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Arlington News

Mysterious bug bites baffle Arlington residents, health officials

Experts are not 100% sure what's causing these bites, but their prime suspect is a cicada egg-eating mite.

Federal Court Rules in Favor of APS in Drawn-Out Education Dispute

A multi-year legal battle between a family and Arlington Public Schools over the appropriateness of their child’s special education support ended this summer with a decision in APS’s favor, handed…

Arlington apartment-rental rates continue their rebound

It was upended during the worst of the COVID crisis, but the Arlington apartment-rental market continues roaring back to life, according to a data analysis by Apartment List.

The Salt Line in Ballston Now Likely to Open in September

The Salt Line in Ballston is now “looking at a September opening,” restaurant representatives tell ARLnow. This another push back from the restaurant’s initial opening in spring 2020. Pandemic-related delays…

JUST IN: APS Announces Universal Mask Mandate for Return to School

Arlington Public Schools will require universal masking at the start of the school year, regardless of vaccination status, according to an email to families this morning. The order applies to…

Crime Report: July 30, 2021

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…

Review Process Set to Begin for Wendy’s Development Project in Courthouse

The county review process is just about to begin for Greystar Real Estate Partners’ proposed redevelopment project for the vacant Wendy’s site in Courthouse. It’s the same process that former…

Synetic preps pop-up performances of classic pantomime

As it prepares to resume in-person performances at its Crystal City venue, Synetic Theater will be headed into the community with a series of free public performances of the family-focused…

Republicans critical of Arlington school system for getting political in tweet

After raising questions whether the Arlington County government was trying to use the appearance of President Biden to gin up votes for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, the Arlington County…

Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing announces revamped leadership team

With its new president/CEO on board, the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) has announced its revamped senior-management lineup.

Keep an Eye to the Skies Amid Severe Weather Threat Today

Tree down near Bishop O’Connell High School after last night’s storms (photo courtesy Chris Farley)It’s overcast and muggy right now, but it could be stormy later today in Arlington. A…

Vaccine Efforts Hone in on Myth-Busting, Young People to Target Disparities

Amid a rise in coronavirus cases, community leaders and the Arlington County Public Health Division are continuing to find ways to target particular demographics for which more outreach is needed.…
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Fairfax

F.C. VFW Post Earns National Award

Falls Church VFW Post 9274 recently received an All American Recognition award from the National VFW for its leadership and membership growth. “All American,” a national award, one of the…

High school classmate turns in Fairfax County man accused of entering Senate chamber

Luke Wessley Bender, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, is facing six counts, including a felony charge that could mean up to 20 years in prison.

Anti-Vax Foolery Endangers Us All

Once again, ignorance and damned foolishness is endangering all of us. Active resistance to Covid-19 vaccines such as we’ve seen from conservative pundits, including Fox News, and many leading pro-Trump…

Juror Qualification Process To Begin This August

The Arlington Circuit Court, which includes the City of Falls Church, will soon begin its annual juror qualification process. Juror questionnaires will be mailed in early August to randomly selected…

FCPD Weekly Recap For Friday, July 30

CALLS FOR SERVICE SUMMARY: Date Covered: 7/23/2021 – 7/29/2021 Total Calls for Service: 7,959 Total Domestic Related Calls for Service: 180 Total Persons Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Calls for Service:…

Fairfax County Police Department 2020 Annual Report Available Online

The 2020 Annual Report offers a look back at what was a difficult year for Fairfax County and our Nation. The report clearly demonstrates our officer’s commitment to public safety…

Fairfax Parks Deems Justice Park Plan “Unacceptable”

In a statement released July 20, the Fairfax County Park Authority stated that the “[Fairfax County Public Schools] proposal is simply not acceptable” for its plan to expand public parking…

Preservation Biscuit Company Hosting a Fundraiser

Preservation Biscuit Company is hosting a fundraiser for the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michele Fleming and her son Spencer…

State Reps Head to Richmond To Discuss Federal $ Allocation

The City of Falls Church’s delegation to the Richmond General Assembly that convenes in a special session next week — composed of the redoubtable duo of Sen. Richard Saslaw and…

Supervisors schedule public hearing on eminent domain for sewer project in Seven Corners

The new sewer is shown in red, temporary construction easements and grading agreements are in yellow, and affected properties are outlined in blue. The Board of Supervisors on July 27 agreed…

Fairfax supervisors OK use of Turner Farmhouse for bereavement center

Turner Farmhouse Foundation now has the go-ahead to build a retreat center behind the historic circa-1905 house in Great Falls, fulfilling the dream of the group’s president, Sarah Kirk.

Fairfax supervisors laud departing chief financial officer

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in a July 27 board matter set in motion plans to honor the county’s chief financial officer, Joseph Mondoro, who will retire Sept. 10.
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Prince William

UPDATED: Local COVID-19 transmission remains ‘substantial,’ county adds 2 more deaths

Prince William County lost two more residents to COVID-19 in recent days, including a person in their 20s. The local health district, which includes the county, Manassas and Manassas Park,…

Va. explores Metro to Woodbridge on heels of billions invested into VRE, HOT lanes expansions

New survey findings show that the majority of respondents, at least 31%, favored extending Metro south of Springfield. One of the options being discussed in the feasibility study is the possibility…

New Manassas Museum exhibit honors the ‘faces’ who make Manassas great

Even though the Manassas Museum was closed to the public most of last year due to COVID-19, the museum staff remained focused on connecting with the community. The result is…

‘I was close to death’: Nationals’ unofficial mascot nearly loses COVID-19 battle

Washington Nationals fans are familiar with the team’s unofficial mascot, Captain Obvious: a smiling, bearded jokester who comes to the ballpark carrying signs with hilarious messages such as “winning is…

Schools expected to decide masking requirements; Parents push for choice

Public school students in our area will head back to class in about two weeks, and the majority of school systems in our region have yet to tell parents whether…

Federal funding could provide immediate relief to Virginia’s state-run mental hospitals

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34 awarded GEDs through city-funded education partnership

A celebration was held at Harris Pavilion in Downtown Manassas as 34 city residents received their GEDs. Donned in a cap and gown, seven members of the class attended a…

Work set to begin soon on long-awaited Rollins Ford Road Park

After significant design changes and multiple delays over the years, the long-awaited construction of Rollins Ford Regional Park, located in western Prince William, is finally underway. And it promises many…

Work set to begin soon on long-awaited Rollins Ford Park

After significant design changes and multiple delays over the years, the long-awaited construction of Rollins Ford Regional Park, located in western Prince William, is finally underway. And it promises many…

Remembering the first major battle of the Civil War

July 21, 1861, marked the first major clash between Union and Confederate forces just north of Manassas, as both sides realized the tactical importance of the area.

Developer pitches new ‘marina district,’ about 1,400 new homes for Belmont Bay

Challenge course opens at Triangle park

“We’re here to celebrate the power of partnerships,” the director of Prince William County’s Parks, Recreation & Tourism told about 50 people in the sweltering heat at Locust Shade Park…
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Reston / Herndon

Reston Town Center Association will receive 2021 ArtsFairfax award

2021 Arts Awards honoree Reston Town Center Association brings arts and cultural events to the town center, including summer concerts (via Reston Concerts on the Town/Facebook)The Reston Town Center Association…

Fairfax County creates zoning map to make sense of Reston development

Reston has seen a noticeable uptick in development over the past half-decade, just as local officials hoped with the arrival of Metro’s Silver Line, but between the multitude of projects…

Fairfax County expands child care in Herndon with two new SACC sites

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay announces plans for the county’s 2021-2022 School Age Child Care program at London Towne Elementary School (via Chairman Jeff McKay/Facebook)After a hiatus…

Reston Hospital doctors reflect on pandemic beginnings, warn it isn’t over yet

On June 26, Reston Hospital Center announced that it had zero COVID-19 patients for the first time since the pandemic arrived in Fairfax County 470 days earlier. That moment of…

Herndon Planning Commission reviews changes to accessory dwelling unit rules

The Herndon Planning Commission meets virtually for a public hearing on proposed amendments to its accessory dwelling units ordinanceThe Town of Herndon is looking to update decades-old rules involving accessory…

Reston Going to the Birds: E-Scooters Join Bikeshares As Most Likely Objects To Be Found During Future Lake Dredging

First, the red Capital Bikeshare stations descended upon our neighborhoods, glowing monoliths and solar panels and puny, pathetic bollards and all. Now, within a week of the county approving its…

Reston Home Insider: Buyer fatigue and how you can overcome it

Buyer fatigue is what I call the effect on buyers who have seen so many homes, written multiple offers getting rejected each time, and are exhausted with the buying process.…

Reston Association to develop five-year plan for capital projects

Reston Association is putting together a five-year plan for capital improvement projects as a number of decades-old facilities are in need of upgrades. At last week’s Board of Directors meeting,…

Reston Association summer camps bounce back after rare year off due to COVID-19

More children are participating in Reston Association’s summer camps this year than before the COVID-19 pandemic. After canceling the program last year for the first time in its more than…

Art resonates amid local and global strife in upcoming Tephra exhibit

3AM: Time Sensitive, a new exhibit at Tephra in Reston (courtesy Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art)A new exhibit at Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art in Reston is set to highlight…

Fairfax County COVID-19 case levels climb as Delta variant takes over

Coronavirus (via CDC on Unsplash)Fairfax County’s COVID-19 case levels remain well below the worst days of the pandemic, but their rapid rise over the past month is enough to set…

Weekly Planner: Baseball & food, dragonflies, and more

Dragonfly at Lake Newport (Photo by Ruth Sievers)Monday, July 26 Pleibol & Food (6:45 p.m.) — Baseball and food go hand-in-hand. Join the National Museum of American History for an…
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Tysons Corner / McLean

Tysons theater companies are among 10th annual Arts Award winners

Two Tysons arts organizations are among the five honorees selected by ArtsFairfax for its 2021 Arts Awards, an annual celebration of Fairfax County’s arts community. ArtsFairfax, a nonprofit that has...

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With new signs at Freedom Hill Park, Fairfax County makes local history personal

An upcoming dedication ceremony for new signs at Freedom Hill Park (8531 Old Courthouse Road) outside of Tysons represents more than just recognition of the struggles of local families during...

Photos: Tysons Galleria unveils look at Macy’s redevelopment with new retailers, outdoor plaza

The redevelopment of the former Macy’s box store at Tysons Galleria is almost ready for the public, paving the way for the addition of a movie theater, a bowling alley,...

Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for Fairfax County until 9 p.m.

Like much of the D.C. area, Fairfax County is now under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch that will be in place until 9 p.m. The region is bracing for a second...

Virginia recommends but doesn’t require wearing masks indoors

Virginia recommends that even vaccinated individuals wear masks indoors in certain circumstances, but with different locations experiencing different levels of COVID-19 transmission, the state has stopped short of issuing a...

DMV customers report months-long waits for appointments in Fairfax County

Fairfax County residents in need of Department of Motor Vehicle services are finding they need to book an appointment months in advance. In response to those reported concerns, the county...

Pet of the Week: Kitten Ricky Martin, friendly and easygoing, is looking for his forever family

This week's Pet of the Week is Ricky Martin, a friendly kitten who's looking for his forever home.

Many Fairfax County employees can’t afford cost of living, new report says

One in seven Fairfax County employees can’t afford an adequate standard of living in the county where they work, a report released last week by a Richmond-based think tank found....

Board of Supervisors approves bus rapid transit through Tysons’ core

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has approved a bus rapid transit (BRT) route through the heart of Tysons, despite some concerns that it might not be as “express” as...

Thousands in McLean, Falls Church still without power after overnight storm

Almost 7,000 people in Fairfax County still have no electricity after a thunderstorm took out trees and wires late last night (Wednesday). According to PowerOutage.US, 6,920 Dominion Energy customers in...

Fairfax County approves COVID-19 grant program to help child care centers, pools, and more

Fairfax County will use an estimated $10 million in COVID-19 relief money for another major grant program aimed at helping community partners keep their doors open. The Board of Supervisors...
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Loudoun

Regional unemployment rate ticks up in new data

Total unemployment across the Washington region in June was down more than 110,000 people from the depths of the COVID crisis a year before, even though a full employment rebound…

New retail and office building in the works at One Loudoun

The building is going up near the Trader Joe's grocery store.

Loudoun County Sets the Standard on Safety and Peace of Mind

Loudoun County has consistently ranked as the safest jurisdiction in the national capital region and its effects can be measured in peace of mind for our residents. According to the…

Stanford paces field at VSGA Junior Stroke Play Championship

David Stanford birdied the par-4 18th hole during the third and final round of the 69th Virginia State Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Championship to earn the tournament title for…

Trial scheduled for Leesburg teacher suspended in transgender controversy

A trial is coming up in Virginia’s Loudoun County Circuit Court in connection with a lawsuit filed by a physical education teacher who was suspended after saying publicly that he…

Olive’s Pizza quietly opens its doors in Leesburg

The restaurant is in the Virginia Village shopping center.

Northam: Though not required, Virginians ‘should consider’ new CDC mask guidance

In a Thursday Twitter thread, Gov. Ralph Northam (D) urged all Virginians to "consider" following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's updated masking guidance.

Lovettsville resident creates ‘enchanted’ body products to heal and nourish

In August 2006, Lovettsville resident Debra Schaffer was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was in her late 40s, and her oncologist gave her just two years…

Lawsuit targeting transgender student policies dismissed

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by faith-based conservative groups challenging guidelines on the treatment of transgender students in public schools, ruling that the…

Mystery songbird illnesses, deaths improving in Northern Virginia

Wildlife experts still don't know the cause, but it appears the mystery illness killing songbirds in Northern Virginia is improving.

Loudoun County Fair returns with old-fashioned, in-person fun

Hundreds of visitors braved the heat on Wednesday to enjoy critters, carnival rides and crowd-pleasing attractions for the opening day of the Loudoun County Fair in Leesburg, which will continue…

United Airlines lets passengers pre-order snacks and meals

You will be able to pre-order snacks, meals and beverages on United Airlines flights. (United Airlines/Handout)United Airlines is adding an option for passengers to pre-order and pay for snacks, meals…
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Alexandria

Alexandria Police Department Makes Quick Arrest Following an Armed Carjacking on the West End

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Alexandria Police Department made a quick arrest after an armed carjacking in the Cameron Station area of the West End. At approximately 8:42 p.m. on Tuesday,…

Alexandria City Installing New Zebras to Increase Pedestrian Safety on Commonwealth Avenue

Alexandria City worker installing zebras along Commonwealth Avenue. (Photo: Lucelle O’Flaherty)ALEXANDRIA, VA – New three-foot oblong bumps called “zebras” were nailed into spots along Commonwealth Avenue today in Alexandria to…

To Meet Zero Emissions Goal, DASH Debuts New Electric Buses

Transit company plays a part in decreasing Alexandria's carbon footprint Three new electric-battery buses join the DASH fleet. (Photo courtesy City of Alexandria)ALEXANDRIA, VA-The Alexandria Transit Company DASH is committed…

BARCA, Ada’s bring different vibes to waterfront dining in Old Town Alexandria

toggle audio on and off change volume download audio WTOP's Jason Fraley chats with co-owner Scott Shaw (Part 1) Outdoor dining is all the rage with two new waterfront options…

Poor Robert’s Ruminations with Rob Whittle: ‘Hi. Where are you from?’

Everyone knows that Alexandria is full of transplants from other cities and towns. I’ve always considered this a compliment to our fair city. In some places, they call these folks…

Potomac Yard Metrorail Station delayed

By Olivia Anderson | oanderson@alextimes.com Metro announced on Monday that the opening of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station will be delayed by at least five months to fall 2022 from…

COVID-19 cases surge

By Denise Dunbar | ddunbar@alextimes.com Alexandria is experiencing another surge in COVID-19 cases caused primarily by the highly contagious Delta variant, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said…

Alexandria nonprofits receive Inova grants

By Katherine Hapgood | khapgood@alextimes.com Inova Health System awarded $240,000 in Community Health Fund grants to 14 nonprofits in the DMV, including seven Alexandria nonprofits, according to a news release.…

Cameron Station carjacking suspect arrested

By Olivia Anderson | oanderson@alextimes.com Police arrested a man who is the suspect in a confirmed armed carjacking that occurred on Tuesday night, according to the Alexandria Police Department. The…

Old Town Festival of Speed & Style to return

By Olivia Anderson | oanderson@alextimes.com The Old Town Festival of Speed & Style will return in person on Labor Day Weekend, according to a news release. The second annual event…

Troy IsLey wins first Olympic match

By Katherine Hapgood | khapgood@alextimes.com Alexandrian boxer Troy IsLey secured an early victory in the Tokyo Olympics, winning his Round of 32 middleweight boxing match, 5-0, against Vitali Bandarenka of…

Aces advance to championship

By Katherine Hapgood | khapgood@alextimes.com The Alexandria Aces beat the Silver Spring Thunderbolts in both games played during the Cal Ripken Collegiate League semi-final this past week. The championship best…
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