Morning Notes

The Potomac River at sunset (photo by Marjorie Copson)

ICYMI: Speed Camera Program Launches Today — Speed cameras will be installed near eight schools across Fairfax County today (Friday). For the first 30 days, drivers who go 10 mph or more over the speed limit will get a warning with no citation. After that, fines could go up to $100. [FFXnow]

How to Help Victims of Turkey Earthquake — “While our Fairfax County @VATF1 continues their efforts in #Türkiye, you may be wondering if there are ways we can help out. The Turkish Embassy is collecting donations now through Sunday!” Donations can be taken directly to the embassy in D.C., but there will also be a collection box in the Target lobby at the Mosaic District until Feb. 26. [Jeff McKay/Twitter, Dalia Palchik]

Police Seek Information About Lorton Shooting — “At 1:50 p.m. on Feb. 4, officers responded to Dixon Street and 4th Place in Lorton for the report of shots fired. Officers learned that an altercation between the occupants of a silver 4-door sedan and a gold 4-door sedan took place that led to an exchange of gunfire.” [FCPD/Facebook]

Bailey’s Crossroads Live/Work Development Gets Support — “The Fairfax County Planning Commission at its Feb. 8 meeting agreed to recommend approval of a rezoning for a second live/work project at the Skyline Center…Seldin’s project to develop live/work units at buildings 1, 2, and 3 at the Skyline Center is nearing completion. The first units are expected to be ready for occupancy in May.” [Annandale Today]

Freed Nicaraguan Prisoners Arrive at Dulles Airport — “This flight to the U.S comes just a few years after the Nicaraguan government began arresting activists and political opponents in an attempt to quell opposition. As reports of the flight’s destination, Dulles Airport, became public, dozens throughout the Nicaraguan community made their way there to welcome the freed prisoners.” [DCist]

FCPD Focuses on Richmond Highway 7-Elevens — “In the wake of numerous crimes committed at 7-Eleven convenience stores around the Richmond Highway area this past year, the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) has increased its presence and engagement at area locations.” [On the MoVe]

County Collects Over 5,000 Tons of Glass — “In 2022 Fairfax County’s Purple Can Club program collected more than 5,231 tons of glass–a slight increase when compared to 2021 (approximately 63 tons). The county also received two new collection locations at Burke Virginia Railway Express and Saratoga Park and Ride — thus making 18 collection locations across Fairfax County.” [DPWES]

Reston Restaurant Group Has Big Plans — “With a projected annual growth rate of 15% to 20%, Thompson Hospitality aims to become an enterprise with revenue exceeding $1 billion within two years…Its operations in 48 states and six countries include the pact with Compass and retail brands like Matchbox, Milk and Honey, Big Buns, Wise Guys Pizza, Velocity Wings, and Makers Union.” [Black Enterprise]

Former Reston Player Now in Basketball Hall of Fame — “Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill, 50, discusses what it was like playing high school basketball in Reston and why he decided to write his autobiography.” Hill was a core part of South Lakes High School’s team before graduating and finding success at Duke University. [Northern Virginia Magazine]

It’s Friday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 68 and low of 50. Sunrise at 7:07 am and sunset at 5:41 pm. [Weather.gov]

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