Morning Notes

On the Turquoise Trail in Reston’s Walker Nature Center (photo by Marjorie Copson)

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday — “This weekend, as you move your clocks back one hour to mark the end of daylight savings, don’t forget to check your smoke alarms to ensure they work…If your alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.” [FCFRD]

Self-Driving Vehicles Tested in I-395 Express Lanes — Virginia Tech “researchers and an entourage of public safety, industry and highway officials have been using the stretch of toll road outside the nation’s capital this fall for self-driving demonstrations, hoping to develop solutions to common problems arising in the technology’s deployment. The simulations come three years into extensive research that has resulted in promising findings but has also come with moments of disappointment.” [Washington Post]

Police Seek Help Finding Indecent Exposure Suspect — “Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are asking for the community’s help in identifying a suspect believed to be related to multiple indecent exposure cases in Bailey’s Crossroads…Detectives completed a composite sketch of the suspect and are asking for the community’s help in identifying the man.” [FCPD]

More Details of Potential Fairfax County Casino Bill Shared — Sen. David Marsden says his planned bill to allow a casino in Fairfax County would set the stage for a new entertainment district in Tysons. He told Patch “that he would not reintroduce the bill he submitted in January. Instead, he’s expanding the bill, adding a performance space and conference center.” [Patch]

Lincolnia Restaurant Closes After 20 Years — “It was a bittersweet Halloween for fans of the Foxfire Grill. The popular restaurant at Pinecrest Plaza closed for good on Oct. 31 following a Halloween party that drew a large crowd…In September, Foxfire owner Terri Fox announced plans to close the restaurant after Edens, the owner of Pinecrest Plaza, doubled the rent. The space has been leased to a Japanese ramen restaurant called Kajiken.” [Annandale Today]

Future of Virginia Gun Laws Hinges on Election — “The politics surrounding gun control have been at a standstill in Virginia due to its divided government, but that could take a hard turn depending on what happens in the state’s closely-watched election that’s coming up on Tuesday…All 140 General Assembly seats are on the ballot in the election.” [WTOP]

Groveton Neighborhood Now a Historic Site — “At the intersection of Shiver Drive and Jube Court in Fairfax County, the street signs double as a kind of victory post. They signal the triumph of Jube Shiver Sr., a Black schoolteacher who couldn’t buy a house in 1960 because of racially restrictive housing covenants — so he built his own neighborhood. A subdivision called Randall Estates.” [Washington Post]

Woodburn Park Parking Lot to Close for Renovation — “The Fairfax County Park Authority will soon begin resurfacing and painting work at the Eakin Community Park parking lot located at 3401 Prosperity Ave…Work is expected to begin on Nov. 6, and is expected to conclude by the end of November 2023, weather permitting. The parking lot will be closed for the duration of the project.” [FCPA]

It’s Friday — Expect a sunny day with a high temperature near 59 degrees and a south wind blowing at 5 to 8 mph. On Friday night, the weather will be partly cloudy with a low temperature around 39 degrees, accompanied by a south wind at around 7 mph. []

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