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David Guas' new show on Travel Channel debuts on July 2 at 9 p.m.

Pitmasters from around the country will compete this summer on American Grilled, the new series from the Travel Channel, for the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize and bragging rights as the ultimate outdoor grilling master.

Chef and restaurateur David Guas (Bayou Bakery) will host the show and act as a co-judge along with a guest.

American Grilled will visit Chicago, Asheville, Louisville, Austin, New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, and other legendary grilling cities around the country. Each competing grill master will showcase regional flavors and ingredients: blue crab in Annapolis, Maryland; scuppernongs (a grape variety) in Asheville; and rainbow chard and pork belly in Memphis.

Recently, chef Guas stopped by The Daily Meal’s test kitchen to share some of his favorite behind-the-scenes moments from the show.

American Grilled will debut tonight, July 2, at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

For the latest food and drink updates, visit our Food News page.

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.


Jerry Nunn has been crafting articles for over five years for Windy City Media Group. His strong background with music, theater, dance and BFA in Performing Arts add to his critical reviews of restaurants, books and shows.

Jerry continues to surprise from his first celebrity interview with singer Taylor Dane for Windy City Radio, to his adult movie reviews and gift guides writing under the name “Randy Pubert” for Nightspots magazine. This color glossy nightlife magazine has a circulation of over 8,000 plus online and in print.

His “Nunn on One” column has grown a huge following for Windy City Times. This Chicago weekly GLBT award winning newspaper has a circulation of over 25,000 plus online and in print and is one of the oldest publications for over 25 years.

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Past interviews have included Lily Tomlin, Donna Summer, Art Smith, Kathy Griffin, Paul Stanley Cyndi Lauper among others. One interview alone was link to the WB website and garnered over 8,000 hits. Segments from Nunn’s interviews have also run on Access Hollywood, the front of page of AOL, and to name a few.

Photography assignments have captured Barbara Streisand, Elton John, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce, along with hundreds of nightlife pictures for Nightspots magazine.

Jerry has judged and hosted Windy City Idol, a Chicago LGBT singing competition and appeared on Windy City Queercast, the weekly podcast for the company.

Zuckerberg to face House as Libra concerns intensify

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a key congressional committee that deals with the finance industry later this month, the latest sign of rising opposition to the social-media giant’s plans to create a cryptocurrency.

Zuckerberg will appear before the House Financial Services Committee on October 23, according to Maxine Waters, the panel’s Democratic chairwoman. He’ll be the sole witness at the hearing, which is advertised as an examination of Facebook’s broad impact on the financial services and housing industries, Waters said in a Wednesday statement.

Zuckerberg looks forward to testifying before the committee and responding to lawmakers’ questions, a Facebook spokesman said.

The hearing will be second held by Waters in a matter of months that features a Facebook senior manager. In July, both Democratic and Republican members on her panel grilled David Marcus, the executive leading Facebook’s development of the digital token, known as Libra. Lawmakers are concerned that the coin might be used to bypass money-laundering rules or that it could undermine government control over the flow of money.

Facebook announced in June it’s trying to create a new cryptocurrency using similar technology to that of Bitcoin, saying it would lower the cost of payments and money transfers. The company helped form a new organization, called the Libra Association, that’s incorporated in Switzerland and would manage the currency.

Blowback to the plan was swift. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has said Libra could pose a risk to the financial system, and its drawn criticism from President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The French and German finance ministers have said they would block the project.

The Little Theater of Alexandria is staging the musical comedy “Spamalot” Aug. 2-23. The irreverent play, which won three Tony Awards, including the Tony for Best Musical in 2005, is adapted from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” It originally starred Tim Curry as King Arthur, David Hyde Pierce as Sir Robin and Hank Azaria as Sir Lancelot on Broadway.

Hosting Safetypalooza

Boy Scouts, professionals teach children how to avoid trouble.

Thanks to 15-year-old Boy Scout Alex Battani, several local children know more about bike, bus and fire safety, as well as avoiding strangers. A rising junior at Westfield High, he put on a Safetypalooza at the Sully District Police Station. Also participating was police Crime Prevention Specialist Tara Gerhard, with that station, plus firefighters from the Springfield District Station and members of the Blue Suit Pacers Cycling Team.

Creative Dance Center, Pat Mitchell Unite

Spotlight Theater Camp starts Aug. 4.

There’s a new, local theater program with a familiar face at the helm. Westfield High grad and theater alumnus Pat Mitchell is partnering with Creative Dance Center (CDC) to put on Spotlight Theater Camp. The camp will run Aug. 4-8, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at CDC, 14155-E Sullyfield Circle in Chantilly. For more information and to register, go to Mitchell’s excited about it and is hoping for a good turnout.

WGCC Swim Team Wins Division-A Championship

Lightning swimmers break several records.

Last year, the WGCC Lightning swimmers lost the Country Club Swimming and Diving Association championship title by a half a point to Kenwood. Had any one WGCC swimmer finished one place higher during the two-day league championship meet, the team would have won. Many of the team's swimmers trained hard all winter with that half-point on their minds. This past week, the team moved three steps closer to claiming that title with decisive victories in three of their biggest meets this season.

Springfield Shortlisted for FBI Headquarters

Other locations are Greenbelt and Landover.

Springfield could very well be the next site of the FBI headquarters. The General Services Administration and FBI announced Tuesday that Springfield was included on the shortlist for the new FBI headquarters.

Laurel Hill Master Plan Meets Final Approval

Construction expected to begin this fall.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the plan to develop the site of the former Lorton prison.

Sunflowers for Wildlife

Sunflowers for Wildlife

The peak bloom of 25 acres of sunflowers off River Road is past, but the fading flowers will leave seeds that attract songbirds and other wildlife for some time to come. Goldfinches and Indigo Buntings are visible by the the dozen as the sunflower seeds mature.

Supervisors Deny Landfill Application

Board votes against plan to extend life of Lorton Landfill.

The Board of Supervisors voted late Tuesday to reject an EnviroSolutions application to extend the life of the Lorton construction debris landfill until 2034. Supervisors voted in a 6-4 vote to deny the application, which in effect will require the landfill to close by the end of 2018.


Alexandrians vs. British Raiders – June 1814

At 5:30 on the evening of Tuesday, June 21, 1814, a number of Alexandria cavalrymen were sitting on their horses on a hill overlooking the village of Benedict, Md. on the Patuxent River, about 40 miles southeast of Washington. Below them, they could see several British barges and ships anchored in the river near the village.

Friendship Firehouse Festival Aug. 2

Historic firehouse celebrates 240th birthday.

Alexandria’s historic Friendship Firehouse will celebrate its 240th birthday Saturday, Aug. 2 at the annual Friendship Firehouse Festival.

Commentary: Jefferson-Houston’s Journey through Re-Segregation

“Alexandria quietly is making plans for a model community-centered facility to replace its least integrated elementary school, Charles Houston,” The Washington Post reported in January 1968. “But present indications are that the new Jefferson-Houston Elementary School will be as segregated as the old one.” To what extent is today’s new school facility, the ongoing construction and failing academics a continuation of yesterday?

Seniors Struggling with Hunger

Senior Hunger is real, and, according to information provided by the Meals on Wheels Association, 8.8 million of America’s seniors or nearly 1 in 6 may not know where their next meal is coming from. Programs like Meals on Wheels are critical to solving this national crisis. In the State of Virginia over 124,000 seniors are struggling with hunger and only 22 percent are receiving help through Meals on Wheels.

District 10 Crown

The SYA West Little League 11/12 year old All-Stars captured the District 10 crown after a 10-2 victory against SYA East in the championship game.

Letter: Bee Safe Neighborhoods


Introducing Fall SYA Volleyball

SYA Volleyball completed its 17th year this past June.

Letter: Determining Cost Of Added Jobs

To the Editor: The examples given regarding people who will receive expanded coverage Medicaid are tragic and saddening. However, the figures given to substantiate the beneficial effects of expanded Medicaid coverage in Virginia appear to be whimsical.

Garden Club Works in Small Ways with Major Impact

In 2008, immediately after its inception, the Centreville Garden Club took on its first community project: a refurbishment of the planters around the Sully Government Center.

It rained yesterday Umbrella rainbow of bright colors Through the rain of summer A child’s imagination The laughter and purity of it.

Letter: Adopt A Block Works In Old Town

To the Editor: My husband and I moved into beautiful Old Town a few years ago. We purchased a rather shabby and old historic home in need of lots of love and repair. We have been blessed with caring neighbors on our block and we met some wonderful neighbors around the corner, the Huettner's who have become Adopt A Block captains with us.

‘Brothers, Neighbors, Friends’

Chantilly resident installed as officer with The Knights of Columbus.

Eric Latcheran, 27, of Chantilly’s Poplar Tree Estates community, has Down syndrome. Yet his intellectual disabilities don’t stop him from leading a full life.

Plot for Hunger Eagle Scout Project

Puwen Lee from Arlington Food Assistance Center Volunteer Services and Plot Against Hunger manager and Hunter Moore, director of Culpepper Garden Retirement Community, examined a recently constructed raised garden plot for the retirement community residences by Gianni Snidle from Arlington Boy Scout Troop 111.

Letter: Adding to Deficit Spending

To the Editor: Mary Kimm’s editorial encouraging Virginia’s legislature to expand Medicaid coverage because the federal government will foot the $3 billion bill ignores how the feds will foot the bill — by deficit spending. Revenues won’t cover this additional spending — it will go straight on top of the deficit for future generations to foot. The 30,000 jobs it will supposedly create — one for every 13 beneficiaries — is an egregious misdirection of resources.

Double Honors

Leadership Arlington President & CEO Betsy Frantz has been recognized with two major awards for her work at the organization and in the community.

Community’s Help Needed for Immigrant Children

The Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) is collecting donations for the 70 immigrant children and 15 young mothers.

Churchill Turf Field Booted Ahead

Private money to pay for field in exchange for “priority access” Montgomery Soccer challenges the decision.

Winston Churchill’s future artificial turf stadium field has a green light, despite ongoing challenge and controversy. On Monday, July 28, the County Council’s Education Committee recommended approval of $1.3 million for installation of the field, expected to be completed by spring of 2015. The money will come from a private sports club and Churchill boosters. The private funds allow for the construction of the new field without waiting for the county construction process.

Primed To Learn about Work

Summer school program matches students with potential careers.

Julia Payne spent a week of her summer calling local restaurants asking them if they would like to hand out coasters and condoms for World Aids Day. She said this with a laugh, remarking on how some people had interesting responses to that offer.

West Potomac Grad Lescher To Play Baseball at Penn

Pitcher enjoys Creedence Clearwater Revival, tacos.

Q&A with West Potomac grad Billy Lescher.

A New Era at Local School

Matthew Gould tapped as head of Norwood School.

When the 2014-2015 school year opens in a few weeks, Norwood School will have a new leader at the helm. The Board of Trustees for the Bethesda school named Matthew A. Gould, Ph.D., as the new head of school earlier this month. Gould replaces Richard T. Ewing Jr., who retired from Norwood after 35 years. “Having grown up in the D.C. area and worked in various schools for the past 25 years, I was well aware of Norwood’s reputation as one of the largest and finest kindergarten-through-eighth grade schools in the country,” said Gould. “I was impressed with Norwood’s deep commitment and passion for educating the whole child in a joyful, nurturing and challenging learning environment. It was important for me to be in a school community that puts children at the center of everything.”

Flourishing After 55, Aug. 11-16

“Flourishing After 55” from Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs, Aug. 11-16.

Democrats Have Treasurer Candidate

Carla de la Pava is the only candidate to file to seek the Democrats’ nomination to be the next Arlington County treasurer.

Consolidating Human Services

The Arlington County Board on July 24 approved a lease agreement that will consolidate its Department of Human Services programs at the Sequoia Plaza complex at 2100 Washington Blvd.

Pay through Parkmobile

Arlington County has partnered with Parkmobile USA, Inc., to bring residents and visitors a mobile payment solution for parking at all 5,329 metered spaces throughout the county.

Obituary: Harry Hodges Semmes, Jr.

Harry Hodges Semmes, Jr., 94, died of Alzheimer’s on July 6, 2014 at Buckingham's Choice where he had moved after 50 years of living in Potomac.

Surfer Bethany Hamilton Shares Her Story

Fourth Presbyterian School welcomed professional surfer Bethany Hamilton to campus in April. Hamilton became well known after she lost her left arm to a shark attack while surfing at the age of 13. Just one month later, she was back in the water pursuing her passion of surfing, and just over a year later won her first national title. In 2007 she turned pro and has since competed in a number of Association of Surfing Professionals and World Tour Events. In March, she won the Surf N Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro held in Oahu, Hawaii.

Join the Auxiliary Police Unit

The Arlington County Police Department is offering an opportunity for residents to serve their community by becoming a sworn Auxiliary Police Officer.

Hamelburg Selected for Diller ‘Tikkun Olam’ Award

Teen launched “Operation 18,000.”

“Tikkun Olam” is a Hebrew phrase which means “Repairing the World.” The concept suggests that all share in the responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. Potomac’s Katie Hamelburg has adopted the phrase as her mantra and is on a fast-track to inspiring other teens to become involved in volunteerism to make their communities, nation and world a better place for all.

Whitman’s Hatch Pursuing College Basketball Dream

Rising junior feels “infinitely better” than during freshman year.

Marie Hatch was one of the 2012-13 Whitman girls’ basketball team’s best players as a freshman prior to a shoulder injury that forced her to miss a large portion of the season. The following year, Hatch earned all-division honors and led the Vikings in scoring, helping the team win 20 consecutive games. Now a rising junior, Hatch feels much improved mentally and physically as she chases her dream of playing college basketball. She recently participated in a Q&A via email.

Ireton Grad Cunningham to Play Lax at Rhodes College

Ireton Grad Cunningham to Play Lax at Rhodes College

Bishop Ireton grad Kendall Cunningham will play lacrosse at Rhodes College.

Lake Braddock Grad Owens to Play Baseball at ECU

Q&A: Former Bruins SS enjoys playing beach volleyball.

Lake Braddock grad Jack Owens will play baseball at East Carolina.

Wednesday, July 30

Foreign Nationals Immersed in Local Lifeguarding

For some, it starts out on two wheels.

Every day, Vasyl Smolii uses two different routes when he bikes to and from work at the Belle View pool in Alexandria. Coming down the hill on Belle View Boulevard is an easy ride in the morning but going back up in the evening is not as easy on the bicycle Smolii rents from his sponsor High Sierra Pools, an Arlington-based pool management company. "I must buy this bike for the summer," said 19-year-old Smolii from Ukraine.

Serving Families For 90 Years

Pushing the boundaries has led to success, says Northern Virginia Family Services CEO.

An organization does not thrive for 90 years by chance. Northern Virginia Family Services, a county institution, has impacted families throughout the region for nearly a century with no sign of slowing down.

Column: “CanSir”

When it comes to being a cancer patient, even more so a multi-year cancer survivor, I have always erred on the side of caution. And by caution, I mean being respectful to the disease, courteous of its comings and goings, mindful of its potential damage and afraid of its intangibles. And by intangibles, I mean the unexplained and the inexplicable, and most fearfully, its power and unpredictability. Therefore, my behavior toward it has been intended to be as polite as possible never to be perceived – in any way imaginable – as arrogant, presumptuous, in control, all-knowing and most especially, victorious.

Editorial: Finally, Marriage Rights Protected in Virginia

On July 28, 2014, in affirming that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, Circuit Judge Henry F. Floyd writes: “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.

Whitman’s Hatch Pursuing College Basketball Dream

Q&A: Rising junior feels ‘infinitely better’ than during freshman year

Marie Hatch led the Whitman girls' basketball team in scoring as a sophomore last season.

South Lakes Rising Senior Wojciechowski Looking for Continued Improvement

Q&A: Pitcher recently traveled to Haiti for mission trip.

Matt Wojciechowski helped the South Lakes baseball team earn the No. 2 seed in the 2014 Conference 6 tournament.

Cronin Gives Oakton Girls’ Basketball Defensive Presence

Q&A: Rising senior named 2014 Conference 5 Defensive POY.

Oakton rising senior Karlie Cronin is a basketball and lacrosse standout at Oakton.

McLean Graduate Sullivan to Pitch for Virginia Tech

Q&A: Former Highlander hurler enjoys Zac Brown Band.

McLean graduate Joey Sullivan will pitch for Virginia Tech.

Week in Vienna

Farmers markets, bike lanes and police.

Shouse Village Sharks Fall Short

The Shouse Village Sharks lost against High Point Pool 231-174 in NVSL Division 8.

Vienna Youth Players Present Musical

‘Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?’ opens Aug. 1, runs for two weekends.

For children who studied in Catholic school in the 1950s and 60s, a burning question that perplexed young minds was, “do black patent leather shoes really reflect up?”

Ice Cream Social At Freeman House

Historic Vienna, Inc. hosts family summer fun with games and ice cream.

Historic Vienna, Inc. takes its mission to preserve and promote Vienna’s colorful history seriously.

‘Realizing that Being Different Is OK’

Vienna, Oakton residents perform in ‘Shrek the Musical.’

A big green ogre, a princess, a wisecracking donkey and a love-struck dragon – they’ll all be onstage when The Alliance Theatre’s Summer Stars program presents “Shrek the Musical.”

‘They’re Thinking Beyond Themselves’

They’re of Indian descent, so they’re helping Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), which works mainly in India, Pakistan and Nepal.

Shiver Me Timbers!

First Pirate Fest a success.

The event was set up like a port town. Even the games had to be paid in doubloons rather than with cash.

Letter: Bow Hunts are Consistent with Reston Values

The Reston Association has wisely begun to approve bow hunts to curb our deer overpopulation, under strict regulations that this be done safely and professionally.

Column: Kids Count

Officials at all levels of government need to demonstrate that we know how much kids count!

An index of key indicators in four domains measures what children need most in order to thrive: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health and (4) family and community.

Column: Riding the Silver Line—Day One

No doubt about it: The Silver Line is a game changer for Reston.

I was kind of excited about the opening of the Reston (Wiehle-Reston East) Metro station on Saturday.


Silver Line Officially Opens

Weihle-Reston East to Largo Town Center.

After the speeches, after the ribbon-cutting, there was a mad rush to board the first publicly open rail cars that rolled on the Silver Line heading towards Tysons Corner.

My Day at Fort Hunt

Fort Hunt Elementary is a joyful place.

School Notes for 1/1/14

Tysons Welcomes Metrorail

Arrival of Silver Line to Tysons set to encourage residential development.

Five Silver Line Metro stations located in Reston and Tysons Corner opened to the public on Saturday, July 26.

First Train Arrives to McLean

Grand opening of the new metro line welcomed by residents.

It was 12:23 p.m. Saturday, July 26 when for the first time, a full Silver Line metro train zoomed from Reston, through Tysons Corner and into the new McLean metro station.

Tysons Corner Center Plaza Opens

Local artwork, children’s play space, free movies.

Confetti cannons, people blowing bubbles, acrobats inside of balloons and many more eye catching celebratory notes were a part of the Tysons Corner Center Plaza opening on July 24.

Letter: Government In Bedrooms

We need Supervisor John Foust to represent us in Congress, a public servant who listens to his constituents and fights for their causes.

Sixth-graders Leave the Gift for School

On Friday, June 20, the sixth-grade graduation class of Chesterbrook Elementary School in McLean presented an historic plaque and a planted dogwood tree to their school.

Letter: Checking the Letters

I have read both letters to the editor in the July 16, 2014, McLean edition, in which Anne C. Gruner and Macy Anderson, as residents of McLean, enthusiastically endorse Barbara Comstock for Congress.

Temporary Fire Station To Be Constructed In Herndon

New fire station expected to be complete by spring of 2016.

The original station was built in 1950 and according to fire officials cannot accommodate newer, larger-sized vehicles such as ladder trucks.

Vinehaven Under Construction

Homes will fit character of downtown.

The three-level, 17 properties currently being built at the corner of Vine and Center streets will be finished as soon as early next year.

Letter: A Different Picture

A recent letter to the editor about Delegate Barbara Comstock claims that she’s focused on job creation and helping struggling college students.

Lights Go Up Along W&OD Trial

Construction projects underway in downtown Herndon.

In downtown Herndon construction has been occurring at several locations including the Vinehaven townhouse project on Vine Street.

Northwest Federal Launches Six Ton Challenge

Northwest Federal Credit Union has set a goal to collect 12,000 pounds of non-perishable food items – or six tons of spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned juice and cereal boxes – by Aug. 15 for its annual food drive.

Oak Hill Resident in ‘Shrek the Musical’

A big green ogre, a princess, a wisecracking donkey and a love-struck dragon – they’ll all be onstage when The Alliance Theatre’s Summer Stars program presents “Shrek the Musical.”

Preserving Great Falls Giants

Residents encouraged to contribute to planting of white oak trees.

When the early settlers came to what is now Great Falls and cleared the land for farms, they often left one type of tree to provide shade: the white oak.

Great Falls Creamery Opens

Local family runs business.

Great Falls Creamery, the newest ice cream shop in town, opened earlier this summer to give locals an in-town option for their favorite scoops.

Letter: Choosing Wisely In November

I recommend we choose Barbara Comstock instead of John Foust in the November election for our representative to the U. S. House of Representatives from the Virginia 10th District.

Letter: A Good News

Saul Centers is to be loudly applauded for the new oasis at the Safeway Shopping Center on Walker Road.

From Great Falls to South Africa

Two local high school students, Julia Chirite from Langley High School and Arthur Tisseront from Thomas Jefferson, will travel to South Africa this September as participants in the World Youth Rhino Summit, an international anti-poaching and conservation initiative sponsored by the Kashmir World Foundation where the two students currently intern at.

Great Falls All Stars Reach the Final Four

The Great Fall Little League All Stars took their high-octane pitching and excellence across the line up hitting to the semi-finals of the Virginia State Little League All Star tournament in Bridgewater, Va.

Governor's Mansion, Confidential

Defense team in corruption case to detail crumbling McDonnell marriage.

When he takes the stand in his own defense, former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell will read jurors an email that he wrote to his wife as their marriage was said to be crumbling.

Thursday, July 24

West Potomac Slugger Sara Showed Power Late in Sophomore Season

Q&A: Rising junior listens to Riff Raff, ASAP Rocky before games.

West Potomac rising junior Jamie Sara plans to play baseball in college.

TC Grad Schedler to Join Sister at Susquehanna University

Q&A: Former Titans guard fan of Beyoncé, Wizards.

T.C. Williams graduate Angie Schedler to play basketball at Susquehanna University.

Churchill’s Dubick Shares World Lax Championship Experience

Q&A: Two-time All-American is committed to University of Maryland.

Churchill rising senior Louis Dubick has produced 436 points in three high school lacrosse seasons.

Wakefield Rising Senior Tham is Warriors' Force in the Paint

Q&A: The oldest of eight children, Tham enjoys Meek Mill, NBA 2K.

Wakefield rising senior Dominique Tham has helped guide the Warriors boys' basketball team to the state tournament each of the last two seasons.

Westfield Rising Senior Gibson Commits to Army

Q&A: Standout free safety visits family in Liberia every year.

Westfield rising junior James Gibson enters his third season as Westfield's starting free safety.

Langley Grad Collier to Play Basketball at Denison University

Q&A: Collier enjoys listening to Nas, watching Will Ferrell movies.

Langley grad Garrett Collier will play basketball at Denison University.

Madison’s Koshuta Returned to Dominance Following Torn ACL

Q&A: 6-2 post earned all-state in 2014, committed to Virginia Tech.

Madison rising senior Kelly Koshuta is committed to Virginia Tech.

WSHS Grad Berglund to Play at Northwestern-St. Paul

Q&A: Sharpshooting guard fan of Minnesota Vikings, Twins.

West Springfield graduate Amy Berglund finished second on the West Springfield all-time scoring list.

Apartments, Retail Planned: Kamp Washington Triangle

Fairfax City Council concerned about density, affordability.

It’s still a work in progress, but Novus Fairfax Gateway LLC hopes to transform part of the Kamp Washington triangle between Fairfax Boulevard and Lee Highway into a modern, community-serving, mixed-use project.

Snake? Snake?!

Lewis family cares for four-foot female corn snake.

Indiana Jones may not enjoy slithering serpents all that much, but the Lewis family, on the other hand, welcomed corn snake Cory into the house 10 years ago, and has been caring for her ever since.

Roaches Approaching

Pre-K teacher entertains class with Hisser and Norman.

Switching two letters makes a world of difference between how cockroaches are typically described and how Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Kareen Lawson of Burke describes them. Whereas most anyone else would hit the insects with the label “pest,” not to mention with an old magazine, Lawson’s term for her two Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Hisser and Norman, is instead “pets.”

Becky and LuLu: A Special Bond

The relationship between dog and girl is strong, the bond never to break. I, personally, grew up — and am still growing up with — wonderful dogs. First, there was Leroy. I was born into the middle of his reign on the Randolph household kingdom, and he helped to raise me, the princess of his kingdom.

Ferreting for Fun

Local ninth grader appreciates playful nature of Steve and Skippy.

Commonly known for their playfulness and pungence, ferrets have earned themselves the moniker of “the clowns of the animal kingdom” from sources like Animal Planet. City of Fairfax resident Brandon Henry, 13, of Robinson Secondary has greatly enjoyed this aspect of his two ferrets, Steve and Skippy, for the past two years. “I asked for them two years ago for Christmas, and ended up receiving them as a gift from my parents,” Henry said. “At the time, my sister always called random things ‘Steve,’ so I decided to name one of the ferrets ‘Steve,’ and the other one was always hopping around, so I named it ‘Skippy.’”

Letter: Dog Training - Chasing Lulu

Letter to the Editor

Krazy for K9s 4H club is a group for children 9 through 19. It’s a fun, free club for anyone in the age range that has a dog and wants to train it. We do many activities at different destinations, like Give Together Day, the 4H fair and Reston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Grants to Support Animal Welfare

2014 Barkdull Memorial Fund winners announced.

On May 13, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare announced four winners for the 2014 grant process from a group of 12 applicants. The winners are Friends of Homeless Animals, receiving $2,000 Prince William Humane Society, receiving $3,000 The Wildlife Rescue League, receiving $3,000 and The Wolf Trap Foundation, receiving $2,000. Each of these organizations are dedicated to the welfare of animals.

Letter: Following the Rule of Honor

Letter to the Editor

The recent story in The Connection about Governor Terry McAuliffe signing special legislation that would focus on helping military personnel and their families underscored the importance of what these fine Americans do for our country. A grateful nation and state should acknowledge their sacrifice by helping them when possible.

Reading Retriever

Samson serves as one-dog audience to young readers at local libraries.

Since his puppy days, Golden Retriever Samson has been an eager participant in a program custom-made to display the most admirable qualities of man’s best friend. He and volunteer Tricia Lowney of Fairfax Station, his owner, have participated in the popular “Read to the Dog” program at four local libraries since 2012.

Meet Best Friends of Fairfax

Canine companions bring happiness into owners’ lives.

Close friends and neighbors, Judy Schnoeblen and Laura Gunson of Fairfax, only become closer through their dogs, Hunter and Archie, who are also very close companions.

Greenspring Celebrates Diversity with International Night

Woodland Skies, one of the full service, on-campus dining venues at Greenspring, recently hosted an International Night event at the community. The restaurant was transformed into an intercontinental stage celebrating various regions of the globe

Tax and Wire Fraud: Three Years Prison

Fair Oaks tax preparer filed false returns with the IRS.

Although she received a sentence below the state guidelines, a former Fair Oaks tax preparer will be spending the next three years in prison. She is Thuy Tien Le, 40, who learned her punishment last Friday, July 18, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Workshop Promotes Science Education

On Tuesday, July 15, the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA), in conjunction with the George Mason University College of Education and Human Development, held a day-long program that focused on advancing science education in Fairfax County schools.

Lizzie and Yola, the Life Saving Labs

About eight years ago, a very special dog came into our lives – and the lives of many others. We signed up with Guiding Eyes for the Blind to be Puppy Raisers.

Letter: Time to Make a Change

To the Editor

The current Congressman from Virginia’s 11th Congressional District (Gerry Connolly) prides himself in being the first to defend the Obama Administration. He has defended the Attorney General, the handling of Benghazi, the NSA, the VA, the Border Patrol, the EPA, and most importantly and most frequently the IRS.

Pet Connection July 2014

Our readers submitted photos of their adorable pets.

Frodo and Sam have become best friends – sort of. My husband and I adopted Frodo from Home Alone Cat Rescue several years ago. He is part Maine Coon and part American Bobtail, with a funny short tail. He may have been mistreated by a previous owner because he is afraid of everything, especially ceiling fans. He quickly became comfortable in our home as an “only cat.”

Swimming for a Cause at South Run Pool

On Sunday, July 13, the South Run Community Pool held their annual Swim-a-Thon charity event to raise funds and awareness for cancer, a cause that runs deep through this close-knit neighborhood community.

Robinson Grad Never Far from Roots

Hometown entrepreneur set to open business in Fairfax.

Baher Elgibali, 31, of Kingstowne, is no stranger to stress, having worked in real estate and construction for almost 10 years. A former real estate specialist at Debbie Dogrul Associates - a Fairfax real estate company - Elgibali learned about the extreme sides of stress and found that massage was a way to relieve it.

Week in Reston

Weekly happenings in Reston

Week in Vienna

Weekly happenings in Vienna

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

Week in McLean

Weekly happenings in McLean

Letter: Example of City Hall Disdain

To The Editor: The May 21 article about your reporter asking to copy the table of contents of the city regulations and the city manager’s staff response was truly appalling. It was rude, condescending and arrogant, a thesaurus worth of negative words.

Roundups: Week of July 24

Remodeling with Pets in Mind

Keep pets safe during construction projects created for man’s best friend.

While the end result of a remodel is often a new, updated or enlarged living space, the road to that improvement is often filled with dust, debris and inconvenience — which can be upsetting and even dangerous to dogs and cats.

Rising Senior Tham Is Wakefield’s Force in the Paint

The oldest of eight children, Tham enjoys Meek Mill, NBA 2K.

Dominique Tham has been a force in the paint for head coach Tony Bentley’s Wakefield boys’ basketball program which has reached the state tournament each of the last two seasons.

How Has the Library Affected You?

Friends of Richard Byrd Library encourage visitors to share library stories.

Springfield resident Eleanor Lamb loves the library. The West Springfield High School graduate visited consistently while growing up in the area, and is now giving back through her internship with the Friends of Richard Byrd Library. Lamb, a rising junior at William and Mary, has spent the summer gathering the opinions and viewpoints of people who used the library, taking their picture and making posters with the responses as part of the “Library Stories” project.

Serving up a Summer Treat

Springfield residents make homemade ice cream at area farmers markets.

Even with flavors that contain vegetables like beets and rhubarbs, children and adults alike are crazy for Craig and June McMullen’s homemade, fresh and natural ice cream. “It’s a great way to get kids to eat vegetables,” June said.

Express Lanes, Rapid-Bus Transit Planned for I-66

Improvements will be made from Capital Beltway to Haymarket.

Express lanes and rapid-bus transit could be coming to Interstate 66, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on July 17.

Behind the Scenes at ‘Shrek the Musical.’

When audiences enjoy The Alliance Theatre’s Summer Stars show, “Shrek the Musical,” it won’t just be because of the acting and storyline, but also because of all the work that goes on behind the scenes.

Give Blood, Give Back to Community

Paul VI student hosting blood drive in Clifton.

When Mitch Kiefer was 6, his 3-year-old brother Brent was diagnosed with leukemia. Brent recovered, but Kiefer remains committed to helping others suffering from similar illnesses. Now, Kiefer, a student at Paul VI Catholic School in Fairfax, is planning a second blood drive in Clifton in honor of his brother.

‘Don’t Be Afraid to be Different’

Alliance Summer Stars presents “Shrek the Musical.”

A big green ogre, a princess, a wise-cracking donkey and a love-struck dragon – they’ll all be onstage when The Alliance Theatre’s Summer Stars program presents “Shrek the Musical.”

Springfield Pet Store Shares Importance of Good Nutrition

Felix & Oscar provide natural pet food.

Nikki Logan and Matt O’Leary, employees of Felix & Oscar, a natural pet food store in Springfield, admit that their pets probably eat better than they do sometimes. “With all of the processed and artificial stuff that’s in fast food, I would definitely say yes,” Logan said.

Caring for Aging Pets

Jason Overman of Springfield Animal Hospital shares some best practices.

Even for those pet lovers who pay close attention to the health and well-being of their pets, it’s not uncommon for owners to be unaware of when their pet is reaching the point of becoming a senior. Because the lifespan of pets can vary, it’s important to do extensive research, and to take pets to the vet at least once a year.

‘Thanks for Exemplary Community Service’

Ted and Tami Troscianecki receive McDonnell Award.

Each year, the West Fairfax County Citizens Association (WFCCA) presents the James D. McDonnell Award to honor a local resident’s outstanding service to the community. Monday night, July 21, it was given jointly, for the first time.

‘You’re Fortunate You Didn’t Kill Anyone’

Centreville man is sentenced for committing arson.

Convicted of arson, a 25-year-old Centreville man could well have been sentenced to many years in prison. Instead, Giancarlo Deleon received a suspended sentence and will receive the mental-health treatment he needs.

The Safeway Four: Armed Robbers Sentenced

Three defendants sentenced to 35 years each another sentenced to 12 years.

It was a crime that shocked Old Town, an armed robbery that rattled a neighborhood where most of the illicit activity is limited to petty theft from unlocked vehicles.

Wednesday, July 23

Across Northern Virginia, Men Pull Larger Paychecks than Women

Trend is more prominent in wealthier areas.

When Lola Arce de Quintela first moved to Oakton 20 years ago, she noticed something about the way men and women arranged their professional careers around their family lives in Northern Virginia. Men took high-powered jobs with large paychecks, while women often dropped out of the workforce to take care of growing families. If women had full-time jobs, she says, they would often select positions that were not as demanding so they could focus their time and attention on their children while husbands and fathers pulled in six-figure salaries.

Meet Ms. Parrot

I raised her since she was a nymph.

Not The Typical Guard Dog

Buffy, a Lhasa Apso and Miniature Poodle mixed dog, has been a McLean resident for over 13 years.

In many cases, dogs are supposed to be great companions for their owners, which occasionally means holding down the fort when master is away, or being a guard dog.

The Snake of Kings

The King Family of six houses Zed, a Royal Python of nearly three feet in length.

Pythons have reputations of being gigantic, ferocious, monstrous snakes with large appetites.

One of the Cutest Pets in McLean

Anisa Ardeishar, 11, is the proud owner of an all-black Netherland Dwarf bunny.

When it comes to fluffy, friendly, and obedient pets that would be perfect for children, there is nothing better than a bunny rabbit.

It’s All in the Genes

Marlene and Alex Bocast are the happy masters of Ivy, a dog with a story.

Have you ever encountered a dog that was one-quarter Landseer Newfoundland, one-quarter Chinese Shar Pei, and 50 percent undetermined?

Meet Best Friends of Vienna Area

Stories of people and their pets in the Vienna area.

Everybody knows the old saying “a dog is man’s best friend” but over time it seems that dogs have become everyone’s best friend.

Meet Best Friends of Herndon

People and pets: stories from neighborhood.

Lily and Lauren Runz, 5 year old twins, have a pug named Puma.

Riches from RAGS Exhibit to Open at ArtSpace Herndon

Fine art by the 11 artists of Reston Art Gallery & Studios (RAGS) will be featured in a special exhibit, Riches from RAGS, at ArtSpace Herndon from Tuesday, July 29 until Sunday, Aug. 24.

Column: Billion-Dollar Give-Away!

By the time you are reading this column Virginia will have reached the milestone by having refused to accept a billion dollars of monies paid by Virginia taxpayers to close the coverage gap for 400,000 working poor Virginians who cannot afford health insurance!

Wiehle-Reston East Opens for Metro Riders

Fairfax County holds open house at Reston garage.

Fairfax County held an open house at the Wiehle-Reston East Garage on July 19 to show potential Metro riders access and parking options.

A New Approach to Adoptions at AWLA

New Approach to Adoptions

People seeking to adopt animals from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria may notice some changes in the shelter's approach to adoptions. By partnering with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to evaluate its adoption process, AWLA discovered that some of its previous policies and procedures were likely screening out people who could have been great adopters.

Week in Alexandria: 7/23/14

Highlights of the week in Alexandria.

Foust, Comstock Battle Women’s Issues

Hot button topic is discussed in wake of Hobby Lobby decision.

One of the hotbed issues of the last month was triggered when the Supreme Court decided that for-profit corporations can be exempt from a law if the owner objects for religious reasons. The reason? Contraceptives. Women’s health issues are among the issues that Supervisor John Foust (D-Dranesville) and Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34) – candidates for 10th District Congressional seat -- butt heads on.

Boat Club, City Strike Deal

Land-swap concludes decades of feuding between the two organizations.

The feud between the Boat Club and the city dates back for decades, a conflict that involved the city threatening the use of eminent domain and the Boat Club winning a case against the city at the Virginia Supreme Court.

Letter: Waste of City Resources

Along with all Alexandria residents, I recently received in the mail a brochure from the Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, Resource Recovery Division. The purpose of the brochure was to provide information about the city's trash collection and recycling.

Vienna Saints Second in National Tournament

The Vienna Saints, fifth grade girls team, competed in the 2014 United States Basketball Association National Tournament and placed second in their age group.

Nieman Promoted to Litigation Manager

National workplace law firm Jackson Lewis P.C. has announced that shareholder Matthew F. Nieman has been elevated to Litigation Manager of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Region office, which is located in Reston.

Herndon High Band Students Participate in American Music Abroad Trip

The students were part of a 69-member honor band which performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia.

Preparing Pets for Emergencies

When disaster strikes, pets are frequently abandoned or displaced, either because disasters hit suddenly or because their owners did not have a plan for them beforehand.

Express Lanes, Rapid-Bus Transit Planned for 1-66

Improvements will be made from Capital Beltway to Haymarket.

Express lanes and rapid-bus transit could be coming to Interstate 66, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on July 17.

Children Enjoy Big Vehicles Up Close

Some 2,800 people attended the recent Touch-A-Truck event at the Chantilly Regional Library.

Letter: Calling Reston ‘Home’

Letter to the Editor

In response to Mr. Simon's recent letter as a concerned resident of Reston [Where Are Your Kids?” – Reston Connection, July 2-8, 2014], I can assure him my children are not indoors twiddling their thumbs but are outside enjoying all that Reston has to offer including swimming pools, nature camps, free entertainment shows, walking/scooting/biking around the lakes and even the Farmers Market every Saturday. Indeed, to their great delight, you came up to chat with them a few weeks ago as you were on your way to mail some letters.

Coty Dickson to Exhibit at Katie’s Coffee House

A native of the Washington D.C. area, she resides in Great Falls, where she is a member of Artists on the Green, a Great Falls studio and gallery.

Letter: Following the Rule of Honor

Letter to the Editor

The recent story in McLean Connection about Governor Terry McAuliffe signing special legislation that would focus on helping military personnel and their families underscored the importance of what these fine Americans do for our country. A grateful nation and state should acknowledge their sacrifice by helping them when possible.

Commonwealth Circle Scholarships

Scholarships of $3,000 each were awarded to four Arlington County and Falls Church City high school seniors who plan to pursue an education leading to careers in community or public service.

Grants to Support Animal Welfare

2014 Barkdull Memorial Fund winners announced.

On May 13, The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Margery Barkdull Memorial Fund for Animal Welfare announced four winners for the 2014 grant process from a group of 12 applicants.

Letter: Choosing Wisely In November

Letter to the Editor

Franklin Roosevelt stated, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to do so wisely.” I recommend we choose Barbara Comstock instead of John Foust in the November election for our representative to the U. S. House of Representatives from the Virginia 10th District.

Herndon High Presents ‘Hello Dolly!’

Musical performances set for Aug. 1, 2 and 3.

The first week of August the Grand Musical Theatre Experience returns to Herndon High School with a production of the musical “Hello Dolly!”

Letter: Walker Road ‘After’

Letter to the Editor

I was pleased to see that the traffic lanes that were taken away from Walker Road at Georgetown Pike are being put to good use. So far I've seen the pedestrian crossing and single traffic lane blocked with a tanker truck filling up with water at the fire hydrant, and lawn-service trucks & trailers. Political protest is a bit ironic because it was probably $1M in "stimulus" funding that was used to reduce the number of lanes on Walker.

Letter: Supporting Comstock

Letter to the Editor

Delegate Barbara Comstock has run a positive campaign that discusses her legislative accomplishments in the Virginia House of Delegates, her record as a small businesswoman, her time as a senior official at the Justice Department and as a senior aide to our current well-respected Congressman, Frank Wolf. She highlights common sense solutions and has engaged communities all across the 10th District.

1st Stage Appoints Alex Levy as Artistic/Managing Director

1st Stage, Tysons’ award-winning professional theater, has announced the appointment of Alex Levy as its Artistic/Managing Director effective Sept. 1.

Trees for McLean Neighborhoods

McLean Community Foundation supports tree program.

The McLean Neighborhood Tree Program, a new initiative of MTF, is funded in part by the McLean Community Foundation and encourages homeowners to become actively engaged in the selection, planting, and care of their trees.

More Connect With Kids Champions

Besides Washington-Lee's Dave Soles and Williamsburg's Will Smolinski, the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families had awarded three other Arlington Public Schools employees as Connect with Kids Champions.

Pet photo: Grif

"Grif" with friend James Schwind.

Change of Command

Two Oakton natives assume new duties.

Rear Adm. Charlie Williams, who was born and raised in Oakton, relieved Rear Adm. Cindy Thebaud as commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific (COMLOG WESTPAC) during a change of command ceremony, July 1.

Caffe Amouri Celebrates Birthday

Live music, activities for children and hotdogs draw community.

Business and nonprofit interwove on Saturday, July 19, when Caffi Amouri celebrated its fourth anniversary in business with a benefit on behalf of the Lamb Center, a faith-backed charity that serves the poor and the poor-in-spirit locally.

She acts so much like a person you can’t help but talk to her because you know she understands what you’re saying.

Pet photo: Peanut

Meet Apollo and Athena

Great Falls poodles are quite the pair.

The pair, owned by the Case family in Great Falls, are both 13-year-old toy poodles.

Libraries Promote Summer Reading

Fairfax County program encourages students to read.

Every summer, the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) offers a summer reading program for children ages preschool-12th grade.

Puppies Destined for Important Work

Bred, donated and/or rescued for assistance dog training by, these "baby pictures" will be shared with the children and veterans matched with each dog.

Honoring Alzheimer’s Victims from Sunrise to Sunset

Local efforts join national fundraiser for Alzheimer Association.

On The Longest Day, all participants did something active that they loved from sunrise to sunset in honor of those who cannot necessarily actively pursue their passions due to the disease.

Finding Loving Homes for Loving Animals

Homeward Trails held an adoption event at Wylie Wagg, 2509 Franklin Road, Arlington.

Enjoying Summer at the Reston’s Dog Park

Restonians and their dogs socialize at one of Reston’s many community facilities.

While many make the trip to the Reston’s only open-air, off-leash dog park a handful of times a year, many others make it part of their daily routine.

Give Blood, Give Back to Community

Paul VI Student Hosting Blood Drive in Clifton

When Mitch Kiefer was six, his three-year-old brother Brent was diagnosed with leukemia. Brent recovered, but Kiefer remains committed to helping others suffering from similar illnesses. Now, Kiefer, a student at Paul VI Catholic School in Fairfax, is planning a second blood drive in Clifton in honor of his brother.

Westfield Rising Senior Gibson Commits to Army

Standout free safety.

After playing defensive end and running back in his early years, James Gibson made the switch to free safety as a sophomore to join the Westfield varsity football team.

A Dog, a Pig and a Horse: Oh, My!

Oakton teen Maddie Whishard tends to a small herd of animals, including a pig, a horse and a beagle.

“People told me I couldn’t,” she says, noting that her peers doubted her when she initially showed interest in raising a piglet. Determined, Whishard read up on pig care and saved up her money (no word on whether or not she used a piggy bank).

Mentor Program Expands Into Arlington

A Space of Her Own seeks volunteers.

SOHO is a locally-born mentoring program that pairs adult mentor with fifth graders from lower income households who have a passion for art.

Residents Comment on Maple Avenue Corridor

Tell Town Council the pros and cons of what’s proposed.

At the July 7 public hearing for Vienna’s proposed Maple Avenue Corridor (MAC) zoning district, people spoke both for and against the project.

Tax and Wire Fraud: Three Years Prison

Fair Oaks tax preparer filed false returns with the IRS.

Although she received a sentence below the state guidelines, a former Fair Oaks tax preparer will be spending the next three years in prison. She is Thuy Tien Le, 40, who learned her punishment last Friday, July 18, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Plan to Enhance Maple Avenue

Public hearing held on proposed, new zoning district.

On July 7, the Town Council held part one of a two-part public hearing on the proposed, new district for commercial property along Maple Avenue. Part two is set for Aug. 18.

Cooling Off at Neighboring Pool

Enjoying Herndon summer at Kingstream.

Since more than 200 neighborhood members attended the pool’s kick off BBQ on May 24, Kingstream Pool has been a great place for families, athletes, and friends to cool off on hot summer days.

Editorial: Tragic Consequences

Money lost by refusal to expand health coverage, but also life, health and livelihood.

The Virginia General Assembly’s refusal to expand Medicaid, extending health coverage to as many as 400,000 Virginians has resulted in the loss of about $1 billion in direct payments. But that understates the loss, failing to calculate the cost of the lost health of thousands of Virginians.

'Animals Are So Resilient'

AWLA and SPCA help pets and their families in the Arlington area.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington offers a Baby Ready Pets class for people to prepare themselves, their home, and their animals for welcoming a new baby into the home.

Column: Why Can’t Everyone Be Cool?

Around Lake Anne, the Reston Lake Anne Air-conditioning (RELAC) controversy is stirring again among homeowners forced to use the antiquated chilled water system to cool their homes.

Flourishing After 55

From Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs for Aug. 4-14.

Coaches Honored as 'Connect With Kids Champions'

Several dozen people gathered at Catholic University of America last month to witness two Arlington Ultimate Frisbee coaches, Will Smolinski and Dave Soles, being recognized for their work with the sport during the Major League Ultimate game between the DC Current and the New York Rumble.

Horse Trials Held at Turner Farm

Wendy Masemer and Kristin Pascal Parisot organized the summer starter trials, combined test, and dressage show to raise money for maintenance of the cross country course at The Turner Farm in Great Falls.

Funding Plan Emerges for Streetcar Project

County Board forgoes federal funds to expedite Columbia Pike project.

When federal officials denied Arlington County's request for a Small Starts grant, advocates for the streetcar project went back to the drawing board. Now the three Arlington County Board members who support the $300 million project say they will forgo federal funds altogether, using state money set aside for transportation.

Clarendon-Barton Interim Open Space

Arlingtonians are encouraged to "bring your own game" to the new open space at 2409 Clarendon Boulevard.

Pub Crawl Crackdown

New permitting system designed to help cover public safety expenses.

The turning point for Arlington's burgeoning pub crawl may have been St. Patrick's Day, a time when the Arlington County Police Department found itself swamped by hordes of drunken revelers.

Marquee Tenant For Central Place

Corporate Executive Board to add 800 new jobs building to be known as CEB Tower.

Right now, it's a temporary park — a placeholder at the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and North Lynn Street. But when the soaring new building is constructed at Central Place, it will be known as the CEB Tower.

Cross County Trail Renamed to Honor Connolly

“Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail” unveiled at ceremony in Lorton.

On National Trails Day on June 7, the Cross County Trail, which goes through each district in Fairfax County, was renamed to the “Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail” in honor of U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly’s work to build the trail.

Fairfax County Updates Green Building Policy

New policy is result of new technology for green rating systems.

The green building policy in Fairfax has been updated, requiring higher standards for residential, retail, office and other construction projects seeking approval for rezoning in the county.

Arlington Teasers: 7/23/14

Arlington Teasers for 7/23/14

Food Truck Changes Considered in Fairfax County

Public Hearings are July 30 and September 9

On June 17, the Board of Supervisors voted to move forward with a proposal to make changes to food truck regulations.

Archive Provides ‘Insight into the Reality of Segregation’

Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive dedicated at George Mason.

Civil Rights activists Edwin Henderson, Lillie Jessie and Ralph Smith joined numerous other Virginia residents who lived through the Civil Rights movement and provided their stories during a dedication ceremony for the Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive on July 7.

Give Blood, Give Back to Community

Paul VI Student Hosting Blood Drive in Clifton

Kiefer, a student at Paul VI Catholic School in Fairfax, is planning a second blood drive in Clifton in honor of his brother.

Julie’s Datery Debuts At Del Ray Farmers’ Market

Julie’s Datery began selling the dates at the Del Ray Farmers’ Market on Saturday, July 12.

Friday, July 18

“Flourishing After 55”

Events for those 55 or older.

Opinion: Save a Little, Help Others Prepare for School

Virginia’s tax holiday on school supplies is a good reminder to donate supplies and dollars for children who need help arriving at school prepared.

Virginia’s tax holiday on school supplies and clothing is Aug. 1­3, and it makes sense to take advantage of the savings, and to spread the wealth around.

Community Rallies for Ellie

The Barrington Community in Fairfax Station comes together to support sick girl.

The Barrington Community in Fairfax Station, in partnership with the Glitter Matters Foundation, hosted a unity walk and swimathon on July 4 to support Ellie Schleyer. Ellie is a 12-year-old girl from the community that is suffering from an undiagnosed degenerative brain disorder.

Briefs: Lander Elected School Board Chair

During its annual organizational meeting on July 1, the Arlington School Board unanimously elected James Lander as chair for the 2014-15 school year.

Briefs: New Board at Historical Society

Three new members of the Arlington Historical Society’s board were chosen at the June 24 board meeting at the Hume School. The new directors are.

Broadway Performer Comes Home

Free concert on Saturday, July 26 at Westwood Baptist Church in Springfield.

Broadway actress and singer Jeri Sager will offer a free concert to the public on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church as part of the celebration of that church's 50th year.

News Briefs: Debate in 48th District Race

The two candidates seeking to represent Arlington and McLean in the House of Delegates have agreed to two debates before the Aug. 19 special election.

Turner Farm Revisited

Great Falls residents, groups want to preserve local historic site.

Many citizens of Great Falls hope to keep The Turner Farm a low-impact park. Great Falls Citizens Association held a Turner Farmhouse informational session on July 8, the day before Fairfax County Parks Authority released the plans for the resident curatorship program.

Having a Great Time at Great Falls Park

Treasure for tourists and locals.

Great Falls Park, located 15 miles away from the nation’s capital, can get flocked with tens of thousands of tourists looking for a reprieve from the concrete and marble every week.

Josh Anderson Foundation Spotlighted on National Show

Deepak Chopra interviews Lauren Anderson.

A local foundation was catapulted to national status on Friday. Josh Anderson Foundation [JAF] Executive Director Lauren Anderson had a chance to talk to holistic health advocate Deepak Chopra for his show One World about JAF’s mission.

Helping Out and Giving Back

Paul VI grad tutors Hispanic children.

Born in Colombia, Laura Quiñones came to the U.S. with her parents at age 7. She knew English words, but needed practice talking conversationally.

Affordable Housing Lack Can Lead to Hunger

ODB director beseeches Fairfax City Council to take action.

During the June 24 swearing-in ceremony of the Fairfax City Council members and mayor, Councilman Jeff Greenfield decried the fact that so many children in the City are hungry. He then promised to create a task force to attack the problem.

Letter: More Sleep As a Smokescreen

Letter to the Editor

There is no doubt that more sleep is healthier. That is common sense. The real mental disorder is spending money that the school can't afford.

Thursday, July 17

Bridge to Life Skills

Our Daily Bread's Project BRIDGE Program held a “Life Skills” Seminar on Saturday, July 12, with a focus on nutrition.

Rotary Club Awards Scholarships to Fairfax High Students

The Rotary Club of Fairfax recently recognized several area students with scholarship awards for their academic achievement and community service.

Cooling Off at Fairfax Station Swim and Tennis Club

Club attracts neighbors of all ages.

Summer is just beginning at Fairfax Station Swim and Tennis Club, with fun for everyone who is trying to cool off.

Letter: Ramadan - A Treasure Map

Letter to the Editor

Ramadan is known worldwide as the month of fasting for Muslims, but to me, it’s worth much more than not eating all day. Ramadan helps me meet goals on a spiritual level ones I thought would be unachievable.

Letter: Election in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District

Letter to the Editor

The current Congressman from Virginia’s 11th Congressional District (Gerry Connolly) prides himself in being the first to defend the Obama Administration. He has defended the Attorney General, the handling of Benghazi, the NSA, the VA, the Border Patrol, the EPA, and most importantly and most frequently the IRS. All of which can do no wrong in his view.

GMU Honors Fairfax Mayor Silverthorne

City of Fairfax Mayor Scott Silverthorne capped off his Fourth of July by enjoying the fireworks at Fairfax High. But he began his day by receiving an award from GMU. It was presented by GMU President Angel Cabrera during a Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce breakfast reception at Red, Hot & Blue before the City’s Independence Day parade.

Week in Great Falls

Weekly happenings in Great Falls

Springfield Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 198 Springfield homes sold between $865,000-$158,000.

Springfield Home Sales: June, 2014

Fairfax Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 126 Fairfax homes sold between $1,240,000-$145,000.

Fairfax Home Sales: June, 2014

Column: Summertime at the General Assembly

Legislators in the earliest days of the Republic were mostly of the planter class women, blacks and non-landowners could not vote or hold office. The best time to get away from the plantation and the crops was in the wintertime. That probably started the custom that continues to today whereby the General Assembly holds its regular session in the winter beginning on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January.

Chantilly Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 28 homes sold between $746,000-$62,000 in the Chantilly area.

Chantilly Home Sales: June, 2014

Mount Vernon Nights

The Annandale Brass took the stage at Grist Mill Park to perform “A Slice of Americana” on Friday evening, July 11.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: June, 2014

In May 2014, 100 homes sold between $1,295,000-$178,900 in the Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton area.

Clifton, Fairfax Station and Lorton Home Sales: June, 2014

Centreville Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 119 Centreville homes sold between $2,650,000-$137,500.

Centreville Home Sales: June, 2014

Burke Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 68 Burke homes sold between $882,500-$128,000.

Burke Home Sales: June, 2014

FHYAA Names Jackson Casey Memorial Scholarship Winners

Clare Spitnale and Darien Pickett were named the winners of the 2014 Jackson Casey Memorial Scholarships, according to The Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association. The two were selected from a pool of applicants, all of whom were asked to describe in 750-1,200 words the life lessons they learned through their participation in Fort Hunt youth athletics.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 99 homes sold between $1,225,000-$185,000 in the Oak Hill and Herndon area.

Oak Hill, Herndon Home Sales: June, 2014

Pierson-El Ready To Compete Against the Best

Versatile football star to play slot receiver, return kicks at University of Nebraska.

During his four years as a member of the West Potomac varsity football team, DeMornay Pierson-El helped the Wolverines capture a share of the 2011 Patriot District championship as a sophomore receiver, led the team to a playoff berth as a junior running back in 2012, and kept West Potomac competitive as a senior quarterback in 2013. He also played defensive back and returned kicks along the way. As a senior, he earned second-team all-state honors as a defensive utility player.

Reston Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 108 Reston homes sold between $1,251,000-$160,000.

Reston Home Sales: June, 2014

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 132 homes sold between $1,875,000-$234,250 in the Vienna and Oakton area.

Vienna, Oakton Home Sales: June, 2014

Police Seeks Suspects in ATM Scams

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in recognizing suspects linked to a series of compromised automatic teller machines (ATMs). Skimming devices were detected on at least four different ATMs across Fairfax County in recent weeks.

Life Lessons on the Water

Amy Zang directs sailing camp.

It was 9:45 a.m. in early July, and Amy Zang, who lives in Del Ray, was checking in the 141 campers sitting on the lawn waiting for their week of sailing instruction at the Washington Sailing Marina.

McLean Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 110 homes sold between $6,500,000-$139,000 in the McLean and Falls Church area.

McLean Home Sales: June, 2014

Rain Can’t Keep These Penguins from the Water

Burke Centre Penguins Swim Team compete after storm.

Storms almost canceled the Burke Centre Penguins’ developmental meet that was scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9. Jim Eckloff, president of the Burke Centre Swim Club, hoped that the Penguins would be able to swim tonight since there may not be another time to make up the scheduled event.

Commentary: Celebrating Huntley Meadows Wetland Restoration

On May 10, more than 60 people gathered on the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria to celebrate the recently completed wetland restoration project.

Great Falls Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 19 Great Falls homes sold between $2,673,000-$579,000.

Great Falls Home Sales: June, 2014

Mount Vernon Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 152 homes sold between $2,050,000-$107,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: June, 2014


Arlington Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 286 Arlington homes sold between $2,518,420-$125,000.

Arlington Home Sales: June, 2014

Q and A: Walton To Play Football at Fork Union Military Academy

KyReem Walton spent three seasons on the T.C. Williams varsity football team.

Car Wash For a Cause

There was no shortage of suds as volunteers for the Unity Day Festival washed cars in the parking lot of Advanced Auto Parts.

Sports Briefs: July 17

The first-place Bethesda Big Train had at least 10 members selected to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League all-star game, according to the league Web site. The game will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16 at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the home run derby is scheduled to begin at5:30 p.m. Wes Rea will represent the Big Train in the home run derby.

Letter: ‘Go To’ Delegate for Congress

To the Editor

It’s been sad to see that in the congressional race for the 10th District, the only thing the Democrats have done is go on attack instead of offer constructive solutions. Even NPR noticed the relentlessly negative tone of Supervisor John Foust’s campaign rhetoric saying they are using “old-fashioned fear mongering” and noting that he was mouthing the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee’s talking points.

Snapshot: Deer

Week in Fairfax

Weekly happenings in Fairfax

Alexandria Celebrates Its 265th

The City of Alexandria hosted its annual birthday celebration at Oronoco Bay Park on Saturday evening, July 12.

Alexandria Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 268 Alexandria homes sold between $2,200,000-$116,000

Alexandria Home Sales: June, 2014

Letter: A Job-creation Candidate

To the Editor

I have known Delegate Barbara Comstock, candidate for Congress from Virginia’s 10th District, for over a year now. She has always impressed me as a bright, serious and pragmatic candidate who was focused on addressing the important issues affecting our community rather than just giving speeches, repeating talking points or pandering to specific groups.

An Errant Automobile Strikes Again

Has Hunter’s Bar and Grill, long a favorite Potomac dining establishment, become a drive-thru restaurant? For the second time in four months a car driven by a customer has jumped the curb and crashed inside the building. “I was at the bar having a cheeseburger,” co-­owner Murray Berman said. “I thought the ceiling was falling in. The whole place was shaking.”

Letter: Silver Line - At What Cost?

To the Editor

As a transit commuter living in Reston, I appreciated the honesty in the opinion piece by Ken Plum, “Silver Line No Silver Bullet” [Reston Connection, July 2-8, 2014]. Still, among all the positive notes about the benefits of the Silver Line, I continue to see public officials ignoring the huge increase in costs for daily transit riders in Reston (not just drivers on the Toll Road).

Potomac Home Sales: June, 2014

In June 2014, 68 Potomac homes sold between $2,500,000-$419,000.

Potomac Home Sales: June, 2014

Week in Springfield

Weekly happenings in Springfield.

World War II Weekend

Explosions and gunfire abound at Sully Historic Site.

The sounds of explosions and gunfire became almost commonplace on July 12 and 13, as Sully Historic Site celebrated its 9th annual World War II Living History event. At the event, visitors witnessed a view of the war through reenactments. At Sully Historic Site, several such major events are held each year and each is planned “for anywhere from four to 12 months,” said Barbara Ziman, events coordinator. Sully Historic Site showcases facets of Fairfax County history from the 19th century through the mid-20th century. Richard Bland Lee, General Robert E. Lee’s uncle, completed the main house at Sully in 1799.

Letter: Deer Hunting Contradicts Reston’s Values

To the Editor

It seems ironic that the RA approved bow hunting of deer less than a 1/2 mile away from Reston’s prized multi-million dollar Nature Center [“Bow Hunting to Help Deer Management,” Reston Connection, July 2-8, 2014]. The mission of the Nature Center is “to provide good environmental stewardship.” ”Does that not include stewardship to the inhabitants of our environment? Bow hunting can result in a slow painful death. Why choose that when humane alternatives exist?

Advising Senior Citizens

Carla Rollandini assists those in their “Golden Years.”

When she is not making her rounds and visiting sick patients and their families at the hospital, Carla Rollandini is working as a self-employed professional and began her endeavor of “Carla Care, Inc.” in 1993.

Coty Dickson to Exhibit at Katie’s Coffee House

Oil paintings of Virginia landscapes by Great Falls artist Coty Dickson are on view Aug. 1-31 at Katie’s Coffee House (The Old Brogue), 760 Walker Road, Great Falls.

Serving Alzheimer’s Patients for 30 Years

Insight Memory Care Center offers respite care, support groups and education classes.

The Insight Memory Care Center in Fairfax has come a long way in the past three decades. Thirty years ago this month, the day program for Alzheimer’s patients was launched in the basement of a local church. What started as a support group for families of Alzheimer’s patients has evolved into a full-fledged day program for 40 patients per day. Insight, a non-profit organization that also provides free Alzheimer’s support groups and education classes, will be celebrating its landmark birthday at its Merrifield location on July 24. "We were started in 1984 in the basement of a church out of an Alzheimer's support group," Robin McGlothin, director of donor development, said. "It was family members of Alzheimer's patients that that thought it would be really great to have respite during the day." Since Day One in that church basement, IMCC has added much to its offering. Not only is it a day health care program, but there are also programs for those in early stages of the disease as well as community education and support classes. Executive Director Joel Bednoski said in his two years at Insight, he has seen some of these changes. “I have been with IMCC for over two years,” Bednoski said. “We have added to our programming. This includes a Music and Memory program, a multi-sensory environment and a new early stage program called Reconnections. We have also increased the number of education and support services we provide.” The more things change for Insight, the more things stay the same. Although the staff is planning for a move to a larger location next year, the goals and heart of the organization remain the same. “The core values and basis of the organization are still true today,” McGlothin said. "We are still serving the families that need the support that they are not getting. We are enhancing lives. Even though it is an awful disease, people are just trying to find the best quality of life that they can. “We are open from 7:30 in the morning until 5 at night, with therapeutic activity throughout the day, two meals and snacks,” McGlothin said. “There is a recreational therapist on staff who provides all of our programming. We do cognitive stimulation, redirecting different behaviors.” Bednoski said IMCC is unique among the 17 adult day health centers in the D.C. metropolitan area. “IMCC is the only center in the area to provide a minimum of 1-to-4 ratio of staff to participants, improving on the state licensure requirement of 1 to 6,” Bednoski said. “IMCC’s adult day health center provides a safe, engaging, and therapeutic environment for individuals with memory impairment. Without meaningful activity, individuals with dementia become bored, restless, and often exhibit behavior challenges that lead to impossible caregiving situations. Our adult day health care center allows individuals with memory impairment to remain in the earlier stages of the disease for a longer period of time through mentally stimulating activity, physical exercise, and socialization.” Nights and weekends are also busy at center. “We provide education classes and support groups for the families as well as community training,” McGlothin said. “We provide boot camp on Saturday for our caregivers. We also provide free consultations to our families or any individual that calls and wants information about newly diagnosed Alzheimer’s patients with referrals. “As one of our family members shared, ‘the fact that this center has been taking such wonderful care of my mother, I am able to take care of my own needs at work, et cetera,’” Bednoski said. “IMCC provides care to support the whole family affected by memory impairment.” Both McGlothin said Bednoski said IMCC would not be where it is today without the support of its community. McGlothin said the 30th anniversary party is not only to celebrate Insight but also for its community whose support has been vital to its growth and success. “We really want to celebrate and thank all of the families and the community that has supported us,” McGlothin said. “This is a free event at our center. We are going to provide a barbecue meal and we will also be able to provide a tour through the organization.” Bednoski said he foresees IMCC playing an increasing role in the Alzheimer’s Northern Virginia community in the next 30 years. “With the rate of Alzheimer’s disease expected to increase by 22 percent in Northern Virginia by 2025, the demand for our programs and services is dramatically increasing,” Bednoski said. Regardless of the growth that IMCC will experience in the upcoming years, Bednoski said it will always stay true to its founding principles that have guided its founders and staff over the first 30 years. “IMCC remains dedicated to our founding principles: enhancing the lives of individuals and families living with memory impairment, providing holistic and collaborative care for our participants and families, anniversary party is not only to celebrate Insight but also for its community and caring for individuals who are not being served by existing community services,” Bednoski said. “IMCC’s programs allow individuals and families affected by memory impairments to achieve the highest quality of life, in all stages of the disease. As each disease progresses in its own unique way, IMCC staff is trained in all forms of dementia care.”

Commentary: Inova Alexandria Hospital Honored in National Surveys

Hot off the presses, the latest “Best Hospital” survey by U.S. News and World Report magazine hit newsstands this month, and I’m proud to announce that Inova Alexandria Hospital is again ranked among the nation’s best for providing highly skilled inpatient care. U.S. News ranked us #6 among hospitals in the Washington metro area, #8 in Virginia and a high-performer in six areas of clinical care (

30 Years Later, Springfield Family Still Thankful to Children’s National

After being a patient at Children’s National as a child, Justin Golart giving back through 5K.

After raising $712,000 last year, Children’s National Health System has set a goal of raising $1 million through the 2nd annual Race for Every Child in September. Ashley Husich, the race manager for the event, said that last year, the inaugural year for the race, surpassed expectations with 3,946 participants, and this year they are hoping to have 5,000.

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