Morning Notes

A seating area on Wilkins Plaza at George Mason University’s Fairfax campus (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

GMU’s Fall for the Book Kicks Off Today — After a week of preview events, George Mason University’s annual book festival officially returns today for its 25th anniversary. The festivities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a talk by roller derby skater Gabe Montesanti about her new memoir and continue through Saturday (Oct. 14). [Fall for the Book]

Police Investigate Linked Thefts and Vehicle Break-Ins — “Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau, Criminal Investigations Division, are investigating a series of vehicle break-ins and package thefts that occurred between October 3-4. The suspect is believed to be responsible for breaking into several vehicles and stealing items during the late-night hours in both the Fair Oaks and Reston police districts.” [FCPD]

Reston Man Arrested for Damaging CUE Bus — “Officers responded around 6:05 p.m. [on Friday, Oct. 6] to the area of Jermantown Road and Orchard Street, for the report of someone vandalizing the interior of one of the city’s CUE buses.” Fairfax City police charged the man “with destruction of property and being drunk in public.” [Patch]

Charitable Film Festival Returns to Tysons — “Giving back is the most important thing that one can do in life — and no film festival does it better than the Washington West Film Festival, which returns to The Boro in Tysons, Virginia this weekend from Oct. 12-16…The lineup kicks off Thursday at the ShowPlace Icon with the opening night film ‘Anna,’ starring Ciarán Hinds and Jason Isaacs.” [WTOP]

McLean Playground Parking Lot to Close for Repairs — “The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin resurfacing and painting the Clemyjontri parking lot. The parking lot will be closed during the resurfacing and painting, but the park will remain open. Work will begin starting Tuesday, Oct. 24, and is expected to conclude on Thursday, Oct. 26, as the weather permits.” [FCPA]

Lawsuit Over Voting Rights Restoration Proceeds — “A federal judge allowed a lawsuit against Gov. Glenn Youngkin to proceed in a move that may provide more public insight into the Republican’s process for restoring voting rights…Virginia is the only state where people convicted of any felony lose their right to vote, serve on a jury and run for office — unless the governor restores it.” [VPM]

Vienna Awarded for Economic Development Efforts — “Vienna is getting national recognition for its economic development success with two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).” The town got gold for its 2023 Restaurant Week and a bronze award for the Economic Development Department’s website. [Town of Vienna]

It’s Tuesday — Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 67 and a light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning. At night, skies will be mostly clear, with a low around 46. There will be a west wind blowing 3 to 6 mph. []