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Read Supervisor Dan Storck's take on the newly passed county budget, which includes raising the minimum wage for county ...
05/10/2019
Storck: Lots of progress in new budget, but more work remains

Read Supervisor Dan Storck's take on the newly passed county budget, which includes raising the minimum wage for county employees, increased funding for FCPS and no increase in the real estate tax.

Supervisor Dan Storck discusses the recently passed FY 2020 budget, which funds priorities like One Fairfax, affordable housing and schools.

#WMATA announced yesterday that it is looking for a developer to master plan the Huntington Metro site, and documents gi...
05/10/2019
WMATA begins master planning process for Huntington

#WMATA announced yesterday that it is looking for a developer to master plan the Huntington Metro site, and documents give a hint at how new developments on the property will change the look of the station.

The future of the Huntington Metro station is coming more into focus as WMATA begins it search for a master planner for the property.

The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling - FABB has written a letter to FCPD Chief Edwin Roessler that takes exception ...
05/09/2019
FABB takes issue with police description of crash involving cruiser

The Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling - FABB has written a letter to FCPD Chief Edwin Roessler that takes exception to both the chief’s and the department’s descriptions of an April 21 crash between a bicycle and police cruiser on Richmond Highway.

The FABB is unhappy with Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler and the FCPD for their handling of a crash between a cyclist and a police car.

Police blotter: Things got ugly outside a local 7-Eleven on Monday evening, and a pair of would-be robbers came up empty...
05/08/2019
Police blotter: Man hospitalized after 7-Eleven brawl

Police blotter: Things got ugly outside a local 7-Eleven on Monday evening, and a pair of would-be robbers came up empty-handed after confronting a man in the Groveton area.

A man was knocked unconscious outside a Route 1 7-Eleven on Monday, and a robbery attempt was reported later that night in the Groveton area.

State Sen. Scott Surovell and Del. Paul Krizek are looking for volunteers for their Little Hunting Creek cleanup, which ...
05/08/2019
Surovell, Krizek hosting Little Hunting Creek cleanup Saturday

State Sen. Scott Surovell and Del. Paul Krizek are looking for volunteers for their Little Hunting Creek cleanup, which has become an annual reminder of the chronic garbage problem plaguing the creek.

State Sen. Scott Surovell is holding his annual Little Hunting Creek cleanup Saturday morning along with Del. Paul Krizek.

Two robberies -- including a bank holdup and an incident where a man was forced into a car before being robbed -- were r...
05/07/2019
Police blotter: Bank robbed; man mugged leaving restaurant

Two robberies -- including a bank holdup and an incident where a man was forced into a car before being robbed -- were reported over the weekend by police.

Two robberies and an attempted robbery were reported over the weekend in the Richmond Highway area, according to the police.

The new drive-thru Dunkin' Donuts on Telegraph Road is open, and there will be a grand opening celebration on Friday.
05/06/2019
New Dunkin' Donuts on Telegraph Road opens

The new drive-thru Dunkin' Donuts on Telegraph Road is open, and there will be a grand opening celebration on Friday.

The first drive-thru Dunkin' Donuts in the greater Richmond Highway area is open, and a grand opening celebration is planned for Friday.

Old Town Books, an independent book store founded last year by a West Potomac graduate, will remain in its location on S...
05/06/2019
Old Town Books Finds a Long-Term Home in Alexandria

Old Town Books, an independent book store founded last year by a West Potomac graduate, will remain in its location on S. Union Street. Via Alexandria Living Magazine

The independent book store started as a pop-up shop through AEDP's Pop-up ALX program.

United Community Ministries announced at its 50th anniversary gala on Friday that it is changing its name, and expanding...
05/06/2019
New name, refined mission for "United Community"

United Community Ministries announced at its 50th anniversary gala on Friday that it is changing its name, and expanding its mission to try and end multi-generational poverty.

United Community Ministries announced Friday that it has changed its name to "United Community."

The Park Authority is giving an update on the progress of the Mount Vernon RECenter expansion and renovation project on ...
05/04/2019
Mount Vernon RECenter renovation meeting this Sunday

The Park Authority is giving an update on the progress of the Mount Vernon RECenter expansion and renovation project on Sunday evening.

The Park Authority is holding a public meeting Sunday to discuss the progress and timeline of the Mount Vernon RECenter renovation project.

The Huntington Metro station -- and all stations south of Reagan National Airport -- are closed this weekend. In three w...
05/03/2019
Huntington Metro, other stations south of airport closed this weekend

The Huntington Metro station -- and all stations south of Reagan National Airport -- are closed this weekend. In three weeks, the stations close down for 3+ months. Are you ready?

The Huntington Metro station, along with the other five Metro stations south of Reagan National Airport, will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Not sure who you're voting for yet? The four Lee District Supervisor candidates will be participating in forums on Satur...
05/03/2019
Two Lee District candidate forums coming up

Not sure who you're voting for yet? The four Lee District Supervisor candidates will be participating in forums on Saturday and Monday at the Franconia Governmental Center.

The four candidates in the Democratic primary for Lee District Supervisor will be participating in two candidate forums in the coming days.

Rep. Don Beyer said today that he has asked the National Park Service to move faster on its GW Parkway traffic study, wh...
05/01/2019
In wake of fatal crash, Beyer urges quick completion of GW Parkway study

Rep. Don Beyer said today that he has asked the National Park Service to move faster on its GW Parkway traffic study, which was initially expected to be done in late 2018 or early 2019.

Rep. Don Beyer said he asked the National Park Service to move faster on its George Washington Parkway traffic study.

The McCutcheon/Mount Vernon Farmers Market opens its 2019 season Wednesday, and the Kingstowne Farmers Market starts on ...
04/30/2019
Local farmers markets opening this week

The McCutcheon/Mount Vernon Farmers Market opens its 2019 season Wednesday, and the Kingstowne Farmers Market starts on Friday

Two area farmers markets kickoff their seasons this week, starting with the McCutcheon/Mount Vernon Farmers Market on Wednesday.

Scott A. Surovell writes in his latest column that politicians who say Fairfax County Public Schools are "fully funded" ...
04/30/2019
Surovell: FCPS is not "fully funded"

Scott A. Surovell writes in his latest column that politicians who say Fairfax County Public Schools are "fully funded" are masking lingering issues with teacher pay and retention, temporary classrooms and student services.

State Sen. Scott Surovell writes that the public should be skeptical of politicians' claims that Fairfax County Public Schools are "fully funded."

One person is dead and two others were airlifted to the hospital after a head-on collision Monday afternoon on the Georg...
04/30/2019
One killed, three injured in GW Parkway wreck

One person is dead and two others were airlifted to the hospital after a head-on collision Monday afternoon on the George Washington Parkway.

One person was killed and three were injured in a head-on collision Monday afternoon on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The crash happened sometime between 4:30-5 p.m. on a stretch of the road between Tulane Drive and Morningside Lane. There is no median where the collision occurred. A Red T...

The four Lee District candidates met with residents of the Jefferson Manor neighborhood on Saturday, and affordable hous...
04/29/2019
Housing emerges as top issue in Lee District race

The four Lee District candidates met with residents of the Jefferson Manor neighborhood on Saturday, and affordable housing was a common theme from the candidates and those in attendance.

The four Lee District Supervisor candidates discussed a range of issues with residents on Saturday, with housing mentioned frequently as a concern.

The Mount Vernon District Station commander is moving on; no replacement has been announced yet.
04/25/2019
Mount Vernon station commander promoted to new position

The Mount Vernon District Station commander is moving on; no replacement has been announced yet.

Maj. Matt Owens, the current commander of the Mount Vernon Police District station, has been promoted to run the FCPD's Intern Affairs Bureau.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will be replacing Misha's in Old Town after it moves to a new location later this month. From...
04/24/2019
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Coming to Alexandria

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams will be replacing Misha's in Old Town after it moves to a new location later this month. From our friends at Alexandria Living Magazine

As Misha's moves to King Street, a new ice cream shop will take its place.

Planet Fitness will be moving into part of the old Giant Food space at the Hayfield Center, and the entire shopping cent...
04/24/2019
Planet Fitness to move into former Giant space at Hayfield Center

Planet Fitness will be moving into part of the old Giant Food space at the Hayfield Center, and the entire shopping center will be getting an overhaul, per Supervisor Jeff McKay.

Planet Fitness will be moving into part of the old Giant Food space in the Hayfield Center, Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay said Tuesday.

A video shared on social media shows a Fairfax County Police cruiser striking a cyclist in Hybla Valley this past weeken...
04/24/2019
Video: Police car strikes bicyclist on Richmond Highway

A video shared on social media shows a Fairfax County Police cruiser striking a cyclist in Hybla Valley this past weekend.

A bicyclist was injured Sunday morning after being struck by a Fairfax County Police car on Richmond Highway in Hybla Valley.

2018 saw the number of pedestrian-involved crashes on Richmond Highway drop to its lowest point in at least five years, ...
04/24/2019
Pedestrian-involved crashes on Richmond Highway dropped in 2018

2018 saw the number of pedestrian-involved crashes on Richmond Highway drop to its lowest point in at least five years, but pedestrian deaths around the county increased dramatically.

Crashes involving pedestrians on Richmond Highway fell by more than 50 percent in 2018, but the number of pedestrian fatalities around the county increased.

You've got until Friday to let VDOT know whether or not you're in favor of pedestrian underpasses under the new Dogue Cr...
04/23/2019
Should pedestrian underpasses be part of Route 1 widening project?

You've got until Friday to let VDOT know whether or not you're in favor of pedestrian underpasses under the new Dogue Creek and Little Huntington Creek bridges.

Community members have until Friday to let VDOT know how they feel about two pedestrian underpasses being part of the Route 1 widening project.

Two robberies on Thursday ended in quick arrests, and other local incidents reported by the FCPD this week.
04/20/2019
Police blotter: Suspects caught after two robberies

Two robberies on Thursday ended in quick arrests, and other local incidents reported by the FCPD this week.

Two robbery suspects were nabbed by officers on Thursday, according to today's Fairfax County Police blotter.

Police say a cyclist suffered "non-life-threatening" injuries after being sideswiped by a car on Telegraph Road yesterda...
04/19/2019
Cyclist injured after being hit by car on Telegraph Road

Police say a cyclist suffered "non-life-threatening" injuries after being sideswiped by a car on Telegraph Road yesterday afternoon.

A bicyclist suffered injuries Thursday afternoon after being struck by a car on Telegraph Road.

It's spring break! So get the kids in the wood paneled station wagon for a trip to the nation's capital. Enjoy your stay...
04/19/2019
Richmond Highway history quiz III: Room with a (Highway) view

It's spring break! So get the kids in the wood paneled station wagon for a trip to the nation's capital. Enjoy your stay at one of the many affordable motels on Route 1, and take this quiz while you're at it.

Test your knowledge of Richmond Highway's motels in the second installment of our history quiz.

Metro made two big announcements today that will affect anyone who commutes from Huntington:-- Six more days have been a...
04/19/2019
Metro extends summer closure, Huntington station to get new entrance

Metro made two big announcements today that will affect anyone who commutes from Huntington:

-- Six more days have been added to the upcoming summer closure of Huntington and five other stations south of the airport.

-- As part of a new major capital project, Metro is building a fully accessible entrance to connect the middle parking garage to the station's platform.

Metro will need an extra six days to finish the upcoming platform rebuild at six stations south of Reagan National Airport.

The renovation of the Target on Beacon Hill is nearly complete, with the new Starbucks inside the store holding its gran...
04/18/2019
New Starbucks in Target opening this weekend

The renovation of the Target on Beacon Hill is nearly complete, with the new Starbucks inside the store holding its grand opening on Saturday.

The Richmond Highway area's newest Starbucks, located inside Target on Beacon Hill, will hold its grand opening on Saturday.

The man who set Delores Williams on fire inside her Woodlawn area home in a horrific act of domestic violence will likel...
04/17/2019
Man pleads guilty to setting woman on fire in 2016

The man who set Delores Williams on fire inside her Woodlawn area home in a horrific act of domestic violence will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The man who set a 64-year-old Woodlawn resident on fire in 2016 will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty to murder.

A 24-year-old man was allegedly driving drunk when his car went off the road and hit a utility pole late Friday night in...
04/16/2019
Driver charged with DWI for Friday night crash that closed highway

A 24-year-old man was allegedly driving drunk when his car went off the road and hit a utility pole late Friday night in the Groveton area

A man faces DWI charges after a crash late Friday night knocked down utility wires in Groveton, closing Richmond Highway well into the next day.

The swing experts at GOLFTEC will soon be opening their second Northern Virginia location in the Belle View Shopping Cen...
04/15/2019
GOLFTEC location coming to Belle View

The swing experts at GOLFTEC will soon be opening their second Northern Virginia location in the Belle View Shopping Center.

GOLFTEC, a national golf training company, has signed a lease and begun renovating a space in the Belle View Shopping Center.

Sad news for a Richmond Highway institution: Peking Duck has closed permanently because of the owner's health issues.
04/15/2019
Peking Duck closes after 37-year run

Sad news for a Richmond Highway institution: Peking Duck has closed permanently because of the owner's health issues.

Peking Duck Restaurant on Richmond Highway has closed its door permanently after 37 years in business.

A new animal hospital is coming to the shopping center near the intersection of South Kings Highway and Telegraph Road
04/12/2019
New animal hospital coming to South Kings Highway

A new animal hospital is coming to the shopping center near the intersection of South Kings Highway and Telegraph Road

A new animal hospital is coming to the Shops at Telegraph Village Shopping Center. The Harmony Animal Hospital will be located at 6940 South Kings Highway (see map), which is on the upper level of the shopping center. A representative for the hospital said work is just getting underway at the site a...

The new Wendy's planned for the Beacon Center cleared its final hurdle on Tuesday, with the Board of Supervisors voting ...
04/12/2019
Beacon Hill Wendy's gets final approval from BOS

The new Wendy's planned for the Beacon Center cleared its final hurdle on Tuesday, with the Board of Supervisors voting unanimously to approve it.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has given final approval to a plan to build a new Wendy's at the Beacon Center.

Starting Sunday, the Kiss & Ride on the Huntington Avenue side will be closed and some bus stops on both sides of the st...
04/11/2019
Kiss & Ride, bus bay changes start this weekend at Huntington Metro

Starting Sunday, the Kiss & Ride on the Huntington Avenue side will be closed and some bus stops on both sides of the station will be moved.

The Huntington Metro station's summer closure doesn't begin until May 25, but station users can expect to see big changes starting this weekend.

The Board of Supervisors signed off on a new 126-unit affordable housing development owned by Wesley Housing yesterday. ...
04/10/2019
Huntington affordable housing development gets final approval

The Board of Supervisors signed off on a new 126-unit affordable housing development owned by Wesley Housing yesterday. The building will be located at the intersection of Huntington Avenue and Biscayne Drive, right next to the Metro station.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the final plan for a 126-unit affordable housing development on Huntington Avenue at their meeting Tuesday.

A column from Congressman Don Beyer, who recounts the impact of the most recent shutdown and writes that "the time has c...
04/10/2019
Beyer: No more government shutdowns

A column from Congressman Don Beyer, who recounts the impact of the most recent shutdown and writes that "the time has come to permanently end the threat of future shutdowns."

Rep. Don Beyer starts a new series with a column on government shutdowns, "a topic that Virginia’s 8th congressional district knows well."

2014 West Potomac graduate De'Mornay Pierson-El has signed with the NFL's Oakland Raiders.
04/10/2019
West Potomac grad Pierson-El signs with Raiders

2014 West Potomac graduate De'Mornay Pierson-El has signed with the NFL's Oakland Raiders.

De'Mornay Pierson-El, a 2014 West Potomac graduate, signed with the NFL's Oakland Raiders on Monday.

A woman accidentally shot herself in the foot in her backyard on Friday while "playing with her gun," police said.
04/09/2019
Police blotter: Woman accidentally shoots self in foot

A woman accidentally shot herself in the foot in her backyard on Friday while "playing with her gun," police said.

This weekend saw a woman accidentally shoot herself in the foot and a man ditch a gun while be pursued by officers, according to Monday's police blotter.

Fairfax Connector is offering free rides on the new Route 308 -- which includes stops along Richmond Highway, Kingstowne...
04/09/2019
Free rides this month on new Fairfax Connector route

Fairfax Connector is offering free rides on the new Route 308 -- which includes stops along Richmond Highway, Kingstowne, Springfield Town Center and the Franconia Springfield Metro -- through the end of the month.

Throughout April you can ride free on a new bus route that runs from the Franconia-Springfield Metro to Inova Mount Vernon Hospital.

Cathy Ledec, a Richmond Highway-area resident known for her tireless dedication to Huntley Meadows Park and environmenta...
04/08/2019
Longtime volunteer and activist Ledec honored as Citizen of the Year

Cathy Ledec, a Richmond Highway-area resident known for her tireless dedication to Huntley Meadows Park and environmental issues around the corridor, was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Fairfax Federation last night.

Cathy Ledec was awarded the Fairfax Federation's "Citizen of the Year" award Sunday evening for her continued volunteer and advocacy efforts in the county.

Despite a new funding mechanism passed to help pay for undergrounding utilities as part of the Richmond Highway widening...
04/08/2019
County looking at undergrouding utilities as part of widening, but questions remain

Despite a new funding mechanism passed to help pay for undergrounding utilities as part of the Richmond Highway widening project, the county says there are a number of questions that need to be figured out before any commitment is made.

Despite a new funding mechanism passed to help pay for it, undergrounding utilities as part of the Richmond Highway project is not a sure thing.

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