Morning Notes

Passing the Word of Life Church in Springfield (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

County Lags Behind Regional Affordable Housing Goals — Producing just under 7,500 new affordable housing units over the past three years, Fairfax County is nearly 5,000 units behind a goal set by the Metropolitan Council of Governments in 2021. Inflation, rising construction costs and “skyrocketing” housing values could complicate the county’s efforts to meet its ambitious target for the next decade. [DCist]

McLean Man Arrested for Soliciting Minor — “Montgomery County police said they believe a Virginia man charged with sexual solicitation of a minor may have solicited other victims. Jose M. Jimenez, 34, of McLean, Virginia, was arrested after starting a social media conversation on Aug. 11 with a Montgomery County detective who was posing as a 15-year-old girl.” [WTOP]

Renovated Fire Station in Springfield Opens — “Station 26, Edsall Road, B-Shift moved into their newly renovated station. They did not have too far to move as the temporary station is located right across the street! Thank you #FairfaxCounty residents and leaders for your continued support of #FCFRD!” [FCFRD/Facebook]

Potential Republican School Board Candidates Laugh at Kid With Autism — “Two community members who have said they intend to run for seats on the Fairfax County School Board have apologized after laughing at footage of a student singing and playing the national anthem at a school board meeting. Stephanie Lundquist-Arora and Harry Jackson were captured laughing at the student in an episode of ‘Shadow Board,’ a live-streamed YouTube show” [The Washington Post]

Popular Springfield Restaurant to Close Sunday — “Della J’s, a Southern comfort food eatery, is relocating to…Mount Vernon Plaza in Hybla Valley. The Springfield location at 6558 Backlick Road will close on Sunday, Aug. 28. A grand opening date for the new Richmond Highway location will be announced soon.” [Patch]

New Clothes Brand Supports Athletes With Autism — “Victor Wear is an active wear brand recently launched by Lorton’s Tiffany Hamilton, a marketing and communications specialist. The business, which sells tees and hoodies…was inspired by her 16-year-old son Isaiah, who has high-functioning autism — 10% of the proceeds from every product sold are donated to the Special Olympics.” [Washington Business Journal]

Great Falls Park Gets Clean-up — “Great Falls Citizens Association (GFCA) board members in April endorsed creation of the Great Falls Grange Oak Grove Naturalization Project, which aims to transform about an acre of the historic building’s rear yard from a grassy lawn into a forest populated with native shrubs, ferns, herbs and trees.” [Sun Gazette]

Hyundai and Kia Vehicles Recalled — “Hyundai Motor America and Kia America recommend that owners of select Model Year 2020-2022 Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride vehicles park their cars outside and away from homes and other structures until their vehicles have been repaired, due to new recalls for the risk of fire.” [NHTSA]

It’s Thursday — Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High of 87 and low of 72. Sunrise at 6:33 am and sunset at 7:51 pm. [Weather.gov]

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