Morning Notes

Inside Fairfax City Regional Library (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Fire Department Gets Grant for Cancer Screenings — The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department recently got a $450,000 grant from FEMA to support free cancer screenings for all workers, some of whom are currently diagnosed. Firefighters face a 9% higher risk of getting cancer, and one Fairfax County firefighter died last year. [FCFRD, NBC4]

Shooting Threat Found on Fairfax School Wall — City of Fairfax Police responded yesterday (Thursday) morning to Katherine Johnson Middle School after a message threatening “to shoot up the school” was found. Police said they didn’t know how long the message had been there, but with no evidence of immediate danger, the school never went into lockdown. [Patch]

Driver Trapped After Breaking Through Resident’s Fence — “Units on the scene of a vehicle crash in the 3900 block of Rosebay Court in Fair Oaks area. Car drove into fence in front of a townhouse. Driver was initially trapped. Crews have extricated from car. Driver not injured.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Penn Daw Aldi Expected to Open Next Month — “Just over five years since ALDI signed a contract with Combined Properties to anchor the retail space at South Alex in Penn Daw, the grocery store is scheduled to open at the mixed-use apartment community in early March…Details on a grand opening ceremony will become available closer to the store’s opening date.” [On the MoVe]

Park Authority Plans Black History Month Events — “Whether in the park, along the trail or at our many historic sites, Fairfax County parks offer a rich collection of sites, artifacts and stories from the past that encourage conversation and inspire change for the future.” [FCPA]

GMU Gets Funding for Opioid Response Center — George Mason University has secured more than $1 million in federal funds for a new center “that would help alleviate pressure on Virginia’s health care system and prevent opioid overdoses.” Tasked with providing care for recently incarcerated individuals, the Empowered Communities Partnership Center anticipates opening a physical location in “Manassas or the greater Prince William County area.” [Washington Business Journal]

Vienna Nonprofit Gets Shoutout From Costco — “Vienna-based nonprofit Rustic Love got some national exposure for its efforts to address food insecurity through a Costco magazine feature. Rustic Love is featured in the February edition of The Costco Connection, the magazine of the popular membership-based bulk retailer.” [Patch]

Imagining a Metro With More Stops — “What would the Metro system look like if it had been built with more local stops, like New York City’s system? To see what this parallel universe might look like, I drew up a different map…keeping the stations that exist today and adding infill stations about every half mile.” [Greater Greater Washington]

It’s Friday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 42 and low of 23. Sunrise at 7:14 am and sunset at 5:33 pm. []