Morning Notes

Sun and shadow alternate on a walkway over I-66 to the Vienna Metro station (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Regional Earthquake Fundraiser Officially Launches — “On Friday, March 3, Northern Virginia elected leaders and officials gathered to launch a fundraising effort organized by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) to collect money to purchase food packages for those impacted by the earthquakes” that hit Turkey and Syria in early February. [Fairfax County]

Person Burned in Herndon Townhouse Fire — “Units are on scene of a townhouse fire in the 300 block of Reneau Way in Herndon. Arriving units found and quickly extinguished a fire on a deck. One person transported with burn injuries. No reported firefighter injuries.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Strangulation Cases Rise in Fairfax County — “In 2022, there were 217 instances in which Fairfax County authorities charged someone with strangulation, or knowingly applying pressure to a person’s neck, according to data provided by police. That is an increase of 83 cases from the year before…But authorities say that although arrests are rising, prosecutions that end in convictions remain sparse.” [The Washington Post]

New Turkish/Greek Restaurant Opens in Franconia — “Smyrna Restaurant, an Aegean kitchen located at Hayfield Shopping Center, is owned by executive chef Zeynep Gungoren and her husband Alp who serves as business manager…The couple, who live in the City of Alexandria, decided to launch a start-up restaurant at the Telegraph Road location, and it opened its doors in January.” [On the MoVe]

Tysons-Based EV Company Plans Manufacturing Plant — “Scout Motors Inc., the spinoff electric vehicle company of German automaker Volkswagen AG, said Friday it will build a $2 billion manufacturing plant near Columbia, South Carolina…The headquarters may ultimately settle in South Carolina, but Scout is currently advertising about a dozen jobs in the D.C. area” [Washington Business Journal]

Livestreaming Paused for Herndon Council Meetings — “During the month of March, the Council Chambers will be undergoing an audio-visual upgrade. There will be no live broadcasts/webcasts throughout the duration of the upgrade work; meetings that are normally broadcasted live will be recorded and posted by the end of the next day at” [Town of Herndon]

Statewide Tornado Drill Tomorrow — “Every school, business, workplace and family in Fairfax County (and across the Commonwealth of Virginia) is strongly encouraged to participate in the statewide tornado drill, Tuesday, March 7, at 9:45 a.m., a part of Virginia’s Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 6-10).” [Fairfax County Emergency Information]

Learn About Early American Female Poets — “Celebrate Women’s History Month and join Tamara Harvey, @GeorgeMasonU Associate Professor of English, at Pohick Regional Library Monday as she discusses early American women poets and how they were treated as exceptional in their own time.” [Fairfax County Public Library/Twitter]

It’s Monday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 57 and low of 36. Sunrise at 6:35 am and sunset at 6:07 pm. []