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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lincolnia fire started in hot tub

A fire at a home on the 6433 Eighth Street in the Lincolnia section of Fairfax County on April 20 was caused by an electrical event involving the motor of a hot tub on a deck, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reports

Empty Bowls event at Stuart highlights efforts to address food insecurity

ESOL students participated in the Empty Bowls event with teacher Becky Corallo (second from right).
The community served by Stuart High School has the highest proportion of low-income students in Fairfax County, yet also has many affluent households and a very active volunteer community.

The Empty Bowls event at the school April 24 was aimed at highlighting the extent of food insecurity in the community and showing how people can help ensure no one goes hungry.

The event was organized by Stuart ESOL teacher Becky Corallo and the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club.

Capt. Wright is new head of Mason Police Station

Capt. Brooke Wright has been named the new commander of the Mason Police District.

Wright had been an assistant commander at the station since 2015 and has served as a lieutenant with the Fairfax County Police Department for nearly 19 years. She started working for the FCPD as a dispatcher in 1998. Before that she was an airman in the U.S. Air Force, 1993-97.  

Im excited to be here, says Wright, who lives in Annandale. Community engagement is my highest priority. I really want to create an approachable environment.” She believes its important to discuss peoples expectations for the police. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sleepy Hollow Road residents oppose sidewalks

Signs like these line Sleepy Hollow Road.
People who live on Sleepy Hollow Road filled the large meeting room at the Mason Government Center April 23 to complain about an upcoming sidewalk project.

Residents expressed anger about the possibility of losing part of their front yards and mature trees – and the potential for declining property values. Many wore buttons with the slogan “Don’t bulldoze our yards.”

Early bird discounts in effect for Ravensworth Farm Pool

This is the fifth article in our series on local pools submitted by pool board members. Previous articles focused on the Holmes Run, Lincolnia Park, Glen Forest, and Broyhill Crest pools. Want to promote your community pool? Submit an article and photos to

The 'water mushroom' offers a refreshing spray on a hot day.
By Jennifer Marzouk 

The Ravensworth Farm Pool provides the opportunity for meet-ups, potluck dinners, birthday parties, and making new friends.

We continue to make improvements at the pool and the surrounding facility. Last season, our pool installed a mushroom spray fountain in the kiddie pool with a zero-grade entry to the baby pool, added a remote shower, and purchased new chairs and shade canopies.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Cirque du Soleil presents a dazzling 'Luzia' in Tysons

Cyr wheel performers in Luzia.
By David Siegel

An amazing world awaits patrons at Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring show, “Luzia,” appearing now under the famous blue-and-yellow tent at Tysons II during the next of months. “Luzia” promises to be a wonderful journey meant to open the imagination as a waking dream of Mexico.

“’Luzia’ aims to bring audiences to a fantastic imaginary world where light and water are blended together,” says Cirque’s Francis Jalbert.

Art installation will feature community portraits

Shoppers heading into PetSmart will become part of an art project.
People of all ages shared their opinions about public art and had their pictures taken April 21 in front of the PetSmart in Seven Corners for the temporary INOUT public art project.

Those pictures will actually become a part of the eight-foot, solar-powered INOUT Cube, to be unveiled May 12 in front of the Bank of America branch at the corner of Leesburg Pike, Arlington Boulevard, and Sleepy Hollow Road in Seven Corners.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Broyhill Crest pool offers summer fun and a friendly atmosphere

This is the fourth article in our series on local pools submitted by pool board members. Previous articles focused on the Holmes Run, Lincolnia Park, and Glen Forest pools. Want to promote your community pool? Submit an article and photos to

The Broyhill Crest Pool invites the community to jump in.
By Erin Donovan

The Broyhill Crest Recreation Club invites you to beat the heat with a summer full of swimming and socializing with our friendly, welcoming community. The BCRC pool is at 7212 Early St. in Annandale, just two blocks from Mason Crest Elementary School