Morning Notes

Banners with fall leaves decorate Main Street Marketplace in Fairfax City (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Location Chosen for New FBI HQ — “Federal officials have decided the FBI will leave its iconic but decaying headquarters in downtown Washington for the Maryland suburbs, multiple people familiar with the decision said Wednesday…An empty 61-acre plot outside the Greenbelt Metro station” will win out over another Prince George’s County site and a Springfield warehouse favored by Virginia. [Washington Post]

Departing Pandas Pass Through Fairfax County — The Smithsonian National Zoo’s three giant pandas traveled through Fairfax County yesterday (Wednesday) on their way to Dulles International Airport. With the departure of Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and Xiao Qi Ji, the D.C. zoo will be panda-free for the first time in over 50 years. [Fairfax County Government/Twitter]

Israeli Flags Stolen From Local Home — The disappearance of two Israeli flags flown outside Fairfax resident Jarod Keren’s home since early October is being investigated by the Fairfax County Police Department as a “bias crime.” The FCPD says “10 anti-Islamic incidents have occurred this year compared to three last year and 24 anti-Jewish incidents have been reported compared to seven last year.” [WJLA]

Providence District Gets New Planning Commissioner — Jeremy Hancock was sworn in to represent Providence District on the Fairfax County Planning Commission on Nov. 1 by Deputy Clerk of the Court Gerarda Culipher. Formerly president of the Providence District Council, Hancock replaces Phil Niedzielski-Eichner, who remains on the commission as an at-large member and chairman. [Gazette Leader]

County Offices to Close for Veterans’ Day — “Fairfax County Government offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, in observation of the Veterans Day holiday. However, some facilities are open, and schedules vary…Visit Fairfax has compiled a list of events in Fairfax County, neighboring counties, D.C. and elsewhere to honor our vets.” [Fairfax County Government]

Park Authority Seeks Input on Potential Fee Increases — “The Fairfax County Park Authority Board is proposing fee increases at rec centers and other park facilities. Members of the public are invited to a virtual meeting on Nov. 15, 7 p.m., on the 2024 fee schedule.” [Annandale Today]

Woodlawn Wendy’s Closed for Facelift — “The Wendy’s restaurant located at Woodlawn Shopping Center closed in late October for a refresh, according to a company representative…The renovation project does not involve a full remodel, the representative told property manager Woodmont Properties, so only the exterior of the restaurant will appear updated.” [On the MoVe]

Fairfax Connector Service Changes Proposed — “Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will hold two virtual community meetings to share proposed June 2024 service changes to Fairfax Connector bus service on routes throughout the county to improve reliabilty, frequency and connectivity for customers.” [FCDOT]

It’s Thursday — Expect mostly sunny skies with a high around 77, accompanied by south winds at 10 to 13 mph shifting to the northwest in the afternoon. Clouds will increase Thursday night as temperatures drop to around 49, with northwest winds continuing at 8 to 14 mph and gusts still reaching 20 mph. []