Morning Notes

The Dulles Toll Road facing the Reston Parkway bridge (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Delayed Start for FCPS With Snow in Forecast — “All Fairfax County public schools and school offices will open two hours late. Central Office employees may report two hours later than their regular scheduled time, but no later than 10 a.m.” [FCPS/Twitter]

Metro Seeks Public Input on Budget — “Facing an unprecedented $750 million budget shortfall in the coming year, Metro is asking the public to provide feedback on the proposed Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Budget which includes drastic service cuts, fare increases, layoffs, and other severe cost cutting measures.” [WMATA]

Local Vietnamese Community Celebrates Lunar New Year — “Hundreds of people filled the parking lot and restaurants at the Eden Center in Seven Corners Feb. 10 to celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Dragon. There were lion dances, a dragon dance, firecrackers, a flag-raising ceremony, and welcoming remarks by Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Gerry Connolly.” [Annandale Today]

Vienna State Reps Address Casino Questions in Town Hall — “As if to acknowledge the elephant in the room, state Sen. Saddam Azlan Salim (D-37th) and Del. Holly Seibold (D-12th) spent the first 20-30 minutes of Saturday morning’s town hall meeting in Vienna answering questions about the possibility of a casino being built in Tysons.” [Patch]

Local Teens Invent Supercomputer Chip — “A group of teenagers in Fairfax County have created a supercomputer chip with the goal of reinventing the computer…These high schoolers are still working on the technology of the future. But this time, they have an actual prototype. Their latest invention is a supercomputer chip powered by light.” [WJLA]

County Board Expedites Dunn Loring ES Project — “The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors agreed Feb. 6 to speed up processing of Fairfax County Public Schools’ application to build a new elementary school in Dunn Loring.” The move was requested by the Fairfax County School Board “to maintain the school system’s capital-improvement-program schedule,” Providence District Supervisor Dalia Palchik said. [Gazette Leader]

Teachers’ Union Distributes Free Books in Lorton — The “America Federation of Teachers and the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers joined local officials in distributing 40,000 free books to families and educators from local Title 1 schools. The event took place Saturday as part of the Reading Opens the World Literacy Fair at the Lorton Community Center and Library.” [Patch]

McLean Student Advances in Essay Contest — “American Legion Post 270 in McLean recently announced the prize winners of its Middle School Essay Contest, in which about 50 local seventh- and eighth-graders participated. Caroline Gray, a seventh-grader at Cooper Middle School in McLean, won first prize and $50 and will now represent McLean…against winners of contests in other communities later in February.” [Gazette Leader]

It’s Tuesday — Expect rain and snow before 11am, turning to a chance of rain from 11am to 1pm. Cloudy skies will clear gradually, giving way to mostly sunny conditions with a high near 44. There’s a 60% chance of precipitation and potential for under half an inch of new snow. Night will be mostly clear with a low around 33. [Weather.gov]

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