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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Man accused of indecent exposure at auto parts store

Fairfax County Police are investigating an indecent exposure incident at the Advance Auto Parts store at 3512 S. Jefferson St. in Bailey’s Crossroads. At about 6 p.m. on Sept. 2, a customer became irate over pricing and assaulted an employee and then exposed himself to her and fled. The suspect was described as a Middle Eastern male, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a thin build, mustache, and short black hair. He was wearing a green polo shirt and khaki shorts.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

School funding is main issue at supervisor candidates forum

NARFE members packed the room at the Mason Government Center to hear candidates running for the Board of Supervisors.

The top priorities of Mollie Loeffler, independent candidate to represent Mason District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, include alleviating overcrowded schools, bringing more life to the area’s commercial centers, and giving neighborhoods more of a say in land use decisions.

Loeffler said Mason District needs “responsive leadership, a fresh approach, and new ideas.”

Penny Gross, the Democratic 19-year incumbent and the board’s current vice chair, stressed her experience and accomplishments, calling herself “a workhorse, not a show horse.”

Child survives fall from fifth-story window

A 5-year-old girl survived a fall from a fifth-story window at the Skyline Center with non-life threatening injuries, the Fairfax County Police Department reports. The incident happened at about 8:30 p.m., Sept. 1,  in the 5500 block of Seminary Road. A window was open, and the child was leaning on the screen and fell through. She was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital. According to a police spokesperson, it was an accident.  

Police investigating two robberies in Mason District

The 7200 block of Maple Place. [Google Maps]

Two robberies were reported in Mason District last weekend, the Fairfax County Police Department reports. Two men entered the check-cashing store in the 7200 block of Maple Place, Annandale, at about 1:28 p.m., Aug. 29, and demanded money from an employee.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

County proposes zoning ordinance changes for revitalization areas

The Board of Supervisors approved a revitalization plan for Seven Corners in July.
UPDATE: Donna Pesto announced Sept. 2 that the deadline for comments will be extended to close of business Sept. 14, “at the request of Supervisor Penny Gross, based on comments made primarily by residents in and adjacent to the Seven Corners area.”

Just a few weeks after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a Comprehensive Plan amendment outlining a blueprint for redevelopment in Seven Corners, the county’s Department of Planning and Zoning is proposing a change in the Zoning Ordinance that would facilitate more density and less open space in certain revitalization areas.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Enterprising kids sell food to raise money for charity

From the left: Francesca, Drew, and Paul.
Francesca Gabriel, a 10-year-old resident of the Lincolnia Hills community, and her associates raised about $300 so far this summer selling lemonade, baked goods, and produce at their stand on Kling Drive, Alexandria.

Illegal infill development would destroy our neighborhood

Malbrook residents are fighting Evergreene's plan to develop on this site.
By Darren Gruendel

An article published in the Annandale Blog Aug. 18 describes how residents of the Malbrook subdivision are fighting a developer’s plans to built eight houses on a small lot in defiance of the community’s legal covenants.

If this project goes forward, the developer, Evergreene Homes, is likely to pursue the development of an adjacent 10-acre plot. As the amount of undeveloped land in Mason District continues to shrink, other homeowner groups can expect to face similar battles with developers. Let’s hope they have either covenants or good standing with the county.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Huong Viet: Authentic Vietnamese dining at the Eden Center

By the editors of the Northern Virginia Restaurant Blog

This is as authentic as it gets. No question Huong Viet is the flagship restaurant of the famous Northern Virginia hub of Vietnamese food – the Eden Center at the busy Seven Corners intersection in Falls Church. 

This is arguably the best and certainly the oldest restaurant in the Eden Center - Huong Viet has been serving its delicious food for 23 years.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The hybrid sport of footgolf increasingly popular at Pinecrest Golf Course

The footgolf course at Pinecrest. [Fairfax County Park Authority].
Footgolf, a relatively new sport that combines soccer and golf, is gaining in popularity in the United States. In Fairfax County, however, there is only one footgolf course, and it’s right here in Mason District – at the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Pinecrest Golf Course on Little River Turnpike.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Annandale HS students selling restaurant discount cards

When an Annandale High School student knocks on your door over the next few weeks, be sure to answer. They are raising money for the Annandale HS Athletics Boosters by selling discount cards for local restaurants.

The cards are $20 and can be used multiple times until July 31, 2016. Each restaurant is providing a different deal.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Local teen fixes up Long Branch trail

Carter Murray on Long Branch trail.
The trail along the Long Branch Stream in Annandale has been improved by Carter Murray, 17, who completed an Eagle Scout project involving the use of gravel to smooth out the trail.

Murray, a senior at Woodson High School and member to Boy Scout Troop 1965, started planning the project in May with his friend Scott Thaxton. They decided to make use of five large piles of gravel left in the woods by the Fairfax County Park Authority for volunteers to use for trail improvements.

Actress Julianne Moore joins effort to rename Stuart HS

The blue logo on the right represents Confederate general JEB Stuart.
The effort to change the name of Stuart High School is gaining momentum as Hollywood  heavyweights, actress Julianne Moore and producer Bruce Cohen, put out a petition calling on the Fairfax County School Board to rename the school for Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Their petition on has so far generated more than 30,700 signatures. They charge that naming the school for JEB Stuart, a Confederate general “who fought to keep African Americans enslaved” is no longer appropriate. Two other similar petitions were issued this summer by Stuart students, alumni, and local residents.