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The Fairfax County Department of Transportation advertises the coming opening of Metro’s Silver Line extension at the Mosaic District Fall Festival (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

(Updated at 9:40 a.m. on 9/30/2022) Metro’s extension of the Silver Line through Herndon into Loudoun County is finally starting to look like a reality, instead of a hypothetical, albeit expensive, project.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority unveiled new maps for its rail system last Friday (Sept. 23) that featured the six new stations, among other changes. A day earlier, its general manager got the go-ahead to set an opening date, though one has yet to be announced.

Coming six years after its initial projected opening of 2016, Silver Line Phase 2 will bring the D.C. region’s subway system into Loudoun for the first time, with stops at Dulles International Airport and Ashburn. Along the way, trains will pass through Reston Town Center, Herndon, and Innovation Center in the Dulles area.

Despite frustrations with the project’s many delays, Fairfax County officials remain hopeful that the rail line’s arrival will be a boon for residents and businesses in Reston and Herndon, fueling growth akin to what Tysons has seen since the Silver Line’s first phase opened there in 2014.

Are you excited to enter the shiny new Silver Line stations, potentially as soon as next month? Or have Metro’s ongoing safety and reliability issues turned you off of the transit system for now?

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A duck takes a bath in Royal Lake near Burke (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

The weekend is almost here. Before you double check your Congressional district or head to bed for some much-needed sleep, let’s revisit the past week of news in Fairfax County.

Here are the 10 most-read stories on FFXnow this week:

  1. Upcoming gastropub restaurant in Reston reignites family legacy, pays ode to Lake Anne
  2. Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery arrives in Herndon, will offer free ‘bundtlets’ at grand opening
  3. JUST IN: Truck hits McLean power line, killing man and prompting outage
  4. BREAKING: Assistant arrested for allegedly assaulting special needs student at Dogwood ES
  5. Developer seeks to convert Tysons office building into ‘live/work’ units
  6. DEVELOPING: Pedestrian in hospital after crash in Pike 7 Plaza parking lot
  7. FCPS ‘reviewing’ Virginia’s proposed policies on treatment of transgender students
  8. Metro board takes key step to setting opening date of Silver Line Phase II
  9. Proposed ‘home share’ program could help house older county residents
  10. Reston planning committee approves Vantage Hill redevelopment

Ideas for potential stories can be sent to news@ffxnow.com or submitted as an anonymous tip. Photos of scenes from around the county are welcome too, with credit always given to the photographer.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans, or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great weekend, Fairfax County!

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INOVA is proposing to expand its hospital campus (Photo via INOVA).

Before you soak in the last summer rays before leaf-gathering season arrives or head to bed for some much-needed sleep, let’s revisit the past week of news in Fairfax County.

Here are the five most-read stories on FFXnow this week:

  1. North Carolina truck driver killed in I-495 crash
  2. Hiring underway ahead of Wegman’s 2023 opening in Reston
  3. County board approves preferred path for Soapstone Connector in Reston
  4. Inova gets green light for new Springfield hospital from Fairfax County
  5. Fast-casual Indian restaurant to open in the Town of Herndon

Ideas for potential stories can be sent to news@ffxnow.com or submitted as an anonymous tip. Photos of scenes from around the county are welcome too, with credit always given to the photographer.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans, or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great weekend, Fairfax County!

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A person prepares for work with laptop and coffee (via Clay Banks/Unsplash)

There has been no shortage of thinkpieces about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed workplaces, from the waning demand for office space to widespread staffing deficits as workers reevaluated their goals and working conditions.

One trend that may be here to stay is the growing acceptance of remote work, with many people who can telework saying they would do it all or most of the time, if given the option.

While available, detailed data on remote work is limited, about a third of workdays are now being done from home, a decline from the height of office shutdowns in 2020 but well above pre-pandemic levels, The Washington Post reported in August.

According to the Post, remote work has been most prevalent in white-collar sectors, like finance and technology. Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County, is among the places with the highest remote-work rates.

Though many offices have reopened, commuting remains down in the D.C. region. In Virginia, 35.9% of businesses increased telework during the pandemic, and 64.7% of them intend to stick with it after the pandemic, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission says based on federal labor statistics.

Has the pandemic changed where or how you work? If you have the option to work remotely, are you taking advantage of it, or do you prefer going to a physical workplace?

Photo via Clay Banks/Unsplash

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The chain, which has a location pictured here in Texas, will open in Herndon (Photo via Google Maps).

Before you soak in the last summer rays before leaf-gathering season arrives or head to bed for some much-needed sleep, let’s revisit the past week of news in Fairfax County.

Here are the five most-read stories on FFXnow this week:

  1. BREAKING: Del. Mark Keam resigns from General Assembly, triggering special election
  2. Fast-casual Indian restaurant to open in the Town of Herndon
  3. Fairfax County to move forward with proposal for new Reston library, apartments
  4. Inaugural ‘Reggae at the Lake’ festival set for this month in Reston
  5. Trash troubles persist in Fairfax County, with residents reporting missed pick-ups

Ideas for potential stories can be sent to news@ffxnow.com or submitted as an anonymous tip. Photos of scenes from around the county are welcome too, with credit always given to the photographer.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans, or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great weekend, Fairfax County!

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A summer day on the W&OD Trail (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Labor Day weekend is almost here. Before you soak in the last summer rays before leaf-gathering season arrives or head to bed for some much-needed sleep, let’s revisit the past week of news in Fairfax County.

Here are the 10 most-read stories on FFXnow this week:

  1. Trash troubles persist in Fairfax County, with residents reporting missed pick-ups
  2. Vienna Police cite pickleball players for making racket at Glyndon Park
  3. Naked man accosts woman on W&OD Trail in Reston, may be involved in other exposure incidents
  4. New space center in Reston to take off at local public viewing of NASA’s historic moon mission
  5. FCPD seeks help identifying suspect in attempted abduction, assaults on W&OD Trail
  6. Reconstruction of Baron Cameron Avenue intersection underway
  7. UPDATED: Bystander helped detain suspect in Hybla Valley fatal shooting
  8. Fairfax County Public Library board sticks by materials selection policy
  9. Fairfax medical cannabis dispensary will open this week near GMU
  10. Fairfax Wawa will open its doors this week, bringing free coffee for all

Ideas for potential stories can be sent to news@ffxnow.com or submitted as an anonymous tip. Photos of scenes from around the county are welcome too, with credit always given to the photographer.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans, or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great weekend, Fairfax County!

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Emptied trash and recycling bins by the street (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Trash collection has become a hot mess in Fairfax County of late.

After FFXnow reported earlier this week on local officials’ efforts to address an avalanche of complaints, many community members added their tales of woe to the ongoing saga of late or entirely neglected pickups, ineffectual communication, and reductions in service without accompanying decreases in fees.

One commenter hasn’t gotten pickups in four weeks, while another said that American Disposal Services — the private hauler that has emerged as the primary troublemaker — misses over half their scheduled collection days. Accumulating garbage and recycling has spawned a rat infestation at the Hollybrooke Condominiums in Seven Corners, according to a tipster.

In addition, multiple community members confirmed that they’d been notified of an impending 10% rate increase by American Disposal, which reduced pickups from twice to once a week this spring, citing staffing challenges.

While it’s difficult to gauge just how widespread the issue is, local government officials told FFXnow that comments they’ve gotten or seen on social media — and their own experiences — suggest residents across the county have been affected.

Have you seen a noticeable deterioration in your trash service lately? Feel free to vent or perhaps brag (within the bounds of our comments policy) about your waste collection experiences below.

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A line forms for a food truck at Vienna’s most recent Chillin’ on Church party (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

The weekend is almost here. Before you welcome a new kitty or bunny into your home or head to bed for some much-needed sleep, let’s revisit the past week of news in Fairfax County.

Here are the 10 most-read stories on FFXnow this week:

  1. 22-year-old arrested for allegedly raping woman at knifepoint in her Reston apartment
  2. JUST IN: Woman sexually assaulted in Reston apartment, police say
  3. Study group considers new future for Reston National Golf Course
  4. District Taco plans two new franchise locations in Springfield and McLean
  5. Another pedestrian dies after crash on Dulles Toll Road in Reston area
  6. A free and privately funded shuttle is coming to Reston Town Center
  7. Busara Thai has closed its Tysons restaurant after 26 years
  8. NEW: Fairfax County could end local Covid state of emergency next month
  9. FCPD: Community member finds body near Huntley Meadows Park
  10. Family mourns loss and seeks justice for pedestrian killed in Seven Corners parking lot

Ideas for potential stories can be sent to news@ffxnow.com or submitted as an anonymous tip. Photos of scenes from around the county are welcome too, with credit always given to the photographer.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans, or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great weekend, Fairfax County!

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A construction worker looks out from the Makers Rise development near the Innovation Center Metro station (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The weekend is almost here. Before you live up the last days of summer before school returns or head to bed for some much-needed sleep, let’s revisit the past week of news in Fairfax County.

Here are the 10 most-read stories on FFXnow this week:

  1. Fairfax County volunteer’s petition urging Home Depot to stop sales of invasive plants takes root
  2. Personnel emergency declared as FCPD tackles staffing challenges
  3. Pizza restaurant brings new ‘scratch kitchen’ to Herndon’s Aslin Beer Co.
  4. Expanded W&OD Trail, Occoquan adventure center and more planned for Fairfax County
  5. New future thawing for former Ice House Cafe in Herndon
  6. UPDATED: Man shot in Huntington, prompting police search
  7. Tysons Galleria’s upcoming dine-in movie theater has a premiere date
  8. Man killed in head-on motorcycle crash west of Burke Lake
  9. Appeals court sides with transgender woman in lawsuit over treatment at Fairfax County jail
  10. Capital One Hall revives ‘Broadway in Tysons’ for new season

Ideas for potential stories can be sent to news@ffxnow.com or submitted as an anonymous tip. Photos of scenes from around the county are welcome too, with credit always given to the photographer.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans, or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great weekend, Fairfax County!

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A rescued beagle at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (staff photo by Matt Blitz)

The weekend is almost here. Before you sneak in one last visit to The Water Mine this summer or head to bed for some much-needed sleep, let’s revisit the past week of news in Fairfax County.

Here are the 10 most-read stories on FFXnow this week:

  1. BREAKING: No gunshots at Tysons Corner Center, mall says after evacuation
  2. Fairfax County adopts fees for using its electric vehicle charging stations
  3. BREAKING: Police look for homicide suspect around Seven Corners condos
  4. Bridge planned to connect Loudoun and Fairfax counties over Dulles Toll Road
  5. Rescued beagles arrive at Fairfax County shelter in anticipation of adoptions
  6. Major mixed-use development approved near Herndon Metro station
  7. Fairfax County police charge driver after fatal crash in Herndon
  8. Free fresh food marketplace coming to Reston this week
  9. Weird Brothers plans to relocate in Herndon
  10. ‘Fresh Baguette’ promised at McLean bakery opening this fall

Ideas for potential stories can be sent to news@ffxnow.com or submitted as an anonymous tip. Photos of scenes from around the county are welcome too, with credit always given to the photographer.

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans, or anything else that’s happening locally in the comments below. Have a great weekend, Fairfax County!

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