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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bengalis celebrate New Year's at Mason District Park

Hundreds of people converged on Mason District Park Saturday for the Bangladesh New Year’s festival known as Boaishakhi Mela. There was music, dancing, and lots of vendors selling clothing, jewelry, and food.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Emergency training class forming in Annandale

CERT trainers prepare for a simulated disaster exercise. [Joe Loong]
A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) group training class planned for the Annandale area needs a few more participants.

CERT training prepares residents to deal with emergencies – like severe weather disasters or terrorism, with the possibility of road closures, destruction of buildings, power outages, flooding, and injuries – so they can help their families and neighborhoods if first responders are delayed. In a catastrophic event, 911 could be overwhelmed and unreachable.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Creative Aging Festival features 100+ events in May

Seniors stuck in a rut can learn a new skill, create art, try a new dance move, and have fun during the month-long Creative Aging Festival beginning May 1.

The festival, hosted by Fairfax County, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and AARP Virginia, includes more than 100 classes, performances, and events – most of them free – throughout Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Stuart and Glasgow communities meet new principals

Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club President Harry Henderson (in the middle) presents a ceremonial check for $25,100 to FCPS during a community meeting at Stuart High School April 22.
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza told the Stuart and Glasgow communities their schools are in good hands with new leadership.

Last week, Garza appointed Penny Gros, the former principal at Glasgow Middle School, to be the new principal at JEB Stuart High School. Shawn DeRose, a former assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology who had been assigned to Stuart last year to provide additional leadership support, was named acting principal at Stuart.

Gross opens campaign office in Annandale

Penny Gross speaks to supporters at her campaign office.

“I intend to win; I intend to win big,” Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross told supporters at the opening of her re-election campaign headquarters April 22. Dozens of local residents came to Gross’ campaign office, located in the former Healthway store on John Marr Drive in Annandale.

“Representing you on the Board of Supervisors is an honor and a privilege,” Gross said. “It’s also a lot of hard work.” Being supervisor is “the best job,” because, “I get to “address the everyday aggravations of life.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Board of Supervisors approves budget for FY 2016

The Fairfax County Government Center.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors made a few changes April 21 in the FY 2016 advertised budget presented by County Deputy Ed Long, restoring several human service programs, adding some money for Fairfax County Public Schools, and increasing supervisors’ pay.

The nearly $4 billion marked-up budget will be formally adopted by the BoS April 28.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gross plans meeting on suicide prevention

Mason Supervisor Penny Gross is planning to host a meeting for the Korean-American community on juvenile suicide, citing growing concerns among parents.  

The meeting, to be conducted in collaboration with the Fairfax County Police Department and Region 2 of Fairfax County Public Schools, will focus on helping youths develop resilience and coping skills and helping parents recognize the signs of depression and stress.

Monday, April 20, 2015

New group will represent Korean businesses in Annandale

Lunch at the Honey Pig. The Korean BBQ restaurant is a member of the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of Virginia and will also participate in the Taste of Annandale.

A newly formed chamber of commerce is representing Korean businesses in Annandale. The group’s first major activity is co-hosting the Taste of Annandale, a community celebration on June 13 along Tom Davis Drive.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Congressional Schools students participate in White House workshop

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to students.
Eighth-grade students at the Congressional Schools of Virginia in Falls Church had an amazing experience April 14, when they were invited to an “In Performance at the White House” workshop hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gross outlines vision for community school at Willston Center

The main entrance to the Willston Center.
Mason Supervisor Penny Gross has outlined a vision for a school at the Willston Multicultural Center that would be attached to a building providing a variety of community services.

In her “A Penny for Your Thoughts” column published in the Falls Church News-Press April 16, Gross said she has been working with school board member Sandy Evans on “a concept that can provide a win/win/win for schools and the community when future redevelopment opportunities [for Seven Corners] are planned and funded.”

Friday, April 17, 2015

Taste of Annandale gains widespread community support

Left to right: Officer Brendan Murphy, Lucy Caldwell of FCPD, Supervisor Penny Gross, Norma Lopez of Neighborhood and Community Services, Steve Lee, Lambros Magiafas, Rev. Clarence Brown, and Maj. Gunn Lee.

The Taste of Annandale will bring the community together, highlighting the cooperative spirit among local businesses and residents in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship.

That’s the message the organizers of the event stressed at a press briefing April 16, officially announcing the first-ever Taste of Annandale, which will take place June 13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., on Tom Davis Drive. Admission is free to the public.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DeRose appointed acting principal of Glasgow

Shawn DeRose has been appointed acting principal at Glasgow Middle School, effective immediately, Fabio Zuluaga, assistant superintendent for Region 2, announced in a message to parents April 16.

Glasgow’s former principal, Penny Gros, was named principal of JEB Stuart High School April 15, following the abrupt departure of Prosperanta Calhoun.