Morning Notes

A bicyclist passes a deer standing by the W&OD Trail (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Reston Barnes and Noble Opening Delayed — The bookstore’s grand opening at The Spectrum has been postponed to tomorrow (Thursday). Barnes and Noble didn’t return multiple requests for comment from FFXnow. [Barnes & Noble Reston/Instagram]

D.C. Area Is Currently in a Drought — “According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the D.C. region is currently in a moderate drought — the least severe of four drought levels. May 2023 was the driest May on record in D.C. since 1999, with 2.4 inches less rain than in an average year.” If the Potomac River drops low enough, “residents could be asked to conserve water.” [DCist]

Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit Closes Pet Hospital — “The Hybla Valley Veterinary Hospital, a longtime family-owned business along the Richmond Highway corridor, has notified customers it will be permanently closing at the end of June. The reason, according to the owners, is because ‘Fairfax County is taking the property via eminent domain.’” [On the MoVe]

Mental Health Facility for First Responders Opens Near Fair Oaks — “First responders and 911 call takers facing the stress and challenges of the job in Fairfax County, Virginia, will now have a new place to connect with mental health professionals. The Fairfax County Public Safety Wellness Center held its grand opening on Monday.” [WTOP, FCPD]

Slow Down for County Waste Collectors — For Waste and Recycling Workers Week from June 12-18, the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services urges “extra caution when driving around collection trucks to avoid striking sanitation workers.” In North America, 46 solid waste and recycling collectors were killed at work last year, with vehicle strikes as the top third cause. [DPWES]

Herndon Police Cite Hundreds for Using Phone While Driving — “Distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic accidents. So far this year, #HerndonPD has issued over 250 citations to people for holding a phone while operating a vehicle. Put the phone down. The text can wait.” [Herndon Police/Twitter]

South Lakes HS Leads High School Theater Awards — “South Lakes High School’s production of ‘Bright Star’ shone brightly on the Kennedy Center stage Monday night at the Cappies gala. The show was named the best musical and took home a total of 10 awards…The night’s other big winner was Lake Braddock Secondary School, which won Best Play for ‘Dracula’ and three other awards.” [Patch]

Long Term, Crime Is Trending Down in Virginia — “You may have heard candidates on the campaign trail talking about rising crime. But FBI stats actually tell a very different story. In the last 30 years, the violent crime rate in Virginia has fallen 44%. And the property crime rate has fallen 66%.” [WVTF]

A Look at Inova’s Training for Paramedics — “As a Level 1 trauma center, the ambulance bay for the emergency room at Inova Fairfax Hospital is always busy.” The hospital’s Advanced Surgical Technology Education Center recently provided “a first-of-its-kind training to teach paramedics how to treat trauma patients in the field.” [ABC7]

It’s Wednesday — A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. []

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