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Friday, November 15, 2019

Clothing drive seeks socks and pajamas

Help keep homeless adults and needy children warm this winter: Annandale realtor Vivianne Couts is again asking the public to donate socks for the homeless and has added a Jammies for Juniors drive to collect pajamas for kids.

New, packaged socks for adults or kids and PJs for kids can be brought to PR Performance at 4111 John Marr Drive, Annandale, or Coldwell Banker at 4000 Legato Road, Fairfax. Socks can also be purchased on Amazon and shipped directly to Couts.

Last year, people donated 2,000 pairs of socks. This year’s goal is 2,500. Socks are the most needed and least donated item of clothing, Couts says. “Let’s come together as a community this holiday season and bring some comfort and joy to those in need.”

Thursday, November 14, 2019

I-395 tolls take effect Nov. 17

The express lanes on Interstate 395 – running for eight miles from near Edsall Road to the entrance of the 14th Street Bridge – will take effect on Sunday night, Nov. 17. The two reversible HOV lanes are becoming three HOV or toll lanes in each direction.

To drive on the express lanes, you’ll need E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex transponder. There will be dynamic pricing, with the toll amount based on traffic congestion.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cleanup project draws dozens of volunteers to Americana Drive

Mike and Sheila Bishop
About 30 volunteers spent some time on their Veterans’ Day holiday picking up litter and construction debris along Americana Drive in Annandale.

Among the items found: several rugs, big pieces of concrete, lots of water bottles, and an uncashed check for $300, reports volunteer Sheila Bishop. Philip Latasa, of Friends of Accotink Creek, found a big box full of bathroom tiles and an unopened can of Washington Nationals beer.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Crime report includes peeping, robbery

Habteselasse [FCPD]
Recent crimes reported in the Mason/Annandale area reported by the Fairfax County Police Department include burglary, peeping, and robbery.

The resident of a home on the 4100 block of Medford Drive in Annandale heard the family dog growling at about 8:50 p.m. on Nov. 19 and went to investigate.

She saw her bedroom window open and a hand reaching through holding the curtain back. She called out to the suspect and the hand disappeared. She went outside and found the suspect still there.

Veterans Day ceremony features World War II vet

Speakers at a Veterans Day ceremony in Annandale include (from the left): World War 11 veteran George Merz, Maj. Ziad Fakoury, and Helen Patton. Merz is holding Gen. Patton's riding crop.
About three dozen members of American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976 gathered at the Annandale cannon Monday to pay tribute to the nation’s veterans on Nov. 11.

An honored guest – George Merz, age 94, who served in the military police during D-Day in World War II – took part in the Veterans Day ceremony, along with veterans who served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Annandale Statue of Peace honors 'comfort women'

Annandale has a new statue memoralizing the “comfort women,” a euphemism for the Korean women forcibly taken by the Japanese military to serve as sex slaves during World War II.

The “Statue of Peace,” featuring a seated girl next to an open chair, was installed at 7601 Little River Turnpike in front of the building that houses the Korea Times and Hans Travel.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Mason District art show features local scenes

"Little White Church" by David Goldstein
An art exhibit at the Mason District Government Center features paintings of local scenes, such as the plant sale at Green Spring Gardens, the Clark House, and a Mason District Little League baseball game.

The exhibition, called “All Art is Local,” features paintings by David Goldstein, a member of the Lake Barcroft Art League. The paintings will be outside Supervisor Penny Gross’ office, 6507 Columbia Pike, until Dec. 31.