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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Police officer on leave after crash

A Fairfax County Police officer with the Mason station has been placed on restricted duty following a crash in Seven Corners, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

The officer, who has been with the department for two years, was responding to a call for a disorderly man in the 6100 block of Arlington Boulevard at about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Task force to focus on future of Lincolnia

Traffic congestion at the Beauregard Street/Little River Turnpike intersection on a weekday evening. 
The key issue for the newly formed Lincolnia Planning District Study Task Force is to determine whether a “community business center” (CBC) should be established in Lincolnia and, if so, where it should be. In a CBC, the focus is on mixed-use redevelopment and a pedestrian-oriented town center.

The task force, convened by Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, will provide community input as Fairfax County officials develop a plan for guiding future development and transportation improvements in Lincolnia.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Police arrest robbery suspect

Canales [FCPD]
Recent arrests reported by the Fairfax County Police Department include an incident in Bailey’s Crossroads involving robbery and malicious wounding. 

Police believe the suspect may be responsible for 11 recent street robberies. 

Police officers and detectives were at the intersection of Bellview Drive and Glen Carlin Drive investigating a recent string of robberies at around 2 a.m. on Feb. 19 when they saw a man acting suspicious who fit the description of the suspect in prior crimes.

The soundscape of MetroStage’s ‘The Gin Game’ Rocks!

Fonsia (Roz White) and Weller (Doug Brown). [Photo by Christopher Banks]
By David Siegel

I love being surprised when I go to the theater. Recently, I went to a play, “The Gin Game” (at MetroStage in Alexandria through March 12) and became totally smitten with the textures of its music design. It was a soundscape that coolly conjured me into a specific time, place, and frame-of-mind.

The music – mid-century jazz, church gospel, and soulful renditions of songs I thought I knew –was an unexpected extra dividend.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Neighbors reach out to victims of hate, public officials at postcard-writing party

Local residents send messages of support, gratitude, and advocacy. 
A few dozen local residents gathered on Friday evening for a postcard-writing party to commemorate Random Acts of Kindness Day.

They sent messages of support to victims of hate crimes, thanked public officials for doing positive things, and urged other officials to focus on human rights.

Home assessments are up 1.3 percent in Annandale

Real estate assessments rose an average of 0.68 percent from 2016 to 2017 for residential homes in Fairfax County. The average home is assessed at $533,168.

Residential assessments in Annandale rose an average of 1.32 percent, the second highest increase of any area except Burke. The average home value in Annandale is $451,164.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

In the Moment: the Jewish Plays Project at the JCC

Sarah Berry [JPP]
By David Siegel

We in the D.C. theater community are constantly on the prowl for new voices with diverse mindsets and new plays on emerging issues.

There are many ongoing efforts to bring new playwrights and plays to the attention of theater leadership, current patrons, and a new generation of theater-goers. One such effort is the Jewish Plays Project (JPP), which aims to be not merely a comfortable niche program for Jewish audiences, but to present challenging works to a mainstream audience.

Three-alarm fire at apartment in Lincolnia

Two people were hospitalized following a three-alarm fire at the Morningside Apartments on Beauregard Street in the Lincolnia area Friday afternoon.

One of the injured adults has a “moderate injury,” and the other adult in the hospital has a “non-life-threatening injury,” which is considered more serious, said  Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Battalion Chief Robert Zoldos. A firefighter also suffered minor injuries and was treated on the scene.

Friday, February 17, 2017

FCPS says schools are safe in wake of ICE raids

A newsletter from Woodburn Elementary School ensures parents that “schools are safe” and aren’t expected to be targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Children who live in the Fairmont Gardens apartments in Annandale, where there have been ICE raids in recent days, attend Woodburn. The raids have led to fear among the undocumented population worried about being deported.