Mosaic Fall Fashion Week starts tonight

Mosaic is holding a Fall Fashion Week – starting today and lasting through Sunday – with happy hours, special offerings and prizes.

The week begins at 6 p.m. tonight with a kick-off party at the Angelika Film Center emceed by Hey Frase! podcaster Sarah Fraser. DJ Neekola will entertain guests during a 7:30 p.m. fashion show featuring clothes from Mosaic stores, including Sophie Blake New York, bevello, South Moon Under and Scout & Molly’s. There will also be cocktails and prize giveaways. At 8:30 Angelika will screen Dior and I. Proceeds will go to the Junior League of Northern Virginia. You can get tickets here.

Tomorrow there will be a “Heaven and Hell” themed party at Undeniable Boutique with a DJ, light show, food, drinks, and gifts for customers. The boutique bevello will also offer 20 percent off all purchases tomorrow night.

Four stores are offering specials Friday:
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Metro’s longest Orange Line SafeTrack disruptions begin tomorrow

Orange Line LogoStarting tomorrow, Metro will reduce Orange Line service between West Falls Church and Vienna for six weeks – its longest disruption yet during its SafeTrack maintenance program.

There will be either single-tracking or complete closure on this stretch of the Orange Line through Oct. 26.

“Expect trains to/from Vienna to be extremely crowded,” Metro said in a statement. “Expect extreme crowding and delays of more than one hour in each direction due to the severely reduced service.” This SafeTrack “surge” will reduce capacity on this part of the line by 75 percent, Metro estimates.

On four weekends, entire parts of the line will be closed. On Sept. 24 and 25 and Oct. 1 and 2, the Vienna, Dunn Loring, and West Falls Church stations will be completely closed. On Oct. 8, 9, 15, and 16, only Vienna and Dunn Loring will be closed. During these closures, Metro will run shuttle buses between the stations.

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Man Arrested for Daytime Metro Sex Assault Near Dunn Loring

Metro Transit Police arrested a D.C. man at the Dunn Loring Metro station after a train passenger accused him of sexually assaulting her Monday afternoon, Metro Transit Police said.

Anthony Sinclair allegedly exposed himself to a woman on an Orange Line train as it approached the Dunn Loring station around 2 p.m. Monday, then tried to force her to perform a sex act.

Sinclair was arrested immediately after the woman and a witness identified him, reports The Post. He faces charges of assault and battery and aggravated sexual battery. He is being held without bond at Arlington County Jail.

Friday From the Region: Officer-involved shooting, Taste of Annandale 5K, murder suspect arrest, and more

  • Friday From the RegionA deputy from the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a man who he believed had a weapon, on the grounds of Inova Fairfax Hospital last week. (Fairfax County Police)
  • Registration is now open for the Oct. 1 Taste of Annandale 5K race. (Annandale Blog)
  • Fairfax County Police arrested a man in connection with a murder near Bailey’s Crossroads. (Fairfax County Police)
  • Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan toured the Eden Center in Falls Church to promote the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton. (Falls Church News-Press)
  • The City of Falls Church will hold a lottery next month for 14 affordable units in the new Lincoln at Tinner Hill building on South Maple Avenue. (Falls Church News-Press)

Amazon offering one-hour delivery in our area

Prime Now (8-23-16)Remember when it was pretty cool to buy something online and get it delivered the very next day? How passe. Last week Amazon rolled out a one-hour delivery program, Prime Now, in Northern Virginia. And the West of Falls Church area is part of the coverage area.

The six zip codes between Falls Church, Tysons, and Fairfax City that this blog writes about – 22027, 22031, 22042, 22043, 22046, and 22180 – are all part of the program and eligible for one-hour delivery. 

I checked the web site – PrimeNow.Amazon.com – and found thousands of items available for one-hour delivery, including diapers, potato chips, coffee makers, toilet paper, and fire logs. A search for beer returned results only for root beer, so I guess alcohol isn’t included.

For Amazon Prime members, one-hour delivery costs $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. The service is available from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. .

If you’ve used the service, email me at WestOfFallsChurch.com and let me know how you like it.

Bank robbery and bomb scare closed Gallows Road Tuesday

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Fairfax County Police Department picture of suspect David Canavan

Police arrested a Vienna man after he allegedly robbed a Merrifield bank and snarled traffic on Gallows Road Tuesday by claiming to have a bomb.

On Tuesday afternoon David Canavan, 53, of Vienna, walked into the Wells Fargo bank in the Merrifield Plaza shopping center and gave an employee a note demanding money and claiming to have an explosive, according to Fairfax County Police and ABC7. When he left the bank he left behind a package. Police closed Gallows Road in both directions from about 4 to 7:30 p.m. while the Explosives Ordnance Disposal Unit investigated the package, according to Falls Church Patch.

The shopping center at the intersection of Lee Highway and Gallows Road is also home to the H Mart and an Office Depot. It’s across Gallows from Mosaic.

Police “quickly saturated the area, set up a perimeter, and located and detained a suspect a short time later,” according to a police statement. They used both K9 units and a police helicopter in the search. They arrested Canavan about two miles north on Gallows Road, near Kilmer Middle School.

Police said that they believe Canavan robbed two other banks in Fairfax County last month.

Monday Miscellany: Falls Church bike sharing, police restraint death autopsy, Stuart name change, and more

  • The City of Falls Church got two big grants that will help it set up 16 bike sharing stations in late 2017 or early 2018. (Falls Church Patch)
  • The autopsy of a man with cognitive disabilities, who died while being restrained by police in West Falls Church, concluded that the death was an accident caused by “Cardiac Arrhythmia Associated with Police Restraint.” (Fairfax County Police Department)
  • The Fairfax County School Board has approved the creation of a group to look into the prospect of changing the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School, because the school’s namesake was a Confederate general during the Civil War. (Fairfax County Times)
  • Virginia Sen. Janet Howell, whose district includes Pimmit Hills, received a 100 percent rating from a coalition of Virginia business groups. (Inside NoVa)

Metro Plans to Reopen Orange Line Today

Orange Line LogoFriday’s train derailment outside the East Falls Church Metro station fouled commutes and led to the closure of the west end of the Orange Line all weekend. But the track between Ballston and West Falls Church is scheduled to reopen for regular service this morning.

The reopening coincides with the end of the latest phase of Metro’s SafeTrack initiative, which had slowed Metro schedules on the west end of the Orange Line, as trains shared a single track between Ballston and East Falls Church.

Friday’s derailment wasn’t in the SafeTrack work area. It caused no serious injuries, but damaged the tracks, traction power system, and two rail cars, according to Metro. While the derailed train was cleared away Friday, Metro kept part of the Orange Line closed through Sunday to more thoroughly investigate the crash.