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The Perch at Capital One Center in Tysons is decked out with lights for the winter holidays (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Elected County Officials Sworn In — “Family, friends and area leaders all came together to mark new terms of office for our Board of Supervisors, constitutional officers and Soil and Water Conservation District directors. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Government Center on Dec. 13 for these local officials, who will guide the county for the next four years.” [Fairfax County Government]

Fairfax Delegate Proposes Discrimination Protections for Ethnicity — “With the recent spike in reports of antisemitism and anti-Muslim bias, lawmakers will soon consider whether to add ethnicity to Virginia’s hate crimes and discrimination law. Del. Dan Helmer…introduced a bill — HB 18 — that would expand the groups protected against unlawful discrimination.” [WTOP]

Fairfax City Restaurant in Fire Station Gets Ribbon-Cutting — “Join us on December 15th at 3:00 pm as we celebrate the ribbon cutting of The Old Firestation #3. They will be serving soda, water, iced tea, and various appetizers. This no-frills restaurant and bar, located in an old fire station, is the perfect place to hang out and enjoy Greek, American, and Italian dishes.” [Fairfax City Economic Development/Instagram]

Survivors of Hamas Attack Share Stories — “Survivors of the terror attack that sparked the war in Israel are visiting Northern Virginia and sharing their stories. A Jewish Community Center in Fairfax hosted ‘Heroines and Heroes of Light.’ News4’s Walter Morris reports.” [NBC4]

County Seeks Funding for Bus and Bicycle Services — “Fairfax County supervisors on Dec. 5 authorized the county’s transportation director to apply for nearly $8.9 million in regional funding from the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC).” The money would support Fairfax Connector bus routes and an expansion of the Capital Bikeshare system around the Vienna and Dunn Loring Metro stations. [Gazette Leader]

Comfort Food Restaurant in Groveton Closed — “The Boston Market restaurant, a longtime fixture at Beacon Center, no longer seems to be in operation. The darkened storefront has a ‘closed’ sign on the front door and leasing information in the window…The pad site is located at 6650 Richmond Highway between Bank of America and TGI Fridays.” [On the MoVe]

Increases in Park Authority Fees Approved — “The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved the proposed adjustments to the 2024 Park Authority Fee Schedule at its Dec. 13 meeting. All fee adjustments are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.” Affected services include the golf courses, recreation center admission, park amusements and more. [FCPA]

Meteor Shower Caught on Video — “Video sent in by a FOX 5 viewer shows several fiery streaks of light moving across the sky over Fairfax County. The Geminids shower is one of the best and most reliable annual meteor showers, according to NASA.” The shower was scheduled to peak yesterday (Thursday), but meteors may be visible as late as Dec. 17. [FOX5]

It’s Friday — Expect sunny skies and a high of around 55 degrees, accompanied by a west wind blowing at 6 to 8 mph. Friday night will be mostly clear, with temperatures reaching a low of about 34 degrees and a steady west wind of around 6 mph. [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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