Here’s a look at some of the top Patch stories of the past week and a look at what’s coming up in the week ahead.
Student Discipline Revisited
Fairfax County Public Schools is revisiting its disciplinary policies. This may include peer mediation and restorative justice as methods of resolving disputes and addressing student behavior and expanding the section on bullying to include electronic communication.
Another person, allegedly a member of the Underground Gangster Crips, was charged for his involvement in orchestrating a high school prostitution ring.
Fairfax County police released a mobile app called TipSubmit for residents to report crimes quickly and easily.
Someone attacked three horses that were part of the SPIRIT therapeutic riding program in Herndon. Police are still looking for the person who stabbed the horses. The horses are expected to recover.
In other equestrian news, an online petition is gathering big support to preserve Woodlawn Stables in the face of a possible realignment of Richmond Highway in the Mount Vernon area. And, the environmental assessment report for Woodlawn Stables from the Bureau of Land Management is expected in just a few weeks.
Chick-fil-A Fans Camp Out
More than 100 die-hard Chick-fil-A fans camped out prior to the restaurant’s opening in Springfield hoping to score free weekly meals for a year. The campers included a retired couple attending their 87th Chick-fil-A opening.
South County Middle School Named
The name for the new South County Middle School is… South County Middle School.
Route 1 Attractions and Restoration
Huntley Meadows Park has completed its restoration of Historic Huntley, which will open to the public beginning May 19.
The National Park Service is seeking ideas and input on options for restoring and preserving Dyke Marsh. Recent findings by the U.S. Geological Survey show Dyke Marsh is disappearing at a rate of up to 2 acres per year.
FACETS a Finalist
Toyota announced that FACETS Cares, Inc. was selected as a finalist in "100 Cars for Good." FACETS Cares has programs to help homeless people in Fairfax County. The public can start voting via Facebook to support FACET Cares on May 14.
$500 for the Environment
There’s still time to nominate an environmentally focused non-profit organization for a $500 donation from Patch. Nominating is as easy as commenting on this article.
Coming Up This Week
Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors is expected to pass the fiscal year 2013 budget on Tuesday. During the markup last week, the board found money to increase hours at public libraries, fund pay raises for public employees and fund the “Fairfax County Navy.”
Fuddruckers in Annandale is closing its doors Sunday (April 29) to make way for a Walgreens. Look for a report from the last day at the popular burger place Monday on Annandale Patch.
In other restaurant news, the new IHOP in Burke is expected to open this week, although with very little fanfare.