Morning Notes

There’s a line for photos with Santa at Tysons Corner Center (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Tysons Arrest Leads to Retail Theft Ring Bust — “With some great information from our partners at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, officers assigned to our Tysons Urban Team were able to make apprehension. At the time of the arrest, the woman had a booster bag containing over $3,700 in stolen sunglasses…The group is linked to prior thefts over the previous several days of over $25,000 in merchandise in the DC Metropolitan area.” [FCPD/Facebook]

Possible Shots Fired in Herndon — “Town of Herndon Police responded early Thursday afternoon for the report of possible shots being fired in the 300 block of Elden Street, according to a 1:17 p.m. post to the department’s official Twitter account. Police reported that one subject was detained at the scene and there were no victims.” [Patch]

Fast-Casual Health Food Restaurant Gets Fairfax Ribbon-Cutting — “Fairfax City is Roots Natural Kitchen’s 12th location, which was chosen due to its proximity to George Mason University and access to the larger Washington, D.C. area, according to Caballero…Although Friday was the official ribbon-cutting, the restaurant has been open for about two weeks.” [Patch]

Belle Haven House Goes All Out on Christmas Decor — “Over 250,000 lights. Three hundred plastic blow molds. Twelve fully decorated artificial Christmas trees. More than 100 inflatable holiday decorations ranging in size from 2 feet to 15 feet…That’s what it takes for Kurt Farmer to transform his Alexandria home into Farmer’s Christmas House.” [Northern Virginia Magazine]

Some Social Media Apps Banned for State Employees — “Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin banned the use of TikTok, WeChat and other ‘Chinese-owned mobile phone applications and websites on state government technology’ on Friday. The ban applies to all executive offices and executive branch agencies.” [NBC4]

Author Discusses Opioid Epidemic in Tysons — “[Beth] Macy spoke on Tuesday night at a book signing event hosted by Bards Alley Bookshop at 1st Stage theater in Tysons. Macy’s newest book is Raising Lazarus, a sequel to her 2018 book, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company That Addicted America, on which a Hulu limited series is based.” [Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office]

Anti-Drunk Driving Initiative Launches — “The Washington Regional Alcohol Program’s SoberRide initiative is now in operation for the holiday season, and will remain available through Jan. 1. The effort teams with Lyft to provide free rides home to those who may have had too much to drink during the holiday season. It will be operational nightly from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.” [Sun Gazette/Inside NoVA]

Local Volunteers Honored by County — “Fairfax County recently announced the winners of its 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards, and both honorees in the ‘Individual County Resident’ category are from around the Richmond Highway corridor.” The honorees were a longtime Hollin Hills Civic Association chair and a senior student at West Potomac High School. [On the MoVe]

It’s Monday — Clear throughout the day. High of 37 and low of 27. Sunrise at 7:24 am and sunset at 4:50 pm. [Weather.gov]

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