Morning Notes

Vehicles on Route 50 (Arlington Blvd) approach a pedestrian bridge in Seven Corners (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Fairfax County Board Adopts New Budget — “Fairfax County lawmakers Tuesday approved a budget that raises the residential tax rate by 3 cents, a reflection of the lingering economic impacts of the pandemic and uncertainty over the Virginia state budget…The Board of Supervisors approved the budget on a 9-1 vote without comment, with Supervisor Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) opposing.” [Washington Post]

Gunfire Reported in Fair Lakes Neighborhood — “According to Fairfax County police, the shooting was reported during a gathering at one of the townhouses in the Fair Lakes community. Upon arrival, officers encountered a large group of people leaving the home. Video footage captured people desperately seeking refuge and calling for help amidst the chaos.” [FOX5]

N. Va. Schools Concerned by Water Gun Game — “School officials in Northern Virginia are urging students to stop playing a game that is reportedly scaring residents and leading to police reports of teens carrying weapons…The assassins game is a social media trend that has become very popular among high schoolers in Fairfax and Loudoun counties. It consists of teens using water guns to spray other students, kicking them out of the game.” [WTOP]

Developers Seek to Connect Tysons Projects — “Ten years after the Silver Line accelerated Tysons’ growth by bringing four new Metro stations to the area, efforts are still underway to link together sections of the 4.3-square-mile Northern Virginia submarket. There has been some progress, but Tysons still needs many more crosswalks, bridges and public pathways before it realizes its vision of a connected urban place, developers said Thursday at Bisnow’s Future of Tysons event.” [Bisnow]

Lorton Police Station Gets New Commander — “Maj. Alan Hanson has been named the new station commander at Lorton District Police Station, effective May 4, according to the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD).” Hanson replaced “acting station commander, Anthony Stancampiano, who had been serving in that capacity since Capt. Richard Morvillo retired in January.” [On the MoVe]

Vienna Public Works Open House Coming Up — “All aboard for fun with Town of Vienna Public Works Day, Thursday, May 16, from 2-6 p.m., at the Northside Property Yard, 600 Mill St., NE, Vienna! This year’s Vienna Public Works Department open house features big trucks, public safety displays, giveaways, snacks and more.” [Town of Vienna]

It’s Wednesday — Showers and thunderstorms are possible before 8am and after 2pm, with mostly cloudy skies gradually becoming sunny and a high near 87. The chance of precipitation is 30%. At night, there’s a 50% chance of precipitation. Expect increasing clouds and a low around 65. [NWS]