Morning Notes

Birds fly toward Arlington Blvd (Route 50) in West Falls Church (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Virginia Now Requires Slowing Down for Disabled Vehicles — “In Virginia, it is illegal to not move over or slow down when a first responder or construction vehicle is on the side of the roads with their lights flashing. What isn’t illegal is doing the same for a disabled vehicle, but that will change with a new law supported by Hurley’s family.” The state Senate version of the bill was led by Fairfax County’s Dave Marsden. [WTOP]

Five Displaced by Annandale Townhouse Fire — “On Thursday, March 23, at 1:49 p.m., units were dispatched for a reported townhouse fire in the 7800 block of Rectory Lane.” No one was home at the time. Investigators determined that the fire “was caused by an item left unattended on the electric burner of the stovetop,” resulting in approximately $75,000 in damages. [FCFRD]

FCPS Launches Online Class Registration — “Online registration will be available at more than 30 pilot Fairfax County schools beginning Friday, March 31. All FCPS schools will offer online registration beginning in June.” Fairfax County Public Schools says the new system will be more efficient and provide more flexibility for students. [FCPS]

New Groveton Wendy’s Plans Grand Opening Festivities — “The new Wendy’s fast food restaurant at 6634 Richmond Highway opened its doors to customers March 28, according to a company spokesperson. Originally slated to open in late 2022, the restaurant will hold its official grand opening celebration Apr. 15 with ‘free food for a year certificates’ for the first 100 guests.” [On the MoVe]

Reston Entrepreneur Adjusts Charity Ambitions — “Len Forkas will not be traveling to Norway in April as part of a planned skiing trip to the North Pole for charity. Instead, he is going to Nepal in order to climb Mount Everest. This won’t be the first mountain the 63-year-old Reston businessman has climbed.” [Patch]

State Legislator Retirements May Reduce N. Va’s Power — “Local government officials here worry that the shift in leadership positions in the state’s Democratic Party — southward to the Hampton Roads area — means Northern Virginia will lose important state funding for schools, transportation and other services” [The Washington Post]

Bench Installed at McLean HS for Former Baseball Player — “The late Caleb Beatty was a standout player for the McLean Highlanders. Beatty, 26, died unexpectedly this past October. He was a 2015 McLean graduate. In memory of the hulking catcher, a permanent homemade wooden cedar bench…has been installed at the field in foul territory along the left-field line.” [Gazette Leader]

Reston Tech Hiring Firm Seeks to Address Disparities — “Revature, a tech talent enablement firm, has joined forces with OneTen, a coalition committed to closing the opportunity gap for Black talent in the U.S…Revature and OneTen will work with companies across the country to fill vacancies while helping candidates build fulfilling careers in tech.” [Fairfax County EDA]

It’s Friday — Light rain in the evening and overnight. High of 64 and low of 42. Sunrise at 6:56 am and sunset at 7:32 pm. []