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Good Friday evening, Fairfax County. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar.

🕗 News recap

The following articles were published earlier today — Apr 19, 2024.

Since it’s Friday, we’ve also compiled a list of the most-read articles of the week, below.

  1. New Fairfax County ordinance requires drivers to stop, rather than yield, for pedestrians (18973 views)
  2. FCPS hopes to alleviate school overcrowding with new boundary adjustment policy (16533 views)
  3. Taim Mediterranean Kitchen in Reston permanently shutters four months after opening (6986 views)
  4. Manassas Man arrested after road rage shooting incident in Centreville (5319 views)
  5. Juvenile arrested for alleged rape and abduction in Reston apartment building (5091 views)
  6. JUST IN: Two injured in rooftop fire in Tysons (3069 views)
  7. Halal hot chicken restaurant opens in Reston’s South Lakes Village Center (2621 views)
  8. Firefighters say they ‘Wiehle Like’ new pedestrian bridge at Wiehle Avenue (2265 views)
  9. Fairfax driver charged with felony hit and run in Vienna (1841 views)
  10. NEW: Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Fairfax (1674 views)
  11. Reston au pair indicted on second degree murder in fatal shooting case (1560 views)

📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on Saturday throughout the county, from our event calendar.

Here are the events planned for Sunday:

🌤️ Saturday’s forecast

Expect clouds to clear gradually by mid-morning, leading to a high near 68 degrees and a northwest wind blowing at 10-15 mph, with gusts reaching up to 26 mph. For Saturday night, skies will be partly cloudy and the temperature will drop to around 43 degrees. The north wind will blow at 5-11 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph. See more from Weather.gov.

🌅 Tonight’s sunset

The MonumentCam screenshot above is used with permission of the Trust for the National Mall and courtesy of EarthCam.

We hope you have a great weekend! Feel free to discuss the most-read stories of the week, the upcoming weekend events or anything else of local interest in the comments. 👋

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Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton (staff photo by James Jarvis)

Pints and palettes will collide next month at the Workhouse Arts Center’s annual BrewWorks beer and arts festival in Lorton.

On Saturday, May 18, from noon to 5 p.m., attendees can enjoy craft beer tastings and watch artists compete in fast-paced painting and drawing competitions, according to a press release.

Roughly a dozen local breweries plan to participate in the festival, including Bunnyman Brewing, which is slated to open its second brewery location at the Lorton campus this summer. Other notable participants are Ono Brewing Company, Fair Winds Brewing Company, and Heritage Brewing Company. Various local food truck vendors will also be on-site to satisfy diverse palates.

Eight artists from the DMV area plan to compete in quick-fire rounds of painting and drawing. The art battle will unfold over three rounds, per the release.

Round 1 – 12:30 – 1:15 pm
Round 2 – 1:35 – 2:20 pm
Final Round – 2:40 – 3:35 pm

Festival attendees can also bid on the artwork during a silent auction from 3:45 – 4:50 p.m. following the battle.

General admission for attendees over 21 is $50, while tickets for non-alcoholic participants are $10.

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Realty company Terreno Realty Corporation may have plans for a cluster of warehouses called the Fleet Industrial Park in Franconia.

The company recently announced that it purchased 6584-6674 Fleet Drive, a group of four industrial distribution buildings, for $84.3 million.

The buildings are approximately 357,000 square feet on a 19.1-acre lot.

In the release, Terreno Realty Corporation noted that the leases at the lot all expire by 2031:

The property is at 6584-6674 Fleet Drive approximately two miles from the intersection of I-95/395 and I-495 (Capital Beltway), provides 67 dock-high and 38 grade-level loading positions and parking for 580 cars. The property is 100% leased to 21 tenants, with all leases expiring by 2031, and the estimated stabilized cap rate is 5.3%.

Photo via Google Maps
H/t Ryan Belmore

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FCPS Central Office in Falls Church (staff photo by James Jarvis)

Fairfax County Public School Board members have finalized a first draft of the division’s new boundary adjustment policy, which is scheduled for a full board review next month.

The major updates to the new policy mandate that the superintendent adhere to a specific set of criteria when drawing school boundary lines and require a county-wide review of school boundaries every five years.

The new draft policy, still subject to revisions, follows several months of discussion among school board members on the best approach to address overcrowding throughout the division.

The revised policy retains elements of the existing one, such as assigning students to schools based on proximity to their homes. However, under the proposed changes, when establishing new boundaries, the superintendent must ensure that schools have sufficient capacity for future students; avoid splitting students from the same neighborhood among different schools; minimize student travel times; and provide equal access to programming.

The superintendent may also consider additional factors when setting school boundaries, including the following.

  • Minimizing disruptions to teaching
  • Reducing reliance on temporary classrooms
  • Cutting future budget costs
  • Ensuring easy access to nearby neighborhoods
  • Enhancing family involvement
  • Maintaining long-term stability in school attendance zones

While these additional criteria are optional, At-large school board member Kyle McDaniel emphasized the superintendent must prioritize the first four.

“The biggest difference between the current policy and the new policy is this “may”/”shall” language,” he told FFXnow. “The old policy just had 14 criteria that had no priority or no ranking or no real intentional guidance to staff in terms of what the board would prioritize over other items.”

School board members have also updated the language in the old policy concerning the superintendent’s authority to make emergency boundary adjustments.

In cases of a “catastrophic event” or emergency, the superintendent has the authority to temporarily adjust school attendance areas without school board approval, provided the affected student population is less than 15%.

The superintendent must notify the school board of any adjustments, but a vote is not required unless the changes are expected to be permanent.

Board members also revised the section on expedited boundary adjustments, adding language that authorizes the superintendent to recommend such adjustments after consulting with the school board and conducting publicly-noticed meetings, should the following situations occur.

  • New unoccupied housing requires to students to be reassigned to prevent overcrowding
  • Adjust for transportation needs
  • Manage excess enrollment
  • Respond to program changes
  • Address school openings and closings
  • Address unexpected construction issues or delays

The policy also ensures that future boundary adjustments will be phased in, meaning high school students currently enrolled would not be forced to transfer.

If the board adopts the new policy, expected by June or July, it would likely not take effect until the next school year, according to McDaniel.

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Fairfax County police vehicle with lights (file photo)

A Lorton man has been arrested and charged with murder following a domestic-related fatal shooting on Wednesday night.

Police were called to Mount Vernon Hospital at 2501 Parker Lane in Hybla Valley following an incident where Huy Tien Nguyen, 47, admitted his girlfriend, Alison “Kate” LaPorta, 38, who had sustained a gunshot wound to her upper body, according to a Fairfax County Police Department press release.

Nguyen initially told officers the shooting occurred in a parking lot. However, detectives says they later determined Nguyen allegedly shot LaPorta inside the vehicle he used to then drive LaPorta to the hospital. Detectives recovered the firearm near Nguyen’s Lorton home.

Nguyen was charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

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Morning Notes

Beaver munching on grass by Walney Pond in Chantilly (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Shake Shack proposed for Kamp Washington Shopping Center — “Fairfax City Board of Architectural Review approved exterior designs for two new restaurants planned for the former Just Tires location.” [Patch]

A Fairfax County school bus crashes into a DMV — A Fairfax County school bus struck the relatively new Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles building on Braddock Road Thursday morning when another driver failed to yield, forcing the bus driver to swerve off the road, Fairfax County police said. [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Poetry in the Parks coming to Turner Farm Park Observatory — “April is National Poetry Month, and ArtsFairfax and the Fairfax County Park Authority are kicking off a summer of fun poetry events to get you inspired. Poetry in the Parks is a series of poetry readings and workshops, created by Fairfax County Poet Laureate Daniella Badra, that will span from April 27 to August 17.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

The Peterson family, of Fairfax-based Peterson Cos., donates $20 million to Inova Health System — “Inova Health System just landed another substantial donation from big names in Greater Washington’s real estate world, putting the system closer to its $75 million fundraising goal.” [Washington Business Journal]

It’s Friday — Expect showers after 2pm, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 65 degrees. The southeast wind will blow at 6 to 8 mph, and there’s a 30% chance of precipitation. For Friday night, showers are likely in a mostly cloudy setting and a low temperature of around 54 degrees. The southeast wind will be around 6 mph before transitioning to a northwest wind after midnight, with a 50% chance of precipitation. [NWS]

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Good Thursday evening, Fairfax County. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar.

🕗 News recap

The following articles were published earlier today — Apr 18, 2024.

📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on Friday throughout the county, from our event calendar.

🌧️ Friday’s forecast

Showers are possible after 2pm with cloudy skies and a high near 65; a southeast wind will blow at 6 to 9 mph, with a 30% chance of precipitation. Friday night, the chance of showers continues with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 53. Expect light winds to shift to a northwest direction at 5 to 7 mph after midnight, accompanied by a 50% chance of precipitation. See more from Weather.gov.

🌅 Tonight’s sunset

The MonumentCam screenshot above is used with permission of the Trust for the National Mall and courtesy of EarthCam.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to discuss the day’s happenings in the comments.

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Here in Fairfax County, real estate is a spectator sport. Let’s take a look at some of the most and least expensive townhouses sold last month (March 2024).

Most expensive townhouses sold

  1. 2994 Eskridge Rd — Merrifield — $1,317,500 (3 beds | 5 baths | 3,052 sq. ft.)
  2. 2341 Chadlington Rd — Idylwood — $1,275,000 (4 beds | 3.5 baths | 3,066 sq. ft.)
  3. 7561 Sawyer Farm Way — Tysons Corner — $1,227,793 (3 beds | 2.5 baths | 2,763 sq. ft.)

Least expensive townhouses sold*

  1. 3875 Havenwood Place Unit B — Woodlawn — $250,000 (3 beds | 2.5 baths | 1,300 sq. ft.)
  2. 3811 Joshua Place Unit D — Woodlawn — $275,000 (2 beds | 1.5 baths | 1,100 sq. ft.)
  3. 8316 Rocky Forge Ct — Newington Forest — $385,000 (2 beds | 2 baths | 1,380 sq. ft.)

*Minimum home value of $200,000 set to exclude certain land sales, retirement condos, properties with expiring ground leases, etc.

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Taim Mediterranean Kitchen is officially open in Reston (Photo courtesy taim).

Taim Mediterranean Kitchen in Reston has permanently closed just four months after its opening.

The New York-based chain, known for its falafel, initially held a grand opening at 11692 Plaza America Drive in Reston on Dec. 6. However, the restaurant suddenly closed this month without warning.

The closure of Taim Mediterranean Kitchen in Reston was not announced on the company’s social media accounts, but Google has marked it as “permanently closed.” When FFXnow contacted its sister restaurant in D.C., a manager confirmed that the closure is permanent.

The owner did not respond to a request for more information by press time.

Taim has 13 eateries along the eastern seaboard, nearly all of which are in New York. There is one location in D.C., and another was planned for Vienna, although there have been no updates on its opening.

None of the company’s other locations appear to have closed, according to Google.

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