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Arlington News

A recent mini-rash of student deaths is part of deepening mental health crisis among local youth

The Arlington Public Schools Syphax Education Center (staff photo by Jay Westcott) There has been a mini-spate of deaths and reported suicide attempts among Arlington Public Schools students in the…

Arlington seeks funding to increase bus service to Amazon HQ2 via Columbia Pike

Arlington County is applying for regional funding to run buses every six minutes between Fairfax County and Amazon’s second headquarters in Pentagon City during peak hours. The Arlington County Board…

Arlington to kick off variable-price parking pilot along two Metro corridors

Parking along 13th Street S. in Pentagon City near Amazon’s second headquarters in 2019 (staff photo by Jay Westcott) Next month, Arlington County will hold a community event to kick…

Ranked-choice voting for Arlington County Board primary will not be unlimited

SCOTT McCAFFREY Staff Writer The field may be as many as a half-dozen by the time the dust settles, but for voters in June’s Arlington County Board Democratic primary, there…

Arlington board takes another procedural step to adopt Missing Middle housing plan

Critics howled and proponents cheered, but in the end, nobody was really the least bit surprised.

Effort to give tax break to online-only publishers falls in Richmond

Print-media companies long have been exempt from some taxation in Virginia. And at least for another year, their online-only competitors will not get the same breaks.

Love the Wine You’re With — a Valentine wine party

Love it or hate it, Valentines Day is right around the corner! Treat your lover to something unique and tasty this year. Join fellow wine lovers at screwtop wine bar…

NEW: Man carjacked last night outside of Crystal City restaurant

File photo A man was carjacked by armed suspects in Crystal City last night. The crime happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday along the 2200 block of Crystal Drive, in front…

Pentagon City theft suspect was out on bond after alleged BB gun shooting in Rosslyn

Metro Transit Police SUV (file photo) A 32-year-old man is in jail after being arrested for a second time in less than a month. Necho Taylor, a D.C. resident, was…

Four local restaurants named to Washingtonian’s top 100 restaurant list

Ruthie’s All-Day in Arlington Heights (photo courtesy of Ruthie’s All-Day) Four Arlington eateries were included in Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants list this year. Cafe Colline, CHIKO, Ruthie’s All-Day, and…

Morning Notes

A local bird mid-chomp (Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf) Park Booze Expansion Approved — “Arlington County Board members on Jan. 21 added two additional local parks – Penrose Square…

Former Arlington Education Association head charged with embezzling more than $400,000

Authorities have charged the former president of the Arlington Education Association (AEA) with multiple felonies for allegedly embezzling more than $400,000 from the organization, Fairfax County police said Jan. 24.
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Fairfax News

Metro announces increased train frequency; notes 'frontline' worker shortage

Beginning Feb. 7, Metro riders on the Blue, Blue + (Yellow Line replacement) and Orange lines will see trains every 12 minutes during morning and evening rush hours.The increased train…

Local students advance to finals of Regeneron science competition

Regeneron and the Society for Science on Jan. 25 named two local students as among 40 finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious…

Not everyone is thrilled at what Fairfax library system is paying authors for appearances

Speaking at Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) events has proved lucrative to a handful of authors.

Fairfax City Paradise for Chocolate Lovers

Chocolate Festival

UPDATE: Gaming Machine Thieves Busted After Latest Attempt in Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Police District- Two Maryland men were taken into custody yesterday, roughly two hours after the latest in a series of gaming machines thefts from area convenience stores. At…

New legislators drops her first bills into the hopper in Richmond

Two weeks into this year’s General Assembly session, newly elected Del. Holly Seibold (D-Oakton-Vienna) has five bills up for consideration.

Many prospective home-buyers waiting it out until springtime

It’s a significantly smaller slice of real estate than just a few months ago, but there still are portions of the Washington region where buyers continue to seek out homes…

State legislation mandating student reps on school boards dies in committee

A proposal to require all local School Boards in Virginia to contain a student member went down to defeat in a House of Delegates subcommittee Jan. 24.

Police: Car was traveling over 100 mph in Fairfax Station crash that killed two teenagers

Fairfax County police say the driver in a Jan. 10 crash that killed two teenagers and left a third fighting for her life was traveling in excess of 100 mph…

Most Restricted Airspace in the World

Helicopters

McKay Thanks Fairfax County Residents

New Year Reception returns

County officials pay big bucks to another controversial author

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Prince William News

Police directing dismissal at Unity Reed High School after bomb threat

Police say classes have been dismissed at Unity Reed High School outside Manassas after a bomb threat earlier.

Police respond to bomb threat at Unity Reed High School

Prince William County police were responding in force to Unity Reed High School in Manassas Thursday afternoon as a result of a bomb threat.

‘Big Fish:’ Pied Piper production slated for the Hylton

“Big Fish, A New Broadway Musical” will be performed by the ARTfactory’s Pied Piper Theatre at the Hylton Performing Arts Center this weekend.

Prince William County school system exploring ‘security lane’ technology

Prince William County Schools could soon be following Manassas by leasing high-tech security scanners to be used in certain schools.

AT 10-0, PATRIOT BOYS STILL RULE CEDAR RUN ROOST

Gainesville didn’t shock the world Friday night but the Cardinals sure put a scare into the powerful Patriot Pioneers.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Pied Piper Theater presents Big Fish at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

ONGOING EVENTSOff the Wall 19th Annual High School Art Exhibit and Competition: Through Jan. 30. ARTfactory, 9419 Battle St., Manassas. Features 39 student artists from high schools in Manassas City…

HGTV deems Manassas home 'ugliest in America'

Malcolm and Valerie Merideth, along with their son Alex, didn’t think their Manassas home was ugly when they bought it in late 2021.

LETTER: County land-use conditions can’t really stop noise at data center

It was standing room only at the Jan. 10 Warrenton Town Council meeting. Over 100 people waited hours — in a hearing that ran to 1:30 a.m. — to voice…

Police: 13-vehicle pileup closes northbound I-95 near Spotsylvania County

A 13-car pileup has closed a portion of northbound Interstate 95 near the Spotsylvania and Caroline county lines Wednesday afternoon, and one person has been transported to the hospital, according…

PWC Crime Report for Jan. 25, 2023: Police nab a dozen for robbery and assault by mob

On Jan. 24, 2023, detectives with Prince William County Police Department's Violent Crimes Bureau concluded investigation into the robbery reported to have occurred at the Unique Sole, 2894 Garber Way…

Troops to Teachers Virginia Center at William & Mary College gets funding

Virginia likes retired military personnel as teachers and wants to attract more.

Woodbridge woman arrested for alleged embezzlement from Arlington teachers union

A Woodbridge woman who formerly served as president of the Arlington Education Association was arrested Tuesday and charged with multiple felonies for allegedly embezzling more than $400,000 from the teachers…
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Reston / Herndon News

SCOOP: New name, new ownership and new mission for Reston’s Roer’s Zoofari

Reid says the company plans to “expand on animals, offerings, ethics, and family-friendly adventure,” but declined to comment further. “The architectural renderings planned improvements are still under production. A family-friendly…

George Mason Enterprise Center to open in the Town of Herndon

The Atrium at Worldgate office building in Herndon (via Google Maps) A new economic development hub is officially open in the Town of Herndon. The George Mason Enterprise Center has…

DEVELOPING: Pedestrian seriously injured by crash on Van Buren Street in Herndon

Town of Herndon police (courtesy Herndon Police Department) A pedestrian has been taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle, the Herndon Police Department says.…

Aging Well: Smart ways to boost your brain health

This biweekly column is sponsored by The Mather in Tysons, Virginia, a forward-thinking Life Plan Community for those 62 and better. Just as you can improve your general physical health…

Photos: Upgrade of Reston Town Center’s public spaces nearly finished

“We will be turning on the fountain in the spring as we normally do,” Sapna Yathiraj, a spokesperson for the company, told FFXnow. The upgrades come as several tenants aim…

Proposed Reston Comprehensive Plan scope expands to address equity, village center uses

Reston Town Center Station (staff photo by Matt Blitz) Reston’s Comprehensive Plan — which is currently undergoing a major overhaul — could see an expanded framework. At a Fairfax County…

County settles on land for future arts center in Reston

The arts center could be located on Block J in Reston Town Center (via Fairfax County) The location of Reston’s future arts center is officially inching closer to realization. At…

Fairfax County’s lone remaining taxi operator requests easing of rules that ‘age out’ vehicles

Old Dominion Transportation Group is the only taxicab operator in Fairfax County (staff photo by David Taube) With the rise of ride-hailing services, Fairfax County has seen its taxicab fleet…

Community outreach on Barton Hill tennis court renovation slated for the spring

The Barton Hill Recreation Area in Reston is slated for upgrades (via Google Maps) Reston Association is poised to share updated plans for the renovation of Barton Hill tennis courts…

Always Bet on Russet Brown: Could Reston Get a Casino?

V. v. exciting news for those with more money than basic working knowledge of probability: Apparently two Northern Virginia lawmakers snuck a last-minute proposal into the current General Assembly session…

Comstock seeks to tweak residential building planned at Reston Row

Comstock plans to tweak its development plan for Reston Row (via Comstock) Comstock is seeking to tweak a critical piece of the Reston Station neighborhood. With one block at Reston…

New dine-in cinema in Reston Town Center to open later this year

Bow Tie Cinemas closed in April at Reston Town Center (staff photo by Fatimah Waseem) It may be a some time before Reston Town Center patrons get a first look…
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Tysons Corner / McLean News

Vienna poised to reduce pickleball availability at Glyndon Park due to noise complaints

Pickleball players celebrate the opening of the courts at Glyndon Park (staff photo by Jay Westcott) The nationwide face-off between pickleball enthusiasts and homeowners has arrived in the Town of Vienna....…

Monarch Tysons: Where luxury reigns — arriving spring 2023

The Tysons location you want. The luxurious features and finishes you desire. The thoughtful amenities you deserve. This is Monarch — Tysons’ only new high-rise condominium building — opening Spring...…

Rolled ice cream shop 520 has closed in the Mosaic District

The shop 520 Ice Cream and Tea has closed at the Mosaic District after five years (staff photo by Angela Woolsey) The Mosaic District is no longer home to the...…

Mental health services, pedestrian safety and police retention are top Fairfax County priorities in 2023

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeff McKay (file photo) Fairfax County’s top priorities for 2023 will be increasing mental health services, boosting police retention, addressing commercial office vacancies, and...…

Metro maintenance plans will shut down some Tysons area service this summer

A train at the Vienna Metro station (staff photo by Angela Woolsey) Just three years after going a full season without Metro, Fairfax County’s Orange Line stations will again be subjected...…

The Providence: Sophisticated assisted living in Fairfax

On the edge of Vienna, The Providence shines with nurturing and innovative boutique-style assisted living and memory care surrounded by renowned arts and cultural venues and experiences. Combining the elegance...…

Dunn Loring resident displaced by house fire

A house on First Avenue in Dunn Loring after a fire (via FCFRD/Twitter) One person lost their home this morning (Wednesday) in a fire in Dunn Loring. The Fairfax County...…

Fairfax County enlists faith groups to spread word of need to act on climate change

Fairfax County is planning pilot projects to get different parts of the community more involved in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (via Fairfax County) The clock is ticking on Fairfax County’s...…

McLean Project for the Arts Youth Art Exhibition Now on Display at Dulles International Airport

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is pleased to announce that the MPA Youth Art Exhibition is currently on display at Dulles International Airport. VA Delegate Kathleen Murphy and her…

Pottery Barn now under construction at the Mosaic District

Construction is underway on a new Pottery Barn on a prominent street corner in the Mosaic District. No signs indicating the store’s identity have been posted yet, but the home...…

Fairfax Connector will make service changes next month, including new route to Tysons Metro

A Fairfax Connector bus stopped at the Tysons Metro station (staff photo by Angela Woolsey) A bus route carrying passengers between western Fairfax County and Tysons on the new I-66...…

McLean Community Center’s new director hopes to create ‘warm, inclusive environment for all’

McLean Community Center Executive Director Betsy May-Salazar (courtesy Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs) To Betsy May-Salazar, the McLean Community Center (MCC) is a place for making connections. Funded by...…
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Loudoun News

County Provides Update on Franklin Park’s Future Improvements

The master planning process for the park is underway.

Thieves break in to Loudoun Co. firing range, steal 10 guns

Deputies are searching for two suspects who were caught on surveillance camera.

PHOTOS: Late spurt lifts Captains past Spartans

The Loudoun County Captains used a 7-0 surge in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good on their way to a 39-36 victory over the Broad Run Spartans…

Traveler at Dulles Airport stopped from smuggling pounds of weed to Nigeria

The street value of the marijuana was about $1,800 in the U.S. and about $6,500 in Nigeria.

VCE Loudoun 4-H Youth Engage with State Leaders at “4-H Day at the Capitol”

Loudoun 4-H members traveled to Richmond, VA for 4-H Day at the Capitol, where they participated in a Town Hall, took part in the State 4-H Rally, and learned about…

Virginia Democrats defeat bills limiting abortion access

A Democrat-led Virginia Senate panel has defeated several bills that would have restricted abortion access in the state. Among them was a measure that was a priority for Republican Gov.…

Burglars steal guns from Ashburn shooting range

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary at a shooting range in Ashburn.

UPDATED: Investigators release video in burglary at Ashburn shooting range

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has released surveillance video of a burglary at a shooting range in Ashburn.

Loudoun Democratic Supervisors announce unity campaign

Run for all and all for one.

Purcellville's Cabin Fever Film Festival to feature 18 films Jan. 27 and 28

The sixth annual Purcellville Cabin Fever Film Festival will take place Jan 27 and 28 at Franklin Park Visual and Performing Arts Center, according to a press release.

AG: Ex-parole board chair violated law; too late for charges

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares says a former state parole board chair violated state policy and law in her handling of cases at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Miyares…

Purcellville votes to advertise for interim zoning administrator position

As the Town of Purcellville works to fill a position left open after the unexpected departure of Don Dooley who served as the town’s Director of Planning and Economic Development…
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Alexandria News

Poor Robert’s Ruminations with Rob Whittle: New BIZ-ness

By Rob Whittle Every business is competitive. From street vendors to aerospace companies to car dealers to hair salons, capitalism requires that the winners provide the very best service at…

My View with Frank Putzu: Duke Street denialism

By Frank Putzu Seemingly against the wishes of residents throughout the West End, the City of Alexandria appears to be moving full speed ahead on the Duke Street in Motion…

My View with Denise Dunbar: Gary Oelze – An appreciation

By Denise Dunbar When my husband and I entered the Birchmere one evening in early 1993 to hear one of our favorite artists, Jerry Jeff Walker, perform his Texas outlaw…

Real Talk: The basics of borrowing

By Elizabeth Lucchesi What is a nontraditional mortgage? A nontraditional mortgage is a loan that doesn’t have a standard amortization schedule or payment installments. Common characteristics of nontraditional mortgages include…

Unrivaled excellence and unsullied fame

By Gayle Converse and Pat Miller A woman with ties to several historic sites in Alexandria has been described as “the wife of three husbands,” “the star of the American…

‘Bloomers’ boutique moving to new King Street location

Bloomers will open at 706 King Street in March 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum) After 15 years, Bloomers (924 King Street) is moving to a new location on King…

Community Fire Academy applications open

By Olivia Anderson | oanderson@alextimes.com The Alexandria Fire Department is currently accepting applications for its spring 2023 Community Fire Academy, according to a news release. The free program is offered…

Shooting suspect mistakenly released

By Olivia Anderson | oanderson@alextimes.com An Alexandria resident was mistakenly released from a jail in Prince George’s County after being arrested in connection with a shooting incident. The Alexandria Police…

Second bargaining agreement reached

By Olivia Anderson | oanderson@alextimes.com On Tuesday evening, City Council unanimously approved a resolution to commit funding toward a collective bargaining agreement between Alexandria and the International Association of Fire…

Home profile: From the ground up

By Olivia Anderson | oanderson@alextimes.com By the looks of it, Christine Sennott and Fred Theobald’s Payne Street home could sell pipes, lighters and a bevy of tobacco products. Not only…

Resident Spotlight: Afghan refugee finds solace through helping fellow immigrants

By Olivia Anderson | oanderson@alextimes.com Faheem Ahmad moved to the City of Alexandria several years ago as an Afghan refugee. The process was grueling, extensive and often left him experiencing…

Village Brauhaus in Old Town aims to open rooftop expansion before summer

Diagram showing planned rooftop extension at Village Brauhaus (image via Mark R. Yoo Architect PLLC/City of Alexandria) When it comes to city permitting: it pays to play it safe. Old…
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