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Arlington News

These are the best-designed edifices in Arlington, according to the county

On N. Kirkwood Road, amid a sea of brick homes, a sleek, modern house in black and white with pink trim stands out from the pack. Designed by local architect…

Arlington sees bump in vaccinated employees as mandate deadline nears

The COVID-19 vaccine (via Arlington County/YouTube) The threat of job loss over vaccination status may have motivated some 104 permanent Arlington County employees to get the shot. County employees have…

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) Will Seek Reelection To Represent Virginia’s 8th Congressional District

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Small Business Focus: AWE Women in Business Summit

This column is sponsored by BizLaunch, a division of Arlington Economic Development. The AWE Women in Business Summit is back again in 2022, and BizLaunch is excited to support the program…

Arlington NAACP exceeds membership goal

The Arlington branch of the NAACP in late January reached its goal and surpassed a membership count of 1,000.

Preservationists have hopes for success with General Assembly measure

It’s been razed to oblivion, but last year’s battle of the fate of the Rouse estate is in front of the General Assembly in the form of a new historic-preservation…

Arlington school system adds menu items, focuses on supply-chain issues

Despite ongoing concerns about supply-chain problems, the Arlington school system is getting creative in providing new meal options for students.

78 ‘Covid heroes’ honored by County Board for service to the community

Arlington’s “Covid heroes” (screenshot via Youtube/Arlington County) Seventy-eight local individuals, businesses and organizations were recognized as “Covid Heroes” at yesterday’s County Board meeting. More than six dozen locals were honored…

County Board signals support for Arlington schools in mask clash with state

Board Chair Katie Cristol during the recessed meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022 (via Arlington County) The Arlington County Board says it’s on the side of Arlington Public Schools in…

As apartments near County HQ go up, what’s next for Courthouse?

An ongoing redevelopment project on the “Landmark Block” in Courthouse is poised to realize a significant portion of a 2015 vision to transform the neighborhood. But beyond the “Landmark” project…

Morning Notes

Rosslyn at sunset (staff photo by Jay Westcott) Dems to Discuss School Board Caucus — “Unsurprisingly, perhaps, into this climate of culture war skirmishes surrounding public education comes opposition to…

NEW: Fire breaks out above restaurant at Pentagon Centre shopping center

[embed]https://youtube.com/watch?v=qAd2UCPcBnM&feature=oembed[/embed] A fire broke out Tuesday night at the Pentagon Centre shopping center, next to the Pentagon City Metro station. The fire broke out shortly before 11 p.m. Early video,…
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Fairfax News

Man hospitalized in Fairfax County stabbing

The victim had life-threatening injuries, according to police.

‘He Is, without a Doubt, a Community Caretaker’ in Centreville

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Kids Mask Up for School

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Two Men Charged Following the Death of Missing Man

Mason Police District – Two men have been charged for crimes related to the death of Ahmed Hasheem Ebrahim, 20, of Alexandria, who was reported missing by a family member on Jan. 17. Mr.…

On Stage: Vienna production lingers a bit, but delivers some laughs along way

What kind of a “friend” arranges a dinner party for three couples whose divorce proceedings he legally handled, then does not appear?

School systems pushing back against Youngkin

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) officials announced Jan. 24 that the school system had joined six others in Virginia in filing a lawsuit against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s recent executive order…

Fairfax County kids sent home for refusing to comply with mask guidelines

If the student again refuses to wear a mask, the student will be excluded from in-person learning, according to FCPS.

Fairfax supervisors draft letter asking governor to work with them on masks in schools

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has drafted a letter to Gov. Glenn Youngkin asking him to work more closely with local public health officials and school districts on masking.

McLean High alumnae conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

After a grueling six-hour hike from their base camp in the middle of the night in early January, McLean High School graduates Rebecca Berkson and Katie Herold were treated to…

Vienna elections likely to stay in November

Are Vienna Town Council elections, formerly held in May along with those of many other Virginia localities, destined to be held in November from now on?

Fewer homeless individuals seeking shelter from cold in Northern Virginia

On a frigid morning in December 2004, two Mobil gas station employees in Annandale found Benito Miranda’s lifeless body slumped against the back wall of the building.

Fairfax County Public Schools to continue having students wear face masks despite Gov. Youngkin executive order

Students who refuse to wear a mask may be excluded from in-person learning.
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Prince William News

GUEST OPINION: Ken Burns doesn’t live in Prince William

Filmmaker Ken Burns’ latest gift to the Confederacy is a letter to our Prince William Board of County Supervisors against a proposal to allow data centers adjacent to Manassas National…

Look to your library for career training, life skills help

There is no shortage of instructional videos available online. On YouTube alone, there are thousands of videos covering just about any topic or question. Whether you need to change your…

Labor challenges and remote work likely to continue, economic forecasters say

The labor shortage is worsening, older office buildings are struggling to find occupants and remote work is here to stay.

Senators question Wheeler on carbon reduction programs, Chesapeake Bay

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$347M landfill would store toxic coal ash at Possum Point for 8 years

Possum Point Power Station near Dumfries. Dominion Energy held a virtual meeting to discuss the removal of a coal ash plant near the Possum Point Power Station near Dumfries. The…

UPDATED: Prince William Health District tops 100,000 COVID cases, adds 6 more deaths

The Prince William Health District hit a milestone this week in the ongoing pandemic: the county, Manassas and Manassas Park surpassed the 100,000 mark in the total number of cases…

Md. woman used fake military ID to obtain cash, police said

Burch [Photo: Stafford sheriff’s office]A woman attempting to use false identification to withdraw money at a local bank yesterday was thwarted by the duo of Sgt. A.I. Assur and Deputy…

PWC Police Report on Jan. 26, 2022

Early morning assault reported in locker room in Manassas.

Stafford kills 2nd attempt at mask repeal, adds more school days after recent snow

Parents gathered outside the Stafford County Public Schools headquarters to demand the School Board give parents options to send their child to school without a facemask. [Photo: Uriah Kiser/PLN]The School…

Another proposed data center project in Gainesville gets a second look

Another data center project is getting a second look by Prince William County officials.

Police still searching for suspect in a weekend shooting in Yorkshire that left 2 injured

Police are still looking for a suspect in a shooting over the weekend in the Yorkshire area of Manassas that left two people injured, including a bystander who was struck…

Small showdowns over student masking play out at Prince William schools

Small showdowns between Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order granting parental choice over masks and the Prince William schools universal mask mandate continue to play out in county schools, with some…
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Reston / Herndon News

Herndon adds parking restrictions, new $50 fees

Herndon passed an ordinance on Jan. 25, 2022 that restricts how close vehicles can park to driveways. (Courtesy Town of Herndon) Following longstanding and growing complaints over parking issues, Town…

A portion of Edmund Halley Drive has been transferred to state

A portion of Edmund Halley Drive has officially been transferred over to the state. At a Tuesday meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to transfer a section…

Buffalo Wing Factory: Here’s where to enjoy wings, brews and the ‘Big Game’

The newly renovated Buffalo Wing Factory at Hunters Woods Plaza is ready to celebrate the Big Game on Sunday, February 13. Are you? No? Then get with the game plan!…

Fairfax County agrees to launch new service for Reston-Pentagon area routes

(Staff Photo by Jay Westcott) Fairfax County supervisors have approved using I-66 toll money for bus projects servicing Reston, one of which involves creating a new bus route. The commuting…

Reston Triathlon is coming to an end

An event that is a staple for Restonians — the Reston Triathlon — is officially coming to an end. The Reston Triathlon Association formed in 1983 and organized the event…

Committee pushes for renovation of Shadowood pool

A Reston Association committee is pushing for the renovation of Shadowood Recreation Area, an aging facility with a 20-meter pool that has been closed for more than two years. The…

Redevelopment of former Fannie Mae property in Reston up forvote

A proposal to potentially add up to 90 townhomes near Hidden Creek Country Club is up for a planning committee vote tonight, a decision that will serve as a key…

Planning for new arts center at Reston Next begins

  Planning for new arts center at Reston Next begins The county is officially courting feedback on the feasibility of a proposed arts center at Boston Properties’ Reston Next development.…

New path by future Innovation Center North station set to open in 2025

Pedestrian path route (Via Fairfax County) A project to improve access from neighborhoods to the yet-to-open Innovation Center Metro station could begin in the summer of 2024 and be completed…

Weekly planner: Reston Summer Camp Expo, Senior Movie Day and more

Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (staff photo by David Taube) The weekly planner is a roundup of interesting events over the next week in the Herndon and Reston area. We’ve…

Hunan East Restaurant in Fox Mill Shopping Center to close

Hunan East Restaurant (Via Google Maps) A Chinese restaurant that’s been at a Reston-area shopping plaza for 17 years is closing next month. Hunan East Restaurant told Reston Now that…

Route 7 Corridor project remains on track for 2024 completion

Although the pandemic wreaked havoc on supply chains and labor demands, the state’s massive improvement project along the Route 7 Corridor remains on track. The $313.9 million project will improve…
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Tysons Corner / McLean News

Amid pandemic, new nursing college in Fairview Park prepares students for healthcare workforce

The stakes are high for the first students at the Arizona College of Nursing’s new school in Fairview Park. They started classes on Jan. 3, as a snowstorm disrupted travel...

Mobil gas station near Tysons Corner Center seeks to modernize with convenience store

The Mobil gas station on Route 123 by Tysons Corner Center is getting a touch-up for the 21st century. With a special exception application submitted to the Fairfax County Department...

Pet of the Week: Rosie McCracken, an affable tabby with a playful foot fetish

Rosie McCracken can do it — if by it, you mean adapt to new environments and befriend both animals and people. Like previous Pet of the Week Olive McCracken, Rosie...

Vienna’s new Bubble Mochi bakery offers a different kind of doughnut

The doughnuts on display at Bubble Mochi in Vienna are recognizably doughnuts. They’re adorned with frosting and toppings like sprinkles or cookie crumbles, depending on the flavor, and they come...

Fairfax County approves Covid relief and other funds for Tysons affordable housing project

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors moved forward yesterday (Tuesday) with plans to use public funds to help build an affordable housing project near the Spring Hill Metro station in...

Vienna approves design funding for new Patrick Henry Library, parking garage

Vienna will help pay for the project to build a modernized Patrick Henry Library and accompanying parking garage. The Vienna Town Council passed a motion yesterday (Monday) to pay $663,000...

Community feedback sought on design rules for downtown McLean redevelopment

The push to redevelop McLean’s 230-acre downtown area is getting into the nitty-gritty details, giving residents another chance to provide input. Fairfax County is developing design guidelines that will shape...

Community Invited to Offer Input on Possible New Arts Facility in Reston

The public is invited to attend a series of meetings featuring general and focused discussion that will help Fairfax County and Reston Community Center determine the feasibility of a proposed…

Fairfax County school, health officials back universal masking in town hall

Irving Middle School students wear face masks in class (via FCPS) Updated at 11:50 a.m. — The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 this morning to support the continued mask...

After 44 years of serving Tysons, J.R.’s Stockyards Inn sold to pave way for redevelopment

The end has arrived for J.R.’s Stockyards Inn, where Tysons’ penchant for steakhouses began more than four decades ago. According to Fairfax County land records, J.R.’s Custom Catering sold the...

Developer lists Mellow Mushroom, Tom Yum Thai restaurants in Vienna project

Though construction has yet to begin, Vienna’s 444 Maple Ave. mixed-use development appears to be in negotiations to secure its first tenants. According to a property brochure on its project...

As COVID-19 cases drop, Fairfax County hits 80 percent vaccination rate among adults

With a second week of consistently declining cases, Fairfax County’s current, omicron variant-fueled Covid wave has receded closer to the levels seen last winter. The Fairfax Health District, including the...
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Loudoun News

Unattended candle sparks Sterling house fire; nine displaced

Loudoun County fire and rescue says an investigation into a Tuesday night house fire in Sterling determined the fire was accidental, caused by an unattended candle.

Burning Question: Why is Northstar spelled differently on street signs?

Burning Quesiton: Have you ever noticed the intersection of Creighton Rd and Northstar Boulevard (in Ashburn) has two different spellings for Northstar on two different street signs?

Servicio sin cita previa ahora disponible en el centro de vacunación COVID-19 de Loudoun

Accidental Fire Tuesday Night Displaces Nine in Sterling

Loudoun County supervisors order preservation plan for St. Louis

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors directed staff recently to establish a preservation plan for the Village of St. Louis — one of the first villages in Virginia established by…

LCPS seeks to provide free online mental health support for students

To combat the strain on mental health among students during the pandemic, Loudoun County Public Schools has proposed funding a program in its fiscal year 2023 budget that would provide…

All the elements for a perfect massage

Whether it is work, family, school or other personal commitments, life can get pretty stressful, which can lead to a number of health and wellness issues. As a way to…

Modified office hours February 1, 2022

The Clerk's office will open at 8:30 AM and close at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, February 1st.

Loudoun firefighters save animals from barn fire

Firefighters in Loudoun County safely rescued all the animals in a burning barn in Lovettsville on Monday.

Leesburg Town Council removes four appointees for noncompliance with vaccine mandate

The Leesburg Town Council voted Tuesday to remove four Leesburg commission members from their appointments after they refused to comply with the town’s vaccine mandate requirements.

Virginia Sen. Warner announces positive COVID-19 test

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 and is working from home, his office said Tuesday.

5 key benefits of radiant heating systems

(BPT) - As people look to make their homes healthier and more comfortable, interest in radiant heating systems has increased. A top home-improvement trend for 2022, these comfortable, energy-efficient heating…
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Alexandria News

BREAKING: Alexandria man murdered in Lincolnia, Fairfax County man and juvenile arrested

A 20 year-old Alexandria man was shot to death in his car in Lincolnia, and a 20-year-old Fairfax County man and a 17-year-old alleged accomplice have been arrested for his…

2 charged in the death of missing Alexandria 20-year-old

Ahmed Hasheem Ebrahim was reported missing by family on Jan. 17. Police believe the young man’s body was ultimately put in a dumpster by a man he knew and a…

Goth overhaul and rebranding planned for North Old Town Holiday Inn

The Electra America Hospitality Group sees Alexandria’s red brick facade and wants it painted black. The Holiday Inn Express in North Old Town could be rebranded to Hotel AKA as…

Alexandria man convicted of raping coworker

Steven Orellana, photo courtesy Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Alexandria resident Steven Orellana was found guilty yesterday (Tuesday) for rape of a coworker in 2019. The 32-year-old Orellana was dating the victim…

Matt & Tony’s to open at former Charlie’s On The Avenue at the end of March

Matt & Tony’s will open for all-day brunch this spring at the former Charlie’s On The Avenue, the new restaurant’s owner tells ALXnow. Alexandria Restaurant Partners bought the 3,000 square-foot…

Alexandria makes progress on virtual meetings and flood prevention legislation

Douglass Cemetery has been damaged in recent flooding, photo courtesy Michael Johnson Alexandria has had a few promising starts so far in the 2022 legislative session, with preliminary funding and…

Poll: Should Alexandria ban gas-powered leafblowers?

Leafblower, photo via Philip Myrtorp/Unsplash Should Alexandrians have the right to use gas-powered leafblowers to clear away their yards or are they a noisy nuisance that should be blown away?…

New City Manager says he’s excited to work with superintendent, will present budget next month

Just hours before a Joint City Council/School Board Subcommittee meeting, new Alexandria City Manager Jim Parajon spoke with Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Hutchings, Jr. Parajon, who started work…

City looks to tamp down on buskers, leafblowers, and other noises

Alexandria is hoping to cut back on the noise nuisance from leafblowers and street buskers. At a Waterfront Commission meeting last week, city staff discussed changes made to the noise…

Suspect not charged for West End shooting, arrested for other gun-related offenses

A 40-year-old Alexandria man suspected of participating in a drive-by shooting in the West End earlier this month was released on bond shortly after being booked in the Alexandria jail.…

After 10 years in development, The Institute for Defense Analyses opens in Potomac Yard

It took more than 10 years to dream up and two years to build, and the 370,000-square-foot Potomac Yard headquarters for The Institute for Defense Analyses officially opened this month…

Artists and city leaders express hopes and fears for Torpedo Factory future

The underlying idea behind last night’s (Monday) Agenda Alexandria discussion about the Torpedo Factory Art Center is that everyone involved wants the best for the facility. However, there are very…
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