Police Make Progress on Hannah Choi Murder Case — Fairfax County detectives believe they know the location of the man suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend and dumping her body in a Maryland park, according to Police Chief Kevin Davis. He says the department anticipates apprehending Joel Mosso Merino, who has been on the run since March, “in the very near future.” [WTOP]
Circuit Court Officially Adds First Female Judge of Color — “Tania M.L. Saylor, the first woman of color to serve as a Fairfax County Circuity [sic] Court Judge will be presented her official commission on Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 5J of the Fairfax County Courthouse. The public is invited to attend the investiture ceremony.” [Fairfax County Government]
Key FCPS Official Named Fairfax City Superintendent — “The City of Fairfax School Board didn’t look far when picking its next superintendent. The board on Monday offered Jeff Platenberg the role. Platenberg currently works for Fairfax County Public Schools as the assistant superintendent for facilities and transportation services.” [WTOP]
Locally Owned Coffee Shop Opens in Newington — “Two neighbors who live close to the Landsdowne shopping center are now the owners of a new coffee shop. The locally owned Coffee In opened a few weeks ago and will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday at 6432 Landsdowne Centre Drive.” [Patch]
Herndon Foster Mother Starts Nonprofit — The nonprofit Foster the Family “will show up to a foster home, within the first 24 hours, with dinner, clothes, PJ’s, hygiene products and all the supplies a child needs, saving the parents an emergency trip to the store, and helping the child feel comfortable in what can be a scary transition.” [ABC7]
McLean Church Builds Labyrinth — “Trinity United Methodist Church dedicated a labyrinth as its new Prayer Garden on Easter morning between worship services…The labyrinth is surrounded by plantings and benches with lighting to facilitate an atmosphere worthy of spiritual reflection and meditation. It is the most significant labyrinth in scope and size in the McLean area.” [Sun Gazette]
South County Students Send Letters to Seniors — “In Lorton, Virginia, 92-year-old Bernice Alexander reads from just one of the dozens of letters received at her senior living community. They were written by teenagers at South County High School, and some come with artwork, paintings and cheery posters, too.” [NBC4]
County Adopts Bill of Rights for Kids’ Sports — “The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood & Community Services (NCS), along with the Fairfax County Athletic Council, is pleased to adopt the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports. Developed by the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program, this is a new resource designed to ensure that all children have a right to a quality sports experience.” [NCS]
It’s Wednesday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 75 and low of 61. Sunrise at 6:08 am and sunset at 8:05 pm. [Weather.gov]
Compass Coffee has opened a new location in Fairfax City, further cementing a stronghold in the area.
The coffee shop opened on Monday (March 21) at the new Point 50 shopping center, located at 10400 Fairfax Boulevard.
Compass Coffee first opened its doors in D.C. in 2014. Since then, the coffee shop has expanded to 12 locations across the D.C. and Northern Virginia area.
The Fairfax cafe is the company’s 13th location. It’s managed by Steve Pongrace, who has lived in Fairfax for over 15 years.
“My team is committed to delivering Legendary customer service to every customer that walks through our doors,” Pongrace said. “We can’t wait to get to know the city of Fairfax and build a strong community of regulars at the Point 50 shopping center.”
Joel Shetterly, the company’s vice president of marketing, says the business looks forward creating community and connection over coffee.
“We’re obsessive about every detail of the café experience so that there is nothing to take away from the moment you are sharing with a friend or loved one over a great cup of coffee,” he said in a news release.
In February, the company opened a new location in the recently renovated Ballston Quarter.
City of Fairfax Mayor David Meyer said the shop will help create a “third space” outside of work and home.
“With the opening of Compass Coffee and other new businesses at this center, Point 50 will become a hub for social interaction and pedestrian activity,” Meyer said.
Point 50 is a new shopping center that brings a little over 48,000 square feet of retail space, including a grocery store, to replace the aging, 68,000-square-foot Fairfax Shopping Center on Route 29.