Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Friday, Oct. 20.
Thursday, Oct. 19, all applications to house Amazon’s HQ2 were due. Loudoun and Fairfax counties reportedly offered the Center for Innovative Technology’s 26-acres, though Loudoun officials have said that they will keep the details of their application confidential (some information may be revealed at a later date). Other area bidders include Arlington, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Prince George’s County.
Two shootings occurred at the Virginia State University this week, the first sending the school into lockdown on Saturday night and the second taking place on Thursday night. The victim in Saturday’s shooting did not sustain life-threatening injuries, though Thursday’s victim did sustain life-threatening injuries.
Earlier this month, burglars entered Prince William County homes using garage door openers from victims’ unlocked cars. Recently, similar robberies have occurred in Loudoun County, evidenced by a Sterling incident on Tuesday night. Five robberies of this nature have been reported since Oct. 13.
Designs for the Long Bridge Park Aquatics Center have been released from Christman/HOK, Coakley Williams/Page, Forrester/EYP, and HESS/VMDO. The center, which will include a 50-meter pool, multiple diving platforms, a family pool and health and fitness spaces, faced a years-long delay due to cost overruns. Now through Oct. 29, the public can weigh in on their favorite designs by sharing feedback online or visiting Clarendon’s Courthouse Plaza lobby on weekdays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ty Burrell from “Modern Family” and Common, an actor, activist and rapper, will make appearances at the Washington West Film Festival next week (Oct. 25-30) in Reston and Arlington. Burrell will put on an advanced screening of an upcoming “Modern Family” episode at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, then take part in a 20-minute Q&A session. Common will speak alongside cinematographer Bradford Young at the Market Street Bowtie Cinemas on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m.
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Best in Business Awards have been presented to Rebuilding Together Alexandria (Association/Nonprofit Business of the Year), Four Directions Wellness (Rising Star Business of the Year), GEICO NoVA Local Office (Small Business of the Year), Fleet Transportation and VIPdesk Connect, Inc. (a tie for Medium Business of the Year), United Bank (Large Business of the Year) and Ironistic (Overall Business of the Year). Home Grown Restaurant Group’s Bill Blackburn was named the 2017 Business Leader of the Year.
The Potomac High School and Freedom High School football game, originally scheduled to take place tonight at 7 p.m., has been moved up to 5 p.m. after a threat was made to a member of one of the school’s coaching staff. This is Potomac High School’s senior night game.