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Callery pear tree blossoms in bloom (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Man Arrested for Pointing Laser at Police Chopper — Fairfax County police detectives arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly pointing a laser at the department’s Fairfax 1 helicopter around 11:25 p.m. on Saturday (March 11). The Fairfax 1 crew was assisting Virginia State Police with a search and traced the laser’s source to an apartment in the 9200 block of Ashland Woods Lane. [FCPD/Facebook]

Dunn Loring Metro Escalator Replacements Underway — Metro began work on Monday (March 13) to replace the two platform escalators at the Dunn Loring station, part of a push to upgrade 130 escalators in the rail system by 2028. Construction will be done on one escalator at a time, with the open one being treated as stairs. The project is expected to take about eight months, finishing around the end of October. [WMATA]

Park in Springfield Gets New Name — The Franconia District’s transition continues with the Fairfax County Park Authority Board approving “Grove Point Park” as the new name of Franconia District Park. The move avoids confusion with Franconia Park in Groveton — formerly known as Lee District Park — and helps “connect the new name of the park with surrounding neighborhoods.” [FCPA]

Chantilly Pizza Chain Eyes Expansion — “More than a decade after selling its first Italian restaurant franchise, Paisano’s plans a major expansion that would nearly double its D.C.-area footprint, and stretch it much further along the East Coast. The pizza chain, with more than two-dozen Greater Washington locations and roughly 75 in all, aims to add 200 total new spots by 2026.” [Washington Business Journal]

Renovated Merrifield Office Building Features ‘Treehouse’ — “Bridge Investment Group recently completed amenity renovations to Willow Oaks Corporate Center at 8280 Willow Oaks Corporate Boulevard…Renovations include the run-of-the-mill amenity updates, like a fitness center, coffee bars and a new cafe, but the renovation at the top of the building is a little different.” [WTOP]

Laser Hair Removal Clinic Opens in Tysons — LaserAway has opened its doors at The Boro. The company provides laser hair and tattoo removals as well as skin care services and products. Also at The Boro, ShowPlace ICON Theatre is reviving its $5 Tuesdays discounts this spring, which will be valid all day for all movies. [The Boro/Tysons Today]

GMU Backs Bringing FBI HQ to Springfield — “George Mason University is throwing its support behind the effort to attract the new FBI headquarters to Springfield, citing its academic programs that align with the FBI’s interests and its three campuses near the proposed site.” [Patch]

County Seeks Performers for New Farmers Market Season — “The Fairfax County Farmers Markets are seeking musicians to perform at local farmers markets. Musicians and singers are invited to apply online through the Music at Market website…Farmers markets are open Wednesdays through Sundays from April until December” [FCPA]

It’s Thursday — Clear throughout the day. High of 59 and low of 33. Sunrise at 7:19 am and sunset at 7:17 pm. []

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