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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Body found in Tripps Run in Falls Church

Police investigate report of body found in creek. [FCPD]

A body was been found May 1 in Tripps Run near the 3000 block of Dashiel Road in the Bel Air neighborhood in the Falls Church area of Mason District. The victim has not yet been identified.

A citizen reported the body to the Fairfax County Police at about 9:30 a.m. Police found “a deceased white male who appeared to have been in the water for a period of time,” the FCPD states. The body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for a determination of the cause and manner of death. Anyone with information should contact Crime Solvers, 866-411-TIPS/8477 or the police, 703-691-2131.

Baha'i youth groups focus on community service projects

Students in Junior Youth Spiritual Empower programs beautify Bailey's Community Shelter.
By the time kids get to middle-school age, they reach a fork in the road: One path leads to drugs or gangs; the other, to a more positive lifestyle.  The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, sponsored by the local Baha’i community, is aimed getting young people on the positive path.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Board of Supervisors approve Monticello Mews project on Edsall Road

A rendering of the Monticello Mews homes from the county staff report.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on April 26 approved a “proffer condition amendment” (PCA) allowing the development of the Monticello Mews project on Edsall Road in Mason District. No one appeared at the public hearing, and there was little discussion among the supervisors.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Food court coming to Annandale

This vacant space will be transformed into The Block.
Arturo Mei, the owner of the Snowcream mobile ice cream shop, plans to open a food court with about five vendors in a vacant store at Kmart Plaza in Annandale this summer.

Investigations underway on police actions in death near Round Tree Park

Gianelos [Everly Community]
Advocates for the disabled believe the situation in which a severely autistic man, Paul Gianelos, died after a confrontation with the police near Round Tree Park in Annandale, could have been handled better.

While no one has charged the authorities with acting negligently, St. John’s Community Services, the organization that employed Gianelos’ caretaker that day, has engaged an independent counsel to investigate the incident.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Supervisors approve 4-cent tax increase

The FY 2017 Fairfax County budget adopted by the Board of Supervisors April 26 increases the real estate tax rate by 4 cents and gives a much-needed boost to the public schools.

The tax rate for residential properties will rise from $1.09 to $1.13 per $100 of the assessed value. Homeowners on average will pay an additional $304 in real estate taxes next year. The increase will generate an $93 million for the county.

Master Gardeners offer free plant clinics at farmers markets

When the Fairfax County farmers markets open for the season next week, customers will find more than fresh produce: Volunteers from the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association (FCMGA) will be at the markets, too, to answer gardening questions, identify plants and insects, and hand out soil test kits.

The Wakefield Farmers Market, in the parking lot at Wakefield Park in Annandale, opens May 4. It will be open every Wednesday, 2-6 p.m., through Oct. 26.

Teacher honored for 40 years of distinguished service

The faculty, students, and families of the Congressional Schools of Virginia are honoring teacher John Cavanaugh, who’s celebrating his 40th year as a teacher at the independent private school on Sleepy Hollow Road in Falls Church.

Cavanaugh teaches seventh and eighth-grade history and Latin. Passionate about teaching, he relishes seeing his students learn. “I love to see the light bulb go off for kids. I can see it in their eyes,” he says.

He is a finalist in the Washington Post’s Teacher of the Year Award. Rep. Barbara Comstock read a statement honoring Cavanaugh on the House floor April 12 and thanking him for “touching so many lives as a first-class educator.”

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Shots fired during robbery at Seven Corners restaurant

Shots were fired inside the Hong Kong Palace Restaurant in the Seven Corners Shopping Center during a robbery on Tuesday evening.

A man entered the restaurant, at 6387 Seven Corners Center, at about 7:45 p.m., displayed a handgun, and demanded money from employees, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

Donations sought for Rotary fundraiser to support Stuart Pyramid Fair

The 2015 Stuart Pyramid Fair drew large crowds.
The Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club (BXRC) Foundation is seeking donors for its online auction to benefit the 2016 Stuart Pyramid Resource Fair.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HOV lanes considered for Braddock Road

Heavy traffic on Braddock Road at 7 p.m. on a weekday.
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is considering several options for relieving congestion on Braddock Road, including high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, intersection improvements, and a transit center to allow more bus service.

Lake Barcroft celebrates Earth Day

Kent Knowles, president of the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, with a gyrfalcon.

Lake Barcroft residents celebrated the communitys seventh annual Earth Day Sunday with a birds of prey demonstration, native plants and seeds, barge rides, and displays from organizations that promote sustainability and protect the environment.