Money Raised By Chamber Golf Classic For Scholarships

Local business and community leaders gathered at Laurel Hill Golf Club on Sept. 22 for the 23rd Annual Chamber Golf Classic hosted by Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce to raise money for the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund. Winning the competitive field was the team from Genuario Construction Co. with Rick Genuario, Sue Genuario, Robert Hines, and Dick Alderson. Robert Hines is the owner of Sun, Sew, Vac in Mount Vernon Plaza. Continue reading

Hope Card Offers A Lifeline To Domestic Voilence Victims In Fairfax County

Since the pandemic began, incidents of domestic violence have increased, and in Fairfax County, Virginia, detectives note that they’ve also become more violent. The county has a new resource for victims that fits in the palm of their hand. “It’s a lifesaver,” Saly Fayez said, describing the free HOPE cards that offer anyone with a permanent protective order a discreet way to ask for help. Continue reading

Belvoir Nuclear Reactor’s Dismantling Set To Begin

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin work to dismantle Fort Belvoir’s nuclear reactor in November, according to Brenda Barber, the program manager for the Corps of Engineers Baltimore District. A $71.6 million dollar contract for the work was awarded to APTIM AECOM Decommissioning LLC of Alexandria. The Army SM-1 reactor, which designates a status of stationary, medium-power, was shut down nearly 50 years ago, and Barber said residual radiation has diminished enough to begin dismantlement. Continue reading

Students In Fairfax County Score Above National Average On SAT

The Fairfax County, Virginia, school system said Wednesday the Class of 2021 performed above the national average on the SAT, and said only slightly fewer students took it compared to last year. The Fairfax County overall mean score of 1201 surpassed both the state average of 1151 and the global average of 1060, the school system said. All scores were based on the College Board public reporting as of Sept. 15, 2020. Continue reading

2021 Vienna Oktoberfest Returns

The Vienna Oktoberfest opened the first Saturday in October 2021, even though what would have been Vienna’s 13th Oktoberfest was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The festival and its timing is a tradition held in the town since 2008 when more than 15,000 people reportedly attended Vienna’s inaugural fest. At the time, it “exceeded expectations by over 100 percent,” according to Oktoberfest’s first chairperson Tom Hanton, as reported in the Vienna Connection, Oct. 8-14, 2008. Continue reading

Local Families Get Benefit From Stuff The Bus Events In Chantilly

Several Stuff the Bus events were held in the local area on Sept. 11. Showing some of the food they collected at this one, in the Centreville Regional Library parking lot, are (from left) Yousef Alrajhi with Volunteer Fairfax, bus driver Saeid Khalighi and Sarah Barton with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM), which received the items for its food pantry serving families in need in Centreville and Chantilly
Several Stuff the Bus events were held in the local area on Sept. 11. Continue reading