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Passing the Preserve at Westfields apartments in Chantilly (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Brace for Emergency Alert Test Tomorrow — “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 2:20 p.m.” The EAS will send an alert to all cellphones, while the WEA will be broadcast on radio and TVs. [Fairfax County Emergency Information]

Person of Interest in Burke Lake Park Death Arrested — “A man has been arrested in the death of a Virginia woman found inside a tent…Police had earlier called Rami El Sayed a ‘person of interest’ in the death of Cara Abbruscato, 40, of Fairfax. He was arrested Monday in New Jersey on a charge of second-degree murder, and will be extradited to Northern Virginia, police announced on social media.” [WTOP]

Teen Arrested for Stealing From Fairfax Home Depot — “City of Fairfax Police arrested a 18-year-old Fairfax man in connection with a conspiracy to take $1,200 worth of merchandise from the Home Depot located at 3201 Old Lee Highway. City police began their investigation when they were called to the store around 2:21 p.m., on Sept. 27, for the report of a larceny.” [Patch]

Piece of World Trade Center Delivered to County — “Last week, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department relocated a piece of steel that was once a part of the World Trade Center, from former IAFC HQ to the Fairfax County Public Safety Wellness Center. Thank you, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for your service.” [IAFC/Twitter]

Metro Funding Tops Regional Transportation Challenges — “Northern Virginia’s transportation network is benefiting from significant investments and almost has recovered from the pandemic, but challenges remain — most prominently, bridging Metrorail’s funding gap, regional leaders said Sept. 29 at the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance’s (NVTA) 19th annual ‘What You Need to Know About Transportation’ forum.” [Gazette Leader]

Reston Office Building Changes Hands — “CTO Realty Growth, Inc…today announced the closing of the sale of Reston Metro Center II, a 64,319 square foot single tenant office property located in Reston, Virginia leased to General Dynamics (the “Property”). The Property was sold for $18.5 million.” The buyer wasn’t identified. [CTO]

County Prosecutors Offer Grants to Nonprofits — “The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney is pleased to invite Fairfax-based non-profit organizations to apply for Community Partnership Program grants of up to $10,000. The grants must be used to provide services and programs in support of child victims of crime, victims of sexual abuse, and victims of domestic violence.” [Commonwealth’s Attorney]

The Mystery of How Mantua Got Its Name — “Mantua is more present in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ than in ‘The Taming of the Shrew,’ though its main purpose in the teen tragedy is to be a great place to buy poison. But to paraphrase the Bard, ‘What’s Mantua to Virginia or Virginia to Mantua?'” [Washington Post]

It’s Tuesday — The weather forecast predicts a sunny day with a high temperature near 83 degrees and a calm wind. Tuesday night will be mostly clear with a low temperature around 59 degrees, and a southeast wind at 5 mph. []

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Good Friday 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…

Reston Association is seeking candidates for its 2024 Board of Directors’ election. Four seats are open for the election, which will take place in March. Specifically, two at-large director seats…

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Art House 7 warmly welcomes you to our upcoming Fall 2 session of classes starting on October 30th. We’re thrilled to offer a diverse range of mediums and flexible class lengths, catering to a wide age range, starting from as young as 2, and, of course, providing a multitude of engaging options for adults!

Our classes cover an exciting spectrum of creative mediums, including fiber arts such as knitting, modern embroidery, crochet, and sewing. We also offer classes in ceramics on the wheel, drawing, watercolor, gouache, oil, acrylic, still-life painting, and captivating Japanese Suminagashi and printmaking. One of the highlights of this session is the highly anticipated 5-week “Painting the Portrait and Figure” workshop, led by the renowned local artist, Danni Dawson.

For our younger artists, we have specially designed classes like “Art Exploration through Impressionism” for students in kindergarten through 5th grade, an engaging “Art Together” parent-child class designed for 2–4-year-olds, and a “Teen Taught Art Club” tailored for kindergarteners through 4th graders.

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