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Monday, March 2, 2015

Swanson to challenge Gross in Democratic primary

Jessica Swanson, a Ravenwood Park resident who works for the District of Columbia Public Schools, announced her candidacy for Mason District Supervisor March 2. Swanson will face off against Supervisor Penny Gross in the Democratic primary on June 9. Gross has been supervisor for the past 19 years and launched her re-election campaign last month.

“As supervisor, I will bring a new energy and perspective to Mason District while working to support our schools, to promote thoughtful and responsible development that betters our communities, and to improve transportation,” Swanson said in an email announcing her candidacy.

Gross considering having all of Mason covered by a Community Parking District

Boats like this one on Terrace Drive in Annandale would be banned in a Community Parking District.

Mason Supervisor Penny Gross plans to decide by this summer whether to go forward with a proposal to create a Community Parking District (CPD) to cover the entire Mason District.

Within a CPD, boats, motor homes, campers, trailers, vehicles with three or more axles, 12,000 pounds or more, or holding 16 more passengers could not be parked on residential streets.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Missing black cat in Annandale

Tom, a 9-year-old neutered male cat, has been missing since 7 a.m. Feb. 28 from Kenwood Drive in Annandale. That’s in the neighborhood near Braddock and Ravensworth roads.

He is timid but enjoys the sound of a shaking bag of food. He has his claws and a distinctive overbite and is not wearing the blue collar shown in the photo.

If you find him, call April, 610-223-6179.

Annandale High School students show they care at Just World Festival

Annandale High School students involved in organizations aimed at making the world a better place showcased a variety of  initiatives promoting environmental activism, social justice, and cultural understanding at the 10th annual Just Word Festival Feb. 27. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Men arrested for breaking into cars in Westlawn

Stolen items [FCPD]
Officers from the Mason Police District charged two men Feb. 25 with larceny in the Westlawn community, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

Officers on the midnight shift responded to a call for service from a resident who saw people rummaging through his van in the 7600 block of Camp Alger Avenue at about 2:54 a.m.

Officers questioned the men and linked them to at least 10 vehicle larceny cases in the area. Numerous items were stolen, ranging from a laptop computer to loose change, knives, cigarettes, and Chuck-E-Cheese game tokens.

Mason Republicans planning 'firehouse primary'

A couple of local Republicans have talked about the possibility of running against Mason Supervisor Penny Gross this year, says Curtis Anderson, Mason District chair on the Fairfax County Republican Committee. No one has come forward but if there are more than one candidate, the committee will hold a “firehouse primary” to select a candidate.

The details haven’t been set yet but it probably take place in a high school on a Saturday in late April or early May. Any registered voter who shows up would be allowed to vote, but they would have to sign an oath stating they would support the winner of the primary.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Homeowner charges HOA is failing to address safety issues

Ashton Commons.

When Shirley Thompson bought her home in the Ashton Commons community two years ago, she had no idea what she was in for. She discovered numerous property code violations, lax enforcement by the homeowners’ association (HOA), and safety hazards.

When the HOA manager refused to fix the problems, she took her complaints to various county agencies, state officials, and most recently, to an attorney. So far, none of her problems have been resolved.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cat perishes in Falls Church fire

FCFRD photo
A single-family home at 3040 Holmes Run Road in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County was totally destroyed in a fire on Feb. 24, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department reports. 

A cat perished in the fire and one resident who was home at the time escaped unharmed.

When firefighters arrived at approximately 11 a.m., they encountered heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear deck and roof of the two-story home. The home contained an overwhelming amount of household items and other combustibles making it challenging for firefighters to extinguish the deep-seated fire. It took more than an hour to bring the fire under control.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The two people who had lived there declined assistance from the Red Cross.

Free tax help available

Need help with your taxes? Eligible taxpayers are encouraged to take advantage of free tax preparation assistance in the Annandale/Mason area.

Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide program will be stationed at the Mason District Government Center (6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale) through April 15 to help taxpayers on a walk-in basis. The program is free for people with low or moderate income and is targeted to those age 60 and over.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Community celebration shines spotlight on Annandale restaurants

“The Taste of Annandale,” a major community event showcasing local restaurants – and much more – is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., in downtown Annandale.

This multicultural celebration, organized by Mason District residents and stakeholders, is designed to spotlight the Annandale business district, engage young people, and build community spirit though music, food, and interactive fun for the whole family.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fund established to help Pinecrest family displaced by fire

Fairfax County firefighters put out a fire in the Pinecrest community. [DeAnn Jelinek]
A fund has been set up to help the Susuico family, whose house at 6518 Medinah Lane in the Pinecrest was destroyed in a fire on the afternoon of Feb. 17.  The fire, caused by faulty electrical strip, resulted in damage estimated at $212,000.

Tony Paduano, a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, established a fund at the Pinecrest branch of the Wells Fargo Bank to help the family get through this difficult time. The inside of the house has been gutted and they don’t expect to be able to move back in until May.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Winter preppers

As I traveled to the Giant to watch people pile carts with milk and toilet paper, making me wonder what they drink and apply when it’s not snowing, I felt that I was witnessing doomsday preparations. As though with the fall of a few flakes we all would be plunged into a frozen stasis where the only tools of survival would be liquid vitamin D and a fresher bum.