Morning Notes

A couple walks on a path beside Lake Audubon in Reston (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Car Crashes Into Electric Pole on Route 29 — A two-vehicle crash took out an electrical pole at the Graham Road intersection in Idylwood early last night (Monday). No injuries were reported, but all eastbound lanes were blocked during the afternoon rush-hour as police and Dominion Energy responded to the scene. [FCPD/Twitter]

Tysons Corner Center Lights Holiday Tree — “Step into a winter wonderland at Tysons Corner Plaza, where the festive spirit comes alive! This quick highlight reel captures the essence of the Tysons Corner Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration that took place on November 17, 2023.” [Drew Lehmann/YouTube]

Local Reporter Sips and Shops at Tysons Mall — “Tysons Corner Center recently announced ‘Shopping With a Twist,’ meaning you can buy boozy drinks at participating restaurants, carry them around the mall while you shop and take them into certain stores. So, obviously, I had to try this.” [Axios D.C.]

Wealth Gap Persists in Northern Virginia — New research indicates that Northern Virginia still has “concentrated areas of poverty and poor opportunity alongside others of tremendous wealth and success. That reality persisted — and in some cases even worsened — as Northern Virginia overall experienced continued growth and progress in the years between 2013 and 2021.” [DCist]

Increase in Thanksgiving Travel Expected — “More than 1.25 million people in the D.C. region will be hitting the roads over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, making it the second-highest number since AAA began tracking holiday travel in 2000. And, gassing up for the travel will be considerably cheaper this year.” [WTOP/Inside NoVA]

Cinnamon Bun Shop in Herndon Expected Soon — “The new Cinnaholic Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls shop is getting closer to opening day at its upcoming location in Herndon. The sign has gone up over the doorway and the hiring of staff is underway…No official opening date yet, but according to posts on social media, it should be announced soon.” [The Burn]

Vienna Police Bring Back Cancer Awareness Campaign — “During November, the Vienna Police Department’s no-facial-hair policy has been relaxed to enable male officers to participate in the Zero Cancer Grow-and-Give fundraising campaign, town officials said. For the third year in a row, Police Chief James Morris suspended the dress-code rule to enable officers to put down their razor during #NoShaveNovember.” [Gazette Leader]

German Christmas Market Coming to Reston — The German military will host a Christmas market at 11150 Sunrise Valley Drive on Thursday, Dec. 7. There will be “rows of charming stalls adorned with twinkling lights and decorations” and plenty of handcrafted gift options, along with German food and drinks, including beer. [Patch]

It’s Tuesday — Expect rain after 10am with a high of 53°F and 100% chance of precipitation with accumulation between half and three-quarters of an inch. Tuesday night, rain continues, mainly before 1am, with lows around 47°F. An additional 1 to 2 inches of precipitation is possible. []