Morning Notes

Virginia bluebells bloom in Reston (photo by Marjorie Copson)

Clifton Family Mourns Sons Killed in Fire — “When Fairfax County firefighters found two boys inside a fiery Virginia house earlier this month, 6-year-old William was shielding his younger brother, 3-year-old Zachariah, from the flames. Both boys were pulled from the fire and died days later, but their father says that heroic story has given the family faith.” [WTOP]

Fairfax Court Clerk Warns About Scam Email — An email purportly from the “Florida County Circuit Court” that asks the recipient to appear in Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 14 is part of a phishing scam, court clerk Chris Falcon says. He warns “those who receive the e-mail to delete it and not open its attachment.” [Gazette Leader]

Virtual Reality Pop-Up Lets Drivers Test Safety Skills — “A Chevy Camaro parked inside Springfield Town Center in Fairfax County on Sunday let shoppers test whether they are safe drivers. The traveling exhibit is part of the Street Smart campaign from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety.” [WTOP]

Nutley Street over I-66 to Close Overnight Friday — “Southbound Nutley Street over I-66 and associated I-66 ramps will be closed for bridge joint repairs during the overnight hours Friday, April 26. The southbound side of the roadway between Virginia Center Boulevard and Saintsbury Drive will be closed to thru-traffic between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.” [VDOT]

Preserved Cherries Found at George Washington’s Mount Vernon — “The legend about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree may have been a myth, but the bigger story may be about archaeologists’ recent real-world discovery of cherries perfectly preserved in 18th century bottles of liquid in the cellar of the Mount Vernon Mansion. The two upright and sealed bottles were discovered in a pit beneath a brick floor laid in the 1770s, according to an April 22 press release.” [On the MoVe]

Annandale Preschool Celebrates 75th Anniversary — “Hundreds of people with ties to Sleepy Hollow Preschool came back April 20 to celebrate the school’s 75th anniversary…The event also honored Debbie Brown, who has been with Sleepy Hollow Preschool (SHPS) for 30 years — as a parent, teacher, and since 2006, the school’s director until her retirement in 2023.” [Annandale Today]

It’s Wednesday — Expect scattered showers in the early morning, clearing up to a mostly sunny sky with a high near 70 degrees. The night will be partly cloudy, maintaining a low temperature around 43 degrees and accompanied by a north wind at about 10 mph. [NWS]