Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 7 general election; Alexandria City Council passes amended Potomac Yard Small Area Plan

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, Oct. 16.

If registering online, Virginia voters have until midnight on Monday, Oct. 16 to ensure that they can vote in the Nov. 7 general election. If registering by mail, the application must be postmarked either on or before Oct. 16.
(Fauquier Times)

Earlier this month, the Alexandria City Council approved the amended 2017 North Potomac Yard Small Area Plan which was originally adopted on June 13. The amended plan affects two condominium buildings in the Potomac Yard neighborhood which will increase in height from 55 to 70 feet and the number of units from 36 to 142.

At Darwin Martinez Torres’ Fairfax County hearing on Friday, family of Nabra Hassanen, whom Torres is accused of murdering, were not shy about expressing their anger. The hearing was paused as Hassanen’s parents shouted at Torres, Hassanen’s mother throwing her shoe the suspect. At least five people were removed from the courtroom before Torres, who faces a second-degree murder charge, waived his right to a preliminary hearing thus allowing the case to advance to trial.
(Reston Now)

Patriot High School in Nokesville hosted the gubernatorial campaign’s largest non-partisan, non-denominational event on Sunday, Oct. 15. Over 1,500 people came to hear Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie speak separately, not debate one another in this event organized by the Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE).

This week is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Teen Driver Safety Week. Doing their part, the Prince William County Police Department has shared topics that they believe parents should discuss with their teen drivers.
(What’s Up Prince William)

Occoquan’s Puzzle Palooza, which sells puzzles, books and brain teasers for children to senior citizens, will open a second location in Manassas in November. Their projected opening date is Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.
(Potomac Local)

The Marine Corps base in Quantico will be conducting demolition and live-fire training this week, and nearby residents should be aware that certain atmospheric conditions can amplify noise and vibration. Demolition training will take place from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, while live-fire training will take place Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
(Fauquier Times)