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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Planning Commission endorses a revised redevelopment plan for western Annandale

The site of a proposed redevelopment project on Little River Turnpike in Annandale. 
The Fairfax County Planning Commission agreed that a major redevelopment project in Annandale’s west end should be included in the county’s Comprehensive Plan work program for 2021 – with two major changes. 

That project calls for 575 multifamily residential units, 156,000 square feet of offices, and 100,000 square feet of retail between Little River Turnpike and Hummer Road. 

Food for Neighbors ensures those in need can feed their families

Food for Neighbors volunteers at Jackson Middle School.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving so many more parents out of work and struggling to feed their families, the nonprofit group Food for Neighbors is stepping up its efforts to fill that void. 

The organization recruits volunteers to donate food and grocery gift card to students at 22 schools, including Jackson Middle School in Mason District. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Westlawn Elementary School has a new principal

Christoph Hill [FCPS]
Christoph Hill, the former assistant principal at Westlawn Elementary School in the Falls Church area of Mason District, took over as principal of Westlawn on Nov. 30. 

Hill has previously worked in other Mason District schools. He was a reading specialist at Parklawn Elementary School in Lincolnia and instructional coach and assistant principal at Glen Forest Elementary School in Bailey’s Crossroads. 

Hill earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education-interdisciplinary studies from Radford University and a master of science degree in education leadership from George Mason University.    

Laws protecting nursing homes from COVID-related liability needn't stop suits against Annandale Healthcare Center

Chris Duncan holds a portrait of his mother at an event at the Washington monument in September honoring the lives lost to COVID-19 and protesting the lack of a national policy to contain the pandemic. Constance Duncan contracted COVID at the Annandale Healthcare Center.
Legislation approved by the Virginia General Assembly during the special session and signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam in October gives assisted living facilities and other healthcare providers immunity for wrongful death lawsuits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

That law doesn’t affect the Annandale Healthcare Center (AHC), however, as that facility is already protected from liability under another state law. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Virginia working group identifies issues for marijuana legalization

A working group appointed by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has outlined a series of issues that need to be addressed if the state legalizes marijuana. 

The Virginia Marijuana Legalization Work Group was mandated by legislation decriminalizing marijuana enacted earlier this year. In November, Northam said he supports legislation in the upcoming General Assembly to legalize marijuana and set up a system for a commercial marketplace. 

Mason District police station asks public to donate items for those in need

Police officers hand out donated pajamas to Mason District residents.
The Mason District Police Station is participating in three separate campaigns to collect items for members of the community who need a little extra help during the holidays. Here’s how you can contribute:

  • There’s a box at the police station (6507 Columbia Pike) for the Communities of Trust’s Help from the Heart campaign, which is collecting new personal care items to be distributed by local food pantries.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Latin American restaurant to open in central Annandale

Blue Moon is replacing Magills on Little River Turnpike.
A new restaurant/nightclub called Blue Moon, featuring international cuisine focusing on Latin America, is opening at 7201 Little River Turnpike in Annandale.

The restaurant is taking over the building next to the Diamond Lounge that formerly housed Magill’s Famous Pizza & Buffet. Magill’s closed in July, a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.