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Join FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Transportation Services Jeff Platenberg, and manager of School Health Services Lorraine Trouton for an FCPS Town Hall on Tuesday, June 16, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. View the livestream online or Channel 99. A…

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Posted 04-06-2020TOPLINE UPDATES• The Governor advises everyone to wear face coverings (or masks) when outside their homes, per new CDC guidelines.o Corona virus can be transmitted through airborne molecules, and asymptomatic people can have and transmit the virus, so a face covering can off…

It is that time of year again when we celebrate all things Irish, but there is a lot more to Irish achievement than shamrocks, Guinness and “Kiss me I'm Irish” hats.

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Phyllis A. Crawford, 66, of Reston, Va. peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, August 10. She was born in Warrenton, Va. on December 14, 1949, and was a daughter of the late David and Novella Washington. In addition to her parents, Phyllis is predeceased by a brother, Charles Washingto…

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“La Bohème” to be performed by National Symphony Orchestra on Friday, August 5

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Ryan Murray’s entire career is up in the air, and Anne Weissbecker is at the end of her rope, yet they couldn’t be happier. Both are professional circus performers with the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil.

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Over the past five years, comedian Chris Distefano has carved out a nice career for himself on MTV, starring on MTV2’s hit show “GuyCode,” as well as appearing on MTV’s “GirlCode” “Failosophy” and “Money From Strangers.”

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In the mid-1970s, the punk movement was gaining momentum thanks to New York- and London-based bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Clash. But a Los Angeles band going by the name of X was just as influential on the scene out west.

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Theatergoers know Cleavant Derricks for his Tony-winning role of James “Thunder” Early from “Dreamgirls,” and even though the actor has been a veteran of the stage for more than 30 years, he’s still probably best known for playing Rembrandt Brown on the cult TV classic, “Sliders.”

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I love the summer weather as my human and I get to do more stuff together. My human will share with mom we are “going for an R.” I pretend that I do not know what “going for an R” means so my human can have some fun in his life. When he finally asks me if I want to go for a “ride,” I jump fo…

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“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy.” - James Madison

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Do you give your child candy and treats because that’s what you grew up eating and you think it’s important that they have a ‘normal childhood?’ Do you allow your toddler to dictate what he/she will eat, limiting choices to chicken nuggets, happy meals, macaroni-n-cheese, and ketchup? Well i…

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“No” does not always mean an end to things. The word is one with numerous meanings and implications, depending upon perspective and determination. The word is sometimes pivotal in sexual offense cases where a defendant claims no meant yes. When prosecutors say “no,” it generally means a case…

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Our Daily Bread, a non-profit which provides services like financial literacy and food assistance to struggling residents in Fairfax County, was rebranded as Britepaths last month.

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Send community calendar notices at least two weeks prior to your event to ffxtimesevents@gmail.com. Please limit submissions to event name, date, time, cost, address and contact information. Events are listed on a space-available basis.

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Call for Artists for “Paint and Beyond” The League of Reston Artists invites artists to enter works in the upcoming show at the U.S. Geological Survey, National Gallery, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston. Eligible works are paintings, mixed media and two-dimensional works suitable for wall ha…

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After living on Lake Anne in Reston for 13 years, Jason and Melissa Romano thought they were living up to the town founder’s, the late Robert Simon, vision 66 percent of the way.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jill Borkowski-Lang, owner of Cracked-Egg Enterprises. Jill was born in NJ, raised in Ft. Lauderdale, she graduated from FSU & Univ. of Denver. Jill is survived by her mother, Pat, sister Kristen, brother-in-law Joel & nephew L…

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Christopher Mearl Toia died on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, in his home in Chantilly, Virginia.  He was born on May 23rd, 1990 in Virginia to his beloved parents Karie and Jeff Toia. "Chris" as he was fondly called by his family and friends was a kind and quiet young man. Chris had a huge hea…

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Joseph Patrick Forry - music man, maestro, Irish tenor, pianist extraordinaire - brought joy and music to thousands of people for over 70 years - died on August 18, 2020 in Gainesville, GA at age 82 of complications from cancer. Born in Boston, MA on August 4, 1938 to John and Eleanor Forry,…

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Fred Fitzsimmons grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia. He was known as “friendly Freddy” growing up in his neighborhood and he was loved and trusted by many. Fred’s heart laid with sailing, sunsets, scuba diving, boating, sports, and family.

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George C. King, Jr., 91, of Tulsa, OK, passed away on Thursday, the 20th of August, 2020 due to complications of Alzheimer's.  He was born on 14 November 1928 to George King, Sr., and Minnie T. (Shay) King of Tulsa, OK.  George attended the Peacock Military Academy college-preparatory school…

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Lucille Filion Pelland of Vero Beach, FL, died peacefully at home on August 20, 2020, from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Newmarket, NH, on June 13, 1935, and was the daughter of Louis Phillippe Filion and Celia Lauzon Filion. She was predeceased by her parents, sister T…

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Nancy Theresa Connor (nee Santangelo) born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on October 15, 1949 to Maria (Mamie) and Anthony (Bim) Santangelo.  Nancy attended Eisenhower High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  While attending IUP, she met and fell in love with Gary W. Connor and they…

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Serena Rose Meyer, age 35, died on July 22, 2020, in Orlando, Florida, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born on July 19, 1985, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is survived by her husband, Carlos Marroquin, of Sterling, Virginia, and sons, Alex, Ruben and Julius. She is also su…

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Jeannette Nelson Mintun, 82, of Fairfax, Virginia went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, July 24, 2020 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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David Lee Hooper, 63, of Greenville, SC, after a valiant battle with cancer, peacefully passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. David was known for his charisma, kindness, love for family and friends, and love of life. He was a man of deep faith and charity who …

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Diane Pettit, 82, of Ashburn, VA died on Friday July 10th, 2020 in her home surrounded by family.  Diane was born on August 28, 1937 in New York.  She spent her formative years in New York and then moved to Virginia to finish schooling and became a teacher.  She taught for 25 years at Herndo…

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Phillip Arthur Thiessen, formerly of Fairfax, VA, passed away the evening of Friday, July 3rd in Fond du Lac, WI at the age of 55 as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

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Franette Ruth Shongood was the only child of Charles Shongood and Alice Eve McCardell. Born in 1916 Manhattan, she lived on the Upper West Side and was baptized at St. John the Divine. As a toddler, her parents whisked her away to Bermuda to avoid or recuperate from the worldwide influenza p…

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Born in Brooklyn, New York to John and Margaret (Smith) Gallagher, Kevin was the second of their four children. He graduated from Holy Cross High School in Queens in 1959. Following college, he joined IBM where his professional career spanned more than forty years, across six states. He met …

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On Saturday Mach 21st, 2020 Donna Lee O’Neil passed away, after a long arduous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Donna was born in Sayer, PA and spent her childhood in Upstate New York.

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Edna Jean DeFilippi of Reston Virginia passed away on June 8, 2020 at Reston hospital from cardiac shock. Jean is survived by her adult children Robert, Donna and Debra and her grandchildren Dana, Carly, Jimmy, Dennielle and Troy as well as many loved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in d…

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Patricia Whritenhour who was also known as Patricia Anne Sauve born on July 26, 1946 in Ottawa, Canada, gained her angel wings on May 25th, 2020. She was married to James John Whritenhour in November of 1990. 

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Jerome Francis Garlan, 84, son of the late Stanley and Wanda Garlan (formerly Gill) passed away June 5, 2020 in Pineville, NC after a long illness. He was a former resident of Liverpool, NY and a longtime resident of Chantilly, VA. He was born February 22, 1936 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was th…

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James Floyd Mowatt III (Jim, Jimmy), born April 1, 1956 left us on June 2, 2020.  Jim originally from Fairfax Virginia, called Saint Simons Island home for the past 19 years.  Jim is preceded in death by his parents James Floyd Mowatt II and Helen Louise Schaeffer Mowatt.  He is survived by …

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A life that spanned a century concluded on Sunday, May 24th, when Robert A. Shawn passed away peacefully at home with his wife Julia by his side.  Known to many as “Colonel Bob,” he was born on May 6th, 1920 in Bronx, NY. Bob was a pilot with the US Army Air Corps in WWII, and finished his c…

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Norbert Raymond Kaus was born March 12, 1932 in Dunkirk, New York to Viola and Bernard Kaus. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy High School in 1949. Raised in a mostly Polish community, his heritage background followed him everywhere. Listening to Polka music, enjoying Polish food, and dan…

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Ida Mae Weller, aged 85, passed away quietly on May 5, 2020, from complications of COVID-19. Born on May 24, 1934, in Scotland, Texas, she was one of ten children of Joseph and Rosa Essler. She and Howard Weller were married in July of 1952, later raising their six children in Arlington and …

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Cobina Sue Adams (Lawson), 78, of Herndon, VA passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 at StoneSprings Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

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Kathleen was the third eldest of seven daughters born to Anna Wilhelmina Johnson of Sweden and Leonard Tilley MacDonald of Scotland who, after marrying, settled in Cardiff Saskatchewan.

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Commander Russell “Russ” Howard Weidman, USN (Ret.) passed away of natural causes at the age of 86 on March 16, 2020 in his home at Springfield, VA.

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Anne Fleming Rodwell Huntley passed away on March 17, 2020 in Reston, VA. She was born on August 6, 1930 in Warrenton, NC, the eldest daughter of Annie Fleming Harris Rodwell and Clyde Ethelbert Rodwell. She grew up in Warrenton, attending John Graham School, but finishing high school at Pea…

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Lois Petras-Darnell peacefully passed away in her home on Saturday, February 29, 2020... 3 months shy of her 92nd birthday. She was born in Detroit, MI, on May 18, 1928, to William Earl Haile and Kathryn Elizabeth Doolittle. Lois grew up in Detroit during the Great Depression, but throughout…

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Joseph Lindsay Browning, age 60, of Reston passed suddenly on January 31, 2020.  Husband of Karen Browning, beloved father of Scott and Tim Browning.  He is also survived by siblings Barbara Runkles, Ruth Ann Meadors, and Robert Browning as well as numerous other family and friends. Joe earn…

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David “Dave” D’Unger, 77 of Okatie, SC, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, SC.

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My friend and sweet partner, Doug Earl Gillikin 73, who spent his career in construction passed away at Reston Hospital on October 31, 2019 after a fatal fall. Doug was born on April 25, 1946 in Carlisle, PA. He resided in Northern VA, most recently, Reston. He attended Annandale Methodist Church.

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Lawrence Allan Grannis, Retired Colonel, United States Air Force, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, VA after a brief illness with cancer.

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Dorothy Remington Batie passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 12th 2020 in Leesburg Virginia at the age of 80.  Born Dorothy Sue Remington on 16 June 1939 in Washington Pennsylvania as the sole child to Victor H. Remington of Abilene Kansas & Dorothy Remington (McCollum) of Washingto…

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Joan E. Ferrante, 83, of Lebanon, PA and previously of Fairfax, VA passed away peacefully on December 27, 2019 at Cornwall Manor in Lebanon, PA.

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Mary Sullivan, 86, of Charlottesville, formerly of Reston, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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The brightest comet has burned out. Dr. Timothy Lee Kirkpatrick's fire ceased burning on Thanksgiving evening. He was the best at everything he loved: sailing, skiing, racquetball, humor, practical jokes, dentistry, friendship,and his role as a son, brother, father and husband. Dr. Kirkpatri…

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Ruth Lee Haney died peacefully at her home in McKinney, Texas at the age of 95. Ruth is survived by her husband Jim Haney, her son Michael Haney and sisters Norma Mullikan and Shirley Stringer. Preceding her in death are her parents James and Bonnie Lee, and her brother Max Lee.

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Angela Tarese Grasso-Beckman, 49, of North Myrtle Beach, SC (originally from Northern Virginia) passed away on Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at her residence. She was born February 10, 1970 in Washington, DC daughter of the late Anthony T. Grasso Jr. and Sue Horton Grasso. 

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