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Local Audubon Chapter Votes to Change Its Name

John James Audubon claimed ownership of enslaved people

Audobon

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New Partnership to Provide Affordable Housing

Melwood and Wesley Housing have partnered to convert a current Arlington Melwood property into an affordable and inclusive housing project combined with programs and services for people with disabilities. This project is located at 750 23rd Street S in Arlington.

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Community Fills ACPD Truck for Arlington Unsheltered

This essentials drive is one of a series of community events hosted by the Community Engagement Division of the ACPD. Other events include the Christmas toy drive, the back-to-school supplies collection in the fall and the non-perishable food drive for AFAC which provides supplemental groceries to Arlington’s low-income families.

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New Culpepper Food Pantry Shows Off Hands On Art

Culpepper Garden has not had a permanent pantry to serve its residents facing food insecurity. Now a grant of $2,700 from Field to Table has allowed Culpepper Garden to build a permanent food pantry which will be stocked with supplemental non-perishable groceries made available to Culpepper residents.

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Eviction Nears Crisis Levels in City of Alexandria

Relief funds have run out, and legal protections are slim.

Relief funds have run out, and legal protections are slim.

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Guest House Welcome Baskets Running Low

Guest House Welcome Baskets Running Low

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It’s Easy—Just Fill in the Bullets

Primary ballots will be using ranked choice voting; here’s what that means.

How To Vote: Ranked Choice Voting

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AFAC Benefits from Stamp Out Hunger Drive

AFAC Benefits from Stamp Out Hunger Drive

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Arlington and Alexandria Bring Home the 4-H Ribbons

Arlington and Alexandria Bring Home the 4-H Ribbons

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Outpouring of Local Help for Afghan Refugees

The need is great for volunteers, monetary donations and more.

Thousands of Afghan refugees have landed at Dulles Airport in recent days.

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Senior Olympics Profile Orienteering

Which way is north again?

Grab a compass and detailed topographical map and head out over unfamiliar terrain to navigate a set course in the fastest time.

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Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Opens 39th Year in September

Step up and claim your Olympic medal awarded after each event.

Town Hall Highlights Local Steps on Coronavirus in Northern Virginia

“Stay home. Wash your hands.”

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Bill Woolf Receives National Honor for Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Volunteers needed to expand prevention effort.

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Run, Throw or Dive and Use Your Brain in NVSO

Northern Virginia Senior Olympics returns Sept. 15.

Nonprofits Initiate 5k Home Run for the Homeless

Combined effort to raise funds.

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Using Computers in Arlington to Help Stop Human Trafficking

Hackathon to focus on collaborative solutions.

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Major Renovation Begins at Culpepper Garden of Arlington

Apartments to gain senior-needed amenities.

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Never Too Early to Prepare for Senior Olympics

New this year: canasta, croquet and beach ball wallyball.

Many Immigrant Stories But Similar Fears

Details of immigrant stories differ but the roller coaster of stress and uncertainty is the same.

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Senior Talent Performs to Full House

From line dancing to modern dance.

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Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Rolls Along

Green Acres Senior Center hosts bocce competition.

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Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Celebrates 35th Year

Participants can compete in 70 different events.

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Teens Tackle Poverty Close To Home

Catholic Diocese of Arlington sends 820 teen volunteers.

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Helping Immigrants in Arlington

Advice about DACA, green cards, work permits and more.

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‘Hallelujah’

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From the Beginning to the End

982 participants signed up for 2016 Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.

The Northern Virginia Senior Olympics (NVSO) opened Sept. 10 and ran through Sept. 21 with another record registration of 918 participants.

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Senior Living: Life at Vinson Hall — Living the Difference

Mary DeMaris is headed down on the elevator at Vinson Hall with her black case of art supplies, an artist headed to a still life class out of the building. “There is a club here for everything — poetry, art, choral group, photography, book, gardening,” she said.

Community Works Together To Alleviate Hunger

Food for Others assemble backpacks of non-perishable food.

Food for Others started its Power Pack Program -P3- in Fairfax County four years ago "after we noticed the need and heard from school counselors. We started with eight schools and are now up to 28," according to Jessica Cogen, director of development and outreach of Food for Others. Cogen also emphasized that "we are seeking to expand the number of schools served this year to help meet the need."

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Responding to Teen Sex Trafficking

Comprehensive approach seeks to educate teens.

In 2012 Fairfax County Detective William Woolf discovered a 16-year-old girl being prostituted by the M-16 gang. At the time there was little recognition that the problem existed locally. The girl was recovered and since then Woolf has interviewed 300 recovered victims, some as young as 12-years old. After the initial shock, Northern Virginia businesses, faith communities and educational groups sought to understand the extent of the problem.

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Becoming Aware of Child Sex Trafficking

The problem extends throughout northern Virginia.

She stands on the sidewalk outside the mall with her backpack full of 7th grade science and math books. An older man pulls up and she gets in the backseat of his car.