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New bus route proposed

Fairfax Connector

Fairfax Connector may soon have a new route between Huntington and the Engleside neighborhood.

Tranist officials will hold a public meeting at noon Saturday at the South County Center, at 8350 Richmond Highway, to discuss a newly proposed bus route, route 159.

The new route would bring changes to Fairfax Connector’s existing routes 151 and 152, according to a statement from the transit agency. (more…)

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CoffeeBreak: For teens, local travel is an adventure

Michelle Bond

Finding something fun to do in the summer of 1983 was not easy.  Our options were limited.  The highlight at that time was the Dale City Skating Rink on Smoketown Road. For the most part, we were left to our own survival skills and imagination to occupy our days.

It was during this time that we were introduced to McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.  One afternoon my best friend Tracey and I walked seven miles to the only McDonalds in the area to get a 20 piece order of McNuggets.  The joy was in the journey.  On our walk we talked, and sang and I believe a little dancing occurred.  I am sure we are a legend, somewhere. (more…)

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We’ve joined forces with TBD.com

We are proud to announce our partnership with Washington’s newest local news organization.

TBD.com, a collection of news and information from around the Washington area, launched today and PotomacLocal.com is the latest local Web site to partner with them. (more…)

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VRE to run normal service

Quantico, Va. – Now that one train track at Quantico has been reopened to Amtrak trains, commuter railroad officials say things should be back to normal for their trains on Monday.

Virginia Railway Express officials say there may be some delays on Monday as trains could be forced to move slower through the Marine Corps Base, but they are not anticipating a full-service shut down on the Fredericksburg line like they had Friday.

VRE canceled all trains on the line following the derailment of seven cars on a 79-car coal train Thursday. (more…)

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Crews finishing rail repairs

A CSX crew member walks along the track where a 79-car coal train derailed Thursday at Quantico. (Quantico Public Affairs)

Quantico, Va. – Train service between Washington and Richmond should be restored this afternoon.

Officials with CSX, the owners of the rail line, say repairs should be completed this afternoon and train traffic on the rails will be able to return to normal. (more…)

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Auto thefts common before Labor Day

It’s peak auto theft season in  the Washington area.

Officials say between Memorial Day and Labor Day is when your car is most likely to be stolen. And though the number of auto thefts in the area has dropped in recent years, more than 17,000 cars were stolen last year in the Washington area, said AAA Mid Atlantic spokesman John Townsend. (more…)

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Friday Finds

It may be the dead of summer, when it seems everyone is on vacation. But you can still rock out without leaving town!

Junk Food to rock Workhouse

If you like unapologetic rock and roll, you will love the sounds of “Junk Food” performing live Sunday at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center. (more…)

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Watershed plan unveiled

Karl Lady, of Dogue Creek, voices his concerns about the draft watershed management plan. (Eric Spiegel)

By Eric Spiegel

Mt. Vernon, Va. –  The Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division held a community forum Thursday to present a draft management plan for three Fairfax County watersheds – Belle Haven, Dogue Creek and Four Mile Run.  The forum was designed to promote understanding of watersheds and allow county officials to show its residents proposed plans to help improve and maintain watershed functions. (more…)

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Derailment impacts east coast travel

A freight train transporting coal derailed on CSX tracks within Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va. late Thursday afternoon, August 5, 2010. (Cpl. Sean P. Cummings/Quantico Public Affairs Office)

11:30 a.m. Update

Quantico, Va. – The coal train that derailed Thursday at Quantico has spurred cancellations and delays for most of the east coast.

Thousands of Amtrak passengers were left stranded overnight as crews worked to clean up the seven coal cars that toppled over about 3 p.m. Thursday. (more…)

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Thunderstorm warning issued

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Stafford, Prince William and Fairfax counties.

A lines of severe thunderstorms were approaching in the area, all capable of producing winds of 60 mph, hail and heavy rains.

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Hot, Hot, Heat

It is going to be a hot day across the Potomac communities.

The area is under a heat advisory today from the National Weather Service today, where were told to expect temperatures that feel like 100 to 105 degrees.

Those triple-digit temperatures are actually the heat index values forecasted today between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. The actual temperatures are forecasted to reach the upper 90s today, the weather service stated. (more…)

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Kayaker drowning ruled accidental

Fairfax County, Va. – Police say a Maryland man accidentally drowned last weekend in the Potomac River.

An investigation was launched when the body of 46-year-old Kenneth E. Huggins, of Suitland, Md. was found Sunday after a 911 call reported him missing the day before. (more…)

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Immigration opinion prompts no changes

A new opinion from Virginia’s Attorney General puts police officers on the front lines of the illegal immigration battle, but it won’t change the way local departments conduct business.

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli stated that like officers in Arizona, Virginia police officers have the ability to inquire about the immigration status of those who they arrest.

That’s nothing new, as Stafford County Sheriff Charles E. Jett says the immigration statuses of persons they arrest have always been checked at the jail. (more…)

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Watershed plan up for review

Mt. Vernon, Va. – Streams known for pouring over their banks is one of the issues Fairfax officials plan to address a new watershed plan.

A public meeting about the new plan for the Belle Haven, Four Mile Run and Douge Creek watershed areas will be held at Thursday at Mt. Vernon High School. (more…)

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Police probe kayaker’s death

Kayaks for rent at Belle Haven Marina near Alexandria.

Fairfax County, Va. – Police want to know how a man went missing and later died in the Potomac River.

Dive teams found the body of Kenneth E. Huggins, 46, of Suitland, Md., after he went missing at 11:36 a.m. Saturday while kayaking off Belle Haven Marina in Fairfax County. (more…)

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Neighborhood jamborees planned tonight

Many residents across the region have planned National Night Out celebrations tonight.

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office will hold a large gathering at the Stafford Marketplace off Va. 610 in North Stafford, from 6 to 9 p.m.

More than 30 businesses and community organizations will be represented at the fair, including the LifeEvac helicopter, local fire and rescue departments and an area animal adoption organization. (more…)

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Teams search for body of kayaker

UPDATE Sunday 10:20 a.m.

Search teams are looking for the body of a man who went missing Saturday in the Potomac River.

A 47-year-old Prince Georges County, Md. man went missing yesterday while Kayaking near the Belle Haven Marina, near Alexandria just before noon.

Fairfax County officials received a 911 call about the missing man, and when they arrived on scene, they found his 19-year-old nephew on the shore, said police spokesman Bud Walker. (more…)

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Police chief: Slugs are alright

A local congressman says Washington’s police chief assures him authorities in that city won’t ticket drivers who drop off and pick up slugs on 14th Street.

Rep. Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly, D-11th sent a letter to Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier this month after reports surfaced  that police officers were ticketing drivers who were picking up slugs in order to use Interstate 395 and 95’s High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.  (more…)

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Home makeover: Belvoir edition

Master Sgt. Bill Martin, his wife Leigh Ann, and their five children are excited about moving into their newly renovated home in Woodlawn Village. (Mary Davidson)

After spending 19 years in the Army so far, Master Sgt. Bill Martin has secured his family a newly renovated home near Ft. Belvoir.

Their neighborhood, Woodlawn Village, is well-known among service men and women who work on and around Army base.

The homes, which sit off U.S. 1 and are not considered to be on base, were built 30-years ago as two, three and four-bedroom duplexes.

Now they’re getting a facelift, as the duplexes are being expanded, some to full-size homes with up to five bedrooms, large two-car garages, larger living spaces, bigger backyards, all which are being built around a new community center. (more…)

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Controversial ad lands principal in hot water

Nardos King has been principal of Mt. Vernon High School in Fairfax County since 2006.

MT. VERNON, Va.–A principal has apologized for placing a controversial ad inside of her high school’s yearbook.

Nardos King, who has been principal at Mt. Vernon High School in Fairfax County since 2006, placed an ad for her private “Body Magic” business, which she conducts outside of school, on a page of the 2010 yearbook, according to Fairfax school officials.

Earlier this month, a Fairfax County Public Schools assistant administrator held a private meeting with Nardos and about 10 other members of the community who were concerned about the negative impacts of the ad, said Fairfax County Schools spokesman Paul Regnier. (more…)

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Election races heating up

Gerrald E. Connolly and Keith Fimian both seek the to represent Virgnia's 11th district in Congress.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. – Election season is coming early in portions of Fairfax and Prince William counties as Democratic Rep. Gerrald E. “Gerry” Connolly and his Republican opponent Keith Fimian both issued email statements to their campaign supporters.

Connolly says his campaign will “be sprinting towards the finish line” this summer while many other politicians who are running for reelection this fall are taking some time off. (more…)

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