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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Help save Chico's Natural Pet Market



Chico’s Natural Pet Market, a popular store at 6349-A Columbia Pike, in Barcroft Plaza, is facing some challenges, and the company’s founder and president, Danielle Areco, is inviting customers and community members to the store on Thursday, April 25, at 8 p.m., to help brainstorm possible solutions.

There will be refreshments, including Brazilian hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Annandale music teacher arrested for molesting children

Cummins [FCPD]
Fairfax County Police arrested Annandale music teacher Jeffrey Cummins April 16 for sexually abusing two former students.

Cummins, age 56, faces “eight felony counts of indecent liberties by a custodian,” FCPS reports.

Cummins taught private music lessons in his Annandale home. He is also the founder and artistic director of Virginia Music Adventures, a traveling music group for school-age children based in Annandale, and owns two Huntington Learning Centers, one located in Tysons and one in Springfield.


'Real ID' or passport will be required for domestic flights next year

A real ID has a star in the upper right corner. [DMV]
In a year and a half, you'll need a Real ID or passport to take a domestic flight or visit a federal office or military base.

The Real ID Act, passed by Congress in 2015, requires states to offer a new form of driver’s license.

In Virginia, the Real ID is optional. You can still get a standard driver’s license if you don’t need a Real ID.  
But you will need a Real ID to board a domestic flight or enter a secure government facility, as of Oct. 1, 2020, or you could use an alternative form of ID, such as a valid, unexpired U.S. passport, military ID, or a Transportation Worker Identification Credential.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A 'food forest' planned to help the needy

A food forest [Greenability]
A new nonprofit organization called Food Uniting Neighbors (FUN) is planning community gardens and a “food forest” to provide nutritious, organic fruits and vegetables to community members in need.

The group hopes to get its first garden planted this year in raised beds at Peace Lutheran Church on Lincolnia Road, says the group’s director, Renee Miceli

Monday, April 15, 2019

Bowling alley will become an 'eatertainment' center

The Annandale bowling center will be totally redone.
The Bowlero Corp.’s $2.5 million renovation of the Annandale bowling alley is expected to start in late spring.

When completed, it will be an “eatertainment” center with “the largest bar in Annandale,” a full kitchen with an executive chef, and “the largest game arcade in Northern Virginia” with 120 high-tech games, says Andrew Keys, general manager.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Discounts on solar energy systems available from Solarize Fairfax County

A solar array on a house in Sleepy Hollow Woods.
If you’re interested in switching to solar power, you can get discounts on solar panels through Solarize Fairfax County, a bulk purchasing program.

Under this program, discounted prices have been negotiated on equipment installed by three local solar contracts.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Woman struck by vehicle dies

A woman struck by an SUV April 12 in Seven Corners has died, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

Amolia Lozano, 74, was exiting the passenger side of a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee just after 3 p.m. in the 2900 block of Peyton Randolph Drive when the Jeep drifted backwards causing her to fall on the road.