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.
17. Campaign Kick-Off: Candidates across the state are gearing up for the 2013 election cycle. Virginia Del. Ken Plum (D-36th) launched his campaign in Reston on Tuesday. Plum has represented the district since 1982. If re-elected - and he has no challenger yet - he will be the longest-serving delegate in the house.
16. Area Fires: Fairfax City Fire Department officials battled a fire Tuesday that began at a single-story home on Boxford Court, a cul de sac near Old Lee Highway. Also Tuesday, a fire that broke out in a single-family home in outer Herndon was ruled accidental. Officials said sounding smoke alarms provided early warning for two occupants, enabling both occupants to escape unharmed.
15. Central Park's Future: Fairfax County Park Authority officials are interested in hearing the community's thoughts on McLean's Central Park. The park's master plan was last revised in 2000. Since then, the Park Authority has acquired about 2.5 acres of land along Ingleside Avenue that may be incorporated into future plans for the park.
14. Emergency Text: Fairfax County is now part of a new system that automatically sends text messages to area phone users during the most dire of emergencies. In the event of an emergency, the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system will be used to send out messages of 90 characters to mobile phone users in the vicinity of the event.
13. Mall Guards Assaulted: A drunk Woodbridge teenager assaulted Potomac Mills security guards who had detained him for trying to open car doors in the parking lot, Prince William County Police said. The 15-year-old male is now charged with assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of assault and battery and intoxication in public.
12. Hurricane Season 2013: Hurricanes and severe storms are a part of summertime in Northern Virginia and experts predict that this year's season could yield four major hurricanes in the Atlantic in 2013. This is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.
11. 'Endangered' List: The “Blue Goose” building—now part of Marymount University in Ballston—the Arlington House Woods and several other local buildings, structures and icons are “endangered,” according to Preservation Arlington, a group “protecting and promoting Arlington's unique character.” Endangerment comes thanks to increased development and the need for more housing in Arlington as the area’s population and influence continues to grow.
10. FBI Headquarters Pitch: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has offered the Springfield warehouse for consideration for the new FBI headquarters location. Governor Bob McDonnell also recently endorsed Springfield for the new headquarters. The decision for a Request for Proposal date will be determined by the GSA, according to the Office of Supervisor Jeff McKay.
9. Max's Ice Cream Lease: In Georgetown, Barbara and Gail Bassin stand by their decision to end Max's Best Ice Cream's lease and offer that space to neighboring Rocklands Barbeque. "As landlords and owners we feel comfortable with our decision to consolidate the two spaces and offer a friendly locally owned restaurant an environment where families and friends can come together in Glover Park 12 months of the year," they wrote in a prepared statement.
8. Cancer Research Ride: Many teens are spending Memorial Day weekend by the pool or enjoying barbecues with friends and family, but Alec Souders is spending the long weekend biking as far as 80 miles a day. The Oakton High School student has embarked on his fourth bike ride to raise money for cancer research.
7. Peeping Toms: Two peeping tom arrests made news this week. A man was caught reportedly staring into a home early Saturday morning in Chantilly, rattling the residents. The husband detained the suspect in the alleged "peeping Tom" incident, according to a report from the Fairfax County Police Department. In an unrelated incident, Manassas officers caught a man as he was climbing down a tree outside a neighbor's home, apparently spying on her, Manassas City Police said.
6. Old Town Structure Bills: A group of condo owners are being asked to pay up to $20,000 each by their condo association board due to poor construction of the buildings although the builders followed city and state code. “I do not have any money to pay for this,” said Lida Behnam, who received a $15,000 bill from the Old Town Village condo association.
5. Vienna Vandals: , at Vienna Elementary School. It continued around the side of the cafeteria, the back library windows, the SACC doors and the playground; the bridge spanning the small creek connecting school grounds to the W&OD Trail. The school was one of more than a dozen properties in Vienna apparently targeted by vandals early Wednesday, Vienna Police spokesman Officer Gary Lose said, including the Vienna Community Center, a local body shop and several neighborhood signs. Police have not yet identified suspects in the cases.
4. Laboy Shooting Indictment: The suspect in the February shooting of Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy was indicted by an Alexandria Circuit Court grand jury Monday. Kashif Bashir, 27, is facing one count of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, one count of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
3. Trail Stabbing: It’s been a week since a man was stabbed near the W & OD Trail in Falls Church, and police are still looking the alleged suspect. Police say the stabbing was an isolated case and have increased foot, bicycle and motorcycle patrols at the intersection of Grove Ave. and the trail. Monday, people walked and biked through the area as if nothing ever happened in the area.
2. Cicadas 2013: Cicada sightings have been spotty in the D.C. area, but Fredericksburg residents have had enough of the creepy bugs. "All over our front yard," wrote Shelley Smith. "If you want them, come and get them!"
1. Lynhaven Shooting: Alexandria police have identified the victim in Wednesday morning's suspicious death in Lynhaven as 22-year-old city resident Julian Dawkins. At 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to reports of a person being shot in the 100 block of Lynhaven Drive, according to a release from the Alexandria Police Department. Police said they have questioned Arlington County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Patterson, 44, who was involved in the shooting.