Morning Notes

A holiday wreath hangs on a street lamp at the Vienna Town Green (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Rainy Day Ahead — “Rain spreads over the area during the morning and becomes heavy at times during the midday to afternoon. Any isolated pockets of freezing rain well west or northwest dwindle quickly. Rain could even linger through the evening. Pretty much a washout.” [Capital Weather Gang]

New Park Now Open in Bailey’s Crossroads — “The Fairfax County Park Authority has achieved substantial completion on the development of Boyd A. and Charlotte M. Hogge Park in Falls Church. The ADA-accessible park includes a picnic pavilion, open play area, multi-sport courts for pickleball and basketball, playground, community gardens, trails and parking.” [FCPA]

Local Families Struggle to Find Child Care — “Across Fairfax County, families have faced a challenging child care environment since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the county’s plans to add more child care facilities and spaces in coming years…The county will soon have one fewer daycare center when Inova Mount Vernon Hospital (IMVH) closes its onsite child care provider” [On the MoVe]

Murder Charge in Rose Hill Man’s Death Dismissed — “A Fairfax County judge on Tuesday dismissed the second-degree murder charge against a man who had been accused of fatally assaulting his 82-year-old father, ruling that investigators had not gathered adequate probable cause to move the case forward.” [The Washington Post]

Bill Would Require Notification of School Employee Arrests — “Law enforcement and court officials would be required to notify Virginia school systems any time a school employee gets arrested under a bill introduced ahead of the 2023 General Assembly session…The bill comes months after a Fairfax County middle school guidance counselor remained employed by the state’s largest school system, despite an arrest and conviction.” [WTOP]

Frying Pan House Fire Started with Ashes — “House fire 12/19/22 at 2:12 p.m., in 13000 block of New Austin Court in Frying Pan area. Cause: improperly discarded firepit ashes inside of plastic trash garage. Damages: $5K. No injuries.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

County Maps Out Food Inspections — “A map-based food inspection report app provides instant access to thousands of inspection reports conducted by the Health Department. The environmental health team permits and then inspects more than 3,500 retail food establishments within Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.” [Fairfax County Government]

Bicycle Ride Raises Funds for Veteran Suicide Awareness — “A 435-mile bike ride for veteran suicide awareness that started in Springfield, Virginia has raised nearly $4,000 in just four days…U.S. Navy veteran Jake Welch completed his second cycling challenge in November to help bring attention to veteran suicide and raise funds for Hope For The Warriors.” [ABC7]

It’s Thursday — Rain throughout the day. High of 57 and low of 34. Sunrise at 7:25 am and sunset at 4:52 pm. [Weather.gov]

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