Friday, April 18, 2014

Bad winter had impact on Annandale real estate market

This three-bedroom house at 4021 Gallows Road, Annandale, was built in 1948 and has a separate apartment above a detached garage. It's on the market for $549,900. [Photo from Zillow]
The bad weather last month depressed home sales in Annandale, reports real estate contributor Vivianne Couts, of the Couts Group with Coldwell Banker.

 “Basically, the horrific weather we had really messed with the real estate market,” Couts said. “People didn’t want to look at houses, and people hoping to sell weren’t prepared to put them on the market yet. But April is shaping up nicely, with lots of new housing coming up.”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Annandale Park desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti

The kiosk at Americana Park.

Americana Park in Annandale was desecrated by vandals at some point on April 8 who drew large swastikas and extremely offensive anti-Semitic slogans on the kiosk, pavement, signs, and Little River Turnpike overpass. They also smashed the glass on a kiosk with a rock.

The photo published here—and others showing much more hateful graffiti—were taken April 9 by a member of Friends of Accotink Creek.

Triple-A plans to open a retail center in Seven Corners

The long-vacant stand-alone building in the shopping center between Route 50 and Wilson Boulevard in Seven Corners that used be a Bennigan’s restaurant is getting a new occupant: An AAA Car Care, Insurance and Travel Center.

AAA Mid-Atlantic (part of the membership organization formerly known as the American Automobile Association) is requesting a zoning special exception to make modifications to the building and change its use. The proposal is expected to go to the Fairfax County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in October.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Air bag thieves hit cars in the Annandale/Mason area

There were “a significant number” of air bag thefts from vehicles in the Mason District in the past week or so, said Capt. David Smith, commander of the Mason Police District, including at least one on Whispering Lane in Annandale and about eight in The Pinecrest community.

There were also air bag thefts from multiple vehicles in Arlington last week, including several in the Fairlington community. In addition, air bags were stolen from cars recently in the Franconia and Fair Oaks areas in Fairfax County, and there have been clusters of air bag thefts throughout Northern Virginia in the past four years.

Inflatable fun center for kids opens in Annandale

There’s a new indoor playtime and party place for kids in Annandale with large inflatable structures for bouncing and sliding.

It’s called the Alexandria Coliseum, and it opened in March in the Kid’s Choice Sports Center, 4317 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, in the building that used to house the Annandale Sport & Health Club, which closed last spring.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lincolnia United Methodist Church to celebrate 150th anniversary

Lincolnia United Methodist Church, at 6335 Little River Turnpike, is celebrating its 150th anniversary May 11. All members, former members, and their families and friends are invited to a special service at 10:30 a.m. followed by a light lunch and a celebration featuring highlights of the church’s history.

The original name of the Lincolnia community was Lebanon. The original Methodist Congregation in Lebanon was chartered on May 11, 1864, reports a history of the church compiled by Mary Margaret Pence, church historian and descendant of a family that joined the church in 1885.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fire on Jayhawk Street was accidental

An accidental fire in a townhouse at 7407 Jayhawk St., Annandale, April 12, was caused by “an electrical anomaly in the basement,” the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reported April 14.

When firefighters arrived at about 9:30 p.m., they encountered smoke coming from the vents in the rear of the middle, three-story townhouse. They brought the bulk of the fire in the basement under control, then spent approximately 45 minutes locating several pockets of fire within the walls.

No one was home when the fire broke out. Four adults and two children have been displaced, and they declined an offer of help from the Red Cross. Damage is estimated at $100,000.

Health fair promotes smart nutrition

Nutrition tips from the Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition.
By Tammy of the MyFairfaxVille Blog

The Kids in the Kitchen Health Fair at the Mosaic District in Merrifield April 12 was aimed at promoting healthy eating habits, raising awareness about nutrition, combating obesity, and encouraging children to participate in regular physical activity. 

Green Festival at NOVA-Annandale on Earth Day

A previous Green Festival at NOVA. [Photo by Gary Robinette.]
Learn about environmental issues, resource conservation, and sustainable living at the free Green Festival, April 22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The keynote speaker is environmentalist and CNN Top 10 Hero of the Year for 2013 Chad Pregracke, who’s made it his life’s work to clean up the Mississippi River and other waterways. He will speak at 1 p.m. A. Alonso Aquirre, executive director of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Va., will speak at 9 a.m.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Volunteers clean up Annandale

Members of Boy Scout Troop 150 pick up litter along Little River Turnpike.

If Annandale looks cleaner, it’s because more than 50 people showed up on a beautiful spring morning April 12 to take part in the annual Annandale Cleanup organized by Helen Winter, chair of the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee. [In some places, the first “C” stands for “commercial” in the name of the committee, which seems a little redundant.]