Tolls Waived For Some Frontline Workers At Dulles Greenway

Some of the front lines workers in the fight against the coronavirus could get some relief when using the Dulles Greenway in Virginia. Atlas Arteria, the effective owner of the Dulles Greenway, announced its global program to allow health care professionals and first responders to ride free on its toll roads. It’s part of a toll reimbursement program announced on Monday. It will apply to trips on the road between April 1 and June 30. Continue reading

$25M Emergency Grant Program Approved By Fairfax County For Small Businesses

A $25 million program was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. These grants will be given to small businesses and nonprofits in the Virginia county that are struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic. The grant application process is expected to start in early June. Businesses or nonprofits having fewer than 50 employees may be eligible for grants of up to $20,000. Continue reading

Retired Fighter Pilot In Herndon Gets A Drive-By Birthday Parade On 100th Birthday

Retired Air Force Col. Robert A. Shawn of Herndon recently turned 100 years old. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Loudoun County Post #1177. Shawn’s comrades at the Post could not let one of their fellow defenders of freedom go without recognition on his momentous day, COVID-19 or not. Philip Rusciolelli, Past Commander of VFW Post 1177 said, “He’s the heart of our Post”. Continue reading

Fairfax Chef Sends Sweets To Front line Workers Of COVID-19

Owner of a Fairfax, Virginia, business is baking treats for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Farozan Jivraj is the pastry chef and owner of Cupcake Novelties. She packed decorative treat boxes with specialties from snickerdoodle brownies to Oreo jewels and even rainbow pretzel bark. Jivraj said, “I thought this would be a good way to show some kind of appreciation to all these people working so hard on the front lines”. Continue reading

Significant Increase In Adoptions At A Fairfax County Animal Shelter

A shelter in Fairfax County has seen a significant increase in adoptions since stay-at-home orders were issued. Despite shutting down the shelter’s in-house operations last month, it has fielded more than 300 email requests since mid-March from people looking to adopt. Amanda Novotny, the communications and outreach manager at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter said, “It seems like things are happening every day. It was astounding to see this huge uptick in numbers. Going from 20 a week to 300 in a month is pretty incredible.” Continue reading

SLHS PTSA Food Pantry Distributes Food In Herndon And Reston

South Lakes High School in Reston has been shuttered due to COVID-19 but the school’s PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) Food Pantry kept on working. The school’s Principal Kim Retzer said, “Since the start of all of this, Food Pantry organizers have been planning how they can continue to support our community while adhering to health department guidelines for social distancing. The dedication of the volunteers, significantly limited for safety reasons, is nothing short of amazing. They tapped into the kindness of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Herndon to continue their amazing work of getting food to needy families.” Continue reading

Food for Neighbors Transforms Virtual Red Bags Into Real Food In Herndon

Food for Neighbors weekend grab and go bag distribution for middle and high school students in Fairfax County Public Schools’ Herndon Pyramid was assisted by the staff members from Herndon High School. Students or their parents waited in front of Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon and watched staff unload bin after bin of food in Ziploc bags. Organizers had overlapped distribution location and time with that of Fairfax County Public Schools’ free meal service. Continue reading

Raytheon’s Chantilly Encourages Girls To Become Engineers

Only 14 percent of America’s engineers are women as per the National Science Foundation. Hence, Raytheon and the Ox Hill Boys & Girls Club teamed up to introduce girls to women already working in the field. They made them do hands-on activity and encourage them to consider becoming engineers. They held a special event, Feb. 20, at Ox Hill Baptist Church in Chantilly in celebration of National Engineers Week Girl Day. Continue reading