Morning Notes

Moss on a tree in Great Falls Park (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

County Approves Automatic Car Tax Filings — “Effective Jan. 1, Fairfax County will now automatically file personal property tax returns for these residents, a change that will benefit owners of approximately 133,000 vehicles per year…[Residents] still must register their vehicles with the DMV within 30 days or face a 10% late-filing penalty.” [Fairfax County Government]

Police Investigate Homicide in Hybla Valley — A man identified as 26-year-old Jordan Summers from Lorton died Monday (Dec. 5) after a community member found him in the 7900 block of Audubon Avenue with a possible gunshot wound to the upper body. Police say community members reported hearing what sounded like gunshots before 8 p.m. that evening. [FCPD]

County Board Passes on Reston Golf Course DevelopmentsProposals to redevelop Reston’s two golf courses were left off a list of accepted site-specific plan amendment nominations. Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn reiterated that “any proposal to change the comprehensive plan for properties from their current respective ‘golf course’ designations would need support from surrounding communities.” [Patch]

Metro Proposes Fare Changes to Address Budget Deficit — Facing a $184 million gap in its budget, Metro General Manager Randy Clarke has put forward a budget plan that eliminates peak fares, while increasing the cost of longer trips, topping out at $6.50. No express service on the Silver Line will be considered this year, as the agency gauges ridership on the new 11.5-mile extension. [DCist]

Gastrointestinal Illness Outbreak Reported at West Springfield School — The Fairfax County Health Department “is urging students and parents to remain vigilant and stay home when sick in the aftermath what it’s calling a gastrointestinal illness outbreak at an elementary school last month. In a Nov. 15 email to the Fairfax County School Board…Superintendent Michelle Reid said an increase in GI illnesses was first reported at Keene Mill Elementary Nov. 4.” [WTOP]

Hybla Valley Building Fire Started by Refrigerator — “On Monday, December 5, at 7:07 p.m., units from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the City of Alexandria Fire Department were dispatched for a reported building fire in the 2900 block of Woodlawn Trail in the Hybla Valley area of Fairfax County…No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.” [FCFRD]

Park Service Shares Details of Proposed GW Parkway Road Diet — The proposed road diet at the Belle View Blvd intersection would turn the right lane into “a pyloned-off through lane toward Old Town Alexandria, while the left lane would become a left-turn-only lane onto Belle Haven and subsequently serve as a dedicated acceleration lane for drivers turning left (northbound) from Belle Haven onto the Parkway.” [On the MoVe]

New Vienna Police Station Not Yet Ready for Move-ins — “The builder still is checking off final details on the ‘punch list.’ Morris said he hopes the department, now ensconced at the former Faith Baptist Church at 301 Center St., S., can move into the new station by year’s end.” [Sun Gazette/Inside NoVA]

It’s Wednesday — Possible drizzle in the morning. High of 59 and low of 50. Sunrise at 7:15 am and sunset at 4:48 pm. [Weather.gov]

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