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Lake Fairfax Park in Reston (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Updated Covid Boosters Now Available — “Effective immediately, eligible residents of Virginia are able to schedule appointments with their healthcare providers to receive the new, free COVID-19 bivalent booster vaccinations, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.” The Fairfax County Health Department and Giant Food’s pharmacies have confirmed the boosters’ availability. [VDH]

It’s Flu Shot Time Too — “Flu season is approaching in Virginia, and health experts are urging everyone over 6 months, with rare exceptions, to get their flu shots. Walgreens, CVS, Giant and other pharmacies in Virginia are already scheduling appointments or offering shots on a walk-in basis as health officials worry about what a worse-than-usual flu season in the Southern Hemisphere portends for the United States.” [Patch]

Should Local Juvenile Detention Centers Consolidate? — “The number of young people detained in Virginia’s juvenile justice system has gone down dramatically over the last few years, which is leading to a potential reorganization of the system…Senator Dave Marsden is a Democrat from Fairfax County who is leading the effort to examine the possibility of consolidating some of the centers.” [WVTF]

Black Bear Spotted in McLean — “A black bear was spotted rummaging for food in a trash bin Sunday afternoon at a home near McLean Hamlet Park. The McLean resident contacted Fairfax County Police, who put the resident in touch with animal control.” [Patch]

Springfield Industrial Park Seeks Tenants — “All of [Schaeffer Industrial Park’s] nearly 10 usable acres, comprising about 42,000 square feet across five warehouse or flex buildings, recently hit the leasing market…Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing arm of Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), bought two commercial office lots totaling 24 acres immediately to Schaeffer’s south last year for $28 million.” [Washington Business Journal]

Annandale Man Wins $1M Lottery Prize — “Jose Flores Velasquez of Annandale was happy with winning $600 when he went to redeem his lottery ticket at the Virginia Lottery center in Woodbridge. But it turns out the ticket was worth a lot more: $1 million.” [Patch]

Scottish Play Marches on Fairfax City — “The City of Fairfax Theatre Company will be presenting William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ at the Veteran’s Amphitheater in Fairfax, Virginia beginning September 9, 2022…The title character will be played by Jef Chi who is extremely honored to be joining the CFTC cast of ‘Macbeth.'” [Maryland Theatre Guide]

Neighborhood Around Fair Lakes Shopping Center Grows — “Fair Lakes, a development west of Fairfax, Va., is like a little city. Places to live, eat and shop are within a minute’s drive — if not a minute’s walk — away. And if people are unable to find something to enjoy right in the community, residents say, other opportunities aren’t far.” [The Washington Post]

Happy National Teddy Bear Day — “Bring your teddy bear or other plush friend to learn how bears became many children’s first best friend. Have your bear or buddy join you on a teddy bear picnic in Nature Playce and make a bear craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult.” [Fairfax County Park Authority]

It’s Thursday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 78 and low of 67. Sunrise at 6:45 am and sunset at 7:30 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Hi, my name is Moneim Z., and I am a blind male with chronic kidney disease, who needs a living kidney donor for a transplant. My blood type is B+, and I can accept a kidney from individuals who have blood types B and O.

To read my story, please see the attached letter.

To contact me directly, please email me at moneimz87@gmail.com or call at 571-428-5065. My living donor coordinator at INOVA Hospital, Amileen Cruz can be reached at (703) 776-8370 , or via email at amileencheska.cruz@inova.org.

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