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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 Change.org 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.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New principal, Tim Thomas, outlines vision for Annandale HS



Principal Thomas is ready to greet students when the school year starts on Sept. 8.

Tim Thomas, the new principal of Annandale High School, promises to bring to the school the same energy and strong rapport with students that helped him earn the title FCPS Principal of the Year in 2013.

As Thomas prepared for the opening of school, he took some time out to speak with the Annandale Blog about his goals for the school, his commitment to be an advocate for Annandale’s diverse population, and his plans to establish strong ties with the community.

House fire caused by propane grill

A fire at 4233 Guinea Road, Annandale, Aug. 24 was caused by a propane grill too close to the house, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reports.

Firefighters arrived at about 6:25 p.m., encountering heavy smoke and fire coming from the attic and rear of the two-story house. It took them 20 minutes to get the fire under control. The fire was reported by a neighbor after seeing flames consuming the rear deck.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Swim school opening in Ravensworth Shopping Center


A new Kids First Swim Schools franchise is expected to open in the Ravensworth Shopping Center in Springfield Sept. 8.

Kids First bills itself as “the world’s largest provider of children’s swimming instruction.” The company uses its own copyrighted lesson plan focusing on a six-beat kick, says Chet Inhar, manager of the Kids First Swim School in Chantilly.

Scene around A-Town: a fox in the woods


Spotted this guy on the Glavis property off Sleepy Hollow Road.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ravensworth Shopping Center renovations almost complete



The new home of a Lotte Plaza supermarket.

Renovations of the Ravensworth Shopping Center are about 90 percent complete, and should be ready for a grand reopening in late October, says Rob Seidel of Stewart Commercial Real Estate Services.

The new Lotte Plaza supermarket, however, isn’t expected to open until the end of the year at the earliest. It’s going in the spot formerly occupied by Safeway and will be the fifth Lotte Asian supermarket in Virginia. There are six in Maryland.

Scene around A-Town: a big snapper



Snapping turtles bite. [Photo by Kristel Wilson]

This large snapping turtle was sighted by Kristel Wilson by the footbridge on the Holmes Run trail near Valleycrest Drive in Annandale. She estimates it was about a foot and a-half long and at one point started chasing her with its mouth wide open.

If you see it, don’t bother it. According to the Virginia Herpetological Society, snapping turtles can be aggressive and “can do serious harm if threatened.”

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Crowds descend on Stuart HS for Back-to-School Resource Fair




Thousands of local children are ready to succeed in school this year, thanks to the first-ever Stuart Pyramid Back to School Resource Fair.

Students from elementary and middle schools feeding into Stuart High School were invited to Stuart Aug. 19 to pick up free school supplies, meet educators and volunteers from their school, get free vision and hearing tests, and get a haircut. Popcorn, snow cones, balloon animals, face painting, and a magician lent the event a fun, carnival atmosphere.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Police report attempted robbery in Bailey's Crossroads



Several crimes in the Mason Police District were reported in the Aug. 19 Fairfax County Police Blotter.

There was an attempted robbery on Knollwood Drive, across the street from the Woodrow Wilson Library in Bailey’s Crossroads, at about 11:06 p.m. on Aug. 17. Two juveniles approached a man, demanded money, and displayed what appeared to be a gun.