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Friday, May 29, 2015

Annandale fire caused by electric candle

4759 Pomponio Place, Annandale. [Google Maps]
A fire at 4759 Pomponio Place in the Ravensworth-Bristow neighborhood in Annandale May 28 was caused by an electric candle in the first-floor living, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reports.

When firefighters arrived at 7:45 a.m., they encountered smoke and fire coming from the front of the three-story, single-family house. One occupant was home when the fire broke out and escaped unharmed. Three occupants were displaced but declined Red Cross support. Damage is estimated at $25,000.

Honey Pig is key supporter of Taste of Annandale

The Honey Pig Korean BBQ Restaurant, on Columbia Pike in Annandale, hosted about 40 journalists, sponsors, and local leaders May 28 for a briefing on the Taste of Annandale, a community festival on June 13. 

Rev. Clarence Brown, chair of the Taste of Annandale Steering Committee, Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, and Maj. Gun Lee of the Fairfax County Police Department gave a preview about “the Taste,” which will  showcase local restaurants and businesses, strengthen community engagement, and support local youths. The event will include a 5K Fun Run, live entertainment, a chili cook-off, and childrens corner. Proceeds will benefit the Annandale Youth Fund.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Elmdale walkway nearly completed

[Photo by David Siegel]

The $400,000 project to install a sidewalk along Elmdale Road between Old Columbia Pike and Braddock Road is almost finished. Funding for project came from a Fairfax County bond approved in 2007.  

Mason Supervisor Penny Gross calls that stretch of road along the Pinecrest Golf Course “one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in Mason District.” 

The new sidewalk will be especially welcomed by one of her constituents who uses a walker and has been unable to get enough exercise, Gross says.

Immigration cases keep Annandale law firm busy

 Emanuel Mpras
Annandale attorney Emanuel Mpras has deep roots in Annandale, and now that his law practice is firmly established, he wants to get more involved in the community. So when he heard about the Taste of Annandale, he decided to sign up as a sponsor.

Mpras Law Offices, at 7361 McWhorter Place in Annandale, is one of a dozen businesses, agencies, and nonprofits that have so far committed to supporting the Taste of Annandale, a community festival June 13 on Tom Davis Drive. More than 20 food venders have signed on, as well. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Democrats endorse school board candidates

At-large school board members (from the left) Ryan McElveen, Ilryong Moon, and Ted Velkoff. [Photo by Kat Velkoff]
Members of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee (FCDC) voted May 26 to endorse candidates for the school board.

The Democrats endorsed all three at-large incumbents on the board: Ryan McElveen, Ilryong Moon, and Ted Velkoff. Three other at-large candidates – Omar Fateh, Michele Menapace, and Stephen Blancq – had sought the endorsement.

Eakin Park project raises concerns about threat to frogs

A frog in Eakin Park. [Photos by Gary Rubin]
Preparation for a construction project near the pond in Eakin Park in Annandale has raised alarm bells that the frogs who breed in a vernal pool nearby might be danger.

Gary Rubin, who lives near Eakin Park, says his children enjoy watching the frogs and tadpoles in the shallow pool, which is between the pond and the Cross County Trail by the Tobin Road entrance. When Park Authority workers began stationing large piles of dirt around the pool in recent weeks, he became concerned that they were getting ready to fill in the pool to prevent flooding on the trail. 

B2B Opportunity Fair geared to small business start-ups

Looking to take your business to the next level? Or take the plunge into entrepreneurship? Get some practical advice and build your networking contacts at the B2B Opportunity Fair this Friday, May 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ernst Center at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Local resident bitten by copperhead

Zoya Melnichenko was watering her flowers when she was bit by a copperhead. [Photo by Steve Barrett]
Getting bitten by a copperhead is rare in Fairfax County, but it happened a couple of weeks ago right here in Mason District. And that should serve as a warning to other residents who spend a lot of time working or playing outside.

Zoya Melnichenko was watering her garden in the Parklawn neighborhood at dusk on the day after Mother’s Day when she accidentally stepped on a copperhead and it bit her on the ankle.It actually bit her twice, reports her daughter, Julia Munoz. “The first time, she felt something, looked down, and it bit her again.”

Belvedere Elementary is first FCPS school to offer IB Primary Years Program

Belvedere Elementary School, on Columbia Pike in Mason District.
Belvedere Elementary School is the first elementary school in Fairfax County authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP).

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Queen of Apostles School hosts 5K and international festival May 30

The 2014 Queen of Apostles 5K.
Come outside, get some exercise, and have fun at the annual 5K Soar Like an Eagle Run hosted by the Queen of Apostles School May 30.

The 5K starts at 8 a.m. at 4409 Sano Drive, Alexandria, and will wind through the streets of the Parklawn neighborhood. There will also be a one-mile fun run at 9 a.m. Register online by noon on May 29 or come early and register on site.

Scene around A-Town: The pools are open!

Local swimming pools throughout the area opened yesterday, and despite the nippy temperature, a few hardy souls took the plunge, including these swimmers at the Lincolnia Park Recreation Club.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Annandale HS principal will retire

Annandale High School Principal Vince Randazzo announced May 22 plans to retire later this summer.

“I have enjoyed working with you, and the entire Annandale family, to build a school of which we can all be proud,” Randazzo wrote in an email to the AHS community. “I thank everyone who has worked so hard to ensure our students have the best education and are successful graduates.”