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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Utility phone scams on the rise

Utility scams are on the rise again in Virginia and across the country, Dominion Energy says. Reports of scammers calling Dominion customers and threatening to disconnect their electricity in exchange for immediate payment has increased by 49 percent since last year.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Civilian panel reviews investigations of police misconduct

Members of the Police Civilian Review Panel and independent police auditor speak to the public in Annandale Nov. 16. From the left: Randy Sayles, Hansel Aguilar, Jean Senseman, Kathleen Davis-Siudut, Adrian Steel (panel chair), police auditor Richard Schott, Doug Kay, Steve Descano, and Hollye Doane.
The Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel offers another layer of oversight over controversial actions of the county’s police department. It doesn’t have the authority to investigate complaints, however, only to review investigations by the Fairfax County Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs (BIA).

The independent police auditor can initiate investigations for certain issues, including the use of force, but has no authority to take any disciplinary actions.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Task force to advise county on plan for Northern Virginia Training Center site

This site along Braddock Road could become a community for seniors.
Braddock Supervisor John Cook is creating a citizen task force to advise county officials as they develop a Comprehensive Plan for the site formerly occupied by the Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC).

In September, Erickson Living, a developer specializing in retirement communities, announced plans to build a continuing care facility for more than 1,100 seniors on the 78-acre site on Braddock Road near George Mason University.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Realtor hosts coat drive to help the needy

Do you have some old, unneeded coats taking up space in your closet? Realtor Steve McIlvaine of Annandale is collecting donations of coats and other winter wear, like gloves and hats, for the those in need in the community.

McIlvain, of the McIlvaine Home Team which is associated with Keller Williams Realty, is participating the One Warm Coat program, which hopes to provide one warm winter coat to every person in need.

Aldi opens in Merrifield Nov. 16

The Annandale Aldi.
Drop by the new Aldi in Merrifield during its grand opening on Nov. 16 for a chance to win some great prizes and try free samples.

The grocery store, at 8100A Arlington Blvd. in the Yorktown Shopping Center, opens at 8 a.m. It’s in the spot vacated by Staples in April 2016.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Voter turnout and 'Trump effect' were major factors in Northam victory

High voter turnout and the “Trump effect” were major factors in Ralph Northam’s unexpectedly big win over Ed Gillespie in the election for Virginia governor, the managers of both campaigns agree.

Bradley Komar, the manager of the Northam campaign, and Chris Leavitt, Gillespie’s campaign manager, shared insights from the Nov. 7 election at a forum at George Mason University Nov. 14 hosted by the Virginia Public Access Project. The forum, “After Virginia Votes,” was moderated by Mark Rozell, dean of GMU’s Schar School of Policy and Government.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Backlick Road sidewalk project under way

This path will be replaced with a six-foot wide sidewalk.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is planning a $1.5 million sidewalk project for Backlick Road between Cindy Lane and Degroff Court in Annandale.

The project includes new six-foot wide sidewalks with curb ramps that comply with the Americans for Disabilities Act, new storm drain inlets and pipes, and new driveway entrances, FDCOT engineer Latesa Turner told the public at a community meeting Nov. 9.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Man shot at restaurant in critical condition

El Palenque [Yelp]
A man is in critical condition after a shooting at the El Grand Palenque restaurant at 5863 Columbia Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads at about 2:17 a.m. Nov. 12, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

Driver leads police on high-speed chase into oncoming traffic on Little River Turnpike

Police tackle a driver after a high-speed chase on Little River Turnpike. [From a video by Laura Reynolds.]
A high-speed police chase on Little River Turnpike in Annandale Nov. 11 resulted in several collisions, as a driver headed into oncoming traffic.

No one was hurt, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

New Police Civilian Review Panel hosts public forum next week

If you have concerns about the police – or just curious about the new Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel – come to a public forum in Annandale Nov. 16, 7-9 p.m., at the Heritage Human Services Center, 7611 Little River Turnpike.

The panel invites the public to learn about the complaint process, the roles of the review panel and the Independent Police Auditor, and meet panel members.