Morning Notes

The sun rises at Lake Audubon in Reston (photo by Marjorie Copson)

Victims in Fatal Friday Crashes Identified — Fairfax County police have identified a pedestrian killed on Kirby Road on Friday morning (Aug. 11) as 86-year-old Brigitte Forster of McLean and a man who died after a three-vehicle crash on Arlington Blvd in Merrifield as “Paul Hession, 85, of the Churchill neighborhood.” Police also provided more details of a crash that shut down Route 50 that day near Fair Oaks Mall. [FCPD 1, 2, 3]

County Sticks With Contractor for Meals on Wheels — After previously relying on volunteers for the program, which delivers meals to seniors and people who are homebound, Fairfax County started “engaging a contractor to drop meals on a more limited once per week schedule” during the pandemic. At least one volunteer leader hopes Virginia will reject the county’s plan to keep using a contractor and the reduced schedule. [DCist]

Fairfax County Public Library Adds “Study Pods” — “Visitors to some Fairfax County library facilities, including Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, may have had their curiosity piqued by…vertical ‘quiet study pods’ that vaguely resemble phone booths.” Donated by a local company, the pods have proven popular, library officials say, but no decision has been made yet on whether more will be acquired.” [Gazette Leader]

Tysons Tech Startup Goes Defunct — “A once-promising Tysons tech company that just two years ago was on the verge of going public now appears to have shut down. Qomplx Inc., an analytics and cybersecurity firm founded by two military veterans, laid off dozens of workers less than two weeks ago and looks to have shut down operations entirely at the end of July, according to an email” to a partner company. [Washington Business Journal]

Worker Fears Bone Found in Vienna Is Human — “An employee found a bone in the parking lot [of 115 Park Street SE] that she believed may have been a human vertebrae. Officers sent a photo to the medical examiner who confirmed the bone was animal, not human remains.” [Vienna Police]

Pay Incentives Boosted FCPS Substitute Hirings — “An incentive program introduced to help fill substitute teacher jobs showed promising results in Fairfax County Public Schools last year…Teacher jobs had a substitute fill rate of about 83%, according to data obtained by WTOP through a Freedom of Information Act request. That’s a 9.5% improvement compared to the 2021-22 school year.” [WTOP]

Herndon Recognizes Pakistan Independence Day — “The Herndon Town Council has proclaimed August 14th as Pakistan Independence Day, or Yom e Azadi, to commemorate Pakistan’s independence from the UK in 1947. Herndon is the proud home of many Pakistani Americans.” [Town of Herndon Government/Facebook]

It’s Monday — There is a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm, with partly sunny skies and a high near 89°F. Monday night sees a 60% chance of increased precipitation, with intermittent showers and thunderstorms, mostly cloudy skies, and a low around 73°F. []