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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Community meeting scheduled on short-term rentals

This guest bedroom in Annandale is available on Airbnb for $50 a night.
Local residents are invited to attend a meeting on the growth of short-term lodging/rentals, such as Airbnb, in local neighborhoods.

The meeting, hosted by the Mason District Council of Community Associations, is Oct. 5, 7-9 p.m., at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, 3333 Sleepy Hollow Road.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Early voting under way

Early voting for the Nov. 6 election is already under way at the Office of Elections at the Fairfax County Government Center. 

To vote, you must be registered at your current address by Oct. 17. You can check your voter registration status on the Virginia Board of Elections website.

If you are not registered or need to update your registration, you can do it at the Taste of Annandale on Oct. 1. Representatives with the New Virginia Majority, a non-partisan, non-profit organization will have state-certified representatives on site to register voters.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Support the Marching Atoms

Annandale High School’s Marching Atoms will perform on the field during halftime at a D.C. United game at RFK Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

The AHS Band Boosters encourage people buying tickets to the game to use this link, because a portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Band Boosters.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bring your dog to Dog Walk Fest

The first Dog Walk Fest in 2013.
The public is invited to the Ravenwood Park neighborhood’s fourth annual Dog Walk Fest Sunday, Sept. 25, 2-3 p.m., in Seven Corners.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Withdrawal of AvalonBay means Southeast Quadrant won't be developed

The Southeast Quadrant on Columbia Pike.
The withdrawal of AvalonBay from the land swap previously approved by the development company and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors means the Southeast Quadrant of Bailey’s Crossroads will remain undeveloped for the foreseeable future.

“The land swap was negated when AvalonBay withdrew,” says Mason Supervisor Penny Gross. “It’s a disappointment. A lot of work went into this.”

Sponsors are critical to a successful Taste of Annandale

The Taste of Annandale banner on Annandale Road.
The Taste of Annandale is just over a week away, and it all seems to be coming together. We’ve got dozens of restaurants, food trucks, other vendors, and music and dance groups signed up – and several special events are in the works.

It’s all happening Oct. 1, 10 a.m-6 p.m., rain or shine, along Tom Davis Drive. The street will be closed to traffic.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

County drops plans for temporary homeless shelter

A new homeless shelter will be built on this site.
The Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter will not be temporarily relocated to a field behind the Lincolnia Senior Center, a plan bitterly opposed by residents who live near that field.

Monday, September 19, 2016

FCPS superintendent resigns

Fairfax County School Superintendent Karen Garza announced her resignation Sept. 19, to take effect Dec. 16.

Garza is taking a job as president and CEO of Battelle for Kids, a nonprofit education organization based in Columbus, Ohio.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to have served this world-class school system since June 2013,” Garza said. “It has been an honor and privilege to have worked with the dedicated and professional staff who make FCPS the finest school system in the country.”

Police seize 80+ cats from home of cat hoarder

A cat at the animal shelter rescued from a cat hoarder's house in Falls Church.
Police officers from the animal protection unit removed more than 80 cats from a home in the 7200 block of Westmoreland Road in Falls Church on Sept. 17. The home is owned by a 52-year-old man, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

Bailey's Crossroads Rotarians convert toy cars for children with disabilities

Young children with disabilities are now able to move themselves around their environment, thanks to the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club’s support of the Go Baby Go program.

Go Baby Go transforms the lives of children with mobility challenges by adapting Barbie cars and other battery-powered ride-on toy cars and four-wheelers for them. Several Bailey’s Crossroads Rotarians joined representatives from other organizations at a Go Baby Go event at Marymount University in Arlington Sept. 17 organized by Rotarian Amy O’Malley.

A total of 12 cars were assembled. The Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club sponsored two of them and donated $2,500 to the project.  The motorized cars cost about $500, compared to several thousand dollars for a motorized wheelchair – and are way cooler.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Naked bike rider spotted in Annandale park

Fairfax County Police are investigating a report of a naked man riding a bicycle on the 5000 block of Wakefield Chapel Road in Annandale at around 3:44 p.m. on Sept. 15. He was observed in Canterbury Woods Park by a 63-year-old woman.

The suspect was wearing a bike helmet and had a shirt covering his face. He was described as white, in his 40s, with brown hair. 

"Pop-up park" will promote community engagement at Taste of Annandale

An example of a "pop-up park" from the Urban Land Institute report on revitalizing Annandale.
The Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization (OCR) is creating a tiny, temporary “pop-up” park in a parking lot at the Taste of Annandale to provide a relaxing place to hang out.

“The pop-up park will be a tiny oasis featuring a variety of small tables and chairs, complete with a collection of flowers, grasses, and plants,” says Laura Baker, a planner with the OCR. “It will give attendees an opportunity to experience firsthand the power of temporary place-making and provide a space where people can take a small break from all the many festival activities to relax and engage with one another.”