Morning Notes

A common loon spotted at Reston’s Lake Audubon (photo by Pete Huffer)

Reminder: County Libraries Closed Today — “All FCPL branches will be closed…Friday, April 21 for Staff Day so all FCPL employees can participate in professional development. Regular hours will resume Saturday, April 22.” [FCPL]

New Social Studies Standards Approved for Virginia Schools — “After more than eight months of debate, the Virginia Board of Education reached a compromise and approved new guidance for what students will learn in history and social studies classes from kindergarten through 12th grade…The standards will require, for the first time, that Virginia students to be taught about racism” [The Washington Post]

Pet Emergency Room Opens in Pimmit Hills — “Veterinary Emergency Group celebrated the grand opening of its first Virginia hospital in Falls Church this week. The new pet clinic at 7500 Leesburg Pike, Suite 11, offers emergency care in veterinary medicine, including surgeries, ultrasounds, x-rays and more.” [Inside NoVA]

Reston Contractor Joins Race to Design Lunar Rover — The IT and engineering company Leidos, which is headquartered at Reston Town Center, has partnered with NASCAR to design a Lunar Terrain Vehicle that could be deployed on the moon. After the Artemis I launch on Nov. 16, 2022, the company has submitted a bid to develop a landing system that will be “a critical component of NASA’s efforts to establish a sustainable presence on the moon.” [NASCAR]

Metro Unveils New Train Design Concepts — “New renderings of Metro’s 8000-series train cars show the transit agency is switching up the trains’ seating configuration, moving forward with the open gangway concept, and adding a touch of D.C. flair to the design.” The first of 256 ordered trains are projected to arrive in 2025. [DCist]

No Messing With Fawns This Spring, Police Warn — “Spring is here and with it the onset of fawning season. The Fairfax County Police Department is warning residents to leave the fawns alone for the welfare of the animals. Beginning May 1, the rehabilitation of fawns in Fairfax County is prohibited.” [WUSA9]

County Farmers Markets Aim to Produce No Waste — “Ringing in a new farmers market season at Mount Vernon with Supervisor Storck and FCPA Executive Director Jai Cole! This year, Fairfax County Park Authority is implementing zero waste at the markets by giving out compostable plastic and reusable canvas bags.” [FCPA/Facebook]

Halley Rise Developer Defaults on $161 Million Loan — “The mortgage, partially backed by seven Brookfield Properties-owned Class B office buildings, the majority in Rockville, was transferred to a special servicer on March 14…Brookfield has dozens of properties in the region, including huge mixed-use projects in D.C.’s The Yards and Reston’s Halley Rise.” [Washington Business Journal]

It’s Friday — Sunny. High of 88 and low of 58. Sunrise at 6:23 am and sunset at 7:51 pm. []