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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Volunteers sought for Wedgewood Community Center

The Wedgewood Community Center hosts an afterschool program during the school year.
Children who live in the Wedgewood apartments in Annandale can participate in a free program this summer run by FACETS, a nonprofit organization based in Fairfax that oversees the Wedgewood Community Center.

Free meals served this summer at local schools

The summer meals program at Glasgow Middle School. [FCPS]
Children from lower-income households in Fairfax County needn’t go hungry when schools are closed this summer. Fairfax County Public Schools is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s summer food service program, which ensures that students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Working group proposed to study Stuart High School name change

School board member Sandy Evans (Mason) plans to ask the board to create a working group to consider  changing the name of JEB Stuart High School and report back with a recommendation by July 2017.

“After reading historical documents and arguments on both sides, considering all the community input to date, and discussing this with my colleagues on the school board, I do believe this high school should have a name that is more reflective and respectful of a diverse community,” Evans wrote in an email to constituents. “At the same time, we need a path that gives the community more time to have input into the decision and address key concerns.”

Police set up 'exchange zone' for safer online purchasing

People who buy things online – from Craigslist or eBay, for example – and arrange to pick up their items in person from strangers are taking a risk. Instead of a simple transaction, these sales become an opportunity for criminals.

“Police respond to numerous reports of robberies, assaults, and thefts throughout the year, as people who just want to buy an item for a little less become unsuspecting victims,” states a notice from the Fairfax County Police Department.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Bailey's ES lunch lady arrested for embezzlement

Sarsaur [FCPD]
A Fairfax County Public Schools employee, Fadwa Sarsaur, 51, was arrested for embezzling money from student lunch accounts at Bailey’s Elementary School, at 6111 Knollwood Drive in Bailey’s Crossroads.

Fairfax County Police detectives began an investigation on June 16 after staff in the FCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services discovered discrepancies in accounting records and notified the school system’s Internal Investigations Section, who in turn contacted FCPD.

Information sought in attempted robbery at Seven Corners pharmacy

Fairfax County Police detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect who tried to rob the Millennium Pharmacy at 6305 Castle Place in Falls Church June 22.

The man entered a store, implied that he had a weapon, and demanded prescription medication from two employees. He fled on foot without taking anything. No one was hurt.

Board of Supervisors approve townhouses behind Heritage Mall

Residential development approved for this site.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on June 21 unanimously approved a Comprehensive Plan amendment to pave the way for a 68-unit townhouse project behind a shopping center on Heritage Drive in Annandale. No one from the community spoke at the public hearing.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Supervisors approve zoning amendment allowing more density

Seven Corners is poised for redevelopment.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a zoning amendment June 21 that would allow redevelopment with higher levels of density in certain areas identified for revitalization, including Annandale, Seven Corners, and Bailey’s Crossroads.

The amendment, which was approved by the Planning Commission June 15, would set a maximum floor-area ratio (FAR) of 5.0 in transit station areas (TSAs), community redevelopment districts (CRDs), and commercial business centers (CBCs).

Fatal accident in Annandale

The Fairfax County Police Department reports a 68-year-old woman was found pinned under a vehicle in her driveway in the 4200 block of Sleepy Hollow Road (near Mason District Park) shortly after 4 p.m. on June 22. Officers from the Mason Police District, along with fire and rescue personnel responded to the accident, and the victim was pronounced deceased a short time later. Detectives from the Crash Reconstruction Unit believe the victim slipped under the vehicle after accidentally placing it in gear.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

An open letter to Mason District residents on the homeless shelter relocation

The following open letter to the residents of Mason District was written by Deborah Fraser, Kathy Hoyt, Lynn Bostain, Christine Trapnell, and Carol Turner, who oppose Fairfax County's plans to relocate the Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter to a site at the Lincolnia Senior Center. This piece reflects the views of the authors, not the Annandale Blog.

The county wants to relocate the Bailey's Crossroads homeless shelter to this field behind the Lincolnia Senior Center.
On Tuesday, June 28, the Mason District Land Use Committee (MDLUC) will vote on whether or not to endorse the proposed relocation of the Bailey’s Crossroads homeless shelter to the field behind the Lincolnia Senior Center

At various public meetings, Fairfax County has outlined several justifications for this transition, including the immediate need to pursue a redevelopment opportunity, the superior qualifications of the senior center as a “temporary” site, and the difficulty of finding a permanent location.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Community comes together to support Orlando victims

More than 100 community members gathered outside Stuart High School June 20 for an aerial photo shoot to express solidarity with the families, victims, and first responders in Orlando, Fla., affected by the massacre at the Pulse nightclub.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Public Safety Day promotes positive community relations

Children check out the Virginia State Police SWAT vehicle.
Several branches of law enforcement showed off their gear at Public Safety Day at Bailey’s Elementary School June 18 for a family-friendly gathering aimed at building trust with the Culmore community.

There were children’s games, free food, information for parents, and an opportunity to explore a SWAT vehicle, FBI mobile command center, fire truck, and Fairfax County Police Department helicopter.