Morning Notes

Trees along Jermantown Road in fall (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Centreville Shooting Started Over Parking — “Two men are in the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds after an argument about a parking space in Centreville, Virginia, police say. Residents say the incident started when a car with a group of men inside pulled into a parking spot outside a townhouse community on Golden Oak Road Thursday night. [NBC4]

Route 7 Improvements Made in Culmore — “In a follow-up to a meeting on pedestrian safety for Leesburg Pike in Culmore in August 2022, transportation officials presented an update at a community meeting Oct. 25 on what has been done and what’s in the pipeline…In one major improvement, the speed limit along Leesburg Pike between the City of Falls Church and the City of Alexandra has been reduced from 40 to 35 mph” [Annandale Today]

Software Company Opens HQ in Tysons — “Global cloud-led, data centric software company, NetApp celebrated the grand opening of its new U.S. Public Sector headquarters in the Boro Tower in Tysons on October 18, 2023. NetApp chose to keep its U.S. Public Sector headquarters in Fairfax County, moving into a new, 24,000 square-feet office space.” [FCEDA]

Local Afghan Translator Faces Eviction — “A woman who aided U.S. forces in Afghanistan and barely escaped with her life as the Taliban overtook the country in 2021 [was] in a Fairfax County court Friday to ask not to be evicted from her apartment for being two months behind on her rent.” [NBC4]

First Animal Adopted at County’s New Shelter — “Our FIRST adoption at the new Lorton Campus was sweet Brandi! Her new mom quickly fell in love with her cuddly and gentle personality. Both our Lorton Campus, located at 8875 Lorton Rd., and our Michael R Frey Campus, located at 4500 West Ox Rd. in Fairfax, are open” Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 12-7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. [Fairfax County Animal Shelter/Facebook]

Supervisors Supportive of Turn-Calming Pilot — “Some Fairfax County Supervisors said they would support a pilot program that introduces turn-calming measures on certain roads, aimed at keeping pedestrians safe while drivers make turns…The equipment used to get drivers to slow down while turning isn’t likely to have issues as a result of snow, but the Virginia Department of Transportation did raise several concerns about using it.” [WTOP]

Dormant Cicadas Still Affect Ecosystem — “Brood x periodical cicadas emerged in the D.C. region in the summer of 2021 — then burrowed back underground, where they will stay until 2038. In the meantime, though, the impacts of their emergence have had effects that likely continue to reverberate through local ecosystems, according to newly published research.” [DCist]

Reston Teen Starts Theater Scholarship Program — “August Gabriel Rivers’ love of theater started at an early age. The 17-year-old…was able to hone his craft through theater enrichment programs, many of which he participated in outside of school. Joining those extra programs took money…To help some kids overcome that barrier, Rivers, a senior at South Lakes High School, worked with other students to create ‘Reston Stars,’ which gives out scholarships to kids in need.” [WTOP]

It’s Monday — Scattered showers are expected mainly after 2 pm, with increasing clouds and a high near 77. There is a 30% chance of precipitation. For Monday night, rain is likely after 2 am. The sky will be mostly cloudy, and temperatures will drop to around 43. []

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