Mac and Cheese Festival coming to Ballston

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An exceptionally cheesy festival is coming to Ballston this fall.

The “Nova Mac and Cheese Festival” will be held along N. Fairfax Drive near the Ballston Metro station on Saturday, Oct. 5, according to event listings.

The festival is being produced by TasteUSA, the same company that’s behind an upcoming “Chesapeake oyster and wine festival” at National Harbor.


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The event will feature “over 30 kinds of mac and cheese to sample from top chefs and food vendors,” “craft beers, wines and ciders to sample,” and “live bands and entertainment.” Early bird tickets range from $15-45.

“Get your tickets and get ready to taste the most fantastic thing ever created on this Great Earth,” says the event listing, “cheesy, gooey, over-the-top macaroni.”

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Va. man charged with using social media to prey on children

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A Manassas, Virginia, man is being held without bond on a dozen felony counts, accused of targeting children through social media.

Schuyler Corado Corado, 33, was arrested last week after investigators said they discovered hundreds of screenshots featuring child porn that he received through various social media accounts.

Investigators said they found social media conversations, along with the images, that Corado Corado had with the children over the years.

Schuyler Corado Corado, 33, is charged with child solicitation through social media. (Courtesy Virginia State Police)

“This individual is being investigated as a child predator,” said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. “We’re working to identify potential victims in not only Virginia, but multiple states and possibly even Canada.”

According to investigators, Corado Corado targeted boys and girls who were between 10 and 13 years old. He allegedly reached out to them, established trust and then convinced them to exchange nude photos with him.

Investigators said Corado Corado used several screen names. Among them were “kristianna1758,” “Tony10256,” “Wintergreen109,” “Addiction.slime,” “tony2590” and “anniefanclub075.”

He often went by the name “Tony Corado” on social media, police said.

“He was active on social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Tik Tok,” said Geller.

Investigators are still looking into whether there are more victims, and whether Corado Corado had other screen names or social media accounts.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Virginia State Police Special Agent Michael Bullock at 571-581-4420 or by email at michael.bullock@vsp.virginia.gov.

“We’re really encouraging parents to talk to their children and find out if any of their children may be communicating with an individual by a variety of different screen names,” Geller said. “We need to make sure that any additional victims are identified.”

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Coast Guard offloads seized drugs worth $62.5 million

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is offloading marijuana and cocaine with an estimated street value of $62.5 million dollars at Florida’s Port Everglades.

The agency said in a news release that the drugs seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean will arrive in Fort Lauderdale Thursday morning on the Coast Guard Cutter Bear, which is based in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The stash includes some 14,000 pounds (6350 kilograms) of marijuana and 3,660 pounds (1660 kilograms) of cocaine.

Officials say operation involved two Coast Guard cutters and a Navy ship off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America.

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Alexandria changing HOV restrictions for summer Metro shutdown

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The city of Alexandria is getting preparations for this summer’s Metro shutdown south of the Reagan National Airport station into high gear.

The city announced Wednesday it will expand HOV lane modifications in Old Town and is unleashing new technology to keep shuttle buses running smoothly.

Metro is closing its stations south of Reagan National from May 25 or Sept. 2 to perform station platform restoration. Work is also expected to begin during this time on the Potomac Yard Metro station, which will be constructed between the Reagan National and Braddock Road Metro stations.

Beginning the week of May 20, Alexandria will increase the HOV requirements on Washington Street from two or more vehicle occupants (HOV-2) to three or more (HOV-3) during both morning and afternoon rush hours.

The HOV restrictions will also be extended to 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. during morning rush hour and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in evening hours for the duration of Metro’s platform work.

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Herndon just marked a milestone in the small town’s history

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Herndon officials just approved the town’s first new mixed-use development near the future Herndon Metro station, a major step for growth along the path of the Silver Line’s expansion.

The Town Council voted unanimously last week to sign off on development plans for a 4.3-acre property at 555 Herndon Parkway. D.C. developer Penzance is looking to replace the current office building with two residential towers and one office building, all of which will include ground-floor retail.

There’s no telling just when Metro’s Silver Line will finally start serving the town — officials continue to shoot for a 2020 opening, though the project has been plagued by a series of construction woes — but Herndon leaders have worked for years to clear the path for new development near the station and another that sits just outside its border.

Penzance’s project, which has been in the works for the better part of the last three years, represents the first such effort to get off the ground since…

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Alexandria park to transition to winter wonderland with ice rink installation

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The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is planning to make Cameron Run Regional Park operational year-round with a new Winter Village attraction set to open in November.

NOVA Parks issued a letter of intent to Precision Ice Rinks to construct a portable ice rink at the 26-acre Alexandria park, located at 4001 Eisenhower Ave. Precision’s bid of $161,395 came in response to a request for proposals NOVA Parks issued in February.

The RFP requires Precision to construct an 80-foot by 65-foot portable refrigerated ice rink floor and refrigeration control system that will be suitable for outdoor ice from November to February. NOVA Parks wants the project completed by Nov. 1 in time for the Nov. 15 debut of the Winter Village, an attraction likely to include static light displays, a kids light maze, retail, photo ops, and the park’s Paradise Play feature, with ice skating as the centerpiece.

NOVA Parks has two other holiday light shows — Winter Walk of Lights and the Bull Run Festival…

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Arlington initiative seeks to improve nightlife safety

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A new initiative in Arlington, Virginia, is aimed at improving nightlife safety by providing effective standards for establishments that serve alcohol.

The Arlington Restaurant Initiative is a voluntary accreditation program that also streamlines processes within county government and helps develop working relationships vital to public safety.

Patrons, restaurant staff and members of the public are invited to attend a panel discussion about nightlife safety on May 1 at the John T. Hazel, MD Conference Center at Virginia Hospital Center.

The free event will feature panelists from police, fire and other Arlington County departments. They will speak about how they collaborated to build trusting relationships with restaurant staff and improved safety.

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