Morning Notes

The streak of a plane descends over Royal Lake Park in Burke (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Thanksgiving Closures — Fairfax County government offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday (Nov. 25), though some facilities like the county rec centers will only close for Thanksgiving Day. Fairfax Connector buses will operate Sunday service tomorrow and holiday weekday service Friday, while Metro will have a Sunday schedule tomorrow and resume regular service Friday.

Person Dies in Lincolnia House Fire — “One person was found dead inside a home following a fire in Fairfax County, Virginia, late Monday night. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue said firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire on Monday night in the 6600 block of Pine Road in the Lincolnia area.” [WTOP]

Five Guys HQ Ditching Lorton — The fast-food chain Five Guys will move its corporate headquarters to 1940 Duke Street in Alexandria next year after roughly a decade in Lorton. The company, whose Northern Virginia roots date back to its first restaurant in Arlington, has leased a nearly 40,000-square-foot space at 10718 Richmond Highway since 2012. [Washington Business Journal]

Thousands Registered to Vote on Election Day — “This year 3,200 Fairfax County residents took advantage of our first-ever same-day voter registration program. This is a fantastic addition to our democratic process, and our Office of Elections processed each new registration and ensured that every legal ballot was tallied.” [Jeff McKay]

Local Artist’s Work Appeared in Black Panther Sequel — “[Jomo] Tariku, an Ethiopian American furniture designer who is based in Springfield, Virginia has several of his pieces featured in the film, including a black wood chair with a starkly curved back that manages to reflect Tariku’s African roots and look futuristic at the same time.” [DCist]

Virginia Prepares for Winter — The Virginia Department of Transportation and other agencies are using “new tools and strategies” after a Jan. 3 snowstorm shut down I-95, stranding “hundreds of people overnight without food, water or gas. The plans include modifying the staging of snowplow and towing crews, new police drones to assess conditions from the air and improved communications with the public, including a new text-messaging system.” [The Washington Post]

Last Day to Share Recipe for County Cookbook — “Be part of a cookbook featuring our community’s diverse traditions and history. We are collecting recipes for an eBook anthology Fairfax County Cooks: A Community Cookbook. Recipes should be submitted online” [Fairfax County Public Library/Twitter]

Reston Arts Center Town Hall Coming — “Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn and county staff are hosting a second town hall — this one virtual — to discuss the proffer for a potential arts center in Reston…Your input will enable the Board of Supervisors to make an informed decision during the next couple months.” [Hunter Mill District News]

It’s Wednesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 57 and low of 34. Sunrise at 7:02 am and sunset at 4:51 pm. [Weather.gov]

Editor’s Note — FFXnow will be taking a couple of days off for Thanksgiving. Barring breaking news, publication will resume Monday (Nov. 28). We hope you have a fulfilling (and filling) holiday!

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