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Thursday, July 14, 2016

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The Annandale Blog is taking a summer break. We should be back, with recharged batteries, by the second week of August.

Save the date: The Taste of Annandale is happening Oct. 1

Taste of Annandale posters have been deployed at local swimming pools.
Plans for the 2016 Taste of Annandale are well under way. The second annual Taste of Annandale, a family-friendly community festival, will happen on Saturday, Oct. 1, 10-6 p.m., along Tom Davis Drive in the heart of Annandale.

The festival features booths set up by local restaurants offering a variety of cuisines. There will also be all-day live entertainment, a 5K Race, a special area set aside for children’s activities, and a chili cook-off. There is no charge to attend.

Supervisors approve plan to replace fire station

The design for the new fire station.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a rezoning application July 12 to allow Fairfax County to replace the Jefferson Fire Station in Falls Church.

The existing fire station, at 3101 Hodge Place, was built in 1953 and is too small for newer, larger firefighting vehicles. The station also needs more space to accommodate female firefighters. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Infant abducted in Annandale

Flora Khatun
UPDATED: Flora Khatum was found in Chillum, Md., and is in custody.The baby is safe.

The Fairfax County and Virginia State Police have put out an amber alert for a missing infant “believed to be in extreme danger.” The 6-week old infant, Liz Khatun, was reported missing at 11 a.m. on July 11 in Annandale.

The police believe the child was abducted by Flora Khatun, the child's mother. She is described as white, age 31, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown eyes and brown/black hair. She was wearing a black T-shirt and black yoga pants.

HOA files suit to block relocation of homeless shelter to Lincolnia

The entrance to Stonegate at Landmark on N. Chambliss Street.
The Stonegate at Landmark Homeowners Association filed a lawsuit July 12 against the Fairfax
County Board of Supervisors in an attempt to halt the county’s plan to temporarily relocate the Bailey’s Crossroads homeless shelter to the backyard of the Lincolnia Senior Center.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

VDOT repaving under way

A section of Sleepy Hollow Road east of Columbia Pike. [David Siegel]
The Virginia Department of Transportation is carrying out milling and repaving on roads all over Annandale. Click here for an interactive map showing which streets are affected, projected completion dates, and more details.

Auto theft suspects arrested on Heritage Drive following police pursuit

Huge police presence on Heritage Drive. [Photos by John Carland]
Four suspects were arrested Monday afternoon in Annandale following a police chase that ended in a fire at Heritage Drive near Little River Turnpike. The incident tied up traffic as officers from several agencies searched the surrounding area after the suspects fled.

Virginia State Police initiated the chase after discovering the suspects in a stolen car on the beltway. They pursued the vehicle as it exited onto Gallows Road, said Fairfax County Police spokesperson Monica Meeks.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Clinton and Kaine will speak in Annandale this week

Kaine in 2014 [AP photo]
Presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine will be in Annandale Thursday, July 14, at a campaign stop at the Ernst Center at Northern Virginia Community College.

The event, at 8333 Little River Turnpike, is 1:15-4:30 p.m. To attend, click here.

The Clinton campaign says the two “will discuss their shared commitment to building an America that is stronger together, while emphasizing that Donald Trump’s divisive agenda would be dangerous for America.”

Kaine has been mentioned in the media as a possible vice presidential running mate with Clinton.

Panel will recommend Annandale revitalization strategies

A sea of concrete along Columbia Pike.
What are some short to medium-term fixes that can revitalize Annandale’s downtown core? A panel of urban design experts will meet July 20-21 to study the community and offer their recommendations.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Seniors: Go for the gold!

Basketball medalists at the 2015 Senior Olympics. [Cecil Greene]
If you’ve always had a dream about winning an Olympic medal, here’s your chance. The 34th annual Northern Virginia Senior Olympics is happening Sept. 10-21. Online registration began July 5.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Vicious dog attacks and kills another dog

A local woman was arrested for having an unrestricted, dangerous dog after her pet attacked and killed another dog, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

On July 5, a woman who had been walking her dog on the 3200 block of Wayne Road in the Westlawn area of Falls Church called the police at about 10:30 a.m. to say an unsecured dog attacked hers.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

New houses for sale in Seven Corners

The Paxton model at the Reserve at Oakview.

New homes on a new cul de sac off Peace Valley Lane  in Seven Corners are ready for purchase.

The development, called, Reserve at Oakview, includes seven homes at Champion Oak Court. Two model homes are completed. The rest of the homes will be built after the lots are sold. One has already been sold, and another has been reserved.