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Thanksgiving--Busiest Day for Fires

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Thanksgiving Day is the busiest day for the fire service. From 2006 to 2008, an estimated 4,300 Thanksgiving Day fires occurred in the United States causing 10 deaths, 50 injuries, and $30 million in property loss, according to the U.S Fire Administration. 

An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to fire departments each year and cause an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss. Thanksgiving Day fires in residential structures occur most frequently in the afternoon hours from noon to 4 p.m., peaking from noon to 1 p.m.

Groundbreaking ceremony heralds construction of new school in Annandale

Fairfax County Public Schools officials, government leaders, and members of the Broyhill Crest community gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon to celebrate the construction of a new elementary school on Crest Drive in Annandale. The school is set to open for the start of the 2012 school year. ???

Virginia Wants More Hunters For Deer Season

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says it's trying to lure former hunters back to the deer woods.

The agency says it's started sending postcards to former hunting license holders. The message encourages them to return to the sport and to share the experience with others.

The recruitment drive comes as Virginia's main deer season approaches. The gun season is scheduled to open Saturday.

While hunters kill about 250,000 deer a year in Virginia, the Game and Inland Fisheries Department says it needs hunters to keep the 1 million-strong population in check.

Reminder: Detours Set for Thursday and Friday Nights

From the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project:

Interstate I-66 westbound at the Dulles Connector Road (Route 267) will be closed overnights Thursday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 12, between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. because of Dulles Metrorail construction.

When I-66 westbound lanes close, thru traffic will be detoured on to the Dulles Connector Road west bound, to Route 123 south toward Tysons Corner, to a right turn to the ramp to the Capital Beltway south toward Richmond. Drivers can then rejoin I-66 from the Beltway. For local traffic, drivers have options to exit I?66 prior to the closing.

Fimian Concedes to Connolly

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Republican congressional candidate Keith Fimian has announced he concedes to Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly for Virginia's 11th congressional district.

In a news release Fimian said, "After much discussion with friends and supporters, I have decided not to pursue a recount and not to further investigate possible discrepancies in the election results. Therefore I congratulate Congressman Connolly on his victory and send him good wishes as he moves forward to do the people's business. For me, today is the end of this campaign."

Fimian has been locked in a tight race with one-term democratic incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly. Connolly won with just 921 votes or a .4-percent lead; which, meant Fimian could ask for a re-count.

However, Fimian also left the door slightly ajar. 

Fimian Concedes To Connolly In Tight Race

ANNANDALE, Va.  (WUSA) - Republican Keith Fimian congratulated Congressman Gerry Connolly in a statement saying he's decided not to pursue a recount in Virginia's 11th District race.

The congressman was re-elected by only 981 votes, or about .4%.

"I had blockage in an artery and was causing me some discomfort," said Congressman Gerry Connolly who spent last weekend in the hospital after a routine test which found a blood clot. He told reporters he's fine and wanted to focus on his win, not on the slim margin.

"There were four competitive races in Virginia. Only one was left standing. You're looking at him," he said.

He called the election the most toxic for democrats in 64 years and said he rejected the questions about why he almost lost the race to how he pulled it off in such a climate.

Ossian Hall Park to Open After Extensive Renovations

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

Ossian Hall Park, a 22-acre community park in the Braddock District, has been transformed. No longer is the park a place where people were afraid to venture after dark or hesitant to spend time because of old playground equipment, thick, view-obscuring woods, and inaccessible trails. After two construction phases, the addition of new recreational amenities, including a paved plaza area and synthetic turn field, and millions of dollars, the park is welcoming and ready for the public. Officials will gather with members of the community at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2010, to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate completion of this community project. Ossian Hall Park is located at 7900 Heritage Drive in Annandale, VA.