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Monday, October 20, 2014

Help Stuart HS boosters raise funds for artificial turf fields

A Stuart football game. [Turf Stuart photo]

The JEB Stuart High School Athletic Boosters Club is reaching out to the broader community to help raise funds for artificial turf football and baseball fields. Turf fields cost more than $1 million to install but cost less to maintain than grass fields and are more durable in rainy weather.

The new field can be installed in summer 2015, but Fairfax County Public Schools and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are requiring the Stuart to contribute $100,000 to the cost – $50,000 by the end of this month and $50,000 by the end of January. The campaign has raised $45,000 so far.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jim Webb urges Democrats to focus on income inequality


Former Sen. Jim Webb may or may not be actively contemplating a run for the presidency but he certainly sounded like a candidate in a brief speech at a brunch sponsored by the Mason District Democratic Committee Oct. 18. When asked if he is running for president, Webb told the Annandale Blog, “not at this time.”

After representing Virginia in the U.S. Senate for one term, 2007-13, Webb, a decorated military veteran and author, did not seek re-election. There is widespread speculation that he might go up against frontrunner Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lotte international grocery will replace Safeway in Ravensworth Shopping Center

A rendering of the shopping center after remodeling.
The Safeway at the Ravensworth Shopping Center will close this winter and will be replaced with a Lotte Plaza international grocery store. That change is part of a project to renovate the shopping center outlined at a community meeting Oct. 16.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Shoppers converge on new Springfield Town Center

Several hundred people gathered for the grand opening of the new Springfield Town Center Oct. 17.  It replaces the old Springfield Mall, which opened in 1973 and had declined in recent years as an increasing number of stores became vacant.

The new 1.3 million square foot shopping structure is still a mall, although it boasts trendy new stores, like the D.C. area’s first Topshop store in the British-based fashion chain. The exterior of the shopping center is lined with restaurants with outdoor dining.

Pedestrian fatality in Seven Corners

A woman crossing Leesburg Pike near Row Street in Seven Corners was struck by a car at about 9:45 p.m. on Oct. 16, the Mason Police District reports.

The pedestrian, Irma Taracena, 61, of Munson Hill Road in Falls Church, was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Bailey's principal sue for discrimination and harassment

Principal Marie Lemmon greets students on the first day of school at the new Bailey's Upper Elementary School.

The complaints about Bailey’s Elementary School Principal Marie Lemmon outlined in a lawsuit charging her with discrimination and harassment are similar to the experiences of other current and former employees.

“I can’t attest to the facts in the lawsuit, but it follows a pattern that many people experienced,” a former Bailey’s employee told the Annandale Blog. Bailey’s is the largest elementary school in Fairfax County and is the only school where a single principal presides over two separate school buildings.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Residents express growing opposition to Seven Corners redevelopment plan

A Mason District Council community forum attracts a large crowd.
A proposed redevelopment plan for Seven Corners is facing growing opposition from local residents, who are concerned about the prospect of significant increases in density and the impact on traffic congestion, school capacity, and the general quality of life in the area.

Many of those concerns were raised at a community forum earlier this month organized by the Mason District Council of Community Associations (MDC). Meanwhile, about 200 residents from several Seven Corners neighborhoods signed a petition asking Mason Supervisor Penny Gross to expand the scope of the follow-on committee that is looking at Seven Corners revitalization.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Note to readers

The Annandale Blog is taking a brief break during the first half of October. We’ll be back in a  few weeks – energized and ready to jump back into reporting on the Annandale, Seven Corners, and Bailey’s Crossroads areas. Meanwhile, please continue to send comments on stories and send news tips to We’ll have a lot of catching up to do.

The polls are open for absentee in-person voting through Oct. 31

Absentee voting at the Mason Government Center.
Voting is already underway for the Nov. 4 election. You can vote absentee in-person at the Mason Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Monday-Friday, 3:30-7 p.m. through Oct. 31 and Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov 1. Voting will not take place on Columbus Day, Oct. 13.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 14. Not sure if you’re registered? Verify your status here.

Youths encouraged to join the Annandale Mat Rats

The Mat Rats in action.

By Gary Rubin

Wrestling is a challenging sport, both physically and mentally, but it is one in which children can excel regardless of size and athleticism. 

Local youths are encouraged to join the Annandale Mat Rats, a wrestling club affiliated with the Annandale Boys and Girls Club and Annandale High School. The club is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 14.