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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Annandale Blog readers select Pro Maxx Fitness as best gym

This is the final piece in a series of profiles of the winners of the Annandale Blogs 2014 Annie Awards, presented to local businesses at Blogapalooza on June 28. The winners were selected by Annandale Blog readers in an open-ended survey. The other winners were Silverado (best restaurant), Beanetics (best coffee shop), Cue Club (best bar), and AnnSandra and Collector’s World (tied for best gift shop).

Pro Maxx Fitness, selected by Annandale Blog readers as the best gym in the Annandale/Mason area, is a friendly place to work out. The gym has a diverse membership of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels, ranging from buff bodybuilder types to white-haired seniors.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Silver Line adds extends Metro to Tysons Corner and Reston

The Silver Line pulls into the Whiele-Reston East Metro Station on opening day.

“Hallelujah, this day has come,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly at a ceremony June 26 marking the opening of the first phase of Metrorail’s Silver Line. That statement described the attitude of many of the local, state, and federal officials who gathered at the brand-new Whiele-Reston East Metro Station.

Speaker after speaker called the Silver Line transformative and a game-changer that will spur economic investment throughout the region.

Friday, July 25, 2014

School board approves school schedule

The Fairfax County School Board approved a master calendar for the 2014-15 school year at its July 24 meeting that reduces the number of school days from 183 to 180.

Cell tower proposed for Stuart HS

The arrow shows the location of the proposed cell tower as seen from Nevius Street. [Photo by Milestone Communications]

Plans are moving forward for a cell tower at JEB Stuart High School in Falls Church. AT&T and Milestone Communications have filed an application with the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning, and the Fairfax County Planning Commission is expected to schedule a public hearing in October.

The proposal calls for a 100-foot pole in a spot occupied by a stadium light with a new light mounted on the pole.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Flying Muskrat Theatre run by former Falls Church HS students

Ben Peter and Caity Brown in "Gruesome Playground Injuries." [Photo by Rich Stanage and Meg Christensen]
When drama students at Falls Church High School hit a snag with school authorities three years ago and a one-act play festival was cancelled, they arranged to stage the show at the theater in the James Lee Community Center on Annandale Road.

That’s how the Flying Muskrat Theatre Company started, and it’s still going strong, with about half a dozen of the original FCHS students still involved, says one of the founders, Brennan Jones. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mason land use committee endorses Markham Street apartments

An illustration showing the new site design for the Markham project.

The Mason District Land Use Committee unanimously endorsed a rezoning application July 22 for a 12-story, 308 unit apartment building on the site of the AMF Annandale Lanes bowling alley on Markham Street in Annandale. The project is a joint venture of Southern Management, which owns The Parliaments, and the Webb Cos.

The L-shaped building would have one and two-bedroom apartments and about 36 efficiency units. There would be space for a 6,000-square foot restaurant on the first floor and a plaza with a swimming pool for residents on the fourth floor.

Land use committee calls for changes in Bailey's Crossroads retail center plan

The site of a proposed shopping center on Route 7.
The Mason District Land Use Committee (MDLUC) July 22 called for Fairfax County planning staff to revise the proposal for a shopping center on Leesburg Pike between Charles Street and Washington Drive to prohibit drive-through fast food restaurants.

Angela Valis, a Courtland Park resident who spoke at the MDLUC meeting, called that “a huge victory for our community.” Valis and her neighbors are concerned that the shopping center proposed by Spectrum Development would bring more traffic to already-congested roads. The center, however, would have a CVS with a drive-through pharmacy.

Concerts in the park: comedy to country

The Capitol Steps drew a large crowd to a free Spotlight by Starlight show at Mason District Park July 20. The video above, shot by Bob Kovacs and posted on AnnandaleArts, is “I Don’t Know How to Log In,” about the Obamacare problems, to the tune of  “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seven Corners bank robbed

The Capital One Bank in the Seven Corners Shopping Center was robbed on July 21, Fairfax County Police reports. A man entered the bank at 5:20 p.m., handed a teller a note announcing a robbery, and implied he had a weapon. The suspect took cash and fled. There were no injuries.

The suspect was described as black, in his 30s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a mustache. Contact the police, 703-691-2131, or Crime Solvers, 866-411-8477, if you have information. A man was arrested in June 2012 for an attempted robbery at that bank.

Annandale Blog readers select Silverado as best local restaurant

This is the fifth piece in a series of profiles of the winners of the Annandale Blogs 2014 Annie Awards, presented to local businesses at Blogapalooza on June 28. The winners were selected by Annandale Blog readers in an open-ended survey.

Silverado, the popular Southwestern-theme restaurant at 7052 Columbia Pike, was selected by Annandale Blog readers as the best restaurant in Annandale/Mason District.  

When asked to name customers’ favorite menu items, manager Dustin Ranney listed the salmon salad, prime rib, crab cakes, fresh fish, firecracker shrimp, and “our world’s greatest fajitas,” along with the chocolate waffle for desert and huevos rancheros served at brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and summertime dessert special, mixed-berry shortcake. New happy hour items will debut soon, he says.