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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Annandale's oldest house is open to the public on Oak Hill Day, Oct. 21

The public will have a chance to take a peek inside the historic Oak Hill mansion on Saturday.

Oak Hill, an 18th century Georgian-style house at 4716 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, is all that remains of the Ravensworth Tract, which dates back to the 1670s and once encompassed 22,000 acres.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Neighbors say their concerns about the Bailey's Crossroads homeless shelter not addressed

A conceptual drawing of the new Bailey's Crossroads Community Shelter. 

People who live or own businesses near the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter on Moncure Road are concerned that the problems surrounding that shelter won’t be resolved when it’s replaced by a new facility a few blocks away on Seminary Road.

Construction of a new, larger homeless shelter is expected to start next spring, said Tom Barnett, Program manager with the Fairfax County Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, at a meeting of the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation (BC7RC) Oct. 17. The new facility is expected to open in fall 2019.

Annandale resident wins the scavenger hunt

The Annandale Blog table at the Taste of Annandale.
Congratulations to Liz Berbano, the winner of the Annandale Blog scavenger hunt at the Taste of Annandale. The contest called for people to answer simple questions related to the vendors at the Pct. 14 street festival. The prize is a $50 gift certificate from Amazon. 

Public invited to dialogue on community featuring art by local youths

Art projects by youths displayed at a community dialogue session in May at Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center.
The public is invited to “Re-Imagining Community Through Art,” a dialogue inspired by artworks created by local youths on the topic: “What’s your vision for a better community.”

The session is Saturday, Oct. 21, 1-3 p.m., at the James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church. A free lunch will be provided. Childcare will be available for ages 5-12.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

'Lucky' lucks out at the Taste of Annandale pet contest

Chelsea with Theodore and Jefferson with Lucky.
Oct. 14 was a very lucky day for Jefferson Soto, as his puppy, Lucky, won him a $100 gift certificate as the top winner in the best-dressed pet contest at the Taste of Annandale.

The contest was hosted by Chico’s Natural Pet Market (6349-A Columbia Pike in Barcroft Plaza), one of the sponsors of the Taste of Annandale.

Weekend crimes include robbery, reckless driving

Police investigate armed robbery at Euro Market. [FCPD]
The Fairfax County Police Department reports the following crimes in the Annandale/Mason District area during the weekend.

A group of people robbed the Euro Market at the Mobil gas station at 6318 Leesburg Pike in Seven Corners at around 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 13. The group entered the store, displayed a weapon, demanded money, then left. One person sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Phillips Programs celebrates 50th anniversary

From the left: Priscilla Knight Williams of NOVEC: Phillips Programs President Piper Phillips Caswell; Alex Robbins of Rep. Gerry Connolly’s office; Mike Policicchio, partner, EY; Trudy Bell, program director, Phillips School-Annandale; Del. Mark Keam, Cindy Fithian of NOVEC; Debi Alexander, director of development, Phillips Programs.
The 50th anniversary of the Phillips Programs was marked at a ceremony at the school’s Annandale campus on Oct. 11.

Del. Mark Keam presented a resolution commemorating the anniversary that had been passed by the Virginia General Assembly. Alex Robbins of the staff of Rep. Gerry Connolly presented a resolution that that had been published in the Congressional Record commending the school and its new Career Partners program.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Trails in Mason District Park to close for stream project

Turkeycock Run
Some trails in Mason District Park will be closed for the next few months while stream restoration will be carried out on Turkeycock Run. A pedestrian bridge near the park entrance at Sleepy Hollow Road will be replaced.

Surveying work could start as early as this week, said Yudhie Brownson, a construction manager with the Fairfax County Park Authority. The project will generally be limited to the area to the right of the main entrance on Columbia Pike. The work should be completed before the summer concert season starts in the amphitheater in June 2018.