Saturday notes: Burglary victims speak, Belvoir commissary opens, rugby team makes nationals


The interior of Fort Belvoir’s new commissary. (Facebook)

Victims of  possible bias crime speak

The victims of  a possible hate crime and burglary in the Huntington area earlier this week are speaking out about what happened and how their neighbors have responded. Mahrukh and Shoaib Ahmad’s house was ransacked during the incident, with the intruders destroying religious materials and leaving an anti-Muslim slur on the wall. The couple said they initially considered leaving the U.S. because of the crime, but have been heartened by support from their neighbors. 

Read more in The Washington Post. 

New commissary opens

Fort Belvoir opened a brand-new $30.5 million commissary Thursday morning. The 82,000-square-foot store has 33 checkouts, including eight self-checkouts. The commissary is open to active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, military retirees and certain other veterans.


Rugby team headed to nationals

The Fort Hunt Warriors boys high school rugby team will be playing in the 2017 National Rugby Championships in May. The tournament, which will feature 24 teams,  will be held in Kansas City. The Warriors are the defending Virginia state champions, and have won the state title three times since the program started in 2011.

Read more in the Alexandria Gazette.

Levee video

The groundbreaking for the Huntington Levee was held last week, and earlier this week Fairfax County has posted a new video about the project. Construction on the levee began in February, and is expected to last until spring 2019. You can read more about project here and view the video below.