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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pelicana opens in Annandale

Annandale’s newest restaurant, Pelicana, opened to big crowds May 21. There were so many customers, in fact, they stopped filling takeout orders.

Pelicana, which specializes in fried chicken, is next to The Block at 4219 John Marr Drive. It’s open 5 p.m. to midnight during its “soft opening” period, says manager Peter Kim. Eventually it will be open daily 11-2 a.m. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

School news: Excellence rewarded

An occasional series highlighting programs and activities at schools in the Annandale/Mason District area. The information and photos here are from Fairfax County Public Schools and individual schools.

The Voices Now team from Holmes Middle School performed their play at Arena Stage.
Spanish immersionGlasgow Middle School will become the first FCPS middle school to offer a Spanish immersion program during the 2018-19 school year.

The program will serve as a continuation for students who participated in Spanish immersion in elementary school. Immersion students will receive Spanish language arts instruction and will take math and science courses in Spanish for half the day and will have instruction in English for language arts and social studies during the rest of the day.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Construction begins on Ravensworth roundabout

The roundabout as seen from Jayhawk Street. 

There’s a new traffic pattern on Ravensworth Road as the Virginia Department of Transportation has marked off the area at the Jayhawk Street/Fountainhead Drive in Annandale where a temporary roundabout will be installed.  

Drivers who want to turn left from those streets onto Ravensworth will have to go around the circle. The project is expected to be completed in June. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Public invited to tour sustainable gardens

The Carosella residence.
If you’ve always wanted to create a backyard oasis that focuses on sustainability, the annual Sustainable Garden Tour, hosted by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, is a great way to see some examples.

The 2018 tour, on Sunday, June 10, 1-5 p.m., features homes, a church, and a school in the Annandale/Falls Church/Fairfax area. The sites include rain gardens, native plant landscaping, rain barrels, edible gardens, backyard wildlife habitats, and composting.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mason Crest Elementary School gets new principal

Shin [FCPS]
Sherry Shin has been named the principal of Mason Crest Elementary School, effective July 2, Fairfax County Public Schools announced May 15.

Since Mason Crest’s first principal, Brian Butler left the school last year, Tim Stanley, a retired FCPS administrator, served as interim principal.

Shin has served as assistant principal at Mason Crest since 2015. Previously, she worked as an instructional support teacher in the FCPS Office of English for Speakers of Other Languages, a math resource teacher at Mount Eagle Elementary School, and a classroom teacher at Bush Hill Elementary School.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Absentee voting under way for June 12 primary

Absentee voting is underway for the primary elections on June 12.

There will be Republican primary to select a candidate to run against Tim Kaine, the Democrat representing Virginia in the U.S. Senate. No Democratic candidates are running against Kaine.

There are three candidates in the Republic primary for Kaine’s seat: Corey Stewart, chair of the Prince William Board of Supervisors, who calls himself an “unapologetic Trump supporter”; Del. Nick Freitas, who snagged the NRA endorsement; and E.W. Jackson, a minister who once said yoga leads to Satan and gay people are ill.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Homeless population rose from 2017 to 2018

The future site of the Bailey's Crossroads shelter and transitional housing facility on Seminary Road.
Although the point-in-time count of homeless people was up slightly on Jan. 24, 2018, in the Fairfax County/Falls Church area compared to the previous year, the homeless population has been steadily decreasing over the past 10 years.

There were 987 people who were literally homeless, according to the 2018 point in time (PIT) count on Jan. 24, an increase of 23 over the 2017 PIT.