Morning Notes

People cross Gallows Road at Avenir Place near the Dunn Loring Metro station (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Highway Lane Closures Lifted for Easter — “To help motorists get to their destinations without hassle, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will suspend most highway work zones and lift most lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia for the Easter holiday from noon Friday, March 29, until noon Tuesday, April 2.” [VDOT]

Minimum Wage and Marijuana Sales Bills Vetoed — “Gov. Glenn Youngkin vetoed legislation Thursday that would have established a retail marijuana market in Virginia and raised the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, torpedoing two top Democratic priorities from the 2024 General Assembly session.” [Virginia Mercury]

Annandale Sexual Assault Suspect Has Previous Arrests — “The man arrested March 22 for two brutal sexual assaults in Annandale has a lengthy arrest record, has been in court multiple times, but never served time in jail. Court records show he was arrested on Oct. 3, 2023, for attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer’s stun gun, a felony. On Aug. 15, 2021, he was arrested for assaulting a law enforcement officer.” [Annandale Today]

GMU Shares Spring Graduation Plans — “Barbara Humpton, president and CEO of Siemens, will deliver the main address during George Mason University’s spring commencement ceremony, Mason officials announced. The event is slated for Thursday, May 9 at 10 a.m. at EagleBank Arena on the university’s Fairfax campus.” [Gazette Leader]

New Principals Needed for Two Elementary Schools — “Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is in the process of identifying new principals for two more elementary schools in the Mount Vernon District — Hollin Meadows and Belle View Elementary.” Hollin Meadows principal Jon Gates has held the position since August 2002, and Thomas Kuntz has led Belle View since July 2006. Both men plan to retire. [On the MoVe]

Bikeshare Stations Added at GMU — Capital Bikeshare has added three new bicycle docking stations around George Mason University’s Fairfax campus. Supported by GMU and Fairfax Connector, the stations can be found at Patriot Circle and York Drive, on Rappahannock River Lane, and outside Horizon Hall and Harris Theater. [Capital Bikeshare/Twitter]

County Introduces Solar Panel Recycling — “Fairfax County launches a Solar Panel Recycling Program! Drop off your unwanted panels at I-66 or I-95 Recycling areas. A green step forward for our community. Drop-offs only. Let’s protect our planet together!” [Fairfax County Public Works/Twitter]

Create Eclipse Viewers at Kings Park Library — The library in Burke will help attendees create an eclipse viewer tomorrow (Saturday) at 2 p.m. ahead of the partial solar eclipse on April 8. “An eclipse projector is an easy and safe way to view the eclipsed Sun. We’ll provide supplies to make a pinhole camera or projector that lets you watch safely and easily from anywhere.” [Fairfax County Public Library]

It’s Friday — Expect sunny skies and a high around 60 degrees with breezy conditions, as a northwest wind starts at 11-16 mph and later increases to 18-23 mph with gusts up to 32 mph. Friday night will be mostly clear, with temperatures dropping to around 41 degrees. [NWS]

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