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RTC West from the Dulles Toll Road (staff photo by Fatimah Waseem)

One Injured in Fair Oaks Kitchen Fire — “Units are on the scene of a small kitchen fire in the 12000 blk of Ridge Knoll Drive in the Fair Oaks area. The fire is out. All occupants are accounted for. One civilian suffered minor injuries. No reported firefighter injuries.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Tire Thefts at Tysons Dealership Under Investigation — “Fairfax County Police are investigating after the tires and rims were stolen off of four vehicles that were parked at a car dealership in Tysons Corner. It happened around 7 a.m. on May 10, at the Ourisman Honda of Tysons Corner dealership.” [WUSA9]

Metro Seeks Feedback on Future Train Design — “Metro is holding a series of pop-up events through the end of the month so riders can weigh in on the design of the forthcoming 8000-series trains…The trains will have new features like open gangways that allow you to walk the length of two cars. They will also have more space for bikes, luggage, and strollers.” [DCist]

Ribbon Cut on James Madison HS Expansion — “Madison was honored to have Dr. Reid, members of the school board, our own Principal Calvert, and other distinguished guests in attendance at the official ribbon cutting to mark the end of our construction! #ONEKindactVienna #OurFCPS” [Madison HS/Twitter]

Applicants Wanted for Schools Audit Committee — “Fairfax County Public Schools invites applications from community members interested in serving on the School Board Audit Committee…Applicants must reside within the boundaries of Fairfax County or Fairfax City.  The Board will be appointing two committee members for a term ending June 30, 2025.” [Elaine Tholen]

Burke Student Orchestra Honored by State Legislators — “The Lake Braddock Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Clayton Allen received a Virginia House Resolution on Tuesday, May 16, commemorating the Chamber Orchestra’s performance at the National Association for Music Education conference.” The award is the highest bestowed on the orchestra program in its 49-year history, Allen said. [FCPS]

Wolf Trap Kicks Off Summer Season — “Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a popular destination for summer concerts at its Filene Center, an outdoor amphitheater. Summer concerts kick off Thursday as The Avett Brothers perform on three nights. Families can then enjoy a free concert with fireworks.” [Patch]

No Lane Closures Over Memorial Day Weekend — “The Virginia Department of Transportation is suspending most work zones and lifting lane closures for the busy Memorial Day weekend. VDOT predicts the heaviest congestion on Interstate 95 from Fredericksburg to D.C. both directions through Monday…Tolls on the Interstate 66 Express Lanes inside the Beltway will also be suspended on Monday” [Inside NoVA]

It’s Thursday — Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. At night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Northeast wind 3 to 7 mph. []

Recent Stories

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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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