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Herndon: Town Mayor and Councilmembers Sworn-In for 2017-18 Terms

Politics

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel and town council members were sworn into office for their 2017-18 terms on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Herndon Municipal Center.

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Fairfax: University Drive Decision Postponed

Council to mull community’s comments, get more information.

After 29 residents – the vast majority in opposition – spoke about it, the Council decided it needed more time to consider the community’s comments, see if a grid network in Northfax is really needed and obtain more information about its options.

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Herndon: SPIRIT Equestrian Program Gets a Christmas Miracle

Horseback Riding

“We received the notice to vacate the property exactly one week before Thanksgiving and they wanted us moved out by Dec. 31,” Dada said. “We really need a Christmas miracle to go through this transition and survive it.”

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Herndon Homes Tour Showcases Holiday Spirit

Mi Casa es Tu Casa

“Holden Harrison was instrumental in saving our wonderful train Depot in the Town center,” explained Waddell. “I’m just getting in the spirit of things.” Harrison also served on the Town Council.

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Herndon: Brothers Receive Good Neighbor Award

Service

Neighbors nominated the brothers for the award because they are always willing to help with yard work, shoveling snow and car repairs.

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Herndon: Downtown Vision Closer to Reality

Town Council endorses proposal for redevelopment of downtown.

During a special meeting on Nov. 30, the Herndon Town Council adopted a resolution that directs town staff to move forward with negotiations on a proposal for the redevelopment of nearly five acres of downtown Herndon.

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Herndon: Santa Visits Herndon Library

Holiday

Despite their no doubt very hectic schedule at this time of the year, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and two of his favorite elves managed to fit in a visit to the Winter Open House at the Herndon Fortnightly Library on Saturday.

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Herndon: Tough Underground Work Underway on Silver Line Phase 2

Hand mining used to dig tunnels through granite.

"Imagine crawling under your desk and digging through solid rock in that tight space on your knees for eight or more hours every day," Kearney said. Further, it's a job the public cannot see and therefore cannot appreciate.

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Herndon: The Giving Circle of HOPE Celebrates Million Dollar Milestone

Philanthropy

The Giving Circle of HOPE celebrated a major milestone this year – more than $1 million raised and granted to support small nonprofit organizations in Northern Virginia.

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Herndon: Viewpoints A Thanksgiving Tradition Continues Strong at Herndon Elementary

What are you thankful for?

“The police are very supportive of the school and community as a whole,” says Nancy Cassidy, an office assistant in the main office of the elementary school. “I think they’re very good at community outreach.” She says police officers come every Friday to help pack bags for the school’s Weekend Backpack Program, a program that provides children in need with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food at times when school resources are unavailable, such as weekends and during school vacations. “The kids love seeing them,” Cassidy says.

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Herndon: Citizen Committee Rejects Cellphone Tower Next to Crossfield Elementary

Committee Denies Cell Tower Application

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Hunter Mill District Land Use Committee voted 3-2 to deny an application to build a cellphone tower on Crossfield Elementary School property on Fox Mill Road in Herndon. "This is about money, not anything else,” says Griffin, who is a father of a fourth grader who attends the elementary school.Milestone Communications towers on county school properties has generated more than $13 million of income over the last 20 years for the school system, says Forkas. The proposed tower would generate approximately $40,000 of revenue a year for the school system once at least three carriers agree to use the tower, he says.

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Herndon Honors Veterans

Veterans Day Observance held at the ‘Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month” at Herndon’s Chestnut Grove Cemetery.

“It is the veteran, not the preacher, who gives us freedom of religion. It is the veteran, not the reporter, who gives us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to fair trial. It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote. It is the veteran who salutes that flag.” Pausing, he adds: “It is the veteran who serves under that flag” Barnum said.

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Herndon Has High Turnout; Mayor Wins Re-Election

Town Council Elections Held

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel won re-election last week from an engaged town of voters. “The election was a great experience,” says Merkel. “Seeing so many people out and excited to cast their ballots … the atmosphere was very positive and neighborly at each of the three precincts I visited.”

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Herndon: LINK Accepts Donations to Annual Coat Drive

New and gently used winter coats will be distributed to those in need on Nov. 19.

Those wishing to donate can deliver coats to the Sterling United Methodist Church at 304 E. Church Road from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Friday, Nov. 18. “When my kids started elementary school, I started noticing,” Thomas says. “It broke my heart to see kids who couldn’t help themselves, and had no winter clothing.”

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Herndon: Chimney Fire Displaces 4

A chimney fire last weekend displaced four Herndon residents from their home on the 13400 block of Lake Shore Drive in Herndon last weekend.

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