Lake Braddock Secondary Schools to Work with ARTSFAIRFAX — “Students at two Fairfax County public schools will explore a deeper engagement with the arts as part of the ARTSFAIRFAX Artist Residency Program. Rocky Run Middle School and Lake Braddock Secondary School art students will work with artists who connect 3D art exploration through mosaics and dance to history, language arts, and creative writing for engaging, unique, and innovative learning experiences.” [Fairfax County Public Schools]
Potomac River Cafe Honored — The cafe was among nine winners in the county’s Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award. Winners were chosen from more than 3,800 permitted establishments inspected annually. [Fairfax County Government]
New State Laws on the Horizon — “In the 35 days since the 2020 legislative session began, Democratic lawmakers in Virginia advanced laws to restrict access to guns, raise the minimum wage, decriminalize marijuana and ease restrictions on abortion. They sprinted to pass hundreds of bills before a deadline: February 11th, ‘crossover day,’ when all bills must be passed by at least one chamber or be scrapped.” [WAMU]
Staff photo by Jay Westcott
Hot, Hot, Hot! — Last week was sweltering, and the rest of this week may actually be worse. Weather models predict the possibility of triple-digit temperatures and heat indices as high as 110 through this weekend. [Capital Weather Gang]
Pink Fire Trucks Paying a Visit — The Pink Heals organization will visit the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax) on Friday. Pink Heals partners with the public safety, medical professionals, local businesses and community leaders to bring more support for local citizens by keeping fundraising activities local. [Fairfax Fire and Rescue]
Laughs Take Over at Lake Anne — A recent comedy night at Lake Anne Plaza’s Café Montmarte was deemed a great success. Another is being planned for September. [Reston Connection]
FCPD Officer Put on Leave After Crash — Officer Pshko Siteki did not have his emergency equipment on and was going 68 mph in a 40 mph zone prior to the February crash in Falls Church, which left a private citizen with extensive injuries from which he is still recovering. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Portion of Potomac May Shut Down for Trump — Boaters who enjoy paddling their canoes and kayaks in the Potomac River are facing a new hazard on the water: the closure of a 1.6-mile stretch of the river whenever President Trump visits his golf course in Sterling. [Washingtonian]
Photo courtesy Fairfax Fire and Rescue
Need for More Athletic Fields Broken Down — In Reston Association’s latest “Reston Today” video dispatch, land-use attorney John McBride talks about the requirement for athletic fields in Reston’s Transit Station Areas. The video shows five potential sites where they could be considered. [Reston Association/YouTube]
Transportation Authority Info Session — The public is encouraged to attend an informational meeting tonight with the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, to learn about its Draft TransAction Plan and provide comments. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the North County Governmental Center (1801 Cameron Glen Drive). [Northern Virginia Transportation Authority]
Another Potomac River Bridge? — The idea to ease traffic in the region has been debated since the 1950s, and the North Capital Region Transportation Planning Board will consider listing the bridge project at its July 19 meeting. [WTOP]
Cancellation of FBI Replacement Decried — Fairfax County was one of three finalists for a new FBI headquarters before plans were scrapped. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay, among others, say the decision to abort the project was driven by President Trump’s conflicts of interest. [Washington Post]
The United States Park Police says a body recovered Friday in the Potomac River is that of a woman who went missing three weeks ago in Great Falls.
Becky McCleskey, 56, was reported missing Feb. 6. Her vehicle was found in the parking lot at Great Falls National Park. An extensive air, land and water search was conducted by the United States Park Police and the Montgomery County fire and police departments.
The body was discovered at about 5:50 p.m. Friday in the water near Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac, Maryland.
ARLnow reports McCleskey lived in Arlington and had a high school-aged son.
Officials say there is no indication of foul play.
Photo courtesy U.S. Park Police
Marco Reyes-Sanchez, 21, of Reston is presumed drowned, officials said.
Reyes-Sanchez and another man jumped into the Potomac near Great Falls June 3. The other man emerged, but Reyes-Sanchez did not.
Montgomery County Fire-Rescue boats and personnel, as well as U.S. Park Police, were actively searching for the missing man from last Wednesday, when Reyes-Sanchez was reported missing, through Sunday, said MCFR spokesman Pete Piringer.
Piringer said a search of three to four days is typical in cases such as this one.
“We will continue to do passive searches,” he said. “And the U.S. Park Police will continue to notify boaters and kayakers. The [kayaking] community knows he is still missing. They are our eyes and ears on the river.”
Photo: Montgomery County officials searching Potomac last week.
A man who jumped off a cliff into the Potomac near Great Falls on Wednesday and did not emerge has been identified as Marco Reyes-Sanchez, 21, of Reston.
Reyes-Sanchez is presumed drowned, Montgomery County police spokesman Paul Starks and fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer told the Washington Post on Thursday. Crews will continue to search the river for his body Friday morning, Montgomery County officials said.
Reyes-Sanchez and another man went into the water on Wednesday from the Virginia side, near Sandy Landing, officials said. Marco Reyes-Sanchez never emerged.
The search began Wednesday afternoon. About three hours later, workers suspended their search for the night and then resumed Thursday.
Fairfax County Fire Rescue boats aided in the search on Wednesday. The National Park Service provided a helicopter to search from the air, a spokeswoman said. Searchers on horseback joined the search for Reyes-Sanches on Thursday.
Photo: Search efforts on and near the Potomac/Courtesy Montgomery County Fire Rescue