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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Annual Parade and Fall Festival bring crowds to Annandale

The annual Annandale Parade and Fall Festival Oct. 25 drew large crowds to the community on a beautiful fall day. Both events are sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce. [See the Annandale Blog Facebook page for more photos.]

The Marching Atoms from Annandale High School.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Public invited to Annandale Parade and Festival tomorrow

The Marching Atoms in the Annandale Parade a few years ago.
The biggest community event in Annandale – the Annual Parade and Fall Festival, organized by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce – takes place tomorrow, Oct. 25.

NOTE: Some local streets will be closed tomorrow morning, so plan alternate routes.

Two Glasgow students hit by car



Two Glasgow Middle School students were struck by a car at 7 a.m. this morning in the 3400 block of Slade Run Drive, Falls Church. They were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson Bud Walker.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

School board approves later high school start time



Advocates for later school start times pack a school board meeting last month. [Photo from SLEEP.]

The Fairfax County School Board by a vote of 11 to 1 Oct. 23 approved later start times for high schools, beginning in the 2015-16 school year.

High school would start between 8 and 8:10 a.m. and end between 2:45 and 2:55 p.m. High schools currently start at 7:20 a.m., which means some students wake up as early as 5:45 a.m. to catch a bus.


Community leaders invited to disaster preparedness sessions

Volunteer Fairfax has received a grant to facilitate community collaboration to prepare for disaster and is hosting a pilot program in the Mason, Braddock, and Sully districts.

Leaders of community association, HOAs, community-based organizations, nonprofits, PTAs, faith-based groups, and first responders in Mason District are encouraged to attend a seminar and table-top exercise.

Fire damages Annandale condo

A fire in a condo at 4653 Logsdon Drive, Annandale, Oct. 22 caused an estimated $40,000 in damages, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reports.

Firefighters responded to the fire at approximately 3:50 p.m., encountering smoke and fire coming from the front of the ground-level, two-bedroom unit. The occupants were home at the time and escaped unharmed. Two people have been displaced and received support from the Red Cross.

Annandale Atoms: 'most unique' high school mascot in the region

The Atoms of Annandale High School came in first in the “most unique mascot” poll sponsored by WUSA News Channel 9. 

The voting was a sweep for AHS, with 2,169 votes for the Atoms. The Maret Frogs came in second with just 285 votes. Other mascots in the running included the Richard Montgomery Rockets (12), Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas (11), Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders (11), Cardozo Clerks (10), Dunbar Crimson Tide (4), Bethesda Chevy Chase Battlin’ Baron (3), Eastern Ramblers (2), McKinley Trainers (2), and Glen Burnie Gophers (2).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New details emerge on Southeast Quadrant project in Bailey's Crossroads



A rendering of the proposed apartment building calls it "Columbia Crossroads."

Plans under discussion for the “Southeast Quadrant” of Columbia Pike include a five-story apartment building and a new urban-style elementary school.

This 7.4-acre site lies between Moncure Avenue and Radley Acura. Part of that site, currently occupied by the Bailey’s International Center office building, Safari Restaurant, Falls Church Automotive Center, and other businesses along Columbia Pike, is in the process of being purchased by AvalonBay.

Celebrate Halloween early at Parklawn Spooky 5K/1K Saturday

The race t-shirt.
Everyone in the Annandale/Mason area is invited to get in the Halloween spirit and come out to the first annual Parklawn Spooky 5K/1K Saturday, Oct. 25, sponsored by the Parklawn Civic Association. The wearing of costumes by runners and spectators is encouraged.

The organizers have already reached their goal of 100 runners, but people can still register until the last minute. Both races start and finish in Glasgow Park and wind through the Parklawn neighborhood.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Maggiano's brings Italian classics to Springfield Town Center

By Mark Heckathorn

Maggiano’s Little Italy opened at the new Springfield Town Center, formerly the Springfield Mall, on Oct. 17. This is Maggiano’s 49th restaurant and joins others in Tysons Corner and D.C.

The Springfield restaurant seats 279 in two dining rooms and the bar and another 28 on the patio. It added about 150 jobs to the area.