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Construction continues at 1800 Chain Bridge Road in Tysons (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Belle View Pet Store to Expand With Dog Spa — “Pampered Pet and Boutique Barkery, a pet boutique that opened in October 2021 at Belle View Shopping Center, is expanding its presence there with the summer 2023 opening of a dog spa. Pampered Pet Bark Bath will open in mid-to-late July in a space two doors down from the pet shop, said Karencita Echeverri, owner of both businesses.” [On the MoVe]

Chantilly Man Raises Concerns About Liquor Lottery — “A state-run lottery to give Virginians first dibs on pricey whiskeys suffered from what was likely a human-induced flaw that wildly skewed the results, allowing several lucky participants to win multiple times…Something seemed awry as the winners posted about their good fortune online or discussed it in online chats, said Gus Guimond, 30, a Chantilly resident who belongs to the ‘DMV Bourbon Drinkers’ club on Facebook.” [The Washington Post]

Reston Couple Make Big Donation to Inova — “Inova has received ‘a transformational gift’ of $75 million from long-time supporters Dwight and Martha Schar to support the hospital system’s heart and vascular programs. The gift is one of the largest to advance heart health in the country,” Inova Health System said, announcing that its expanding heart and vascular institute will be renamed after the Schars. [Inside NoVA]

Merging Architecture Firms Plan Tysons Move — Little Diversified Architectural Consulting “has acquired Hughes Group Architects Inc., a Sterling firm that specializes in designing things like fire stations, schools and recreation centers…The two firms will also soon vacate their respective spaces in Arlington and Sterling and take up recently leased space at 1753 Pinnacle Drive in Tysons.” [Washington Business Journal]

Springfield Offices Demolished for Amazon Data Center — “AWS recently launched the demolition of the Belvoir Corporate Campus. Amazon acquired 7951 and 7961 Loisdale Road for $28 million in February 2021…The buildings, which delivered in 2013 but were never occupied, will be replaced with a 100-foot-tall data center and adjacent 55,500-square-foot generator yard.” [WBJ]

Motorcycle Ride Returns to Fairfax for Memorial Day — “Fairfax City’s 23rd Annual Ride of the Patriots ‘Rolling To Remember’ event on Memorial Day weekend is part of a nearly 160-year tradition that pays tribute to military personnel who lost their lives in service to their country.” The weekend-long event will kick off Friday (May 26) with a candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 5 p.m. [Patch]

Great Falls Citizen Group Leader Steps Down — “After seven years as president of the Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA), William Canis has decided it’s time for someone else to head the organization. But he’s happy with what the group has accomplished and hopeful it will stay vigilant in its central objective of preserving the community’s semi-rural character.” [Gazette Leader]

Local Rotary Club to Tackle Human Trafficking — The Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club “has joined the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery, an initiative calling for Rotarians to engage stakeholders in combatting trafficking, increase community awareness on the issue, and work with schools to prevent students from becoming victims.” [Annandale Today]

It’s Wednesday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Northeast wind around 5 mph. At night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. []

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VHC Health hosted its annual Trauma Survivors Day, honoring four former trauma patients and their care team on Tuesday, May 16. For many of these patient honorees, this event was the first time they were reunited with the team of healthcare professionals who cared for them after their injury. Both the healthcare team and the honorees expressed gratitude for the opportunity to thank, hug, and simply see one another again after their experience in the Trauma Center.


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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

Charity Live Music Concert

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

All proceeds will go toward Ukrainian funds “Mriya Charity” and “Dai Lapu Drug”, that help kids and animals affected by war.

The concert will include performances by


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