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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Combination residences/office space proposed for Bailey's Crossroads

5600 Columbia Pike.
Something new and innovative could happen at the long-vacant office building at 5600 Columbia Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads.

Novus Residences, a subsidiary of Cafritz Interests, is proposing to convert the 10-story building to a mix of residential and office spaces where tenants could live, or work, or do both. The building would have 157 units, which could be residences or workspaces for technology startups, artists’ studios, offices for entrepreneurs, or similar uses.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Annandale resident will be on Jeopardy! tomorrow night

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek and contestant Dan Rothfarb.
Annandale resident Dan Rothfarb has always wanted to be on Jeopardy! And he finally got his wish. He appears on the quiz show Thursday, May 26,  7:30 p.m., on WJLA-TV (channel 7).

The show was filmed in March, on the Sony lot in Los Angeles, but Rothfarb promised the show’s producers not to talk about the results. “I definitely got some right and some wrong,” he says.

Lincolnia residents speak out against homeless shelter relocation

An overflow crowd at the MDLUC meeting.
An overflow crowd showed up at the Mason District Land Use Committee meeting May 24 to voice their opposition to Fairfax County’s plans for relocating the Bailey’s Crossroads homeless shelter to a field behind the Lincolnia Senior Center on N. Chambliss Street.

Local residents are concerned about the loss of outdoor recreational space, the quality of life for seniors, crime, the safety of children, and the possibility that what is supposed to be a temporary shelter will end up being permanent.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Stuart community discusses pros and cons of changing high school's name

School board member Sandy Evans speaks at a community meeting at Stuart High School.
Members of the Stuart High School community filled the school’s cafeteria Monday night to talk about whether Stuart should be renamed.

This was the first step in a process initiated by the Fairfax County School Board in a community engagement process on a potential name change. In 2015, students, alumni, and local residents began pressing the school board to change the name because they felt it’s no longer appropriate for a school to honor JEB Stuart, a Confederate general.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Treasure Trove takes over Bloom space for temporary 'sidewalk sale'

The former Bloom store in the Annandale Shopping Center remains empty since the grocery store closed in winter 2012. There are still no plans for a new occupant, but at least the space is sometimes put to good use, reports a volunteer with the Treasure Trove shop.
An empty store was transformed into a temporary Treasure Trove annex. [Anne Lewis]

By Anne Lewis

The Annandale Treasure Trove at 7010 Columbia Pike wanted to run a sidewalk sale this past weekend, but Mother Nature refused to cooperate. So the owner of the empty building next door agreed to make lemons into lemonade.

Local school celebrates Shakespeare

Unicorns made an appearance at the Westminster School’s Shakespeare Festival May 21. The mythical creatures, named Sparkle and Twinkle, gave children rides, while the school celebrated the bard in a big way, with costumed jugglers and mimes, a “fire fairy dance,” a maypole dance, crafts, sonnet recitations, and performances of scenes from “Julius Caesar” and  “Romeo and Juliet” – plus some non-Shakespearean activities like bounce houses.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Volunteers are working hard to make Annandale beautiful

The median between Little River Turnpike and the service road.
There might be lots to complain about in Annandale (see the viral video, for example), but some residents are working hard to make the community beautiful, including the Annandale Women’s Club and local shop owners who have planted flowers done some nice landscaping. 

On Friday afternoon, we caught up with Charlotte Sell, president of the Women’s Club, planting flowers in three large pots in front of the shopping strip on Little River Turnpike with Mr. Tofu, Lambros Goldsmiths, and Ara Fusion Restaurant. “A little beautifying goes a long way,” she says.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Annandale video goes viral

Dodging traffic in Annandale: a screen shot from the video by Angelo Mike.
Angelo Mike doesn’t actually hate Annandale – despite the hilarious video he made titled “Welcome to the Shithole of Annandale VA,” which got to the top spot on the video page on Reddit a couple of days ago. And that’s a big deal because Reddit’s the website that bills itself as the “the front page of the internet.”

That’s the same You Tube video Angelo made a couple of years ago and was posted on the Annandale Blog in December 2014. Angelo just recently reposted it on Reddit and it went viral. “Once something gets a little traction, it gets some momentum,” he says.

Pedestrian killed on Leesburg Pike

A screen grab from a video of the crash scene.

A pedestrian trying to cross Leesburg Pike in the Culmore area was struck by a vehicle and killed at about 3:40 p.m. on May 18. Click here for a video of the crash scene from the Culmore Neighbors Association’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bicycling improvements considered for Little River Turnpike

A service road on Little River Turnpike by Medford Drive.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation has $7.35 million to spend on bicycling improvements along Little River Turnpike and is seeking public input on what should be done.

Currently, bicyclists along the LRT corridor traverse a mix of paved shoulders, sidewalks, trails, parking lots, and frontage/service roads. “The goal is to create a connected network where everyone feels safe,” said Adam Lind, FCDOT bicycle coordinator, at a community meeting on the project May 17 at Annandale Terrace Elementary School.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Residents discuss options on future of Lake Accotink

About 100 people attend a meeting at Kings Glen Elementary School in Springfield on the future of Lake Accotink.
Members of the public heard about five options for dealing with the silt build-up in Lake Accotink, including the possibility of severely limiting the size of the lake or even transforming it into wetlands.

Dozens of people attended a community meeting May 16 on the future of the lake as part of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s efforts to develop a new Master Plan for Lake Accotink Park.

Supervisors to vote on meals tax referendum on June 7

A sign in Silverado.
On June 7, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on whether a meals tax should be put to voters on the Nov. 8 election ballot. 

If the board approves the referendum, Fairfax County citizens will be able to vote yes or no on a meals tax on Election Day. Under state law, counties can only impose a meals tax if it is approved by voters in a referendum.