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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. []

Recent Stories

Good Thursday 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…

A look at the smallest and largest homes sold in Fairfax County last month, January 2024.

A thorny set of issues continues to complicate Deli Italiano’s arrival in Reston’s Lake Anne Plaza.

The Reston Association Design Review Board (DRB) voted Tuesday (Feb. 20) to defer a decision on the application after attorney John Cowherd, who was representing an appealing Lake Anne condominium owner, flagged some concerns about the proposal.

Graham Center’s days may be numbered. The 61-year-old retail strip in West Falls Church has been targeted by the not-for-profit health system VHC Health for a future emergency department and…

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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