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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Truck bursts into flames on Gallows Road

A screen grab from the video of a truck fire on Gallows Roads. 
A tractor trailer was engulfed in flames after it was involved in an accident with an SUV on Gallows Road by the Lee Highway intersection in Merrifield at 5:43 a.m. Feb. 23, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reports. The drivers of both vehicles were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The fire department released a video of the fire taken from the passenger seat of the C-shift operations deputy chief’s vehicle as it approached the accident.  

School news - Lego logo

A Lego creation by professionals. 
An occasional series highlighting information about Fairfax County Public Schools and programs and activities at schools in the Annandale/Mason District area. The information here is from FCPS and individual schools.

A representatives from the Lego company’s U.S. headquarters in Connecticut visited Mason Crest Elementary School Feb. 21 to present a sign featuring the school mascot, a tiger, made of Lego bricks.

Teachers in Mason Crest’s School Age Child Care program are huge fans of using Legos for all sorts of creative learning projects. A few weeks ago, they sent a package to the Lego office with letters from the kids about how much they love Legos and photos of their creations.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Police officer on leave after crash

A Fairfax County Police officer with the Mason station has been placed on restricted duty following a crash in Seven Corners, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

The officer, who has been with the department for two years, was responding to a call for a disorderly man in the 6100 block of Arlington Boulevard at about 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Task force to focus on future of Lincolnia

Traffic congestion at the Beauregard Street/Little River Turnpike intersection on a weekday evening. 
The key issue for the newly formed Lincolnia Planning District Study Task Force is to determine whether a “community business center” (CBC) should be established in Lincolnia and, if so, where it should be. In a CBC, the focus is on mixed-use redevelopment and a pedestrian-oriented town center.

The task force, convened by Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, will provide community input as Fairfax County officials develop a plan for guiding future development and transportation improvements in Lincolnia.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Police arrest robbery suspect

Canales [FCPD]
Recent arrests reported by the Fairfax County Police Department include an incident in Bailey’s Crossroads involving robbery and malicious wounding. 

Police believe the suspect may be responsible for 11 recent street robberies. 

Police officers and detectives were at the intersection of Bellview Drive and Glen Carlin Drive investigating a recent string of robberies at around 2 a.m. on Feb. 19 when they saw a man acting suspicious who fit the description of the suspect in prior crimes.

The soundscape of MetroStage’s ‘The Gin Game’ Rocks!

Fonsia (Roz White) and Weller (Doug Brown). [Photo by Christopher Banks]
By David Siegel

I love being surprised when I go to the theater. Recently, I went to a play, “The Gin Game” (at MetroStage in Alexandria through March 12) and became totally smitten with the textures of its music design. It was a soundscape that coolly conjured me into a specific time, place, and frame-of-mind.

The music – mid-century jazz, church gospel, and soulful renditions of songs I thought I knew –was an unexpected extra dividend.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Neighbors reach out to victims of hate, public officials at postcard-writing party

Local residents send messages of support, gratitude, and advocacy. 
A few dozen local residents gathered on Friday evening for a postcard-writing party to commemorate Random Acts of Kindness Day.

They sent messages of support to victims of hate crimes, thanked public officials for doing positive things, and urged other officials to focus on human rights.

Home assessments are up 1.3 percent in Annandale

Real estate assessments rose an average of 0.68 percent from 2016 to 2017 for residential homes in Fairfax County. The average home is assessed at $533,168.

Residential assessments in Annandale rose an average of 1.32 percent, the second highest increase of any area except Burke. The average home value in Annandale is $451,164.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

In the Moment: the Jewish Plays Project at the JCC

Sarah Berry [JPP]
By David Siegel

We in the D.C. theater community are constantly on the prowl for new voices with diverse mindsets and new plays on emerging issues.

There are many ongoing efforts to bring new playwrights and plays to the attention of theater leadership, current patrons, and a new generation of theater-goers. One such effort is the Jewish Plays Project (JPP), which aims to be not merely a comfortable niche program for Jewish audiences, but to present challenging works to a mainstream audience.