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Thursday, August 28, 2014

County education campaign targets speeding

Braddock Supervisor John Cook (left) speaks at kick-off of anti-speeding campaign.
Fairfax County launched an anti-speeding campaign Aug. 28 aimed at educating drivers about the dangers of speeding on neighborhood streets.

Fairfax County supervisors, Fairfax County Police Department officials, and leaders of community associations and Neighborhood Watch groups gathered at the FCPD driver training facility in Chantilly for the kick-off of the “Slow Down: You Live Here. We Live Here” campaign.

Victory Lane Aquatic Club has a new coach

The Victory Lane Aquatic Club (VLAC) is continuing under a new coach, Shawn Mansfield.

The swimming program was founded in 2008 by Clayton Joyner of Annandale, who died in May at the age of 29. Joyner had been a champion swimmer on the Falls Church High School swim team and was a coach for the Falls Church High School and Holmes Run Pool swim teams.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Seven Corners Task Force to vote on Sears redevelopment plan Sept. 9


The Sears site on Route 7 in Seven Corners

The Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force, at its Aug. 26 meeting, deferred a scheduled vote on a redevelopment plan for the Sears site on Leesburg Pike until Sept. 9. The task force had planned to select one of three options spelling out the amounts of multifamily housing, townhouses, retail, and office uses for the site currently occupied by a Sears store and two office buildings.

Task force co-chair John Thillman presented a fourth option, calling for 110 townhouses, 50,000 square feet of office space, 34,000 to 134,000 square feet of retail, and 315 to 415 apartment units. The number of apartments would depend on how much retail there would be.

Bailey's Upper Elementary school offers light-filled, innovative learning spaces



A science lab.

The brand new Bailey’s Upper Elementary School, retrofitted in a former office building on Leesburg Pike in Seven Corners, offers “a rich environment for learning and a rich environment for teaching,” says Jeffrey Platenberg, assistant superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools for facilities and transportation services. Pointing to all the windows and great views, he says, “the natural light makes these learning spaces come alive.”

Principal Marie Lemmon with a video display panel in the lobby.

Halloween superstore opens in Seven Corners next week



Cersei Lannister from GOT.
It’s still August, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Halloween. Do you want to be a zombie? A vampire? A comic book character?

You’ll find hundreds of costume ideas at the temporary Halloween superstore opening Sept. 6 in the Seven Corners Shopping Center next to Home Depot on Arlington Boulevard.

The Spirit Halloween shop will have officially licensed products from two top TV shows, “Game of Thrones” on HBO and “The Walking Dead” on AMC, as well as a full selection of costumes for kids, babies, tweens, adults, and pets, plus accessories, decorations, and party goods.

There are more than 1,050 Spirit Halloween stores in North America. Spirit Halloween is owned by ACON Investments, which also owns Spencer Gifts.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rescued cats available for adoption

Emily was rescued by 4Paws.
The 4Paws Rescue Team Inc. of Merrifield has been carrying out an ambitious project to rescue cats living in substandard conditions in a shelter in rural southeastern Virginia. The Petco Foundation supported this work with a $10,000 grant to 4Paws.

The 4Paws Rescue Team is a non-profit community-based, all volunteer organization that takes in neglected, abandoned, abused, and unwanted cats and kittens in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas within a 150-mile radius. The group is supported by more than 200 volunteers and oversees cat adoptions in seven Petco stores.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lawsuit challenges tenant fees for AC in Culmore apartments



Olde Salem Village

The website for the Olde Salem Village apartments in Bailey’s Crossroads describes them as “beautiful” with “well designed kitchens” and “close to the East Falls Church Metro.”

In fact, Olde Salem Village is a bug-infested, poorly maintained apartment complex with outdated appliances in tiny kitchens. It’s located in the crime-ridden Culmore area three miles from Metro.

What’s worse, the landlord, JBG/Residential Management Inc., charges hefty rents and piles on extra fees, including charges for using electricity to run tenants’ air conditioners, which is illegal, says Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, an attorney with the Falls Church-based Legal Aid Justice Center

Girls soccer teams collect donations to fight hunger

Annandale Pride team members.
The Annandale United Football Club (AUFC) U12 Pride Girls Soccer Program hosted its biannual Kicks for Cans Charity Scrimmage Festival Aug. 23 in Annandale. Team members and their families and friends donated more than 500 pounds of food to help Food For Others in its fight against hunger.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

11th congressional district: Scholte vs. Connolly

The start of the school year isn’t the only big thing going on after Labor Day; it’s also prime time for the election campaign season.

Here’s a look at the race for the 11th congressional district (which includes parts of eastern, northern and central Fairfax County and eastern Prince William County.) Future posts will cover other races.

The Democratic incumbent, Rep. Gerry Connolly, was first elected to Congress in 2008 after having served as chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for five years and as a supervisor representing the Providence District for nine years.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

New houses sprouting up on site of former plant nursery



The Westover model home in the Callaway development.

Eight homes in the new Callaway housing development on Little River Turnpike in Annandale have already sold – before the first model home opened on Aug. 21. Those sales were made from the Oakton office of the builder, Stanley Martin Homes.

The development, on the site of the former Campbell and Ferrara plant nursery, will have a total of 29 houses. Only two have been completed so far. The houses won’t be built until they are sold.