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FFXnow Daily Debrief for Dec 22, 2023

Good Friday 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 today — Dec 22, 2023.

Since it’s Friday, we’ve also compiled a list of the most-read articles of the week, below.

  1. Report: Reston’s Little Beast and Red Velvet Cupcakery to close this weekend (10525 views)
  2. Proposal to reuse Sheraton Tysons Hotel as housing moves forward, despite park space concerns (8782 views)
  3. First-ever Tysons strategic plan aims to turn county’s downtown into a destination (6436 views)
  4. Ashburn man charged with reckless driving for fatal Route 28 crash (4667 views)
  5. McLean restaurant owner gets prison for evading taxes, stealing Covid relief funds (3852 views)
  6. N. Va. officials search for path to save Metro from ‘catastrophic’ budget cuts (3075 views)
  7. Fairfax County reveals trends in mobility, transportation with new data dashboard (2529 views)
  8. Affordable housing development breaks ground near Spring Hill Metro station (2149 views)
  9. Fairfax County poised to approve new tree requirements for parking lots and streets (2021 views)
  10. NOW: Child hit by driver while walking near Chantilly High School (1696 views)

📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on Saturday throughout the county, from our event calendar.

  • No events today. Have one to promote? Submit it to the calendar.

🌥️ Saturday’s forecast

The day will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature near 47 and a south wind blowing at 3 to 6 mph. Moving into Saturday night, there’s a slight chance of showers after 1am, and the sky will remain mostly cloudy with a low temperature around 38, accompanied by a south wind at 3 to 5 mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%. See more from

🌅 Tonight’s sunset

We hope you have a great weekend! Feel free to discuss the most-read stories of the week, the upcoming weekend events or anything else of local interest in the comments. 👋

Recent Stories

Friday night’s performance by comedian Nate Bargatze is expected to draw the largest crowd ever to EagleBank Arena on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, according to Monumental Sports…

Reston Association has adopted a new strategic plan that aims to continue the vision of Reston’s founder Bob Simon over the next three years.

A 93-year-old woman died earlier this week from injuries she sustained in a car crash on Leesburg Pike (Route 7) in Bailey’s Crossroads, police say. Gladys Bilbao, a Falls Church…

D.C.-based fast food chain Z-Burger has officially opened in a former Pizza Hut at 541 Maple Avenue West in Vienna. The restaurant opened in late November. While business was initially…

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

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.

Similar to FEMA’s

Festival Ballet Virginia Presents Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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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