Monday notes: Embark interactive map, Ghaisar shooting update, and more

Screenshot of interactive tool

Embark tool published

Fairfax County now has a new an interactive story map for Embark Richmond Highway initiative featuring maps, images, documents and other information. The publication of the page comes ahead of the Fairfax County Planning Commission’s public hearing on the Embark Richmond Highway comprehensive plan amendment, which will be this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Governmental Center. 

View the Embark Richmond Highway story map.

Update on Ghaisar shooting

It has been more than two months since Park Police officers shot 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar after a police chase that ended on Fort Hunt Road. Ghaisar died 10 days later, and little information has been released by the Park Police or the FBI, who is handling the investigation of the shooting. Ghaisar’s family, upset that authorities still haven’t said why Ghaisar was shot or the names of the shooters, announced Sunday they will be holding a rally in Washington this Friday night. 

Last Thursday, The Washington Post published new details on the events that preceded the chase and happened during the pursuit. Ghaisar was reportedly rear-ended by an Uber on The George Washington Memorial Parkway, but drove away before exchanging information with the Uber driver, according to a Park Police report obtained by The Post. 

Read the full Post article here. 

Gala tickets on sale

United Community Ministries is now selling tickets to its annual Give From The Heart Gala, one of the two major fundraisers held by the Richmond Highway-based charity each year. The Gala will be held April 4 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Center in Old Town, and will be hosted by NBC4’s Adam Tuss. 

Get more information about the Gala on UCM’s website

Mount Vernon resident publishes novel

An attorney and former prosecutor from the Mount Vernon area has published his first novel, legal thriller partially inspired by his drives up and down the George Washington Parkway, according to this week’s Mount Vernon Gazette.

John Wasowicz’s “Daingerfield Island” was published this past summer, and Wasowicz says a sequel will be coming out in the near future. Read more about the story behind “Daingerfield Island” on the Mount Vernon Gazette website. 

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