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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bulova defends decision calling for audit of library friends

Following complaints by various library supporters about the Board of Supervisors’ Dec. 2 decision to impose an audit on friends of the library groups, Chair Sharon Bulova issued a lengthy statement explaining her reasons for the audit.

Terry Maynard of the Reston Citizens Association’s Reston 2020 Coordinating Committee, Kathy Kaplan, a library volunteer and advocate, and others had complained about the planned audit. They called it intimidation and suggested it was retaliation against those who had opposed the library system’s proposed reorganization last year, budget cuts, and aggressive book discard policy leading to the discovery of hundreds of thousands of books in dumpsters.

Friday, December 19, 2014

New park planned for Mason District off Edsall Road

Monch Farm Park is the triangular shaped plot along Canard Street. [Image from Google Maps]
Fairfax County has acquired a vacant 10-acre piece of land at 6570 Edsall Road in the Alexandria area of Mason District for use a park, the Fairfax County Park Authority announced Dec. 17.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Falls Church HS community honors memory of 'Coach CJ'

Swim team captains unveil the records board at Falls Church High School.
More than 150 Falls Church High School students, staff, and community members gathered at the school Dec. 17 for the unveiling of the Clayton Joyner “Reach for the Wall” Jaguar Record Boards. The boards honor Joyner, a FCHS graduate who served the school’s swimming coach from 2011 until his untimely death last May at age 29.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Two attempted robberies in Mason District

There were two unrelated attempted robberies in Mason District on Dec. 16, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

At 10:20  p.m., two victims walking on the 3300 block of Glen Carlyn Drive in Bailey’s Crossroads were approached by a man who displayed a hammer and demanded money. The victims ran and called police. Jose G. Fuentes, 50, of Falls Church was arrested and charged with robbery. There were injuries.

At 11:11 p.m. a man entered a store in the 6200 block of Little River Turnpike in Lincolnia and demanded money from an employee. The employee refused and the suspect fled. The suspect was described as black, in his 20s, and about 6 feet tall.

More details emerge on Bailey's Gateway multifamily project

An illustration of the site, with Columbia Pike on the left.
The Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation on Dec. 16 endorsed the “Bailey’s Gateway” project, a proposed multifamily residential building at the corner of 5600 Columbia Pike and Carlin Springs Road on the Fairfax County/Arlington border.

A vacant 10-story office building on the site would be demolished and replaced with a seven-story, 433-unit building. About 70 percent of the units would have one bedroom and 30 percent would have two. Twelve percent of the units would have affordable rents under the  Fairfax County definition of “workforce dwelling units.” The rest would have market rate rents.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Health programs moving to new Merrifield Center next month

Merrifield Center
Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) programs that are currently based in offices on Woodburn Road, Annandale, and other locations in Fairfax County and Falls Church will be moving in January to the new Merrifield Center building at 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, near the Route 50/Gallows Road intersection.

Local restaurants take part in annual Taste of Braddock reception

Students in the culinary program at Annandale High School.
Local residents got a chance to try samples from 22 restaurants at the annual Taste of Braddock holiday celebration Dec. 10 hosted by Braddock Supervisor John Cook.

Students in the culinary program at Annandale High School, under the leadership of chef Christine Gloninger, helped set up, serve, and clean up and also donated freshly baked cookies.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Assault arrest in Annandale

A 22-year-old Annandale man, Bruce Ahn, was arrested by Fairfax County Police Dec. 12 for aggravated assault and brandishing, according to a posting in the daily police blotter.

The incident occurred in a parking lot in the 7700 block of Donnybrook Court at the Heritage Woods North condos in Annandale. The victims were approached by a man displaying a handgun. He struck one of the victims with the gun, then entered a vehicle and attempted to flee when police arrived. One victim received non-life-threatening injuries.

Police from the West Springfield Police Station charged Ahn with malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding to law enforcement, five counts of brandishing a firearm, driving while intoxicated, destruction of property, and possession of marijuana.

Library advocates accuse county of waging war on libraries

At one of several meetings with legislators held by Fairfax Library Advocates, Sen. Dave Marsden (left) speaks with John Ball, president of the Friends of the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, at the Swiss Bakery.
Fairfax County library volunteers are fighting efforts by county officials to decimate the public library system.

Despite the Board of Supervisors’ actions last year to get Fairfax County Public Libraries (FCPL) to halt the “beta plan” to restructure the libraries and to implement a new discard policy after hundreds of thousands of library books were discovered in dumpsters, all is not well with FCPL.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Police seek info on homicide at Safari Lounge in Bailey's Crossroads

A 20-year-old man from Capital Heights, Md., Darnell Rashard Ford, was shot and killed outside the Safari Lounge, at 5831 Columbia Pike, in Bailey’s Crossroads, shortly after 2 a.m. on Dec. 13. The Fairfax County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying those responsible for the death of Ford. He was in the parking lot at the rear of the business when the shooting occurred.