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Virginia Department of Transportation Gives Winter Driving Tips

Virginia Department of Transportation Gives Winter Driving Tips

From VDOT:

Motorists are encouraged to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling by visiting www.511virginia.org or by calling 511.

Family Finds Help From Neighbors After House Explosion

CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA) -- A Chantilly family lost everything when their house exploded. It happened six days before Christmas, and since then, friends and family have reached out to help.

It was by chance that Thuan Nguyen, his wife Hahn Dinh, and their kids Alvin, 13, and Austin, 5, weren't home.

"We were really lucky," Alvin said.

The family was five minutes from home when it exploded. Since then, they've stayed with family. They hope to move into a house rental next week.

"We love the neighborhood, we love the school," Nguyen said.

And their neighbors love them. After the explosion, neighbors rushed inside their home to make sure they weren't there. When the smoke cleared, neighbors offered help.

Nguyen said his sons schools donated clothes and gift cards, and complete strangers have given them money.

FCPS and Fairfax Chamber to Launch New Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

The new Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools will be launched at a news conference on Tuesday, January 4, at 8 a.m. at the Gatehouse Administration Center.

            A partnership of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the foundation will be a flexible vehicle for the community to invest in its future through education.  The foundation will be able to support initiatives that help students acquire 21st century skills, advance the diverse needs of the community, and contribute to the creation of a world-class workforce.

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

FAIRFAX, Va. — Effective January 2, 2011, the City of Fairfax CUE Bus base fares will increase by 10¢ to $1.70 per person. Only the base fare is affected.  Fare remains $1.50 for SmarTrip users.  Fares for elementary and high school students, riders with disabilities and senior citizens with valid ID remain 75¢.

Children age 3 and younger continue to ride for free, as do George Mason University students, staff and faculty with ID.  For information, call 703-385-7859.

Stop fumbling for cash for bus fare: switch to SmarTrip.  CUE Bus patrons may recharge these permanent plastic cards at any Metro station, on the Metro website — even on the CUE Bus.  For information, visit www.wmata.com or call 202-637-6700.

Christmas Reunions At Dulles

CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA) -- For folks who have been away from home for a long time, reuniting families this time of year has special meaning.

9NewsNow found some of those moments at Dulles International Airport.

For Fredericksburg Aunt Jessica Blua and her niece from Ecuador it's a reunion 12 years in the making.

Blua says, "I'm so, so happy!"

Another family welcomes their daughter flying in from texas. "You know I missed you!"

And Abby Schwarz was showered with hugs and kisses, 5 months after studying in Chile.

Reunions happen all the time at airports, but knowing their loved one is coming home in time for Christmas is that much more special for some families.

Russell Shillingburg says, "My heart's beating. The moment of waking up my heart was beating a mile a minute waiting for her to come home. It makes our Christmas."

SLIDESHOW: Festivus in Chantilly

CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA) -- If you are an avid Seinfeld fan then you know all about the December 23rd celebration of Festivus.

The secular holiday, which became popular thanks to the Seinfeld sitcom, is a celebration whose participants describe it as an alternative to traditional holiday parties. It involves plenty of drinking, and three important stages.

The first stage is the Airing of Grievances where participants give each other an honest ribbing about their behavior or actions during the previous year. Then, there is the Feat of Strengths where Festivus faithful challenge each other to obscure physical tasks like push-ups for bragging rights.

After all the above is complete, the Festivus celebration comes to an end after the host of the party is pinned down to the ground by another participant.

House Explosion Rocks Chantilly Neighborhood

CHANTILLY, Va. (WUSA) -- A violent house explosion rocked a Chantilly neighborhood Sunday night, leaving one family without their home this holiday season.




Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW Fairfax County Fire and Rescue were called to home home on Lees Corner at Pennsboro Court shortly before 9:00 p.m. for a report of a gas leak. While fire crews were on their way to the call, the house suddenly exploded. When firefighters pulled up to the scene, they found the home on fire.

Officials say two adults and two children live at the residence. Luckily, no one was home at the time of the incident and no one was injured.