Stories for August 2023

Stories for August 2023


Thursday, August 31

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Last of the Mount Vernon Nights

Last of the Mount Vernon Nights

Virginia's Budget Breakthrough: Tax Relief and Educational Investments


Wednesday, August 30

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Butterflies Bring Cheer at Summer’s End


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Historical Lessons Via Toy Soldier Hobbyist

Upcoming show in Springfield includes intricate painting and military themes.

Toy soldier show

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Cash from County’s Carryover Funds

$100K may be coming for each district’s unfunded capital improvement projects.

Who can apply for this and other funding may surprise you.

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Love and Protection Not Enough for Furry Family Members

Pet parents must be informed.

I thought I killed my little puppy, Oshi.

Public Comment on Greenway Toll Increase Request Now Open

Greenway operator seeks 40% increase during peak morning and afternoon hours from $5.80 to $8.10.

3 Shot, One Arrest; Arlington Swat Team Responds

3 Shot, One Arrest; Arlington Swat Team RespondsDetectives from Fairfax County Police Violent Crimes Division, with the assistance of the Arlington County Robbery and Homicide Unit, executed a search warrant and arrested Jorge Armando Melendez Gonzalez, 25 of Falls Church, late Sunday night.

The First To Blink

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die back in June of this year when the work of the legislature was complete with one notable exception: a mid-point revision of the biennium budget on which the House, Senate, and Governor could not agree had gone to a conference committee that could not agree on its final form.

Artist Team Selected to Mark Local Struggle with Covid

ArtsFairfax and the Fairfax County Arts Committee named the artist team of Miriam Gusevich and Salvatore Pirrone to design a permanent memorial to the County’s victims of Covid-19 and to recognize the heroic efforts of county staff, nonprofits, health care providers and others who worked to help with the impact of the pandemic in the County.

Fort Belvoir’s 25th Annual Oktoberfest

Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2023

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Rescued Beagles Cuddle Into Safe Homes


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Dogs Riding Bicycles??

Bizarre travel modes of pets

Bizarre travel modes of pets

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First for Fairfax County 9-1-1

Public Safety Day Open House from Fairfax County


Drought Operations Begin for Potomac River

Drought Operations Begin for Potomac River

Co-Responder Program Shows Promise

Co-Responder Program Shows Promise

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Fairfax County Plugs in First Electric Trash Truck

New truck is quiet and spews no diesel fumes.

Electric trash truck

Thursday, August 24

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Dyke Marsh Volunteers Tackle Invasive Plants and Plant Natives

Invasive plants

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Back-to-School Backpacks in Alexandria and Mount Vernon

Firefighters, volunteers provide backpacks for kids.

Back to school

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Healthy Habits and School Supplies Dished Out in Lorton

Classes in session for the 2023-2024 school year.

School bell rings

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Mount Vernon District Supervisor’s Office: Through an Intern’s Lens

Intern experience

Wednesday, August 23

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New Crumbl Cookies Opens for Cookie Monsters of Kingstowne

For the tollhouse fans it’s just how the cookie crumbles.

Cookie Monsters

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New! Speed Cameras in School Zones Where Limit Is 15 MPH

The City of Alexandria’s new school zone speed camera program will go live for the 2023-24 school year.

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SPARC of Vienna Competes in Reston’s Cardboard Boat Regatta

FVCbank donates to SPARC.

SPARC clients become successful boatwrights.

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Herndon East Meets West Festival Saturday, Aug. 26

Arts Herndon, Arts Herndon Lawn Stage, Saturday, Aug. 26, 750 Center Street Herndon.

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McLean Project for the Arts Unveils Musical Lineup for Oct. 1 MPAartfest

Expanded musical program features international roster of critically acclaimed artists

McLean Project for the Arts has released the lineup and programming for MPAartfest 2023, set for Oct. 1, 2023 in McLean Central Park.

9-11 Remembrance Ceremony at Great Falls Freedom Memorial

On Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., the annual 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial to honor the six residents of Great Falls and all others who lost their lives and suffered in the attacks and their aftermath.

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Great Falls Rotary Club Donates to Cornerstones

Gift baskets for children and youth at Neighborhood Resource Center in Herndon.

The Rotary Club of Great Falls donated 40 'End of the Year' baskets to Cornerstones in Reston for its Out-of-School Youth Program for elementary and middle school students.

Reinventing American Democracy

The 250th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the United States is fast approaching. We can celebrate being the oldest constitutional democracy in the world. Our form of government, however, is under undue stresses that cause many to worry as to whether we can show the same resiliency of the past going forward in the next century.

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Virginia Conservation Assistance Program

Cost-share program offers up to 80 percent of eligible project funds.

A Virginia Conservation Assistance Program presented by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is offering property owners in Fairfax County an urban cost-share program.

Herndon Woman, 70, Dead in Crash

A 70-year-old woman died from injuries from an Aug. 11 single-vehicle crash on Dranesville Road in Reston.

Arrests in Golf Course Robberies

One adult man and a 14 and 16-year-old have been arrested in an ongoing investigation of a robbery and brandishing at a Reston golf course.

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Comstock Files Revised Plan for Herndon Downtown Center

Herndon Town Council Public Session, August 8

At the Aug. 8 Town Council Public Session, Scott Robinson, director of public works, acting as town manager, presented the Town Manager Report. Robinson reported that Comstock (Herndon Venture L.C.) filed a revised site plan for its mixed-use development in Herndon’s downtown.

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Successful County Crisis Intervention Program to Expand

The County’s Co-Responders Program has successfully redesigned how we best serve our residents experiencing a mental health crisis, while best equipping staff to assist those in need.

Achieving Fair Pay and Dignity for Workers with Disabilities

Until July 1, 2023, many workers with disabilities across the Commonwealth would wake up in the morning and head to work, only to receive lower pay than their coworkers and counterparts in the community, despite performing the same job. This reality was due to the subminimum wage law provision 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), colloquially known as 14(c).

Detectives Investigating in-Custody Death of Inmate Latasha Dove

On Aug. 1, inmate Latasha Dove, 53, was found unresponsive in her single cell at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Deputies immediately began performing life-saving measures. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and transported Dove to the hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

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No Matter What — Try Really Hard NOT To Fall

“There are measures we can take to help prevent falls.” — Sara Pappa, Northern Virginia Falls Prevention Alliance coordinator

Book Events At Elaine’s

Jeffrey James Higgins, author of “Furious” and “Unseen,” will host a series of public book events in the upstairs library room at Elaine’s on Queen Street over the next several months.

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Fit After 90

Working out six days each week is what one couple attributes to their longevity.

Senior Work Out

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FCPS First Day of School 2023

New strategic plan, expanded bus pass, and Metrobus program.

School Starts

Environmental Groups Sue to Stop Exit from RGGI

Legal action calls for Virginia to remain in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and continue participation; challenging Youngkin administration action.

Greenhouse gas

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Fairfax County’s First Independent Police Auditor

Use of force policy, recommendations to FCPD, executive director vacancy on the Police Civilian Review Panel

Police Auditor

Officer Arrested for DUI


Thursday, August 17

United Community Pantry Needs Food

United Community

Hurricane Preparedness


Wednesday, August 16

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Brillman Named Director of 9-1-1

Brillman Named Director of 9-1-1

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New Hunter Mill Road Bridge Open in Vienna

Drivers on Hunter Mill Road (Route 674) no longer have to yield to oncoming traffic in order to cross Colvin Run, as the new two-lane bridge opened to traffic in both directions last week on Aug. 9.

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Bach to Michael Jackson (and he’s only 8-years-old)

“Billy Jean is not my lover…… People always told me be careful of what you do. Don’t go around breaking young girls’ hearts. Yeeeeeeee”

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3rd Wealthiest County in U.S. Fails to Provide Affordable Housing

Cornerstones struggles to put and keep a roof over their heads.

"Affordable housing is practically nonexistent here." — Margaret Anne Lara, Cornerstones

Back to School Book Sale

Friends of the Reston Regional Library holds Back to School Book Sale for children, young adults and educators.

Politicizing Education

As a former teacher/education program administrator for 30 years I am aware of the many wonderful, effective, and dedicated teachers there are, including two of my children and one of my grandchildren and his wife. The current effort to politicize education for personal gain saddens me.

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Music Students Make Sweet Summer Sounds

Franklin Middle holds 36th annual Band and Orchestra Camp.

The sweet sounds of music filled the halls of Franklin Middle School during the 36th annual Band and Orchestra Camp. It ran June 22-July 14, and 350 fourth- through rising 10th-graders attended.

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Centreville and Fair Oaks Firefighters Honored

During a ceremony earlier this month, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department celebrated some of the accomplishments and contributions of its members. Among those feted were firefighters from Centreville Fire Station 17, West Centreville Fire Station 38 and Fair Oaks Fire Station 21.

Fatal Pedestrian Crash in McLean

An 86-year-old woman was pronounced dead following a pedestrian crash in the 1700 block of Kirby Road in McLean on Aug. 11.

Investigation of Fatal 3 Car Crash

Detectives from FCPS Crash Reconstruction Unit are investigating a fatal 3-car crash that occurred Aug. 11 at 11:44 a.m. on Arlington Boulevard at Stonehurst Drive in Merrifield in the McLean police district.

Front Royal Man Charged in Shooting

Detectives have charged a Front Royal for Shooting in Hybla Valley. At 3:49 p.m. Aug.12, Fairfax County officers responded to the shopping center parking lot in the 7700 block of Richmond Highway for a shot person.

U.S. Marshals Shoot Suspect at Potomac Yards

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, at approximately 12:46 p.m. the Alexandria Police Department responded to a shooting in the 3600 block of Richmond Highway.

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LEGO Discovery Center Opens in Springfield

Promises entertainment for all ages

LEGO opens

Blood Donations Needed

Blood Donations Needed

$590K in Arts Grants to 50 Nonprofits

Arts Grants

Tuesday, August 15

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2023

In July, 2023, 56 Potomac homes sold between $4,300,000-$645,000.

Potomac Home Sales: July, 2023

Thursday, August 10

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Fireflies, the Twinkling Critters of the Night


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Am I wearing the original Ray Ban Aviators?

Glasses bought at second-hand store may have a history.


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A Special Lighthouse in Alexandria

National Lighthouse Day, August 7


Wednesday, August 9

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Community Roundups

Sneak Peek at the McLean Design Guidelines, September 2023; Household Well Water Quality Testing Program- Mon. Aug. 7, 5:30 p.m.

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It’s Not Just a Haircut—It’s A Life Experience

It was 2011, and Dwight Grant was having an identity crisis.

Inalienable Rights

Virginian Thomas Jefferson was a young man when he penned the words expressed among political philosophers of the time that there were natural rights “endowed by their creator” that all persons possess. His phrase in the Declaration of Independence that preceded that assertion, “all men are created equal,” gained the most notice and debate even until today.

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‘Putting a Face to Those who Protect Our Community’

Centreville communities celebrate National Night Out.

“National Night Out is a good reminder of why we serve and the tremendous support we have from our community – and it’s just fun.” — Capt. Shawn Adcock, FCPD’s Special Operations Division

Fort Hunt Little League

Fall registration for Fort Hunt Little League is open.

Memorial Benefit Concert

In Memory of Phil Bolin

The family of Phil Bolin would like to invite you to a Memorial Benefit Concert

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Divided Government in an Off-Off Year

Democrats want to take the House; Republicans want to take the Senate.

"I think there's a sense that people want one house to check the other. They don't want total control in both Houses." — Former Gov. Doug Wilder

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Storm damage Aug 7

ROUND TWO – Residents on N. Pitt Street saw trees come down amid the high winds and tornado watch issued for the region Aug. 7.

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Alexandria Celebrates Women

ACW walk kick off

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New Lorton Police Station Commander Named

Station nears opening in Fall

Station nears opening in Fall

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Cinder Bed Road Sees Signs of Redevelopment

Addition to industrial area of Newington may open the door for more.

Cinder Bed Road

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Burden of Housing on Family Budgets


Tuesday, August 8

Opinion/Letter: There Is No Budget Surplus

School Budget

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Bandaid Approaches to Food Insecurity

School system extends summer food program at public school sites.

School food program

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Forty-four of the Nation’s Highest Poverty Schools in FCPS

These schools serve free breakfast and lunch to all students


Saturday, August 5

Thursday, August 3

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Register for the Annual Tour de Mount Vernon

Bike Ride

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Lesson Zero Performs at Fort Hunt

Free Sunday Concert Series continues through August.

Fort Hunt music

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Ice Cream, Fire Trucks and Bluegrass

Residents gather for National Night Out at Mount Vernon Park on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

National Night Out

Wednesday, August 2

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Affordable Housing Community for Senior Citizens

Groundbreaking held for The Lodge at Autumn Willow.

Speeches have been made, shovelfuls of dirt have been flung and construction is now underway for The Lodge at Autumn Willow in Chantilly. But it’s not just any residential project – it’ll provide high-quality apartments for senior citizens at prices they can afford.

Retiring But Not Quitting

The most common question I get these days is “how does it feel to be retired?”

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Development Brings ‘Human Cost to Our Families’

Residents grill county staff about data center impacts.

Residents grill county staff about data center impacts.

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Town’s Gentleman Patriarch Dies

Arthur Stuart Nachman, a life well lived.

Arthur Stuart Nachman, patriarch of the Town of Herndon, died on Tuesday, July 25, at the age of 69, after a thirty-year battle with cancer.

News Briefs

News Briefs

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ALIVE! and Volunteer Alexandria Celebrate Results of First City Wide Food Drive

33,511 lbs of food collected during July; more needed.

During July 2023, Volunteer Alexandria partnered with ALIVE! For a city-wide food drive.

Car Seat Inspections, Aug. 10

Parents may get their children’s car seats inspected on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 5-8:30 p.m., outside the Sully District Police Station.

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Supervisors Recognize McLean HS "It’s Academic" Team

First ever FCPS to win two championships in a row.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized the McLean High School Scholastic Bowl Team for their "It’s Academic" championship with a resolution on Tuesday, July 25

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Friendship Firehouse Festival Returns Aug. 5

The Friendship Firehouse Festival returns to the 100 block of South Alfred Street Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in celebration of Friendship’s 249th year.

Local Student Chosen To Attend American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation

Sara Fenimore of Alexandria is one of 94 high school seniors selected to attend American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation July 22-29 in Washington, D.C. The weeklong program, founded in 1947, has provided exceptional civic education to thousands of students, teaching them about how the federal government works.

Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to $1.4M Fraud Scheme

An Alexandria man pleaded guilty today to defrauding the U.S. government of approximately $1.4 million in tax revenue by preparing false tax returns on behalf of his unsuspecting clients.

United Community Back to School Drive 2023

This year, United Community has a goal of supplying 900 children with backpacks and school supplies. United Community needs help to ensure local children return to school prepared and equipped.

NVMS Conflict Resolution Center

We in the Mount Vernon area are incredibly lucky to have so many excellent local nonprofits dedicated to improving lives in our community. Today, I will highlight the work of the Northern Virginia Mediation Services (NVMS) Conflict Resolution Center, an organization for which I recently joined the Advisory Council.

Back-to-School Community Day

Join Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck, Neighborhood and Community Services, Fairfax County Public Library, Fairfax County Public Schools and more for Back to School Community Day. The event will take place at the Lorton Community Center, Library and Park (9520 Richmond Hwy) on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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This Summer, We All Scream for Ice Cream

Bruster’s Ice Cream set to open next month in Hilltop Shopping Center.

Bruster's Ice Cream

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FCPS Responds to State Policies for Trans Students

Reactions and concerns

Trans students

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Does FCPS Have Enough Air Purifiers?

Deadline passed for more free help for classroom air.

Air purifiers

Re-Engineering Fairfax Minimum Parking Requirements


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Programs Assist Seniors and Others with Home Repairs

Help is on the way, one way or another.

Home repair