Morning Notes

A minivan drives past the office building at 6400 Arlington Blvd in West Falls Church (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Community Helps Family of Student Who Fatally Overdosed — “A Justice High School student died after overdosing while video chatting with a friend [last] week, now a GoFundMe is aiming to help the student’s family.” Shared by the Justice High School PTSA, the fundraiser drew more than $5,000 as of Friday (Dec. 8). [WUSA9]

Firefighter Checked for Injuries After Lorton Townhouse Fire — “Units [were] on scene of a townhouse fire [on Saturday] in the 9800 blk of Hagel Circle in the Lorton area. Crews arrived with smoke and fire showing. The fire is under control. One firefighter is being evaluated for injuries. No reported civilian injuries.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Pipe Replacement on Route 123 Begins Today — “Beginning Dec. 11, Fairfax City will replace about 25 feet of sewer pipe on Rt. 123/Chain Bridge Road at the intersection of Armstrong Street. Construction will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and work is expected to last about two weeks (weather permitting).” [City of Fairfax]

Dognapping Spree Reported in D.C. Area — “Duke is one of several dogs from Prince George’s to Fairfax County who have been stolen, including a French bulldog puppy who was reunited with his owner in D.C. last month…Authorities say the dognappings appear to be a moneymaking opportunity, targeting expensive breeds that fetch thousands of dollars.” [Washington Post]

Officials to Discuss Unfounded Threats at Fort Hunt School — “Thanks to recent activism by local residents, Fairfax County Public Schools will be holding a community meeting Dec. 11 related to recent incidents in which false reports of violence were made at or toward a local school.” The incidents include a hoax call to police on Oct. 17 that claimed there was an active shooter at Carl Sandburg Middle School. [On the MoVe]

New County Program Will Assist Small Businesses — “On December 12, Fairfax County will launch THRIVE, a technical assistance program aimed at bolstering the resilience and growth of small businesses in the area. Through this initiative, approximately 600 businesses will receive consulting services valued up to $10,000.” [Department of Economic Initiatives]

Local Students Win National Arts Awards — “Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students received 10 awards in the National YoungArts Foundation Competition. These students are part of a group of nearly 700 YoungArts award winners that were selected…from more than 9,000 applications across 10 artistic disciplines.” [FCPS]

Winners of Vienna Holiday Decorating Contest Revealed — “And the winners for the ‘Shine Bright, Vienna!’ Holiday Decorating Contest are…drum roll please… 121 Casmar St., SE and Trousseau! The People’s Choice Award went to Pennywise Thrift Shop, and the Honorable Mention was Trace – The Zero Waste Store. Congratulations!” [Town of Vienna/Facebook]

It’s Monday — After some early morning rain, the day will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Skies will clear at night, when temperatures will reach a low around 27. [Weather.gov]

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