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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

We're on a break

The Annandale Blog is taking a vacation. We’ll be back with new stories on Jan. 25. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Markham Street Cafe: a new Annandale favorite

Plenty of room to spread out at the Markham Street Cafe.
By Adam Goldberg

My wife and son along with another group of parents had the pleasure of visiting the recently opened Markham Street Café the other day for dinner. Located in the same shopping center as other Annandale favorites, such as Tanpopo and A&J Restaurant, the Markham Street Café is tucked into a newly renovated space previously occupied by a grocery store, at 4316 F Markham Street.

Elderly man found dead after house fire

Firefighters put out a fire in an Annandale home. [FCFRD]
An elderly was found dead after a fire was extinguished in his home at 4904 Columbia Road in Annandale Jan. 1. The victim was identified as Lewis C. Spessard, age 94.

According to the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, smoke was showing from the one-story single-family home when fire units arrived at 4:20 a.m.

A third-party caller knew the man was inside and could be in trouble, WTOP reports. About 20 to 30 fire trucks responded, including units from Alexandria. An investigation of how the fire started is under way.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Memberships on sale for the St. James sports complex

Construction of the St. James complex is well under way.
Although the huge new St. James sports, wellness, and entertainment center isn’t scheduled to open until September 2018, about 200 people have already purchased memberships.

The complex, at 6805 Industrial Road in the Springfield area of Mason District, will have two ice rinks, a turf field, basketball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor water park, climbing wall, health club, spa, and much more. There will be classes, teams, leagues, and camps.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Public input sought on future of Lake Accotink

Anyone who cares about preserving Lake Accotink is encouraged to come to a community meeting Jan. 22 hosted by the Fairfax County Park Authority.

The meeting, 7-8:30 p.m. at North Springfield Elementary School (7602 Heming Court, Springfield), is aimed at gathering public input toward the development of a vision for the future of Lake Accotink Park.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Attempted robbery involves machete

Herrera-Chan [FCPD]
There was an attempted robbery involving a machete in the 7900 block of Heritage Drive, Annandale, at about 5:50 p.m. on Dec. 28, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

A man was approached by someone who demanded his money and wallet. The victim refused to hand anything over, and the suspect began swinging a weapon, described as a machete. The victim was not injured and provided a description of the suspect to officers.

The suspect was located nearby and arrested. Enoc Herrera-Chan, 25, of Centreville, was charged with attempted robbery, attempted malicious wounding, and being drunk in public.

2017: The year in review

Here’s a look back at some of the major stories we covered in the Annandale Blog during the past year.


The Howard Hughes Corp. revises its proposal for redeveloping Landmark Mall after acquiring the Macy’s site.

Fairfax County copes with a soaring number of opioid overdoses.

Local immigrant advocacy groups denounce refugee ban.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Confusion surrounds effort to allow taxpayers to pay 2018 property taxes in advance

After many local residents paid their 2018 taxes early, the federal government announced that prepayment can only be done in limited circumstances.

The Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration (DTA) announced earlier this week that it has extended its hours for people who want to pay their 2018 taxes in advance – before the new federal cap on real estate deductions takes effect.

The tax bill signed into law by President Trump Dec. 22 caps state and local deductions on federal tax returns at $10,000, beginning for the 2018 tax year.