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A man walks a dog into McLean Central Park (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Special Education Disparities Persist in FCPS — “Students with disabilities in Fairfax County Public Schools perform substantially lower than their peers on standardized tests and face significantly higher rates of extended suspensions and expulsions, according to a new report on the school division’s special education program.” [DCist]

Pedestrians Hit in Fair Lakes Parking Lot — “Three pedestrians were hit by a car at Fair Lakes Shopping Center in Fairfax, Virginia, on Sunday, according to Fairfax County police. First responders were called shortly after 4 p.m. to the BJ’s parking lot…One of the victims was taken to the hospital in critical condition, authorities said.” [NBC4]

County Sees Drop in Employment — “It may be a seasonable blip or the portent of something more significant, but 7,000 fewer Fairfax County residents were recorded as having jobs in August compared to a month before. As a result, the county’s jobless rate ticked up two-tenths of a percentage point” [Sun Gazette]

New “Social Wellness” Club Opens in Springfield — “There’s a brand-new luxury spa in an industrial area of Mason District. Balian Springs opens to the public tomorrow, Oct. 4, in a former office building at 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria. It’s not just a spa though; it’s a social wellness club, says Director of Operations Michael Yohman.” [Annandale Today]

McLean Fire Department Hits 100th Anniversary — “As McLean Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) celebrates its centennial, this brief video shares the story of their 100 years of service to the community. It honors a culture of volunteerism that inspires all who work out of Station 1 in McLean.” [FCFRD]

Town Hall Tonight on Reston Arts Center Proposal — “Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn and Fairfax County staff members are hosting a town hall Tuesday night about the proposed 60,000-square-foot arts center being considered for Reston Town Center. The town hall will take place at 7 p.m., at the South Lakes High School auditorium” [Patch]

Circuit Court Plans Ceremony for New Judge — “Christie Ann Leary will be presented her official commission as a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge, on Friday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. at the Fairfax County Courthouse…Leary previously took her oath of office on March 1, 2022.” [Fairfax County Government]

New McLean Art Exhibit Showcases Art by Educators — The McLean Project for the Arts’ new exhibit “Continuum: Artists Teaching Artists” features artworks created by 18 local educators, including George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College faculty. Opened Sept. 16 and running through Nov. 10, the show includes a variety of media, from paintings and paper sculptures to stop-motion video. [Sun Gazette/Inside NoVA]

It’s Tuesday — Rain throughout the day. High of 54 and low of 45. Sunrise at 7:09 am and sunset at 6:48 pm. [Weather.gov]

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The Wonder of the Season

The Reston Chorale presents The Wonder of the Season, featuring Jody Marshall on hammered dulcimer. It’s a musical holiday treat for the entire family! Two performances at 4 and 7:30 pm, Reston Community Center/Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Road. A

Reston Sings! G.F. Handel’s MESSIAH Sing-along

Join the chorus this holiday season with The Reston Chorale’s annual MESSIAH Sing-Along, 7:30 pm at St. John Neumann Catholic Church (Chapel), 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, VA. Featuring Guest Soloists Grace Srinivasen, soprano; Melissa Cregger, mezzo soprano; Joseph Regan, tenor,

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