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Mike Salmon

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Local Rock Band’s Original Song up for Award

With a handful of original songs and a show every weekend, the Mojo Aces have an ace in the hole this time around.

local band

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New Food Establishments Open in Lorton

The growing area in Lorton off Silverbrook Road welcomed two new restaurants in January as this Liberty Market area grows with the population in southern Fairfax County.

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New President, New Ideas Coming to FABB

Bicycling group continues to grow with biking efforts in Fairfax County.

Over at the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, 2024 will start out with a new president, as former president Bruce Wright steps down and newly elected Joy Faunce takes over.

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Car Crimes Are on ACE Units Radar

Useful in Mount Vernon for carjacking and auto thefts.

The Fairfax County Police Department is taking another step to get tough on car theft with the Auto Crimes Enforcement Unit known as “ACE.”

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Trail Summit Highlights Connectivity

Discussion included the hard work done on the Mount Vernon Trail this summer.

In the end of October, area transportation officials got together for the second annual Northern Virginia Recreational Trails Summit to look at the recreational trails picture for the Northern Virginia area with a goal of improving the trail network.

Hunger Is Closer Than You Think

Food For Neighbors celebrates Its seventh anniversary and over 425,000 pounds of donations

Food

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Fairfax County Investing in Electric School Buses

Diesel school buses will be gone by 2035.

Electric bus slide

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National Park Service User Survey Comes to an End

Paved Trails Study looks at six trail networks in metro area including Mount Vernon.

This fall, the National Park Service gathered information for the Mount Vernon trail improvements as part of the “Paved Trails Study” in the National Capital Region that included the George Washington Memorial Parkway, C&O Canal National Historic Park, the Potomac Heritage Trail, Rock Creek Park trails and others in the National Mall and Historic Parks area.

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Fairfax County Plugs in First Electric Trash Truck

New truck is quiet and spews no diesel fumes.

Electric trash truck

Blood Donations Needed

Blood Donations Needed

Re-Engineering Fairfax Minimum Parking Requirements

Parking

Examining and Correcting School Funding Formulas

Funding

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Tie Dye and Grateful Dead Are Alive Among Local Bands

Tie Dye and Grateful Dead Are Alive Among Local Bands

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Tysons Gets Another Option for Lunch Breaks

Honest Soul Yoga expands to the Boro.

Honest Soul Yoga expands to the Boro.

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Ohio Derailment Highlights Rail Safety Locally

Could derailment with hazardous chemical spill happen here?

Rail mishaps

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Redevelopment of Rose Hill Shopping Center Meets Opposition

There is even a coalition against it.

There is even a coalition against it.

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Cereal Is Not Just for Breakfast

New food place in the Springfield Town Center is all about cereal.

New food place in the Springfield Town Center is all about cereal.

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Lack of Snow Leaves Some Hanging

Warm February leaves plows idle, salt domes full across county.

No Snow

Local Bike Group Expands to Meet Bicycling Demand

FABB brings on a variety of volunteer directors.

FABB

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Fairfax County Park Authority Changes, Additions

Changes to enhance the gold standard they earned five times in the past.

Park staff changes

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America Recycles Day, Reminder that Recycling Is Forever

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

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Storm Flooding Is Not Only a Risk for Coastal Areas

Homeowners everywhere eye flood insurance; measures to protect inland boats also recommended.

Floods

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Rotary's Bocce Tournament: Mission and Remembrance

Benefits Dixon Center for Military and Veteran Services

Bocca

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It's the SUMMER of the Summer of George

The local band now has a video.

Summer of George hits it big this summer

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Park Volunteers Awarded for Efforts Against Invasive Species

Their efforts are recognized with a Elly Doyle Park Service Award for 2022

Invasive species

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Summer’s Here and Possibly Time to Stay Put

Fairfax County has plenty of options for a “stay-cation” this summer.

Summer Stay-Cation

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Bike To Work Day, Month of May Tradition

An upbeat activity for an upbeat month heading into summer.

BTW 2022

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Blast from the Past: Time Capsules

These historical preservation tidbits are popping up everywhere.

Time Capsules

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Virginia Room is Fairfax Library System’s Research Lab

Many family historical mysteries are uncovered here.

Virginia Room

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County Art Contest Focuses on Water Conservation

High school artists called on to explore “One Water” theme.

Art contest

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New FABB Official Provides a Look From Across the Pond

Biking experience in Denmark provides a different angle for local biking.

New FABB member

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Musicians and Artists Ease the Cancer Experience

Soothing sounds echo through the lobbies at the Inova cancer centers around Northern Virginia.

Inova treatment

Fairfax Skaters Made the Cut for the 2022 Olympic Games

Local spotlight shines on the speed track and figure skating rink.

Local Olympians

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Snow and Schools in Fairfax County

The communication and snow removal system continues to evolve to keep all the boxes checked.

Snow and school

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Paving and Warm Weather are in Tandem This Year in Northern Virginia

There is a map and system to where the paving goes.

August is hot, and the drivers trying to get back to a normal routine have probably hit a pothole or two out on the roads, but VDOT is out there with the paving crews, putting down pavement on 1,145 lane miles throughout the paving season, which goes until November.

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Streams Get a Lift from a County Program

‘Operation Stream Shield’ is called a win-win-win.

Operation Stream Shield

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‘Strategic Underground’ Throughout Fairfax County

Dominion Power is undergrounding wires.

During the frequent thunderstorms that are forecasted throughout the summer, flashlights and candles may have been the short-term answer in the past, but Dominion Energy has another option with a program they are offering called ”Strategic Underground,” so the lines won’t be exposed when lightning strikes and other mishaps.

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Fairfax County Police Armed with a High-Tech Dog Nose

New K-9 can sniff out thumb drives and cell phones that may be evidence.

The Fairfax County Police Department has a new tool to fight cyber crimes and it’s a black Labrador retriever named Browser, that specializes in sniffing out computer-related evidence like thumb drives, cell phones or laptop computers that may have been used by criminals, particularly in child exploitation.

Tysons Moves Closer to ‘Bike Friendly,’ With Planned Bike Bridge

VDOT’s project will expand bike access for shopping and commuting.

Vienna project

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Ripe Red Tomatoes, Juicy Peaches Highlight Area’s Farmers Markets

County’s markets are hopping as they go into National Farmers Market Week in early August.

National Farmers Market Week

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Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities Rise in the Fairfax County Area

Road design, speeds, lighting and negligence are factors.

This spring has seen several fatal pedestrian accidents, possibly signaling a warning to drivers, pedestrians and transportation engineers that more could be done to lessen these fatalities in Fairfax County.

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Biking and Trail Use Continues to Grow in Northern Virginia

Pit Stop gathering is out, but Bike to Work Day is still on for May 21.

It’s been 20 years since Bike to Work Day began, and it grows each year, showing that there is another side to commuting that uses no gas, has health benefits and is fun, even if it’s only one day a year for many.

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There’s More Than Meets the Eye at Traffic Signal Intersections

This technology dates back to an invention by the son of a former slave.

Traffic signals

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Bicycling in Fairfax County Looking to Expand

Meetings planned this month to develop the ‘Active Fairfax Plan’

With the warm weather approaching, Fairfax County is holding a series of meetings to hear thoughts about active transportation in the county, and this input will be used in their Active Fairfax Transportation Plan to integrate the existing Bicycle Master and Trails Plans.

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Greenheart Juice Shop Opens in Vienna

Healthy juices, foods and attitudes highlight the new place along the bike trail.

Greenheart Juice Shop

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At Dog Parks, the Clean-Up Bag is a Must

Walks are important for the family dog, but so is scooping the poop.

Scooping the Poop

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Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Wins Eight Awards

The Noman M. Cole Jr. Pollution Control wastewater treatment plant was recently recognized for their “Tertiary Filters Rehabilitation Project,” and “Rehabilitation of Three Equalization Basin and Ancillary Facilities,” by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) in its annual Mid-Atlantic Region awards.

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