Monday, November 19, 2012
All Fairfax County Public Schools will close early on Wednesday for Thanksgiving break.
All Fairfax County Public Schools will close two hours early this Wednesday to help school buses avoid the increased traffic related to Thanksgiving travel. The policy to close early on the day before Thanksgiving has been in effect the past few years. Thanksgiving weekend traffic is traditionally heaviest on Wednesday afternoon. See Patch's complete holiday shopping, traveling, cooking and giving guide here. Superintendent Jack Dale has issued guidelines regarding the closing: Schedules for Head Start, preschool, alternative learning centers, and intervention support programs will have special modified hours coordinated by transportation and program staff members. All other FCPS classes will be dismissed two hours earlier than the …
If you're traveling by car this Thanksgiving in Northern Virginia, try to drive very early in the morning.
About 43.6 million people are planning to travel 50 miles or more for their Thanksgiving meal this year, according to AAA—and 90 percent of those people are traveling by car. While Northern Virginia is traffic-heavy throughout the holiday period, the day before Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel day. To help you plan your travel, the Virginia Department of Transportation created this set of maps showing Thanksgiving traffic congestion from Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Unlike last year, the Beltway Express Lanes will be open for Thanksgiving, which may alleviate some of the Thanksgiving travel congestion on Wednesday. The 2011 maps show the heaviest travel in Northern Virginia last year, particularly around the Beltway…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Several mobile apps and websites can help you fuel up for less before you leave Lorton for Thanksgiving.
Gas prices are on the decline in Lorton, from $3.76 in October to $3.49 last week, according to AAA. If you’re looking for less expensive gas as you hit the road for Thanksgiving, there are several mobile apps and websites that may help. Here in the Lorton area, check the Patch transportation page. It features the lowest gas prices in our neighborhood as well as current traffic congestion on major roadways in the area. When you're on the road: Gas Prices May Keep Falling Although experts have not yet fully analyzed the effects of Hurricane Sandy, AAA’s National Thanksgiving Travel Forecast estimates the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline will drop to $3.25 and $3.40 by Thanksgiving. Last year, the …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Despite Economic Uncertainty
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Friday, November 18, 2011
Skipping town this Thanksgiving? Join the crowd. About 42.5 million Americans will be traveling this Thanksgiving holiday. That's a four percent increase from last year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. In Virginia, that means 1.3 million residents of the Commonwealth will be away from Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 27. “While not yet back to pre-recession numbers, 2011 marks the fourth straight year of growth in the number of travelers for the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Despite higher gas prices, pent up demand from the past three years and the desire to create lasting family memories seem to be overshadowing fears about our nation’s economic …