Morning Notes

A sign posted to a utility pole along Route 29 in West Falls Church encourages “Empathy” (staff photo by Vernon Miles)

Metro Offers Late Night Service for New Year’s Eve — “Good news for those celebrating New Year’s Eve in the D.C. region: Metro trains will be running till around 2 a.m., two hours later than usual for Sundays. The exact last train times will vary depending on the station and line…Trains will start running at around 7 a.m. as usual.” [DCist]

Fairfax County Casino Bill Expected — “State Sen. David Marsden, D-Fairfax, is planning to re-introduce legislation that would allow Fairfax County to hold a referendum on building a casino. He introduced similar legislation last year that went nowhere. This year, though, his proposal envisions far more than a casino and includes a convention center, concert hall, hotel, and other amenities.” [Associated Press]

Tight N. Va. Housing Market Projected for 2024 — “Home sales are projected to be down by 10% or more in Northern Virginia in 2024, bucking national projections of increases in home sales as interest rates begin to come down. But in Northern Virginia, home sales are expected to keep declining, for one simple reason: there are not enough houses to buy.” [DCist]

FCPL Unveils Most Popular Books of 2023 — For the first time, Fairfax County Public Library surpassed 3 million digital loans for the year, led by “The Covenant of Water” by Abraham Verghese among adult audiobooks and “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas among children and young adults. For print books, Louise Penny’s “World of Curiosities” topped the adult list. [Fairfax County Government]

Police Issue Warning About Cryptocurrency Scams — “In almost a dozen reported cases since the end of October, our investigators have observed a trend in scams involving cryptocurrency. Criminals are exploiting individuals, particularly the elderly, into depositing money into crypto ATMs and defrauding them of their money.” [FCPD]

Regional Pizza Chain Wins Over Italian Critics — “Pupatella, a pizza restaurant with multiple locations in the D.C. area, has been recognized by an Italian-based critics group as one of world’s most ‘excellent Pizzerias.’ Chief operating officer Jim Biafore said the recognition from 50 Top Pizza is especially thrilling “as they prepare to open a new Chantilly, Virginia, location in the next week or two.” [WTOP]

Free Lyft Rides Available for New Year’s Eve — “Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is offering its SoberRide program again this year to offer an alternative to drinking and driving. Anyone in the region out late on New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day in need of a ride home can get one through the 2023 Holiday SoberRide program. The program runs from 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31 to 4 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1.” [ALXnow]

Local Golf Instructor Named One of State’s Top Teachers — “For the fourth-consecutive year, Jon Eisman has been rated one of Virginia’s Top 10 Best Teachers by Golf Digest magazine. Eisman is the director of instruction and owner of the Eisman Golf Academy at Laurel Hill Golf Club and Twin Lakes Golf Course.” [Fairfax County Park Authority]

It’s Friday — Expect a mostly cloudy day with a high near 50 and a slight chance of rain. The chance of precipitation is 20%. The rain may continue at night until 1 am, with the temperature dropping to around 35. [Weather.gov]

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