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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lots of resources available for furloughed federal government employees

Furloughed workers protest the government shutdown in front of the White House (Greg Nash/The Hill)
As the shutdown of the federal government reaches its 26th day – and federal workers have now missed a paycheck – companies, nonprofits, and individual volunteers are stepping in to offer assistance.

The Virginia Employment Commission estimates nearly 178,000 federal employees live in the state, and more than 64,000 of them work for agencies affected by the shutdown. Click here for information on how to file for unemployment compensation.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Drop off unneeded prescription drugs at Mason Police Station - any time

You don’t have to wait for a national drug take-back event to get rid of your expired or unneeded prescription medications.

Drug collection boxes are now at all eight Fairfax County police stations, including the Mason station at 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lots of turnover expected on school board

Abrar Omeish
Big changes are expected in the makeup of the Fairfax County School Board next year.

Three school board members – Sandy Evans (Mason), Pat Hynes (Hunter Mill), and Jane Strauss (Dranesville) – are not running for re-election.

Ryan McElveen (at-large) and Dalia Palchik (Providence) are not filing as candidates because they are running for the Board of Supervisors. McElveen is running for board chairman, and Palchik is running for the Providence position on the BoS.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

McKay lauded as the most experienced candidate for Board of Supervisors chair

Jeff McKay address supporters at his campaign kickoff event. 
Jeff McKay has the experience and competence it takes to be an effective chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Rep. Gerry Connolly said at McKay’s campaign kickoff event Jan. 12 in Springfield.

McKay has represented the Lee District on the board for the past 12 years.

Our first snowstorm of 2019: Be careful out there

With about 5.5 inches of snow blanketing the Annandale/Mason area – and more snow coming – just about any event you were planning to do today is probably canceled.

Surprisingly, Fairfax County Public Schools has not yet announced that schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 14.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Middle schools get artists-in-residence

Chitra Sharma
Students at three middle schools in the Annandale/Mason District area will have a chance to work with professional artists as part of ArtsFairfax’s Artist in Residency Program.

Chitra Sharma, a screen printer, visual artist, and designer, will work with Glasgow Middle School art students on “The Glasgow Print Society” Feb. 11-28.

Sharma will integrate social studies, language arts, poster design, and printmaking. Posters created by students illustrating their ideas about the community and environment will be displayed at the school.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Community cleanup scheduled for American Drive on Martin Luther King Day

Need a sofa? Someone dumped one on Americana Drive. 
UPDATE: This event has been postponed until Feb. 18, as more snow is predicted for this weekend. More than 40 people have already signed up.

The public is invited to join a community cleanup of Americana Drive in Annandale on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The wooded area along that road between the street and the beltway sound wall. has been a dumping ground for years. During a drive-by on Jan. 9, we saw couches, tires, mattresses, lots of construction debris, many beer cans, fast-food containers, and a huge amount of other litter.