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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Taste of Merrifield brings crowds to Mosaic District

Lots of people flocked to the Mosaic District May 2 for the Taste of Merrifield. The event, hosted by the Greater Merrifield Business Association, featured live entertainment; a few Mosaic District restaurants; other vendors and organizations; a beer garden for adults, and pony rides, fire truck tours, and other activities for kids.

Friday, May 1, 2015

NV Rides helps Annandale seniors get to medical appointments

Judy, an NV Rides client from Herndon.
Do you know a senior who can’t drive and needs help getting to a medical appointments? NV Rides is now serving the Shepherd’s Center of Annandale-Springfield.

The NV Rides program enables older adults to “age in place” by supporting organizations that recruit volunteers to drive seniors to doctors’ offices, grocery stores, or in some cases, other essential places like a bank or pharmacy.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pedestrian struck and killed on Route 7

Police activity on Route 7 after a pedestrian accident.

A pedestrian was struck and killed last night while trying to cross Leesburg Pike in front of the Crossroads Shopping Center in Baileys Crossroads.

Annandale is getting a new coffee shop

The Manoa bakery and café on Little River Turnpike in the Annandale Plaza Shopping Center could open as early as May 15, says Eun Ji Kim, who owns it with her husband, Min Kim. Manoa is in the space formerly occupied by another bakery, Le Matin de Paris, which closed last fall. New floors and kitchen equipment have been installed, but much work needs to be done.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Garza fights back against BoS's failure to fully fund schools

Fairfax County Public School Superintendent Karen Garza issued a statement April 28 blasting the Board of Supervisors for failing to fully fund the school system.

The BoS voted to formally approve a budget for fiscal year2016 April 28, which had been agreed to last week, that leaves FCPS with a $14 million shortfall next year.

“This is extremely disheartening - we entered this budget year making a good faith effort to work collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors,” Garza states. “We worked for nearly a year with the county executive and the Board of Supervisors to develop a reasonable budget that met only the very minimal needs of FCPS, and in the end they did not deliver.”

It's celebration time at Congresional Schools

The Congressional Schools community gathers in front of the school's main building.

Hundreds students, staff members, alumni, and friends converged on the Congressional Schools of Virginia last weekend for the institution’s 75th anniversary celebration.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lambros Goldsmiths: bringing beauty to Annandale for nearly 30 years

Lambros and Elna Magiafas with Elvis.
Lambros Goldsmiths has been selling fine jewelry in Annandale for 28 years – and that makes it one of the oldest, continually operating businesses in the community.

While the shop’s owner, Lambros Magiafas, now operates five other jewelry stores – four in Alaska and one in Hawaii, catering to cruise ship passengers – he has a special affection for Annandale. “It’s a wonderful, safe place to raise a family,” he says.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Belvedere students heading to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

The Belvedere Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team will compete in the World Finals next month.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international program for students in kindergarten through college that focuses on creative problem-solving through teamwork. Students complete projects ranging from building mechanical devices to their own interpretation of literary classics.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bengalis celebrate New Year's at Mason District Park

Hundreds of people converged on Mason District Park Saturday for the Bangladesh New Year’s festival known as Boaishakhi Mela. There was music, dancing, and lots of vendors selling clothing, jewelry, and food.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Emergency training class forming in Annandale

CERT trainers prepare for a simulated disaster exercise. [Joe Loong]
A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) group training class planned for the Annandale area needs a few more participants.

CERT training prepares residents to deal with emergencies – like severe weather disasters or terrorism, with the possibility of road closures, destruction of buildings, power outages, flooding, and injuries – so they can help their families and neighborhoods if first responders are delayed. In a catastrophic event, 911 could be overwhelmed and unreachable.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Creative Aging Festival features 100+ events in May

Seniors stuck in a rut can learn a new skill, create art, try a new dance move, and have fun during the month-long Creative Aging Festival beginning May 1.

The festival, hosted by Fairfax County, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and AARP Virginia, includes more than 100 classes, performances, and events – most of them free – throughout Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Stuart and Glasgow communities meet new principals

Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club President Harry Henderson (in the middle) presents a ceremonial check for $25,100 to FCPS during a community meeting at Stuart High School April 22.
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza told the Stuart and Glasgow communities their schools are in good hands with new leadership.

Last week, Garza appointed Penny Gros, the former principal at Glasgow Middle School, to be the new principal at JEB Stuart High School. Shawn DeRose, a former assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology who had been assigned to Stuart last year to provide additional leadership support, was named acting principal at Stuart.