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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Coach CJ Celebration to raise funds for scholarships

Swimmers remember Coach CJ.
The public is invited to the second annual Coach CJ Celebration Saturday, March 5, at the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department social hall, 7128 Columbia Pike, 7-11 p.m.

This is a big family-friendly party with music, dancing, and great food – plus beer and wine for the adults.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Accidental fires damage two Annandale/Mason homes

Firefighters put out a fire at a house on Nevius Street. [FCFRD]
There were two fires last weekend in the Annandale/Mason area. Residents were displaced, and a couple of people suffered minor injuries. 

The bigger fire occurred at single-family house at 8474 Ararat Court in the Strathmeade Springs neighborhood on Friday, Feb. 5. When the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department arrived at approximately 4:30 p.m., they encountered smoke coming from the rear deck of the two-story house.

Fairfax Water drops plan to use eminent domain to acquire property

Fairfax Water plans to acquire the light yellow properties in Merrifield for a new water facility and might also purchase the dark yellow lots. [Fairfax Water]
The Fairfax County Water Authority has dropped plans to use eminent domain to acquire a property at 8515 Lee High in Merrifield for a new maintenance facility.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stuff the Bus campaign will be at Annandale Giant Feb. 13

ACCA volunteers at the Annandale Giant in February 2015.
Stuff the Bus, the countywide campaign to collect food donations for needy families, will be at the Annandale Giant, Saturday, Feb. 13, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Free tax help available

If you’re starting to get anxious about filing your taxes, calm down. Free assistance is available to lower-income taxpayers through the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Real estate insights: Part 2

This 3,200-square foot house on Ridge Road in Columbia Pines is on the market for $625,000. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. [Zillow'
This is the second of a two-part series on the local real estate market, focusing on the single-family neighborhoods of Broyhill Crest, Columbia Pines, and Sleepy Hollow Woods. Part 1 was published Feb. 4. Columbia Pines resident Kate Fulling asks the questions, and realtor Vivianne Couts, a resident of Broyhill Crest who occasionally contributes real estate updates to the Annandale Blog, provides the answers.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Real estate insights: Part 1

This 2,340-square foot house on Donna Circle in Broyhill Crest is on the market for $442,900. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. [Zillow]
How quickly are homes selling? Why does one house sell faster or for more money than a similar house on the same street? Is house flipping on the increase? Is it a buyer’s market? A seller’s market? What does all that mean anyway?

In an effort to sort through some of these issues, we’re running a two-part series presented in a question-and-answer format by Kate Fulling, a resident of the Columbia Pines neighborhood in Annandale and the editor of a blog documenting her home improvement projects.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Mason police commander outlines challenges facing FCPD

Capt. Christian Quinn and Lt. Chantel Cochrane.
The Fairfax County Police Department is facing a lot of changes and challenges, says the Mason Police District’s new commander, Capt. Christian Quinn, a 20-year veteran of  the FCPD.

Quinn and Lt. Chantel Cochrane, the station’s new second-in-command who’s also been with the police force for 20 years, spoke about those issues at the Feb. 2 meeting of the Mason Police District’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sale of retail center supports Mosaic District expansion

Unique and CubeSmart to be redeveloped.
Retail Properties of America Inc. (RPAI) announced Jan. 25 that it purchased “Merrifield II,” part of the Fairfax Plaza shopping center on Gallows Road next to the Mosaic District, for $45.7 million, smoothing the way for redevelopment.

The 138,000-square foot property acquired by RPI includes the part of the shopping center occupied by the Unique thrift store and CubeSmart Self Storage (the old Levitz Furniture building). The previous owner is listed as Fairfax Plaza LLC.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Proposed park bond omits renovation for Audrey Moore RECenter

The fitness room at the Audrey Moore RECenter.
If you swim, work out, play racquetball, take a class, or otherwise enjoy the Audrey Moore RECenter, this is a critical time to let public officials know that the aging, heavily used recreation facility needs major improvements.

Audrey Moore RECenter at Wakefield Park in Annandale, the county’s oldest recreation center, is long overdue for a major upgrade. But it’s not given a high priority on a list of projects being considered by the Fairfax County Park Board for a park bond to be presented to voters on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

ACCA childcare center wants to expand

The Annandale Adult Day Center occupied some rooms on the right side of the building.
The departure of the Annandale Adult Day Center from the building at 7200 Columbia Pike has left some vacant space that the ACCA Child Development Center (CDC) would like to expand into.

The CDC, a full-day, affordable child care program for children 3 months to 5 years old operated by the nonprofit Annandale Christian Community for Action, occupies most of that building, but it’s bursting at the seams.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Harris-Teeter employee is top winner in Virginia Lottery's Cash4Life game

The Virginia Lottery presents Michael Donnelly with a giant check.
The winning “Cash4Life” lottery ticket purchased at the Harris-Teeter in Barcroft Plaza was bought by the store’s customer service manager, Michael Donnelly, “by mistake,” the Virginia Lottery reported Jan. 29.

Donnelly, a resident of Woodbridge, hadn’t intended to play Cash4Life. Instead, like millions of people across the nation, he was watching the Powerball jackpot rise to historic heights and was busy ringing up Powerball tickets for customers.