Alexandria fifth-grader gains national attention for March for Our Lives speech; Falls Church the country’s healthiest community

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, March 26.

11-year-old Naomi Wadler, a fifth-grader at Alexandria’s George Mason Elementary School, gave a brief, three minute speech at Saturday’s March for Our Lives rally focused on black women, whom Wadler believes are underrepresented gun violence victims. Wadler’s speech has gained national attention from celebrities that include Lupita Nyong’o, an actress, and Eddie Griffin, a comedian.
(The Washington Post)

In a U.S. News and World Report ranking, Falls Church came in as the healthiest community in the United States. Fairfax County came in at number six, and Loudoun County took 10th place.

Sunday evening, Air Canada Flight 7618 had to make an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport as smoke was reported in the cockpit. The plane was traveling from Reagan International Airport to Toronto. No one was injured.

In the hopes of eliminating school lunch debt acquired by the parents of children who do not already qualify for free or reduced lunches, the Loudoun Education Foundation will be accepting donations from the community either by mail or online through April 30.

A new digital profile collection at Arlington Public Library’s Center for Local History highlights women who made an impact on the county’s development.
(ARL Now)

An individual who received a dental procedure from an unlicensed dentist in West Falls Church has developed a life-threatening blood-borne infection, and though Fairfax County health officials are still attempting to determine if the procedure led to the infection, they are taking this time to tell residents that have done the same to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, and to advise individuals against seeking assistance from dentists that are not licensed.

From 10 p.m.-5 a.m. though Thursday, Sunset Hills Road’s eastbound lanes near the Town Center Parkway intersection will be closed overnight so that equipment for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project cam be transported.
(Reston Now)