Morning Notes

A bicyclist on the W&OD Trail in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

No Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday After ‘Oversight’ — “In Virginia, every year since 2015, the General Assembly has given folks a break on sales tax for back-to-school supplies and clothing for three days beginning on the first Friday in August.” However, this year, lawmakers neglected to include the break in the state budget, which is still the subject of negotiations. [Washington Post]

Fentanyl Found in Recent Herndon Drug Arrests — “Four suspects arrested in two separate incidents are facing multiple drug charges, according to Town of Herndon Police. In one incident, the arrest followed a traffic stop and the other concerned two people seen sleeping on a picnic table.” [Patch]

New Huntington Metro Apartments Near Finish — “Aventon Huntington Station, a 366-unit apartment community under construction next to Huntington Metro station, is expected to open by year’s end, according to an official from the Aventon Companies.” Pre-leasing could begin in October with tenants starting to move in this December. [On the MoVe]

Fire Department Training Partly Closes McLean Park Parking Lot — “Due to a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department training exercise, a portion of the parking lot at Scott’s Run Nature Preserve will be closed to the public from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6.” [Fairfax County Park Authority/Twitter]

Annandale Water Main Replacement Planned — “Fairfax Water plans to replace the water main under Ravensworth Road in Annandale, beginning in mid-August. The project will roughly extend from St. Michael’s Lane to Brook Hills Drive. During construction, Fairfax Water will maintain traffic flow and ensure affected residents have access to their driveways.” [Annandale Today]

Security Company Extends Stay at Seven Corners Office — Kastle Systems will move into 62,000 square feet of space at 6400 and 6402 Arlington Blvd later this summer after recently renewing its lease. BoundTrain Real Estate, the Reston-based property owner, said “there have been a host of recent leasing deals there after a $12 million renovation was completed.” [Fairfax County Economic Development Authority]

Federal Workforce Shrinking in D.C. Region — Bureau of Labor Statistics data “shows federal employment in the region has sunk from about 380,000 jobs in 2021 to just under 370,000 jobs in March,” according to George Mason University’s Stephen S. Fuller Institute. The region may “shed another 8,000 federal jobs” as more employees work remotely or retire. [Washington Business Journal]

Oakton Celebration Coming This Month — “The Greater Oakton Community Association invites local residents to attend the third annual Oakton Day in the Park on Sunday, Aug. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Oakton Community Park, 2841 Hunter Mill Road. The event will feature hometown fun for all ages, organizers say.” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Friday — There is a 30% chance of showers and potential thunderstorms after 5pm today, with mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature of around 79°F. Tonight, a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms lingers before 11pm, with mostly cloudy conditions and a low temperature near 68°F. [Weather.gov]

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