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NEW: Police investigating knife incident on school bus

A teen is facing charges after he allegedly threatened and then scratched a fellow student with a knife on a school bus earlier this week. The incident happened aboard an…

APS requests $15 million in federal funds for academic recovery programs

Arlington Public Schools is applying to the state for more than $15.6 million in federal funds to tackle pandemic-era learning loss. The school system says it would use the money…

I-CE-NY in Shirlington appears to be closed

I-CE-NY closed in Shirlington (staff photo by Jay Westcott) I-CE-NY in Shirlington appears to have closed. The windows of the Thai rolled ice cream shop are blacked out, the awning…

‘Miracle on 23rd Street’ is shutting down a street near Crystal City tonight

The 58th annual Miracle on 23rd Street (Photo courtesy of Melwood) A miracle is shutting down a portion of 23rd Street S. near Crystal City tonight (Friday). The 58th edition…

The mysterious new grocery store in Crystal City sure looks like an Amazon Fresh store

Is Amazon building a flagship grocery store near HQ2? It sure looks like it. Nothing has been announced, and both Amazon and building owner JBG Smith have been tight-lipped about…

Arlington Electoral Board chair philosophical about end-of-2022 departure

You win some, you lose some, and one piece of collateral damage for Democrats when they lost the governorship on Nov. 2 will be the departure of Arington Electoral Board…

Arlington election officials start the pivot from 2021 to 2022

Arlington election officials expect to need about as many workers for the November 2022 election as they had for November 2021, and based on past levels of interest and results…

Morning Notes

Mattress Store Goes Night Night — From local tweeter @CartChaos22202: “The ⁦⁦Mattress Firm⁩ location along S. 15th Street in Pentagon City has closed… but try not to lose sleep over…

Arlington Designer Homes: Reaching new heights

One of my first memories of Arlington Designer Homes was watching from the car with my face pressed up against the window (we didn’t have car seats in those days…)…

Long-awaited renovations to Ballston Beaver Pond begin

Work began yesterday (Wednesday) on the long-delayed Ballston Beaver Pond remediation project — but no busy beavers will be involved. The $4.2 million, 18-month project approved by the County Board this…

NEW: Arlington County Fair to remain at TJ Community Center site

Kids on a car ride at the county fair (staff photo) The Arlington County Fair will be returning to Thomas Jefferson Community Center and grounds in 2022, the county parks…
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Fairfax News

Man Arrested After Fatal Hit and Run Crash in Reston

Reston Police District – A 24-year-old man was arrested today for a fatal crash on Sept. 1 in Reston. Since the crash, detectives from our Crash Reconstruction Unit have conducted…

FCPD Weekly Recaps for Friday, December 3

CALLS FOR SERVICE SUMMARY:                   Date Covered: 11/24 – 12/2/21 Total Calls for Service: 9,450 Total Domestic Related Calls for Service: 249 Total Persons Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Calls for…

9 people taken to hospital after two-alarm fire in Fairfax County

A mother and three kids rescued themselves by tying bedsheets together and climbing down the "rope" while other residents jumped out 3rd-story windows.

Monitoring suggests smaller-than-usual 'dead zone' in Chesapeake Bay

While last year’s “dead zone” in the Chesapeake Bay was the second smallest observed since 1985, this year’s assessment paints a more complex picture of the Bay’s health, according to…

Fairfax County parents call for removal of library books they claim are pornography

FCPS previously reinstated two LGBTQIA books that were pulled after a formal complaint that they were sexually explicit.

FCPS reinstates pornographic books to school libraries

Rat King wins this round, but the arts are strong in Fairfax

It is the sound that signals the holiday season is upon us – Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker.”

Fairfax County’s donation options during the holiday season

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Experience Sounds of the Season

The National Concert Band of America kicks off the holiday season

Cat lovers month

Meows! We already know that cats are purringly pawsome meowsters who make life pawingly grand for their humans-- the smart ones who adopted one, that is. Cat Lover’s Month is…

The Birchmere welcomes Dar Williams

The folk finger-songwriter has a new album

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith will perform holiday favorites together

Grammy Winners reunited for Holiday Show at Capital One Hall
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Prince William News

No more snow days for Prince William County schools starting next year

It's official. Prince William County Schools Superintendent LaTanya McDade announced Friday evening the division will make snow days live virtual learning days starting with the 2022-23 school year.

UPDATED: Fewer snow days for Prince William County schools next year

It's official. Prince William County Schools Superintendent LaTanya McDade announced Friday evening the division will almost entirely eliminate snow days and utilize live virtual learning days starting with the 2022-23…

In a move to reduce snow days, Prince William County superintendent announces 'Code Orange'

As the season for wintry weather approaches, Superintendent LaTanya McDade has announced a new weather category for Prince William schools that could significantly reduce the number of school days lost…

Santa Cops ready to help more than 100 children

Photo: Prince William County Police Department Facebook Page More than 50 children will each pair with a police officer and set off to shop for Christmas gifts. Santa Cops will…

Warner, Kaine urge patience in seeking infrastructure money

Virginia’s two U.S. senators were in Arlington on Friday morning to tout successes in passing both the COVID-19 relief bill in March and the bipartisan infrastructure bill last month.

1 shot in Powells Creek neighborhood in Woodbridge

Police are investigating a shooting in Woodbridge. Before 3:30 p.m. today, police said someone in the Yosocomico Lane, just off Powell’s Creek Boulevard in the Powells Creek area, had suffered…

Nohe: Racial justice and the rhymes of history

In Prince William County, a group of citizens, headed by an African-American woman, came together to work for the betterment of minorities. Their work was undermined by a man who…

Discussion on public park at gaming resort in Dumfries planned

The Rose gaming resort and hotel proposed to open in Dumfries in 2023. The Rose invited residents to chime in on its plans to build a new outdoor part next…

Police: 1 man hospitalized after shooting in Woodbridge

Prince William County police are investigating a Friday afternoon shooting in eastern Woodbridge that sent one adult male to the hospital with serious gunshot wounds.

Deputies use taser on bus rider outside courthouse

A Fredericksburg Regional Transit bus serves a bus stop at the Stafford County Courthouse. [Photo: Uriah Kiser/Potomac Local News]Sheriff’s deputies removed a bus passenger who claimed to have a gun…

COVID-19 cases rising rapidly again in Northern Virginia, state

The number of new COVID-19 cases has soared 74% in Northern Virginia over the past month and 47% across the state, according to new data from the Virginia Department of…

Police called to scene of a home invasion and a 7-Eleven robbery

Early this morning, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021at 5:54AM, Prince William County Police officers responded to a residence located in the 7100 block of Token Valley Rd. in Manassas (20112) to…
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Reston / Herndon News

A new beauty bar is coming to Lake Anne Plaza

A new beauty bar is coming to Lake Anne Plaza by the end of the year. Owner Dina Almashat plans to open Beauty Bar by Dina within the next 10…

BREAKING: Four residents taken to hospital after Herndon apartment fire

Four residents were taken to a local hospital after a fire broke out at garden apartments on Park Avenue in the Town of Herndon at around 6:30 p.m. today. Three…

A proposal to invest $250,000 to beautify Lake Anne plaza is picking up steam

Washington Plaza shops reflected in Lake Anne (via vantagehill/Flickr) A proposal to invest $250,000 to beautify and clean up Lake Anne plaza appears to be picking up steam. The Lake…

Del. Ken Plum: Budget Surprise in a Time of Need

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. A combination of…

Tech-based security contractor Peraton moving HQ from Herndon to Reston

Peraton’s corporate headquarters on Worldgate Drive in Herndon (Photo via Google Maps) Peraton is moving its corporate headquarters from Worldgate Drive in Herndon to Reston Town Center. The 19,000-employee company…

New mural at Reston charging station invokes Tesla in space

An artist using a wall as a canvass has plenty of inspiration as well as the backing of the building’s owner. Vehicles using the Tesla Supercharger at Reston Station have…

The Silver Line extension project has cleared another milestone

The 11.5-mile extension of the Silver Line into Loudoun County has cleared another major hurdle. Contractors have finally completed the rail yard associated with the multibillion-dollar project, according to the…

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern staff serve up meals for online concepts

Food apps are bringing changes to a Lake Anne Plaza anchor restaurant that’s catering to niches for pizza, pasta and more. Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, which often draws crowds to its…

Twenty-nine Years, the Reston Holiday Parade

Reston Parade

Herndon Model Train Show Coming

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A new athletic campus is coming to Reston Town Center

The St. James has signed a lease at One Freedom Plaza for a 25,000-square-foot facility at 11951 Freedom Drive. The company, the region’s largest athletic facility, plans to open a…

Herndon Parkway closed due to overturned car

An overturned car has prompted the closure of both sides of Herndon Parkway between Spring Street and the Herndon Police Department. Local police encourage residents to avoid the area and…
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Tysons Corner / McLean News

McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for December 2021

The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in December. McLean Community Center (MCC) programs are being planned with the hope that they will be able to return to…

Fairfax County Public Library runs out of COVID-19 tests in first hour of availability

A rapid COVID-19 at-home testing kit (via Jernej Furman/Flickr) Fairfax County Public Library offered at-home COVID-19 test kits to the community for the first time this morning (Friday). An hour...

Local landmark 29 Diner will rise from ashes after devastating fire, owner says

Two days before Thanksgiving, the 29 Diner was decimated by a fire. The next day, owner John K. Wood got back to work. “It was a total loss,” Wood told...

Park Authority opens discussion for pickleball court plans at Lewinsville Park

Interest in pickleball continues to rise and is sparking conversation about providing adequate courts in Fairfax County. In response to requests for more facilities from pickleball players, the Fairfax County...

JUST IN: Vehicle crash takes out power in Falls Church City

More than 200 people in the Falls Church area are currently without power. According to Dominion Energy’s outage map, the power loss has affected 224 customers on the east side...

Make a Holiday Memory with Santa!

Saturday, December 4 Breakfast with Santa 8:00 am – 9:30 am Tysons Corner CenterFood Court level 3Tysons, VA Free and open to the public! Tysons Corner Center invites families for…

“Holiday Sparkle” at Reston Art Gallery and Studios December 4 – 31

Show of giftable art opens with festive cheer at Jingle on the Lake Saturday, December 4, 10am – 5pm Reston Art Gallery and Studios (RAGS) presents the annual Holiday Sparkle show…

McLean Citizens Association marks 100-year milestone in representing community

A volunteer group that describes itself as the “unofficial town council” for the McLean community is getting an encore for its 100-plus years of service. The McLean Citizens Association celebrated...

Student theater group plans public showcase at Tysons Corner Center after return to in-person classes

Traveling Players has big plans for its first in-person, public performances in the COVID-19 era. After staging 15 plays on Zoom during the pandemic, the educational theater nonprofit reopened its...

Home for the holidays: Local holiday events and listings to admire as you attend

Stay home or explore as Mackenzie Horne discusses some of the brightest events and listings that will make you feel warm this holiday season.

Amid construction, local nail salon finds footing as escape from Tysons hustle

Nothing in Between Studio wants its customers to relax. The nail salon opened the doors of its Tysons location on May 28, becoming one of the first retail tenants to...

McLean apartment building proposes turning retail space into additional housing

After lying dormant for more than half a decade, a plan to convert retail space in a McLean apartment building into more residences has gained new life. Located at 1350...
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Loudoun News

After recount, Republicans confirmed as winning control of Virginia House

A month after reclaiming the Governor’s Mansion, Virginia Republicans are set to take control of the 100-member Virginia House of Delegates after one of two contested races was certified Friday…

El condado de Loudoun exigirá máscaras faciales dentro de las instalaciones del condado

Crews building new bridge over Route 7 in Ashburn

Work is getting underway on a new construction project that will be noteworthy for the tens thousands of commuters who drive Route 7 through Loudoun each day.

Just in Time for Holiday Shopping: Loudoun County Auction Features Bargains on Surplus Items

The auction ends at 9:30 a.m., December 9, 2021.

Wiggle Butt & Whiskers coming to Village at Leesburg

There’s a new pet store coming to the Village at Leesburg and it has a sweet story behind it.

Loudoun County Offers Adverse Childhood Experiences Training

The virtual class is free.

Scanlan Wrestling Academy team wins national crown

A team of 17 youth wrestlers representing Scanlan Wrestling Academy in Ashburn placed first at the 2021 Interstate 64 Dual National Championships in Virginia Beach.

Polestar's First Electric SUV Coming in 2022

**NEW** LOCAL CIGARETTE TAX

Effective January 1, 2022, Loudoun County will impose a tax on cigarettes of $0.40 per pack.

Millay Court House Fire Attributed to HVAC System

Evergreen Mills Road and Watson Road Safety Improvement Work Underway

Installation of pole mounted speed display signs, a short-term safety improvement for both Evergreen Mills Road and Watson Road, will begin in approximately four to six weeks. Temporary lane closures…

Dozens recover after consuming contaminated oysters

A total of 34 people were recently sickened after oysters exposed to sewage overflow in a Potomac River tributary in Maryland in late October were then served at various locations…
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Alexandria News

Alexandria flood czar lays out future flood prevention projects and current grant program backlog

Flooding on lower King Street in Old Town, October 29, 2021. (staff photo by James Cullum) In a fairly sizable newsletter, new Flood Action Program Manager Daniel Medina laid out…

What to know about Scottish Christmas Walk weekend

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, the Campagna Center’s 50th annual Scottish Christmas Walk weekend is back this weekend. The Scottish Christmas Walk…

Citing pandemic struggle, Ascend Cycle in Del Ray is closing at the end of the month

After seven years in Del Ray, Ascend Cycle (2417 Mount Vernon Avenue) is permanently closing by the end of the month. Owner Kat Zajac made the announcement this week on…

Registration for Alexandria’s suite of winter activities starts soon

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities has announced a suite of winter activities for locals of all ages starting early next year. The city has a seasonal rotation…

VDOT plans to add toll option to Seminary Road/I-395 interchange return

South-facing ramp in the I-395/Seminary Road interchange, image via VDOT The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is hosting a meeting next week to discuss plans to add the option of…

The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: An impactful quarter century

Anniversaries are great mileposts for reflecting on accomplishments, and Dec. 17 will mark 25 years since the founding of the Alexandria Small Business Development Center. Celebrating the center’s role and…

The legacy of Del Pepper

By Olivia Anderson | oanderson@alextimes.com Del Pepper first ran for City Council in 1985, when the role of women was widely viewed differently than it is today. At the time, she…

Poll: Do you plan on going to the Scottish Christmas Walk this weekend?

Bagpiper at the Scottish Christmas parade (photo via Campagna Center/Facebook) The Campagna Center is hosting the 50th annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend with the iconic parade scheduled for Saturday, Dec.4.…

Winter shelters open to keep homeless Alexandrians warm and safe

Shelter interior, photo via Carpenter’s Shelter/Facebook Carpenter’s Shelter opened its winter shelters yesterday as a warm refuge for locals experiencing homelessness. According to a press release from the city, the…

Adoptable pooch Butter will make your heart melt

Butter will make your heart melt, and he’s up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. The 14-month-old terrier mix is deaf, but that doesn’t stop him from…

Tiny Parker-Gray home gets BAR approval

Rendering of 1117 Queen Street home, courtesy Matt Gray After having been deferred earlier this year, a tiny home planned for a lot in the Parker-Gray neighborhood (1117 Queen Street)…

Genealogy: A gift rooted in family history

By Lisa Maddox Too often, our holiday shopping panic leads us to that most unfortunate decision: to buy, or not to buy, that convenient trendy object when nothing else on…
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