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Walking by 2910 District Avenue in the Mosaic District (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Updated at 12:55 p.m. — The National Park Service has delayed the GW Parkway changes due to forecasts calling for inclement weather over the weekend. The lane shift is now expected to begin around April 21-24.

Earlier: Reminder: Southbound GW Parkway Closure Begins — “Starting Saturday, the National Park Service will begin making changes that will slow traffic on the northern part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway until December 2025…On the northbound side, there will be three lanes instead of the usual two, with the middle of the three being reversible.” [ABC7]

Man Killed in Chantilly by Falling Tree — “A man died while cutting trees in Chantilly, Virginia, when one fell on him Thursday afternoon. Fairfax County police said he and others were working in the area, cutting down trees behind homes on Pleasant Valley Road.” [WTOP]

Lake Accotink Boat Launch Closed for Now — “The boat launch at Lake Accotink Park will be closed until further notice. The water levels at the lake were lowered to facilitate the replacement of the flashboards at the top of the dam. Progress on this project is moving along smoothly, but the lowered water levels have created shallows that are not passable by boat.” [Walkinshaw Advisory]

Pajama Ban No Longer Proposed by FCPS — “Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia is no longer considering a change to its dress code that would have prohibited students from wearing pajamas or sleepwear to school. Virginia’s largest school system unveiled the proposed change…last month. But in a statement, a county schools spokeswoman said the proposal is no longer included in the draft of the handbook.” [WTOP]

Thefts Have Increased in Mount Vernon District — “According to data from Fairfax County Police Department’s (FCPD) Crime Analysis Unit, the number of assault offenses, larceny/theft offenses — including larceny of motor vehicle parts — and motor vehicle thefts were higher from January to March 2023 than they were from January to March 2022.” [On the MoVe]

Falls Church Auctionhouse Pitches Development — The Falls Church City auctionhouse, Quinn Enterprises, has submitted a plan to redevelop three parcels at S. Washington starting at the Annandale Road intersection. The project would replace the auctionhouse and a nonprofit’s headquarters with a 10-story mixed-use building with senior housing and commercial space. [Falls Church News-Press]

Reston Cybersecurity Startup Raises Over $3 Million — “With the help of a recent seed round, Reston, Virginia-based trackd seeks to test a novel model for cybersecurity…The company anticipates raising another round later this year for further growth,” while developing a concept called “collective defense” that suggests organizations can work together “across different industries to defend against cyber threats.” [Technical.ly]

Hilton Repeats as Second Best Place to Work — “Tysons-based Hilton ranked at no. 2 in the nation on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For list. Three additional Fairfax County-headquartered companies placed on the list.” Hilton was also ranked second last year, but the second-highest Fairfax County company, Capital One, dropped to No. 15 after placing 10th in 2022. [Fairfax County EDA]

It’s Friday — Light rain. Overcast. Warm. High of 82 and low of 60. Sunrise at 6:33 am and sunset at 7:44 pm. [Weather.gov]

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The Dragons Concord is now open at 11215L Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030! After some delays with construction, we’ve finally opened our doors and are accepting tabletop gamers of all types to come down and enjoy our tailored gaming space.

We have 7 tables exclusively dedicated to TTRPG and Miniature wargaming, including 3 custom gaming tables in their own private, themed gaming rooms. This isn’t the normal game store and while we do have a selection of harder to find retail in the back, our focus is on providing play space and gaming services such as an active roster of storytellers with regular scheduled games you can book through our website or Meetup (www.meetup.com/dragons-concord-gaming).

If you’ve been wanting to get into tabletop or miniature gaming, but haven’t because you couldn’t find a group or a comfortable place to play, come down and check us out!

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Army Birthday Festival – Free and Fun

Make Saturday, June 10, 2023 a great day!

Come celebrate the Army Birthday Festival at the National Museum of the U.S. Army from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine!

• Experience outdoor and indoor fun activities, for all

Unveiling of West Ford historical highway marker

Gum Springs will be celebrating 190 years of its founding by freedman West Ford on Saturday, June 17, 2023. To kick-off the celebration, there will be an unveiling of a Virginia historical highway marker for West Ford on Fordson Road

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