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Editorial: Independent Police Auditor Marks History

Kudos to Board of Supervisors for unanimous approval of independent police auditor; now on to the Civilian Review Panel.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to create the position and office of independent police auditor on Tuesday, Sept. 20, creating the first civilian, independent oversight of law enforcement in Fairfax County. The unanimous vote demonstrated the board’s commitment to the ongoing process that began early in 2015 when Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova established the 32-member Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission.

Arlington: McEntee Honored

Arlington resident Christine (Chris) McEntee, executive director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union, has been honored by CEO Update as the 2016 Professional Society CEO of the Year.

Arlington: Board Adds 68 Units of Affordable Housing

The Arlington County Board solved two problems with one $10 million loan.

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Arlington: Fire Station 10 Finds Its Temporary Home

After a summer of study, County Board stands by Wilson site selection.

The Arlington County Board launched into its 2016-2017 year with one of the most contentious issues in the county: the selection of a location for Fire Station 10. While the permanent fire station is under construction as part of the West Rosslyn Area Plan, a temporary fire station will have to be located on a nearby parcel. At the Sept. 24 County Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to place the temporary Fire Station 10 on the recreation field for a nearby school.

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Arlington: Help Identify Grand Larceny Suspects Caught on Camera

The Arlington County Police Department’s Auto Theft Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects involved in the theft of tires and rims from three vehicles during September.

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Arlington Snapshot: Serving Others

First-year students at Marymount University assembled 2,000 care packages for teenagers transitioning from foster care to life on their own.

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Arlington: Modifying Toy Cars for Children with Special Needs

Marymount University’s Department of Physical Therapy launched its Go Baby Go! Garage on Saturday, Sept. 17, an event that drew more than 200 people to the school’s Fairfax Drive facility and provided 12 special needs children with modified toy cars that will make them more mobile.

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Arlington Snapshot: Supporting Linden Resources

Bill Buck, chairman of Buck & Associates, a full-service, family-owned real estate brokerage, presents a check to Linda Chandler, CEO of Linden Resources and some of its clients. Linden Resources provides employment and development opportunities to people with developmental and physical disabilities and wounded veterans.

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Arlington: Committed to Community Engagement

Leadership Center for Excellence welcomed its newest class of the Young Professionals Program as it gathered for the first time at a day-long retreat on Sept. 14.

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Arlington: Running for Fun and for Neighbors

Arlington Turkey Trot kick-off party will start the season.

What’s more fun than running the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day? Going to the kick-off party for the Turkey Trot at the Crystal City Sports Pub on Oct. 19, according to Turkey Trot Director Mark Riley.

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Arlington Snapshot: Thriving on ‘Boots, Bingo, and Barbecue’

Arlington Thrive's first “Boots, Bingo, and Barbecue” took place on Saturday, Sept. 24, and families enjoyed the event, playing Bingo, eating barbecue, and dancing. National Honor Society members from Wakefield, Washington and Lee, and Yorktown high schools helped out at the event.

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Arlington: Synetic Theater Stages ‘Dante's Inferno’

Wordless story follows lost traveler through nine circles of hell.

Synetic Theater in Crystal City is staging "Dante's Inferno" from Sept. 28 through Oct. 30. The wordless story follows a lost traveler who must navigate a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell in search of spiritual redemption and his lost love. Producer and creator Paata Tsikurishvili said they've adapted this story before, but it was several years ago. "I wanted to try it again using the skills we've honed and the performance style we've developed since, and apply it to this massive, epic tale," he said.

Walk to Prevent Suicide

Walk supports survivors of suicide loss and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The Out of the Darkness Walks are American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s largest fundraiser, producing millions for suicide prevention programs, and works to unite those who have been affected by suicide, and create communities that are “smart about mental health.”

Homework Overload

Some educators say less can be more, stress balance when it comes to homework.

Paula DeMarco dreads one time of day the most: weekday evenings at 5:30. It’s the time she has set aside for her children begin their homework. That means no screen time, music or other distractions.

‘Sextortion’ Victims Are Mostly Men

Photos, video used to demand money from victims.

Detectives of the Major Crimes Division of Fairfax County Police report a trend in an unsavory type of financial scam. Sexual extortion scams, commonly referred to as “sextortion,” involve meeting someone the victim believes is a real person online who coaxes him or her into feeling a sense of connection and intimacy, and then sending risque photos or video.

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