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Monday, September 22, 2014

Funeral chapel proposed for area near Backlick Shopping Center

Mustafa Center

The Mason District Land Use Committee is expected to hear a proposal Sept. 23 from the Afghan Academy for a funeral chapel at 6839 Braddock Road, Annandale. It would be across the street from the Mustafa Center, a mosque associated with  the Afghan Academy.

People who live nearby are concerned that the project will bring more traffic to an already-congested area.

Providence Players invite students and seniors to free previews

The Providence Players of Fairfax, a nonprofit community theater troupe performing at the James Lee CommunityCenter, is offering a free preview performance of each upcoming production this season for local students (and their teachers and guests) and seniors.

The first free preview in this series will be Thursdays, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., for “Of Mice and Men,” a play based on the classic American novella by John Steinbeck. The show will be at the James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Road in Falls Church.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Annandale firefighters inspecting residents' smoke detectors

Annandale Station 8 Capt. Ralph Pisani (left) and crew member on Bradley Circle in the Broyhill Crest neighborhood.
Firefighters from Annandale Fire Station #8 on Columbia Pike were out knocking on residents’ doors on Saturday checking to see if resident have working smoke detectors. If they don’t, the firefighters give them a new smoke detector or batteries free of charge.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Man charged in connection with human trafficking, abducting a teenage girl

Detectives from Fairfax County Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit have charged a Mason District resident after they discovered he had allegedly abducted a 17-year-old girl, kept her in a locked room and victimized and exploited her.

According to a FCPD report, the young woman was missing for over three months, but no one ever reported it to police.

Friday, September 19, 2014

FCPS lauds Falls Church High School library

A discussion with authors fills the Falls Church High School library. [FCHS photo]
Students at Falls Church High School, one of the smallest high schools in Fairfax County Public Schools, were some the top users of their school library during the 2013-14 school year, according to an FCPS press release. The school averaged 4.8 books per student, compared to a countywide average of 2.3.

Judge upholds eviction of Pro Maxx Fitness from shopping center

Fairfax County Courthouse

The judge hearing the Pro Maxx Fitness eviction case in Fairfax County General District Court Sept. 19 upheld the eviction and ordered the gym’s owners to pay $35,000 in back rent to Carol Zach Reuss, the property manager of Annandale Shopping Center. The gym must vacate by Sept. 30.

Free workshop on how faith communities can grow food for the needy

Members of Columbia Baptist Church raise food for the needy.
The public is invited to a free workshop in Annandale on how faith communities can develop gardens to benefit local food pantries or members of their congregation.

The “Community Garden Harvests that Make a Difference” workshop takes place Sunday, Sept. 28, 3-5 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Annandale, 7610 Newcastle Drive, Annandale.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tysons redevelopment will transform the entire region

Part of the proposed Arbor Row development in the Westpark Drive area of Tysons.
A hundred and fifty years ago, Tysons Corners was literally the intersection of two roads, with not much else. It’s now a traffic-clogged employment center poised to become a big city with a lot more residents. And its name is being shortened to “Tysons” now that it’s not a rural crossroads any more.

Planning for and managing all the redevelopment is going on under the leadership of the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization (OCR).

Commentary: Ray Rice incident highlights need to protect abuse victims

By Jasmin Witcher

With all the recent focus on the Rice family, the NFL, and questions as to who viewed the video and knew what, and when, I believe we should stop judging and pointing fingers and start focusing on the larger issue.

Domestic violence is a local and a national problem that knows no boundaries. With one in four women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, it is imperative that victims receive the support and care needed to stay safe.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Loehmann's Plaza renamed Graham Park Plaza

With Loehmann’s long gone from Loehmann’s Plaza – the discount clothing company went out of business last January – Federal Realty Investment Trust, the owner of the shopping center on Route 50 in Falls Church, is changing its name from Loehmanns Plaza to “Graham Park Plaza.”