20 + Dazzling Holiday light displays & Events in Washington, D.C.

Visit D.C. Around Town

From Visit D.C.  Photo from @fiz1point5 Sure, the District might be part of the Mid-Atlantic region, but it feels more like the North Pole during the holidays thanks to the National Christmas Tree, countless holiday markets, one-of-a-kind seasonal light displays and lots more. Here are some of the best, can’t-miss ways to experience the holidays in Washington, DC. Cross visiting the National Christmas …

How Amazon Could Usher In Big Changes For Washington’s Tech Industry

Ally Schweitzer - WAMU Around Town

From WAMU 88.5  By Ally Schweitzer In Washington, it’s hard to draw a circle around just what “high-tech” means. Just about every government agency and major private employer has some kind of technology component, and it won’t be long before we stop talking about “tech” as a discrete industry. It’ll be as embedded in our work as electricity or the …

Amazon’s HQ2 Caused a 743% Increase in Online Home Searches Around DC

Regina Park - Washingtonian Around Town, Real Estate

From Washingtonian  Online search activity from other tech hubs—such as Silicon Valley and Seattle—for houses near Crystal City spiked 743 percent a week before Amazon confirmed that half of HQ2 would come to Northern Virginia, according to a report released by Trulia on Tuesday. Despite the heightened interest in the area, and the fact that real-estate agents are now using HQ2 …

New proposal for development of McLean business core on the table

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From Sun Gazette Newspapers/Inside NOVA    Downtown McLean would look considerably different in the next decade if recommendations from a new “vision” plan come to fruition. Under the McLean Community Business Center (CBC) Vision Plan, central McLean within 10 years could receive an additional 120,000 square feet of retail space, 960 residential units, 100,000 square feet of office space and …

FCPS lauds contributions of late superintendent

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From Sun Gazette Newspapers/Inside NOVA    Fairfax County Public Schools officials fondly are recalling the service of former Superintendent William “Jack” Burkholder, who died Dec. 1 at age 89. In a Dec. 3 message to FCPS employees, Superintendent Scott Brabrand said Burkholder was “universally regarded as someone you [could] disagree with and still come away smiling.” Burkholder had been his …

Single-tracking slows 4 Metro lines just before Christmas

Max Smith Around Town

From WTOP If you’re planning to use Metro to get some last-minute shopping done, or to get into D.C. from the suburbs this weekend, you may want to consider an alternative. The Silver Line is cut back Saturday and Sunday to only run between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston. Those trains are scheduled every 20 minutes. Tysons Corner Center suggests that drivers …

Senators Push For Extension To Keep Claude Moore Farm Open

Emily Leayman Around Town, Art & Culture

From The Patch Virginia’s senators are calling for an extension of the agreement between the National Park Service and Friends of Claude Moore Colonial Farm before the park is set to close on Dec. 21. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine wrote a letter to NPS asking for a one-year extension of the current short-term agreement, which expires on Dec. …

Lots of Fairfax communities are emphasizing transit and walkability. Why not Fair Oaks?

Canaan Merchant Around Town

From Greater Greater Washington  Fairfax is a big county with big plans. New transit lines accompanied with ambitious land use plans aim to transform areas like Tysons Corner, Reston, and Herndon in the northern half of the county, while the Embark Richmond Highway Plan is guiding growth in the southern portion. Right in the middle of the county, west of the city of Fairfax, …

Vienna to purchase additional signage to report road speeds

Brian Trompeter Around Town

From Inside Nova  Motorists plying Vienna’s streets soon will encounter more radar signs that display their vehicles’ speeds. The Vienna Town Council on Dec. 10 unanimously approved a $59,478 contract with All Traffic Solutions, which will include eight portable SpeedAlert signs and Traffic Suite management equipment built by the firm’s parent company, Intuitive Control Systems LLC. The equipment will use …

Video: Salon Daniel

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Daniel Bechara, owner of Salon Daniel has made quite a name for himself in the beauty field. As a master hairstylist he is not only well-loved among his local clientele, he has garnered a reputation as the stylist to the stars. Shortly after opening Salon Daniel in McLean, Virginia, Bechara was approached to do hair for the newly-crowned Miss Universe, …