Morning Notes

Cornerside Blvd streetscape in Tysons West (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Northern Lights Seen Over National Mall — “Rare, possibly one-of-a-kind video has emerged of the northern lights dancing over the National Mall and Washington Monument. Even though clouds in the D.C. area mostly obscured the epic display of auroras…a short window opened up just before dawn Saturday when the clouds parted. [Washington Post]

Tysons Auto Dealerships Up for Sale — The Koons dealership site at 2000 and 2050 Chain Bridge Road, which was considered for redevelopment by Comstock, “is now being marketed for sale as a Home Depot-anchored mixed-use district.” Marketing materials say the property is available “for three different opportunities: a ground lease, a sale and a joint venture.” [Bisnow]

Fairfax Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud — “A 31-year-old Fairfax man pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday for two scams that defrauded victims and retailers of approximately $1.25 million.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the man conned people into buying gift cards that he and his collaborators used to purchase electronics. Another scheme involved using “fake price tags to buy large containers of baby formula.” [Patch]

Tysons Corner Center Plants Urban Farm — “Our urban farm, ‘The Giving Garden,’ is officially installed! 🌱🌻 Join us for the Grand Opening on Friday, May 17, from 2 to 4PM. Enjoy live music, light bites, and drinks, and learn about the garden, non-profit partners, and sustainability initiatives.” [Tysons Corner Center/Instagram]

Dulles Toll Road Revenue Dips — “Revenue collected from drivers using the Dulles Toll Road during the first four months of the year is down from the same period in 2023, new data show. Revenue for the January-through-April period stands at $65.8 million, according to figures reported by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the toll road.” [Gazette Leader]

World Travel Revival at Dulles Airport — “Excepting Asia, Washington Dulles International Airport is seeing international-service passenger counts in excess…of pre-pandemic times. According to figures provided in advance of the May 15 Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board meeting, Dulles’s post-COVID growth was outperforming the average of U.S. international gateways, as well.” [Gazette Leader]

Special Education Teacher Job Fair Coming Up — “A virtual hiring event will be held for those interested in becoming special education teachers on Wednesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to network and interview with representatives from various Fairfax County public schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair!” [FCPS]

It’s Thursday — Expect isolated showers after 2pm, with mostly cloudy skies, a high around 76 and a 20% chance of precipitation. The north wind will blow at 10-14 mph with gusts up to 21 mph. Night will stay cloudy and cool down to around 58, with a gentle northeast breeze at 6-8 mph. [NWS]

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