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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Restaurants offer diverse cuisines at Taste of Annandale

The Honey Pig, a popular spot at the 2015 Taste of Annandale, is returning to this year's festival.
With the Taste of Annandale less than six weeks away, vendor spots are filling up quickly. The restaurants already lined up represent the diversity of Annandale: Peruvian, Korean, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, Mexican, and American.

The Taste of Annandale – Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on Tom Davis Drive – features live entertainment, a 5K Rece, a chili cook-off, and a special children’s area with a full range of activities – as well as food. Admission is free.

Police seek peeper caught on video

Fairfax County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man responsible for a peeping incident that occurred in the 3500 block of S. George Mason Drive in the Bailey’s Crossroads area on Monday, Aug. 21, at around 10:08 p.m.

“The suspect was caught on video surveillance peeping through a window into an occupied home,” the FCPD reports. “It also appears that he was touching himself inappropriately during the incident.”

Monday, August 22, 2016

Aldi grocery store coming to Annandale

The new home of Aldi, in the Annandale Shopping Center, is currently being used by the Treasure Trove for furniture sales.
Four and a-half years after the Bloom store at 7000 Columbia Pike closed, Aldi has agreed to lease the space. An Aldi grocery store is expected to open in that spot some time next year, says Colleen Baker, a spokesperson for the company.

Annandale park showcases music of Colombia

Vanessa Lozano and Ricardo Herrera, both originally from Bogota, Colombia, perform at Ossian Hall Park.
The music and dance of Colombia was on display at Ossian Hall Park in Annandale Saturday evening. The band Confonica played traditional music from the Andes and Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and members of the El Tayrona dance group performed several Colombian dances, including the sanjuanero, bambuca, and la cumbia.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Taj Restaurant opens Aug. 21 in Barcroft Plaza shopping center

Dolary Hossain (left) and her sister Dola, a student at Bailey's Upper Elementary School, in front of a mural of the Taj Mahal in their new restaurant.

The Taj Restaurant, offering food from south India and more, opens Sunday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m., at Barcroft Plaza on Columbia Pike.

It’s owned by Mohamed Hossain, a native of Bangladesh who owns Paak Bazaar, the Indian grocery store next door that’s been in the shopping center for about 15 years. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Public plays critical role in preventing the spread of Zika

Mosquito repellent packets and other materials from the Health Department's public outreach effort on Zika.
As the Zika virus takes hold in the United States, Fairfax County officials are urging the pubic to help stop the spread of the disease in Northern Virginia by reducing the mosquito population and taking other precautions.

There have been small outbreaks of Zika as early as 2001, but the current epidemic that started in Brazil in 2015 and spread  throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean “is a whole new ball game,” said Shawn Kiernan, an epidemiologist with the Fairfax County Health Department, at a Zika Town Hall at the Springfield Government Center Aug. 18.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Crackdown on out-of-state cars yields more tax revenue

This car was parked at an Annandale apartment complex.
Fairfax County is encouraging residents to report online cars with out-of-state license plates that are habitually parked in their neighborhood

This effort is part of Operation Target, a program started a year ago by the Department of Tax Administration (DTA) to catch potential tax evaders and ensure county residents register their vehicles in Virginia and pay property taxes to Fairfax County.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Toppers Pizza coming to Northern Virginia

Toppers Pizza is coming to Northern Virginia, and Annandale could be one of the locations.

Franchisee Mike McLaughlin has an agreement with the company to open 22 Toppers with 13 in Northern Virginia and the rest in southern Maryland.

Registration under way for Taste of Annandale 5K Race

The 5K at the first Taste of Annandale in June 2015.

Registration is now open for the Taste of Annandale 5K Race. The 5K takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m., before the Taste of Annandale gets under way at 10.

The Taste of Annandale is a family-friendly community festival with food from local restaurants, live entertainment, a children’s corner with a full schedule of activities, a chill cook-off featuring the police fire departments, and more.

TD Bank coming to Pinecrest Plaza

Gas station will be replaced by bank. [David Siegel]

The Exxon station at Pinecrest Plaza in Annandale is being demolished to make way for a new TD Bank. The project was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2014.

“We’re targeting a late 2017 opening,” says Lisa Sawicki, TD vice president and corporate communications manager. The bank, at the corner of Little River Turnpike and Braddock Road, will have drive-through access, seven-day banking with extended hours, instant debit cards, local lenders making local loans, and treats for kids and dogs.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sheriff's deputy shoots suspect outside Inova Fairfax Hospital

An off-duty deputy with the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office  fatally shot a man reportedly acting in a threatening manner Aug. 15 at a bus stop outside Inova Fairfax Hospital.

[UPDATE, Aug. 18: The deceased man has been identified as Jovany Martinez, 29, of no fixed address.]

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, man had just been released from the hospital. He lunged at the deputy with a metal sign with a sharp edge at a bus stop outside the hospital's green garage after having already injured a security guard at about 10 p.m.  The man, described as age 29 and Hispanic, was reportedly suffering a “mental episode.”

Mason District Little League takes part in Nationals game

MDLL players at Nationals Park. [Photos by Mike Gallan]

The Mason District Little League had its moment in the sun Aug. 14 when the league was honored at a Washington Nationals major league baseball game. MDLL members stood with Nationals players during the National Anthem and held the rope at the start of the halftime Presidents Race.