Our network

Power Restored For Thousands Of Northern Virginia Residents

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (WUSA) -- "I heard five big booms. It sounded like an explosion," said John Mason who lives near Fairfax County's new Crosspointe fire station where a dangerous mistake could have been deadly.

"We don't like that this happened, especially to us, but thankfully, nobody was seriously injured," said Dan Schmidt, a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. 

Ironically, the accident happened during a routine safety check at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Schmidt says a firefighter on the ladder truck was raising and moving the ladder when it hit the 230,000 volt transmission line above. 

Cheney Out Of Hospital A Month After Heart Surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been released from a suburban Washington hospital following surgery last month to install a pump that helps his failing heart work.

Cheney left Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Northern Virginia on Monday to continue his recovery at his home, according to a statement released by his office.

Cheney, 69, has had five heart attacks since he was 37 and suffers from congestive heart failure. He disclosed in a statement on July 14 that he had undergone surgery the previous week after what he called "entering a new phase of the disease when I began to experience increasing congestive heart failure."

Congestive heart failure -- in which the heart weakens and cannot pump blood as needed -- affects about 5 million Americans.

Summer Reading Program Recognizes 2 Grand Prize Winners

The Burke Centre Library of Burke, VA had over 275 adults sign up for this year’s summer reading program. This group read a total of 1,974 books! The library gave away lots of smaller prizes and two grand prizes. Burke resident, Edna Weller, won an Amazon Kindle and Burke resident, Ashley Gammon won an iPod.

The Burke Centre Library is located at 5935 Freds Oak Road in Burke, VA. If you missed out on this summer reading program, there are lots of different events and programs coming this fall so be sure to check them out at http://www.bcpls.org/adult.php.

Put Your Dancing Shoes On!

The Northern Virginia Country Western Dance Association holds dances on the first, third, and fifth Saturday of every month. The dances include line dancing lessons at 7:30 p.m. followed by couple’s specialty dancing at 8:00 p.m. Then a DJ plays for open dancing from 8:30-11:00 p.m.

The dance lessons are at Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church located at 10125 Lakehaven Court in Burke, VA. It is a non-smoking, non-drinking environment and families are welcome. No partners are required! For more information you can visit www.nvcwda.org or call 703-860-4941.

There will not be any dances on Labor Day weekend (September 4). However, the annual Anniversary Dance will be on September 18, so get ready to celebrate 24 years of NVCWDA at this special dance!

Admission costs:

100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.

Science Program for Kids Makes Science Look Like Magic

The Maryland Science Center is Hosting “Brain Benders” this Thursday, August 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Kings Park Library in Burke, VA. This program is open to kids ages 6-12. It is an opportunity to come see everyday objects through scientific eyes and is a program aligned with school curriculums. The Kings Park Library is located at 9000 Burke Lake Road.

For more information about the program or to reserve a spot for your children you can call 703-978-5600 or visit: http://www.mdsci.org/programs/educators/TSP/BrainBenders.html

Green Thumb Events in Burke this Weekend

The Burke Farmer’s Market will be held this upcoming Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 5671 Roberts Parkway in Burke, VA. This farmer’s market is running through November 20. Some local vendors include Blue Ridge Dairy, Cibola Farms, Red Rake Farm, Susie’s Cookies and Westmoreland Produce.

The Master Gardener Plant Clinic will be on site at the market to answer any of your questions about plants that you may be growing. If you are looking for more tips for your landscape you can go to the Neighborhood Plant Clinic this upcoming Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association will be giving lots of great planting and landscaping strategies out to attendees.