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Bonnie Hobbs

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Help Feed Local Families in Need

Britepaths is a well-known, Fairfax-based nonprofit that helps area residents, all year ’round, in a variety of ways.

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‘Old Town Just Feels Like Home’ in Fairfax City

Brooke’s Bridal & Ball opens

Brooke Ramos initially wanted to be a wedding planner.

Erin Peterson Fund Golf Tourney is Sept. 24 in Clifton

Westfield High grad Erin Peterson was an18-year-old honor student, with her whole life ahead of her, when she and 31 others died in the April 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech.

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19 Years Later, Lest We Forget in Centreville

Each Sept. 11, the front lawn of West Centreville Fire Station 38 is adorned with multitudes of small American flags.

‘An Inspiring Leader and Tireless Advocate’ in Sully District

Karen Campblin named Sully District Community Champion.

Fair Oaks resident Karen Campblin has a passion for helping others and improving her community.

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Travel the World in Fairfax City

Upcoming Restaurant Week features global offerings.

While it may look and feel a bit different than usual, Fairfax City’s 3rd annual Restaurant Week still promises to provide fun experiences and delicious food.

From Parking Lot to Activity Space in Fairfax City

City to hold Park(ing) Day outside the mall.

Turning an ordinary parking lot into a space for outdoor fun and activities, Fairfax City will hold its second annual Park(ing) Day, next Friday, Sept. 18.

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‘We Hear Things We Never Want to Hear’ in Sully District

What it’s like being a Fairfax County dispatcher.

In times of crisis, dispatchers are a lifeline between callers needing help and the first responders who can provide it.

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Scout on the Circle Welcomes First Residents in Fairfax City

The new, mixed-use development, Scout on the Circle, has transformed its section of Fairfax Boulevard in Fairfax City.

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‘Every Department’s Designed with the Shopper in Mind’ in Fairfax City

New Giant opens at Scout on the Circle

Giant is already a food store familiar to Fairfax City residents; but now they have one to enjoy at 9400 Fairfax Blvd. in the new Scout on the Circle development. It opened Friday, Aug. 21, much to the delight of the shoppers there.

‘Our Families Need Internet Access Now’

Britepaths helping schoolchildren connect to online classes.

The ongoing pandemic is causing most students in the local area to attend school virtually this fall.

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‘Music-Driven Classes in Fun, Team Environment’ in Fair Lakes

Row House fitness studio opening soon

People looking for a different – and safe – form of exercise may well find it in Row House, a boutique, indoor, rowing fitness studio in Fair Lakes.

‘Commitment to Building Back Stronger than Ever’ in Fairfax City

City awards $10,000 grants to 48 small businesses.

A week after awarding $1 million in grants to help Fairfax City’s small businesses, its Economic Development Authority (EDA) is doing even more.

‘Be Twice as Good, Work Three Times as Hard’

Centreville High grad is now a singer-songwriter in NYC.

When she attended Centreville High, Lexis Yelis was known as Alexis Acar. But as soon as she graduated in 2012, she moved to New York City to pursue her singer-songwriter career.

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Dairy-Box Distribution Helps Local Families

Thanks to the De Lune Corp. of Springfield, last Tuesday, Aug. 18, some 1,400 local families in need received a box of free dairy products.

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‘To Promote the Arts and Provide Scholarships’ in Fairfax City

Spotlight on the Arts Mayor’s Gala is Aug. 29.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s Spotlight on the Arts Mayor’s Gala will have to be virtual.

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Pillar Falls off Fairfax City’s Old Town Hall

Heavy rains rotted one of the building’s wooden columns.

If a tree falls in the forest and no one sees it happen, it may or may not make a sound.

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‘Hard Work and Dedication to the Community’ in Sully District

Kyler Racey named Sully’s Officer of the Quarter

Officer Kyler Racey is the Sully District Police Station’s Officer of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2020.

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‘There Are Too Many Unanswered Questions’ in Centreville

Since 1938, Luck Stone Corp. has operated its quarry along Route 29 in Centreville.

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City of Fairfax Theatre Co. Presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Shakespeare in the Park comes to Fairfax City.

Deep in an enchanted forest, four young lovers are brawling over each other’s affections while a troupe of actors prepares for the opportunity of a lifetime.

‘Supporting as Many Businesses as Possible’ in Fairfax City

City awards grants to all eligible applicants.

Fairfax City wants its small businesses to succeed, and it’s showing it in a tangible way by putting its money where its mouth is.

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Fairfax City Offering School Age Child Care

Will help working families, students, while FCPS is online.

While COVID-19 has forced FCPS to offer distance learning until it’s safe to do otherwise, Fairfax City is stepping up to provide working families with a School Age Child Care program for students in grades K-6.

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Centreville Fire Station 17 Paramedic is Honored

Technician Julianne Tomesheski, of Centreville Fire Station 17, C-Shift, has been honored with the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Emergency Medical Services Award.

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‘Lock Your Car; Leave No Valuables Inside’ in Sully District

Police warn about scams and thefts from vehicles.

Still holding the meetings of the Sully District Police Station’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) online, due to the pandemic, three of the officers recently updated the community about the latest trends in local crimes.

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‘We Don’t Have a Project Similar to This’ in Fairfax City

Fairfax City Council approves 50 new townhouses.

Courtesy of a Comprehensive Plan amendment and a rezoning, 50 townhouses will eventually be built on the site of a church moving from its current site in Fairfax City.

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Ellie’s Hats Reaches $100,000 Donation Milestone

The money goes to families of children with cancer.

Founded in 2014, Ellie’s Hats makes life a little brighter for children with cancer and their families.

‘To Cripple an Airport, Allow Homes to Encroach’ near Dulles

Debate over residential use under airport flight paths rages on.

Poised to approve the construction of 853 new homes directly underneath Dulles International Airport flight paths, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors finally considered the updated, aircraft-noise contours data for that area.

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‘Don’t Replace Natural Resources with Townhouses’ in Fairfax City

City residents weigh in on Northfax West project.

Before Fairfax City Council last week approved the new plan for Northfax West, nearly two dozen residents called in with comments during the online public hearing.

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‘It’s a Place Where We Can Support Growth’ in Fairfax City

Fairfax approves plan to revitalize Northfax West area.

It’s been years in the making, and last week, the Fairfax City Council greenlit a sweeping proposal to revamp and revitalize the City’s Northfax West area.

Malicious Wounding Charged after Stabbing at Chantilly Church

Fairfax County police have charged a local man with three felonies following the stabbing of an associate pastor, Saturday afternoon, at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly.

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‘An Unmitigated Disaster which Is Entirely Avoidable’ in Chantilly

Plan to build homes under flight path sparks outcry.

Yet another controversial residential project is being proposed for Chantilly’s Westfields area.

Rotary Club Honors Fairfax City Educators

Weaver, Borhauer named Teachers of the Year.

This year, the Rotary Club of Fairfax is honoring two Teachers of the Year from City of Fairfax schools.

Fairfax High Seniors Awarded Rotary Scholarships

Six Fairfax High graduating seniors recently received college scholarships from the Rotary Club of Fairfax.

Fairfax House Fire Causes $90,000 Damage

Fire officials say an early morning fire last Saturday displaced six people and caused approximately $90,000 damage to a Fairfax home.

Monetary Donations Needed for Fairfax County Students’ School Supplies

More than 30 percent of all children in Fairfax County Public Schools are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

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Rubinstein Honored as Sully District Officer of the Quarter

It’s pretty special for a police officer to be selected as his station’s Officer of the Quarter.

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Fairfax City Officials Sworn In Online

Meyer recounts outgoing Council’s accomplishments.

Although it had to be done virtually this year, Fairfax City’s Mayor, Council and School Board were officially sworn in last Tuesday, June 30.

Sharing Acts of Kindness

To acknowledge and inspire kindness and good deeds, Volunteer Fairfax has launched the #GoodConnectsUs campaign, recognizing citizens connecting with each other through volunteerism.

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‘Workers Have Been Hit Hard Financially’ in Centreville

Centreville Labor Resource Center holds a food drive.

For people living from paycheck to paycheck, a global pandemic makes things infinitely worse.

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‘Because My Skin Is Black, Is My Life Worth Less?’

Black Lives Matter protest in Fairfax City.

Their voices were strong, and their message was clear: Black Lives Matter.

‘The Pandemic Has Really Changed Everything’ in Sully District

Kathy Smith discusses the ‘State of Sully.’

What’s happening in the Sully District, land-use cases and COVID-19’s effects on Fairfax County’s budget were discussed during Supervisor Kathy Smith’s (D-Sully) “State of Sully” talk.

Westfield Grad Receives Sheriffs’ Institute Scholarship

Westfield High grad Michael Corwin has just received a Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute scholarship.

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Fairfax High Lions Instead of Rebels

Next name change could be Lanier Middle School.

In the wave of the Black Lives Matter Movement – plus the anti-Confederate sentiment sweeping the country – Fairfax High’s mascot and teams will no longer be the Rebels. Instead, they’ll be called the Lions.

Local Students Receive Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute Scholarships

Several local students recently received Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute scholarships. Given to students pursuing an education in criminal justice, they were presented by Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid.

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‘People Stepping Up and Helping Out’ in Centreville and Chantilly

Families in need receive free dairy products.

When times are tough, people already having a hard time making ends meet need an extra hand. So last Monday, June 15, volunteers gave out free milk and other dairy products to Centreville and Chantilly families, plus the food pantries that support them.

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Improperly Discarded Fireworks Cause House Fire in Chantilly

Fire officials say improperly discarded fireworks caused a house fire, June 13, in Chantilly’s Franklin Farm neighborhood.

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‘This Was Something I Could Count On’ in Centreville

Paul VI seniors honored in neighborhood’s graduation parade.

Thanks to COVID-19, this year’s high-school seniors didn’t get to have their achievements and graduation recognized in a public way.

‘One Step in the Long Road to Recovery’ in Fairfax City

City creates grant program for its businesses.

Fairfax City received some $2.1 million of Virginia’s CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funds. And last Tuesday, June 9, City Council approved using $1,150,000 of this money for a business-support grant program, Fairfax City ReConnected Grant, to help small City businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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‘We’re Grateful You Were our Theater Director’

Zoom retirement party for Centreville High’s Mike Hudson.

Mike Hudson’s taught for 40 years – the last 30 as Centreville High’s theater teacher/director. And he and his students have always had such a strong bond that they didn’t call him “Mr. Hudson,” but “Huddy,” as a term of endearment.

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Fairfax City: ‘No Lives Matter Until Black Lives Matter’

People speak their minds during a powerful event.

Not even the 90-degree heat could match the fire and passion of the nearly 3,000 people who gathered Saturday afternoon in Fairfax City’s Old Town Square to show that Black Lives Matter.