Morning Notes

A barred owl owlet at Walker Nature Center in Reston (photo by Pete Huffer)

(Updated at 10:15 a.m.) Reminder: Richmond Highway Speed Limit Lowered Today — The speed limit on Richmond Highway (Route 1) will decrease from 45 to 35 mph between I-495/I-95 and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, starting today (Tuesday). The change is intended to improve safety on the roadway, which has seen at least 12 fatal pedestrian crashes since 2015. [DCist]

Missing Oakton Man Found Dead in Shenandoah — “The body of missing George Mason University student, Mateo Cobo Zevallos, 21, was believed to be found Sunday afternoon around 12:15 p.m. at Shenandoah National Park, according to the National Park Service.” The Fairfax County Police Department confirmed yesterday (Monday) that Zevallos was found deceased, with no foul play suspected. [WUSA9]

Police Investigate Springfield Commercial Burglary — “Police responded to the burglary at Smoke Bazaar, 6715 Backlick Road in Springfield, around 14:40 a.m. Sunday. According to police, a stolen 2013 silver Hyundai Elantra was driven through the storefront, and four suspects entered. The suspects stole merchandise and left in a stolen 2019 black Hyundai Elantra.” [Patch]

Herndon Digital ID Company Acquired — “Herndon’s Airside Mobile Inc. has sold itself to a London identity verification firm, a deal it completed late last year but is only now disclosing.” The firm, Onfido, has turned Airside’s 2,000-square-foot office at 13500 Dulles Tech Way into its new U.S. headquarters. The now-combined companies sell technology that helps businesses verify identities. [Washington Business Journal]

Bailey’s Crossroads Has a New Thai Restaurant — “Mum Aroi, the new restaurant that replaced Rabieng at 5892 Leesburg Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads features the cuisine of northeastern Thailand with a modern twist…Mum Aroi, which means ‘delicious’ in Thai, opened [last] week after the longtime owners, the Duangrat family, decided it was too much to maintain two restaurants.” [Annandale Today]

Herndon Church Provides Education on Drug Addiction — “Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon…opened its doors [on Sunday] to facilitate an important but often uncomfortable conversation on drugs and addiction. The church held its first Drugs & Addiction event, in response to rising overdose numbers across Fairfax County and concerns expressed by the congregation.” [ABC7]

Free Train Rides Offered on Fridays — “Virginia Railway Express is going fare-free on Fridays this summer. The commuter rail service announced Monday that from June 2 to Sept. 1, all Friday rides will be free.” VRE reported an uptick in ridership when it offered free rides last September in response to Metro’s Yellow and Blue line shutdowns. [Inside NoVA]

Spring Concerts Return to Meadowlark Gardens — The Virginia Chamber Orchestra is once again delivering a “Music in the Gardens” concert series at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna. Taking place at 3 p.m. this Sunday (May 28) and on June 11 and 25, the concerts are free, but admission to the park is $3 to $6. [VCO]

It’s Tuesday — Partly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 7 to 10 mph. At night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 3 to 8 mph. [Weather.gov]

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