Morning Notes

Reston Station construction cranes loom over Wiehle Avenue (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

President Snarls Traffic on Capital Beltway — “Virginia State Police shut down the Inner Loop of the Beltway just before the American Legion Bridge in McLean, causing miles of delays toward Tysons Corner during rush hour Tuesday.” The highway was closed at Georgetown Pike for President Joe Biden’s motorcade, which was driving to a campaign event in Chevy Chase. [NBC4]

Air Quality Alert Issued for Region — “Canadian wildfire smoke…that enveloped Chicago and much of the Midwest” yesterday will descend on the D.C. area today (Wednesday), prompting the issuance of a Code Orange air quality alert. Sensitive groups could feel health impacts from being outside, but conditions aren’t expected to worsen to the Code Maroon seen earlier this month. [ARLnow]

School Board Approves Equity Policy — The Fairfax County school board approved a policy on Monday (June 26) that “defines terms including bias, diversity, equity, cultural responsiveness and inclusion, and it outlines priorities such as distributing funds on the basis of student need, recruiting a diverse staff and ensuring that all students have access to high-quality facilities.” [The Washington Post]

Richmond Highway BRT Gets Toll Funding — “Fairfax County’s Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project will receive a $10 million funding boost in the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.” The money comes from I-395/I-95 toll revenues, with a second round of $10 million anticipated next year to fill the Fairfax County Department of Transportation’s full request. [On the MoVe]

Reston Startup Will Assist Flying Vehicles — “TruWeather Solutions has raised $5.3 million, a big chunk of a $7 million Series A funding goal, as part of its bet on more vehicles, manned or not, taking to the skies in the coming years.” Backers of the company, which “gives weather predictions and logistics data,” include “Supernal, a U.S. tech innovation arm of Hyundai Motor Group that’s working to develop an electric takeoff and landing vehicle.” [DC Inno]

Local Teen Saves Grandmother With CPR — “14-year-old Andy Campos awoke to a nightmare on May 15. His family members were frantic as his grandmother Angela Campos had passed out on the floor. She was having a heart attack. Andy knew exactly what to do. The week before, he’d taken a CPR class at Marshall High School.” [DC News Now]

Get Ready to Register for Child Care — “Registration for Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care program for the 2024-25 school year will open on July 11, 2023. The SACC program…offers before- and after-school care for children attending kindergarten through sixth grade in most Fairfax County public elementary schools and several community centers.” Registration for 2023-2024 is already underway. [Neighborhood and Community Services]

Herndon Restaurant a Favorite of WaPo Food Critic — Tom Sietsema lists Anatolian Bistro as one of his six favorite places to eat right now, lauding the Worldgate Centre restaurant as “tasteful.” “One bite into the manti, and I’m mentally thanking the reader who suggested I check out this Turkish escape in Herndon,” he says. [The Washington Post]

It’s Wednesday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind around 10 mph. At night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph. [Weather.gov]

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