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Main Street at University Drive in Fairfax City (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Local Firefighter Rescues Cat in Tree — “Cat-astrophe avoided! Firefighter Austin Cole and crew from Tower 424, Woodlawn, C-Shift recently resc-mewed a cat who’d been lost for a few days. W/ safeties tied to ladder, Firefighter Cole climbed and warmed up to Asha w/a treat. Tears of joy shed upon reunification.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Lawyer Criticizes Grand Jury Decision in Police Shooting — “Carl Crews, an attorney representing the family of Timothy McCree Johnson, said in a statement that Fairfax County detectives ‘tanked’ the presentation of evidence to the panel considering whether to indict Sgt. Wesley Shifflett…A defense attorney for the officer noted [Crews] was not present during the proceedings.” [The Washington Post]

Route 1 Advocates Urge County to Fund Social Services — “Advocates for low-income residents of the Route 1 community, including a mobile home residents’ coalition, faith communities, activist groups and nonprofit service providers, showed up in force last week at the FY24 budget hearings held by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors” [On the MoVe]

School Board Adopts First-Ever Conduct Policy — “The Fairfax County School Board on April 13 voted 10-2 to approve a new policy that governs expectations of board members’ conduct — including with their employees — and stipulates corrective measures in case of violations.” The board will be required to review the policy every five years. [Gazette Leader]

Nutley Street Lane to I-66 Closes for a Month — “A long-term closure of the right lane on northbound Nutley Street between Hermosa Drive and the ramp to I-66 East will begin at 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, April 18, to complete drainage work as part of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. The closure will remain in place until approximately May 18.” [VDOT]

Government Contractor Moves Into Tysons HQ — V2X Inc., a “government services company formed through the $2.1 billion merger of Vectrus Inc. and Vertex Inc., said Monday it has officially moved its headquarters to Tysons.” Providing operations and logistics, aerospace, training and technology support, the new company is based at 7901 Jones Branch Drive, where Colorado Springs-based Vectrus had an office. [Washington Business Journal]

FCPS Sees Increased Enrollment for Arabic Classes — “Fairfax County Public Schools has good reason to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month this April: enrollment in its Arabic language course has nearly doubled over the last decade…For the 2022–2023 school year, there are 838 students enrolled in Arabic 1–4 and International Baccalaureate courses.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

County Opens Registration for Therapeutic Summer Camps — “Registration for NCS’ 2023 Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp opens on Wednesday, April 19. This is a wonderful opportunity for children and young adults with disabilities ages 5-22 to be involved in up to three weeks of a safe and fun summer program.” [Neighborhood and Community Services]

Bike to Work Day Adds Annandale Pit Stop — “For the first time since Bike to Work Day was established 22 years ago in the D.C. area, there will be a pit stop at George Mason Regional Library in Annandale. Bike to Work Day is May 19. Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association are coordinating the event with the goal of raising awareness about the benefits of riding a bike to work” [Annandale Today]

It’s Wednesday — Sunny. Mild. High of 74 and low of 45. Sunrise at 6:26 am and sunset at 7:49 pm. []

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Charity Live Music Concert

Ukrainian Charity fundraiser concert at South County High School on June 13, 2023.

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