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A bench painted with flowers and a cardinal on Church Street in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Clemyjontri Carousel Temporarily Stalled by Birds — “The Fairfax County Park Authority took its Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible carousel at Clemyjontri Park in McLean out of operation May 5 because the birds had placed nesting material in its main gear.” The carousel is expected to resume operations this weekend after staff removed the material and installed a Plexiglas barrier to prevent the birds from returning. [Gazette Leader]

Man Who Assaulted Connolly Staffers Previously Called Office — Rep. Gerry Connolly “said that staffers had previously talked to the man on the phone and he seemed off. Pham’s father said in an interview that his son was schizophrenic and has been ill since his late teens. The father said that his son had been refusing to take his medication and that he had unsuccessfully sought help for him.” [The Washington Post]

Car Crashes Into School Bus in North Springfield — Yesterday “around 8:45am in the 5200 blk of Inverchapel Rd, a sedan struck a school bus. No children were injured as a result. The driver of the white sedan was treated for minor injuries and was charged with having a phone in hand. U text. U drive. U pay.” [FCPD/Twitter]

State Trooper Injured in I-66 Collision — “A woman struck the back of a Virginia State Police SUV, propelling it into a state trooper and knocking him into incoming traffic on Interstate 66 late Monday afternoon, law enforcement says.” The crash occurred around 4 a.m. after the trooper stopped a pickup truck near the 50-mile marker for speeding. [WTOP]

New Restaurants Coming to Annandale — “A Wingstop restaurant is coming to the new shopping center on the corner of Little River Turnpike and John Marr Drive in Annandale…Another restaurant is under construction next door. Moby Dick House of Kabob is opening at 7042-J Little River Turnpike at one end of that retail center, and Patient First is coming to the other end.” [Annandale Today]

Results Are In for FCPD Anti-Speeding Campaign — “The Fairfax County Police Department shared the results of the agency’s ’50 Means 50′ campaign, which aimed to deter dangerous driving behavior on the Fairfax County Parkway…Officers issued 890 traffic summonses and 163 warning tickets, totaling 1,053 violations.” [WUSA9]

Vienna Repeats With Fitness Challenge Win — “For the second consecutive year, Team Vienna emerged the victor in the annual Mayors’ Fitness Challenge. The friendly competition between the Town of Vienna and Falls Church and Fairfax cities encourages residents to get moving and log their minutes of exercise in the name of community spirit and team pride.” [Town of Vienna]

Library Fandomania Returns to Providence Community on Saturday — “‘Geek out’ at our sixth annual celebration of comic books, science fiction, fantasy, TV, movies and more. Meet Ben Hatke, author and illustrator of the Zita the Spacegirl series and other titles…Show off your costuming skills in a cosplay contest, learn how to paint gaming miniatures, browse the vendor and artist hall, take a snack break at a food truck, and be sure to pick up some free swag.” [Fairfax County Public Library]

It’s Wednesday — Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Tonight: Clear, with a low around 47. Northeast wind around 8 mph. []

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. đź•— 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.

Similar to FEMA’s


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