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A Settle Down Easy beer on a table (via Settle Down Easy/Facebook)

After first setting its roots down in Falls Church, Settle Down Easy Brewing is planning to open a second location soon.

The brewery, which describes itself as a “nano brewing operation” on its website, plans to open up shop at 2952E Chain Bridge Road in Oakton.

A summer opening is anticipated, a business representative told FFXnow. The owner was not immediately available for comment.

Established in 2018, the brewery serves a variety of beer and food items. Its flagship beers include No. 1 Dry Hopped Kolsch, hop Was Phonic, and 2 Cloud 9.

The new location will be next to Oakton Chesapeake Cafe.

Photo via Settle Down Easy/Facebook

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Morning Notes

A guard tower on the former Lorton Prison grounds, now turned into the Workhouse Arts Center (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Man Dies After Crash in Oakton — “A 78-year-old man has died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash that occurred at 2:01 p.m. on March 30 in Oakton. Thomas Peregoy of Alexandria was driving eastbound on Lawyers Road near Kedge Drive when his 2014 Toyota Tacoma drifted off the roadway to the right, striking a tree head on.” [FCPD]

Genomic Sequencing Could Help ID “Christmas Tree Lady” — “For 25 years, the Fairfax County police have tried and failed to identify ‘the Christmas Tree Lady,’ so named because she placed an 8-inch Christmas tree with gold balls and red ribbons on the clear plastic sheet she put on the ground…She is the only person to die by suicide in Fairfax whom authorities have been unable to identify, before or since.” [The Washington Post]

County Launches Month-Long Solar Energy Campaign — “Fairfax County is pleased and proud to participate in the annual Solarize campaign, which brings residents and businesses bulk discounts on solar systems…Through the program, you can receive a free satellite assessment of your property to determine if it is suitable for solar.” [Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination]

Fort Belvoir Hospital Trauma Center Verified — “Fort Belvoir Community Hospital has received Level lll Trauma Center verification after demonstrating its ability to provide prompt assessment, surgery, intensive care and emergency operations…The only other verified trauma center in Northern Virginia is Inova Fairfax Hospital, a Level I facility.” [Inside NoVA]

Carjacking Reported in Mount Vernon — A man was driving in the 3700 block of Rolling Hills Avenue on March 26 when four men in a brown Nissan Altima blocked his vehicle. “The men then got out of the Altima, displayed a firearm and assaulted the victim,” police say. “The men then left the area in the victim’s car. The victim was treated for injuries not considered life threatening.” [FCPD]

McLean Arts Nonprofit Plans Spring Shows — The McLean Project for the Arts will host its first-ever “Spring Solo” exhibitions starting on April 14. The nonprofit received over 130 proposals, according to its artistic director and curator. Work from three artists, two from D.C. and one from Arlington, will be on display through June 11. [Sun Gazette]

Reston Community Center Announces Spring Programming — “Some of RCC’s most popular seasonal experiences are already sold out (Eggnormous Egg Hunt, Crafternoons), so don’t wait to enroll in the activities that still have space for children and their families!” [RCC]

It’s Monday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 56 and low of 34. Sunrise at 6:50 a.m. and sunset at 7:36 p.m. [Weather.gov]

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View of the Route 123 and I-66 interchange on March 2, 2022 (via VDOT)

Drivers going from Route 123 to I-66 will finally get to see the outcome of construction crews’ work.

An on-ramp to I-66 East from southbound Chain Bridge Road in Oakton is slated to open during the day tomorrow (Tuesday).

That means drivers will no longer have to use the temporary traffic pattern involving a left-hand turn at a traffic signal to go eastbound on the interstate.

To complete the connection, crews will have to close a right lane on Route 123 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work could be rescheduled based on the weather, though.

Another permanent loop opened Nov. 2, allowing northbound Chain Bridge Road traffic to go west.

The new ramps are part of the Transform 66 project, which will extend the I-66 Express Lanes from I-495 in Dunn Loring to Gainesville. The project is also adding a new trail and transit amenities to the corridor.

The new lanes are slated to open this December.

A map shows a new permanent loop ramp from southbound Chain Bridge Road to I-66 East (via VDOT)
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Spring flowers bloom in Reston (photo by Ray Copson)

FCPD Commander Demoted Over Shooting Response — “A Fairfax County police commander has been demoted as part of an ongoing administrative investigation of suicides by a department recruit and his wife that occurred hours apart in their Mount Vernon-area home in late February, authorities said…The officer was the on-scene commander during the incident.” [The Washington Post]

Fire Put Out Near Vienna’s Flint Hill Elementary — “Crews responded this morning to the 2400 block of Flint Hill Road for a small fire in a chicken coop. #FCFRD firefighters were im-peck-able in quickly egg-stinguishing the fire. Everyone felt very cluck-y that there were no reported fowl-talities or injuries.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Last Living Pupil Revisits Historic Oakton School — The Vale Schoolhouse in Oakton got a visit from a familiar face last week. Now 103 years old, Stan Proffitt stopped by the two-room building, which dates back to 1884, with his three great-grandchildren from Florida during their spring break tour of Virginia history. [The Washington Post]

Conflict over Reston Invasive Species Program Continues — The Hunters Green Cluster Association board unanimously rejected a proposal to address invasive plants in the area, stating that the Reston National Study Group “has greatly exaggerated the problem.” The developer-led study group expressed surprise at the move, saying the pilot program was proposed by a member of the neighborhood’s board. [Patch]

McLean Design Workshop Tomorrow — “Weigh in on the design of McLean’s public spaces through this upcoming virtual community workshop! Share feedback on open space features including lighting, street furnishings, parks and more to help define the character of McLean!” [McLean Community Center/Twitter]

Reston Prom Dress Giveaway Returns From Pandemic Hiatus — “High school students from around the area will be able to choose prom dresses, jewelry and accessories for free as part of RCC’s Diva Central. The event will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., this Saturday at RCC Lake Anne, which is located at 1609-A Washington Plaza in Reston.” [Patch]

Hunter Mill Supervisor Recognizes Vienna Student Athletes — “The Board of Supervisors traditionally invites state champions to be recognized at a special meeting. During COVID, these were paused. Today, @WalterAlcornFFX joined us at school to recognize basketball, field hockey, baseball & swim/dive from the past two years…[He] also recognized the Pride of Vienna for their multiple state championships. Back 2 Back!” [James Madison High School/Twitter]

County Celebrates Land Surveyors — “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have designated the week of March 20-26, 2022 as Surveyors Week. This week recognizes the historic contributions of surveying and appreciation for the new technologies that are modernizing the profession.” [Department of Public Works/Twitter]

It’s Tuesday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 62 and low of 46. Sunrise at 7:10 a.m. and sunset at 7:24 p.m. [Weather.gov]

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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Lt. Vernon “Ty” Corbin Jr. (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

A firefighter is noting how his dad, who served in the same fire department, helped pave the way for him and others.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Lt. Vernon “Ty” Corbin Jr. recently reflected on the moment, noting how his father, Vernon Corbin Sr., started in 1980 when only a handful of other Black firefighters were there.

“As I’ve gone around to different stations,…there was always, you know, someone saying how they…have deep respect for my dad and what he’s done,” he said. “And it just hit me, you know, ‘He’s done a lot more than I’m aware of and he’s never told me as a kid growing up.'”

Although Corbin Sr. retired after nearly three decades with the department and lives in Oxon Hill, Md., Corbin Jr. has continued to see his father’s legacy as he’s worked his own way up in the ranks.

These kinds of multigenerational firefighting households weren’t as common in the past, but now they’re becoming more prevalent, FCFRD spokesperson Bill Delaney said.

Corbin Jr. thought about firefighting but didn’t choose it as a career until later on. He started in the role in 2007 and soon heard about the difference his dad, an emergency medical services supervisor, made with other responders, such as helping others get promoted.

Vernon Tyrone Corbin Sr. and Jr. (via Fairfax County)

In a way, Corbin Jr., who is 35, experienced a similar benefit: He credits his ability to assess and communicate issues from when his dad would have him read news articles as a kid then summarize them back. He says that helped him get his first promotion to becoming a lieutenant in the county’s training academy to teach skills to incoming recruits.

“Other folks always said … he was very helpful. When he showed up on incident scenes, he was cool, calm and collected, which helped them be more calm in a situation,” Corbin Jr. said.

He’s now in charge of staffing across the county, involving 300-plus personnel assigned each day, and is based at Station 34 in Oakton.

Corbin Jr. has four kids, and they’ve also been able to see their dad at the station. Their mother also works for the department: Erin is a technician/paramedic, and her mom, Pam Leins, is also retired from FCFRD.

The couple’s oldest child — age 15 — has suggested he may continue the family tradition.

“He keeps telling my wife he wants to be a firefighter,” Corbin Jr. said. “Whatever they choose to do, I’d be behind them 100 percent.”

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Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis speaks to the media about a fatal stabbing near Vienna (screenshot via FCPD/Facebook)

A George Mason University professor was stabbed to death in his Oakton home near Vienna Wednesday night, Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a press conference today (Thursday).

Michael Buschmann, 59, was found dead in the house in the 9800 block of Palace Green Way after police received several calls reporting his 26-year-old son Axel Buschmann walking around shirtless, covered in blood, and holding a knife.

Police spoke with Axel and de-escalated the situation in what the chief called one of the best examples of how to handle such a situation.

“He was armed with a knife and one of the veteran police officers was talking to him the whole time and he eventually dropped the knife and we were able to safely bring him into custody,” Davis said, referring to body camera footage. “They did an unbelievably great job deescalating…It was textbook because that could have had a tragic ending as well.”

Based on statements that Axel made to police, officers went to the home and discovered his father unresponsive.

Axel also had a stab wound to his torso that he is still being treated for at a hospital, police said. He is being charged with second-degree murder, Davis said.

Buschmann was chair of George Mason’s Department of Bioengineering and Nanomedicine, Davis said. He hails from Montreal and went to MIT with degrees in medical engineering and medical physics. His research led him to launch four biotech companies.

GMU Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Paul Allvin said Michael was recruited to the college in 2017 and recently was working on technology that would make mRNA vaccines less costly.

“We are crushed and anguished by this tragic news,” he said, adding that Michael’s acquaintances described him as “relentlessly inquisitive.”

He said the university is focused on how to help those who knew him and asks the community for its support.

“In time we will have more to say about how we will as a community mourn his death and celebrate his life and reflect upon his contributions,” he said.

Davis said he is having trouble wrapping his mind around the number of homicides committed by adult children on parents or family members.

Reporting an increase in homicides in 2021, Fairfax County police cited an unusually high number of adult children killing parents and other family members. Since 2021, police say six people have been killed by their sons. Another homicide involved a sister being charged with killing her brother.

“Adult son on parent homicides — that’s what’s driving our homicides,” Davis said. “That’s something that continues to plague the community.”

He’s previously spoken on how despair and isolation stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has affected family dynamics, though he said he doesn’t know to what extent that played a role in this homicide.

But he said the department is focused on figuring out the “why” behind the pattern and seeing what can be done to address ongoing family disputes before they turn deadly.

“The approach we have to take as a society is are we doing enough with intervention and mental health,” he said.

He said the county is committed to increasing the number of crisis intervention trained officers.

“I know the Board of Supervisors is on the verge of making a budgetary commitment to us so we can add several more crisis intervention trained officers to our co-responder program,” he said.

Photo via FCPD/Facebook

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Fairfax County police car lights (file photo)

Fairfax County police are investigating a fatal stabbing Wednesday after a suspected domestic situation was reported in Oakton around 5:30 p.m.

Sgt. Jason Chandler, police spokesman, says one man is in custody and the other was pronounced dead at the scene, a residence in the 9800 block of Palace Green Way.

Chandler said this is “a very active investigation” and police are still trying to determine the relationship between the two men. He added that this was not a random act and there is no threat to the public.

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