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Mercia Hobson

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Honoring Fallen ‘in a Smaller Way’ in Herndon, Reston Area

Memorial Day 2020

Michael Cutler is 2nd Vice Commander and Avenue of Flags coordinator at The Wayne M. Kidwell American Legion Post 184 Herndon-Reston. In preparation for Memorial Day Observances, he and others usually gathered at dawn at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in the Town of Herndon. In two-person teams, in all types of weather, Veterans and volunteers dropped poles into the ground. Then they raised the 64 casket flags in their care donated by families of interred veterans, creating an Avenue of Flags, a patriotic feature flanking the entrance into the cemetery: 2020 was different.

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Lake Anne House Senior Housing Project in Reston Closes

Long-awaited $86 million project commences this summer.

Christy Zeitz is CEO of the Fellowship Square Foundation (Fellowship). The nonprofit organization owns and operates the two aging 1970s era buildings that make up the Lake Anne Fellowship House on North Shore Drive in Reston. On Friday, May 22, Fellowship and Enterprise Community Development (Enterprise) announced they closed on the innovative $86 million development plan for the New Lake Anne House in Reston, built along North Shore Drive near the intersection with Village Road.

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Swastikas Amidst Pandemic in Reston

Cowardice feeds hate crime.

"Hate is contagious," said Rabbi Michael G. Holzman of Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston. "We have to address it before it spreads.

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Great Falls Looks Forward to 2025

Great Falls Citizens Association releases ‘Looking Forward to 2025’ survey.

In its first survey since 2007, the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs of the Great Falls Citizens Association, a 100 percent volunteer 501(c)4 organization without paid staff, released findings of its Looking Forward to 2025 Survey, meant to gather feedback from the community on what was important to them and where the Association should direct its efforts and resources now through 2025.

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Fairfax County School Board Celebrates Class of 2020

Superintendent Scott Brabrand releases Board decisions.

Superintendent Scott Brabrand dashed any remaining hopes of summer in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020. After receiving results from high school students and parents on his Survey on Graduation Preferences, Brabrand said the School Board agreed on his recommended approach. They committed to celebrating the seniors "in the safest and most personalized manner possible."

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Fairfax County School Board Considers Fall 2020 Options

Three back-to-school scenarios presented.

What might school look like to children in Fairfax County Public Schools this fall — remote learning or social distance learning with masks and temperature checks? Which students would schools bring back first — the older ones or most vulnerable? And what might students face when they get there — a climb back to grade level or multi-age classes?

Fairfax County Supervisors Approve Budget Plan, Fairfax RISE

Highlights of May 12 Board of Supervisors meeting.

Some of the first words Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay Fairfax County Board of Supervisors said at the May 12 Board of Supervisors meeting were for county families; in particular, those who lost loved ones or had family members hospitalized with the coronavirus. "If we could keep them and their entire families in our thoughts and prayers," McKay said. "As a reminder, our County flag continues to fly at half-staff, throughout the County at our facilities, in honor of the residents who sadly died as a result of COVID-19 and in recognition of our many essential workers who are responding to the pandemic," he said.

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A Click Worth $40K for South Lakes High School Senior

Awarded ‘Opportunity Scholarship’ in monthly drawing.

One little click set Imani Irons of Herndon and senior at South Lakes High School in Reston on a path that eventually led her to be among 25 students who, after completing six key college planning steps, each at valued dollars, the College Board awarded $40,000 in its chance Opportunity Scholarships Program.

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Remediate, Demo then Build in Herndon

Comstock edges toward redevelopment of Historic Herndon.

Comstock Herndon Venture LC has yet to ink its purchase of 4.675 acres of town-owned land in the Herndon Historic District after it and the Town signed a Comprehensive Agreement approximately two and a half years ago for the Herndon Downtown Redevelopment Project, a partnership between the Town and Comstock Herndon Venture LC.

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Great Falls Helps with ‘Stuffing the Bus’ in Reston

Stepping up ‘Stuff the Bus’ COVID-19 style.

For nine years, the Stuff the Bus food drive served to fill the quickly emptying food pantry shelves of local Fairfax County nonprofits. On Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fairfax County Government and the community came together once again to support the biannual campaign.

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Hunkered Down to Opening Up in Virginia

Northern Virginia leaders urge regional approach to reopening state.

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Northern Virginia Reopening Should Occur When Metrics Met

Regional mayors and chairs send letter to Gov. Northam.

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Col. ‘Bob’ Honored in Herndon on 100th Birthday

Drive-by birthday parade for centenarian, retired fighter pilot Col. Robert A. Shawn.

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‘Don't Forget About Us’ in Fairfax County

County supervisors hold public budget hearings.

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Kicking Off National Nurses Week and Hospital Week 2020 in Reston

A ground and air salute to healthcare workers at Reston Hospital Center.

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Herndon Cares, Deliciously

First Baptist Church of Herndon spearheads a new program.

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Mourning the Passing of Darryl “Smitty” C. Smith, Sr.

Herndon and Purcellville Police Departments say goodbye to the man with a big heart.

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'Fair Winds and Following Seas'

Presentation and drive-by parade held for Commander Franco Neto, United States Navy, Retired.

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Gourmet Food for Front-Line Fighters in Reston

Pica Deli stands up against COVID-19.

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Reston Hospital ER: Safe Place to Receive Care

Fear of COVID prevents heart attack and stroke patients from going to the ER.

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Restaurant Rolls Out Local Chefs Market in Reston

Fresh groceries offered at McCormick and Schmick’s.

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Fairfax County’s Sparse Budget Proposal

Supervisor Alcorn holds the second budget town hall.

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Bracing for Fairfax County’s Revised Budget Proposal

Supervisor John Foust presents a virtual town hall.

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Who Earned the F in Best Practices?

Distance Learning goes awry for FCPS.

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Covering Fairfax County Concerns

Twitter Q & A with Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

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Herndon Sci-Fi and Fantasy Author Wins International Contest

It's 'The Voice' for amateur writers.

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Tapping Into Kindness in Herndon and Reston

SLHS PTSA Food Pantry distributes to its students and their families.

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Revised Fairfax County Budget Reflects Pandemic Realities

County's updated budget proposal strikes millions in planned disbursements.

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Fairfax County Schools Pivot to Distance Learning

Students, parents, teachers, administrators, school board members reflect on new realities.

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Mobilizing Differently for Food for Neighbors in Herndon

Fill a Virtual Red Bag, it transforms to real food.

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Coalition to Fairfax County: Reduce Number of Inmates

County responds to NOVA Equity Agenda Coalition initiative.

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Lacking Face Masks and Face Shields

Doing their part during PPE supply shortages.

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The Signboard in Herndon

Stay home, wash up, social distance, and mask up.

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Going on a Bear Hunt During COVID-19 in Herndon

But, there's barely any bears!

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Amazon Gives $1 Million Locally to Fight the Impact of COVID-19

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Awards Block Grants.

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It’s Demo Time in Reston

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station 25 comes down.

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Plan C For Bride and Groom in Herndon

Life and love amid coronavirus.

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Helping as Many as They Can in Herndon

Food for Neighbors revamps to offer drive-thru and walk-up distribution.

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Arts Herndon Calls for Rainbows of Hope During Pandemic

A sidewalk in the U.K. with a child's chalk drawing is the inspiration.

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Forty Units Strong in Vienna

Cunningham Park Elementary Love Parade is a mobile greeting card of support.

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Coronavirus in Reston

Precautions against possible exposure taken at the U.S. Geological Survey JW Powell Building.

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Viewpoints: Navigating COVID-19

From an elderly man to a state senator.

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Under the Shadow of COVID-19

Hospital, ministry, charity, and funeral home respond to the new reality.

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Global to Local: Coronavirus Defines Us

Week Two 03/15-03/21– feeding children is priority for FCPS.

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Opinion: Commentary: ‘Our Priority Is to Save Lives’

Governor Northam orders statewide closure of certain non-essential businesses: all public and private schools K-12 closed for the rest of the academic year.

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Small Acts of Kindness in Herndon: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Five individuals receive Town of Herndon Good Neighbor Award.

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Coronavirus in Reston

Precautions against possible exposure taken at the U.S. Geological Survey JW Powell Building.

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