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Casino (image via Kvnga/Unsplash)

A new set of bills before the General Assembly would allow a casino to be built somewhere along the Silver Line corridor, Washington Business Journal first reported.

The casino could be placed somewhere around Tysons, the Reston Town Center or Herndon based on the stipulations of the proposed legislation, which would allow a casino in an urban county with at least 1 million residents.

Legislatively speaking, the casino isn’t a sure bet. It’s got a long way to go before it’s a reality, as it would still need to be approved by the Board of Supervisors and a ballot referendum.

The proposal comes amid a rush of new legislation around gambling, with several types being recently legalized over recent years. New casinos are planned in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Danville and Bristol.

The legislature is also looking at some ways to offer additional support for those suffering from a gambling addiction.

Photo via Kvnga/Unsplash

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue crews respond to reports of gunfire at Tysons Corner Center (staff photo by James Cullum)

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, closing out an exciting first year for FFXnow.

Since officially launching on Feb. 22, the new home of Tysons Reporter and Reston Now has pushed to bring the local news reporting from those sites to other corners of Fairfax County, from Chantilly to Huntington, while maintaining their focus on the Tysons and Reston areas.

2022 had more than its fair share of challenges. Pedestrian fatalities reached heights not seen in at least a decade, and gun violence by both community members and police was a recurring concern. Meanwhile, Covid continued to ebb and surge, as remaining pandemic health measures like mask requirements and mass vaccine clinics disappeared.

However, this year also brought some key milestones, from the long-awaited opening of Metro’s Silver Line extension into Herndon and beyond to the relegation of Lee District and the names of two highways to history.

In quirkier news, the county welcomed its first medical cannabis dispensary and a pack of rescued beagles. Colby the llama got lost and found, and remember those tornadoes that touched down in Tysons and Centreville?

Before you start writing up new year’s resolutions or head to bed for some much-needed sleep, let’s close out 2022 by revisiting FFXnow’s 10 most-read stories of the year:

  1. Three people injured while evacuating Tysons Corner Center, now closed after gunfire
  2. McLean ride-share startup seeks to challenge Uber and Lyft by putting drivers in control
  3. Fairfax County approves fines for running bamboo, starting next year
  4. Black bear filmed strolling by Adaire Apartments in Tysons
  5. Silver Line extension opening date pushed once again to summer 2022
  6. JUST IN: Wegmans announces opening date for Reston location
  7. Here’s a ‘LOOK’ at what’s replacing Bow Tie Cinemas in Reston
  8. Here’s what will replace Clyde’s in Reston Town Center
  9. BREAKING: Bow Tie Cinemas to leave Reston Town Center
  10. Trash troubles persist in Fairfax County, with residents reporting missed pick-ups

We hope you enjoyed reading FFXnow this past year and hope to bring even more timely, comprehensive coverage of everything Fairfax County in 2023. As always, you can share tips, photos and general feedback at news@ffxnow.com or our anonymous tip form.

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The newly constructed I-66 Express Lanes from Gainesville to Centreville will open ahead of schedule (courtesy FAM Construction)

If you’re driving along the highways in Northern Virginia, do you usually hop into an express lane or do you prefer to tough it out in the normal lanes with the rest of the proletariat?

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced last week that the new I-66 Express Lanes running from the Beltway down to Centreville are set to fully open today (Tuesday).

“[VDOT and partners] announced today that the westbound direction of the new 66 Express Lanes from I-495 (Capital Beltway) to Route 28 in Centreville remains on schedule to open on or about this Saturday, Nov. 19,” VDOT said in a release. “The eastbound direction of this same 13-mile section of express lanes is expected to open by the end of November and could open as early as next Tuesday, Nov. 22, depending on weather and other factors.”

Along with the expansion, this month marks the 10-year anniversary of the express lanes opened on I-495. Since Express Lanes started being added to the highways around Northern Virginia, they’ve become largely ubiquitous along I-495, I-95 and I-395.

Intended to allow faster travel, the lanes charge vehicles based on demand, which can lead to eye-popping tolls. In two weeks, drivers will need to have at least two passengers to use the I-66 lanes for free, an increase from the current HOV-2 requirement.

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A Metro employee hands out pennants commemorating the Silver Line Phase II grand opening (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The weekend is almost here. Before you hop on (or lament) the latest addition to the I-66 toll lanes 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: Teen pedestrian killed in crash on Columbia Pike
  2. With opening day tomorrow, here’s what you need to know about Silver Line Phase II
  3. Fast-food chain Roy Rogers, named after Hollywood’s cowboy king, was born in Fairfax County
  4. Herndon house fire displaces eight people, cat rescued
  5. Redevelopment of former Sheraton Tysons Hotel could bring new public gathering spaces
  6. After decades of planning, Silver Line Phase II officially opens
  7. Two killed in separate vehicle crashes in Great Falls and West Springfield
  8. Fairfax County extends farmers market season into December for three sites
  9. Nintendo gaming pop-up coming to Tysons Corner Center
  10. Covid cases stay down, but other respiratory illnesses are surging, N. Va. health leaders say

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 tree in Reston stands out as others lose their leaves (photo by Ray Copson)

The weekend is almost here. Before you prepare to turn back the clock on Sunday (Nov. 6) 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. Black bear filmed strolling by Adaire Apartments in Tysons
  2. Tysons black bear has also been seen in Vienna, Reston, police confirm
  3. JUST IN: Wegmans announces opening date for Reston location
  4. BREAKING: Silver Line Phase II to open in mid-November
  5. Developer seeks to build affordable apartments near Innovation Center Metro station
  6. Halloween creeps up on Tysons early with mall trick-or-treating
  7. Police identify suspected shooter in Skyline Towers shooting
  8. Business dedicated to stretching opens in North Point Village Center
  9. County hit with deluge of new voter registrations a week before election
  10. Police seek persons of interest after man fatally shot at Skyline Towers

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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Morning Notes

Vienna Market townhouses take shape (Staff photo by Angela Woolsey).

County Prosecutor Often Sought Suspects’ Detention — “Fairfax County’s top prosecutor, who has faced criticism for practices some view as too lenient, released data Wednesday showing that his office recommended people accused of violent crimes be denied bail at 76 percent of hearings but that judges did so only about half the time.” [The Washington Post]

Gummies Linked to Sickness at Fairfax County School — “At least seven students at Liberty Middle School in Fairfax County, Virginia, reported feeling ill after apparently eating Delta 8 THC gummies, the principal of the school said in a letter to families.” [NBC 4]

County School Enrollment Up — “Enrollment in Virginia’s largest school system has increased for the first time since the pandemic, but the number of students attending classes still isn’t back to pre-pandemic levels.” [WTOP]

Nonprofit Kicks Off Gift Campaign — “Britepaths is seeking donations from the community to provide meals and gifts to 265 families across Fairfax County during the upcoming holiday season as part of the Fairfax-based nonprofit’s Holiday Program.” [Reston Patch]

It’s Friday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 57 and low of 42. Sunrise at 7:33 am and sunset at 6:14 pm. [Weather.gov]

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A stick-on mural inside the newly opened Vertical Rock Climbing and Fitness Center in Tysons (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

The weekend is almost here. Before you check out the Richmond Highway corridor’s first parklet 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. Undeveloped site on Route 50 could become data center or warehouse
  2. Woman killed in crash near Fairfax Towne Center, capping deadly week for local pedestrians
  3. Teen in hospital with serious injuries from accidental BB gun shooting in McLean
  4. NEW: Two killed in moped crash on Dulles Toll Road in Wolf Trap
  5. New Lorton Community Center is now open, joining renovated library and park
  6. Police: Man shot at officers and led chase from Arlington to West Falls Church
  7. Fairfax County School Board commits to supporting transgender students, as community speaks out
  8. Fairfax County could introduce speed enforcement cameras with pilot next year
  9. Police search underway for missing woman, last seen in Reston
  10. Man killed on I-95 in Springfield by driver who tried to flee, police say

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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Flagger ahead sign on Cedar Lane in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

The weekend is almost here. Before you consider whether your neighborhood school should have a speed camera 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. Three dead after vehicle crashes in Tysons and Fort Belvoir, FCPD says
  2. FCPD to review viral traffic stop of mother on Richmond Highway
  3. Fairfax County proposes compelling developers to replace lost affordable housing
  4. Virginia’s limits on local authority are becoming “more intrusive” for Fairfax County, board chair says
  5. Fairfax County must pay MWAA another $40M for Silver Line Phase II
  6. New Route 7 travel lane opens earlier than expected in Reston
  7. County plans to get more HOAs on board with electric vehicle chargers, starting in Reston
  8. I-495 widening will require removal of cell tower in McLean, potentially affecting service
  9. Police: Vienna resident assaulted after confronting men leaving his apartment
  10. Shooter fires gun into car in Mount Vernon, killing man, police say

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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Bicyclist crosses Wiehle Avenue in Reston at site of future bridge (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The weekend is almost here. Before the remnants of Hurricane Ian arrive or you 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. Metro unveils new map with addition of Silver Line extension
  2. Alcorn shuts door on possibility of redeveloping Reston National Golf Course
  3. Uniqlo opens Fair Lakes store, its first in an open-air shopping center
  4. Students across Fairfax County protest proposed policies limiting transgender student rights
  5. Convenience store approved for longtime family-owned gas station in Springfield
  6. Police: Motorcyclist died after crash on I-495 near Inova Fairfax
  7. Remains found in Tysons identified as teen who disappeared 47 years ago
  8. Reston’s Halley Rise development to feature new urban farm, fall festival
  9. NEW: McKay believes ‘safe legal ground’ if FCPS defies state’s draft policies on transgender students
  10. For owner Amir Mostafavi, South Block coming to McLean brings life ‘full circle’

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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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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