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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Happy birthday, Lt. Luta "Cornie" McGrath!

Luta "Cornie" McGrath enjoys her birthday cards.
Retired Army Lt. Luta “Cornie” McGrath spent her birthday Nov. 21 chatting with visitors, reading some of the dozens of birthday cards she received, and enjoying the many flower arrangements delivered to her home in the Sleepy Hollow Woods neighborhood. On Saturday, members of her church, Queen of Apostles, planned a surprise party for her.

Cornie deserves a big celebration – after all it was her 107th birthday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Working groups on Sears site develops basic design concepts

Members of the Seven Corners Working Group on Opportunity Area C spent most of the afternoon and evening Nov. 19 in a Design Workshop figuring out a vision for redeveloping the property along Route 7 occupied by Sears and two office buildings.The working group is continuing the work of the Seven Corners Task Force on Land Use and Transportation.

Police target pedestrian safety

Police officers were out on Little River Turnpike in Annandale Wednesday evening distributing fliers to residents and motorists in an effort to increase pedestrian safety. Another team of officers will do the same along Leesburg Pike on Friday, Nov. 21. The goal is to target pedestrians not using crosswalks and raise awareness among drivers to the dangers of people crossing roadways when it’s dark.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bank customer robbed

The suspect.

 A customer at a bank at 7800 Heritage Drive, Annandale, was robbed at about 10:37 a.m. on Nov. 14, the Fairfax County Police Department reports. The police blotter doesn’t identify the bank, but there is an M&T Bank at 7857 Heritage Drive in the Heritage Plaza shopping center.

A man approached the customer inside the bank from behind, pushed the victim, took cash, and fled. The victim was not hurt. The suspect was described as black, between 25 to 35 years of age, and about 6 feet tall.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Solvers, 866-411-TIPS/8477, text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637, or call Fairfax County Police, 703-691-2131.

Bailey's Crossroads/Seven Corners group urges crackdown on illegal signs

Signs in the right of way, like this one in Wilson Boulevard, are prohibited.

The Board of Directors of the Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners Revitalization Corporation (BC7RC), increasingly frustrated by the proliferation of illegal signs and litter in the area, has formally asked Fairfax County and Virginia Department of Transportation officials to take action.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Arlington puts the brakes on Columbia Pike Streetcar project

Fairfax County officials expressed disappointment at the Nov. 18 decision by the Arlington County Board to cancel the Columbia Pike Streetcar project.

“Although we believe the decision to end the project is short-sighted, we recognize that the project cannot happen without the support of the Arlington Board,” says a joint statement by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova and Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, vice chair of the board.

Hostage barricade incident in Annandale

A hostage barricade incident on Columbia Pike in Annandale last night led to a huge traffic jam in the area for several hours. According to a Fairfax County Police Department notice, police responded to a call for help from a 32-year-old woman at about 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 17.

When they arrived at the home, at 6614 Columbia Pike, they were barred from entering by a male occupant.

Pedestrian struck and killed crossing Columbia Pike

Update, Nov. 21: Police believe the victim is Hector Flores of 4040 Justine Lane, Annandale, but have been unable to locate his family. If you have any information, contact Detective James Banachoski, 703-280-0553. He was 5 feet, 6 inches tall and is originally from El Salvador.
A 62-year-old Annandale man was struck while crossing Columbia Pike between Evergreen Lane and John Marr Drive in Annandale at around 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, the Fairfax County Police Department reports. He was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he later died. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shots fired at party in Lincolnia

Fairfax County Police are seeking information about an incident in which several shots were fired at a home in the 6400 Fairland Street, Lincolnia, during a party at about 11 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16. There were no injuries.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Pinecrest

The Pinecrest, with the golf course in the foreground.
The Pinecrest community features a mix of housing types in a bucolic setting adjacent to the nine-hole Pinecrest Golf Course in the Alexandria section of Mason District.

“We are the other nine holes,” says Pinecrest Homeowner Association President Rod Speer, referring to the fact that the community was built in 1983-85 on land that had been part of a privately owned 18-hole golf course. That course is now owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority.