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People peer into the Mercury Fountain in Reston Town Center (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Virginia Releases New Policies on Transgender Students — “The final model policies…include many of the same guidelines with an emphasis on parents’ rights ‘to make decisions with respect to their children.’ The policies, a version of which each of Virginia’s schools systems would be required to adopt, outline that teachers and other school personnel may not refer to a student by a different name or pronoun unless parents request the switch in writing.” [The Washington Post]

Northern Virginia Center Expansion Gets Support — The Fairfax County Planning Commission recommended approval last week of Virginia Tech’s proposed campus redevelopment near the West Falls Church Metro station. Proponents said the promised affordable housing and more transit-oriented focus are necessary, while some critics feared the new buildings will overshadow existing condominiums. [Gazette Leader]

Republican Challenges Tim Kaine for Senate Seat — “Hung Cao, a retired U.S. Navy captain who entered the political spotlight last year with an unsuccessful bid to unseat Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), announced Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D) in Virginia’s 2024 elections.” [The Washington Post]

Vienna Police Issue Hundreds of Traffic Citations — The Vienna Police Department’s stop sign enforcement campaign in June yielded “220 stop sign citations and a total of 108 citations issued for other various traffic violations.” Vienna Police Chief Jim Morris says traffic safety is one of the department’s “biggest priorities” throughout the year. [Vienna Police press release, Facebook]

Container Store Lands Space at Springfield Plaza — “The Container Store has inked a deal for a new big box location at Springfield Plaza, where it will join a Whole Foods Market scheduled to open this fall at the retail center at 7206 Old Keene Mill Road.” The new store, which will occupy about 15,282 square feet of previously subdivided space, is expected to open in summer 2024. [Washington Business Journal]

Lorton Residents Get Glimpse of Vision for Future — “Lorton’s community center and library were filled with charts and maps Saturday, July 15, which showed the possible evolution over the next several decades of the Lorton area…[A consultant] said most people gave positive feedback on the plan and said they hoped for a Lorton with ‘more there, there.'” [On the MoVe]

Compromise Proposed on National Airport Flights Increase — “The compromise amendment from Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, calls for adding seven round-trip flights at the airport, instead of the 28 that some lawmakers had previously proposed…Virginia and Maryland lawmakers have argued against expanding the number of flights at the airport, saying they would add to delays and frustrations for fliers.” [WTOP]

Virginia NAACP Questions Voting Rights Restoration Process — “Saying Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s new policy echoes Virginia’s racist past, the state conference of the NAACP on Tuesday released a platform of proposed changes to the way the commonwealth restores voting rights to ex-felons.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

It’s Wednesday — Expect isolated showers followed by possible thunderstorms after 11am, partly sunny weather with a high near 88 and a low around 71. The chance of rain is 40%. []

Recent Stories

Reston Association is approaching a crossroads in its project to convert tennis courts at Barton Hill into pickleball courts. The organization is now considering two potential designs for the facility…

Drivers will now have to pay more if they exceed the speed limit on Linway Terrace in McLean. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors gave its support yesterday (Tuesday) to…

The owner of a local “exotic” snack shop has been arrested as part of a drug ring investigation by county police. Last week, the Fairfax County Police Department announced it…

1st Stage, Tysons’ premier theatre company, is proud to announce its upcoming production of The Chosen. Based on Chaim Potok’s acclaimed novel, this captivating play explores the powerful themes of friendship,…

If you have been thinking about buying your first home or haven’t owned one in the last three years, THIS IS FOR YOU!

In the DMV area, it can be difficult to save the downpayment necessary for you to get into your own home. We have a solution. The Funder’s Summit!

We have assembled a summit with different municipalities to tell you how to access their funds for your home purchase.

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Our local therapy practice is delighted to welcome Stacey Cali, Resident in Counseling, who has openings now for new clients. Stacey specializes in therapy for women, couples, teens and families. A graduate of George Mason University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters Program, Stacey is also passionate about working with people with addiction.

Stacey’s approach: “Therapy’s a powerful combination of reflection, support and action. You’ll find sessions are filled with empowerment, compassion, goal setting and a metaphorical shovel to dig deep to find the root of your difficulties and how to move past them.”

Adds Stacey, “As a therapist who works with women, teens, couples and families, I use a personalized style of counseling, tailored to you as an individual. You’re the expert in your life, I’m just here to guide you towards transformation and healing.”

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Arlington Metaphysical Chapel Presents Metaphest, October 14-15, 2023

Workshops on: ~ Meditation ~ Intro to Tarot: The Aces and Major Arcana

~ Ageless Aging ~ Past Life Regression ~ Animal Communication and Healing

~ Psychometry ~ Spiritual Healing ~ Self Soul Love ~ Consciously Clearing Clutter ~ Awareness/Mindfulness/Consciousness.

First Baby? Find Your New Mom Tribe!

Whether you’re expecting your first baby or you just had your first baby, we want to meet YOU! All those feelings you’re having are NORMAL and it’s not just you. Please don’t isolate yourself – that’s quicksand.

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