Morning Notes

Seats on the plaza at Fairfax Corner (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Tension Over Annandale HS Band Director’s Resignation — “By the time Tyron Barnes prepared to address Annandale High School’s band students and parents during an end-of-year banquet in the school cafeteria on June 1, the group had already learned that he had resigned…In an email that same night, Barnes wrote that it had become apparent to him that some people didn’t want him leading the band program.” [WTOP]

New Historical Marker Unveiled in Gum Springs — “Thank you to the New Gum Springs Civic Association and Queenie Cox for inviting me to the West Ford Virginia historical highway marker dedication and Juneteenth Celebration. It was an honor to attend and celebrate the life of the ‘Father of Gum Springs,’ West Ford,” a formerly enslaved man who founded the community in 1833. [Supervisor Rodney Lusk/Instagram]

Ice Cream Shop to Replace Annandale Dance Studio — “International Dance is moving from its current location in Pinecrest Plaza to the former Treasure Trove spot in the Annandale Shopping Center on Columbia Pike. According to the Pinecrest Plaza website, an ice cream shop called Mimi’s Handmade will occupy the dance studio’s current location.” [Annandale Today]

Herndon Student Raises Funds for School Supplies — “Sanya Bhalla believes strongly in the importance of giving back to the community…As a way of continuing her charitable efforts, the Oak Hill resident recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to purchase school supplies for underprivileged children in the area.” [Patch]

Vintage Car Garage Approved in Vienna — “A warehouse building in a southeast Vienna industrial park soon will be converted to store about 180 classic and exotic automobiles. Vienna Town Council members on June 20 voted unanimously to support a certificate of occupancy for Roadhouse Development Co. LLC to provide vehicle storage…at 831 Follin Lane, S.E.” [Gazette Leader]

More People Trying to Cross Train Tracks, Metro Says — “A man needed to get from one Metro platform to the other, so he risked his life by jumping onto the tracks and over the electrified third rail — twice. Alarming video caught on Metro security cameras shows a man crossing the tracks…in Northern Virginia on Friday. It’s just one instance of what Metro officials call a trend of dangerous trespassing in the rail system.” [NBC4]

Dominion Upgrades Power Poles in Springfield — “With some crew members digging a hole and others navigating a bucket truck, 13 older power poles were being replaced, hours before threatening weather was set to approach Monday afternoon…Green said the new poles are better suited to withstand inevitable summer storms, which include trees and heavy branches falling on wires, which often cause outages.” [WTOP]

Longtime Oakton Nonprofit Leader to Retire — “Eileen Ellsworth will retire as president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, the foundation announced Monday…Founded in 1978, the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia supports a number social and civic ventures across the region, but board chair Catherine Schott Murray noted its role has expanded under Ellsworth.” [Inside NoVA]

It’s Tuesday — A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11am and 2pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. High near 81. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Low around 65. [Weather.gov]

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