Morning Notes

Empty lawn chairs in snow-covered Strawberry Park at the Mosaic District (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

D.C. Area Restaurant Week Extended — “The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington has decided to keep Winter Restaurant Week going from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28, doubling the amount of time visitors to participating D.C. restaurants can get multi-course meals at high-end restaurants for much cheaper prices. RAMW decided on the extension after this week’s snowstorms moved through the area.” [NBC4]

Fairfax Man Pleads Guilty to Having Machine Guns — “A 67-year-old Fairfax man pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of possessing an unlawful machine gun, according the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. [The man] admitted in court that he possessed four fully automatic machine guns” without “a valid Federal Firearms License or a Special Occupational Tax.” [Patch]

Taco Rock Ready for Lorton Opening — “Cordero Hospitality, a group of restaurant concepts run by chef and restaurateur Mike Cordero, plans to open its newest Taco Rock location Jan. 24 at Liberty Market in Lorton. The grand opening event starts at 11 a.m., and the first 50 guests will receive a free classic taco and a Taco Rock swag bag, according to a flyer from the store.” [On the MoVe]

New Police Conduct Standards Move Forward — “Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office has advanced temporary regulations meant to hold law enforcement officers accountable that are slated to go into effect in March, more than two years after state law required them to be in place. The delay appeared to be at least partially related to the administration’s so-far unsuccessful effort to revise the standards behind closed doors.” [VPM News]

Local Civic Groups Set Priorities for 2024 — “Civic associations in Great Falls, McLean, Vienna, Oakton and Providence District are not letting up in their monitoring of local affairs, advocacy with government officials and provision of community events.” Concerns include the county’s anticipated budget shortfall, school capacity issues and the impact of development. [Gazette Leader]

Chantilly Rec Center Adds Drop-In Child Care — “Great News for Parents at Cub Run Rec Center! We are thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new Drop-In Childcare service! Now, you can hit the gym, swim, or even take a fitness class knowing your infants and toddlers are in safe and caring hands. Visit the childcare room and meet with staff on Saturday, Jan. 27 to learn more!” [Fairfax County Park Authority/Facebook]

McLean-Based Mars Opens Chocolate Testing Facility — Last week, Mars Inc. “opened a $42 million research and development hub at its Goose Island campus in Chicago, where the headquarters of its snacking business is located. The 44,000-square-foot facility will allow the candymaker to create and refine new products, and is seen as a key component of its efforts to double the revenue of its snacking business — which includes famous brands like M&M’s and Snickers — to $36 billion in the next decade.” [Washington Business Journal]

Burke Teen Helps Launch Research Competition — “Emma Tukhi, a Robinson High School junior, is part of the first International Research Olympiad, created and run by student science researchers. In the past, Tukhi said, students grades 6-12 who were looking for research opportunities at local universities and summer programs lacked the research skills to make a practical contributions to such programs. The IRO competition is working to change that.” [WTOP]

It’s Tuesday — The weather will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature near 41 degrees and calm wind. Tuesday night, there’s a 30% chance of rain primarily after 1am, accompanied by mostly cloudy conditions and a low temperature around 34 degrees with a light east wind. [Weather.gov]

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