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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Food program helps Culmore residents support their families

Culmore residents collect produce

Many of the families living in the Culmore community would have a hard time feeding their families if it weren’t for the twice-monthly food distribution program organized by the Legal Aid Justice Center.

On a recent rainy Thursday morning, about 80 people, most of them immigrants from Central America, lined up in the parking lot by the 7-Eleven on Glen Carlyn Drive in Bailey’s Crossroads to collect fresh produce – potatoes, cabbages, corn, sweet potatoes, watermelon halves – and packaged meals and drinks, all from the Capital Area Food Bank.

Monday, September 29, 2014

NVCC leaders getting new offices

A rendering the Brault Building by the Cole & Denny architectural firm.
The renovation of the old Brault building on the corner of Little River Turnpike and Wakefield Chapel Road on the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College is expected to be completed Sept. 1, 2015.

Supervisors approve shopping center in Bailey's Crossroads

The shopping center site consists of parcels numbered 1-5, bordered by Route 7, Charles Street, Washington Drive, and the Courtland Park neighborhood. [Fairfax County photo]

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan Sept. 23 allowing development of a shopping center on Leesburg Pike between Charles Street and Washington Drive in Bailey’s Crossroads.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Genealogists invited to 'night owl' research session in Virginia Room

Genealogists and local historians are invited to a free “night owl” research session at Fairfax County Public Library’s Virginia Room on Friday, Oct. 10, 6-11 p.m.

The Virginia Room is located on the second floor of the City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360  North Street, Fairfax.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Bring your dog to Dog Walk Fest on Sunday

Poster by Hayley Teich
Ravenwood Park’s first Dog Walk Fest a year ago was so successful, it’s happening again this Sunday. This fundraiser, organized by Hayley Teich, age 8, is Sept. 28, 2-3 p.m., starting at 6203 Colmac Drive, Falls Church.

The entry fee is $5 per dog, and the money raised will support the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. Last year, the event raised more than $600.

The sponsor, Gentle Touch Dog Grooming, is providing prizes for the smallest, biggest, and most talented dog and best dog costume.  Dog Walk Fest is a great opportunity to meet people and their dogs, while enjoying the fresh air, building community spirit, and supporting a good cause and a young fundraising organizer.

Public invited to a community forum on Seven Corners Oct. 7

This quiet street is directly behind the Sears site, where a large apartment complex has been proposed.
Concerned about the future of Seven Corners? The Mason District Council of Community Associations invites all residents to a Community Forum to discuss plans for significant mixed-use redevelopment of Seven Corners, including thousands of new apartments.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

House fire caused by bird nest

An accidental fire at a house at 5215 Clifton Street in the Alexandria section of Mason District Sept. 25, was caused by a bird nest too close to an exterior light, according to investigators with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. No one was injured. Damage is estimated at $26,000.

Expansion of Seven Corners Home Depot proposed

The Seven Corners Home Depot is requesting a zoning special exception allowing it to expand into the adjoining storefront, currently occupied by a temporary Spirit of Halloween store. It was formerly a Room Store, and before that, Dollar General.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seven Corners Task Force agrees on redevelopment plan, except for Sears site

Seven Corners, with Route 7 in the foreground.
The Seven Corners Task Force agreed Sept. 23 to endorse a draft redevelopment and transportation plan for the area – with the exception of the Sears site.

The task force had been unable to reach a consensus on how to develop one of three areas in the Seven Corners study area – the piece along Route 7 occupied by Sears and a couple of office buildings – and a development proposal for that area from Foulger-Pratt generated a huge amount of opposition from local residents. So the Sears site will be dealt with separately.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Seven Corners plan deferred; new committee will look at Sears site

Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, Planning Commission member Janet Hall, and Seven Corners Task Force Co-Chair John Thillman at the Lake Barcroft Association meeting.
The Seven Corners Land Use and Transportation Task Force will delay its final report, and a new committee made up of community residents will be formed to make recommendations on the redevelopment of the Sears site, Mason Supervisors Penny Gross announced at a meeting of the Lake Barcroft Association Sept. 22.

The committee will be chaired by Martin Faga of Ravenwood, a community representative on the Seven Corners Task Force. Gross will appoint community association presidents to serve on the committee, who would be able to designate someone else if they prefer.