Monday notes: Short-term rental meeting, Metro improvements, college footballers get TDs


Today marks the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (Defense Department photo)

Community meeting on short-term rentals

Fairfax County is currently working on zoning rules for short-term rentals such as Airbnb., and has three community meetings with residents scheduled this month. Citizens are invited to offer feedback, ask questions and learn more about the recent community survey on short-term rentals that the county conducted.

The Mount Vernon District meeting is this Wednesday  at 7 p.m. at the South County Government Center, located at 8350 Richmond Highway (see map).

Metro touts improvement

The Huntington Metro escalator situation remains a problem, but overall Metro says things are looking up for the transit system. In a press release this morning, Metro that it’s experiencing fewer train offloads, better on-time performance, and fewer unscheduled delays as a result of new railcars, improved maintenance programs, and schedule enhancement. Metro also says that, compared to the first seven months of 2016,  railcar reliability is up more than 50 percent, offloads are down 40 percent, fire and smoke incidents are down 20 percent, and arcing incidents are down 11 percent.

Read the full release here.

Pierson-El makes highlight real

De’Mornay Pierson-El, a 2014 graduate of West Potomac, made acrobatic touchdown catch in Nebraska’s 42-35 loss to Oregon on Saturday.

Pierson-El, a senior wide receiver, skied over a defense back to pull in the ball — all while being interferred with by the defender:

Pierson-El finished with four catches for 67 for the Cornhuskers.

Gamble scores 1st TD: Mikel Gamble, a 2017 graduate of Mount Vernon, scored his first college touchdown in Emory and Henry College’s 48-13 win over Brevard. Gamble also led the team in rushing overall, finishing with 88 yards on 13 carries. 

McGrigg gets catch: Villanova’s Josh McGrigg, a 2016 graduate of Mount Vernon, caught five-yard pass during the Wildcats’ 16-13 loss to Temple. That’s the first career reception for McGrigg, a redshirt freshman. McGrigg also returned two kickoffs for 29 yards.