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The news just keeps getting better for Fairfax County’s towns.

Last month Money magazine rated Vienna as one of the top three “Best Places to Live” in the United States. Now Vienna also is on Money’s lists of “Top-Earning Towns” and “Best Places for the Rich and Single.”

However, the town that 16,285 people call home faces competition right next door. Vienna is ranked No. 24 on the “Top-Earning Towns” list, but Falls Church is ranked at No. 18. The 25 U.S. towns on the list all have household incomes and home prices above the national average.

Falls Church, coming in at No. 6 on the “Rich and Single” list, again trumped Vienna. But Vienna at No. 12 edged out Tysons Corner at No. 14. That list looked at the percentage of community members who are single, as well as at median family income and quality of life.

According to NerdWallet, though, Vienna outpaces the rest of Northern Virginia when it comes to young families. NerdWallet, a personal finance website, put Vienna in the No. 2 slot on its “Best City in Virginia for Young Families” list, behind Glen Allen and just ahead of Fairfax City.

Also in the top 10 were Burke, Oakton and McLean. NerdWallet took into account public school standardized test scores; affordability, including real estate taxes, insurance costs, utilities, fuels and other monthly bills; and the community’s local economy.

Reston advocate wins prestigious Komen award

Susan Sonley, a Reston resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, has been honored by Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, for her uncompromising dedication to end breast cancer.

Komen founder Nancy Brinker presented the Suzy’s Angel Award to Sonley at Komen’s 2013 Leadership Conference in Dallas. Sonley is the sixth recipient of the award in the organization’s 31-year history.

Suzy’s Angel is reserved for those who exemplify Komen’s promise to end breast cancer through extraordinary service and dedication to the cause. It honors the recipient for committing time, talents and energy to help save lives and end breast cancer.

“Susan’s tireless efforts have touched the lives of countless individuals and families affected by breast cancer — she truly has the compassionate spirit of an angel, just like my sister Suzy did,” Brinker said.

Among her many achievements, Sonley’s Global Race for the Cure team — Champions of the Cure — is the first and only team to surpass the $1 million mark in raising money for breast health care programs. She also has been a member of the Global Race for the Cure’s Executive Task Force since 2009.

Sonley has been repeatedly recognized during the 19 years she has supported the Komen organization. She has been named Top Team, Top Survivor; Top Team in Friends and Family Division; and Top Overall Fundraiser.

Sonley is senior managing director at the McLean office of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, one of the world’s leading commercial real estate advisory firms.

“Few demonstrate passion and commitment for a cause like Susan,” said Brett Hunsaker, regional managing director for NGKF’s Washington, D.C.-area offices. “Her unwavering strength and enormous success have been a huge inspiration to her colleagues, clients and peers throughout the commercial real estate industry.”

Local writers pen tributes to grandparents

The Writers of Chantilly will host an author reading, celebrating the creativity of young writers, in honor of National Grandparents Day.

Area students who participated in a writing contest will read their stories, essays and poems about grandparents. The winning students attend Chantilly, Fairfax and Oakton high schools and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The Writers of Chantilly sponsored the contest.

Several Chantilly writers will read selections from their most recent book, “Nana … and Other Grandmothers.” Limited copies will be available for purchase.

The Sunday event will take place at Chantilly Regional Library at 4000 Stringfellow Road, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the meeting room.

The Writers of Chantilly meet twice monthly at the library to encourage and support writers at all levels. The group has published several story collections over the last 11 years. For more, visit

Sheriff’s deputies take homeless children shopping

About two weeks before school started, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office treated 30 children who are homeless to a shopping spree at Target in Burke. Each child was paired with a sheriff’s deputy and given a $325 gift card to use toward the purchase of clothing and school supplies.

For 20 years, the Shop with a Sheriff program has partnered with Target to help less-fortunate children get ready for the upcoming school year. The participating children reside in the Katherine K. Hanley and Patrick Henry family shelters.

“Shop with a Sheriff allows children to interact with law enforcement officers in a positive way and learn a little bit about budgeting,” said Sheriff Mark Sites. “On top of that, we always have fun shopping together.”

Since 1992, the Burke Target has been the primary sponsor of Shop with a Sheriff. This year Montessori of Chantilly and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce made cash donations, and Panera provided breakfast to the staff and children before they went on their back-to-school shopping adventure.

The Katherine K. Hanley and Patrick Henry family shelters provide a safe, temporary home for families, where they can receive help to assess their needs and develop a plan to locate permanent housing. The shelters are an integral part of the county’s 10-year plan to end homelessness.

Scholarship winners rewarded for service

Recent graduates Anthony Applewhite and Sophia Kim are the recipients of the 2013 Wells Fargo Citizenship Scholarship Awards, presented by the Virginia High School League.

Each year the VHSL and Wells Fargo Bank recognize six students to receive the $1,000 awards. Applewhite and Kim won for AAA schools, the group of high schools with the largest enrollments – typically, 1,500 students or more. Applewhite graduated from Fairfax High School, and Kim graduated from Robert E. Lee High School.

The program was initiated in 2000 to recognize graduating seniors who go beyond the expected to give of themselves to serve others.