Morning Notes

Local Birds Suffer from Mysterious Ailment -- "People should refrain from feeding birds until scientists determine the cause of a mysterious ailment that has blinded and killed hundreds of birds in Maryland, Virginia and the District since at least late May, a federal agency said Monday." [The Washi

Parents' petitions to recall Fairfax County School Board members gain traction

Parents who have spent the last year calling for a five-day return to school for Fairfax County Public Schools students are circulating petitions to remove three Fairfax County School Board members. They are Springfield District representative Laura Jane Cohen, Dranesville District representative

Herndon announces return to in-person town meetings

The Herndon Town Council will resume in-person meetings next month after 15 months of virtual meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first in-person meeting since last March will be held on July 6. "The Herndon Town Council is resuming in-person meetings due to the greatly improved state o

Metro service changes will help draw riders, including hospitality workers and tourists, officials say

Metro service changes announced last week -- including increased services, late night hours, and reduced fares -- are being praised by many in the community. On Thursday (June 10), the Metro Board approved a host of improvements with the intention of luring back riders after more than a year of r

Virginia Tech returns to in-person classes for Falls Church MBA program

Virginia Tech's Evening MBA classes will take place in person starting in August with the part-time Online MBA still available.

The Friends of Reston is raising $15,000 to help send kids to camp

The Friends of Reston is raising $15,000 to help send kids to camp. The nonprofit arm of the Reston Association has commenced its annual fundraiser to give "economically disadvantaged children" a chance to attend Reston Camps this summer. The goal is to raise $15,000. That covers the cost for

Fairfax County readies PIVOT funds for hotels, arts groups, historical sites, and more

Arts organizations, museums, and hotels are some of the key targets for Fairfax County's new initiative to get money to those in need, and informational sessions are providing help. Approved by the county board last week, the PIVOT program will provide financial grants to small businesses as well

Fairfax County COVID-19 case levels enter single digits with vaccinations rising

While a day still hasn't gone by without at least one new COVID-19 case since March 20, 2020, Fairfax County's daily count stayed in the single digits during the entire first week of June, the first such stretch of the pandemic. With the addition of eight cases today (Monday), the county has reco

Half of all Fairfax Health District residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The Fairfax Health District has officially surpassed the halfway mark for COVID-19 vaccinations. According to the Fairfax County Health Department's data dashboard, 50.9% of all Fairfax Health District residents have now received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single-shot Jo

Legal Insider: First court approves mandatory vaccination requirement by employer

Find more information on employers requiring COVID-19 vaccinations in this week's Legal Insider, including details on a recent lawsuit.