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Cranes work on the Monarch condos and other construction in Tysons (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

I-495 Ramp to Close Tonight in McLean — “On or about Tuesday night, September 6, the ramp from southbound I-495 toward Tysons to eastbound George Washington Memorial Parkway is scheduled to be closed from 11 p.m. until 4 a.m. the next morning. Crews will be conducting maintenance work on a stormwater management drain.” [VDOT]

Unattended Grill Causes West Springfield Fire — Fairfax County Fire and Rescue units were dispatched for a house fire in the 6700 block of Portree Court at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 3). Investigators determined that the fire, which was quickly extinguished at the one-story house, was started accidentally due to an unattended, lit grill. No one was displaced or injured, but the fire caused approximately $30,500 in damages. [FCFRD]

Virginia Tech Student From Fairfax Dies in Vehicle Crash — “John Wallace Thomasson, a 20-year-old Fairfax native, died in a traffic crash shortly after midnight on Sept. 2 in Blacksburg, Va., according to a news release from the town. Thomasson was a pedestrian along the 2200 block of S. Main St. when a vehicle struck him.” [The Washington Post]

Governor and FCPS Clash Over Education Policies — Fairfax Education Association President Leslie Houston fears eased requirements for teachers that Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced Thursday (Sept. 1) “will allow unqualified individuals to teach children.” Teachers and parents have also rebutted Youngkin’s criticism of Fairfax County Public Schools for letting transgender students use names, pronouns and facilities aligned with their identity without parental permission. [The Washington Post]

Descano Takes Issue With “Ghost Gun” Loophole — “Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano recently prosecuted a murder case that resulted in a guilty verdict, but he said more resources are necessary to fight gun violence…One of those loopholes pertains to weapons that are untraceable because their serial numbers have been removed or altered.” [WTOP]

Tysons Nordstrom Rack Robbed — “8/30/22, 5:26 p.m. A 37-year-old Centreville man took merchandise without paying. When confronted by a store employee, the man implied he had a weapon and ran away. Officers found the man nearby and arrested him for robbery and preventing a law enforcement officer from making an arrest. No injuries were reported.” [FCPD]

FCPD Announces New Public Affairs Director — “Chief Kevin Davis of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Hayek as Director of FCPD’s Public Affairs Bureau, effective immediately. In this role, Hayek will work with Chief Davis to develop and implement an overall communications strategy and direct efforts to expand and amplify the FCPD’s standing as a premier police department in the nation.” [FCPD]

Hybla Valley Bicycle Club Connects With Kids — “Hybla Valley Community Center’s Hybla Valley Bike Club recently concluded its phase one and is being marked as an immense success…The summer program ended with 24 participants aged 8 through 17. Bike club members not only rode bikes but learned how to build and repair them.” [Fairfax County Times]

Park Authority Releases Survey on Summer Programming — “The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking feedback from those who attended its summer concerts and movies at local parks.” The deadline to complete the survey is Sept. 18.” [FCPA]

It’s Tuesday — Rain in the morning and afternoon. High of 79 and low of 71. Sunrise at 6:44 am and sunset at 7:33 pm. [Weather.gov]

Recent Stories

Good Friday evening! Today we published 6 articles that were read a total of 6621 times on FFXnow alone, so far. 📈 Top stories The following are the most-read articles…

Lake Anne’s plaza will once again spring to life this summer with concerts. Lake Anne Live! — an event series that kicked off last year — brings Thursday evening concerts…

The proposed repurposing of Inova Health System’s former corporate headquarters in Merrifield as live/work and workforce housing units got a hearty recommendation from the Fairfax County Planning Commission earlier this…

Are you ready for summer? Live Fairfax has a bucket list of indoor activities, outdoor escapades and trips to explore this summer.

Camps are just the beginning of what’s in store at Art House 7 this summer. We’re thrilled to offer an array of exciting classes for both kids and adults!Rediscover your creativity with some of our AH7 favorites, such as drawing, hand-sewing, modern embroidery, and our popular 3-week Jump into Crochet classes. But that’s not all! We’ve added some fresh and exciting options to our summer class selection, guaranteed to spark your imagination.

To enhance your artistic journey, we have intensified some of our Ceramics: The Wheel classes to a full 3-hour duration. This extended time allows for more creativity and skill development in each class session. If you’re eager for a captivating twist, give Contemporary Still-Life Drawing & Painting a go. Or why not try an immersive outdoor painting adventure? We have a unique opportunity for you to bring your painting skills to life while learning and creating in the great outdoors with our Landscape Painting: Studio and Plein Air class!

We invite you to visit our website and explore our full Summer Session schedule, brimming with a diverse range of classes and camps. Classes and camps begin June 20th. Unleash your inner artist, broaden your horizons, and embark on a summer adventure like no other. Let’s make this a summer to remember at Art House 7!

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Potomac Harmony Chorus has a new director! We’re ready
to kick off the season with new music, a new approach, and YOU!

Potomac Harmony is one of 500 choruses in Sweet
Adelines International. We’re a vibrant,
contemporary, inclusive, welcoming, and open community of women singers who
perform four-part harmony, barbershop style, committed to a high level of
achievement through teaching, mentoring, personal growth, and performance. Our vision is to entertain, educate, and
enrich lives through musical expression while promoting the barbershop art
form.

Potomac Harmony recently had our first performance
with our new director, receiving rave reviews! We invite you to stop by any Wednesday
evening and be part of the fun and harmony!

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Army Birthday Festival – Free and Fun

Make Saturday, June 10, 2023 a great day!

Come celebrate the Army Birthday Festival at the National Museum of the U.S. Army from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine!

• Experience outdoor and indoor fun activities, for all

Unveiling of West Ford historical highway marker

Gum Springs will be celebrating 190 years of its founding by freedman West Ford on Saturday, June 17, 2023. To kick-off the celebration, there will be an unveiling of a Virginia historical highway marker for West Ford on Fordson Road

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