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Friday, October 19, 2018

Backlick Park ribbon-cutting set for Nov. 17

The community is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated Backlick Park Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.

The 9-acre park at 4516 Backlick Road in Annandale has a new shelter, picnic tables, playground, and fitness area. The tennis courts have been renovated and have new lighting, and the trails and parking lot was repaved.

The $1 million project was funded by a park bond passed by voters in 2016.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Supervisors consider broadening definition of allowable pets

An African pygmy hedgehog

Fairfax County residents could soon be able to keep hedgehogs, chinchillas, and hermit crabs as pets without a special permit.

The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 17 authorized a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that would allow those animals to be considered “commonly accepted pets.”

A planning commission hearing is scheduled for Nov. 29 and a Board of Supervisors hearing is set for Jan. 22

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Man assaults police officer

Lopez [FCPD]

A man was arrested outside Heritage Mall in Annandale shortly before 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 after shoppers at the H Mart said he displayed a knife, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

The police officers found Yojan Lopez, 24, of Annandale, stumbling around and having trouble speaking clearly. 

As officers were placing him under arrest for being drunk in public, Lopez kicked the officer and spat on him. Lopez was also charged with assault on a law enforcement officer.

Taste of Annandale 5K draws a record crowd

The top male winners in the Taste of Annandale 5K (from the left): Todd Greenwood, overall winner Mark Naylor, and Sam Le. Mason Supervisor Penny Gross (right) presented medals to all the 5K winners. 
Mark Naylor won the Taste of Annandale 5K Race for the second year in a row. The 35-year-old Annandale resident had a clock time of 18:11.9 in the Oct. 13 5K, which was a key part of the Taste of Annandale street festival.

The top female runner was Rachel Kuprenas, 25, of Annandale, with a clock time of 20:10.3.

The Taste of Annandale is on Channel 16

The Fairfax County governments Channel 16 crew captured the Taste of Annandale on video. You can also see it on YouTube

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dogs show off their fashion sense at Taste of Annandale pet contest

Dobie the poodle in a Korean costume.
The judges had a really tough time selecting the winners of the best-dressed pet contest at the Taste of Annandale Oct. 13. Dozens of creatively outfitted dogs showed up for the contest, which was sponsored by Chico’s Natural Pet Market.

New shops, restaurants coming to Mosaic District

The Mosaic District has brand-new murals, including this one by Kelsey Montague on Strawberry Lane.
Lots of changes are in the works at the Mosaic District in Merrifield.

Sundance, a national retailer selling women’s clothing inspired by American artisans, rustic furniture, and home décor, will open its first store in the D.C. area on District Avenue in mid-November.