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A train takes a tour of Tysons Corner Center’s third floor near the food court (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Child Care Enrollment Starts Next Week — “Registration for 2023-2024 Fairfax County School Age Child Care (SACC) will begin on March 9. Registration will open on a rolling basis in alphabetical order by school…The SACC School Year Program…offers before- and afterschool care for children attending kindergarten through sixth grade in most Fairfax County public elementary schools and several community centers.” [Neighborhood and Community Services]

Couple Found Dead in Fairfax Home — Fairfax County police are conducting a death investigation after an adult man and woman were found dead in a home on the 8900 block of Walker Street. Police believe preliminarily that the “elderly couple” died in a murder-suicide incident. [FCPD/Twitter]

Judge Drops Murder Charge in Hybla Valley Fatal Shooting — “At a preliminary hearing Feb. 7 the prosecutor called only one witness, the responding police officer, and the judge dropped the charges, saying not enough evidence was presented.” The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney plans to seek a grand jury indictment that could reinstate the second-degree murder and firearm charges once forensic results are available. [NBC4]

Beer Garden Coming to Annandale Shopping Center — “The last empty storefront at the EastGate Square shopping center on John Marr Drive is going to be a beer garden. That was confirmed by workers fixing up the interior space.” Home to The Block food hall, the center is being eyed for a partial redevelopment that could add housing. [Annandale Today]

Metro Will Take Three Years to Fix Trains — “Metro says it is planning to re-press all 5,984 wheels on its 7000-series trains, a process that will take an estimated three years and cost about $55 million.” The transit agency has been slowly returning the trains to service after removing them following a derailment in Arlington in October 2021. [DCist]

Vienna Town Council Won’t Halt Sidewalk Project — “On Monday, Councilmember Nisha Patel proposed stopping any more engineering studies on the final design of sidewalk on the even number side of Melody Lane SW. Patel cited a resident petition against the sidewalk on the even side of Melody Lane mentioning concerns of drainage issues, safety and potential impacts to trees.” [Patch]

Couple Behind Braddock Community Center Honored — County leaders, community members and relatives gathered on Monday to celebrate the late James and Marguerite Mott. “According to the Post, the Motts began their activism after they were turned away from picnicking at Lake Fairfax Park in 1965. They subsequently sued in U.S. District Court in Alexandria and won equal access to county facilities for Black people.” [NCS]

Tysons Communication Company Faces Federal Scrutiny — “Tysons TV station owner Tegna Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) says it is ‘currently evaluating its options’ after the Federal Communications Commission asked its administrative court to review the media company’s proposed $5.4 billion purchase by hedge fund Standard General on antitrust grounds.” [Washington Business Journal]

Bill to Notify Schools of Employee Arrests Reaches Governor — “A Virginia bill that would require police to notify schools when educators are arrested is now awaiting Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s signature. Its passage follows an incident involving a Fairfax County middle school counselor who remained on the job, months after his arrest connected to child sex crimes.” [WTOP]

It’s Wednesday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 58 and low of 35. Sunrise at 6:42 am and sunset at 6:02 pm. []

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