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Arlington News

Arlington Catholic Diocese hires principal for new virtual school

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington’s Office of Catholic Schools has announced the hiring of Kristie Meyers as the principal of St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School, the new fully…

History of Integration Animates the New Dorothy Hamm Middle School

A giant photograph of four Black children who made history in Arlington was just installed in the new wing of Dorothy Hamm Middle School (4100 Vacation Lane), which is close…

Arlington Historical Museum Seeks Donations for Renovation

The Arlington Historical Society is raising $50,000 for a feasibility study to renovate its home at the Hume School (1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road). What is now the Arlington Historical…

‘Notes’ Post Leads to Removal of Fake Sign

A recent Morning Notes post on ARLnow has resulted in a fake road sign being removed in Arlington. ARLnow published the photo above, taken along N. Glebe Road near Chain…

Crime Report: November 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…

Another Case Record in Arlington, Amid Pre-Thanksgiving Barrage of Testing

More than 1,000 coronavirus tests were performed in Arlington on at least four days over the past week. The surge in testing may be attributable to returning college students, traveling…

Optimist holiday tradition perseveres despite COVID crisis

A brisk wind was coming in from the north but the temperatures were just about perfect (cool but not cold) the early morning of Nov. 23, as members of the…

Arlington County Board members make appointments

Arlington County Board members on Nov. 17 made the following appointments to government advisory panels:

Arlington 55+ News, 11/26/20 edition

News of interest to active seniors in Arlington.

County Seeks Diverse Voices on Race, But So Far It’s Mostly White Women

Arlington is seeking diverse voices in its Dialogues on Race and Equity, but so far the biggest group of respondents have been white, middle-aged, female homeowners. Arlington County Chief Race…

Rosslyn BID to Kick Off Season of Giving with a Winter Clothing Drive

The Rosslyn Business Improvement District is hosting its annual holiday clothing drive to benefit those experiencing homelessness from Monday (Nov. 30) through Dec. 15. Accepted donations include winter coats, sweaters, sweatshirts,…

Supreme Hot Pot Now Open on Columbia Pike

Columbia Pike is home to a new restaurant option. Supreme Hot Pot, located at 2301 Columbia Pike, held its grand opening this week. The restaurant is on the ground floor…
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Fairfax

Fairfax County approves next phase for snow sports facility in former Lorton landfill

Virginia could be the site of the one of the longest indoor ski slopes in North America, as Fairfax County voted on an interim agreement to build it on a…

1 dead after potential hit-and-run in Fairfax Co.

A man is dead after a possible hit and run crash in Fairfax County, Virginia. The accident occurred just after 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Backlick Road and Edsall…

GMU’s COVID-19 research targets frontline health-care workers

This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. With the large-scale distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine not expected until next spring…

Guest Commentary: Gratitude for What We Have Is Foundational to Holidays

By Christopher Fay As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving, I like to reflect on the power of gratitude. There is an old saying that “gratitude turns what we have…

Dominion Energy Offering Incentives for Businesses

Dominion Energy is offering incentives to commercial customers for smart electric vehicle charging infrastructure and data collection through its Smart Charging Infrastructure Pilot program. Smart charging equipment enables charging stations…

FCPD Weekly Recap for Wednesday, Nov. 25

CALLS FOR SERVICE SUMMARY: Date Covered: 11/20/2020-11/24/2020 Total Calls for Service: 4,911 Total Domestic Related Calls for Service: 138 Total Persons Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Calls for Service: 147 Total…

COVID-19 Data Dashboard Now Includes Contact Tracing

Posted at 12:15 p.m. The Health Department’s case and contact investigation teams find people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and provide guidance to prevent them from spreading illness…

Kensington Falls Church Hosting Virtual Concert

The Kensington Falls Church is hosting Thanksgiving Eve Virtual Concert on Wednesday, November 25 from 6 – 7 p.m. The free event features a pre-recorded concert from the Kensington’s Activities…

F.C. Shelter Remains Closed For Winter

The Falls Church Homeless Shelter is one of many smaller area shelters that will keep its doors closed this winter, causing local authorities to adjust where and how they will…

Community members speak out against redevelopment proposals in Annandale and Seven Corners

The Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center on Row Street in Seven Corners wants to develop a community center.Local residents spoke out against most of the six nominations for redevelopment projects in Mason…

F.C. City Band Boosters Open Pop-Up Shop

Falls Church City Band Boosters has launched a virtual pop-up shop open through Dec. 7. The online shop, accessible through the boosters website or fancloth.Read F.C. City Band Boosters Open…

Conte’s Bike Shop Moves to Falls Plaza

Conte’s Bike Shop has moved to Falls Plaza at 1118 W. Broad Street in Falls Church. The new location is larger than its previous location on Leesburg Pike and features…
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Prince William

Prince William Co. board chair on hiring Peter Newsham to be police chief

A county official in Prince William County, Virginia, has offered some insight into why D.C. police chief Peter Newsham was picked for the top spot in the county’s police department,…

UPDATED: Prince William shatters its daily record for new COVID cases, adds 2 more deaths

The Prince William Health District shattered its one-day record for COVID-19 cases on Thanksgiving Eve, adding 345 new cases and two additional deaths.

In police chief pick, supervisors cite Newsham’s experience despite his tensions with D.C. Council

In a move that surprised both Prince William County and Washington D.C. residents, Prince William County hired current Washington D.C. Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham to be the county’s next…

In police chief pick, supervisors cite Newsham’s experience despite his tensions with the D.C. Council

In a move that surprised residents in both Prince William and Washington D.C., county officials hired current D.C. Metro Police Chief Peter Newsham to be the county’s next police chief…

Police: Witnesses sought in midday armed robbery at Woodbridge bank

Prince William County police are asking for help from anyone who might have witnessed an attempted armed robbery Wednesday at the TD Bank in Foulger Square in Woodbridge.

UPDATED: Police investigating attempted bank robbery in Woodbridge

Police are investigating an attempted bank robbery this morning at the TD Bank at 13630 Foulger Square in Woodbridge.

Metro closing Springfield station for 10 weekends staring November 27

Metro today announced plans to accelerate major capital work on the Blue Line in Virginia that will modernize the signal system in the Alexandria Rail Yard, resulting in improved safety,…

Fairfax, Prince William to host virtual meeting on Route 28 bypass

Prince William County, in conjunction with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, will hold a virtual information session regarding the Route 28 Bypass project on Dec. 7, 2020, at  7…

Jefferson Davis signs are coming down from U.S. 1, but not until 2022

The street signs won’t get changed until 2022, but Prince William officials received the state’s blessing Tuesday to remove the name of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from one of the…

Robber pistol-whips clerks, steals cash register

From Manassas police reports. Robbery/Malicious Wounding/Abduction On November 24th, 2020, at 3:42 a.m. officers of the Manassas City Police Department responded to a 7-Eleven located at 10299 Dumfries Rd. for…

Community meetings planned as Prince William schools searches for new superintendent

Prince William County residents will be asked about what they want to see in a new superintendent for its public school division. The Prince William County School Board has initiated…

2 Prince William delegates enter crowded race for Virginia Lt. Governor

AyalaBy Will Gonzalez Capital News Service Hala Ayala and Elizabeth Guzmán, two delegates who represent Prince William County, have formally announced a run for lieutenant governor. If successful, Ayala or…
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Reston / Herndon

Playa Bowls to Open Saturday at Reston Town Center

As winter settles in and it gets a little colder outside, there’s a chance to reclaim a bit of the summer spirit with a new restaurant opening at Reston Town…

Del. Ken Plum: Legalizing Pot

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. When settlers to…

Thanksgiving 2020: What’s Open, and What’s Closed

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and with that brings closures around the county. Let’s take a look at what’s open, and what’s closed. All Fairfax County Government offices will be closed on…

Early Morning Townhouse Fire in Herndon Under Control

A townhouse fire on the 13300 block of Apgar Place that started this morning is now under control, according to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. When units got…

Herndon Man Arrested in Shooting Death of Reston Resident

A Herndon resident has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in the Town of Herndon that happened yesterday afternoon. Jason Byrd, 20, was arrested yesterday. (Wednesday) after the…

Three-way Crash Injures Two in Reston, Fox Mill Road Closed

A morning car crash in Reston involving three vehicles has left two people injured, including one with serious injuries. Both people were taken to the hospital, according to the Fairfax…

Virtual Choir Set for Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

Although the pandemic changed plans for Reston Community Center’s Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration, a community-based virtual choir is in the works. RCC is partnering with Reston Community Orchestra,…

Shooting Reported on Queens Court, One Person Seriously Injured

Police are investigating a shooting that happened on the 1000 block of Queens Court this afternoon. According to the Herndon Police Department, one person was taken to the hospital with…

Thanksgiving Options Still Available in Reston, Surrounding Area

Thanksgiving is just a couple days away, and there are still a few area restaurants taking orders. In Reston, Founding Farmers Reston Station (1904 Reston Metro Plaza Drive) is offering…

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Announces 2020 Awards for Chamber Excellence

On Nov. 19, The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce held its 2020 Awards for Chamber Excellence (ACE), recognizing the most engaged businesses, members and committees of the Chamber community over…

Candidates Sought for Reston Association Board

Reston Association is seeking candidates to fill three open seats on its Board of Directors. All RA members are encouraged to take part in the upcoming election, which takes place…

Almost 3,000 FCPS Students Return to Virtual Instruction Due to COVID-19 Surge

An ongoing local surge in COVID-19 cases has forced some Fairfax County Public Schools students to revert to online learning for the first time since FCPS started phasing in-person learning…
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Tysons Corner / McLean

Santamobile Will Return to Falls Church – Minus the Candy Canes

Santa will once again grace Falls Church City with his presence this December, but he will have a lighter sleigh in tow. The City of Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department…

Vienna Mental Health Nonprofit Walks Off with MLB Grant

The Women’s Center in Vienna will be able to continue providing critical mental health services for the foreseeable future, thanks to a $50,000 donation from Major League Baseball. Located on…

FCPS Suggests Extending School Year Due to Virtual Learning Struggles

Fairfax County Public Schools may have to consider extending the school year into the summer of 2021 to help students who have fallen behind while trying to learn virtually this…

County Focuses on Rent Help as End to Eviction Moratorium Approaches

About 250 more people are using Fairfax County’s emergency homelessness services this November over last November, and there are enough beds for just over half of them. That number could…

Community Meeting on McLean High School Boundary Adjustment Set for Dec. 7

Fairfax County Public Schools will host a community meeting to discuss a potential boundary adjustment for McLean High School at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, Dranesville District School Board Representative…

Thanksgiving 2020: What’s Open, What’s Closed

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and with that brings closures around the county. Let’s take a look at what’s open, and what’s closed. All Fairfax County government offices will be closed on…

Statement in Response to Tysons Metro Station Renaming

Tysons Partnership commends the recent vote of the Metro Board of Directors to rename Tysons Corner station to “Tysons.” This is an important step forward in the effort to unify…

Tysons Galleria Starts Interactive Coat Drive to Benefit Volunteers of America

As the holidays approach, Tysons Galleria has announced that it will display a new interactive art installation called “Warm for the Winter.” The installation serves as a coat drive to…

Merrilee Mixed-Use Project Gets Thumbs Up from Fairfax County Staff

The mixed-use development that Elm Street Development has envisioned for the Dunn Loring Center remains on track for realization. In a report released on Nov. 18, Fairfax County staff recommends that…

Woman’s Club of McLean Cancels Holiday Homes Tour

The COVID-19 pandemic’s shake-up of the 2020 winter holiday season continues, disrupting traditions normally fueled by a spirit of sharing and togetherness. The Woman’s Club of McLean, a nonprofit focused…

New Vaden Drive Bridge to Open for Traffic Tomorrow

A renovated Vaden Drive Bridge over Interstate 66 in Vienna will be open to vehicle traffic by Wednesday (Nov. 25) after being closed for more than a year for construction.…

Tysons Corner Center Looks Forward to Safe, Seasonal Holiday Events

Tysons Corner Center is making the best of the holiday season with socially distanced, masked versions of traditional mall festivities. “It’s no secret that 2020 has been a difficult year,…
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Loudoun

Dump truck snags overhead lines, snaps power pole in Ashburn

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon and briefly closed down a stretch of roadway.

Northern Virginia COVID-19 cases hit daily, weekly highs

On Thanksgiving eve, about 8 1/2 months after the first COVID-19 case was reported in Northern Virginia, the region reported both a record high number of new daily cases of…

First-year Lightridge ready for varsity sports debut

Lightridge High School athletic director Jason Treon has ample experience in being part of a new school opening in Loudoun County. He has done it twice as a student at…

Community rallies to support Ashburn mom diagnosed with Stage IV cancer

In October, Danielle Hickey, an Ashburn resident and mother of four young children, began to experience neck pain and headaches. She told her friends about the symptoms, and they all…

Traditional Thanksgiving off the table for many

Many Americans are grappling with ways to make one of the nation's most celebrated holidays safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Fairfax Radiology opens breast imaging center in Lansdowne

Fairfax Radiology Centers has expanded its imaging services by opening a comprehensive breast imaging center in Lansdowne in Loudoun County.

Race scheduled in May on Dulles Greenway

Many Loudoun County commuters drive on the Dulles Greenway, but next spring they will have a unique opportunity to run on it.

Playa Bowls holds grand opening Saturday at Reston Town Center

The brand specializes in acai bowls, pitaya bowls, coconut bowls and other healthy treats.

Northern Virginia daily COVID-19 case count nearing new record high

Northern Virginia is heading into the Thanksgiving weekend with COVID-19 case counts that are nearly as high as the region's first peak in late May.

Loudoun County offers restaurants winterization grants

The Loudoun is Ready Outdoor Seating Grant program is accepting applications. (Courtesy Loudoun County Economic Development)Loudoun County joins other Virginia jurisdictions in extending some aid to restaurants that are looking…

New African restaurant Rahama opens in Sterling

Well here’s one you don’t hear every day — a new restaurant specializing in African cuisine has opened in Sterling. It’s called Rahama and it’s the fourth location in the…

PHOTOS: Washington builds momentum ahead of NFC East clash against Dallas

The Washington Football Team scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to earn a 20-9 home win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field in Landover,…
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Alexandria

To Improve Safety, WMATA Temporarily Closing Franconia and Van Dorn Stations

Work allows update of Alexandria rail yard signal system The Van Dorn St. Station, along with Franconia-Springfield, will close temporarily beginning Nov. 27. (Photo: Wikimedia/Creative Commons license)ALEXANDRIA, VA – Beginning…

Alexandria gun violence is up

A recent rise in gun violence seen in Alexandria, Virginia, has triggered police there to address the matter. There have been at least 43 reports of shots fired so far…

Ice & Lights Now Open at Cameron Run With Safety Measures in Place

'Safety is our top priority,' reads event website in light of pandemic Ice and Lights at Cameron Run Regional Park (Photo: Josh Weilepp for Visit Alexandria)ALEXANDRIA, VA – A popular…

ALEXANDRIA, VA — A Guide to Boosting Efficiency in a Small Business

Many shoppers are visiting small businesses this year to support them through the pandemic. This is excellent news for small business owners because the current climate has been extremely hard…

Alexandria: Kwanzaa How-To Workshop, Saturday, December 5

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Alexandria Black History Museum (ABHM) will present its annual Kwanzaa How-to Workshop, virtually, on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Learn how to do your own…

Oh, crap: Where Alexandria (unfortunately) ranks for roundworm infections in dogs and cats

This is one distinction that the people and pets of Alexandria would probably like to avoid: According to a new report, the Virginia community ranks No. 8 nationwide for roundworm…

City of Alexandria Converting to LED Street Lights

Pixabay photo by Licen KaciALEXANDRIA, VA – Did you know that the City of Alexandria is in the process of converting all of its street lights to LED? So far,…

Alexandria board votes to rename TC Williams and Maury schools

The Alexandria, Virginia, school board has voted to rename two schools, one of which gained worldwide fame for the film “Remember the Titans.” The board Monday voted 9-0 to rename…

Made famous by ‘Remember the Titans’, T.C. Williams High School to get name change after unanimous school board vote

It is one of two schools that will have its name changed by Alexandria Public Schools in the coming year.

One Night Only: Mount Vernon Estate to Host Screening of ‘Chopin: The Space Concert’

Film can be viewed for free virtually on Dec. 2. To feature live piano soundtrack Pixabay photo by Gerd AltmannALEXANDRIA, VA – On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the beauty of Chopin‘s…

Alexandria Library Offers Online Resource Tool EZProxy

Find what you need using the Alexandria Resource tool, EZProxy ALEXANDRIA, VA — During this time of school closures, expanded online learning, and social distancing recommendations, access to premium research…

Snow and Ice Tips to Protect Our Yards This Winter

King and Payne Streets looking west. (Adobe photo licensed)ALEXANDRIA, VA– With the pandemic keeping people sheltering at home, more people are extending their outdoor time in the winter by adding…
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