County Advertises Flat Real Estate Tax Rate — “The advertised real estate tax rate is $1.11 per $100 of assessed value. That is the county’s current rate and was proposed to remain the same under County Executive Bryan Hill’s fiscal year 2024 budget proposal. The same rate or a lower rate can be adopted during the budget process, but a higher rate can not be considered.” [Patch]
Eight Displaced by Pimmit Hills House Fire — Fairfax and Arlington county firefighters were dispatched to the 2000 block of Griffith Road at 9:02 p.m. on Monday (March 6) after an unattended candle ignited a fire in the one-story house. No one was injured, but eight people were displaced and the fire caused about $30,000 in damages. [FCFRD]
No Reelection Bid for Fairfax County Delegate — “Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax), the first woman and first person of Jewish faith to serve as speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates, said she will not seek reelection this fall, adding to a historic loss of senior lawmakers ahead of next year’s legislative session. Filler-Corn said she plans to work to get other Democrats elected” and may run for governor in 2025. [The Washington Post]
Archaeologists Start Digging in Vienna — “An archaeological dig is taking place on our grounds! It’ll be fascinating to learn what the archaeologists uncover. The public is invited to stop by and observe the dig, see the excavation in action and talk to the archaeologists. Please visit on March 8, 11, 14, 17 during the hours of 1-3pm.” [Freeman Store & Museum/Instagram]
Majority Oppose Co-Ed Sex-Ed in Survey — “About 85% of people who responded to a Fairfax County Public Schools survey oppose proposed changes that would put boys and girls in the same classroom for certain sex education lessons…[FCPS] discussed proposed changes to its family and life education curriculum last spring, but opted in May to delay a vote on the recommendations.” [WTOP/Inside NoVA]
Search Continues for Suspect in Kingstowne Murder — “Monday marks one year since Fairfax County woman Hannah Choi vanished…Fairfax County police continue to look for [suspect Joel Mosso] Merino, who was charged in Choi’s murder. He is being charged with second-degree murder and the disposal of a body.” [ABC7]
Metro Regulator Questions Plan to Auto-Pilot Trains — “Metro announced Monday it is aiming to convert the system to a self-piloting system…by December, with the possibility of Red Line automation weeks sooner. The nearly 50-year-old rail system was designed to operate automatically and did so until a deadly train crash in 2009 prompted Metro to disable the system.” [The Washington Post]
Springfield Town Center Hops Into Spring Events — “Springfield Town Center will be celebrating the start of spring with the Bunny, the Mad Hatter and other special guests. Family photos with the Bunny and a Mad Hatter Tea Party will be held at Springfield Town Center starting later this month.” [Patch]
It’s Wednesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 49 and low of 30. Sunrise at 6:32 am and sunset at 6:09 pm. [Weather.gov]
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Art House 7‘s spring session will begin on April 10th! We’re offering classes, workshops, and open studios in a wide range of art mediums for all ages, from 4 year olds to adults. We cater to different skill levels in ceramics, embroidery, drawing, and of course, painting – including watercolor, oil, and acrylics. Our Spring 2023 offerings include a Portfolio Development class for high schoolers who are considering a career in the fine arts. This class provides an opportunity to create and develop a strong portfolio for college applications.
We also have some excellent classes for younger students. The “Art and the Pre-K Reader” class is designed for 4-5 year olds, and we offer “Arts and Crafts” classes taught by teens for 2nd-4th and 3rd-5th grade students.
To view our complete class schedule, Spring workshops, open studios, and 3-week classes, please visit our website. Join us this spring to learn, create, and explore with us!
McLean Volunteer Fire Department-Inova Blood Drive
MVFD has teamed up with Inova Blood Donor Services for a blood drive on Friday, March 31, in our lower parking lot at 1455 Laughlin Avenue. The blood drive will run from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm. Please consider making
Van Metre 5K Run
Calling all serious runners, occasional joggers, and weekend walkers of all levels! Participate in the 31st Annual Van Metre 5K Run supporting Children’s National Hospital–the event that goes a long way!
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023