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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]

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