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Look Back, Look Ahead: Fairfax County News to Know

A cocaine ring, school security cameras and more in the news this week across Fairfax County.

Here’s a look at some of the top Patch stories of the past week from across southern Fairfax County and a look at what’s coming up:

Cocaine Ring

More than two dozen people from Northern Virginia were . According to case documents, those charged — largely Honduran immigrants who have lived in Northern Virginia for the past seven years — hired couriers to smuggle cocaine to the United States, usually through wooden shoes or picture frames.

In other crime news, police and charged her with a felony hit and run that resulted in the death of 21-year-old earlier in May on Harrison Lane in the Groveton area.

School Security Cameras

The principals at and both hosted meetings this week to hear community input on whether those schools should install security cameras in high-traffic areas, such as cafeterias and hallway intersections. The Fairfax County School Board . According to Fairfax County Public Schools' policy, each individual school can decide whether to install cameras. Cameras are allowed only in “hot spots” such as cafeterias and lobbies.

Thomas Jefferson High School Admissions

Fairfax County Public Schools officials this week revealed to the highly competitive Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. In separate news, the school was named the by U.S. News and World Report.

Judging Needlework

Three women and a bevy of assistants ahead of the 49th annual Woodlawn needlework exhibition. Judging the pieces is a complicated endeavor requiring years of training.

Coming This Week

Friday is Bike to Work Day. Commuter Connections, the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) and Fairfax County government will have rest stops throughout Fairfax County for people who choose to bike to work that day.

patsawhney May 14, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I was bummed that no photographer came to take a photo of my office's ShredFest on Saturday. Pat Sawhney, Re/Max 100, 5501 Backlick Road, Springfield. I had sent postcards to a 1000 Annandale addresses and had good results. I realize this is not an Annandale location but it is only 2 lights south of Annandale! pat.sawhney@yahoo.com
Beth Lawton May 14, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Sorry we weren't able to get out there! I'm glad it was so successful. You (or any community member!) can post an announcement on our site with photos at any time, and we love getting contributions from the community. Just click on 'announcements' above and then on 'click an announcement' to the right. Thanks!

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