Monday, March 18, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patch sites around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 19. More Than 200 Pack Serial Groper Meeting Thursday Night in Springfield: Approximately 250 Springfield residents packed a Fairfax County Police community meeting Thursday night to discuss their concerns about a series of assaults — likely 22 in all — by a man dubbed "the serial groper," that have occurred throughout the Springfield area since September. FCPD scheduled the meeting to update residents on the case and answer questions from concerned citizens. 18. Vice President Biden Visits Injured Officer's First Responders: Vice President Joe Biden visited the Alexandria Police Department last Friday, meeting with…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Temperatures will warm up into 40s by Wednesday.
The big chill in Northern Virginia continues through Tuesday night with highs in the 30s on Monday and Tuesday. Expect cloudy skies during the days and a possiblity for snow flurries Monday and Tuesday nights, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will feel much colder Monday. Wind gusts up to 25 mph will continue through Monday afternoon. As a result of the wind, the National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory until 3 p.m. Monday that includes the Potomac River. This means that wind speeds of 18 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. Here are the daily …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
It was a busy year!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Cullum
Sunday, December 30, 2012
The year 2012 is nearly over, and as we look back, it truly was a remarkable period for Northern Virginia. The presidential election, a hurricane, and so many other events kept us busy, and there was always reason to celebrate and find happiness. So, with thousands to choose from, here are my favorite photos of the year. It really was tough eliminating some from the group! Enjoy the pictures, and Happy New Year! - James Cullum, Local Editor, Patch
Friday, December 7, 2012
Lawmakers ask GSA to consider the area, noting that many FBI employees already live in Northern Virginia.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) along with several other lawmakers sent a letter to the administrator of the General Services Administration urging him to consider Northern Virginia as a possible home for a new FBI headquarters location. Moran, whose district includes the southern half of McLean, was joined by Reps. Frank Wolf, Gerry Connolly and Rob Wittman as well as Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner in signing the letter. Their letter follows GSA’s request for information seeking input on a new location for a consolidated FBI headquarters in the Washington, DC region. In their letter to GSA Acting Administrator Daniel Tangherlini, the lawmakers asked GSA to undertake a qualitative “source selection” procurement, rather than cost-only process, …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Sandy blew through on Monday night and wrecked havoc on trees and power lines around McLean.
Update, 2:30 p.m. Dominion reported to Gov. Bob McDonnell it intends to restore power to all customers by Thursday evening. Original Story On Tuesday afternoon, there are still over 3,000 Dominion customers in McLean without power, according to the utility company's interactive outage map, but all around the community, there is evidence of concerted clean-up efforts and crews working to get residents back on the grid. The traffic lights at one of the biggest intersections in McLean - Chain Bridge Road and Dolley Madison Boulevard - are down, as well as electricity at the nearby Salona Village Shopping Center, where McLean Family Restaurant is located. The shops in that area are closed. Just across the street, though, Safeway is up and …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
We’ve got the community covered … with your help.
With Hurricane Sandy almost certain to affect Northern Virginia starting Sunday, the need for up-to-the minute information is even more important. At Patch, we will be working around-the-clock to cover the storm, but as with much of our reporting, the more interaction we get from users the more comprehensive our coverage will be. McLean Patch is as much your site as it is ours. So before, during and after Sandy comes to town, here’s how you can use Patch to help us paint the local picture of the event. 1. Get the news. When we know about storm-related news, so will you. From important local and regional announcements, damages, power outages and floods, we’ll have all the news covered 24-7. Refresh the homepage often, we move fast. 2. …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Haunted houses, terrifying trails and ghastly ghost tours in Northern Virginia.
It's the time of year when people go out looking for things that go bump in the night. Halloween and the weeks before it are full of local haunted houses, ghost tours and frightening forests. We've got a great listing of local places to go to find yourself scared silly. NORTHERN VIRGINIA SPOOKS, SCARES and HAUNTS • Bradley Farm Haunted House, Herndon This year's haunted house will feature The Evil Around Us: Horrifying Local Legends, based on scary stories from around Virginia. The weekend of Oct. 26 and 27 only; proceeds benefit Herndon-Reston FISH. • The Haunted Forest at Halloween Woods, Sterling Visit the haunted forest, where you'll walk through outdoor paths filled with ghouls and ghosts. Halloween Woods also hosts the Run Zombie …
Friday, September 14, 2012
These Northern Virginia farms and orchards are open for apple picking this weekend and throughout the fall.
The first day of autumn is coming up fast - Sept. 22. Along with cooler temperatures, thoughts turn to football, hearty soups, "where did we store the rake?” and the annual family pilgrimage to the local apple orchard. If a day at the orchard is not already a family tradition in your home, this year may be the perfect time to make it one. A day of apple picking, cider sipping and idyllic picture posing is a great way to welcome in the new season. As you choose from the many varieties of apples consider not only taste, but also hardiness and remember that different varieties come into season at different times. Fuji are the best apples if you’ve got limited refrigerator space because you can store Fujis in your basement or your garage. …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The National Weather Service reports this line of storms is dangerous.
A service thunderstorm warning is in effect in the area until 4:30 p.m. The line of storms has a history of producing hail and gusting winds, according to the National Weather Service. "This is a dangerous line of storm," the warning reports. "If you are in its path...move indoors to a sturdy building and stay away from windows." At 3:50 p.m., The Washington Post reported that a storm produced a tornado near Fairfax City. Patch has not been able to confirm the the presence of a tornado in the area. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. This story has been updated.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
If you're traveling Labor Day Weekend or driving to college, here's what AAA says about gas prices.
Average gas prices are climbing and economic growth is slow, but Americans are still making it a priority to travel for the long Labor Day weekend. The average fuel price in Fairfax County on Sunday was $3.80 — more than 20 cents higher than just a month ago and slightly higher than Friday's national average of $3.75. AAA defines the Labor Day holiday weekend as starting on Thursday and ending Monday, Sept. 3. AAA projects 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. "In the absence of strong economic growth that might fuel a significant boost in travel volume, it is an encouraging sign that Americans continue to prioritize travel," said Bill Sutherland, vice president of AAA …