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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Falls Church HS brings Homecoming to the streets

The Marching Jaguars lead the Falls Church High School Homecoming Parade. [Photos by Jason Anderson]
Falls Church High School brought some school spirit into the community Oct. 20 as the annual Jaguar Homecoming Parade wound through the neighborhood.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Planning Commission approves townhouse community in Seven Corners

The new townhouse would be built in the area labled "subject property."
The Fairfax County Planning Commission agreed Oct. 19 to endorse a rezoning application to permit the construction of 37 townhouses in Seven Corners on the site of a medical office building.

The next step is a hearing before the Board of Supervisors Oct. 24. An amendment to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan for the project was approved in June.

Section of Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail to close for emergency sewer repair project

Holmes Run Stream Valley. [City of Alexandria]
A short section of Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail will be closed, starting the week of Oct. 23, for an emergency project to repair a sanitary sewer line, the Fairfax County Park Authority reports. Depending on the level of repairs required, an approximately 1,500-foot section of trail could be closed for up to a year.

Tomorrow is Tag Day for the Annandale High School Orchestras

The Masquerade Concert is next week. 
Saturday, Oct. 21, is Tag Day for the Annandale High School Orchestras. Student musicians will be knocking on doors asking for donations to supplement the funds provided by Fairfax County Public Schools.

Contributions from generous community members will be used to purchase instruments, uniforms, and sheet music. Donations can also be made online with PayPal.

The public is invited to the orchestra’s popular Masquerade Concert Oct. 26, 7 p.m., at the school. The musicians will perform in costume, and children who come in costume will receive free candy. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Annandale's oldest house is open to the public on Oak Hill Day, Oct. 21

The public will have a chance to take a peek inside the historic Oak Hill mansion on Saturday.

Oak Hill, an 18th century Georgian-style house at 4716 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, is all that remains of the Ravensworth Tract, which dates back to the 1670s and once encompassed 22,000 acres.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Neighbors say their concerns about the Bailey's Crossroads homeless shelter not addressed

A conceptual drawing of the new Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter. 

People who live or own businesses near the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter on Moncure Road are concerned that the problems surrounding that shelter won’t be resolved when it’s replaced by a new facility a few blocks away on Seminary Road.

Construction of a new, larger homeless shelter is expected to start next spring, said Tom Barnett, Program manager with the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, at a meeting of the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation (BC7RC) Oct. 17. The new facility is expected to open in fall 2019.

Annandale resident wins the scavenger hunt

The Annandale Blog table at the Taste of Annandale.
Congratulations to Liz Berbano, the winner of the Annandale Blog scavenger hunt at the Taste of Annandale. The contest called for people to answer simple questions related to the vendors at the Pct. 14 street festival. The prize is a $50 gift certificate from Amazon. 

Public invited to dialogue on community featuring art by local youths

Art projects by youths displayed at a community dialogue session in May at Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center.
The public is invited to “Re-Imagining Community Through Art,” a dialogue inspired by artworks created by local youths on the topic: “What’s your vision for a better community.”

The session is Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-3 p.m., at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. A free lunch will be provided. Childcare will be available for ages 5-12.