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Friday, December 2, 2016

Planning Commission endorses relocation of homeless shelter

The site for relocated Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter on Seminary Road. 
The Fairfax County Planning Commission agreed Dec. 1 to endorse plans to relocate and expand the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter. The next step is a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 24.

The shelter would be relocated from its current site on 3525 Moncure Avenue to a site purchased by the county at 5914 Seminary Road less than a quarter of a mile away

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Grevey's is closing in December

Keven Grevey
Grevey’s, the sports bar owned by former Washington Bullet Kevin Grevey is closing Dec. 11.

The neighborhood gathering space for sports fans and teams has been a mainstay in the Yorktowne Shopping Center on Gallows Road, Merrifield, for 37 years.

There will be farewell party Dec. 10, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., with four bands and food and drink specials, says manager Sue Gonzalez.

Planning Commission approves rezoning for townhouses at Heritage Mall

An illustration of the proposed townhouses from the Department of Planning and Zoning staff report. 
The Fairfax County Planning Commission approved a rezoning application Nov. 30 to allow a townhouse development at the rear of the Heritage Mall shopping center in Annandale.

The applicants, MHI-Heritage LLC and Bristow Shopping Center LTD (entities formed by the Webb Cos.), proposed rezoning the 11-acre site from C-6 to PDC to permit the construction of 67 single-family attached residences. The housing units would be for sale, not rent.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Martial arts instructor arrested for sexually assaulting a minor

Fairfax County Police are seeking information from the public regarding a martial arts instruction arrested for assaulting a 13-year-old girl this summer at a combination summer camp/martial arts school.

The investigation began in August when detectives received a phone call from the girl’s parents after their daughter told them she had been assaulted by Randon Millir.

According to police, Millir, then 27, of Fairfax, was an instructor at a martial arts school in the 6300 block of Columbia Pike in Falls Church. That would most likely be UMS Martial Arts, at 6349 Columbia Pike in the Barcroft Plaza shopping center.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Santa's Ride collects toys for children in the hospital

Santa's route covers children in the hospital. 
Santa Claus will be making the rounds on a Harley instead of a reindeer-pulled sleigh next week as he picks up donated toys throughout Northern Virginia for hospitalized children.

It’s the 28th year of the annual Santa’s Ride for Children, a project spearheaded by the Fairfax County Police Motorcycle Squad, in cooperation with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Fairfax City Police, Falls Church Sheriff’s Office, the Town of Vienna Police, and the Herndon Police.

Child sexually assaulted in Annandale church

The Fairfax County Police Department’s weekend crime report includes the sexual assault of a child at a church.

On Nov. 27, a 12-year-old reported a man forced her into the kitchen at Cornerstone Church at 3901 Gallows Road, Annandale, and touched her inappropriately. Church members told the child’s parents, and police were called.

The suspect, George Bol, 47, of Falls Church was charged with abduction and aggravated sexual battery. The victim did not require medical attention.

In other crime news, detectives from the FCPD’s robbery squad in the Major Crime Division made in an arrest in the Oct. 27 robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 7620 Little River Turnpike. Travis Porter, 23, was arrested at his home in Annandale on Nov. 22.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fire damages Lake Barcroft house

Firefighters contain fire to carport. [Debi Gerald]
A house fire in the Lake Barcroft neighborhood Nov. 27 was caused by “an electrical event that ignited nearby combustibles” in the carport, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reports. No one was home at the time. Damage was estimated at $50,000.

Firefighters arrived at the two-story, single-family home on the 6500 block of Jay Miller Drive a little after 1 p.m.  A neighbor called 911 after observing black smoke coming from the home. The smoke detectors didn’t activate, as the fire was contained to an enclosed carport.

Renovations under way on Annandale office building

Tenants sought for 7409 Little River Turnpike.
The renovation of an office building at 7409 Little River Turnpike in Annandale, first announced in May 2014, is under way after several challenges caused delays.

The building has four retail spaces on the first floor. The configuration of the second floor is flexible so the number of tenants would depend on how much space they want, says Edward Choo of ABC Real Estate.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sign removal program expanded

Signs like this one in the VDOT right-of-way on Annandale Road, are prohibited.
Six streets in the Annandale/Mason District area are among the 28 streets that have been added to the sign-removal program jointly run by Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Those streets include Annandale Road and John Marr Drive in Annandale; Carlin Springs Road, South Jefferson Street, and Seminary Road in Bailey’s Crossroads; and Patrick Henry Drive in Seven Corners.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Volunteers take care of Thanksgiving for the elderly and disabled

2016 Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels volunteers (left to right): Mary Lee Di Spirito, Maribeth Luftglass, her sons David and Adam, and Don Di Spirito. 
While most local families enjoyed being together for a festive meal on Thanksgiving, some of our neighbors take some time out to make sure elderly and disabled people living alone would not be forgotten.

For the past 30 years or so, Mary Lee Di Spirito of Annandale has been rounding up volunteers to deliver Turkey dinners on Thanksgiving to those in need. A similar effort takes place on Christmas.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Three arrested in connection with homicide in Bailey's Crossroads

Agustin [FCPD]
Fairfax County Police have arrested three people in connection with a homicide in an apartment on the 5500 block of Seminary Road in Bailey’s Crossroads.

[Update: The victim was identified as Leif Erick Ohlsson, 69, of Seminary Road, the FCPD announced Nov. 28.]

When officers arrived at the home shortly before 10 p.m. on Nov.  24, they found a deceased adult male who had sustained trauma to the upper body and was deceased.

Free disposal kits available for keeping opioids out of the wrong hands

A Medsaway Pouch from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. 
The Fairfax County Health Department is distributing free disposal kits to make sure opioids and other medications don’t get into the wrong hands.

The easy-to-use kits deactivate the drugs so they can be safely thrown out along with your regular trash.