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A rainbow at sunset over Reston Town Center (photo by Beth Allgaier)

Police Uses of Force Prompt Town Hall — Franconia District Supervisor Rodney Lusk’s office will host a virtual town hall on July 21 to discuss recent use-of-force incidents by Fairfax County police officers. Lusk, who chairs the Board of Supervisors’ public safety committee, said he shares community concerns “about both the nature of these incidents, as well as the frequency at which they are occurring.” [Rodney Lusk/Twitter]

Possible Reston Arts Center Delayed — Reston Town Center developer Boston Properties got approval to extend the deadline for when Fairfax County has to decide whether to build a new performing arts center by six months. A proffer agreement for the next phase of the center’s development allows the county to require an arts center or a park on the site along Sunset Hills Road. [Patch]

Local Students Take in New Images of Deep Space — “On Monday, the world got a look at the first image from the most powerful telescope ever launched into space, the James Webb Space Telescope…More images were released on Tuesday, and in Fairfax County, students taking part in summer learning programs got their first look with a NASA Solar System Ambassador in Burke, Virginia.” [WTOP]

Prepare for New Running Bamboo Regulations — “The effective date for a new ordinance designed to control the spread of ‘running bamboo’ is still nearly six months away, but Fairfax County’s Department of Code Compliance is already working to get property owners prepared.” [Patch]

Vienna Delivery Company Leases Warehouse — “Vienna-based LaserShip signed a lease for a full 105K SF warehouse building in Chantilly, Virginia, the company announced Tuesday. The property it leased, the Stonecroft Industrial Center, is located at 14850 Thompson Road…The lease represents an expansion of LaserShip’s Northern Virginia footprint, where it already operates in Chantilly.” [Bisnow]

Herndon Police Remind Drivers to Stop — “THIRTY citations were issued over the past two weeks for drivers failing to come to a complete stop. Stop. At red lights. At stop signs. Not only is this the law, but it keeps our town safer!” [Herndon Police/Twitter]

Mini Golf Enlivens Capital One’s Tysons Campus — “Eleven stories up, on a rooftop at the corporate campus of one of America’s biggest banks, grown adults are playing miniature golf…They’re at Perch Putt, an 18-hole mini-golf course complete with bright green Astroturf and undulating greens. It’s one of the more playful, if unexpected, amenities of the corporate landscape.” [Fast Company]

Vienna Community Group Auctions Custom Yard Signs — “Rustic Love and Vienna Arts Society, two nonprofits based in Vienna, have teamed up for an auction that launched Sunday. The auction features 20 heart signs built by Rustic Love volunteers and painted by Vienna Arts Society artists.” [Patch]

It’s Wednesday — Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 86 and low of 74. Sunrise at 5:56 am and sunset at 8:36 pm. [Weather.gov]

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A slushy machine from Tysons’ original steakhouse could be yours for a little over $200.

The device is among thousands of furnishings and memorabilia pieces currently being auctioned off to the highest bidder after J.R.’s Stockyards Inn officially shuttered earlier this year.

Run by Rasmus Auctions on behalf of J.R.’s Custom Catering, the event is being held online, but potential buyers can make an appointment to inspect the wares in person at the historic restaurant between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday (March 14).

Located at 8130 Watson Street, J.R.’s Stockyards opened in 1978 as one of Tysons’ first restaurants outside of Tysons Corner Center, according to its website. The venue ceased its restaurant operations in 2011, evolving to become a private banquet hall and caterer.

J.R.’s got Fairfax County’s approval to redevelop the site in October 2020, but it sold the property to an apparent affiliate of Tysons Corner Center owner Macerich in December. Macerich has not revealed yet whether it will move forward with the planned residential building or pursue a different development.

Stockyards Inn items up for auction include cookware, stoves and refrigerators, signs that once decorated the restaurant’s walls, cotton candy and popcorn carts, ceramic cows dressed like chefs, and a snow plow.

The auction will close at 10:07 a.m. on March 15.

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