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Wizards advance in the playoffs; Leesburg among fastest-growing cities in the state

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

By Katie Bowles

Wizards lead Bulls 2-0 after overtime win
(Washington Post

Student “Earth Force Group” asking Arlington residents to turn off unnecessary lights this Saturday night
(ARLnow

Leesburg is 14th fastest-growing city in the state
(Loudoun Times

Arlington County  Board passed a budget that includes more school funding
(ARLnow

Lawmakers return to consider McAuliffe vetoes
(WTOP

 

 

April: NoVA’s Bookshelf

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

By Lynn Norusis

The Runaway Daughter by Juliet Philip

Photo courtesy of Spark Press.

The Runaway Daughter’ by Juliet Philip
Spark Press
In her debut novel, Herndon resident Juliet Philip takes readers into the world and mind of sixteen-year old Kamada who is trying to escape her existence in Bombay. The tale opens with the girl making her way through the streets being assaulted by unwanted advances, giving an inkling into her environment.

To take her mind off her surroundings inanimate objects come to life (“I too have trained my brain to emotionally detach from situations …”), and also playing her conscience. Readers follow a short period of Kamada’s life as she struggles to leave her native land. Family secrets are reveled and friendships are tested, yet her determination to leave Bombay and make a new life in America only becomes stronger.

 

The End of the City by David Bendernagel

Photo courtesy of Pink Fish Press

The End of the City’ by David Bendernagel
Pink Fish Press
In Reston, 2011, a battle is being fought. In his senior year, Ben Moor is grappling with the post-September 11 world, his father’s untimely death and the realization that the world he has been living in—filled with sports, comics and the glorification of heroes—is something he must grow out of.

He retreats from his life’s sorrow by creating an antihero, an assassin, an alter ego. (“I imagined a boy, a sunken-eyed boy, and imagined he imagined me. To cure him of the ills of reality: powerlessness, boredom, and death.”) David Bendernagel’s first novel falls into the sci-fi genre, complete with specified sports and pop culture references, that carry the reader between two alternate realities with both characters living on opposite ends of the spectrum, yet both are playing the game of life, trying to survive in a world of loss and destruction.

(April 2014)

Olympic Skater visits Arlington School, Crowd protests Loudoun school cuts

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

By Janeé Williams

Ashley Wagner visits Arlington Science Focus Elementary School
(ARLnow)

Crowd protests Loudoun school cuts
(WTOP)

Helen Hayes Awards celebrate local theater talent
(WAMU)

19-year-old Annandale woman among four charged with armed robbery
(Fairfax Times)

Easter eggs with racist notes upset Va. residents; 2 Loudoun deputies hurt stopping robbery

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 21st, 2014

By Shelby Robinson

Easter eggs with racist notes upset Va. residents
(WTOP)

 

Loudoun County Supervisors review four designs for Loudoun County Courthouse expansion
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

 

Virtual Offices become a reality in Fairfax
(Fairfax Times)

 

Two Loudoun County deputies were injured stopping an attempted robbery at a Sterling Costco
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

 

Sierra Hull to headline Loudoun Bluegrass Festival
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

Uncork and unwind at the Great Grapes Festival

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By Anjelica Michael 

 

Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival

Photo courtesy of Great Grapes

 

Wine, food, live music and relaxation. That’s what you can expect at the Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival on April 26-27. With hundreds of wines awaiting your sampling from 20 Virginia wineries, all you have to bring is a blanket to sit on the lawn to enjoy some tunes.

With the purchase of a tasting ticket, you can enjoy unlimited samples in a complimentary souvenir wine glass. Admission is free for those who just want to listen to the music and take a walk through the displays. With the backdrop of Reston Town Center, there is even more to experience with the shopping and dining venues close by. 

A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to The Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. So come out to support a great cause, and enjoy a day of wine, gourmet eats and music entertainment including Sons of Pirates, Looking For Lester, and David Bach

As a special treat Northern Virginia Magazine is giving away 4 VIP tickets to the event. VIP tickets entitle you to: a souvenir wine glass and t-shirt, express access to the Specialty Pavilions and unlimited wine samples. All you need to do to win is direct message us on Twitter at @NorthernVAMag with your favorite wine pairings. We’re looking for the most daring and delicious suggestions to win the 2-day tasting package.  

Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival
April 26-27 From noon-6 p.m.
Reston Town Center
uncorkthefun.com

Berlin Wall brought to UVA; Ex-Girlfriend says she purchased guns for Severance

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, April 17th, 2014

By Janeé Williams

Berlin Wall brought to the University of Virginia
(WAMU)

Ex-Girlfriend says she purchased guns for suspect Charles Severance
(WTOP)

Street closed due to Nauck Gas Leak
(ARLnow)

Fairfax School Board seeks county support for school renovations
(Fairfax Times)

Trending: When selfies go wrong

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

By Carten Cordell

Few things in life require no explanation. Sears hairdryers have famously been labeled, “Don’t use while sleeping,” and paper coffee cups still read, “Caution. Contents may be hot.”

Yet while these pearls of wisdom seem self-evident and without need of elaboration, there are still a few bold souls that defy them.

These devil-make-cares tempt fate like a buffet table to a gang of Capitol Hill interns grasping for outlier status against nearly-certain sour outcome.

To their ranks add ‘Never take a selfie near a moving train.’ This one comes courtesy of Jared Michael, whose selfie attempt near railroad tracks quickly goes comically awry.

In the textbook sense, taking a selfie near any functioning railroad line appears to have an obvious element of danger attached to it , and yet the climax of this video is all the more shocking. Let’s just say the conductor of a certain passing train may have been on his way to an NFL combine.

Esquire magazine’s Ned Hepburn first brought to our attention young Jared, whose video grabbed more than 166,000 views seemingly faster than that boot connected with his head.  But let us not judge the 21st century Rembrandt of self-portraiture too harshly, for with his Daedalus-like ambition he has managed to punt away our Wednesday doldrums.

 

South Korean ferry sinks, 300 missing; D.C. considers adding carpool, toll lanes to 14th St. Bridge

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

By Katie Bowles

Ferry containing mostly high schoolers sinks off of South Korea‘s coast
(Washington Post

 Fairfax City police chief planning to retire next month
(Washington Post

Arlington County officials still reviewing high commercial real estate assessments 
(ARLnow

D.C. considers adding carpool, toll lanes to part of the 14th Street bridge
(Washington Post)

NoVA temps in the 80s two days ago, freeze warning this morning
(Leesburg Today

Virginia Passed On ‘House Of Cards’; Fairfax machete attack sends 1 to hospital

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

By Janeé Williams 

Virginia Passed On ‘House Of Cards,’ Citing Incentives, Tax Breaks
(WAMU)

Sipping and painting is the new ‘Dinner and a Movie’
(WTOP)

Virginia Hospital Center employee charged with rape
(ARLnow)

Fairfax machete attack sends one to hospital
(Fairfax Times)

Arlington expands tax breaks for tech companies; Fire destroys historic Shenandoah house

Posted by Editorial / Monday, April 14th, 2014

By Shelby Robinson

Authorities investigating the fire that destroyed a historic Shenandoah house Sunday
(WTOP News)

 

Lubber Run boosters aim to keep housing, school out of Arlington park
(InsideNoVA)

 

Arlington County board expand tax breaks for Technology Zones
(ARLnow)

 

Va. Republicans aren’t blinking in showdown over Medicaid expansion
(The Washington Post)

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