Morning Notes

A truck lifts trimmed tree branches in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

N. Va. Sees Rise in Home Sales — “The number of home sales in Northern Virginia rose 2.2% compared to a year earlier, the first year-over-year increase since November 2021. That is in contrast to the national housing market, which saw sales fall 3.3%. Northern Virginia also saw a dramatic increase in home sales from the previous month, up 32%.” [WTOP]

Governor Vetoes Gun Safety Bills — “Gov. Glenn Youngkin has vetoed an assault weapons ban and a slate of other gun-control bills passed by the Virginia General Assembly, but he signed a pair of…measures into law: One bans a device that turns a semiautomatic firearm into a machine gun, and the other allows a parent or guardian to be charged with a felony for allowing a child who has been deemed a threat to have access to a gun.” [Washington Post]

Marshall HS Hires First Varsity Boy’s Volleyball Coach — “Marshall High School has named Chris Denny as its head boys volleyball coach for what is anticipated to be a varsity team for the first time this coming fall season. Previously, boys volleyball was a club team in Fairfax County Schools, but that status is expected to be [change] to full varsity for the 2024 fall campaign.” [Gazette Leader]

Police Warn Against “Rescuing” Baby Wild Animals — “Our Animal Protection Police Officers and Wildlife Management office receive many calls this time of year from residents who are seeking help for young wildlife that appear to be orphaned or abandoned. While these actions are well-intended, it is important to realize intervention may be unnecessary and can be detrimental to wildlife.” [FCPD]

Virginia Among Leaders in Book Bans —  “Nearly 400 book titles were targeted for bans in Virginia libraries last year, among the most in the nation, according to new data from the American Library Association (ALA)…Virginia had the fifth-most challenged titles in the country at 387 — and more than any other state on the East Coast, except Florida where there were 2,672.” [Axios Richmond]

McLean Alum Recognized for Nonprofit Work — “One McLean HS alumna is uplifting pediatric cancer patients and making a major impact while studying at Harvard University. Olivia Zhang, a freshman at Harvard University, was honored with the prestigious Diana Award for founding and operating Cancer Kids First, the world’s largest youth-led pediatric cancer nonprofit.” [Fairfax County Public Schools/Facebook]

Vienna Pizzeria Offers Free Slice to Marshall Students — “Pizza Vienna…celebrates the incredible achievements of our local talent, Ilia Malinin, a proud graduate of Marshall High School in Vienna…All John Marshall High School students are invited to enjoy a FREE Cheese Pizza Slice on us! This offer is valid for any between 10.30 am and 5 pm every day till Mar 31st, 2024.” [Patch]

It’s Thursday — Expect rain mainly before 11am accompanied by patchy fog until 10am. The day will be cloudy with a high near 53 and a 60% chance of precipitation. Night will be initially cloudy but gradually clear, with a low around 38 and 9-14 mph winds gusting as high as 22 mph. [NWS]

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