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Focus on Fairfax Bids Farewell

Today Focus on Fairfax bids farewell but stay tuned to the print edition and to washingtonpost.com for other features, notably this. Focus on Fairfax launched in August 2005 and has logged more than 1,500 entries and nearly 10,000 reader comments. It served as a one-stop depository for Fairfax readers. Readers of Focus on Fairfax should know that washingtonpost.com offers numerous blogs where they can get their daily fix of news and information, in particular the Virginia Politics blog....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 23, 2008; 02:46 PM ET | Email a Comment

What's Going Where

The monthly list of proposed and approved new development projects that corresponds to the map available in the print edition of the Fairfax Extra can be found here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 8, 2008; 01:25 PM ET | Email a Comment

Annandale Earthquake Easy To Miss

Yesterday's microquake, which may have occurred as deep as six miles below Annandale yesterday afternoon, drew little notice. Did you feel the Earth move? Read the Metro section article and share your experience here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 7, 2008; 09:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

The 2008 Community Guide is Here

Today marks the publication of the Washington Post's fifth annual community guide, -- don't forget to bookmark it --zoned in your local Extra to give you the best information about the places we live, work and play. This year there's something different--suggestions and comments from readers about life in Fairfax and the two cities in the area. So you can check out what others think about the area. The issue Fairfax Extra is the one you want to make sure doesn't go out with the recycling. Put it aside with other reference stuff like your road maps or telephone directories so you can use it all year. And if you don't subscribe to the print edition of the Post, newsstand copies sold in Fairfax locations will carry the guide as well. And a limited number of copies of the Guide are also available at locations throughout the county like the...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 24, 2008; 09:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

What's Going Where

The monthly list of proposed and approved new development projects that corresponds to the map available in the print edition of the Fairfax Extra can be found here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 3, 2008; 02:55 PM ET | Email a Comment

What's Going Where

The monthly list of proposed and approved new development projects that corresponds to the map available in the print edition of the Fairfax Extra can be found here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 6, 2008; 01:17 PM ET | Email a Comment

Send in Your Thoughts About the Community

You're reading this, so you probably are familiar with Fairfax County and have ideas about the good, the bad and the ugly. We want to hear what you think. The annual community guide will publish April 24, and we want to reflect the thoughts and suggestions of the readers. Send pieces of 200 words or fewer telling us what you particularly like about the county, your town or city, and what you suggest for newcomers who might be reading the Guide for the first time. Keep the ideas simple: in a list or in a short paragraph or two. Everything is fair game -- schools, taxes, roads, neighborhoods -- and anything else you have thoughts on. We need submissions early, by Feb. 21 at the latest, and we'll publish some in the Guide, as separate suggestions or in a piece about your responses. Please refrain from overly political or mean-spirited...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 1, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Email a Comment

Student's Tiff With School Administrator's Wife Show Divisions

Metro opinion columnist Marc Fisher's says the story of the Lake Braddock Secondary School student who called a school administrator's house to complain about a decision not to close schools early during a snowstorm last week and the administrator's wife's angry response, shows deep generational divisions where "No one...sees himself as having done wrong." Read the news, Fisher's take here and share your thoughts below....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 24, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Woodworking Company Replaces Stolen Nativity Scene

Employees of a Lorton woodworking company worked over the weekend to build a replacement Nativity scene for a Springfield couple whose hand made life-sized figures were stolen from their yard last week. The story is in today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 3, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Email a Comment

Jewish Group Protests White Nationalist Meeting

A meeting of a white nationalist group --described by critics as a "neo-Nazi" organization -- set to take place in a Herndon hotel in February has sparked a protest from a Jewish group that has itself been labeled as an extremist group. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 13, 2007; 01:55 PM ET | Email a Comment

What's Going Where?

The Fairfax Extra's monthly guide to new development is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 25, 2007; 11:38 AM ET | Email a Comment

News Briefs: Fatal Accidents on Rainy Wednesday and Fraternity Sues GMU

From today's Metro section: Woman Dies in Beltway Crash A Prince George's County woman was killed in Fairfax County yesterday morning when her car skidded into the back of a tractor-trailer on the Capital Beltway, Virginia State Police said. Shortly after 10:15 a.m., Carla Ann Steen, 36, of Oxon Hill was heading north in the rain on the George Washington Memorial Parkway in a 2000 Toyota Camry when she entered a ramp to the inner loop of the Beltway, said Sgt. Terry W. Licklider. She slid off the ramp into a lane of Beltway traffic and slammed into the tractor-trailer, which was carrying bags of cement, Licklider said. Steen, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital. The driver of the truck was unhurt, Licklider said. -- Tom Jackman Man Changing Tire Fatally Struck A man changing a tire on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 66...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 25, 2007; 10:19 AM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 8/31: Officers Cleared of Violating Koch's Civil Rights

Updated 8/31 News of the jury's verdict is in this morning's Metro section. Updated 8/30 The officers testified this week in federal court. Read what they had to say in this article. Originally posted 7/24 Ronald W. Koch, 62, a longtime member of the Fairfax County Planning Commission, is suing three Fairfax County police officers in federal court, accusing them of assaulting him while he was working as a process server. Koch said that the incident, which occurred at the Sully District Station two years ago, has shaken his faith in the county government and he will not accept reappointment to his government post in January. The details are in this article from today's Metro section....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 31, 2007; 09:56 AM ET | Email a Comment

Police Seek to Identify Cyclist Killed in July in Burke Area

From today's Metro section: A bicyclist killed last month while riding along Route 123 in Fairfax County remains unidentified, and Fairfax police asked yesterday for help in identifying him. The man was riding a red Mongoose bicycle with rear "trick pegs" and heading north on Route 123 (Ox Road) in the Burke area early July 28. Police said a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix struck the bike about 1:45 a.m. and killed the bicyclist. The driver of the Grand Prix, Keith T. Slay, 18, of Burke, was charged with reckless driving. Police said the victim appeared to be a Hispanic man, 18 to 21 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. He was wearing camouflage shorts, a dark green shirt, a dark hat with the words "Todo Por Nada" on it and red Converse sneakers. Anyone who might have information about him is asked to call...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 7, 2007; 11:06 AM ET | Email a Comment

Extra's Varsity Letter Salutes Sports and Moms

The Fairfax Extra's weekly sports column, Varsity Letter, this week introduces us to some mothers who go above and beyond in their support children and their school's athletic programs. Elsewhere in the Extra, check out the Virginia Notebook politics column which reports on a Democratic fundraising edge for this fall's election. Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs,arts and entertainment features and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more......

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 10, 2007; 12:38 PM ET | Email a Comment

Prof Sees Goodness in Aftermath of Va.Tech Tragedy

Andrew Carle, an assistant professor at George Mason University said that the outpouring of grief and sympathy from strangers for the victims of last month's mass murder at Virginia Tech has shown him "proof of the overwhelming goodness of our world, and the people in it." Carle writes today in the Fairfax Extra's Voices of Fairfax opinion column....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 10, 2007; 12:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

The 2007 Guide

Today marks the publication of the Washington Post's fourth annual community guide, zoned in your local Extra to give you the best information about the places we live, work and play. Today's Fairfax Extra is the one you want to make sure doesn't go out with the recycling. Rather, you might want to put it aside with other informational reference material like your road maps or telephone directories, you'll want to refer to it all year long. And if you don't subscribe to the print edition of the Post, newsstand copies sold in Fairfax locations will carry the guide as well. And a limited number of copies of the Guide are also available at locations throughout the county like the Fairfax County Government Center, the Fairfax County Visitors Center, and the offices of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 26, 2007; 11:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

Military Matters is Back; More in Your Extra

The Washington Post today marks the return to its pages of Military Matters, which will be published twice monthly in the pages of our Extra editions and focus on issues concerning the armed forces and our local community. Today's column focuses on one man's deathbed defense of the care he got at the embattled Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales, crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment features and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more......

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 19, 2007; 11:57 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Plans For An Aging Population

With the county's population of those 65 and older expected to increase dramatically over the next dozen or so years, government agencies are making plans to meet the increased demand for transportation services, accessible housing and recreation programs. And it is hoping the aging can help out. Read about what the future will likely bring in this article from today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 12, 2007; 11:11 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Among the offerings in your weekly supplement guide to all that is Fairfax: A favorite McLean eatery gets a fresh look in the Neighborhood Flavor column and Vienna's Jammin' Java welcomes three of the world's preeminent bass guitarists on Sunday night. Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment features and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more......

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 22, 2007; 11:01 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Want politics? Home Sales? Letters from the community? Extra Credit by Jay Mathews? Dr. Gridlock? Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment features and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more......

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 15, 2007; 08:23 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Want politics? Home Sales? Letters from the community? Extra Credit by Jay Mathews? Dr. Gridlock? Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment features and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more......

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 8, 2007; 12:45 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs,arts and entertainment features and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more......

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 1, 2007; 04:04 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment features and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more......

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 25, 2007; 03:08 PM ET | Email a Comment

AARP Offers Tax Assistance

This list from the Fairfax Extra gives the details regarding free tax help from the AARP for anyone who needs it, with emphasis on the retired and those of a certain age....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 18, 2007; 03:46 PM ET | Email a Comment

Monday's Holiday Closings

Courtesy of the Fairfax Extra, here is a list of what is closed on Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 11, 2007; 02:41 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 1/5::Fairfax Libraries Cull Classics...

UPDATE: The library system has gotten a blast of criticism for the policies outlined in the article, but it disputes the sweep of changes portrayed in it. A spokeswoman said the system has available plenty of copies of the books mentioned, that it is trying to reduce the number of older, less-used texts, not do away with them. Its view of the practice and of the coverage is at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/classics.htm. /bob samsot According to this article from today's Metro section administrators with Fairfax County Public Library system have taken an aggressive stance on weeding out seldom read materials from library stacks. Popular new titles are replacing books long regarded as classics of literature to meet public demand. Some librarians reason that the library should serve the public by giving us what we want and that the classics won't be lost since many of them are available for free on the...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 2, 2007; 09:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Look inside the Home section of the print edition of The Washington Post and find the Fairfax Extra --anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. Why, you ask? Well, today's Extra includes some things for commenters to weigh in on: readers' letters to the editor about the controversial decision by the Fairfax City council to buy an office building in a residential area in Merrifield to locate a daytime shelter for the homeless and a story about the first proposed mixed-use structure for what is envisioned as a transformation of downtown Falls Church. Each edition of the Extra also has regular features: recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crime reports from your neighborhood, as well as, monthly restaurant reviews, weekly religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment features and sports listings and stories, as well as guest...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 21, 2006; 12:38 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment features and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more......

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 14, 2006; 10:43 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment featuresand sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 7, 2006; 11:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 30, 2006; 01:34 PM ET | Email a Comment

Happy Thanksgiving! Check Out Thursday's Extra

Best wishes to our readers for safe and happy holiday from the Washington Post staff that help to bring you Focus on Fairfax. The blog will resume with regular new posts on Monday. In the meantime, don't forget to check out this week's Fairfax Extra coming your way on Thanksgiving Day. You'll learn about a group that organizes the county's charitable events and there's a list of who is asking for what during the holidays. And there are the usual: home sales (and the top 10 sales), business notes, Live!, a piece on (we know the timing isn't great) an obesity conference, rollcall and, of course, high school sports at turkey time. All of these are calorie free, so enjoy without guilt, before, with or after your holiday meal....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 21, 2006; 03:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra Today--inside Home Sexn.

This week's Fairfax Extra is, as usual, packed with lots of useful information for the Post's Fairfax readers. Michael Shear's Virginia Notebook column analyzes who won and who lost -- besides the candidates -- in last week's elections. Also likely to draw strong interest is Jay Mathews' Extra Credit column which focuses on the plan to open a new gifted and talent center at Luther Jackson Middle School to handle overflow from an overcrowded center at Kilmer Middle School. Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities,...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 16, 2006; 10:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more.......

 

By Focus on Fairfax | November 10, 2006; 08:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 26, 2006; 01:44 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 19, 2006; 10:27 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 12, 2006; 12:30 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, restaurant reviews, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 28, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, the Extra Credit education column, the Fairfax Business Notebook column, the Varsity Letter sports column, religion notes, volunteer opportunities, health briefs, arts and entertainment listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 22, 2006; 10:13 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Did you see the nifty package of stories that marks another season of coverage of local high school sports in today's Fairfax Extra? The local sports stories are just one reason that Fairfax County residents should make the Extra a weekly part of their news reading. Your Extra has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more. Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 14, 2006; 12:36 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--today's, on Fort Belvoir Growth, is from Supervisor Elaine McConnell --and much more....

 

By | August 31, 2006; 12:44 PM ET | Email a Comment

More Gulf Coast Memories, Stories

Today's Fairfax Extra offers another selection of readers' memories of the Gulf Coast savaged by Hurricane Katrina. And even as meteorologists are predicting heavy rainfalls in our area this weekend from tropical storm Ernesto and Gov. Kaine has declared a state of emergency, some local residents are still trying to recover from this summer's earlier flooding. This article describes a federal loan program that is offering assistance....

 

By | August 31, 2006; 12:35 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By | August 24, 2006; 12:28 PM ET | Email a Comment

Extra Readers Recall Katrina and Better Days

The cover story for this week's Fairfax Extra consists of reader's essays about their experiences in New Orleans, before and after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city almost a year ago. If you have anything to share, please post a comment....

 

By | August 24, 2006; 11:37 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

This week's Fairfax Extra marks the return of the Dr. Gridlock column. Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By | August 17, 2006; 10:49 AM ET | Email a Comment

Channel 16 Offers A Cathode Ray Window on Fairfax

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story takes us behind the scenes at county government sponsored Channel 16 television. Check it out....

 

By | August 17, 2006; 10:22 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/print/community/fairfax/index.html tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood. A recent series in the Extra has been reporting the results of a survey of the attitudes and actions of the county's public school students. Other regular listings include, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By | August 10, 2006; 12:21 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside your Fairfax Extra

Look inside the Home section today and every Thursday for the Fairfax Extra in your ara. The Fairafx Extra has regular features including recent home sales (check out the the $old list of the highest priced homes) and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a look at what new projects developers have in store--on the fourth Thursday of each month, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you would kindly submit them--and much more....

 

By | August 3, 2006; 03:39 PM ET | Email a Comment

$old: How Does Your Home Sale Stack Up?

A new feature, $old, reports the prices of the 10 most expensive property sales in today's Fairfax Extra. Check it out, although you get more listings, more news and more features, such as the county's monthly development map that shows where new things are being built or are proposed to be built, in the paper version, hidden inside the Homes section....

 

By | July 27, 2006; 11:21 AM ET | Email a Comment

Shopper Amputates Hand With Meat Cutter

A story in today's Metro section describes the bizarre scene at Super Halal Meat in Springfield on Saturday where a customer waited until butcher Igbal Asghar stepped away and cut off his own hand with the store's meat saw....

 

By | July 25, 2006; 09:59 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns, which we are always eager to receive, and much more....

 

By | July 20, 2006; 12:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post chock full of regular features, recent home sales and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By | June 8, 2006; 11:29 AM ET | Email a Comment

Inside Your Fairfax Extra

Each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. It has regular features, recent home sales and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns--if you write them--and much more....

 

By | June 1, 2006; 12:11 PM ET | Email a Comment

Your Fairfax Extra

Find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of today's Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. There, in addition to local news and features, you can regularly see recent home sales and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor, when we receive some, guest columns which we are always eager to see, and much more....

 

By | May 25, 2006; 11:32 AM ET | Email a Comment

Explore Your Fairfax Extra

Just a reminder that each Thursday you can find the print edition of the Fairfax Extra tucked inside the Home section of the Washington Post anywhere newspapers are sold or delivered in the county. There, in addition to local news and features, you can regularly see recent home sales and crimes reports from your neighborhood, a monthly look at what new projects developers have in store, religion notes, arts and entertainment and sports listings and stories, as well as your letters to the editor and guest opinion columns and much more....

 

By | May 18, 2006; 04:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

News You Can Use in Your Fairfax Extra

Each week the Washington Post's Fairfax Extra publishes listings, calendars and other information aimed at keeping readers abreast of what's happening in their neighborhoods. From local news briefs to a community calendar, from health notes to local restaurants' health code violations, the Extra tries to be a useful a guide. Other regular features include religion notes, a list of how local representatives voted in Congress, a list of organizations seeking volunteers, recent home sales, recent crime reports, arts briefs and animal control reports. So is there something else we should be listing that we aren't? We are happy to consider suggestions for new listings and regular features that would help you. Post here or send us an email....

 

By | April 13, 2006; 01:04 PM ET | Email a Comment

Have You Heard? The Washington Post Has Gone Am and FM

Washington Post Radio went on the air yesterday at 1500 AM and 107.7 FM. Have you had a chance to check it out? Is it a good addition to the local airwaves? What's missing? What's good?...

 

By | March 31, 2006; 11:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

Asking For Your Patience

The father of Woody Irvin, our main blog poster, died early today. He will be out a few days for the funeral. We ask for your patience as we attempt to keep the blog as current as possible during his absence. Thank you....

 

By Steve Fehr | March 5, 2006; 02:47 PM ET | Email a Comment

Outgoing Fairfax Extra Editor To Answer Questions Online

3/2 - Reminder:The online discussion is today. On the 5th anniversary of the Washington Post's Fairfax Extra, outgoing Fairfax Extra Editor Stephen C. Fehr will be online Thursday, March 2, at 1 p.m. ET to examine Virginia's Fairfax County. Submit your questions and comments before or during the discussion....

 

By | March 2, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fehrwell

After five years as Fairfax Extra editor and editor of the blog, I start Mon. Feb. 27 on a new gig: assistant Virginia editor. I'll be overseeing local government coverage in Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington, Prince William and Loudoun counties and towns and cities including Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax City. It's been a pleasure. I may post a comment now and again in the blog. Meantime, my email address will stay the same: fehrs@washpost.com....

 

By Steve Fehr | February 25, 2006; 03:47 PM ET | Email a Comment

Please Read: Rules Issued for Commenting on Fairfax Focus Blog

Some readers of this blog have recently raised questions about the role of The Washington Post in policing Fairfax Focus. I have deleted a few blog posts because they did not meet The Post's standards for fairness. For more clarity about how to play by the rules, Jim Brady, the executive editor of washingtonpost.com has posted a message explaining the rules for readers participating in the site's Live Online discussions, discussion forums and for posting comments on the company's blogs. The complete list of rules is here. --Steve Fehr, Fairfax Extra Editor...

 

By | February 17, 2006; 01:06 PM ET | Email a Comment

An Easier Way to Contact Post Reporters

Washingtonpost.com will soon launch a new feature that will allow readers to contact Washington Post staff writers. The feature will make all of the bylines readers see on the site clickable text. Once the byline is clicked, a dialogue box will open allowing the reader to send an email to the writer....

 

By | January 25, 2006; 12:14 PM ET | Email a Comment

Library Patrons Go Out of Their Way To Avoid Fines

The Fairfax Extra today reports on the lengths that county library officials say that their patrons go to renew and return their books to avoid incurring penalties for overdue materials....

 

By | December 22, 2005; 03:24 PM ET | Email a Comment

Technical Issues With Focus On Fairfax

A note to our readers: We apologize for the lack of postings over the last few days. Focus on Fairfax and our sister blogs at washingtonpost.com have been experiencing some technical difficulties. We appear to be back up and running today and will do our best to catch up. The Post uses a vendor for the blog, TypePad, which had the problems. Thanks for your patience....

 

By | December 19, 2005; 09:42 AM ET | Email a Comment

Help Wanted

Do you know anyone who used to take a few days off during Thanksgiving but who is now taking the whole week off because of the hassles of traveling during the holiday period? If so, email me at fehrs@washpost.com. It's for a story in The Post. Thanks....

 

By Steve Fehr | November 16, 2005; 06:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

Locals Mourn Relatives Killed In Amman Bombings

Relatives gathered last night  at the Dar Al-Hiraj Islamic Center in Falls Church to mourn the 59 people killed in this week's terrorist bombings in Amman, Jordan. At least 17 of the dead had family members living here....

 

By | November 11, 2005; 10:25 AM ET | Email a Comment

Calling All Restonians

For months now, there has been an ongoing debate in Reston about something called "the governing documents." Presumably these documents are the equivalent of the Constitution for one of the nation's largest planned communities. For the life of me, I live in Reston and I can't figure out what the heck they're talking about. What are leaders of the Reston Association proposing to change? What difference does it make to Reston residents? And most important, what impact does it have on homeowner fees (aka assessments)? Will the proposed changes mean higher or lower fees?...

 

By Steve Fehr | November 7, 2005; 05:51 PM ET | Email a Comment

Helping for the Holidays

Many organizations need volunteers, clothes, food and other items during the holidays so they can help the needy. A list of organizations that need assistance will appear in the Fairfax Extra on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. Nonprofit groups are invited to send a list of needs [attn: holiday list] by Wednesday11/16 to fxextra@washpost.com or by fax to 703-273-2836. Groups should include details on the number of volunteers and specific items needed; where donated items can be taken and during what hours; a daytime telephone number; and a contact person....

 

By Steve Fehr | November 7, 2005; 01:42 PM ET | Email a Comment

New Boys & Girls Club in Herndon Aims To Prevent Gang Involvement

That the new extension of the Boys & Girls Club at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon will help discourage young people from joining gangs is the hope of town officials, according to a Fairfax Extra article published today....

 

By | October 6, 2005; 02:52 PM ET | Email a Comment

Helping to End Domestic Violence in Fairfax's Korean Community

The cover story in today's Fairfax Extra profiles Esther Park of the Annandale-based Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington. Park want to help women from the immigrant community who are caught in abusive relationships....

 

By | October 6, 2005; 02:38 PM ET | Email a Comment

Lifelike Mannequins In Lingerie Attract Attention At Tysons Corner Center

The new Victoria's Secret store in the the expanded wing of Tysons Corner Center is creating a buzz, not all of it positive, with its racy  display of scantily clad, realistic mannequins in provocative poses. An article is in this morning's Metro section....

 

By | October 5, 2005; 11:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

George Washington Parkway Named A Scenic Byway

Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) announced today that the George Washington Memorial Parkway  had been named by the Federal Highway Administration one of four new scenic byways in the state....

 

By | September 22, 2005; 03:15 PM ET | Email a Comment

18 Police Groups Raising Money for Katrina Relief

The Fairfax County Police Association is working with 18 other police organizations in the Northern Virginia area to help raise money for members of law enforcement communities that were affected by Hurricane Katrina....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 20, 2005; 12:18 PM ET | Email a Comment

Getting Rid of a Computer or Bicycle?

The county's solid waste management program and the school system will hold a computer and bicycle recycling donation event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Edison High School in the Alexandria section....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 17, 2005; 06:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

Four Workers of Herndon Firm Killed in Iraq

From the Associated Press: Four private security agents from Herndon-based Triple Canopy www.triplecanopy.com were killed in a roadside bombing near Basra on Wednesday....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 8, 2005; 03:44 PM ET | Email a Comment

Finding Cheap(er) Gasoline in Fairfax County

Fairfax area drivers are swarming to gasoline stations, fearing shortages and price increases. The talk in many neighborhoods is about which stations have the cheapest prices....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 6, 2005; 07:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

County Groups Issue Call to Help Hurricane Victims

Fairfax area civic, religious and business organizations are calling on county residents to donate money to victims of Hurricane Katrina....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 5, 2005; 10:17 AM ET | Email a Comment

Group Files Lawsuit To Block Herndon Day Laborer Site

A conservative legal group, Judicial Watch, filed a suit on behalf of a group of Herndon residents to stop the town's plan to create an official site where day laborers can gather to wait for work, The Post reported today....

 

By | September 2, 2005; 10:03 AM ET | Email a Comment

Heading to the Beach This Weekend?

Fairfax beachgoers may be interested to know that a Maryland task force is looking for ways to alleviate the notorious traffic that clogs the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a study that could lead to the construction of another bay crossing. A new bridge, which would be a massive, expensive and controversial project, is only an idea and wouldn't come to fruition for many years, officials said. But as traffic worsens, it may be inevitable, said O. James Lighthizer, co-chairman of the 23-member task force appointed by Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan. ....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 2, 2005; 07:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

Come Together, Fairfax County

In my neighborhood in north Reston, we have a block party every Labor Day. That's the last day of summer before the kids go back to school. At Monday's block party. we are asking all of our neighbors to chip in some money to send to the Red Cross to help the Hurricane Katrina victims. This is the same spirit and unity of purpose we showed following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Remember how Fairfax County banded together then? The candlelight vigils, the flags on houses, the special church services? Katrina is a disaster that calls for a similar response. Consider ways your neighborhood can help the victims. Post some of your ideas at FairfaxFocus....

 

By Steve Fehr | September 1, 2005; 02:56 PM ET | Email a Comment

Hurricane Touches Families, Friends of Fairfax Residents

Reston artist Jim Bailey, in an e-mail yesterday about the launch of the Fairfax County blog, added that he was headed to his hometown of New Orleans to check on his family. Another friend of ours told us that his daughter, a Tulane sophomore, managed to get out of N.O. before the storm hit.   The hurricane is very much on the minds of county residents, many of whom have loved ones in the LA-MISS area. Share with us your stories about how people you know are coping with the disaster.Meantime, a 34-person team from Fairfax is among the disaster relief workers from the local area who will be assisting with rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina which came ashore near New Orleans early Monday. The Washington Post had the report in this morning's A section.Two of The Post reporters sent to the hurricane area are based in...

 

By | August 30, 2005; 08:48 AM ET | Email a Comment

Welcome to the Fairfax Blog

The hottest trend in the rapidly changing world of journalism is the rise of blogs. Today we start our own version of a blog for Fairfax County that we hope will provide you with another way of getting information about your community from the reporters and editors of The Washington Post. Some blogs are online diaries or journals that contain the musings of the author on any number of topics. Ours will be more like a community bulletin board that tells you what is going on in the county. Some of our posts will be breaking news such as a major traffic incident. Other items will be about future events, such as an upcoming concert. We will tell you about neighborhood disputes, Board of Supervisors and School Board actions, local crime and development. We want to be as fresh and topical as possible so you come to rely on us...

 

By Steve Fehr | August 29, 2005; 06:00 AM ET | Email a Comment

 

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