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The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center is decked out for the winter holidays (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Report Recommends Options for Closing Metro Funding Gap — “The report, issued Tuesday by a working group of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, suggests boosting local jurisdictions’ collective subsidies to Metro by as much as $462 million, plus various additional compromise measures.” Suggestions include fare increases and “targeted service reductions” that could be less drastic than the partial Silver Line closure proposed by WMATA. [Washington Business Journal]

Three Arrested for Theft and Fraud at Tysons Clothing Store — “The Tysons Urban Team (TUT) detectives arrested a crew believed to be responsible for multiple fraudulent transactions and recovered property belonging to U.S. Postal Service (USPS). At 2:14 p.m. on December 15, detectives responded to the Diesel store in the McLean area for a suspicious person call. A store employee recognized several suspects from a fraudulent purchase that was made a few weeks prior.” [FCPD]

Winter Lights Festival Returns to Reston Lake — “Residents on Lake Thoreau decorate their lake-facing homes and boats with lights, and generous Restonians pledge to make donations to local nonprofits…Lake Thoreau residents that want to participate should have their boats and homes lit on Thursday, Dec. 21 for the official count, weather permitting.” [Reston Letter]

FCPS Sticks With Employee Health Insurance Provider — “Employees and retirees of Fairfax County Public Schools got a Christmas present — or perhaps better put, a New Year’s Day present — their counterparts [in] one locality to the east did not.” At a Dec. 14 meeting, the school board approved a renewal of an agreement with Kaiser Permanente “to provide health services to about 5,550 FCPS employees and retirees and their 4,921 dependents.” [Gazette Leader]

Vegetarian Vietnamese Restaurant Opens in Lake Barcroft — “There’s a new dining option for vegetarians — Chay, a Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant in Barcroft Plaza, had a soft opening on Dec. 18. It’s located at 6351 Columbia Pike next to Jake’s Ice Cream.” The owners say permitting “took forever” but they’re now glad to “offer healthy alternatives.” [Annandale Today]

Affordable Housing Waitlists Open Next Month — “Those interested in applying to affordable housing waitlists have the opportunity to do so beginning Monday, January 8, 2024, at 8:00 a.m. through Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. for select properties,” including two-bedroom apartments at One University in Fairfax and studio units at Audubon Apartments in Hybla Valley. [FCRHA]

Christmas Trees Still Available at Reston Market — “If you’re still in need of a live Christmas tree, there are plenty to choose from at the Reston Farm Garden Market. Bonita Weinstein, co-owner of the Reston Farm Garden Market, joined Eileen in-studio to talk about all they offer during the holiday season and beyond.” [WJLA]

FCPD Offers Inside Look at SWAT Team — “The FCPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team of our Special Operations Division has been handling high-risk and critical incidents for nearly 50 years.” The team was originally created as a part-time unit in 1975 “in response to the high-profile relocation of the Exxon Headquarters to Fairfax” and has since become one of only two full-time teams in Northern Virginia. [FCPD]

It’s Thursday — Expect a sunny day with temperatures reaching up to 46°F, accompanied by a north wind at around 7 mph. As for Thursday night, the skies will be mostly cloudy, experiencing a low of around 30°F, while the north wind will continue at a speed of 3 to 5 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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