FCPS To Have Test-To-Stay Program

Virginia’s largest public school system will change COVID-19 quarantine requirements in the New Year. Fairfax County Public Schools has been accepted into a test-to-stay pilot program run by the Virginia Department of Health, starting in January, according to a news release. Under the test-to-stay guidance, students deemed close contacts of other students who have tested positive for COVID-19 can continue in-person classes if they continue to test negative. The school system said the policy aims to prevent excessive quarantine times for students deemed close contacts. Continue reading

Fairfax County To Have FACETS Hypothermia Prevention And Response Program

With vaccinations on the rise, FACETS will resume the annual Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program, starting November 28th. This year’s program will again rotate between various faith community partner locations throughout the winter and will include appropriate COVID-19 precautions prescribed by the Fairfax County Health Department to provide a safe and healthy environment for guests and staff. Last year, the program was held at one central facility in response to the pandemic. Continue reading

Annual Toy Drive Held At Penn Daw Fire Station 11

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, in partnership with Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, continued its annual toy drive with distribution day Dec. 10 at Penn Daw Fire Station 11. “Over 60 schools, shelters, and nonprofits requested our assistance this year,” said Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Deputy Battalion Chief Willie Bailey. “In the end, we were able to distribute over 3,500 toys, including bikes and gift cards.” Continue reading

2021 Friends Of Huntley Meadows Park Photo Contest Held In Novemeber

Huntley Meadows Park is a vast expanse of wetlands in the middle of Mount Vernon so there are many opportunities for amateur and professional photographers to capture that scene to exemplify this 1,452-acre park in Fairfax County. Throughout the month of November, the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park invited those photographers to show off their work in the “2021 Friends of Huntley Meadows Park Photo Contest,” and the response was positive. This year they received 79 entries from 31 photographers. Continue reading

$60K Awarded For Afghan Resettlement By Community Foundation For Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has awarded $60,000 in grants to six local organizations in the second round of grants from its Afghan Relief and Resettlement Fund for Northern Virginia. The grantees include FACETS, FAMIL – Potomac Rotary Charities, Herndon-Reston FISH Inc., Homes Not Borders Inc., Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, and Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Continue reading

Virtual Reality Exhibit “Traveling While Black” Opens In McLean

A virtual reality exhibit in McLean, Virginia, wants to let audiences feel some of the discomfort of racism in America in a new way. “Traveling While Black,” a virtual reality movie, is set in D.C. at Ben’s Chili Bowl, “a safe place for the Black community to stop and eat when they couldn’t before stop in other major restaurants and venues,” said Daniel Singh, the executive director of the McLean Community Center, where the show is opening on Wednesday. Continue reading