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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Car fire at gas station

A car fire at the Exxon gas station at Gallows and Holly Road in Annandale Oct. 22 could have been much worse if firefighters hasn’t been able to respond quickly and extinguished the fire before it reached the gas pumps.

Units from the  fire station in Merrifield (#30) and the Jefferson station (#18) in Falls Church put out the fire, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reports

The car on fire was not fueling up at the pumps when it caught fire, says Fire Department spokesperson Bill Delaney. “It was not in the pump area. It was off to the side, but was certainly in close proximity.”

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Seven Corners businesses honored for attractive landscaping

The front yard at the Bank of America building. 
The Bank of America Financial Center and Dogfish Head Alehouse in Seven Corners are the recipients of the first-ever beautification awards from the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation.

The award to Bank of America was presented to Catherine Morrison and Chris Carter at the Oct. 18 BC7RC meeting.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Registration open for winter break camp at Pinecrest School

Fun times at Pinecrest Winter Break Camp. 
It’s not too early to start thinking about winter break camp – The good ones fill up early.

Pinecrest Winter Break Camp, hosted by the Pinecrest School in Annandale, offers a week of fun, creative, and educationally enriching activities Dec. 19-23. It’s available for all children, in preschool through grade 6, whether they attend Pinecrest School or not.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

E-loft projects offer flexible units for living or working

A unit in the e-loft building in Alexandria furnished as an office.
An e-loft building, offering flexible spaces for people who want to live or work there, is now open for leasing in Alexandria’s West End.

For far, four tenants have signed leases and plan to move in in November. The former office building, at 4501 Ford Avenue, has 200 units on 14 floors. It had been vacant for six years since the only tenant, the U.S. Department of the Army, moved to the Mark Center.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bailey's Upper Elementary, Wilson Library get design awards

Bailey's Upper Elementary School [Josh Meister Photo]
Two buildings in the Mason District are among the nine projects honored with a 2016 Fairfax County Exceptional Design Award.

Bailey’s Upper Elementary School on Leesburg Pike in Seven Corners received an Honor Award, and the renovated Woodrow Wilson Library in Bailey’s Crossroads received a Merit Award. The Board of Supervisors presented the awards Oct. 18.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Argument over money leads to brandishing complaint

The large police presence on Crestwood Drive shortly after 9 p.m. Oct. 17 was a response to the report of a “weapon brandishing” situation.

According to Fairfax County Police spokesperson Tawny Wright, there was an argument between two men at a house in the 6200 block of Crestwood in the Lincolnia area. A 19-year-old had entered the property to confront a 24-year-old resident whom he said owned him money. Police found the older man outside with a firearm. They determined there was no criminal violation and let the suspect go but will try to obtain a warrant for brandishing

New historic marker commemorates a vanished black community

Descendants of the families who created The Pines. 
Families in the small African-American community in Annandale called the The Pines tended their gardens, fished in a pond, had sleigh rides, went to church, sang together, and enjoyed Sunday dinners of baked chicken, greens, mashed potatoes, ice cream, and four-layer cake.  

“It was a vital, happy community,” said Naomi Zeavin, the Mason District representative on the Fairfax County History Commission.

All that ended in the 1960s when Fairfax County took the residents’ land by eminent domain to build a new high school. The school was never built, and the land eventually became the site of Pine Ridge Park. All that’s left of the Pines is the small Liberty Lodge Cemetery at the edge of park.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Process for exploring Stuart name change delayed

Stuart High School
Opponents of changing the name of JEB Stuart High School are spreading misleading information about the cost of a consultant to facilitate a working group authorized by the Fairfax County School Board to develop recommendations on a name change.

The school board passed a resolution July 29 calling for the establishment of a working group to consider whether having a school named for a Confederate general is no longer appropriate. The group’s charge includes weighing the pros and cons of a name change and exploring alternative means to pay for it.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Man shot with own gun by intruder

Fairfax County Police are investigating a shooting in the 3500 block of S. George Mason Drive in Mason District Oct. 16, in which intruder wrestled a firearm from the victim and shot him.

Police responded to a report of a man shouting and knocking on doors in the hallway of an apartment complex at around 1:28 a.m., the FCPD states.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Native plant garden in Annandale is collaborative project

The Packard Center
A new native plant garden is springing to life near the Hidden Oaks Nature Center through the combined efforts of the Fairfax County Park Authority, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), students at Poe and Luther Jackson middle schools, and volunteers.

The new garden is located at the site of an older disused garden that Hidden Oaks maintained in the 1990s across from the entrance to the Packard Center at 4022 Hummer Road, Annandale.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Police work on building trust with the community

Capt. Thomas Rogers, commander of the Mason Police District speaks at a forum on police-community relations.  From the left: Officer Brian Hall, Officer Chantel Cochrane, Crime Prevention Officer Kat O'Leary, and Lt. William Giger.
The mostly African-American participants at a public forum on police-community relations Oct. 13 raised concerns about racial profiling, the use of force, racist officers, and the need for a more diverse police force and better training programs.

Panelists from the Mason Police District reassured the audience, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Lincolnia Road, that they are aware of those issues and that efforts are under way to make improvements within the Fairfax County Police Department.

The dialogue among the police and community was aimed at building trust and establishing a positive relationship before problems arise.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mason District Little League gets grant for field upgrades

MDLL teammates
The Mason District Little League has been awarded a $10,000 Delta Dream grant from the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Delta Dream grants, sponsored by the Nationals’ corporate partner, Delta Air Lines, support youth baseball field capital improvements, among other programs.