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A streetlight illuminates a school bus in Annandale (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Stringfellow Road to Partly Close This Weekend — “Northbound and southbound Stringfellow Road (Route 645) between Route 29 and Centreville Farms Road will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 until 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 to install a water main.” Local traffic will be allowed between Centreville Farms Road and Autumn Willow Drive, but the road will be closed to all traffic between Autumn Willow and Route 29. [VDOT]

General Assembly Reaches Session Midpoint — “The Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly advanced bills Tuesday to safeguard abortion access and increase the minimum wage, just a few of the partisan priorities that ensure a showdown with Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) as this year’s legislative session reaches its midpoint.” [Washington Post]

Virginia Proposal to Ban TikTok Fails — “A GOP legislative effort to prevent Virginia children from using the popular video-sharing app TikTok — an idea backed by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin — died this week in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. The bill…was left in a House of Delegates committee after concerns were raised about how the ban would be enforced.” [Associated Press/WTOP]

Broadband for First Responders to Expand — “The First Responder Network Authority and AT&T are investing more than $6.3 billion over the next 10 years to expand FirstNet, the nation’s public safety broadband network. The upgrade will enhance 5G coverage for first responders…The FirstNet expansion was announced Feb. 13 at the Edsall Road Fire Station in Mason District.” [Annandale Today]

Temporary Franconia Metro Station Closure Planned — “The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) said in a release that Blue Line construction is expected sometime in summer 2025 from the Franconia-Springfield Metro station to the King Street Metro station. The Van Dorn Street and Franconia-Springfield Metro stations will be closed” while work is underway. [ALXnow]

New Mount Vernon School Board Rep Skeptical of Proposed Budget — “Mateo Dunne…wants Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to be more transparent and accountable in its budget requests and spending practices.” He said at a Mount Vernon Town Meeting on Feb. 10 that “he presently cannot support” the funding increase proposed by FCPS Superintendent Michelle Reid. [On the MoVe]

Former Fairfax County Police Dog Dies — “With great sadness, we announce the passing of retired K9 Enzo. K9 Enzo served w/ FCPD for 8 years (2012-2020). He was credited with apprehending dozens of suspects & received the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce K9 Medal of Valor in 2016. Enzo will be missed by his #FCPD family.” [FCPD/Twitter]

Oakton HS Basketball Coach Wins 800th Game — “Another lofty milestone for career victories has been reached by longtime girls high-school basketball coach Fred Priester. His 800th win was achieved Feb. 12 when Priester’s third-seeded Oakton Cougars defeated the visiting South Lakes Seahawks, 51-45, in a first-round game of the Concorde District tournament.” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Thursday — Expect a mostly sunny day with a high of around 49 degrees, as light south wind picks up to 9-14 mph during the morning, potentially gusting up to 22 mph. The night will be mostly clear with temperatures dropping to around 36 degrees. []

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