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Council awards $8.9M contract for Vienna Community Center renovation

After three years’ planning and more than a few hitches, the Vienna Town Council on Aug. 24 awarded a $8.9 million contract to Keller Brothers Inc. for the expansion and renovation of the Vienna Community Center.

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McLean/Great Falls Notes, 8/27/15 edition

News of interest from across Vienna, Oakton and surrounding communities.

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Vienna/Oakton Notes, 8/27/15 edition

News of interest from Vienna, Oakton and surrounding communities.

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Staybridge Suites in McLean celebrates $5.5M renovation

Invitees to the Aug. 25 grand reopening of Staybridge Suites McLean might have scratched their heads and asked, “Haven’t they been open the whole time?”

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Ceremony to mark completion of Washington Blvd.-Columbia Pike bridge

The Virginia Department of Transportation on Sept. 10 will hold a dedication ceremony for the new Washington Boulevard bridge over Columbia Pike, to be known as Freedmans Village Bridge.

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Forum set on proposed hospital-county land swap in Arlington

A community update on a proposed land swap between the county government and Virginia Hospital Center will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Hazel Auditorium at the hospital, 1701 North George Mason Drive.

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Committee of 100 sets date for Arlington candidate night

The Arlington Committee of 100 has announced plans to hold a County Board candidate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 21 in the evening at Marymount University.

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Vienna Town Council OKs up to $700,000 for vehicle replacements

The Vienna Town Council on Aug. 24 unanimously awarded Access National Bank a capital-lease contract for up to $700,000 worth of vehicle-replacement purchases during the next four years.

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Man, woman arrested after climbing through hatch at Vienna school

An alarm company informed Vienna police on Aug. 16 at 11:52 p.m. that an alarm had been activated at Marshall Road Elementary School, 730 Marshall Road, S.W.

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Passenger reports cab driver touches her inappropriately

A female passenger took a cab in Arlington, fell asleep and awoke on Aug. 16 at about 12:41 a.m. to find the cab driver inappropriately touching her, Fairfax County police said.

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Store employee sought for inappropriate touching

Fairfax County police are looking for a male employee who reportedly touched a person inappropriately Aug. 14 outside the 7-Eleven store in the 7200 block of Arlington Boulevard in the Falls Church area.

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Shed fire at Vienna home brought under control

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units responded on Aug. 16 at around 3:20 p.m. to a fire at a single-family house fire at 10004 Woodrow Street in the Vienna area.

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Arlington Democrats set ‘County Board Auction’ for Oct. 3

The annual Arlington County Board Auction and Dinner, sponsored by the Arlington County Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd.

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NVCC to spotlight artwork of students, faculty

A reception for the 19 artists whose work is displayed at Northern Virginia Community College’s third annual art show will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the Annandale campus.

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Arlington Notes, 8/27/15 edition

News of interest from across the community.

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Arlington Notes II, 8/27/15 edition

More news of interest from across the community.

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Editor’s Notebook: Well, it never hurts to ask (Hitler edition)

From the Sun’s history column: Back in the day, an Arlington real-estate salesperson had sent a cable to German dictator Adolf Hitler, appealing for peace as the planet geared up for a sequel to World War I.

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I-95 northbound work zones tonight at Fredericksburg

After midnight, intermittent traffic stops will occur on Interstate 95 northbound at Fall Hill Avenue.

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Police: Girl, 12, sexually assaulted at Manassas Walmart

Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl inside a Manassas-area Walmart late Friday.

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UPDATED: Missing teen's body found in Fairfax County creek

Authorities have recovered the body of a 16-year-old boy who went missing while swimming in Little Hunting Creek near the Potomac River on Wednesday night.

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Stafford students on the move

JMU announces 2015 spring graduates

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Blankenship: No Trump?

Back to school? Nonsense! How can you worry about that when so much else is going haywire hereabouts?

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Reminder: Public urged to participate in heroin abuse forum Friday in Leesburg

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), in conjunction with Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, will hold an Aug. 28 public roundtable discussion

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U.S. 1, Courthouse road construction planned

Stafford County and the Virginia Department of Transportation revealed their plan to use $112 million on improvements to the Courthouse Road and U.S. 1 intersection.

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Stafford Sports Report

While fall high school sports officially began weeks before, the main attraction of this season is just upon us. Here is a look at some of the football games being played locally this weekend, in addition to the latest around the golf courses.

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Remembering the Second Battle of Manassas

Manassas National Battlefield events commemorating the 153rd anniversary include rare twilight tours of the Stone House.

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Blend Coffee Bar to open next month in Ashburn

Ashburn coffee lovers will have a new spot to get their fix in September with the opening of the Blend Coffee Bar in Broadlands’ Southern Walk Plaza.

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Adopt Benson

Benson is a 2-year-old beagle who would do great in a home with children and seems to do good with dogs as well.

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Closure again a possibility for D.C.-Arlington-Dulles bus link

Having cheated death before, a direct Metrobus line from Rosslyn to Washington Dulles International Airport again is on the chopping block.                                               

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Fairfax well-represented on updated ‘Inc 5000’ ranking

Fairfax County is home to 125 firms ranked as part of the 2015 “Inc. 5000” list of fastest-growing privately owned  businesses in the U.S.

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Fairfax County Notes, 8/27/15 edition

News of interest from across Fairfax County this week.

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Fairfax Public-Safety Notes, 8/27/15 edition

News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week.

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Arlington Police Beat, 8/27/15 edition

News of crime and punishment across Arlington this week.

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Regional Notes, 8/27/15 edition

News of interest from across Northern Virginia.

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Not just tuition is headed up at Va. colleges

Varun Datta graduated from Stone Bridge High School in 2013 with big dreams. He went to James Madison University to study marketing in the hopes of one day joining NBC’s executive team in New York City.

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Retiring soon? D.C. falls short in new ranking

The District of Columbia ranks 138th out of 150 American cities as far as the ability to enjoy a financially secure and mentally stimulating retirement, according to a new survey, while some Virginia communities do appreciably better.

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Bridge dedication in Arlington to honor fallen State Trooper

A dedication ceremony will be held today to formally name the Interstate 395 overpass at South Glebe Road as the “Trooper Jacqueline Vernon Memorial Bridge.”

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Vienna has top bond rating affirmed

The ratings firm of Standard & Poor’s recently reaffirmed the town of Vienna’s bond rating as AAA, Vienna Finance Director Karen Spence told the Vienna Town Council on Aug. 24.

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Bike parade to highlight weekend celebration in Vienna

Historic Vienna Inc. and the Freeman Store and Museum will participate in the next “Afternoons on Church Street” program set for Sunday, Aug. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m.

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‘Connect with Kids’ nominations sought

The Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth & Families is seeking nominations for its fall 2015 crop of “Connect with Kids Champions.”

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McLean Newcomers and Neighbors preps for 2015-16 year

McLean Newcomers and Neighbors will open its 2015-16 club year with a coffee slated for Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at Regency Apartments, 1800 Old Meadow Road in McLean.

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Editor’s Notebook: Kudos to Mary Ann Moran

We reported yesterday that Mary Ann Moran will be honored with the 2015 William T. Newman Jr. Spirit of Community Award, presented by the Arlington Community Foundation.

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Meyer campaigns on Dulles Greenway alternatives

Ron Meyer, the Republican candidate for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors’ Broad Run District, last week unveiled plans for alternatives to the much-maligned Dulles Greenway.

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Leesburg Sunoco robbed at gunpoint

The Leesburg Police Department is investigating the armed robbery at an East Market Street convenience store Tuesday night. One of the suspects was wearing a clown mask.

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Smaller panda twin dies at National Zoo

One of giant panda Mei Xiang’s twins has died.

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UPDATED: Suspect in TV crew killings has died

Authorities say a disgruntled ex-reporter ambushed a news crew near Smith Mountain Lake on Wednesday morning, killing two former colleagues -- and videotaping himself as he did so.

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Leesburg Public House to celebrate one-year anniversary with pig roast Saturday

Before owners Kim Ross, Mark Marrocco and Marty Ryan converted an abandoned restaurant into the Leesburg Public House, they were warned about a possible “curse.”

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Neighbors take Bluemont brewery fight to ABC

A planned farm brewery and the neighbors who want to prevent it from opening have mixed to form a raucous cocktail of sorts in Bluemont.

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Pedestrian hit in Lansdowne, hospitalized

A Leesburg woman was hospitalized after being hit by a car on Riverside Parkway on Tuesday.

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