Morning Notes

Workers remove a banner over Maple Avenue in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Firefighters Participate in Rescue Challenge — “Who’s that suspended from ropes under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge? It’s your friendly neighborhood technical rescue operations team. From 5/6-5/9 #FCFRD is participating in the 28th Annual Rescue Challenge. This training involves scenarios including a rescue under the bridge.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Oyster Bar Coming to Old Town Fairfax — “Local chef and restauranteur Bill Hamrock will be opening Kelly’s Oyster House and Bar at 4069 Chain Bridge Road in Old Town Fairfax. The building is the former home of the Capital Ale House. Hamrock already owns and operates Hamrock’s Restaurant, which is located just down the street at 3950 Chain Bridge Road.” [Patch]

Improvements Proposed for Annandale Greenway — “A handful of urban planning students at Virginia Tech developed a plan for enhancing and promoting the Annandale Greenway. The greenway is a 4.5-mile pathway connecting park trails and sidewalks between Annandale Community Park and Green Spring Gardens.” [Annandale Today]

Food Bank Seeks Donations for Lorton Warehouse — Capital Area Food Bank is working to expand its warehouse in Lorton in response to “a growing need for food in the D.C. area.” The nonprofit still needs to fund about $1 million of the $35 million project. “‘We’re hoping that the public will be able to help us address that gap,’ Muthiah said.” [WTOP]

McLean Cybersecurity Startup Lands $2.5M in Funding — Bricklayer AI has raised $2.5 million “to continue building out an artificial intelligence-powered platform designed to fill” what founder Adam Vincent says is “a chronic shortage of qualified cybersecurity experts.” The funds will enable the 14-month-old startup to “triple its workforce over the next year to 15 full-time employees” and look for office space, potentially in McLean or Arlington. [DC Inno]

McLean Students Win Performing Arts Scholarships — “Twelve young local artists were awarded 2024 James C. Macdonald Performing Arts Scholarships by the McLean Community Center. The annual scholarship competition began with preliminary auditions in February and culminated with a final competition on stage at the Alden Theatre on April 17.” [Gazette Leader]

Community Tours Mount Vernon Native Gardens — “At the first-ever Native Garden Tour and Open House at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center, around 75 to 100 visitors had the opportunity to tour the native perennial gardens, native tree plantings and stormwater rain gardens that were installed around the building over the past several years.” [On the MoVe]

It’s Tuesday — Showers and possible thunderstorms after 11am, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 78. Light winds turn southeast at 6 mph in the afternoon, and a 50% chance of rain. Night will be cloudy with a low near 65 and a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. [NWS]