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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Suspect sought for bank fraud in Bailey's Crossroads

Suspect on bank camera.

Fairfax County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of $100 to $1,000 for tips leading to an arrest and indictment of a suspect wanted for bank fraud.

Last winter, a man opened a business account at the SunTrust Bank at 5821 Crossroads Circle in Bailey’s Crossroads and deposited a check in the new account. He later withdrew money from the account several times before the bank determined the check was counterfeit. The loss to the bank was more than $30,000.

Police have new tool to prevent domestic violence-related homicides


The Fairfax County Police Department is using a new screening tool to identify domestic violence victims most risk at of further harm and get them immediate help. Det. Carolyn Kinney described the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Mason Police District Citizen Advisory Committee.

The goal is to prevent domestic violence homicides. That’s critical, Kinney said, because about half the homicides in Fairfax County are domestic related.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ABGC cheerleaders host bake sale Oct. 10 at Ossian Hall Park

The Annandale Boys and Girls Club’s (ABGC) cheerleading team is having a bake sale and raffle with multiple prizes Saturday, Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Ossian Hall Park. The grand prize will be a $100 Visa gift card. Other prizes include gift cards to Duck Chang’s, Chipotle, and other restaurants.

Monday, October 5, 2015

General Assembly candidates speak at minority chambers' forum

Candidates running for office in Northern Virginia.

There were more candidates than spectators at the Third Annual Multicultural Chambers Candidate Forum Oct. 4 at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. There were so many candidates, in fact, that each one was given about 30 seconds to speak.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Moon Festival at Eden Center features lion dance, eating contest

A cold, rainy day didn’t stop the Vietnamese community from celebrating the annual Moon Festival at Eden Center in Seven Corners Saturday afternoon. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Planning Commission approves medical building on Evergreen Lane

The Fairfax County Planning Commission on Sept. 24 recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve the development of a two story medical building on Evergreen Lane in Annandale proposed by Quan Q. Nguyen and Ngan T. Nguyen.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Contacts weather-related problems

Columbia Pike in Bailey's Crossroads Friday afternoon.
Hurricane Joaquin appears to be heading out to sea, but the National Weather Service is still predicting heavy rains tonight and tomorrow. Flood watches are in effect.

If you experience weather-related problems, here are some useful phone numbers:

Fairfax County emergency information: 703-817-7771.

Police non-emergency: 703-691-2131.

Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Inova has big plans for Mobil Exxon site

Inova Health System is planning to develop health-focused restaurants and retailers and technology-centered businesses as part of its Center for Personalized Health on the former Exxon Mobil campus, the Washington Business Journal reported Sept. 30. Inova is set to take possession of the 117-acre property on Gallows Road in Merrifield this week.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Annandale real estate stats

This house, on Linda Lane in Annandale, is on the market for $1.3 million. [Zillow]
By Vivianne Couts

Thinking of buy or selling a house in Annandale? Here are 10 things you should know:

1.  464 homes have sold in Annandale (zip code 22003) so far this year. 
2.  54 homes were sold in August.
3.  The lowest sales price was $118,000.

Learn about career training at Computer CORE open house

The Lee Building [Google Maps]

The public is invited to Computer CORE’s open house Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the organization’s new headquarters at the Lee Building, 5881 Leesburg Pike, Room 204, in Bailey’s Crossroads. 

Computer CORE provides computer and job skills training to lower-income adults in Northern Virginia, many of them immigrants, dislocated workers, or people in dead-end jobs who want better-paying careers.

At the open house, Computer CORE instructors will provide eight free mini-courses to the public on these topics: math for the workplace, project management fundamentals, intermediate Excel, intermediate Microsoft Office 2010, excellence in child development, computer repair 101, PC security, and effective presentations. To sign up, contact Kathy Jankowski, 

The open house will also feature information about Computer CORE’s other programs, such as courses leading to certificates in finance and accounting, customer service, IT office maintenance and troubleshooting, and administration; more than 20 affordable Career Jump Starter Workshops ranging from one to four sessions; and long-term courses.

Computer CORE offers a six-month course, six hours a week with day and evening options. It is capped at 12 students and covers in-depth computer and job search training in Microsoft Office, Internet and email use, keyboarding, resume writing, and interviewing skills.

Students have the opportunity to earn up to 13 college credits for completed coursework through a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College.

There will also be information at the open house about volunteering with Computer CORE. Light refreshments will be served.

In addition to its new offices in Bailey’s Crossroads, Computer CORE courses are held at the James Lee Community Center on Annandale Road in Falls Church, the Gum Springs Community Center in Alexandria, Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax, Herndon United Methodist Church, and the Connections for Hope Partnership in Herndon.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Public input sought on Fairfax County schools budget

A community meeting on the FCPS budget.
Well over a 100 people showed up at a meeting hosted by school board member Sandy Evans Sept. 28 on the dire state of the Fairfax County Public Schools budget.

Evans had organized the meeting to explain why the school system is facing a huge deficit – potentially up to $75 million – for fiscal year 2016-17 and solicit feedback on what programs or services could be eliminated.

Monday, September 28, 2015

DAR presents historic plaque to Oak Hill

The dedication ceremony of a historic plaque at Oak Hill featured, from the left: Sharon Bulova, chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor; Lise Harvey, regent of the Anna Maria Fitzhugh Chapter of the DAR; Braddock Supervisor John Cook; and the chapter's chaplain, Jeannie Leson.
A plaque recognizing the history of Oak Hill, the oldest house in Annandale, was unveiled Sept. 26 during Oak Hill Day by the Anna Maria Fitzhugh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).