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Shoppers in Tysons Galleria on a winter night (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Audit Identifies Metro Safety Issues — “Metro workers responsible for maintaining key safety systems that help prevent collisions are not following internal procedures, and the engineers who are supposed to oversee them sometimes don’t notice because they aren’t looking at the data, according to an audit by the transit agency’s independent regulator.” [Washington Post]

Bomb Threat Reported at Lake Braddock School — Security at Lake Braddock Secondary School was stepped up yesterday (Thursday) after an anonymous student made a threat to bomb the school on TikTok. Activities continued “as regularly scheduled after the building was cleared” ahead of students arriving at 7:30 a.m. [WUSA9]

Investigation of Annandale Shooting Continues — Fairfax County police detectives are looking for a male suspect and two “associates” in connection to Tuesday’s shooting at the Fairmont Gardens apartments. The victim, an adult woman, was driven by a friend to a hospital, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. [FCPD]

Fairfax City Pauses Yard Waste Collections — “Curbside collection of brush and debris will be suspended for the rest of the week (through Jan. 19) due to winter weather conditions. Please leave items at the curb until they are collected. Refuse and recycling collection will continue without interruption.” [City of Fairfax]

Missing Man Found Dead in Herndon — “Fairfax County Police Department officers were called to the 2400 block of Masons Ferry Drive for a death investigation around just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Someone had found a body behind an apartment building in the area.” Police identified the body as a man who went missing on Jan. 11, stating that “no foul play is suspected.” [WUSA9]

Meals Tax Revenue Dips in Vienna — “The Vienna town government is on solid financial ground midway through fiscal year 2024, although its meals-tax revenues have taken a minor hit and housing costs continue to escalate. ‘We are in good financial shape,’ town finance director Marion Serfass told the Vienna Town Council when presenting the town’s mid-year financial report Jan. 8.” [Gazette Leader]

Fire Department Adds Medical Specialists — “This week #FCFRD launched 3 EMS Specialist postions to support our EMS providers. 3 Lieutenant/Paramedics will provide support during emergency incidents allowing for a greater skillset & more advanced interventions available. They will also provide EMS training throughout FCFRD.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Advocates Urge Virginia to Let Localities Ban Leaf Blowers — Members of Quiet, Clean NOVA let loose on four gas-powered leaf blowers outside the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond on Jan. 11 “to raise awareness” of the noise and air pollution they generate. Bills introduced by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Great Falls) and Sen. Saddam Salim (D-Fairfax) would give cities and counties the authority to prohibit the tools. [Patch]

It’s Friday — Snow is expected mainly before 1pm, with a high near 34 and a 90% chance of precipitation. New snow accumulation will be less than an inch. Friday night, there is a slight chance of snow showers before 1am, with partly cloudy conditions and a low around 19. The chance of precipitation drops to 20%. [Weather.gov]

Recent Stories

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…

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…

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.

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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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