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Route 50 in front of Willston Centre in Seven Corners (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Fire Department Has Thanksgiving Safety Tips — “Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving day has more than three times the daily average for such incidents…Please help prevent an unexpected visit to your home from our firefighters on Thanksgiving Day!” [FCFRD]

Man Arrested for Tysons Corner Center Burglary — Fairfax County police officers responded to Macy’s at Tysons Corner Center at 2:13 a.m. yesterday (Tuesday) after a community member reported that a burglary alarm was activated by “a man pushing a cart filled with merchandise away from the store.” Police recovered “$38,787 worth of clothing and accessories.” [FCPD]

Pedestrians Killed in Crashes Remembered — “The World Day of Remembrance event recognized the 18 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County since November 20, 2022 as well as unnamed pedestrians who were killed or seriously injured in the region. Seventeen of these 18 deaths occurred in Fairfax County.” [Fairfax County Health Department]

Tysons Company Releases Food Waste Survey — “MITRE and Gallup have released a State of Food Waste in America survey that collected user-reported data of daily food waste from 9,000 households in all 50 states and the District. The average household wastes 2 pounds of food per week.” A free app designed by Mitre researchers can be used to track food waste and “how much money you’re throwing out.” [WTOP]

Police Talk Opioids at Community Meeting — “Anyone who reports a fentanyl overdose or revives a victim with Narcan won’t be charged with a crime. That’s the message detectives with the Fairfax County Police Department’s Overdose Investigations Unit brought to a community meeting in Annandale on Nov. 17…Parents at the meeting wanted to learn more about fentanyl and how to talk to their children about drugs.” [Annandale Today]

Chantilly Contractor Enters Merger — “Chantilly, Virginia-based defense contractor Amentum Services has signed a deal to merge with the critical mission solutions and cyber intelligence government service division of Dallas-based Jacobs. The spin-off will create one of the largest publicly-traded companies headquartered in the D.C. region.” [WTOP]

Fort Hunt Playground Will Get New Swings — “The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Board recently approved a matching grant request from the Villamay Community Association to fund the installation of swings at the Gilbert S. McCutcheon Park playground…The Park Authority’s $13,000 grant will supplement the community association’s $13,000 contribution.” [On the MoVe]

Mosaic District to Light Holiday Tree Friday — “Join us at Mosaic to welcome the arrival of the holiday season with a merry and bright tree lighting. Bring your family and friends to experience the Jolly Man as he spreads holiday cheer and makes his way through Mosaic on a firetruck and greets onlookers. Visitors can also meet and greet Santa in the Target lobby after the tree lighting.” [Mosaic District]

It’s Wednesday — There’s a 20% chance of rain before 10am, followed by partly sunny skies and a high near 61. Expect a mostly cloudy night with a low of 41. Thanksgiving will be sunny and 55 degrees, accompanied by northwest winds at 8-13 mph and gusts up to 22 mph. [Weather.gov]

FFXnow Takes a Holiday — FFXnow is taking a short break for Thanksgiving. Barring breaking news, we won’t be publishing tomorrow (Thursday) or Friday (Nov. 24).

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Great Clips at South Lakes Village Center (Reston, Virginia) is seeking hair donors to participate in the Wigs for Kids program this Valentines Week. If you meet the minimum requirements and would like to donate your hair for children fighting cancer, we would love to host you in our salon this Valentine’s Week for a free haircut.

Minimum Requirements

  • Hair donations must be a minimum of 12 inches

  • Hair donations must be clean and stored/packaged completely dry.

  • Hair donations cannot be permed, color-treated, or highlighted.

  • Temporary coloring or highlights that wash out are acceptable but must be completely washed out before cutting. Gray hair is accepted.

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Peace in Gaza: Prayer Liturgy and Community Discussion for Peace in Arlington VA, Sunday, Feb. 11, 10:15 AM

Prayer, liturgy, and community discussion for peace in Gaza, an immediate cease fire and resumption of humanitarian aid will be hosted by Nova Catholic Community. The focus will be Pope Francis’ call for an immediate ceasefire, the release of all hostages, resumption of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza, and peace talks for a lasting and just peace for all people in the region.

Discussion will follow at Noon on US military role in the conflict and appropriate steps the US should take to foster peace and rebuilding. Light lunch served.

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Active Bystander: Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Training

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Festival Ballet Virginia, Reston’s premier ballet company, is performing a fun, family friendly production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Richard J. Ernst Cultural Center Theatre on Friday & Saturday, March 1 & 2. Take an adventure with Alice

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