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A stone statue of a lion faces the Eden Center parking lot in Falls Church (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Peak Bloom for Cherry Blossoms Predicted — “The cherry blossom trees at the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom from March 23 to 26, 2024, the National Park Service announced at a National Cherry Blossom Festival press conference on Thursday…No matter when the flowers decide to bloom, this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival will take place from March 20 to April 14.” [Washingtonian]

Still No Resolution to Fairfax Connector Strike — “Fairfax Connector bus service will remain suspended through Friday, March 1 as unionized workers continue to strike, demanding a new contract with the bus’ contractor group…Negotiations between Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689 and bus operator Transdev continued Thursday, though the session ended without a new contract for workers, according to union officials.” [WJLA]

Hybla Valley Gun Store Burglarized — “Early [Thursday] morning at 1:59 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress at 7524 Richmond Highway at H&F Arms in Hybla Valley. Security footage captured two masked individuals force entry into the business through the front door. The suspects took six handguns and two airsoft pistols before exiting the store.” [FCPD]

State Legislators Pass Marijuana Sales Bill — “Virginia lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday that if approved by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin would allow recreational retail sales of marijuana to begin next year…The legislation would create the state’s first retail market in a ‘responsible and thoughtful way,’ said Del. Paul Krizek of Fairfax County, who carried the House version.” [Associated Press/WTOP]

Watchdog Raises New Metro Safety Concerns — The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission said in a new report that “Metro is listing some train operators as being ‘certified’ even though they have not demonstrated they can handle certain dangerous situations, including when smoke fills train cars.” An incident near L’Enfant Plaza in 2015 killed one passenger and left others sick. [WTOP]

Bren Mar Residents Rally Against Data Center — “In 2022, residents successfully mobilized against a rezoning proposal for a data center at Plaza 500, an industrial/business park at 6295 Edsall Road…The developer has now submitted a site plan for a by-right data center on the section of the property zoned I-5. The proposed two-story data center would be 466,000 square feet and 70 feet tall.” [Annandale Today]

Hybla Valley Post Office to Relocate — “The lease for the U.S. Post Office located at Mount Vernon Plaza in Hybla Valley has expired, and the community branch plans to move to a new location in Groveton, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service.” Retail services will remain available at Mount Vernon Plaza until the new location at 2923-A East Lee Avenue opens on a “to be determined date.” [On the MoVe]

Space Available in Park Authority Camps — “When schools close for student holidays and spring break, fun and engaging Park Authority camps are in session! This year, spring camps will be held” from March 25-29, April 1-2, Wednesday, April 10 and Friday, May 3. “Camps are hosted all year and many spaces remain open for both spring and summer camps.” [FCPA]

It’s Friday — Clouds will gradually increase throughout the day, reaching a high near 52 degrees. Rain is expected on Friday night, with a low around 42 degrees. Precipitation is certain, with new amounts ranging between a quarter and half an inch. [Weather.gov]

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Cars travel northbound along I-495 toward D.C. (staff photo by James Jarvis)

GMU’s Sports Stadium Proposal Questioned — “Students and neighbors of George Mason University are rallying in opposition to a proposed facility for Washington’s newly formed professional cricket team…GMU said it also could be an opportunity to move its successful baseball team out of an aging field and share a 5,000-person stadium on west campus.” [NBC4]

Co-Founder of Longtime Merrifield Restaurant Dies — “Kim Lai, the immigrant businessman who helped transform a small family-run establishment into one of the most widely recognized Vietnamese restaurants in the D.C. area, died Feb. 16…Lai died from a head injury, several hours after suffering a fall at home in Fairfax,” said Le Lai, one of his daughters who ran Four Sisters from 2014 until it closed last year. [Washington Post]

Herndon Firefighters Mourn Loudoun Colleague — “On Friday, Feb. 23, C-Shift of Fairfax County Herndon Station, Company 4, hung black bunting across the front of their firehouse” as a tribute to Trevor Brown, a Sterling Volunteer Fire Company firefighter who died in an explosion at a Sterling house on Feb. 16. A preliminary investigation suggests the explosion stemmed from a propane gas tank leak. [The Connection]

Residents Form Coalition to Tackle Invasive Plants — “A group of homeowner and community associations has come together to focus on removing invasive plants and supporting the planting of native species. The Fairfax Invasive Removal Alliance (FIRA) is sending letters to the Board of Supervisors and state legislators urging action to address the problem of invasive, non-native plant species.” [Annandale Today]

Virtual Town Hall Planned on Animal Services Merger — “Join the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and the Fairfax County Police Department for a conversation about how our proposal to unite animal care and control services will benefit wildlife.” Community engagement will begin with a virtual meeting at 7 p.m. today (Thursday), followed by in-person town halls at the animal shelter’s Fairfax and Lorton campuses on March 11 and 13, respectively. [FCAS]

Architecture Firm Moves HQ Out of Tysons — “Architecture firm KTGY is moving its East Coast headquarters from Northern Virginia to Washington, D.C. The Irvine, Calif.-based company inked a 15,000-square-foot lease at Alexander Court, a 12-story, two-building office complex in the District’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. Since 2010, KTGY has had offices in Tysons, Va., where it had a similarly sized footprint at 8609 Westwood Center Drive.” [Commercial Observer]

South Lakes Basketball Team Reaches Semi-Finals — South Lakes High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team will face the Hayfield Hawks tomorrow (Friday) in the Virginia High School League’s state semi-finals at Westfield High School. The Seahawks advanced after defeating the Potomac Panthers 74-69 on Tuesday (Feb. 27). [South Lakes Athletics, Nova Hoops]

How to Give Feedback on County’s Proposed Budget — “On Tuesday, Feb. 20, County Executive Bryan Hill presented his proposed FY 2025 budget to the Board of Supervisors. You can get more information and provide input…at a Budget Town Hall meeting in your district, and during the budget public hearings, scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, April 16-18.” [Fairfax County Government]

It’s Thursday — Expect sunshine and a high of 46 degrees, accompanied by a northwest wind blowing at 10 to 15 mph with gusts reaching up to 24 mph. Thursday night will be mostly clear with a low of 32 degrees and a northwest wind of 6 mph, which will become light and variable. [Weather.gov]

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The Vita apartments loom behind an entrance to the Tysons Metro station (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Herndon Pub’s Cheesesteak Voted Best in Region — “A stalwart in pub food, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern of Herndon claims the title of Best Cheesesteak in our NoVA Wars: Cheesesteak Edition reader poll. Readers chose Jimmy’s as the winner through four rounds of bracket-style voting. In the end, it topped Falls Church’s Celebrity Delly for the title.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Temporary Fix Proposed for Georgetown Pike Traffic — “VDOT is proposing to restrict left-turns from northbound Dead Run Drive to westbound Georgetown Pike” in McLean during rush hour in the hopes of easing congestion exacerbated by construction on I-495. “The meeting will take place Wednesday, from 7-9 p.m., Churchill Road Elementary School Cafeteria.” [Patch]

Apartment Complex in Bailey’s Crossroads Nears Finish — “Three Collective, the new three-building apartment complex at the Skyline Center in Bailey’s Crossroads, is nearing completion. The three buildings had been office buildings and were repurposed for residential uses. [They] have a total of 720 ‘flexidential’ apartments where tenants can live, work, or do both.” [Annandale Today]

Business Community Opposes Digital Sales Tax — “Trade associations representing hundreds of companies that do business in Virginia have come out swinging against a proposal to expand the state sales tax to cover digital goods, something Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin proposed and Democrats endorsed in their budget legislation.” Signatories of a letter sent to legislators include the Northern Virginia Technology Council. [Associated Press/WTOP]

Development Restricted on Great Falls Property — “Fairfax County supervisors on Feb. 20 unanimously approved creation of a new 29.81-acre agricultural-and-forestal (AF) district in Great Falls, which will protect the property from more intensive development in exchange for a tax break.” The land is mostly forested or undeveloped, but about 4.8 acres are being used for agricultural purposes, and there are three residential structures. [Gazette Leader]

Sorority Donates Books to Lorton School — “The Alpha Beta Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. donated over 200 books featuring characters of color to Gunston Elementary School in honor of Black History Month.” The books were collected by the sorority chapter over the past month and “selected or approved by Gunston Elementary’s librarian.” [On the MoVe]

Oakton Student Wins State Diving Championship — “Flint Hill Huskies senior diver Michayla Eisenberg finished her high-school career by winning the girls private-school state championship with a 506.7 point total, the highest in her prep career. The state title was her second in a row, dominating and winning by 186 points this season and finishing second as a sophomore.” [Gazette Leader]

Free Prom Dress Shop Set for Reston Return — “Reston Community Center is gearing up to host its annual Diva Central event on Saturday, March 16. Now in its 22nd year, Diva Central is a single-day prom and formal dress shopping event that is open to middle- and high school-age students who need formal dresses and/or accessories.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

It’s Wednesday — Expect rain throughout the day, potentially turning into a thunderstorm after 4pm, with a high near 69°F. Winds will be breezy from the south at 21-24 mph, gusting up to 37 mph. Rain will continue into the night, with a possible thunderstorm before 10pm. Temperatures will drop to around 31°F, accompanied by windy conditions. [Weather.gov]

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A deer crosses an asphalt trail through Vienna’s Wildwood Park (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Local Man Dies in Alexandria Jail — “Ahntais Lucas, 39, from Fairfax County, was found unresponsive and alone in his cell experiencing a medical emergency. The release said the jail’s medical staff tried to treat Lucas but he was pronounced deceased at 4:42 a.m.” Lucas’s death is under investigation by Alexandria’s sheriff’s office and police department. [ALXnow]

McLean Man Forced to Drive at Gunpoint — “A McLean man was kidnapped at gunpoint early Sunday morning and forced to drive to his home and another location in Maryland, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Investigators determined that around 12:30 a.m…the victim had arranged to meet with the suspect” in D.C., but upon arriving, he was confronted by two people with handguns. [Patch]

Update Coming on Fairfax County Parkway Construction — “The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a hybrid ‘pardon our dust’ meeting Wednesday night, Feb. 28 at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Building, 4975 Alliance Drive…on the work underway at Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) and Popes Head Road (Route 654) to replace the traffic signal with an interchange.” [VDOT]

Potential Beltway Crash Averted by Helping Drivers — “Michel Cochran, 82 was driving between the Little River Turnpike and Braddock Road exits in Annandale around 10 a.m. on Feb. 16 when she had a major heart attack and died.” A state trooper says other drivers helped move Cochran’s car out of the path of oncoming vehicles, called 911 and delivered CPR. [Annandale Today]

Virginia Tornado Drill Delayed Due to Primaries — “The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced Feb. 20 it was rescheduling the Virginia statewide tornado drill, which has been slated for 9:45 a.m. on March 5, to the same time on Thursday, March 7. VDEM officials moved the drill to ensure it would not have any impacts on the primary elections.” [Gazette Leader]

Milk Tea Shop Now Open in Lorton — “Kokee Tea, a specialty drink and dessert café, opened Feb. 15 at Liberty Market in Lorton. The store, which specializes in milk tea and other types of teas, cold clouds and ice-blended drinks, will hold a grand opening event Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. with giveaways for the first 100 customers.” [On the MoVe]

Park Authority Rolls Out Virtual Golf Notifications — “Tired of searching through tee time cancellations to see whether your desired spot has opened up? Get ‘No-Tee-Fied’ with Golf Fairfax’s new virtual tee time waitlist and assistant, powered by Noteefy. This new system allows golfers to receive real-time notifications when their desired tee time becomes available.” [Fairfax County Park Authority]

Reston Restauranteur Makes Pricey Home Purchase — “Warren Thompson, president and chairman of Reston-based Thompson Hospitality Corp., the nation’s largest minority-owned food and facilities management company, acquired Wildersmoor House in Great Falls for $14.75 million earlier this month, according to public records. The estate was first listed in May 2023 for $17.995 million. It is the region’s most expensive sale of 2024.” [Washington Business Journal]

It’s Tuesday — Expect showers after 1 p.m. with a 50% chance of precipitation, partly sunny skies, and a high near 64. Showers are likely after 4 a.m., with a 70% chance of precipitation, cloudy conditions, and a low around 57. New precipitation amounts may be less than a tenth of an inch. [Weather.gov]

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Looking up at a pedestrian bridge over Route 7 (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Officer in Fatal Tysons Shooting Had Drawn Gun Before — “In the 13 months before a Fairfax County police sergeant shot and killed an unarmed man suspected of stealing sunglasses from a major shopping mall, the officer twice drew his gun on other suspected shoplifters, spurring criticism that he was acting too aggressively and possibly violating department policies.” [Washington Post]

Fairfax Connector Strike Continues — “Fairfax Connector bus service will remain suspended through Monday, Feb. 26, 2024. Operating Status for the rest of the week (February 27-March 1) will be updated as information becomes available. We encourage our users to consider alternative methods of travel and we apologize for the inconvenience and truly appreciate your patience.” [Fairfax Connector]

Loan Approved for Seven Corners Housing Project — “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 21 approved a $9.7 million loan from the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority to Wesley Housing for an affordable housing project between Seven Corners and Bailey’s Crossroads. The loan will facilitate the development of Kindred Crossing at 6165 Leesburg Pike.” [Annandale Today]

D.C. Area News Site Shut Down — “A Friday morning visit to DCist.com, one of the most beloved local news sites in the District, won’t take you to insightful articles about local politics, transportation or businesses, or to quirky only-in-D.C. culture pieces. Instead, it will take you to a temporary popup message, announcing the death of a local institution.” [NBC4]

FCPS Student Journalists Named Among Best in U.S. — “McLean High School was among three Fairfax County schools and 28 nationwide selected as recipients of the 2024 First Amendment Press-Freedom Award. It is the seventh consecutive award for the high school’s journalism program. Locally, Chantilly and West Springfield high schools also were saluted.” [Gazette Leader]

New Reston Firm Helps Launch Restaurants — “While food truck operators and food hall vendors might have mad skills with a chef’s knife and a skillet, that doesn’t mean they have the skills to start their own brick-and-mortar restaurants. That’s why Reston real estate firm Winmar Advisory has launched a consulting platform to help them determine sales projections, sign their first lease and operate efficiently, Managing Partner Lance LJ Marine told me.” [Washington Business Journal]

Silver Line Ridership on the Rise, Metro Says — “Exciting update! Metrorail ridership is up over 22% since last year, and guess what? These Silver Line stations are absolutely crushing it with even higher growth than the systemwide average! Let’s keep the region moving!” [WMATA/Twitter]

New Principal Needed for Mount Vernon HS — “Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is kicking off a nationwide search for a new principal at Mount Vernon High School (MVHS) following the announcement that current principal JoVon Rogers will soon be departing for a new position as an executive principal in Region 6. Effective April 1, MVHS assistant principal Karen Boyd will assume the role of acting principal through the end of the school year.” [On the MoVe]

It’s Monday — Expect sunny skies with a high near 63 degrees and a southwest wind between 3 and 7 mph during the day. The evening will be partly cloudy, with temperatures dropping to a low of around 46 degrees, accompanied by a southeast wind of about 6 mph. [Weather.gov]

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A turkey vulture in flight in the West Ox Road area (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Cell Phone Service Restored After Outage — Phone service has been restored after a nationwide service outage reported yesterday (Thursday) morning “that affected several major service carriers and impacted phone calls,” including to 911. “Residents may need to reboot their cell phone (possibly multiple times) to establish a connection.” [Ready Fairfax/Facebook]

Springfield Man Pleads Guilty in Connection to Capitol Breach — “A Fairfax County, Virginia, man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felonies connected to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Joseph Brody, 24, of Springfield, pleaded guilty to assaulting law enforcement and civil disorder.” [WTOP]

Man Arrested After Firing Gun in Annandale Home — “A man was safely taken into custody [Wednesday] evening after recklessly discharging a firearm from inside his home in Annandale.” Police responded to the 7800 block of Butterfield Lane around 10 p.m. “for the report of gunshots being fired into a neighboring, occupied townhouse.  There were no reported injuries.” [FCPD]

Longtime County Economic Development Leader Dies — Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) President and CEO Victor Hoskins announced yesterday that the authority’s senior vice president, Catherine Riley, died on Feb. 7. Serving in leadership roles at the FCEDA for the past 35 years, Riley helped Fairfax County “become a global hub where businesses and people thrive,” he said. [FCEDA]

Woodlawn Wendy’s Reopens After Facelift — “The Wendy’s restaurant located at Woodlawn Shopping Center reopened for business Feb. 21 following a four-month long renovation…To celebrate the store’s reopening, Wendy’s will hold a ‘grand opening’ event Saturday, March 16” with a ribbon-cutting and a year of free sandwiches, salads or breakfast biscuits for the first 200 dine-in guests. [On the MoVe]

Bill Designating State Cat Is No More — “Legislation proposed by Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria) to designate the domestic shorthair as the ‘official cat of Virginia’ did not make it out alive when the House Committee on Rules wrapped up its work before the legislature’s crossover.” A bill “to designate the honeybee as Virginia’s official state pollinator,” however, sailed through both chambers, which set it to Gov. Glenn Youngkin. [Gazette Leader]

Springfield Lunar New Year Celebration Arrives — “Springfield Town Center, in partnership with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, will host a Lunar New Year Celebration in Grand Court with traditional music, and cultural performances and activities to ring in the year of the Dragon.” The festivities will be held tomorrow (Saturday) from noon to 3 p.m. [Springfield Town Center]

Rock Band Kansas to Mark 50th Anniversary in Tysons — “His were the hands that played iconic classic rock hits like ‘Carry on Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust in the Wind.’ WTOP caught up with founding Kansas guitarist Richard Williams to preview the band’s 50th anniversary tour ‘Another Fork in the Road’ next week at Capital One Hall in Tysons, Virginia, on Saturday, March 2.” [WTOP]

It’s Friday — Showers are likely mainly before 1pm, followed by mostly cloudy skies and a high near 58. The southwest wind of 7 to 10 mph will shift to the northwest, with a 50% chance of precipitation. Friday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 37. [Weather.gov]

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Part of the “Sun Boat” sculpture at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

IRS to Roll Out Free Tax Filing Website — “The IRS’s new Direct File website, a free site for filing a tax return, will open to the public in the coming days, the IRS announced Wednesday. But anyone who hopes to be among the first to use it will have to get lucky and check the website during limited and unannounced windows at the outset.” [Washington Post]

Tysons-Based Hilton Named in Hotel Price-Fixing Lawsuit — “A lawsuit alleging a group of hotel operators artificially increased the price of luxury hotel rooms with the help of a shared database has named industry titans Hilton Worldwide Holdings and Hyatt Hotels Corp. among a list of defendants.” [Bisnow]

Piglets Born at Frying Pan Farm — While still in mourning for its longtime draft horse Charlie, Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon recently welcomed some new animals. “Baby Pigs! Looks like the Groundhog was right because it feels like spring here at Frying Pan Farm Park. The barn has new #piglets! Bring the family for a stroll around the farm and say hi to the cuties!” [Fairfax County Park Authority/Twitter]

Virginia Governor Joins Anti-Abortion Rally — “Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears, both Republicans, joined thousands of Virginia activists Wednesday for an annual anti-abortion demonstration, where attendees denounced Democratic lawmakers who have blocked proposed restrictions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.” [Associated Press/WTOP]

Longtime McLean Resident Turns 104 — “Friends, family, Kenyan drummers, neighborhood Fairfax County firefighters and staff at Lewinsville Adult Day Health Care in McLean gathered there recently to wish Serah Wankijiku Mbugua a very special happy 104th birthday. Born in rural Kenya on Jan. 1, 1920, Mbugua — whom everyone at Lewinsville calls ‘Mama Serah’ — has been a Lewinsville participant for 10 years.” [Neighborhood and Community Services]

Reston Hospital Announces New CEO — “Nathan Vooys, who served for the last three years as the chief executive officer of StoneSprings Hospital Center in Dulles, was named the new CEO at Reston Hospital Center. He will begin serving in that role on March 4.” [Patch]

McLean Polo Players Compete for National Trophy — Two athletes from McLean were among 10 players from Capital Water Polo, a team based at The St. James in Springfield, “selected by the USA Water Polo Olympic Development Program (ODP) to play…at the national-championship tournament in Chicago in mid-March. This is the highest number of players Capital Water Polo has ever sent to nationals.” [Gazette Leader]

Flying Squirrel Spotted Near Fairfax City — “A flying squirrel was recorded early Wednesday morning by the Ring camera, as it visited the home of a Patch reporter who lives just north of Fairfax City…This was the first time in 2024 that the family’s Ring camera captured an image of a flying squirrel, which is a nocturnal animal. The squirrel was spotted twice in previous years, including a short stop on the family’s windowsill.” [Patch]

It’s Thursday — Expect a mostly cloudy day with a high near 54, accompanied by a south wind blowing at 6-11 mph and gusts reaching up to 18 mph. Rain is likely at night, mostly after 1 am, as temperatures drop to a low around 47. The chance of precipitation is 60%, with potential for less than a tenth of an inch of new rainfall. [Weather.gov]

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A mural in Fairfax Circle depicts the Old Town Square splash pad (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

TSA Gives First-Ever Tour of Springfield Warehouse — “In a non-descript building right off I-95 in Springfield, Virginia, there are thousands of artifacts from the Transportation Security Administration. Old X-ray machines, explosive detectors, TSA call kiosks, counterterrorism pamphlets and guides are all stored, in a warehouse containing the wall-to-wall physical history of the agency.” [NBC4]

Tysons Developer’s Real Estate Plans Unclear — “Lerner Enterprises hasn’t announced any acquisitions, sales, renovations or new office leases since 2022. The 72-year-old firm also hasn’t provided updates on the millions of square feet of planned development it has in its pipeline, including the fate of two demolished shopping malls where communities have been waiting years to see activity.” [Bisnow]

Reston Resident Details CIA Career in New Book — “Over the course of her 27-year CIA career, Jonna Mendez, pulled off dazzling capers…Now 78 and living in Reston, Mendez’s career as a master of disguise is revealed with jarring transparency in her new memoir, In True Face: A Woman’s Life in the CIA, Unmasked, available March 5.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Navy Veteran Celebrates 100th B-Day at Local Hooters — “For the 10th year in a row, U.S. Navy veteran Glenn Ward celebrated his birthday at the Hooters in Fairfax City. But this year was a little different, because on Friday, the Arlington resident turned 100. Friends and family members from California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nevada showed up…for a party that included balloons, cake and chicken wings.” [Patch]

Bailey’s Crossroads Office Set for Demolition Has History — “A soon-to-be-demolished office building in Bailey’s Crossroads once housed a company that played an important played a role in the Cold War. The two-story cinderblock building at 5623 Leesburg Pike…is being torn down to facilitate a second drive-through lane and an expanded parking lot for the McDonald’s next door.” [Annandale Today]

New Amenities Coming to Woodlawn Ballpark — “Following several years of grassroots fundraising and advocating with Fairfax County, the Woodlawn Little League will soon witness the groundbreaking of a comfort station and concessions building at McNaughton Fields Park.” The 784-square-foot facility will feature “a concession stand, restrooms and storage.” [On the MoVe]

Tysons-Based Capital One to Buy Credit-Card Rival — “Capital One’s $35.3 billion deal to buy Discover is a long way from being completed. But consumer advocates and some lawmakers are already raising questions about how the proposed merger could affect credit-card users — many of whom are already under pressure from high interest rates and record debts.” [NBC News]

Tysons Show Featured in Netflix Comedy Special — “That’s how Taylor Tomlinson opens her new Netflix standup special ‘Have It All,’ which premiered this past week on Feb. 13 and currently ranks in the Top 10 TV Shows on Netflix. It was filmed at Capital One Hall…on Nov. 18, 2023, just weeks after announcing her new late-night talk show ‘After Midnight.'” [WTOP]

It’s Wednesday — Expect sunny skies and a high of 49 degrees, accompanied by a light, variable wind that will increase to around 6 mph from the southeast in the morning. The night will remain mostly clear with temperatures dropping to about 32 degrees, and a gentle southeast breeze blowing at 3 to 5 mph. [Weather.gov]

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The Trillium Tysons is taking shape in the next phase of The Boro (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Another Pedestrian Killed in Richmond Highway Crash — “A man is dead after a hit-and-run crash Sunday night in Fairfax County, Virginia. Police said it happened just before 10:45 p.m. on Richmond Highway at Buckman Road in Woodlawn…Police told WTOP that witnesses described the striking vehicle as a white Lexus. Officers found the car and the man about two miles away from the scene and arrested him for felony hit-and-run.” [WTOP]

No Metro Funding in Senate’s Budget Proposal — “Democrats who control Virginia’s General Assembly set out battle lines with Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) on Sunday over the state budget and teed up their own conflict between the Senate, which did not include budget plans for the Metro transit system or a sports arena in Alexandria for the Capitals and Wizards, and the House of Delegates, which did.” [Washington Post]

Two Injured in Sunday House Fire — “#FCFRD is on scene of a house fire in the 6600 blk of Chestnut Ave in West Falls Church. The fire is under control. One civilian being transported with life-threatening injuries. One firefighter is being evaluated for a minor injury.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Reston Man Dies From Bacterial Disease — “The statewide outbreak of meningococcal disease has claimed the life of a Reston man, his family says…In Virginia, that strain of meningococcal disease has been detected in 32 people in Virginia since June 2022. An outbreak was declared in September. Six people have died across the state.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Nearby: Firefighter Killed in Sterling House Explosion — “Authorities have identified the firefighter killed in Friday night’s ‘catastrophic’ house explosion in Sterling as 45-year-old Trevor Brown…Eleven other firefighters and two civilians were injured in the explosion, which one fire official called ‘total devastation.'” [Inside NoVA]

Scholarships Offered to People in Subsidized Housing — “People who live in affordable housing supported by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) will have the opportunity to apply for academic scholarships beginning March 1, 2024. Up to ten applicants will receive a $5,000 scholarship for postsecondary education including technical training.” [FCRHA]

Business Leaders Suggest Ways to Boost Development — “Executives representing five Northern Virginia construction and development companies offered suggestions to Fairfax County leaders on how to improve the development process. The suggestions came during a panel discussion about Reston and Herndon’s residential, office and retail markets that took place Thursday morning in Reston Station.” [Patch]

Reston Art Exhibit Explores Impact of A.I. — “Reston Art Gallery and Studios presents AI & Us, an exclusive pop-up art exhibit of works created by numerous artists exploring the impact of Artificial Intelligence on our society. The concept for this special exhibit is the brainchild of Leah Zhang, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSS).” [Tysons Today]

It’s Tuesday — Expect mostly sunny conditions with temperatures reaching a high around 48 degrees, accompanied by a gentle east wind of 3 to 7 mph. As evening comes, the sky will turn partly cloudy, and the temperature will drop to around 28 degrees, with the east wind slightly decreasing to 3 to 6 mph. [Weather.gov]

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Chain Bridge Road crosses over Accotink Creek in Fairfax City (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Snow Likely Tonight — “Forecast confidence is increasing for a light-to-moderate snowfall in the D.C. area Friday night.” As of yesterday afternoon, areas north and west of D.C. are predicted “to see 2 to 4 inches,” while areas to the south could get 1 to 3 inches of snow. [Capital Weather Gang]

Woman Hit by Metro Train in Tysons — A woman was hospitalized on Feb. 8 after being struck by a Silver Line train at the Spring Hill station around 8:30 p.m. The woman “was trespassing in a restricted track area” and “intentionally” got in front of the train, a Metro spokesperson said. She was “conscious and alert” when responders arrived, but the extent of her injuries is unclear. [Gazette Leader]

Married Fairfax Musicians Are Grammy Winners — Andrés Salguero and Christina Sanabria, the Fairfax residents who make up the bilingual band 123 Andrés, won the Grammy award for best children’s music album earlier this month for their 2023 album “We Grow Together, Preschool Songs.” The pair still perform in the D.C. area, including at local libraries and schools, while also traveling around the world. [DCist]

Mediterranean Food Truck Sets Up in Vienna — “Yalla Pita, a Mediterranean food truck specializing in kebab, falafel and shawarma, is open at the Shell gas station near the Cedar Park Shopping Center. Yalla Pita had moved from a previous location in Culpeper to Vienna. The new location opened Monday at 2530 Cedar Lane.” [Patch]

New Members Sought for Zoning Board — “The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals has upcoming openings for two members. One seat will become available on Feb. 21 and the other on June 14. Interested candidates must apply by March 15 to the Fairfax Circuit Court, which appoints the board’s seven members.” [Fairfax County Government]

Park Authority Now Hiring for Summer Camps — “The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking creative, high-energy, motivated candidates for full-time seasonal positions in its Rec-PAC summer camp program. Several positions across the county are open, including Site Directors, Camp Leaders and Inclusion Leaders.” [FCPA]

Mount Vernon Burlington Targets Summer Opening — “Discount retailer Burlington will tentatively hold its grand opening at Mount Vernon Plaza on June 28, according to the store’s website.” Meanwhile, the future of Huntington’s WNB Factory remains unclear, and further south on Route 1, the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club is slated for renovation. [On the MoVe]

West Springfield Actress Stars in Cher Musical — “Actress Catherine Ariale graduated from West Springfield High School in Northern Virginia back in 2015. Now, she’s excited to come home to Fairfax County to headline ‘The Cher Show’ at Capital One Hall in Tysons, Virginia, for a run of five shows this weekend on Friday, Feb. 16, Saturday, Feb. 17, and Sunday, Feb. 18.” [WTOP]

It’s Friday — Clouds will increase throughout the day, reaching a high of 46°F. Snow is expected Friday night, mainly after 10 pm, with a low around 32°F and a northeast wind of 3 to 7 mph. There is a 100% chance of precipitation, and snow accumulation may range from 1 to 3 inches. [Weather.gov]

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