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Wolftrap Creek in Wildwood Park (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

FCPS Scales Back Falls Church HS Expansion — “The renovation and expansion of Falls Church High School, currently underway, is going to cost millions of dollars more than anticipated. As a result, some aspects of the original plan will be eliminated, and completion of the project has been pushed back a full year — from summer 2025 to summer 2026.” [Annandale Today]

Fairfax Runner Banned from Triathlons — “Collin Chartier, the triathlon champion who grew up in Fairfax and has strong ties to NoVA, has been banned from the sport for three years for taking a banned substance…Chartier admitted on Instagram to taking the drug and said he has no plans to return to the sport.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Man Arrested After Stabbing Outside Springfield Restaurant — “Fairfax County Police said that they were called to the Casa Blanca Restaurant on Hechinger Drive in Springfield around 2 a.m. [on Friday]. Police said that the victim was stabbed in the parking lot after a fight that started inside the restaurant.” [DC News Now]

GMU Law School Offers Haven for SCOTUS Conservatives — “Since the rebranding, the [Scalia] law school has developed an unusually expansive relationship with the justices of the high court — welcoming them as teachers but also as lecturers and special guests at school events. Scalia Law, in turn, has marketed that closeness with the justices as a unique draw to prospective students and donors.” [New York Times]

New Wedding Venue Opens Near Fair Oaks Mall — “Welcomed CrystalView Weddings & Events to the Springfield District near the Fair Oaks Shopping Center. Able to accommodate many kinds of events from 100 to 450 people, this luxurious venue is a great addition to the county’s hospitality community.” [Pat Herrity/Twitter]

Vienna Police Collect Over 100 Pounds of Drugs — “On April 22, 2023, the Town of Vienna Police Department and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) participated in the 24th National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. As a result, the Town of Vienna Police Department collected and safely disposed of 143 pounds of expired or no longer needed medications from area citizens.” [Vienna Police]

Kid Visits All Fairfax County Fire Stations — On Thursday (April 27) “this future firefighter accomplished his goal of visiting all 39 #FCFRD fire stations. His last stop was Station 4, Herndon! Appropriate since he is four! His journey started at Station 40, Fairfax Center almost two years ago. Congratulations young man! Your visits always made our day!” [FCFRD/Facebook]

Lego Center Named Top Commercial Lease in D.C. Area for 2022 — “Springfield Town Center landing the lease in 2022 for the new Lego Discovery Center, billed as Lego’s latest spin on its nationwide themed attractions and the first of its kind in the D.C. area, bodes well for the landlord’s long and hard-fought efforts to turn the mall into a mixed-use destination.” [Washington Business Journal]

It’s Monday — Light rain. Increasing cloudiness. Cool. High of 59 and low of 46. Sunrise at 6:10 am and sunset at 8:00 pm. []

Recent Stories

Good Friday evening, Fairfax County. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. 🕗 News recap The following articles were published earlier…

Friday night’s performance by comedian Nate Bargatze is expected to draw the largest crowd ever to EagleBank Arena on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, according to Monumental Sports…

Reston Association has adopted a new strategic plan that aims to continue the vision of Reston’s founder Bob Simon over the next three years.

A 93-year-old woman died earlier this week from injuries she sustained in a car crash on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) in Bailey’s Crossroads, police say. Gladys Bilbao, a Falls Church…

Great Clips at South Lakes Village Center (Reston, Virginia) is seeking hair donors to participate in the Wigs for Kids program this Valentines Week. If you meet the minimum requirements and would like to donate your hair for children fighting cancer, we would love to host you in our salon this Valentine’s Week for a free haircut.

Minimum Requirements

  • Hair donations must be a minimum of 12 inches

  • Hair donations must be clean and stored/packaged completely dry.

  • Hair donations cannot be permed, color-treated, or highlighted.

  • Temporary coloring or highlights that wash out are acceptable but must be completely washed out before cutting. Gray hair is accepted.

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Peace in Gaza: Prayer Liturgy and Community Discussion for Peace in Arlington VA, Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM

Prayer, liturgy, and community discussion for peace in Gaza, an immediate cease fire and resumption of humanitarian aid will be hosted by Nova Catholic Community. The focus will be Pope Francis’ call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, resumption of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and peace talks for a lasting and just peace for all people in the region.

Discussion will follow at Noon on US military role in the conflict and appropriate steps the US should take to foster peace and rebuilding. Light lunch served.

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Active Bystander: Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Training

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Active Bystander Certification course, also known as Active Bystander, is the premier training program to prepare civilians for how to respond during an intentional violent event and to address life-threatening emergencies.

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Festival Ballet Virginia Presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Festival Ballet Virginia, Reston’s premier ballet company, is performing a fun, family friendly production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center Theatre on Friday & Saturday, March 1 & 2. Take an adventure with Alice


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