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Weekend Road Work Could Cause Traffic Headaches

VIENNA Va. (WUSA) -- Two of the three lanes along Eastbound I-66 will be closed between Nutley Street and the Beltway starting Friday from 7pm until 5am Monday. It's all part of a lane shift to new bridges.

For many Virginians, this is a major corridor into the District.

"You can have 4,000 vehicles an hour coming through here during big weekends," said Steve Titunik, VDOT Spokesperson for Virginia Mega Projects. 

This weekend, 4,000 Vehicles an hour on one lane, not very likely. The best advice from VDOT is to avoid the area altogether or be prepared for some major delays, delays of up to one hour. 

"You can go to Route 50, they can go to any of the connecting roads leading to I-66 and find other ways into DC," Titunik described. 

Fairfax Fugitive Coach Captured In Poland

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)  More than a year after sexual misconduct charges were filed against him, a one-time youth coach in Fairfax County is in custody.

Fairfax Police say 39-year-old John E. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by the Polish Border Guard as he attempted to cross into the Czech Republic.   Efforts are now underway to have him extradited back to the United States.

Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated sexual batter of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of crimes against nature with a minor.  All the alleged crimes took place in Fairfax County.

In 2009, a 24-year-old man came forward and accused Hamilton of committing the acts twelve years earlier.  Hamilton was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at that time.

 

Vienna Town Green Offers Free Wi-Fi

The Town of Vienna is testing out a wi-fi pilot project to attract more customers to the downtown business area. The goals of providing free wireless Internet at the Vienna Town Green, at Maple and Mill Streets, also include encouraging Vienna residents to use the public park.

Users who want to take advantage of the free wireless Internet access can log-in using Vienna Gov’t Sponsored Free Wifi for the Service Set Identifier. Questions can be addressed to the I.T Administrator, Craig Griffin, at cgriffin@viennava.gov or 703-255-6364.

Cupcake Class at Wildfire

Cupcakes have truly been all the rage. Now you and your kids can learn how to bake, frost, decorate, and devour your very own delicious cupcakes! On Saturday, September 25, Wildfire is hosting a cupcake class for the whole family. WUSA9 Reporter Jessica Doyle is hosting the class with her daughter Sophia along with Wildfire Executive Chef Steven Lukis with his son Spencer.

This hands-on cupcake class will be held at the Wildfire in Tyson’s Galleria in McLean, VA from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $20 per adult and this covers up to 2 kids. Part of the proceeds will go to Food for Others, which is the largest distributor of free food to people in need in the Northern Virginia area.

Make your reservations now by contacting Michelle Bringham at 703-442-9110.

Trying to Go Green? Try Maple Ave Restaurant!

Maple Ave Restaurant, located right in the heart of Vienna, is one of the few restaurants out there that tries to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Maple Ave Restaurant works to recycle all of their materials, encourages customers to bring their own reusable bags for take-out orders, uses energy saving lights, and even turn their used oil into bio diesel. While it is just one small family restaurant, Maple Ave Restaurant is proud of the fact that they are working to make a difference and you can too just by dining there.

Located at 147 Maple Ave W. in Vienna, VA, Maple Ave Restaurant serves up a variety of cuisines with a blend of American with Asian, Latin, and even French flavors. The Chef and Owner, Tim, focuses on using fresh and local ingredients.

Fixing Bridges In Storm's Aftermath

VIENNA, Va. (WUSA) -- In the storm's aftermath, VDOT crews were busy trying to fix what heavy rain and flooding left behind.

In Vienna and Mclean two bridges buckled.  Crews didn't waste anytime Thursday morning fixing the bridge at Browns Mill Road and Beulah Road.  Just this morning, the crumbled street had branches popping out of it, but by noon time it was passable.

It was more complicated at Swinks Mill Road near Georgetown Pike.

 

A massive tree came down on a fire hydrant knocking out water for residents.  It also damaged part of the bridge structure.

The fix won't be completed until Friday.

 

Some residents say they've been through this all before. 

40th Annual International Children’s Festival

The Arts Council of Fairfax County is getting ready for the 2010 International Children’s Festival. The festival will be held at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA. Come with your family and enjoy music, dance, crafts, and performances from youth performers from around the world. Over 60 local cultural groups will be there!

The festival will run Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children and seniors, and free for children 2 and under. The festival is produced by the Arts Council of Fairfax County in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Wolf Trap Foundation for Performing Arts. It is open to the public and weekend passes are available upon request.