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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fairfax County seeks public feedback on bus service

The Seven Corners bus transit center on Arlington Boulevard.
Do you take buses regularly to get to a job, shopping center, or someplace else? The Fairfax County Department of Transportation wants to know how you think Metrobus and Fairfax Connector bus service should be improved.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bailey’s Rotary Club auctions off classic Mustang

Bailey's Crossroads Rotary Club President Harry Henderson (left) presents $5,000 to Dan Crane of the Wounded Warriors Project.
The Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads gave away a classic 1966 Mustang convertible at a drawing during the Wounded Warriors Car Show at Occoquan Regional Park Sept. 14.

Hotel going up on Route 50

The elevator shaft and stairwell.
Construction is well under way on a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel between Arlington Boulevard and South Street in Seven Corners. It should be ready to open by August 2015, says an official with Baywood Hotels, which is developing the project.

New traffic signal for left turns at Braddock and Ravensworth

The Virginia Department of Transportation installed a new signal display at the intersection of Braddock Road and Ravensworth Road last week to make it easier to turn left onto Ravensworth.

Up to now, drivers heading eastbound on Braddock trying to turn left on Ravensworth toward central Annandale could only do so if they had a green arrow or solid green light. Drivers turning left on a solid green light sometimes do not yield to oncoming traffic, which has resulted in crashes at this intersection.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ossian Hall Park is county park with a tobacco-free zone

The playground at Ossian Hall Park
Ossian Hall Park in Annandale will become Fairfax County’s first park with a “tobacco-free play zone.” A ceremony marking the unveiling of a sign announcing the voluntary smoke-free policy will take place at the park Sept. 27, 1 p.m.

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a policy in May calling for smoke-free zones in parks. Fairfax County Public Schools and the Athletic Council support the concept. Dozens of signs announcing the policy, statingTobacco-Free Play Zone. Thank you for your voluntary cooperation, will be placed at playgrounds, skate parks, and athletic fields in the coming weeks.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Carjacking in Westlawn

There was a carjacking and robbery on the 7100 block of Kenfig Place in the Westlawn area of Falls Church at about 11 p.m. on Sept. 11.

“A 26- year-old woman was texting and listening to her radio when a man approached her car window, opened her door, and demanded she get out,” states a news item from the Fairfax County Police Department. “She complied. The man grabbed her purse, got in the car, and sped away. She ran for help and called police.

Congressional candidates share views on economy, guns, and climate change

Suzanne Scholte
Residents of the 11th congressional district packed a meeting room at the Fairfax Regional Library Sept. 10 to hear from the three candidates challenging Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) in the November election.

The participants were Republican Suzanne Scholte, Green Party candidate Joe Galdo, and Libertarian Marc Harrold. The session was hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area, AARP Virginia, the Providence District Council, and the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans of Virginia.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Public invited to community celebration Sunday hosted by Pro Maxx Fitness

Pro Maxx Fitness is hosting a free, all-day fun fitness event Sunday, Sept. 14, in the parking lot of the Annandale Fire Station, 7128 Columbia Pike. There will be fitness competitions, entertainment, and food donated by local vendors. The entire Annandale community is invited, as well as gym members.

The Live Life to the Maxx party has nothing to do with the gym’s troubles with the landlord of the Annandale Shopping Center, says Personal Training Manager Rachel Martin. There won’t be any petition signing or other campaign activities aimed at resolving the leasing conflict.

Annandale bank affected by merger

The former United Central Bank next to Giant at 7140 Little River Turnpike, is now Hanmi Bank.

Hanmi Financial Corp. completed its acquisition of Central Bankcorp Inc., the parent company of United Central Bank, on Aug. 31, making it the second largest Korean American Bank in the United States. 

Parking restrictions proposed for Camelot and nearby streets

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 9 authorized a public hearing on the creation of a proposed “Inova Woodburn Temporary Residential Parking Permit District” in Annandale. The hearing is Oct. 7, 4 p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center.