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A bridge over Holmes Run in the Fairview Park area (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Hayfield Student Overdoses — “In a letter to families and staff, FCPS Superintendent Dr. Michelle C. Reid said a student at Hayfield Secondary School overdosed Friday. It is unclear if the student was on school property when the overdose occurred. Reid said in the letter that out of concern for the student’s privacy, the district will not be releasing any further information regarding the overdose.” [WUSA9]

Metro Fare Revenues Dip Despite Ridership Improving — “Revenue from fares, parking, advertising and other sources during the fiscal quarter amounted to $108.4 million, which is $17.7 million less than Metro predicted…Metro leaders didn’t express significant concerns Thursday while learning of the quarterly revenue gap, saying the pandemic proved the agency can’t rely so heavily on fares.” [Washington Post]

Nonprofit for Foster Children Moves to Annandale — “UMFS, a statewide nonprofit that provides services to at-risk children, relocated its Northern Virginia office last week to a space inside the Annandale United Methodist Church on Columbia Pike. The organization helps find foster parents for children who’ve been removed from their birth parents, trains foster parents to help children who’ve experienced trauma, and helps foster parents adopt the children in their care.” [Annandale Today]

Police Investigate Chantilly Convenience Store Robbery — “At 3:21 p.m. [on Saturday, Nov. 18] two men entered the Chantilly Check and Convenience Store armed with a firearm. The suspects forced an employee to open a safe and stole cash. The victim was not harmed, and the two men ran from the area.” [FCPD]

Halloween Candy Stolen From Kid in Vienna — A Vienna resident reported on Oct. 31 that a teen “approached her child and stole the candy he had collected that night, while another teen a few feet away was waving a knife,” according to the police department’s weekly crime recap. Police also got a report from a child who said teens “pulled out a toy gun in an attempt to scare him” in the Vienna Community Center parking lot on Nov. 11. [Vienna Police]

Construction Update on One University Housing — Construction is underway on both student housing and affordable housing for seniors as part of the One University project near George Mason University. Utility work along University Drive “is currently on schedule to be completed by the end of January,” setting the stage for improvements at the Ox Road intersection. [The Walkinshaw Advisory]

AI Coding Class at TJ Popular Among Students — “In Room 18 at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, teacher Malcolm Eckel watched as his students worked on artificial intelligence for tic tac toe…Student Anika Saraf described the AI course as one of the best offered at the high school, largely because of the problem-solving skills students develop.” [WTOP]

I-66 Rush-Hour Tolls Paused for Thanksgiving — “The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will be suspending many highway work zones and lifting most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22 until noon on Monday, Nov. 27…All rush-hour tolls on the I-66 Express Lanes Inside the Beltway will be lifted on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23.” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Monday — Clouds will increase throughout the day, reaching a high temperature near 50 with a gentle north wind around 7 mph. Moving into Monday night, expect a mostly cloudy sky and a low temperature around 37. [Weather.gov]