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Sunrise over Reston National Golf Course (photo by Terry Baranski)

Developers Hope Silver Line Opening Will Boost Activity — “Officials responsible for building and operating the 11.4-mile, $3 billion extension…have insisted that it will spark and sustain considerable development…For developers, they’re hoping those words ring true, that it supercharges multimillion-dollar investments they’ve bet on, but also brings more riders back to the office from previously hard-to-reach residences” [Washington Business Journal]

Herndon Election Results Certified — The Fairfax County Board of Elections has certified the results of the Nov. 8 contests, cementing Herndon Mayor Sheila Olem’s reelection. Town Council candidate Stevan M. Porter fell just 119 votes short of Donielle Scherff, one of five victors, but said he won’t call for a recount. [Patch]

Silver Line Boosted Tysons Office Rents — “After Phase 1 opened with four stations in Tysons, that area’s office market experienced an acceleration in rent prices compared to nearby Reston, data shared with Bisnow by CompStak found. Since 2014, average effective rents were up 26.6% in Tysons and up 17.7% in Reston” [Bisnow]

Herndon Man Arrested for Carjacking Attempt — A 40-year-old Herndon man was arrested on Nov. 7 and faces charges of attempted carjacking, aggravated assault of a police officer, simple assault and destruction of property. The incident occurred just before 2 p.m. and led to him being treated at a hospital for minor injuries. [Herndon Police]

Feedback on Middle School Recess Positive — “At the beginning of this school year, Fairfax County Public Schools introduced middle school recess after a pilot program showed this age group does better in the classroom when free play factors into their day. According to principals, students, and teachers, that decision, along with the move to eliminate cell phone usage, is already paying dividends.” [FCPS]

General Assembly Gets Bill on Trans Students in Sports — Republican Del. Karen Greenhalgh of Virginia Beach has introduced a bill that would bar transgender students in K-12 and colleges from competing on teams that correspond with their gender identity. The bill would require athletics to allow students on teams based on their sex assigned at birth and could even affect private schools by banning them from playing against public schools unless they also comply. [The Washington Post]

FCPD Hires Incident Support Services Director — “Chief Kevin Davis of the Fairfax County Police Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Vera Daniel as Director of FCPD’s Incident Support Services. In this role, Director Daniel will work with Major Greg Fried to develop prevention strategies, techniques, and training aimed at supporting officers who may have been impacted by traumatic events.” [FCPD]

County Adds Public Health Training Program — “The ‘Public Health Youth Ambassador Program,’ coordinated by the Fairfax County Health Department, is a free educational program that trains local high school students from the African, African-American and Hispanic communities as community health workers. Thirty local high schoolers are currently enrolled. The program seeks to enroll an additional 60 students between now and June 2023.” [FCHD]

It’s Wednesday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 51 and low of 37. Sunrise at 6:54 am and sunset at 4:55 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Vienna’s “Taking Flight” statue on a cloudy day (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Silver Line Phase II Arrives — “The #SilverLineExtension opens [today]! We’ll be live streaming our opening event celebration on 11/15 at 10:30 am and we’d love for you to tune in virtually. Check back here in the morning or visit http://wmata.com/silverline around 10:30 to join the excitement. Let’s #RIDESILVER!” [WMATA/Twitter]

Hunter Mill District Supervisor on UVA Shooting — “Once again we are rocked by a senseless shooting at a Virginia school. As a proud graduate of @UVA I am devastated for the school and the whole UVA community. We must find a way to work together to prevent these recurring tragedies and end gun violence.” [Walter Alcorn/Twitter]

School Board Chair on UVA Shooting — “Thinking of all the folks with children and loved ones at UVA. Such a senseless and horrible and preventable tragedy. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. This has got to stop.” [Rachna Sizemore Heizer/Twitter]

Burglary Attempts in McLean Under Investigation — “Fairfax County Police say the incidents happened on Saturday night at two houses located within a mile of each other. The first incident happened around 9:11 p.m. at a house in the 1300 block Lancia Drive, and the second incident happened around 10:14 p.m. at a house in the 1300 block Altamira Court.” [FOX5]

Fairfax County Adds New Glass Recycling Sites — Coinciding with Fairfax Recycles Day, there will be ribbon-cutting ceremonies today to celebrate the addition of two glass recycling dumpsters to the county’s Purple Can Club. The new receptacles are at the Virginia Railway Express station in Burke (10399 Premier Court) and the Saratoga Park and Ride on Barta Road in Springfield. [DPWES]

Fairfax City Seeks Input on New Street Names — “Fairfax City Council is hosting a public hearing on Tuesday to solicit public input on the recommended names submitted by the community for 14 city streets. The council voted in July to change the names due to their association with slavery, the Confederacy, and the myth of the ‘Lost Cause.'” [Patch]

Affordable Housing Improves Home Values, Reports Say — “Fairfax County, like most communities across the nation, is taking urgent steps to address a shortage of affordable housing for individuals and families earning low and moderate income…Industry leaders and advocates alike point to an increasing supply of research that demonstrates the benefits of affordable housing.” [Housing and Community Development]

Seven Corners Phasing Meeting Tomorrow — “Due to technical issues with the Seven Corners Phasing Study virtual meeting held on Nov. 10, 2022, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) has scheduled an additional online community meeting for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, at 7 p.m.” [FCDOT]

Reston Association Seeks Board Candidates — Four seats will be open for the Reston Association Board of Directors’ election in March of next year. Openings include three-year terms for an at-large director, a Hunters Woods District director and a representative for apartment owners, along with a one-year at-large position. [RA]

It’s Tuesday — Rain starting in the afternoon. High of 47 and low of 34. Sunrise at 6:53 am and sunset at 4:56 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Kayaker on Royal Lake in Burke during the fall (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Accessibility of New Silver Line Stations Still Lacking — “As Metro prepares to open six new rail stations in Northern Virginia, some future passengers are expressing dismay over their limited access for pedestrians and cyclists. While they say they are pleased with station amenities…they see room for more improvements that could provide better connections to the transit points that don’t rely on vehicles.” [Virginia Mercury]

Tysons Sees Slow Progress on Walkability — “Fairfax leaders say plenty of Tysons-area residents are frustrated that walking and cycling doesn’t feel safer or easier. Still, public officials say, the area is showing potential. It will take more time, they say, to find a balance between moving thousands of vehicles and creating space for what they hope will be a growing number of pedestrians and cyclists.” [The Washington Post]

Lorton Man Dies From Medical Emergency — “Police said that they had taken Murray into custody without force after receiving multiple calls about a man ‘acting erratically and disorderly’ at around 4:15 p.m. in the 6500 block of Amherst Avenue in Springfield. At that time, Murray was running into traffic and hitting vehicles as they passed by.” [WTOP]

Chef Peter Chang Opens Fairfax Restaurant — “There’s another new Chang venture in Fairfax flying under the radar with a semi-secretive name: Lu Wei Peter Zhang, which quietly opened in September…The concise menu includes traditional dishes like salt-and-pepper pork feet, marinated beef tendon with pancakes for wrapping, and hot pots with assorted meats.” [Washingtonian]

Falls Church Developer Officially Seals Movie Theater Deal — “Joe Muffler, key point person for the Mill Creek’s Founders Row mixed use development in the downtown area of the City of Falls Church, announced to the News-Press earlier this week that a formal lease has finally been signed with Paragon Theatres for a multiscreen facility at Founders Row.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Sheriff’s Office Dog Dies — “With much sadness, we share with you the sudden and unexpected death of Hank, our young therapy dog. Hank was an Aussie Doodle whose training began at birth for the role he played at the Sheriff’s Office…Hank’s quiet interactions helped manage our stress levels.” [Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook]

Kaiser Opens New Springfield Medical Center — “The new 99,000-square-foot facility at 6551 Loisdale Court in Springfield, set to start seeing patients Monday, replaces the adjacent Springfield site — Kaiser’s oldest Mid-Atlantic property…The new facility expects to serve more than 47,000 Fairfax County residents and 144,000 annual visits.” [Washington Business Journal]

Fort Belvoir Bowling Center Returning — “The bowling alley on the Army garrison is reopening on a limited basis this month. According to Fort Belvoir Family and MWR, the bowling center’s ‘soft opening’ will start Nov. 17, and the facility will operate during set hours every Thursday through Sunday” [On the MoVe]

Mount Vernon RECenter Renovation on Schedule — “Once the rec center shuts down — in January 2023 according to the updated project timeline — FCPA will move out of the facility over a two-week period, and the contractor will take over the site. The newly renovated and expanded rec center with two ice rinks and a dedicated fitness center is tentatively expected to reopen in January 2025.” [On the MoVe]

It’s Monday — Clear throughout the day. High of 48 and low of 33. Sunrise at 6:52 am and sunset at 4:57 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Oakton United Methodist Church at sunset (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Last Day to Compete for Silver Line Tickets — The deadline to win one of 50 “Silver Tickets” to ride the first train on Metro’s extended Silver Line is 5 p.m. today. The tickets will go to 50 customers who share their favorite Metro story while tagging @wmata and using #YourMetroMemory. [WMATA/Twitter]

McLean Double Murder Conviction Vacated — A judge vacated Megan Hargan’s conviction yesterday after her attorneys alleged a juror “had inappropriately used her own rifle at home to test out evidence.” Hargan was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found her guilty of killing her mother and sister at their McLean home in 2017. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office intends to retry the case. [The Washington Post]

No Injuries in Herndon House Fire — “Lieutenant Adrian Cubbage provided a brief update on the house fire earlier today in the 800 block of Winterhaven Place in the @TownOfHerndon. No reported injuries. Fire Investigators to determine cause of fire.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Fairfax Man Sentenced in Child Porn Case — “A Fairfax man was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for attempted production of and possession of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). According to court documents, Brian Scott McGalem, 24, repeatedly engaged in sexually explicit discussions with at least six minors where he attempted to persuade several of the victims to produce sexually explicit pictures of themselves and send them to him.” [DOJ]

County Board Drafts Legislative Package for General Assembly — “Education is a top priority and supervisors want the state to fully fund its public-education obligations, including ‘costs of competing’ funds in more expensive parts of the commonwealth, such as Fairfax County, Walkinshaw said. Transportation funding also is a key imperative.” [Sun Gazette/Inside NoVA]

Ribbon Cut on Tysons Pedestrian Bridge — “The Virginia Department of Transportation and Fairfax County celebrated a joint effort today to construct a crucial new link for bicyclists and pedestrians… ‘With the opening of the Tysons/Old Meadow Road Bridge, we are realizing our vision of a walkable and bikeable Tysons,’ said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeff McKay.” [VDOT]

Free Rec Center Admission for Veterans — “The Fairfax County Park Authority will join in the national commemoration of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, by offering free admission to the Rec Centers to those who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces…That includes admission to pools, fitness rooms, gyms and racquetball courts at the county’s nine recreational facilities.” [FCPA]

Vienna Homeowner to Fix Collapsing House — The proposed demolition of a dilapidated house on Beulah Road has been indefinitely deferred after Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn shared last week that the property owner is obtaining permits “to remedy the situation.” Vacant since 2016, the house “has been deteriorating” and is “the site of illegal dumping,” county officials said. [Sun Gazette]

It’s Thursday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 65 and low of 47. Sunrise at 6:47 am and sunset at 5:00 pm. [Weather.gov]

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A pedestrian walkway to the McLean Metro station over Route 123 (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

ICYMI: Herndon Mayor Wins Reelection — “Mayor Sheila Olem will get a second term as mayor of the Town of Herndon after securing a narrow win against council members Sean Regan and Jasbinder Singh in today’s primary election.” [FFXnow]

Georgia Election Investigation Comes to Fairfax County — “Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican who represented Georgia, is scheduled to appear in a Fairfax County courtroom Wednesday morning to fight a demand that he testify before a Georgia special grand jury investigating possible attempts in that state to manipulate the 2020 presidential election.” [The Washington Post]

Doctor Pleads Guilty to Felony Drug Distribution Charges — “A doctor who was licensed to practice medicine in both D.C. and Virginia pled guilty Tuesday after giving a man in Fairfax County drugs despite neither examining him nor having an established doctor-patient relationship. The man then died days later of an overdose.” [WUSA9]

Fairfax Man Arrested for Reported Machete Assault — City of Fairfax Police responded at 1:35 p.m. on Oct. 29 to Patient First Urgent Care after two individuals allegedly assaulted two acquaintances with machetes, injuring their heads and hands. A 39-year-old man was arrested last week and faces multiple malicious wounding charges. [Fairfax City Police/Twitter]

Dunn Loring Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Seniors — “A man who lives in Dunn Loring and Florida pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud Monday in an elder fraud scam, according to federal prosecutors in Maryland…Prosecutors say Anderson and co-conspirators took at least $842,670 from 49 victims in the scheme.” [Patch]

See Election Day Blood Moon — Photographers captured an “ominous blood moon” over the D.C. area yesterday morning, a first for Election Day. “Photos from around the world showed the moon turning rusty shades of red — a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is in a total eclipse.” [The Washington Post]

Virginia Seeing Exodus of Teachers — “Virginia has more teachers leaving the workforce than newly licensed teachers entering it, according to a report from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. Data show that 10,900 teachers left the workforce ahead of the current school year, while only 7,208 teachers with first-time licenses were hired.” [Virginia Mercury/Inside NoVA]

Tysons Library to Host Talk About Domestic Violence — “The first step in fighting domestic violence is getting educated. Visit our Tysons-Pimmit Regional branch on Monday, Nov. 14 to learn about the dynamics of domestic violence and how to support someone in a violent relationship.” [Fairfax County Public Library/Twitter]

Local Holiday Markets Incoming — “The holidays are fast approaching, which also means it’s time to embark on your search for gifts. Luckily, Fairfax County has no shortage of holiday markets this year, from Christmas villages to traditional markets to craft shows. Here’s where to find unique items for those you love — even if they’re the person who already has everything.” [Visit Fairfax]

It’s Wednesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 56 and low of 40. Sunrise at 6:46 am and sunset at 5:01 pm. [Weather.gov]

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A November dawn at Lake Audubon in Reston (photo by Ray Copson)

What to Know for Election Day — “Three congressional races and the Town of Herndon council and mayor are one the ballot. Every polling place will be open on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m…Before you vote, double-check your registration status, polling place and congressional district.” [Fairfax County Government]

Fairfax City School Board Could Be All-Female — “All five seats on the Fairfax City school board are up for election this November and for possibly the first time, all elected members will be women. Those women — Stacy Hall, Amit Hickman, Sarah Kelsey, Rachel McQuillen and Carolyn Pitches — are uncontested candidates running for the board” [The Washington Post]

Regional Airports See Record High Temperatures — “The record for IAD was 76 degrees set in 2020 and the record for BWI was 77 set in 2020,1975, and 1938. The record high temperatures have already been broken at all three major airports as of noon [Monday]!” [National Weather Service/Twitter]

Missing Teen Found Dead on Halloween — “A missing 18-year-old from Fairfax County was found dead more than three hours away in Gloucester County…Investigators determined that the victim had been killed somewhere else and his body was left at the scene. An autopsy performed by the Tidewater Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Norfolk, Virginia, confirmed that the victim’s death was a homicide.” [WUSA9]

Fire Department Open for Toy Donations — “The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department (FCFRD) will be participating in the Annual National Capital Region Fire and EMS Departments’ 2022 TOYS FOR TOTS Campaign. The intent of the campaign is to ‘bring holiday joy and deliver a message of hope to children.’ Stations will accept donations now through Sunday, December 11, 2022.” [FCFRD]

Winner of Frying Pan Cow Race Revealed — “Iris won the 2022 NASCOW sponsored by the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park this past Friday, Nov. 4. Iris is an Angus/Hereford cross born on Easter in 2021. Proceeds from the event will help feed the animals, build new fences, and improve the game bird enclosure at the farm.” [Fairfax County Park Authority/Facebook]

New Metro GM Gets High Marks — “When the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Board* hired Randy Clarke as WMATA’s new General Manager in spring 2022, it signaled a clear desire for a new direction for Metro. Just over 100 days in, has Clarke steered the agency into the right turn that WMATA needed? We graded him!” [Greater Greater Washington]

It’s Tuesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 60 and low of 45. Sunrise at 6:45 am and sunset at 5:02 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Kayakers on the Potomac River at Great Falls Park (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Skyline Towers Homicide Suspect Arrested — “Phil Asare Darkwah turned himself in at the warrant desk. He was transported to the Adult Detention Center, where warrants for 2nd Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm were served.  He was held without bond.” [FCPD]

Former County Detective Destroyed Rape Kits — “A former Fairfax County police detective improperly destroyed evidence in 10 unsolved sexual assault cases that date from the mid-90s, likely meaning the perpetrators in the crimes will never be brought to justice, an investigation by the department has found.” [The Washington Post]

Prince Edward Reportedly Visited Vienna Country Club — Prince Edward popped over to the Westwood Country Club in Vienna this past weekend for the official opening of the club’s new tennis court facility. The Earl of Wessex supposedly participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, junior court tennis clinic, black-tie gala, and a “professional exhibition on Saturday before returning to England.” [Washingtonian]

Fairfax City Mayoral Race Gets Expensive — “The race in this community of 24,500 residents — between city council member Sang H. Yi and Catherine Read, a civic engagement strategist — has attracted attention from both major political parties, as Read, a Democratic Party activist, highlights social issues while Yi, a Republican, vies to become Virginia’s first Korean American mayor.” [The Washington Post]

County Shares Plan to Address Trash Service Issues — “In response to a significant drop-off in reliable trash collection service, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) and American Disposal Services, Inc., (ADS) have established a plan to resolve the significant volume of service-related complaints DPWES has received from ADS customers.” [DPWES]

Park Authority Turned to Retirees for Lifeguards — “Nationwide, lifeguards are in short supply. The Oak Marr Rec Center team had to start thinking outside the box to address the shortfall. With that in mind, they looked to retirees – a vast new pool of potential applicants looking for part-time work.” [Fairfax County Park Authority/Facebook]

Winning Powerball Ticket Bought in Reston — “Virginia Powerball players won more than $2.1 million in Wednesday night’s drawing with a total of 188,911 tickets winning prizes ranging from $2 to $1 million. One Virginia ticket won $1 million. It was bought at the 7-Eleven at 2303 Soapstone Drive in Reston, Virginia Lottery officials reported.” [Inside NoVA]

McLean Nonprofit Looking for Volunteer Drivers — “The Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church is seeking additional volunteers to support its mission of providing free transportation to seniors for medical and dental appointments or running errands to grocery stores and pharmacies.” [Sun Gazette]

It’s Monday — Clear throughout the day. High of 72 and low of 59. Sunrise at 6:44 am and sunset at 5:03 pm. [Weather.gov]

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“We’re All Neighbors” mural seen at Idylwood Plaza (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Search for Suspect in Fatal Mount Vernon Shooting Continues — “Officers conducted a manhunt the afternoon of Nov. 3 for a wanted person reported to be in the basement of a home in the 8700 block of Millbrook Place…A subsequent Tweet from FCPD identified the man as Kyjuan Omar Braxton Trott and said the suspect was not found in the home that was searched.” [On the MoVe]

County Finishes Processing Flood of Voter Registrations — “Thanks to 15-plus hour days by our elections staff, we’ve processed the 11,000 voter registration applications from this summer that the state delayed sending us until Monday. Notices are in the mail!” [Office of Elections/Twitter]

Emails to Governor’s School “Tip Line” Shared — “Youngkin created a national uproar just days into his administration when he launched the tip line, urging parents to report schools teaching ‘inherently divisive concepts’…One Fairfax County parent copied Youngkin on an email to local school administrators complaining about a free online tutoring program offered by the district.” [Axios D.C., NBC4]

Police Investigate Batch of Centreville Shootings — “Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are currently investigating a series of overnight shootings in Centreville. The six incidents below are believed to be related. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported as a result of these shootings, despite two homes and one vehicle being struck.” [FCPD]

New Reston Steakhouse Impresses Critic — “Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Reston Metro Plaza, which opened November 2, indulgently caters to guests’ every whim…Save your pennies to dine here, but expect a bucket-list experience that delivers an elegant setting with masterful dining.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

McLean Office Building Adds New Tenants — “McLean Plaza, the office complex at 6862 Elm St. in McLean, has a host of new tenants, bringing it up to 95% occupancy, according to information from Newmark.” The new leases encompass 19,817 square feet of space and include Long and Foster Real Estate, a mental health counseling practice, and financial companies. [Washington Business Journal]

Junction Bistro and Bar Opens in Merrifield — “NOW OPEN! @junctionbakery is an American bistro featuring an eclectic lunch and dinner menu as well as craft cocktails. Located in between @districtdumplings & @urbanomosaic!” [Mosaic District/Twitter]

Cows Will “Race” at Frying Pan Park Today — “Get set, get ready and root for your favorite cow when Frying Pan Farm Park hosts its third NASCOW Race on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. That’s right. This Friday, the fun returns with a chance to virtually support your favorite bovine and help provide financial support for the care of all animals on the farm.” [Fairfax County Park Authority]

Taxi Fuel Surcharge Up for Public Hearing — The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 to determine whether to authorize a new emergency surcharge for taxi rides of $1 per trip to mitigate rising fuel prices. The board has approved surcharges twice this year, first in April and again in June. If passed again, the fee would be in effect from Dec. 30 through June 30. [Sun Gazette]

It’s Friday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 69 and low of 50. Sunrise at 7:40 am and sunset at 6:06 pm. [Weather.gov]

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Fall at Reston lake (photo by Ray Copson)

Student, 15, Stabbed at Mount Vernon HS — A student “is in custody after allegedly stabbing another student inside a school bathroom, Fairfax County police Chief Kevin Davis said Wednesday…The victim has non-life threatening injuries, Davis said.” [WTOP]

Metro Shows Off Upcoming Dulles Station — Two days before its 60th birthday, Dulles International Airport will welcome a shiny new Metro station as part of the Silver Line extension, giving Loudoun County its first rail connection to D.C. Officials hope travel will be “more seamless” compared to the 5a bus and shuttle from the Wiehle-Reston station that Metro riders currently need. [DCist]

Footage Shows West Falls Church Police Shooting — Fairfax County police shared video yesterday of an officer exchanging gunfire last month with a man who led police on a chase from Arlington to the Bestway Supermarket in West Falls Church. Police Chief Kevin Davis said the man was “obviously in some state of crisis” when he fired five shots at police, prompting one officer to fire five shots back. [The Washington Post]

Lorton Man Found Guilty in 2021 Murders — “Ronnie Marshall, 21, was convicted by a jury of killing Edward McDaniel Jr., 55, an Army colonel and doctor, and his wife, Brenda McDaniel, 63, a retired Army colonel and a nurse, at their home in Springfield, Va. Prosecutors had alleged Marshall came to the home in search of the couple’s son but ended up shooting and killing the pair.” [The Washington Post]

Workers for Tysons Contractor Go on Strike — “Employees at Maximus, a Tysons Corner-based company contracting with the federal government to handle calls about Medicare and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are calling for better working conditions and pay at its Chester call center and others across the country” [VPM News]

FCPS Seeks Student Input on Vision for Future — “We are excited to begin the process of developing FCPS’ new Strategic Plan! Starting today through Friday, November 18, students in grades 3-12 will have an opportunity to be a part of this work by taking the Strategic Plan Student Survey. The survey will allow students to share their thoughts about school and what’s important to them.” [FCPS]

Fairfax Station Nonprofit Rescues Cats From Ukraine — “Homeward Trails Animal Rescue has taken in 24 cats from war-torn Ukraine. The felines arrived Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 on two KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flights at Dulles International Airport…The cats were rescued from bombed-out buildings or given up by loving owners who had to flee the country, unsure if they would return.” [Inside NoVA]

Vienna Gets Update on I-66 Toll Lanes Project — “Motorists driving on Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville soon will have access to two Express Lanes in both directions for the whole stretch, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) officials told the Vienna Town Council during an Oct. 24 briefing.” [Sun Gazette]

It’s Thursday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 66 and low of 51. Sunrise at 7:39 am and sunset at 6:07 pm. [Weather.gov]

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A train leaves the Tysons Metro station (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

County Adopts First Climate Resilience Plan — “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted Resilient Fairfax, the county’s first-ever Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan. Resilient Fairfax focuses on climate effects, helping Fairfax County adapt to increasing climate hazards experienced locally.” [OEEC]

Dog Licensing Services Now Available — “Fairfax County dog licenses are now available through PetData. The county entered a partnership with this company to provide dog licensing services, including processing applications and payments, mailing renewal notices, answering questions, [and] providing and mailing tags.” [Fairfax County Government]

Far-Right Militia Members Ate at Tysons Olive Garden — Members of the Oath Keepers spent $408.82 at the Italian restaurant after participating in the Jan. 6, 2021 siege on the Capitol, per reports from the ongoing trial against the group’s founder. Court documents showed one individual complaining that the Olive Garden was a “‘far drive away’ and that the server was ‘being a pain about wearing masks.'” [Washingtonian]

Metro Considering Silver Line “Express” Train — “Metro is looking at timing trains to create an ‘express’ train that shaves five to six minutes off the total trip. Metro says an express train could only catch up with a train in front of it, not pass it, so it would have to time things correctly for it to work.” [DCist]

GMU Launches Public Health College — “George Mason University announced today that it is launching the first and only College of Public Health in the Commonwealth of Virginia to meet the critical growing need for skilled, interdisciplinary health professionals and research across the state.” [GMU]

Tree Removals Planned on Vienna Street — “Due to the dismantling of the Callery pear trees on Nutley Street, lanes adjacent to the median from Princeton Terrace SW and Roland Street SW will be closed tomorrow, Wed., Nov. 2, and Thurs., Nov. 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outer lanes in both directions will be open.” [Town of Vienna/Twitter]

Reston Planning Committee Seeks Volunteers — “Do you live in Reston, want to volunteer, and have an interest in helping to ensure that Reston’s development as a planned residential community continues to follow the founding principles? Then perhaps becoming a member of the Reston Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee is what you’ve been looking for.” [Patch]

Local Nonprofit Starts Holiday Donation Drive — “The Fairfax-based nonprofit Britepaths is seeking donations from the local community to provide holiday meals and gifts for children in 265 Fairfax-area families…Britepaths partners with schools in the Fairfax and Justice high school pyramids to identify families with demonstrated need for holiday assistance.” [Sun Gazette]

It’s Wednesday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 66 and low of 52. Sunrise at 7:38 am and sunset at 6:08 pm. [Weather.gov]

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