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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Seven Corners chef is getting national attention

Padaek owner and chef Seng Luangrath.
Padaek, a small Laotian restaurant in a Seven Corners strip mall, is getting widespread acclaim. Executive Chef and owner Seng Luangrath was nominated for a 2018 James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

“I was really surprised. I didn’t expect this. It blew my mind,” says Luangrath. The Beard Awards are like the Oscars for chefs.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Students stage walkouts to protest gun violence

The student walkout at Edison High School [Maggie via Twitter]
Students across the D.C. metro area walked out of school today to protest gun violence and to honor the victims of the school shooting in Florida Feb. 14, which resulted in the deaths of 17 students and teachers.

A parent of a student at Frost Middle School said her son reported about half the student body walked out at noon. About 200 students participated in a walkout at Edison High School. They stood in front of the rock in front of the school for about a half hour. Other walkouts were reported at Holmes and Glasgow middle schools and Stuart, Herndon, Annandale, Fall Church, South Lakes, Madison, Marshall, and South County high school. 

County budget would raise the tax rate

County Executive Bryan Hill (right) presents the 2019 advertised budget to the Board of Supervisors. On the left is FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand. 
The proposed fiscal year 2019 budget presented by Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill to the Board of Supervisors Feb. 20 would raise the real estate tax rate by 2.5 cents.

That would raise the current rate of $1.13 per $100 of assessed value to $1.155. It would result in an average tax bill increase of $268 for homeowners.


Average real estate assessments rise 2.17 percent

Homes for sale in Annandale. [Zillow]
Real estate assessments for 2018 are up an average of 2.17 percent over last year, the Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration reported Feb. 20.

The average assessment for all homes is $547,219, up from $535,597 in 2017.

Report predicts demographic changes in Fairfax

The latest statistics released by the Fairfax County Department of Management and Budget predict steady growth over the next few years.

According to the county’s Demographic Reports 2017, released earlier this month, there were 1,142,888 people living in Fairfax County in 2017. That’s an 0.8 percent increase from 2016. By 2045, the population is expected to grow to nearly 1.4 million.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Weekend crimes include auto theft, drugs, assault

Recasas [FCPD]
A man from Fort Washington, Md., was arrested in the 4200 block of Hummer Road in Annandale for auto theft and drug possession at 10:15 p.m. on Feb. 17, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

An officer doing a check in a parking lot ran a license plate that came back as stolen. When officers searched the driver, they found illegal narcotics. Reggie Recasas, age 31, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute schedule I/II drugs, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a stolen auto.