Performance inspired by Loudoun County teen heads to the Kennedy Center; Violent crime on the rise nationwide and statewide

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Tuesday, Sept. 26.

A musical about Loudoun County’s Will Robinson, a 17-year-old who committed suicide in January, 2016, has received sponsorship from mars candy heiress Jacqueline Mars and will take to the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater stage Nov. 19. The performance intends to spark conversation among teens about accepting one another, depression and suicide prevention.
(Loudoun-Times Mirror)

An FBI news release has revealed that violent crime has increased nationwide for the second year in a row. Statewide, Virginia has also seen an increase in violent crime, with Northern Virginia areas like Manassas, Stafford, Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties also seeing growing numbers. Due a drop in its number of robberies and assaults, Alexandria’s violent crime reports have decreased overall, but Alexandria did see an increase in the number of murders.

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, knelt with his team and the team’s coaches while the national anthem was played at their Monday night game. At a news conference, Jones said, “Our players wanted to make a statement about unity and we wanted to make a statement about equality.”
(The Washington Post)

The Rappahannock Area YMCA broke ground for a new outdoor tennis facility, to be named after two-time Special Olympics tennis gold medalist John Fried, on Monday. Construction of the five-court facility, which hopes to host matches in March, will begin in October.

October 2-6 is Virginia Farm to School week, which kicks off National Farm to School Month. To celebrate, area schools like the Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, and Rappahannock County public schools will partner with local food producers to fill cafeterias with fresh selections for students and staff.
(Fredericksburg Today)