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A car drives through a crosswalk on Cedar Lane for the Washington and Old Dominion Trail (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Grammy-Winning Annandale Teacher Returns Home — “On Sunday, [Annie] Ray attended the Grammy Awards Show in Los Angeles. She spoke to Meryl Streep, who told her a music teacher inspired her. She took a picture with Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, and Oprah asked her many questions.” Back at Annandale High School yesterday (Tuesday), the orchestra director said the chance to talk about her work at the school “was the highlight.” [WTOP]

FCPD Arrests Man Wanted for Murder — “Fairfax County police arrested a suspect in Annandale Feb. 6 who was wanted for a 2022 murder in Frederick, Md.” The 27-year-old man was identified as one of two suspects in “the first-degree murder of Michael Isaih Olaniyi, the Frederick Police Department reported.” [Annandale Today]

Library to Go Offline for Computer Update — “We’re getting an upgrade! FCPL’s public computers, payment kiosks, printers and copiers will be down all day, Monday, February 12 as we upgrade the software. During this time, library visitors will be unable to use these devices. We apologize for any inconvenience.” [Fairfax County Public Library/Twitter]

County Sells Bonds to Fund Public Facilities — “On Jan. 24, Fairfax County completed a successful bond sale, generating $350 million to fund various project areas, after once again affirming its AAA bond rating with all three major rating agencies.” The funds will support capital projects for the county’s schools, public safety agencies, transportation facilities and park authority. [Fairfax County Government]

Plan to Preserve Historic Oakton Home Approved — “Fairfax County supervisors on Jan. 23 unanimously approved a rezoning proposal to build two new houses on an Oakton property and save a century-old vernacular style home.” The 2.29-acre site on Chain Bridge Road consists of a vacant parcel and the William H. Goldsmith House, which will be preserved and turned into a workforce dwelling unit. [Gazette Leader]

Animal Shelter Competition to Promote Large Dogs for Adoption — “The Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FCAS) presents the Adoption Bowl, a fee-waived adoption event for dogs 45 pounds and larger, taking place Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 8-11. This one-of-a-kind event pits Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis against Fairfax County Fire Chief John Butler against each other in a chief vs. chief challenge.” [FCAS]

Metro Buses Will Display Student Art for Earth Day — “Metro’s Art in Transit program is inviting K-6 students from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia to submit artworks that highlight and celebrate the significant role of public transportation in fostering a sustainable environment and healthy communities. The art will be prominently featured on three specially-themed Earth Day Metrobuses that will travel the region.” [WMATA]

Virginia’s Most Popular Baby Names Revealed — “For a second year running, Charlotte was the most popular baby name for girls born in Virginia, while Liam edged out last year’s winner, Noah, to take the title for boys.” The Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records released data that also identified July 7 as the date with the most births in the commonwealth last year. [Virginia Mercury]

It’s Wednesday — Expect sunshine and a high of 48 degrees accompanied by a gentle 3 to 6 mph north wind. As for Wednesday night, the skies will be mainly clear, and the temperature will dip to around 31 degrees with calm winds. []

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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