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Shoppers inside Fair Oaks Mall (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Police Standoff Ends After 36 Hours — Fairfax County police took a reportedly armed woman into custody shortly after midnight, ending a barricade on Richmond Highway that began before noon on Tuesday (March 29). The standoff closed Route 1 between Lockheed Blvd and Boswell Avenue through multiple rush hours. [FCPD/Twitter]

Helicopters Expected at GMU for Training — “The @GeorgeMasonU Fairfax Campus will host an ROTC training exercise on the morning of Thursday, March 30. Helicopters will be coming on campus at 6:30 a.m. and departing from the West Campus parking lot (closest to Braddock Road) at approximately 8:15 a.m. Please do not be alarmed.” [GMU Police/Twitter]

Alta Crossroads Apartment Project Begins — County leaders, developer representatives and the Bailey’s Crossroads/7 Corners Revitalization Corporation gathered yesterday to break ground on the long-awaited Alta Crossroads redevelopment. It “will transform a partially vacant underused lot into a 370-unit multifamily building, three townhomes, enhanced streetscapes, and two park spaces on the corner of #ColumbiaPike and Moncure Avenue.” [Penny Gross/Twitter]

Community Shares Opioid Crisis at Town Hall — “Concerned that the deadly drug fentanyl is in schools and neighborhoods, parents gathered at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, Tuesday night to learn what they can do to protect their kids. More than 100 residents heard from a panel of experts, including school leaders, police and experts in substance abuse treatment.” [WTOP]

Popular West Falls Church Deli Featured in TV Show — “Chef Andre Rush upgraded the Celebrity Delly, a traditional delicatessen in Graham Park Plaza, and shared the results on his ‘Kitchen Commando’ TV series. The episode on the Falls Church restaurant can be viewed online on the Tubi TV channel.” [Annandale Today]

County Parks Facility Fee Changes Approved — “The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the 2023 Fee Adjustment Schedule at its meeting on March 22, 2023.” The changes, which affect the price of golf courses, facility rentals, and more, will take effect on Saturday (April 1). [FCPA]

Tysons Media Company Continues Layoffs — “Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI) has issued yet another round of a layoffs, this time affecting 44 employees in mostly back-office roles. It appears to be the media company’s third round of cuts in the past seven months, after it eliminated 400 jobs in August and began laying off roughly 6% of reporters and other staffers in its U.S. media division in the final months of last year.” [Washington Business Journal]

Street Changes Planned for Hybla Valley — “The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) plans to start repaving and restriping Lockheed Boulevard, Fordson Road and several neighboring streets in Hybla Valley in late April…The restriping will include the addition of standard bike lanes to both Lockheed and Fordson, as well as the installation of a couple new pedestrian crosswalks on Fordson.” [On the MoVe]

Vienna Finalizes Cost of New Police HQ — “Vienna Town Council members on March 20 unanimously awarded an additional $18,503 to the Vienna Police Headquarters’ construction contractor as part of a final settlement for the project.” Supply-chain issues that complicated construction and some “unanticipated redesigns” by the town brought the final cost up to $14.2 million. [Gazette Leader]

McLean Teacher Seeks Art for Earth Day — “McLean art teacher Pamela Saunders is seeking aspiring young artists in McLean to join the community’s upcoming Earth Day observance…McLean Earth Day on April 22 will be a drive-thru event at the McLean Community Center with various opportunities to help the planet.” [Patch]

It’s Thursday — Clear throughout the day. High of 53 and low of 37. Sunrise at 6:57 am and sunset at 7:31 pm. []

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