Veterans Find Common Ground at Project New Hope's First Weekend Retreat

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by Daniel Castro

 

LEICESTER, Mass. — Project New Hope held its first retreat this weekend, with combat veterans and their families getting the opportunity to stay on an historic farm at the Elm Hill Center in Brookfield, where they learned how to ride horses, relaxed through a yoga session, ate lovingly prepared meals, and sometimes just sat back to enjoy the beautiful weather together — all the while escaping from the stresses, routines and struggles of home life.

But for the vets who returned to their families after tours in wars abroad, the most unique aspect of this retreat was having the support and understanding that comes from being together with men and women that know what it’s like both to have served as well as what it’s like to come home, and so have dealt with the same feelings and problems as they try to come to terms with their experiences. “You’re not getting that deer-in-the-headlights stare when you have certain behaviors or from the things that you do.

People are more understanding,” said Erik Goroshko, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq. Goroshko and Jacqueline Rosario, who had served in Afghanistan, were sitting together on the front porch of the centuries old farm house, enjoying the bucolic setting and a bit of time away from the kids, who they left at home for the weekend. “We’re so blessed to have this opportunity, it’s such a beautiful day out after raining the whole week, and it’s such a breath of fresh air,” she said.

Before the bonfire was lit, veterans and their families enjoy the serene atmosphere of the Elm HIll farm — getting the opportunity to share and learn from each other.

Moreover, while they were meeting new people at the retreat, because they were fellow veterans there was none of the standard line of questioning that often comes from those who are curious about war, but not necessarily tactful in their way of approaching sensitive subjects.

“Did you kill anyone?” for instance, is one of the most common and sometimes most annoying questions veterans get. “My battle buddies would tell me, when you get home, you’re going to get asked these questions, and it’s going to get old real quick,” said Joe Deveau, a veteran who has spent 31 years in and out of the military, and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. “You’re going to hear the same things over — Did you this, did you that?

And I was like, whatever, they’re curious, but it’s so true. People that don’t deploy, that haven’t lived the life that I’ve lived, they don’t have a concept of it.” “We’re no different than anybody else, we’re human beings reacting ordinarily to an extraordinary experience,” Garashko added, explaining that “there are appropriate ways to it. You don’t go up to a rape victim and say ‘hey what was it like to get raped?”

It’s the same thing, its common sense. The most unnatural thing for a human being to do is to kill another one, but it’s also the natural thing to do, because it’s part of human instinct.” Furthermore, Deveau explained that because there is no common ground to be able to relate to them, “you take the stand where you say, I lived it, and I don’t want to use that as a communication tool with somebody that hasn’t lived it because there’s nothing to talk about between them. It’s like you’re telling stories instead of a mutual understanding.” At the retreat, however, it was a different story, and the vets had the opportunity to break bread together, take part in activities together, and, most importantly, open up to each other.

“Here, you can just look at somebody, and you know — you can feel it between them,” said Deveau. “It’s hard to explain, but it true. So automatically, a room will just open up, and things will just come right out.” Most of the veterans there had just come back from theater, and many face the same challenges in communication, run up against the same problems in employment and in their home life, so “to have a program that comes into play where we can all get together in an atmosphere that’s as calm and serene as this — it’s so relaxed that you want to contribute,” Deveau added. “You want to share, and you’re looking across the table and you see your battle buddy and you know that there is something they want to get out. And you feel it, too, because with half the stories I was like, ‘wow, he’s telling my story.

It’s the same thing that’s going on with me.” This was one of the original goals of the program, which was started in in the Fall of 2008 in Minnesota when Lions Club member and avid outdoorsman Bruce Billington saw the value of weekend camps for people with disabilities, and believed that a retreat to a peaceful, natural setting might help combat veterans struggling to integrate back into normal family life and routines. The project is being led here in Massachusetts by Leicester resident Bill Moore, himself a disabled veteran who served in the Air Force, and got in contact with Billington in the hopes of doing something to help the many service members in the state.

“We’re all strangers, but, being prior military, you have that bond,” said Moore. “It doesn’t matter if it’s been thirty years, twenty years, or ten years. You have that connection.” In an interview in January, Moore said he himself goes to the VA outpatient clinic in Worcester to see a therapist, and for the veterans at the retreat, being there with other service members and families that have struggled to cope with similar situations has helped them realize that they are not alone in their troubles. It’s unique, because unless you’ve worn the uniform, you really don’t know. It’s hard for people to come forward and say, hey I need some help here,” Moore had said while the program was still in its planning stages. “It took me a long time to do it, too,” he said. “And thank God I have a strong wife that stuck by me, because, you know, it’s Hell.

Vets spent the week in the historic farm house at the Elm Hill Center in Brookline.

I remember my therapist asked me, did you ever tell your wife what PTSD is, and I said, why? — and that’s the mindset of a veteran. They’re going to come home and not share any information with the mom or the dad or the wives. They keep it all inside their heads, and they feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to.” The sentiment was echoed again this weekend by Chad Freeman, also recent veteran who served Iraq, and his wife, Erin. “Bill has been nothing but a joy,” said Chad. “And he was saying he himself has gone through PTSD and issues like that. So being a fairly new veteran coming into this, I can take from him the things that he learned.” While this time, the Freemans did not bring their young children on the retreat, with the many activities and learning opportunities the program makes available, they said they would bring their six year old if they did get to come again.

On the schedule, there was a Parenting Skills Session, Couples Communication session, and plenty of other family-friendly activities. “Being a veteran touches the lives of your whole family,” said Freeman’s wife, Erin. “Everyone kind of deals with the situation and has different experiences, and their lives are definitely changed, not just when the veterans are gone, but sometimes more so once they come home and you’ve tried everything you can to help them re-acclimate into daily life — and in the meantime try to maintain some semblance of normalcy.”

Leicester resident Tammy Berthiaume made these frames for the families to take home

For this reason, Erin said it was instrumental to have the people at the retreat to talk to, to work on the different communication issues that may have become a problem in the family. “A lot of times when you’re dealing with the frustrations of coming home, it kind of puts up a wall of communication between spouses and how you deal with your children. So it’s really helpful to be able to learn how to work through that.” After a day at the retreat, for example, Deveau said he had a chat with his children. “I said, what do you guys think?’ “well, we’re learning,” one of his kids said. “I said, well what are you learning?”

“We’re learning about you,” the answered. Deveau explained that, while it’s not as easy as he thought it would be to open up, as there are things that can’t be pried out of him, in the right atmosphere he is learning how to get the things that he needs to say out. “So the tools are kind of falling in my lap here, which is very cool.” The weekend was the culmination of months of gathering support and donations, organizing and planning, and bringing together businesses and community members all eager to contribute to the cause of providing this unique opportunity for the veterans. In fact, the program operates by an 100 percent Volunteer staff The Millbury Lions Club has been heavily involved, with members both volunteering their time on Saturday to provide a cookout, as well as donating food for both the lunch and Sunday’s breakfast.

“When I learned what Bill was going to be doing with these retreats, I said how can we help,” said Lee Ayotte, secretary of the Millbury Lions Club. “Our motto is we serve, and here we are, serving veterans, literally.” Other meals were provided by Eller’s restaurant and Carmellas Italian Kitchen, and Liz Flaherty ~ NARHA & MA Certified Instructor from the Horses for Heroes Riding Program & Gaits of Freedom Therapeutic Riding Program offered lessons for the vets and their families — something Goroshko was particularly excited about.

Tracy Vallaincourt, Marketing and Public Relations Chair of Project New Hope, plays football with some of the kids

“I’ve never ridden a horse before,” he said. Additionally, Leicester volunteer Tammy Berthiaume saw the program’s focus on family and “wanted to leave the veterans a little something,” so after photographing the couples or the families on the scenic porch, gave each of the veterans a custom framed memory of their time at the retreat.

“The people that do this aren’t getting paid, they’re actually leaving their families alone for the weekend to be here with us, so it really puts a capital “S” on selfless,” said Goroshko. “Everything is free of charge, and you don’t normally see that,” added Freeman “Usually everyone wants to make a buck or something, but the people that run this, a lot of them are veterans and they know what we’re going through, and they just want a place for veterans and their families to escape.”

The vets and their families were thrilled to be a part of the unique project, and Deveau said he was definitely going to do his part to contribute to the upcoming retreats. The five remaining weekend retreats Project New Hope currently has are scheduled are:

  1. July 15, 16, 17 Elm Hill ~ 26 East Main Street ~ Brookfield, MA
  2. August 19, 20, 21 @ ELM HILL ~ 26 East Main Street ~ Brookfield, MA
  3. September 16, 17, 18 Groton wood Camp ~ 167 Prescott St ~ Groton, MA (Survivors weekend Only)
  4. October 21, 22, 23 Clara Barton ~ 66 Clara Barton Rd ~ N. Oxford, MA (Women Veterans Retreat Only)
  5. November 4, 5,6 Clara Barton 66 Clara Barton Rd ~ N. Oxford, MA

Regardless of which era a soldier served in – whether it be Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan — all U.S. wartime veterans and their families are welcome. There is no charge associated with Project New Hope and “financial concerns will never prevent us from offering our services to Soldiers and their families.” Unrestricted gifts to the organization’s annual fund are an important source of steady income that enable Project New Hope to provide and assists wartime veterans, and their families, with the transition from wartime back to peacetime living. To learn more about Project New Hope, the retreats, and how to be a part of the organization, visit their website at www.projectnewhopema.org. Also, click here to visit their page on Facebook. The committee meets monthly at the Leicester Senior Center.

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ROYAL LYTHAM DR., 4000 block, 11:30 p.m. Sept. 22. A man stabbed two men with a knife during an argument. The injured men were treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital for stab wounds. A 29-year-old Falls Church area man was charged with malicious wounding. go to site 2000 honda accord

FAIR LAKE CIR., 12500 block. Credit cards were stolen from a business.

FAIR OAKS SHOPPING CENTER, 11700 block. A purse was stolen from a vehicle.

FAIR OAKS SHOPPING CENTER, 11700 block. A purse was stolen from a business.

FAIRFAX TOWNE CENTER, 12200 block. Pumpkins were stolen from a business.

GROVER GLEN CT., 4100 block. A bicycle was stolen from a residence.

LEE HWY., 9500 block. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle.

LEE JACKSON MEMORIAL HWY., 11700 block. A tire was stolen from a vehicle.

LEE JACKSON MEMORIAL HWY., 13000 block. Alcohol was stolen from a business.

MCLEAREN RD., 13500 block. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle.

ROESH WAY, 2800 block. A 1996 Oldsmobile was stolen.

VALLEY RIDGE DR., 3900 block. A 2000 Honda Accord was stolen.

CONWELL DR., 4200 block, 11:25 p.m. Sept. 22. A male grabbed a pizza deliveryman around the neck and demanded cash. The victim gave him cash, and the robber fled. No injuries were reported.

ATLEE PL., 5500 block. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle.

BACKLICK RD., 6100 block. A laptop computer was stolen from a vehicle.

BANCHORY CT., 6900 block. A license plate was stolen from a vehicle.

BELMONT BLVD., 10900 block. Credit cards were stolen from a residence.

COMMERCE ST., 7000 block. Cash was stolen from a business.

FLOYD AVE., 7200 block. A license plate was stolen from a vehicle.

IRON PL., 6600 block. Tools were stolen from a business.

KINGSTOWNE TOWNE CENTER, 5900 block. A cellphone was stolen from a vehicle.

LAKOTA RD., 3600 block. A handgun was stolen from a vehicle.

LARK LANE, 4500 block. A lawn mower was stolen from a residence.

LITTLE RIVER TPK., 7200 block. Alcohol was stolen from a business.

MORNING RIDE CIR., 6700 block. CDs were stolen from a vehicle.

OLD KEENE MILL RD., 7100 block. A cellphone was stolen from a business.

PEACEFUL TERR., 5400 block. License plates were stolen from a vehicle.

ROSE HILL DR., 6200 block. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle.

SPRINGFIELD MALL, 6500 block. A kiosk was stolen.

TIROS DR., 5700 block. Tools were stolen from a business.

SPRING GARDEN DR., 7000 block. Tools were stolen from a residence.

SPRINGFIELD BLVD., 6800 block. A laptop computer was stolen from a business.

YORK RD., 5200 block. Jewelry was stolen from a business.

AUGUSTA DR., 6300 block. A 2005 Ford F250 was stolen.

BIRCHLEIGH WAY, 6500 block. A 2000 Lincoln Navigator was stolen.

SPRINGFIELD MALL, 6500 block. A 2003 Ford F250 was stolen.

COLUMBIA PIKE AND MORAY LANE, 3 a.m. Sept. 24. A man ran in front of a car stopped at a red light, then opened the driver’s door and pushed the driver into the passenger seat. Another man got into the rear seat and put a knife to the victim’s throat. They then forced the man out of the 1998 Nissan Sentra and fled in it. No injuries were reported.

BATTLEMENT WAY, 6300 block. A license plate was stolen from a vehicle.

COLUMBIA PIKE, 7100 block. Food was stolen from a business.

GALLOWS RD., 4000 block. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle.

GLEN CARLYN RD., 3300 block. A purse was stolen from a business.

HUMMER RD., 4100 block. Cigarettes were stolen from a business.

JAGUAR TR., 7500 block. A cellphone was stolen from a business.

LAKE ST., 3400 block. A purse was stolen from a business.

LEESBURG PIKE, 5800 block. Computer equipment was stolen from a vehicle.

LEESBURG PIKE, 6100 block. Clothes were stolen from a vehicle.

LITTLE RIVER TPK., 6200 block. Shoes were stolen from a business.

LITTLE RIVER TPK., 6200 block. Alcohol was stolen from a business.

SOUTH GEORGE MASON DR., 3700 block. Jewelry and cash were stolen from a residence.

BELLVIEW DR., 6000 block. A 1995 Honda Accord was stolen.

COLUMBIA PIKE, 5800 block. A 1991 Toyota was stolen.

GALLOWS RD., 3300 block. A 1999 Jeep Cherokee was stolen.

KENNEY DR., 3200 block. A 1992 Nissan Sentra was stolen.

SOUTH MANCHESTER ST., 3100 block. A 1998 Honda Civic was stolen.

ARDEN CT., 7900 block. Two license plates were stolen from a vehicle.

ARDEN ST., 2200 block. A temporary license plate was stolen from a vehicle.

BALLS HILL RD., 1400 block. A water connector was stolen from a residence.

BIRNAM WOOD DR., 7800 block. Jewelry was stolen from a residence.

CAROL PL., 2500 block. Jewelry was stolen from a residence.

CHAIN BRIDGE RD., 1300 block. Movie videos were stolen from a business.

CHAIN BRIDGE RD., 1900 block. A purse was stolen from a business.

COVINGTON ST., 3000 block. Engine parts were stolen from a vehicle.

GALLOWS RD., 2100 block. Cash was stolen from a business.

GOSNELL RD., 1700 block. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle.

LEESBURG PIKE, 8300 block. A cash register was stolen from a business.

PERIDOT DR., 8200 block. Jewelry was stolen from a residence.

TURKEY RUN RD., 800 block. Cash was stolen from a residence.

TYSONS CORNER CENTER, 7900 block. Jewelry was stolen from a business.

LEESBURG PIKE, 8400 block. A 2003 Subaru Outback was stolen.

LEESBURG PIKE, 8500 block. A 2004 Infinity G35 was stolen.

LUKENS LANE, 8700 block, 10:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Three men, two holding bats, assaulted a 39-year-old pizza deliveryman and robbed him of cash. Two of the men fled on foot and one fled in a car driven by a woman. The victim was treated at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

PINELAKE CT., 8100 block, 9 p.m. Sept. 23. Two men asked a 23- year-old man riding a bicycle for cash. When he refused, one of the men punched him in the face, and they took his cash and fled. The victim was treated at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

SCARAMENTO DR., 8600 block, 7:50 a.m. Sept. 27. Two men approached a female pedestrian and one grabbed her purse, then pushed her to the ground. No serious injuries were reported.

AUDUBON AVE., 7800 block. Jewelry was stolen from a residence.

BANGOR DR., 6100 block. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle.

CAMERON RUN TERR., 5800 block. Jewelry was stolen from a residence.

FRYE RD., 8400 block. Alcohol was stolen from a business.

HUNTINGTON AVE., 2300 block. Alcohol was stolen from a business.

HUNTINGTON AVE., 2300 block. Food and cigarettes were stolen from a business.

JANNA LEE AVE., 7900 block. A cellphone was stolen from a residence.

KIDD ST., 7900 block. Two license plates were stolen from a vehicle.

NORTH KINGS HWY., 6200 block. Property was stolen from a business.

PANTANO PL., 8000 block. Jewelry and furniture were stolen from a residence.

RICHMOND HWY., 6200 block. Jewelry was stolen from a business.

RICHMOND HWY., 6200 block. A purse was stolen from a vehicle.

RICHMOND HWY., 7800 block. Cash was stolen from a business.

RICHMOND HWY., 8600 block. A purse was stolen from a business.

RICHMOND HWY., 8600 block. Alcohol was stolen from a business.

VILLAGE SQ., 8600 block. Cash was stolen from a residence.

DEWOLFE DR., 1000 block. A 1992 Honda Civic was stolen.

RICHMOND HWY., 6100 block. A 2005 Ford F350 was stolen.

SQUIREDLAE SQ., 4500 block. A 2005 Honda Accord was stolen.

TARPON LANE, 4400 block. A 1989 BMW was stolen.

NORTH SHORE AND MOORINGS DRIVES, 9 p.m. Sept. 19. A man with a knife grabbed a female pedestrian from behind and forced her into a wooded area, where he sexually assaulted her. The woman screamed, and the man fled. Later in the evening another incident occurred, in which a man grabbed a 30-year-old woman by the arm and attempted to pull her toward a hill. The man showed a knife, and the woman refused to go with him and walked away. A few days earlier, between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Sept. 14, a man with a knife grabbed a woman’s arm and pulled her. The woman refused to go with him, and he walked away.

DEERFIELD POND CT., 600 block. A purse was stolen from a vehicle.

FAIRFAX PKWY., 4100 block. A purse was stolen from a business.

FRAN PL., 4900 block. Cash was stolen from a residence.

HARVEST GREEN CT., 1600 block. A TV and a VCR were stolen from a residence.

ISAAC NEWTON SQ., 11400 block. Two wallets were stolen from a business.

LEESBURG PIKE, 10500 block. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle.

RESTON PKWY., 1600 block. A rug was stolen from a business.

SOUTH LAKES DR., 11400 block. A purse was stolen from a vehicle.

STRATFORD PARK PL., 1800 block. A purse was stolen from a residence.

SUNSET HILLS RD., 11000 block. An iPod was stolen from a business.

VERNON DR., 9200 block. A radio and other property were stolen from a vehicle.

CENTREVILLE RD., 2400 block. A 1999 Toyota Corolla was stolen.

SAUNDERS DR., 2200 block. A 1993 Ford Escort was stolen.

CHANTILLY CROSSING LANE, 14400 block, 12:15 p.m. Sept. 22. A man walked into a bank and asked a teller for change. When she opened a drawer, he announced a robbery. The teller gave him cash, and he fled.

BRADDOCK RD., 13800 block. A wallet was stolen from a business.

CREEK BRANCH CT., 14500 block. Tire rims were stolen from a vehicle.

HENDERSON RD., 11900 block. Jewelry was stolen from a residence.

LEE JACKSON MEMORIAL HWY., 11900 block. Alcohol was stolen from a business.

MULTIPLEX DR., 6300 block. Cigarettes were stolen from a business.

OLD MILL RD., 14500 block. A stove and a dishwasher were stolen from a residence.

TABSCOTT DR., 13600 block. Four hubcaps were stolen from a vehicle.

BARRINGTON CT., 8500 block. A stereo was stolen from a vehicle.

CARDINAL FOREST LANE, 9200 block. Four tires were stolen from a vehicle.

CARDINAL FOREST LANE, 9300 block. A license plate was stolen from a vehicle.

DUCK HAWK WAY, 8300 block. A cellphone was stolen from a vehicle.

HUNTSMAN BOULEVARD AND OLD KEENE MILL ROAD, A dump trailer was stolen from a business.

JANSEN DR., 7900 block. A license plate was stolen from a vehicle.

KARA PL., 5900 block. A laptop computer was stolen from a residence.

LAKEPOINTE DR., 9800 block. A wallet was stolen from a vehicle.

DARK DEN CIR., 8100 block. A 1993 Acura Integra was stolen.

KINGSFORD RD., 5900 block. A 1993 Toyota Corolla was stolen.

ROLLING RD., 6100 block. A 2004 Ford Explorer was stolen.

WINONA CT., 7800 block. A 1997 Ford Thunderbird was stolen.

These incidents were recently reported by the Fairfax City Police Department. For more information, call 703-385-7809.

OLD LEE HWY., 3200 block, 7:05 to 7:10 p.m. Sept. 25. A man took a bottle of alcohol and walked out of a convenience store. An employee followed him and took the bottle. The man then pointed a knife at the employee before leaving. Police located him nearby. A 25-year-old man of no fixed address was charged with petty larceny, assault and public drunkenness.

FAIRFAX BLVD., 11100 block, 8:27 p.m. Sept. 24. A man entered a gas station, placed a sharp object against an employee’s side and demanded cash. He grabbed cash from a cash register when the employee opened it and fled.

CHAIN BRIDGE RD., 4000 block, Sept. 21 to Sept. 22. Cash was stolen from a locked file cabinet. web site 2000 honda accord

FAIRFAX BLVD., 11200 block, 1:20 p.m. Sept. 20. Gas was stolen from a service station.

LEE HWY., 9500 block, noon Sept. 14. A person used a fraudulent credit card number to order merchandise to be shipped to Florida.

LEE HWY., 11000 block, 11:10 to 11:15 a.m. Sept. 26. A person walked into a pharmacy, placed several items into a backpack and fled in a vehicle.

OLD LEE HWY., 3500 block, 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 20. A vehicle in front of a high school was scratched.

ORCHARD ST., 10600 block, 2 a.m. Sept. 22. Three mailboxes along a roadway were damaged.

These incidents were recently reported by the Falls Church Police Department. For more information, call 703-248-5056.

BROAD ST. S., 1200 block, 12:09 p.m. Sept. 20. Two cases of beer were stolen from a grocery store.

BROAD ST. W., 900 block, 7:28 p.m. Sept. 24. A man refused to pay a bill and walked out of a business. A 53-year-old Falls Church man was charged with fraud.

BROAD ST. W., 900 block, 7:33 p.m. Sept. 22. Gas was stolen from a service station.

BROAD ST. W., 1000 block, 6:40 p.m. Sept. 21. A female juvenile was stopped for shoplifting merchandise from a party store. A female was charged with larceny.

BROAD ST. W., 1200 block, 10:33 a.m. Sept. 20. A red-and-black Cervelo bike was stolen from the rear bike rack on a vehicle in a parking lot.

BROAD ST. W., 1200 block, 10:45 a.m. Sept. 25. A wallet containing cash was stolen from a purse in a shopping cart at a grocery store.

MIDVALE ST., 200 block, 9 p.m. Sept. 19 to 5:45 a.m. Sept. 20. Cash, a cellphone and other property were stolen from a vehicle in an unlocked garage of a residence. The vehicle was entered by smashing a window.

BROAD ST. W., 500 block, 10:36 a.m. Sept. 25. Graffiti was spray- painted on a cement planter.

CHANEL TERR., 100 block, 2:13 p.m. Sept. 23. The driver’s side doors of a Dodge Intrepid were scratched.

ELLISON ST., 1200 block, 3 to 11 p.m. Sept. 22. Graffiti was spray-painted on a 1996 Mazda 626.

FAIRFAX ST. E., 200 block, 8:01 a.m. Sept. 19. All four tires of a 2005 Kia Spectra were punctured.

MAPLE AVE. S., 100 block, 1:37 p.m. Sept. 19. Graffiti was spray- painted on the rear of a bowling alley.

MIDVALE ST., 200 block, 8:42 a.m. Sept. 23. Graffiti was spray- painted on a retaining wall and a bike trail sign.

VAN BUREN ST., 300 block, 7:23 a.m. Sept. 24. A fence at a residence and a stop sign were spray-painted.

WASHINGTON ST. N., 300 block, 4:14 p.m. Sept. 22. A person kicked the driver’s side door and the rear lights of a 2006 Nissan Murano.

These incidents were recently reported by the Herndon Police Department. For more information, call 703-435-6846.

ALABAMA DR., 1000 block, 3:47 p.m. Sept. 24. A man showed a pocketknife during a fight with another man. Both men received small cuts from the knife. A 30-year-old Herndon man was charged with aggravated assault.

BRANCH DR., 900 block, 9:44 p.m. Sept. 21. A male assaulted a male acquaintance. The acquaintance was treated by rescue personnel for a cut on his hand.

DULLES PARK CT., 600 block, 11:01 p.m. Sept. 23. A man struck another man on the head during an argument. The injured man was taken to a hospital. A 21-year-old Herndon man was charged aggravated assault.

BRANCH DR., 900 block, 1:45 p.m. Sept. 21. A male arrived home and found a masked gunman and another person inside his residence. They took his cellphone and ordered him to lie on the floor, then fled. No injuries were reported.

BENICIA LANE, 1300 block, 8:04 p.m. Sept. 18. A trash can outside a residence was stolen.

ELDEN ST., 100 block, 10:24 a.m. Sept. 23. A wallet was stolen from a purse.

ELDEN ST., 100 block, 11 a.m. Sept. 21. A cash register at a business was broken, and money was missing from it. There was no sign of forced entry to the business.

ELDEN ST., 1100 block, 11:40 p.m. Sept. 22. A man stole two 12- packs of beer from a convenience store. A 40-year-old Herndon man was charged with larceny.

ELDEN ST., 1200 block, 8:17 p.m. Sept. 19. Cash that had been hidden in a mattress in a bedroom was stolen.

FLORIDA AVE., 500 block, 11:32 a.m. Sept. 20. A stereo and tools were stolen from a vehicle.

SPRING PARK PL., 400 block, 2:17 p.m. Sept. 18. A cellphone was stolen from an employee restroom.

WORLDGATE DR., 13000 block, 1:19 p.m. Sept. 22. A wallet, a watch and a gym bag were stolen from gym lockers.

CROSSTITCH DR., 1300 block, 9:10 p.m. Sept. 20. A 1986 Jeep in front of a residence was stolen.

ARKANSAS AVENUE AND ALABAMA DRIVE, 3:38 p.m. Sept. 22. A male hit a vehicle with a 2-by-4 several times, then fled. A door and a side panel were damaged.

ELDEN ST., 1200 block, 2:18 a.m. Sept. 23. Two men were observed throwing beer bottles at the front of an apartment building, smashing the top portion of an entryway window. A 42-year-old Herndon man was charged with destruction of property.

MERLINS LANE, 500 block, 2:36 p.m. Sept. 24. Writing was found on a fence.

MONROE ST., 700 block, 12:21 p.m. Sept. 22. Writing was found on a brick fence.

PEMBERTON CT., 600 block, 12:13 a.m. Sept. 21. Windows of a vehicle were broken and both side mirrors were pulled off the vehicle. A brick was found on the floor of the vehicle.

QUINCY ST., 700 block, 10:33 a.m. Sept. 19. A vehicle’s clutch cable was cut.

SPRING ST., 600 block, 5:59 p.m. Sept. 22. A male broke the windshield of a vehicle with a rock.

STERLING RD., 1000 block, 3:25 p.m. Sept. 19. Writing was found on a transformer box.

VAN BUREN ST., 700 block, 11:26 p.m. Sept. 22. Writing was found on a door in a men’s restroom.

This incident was recently reported by the Vienna Police Department. For more information, call 703-255-6330.

CASMAR ST. SE, 100 block, 12:01 a.m. to 12:19 p.m. Sept. 27. The windshield of a vehicle at a residence was broken, and the hood was dented.

— Compiled by JEAN MACK

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