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Monday Morning Notes

by Dave Emke March 27, 2017 at 9:00 am 9 Comments

Fog Advisory in Effect Through Morning — A dense fog advisory that has been in effect for the area since early this morning has been extended until noon. Visibility of a quarter-mile or less remains possible in spots. [National Weather Service]

County Conducting Homelessness Survey — Fairfax County’s Office of Public Affairs and Office to Prevent and End Homelessness are collaborating with George Mason University communications students to collect data about the perception of homelessness in the county. Citizen feedback is requested by April 8. [Fairfax County/Survey Monkey]

Local Artist Featured in DC ShowJ’han, an artist from Herndon, will be featured in the “Pancakes and Booze” art show at Penn Station (801 E St. NW) on April 6. J’han is an expressionist, surrealist and abstract artist. [Facebook]

More Taking the Toll Road So Far in 2017 — The Dulles Toll Road collected $23 million in tolls in January and February. That number is up from the collected totals in 2015 and 2016. The number of trips on the road in January and February was about 3.6 percent more than predicted. [WTOP]

Coffee Shop Hopes to Be Up and Running Soon — Roasting operations at Weird Brothers Coffee (321 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon) are underway, and they hope to be serving espresso, nitro cold brew, blended chillers, fruit smoothies and more soon. [Weird Brothers Coffee]

HHS Grad Has Sights Set on World Championships Run — Hiruni Wijayaratne, a 2009 Herndon High School graduate, is training hard in the attempt to qualify to represent her native Sri Lanka as a marathon runner in the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships. [Sunday Times in Sri Lanka]

  • tattler

    Ever seen a heat map of the crime(s) committed by people living at 11975 Bowman Town Drive (Embry Rucker Shelter) in Reston? It’s shocking!

    • jmsullivan

      Do you like movies about gladiators, Joey?

    • Jenny Gibbers

      Current laws prohibit commoners from aiding the homeless, if a commoner decides to help a homeless its at their own peril and expense. In other words no tax incentives or means to recoup some of your expenses when engaging in social services on your own.

      This in part appears to favor church and state as well as other top heavy institutions from helping the poor, elderly and disadvantaged.

      Therefore, the “heat maps” as you see are a direct result of this state sponsored monopoly and the crime you are talking about is the symptom. So here the ask, to eradicate the symptom, which is implied for what you called for. Correct if wrong pls

      This just based on my personal experiences as an activist/supporter.

      • The Constitutionalist

        Can you please point out what laws prohibit a commoner from aiding the homeless?

        Before we continue the discussion…

        Are you suggesting that nonprofit institutions are hampering our ability to help the needy?

        • Jenny Gibbers

          Good points, corrected/rewritten.

          Good news also, the weather is getting better.
          Good news also, there is a 1:5 ratio between homeless and empty dwellings.
          Good news also, more people are aware about homeless vets (eg Rufus)

          • The Constitutionalist

            It sounds like, and correct me if I’m wrong, that you wish there was a way to recoup your sacrifices in helping the homeless or needy without using a nonprofit?

            There are thousands of very “bottom heavy” organizations in which you can volunteer or donate to that have a great track record and are very credible and successful at making a helpful impact.

            Guidestar.com is a valid place to start. It’s one of the ways I evaluate the companies I raise funds for.

            Who/what are you suggesting replaces all our nonprofits if they lose their tax exemption and therefore the government has no more state sponsored monopoly on helping the needy?

    • JoeInReston

      More broadly, what are some good sites for viewing crime reports on top of a geographical map? spotcrime has the right idea but they just don’t have good data on Reston.

    • Jenny Gibbers
  • JoeInReston

    Regarding the increase in toll collections this past January and February….

    with Metro’s plans to increase Metro prices and wait times between train pickups/dropoffs, the Toll road will only get busier.


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