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A kayak rows down Royal Lake near Burke (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Extended Route 50 Lane Closure in Seven Corners Starts Today — “The northbound lane of the bridge over Route 50 (Arlington Boulevard) just west of Route 7 (East Broad Street/Leesburg Pike) that connects the eastbound Route 50 service road with the westbound Route 50 service road will be closed from 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19 through Friday, Oct. 7 for cleaning and painting” [VDOT]

Four Sentenced in 2019 West Falls Church Gang Murder — “Four individuals were sentenced Monday and yesterday to multiple life terms and 26 years in prison for numerous charges relating to a murder, a violent gang enterprise, and a drug trafficking conspiracy operating in Virginia, California, and several other states.” [DOJ]

Virginia Proposes Changes to Policies for Transgender Students — “Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration on Friday night released policies that roll back LGBTQ students’ rights in Virginia schools. The ‘2022 Model Policies‘ will require that students use facilities and programs that ‘match the sex they were assigned at birth,’ and require parental permission to change their names and genders at school.” [WTOP]

Dominion Energy Rate Increase Approved — The State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved an increase on Friday (Sept. 16) to the fuel rate for Dominion Energy customers in Virginia. Effective on an interim basis since July 1, the increase adds $14.93, on average, to the monthly bill for residents who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. [SCC]

Two Arrested for Shoplifting and Assault at Tysons Nordstrom — “Two juveniles, from Falls Church and Annandale, took merchandise without paying on Sept. 5 at 3:40 p.m. at the Nordstrom store in Tysons Corner Center, Fairfax County police said. When confronted by a store employee, one juvenile allegedly assaulted the victim, police said.” [Sun Gazette/Inside NoVA]

FCPS to Boost Mental Health Support — “During Thursday night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Michelle Reid said the district is working to secure a ‘telemental health group’ that will provide short-term, evidence-based counseling sessions with therapists for high school students…As part of the $3.3 billion budget, school board officials allocated $500,000 for the telemental health services.” [WTOP]

Car Flips Over Into Lorton Yard — “A car flipped over into a yard in Lorton, Va. Saturday near I-95, but the driver only suffered minor injuries. A witness told 7News’ Victoria Sanchez one woman was in the car and was talking to first responders.” [ABC7]

New Chantilly Street Signs Honor Tamil Poet — “The Fairfax County Department of Transportation installed new signs designating the honorary Valluvar Way on Brentwall Drive in Chantilly. A thriving Tamil community of over 50,000 residents in Virginia, including 10,000 residents in Fairfax County, celebrates the Tamil poet, ThiruValluvar, also known as Valluvar” [FCDOT]

It’s Lanternfly Egg Season — “Fairfax County Forest Pest Management is asking residents to ‘search-scrape-and destroy’ spotted lanternfly egg masses. Adult females lay their inconspicuous egg masses in September and through the first few hard frosts of November.” [DPWES]

It’s Monday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 83 and low of 66. Sunrise at 6:55 am and sunset at 7:12 pm. [Weather.gov]

Recent Stories

Good Thursday evening, Fairfax County. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. đź•— News recap The following articles were published earlier…

A look at the smallest and largest homes sold in Fairfax County last month, January 2024.

A thorny set of issues continues to complicate Deli Italiano’s arrival in Reston’s Lake Anne Plaza.

The Reston Association Design Review Board (DRB) voted Tuesday (Feb. 20) to defer a decision on the application after attorney John Cowherd, who was representing an appealing Lake Anne condominium owner, flagged some concerns about the proposal.

Graham Center’s days may be numbered. The 61-year-old retail strip in West Falls Church has been targeted by the not-for-profit health system VHC Health for a future emergency department and…

Great Clips at South Lakes Village Center (Reston, Virginia) is seeking hair donors to participate in the Wigs for Kids program this Valentines Week. If you meet the minimum requirements and would like to donate your hair for children fighting cancer, we would love to host you in our salon this Valentine’s Week for a free haircut.

Minimum Requirements

  • Hair donations must be a minimum of 12 inches

  • Hair donations must be clean and stored/packaged completely dry.

  • Hair donations cannot be permed, color-treated, or highlighted.

  • Temporary coloring or highlights that wash out are acceptable but must be completely washed out before cutting. Gray hair is accepted.

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Peace in Gaza: Prayer Liturgy and Community Discussion for Peace in Arlington VA, Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM

Prayer, liturgy, and community discussion for peace in Gaza, an immediate cease fire and resumption of humanitarian aid will be hosted by Nova Catholic Community. The focus will be Pope Francis’ call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, resumption of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and peace talks for a lasting and just peace for all people in the region.

Discussion will follow at Noon on US military role in the conflict and appropriate steps the US should take to foster peace and rebuilding. Light lunch served.

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Active Bystander: Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Training

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Active Bystander Certification course, also known as Active Bystander, is the premier training program to prepare civilians for how to respond during an intentional violent event and to address life-threatening emergencies.

Similar to FEMA’s

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