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Arlington News

Local Businesses Can Promote Themselves on ARLnow for Free

Do you operate a small business in Arlington that is open but struggling amid the coronavirus shutdown? We know the feeling. And we want to help. For now until whenever…

As COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise, Aspects of Local Response and Planning Remain Opaque

There are now 128 known coronavirus cases in Arlington, the second-highest total among Virginia localities. Only neighboring Fairfax County, with 328 cases, has more. That’s according to the latest Virginia…

Just Keep Brushing and Flossing!

Today, Drs. Morrow and Hartman from Elite Dental talk about tips for keeping up an excellent oral hygiene routine while dental offices across the country are closed except for emergent…

Marymount professor creates reusable face shields for hospital workers

Medical staff at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York show off the 3D printed face shields they received from Marymount University. (Courtesy Marymount University)A professor at Marymount University in Arlington,…

Pacers Running Fights to Keep One Foot Ahead of the Pandemic

With running retailer Pacers shutting down its brick-and-mortar stores due to the coronavirus pandemic, the regional chain has shifted its focus to newly-launched virtual fittings. Like many other video conferences being scheduled…

Arlington restaurant employees handling take-out test positive for coronavirus

Two Green Pig Bistro employees are recovering. They had contact with customers ordering take-out, the restaurant says, but did not prepare the food.

BREAKING: Dog Dies After Apartment Fire in Penrose

Firefighters battled an apartment fire in the Penrose neighborhood Thursday morning. The fire in a second floor unit of a three-story, garden-style apartment building on the 2000 block of 4th…

Crime Report: April 2, 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…

Progress on New Cafe, Bowling Alley in Crystal City Amid Coronavirus Turmoil

Signs are up for a pair of new businesses in Crystal City, even as the coronavirus outbreak has left others closed and fighting for survival. Bowlero — a bowling alley,…

Small Business Shoutout: Classic Cottages

ARLnow is continuing a series of articles to highlight the local businesses that advertise with us and help keep the community informed during these trying times. Today we’re recognizing our sponsor Classic Cottages. The company, which focuses on Northern…

County Board Facebook Live Town Hall: Arlington’s COVID-19 Response

Arlington County is fighting to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in our community and safe lives through social distancing. Join County Board Members and senior County staff for a…

Arlington Community Foundation Distributes $300,000 to Local Charities

The Arlington Community Foundation has provided more than $300,000 in emergency support this week, as the coronavirus crisis deepens. The distribution of funds comes after the nonprofit refocused its Prompt Response Fund…
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Fairfax

F.C. City Officials Urge Small Businesses To Apply for Emergency Aid

The City of Falls Church Economic Development Office issued a call today to encourage small businesses and nonprofits in the City to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which…

April 2: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Update

Posted at 5:20 p.m. A summary of recent news about COVID-19 for April 2, 2020: LATEST DATA April 2: New Positive Cases Today: 40 Total Positive Cases: 328(Health District includes…

Editorial: Tuesday’s Epic School Board Meeting

It was a most remarkable three hours Tuesday night. The live online gathering of the Falls Church City Public Schools’ School Board and key administrators of the system, deftly managed…

Fairfax County Courts Further Postpone Dockets Due to the Coronavirus

Posted at 3:20 p.m. The Fairfax County courts are making new changes to their schedules and procedures in response to the coronavirus, including further postponing dockets. While the Fairfax County…

F.C. Schools ‘Spring Break’ Virtual Poster Parade Set for Friday

Students at Falls Church’s Thomas Jefferson Elementary created posters with uplifting messages last month. (Photo: Falls Church City Public Schools)While trips to the beach and other vacations have been called…

Three cats die in house fire

Firefighters respond to a townhouse fire in Bailey's Crossroads. [FCFRD]A townhouse fire in the 3300 block of Spring Lane in Bailey’s Crossroads on April 1 resulted in the death of…

Basement Fire Kills 3 Cats in Bailey’s Crossroads

FIREFIGHTERS examine the damage of the affected townhome in the 3300 block of Spring Lane. (Photo: Courtesy Fairfax Fire and Rescue)An electrical fire in the basement of a townhome in…

Be Sure You Have a COVID-19 Plan in Place for Your Pets

Posted at 1:45 p.m. Eight D.C., Maryland and Virginia animal welfare organizations — including Fairfax County’s Animal Shelter — are uniting to urge the community to have a plan in…

FCPD Daily Recap for Thursday, April 2

CALLS FOR SERVICE SUMMARY: Date Covered: 04/01/2020 Total calls for Service: 823 Total Domestic Related Calls for Service: 41 Total Persons Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Calls for Service: 19 Total…

Annandale food pantry needs donations

The ACCA food pantry - before coronavirus depleted the shelves.The food pantry operated by the Annandale Christian Community for Action is quickly running out of non-perishable food items and is…

Fatal Hit-And-Run Pedestrian Crash in Centreville

Sully Police District – A woman died overnight as a result of injuries from a hit-and-run crash that occurred around 12:51 a.m. at Lee Highway and Prince Way in Centreville.…

As Face Mask Supply Dwindles, F.C. Business Owners Answer the Call

ZOYA ATELIER’S AMY BITICI (right) poses for a quick picture with three of her employees at the Falls Church boutique. The small crew at Zoya’s announced a two-week quarantine on…
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Prince William

Town Council Meeting Tuesday, April 7

A Regular Meeting of the Occoquan Town Council will take place: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:00 p.m. Occoquan Town Hall 314 Mill St. VIEW MEETING AGENDA The post Town Council…

UPDATED: 5,800 more Prince William residents file for unemployment

As the coronavirus crisis continues to wreak havoc on the economy, thousands more Prince William County workers have filed for unemployment, according to the latest report from the Virginia Employment…

Water main break affects 13 homes in Woodbridge

About 13 homes on Sharp Drive in Woodbridge are without water at this hour. A water main break at the intersection of Botts Avenue and Sharp Drive is to blame

Dumfries man arrested in Dale City apartment complex shooting

A Dumfries man was arrested and charged Wednesday in connection with a shooting at the Glen Ridge apartment complex in Dale City that left a 33-year-old man with non-life-threatening gunshot…

Arrest made in Dale City shooting

A Dumfries man is in custody following a shooting in Dale City. Police were called to the 12800 block of Island House Loop for a report of shots fired, on

Health officials report first Fredericksburg area coronavirus victim

The Rappahannock Area Health District is reporting its first coronavirus death. The victim, in his 60s, died at Spotsylvania Regional Hospital, Fredericksburg.com reports. The victim’s family told the news outlet

PWCS Superintendent Outlines Extended Distance Learning Plan During COVID-19 Closure

Materials and content posted online are still optional for students, but teachers will have to post weekly assignments and conducting "office hours." The post PWCS Superintendent Outlines Extended Distance Learning…

Gov. Northam is telling Virginians to stay at home. That’s not possible for the thousands still required to go into work.

Courtesy of the Virginia Mercury

Prince William schools no longer responding to Freedom of Information Act requests

Anyone can file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. While it is often used as a tool for reporters looking to obtain documents from governing bodies and government offices,

UPDATED: Virginia COVID-19 deaths rise to 41, up 7. Cases total 1,706 statewide; 117 in Prince William, up 11

UPDATED: COVID-19 claimed the lives of seven more Virginians in the last 24 hours, bringing the state's death toll to 41. Prince William County added 11 cases, for a total…

Prince William orders 15,500 laptops for students, outlines remote education plan

Prince William County Public Schools has ordered 15,500 HP touchscreen laptops that will be distributed to students by May.  It is part of a $10 million plan supported by the

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Reston / Herndon

Reston-based Physical Therapy Clinic Turns to Telehealth

Reston resident Taruna Rijhwani knew telehealth was the way to go when she added the digital service to her Reston-based physical therapy clinic more than two years ago. Now, as…

Del. Ken Plum: The Biggest Lesson One May Ever Learn

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. Among the decisive…

JUST IN: COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise in Fairfax County

Fairfax County has now surpassed 300 confirmed COVID-19 cases. As of today (Wednesday), there are now 328 cases in the Fairfax Health District, which includes Fairfax County, the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church…

Chick-fil-A in North Point Selected for Special Delivery Service

Local Restonians can now get Chick-fil-A delivered directly to their doorstep beginning today (Thursday). The location in north point Village Center is one of 200 stores selected by corporate headquarters…

Town of Herndon Suspends Yard Waste Services, Warns of Trash Collection Delays

In an effort to protects its workforce during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Town of Herndon is suspending curbside pick-up of yard waste. Residents can also expect delays in…

Hunter Mill District Supervisor to Host Virtual Town Hall on Budget

Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn plans to hosta virtual town hall to communicate with local residents about changes to the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget. “My staff and I…

JUST IN: Fairfax County Reports Three More COVID-19 Deaths

Three more people in the Fairfax Health District have died due to the novel coronavirus, the Fairfax County Health Department reported today (Wednesday). All three men were hospitalized as a…

Reston-based Financial Company for Veterans Transitions Leadership

American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association will be under new leadership after the retirement of its current president and treasurer, according to a press release. The non-profit organization, which is…

With State Order in Effect, Route 7 Widening to Take the Fast Track

State crews are taking advantage of a major dip in traffic as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia Department of Transportation is planning extended closures on several areas…

Silver Line Extension Likely to Open in Spring 2021

Although Metro is currently cutting routes and closing stations due to COVID-19, planning continues for the extension of the Silver Line into Loudoun County. Initially, officials estimated phase two of…

Fairfax County Officials Brace for Revenue Losses, Explore Lifelines for Businesses

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to take a major hit on the economy, Fairfax County leaders are bracing for the impact of the outbreak on the upcoming county budget. At…

South Lakes High School Pantry Shifts to New Location, ‘No-Contact’ Collection

With Fairfax County Schools closed through the academic year, South Lakes High School’s food pantry has shifted to a new location. The pantry is collecting items at Good Shepherd Lutheran…
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Tysons Corner / McLean

Northam Takes to Twitter to Answer COVID-19 Questions

Gov. Ralph Northam has been hosting almost daily briefings to provide updates on the coronavirus. But today (Thursday), he answered questions on Twitter. Using #AskGovNortham, people tweeted concerns about personal…

JUST IN: Worker at CSB-Merrifield Facility Tests Positive for COVID-19

An employee at the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) has tested positive for COVID-19. The CSB-Merrifield facility employee works in the youth court services and lives outside of Fairfax…

Vienna Family Looking to Launch Baseball Equipment Business

The coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on baseball season, but a Vienna family won’t let the virus strike their plans to launch a business selling baseball training equipment. John…

Visit Fairfax Launches New Program for Local Business Takeout

In an effort to help local businesses weather economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, Visit Fairfax has a new mobile program to connect people to local businesses offering takeout. Visit…

Virginia Tech Trains Professionals to Lead in Data-Driven Businesses

In today’s digital environment, organizations must collect vast volumes of data, analyze that data to retain high-value customers, predict trends, identify emerging markets, mitigate risk, drive innovation and more. This…

Vienna’s Bear Branch Tavern Reopens for Takeout

Roughly a week after Bear Branch Tavern (133 E Maple Avenue) decided to temporarily close, the restaurant will now reopen for carryout today (April 2). While it is unclear why owners…

Webinar: Infrastructure Update from Fairfax County Department of Transportation

On April 1, 2020, Tysons Partnership Transportation Council hosted a webinar, featuring Tom Biesiadny, Director, Fairfax County Department of Transportation. Update on Tysons Transportation Projects – April 1, 2020 from…

Sheraton Hotel May Permanently Close in Tysons

The Sheraton Tysons Hotel reportedly plans to close for good on Friday (April 3). The hotel (8661 Leesburg Pike) is a part of the Tysons West development near the Spring Hill Metro station.…

Visit Fairfax Aims to Lessen Economic Upset From COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to cause major economic disturbances across the country, Visit Fairfax has a new program meant to support local businesses and people impacted by the pandemic. Fairfax County is…

Residents Worry Stream Restoration is Detrimental to Tysons Wildlife

A recent stream restoration project in Tysons is supposed to help fix erosion but a few residents and environmental advocates in the area worry that it will be detrimental to…

Fairfax Connector to Get $1.85M in Funding to Keep Buses Rolling

Revenues from decreased ridership are taking a hit on the Fairfax Connector as the fallout of COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold. The bus service is set to receive $1.85 million…

List: Eateries Offering Delivery or Takeout in the Tysons Area

Man local restaurants have pivoted recently to offering take-out and delivery options after Gov. Ralph Northam ordered the closure of dine-in options. Over the last week, Tysons Reporter compiled a list…
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Loudoun

Virginia jobless claims approach 115,000; before coronavirus that number was less than 3,000

More than 114,000 Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.

April 2 Update: Loudoun County’s coronavirus case count rises to 121; Northam says statewide peak may come between late April and late May

Loudoun County now has at least 121 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 16 from Wednesday, according to the latest figures released by the state.

Loudoun wine country turns to virtual tastings

While COVID-19 has caused tight restrictions for visitors looking to experience local wineries, owners and managers are creating unique ways to connect, including with virtual tastings.

Thomas Jefferson student from Loudoun proposes idea for graphene face-mask

Parnika Saxena, a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, has combined her experience in the classroom and the Nanotechnology Club with outside research to propose the…

#LoudounPossible Pod: Business Financing Tips From The Experts

In the fourth episode of the #LoudounPossible Pod, the focus is on financing, as Alice Frazier, president and CEO of Bank of Charles Town, and Chauvon McFadden, principal at Crimson…

Loudoun United to participate in the USL eCup: Rocket League Edition

The United Soccer League has ventured into esports with the USL eCup: Rocket League Edition. Loudoun United FC is one of 32 teams from the USL Championship and League One…

Ashburn principal recovering from the coronavirus

In his first interview, Michael Pellegrino discusses battling the virus. The post Ashburn principal recovering from the coronavirus appeared first on The Burn.

Virginia considers National Conference Center in Leesburg as alternate hospital site during coronavirus outbreak

State officials are considering The National Conference Center in Lansdowne as a site to help treat the influx of patients needing care due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Loudoun South little league team still hoping to play this spring

There’s been a lot of disappointment for kids and teenagers who play spring sports, but at least one Northern Virginia little league team is still hoping to play this season.…

Loudoun Economic Development launches searchable database for job seekers during coronavirus downturn

During a time when many people have been laid off from work, job seekers in Loudoun County now have a new tool to search available employment opportunities.

LCPS issues distance learning update, new grading information

Loudoun County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ashley Ellis presented updated information regarding the district's distance learning measures, including grading and assessment tactics, during Tuesday's Loudoun County School Board…

#LoudounPossible Pod: Workforce Update + Importance of Loudoun-Sourced Food

In the third episode of the #LoudounPossible Pod, it was the first double feature of guests, with Nancy Evanko, the workforce analyst for Loudoun Economic Development, and Molly Kroiz, the…
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Alexandria

Coping Resources During the Cornonavirus Outbreak

Courtesy photoAlexandria, VA – The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge everyone to STAY HOME except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care, and…

City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Practice Physical Distancing; Coping Resources; Support for Businesses; Evictions Suspended: http://alexandriava.gov/114538 

City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Practice Physical Distancing; Coping Resources; Support for Businesses; Evictions Suspended: http://alexandriava.gov/114538 

Times FOIA Fund update

By Denise Dunbar | ddunbar@alextimes.com During the first quarter of 2020, eight people donated a total of $975 to the Alexandria Times FOIA Fund. The Times made three FOIA requests…

Hope on North Early Street

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com Children delivered daffodil bouquets to their neighbors on North Early Street. (Courtesy Photo)To spread a positive message during the COVID-19 outbreak, school children on North…

The Alexandria Library Just Got $50,000 to Expand Online eBook Collection

The Alexandria Library has thousands of online resources to aid distance learning and basic boredom. (Photo licensed from 123rf)ALEXANDRIA, VA – While Alexandria Library locations remain closed until further notice, the…

Ways You Can Help Local Kids Whose Make-a-Wish Dreams Are On Hold Because of Covid-19

ALEXANDRIA, VA – As a result of the continued public and medical concerns regarding COVID-19, Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic is facing a record number of local wishes waiting to be granted. As…

Pets: Enrichment activities for your cat

By Victoria Elliott After days of staying home to help flatten the curve of the spread of coronavirus, you may have found a new appreciation for indoor enrichment. Without it,…

Residents cope with cabin fever during COVID-19 pandemic

By Luke Anderson | landerson@alextimes.com In an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order for everyone in Virginia on March 30.…

The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: Resilience

As a breather from our anxiety with all the unknowns and frustrations over changes to our personal and work patterns, I thought it might add perspective if we paused a…

Virtual series ALX at Home Live spotlights local businesses

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com Visit Alexandria kicked off a weekly Facebook Live series, ALX at Home Live, on Tuesday, according to a news release. The series, part of Visit…

SCAN Gets $10K for Extra Resources to Combat Child Abuse Amidst Covid Crisis

Little baby boy, toddler child, eating spaghetti for lunch and making feeding teddy bear friend, pot with spaghetti and tomatoes on the tableALEXANDRIA, VA – SCAN of Northern Virginia, based…

The city expands its suspension of parking enforcement

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com The city suspended enforcement of several parking restrictions on Sunday, according to a news release. The decision comes as the city tries to accommodate an…
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