14 Uplifting Stories From 2022

Promising cancer treatments, exemplary citizens, inspiring athletic feats and more. Here are our favorite feel-good stories from the past year.

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A Rare Cancer, a Promising Treatment and a Backup Plan

His daughter’s best friend had a 50-50 prognosis. So Paul Romness started a biotech company to change the odds.


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‘When You Take Pride in Your Work, People See That’

Arlington’s Floyd Washington is an essential worker in more ways than one.


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Kitten Season is Coming. Want to Foster or Adopt?

Some might call Marnie Russ a crazy kitten lady. She’s your connection if you need a new fur baby to love.


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Falls Church Resident Named to First USA Blind Soccer Men’s National Team

Longtime athlete Kevin Brown joins the team that will compete in the 2028 Paralympics.


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Teachers We Love

Leonda Archer wanted to connect with kids and make math more fun. A rap career was born.


2,194 Miles on the Appalachian Trail

What did you do this summer? These intrepid ‘thru-hikers’ traveled from Georgia to Maine on foot.



All Hail the Dad Band

Manther has been rocking Arlington since 2010 with hilarious tunes and a drum beat of self-deprecation.


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For People Transitioning Out of Homelessness, Pro Bono Interior Design

Liz Mearns’ Arlington nonprofit, Imagine Giving Design, has furnished nine affordable apartments with community donations.


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She Couldn’t Travel, So She Opened an Ice Cream Parlor

Jake’s Ice Cream in Falls Church has a sweet menu and employs people with disabilities.



For Body Piercing, He’s Arlington’s Go-To Guy

Shop manager Blake Williams says the motivations that bring clients to CraigPokesU are often more than skin deep.


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Neighbors Keep the Music Going for Musician Experiencing Homelessness

When his trumpet was stolen, a Falls Church music store donated a replacement.


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Where Is ‘Home’ When Relocation Is a Way of Life?

Maybe it’s more than a point on the map, reflects this military wife.


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Catch a Rainbow in Crystal City

Lisa Marie Thalhammer’s colorful Metro station mural is all about positivity.


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Lennie Cujé Sought Freedom During World War II. He Found It in Jazz

Born in Nazi Germany, he made his way to Arlington and went on to play with some of D.C.’s legendary musicians.


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