Morning Notes

Fairfax City’s Old Town Square fountain in front of Fall Festival banner (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Reston Man Worried About Sister in Gaza — “When Emilie Rauchenberger…traveled to the Gaza Strip with her five children to visit her husband’s olive tree farm, she never imagined she’d feel so trapped. Now, she’s holed up in an apartment with 30 relatives and clinging to hope that her family can go home. In Reston, across the Atlantic Ocean, her brother Joe Rauchenberger waits for intermittent updates.” [DC News Now]

Police Investigate Carjacking in Tysons Mall — “Officers on scene of a carjacking in the 7900 block of Tysons Corner Center in McLean. 2 suspects took victim’s keys, threw an [unknown] liquid on him, and fled the scene in victim’s 2022 Blue BMW X5. Liquid does not appear to be caustic. No injuries sustained.” [FCPD/Twitter]

County Moves Forward With Mural Program — “Fairfax County’s eight economic revitalization districts and areas in coming years will be spruced up and enlivened by murals created under a newly approved pilot program. The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 10 voted 10-0 in favor of the Community Revitalization Murals Program.” [Gazette Leader]

Tysons Security Firm Helps Evacuate Israel — “For several days, McLean-based security firm Global Guardian has been transporting and evacuating hundreds of people out of Israel…Despite the danger, [CEO Dale] Buckner said his company has already helped about 600 people flee from the conflict through 16 evacuations.” [WJLA]

Lorton Man Robbed Same 7-Eleven Three Times — “Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau arrested a 21-year-old Lorton man for a series of commercial robberies at a 7-Eleven. At 11:07 a.m. [on Wednesday, he] entered the 7-Eleven at 9402 Richmond Highway…Detectives determined [he] was connected to two additional commercial robberies at this location that occurred on October 1 and 7.” [FCPD]

Bicyclists Take to New I-66 Parallel Trail — “The new 66 Parallel Trail is 18 miles of straight, flat path; rising, falling, curving swoops; tunnel-like passages through on- and off-ramps; wide lanes across bridges; and new on-street bike lanes…Despite its practical and utilitarian intent, solutions to knotty design challenges created sections of the trail that are often fun to pass through.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Providence District Food Drive Coming — “The Providence District Office is hosting its 4th Annual Food Drive from Monday, October 16th through Thursday, November 16th. The collected items will benefit Falls Church HS Pantry, Oakton HS Pantry, and The Lamb Center. Donations can be dropped off at the Jim Scott Community Center (3001 Vaden Drive) from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 10pm.” [Providence District Office]

Huntley Meadows Gift Shop Reopens — “The wait is over at Huntley Meadows Park as the Fairfax County Park Authority announces the reopening of the Huntley gift shop! Nature enthusiasts, wildlife lovers and gift-seekers, get ready to immerse yourselves in a world of treasures that will make your heart sing with delight.” [FCPA]

It’s Friday — Today, there will be sunny skies and a high temperature near 70 degrees, with a gentle north wind of 5 to 7 mph. By Friday night, expect increasing cloud coverage and a low temperature around 51 degrees accompanied by a light east wind. []

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