Morning Notes

Horses and a pelican on the carousel at Lake Accotink Park (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Special Education Lawsuit Against FCPS Tossed — “Families who sued the Fairfax County School Board and Virginia Department of Education over services for students with disabilities have asked the state attorney general to investigate the two entities after a judge dismissed their class-action case last week.” [Washington Post]

Historic Marker Unveiled for Gum Springs Voting Rights Figure — “Dozens of top county officials, community leaders, ministers, neighbors and family members gathered July 22 to recognize the major civil rights era contribution of a humble, devout Gum Springs woman, whose name was almost lost to history. The event was the unveiling of a historic marker honoring Annie E. Harper (1885-1983) at her former residence, 7735 Fordson Road.” [On the MoVe]

D.C. Region Officials Say to Drive Less This August — “Officials are asking residents to help limit air pollution by driving less this month. This summer there have already been 17 code orange days, when the air is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, and there have been 3 code red days, when the air is unhealthy for everyone.” [DCist]

Inova Fairfax Ranked as Virginia’s Best Hospital — “Inova Fairfax Hospital is the No. 1 hospital in Greater Washington as well as in all of Virginia, according to U.S. News & World Report’s new rankings…Inova Fairfax [also] ranked No. 18 in the nation for obstetrics and gynecology and No. 46 in the nation for neonatology.” [Washington Business Journal]

Annandale Man Killed in Bethesda Crash — “A 22-year-old Annandale man died after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a guardrail early Saturday morning in North Bethesda, Maryland, according to Montgomery County Police…Two passengers in the vehicle were also taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.” [Patch]

Tysons Banking Company to Close Branches — Primis Financial Corp plans to close a quarter of its branches and “cut dozens of positions” after posting a $200,000 loss for the second quarter of 2023, its first quarterly loss since 2017. The affected branches in Leesburg, Warrenton, the Charlottesville and Richmond areas and “more rural parts of the state…are expected to be closed by Oct. 31.” [WBJ]

County Shares Plan for Spending Leftover Funds — “Hundreds of millions of dollars are being carried over from the fiscal 2023 budget, and Fairfax County officials are proposing a bevy of ways to spend them. The Board of Supervisors on July 25 set a public hearing for Sept. 26 to discuss the proposed budget-carryover package.” [Gazette Leader]

Child Care Facility Approved in Lincolnia — “The Board of Supervisors approved a zoning special exception last week for a childcare facility with up to 36 children in Lincolnia. The Kingdom of Children Bilingual Preschool would be located in a former single-family house built in 1948 at 6481 Little River Turnpike” [Annandale Today]

It’s Wednesday — The weather forecast shows a sunny day with a high temperature of about 85°F. By Wednesday night, the skies will become partly cloudy, and temperatures will drop to around 65°F. [Weather.gov]

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