VA Good News: Man drafted by NY Mets + special pup adopted

VIRGINIA – Tired of all the “pessimistic” stories that pop up on your TV screen when you turn on the news or open a news site on your computer? We understood. It can be quite depressing.

That’s why every week Patch makes a point of highlighting the good news happening in your community.

Here are more than a dozen stories from the past week that highlight the positive things happening in and around Virginia communities:

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McLean resident drafted by New York Mets in MLB draft

A McLean resident and 2022 graduate of Gonzaga College High School was selected in the second round of Monday’s Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets.

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Free catalytic converter engraving available for Fairfax Prius owners

Two companies in Merrifield and McLean are partnering with the Fairfax County Police Department’s McLean District Station to provide etching services to Toyota Prius owners who want to protect their cars from catalytic converter theft.

Never Say Die Attitude propels NFC All Stars to Florida tournament

Northern Fairfax County Babe Ruth 14 U All Stars, a youth baseball team made up of players from Reston, Herndon and Chantilly, was the first runner up for the Virginia State Championship. This qualified them to represent Virginia at next week’s Southeast Region Tournament in Tallahassee, Florida.

Toys ‘R’ Us hits VA Macy’s stores in time for the holidays

Macy’s, in partnership with Toys “R” Us parent company WHP Global, this week announced plans to bring the beloved Toys “R” Us brand to all Macy’s stores in America over the next few months.

After 700 days in a shelter in Virginia, Shinobi the dog finds his forever home

After spending nearly two years in the care of Lynchburg Humane Society staff, the organization‘s longest-serving tenant has finally found his forever home.

Donutchew brings mochi donuts and bubble tea to Vienna

Donuta Northern Virginia-based company, is open at 107 Maple Ave W. As the company’s name suggests, the featured menu item is the mochi donut, a dense, chewy doughnut shaped like a donut and made with glutinous rice flour.

Grand Reston Chamber of Commerce Awards presented, installation of new Board of Directors

On Thursday July 14, the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce hosted its Chamber Excellence Awards (ACE) luncheon. Over lunch, the Chamber recognized companies and individuals who demonstrated excellence, industry innovation and support of the Chamber throughout the year.

Arlandria Small Area Plan, Landmark Mall Redevelopment Win Awards

Two planning initiatives in the city of Alexandria have won planning awards from the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Civil Air Patrol Squadron Burke takes third place in national competition

Burke’s Civil Air Patrol Squadron has won the state cadet competition before, and now it has placed in a national competition. Burke’s Cadet Competition Team finished third overall in the National Civil Air Patrol Cadet Competition.

Benny’s Pizza opens in Manassas, runs out of food opening weekend

Benny Capolago’s, the latest location in the Benny’s Pizza chain, celebrated a successful grand opening in Manassas over the weekend. The opening was such a success that the restaurant ran out of food and had to unexpectedly close on Sunday.

Frank’s Pepe, creator of New Haven-style pizza, opens in Alexandria

In the early 1900s, Frank Pepe immigrated from Italy to the United States, where he worked to create his own pizza inspired by his hometown. In New Haven, Connecticut, he created the first New Haven-style pizza, known for being baked in a charcoal oven and for its thin crust.

Inauguration of GW Parkway’s first major upgrade since 1962

Senior federal and local officials participated Monday morning in a groundbreaking ceremony for a $161 project to upgrade the northern section of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in northern Virginia.

Hiring now: Reston Wegmans’ new market is looking for 100 full-time workers

Wegmans Food Markets will hold a virtual hiring event on Thursday to fill 100 full-time positions at its new Reston grocery store, which is expected to open in early 2023.

Arlington Credit Union awards $30,000 in grants to local nonprofits

The Arlington Community Federal Credit Union awarded $30,000 in grants to Northern Virginia organizations focused on housing opportunity, financial education, and workforce development.

Book Buddies program helps Alexandria students shine in reading

The Book Buddies program just got a boost with a $10,000 donation from Dominion Energy to the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium.

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