Morning Notes

A topiary reindeer with scarf at the Mosaic District (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

County’s Moroccan Community Cheers World Cup Team — “Morocco became the first African team in World Cup history to reach the semifinals following a victory against Portugal last week…More than 100 members of the local Moroccan community gathered on Wednesday afternoon to watch their home country’s match-up against Les Bleus at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church” [DCist]

Proposal Floated for Van Dorn Metro Development — “An industrial park on Vine Street, squeezed between the Van Dorn Street Metro station and the Beltway, could be replaced with a new mixed-use development…The development plans, however, hinge on hopes that the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) express lane plans don’t bleed over onto the site.” [ALXnow]

Where to Celebrate Hanukkah in Fairfax County — “This year, Hanukkah begins on December 18, 2022 and ends on December 26, 2022. And you’ll find plenty of events celebrating the holiday in Fairfax County and throughout the Capital Region.” [Visit Fairfax]

New Asian Curry Restaurant Opens in Chantilly — “Score another one for the global food community. Actually, score two. Karé Bar opened in Chantilly in November. It’s on Metrotech Drive, making it easy to head to Shilla Bakery or Chateau de Chantilly after lunch or dinner.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

PNC Bank to Shutter Some Local Branches — “PNC Financial Services Group Inc. is closing 32 more branches across 10 states, according to new regulatory filings, including a dozen in Virginia and Maryland.” Closings will come early next year to six Fairfax County locations, including one in Burke, one in Kingstowne, one in Groveton and three in Springfield. [Washington Business Journal]

Emergency Taxi Surcharge Continued — “Fairfax County supervisors on Dec. 6 meeting unanimously approved a temporary, uncodified ordinance that will permit an up-to-$1-per-trip taxicab-fuel surcharge that will be in effect from Dec. 30 through June 30 next year. Supervisors have the option of rescinding the ordinance sooner because of sustained changes in economic conditions.” [Sun Gazette]

Merrifield Solar Panel Company at Home in Fairfax — “Merrifield-based Ipsun Solar, a company that installs residential and commercial solar panels, was started in 2016 with a lofty goal: fighting climate change, said Herve Billiet, CEO, who co-founded the company along with Joe Marhamati.” [Fairfax County EDA]

County Offers Tips for a More Sustainable Holiday — “The seasons are changing, the days are shorter, and the 2022 holiday season is here! Keep reading for tips on how to be more sustainable throughout all your holiday festivities” [Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination]

It’s Friday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 46 and low of 35. Sunrise at 7:22 am and sunset at 4:49 pm. [Weather.gov]

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