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Morning Notes

Fall leaves seen along the W&OD Trail in Reston (photo by Pete Huffer)

Groveton Workforce Hub Contract Raises Questions — “Fairfax County awarded $2.5 million in tax dollars to a company named Melwood last year to build a workplace readiness center in Democratic Fairfax County Supervisor Rodney Lusk’s district, called the Workforce Innovation and Skills Hub (WISH).” However, the involvement of Lusk’s chief of staff in selecting the contractor has raised potential conflict-of-interest concerns. [WJLA]

Justice HS Students Walk Out in Support of Palestinians — “Students walked out of Justice High School in Falls Church, Virginia, on Monday morning to show support for Palestinians. ‘We’re sick of how two governments cannot deal with each other and we have to see innocent people die every day,’ a senior at the school told News4’s Joseph Olmo.” [NBC4]

New Animal Shelter Welcomes First Inhabitants — “Today [Monday], we welcomed our first group of adoptable rabbits, guinea pigs and cats to the Lorton Campus! After receiving lots of love from our staff, everyone settled in quickly and enjoyed exploring their new spaces. We’re looking forward to welcoming our adoptable pups tomorrow!” [Fairfax County Animal Shelter/Twitter]

Fairfax Man Arrested for Assaulting Lyft Driver — “The complainant, a Lyft driver, reported that his passenger assaulted and strangled him. [A 35-year-old Fairfax resident] was arrested and charged with Strangulation of Another, Simple Assault and Public Intoxication. [He] was transported to the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.” [Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office]

Reston Woman Hikes Entire Appalachian Trail — “Cris Howard wanted everything the Appalachian Trail had to offer. The long trek, the unforgiving terrain and the adventure. The Reston…resident completed the 2,190-mile grueling hike a few weeks ago. The unexpected lessons learned along the way are priceless, she said.” [WTOP]

Texas Software Company Opens Tysons Office — “Octaria Software is focused on helping businesses, from the very seedlings of startups to established small and medium-sized ventures, to effectively go digital.” Last month, the Houston-based company opened a second physical office in Tysons, which Director of Product Management Matthew Lowinger calls “the tech capital of D.C.” [Innovation Map]

New Director Appointed to Reston Association Board — “Margaret Perry has been appointed to the Reston Association Board of Directors by Category B members as the Apartment Owners’ representative. Perry, who previously served on the Board as the Hunters Woods/Dogwood District representative, officially joined the Board effective October 19. She will complete the term of Mike Collins, who resigned from the Board in September.” [RA]

Record Turnout for Mount Vernon Bicycle Ride — “Ideal fall weather conditions prevailed Oct. 21 for the 2023 Tour de Mount Vernon bike ride, which…allowed cyclists to ride on the temporarily shut down southern George Washington Memorial Parkway. Around 550 cyclists signed up for the eighth annual event, according to Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck’s office — the largest turnout to date.” [On the MoVe]

It’s Tuesday — Frost is expected to clear before 10am, leading to a sunny day with a high around 67 degrees. Calm winds will pick up to 5-8 mph from the south in the morning. Tuesday night will be clear with a low near 47 degrees and a gentle 6 mph south wind. []

Recent Stories

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…

Zombies, pirates and other virtual characters are about to be unleashed on Tysons, just in time for Christmas. Sandbox VR will launch its new virtual reality gaming experience at 1656…

Do the holidays have you stressed and busy? Worry not about what to wear as Live Fairfax has the Style Survival Guide for this season!

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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Winter Wonderland Fundraiser

Proceeds benefit Fellowship Square, improving the lives of 800+ older adults with very limited income and resources by providing affordable housing and supportive services.

Experience a festive holiday fundraiser complete with savory wines & craft beers, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, exciting


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