stop by and pick up Romney signs and stand with us."

30 Years in Prison for Wife’s Murder

‘There’s nothing to defend this crime.’

Consumed by his own irrational fears and demons, Chantilly’s Tony Tong had threatened to kill his wife for years. In October 2010, he did so; and last week in Fairfax County Circuit Court, he was sentenced to 30 years in pri

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Free Carseat Inspections

The Play’s the Thing

Chantilly, Westfield finish first, second in one-act competition.

Local students showed off their acting chops last week when Chantilly and Westfield high schools finished first and second, respectively, in the Concorde District portion of the VHSL One-Act Play Competition. It was held Monday, Jan. 30, at Herndon High.

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