Sunday, April 7, 2013
The eight courses brought in more than $10 million in revenues in fiscal year 2012.
April is the biggest month for the eight Fairfax County golf courses and with warmer weather on the horizon, county officials are expecting to see a spike in rounds played. Judy Pedersen, a spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Park Authority, said April is the traditional time when golfers start thinking about and playing more golf – both because the weather is improving and because golf becomes more visible with key national events like The Master’s. According to the National Weather Service forecast for Falls Church, temperatures will be in the high 50s Saturday, mid 60s Sunday and by Monday, temperatures will hit the low 70s. “Last year, April rounds accounted for about 12 percent of total play for the fiscal year,” Pedersen said. “And …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Washington Nationals enter the 2013 Major League Baseball season as favorites to win the World Series thanks to Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and some important new additions.
Major League Baseball opens its season Sunday, March 31 and the Washington Nationals are an Opening Day favorite to win the World Series. The Nats, winners of the National League East division in 2012, begin a 2013 season heavy with expectations on Monday, April 1 when they play host to the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. • Opening Day ticket information for the Washington Nationals With the deepest pitching staff in baseball anchored by standouts Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann, and a strong lineup that should be buoyed by 20-year-old prodigy Bryce Harper—the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year—entering his first full big league season, baseball experts are high on the Nats. Sports …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Want to see Virginia teams in NCAA Tournament action? Act quickly, as two of them are No. 16 seeds. Where will you watch the games in Chantilly?
March Madness is upon us! Have you filled out your bracket yet? Virginia flavor - James Madison, the No. 16 seed in the East Region, opens play Wednesday. The Dukes, who have not made the NCAA Tournament since 1994, got there by winning the Colonial Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, will play No. 16 seed Long Island University in a first-round game in Dayton at 6:45 p.m. The winner of that game goes on to a matchup with No. 1 seed Indiana on Friday. Virginia Commonwealth, a Final Four team two years ago, enters this year's NCAA Tournament as a No. 5 seed. The Rams (26-8), who got in with an at-large bid, will play No. 12 seed Akron - winner of the Mid-American Conference Tourney - in the late game (9:45 p.m.) Thursday in Auburn …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Basketball game was second round of Northern Region Tournament.
The South County Stallions defeated the Chantilly Chargers 74-57 at South County on Tuesday in the second round of the Northern Region Tournament. Tight defense led the South County team to victory, and the Stallions face Woodson for the regional championship game at 6 p.m. Friday at Robinson Secondary School. South County senior forward Justin Hampton led the Stallions with 22 points. "If we lose we're done, and none of us want to turn our stuff in tomorrow," he said after the game.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Senate Committee Kills ‘Tebow Bill’ on Thursday night, but some Patch readers think proposal should be voted into law.
Virginia's Senate Education and Health Committee shot down a bill Thursday that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in public schools’ sports teams. Committee members killed House Bill 1442 — also known as the “Tebow bill" — on a 7-8 vote, shelving it for the remainder of this legislative session. But should the bill have reached the full Senate floor? In a Patch blog post, Fairfax County School Board member Ryan McElveen highlighted the defeat of the bill as one of the three most important actions residents could advocate for this session as Richmond pressed on with what he called an "educational extremism." The school board voted to advocate against the proposal, McElveen wrote, "because, in short, the bill would …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Event is Saturday at the Westin at Washington Dulles.
Chantilly High School is preparing for The Purple Tie Bash, which promises to be an evening of fun with neighbors, friends and community. The Bash will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, at the Westin Washington Dulles in Herndon, and will feature a social hour, full dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions. This is a great opportunity to make a difference in your community’s high school — and, treat yourself to an adult evening out, notes an organizer. Proceeds from all ticket sales will go directly to capital improvements for athletic programs at Chantilly High School. "What a special way to support our children!" says a Chantilly High parent. To buy tickets, visit www.chantillysports.org and click on the Purple Tie …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Several Super Bowl players spent their college years in Virginia. Where to watch the game in Chantilly.
When the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers meet in Super Bowl 47, several players may be familiar to people in our area—several played college football in Virginia or attended high school here. Here's all the information you'll need to get the most out of the matchup, including local players to keep an eye on, television schedules and where to watch the game close to home. Look for Ahmad Brooks, a 49ers linebacker who attended the University of Virginia, C.D Hylton High School in Woodbridge and Hargrave Military Academy. (See Brooks’ bio here). He was born in Fairfax. Read Patch interviews with Ahmad Brooks' sister and his high school coach. Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for Baltimore, lived in Fredericksburg and graduated from …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Here are some tips on making your Super Bowl party a success.
The 2013 Super Bowl is almost here, and whether you're interested in the commercials, the game or the halftime show, Chantilly residents along with millions of others will be glued to their flat-screen TVs. Most Northern Virginians are known as huge Redskins fans (and some may even be Baltimore Ravens fans) but who can deny a good game of football? Like many, you're either throwing or attending a Super Bowl party. You'd think all you would need is chips and dip, drinks and a TV, right? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is the highest day of food consumption in the country just after Thanksgiving, so it's not uncommon for there to be a lot of food and fun. For this national event and the most-watched …
Facebook data shows most Northern Virginia users are rooting for the Baltimore Ravens, switching their allegiance (temporarily) from the Washington Redskins.
It's not a surprise that most Facebook users in Northern Virginia and D.C. started the football season solidly supporting the Washington Redskins—even though many people who live here came from someplace else. "While winning seems to matter, NFL teams have local followings that are probably heavily influenced by family ties and/or where a person grew up," according to Facebook, which recently compiled data on Facebook users who are fans of an NFL team on the social network. During the regular season, Redskins fans on Facebook are likely to be friends with fans of the Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants—most of those are geographically close to the D.C. area, Facebook reports. But…
Girls 7-18 years old who want to improve their game can sign up online.
Friday, February 1
The Southwestern Youth Association girls fastpitch softball program has added two more winter clinics in February and March for girls who are new to the sport, or want to improve their game for spring season and high school tryouts. Any girl from age 7-18, regardless of experience or whether or not they place with SYA, is welcome to sign up for the clinic, which will be held at a training facility in Manassas. Clinics cost $40 per session and SYA provides equipment if necessary. Registration is available online. SYA is a non-profit organization serving southwestern Fairfax County. Coaches volunteer their time for the clinic and the fee is minimal, to cover the cost of the facility. February 3, 10, 17 and 24 clinic session Juniors and …