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Morning Notes

Vehicles drive by the Lumen apartments and Tysons Central offices on Route 7 (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Toll Lanes Proposed on I-495 From Springfield — “A proposal to widen an 11-mile stretch of the Capital Beltway in Virginia has entered a new phase with the release of nine possible construction alternatives. Topping the list is an extension of toll lanes into Maryland.” The concepts also include dedicated bus lanes and “technological enhancements.” [Washington Post]

Teens Arrested in Kingstowne Shooting — “Two teenagers were arrested in connection with a shooting that took place last month in the Kingstowne Shopping Center, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. Shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, police officers responded to the 5900 block of Kingstowne Towne Center for the report of the sound of gunshots…No one was injured from the gunfire.” [Patch]

Early Education Center Nears Opening in Lorton — “A few months after the July 26 opening of Lidl supermarket at Liberty Market in Lorton, several other businesses are preparing to open their doors. One of the highly anticipated openings is the new Brynmor Early Education & Preschool, which will hold a ribbon- cutting ceremony and tours Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. before opening to children ages six weeks to five years on Monday, Oct. 16.” [On the MoVe]

Fairfax County Libraries See Few Book Complaints — “As some books are getting challenged across the country — and in some cases, removed from school libraries in Virginia — few concerns result in formal complaints in Fairfax County libraries, according to Dustin Booher, the library system’s collection coordinator. On average, one or two books per year make it to the formal review process.” [WTOP]

Vienna Town Council Sets Hearing on Tree Preservation — “With one additional vote that hadn’t been there a week earlier, the Vienna Town Council narrowly agreed Oct. 2 to hold an [Oct.] 23  public hearing on a proposed tree-canopy ordinance…The Council differed over elements of two proposed tree-canopy ordinances.” [Gazette Leader]

Animal Shelter Staff Reunite With Rescued Beagles — “It’s been a year since we welcomed 26 beagles as part of the historic rescue of 4,000 beagles from a mass breeding facility owned by Envigo. We were thrilled to see some Fairfax County alumni at the recent Beagleversary Bash hosted by The Humane Society of the United States.” [Fairfax County Animal Shelter/Facebook]

‘Historic Ascent’ for Reston Tech Company’s New CEO — “Toni Townes-Whitley officially started as the CEO of Reston-based Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) on Monday, October 2. Townes-Whitley is one of two Black women currently running Fortune 500 companies. She succeeds Nazzic S. Keene, a rare example of a woman CEO handing off to another woman at a large publicly-held company.” [FCEDA]

Discount Offered Cirque Du Soleil Tickets in Tysons — “@tysons_va has partnered with @Cirque to host a Tysons Community Day during their US debut of Echo on Oct. 8! Attendees can use this link to receive up to 20% off their tickets, receive free popcorn, and have the chance to meet the cast after the 5PM show” [Dalia Palchik/Twitter]

It’s Friday — Patchy fog is expected before 9am followed by mostly cloudy skies and a high near 77. Night brings a 60% chance of showers and possible thunderstorms, a low of 61. Rainfall amounts will generally be under a tenth of an inch but could be higher with thunderstorms. [Weather.gov]