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Snow on a wooden fence in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

First Snow of the Season Arrives — The D.C. area saw its first snow yesterday (Monday), thanks to a cold front that dropped temperatures overnight from 60 degrees on Sunday. In Fairfax County, preliminary snowfall totals ranged from 0.5 inches in Springfield to 1.5 inches in Mount Vernon, already topping the 0.4 inches recorded last winter at Dulles International Airport. [Washington Post, Inside NoVA]

Wizards and Capitals Could Move to Virginia — “A group of Virginia state lawmakers voted Monday in favor of a deal to bring the Washington Capitals and Wizards to a new arena in Northern Virginia, according to four people with knowledge of the situation.” The plan, which still needs to be approved by the General Assembly and local officials, would move the hockey and basketball teams to a facility in Alexandria’s Potomac Yard. [Washington Post]

Animal Shelter Event Leads to Dozens of Adoptions — “We’re thrilled to share that 55 pets found homes this past weekend during the #EmptyTheShelters Holiday Hope Event! Thank you to BISSELL Pet Foundation and Cathy Bissell for their support in finding so many pets loving families!” [Fairfax County Animal Shelter/Facebook]

County Reflects on Daunting Election Season — Fairfax County Electoral Board chair Katherine Hanley told the Board of Supervisors on Dec. 5 that this year’s local and state elections were “more complicated” than any other off-off-year election in her memory. Complications included an especially lengthy ballot and redistricting-related confusion. [Gazette Leader]

Herndon MS Gets Google Grant for Tech Clubs — “At a hands-on event Monday at Herndon Middle School, about 40 students had the chance to make a robot with the help of Google engineers. The company used the event to announce grants to start robotics and AI clubs in Virginia schools, including one at Herndon Middle School.” [WTOP]

McLean Companies Ordered to Pay for Covid Relief Fraud — A federal court has “ordered IT Services Now LLC and O@sis Group LLC, located in McLean, and their CEO, Mustafa Khabir, 51, of Haymarket, to pay $1,052,227 for submitting fraudulent applications to obtain federally guaranteed loans through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).” [DOJ]

Man Charged With Soliciting Minor on Snapchat — “A 48-year-old man from Washington, D.C., faces multiple criminal charges in connection with his solicitation of a minor and seeking other victims, according to Fairfax County Police. Detectives began their investigation after parents notified them their child had been communicating with someone called “Alex” on Snapchat.” [Patch]

Reston Pizzeria Offers Discount for Anniversary — To celebrate the third-year anniversary of its Wiehle Avenue location, Pupatella is offering 50% off all red, white and seasonal pizzas all day today (Tuesday). “Join for dine in or carry out…from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Reston location only to enjoy $7-10 pizzas, or for happy hour from 3-6 p.m. for $7 signature spritzes.” [Pupatella]

It’s Tuesday — Expect sunny skies and a high of 45, accompanied by calm winds shifting south at 5 to 9 mph during the morning. Overnight, the skies will remain clear, with temperatures dropping to a low of 32. South winds will prevail at 6 to 8 mph before becoming westward after midnight. [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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