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A mural decorates part of the parking garage for the Innovation Center Metro station (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Vehicle Crashes into Centreville House — A driver crashed into a house in the 14900 block of Carlbern Drive yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. One trapped person was extricated and taken to a hospital, but no injuries were reported. Fairfax County police are investigating. [FCPD/Twitter]

Man Sentenced for Killing Co-Worker at Target — “A Fairfax County man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Tuesday for fatally stabbing a Target co-worker in a parking lot at the store in the Baileys Crossroads area. Bazen Berhe, 25, pleaded guilty in October to first-degree murder in the April 17, 2021, killing of Hernan Leiva, 58, in what Berhe described to a judge as a fit of rage.” [Washington Post]

Suspect to Serve Three Years for Fatal Springfield Shooting — “Carlton Campbell was found guilty of murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony following a trial in 2022…At sentencing Tuesday, Judge Robert Smith sentenced Campbell to three years active incarceration” for the firearms charge but suspended a 10-year sentence for the murder charge. [WUSA9]

Redevelopment Option Approved for Merrifield Pet Hospital — “The form it eventually will take has yet to be determined, but a commercial parcel in Merrifield now is cleared for upgrades or redevelopment. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 23 unanimously approved a rezoning request by Maesboy LLC featuring three possible development scenarios for its 2.6-acre property at 8500 Arlington Blvd.” [Gazette Leader]

Tex-Mex Restaurant Opens in Hybla Valley — “El Fresco Tex-Mex Grill opened its fourth Northern Virginia location in the Hybla Valley section of Alexandria this month. Sahil Mehta, franchise owner, said the new restaurant began its soft launch Jan. 19 and is wrapping up some minor work before holding a grand opening event later this winter.” [On the MoVe]

County Jail Showcases Recovery Program to Legislators — “Inside the jail walls of the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, a group of inmates in a recovery program are connected by an all-too-familiar struggle — addiction…A group of congressional lawmakers toured the detention center Tuesday to learn more about the Striving to Achieve Recover Program (STAR) that’s changing inmates’ lives.” [NBC4]

Huntington Welcomes New Yoga Studio — “Soma Yoga Healing Center, a new yoga studio at 2560 Huntington Avenue just south of Hunting Creek, held its grand opening this weekend. The yoga studio offers a mix of private classes, group classes and workshops…The studio also helps run monthly cat yoga at the Mount Purrnon Cat Cafe.” [ALXnow]

McLean Students to Deliver Speeches in Ford’s Theatre — Fourth-grade students at Haycock Elementary School “have been busy preparing for the 2024 Abraham Lincoln Oratory Residency and Festival at Ford’s Theatre next month. The annual program is offered to D.C.-area schools every year…Each of the six fourth grade classes at Haycock will perform a famous American speech.” [WTOP]

It’s Wednesday — Expect scattered sprinkles and flurries before 8am, transitioning to scattered sprinkles between 8am and 2pm. The day will be mostly cloudy with a high near 46 degrees. The cloudiness will persist into Wednesday night, bringing a low temperature of around 35 degrees and light, variable winds. []

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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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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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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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