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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Flags line streets for Memorial Day


Every resident of the Broyhill Crest neighborhood in Annandale has a small American flag planted by their curb for Memorial Day, thanks to the efforts of realtor Vivianne Couts and dozens of volunteers. The flag project is sponsored by the Couts Group at Coldwell Banker.

Grant approved for field at Pine Ridge Park

The Annandale North Springfield Little League at Pine Ridge Park. [ANSLL]
The Fairfax County Park Authority Board approved a $7,896 Mastenbrook grant for the Annandale North Springfield Little League May 23 to improve fencing on the outfield and batting cages for field #3 at Pine Ridge Park on Woodburn Road in Annandale.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mason residents honored as Lord and Lady Fairfax

Celebrate Fairfax features a carnival; bands (Good Charlotte and Sugar Ray); a beer festival; 5K race; aquatic dog competition; videogame competition; comedy hypnotist; petting zoo; and donut-eating, karaoke, and 90s trivia contests; and much more.   
Local residents Mel Cotner and Sarah Shannon will be honored as Mason Distict's Lord and Lady Fairfax of 2018, Supervisor Penny Gross announced in the Falls Church News-Press May 24. Both are being recognized for their volunteer and civic activities.

Each member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors selects two constituents to be designated as Lord and Lady Fairfax every year. Those honored will be formally recognized at a BoS ceremony June 5 and at the annual Celebrate Fairfax festival. That event is June 8-10 on the grounds of the Fairfax Government Center.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Construction traffic banned on Washington Drive


The day after we reported on complaints about construction trucks on Washington Drive, a sign appeared banning construction traffic. 

People who live near a shopping center under construction on Leesburg Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads had been complaining for months that the developer was ignoring proffers that prohibit trucks from using Washington Drive to access the building site. They also complained about construction trucks parked in front of their homes and other problems.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Storage facility planned for vacant lot

A rendering of the Life Storage facility planned for Bren Mar Drive.
A large storage building is planned for a 6-acre vacant lot at 6375 Bren Mar Drive on the edge of Mason District next to the Alexandria border.

Northpoint Realty Partners is proposing a four-story, 184,000-square foot Life Storage facility, land use attorney David Gill told the Mason District Land Use Committee May 22. Life Storage operates about 700 self-storage facilities across the United States

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

FCPS promotes two local principals

Gros [FCPS]
When Stuart High School reopens in the fall as Justice High School, it will have a new principal.

Stuart Principal Penny Gros has accepted a new position as executive principal for Fairfax County Public Schools’ Region 2. At the same time, Frost Middle School Principal Eric McCann is leaving to become executive principal for Region 5.

“This is bittersweet for me as my time at Stuart High School has been among the most rewarding years of my career,” Gros wrote in an email to the community May 23.

“I was fortunate five years ago to be appointed principal of Glasgow Middle School, which brought me into this community. I was then privileged to follow our amazing students to high school where I have gotten to watch them as they have grown into young adults,” Gros says.

Neighbors of shopping center project say complaints about proffer violations are ignored

A dump truck on Washington Drive. [Dan Rosenstein]
When the Board of Supervisors approved a rezoning application for a retail center on Leesburg Pike in Bailey’s Crossroads, Spectrum Development agreed to comply with certain proffers during construction.

Under those proffers, outdoor construction is not permitted on Sundays or holidays, construction vehicles are not allowed to park on Washington Drive or Charles Street or use those streets south of the construction site to access the property.