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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Homeowner battling county over land disturbance violation

The Laux backyard with the Calloway development behind the fence.

Annandale resident David Laux is fighting a Fairfax County court injunction charging him with violating the building code and plans to take the case to the state Supreme Court.

The county charged Laux and his wife Tara with failing to get a permit when they rehabilitated the lawn on their property at 4613 Randolph Drive in the Willow Run neighborhood. According to Laux, carrying out the procedures required by the county, including regrading the lawn, would cost $30,000.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Youth robbed at Culmore Shopping Center

A juvenile was robbed of $450 at the Culmore Shopping Center on Leesburg Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads June 28 at about 2 p.m., the Fairfax County Police Department reports in the daily police blotter.

Two local youths launch online program for learning guitar

Jack Ross and Brian Abod in the studio.

Two local youths have invented a new way to learn how to play the guitar. Their online company, Pickup Guitar Club, makes the learning process fun,  “like the videogame Guitar Hero but with a real guitar,” says Brian Abod.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Study explores transit options for Route 7

Route 7, looking northwest toward the Columbia Pike intersection, on a weekday afternoon.
A study underway by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), known as Envision Route 7, is exploring options for transit that could relieve traffic congestion through the Seven Corners and Bailey’s Crossroads areas.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hair Cuttery coming to Barcroft Plaza

Barcroft Plaza.

Hair Cuttery is coming to the Barcroft Plaza shopping center. The store, at 6354 Columbia Pike used to be home of Sweet Bee frozen yogurt.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Interim principal named for Annandale HS

Butler [FCPS]
Bruce Butler has been named interim principal at Annandale High School, effective July 1, until a new principal can be named, Fabio Zuluaga, assistant superintendent for Region 2, announced Feb. 26.

Vincent Randazzo, the principal at Annandale since 2011, is retiring.

Expanded medical building proposed for Evergreen Lane

The side view of Dr. Nguyen's new building. [B.N. Architecture Services]

The Fairfax County Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for July 23 on a proposal to expand and modify the medical offices of Dr. Quan Nguyen at 4217 Evergreen Lane.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New houses planned for Gallows Road

This building on Gallows Road is slated to be torn down.

Two old houses on Gallows Road between Woodburn Elementary School and Holmes Run Acres Recreation Association will be torn down and replaced with three new houses.

It’s a by-right project, which means the property doesn’t need to be rezoned. The current zoning designation is R-3.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Supervisors approve gym for Upper Bailey's

Plans for the gym at Bailey's Upper.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved amended proffers for a gym and outdoor play area at Bailey’s Upper Elementary School. The facility won’t be built until next summer, however.

Among other things, the proffers address the amount of setback at the front of the property and modify the transitional screening. The new 6,200-square foot building would be constructed on the existing parking lot.

Supervisors approve Community Parking District for all of Mason

This boat, on the end of Valley Crest Drive in Annandale, hasn't been near the water in decades.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors agreed June 23 to create a Community Parking District (CPD)  covering all of Mason District.

That means boats, campers, trailers, RVs, and related vehicles can no longer be parked on residential streets. They would have to be parked in driveways or at off-site storage facilities. Vehicle owners found in violation can be fined $75 and their vehicle can be towed. The Mason CPD takes effect in 30 days.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gallows Road bridge over Rt. 50 is getting a make-over

Route 50 approaching the Gallows Road bridge.
The public is invited to a meeting tomorrow night hosted by the Virginia Department of Transportation about plans to reconstruct the bridge on Gallows Road over Arlington Boulevard (Route 50).

The meeting is June 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Luther Jackson Middle School, at 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Muslim women's group helps needy families at Bailey's Elementary

The Muslim Women's Coalition donates Ramadan baskets to Bailey's Elementary School. [MWC photo]

Add the Muslim Women’s Coalition to the list of local organizations that quietly go about the business of making our community a better place.

This spring, just before the start of Ramadan, the group made 101 “Ramadan baskets” – laundry baskets filled with food and other items – and delivered them to the needy, including 70 to Muslim and Hispanic families at Bailey’s Elementary School