Morning Notes

The National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar Hazy Center in Chantilly at night (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Washington Post Workers Walk Out in Bid for Union Contract — “Unionized journalists and other staff at The Washington Post in D.C. and around the world are set to strike for 24 hours starting Thursday…In a letter to readers, the Guild asked subscribers to not ‘engage with any Washington Post content’ during the span of the strike.” [WTOP]

Virginia Requires Teamwork for Local Water Supply Plans — “Virginia’s State Water Control Board amended regulations last week that will require local governments in the same river basin to work together in crafting plans for water supply and use. Previously, the state allowed local governments to choose whether they wanted to submit such plans independently or work with other localities in a regional approach.” [Virginia Mercury]

Legal Action Possible Over Buildings Damaged by Fire — “The owners of the buildings destroyed by a fire on Columbia Pike in Annandale have failed to respond to the Fairfax County Department of Code Compliance, so the matter is being referred to the commonwealth’s attorney’s office. The fire, on March 12, 2023, affected four businesses.” [Annandale Today]

McLean Community Supports Working Student — The McLean High School community has rallied with donations for a student who “has been working 40 hours a week, while in school, to support his family.” Nearly evicted last week, the student’s family also recently escaped domestic violence, and his mom and brother are dealing with health issues. [NBC4]

Local Residents Compete on “Squid Game” Reality Show — “Virginia native Shelby Hoefling was one of the 456 contestants competing to win $4.56 million, the largest single cash prize in game-show history. Unfortunately, she was eliminated in Episode 3, so now she’s rooting for her fellow Virginian, Mai Whelan, a 55-year-old immigration adjudicator from Vietnam who lives in Fairfax County.” [WTOP]

Some Reston Tennis Courts to Close — “Starting Friday, December 8 at noon, the clay tennis courts at Glade and North Hills will be closed for the season. The courts will reopen in Spring 2024. The hard courts remain open year-round.” [Reston Association/Twitter]

County Library Exceeds 3 Million Digital Checkouts — “The Fairfax County library system on Nov. 29 reached a milestone of more than 3 million digital loans for the year to date. This is the first time the library system has exceeded the threshold since introducing OverDrive, the library system’s online-digital-catalog provider, in 2006, county officials said.” [Gazette Leader]

Fort Belvoir Turns Out for Christmas Tree Lighting — “Fort Belvoir kicked off the Christmas season with the installation’s annual tree-lighting and Winterfest celebration Saturday. Hundreds of families celebrated the start of the season with bounce houses, laser tag, face painting, a candy cannon shoot, train rides, a gingerbread house contest, snowball fights and more.” [Inside NoVA]

It’s Thursday — Expect a partly sunny day with highs reaching around 45 degrees, accompanied by a southwest wind at 5 to 9 mph. As for Thursday night, it will be mostly clear with lows around 33 degrees. The southwest wind will be around 5 mph, calming down in the evening. [Weather.gov]

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