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Arlington News

Arlington motorcyclist traveling ‘at a high rate of speed’ dead after crash

A motorcyclist is dead after a single vehicle crash in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday evening. Gilberto Portillo-Solorzano, 27, of Arlington, was riding his motorcycle southbound on Walter Reed Drive at…

Yorktown grad gears up for third NFL season

The upcoming NFL season, if it is played, will be M.J. Stewart’s third, and the Yorktown High School graduate is more than eager for this month’s training camp then the…

Police: Man dies after high-speed motorcycle crash in Arlington

Arlington County Police are still investing the crash and are asking anyone who knows more to help.

Police investigating fatal motorcycle crash in Arlington

An Arlington man has died following a motorcycle crash July 3.

Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Walter Reed Drive

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department’s Critical Accident Team is investigating a fatal single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle, that occurred on the evening of July 3, 2020. At…

Wakefield High grad embarks on Plebe Summer at Naval Academy

Kaylah Gillums, a 2019 graduate of Wakefield High School, was inducted into the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2024 on June 29, beginning six weeks of basic midshipman training as…

Arlington NAACP scholarship deadline approaches

July 30 is the deadline for students to apply for the 2020 scholarship program of the Arlington branch of the NAACP.

Video: Fireworks Safety Tips from the Arlington County Fire Department

Planning to light off a few fireworks at home this Fourth of July weekend? You’re not alone. Fireworks sales have skyrocketed this year as the usual public displays are cancelled…

JUST IN: Taco Bamba Coming to Ballston

Ballston is getting a new taco spot later this summer. Chef Victor Albisu has scrapped plans to open Huevos, an all-day egg restaurant concept, and is instead going with the…

APS to Require Masks, Daily Health Checks in Schools This Fall

Nearly 1,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Arlington Public Schools to require masks for in-person instruction in the fall. They’re in luck: that’s precisely what APS is planning…

Boring Title: Everything You Need to Know About Wholesaling

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…

Arlington Rotarians tap leadership team for 2020-21

Chelsi Dildine, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, has rotated in to serve as president of the Arlington Rotary Club for the 2020-21 club year.
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Fairfax

New Virginia laws affect firearms, immigrants, workers, marijuana, much more

The Virginia General Assembly in Richmond.The following new laws, signed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, took effect July 1 unless otherwise noted.  Firearms – Criminal background checks are required for all…

Glass recycling bin installed at Wakefield Park, thanks to Girl Scout lobbying effort

The glass recycling bin at the Mason Government Center.Wakefield Park in Annandale now has a purple bin for recycled glass, and Braddock Supervisor James Walkinshaw credits the advocacy efforts of…

New COVID-19 cases hit highest level in almost a month in Virginia, region

Both Virginia and the Northern Virginia region reported the highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in almost a month on Saturday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

With no big local July 4 events, expect a lot of neighborhood fireworks

A fireworks stand on Little River Turnpike in Annandale.The Annandale Blog wishes everyone a fun and safe Fourth of July—but don’t forget, we’re still in the midst of a pandemic. There…

Juveniles admonished after incident at Vienna elementary school

Vienna police officers on June 27 at 3:09 p.m. responded to the report of juveniles on the roof at Marshall Road Elementary School, 730 Marshall Road, S.W.

Motorist cited after accident at Vienna shopping center

A motorist who was attempting to park in the parking lot at Danor Plaza, 116 Branch Road, S.E., on June 27 at 11:02 p.m. accidentally pressed the accelerator, sideswiped another…

Vienna police investigate multiple cases of backside-slapping on trail

Vienna police on June 29 investigated two reports concerning a male bicyclist who had slapped women’s rear ends on the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Regional Trail.

Progressive New Laws In Effect This Week

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam highlighted new laws that took effect yesterday as Virginia began its new fiscal year. The governor hailed his close work with members of the General Assembly…

Governor Northam Announces More Than $10.3 Million to Support 790 Affordable Housing Units

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced July 2 more than $10.3 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing (ASNH) loans for 14 projects across the Commonwealth, creating or preserving 790 affordable housing…

FCPS to Host Virtual Town Hall on July 6

Join FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Sloan Presidio, and director of the office of special education procedural support Jane Strong for an FCPS virtual Town…

F.C.’s EDA Awards 42 More Business Micro-Grants

The City of Falls Church Economic Development Authority (EDA) announced the winners of the second round of the EDA Covid-19 Emergency Grant Program. This round was open to a wider…

F.C. School Board Starts Name Change Process for 2 Schools

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER Lawrence Webb said that African-American history isn’t taught at all, and that not all students feel there is a level playing field during Tuesday’s work session. (Photo:…
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Prince William

UPDATED: Prince William reports 111 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

Prince William County reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the first time the local area has exceeded 100 new daily cases since June 6, according to the Virginia…

UPDATED: Prince William loses a man in his 40s to COVID-19, county adds 48 new cases

A Prince William County man in his 40s has died of COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health reported on Saturday, bringing the local death toll since the start of the…

Prince William Teachers Rally for Greater Input on School Reopening Plans

Prince William County teachers rallied outside the Kelly Leadership Center, Friday morning, demanding PWCS employees have significant input when planning for reopening schools. The post Prince William Teachers Rally for…

‘Why are you excluding us?’: Teachers rally against being left out of planning for schools’ reopening

Prince William County teachers gathered outside the school division’s administration building Friday morning to express their frustration over a planning process for reopening schools that they say has mostly excluded…

UPDATED: Prince William loses 3 more to COVID-19, 68 new cases reported locally

Prince William has lost three additional residents to COVID-19, bringing the local death toll due to the novel coronavirus to 170, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Architectural Review Board Meeting Tuesday, July 7

A Special Meeting of the Occoquan Architectural Review Board will take place: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 6:30 p.m. Occoquan Town Hall, 314 Mill Street VIEW MEETING AGENDA The post Architectural…

Prince William offers help with rent and mortgage payments for those impacted by COVID-19

Residents who have lost income due to COVID-19 can now apply for help to pay their rent and mortgage payments from Prince William County.

Regulators approve Dominion’s green energy plan but cut a mostly coal-fired plant from its portfolio

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Prince William teachers await details so they can plan for new school year

As Prince William County’s 7,000 schoolteachers start preparing for the 2020-21 school year, they aren’t quite sure what to expect.

Stafford County to host virtual interactive town hall focused on entrepreneurship

On July 30, 2020, all Stafford community leaders and businesses are invited to join the county’s interactive town hall. 

Prince William County elected official apologizes for ‘token black person’ comment

Tiziana Bottino, an elected Director of the Prince William County Soil and Water Conservation District, issued an apology after making a post on Facebook some deemed to be racist.

Traffic shift on northbound Route 1 to occur July 6

Traffic Shift on Northbound Route 1 to occur July 6
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Reston / Herndon

Straight Outta Tysons? They See Me Rollin’ (In Snarled Traffic), They Hatin’

UHHHHHHHHBBBBBHHHHHHHH pic.twitter.com/C8UJ4VHZ9O— Mina (@maddc8) July 3, 2020 We could point out that Reston did it first (and has the video to prove it), but to be fair, having this displayed…

Affordable Housing at Arrowbrook Centre Set to Complete by 2022

The county plans to close on a long-awaited workforce housing development in Herndon this fall. Construction on the 274-unit project, which is located south of the Dulles Access Road, will…

Police Chief Talks New Policing Model, Body-Worn Cameras During Town Hall

Last night’s town hall with Fairfax County’s police chief covered a variety of issues related to police reform, from progress on the demands made by Fairfax County NAACP to body-worn…

After Major Delays, LA Fitness in Herndon Opens

LA Fitness finally opened its doors in Herndon Center yesterday (July 1). The fitness gym was expected to open in early January, but permitting issues and the COVID-19 pandemic delayed…

Report: Walmart Labs to Lease More Space in Reston

Walmart Labs is expanding its presence in Reston. The announcement comes as a growing number of technologies — including Microsoft — expand their footprint in the community. The company’s technology…

Del. Ken Plum: Back to Work Without Delay

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. Back in March,…

Reston Thrift Shop Awards College Scholarships to Local Students

The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area, Inc. has awarded 22 local high school students $45,000 worth of college scholarships. The students span across five high schools in the community, according…

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Board

The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce has elected its 2020-2021 Board of Directors. Dee Kakar, vice president at M&T Bank, will begin his term as board chairman. He replaces Maggie…

Independent Review Flags Practices of Lake Anne Reston Condominium Association

A forensic analysis by Ernst & Young (EY) has flagged concerns with past financial practices and decision making by the Lake Anne Reston Condominium Association. LARCA President Senzel Schaefer said…

FCDOT: After Multitude of Issues, Silver Line Phase Two Almost Done

After a variety of issues and delays, Silver Line’s Phase Two is now aiming for completion in spring 2021. Updates on the second phase of the Silver Line were briefly…

Herndon Police Department Releases Body Camera Footage of Disputed School Bus Investigation

The Herndon Police Department has released body camera footage and a police report to refute allegations that a local police officer was hostile during an investigation of bus fight between…

A Fond Farewell to Reporter Ashley Hopko

Today is the last day for reporter Ashley Hopko at Local News Now, our parent company. Hopko joined Reston now a year ago as part of the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism…
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Tysons Corner / McLean

The Alden’s ‘Drive Thru Drama’ Debuts This Weekend in McLean

Medieval pageants wagons inspired the “Drive-Thru Drama” production that kicks off this weekend in McLean Danielle Van Hook, The Alden’s director of Youth Theatre Programs, came up with the idea while in the…

Tysons’ 1st Stage Pushes New Season to February, Unveils Virtual Classes

Tysons’ 1st Stage Theatre announced today (Thursday) that it’s delaying its upcoming season until February and will focus on virtual class offerings this summer. Until 2021 rolls around, 1st Stage will…

Fairfax County Officials Pushing for More Affordable Housing in Tysons

Fairfax County officials are looking to create more affordable housing and workforce dwelling units (WDUs) as the coronavirus pandemic increases housing hardships. At the county’s Transportation Committee on Tuesday, staff…

McLean Barbershops See Slow Business as Virginia Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

Despite hopes that reopening Virginia, which is now in Phase Three, would help the economy, barbershops in McLean are experiencing the opposite.  Barbershops in McLean Tysons Reporter spoke to have…

City of Falls Church Organizes ‘Historic Scavenger Hunt’

Falls Church’s parks and recreation department is hosting a scavenger hunt that will take people to parks and historic landmarks throughout the city. The “Historic Scavenger Hunt” will have clues…

Spring Hill Recreation Center Opening Later in July

Now that Virginia is in Phase Three of rolling back restrictions, the Fairfax County Park Authority announced today that the Spring Hill Recreation Center will reopen on Monday, July 13.…

The Boro to Host Blood Drive With COVID-19 Antibodies Testing

People can get antibodies tests for COVID-19 at an upcoming blood drive in Tysons. The Boro is hosting the American Cross blood drive, and donors will be able to get…

Laurie DiRocco Reflects on Service as Vienna’s Mayor

On one of her final days in office, Laurie DiRocco took a moment to reflect on her accomplishments as Vienna’s mayor. DiRocco was first elected to the Town Council in…

Here’s What’s Opening in the Tysons Area as Virginia Enters Phase Three

Back in mid-March, government services, community centers, restaurants, schools and more closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Now that Virginia is entering Phase Three today (Wednesday), here’s an update on what’s…

Fundraisers Net More Than $230K for Local Restaurants, Staff

Owners and staff at Tysons-area restaurants have turned to fundraisers to help combat the financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of today, 15 GoFundMe fundraisers have raised a…

Podcast: An Exit Interview With Ashley Hopko

Yesterday, we chatted with outgoing reporter Ashley Hopko about covering the coronavirus pandemic, holding elected officials accountable, learning new beats and much more. Hopko joined Tysons Reporter’s parent company Local…

Peet’s Coffee Closes Shop in Tysons Station

Peet’s Coffee has left Tysons Station, along with closing its spot in the Town of Vienna. A Peet’s spokesperson told Tysons Reporter this week that both locations have permanently closed. When…
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Loudoun

Sign goes up, new food photos for La Prensa Tacos and Tapas

The restaurant is coming to the Nokes Plaza in Sterling.

COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new low in Virginia

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has fallen to a new low in Virginia. Statewide, there are 792 people hospitalized, down from 1,205 a month ago and the peak…

Herndon man’s body pulled from Potomac River

The body of a man who went missing Friday night at Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge, Virginia, was pulled from the Potomac River Saturday morning, according to Prince William County…

Old bank building razed for new Starbucks coffee shop

The new building will feature a drive-thru lane for customers.

Ashburn Farm was briefly infamous for a 1903 mass food poisoning

Spoiled food served at a dairy farm auction more than 100 years ago made headlines across the country.

Organizers cancel ‘Walking for Black Lives’ event scheduled for July 5

A “Walking for Black Lives” event scheduled for downtown Leesburg for Sunday night has been cancelled.

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

It was the worst of times. It was the weirdest of times.

Hispanics comprise three-fifths of region’s COVID-19 cases

Manassas resident Cindy Lopez is limiting her trips out, wearing a mask and keeping her distance from others due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington Redskins considering name change

The Washington Redskins announced Friday they are evaluating the team's name, following pressure from FedEx and other corporate sponsors.

Redskins undergoing ‘thorough review’ of team name

The Washington Redskins are undergoing a “thorough review” of their nickname.

Demonstrators gather at ‘Reopen Loudoun’ rally

All of Virginia entered Phase 3 of reopening on July 1.

Sign up at Ashburn’s first Filling Co. Gas & Grub store

The new brand is from the same family that owns Rubino's Pizzeria.
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Alexandria

Alexandria Health Department Releases Guidance for Beach, Pool Visits

Pixabay photo by Julia RomanALEXANDRIA, VA – This afternoon The Alexandria Health Department shared guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about visiting pools and beaches.…

Five More Questions with Jaqueline Tucker, Alexandria’s Race and Social Equity Officer

Jaqueline walks the walk as the City of Alexandria Race and Social Equity Officer. Her plant is from a Black-owned business, as is her hat. (Photo courtesy of Jaqueline Tucker)ALEXANDRIA,…

Now Open: Waterfront Art Reflects African American History in Alexandria

Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies, the second of the Site See: New Views in Old Town Pubic Art Series showcases the work of Olalekan Jeyifous. (Photo: City of Alexandria)ALEXANDRIA, VA –…

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Resumes In-Person Visits July 5

Pixabay photoALEXANDRIA, VA – Here is some news that will make people smile. According to their website, The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) will resume in-person visits with animals.…

Senior Services of Alexandria Receives $3,000 Donation From Food Lion

Photo: JumpStoryALEXANDRIA, VA – Charitable giving in a time of uncertainty warms the heart and lifts the soul. On June 2, Senior Services of Alexandria (SSA) announced that they received…

Closing Time: Sears at Landmark Mall Going Out of Business

Image: SearsALEXANDRIA, VA – For many decades Sears has been a fixture of Landmark Mall. When the mall closed in 2017 for eventual redevelopment and stores closed inside one by…

PHOTOS: Alexandria “Flower Flashers” Lift Spirits All Over the City

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Alexandria’s Hunting Creek Garden Club members recently shared their love of nature’s beauty to lift spirits by creating fabulous “flower flashes” around town.  First was Fire Station…

What’s New? City of Alexandria Operations in Phase Three

Alexandria’s Market Square (Photo: Evan Michio/City of Alexandria)ALEXANDRIA, VA – The City of Alexandria entered the third phase of reopening on July 1. City operations are slowly resuming with modifications…

Gourmet Angel Food Bank Welcomes Chef Scott Demetriek

Alexandria, VA – The Gourmet Angel Food Bank welcomes another angel chef today. Chef Demietriek Scott of New Orleans, Louisiana, will be a guest chef preparing and distributing Creole-style meals…

A Letter From the New Principal of MacArthur Elementary School

Photo: ACPSALEXANDRIA, VA -Penny Hairston is the new principal of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School. Today, June 1, Alexandria City Public Schools shared a statement written by her to the families…

New MacArthur Elementary Principal Makes Promise to Community

Photo: ACPSALEXANDRIA, VA -Penny Hairston is the new principal of Douglas MacArthur Elementary School. In an open letter to the families of MacArthur’s students dated June 1, she wrote: Dear…

COVID-19 – Care for Community – Here’s How You can Help

Alexandria, VA – Even as we enter Phase 3, Volunteer Alexandria is needed for COVID-19 – Care for Community. They are committed to taking every precaution to ensure the health…
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