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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Commentary: Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is the best choice for governor of Virginia

By Sen. Dave Marsden

Some people love to play fantasy football. Almost all of us love to play fantasy politics. Fantasy politics occurs when we become enamored of a candidate because somehow their background fits our ideal and we imbue them with characteristics that we have determined would make for a great chief executive. Be that a president or, in our upcoming election, or a governor.

However, our judgments are often unrelated to an individual’s knowledge and ability to succeed in office. It is often a harmless exercise, and it does stimulate conversation around how we address the problems that confront us  but we need to be careful.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Review: 'Rapture, Blister, Burn'

Gianna Rap and Aly B. Ettman in :Rapture, Blister, Burn." [Peter’s Alley Theater Company].
By David Siegel

In these days of constant bombast and weaponized words, when sounding reasonable and wanting to be open to another person’s point of view sounds almost quaint, Peter’s Alley Theatre has taken a quiet approach for its production of Gina Gionfriddo’s “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” a play that deals with feminist theories and human needs.

The play, the 2013 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, is at the Theatre on the Run in Shirlington through Oct. 22.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Superintendent will present five options to school board on renaming JEB Stuart High School

Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand announced Sept. 22 that his recommendation for a new name for JEB Stuart High School will be the top five names selected during the community vote on Sept. 16.

Those names are Stuart, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Rose Johns, Peace Valley, and Louis G. Mendez Jr.. Similar names were combined.

Streamlining of Columbia Pike bus routes proposed

The 16 on on Columbia Pike by Braddock Road.
The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) is proposing to streamline Metrobus service along Columbia Pike between Annandale and Pentagon City and between Skyline Center and Crystal City/Pentagon.

The restructuring plan would simplify and consolidate the confusing array of bus lines and complicated timetables, which could discourage people from taking buses.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How about a run around the park this Saturday?

Participants in the 2016 Mason District Running Festival. 
The Mason District Running Festival, Saturday, Sept. 23, offers a great opportunity to get some outdoor exercise, whether you’re new at running or havemany races under your belt.

This free event offers several runs throughout the day, including a six-hour run at 8 a.m., a 5K at 9:30 a.m., a 0.5K fun run for kids at 10 a.m., a two-mile race director’s special at 11 a.m., and an 8K combo race at noon.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Taste of Annandale: new details emerge

Check out the ad on a Fairfax Connector bus.
With the Taste of Annandale just a few weeks away, we’ve got some updates to report, including new sponsors, food vendors, and entertainers.

The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly community festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on Tom Davis Drive. That’s in the center of Annandale, between Columbia Pike and John Marr Drive. See the website for a tentative schedule of events.

Senior housing planned for site of Northern Virginia Training Center

One of the 14 buildings on the site of the former Northern Virginia Training Center.
Erickson Living, a developer specializing in retirement communities, announced plans build a community for seniors on the site of the former Northern Virginia Training Center on Braddock Road in Fairfax, the company announced Sept. 18.

Erickson Living has entered into an agreement to purchase the 78-acre property in Braddock District near George Mason University from the commonwealth of Virginia. The purchase price has not been made public but the property has been assessed at $24 million.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Woman arrested for stealing money from church

A volunteer at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Lincolnia has been arrested for stealing several thousand dollars from the weekly collection as she was counting donations from church members.

Sandra Irene Cortes of Annandale, age 53, was charged with three counts of grand larceny, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

An employee from the parish office who was suspicious about Cortes’ actions contacted the police on Sept. 7.  Detectives from the criminal investigation section in the Mason Police District set up a surveillance operation and observed the suspect pocketing money from the church collection.