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Arlington News

Crime Report: September 25, 2020

This report is published every weekday, except County holidays. The information in each report covers significant criminal incidents generally from the day before; reports published on Monday cover the preceding…

Arlington Rotarians win plaudits at regional level

The Arlington Rotary Club has received a Gold Community Service Award from Rotary International’s regional District 7610.

Arlington’s Coronavirus Test Positivity Rate Is Falling

Arlington’s coronavirus metrics are pointing in the right direction, though there remains a baseline of new cases in the county. The county’s test positivity rate is now 3.1%, down from…

List: Businesses That Have Closed in Arlington Since the Start of the Pandemic

Some local businesses are making it through the pandemic just fine, but others are still struggling. Restaurants — particularly those that rely on sit-down and bar business — are among…

Housing emerges as hot-button issue in Arlington board race

“Missing middle” may be two words totaling 13 letters, but depending on which side of the Arlington political divide you are on, it may qualify as a single four-letter word.

Listing of the Day: 3841 Military Road

Address: 3841 Military RoadNeighborhood: Bellevue ForestListed: $1,750,000Open: Sunday, September 27 from 2-4 p.m. This is a brand new home, built in 2020 by a reputable Class A Builder, Space to…

Local Boutique Holds Fashion Show Amid Pandemic

A longtime Arlington boutique recently hosted “Chic in Shirlington,” an event for local women to model its clothes after seeing a decline in customers during the pandemic. Sheyla’s Luxury Boutique has…

Prepare to Get Back to Work with Free Online Courses from Alexandria City and Arlington County Governments

City of Alexandria and Arlington County residents can get free job skills training online as part of “Skill-Up Alexandria City and Arlington County,” an initiative of the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce…

Presentation to Look at 100-Year Snapshot of Arlington

Arlington County has undergone drastic changes over the last 100 years to become what it is today. In celebrating the county’s history and the 2020 census, County Manager Mark Schwartz…

County Seeking Feedback for Police Practices Group

As the nation continues to face a reckoning about race and police shootings, Arlington’s new Police Practices Group is seeking feedback on how local law enforcement is performing. The work…

Boring Title: 3 Reasons to Buy a New Construction Home

Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world…

County ‘Exploring’ Opening Community Centers for Supervised Learning

Arlington County is considering a plan to host some children of working parents in community centers for supervised learning, while Arlington Public Schools readies its plan for a return to…
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Fairfax

Old Firehouse in McLean to offer support for distance-learning students

The Old Firehouse Center, a satellite of the McLean Community Center, is offering a new program to provide support to families doing distance-learning due to COVID-19 restrictions.

F.C. Schools Superintendent Presents Phased Reopening Plan

SCHOOL SPIRIT LIVES ON, even with schools closed, as Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School staff celebrated the birthday of Henderson herself on Friday. (Photo: Courtesy Vikki Spencer Ehrlich)Falls Church City…

Fairfax County Public Schools to start in-person learning in October for certain groups of students

These teachers at Camelot Elementary School in Annandale are continuing with virtual instruction. [FCPS] The Fairfax County School Board has approved a plan by Superintendent Scott Brabrand to gradually bring back…

Vienna parish, school embark on new philanthropic effort

Our Lady of Good Counsel parish and school in Vienna has launched a unified once-a-month giving-outreach program to promote fellowship and community service.

Donate Fabric and Purchased Masks or Make One of Your Own

Posted at 9:30 a.m. Fairfax County has three volunteer and donation opportunities this week as we continue the fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus. At-Home Mask Maker: Volunteer…

In Memoriam: Yolanda Reaves Harris

In Memoriam: William Mason Hudson

Congressional candidates clash on climate change, racial justice, immigration and much more

Republican candidate Jeff Jordan (left) is running against Rep. Don Beyer (right). For Rep. Don Beyer, the Democrat who represents the 8th congressional district, the biggest existential threat facing the United…

Woodbridge resident a ‘perfect fit’ to speak on suicide prevention

Millie Frank walked down the aisle at her home church in Dumfries planning to speak only about her father lying in a diabetic coma.

Vienna aims for community buy-in on sidewalks

Vienna officials will seek support from a majority of property owners on affected streets before deciding to build new sidewalks there.

State Realtors roll with punches as COVID rolls on

The six-months-and-counting roller coaster ride that has impacted virtually every facet of daily life in Virginia hasn’t left untouched the commonwealth’s real-estate community.

Sun Gazette weekend edition posted

The Sun Gazette’s weekend edition has been posted at https://sungazette.news – where you can find these stories and more:
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Prince William

BREAKING: Northams test positive for COVID-19

Courtesy of Virginia Mercury

Hopes for COVID-19 workers’ comp expansion ends in Senate committee

Courtesy of Virginia Mercury

Felony charges for chokeholds? Mandatory citizen review boards? Virginia Democrats are divided on details of police reform

Courtesy Virginia Mercury

VFW kicks off annual scholarship competitions

District Commander Robert Adamczyk of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Virginia District 10 announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Scholarship…

Place names, former county supervisor among suggested names for new middle school

Potomac Shores, Shoreline, Cherry Hill and Hilda Barg were among a short list of suggestions residents offered Prince William County School Board members Thursday during a community input session held…

UPDATED: Prince William loses a resident in her 70s to COVID-19, adds 41 cases

The Prince William Health District lost another resident to COVID-19 on Thursday, a woman in her 70s. The latest fatality brings the local death toll due to the pandemic to…

Driver stopped, arrested after failing to move over

A Stafford County man is facing DUI charges after a traffic stop on Garrisonville Road.

Babur Lateef considering run for lieutenant governor

Prince William County School Board Chair Babur Lateef is considering running for lieutenant governor of Virginia next year, InsideNoVa has learned.

Gunshots pierce wall of home in Williamstown, suspect at large

Shots rang out and into a house in the Williamstown neighborhood in Dumfries.

County still considering options for Dumfries homeless shelter

Prince William County officials are still weighing their options when it comes to spending federal funds to put a homeless shelter in Dumfries.

Crisis negotiators convince suspect to release occupants inside home

Police said multiple shots were fired inside a home during an argument that led to a barricade situation.

Statement of Senate Intel Vice Chair on the Integrity of Our Elections

STATEMENT OF SENATE INTEL VICE CHAIR SEN. MARK R. WARNER ~ On the integrity of our elections ~ The post Statement of Senate Intel Vice Chair on the Integrity of…
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Reston / Herndon

‘Dangerous’ Fox Mill Road Intersection Could Get Traffic Light

Some residents of Herndon say they risk their lives — or at least their cars — when they cross the intersection of Fox Mill and Pinecrest roads. Many report going…

Photos: Pupatella Targets ‘Late Fall’ Opening

Pupatella is targeting a late fall opening in Reston, according to a company in Reston. The estimated opening date is “pending any unforeseen issues with buildout and inspections,” the company…

Commonwealth Attorney Flags Critical Need for Funding

The Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano said his overworked, understaffed office is in a state of crisis, which could have deep ramifications for public safety. “Potentially innocent people could be wrongfully…

Friends of Reston Hosts 17th Annual Run/Walk Virtually

The 17th annual Friends of Reston run/walk fundraiser for the Walker Nature Center, the Virtual Nature Center Walk-or-Run, is officially set to begin Friday, Oct. 9, and end Sunday, Oct.…

Del. Ken Plum: Virginia Voters Can Contribute to the State’s Progressive Future

This is an opinion column by Del. Ken Plum (D), who represents Reston in Virginia’s House of Delegates. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now. The year 2020…

Reston Association to Receive Update on Comprehensive Plan Study

An update on Fairfax County’s Reston Comprehensive Plan Task Force is planned for tonight’s Reston Association Board of Directors meeting. Established by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Jan.…

School Board Reluctantly Revise Sexual Harassment Rules to Fit Federal Regulations

Fairfax County Public Schools must now wait until a formal grievance process has concluded to impose discipline against students and employees found to have committed sexual harassment or assault. With…

Reston Chamber Kicks Off Annual Pumpkin 5K and Movement Challenge

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce has opened registration for its Annual Pumpkin 5K and Movement Challenge.  The month-long fitness celebration offers four different challenges encouraging good health for the…

Electrical Accident Causes Reston House Fire

A two-story, single-family home in Reston caught fire on Sept. 19, displacing two occupants and leaving approximately $65,500 in damages. The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department dispatched units to…

Fairfax County COVID-19 Cases Show Signs of Slowing Down

The number of new coronavirus cases is slowing down in Fairfax Health District, which is welcome news as the county prepares for cooler temperatures and the flu season. Cases began…

Herndon Police Chief Named President of State Police Association

Maggie DeBoard, the Town of Herndon’s police chief, has been named the president of a statewide police foundation. DeBoard was named the president of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of…

SLHS Food Pantry ‘Do It Your Way 0.5k’ Goes Virtual

The South Lakes High School PTSA is once again organizing the “Do It Your Way 0.5K,” an annual fundraiser that supports the school’s food pantry. This year, the event will…
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Tysons Corner / McLean

‘The Allman Others Band’ Headlines Outdoor Concert Tonight at Jammin Java

Six years after the band retired for good, could The Allman Brothers Band be staging a comeback at Vienna venue Jammin Java tonight? No. But the next best thing is…

New Leadership at ArtsFairfax Grapples With New Challenges

As Deirdre Johnson and Maurice “Mo” B. Springer join the Board of Directors at ArtsFairfax, they join an organization in the middle of transforming to adapt to the art scene changing to…

Tysons Secure Home Delivery Startup Plans to Launch this Fall

Tyson’s based startup HomeValet is gearing up to find a solution to the “last yard” of contactless delivery. After the COVID-19 pandemic increased demand for contactless delivery, HomeValet’s Co-Founder and…

Police: Thoreau Middle School Principal Arrested for Failure to Report Suspected Child Abuse

Police arrested, and then released on bond, former Thoreau Middle School Principal Yusef Azimi after police say he failed to report complaints of suspected child abuse. The investigation into the…

FCPS Principal Charged with Failing to Report

McLean Police District – As a result of an investigation involving former teacher Matthew Snell, Detectives confirmed that complaints of suspected child abuse were reported to Thoreau Middle School Principal,…

Bansari Indian Cuisine Off to Strong Start Despite COVID-19

A month after opening Bansari Indian Cuisine (2750 Gallows Road) in Merrifield, Yash Bhatt picked up the phone. It was Tim Carman, a food critic for The Washington Post. He had…

Poll: Should Fairfax Schools Reopen in October?

In a presentation to the School Board earlier this week, Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced that some students could begin returning to classes in schools in late October. By late October, administrators…

Local Auto Care Franchise Takes Over McLean Automotive Service Center

McLean Automotive Service Center (1387 Chain Bridge Road) is a beloved local landmark of old town McLean, having been around since 1953. Now, the shop has transitioned into a Craftsman Auto…

Vienna-Based FinCen Becomes Central Figure in Blockbuster Investigation

FinCEN, a Tysons-based bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, has become a central figure in an international investigation by Buzzfeed News. The organization — officially the Financial Crimes…

Fairfax School Board Blasts Return-to-School Plan for Being Light on Numbers

About 6,700 students could start trickling into Fairfax County Public Schools during October, according to a plan for limited in-person learning developed by the district. Although Board of Education members…

Falls Church Ranked as Third Healthiest Community in the United States

For the second year in a row, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Falls Church as the third healthiest community in the United States, a slight decline from its…

Tysons Wegmans to open in November

Tysons will soon get a Wegmans. (Courtesy Wegmans)Construction of the big Wegmans Food Market in Tysons, Virginia, is nearly complete, and the Rochester, New York-based grocery chain has set a…
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Loudoun

UPDATED: Arsenal of Democracy flyover rescheduled for Saturday

The annual Arsenal of Democracy WWII aircraft flyover scheduled for today has been postponed until tomorrow due to weather.

Leesburg expands, extends outdoor dining program

The town of Leesburg will now run its outdoor dining program every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Nov. 8, officials said Friday morning.

Virginia governor, wife test positive for coronavirus

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that he and his wife have both tested positive for the coronavirus.

Community pride alive and well in Sterling Park, surrounding area

In one of Loudoun County’s oldest planned neighborhoods, two recent projects have demonstrated that community spirit is alive and well.

Protecting views and vistas in Loudoun and beyond: Land Trust of Virginia logs 200th easement, now protecting nearly 9,400 acres in Loudoun

Middleburg-based nonprofit Land Trust of Virginia holds more conservation easements than any of the 27 other private land trusts in the commonwealth, and it recently achieved a significant milestone when…

Editorial: Notorious RBG disagreed without rancor

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Sept. 18, at 87, of cancer.

Thousands of Loudoun Co. students return to classrooms part-time next month

Thousands of public school students in Virginia’s Loudoun County will be headed back to the classroom on a part-time basis by the end of October. The Loudoun County School Board…

Washington Football Team joins Inova to host blood drives

The Washington Football Team will join Inova Blood Donor Services to host blood drives throughout the National Football League season at donor centers in northern Virginia.

Warner, Gade meet in first debate of Senate race

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and his Republican opponent Daniel Gade sparred over the dangers of the coronavirus, when to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court other topics…

Loudoun, Fairfax school boards vote to bring students back to class, slowly

The school boards in Loudoun and Fairfax counties voted Tuesday night to start bringing some students back to classrooms starting in October.

New COVID-19 cases decline in Virginia, Northern Virginia

Virginia and Northern Virginia reported the third straight day of moderately fewer numbers of new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

Home of the Week: 19631 Greenham Drive, Leesburg

Luxurious Leesburg living rarely gets better than this six-bedroom, nearly 10,000-square-foot mansion on a corner lot in the reputable Grenata neighborhood, boasting a richly-decorated interior, an extravagant master suite and…
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Alexandria

Z-TV’s LIVING ON MUSIC FINDS ITS RHYTHM

Music-related interview show garners musicians’ respect while helping them engage during their quarantining Living on Music host/producer Steve Houk with longtime DC area musician Patty Reese (courtesy Z-TV)It’s been about…

Candlelight Vigil for Ruth Bader Ginsburg a Solemn Appreciation for an Exemplary Life

RBG Service in Market Square draws fervent supporters Alexandria, VA – Alexandrians paid their respects to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Market Square Thursday evening, in…

Visit Alexandria details pandemic’s tourism hit — and their comeback plans

In a normal year, tourism brings in about $50 million in annual consumption taxes to the City of Alexandria, which uses the money to fund local services such as public…

Why Do Many Azure Professionals Choose the Microsoft AZ-900 Exam? Are Dumps Helpful When Preparing for It?

POZNAN, POL – JUL 25, 2020: Laptop computer displaying logo of Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and servicesMicrosoft Azure continually expands its…

ALIVE! Hosts Food Distribution Event Saturday Morning, Sept. 26

Pixabay photo by Nathan CopleyALEXANDRIA, VA – The local nonprofit ALIVE! continues to support the Alexandria community during this time. The organization has announced two upcoming food distribution events. Both are set…

Visit Alexandria Annual Meeting Goes Virtual, Highlights Community Resilience

Attendees discuss success of ALX Promise and plans for 2021 Photo: Visit AlexandriaALEXANDRIA, VA – Earlier today, Wednesday, September 23, Visit Alexandria held its 2020 Annual Meeting. During the virtual…

Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town Alexandria closes for good

Pizzeria Paradiso’s Old Town Alexandria location is closing. (Courtesy Pizzeria Paradiso)The Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, location of Pizzeria Paradiso is closing permanently. The Old Town location closed temporarily at the…

Swing for Pink to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Patients

Long-running event finds new venue for its worthy cause Alexandria, VA – Swing for Pink, the annual fundraiser benefitting Inova breast cancer patients and research, has a long tradition of…

Alexandria Blood Drive: You Can Help Fight COVID-19, Sept. 24 and Oct. 6

Donors needed this fall to maintain blood supply amid ongoing pandemic Man donating blood in hospitalALEXANDRIA, VA — Plasma from whole blood and platelet donations made through the American Red Cross…

Belle View’s Unwined Hosts a Relaxed Wine Tasting on a Picture Perfect Sunday

Socially distanced under two large tents, guests leisurely taste wines from four stations Alexandria, VA – On a crisp and cool September Sunday, Unwined hosted an outdoor wine tasting on…

Cindy Blackman Santana Talks About Her Magical Musical Journey

Catch her this Monday at 7pm on Z-TV's Living On Music By Steve Houk   livingonmusic.com For Cindy Blackman Santana, it’s not enough to be one of rock’s top drumming talents…

Public Invited: RBG Candlelight Vigil at Alexandria’s Market Square

Thursday, September 23, 7 p.m.   People gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court for a vigil following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, U.S.,…
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