Morning Notes

A “now hiring” sign outside the new Sully Community Center (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Vehicle in Capital Beltway Shooting ID’d — “Virginia State Police have identified a suspect vehicle involved in last Thursday’s shooting incident on Interstate 495 in Fairfax County. According to a news release, it is a blue 2010 Honda Civic with Virginia license plates TWW 9398.” [WTOP]

Potomac Banks Could Be Virginia’s First TID — “In September, Visit Fairfax will hold meetings with local hotel and restaurant industry leaders as part of a campaign to turn Potomac Banks into a tourism improvement district, or TID, which would impose fees to fund tourism boosting activities and improvements and would be administered through a nonprofit.” [Virginia Business]

W&OD Trail Assault Suspect Still at Large — “Town of Herndon Police, along with Fairfax County police officers and the FFX 1 helicopter, failed to locate a suspect Tuesday morning in connection with the recent assaults that have occurred along the W&OD Trail, according to an HPD post on Twitter.” [Patch]

Virginia Judge Dismisses Obscenity Cases — “The long-awaited trial in Virginia Beach, Virginia, over the claims of obscenity in two books has ended in dismissal. Neither Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe nor A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas meet the legal definition of obscenity.” “Gender Queer” was one of two books challenged in Fairfax County Public Schools last year. [Book Riot]

Fare-Free Virginia Rail Starts Tomorrow — “Virginia Railway Express, a commuter rail taking passengers between Northern Virginia and DC, will seek to attract more riders through a fare-free initiative beginning Thursday. After a July vote by the VRE Operations Board, VRE will be free throughout September at all 19 stations and at certain stations in October.” [Patch]

County Names New Solid Waste Deputy Director — “The Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) is pleased to announce that Eric Forbes is the new Deputy Director leading the County’s Solid Waste Management Program. Forbes has been serving as the Acting Deputy Director and his new position becomes effective on September 10.” [DPWES]

Fairfax County NAACP Plans Blood Drives — “The Fairfax County NAACP is partnering with the American Red Cross and other area blood banks to host local blood drives. As required for sickle cell, we need both Black and White donors. Stay tuned for updates on dates, times, and locations of drives.” [Fairfax County NAACP/Twitter]

Hospitality Trumps Cuisine at Roberto’s in Vienna, Review Says — “I wish I could say that the $75 chicken is a revelation. It isn’t. The chicken’s skin isn’t soggy, but it isn’t crisp, either, a situation not helped by the robustly earthy sauce on top…But for those willing to pay a premium for contact with a culinary legend, it may still be worth it.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

It’s Wednesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 81 and low of 68. Sunrise at 6:38 am and sunset at 7:42 pm. [Weather.gov]

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