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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Police officers in Mason District selected for a body camera pilot program

An Axon body camera. [CNN Money]
Beginning this spring, patrol officers from the Mason and Mount Vernon police districts will begin wearing body cameras under a pilot program approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Nov 21.

Two local "Dreamers" file suit against abrupt change in federal immigration policy

These advocates with the Annandale-based National Korean American Service & Education Consortium urge Congress to extend the Dream Act to protect immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. [NAKASEC]
Nurimaro Park of Fairfax and Jonathan Alvarenga Recinos of Alexandria suddenly lost their status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, when the federal government changed the rules without warning.

They are among the 50,000 immigrants in the United States who had been planning to reapply for DACA status but now find themselves at risk of deportation.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'Crazy for You': Irresistible fun at Signature

Danny Gardner as Bobby Child and Ashley Spencer as Polly Baker in "Crazy for You." [C. Stanley Photography]
By David Siegel

What a giddy, joyful afterimage of mouthwatering kinetic alchemy. Under the confident direction of chemistry-setter Mathew Gardiner, Signature Theatre has produced an irresistible “Crazy for You.” It is a musical built upon an enduring George and Ira Gershwin songbook of tantalizing standards and an unstuffy storyline by D.C.’s own Ken Ludwig.

New restaurant in the works

A restaurant/carryout place called Pelicana Chicken is planned for the vacant storefront at 4219 John Marr Drive, Annandale, in between The Block and a wonderful little gem of a Korean bakery.

Pelicana is a Korea-based fried chicken franchise company, with two locations in New York, one in New Jersey and many in Korea, China, and other locations in Asia.

The new restaurant is going into the space formerly occupied by The Amore, a cosmetics shop that opened more than 10 years ago and closed this summer. 

School aids needy for Thanksgiving

Congressional students bring donated food to Culmore families.
This is the 10th year the Congressional School has helped needy families in the Culmore area enjoy Thanksgiving. Students and teachers delivered more than 1,000 food items to the Culmore Family Resource Center in Bailey’s Crossroads Nov. 20. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Man stabs woman in Seven Corners

Two Seven Corners residents are hospitalized in “serious but stable condition” following a domestic-related stabbing early this morning in the 6200 block of Wilson Boulevard, the Fairfax County Police Department reports.

Donate socks for the homeless

Sock and food collection boxes at PR Performance Fitness.
When it comes to donating for the homeless, the most needed but least donated item is socks. You can close that gap by contributing to the sock drive organized by Annandale real estate agents Vivianne Couts and Jenny Arias of Coldwell Banker.

Brand-new socks can be dropped at these Annandale locations: 3835 Gallows Road, 7041 Bradley Circle; PR Performance Fitness (4111 John Marr Drive), and the Mason District Government Center (6507 Columbia Pike).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Eakin Park gets a picnic shelter

Work is expected to begin soon on a new picnic shelter at Eakin Community Park in Annandale.

The project includes four picnic tables, a grill, and an accessible trail, as well as a 20 by 24-foot pavilion near the Tobin Road entrance. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of December.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Utility phone scams on the rise

Utility scams are on the rise again in Virginia and across the country, Dominion Energy says. Reports of scammers calling Dominion customers and threatening to disconnect their electricity in exchange for immediate payment has increased by 49 percent since last year.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Civilian panel reviews investigations of police misconduct

Members of the Police Civilian Review Panel and independent police auditor speak to the public in Annandale Nov. 16. From the left: Randy Sayles, Hansel Aguilar, Jean Senseman, Kathleen Davis-Siudut, Adrian Steel (panel chair), police auditor Richard Schott, Doug Kay, Steve Descano, and Hollye Doane.
The Fairfax County Police Civilian Review Panel offers another layer of oversight over controversial actions of the county’s police department. It doesn’t have the authority to investigate complaints, however, only to review investigations by the Fairfax County Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs (BIA).

The independent police auditor can initiate investigations for certain issues, including the use of force, but has no authority to take any disciplinary actions.