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Keeping Streets Safe

Sgt. David Green Jr. recognized for impaired driving enforcement.

After a promotion in Dec. 2008, Arlington Police Officer David Green Jr. quickly found his niche when it came to getting intoxicated drivers off the street. After he was promoted to sergeant of the midnight patrols section, his responsibilities included managing administrative duties for his squad as well as managing the DUI and Alcohol Safety Action Program for the entire department.

The Issue Was Sex

Burke comedienne presents frank, funny discussion in her show ‘Sex Rules!’

Sex Rules! At least according to Maria Falzone. Falzone is a Burke comedienne, who is breaking down the barriers to promote an open dialogue about safe sex and empower women with her show, “Sex Rules!”

Improvements Slated for Fairfax County Parkway

North Loop widened to ease bottleneck.

As traffic continues to swell on the stretch of the Fairfax County Parkway from Fort Belvoir to the intersection at Rolling Road, local drivers like Christine Wells often get caught up in the traffic snarls and bottlenecks trying to access the “North Loop” that drivers need to take to stay on the parkway as they head west.

Great Falls Honors Those Who Serve

Freedom Memorial hosts annual Memorial Day Ceremony.

Langley senior Matthew Goudreau knows all about being in a military family. His mother was in the Navy and his brother is currently serving in the Marines on the USS Enterprise. So when the Thomas a Beckett Youth Choir and Ensemble, of which Goudreau is a member, was asked to perform at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial for Memorial Day, he was more than willing.

When Iris Eyes Are Smiling

Vienna garden highlights 350 iris hybrids.

In front of a house sitting on a shady road off Vale Road are chairs facing the roadway. Not just any chairs but colorful wood high-backed chairs with holes in the seat. In these holes are planters and in the planters are flowers and greenery. That’s the first sign that this is no ordinary home and an even less than ordinary yard.

Dream Comes True At Town Center

Reston Town Center hosts fantasy wedding.

Reston Town Center was the site of a fantasy wedding for Philip Laster and Mindi Walker May 29, as local businesses contributed to helping the couple start off on the right foot. As the winners of a contest held around Valentines Day, Laster and Walker got a chance to enjoy the best of what Reston Town Center could offer.

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Emission Ambition

County sets goal to reduce carbon emissions by 10.4 metric tons over the next 40 years.

Arlington County has a new goal to slash carbon emissions. But the first-ever community energy plan unanimously adopted last month imposes no mandates or penalties if residents and business fail to clean up their act. And it doesn’t set any money aside for strategic investments.

Father, Daughter Team Up To Coach Churchill

Kate, Pete McMahon Possess Strong Basketball Bond

Pete McMahon and his daughter Kate McMahon team up to coach basketball at Churchill High.

One Strike, They're Out

Some families call the school system’s polices on marijuana punitive and ineffective.

Some families call the school system’s polices on marijuana punitive and ineffective.

No Link between Suicides, Suspensions, Dale Says

Jack Dale criticizes concerns linking teen suicides to suspensions.

Superintendent disagrees with those who say suspensions are linked to suicides of two Fairfax County teens.

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Historic Vote Comes to Alexandria

Southern Sudanese voters hope to make new future for war-torn nation.

Guot Juac, now slightly graying, was one of the Southern Sudanese who came to vote in Alexandria this week.

Promoting Inclusiveness

Forest Edge Principal Frank Bensinger retiring after 21 years.

Frank Bensinger has witnessed and been part of a lot of changes in public school education in his 21-year tenure as principal of Forest Edge Elementary School in Reston: more frequent assessment testing and associated paperwork; greater diversity among students and families; more attention to and demands from students with special needs, to name a few. But one constant, and the thing that has "kept me going all these years," says Bensinger, is simple: "The kids," he says, "are still the kids."

Growing Their Own Food

Oak Hill Elementary students plant their own garden, learn about healthy eating.

When it comes to hands-on projects, students at Oak Hill Elementary take that idea literally. On a recent, sunny morning, children in all grades took turns preparing the soil and planting vegetables in their outdoor garden.

Swimmers Take to Lake Audubon

Reston Masters Swim Team hosts 24th annual lake swim.

For 24 years, the Reston Masters Swim Team has hosted a lake swim Memorial Day weekend, 22 of them taking place at Lake Audubon. The event is one of the only times each year that swimming is allowed in the lake. Shirley Loftus-Charley has participated in every one of those swims, dating back to her time living in Reston. Despite her decades of experience, this year was a first for her.

Herndon Remembers the Fallen

Chestnut Grove Cemetery hosts annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Hours before the Herndon Memorial Day Ceremony at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon, members of the Herndon High School Junior Naval ROTC were already hard at work. They were preparing the Avenue of Flags, where casket flags of fallen service members were displayed along the main road in the cemetery.

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