Morning Notes

A park bench and a large spider web near the Gulf Branch Nature Center (staff photo

APS Enrollment Still Down — “Two-and-a-half years after COVID upended the international landscape and forced many American students to try and learn from home, Arlington Public Schools is still playing catchup. The school system’s official start-of-the-year count of 26,439 students in kindergarten through 12th grade is down 467 students, or 1.7 percent, from the total reported at the start of the 2019-20 school year.” [Sun Gazette]

Cars Damaged Near Wakefield High — “5000 block of S. Chesterfield Road. At approximately 7:49 a.m. on October 18, police were dispatched to the report of vandalism. Upon arrival, it was determined that between approximately 10:30 p.m. on October 17 and 7:49 a.m. on October 18, the unknown suspect(s) smashed the driver’s side windows of three vehicles. No items were reported stolen and no additional damage was reported. The victim vehicles are Honda, Subaru and Chevrolet models.” [ACPD]

Earthquake Drill Today — “More than 11 years after the Virginia earthquake that was felt by people up and down the East Coast, governments, schools and residents in Virginia will participate in the Great Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Thursday. The Great Southeast Shakeout Earthquake Drill is part of International ShakeOut Day on Oct. 20, at 10:20 a.m. local time, when millions of people worldwide prepare for the possibility of an earthquake.” [Patch]

More on FCPD Chase into Arlington — “Armed Robbery @Homedepot Seven Corners at 1858HRS. Red F-150 VA Temp Tag… [Fairfax County police] pursuit into Old town after ramming PO. Chase up to I395 NB w/ foot bail out at Exit 10C… Driver arrested… Extensive History in Fairfax County. Felonies always Nolle Pros & sentences suspended. All fines remain unpaid.” [Twitter]

Silver Line to Dulles Opening Soon — “The second phase of the Silver Line may finally be ready to begin in time for the start of busy Thanksgiving travel, Metro announced today. But the opening of the long-anticipated and long-delayed extension into Loudoun County is pending security certifications.” [FFXnow]

It’s Thursday — Clear and cool. High of 57 and low of 36. Sunrise at 7:24 am and sunset at 6:24 pm. []

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