|Happy July 4th [SJ]|
Bartholomew, the Annandale Bear, was a local landmark, delighting passersby as his ever-changing costumes reflected the seasons and holidays. After he was attacked by vandals in April, his owners, Sid and Missy Jaffe of 7501 Davian Drive, discovered termite damage and vowed to replace him.
“So many people were upset that he was damaged. Lots of people wanted to help,” says Missy. Their daughter set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for a new bear.
Their son, Father J.D. Jaffe, the director of vocations for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, had found the original bear statue on eBay. So he did some research and secured a woodcarver, Jason Stoner, of Chain Effect in Fairfield, Pa., who created a new bear statue. It was installed on June 25.
The Jaffes won’t dress him up as much, Missy says. He’s thinner than Bartholomew and his shoulders are narrower, so he won’t be able to wear Bartholomew’s old clothes. He’s also made out of a different kind of wood that could rot if covered up too much. The new bear is attached to a more sturdy base, which should prevent vandalism. No one was ever arrested for damaging the old bear.