Morning Notes

Cars travel northbound along I-495 toward D.C. (staff photo by James Jarvis)

GMU’s Sports Stadium Proposal Questioned — “Students and neighbors of George Mason University are rallying in opposition to a proposed facility for Washington’s newly formed professional cricket team…GMU said it also could be an opportunity to move its successful baseball team out of an aging field and share a 5,000-person stadium on west campus.” [NBC4]

Co-Founder of Longtime Merrifield Restaurant Dies — “Kim Lai, the immigrant businessman who helped transform a small family-run establishment into one of the most widely recognized Vietnamese restaurants in the D.C. area, died Feb. 16…Lai died from a head injury, several hours after suffering a fall at home in Fairfax,” said Le Lai, one of his daughters who ran Four Sisters from 2014 until it closed last year. [Washington Post]

Herndon Firefighters Mourn Loudoun Colleague — “On Friday, Feb. 23, C-Shift of Fairfax County Herndon Station, Company 4, hung black bunting across the front of their firehouse” as a tribute to Trevor Brown, a Sterling Volunteer Fire Company firefighter who died in an explosion at a Sterling house on Feb. 16. A preliminary investigation suggests the explosion stemmed from a propane gas tank leak. [The Connection]

Residents Form Coalition to Tackle Invasive Plants — “A group of homeowner and community associations has come together to focus on removing invasive plants and supporting the planting of native species. The Fairfax Invasive Removal Alliance (FIRA) is sending letters to the Board of Supervisors and state legislators urging action to address the problem of invasive, non-native plant species.” [Annandale Today]

Virtual Town Hall Planned on Animal Services Merger — “Join the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and the Fairfax County Police Department for a conversation about how our proposal to unite animal care and control services will benefit wildlife.” Community engagement will begin with a virtual meeting at 7 p.m. today (Thursday), followed by in-person town halls at the animal shelter’s Fairfax and Lorton campuses on March 11 and 13, respectively. [FCAS]

Architecture Firm Moves HQ Out of Tysons — “Architecture firm KTGY is moving its East Coast headquarters from Northern Virginia to Washington, D.C. The Irvine, Calif.-based company inked a 15,000-square-foot lease at Alexander Court, a 12-story, two-building office complex in the District’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. Since 2010, KTGY has had offices in Tysons, Va., where it had a similarly sized footprint at 8609 Westwood Center Drive.” [Commercial Observer]

South Lakes Basketball Team Reaches Semi-Finals — South Lakes High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team will face the Hayfield Hawks tomorrow (Friday) in the Virginia High School League’s state semi-finals at Westfield High School. The Seahawks advanced after defeating the Potomac Panthers 74-69 on Tuesday (Feb. 27). [South Lakes Athletics, Nova Hoops]

How to Give Feedback on County’s Proposed Budget — “On Tuesday, Feb. 20, County Executive Bryan Hill presented his proposed FY 2025 budget to the Board of Supervisors. You can get more information and provide input…at a Budget Town Hall meeting in your district, and during the budget public hearings, scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, April 16-18.” [Fairfax County Government]

It’s Thursday — Expect sunshine and a high of 46 degrees, accompanied by a northwest wind blowing at 10 to 15 mph with gusts reaching up to 24 mph. Thursday night will be mostly clear with a low of 32 degrees and a northwest wind of 6 mph, which will become light and variable. [Weather.gov]

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