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A minivan drives past the office building at 6400 Arlington Blvd in West Falls Church (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Community Helps Family of Student Who Fatally Overdosed — “A Justice High School student died after overdosing while video chatting with a friend [last] week, now a GoFundMe is aiming to help the student’s family.” Shared by the Justice High School PTSA, the fundraiser drew more than $5,000 as of Friday (Dec. 8). [WUSA9]

Firefighter Checked for Injuries After Lorton Townhouse Fire — “Units [were] on scene of a townhouse fire [on Saturday] in the 9800 blk of Hagel Circle in the Lorton area. Crews arrived with smoke and fire showing. The fire is under control. One firefighter is being evaluated for injuries. No reported civilian injuries.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Pipe Replacement on Route 123 Begins Today — “Beginning Dec. 11, Fairfax City will replace about 25 feet of sewer pipe on Rt. 123/Chain Bridge Road at the intersection of Armstrong Street. Construction will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and work is expected to last about two weeks (weather permitting).” [City of Fairfax]

Dognapping Spree Reported in D.C. Area — “Duke is one of several dogs from Prince George’s to Fairfax County who have been stolen, including a French bulldog puppy who was reunited with his owner in D.C. last month…Authorities say the dognappings appear to be a moneymaking opportunity, targeting expensive breeds that fetch thousands of dollars.” [Washington Post]

Officials to Discuss Unfounded Threats at Fort Hunt School — “Thanks to recent activism by local residents, Fairfax County Public Schools will be holding a community meeting Dec. 11 related to recent incidents in which false reports of violence were made at or toward a local school.” The incidents include a hoax call to police on Oct. 17 that claimed there was an active shooter at Carl Sandburg Middle School. [On the MoVe]

New County Program Will Assist Small Businesses — “On December 12, Fairfax County will launch THRIVE, a technical assistance program aimed at bolstering the resilience and growth of small businesses in the area. Through this initiative, approximately 600 businesses will receive consulting services valued up to $10,000.” [Department of Economic Initiatives]

Local Students Win National Arts Awards — “Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students received 10 awards in the National YoungArts Foundation Competition. These students are part of a group of nearly 700 YoungArts award winners that were selected…from more than 9,000 applications across 10 artistic disciplines.” [FCPS]

Winners of Vienna Holiday Decorating Contest Revealed — “And the winners for the ‘Shine Bright, Vienna!’ Holiday Decorating Contest are…drum roll please… 121 Casmar St., SE and Trousseau! The People’s Choice Award went to Pennywise Thrift Shop, and the Honorable Mention was Trace – The Zero Waste Store. Congratulations!” [Town of Vienna/Facebook]

It’s Monday — After some early morning rain, the day will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Skies will clear at night, when temperatures will reach a low around 27. [Weather.gov]

Recent Stories

Good Wednesday 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…

Nearly two years after updating its vision for the future of McLean Central Park, the Fairfax County Park Authority is ready to start work on some of the planned upgrades….

After a soft opening in early February, Down the Line Sports Center will officially introduce itself to Fairfax City tomorrow (Thursday). The event will kick off at 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting, followed by a meet-and-greet with six professional pickleball players visiting from around the country.

Restonians now have a chance to own a piece of their community’s history. Reston Museum, which is located at Lake Anne Plaza, will hold a raffle over the next month…

Dreaming of small-town charm with big-city convenience? Look no further than 7156 Main St in Clifton, Virginia! Nestled just 30 miles from the heart of Washington D.C., this picturesque property offers the best of both worlds.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to find tranquility in this quaint, historic town. With its tree-lined streets and friendly community atmosphere, Clifton is the perfect place to call home. Yet, with its close proximity to the nation’s capital, you’ll never be far from the excitement and opportunities of urban living.

Imagine weekends exploring local shops, dining at charming cafes, and enjoying outdoor adventures in nearby parks. Then, commute to D.C. for work or play, soaking in all the culture, entertainment, and career opportunities the city has to offer.

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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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The Van Metre 5K Run

Participate in the 32nd Annual Van Metre 5K Run, a race that goes further than 3.1 miles, and every stride you take supports Children’s National Hospital. The Van Metre 5K Run donates 100% of proceeds to Children’s National Hospital and

Active Bystander: Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Training

The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) Active Bystander Certification course, also known as Active Bystander, is the premier training program to prepare civilians for how to respond during an intentional violent event and to address life-threatening emergencies.

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