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Tysons Biergarten Kicks Off Oktoberfest Tomorrow

The Tyson’s Biergarten is bringing a little Germany to Fairfax with the 2018 Oktoberfest Kickoff tomorrow (Saturday).

The Kickoff starts with the tapping of a Weihenstephaner Ceremonial keg imported from Germany. For adults there is also a meet and greet with beer representatives, but all-ages activities are also available like a moon-bounce.

The event is free to attend, running from 3 – 7 p.m. at the Tysons Biergarten (8346 Leesburg Pike). There is limited parking at the Biergarten, so attendees are encouraged to park in the nearby garage and check in with the cashier at the Biergarten for a validation ticket.

Tomorrow is just the start of a full month of activities at the Biergarten celebrating Oktoberfest. The next day (Sunday), the Biergarten will host its second annual OktoberBreast Fundraiser. The event will raise money for the Willow Foundation, an organization that provides funding for advanced stage cancer research.

The full list of Oktoberfest events at the Tyson’s Biergarten is below:

Photos via Tysons Biergarten

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Redskins Runway Show Returns to Tysons

The Redskins Runway Show is returning to Tysons tomorrow (Friday) at 6 p.m. in the Tysons Corner Center mall’s Bloomingdale’s.

Now in its fourth year, the annual show features Redskins players, wives, and the First Ladies of Football modeling the latest fall fashions.

Ten percent of all purchases at Bloomingdale’s that evening raise funds the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, an organization that supports youth programs across the region.

A $100 ticket comes with a “swag bag”, a chance to mix and mingle with the Redskins celebrity models with food and beverage provided, and admission to the Runway Show. A silent auction held that evening will feature over 25 exclusive Redskins items and experiences.

Photo via Washington Redskins

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Tysons Reporter Launch Party to Support Season of Giving Fund

Tysons Reporter is proud to announce that we’re working with Tysons Biergarten to donate a portion of the proceeds from our launch party to the Tysons Partnership #TysonsCares Seasons of Giving fund.

All are welcome to help us toast the launch of Tysons Reporter on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Biergarten (8346 Leesburg Pike). There will be free Tysons Reporter swag for the first 100 people there and you’ll get to enjoy the Biergarten’s ongoing Oktoberfest celebration.

Be sure to let them know at the entrance that you’re there for the launch party and you’ll help to support the local non-profit community.

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Honeygrow Coming to Tysons

Honeygrow, a Philadelphia-based stir-fry restaurant, is launching in Tysons at 8399 Leesburg Pike later this week with a food giveaway and donation drive.

The fast casual chain opens tomorrow (Thursday) for a tasting preview event ahead of the grand opening on Friday (Sept. 21). Honeygrow is partnering with the charity Back on My Feet, a non-profit that helps homeless people gain independence and life skills, to give the first 100 people who donate to the organization on Friday a free stir fry or salad. All day long, $5 from each order will go to the charity.

Jen Dennis, Honeygrow’s Chief Brand Officer, said the young professionals and young families that live in the Tysons area were a large part of the demographic Honeygrow is targeting.

“The whole premise is customization,” said Dennis. “When you enter, you order on a touchscreen kiosk. Every element of the dish is customizable.”

In addition to the touch-screen kiosk, Honeygrow’s app allows customers to order ahead for pickup.

While customization is a major draw for other trendy chains targeting young professionals, Dennis said Honeygrow aims to set itself apart with the freshness of its food.

“This style of food being freshly made from scratch, which really appeals to the market of Tysons,” said Dennis. “We think our food is set apart from competition. Everything is made from scratch and made to order. Nothing sits around. There are no freezers at our locations, everything is as fresh and local as possible. Inside we have lists that display all of the local food options showing where they’re from.”

The clover honey, for instance, is sourced to Gunter’s Honey in Berryville, Virginia, while the green kale hails from Kirby Farms in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Later this fall, Dennis said the chain will be new menu items customized for the local produce offerings in the Tysons area.

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Racially-Charged Road Rage Incident in Tysons

Honking horns over a stopped vehicle escalated into an exchange of racial obscenities and an allegation of an assault last Friday (Sept. 14) in downtown Tysons.

On the 8000 block of Leesburg Pike, Fairfax County Police reported a woman stopped her vehicle at an intersection when a fire truck was approaching with its emergency equipment activated. The driver behind her did not realize why she had stopped and began to honk his horn.

According to the police, the woman claimed the man began to call her racial slurs and eventually slapped her in the face with an open hand. The man claimed that it was the woman who had initially been using racial slurs and denied having struck the woman.

Police say neither party was ultimately interested in pressing charges.

Photo via Google Maps

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Shot and Starving Dog Rescued in Tysons

An emaciated, dehydrated and badly injured dog was found wandering around Tysons, and now Fairfax County Police are hoping the public can help locate the dog’s owner.

The female pitbull mix was found on the 8000 block of Skokie Lane. She had been shot with some kind of projectile. A veterinarian also discovered the dog had fractures on her front left leg and pelvis, with a bad cut on her back left leg. According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the dog was most likely brought to the area and abandoned. The dog is currently being held at the shelter while the police search for the dog’s owners.

Anyone with information about the animal is asked to contact Fairfax County Police Department, Animal Services Division at 703-691-2131.

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Major Congestion Relief Project Nears Partial Opening

The Jones Branch Connector will soon be open to one lane of traffic in each direction.

The Connector is a new roadway connecting I-495 Express Lanes and Jones Branch Drive to Scotts Crossing Road, providing an alternative route across the Beltway and linking the eastern and central areas of Tysons. The aim of the project is to relieve traffic on Route 123 and other congested intersections around Tysons.

Ellen Kamilakis, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), said the bridge is still on time and on budget for $58 million. The Connector’s partial opening is scheduled on or before Dec. 12. One lane in each direction on the roadway will be available, as well as one of the multi-use paths on the side of the road.

Construction on the project started in January 2017. Substantial completion is planned for October 2019, meaning the Connector will be completely operational. Full completion is planned for November 2019. When it’s finished, the Connector will have two travel lanes and on-street bike lanes in each direction. Aiming to help make Tysons more walkable, the project features eight to twelve foot lighted sidewalks.

The Connector is expected to carry more than 32,000 vehicles per day by 2040.

Kamilakis said the most recent update on the project is that roadway grading is underway, with crews readying to lay down asphalt. Work is being done concurrently on the storm sewers and utility work. Work is also being done on the project’s three bridges, which will cross over I-495.

Photos and map via VDOT

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Facebook Deleted 1,400 Tysons Reporter Email Subscribers

If you signed up for Tysons Reporter’s email newsletter via a Facebook ad prior for Memorial Day, you will need to re-subscribe here.

Tysons Reporter will officially launch Sept. 25 — and you’re invited to the launch party — but there’s a big problem: some 1,400 people who tried to subscribe to our newsletter from had their info deleted by Facebook before we could import it into our system. The situation is a bit complex, but was explained in greater detail on our Arlington-based sister site, ARLnow.

Bottom line: we need your help us spread the word to anyone in Tysons, McLean or Vienna that if they signed up for the email newsletter via Facebook before June 1, they should sign up again to get their daily dose of local news for Tysons and surrounding communities.

You can also use the form below to subscribe. Thank you for your support as we try to overcome this major setback in our mission to bring high-quality daily journalism to the Tysons area.

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Local PAC Steps Up to Support Women Running for Office

In the era of #MeToo, with advocates seeking to increase the representation of women in positions of power, one local PAC is taking the next step and working to support women running for office.

The Brass Ovaries PAC, founded by Democratic activist Gail Gordon Donegan, is raising money for first-time, female candidates. The PAC is launching with a kick-off fundraiser tomorrow (Friday) evening from 7-10 p.m.

The event will be held in Vienna, with the exact address — a private residence — provided on confirmation at the event’s website.

There’s a variety of donation levels, all of which come with thematic titles.

  • $500 – Co-Host
  • $300 – Optimal Ovary
  • $200 – Vaginal Victor
  • $100 – Fallopian Fellow
  • $50 – Utopian Uterus
  • $25 – Badass

The event will act as a meet and greet for a variety of local candidates, from town and city councils to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Loudoun Chair Phyllis Randall, Del. Jennifer Boysko, Del. Mark Keam, state Sen. Chap Petersen, and Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol are all scheduled to attend as well.

The PAC does not currently endorse candidates, instead focusing on providing seed money for women running for office. How much is distributed is dependent on how much the event raises.

Image via Brass Ovaries PAC

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Dramatic Rescue via Crane from Tysons Construction Site

When a adult male on the sixth floor of a construction site had a medical emergency, Fairfax County firefighters had to improvise a rescue plan: the construction site crane.

The rescue occurred on Monday (Sept. 10) at 4:20 p.m. on the 8300 block of Westpark Drive.

Captain Wayne Whetsell from Station 29 described the incident on the Fairfax Fire and Rescue website:

While the medic crew assessed the patient, I worked with the construction site supervisor to determine the best way to remove the patient. It was quickly determined that there was no working elevator and the stairwell was too narrow and full of construction debris to remove the patient via that route… Once Medic 429’s crew determined that the patient had to be removed lying down, due to his condition, our team worked with the site supervisor to utilize the sky crane to move the stokes to the roof for patient removal.

Once the patient was attached to the crane, a paramedic rode down with the patient to continue administering aid until the patient could be secured for transport to a local hospital.

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Hurricane Florence Postpones Social Media Week in Tysons

Update Sept. 18 – Social Media Week Fairfax has been rescheduled for Oct. 18.

The uncertainty of Hurricane Florence’s path has led to Social Media Week Fairfax being postponed. 

The event, originally scheduled for Friday (Sept. 14) in Tyson’s Capital One Auditorium, is a one-day forum on how social media and technology are influencing society. Tickets purchased for the event will be valid for whichever date the event is rescheduled for.

“Please know that this decision did not come easily, but our main concern is and will always be the safety of our attendees and speakers,” said Rachel Adler, executive director of Social Media Week Fairfax, in a statement. “We are currently looking for a new date to present the same great lineup and will be contacting you shortly.”

The hurricane — currently a Category 3 storm — is expected to make landfall Thursday night. While the projected route will have North and South Carolina taking the brunt of the impact, substantial wind and rainfall is still expected in parts of Virginia.

The storm is expected to bring 2-4 inches of rain locally with the potential for flooding over the weekend. The impact of the flooding could continue into next week as floodwaters make their way southeast across Fairfax County, according to the county government.

Tomorrow’s Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) meeting to discuss congestion solutions in McLean, meanwhile, has been cancelled. Supervisor John Foust said the meeting was cancelled partially because of the weather risk and partially to allow VDOT to focus its effort on storm-related transportation issues. The meeting will be rescheduled.

Image via NOAA

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