Morning Notes

The sun rises over a lake in Reston (photo by Terry Baranski)

I-66 Lane Closure in Vienna Area Starts Tonight — “The left travel lane on I-66 East between Cedar Lane and I-495 will be closed beginning around 9 p.m. Friday, August 19, through 5 a.m. Thursday, August 25, to allow for continued construction of the future I-66 Express Lanes…Drivers should plan for traffic delays and consider alternative routes during this period.” [VDOT]

Superintendent Says FCPS Prepared for New School Year, Despite Gaps in Staff — “Out of the 15,000 teachers employed by FCPS, about 150 of them are part of the residency program. But a look at Fairfax County openings still shows a lot. By our count, more than 350. The county says that where they still have vacancies, central office staff with teacher licenses will be asked to cover until a permanent teacher has been hired.” [WUSA9]

Korean Bakery Opens in Annandale — “The Tous les Jours bakery and café opened Aug. 15 in the East Gate Shopping Center in Annandale. The shop, at 4243 John Marr Drive, offers pastries, bread, fancy cakes, muffins, donuts, croissants, scones, buns, macarons, and other baked goods.” [Annandale Today]

Kingstowne Developer Plans Land Sale — “The Halle Cos. looks poised to sell off a Kingstowne parcel approved for multifamily development, its last piece of a sprawling retail-dominated site…Halle now has the final piece of the puzzle — a 4.7-acre parking lot sandwiched between Kingstowne Village Parkway and Kingstowne Towne Center — under contract with The NRP Group, a Cleveland-based real estate developer and manager.” [Washington Business Journal]

Firefighters Deliver Backpacks for Students — “On Tuesday, August 16, members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, our retiree group, public safety partners Fairfax County Police Department, along with various community groups, came together at Station 11, Penn Daw, to provide 1500 backpacks and school supplies for deserving kids.” [FCFRD]

Fairfax Connector Changes Coming This Fall — “Later this fall, the Fairfax Connector bus service is set to make several service and fare changes, including changes to routes in the Springfield and Tysons areas. The changes are set to go into effect Oct. 1.” [WTOP]

Reston Hospital Patient Walks After Tractor Accident — “Yussif Alhassan did something last week that some might’ve thought impossible five months ago. He stood up and walked. On March 13, Alhassan arrived in the emergency room at Reston Hospital Center after his entire lower body had been crushed by a tractor.” [Patch]

County Well-Represented Among Fastest-Growing Companies — “This year, 113 Fairfax County-based companies, along with 72 companies located in additional Northern Virginia Economic Development Alliance jurisdictions, made the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies.” [Fairfax County EDA]

GMU Reaches 50-Year Mark — “George Mason University in Fairfax is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year…Northern Virginians and outsiders alike have seen Mason transform into a hub for technology, politics, and more — and they’ve seen Mason transform the region along with it.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

It’s Friday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 86 and low of 68. Sunrise at 6:27 am and sunset at 8:00 pm. [Weather.gov]

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