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Looking at the Tysons Corner Center Plaza past a sign for Earl’s Kitchen and Bar (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

I-66 Express Lanes Opening Celebrated — “The I-66 Express Lanes outside the Capital Beltway are open as Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin and other officials celebrated Tuesday with a ribbon cutting…Youngkin said the Express Lanes can help busy families get to school, work and other extracurricular activities.” [Patch]

Inova Reports Surge in Emergency Room Patients — “Due to another spike in flu, COVID-19, RSV and other illnesses following the Thanksgiving holiday, Inova’s hospitals are experiencing unprecedented patient volumes and strain on hospital capacity, the health care system reported Tuesday…For every patient discharged another is waiting to be admitted.” [Inside NoVA]

Fairfax Connector Bus Stop in Sterling Changes — “Route 924 Stop Update! Effective immediately the Kohl’s Connector stop will no longer be operational. Beginning December 5, passengers must utilize the bus stop located near 7-Eleven. Use the crosswalk at South Cottage Road to get to the @novaloudoun campus.” [Fairfax Connector/Twitter]

Tysons Corner Center Hosts Holiday Photo Contest — “Our friends at Visit Fairfax are adding more love to the holiday season with a special #LoveTysonsHolidays Giveaway, including a 2-night weekend stay at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center, breakfast for two at Barrel and Bushel, and a free photos with Santa package at Tysons Corner Center!” [Tysons Corner Center/Facebook]

Mosaic Elementary Expansion Plan Advances — “Plans to expand and renovate Mosaic Elementary School in Oakton — and bump up its student capacity by a wee tad — received the Fairfax County Planning Commission’s unanimous recommendation Nov. 14…The School Board’s plans call for the school to be expanded by 55,365 square feet, bringing the total to 125,000 square feet, but extending the school’s design capacity by just 12 more pupils.” [Sun Gazette/Inside NoVA]

McLean Cybersecurity Company Acquired — “McLean, Virginia-based Avantus Federal, one of the area’s largest government contractors, has been acquired by Lorton-based QuinetiQ U.S., the U.S. cybersecurity contracting division of London-based QinetiQ Group plc, for $590 million.” [WTOP]

Learn About Upcoming Tysons Transportation Projects Tonight — “The McLean Citizens Association is holding a public meeting virtually on Zoom with Fairfax County Department of Transportation Director, Tom Biesiadny, who will give a presentation and take questions on pending and planned transportation projects and initiatives in and affecting the greater McLean Area.” [MCA]

Mystery Author Extravaganza Coming to Reston Library — More than 20 mystery and crime writers will gather at Reston Regional Library from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 3) to discuss their new books and short stories published this year. Books will be available to get autographs and to buy. [Fairfax County Public Library]

It’s Wednesday — Rain in the morning and afternoon. High of 58 and low of 44. Sunrise at 7:09 am and sunset at 4:49 pm. [Weather.gov]

Recent Stories

Good Friday 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…

Friday night’s performance by comedian Nate Bargatze is expected to draw the largest crowd ever to EagleBank Arena on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, according to Monumental Sports…

Reston Association has adopted a new strategic plan that aims to continue the vision of Reston’s founder Bob Simon over the next three years.

A 93-year-old woman died earlier this week from injuries she sustained in a car crash on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) in Bailey’s Crossroads, police say. Gladys Bilbao, a Falls Church…

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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