Morning Notes

Boro Tower seen from Pike 7 Plaza in Tysons (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Landlord — “Brian G. Sayrs Jr., now 27, confessed to killing his Lorton, Va., landlord, Emily Lu, who was last seen alive on the night of June 3, 2021, law enforcement officials said.” Sayrs pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and faces up to 32 years in prison. [Washington Post]

FCPS Bus Driver Vacancies Lead to Delays — “A school bus driver shortage is impacting students getting to school on time in Fairfax County. Fairfax County still needs 121 bus drivers to get kids to class for the new school year…In one Lincolnia neighborhood, some said buses were delayed more than 30 minutes.” [WUSA9]

Vienna Nonprofit Plans Move to Tysons — “The Women’s Center is gearing up to move 2 miles east from its longtime Vienna office to Tysons, but will continue to provide its usual offerings, the group’s leader said…The Women’s Center is among several groups being displaced from four Vienna Courts office-condominium buildings…which will be razed to make way for a residential development.” [Gazette Leader]

Stir-Fry and Salad Restaurant Coming to Mount Vernon Plaza — “Honeygrow, a create-your-own stir fry, salad and honeybar eatery, signed a lease with Federal Realty last spring, said a PR representative for the property management company.” The restaurant is expected to open in early 2024 at 7698-B Richmond Highway. [On the MoVe]

County Offers Funds for Human Services Programs — “The 2023 Innovation Fund seeks proposals from businesses and nonprofit organizations to develop creative innovative, sustainable and replicable human service programs. It will provide one-year seed funding to businesses and nonprofits to start a new social impact initiative or enhance a current initiative.” [Fairfax County]

Virginia Is Now Tracking Evictions — “After several years of attention-grabbing reports on high eviction rates in Virginia, the state has begun collecting data on the number and location of evictions that occur over the course of a year. The effort, which is being carried out by the Virginia courts…follows legislation that passed during the last General Assembly session.” [Virginia Mercury]

Metro Reports Drop in Fare Evasions With New Gates — “Higher faregates that Metro installed at several stations have reduced fare evasion by more than 70%, according to data Metro released Tuesday.” The project to retrofit all stations is “expected to take about 15 months and cost between $35 million and $40 million.” [DCist]

FCPS Kids Enjoy Lunch on First Day of School — “After a morning of introductions and instructions, this was lunchtime on the first day of school at Annandale Terrace Elementary in Fairfax County. Maybe second only to recess, lunch is the best part of the day, these kids say — a chance to reconnect with friends, exchange riddles and tell everyone how you learned to swim underwater this summer.” [Washington Post]

It’s Wednesday — The weather forecast predicts a sunny day with a high of 83°F, accompanied by a calm wind in the morning. Wednesday night will witness partly cloudy skies and a low of 66°F, as the south wind maintains a breezy 6 to 9 mph. [Weather.gov]

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