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“My mother required some post-surgical assistance as she was healing from a knee replacement procedure. Scott was very helpful in arranging a dependable and compassionate caregiver for the time which we needed the assistance. I could confidently attend to my work schedule knowing that my mother was receiving the help she needed for medication reminders, meal preparation, exercise prompts and having a supportive ear during the convalescence from Sue. I recommend Always Best Care Senior Services very highly.”

Rio Z.

“Scott Maquire, owner is helpful and will work with you to develop a plan that works best for your situation. My mom loves here caregiver and I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services for peace of mind,”

Cheryl S.

“I had caregivers for my elderly mother from Always Best Care for close to three years, and I would unreservedly do so again. It took a little bit to find providers who were right for my mother’s particular needs (besides becoming increasingly frail, she had severe anxiety), and for my schedule (my mother was living with me), but owner Scott Maguire was extremely accessible and responsive, and ultimately we established an arrangement that worked well. The caregivers were honest, reliable, caring, and responsive to my feedback, and communication via daily logs and in-person reporting ensured I was aware of anything I needed to know. I found the advantage of working with a small company whose owner I never had trouble reaching or getting to understand my needs a huge factor in what made this agency work for me.”

Judith B.

“Finding Always Best Care was a game changer for me and my mom (after trying several other companies). Scott was professional and responsive. He found the perfect companion for my mom (Kendall). She was reliable, flexible, thoughtful, kind and an excellent communicator. Within a short time, my mom began asking when that "nice Kendall" was coming again. I cannot recommend ABC Senior Services highly enough. I will always be grateful for their services.”

Michelle H.

“Our experience with Always Best Care Senior Services of Herndon was positive. Excellent communication and billing was easy.”

John E.

“Wow--my family has worked with a number of companies to assist us through the years in the Annandale area. This is the best. Scott Maguire--the owner is responsive, collaborative, and empathetic to unique questions and requirements. This is the company we will work with hereafter.”

Michael F.

“Anyone reading this is likely where my family was. Completely exhausted and desperate. My husband and I had been primary caregivers for my in-laws when one ended up with non-COVID pneumonia and the other had a stroke followed by a fall-- all since early January. Now vaccinated, they were ready for outside help and wanted it to start right away. We had been talking to an agency throughout the process that came highly recommended, Old Dominion. But they were not able to turn around an awesome caregiver in 72 hours and recommended I call one of their friendly competitors-- Scott- At Always Best Care Senior Services in Herndon. Scott understood that we were looking for stopgap care until Old Dominion could find someone permanent and after a call Friday afternoon, he had someone at my in-laws on Monday, 8:00am. And she was terrific. It makes all the difference to have such a positive experience from the beginning. My in-laws were very pleased and appreciated that Scott had been upfront that the caregiver he had available had a thick accent and that, combined with a mask, might be challenging for someone hearing impaired. This is an issue for my mother in law and it made all the difference that she knew in advance. The other thing I appreciated is that all of Scott's caregivers are vaccinated or on their way. The one he sent was getting her second shot later in her start week with us. Unfortunately, my father-in-law is going to need a stint in skilled rehab, so we won't be continuing with Scott's wonderful caregiver. But Scott stepped up to help provide some insiders perspective on facilities. There was nothing to gain from that, except putting goodness out into the world. The process is overwhelming and it made such a difference to get his perspective. We could not have been more pleased to have had such a terrific experience and highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services if you or a loved one is looked for quality care.”

Joan B.

“I had the good fortune to work for Scott Maguire at ABC following my move from New Hampshire to Virginia. I was with the agency for eight years until last month when I moved to Florida. Scott always cared about his clients, and had a knack for matching them with compatible caregivers. He was always available for questions and concerns. I had opportunities to work for other agencies between clients, but chose to stick with Always Best Care, because the name of the agency says it all.”

Jill B.

“With my wife bed bound and I the only caretaker, I was soon exhausted. Scott and Always Best Care came to my rescue by providing me with the help I needed to get through this ordeal. The young lady that came 7 hours a day was a Godsend to me. She was attentive and caring and made my wife's life so much better, no to mention my own. I would not have made it through without her. Scott dealt directly with the insurance people saving me from having to manage any record keeping and payment issues. That also relieves a lot of stress. I would strongly recommend Always Best Care to anyone in need of such services.”

Tom S.

“Scott and his team provided excellent companion care for Mom as her dementia progressed. They ran errands with her, provided meals for her and Dad, and generally kept her engaged and entertained during the pandemic. Scott was a wealth of knowledge and always available to help us navigate the disease and it’s effects. I highly recommend him and his team!”

Susan F.

“Our family was delighted to have found Always Best Care Senior Services, having been recommended by another senior care agency. They quickly responded with excellent experienced care givers who were terrific in caring for my father, giving him the attention he needed. The personal attention given by the owner was terrific. The nursing consultation was also appreciated. I highly recommend this agency.”

Robin H.

“My mother was in hospice care and needed help and companionship and I couldn’t be there 24/7. Always Best Care sent providers to be with her and I can’t say enough good things about them. They were compassionate and skilled, and always there when I needed them. I could relax knowing that my mom was in good hands.”


“I couldn’t be happier with the care Scott and his team have provided my mother this past year. They’ve been very responsive and flexible to her changing needs. I would recommend this very well-run company to anyone seeking top-notch care for their loved one.”

Rita S.

“I can't say enough good things about Always Best Care. They have have been very flexible with providing services for my dad, and have a top-notch staff. We're extremely pleased!”

Dolly K.

“I have worked with Scott in the Senior Healthcare field for over 5 years and have consistently found him to be genuinely concerned and compassionate in regards to caring for the elder population as well as extremely knowledgeable about the Senior Market in general. He is well respected in the industry and has a lot of reliable contacts to refer families to if you are looking for assistance in other areas of the industry. In a very competitive field, it is nice (and extremely important) to find someone you can trust.”

Bev O.

“Scott has been a great resource for two summers now, when I needed help finding a companion who could take my mom to the pool. Scott did a wonderful job finding companions who were a good fit for my mom's personality & needs, and was also quite helpful figuring out pool schedules & locations in Reston, with an eye toward accessible facilities at each one (very important as I live 3k miles away ). Scott is really good about working with the staff at the assisted living where my mom is, and the companions he hires are kind, thoughtful, and professional. Thank you, so much.”

Mira G.

“I found that Always Best Care went out of its way to give my mother wonderful help during a challenging time of extreme heat and intermittent power outages. I am very appreciative!”

Sheila B.

“My parents were very resistant at first to having any help but enjoyed the staff that was sent to our home. I was able to leave them good care and go about my plans.”

Shannon L.

“I find it refreshing that this company cares more about the person than just doing a job. I am a former nurse and am very particular about my caregivers and the company I deal with concerning my need for assistance. The company has already exceeded my expectations. I am grateful that I found Always Best Care, and I would suggest to anyone who needs this kind of help to carefully consider using their services.”

Jane L.

“They were able to find a suitable care-giver within a relatively short time frame”

Robin L.

“Scott Maguire at ABC was very helpful when I needed to find an assisted living facility for my mother. Later, when my mother's needs increased, ABC provided a very good companion for her. I recommend Scott and ABC without reservation.”

Charlie P.

“I have worked with this company for many years as the leader in an assisted living community in the local Herndon neighborhood. I have found that the caregivers at "Always Best Care" were compassionate, caring and engaging with the the residents they served with our community. The management team at Always Best Care, in addition, were very responsive to any questions or concerns that we may have had and resolved issues immediately. The management team often visited their team members in the community ensuring that their employees were engaging with their clients and performing professionally in the "guest community". I would highly recommend this organization if you are looking for a team who can understand the needs of the senior as well as the needs of the family.”

Peggy B.

“Always Best Care has provided a wealth of knowledge. They helped me deal with all the issues that appeared once my Mom got sick and could no longer take care of herself. Scott shared ideas and information. He was able to direct me to VA services I didn't realize my Mom was entitled. This money thanks to Scott has allowed my Mom to stay in her home and have services provided to her. I highly recommend Scott and his caring wonderful staff at Always Best Care.”

Michael C.

“Always Best Care is a very respected business in Herndon. It is always a pleasure to work with Scott and his team.”

Jon H.

“Scott was a huge help to the Nay family by helping us find an Assisted Living Home that suited my parent's budget and lifestyle. Scott identified our financial concerns and then went to work looking for a place for my parents. He found a great place closer to my home and my parents are thrilled with it and are able to bank money instead of wasting money at the place they were at before. Scott's referral service will always be remembered by the Nay Family”

Bill N.
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How does In-home Senior Care in Herndon, VA work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Herndon, VA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Herndon, VA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Herndon,VA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Herndon, VA

Sheetz Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Herndon Store With Giveaways

HERNDON, VA — On Wednesday morning, Sheetz will be celebrating the grand opening of its new location at 13840 Mclearen Road in Herndon.Festivities kick-off at 9 a.m. outside the store, when the restaurant and convenience chain begins handing out prizes, including a grand prize giveaway of free Sheetz for a year. The grand prize will come in the form of a Sheetz gift card worth $2,500. No purchase is necessary to enter, although you must be over the age of 18 and be present on Wednesday morning to enter.A ribbon-cutting ce...

HERNDON, VA — On Wednesday morning, Sheetz will be celebrating the grand opening of its new location at 13840 Mclearen Road in Herndon.

Festivities kick-off at 9 a.m. outside the store, when the restaurant and convenience chain begins handing out prizes, including a grand prize giveaway of free Sheetz for a year. The grand prize will come in the form of a Sheetz gift card worth $2,500. No purchase is necessary to enter, although you must be over the age of 18 and be present on Wednesday morning to enter.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10:45 a..m. Customers will also be able to order free self-serve coffee and soda all-day on Wednesday to celebrate the grand opening.

Sheetz will make two $2,500 donations as part of Wednesday's grand opening. One will be to the Capital Area Food Bank to help its mission of providing equitable access to food for people struggling with hunger and food insecurity.

Customers coming to Wednesday's grand opening are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food for the nonprofit. Everyone who donates from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. will receive a free Sheetz branded thermal bag — limit one per customer while supplies last.

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The second $2,500 donation will go to Special Olympics of Virginia. Sheetz has supported Special Olympics for more than 30 years with product donations and event volunteers.

Amazon Rolls Up Sleeves and Mobilizes Vans to Support Schools

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.Community CornerHundreds of local volunteers joined Food For Neighbors in the fight against teen food insecurity. Renee Maxwell, Community ContributorA young Food For Neighbors volunteer helps load the Amazon van delivering dona...

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own.

Community Corner

Hundreds of local volunteers joined Food For Neighbors in the fight against teen food insecurity.

Renee Maxwell, Community Contributor

A young Food For Neighbors volunteer helps load the Amazon van delivering donations to Arlington area schools. (Photo courtesy of Amazon)

Amazon and other area volunteers brave the hot, humid day to unload car after car of donations from nearly 180 households in the Fort Hunt area, where volunteers received and sorted over 2,700 pounds of food and toiletries at Whitman Middle School. (Photo by Ava Love Dimaiwat, Food For Neighbors volunteer)

Amazon volunteers joined Food For Neighbors in the fight against teen food insecurity on Saturday, September 9. Working side-by-side with other enthusiastic community members at Arlington Career Center, Herndon Middle School, and Whitman Middle School, Amazon helped sort and deliver nearly 8,000 pounds of food and toiletries donated by more than 570 households for local secondary schools. In total, eight hundred volunteers, across nine active sorting sites, helped process 23,000 pounds of donations Food For Neighbors collected Saturday morning from 1,700 Northern Virginia households. The effort will help over 5,800 students in 42 secondary schools in Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties. Amazon’s hands-on support underscores a $155,000 donation from Amazon Fresh last Fall, and the volunteer spirit demonstrates the company’s continued dedication to lifting up the communities where its employees work and live.

Amazon participated in Food For Neighbors’ Red Bag Program kickoff event during its Global Month of Volunteering, an initiative where Amazon employees in the DMV and across the world come together to volunteer and engage even further with their communities for causes they’re passionate about.

“We’re committed to supporting the immediate needs of students and their families – these often include providing food, shelter, clothing, and more. Thanks to community partnerships like this, we’re able to provide students the support they need to keep learning,” said Melissa Robinson, principal program manager of Volunteering at Amazon. “We were grateful to partner with Food For Neighbors during Amazon’s Global Month of Volunteering, a time when tens of thousands of Amazon employees around the world will go out in their communities and do good together.”

“We’re thrilled to celebrate Amazon as a Food For Neighbors Community Champion and sponsor of our first Red Bag food and toiletry collection event of the new school year,” shared Karen Joseph, Founder and Executive Director of Food For Neighbors. “Amazon’s philanthropic partnership and $155,000 donation through Amazon Fresh helped us quickly expand our services into Arlington Public Schools last school year, where we helped approximately 970 hungry students, many of whom receivedsupport weekly.”

The Red Bag Events are the heart of Food For Neighbors. They mobilize individuals to shop for nonperishable food and essential toiletries, which they place in a red bag and leave on their doorsteps for collection. Volunteers, organized by neighborhoods, pick up the donations and bring them to one of nine central locations, where volunteers sort and then deliver them to school pantries. School social workers, counselors, and/or family liaisons identify students in need and distribute food and/or toiletries to them. Complementing programs provide food pantry shelving and storage for schools as well as grocery store gift cards for the most vulnerable students.

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Although Food For Neighbors has registered an amazing 2,600+ Red Bag food and toiletry donors and 2,500+ volunteers, the nonprofit welcomes additional Red Bag donors and volunteers as it continues to meet the need in its currently partnering schools and to say “yes” to new schools requesting support. New in September is Leesburg’s Belmont Ridge Middle School, which brings the total number of partnering schools to 42. Also key are the financial donations from individuals, foundations, businesses, and other organizations, which help keep the Red Bag and Grocery Gift Card programs running.

“I hope all of our generous donors and volunteers know that they’re truly making a difference,” emphasized Joseph. “With their help, we’re now reaching over 50 times as many children as we did when we began in 2016. The school staff with whom we work believe the reliable, supplemental food has had numerous positive impacts. Students are attending school more regularly, focusing better on their schoolwork, and improving their grades. These are immense gifts.”

Hunger is closer than you think. To learn more about becoming involved as a Red Bag donor, volunteer, monthly Hunger Hero, or community partner, visit https://www.foodforneighbors.o... or send an email to [email protected].

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Rare Green Comet Is Hurtling Toward Earth: How To See Nishimura In VA

Skygazers in Virginia still have a few days to see a newly discovered green comet before it disappears for 400 years.VIRGINIA — Skygazers in Virginia still have a few opportunities to see a newly discovered green comet hurtling along a path that will take it close to Earth and the sun before it disappears for another 400-plus years.Comet Nishimura, discovered Aug. 11 by Japanese amateur astronomer Hideo Nishimura, is alrea...

Skygazers in Virginia still have a few days to see a newly discovered green comet before it disappears for 400 years.

VIRGINIA — Skygazers in Virginia still have a few opportunities to see a newly discovered green comet hurtling along a path that will take it close to Earth and the sun before it disappears for another 400-plus years.

Comet Nishimura, discovered Aug. 11 by Japanese amateur astronomer Hideo Nishimura, is already visible from Earth, but will make its closest approach to our planet on Tuesday. But the best chances to see it may be Sunday, when it makes its closest approach to the sun and reaches peak brightness.

The National Weather Service’s seven-day outlook calls for showers Tuesday night, partly cloudy skies Wednesday night, then clear skies Thursday through Saturday nights, and partly cloudy on Sunday evening.

During its close approach to Earth, the half-mile-wide comet will still be 78 million miles away. It’s visible to the naked eye, but “you really need a good pair of binoculars to pick it out and you also need to know where to look,” Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, told The Associated Press.

To see the comet, look toward the northeastern horizon about an hour and a half before dawn. Weather conditions permitting, the comet will be about 10 degrees above the horizon near the constellation Leo. The comet will brighten as it gets closer to the sun, but will drop lower in the sky, making it tricky to spot.

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Related: 2023 VA Guide To Meteor Showers, Supermoons And Full Moons

Virginia State Parks has four parks designated as International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association: Staunton River, James River, Natural Bridge and Sky Meadows.

Other sports for star-gazing include: Assateague Island National Seashore, Grayson Highlands State Park, James River State Park, Meadows of Dan, Natural Bridge State Park, Natural Chimneys Park, Rappahannock County Park, and Shenandoah National Park, according to Space Tourism Guide.

The comet will come closest to the sun — closer than Mercury is — on Sunday before departing the solar system. That's assuming it doesn’t disintegrate when it buzzes the sun, though Chodas said “it’s likely to survive its passage.”

Italian astronomer Gianluca Masi, founder of the Virtual Telescope Project, told AP in an email that this week represents “the last, feasible chances” to see the comet from the Northern Hemisphere before it’s lost in the sun’s glare.

“The comet looks amazing right now, with a long, highly structured tail, a joy to image with a telescope,” he said of the rare green comet.

It’s unusual for an amateur to discover a comet these days, given all the professional sky surveys by powerful ground telescopes, Chodas said, adding, “this is [Nishimura’s] third find, so good for him.”

The comet last visited about 430 years ago, Chodas said. That's about a decade or two before Galileo invented the telescope.

The Associated Press contributed reporting.

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Extreme Heat In VA: Advisory Issued With High Near 100 Degrees

A heat advisory has been issued for the metro DC region, including Northern Virginia, with a high temperature of 100 degrees forecast.|Updated Tue, Sep 5, 2023 at 11:34 am ETVIRGINIA — Portions of the Washington, D.C., metro region are expected to endure high temperatures throughout Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Record highs could be set for the second day in a row.A ...

A heat advisory has been issued for the metro DC region, including Northern Virginia, with a high temperature of 100 degrees forecast.

|Updated Tue, Sep 5, 2023 at 11:34 am ET

VIRGINIA — Portions of the Washington, D.C., metro region are expected to endure high temperatures throughout Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Record highs could be set for the second day in a row.

A heat advisory is in effect for the District, Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., the NWS reported. Residents there can expect temperatures that feel like 105 degrees, while other areas will see temperatures in the lower 100s.

Tuesday's high temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s to around 100, with peak indices of 100 to 105 in the afternoon, according to NWS.

Labor Day saw record-breaking temperatures set at all three of the D.C.-area’s airports. Reagan National Airport reached 98 degrees, while both Baltimore-Washington Airport and Dulles International Airport recorded highs of 99 degrees, WTOP reported. The old record for Reagan National was 96 degrees, set in 2019. The previous record at Dulles was 95 degrees and set in 1985.

The hot weather will continue into Wednesday and through Thursday, producing normal to near-record high temperatures in the afternoon on both days, according to the NWS forecast.

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Numerous scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Thursday afternoon and into the evening hours, according to the forecast. These storms could become severe, with the main threat being damaging wind gusts.

Localities in Virginia affected by the heat advisory include the counties of Madison, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Fairfax, Arlington, Stafford, Fauquier, Loudoun County, and Prince William.

The advisory is also in affect for the following cities and localities: Manassas, Manassas Park, Culpeper, Reston, Herndon, Annandale, Centreville, Chantilly, McLean, Franconia, Fairfax City, Alexandria, Falls Church, Falmouth, Warrenton, Turnbull, Purcellville, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Haymarket, Dale City, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, and Montclair.

The heat wave will continue through Thursday, according to the Accuweather forecast. Temperatures on are expected to reach 97 degrees on Tuesday.

Expect hot and very humid weather Wednesday and Thursday, with high temperatures of 101 and 96, respectively, according to Accuweather. There is a 40 percent chance of rain with thunderstorms developing Thursday afternoon. On Friday, the temperatures are expect to dip to 88 degrees as a high, with a 74 percent chance of rain and a couple of thunderstorms predicted.

"Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehiclesunder any circumstances.

"Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequentrest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1."

WednesdaySunny and hot, with a high near 101. Heat index values as high as 104. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Wednesday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

ThursdayA chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday NightA chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

FridayShowers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday NightShowers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

SaturdayA chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday NightA chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

SundayA chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday NightA chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

MondayMostly sunny, with a high near 82.

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Herndon community shaken by multiple construction blasts within weeks

HERNDON, Va. - Neighbors in one northern Virginia...

HERNDON, Va. - Neighbors in one northern Virginia community were shaken when they heard an explosion outside their homes this morning, the second such blast in two weeks.

Herndon’s Point Rider Lane is a loop near a new development being built by Christopher Companies.

Last Tuesday, without warning, neighbors there felt a big explosion. Then, Friday morning, another explosion.

"We got no notification that blasting was going to be happening and, we’re pretty upset," said Kevin Anderson.

WATCH: Video shows house shake from construction blast in Herndon

Video shows a house being shaken in northern Virginia after a second explosion in two weeks occurred at a nearby construction site. (VIDEO: Kevin Anders)

Anderson shared a video with FOX 5 of him working at a desk when the explosion happened, startling him.

"You can hear Dulles Airport from here. We’re used to loud noises, planes taking off, a lot of things happening. This was something completely different, it was an explosion, the whole house shook," Anderson said.

According to Fairfax County, Christopher Companies and its contractors did everything according to code.

Fairfax County has a code requirement of notifying people who live within 300 feet of the actual spot where a blast will occur. The county says the contractors did just that and the process is closely monitored by the county, an official tells FOX 5.

Floris Lane is a cul de sac that has homes within 300 feet. Neighbors there say they got notifications about the blast.

Neighbors on Floris Lane tell FOX 5 there was seismographic testing and other checks to ensure the homes would not be impacted by the blast.

Anderson tells FOX 5 he was worried about the structural integrity of his home and others, and was happy to hear the testing had been done on homes much closer to the blast site.

A representative from Christopher Companies tells FOX 5 Friday’s blast was the last they needed to do.


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