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Monday, July 24, 2017

Black Squirrel coming to the Loren in Seven Corners

The Loren is open.
The Loren, the new apartment complex at 6410 Arlington Boulevard in Seven Corners will have a Black Squirrel gastropub on the first floor.

Black Squirrel is expected to open in eight months to a year, said Nina Kent, property manager with the Bozzuto Group. The Black Squirrel, specializing in craft beer and pub food, has locations in Adams Morgan in D.C. and Merrifield near the Dun Loring Metro station.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Here's another 'Stuart' worthy of a school name

Alice Jackson Stuart
As the Fairfax County School Board prepares to consider a resolution next week about renaming JEB Stuart High School, some board members have expressed the desire to search for a compromise that could be acceptable to both sides.

Those who want to keep the name point to the need to preserve the school’s historic legacy, while those in favor of changing the name say it’s no longer appropriate for a school to be named in honor of a Confederate general and slave holder who committed treason by fighting for secession.

For some people, the main issue is about the cost of renaming the school.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Teacher arrested for child pornography possession

Jordan [FCPD]
Christopher Jordan, an eighth-grade English teacher at Holmes Middle School, was arrested July 20 and charged with six counts of possession of child pornography, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

Jordan, 24, is a resident of Centreville. He has been employed by Fairfax County since 2016. He will not be returning in the fall.

The FCPD Child Exploitation Unit is continuing its investigation in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Romanoff with the Major Crimes Division, at 703-246-7800. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers.

Self-storage facility proposed for Edsall Road

An illustration of the proposed storage facility. 
The Fairfax County Planning Commission, at its July 19, meeting endorsed a rezoning application to permit a “mini-warehousing establishment” to be constructed in an industrial area in Mason District.

Arcland Propery Co. has proposed a 138,000-square foot self-service storage facility on a 2.3-acre property at 5415, 5411, and 5407 Industrial Drive near the Edsall Road exit on Interstate 1-395. The property is currently occupied by a towing service and a truck and tractor rental, repair, and sales business.  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pop-ups at The Block July 22

Crowds at The Block shortly after it opened last December.
Fun things are happening at The Block this Saturday evening, including clothing pop-ups and a car meet. The Block is a collection of food vendors at 4221 John Marr Drive, Annandale.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Armed robbery at Bailey's Crossroads store

El Compadre Grocery [Google Maps]
A commercial armed robbery occurred at a small food store in Bailey’s Crossroads on July 18, the Fairfax County Police Department reports, A man entered El Compadre Grocery, on the 3400 block of Payne St., just after 1 p.m. and placed items on the counter.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

School board to vote on name change for Stuart High School next week

Advocates of a name change for Stuart High School at a school board meeting in June.
The Fairfax County School Board agreed at a work session July 17 to proceed with a vote on changing the name of JEB Stuart High School at its July 27 meeting, although there was much discussion about whether a decision should be delayed.

According to an observer, “there seems to be a growing consensus that the name has to change.” There is also recognition among the board members, however, that there needs to be a compromise about what the new name should be and that a decision on whether the name should be changed or not should reflect more than a simple majority of board members.

Compelling need 

Board members did not agree to the wording of a draft resolution proposed by Sandy Evans (Mason) and plan to draft a new resolution before the July 27 board meeting.

Police officer charged with reckless driving

Fairfax County Police Officer Pshko Siteki has been issued a summons for misdemeanor reckless driving for causing a crash with another driver in Seven Corners five months ago, the Fairfax County Police Department announced July 18.

Siteki is on paid administrative leave until his Sept. 13 court date. He has been on the police force for two years.