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An Introduction To The Guide

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page VA02

Fairfax County can be a little bewildering, for newcomers as well as for people who have lived here a long time. To help you navigate, we are back with another year of The Guide.

This special edition of the Fairfax Extra, produced by a team of Washington Post editors, reporters, editorial aides, photographers and artists, provides a general guide to the Fairfax County area, which includes the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax and the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna.

We have included some special features. One is an article about the importance of sports and recreation in Fairfax. An article by Post gardening expert Adrian Higgins tells which trees grow well in this area.

Columnist John Kelly provides the lowdown on how certain bridges got their names, and food writer Nancy Lewis surveys some of the new restaurants, with a special emphasis on Asian cuisine.

As large as The Post may seem to readers, there is never enough space to print everything. For example, religion is a big part of our community, but we did not have enough space to list every faith institution.

Many features that regularly appear in the Extra can be found today at www.washingtonpost.com/fairfax and will resume in their regular spots in the April 28 issue.

We hope you enjoy The Guide and find it helpful. We welcome your suggestions and will be updating The Guide on The Post's Web site as new information about the community becomes available.

Stephen C. Fehr

Editor, Fairfax Extra

To comment on The Guide, send e-mail to TheGuide@washpost.comor call 202-334-4555.

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