About

This blog was created to promote dialogue about issues and events that affect the residents of Annandale, Va.everything from upcoming community revitalization projects to where to get the best Korean barbeque.

The Annandale blog is managed by Ellie Ashford, a longtime Annandale resident, who believes Annandale could be totally transformed over the next few years and hopes this website will encourage local residents to become more engaged in community issues.


CONTRIBUTORS

Vivianne Couts has lived all over Northern Virginia, and currently lives in Annandale. She is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, based in Fairfax. Visit her website for more information.

Elizabeth Kirchner, an Annandale resident with degrees in agricultural ecology and agronomy, is an editor at a small bioscience nonprofit. She also monitors stream water quality, studies Spanish, and writes about how people raise food and care for water and one another—in urban and suburban settings. She is interested in hearing from people who want to talk about home and community gardens, gleaning, wild food, suburban agriculture, water quality, and storm water issues.

Del. Kaye Kory has represented the 38th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes much of the Annandale area, since 2009. Before that, she spent 10 years on the Fairfax County School Board.

Bob Kovacs, a resident of Annandale, is a widely published author in the technology industry. He also freelances as a videographer and media specialist. Many of his videos appear on the Annandale Arts You Tube channel.

Sen. Dave Marsden, 37th District, represents parts of Annandale in the Virginia Senate.  Marsden has deep roots in Annandale, having grown up in a farmhouse on Woodburn Road.

James Moon lived in Daegu, South Korea, for a year after college, but he’s probably learned just as much about Koreans in Annandale, Va. When he isn’t writing about Korean restaurants, he rides his bicycle, lives in Arlington, and enjoys cooking experiments at home.

Marie Reinsdorf, a former at-large member of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board, writes about gardening and other issues.

Robert Schwaninger is an author, humorist, essayist, and attorney who lives and laughs in Annandale.  “I promise never to place anything on this blog that has the least amount of relevance to anyone.”  With that promise, we are pleased to publish his occasional humorous looks at life in Annandale.

TESTIMONIALS


Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations:
The Annandale blog has become “a model for hyperlocal journalism” and “tackles difficult subjects with clarity and accuracy, succinctly summarizes complex issues, and fosters community dialogue on those issues.”
The blog “not only informs and educates residents on issues such as land use and redevelopment, transportation, and schools, but also offers a glimpse into the unique history of the area and a perspective on community changes over the decades. It highlights local government policy and programs, community events, business developments, and the cultural diversity of the Annandale area. The blog is used by officials to reach out to their constituents, and stories first found on the site have been later reported by other media outlets.”

Sandy Evans, Mason District representative on the Fairfax County School Board:
“You have the ability to cover a wide range of topics, including the tough issues, and to do so with thorough and objective presentation. I appreciate your style, your clarity in writing, and your dedication to accuracy. In a time when misinformation can spread quickly; your blog can serve a critical role in making sure our community gets timely and accurate information not available anywhere else.”